Thursday, April 26, 2012

Traveling Websites in India - Dirty Business

There are lots of online traveling websites in India and most common among them are and I was planning to go to Leh (Ladakh) and visited these websites. I found a deal which sounded reasonable and suits my plans. When I tried to book these deals, the executive told me that prices are increased. Now how the hell you can do this. You have mentioned the price and the validity of that price on your website and when customer wanted to book the deal, you say that prices are increased. This has happened both in and

Tell me if such things happened to others as well. I have also come across an article which mentions that these traveling websites ( and increase the prices of flights tickets when you are in the process of booking the tickets. Here is the link. You will find the tickets at certain prices but when you start to book the ticket, the price gets increased. May be they use some technology to track the request from a IP address and then when they find person is going to book the ticket, they show the inflated prices.

I don't know why they write this sentence "The rates are subject to change with the seats availability. You need to confirm the package ASAP". When you are writing on your website that this price is valid for certain period, how can you change the price. If there is any regulatory authority maybe IATA then they need to be more strict in approving these websites to conduct business in India. I find it completely unethical. I have a proper mails which can prove such things.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Google Google Everywhere

Whenever you are in front of computer and you are looking for some information, What do you do? Google is the solution. Everything we need to know, Google is the place. It has some kind of monopoly in the search engine market. Every engineer wants to be a part of this great company. There are other Google services as well like Gmail, Google+, Gtalk and now Google Drive.

But one thing which came to my mind after the launch of Google Drive that they always lag behind in introducing such services.

Gmail - 1st April 2004
Gtalk - 24th August 2005
Google + - 28th June 2011
Google Drive - 24th April 2012

If you see these launch dates and their competitors, you will find that these services are started later than their competitors. For e.g. Gmail was launched when hotmail and yahoo mail were already there. Gtalk was launched when MSN and yahoo messenger were there. Google+ was launched when facebook was there and now Google Drive is launched when Dropbox was here. There are other examples as well (Android, etc.)

What does this mean? Are they late in recognizing the potential of any service? From these examples, it seems like that only. No doubt their services are very advanced and user friendly but if they would have started these services earlier, their market presence would have been more. The recent example is Google + which is failed to take off as it was planned.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Facebook Profile Picture

This post was due from long time and it needed lot of research and carefully planned details. The idea was taken from some other source and honestly speaking the research is done by some expert but altered accordingly for my blog readers. Let me know how it is.

Over the past few months this person has done some research on Facebook to see different kinds of Facebook profile photos that his friends and friend of friends had posted. The photo on social networking sites is somewhat a single most important component for personal expression. That’s why reading/understanding one's profile photos can often reveal what is most important to them. Below are 30 profile photos styles that one will find most often when going through your Facebook network.

1. The Modified Cartoon Portrait

These were probably popularized by the classic Hindi movie characters. There are millions of bollywood fans that decided to change their profile photo to the hindi movie actor or actress-like design but there continues to be many others that create similar cartoon-like modifications. I’m not sure of the filters in Photoshop that were used to generate these effects but they’re definitely interesting. The most creative individuals come up with their own unique designs.

2. The Reflective Sunglasses

I have found number of girls using such photos. Don't know why they hide their eyes.I found at least three friends that had used this shot. The reflective sunglasses shot is a clear shot of the individual who’s profile it is and included in the photo is the reflection of the scene that individual is looking at. The reflection helps to provide some context of where the user had their profile photo taken. It’s an eye-catching shot, and one that countless Facebook users have used for their profile.

3. The Just Married Shot

Typically found right after a couple has been married, this photo will show a husband and wife posing for the camera, or the wife and father. While every couple is different and the pose may change from one couple to another, this photo expresses one of the major stages in our lives. Given the average age of a Facebook user, I’d guess that there are millions of users with the “I’m Married” shot as their profile photo. Again women outnumbered men in these shots.

4. I’ve Got a Mac

Right after a person purchases a Mac, or some other costly gadzet, one of the first things they explore is the applications and the one which tends to draw their attention most is the application that lets them make funny photos. One of the photos that’s often used is the four-color Andy Warhol photo. It’s one of the biggest time wasters of any Mac owner and many Facebook users are indeed Mac owners.

