December 29, 2012

What Is This Life If Full Of Care, We Have No Time To Stand And Stare.

If anyone asks me about my favorite lines from any English poetry, I would always mention the first 2 lines of the poem titled "Leisure" by William Henry Davies. The poem has been my favorite since my school days. I studied this poem during my Secondary/Higher Secondary School education and since then I have loved these lines.

The poem goes like this :

What is this life if full of care,We have no time to stand and stare.
No time to stand beneath the boughsAnd stare as long as sheep or cows.
No time to see, when woods we pass,Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.
No time to see, in broad daylight,Streams full of stars, like skies at night.
No time to turn at Beauty's glance,And watch her feet, how they can dance.
No time to wait till her mouth canEnrich that smile her eyes began.
A poor life this, if full of care, We have no time to stand and stare.


December 4, 2012

Linux Equivalents to Windows Softwares

Linux Links have provided an exhaustive list of the Linux alternatives in comparison to the proprietary Windows softwares.

Excellent link for all those who want to migrate to Linux completely. A detailed page for each of those apps is also being provided for the user. And the best part of using these Linux apps is that most of them are totally free to use.

The list is being categorized into different categories of softwares like Graphics, Scientific, Mathematical, Audio/Video, Desktop Publishing, various internet tools, etc.

Here's the link. Enjoy :-)

November 30, 2012

Hot and Sour soup seems good during Winters.


At Daadisa Restaurant with Kiran Patel, Tushar Trambadiya and Mahesh Gajera.

November 26, 2012

How Linux is Built

Watch how linux is built. Excellent video I found on Youtube.

November 24, 2012

Top Blogging Tools for Bloggers

Cindy King has provided a great list of the top blogging tools that are loved by pro bloggers. If you have a blog and want to generate great content with ease, then the tools mentioned by Cindy are worth trying.

I personally liked Content Idea Generator.

Windows Live Writer

Test Post from Windows Live Writer.

November 22, 2012

Increased Hunger in Winter

Winters have arrived and have increased my appetite.

November 16, 2012

New Blogger App

Checking the updated blogger app (official). Seems good.

November 7, 2012

Laughing at your own mistakes can lengthen your life. - Shakespeare

Laughing at your wife's mistakes can shorten you life. - Shakespeare's wife.

Source : Facebook

Most Popular (Retweeted) Tweet On Twitter Till Date

President Barack Obama's Tweet, "Four More Years" has created record with more than 685,000 retweets and more than 234,000 favorites on Twitter, the popular micro-blogging site. Barack Obama is also one of the most popular Twitter user with more than 22 million followers.

November 3, 2012

#nowplaying Kitne Ajeeb Rishte He Yaahan Pe

October 19, 2012

Tips For Your Technical Interviews

Just read nice tips given by Christian Johnson, who is a master's student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute studying electrical engineering and a former Google intern. 

What If Android Was Developed in Gujarat ?

One of the most popular operating system in cell phones these days is Android, which is basically a Linux-based operating system developed by Google in conjunction with the Open Handset Alliance.

Android 1.0, the first commercial version of Android was released way back in 2008 and since then it has seen a number of updates. However, after April 2009, Android versions have been codenamed alphabetically with the names of dessert items (or sweet food items). The first codenamed version of Android was Cupcake, followed by Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honey Comb, Icecream Sandwich and Jelly Bean.

If Android was developed in India, then the names of these Android versions would be like :

Cupcake                     Chikki

Donut                         Doodh paak

Eclair                          Elaaichi

Froyo                         Faafda

Gingerbread               Gulaab Jamun

Honey Comb              Halvo

Icecream Sandwich    Ice Gola

Jelly Bean                  Jalebi

Kit-Kat                       Khakhra

Lollipop                     Laddu

Marshmallow             Mohanthaal

Update: Gujarati names for Kit0Kat, Lollipop and Marshmallow are given by Anand Sutariya.

October 17, 2012

Exploring Google's Data Center

Explore a Google data center with Street View. Beautiful Views

October 15, 2012

The Pleasures of Reading

Yet another post from Rajesh Jain's blog.  

