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Phulki – A hindi music search engine

Posted by Rahul Narula on July 22, 2008

Do you have trouble finding the hindi music of your choice ? Phulki, a new hindi music search engine is there to help you in your pursuit. The interface is slick with search results page using the Yahoo YUI API’s to make use of the Ajax features. Some of the features that I like are

  • An in-built player to play the music directly from the search result
  • You can create you own personalized playlists of the searched songs (requires login)
  • Search possible on all attributes of a song including movie, year, singer, album etc
  • The home page list some of the popular searches, latest releases and featured playlist

A few features I would like to be added and I feel are missing currently are

  • The player should be allowed to be popped out in a new window else one may accidentally close the browser window or move away
  • A search result item should be allowed to be rated and then sorting should be provided
  • A search result should include number of times song has been played

All-in-all a very handy and a nice tool to use if you are a music buff.

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IPL Tickets

Posted by Rahul Narula on April 14, 2008

Though I am not planning to visit the stadium to watch any of the IPL matches, you may buy the tickets at http://www.ticketpro.in/ipl/buy_tickets.html in case you are planning to do so.

You will be required to create an account on the site to be able to buy tickets.

The above link can be used to book tickets for matches in Bangalore, Jaipur, Kolkata and Mohali. The following links can be used to buy tickets for matches in


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BookmyShow : Online Movie Tickets

Posted by Rahul Narula on September 2, 2007

I had always wondered if competition would come to rule competitive pricing regime for movie tickets. Chak de IndiaWhat came as a relief to me, along with million other movie goers, is BookmyShow.com. BookmyShow was recently offering 25% discounts on Chak de India tickets booked through the site. I am not sure if this was a one-off marketing gimmick, but I feel this kind marketing should be sustainable in the long run for the better interest of movie buffs.

BookmyShow.com, a Bigtree Entertainment (TV18 Group) venture, offers ticketing for cinemas, plays concerts and live events. It offers real-time booking along with seat selection at cinemas in 27 cities across India. The theatres partnered with include Adlabs, PVR, Fun Cinemas, Inox, DT Cinemas, Wave, SRS, M2K, Prasadz, Chanakya, 24 Karat, Movietime and Velocity. One can also do tele booking by dialing a single number 39895050, which is available in 10 cites, with an option of home delivery.

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Follow-On : A deprecated term in Indian cricket

Posted by Rahul Narula on August 12, 2007

Third(Oval) Test Ind Vs Eng, 9-13 Aug, 2007

After India managed to play upto their potential for the first 3 days of the test match and managed to gain a match winning lead of 319 runs there came a faltering decision by captain Rahul Dravid not to enforce follow-on. To my utter surprise I couldnt understand the decision of bat again in the overcast conditions where Indian bowlers could have done substantial damage to the English batting lineup. Indian batsmen are facing the same music as the result of overcast conditions with India tottering at 11/3 in just 6 overs.

Generally, the decision not to enforce follow-on are taken my captains when he feel his bowlers need rest to bowl at the batsmen again.Also in such a situation the captain doesn’t want to take a chance to bat last on the deteriorating wicket. It can be understood in certain situations but the condition in which Rahul Dravid took the decision to bat second and not enforcing follow-on is totally beyond my understanding. To me I can only feel that Rahul doesnt believe in follow-on. If he cant make use of it in such a situation as today I feel he had deprecated the term from Indian Cricket.

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BIAL : A bummer project

Posted by Rahul Narula on August 12, 2007

With each passing day I am getting more jitters as its 1 day less from the time when the all new Bangalore Airport will be ready. To be frank this is one project in Bangalore that for me should not be completed in a hurry. I might sound obstinately conservative but I have reasons to think that ways.

