Friday, November 30, 2012

Lady In The Gogs 2

Lady in the Gogs -part2 continues from one of my post Lady in the Gogs in 2010.

So, what exactly happens when a beautiful lady or a pretty girl gets settle in the team? Does the fellow team mates keep doing their work normally? Do they notice the addition in team? Does any change occurs in the work atmosphere?

Well, I guess you will not feel any difficulty to answer these questions if you are working under an IT firm. Being working in an IT firm I have my observations for above questions and also the experiences as shared by other IT friends so generally what happens is:-

The girl joins the firm or moved in your team from some other team, the moment team get the news of new member’s arrival  everyone starts looking for the empty bench which may get allotted to her and then start envying those lucky team members around that empty bench as they are going to be her so called neighbors. Suddenly this stupid empty bench seems lucky to the people around it as everyone want to be a good neighbor and these people gets the reward of “getting more chances to talk to her” as luckiest draw reward.(Why not lucky draw? Keep on reading…)

Yes, that’s true, people around New Member in Team get more chances to talk as compared to others as these are the people who help the NMT in setting up network related things and other knowhow of team related things.

Once the luckiest team mates are identified then comes the turn of lucky team mate in form a very sweet term of IT “Buddy” or “Mentor”. A Buddy or a Mentor is that person who is responsible for sharing the knowledge of project related things and organizational related things to the NMT. Buddy/Mentor can be any one from the team who has the full of knowledge of project, so, the Mentor will mostly interact with the NMT till the moment NMT is comfortable in the project. After this, NMT is assigned to project activities and usual office life starts.

You know, one of the main and important ingredient in the making of any software is nicotine or caffeine, without it it may not have been developed. Ab software develop karne waala bhi insaan hi he and bina coffee,chai and sutte k to dimaag hi nahin chalta so ye hua na main and important ingredient!! J. So, everybody goes out from the office (kyunki office me installed vending machine ki chai me wo baat kahan aati he….) to have a cup of tea, coffee or sutta (Cigi aka Cigarette) and wouldn’t it be rude to not to ask the NMT for the Nicot/Cafeine breaks J, after all it makes other people envy when they see that pretty NMT with you or your group. <Same goes for lunch as well>

One can easily observe a change in the work atmosphere after the addition of NMT on the floor, kaise? Aise:-
 1. More people can be seen walking, most of the time with their water bottle to refill or with a cup of tea/coffee from the break out area.
 2. Frequency of technical discussions around the NMT increases.
 3. Friends of other team members around NMT start visiting them often for any reason and interestingly they do ask “kya baat aaj aayi nahin?” when the NMT do not comes to office.

As the time passes the NMT becomes old member in the team but the atmosphere around her (like strong fragrances of perfume/deodorants and things mentioned above) still exists. Colleagues become office friends, phone number and personal email ids gets exchanged followed by adding one more member in each other’s friend list on social networks, sometimes a love story happens and sometimes FOSLA (in case if you forgot the full form of it, it is Frustrated One Sided Lover’s Association) group welcomes their new member.

Whatever the case may be the story ends either with a sweet@my desk or with a Good Bye mail.

PS: I could have mentioned other things too when a Lady in the Gogs settles down in the team but I think this may get wacky on the public forum. If you really want to know those things then drop me a PM.

PPS: Aww! I just realized , this is my 100th post on my blog. I have hit a century since 2008. :)
               

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Busy!!

Heya!!

Life is going super busy these days, I have hardly logged in to my account since my last post. Will Catch up soon.

Keep Rocking!

-Ankit

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Jaaaabooooong

From quite a long time I was planning to surprise Palak with some unexpected gift without any occasion and I was wondering how should I do it. Initially I thought to go on some online website and order something online and  get it deliver at home but then the *typical thinking of not doing trust* on websites which sell products overshadowed my plan.

*Typical thinking of not doing trust means ki 

-pta nahin jo product website pe dikha rahe hein waise hi deliver karenge ya nahin, 
-kya pta paise to le lein but time pe deliver karenge ya nahin, 
-Deliver karenge bhi ya nahin,
- Agar product defective ya fit nahin aaya to main kahan tak inke peeche bhagunga to return it or get it exchange,
- Website waale 30 days return policy kehte to he but phir us time ko courier karne ke paise bharo.

I have to have gift her something secretly and I was wondering whether should I go to the mall chupke se with out her knowledge and bring something for her but then suddenly advertisement of www.Jabong.com flashed in to my mind in which a man was hiding in some closet and told that Jabong.com offers cash on delivery(COD), Free delivery and 30 days return policy for free with full money return on no question basis (i.e. you do not have to pack the received item and take it to courier company to send it to office of Jabong.com on your expense, you just need to call their customer care and tell them that you need to return the ordered item, their pick up executive will come at your door step and take your item for return).

