Getting into long hours of work, I did not blog for over a month! I have over 10 pictures for which I thought of blogging but just could not squeeze the time for it. Today is a lucky day for blogging as we have a string of holidays due to the festival season and I am down with Conjunctivitis or ‘Madras eye’ (Donno why they call it so!). A friend of mine from Kolkatta adds that it is call as ‘Jai Bangla’ there! If only they know about the pain in the eye!

Links to my eye condition!

Hope it does not spread by blog reading! I have been successful in passing out this condition to my Dad though! Anyhow, this helps me in closing my blogging gap and reinforces my commitment to what I love doing – blogging!

Of a lot of experiences in my Ayurveda business, this one is definitely worth a blog entry! We do face stiff customs issues in a few countries and paperwork for some that takes us to the limits of our patience.  Norway, however seems to be different! Not much paperwork, but they just don’t allow Ayurveda or herbal medicine in the country.

This would have been OK with me too; but for the fact that a Norwegian can import small quantities of illegal drugs for personal use, but not Ayurveda! This was informed to me by one of our customers who finally could not get her products! Frustrating as it is, AyurShop has quiet a few orders and customers registered from Norway – none of whom can actually get their products! I am still surprised as to why cant the government of Norway and other nations allow herbal products, which are branded, sealed, properly labeled and made by respectable companies.

If anybody has even a vague idea of getting products to Norway or convincing the customs do let me know. If there is anything wrong in what is mentioned here, please feel free to rectify. I have not yet done any major research on this as of now but will follow it up strongly sometime. I do need supporters for this! May all be healthy and fine!

Heavy loadPity the animalRelieved at last!15 Men do the job!

In the hi-tech city of Bangalore, there still exists the old fashioned & crude way of using animals for jobs beyond their capacities. In the pictures above, the poor animal fell many times over as it could not carry the load. The load was ultimately pushed up the slope by about 15 people!

Personally, I feel using animals for reasonable farm duties is fine, but loading them with heavy industrial goods such as welding electrodes, iron and steel is severe injustice to the mute animals. I hope animal activists and concerned agencies move towards a ban on using animals for such purpose, especially in the city of Bangalore, known for its technological leadership and industrial development.

BTW, this happens to be my first photo-blog! Like it?

I was pretty happy with my Yashica ‘analog’ camera. Using rolls and getting them developed; not knowing which pictures will be proper and which will not, has always been a fascinating experience. But, I had to admit that limitations had to be put somewhere to the number of snaps taken. Not any more..Two days back, I finally took the step to cross the digital divide! My friend took me to a shop called “Foto Circle” in Chickpet area in Banhalore. He and the shop owner, Jayesh Mehta, a dexterous businessman got me to buy a SONY Cybershot over other brands. I’d prefer SONY myself anyway.

Now, I am not limited by the number of shots but with the capacity of my memory card and ya, battery! This step I particularly took for guess what – blogging! And of course, I have a hidden passion for photography, which I will make public soon! My friends advised me to go in for a Cannon SLR camera, but I thought I’d rather start with a click and shoot digicam and them promote myself to an SLR. Moreover, the SLR requires a lot more time, than I can give to this hobby as of now!

I got myself a Sony Cybershot S700 Digital Camera with 1 GB memory stick duo. I shall review the product here soon. And ya, will start photo blogging from tomorrow!

Phew! Its been very hectic, the last 15 days or so. I had a news portal to be launched – and the Indian version of my Ayurveda Store – Work took 25 hours a day and I still managed to squeeze a few hours for food, sleep and my Sunday morning games! All that I could not do was to update my blog! Here I am now, free to write what strikes me most.

What strikes me the most at the moment is that after a forth night of activity, wheres the result? Another few projects launched, but where’s the result?! Day and night worked for what? Thought about it for some time and got the answer:

It’s not what you start that gives you the results; its the sustained, sincere efforts and interest in what you do that drives results! What say? – our dedicated news portal for Ayurveda has been launched. The news portal will also cover topics such as Yoga, Panchakarma, Meditation, Health tips, Government News, Product Launches, Reviews, Interviews, Ayurveda Company News apart from a host of information on such subjects. Alternate therapy news which have relevance to Ayurveda will also be featured.

Visitors can expect to find a neat and simple interface with facilities for searching, RSS feeds, registration and giving their views and comments on each article. One is also free to submit his/her news, story or even complaints on the site! focuses to bridge the gap between the traditional Ayurvedic companies and the new technology enabled news seeker.