5. I’m A Photographer Shot

Photographers are proud about their hobby. The most avid photographers will post a photo of themselves with a camera in front of their face. Ironically, this shot breaks all sort of rules about portrait photos including the one which says good portraits include a full shot of the subject’s face. There are no rules about Facebook photos though so feel free to post anything as your profile picture!

6. I’m a Family Man

The next stage in life after getting married is having children and there is no lack of Facebook users with children. This photo is with the father and his child or children. It emphasizes his dedication to his children and also displays a softer side of the individual. There are plenty of Facebook users with children and that means there are also a lot of family men on the site.

7. The Where’s Waldo Shot

Sometimes we become part of a movement which is much bigger then ourselves. Sometimes it’s a political movement (as mentioned later in this list) and other times its part of a large event. While participating in a large event, some Facebook users will post a photo of themselves buried among the crowd. It’s pretty much impossible to find the person unless you are them and you were at the event and know where you were standing. That’s why I call this one the “Where’s Waldo” shot. The recent example is Anna's movement in India.

8. Name Sign Shot

There are multiple variants of the name sign shot. Some people post a photo of a celebrity wearing a shirt with their name. Others will stumble upon a street sign while traveling abroad. Some also post photos of the names of restaurant signs in foreign countries that resemble their last name. Whatever variant of the photo your friend is using, there is a good chance that you’ve seen someone that’s posted a photo like this.

9. I Love My Pet Photo

Whether you are into rabbits, dogs, cats, birds, guinea pigs, or any other domestic pet, if you have a pet, you’ve probably posted a photo of it. No matter what type of pet users have, the pet is often a big part of our lives which justifies displaying it as our profile photo.

10. I’m On A Boat or Plane
If you haven’t seen it already, you should probably see the “I’m On a Boat” video. While most people haven’t been on a yacht like the one in the “I’m On a Boat” video, many people enjoy the experience of traveling on a unique boat or plane. I have a friend who is a pilot and he loves his choppers. So he chooses pictures with a helicopter landing, new helicopter, etc. Whether you are traveling by boat or plane, make sure you post the experience to your Facebook profile.

11. This Is Not Me Cartoon Photo

I don’t know why people do this but they’ll post the photo of an obscure cartoon photo. Ultimately I get the idea that the cartoon they are posting should theoretically share similar personality traits but shouldn’t your profile photo be of yourself?

12. The I’m Not Richie Rich Shot
While many of us aspire to be rich, that’s all that it currently is: aspirations. In order to share those aspirations with others we will post photos of the object that we would like to acquire one day. It’s the Facebook equivalent of vision boards. We all have hopes and dreams but displaying objects of our desire doesn’t make it easy for people to find you. Unless of course you have a distinct name or no other people with your name have posted similar objects.

13. The Personal Branding Master

People that are focused on their personal brand will post photos of themselves during moments of authority. Most often this a photo of themselves speaking at an event or just speaking in general to a group of people.

14. The College Poster Photo

Remember how college students have posters of different things all over their door room wall? Some people will post the various types of shots that you can make with a little bit of alcohol, others will pay homage to their beer addiction. There are countless posters out there and Facebook profiles are a great place to post them.

15. I’ve Got a Boyfriend/Girlfriend Photo

Facebook relationships can be an extremely complex thing. One of the things that many new couples do is post a photo of themselves together as a form of a public announcement to solidify the relationship. Let’s be honest though, it’s not just new boyfriends and girlfriends that post the photos. Many husbands an wives do the exact same thing. For this one I decided to pick on those with recently commenced relationships.

16. Change the World Photo

Some Facebook users try to change the world through their Facebook photo. Whether it’s to make a statement about a war that’s taking place somewhere or to speak out against a current policy, the photos make a statement and bring awareness to others that view their profile.

17. Sky Backdrop Headshot

I found numerous friends that had posted of themselves in the midst of some activity with the sky as the backdrop. Let’s be honest, the sky does serve as a nice backdrop. It’s a common occurrence though and coming up with a truly unique Facebook photo can be extremely challenging. The other problem with a sky backdrop is that it gives us no reference of the person’s location for the most part. While not a huge problem, it’s always nice to have some sort of context within a Facebook profile photo.

