December 15, 2010
December 04, 2010
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Parked the car outside and trudged in. No sight of any white monster prowling. However, at a distance we did find some loco with shades of white. From afar it looked like a white loco, however the light was insufficient and the loco was far. So, we took a decision of trying to head to LKPL to see if it takes out 2721 or a special to Jodhpur scheduled for later. Or would it be a trial special?
Back to the car and off to LKPL a little more than two kilometres away. It was 2215hrs and there was a motley crowd of college students seemingly back from a movie. Seeing three grown up people getting worked up about an impending train was making them curious. "Was it some really different train? Was some VIP travelling? If yes, what or who? If no, why were these three idiots getting so worked up?"
Ultimately at around 2235hrs, we heard the melodious tones in the distance. Eyes peering out into the distance. Ears intently listening. Ultimately, it was a bit of a disappointment to see the red WAP4 of Lallaguda scream away with the 2721. Even the amazing accelaration by the top notch LP could not console us! We were disappointed that the identity of the white monster remained unknown.
We had a last hope on the Jodhpur Special. However, as with all specials, it was unknown whether the IST would be followed. Anyways we decided to hang on. The departure from HYB was at 2300hrs. At around 2315hrs, we heard a distinctly different long tone. It was surely not the WAP4. Bated breath. Palpitating hearts. Peering eyes.
As the twin beam headlights neared, it became rather apparent that it was a roof mounted headlamp cluster and not a waist mounted. The loco did have white on it. But it was only a band. Sandwiched between red and blue.
The mysterious White Monster that should have been turned out to be a New Katni Jn 'Tigerface' WAG-7 # 27119 !! Disappointed at the outcome, but satisfied at the fun we had, we trudged back from LKPL!
September 25, 2010
Teacher: "What Is A Condom?"
Aamir Khan Muskurane Lag Jata Hain
Teacher: "Aap Itna Muskura Kyu Rahe Ho?"
Aamir: "Sir!, Wo Kya Hai, Bachpan Se Iccha Thi Ki Main Sex Education College Mein Padhu! Aaj Yaha Padh Raha Hu, Bahut Maza Aa Raha Hai"
Teacher: "Zyada Maza Lene Ki Zarurat Nahi Hai, Condom Ki Definition Bolo?"
Aamir: "Sir! Condom Is Anything Which Reduces Population"
Teacher: "Will U Plz Elaborate?"
Aamir: "Har Wo Cheez Jo Population Control Kare!"
"Baccha Paida Nahi Karna Hai, Condom Hai Na"
"Masti! Chahiye Raat Se Lekar Subah Tak, Condom Hai Sir"
"Actualy Sir! Hum Condom Se Ghire Hue Hai"
"8th Class Ke Ladke Se Lekar Mujh Tak, Sab Condom Ka Use Kar Rahe Hai"
"1 Second Mein In, 1 Second Mein Out, In-Out, In-Out"
Teacher: "Arre… Defination Kya Hai?"
Aamir: "Wo Hi To Bata Raha Hu Sir"
Teacher: "Exam Mein Ye Sab Likhoge?"
"Ye Condom Hai! Masti! Raat Se Lekar Subah Tak! Idiot"
Chattur: "Sir!, Condom Are Between Any Combination Of Body So Connected, That Their Relative Positions May Be Seen In Kamasutra.."
Teacher: "Wah! Kya Baat Hai."
September 23, 2010
September 21, 2010
September 14, 2010
September 03, 2010
- A hidden pane which can be pulled out to be 4x6 inches in size for better viewing.
- All features of a fast computer including receivers for Wi-fi 1Gbps high speed internet, real-time voice-guided video GPS and navigation showing realtime videos of any spot on earth.
- Enabled to connect 24x7 to the internet at high speeds for cloud computing eliminating the need for internal disk space. Connects to a centralised server which stores all data plus biometric personal information of the owner like Credit card, Bank details, PAN, UID, etc
- Can be remote charged through a Bluetooth-enabled wireless plugin-in adapter which would fit into any electric socket.
- Has two projectable sources, one of which (on side 1) can project a short range keyboard onto a flat surface, while the other (on side 3) high power projector acts as an LCD projector which can project on any wall, turning the device into a television, home-theatre, etc
- Built-in Internet protocol television viewer cum recorder which can not only play but also record any program in the background on any channel at any time for viewing at a later date!
- Hi-fi sound blasting speakers & microphone in-built (side 2)
- The fourth side has a microwave projector which can emit microwave radiation of varying intensities and when dangled from a wall/roof mounted position onto any cooking utensil, can provide enough microwave energy to act like a regular convection microwave oven.
