Sunday, October 2, 2011

Sindola fort trek

I first heard of Sindola fort in the album of some guy who commented on my Picasa album. A quick Google search revealed unbelievable pictures, similar to that of tea estates in the high mountains. The place was just ahead of Malshej ghat - now I have climbed Naneghat and Harishchandrad, which are both in the Malshej range but had never even heard of Sindola. I have no idea how a place so beautiful hasn't yet caught the fancy of trekking groups from Mumbai and Pune - this just added to the mystique of Sindola.

Anyway, I was instantly hooked and immediately announced the trek on Facebook. This was exactly a week ago, Kartik was ready and later Jinesh and Paramanand agreed to come along and the trek was fixed for Saturday.

There is very little information available on the web for Sindola but there's this great site where I found all the information we needed. It has a couple of very useful maps of the route to Sindola and the fort precincts, which we carried along. There are three routes to Sindola, each with a different base.
  • Karanjle phata
  • Velkhind
  • Pargaon
You can start from any of these, we chose the Karanjle phata route because it's the one that comes first coming from Mumbai. Velkhind is next and Pargaon after that. From Wikimapia, it looked like you have to take a right from Madh to reach Pargaon. Those with a private vehicle would prefer this option.

Start of the trek

We had a "fancy dress" event in office the previous day, which was followed by a treat from a colleague for her promotion. After all this, I came back home and was watching movies till 4 AM. Woke up in a couple of hours, picked up Kartik, and we were at Thane station at 7 AM - Kalyan by 7:30. We packed some vada pavs from Pandit's which is close to the ST stand and had them in the bus. I also caught up with some much needed sleep on the journey.

The ST conductor charged 77/- per head to drop us at Karanjle phata. If you conductor acts clueless at the mention of Karanjle phata, tell him its a couple of kms ahead from the very well known Khubi phata. There's a green board along the highway that announces this village so keep your eyes open for it after Khubi.

The bus ride from Kalyan took us 2.5 hours, this included a 15 min break at Murbad. We asked around for the route to Sindola and were asked to take any route along the highway that went towards Sindola. We started the trek at 10:45.


There are many criscrossing routes that seem to be frequented by localites - just keep in mind that you have to reach the top of the ridge to the right of the fort and you should be fine. The route took us along some fields, a small pond and through a forested patch before we reached the top of the ridge.

There are three levels of the ridge. If you come from Pargaon, you will start at the first level. While coming from the Karanjle route, you will meet the route directly on top of the second level. As you move upwards, towards the final level of the ridge, you will get two routes - one that goes right up in a zig-zag pathway and the other is along the left-side of the mountain. We started along the side, with was very narrow and very steep. Paramanand had taken the zig-zag path up and was on top in no time. While we were nimbly walking ahead, he called out to us - he was already on the top. Dont make the mistake we did - ignore the path along the side of the ridge.

The final level of the ridge gives you the first clear view of the Sindola fort. There were some weird looking plants here, and I got busy photographing. This was going to be a standard feature of this trek - weird and amazing flora that I have never seen in any other part of India, leave alone the Sahayadris.

From here, you have to go along the side of the mountain. The path was covered with waist-high grass and it was about a foot wide. If not for this, the trek would have qualified as a medium trek but this was a genuinely difficult patch. The grass makes it very difficult for you to know exactly where the edge is. Also, there are 3-4 places where there's a break in the path, a good foot or two wide where you will need to jump. It was slow progress and it took us half an our to reach the column of the final ascend and then we saw it.

The grass was beginning to turn shades of brown so I had doubts if we would get to see the scene I had come here for but it was right there in front of us - the fields of tea plant, well not exactly. It's some other plant that looks very similar to the tea plant but it's just as beautiful. We clicked lot of pictures and climbed up the rock path till the Ganpati idol. This is the fort entrance, take a right here and you are on top of the fort. It was almost 1 PM, just over 2 hours since the start.

The top of the fort

Not much to see except for a few water cisterns. There was no path anywhere which indicated that the fort had seen very little activity this season. We had to make our path, trampling through those cute tea plantations.