Here's what he writes - 

I have experienced this so many times. A book that I am reading helps me think through a conundrum I have been contemplating and creates the space for coming up with interesting ideas and solutions. The book doesn't even have to be directly linked to the topic – what it does is forces deep thought, and then the associations in the mind create something that wasn't there before.
That is one of the reasons I love to read. Just the act of sitting for an extended period of undisturbed time with a book is guaranteed to push the mind in many different directions – some intended by the author, some unintended by the reader!
I don't necessarily read every book immediately after I buy it. I let it stay around, and then some day, I will pick it up – and the book opens up its treasure chest of ideas. It is a wonderful feeling.

On Writing One's Obituary

I have always liked reading Rajesh Jain's blog. He has written about Writing One's Obituary. And I think I should try it out too. Here's what he writes -

I was talking to a friend recently, and the topic turned to what to do with the rest of one's life. It was then that I suggested that he should write his obituary and then work backwards from there.

Let me explain. We normally think incrementally forward from where we are – the next few months or the next year, and so on. Another approach that I had once read was to think of what one would like to be remembered by. Imagine if The Economist wrote a 1-page obituary after your death – what would it read like. Or, what you would like it to read like. And then live life to accomplish the things you have written.

I did this a few years ago, and it helped me think of life differently, and got me started on the track to helping bring about change in India.

Try it out. There is little to lose. On the one hand, it could just end up being an intellectual exercise. On the other, it could help give a new meaning and perspective to the rest of your life.

August 13, 2012

Distraction Free Writing on WordPress

Writing requires to be focused. It requires us to think a lot, make mental notes and frame the sentences accordingly. Hence it is very essential that we writers/bloggers need a distraction free environment.

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So if you are having your blog on and all the options on the screen distract you, then you can try Distraction Free Writing. Just use the shortcut Alt+Shift+G and voila! All the options on the screen disappear and you get a clean look with a minimal toolbar, your post's title and your content.

And once you let go off the mouse and start writing content, the real Distraction Free Writing happens. All the distractions fade away and you are at peace with your words.

June 27, 2012

Never Stop Learning

You can finish school but you never finish your education.

- Zig Ziglar

What is this life if full of care, we have no time to stand and stare

One of my favorite poems.

What is this life if, full of care,

We have no time to stand and stare.

No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.

No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.

No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.

No time to turn at Beauty's glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.

No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.

A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

- William Henry Davies

June 23, 2012

Thanks MS-Word for teaching us this.

Either be "Bold" or be "Italic" because, world doesn't notice the

"Regular". Thanks MS-Word for teaching us this.

May 6, 2012

O Ri Chiraiya - Satyamev Jayate

Just saw the first episode of the show Satyamev Jayate that is aired on Star Plus as well as Doordarshan on Sundays at 11am. The first episode that was aired today was on the topic of Female Foeticide. I have always hated female foeticide. I hate those people who dislike daughters.

The first interview was of a lady staying in Vastrapur, Ahmedabad. She had 6 abortions in 8 years. I considered that female foeticide was not that rampant in Gujarat, but when Aamir and his team researched and showed the map of the states that more such cases of female foeticide, I was shocked to see that in Gujarat it has been increasing, contrary to my belief.

The research shows that every year 3 crore girls are killed even before taking birth.

Before watching the episode, even I thought that killing of girls before birth was done only amongst the illiterates or in the villages. But after watching the episode and seeing the case of a lady doctor (Mitu Khurana), I came to know that all this is present even amongst the educated and well to do families. Her husband himself is an orthopedic surgeon.

I even hate the doctors who carry out the abortions. A footage of a sting operation in Rajasthan that was done 7 years ago by 2 reporters was also shown. It was shocking to see that the cost of a girl's murder is just Rs. 2000. And it was more shocking when the doctor mercilessly said that the dead body can be buried easily.

The show also showed the plight of some young men from a village in Haryana. They are all unmarried as the number of girls in their village is low. What's more shocking is that that due to such skewed ratio of boys to girls, selling of girls has started in some of villages of Rajasthan. Girls are being brought from Karnataka, Orissa, Bihar and other states. This makes the scenario more worst. A girl is being bought multiple times or even shared amongst men. There's no social status of the girl and even the children born thereafter.

Aamir showed also a positive ray of light wherein a Deputy Commissioner Mr. Kishan Kumar had brought up the number of girls by 71 points.

