2014-07-16 07.16.37

Kahi Peene ke Liye Paani nahi, Aur Kahi Manjann ke liye Darya khula hai!

Kahi Peene ke Liye Paani nahi, Aur Kahi Manjann ke liye Darya khula hai!

Saw this today morning in Rajouri Garden, And was appalled to see the wastage.

Took a U Turn, Clicked a Pic, Talked to the Guy, Explained him, Asked him to Shut it and not waste water like this.

Also, Told Him if he does it again, I shall show the pic and complain to his Boss (Builder)

#Possibilities #106


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Unconnected, But Connected!!

While Going to Khaau Gali @Bandra, Noticed these 2 Gentleman sitting at peace, Totally oblivious to the Surroundings, Just listening to the Waves and Playing a Game of Chess.

They Didn’t Seem to me Connected, But they were!

#Saw it, Liked it, Clicked it, Shared it!! #48 — at Eatlo Eatup @ Carter Road – Bandra – Friday Night Food walk!

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Thailand. Do’s and Don’ts For Tourists!

Thailand picA few days ago, I flew to Thailand for vacations & had an awesome time.  However, I realized that I faced some Anxious Moments while doing anything initially.

This was my second visit, the first being in 2008.

But still, I wished I would have done my Home work well. Not that I did not do, I read many articles… But some how all the articles, Blogs I read didn’t really help me.

Now I am back and decided to write one myself. Step by Step, City by City.  So here it is. Please feel free to share your Views, Correct me, Make Additions in Comments and I shall Edit the Blog so more people like you and me could benefit from it.

It has been an Intentional Effort to write it in simple language, so just Expect information and not some beautifuly written Experiences

Booking the Ticket:

  • Book Thai Airways or other Airlines. Avoid JET: Last time I went in Thai Airways Flight and it was Super awesome in all senses.  As soon as you sit in the Plane, You realized that your vacations have begun. But this time, We Booked Jet Airways as it was offering “slightly” lower rates.  Jet Airways is one of the best in it’s Class in Domestic Flights in India, so we didn’t think much about it. But this Flight was a Disaster with Non Friendly Staff, Small Aircraft (3*3) & No In-Flight Entertainment.


  • Immigration Form: Those you would have travelled Abroad before would know it. But for first timers, you shall get this form almost an Hour before the flight lands. The Form has to be neatly filled and that too Both Arrival and Departure sides.  A Common Mistake is to fill one side and hoping that other has to be filled on your way back. But doing this would cause you unnecessary tension and waste your time too. The Filled form would be presented to the Thai Officer at immigration. She would keep one half and stamp and staple the other half with your passport.Arrival card


Visa: Thanks to a Treaty with Thailand, Indians have an option to Either take a Visa before leaving india, or can take a Visa after Arriving at Thailand Airport.

o   One has to reach the “VISA on ARRIVAL office” which shall be easy to find due to signage’s and Information Counters.  Once there, Pick up a Form and Fill it and Paste your Photograph.


o   Do remember to carry your Passport  size Photograph, Otherwise you would have to get in another queue for getting your Photograph and also spend an Extra 100 Baht (At present, 1 Thai Baht=1.91Rs. For easy calculation, you can just Double it).

o   Once the form is filled, You can stand in a Queue for Visa. The cost for same is 1000 Thai Baht.

o   At certain Times many groups Arrive and the queue may be real long. In those scenarios, you have the option to approach FAST TRACK VISA Counter. They shall charge you 1200 Baht (200 Premium) and Stamp your Visa in 5 Minutes and give back.

o   After the stamping you are supposed proceed towards immigration which is 20 steps away and present your Passport and wait for her to punch in and also verify your details. Your Pic is clicked, Passport Stamped and here you go


  • Ideally you should not face any problem in collecting your Baggage. However, if you don’t get your Baggage or get it in Broken or Torn form, then Approach the Lost and Found office, which is just next to 12 Number Conveyor Belt. There are around 4-5 officers there and leave no stone unturned to attend to your problem. The Only problem you may face is Language problem, as you have just landed and yet to get accustomed to how they speak English.
  • This time, One of my Bag was missing. I approached them and after enquiring, they gave me a Acknowledgement of Complaint, Took a Photocopy of my passport and my original Boarding pass. Since, I didn’t have any Local Phone Number at that time, I just told them the name of the hotel. By the time I reached Pattaya at 10 Pm, which is 2 hours Drive from Bangkok, A message was waiting for me that my Bag has been found and I need to call back. Even before I could call back, another call came at Reception in my presence. They apologized for the inconvenience and told me that they will send the Bag to my Hotel in Pattaya by 3 Am. That was amazing. So, don’t worry if you baggage is missing, They would find it out and even if it’s left back in india, They would ensure that it reaches Thailand by the next Flight.

