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India’s Beautiful Treasure – SIKKIM

India’s Beautiful Treasure – SIKKIM

Plan – Sikkim

It was after a long time that I realized I have turned into a workaholic idiot. As soon as I realized it, I wanted to come out of it and started to think deeply on priorities. Later, as nothing could solve it so easily, we planned a short trip to North Sikkim.

Bagdogra Aiport – WB

The plan, preparation, decision everything was so sudden and swift, within a span of week. We booked our flight tickets to Bagdogra, the nearest airport to Sikkim. Bagdogra Airport, (IATA: IXB, ICAO: VEBD) is a defense airport and in spite of warning and continuous announcements, our citizens would still like to put our country’s security and integrity to risk and pose for selfie, would video graph the airport and do whatever they like. While in our return journey, I even saw a group of people who looked like teachers from Guwahati, were posing for selfies, multiple times.

As we landed, we headed towards the prepaid taxi service counter by West Bengal Traffic Police / Tourism department of West Bengal. We hired a taxi to Siliguri. Siliguri is a city in the northeast Indian state of West Bengal, heading towards Sikkim. We were dropped at SNT (Sikkim Nationalized Transport) bus station. But, considering the time limit, we opted to hire another taxi to our hotel. We were damn hungry and wanted to eat something. The taxi driver stopped in front of a vegetarian restaurant, ‘Laddoo Gopal’. We ordered Plain Paratha and veg chowmin; both of them were too oily and just because we were too hungry, we had no option but eat.

Siliguri – WB

On our way, the driver discussed that they carry most of the vegetables from Siliguri for the entire family and relatives whenever they drive from Siliguri, as Sikkim Government has banned selling of vegetables in Sikkim, that are grown using chemical in WB state. Sikkim has introduced organic farming and Government has announced fixed price for each vegetable.


At around 8 PM we reached hotel, New Orchid, Gangtok. It was raining heavily. The taxi driver told us that we will have to get down at the taxi stand and tourist vehicle is not allowed inside the town / city. Initially the local taxi driver agreed to drop us for 100 INR (the usual fixed rate in Sikkim to drop off from taxi stand to any place within city limits of Gangtok) and later asked to pay him 150 INR. As it was raining heavily, and we were tired of the journey he utilized our mental state and put extra 50 into his pocket.

Sikkim Tourism Formalities

As we reached hotel, we were welcomed with the warmth of Sikkim culture. Then, we enquired about travel agencies and booked our travel facility to Nathu La Pass and Yumthang for 2 days. We will also have to get the required permit for entries to these, as these are restricted areas. As Sikkim is surrounded by 3 different foreign countries in the border, the entry and photography are restricted. More information on this can be found at –

July 05, 2018 – Nathu La Pass – Road Trip – Sikkim

We were asked to be ready by 8 – 8.30 AM in the morning to travel to Nathula pass, as the entry will be halted by 10 AM to Nathula due to multiple security and safety reasons and you will have to be back by I think around 4 PM. We were waiting in the hotel reception area and were told our vehicle is ready. So, we boarded the vehicle and I asked Prasad about our permit. Then, suddenly the travel agent came and told it was confusion of being the same room number in 2 nearby different hotels that, we were asked to board the wrong vehicle. Then, we were asked to board the right vehicle with the vehicle number in the permit. Finally, all set to Nathula.

Beautiful Nature and Drizzling Rain – Journey – East Sikkim

As we headed towards Nathula, we were mesmerized by the natural beauty of Sikkim – the drizzling rain, greenery all over and the beautiful road heading to Nathula. The road was surrounded by green belt and looked very beautiful as it was drizzling.

Brief Info – Nathu La

Nathu La (Nathu means “listening ears” and La means “pass” in Tibetan) is a Himalayan mountain region in East Sikkim district. It connects Sikkim (India) with China occupied Tibet. The pass is at 14140 ft above sea level. the pass is 54 km east of Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim. Only citizens of India can visit the pass after obtaining a permit in Gangtok.

When we entered almost the mid-way, we were asked to stop by the Army. When we enquired, the driver told us that the China vehicles were entering the border for trading purpose (goods exchange spot exist between the two countries in a common spot). So, all the other tourist vehicle will be requested to stop for security and other border protocol. But, trade is limited to specific types of goods and to specific days of the week. Now, the frequency/number of days have been increased recently. Also, this route now leads to Manas Sarovar as well.

Then, we headed further and reached Baba Mandir – It’s a memorial and temple honoring Indian army soldier, folk hero & saint Baba Harbhajan Singh. The view is beautiful and a place for “Bhakti”, patriotism. It is very well maintained. The view of Shiva statue and the surrounding scenery is fabulous. From there Nathu La was around 4-5 KM and since we were only 2, we were asked to accompany another 5 (as total full capacity of the vehicle was 7 seats). We opted to travel with another 5 members’ family and finally reached the vehicle parking area of Nathu La. On the way, the driver told us one of the tourists entered China from Nathu La border without even realizing while he was photographing and did not even realize when he was caught by the China army. He thought they were Indian soldiers. He said, not sure why tourists behave such stupid and create trouble.

Fabulous Border scenery

We enjoyed the beautiful scenery by climbing up few steps ahead towards China border. The altitude varies and it’s important we take long breath in as Oxygen availability is minimal in high altitude. As we were roaming around, as the driver mentioned, few tourists did not even know that was friendly border between us and China, even though Chinese flag was hoisted on the other side. Prasad had visited the same places 10 years ago, he said, now the crowd is more, and knowledge is less 😉 People were discussing of throwing bottle on the other side and getting it back in the name of entering China. They were so careless about the protocol.

And I felt, this is why it happens in India that, people cross borders, army and Government struggle to get our citizens back by following lot of protocols, the so-called ideologists shout about support for Dalits, humanity etc. Never think of humanity for Army but just keep blaming. If a local citizen can understand all these, why can not a tourist citizen understand?!! We also saw how hard army men were struggling to restrict photography, selfies etc. in that area. We were told after recent development in Doklam (more here –, photography has been completely banned. Really saddening that, people need to be educated in proper sense, and not in terms of double graduation 😛 It comes by self-learning and practice, not by preaching or speech!

