Anurag Jain's Blog
Saturday, October 29, 2005

Happy Festive Times!

I am off to my home (Saharanpur) early morning tomorrow (Sunday). Will be back in Bangalore on the evening of 5th Nov. To anyone visiting this page in the meantime, I wish you a happy Diwali, Rajyotsava, Id-Ul-Fitur, and in general a very happy festive season.


Hindu College (Delhi University) Festival

"Dear Sir/Madam,

HINDU COLLEGE of Delhi University is proud to announce the arrival of its annual festival "MECCA" on 12th, 13th and 14th of December 2005.

MECCA made a small beginning in 1973 with less than ten colleges participating; however through the years MECCA has matured to become one of the most eagerly awaited cultural festivals in Delhi University. With the participation in hundreds and audiences in thousands, MECCA is arguably the largest festival organized in the university. Over the years galaxies of stars and star bands have performed for MECCA; Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Ustad Zakir Husain, Jagjit Singh, Pankaj Udhas, Ghulam Ali, Euphoria, Them Clones, Parikrama are few to name.

With the approach of 32nd event of MECCA, one can't help but admire the spirit of euphoria that this festival has come to embody. We would be glad to feel the support of your reputed company for such a precious moment for the students, college and at the top Delhi University to enlighten the spirits of "MECCA".

For details of the events and schedule of festival please write us back at rakshit_cool AT

Hope to see you there.

Thanking you


HINDU COLLEGE (Coordinator "MECCA")"


Friday, October 28, 2005

Rock climbing Program @ Ramnagar [12th Nov 2005] 

Rock climbing Program @ Ramnagar [ 12th Nov 2005]




Announcing Rock climbing Program at Ramnagar.


Reserve your participation by paying Rs. 300 contribution amount to one of the ' Team BMC Member'         

About Ramnagar:

Ramnagar is approx 60km from bangalore city on Mysore-Bangalore Highway. Ramnagar has many rocky mountains made of lime + granite stones suitable for Rock climbing activity. Climbers from all over India visit this climbing spot, there are few bolted routes present on the Ramgiri Betta. Apart from Rock climbig Ramnagar is also famous for shooting of the Sholay Film.

Tentative Schedule:

Schedule: Saturday 12th Nov 2005
6:00AM - First Meeting Point: Symphony Theater- MG Road, Bangalore .
6:15AMSecond Meeting point: Maruthi Temple - Vijay Nagar, Bangalore .
6:30AM - Start from Bangalore using our own Car/Bikes.
8:00AM - Third Meeting point: Ramnagar - Arch near Ramgiri betta (Right hand side of highway, immediately after Ghosia College )
8:30AM - Warm up, Bouldering, Rock climbing, Rappelling.
2:30PM - 3:00PM - Lunch break
3:00PM - 5:30PM - Rock climbing, Rappelling.
6:00PM - Start from Ramnagar.
8:00PM - Reach Bangalore.
Meeting points are given for people who are not sure about the route. You can choose any meeting point - but Third Meeting point is mandatory for all. 
Let me know which meeting points you are choosing. All participants are requested to be there (Arch near Ramgiri betta) before
8:00AM .

We will arrange transport for people without Car/bike. Will have to contribute Rs. 200 extra per seat.

 Rock Climbing Program includes:
 1. Quick Introduction to Rock climbing, techniques, safety, equipments, communication.
 2. Bouldering- Free hand climbing.
 3. Rappelling.
 4. Face climbing.
 Things to carry:
Lunch Parcel (Good south Indian meal is available there for Rs. 20-30)
 Energy food (ie. Chocolates, Flavored Curd, Fruits etc)
 Energy Drink (ie. Flavored milk, Fruit juice etc)
 Cap, sun glasses, rain coat, water bottle,

Shoes: With minimum grips/studs. preferably canvas or soft sole shoes if not rock climbing shoes.  

We are not responsible for:
- Climatic condition due to which we may not able to carry out maximum activities.
 - Participants reaching late.
 - Loss of any belongings.
 - Any mishap during the activity.


- Rs. 300.00
 Which includes Rock climbing and safety gears (Carabineer, harness, belaying device, mitten, rope etc), Rock climbing instructor charges.
This cost does not include: Food, Transport.
- Additional transport would be arrange for Rs. 200 each.
- Lunch parcel would be arranged locally for Rs. 20/30.


Please contact our team member close to you to pay the contribution amount:
Amit - Malleshwaram/ITPL - 9886135299

Brajendra - Millers Road : 9845562725

Neeraj Malve - KR Puram/ITPL : 9880230849 (Out of town from 29th Oct to 6th Nov)
Vikram - Kormangala: 9845018960
Roopa - Mattikere/ Divyashree Chambers,
Langford Road: 9945000260

After paying contribution amount every participant should have to fill in the Event Participation Form @


For any clarification write back to



With best regards,

Neeraj Malv é
Bangalore Mountaineering Club 



Thursday, October 27, 2005

The Great Indian October Fest in Bangalore 

  Exciting interactive games and prizes
to be won every day

   Germany?s greatest
   hits Bangalore

 28th to 30th
   Freeway19, Palace grounds, Bangalore

   Three days of real high excitement in 6 acers of land

    DJ Ivan, DJ Whosane ! and DJ Chico
    10,000 sft covered dance floor, 20,000 sqft beer tent
     10,000 sft food court all under covered super structure
      (with wooden floor and carpet)
    Live music by Moksha, Thermal and a quarter, Ministry of
    Interactive games by mark rego
    Dance workshop by Dance Studio Inc
    Power kiting display by Josef Wirsching, Germany
    Flea Market, Food Court, Polaroid Photos
    Tattoos, Body Art,  The works

   Its action unlimited ! Be There.... Win Exciting Prizes
     >> To participate in the contest click here <<
     28th October 3pm to 10.30 pm
   Saturday 29th October 10am to 10.30 pm
   Sunday   30th October 10am to 10.30 pm



Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Accident at Bangalore Airport

Around 20 minutes back, there was a large explosion and a ball of fire at the Bangalore airport. Not sure what aircraft it was, but some people said that it was LCA (Light Combat Aircraft). I heard the explosion and could see the ball of fire from window. It definitely wasn't a commercial jet. Either it was a helicopter or the LCA.


