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Library vs Shopping Mall

They both are kind-a stress busters – but to completely opposite set of audiences.
How they match up to each other? Read on, and decide on where you should be going next.


Shopping Mall…

Increases your intellectual assets. Decreases your financial assets.
Doesn’t try to sell you something. Sell & Sell – whole idea for mere existence.
Gives you some silent time – a rare thing in today’s world ! Malls and Silence, forget it !
A Mall will haunt you if its silent !
Has a Librarian who isnt bothered about your presence – no mutual interest. Has many Sales people all-around-and-over-you.
Getting advanced to facilitate your quest, better and efficiently. Getting advanced to get more money out of your pockets, surely and efficiently!
Inspires you to get immersed into a topic, a chapter or a page. And that’s for you, only meant to you. Only lets you to see-it-from-far. You can try the outfit, but yet to try to know if its looking pleasant to others.
Should be the place to visit when you feeling low, but generally isnt. Shouldn’t be the place to visit when feeling low, but generally is.
Is a result of a sharing nature, intended to support the poor more. Is a result of monopolistic business nature, intended to take out more of everyone.
Are needed more, but getting extinct. Are needed less, but mushrooming along.
Generally, have no Parking issues ! Says: Parking at owner’s risk !
(if you at all get a slot)

Rails vs Air Travel vs Road Travel

October 25, 2010 1 comment

I traveled to my in-laws today, using one of the oldest modes of Modern Transportation – Indian Railways. Difference being: I, for first time, was thinking on lines of considerable impact Railways have had on socio-economic structure of our societies. There are many aspects to which Railways have made positive impact. Many of them have (surprisingly) already been well documented online. Some of the quite obvious benefits are:
Most green transport option (railways leaving behind least carbon foot print then road or air transport). Another good insight is here.
– Comfort levels offered at compared prices is far higher when Railways are used (equally true for developing and developed nations)
– Best returns for every drop of fuel burnt (can carry tones and tones of freight, without kind of delays exhibited by Ships)
– Amount of social interaction Railways bring in (imagine yourself sipping a tea / coffee with a small kid playing with his grandpa all the way during your trip – you can call it disturbance at times, but it’s a pleasant sight to most am sure). Moreover, it’s such a massive arrangement, that major Railway Stations can well be considered as mini cities.
– Saves time on long haul travels (if you consider for times spent at airports as well).

More insightful benefits are summarized here. Only small message I had to share was: Use Railways. They are good – for your pocket, for society, and for Environment.



Pune – You are Too Good!

August 22, 2010 1 comment

Pune, you are beautiful. And Pune’ites, you too! 🙂
I was there last weekend for Hiring associates for our company. I liked the city – right from the moment I had its first glimpse from inbound flight. Un-crowded, un-cluttered, clean and green. And rest of it was show cased by my dear friend – Atul.

My flight from Delhi took off late (thanks to recent DGCA directive, and then to bad weather). We started at 08:30AM instead of 06:45AM. Though I compensated for it by standing at the flight’s open door and enjoying the drizzle (yes, you can imagine it – it was quite a moment to delve into self). In Air, surprisingly, Indigo guys didn’t served any breakfast – was instead selling it. Blame it on low cost flights – but you always have an option, you choose what you have. I chose to continue reading and then caught a small nap! By around 10AM, we were flying over Pune. A beautiful sight. Green canvas – with some patched boxes in different colors (aka, building structures). This is different from Delhi’s sight from Air. Delhi’s canvas is seeming Dull white if weather isn’t clear, or Dark brown for bare lands for construction work all over the place – with way too many boxes, unstructured, and some green patches here and there. Pune sight was augmented by lineup of Air Fighting machines at Pune Airport – reminded me of my childhood (my father is an Ex-Air-Serviceman).

