A meaningful pre-Holi evening

Hardly had time to write something…or rather didn’t get anything to press. As told by my ex-fairsex colleague, I usually press geeky things..ohh..thats true. But today is Holi ..of course..its Holi, a day, a holiday, and a holy day as well, so there is something i want to share . This day is kinda special for me..special in a way that it changed my perspective I had some 6 years  in a university hostel. But ..I do miss my BHU/JNU friends who made it joyful and colorful. Last Friday, we (me with my Nalanda friends) played a dry and herbal holi on/after office time. It was so much fun out there and i was going back home after greeting everyone a Happy holi. That’s where the real story began…

Since, it was a pre-Holi day, people from Delhi-NCR were commuting to their homes/native places. So, a general NCR employee can figure out the rush in evening at festival times  in metro stations, DTC buses and all sorts of commutes possible by Sheila Dixit’s grace, we have here. Anyway..I boarded the metro at MG Road station somehow, passing the one and half kilometres long queue. Since my whole body was drenched with colors, i ended up looking  like a clown; needless to say, few people in metro were surprised and kept staring at me , and two kids got scared as well, and stuck with their moms. “Just one more day chap!! Let Holi come, and you won’t even recognize your parents.”  i smiled at them and moved to a corner.

It took me around 20 mins to reach my destination by metro;  got down at Chhatarpur metro station to board a public transport bus which could take me upto Mehrauli. Waiting at the bus stop, 10 minutes passed…20 minutes passed..nothing came…but still had a hope that a bus would come otherwise hiring an auto in delhi is a tough idea. Finally, I found a DTC bus, I let others to board first, since my destination was hardly 10 minutes by bus. The bus was over-crowded, but I was not taking any chance to wait for another. I somehow bought a ticket, and began to move to the front gate. While I was about to get down,  I saw an old lady sitting at the front seat. I figured out that something had happened to her judging by her desparate face  and she was being consoled by other folks in the bus. The bus heading towards my destination, Ladosarai terminal, stopped at the red light. Then, I heard someone instructing that lady to get down here, take some bus or walk a kilometre. Not interested in the conversation, I waited for the lights to turn green, when i knew that she had to go to some hospital in mehrauli where her family was taking care of someone closed to her when she lost her way and unfortunately reached gurgaon. I could see no cellphone with her.  Time passed, the lights turned green and bus stopped at my bus stop in the very next minute. I got down, beside me that lady was getting down with a heavy bag with her, probably that might have contained some meal or clothings etc. for the victim in hospital. The bus passed, leaving her at the stop, but she didn’t know the destination and noone except me got down from that crowdy vehicle. I saw a kind of despair on her face, but i was in a hurry . i fidgetted with my cellphone and started to go when i noticed her in desparate help..i asked her, “kaun sa hospital jana hai aapko mehrauli me?(Which hospital in Mehrauli you want to go??)” knowing that might she not be answering my question. She very hopefully answered, “TB hospital beta!…mera something something….hospital…something something…gurgaon…something something…bahut der….something something…”. Her voice was not clear to me..but i understood what was she trying to say.. because there is only one Tb hospital in mehrauli, and then i recalled those voices..when people were instructing her to move there.  I recalled the venue and realized that it’s not far but it’s a bit hard for her to find. I said, ” aap mere saath chaliye..main aapko hospital tak chhod deta hoo, yahi paas me hi hai”(“you can come with me to the hospital, its nearby”). I was not sure whether She would come with me, because of the reason, the place Delhi is known for and thought if she sould say no..or made any excuses, i would  not bother myself for her anymore. But humanity is something that make you do these deeds even if they are worthless for you but matter to others. well..i am kinda inhuman..thats the other thing.. :), why should i mess my mind helping her to the hospital or rather i could have gone home as I had to take a bath soon. She told, ” haan beta…something something…hame nahi pata…something something…ladosari…mehrauli..something something”. I listened only that word “haan(yes)” and told her,”aaiye mere saath”(“Come with me”). I took her with me to the hospital. Since, I take long steps , i found her far behind me.So  I stopped for sometime until she reached me, and i asked,”hospital me koi hai?”(“Someone there in hospital..huh?”) damnn me…is it a question?? of course yes..or she is not going to enjoy holi over there. Rather..i should have asked who was there in hospital, any serious case etc. But being an unknown, perhaps that question was also a good one from my side.  She told ,panting,’haan beta…meri beti hai..something something…gharwale..something something…uske liye ye saaman le jana tha…nayi hoo..raste ka pata nahi beta…something something…ballabhgarh..”. I then figured out that her daughter was admitted there and that old lady had come from ballabhgarh.. near delhi..who boarded the bus which connects badarpur to gurgaon via mehrauli, so unfortunately she didn’t get down at Mehrauli and reached gurgaon, and came back from there. Anyway, walking some 200 meters distance, we reached hospital gate, and i saw her family members waiting for her at the gate itself. i said..”okay aunty..main chalta hoo”(“okay aunty…i am leaving now”). I saw a little sparkle of happiness in her eyes..i didn’t know whether it was for her family memebrs or for me..but it soothed me a lot. She said, “haan beta..something something”. She blessed me as she raised her hands before me and then i retraced my path back home. Even though i was not able to be of  much help to her, it made me feel good.

