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Day trip to Somnath-7th Feb-2016 February 20, 2016

Route: Reliance Green –> Khambaliya -> Shingda -> PORBANDAR -> MADHAVPUR ->Mangrol ->Chorvad -> SOMNATH -> JUNAGAD -> Kalavad -> Reliance green

Total Distance: ~500 Kms

Time: 6:30 AM to 8:00PM

Mode of transport: Car (Maruti Swift)

Places of interest:

a) Porbandar: Birthplace of greatest personality of modern times, Mahatma Gandhiji

b) Somnath: One of the 12 Jyotirling temple of Lord Shiva, which have risen from ashes, not once, not twice, but more than 5 times.

c) Beautiful beach of Madhavpur

d) City of Junagad, famous for Girnar temple & ancient buildings, standing testimony of it’s glorious history, it had.

e) The region has given people like Dhirubhai Ambani, Mahatma Gandhi are proof of it’s glorious history. Seeing architecture of villages & towns, one could easily make-out, the rich times the region enjoyed, because of maritime trade & commerce & it’s entrepreneurial  people.

Somnath

We started from Reliance Greens around 6:30 AM and with no stops, reached Porbander by 8:15 AM. Luckily, the Gandhiji’s ancestral home & birth place, had opened. With no traffic, we could criss-cross thin strip roads pretty fast. From the roads & architecture of houses, shops, one could easily make out the town being many many centuries old. Gandhiji’s house is really a big one with some 22 odd rooms & a courtyard, which could beat any average playground size, Indians play cricket in. The house was purchased apparently by Gandhiji great grandfather in 1777 (actual copy of the deal is there in the photo gallery) & seem to be in what would be a posh locality of that time, as it is looked kind of a gated community. The house is now a museum with well maintained photo gallery, celebrating Gandhiji’s life & his contribution to India’s (& Pakistan’s) independence. Besides being Gandhiji’s birthplace, Porbander is also famous of its port, salt works & last but not least, “Nirma factory”, the detergent with fame of “sabki pasand Nirma”. We visited Sudama temple nearby, savored on breakfast of fafra jalebi, puri bhaji, patra and ultra-sweet gujju tea. By 9:00 AM, we were on our way to Somnath, driving parallel to coast along NH-8E.

We had to take de-tour before Madhavpur, because a section of a brand new bridge over a river, had collapsed (obviously shoddy work by contractor). Soon, we reached beautiful & secluded beach of Madhavpur. Again, with few Indians visiting the beach, it was very neat & clean.

After loffering around 20 mins in beach, we started for Somnath. Now, the countryside resembled like my native place (Coastal Odisha), plain stretches with lots of coconut trees. We zipped through Mangrol, Chorvad. Both towns, seemed to be centuries old & later is the birthplace of India’s no.1 entrepreneur , Dhirubhai Ambani.

By 11:45, we were in Somnath. The final section of ~20 Kms, is section of NH 8D (Somnath-Junagad) & is a super 4 lane toll highway. I could make out super infrastructure development that has happened. The walkways, parking, roads etc. were all brand new.  Unexpectedly, the place was relatively neat & clean & well maintained. Somnath is one of the 12 Jyotirling’s of Lord Shiva & thus has been an important pilgrimage for Hindus, for time immemorial.

Somnath, the magnificent  & ancient temple, is a shining example of superiority of perseverance over destruction. The temple, has been “man” destroyed at least 6 times in past 1000 years & each time, it has risen like “phoenix” from ashes. Personally, I feel, this temple is an example of what Hinduism is. It’s about believe in your faith, what-so-ever, believe in peace and “mind your own business” attitude. Examples like Somnath proves that Hinduism is not exactly a religion..it is a way of living. Every time, I read history of temples like Somnath, Konark, only one question come to my mind :”How can one think also about destroying such a beauty?”, but fact is: man has not only thought but destroyed as well these places, not once but more than that.

Coming back, with such history of destruction, obviously the security of Somnath is very tight. Belt, mobile, bags etc. are not allowed and free locker facilities are available. Ample parking spaces, shoe stands, toilets, eateries, ATM & all other basic amenities are available, all near the temple. Temple has three aarti timings (morning, afternoon & evening). Luckily, we reached at 12:00 and were blessed to see the aarti. Weather was perfect, crowd was thin, temple was neat & clean & aarti darshan, all made it very a very memorable & blessed visit.