If you are getting such services at your door step then is there any need to move your ass out of your comfort zone? Simply click karo, order karo and ghar bethe apne man chaha item pao. This is provided by www.jabong.com

I changed my mind and I took the initiative to change my thinking towards e shopping by giving it a try and I ordered a pair of bellies for her from the wide variety and range offered by Jabong.com. The order got delivered with in one day may be because it got delivered from Gurgaon and the distance from Gurgaon to Noida is short, the quality and packing of the box was good



and when she opened above packing and saw her pretty bellies she literally did Whoaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!! like the girl did in the Jabong.com's advertisement.

Websites like www.jabong.com are making people to buy those things which are not available in the markets of their city. This websites is helpful for people in small cities and small town to purchase things which they have not seen in their neighborhood and of course the people in big cities are enjoying these services without leaving their comfort zone.

I think its time when you can make your near and dear one do Whoaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!





Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Ye Software kya he? Hota kya he ye?... Some Myths about IT Industry.


Ek baat batao, ye software kya he? Matlab hota kya he ye software?

Very logical question but how many time you have come across this question and have you answered this question and succeeded to make other person understand what is a software ?

Once you answer above question next comes what software does your company make?

Again a very logical and layman question but I think this one is more easy then the first one, isn’t it?
Coming across non-IT friends, relatives, strangers  you will notice that the moment you say that you are an IT guy, they have already made some assumptions about you which are some myths and some actuality. Some of the common myths which I come across are:-

Myth #1: If you haven't been onsite you are a loser.

Uncle:     Tum 3 saal se IT company mein kaam kar rahe ho na?
Me:           Ji uncle.
Uncle:     Tum videsh nahi gaye?
Me:           Nahi uncle project mein requirement nahi  hai onsite ki
Uncle:     Lekin woh Mahesh ko toh maanna padegaa.... vo chote sheher se hai..... aise hi kisi private 

                  college se degree ki and then job me usne jamke mehnat ki aur use company ne  USA bheja!   
                  Mehnat ka fal use mila he.

Hmmm!! That’s the problem. People think about software industry that the one who is smart and hard working are sent on site while the loser ones are the people left behind in India. So, the assumption is that if you haven't been on site then you don't work hard nor you have any kind of sincerity and.…. bas abhi k liye itna kaafi he :)

Myth #2: If you are not working under a big IT name you are a loser.

Auntyji:  Beta kya kaam karte ho? 
Me:       Aunty main Software company me kaam karta hoon?
Auntyji : Accha!! Beta, kaunsi company me?
Me:          Ji Aunty!! Main <company name> is company me kaam karta hoon.
Auntyji: Ye kaun si company he? Kabhi suna nahi? Kaha hai  ye? 
(Embarrassing me and asking all this as if she knows all things about software companies)

Me:           Ji Aunty, Ye….
Auntyji:  Tumko TCS/Wipro ya Infosys mein nahi mila kya? (In short: you are a dumb ass) 

After that I have to make efforts to tell them how I actually work in a much niche technology. In case the opposite person is technologically insane then I give him some product development 'funda' with my arrogance.

Myth #3: If you are an IT guy then you can fix any computer, calculator and may be clocks too.

 Friend:     Bhai, tu ek din ghar aaja, mere computer me kuch kharabi ho gayi he, tu dekh 
                   le.
Me:           Bhai, usme me kya dekhunga?
Friend:     Abey!! Tu to software company me kaam karta he aur tu aise keh rha he, tujhe 
                  nahin pta hoga to aur kise pta hoga?
Me:           Bhai, hardware related problem hogi to main kahan se dekhunga, I am not 
                  hardware expert…. Haan agar kuch settings related problem he to bta.
Friend:     Yaar  mujhe nahin pta tu kya bol rha he…tu ek baar aaja.

Well, actually I enjoy fixing things but most of the IT guys around must have at least faced a situation where a friend asked him to fix his /her comp. The task can be from installing a software (double click, next, next, finish) to fixing a computer which gives electric shocks when its metal areas are touched.

Myth #4:  Working in IT, you have lots of money.