So, you see the manner my pre holi day was celebrated. Thank God, You make humans, but from where does this inhumanity comes, well..thats the question!



7 reasons why i dont watch…

Disclaimer: The content of the post is author’s sole thought. Please mind scrolling down if you are a television addict.

If you see 6 years from my past, hardly i watched television for half an hour continuously. Being a computer science student, my UbuntuBox itself worked for me whenever i felt an urge for entertainment. As of now, when i have left my hostel room and residing with my bhaiya..the idiot box once again came into picture. Having been tired of 9 hours job, when you come to home, you are not going to strain your fingers on keyboard once again to catch up some fun. Needless to say, many sites are banned in companies, so there is nothing left for you other than your prime activity (“People call it work…ohh i do say”).

Moving ahead..i used to be a good TV maniac when i was a school guy or even before that period. Reason, VJs of MTV or Channel V! They used to teach me…what they taught, you may guess and let me know.  Still finding their lost shows on Youtube becomes my good time pass (who has got time to pass???..huh!) Well..when i usually, non intentionally, surf my tv with a pinch of salt hope that something will entertain me but unfortunately…

MTV/channel V/Vh1: are not aired by the Damnn Cablewalah.

Bhakti channels :Am i that aged to watch’em?

News Channels: Ohh..stupid me! Why dont i also start my news channel. Cover something silly with the camera and air them on regular intervals, such an easy job, isn’t it?

Sports channels: God! FIFA is over and Roger comes very rare so i have to wait for long to tune them

Hindi movie channels: Buddy…is there anything more sucking than a repeated hindi movie on the box?

English movie channels: Oh yes! can i watch them? but that needs concentration.

Comedy channels: it would be kidding if i write anything here.

Saas Bahu Channels: Thanks Ms/Mrs (I dont know what) Kekta Kapoor, for making one’s life a chewing gum and everything an action replay. You have washed not only women’s but also guys’ minds too with your daily soaps. Hats off to you!

Science Channels: Do they entertain really, when you are tired?

Oh! Did i forget to mention any other channel?

So..you might be thinking what the heck this guy is? Wait buddy…

There is something which is very very in vogue and that is Reality shows on television. Earlier, i heard the names only, now i am able to watch them and that why this post is being added. No doubt..people love it more than their personal lives (Correct me!). One such show i came to know about 6 years ago, “INDIAN IDOL” (There are many such shows, but let me restrict myself on this only). I am watching it for last three weeks or so and am trying to point out some things i noticed:

one: Even if you are a singer, don’t put your hands in joining such shows, because you may see your career as what the the first indian idol has right now and others are having (well…anyone knows who are other idols or better say idles, lol :)) So, probably you’ll not love to be an anchor rather than a singer.

two: If you are a good singer (you think, or your friends say), i would suggest to make it a hobby, not a profession. (of course Luck doesn’t favours all).

three: Judges involved in the show, they know what a fellow can do, but they have given job to speak fake reality. They are meant to fight among one another otherwise who the hell is going to watch. You can smell this rat, when everything is going peachy, suddenly you listen a different sound and the camera halts on one of the faces.

four: If you are a star and you have to promote something, please help yourself and contact Indian idol group, they will provide you the right platform.

five: Contestants, if they dont get a job of a singer, they at least get some popularity for a little timespan and needless to mention: some attractive suit or jewellary sets.

six: The channel gets popularity not by showing their talent but by showing the backstage footage.

seven: You spend one fourth of your showtime in watching their talents, and other time in watching silly quotes, votes prayer, judges’ idea and ugly ads.

So..do you think..it really worked for me?

Rather it caused me to write this post..rofl 😛

Command line mp3 player in Linux

This post is after about a month long hibernation from my blog.
I made my mind up to listen songs as i usually do (it contributes to my hobby). In fact, i was suffering with a headburst headache, so i thought songs might be the stress buster and good entertainer too. What striked my mind was why couldn’t i play the tracks on command line rather playing’em in traditional RhythmBox or Amarok etc. The way i thought, the way i found…some googling let me find such a tool named mpg123, which is nothing but a command line player cum MPEG streamer.
Installation on Ubuntu/Debian: sudo apt-get install mpg123
Installation on RedHat/Fedora/Cent OS: For this, we have to first enable the rpmforge repo and try
yum install mpg123
and you are done.

Go to the shell; Move into your songs folder; and type in mpg123 * as below:
neeraj@nee-pc:/media/LEISURE/fun/songs$ mpg123 *
Just press Ctrl+C , if you want to switch onto the next song in the folder.
Have a glimpse of the mpg123 on my UbuntuBox:


Play files on the shell itself

Type man mpg123 and you will see what else can you do with this versatile thing.
Thanks GNU.