At the end of the show, Aamir himself appealed to people to support his letter to Rajasthan Government to carry out the case of the alleged doctors in a Fast Track court.

Each week the show also selects a different NGO to help address the issue discussed on Satyamev Jayate. The NGO selected this week is Snehalaya. Donations are also accepted. Also for every SMS that you send to the question that Aamir asks at the end of the show, the money of that SMS (Re. 1 minus the tax) will be donated to Snehalaya.

Finally I would like to provide the lyrics of the song "O Ri Chiraiya" that was sung Swanand Kirkire and the music composed by Ram Sampath.

O Ri Chiraiya
Nanhi si chidiya
Angnaa mein phir aaja re

O Ri Chiraiya
Nanhi si chidiya
Angnaa mein phir aaja re

Andhiyara hai ghana aur lahu se sana
Kirno ke tinke ambar se chunn ke
Angna mein phir aaja re
Humne tujhpe hazaro sitam hain kiye
Humne tujhpe jahaan bhar ke zulm kiye
Humne socha nahi
Tu jo ud jaayegi
Ye zameen tere bin sooni reh jaayegi
Kiske dum pe sajega angna mera

O Ri Chiraiya, meri Chiraiya
Angnaa mein phir aaja re
Tere pankho mein saare sitare jadu
Teri chunar satrangi bunu
Tere kaajal mein main kaali raina bharu
Teri mehandi mein main kacchi dhoop malu
Tere naino sajaa doon naya sapna

O Ri Chiraiya, meri Chiraiya
Angnaa mein phir aaja re

O Ri Chiraiya
Nanhi si chidiya
Angnaa mein phir aaja re
O Ri Chiraiya...

Watch the Song :

Watch the full episode :

May 5, 2012

Follow Your Dreams

Paulo Coelho writes about his own experience on how he became a writer. Excellent article for inspiration for those who want to be a writer. He says that you need to follow your dreams even if you are hurt or refused. Take risks and follow your dreams, because, as he says, "When you die, there is a small child within you, who will ask, why didn't you follow me? And you have to explain. Therefore, it is better to take the risk, to be hurt, to go through some nightmare to fulfill your dreams."

April 30, 2012

Common Cold in Summer

It's April 30th. It's summer here in India. But my nose is still running. I don't know why I am suffering from common cold in the hot season. Nose gets blocked every now and then. Eyes get watery. It irritates me. Ears get numb. And I feel sleepy most of the time during the day. Huh. :-(

April 27, 2012

April 25, 2012

Laptop Bag Received

Received my laptop bag yesterday. I was not present. Mahesh received it.

April 23, 2012

Ordered Laptop Bag.

Finally, last night I ordered a Dell Adventure 15.6 inch Backpack on for Rs. 2128.

April 22, 2012

Laptop Bag

The laptop backpack that I am using presently has worn out. Need a more sturdy backpack as I carry it everyday to college. May be I'll check the bags on Flipkart.

February 2, 2012

New Address for Blogger Blogs in India

All the Blogger blogs from India will now have a new address. Henceforth, all the blogs having a domain will be redirected to
e.g. will now be redirected to

Google made this change without notifying the bloggers. What's more, this change may affect search engine ranking of their pages. However, this change is being applied only to those blogs that have a free domain. Blogs that have a custom domain will not be affected.

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Why Blogger has implemented this change in URL ?

Google has written about this URL change on its support page saying -

Over the coming weeks you might notice that the URL of a blog you're reading has been redirected to a country-code top level domain, or "ccTLD." For example, if you're in Australia and viewing [blogname], you might be redirected [blogname] A ccTLD, when it appears, corresponds with the country of the reader’s current location.
Migrating to localized domains will allow us to continue promoting free expression and responsible publishing while providing greater flexibility in complying with valid removal requests pursuant to local law. By utilizing ccTLDs, content removals can be managed on a per country basis, which will limit their impact to the smallest number of readers. Content removed due to a specific country’s law will only be removed from the relevant ccTLD. 
So now its easier for Google to block country specific blogs.

UPDATE : Amit Agarwal of has provided a possible solution to stop this redirection so that your Google juice is not affected.

Read his post and solution here.