Friday, November 20, 2009

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Was looking for some free PHP obfuscator. found one at www.codeeclipse.com cheers.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Sleep well to improve immunity

Dr Sarika Rakshe, Paediatrician highlights the importance of sleep. Getting enough sound sleep helps boost immunity in humans. Sound sleep ensures our body has different paths of protein synthesis which improves the natural defence system agains bacteria and virus.
Another important aspect is a good diet. Avoid junk food and instead give Vitamin C and A rich fruits and vegetables like Guava, lemon, oranges, sprouts, spinach, carrots, leafy vegetables which help build the build the immune system.
Adding a small amount of lemon grass, tulsi leaves, ginger in regular tea or daily cuisine also boosts immunity.
Fluids are also important to replenish the water in the body of the child. If there is sufficient water, the dehydration effect will be less and the child will feel less tired, thus stronger against viral attacts

How to make children eat healthy snacks

Dr Babu Joseph, Director of National Institute of Naturopathy highlights the importance of Snacks as an important part of child's diet.To ensure that children snack is appropriate and healthy and with interest, the parents need to prepare and make delicious and nutritious dishes. Making it decorative in shapes, colours, appealing smell and tasty will ensure that the child will eat it with enthusism.
There are lots of different food itemts which give different colours, smell and taste to the food that will impress the children. For example
Carrots give a orangish hue.
Beetroots give a reddish hue
Coconuts give a distinct flavour
Spinnach or palakh give a greenish hue
Oranges give a tangy flavour.
Visual appeal of the food decides whether children will eat the food with interest. Dates stuffed with coconut mixed with jaggery syrup can be given since it is high in nutritional value. If a nut(dry-fruit) is added, it gives more nutritious value as it contains maximum minerals and glucose, proteins, fat and omega 3 and 6 factors can be derived through this.
Another easy food are ladoos such as mixed nut ladoo, mixed cereal millets ladoo, mixed fruits sweet and many more natural items that are rich in nutritional values. These can be added to children’s tiffin boxes for eating in their snack time.
The children will grow/ develop strong muscles and pure blood. They will also develop positive habits and positive thinking.
if we prepare healthy nutritional snacks then the habits of junk/ fast food will reduce promoting healty kids

Friday, October 02, 2009

Boost immunity with dry fruits by

Dr Anand Pandit is a leading Pediatrician in Pune. He suggests dry fruits to boost immunity.
The common dry fruits that are available are almonds, peanuts, hazelnuts, walnuts, cashew nuts, pistachios and chestnuts. The children tend to enjoy the nuts while keeping them healthy as the nuts are rich in proteins, mono saturated fatty acids and important nutrients.
They are especially good to reduce the hyperactive hormones of the hyperactive children. The dry fruits also help reduce heart diseases.
Omega 3 and fatty acids present in the nuts are useful in modifying neuro transmitters which are necessary for the development of the brain.
For those with a tight budget can switch to peanuts for proteins. Almonds are also a good source of Vitamin E, B1, B2, B3 apart from proteins and mono saturated fats. Cashewnuts contains Selenium which helps boost the immunity.
Raisins, dates and figs have high fibre and excellent lactation value.
Dr also recommends 4 almonds or 4 walnuts or 25 peanuts mixed in Dates / raisins or figs to form a laddu. This makes the dry fruit snack portable and can be given in a tiffin while building the immune system.

How to make cleanliness a habit (Fit for Life)

Dr Dilip Sharda (President of Indian Medical Association) tells us how the H1N1 virus showed how poor our immune system is.
As prevention is better than cure, if we have clean environment we can have a better health
To change the society to be more clean, we need to start from the children. If we are successful in making cleanliness a habit into children. They will question elders when they are making the place dirty. Sadly there is poor civic sense in our society. We see people spitting on the road, blowing horn at the red lights, talking on the cellphone while driving, etc without thinking for a second whether they are doing something wrong.
If we instill spitting on the road is a bad habit into these young minds then this unhealthy practice will reduce.
Since most of the toilets in the municipal schools are dirty, children avoid going to the toilets. This tends to cause Urinary tract infections. School authorities should ensure that the toilets are clean.
Anaemia is rampant in the poor strata of the society while obesity is rampant in the
well to do strata of the society.
Its the responsibility of the parents to instill personal hygiene into children. Simple habits like taking a clean handkerchief goes a long way. Prevention costs little but still people then to pay through the nose for the treatment rather than prevention.
Simple tips on health and hygiene will provide an insight into the need for creating healthy surroundings to keep our children fit.
Parent should not install the habit of instant gratification into the children as later the children try different tactics to get their demands fulfilled.
A healthy child is one who is physically fit and also mentally and socially fit.
As Swami Vivekanad said a healthy mind leaves in a healthy body.

