Sunday, November 25, 2007

New age addiction..." The Orkut "

I was invited to this by one of my very new friend (at that time) who is now very good friend of mine. I finally joined Orkut in Feb 2006 just for experimenting.

After that, there was no looking back...i was more than happy to meet few of my old school buddies..whom I thought I'll never meet again. But thanks to Orkut I am in touch with them again:)I was able to find out my school mates after a long gap of 17 Years.

There has been good and bad of Orkut, I must say everything has this. We should see the good part and encourage it.There are so many cases in media portraying the evil part of Orkut, but according to me, its upon a individual to take it in an bad or good way!!

Preference should be given to people whom you know personally. Don't just accept anyone as a friend for the sake of increasing your friends' count. This is for your safety only.

orkut has changes a lot since I was first introduced to this site. Lots of changes and lots of great new features have been added recently making it a good experience. The best one is the recent one of scrapbook privacy, giving you full control on who can write in your scrap and who can't. This is a good move towards making this place clean. Also allowing me to write in my language helps me to feel like this is something native to me.

Although it is a great addiction, like as if you are addicted to some drug :)..but I think it's still worth.

I believe there are so may things which will come soon. One feature I would like to see in Orkut is concept of private scrap, so that I can hide my private scraps from eyes of everyone :)

Sunday, November 04, 2007


Har khushi Hai Logon Ke Daman Mein,
Par Ek Hansi Ke Liye Waqt Nahi.
Din Raat Daudti Duniya Mein,
Zindagi Ke Liye Hi Waqt Nahi.

Maa Ki Loree Ka Ehsaas To Hai,
Par Maa Ko Maa Kehne Ka Waqt Nahi.
Saare Rishton Ko To Hum Maar Chuke,
Ab Unhe Dafnane Ka Bhi Waqt Nahi.

Saare Naam Mobile Mein Hain,
Par Dosti Ke Lye Waqt Nahi.
Gairon Ki Kya Baat Karen,
Jab Apno Ke Liye Hi Waqt Nahi.

Aankhon Me Hai Neend Badee,
Par Sone Ka Waqt Nahi.
Dil Hai Ghamon Se Bhara Hua,
Par Rone Ka Bhi Waqt Nahi.

Paison ki Daud Me Aise Daude,
Ki Thakne ka Bhi Waqt Nahi.
Paraye Ehsason Ki Kya Kadr Karein,
Jab Apane Sapno Ke Liye Hi Waqt Nahi.

Tu Hi Bata E Zindagi,
Iss Zindagi Ka Kya Hoga,
Ki Har Pal Marne Walon Ko,
Jeene Ke Liye Bhi Waqt Nahi.......

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Kolkata...My maiden visit

I was hearing about this city since I was a kid, from everyone around dad, uncle, their friends and so many people....

Finally landed up here as a part of my career move...On landing here I as amazed to see such old buildings, i never came across any ting like this in my life....joined my company..met few old friends and started searching for a house. When compared to rent in Bangalore the rent was nothing...but the offerings were..ufffffff...

So old that I can't dare to take them...although the rents were very very low....

Meanwhile I enjoyed the biggest festival of Kolkata.."Durga Puja". The place becomes so lively that you can feel the triumph in air and surroundings. People keep on "hopping pandals" through out the night...u can find modes of communication throughout the night...and everything surprisingly at no extra cost (comparing with 1.5 times meter at Bangalore during night)

Bad part was the handricksaw pullers....i wonder politicians care about PETA but no one looks for them....they all can get a normal cycle ricksaw in the cost of one official flight trip of any MP/MLA..but wonder why they are still there like that??

Food is excellent irrespective of where you are having it, it tastes like heaven everywhere....

You can just roam around with no work, enjoy bhunja, paani poori (phuchka) or samosas on roadside and trust me you'll never be disappointed by the taste get an excellent lemon masala tea for just two rupees (FMCG companies should rethink plan for their similar products) and where ever you try this taste will always be refreshingly same.

I am more than happy to be here and will be exploring the city and people as and when possible!!

Monday, September 10, 2007

An Ode to Bhopali.....