We circled the perimeter and could see Khireshwar dam, Harishchandragad, and the thumb of Naneghat as we moved upwards. This was the north most point of the fort and here we were attacked by an army of bees, not honey bees but they were very irritating. My full shirt and collars helped here. We scampered back to safety and noticed one of the water tanks. The view from there was just brilliant, with clouds of fog rushing past us occasionally.

We got out our food and chit chatted about this and that. I got some good macros in the tank and I don't think any one realized or minded that we had spent a long time here. It was all downhill from here i.e, we started the descent at 3.

Getting back home

Jinesh and Paramanand were leading on the way back while me and Kartik clicked anything that moved and anything that did not. I think we took a different route back to the ridge because we didn't cross the set of trees near the first column.

The weather was pleasant - it never got hot. I slipped a couple of times along the slope but I managed to hold on to something each time, other than that it was an uneventful walk back. We were back on NH 222 at 5.

There is a shop at the junction and a dhaba on the opposite side. We had run out of water a couple of hours back and the dhaba was a god send. Everyone who has been on a trek will agree that simple food tastes divine when you are back from a trek but I am sure that the poha and tea we had there was extraordinary. The guy at the dhaba is very helpful and can arrange for guides, private vehicles if needed. We got a private bus heading towards Kalyan as soon as we stepped out and enjoyed the fully reclining seats at the price of a ST ticket. It dropped us right outside Shahad station and I was back home before 9, much earlier than I thought!


Saturday, September 3, 2011

Korigad trek

What was going to be a relaxed long drive to Lonavala changed to a bike trip + trek after mom backed out at the last moment. I don't think I have EVER been on any trek where someone hasn't backed out.

Me and dad left home at 6:30 on my bike. I drove slowly so that dad could enjoy the light rain and the washed out scenery. We reached RamaKrishna at 8:30, had a hearty breakfast and then set out for the second leg of our journey along the Aamby valley road. The road after Bushy dam, which is maintained by the Sahara group, has always been awesome and was no different this time. It was completely fogged out after Lion's point and the road twisted, turned along till Aamby valley. The base village for this trek is Peth Shahapur, which comes 18 kms after you take the turn from Lonavala.

I parked my bike at the village temple. The route starts from behind the temple and the fort is always at your right side through the route. The first 20 minutes were through a well defined, mud path which halts abruptly close to a tar road that comes in from Aamby valley. This was my first view of Aamby valley and it was very impressive -- wide well paved roads and great looking bungalows. I hear it's 5000/- for spending a day in there.

Anyway, when you see the Aamby valley road, take a right which takes you through a short forest patch. When out, you will see the steps that take you up to the fort. The steps seem to be laid by the Sahara group and there are even hand holds at a couple of stretches. When we were there, a group of workers were clearing the road where there had been a mini landslide. The steps should take around 15 minutes but because I was with dad, we moved slowly taking frequent breaks.

Halfway through, there's a Ganpati temple and a big cave. The Ganesh Darwaza (you can climb to it's top) signifies that you are almost there. The top is a big plateau with a wall running around it's side. Make sure you take a walk on top of this wall -- you can see Aamby valley (with a runway), the lake of Mulshi dam, and if you go in the monsoons the fog coming in from Lonavala valley. Quite some sight!

There is the Korai temple on top and two ponds. We checked them out, took a few pics and quickly headed back down. Dad was missing mom already and I didn't want to come in the way of love. Going down was quicker than I expected with us back at the village within 30 minutes.

The ride back was awesome as the fog had reduced visibility to some meters. Dad had only heard of these things from me and was quite happy to experience it first hand. At Lonavala we again had lunch at RamaKrishna and after a two hour ride were back home before 5 PM. The earliest I have ever come home from any trek.

BTW, this was dad's first bike trip or trek.


Thursday, September 1, 2011

My happiest day as an amateur photographer

In the future everyone will have their fifteen minutes of fame - Andy Warhol

Today was Ganesh Chaturthi. I am a firm non-believer in organized religion... however there was always something not quite right about Ganpati. As a kid, I was regularly taken to temples and if you have ever been to one, you will know that every temple has a Ganesh statue. Rather than remembering each god by his name and the technique to pray to each, I would simply hold hands in front of the Ganesh statue and petition for a cycle/good marks/my crush of the time.

