Arvind Kejriwal has already won !

It has become a regular practice to debate about BJP vs AAP in Delhi and most of the times, emotional arguments are passed during this conversation. And instead of constructive arguments mostly criticism becomes the primary tool to prove why BJP or AAP is right party to make government in Delhi. It's very unfortunate that well educated people talk like cynics. 

For me Arvind Kejriwal is already a winner. The biggest signal is the act of bringing Kiran Bedi as CM candidate by BJP. Do you think that BJP would have taken this step without AAP in political scenario. I think never. Most of the times such people were never considered capable of joining politics. Here I am not saying if she is right CM candidate or not. I have high regards for her achievements in life and good to see that there is such candidate from BJP. There are many such examples wherein political parties are now careful for all their decisions of selecting candidates, deciding agendas etc. How many times, have you heard of 'corruption' related agendas during election, when AAP was not there. 

The strange part of political scenario is that parties are at least thinking about constructive agendas and putting appropriate efforts to convey right things to the public. But supporters of these political parties are mostly into criticism and illogical discussions, which is not helping anyone. 

I hope that gradually things will happen for better with every step by parties like AAP, their leaders and supporters. 

Arvind Kejriwal is already a winner for me, even I don't have a right to cast vote in Delhi !!!

(photo credits - http://sikhsiyasat.net/2014/06/16/former-delhi-cm-arvind-kejriwal-meets-delhi-governor-over-e-rikshaw-ban/)

How to Allow Floating Documents/Files/Windows in Full Edit Mode of Adobe Photoshop Elements

(An old post migrated from other blog) I knew that 10th version of Adobe Photoshop Elements allows us to float different photograph-windows in workspace, but it took a while for me to figure it out. First I tried to drag a document/window from tiled view, by assuming that drag will allow me to float a particular photo-window. But drag was not allowed. Then I went through options in View and Windows menu, but again failed to locate any option. During this I noticed some disabled options under View Menu. 

It never came to my mind that floating of files/documents is controlled through Preferences. Here are the steps to make your windows float in Adobe Photoshop Elements workspace.

- Go to Editor Preferences through edit Menu or CTRL+K
- In General Tab, check the option - 'Allow Floating Documents in Full Edit Mode'

I knew that 10th version of Adobe Photoshop Elements allows us to float different photograph-windows in workspace, but it took a while for me to figure it out. First I tried to drag a document/window from tiled view, by assuming that drag will allow me to float a particular photo-window. But drag was not allowed. Then I went through options in View and Windows menu, but again failed to locate any option. During this I noticed some disabled options under View Menu.It never came to my mind that floating of files/documents is controlled through Preferences. Here are the steps to make your windows float in Adobe Photoshop Elements workspace- Go to Editor Preferences through edit Menu or CTRL+- In General Tab, check the option - 'Allow Floating Documents in Full Edit ModeYou are done and now photo-windows can be floated within Adobe Photoshop Elements workspace.

You are done and now photo-windows can be floated within Adobe Photoshop Elements workspace.

The Great Indian Chai Experience - Mithai at Sultan's Battery in Wayanad

Nothing makes you crave chai more than a glimpse of a software company. So when we were in Pune, our friends Sumit and Indu took us to see their office campus. Both of them work in Infosys, Phase II, Pune.Unfortunately we were unable to reach the campus during the visiting hours, so we had to content ourselves with only a distant view from outside. We parked our car in the outside parking area and saw the huge hotel-like structure inside the campus where infosys employees, their family members, and infosys guests can stay in. We also saw the twin egg-shaped glass buildings buildings that are the identifying features of the campus even from a distance. The campus is incredibly huge and houses thousands of employees. However, this being a Saturday, there was hardly anyone around.All this office talk was making us crave the quintessential chai. And it being a software company, there was bound to be a local chai shop around. And sure enough we found a tapri near the Gate No. 1. Apparently, there used to be many more such tapris earlier. Now there is only one on this side of the campus. We had been driving in the hills through the day and all of us were very tired. The thought of a hot cup of chai was so inviting that even Sumit who normally does not drink tea ordered a cup for himself. The chai was kept in a steel container, so it appeared that the chaiwallah had made the chai elsewhere and brought it to the tapri. Besides us, there were three more people on the tapri, who had also ordered chai. We had our cups of chai in our hands within seconds of placing our order. And we eagerly took the first sips. And here is the review:Colour: pale golden-orangeTemperature: hotConsistency: NormalSugar content: Slightly higher than normalStrenth: Slightly towards milky, tea leaves could have been boiledfor a little moreAdditional flavour: high on ginger, with a dash of elaichiOverall rating: 3/5

It was Christmas, January 25 2014. And we were on our way from Delhi to Wayanad. We had had two chai/coffee experiences since the morning. You can read about them here and here. And now we were headed to our homestay in Meenangadi, Wayanad. We were travelling in a local bus, which we had been able to catch with the help of a gentelman, Rajesh, we had met on the plane, who happened to be headed in the same direction as us. So when we got down at Sultan's Battery in Wayanad, from where we were supposed to catch an autorickshaw or a taxi to Meenangadi, he called an autowallah who was known to him to take us to our homestay. We had 10-15 minutes before the autowallah would arrive so he took us to a shop called Mithai at 5-minutes walking distance from the bus stand.

