May 16, 2013

How I Met Prakash Padukone and How Kind He Was To Me

What this world needs is a new kind of army - the army of the kind. ~ Cleveland Amory
There was a time when I used to play badminton, a lot. It was during my school days. I used to train myself at the GNFC Sports Complex in Bharuch (Gujarat). One fine day, during the Open Gujarat Championships that were held in Bharuch, the organizers called Mr. Prakash Padukone to provide inspiration to the young shuttlers. Prakash Padukone is a former badminton player and the first Indian to win All England Championship and also the father of Deepika Padukone.


Image Source : Wikipedia.org

So in the evening when he was called, we all were busy to see the champion and meet him and get autograph from him. So an autograph session was arranged wherein he can give his autographs to the budding players. I too rushed to take his autograph, but some senior players pushed me before I could reach him. He saw this. And then he called me by signaling his hand and gave me autograph with a pen on a piece of paper which I had brought and also autographed on my badminton racquet's cover with a thick marker.

That act of kindness has been etched on my mind forever. 

Golden Bridge Completes 132 Years


The Narmada Bridge, popularly known as Golden Bridge completes 132 years today.

The bridge connects Bharuch and Ankleshwar and was built by the Britishers who needed a bridge for trading and administrative purposes with Bombay (Mumbai).

 The construction of the bridge started in 1861 but in 1863 the pillars got washed away by the heavy flow of river Narmada. Again in 1867 and 1871, more pillars got washed away. Finally in 1877, the Britishers undertook the job and completed it in 1881 with construction cost of Rs. 45.65 lakh.

Image Source : http://www.hoparoundindia.com/gujarat/ankleshwar-attractions/golden-bridge.aspx

Why the name Golden Bridge ?


The material used for construction was resistant to rust and it was so expensive to build the bridge that a bridge made of gold could have been made on a small river like Thames in England.

Built for the Railway Line


Originally, the bridge was built for the railway line Bombay-Baroda-Ahmedabad but later it was decided to use it for vehicles as it could not withstand the weight of Goods Trains (Freight Trains).

New Bridge for the Railways

In 1860, a new bridge adjacent to Golden Bridge was built for the railways.

Love for Golden Bridge

Apart from connecting the two cities, the bridge also is part of rich history of Bharuch.

During World War II, it was decided to destroy the bridge for its iron, but the love of locals for the bridge saved it.

Recently on Valentine's day (14th February 2013), environment activists and youth of Bharuch expressed their love for the bridge by typing friendship bands on the pillars of the bridge as well as the commuters.

Also a request was made to the state government to declare Golden Bridge as a heritage structure and prevent it from more damage.

A demand for a bridge parallel to Golden Bridge has been made by the residents of Bharuch considering the traffic jams and further aggravation to the bridge.

Work for coloring the bridge is also on the records. (see this link

After Independence, the Golden bridge was part of the National Highway 8. However, after the construction of another bridge over Narmada (Sardar Bridge), the flow for heavy vehicles was restricted.

References :
  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Bridge 
  2. http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-02-15/surat/37118305_1_golden-bridge-parallel-bridge-new-bridge 
  3. http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-10-24/surat/30316122_1_golden-bridge-bridge-repair-work-bharuch-and-ankleshwar-towns
  4. http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-09-21/surat/34001204_1_golden-bridge-bharuch-citizen-s-council-bharuch-traffic-education-trust



May 13, 2013

Use 15 GB of Space Between Gmail, Google Drive and Google+ Photos

Google has now made life easier for those who use Gmail, Google Drive and Google+ Photos. Now you can seamlessly share a total of 15 GB across these Google products.

Wifi in Ubuntu 13.04

After installing the new Raring Ringtal Ubuntu 13.04 on my Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop, I faced a new problem. My wifi was not working. When I checked in the Settings of Software Updater, it said that the drivers for the Broadcom device were to selected so that the system can use it.

May 10, 2013

Ubuntu 13.04 Error While Installing Google Chrome : Dependency is Not Satisfiable: libudev0 (>=147)

I am using Ubuntu 13.04 (Raring Ringtail) and a little while ago I downloaded Google Chrome Browser (.deb file). And then while I the Ubuntu Software Center was trying to install it, it showed the following error :

Dependency is not satisfiable: libudev0 (>=147)

I tried to search about the error on various forums and found the below solution :

Try Installing libudev0 :

Install libudev0 by typing sudo apt-get libudev0 in the terminal or you can install it via this link.