I used to stay very close to Bhopal (capital of Madhya Pradesh) and visited that place very frequently. So couldn't resist myself from writing about the essence, the flavour of Bhopal.

So here we go.........

Bhopali, also known as Bhopali Bakar or Bhopali Urdu, is a vernacular form of Hindustani language spoken primarily in Bhopal, India. On the streets of Bhopal, people from every part of Bhopal co-exist and add to the already existing vocabulary.

Bhopal is famous for four things "Parda/Zarda/Garda/Naamarda".
The first of the four words
1) 'Parda' is for symbolizing the old tradition of having Burqa clad ladies which you'll come across in scores on the streets of Bhopal.
2) The second 'Zarda' symbolizes yet another tradition of chewing Tobacco with 'Paan', which is in vogue till today. You can still find pan stalls all over the city in scores.
3) The third 'Garda' is for the dusty roads one came across in the old days of yore.
4) 'Naamarda' refers to the eunuchs reciding in the older areas of the city, specifically Itwaara, Somwara and Mangalwara. They dance at various occasions such as marriage and birth of a child, and demand for money.

Most famous Fast-food of Bhopal is "Bun Kabab" (along with namak waali chai) and "Pohe Jalebee (My favourite)". Easily available on the streets of old city, these small eateries are a meeting point for many.

A few language dialects.....
* Aapki gaadi reverse Phaink rahi heigi.
* Point shaart hega.
* Lapak kaisei aa rahi hegi?
* Chakka dag riya hae. Piston mein pilay haega.
* Point shat ho riya hai.
* Konsa aayle 2t ya lokal ?(which oil 2t or local)
* Amma khan yeh jawaharlal school toh bhopal ka sabsey behtarin school hega ..!!
* Ustaad rokke challnaa, ek ladies aa ri hegi! (in minibus/tempo)(take care, one female is there)
* Bhot lehra riya hega.
* Miya kallaat (kal-raat) se bhot STD (acidity) ho ri hegi pet mein!(since lastnight there is acidity in stomach)
* Ko Khan, Kaise? - (How are you?)
* Do lapaad lagaunga rakh ke, sar mein bhannaati aa jaayegi!(will slap you hard)
* Indoor Indoor Indoor - (Bus conductor calling out for passengers for Indore)
* Ama aapki gaadi to paidal ho gayi - (Engine is seized)
* gadi andar "peet" do - chipka ke lagaoo (at parking)
* ek ulte haath ki doonga, muh ghoom jaayega, pata bhi nahin chalega aa riya hai ki jaa riya hai(I will slap u so hard with my left hand, your head will tilt, nobody will be able to tell, if you are coming or going)
* Lapak lo lapak lo (chai jaldi se utha lo.........)
* Are madam bachon ko godh mein bitha lo (to manke place in mini bus)
* Aajaao!!!!! bashten, bashten, bashten (Bus stand)
* Second Panch Cheh Saat Dus Gyarah Gyarah Sau. (Minibus conductor reciting the route of the bus.)
* Rok Ke. (Minibus conductor asking the Driver to stop to pickup or drop off passengers.)
* Typical Startup politicians ad campaign · Arif Akeel - Standard banner:
"Apke apney jujharoo aavam karmath neta manneeyey sri arif akeel urf guttu bhai ko bhaari maton se vijaiyee banayein. Chunaav chinha - Haath ka panja, Veeneet pappu, mohan, aantu, bantu aur hasan bhai"
* Arey Khaan Mamoooo ( To call anyone )
* Arey Khaan Ek maghai banana bina supari - baba 160 maar ke (Pan Order at Banarsi Paan Bhandaar)
* Aur khaan Pathaan ( To greet someone)
* How does a Bhopali calls Samosa? - Famofa ( cos hes chewing paan while asking for samosa )
* A friend told me about his Tution in this way - Ama wo Jacoffer ke hiyan tution ko jaa riya hoon.....he meant "Jacob Sir"
* An average Bhopali auto driver spells out abuses at the rate of 15-20 per min, each abuse at least 4-5 words long
* Where would you find the greastest number of look alikes of Dhonis, Mithuns and Govindas in the world? - Near Bada Talaab in Bhopal
* Board office ka addres??? Go to MP Nagar square Ambedkar statue will tell you.
* Shawar ali model cum actor is in relation to each bhopali (mere chaca ka ladka hai,mere mamu hain, mere mamu ka ladka hai n many more........)

