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Some People Never Understand

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I am in love with my cell phone. Technically, it is a Samsung smart phone. Samsung Galaxy S Plus, this phone can be considered the entry level of highly priced segment of mobile phones.

Being a Galaxy, it runs on Android and gives me full access to Android Market (now called Google Play). Trust me; you can’t say that you did not find a certain application in that market. It has almost everything for everyone and on a 3G connection; it takes some 2 minutes to download an app.

One of the applications that I used regularly and comprehensively is Google Maps. I don’t think they need any kind of introduction. Living in Delhi for last 4 months and being not very knowledgeable about the roads in here, they have been a very big help for me. If you have a good GPS connection, this app could be real handy.

A new feature they have introduced is Navigation. Now, you just have to enter the start and end points and as you move, a lady’s voice will guide of various roads and landmarks you as you negotiate the turns and traffic of Delhi. She will intimate some 400 meters before when you have to turn so that you can change lanes. And if you have to change the desired route due to some blocks or dharnas (very common in Delhi), the app reroutes itself to tell you the alternate roads.

Why all this? This is not a review of Google Maps (although it is superb). It’s about the people who can make the staff at Google scratch their head when they appreciate the marvel they had created.

I belong to Uttarakhand and it is pretty much a hilly state. So as you go up towards the hills, the basic facilities keep on decreasing. In the same vein, the mobile signal strength lessens as you traverse up the serene of the hills which, thankfully, are yet to be commercialized.

So, we were up there going to a place in the hills and we did not have too much idea about the roads. On an intersection, we were stuck. I tried this Google Maps (Navigation was still not started that time) and it worked even with weak signal. We started with its help and higher up; we lost the connection and then encountered one more intersection.

Should I need you tell more? The lines I heard will force Google to hang their head in shame. What they thought was almost perfect was just termed a useless piece of code by my fellow travelers.

“Ask Google to come and guide us manually”

“They should have mobile towers of their own”

“Google should not make something this faulty. It would hamper their reputation.”

“Search in Google where we are.”

Every line was followed by a big laughter including mine. Luckily, they could not crack many as we unknowingly took the right turn. A ‘Wrong Turn’ at that time of the day in the hills with minimum of touch with the outside world could have been bad.

When we reached there, I decided against using Google Maps with these people even if I have to bear comments like “what is the use of having a phone worth this much grands with these many applications if you do not use it.” How do I make them understand that in our country, where 3G network is also launched city by city in span of some years and where we still celebrate iPhone 3 when its 5th edition has been launched worldwide, asking Google to become 100% accurate in those areas where light is also a luxury, is impossible. They don’t complain about iPhone because their Aunt in the States is getting them one this Christmas. Pity, she can’t get Google’e CEO to fix petty issues like Maps.

I don’t use these apps with them anymore. I prefer to keep it to myself and make things easy. And it has been 100% accurate 95% of the time.

Well. Some people never understand.

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The "CTRL + Z’ in Life

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I do drink sometimes, and each of the drinking sessions has been big lessons and realizations for me. Even the stupidest people are at their wisest best when they are 3 pegs down and the wisest of all do not mind/ hesitate behaving weirdly or saying something which they would have not said ever even on a gun-point, if they had their sanity with them. So, last night, I had a small, emergency kind of drinking session with Vineet. I love beer and stay away from whisky, although occasional rum. And I thought about “Ctrl + Z” moments in my life.

If you are reading this, you know Ctrl + Z. Thanks to Bill Gates; it is easy to undo your errors but only in computers. God has not made any provision of this kind in our life till date. But still I wish that we all should have some counts, like 2 or 3 occasions when we can undo/ reverse what we did and make a fresh start.

“To err is human”- this was the most common line that I used to read in the Preface of my text books in school and colleges. What it meant that as a human, we are bound to make mistakes. There is no wrong in this until you are making stupid mistakes repeatedly. But some of them, even if made just once, leave a big impact on our life. And its not just our life, it sometimes involves our near and dear ones too and ever one of us is affected. And then you realize, this could have been easily avoided. Why I even did it?

