Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Munchin' thru Indore's Sarafa Bazar

An unplanned trip to Indore was a total delight !! The highlight was a walk thru Sarafa Bazar's famous eating places with inflationaryproof prices is a foodie's dream come true :) These vibrant "khau gallis"come alive post 830 pm; once the main wholesale market shuts down for the day.

     Rabdi, Gajar ka halwa & the lucky shopkeeper with unlimited access to them :)
    Another of my fave - Gulab jamun along with Malpua..
            Ever tried Gulab Jamun on a butterscotch ice cream?? A sinful combo..

Butte ka khees - grated corn toppped with chopped onions, sev etc..                        Another local fave..

Dahi Bada - not vada ; as it is pronounced in Mumbai.. Preferably had at Joshi Dahi Bada shop in Sarafa; where he tosses Dahi bada in the air ; without a single drop spilling out..

Gajar Halwa .. missing it :( 

A indicative price list of sinful delights !!!

Crowded street scene in Sarafa Bazar..

Khajrana Ganesh Temple
Khajrana Ganesh Temple - Built in 1875, by Rani Ahilya Bai Holkar, this is supposed to be the tallest Ganapati statue in the world measuring 8 meters.

Rajwada during the night..

flying out of Indore :( 

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Trip down the memory lane - Old pics of Bombay aka Mumbai

Came across these magnificant old Bombay [ not Mumbai !! ] pics. Can you ever imagine VT station looking like this or a bird's eye view of Flora Fountain [ not Hutamata chowk !!!]. Check out Churchgate station.. It was just a shed back in 1910's.. Its pretty sad to see VT- Flora Fountain - Colaba stretch with its heritage buildings being totally defaced & neglected & over run with huge population; who have " no time to stand & stare" - as in the poem learnt in school !

VT Station minus the defacement, posters & the trash !!

Churchgate Station - 1910s

Colaba station [yes !! there was a railway station back then; before it was demolished ] or is it Churchgate station ??

Can you ever imagine that this Flora Fountain ?????

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

A quickie trip to the beautiful city of Mysore.. Luv its laidback life, lush greenery, colonial buildings & wonderful markets.. Tourist Delight !!!

Mysore city from Chammundeshwari Hills

Mysore Palace

Another shot of the palace.. Luv its grandeur

Palace Gardens

Crouching Tiger made from a single rock

Palace Temple

Chamundeshwari Temple

Another view of Chamundeshwari  Temple

Stone carvings on the chariot

Royal Family Deity

Mahishasura - Demon

Famous Nandi Bull

Flower offerings

Kaleidoscope of colors !!

Wooden Toys - Blast from the past !!!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Rediscovering Nature - Trek along railway tracks to Dudhsagar Falls

Imagine a lush deciduous forest surrounded by deep ravines, a railway track snaking through it & to top it - a spectacular waterfall!!

Welcome to Dudhsagar Falls - listed as India's 5th tallest waterfall & a four tiered waterfall with a total height of 310 meters.  The Khandepar river, a tributary of Mandovi flows through the western ghats. The falls is known for its milky white appearance and hence the name (in Hindi, Dudhsagar means ocean of milk). Mythology mentions that a prince played peeping tom on a bathing princess in the river. Embarrassed; she poured the jug of milk in front of him to form an improvised curtain to hide her body, while the maids rushed to cover her with her dress.[it’s unclear whether she ended up marrying him; as it often happens in mythological stories ! ]

The story goes that , it is that sweetened milk that cascades down the mountain slope to this day as tribute to the virtue and modesty of the Princess, as the "Dudhsagar Falls".
Dudhsagar - a preview
To experience its spectacular beauty; you have to visit it at least once. Having heard quite a lot about it from my dad – who spent a major part of his childhood in that region; we decided to visit the place. Time has stood still to a large extent; since my dad’s childhood days in the region; except for two major changes – it is now an Indian territory [remember Dudhsagar is in Goa – previously a Portuguese controlled state] & now it’s a big time tourist attraction. The best time to visit the falls is during the fag end of monsoons & preferably on weekdays; when it is relatively less crowded. Monsoon can be real intense & it is best to avoid a trek during this time.

The visit was a spur of the moment thing & obviously; we had to rough it out. However; with proper planning; one can catch the passenger trains & directly reach the falls. But then; there is no fun; unless you trek it to the falls & enjoy the spectacular views en route – which would be totally lost in a speeding train!