I also liked the Ganpati temple at Titvala, not just because going there involved a full day trip but as it was really peaceful once you are in. It's very Maharashtrian, very old school, which works for me.
In junior college and a significant part of my engineering life, I was a regular at the local temple, thanks to my influences at that time. It was a Shiva temple but I would pray at the Ganpati idol outside the main sanctum and consider my visit done.

Also, some of most cherished memories are of the time I (with a group of my close friends) organized the Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations in my society. The buzz surrounding the festivities was infectious and I was involved in every activity, of course except the dancing competition.

Anyway, today was Ganesh Chaturthi. We have a set routine that's followed every year on this day. Dad plays tapes of Ganpati aartis in the morning, we hear the society Ganpati being brought in to the sounds of Nashik dhols, and this is followed by a traditional lunch on a banana leaf. Things were going fine till dinner after which I came online to check my emails. I glanced through the emails on Yahoo and then logged into Gmail -- It said 54 unread emails! Something was not quite right. I first thought that I was the victim of some spam attack but that was before I checked the subject line of these emails. All the emails were notifications from Picasa -- in the last 20 hours I had recieved close to 60 comments and another 40 had favourited me (still counting).

I checked the oldest of these mails and they were comments on the crab picture I had taken at Kalavantin. And below the first comment I saw another 20 comments. Didn't take long for me to realize that this picture was a featured photo on Picasa. Second on the list, not sure if that's of any significance. What I do know is that anyone in the world logging into Picasa would see an impression of my photo if he cared to scroll down. There were comments from all over the world, and thanks to Picasa's built in translator feature I could make out the good things being said.

It was unbelievable that this was happening to me. Every time I logged in to Picasa, I would look at featured list and seriously doubt if I would ever make it to these hallowed halls of fame. It was a day I only dreamed of... because there was no information online about how a picture makes it on the list, which could be engineered to make my way into the list. I still don't understand how photos are selected for the featured page. This pic is not the best I have clicked, in fact I wouldn't rate it above average. While I am still elated, I have a feeling similar to what A.R. Rehman must have had on winning the Oscar for Slumdog Millionaire.

On that note, here's my winning speech. I would like to thank the crab who tried swimming in flowing water, my friend Mahesh who pointed him out to me, and lastly... the great Ganesha who continues to work in mysterious ways.
As I said there was always something not quite right about Ganpati ;)

Friday, August 19, 2011

My first and last bribe

This was back in November 2007. My workplace had arranged for my visit to the main branch in the UK, for which I needed to get a passport. The experience at the Passport Office, though tedious, went off well. The problem was later at the police verification stage. I was called to the police station and a plain-clothed officer asked me about my background, surprisingly most of his questions steered towards pinpointing my financial status. His questions done, he asked me to pay him 200/-

I was 22 back then, working for a year. I naively told him that I had already paid all the money due at the Passport office. He said this was for the police verification -- I still wasn't sure what this was about and told him that I did not have that much money on me. He asked me to go home and get the money. It was while walking back home that it struck me that I had being asked for a bribe.

I went home and told my parents about the incident and also that I had no intention of paying him off. I even checked online for places where I could complain against the guy. However my parents convinced me that this is how things work and I shouldn't mess with policemen as they could easily stall my passport.

I went back to the police station with the bribe amount and paid off the policeman INSIDE a police station. This is where I would go to complain against corruption, and instead those who should fill in my complaint were too busy filling their pockets with bribes. I was in a daze throughout the experience and just wanted to move out as soon as I could. However as I walked out, I resolved never to pay a bribe again and I am proud that I haven't yet in the last 5 years!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Invention #1 - useful motorcycle dashboard

When it hit me: On the way back from office, while riding my bike.

What got me thinking: Most new bikes, even the entry level bikes from the Hero MotoCorp (Honda's out remember?) have a digital display in the dashboard. I know that the Karizmas and Pulsars let you program the display to display a customized welcome message, your name, or some other useless flashy thing.