Famous/Must Visit Places:
* Birla Mandir
* Lake View
* Van Vihar
* Tekri
* 10 no.
* Ghoda nikkas
* Taj-ul-Masaajid
* Dhai Seedi ki Masjid
* Moti Masjid
* Chhola Road
* Baapu ki kutia
* Jinsi chouraha
* Kerwa Dam
* BHEL - parks
* Chuna Bhatti
* Pul bogda
* Somwaara
* Mangalwaara
* New Market & most appreciable
* Nutan College,

* Thulla, Thol (policeman)
* Tadi or GT - (Mass bunking)
* AAN DO!!!' - (helper yelling while giving driver parking instructions.)
* Madrasi - (Anyone from South India. Bhopal ke neechay sab madras hai (geographically))
* Chakachak/zhakaas - (Shining clothes
* Bhat - actually bhat-suar. The old fashioned rickshaw making noise like "bhat bhat bhat". (with 3 tyres, 1 in front and 2 rear, front wheel generates power.)

Most Overheard Phrases
* Kon Khan Kan Ja Riye Ho!!(where r u going?)
* Haan Khan Pathan Khairiyat!!! (Asking the person if he is alright)
* Ko Khaa Ama Khaa!!Kaisey?
* Abe je ka kar riya hai? Chariya gaya ka? (What are you doing?Are you mad? )
* Dus geeyarah baarah naakaooou - The common call from the conductors of the numerous Mini buses in Bhopal, calling for passengers to various bus stops in Bhopal.
* Madam bacchey ko gode mein bithaiye - If a lady tries to get a seat for her Infant in the Mini bus the conductor would 'politely' ask her to carry the child in her lap.
* Taap an taoun (Top-n-town) - The very famous joint of get together in the uptown New Market area of Bhopal.
* Kalmein kaise beh rahi hai tumhari(your hair are too long)
* Zero bate sannata chachaooooo ekdum bhannaat lag riya hega(uncle is looking smart)
* ( of a person)Bhai Ko- (short for ......... bhai ko salaam)
* Arey pehelwaan
* Akhaan sab kismat ki luck hai
* Iscooter thodi silo (slow) chalana
* Rawangee daal lo (Lets go)
* Kyon jhoom riya hega be (where are you roaming around?)
* Kanney kat gaye ( in reference to kite flying )
* Sar par de riya hega mila mila ke (Can't bear him anymore)

Well one more very interesting thing about our Bhopal.
There is a railway track which divides this city into two parts,if are facing towards ITARSI side,then on the right side of the track its new part of bhopal, and at the left had of the track its the old city still reatining the tradition. Arera colony,Shahpura,10 no Bitthan Market are all of the new bhopal. While Itwara, Somwara, Mangalwara, Budhwara, Jumeraati, Loha Bazaar, Chowk, Taliya, Shajanabaad, kotwaali Hamidia road are all of the old city. Generally, to feel the tradition of bhopal one has to be in this part of the bhopal. People of bhopal are very lovely people. They always be ready to help anyone. Till 70's there was "Patiya Baazi" was one of the bhopali tradition. Actually, the Patiya Baazi is a sort of people gossip in the old city. These talks were held on the cement slabs which were laid in front of the houses during the State time. A variety of topics ranging from the politics to entertainment were dicussed here. Many legendry indian politicians also had this Patiya Baazi at their youth.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Indian Team again....

Refer to my old blog Indian team is back

This is in continuation to the same piece of thoughts.

Today's match at Natwest series, was something like a true cricket match from Indian team. After long we saw team making efforts, players showing their attitude. Robin although accustomed to playing as an opening batsman, played at 7th position and showed incredible cricketing sense.

Rahul and Sachin was all praise for him. The joy was visible from the deed of young guns like Yuvraj. Sourabh's removal from Indian team had given everyone a reason to play. The message is very clear to everyone, play to stay or stay away!!

In next match at Lords irrespective of who wins the match, the cricket is going to win for sure.

