Showing posts from July, 2014

Its all over ! - FIFA 2014

The FIFA world cup was pretty much over when German Mario Goetze received the ball on his chest and kicked it inside the Argentine goal post. The world cup season of 1998, 2002 , 2006 and 2010 have been special (be it good or bad) for me , not sure what was special personally this time but I followed almost every match this time.

In India Sony SIX broadcasted this event but it started with a very disappointing manner given the fact that John Abraham was in the analyst panel in first few matches. He had done some great movies but no way qualified to be there. Actors should be called to these event only if they paid a lot to do their film promotion :).

Apart from cable TV the XBMC plugin Sports Devil played a very important role in live streaming the matches. Both ESPN and BBC 5 Live were airing the audio commentary which was a live saver when were driving during matches.

Media features

To kill the daily commute time in city traffic I listen to couple of podcasts. While Indicast is release once a month on an average, BBC World Update : Daily commute is published everyday with news summery everyday.

Last week I sent an audio captured in my village to BBC and featured it in their "World Update" program which is hosted by Dan Damon. You can listen to the episode, you can seek to 40 mins.
Here is the actual clip published by them.

Previously I sent a picture to the Indicast which got featured in the Episode 197 Check out the last 4:05 minutes.

Finally NewsLaundry featured a clip from Aaj Tak channel I sent. Check out this episode at 23:02.

Earlier Clothesline featured one more clip pointed by me and Madhu Trehan was generous enough to give me credit also :)

Bidar Trip 2014

With not many option to go for a day long drive around Hyderabad I have been planning visit Bidar for a while now. Its situated in the state of Karnataka about 115 KM from Hyderabad. I was told the road to Bidar (Major part is National Highway 9 ) is in pretty bad condition but I realized it was an overstatement. It was not to bad. Pretty much like national highways of 1990s which used to be 2 lanes without any divider and  with large amount of stretches which are not smooth (the vehicle and the tires make noise ). In fact the state highway 14 (from Zaheerabad to Bidar ) was new.

Entrance of the Fort. Remember to blow horn as per the instruction written in the board (Compulsory Horn) otherwise vehicles coming from other side may block your way.[/caption]

Bidar Fort with beautiful garden[/caption]


Had "Langar" for lunch inside the Gurdwara, it was really good to see so many dedicated people working without any expectation to feed so many people. However as…

Tadoba Trip 2014

We drove about 400 KM north of Hyderabad to reach Tadoba Andheri Tiger reserve which is famous of tiger sighting and other animals and birds. Lucky did see a tiger in one of the safaris on Gypsy.

My friend Joydeep Mitra captured some good snap of it.

Following was pretty much where where we went. The road condition is very good as of now.

English - 2020 V2 (Now for Hindi, Bengali or Telugu speakers)

During 2012 Christmas holiday English 2020, an easy to use English speaking software course was launched. The author of this product is my uncle Dr. Ranbir Sinha who is an educator, inventor and scientist. He received his Ph.D. from University of Minnesota in 1994. While he has contributed to the most successful space rocket projects  till date, he has also spend his last few years researching about how English is spoken all over the world and what is the best way to speak that is correct. He wanted to come of with a "standard" version of speaking English,  so that everyone can understand every other English speakers by correcting some obvious mistakes in the sounds. He has also involved various language experts from many English speaking countries in this project to make it perfect from all perspectives. Tough I contributed to this project voluntarily, I personally find this product incredibly useful for the following reasons.

English speakers around the world, do not unders…