Once my parents went to a family friend’s house at evening tea and there
Auntyji:     aur Bhabhiji, bête ne car le legi ho ab to?
Mom:        arey bhabhiji!! Kahan abhi car lega wo…. Hum to soch rahe hein uski bike 
                   bhijwa de wahan… public transport se travel karne badi dikkatein he 
                   Delhi/Noida me. 
Auntyji:     arey kya baat kar rahe ho aap. Aapka beta to Software company me kaam 
                   karta he… wo chahe to aapko car dila dey and aap usko uski purani bike bhejne 
                   ki baat kar rahe ho.
Mom:        Arey nahin, aisa nahin he…abhi to use job karte hue 2 saal hi hue hein… 
Ab who is going to tell them ki bete ki apni salary me se abhi bike khareedne ki aukat nahin he aur ye car ki baat kar rahe hein.

Myth #5:  Software job means a job in comfort.

Non IT people:   Arey!! Ye software company ka job mast hota he re. Pure din Air Conditioned me bethe raho aaram se aur computer pe chick chick karte raho (people sit nicely in front of computer and just punch the keys)

Well I don't completely disagree khaas tor se in summer season: D
Myth #6: You are working in Software company so get married.

Old people:     Arey ab to badiya kama rha he computer ki naukri me…ab iski shaadi kar 
                         do!!

Ek mahine ki salary akele insaan ka kharcha nahin nikalta, do log kahan se khayenge? J

Myth #7: Your office is more like a factory

People from different field (PFDF)
PFDF:     Kahan he tumhari factory?
Me:         Factory???
PFDF:    haan!! Factory, jahan tum jaate ho software banane.
Me:        Sector 59, Noida me.
PFDF:    Accha!! Naveda me he, kitne mazdoor he tumhari factory me?
Me:        honge karib 1000-1200 k aas pass
PFDF:    Arey!! Itne saare mazdoor tab to bahut badi hogi tumahri factory.
Me:        haan!!
PFDF:    Itne saare log lagein hein yo ek software banane me?
Me:        haan (jhooth bolne me bhalai he nahin to samjhane me dimaag phat jayega)

It looks weird to refer a software office as a factory but logically dekha jaaye to thik bhi he and hum log hein to mazdoor hi bas difference itna he ki we do mazdoori in air conditioned environment while other mazdoor do it in natural environment.

Myth #8: You know everybody in your office.

When you tell anybody that you work with XYZ Company, often you get a reply “My son/daughter/relative Mr/Ms XXX also works in ABC. Do you know him/her"? If you answer in the negative, they feel disappointed.

It is difficult to explain them that there are around thousands of employees in my company, and I cannot know everybody in my ODC, forget about knowing everybody in the company.

I hope most of you have come across these situations and many more such myths.
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PS: Software: Computer software, or just software, is a collection of computer programs and related data that provides the instructions for telling a computer what to do and how to do it. Software refers to one or more computer programs and data held in the storage of the computer for some reasons.

Kuch doubt he to yaar Wikipedia se pooch lo ya google kar lo :)

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Honesty is the best policy

Kuch yaad aaya?? Yahi sikhate tha school me "Honesty is the best policy and we should never lie". Do you think we are following this slogan completely?


Some people say that they hate those who tell lies for any reason while some other people accept “white lies” when situation arises, even if they usually do not like lying. Well, I guess many of us are like that.

During our childhood, our parents teach us one of the greatest human values: always telling the truth. Based on this, parents can help us resolve life problems, and we build a strong familial relationship with them. For example, lying or omitting the truth towards our parents can leads us getting in trouble or even in life threatening situations. Sometimes might be too late for them to help us, even if they try hard to do as much as possible to get us out of the problems.
Today, we are sometimes honest and sometimes we take help of white lies to escape from an unwanted situation. Wo kehte he na ki "jis jhooth se kisi ka bhala ho ya nuksaan na ho use jhooth nahin kehte". Ab kya karein!!! har kisi ko har time sach bhi to nahin bol sakte.... arey bhai zamana hi aisa he and according to Raju of 3 idiots "jhooth bolna bhi to hume parents and is duniya ne sikhaya he".

Being an honest person is awfully significant in any long term relationship, such as a friendship or a marriage relation. We want our life partner and friends to be truthful to us but when our turn comes we never hesitate to throw a believable white lie. Office ke baad booze party me jaana he to wife ko bol do "Yaar, aaj thoda time lagega office me. Thoda kaam aa gya he :)" ya phir apne friend k saath na jaana ho to "yaar, thoda kaam  he mujhe aur tabiyat bhi thik nahin lag rahi he, tu samajhna".


Actually, we all have classified certain areas where we have to be honest and where we have to lie (a lie which does not harm anyone or may be gives some advantage with out hurting anyone) like:-


1. We are honest to our life partner and immediate family members but not completely with relatives (Haye haye....rishtedaaro ki nazar lag gayi to!!).