Exit from Airport and Taxi

  • Once done with baggage and immigration we head towards the Exit Gate. If you have not booked a cab already then, go to the Airport Counter at the Exit and depending on the Distance/Number of People, they give you a Slip with Fare mentioned. It is not Prepaid, as we don’t pay anything at Airport Counter. The options of Cabs are Toyota Innova or a Toyota Corolla. If you have Luggage, then prefer to take one with Overhead Carrier for your luggage.

taxi thai

  • To go inside the City (Sukhumvit), The Cab Fare would be Approx 500 B. And to go to Pattaya, It would be Rs1800/-.




  • If you are going to Pattaya it is almost 2 hours Smooth Drive. In between the Driver may take a Cut off the Highway as there are many Restaurants where you can have your grub and refresh before moving forward. Burger King, KFC, Starbucks, McD’s being a few of them.IMG_7049
  • Ensure to have your Hotel Name, Address and Phone Number Handy as he may Read it and Understand it better, rather than you speaking it to him. Prefer staying somewhere close to the Beach. The back lane of Beach has some Good Places at Good rates. And there is where the action is.
  • Also Note, That even if your flight lands at night or its’ Dark, You can still go to Pattaya as the Roads are Well lit and the Highway Safe.


  • The Best part of Pattaya is that it never sleeps, so you have Food, Drinks, Taxi etc available at any time at any Corner.
  • SIM card: One should Invest in a Local Number. The SIM card can be procured from any “Seven Eleven Outlet”. The Number (True More) would be for 49B and you can recharge an additional 100B which would give you calling time as well as free 3 days unlimited Internet Access. PLEASE do get the Internet settings changed from “Seven Eleven” Outlet or from a Company outlet, otherwise you would not be able to access internet. (Whats App, Facebook,Twitter, Mails,Google)
  • Transport in Pattaya: Since you shall be staying near the beach, everything would be within walking distance. However, there is big TUK TUK like vans which keep circling around Beach road. You can just hop in along with others and depending on distance pay 10 or 20B.
  • There are a few Attractions in Pattaya like the Dolphin Show, Floating Market, Crocodile farm, Elephant Farm, Tiffany’s Show, Para Sailing etc. My suggestion would be to avoid everything that is also available in Bangkok. As in Bangkok, the scale of Similar Shows is Bigger and better.


  • Activites/Places Unique to Pattaya:

o   Beach: This is not what you shall get in Bangkok, so enjoy at the beach to the fullest. Best time is morning 6 to 11 and then evening 4 to 7 as the tide at this time is the highest and water is clean too. And if you have no intentions to take a dip in beach. Then you can sit on any chair under an umbrella and enjoy your Drink, Buy food from vendors/Hawkers, Get your Arm tattooed (Temporary), Get your Nails painted or your Hair Braided. The charges for these Services would be 100B to 200B. The rent for 2 chairs is Rs 40B and Drinks would be reasonably priced. If you want to go for Para Sailing, then you can ask the Shack Owner and he can arrange it for you. 500B would be cost for Para Sailing. And sometimes an additional cost of 200B per person for the boat that takes you to the Para Sailing Platform.IMG_6983

o   Tiffany’s is another show that is Unique to Pattaya. It’s a Dance and Music show performed by 300+ Artists wearing Glitzy Costumes and performed on a Grand Set, which changes every 5 minutes. This cost of this one hour show is 800B to 1200B. But if you can trace a Local/Tout outside the complex then you can get the ticket 200 to 300B cheaper. The Thai Govt has this provision to give a Discount to Thai Citizens on Entry Tickets to all Country owned Entertainment places. This is a Huge Revenue Generator for Locals, and helps you saving some money. We had planned to see the Show for 800B(Mezzanine), but when we realised that we can get 1200 B ticket(VIP GOLD)  for 800 B, we went ahead with that and enjoyed the show, sitting in the First Row in the centre. So it is not only about Saving Money, but also to get more Bang for your Buck.