Local food

On our return journey, we had booked for Dal Rice Sabzi in a small hotel when we were climbing up. That was a local thali, the tastiest food we had in Sikkim. It was very taste and below is the picture of it. That looked like locally grown organic vegetables and tasty meal, with mountain water. The toilet arrangement was so neat and clean. We thanked for the great food and looked like the owner was surprised by the comment that food was good. For such a simple tasty food, nobody usually says good is what we felt by her expression.

Nathu La - Local food
Dal Rice

Road Trip

During entire journey, we never saw people overtaking from left, violating traffic rules or any such mishaps. BRO (Border Road Organization) had beautiful nice quotes throughout. Earlier, when I first read BRO quotes, as many were warning quotes of a kind, I thought, BRO refers to brother in short 😉 Sikkim drivers are very much skilled, and everyone maintains gap between vehicles, overtaking vehicles will be given side or extra space, army trucks always make way for others.

MG Marg

We had planned to roam around Gangtok city in the same evening after we reached our hotel at around 4 PM from Nathu La pass, especially MG Marg. As I entered MG Marg, I was surprised by the cleanliness in the city. MG Marg (Road) is one of the main shopping and cultural activity streets in Gangtok. We roamed around till the end and headed further towards a city rope way. But when we reached there, it was already closed. We were told that the closing time is around 4 – 4.30 PM!

The city is really well planned. There is foot over bridge connecting different parts in Gangtok, so you need not worry about crossing the tiny roads during peak traffic. Everyone is calm and quiet. It’s a fabulous evening walk for anyone. What we noticed here is everybody follows rules, and nobody is interested to break rules. Hence its well-arranged, organized and disciplined. People reach on time to work place, children strictly follow rules, keep their surroundings so clean!

We had delicious authentic veg momos in Roll House in MG Marg. As we got it by Googling for best place to eat momos, we could not get direction. When enquired with a local pan shop owner and found it in a gully road isolated from the main road. As we entered we asked for veg momos but they were over by then. So, we opted Soya Paneer. In few minutes, the shop was fully crowded, and we were told its very famous and everyone visits it due to its authentic taste, even though its pure vegetarian!

Later, we bought some tea powder from Golden Tips outlet. Then, we experimented some desserts, coffee and delightful pizza at Chef Baker’s MG Marg. They were all deliciously yum!

My prayer is – please keep the city clean and beautiful as it is 😊 If you are a visitor, please follow the rules and regulations, abide by rules and be a nice citizen. Prasad showed me a picture where it was very lonely in 90’s when he visited and tourism in India has grown to such an extent that everyone is behind money and enjoyment. Nobody bothers about local culture, the nature, food, habitats etc. I advise my friends or colleagues to not carry plastic and throw garbage on road when they tell me about their weekend trip plan, but they just laugh at me. I never felt anyone took it seriously and we have the result in front of us.

July 06 – Journey – Gangtok to Lachung

As the road to any beautiful destination in Sikkim is a hilly region – takes lot of time to travel travelling in night is not advisable and no one takes risk. So, we started to Lachung at around 9.30 AM in the morning. Prasad had visited these places 10 years ago and he was explaining every moment in enthusiasm by recalling his last visit on the way about old bridges, falls etc.

7 Sisters’ Falls

We stopped at Seven Sister falls – It’s a popular waterfall located on the Gangtok- Lachung Highway, around 32 km away from Gangtok. Its very beautiful falls and great view.

As we went ahead, we stopped for food, where its again a bit costly food for a high way side hotel. The journey was very beautiful amidst the forest and hill station.

Some old memories

< To be continued . . . >


ಮೆಲುಕು Meluku

ಮೊನ್ನೆ ಅಷ್ಟಮಿಯ ಸಮಯ. ಊರಿಗೆ ಹೋಗಿದ್ದೆವು. ಮತಾಡ್ತ ಮತಾಡ್ತ ಅದು ಇದು ಎಂದು ಕೊನೆಗೆ ಹೊತ್ತು ಹೋಗಿದ್ದೆ ಗೊತ್ತಾಗಿಲ್ಲ! ದೊಡ್ಡಮ್ಮ ಚಾ ಕುಡಿದು ತಿಂಡಿ ತಿಂದು ಹೋಗಿ ಅಂದಾಗ ಒಪ್ಪಲೆ ಬೇಕಾಯ್ತು. ಸರಿ. ಈನ್ನೇನು ಚಹಾದ ಸಮಯವೆ. ಇಲ್ಲೆ ಕುಡಿದು ಹೊರಟರಾಯ್ತು ಅಂದುಕೊಂಡು ಕೂತೆ. ಚಹಾ ತಯಾರಾದ ಕೂಡಲೆ ದೊಡ್ಡಮ್ಮನ ಹೇಳಿಕೆಗೂ ಕಾಯದೆ ಊಟದ ಮೇಜಿನ ಎದುರು ಕುರ್ಚಿ ಹಾಕಿಕೊಂಡು ಕುಳಿತೆ. ಚಹಾ ಕುಡಿದಿದ್ದೂ, ತಿಂಡಿ ತಿಂದಿದ್ದು ಎಲ್ಲಾ ಆಯ್ತು. ಆದರೂ ಮನಸ್ಸಲ್ಲಿ ಅದೇನೋ ತಳಮಳ. ಏನೋ ಕಳೆದುಕೊಂಡಂತಹ ಅನುಭವ!

