School of Thoughts

March 10, 2007

World Cup 2007 and our cricket team

Filed under: Cricket,India,Review,Sports — Sanju Rajan @ 5:05 pm

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The world cup cricket tournament 2007 kickstarts tomorrow in the picturesque Caribbean backdrop. Like the passionate Caribbean crowd ,the cricket fever has already caught up here with the fanatic cricket fans of India. It’s a well known truth that in India,cricket is not just a game but a religion. Its the game that’s mostly followed by the majority in India and the cricketers are treated like demigods. No wonder that the Indian cricket team with billion supporters back home and their hopes and prayers would be under tremendous pressure to perform well and come back with the much coveted World Cup.

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During the last world cup in 2003, the Indian team led by Sourav Ganguly played brilliantly till the final. But in the final , they were trounced by the mighty Aussies much against the hopes of the Indian fans back home. The Indian team is one of the favourites in the tournament this time and as always the team looks mighty and promising in paper atleast. The team is in safe hands, captained by Rahul Dravid- the wall , well known for his prolific batting technique and reliability under tough conditions and vice-captained by Sachin Tendulkar -the Litte Master ,the best batsman India has ever produced and a batting legend with the most number of runs against his name in the one-day version of the game. Then the opener Ganguly, who made a wonderful comeback after his controversial row with Coach Greg Chappel. The other opener, the young and dynamic Robin Uttappa already displayed his explosive batting skills in the limited opportunities he got in the preceding series.Virendra Sehwag, after a really long bad patch has got into the team just on the basis of his past performances and the backing of the captain. The similar and reckless shots through which he gets out regularly leaves much to be desired. The others who would be strengthening the batting department is the only all-rounder in the team – Yuvraj Singh and wicket keeper batsmen – MS Dhoni and Dinesh Karthik. The spin bowling department is in the safe hands of two experienced bowlers – Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh. The pace-bowling department which consists of Agarkar,Zaheer Khan (another team member who worked hard for his way back into the team after being thrown out for poor performances), Munaf Patel,Sreesanth and the Irfan Pathan(who has infact forgotten how to bowl) seems to be the only weaker link.

But cricket is such an unpredictable game and on a given day its the teams that performs well under pressure that wins the game. The much hyped line-up doesnt matter. Anyways I’m happy to be able to write something on one of my favorite sports, that’s “Cricket”. Well, like everyone else I am also eagerly awaiting the start of the mega event.As any other Indian Cricket fan, I hope that the Indian team led by captain Rahul Dravid this time would return triumphant from the West Indies. Jai Hind and all the best !

Check here for the World cup Match schedules.

So which is your favourite team to lift the cup ??

February 12, 2007

Bangalore Bandh Over water…

Filed under: Bangalore,News — Sanju Rajan @ 10:27 am

Today the silicon valley of India – Bengalooru has come to a standstill following a dawn to dusk bandh(general strike) called by pro-Kannada outfits to protest the last week’s award of Cauvery Water Dispute Tribunal on water sharing between some of the south-Indian States. Check here to get an idea of what the Cauvery Dispute is all about. All the autos, buses, taxi cabs and other vehicles are off the roads and all the hotels,shops and others commercial establishments have downed shutters showing their support for the bandh. All the government offices and IT companies are also closed today, while some IT companies have given their employees an option to work from home. The company where I work has forcefully made me sick for a day 🙂 and has told me to better sit at home..Confused ? Ok I’ll clarify. All the employees have been given a days off without any additional working day on Saturday; but the catch is that a sick leave will be deducted from the total leaves we have.I really wish I could take my bike out for a ride as there will not be the normal hustle and bustle on the roads. But I wouldn’t dare to do it today !!

I was reading a report about water scarcity and the author mentions there is little question that water scarcity will be a problem in some regions in the future. Global warming is likely to alter rainfall patterns in many regions, and long-term planning for water supply must take this into consideration. Otherwise the next world war will not be for Oil,power, nuclear weapons,etc..but for water

How true !! We are already seeing signs of it back here !!!