2. We must be honest to our employer but its okay to lie (white/black) to the client to win something.(However the later part remains correct always but are we sure about the first part? :))


3. We always do some jugaad in investment proofs while paying and filing Income tax return. (Ab itne bade bade ghotale hote he humare yahan...humne 20,30 hazaar ka ghotla kar liya to kya fark padta he, kyun!! he na?)


4. We the people who are slaves of private organizations are honest while applying for leaves but it's okay to bunk office once in a while with an absurd reason. (Ab, ye to chalta he yaar.... hum aur kya karein agar office se chutti nahin milti to..)


5. We are honest to traffic police when we have full papers of vehicle but its okay to slip Gandhiji if we get caught with incomplete papers. (Majboori ka naam Mahtma Gandhi)


6. We are honest and in our limits when we go to USA, Europe or on any other overseas location but its okay to blend things in our own country. (Actually, bahar k strict rules se phat ti he na hum logo ki.... yahan kuch kiya to saale fine laga denge ya seedha andar :D)


"Mera bharat mahaan, sau me se assi baimaan" seems we have to  live like this.So, I feel the definition of slogan "Honesty is the best policy" is changed. Honesty may not be the best policy but it does not ensure that being honest will not trouble you.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Baarish ki kich kich...

"5 minutes of heavy rain turned Noida/Delhi in to Venice.....arey koi boat lao, mujhe office jana he..."

This was my statement few days back on Facebook and I think this should be for the next few days if it continues to rain like this.

Generally, baarish ho rahi he isse koi farak nahin padta but it surely gives a moment to think when it is raining either at the time of going to work or at the time of returning from work.

Jo bhi ho, office to jaane hi he, office se jaana bhi he and in all this kich kich pich pich everybody wants to reach their destination asap which sometimes results in traffic jams and making all late. Sometimes people are not able to reach office on time to attend conference call with the overseas client. I hope ki aisa ho sakta --------------------->

Thanks to our drainage systems designed by intellect authorities which makes roads to get disappear under water and show us that there are no signs of drought anywhere. People who walk on road feels that they are in some water amusement park due to the frequent splashes of water coming on them from the vehicles coming in high speed in those flooded roads.

Interesting thing is to know what different people thinks on a rainy day:-

Four wheeler usersif they have a two wheeler then they could have commuted by it using a raincoat and avoided all these traffic chaos.

Two wheeler users: if they have a four wheeler then they could have commuted by it, ye raincoat and udte hue kichad se chutkara milta.

Bicycle users: I am fine with it, at least I can hold umbrella in one hand and still drive my bicycle.

Pedestrian: Getting on to a bicycle to reach early to work.

Traffic police: Chodna!! kaun saala baarish me khade ho kar bheegega.... traffic ki maa behen ek hoti he to hone do... baad me dekh lenge.

Office Shuttle driver: Ye bikers raincoat pehen kar to sukhe sukhe aa jaate hein aur phir humari gaadi ki seat ko geela kar dete hein... unke baad aana waala employee hum par chillata he ki seat gili kyun he.

Road side Sabzi Wale: Hey Bhagwaan, ye baarish kab thamegi, kab humari sabzi bikegi.

People frustrated from traffic jams: 

Ye Noida me auto waalo ko half kar dena 
chahiye, saara traffic inhi ki wajah se hota he... ye aadhe kam ho jayenge to traffic sudhar jayega (They don't bother about 
people who don't have their own vehicle).
Log public transport kyun nahin use karte
yaar, kuch to traffic kam ho. 








Employees: It's better to inform the boss that I will get late for office due to this fucking traffic jam.

Home less people: Ab kahan sir chupau, kahan jaun.

Lovers: "Dekho baarish ho rahi he...mera dil ro raha he..." and other romantic songs :)

Alcohol lovers: Arey yaar, aaj phir mahol ban gya he peene waala....mausam mast he.. chalein kya!!

There may be lots of other things too,Kher jo bhi ho, once we reach our destination after experiencing the natural shower adrak waali chai and garma garam pakode to chal hi jaate hein.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Travelling From H.NZM

Last month July was totally a journey month, whole month we were travelling to different places including our parents and  that too in between madness of traffic jams due to rain, heavy rains, train delays due to Power grid failure.
I like travelling via train as I meet/see different people some strange, some funny and looking out of window and hanging on door takes me to all those old memories of my earlier life. Every time I have to travel I start getting excited and conscious to reach station on time to avoid last minute running and pushing. I totally believe on our railways that train will not arrive at platform at the exact time but still I don't want to take any chance. 