ಊಟದ ಮೇಜಿನ ಮೇಲೆ ಮೊದಲಿದ್ದ ಮೋಹ, ಕಕ್ಕುಲತೆ , ಅಕ್ಕರೆ ಇಲ್ಲವೇನೋ ಅನಿಸುತ್ತಿತ್ತು. ಮನಸ್ಸು ೧೫ ವರ್ಷಗಳಷ್ಟು ಹಿಂದಕ್ಕೆ ವಾಲಿತು. ಈ ಮೇಜಿಗೆ ೧೫ ವರ್ಷಗಳ ಹಿಂದಿದ್ದ ತಾಕತ್ತು ಇಲ್ಲವೆನಿಸಿತು.! ಏಕೆ? ಇದು ಹಿಂದಿನ ಮರದ ಮೇಜಿಗಿಂತ ಗಟ್ಟಿ ಮತ್ತು ಬಲಿಷ್ಟವಾಗಿದೆ. ಮತ್ತೇತಕೆ? ಏಕೆಂದರೆ ಮೊದಲಿನ ಮೋಹ ಕಕ್ಕುಲತೆ ಮೇಜಿನದಲ್ಲ! ಮೇಜಿನ ಸುತ್ತ ಒಟ್ಟಾಗಿ ಕೂತು ಉಂಡು ತಿಂದು ಮಾಡುತ್ತಿದ್ದ ಕೂಡು ಕುಟುಂಬದ್ದು! ಹೌದು! ಹಿಂದೆ ಮೇಜಿಗೆ ಅದಕ್ಕೆ ಇದಕ್ಕಿಂತ ದುಪ್ಪಟ್ಟು ಬಲವಿತ್ತು! ಅನಿವಾರ್ಯ ಕಾರಣಗಳಿಂದ ಬೇರೆ ಬೇರೆ ಕಡೆ ನೆಲೆಸಿದ್ದರೂ, ಮೊದಲೆಲ್ಲ ಹಬ್ಬ ಹರಿದಿನಗಳಿಗೆ ಒಟ್ಟಾಗಿ ಸೇರುವ ದಿನಗಳಿದ್ದವು. ಈಗ ಅದೂ ದೂರದ ಮಾತಾಗಿದೆ.

ಆ ದಿನಗಳದೆಷ್ಟು ಚೆಂದ! ಅಂದು ಅತ್ತೆಯ ಮಕ್ಕಳು, ವಾರಗೆಯವರು ಕೂಡಿ ಆಡಿ ನಕ್ಕು ನಲಿಯುತ್ತಿದ್ದ ದಿನಗಳು. ಈಗ ಎಲ್ಲರೂ ಒಂದೆಡೆ ಸೇರುವುದೇ ಅಪರೂಪದ ಮಾತಾಗಿದೆ. ಅಂದು ಬೇಸಿಗೆ ರಜದಲ್ಲಿ ಬೆಳಗಾಗುತ್ತಲ್ಲೆ ಕ್ರಿಕೆಟ್, ಸ್ವಲ್ಪ ಬಿಸಿಲಾಗುತ್ತಲೆ ಗೋಳಿ ಮರದ ಕೆಳಗೆ ಸಿಕ್ಕಿದ ಕಸ ಕಡ್ಡಿ ಒಟ್ಟುಗೂಡಿಸಿ ಮನೆಯಾಟ, ಅದು-ಇದೂ ಎಂದು ಮದ್ಯಾಹ್ನದ ಊಟದ ಸಮಯಕ್ಕೆ ಮನೆಯ ನೆನಪಾಗುತ್ತಿದ್ದುದು.

ಊಟಕ್ಕಾದರು ಅಷ್ಟೆ. ಎಲ್ಲರೂ ಮೇಜಿನ ಸುತ್ತ ಇಲ್ಲ ಕೆಳಗೆ ಒಟ್ಟಾಗಿ ಕೂತರೆ ಮಾತ್ರವೇ ಊಟ. ಊಟ ಮಾಡುವಾಗ ಊಟ ಮತ್ತು ಪದಾರ್ಥಗಳ ಮೇಲಷ್ಟೆ ಗಮನ. ಟಿವಿ ನೋಡುತ್ತ, ಇಲ್ಲ ಅದು ಬೇಡ, ಈ ಪದಾರ್ಥ ಬೇಡ ಎಂಬುದಕ್ಕೆಲ್ಲ ಸೊಪ್ಪು ಹಾಕೋರೆ ಇರಲಿಲ್ಲ. ಬೇಕಿದ್ದರೆ ತಿನ್ನಿ, ಇಲ್ಲವಾದಲ್ಲಿ ಬಿಡಿ, ಆದರೆ ಯಾವತ್ತೂ ಬಿಸಾಡುವಂತಿಲ್ಲ. ಚಹಾದ ಸಮಯವಾದರೂ ಅಷ್ಟೆ. ಅದಕ್ಕೆ ಈ ಮೇಜಿನ ಶಕ್ತಿ ಕಮ್ಮಿಯಾದಂತೆನಿಸಿದ್ದು.

ಮನೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ತಂದಿಡುತ್ತಿದ್ದ ಕಲ್ಲಂಗಡಿ ಹಣ್ಣು ಎಲ್ಲರಿಗೂ ಊಟದ ನಂತರ ಹಂಚಲು ಮೇಜಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಮುಚ್ಚಿಡುತ್ತಿದ್ದರು. ಹಣ್ಣಿನ ತುದಿಯನ್ನು ಕದ್ದು ಕದ್ದು ತಿಂದು ಯಾರಿಗೂ ಕಾಣದಂತೆ ಓಡಿ ಹೋಗಿ ಮುಗ್ಧರಂತೆ ಕೂರುತ್ತಿದ್ದದ್ದು, ಅಮ್ಮ-ದೊಡ್ಡಮ್ಮ ಯಾರ ಕೆಲಸವೆಂದು ಕೇಳಿದಾಗ ಅಮಾಯಕರಂತೆ ಅಣ್ಣ-ತಂಗಿ ಮುಖ-ಮುಖ ನೋಡುತ್ತಿದ್ದದ್ದು, ನಾವೆ ಕಳ್ಳರೆಂದು ಗೊತ್ತಾದರೂ ಅಪ್ಪಂದಿರ ಬೈಗಳು ಬೇಡವೆಂದು ಸುಮ್ಮನಾಗಿ, ಎಚ್ಚರಿಕೆ ಕೊಡುತ್ತಿದ್ದ ಅಮ್ಮಂದಿರು ಎಲ್ಲ ಈಗ ನೆನಪು ಮಾತ್ರ. ಆಗ ಅಮ್ಮಂದಿರು, ಇದ್ದುದರಲ್ಲಿ ಹಂಚಿಕೊಂಡು ಖುಶಿಯಗಿರುವುದನ್ನ ಅದೆಷ್ಟು ಚೆನ್ನಾಗಿ ಬರೀ ಕಾರ್ಯದಲ್ಲಿ ತೋರಿಸಿಕೊಡುತ್ತಿದ್ದರು. ಈಗ ಅದನ್ನೆ ಮಕ್ಕಳಿಗೆ “ಶೇರಿಂಗ್, ಕೇರಿಂಗು” ಅಂತ ಅದೇನೇನೋ ನಾಟಕವಾಡಿ ಕಲಿಸೋ ಪರಿಸ್ಥಿತಿ!!