So whats the idea: Put in something useful in the dashboard. Here is what I would like to have:

1) The time - I haven't worn a wristwatch since I got a mobile and I can't believe wristwatches still aren't extinct. Anyway, if I am riding a bike, my hands are in use, and I usually need to reach some place quickly. The first thing I would like to know is if I am late or on schedule. How difficult is it to show me the time, I wouldn't even mind an analog watch! BTW, it's illegal to even have your mobile phone switched on while riding a vehicle (look it up if you don't believe me)

2) Programmable dates for date of expiry of PUC and insurance - why should I have to memorize these dates? OK, I can fish out my keys, open the bike's glove box, remove the panel, find the cover that holds these documents, find the relevant doc among these, scan it for the date but wouldn't it be that much easier to press two buttons on the dashboard to access this information? Are you more likely to forget your own name or the date your PUC/license expires?

3) Fuel tab and mileage calculator - show me exactly how many liters are in the tank and reset the trip meter automatically every time I fill in petrol. A press of a button should reveal the current mileage figure and I can then finally throw away my calculator.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Kothaligad Trek

This is a trek I've wanted to do from a long time. I had first seen pictures of this fort after Mahesh/Jayendra went for it. The pinnacle is unique and the spiral staircase leading to the top is the stuff of legends, obviously I was hooked.

It is said to be an easy trek and it is - there are a couple of spots just before the pinnacle where it can get narrow and getting down gets scary because one side is exposed to the valley below. But without these it would have just been too easy and Kothaligad deserves better. It's not just a trek, it's a complete experience. You get a village at the base for rest and food, caves on the way to the top (with bats, ancient sculptures, temple), pond and waterfall close to the base village where you can relax after the trek (non-functional when we had gone because it was just the beginning of the monsoons), water cisterns, brilliant views, scary rock patches, and the crème de la crème -- the spiral staircase leading to the top of the pinnacle.

This was my first trek in the 2011 season and the plan was initiated by Prasad. He handled the logistics of the trek and I only had to turn up. We were plotting and planning for quite some time before D-day and after a bunch of cancellations (as always), it was 5 of us in the end.

Kartik and I caught the 6:40 Karjat local from Mulund. The others were already in the train and we had a nice long get-to-know-each-other-better session till Karjat. We were in Karjat at 8 and headed to the ST stand. There are buses to the base village (Ambivili) every hour and the next one was at 8:30. We quickly polished up a dabba of neer dosas and chutney, which came courtesy Prasad's mom. The ST got us to Ambivili in just over an hour. There was a big group with us in the bus and they too were headed for Kothaligad (also called Peth).

We got off to lovely overcast conditions and just the right amount of drizzling -- not enough to get us wet but enough for the walk in the clouds feeling. The trail starts off as a tar road, take the left at the first diversion and then the road loses it's tar and continues as a stone/gravel track. The route is wide enough for a truck, free of diversions, and used frequently by the residents at Kothaligad village.

Soon after we started, we bumped into an old couple trying to take gunny bags full of food grains up to the village. The gunny bags were strewn around the place and their bullock cart was some way up the route. They sweetly asked us if we could help them load the bags on the cart. We couldn't say a no to the 50+ elderly couple and pulled those (20-25 Kilo) bags up to the cart. We hadn't even caught our breath when they asked us to help with the last bag, which looked double the size of the ones we had just carried. This time we could say a no.. helped by the fact that there was a local chap who turned up to help.

Within an hour, we had reached the plateau from where the fort could be seen clearly, there was a nimbu-pani wala here and we took a break and clicked a lot of pictures. From here it was a short walk to the base village. It had taken us around 1.5 hours to reach the village from the start point of the trek.

From here, the top is another hour. We took a mini-lunch break of chivda-filled theplas accompanied by tomato sauce, this was courtesy Shreerang's mom. Good stuff again! First stop was the cave, very clean and lined with intricately carved pillars. The cave adjacent to the main one was filled with bats! The caves immediately lead off to the spiral staircase carved inside the mountain. It's one of the best sights I've seen in the Sahayadris, with ledges, viewpoints, and temples along the way. The steps are quite high and there are a couple of tricky spots, the most tricky one coming soon after we are out of the staircase. It's a narrow patch where you are hoisting your body up some steps, with one side open to the valley. This is quickly followed by the main darwaza, which you cross to reach the top of the peak.

The peak is a very small place, and offers an awesome 180 degree view of the surrounding hills, one of which has a series of windmills on top. There's a water cistern on top -- a group had pitched their tent next to it and had probably stayed over the previous night. Prasad went off to meditate in the clearing under a huge cactus plant, while the rest posed/clicked pictures.