Oct28/29: Pankaj Live in Concert (Bangalore) 
A good friend of mine, Pankaj, is performing in city. For any further info, dont hesitate to call me.



Megdeskey Entertainment Presents

3-city tour. Hyderabad. Bangalore. New Delhi

Bangalore: 29 October, Saturday 7.30pm at Chowdiah Memorial Hall Tickets: Rs.100/- . Available at Casa Piccola, Gangarams, K.C. Das, Ticket Bazaar (23440336) and at venue (on 28th &29th Oct.)

Inviting one and all to be a part of Pankaj's tour of Hyderabad, Bangalore and New Delhi. Pankaj is a composer and multi-instrumentalist. As a part of his 3 city tour which begins in mid October, 2005 he will be performing at different venues in Hyderabad, Bangalore and New Delhi. He is a solo artiste whose compositions carry their own rhythm and sound, imbibed with harmony. They present a lush arrangement of orchestral instruments along with solos on keyboards, percussion and drums. The compositions lend an energetic performance that is powerful, vibrant and passionately tantalizing.

Pankaj was born in Dhanbad. His exposure to music goes back to his childhood days. He started singing and playing tabla, naal, congas, marching drums at an early age. His quest for expanding his musical horizons led him to join Indira Kala Sangeet Vishwavidyalaya, Khairagarh, from where he graduated in Indian Classical Music in 1993. Over the years Pankaj has been his own teacher, relentlessly composing, shaping his own style and molding it in ways that best reflect him.

Interestingly most of his compositions have symbolic names which do not convey any particular meaning. To this he says," I want listening to my music to be a completely free process with no prelaid directions....let the person go where the music takes him or let him take the music where he wants to go'.

He is presently based in Hyderabad. To know his tour schedule or any further details, please visit

Tour Schedule

19 Oct



20 Oct



26 Oct


Christ College

27 Oct


Indus International School

29 Oct


Chowdiah Memorial Hall

08 Nov

New Delhi

International Management Institute

09 Nov

New Delhi


10 Nov

New Delhi


12 Nov

New Delhi

Sri Sathya Sai International Centre

14 Nov

New Delhi

Blind Relief Association

Hope to see you in Bangalore…………….It’s music a-live.




Monday, October 24, 2005

A Day in the life of an Air Hostess

Recently, Outlook Traveller (Oct 2005) carried an article on a day in the life of an airhostess. They profiled Air Deccan's Soumya. The flight was an ATR flight on Bangalore-Hubli-Belgaum-Bangalore route. The piece gives a balanced view of what is thought to be just a glamorous job. Moreover, Low Cost Carriers are relatively more demanding of their staff in order to increase productivity by cutting/reducing costs.


Campus Rock Idols competition

Campus Rock Idols the national level Rock Competition is being held on December 3 2005, Saturday. Only college bands can take part. The band members need not be from the same college! If you're a college band or know any college bands who want to register, please contact Aditi on 9886581101! For more details log on to Last Date for Registration is November 5, 2005.


Saturday, October 22, 2005

Go Air doesn't Go!

As mentioned in the last post, the bookings for free tickets on Go Air did open, but only at 1700 hrs and after an innumerous number of changes in the homepage announcement. At one point of time, they even had to mention "This time it is for real. Hit Refresh"! Anyways, even when the bookings opened the server was pathetically slow, and the images were not showing. Nine out of 10 times, 'Service' was 'unavailable'. And you'd think they'd have learnt from Air Deccan's mistakes!! Anyhow, here are two screenshots.

Go Air opens free tickets bookings on Oct 21 2005 - Error Screen

Go Air opens free tickets bookings on Oct 21 2005 - Free Tickets Available! (Test for Mumbai-Ahmedabad)


Friday, October 21, 2005

Fly for free: 10,000 Free Seats

Go Air (promoted by Nusli/Jeh Wadia of Bombay Dyeing group) is starting the bookings today at 1530hrs (right now its 1440 hrs, so, 50 minutes to go). They are giving away 10,000 seats for free. You'd still have to pay 221 Rs as govt tax. (Its sort of equivalent to 1Re Air Deccan ticket.) The routes would most probably be Mumbai-Goa, Mumbai-Ahmedabad, Mumbai-Coimbatore.


Thursday, October 20, 2005

Muthuswamy Dikshithar Festival in Bangalore

Muthuswamy Dikshithar Festival: From Monday 7th to Sunday 13th November, 2005. Unique festival with Multimedia presentations on Dikshithar's works and Live concerts (Only Diskhithar's Compositions) by doyens of Carnatic Music. Venue: Bangalore Gayana Samaja, K.R.Road. Entrance Free: All are Welcome.