CastleRock station
Settlement nr Castlerock
Checkpost + customs during Portuguese rule
We took an early morning train to Londa Junction & from there reached CastleRock station. Castle Rock used to be the last Indian station during Portuguese times & there used to a border check post with Customs officials to prevent smuggling of gold, silver, liquor, cashews & other precious commodities. At CastleRock; we were banking on a goods train to ferry us to the falls. Unfortunately; there were no goods trains scheduled; so we had to start our trek to the falls.

The trek from Castle Rock station to Dudhsagar is approx 14 km hike along the rail track; passing through approx 15 -16 tunnels (typically averaging 180 meters). One must admire the tenacity of Britishers / Portuguese who built the tunnels & rail line amidst such tough conditions. This is the most scenic route with various waterfalls, dense vegetation & lots of beautiful butterflies! Luckily; monsoon was already on its way out & we were thus spared of incessant rains. 
Trek starts !!


Ropeway adjoining Castlerock

Valley enroute

Waterfall thru an arch
We trekked to Caranzol station – small shed that passes off as a station. This station is purely for operational purposes to monitor train movements. We were lucky to hitch a lift in a goods train going towards Dudhsagar enroute to Madgaon. This 35 + wagon train was pulled by 3 locomotive engines. This is an indication of the toughness of the ghats section. We were put up in the driver’s cabin of the middle engine & had the entire empty cabin to ourselves. Travelling in the engine’s cabin was another spectacular 1st for me. Totally cherished the moment! We reached the falls within 15 minutes. The entire trek + train hitch to the falls took us approx 3 hours. Legs were aching; but the entire trek was worth it.

Goa border starts :)
Old Brit / Portuguese built tunnel . Notice the Cross & Gun stations on the top

Tunnel - Light @ end of the tunnel  .. As in life?? 

me in the engine cabin

My first reaction to the falls was a big “WOW”!! The falls is spectacular; with water gushing down in full force. True to its name; it looks like a cascade of milk pouring down the mountain. Luckily; being a week day; there were few tourists around; thus enabling us to take in the beauty of the falls. There is a rail bridge that runs parallel to the falls. The water rushes down the mountains & forms a pond at the bottom and then flows downwards below the railway bridge to continue its journey to Mandovi.
Welcome to Dudh Sagur - a old stone tablet

Dudhsagar in it's full glory !!

Closeup & the pond at bottom
The scene of a train passing besides the falls; with sprays splashing on the compartments is beautiful!! The typical inhabitants of any Indian tourist place –  monkeys were in abundance. However; unlike their other counterparts; these monkeys were non aggressive & did not believe in grabbing things.

It was nearing late noon & things get dark very fast. So; began our downward trek to our journey to Goa. We had become experts by now & so the trek was less tiring. We trekked along the railway line  to Sonaulim station – a small rail station. We again were lucky enough to get a lift in a good train engine – similar to the one mentioned above. So; I was lucky enough to travel in locomotive engine driver’s cabin twice in a single day !

From  Sonaulim; we travelled to Kulem (Collem) railway station – the last place of civilisation on the Goa side. The Goan adventures is for another blog!!

Would strongly recommend visiting Dudhsagar between late August & mid October. Late monsoons; the trek is pleasant & the water flow is strong. During non monsoon months, the water flow is considerably reduced; but still a force to be reckon with. Also; suggest checking the train schedules; unless if you wish to rough it out like us.  Also; beware of leeches (animal form. Human forms – you will encounter on the weekends). We were also lucky not to encounter either form ! :) :)

So; enjoy your Dudhsagar trip !!! 

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Hindu Blog: Hanuman and Shani – The story of why worshipping H...

Hey people,
Can across an interesting story on the connection with Lord Hanuman & Lord Shani. Being a Lord Shani  devotee; i often go to a nearby temple on Saturdays and was often curious to see Lord Shani's photo next to Lord Hanuman.
Thanks to google; came across this interesting article.

Hindu Blog: Hanuman and Shani – The story of why worshipping H...: There is a popular belief that worshiping Hindu God Hanuman will help in removing the hardships caused by Shani Bhagavan or Saturn. People w...

