Just Online Wish

Its one whole year since the last b’day wish. Last time it was a drunk and out of mind guy speaking on how he called some person and wished the answering machine. So, to save myself from some embarrassment (and money) I thought why to make an Long Distance Call to talk to an answering machine. Here I am wishing you a belated B’day for 1st of Feb. and Happy Birthday for the second person who will have it on 14th of feb.

Puzzle

What is short and long, has its own mood, is some time gloomy, bright, happy, comes in may colors including red, black and blue  and every one has got one. Tell me what it is? before you guys start having weird idea’s the answer is called “days”. Cherish these days. Happy new year to you all

India VS India.

In my last post I said i will try to tell you guys about my observation of different entities while i was traveling through out India. If you have not noticed i was in north @ Delhi, South @ Hyderabad, East @ Kolkata and Home, West @ Goa in last 3 months.

So instead of writing about few of them lets pitch all of them against each other.

Round 1: Travel.

I won’t say a thing about the journey but the first hand experience of destination or origin.

  • By Train –  Hyderabad, Bangalore, Kolkata, Home
  • By Bus –  Goa, Bangalore
  • By Flight – Bangalore, Delhi(Terminal 1-A), Kolkata

I don’t know what’s your travelling preference but i always felt that train journeys are the best. if it satisfies one condition “You have a good company” I leave the choice of the companion to you it may range from sleep depravation to love or from a book to Girl Friend.

So here is quick comparison between the stations i have visited in recent past.

Hyderabad (Secundrabad to be precise):- A small and clean station. They have got adequate security and even though the same station is used for local trains it not that crowded.

Bangalore:- Its been quite some time before i gave bangalore station a visit. It was still the same crowded platform and even crowded ticket counters. But clean and chaotic.

Kolkata:- Huge station loads of people and little security. Its not that clean, though there are people taking care of cleaning but something, somewhere has gone wrong.

Home:- Really small station, not clean, no security, is in process of getting a face-lift. That include a new ticket window, generator, lights and fans on the platform but that betterment is still few years away.

Now comes the bus stands.

Bangalore: Has got a huge bus stand. lots of people. well marked platforms and dirty.

Goa: Medium sized, semi clean, not well marked and crowded.

Airports:- The fastest and (now not so) cheaper mode of transport. I chose this for last for the simple reason that i have been adding loads of air-mile.

Kolkata:- Really old airport. Small, crowded, Really slow security checks, No WI-FI, Shady Buses used for aircarft transfer(Most of them look like old city buses). But they do have a rail ticket reservation counter and post office at the arrival waiting lounge. fewer baggage claim belts and No AC taxi for stand. (One had to call for AC taxies)

Delhi:- Big, clean, with almost no crowd departure terminal. Even though its a new terminal baggage scan is mandatory(as compared to bangalore), WI-FI signal strength fluctuate every second.(In short it sucks, just WI-FI). Lots of shops including a Mc-Dee’s The arrival terminal is too crowded. even though they have 7-8 baggage claim belts the baggage arrival takes a life time. which makes the area even more crowded.

Bangalore:- Big, really clean, little crowded, No Baggage checks (which makes the check in really really swift) The check-in counter itself are dynamic(There no individual airline counter but any counter can be used by any airline. All the counters have a LCD screen showing the airlines name.) 3-4 ATM machine. 8-10 Self-Check-in counters. The arrival area is large and the baggage arrival is really fast max 5-10 min wait time. The only bone of contention is the location of airport. 25 KM from the city limits.

So if you are planning to go to any of these places plan accordingly.

Delhi

Statutory Warning: This post may turn out to be too long, So read on your on risk.

Note: This post is nothing to do with the book “Delhi” by the author Khuswant Singh  but may refer to both.

Just now I have reached home from a short trip to Delhi! By short it means that i was there for the weekend. Something in tune to a weekend getaway but the trip was more of “Getting In”

The start from Bangalore was both good and bad. Just for the record I left Bangalore on Friday, 20th Of November. Reasons the start was Good

The Goods:

  1. My manager was absent on the day. and i was able to leave early

  2. I got the airport shuttle minutes before it left.

  3. My flight was rescheduled to 7:10 pm (I had a 8:55pm flight)

The Bads:

  1. The flight took off half an hour late

  2. my friend who was supposed to pick me up at Delhi was also late by half an hour

The Ugly:

  1. The reading light was not working in the flight i was travelling

  2. The safety jacket for the seat in front of me was not attached to seat and was roaming all through the plane.

Now a quick rundown of my itinerary.