o   Also, One place that you Can and should Visit is “Ripley’s Believe it or Not” It’s next to Hotel Marriot in Royal Garden Plaza and has around 13 Attractions to offer. You can choose to see 3 Attractions for 500B or 7 Attraction for 1000B and so on.  My Son Hargun saw it and Loved it.

o   One More place that is unique to Pattaya is it’s Walking Street(Beach Road). This Street has a Mix of Dance Bars, Pubs “etc etc etc”. This place gets into its full mood post 9 and carries on till early morning. Don’t take your Kids along. Stay Safe and in case of any problem, you shall see a Policeman within 40 Meters.

o   As I mentioned earlier, avoid all other shows (Floating Market, Dolphin Show etc.). If you want, you can get to see them in Bangkok at a much grander scale.

o   Food: if you are a Non vegetarian and that too a Sea Food Eater, then This place is a paradise. Stop anywhere, eat anything and you shall love it.

o   If you are a vegetarian, then you can’t have anything even at Mc Donalds. Then Burger King is the Choice with it’s Vegetarian Burger.

o   The best way to enjoy Food is to have it from carts. Steamed Pork Sausages, Fried Chicken, Roasted Fish, Squids, Chicken Rolls, Fruit Salads, Fruit Juices. Everything you Eat/Drink would be great. Along the Beach road, there are a Few Mc Donalds, StarBucks, Burger King, KFC which are open 24 hours. Also, you may find a “Seven Eleven Department Store” every 400 Meters and there you can have Heat and Eat Meals, Drinks, Dry Cakes and much more tasty stuff.



Shall Add some more information in my Next Blog. That would Include, What to Eat, Where to Eat, Knowledge of Currency notes, Where to shop, How to Travel, Important Thai Words to remember etc. etc.

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Gurpreet, What are your Views on AAP in Delhi?

Lot of my Friends ask me about why I don’t write about Political changes/happenings in Delhi.

And was asked again a few minutes ago…….So thought to write about it…….

Its very rare when I don’t have point of view.



Very Frankly… I was not very impressed with AAP when they started and the way they started.
But then again I have been believer of Contrarion Theories… And Liked the Way they rose like Phoenix with an Entrepreneurial Attitude and won many hearts.

Yes, even after being in Power… They are making some wrong noises… Which does not reflect well even on their own fan base.

But what I love is that they are DOING. Means kuch kar rahe hai…. Humari tarah ghar par nahi baithe.

I love and agree to what Arvind Kejriwal says ( He talks sense and is a Good Orator)… But when I Rethink certain dialogues… Then I realise many things are wrong.

I am person who always thinks and acts more from his Heart than my Mind.

And Somehow, my Heart is not willing to agree ki jo ho raha hai accha ho raha hai!

Only reason that I restrain to talk about these issues on FB forum is that, AAP has created Fan Buoys like Apple had.They will even Fight and defend some Illogical Step.. and when facts take back seat, then I slowly Withdraw.

But yes I appreciate their view…. and Agar aane waale samay mein ek BARRA Badlaav aayega.. then Sabse aage khare hokar naara mein lagaunga!

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Paanch Rupye ka Namak Paara-Karam Ka Khel

A Short Experience on how people Don’t Walk the Talk. This is Story of a ShopKeeper who Show offs that he believes in Karma, but Actually does not.

A few Days ago a Friend posted on Eatlo, enquiring about where he can find Bhaji Boxes in Old Delhi or Karol Bagh.


And the Query transported me back by 20 years to a wonderful World, when we stayed in Karol Bagh.It was time when there was not even one day when we didn’t have Matthi, Namak para , Gurr ki Mithai, Tossa at our place.

One reason was that we really loved it and also because the best shops were near our place.
So, as soon it finished, I would pick up my Blue Coloured, Hero Ranger Cycle and rush to grab some more.

So, when it was asked on Eatlo, I could not resist commenting and advising to get it from Mohan Sweets in Desh Bandhu Gupta Market, which was my favourite shop there.