Fit for life initiatvie

DNA newspaper recently started a fit for life initiative involving a number of doctors/ parents and teachers.
The series brings across different ways to improve the fitness and increase your immunity. We welcome the initiative and we will bring across the points raised in this series for our readers.
Imparting cleanliness as a habit to your children
Boosting immunity by dry fruits
Making Snacks Healthy
Sleep well for enhanced immunity

Monday, September 07, 2009

Lose your licence for talking on your cellphone

If you are caught in a traffic jam or itching to talk to a friend, Well, don’t. Starting today, calling, sending a text message or even listening to music through earphones while in the driver’s seat will cost you your driver’s licence – forever! It doesn’t matter if your vehicle is stationary at a traffic signal, you’re still culpable. What’s more, you cannot use your hands-free, play games, take photos or shoot videos on your phone either. A circular sent out by State Transport Commissioner Deepak Kapoor to all 45 divisions of the Regional Transport Offices (RTO) and other transport offices in the State, including the Mumbai Traffic police, says that those caught using mobile phones while driving will stand to forfeit their licence for good. Kapoor said that drivers in a stationary vehicle in a traffic jam or at a traffic signal also come under the rule.
He added, “For the first time such harsh punishment has been decided upon for those using mobile phones while driving. The circular has already been dispatched to all concerned departments and we have clearly laid down the rule that once the driver sits in the car, he cannot touch his mobile phone until he leaves the driver’s seat. If he flouts the rule, he will be liable for the punishment decided upon.” However, Kapoor clarified, this rule only applies to the driver and not to other occupants of the vehicle. The move came following a letter sent by the Central Government to the transport commissioner indicating that use of mobile phones while driving motor vehicles carried a potential risk of accidents and had been proved to distract the driver, increasing the probability of accidents.
According to the letter, the special committee set up to look into the petitions by Rajya Sabha members on the issue, had taken a very serious note of the fact that use of mobile phones in motor vehicles was on the rise, leading to accidents.
Kapoor said, “Acting on the letter, we recommended that the use of mobile phones while driving be banned in any form and in any manner. We have now directed the officers to disqualify a driver under Rule 21 of the Central Motor Vehicle Rules, 1989, as per the procedure laid down in Section 19 of the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988’ (see ‘Road Rules’).”
Kapoor added that implementation of the punishment would depend on the traffic police officer. “If the driver hangs up before the officer reaches him, he may only have his licence suspended for three months. But if the driver is using the phone when the officer nabs him, he will lose his licence forever,” Kapoor said. He said he would review the cases every month.

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Force Download a file with filename using PHP

To force download a file and specifying a filename we need to send the header as below
header('Content-Disposition: attachment; filename="somefile.someextn"');
if we do not specify the content disposition the the file tends to open in the browser.
hope it helps

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Mhada Mumbai 2009 lottery results for scheme 217

View the mhada mumbai 2009 lottery results for the scheme 217
Lottery numbers



Scheme 217-SC
381965
674277
205155
277581
529098
448150
358071
609712
198837
499821


Scheme 217-ST
549076
720079
535359
53072
217367
298380


Scheme 217-NT
352293


Scheme 217-DT
90040


Scheme 217-JR
653743
389879


Scheme 217-FF
280975
292028


Scheme 217-PH
442601
768136


Scheme 217-DF
292193
56588


Scheme 217-EX
250592
353387
486067
613740
348976


Scheme 217-ME
263312
84931


Scheme 217-SG
779361
593320
107296
360609
121720


Scheme 217-CG
547707
125608


Scheme 217-AR
277624
389341


Scheme 217-GP
668009
55232
688500
496758
182998
718283
567332
400078
292379
102129
433918
57097
674567
547075
521177
446695
284843
804324
565778
804165
346079
575971
167168
357480
574918
210100
353226
450369
202035
204289
470504
189366
2510
358642
647701
491757
8330
787972
217638
447125
621638
608913
625965
450544
179737
601508
338632