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Challenges and Opport 4 online learning prgm’s success in India - Suhas Katti

Online learning in India has taken off in a big way in the past few years. This popularity can be attributed to a large number of working professionals and students; who have found it a highly convenient tool to upgrade their learning curve; without having to disrupt their regular activities. A professional or student living in a small town can easily get access to the best course materials, faculty expertise of the various prestigious institutions like IIMs, XLRI, IIITs among others.
This boom in online learning has seen the market grown by approx $ 200 million to an estimated $ 1 billion by the end of 2010; according to Business Week, a business magazine. This has attracted well known names like IITs, IIMs, Sikkim Manipal University and private online learning companies like NIIT, Educomp Solutions and TutorVista. Even, foreign universities are not far behind to be a part of India’s booming online learning business. It is reported that Carnegie Mellon University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Cornell University are also exploring tie-ups in India to offer courses in engineering, finance, management and human resource to Indian students.
The India growth story has seen a boom in several sectors like retail, real estates, financial services and a subsequent talent crunch; since the demand & supply for talent in these sectors is largely skewed in favor of demand. This has created a lot of demand for online learning catering to these sectors. The end users are typical working professionals who feel the need to enhance their skills and learning curve with best possible learning to further their careers.
Educational institutions, too are taking to online education in a big way. Quite often they are understaffed and their courses are in great demand by students & professionals who want to access their quality education. This puts a constraint on the universities resources. Online learning is only the way out.

The challenges facing online learning in India are:
1. Infrastructural bottlenecks seriously, hamper the growth of online learning to small towns and ‘tier three‘ cities; where there is an entire market waiting to be tapped. The power shortages along with poor bandwidth connectivity are the major impediments.
2. Online degrees are perceived poorly by general public as compared to the regular full time degrees. This perception needs to be changed in order to make online educational successful in India and this is happening slowly & steadily.

3. The course fees are prohibitively expensive as compared to regular courses. Also, banks refuse to give educational loans for online courses. There is a need to make them more affordable to attract more users.

4. Several of the online courses are autonomous; not recognized by the universities or regulatory authorities. There is a need to make these courses widely acceptable and recognized by educational authorities & the industry.

5. The course content is not standardized; especially in case of autonomous courses. This is again one of the reasons for lack of recognisation by industry.

The above challenges notwithstanding; several opportunities abound for growth of online learning business. Large population of young professionals and students, who are interested in upgrading their skills, present an opportunity. Lack of infrastructure in terms of quality education, colleges; especially in small towns are also blessing in disguise for the spread of online learning. Several PE & VC firms are showing interest in online learning business; thus indicating widespread opportunities in online learning business.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

my poems - suhas katti

Hey everybody...
I was going thru my old files & came across my amateurish attempts in writing poetry.

The below poem was written; while waiting for a friend on a date..This was written as a dedication to her. The person is long gone & was spared the agony of being in a relationship with me !! :)

Ever since I met you;
you've cured my blues.
you set my heart on fire;
you are the woman I desire....

Time weighs heavy on my mind,
when you are away from me
That I pine for your return any one can see,
Oh dear !! come back soon;
release me from my gloom .....

Being a typical Geminian; one of my weak points is that i get bored real fast & this makes me restless & fidgety.During one such moments,the below poem was created.
Travel is something that i really enjoy..

Give me life ; Give me freedom ..
Unshackle me from these chains of boredom,
I wish to fly ; fly in the deep blue skies,
exploring the world to my heart's desire,
oh Lord ! Put an end to my discontent !! Let me fly to my hearts content !!

suhas katti

Saturday, November 28, 2009

.The Devil's Dictionary -- Financial Edition by MATTHEW ROSE - Suhas Katti

Hi Guys ,
Came acros a funny dictionary by MATTHEW ROSE while surfing Wall Street Journal..
Hopefully, the Financial Crisis is behind us - Dubai debacle notwithstanding.. & i thought to share this funny article with you all..

Enjoy reading !!! :)

Just as the financial crisis has morphed into a daily grind instead of a daily fire drill, its peculiar argot has found its way into everyday conversations. This is probably an unwelcome surprise to those not conversant with the narrow byways of Wall Street. So, in the spirit of Ambrose Bierce -- whose "Devil's Dictionary," originally published in 1906 as "The Cynic's Word Book," provided a guide to the political and cultural language of the day -- here is a Wall Street Journal Baedeker to acronyms, neologisms and bastardizations that shape the popular understanding of the pickle in which we remain one full year after the collapse of Lehman Brothers.

Journal Community
Discuss: What's on your financial crisis word list?
.AAA, n., obsolete. A rhetorical device used to dupe buyers into purchasing securities backed by shacks dressed as houses, and to secure the highest possible spot in telephone directories. Common usage: AAA Septic Drainage and Mortgage Backed Security Services.


BAILOUT, n. First known use: Noah. Novel regressive taxation scheme whereby vast sums of capital are transferred from those citizens who didn't participate in the illusory Bacchanalia of the housing bubble to those who did and weren't clever enough to get out in time.

BANK, GOOD, n., archaic. Sober, conservative, risk-averse institutions designed to midwife customers' capital and enable prudent lending to deserving businesses and consumers. See Capra, F., the Bailey Building & Loan Association.

