Some interesting developments on the job front lined up for this week.
Footsteps on Clouds
Chirayu's blog about search engines, Google, poetry, usability, search engine optimization and marketing, writing, reading, books, cricket, musings, Haiku, teaching, and collection of interesting personal, professional, and misc. links. Collection of thoughts, quotable quotes, sayings, ideas, articles, news, movies, lyrics, and Shayari with life and times as a web content writer, an online researcher, and a search engine marketing professional from Bangalore in India.
Tuesday, August 31, 2004
Hey, for those from Pune (I am at Nagar road), did you hear two huge (blasting) sounds around 5 this evening. Was it a mild earthquake or what? Initally, I thought it would be some blasting work going on at the construction site half a kilometre away. Punit came back from office and told me he too heard the sound at Model colony, at the other end of the city, at the same time. What was that sound? Any idea? The news doesn't mention anything? Was it a mild earthquake tremor or what?
Things to do.
1. Take a job.
2. Go to Hyderabad.
3. Meet an RTO agent.
4. Change my bike's number to an AP one.
5. Get the NOC to take my bike from Hyderabad to Pune.
6. Send the bike from Hyd to Pune by train.
7. Change the number from AP to MH in Pune.
For 1: 7 days. (Possibility: Definitely).
For 2 to 6: 1 month. (Possibility: 90%).
For 7: 3 months (Possibility: 90%).
I'll check this post after a week and post a comment about my progress.
Sunday, August 29, 2004
I want to read these books in the next few weeks.
Google Hacks, Atlas Shrugged, Love Story, Catch 22, We The Living,
To Kill a Mocking Bird, On the Road, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and The Alchemist (for the fourth time).
Saturday, August 28, 2004
I was listening to this nice song. 'To Love a Woman.'
A few lines lines from the song.
Will she love you tomorrow like she loves you today
She keeps your heart guessing but she's yours if she stays
That's what it feels like
To love a woman.
Music: To Love a Woman - Lionel Richie & Enrique
Read the lyrics, listen to this song online.
Find lyrics at elyrics. Find songs at MP3Raid.
This is for Electronics, Electronics & Telecommunication and Electrical engineering students and enthusiasts. I have many old issues of Elektor Electronics Magazine, (Elektor India) - The electronics, engineering, telecommunication, hardware and technology magazine published from Mumbai, India. If you are interested in old issues (2000 to 2003), please mail me. You may collect the old issues from my home in Pune.
Friday, August 27, 2004
How to calculate Pune auto fares.
Rs. 7 for the first km., Rs. 6 for every km. after that.
If the metre reading is 5.00 the auto fare is
(Metre reading * 6) + 1 = (5*6)+1= Rs. 31/-
Thursday, August 26, 2004
New on this blog. An email this post link (check the envelope near Comments).
If you like a post, find it useful, would like to send it to someone who'd find it useful, use the 'envelope' to email the post. Try it out.
A Zen Story. Open your Mind.
An American scholar in Zen Philosophy goes to meet a Japanese Zen Master.
The American has a lot of knowledge about Japan and Zen philosophy.
He wants to meet the master. The master's attendant comes and asks the visitor, "Would you like some coffee?" The American replies in the positive. The attendant brings a cup of coffee full to the brim, then he brings a jug of coffee and starts pouring the coffee in the already full cup. The coffee spills over and within minutes the jug is empty.
The Zen Master comes and tells the American. "Son, empty your mind, if you want to learn. Right now, your mind is full of knowledge, ideas, thoughts, observations and, unless you empty all those, your mind will be like the cup of coffee, full to the brim and not able to take anymore and the jug of my knowledge would be emptied without you having learnt anything. Empty your mind and let it open to wisdom."
There's a saying among prospectors. Go out looking for one thing and that's all you'll ever find. Always be passionate and inquisitive about things. Open your mind to wisdom.
Hyderabad Musings. Humour.
Kal ata bole to kab ata bhai...
