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2007 August : Positive Peace

Escapism coupled with optimism, makes you feel good about your life. You feel a sense of certainty of what you will accomplish in the near future.

“Dare to dream” are the kind of dreams which are about something you want but are not willing to accept that as a possibility even in your dreams. Short sightedness, cynicism, fear and negativity cloud your rationale and discourage you from even thinking about the things you really want to do/ you always wanted to do. Life is not a movie, get real, think practically, etc. is what you tell yourself, because this is what the others have told you. Why do we let others to teach us to think? or rather let others set boundaries even on our imagination?

Dreams are a waste of time. Dreams are where you want to take your life. Jealousy exists. Even in your dreams. Why else would you compare in your dreams? These are still dreams.

I urge you and DARE you to dream. Dream beyond your fears and insecurities. Dream about the things you dreamt as a kid in school or as a 17-year old rebel. What stopped you? Did the priorities change for good? Dream about what you want your life to be in 5 years and think how will it be in 5 years if you simply continue without working on the ideas that you just dreamt.

I have been here for over 8 months and have lived through 2 tragic occurrences of serial bomb blasts. I’ve been to the places where the blasts took place in the past. I could’ve easily been the victim. Just as I could’ve easily been the victim of the blasts in the Mumbai trains. It is beyond the cops with the current security infrastructure to track down the explosives and defuse them in time. I strongly feel we need security cameras monitoring activity in every public place. Not just one or two but several cameras covering every possible suspicious activity, everywhere in all the metros and larger towns. It is so easy to plant bombs in every public place. A person can walk around and silently place it in some discrete corner or even under a chair and just disappear and then trigger the bomb at will.

For the media its simply business, they are happy that they have some interesting masala news which they can keep streaming in as Breaking News on their channels. One particular channel was showing live gruesome footage of blood and dead bodies/body parts at the crime scene with an apology for the images being so horrid. WHAT IS THE POINT? Why are you showing it if you feel it is inappropriate, isnt there some sort of censorship on the kind of gore that can be shown on TV? Did your channel plant the bomb? Did the terrorist call you up and let you know so that you could be the first one to broadcast this? What are you so proud of? You are all smiles that you could put it up on your channel before the others could reach there? Did your TV crew bother to help the injured who didn’t have enough ambulances available at that moment?

Zero security, insufficient rescue efforts, super bureaucracy, commercial news channels and ever-rising prices come along with the drudgery of being a middle class or a lower class person. These are the harsh truths of being an Indian, there is absolutely no security. Bribes are a way of life. There are positives, but these negatives cannot be ignored and they are the ones that always haunt us perpetually.

I am at home, and using a limited internet connection where the bandwidth is monitored and I am paying about 14 cents for every MB of internet I use. Its a pain. I have to actually monitor how much bandwidth I have used every 10 mins. Google Video & YouTube is impossible and so is using Picasa.

I regret not taking up an unlimited connection. How I wish bandwidth was free, free as in free beer as well as freedom.

After facing the ridiculous prices over here, I am almost convinced to pay more to my ISP in Hyderabad, because his prices seem a lot more reasonable and it would help if I had a faster connection. When I say faster i mean upgrading to 128k from 64k.

Is there anyway I could have real broadband at affordable prices with no tab on bandwidth? Post a comment and tell me how much do you pay for internet at home, giving me the following details:

1. City, Country
2. Speed in terms of kbps or MBps
3. limited/unltd ? any offers/restrictions on time (for example night unltd)?
4. Cost per month in Indian rupees or US$
5. your download/upload records, if any.

I’ll give you my details:

1. Hyderabad, India
2. 64kbps
3. unlimited
4. 450 rupees per month (about 11US$)
5. Never really leeched enough to create records on this connection ;(

and

1. Bombay, India
2. 256 kbps
3. 100 MB limited bandwidth
4. 300 rupees per month (about 6 US$)
5. is it possible?

WordPress & Blogger 🙂
Never bothered to try LiveJournal or TypePad.
I blog on these platforms, either via email or through SribeFire, apart from the web interface. WordPress sidebar was another addon which i have used in the past. Blogger.com offers the email option which is not offered on WordPress.com but is available on the hosted version.

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I had 6 windows and more than 40 tabs open. The browser had not been restarted in the last 3 days. Not surprised because I already have so many extensions installed as well. This is the maximum consumption of RAM I have ever noticed on any machine with 1 GB physical ram.

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