February 11, 2007

Mobile Shopping…

Filed under: Bangalore,General,Technology — Sanju Rajan @ 4:26 am

No,I’m not going to write about buying a new mobile or online shopping using the mobile.
Have you heard about online shopping, window shopping,credit shopping and other types of shopping? Yes, I’m sure you would have. But yesterday while doing a round of grocery shopping in a supermarket chain here, I saw a different way of shopping. And I would describe it as mobile shopping. I saw a lady going around in between the huge racks with a trolley full of grocery items in one hand and a mobile phone in the other hand. She was talking out loud (obviously) over the mobile phone with somebody back home I guess, picking items one by one and dropping it in the trolley. The conversation was like this “Bread -1? ,Soap powder – 1kg ? washing shop- 2?, Noodles – 3 covers ?”. I was standing there with a list of items in a sticky/small piece of paper (as I have a very bad memory,time to upgrade RAM 🙂 ) and was just thinking – oh! the world has gone so much forward and people have invented new methods of shopping, thanks to the huge penetration of mobile phone.As I moved out of her way allowing her and her trolley full of items to continue forward, I was just wondering how much money are the mobile service providers reaping indirectly by these kind of inventive methods in different areas of a customer’s life. Don’t forget the money made through the TV polls, mobile contests, ringtones, hello tunes,etc..

February 8, 2007

Bangalore AeroShow 2007

Filed under: Bangalore,Entertainment,General,News,Technology — Sanju Rajan @ 8:38 pm

The sixth Aero India show opened at the Bangalore Yelahanka Air Force Base yesterday, with a galaxy of global civil and military aviation names coming in to show off their flying machines and other wares.Aero India Show is a biennial aerospace exhibition organized by the Indian Ministry of Defence in collaboration with other defence research organizations in India. The show aims at showcasing civil and military aircraft by manufactures, vendors and suppliers from the Indian Aerospace and Aviation industry as well as other offerings from allied service providers.

Heard that in addition to the exhibition, there will be daily flying demonstration featuring some of the most advanced and sophisticated aircraft, which include F-16, F-18 Hornet, C-130J, P-3 Orion, CH-47, C-17 from USA, Grippen from Sweden, MiG-29M (02) from Russia and Falcon from France

Lockheed Martin has staged a publicity coup by getting Mr Ratan Tata to fly as co-pilot on its F-16 on Day 1.

Looks like the number of participants in Aero India Show 2007 is expected to be much higher as against the figure recorded in the last show in 2005. I had attended the Aeroshow held in Bangalore in 2005 and it was worth every penny.As I stay near the HAL airport,I could see the fighter falcons doing the test rounds from the terrace of our apartment since last week and was really excited. But looks like getting the tickets this time is a herculean task by itself. I heard that tickets would be sold at the venue during the weekend. But I don’t want to take a chance by driving all the way till Yelahanka braving that mad traffic and then coming back dissappointed.

While tickets for the general public for entry into the flying display area will be priced at Rs.200 a day on weekdays and Rs.300 over the weekend,admission to the swanky exhibition halls will be at Rs.750 a day.

Check out some videos and photos of the SuryaKiran stunts, I shot during my last visit to the Aeroshow in 2005. One of their attempts to draw a heart/love 🙂 symbol in the sky was really fantastic and well received by the crowd.

