“Soak up the Sun”

June 12th, 2014 · News

Listening to Sheryl Crows Soak up the Sun….. love the lyrics and the song. Anytime i feel low i just have to listen this. Great song to enjoy life as it is. The lines “It’s not having what you want, It’s wanting what you’ve go” really strikes a chord .

Here are the lyrics i found online. Enjoy the Summer…

 

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Surprises in Switzerland

June 8th, 2014 · Travel

We had a wonderful trip to Switzerland and had quite a few surprises, some pleasant and some not so pleasant.

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Besides the beautiful double rainbow we got to see during our drive from Geneva to Montreux, here is a quick look at the rest of them:

  • Stroller Friendly: Every place that we went to in Switzerland, was stroller friendly. I have not seen any other country with such stroller friendly rules implemented anywhere.
  • Tap water is drinkable : This is good to know as they do not have bottled water – they only have tap water or sparkling water, besides the soda, juices, etc.
  • Tap water is charged : I was surprised to see some of the restaurants charge money for 1/2 litre of tap water. Wow..I am guessing it is a matter of time before which they start charging for the air we breathe!
  • 6.30pm is the time to remember : Almost all shops close by 6.30pm every single day. If you are on the streets trying to shop after 6.30pm, you choices are very limited.
  • Almost everything is expensive : All the items except bread, beer and cheese are very expensive. If you felt US or India was expensive, try shopping in Switzerland.
  • No Room Service : If you are used to the room service concept in India and other Asian countries, get ready to manage in your hotels with zero room service, starting from bringing your luggage to your rooms, to anything that you need help with.
  • Speeding Tickets : Speeding tickets are sent automatically in Switzerland to your credit card account on file with the rental car company. So please drive carefully.
  • No Tolls : We were warned that there would be tolls in many places. We drove to over 10 cities, but did not notice even one toll booth anywhere. Not sure how that happened!
  • Indian Driving License: Indian Driving License is sufficient to rent a car in Switzerland. You do not need an International Drivers License to rent a car there.

While this post only has information about the surprises we had in Switzerland, if you are interested in knowing more about how to plan your self guided tour in Switzerland, this post will be useful to you.

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Based on our experience on our first visit to Switzerland, this post is aimed at helping people planning to go on a self guided tour in Switzerland.

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Self Guided Tours in Switzerland can make your life wonderful because it gives you the flexibility to go where you want and when you want, as long as you are ready to do a little bit of planning. Can you believe we took this picture during the drive from Lucerne to Interlaken, which would have been missed for sure if we did not drive!

Planning

For any self guided tour of Switzerland to work right, you have to do some amount of planning ahead of time. Some of the things you have to do ahead of time are:

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Got a chance to spend some time reading up about Switzerland and am trying to compare India and see the difference.

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1. Switzerland has not been in a state of war for almost 200 years. They did not participate directly in World War I or II. India already has three wars to its credit in the past 75 years.

2. India’s population density is 380 while Switzerland is 190. Every time I try to find out the root cause of day to day issues we face in I am told about the high population in India and how things are uncontrollable. Just a reminder to every one who use that excuse, the population density of Singapore and Hong Kong are close to 7000 – I guess it is time to realize that in India.

3. Switzerland is not a member of European Union – but have applied for it. They are a part of Schengen agreement. The biggest surprise was that they joined the United Nations only in 2002!

4. Switzerland has been ranked very high in many indices when compared to other countries in the world:

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TNBL 2014 is here..Thanks to everyone who made this happen.

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Thomas Cup and Uber Cup are two prestigious events held in Badminton where players represent their country (similar to Davis Cup in Tennis).

Currently, Thomas Cup and Uber Cup Championships are held in New Delhi.

As the turn out in the stadium was very poor, there was an interesting conversation that got started in Facebook about this topic. I did express my views to my friends there, but thought it would help to provide a collective thought here on the same topic.

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These empty stands do show exactly the viewership level for such a huge event in India.

For any professional sport to succeed, there has to be acceptable viewership levels so that businesses will love to show case their products in front of the audience.

The popularity of any sport can be considered using two factors:

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Jallikattu is a game involving bulls and humans, very popular in the state of Tamil Nadu. This game involves letting the bull run towards a group of participants, who will try to tame it. The person who tames the bull is declared the winner. Every year, Jallikattu has resulted in quite a few deaths and also lots of injuries not only to the humans, but also to the animals. In fact, there are even laws around it such as only four participants should tame a bull at any given time, etc.

Jallikattu banned by Supreme Court all over India

Jallikattu banned by Supreme Court all over India

 

The Supreme Court of India have declared a ban on Jallikattu as it is considered to involve torture of the animals, as they are kept in an agitated mood to make sure they cannot be easily captured by the participants. This move is considered to be a big victory for animal rights groups who have been fighting for this for quite a while now.

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Spent some time earlier this week on understanding ‘Audible’ book types, the recent innovation from Amazon, which allows users to download books using ‘Audible’ book type and it plays on Android/iPhone devices.

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As they also gave two books for free to be downloaded with new sign ups, I took this opportunity to download and listened to ‘One Simple Idea’ by Stephen Key and ‘Linchpin’ by Seth Godin.

Initially it looked like any other app, but as I started using Audible, I fell in love with it. Here are some reasons why:

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Based on our experience on our first visit to Bali, this post is aimed at helping people planning to go on a self guided tour to Bali.

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Self Guided Tours in Bali can make your life wonderful because it gives you the flexibility to go where you want and when you want, as long as you are ready to do a little bit of planning. Did you know that 1 US Dollar will get you 11900 Indonesian Rupiah? Imagine the smile on my face when I held over a million in cash on hand when I converted the currency at the airport 🙂

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The Leader Who Had No Title by Robin Sharma is one of the handful of books which are for every single person in this world! The simple concept it teaches is that every one can be a leader in what they do.

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I got introduced to Robin Sharma’s books through a good friend of mine (Prem), with The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari. I loved the way Robin Sharma presents interesting facts using a story telling approach.

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