ಅದಕ್ಕೆ ಈಗ ಈ ಮೇಜು ಮೊದಲಿನಷ್ಟು ಆತ್ಮೀಯವೆನಿಸುತ್ತಿಲ್ಲ.ಆದರೂ, ಇದೆಲ್ಲವನ್ನು ಅನುಭವಿಸುವ ಅವಕಾಶ ಕೊಟ್ಟ ಅಮ್ಮಂದಿರಿಗೆ ನಿಜವಾಗಿಯೂ ಅಭಿನಂದನೆ ಸಲ್ಲಿಸಬೇಕು. ಅಮ್ಮ, ದೊಡ್ಡಮ್ಮ, ಚಿಕ್ಕಮ್ಮ, ೩ ಜನ ವಾರಗಿತ್ತಿಯರೂ, ಬೇರೆ -ಬೇರೆ ಕೌಟುಂಬಿಕ ಹಿನ್ನಲೆಯಿಂದ ಬಂದವರು. ಆದರೆ ಮೂವರೂ ಅದೆಷ್ಟು ಬೇಗನೆ ಆ ಮನೆಗೆ ಹೊಂದಿಕೊಂಡರೆಂದು ಈಗಲೂ ನಮಗೆ ಯಕ್ಷ ಪ್ರಶ್ನೆಯೆ.

ಅನಿವಾರ್ಯ ಕಾರಣಗಳಿಂದ ಅಜ್ಜನ ಮಾತಿನಂತೆ ಬೇರೆ-ಬೇರೆಯಾಗಿ ಇರಬೇಕಾಗಿ ಬಂದರೂ, ಇಂದಿಗೂ ಒಟ್ಟಾಗಿಯೆ ಇದ್ದಾರಿವರು, ಮನದಾಳಗಳಲ್ಲಿ. ಅಣ್ಣ-ತಮ್ಮಂದಿರು ಜಗಳವಾಡಿದರೂ, ಸಣ್ಣ-ಪುಟ್ಟ ಮಾತುಗಳು ಬಂದು ಹೋದರೂ, ಇವರುಗಳು ನಿರ್ಲಿಪ್ತರು. ಯವತ್ತೂ ಮಾತಿಗೆ-ಮಾತಾಡಿದ್ದಾಗಲಿ, ಸಿಟ್ಟು ಮಾಡಿಕೊಂಡದ್ದಂತು ನೋಡಿದ್ದಿಲ್ಲ ಇದುವರೆಗೂ. ಇದೇ ಜೀವನವೆಂದು ಕಲಿಸಿ ಕೊಟ್ಟ ಮಹಾನುಭಾವರು. ಮಕ್ಕಳೆದುರಿಗಂತೂ ಇವರು ತುಟಿ-ಪಿಟಿಕ್ಕೆಂದಿದ್ದಿಲ್ಲ.ಅದೆಲ್ಲವೂ ಈಗ ನೆನಪು ಮಾತ್ರವೆ. ಅದಕ್ಕೆ ಮೇಜು ಮೊದಲಿನಷ್ಟು ಆತ್ಮೀಯವೆನಿಸುತ್ತಿಲ್ಲ. ಅದು ಬರೀ ಮೇಜೀಗ. ಮೊದಲಿನ ಸೋಜಿಗದ ಕಲ್ಲಲ್ಲ!!

– ಸ್ಮಿತಾ ಆಲಂಗಾರು

AADHAR – a look into Grievance Portal

AADHAR – a look into Grievance Portal

Everywhere there was a hurry to link AADHAR for every other thing like Bank account, PAN card, etc.

My father being a senior citizen had now enrolled for the fifth time to get an AADHAR number/card. We have been trying couple of follow up, multiple email threads to PMO office; social media and what not, just to get his AADHAR number. Finally I thought of giving up.

But, by then Government had almost mandated it for Bank account and December was nearing. We had to get his AADHAR is what I and my sister decided. But “How” was the question! I am not any great follower or fan of Modi, but I appreciate the good job done. At least he is trying to do his best with all these greedy officers and corrupt ministers, and looking towards a better system. But, when his Government mandated this AADHAR, and getting it was a tough job, I too started cursing him just like any other common man. Then, I felt if he can move a step forward for our betterment, if my colleagues or friends have no issues using SSN (Social Security Number) in USA, why can’t I help by using AADHAR for our own good.

Though the idea is not bad, or the reason behind mandating it is good, its implementation techniques that have been adopted or officers who are working for it, seems like have not clear idea on it or they lack technical knowledge about it. This is what I used to tell my mother whenever she used to complain about this issue. But, when it was so tough to get it for my father, I felt it’s really a meaningless system.

Yet, I was not ready to give up being one of the supporters of Digital India. I felt, somewhere something is missing. I should look for more options to get this resolved. I had a strong feeling that there should be some online digital solution available for this, if Modi really meant digital and wanted to support it.

Centralized Public Grievance Redress And Monitoring System (CPGRAMS):

I started searching for it over the Internet and found the following – –

“Centralized Public Grievance Redress And Monitoring System (CPGRAMS) is an online web-enabled system over NICNET developed by NIC, in association with Directorate of Public Grievances (DPG) and Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG)”

We decided that, we would lodge a grievance here and watch for its resolution. After some more research, found that, any grievance should be registered under the right ministry.

Below is the newer version of the portal, which requires registration. When I used it in November, I did not register. I used the option – go to earlier version now.

aadhar online complaint portal
aadhar online complaint portal

Anyway, registration or login is mandatory now. May be for easy tracking.

Then, I lodged the grievance under incorrect ministry – Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, and received the message next day – “grievance disposed”. I wasn’t surprised as I expected no resolution. It was just a try. Then, being curious, I just looked for reason and it was mentioned incorrect ministry, then I lodged again under the right ministry, hoping at least something might happen.

The right ministry for AADHAR is – “Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology”.

The real flow

We were so curious, every next hour we used to check the grievance status and finally fell asleep.  Next day, I had totally forgotten it. But, suddenly around 12 PM while I were checking my mails, I found an email from CG portal that, my grievance has been forwarded to central head at Delhi from the ministry! An action taken in a day for the online complaint lodged within 12 hours by Indian Government system! A real delightful surprise of course!