Monday, 7th Nov 2005:
5:45pm: Inauguration at 5:45pm by Sangita Kalanidhi RK Shrikantan
6:00pm: Multimedia Presentation. Muthuswamy Dikshithar Life & Times: Part 1
6:45pm to 9:00pm:
Vocal: RK Shrikantan & RS Ramakanth
Violin: HK Venkatram
Mridangam: Shrimushnam Raja Rao
Khanjira: N Amruth

Tuesday, 8th Nov 2005
6:00pm: Multimedia Presentation. Panchabhutha Sthalas by V Sriram
6:45pm to 9:00pm:
Flute: Dr N Ramani
Violin: S Varadarajan
Mridangam: AV Anand
Ghatam: MA Krishnamurthy

Wednesday, 9th Nov 2005
6:00pm: Multimedia Presentation. Muthuswamy Dikshithar Life & Times: Part 2
6:45pm to 9:00pm:
Vocal: TV Shankaranarayanan
Violin: Nagai Muralidharan
Mridangam: Tiruvarur Bhaktavatsalam
Khanjira: HP Ramachar

Thursday, 10th Nov 2005
6:00pm: Multimedia Presentation. Muthuswamy Dikshithar Life & Times: Part 3
6:45pm to 9:00pm:
Vocal: TN Seshagopalan
Violin: M Chandrashekaran
Mridangam: Guruvayoor Dorai
Khanjira: BN Chandramouli

Friday, 11th Nov 2005
6:00pm: Multimedia Presentation. Muthuswamy Dikshithar Navavarna Krithis
6:45pm to 9:00pm:
Vocal: RK Padmanabha
Violin: HN Bhaskar
Mridangam: C Cheluvaraju
Ghatam: RA Rajagopal

Saturday, 12th Nov 2005
6:00pm: Multimedia Presentation. Muthuswamy Dikshithar's Krithis on different Deities
6:45pm to 9:00pm:
Vocal: Trichur Ramachandran
Violin: VV Ravi
Mridangam: TAS Mani
Ghatam: G Ramanujam

Sunday, 13th Nov 2005
9:00am Group Ensemble: Dikshithar Compositions by students of RK Padmanabha
10:00am: Distinguished lecture on Muthuswamy Dikshithar by Dr VV Srivata
10:30am: Felicitation to DR VV Srivatsa, RK Shrikantan, HV Krishnamurthy, R Vedvalli and RK Padmanabha for their invaluable contributions towards popularizing Dikshithar's works.
11:00am: Veena, Venu, Violin Concert:
Veena: Ashwin
Flute: G Ravikiran
Violin: HK Venkatram
Mridangam: Anoor Ananthakrishna Sharma
Mridangam: Jayachandra Rao

6:00pm: Multimedia Presentation. Muthuswamy Dikshithar Navagraha Krithis
6:45pm to 9:00pm:
Vocal: TS Sathyavathy
Violin: Charulatha Ramanujam
Mridangam: Anoor Ananthakrishna Sharma
Ghatam: G Omkar


Monday, October 17, 2005

Cricketer (1985)

One of the blogs I visit daily, Record Brother, has gone international in its content. And guess what music he went international with? Indian! Record Brother is running Cricketer as the choice of his Indian music. Cricketer is a 1985 movie straring Deepti Naval, Marc Zuber, Saeed Jaffery, Kapil Dev, Bob Willis, Linda Bate. Much before international locales became the norm for bollywood movies, according to this site, Cricketer was filmed predominantly in Birmingham. Thanks Record Brother. Its a treat to listen to these gems. The title music and Sheila o Sheila are particularly neat, and surprisingly groovy.

(image credits: Record Brother)

More info on Cricketer is available here, here, here. Info on film's music is available on Earth Music.

PRODUCER: East End Film Productions.
LANGUAGE: In Hindi-Urdu.
SOURCE: Videocassette release of the 1985 motion picture.
DISTRIBUTOR: Bombay :Hiba Video,1985.
CREDITS: Director, Bish Mehay ; music, D.C.S. London.
CAST: Deepti Naval, Marc Zuber, Saeed Jaffery, Kapil Dev, Bob Willis, Linda Bates.
Director Bish Mehay
Producer J. Wohra, T. Wohra

As an aside, this site is running reviews of Daaku Maharani, and Cyclewali! Now, thats quintessential Bollywood, just a stone's throw away from Bubonic Films!


Sunday, October 16, 2005

Pilot or Passenger?

# This morning, Air Deccan started a mega-sale of 50,000 seats on Rs 500-1500! News at New Indian Express, Economic Times.

# Pilot Error is the verdict on the cause of the Oct 9th incident of S2's Boeing (Kolkata-Mumbai flight) overhsooting the Mumbai runway. Turns out that the pilot Eric Verghese, did not have entry permission. How on earth (actually in air!) was he traveling as a passenger with a boarding pass is beyond me. Air Sahara has some explaining to do. In the meantime, S2 is being fined by The Airports Authority of India (AAI) for the losses to the tune of Rs 11 crore plus. The Air Passengers Association of India (APAI), is bringing out the negligence issue and seems to be on the offensive.

# On an unrelated note, the Air Passengers Association of India (APAI) is running a membership campaign for air passengers. For membership contact : 2836545 or SMS to 'apai' - 9840746050. AAPI seems to have been fairly active, demanding the audit of budget carriers and all. I did't know that there is such a body. They even have a website, for cryin out loud!


Saturday, October 15, 2005

Tonight: Dr.Balamurali Krishna

Dr.Balamurali Krishna is performing at Art of Living Ashram on 15th oct 2005 at 6pm. The program is free for all. The ashram is on Kanakapura Road, about 12 km. from Family Mart, Ring Road near Banashankari. For directions/contact details: official website.


