Tuesday, October 31, 2006

THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY ROADS

I am in Dubai for last 15 days and I have not seen any single pothole on the roads in the city and even in the outskirts and even in interiors. (Back here so many persons dies because of potholes and nobody bothers)
I am fully impressed with the roads and the road networks, with the Roundabouts and the Interchange, which helps to prevent vehicle accidents. I have travelled so much in and around Dubai and now I can say that we are still far behind the world as far as our infrastructures are concerned. We are still talking, I mean still talking and complaining year after years, during monsoon and after monsoon and before monsoon, about the road conditions and still listening to the promises and assurances of our Leaders and Municipal Corporations on improving the road conditions.

At present, Dubai Govt.has undertaken 15.5 billion AED project of building Metro Rails all over, the work is in full swing, but not a single person including vehicle traffic on a road is affected because of the work. All the work area is well covered from the pedestrian's safety point of view and it's well maintained.
One day I noticed a news and photographs in Newspapers pointing out careless workers not wearing safety helmets and I was surprised with the news. The safety hazard was immediately picked up by the press and brought to the notice of authorities.

And we are satisfied with Mumbai - Pune Express way. The one and only one.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Citizen Journalist-Part II

The PMC has got a tendency of digging up roads and then not mending them properly. Here is an example of the same.
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Description:- Travel up and down the Prabhat road and you will find the whole road is bumpy. This spot is a little ahead of a hotel called Rutuja when you are travelling up to Law College. It encompasses the breadth of the road, forcing vehicles to go dead slow. The bump is not very apparent due to the shadow of the trees in the daylight. An oft site for punctures.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Citizen Journalist-Part I

They say a picture speaks thousand words. Much has been said and done about the roads in Pune. This picture series probably, will tell a story of the worst road-spots in Pune.
Cruise safely...
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Description:- This is spot connecting the Karve road to the canal road near S.N.D.T. Turning is hazardous here, becasue of out-of-the-place cement blocks and a pothole next to it.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

An Eid away from home

Let me first start by wishing everyone Eid Mubarak and hope your Ramadhan went well. If I could sum it up in one word(I have a habit of doing that) I think it was 'low-key' or as they say back in India -"thanda" i.e. lukewarm.
In the morning I got ready for going to a banquet hall, the location of which I had not looked up properly online and was relying purely on memory. Wait a minute, did you say 'a banquet hall'? Yes that's right and the reason being that in the land of Uncle Sam there is no concept of an 'eidgaah' (which is generally a large open ground especially used for Eid prayers in the morning ) and so the alternative for facilitating greater numbers of people to offer their Eid prayers is booking a banquet hall and converting it into a makeshift eidgaah.
The trouble was that although I had some idea of the roads, in the excitement and enthusiasm of getting there on time I took the wrong exit. And as if that hadn't been enough miscalculation I took another wrong turn and was almost losing hope of getting to offer the Eid prayers at all. But thanks to the guy from India, who was the gas station I stopped at to ask directions, I made it just in time. A photo-finish. I felt great, something that you call an 'Imaan Rush' or "Leap of faith"?

Anyway soon after the Eid prayers was over I met my colleague there and wished him Eid Mubarak and went over to his place for some Eid sweets followed by lunch. But there was one little problem, my colleague's car had been towed away. Like me and many others who prefer to rent a car rather than buy one (the reasons of which I won't go into now) he had parked his car inside the apartment premises. However his apartment building being in the proximity of some of the hotel and office areas in that suburb, any car that is parked needs to have a tag displaying approval for parking, irrespective of you being a resident or not. For some reason my friend had forgotten to put the tag.
Anyway we decided to grab some lunch and then go and get his car back from the towing company. Meanwhile he had invited another colleague who only does business consulting and therefore does not have to be in office from 9 to 5. Now that's the kind of work I wouldn't mind doing.
When lunch was over we drove to the towing company's office to get the car back and believe it or not that little mistake set him back 150 bucks. And the lady at the counter didn't even budge, when he tried to explain to her. I think if you're getting paid for doing that, nobody would.
Then later we came back to his place and got talking about things back home and here. Basically comparing this (American) and that (Indian). I mean what else can you do on Eid day, when you're thousands of miles away with no sign of any festivity or fervor?
In between we also watched this documentary on the life of Prophet Muhammmad (peace be upon him) with interviews of Karen Armstrong, Hamza Yusuf, Jameel Johnson and others. It was a good documentary but I found it made more like a children's documentary. I think it's time we as Muslims talk more freely and confidently about our faith and beliefs. It's time to take the next step.
After that we decided to go to a nearly shopping mall but that plan got goofed up since I took a different route and reached the place a bit later. I wasn't able to reach my friend as he did not have a cell phone so after searching for him sometime I decided to get back home.
After reaching home my roommate and I prepared a quick dinner with readymade parathas, rajma and instant chinese soup. I missed home food for the n-th time again.
But the saving grace was speaking with my cousin in Canada. She asked me whether I was going to celebrate another Eid here in the States or away from home and my answer was a straight 'No'. Not for any reason.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Slashdot: News for nerds, stuff that matters