Next day it was transferred to the regional office in Bangalore. Ah! It’s Karnataka and our own state departments need almost more than ten days to respond. Finally, after 2-3 email follow up there was a response from the regional officer.

The reason was below –

3-4 years ago, when smart card project was launched (similar to AADHAR), his data was digitally captured. The new project never left it go waste, but used the same. Hence, even after multiple enrolments, he used to get, “this enrolment is under manual verification” and finally no AADAHAR number was getting generated and he used to register again and again. After following up again, and giving my mobile number, the regional officers called me and gave his AADAHR number.

For security reasons, it was not mailed to me (Please note – it was not communicated in any security risk or privacy risk way, but after verifying couple of data of mine, they agreed to give me the AADHAR number over the phone). Then, my father had to take it to AADHAR enrolment for finger print and iris capturing and link the number to the right data and secure it. Finally, now he has got his AADHAR card.

Now, I am a fan of Modi, not because my problem was resolved, but because he has courage to start such steps towards development even in India and use the technology for the betterment of country. Kind request to ministers and officers, if you cannot make use of it, don’t simply blame the system. Do not confuse people by giving misleading data. Just give a try like me, obviously there will be flaws but, not as much as you think. Before commenting, just check the reality and facts. Just blindly following others or misunderstanding a single statement will lead your life to confusion.

Using the portal, you can try out other options as well, send reminders to the officers with whom your current grievance is lying or call them over mobile number and follow up. Also, send a reminder over the portal itself using the grievance registration number sent to your email or login account.  Try it now!

Quick note in Kannada

ನಿಮ್ಮ ಆಧಾರ್ ಕಾರ್ಡ್ ಇನ್ನು ಬಂದಿಲ್ಲವಾದಲ್ಲಿ ಇದನ್ನುಒಮ್ಮೆ ಪ್ರಯತ್ನಿಸಿ ನೋಡಿ –

ಅಂತರ್ಜಾಲದಲ್ಲಿ “” – ಇಲ್ಲಿಗೆ ಭೇಟಿ ಕೊಟ್ಟು, ಇಮೇಲ್ ಐಡಿ ಮೂಲಕ ನೋಂದಾಯಿಸಿ. ನಂತರ, “Ministry of Electronics and Information ಟೆಕ್ನಾಲಜಿ” ಆರಿಸಿಕೊಂಡು ನಿಮ್ಮ ದೂರನ್ನು ದಾಖಲಿಸಿ. ನೋಂದಾಯಿಸಲು ಬಳಸಿದ ಅಂಕೆಯ ಮೂಲಕ ಮಾಹಿತಿ ಪಡೆದು ಸಂಬಂಧ ಪಟ್ಟ ಅಧಿಕಾರಿಗಳಿಂದ ಮಾಹಿತಿ ಪಡೆದುಕೊಳ್ಳಿ .



We have been enjoying our trip to native for years together now, whenever we travel. Especially, if its festival season there was a great feeling of joy and happiness, which in turn would result in togetherness. We are separated for different reasons but, festivals bring us together.

Current trend with the youngsters is to travel, travel and “enjoy and have fun” in life. I am not sure if it’s good or bad. In my opinion, it has lots of cons. I don’t want to discuss the pros of it anyway, as all of us are already aware of it. And these days, even kids have answers that travelling helps increase their knowledge; relax their mind out of stress etc.

All agreed. But, why doesn’t it bring you social responsibility? Why doesn’t it teach you cleanliness? Why doesn’t it make you learn and be more aware of nature? Why doesn’t it encourage you to plant more trees? Why doesn’t it teach you to be cautious while driving? Why doesn’t it make you learn overtaking from left is prohibited? Why are you not a self-responsible driver with a sense of high-way driving? Why are you not able to differentiate between city and highway driving? Why are you not aware that you need to maintain gap between the vehicles, so that you can stop as and when required in emergency? Why are you not learning to be patient?

Why are you not teaching your kids to flush after use in public toilets? Why are you not teaching your kids to not waste food? Why are you not respecting the culture of the place and its natural heritage? Is enjoying alone your way of living? If your city or the road is not clean, do you know how much is your contribution towards it? Do you know if there are chain accidents, what is your responsibility over it – not following lane discipline, not using foot-over Bridge, not following traffic rules?

I know it’s easy to comment but not to follow. But, there is an urgent need to address all these at the earliest. I think we are seeing a tremendous growth in tourism in Karnataka (and whole of India + the world). But, this has led only to money and growth of business, but not contributing towards social responsibility, which is meaningless, even if you are highly educated.

I have these questions based on my own experience with recent travelling to my native and our beautiful and clean City Mysore! Just look around near Brindavana Garden, you will definitely find plastics and garbage thrown here and there near the water body and nobody cares!

KRS Brindhavana
KRS Brindhavana
KRS Brindhavana
KRS Brindhavana

Travelling till Hassana city from Bangalore is another mess. You have four lane roads, yet no one follows the rules and you will feel frustrated once you reach Hassana. I remind my husband, to be careful with two-wheelers, especially those bikes. They never follow the lane discipline, and I feel pity on their innocent parents. I have seen few of my friend’s parents suffer after they hear so many incidents that happen with the bikers. Why are you not self-responsible and take care of your own to be safe and help others be safe on the road? Same with few four wheelers, never follow lane-discipline. Few who drive on the right lane do not even know, right lane is meant for vehicles that drive at a speed!

Hear our plea Mr.PM / PMO

Dear PMO, we never want our roads to be improved. I, as a Mangalorean is happy with whatever the road and transport facility we have currently. I plead to leave it as is. Only we natives would travel there. We don’t want to develop, grow and contribute to world economy, with the cost of destroying natural and ecological balance. We don’t mind even if the road condition is worse than that it was in 2000s or 90’s.  Because, we were used to it and every one of us were sensible enough to drive safely or travel safely over the ghat section.

We never had stupid’s who overtake from left or not allow others to overtake or bus drivers who do not cut to side as and when required or we never had idiots who simply honk if you try to overtake and seeing the risk come back to the left suddenly to avoid accidents. We did not have people who never had idiots who park on the curve and so called “enjoy” the nature and small water bodies! We never had stupid people around who used to park at the turning point or immediately after the turning point!

