Monday, July 25, 2011

The day to get prepared

Google maps - the best buddy to get prepared when you want to venture into unknown territories.
Today I got the details of the office locations and tomorrow I will be traveling there to pick up the forms for ration card, uid and post office identity card. Wish me luck and I will document my experiences of dealings with government machinery.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

A holiday at my home with my daughter

Down with back pain, I decided to stay at home and play with my daughter. Here is a glimpse of her playing with me. Enjoy!

Now my turn!

After long years of escaping government bureaucracy, now the onus is on me to save my suspended indane has connection. Fire that I have to get a ration card and an uid/aadhar card. Next week I am going to venture in those untested territories and will keep readers updated on how to get these cards for an outsider in bangalore. Wish me luck!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Blackberry dilemma

Last wk on 17th was my wife's birthday. After much search for a suitable gift, I ended up buying a blackberry for her. It's a blackberry curve! As expected, she was very happy.
But when the initial euphoria settled, mixed emotions gripped us. She is a housewife with no remote connection to corporate life or with no intention to be a business woman in future. Blackberry plan is useless for her given her current homemaker profile. Ordinary gprs don't allow blackberry to explore it's full potential. Youtube video quality on blackberry is as abysmal as it can be.
"Blackberry is no fun" her logical conclusion. Even the messengers our emails won't work. I kind of repented that I spent a fortune on that apparently coveted and the most admired smartphone. Any quality android phone would have been much better choice. But, anyway what I did can't be undone. Now how to make it work? What immediately followed is plenty of downloads of some useful and some useless third party applications- opera, gmail client, nimbuzz, facebook chat, etc. Next I bookmarked her favorite websites like orkut, facebook, etc.
Blackberry can't be compared with any good android smartphone like samsung, htc - they are far ahead in the race, but I somehow liked the trackpad. It feels like working on a laptop. Both opera and bb browsers are quite decent on gprs. What was kind of an embarrassing moment for me could be avoided as gprs started working fine on blackberry and my wife was happy again.
One last piece of advice. Unless you are a grumpy corporate honcho, never go for a blackberry. It is really no fun!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

How wrong can I be?

Today morning only I wrote on how mundane news everyday we are getting. And by the end of the day things changed so radically! Blasts shook Mumbai - scores of innocent lives lost. For what?
First thing my mind tells me - of this kind cowardice, what objective(s) could be achieved by killing innocent people!
I really salute USA and Obama govt. for hunting down their nemesis no. 1 from the heartland of terrorism. I wish India could ever show such guts! Would it? I guess never. Till the day we have a strong government like USA, we will continue to suffer such fates, time and again. And our corrupt and incapable governments will keep on changing ministries, weed out a few notorious individuals to bring in people who will again become notorious with time ... and the legacy will continue.

Can we ever get a strong government?

Question is: Do we DESERVE a strong government? We are Indians, typically laid back with a "chalta hai" type attitude - possibly we deserve this kind of imbecile government only.

What do you say?

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Random day: arbitrary thoughts

Its a random day today. Woke up, the front page news today is that suddenly our ever silent prime minister has realized that he is surrounded by incompetent folks and put his mind over matter. Some hope might be! For us it's status quo. Strangely anyone occupying the offices behave in a similar way. Another news, our ever unpredictable sensex has shed off 300 points. Expected?
Rest there are no news! What a mundane day to start with. hope there would be some excitement in office. Chao!

Newbie's experience of swype

I'm kind of challenged when it comes to typing in touch keypads. On physical keypad what takes 2 minutes to type, in touch it takes me ages! finally a good friend of mine refered to me of trace keypad, but I did not have it in my android. I came across swype website by chance and voila! It is amazingly fast and accurate! What a technology man!
I would request all android users to try beta version of swype. Technologically it is very similar to trace and is fun to type.

Thursday, July 07, 2011


Just got access to Google+, seems pretty cool. Need to use it further to give it heads up over Facebook