Temple also hosts an “light & sound” show in evening, in an open air amphitheater, with one end being sea and other Temple. Elaborate arrangements of seating are made in & around temple, to enjoy temple, sea & sun-set. There’s also an Arrow-pillar, which signifies that there is no land mass in the direction of arrow (& actually the next land mass that comes in the direction of arrow is, Antartica). There are few other small temples & a gallery showing 12 Jyotirling’s of Lord Shiva. What was really missing, was the exhibition to celebrate (& mourn as well) the history of the temple. I was expecting it to be there & to my utter dis-appointment, there was nothing. Only thing, I could see was a (poor) photo gallery, with excavation photos, which was done in 1940-60s. Dear govt, this photo gallery is not a museum, please create an exclusive one, the temple’s glorious history deserves one.

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After enjoying temple & sea, and clicking some photos for fb/blog, we filled out stomach in a near by Punjabi restaurant. By 2:30PM, we started by first leg of return journey. This time we took NH-8D, newly completed 4 lane toll highway. The road was super, we reached Junagad by 3:30PM.

Junagad was a princely state before Independence and was of the two kingdoms (other being Hyderabad), whose kings wanted to be part of Pakistan. I am sure, now they would be glad, that they are not part of Pakistan. Junagad is famous for Girnar temple, a hill top temple, having a following among Hindus & Muslims of the region & across the country. The temple is accessible only by foot steps and many people also do parikrama (walk along the circumference of the hill), which measures something like ~40 kms. Junagad, also is the launch pad to visit world famous & only Asiatic Lion sanctuary, “Gir forest”, some 100 kms away.

We did neither of above, because of lack of time. Rather we took a guided tour (& guide was drunk, surprisingly in a dry state) of Junagad palace, which turn out to be pretty boring to me & my friend as well. If not Gir forest, at least visit zoo. So we visited Junagad zoo, again turned out to be very boring. By 6:00 PM, we were done with all this and decided to return. On way out of Junagad, we saw number of ancient buildings, which were now converted to schools, colleges, hospitals, govt offices and grand mosques, all telling it’s glorious history of being an independent state.

We took highway 927D, a 2 lane smooth road & via Kalvad reached Reliance Greens by 8:00PM. A day-off well spent with darshan of Gandhiji’s birthplace & Somnath temple.

Wish readers, a happy, safe & litter free travelling.

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ADIEU TO BANGALORE November 23, 2012

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Bye Bye Bangalore City

Finally after 6.5 yrs, it’s time to say good bye to Bangalore & to GE. It was 4th March 2006 when I came to Bangalore for first time & I won’t say it was “Love at first sight”. It just felt like another Indian metropolis city. I cleared my interview & so was back again on 4th June 2006, but this time for a long stint. Before that I always thought, 4 years of hostel life in NIT Rourkela were most happening part of my life, but these 6.5years in so called “Garden City” proved me wrong. These 6.5 years has made me a complete Man, a person with more experience of life events, situations, who can handle any adverse moment of life.

I am proud to say that, I am the person with longest stay in Bangalore from our 2006 NITR batch, with people coming in & going out. I have shared house rent with 25 even friends. Having stayed in many parts of Bangalore (Whitefield, BTM, HSR, Sarjapur junction on Outer Ring Road, Kodihalli), I can proudly be called a Bangalore travel guide. I have seen areas of Marthahalli, Whitefield, Outer ring road grow in front of my eyes, but regret about my failure to get my hands wet in this “flowing Ganges” of booming real estate (Hindi proverb). I was one of the few in non-software job in Silicon Valley. Whenever I say, I work in Bangalore, by default it is assumed that I work in a software company & it was always difficult on my part to explain that I was not in any software or IT company. Sometimes I even gave up  (I remember my telephonic discussion with HSBC Credit card agent, where he denied me CC, the moment I said I am not in any software company..ridiculous). Nevertheless, in this environment of high attrition rate among my fellow netizens, I know 6 years is a very long stint in a company. But, GE-JFWTC is a company where you stay for lifetime. It is definitely THE best working place in India & I was very lucky to have it as my first job. But then as saying goes “some good things cannot stay permanent in your life” & so time has come to say it bye.