Pune airport’s structure is small, efficient. I was out of it in flash. Person was already there to escort me to the Hotel. We waited for another member of Panel (who didn’t arrived) and we started our road commute to the Hotel. Took us around 45 mins to reach hotel – and to give first interface with Pune City. Sandeep (driver) is a localite, Marathi – very polite guy. And Pune road – so clean, and surroundings mostly green to best you can see. It’s not world’s best cities to be at, it must be having its problems – but it has and will sustain. Driving habits says a lot for a city’s temperament. I could see other drivers giving way to others, with a smile. It wasn’t following hard coded driving rules – but was satisfying, was interactive while you are on the go. Unlike Delhi – it again doesn’t follow hard coded driving – and isn’t satisfying, is interactive – but negatively (to lead to even bruises at times). Anyways, headed into the Hotel, took over my room, got fresh and was straight at the venue for Hiring. Among some of the candidates I met a guy who was mate from my BIT study Center. I found it awkward to be interviewing him, but carried on with it. Closed the day with a good note, everyone was happy and satisfied with the event. And Atul was reaching me by 7PM. I was on call with Ritu (my wife) when I got to know he’s there. I had his first sight at Hotel’s Lobby – couldn’t notice him in first instance – blame it on my weakening sight, and huge lobby area of the Hotel. We hugged each other, Atul is cheerful, lively and smiling as ever – it’s good to be around him (wish a lucky lady too realize this soon enough). He chose to have only plain water at my room – we chatted for small bits, criticized our salaries, and how we are doing so far, and off we go to hit the road.

Atul drives well, he is a considerate and humble individual – and that shows in his driving. We drove all across the City – through Malls, through residential sectors, through Industrial sectors. Difference and similarities were quite visible. Industrial sectors were all covered, with greeneries – think they understand their responsibilities towards environment quite well. Residential Sectors are a testimony how they should be – pleasing, soothing, quite, and green. Malls and ultra mode sectors were excellent, transport was well diverted and capable of handling bulk shopping seasons. Most importantly, I could see girls strolling within the streets across the city – I presume they were fearless. Bring Delhi’s site in picture for a moment. Anyways, we had a delicious dinner at a well known – yet suitably-priced venue. They were closing it down for the day when we were at its gate – asked the member if he can accommodate us – and he asked us to hop in quickly. Atul dropped me back at the hotel – and on the way we spoke about Management and Education. Atul can be an excellent Sales guy (for ways he shared his passion for Pune and Tata with me), and in Tata’s interest – he shall be considered the budding Manager (at the least). Quite a good conversation, reached hotel, thought of calling Ritu but it was 2AM almost, and fell asleep straight away. Thanks Atul – You Made My Day.

Headed for Airport in the morning. Rest of the members are going to Lonavala. But I chose to be back in Delhi with family – for family. I anyways had seen much of Pune – enough of it for me to be liking it A LOT. Validated my understanding of Delhi’s site on way back – I was right. I ponder upon, and realize how this entire beautiful city thing can pitch in and resolve many problems. Many companies have ventured in Pune, and more are coming. Properties are mostly good quality-wise and yet rightly priced. I am not aware of history, but those who leave places like Pune to be in places like Delhi, Mumbai now – I don’t have words for them. It’s like ignoring and leaving behind a goldmine, the ultimate pleasure. People earn money in Metros and at cost of their lives, at cost of themselves. In the end years (of career), they spend money and time doing Yoga and Meditation. With ailments in their body, souls tampered and hurting. I really wish to call Pune my home some day. For myself, and for my loved one’s.

A weekend ride… Thank You, DTC!

November 8, 2008 Leave a comment

It’s not surprising for me to be seeing office over a weekend. I have done it quite many times in past too; at times for work, for clients, for Hiring and for trainings. But there was reason for why this weekend visit of mine was different (and, less important). It happened for an unprecedented reason – my Laptop’s Power Adapter. But it has turned out to be something memorable, for fact that “journey” itself was unprecedented.

I carried my personal laptop to work on the previous day, i.e. Friday. And I simply forgot its Power Adapter back in office when I left for the day. Not to say; I have got heavily dependent on my machine off-late. It hosts my data, my “three” database servers, my suite of virtual machines (carrying varied versions of OS), my entire software repository, my books and don’t know what all else.

But still; is that THE Big Deal?! Laptop’s have got batteries too.
Well; indeed, and yes. But I have a “loving & caring” younger brother too, who prefer chatting over my laptop in night and so he can fall asleep in front of it… 🙂

So there goes off my batteries (or those of my laptop) with my brother showcasing the care on Friday night. Guess it shall be fine; I have another desktop too to work with – I thought. But as what generally happens with a poor soul like of mine, it proved to be another “guess”, only. I realized what all am going to be missing. I carried myself till around 11AM, all fine; to reach a conclusion that I need to get my laptop back alive, immediately. For that it would need Power Adapter, and for that I would need to get to my office, at my own obviously (no CG Transport at rescue today). Now, with things going all a different way, I decided to do it differently; all the way! I decided to take the public transport; so to move with the unknown masses, and yet walking alone – just like the old days way, when I was in college. Though I had my doubts, and any Delhi’ite will be aware of them. Unending wait for the “nice & empty” bus; crowd & the hustle; traffic and guess what not. So be it, let’s do it – I said.