A dog joined us on the walk back to the village, we thanked him by forcing him to pose in photographs with us. We had arranged for lunch at Bhairavnath Bhojanalay, which promised potbhar jevan at 80/- Quite expensive for a veg lunch considering we were in a far off village in the Sahayadris. The lunch was reasonable but the service was good.

On the way up, Prasad asked every one we met how to reach the dhabdhaba (waterfall) and if it was functional -- we received contradictory information each time. The guy at the Bhojanalay directed us to the dam, which turned out to have about a foot of water. Slightly disappointing, however there's always next time.

The walk back to the base took another hour. We were trying to be ahead of the other trekking group -- they were over 30 and we feared that if they reached before us, all seats on the ST would be taken up by their group. That did not happen though -- at the base both stopped to have tea. The ST chose that precise moment to turn up, and since we were just 5, we managed to finish up and board the bus before the rest. We had to share two seats between three people but I still managed to catch a couple of winks. Finished the trip with vada pows at Karjat and a long session discussing the current music scene through the train journey back home.


Saturday, July 30, 2011

Things I dont understand about Mumbai

What happens inside these Video Game parlours - why do they have dark tinted glasses and why do only seedy uncles go in. I have never seen a kid enter it so I wonder if these are indeed video game parlours

Bajaj's monopoly in the autorickshaw market. These machines are outdated, underpowered, flawed in design. Any manufacturer can clean up these flaws and launch a much better version but that just hasn't happened. Admittedly, TVS has launched one recently but it doesn't seem to be picking up. It's almost as if all the laws of market dynamics don't work when it comes to autorickshaws.

How Muslim-owned hotels manage to keep the prices of their food low while providing great quality and quantity. On the other hand, the Udipi restaurants (basically the AHAR group) keeps cribbing about new/increased taxes, price of raw materials, price of diesel and use these excuses to justify increase in prices.

(I'll keep adding to this list - last updated 31st July 2011)

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Me and Maine Pyaar Kiya

Maine Pyaar Kiya was being shown on cable today and my brain cells flashed memories of the first time I saw this movie in my head.
It was my building's annual day celebrations. From what I remember, it used to be held just after the monsoons. And the magic of Bollywood would play out under the stars in building #99, Dev Ashish.

There would be buzzing excitement for weeks before D-day -- the older guys would do all the work and set up a stage at one end of the road. We would have sports competitions during the day, which would extend into the night. I have a couple of pictures taken at night where I am doing the frog jump and balancing a marble in a spoon. My mom had prepared me by arming me with the biggest spoon in the house :D

In parallel, the Satyanarayan Pooja would usually be set for the afternoon in the building's elecricity meter room. Could there be a better place to hold a havan? I have a faint feeling that my mom dad sat for the pooja that year, or it might have been the year before -- I was only 6 when this happened so please excuse my memory (or lack of it).

The evening was reserved for adult games, no not that kind. You know... stuff like housie and musical chairs. I am not sure if someone performed on the stage, or if it was used just to house the Satyanarayan idol after the pooja - and I think there used to be dinner for everyone.

The one thing that I do remember are the ice sculptures which were brought in the evening. There would be replicas of animals, fishes, dancing girls and what not. They would melt away as the evening progressed so you wouldn't really be able to make out what it was by the time dinner was done.

You would have noticed that I am good at digressing :D ... So after all the festivities were over, it would be time to watch a movie. I am not sure if this happens anymore in Mumbai, but I am glad it lives on in my memory.

Some one would get a VCR player and rent a cassette of the latest Bollywood movie. Extension cords were sourced out to set up a TV on the street outside our building and everyone would huddle up in front of it.
As a kid, I was mesmerized - sitting on the chattai, being bugged by mosquitoes, and throughly enjoying Salman Khan and Bhagyashree being "good friends" on screen.
Movies and cricket were and still are the opium of the masses in proletariat India.

I think I fell asleep just before the movie ended, or my Mom asked me to come back home because it was too late. And for days after the experience, I was dying to watch the movie again, to see what happens in the end.

