The Srinagar to Manali Travelogue: Part 1: Srinagar

Few weeks ago, Jo & me went on a 11-day vacation from starting from Srinagar  heading south-west bound towards Manali via Kargil, Leh, Nubra Valley and Jispa. During this 11-day visit, we had a blast, met bunch of great folks, visited some breathtaking places and ran into wee bit of trouble. And since it’s been awhile since… Read more

ICICI’s Useless Buy 1, Get 1 offer with BookMyShow & their other farcial offers

I have an ICICI Bank Coral Credit card. Part of the ‘perks’ that the card provides is something which is enticing to all: Buy one ticket and get the other ticket free, any day of the week, at You can book upto 2 complimentary tickets in a month on a first come first serve basis.… Read more

Contacting Bank of America from India via phone without International outgoing using Collect Call

If you’re ever stuck in a situation where you need to contact Bank of America from here in India, but don’t have International outgoing available, here’s a quick tip: Check out AT&T’s Direct Access Dialing Code for India(at the time of writing this, it’s 000117) You’ll reach an Operator. Tell him/her the number you want… Read more

Reddit’s secret santa and Guinness World Record for most email addresses in To: List

Way back in late November/December last year, I took part in reddit’s /r/secretsanta. I found it was pretty cool, to (hopefully) get a random gift based on my barren, lurking reddit account, though a small search would reveal a lot more about me. Anyway, after Ashwin’s feedback(“my santa didn’t send anything. I was reassigned. second santa also nothing. #foreveralone”)… Read more

Being on the other side of the Interview table

Attending an interview tends to be a scary, nerve-wracking event for most, me included. It’s like college exam 2.0 – you don’t do anything building up to the event, panic & do a splash and dash the previous night(though in my case, it’s more like “ah, fahgettaboutit”), start wondering and worrying what’s about to be… Read more

On Contact Lenses and Bausch & Lomb’s Pure View “HD” lenses

I’ve been wearing contact lenses for more than 10 years now. Switched to contacts from my clunky spectacles when I started my PU(aka 11th). When you use something for 16x7x365 (I won’t say 24×7, since the lenses are off when I’m sleeping), you tend to know it inside out. And especially when it’s something like… Read more