Friday, October 14, 2005

86th Convention of Dakshin Bharat Jain Sabha

The 86th Convention of Dakshin Bharat Jain Sabha will be held on 22nd & 23rd October 2005 at Pune. You are invited to attend these programmes :
Saturday 22nd October 2005
2.00 to 5.00 P.M.:Meeting of the working committee of Dakshin Bharat Jain Sabha
5.00 to 6.00 P.M. Bhagwan Bahubali Mahamastakabhishek2006 Kalash Distribution commeette meeting
Shri Naresh Kumar Sethi, Japur
President, Bahubali Mastakabhishek Committee)
Dr. Shri Trilok Chand Kothari, Delhi
President, Kalash Distribution Committee)
Shri Nirmal Kumar Sethi
President, Bharatvarshiy Digambar Jain Mahasabha)
Shri D. R. Shaha (Chief Co-Ordinater)
Shri Suresh Patil (President, Maharashtra Section)
6.30 to 7.15 P.M. An Audio-Visual Show on Mahamastakabhishek by
Dr.Ravsaheb Patil, Solapur
7.20 to 10.00 P.M. Free Discussion:
1. The Future Aims of Dakshin Bharat Jain Sabha
2. The Ambitions of Jain Women in the 21st Cent.
3. The Contribution of Jain graduates
4. The Judgment of Supreme Court on Minority
Status of Jains and its effects
5. The Girnar Issue
Chief Guests:
Shri Naresh Kumar Sethi, Jaipur
Shri Nirmal Kumar Sethi, Delhi
Shri Vivek Kala, Jaipur
Shri Kallappa Anna Awade
Sunday: 23rd October 2005
9.00 to 11.00 A.M. The General Meeting of Dakshin Bharat Jain Sabha
11.15 to 1.00: Seminar: The challenges and problems before
Jain Educational Institutions
Guidence: Dr. P.A. Inamdar
2.00 to 5.00 P.M. Award Distribution Ceremony
Chief Guest: Hon. Shri Prithviraj Chavan
Minister, Prime Minister's Office, New Delhi
President: Shri Kallappa Anna Awade
Shri. Naganath Anna Naikwadi (Freedom Fighter)
Shri. Prakash Awade, M.L.A.
Shri. Sharad Patil, M.L.C.
Shri Gajendra Ainapure M.L.C.
Shri. Raju Shetti, M.L.A.
Shri.D.C. Patil, President, Kolhapur ZP
Shri.Chandrakant Chhazed, M.L.A.
Mrs. Rajni Tribhuvan, Mayor, Pune
Mrs. Mangalatai Kadam, Mayor Pimpri-Chinchwad

Milind Phade Prof. D.A. Patil R.L. Nandeshwar
Host Chairman Chief Secretary
Ramanlal Doshi Ravsaheb Patil Sagar Chougule
Vice President Vice Chairman Treasurer

Chakor Gandhi Jitendra Shaha, Prakash Chandra Barjatya, Ajit Patil
Secretary Uday Lengade, Kiran Kolekar
Sudin Khot Mahavir Sanglikar
Treasurer Media Manager

Karmveer Bhaurao Patil Samajseva Puraskar
N.D. Patil (Chairman of the Asia's biggest Educational Institution
Rayat Shikshan Sanstha), Shri M.P. Mangudkar Senior Educationalist
and Shri J. F. Patil, senior Economist.
Veeracharya Babasaheb Kuchnure adarsh Yuva Pursakar goes to:
Balasaheb Pallakhe of Sangli for his commitment to Jain Pathshalas in
rural areas.
Dr. N.J. Patil Adarsh Karyakarta Puraskar goes to:
Professor B.A. Chougule of Herle, Kolhapur
Acharya Vidyanand Marathi Sahitya Puraskar goest to:
Dr. Ravsaheb Patil of Solapur
Acharya Bahubali Kannad Sahitya Puraskar goest to:
Professor M.A. Shubhchandra of Mysore
Smt. Premabai Jain Adarsh Mata Puraskar goes to:
Smt Ratanbai Shah Phaltankar of Pune
Smt. Dhannabai Gangwal Tyagi Seva Purskar goes to:
Smt. Kasturbai Hiralal Doshi of Karmala
Champakrai Ajmera Yuva Purskar goes to:
Shri. Ajit Patil of Pune.
Vishesh Sanman Purskar:
Shri S.P. Jain, Mumbai
Shri Trilokchandra Kothari Mumbai


Thursday, October 13, 2005

You'll Know Less After Reading This! 
Sometime back, /. carried a story on how Quantum Information Can be Negative. "If I tell you negative information, you'll know less. Apparently, researchers hope to use this to gain deeper insights into phenomena such as quantum teleportation and computation, as well as the very structure of the quantum world". Some real funny comments on the story follow.
After trying to read those articles, I do feel like I know less.
# When I was in high school
a friend and I used to joke that there were people who gave off destructive mental interference waves. Sitting next to these people would result in a decrease in brain function because their brainwaves were 180 degrees out of phase than the brainwaves of normal people, thus cancelling them out and creating a thought-free zone.
Of course negative information is cool, but it would be even cooler if you could combine negative information and positive information to produce a huge explosion.
Re:When I was in high school
Maybe things have changed in the last 10 years, but back when I was in high school we called these people "girls".
Re:When I was in high school
Actually, proximity to girls caused higher brain functions to be transferred to an area just below the waist. You could still technically think, but it was limited in scope.
I've been studying negative information for years. I consider myself somewhat of an expert on the subject, actually. Initially, I believed that negative information was an abstract math concept, but after a significant amount of additional study I've determined rather conclusively that it exists in our frame of reference and that the effects are actually easy to detect. The trick is to *locate* some of this negative information. Fortunately, I've managed to work that out as well -- I'm not publishing for a few months yet, but I figure I'm far enough along to spill some of the beans:
Experiencing negative inforamtion is all about occupying a point in space and time which intersects with the negative information stream. This was initially tricky, but through months of tireless research I've worked out the optimal conditions: I find that your best chance of encountering it is roughly around 1 AM when you're at the bar with your friends after a long night of drinking and one of them says something along the lines of, "Awright! Time for some shots!"
Bang! Negative information. What happened after that? How did I get home? All lost in the quantum flow, never to be accurately described by anyone involved (except, occasionally and for reasons I still haven't managed to factor into my equations, the bouncer and the police). I assume the headaches and liver damage are just a nominal side effect."

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Nature Admire: Diwali Special Adventures!