After libudev0 is installed, try installing the Google Chrome .deb file. 

Removed Python Accidently From Ubuntu ? Here's A Solution

Yesterday while I was trying to update my Ubuntu 12.10 on my laptop, I got an error message saying that there is not enough space to update the installation. So I tried to remove unwanted applications that I had installed on it.

I uninstalled some of my applications that I hardly used. And then, I saw Python. I thought that it's not needed by me. So I clicked on Remove. And then it strikes a disaster. As soon as I removed, the installation showed an error message saying my computer needs to be updated. But before it, I restarted it. And then... I could not see my Unity Desktop. I could do nothing. Even the terminal could not be opened.

I tried searching on various forums and found various solutions. Here are some of them :

Try Installing Python : 


If you have deleted just Python, then you can try reinstalling it again. Use the command : sudo apt-get install python2.7 

Try Reinstalling Ubuntu Desktop : 


Trying reinstalling Ubuntu Desktop. Just press Ctrl + Alt + F1. It will open a terminal window. Now install Ubuntu Desktop by the command sudo apt-get install --reinstall ubuntu-desktop 


Tip : Never Ever Remove Python From Ubuntu

 

May 6, 2013

Ahmedabad National Book Fair 2013

So finally yesterday, after the Knowledge Share of Deep Patel, I went to the Ahmedabad National Book Fair (2013). Before going, I called Jalpesh and asked him to accompany me which he readily agreed. Vikrant was with Jalpesh so he too accompanied us. After having some food, we went to the Book Fair and roamed about for about 3-3.5 hours. And was amazed by the crowd there. I bought 3 books :
  1. એબ્રાહમ એબ્રાહમ લિંકન - મણીભાઈ ભ. દેસાઈ
  2. હૈયું, કટારી અને હાથ (એક નિવૃત પોલીસ અધિકારીની કારકિર્દી-ગાથા -- જુવાનસિંહ જાડેજા). સંકલન : અરુણા જાડેજા
  3. An Autobiography or The Story of My Experiments with Truth - M. K. Gandhi

May 2, 2013

Check Where You Stand In The Global Rich List ?

Everyone wants to be rich. Money is a cruel thing - it's not everything, yet it is an obvious necessity. As the American business man Mark Cuban says -

Being rich is a good thing. Not just in the obvious sense of benefiting you and your family, but in the broader sense. Profits are not a zero sum game. The more you make, the more of a financial impact you can have."
We have many lists like Top 100 richest people of the world or the top 10 riches people of your country. We all know Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Lakshmi Mittal and the Ambanis that top these lists year by year.

However, have you ever wondered where you stand in the world's rich list ? Well just head over to GlobalRichList and check where you stand in the list.

The site has been beautifully designed and compares your wealth with the rest of the world. You can check your rank based on following two parameters :

  • Your current salary/income
  • Your other wealth assets
Go to their home page and provide your yearly income and country of residence. If you have other wealth assets, you need to click on the Wealth tab and provide your details.



Finally click on Show My Results and you'll obtain your ranking.

And the result is :


 It'll also show that how much money you make in an hour.

It'll also show some other stats like :

  • Your income comparison with that of a Ghana Labourer.
  • Your monthly income could pay the monthly salaries of 70 doctors in Azerbaijan.
Also if you think you are earning enough money, you can donate some of it right on the same page. 


May 1, 2013

Gujarat Foundation Day

It's 1st May, the day two new states were formed in India - Gujarat and Maharashtra. This year's Gujarat Foundation Day's celebrations are to be held in Navsari.

Jay Jay Garvi Gujarat.

What Propels The Creation Of Excellent Music, Literature Or Art Work?

At the peak of sorrow, a man either dies or goes mad or becomes an artist. The best tunes of music, poems or ghazals composed in different languages and the world's best artifacts were created only when the pain in the heart of men blows him, demolishes his dreams and then the dried tears of his eyes flow in the form of music, poem or art work. - Yashpal Jadeja