GE-JFWTC, Bangalore, is the company to work for especially if one is of electrical & Mechanical background. The work environment is just superb, relaxing & thought provoking. Salary may be median of industry standards, but other facilities & environment, they provide is just priceless. Jokingly, we often say, the place is perfect for retirement.

 Bangalore..what do I say? I have got mixed emotions for it. On good side is, it’s hill station type weather, largest boiling pot of culture n people (after Mumbai & Delhi) and relatively good n cool people. It does provide purse emptying shopping, dining & pubbing experience. And the best part is, it’s centered geographical location in South India, which makes it perfect base camp to explore all of South India on weekends. On downside is its crumbling infrastructure, looting attitude of transport agencies. The worst things are the back breaking humps which are anywhere & everywhere. In nut shell, Bangalore is one of the paradises, which will soon fall victim to human greed.

Life for me in Bangalore has been through lots of ups & downs. Ups with weekend parties with friends, long drive with them, in-house smiley ball cricket, lots of dating n flirting, lot of rewards n recognition in professional life, two foreign trip opportunities. Down with daily traffic jams, couple of robberies, broken heart & few unfulfilled dreams. Nevertheless, it has taught me priceless lessons, which will be there with me all the life. I can definitely now say, I am now a complete Human being, who has known the purpose of life: is to perform your duties without attachments.

So what I will miss (but no attachments)? Personally, I will miss by bus stop casual flirting, I used to have in BTM (Upudi garden stop), in malls, pubs n restaurants, fast rides on NICE road, late night drive to Hosur to have a cup of Tea & very early morning rides to Nandi Hills & ISKCON temple. Definitely, will miss the most pampering working environment of India (JFWTC-Bangalore), weather of Bangalore & last but not least my friends in Bangalore. It is you all people, who made my life in Bangalore beautiful & sometimes sour. Thanks for your company all these years, late night khattis n smiley cricket. I know our roads will cross again & again, till death terminates the roads. So, no good bye to you guys.

So gone are those days. What happened in Bangalore, stays back in Bangalore. I will just take away all the sweet memories n lessons learnt. Looking forward to another new world. Here I come MUMBAI.

 

BARFI September 20, 2012

BARFI..one time must watch movie

My Verdict: 7.5/10. One time must watch. People with Romantic taste buds will definitely give higher rating.

My take:

– BARFI action is heavely influenced by “Charlie Chaplin” acts. Also few of the comedy themes are directly taken from Chrlie Chaplin series. The set is heavily influenced by “Sawariya” movie, with lot of Blue & Black background. With some thrill of Bengali novel, adding emotional drawbacks of being dumb n deaf + romance angle + well direction, makes a superb movie to watch.

– So it took: Acts from Charlie Chaplin & movie BLACK, some background of SAWARIYA, some Bengali novel thrill with seasoning of good direction in making of a sweet movie BARFI.

– Ranbir Kapoor, as usual was 10/10 on acting. With diversity of roles already done, I am sure my conviction of him being next “Big B” will come true.

– Priyanka Chopra & debutant Ileana D Cruz were also great.

– It is very well directed movie by Anurag Basu. Although with lot of to n fro between past n present, all facts were well connected, very un-typical of a bollywood movie. Most of the times in a thriller Bollywood movie, lot of gaps remains & facts remain unconnected, but BARFI certainly is an exception.

– Movie beside borrowing from other inspirations, too has many Innovations: like very start address to audience of theatre, use of railway track & so on.

OVERALL, a must watch movie. Although, I personally won’t go second time to theatre to watch it, but would definitely wait for it’s WORLD TV PREMIERE 😉

 

Innovation … July 28, 2012

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I work in a company, which is known to be one of the most Innovative company of the world. And I feel, it is true (but it is not No.1 definitely). I say that, not because I work in that company, but because when I compare with other companies. Pundits also call my company as a evolutionary company & not a revolutionary. Again I feel this is also true, simple fact that all technology it boasts of, is actually through acquisition. And despite this, it is called an Innovative company. What it means Innovation are of two types: “Evolutionary” Innovation & “Revolutionary” Innovation. Former being an “Increment Innovation” & later being “Market Destructive Innovation”. Former is less risky & give steady flow of increment, whereas later gives risky & kind of “make or break” money making strategy.