Mhada Mumbai 2009 lottery results for scheme 216

Lottery numbers



Scheme 216-SC
176555
165754
496773
462862
430287
483814
706206
409396
694993
5823
590331
551944
48919
421103
355001
328240
646279
130543
180364
496776
589558
43340
6759
495376
372072
257276
206425
668111
307868
657802
687410
648114
59560
745646
359919
534936
602429
359883
786956
344523
95968
680851
684208
386553
396304
510792
549570
648579


Scheme 216-ST
121310
164558
548504
400252
310586
629196
674122
318567
780308
753103
716923
319133
682702
501085
343839
395529
45016
800451
355992
648036
769330
375094
388719
388290
487052


Scheme 216-NT
46452
479597
525717
233503
201389
452307


Scheme 216-DT
377572
762401
518129
542912
209219
763939


Scheme 216-JR
698526
597389
41241
228082
453431
43787
9714
157264
211016
353890
420479


Scheme 216-FF
449107
602550
226439
37002
670898
518381
580097
314919
554576
739096
484940


Scheme 216-PH
695799
752538
124622
161906
458897
420700
377090
708326


Scheme 216-DF
348667
408059
292078
226442
292077
395185
292136
411327
780367


Scheme 216-EX
447536
52285
654859
514113
388011
780442
261859
451830
449334
163618
59856
566493
471430
206783
718420
572963
286019
602665
515845
261276
669815


Scheme 216-ME
146092
736805
696610
757978
467141
394421
498115
466519


Scheme 216-SG
486634
388289
406287
528677
288009
725268
275340
220316
312553
350034
398731
200338
525286
641239
588676
405503
744485
42714
341662
70253
278332


Scheme 216-CG
719682
395297
669345
276892
113524
669344
753549
745039
75607


Scheme 216-AR
747231
487253
167131
389587
690676
478020
320800
346877
140952


Scheme 216-GP
689375
449895
650212
163569
448492
147931
549718
186084
325344
96078
671276
267581
593365
246715
637164
733057
513716
657711
168826
4569
730884
548139
102673
445183
227513
558626
101756
340375
41112
286102
171420
714976
614824
459538
273015
687231
97730
542767
382688
180773
617687
474262
623972
764777
508597
633973
214573
339751
43393
570625
695344
782854
574946
668193
468841
267402
646197
628548
162153
121124
620627
336741
122675
442095
351139
206231
483394
328679
727691
367207
417855
396475
397570
391876
395740
463762
641666
676042
476984
319354
113368
209769
449311
714276
501171
608982
422590
233596
359855
371809
157187
204931
327639
507449
502687
616779
318559
529761
388818
386762
387815
270424
584828
171301
533227
457422
217974
683957
532844
72016
216741
675217
335365
332240
277481
747668
145861
695322
745518
409794
47621
416122
176735
433947
615665
602502
182859
115717
456391
580305
554110
775678
410440
405332
390982
348841
395681
17770
690971
343313
669995
307899
677174
286018
422184
705131
745033
695670
623106
721433
784339
211860
546235
804238
51444
516451
456427
62409
724237
515913
715732
414952
472274
66161
393437
103297
614729
395725
803635
566309
636339
547889
228084
467362
602877
564940
633065
156383
804056
316071
526924
180208
167078
245706
463127
249994
464658
446196
324353
45538
798487
443943
720852
691630
130312
352862
51210
749541
344539
29730
273858
336045
187817
241281
92088
414839
389096
352700
716385
68251
638836
240009
530047
615717
339094
93820

Mhada Mumbai 2009 lottery results for scheme 209

find the Mhada 2009 lottery results for scheme 209
Lottery numbers



Scheme 209-SC
475059
745006
60435
373153
3775
145142
541699
599948
74307
446182
539356
633279
351178
378915
327584
632567
339601
616604
243582
313495
67129
127920
11247
57274
364825


Scheme 209-ST
197779
708857
178529
478907
507453
576999
229416
5566
504460
365159
571393
403828
249585


