London to Hyderabad

The flight was from Dubai and I was expecting a lot. The 7 hours flight started with a big trouble with my luggage. In UK the luggage carrying restrictions are different and they only allow one carry on baggage including your laptop. So, I tried checking in my carry on bag and it was over weight. After a lot of struggle and a lot of arguing with Emirates, I gave up and sent back some stuff along with my brother-in-law who came to drop me off.

As soon as I got into waiting lounge at the gate, I realized that this flight was filled with families with kids. Oh my. A lot of Asian population who take connecting flights from Dubai to India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka etc. It took about 10 minutes before a kid went into this horrific fit of crying. He was literally screaming and wouldn’t stop. I swear to God, he cried like that for 2 hours of which 1 hour was in flight. A lot of people were openly covering their ears just give the parents a clue that they need to do something more than just to ask him not to cry. These are moments I wish parents carry some cough syrup with them!

Once on flight, my seat was next to the couple with kids. It was the front row with a baby bassinet in front of me. The guy who was sitting next to me was stinking with body odor. Not just your regular odor, but as I went to put my luggage in the top cabins 3 seats far away I smelled it there and wondered who it might be. Little I knew that I am the bakra who is going to sit next to him.

As I sniffed and kept clearing my nose – the guy didn’t get any clue. I am sure they have been traveling for a long time and may be didn’t had a chance to take a shower. Thanks to air conditioner, he felt cold later and put on a jacket which helped to dumb down the smell or may be it’s just that I got used to it. Eww.

I had about 3 hours of time in Dubai airport. I was surprised to see how small the airport was. I was expecting a lot from Dubai. After I made calls to India and let them know I am only couple of hours away from home – I did some duty free shopping. Just when I was thinking may be I can buy a watch for myself – my only carry on bag broke. The zip broke and it was wide open. I tried for an hour to fix it but nope. So, I opened my bag took out the ethernet cable I was carrying and tied the whole thing with it. I looked like a village dork with a bag tied up by some cable, but it worked. I also think that it might have confused the customs people in Hyderabad who stopped me for my electronic items.

Once on the flight to Hyderabad there was a lady who was sitting behind me who doesn’t like the idea of my seat being pushed back. After dinner(or whatever) I leaned back and she started knocking on it. When I asked what is her problem, she just spoke Arabic. I figured that she is having troubles with my seat. After no sleep for 20 hours, I was in a no mood t fight a belligerent arab woman.

Once off flight and clearing the immigration in Hyderabad I was marked “X” for the customs. This is where your baggage is screened and they mark “X” if they think that it might contain some expensive item in there. They customs guys called me aside and screened my luggage again. I couldn’t identify an item inside my suitcase, so I had to open it and show it to them. It was a toaster. Another item they had problem with was a Bose iPod player. I am pretty sure they had no clue what they are for. One guys checked my iPod player for a place holder for cassette or a CD.

Finally they let me go. As soon as I got outside, there was a smell. I don’t know what it was, but I guess it was smell of India and good lord lots and lots of people. Welcome to India

My Vision Book – An Idea

Success in this world depends up on Clarity. A lot of people don’t understand that if only they could just be clear of what they want – then they can achieve it. We live our lives wanting and fantasizing a lot of things. But very few make a list and out of them a minority makes a very specific list. After becoming aware of The Secret, I have been planning on to have a “Vision Book” for myself. Sangita already created one for herself and it looks so good. So here is an idea for creating a vision book site.

  1. A user would open an account and can select a book type.
  2. This is a book made in software but looks like any themed notebook from any country
  3. Once the book is created, the person can start creating pages. Vision pages.
  4. One goal may have many, many pages.
  5. It’s all about getting visual. If you have ever done scrap book then you get the idea.
  6. Then the user chooses to install a browser extension
  7. So whenever I visit a site, I like something – it could be a video, audio, image text etc – I can take a snapshot of it using my browser extension
  8. Once the snapshot is taken, the user can insert it  anywhere in his vision book and rotate it, play with it.
  9. It would be cool if the snapshots are in SVG format then the user can stretch it or skew it and it would still be the same.
  10. In the end, it all about sharing and spreading the vision. So, the user can choose to share his/her Vision book with his friends.
  11. If the user wants to print the vision book – it can be printed at Ink2