Sakleshpura to Gundya was all green areas with huge forest and we used to love the greenery. We had no stupid ministers who had deforestation projects for some stupid ideas of lifting water or making a clean and superb high-way. My stomach had a burning sense when I saw huge tree cut down going on for this road widening and high-way project L

Ladhaki Style:

I have seen on TV and pictures how Ladakhi’s survive and we are far better than them. So, please leave our Shiradi ghat as is. We do not want any development at the cost of deforestation and struggle for rain and water in our native. I had stayed for nearly 5 days in the month of August in my native home and saw only a very small rainfall, that too only for a day! In 2010-11, it was 10 times more than this. Hope, anybody would understand the situation now. Earlier, only people who had need to visit and sensible used to visit Managluru and surrounding places, now everything is a business and so called “fun”.

Horrible traffic, no discipline, nothing! If you look at the dump and plastics and other wastes throughout the ghat and around beautiful Sakleshpura, you will never feel once upon a time it was your own beautiful nature!

Ah! From Vitla to Mangaluru City, it’s a journey of maximum an hour. But we had a surprise there too this time around! Guess what?! Police and security throughout Kalladka for that known incident! Arey! We used to celebrate Ashtami or Eid or Christams with togetherness always. For some stupidity of our own politicians, people have given up their own peace! Yenchina Savu Marre! L

Dear responsible and so called educated citizens of India please save nature for God’s sake for your children and at least be sensible enough to keep your own surroundings clean.

Idannella nodida matte, Ganesha habbakke matte oorige hogalu manassaguttilla. We found another better way to travel (that is also being ruined but not to the extent of Shiradi, Madikeri or Charmadi) L

Hope there are many natives who are feeling the same, unable to express, being helpless, and watching it idle! Let’s save Sakleshpura to Mangaluru, let’s not allow it to be another Bengaluru, in the name of development and fun! Bengaluru is already out of control and moving towards becoming another Delhi for India!


A beautiful journey : culture : Bangalore -> Delhi -> Rajasthan – Jaisalmer

A beautiful journey : culture : Bangalore -> Delhi -> Rajasthan – The story of  Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer – 11 October 2016

Leelan Express – Indian Railway –  Jaipur to Jaisalmer:

When we started by Leelan Express from Jaipur towards Jaisalmer, we could see it was barren land all over and no green. We started to feel the real dessert! We were wondering about a lengthy water source all around suddenly after certain distance! Then, we came to know that, its – The Sambhar Salt Lake, India’s largest inland salt lake, a bowl shape lake. Its 96 km south west of the city of Jaipur and 64 km north east of Ajmer along National Highway 8 in Rajasthan!

Dinner at Leelan Express – Jaipur to Jaisalmer – The unknown scene behind dinner ordered:

We ordered for food for dinner as we knew we will reach Jaisalmer only in the next morning! The coach attendant said they arrange food only for those who need and order. And food arrived at around 9pm near Nagaur. It was kind of full-meals with multiple sabzis and rotis. We and one of our co-passengers (a foreigner) had our dinner and were almost getting ready to sleep. The attendant said its 200 INR per meal. We paid and tried to sleep. I could not sleep properly, neither Prasad!

From Nagaur, we felt train speeded up and when we reached Bikaner, due to its noise and speed (as train was almost empty hence a lot of sound with bumpy ride) we were sleepless. During that time, we could hear the conversation between, train in charge Railway police (RPF) and these attendants that, they get these meals for around 50 INR and utilize not having pantry and make some money in the name of helping passengers!

Today, when we read about Vasundhara Raje’s Annapoorna Rasoi project, we remembered this incident suddenly and recalled, in Rajasthan, it’s not tough to get food at cheaper rate. This is how people like these attendants defame Indian Tourism!

Hotel Radhika :

When we reached Jaislamer at 5 am in the morning, as usual the taxis and hotel agents surrounded us saying they are offering the cheapest offer, including safari at Sam! We ignored all of them and came out of Railway station. Then, there was a jeep driver who told us he will drop us at 20 INR to the Hotel. He started chatting with us as if he is the only person offering cheapest ride to Sam. We now came to know his intension and said we would call him if required and we really do not have any plans as of now. Standing in-front of Hotel Radhika, we started to ring the bell for the door to be opened! Finally, after connecting with Oyo rooms’ customer care, we could enter in!!!

That morning, we had our breakfast there at the hotel and I felt irritated with the taste of tea! Then, Prasad told me its Camel’s milk! Ah! It was a different taste and I had no other choice at dessert!

Jaisalmer Fort and Patwon-Ki-Haweli:

Then, we started to roam around and entered Jaislamer Fort – It’s a living fort! 3000+ people still live inside the Fort there. We met a guide and had no choice other than accepting his offer. He started guessing and immediately made out that we are from Bangalore and like others; he too is under the impression that these 2 IT kids make lot of money and from Bangalore! Huh! Ignore as usual. Marvelous fort with mixture of Hindu and Jain culture. Really great spiritual and cultural heritage of Rajasthan and India! That is on the sandy expanse of the great Thar Desert, on Trikuta Hill.


Then, we headed towards nearby Patwon-Ki-Haweli – massive five-storied construction has five intricately decorated huge suites. The guide explained us about the beauty and historical importance of it and I was flattered by its beauty! Meanwhile, at one of the shops near the fort, we bought two habur stone items – kind of vessels. They say, it has lots of Scientific importance and available from Habur village and the blah blah stories. Since Prasad is an artist and he loved it, I ignored the rest and agreed to buy it. It’s really beautiful 

We had our lunch at Jaisal Italy, where we had Jaisalmer Thali, which included the very tasty Kair Sangri curry which both o us loved so much. It was really delicious. It’s a memorable lunch and the view of Jaisalmer fort and the haweli is really beautiful.



We returned to Hotel Radhika by an auto of an old man. When we reached, there were few others waiting for an auto and just because this fellow was an old man, they opted for another young auto-driver who actually offered them the hire at a higher rate. We could hear the old man murmur himself, “pata nahi kya zamana aa gaya; aap bhale eemandar ho agar bhudde ho to uski koi izzat ya kaam nahi hai. Aaj kal ke bacche ko lagta hai ki sirf apna generation unki madad karega.” 🙂

Sam Sand Dunes:

We enjoyed the SAM sand dunes, camel safari and the usual SAM viialge folk songs, music and dance, with an authentic Jaisalmer / Rajasathan delicious dishes. We had a real good conversation of life style, culture, politics, border and army relationship with the local taxi driver during our visit to Sam.