- The microwave radiation would also act similar to radio waves, thereby acting as a short to medium range (2-5km) radio station of its own. Can be used as a communication device like a walkie talkie.
- The upper surface of course would be a full touch screen with the hidden pane of course!
- The lower surface would be a one-point sensor for the human body and would contain a special plate which could detect all parameters of the body like Complete Blood picture, Blood Sugar, Blood pressure, Serum electrolytes, Blood gas analysis, Lipid profile, and work like an ECG monitor cum Pulse oximeter just by wearing it on the wrist.
- The microwave radiation can also be used as a machine to stimulate a new type of technology which would replace conventional Computerised Tomography (CT Scan) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). This will be a real time 4D video image and can be transmitted to the doctor's device within seconds along with other relevant medical vital statistics.
- The microwave radiation would also be able to transmit screen image onto a paper or a transparency thus becoming a printer in its own right.
- When it has soooo much, it also has a biometric fool proof individualised security system and goes into shut down mode as soon as it goes into unwanted hands. A second level of security blocks all personal details when in the hands of known family members allowing them use of selected features.
- Ok, I just forgot.. it works as a video GSM/IP phone too, with that literally invisible DSLR high-res cam hidden behind the screen, which can also double up as a conventional cum barcode type specialised scanner !
August 23, 2010
A woman was shopping at her local supermarket where she selected:
- 2 litres of low fat milk
- A carton of eggs
- 2 litres of orange juice
- A head of lettuce
- Half a dozen tomatoes
- A 500g jar of coffee
- A 250g pack of bacon
As she was unloading her items on the conveyor belt to check out, A drunk standing behind her watched as she placed the items in front of the cashier. While the cashier was ringing up her purchases, the drunk calmly stated, "You must be single."
The woman was a bit startled by this proclamation, but she was intrigued by the derelict's intuition, since she was indeed single.
She looked at her six items on the belt and saw nothing particularly unusual about her selections that could have tipped off the Drunk to
her marital status.
Curiosity getting the better of her, she said, "Well, you know what, you're absolutely correct. But how on earth did you know that?"
The drunk replied, "Cos' you're ugly."
July 24, 2010
July 12, 2010
July 09, 2010
Exercise of the brain is as important as exercise of the muscles. As we grow
older, it's important that we keep mentally alert. The saying: "If you don't
use it, you will lose it" also applies to the brain, so......... Below is a
very private way to gage your loss or non-loss of intelligence. So take the
following test presented here and determine if you are losing it. OK, relax,
clear your mind and....... begin.
1. What do you put in a toaster?
> > The answer is bread. If you said "toast", then give up now and go do
something else. Try not to hurt yourself. If you said, "bread", go to
2. Say "silk" five times. Now spell "silk". What do cows drink?
> > Answer: Cows drink water. If you said "milk", please do not attempt the
next question. Your brain is obviously overstressed and may even overheat.
It may be that you need to content yourself with reading something more
appropriate such as "Children's World". If you said, "water" then proceed to
3. If a red house is made from red bricks and a blue house is made from blue
bricks and a pink house is made from pink bricks and a black house is made
from black bricks, what is a greenhouse made from?
> > Answer: Greenhouses are made from glass. If you said "green bricks",
what the heck are you still doing here reading these questions?????
Dang..... If you said "glass", then go on to question four.
4. Twenty years ago, a plane is flying at 20,000 feet over Germany. If you
will recall, Germany at the time was politically divided into West Germany
and East Germany. Anyway, during the flight, TWO of the engines fail. The
pilot, realizing that the last remaining engine is also failing, decides on
a crash landing procedure. Unfortunately the engine fails before he has time
and the plane crashes smack in the middle of "no man's land" between East
Germany and West Germany. Where would you bury the survivors - East Germany
or West Germany or in "no man's land"?
> > Answer: You don't, of course, bury survivors. If you said ANYTHING
else, you are a real dunce and you must NEVER try to rescue anyone from a
plane crash. Your efforts would not be appreciated. ...... If you said,
"Don't bury the survivors" then proceed to the next question.
5. If the hour hand on a clock moves 1/60th of a degree every minute then
how many degrees will the hour hand move in one hour?
> > Answer: One degree. If you said "360 degrees" or anything other than
"one degree", you are to be congratulated on getting this far, but you are
obviously out of your league. Turn your pencil in and exit the room.
Everyone else proceed to the final question.