Slashdot: News for nerds, stuff that matters

I really like to read Slashdot .
This is the best site to read for latest and greates technological news .

Saturday, October 21, 2006

happy diwali

Wish all of you Happy Diwali and Eid Al Fitr Mubarak

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

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Monday, October 09, 2006

Cricket ka Faluda!!!

With the champions trophy started we are all subjected to a punishment of the so called coverage by Sony. I have hated any thing to such an extent before. First of all I fail to understand what this fuss is about cricket weds entertainment. Tell me whats more entertaining than an engaging dual between McGrath and Sachin and Sachin dancing down the track to hit McGrath. Aren’t lara, Murali, Asif, Akthar, Jayasura, Ponting et al entertaining? What is need of people like Rohit Roy and Mandira Bedi in the box? What do they understand abt cricket as people like Barry Richards and Tony do? It was a shame to watch Sony making Tony dance with Mandira and Rohit roy. Can’t they utilize these people’s (Tony and Barry) time in a better way to discuss the game, strategies and teams in a more sports like professional way?
It’s a shame for all us Indians who say Cricket is our passion. Why are we letting such things happen? Its better to turn to Radio. Its high time that these channels become professional in sports coverage. ESPN STAR was much better (though they started some silli Shaz waz show). Guys nothing is as entertaining as sports if you let experts play and narrate it. Not people lie Mandira and Rohit and ofcourse Siddhu.

Can somebody put a silencer or off switch in this poor fellow’s throat. I am sure such trick would win a Nobel Peace Prize!!!

Friday, October 06, 2006

Dear Pitt and Jolie Welcome to our city



Dear Pitt and Jolie,
Welcome to our city.
Angelinabai,

Before starting your work in Pune, please seek blessings of Vignaharta Lord Ganesha from historical temple in Kasaba Pet and of Shrimant Dagduseth Halvai Ganapati. It's our custom.

I understand you love shopping. You may be interested in shopping at Tulshi Baug, Mandai and ofcource at Laxmi Road for indian sarees and jewellery. Wearing Navvari Saree ( Nine Yard Saree) is also our tradition.

Please do not miss Chitale Bandhi Mithaivale near Vishram Baug for world famous Bhakarwadi and Janaseva Dugdhalaya for Kharwas and Misal at Joshi's Shrikrishna.
We would also like you to visit Sinhagad and enjoy Pithalebhakar, KandaBhajji and delicious chilled water from Devtake.

You just donot care about those Paparazzi presssure. You can take few tips from us on how not to care, if you wish so. Just enjoy your stay in Pune.

अँजेलिना, ब्रॅड पिट : मुक्काम पोस्ट पुणे!पुणे, ता. ५ - परदेशांतून आलेले "पापाराझ्झी', "स्नॅपाराझ्झी' आणि इलेक्‍ट्रॉनिक माध्यमांच्या कॅमेऱ्यांना शिताफीने हुलकावणी देत अखेर "ब्रॅंजेलिना' अर्थात ब्रॅड पिट आणि अँजेलिना जोली ही हॉलिवूडची प्रसिद्ध कलाकार जोडी आज पुण्यात आली. ते आले, विमानतळावर उतरले हे नक्की;