Parsaun... tomorrow, yesterday... has a different meaning in Hyderabad.
It can mean tomorrow or day after tomorrow or yesterday or day before yesterday or even a month ago.
We had called a carpenter for some household work.
C: Saab plywood aato (Auto) se leka ata
Me: kab aate bhai (read, bhai as bh(e), pronounce without the 'Hindi matra' for 'bha').
C: kal ata mai, aap nakko bole to bhi, kal ata mai...
Two days pass by, the carpenter doesn't turn up.
He has a cell phone.
Me: Maalik, aap kal aate bole to kab aate bhai...
C: Parsaun ghar ke fittinga dekh liye, ab kal aata mai..
Me: Aap parsaun, kal ata bole the, to ab gharku kab aarain?
C: Kal ata mai...
Me: Exasperated, maalik, kal bole to kab ata aapka kal... kitte din ke baad.
C: Mai parsaun ata... (He meant tomorrow)
Me: Dost, aap parsaun aaye the (I meant yesterday) lol
C: Mai parsaun bole to Sunday ke payle aata
Me: Jab bhi aao, kal ata mat bolo, naito, nai bole to bhi, hum loga idhar aapke aane ke vaaste ghar se baahar nai na jaa sakte..
C: Aap fikar nakko karo Saab, mai ab kal aata bole to parsaun aattach.
Me: To ab kab aare bhai?
C: Do-teen roz se aata
Me: Theek hai, phone karke aana
C: Hau saab
He did come after a couple of days.
Whenever, I had some work with a mason, carpenter, mechanic etc. I always used to ask, Kal aaata bole to kitte din baad aate bhai? ek hafta ya ek mahinaa... :-)
Similarly with time, ab aata bole to kab aata...
Travel agent: T
Me:Saade-nau ka bus ka time hai... dost, bus kab aarai, bhai?
T: sab Seeta (seata) full kiye to aati...
T: Ab aati saab
Me: ab bole to kab? :-) Aur sab seata full kiye to seat kaise milti
T: Bole to season mai jaana mushkil hai, Aaapke liye seeta book kartaon na mai...
Me: Aap kitta lenge...
T: Puna honaa to chaar sau hotaaa
Me: Bombay tak kaiku free mai bhejre maalik..Dost, Puna tak saade teenso le lo
Travel: Nahin hota bhai, seata full hai, abbi ek book kara hu...dekho uno chaar sau diye.. nahin to aapko detaa saab...aap bhot baar aate to bees kam kartaon...
Me: teen so saath le lo....
T: Aap regular aate bole to teen so assi mai, mai seeta book kartaon
Me: kardo maalik, ghar to jaana hai...agli baar teen so bees lena... :-)
An interesting link to read. The Future of Search... Google 2020.
The future of search.
There's an interesting pic. of what Google will be like in 2005 and 2020 on searchenginewatch.
My thoughts on the future of search and Google search in particular.
Five years from now Google will be a full-fledged shopping web site like ebay.
For any search query alongwith the search results, there will be separate links for "Buy this, Read Review, Browse Features, Check Stores" and this will be the result from Google itself with the links leading to various pages on Google's web sites from where one could buy, read review, check the availability and browse the features of a product, item, thing, material etc.
For any search query there will be an advanced Shopping drop down list based on which the results related to web sites as well as Google shopping sites would be shown. These results would be over and above the ones provided by Google's Froogle. Froogle would metamorphose (change, use a simple word brother!) into a one stop shop for all kinds of products with links leading to the web site providers and also to Google's internal shopping sites, with a advanced search utility for searching Google specific products.
Google would also try and tie-up with vendors offline to have a global presence. For example, from Googlestore.com one would have links to offline merchants who would sell their products in different countries.
Some thoughts, I put them down on paper.
Security is and will be a major concern. Google could also do well do go in the field of anti-virus solutions and build a specialty search engine for removing viruses.
There will be a Google Meta Search Engine too (this is an interesting possibility).