I think kids shouldn't be shown movies till they have comprehended the difference between the real and make believe. I was 4 or 5 when I watched Tezaab in the theater. My mind thought that everything that happened in the movie was for real and couldn't make out how Chunky Pandey was alive and kicking in another movie. According to me he had died in Tezaab.

Ending with a prank that was played on me in the School Bus just after Maine Pyaar Kiya was released:

Evil Senior Girl: What is the name of Salman Khan's latest movie
Innocent Me: Maine Pyaar kiya
Evil Senior Girl: Haaaw, pyaar kiya? kiske saath?

No wonder I hated the sight of girls back in school.

Friday, May 27, 2011

How I read the Times of India

There was a time when I read every single article that appeared in the newspaper. A good 2-3 hours were spent every day to make sure each printed word was read and understood.
Then life got busy, I wasn't a student anymore and I had to cover the entire newspaper in 45 minutes. When you think about it, its easy to know what to skip and what's important. Here is what I do.

Bombay Times
Ignore all the stories, most of them are paid-for advertisements anyway.

Show zero interest for celebrity interviews - there are better things to do with my time than to know what inspires a film star or cricketer, what he eats, where he parties, and his opinion on whats going on in the world.

Scan for pictures of good looking girls and mentally note down their names.

Stop at the comic section and read selected ones.

If I want to see any movie, then check timings in the movie ads.

Lifestyle Supplements
Read the headings of articles, to know what sells. Ignore the content.

Devour all travel and food related articles while being careful to spot a paid-for ad early.

Main Times and Mumbai Mirror
Scan through all headings.

Only read stuff that would make a difference to my life. For e.g. knowing news about Mumbai and changes to its infrastructure, laws, etc. Also stuff like accidents on NH-17 would let me know which spots on the stretch are dangerous.

Ignore saddening news. Details of Murder, rapes can be ignored unless they happen in my locality or a serial killer is on the loose.

Selectively follow news and editorials on Indian and World politics.

The Crest selection, their stories are very interesting from a sociological point of view.

Read the headlines in the business section and if it's something interesting, read on.

Ignore the Sports section. I get my cricket news online.

Local Times - Mulund/Powai
Scan through the headings and read what's interesting.

It's easy to catch the articles that have been put up for money.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Wasted Weekend - follow up

After leaving office, I didn't go home. I went to Hampi - riding all night!

I'll let the pictures do the rest of the talking.


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Wasted Weekend

After a cancellation earlier in the month, I was hoping that the good Friday weekend did not disappoint. Sadly, it was the same story with everyone backing out and it was me alone in the end.

I didn't see the point of going to Tarkarli if I was going to be the only one. Hampi sounds interesting. I have done the initial research and it looks like a plan. The only thing that glaringly comes in the way are my exams - the dates for them are not announced yet.
I know I am really short on time and have a ton of stuff to ready. Either way, I would be cramming everything on the last day. So that's not such a big problem really.

The real problem is that this is going to be a solo trip and it also happens to be the longest bike ride I have ever attempted till date. That is the real problem. 1600 kms is a good 400 kms more than my previous longest ride, and for that I had Tarun for company if anything went wrong (and it did!)

Do I want to do this so bad? I will know tomorrow :D

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Etymology of the work Guru

While reading my Sociology textbooks, I found the etymology of the word Guru. I have known this word for ages but never knew that gu means darkness and ru means disperser of
So gu-ru would mean someone who gets you from darkness to light.

On a related note, Kabir in one of his dohas says that revere the guru over your god because it is your guru who made you see god.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Frauds getting better

I got this email from: "MARUTI SUZUKI INDIA LTD (MSIL)"
Head Office Maruti Suzuki,
India Limited Nelson Mandela Road,
Vasant Kunj, New Delhi-110070.
Board No. 46781000.
Fax: 46150275 and 46150276.
http: //


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You will have come to the Company corporate office in New Delhi. Your offer letter with Air Ticket will be sent to you by courier before date of interview. The Company can offer you a salary with benefits for this post 62, 000/- to 200, 000/- P.M. + (HRA + D.A + Conveyance and other Company benefits. The designation and Job Location will be fixing by Company HRD. At time of final process, you have to come with photo-copies of all required documents.