I was all set by around 11:15AM, and I started stepping forward. I took an Outer Mudrika by DTC (Delhi Transport Corporation) from my place to Dhaula Kuan. It was a new bus with almost all the seats in good condition I think, producing not much sound (or noise) to be precise. I reached Dhaula Kuan, the place where I was about to get surprised for the first time on this day.

After around 5-7 minutes, I saw a bus approaching and carrying a “Karol Bagh – Gurgaon” signboard. But it looked different, and I wasn’t sure if I shall board it. It went past for me to notice that it belongs to DTC’s interstate transport service; I hence boarded it. And Voyela!! It was way too different from inside – different from what I always knew about them; seats arranged in a different fashion (vertically and horizontally), over-head handle bar having leather straps at different spots so standing commuters can hold them, windows being wide and airy, and above all, Public messages talking of AIDS, Tax and Respect to Elderly (rather than those seat is reserved messages). I bought a ticket and grabbed a seat which was facing the one for Ticket Conductor (another different view from older buses) and got seated. Seat was different too; different cover, styling and cushion. I enjoyed the ride; bus was quite spacious with good vents and airy. It didn’t stumble on a bumpy patch of the road; it was turning up fine without making people swing like rotten fruits in brisk air wave. I reached around my office space in 30-40 minutes, got off the bus and walked up to reach my office and desk. I logged in to check my e-mail, signed in to my chat engine to find none of my close one’s up online. I thus logged off, grabbed up much needed laptop adapter and here I was, heading back to my place – walking the roads yet again.

I reached the NH24 to find & grab another DTC bus (again) to head back for Dhaula Kuan. It was a normal bus, more normal to what we (or me atleast) are accustomed to. Though, there was nothing very fancy (or even outrageous) about this bus to talk about. I reached Dhaula Kuan in no time. I got off the bus at the traffic signal itself (before Dhaula Kuan) to catch another bus from right in front of DRDO’s Golf Club at Delhi Cantt (I personally love this place, specially from the times when I was in NCC to be reaching this place couple of times along with my Commanding Officer).

While I was relaxing a bit amidst of lush green of Delhi Cantt, I could see another surprise approaching me. I will be honest; till this moment I didn’t felt this day to be a very good experience – even after that ride from Dhaula Kuan to Gurgaon. But I was definitely carrying a pleasant smile with me now. What I could see was a low-floored bus, pleasantly painted in Green & carrying that familiar DTC symbol, approaching the point where I was standing. It stopped right in front of me, and I boarded it after confirming its going to my place. Levish & pleasant, these were the only words which came to me when I saw its interiors. I bought a ticket for my place; Mr. Conductor handed over the “electronically printed” ticket to me and appended it with one of his smile. WHOA!! I don’t know, but guess this was the first time in my life that I saw a DTC conductor serving with a smile. What shall I say about the ride, it was as good as if riding in the air; smooth. The entire interior was light gray’ish in shade, very pleasant indeed as it was going very fine with wide open & transparent glasses and view from outside. For all good, I was overwhelmed and bowled over. But, it didn’t have had a lavatory; otherwise I surely would have compared this bus with those of National Express which run all over the England. Our own local version of National Express; guess so (though don’t know if they will ever go the online-booking, and sitting-capacity-only route).

Well, the journey was over in no time; leaving a mark behind. I cherished it for sure, thanks to DTC. Though the day left me wondering, and with a few thoughts & expressions. There are things around us which have really moved on. It’s probably just that the pace has been constant & slow for us to realize the change. Anyways; I have never been into such “much thinking” characters anyhow, so am back over to my laptop now. Wondering, when will these buggers like of ORA-0600 go off my world of databases? 😉

Wild Life Photography

November 1, 2008 Leave a comment

National Geogrpahic Channel(c) has always been an astonishing source for wildlife and real world photography, images and videos. Some might say model or product based photography is also nice – but they are been done in controlled environment and motions. What makes wild life photography interesting is you can’t create the moment — it will emerge in 10th part of a second and you got to capture it. Ever wondered how is it been done by Pro’s? Just browse through to some interesting tips over itself to see how the Pro’s and Guru’s of Photography do it. What to shoot, how to shoot, when to shoot, equipments been used — all is been illustrated with sample images. Real good stuff for those who carry it as a passion or interest. Happy Shooting!!

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