Thursday, December 22, 2011

Driving along SH-88 (Mani-Mysore State Highway)

In continuation of my travel video from Udupi to Bangalore, this is second video of return journey. We took rest in Mysore for two days and returned to Udupi via Madikeri along SH-88 on 26-Nov-2011. The road from Mysore to Madikeri is awesome while it is awful from Sampaje to Mani :-). We were really disgusted to drive in this section. The Sampaje ghat road is completely relayed for about 20kms [quality seemed to have compromised though :-( ] and around 10kms of relaying is still under progress. Father was bit tired and hence I drove for most of the distance. Consequently there are no videos after Sampaje. It was unusual weather though during this time of year with too many clouds covering the sky. It was too cold till Sampaje and the sun was rare sight. The environment turned tropical after Sampaje [sudden change :-)]. It became too warm as we neared Mangalore but pleasant. I did not find any good music than Ulrich Schnauss "A Million Miles Away" and I have used it again for this video also. Hope you will enjoy this video even.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Mysore Rail Museum

People find Mysore as good hangout place during weekends. The most often visited are ZOO, Chamundi Hills, Palace, KRS etc.. However most of the visitors do not know about RAIL MUSEUM situated near Mysore Railway Station. Please visit this place also; It hardly takes an hour to watch.

There are lot of things you can find here. The legacy trains includes steam, coal engines and various equipments used for overhaul. Also you can step into those trains and have a feel of driver's cabin and ancient looks within. There is also a toy train for people to enjoy which is taken for 2 rounds. For children, there a small playground where they can rejoice for some time. There is a gallery which depicts the old events of indian railways. All of that being displayed have clear description nearby them. You can also have watch to the Maharani rail which was considered to be posh train in those days. This train was specifically meant for Maharani of Mysore. The Maharaja train is in Delhi museum as per placard.

The fares are very minimum.

The entrance fee is
Adults: Rs. 5
Children (above 5): Rs. 2

The fee is separate for toy train
Adults: Rs. 5
Children (above 5): Rs. 2

The videos and photos also come at minimum cost
Still Camera: Rs. 10
Video Camera: Rs. 20

The MUSEUM is open all days from 9:30 A.M till 6:00 P.M without any breaks.

I hope you will enjoy the place. Here are some photos. Only few of photos have captions :-)






Watch small video of Toy Train ride!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

My first youtube video upload

This is my first youtube video upload. We traveled on 20th November 2011 to Bangalore from Udupi along NH-75 (previously NH-48). This is fifth time we are driving in this section. The video is composition of the travel we had in our Maruti-ALTO. Myself and father shared the drive. Apart from 25kms of dreadful ghat section route, remaining part of the highway was smooth enough for driving. My favorite route is driving from Mangalore till Sakaleshpur which covers hilly, curvy and ghat roads with lot of ups and downs involving many bridges and rivers. Of-course we took 2 hours to cross Shiraadi ghat section. Driving from Kunigal till Bangalore along newly layed four lane highway is mind blowing. I picked Ulrich Schnauss "A Million Miles Away" tune for the video. It is very good travel music and I like it very much. The way Ulrich Schnauss composes such tunes is mesmerizing. On return we traveled via Sampaje ghat along SH-88 via Madikeri. The second video needs time for composition :). Hope you will enjoy the video.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

New Tech blog.

I have started writing tech things in my new blog. The blog will consist only of technical things like programming, tech concepts, new software/OS release. Do not forget to comment on the articles and point out any discrepancies. Praises are also accepted ;).

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Pangala old bridge demolished.

The old pangala bridge built during British time is partially demolished now to pave the way for NH-17 four laning. The bridge was very narrow and was only used for pedestrian or two wheelers till now. May be for public use or heritage purpose it was preserved. Now brand new four lane(or two lane?) bridge will come up in that area and the foundation is almost over. The existing bridge will still be preserved as back up during calamities.

Here are the pictures.

The Old picture of old bridge
The demolished section of bridge

The existing bridge which will be retained

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Baraha is now commercial

I just went to baraha site for updated software. Hey India's best multi-lingual software it has turned commercial. May be some people used it heavily for commercial purpose and gained credits. Also as a software developer I feel maintaining of software is not so easy without financial support. However the license price is nominal for large commercial organizations. For a user also I feel its not that much costly(Rs:900) when compared to MS-Office or other office suites. I did not see any write-ups on this and felt like writing one.


Monday, February 14, 2011

Love with shiraadi ghat.

Somebody said that today is lover's day. So SMS will be costing more. I had to return from my native to bangalore. So quickly caught 8 o clock airavat from Mangalore. After having small nap, the bus had entered shiraadi ghat. People notice only the parched section of NH-48. Of course it is the worst. There are however many things to love here. The natural beauty of the ghat is amazing. The mountains, greenery also flowing gundya river is mind blowing to watch. The bus was moving bit fast in pot-holed roads. They are not pot-holes but wells. I do not know when this section gets fully concreted. From Mangalore to Gundya forest gate, the roads are being re-layed while the same case from Sakleshpur-nelamangala section. Ofcourse Nelamangala-devihalli section is almost done with four laning while devihalli-hassan section, the work of marking and levelling land has started. Also four-laning of kundapur-suratkal section of NH-17 is in full zoom and many of the bridges have seen the initial foundation which is good news!! Nelamangala-devihalli section of NH-48 is almost four laned and it is executed beautifully. However some major works of Kunigal bypass and one underpass is till under progress. Last but not the least, Jalahalli cross elevated highway construction is awesome



Scene Near Sakaleshpur

NH-48 four laning from Nelamangala-Devihalli junction

Jalahalli-Cross Elevated highway

Coming back, I had bad day in office on friday which shattered my mood. However the lovely shiraadi ghat section brought that mood back. It is difficult to imagine how amazing the nature design is. It is far more complex than the usual C/C++ programming we do. Near Sakleshpur I came across humorous scene where in four she-buffaloes and cows were grabbing and eating the haystack from the parked tractor while owner of tractor chasing them. They were so much adamant that our bus stopped there for few seconds due to the block created by them :).

Finally some pictures of ghat section. These were caught while traveling inside bus so clarity wise it may not be good.



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