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This Delicious Life by Lekshmi Gopinathan

Hi. This is my first book review on my blog. I bought this book from Amazon on Kindle. Book link – This Delicious life . After 10 days of purchasing, I have completed the book today.

I was waiting to read this kind of book from so many days, finally, I got it into my hands.

So, What I have learnt from this book? To tell this, Let me re-phrase two lines from the book –

“Did you know food could heal your soul, Gerry?’

“Not until I ate my fingers off as Radhamma cooked.” Gerry responded.

In simple words, I learnt importance of cooking, and love is most important ingredient in every dish.  This was beautifully conveyed by author to readers through Radhamma character, my favorite character.

Radhamma, sarpanch of a village, beautiful, yet brave-hearted young women. other Characters were Venkat, Vishal, Metilda, Gerry. Each character has it’s own importance. All of this book chapater named with a separate dish name. The author explained so neatly and in detailed way that, I could smell and felt hungry for each chapter.

Life is not just cooking. It has emotions too. All emotions are perfectly mixed with the story.  Sadness, happiness, hard-working, selflessness. Each character is unique.

When we are depressed, we need someone to support and understand our feelings. We need a teacher at different phases of life. It is a journey. The reader of the book will go through this journey in a perfect way.

Last chapters made me cry as well as happy. Read it and find it out why?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I got a new tutorial for this CSS Grid (click here) by Wes Bos, which is totally free consisting of 25 videos [ total 4 hours video length].

 

 

Trip to Bidar

The trip was totally unplanned. It’s been few months continuously with work. So, I decided to go for a trip with my friends Rohith and Harsha. I called up Rohith on 10th Jan and told him my intention. He immediately said, lets go on 13th-14th Jan, for a short trip.

I called Harsha, he also accepted for the same dates. We decided to go for Kurnool. I inquired about places to see in Kurnool with other friend. Next day, Rohith changed plan to Warangal.  I immediately accepted the proposal. We finalized places to visit in Warangal for 2 days trip [ Saturday-Sunday ].

I started from Bengaluru on Friday night from Majestic in KSRTC Bus. I reached Hyderabad MGBS bus stand at 7am in Saturday. By 8.00am, Harsha and Rohith arrived. Then, we searched a hotel for breakfast. We found small stall inside MGBS bus stop itself, completed breakfast with Idly-Puri-Bonda. Finally, with “TEA”.  But, we couldn’t find Warangal bus, so Rohith said, let’s take lottery of 3-4 places. We picked up “Bidar” finally. Bus is ready at Platform… Karnataka SARIGE.. Our’s favourite bus.

Our bus started at 9am. We had lot of fun in bus itself, chatting with two crazy friends. As we met after long time, we talked about various topics, our work, companies etc.

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Meanwhile, we opened “Google” and started planning what we can do in Bidar.  Bus stopped for a break, took only one plate of Fried rice. We three shared the same plate. Bus resumed soon. We reached Bidar at 1.30PM. We started searching about hotel, found a hotel nearby (around 1km).  Rohith only talked about facilities and finalized the deal with Hotel guy. We quickly fresh up, and then went to have lunch. We ordered Veg noodles, as all others were not there at this time. (around 4pm). We started to “Shri Jharni Narsimha Mandir ” or Sri Narasimha Swamy Cave temple.

We took a auto from our hotel. It is just 5kms from our hotel.  we quickly went and changed the dress. Took tickets and deposited our bags, camera. Temple itself is in middle of forest or isolated area. There was less crowd, as this is not any season. We have to pass through 300meters of water  (depth about 4 to 5 ft) inside the cave. We took darshan, took prasadam, took few photos and started to Papnash Shiva temple, which is 2 kms from our hotel. Reached there by 7pm, took darshan and returned by walk.

 

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Papnash Temple –

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Completed dinner and went to deep sleep.

Day – 2:-

We started the day with Tea and biscuits. Soon, we started to Bidar fort. We reached fort by 10pm.  Fort is build in large space. The constructions were huge. We discussed about history and were posing questions like, how those kings were living here? from where do they get water? What were their dressing style, food habits. We came to know that fort is 700-1000 years old. We saw big missiles, doors, well, etc.

 

 

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After 2 hours of exploration, we started to Gurudwara. We spend some peaceful time there and had “Brunch” at “Punjabi” hotel there with lot of Alu and Ghobi parathas and few bowls of Curd.