Google will expand and then there will be a search engine to search Google's different search engines!!! :-)
How about a Google Messenger where you have the world at your fingertips with a Google Messenger that incorporates Gmail, web, images, news, groups, shopping, froogle, meta and all other searches.
Web, Images, Groups (Usenet), Groups (created by new users), Images, Gmail, Orkut, Personals, Softwares, Programming, Google Meta, Google Voice. Google Web Cam, Google Messenger.
Searching the deepweb, scanning the contents of all the libraries of the world and making a Google Library search with any book in any language available for a download, free or otherwise as a word or a pdf file thru Google's Library search.
The ability to imagine is the first step towards creating a future...
Wednesday, August 25, 2004
Gmail Notifier. Check your Gmail messages without opening your browser. Compatible with Windows 2000 & Windows XP.
I have changed my cell phone's simcard. Now, I have a Pune cell phone number. My Hyderabad cell phone won't be functional. Bought a new cell phone, a gray colored Nokia 2100 for Rs. 4250/- for Punit.
Tuesday, August 24, 2004
Sunday, August 22, 2004
A lovely quote.
When you're in love, you never really know whether the light which surrounds her comes from you, from her, or from the meeting of your sparks.
~ Natalie Clifford Barney.
A nice quote.
People change. And forget to tell each other.
~ Lillian Hellman
Saturday evening: Went to Main Street with Pappa, Mummy and Punit. Did some shopping and then had dinner at Coffee House.
Saturday, August 21, 2004
Web sites to check and for my ready reference.
Market Research, Internet Advertising.
AC Nielsen, Jupiter Media, IDC, Clickz.
Paid Sites. Research.
ITPapers, Academic Research Papers, India Stat, Bit Pipe, Ntis.gov, Poynter, Media Management, Business Intelligence.
Code Guru, Programmers Heaven, Tutor Gig.
Hoovers, Dialog, Thomas Register, Harris Info, Plunkett Research.
Bid for Projects Online.
ElanceOnline, Guru, RentaCoder.
Ryze, Orkut, Linkedin.
A New Search Engine to check.
Give a short name to a long url.
Specialty Search Engines
Friday, August 20, 2004
I'm happy with ICICI bank's Online Banking facilities. Fast, efficient and user friendly. Wanted to appreciate it hence posting this online. :-)
To check this blog and links from this blog.
12:41 p.m. 20-08-2004
The present state of my mind!
It is the best of times, it is the worst of times...
I have everything before me, I have nothing before me...
Rural India's First e-literate district. Malappuram in Kerala.
Thursday, August 19, 2004
Google Inc (GOOG) on Nasdaq.
Wednesday, August 18, 2004
Blogspot Navigation Bar.
A new feature from Blogger. Check the Blog Navigation Bar at the top of this page. There is a search box in the navigation bar. The search is a default Google Site Search. For example, search for Chirayu and all results for Chirayu from this site would be shown in the results.
It is the same as Chirayu site:chirayu.blogspot.com on Google.
Examples of Google Image Search Query Strings.
and so on for multiple keywords.
The string to remember,
http://images.google.com/images?q=Your search string here
An Image Search as a Phrase.
For a Google Image Search with the Querystring as a Phrase, i.e., the keywords enclosed in double quotes, use %22.
For example, to search for "India Map" as a phrase.
Use the search string as
Examples: Amazing Sunsets, Beautiful Flowers, Fantastic Beaches, Hrishita Bhatt, Athens 2004 and so on.
The string to remember for a Phrase/String (Double Quotes) Google Image search is
http://images.google.com/images?q=%22Your Keywords here%22
For my ready reference. List of Software Companies in Hyderabad.
Units registered under STPI, Hyderabad.
Sunday, August 15, 2004
Watched "He Said She Said" on Star Movies last night.
The film is about two journalists (Kevin Bacon as Dan Hanson and Elizabeth Perkins as Lorie Bryer), who are colleagues and competitors, they write columns in a newspaper for and against a topic. From newspaper they move on to television and start living together.
