School of Thoughts

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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January 1, 2007

The year that went by…

Filed under: General — Sanju Rajan @ 10:11 am

First post in the new year…

New year is the time when most of the people go through a retrospection about the previous year . Things that went wrong or could have been better avoided, something that could be done better and some of the opportunities that were missed, lost friends/relatives. When I look back at the year that went by, I feel it was pretty much a good one both on the personal and professional front barring some of the bad incidents.. After all whats life without ups and downs. The ups gives you a sense of achievement and the downs give you a reason to get motivated and work harder.

Again New year is the time when people make new resolutions. Check out some of the top 10 commonly made new year resolutions. I’m sure you’ll find some of your resolutions as well in the list.

Looking forward to the new year with lot of dreams and expectations and Wishing all of you a happy and prosperous new year (2007).

December 25, 2006

Merry Xmas

Filed under: General — Sanju Rajan @ 2:39 pm

The 10 days Xmas  shutdown has started for me and I’m enjoying it to my best. Planning to go to Mysore with my mom tomorrow.  Have booked the  1-day tour package from  kstdc (http://kstdc.nic.in/) . This  is my  2nd trip to  the heritage city…Lets see how it goes…

Wish  you all a merry Xmas and Happy New Year

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