"1.KEMMENAGUNDI (photos:
256km away from here, lies in Chikamagalur district, Kemmenagundi also known as "K.R.Hill station"; Nestled in Jaguar Valley of Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary. "Trek to Hebbe falls"; visit to "Kalhatti falls"; "Z-point, Raja Seat".
Date: 22,23 October 2005
Tariff: Rs 999/- + taxes.
(Inclusive of transport, accommodation in Dormitory, simple hygienic Vegetarian food, instructor charges, forest entry fees).

Welcome to the land of Kodavas, Tadiyendamol lies on the ranges of "Brhamagiri Wildlife Sanctuary, rised at the height of 5,750ftht. Trek comprises of gradual climb of 7km uphill to reach the night camping. Second day trek down hill for a 12km.
Date: 22,23 October 2005.
Tariff: Rs 1099/- + taxes.
(Inclusive of transport, accommodation in Dormitory, simple hygienic Vegetarian food, instructor charges, forest entry fees).

A land of famous "Mahsheer fishes", where river Cauvery flows amidst this sanctuary, thus it is known as "Cauvery wildlife sanctuary". Trek comprises of novice terrain of 8km along the river.
Date: 1,2 November 2005.
Tariff: Rs 999/- + taxes.
(Inclusive of transport, accommodation in Dormitory, simple hygienic Vegetarian food, instructor charges, forest entry fees).

1. Sittalayanagiri to Mullayanagiri to Bababudanagiri to Kemmenagundi.
One of the most famous and unique trek route of the Western Ghats of Karnataka; nestled on Chikamagalur range. Trek for 40kms for 3 days, learn to use sleeping bags, stay in tents.
Cook your own meals.
Date: 1, 2, 3 November 2005.
Tariff: Rs 1999/- (inclusive of all taxes and camping gears).

Trek the oldest trail of Kodai to Munnar, a trek of 52miles of three days camping at the highest altitude of 5,000ftht. Enjoy the pine wooded forest.
Date: 1,2,3 November 2005.
Tariff: Rs 2,999/- (Inclusive of all taxes and camping gears).

Celebrate your 'Diwali' in the lap of nature; getaway from the city bustle! Command your mind and rediscover yourself on the rocks, It is for he/she of any age above 8yrs to 65yrs. A day is filled with fun filled thrilling adventures activities like Bouldering, Rappelling, Chimney climbing, Face climbing.
Tariff: Rs 399/-; Excludes transportation and foof. Rs 599/-(Includes transport, food, instructor charges).
Date: 23 October 2005.

Enjoy the 8km short run of rafting at River Cauvery; Class II+ rapids.
Tariff: Rs 499/- + taxes.

For any further details: contact us at: 080-23340065, 9845079414.

1. Online transfer:
a. Citibank a/c holders- Nature Admire- 0050641805
b. ICICI bank a/c holders- Nature Admire - 007805002656
2. Cheque/ D.D's. "Courier us within 4days prior the programme; drawn in Favour of "Nature Admire" and mail it to : Nature Admire, #26/1, 6th cross, 4th main, Malleswaram, Bangalore-03.
3. PICK UP FACILITY. (our representative can collect the payments and form from you)
By extra Rs 50/- to Rs 100/- respectively; (Depend upon the locations).


Nature Admire Team."


German Exhibtion & Films

"Greetings from Max Mueller Bhavan Bangalore! We are happy to invite you to an exhibition of posters of the most famous films produced by the German film studio Universum Film Aktien Gesellschaft, in short UFA. These posters were designed by reputed contemporary artists like Josef Fenneker, Boris Bilinsky and Peter Pewas.

Date : October 10-18, 2005
Timings : Mon-Fri : 9.00 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.
Sat: 11.00 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.
Venue : Max Mueller Bhavan

There will also be a special screening of three UFA films (6.30. pm.):
Asphalt by Joey May: Friday, Oct. 14, 2005
La Habanera by Detlef Sierck: Saturday Oct. 15, 2005
Under the Bridges by Helmut Käutner: Sunday, Oct. 16, 2005

For more details on the exhibtion and screenings, please have a look at our website or contact us at the following address. We look forward to welcoming you at the Bhavan!

With best wishes,

Maureen Gonsalves
Programme Coordinator
Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan

Please note our new contact details:
716 CMH Road
Indiranagar 1st Stage
Bangalore 560 038
Tel: +91 80 2520 5305-08 Ext: 203
Fax: +91 80 2520 5309"


Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Wi-Fi in campuses

Yesterday's Times of India carried an article about the educational campuses getting Wi-Fi networked. I gave inputs on the IIMB Wi-Fi connectivity. The article can be seen at ToI site: Graphic version, Text version.

Apart from article, more thoughts on Wi-Fi:
# IIMB is already Wi-Fi enabled. It was one of the early select experimental wi-fi spots in Bangalore that an industry consortium 2 years back had decided upon. The actual campus-wide implementation by IIMB has happened this year.
# As the campus is huge, it helps students a lot in being mobile while also being in touch with the data and work all the time. Also, work can now be mixed with social settings outside your hostel room. You dont have to be on your desk to finish the statistical analysis on the market research submission. You can be in the mess (canteen), drinking coffee, discussing with other group members while working on that last-minute project submission. Since a good number of students have laptops, the availability of wi-fi enables group-work at a totally different level. Also, since a good number of students have an on-line/web presence, wi-fi helps them stay connected and updated irrespective of their coordinates.
# ISB, Hyderabad is Wi-Fi enabled. XIME (Xaviers Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship), Bangalore also went wi-fi in January this year. IIITB (Indian Institute of Information Technology Bangalore) also could be wi-fi but a not sure.


Monday, October 10, 2005

Festival of Hindi plays-Natyotsava 2005

A 5 day festival of Hindi plays by the famous National School of Drama, Delhi organised by Kadambari. The play festival is between 17 and 21 of October 2005. The surplus funds will be used to preserve the traditional stone sculpting skills in Shivarpatna, a village in neighbouring Kolar district.