Hoping that fans' will now worship only those players who are playing in reality instead of doing a blind worship.

Monday, September 03, 2007

It pains a lot...

After being at a place for few years, it feels like second home. And knowing that no one cares whether if you are staying or hearts a really hurts!

After giving few best years of your life to that place and organisation, no one cares that you are leaving. No one is bothered to discuss with you about the reasons for your leaving. Those who know my working over here can tell how much was my dedication to my profession and job. Whatever may I do but I am very much serious about my profession. I never ignored my responsibilities, never ran away from them.

It seems that some one had hired a cheap labour for some routine job and now when he is leaving no one cares. They will get another cheap labour. All efforts put together for past few years, all the caring shown during past years was just a myth, nothing true. Everything was just for the sake of show off!!

This attitude forces me to re-think my decision to join that place again. I don't know whether I made a good decision to join here or that was my mistake that is taking toll on my life and mind now.

I remember one of the senior here says he made two mistakes in his life
1. He joined this place and
2. He continued to be here

and I don't want to repeat his mistake!!!

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Mysore...@ 15-08-2007

I visited Mysore (A place near Bangalore, Karnataka) on this 15th Aug.

Those who don't know the place I must tell that this is place which witnessed the fight between Tipu Sultan and the English army. This is the place which experience the royals of Wadyars'. This is the place famous for the biggest training center of IT giant Infosys.

We started our day unusually pretty early in the morning @ 06:05 am. This early start is because of the punctuality of the hosts

We had our early morning tea just before leaving Bangalore and started after filling ours and car's tank. very soon we were all cruising on the highway..

I am always amazed and excited with the very talk of travelling, so this was one of the happiest day for me. Cruising all the way we had a pit stop at one of the CCD on the pretext of having something as a breakfast (this CCD was a good one, i was not disappointed with the service)We all had our snacks and started again.

This was my second visit to Mysore. So unlike last visit, I wanted to visit very selective places. We started with Chamunda temple. The greenery was awesome all around.

Once I thought of going inside the temple, but after seeing the queue i gave up the idea. So roamed around, visited a nearby temple, had a few sips of Mazza and came back from there.

I saw people crossing roads on Zebra lines and policemen promptly doing there service at 12:00 noon. This forced me to believe that people still follow rules , if rules are being implemented properly. That was a very rare scene for any one from Bangalore. After all this we were hungry again and had a good, exciting and tasty food. We all loved that (wish we could get same at Bangalore)

Finally we headed to Mysore Palace, this place reminds me of the lavish lives Wadyars used to live and see today we are struggling to get a piece of land in our name (actually this was the comment of my friend, not mine!). We spent around 2-3 hours there, took a lot of snaps, relaxed and started again.

Our final stop was St. Philomena Church. Although that place was having a aura of peace, but the people working there were very rude, I saw one of the guys manhandling a visitor who was taking snaps inside(although photography was not allowed inside). But he could had told that in a more polite way. After all we were not standing on a road, we were inside a sacred place. For me that was a architectural piece of excellence and the same place where "Amar Akbar Anthony"
movie was shot.

Finally after a eventful day we started our journey back to Bangalore. On the way we had a race with passing train(somewhat like Dil Chahta Hai), had a pit stop again at the same CCD, met with a little shower of rain and finally reached out place at around 11.00 pm.

These type of day outs energises me a lot although I get exhausted physically but my mind and souls gets charged. Will miss all these travel partners once I move out of this place.

Friday, August 10, 2007


I am not talking about the movies which was released a few weeks back. Thought it was more famous for the "Beeps" rather than the content of the movie.

I am talking about the associations and the disassociation which had become part of life. We come, join, get associated, be together..and finally we have to depart...

Its very painful to depart but everyone has to do this some time or other in his journey of life.

I am going thought the same, feeling like departed from my local base, my roots for past few years but still wishing that very soon I'll be back to my normal phase.

Lets wait and see...

" रूक जाना नहीं तू कहीँ हार के, काँटों पे चल के मिलेंगे साए बहार के "

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Expectations, Reality and Painful frustrations

Life comes in a package.

There are some good, some bad and some silent items inside that package.

