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Month: June 2016

All is well…

Ah, by the grace of God, blessings of our Guruji, wishes from all our family members and friends, thankfully all is well now! On 25th June, 2016, week-end has begun as usual, we had a nice breakfast, started watching a movie (but soon our daughter wanted us to entertain her with something else), prepared food for lunch… and then suddenly dear Hema complained that she has bleeding and we called our gynecologist who advised us to rush to Manipal Hospital. Luckily, we found a driver and reached hospital within 45 minutes; by then Dr. Gayathri has alerted her staff and…

5 years of togetherness

Hema and I completes 5 years of togetherness today. It has been so far a memorable of course with a few difference of opinions which is quite common between two people who come from different backgrounds. To be fair, Hema have put in great efforts to understand our family and adopted right way living. It was in 2010 where Hema and I got connected through Shaadi – a matrimonial portal (Thanks to Shwetha, who created Hema’s profile) and both families met through my uncle Shri. Marthanda Sharma. Around the same time, Yahoo! (then my work place), have received NCPEDP –…

Government helplines are proactive

Earlier when there is some problem with utilities like electricity or water and someone calls up the available helpline or department phone number, the response was either rude or a word like “we will look into”; but now things are changed. Helplines are more proactive. Some of my recent experiences in Bangalore. A month ago, we have received excessive billing for electricity and I have reported by dialing 1912 (BESCOM Helpline) and they have registered a complaint; I have received an instant message on my mobile number with complaint number. Further, they have followed up with me and concerned accounts…

June 21, International Yoga Day

Yoga is a physical, mental and spirtual practice attribute mostly to India. Shri. Narendra Modi in his United Nations address suggested 21st June be observed as International Yoga Day. Reason for 21st June is that it’s a longest day of the year and shares special significance in many parts of the world. “Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. This tradition is 5000 years old. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover…

Word Press Plugin Recommendation: TOC+ lets you create Table of contents

I believe having Table of Contents for lengthy posts and pages would be really helpful. Some authoring tools such as Wiki and Twiki automatically create Table of Contents based on page headings and a few plugins can make this happen on Word Press too. One such plugin that is easy to use for WordPress is Table of Contents Plus (external link). All a user needs to do is install this plugin and activate. Based on the heading structure, plugin automatically creates Table of Contents. User has flexibility to place Table of contents either before or after the page content. In…

eWallet saved my ignorance

eWallets are indeed a great revelation. They not only help us go green but also help us indeed during our ignorance. Today, I forgot my wallet at home and only realized when I got into the cab to work. Thanks to eWallet, able to using Ola Money. Here are a few eWallets I use: Ola Money – user can load money even after booking has made. But cannot load money and pay if user opt for a share ride. In a genuine situation, user may load money and call the customer care to request for deduction from Ola money Uber:…

“College to Corporate” – a workshop in Chennai by The Indian Association for the Blind

I wish this sort of workshops are conducted in the mainstream as well. Today, we see many students with a great score in college and excellent knowledge in theory but often we find lack of communication, right attitude in candidates. That’s a partial reason why some students find it difficult to find a job. Spotted below email in Access India mailing list which describes that The Indian Association for the Blind is organizing a two day workshop titled “College to Corporate” with objective to prepare recent college grads to get ready for corporate environment. I urge eligible folks to take…

Information: How to change ATM PIN of State Bank of India online?

Recently got to learn how we can generate new PIN for ATM of State Bank of India. That is a big relief; as it does not require us to visit branch or call customer service and then wait for a few days to receive new PIN. Unlike many other banks, this option is not shown prominently in navigation but process is very secure and simple. Here is how one can generate ATM PIN online. Login to Online banking portal of SBI with valid credentials Click on e-Services Select ATM Card Services from the left navigation Select PIN generation You will…

Ola vs Uber

For about a few months, I have been using Ola Cabs and Uber in Bangalore for commute to work and return home. Thought I would do a quick comparison of both. Ola Uber App is fairly accessible using talk back on Android and not easy to use with VoiceOver on iPhone App is accessible using VoiceOver on iPhone. Note: I haven’t tried on Android Cabs are rarely clean Cabs are clean almost every time Ola share prices are a bit high; I have never seen below 61 INR for a 4 kilometer ride UberPool prices are seem to be less.…

What would makes sense in public places – ramps, stairs, escalators, elevators?

I have been reading some thoughts about making public places in India accessible and I do have some thoughts about the same. Discussions are around entering one floor to another or changing platforms in Railway stations. The facilities can be introduced based on size of premise. We cannot practically have all of the options viz. ramps, escalators, elevators and stairs at all places. For a small size shopping complex or for an apartment, it’s not a good idea to have an escalator so stairs and an elevator should be good enough. For premises like huge shopping complexes, it would be…