Friday, October 07, 2005

Aviation, Biking...

# Even as Fractional ownership takes root in India, I am waiting for the Netjets scenario to happen. Check out Club One Air's plans.

# Just When Airlines Thought Things Couldn't Get Worse, the fuel prices skyrocketed. I 'luv' the blokes at Southwest. They hedged the fuel at 55$ in June, a seemingly bad decision at that time. Currently, the ATF prices are hovering around 70$. You know who's laughing now! Sadly, in India, fuel hedging is not allowed yet.

# Check this neat site 60kph out. A group for bikers in India. Very professionaly done, nice meeting place for the adventurous.


Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Brutalities in Bangalore.

I know Nimish personally, and just now talked to him. Very tragic. It says a lot about the babudom and their terror-wielding techniques. We'll get the bastards though.

-----Original Message-----
From: []On Behalf Of Nimish Adani
Sent: Monday, October 03, 2005 9:37 PM
Subject: [IIML] brutalities in bangalore


I would like to bring to notice a certain injustice that I have subjected to at the Bangalore Railway Station (Majestic). On September 30 (Friday), 2005, I had been to the station to see off my fiance and her mother. They took the Karnataka Express (Train #2627) to Jhansi at 6:30 pm.

On my way out I was asked to present my platform ticket by a railway official. On producing the same, the TT turned around and told me "What if I say that you haven't given me the ticket?" Before I could react, he along with his colleague pushed me into the adjacent enquiry cabin and physically manhandled me. I was slapped several times, my spectacles were grabbed and deliberately crushed by foot, and my phone was flung away from me. The RPF comprising of one RPF and four constables, appeared on the scene. The surrounding public was whisked away. None of the railway police officials cared to listen to me and they started hitting me indiscriminately with lathis. They dragged me out, and all the 4 constables continued hitting me with lathis from Platform 1 to Platform 3/5, till we reached the station master's cabin. Racist abuses and threats were made on the way. At the station master's cabin, I was told that I have been charged with a non-ba! ilable offence and would be behind bars for 15 days.

Not for a single moment was I allowed to speak. All of a sudden a stranger came to the scene and he claimed that he was there to help me. Having lost all my physical strength and mental senses, I was happy to see some sort of help. He, claiming to be V Srinivas from Infosys, talked to the officials and the railway police in Kannada. He told me that the only way I was to get out was if I was willing to pay my way through. Being in no state to make a rational choice, I gave him my ATM card and pin. He took one of the RPF chaps along with him and said he would clear the matter. He returned some time later saying that everything was okay now.

I was asked to sign a statement which said that I hit the police and TT in a drunken state. I refused. Finally, they pressurized me to write that I did not produce a platform ticket when asked. I wrote the same and then V Srinivas took me out of the station. He joined me in an auto and took me to the ICICI ATM at Anand Rao circle. He withdrew Rs. 15000 from my ATM and got back. he took the cash under the pretext that while helping me he had left his wallet in the train he had left behind and that he would return the same through his ICICI Internet account. Having broken down mentally I did not realise that I was being cheated. He then took me to a Samsung showroom and tried purchasing a cellphone worth Rs. 18500 with my card. It was only then that I realised what was happening. I grabbed my card back, caught him by the collar, snatched my cash that lay in his pocket, and got into a running auto.

I have now realized that all of this was a plan. There is a strong nexus between the railway officials, the railway police and the fraudster. The railway officials identify a victim who they think is well-to-do, the RPF beat that individual till he has no physical or mental well-being. Then this fraud chap comes on to the scene, takes advantage of the situation, and takes all your cash away. Also, this series of events generally occurs on the last day of the month as they know that the salary gets credited on this day. (This strikes me now because the self-proclaimed Infy employee, V Srinivas, clearly asked me whether I had received my salary. He said that he just wanted to find out if there was cash enough to tackle the case.)

Now three days hence, I have tried to run from pillar to post. I have been forced to miss office hours in my effort to get justice. But I don't want to give up the fight midway. If any of you are in the media, or have friends/relatives who are in the industry, I'd like to speak with them about this in greater detail. I can be reached on 09886179319 or 08030933067. I believe it would catalyze my efforts.

Also, please pass this email to all the people who reside in Bangalore, so that they don't fall into the same trap.

Nimish V Adani
IIML Batch of 2003
ITBHU Batch of 2001

Update (Oct 07, 2005):
Some action has been taken in this case: Four RPF Personnel and 2 TTE's have been suspended.
Techie’s assault by RPF: Inquiry held, Deccan Herald, Oct 07.
# Assault: Railways places six under suspension, Deccan Herald, Oct 06.
# Railways places six under suspension; to conduct inquiry, Webindia123

Various news items on the incident itself
# Bangalore: Techie Beaten, Duped by Railway Staff
# Techie beaten, duped by railway staff, Times of India, Oct 05.
# Techie beaten, duped by railway staff, Economic Time, Oct 05.
# RPF assaults IT firm employee, Deccan Herald, Oct 04.


Networking with Tim Draper on Thursday, 6 th Oct 2005

Cant believe that Tim Draper of DFJ himself would be in town! Too good to be true!

"Dear Mr. Jain,

Please mark your calendar and register for an exciting TiE Networking Meeting on Thursday, 6th October 2005.

Address by: Tim Draper , Founder and Managing Director, Draper Fisher Jurvetson

?Entrepreneurship in a Global Economy?

Timothy C. Draper is the Founder and Managing Director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson. Mr. Draper serves on the boards of several companies like Skype, MailFrontier, Chroma Graphics etc. His original ideas were instrumental in the success of Hotmail with Sabeer Bhatia. These techniques have been adopted as a standard marketing technique to hundreds of businesses. He was an original venture capital investor in Parametric Technology (PMTC), Digidesign (AVID) and Redgate (AOL) and others Mr. Draper launched the Draper Affiliate Network, an international network of early-stage venture capital funds with offices in 26 cities around the globe.