6. Without using a calculator - You are driving a bus from London to Milford
Haven in Wales. In London, 17 people get on the bus. In Reading, six people
get off the bus and nine people get on. In Swindon, two people get off and
four get on. In Cardiff, 11 people get off and 16 people get on. In Swansea,
three people get off and five people get on. In Carmathen, six people get
off and three get on. You then arrive at Milford Haven. What was the name of
the bus driver?
> > Answer: Oh, for heaven sake! It was YOU ! Read the first line again!
So, how many did you get right??? BE HONEST!!!
July 01, 2010
And yep, Today July 1 heralds the introduction of the new railway time table. So, as always, here's the disclaimer. A lot of trains have minor adjustments made to their timings. So if you are travelling anytime soon, confirm the train schedule HERE before hand!
May 31, 2010
100 days prior to the event.
Prediction source: Dad
Prediction: The 2010 Commonwealth Games scheduled in Delhi to be postponed.
Yes, you read it right. This is Dad's bhavishyavani. According to him, since the Games organising committee is way behind schedule in the construction of the stadia, inftastructure and the general development of Delhi as a city - with just 100 days to go for the event - and the works would not be completed given that the monsoon's just around the corner, the Government of India would postpone the event.
And the reason. According to Dad, there would be a bomb blast(s) in the capital or atleast a fake security threat which would be given as the reason for pushing back the event.
I do not know how far-fetched this seems, but I'm waiting to see if the bhavishyavani comes true!
May 29, 2010
The past few months were not the most interesting, yet some of the nicest. The last 6-odd months have also been the longest I've lived without posting on the blog. I do read blogs everyday though :). Just to give you a peek as to what was on in the Chai Biskut world over these last six months.
November brought in a trip to Chennai and Bangalore. It was Vinodh's wedding reception in Chennai and the trip was made by me and my cousin Manish and we blessed Chennai with probably its best downpours in years. We took the 2604 'Sambhar Express' from Secunderabad to Chennai, could do nothing more than have breakfast and lunch at Saravana Bhavan till the late afternoon. Then Sridhar Joshi helped us get a guided tour of the RRI cabin at MAS. Amazing! Then the reception dinner.
The next morning we had planned to 'do' the LHB shatabdi from MAS to SBC which we thoroughly enjoyed. Met a professor of mine in the train! Spent some time in and around SBC area, then proceeded to YPR from where we were scheduled to take one of my favorite trains, the 7604 YPR-KCG express. Had fun in all the train rides. I wont bore you with further details.
The new year has been pretty good too. No major railfanning trips but then did a lot of air-fanning though. Both real and the virtual. The real included multiple visits to the RGIA at HYD, trips to Delhi, checking out DEL's newest and longest runway, flying over the Qutub Minar and in the virtual world tried my hand at running the Chai Biskut Airlines' on FB's Airline Manager game! Did a pretty decent job anyways..
The Delhi trip was made in mid Feb for the wedding of D's cousin; and even though it was fun, I had to miss the annual IRFCA Convention (at NRM) which took place just a week ahead of the wedding in Delhi itself. You can't keep away from work for more than a few days, can you?
On the personal front, Vidip's getting brattier and brattier by the day! He's now started to speak entire sentences and can co-relate stuff and he does it normally, meaning that Dad's kantri buddhhi hasn't been passed on to the next gen!
Work's getting busier and nice over the last few months and probably the last two summer months were the best of the lot. The only trouble was driving in the sweltering heat.
March-April also brought me in touch with long lost school friends after more than 15 years! Almost 10 of us met up one fine sunday evening and had a fantastic time. Found quite a few of them on FB and that was the icing on the cake.
The past month also featured the first 'official' bloggers meet that I've been to. The interesting thing was that I knew no one there and have now come in touch with quite a few. As for this blog, I've tried to host it on my personal webspace, installed wordpress and imported the blog. But then it did not really work out. So back to blogger, and have only linked my domain here. I'm still developing my main website and hope to have it up by mid-June.
The blog-title comes from the fact that I've dumped Windows from my desktop and am using Linux! Open office ain't too bad, GIMP is a touch tricky, MyPhoneExplorer does not work (even with Wine), and browsing's as easy as it could be on Windows, thanks to Chrome! Loving every bit of the experience!
I'm also heading to Mumbai for a conference next week and will be there from the 3rd to the 5th evening. Will head to Pune overnight and then taking the PUNE-SC Shatabdi on the 6th! Really looking forward to the amazing run. Praying to see some good crossings including some scissors on the run!
And thus, after a 6-month lull, Chai Biskut is back.. have fun!