August 31, 2013

Kar Lo Beta, Jo Crime Karna He Kar Lo. Tum To Naabaalik Ho

Kudos to the Indian Judiciary System and the laws, that the minor who was involved in the gang rape of a physiotherapy student which took place on 16th December 2012 in Delhi is sentenced to three years in a juvenile corrective home.

The juvenile was charged of multiple crimes which included murder, rape, kidnapping and destruction of evidence. And yet, he gets only 3 years.

Three years of punishment is too less for such a heinous crime. The punishment given is nothing as compared to what he has done. He should be hanged till death.

The laws of Juvenile Justice Board, which gave the sentence today, should be changed for such acts.

Today's verdict is like giving a platform for the minors to commit more crime. The law enforces us to have a driving license only after 18 but the same law is lenient in such cases where the minor not only raped the girl, but also inserted iron rod inside the victim's body and tore her uterus.

The verdict is such a joke. It's like saying, "kar lo beta, jo crime karna he kar lo, tum to naabaalik ho, bohot kam sazaa hogi aur jail me bhi nahi jaana padegaa."

Why can't the laws be changed for such crimes?

August 26, 2013

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

I love to read diaries. Especially those written by small kids because those cute little diaries portray the innocence of small children. For example, I've read a few pages of the Diary of Young Girl (Anne Frank). And recently, while there was a sale going on Amazon, I purchased "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" by Jeff Kinney.

The Wimpy Kid series is quite popular amongst the kids with 9 other releases and a movie based on it.



The other Wimpy kid series include [Click the below links to buy them from Amazon India] :
Jeffrey "Jeff Kinney" is an American game designer, cartoonist, producer, actor and author of the Wimpy Kid Series of books.

In the Wimpy Kid series, Jeff writes about the daily struggles of a boy named Greg Heffley in middle school.

I haven't read the whole book, but read a few initial pages and was impressed by its satirical narration.

For example, Greg makes it clear to the readers that its not a diary, its a JOURNAL. I'd like to quote him : 

First of all, let me get something straight: this is a JOURNAL, not a diary. I know what it says on the cover, but when Mom went out to buy this thing I SPECIFICALLY told her to get one that didn't say "diary" on it.
So just don't expect me to be all "Dear Diary" this and "Dear Diary" that.
Later, on the next page, he writes his childish thought on being rich. He writes:
The only reason I agreed to do this at all is because I figure later on when I'm rich and famous, I'll have better things to do than answer people's stupid questions all day long. So this book is gonna come in handy.
Image Source : Funbrain.com

Next he starts writing about his middle school and how he is stuck there with a bunch of morons.

Image Source : Funbrain.com


I liked the way in which the diary (oh sorry, JOURNAL) has been written accompanied with funny cartoons.

Recommended for all the kids above 7. Also a good read for elders.

Flipkart Links :

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Buy Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules from Flipkart.com
Buy Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth from Flipkart.com
Buy Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel from Flipkart.com
Buy Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Buy The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary: How Greg Heffley Went Hollywood from Flipkart.com
Buy Diary of a Wimpy Kid : Hard Luck from Flipkart.com

August 24, 2013

How To Locate Your Android Phone ?


With the release of Android Device Manger, Google has gone a step further with the Android Platform. Now you can easily locate your Android Phone or Android Tablet using this feature.

August 21, 2013

Writing as a Personal Productivity Tool

Ever since I have completed my college, writing with pen and paper has been almost negligible - except a few times when I write in my diary or during meetings at my work place.

I love writing with pen and paper. Although, during my school days I hated it, as the teachers used to give a hell lot of homework.

I personally feel that writing with pen and paper helps you to concentrate more and you can easily create your pattern of thoughts. The sequence of thoughts can easily be established.

Also during meetings, you can always note down important points rather than making a mental list which you tend to forget. Moreover, notes taken with pen and paper are easily available for your reference during further meetings.

I have also noticed that taking notes during the meeting or some lecture keeps you less distracted. Note taking is also a great productivity tool.

With the advent of technology, we have various tools for note taking (like Evernote), electronic pens and writing pads or even recording the whole meeting conversations. But nothing works like a pen and a paper.

August 18, 2013

Priyajan - Vinesh Antani

Have you ever fallen in love ? Have you ever been surrounded by grief due to love ? Have you ever felt that even after receiving everything thing in life, even after living a comfortable and satisfied life, at some moment, you feel that you're all alone and gloomy amongst all the happiness and loved ones? Do know gujarati language ? Then you should read Priyajan by Vinesh Antani.

A novel that describes how heart is being grieved by love, how the life's first love remains engraved in our heart and what it takes to forget it and move on in life. A novel about love, about missing someone, about happiness and sadness, about various emotions and confusions, about relations and most importantly, about that something that pinches you deep inside after even after having lived life to the fullest and takes you to some another phase of your life that you've lived.

There's no returning back to that phase of life, everything has changed and you have reached to a point where there's no turning back. All you can do is to reminisce your past days.

For more, read it on my Gujarati Blog.