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Tit for Tat…

Filed under: Bangalore,General — Sanju Rajan @ 1:48 pm

A funny incident happened today morning on the way to office.I couldn’t resist myself from blogging it here.
I was waiting for a traffic signal on my way to office.And on the footpath next to me I saw a foreigner walking in the opposite direction.There was a huge tree on the footpath with a cement basement built around it,thus allowing only a single person to move near the tree.A well-educated (?) IT professional for sure( wearing a dogs tag of a well-known MNC ) was on his bike riding over the footpath.Yes,u heard me right.Here in Bangalore people ride over the footpath also 🙂 and I really hate it. Seeing him coming in the opposite direction along the footpath,the foreigner just stopped near the tree, blocking his way completely.Then she immediately pulled out some slip and started writing something in it,as we all looked at both of them.And to my surprise, that fellow started honking at her to move away!!!! She looked at him and then again continued scribbling 🙂 This continued for almost a minute…Then she moved away and whispered something in his ears while passing.I didn’t hear that, but for sure she would have told something like this -“Have some civic sense,my friend.The footpath is for pedestrians not for ur god damn bike to move..Get on to the road,you $!#@$!@” !! 🙂

Tit for Tat..I really loved the lady’s bold and witty response. I was just laughing out loud to myself for the rest of the ride thinking about this incident.

February 5, 2007

FM Radio Rush…

Filed under: Bangalore,Entertainment,General,Technology — Sanju Rajan @ 3:40 pm

When I first came to Bangalore in early 2003, I remember my friend clung happily to a radio.And I stood there wondering what’s happened to this guy- Is he going back in time when the whole world seems to have forgotten the radio and are glued to the idiot box – the Television? Gradually I realised that hearing the FM radio programmes/songs is a favourite pastime and an inevitable means of entertainment in the lives of an average Bangalorean.Especially when you are stuck in the traffic, the radio comes as a great blessing with the latest and the old numbers of Hindi and Kannada songs.The traffic updates broadcasted through the radio at times turned out to be useful to avoid those traffic stricken roads. You could hear the FM radio played from taxi cabs,BMTC buses,shops, houses and even from chauffeur driven cars with some corporate honchos glued with the EconomicTimes newspaper.

I too bought a small Philips pocket radio and at that time if I remember right,there were only 2 FM stations – the RadioCity FM91 and another station from All India Radio. Gradually it became my favourite pastime as well. In the mornings I remember getting up to the “Goooood Moooorning Bangalore” screams of RJ Vasanthi from RadioCity. Later when I got myself an Apple ipod, I was enthralled with it’s looks and usabality and slowly started ignoring the radio.But now as I got bored hearing the songs in the ipod, I turned back again to my random song generator box 🙂 and as a protest of negligence he refused to power on. 😦 Today I tuned in to the FM channels using my mobile phone and was surprised to hear so many new FM channels. When I write this, there are about 9 FM channels and more in the pipeline. Listing down the FM channels and their respective frequencies :-

1)Radio City – 91.1FM
2)Radio Indigo – 91.9FM
3)Big FM – 92.7FM
4)SFM(SunFM) – 93.5FM
5)Radio Mirchi – 98.3FM
6)FM Rainbow – 101.3FM
7)Vividh Bharathi – 102.9FM
8)Fever 104FM – 104FM
9)Gyanavani – 105.6FM

One advantage of FM radio is that you get to hear variety of programmes/interviews,traffic updates and so many songs,both new and old from different language and genres. I like the suspense or rather uncertainity involved in radio as you dont know which song will be played next. But the negative side is the whole lot of advertisement you need to hear to. But we cannot help it ,as FM radio is delivered free of cost to us.

February 4, 2007

Enjoy the sunrise/sunset…

Filed under: General — Sanju Rajan @ 8:04 pm

Just recall the last time you have actually sat and enjoyed the whole of a sunrise or a sunset…I’m sure for many it would be difficult to actually recall that moment..Nowadays people are running out of time due to the various complexities and challenges of life that they even forget to enjoy or rather ignore these very simple and wonderful natural phenomenon. It had been quite sometime since I also had actually enjoyed a sunrise or a sunset.I usually miss the mornings as I get up late after a late night.This weekend, I was kind of free after a whole week of hectic activities at work.So I decided to just relax on the terrace of my apartment in the evening with my camera and see the whole of the sunset…And the whole experience was truely soothing to my eyes and ofcourse my mind…
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Another trip to Nandi Hills…

Filed under: Bangalore,Travel — Sanju Rajan @ 3:47 pm

I’m back blogging after a long gap. Anyways I’m happy to be back.

