Costa Rica trip 24th Dec – 02 Jan 2011

Last year for our annual vacation we decided to go to Costa Rica, yay! It turned out to be an awesome trip and boy. The feeling of going to foreign land without knowing a word of the language was really unique and we thoroughly enjoyed our experience. This was a 10 day trip and as usual with all my vacations, it did not feel long enough. We reached San José (CR) on 25th Dec 2010 by the early morning flight. Loaded with all the information that I could find in all the tourist guides, thought I was well ready for the hinterland of the tourist world. But, as soon as we landed, we were swindled by a cab driver and he charged us $10 more than the fare. And I immediately felt comfortable, kinda felt at home. The character of Costa Rica is very similar to India. Foreign tourists get swindled, roads are bad and the country doesn’t have freakin’ postal addresses! They survive by mentioning distance from landmarks.

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Arjun Singh on Devil’s advocate

I came across this video recently. I see it is a fairly old video. But the fact that jokers like Arjun Singh become Union Ministers and are able to push their way around without the slightest knowledge of their actions, dampens my optimism regarding India’s future. I am in support of reservations if it really helps the society but this video will force you to believe otherwise. For once, I ended up admiring Karan Thapar’s idiosyncratic mindset. This video should have been a technocrat’s campaign video in the current Lok Sabha elections. I do not claim the credits for the video or its excerpts which have solely been borrowed from Original source:

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Criminals do not die by the hands of the law; they die by the hands of other men – G.B.Shaw

” All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others.” – George Orwell

Today India faces it’s worst crisis, which will affect millions, like me. Today the common man in India gets to exercise his right to vote, a right to choose the way he wants to live. Throughout the last five years he is the one who has suffered; in Mumbai, in Hyderabad and countless other towns and cities. Yet he continues to be a mute spectator, even in R.K Laxman’s cartoon strips. When time beckons him to speak, he obliges, but does he really speak? The nation hears the banal verdict and the events take place as usual. But what can he do? Sometimes he manages to get rid of his tormentor, but instead he replaces him with a new one. And why do I feel as if he doesn’t care anymore?   Continue reading “Criminals do not die by the hands of the law; they die by the hands of other men – G.B.Shaw”

Biking trip in San Francisco

Today Gargi and I went for a day trip to San Francisco. Our friend Prasanna was supposed to join us, but then he could not make it and hence we started our trip at 6:30 AM. We first went to the shoreline lakes for doing some birding and bird photography. This session was largely unproductive, but for some really good shots of Eared Grebes adorning their breeding plumage in winter. I also managed to get a good shot of an adult Mourning Dove. Then we decided to move on to San Francisco. As this was an impromptu visit, there was absolutely no planning. But the weather gods were kind to us and it turned out to be unusually clear and sunny day in the City.  We went startight to the Pier 39 parking and parked our car. Continue reading “Biking trip in San Francisco”