BANK, BAD, n. 1. Everyone else. 2. Especially Goldman Sachs.

BANK FAILURE, n. 1. A process by which towns across America are denuded of their feckless local bankers, paving a way into the market for feckless private-equity investors. 2. An increasingly common Twitter tag that spikes on Friday afternoons. See #bankfail, #wheresmymoney, #runitsthefdic.

BORROWERS, n. For liberals, the unwitting dupes of unscrupulous bankers and lenders whom one shouldn't blame for the crisis. For conservatives, irresponsible graspers with a credit-busting taste for cathedral-ceilinged entryways and 70-inch flat-screen televisions whom one should absolutely blame for the crisis.

CHRYSLER, v.t. To torch all pre-existing contractual obligations. Entered dialect after Truman's seizure of U.S. steel mills. Reference spotted in 1952 editions of obsolete periodical "Steel and Steelmen," under the "News You Can Smelt" section: "We just got Chryslered!"

CREDIT-DEFAULT SWAP, n. loose translation from the original Latin "ubi mel ibi apes," or "where there's honey there are bees." 1. A complex financial instrument vital to the functioning of a modern economy in the way it spreads risk among consenting parties. (Greenspan, A., pre-Sept. 2008.) 2. A complex financial instrument that nearly destroyed modern capitalism (Greenspan, A., post-Sept. 2008).

CREDIT LINE, n. A set amount of borrowed money available only to those who don't need it.

CREDIT-RATING FIRMS, n. Firms that do scant rating of people with scant credit.

DEFICIT, n. For the party in power, at worst a minor irritant and at best a precondition for economic growth. For the minority, the gravest threat to the stability of the Republic.

DEFLATION, n. The state of being when confronting unified theories of the financial crisis with grand names -- The Great Contraction, The End to Moderation, The Bubble Era -- that don't, in fact, explain much more than our continuing inability to agree why we are in such a deep hole.

FEEDBACK LOOP, n. Process by which the significance of an event is amplified by constant repetition. Orig: CNBC. See ADVERSE FEEDBACK LOOP.

GREEN SHOOTS, n. 1. The first signs of spring, often clobbered by summer's heat and autumn's rain. 2. A sign the economy is falling apart more slowly than previously thought. Related: DAISIES, PUSHING UP. See also THINKING, WISHFUL.

LIGHT TOUCH, n., obsolete. Theory of regulation in which financial companies recycle profits to lawmakers as campaign contributions, prompting them to relax the rules until the banks inevitably mess it up, at which point the dominant theory switches to "heavy hand," prompting years of economic contraction and the cycle to repeat.

PPIP, or PUBLIC-PRIVATE INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIP, v.t. Orig: Gladys Knight. To use a form of hypnotism in which merely saying you intend to fix a problem has the effect of making everyone forget about the problem. Usage: "We really peepipped Congress on those AIG bonuses." See ASSETS, TOXIC.

QUANTITATIVE EASING, n. A regulatory approach based on the point in Western movies when the sheriff, having fired all available bullets, in an act of final desperation throws his gun at the bad guys. See also INFLATION, HYPER.

RESET, v.t. A process by which an initial expectation is altered to another expectation, as in mortgage payments, or deficits or personal fulfillment. As in, "I have reset my views of financial regulation."

RISK MANAGEMENT, n. Until recently, the process by which banks make giant bets with other people's money before persuading someone else to take the fall. Currently known as "federal supervision."

SECURED CREDITORS, n. In modern American capitalism, the parties last in line for repayment after a company's failure. The others in line include the government, unions, sundry suppliers, friends of the union, friends of the government, unsecured creditors and people vaguely familiar with the matter.

STIMULUS, n. An indeterminate sum of taxpayer money used to generate violent debate. Previously known as "government spending."

STRESS TEST, n. 1. A measure of arterial blood flow to the head. 2. Alchemic process by which struggling, undercapitalized banks are transformed into paragons of modern finance. (See BANKS, GOOD.) Also known as the "Timothy F. Geithner Seal of Approval," which some bankers insist is good until it isn't anymore. (See BANKS, BAD.)

SUBPRIME, adj. A measure of diminished intellectual capacity and increased financial mendacity.

TANGIBLE COMMON EQUITY, n. unknown origin. Definition unknown; purpose unknown; how it's calculated, unknown; what federal regulators think it means, unknown. Usages: "Macbeth," Shakespeare, W., Act II, Scene (i): "Is this TCE which I see before me...I have thee not, and yet I see thee still."