The guy doesn't commit to marriage, the girl is interested in marriage. After three years of working on the same show, living together, they don't know where their relationship is heading. The gal has had enough and decides to call it quits, after hitting her partner, competitor, colleague and friend with a mug on a live show. The show generates a lot of publicity, the promoters are excited and see that as a marketing opportunity, the girl is emotionally upset, ("What is the use of emotions, if you can't express them!", a lovely quote from the film).
On their last show which they do separately, the girl proposes the guy's views which she had opposed the other day and in a perfect reversal, the guy proposes the girl's views on 'the merger of highways' which is a metaphor for their lives. (Should two highways going separately be merged?).
If you guys get a chance, I suggest you should watch it.
A lovely Quote.
A man who uses a great many words to express his meaning is like a bad marksman who, instead of aiming a single stone at an object, takes up a handful and throws at it in hopes he may hit.
~ Samuel Johnson
A beautiful quote on writing.
Writing has to be simple and easy to understand.
No need to write, "we will get back to you after going through the information you've sent and based on the information received, we will send you a reply regarding the further progress of the matter under consideration."
Say, "We'll inform you when we arrive at a decision."
No wonders Lawyers are the only people who write a ten thousand word document and call it a brief! :-)
Checked Google Labs after quite sometime. What's new at Google? Google's Site-Flavored Google Search Box. Customize Google search results according to the content of your site. Choose from categories related to business, computers, arts, recreation, sports among others. I have put Google's Site-Flavored search box on the right hand side of this page. Check the search box below the Google Blog search box.
I have also added more links to my 'list of blogs read' section.
Nice Quotes, Thoughts and Sayings.
I wonder whether the stars are set alight in heaven so that one day each one of us may find his own again... the stars, the desert - what gives them their beauty is something that is invisible... it is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye.
~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high...
~ Rabindranath Tagore
I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.
~ Robert A. Heinlein
Freedom and responsibility always go hand in hand.
Sometimes we miss happiness by looking too far for things nearby.
If you are good at what you do, no matter where you are, the world will flock to your place.
There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something tomorrow.
~ O.S. Marden
I think of a hero as someone who understands the degree of responsibility that comes with his freedom.
~ Bob Dylan
Rivers are roads which move, and which carry us whither we desire to go.
~ Blaise Pascal
Travel teaches toleration.
Sometimes rain and sometimes snow and then the sun comes back again.
The mark of a successful man is one that has spent an entire day on the bank of a river without feeling guilty about it.
~ Chinese Saying
If you are right, what's the use of arguing, and if you are wrong, what's the use?
The way to be successful is to follow the advice you give others.
A river seems like a magic thing. A magic moving, living part of the very earth itself.
~ Laura Gilpin
A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.
~ William James.
Better do a kindness near home than go to a far temple to burn incense.
~ A Chinese Proverb.
Saturday, August 14, 2004
Links to read and explore.
Ari Paparo Dot Com: Big List of Blog Search Engines.
I need to spend time on the WebmasterWorld and SearchEngineWatch Forums, to read, learn, understand, explore, try, practice and implement points from the forums.
I need a fast internet connection to be more regular in the activities that I want to do, apart from work. I'm planning to go in for a cable internet connection at home.
Google's Spelling Feature.
If you're not sure of the spelling of a word and are looking for the right spelling, use the spell: operator in your google search query.
For example, if you're not sure of the spelling of 'existential' whether it is with an i or with an e, use the google search query as spell:exestential (which is the wrong spelling, btw) and you will get the result as Did you mean spell:existential (which is the right spelling). This is cool. Try it out!
Dear Punit, Many Congratulations on getting a distinction in your final year of engineering and for coming first in college.
Friday, August 13, 2004
Pune's pot-holed roads.
Wanted to write this. I'm from Pune. I like my city.
Pune needs better roads, more fly-overs and roads that last a monsoon!