When we find good ones, we become so much selfish with them, that we never know how and when the good part is over.
Then comes the bad part, we are so pained that we feel each and every moment of it.Everything seems to be painful, even smile pains.

All these leads to the silent part. We stop enjoying each and everything. Tend to ignore everything, we become so much indulged into ourselves that we can't see people and loved ones around us.

At this point the differences starts to peep in, it happens with every one. May be its your family members, spouse or friends.

Although I keep telling to my friends that "Nothing comes for free, you pay for everything in one form or other" but still I myself feel very shattered, broken, ripped sometimes. But still didn't know how to overcome all this ERP (Expectations, Reality and Painful frustrations)syndrome.

Sunday, July 01, 2007

The Presidential Row

I am just watching the talk show on the same topic. There is a discussion is going between Manu Sanghavi (Congress) Rajiv Rudhi (BJP) and few other person from masses.

We as a people of a democratic country like India, are bound to accept whatever is being slapped on us as a president.

And what MR. Sanghavi was telling that this is the way President is selected. I feel sorry for being a sincere voter for this democracy. I think our way of handling these issues need to be revisited (like so many rules and regulation we are facing in our life today). Presidential post should have a mandate and option of direct voting from citizens also.

Also in regular polls, we must have a option for voting against a candidate. Normally if we see the statistics of any candidate, mostly the winning candidate are not the most favourite ones, they are the one with most votes in favour. If you count the votes against them, it will be always higher than the votes in their favour.

If this continues to be like this, I may to think again before going out to vote.

Hoping to see a more organised and mature political scenario in India.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

My experience @ CCD

Last weekend I went to a CCD in my locality. I saw a board over there saying


To become best in this industry by providing the best in the service and quality at affordable prices

We were three guys, after waiting for half an hour and repetitive request our order for one plate samosa and three coffees was taken. We waited again for 45 minutes and the I walked upto the service counter and ask for the same.

After all this it was served and then again waiting started, this time for bill. It took another 25 minutes for the bill to come to us.

And all this was happening when there was a Floor manager around.

If the service continues like this, I seriously doubt how they are going to the best!!

I don't know about others , but I am not going to visit CCD anymore, under no condition to that CCD.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

The End of Corporate Social Responsibility?

It may not be of interest to each and every reader of this blog, but i bet few of my friends and colleagues will have a interest in going through this...The same way i was interested when I saw the link below

The End of Corporate Social Responsibility?

Lets wait and watch for the big question "What next?"

Saturday, June 09, 2007

It seems in India every one wants to be Poorer?

I think India is the only country in the world that has a population that is dying for being declared a beggar(reservation).

Scenario One....

What else can explain the violence unleashed by the Gujjar community in Rajasthan? They are already in the OBC Category and now they want themselves to be included in the ST Category! As communities declared as OBC, SC and ST categories are given special “privileges” – like reserved seats in educational institutions, govt. jobs etc. SC/ST categories are given more privileges than the OBC category. Now we can see a decision on reserving jobs for such communities in the private sector too!

Reservation has now became – a right to die for!

Scenario Two....

Amitabh Bacchhan declaring himself a farmer and acquiring agricultural land in U.P. and Maharashtra. His bad luck, Govt. changed in U.P. and he lost case in U.P. and now on the verge of losing the land in Maharashtra. I am unable to figure out why a superstar like AB has to do all this? He is capable enough to purchase/ procure the same without any political interference. He is already having a good experience of being too close with a political party and I don't expect same mistake to be repeated by Amitabh again. He should stay away from all this now and enjoy his life.

Why can't people be honest!

What a great country we are!

Thursday, June 07, 2007

No one can be a LOSER....

We all may miss big big prizes of life...big Oscars...Grammies etc...but we should not forget that each and every one is entitled to small small countless pleasures...a walk in the rain...a coffee with friends...a walk with beloved..a friendly fight among friends...

And if you are able to read this have a access to the Internet, access to a computer..lucky enough to be educated and educated enough to understand English...

No one on this earth can be a loser...because remember he/she is the one who was able to survive among the few million and was born on this earth...