What do you do when you get bored of seeing a place again and again ? You can either try another new place or go to the same place with the willingness to get bored again 🙂 But I was neither interested in visiting a new place for some reason nor willing to get bored again. Thats when I decided – Why don’t I try the same place at a different time ? And thats exactly what we did last month for the long weekend got by clubbing the Jan15th-Sankranthi holiday.We decided to visit Nandi Hills early morning to see the sunrise. My good friend Anoop as usual was rearing to go for some trip with his newly acquired beauty – the brand new Hyundai Verna – Power of more than 100 horses. I just sowed this idea in his head and there he was jumping on his feet to go.go..go…Morover my mom had also not visited this place. FYI..If you are staying in Bengalooru,Nandi Hills is the only good place in the 100kms radius.. I might be wrong, but thats what you feel when you visit there during the day. We pinged few of our other friends and none of them were interested when they heard Nandi Hills…

Anoop was very punctual and he reached my house sharp at 5:30am in the morning and we started at around 5:45am from my flat in Marthahalli. The 6-lane freeway to Hyderabad was really enticing and at some point the road was not enough for the raw power of 100 horses – the muscular Hyundai Verna..But the odd bumps on the freeway was dangerous and sometimes invisible because of the zebras not running across it and the thick fog.We reached Nandi Hills in flat 90minutes. Oh! boy ! I was totally awestruck by the totally different and enchanting view of Nandi Hills. It was as if we were standing on top of the clouds. I was literally on cloud 9ine. The whole place was filled with fog with one or two hills popping up here and there in between at a distance…

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The place was not at all crowded unlike previous visits and that time of the day was the best to snap some good photographs with good lighting- I must say, the best time of the day to visit Nandi Hills.After some photography sessions we settled down for a light breakfast with the food we had packed.As we finished the breakfast we saw people climbing the hills and the place was slowly getting crowded.We made our way down through the cool breeze. And when we were driving down, we saw the fog clearing up and the whole valley was clear and visible, so got to see that as well.We stopped in between to buy some grapes which is said to be right from the grapeyards..who knows …And we were back in Bangalore by 10:30am…To sum it up – a short and sweet trip !!

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January 6, 2007

India Poised !!

Filed under: News,Opinions — Sanju Rajan @ 5:08 pm

“Times of India” has christened 2007 as the year of India and has started a campaign called “India Poised” through their newspaper and the news channel TIMES NOW. And Big B had volunteered to recite the India Poised anthem. The anthem is really inspiring. The theme of the anthem is the two Indias within the country and how the whole country is transforming from one India to the other.

Check out Amitabh Bacchan reciting the anthem

and here’s the India Poised anthem in text form

Yes, India has finally arrived and India’s resurging economy is definitely proof for it !! India has already proved that its not just the “The land of snake charmers, heritage and culture” which was perceived earlier, but that it has got much more value to add. Today it is one of the fastest growing economies in the world and everybody is taking notice. The surge in foreign investment of late is an indication for this. This is the India I have always dreamt of and it is happening, though in a slow and steady pace. Jai Hind !!

January 1, 2007

Online Education for free

Filed under: Technology — Sanju Rajan @ 10:54 am

Just stumbled upon this link (thanks to ‘Times of India’ newspaper).

Want top-notch education at the click of a mouse ? UC Berkeley known to be an outstanding school, especially for computer science have some of their lectures archived in the form of mp3,podcasts,video streams and posted on the web, all for FREE. Berkeley webcasts are a superb resource as they let you learn from amazing teachers and accomplished professionals.

The other link was of the MIT OpenCourseware. Its an excellent,free and open educational resource for educators, students and self learners around the world. Now you can access the valuable MIT resources without actually being there 🙂

I found both the links really valuable and worth sharing.

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