Well, it's  been around 12 years since I started travelling own my own mostly using railways and every time I go to my home in Gujarat I feel the same excitement which I used to feel in those days of my graduation. (I left my home for the first time to pursue my graduation)


Whenever I choose railways to commute I feel that one of the good job which Lalu has done in his railway ministry tenure is to start Garib rath train, this train is equipped completely with 3rd AC sleeper coaches with half fare as compared to normal rates of 3 tier AC and the best thing is that it takes 13 hours (~same as Rajdhani express ) to reach Surat from Delhi so it suits me best to go home on cheaper fare using Air Conditioned facility. 

Btw, the purpose of starting Garib Rath train was to make poor people afford travelling in Air Conditioned sleeper coaches on cheaper fare although I have never seen any poor people travelling in it. All middle class people use it to lower their travel expenses, this train's booking get full in the first 30 minutes on the day when advance reservation period opens i.e. 120 days.

As I said, last month was full of journey so Hazrat Nizzamuddin railway station was my most visited station and every time I go there I see:-


1. The women who first request and then pin up small indian flag on your shirt then start asking money?

2. The local dhaba got beer Haywards 50000 to sell, I have never seen it on thekas and in pub. :)

 3. The installed X-ray machine is not getting used completely, many labour class people passing it without putting their jhola/Thela in it.

4. The parking is always full. Government should give a thought to build a multilevel parking

5. The prepaid auto rickshaw counter executive is not present in his booth most of the time.

6. There are no sign boards to parcel office, how one is supposed to find it to book his parcel.


7. One of the CISF security guard standing always near X-Ray machine plays an important role in managing crowd on the entrance of station. I hope there are more like him.


8. There is no Ticket checker on the exit of station.


9. H. NZM has a fine Comesum restaurant which is open 24x7. It also serves a place for night hangout especially in winters.


10. Railway has installed a big billboard which shows status of incoming and outgoing trains.


11. Auto and taxi drivers can make a big hole in your pocket by putting their fare missile if you are unknown about the usual fare to your destination.


I hope someday Railway ministry gives H.NZM station a cosmetic fix as it did to New Delhi Railway Station.



Monday, August 13, 2012

Aakkkthuuu…

Driver:(Chewing Tobacco) Picchhhh…. arey!! 15 tareek lo band ho jai…phir ka kareebe??
Other Person:Band ho jai to ho jai…stock mangaye lenge.
Driver: Abe Baklol!!, kitna stockwa kareebe? Phir khtam hoibe ki na hoibe?
Other Person: Khtam ho jai to ho jai, mangaye lenge phir rishtedaarwa se jab uhh Patna to Delhi aawe.
Driver: haan, Uhh bhi thik he….saala iske bina to zindagi jhand he…guzara nahin hoga sasura

I don’t know whether above conversation was in Bihari or Bhojpuri, it was on our way from office to parking plot between our shuttle cab driver and one of his colleague who was sitting besides him in Maruti Omni.

Did you get the idea about which thing they were talking about? They were talking about the ban on tobacco and nicotin products such as gutkha, pan masala, cigarrates etc which government of Haryana and Delhi is applying after 15 August 2012. They were tensed about getting their masala once it gets banned and not available on  khoka at every nukkad.It seemed that they can not live without chewing gutkha as if their body does not work untill they put gutkha in between their tongue and teeth.
Government is taking this step to stop consumption of these things in the state to avoid bad consequences while on the other hand these people have started making schemes to get it either by purchasing it in bulk before ban to stock or by finding ways to smuggle it from the neighboring states where it is not getting banned.

On one of the news website I found a news about this ban, Gutkha manufacturing companies are making new ways to sell their product. They are planning to sell the required ingredients for Gutkha to sell separately in market so one who wants to have gutkha can mix these ingredients and enjoy it. (I am not  showing a way to tobacco lovers)

Many educated and uneducated people are aware about the consequences of such products but still they consume it, not able to leave their habit and do picchhh… aakkthuuu… everywhere to paint the walls and corners.What an artist these Gutkha chewers are, paintings created by their spitted color should be placed in some art exhibition for bidding. They do not only paint the walls they use the roads as well and the art of painting things while on the move is excellent. One of my friend's taste buds have become insensitive as he is not able to feel any taste due to excessive chewing of Gutkha but he is still continuing with his habit.

Such people should take care of their habit, they should not paint walls with the color from their mouth and they should not make other people passive smoker.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Reward and Recognition

As our Organization is an integral part of People CMM, few months back they initiated the practice of bringing employee’s innovative methods to the limelight.