Pune's Pot-holed Roads. Rains, pot-holes, traffic-jams, road widening and construction, water-logging has made driving on the roads of Pune, a challenge (a euphemism, use your own harsh word here). I have my bike in Hyderabad or else I'd have got a severe backache riding my bike on Pune's pot-holed roads.
The condition of Pune's roads is pathetic. Today's newspaper states that there has been record rainfall in Pune for the month of August. There has been more rainfall this August, in these two weeks, than it has been for the last forty-eight years of August!!
The roads of Pune are in a very bad shape would be an under-statement. There is no sign of roads. At the Pune-Nagar road, the stretch from Ramwadi octroi post to Shastrinagar, road widening and concretization is going on so only one side of the road is available for traffic and that too is an apology for a road. The Pune-Nagar road from Shastrinagar to Ramwadi and beyond is a collection of pot-holes. An assorted collection of pot-holes of various shapes and sizes on the ground and that's Pune-Nagar road for you.
Nagar Road is the second worst road in Pune, as per a recent article in The Times of India. The worst road in Pune is the Pune-Solapur, Hadapsar road.
They can't even repair the road as only one side is available for traffic. So for a quick fix solution small stones are dumped to fill the potholes on the road and as it rains, they scatter and that creates even more difficulties.
Having worked in different cities, a comparison always crops up.
In Hyderabad the authorities have a novel way. They do all the road repairing, cleaning work at night, when the roads are empty and there is less traffic. In Hyderabad, if you go out early in the morning or late in the night, you will find workers in their light blue dress, cleaning the roads, marking lines for pedestrian crossing, doing road construction.
However, now, as the Congress is in power, I don't know what the condition of Hyderabad will be. They too should continue with the good work done by Chandrababu Naidu; if not for the whole of Andhra Pradesh, then atleast for Hyderabad.
Andhra Pradesh is already offering free electricity to farmers (that was a major point on which the Congress came to power in A.P.) and last month there was an announcement by the CM of Maharashtra (with an eye on the forthcoming Assembly election at the end of the year), that they too would be offering free electricity to farmers and all rural agriculture bills would be waived off from July 2004 onwards. There was also another announcement about the increase in petrol prices and a further increase expected.
Pune has the third highest number of IT companies after Bangalore and Hyderabad.
Our infrastructure needs a lot of improvement. If Pune has to compete with other cities like Hyderabad, Bangalore, Bombay and Gurgaon; our infrastructure has to improve. In Bangalore there are a lot of traffic-jams due to the construction of flyovers. Once that is done, the going would be smooth. In Pune, there is a need for flyovers!
Koregaon Park (it isn't a park, it is an area) in Pune isn't the same anymore.
The North Main Road was always more commercial with the influence of the Osho Commune. Now even the South Main Road has become commercialised. Almost every nook and corner has been occupied on the North Main Road of Koregaon Park and the same is happening with the South Main Road, with people selling ethnic wear, small eating joints, boutiques, shops selling handicrafts and other items (targetted at tourists) and other small and big shops and offices on the narrow road with ever-increasing traffic. A lot of software companies have their offices in Koregaon Park. It was and still is a piece of prime real estate.
I wouldn't suggest new IT companies to set base at Koregaon Park. Instead of that, the IT park at Kharadi on Pune-Nagar road or the new buildings, and there are so many of them coming up at Kalyaninagar or the apartments at Vimannagar would be a good choice to start a new IT company. Now Koregaon Park has been linked to Kalyaninagar with a bridge, from the end of North Main Road to the start of Kalyaninagar.
There's is so much construction activity going on in Kalyaninagar. Business has picked up for the small shops, grocery stores and eating joints in Kalyaninagar. Earlier most of the eateries used to be vacant in the afternoons, now there are so many bikes parked.
There was a news item on Aajtak channel a couple of days back wherein they had mentioned about people betting huge amounts on the rainfall in Mumbai by the end of September this year. As the saying goes, 'One doesn't need an occasion to Gamble!.'