12 October 2016 – Gadisar Lake:

The next morning, we went to Gadisar Lake, This is a rain water conservation lake built by Maharawal Gadsi. There are many small temples and beautiful nature around.

Jaisalmer-Gadisar Lake
Jaisalmer-Gadisar Lake

We left Jaisalmer to proceed towards Jodhpur with lots of beautiful memories of the yellow city. To enjoy the local life style beauty, we decided to travel by local bus.

To be continued…

A beautiful journey : culture : Bangalore -> Delhi -> Rajasthan – Jaipur

A beautiful journey of culture…  08 to 14 October, 2016.

Delhi – I have been waiting for this vacation since my engineering actually 😛 I never had been on long trip till date and wanted to be isolated from this usual world I stay at and get along.

08 October – New Delhi:

The trip started on 8th October by Flight and reached our destination New Delhi as per the plan. As soon as we landed and came out of the Airport, it started to stink and I said I can’t bear it! Prasad said this is what it is and you will get used to it soon! OMG. After reaching NDLS metro station, smell increased and I couldn’t tolerate it. Prasad started ironically “eega nimge hegannista ide madam?” OMG! This is our Capital city. I said, “Vasane bartide, I can’t bear this”!.

After checking-in, we started to reiterate to decide where shall we go and roam around for the day? Listed down based on their closing time, connectivity, time to visit etc. So, decided to book an uber to ride around India Gate. Reached there and roamed around Rashtrapati Bhavan as well. We have it in our still to be done visit to Rashtrapati Bhavan (as premises inside, which has a separate online process to be followed to visit).

India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhavan, Dilli Haat – Delhi:

Near India gate, there were 100’s of them surrounding us, saying “they will capture our pics”, but we didn’t want it. However, a decent young boy, who requested very humble, we felt he is earning his part time job money for some good reason like education and we said “yes” to him (Unable to recall his name, probably Akshay). He really has captured few good ones. (Though I am not publishing them here).

Salute to our Amar Jawans…



The garden beside RB and the parliament had a spectacular view. Many noticed it only after seeing us there :);)

We rushed to metro station (Central Secretariat) and headed towards Dilli Haat. (Opp. INA market metro station). I was flattered by the neatness and cleanliness of the Haat! It was soothing to see colorful stalls from different State Tourism Departments, like jewelry, clothes and food! We first went almost half around the stalls, and sat down at Shillong Stall (From Meghalaya) for few good Momos 🙂 It was really very tasty (not fried, we tried steamed and we like it steamed). Actually we could see 2 stalls opposite to each other and in some of the blogs, I had read Shillong has the best momos. But, there were no Shillong sign, instead Meghalaya! We were trying to recall which state Shillong belongs to: P

The shopkeeper, Delhi:

After that, we moved on to buy some pashmina shawls. I was flattered by their beauty. All handmade! How creative Indian women are and hats off to their patience! So cute and beautiful art work. The shop owner is from Srinagar. And being asked about his place, he said so and asked if we have ever been to Srinagar.

The conversation went on:

shopkeeper: “App gaye kabhi Srinagar? Bahut Khoobsurat jagah hai”

Prasad: “Han, gaye the. Bahut sundar jagah hai”

Shopkeeper: “Han, abhi halat utna thik nahi hai, aap bhi khuda se dua kijiye ki sab jald hi thik ho jaye” (considering the India-Pak tensed situation, terror attacks etc)

We: “Han, sab maangte hai. Hum bhi shanti chahte hai aur chahte hai ki hamara khoobsoorti hame jald vapas shanti aur suraksha se mile aur hum south se ho to bhi fikr karte hai ki aap log sab khushi se zindagi bitayen, bina ye jhanjhat se. Aur hum bhi idhar be-fikr ghoom sake” J

Shopkeeper:”Han. Hum kuch nahi chahte bas shanti aur ye Hindusthan ka hi hissa hai, mera Srinagar bahut khoobsurat hai J”

Prasad: “Han, jannat hai, jannat J”

Shopkeeper: “!!!han ji”, about to greet when we were about to leave after purchase.

Prasad:” khuda hafiz”

Shopkeeper: “!!!” (He was surprised to see Hindu from South wishing so!) And he smiled J

We all in India, the real lovers of Hindusthan, do not bother if you are a Hindu or Muslim, but these vote bank politics, hyper media, activists make this living intolerant, not Hindusthan, neither Muslims, nor a Hindu or a Sikh or whoever he/she is! The shopkeeper was really concerned about his city and its beauty – the jannat – “Srinagar”  #Respect # culture

Later, in the night we were very thirsty and wandered in search of water to end up in front of Tamil Nadu stall. We looked at each other and said “no, this is Karnataka’s Kaveri and we don’t need water frpm here. Moved ahead to Bihar stall and the shopkeeper wondered as if we have never seen/had water in life after emptying 1 liter of water. We took  metro and back to the lodge we stayed at Karol bagh.

09 October, Qutub Minar, Red Fort – Delhi:

Qutub Minar
Qutub Minar

The next day, we hurried to roam around Qutub Minar. From the metro station, we were in search of auto and the auto drivers all over India are the same! Unfortunately, if they get to know you are from a different place, they will try to earn as much as possible and charge you like hell unless you open up your mouth and shout boldly!

Qutb Minar is a beautiful cultural heritage which depicts beautiful Hindu – Muslim cultural mix-up. It has beautiful Lotus flowers and many other flowers’ art, also the Hindu “Dhruva Sthambha” and also, the tomb structure of Muslim culture. (I do not want to bring the topic of argument of “whether it’s a Hindu or Muslim heritage, though historians have already written lots of research articles on it. I loved that its still protected as a world cultural heritage as it is and well-maintained.

We left the place after roaming for around 1.30 hours. Again back to auto argument and he tried to fool us yet, we opted to follow our trick of asking him to drop to the same place from where we have reached Qutub Minar – the Qutub Minar metro station.

We realized we are feeling hungry and yet to have breakfast. So, chose to go to Chandni Chowk. We had our good breakfast at Haldiram’s restaurant, near Gurudwar.