Day 1: Friday

  1. 7:10 Leave Bangalore

  2. 10:30 Reach Delhi

  3. 11:45 Reach my friends home @ gurgaon

  4. 11:47 Open a bottle of whiskey and start drinking

Day 2: Saturday

  1. Time Unknown: Go to bed after the bottle was empty, our belly full and mind screwed

  2. 10:00 am – wake up, get ready

  3. 01:00 pm – go and meet one of my online friends @ Gurgaon Central (Yeah i do meet my virtual friends. so next time you are Bangalore and need some one for drink you know who to call 😉 )

  4. 05:00 pm: Back at friend’s palace. Have couple of pegs and get ready to attend one of my school mates marriage (yeah this was the reason i was Delhi.

  5. 07:00 pm: Reach the venue for marriage just to find out the time on the invitation was written in IST. ( IST means that leave the house half an hour after the time mentioned on the invitation)

  6. 07:10 pm: Meet with some of my other school mate who were to attend the same wedding.

  7. 07:11 pm: Find a bar and order some beer

  8. 10:00 pm: has someone mentioned shaddi (marriage).

  9. 10:10 pm: order the last round and leave for the marriage venue

  10. 10:45 pm: reach the venue to find out the marriage is over. and reception is on

  11. 10:46 pm: lets have dinner than we will meet the groom.

  12. 11:00 pm: meet the groom. (it was a muslim wedding so we had to wait to meet our bhabhi. They have this tradition that the bride and groom cant see each other till the marriage ceremony is officially over)

Day 3: Sunday

  1. 12:15 am: After 3 rounds of deserts and half pack of cigarettes we (including the groom) finally get to meet the bride.

  2. 12:30 am: wish the friend and wife happy marriage life and leave for gurgaon

  3. 01:15 am: reach my friend’s place to find him with another bottle.

  4. 02:30 am: Sleep.

  5. 07:00 am: wake and get ready

  6. 08:30 am: Reach the venue for IIFT entrance test

  7. 12:00 pm: finish the exam and head back to friends palace @ gurgaon

  8. 01:00 pm: call up another school friend and decide to meet her at metropolitan mall @ gurgaon

  9. 02:00 pm: meet this friend over lunch.

  10. 05:00 pm: back to my friend’s place and pack to leave for Bangalore.

  11. 08:10 pm: board the flight for Bangalore

Those who have read the above itinerary. give your self a pat on the back (for achieving this milestone) and kick on the ass (for wasting your time). I am sure your jobless self will some questions coming up. So here is a quick faq

  • Why there are no names in the whole of the post?

  • Do you really wish to know names like tom (not the cat/dog), dick (not the body part) and hairy (nothing related hairs other than the ones on the head).

  • Why are the airlines name missing?

  • Here is the airline name. For onward it was a jetlite (formally Sahara) flight i was booked in. which was later changed to jet connect. for return it was Air-India (formally Indian Airlines)

  • What was the main reason for going to Delhi?

  • To drink what else? Rest were just lies created round this truth. I had changed my IIFT exam center from Bangalore to Delhi

  • How was the trip?

  • Pleasing and left me wanting for more.

Till next time. Where i compare Jet Connect with Air India and pitch BIA (Bangalore International Airport) VS  IGIA (Indira Gandhi International Airport) Terminal 1A.

Hriday, Home and Klueless

The three things which made me stay away from this blog for so long. Just for the record Hriday is my new found love for last 6 Months. Go Fish!

I had a trip down the memory… errrr.. home lane. Its was the same old house, same old room, same old computer and the same old pram in which i used to sleep and now my Nephew Sleeps :)

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Here are some more of his pics and his antics. Click on the images for original image.

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This year it was again the time for the online game called Klueless. It was called as always Klueless 5. I was able to crack this year’s edition bit late due to the home visit. I hope that i get more time next year to solve much faster. More updates and Klues in the next Post