Archive | January 2009

Bombay Grille – Indian Restaurant in RTP, NC – Too BAD

It’s been three years since I have been living in RTP, NC. I was told that the food is not good by a few friends and colleagues. I have been avoiding it ever since. However, some of my colleagues picked this for lunch today. God it was too BAD.  No Biryani, which I love and expect in pretty much all the Indian restaurants. All Chicken Curries were sweet. Tandoori Chicken was not spicy. Paneer 65 was the only saviour. I would recommend you avoid this place, unless until you do not have any other choice or would like your food sweet. That’s another $10 wasted for a lunch buffet. They have catered to a couple of our events before and the food wasn’t that bad. Despite very low expectations it turned out to be a BAD experience. 

Does some airlines really need Flight Attendants?

I had to go on a quick trip recently and I booked tickets on US Airways. I have not travelled on airlines other than SouthWest off late and did not realize how much things have changed on other airlines. I noticed that even coffee and water is charged. 15 minutes into the flight, after an announcement on how much everything that one wants costs, the flight attendants went around shouting, trying to get attention from the passengers. Not many passengers turned their heads for cat calls like “Does anybody want to buy anything?”. Except for folks in business class I do not think they sold anything. Given this situation, except for closing all the overhead bins and demonstration of safety features at the beginning, I did not see much need for them. May be airlines can take this TIP and cut down on flight attendants as well as part of their cost cutting measures. It might not be such a big deal, except in cases like the “Miracle on Hudson” where people might need some help.

My favourite telugu poem

చిరునవ్వుల వరమిస్తావా?
చితినుండీ లేచొస్తాను.
మరు జన్మకు కలిసుంటావా?
ఈ క్షణమే మరణిస్తాను.

Telugu FM Radio Online

Indians living abroad have this affinity to things and events that will connect them back to their home. One of my friends suggested a good website TELUGULIVE. This website basically streams a bunch of TV channels as well as FM Radio stations over the web. I am not sure how legal it is. There are a couple of News channels TV 5 and TV 9 that they stream for free. Also the FM channels are free. For you folks who are home sick for Telugu entertainment and do not have DISH or DIRECT TV at home, you might want to try this out. 

I was listening to Radio Mirchi. I like music in general and good music is my favorite pass time. I love Telugu. I will blog about my love for Telugu some other time. But what struck me when I was listening to this station is their caption. “Radio Mirchi…. Idi Chaalaa Hot Guru…”. I Know they wanted to appeal to the youth and used “Hot” in their caption. I was thinking what would be a good Telugu word in place of this, I found that “Ghaatu” would be a good substitute. It means the same and rhymes well too. It might even sound more native to Andhra too… “Radio MirchiIdi Chaalaa Ghaatu Guru…”.
Think about it or read both the captions out loud a couple of times. Your ideas and comments are welcome…

PMI-NCPMI-PMP

I have been so busy with work all these days to the extent that I have even ignored some of my own professional goals. I would not blame it completely on work, it is a mix of being busy and being lazy. I have tried to complete the PMP certification, without any success, after rescheduling the exam 12 times. I realized the need for being ‘Certified’ just now with all the turmoil going on with the company I work for. I immediately became a member of PMI (www.pmi.org) and also a member of North Carolina PMI (NCPMI.Org) chapter. I intend to complete the certification ASAP. Any tips and suggestions are welcome.

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