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Rehne De Aasman..Zamin Ki Talash Kar,
Sab Kutch Yahin Hai...Na Kahin Aur Talash Kar,
Har Aarzoo Poori Ho To Jine Ka Kya Maza,
Jine Ke Liye Bas Ek Wajah Ki Talash Kar

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Saturday, June 02, 2007


Announcing a new....a brand new Pit stop "BrewHaHa" @ Kormangala, Bangalore.

Brain child of two guys Mansur and Sreeram. The place seems to be a always happening place....full of fun, entertainment and of course good food!!!

So, if you're planning a get together with a group of friends and really want to try something new, instead of going to CCD or any coffee join, this time why don't u guys visit BrewHaHa.

To know the exact location

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PS: I am in no way related to these guys, just came across their BrewHaHa, liked it and hence recommending it. All copyrights are still with Mansur and Sreeram

So called well wishers...

There is a special breed of people known as "Well wishers".

These are found everywhere, in any part of world, in any type of society. Whether you want or not, they are always there to help you, give you enough gyan on each and every topic of your so called personal life. And just because of these guys/gals your personal life never stays personal. They will promptly advice you in presence of each and everyone. Even in front of those people whom you would never tell your situation/problem. They are so called the solution providers who have solution for every problem of your, even though they will be having their share of problems and never like if you ask/give them an advice for that.

Would love to have a cleaner surroundings without these Well Wishers.

Friday, April 06, 2007

Extended office hours...and...missing timelines..

Welcome to new high-tech age. Everything is too fast to believe, fast traffic, fast growth, fast people. Young generation with motto "work hard party harder", trying their best to work harder so that they can party harder. But the problem faced is although how much you work hard..still you get very less time to party harder..or you can say that there is no time to party.

They are having all possible gadgets to ease their work, no matter how hard they try to leave office on time..its gets extended beyond the limits. Thanks to flexi hours..we are working 24 X 7 and eventually getting bonded to work 24 X 7. Whatever you plan for your weekend is getting overwritten by the plans related to office, unexpected downtime, sudden failure at data center, servers behaving in a kinky way and above all demanding business (our end customers). Something or other keeps us bonded to office. Even getting calls while you are traveling on vacation is not so uncommon. Every one's work is far far important than yours. After all you are recruited to be there ' With you, For you..ALWAYS" . This originally used to be motto of Delhi Police, but now it is being practiced buy other people more than Delhi police.

These high tech things which are supposed to ease up life and meet the deadlines are one of the root cause of missing time lines. Because of these the expectations had raised as if by just using the computers and gizmo everything can be done by a singe click of mouse. And the net result is either a missed time line after so many extended office hours or a messed personal life.

Sometimes I think the laborer working around my place are in a better position, after working full day they at least sleep in peace (although they also have a monetary insecurity in their mind).

Every one should have a different space for personal and professional life and try not to mix them.


Few days back I went and watched NISHABD...awesome movie...although very few people may like that, but still a master piece of AB Sr. Left me really nishabd...That man is having his own aura..he can run a show on his own, really doesn't needs any type of support.

He had seen all good and bad patches in his life and still stands taller in front of every one as an example of LIFE..full of surprises.

He is an icon for 2 -3 generations as of now and will be an icon for many more generations to come.

Wishing to have more performances like this from AB Sr. in future also..

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Indian Team is back.....

This is not a very uncommon scene, Indian team loses somewhere, come back unnoticed, all channels doing a postmortem of what happened and after few weeks Team India is ready for next round of matches, people geared up Hoo Haa Indian Tigers....Media again doing some calculations, predictions , tarot card reading, long discussions by so called experts who are either ex-players (some of them who really played , rest played horribly in their times) and some good looking ladies who had just jumped onto this stage, seeing the exposure and limelight of this.

They forget everything, whatever happened in past and again geared up for the next round of joy/sorrow. What I am unable to understand that if we really hate say Tendulkar so much after the loss of Indian team and comment that he is too much busy with advertisements why do we follow them/ their endorsements when they are playing good. We should also understand that playing for Team India is a responsibility for those guys also they have to think of their future also. If they do not endorse the products and once they are out of team how will they maintain their lifestyle. Either they should never be allowed to do these type of brand promotions or if allowed they should be given a chance to live their lives.