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August 15, 2013

Patriotism is not a 'one day affair'

It's India's Independence Day. 66 years ago, on 15th August 1947, India was freed from the Britishers rule.

Many Indians shared their patriotic feelings via status updates on Facebook and by tweeting on Twitter.

It seemed that as the citizens of India, it was everyone's moral duty to share their patriotism on the social networks.

However, this feeling will die the next day. Everyone would be busy with their daily chores and again after a year, their patriotism would wake up and would be displayed on social networks.

Patriotism comes from within, from heart. It has nothing to do with your status updates or tweets or the Indian Flag as your DP (Display Pic).

Patriotism is not a one day affair. It should be like unconditional love, like the love of a mother for her child. Love for your country and your countrymen.

Look at the armed forces. They are the real patriotic people. They are the ones who keep the patriotic fire continuously burning within them. And we are the ones who rent our it for a day every year by showing it on social networks or at the most visiting a flag hoisting ceremony near by our house.

Mera Bhaarat Mahaan. Jai Hind.

August 14, 2013

Protect Your Domain Name From Expiring

Recently Yatra.com forgot to renew its domain name and it turned out to be embarrassing as well as loss in terms of business for Yatra. The loss is speculated to around 20 crores.

A domain name is important for a business. It brings you business. It is your identity on the Internet. And if you forget to renew your domain, it can cause disaster for your business especially if it is an E-Commerce site.



Here are a few tips to protect your domain name from expiring :
  • Check your domain names' expiration date : Keep track of all your domains expiration dates. Set reminders for your domains and renew them well in advance without waiting for the grace period.
  • Check the reminders : Before a domain is about to expire, the domain providers make it a point to send you multiple reminders in advance. Take them seriously and renew at the earliest. Also once in a week, make it a point to check your SPAM mail, in case the reminders go into them. Add your registrar's domain name in the spam filter's approved senders list.
  • Grace period : Most of the domain providers put your domain in grace period if in case you forget to renew on time. This grace period may range from 2 weeks to 1 month. Take the advantage of this and get your domain renewed.
  • Get your domain locked by the registrar : Domain providers do provide the facility to lock you domain so that it cannot be transfered or deleted by anyone else. This helps against unauthorized transfers.
  • Prefer Private Registration of Domain : If you want to secure your personal information from being exposed, go for private registration of your domain. As it is mandated by ICANN (Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers), each time you register a domain, your private information like your phone number, name, address, etc is made public. One can make this information private by Private Registration.
  • Auto Renewal : Best way to protect your domain from registration is to allow your registrar to auto renew your domain by debiting from your Credit/Debit Card.
  • Book for multiple years : Booking your domain name for multiple years is good rather than renewing it every year. It can also turn out to be cheaper from future increase in renewal fees.

August 9, 2013

Dewang Mehta IT Awards 2013

2 days back I attended the ceremonious Dewang Mehta IT Awards 2013 at the Gujarat Convention Centre, Ahmedabad. The awards are given to the students of Gujarat's Engineering Colleges for their innovation in carrying out their final year projects and to the toppers of all the colleges affiliated to GTU (Gujarat Technological University), Ahmedabad.

The awards are given by the Dewang Mehta Memorial Trust in association with Gujarat Informatics Limited (GIL), National Association of Software Services and Companies (NASSCOM) and Gujarat Technological University.

The award for the final year projects consists of 1 lac each to the team. In all 3 teams are finally selected. The projects are being evaluated based on originality, innovation, sustainability, implementation of the project as well as its scalability and most importantly the its social impact. Due importance is also given to presentation and communication skills.

The students have to face a jury panel who evaluate their projects and the projects are shortlisted. And out of the shortlisted candidates, only 3 teams get the award of 1 lac each.

This year I found many projects that were innovative as well as had a social impact. Like the one that catered to the ambulance services of Gujarat. The project team build an app that could cater the need of digitization of all the medical records that the ambulance attendant fills up during an emergency. The doctors at the government hospitals then read the details and provide a treatment accordingly. In some cases, the wards for emergency cases are not empty so the treatment gets delayed. The app developed by the student sends the information about the critical patient to the hospitals so that the availability of the doctors as well as the emergency wards can be known beforehand.

The thing I'd like to appreciate is that such types of awards generates excitement and competition amongst the students of IT/CE/CSE in Gujarat. And what's more, we can get good applications that can be used by the people in their day to day life rather than building softwares/applications just for the sake of it.

Another thing that I liked that the awards function was not just like another boring function where people sit idle and wait for it to finish. The function had enough knowledgeable speakers who could motivate the youth. This years' key note speaker was Mr. Ashok Soota of Happiest Minds.

And last but not the least, to felicitate the toppers of all the colleges of Gujarat is a daunting task. They gave awards in such a pompous manner that even the students and their parents could feel as if they are receiving Oscars. Each award received was displayed on a large screen with photo shoots and blaring music. It makes a difference to the mindsets of the young students. And their parents will definitely feel good for it. Such ceremonious award giving function makes an impact. It's not about receiving the award, it's about the way in which they get.

