Saturday, December 18, 2010

My Passport verification

We often blame the system for everything!!

In our EPP refresher last week the facilitator - Shalini - said you have no right to say anything if you cannot take action yourself. I should not claim to be a good citizen if i throw garbage on the roads!!
We do it that once because there was garbarge lying there anyway...because there was no dustbin around...till when will i carry the garbage with me...we have enough excuses.

So we blame the system, we get frustrated and we say NOTHING can happen to this country.

Almost all philosophies say - You yourself be that one change that you want to see around you.

I am a resident of Gurgaon, Haryana, India!
I submitted my passport a few months back for renewal. Charged by my father's enthusiasm and energy i said "Why cant i too get this done myself". So the journey began... :)

3 months passed by finally we got a call for police verification. The inspector actually called and informed about the documents they wanted. The inspector came at 8:15 in the evening - i asked him why so late - and he said people are working, they are home in the evenings, so we try and work this around their time!!
It is a compromise on their family time! But they are willing to do it.

We do see a change around us.
Are we willing to accept those few instances and change ourselves, or should we still keep blaming and bashing the system?

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

iPhone to HTC Hero, will it be back to the iPhone?

The little device was my life. I bought it with all my saving. It was the iPhone 1.0 bought from the "not so white" market :) 2 years ago.

I have enjoyed it thoroughly but lately it made me feel reaaaalllllyyyyyy old as I was being proclaimed to have an acute case of loss of hearing. As a result my hair started turning greyer...errrr "not so black". The iPhone has a problem with the speakers!!! Did they ever fix that ;)

Anyway, with a heavy heart i had to decide to take on another phone. Nimish knew how to do the trick. He showed me HTC Hero - an Android phone - the earth shaking innovation from Google. Next i heard that he is looking to give it away and wallah... it landed in my lap.

And what a phone. Its beautiful, light, compact, customizable desktop, very good touch screen, a few more menu buttons, verrryyy nice apps. I am enjoying it, looking to start building some apps for it now.

Before signing off, let me be honest, Sachin flaunts his iPhone 3.1 everyday and it still often manages to take my breath away. Not all that flexible but its visceral design if captivating - a woman can be lured by a diamond but i can be lured by the iPad :)

Have a great day.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Why the need to blog

I have always refrained from writing or sharing too much. Maybe i felt who would want to listen to me. But these past few days i have questioned myself if it was indeed fair!! I was seeking help from others on a daily basis for innumerable things - reading reviews, finding places, and i was not giving anything in return.
So here i am, willing to share my experiences.

Holiday at "The Hill Fort Kesroli"

Let me begin with the wonderful break we had at "The Hill Fort Kesroli" on the easter weekend. It was a quiet place amidst the fields in a village. It looks worn out from afar but once you go inside its really beautiful. The patio is covered with greenery that welcomes the birds. Around it are the rooms, some simple, others a bit more luxurious. There are some terraces which flaunt the wonderful fields. Most of the fields had grown wheat and the crop/phassal had just been cut. The fields were dry and the farmers were wondering if they should buy water and plant some bajra :) I could just imagine the gorgeous looking sarson ke khet/mustard fields and what a breathtaking view that would be.
We took a walk around the fort in the fields and met lots of children who greeted us with "Hello" and "Hi" - no one wanted to say "namaste" :) We even met Manjeet Khan the camel cart owner who was kind enough to give us a ride when we took a picture of his camel - Shahrukh khan!! :)

We stayed there for 2 days. The room that we stayed in was simple but neat, the food was nice, you could request the chef to make something special for you and he would oblige. The dal-bati was reallllyyy good. The ice-cream was too rich...couldnt eat beyond 2 spoonfuls. Very hospitable and humble staff. A simple, quiet, relaxing holiday.

The breathtaking Patio

The mesmerizing fields