18. The Tourist Landmark Photo

You would think that people would stop taking photos of themselves directly in front of a famous landmark. Surprisingly they don’t. It’s as if someone in the future will disagree with them when they claim that they’ve actually been somewhere in world. For those moments, these individuals will have their tourist landmark shot as proof of their presence.

19. Personal Paradise
We each have our own vision of a perfect setting. For some it’s sitting on a chair at a Goa beach. Others may prefer to be hiking up some local hill station mountain. Whatever your personal paradise is, it is something that is unique to each of us and when you arrive to your personal paradise, the best thing to do is to take a photo as a memory of that experience.A small percentage of the world is fortunate enough to say that they’ve visited their personal paradise but for those that have, it often serves as their Facebook profile photo.

20. The Joke Photo

Not to be confused with the jokester photo which illustrates an individual who is expressing that humor is one of their greatest personality traits, the joke photo is just that: a joke. There are countless jokes which makes this photo such a unique one.

21. In A Mirror Shot

Made popular on MySpace, photographs taken through a mirror have become a standard for Facebook profile photos. There are many versions of this photo but no matter how it’s taken, it is always taken in a mirror. Some of the most popular mirror photo shots are done in an individual’s bathroom because that’s the most common location of a mirror. Mirrors are also often used as a substitute for the next photo in the list: the extended arm shot.

22. The New Toy Shot

Who doesn’t love the new car or motorcycle they just got? Typically after we throw down a lot of cash for an expensive ride, we like to post a photo of ourselves with it. There are also those that still like to pose with their vehicle despite it being new because they spend a lot of time with it. No matter what your reason for doing it is, there are a lot of Facebook users that post a photo of themselves with their new vehicle.

23. The Middle Finger Shot
I have no idea why, but among the younger generations there is always a photo of someone showing their middle finger. The longer the finger is extended, the better. This is the ultimate way of saying “I don’t give a shit what you think.” It most definitely gets the point across although I can’t recommend using this shot if you are looking to attract a lot of new friends. Rockstar movie is a big contributor of popularizing this shot.

24. This is My Baby!

Rather than posting a photo of themselves, many Facebook users will post a picture of their children. I understand, you love your child and they are the most important thing in your life. It’s hard to find someone though if you are searching through Facebook and a photo of their child keeps showing up though. Fortunately, if you share many friends in common with that individual though, there is a good chance that you will know that it’s them even though it’s a photo of their child. Who can blame the person if their kid is adorable though!

25. Me As a Baby
For those without a baby of their own, some users like to post a photo of themselves as a baby. While they most likely won’t post the most embarrassing baby photos, these photos tend to get a decent response from friends. One would argue that most people that choose to post their baby photos are female as baby photos are typically perceived as “cute”, something that most guys don’t want to be perceived as. Despite that there are still a few guys that post their baby photos but I’d count them as a rare occurrence.

26. The Jokester Photo

Some people just like playing around and for those individuals there is the jokester photo. When humor is an individual’s strongest personality trait, they’ll often times put a funny photo to cheer up your day. Facebook profile photos can make you laugh and these people will try their hardest to put a smile on your face.

27. Here You Go Shot

Some photographers enjoy the foreground/background dynamic and will take advantage of it by letting the subject offer a gift to the viewer. In some cases, that gift is a nice cold glass of beer but there are many variants of the “Here You Go” shot.

28. On Vacation Photo

Many people just don’t want to be at work. For those individuals they post pictures of the vacation they just went on or the vacation that they’d like to be on. It’s not a photo of the person but instead a photo of the vacation scene which is very similar to the “personal paradise” photo.

29. Professional Headshot

For those of you who are actors, professional headshots are practically a necessity for maximizing your odds of getting another gig. Professional headshots are useful for getting a job and Facebook is great for increasing your reach. If you are looking to act or model, then setting your picture as a professional headshot is not a bad idea.