Do feel free to give me feedback on the site and pen down your suggestions here.

Infused with enthusiasm & glamor provided by the local newspapers, about the ‘Flower Show ‘ in Lal Bagh, I decided to check it out. Lal Bagh as one would know, is a 240 acre lung space in Bangalore, big but insufficient for todays population! The visit did not turn out to a relaxing experience; but on the contrary, it pained my heart to see my Bangalore loose its glory even further. To start with please check the goodness and history of Lal Bagh at Wikipedia.

Before I entered the garden, the surrounding streets were filled with two and four wheelers. There were thousands of them!My awe at the city’s population and their interest in a flower show reached new heights! After paying 20 bucks for the entry, Lal Bagh was found strewn with litter and vendors. Yes! vendors, more than a hundred of them, selling stuff right from popcorn to watches! I never knew that this garden was such a business hub and such vendors were allowed in the park. When I asked a bhel puri vendor, if the security was not driving them away; he said that they security was ‘adjusted’ by them to allow the trade! This indiscriminate sale brought about another feature – waste paper and junk, that were found at the frequency of every meter of garden area. I am not joking here… the green garden was plagued by cut newspapers all over. For this I don’t blame the vendors completely. For one, the visitors should have some basic sensibilities and two, the Lal Bagh administration should provide adequate bins at regular intervals.

This brings us to the pathetic state of affairs of the garden itself. Uncut grass, unmaintained walk ways, water-less ponds and broken structures near the glass house. The administration better pull up its sleeves and get to work, lest it would be taken to task by some angry media or NGO! Further woes for the garden include getting a reputation for beings a showcase for public displays of affection! A friend of mine refuses to go to Lal Bagh due to this!

The administration may claim all things contrary to what I have said here, but I invite each and every one of you to visit the place and check it out yourself! If you plan to do something about it and need a hand do let me know. I have written this out of pain because I still remember playing as a child in this beautiful garden two decades back. Running between the trees and hopping on the stones to cross the pond was the way to do it and not sitting in a buggy and honking at people who are walking!

Last week, my server was hacked by this crackers child! Don’t know why losers like him have to spoil innocent bloggers websites to convey their irrelevant thoughts. There are better ways to convey his anti-Bush sentiments. Ask any democrat and he’ll tell you!

Anyways for those looking for a cure to heir hacked WordPress installations please Get Cure for Crackers Child here. Basically, this chap / group rewrites all files having the word “index” in them. So, one is simply not able to proceed as all index.php, index.html, index_whatever is overwritten. Thankfully, they are not qualified enough to hack the database, so all the posts, comments, settings, categories etc are safe. Quiet simply, if you replace all the index files, it should work! Or as the link puts it “Basically just delete all your wordpress files (backup things like plugins, themes, smilies etc) and then re-upload all the wordpress files onto your server. this will not delet any posts, comments or pages as these are all stored on your database.” BTW, replacing all the files works for any website & not just those on WordPress. Just keep your database, themes, ads etc settings correct in the replacement files.
Check this out for an interesting read on crackers_child.

Check this for the amount of crap the world has to put up with due to crackers child.

The Guru in me speaketh – Thou shall backup regularly! And if thou gets hands on thy hacker, thou shall use your legs and fists too!

Let me know if you have more on this and permanent cures if any. Vikas Sharma.

Bar camp Bangalore 4 logo

Great! That’s the word which comes to my mind when I recall the two days spent at Bangalore Bar Camp 4 held on 28th and 29th of July at Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIMB). It was the first bar camp I attended, though it was the fourth one in Bangalore. Meeting similar bloggers, techies and people from the industry was just fantastic. In fact, I got so attracted to the concept, that on the second day, I took a session for all bloggers on “How to make money from a blog”. I will post more about my session in another post.

The event covered a lot of aspects on the Internet, Startups, Blogging, Programming etc. At one point of time, I was confused as to which seminar to attend! And then there were some of my old friends I bumped into J C Kiran, Madhav from Japan and Karthik! Other fantastic people I remember are Mr. Natrajan from Chennai, Sean, Sanjukta, Thejesh and Arun. Please visit their blogs; real great ideas! Food was good and the IIMB ambience and greenery made me be there longer!

I am waiting for Bangalore Bar Camp 5, where I intend to put in some of my organizing skills to good use!