One more reason of this being my Favourite shop was that the Pot Bellied Aged owner would smile seeing me… And would always give an extra piece of Mithai in my hand… irrespective if I bought for Rs 10 or Rs 50.

Today, I was in Karol Bagh for some Work. And as it was Lunch time, I was feeling hungry.
So, I went to Om Corner and had Bhature Cholle.  And then to have some Meetha, headed to nearby Sindhi Corner for Rabri Faluda.

After having my fill, When I was about to come back…… I remembered the post and headed to Mohan Sweets.

The Shop looked the same and brought back many memories.

Even the Salesman behind the Counter was same.

I asked him to pack a 1 Kg Box of Bhaji. In a minute the 48 year old Owner of the shop too joined him and I could remember seeing him Bees Saal pehle.



(Pic of the Bhaji Box I Bought)

Meanwhile a Group of School Students came there. And one of them Stretched his hand with a Rs 10 note and asked for “Paanch Rupye ke Namak pare” And the Owner Said.. “Chal aage ja”.

Was really astonished to see this attitude of the owner. The kid with his head bowed down walked away.

And I wondered how a Shopkeeper can talk like this. Rather, he should have taken Rs 5 and give whatever the Weighing scale would have justified. Or at the maximum Smiled and  told his inability to do so.



(The Boy who came to the Shop is one of these Smiling, Beaming School Children. Couldn’t resist capturing their Innocence)

Firstly, he should not have talked to the Kid like this, also who was his Current Consumer, and would have come back ordering MORE in the future. Just Like I have come today!!


What was more Ironical is that on the Weighing Scale of the Shop, a Doha of Kabir was written citing the Importance of Karma (Pic Attached)


(Pic of the DOHA on the Weighing Scale of Mohan Sweets)

One thing is for Sure that he has lost the Customer in me, But If I go to his Place…. Would surely give him another Kabir  Doha… And probably ask him to paste it facing him


(My planned Gift for the Owner of Mohan Sweets)

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Lift for Wheel Chair in DLF Promenade

Lift for Wheel Chair in DLF Promenade

Lift for wheel chair: If you have Visited DLF Promenade Mall, Vasant Kunj, Then you would have Noticed the 7 step Staircase which leads you there. The Staircase also had an Elevator along with, but it was still a problem for the Disabled or People on wheel chair to climb those steps. To rectify this, The Mall Authorities have installed a small External Lift, specifically for Food Court and Movie Goers. it will surely elate the mood people who had faced some trouble due to this.

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Gandhi temple

Gandhi Jee… A Different Perspective!!

No jee.. I am no Historian and have no interest too.  But yes… I love asking Questions, I love Observing Situations, I love analysing them for my own knowledge.

My only Association with Gandhi jee is that I love him in my pocket. No No Not literally, but because his image is there on the the Indian Currency Notes. Waise for the Information.. to us it seems that he was there on the Currency notes for past many Decades.. but actually it happened only in 1996.


Yesterday was fortunate enough to be at the Book launch of “Gandhi before India” a Book Written by an eminent Historian Mr. RamaChandra Guha. It was good to hear him on why he wrote this book and on some important phases of Gandhi jee’s life. What made the evening more meaningful was reading of Excerpts by the Great Actor Naseeruddin Shah, whose reading was like a Walk through!!


With what I gathered there, with my own experience,  With what I have read and thora bahut apna analysis laga kar.. writing a short note on him Today on his Birthday.

Hopefully it would give you a different insight on Gandhi!! If there is any doubt in the Facts then please do share…

Apart from some facts… some humour has been added, So if you think you may not be able to take it decently, then the blog ends here for you. Best Wishes.


Baaki Dosto.. Carry on… You know how to see the brighter side of Life. The Happier Side! :-)

Hopefully it would give you a different insight on Gandhi!!

  • Gandhi Was a Failure in Rajkot and Mumbai Courts as a Lawyer. Had he been successful here…then he would not have moved to South Africa and then would not have have become as Big for India and fir aaj India Mein chutti na hoti!!
  • Most of what is known about Gandhi’s and Nehru’s Life is derived from letters that they sent or received. So I believe Letters play an Important Role in life and are a good source of information. Just like Photographs are. So I have decided that from today… Apart from having dialogues with my Children which I do regularly.. I would also write letters to them and hand them a print out to file which I and they too can refer back when they may need to.