That way each and every one of us who is either in a job or doing his business has got one or other  responsibility towards our country, tell me how many take that sincerely. If we can ignore our responsibilities, why can't the players do that.

To point fingers on them we have to be true from heart, then we all are free to blame any one.

Hoping forward to see  a breed of more understanding Cricket fans..

Monday, February 19, 2007

Hype created by our ALERT media...

Today we are seeing what media wants to show us, we are speaking what media wants to hear out of our mouths and believing what media wanted us to believe . Very simple three examples..

1. Hype about the cars presented by Amitabh to Abhishek on his birthday and the car presented to him by Vidu Vinod Chopra. (Only to find later that Abhishek's is in the name of some politician and Amitabh's in the name of Chopra himself ). Why should we waste our time in deciding what is being gifted to whom and who are these channels to waste our air time by making us watch this news hundred times a day!!

2. In yesterday's match between SriLanka and India, media declared that Yuvraj and Shehwag are back in form. I am unable to understand how just by playing or performing in a single match gives an impression that the player is back in form, if it is so, then non performance in a single match should also count towards out of form for any given player...I insist for any given player..which is not really true, at least in Indian cricket.

3. One pharmacy company chose to start their business in Aandhra Pradesh, that is considered by media as Banglaore losing to Andhara. When in past times so many companies opted for Banglalore, it was never taken as Delhi losing to Karnataka or Andhra losing to Karnataka.

4. On Aishwarya going to Amitabh's home town for some school's foundation laying function. But no one bothered to screen reports about all the presidential bravery award winners for even 12 Hrs

5. All the discussions made on so called forum are on some very cosmopolitan topics with all the participants from so called upper middle class. No one tried to raise and issue for someone really suffering from the real below poverty line (not so called non creamy layer poor people )

Instead why don't they focus on bringing up the real issues like water scarcity, rocketing prices of real estate and despite all so called ample job opportunities , unemployment. The media should keep a balance between commercialisation and truth reporting.

I agree that the media also needs some commercialisation but they should not divert from the basics of journalism in a race to be the FIRST and the BEST...

Just advertising on being POISED will never going to makes us POISED..

Now.....Bangalore from the eyes of a common man...

This common man can be anyone.......

1. autowaala
2. anyone like me and you

Let me start with something on this .....

I prefer to choose the first one in my list "An Auto-waala"

Species Type: Very common, matching the current movie trends in clothing and hair style
Species Traits: Mostly rude, reluctant to negotiate and always on move
Species Strengths: Unity between all the members of a Auto Stand
Species Weakness: Poor flow of incoming money

So the very unique species known as an Auto-waala. I met with an incidence just a week back. One of my friend came over here at Bangalore from my hometown, he stayed here for a couple of days and was going back. I along with one of my room partner went to drop him at railway station. After spending two hours with him at railway station we started our long journey back to our room. Went to bus stand only to know that Volvo (Air conditioned bus service of Karnataka State ) doesn't operates on Sunday evenings beyond 8.00 pm. So dejected end exhausted we came out and started out eternal search for an auto so that we can reach in time at a party back at room being organised by one of our friend.
After just a try of ten minutes we got one, who happily agreed to give us a ride back home on the term of getting paid 1.5 times of the meter reading (this is the minimum amount you end up paying in Bangalore, other wise its just double the meter fare or simply the nearest round figure).

As soon as we started our trip back home we were stopped by a policeman. The autowaala stopped and went to meet him. After waiting for him to come back for fifteen minutes, I stepped down and went to them only to be greeted by that policeman in a very rude manner and an arrogant gesture. But still I preferred to wait and watch the whole proceedings. After negotiating for another ten minutes we started again. The autowaala told he refused to pay bribe as he had just paid fifty bucks five minutes back to one of his colleague.

All this was happening in the heart of city, bang opposite to Bangalore city railway station and bus station. It shows clearly that the policeman do not fear anyone.

I noted down the bike registration number of policeman, (it was ending in 1770) so that just in case if I come across that guy again, I know what exactly need to be done to escape.