1) Photo-copies of Qualification Documents.
2) Photo-copies of Experience Certificates (If any)
3) Photo-copies of Address Proof
4) Two Passport Size Photograph.
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2. Full Address:………………......................
3. Mobile:…………………...........................
4. Sex:.............................................................
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You have to deposit the (Cash) as an initial amount in favor of our company accountant name in charges to collect your payment. Department for Rs. 10,200/- (Ten thousand two hundred rupees) through any [STATE BANK OF INDIA] OR [ICICI BANK] Branch from your Home City to our Company accountant name in charges. Account No, which will be sending to you upon your response. This is a refundable interview security. Your offer letter with Air tickets will be sent to your Home Address by courier after receiving the confirmation of interview security deposited in any of the STATE BANK OF INDIA OR ICICI BANK. This Company will pay all the expenditure to you at the time of face-to-face meeting with you in Company. The Job profile, salary offer, and date -time of interview will be mention in your offer letter. Your offer letter will dispatch very shortly after receiving your confirmation of cash deposited in STATE BANK OF INDIA OR ICICI BANK. We wish you the best of luck for the subsequent and remaining stage. (The last date of security deposited in bank 19th Of March 2011) you have to give the information after deposited the security amount in bank to The Company HRD -direct recruitment via email. Your Letter with supporting document will be dispatch same time by courier to your postal address after receipt of security deposited confirmation in bank.

The interview process and arrangement expenditure will be paid by SUZUKI COMPANY. Lodging, traveling and local conveyance actual will be paid by SUZUKI COMPANY as per bills. The candidate has to deposit the initial refundable security as mentioned by HRD.

NB: You are advice to reconfirm your mailing address and phone number in your reply and Rs. 10,200/- (Ten thousand two hundred rupees) will be the refundable amount, as 200 rupees will be deducted as bank charges for funds deposit and if you are been selected or not, still the amount will be refunded to you, as the amount is just to prove that you will be coming for the interview in order for us not to run at lost after sending you the air ticket and you don't show up on the day of interview.

Wishing you the best of lucky.

Shinzo Nakanishi
Chief Executive Officer, Managing Director,

Awesome - a mail sent to me by the Japanese CEO/MD of Maruti Suzuki. The offer sounds too good to be true. It's a classic case of a Money Transfer Fraud. The recipient is one of 65 candidates selected from lakhs of candidates selected for the biggest automobile manufacturer in India. I like the way they have customized the mail to appeal to most middle-class employees. Notice the deliberately vague job postings, every resume would fit into at least one of these postings.I have highlighted the obvious mistakes that should stand out when reading it

Anything that asks for money upfront is fraud/soliciting business/not worth your time. Spam it!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

List of DOs and Not TO DOs while at IDOL, Mumbai

This is a work in progress post -- expect additions with each visit to the university

Taking admission:
Carry a whitener
Carry a black ball pen, then you wont make the mistake of filling the form with a blue pen
Visit the campus on a weekday as there are fewer people around. Another option is to go on late on the last day. If the deadline cannot be extended you can be assured that the admission will be done by night in half the time it would have taken otherwise.

How to work your exams
Read the official books given by the university. If you can make your way past the spelling/factual mistakes you will do fine.
Work on your handwriting - practice practice practice!

Exam Results:
DO NOT enter your register number for checking your results. It is your seat number that gives you your actual verdict.

Exam Notifications
The exam dates might/MIGHT NOT come up on the site. Before exam time check the site every day and collect your hall tickets as soon as they are available. My second year exams started 7 days after the hall tickets were being distributed and I missed my exams because I collected the hall ticket after 10 days. Too late by then :D

Every country gets the government it deserves

When I read the news about Kashmiri leaders calling for independence and Indian politicians discussing how to silence them, I can't help but relate the situation to the Indian fight for independence. I struggle for reasons why the Kashmiri struggle is any different.

The reactions of the for and against media is similar.

There are extremists on both sides.

Some of the extremists receive help from foreign interests (remember Subhash Chandra Bose receiving help from Japan!)

There are the moderates of course on both sides.

The British were firmly in control of India till the end of the second World War so going by history, it's just a countdown till India faces a major economic recession.

I hope Kashmiri History text books are not banned in India :D