Movie of the week : Konchem Ishtam Konchem Kashtam

Konchem Ishtam Konchem Kashtam is a typical family entertainer which has been carved in the lines of Siddharth’s previous movie “Bommarillu”, but has a different concept of storyline.  I am not a kind of Kuchh Kuchh Hota hai like movie’s watcher but this movie has something worth watching. The feel of the movie is same as Bommarillu (the first ever South Indian Movie in Telugu, i watched), but the story, screenplay and the direction look different in an innovative way. This whole movie revolves around Siddharth and his love Tamannah and the kind of circumstances they face from their elders, after falling in love. After Vishal-Shekhar, it’s Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy composing for a Telugu movie. They don’t unleash their full potential here, but it’s still an enjoyable album. The song egire egire reminds me youth oriented songs in chartbusters such as RDB and Yuva.

A still is here:

egire egire from KIKK

egire egire from KIKK

A total of 7.5 is there from my side for this movie out of 10 which makes it My movie of the week!!

Turned my Ubuntu’s desktop as Fedora’s!

I always had a willing to turn my desktop as fedora’s desktop. In my UbuntuBox, the desktop doesn’t show the computer’s icon, the Home folder or the trash. But now, all are there in one go. Have a look:

All icons

All icons

What say?? All you have to do is to install Ubuntu Tweak. Launch it from Applications-> System Tools-> Ubuntu Tweak.

Tweak your Ubuntu

Tweak your Ubuntu

Go under the tab Desktop->Icons and do whatever you want. That’s it! It has so many other features, explore as much as you can! Cool na! 🙂

my e-mail is enough for converting files

Whenever i am not on my PC, most of the time i get windows to work upon, (if Linux is not there). In such a scene if i have a need to convert .doc or .ppt like files into pdf , i just attach the file in one mail and send it across to the following id:


Shortly, i receive an e-mail containing the pdf version of the file i sent. So, isn’t my e-mail enough? Go for it!



movie of the week: Labor Pains

OMG…another frekiest movie of one of my favourite Lindsay.! I watchde this movie with my friends…and now they are fans of her. Ok..let me a bit specific about the movie plot (i have taken from IMDB): Here it is:

Thea Clayhill (Lindsay Lohan) is about to lose her position as secretary to a very cranky publisher (Chris Parnell) — so she lies about being pregnant to save her job, as she saw on an episode of Law and Order that you cannot fire a pregnant woman as a stand agaisnt discrimination. The plan works, and she gets to keep her job. With the help from a friend (Cheryl Hines) — and a pillow — Thea fakes the pregnancy while she figures out what to do next. But in the meantime, her boss gets called out of town and his cute brother Nick (Luke Kirby) takes over. Nick launches a new parenting division at the publishing company, and he wants Thea to be the editor. Suddenly she gets a raise and a promotion.
labor Pains
Nick and Thea soon begin to become romantically involved. And pretty soon she begins to like her new life a lot to the extent that she begins to believe she is pregnant. However, her little sister soon grows frutstrated with the lie and destroyed her pregnancy pillow, and in haste, Thea grabs a balloon, which pops, and her cover is blown. But how long can Thea keep up this ruse? And what will happen when everyone learns the truth?

That’s the thing i loved about the movie…The ending part is lovely. Emma’s role is pretty good! Alltogether a perfect movie..!

About the movie: Wild Child

People may figure out my flavour of movies … i watch by this post about the newly WILD CHILD. In fact, i love to watch movies which are youth oriented …not like sci-fis or fake actions moies of Jackie chan or blah blah! My rating for this movie is 7.8 out of 10. What say you??

Nicholas Moore directs this tweeny bopper fish-out-of-water comedy starring Emma Roberts. Poppy (Roberts) is a spoiled Malibu brat, and the film opens with her wreaking havoc on her stepmother’s moving-in day. Her father (seriously, i don’t know who is he!)decides he’s had it with her wild ways and promptly packs her off to an English boarding school. Poppy arrives at Abbey Mount with blond extensions, a designer wardrobe, and plenty of attitude, and she is furious when she is forced to follow the school’s strict code of conduct. She is determined to find some way back to sunny Malibu. She soon befriends her roommates, a loyal, fun-loving troop of girls, who agree to help her come up with a way to get kicked out of school.

pappy, Abbey mount

poppy moore aka Emma Roberts

They devise a scheme for Poppy to get caught fooling around with the headmistress’ son, Freddie , but things soon go awry when Poppy’s rival Harrier tries to step in and foil her plan. Poppy is forced to make some big changes, and decide what it is she truly wants. Emma Roberts is perhaps best known as the niece of Julia, and her wide smile is indeed reminiscent of her superstar aunt’s, as is her feisty charm and likeability. This film is loud, silly fun, and it manages to send forth some very positive messages without sucking all the joy out of being a teen. It does touch on sex and underage drinking, so it might not be for the lower tween set. But for the older crew–this one is sure to be a sleepover favorite.

The girl Emma Roberts appers like a bug-fixer for me! This was the first movie i watched after midnight from 04:10 am to 06:30am.

The best thing i liked ig her is watching her doing an “Ew”while hanging on with her friends! Movie’s recommended as an awsum…still remembering that pretty rainy night when i saw it!