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Then, we started to hotel, check-ed out. UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_bbc.jpg

Ended our trip with this Lemon tea.

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Took bus at Bidar bus stop, and boarded bus to MGBS bus stand at 3pm bidding bye to Bidar. Thank you Bidar for lot of sweet memories.

Thanks Rohith and Harsha for making this trip sweet and memorable.

Two days trip to Coorg

I travelled to Coorg with my friend, Rohith. We both were planning for a trip from long time, probably from 1 year. Finally, we decided we will go to Coorg.

 

We booked a KSRTC Non-A/C sleeper from Bengaluru to Madikeri in 30th December 2016. The cost was approximately around Rs.500 to Rs.600 range. Some sites mention as Mercara Madikeri. You can try at Redbus/Abhibus or other travel sites. I was little confused in threse names Mercara /Madikeri/Coorg/Kodagu/etc. Mercara is English name for Madikeri. Madiker is a administrative town in Kodagu district. Coorg is another name for Kodagu. You can read entire history from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kodagu_district.

 

Our bus boarding point was KSRTC Satellite bus stand. We both booked a cab reached boarding point 1 hour before and completed dinner there. Rohith is so fond of Tea. So, we had two cups of tea for each one of us.

 

Our bus approximately started at 10.00PM. Ours is upper berth. I couldn’t sleep because bus started swinging, not stable. It was there throughout journey. Rohith slept nicely without any trouble. Anyways, at around 4.30AM, our bus reached Madikeri bus stop. We got down from bus. It was so cool weather there. We had our sweatshirts on our bodies, even then it was so cool. We went inside bus depot and sat there. Rohith immediately went to Tea shop and ordered tea for both of us. I was shocked as I never had tea at that early morning 4.30AM, that too without brushing.  We couldn’t go to hotel although we booked because our booking is there from 12PM in the afternoon. So, we had to fresh-up and do daily things inside bus depot only. Rohith as usually took a tea and I also followed him.

Luckily, there were few people inside the depot at that time. We roamed and asked few people about the places and buses. We came to know that, buses will start at 6AM in the morning.  We decided we will complete our daily things till that time. We took rest  for sometime.

 

In our plan, we both decided that, first day, we need to trek, and second day, plan for sightseeing places.

We decided that we will go to  Tadiandamol peaks (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tadiandamol). This place was decided by my friend Rohith as it is 1748m ( highest peak in Coorg).

 

And yes, to our places, there is no KSRTC bus. Only private buses are there, So, we went to a stop, where all private buses are standing. Upon asking, we came to know that, there is only bus which will go to our destination, and it will come at 7AM. So, we waited in that cold weather. There is no clear light even at 7AM. It’s still cold weather.

 

Finally, our bus came. We boarded and our ticket price is Rs. 40 per head. We enjoyed the bus ride because of the ghat road. It has full of turns and steep. And driver was very good. It was of 2 hours journey with 1 breakfast break. Driver stopped at one small hotel. We had Poori there. Its was average food there. Bit oily. We packed some rice item from hotel. I forgot the name of that dish. fWe bought water bottle, few chocolate bars from a shop there. Our bus journey resumed.

After a total of 2 hours of journey, we reached our bus stop.  We got down from bus and walking towards the hills.

 

Beginning of Trek – 31st Dec  2016

 

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In the beginning, it was normal concrete road. We slowly started walking and taking photos with my camera.  The trek was awesome with beautiful trees, scenarios, etc. The big mistake we did was we were carrying all of our luggage to the trek. The trek totally consists of 7KM + 7KM. We started around at 9AM.  Rohith and me slowly started walking in the path. We enjoyed a lot. After 3KMs, we reached a halt, where police was standing to check. He took some Refundable advance. We need to submit if any plastic bottles are there with us. Then, we resume our journey after having some fruits, butter milk there. The trail started to become bit difficult. After sometime, I got tired and took rest many times. Even Rohith. Between, for relaxation, we had chocolates, fruits and took few photos with Tripod. We continued. In-between, few forest trees came. Small water path. Wow, awesome hills there. It was awesome experience. I can say, First of its kind in my life.  OK, We reached 90% of trek. But, last 10% was hardest I can say. We need to climb the hill which is straight steep, and it was slippery. With Rohith’s help, I climbed finally. We both reached peak of the hills. We were like, we achieved something. Woww. We relaxed sometime there and took some photos. We ate that rice item which we packed and started return journey. We reached approximate at 2PM there. Yes, we took more time to reach. Return journey was good except that 10% which was slippery. We took more than 30mins there while returning. We both got tired now.  After this, Rohith fell few times, I think he lost energy. No injuries though. We were in hurry as we knew that there is only one bus from Hill to Madikeri (where we booked our hotel) at 6PM. It’s already 4PM. We reached the Police halt, took our advance and stopped at some shop where Tea got served. We took some Coffee. Luckily, Auto facility is there from this tea shop. So, we took auto to the bus stop. After some time waiting inside bus stop, our same morning bus with same Driver and conductor came, we got into bus. We also slept inside the bus. But again, bus journey is awesome for two hours.  We reached Madikeri at 8.30. We don’t know where is our hotel. So, with the help of Google maps, we got our hotel and reached. We did freshen up and came outside for Dinner immediately. We went to small hotel there, we ordered Noodles, Some Fried Rice etc. We completed Dinner and roamed a bit, did some shopping there. I bought Coorg made chocolates, Rohith also took chocolates and other items. Finally, we went to hotel and slept nicely to end the year 2016 in a grand manner.