As an advocate for entrepreneurs and free markets, Mr. Draper is regularly featured as a keynote speaker in entrepreneurial conferences throughout the world, has been recognized as a leader in his field through numerous awards and honors, and has frequent TV radio, and headline appearances. He has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and MBA from Harvard Business School.

Date : Thursday 6th October 2005
Time : 6.45 PM
Place : Taj Residency, Vijay Nagar Hall, Bangalore
Event Sponsors : Draper Fisher Jurvetson
Non Member Meeting Fee : Rs. 350/-

Participation through registration. Mail Alfio Aquien at: or call 22120009 Xtn-185."


Monday, October 03, 2005

Bad Clippy. Bad Baad Clippy.

I always had wondered about the privacy issuess with clipboard contents on public/shared computers when one user leaves and another occupies it without a logoff. The following information I recently got, confirmed the fears, only worse. Now I am having kafkaesque dreams imagining what all info I must have given out unknowingly to dubious sites.

"Many times, as a matter of convenience, you may copy information to your Windows clipboard to paste into a web form. Even something like a credit card number, to save having to type it out. With an exploitation of Java script, a hacker could grab the information from your clipboard and you would never know it.

To demonstrate this, copy anything to your clipboard, part of this message for instance. Then go to this link and you quite likely will see the contents of your clipboard right on the page. If you're running Firefox, you will not see the clipboard contents because of that browser's minimal java support. This site is harmless and is just a demonstration to illustrate that clipboard contents may not be 100% private and to use this Windows feature with caution, at least when using the Internet.

It is true, text you last copied for pasting (copy & paste) can be stolen when you visit web sites using a combination of JavaScript and ASP (or PHP, or CGI) to write your possible sensitive data to a database on another server. Hopefully you haven't copied a credit card number recently before surfing! This page will clear your clipboard."

More info here and here.


Sunday, October 02, 2005

15-16th Oct: Pallavi Workshop

"Carnatica Global Gurukulam, RT Nagar Bangalore is organising a workshop on "Pallavi" by J Venkataraman of Trichy. Following are the details : Carnatica Global Gurukulam (Carnatica was established in 1999, by the famous vocalists S.Sowmya and KN Shashikiran incorporating the advantages of the traditional system of learning, enhanced by modern methodology.) ANNOUNCES a Unique ?Pallavi Workshop?

(Pallavi is a single line of sahityam that is elaborated using neraval and kalpana swara and rounded off with ragamalika swaras The pallavi is usually also set to a variety of talas , mostly a set of 4 or 5 talas that are in vogue in the concert compositions. The pallavi offers the musician and the total elaboration of a specific Ragam and extensive improvisation and creativity.)

Become an expert in Pallavi under the guidance Of Mr. J Venkataram - famous Pallavi Expert from Trichy

Venue: Bhumika Hall MEWS Ladies Club No 37, Bhuma, 17th Cross Malleshwaram Bangalore 560055 (next to Life Style Beauty Parlour) 2 days Intensive Workshop 15th October 2005 Day One : 2pm to 7 pm
16th October 2004 Day Two : 3pm to 9 pm
Fee: Rs. 400/- per participant

Please send in your entries to :Carnatica Global Gurukulam Ms. Chitra Sherman 27/28, 2nd cross, Nrupthunga Extn, Behind Citi Bank ATM centre,RT nagar main rd Bangalore 560032 Or contact 23332309 or 51244767 or 9880732307 Or email

Last date of registration: 12th October 2005 Please note that there are limited entries and it will on first come first basis!"


Saturday, October 01, 2005

Hindustani Music Concert

Sur Sagar is organizing a Hindustani Music Program by Jaithreerh Mevundi of Kirana Gharana on 2nd Oct. 2005 at 10:30 AM.

Venu: Govt.
Girls High School, Silver jubilee Auditorium
13th Cross, Malleshwaram.

About the performer :


Concert by Shubha Mudgal

Souharda Raaga: A musical concert by Shubha Mudgal

Date: 9/10/05
Venue: Ambedkar Bhavan , Millers Road, Vasanthnagar, Bangalore
Tickets: Rs 500/-, Rs. 250/-, Rs. 100/- Tickets available at: Casa Picola - Indiranagar, Koramangala, Cunningham Road, Residency Road, K C Das - St. Marks Road, Nagasri Book Stores - Jayanagar 4th block, Sapna Book Stores - Gandhinagar, Ankita pustaka - Gandhi Bazaar, Gangarams - M G Road, Desi - South end Circle

for more details and home delivery of tickets call (for tickets worth 1500/- and above):
9448371389 - Uvaraj
9448367627 - Dipu
9448041041 - Vasu


Adventure activities in Oct - By NatureAdmire

"Dear Adventurers and Nature Lovers,
Monsoons escaped, now it is the time to chill out into the woods, We bring you an exciting outings on your weekends. With the recent programs held in past, with your feedbacks and suggestions, we have rectified our logistics, safety, food and activities on some of your favourite destinations.
We have enhanced more on activities and costing and special offers to suit your budgets.

He/she above 8yrs to 55yrs with any size and shape could try and experience the young growing sport “Rock climbing” at one of the India’s popular and world ranked grade 4 and 5 + rocks; with internationally qualified equipments and most experienced and well trained instructors. An volatile curriculum designed by the well recognized and the India’s backpacker and trained from the world’s best outdoor school called “NOLS”; The Harvard in Wilderness Education.

Curriculum: Introduction to Equipments, safety techniques, communication, handling them, Bouldering, Face climbing, Rappelling, chimney climbing.
Dates: 2, 9, 13, 23, 30 october 2005( Kindly register 3 days before the program date)
Venue: Sholay Rock climbing center, Ramanagram.

