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Jumbo Circus

Going to a circus has become a rare event. The last time a Circus team came to bangalore was in 2008 and prior to that in 1999. Even I haven’t been to one since I was a child. So when the chance came for us to visit it close to our home, I wanted to make sure that we didn’t miss it. My daughter was also very interested and so were her cousins on vacation visit. The tickets were priced at 100, 200 and 300. I wanted to encourage the team by buing the 300 Rs tickets but didn’t know what the difference would be. In the end went to the 100 Rs section and it was actually better considering most acts were aerial.

It was a stellar performance. They had among others, people from patna, assam, calcutta, nepal and a team from south africa too. The started right on time (7 PM) and went on for more than 2 hrs. Worth every rupee paid for it. The acts were themselves too good. Even the jokers (clowns) did an awesome job and actually made the crowd laugh aloud. But a major difference from the circus that we were used to in our childhood days (pre 1990) was the complete lack of animals (may be due to animal rights and all). Few dogs (1 act), 2 camels and 1 horse (not in any act) were the only animals. No lion or elephant acts. They are there till May 9th. Must visit in my opinion.

Spoiler alert !! – Some photos and info on few acts.

The stage
There was a live music band too
The aerial catch act
The balancing the ladder act
The south african team did 2-3 amazing acts
There was a girl who played something like basketball with her feet
The juggler who did an amazing juggling with his mouth too

What do we teach our kids 

Today morning near BTM, there was this school bus full of children. It was behind me and near the A2B stop the signal turned red. I stopped but was almost hit from behind by this bus. Not only that, the driver started honking trying to push me to skip the signal. I didn’t budge and also took the pic of the bus

 
Funny thing is that the moto written in the bus “Life’s lessons start at Treamis”

Trying out GoDaddy Hosting

Moved my site from freehostia to godaddy. The domain name changes surprisingly took just 30 mins. I backed up my site there, exported and imported into goDaddy all in under 5 minutes. The photos and some media are missing but there were missing even in the old host. I need to review the speed of goDaddy. I think it should do fine.

10 Years and on…

It was 10 years back when as part of a blogging community called ‘Tabulas’ I had started to blog. A short analysis reveals that I blog a lot in blocks mostly when on official travel outside India (I get loads of free time). They also mimic my professional life’s load.

For me a blog is a digital diary with an option of exposing certain pages – the public pages. I have more private posts in this blog than public ones. What do I do with them. There is nothing so funny as to go back and read your own posts back in the years once in a while. Of course they are ‘For my eyes only’.  I also do other crazy stuff like make a post every year on the same day to create a link of posts. Another thing that I am planning to do is create a lot of public post-dated articles which will automatically show up in future – whether I am in a position to post them or not. Kind of digital after-life… Leaving behind a legacy of wise words for the world to follow… 🙂

P.S: For those who have seen tamil movies, this should remind you of a Goundamani comedy scene

Moving to Blogger

In the turn of events my earlier blog engine ‘Tabulas’ had to be shut down. I had to find a new host and ended up with blogger. The only problem is that while Tabulas allowed me to have my private diary (private posts) as part of my blog, here I might end up with another blog just for that (not very nice). Hopefully it will be added to blogger at some point of time. I am moving all my public posts for now especially the popular ‘Expense Organizer’ and ‘Tax Planner’ tools.

I have a friend

I love this poem by Charles Hanson Towne. He wrote it decades ago but it still fits well in our time too. I use this poem sent as an email to threaten by friends to be in touch..

    Around the corner I have a friend,

    In this great city that has no end;

    Yet days go by, and weeks rush on,

    And before I know it a year is gone,

    And I never see my old friend’s face,

    For life is a swift and terrible race.

    He knows I like him just as well

    As in the days when I rang his bell

    And he rang mine. We were younger then,

    And now we are busy, tired men:

    Tired with playing a foolish game,

    Tired with trying to make a name.

    “Tomorrow,” I say, “I will call on Jim,

    Just to show I am thinking of him.”

    But tomorrow comes – and tomorrow goes,

    And the distance between us grows and grows.

    Around the corner! – yet miles away . .

    “Here’s the telegram, Sir. . .

    ‘Jim died today’.”

    And that’s what we get, and deserve in the end:

    Around the corner, a vanished friend.

San Diego beckons

No-oooooooooo!!! Not again. I am going to miss my daughter’s birthday for the second consecutive year. Well ‘kadamai azhaikuthu’. So no other choice. On the positive side I am getting another camera and planning to go to Sea World too (Last time when I was in Irvine, I gave Sea World a miss, postponing it for another time and it has been a wise decision). But all the fun only after the successful completion of the reason I am here.

Tata Nano – History is made

It has not been often that I follow a news for long with such unadulterated passion. The 1 lakh car has been one of them. I had read every conceivable article, magazine reports, rumors and predictions of the car, including the parts that will be outsourced and to whom and the innovations required to meet the cost factor.

Meanwhile there had been a lot of setbacks for Ratan and his team including the protests by farmers, mockery style statements issued from competitors questioning the mere possibility of it and almost everyone jumping in to say that 1 Lakh price target atleast is difficult to meet.

Another group which were social conscious folks started a separate activity on the effect it could cause to the traffic and pollution levels to India

Ratan and his team went on without paying any heed to all this and they achieved the impossible. Kudos to them.

And today when I saw it live, Ratan driving the car in stage I felt speechless. It is a moment of honor to every Indian and a historic event which the world will look back many times in future.

    * Now the car is indeed available at 1 Lakh dealer price (+VAT + Road Tax) still will take it not more than 1.25L. Ratan kept to his promise
    * It is less polluting than even the 2 wheelers so all the critics from that department can RIP
    * It will take 4 people in a space lesser than M800 and I don’t think it is going to clog the traffic. Isn’t it better than a couple with their kids traveling on a bike in rain.
    * It has mileage of 20+ and so is not a gas guzzler. Anyone claiming that this will lead to pollution better check that their car might not even give half to a litre of petrol
    * It has Bharat Stage III and Euro IV safety norms and it has passed all safety tests including Crash tests. As Ratan put it “It is definitely safer than a bike”. It is and it might be safer than M800 and Omni for sure
    * The car is damn cute in design
    * It has wonderful beige interiors
    * It is lesser in outer area (8% less than M800) and 21% spacious inside. Isn’t that a masterpiece in innovation

Above all, consider a middle class Indian family. Before this their dream of a car could have been only a dream. One Man has thought it was possible and he had showed it to the world. Now his dream has made million dreams become reality.

Kudos to Mr. Ratan Tata. We are proud of you.