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We woke up and want to start our new year 2017 in good way. So, we started our journey again without late. We completed breakfast and were on roads at 9AM. We did take Kushalnagar KSRTC bus, and got down at Nisargadama. It was approximately 40mins journey. Nisargadama is small park where small water falls were there and Deer park is there. We did take few photos and spent some time in waters, and feeding to deers. After spending 1 hour, we started to Namroling Monastery.

We took auto from there and reached the Monastery. It was a good place with Lord Budha with other two persons statues were erected inside it. We spent some time there around 30mins and returned to Kushalnagar. We did lunch there. We went to bus stop and got into bus towards Madikeri. Then, we took auto towards Abbey falls. we spend some time there and reached Omkareshwar temple. After darshan of Lord Shiva, we went to Raja seat by walk. It is viewpoint for viewing sunset. It is a perfect place. We enjoyed there and relaxed a bit.  Finally, after sometime, we checkout our hotel and ordered noodles again at our favorite hotel and got into Bengaluru bus with lot of sweet memories.

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Download videos from youtube and various sites

Hi All,

 

Today i am going to share a tool which I liked most and easy to use. I was searching for a tool which can download videos easily from me. After thorough search, i found various utlities which are free or paid, but have some restrictions. Finally, I am satisfied with

“Youtube dl”, a command line utility where you can download videos from various sites, even playlist can downloaded easily.

Steps to use ( Windows )

  1. Download “youtube-dl” from https://rg3.github.io/youtube-dl/
  2. Place the executable in some folder.
  3. Go to that folder from Command Prompt
  4. Then type this command – “youtube-dl [PATH]”

Here, [PATH] may be url for single video or playlist.

Enjoy downloading.!!

JS Channel session @The Capitol

Hi friends, yesterday was a very good day for me. I attended my first JS Channel session in Bangalore.

The session was divided into four talks.

First one was delivered by Autodesk people,  @arvindthangli and  @blrbalajiram.

The topic was Viewer API. With this, you can interact with the 3D models in the Web seamlessly without installing any plugin(Flash/Silverlight). So, you can use three.js for this. But, they created their own Wrapper for simplifying the work for developers. They have their own conversion algorithms ( in their server) for converting various file formats( they claim more than 50) to some “Neutral” file format which can be rendered very easily in web browser.

For more details, please visit this link  – https://developer.autodesk.com/.

http://adndevblog.typepad.com/autocad/balaji-ramamoorthy.html

Second talk was delivered by Ritvvij, Founder of Pykih on Pykquery.

This talk was entirely based on Data Visualization. The graphs and data interactivity was amazing. You can learn more about this on their official site. https://pykih.com/

Third talk was delivered by Charanjit Singh on Funcational Reactive programming. you can presentation from here.

Fourth talk was delivered by Altanai Bisht on Web RTC and AR on Web.

Some of the random links I have collected :

http://helloracer.com/webgl/

http://karenlabs.com/#works

http://lights.helloenjoy.com/

Error 0x80070570 The file or directory is corrupter and unreadable

The above error I faced when I copying my files to F:\ local hard disk drive. (Windows 8.1)

The problem is the due to some errors in file system.

I solved it by simple command prompt command.

Run the command prompt with Administrator privileges. Execute following command chkdsk .

“chkdsk /f F:”

Then I tried copying to my F: Drive. it works like magic.

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