Friday, May 28, 2010

अग्निपथ से धूलपथ तक!

अक्सर दिल्ली की धूप में 'दोपहर' के १० बजे घरसे निकलो, तो अपनी ही दशा को देखकर सबसे बड़े बच्चनजी की पंक्तियाँ याद आती हैं।

यह महान दृश्य है, चल रहा मनुष्य है,
अश्रु-स्वेद-रक्त से लथपथ लथपथ लथपथ।
अग्निपथ अग्निपथ अग्निपथ...

किंतु आज तापमान में गिरावट और धूल-वायू की लहरों के चलते, दिल्ली की सड़कों को अग्निपथ से 'धूलपथ' में परिवर्तित होते पाया गया है। फिरभी देखा जाए, तो इसे उष्मा से मुक्ती का एक तात्कालिक ही सही लेकिन सुखद अनुभव कहा जा सकता है।

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Prahlad Jani can be the survivor for India and most of the world

On the lines of Baba Ramdev, Mataji Prahlad Jani should also start some kind of training institute to teach his unique art of surviving without food, water and bathroom for last 65 years or so. What is use of going through futile medical observations and creating a buzz on national media. If he is the man of god, better try to pass on this art to millions of Indians and if possible to other 3rd world citizens who have been sleeping without food for centuries, who have been wondering in deserts all their lives and who still have to use public places for all their bathroom activities.

One Baba is already bringing back health to these highly malnutrition-ed people of the country. Another should become the Buddha for them by eliminating their sorrows of hunger forever. Jai Mataji!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Mission Taj Mahal :)

A very unplanned trip to Agra turned out to be pretty eventful. Having considered lot many people to join in, it actually ended up with only two of us die hard travelers to go on our own. Firstly, not getting on the spot tickets of train to Agra, I got into a tourist bus, that had its entire plan of the Agra-Mathura-Vrindavan trip pre-planned. Here is a short picture story.

First encounter is this huge Agra Fort which took three Mughal generations to build up. And we are allowed to see only 1/3rd of it!



Right in front of the fort is this hurriedly clicked, statue of Ch. Shivaji Maharaj. Aurangzeb would have never thought that once his prisoner, Shivaji, who made a great escape from this mighty fort would be standing as a proud statue in front of the fort itself!





Then there are several huge and beautiful buildings inside the fort.



Notice the Taj Mahal in background. This must be the only view for Shah Jahan himself for his last seven years spent imprisoned here :( .



Taking the Hot Seats :)





Amazing designs on the carved on the marble walls!



Then comes the real treat! The Taj Mahal!



I cannot imagine a structure more beautiful and marvelous than this. Simply amazing!



Oh! I forgot to mention, there was huge drama of missing the travel bus, then managing it to Taj on our own, and then facing a queue that would easily eat 3 hours. But with all the good luck, a friend surprised us by suddenly appearing in front of us, and it was a pleasant one that he was already almost at the front side of the queue with his family. It made our entry a lot more smoother!



Then there is one more interesting incident on our way back through Mathura, typed down here.

[PS: More pics on orkut and facebook.]

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

A good step ahead

The Tamil Nadu state government in its IT policies declared two important points:
1. Unicode would be accepted as a standard for encoding Tamil
2. Tamil glossaries would be made available through Wiktionary

I think this is a really good step in a state where there has been a lot of fight and controversy over the encoding standard. As far the glossaries are concerned, Governments should always ensure the public accessibility of the digital resources being created in their institutes, be it glossaries, corpora, fonts or research papers.

Just hoping that these stated objectives would be achieved in a timely manner.

Read more at:
http://www.hindu.com/2010/05/04/stories/2010050454560400.htm

Saturday, May 01, 2010

PVR is so wierd!

Yesterday we went second time to a mall bit far from office to complete the earlier failed mission of watching this 3D movie, Clash of the Titans. On ticket counter, we were first told that evening show was house full. Then we asked for a night show, and were told there isn't any show then and the gentleman handed us the pamphlet of all movie schedules. We checked on the nearby digital kiosk and also on the printed schedule to be sure of the show timings. Then went to second counter, and asked the lady for the night show tickets, and without any problem got the tickets for back seats. In fact this show was hardly 20% full, wonder how the evening show became houseful.

But the biggest wonder/blunder is yet to come. On the entrance we were stopped for having a laptop bag along with (we had went straight after the office). In spite of having checked the bag, we were not allowed, because laptops were not allowed inside! Then we asked for keeping it at the baggage counter. But then, they also have a policy to not to keep laptops there! So we were blocked at the entrance and only solution just 5 mins before the show they had was to keep it in the car, or someone's home. Now our places are at least an hour far, and since we are only for a few days in Delhi, nobody has got a car.

Now I don't know what kind of rule is it that people can keep their bags unchecked at the counters but can neither carry nor keep in the safe if it contains laptop.

Then we found some suited man hovering around the ticket counter who looked like some manager and went to discuss the matter. Alas, he was equally unhelpful and showed us the rule lying somewhere in the corner, hidden within the list of many instructions, and written in a very small font size for public place. Finally after some arguments he agreed to let us keep the bag at counter with a judgmental statement that, since this is first time, he was allowing it (as if we were guilty of some crime).

Inside the hall, 3D glasses were small enough to make my original specs uncomfortable. We also noticed that, 3D effects are highly ineffective if being watched from side seats. Since hall was almost empty, we moved to center seats and it became slightly better. But one more problem with 3D glasses is that, they make the screen brightness and contrast considerably low. This I guess is not the problem with all movies and all halls, since some of the past experiences were much better.

So having spent almost twice of what other multiplexes charge on weekdays, we ended up watching the movie that wasn't so great.

Looking back, in spite of all the high-tech movies in past few months, these multiplexes have starved me of a good 3D action experience, leaving the most enjoyed 3D movie being the Chota Chetan.