Scheme 209-NT
3952
680348
698564
368590


Scheme 209-DT
505725
117942
614087


Scheme 209-JR
649416
413494
308506
192405
585063
185222


Scheme 209-FF
262322
701868
277629
728967
481304
444715


Scheme 209-PH
541382
710601
448645
121750


Scheme 209-DF
262098
676693
238417
608377


Scheme 209-EX
569708
676532
1620
207374
332326
678041
113486
484002
627985
115442
674683


Scheme 209-ME
752652
483701
463604
420162


Scheme 209-SG
347420
588915
467643
183592
360569
584933
75283
111571
428079
471714
596119


Scheme 209-CG
438439
501377
624546
236517
129486


Scheme 209-AR
65927
98861
447256
371393
167175


Scheme 209-GP
388220
484166
560599
255460
9196
775368
239764
234929
642593
749884
711980
248886
467069
239332
318504
289103
674983
280682
688195
455441
736362
784760
469383
639177
413238
556833
289382
535426
700975
302734
246669
290465
89790
494295
343982
427133
178542
95272
174008
379628
484948
634304
58820
136426
425797
331774
425119
469259
485322
553697
505898
654699
589818
402550
677401
475965
605453
492125
775391
250138
502583
458254
757773
67133
170798
463697
153611
218898
456063
188013
66823
24778
95353
502879
775226
559964
519508
388817
733425
71739
250250
726591
664548
489322
377852
678025
597155
595230
683079
686233
239306
528173
605197
280863
355758
491047
6854
763966
314011
727825
783278
558456
725855
356626
295412
589065
66991
36319
656823
580270
680177
596203
399492
332173

mhada 2009 results for scheme 208

Mhada site is down find the results here for scheme 208
Lottery numbers



Scheme 208-SC
357005
314423
136689
475131
223385
721417
333620
474287
568942
287371
256047
423041
596585
494641
644384
153839
567914
85564
605630
116566
336340
723356
173912
316278
20352
256803
81663
514334
144107
242617
145368


Scheme 208-ST
174519
658353
402332
505428
769424
563452
482325
791183
589048
702391
120281
561279
46169
9614
731224
771777
779524


Scheme 208-NT
730178
791102
212222
507544


Scheme 208-DT
746029
239135
411484
231101


Scheme 208-JR
685711
536123
682773
334824
651045
746684
476379


Scheme 208-FF
101415
377566
188259
9600
71105
78776
705290


Scheme 208-PH
563068
378201
335143
788239
712697
266430


Scheme 208-DF
685938
744409
553734
426284
279963
66016


Scheme 208-EX
749343
630689
791305
618576
510090
670327
385122
5468
117376
149589
501008
37451
300061
780382


Scheme 208-ME
465114
465808
300285
27624
263859
467529


Scheme 208-SG
674811
241455
615094
188090
752839
59968
538760
630663
236282
635777
495011
237931
142909
415422


Scheme 208-CG
712502
804051
66237
104803
635407


Scheme 208-AR
217752
237762
169886
227041
508427


Scheme 208-GP
327570
24863
412888
117645
737979
382297
591961
352971
257208
692232
9765
480135
252745
329100
551116
26558
728442
197369
310128
254342
516285
628708
229979
496145
64997
382921
632424
96416
490698
139199
677028
333400
223850
367072
275354
330893
275085
87668
723572
621802
320923
480186
514929
623472
260127
662959
380041
472888
391634
684969
25486
777822
789823
519358
187430
484822
305957
611869
564231
5511

MHADA lottery result for scheme 207

Find all winning lottery numbers of the scheme 207 of mhada results here
Lottery numbers



Scheme 207-SC
312782
415283
593616
438917
257348
705387
19553
531100
373189
552331
496128
559755
586400
273400
113475
117155
160266
242193
288949
503890
376321
747673
382209
84542
427896
71777
283725
782617
282031
559995
757116
702969
110398
470253
445819
490248
224756
775156
411676


Scheme 207-ST
218250
483455
417844
261173
287577
155358
292044
218391
637902
497096
699730
752739
34643
620537
535082
534212
76028
552304
737317
565852
477941


