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    Personal,  Travel

    To India

    My last long term visit to India was in February-March 2012 for my wedding. Since then, Ashwina and I have travelled to Scotland, Dunwich Heath, Cornwall and Paris. To make a trip to India I really need a perfect timing of decent air fares, long holidays and good weather. Post Christmas 2013 gave us this opportunity. So, we booked our tickets on British Airways, which is pretty much the main airline I use to travel and made our way to Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 on a stormy Friday after a Christmas characterised by strong winds and a small storm. I usually prefer the day flights vs. the red eye because…

  • Personal

    The Indian feel in London

    Met up with Clayton, my good old friend from my days of choir singing. He decided to take me to Chennai Dosa, which is a popular Indian cuisine restaurant in Wembley and other places in London. Travelling to Wembley on a weekend from Canary Wharf is always a pain because the Jubilee line has “planned engineering works”. So, instead of taking the Jubilee straight to Wembley, I took the Jubilee to Stratford (opposite direction), which will soon be the place of the London Olympics. From Stratford, I took the Overground to Gospel Oak where Clayton came with his car. Going by road today turned out to be rather painful since…

  • Personal,  Work

    Heavy weeks, these past three weeks has been

    When I wrote Light weeks, these past two weeks has been, I was well aware that this was a temporary situation. And I wasn’t “disappointed”. I’ve been slogging it out for the past three weeks with life peaking last week. While I worked from home two weekends back, I spent almost whole of last weekend in office. Thankfully, I enjoy my job, otherwise, I would have gone crazy. I did manage to find some time to release a few updates to my plugins. And, then I woke up last week to find out that PayPal has stopped personal payments to India. And, the worst part is that all this is…

  • Forwards,  Yeh Des Hai Mera

    Grievance Redress Mechanism in India

    My Dad sent me an email today of an online system to address grievances in India. The mail goes like this: Can you imagine this happening in INDIA ? Government of India has an online Grievance forum at http://darpg-grievance.nic.in/ The government wants people to use this tool to highlight the problems they faced while dealing with Government officials or departments like Passport Office, Electricity board, BSNL/MTNL, Railways etc. I know many people will say that these things don’t work in India , but this actually works as one of the person working in CSC found. The guy I’m talking about lives in Faridabad . Couple of months back, the Faridabad…

  • Forwards,  Jokes

    Which Indian city… ?

    Scenario 1 Two guys are fighting and a third guy comes along, then a fourth and. They start arguing about who’s right. You are in KOLKATA Scenario 2 Two guys are fighting and a third guy comes along, sees them and walks on. That’s MUMBAI Scenario 3 Two guys are fighting and a third guy comes along & tries to make peace. The first two get together & beat him up. That’s DELHI Scenario 4 Two guys are fighting. Both of them take time out and call their Friends on mobile. Now 50 guys are fighting. You are in AMRITSAR Scenario 5 Two guys are fighting and a third guy…

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