Wednesday May 06, 2009

A visit to Sabarmati Ashram, Ahmedabad

I was in Ahmedabad yesterday (May 5th, 2009) for an Architecture review meeting at a partner yesterday. Surprisingly, the meeting ended a bit earlier, and we had a couple of hours to spend, before our flights. We decided to visit, Mahatma Gandhiji's Ashram. It is a serene place, on the banks of the river Sabarmati. It took some time to digest the fact, that Gandhiji lived and worked here, strategised his non-violent freedom movement against the colonial powers !! Its a very simple and spartan place. I took a few snaps and have uploaded it to flickr !!

P.S. There seems to be an effort to create a promenade, along the banks of Sabarmati. But sadly, like most rivers, the Sabarmati seems to be heavily polluted :-(

Thursday Apr 30, 2009

Bangalore best Indian city to live in, says Mercer survey !!!!!!!!

Bangalore best Indian city to live in, says Mercer survey April 28, 2009

As per, "Bangalore has emerged as the best Indian city among New Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai in terms of better quality of living for expatriates, according to a latest worldwide survey of cities by global HR consultancy Mercer.

According to Mercer survey, '2009 Quality of Living global city rankings' for 215 cities, Bangalore has topped the list among Indian cities, while the country's financial hub Mumbai has witnessed a drop in rankings this year mainly due to a decline in stability and security conditions.

For a hard-core Bangalorean like me, this is a reaffirmation of Bangalore's lovely weather, friendly people, mix of Indian and western culture, cosmopolitan nature, that appeals to a lot of Indians and others ...

Wednesday Apr 01, 2009

What Recession??

Advertisements spotted in Bangalore, Enjoy ;-)

Sunday Jan 25, 2009

Happy Republic Day

Image linked from the website.
Happy Indian Republic Day !! I hope to wake up early tomorrow (Monday, Jan 26th) and watch the glorious republic day celebrations. This has been a part and parcel of my life, ever since we have had access to television.

Tuesday Jan 13, 2009

Happy Pongal and Sankranti

Wishing everyone a Happy Pongal and Sankranti !!

Sunday Jan 11, 2009

Bangalore MG Road - Coffee House set to close

From the Deccan herald article in 2007.
Read in today's Deccan Herald, about the imminent closure of the legendary Coffee House . I have been going on and off to the Coffee House, since my college days since around 1988-1989. The coffee is fantastic, and it was common in the pre-cellphone days to say, lets meet at Coffee House at 2 pm on Saturday. There is a character to the place, a longing for the Bangalore of olden days, the characters who come to Coffee House, the waiters.
I will miss the place, I was there yesterday night also. I hope it comes back in a new incarnation. Of course, there were shortcomings - hygeine was non-existent, toilets were the worst, don't even think of drinking the water ;-) But the Coffee, the cutlet, the sandwiches, the fried eggs and toast were the best. I am planning to go there many, many times before it closes, and maybe help some of the waiters financially.
P.S I had blogged about this in 2007, look at that entry

Wednesday Dec 31, 2008

Happy New Year

Happy New year - Wishing everyone a fantastic new year. I hope the new year brings joy and happiness in 2009 - Pavithra, Gayathry and Mani

Wednesday Dec 24, 2008

Bangalore-Mysore-Ooty-Mysore-Bangalore - Niligiri's tour on cycles ..

There is an exciting bike (cycle in Indian parlance) tour, planned between Bangalore-Mysore-Madikeri-Ooty-Madikeri-Mysore-Bangalore. It looks exciting, and more details can be had here. My friend and colleague, Abhin Patel is biking a part of the race. What interested me in this website, were the fantastic maps and elevation profiles between Bangalore, Mysore and Ooty. Have a look, at these images which I have linked from their website:

Bangalore to Mysore - Route and Elevation

Mysore to Madikeri - Route and Elevation

Madikeri to Ooty - Route and Elevation

Bangalore Citizens Rally for Change

Got an email on the IIMB alumni mailing list, about a peaceful rally and candle light vigil against the recent Mumbai Terrorist attacks, being held in Bangalore on 27th Dec. The details are :

And Saturday, the 27th is when all of Bangalore will demonstrate peacefully. We will show our solidarity as a people, we will show the rest of the world that we stand united. There are simultaneous marches planned in multiple cities at the same time.
We plan to congregate at 5.30pm sharp at Cubbon Road BRV junction, walk towards Gandhi Statue and observe a few minutes of silence and light our candles and place them at the Gandhi Statue.
Please bring candles, the Tri color, your own banners with your messages. This is a movement for the people, by the people and from the people.

Wednesday Nov 26, 2008

terrorists strike mumbai

Terrorists have struck Mumbai (Bombay) on Wednesday night, the largest and most destructive attack in Indian history. My prayers go out to the brave Mumbaikars and victims of this cowardly act. I fly to Mumbai almost every week, and was there on Tuesday, and I am shocked and angry. The present Indian government has been dilly dallying in its response to terrorism, it should act firmly and with an iron hand. Jai Hind.

From IBN Live

Sunday Oct 26, 2008

Happy Deepavali !!!

Happy Deepavali to you and your family !!!
- Pavithra, Gayathry and Mani

Friday Oct 24, 2008

Kovalam beach from the Leela, Thiruvananthapuram ..

Long long ago (end of July 2008), I had taken this snap on the Kovalam beach with my iPhone. Just had the time to post it today !!!

Osho is back ??

Spotted on MG Road in Bangalore, a few weeks back ..... ;-)

Friday Aug 15, 2008

Happy Indian Independence Day !!


My greetings on the 61st Indian Independence Day. Jai Hind !

Saturday Jul 26, 2008

Terrorists target Bangalore

Terrorists targeted Bangalore yesterday (Friday afternoon) , with multiple bombs in several places. I was, in a team offsite with our team in North bangalore (near the new airport), when the news tickled in. All of them turned out to be crude low intensity blasts, seemed to create panic and terror. We were a little concerned in the initial hours, but resumed our offsite after an hour or so.
My prayers go out to the people, affected by the blasts. As a person born and brought up in Bangalore, Bangalore never had these kinds of events, and was never a haven for terrorists until the last few years. I am a conservative in matters of security, and believe we need to deal with these activities firmly and with a iron fist. We should learn from Israel, on how to deal with Terrorism with an iron hand. Also, Bangaloreans should be on the lookout, for suspicious activities, and we should increase electronic surveillance, in all public areas. No organisation or country, can shake a country like ours, with a billion plus people, a culture millions of years old and having survived invaders for so many centuries. Go Bangalore!!

Ramblings of a Sun engineer based in Bangalore, India. Strictly my own views and not my employer's.


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