They launched Continuous Capability Improvement(CCI) drive where employee get opportunities to share their creative work process approaches among the other associates so they provided a platform to recognize and reward the innovative Personal Work Processes (PWPs) implemented by an employee to enhance efficiency and effectiveness as individuals and teams. In this one has to include introduction of any new tool, practice and procedure which helped in increasing efficiency , over all capability and simplifying work process.


I participated in it, shared my personal techniques/methods to accomplish a work/task to keep client and bosses happy, the best part is that my PWP get selected as one of the best PWPs so I got a reward for this from top shots of management. :)


This is a second good thing happened to me after my appraisal in June. I am happy :D


Here is the award


Monday, July 16, 2012

Quick tips for Lansdowne

Lansdowne is a small hill-station in Pauri-Garhwal District of the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand and it is a perfect place for your weekend trip. You do not require to take any extra leave from your office.
It is a quite and beautiful place where you can spend quality time with your family.There is nothing like tourist attraction apart from the beauty of hills and green valleys. It attracts tourists from Delhi and other near by areas, most of the tourist comes during weekend but still this place does not appear to be over crowded. As it is a small place so number of hotels/resorts are less and expensive of course.
If you love trekking than Lansdowne is a place for you, all the places in Lansdowne are in the radius of 5 km which can be covered by foot but remember 5 km trekking on hill may seem bit difficult but it is a best way to see the natural beauty. If you don’t have your own vehicle and you are not willing to trek then you can hire it from Gandhi chowk (main Bazaar area of Lansdowne). The rates are quite high and unreasonable to cover 5 km but local people say that it is the only way of their earning.
If you get vomiting sensation during driving uphill then don’t forget to take pills which prevents vomiting sensations. Trust me these pills are totally life saver.


How to reach:
If you want to go by your own vehicle (suggested) then Lansdowne is around 240 Kms from Delhi and is the nearest hill station from Delhi. By road it will take around 7 hours from Delhi to Lansdowne. Having your own vehicle will enable you to easily visit nearby towns and temples.
You can also have the option of train, there are two trains from Delhi Mussorie express and Garhwal express to Kotdwara, from Kotdwara Lansdowne is 40 km drive up hill.Buses and taxis are available from the Kotdwar railway station directly upto the Lansdowne market, a shared taxi charges INR 50.
If you want to hire a private taxi then the charge from Kotdwara to Lansdowne is Rs 500. Beware of the high charges told by taxi drivers who will greet you as soon as you will walk out of Kotdwara Railway station.
Same is applicable for returning.


Best time:
Across the year. Avoid rainy season as there are chances of Land slide to block roads.


Accommodation:
There are not very much hotels and resorts in Lansdowne. You can find some hotels and resorts from website www.makemytrip.com but accommodation available on this website are far from the main market of Lansdowne. Main market is the center point of Lansdowne.
The cheap and best option is to book your room at Tourist Rest house maintained by Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam Limited ( a government of Uttarakhand Enterprise). The rooms are good and not very expensive. You have to do your booking in advance as there are not many rooms, you can do your booking from gmvnl’s website http://gmvnl.com/newgmvn/check1.asp?naam='trh', You have to create a user for booking your accommodation. Tourist rest house is near to center point of Lansdowne.


Restaurants:
Various small restaurants offer decent selection of snacks, lunch and dinner and most of them are located around Gandhi Chowk (Town centre). We went to Hotel Mayur all the time as it suits us.
Your Hotel/resort will also have the fooding facility.


Places to see:

  • Kaleshwar Mahadev Temple – Way goes from Gandhi chowk

Below places are together i.e. If you go to Bulla lake first then you can go to St. James church, Tip-n-Top and Santoshi Mata temple and vice versa.
  • Bhulla Lake – A small artificial lake made by cantonment, open for boating from 10 am to 5 pm. Boating charge is Rs 40 for adults.
  • St. James Church – A small church made in the pre independence era.
  • Tip-in-Top - A view point, on a clear day you can see the green valley.
  • Santoshi Mata Temple (On way to the temple watch out for the tree with giant ear, and the reindeer rock)
Below places lies on the way to Garhwal Rifles Museum
  • Snow View - a view point, on a clear day one can view great Himalayan peaks like Chaukhamba etc
  • Garhwal Rifles Museum – Has medals and rifles of the officers from Garhwal Regiment. Entry ticket is of Rs 50 for adults.
Near by Places:
  • Jwalpa Devi (47 km)
  • Durga Devi temple (24 km)
  • Tarkeshwar Mahadev (30 km) - beutiful and quite place
  • Karnva Ashram (14 km) - where Shakuntala is said to have given birth to Raja Bharat
Theatre:
There is one theatre which shows movies, it is near to Gandhi chowk.