Now the reason why I am writing this article is because of Innovative culture flourishing in one of the company, I know quite a bit. The working environment is perfect to think freely, randomly. It’s very good, but then it has it’s other side as well, which reminds me that everything has two sides (agreeing with my theory “Law of conservation” : https://omus.wordpress.com/2011/01/29/law-of-conservation/).

Innovation there, is most often being, infact officially, being measured by number of patents, number of publications etc. So more the patents a person has means he/she is more Innovative. Yes, it is true to some extent, but not always. It has environment, which promotes you think differently, it has got several platforms to pitch in your increment Innovation (economics is must), several trainings to foster that mindset, receptive people & awards for Innovating. The last aspect is what is brining on some negatives. Now, people force themselves to pitch-in with something, just to brag the monetary award. And who genuinely innovates with spirit of Innovation, are being accused, that they file patent just to get monetary funds. Now that’s serious, it is leading to what I call “Innovation Hoax“. It is creating a culture where thought process of making money is fostering thinking culture & not the zeal to improve technology. Also it is discouraing genuine “out of box” thinkers. This can be dangerous in long term: a scenario where return on investment is very less, because most of the ideas will be fake/hoax. If I take my own case, when I propose something, my only & only aim is to improve technology. In fact, I had rejected mine own “n” number of proposals, just because, I was not convinced, technically or economically. But when I do feel, it does bring something good to technology, I try to go distance: discuss with people to get other thought angles etc. Also when technical team gives it a thums down, I kind of agree. I just tell myself, I fail to see angle which the more experience technical team can see.

All this remind of Bhagwad Gita’s main teaching, which seems to be applicable even to Innovation culture: “Just think, donot worry about it’s fruit, if intention & dedication are on right path, end result will be good”.

 

I Always had 24 hrs a day April 15, 2012

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24 hrs: It's getting crowded by gadgets

1940 : I had 24hrs a day & I wanted to go to office, sleep, spend time with family & read novels.

1950: I bought telephone. I had 24 hrs a day to go to office, sleep, spend time with family, read novels & connect to people on telephone.

1960: I added TV in my life. I had 24hrs a day to go to office, sleep, spend time with family, read novels, connect to people on telephone & watch the world on TV.

 1970: I added music system in my life. I had 24hrs a day to go to office, sleep, spend time with family, read novels, connect to people on telephone, watch the world on TV & listen to quality music.

1980: I bought Walkman. I had 24hrs a day. I had 24hrs a day to go to office, sleep, spend time with family, read novels, connect to people on telephone, watch the world on TV & listen to quality music while on move as well.

1990: I bought computer & discarded my old music system. I had 24hrs a day to go to office, sleep, spend time with family, read novels, connect to people on telephone, watch the world on TV, listen to quality music while on move as well & play with computer.

1992: I bought video game. I had 24hrs a day to go to office, sleep, spend time with family, read novels, connect to people on telephone, watch the world on TV, listen to quality music while on move as well, play with computer & also play video game.

1995: I got internet to my computer. I had 24hrs a day to go to office, sleep, spend time with family, read novels, connect to people on telephone, watch the world on TV, listen to quality music while on move as well, play with computer, also play video game & connect to world via internet.

1998: I bought mobile phone. I had 24hrs a day to go to office, sleep, spend time with family, read novels, connect to people on telephone & connect while on move through mobile phone, watch the world on TV, listen to quality music while on move as well, play with computer, also play video game & connect to world via internet.

2000: I bought laptop & I had 24hrs a day to go to office, sleep, spend time with family, read novels, connect to people on telephone & mobile phone, watch the world on TV, listen to quality music while on move as well, play with computer, also play video game, connect to world & explore my new computer while on move.

2002: I bought internet in laptop & I had 24hrs a day to go to office, sleep, spend time with family, read novels, connect to people on telephone & mobile phone, watch the world on TV, listen to quality music while on move as well, play with computer, also play video game, connect to world & explore world while on move.

2003: I got i-Pod & discarded walkman & I had 24hrs a day to go to office, sleep, spend time with family, read novels, connect to people on telephone & mobile phone, watch the world on TV, listen to high quality music of i-Pod, play video game, connect to world & explore world while on move.

2004: I bought i-pad, now I had 24 hrs a day to go to office, sleep, spend time with family, read novels, connect to people on telephone & mobile phone, watch television, listen to music of i-Pod, play games in my laptop, connect world via internet, play with latest gadget: i-Pad.