Virupaksha Temple in Hampi, Karnataka (South India)

Hampi is one of the most popular tourist places in India now and it's popularity is increasing with every day. It's one of the most popular weekend destination for folks living in Bengaluru. It's around 350 kilometers from Bangalore and also situated in Karnataka state in southern India. Virupaksha Temple is one of the parts of the group of Monuments at Hampi. Hampi is also a designated UNESCO  World Heritage Site . Virupaksha is a form of Shiva  and has other temples dedicated to him, notably at the Group of Monuments at Pattadakal.Hampi is around the banks of Tungabhadra River in the ruins of the ancient city of Vijayanagar , which is capital of the Vijayanagara empire.There is lot for travellers and architecture lovers to explore around this temple. Most of the folks take a walk around the river while exploring this part of Hampi.This beautiful temple is fully intact amongst the surrounding ruins. People still come to the temple for worship. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. There is also a powerful Virupakshini amma temple (mother goddess) in a village called Nalagamapalle, Chittoor district, Andhra Pradesh,  which is located approximately 100 km from Tirupati.In Karnataka, Virupaksha Temple is the main center of pilgrimage at Hampi and has been considered the most sacred sanctuary over the centuries.Check out more about Virupaksha Temple at

Hampi is one of the most popular tourist places in India now and it's popularity is increasing with every day. It's one of the most popular weekend destination for folks living in Bengaluru. It's around 350 kilometers from Bangalore and also situated in Karnataka state in southern India. Virupaksha Temple is one of the parts of the group of Monuments at Hampi. Hampi is also a designated UNESCO  World Heritage Site . Virupaksha is a form of Shiva  and has other temples dedicated to him, notably at the Group of Monuments at Pattadakal. 

Playing with the winged and clawed friends @ Thottada Beach, Kannur || Kerala Diaries

During our Kerala trip, we planned to se Theyyam festival in Kannur and stayed around Thottada beach. This is a beautiful beach in Kannur district of Kerala, south India. This Photo Journey shares some photographs of Thottada beach and our experiences of this place.Thottada Beach is located 2.5 km from the NH 17 which connects Kannur  town and Thalassery. It's approximately 1 kilometer long beach, which is not very crowded. Lot of friegners can be seen around the beach, either playing or sun bathing. There are quite a few beach houses around Thotadda.The Thottada river (a small one) flows into one end of the beach. There is also a dam/bund built across the river 3 decades ago to keep the fresh water from salt water. Away from the sea the river spreads to form swamps which makes a great habitat for various birds and fishes. More about the beach can also be checked at We also stayed around the beach and hence spent most of the time around it. Early in the morning, all the fishermen boats start from the beach but you need to reach there in dark to witness the real action. I don't have any photograph from the morning when all the fishermen start their journey towards the sea. Evenings are most happening on the beach when most of the tourists enjoy playing with waves. We also had fun watching crabs coming out from the sand-holes and picked by birds. I have a very shaky video wherein birds are continuously targeting sand-holes after the waves go off from the beach. And they target the small crabs, as they come out. These small crabs walks extremely fast but still birds win most of the time. Probably they understand the pattern well. Kids from fishermen village can be seen playing football on Thoattada beach and many times, their game gathers lot of audience and suddenly it starts looking like a stadium.Sunsets at Thottada beach were not very interesting :). I think goa sunsets spoiled it for us. We had very high expectations and probably it was not the right time as well. I am sure that monsoons would offer much better sunset views at Thottada beach. Whenever we walked around the beach, we always kept an eye on these birds. Flocks of these birds kept flying around the waves. They remain closer to the wave and immediately attach small crabs who had just landed on the beach. During our two days at Thottada beach, we noticed lot of kids using fancy equipments to build different structures. Since I was not carrying camera everytime to the beach, so I missed clicking those beautiful creations of kids.Most of the folks in the evening wait for sunset and as sun goes down, suddenly whole beach looks empty. Thottada beach was clearly visible from our room as well. Sounds of the sea in the evening were awesome and we spent most of our time in balcony only. But we had to switch off the lights of the balcony to avoid insects who keep wandering around the light sources. You may also want to check - Banasur Sagar Dam, Wayanad - A perfect place for a long walk in the morning || Kerala Diaries Curuva(Kuruva) Island - A potential paradise for nature lovers A Daunting Trek to Edakkal Caves in Wayanad || Kerala Diaries Treasure Trove in Wayanad - our temporary home amid coffee plantation || Kerala Diaries Drive back to Bengaluru from Kannur through scenic Coorg || Kerala Diaries In the presence of Theyyams in Kannur || Kerala Diaries Flying through the western ghats towards Kannur || Kerala Diaries

During our Kerala trip, we planned to se Theyyam festival in Kannur and stayed around Thottada beach. This is a beautiful beach in Kannur district of Kerala, south India. This Photo Journey shares some photographs of Thottada beach and our experiences of this place. 

Blue Mermaid in Kannur - Niether a Homestay nor a Resort || Kerala Diaries


After spending 5 days in different parts of Wayanad region of North Kerala, we headed towards Kannur for Theyyam festival and plan was to stay on a beach homestay called 'Blue Mermaid'. After an interesting joureny of 3.5 hrs from Threkkapatta, we reached Blue Mermaid and checked our room. It was quite hot as compared to Wayanad. 

Celebrating a proud day in India's history - Very Happy Republic Day !

I have grown up watching the Republic Day Parade on the television with my family. With every synchronized step of our soldiers, a few drops of patriotic blood were released into my veins and my heart thumped with pride. And during the final flypast by our fighter jets, my spirits would soar high along with these guardians of Indian skies.And even today I look forward to the day with anticipation I hope I am able to pass on this same patriotism to everyone I come in contact with.Happy Republic Day my fellow Indians !!!


I have grown up watching the Republic Day Parade on the television with my family. With every synchronized step of our soldiers, a few drops of patriotic blood were released into my veins and my heart thumped with pride. And during the final flypast by our fighter jets, my spirits would soar high along with these guardians of Indian skies. 

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