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Wayanad: Part 1: On way to Wayanad

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Mentally Exhausted, I needed a break. In my one one my manager gracefully accepted my ad-hoc request. Place was not decided. Right after one on one, I started looking for hotels in Ooty, Bandipur, Kabini etc. Not being able to find a place was leading to mental exhaustion as well. As luck would have it, one site showed a hotel in Wayanad when searching for Bandipur and my search was directed towards Wayanad. In another 10 minutes, I booked Coffee Acres Plantation Resort using Booking.com and got my booking number and pin as confirmation. Peace of mind booking done. I am finally taking a break after 6 months.

Just to be sure, I called Coffee Acres. To my horror, the person on phone told me his resort was full and he had not received any booking in my name from Booking.com. I asked him what should I do now. He said he would call in 30 minutes after checking with Booking.com. Sure enough, he called at 11:30 in night and told me it would have been system error but offered me that he can …

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus

I had earlier seen 'Cirque duSoleil' when it came to Seattle Area. It was impressive and I would say it had good music and excellent presentation and superb execution. But coming out I somehow felt it was very monotonous and repetitive. All the acts were very similar. All required great skill and I was impressed but I was not as entertained as I expected to be. At that time I formed a image that perhaps in USA all circus are like this. The notion was not correct.

Last Saturday we went to see Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. The circus shows were in Everett. This was the circus which I would say matched my mental image of "Circus" closely. It had all the elements that you would expect

1) Clowns (Joker)
2) Dancers
3) Animals (Elephants, Horses, Sheep, Goats, Tigers, Lamas and dogs)
4) Trapeze artists.

And above all Stunt show "MautkaKuan" (Globe of Death). This was really amazing 8 motorcycle in a enclosed globe going at full speed.

All the animal acts…

Prediction : Republican Candidates for 2008 election

The time has come to make a prediction. Today on 9th day of Feb I Aditya Kapoor predict that John McCain would be Republican Candidate for President of USA. But this is not a important prediction. The more important prediction is that Mike Huckabee would be Republican candidate for Vice President.

Although I wish it was Mitt Romney was candidate for Presidential candidate. He is smart and I believe he would have been a better President.

Update on 09/09/2008
I was wrong... :)

Happy New Year : Kal aur "Kal"

Thanks a lot to Praveen for writing and sending such a beautiful poem. Thanks to him for permitting me to post it on my blog.

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For reading convenience:
Kal means Yesterday
“kal“ means Tomorrow
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Kal ki baatein beet gayi Kal
Kal ke aage bhi hai ek “kal“
“kal“ naa Kal pe zaaya karna
“kal“ le liye bas aage badhna

Kal hai yaadon ki parchayi
“kal“ hai suraj ki angdai
Kal ke liye aansoon kyun bahaane
“kal“ mein chhupe kitne hi khazaane

Kal jo hua, us par kya bas hai
“kal“ mein jeevan ka sukh ras hai
Kal ko na sambhav phir laana
“kal“ hai tere haath sajaana

Kal hai kahaani balidaanon ki
“kal“ hai gaatha nirmaanon ki
Kal hai ek thaka musaafir
“kal“ chhoo lena chahe himgir

Par Kal hai guruon ki vaani
Aur “kal“ hai chanchal agyaani
Kal hai jaise shaant sarovar
Pade jo patthar, leher banaye
“kal“ hai kal-kal behta jharna
Ho unmath bas badhta jaaye

Samay par swayam ko setu banao
Kal aur “kal“ ko aaj milaao
Baith ke “kal“ me…

Songs for Children: Thanks You Tube

Jungle Book Title Song : Abhimanyu is mad about this video.



Ek Chidiya Anek Chidiya



Lakadi Ki Kathi



Masterjee Ki Agayee Chithi: A very nice song, but not very famous

I am impressed! Dragon NaturallySpeaking

Today I am going to start the new series called I am impressed. This series would contain some information about the things or the software's that impressed me.So what am I impressed by today? I have impressed by this amazing piece of software called Dragon NaturallySpeaking.

Dragon NaturallySpeaking is a voice recognition software by a company called Nuance software. I have previously tried to use voice recognition software by Microsoft but was not impressed, in fact I must say I was disappointed by its performance.

I am using version 9.5 of Dragon NaturallySpeaking and it seems pretty accurate . This blog has been written with Dragon NaturallySpeaking and I haven't typed even a single word. What is more amazing about the software is that it allows for various accents. A user can choose the following type of accents: American, UK, Southeast Asian, Australian and Indian. It is only because I was able to choose the Indian accent that it is working so well.

The amount of tim…