Scheme 207-NT
317372
11227
589672
380485
34352


Scheme 207-DT
437969
650498
531458
780211
636448


Scheme 207-JR
777993
281160
131645
106231
592208
581586
773152
685520
220859


Scheme 207-FF
731080
68629
698771
415433
666452
560653
245439
320461
116741


Scheme 207-PH
85681
781349
195133
365196
69745
342082
403303


Scheme 207-FW
118340
678590
52184
688898
226444
371328
664353


Scheme 207-EX
654912
791211
365629
27091
745959
681424
40360
582829
85576
159309
474654
537043
592286
643218
406447
643240
118278


Scheme 207-ME
281889
614874
131750
614875
486670
343104
295725


Scheme 207-SG
393510
624509
171689
458460
4338
76782
283824
565072
151956
454561
219535
640447
134396
395878
32330
265213
374845


Scheme 207-CG
594339
58589
295141
120418
344148
44161
202231


Scheme 207-AR
686611
690741
520119
350676
375447
144955
235687


Scheme 207-GP
254141
730352
787649
73188
361874
85900
462288
234869
114216
439385
110889
433799
616760
364099
644557
330019
74166
419882
704879
77634
489494
555010
467930
118986
650799
781702
798116
463978
207625
706139
102861
175818
78458
563324
246252
453684
804271
720270
675074
782418
580688
707709
746498
224059
566638
749429
222455
203609
491650
94522
500017
483895
596642
233227
616791
238701
664634
568171
212937
433351
163406
414628
492320
28556
220983
336370
94427
324731
641096
71577
411742
257497
748145
490921
566961
173551
383047
380484
119163
69074
492913
305091
613285
410765
119777
161021
762483
782479
238209
682057
556340
427656
146868
98912
448210
704892
274256
522978
279090
379548
534003
277364
745928
284223
78619
390709
231198
429212
225427
270438
275869
90693
386395
5327
719628
79919
705636
366985
154439
598431
92769
244288
15683
637200
92150
563292
391356
61652
76971
762080
484124
237053
142655
119673
626194
61628
367251
216710
725591
550975
339877
755939
633483
440331
499423
4036
511627
747445
71365
682969
197040
259884
449802
197150
61257
595273
191593
378878
119708
95901
339907
228669
351203
274318
588721
222391
324283
570950
338712
126980
630767
665997
523651
404808
286566
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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Inserting Flash swf into microsoft applications

Often I have been asked how to insert a flash swf into powerpoint / word / excel documents. I have tried to list the steps the user needs to perform in order to add a flash swf into PowerPoint / Word / Excel documents
The basic requirement is that the PC needs a flash player (so does the PC where you need to send the MS office document)
1. Start your MS office program.
2. Click View menu-> Toolbars-> Control Toolbox
3. On the control Toolbox click on the more controls button (see Image) A list of controls shall appear.
4. Select the "Shockwave Flash Object" the list shall disappear and the mouse cursor shall turn into an cross-hair cursor.
5. Draw a rectangle on the document, (you can change the position / size later on)
6. Right click on the object and select properties, A window with a list of properties shall appear
7. In the movie property type the path of the flash swf file and set the embedmovie property to true

Thats it... you are done.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Help the birds keep cool

This summer the temperature rose over 40'C and its still just the start of April. Vanishing puddles and concrete houses, lack of trees and no water to drink, that is the saga of the poor birds. There was so many birds which died of dehydration in the recent heat wave that makes one think that should we not do something for the poor creatures?
The basic angel side of you needs to actually come out and ensure that you can do your 1cw for the birds.
Bird drinking water at a bird water bowl
Provide some "bajra" or "jowari" for the birds with water and they will appreciate your concern for them. The Bajra or Jowari may cost you a buck or two but it helps the birds. Also the water bowl in your balcony will help the birds get rehydrated and they may take a dip in the water bowl cooling them from the intense heat. If you have some overripe fruits (which anyways are going to land in the bin) then that would do the poor birds a good deal.
If you are going fancy with a bird bowl then make sure its 2-3 inches deep with a shallow edge where the birds can sit.
Who knows you may get a variety of birds visiting your bowl

Friday, March 27, 2009

xmlHttp and responseXML

Often folks trip on a simple thing like not sending the correct headers...one case where most stumble in the absence of a framework which requires you to define the content type is responseXML fails on Ajax Calls.
When we send response of an ajax request as XML we need to ensure that the content type is properly defined as "text/xml" failing which the responseXML method returns null. (note the responseText still works fine)

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Taljai Tekdi, SahakarNagar, Pune