TARP, n. acronym. 1. A synthetic device designed to cover up an unsightly mess, or to protect perishable goods (firewood, banks) from the ravages of the elements, typically costing somewhere between $12.99 and $700 billion. 2. Prime example of how governments use otherwise anodyne acronyms, abbreviations and sports metaphors to disguise matters of controversy. See also TALF, TLGP, TURF, FHFA, BACKSTOP, WRAP, OFHEO and SPECTRE.

TOO BIG TO FAIL, idiom. Banks, insurance companies, car companies, presidential approval ratings, Fed chairmen seeking second terms, other people who think they should be Fed chairman, the reputations of people who'd be responsible for letting things fail. Antonym: TOO BORING TO SAVE.

TOXIC ASSETS, n. 1. A collection of bad loans and other botched financial bets that caused big losses for banks, prompted a credit crunch and sank the economy (Sept. 2008 to May 2009). 2. Long-term investments that will pay handsomely when the housing market recovers (June 2009 onward).

U-SHAPED RECOVERY, n . An opportunity for economists to incorrectly predict the timing and nature of the recession's end just as successfully as they incorrectly predicted its inception, depth and duration. Variants include V-shaped recovery, L-shaped recovery and :-( shaped recovery.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Another of my fave movie - Serendipity : Suhas Katti

Hey people !!
The other day on PIX movie channel ; i happened to see the movie " Serendipity" again fter a long time. This must be the 8th or 9th time i must have watched the movie again. never tire of watching the reruns.. mainly because of its unique story line.. For those who have missed it, strongly recommend watching the movie.. The short synopsis is for your reference; with the hope it entices you to watch the movie :)

New York City, just before Christmas. The last pair of black cashmere gloves in Bloomingdale's is on its way to the counter. As the gloves arrive, Sara (Kate Beckinsale) and Jonathan (John Cusack) claim them simultaneously. And so it begins--Sara and Jonathan go to a little coffee shop, named Serendipity, to decide who gets the gloves. They skate in Central Park. They look at the stars--the Cassiopeia constellation has the same pattern as the freckles on Sara's forearm. She writes her phone number in a book, saying she'll sell it to a random bookstore tomorrow. Jonathan writes his number on a five-dollar bill and she gives it to a street vendor. If destiny means them to be together, the book will find him, and the five-dollar bill will find her. Several years later--in New York--Jonathan is about to marry Hally (Bridget Moynahan). On the West Coast, Lars (John Corbett) proposes to Sara. Both Jonathan and Sara remember their delightful night. Jonathan sets out with friend Dean (Jeremy Piven) to find the book. Sara, with her friend Eve (Molly Shannon), flies to New York looking for Jonathan. Crisp direction from Peter Chelsom, a witty script by Marc Klein, and beautiful performances by John Cusak and Kate Beckinsale, make SERENDIPITY a delightful romantic comedy.

Below is another favourite part from the movie..

Jonathan Trager's Obituary

Prominent television producer for ESPN, died last night from complications of losing his soul mate and his fiancee. He was 35 years old. Soft-spoken and obsessive, Trager never looked the part of a hopeless romantic. But, in the final days of his life, he revealed an unknown side of his psyche. This hidden quasi-Jungian persona surfaced during the Agatha Christie-like pursuit of his long reputed soul mate, a woman whom he only spent a few precious hours with. Sadly, the protracted search ended late Saturday night in complete and utter failure. Yet even in certain defeat, the courageous Trager secretly clung to the belief that life is not merely a series of meaningless accidents or coincidences. Uh-uh. But rather, its a tapestry of events that culminate in an exquisite, sublime plan. Asked about the loss of his dear friend, Dean Kansky, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and executive editor of the New York Times, described Jonathan as a changed man in the last days of his life. "Things were clearer for him," Kansky noted. Ultimately Jonathan concluded that if we are to live life in harmony with the universe, we must all possess a powerful faith in what the ancients used to call "fatum", what we currently refer to as destiny.

Hope you all enjoy watching the movie..

suhas katti

Saturday, May 9, 2009

school memories - suhas katti

Since past few weeks ; i have been reconnecting with my friends from school days.. It has been more than a decade since i last met them.. Thanks to the wonderful tool called Internet; reconnecting with people who used to be a part of my teen life has been easy. Meeting them was like a trip down the memory lane.. adolescence crushes; birthday parties, classroom mischiefs, school picnics and other pleasant memories came out unleashed.. It struck me that in this mad rat race quest to achieve wealth & success; we often fail to realise the little pleasures of life...
suhas katti
PS: The guy in the top row (8th from the left) is me. This is my IInd class pic.Hard to believe i had a huge mop of hair :)