I would also like to appreciate my students who were felicitated namely Viral, Vidhi, Jenish, Helly, Jainit and many more. Thanks to Vismay and Amoli for attending and cheering up their college and their friends. Once again, I take this opportunity to congratulate my students and all other students who received the awards.

August 6, 2013

Organ Donation Day - Now I am an Organ Donor.

Today it's Organ Donation Day. And I have signed up as an organ donor on the TimesOfIndia website. I always wanted to donate my eyes and donate my body [See Wishlist] for medical research. But then, somehow I came across this Organ Donation Campaign by Times of India and signed up for it.




I'll be donating my corneas (eyes), kidneys, heart, lungs, liver and pancreas. I've always encouraged organ donation. In fact, I am thankful to my parents for encouraging eye donation and due to it, my grandparents have donated their eyes. Even my parents have pledged for eye donation. And now I have also signed up as an organ donor.

Please sign up and help some one. Pledge yourself and donate your organs. It's better to donate rather than be wasted by being burnt or buried.

Updates - 1

  • Suffering from throat infection for the past two days. 
  • Running nose.
  • Weakness
  • Lots of work
  • Lots to read
  • Hope to get well soon in terms of health :-)

August 4, 2013

No SMS'es on Friendship Day. All WhatsApp'd

First of all Happy Friendship Day to All.

It's friendship day today and I didn't receive any SMS on my phone. All whatsapp'd. :-)

And I wrote a post titled : Rise and Fall of SMS on my Technology Blog - Technological Notes.

Rise and Fall of SMS

Once there was a time when most of the youngsters preferred SMSing rather than calling or in extreme cases - just giving a missed call.

Call rates are quite low, but still we prefer messaging as it's short, to the point, less disturbing and cuts the crap like "Hi, how are you?", "I am fine", "What's up?", etc.

Rains and the troubles

This year Gujarat has received good amount of rain. However, the rains bring their own troubles and happiness. Last night it rained heavily here in Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad. Most of the colleges and schools were shut except a few like ours. Some of the roads were clogged with water.


One of the major problems during rains is of stray animals standing on the road. It's quite troublesome for the vehicles to pass. And this creates life threatening accidents for the cattle as well the vehicle drivers. Just a few days ago I saw a dead cow being hit by a some vehicle. And 2 days back, a person died in Ahmedabad as he tried to save the animal being hit.

Although there are rules for the cattle owners, they are hardly followed. Strict action should be taken against the owners and also the government should take some measures to avoid such incidents.

August 2, 2013

Happy Birthday Gandhinagar

Gandhinagar completes 48 years of its establishment and will be entering in the 49th year today. On 2nd of August, 1965, the first stone of Gandhinagar was laid.

Built on the lines of Chandigarh by two Indian Town Planners, Prakash Apte and H. K. Mewada, Gandhinagar has developed and prospered in many ways after it was proposed as the capital of Gujarat.

I first visited Gandhinagar when I was studying in school and played badminton. I played my first Open Gujarat Badminton tournament here in Gandhinagar. And then, almost after 10 years, I again visited it with Jatin Sir. At that time, I really liked the beautiful, serene and greenest city of Gujarat, Gandhinagar.

And now, when I am staying in Gandhinagar since 1 year, I have always liked it. Be the well maintained roads, the quite surroundings, the gardens or the amenities that the government provides, I've no complaints till now.

Here are two rare clicks of Gandhinagar that I found on the Internet.

The First Stone (Source : Gandhinagardiaries.com)

Panorama View of Sachivalay (Source : Gandhinagar's Wikipedia Entry)

August 1, 2013

30 Day Challenges


I first came to know about the '30 day challenges' from Matt's Blog. Matt is a Googler and the guy behind Google's Webspam team. I have been following his blog for quite some time now and I came across his 30 days series of blog posts.
30 days is enough time to build a habit. However, I'd read somewhere that if you do a task for 21 days continuously, then it becomes a habit. I don't know how did they calculate exactly 21 days.

So I've decided to try the same for 30 days. The days are going to pass, whether to try something new or not. 30 days will make a month and many such months will make a year and finally one day you'll die. Then why not try something new, something good, something innovative for the next 30 days. If you like it, you can continue. If you don't, nobody will force you.

My 30 day challenge is to write at least a page everyday in my diary (and upload it to the blog, if possible). Thus, this post today, makes me complete my 1st day of my 30 day challenge.

Other 30 day challenges I would like to try :
  • Read at least 30 pages everyday.
  • Get up early at 5'o clock and try doing yoga or go for a walk.
So what are you thinking to do for the next 30 days? And here's the inspiring video of Matt Cutts on 30 day challenges.

For me, books are like drugs

Reading for me has been my favorite hobby and to nourish this hobby I have been collecting books and buying them to the extent that now there are too many books pending to be read. But still, whenever I see new books, I tend to buy them. Its like intoxication to drugs.


I compare myself with a drunkard. A drunkard will always buy more and more bottles of liquor irrespective of the fact that his makeshift bar at home is stashed with numerous bottles. The same happens to me in case of books. I find a new book worth reading and I purchase it.

So, now the time has come to temporarily stop stashing my room with new books and finish reading the stock available.