If so called guardians of law and order behave like this, whatever the Govt. claims, the common man is not going to be benefited. Wishing for a better and clearer future and keeping my finger crossed.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

A day in life of an average working Bangalorian

I will try to describe a normal day in life for my fellow residents of Bangalore who are fortunately or unfortunately working here. The day typically starts early in the morning (not because they go for some exercise or jogging) because they have to get ready and have to go to very far off locations for their job. I wonder how one of my colleague commutes every day from a far off place situated just 40 KMs from my office. I get fed up only in traveling 5 KMs.

Although Bangalore was known earlier for the gardens in past times , now the first thing that comes to anyone's mind while thinking about Bangalore is heavy traffic jam, pathetic infrastructure and a bigger fraction of life wasted while commuting to office everyday. The city was planned keeping in mind a normal load but the load is growing up in a exponential way. Lots and lots of vehicles being added everyday. On top of that I can see many of the guys coming to office by there own means of transportation. One guy in one car, what a mess. These so called status symbol addict guys add up to the problem of traffic. On top of all this narrow bridges, one ways and furious bikers. The day starts with a fight for more or less every resident. You try using public transport service and you end up being stuffed in some tin boxes. Its very difficult even to stand inside the buses. The Govt. is trying its best (as per Govt.) to fight with all this but practically I am unable to see any improvements (I may be wrong in saying this)

On top of all this if..I repeat if by any chance you are forced to take a auto rickshaws you are screwed. They ask mostly twice the fare and never agree to go by meter (at least I never found any autowaala who agreed for a metered ride ). Their argument "they have to return back empty". Even one autowaala told me that he had to return empty from Bangalore railway station (what a joke!!)

Somehow we reach office..exhausted and left with no energy in morning itself (imagine how much we are able to concentrate on our daily work after this much of fight). After working for half a day the next frontier for us "Food". The kind of food I eat every day at the cafeteria is one of the worst I had in life. Even while traveling across India I find much much better option to eat even by roadside. Only god knows what all they serve. I just follow the "Tank filling " strategy to survive. Then back to work..Ufff...Somehow the day comes to an end somewhere around early night and the fight to come back begins..Same stuffed buses..same crawling traffic and same exhausted people. After reaching back home you don't even feel like a living being. Have something to eat and hit the bed as we have to get next day again for "Office"

Undoubtedly the city is really silicon valley "Full of Silicon (Sand )"

I Salute the Traffic police for doing a wonderful job 24 X 7 and wonder how they are able to withstand the traffic everyday

Saturday, February 10, 2007



After a long phase of planning....lot more negative than positive...I along with 2 frnds from office Afsal and Pranav..finally started my trip to LIFE....on 25th night from Namma Bangaloroo.

Started in a hurry from office..rushing pushing to get out of office in time I managed to sneak out a bit late but yet in time...went on to pick up both frnds, had a dinner en route and somehow reached Bangaloroo station just in time..settled in the coach..and started my journey...happily.....

After a long sleep for whole night we reached Chennai...took the flight for Port Blair...met seven more frnds (batch mates of Pranav and Afsal)...

Also visible in pic above is Prat the Brat....The start of the journey indicated clearly that we are going to have fun :) I met a group full of energy..vigour..vitality. I feel a bit lucky to meet u guys..

Reached Port Blair in a time of two and half hour time span. All arrangements were already made for our visit (courtesy Pranav). Vehicles were waiting for us, we went to our hotel...had our Brunch..and started to explore Port Blair and neighbouring islands..we visited Ross island, Viper Island, Cellular Jail..I felt as if time was passing @ speed of light. The day came to an end very soon with some very eye catching memories and I went to sleep just to get up next day early at five am to start my journey to Havlock island

On reaching there after lunch we went to see the "Sea". The beach was marvelous..simply unmatchable types. I was astonished to see that, that was the time I felt as if I was in heaven

I enjoyed the trip a lot...I am summerising my trip in very few lines...there are lots and lots to be said...lots to be shared..but for that you need to spend some time with me...That was again a walk of life..

I am attaching two images below to denote the start and completion of my journey...

Start denoted by morning.....The SUN...

Completion by night...The MOON....

I wish I could travel more and add more nature to life...