Archive for July, 2008

Visit to Bengaluru Palace

Posted: July 28, 2008 in Opinions
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After so many days my sister was here in Bengaluru on the occasion of a family function. So we planned for a visit to Bangalore palace.

One fine Saturday, I took my mom and sis to the palace. From outside, it looks really awesome. Even though its very small compared to the one in Mysore, looks real cute. Remember the song from Premaloka?

Anyways, we went and asked the security, for which he said there is an entrance fee of Rs.100 per head.
What? 100 per head?
Yes, you heard it right. And even more, for camera its Rs.500 per camera. I didn’t bother to take ticket for my camera.

I thought there might be some interesting or rare things inside. So we entered the palace. We were given a guide. (And thank god! There wasn’t any extra charge for guide)

We started off with a small dance room which looked like any normal room, but the only difference is that its having some antique touch, not much. And then the guide took us to the conference room, here also same case. The only thing which amazed me are ancient paintings, nothing else. There are old photos of kings and queens hanging all over the walls, and the guide was explaining only about them. I was thinking, what the heck is this guy doing? He is wasting our time in showing these photos. I was waiting for a glimpse of something which can catch me just in first sight. But hey, its THE END!

Yes, that’s it, hardly 3-4 rooms, some ancient paintings, one room filled with ancient furniture, and loooots of old photos all over the walls, nothing else. I felt like screaming at the ticket counter. But….. forget it.

Final words, Bengaluru Palace doesn’t worth Rs.100 entrance fee, never take a chance. Just go and have a bird’s eye view from outside, enough I guess.

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It is when you stop going along with the crowd and start realizing that there are many things about yourself that you didn’t know and may not like. You start feeling insecure and wonder where you will be in a year or two, but then get scared because you barely know where you are now.

You start realizing that people are selfish and that, maybe, those friends that you thought you were so close to aren’t exactly the greatest people you have ever met, and the people you have lost touch with are some of the most important ones. What you don’t recognize is that they are realizing that too, and aren’t really cold, catty, mean or insincere, but that they are as confused as you.

You look at your job… and it is not even close to what you thought you would be doing, or maybe you are looking for a job and realizing that you are going to have to start at the bottom and that scares you.

Your opinions have gotten stronger. You see what others are doing and find yourself judging more than usual because suddenly you realize that you have certain boundaries in your life and are constantly adding things to your list of what is acceptable and what isn’t. One minute, you are insecure and then the next, secure.

You laugh and cry with the greatest force of your life. You feel alone and scared and confused. Suddenly, change is the enemy and you try and cling on to the past with dear life, but soon realize that the past is drifting further and further away, and there is nothing to do but stay where you are or move forward.

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Man and the Brain

Posted: July 8, 2008 in Humor
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Akash was waiting for his love …

“30 minutes late!!”, his brain shouted at him, “Last time you were 5 mins late and she had literally gobbled u up… remember??”

“Yeah yeah”, he said to his brain, “You know her … all moody and stuff …. oh there she is”

“Scold her OK?”, his brain advised.

“OK I will try”

Sweet Sheetal comes with the cutest smile and says “Im sorry honey … I was shopping for shoes .. totally forgot about you”

“What if you had said that line buddy?”, shouted his brain … “she would have had a nervous breakdown”

Akash ignored his brain .. “Its OK honey .. its only half an hour .. no problem”

She smiled once again .. held his hand and asked “Hope you remember what occasion is today”

“OMG!!!”, thought Akash ….

“Brain … search database for reminders, anniversaries, silly anniversaries, birthdays and birthdays of people I don’t care about”

Brain got into action… he started delegating work to different parts… parallel processing… multiple search……… complete memory scan.

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I couldn’t resist myself from sharing this piece of article with you. I don’t know the original author but my hearty congratulations to him/her. Really thought-provoking words. Never miss it, especially Kannadigas.

“Kannada Barutha??” ah! I am sure most of you in Bangalore would have heard this, but what is “kannada barutha?” here it goes. Bangalore the IT capital of India, the silicon city and now a Metro city opened its gates to almost all kinds of people. Very evidently the recent poll census proved that there are only 47% of original inhabitants in Bangalore/bengaluru . The life style of the city has seen a gradual change with Pizza Corners replacing MTR’s, classy eat out’s replacing “Vidyarthi Bhavans” and flashy pub’s replacing all our “Mahalakshmi wine shops”.

“Change is inevitable” from the days of BEML, HAL and BHEL to INFOSYS, WIPRO; Bangalorehas a new look now on the world map. Gone are the days where a typical Sunday for any bangalorean was a nice romantic walk on the pavements of “LALBAGH…”, “rave idli and coffee..” at the nearest yet old looking MTR and a wonderful Annavra film either at Santosh or central ‘talkies’. Today’s Bangalore is deluged in traffic, stress and pressure, Saturday nights without beer is desolate and a Sunday without a visit to either a nearest spa or health clinic is schlocky!! The gandhibazar’s are now AC cooled super markets, majestic is now replaced by ultra modern and diversified Brigade road, sri cauvery coffee joint is now Coffee days.. and “Bhagyalakshmi coffee adda.. is now barista. With globalisation and more retail market the city will definitely see more forceful changes.

Have all these changed our language? Kannada the local language of Bangalore is supposed to be one of the most meaningful language, it also has an unique script as compared to its other counterparts; but how many percentage of people really use Kannada in Bangalore now? The figures are staggering, only 37% of people speak Kannada in the state’s capital, for rest it is only “Kannada bartha?”

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