2006: I dumped my old TV,& bought HD-LED-LCD-Ultra thin-Dolby Sound system TV. I had 24 hrs a day to enjoy high quality visuals & sound of my new TV, besides going to office, spending time with family, sleeping, reading novels, connect to people on telephone & mobile phone, listening to i-Pod, connecting to world via internet, playing video games in my laptop.

2007: I bought music theater system. I had 24 hrs a day to enjoy high quality visuals & sound of my new TV and also ballastic sound of my new theater system, besides going to office, spending time with family, sleeping, reading novels,connect to people on telephone & mobile phone,  listening to i-Pod, connecting to world via internet, playing video games in my laptop.

2008: I bought i-phone & dumped my old mobile phone. I had 24 hrs a day to enjoy high quality visuals & sound of my new TV and also ballastic sound of my new theater system, besides going to office, spending time with family, sleeping, reading novels, listening to i-Pod, connecting to world via internet, playing video games in my laptop & connect n talk to world by my new i-phone.

2009: I bought Amazon kindle n I had 24 hrs to enjoy high quality visuals & sound of my new TV and also ballastic sound of my new theater system, besides going to office, spending time with family, sleeping, reading novels, listening to i-Pod, connecting to world via internet, playing video games in my laptop, connect n talk to world by my new i-phone & read in Kindle.

2010: I bought X-Box kinect n I had 24 hrs to enjoy high quality visuals & sound of my new TV and also ballastic sound of my new theater system, besides going to office, spending time with family, sleeping, reading novels, listening to i-Pod, connecting to world via internet, playing video games in my laptop, connect n talk to world by my new i-phone, read in Kindle n exercise by playing in X Box kinect.

2011: I bought Treadmill for exercise n I had 24 hrs to enjoy high quality visuals & sound of my new TV and also ballastic sound of my new theater system, besides going to office, spending time with family, sleeping, reading novels, listening to i-Pod, connecting to world via internet, playing video games in my laptop, connect n talk to world by my new i-phone, read in Kindle n exercise by playing in X-Box kinect & also sweat out on treadmill.

God, please have mercy on human beings. Please increase the number of hours a day.

 

“Being Cool” Equation February 26, 2012

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Another topic from my observations of my immediate surrounding for past 12 years. Since 2000, I remain in contact with external world more than my family world. I became a complete nomad since 2002, the year I joined engineering college hostel. Since then by biggest observation is the people always try to become or try to prove, they are “COOL”. I don’t know why, but that is what is trend & since then I have made notes of the various ways they become (or pretend to become one).

Below is the equation I came up with my observation over 10 years. Equation on how to prove or show you are cool. The equation is a reminder that we are living in “Kalyug”, while right is wrong & wrong is right. So, upcoming “cool guys” here’s the mathematical help for you to be cool.

By the way, the equation is more for Indian guys, as I have been exposed mostly to them. But still some of the terms of equation holds true universally (validated during my trips abroad…although sample is very small).

How to be Cool?

 

ROCKSTAR: ” Beyond the world of right doing n wrong doing, there is a world & we will meet there” February 18, 2012

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ROCKSTAR: " Beyond the world of right doing n wrong doing, there is a world & we will meet there"

Finally I saw Rockstar. Finally I saw the movie, whose I have been Idolizing the song, since the day I heard them. All the songs, each word & letter is so true. “Sada Haq”, “Nadan Parinde”, “Tum ho paas mere”……. wow, just hats off to lyricist. No wonder, they must have gone the real pain in real life to construct such impactful wordings (as also is the theme of the movie).

Coming to movie, I felt, director, producer all lost an oppurtunity. An opportunity, which could have potentially made the movie biggest hit of the recent times. The underline story was just superb & infact connect to many lives in the society. Songs, Music of A R Rehman & acting of Ranbir Kapoor were the highlight. The downside was acting of  Nargis, it was as horrible as her Anglo-Hindi ascent & somewhat illogical connectivity in the story line. It seemed that production was done in hurry. I think love should have been made natural, instead of getting an urge to have love.

For me takeaway were the songs & the final lines : “Beyond the right doing, wrong doing, there is a world & we will meet there“. Also I think Ranbir Kapoor is potentially next Big B.

Whatever, I still liked movie very much. My heart gives a rating of 9/10 but my brain gives rating of 6/10.