30. This is Me Shot
This is by far the most popular Facebook profile photo. It also happens to be a classic portrait photo. The picture is head on and you can see every aspect of their face, from ear to ear and from chin to forehead. You can clearly see who the person is. There is nothing more simple, and nothing more human than the this me shot. Interestingly, at present I fall under this category.

So which category you fall into?

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Priorities of Life

I have been deciding my priorities in life but when I tried to pen down these, I couldn't decide which one comes first and second. There are so many things right now which I need to fulfill, which I desire, which I was long waiting for. And now when I have resources for them, I don't know which one to complete first. Its true that all of these activities are related to money. I cannot complete all of them at one go due to limited money but certainly afford some of them. The real confusion is which one to choose first.

I am sure this must be happening to many people to manage their life, decide priorities, etc and I am sure they must be finding it tough, isn't it? I know about me, I am finding it tough. There are many things/commitments in life which a person gives lot of thought before pursuing any of them. It requires lot of careful planning, time investment. I am going through the similar phase. But talking in general, I am listing down few of the activities (do you call these activities?) which a person always gets confused before attempting them.

Higher Studies or Job
Marriage or Career
Plan a Baby or Give some more time
Foreign Trip or save more money
Rented house or buy a home
Job change or not
Save or Invest

These above are some of the most important and difficult decisions one has to made in his/her life.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Are earthquakes on increase?

I don't know why but I felt office building was shaking today. Though there was no earthquake news but somebody shouted earthquake and all of a sudden all people were feeling it. We checked twitter, news and found that earthquake hits Sumatra, Indonesia. But why we sitting in Delhi felt the tremors. Nobody knows it, maybe it can be psychological.

But the question remains. There is no earthquake in Delhi but still few people felt it. And the real news about earthquake came after 10 minutes that too in Indonesia. Don't you think that these earthquakes are now on the increase? Few months ago only there was earthquake in Delhi. According to this website

This above website gives all the recent earthquake happenings around the world and its information.

Magnitude  2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
8.0 to 9.9  1 1 0 1 2 1
7.0 to 7.9  14 15 13 14 14 10
6.0 to 6.9  146 121 127 140 141 140
5.0 to 5.9  1344 1224 1201 1203 1515 1693
4.0 to 4.9  8008 7991 8541 8462 10888 13917
3.0 to 3.9  4827 6266 7068 7624 7932 9191
2.0 to 2.9  3765 4164 6419 7727 6316 4636
1.0 to 1.9  1026 944 1137 2506 1344 26
0.1 to 0.9  5 1 10 134 103 0
No Magnitude  3120 2807 2938 3608 2939 864
Total  22256 23534 27454 31419 31194 30478
Estimated Deaths 231 21357 1685 33819 228802 88003

Magnitude  2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
8.0 to 9.9  2 4 0 1 1 1 0
7.0 to 7.9  9 14 12 16 23 19 4
6.0 to 6.9  142 178 168 144 151 185 30
5.0 to 5.9  1712 2074 1768 1896 2069 2276 485
4.0 to 4.9  12838 12078 12291 6805 10303 13315 2460
3.0 to 3.9  9990 9889 11735 2905 4326 2791 432
2.0 to 2.9  4027 3597 3860 3014 4624 3643 653
1.0 to 1.9  18 42 21 26 39 47 18
0.1 to 0.9  2 2 0 1 0 1 0
No Magnitude  828 1807 1922 17 24 11 4
Total  29568 29685 31777 14825 21560 22289 4086
Estimated Deaths 6605 712 88011 1790 320120 21953 113

Friday, April 6, 2012

Missing my Blog

I was busy last few weeks and therefore couldn't read my friends blog posts and now there are so many that I can see them but could not read. I know I have missed so much of stuff but now will try to be regular. Also there are no posts from my side as well. So will get some time out and write.

Lot of things changed around me during these few weeks and I have to concentrate there and get settled with the change. I have learned many new lessons of life in these few weeks, therefore, I am taking some time to understand them and see what need to be done from my side.

No labels in this post. Actually, I can't think of any as my mind is not responding. Need rest badly. Sigh.....