  • As widely perceived, the Title of Mahatma was not bestowed on him FIRST by Rabindranath Tagore. Rather by a Follower and his Financier/Sponsor Prem Jeewan Patel….. Who wrote it in a Letter to Gandhi’s Mentor Gokhale “That Take care of Him, he is a MAHATMA”. So sometimes… Popular belief is not a Fact!!
  • History suggests that Gandhi jee was not a Good Father, but still he is called “Father of the Nation”. Irony, Isn’t it
  • Gandhi may not be God, But for some he is not less than God. There are two temples in India dedicated to Gandhi.  One is located at Sambalpur in Orissa and the other at Nidaghatta village near Kadur in Chikmagalur district of Karnataka.


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  • On one of his visit to South Africa….. he was beaten black and blue as they didn’t want Asiatics there. He was then not allowed to take a cab and the protesters followed till his place and then they gheraoed the complete area where he stayed. Finally Gandhi was forced by Local police to change his looks and change into local clothing and reach safely to the local police station. Kuch pane ke liye kuch khona parrta hai

In Sabarmati Ashram Archives, There is a Log of letters Gandhi Received and Sent. In one Log of 1858, there stands a Name of M.A. Jinnah and 2 letters were shared. No one knows what those letters would contain. Was he actually Muhammad Ali Jinnah, The so called Founder of Pakistan? But only Assumptions can be made and as Mr Guha pointed out… that Jinnah was also a lawyer and those days his practice was not good, So MAY BE…… both of them were planning to be partners in South Africa. Means the FATHER OF BOTH NATIONS were in touch somehow 50 years before independence took place. Mast hai na? :-)

Reminds me that on one of my Sojourns to Chor Bazar in Delhi, I happened to see one book… Chotti si thi…. Don’t know what struck me… And I asked “Bhaiya kitne ki” he said Rs 10, I knew they negotiate and always carried khulle paise in my pocket. So gave him Rs 5 and moved on… And Bhaiya said, “nahi nahi dus hi lagenge”, And then I gave a Re 1 coin to him and moved on with my copy brought for Rs 6.

It was only reaching home I realised that Book was on Gandhi Called “My Student Days”

  • It was Published in 1960
  • Has been Signed by the Publisher Anand T Hingorani
  • It Was gifted to Great teacher of all times K G Saiyidain, Who was the Director of Education, Jammu and Kashmir State from 1938 to 1945.
  • The original Cost of the Book in 1960 was Re 1.50


Would like to end this with a Few Words of Gandhi which hold more relevance now that it did earlier…… Hope we all adhere to it and Make our Life and of People around our better



You have something to Add, Criticize or Compliment? Please do :-)



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Sun is Shining, the Sky is Blue, There is an Opportunity rising for Me and You….

Abhi, While Converting my Diary of 2002 to Digital form, I discovered a short poem I used in that Day’s page. (1st July 2002)

Felt like Sharing as it is a beautiful Morning message!

“Sun is Shining, the Sky is Blue,
There is an Opportunity rising for Me and You,
With every Dawning of the Sun,
New opportunities have just begun,
With every breaking of the morn,
Fresh opportunities are newly born”

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Kuch Chehre Aise bhi……… #1


Today While visiting the slums In KathPutli Colony, Shaadi Pur for our Jaadui Pitara, We
(me and Shashank Aggarwal) happened to stop at the Gujarati School to talk to Children. In the Process… Achank my Nazar got attracted to the Register(Note Book) of the Girl in picture.
Her Entire Register was full and Each Word was like a Pearl.Itni Acchi Handwriting!!!!!Just goes on to Prove that Good Virtues do not depend on Good Environment, Money, Resources…. But on the Human being Him/Herself!!!PS: My Handwriting is such that If I write Now….. Then after an Hour it will be even tough for me to read what I have Written 

The Complete Page of Register.
The Gujarati School… Where 35 student were studying!!”Kuch Chehre Aise bhi………..” is a Series by me which Portrays and Salutes People who cross my way and Inspire me to keep Going. People who do not Blame Situations, But Make the Most out of it.
People who Create Solutions rather than problems.
People who believe in themselves and make others do the same. People who are Twinkling Stars and bring Cheer to even on Moonless Nights!

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