So these were some thoughts about my city Pune, pot-holes, rains, infrastructure, progress and development.
I'm commuting by Auto as I don't have my bike here. Once I get my bike, more news about Pune in the rains.
A trip to Khadakwasla Lake, bad roads or not is a must!
Bye for now!
For my ready reference. A very useful link. Links to many FTP search engines. FTPSearchEngines.com
Thursday, August 12, 2004
If you need some extra storage space for all those attachments, there is a Free 1 GB email at Walla.com. Has anyone tried this web-based email provider?
Wednesday, August 11, 2004
Links to check from related:elanceonline.com
It has been raining since afternoon.
Tuesday, August 10, 2004
I have edited my profile.
Monday, August 09, 2004
Sunday, August 08, 2004
Link: Fireflies by Rabindranath Tagore.
Feel the beauty of Rabindranath Tagore's Poetry.
Note the use of the word 'feel', I haven't mentioned read, I've written, 'feel' and that's what you've to do while reading the epigrams, four-liners, short poems given below.
Each line, each word used in context has depth of meaning, especially the comparisons of nature in it's various colours.
One needs to be a 'Romantic' at heart - to read, visualise and feel these epigrams of Rabindranath Tagore.
These are from 'Fireflies' - a collection of 256 short verses, epigrams written by Rabindranath Tagore.
My favourite four-liners, epigrams, short verses from Fireflies by Rabindranath Tagore. Check this link.
Saturday, August 07, 2004
I have four hundred links on this blog. I completed six months of blogging on 2nd Aug. I need to separate the personal and professional posts on this blog.
Punit is going to Shirdi tonight.
I don't have to worry. I know I'm going to get through the company where I'd appeared for an interview and they are very good paymasters. I'm unnecessarily getting restless. There's no need to hurry to go to Bangalore or Hyderabad.
Let me read some poems from Your-Poetry.com
Friday, August 06, 2004
Thursday, August 05, 2004
Tuesday, August 03, 2004
I appeared for an interview at a consulting & technology services company, this afternoon. It went off very well. This is the first stage, they had an online assignment, it was interesting, and then an interview. The procedure will take almost two weeks or so.
Monday, August 02, 2004
The view from my first floor bedroom window. My gaze beyond the two iron railings and what I am seeing right now.
Long leaves of the small coconut tree, drops of water on them, falling, one by one.
Rains, greenery on the ground, can see the Bishop's school construction work. A few banana plantations near the construction site five hundred metres from here. The first floor done. The view from the window looks good when its raining heavily. The drops of rain, looking silvery from this side of the window, a few ladies with umbrellas crossing the ground. Four raindrops on a leaf outside the window, each reaching the tip of the leaf and then gently falling, one drop has stopped at the tip of the leaf, now it has fallen, slowly. It has stopped raining, will start again in five minutes. I wrote this description online.
If you have a moment to spare, every window has a story to tell! What's yours? :-)
Bye for now!
It has been raining continuously since morning and over the last five days.
It is still raining. I didn't go out anywhere today. I was at home. My back is paining. I'm feeling cold. Punit has taken my jacket. I'm planning to visit a few companies tomorrow.
Sunday, August 01, 2004
The first Sunday of August is Friendship Day.
Quotes on Friendship.
Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow;
Don't walk behind me, I may not lead;
Walk beside me and be my friend!
~ Albert Camus
If I advance, follow me.
If I stop, push me.
If I fall, inspire me.
~ Robert Cushing
There is nothing better than the encouragement of a good friend.
~ Katharine Butler Hathaway
This is lovely and so true...
Silence is the real conversation between friends.
It is not the said but the not needing to be said that matters most.
An interesting link to check. The Princeton Review Career Quiz
My Interest Colour is Blue and my Usual Style is Blue
An excerpt from the result..."Usually they (people with Usual style Blue) thrive in a cutting edge, informally paced, future-oriented environment."