Thursday, November 10, 2011

Long hands of the law

Tempo Traveler Bangalore



It was just another routine and uneventful day . I was returning home in the preferred transport of the IT industry - office cab, enjoying the boredom with half sleepy eyes, when something happened. It took a few seconds to register in my sleepy brain.

The Cab Driver had jumped a signal right here -


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By now I am very used to cab drivers jumping signals. Naturally my brain was planning to hit snooze, but then I saw a traffic police waiting in the middle of the road and gesturing the cab to pull over in the left.

This gave me a chill, because it meant we'll be losing precious time in the monstrous sea that Bangalore's traffic is. However our law abiding cab driver very sincerely took the left lane and hit the gas pedal. I was left wondering what the traffic police would be doing. I was happy that we'll reach in time, but god had other plans.

We had just reached the next signal, which was considerably far, when I heard a loud shout - oooooyyyyyyy

Then I saw a man with the very popular male-hair-loss-pattern-baldness shouting. He was sitting in the back seat of a scooty, and the scooty was being driven by a thin guy who probably weighted less than half of the scooty. This guy who very comically was waving his hand and shouting was none other than the traffic police we thought we evaded.

As the cab driver realized it, he blurted the English language vowels in south Indian style - aaaaeeeeiiiiooooou

So the cab driver pulls over and gets down anticipating a negotiation. But the traffic police was in a mood to give us more surprises. He enters the cab and asks the cab driver to drive. We all , including the cab driver , were perplexed . Turns out he wanted a lift back to where he was standing. Certainly the scooty driver wasn't his favorite.

Then began our journey back to the scene of the crime. The cab driver paid 200.

Finally we found ourselves waiting in the same signal 20 minutes later that we had jumped to save 2 minutes.

Needless to say we reached home late than usual. However we all can learn a good lesson from this

Don't underestimate the Indian Traffic Police, they may not have SUV's to engage in pursuit, but they have the worlds best speed breakers - Bangalore Traffic.


Special thanks to Madhuraaai for proofreading. I know it was a herculean task.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The Lost World

The Lost World



This is a sequel to the book Jurassic Park. In spite of their best effort in trying to destroy all the dinosaurs from the Islands, Some Survive and thrive in a remote Island. And as always there is some rich crazy guy willing to take the risk.

Unlike the first book there is more of "running around" and "fighting dinos" and less of technical mumbo jumbo. That makes it a very interesting read. While it does have a lot similarities to the previous books in terms of the plot . But overall a great book.

The Lost World in Google Books
The Lost World in Flipkart
The Lost World in Amazon
The Lost World in Wikipedia
The Lost World in Justbooksclc

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Young Readers Day

Young Readers Day



Young Readers Day is celebrated on every 2nd Tuesday of November. It was co-founded by Pizza Hut and the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. While it is primarily celebrated in the United States of America, it certainly should be promoted in other countries as well.

For children there is no better gift than the gift of books. Books can take you all around the world in 80 pages, back in time, into the future and many more places. Books can be the best friends and a never ending source of inspiration. Someone who has the taste for books needs nothing else in life.  

In today's world of Television and Video Games the Attention Span of children has reduced alarmingly. And many probably wouldn't be able to read a book for long without getting distracted. This is a sad state of affairs and children all over the world must be given an opportunity to enter the world of books.

While its true that a picture tells worth a thousand words , only words can flare a thousand imaginations .

Monday, November 7, 2011

Jurassic park

Jurassic park by Michael Crichton


Most often movies that have been based on books, tend to be a watered down version and hardly seem to be of much interest. So while reading Jurassic park I was hoping to find something that would be better than the movie. 

However there was hardly any difference between the movie and the book. The book thus is as good as the movie. 

I wonder how much of difference it would make for those who read the book first. 
Jurassic Park in Amazon
Jurassic Park in Wikipedia
Jurassic Park Movie in IMDB


Sunday, November 6, 2011

Flipkart

Flipkart Logo

Flipkart.com is the Amazon of India. My friends usually order a lot of things from Flipkart, ranging from headphones to phones. 

I had ordered for 3 books and they reached in 2 days. I had paid for them online.
My friend ordered a phone and he wanted to pay by cash on delivery. It reached him again in 2 days.

I once heard a friend say - I got free home delivery for a pen drive worth 150 bucks.

And flipkart ads are certainly unique like the service they offer.



In fact I frequently see the Flipkart delivery guys in our office with their big backpacks.

No doubt Flipkart has changed the way India shops. 

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Google Books

Google Books


This a rather useful service by Google. Presently it offers a way of managing several public and private lists of books, called bookshelf. Google seems to have plans to add the ability to buy books. Currently Google offers some free e books and limited previews for most books.

However Since they have pretty much every book in the planet in their archives, its a great tool for just tracking the books I have read and want to read.

There is also a good number of Reviews, both User and Editorial.


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