Sometimes, in ignorance or sometimes, not caring about the various consequences, we commit them. And we screw our life. I wish only if God has allowed us, in our whole lifetime, few chances to go back, erase every mark of what we did and make a fresh start; may be many miscommunications and differences that I have created with certain people would not have been there.

I seriously hope that for the coming generations, God does think about this as our next generations will be more error prone. Let’s hope they have enough sanity with them to help their life runs smoothly.

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The Value of "Values"

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When I look back at the days when I was supposed to be groomed, I believe I have had varieties of people and students to study with. Till my high school, I was in a convent, brought up in a clean environment among the fathers and sisters and where Hindi speaking was a punishment, apart from Hindi period. They really had vision in those days, 12 years ago that they wanted to inculcate this habit which is so very important today. You stand no chance if you can’t speak English. With well qualified teachers who always believed in teaching and making us understand more than what was just written in the book; that was perhaps the best school I could have got at that tender age.

Then for my +2, I moved on to Army School. Contrary to the name and the expectations, the discipline was never the priority there. In fact, it was there, with their students I learnt how to break rules, how to lie consistently with a straight face, bunk classes and play WWE trump cards at the last seat in Maths period. In short, a perfect place to get into the groove to face the world.

And then it came. I completed the most notorious graduation course in Indian education system. And the people there with me were as notorious as the course (trust me, it is not an exaggeration). You might have deduced it by now- I did engineering and totally by God’s grace, finished it in prescribed time. Now when I remember all that days which I spent with them doing nothing, I think I have had a good life. Those were the days that transformed me into a guy who can face the world, praise the goods and differentiate the bad out of them. I met almost every kind of person in those 4 years. All that happened for good.

But this is not about what I learnt in school. What was more important at that time and which has a very big influence on me till date was what I was taught in the ultimate school which every single child goes through- the parenting.

How many times have you heard from your parents- don’t lie, respect elders, learn to say sorry and thank you. For me, it used to frustrate me. Was it not the same thing I am learning in “moral Science’ classes? Then why this additional lecture? And for God sake, I know lying is bad. I know elders have to be respected. Luckily, they never stopped lecturing and I inculcated good things in me.

How boring and repeated they might look but what we learn, hear and observe at our homes, that kind of a person we become in due course. You might change a lot in your life throughout as you keep meeting new people at every phase of life but the crux remains the same. And this is the same crux that was formed when you were in 7-12 years of life. You make a mistake; take one wrong step and life changes into a big turmoil.

Just to give you an honest opinion of mine, I am not a saint. I lie a lot and have a bad habit of manipulating things. But somewhere, I think the more important values are still in me, unchanged, in the way they are expected to be. Honesty and respect for others are those. I hope with these values, I will one day be able to make people understand that those little niggling things do pay in due course in life.

I will try my best that the next generation learns the same, from me or from whosoever, they prefer; does not really matter. But this thing is badly needed in our society.

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It Starts Here

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In last one and a half year, I have gone through a lot of things. And not only in one aspect of my life, but I have seen changes in me and my world when it comes to the relationships, feelings, emotions, professional side, my hobbies, interests, passion, friends, family (that covers pretty much everything). I have countless good memories in this period but somewhere in between, there are some bad patches which I can’t remove now. Call them regrets.

And it was the bad phases that affected me a lot. I believed that if you count every single guy on this planet earth, I would be surely above the average line. Yes, I am sometimes rude and I am selfish but I valued people and I respect them. The bad times changed my way of thinking and how I look at myself and now, to very true to myself, I don’t feel those good things all the time.

As I said, I got to know myself more in last 18 months; one thing that I realized was that I am in love with writing. I have written many articles on various sites and the topics which I covered were mostly related to football and the passion of my life, Arsenal Football Club. So, this writing part and sharing some parts and experiences of my life made me start this blog.

Also, I am an introvert. It takes time for me to connect with people around me and tell them everything about my life. But when it comes to writing, it is easy for me to say things and share them as and when they happened.

I feel that with the help of this blog, I would be able to make an honest attempt of ensuring what I really want from life. Your comments on this blog will surely help. Be around and keep in touch.