I am writing this out of my previous experience & yes, that makes me asshole at some point of time.
Stop giving free advice : No one gives a fuck to your advice if you’re giving it for free.
No help unless someone asking for it :If you offer help without someone asking for it, you’re not helping him/her instead making an ass of yourself.
You don’t have to be good for everyone: It’s good to be bad at times, just make sure your actions are not hurting someone else & you have your ass covered.
Stop chasing : You don’t have to make someone else’s life miserable because you need help from him/her. Someone has to respond to you it will happen if it has to running after it every fucking day will not help.
Stop taking free favors: Pay for the service & someone else’s time.
Now if we do a small calculation assuming every engineering college will have 60 seats for IT & another 60 for Computer Science. Every year we produce 120*5672= 6,80640 engineering graduates with degrees in IT & Computer Science.
Let’s do some more calculation:
1. Who are the mass recruiters from Campus Freshers?
Infosys, TCS, Wipro Others..
2. What are their selection criteria?
60% through out 10/12/Engineering [Ask honestly, how many IT/Comp Sc engineer has it]
Appear in the Aptitude test
Appear in a written test
Appear in a face to face interview
3. Do these companies care about your majors while hiring?
4. What does that mean?
Even mechanical, Civil, Electrical, Electronic Comm engineer can apply for these college placements.
Adding more numbers assuming only 25% of these departments are interested in joining these IT company so the number becomes (15+15+15+15) * 5672 = 340320
5. So the total pool of Freshers for chop shop becomes
3,40320+ 6,80640 = 10,20960
WTF these many engineers are waiting for campus recruitment.
6. Let me be more genuine
Assuming half of these students are not qualified for one or the other reasons, still will the Indian MNC by any means going to hire 500,000 Freshers?
Our engineering syllabus is so outdated that we are still reading Fortan & other old age languages.
So once we are out of college on the basis of the college degree you are not getting a job.
Even if there is a job the pre conditions like marks or aptitude test will be another barrier
Some even ask for money like CMC computers & others to give you a job.
But their is a BIG WILD WORLD open for You.
Do it yourself
You can easily add your skillset while you’re in college, by enrolling in online courses from.
Also, most of these internship will end up with getting you a job where your recognition will not be determined on the basis of your marks, aptitude test, race, color but contribution upstream on yourgithub page.
I I visited Srinager while returning from Ladakh. It was a frantic ride, crossing Drass, Kargil, snow filled road & rain. I reached Srinagar early morning & got a room right across Dal Lake. Most people are friendly & they know tourists are bread/butter for them.
I have tried to summarize my overall experience in simple notes.
Dal Lake is more beautiful during winter, although summer is peak tourist season.
Shikara ride is hugely recommended & if you want more fun spend a day or two in house boat.
I was not lucky to enjoy Wazwan because none of my local friends were getting married at the time of my visit. 🙂
Spend one complete day visiting all the beautiful gardens.
Do visit Hazratbal shrine & feed the pigeons, if I remember correctly, you are not allowed to carry your cams.
An evening walk at Lal Chok is another great way of seeing and meeting locals.
Mughal Darbar at Lal Chok makes excellent kebabs.
Do drink Kahwah[local chai] from roadside shop.
I spent 4-5 hours at Shankaracharya Temple, its a good walk. The temple is very small & easily gets crowded so try visiting early morning.
Also, thanks toMir Nazim & iKraft team for Gulmurg trip I was unlucky so could not enjoy Gandola Ride. Although I enjoyed the whole trip. 🙂
Last not the least you can either take flight, train from Delhi to reach Srinagar or like me take state roadways bus.
I am home with my parents after 4 years, so i have decided extend my stay whole June. I don’t remember when was the last time i spent 30 days with my parents after leaving home in year 2000. I have added my thoughts on few things i have noticed over my stay, i will keep updating it.
Most of the sweet shops are gone & the new ones are not that good.
My school has new owner, real owner i.e principal moved back to Kerala.
Most of my friends are outside hometown & are happily married.
Enjoying delicious home made food, fresh fruits & vegetables.