A Jungle in a concrete Jungle is the first thing that comes to mind when you visit the Taljai Tekdi at SahakarNagar in Pune. There are more than 5 total trails starting with 3 and then branching off into more. Do visit this place around sunrise or sunset. The biodiversity is worth noticing. any almost any point in time there is a minimum one variety of tree in bloom. the small flowering shrubs are almost all around the year. There are some points where water is available (typically for watering the plants). You can also see the Huge sign of "Singhad Institues" from the park. If you are staying in pune, a visit here is a must. Near the entrance are a line of Bhel and refreshment stalls and a Baba Ramdev Sports center set up during the recent commonwealth games at pune. There is a Taljai mata temple (the taljai tekdi is named after the taljai mata mandir) right near the entrance. on the way up to the Taljai Tekdi is the taljai ground where you often see young men engaged in a game of cricket. During the monsoon you can see beautiful butterflies in a sharp contrast to the green background. Inside the forest you can see some mud and thached huts. Kids enjoy the nature at the Taljai tekdi in pune.
On the way back one can visit the amazing Aba Bagul Park to see the transformation of a toad to a beautiful princess and visit the Laxmi mata temple adjacent to the park.
Entry fee: free
Facilities: parking for 2 and 4 wheelers
Where is it? Wikimapia or at Map it

Making a form element readonly in firefox

Often we write<input name="foo" value="boo" type="text"> to make an input element readonly not realizing that this is incorrect because IE is ok with it.

The only valid value for the readonly attribute is "readonly". IE by the mere presence of the attribute makes it readonly but not firefox.
So to make the form element readonly in firefox we need to write it as <input name="foo" value="boo" readonly="readonly" type="text">
To verify I have created a 2 form fields you can test it in IE and firefox.

readonly attribute without any value


readonly attribute with readonly as value

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Vartak Udyan / Garden, Pune

Vartak Garden, PuneAdjacent the riverside road in the Pune peth area lies the beautiful Vartak Garden. The garden is located right next to ancient Mutheshwar Mandir. The garden has lush green lawn and a nice walkway in the shape of an "8" for pleasant walk. Since this is a pretty green spot in the otherwise barren peth area, it is a pretty sight to watch the birds chirp. Vartak Garden, PuneIf you are lucky you may catch a koel / maina like I did. In the park there is a place for groups to hold some events in the open air theater. Vartak Garden, PuneAn old wall of the Pune fort his also present in the vartak udyan / Garden. Kids love this wall and climb on the top. Vartak Garden, PuneThe play area is well maintained but small consisting of only a handful of items. Vartak Garden, PuneIn the center of the park lies a covered area where yoga classes are held on weekends.
Vartak Garden, PuneThe bamboo grove makes it a pretty pleasant site covering the buildings behind. There is no entry fee to the park. Do visit the Mutheshwar temple adjacent to the Vartak garden in Pune
Facilities: Drinking water / restrooms/ play area/ two wheeler parking
Timings: morning till 10:30am and evening till 8:00pm
Where is it?: Map it, Wikimapia

Empress garden, Pune

If you are in Pune and have not visited the Empress garden you certainly are missing something. Empress garden is one of the few gardens in Pune where there is something for every age be it a toddler / young kids, teens, couples or aged persons.
Empress Garden, Pune
For the Toddlers / young kids there is a huge play area and most of the items in the play area are working for a change.Empress Garden, Pune Some of the items worth mentioning are rope wall for climbing, pulley and the umbrella ride. Besides this there are other slides / swings. Empress garden, Pune
There is also a nice stream of water that flows from inside the garden. Empress Garden, PuneWater comes from a water source that flows near the garden. On a warm day kids enjoy playing in the water (water is less than knee deep for the toddlers).
For the teens they can enjoy the open area and climbing on trees and playing in the stream of water. The couples can enjoy some privacy in the solitude of nature, there is ample of space for everyone. For the aged there is a nana nani park inside the Empress garden where only aged persons are allowed. Dont forget to take the horse ride inside (though its a small ride but its fun. There is also a softy ice-cream vendor and a canteen to grab a bite.
Empress garden, Pune
Do take a camera to take a picture of yourself with the 2 elephants (statue but really worth it) in the garden.
Empress Garden, Pune
The antique chairs are also worth sitting to bring out that nostalgia feel.
Empress Garden, Pune
There is an annual flower show at the park which is worth the visit.
Facilities: Restroom, Drinking water, snack joint, ice-cream outlet, parking
Entry fee: Rs 5 per head
Parking: Rs 5 per head
Park timings: 9:30am to 6:30pm (they are particularly strict on the timings and start shooing folks away from 6:15 itself.
Where is it: Map it, Wikimapia

