do what you wanna do !!!

Today, I came across a great article here. I liked the spirit of the article – it asks you to follow what your heart says but not at the cost of your daily life commitments. This inspires a  person to do what he likes, be prepared to do what he wants to do and still tells you a way to take care of your regular life.

The points that are mentioned are normal but the spirit is amazing. 10 out of 10, Mr. David  Ferguson.

My HP Trip

First I would like to talk about a few things that I like. I like travelling, going to newer places, even revisiting places that I like e.g. I have gone to Jaipur 5-6 times to see those same things (Chowki Dhaani, Birla Mandir) again and again. Most importantly, I like to drive to these places rather than using any mode of transport. Till sometime back, I have been driving mostly in plains (with a some minor exceptions). So driving in hills was a missing point for me and secondly, due to my back pain, driving long distances remained a dream . If the question comes to your kind is how long? In the initial days, I had to take a break at-most 100 Kms and 200-250 Kms was the maximum that I could drive before getting exhausted.

In the month of May-2012, we planned a trip to Himachal Pradesh – Parents and wife wanted a spiritual trip (5 devis), I wanted to spend time with all of them especially my daughter and also wanted to visit a few good hill stations. So we planned 9 day covering Anandpur Sahib, Bhakra Dam, 5 devis, Dharamsala & Palampur. Initial 3 days, we satisfied our spiritual hunger – Jwala Devi was the one I liked most. Also, we enjoyed big #bhakra #dam on the way and on 3rd day, we reached Dharamsala. – after 600 Kms of driving, lot of it was in hills. We didn’t like it too much (it was really hot there, hotel was not good enough). We also went to Mcleodganj – liked it very much – amazing weather, awesome Dalai Lama temple, Bhagsu Falls and many more things.

After 3 days, we went to Palampur. By the time I reached there; my dreams of driving in hills was fulfilled. Palampur was a dream place – the weather, neugal (river stream), Saurabh Van Vihar, the medicated environment and HPTDC Hotel – The Tea Bud. I was so impressed with the place that I even enquired about buying some property there.

Now only, one wish was left driving long distances. We started early around 07:00 am – weather was really nice for driving & home was 525 Kms away (with more than 150 Kms in hills). First brief 5 mins stop was Una, nearly 150 KMs – at the base of the hills. Then, it was Havelli Restaurant, Karnal (around 370 Kms) for 45 mins and finally Home @ 07:00pm. I had completed 12 hrs journey – a sense of accomplishment.

Next Target is: Leh

./hemant.virmani

Lyrics of an inspirational song “रुक जाना नहीं तू कहीं हार के !!”

Movie/Album: इम्तिहां (1974)
Music By: लक्ष्मीकांत-प्यारेलाल
Lyrics By: मजरूह सुल्तानपुरी
Performed By: किशोर कुमार

रुक जाना नहीं तू कहीं हार के
काँटों पे चल के मिलेंगे साये बहार के
ओ राही, ओ राही

सूरज देख रुक गया है
तेरे आगे झुक गया है
जब कभी ऐसे कोई मस्ताना
निकले है अपनी धुन में दीवाना
शाम सुहानी बन जाते हैं दिन इंतज़ार के
ओ राही, ओ राही…

साथी न कारवां है
ये तेरा इम्तिहां है
यूँ ही चला चल दिल के सहारे
करती है मंज़िल तुझको इशारे
देख कहीं कोई रोक नहीं ले तुझको पुकार के
ओ राही, ओ राही…

नैन आँसू जो लिये हैं
ये राहों के दीये हैं
लोगों को उनका सब कुछ दे के
तू तो चला था सपने ही ले के
कोई नहीं तो तेरे अपने हैं सपने ये प्यार के
ओ राही, ओ राही…

Source: http://hindilyricspratik.blogspot.in/2011/12/ruk-jaana-nahin-kishore-kumar.html

./hemant.virmani

Do you really know Bhagat Singh?

Do you really know Bhagat Singh – the most influential revolutionaries of the Indian independence movement? Let’s see:

1. The bombs Bhagat Singh and his associates threw in the Central Assembly in Delhi were made from low grade explosives. They were lobbed away from people in the corridors of the building and were meant only to startle and not harm.

2. He coined the phrase ‘Inquilab Zindabad’ that became the slogan of the India’s armed freedom struggle.

3. When he was kid, often spoke of “Growing guns in the fields” so that he could fight the British government for freedom.

4. At the age of 12, right after the Jalianwala Bagh incident, Bhagat Singh bunked school and went straight to the place of the tragedy. He collected a bottle of mud wet with blood of Indians and worship the bottle every day.

5. He underwent 116-day hunger strike which ended on ‘October 5, 1929’

6. He was fluent in many languages

  • Could speak and write all these fluently – Hindi, English, Arabic, Punjabi
  • Could speak and write One or Two out of these – Polish, French and Swedish

7. Bhagat Singh was a brilliant actor and he appeared in various plays in his college as Rana Pratap, Samrat Chandragupta, and Bharata durdesha.

8. He was 23 years of age when he was hanged.

9. Singh was hanged an hour ahead of the official time when the death sentence was to be commuted

10. Singh said: “They may kill me, but they cannot kill my ideas. They can crush my body, but they will not be able to crush my spirit.” This was to be quoted many times over by revolutionaries after Singh’s death.

Source: Various Internet websites which I rad over a period of time such as wikipedia  and others.

Thanks,

Hemant Virmani

 

Stats say it all !!!

Here are some interesting Stats I have gathered over past few days – really interesting:

1. #DidYouKnow The mobile phone population will overtake the world’s population sometime in 2013.- tweeted by Intel

2. When Rohit Sharma made his first fifty, #Kohli was playing in U19 #WorldCup Final. On 23rd Jan 2013, Kohli has over 4000 runs & Rohit Sharma completed his 2000 ODI runs today – #Cricket

3. Cost of VVIP choppers could fund free medicines for all – The Times of India http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Cost-of-VVIP-choppers-could-fund-free-medicines-for-all/articleshow/18723504.cms

./hemant.virmani

Some good visualizations

The Billion Dollar-o-gram

Very beautiful and useful representation of Data:

http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/visualizations/the-billion-dollar-o-gram-2009/

You realize the quantum of money spent on various things only after looking at the above.
* How small are technology contributions of goodle and apple when compared to the US Defence budget
* Comparing war expenses with money spent on medical also tells us to sit back and realize what are we upto
* Compare Bill Gates with walmart revenue

Many more questions can be answered from here. Can I see this for India?

Beauty is everywhere

Everyone serves some purpose and that what this visualization shows.  Amazing view of somebody to show who is good at what. Sad to see the marking for India but nonetheless this is a great view to see. Watch out:

http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/visualizations/because-every-country-is-the-best-at-something/#

 

 CO2

Environment has a lot to do with CO2 levels. Every action, every event, every person, everything emits a certain amount of carbon. This interactive visualization examines some of those scenarios. Play around to learn some interesting and surprising information about how much carbon is released during various activities.

http://visualization.geblogs.com/visualization/co2/#/wine_average