Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Sunday morning at Maithon Dam

Saturday evening we, Avimanyu - my friend and me, were mulling over the place we can escape to, the next day, to have some break from the drudgeries of our everyday life. We had to wrap it up in a single day. So we were searching for only nearby places of interest. I suggested Susunia Hill near Bankura. But after enquiring with few of the relatives and friends we mark it out from our list as the place was not safe enough at that time of the year and there wasn't much to see around. After some more contemplation and conversation we finally decided to drive down to Maithan Dam on the river Damodar, next morning.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Oil price hike and the bandh in Bengal

The drama opposition parties namely BJP, Left and some other regional parties like TMC are staging in response to the price hike of Petrol, Diesel and Cooking Gas (LPG cylinders) by the India Govt. today makes any man of reason to watch with the smile in the face but with an undercurrent of anger and pain. Everyone knew the price hike was coming. It was being unsustainable for the oil marketing companies (OMCs) like IOC, HPCL and BPCL to retail oil at the prevailing prices.

Monday, June 02, 2008

Digital Divide

Applications for passports in India have gone online. My brother has applied recently for the same. The procedure is straight-forward. You need to visit the passport website (www.passport.nic.in), fill-in some simple information about yourself like name, DOB, address etc and then submit the form. It will ask you to choose a date for appointment. Next it will generate a unique key and a partially filled-up 6-pageform in .PDF format. This form has the appointment date and time printed. You have to take a printout of this form. You can reprint the form later, too, with the help of the key. You need to fill-up the rest of the fields by hand and meet the official at the passport office on the appointed date with relevant supporting documents. Quite simple!