School of Thoughts

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.

aeroshow sukhoi love suryakiran

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

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…

Nandhi Hills

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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