Lucky to be here at this time to enjoy mango & lychee.
More children’s started attending schools.
Road & power/electricity situation has improved.
My tuition master is retired & has moved village.
All our playgrounds are replaced by concrete buildings.
City is crowded & traffic is getting worst.
Mobile service has improved & that is how am connected via 3G.
My milkman, barber, washerman & domestic maid tells me am all changed.
Joined parents for evening walk & crossing through every street reminds me of my golden childhood days.
1. Become an engineer.
2. Get a job
3. Repay the study loan
4. Get married
5. Buy house & car
6. Die paying EMI.
7. Keep running after school for kids admission.
8. Force kid to become Engineer
9. Get old
10. Stay dependent on kids
11. Die with pain of what all could have done with this precious life and how it ended.
I know a lot of you will agree & some of you might not & some of you are already in this life-cycle. This is what i have seen happening to most of my friends & hence this post.
I know when we are traveling to a touristic destination a lot of travelers feel they are going to get ripped at every single transaction from boarding on taxi to ordering food. This is not always true at times you will find locals helping you by giving you good suggestions & if your lucky might end up drinking spicy tea or delicious lunch.
Try all local cuisine and drinks
Every state/region has its own local cuisine & brew, do try it. Like when i was in Dimapur i one of the best Pork Fry & vegetable soup. I liked the local Green Tea brand so much that i bought 4-5 packets back in Mumbai for myself. Similarly if your in Gangtok you should try local white/red wine & momos/fried rice/mutton curry.
Respect local tradition & practice
Please be good & don`t get irked by local tradition and practice. I know for you it might look weird but the local folks been doing it for ages. You don`t like it, stay away from it, don’t crib. I am not big god believer but visiting Madurai & watching priests performing puja/aarti was experience of a kind.
Tip & treat well
Everyone who is providing you service from waiter to driver are humans as well. They are working their ass off to keep you happy, be nice to them, be generous & tip well. During my North Sikkim trip in Lachen, i could not find chicken curry in dinner & i was unhappy. Once i reached Gangtok my driver invited me over for dinner & yes he cooked chicken curry for me. It was freaking awesome, much better than Copper chimney & Great Punjab food joint of Mumbai.
Keep environment around clean
What i meant by this is please don`t throw wrappers and water bottle randomly anywhere. You would be surprised as per the guidelines of Sikkim tourism every commercial vehicles should keep a bin so all these can be kept there instead dumped randomly on the street.
Buy books [folk tales] not souvenir
This might sound stupid but whenever i have traveled i bought folk tales of the local province, that has been only shopping. I know a lot of my friends who go buy souvenir, call me stupid but
Best trips are unplanned ones
Well this does not mean you will not read in length about place you are visiting. What it means is your not calling the travel agent and booking entire trip 3 months in advance. For me planning trip in advance takes whole fun out of the trip. 🙂
Its advised to take the Yamuna expressway if traveling from Noida, it takes few hours & road trip across paddy/sugarcane fields looks lovely.
Other way is to travel via DTC bus from Kashmiri Gate or Local train.
All the 3 locations are nearby(when in personal vehicle) to each other & you can expect bumpy & crowded ride.
Prem Mandir in Vrindavan is totally unique its built by guru Kripalu Maharaj. They have a clean canteen with food in reasonable price. We had our food here once we were done with our entire trip.
I loved Banke Bihari Temple for its uniqueness & honestly it added more faith in Lord Krishna after seeing all those devotees in big queues. I always avoided visiting temple where i have to wait for darshan. I am in Mumbai & yet to visit Siddi Vinayak because of it.
Sweets especially Petha/Peda is must try along with chai in kullhar.
Krishna Temple is mathura has major security around because of the disputed mosque next to it.
Govardhan also has many temples & its famous for the 21 KM parikrama(walk) which i happily escaped.
Also there is a Van(forest) which everyone believes even now Krishna comes every night for his ras leela with Gopis
I also visited banks of Yamuna, i wish government could care more about it.
Last not the least, stay away from the pandas(priests) who claims to perform special puja for you and your ancestors. Most of them are touts.