Tariff: Rs 399/-
Includes: Equipments, Instructor charges, forest entry fees, Insurance.

Excludes: transportation and food.
Transportation- Public (KSRTC and PVT buses) – Rs 40/- one way;
Trains- Rs 20/- one way;
Pvt- Chartered vehicle- approx – Rs 200/- to and fro.
Food: Hotel is just 3km away from the learning school, Our instructors can help you out in getting food for you.

Always wished to fly in air, dreamed but wondering to visit Goa or Thailand to experience it; Now! Stop thinking, Nature Admire brings you the experience of Parasailing in Bangalore on your weekends; experience the 300ft ht above ground for 4 minutes in air with parachute supported and controlled by Jeep; an absolute safe activity for he/she above 8yrs to 65yrs.
Venue: JAKKUR AIR FIELD, Bangalore. Just 3km away from Hebbal Lake towards Yelahanka; Opp: GKVK Campus.
Tariff: Rs 299/- for individuals; Rs 549/- for couples;
For groups: Rs 4,999/- (for 20 pax); Rs 9,999/- (for 40 pax) only on Saturdays.
Loyalty bonus for our repeaters: Rs 275/-
Date: 02, 09, 16, 23 october 2005
Transportation: It is well connected with buses from Majestic, K.R.Market, Shivajinagar shuttling towards Yelahanka, Devanahalli, Hebbal, Chikkballapur. Every 1minute there is a bus.

For those dare devil creatures on the earth!! Experience the rafting, and the people wanted to do but scared of water; don’t worry, we shall not leave you behind, now even you could experience the rafting for short run of class II+ rapids for 8km in River Cauvery nestled amidst Cauvery wildlife Sanctuary, just 3 hr drive on Kanakapura road towards Malavalli.
Date:02, 09, 16, 23 October 2005
Venue: Bhimeshwari to Muttati; Cauvery fishing camp, Bhimeshwari.
Tariff: Rs 499/- + Taxes.

Note: Transportation can be organized; on sharing basis.
Transport: Bangalore to Kanakapura is well connected, you could get lot of buses to reach Kanakapura, from here to “Halaguru or Sathanur”; from here you could try local autos or taxis to visit Bhimeshwari.
Food: Available at “Bhimeshwari” Jungle lodges- Buffet Lunch – Rs 150/- per head (veg and Non-veg). Prior order is must.

DZONGRI- GOECHALA TREK, Kanchenjunga National Park, West Sikkim.
10 days trek of a gradual climb; approx 80km to and fro, starting with 6,000ft ht of beautiful village called “Yuksom”, via Bakhim, Tshoka, Dzongri, Kokkchurung, Thangsing, Samiti Lake, Goechala pass; background with a view of Kanchenjunga from the height of 16,500ft ht approx.

Date: 21st Friday October 05 – Departure from Bangalore; Return on 6th Sunday November 05.
Trekking dates; 25 oct 05- 3 Nov 05. Last date to register: 9th Oct 05.
Tariff: Rs 13,999/-
1. Return train fare (sleeper class).
2. Local transportation by Jeep/bus.
3. Simple Vegetarian food during the trek for 10days.
4. Accommodation in budget hotels and Tents during the camp.
5. Guide, Cooks, Porters Charges.
6. Sleeping bags, grounds mats and backpack.


Mullayanagiri to Bababudanagiri to Kemmenagundi.
He/she above 8yrs to 69yrs has openminded, spirit to walk, enthusiast, love nature, willing to experience, patience to rough it out, then join us to drive down 300 km to Chikkamaglur district, discover the Bhadra Wildlife sanctuary. Summit the Karnataka’s highest mountain range, trek on the high altitude of Western Ghats for 18km a day approx for 6 to 7 hr a day. Experience the night staying in tents.
Total Kms; 40kms;
Date: 1, 2 Oct 05. Last date to register: 29th SEP 05.
Tariff: Rs 1799/-.
2.Instructor charges.
3.Forest entry fees.
4.Camping gears.
5.Simple Hygienic Vegetarian food.
Groups- 5pax- 5%; 10pax- 11th person travels free..


For he/she; loves to enjoy nature, but never had a chance to go out with your family, Here is a chance to experience to rediscover yourself in nature by not too much of trekking. Come delve the short walks into the Theppakadu forest, enjoy the stay in our 32 acre spreaded campsite in the forest, the beautiful rooms with back view of Ooty.
Go for safari in Mudumalai, spend some time in Bandipur and visit “Himvad GopalSwamy Betta”; then return.
Date: 8, 9 October 2005.
Tariff: Rs 1799/- Per head.
1. Transportation.
2. Local Guide charges.
3. Local Jeeps transfers.
4. Safari.
5. Accommodation on multiple sharings.
6. Food- Veg and non-veg.
Groups- 5pax- 5%; 10 pax- 11th Person travels free. Children below 6yrs – free; children below 16yrs – 25% off..


Always dreamed to walk amidst the Tea and coffee estates, especially on the high altitude along the mountain train track, If you are disappointed by the Sakleshpur railway trek, now this is for you and the people who aren’t have done a trek before, This is recommended for first timers for he/she who is above 8yrs to 69yrs.
Date: 8, 9 October 2005.
Tariff: Rs 1799/- Per head.
7. Transportation.
8. Local Guide /Instructor charges.
9. Local Jeeps transfers.
10. Accommodation in Tents on multiple sharings.
11. Food- Veg .
12. camping gears.

Groups- 5pax- 5%; 10 pax- 11th Person travels free. Children below 6yrs – free; children below 16yrs – 25% off..
Please feel free to call us for any further clarifications at: 080-23340065, 9845079414 or email us back at:
Nature Admire Team."


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