To begin with not so significant reason is the distance of the airport from the city. Since the airport is that far from the city it became the obvious responsibility of the planning body to think about the approachability of the airport. Though there is strict timelines for the airport itself and is doing well on the completion front, the connectivity of the airport from the city is always in news for all the wrong reasons. There is no concrete time frame eminent for the expressway connecting airport to the city. There have been imbecilic delays like acquiring land etc. I completely fail to understand what the authorities did in the project planing phase. For the uninformed the project was conceived in 1991. For me it seems the project plan covered only building a huge terminal buildings without worrying much about other infrastructure aspects.

The only people who would be waiting eagerly for the project to complete would be the auto and taxi services in the city. Though there is business is well flourishing in the city but they have much more appetite for exploiting the customers. I can easily forsee a taxi asking me Rs 1000/- for a drop from the new airport to my home on Bannerghatta Road. I would have no option but to succumb to his demand. I always try to bargain the best deal for airline tickets by booking well in advance and visiting various sites for any better deal they have to offer but I will have no way to bargain my intercity transfer. Somehow I am feeling too jealous of these auto, taxi service for their upcoming boom time. Reminded me of the boom in our very own IT sector. Now its gonna be their boom time.

A couple of days ago I was reading about the BWSSB showing their inability to provide required amount of water to the upcoming airport. The article in short sounded like a threat to the Bangaloreans about the regular water cut they have to face in case they are required to supply water to the airport. As if there were little problems that BWSSB came with their threating facts.

All this is the result of 16 years of planning for the airport. I wonder what would happened had it been planned for a shorter duration. I also wanna be fully convinced that the project is jinxed and want to be mean to hope that the airport project gets delayed like many other projects in Bangalore.

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Pownce invites available

Posted by Rahul Narula on August 3, 2007

For anybody who is looking out for a Pownce invite I have 6 invites available.

Interested !! comment on the post to get one.

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Wayanad – A travelogue

Posted by Rahul Narula on July 29, 2007

Start : Bangalore
Destination
: Kalpetta, Wayanad, North Kerala, God’s own country
Dates : 20 July – 22 July 2007
Travellers : Rahul, Reshma, Maanya and Himani
Travel Mode
: Self driven car
Distance & Route : 275 km via Mysore – Gundalpet -Bandipur – Sultan Bathery – Kalpetta. Route Map

After planning a bit too much finally I managed to escape to a short vacation the last weekend. The choice of place was easier to make as I wanted to go to a place I can drive myself. Though monsoon rains did their best to cancel my plans but it was too late for them to disturb my plan. Though there were a couple of places I looked at before chosing Wayanad, in the end I feel I took the right decision.

A day before was hectic packing and getting set for the early morning start on 20th July. I went and got the tank full and air pressure checked for my car so that I don’t have make unnecessary stops during my journey. Also bought some snacks, drinks that will help us munching on the route. I dont like too many breaks in my journey.

Start Day : 20th July 2007 Time 5:00 am We had decided to leave as early as possible to avoid the ever worsening Bangalore traffic and reach the place as early to make full advantage of the short time we had. Cafe Coffee DayFinally after loading all the bags in the car we started sharp at 5.30am. The decision to take a gamble to try the new coming up NICE road, which connects Bannerghatta road and Mysore road over Kanakapura road, paid off and within 20 mins from my start I was cruising along the Mysore Road around 100 km/hr. The early morning drive was like dream come true and had always hoped the drive could ever be even 10% as a pleasure on Bangalore roads as I was enjoying. Since we left home early we thought of stopping at the only one undisputed place on the Bangalore -Mysore highway i.e the Cafe Coffee Day(CCD) for a early sip. But my hopes seemed dashed when I suddenly realized that I had already left the CCD, I was planning to stop, a few kms behind. I was just repenting the lost opportunity to sip a chilled Tropical Iceberg, when I zoomed past a milestone reading CCD 1 km ahead. By the time I could understand what it was about I came across a new CCD on the left on the highway. I was delighted to see the new(new for me atleast) CCD outlet on the first floor on the Bangalore – Mysore highway near Mandya. I quickly went & grabbed a coffee for myself as no one else was interested in the early morning coffee.

