I managed to do it again! I disappeared for a while last week. I had to go to Mumbai on some personal work. This time around, I chose to fly with “The King of Good Times” – KingFisher Airlines. Here’s what I think. (Breaking convention, the verdict comes before the justification.) Verdict: KingFisher is certainly […]
As mentioned in my previous post, the Lalbagh Flower Show is a heaven for macro-photography enthusiasts. I decided to give the macro mode on my Canon Powershot A95 a spin. Here’s the result. Republic Day Flower Show at Lalbagh – Album Two (Macros) Clicking on any of these photographs gives you a 1024 x 768 […]
If you already haven’t visited the flower show at Lalbagh, I would urge you to do so at the earliest. To get there, enter Lalbagh (from any gate) and walk right up to the Glass House. This year’s flower show is probably the best one that I have seen in all these years. It’s simply […]
Here’s a true example of an advertisement that is captivating, fun to watch, and memorable. It’s an ad for the Peugeot 206. The ad starts on a busy Indian street with a guy walking towards an old Ambassador. He gets into the Amby and thrashes it’s front and back against a wall. Next, he gets […]
Up to now offshoring was all about India. Now, other countries too want to dip into this lucrative pie, the Philippines being one of them. Is the Philippines a serious contender or more of a pretender? Read this well researched perspective from the McKinsey Global Institute. And, what should India do to keep a major […]
Yesterday, I and Goutham had a hard time deciding what to eat for lunch. At one point I came up with the grand idea of having steamed rice and some potato based dish. But Goutham, who is currently waging a war against fat, was against it. Somehow I managed to convince him that potatoes contained […]
Behind the building, the gopura seen is the “Kanaka Mantapa” on which there was a lot of political debate some time back. Thanks to Shrividya for the picture.
Public service announcement Reproduced from the New Sunday Express, January 15, 2006 Very few people know that there is an ombudsman to address unresolved grievances against their bank – fraudulent withdrawals, interest rate disputes on deposits, payment delays, refusal to accept small denomination notes, basically anything. The banking ombudsman used to only deal with complaints […]
Thirty years after he published the “Mythical Man Month”, the “bible of software engineering,” Fred Brooks talks about managing teams of people and why projects so often go wrong. Read the full interview.
A good review on Verizon’s Fiber Optic broadband service in the United States. With FiOS you get all of 15Mbps to play around with. I wonder how long it will take India to reach this level. All the IT knowledge in this world and no connectivity to show for it. An oxymoron to think about. […]
While cleaning my room yesterday I came across a few old photo CDs. The cleaning stopped because curiosity got the better of me. It was a nostalgic couple of hours that I spent looking at the photographs. The ones below are from the time I spent in New Zealand. If you love adventure then New […]
Here’s a 16-photo whirlwind tour of my recent trek from Kodaikanal to Top Station. The photos are in chronological order.
I searched for “Bangalore” on Technorati and voila … serendipity! Serendipity: Looking for a needle in a haystack and finding the farmer’s daughter.
Last week I received a call from Hotel Harsha. It was a marketing call for some â€œfrequent eaterâ€™ card. The terms and conditions for this card were: An annual charge of 3000+ rupees The card SHOULD be in the name of a female 50% off on meals for two, 30% off on meals for three, […]
Many readers wrote to me asking if “I had done the vanishing trick.” A couple of days ago, the DNS configuration on my host’s servers had gone completely haywire and I had’nt even noticed that my site was inaccessible (until Vinod buzzed me). It certainly looked like I had packed up my bags for good! […]
Unless you know who Simon Singh is, you would probably think of “Big Bang” as having something to do with a wild orgy. Thankfully, it’s a book about the origins of the Universe. “Big Bang” is my book-of-the-month for January. I picked it up at Sapna Book House, Jayanagar at a cost of five-hundred rupees. […]
My close friend (since high-school days) Vinod has started a new website on the Indian stock market. If you ever need advise on the ins and outs of the stock market, he’s the “Guru.” The official wordings from his site are: “Elliott Wave based technical analysis of the Indian Stock Market, concentrating on the NIFTY […]
Yesterday I logged into my Citibank account, only to be greeted by some suspicious looking transactions. The transactions were titled as “BR WALKIN TXN CHG” and my account was debited a hundred rupees. To add insult to injury, there was a service tax (of 10%) and an education cess (of 2%) debited as well. To […]
Hot tip from my good friend Shrividya. “Good news for people who hate to cook on their holidays and who want to eat high-quality hygenic food at mind-blowing prices. There is a hotel in JP Nagar 2nd Phase (near Sri Raghavendra Swamy Temple) known as Nammura Hotel which sells food in kilos & litres. Check […]