Chotta cha chann

The title would be incomprehensible as of now but read on to find out its meaning.

A few days back me and my wife were travelling from Mangalore to Mumbai. Between our journey another family boarded the train at Goa. Father, mother and two cute daughters — probably 7 and 2 years old. The younger one was the pretty active, trying to analyze just about everything around her and speaking in her incomprehensible language.

We started talking to the family, the usual stuff — what brings you here, where are you headed and so on. And then the younger one started saying “Chotta cha chann” — continuously. I turned to my wife and asked “Kya bol rahi hai yeh?” (What is she saying).

My wife then replied back, holding (supposedly mineral from Indian Railways) water bottle we had bought earlier. She pointed to a small picture of rising sun (in red color) drawn on the water bottle. The kid was referring to that sun and was saying — “Chota saa sun” (A small sun).

I was dumbstruck. And amused. Of all the things in the compartment — seats, window, suitcases, the water bottle itself — she chose to identify that tiny little sun drawn on the water bottle.

The mother then narrated us a story of a time when the elder daughter was of the age of younger one. They had accumulated a bunch of tomato ketchup sachets from their orders in McDonald’s. One day the elder daughter got hold of all the sachets and sorted them in two categories — regular and chilly. How? Based on the picture of red chilly drawn on on the sachets.

This is something that would be helpful to me after after some years!

My (unsolicited) advice to management of Adlabs Aquamagica

I recently went to Adlabs Aquamagica water park near Mumbai. If you haven’t heard about it, then a simple Google search would help you out.

As it’s a water park and I didn’t have a water proof mobile or camera I decided to leave them behind. After finishing just about every water ride there was a photographer from Aquamagica (with a water proof camera) ready to take our photos. These photos somehow manage to capture the excitement and thrill of the ride on your face, which starts to fade away after a few seconds with the onset of realization that you have to climb those 100 steps to get into the water ride again.

So, at the end of the day I decided to have a look at my photographs. They looked pretty good and as I said – captured the excitement and thrill on our faces. So I asked the guy at the counter how much I need to pay for them. He replied back with all the details, but my ears went deaf the moment I heard printed copy.

I took out my smartphone just to check the current year and confirm if any rides were so fast that it turned time back for me sending me in past when Kodak ruled the world. No it was still 2014. I checked with him again. Same reply. I asked if I can get these copies emailed or on a CD. Negative reply. I checked his camera to see if it was a digital camera. Yes it was. I was dumbfounded. This brand new theme park has RFID band to open lockers assigned to its guests and supports cashless payment using bar code on wristband[1] but it cannot email me my photographs!

So here’s my advice to management of Adlabs Aquamagica – let your guests receive a digital copy of photographs. Why? Well here are some of my reasons –

1. Guests can carry their own camera in a theme park. But for a water park guests would need a special camera which not everyone has. So there is a real opportunity here for business to sell digital copies of photographs. And I am pretty sure more people would be willing to pay for it. More than people willing to pay for hard copy.

2. In the age of Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp hard copies of photographs of are pretty much worthless. They would end up in a wall on your home visible only to you. Post them on social media and it gets an audience.

3. One side effect, and a good side effect, of posting photographs on social media is free advertisement. Rather than buying ads on Facebook costing 100s of dollars why not let guests buy digital photographs for 100s of rupees allowing them to post to Facebook and letting their friends like and comment them. And I am pretty sure Facebook won’t be the only social media where these photographs would be posted.

4. It seems very ridiculous when I can’t get digital copy of photographs especially after using cashless payment with bar code on wristband.

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[1] Cashless payment using bar code on wristband: Before you enter the park every guest’s wrist is strapped with a band with bar code on it. As taking your wallet inside a water park may not be a good idea, you can put money in the band to spend it inside the water park. Any unspent money is then refunded back to you when you leave the park.

A vicious cycle…

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And the vicious cycle starts all over again!

So where can I get best 3G network in this office?

Navin was sitting at his desk which was assigned to him half an hour ago. He had been in his new job for half a day. Getting bored he took out his brand new Samsung Galaxy S4 and started searching for 3G network. With just one bar of signal strength showing on screen he turned towards his colleague.

“Hey, I am not getting any 3G network here.”

“You won’t get any 3G network here. This place is Bermuda Triangle for mobile network.”

“Damn!” said Navin holding his phone which had now given up trying to find 3G network and had switched to GPRS.

“Psst!” his colleague continued in a much lower tone “3G network is pretty good in first toilet of the wash room.”

The year is 2030…

The year is 2030 and Navin is sitting with his teenage son and daughter about to tell them the story of — how I met your mother.

“Dad… This is not going to be long, like 8 years long?” Navin’s daughter asked.

“No. Its going to be short. Actually its really short.”

“Okay, so tell us. How did you meet mom?”

“On our wedding.” said Navin.

• • • • • THE END • • • • •

Leap of February

“Nooooooo!” shouted February. “Why am I being singled out here?”

“You are not being singled out.” said January, trying to calm February. “August wants an extra day because he is an Emperor. And you know how emperors are, their big fat egos. He wants equal number of days as his adopted father July, if not more.”

“And you should consider yourself lucky that you didn’t get the fool’s day. Just look at April.” said December.

February looked at April who was almost in tears. He felt sad for her.

“But at least I could get 30 days, just like June and November? 28 days is too less.” asked February.

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I knew IE was bad, but this is unimaginable!

After finally updating my Windows Vista with Service Pack 2 I decided it was time to upgrade my Internet Explorer from 7 to 9, though I would never be using it. There are times when I feel that I may be criticizing IE too much. So I go to my IE7, search for Internet Explorer 9 and go to its download link. And this is what I get.

Yes IE7 cannot even properly open the download site for IE9. I mean I knew IE was bad but this is unimaginable!

Image credits: The screenshot of error belongs to me. If you want to get this picture I would recommend you installing IE7 and going to download site for IE9. Good luck!