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Friday, July 6, 2012

Known faces but Unknown people

How often it happened with you when you saw a known face but that person is unknown to you or you know that person but that person don't know you or both of you have seen each other before but you don't have any communication?

I believe this happens most of the time in our day to day life. When such moment comes either we just smile at each other and move forward with out saying any word or we go to that person and tell him/her that "I have seen you before..." and we are sure where we have seen him/her then we directly tell them "Hey... you work in office or you are from the same residential society..." or we just don't say anything.

I usually tell the person who is with me (at that time) that I know this person and it happens most of the time with me. I am somewhat good in remembering names and faces of people, in fact my colleagues call me database of names because most of the time when we are talking about a chick or a dude from our office I have their name.

I remember one incident which happened with me at Chennai airport, I  and Palak were waiting for flight to Andaman, We were munching at a snack counter and I saw a man standing 5 feet away from me and looking at me continuously, when I shifted my gaze from Palak to him he gave me a big smile and started walking towards me with his open hands as if he was going to hug me. When he came more closer his expression got changed and he dropped his open hands. I asked him

I: "Excuse me, do we know each other?"

He: "Actually, I guess...no, you very much look like my younger brother"


I: "Well, that may be a coincidence but did your brother get married recently?"

He: "No, he is married for 5 years?"


I: "...then definitely I am not him because I got married 3 days before and we are on the way to our honeymoon".


He:"Oh ok...Congratulations!! Actually, I am going for a family reunion in Mumbai and my brother who looks like you is coming directly to Mumbai from Singapore. I thought he came here to surprise me and go along with me".


I: "Oh...I am sorry that I am not him.... have a good time in your family reunion".


Such incidents happens sometimes.Generally,chances of happening this is more if you are working in an Corporate firm or a place where many people work at the same time, there you have your own small social group and you see other people during lunch time or town hall meeting. Some people don't hesitate to speak on such moments but sometimes they got success and sometimes the person says "Sorry, I am not the one you are looking for".

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Stupid Cell Phone

Aap logo ne ye to suna hi hoga ki "aajkal lagi hui he" ya phir "Boss ne le rakhi he" or "life is screwing me hard" but kabhi ye suna he ki "mere phone ne meri leli"?? Trust me, aapka phone bhi kabhi aapki le sakta he.... kaise?? thik waise hi jaise mere phone ne meri [ehem][ehem]...

Last week Monday, I received a call from a unknown number, when I took the call the caller told me that he has received a missed call from my number, I put him on hold and checked my call log and I did not made any call to him. I told him that I have not made the call but he didn't get convinced and I have to end the call abruptly. I got another call from a different unknown number and this caller was also saying the same thing. I didn't get what was happening, initially, I thought Airtel's network might got goofed up but it was not like that. I was continuously receiving the calls from different people saying the same thing and all my effort to explain them that I have not made any call was going waste.

When I received 10th call that day I asked the caller about the number from which they got missed call and it was 9990703**4 (an Idea subscriber number). Soon, I realized that this idea subscriber has diverted all incoming calls to my number and this subscriber is giving missed calls to different people who in turn calling back to this idea subscriber but their calls were landing to my number due to that call divert feature. When I got the whole game I realized that it is very hard to make people understand what was actually happening so I decided to not to answer any call from an unknown number which was getting flashed on my cell phone screen with Nokia's call divert symbol.

I tried to make a call to this idea subscriber to inform him/her about this stupidity but my call got loop back due to that call divert and my cell phone was showing dialed number as engage. I thought to send a sms to this idea number but my sms were getting failed. I was receiving the calls whole day, whole week till Sunday and it was really baffling me.So, there was no way left to contact/inform this idea subscriber besides hoping to receive a call from any friend/relative of this number and answering it to request them.

You must be thinking why I haven't contacted Customer Care? I did and they told me that call divert feature is activated from the cell phone itself which orders sim-card to divert all incoming calls to the provided number so they are unable do anything in this as there is nothing which is activated from their side. They told me to find that subscriber personally and request him/her to disable it, I asked them how in world I can find a person with only a cell phone and that to when Customer Care keeps name and address information confidential to public.(Stupid Guys....)
                                 One of the  amazing thing of this facility is that you can divert your incoming call to any number with out having consent/confirmation from the owner of diverted number.Idea customer care executive told me to try lodging a complaint on Idea Showroom, may be they can take some action on this matter or lastly I can lodge a Police complaint against this number.