The journey continued, with me sipping my favorite coffee and we crossed Mandya district on an excellent traffic less highway. As we were about to reach Mysore, we decided to take the Mysore bypass & had to follow NH212 road to Calicut. There was no problem taking the right road as there were lot of sign boards indicating the correct way. We crossed Mysore through the bypass around 8:00am and head towards Gundalpet. The Mysore -Gundalpet stretch is a single road unlike Bangalore -Mysore. But since it was early morning we managed to zip pass pretty quickly and reached Gundalpet around 9.00 am. On way to GundalpetFrom Gundalpet we took a right along with NH 212. After about 30 mins of not so good road, we entered Bandipur National Park. The road was very good in there and by then slight shower started which made crossing the forest area even more beautiful. Though we had thought of sighting a few animals on our way, but couldnt find any except a few deers. The journey was going as I anticipated and we reached Karnataka border and entered Kerala. The road got even better at the Kerala side. The distance from border to Kalpetta(our destination) was about 50km through typical Kerala greenary and cool breeze.

Finally at about 10.30am we reached our destination Hotel Green Gates just off NH212 on the outskirts of Kalpetta. The trip meter had clocked 289 km. We reached well ahead of our planned time. Though I had not had prior reservation, I took that chance due to the monsoon off season. I was just lucky to get the last luxury room in the hotel. To my surprise the hotel was fully booked due to a few groups. The place is really nice and the best part I liked was the hospitality of the service staff. On the way Himani was not feeling pretty well and we suspected food poisoning, we didnt wanted to take any chances. Hence on reaching the hotel we asked for a doctor and the hotel travel manager was courteous enough to accompany us to a nearby hospital. After thorough inspection by the doctor on a priority basis(thanks to the travel manager’s contact), she was administered some injections and a dose of medicine to keep her fine atleast during the trip.

We decided to rest for a while but Maanya had other plans. She wanted to have fun around, so we decided to take her to the children’s park in the hotel. The place was well accepted by Maanya and she had a lovely time with all the swings & slides. Maanya enjoying the slidesAfter about a hour play there we finally decided to have some rest. After lunch we decided to take the half day sight seeing which was included in the package we took at the hotel. We were given a personal taxi for a visit to places which included Pookot lake, Lakkidi point & Chain tree.Lakkidi Point in the clouds Though we couldnt enjoy the boating at Pookat lake thanks to showers that started as I was about to get the boat tickets, we had a very good time at Lakkidi Point. For about 5 kms our car was driven into the clouds and it reminded me of the dense Delhi fog in January (thanks I was not at the wheels). It was the most beautiful thing and each one of us had a very good time. After the trip we came back to the hotel and after the dinner we retired in our room.

The next day I was surprised to see myself wake up at 7am. My mornings in Bangalore starts not before 8:30-9:00 usually. Reshma and me decided to go for a early morning walk around. It was a good pleasant walk. After which we decided on the days plans. After talking to people I figured out that the only places we can visit during this season was Soochipara Waterfalls and Edakkal caves. There was not much fun going to other places like Kurupadweep, Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary as it was monsoons and I heard that Wayanad received the highest rainfalls in the last 11 years or so. So I decided on Soochipara Waterfall as the place to visit as we were told Edakkal caves can be covered on our return journey. Soochipara Water Falls

We began our pursuit to Soochipara Waterfall which was around 28km from hotel. The drive was awesome with tea gardens laid as the green carpet. Tea gardensOn reaching the place we came to know about the dangers involved for reaching the fall with leaches around and the treacherous hilly, slippery trek. But since we came here we decided to take a go and weather was holding good for us. It was indeed a very risky trek especially with me holding Maanya. It is very ill maintained and I would say no more that 5 ppl can stand there to see the fall. I would say I will thank God that he made our visit possible. I would frankly advice people with kids to avoid this. After returning back fully tired to the car and resting for about 30 mins we headed back. On reaching Kalpetta we thought of having some lunch and then we thought of visiting Banasura Sagar Dam. Though the speed boating would have been the best thing to do there, we were out of luck as the boating was temporarily stopped due to heightened water levels. But we didnt repented going there and enjoyed the scenic beauty to the fullest. We had to hire a jeep from the entrance to the dam site. View from dam siteI would advice families especially with children not to think twice about taking the jeep.