Saturday, February 07, 2009

KaliBari Mandir, Khadki, Pune

The KaliBari Mandir at Khadki, Pune is the only Kali temple in Pune. It was build in Feb 1980. It started off as a temple build inside a humble hut and transformed into a stunning temple complex of white marble.
KaliBari temple, Khadki, Pune
The temple complex consists of 3 temples, the center one is the Kali temple, the one on the right is of Ganeshji while the left one is of Mahadevji. It not only compliments to the beauty and heritage of Pune but also is a landmark and a
Durga Puja is a Major attraction for all the Bengalis living in Pune. The temple has a nice meditation hall and is designed as the Kolkata's Kali Bari temple.
The canopy in front of the temple has been recently extended to accommodate the large number of devotees that thong the temple. The hall at the basement has been made which will be used for meditation, religious discourses and philanthropic activities.
KaliBari temple, Khadki, Pune
7pm, the time of Sandhya Aarti, is the best time to visit the temple to pray to go goddess Kali in the authentic Bengali way.
The temple is located on Park road, off Aundh Road, near the Khadki railway station.
Where is it?: Map it
Facilities: Water, Shoe rack, parking
Membership to the temple, though the temple is open to all, if you are interested in Life Membership (Rs 1500/-) or Patron membership (Rs 5000/-) its available.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Chaturti reminders on email or cellphone

Hi Folks,
A long pending thought has materialized, now get reminders of chaturti by email (2 reminders will be send one reminder a day before chaturthi and one on the day of chaturti).
The service is Free of Cost (in case of subscribing to cellphone you may get a cost of 2 SMS (normal) if you subscribe via SMS (you can use the web interface to subscribe too which is free).
Subscription process
To subscribe to the SMS reminders by SMS
send an sms as follows
SMS 'ON chaturti' to 9870807070

To subscribe to SMS via Web
visit Subscribe via web

To subscribe to email reminders
send a blank email to "chaturthi-subscribe@yahoogroups.com" from the email id you want to subscribe to.

Feel free to forward to those who might be interested.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Pimple gurav Garden, Pune / PCMC

This weeks visit was to the Pimple Gurav Udyan, Pune / PCMC. Pimple Gurav GardenThe Pimple Gurav garden, pune is pretty huge and was very clean and well maintained as the gardens of PCMC are usually. On entry is a fountain that welcomes you. Pimple Gurav GardenOn the left is a large play area. Next to the play area is a big waterfall (under development). Pimple Gurav GardenAs the waterfall is still not operational kids are using it for rock climbing suggesting the potential for a rock climbing activity. There are a couple of bridges to cross the "future" water flowing out from the waterfall. There are a couple of "resting" places should rain fall. There is a bamboo plantation in the center which makes an artificial wall separating 2 lawn. Pimple Gurav GardenThe greenery is awesome and the shrubs are well maintained. Pimple Gurav gardenThere is a big jogging track which goes around the complete park. This walking / jogging track is filled with "muram" broken bricks powder which has a distinct red color making your footwear reddish. Pimple Gurav GardenThe spacious internal walking work was extremely clean and laced with interlocking tiles. Pimple Gurav GardenThe play area has pretty interesting variations of slides for kids. The entry to the park is free in the morning and has a small charge in the evenings for all.Pimple Gurav GardenSince the garden is huge the sunset and the silhouette appears great. Moonrise from the Pimple Gurav GardenIts also a nice place to view the moonrise.

Crowd factor: Monday to Saturdays is great, Sunday it gets a bit crowded.
So where is the Pimple Gurav Garden?: Map it Wikimapia
Entry: Rs 2 for adults and Re 1 for kids (under 12)
Facilities: Play area, lawns, fountain, rest rooms, drinking water fountains, jogging track
Parking: Parking is free and right near the entrance in a designated parking spot. parking on the road is also allowed.
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