On Sunday, I received the very first call of the day, I didn't answered it for the first time, it came again, I didn't answered it second time, it came third time as well, Palak asked me to at least answer the call waise bhi kaun sa humare call rate lag rahe the so I answered it and it was from the owner of that number. She was Deepa, an Idea executive who sells Idea sim-cards. My bubble of anger burst on her and I told her that I have already made a Police complaint against this number and now she is going to face Police enquiry (it was a lie but I thought it was necessary). She, actually felt that she was not receiving any calls on her number in that whole week so she started investigating (pagal.... tube-light kahin ki...) and made her call me from a different number. I told her to disable call divert by dialing ##02# on her mobile immediately.Sone pe Suhaga to ye tha ki us bandi ne apne sim card pe sms service activate nahin karwa rakhi thi.... that's why my sms were getting failed.


After Sunday afternoon she disabled call divert and my phone stopped ringing. Jabse mere pass ye phone he tab se aajtak ye itna nahin baja hoga jitna peechle hafte baja he... :)


I believe Idea tagline is really true..... "An Idea can change your life" :)


PS: Arey yaar log bhi kitne curious hote hein.... ek missed call aa jaye kisi ke pass to pura enquiry kar ke hi maante hein.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Patience,Wait and Increment

Some times life put us in dilemma, we don’t know what it want and where it is going to take us.

We always want things to fall apart in the way we like them to be but it did not happen always, life has different plan for us. From the past few months I have been involved in some things and if they turned in my favor then they will benefit me in a really good way but the dilemma is they are not turning either in my favor or on the other side which is really irritating. My friends says to go with the flow of life and have patience but day by day I am going impatient.

Every day I am waiting for some updates on those ventures and I want the outcome as soon as possible. I am not bothered about the positive or negative outcome, whatever it is let it be, at least I will be able to plan further as soon as the things get clear.

All those positive quotes like “Don’t get angry on your life when you do not get desired things, your life knows that you deserve more than your desires”,”Whatever is happening, is happening for your own good” and “Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet” are holding me up during this time.

Above quote are somewhat true, my awaited increment letter which was due from April 2012 was in my Inbox in the first week of this month. I was waiting for it from the day when I filled up my appraisal form (patience) and when I received it I really liked the increment in my salary (this fruit is really sweet) which is going to be credited with the salary of June. My wife is waiting for it more then me :)

I hope things to become clear, the sooner the best.

HO HO

Being in NCR region from year 2002 I never did Dilli Darshan, every year I thought to plan for it in winters but some how the plan for it didn't work out. When I and Palak got married in Dec 2011, I planned to Dilli Darshan this time as that was the right time (winter season and a companion to roam with) so we did it in the month of Feb 2012 by HO HO bus service.You must be wondering why I am writing about it now, well, some of my friends asked me about my experience with HO HO bus service so I thought to pen it down which would be easy to refer.

HO HO Bus service initiative is very good, you can choose this service as you don't have to worry about finding a parking place and then parking your vehicle. Also, those who are not very much familiar with roads in Delhi then they must opt this service for sight seeing.

HO HO service covers in total of 19 places and you should have 2 days time for it because out of 19 places we were able to see only 6 places in a single day. HO HO purple color bus is every 45 minutes from each sight seeing place which means you get 45 minutes to spend at each place. Some places are very time taking like Red fort, Malls in Saket,Hauz Khas village, Dilli Haat so it is not possible to cover these places in 45 minutes so you may have to skip your next bus.

*** If you are planning to purchase handicrafts and other state wise cultural things from Dilli Haat then I must  tell you that prices are skyrocketing there. You can purchase the same items at much reasonable rate from either Chandni chowk (near to Red fort) or from the shops inside the red fort.***

The Ho Ho service includes many museums so, if you are not interested then you can skip these places and continue in the same bus for next point. It's ticket is of Rs 300 per person which is valid for two days (you can book ticket online from HO HO website). I went through snap deal in which ticket was of Rs 249 for two persons for a single day (if you are going thru snap deal then you have to redeem your voucher from CP office). HO HO service is from 8 am to 8 pm and you can board from any of the stops and purchase the ticket in the bus itself. The ticket cost will remain rs 300 for each person and it did not differ if you have skipped 5 places from the place of you are boarding.

One important thing to keep in mind is that all the monumental places which are going to be covered by HO HO tour having their timings i.e. most of the monuments are closed by 5-5:30 pm so plan your trip accordingly. Below is the timing chart of all destinations which is obtained from HO HO website




Bus service and the guide on board are good and quite satisfactory. Main thing is that HO HO bus services are on time at their spots.

More details are available on www.hohodelhi.com