The day’s journey was coming to the end. I decided to relax for a while in the pool when we reached hotel and the day came to an end after a delectable dinner. Since Himani didnt wanted to take any chances with food she used to visit the kitchen and request for stomach friendly food like kichidi. I was surprised to find the chef obliging her on more than one occasion and that too at no extra charge. I was really impressed with this gesture.

I could again manage to wake up early the next morning. We had to depart today and after having breakfast we checked out around 11am. On the way back to Bangalore we had to cover Eddakal caaves on our way. On reaching Sultan Bathery, we had to take a right for Edakkal. The road was good for the most part but got very narrow for some part. It was fun driving here too. After reaching the point till where we could we were told about the caves by a localite student who agreed to our guide for the caves for Rs 100. He also advised us to hire a jeep for a further about a km before we can walk further. I think it was a sensible decision we took once we began the upward steep journey. The teamThe return fees for the jeep was Rs 70. By the time we reached the point from where we had to walk to the caves, it had started drizzling. On reaching the cave entry point Himani had already given up & decided to go any further. So leaving Maanya with her Reshma, the guide & me decided to go futher. On crossing the 1st cave Reshma had given up sighting very difficult upward climb. So the guide who was very courteous helped me to the second cave. The name “Edakkal” literally means “a stone in between” and I was facinated to see the design. I didnt stopped there for much longer as Reshma was waiting just after first cave and Himani was there at the cave entrance. We quickly came down from the caves. After having tea we began our return journey to Bangalore.

On the way back we encountered heavy rain from Mandya till outskirts of Bangalore. I stopped at the CCD(the one I missed on my onward journey) but decided to have some meal at Indradanush. After waiting for rain to stop, which didnt, for about 30 mins we decided to continue. We reached back our home at 8.45pm ending our eventful weekend getaway. It was a memorable trip for us also being the first highway driving for me from Bangalore.

Odometer reading:  719km for the entire trip.

If you managed to reach here and wanna experience a bit more of beautiful Wanayad, visit my Picasaweb Gallery

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FireTorrent : What I always wanted !!

Posted by Rahul Narula on July 5, 2007

I had always wondered why I had to install a separate application to download torrent file. and had imagined if there could be a way it can be downloaded as a normal file i.e from the browser itself.

Today finally my search ended with FireTorrent. Its the first BitTorrent plugin for the Wyzo and Firefox web browsers. It allows you to download torrents without the hassle of a 3rd party application. I would say its a must have for people who don’t wanna rely on external BitTorrent clients or have restrictions to install them for instance on official laptops etc.

Update: After researching a bit more I could find FoxTorrent which I believe is older than FireTorrent and does the same job.

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Get digital photo prints delivery in India

Posted by Rahul Narula on May 17, 2007

I read about Merasnap on some blog and created an account. Before I could collate pictures to try then, luck came my way when Merasnap gave me an option to refer a few friends in lieu of 10 free digital prints. It was the best opportunity to try the service and quality without losing anything. I went ahead and referred a few of my friends, especially who are abroad. Then I uploaded the photos and placed my free order. Wow voila !! within a couple of days I received a cool nicely packaged courier with my prints. I was impressed by their service quality and with prices very much reasonable I feel its worth giving a try. The only bottom side is they service only India currently. The service is based out of Bangalore.

So for people abroad looking to share their holidays or celebrations with relatives and friends in India services like these are a sure boon.

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Joost Invites available

Posted by Rahul Narula on May 3, 2007

After trying to get a invite to experience Joost, I finally managed to get an invite thanks to Brajeshwar for sending me an invite. It has been a great ride on the Joost experience since then.

For the people who are still looking for invites can comment on this post and I can send the invite.

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