After that, we walked straight towards Red Fort. It’s really a wonderful history at Red Fort.  This write-up would not be enough to explain about Red Fort. So, its better I just refer you to visit there or to read about it from web on that J

The funny thing I still remember from there is : We were tired and sitting in a corner at The Diwan-i-‘ Am (‘Hall of Public Audience’) – a rectangular hall. It was at a certain height from ground level and you have to follow few stairs to get out of it and move to the next place around. Usually, I think people in North India sit along the stairs. Since the place near stairs was filed with people, we were sitting at a corner. But, many of the tourists thought the place where we were sitting also leads to stairs and all followed to end up noticing the stairs is at the other end in the middle J We were enjoying the mini fun 😉 One of the ladies didn’t even observe that there are no stairs, carrying her baby she was about to step ahead and her husband shouted from below to be careful and watchful. Then only she realized where she is heading towards!

It took around 3 hours to cover Red Fort and then we headed towards Chandni Chowk by rickshaw (as I was very tired and wanted to have a rickshaw ride). The traffic was like hell, yet, these rickshawala do not care and the take you to the destination within 10 minutes there by approaching the wrong side! 😉 Though you know it’s not the traffic rule, nobody cares, neither did we! So, I still feel Bangalore is far better at least in that perspective: P

We did not feel hungry as we had our breakfast at 11 AM! 😛 So, we decided to head directly towards Akshara Dham at 1.30 PM. Took metro, got down, entered into Aksharadhama. There was a huge queue and lots of formalities and security to measures taken uo due to tension at the border and school off time for Dussehra. So we felt, we will not be able to cover anything by the closing time an decided to head back and put it to halt. Then we realized we were hungry and  again ended up in Haldiram’s restaurant for evening tea and light snacks. The restaurant staff is quite arrogant and not customer-friendly. Though we love its taste, we did not like the customer service there.

Back at our lodge, in the evening roamed Karol bagh market and had a very tasty Gol gappa at  a Punjabi sweet/chat stall (unable to recall the shop name).

10 October 2016, journey to Jaipur, RJ:


Jaipur, RJ
Jaipur, RJ

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Next morning, we had a train to catch at 6am to Jaipur. Ajmir Shatabdhi Express from NDLS. We enjoyed the early morning journey with nothing much around though 😛 Almost everyone in the train were tourists who were travelling to Jaipur from various parts of India. There was a small family from Kerala and the kids in the family were explaining about their teachers in Malayalam, which entertained us a lot J They were speaking very loudly thinking nobody understood what they were discussing 😉

Once we reached Jaipur railway station, we booked Uber to reach Ginger Hotel. The taxi drivers surrounded us with offers of being arranging the cheapest facilities with a price range of 200 INR just for a hotel drop! 😛 Almost every place we booked uber and paid via Paytm as we did not want to be fooled by the price and thanks to mobile app geeks 😉

Jantar Mantar, City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Bazars, RJ:

We had our lunch at the hotel and then started to Janthar Manthar; is a collection of nineteen architectural astronomical instruments, built by the Rajput King. Real science existed in India in 17th century or even before that. Regret that we in our country do not value or derive deep out of it! I was really surprised by the calculation technique that was being used! Amazing minds and thoughts.

Thereafter we headed towards City palace as it was at a walk able distance. Wonderful architecture and what a beauty! A must visit place at Jaipur J Moved to Hawa Mahal next and visited it only from and around the venue as we had lots of advice from locals and cousins that not worth visit inside. Captured few pics out of it and headed forward. There was an old man who offered us drop at Hawa Mahal from City Palace at 20 INR by his rickshaw. Since we felt he is very old and not comfortable he riding rickshaw being that old we paid him 30 INR and then, realized he wanted to gain some business of forcing us to visit his son’s shop for bangles and he was heading towards that shop; offered us the drop 😉

We checked with some local shopkeeper for a good tea shop and he directed us to a very small gully road, and a tea shop. The owner was a very old man and still the culture of being asked to get in and sit own existed and we were seating on a small bench in few minutes. Chai was still in preparation stage and looking at our impatience (more than impatience we were tired), the old man offered us “Chaiwali aaj nahi aayi, isliye der ho rahi hai. Me aapko Musambi juice pila sakta hoon, the sweet lime juice!” J We said “arey nahi chacha, thik hai. Chai hi do”. I think he felt young generation today doesn’t have any patience and he offered us sweet lime juice, thinking we were in hurry. The chai was really tasty. J Its near a small passage near Johari Bazar, opposite to Hawa Mahal road 😉

Girls are enthusiastic about shopping and I had heard a lot about jewelries and bangles of Jaipur and Google out for some shops. But, ended up in a wholesale bangle shop, where I could get very beautiful bangles and then, sarees and clothes for gifting from another shop (at Tripolia Bazar). We did not follow any guide or any advice of Google. Just entered one of the shops that we felt we can go and check and felt reasonable and value for money. But, if you are buying sarees in Jaipur, be careful to check the blouse piece, length etc very accurately as per your needs. They still use 5.25 meters saree as in our olden days in few cases 😉 Took uber back to Ginger from Tripolia gate, Chura Rastha.

11 October, Jal Mahal and journey to Jaisalmer:

Next day, after a quick breakfast, we hurried to Jal Mahal is a palace located in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake. Though we can see its beauty from a distance, it was really soothing architecture J  We had booked train to Jaisalmer via irctc, the previous day; the instant planning. So, we decided to spend time at CCD at ginger hotel and then, took uber to catch 4.30 pm train to Jodhpur. We met around 6-7 soldiers, our real heroes. Everybody warned us not to visit as its tensed situation at the border; but we were sure we will be safe. And the entry of soldiers assured it again 😉

To be contd..

Angular 2 – Let’s learn together!


Angular2 Overview

Angular2 Introduction

Angular2’s major advantage – One of the most confusing things for a UI developer who is from a JAVA background would be all about type in JavaScript. We know that, JS is not a strictly typed language. To avoid those kinds of confusions, Angular 2 is here with TypeScript.

TypeScript can be considered as a superset of JavaScript, it’s a typed JavaScript J To know more about TypeScript, please refer – We will not cover more on this here as we concentrate on AJS and will throw light on TS whenever required in between!

 Architecture Overview:


Good news is – we have class, encapsulation, import, export and everything now! 🙂

Let’s review the overall architectural components in AJS2 one by one. TypeScript is actually a modular programming language. So, it’s always the best practice to keep our Angular2 apps modular. So, we can consider that Angular is a collection of multiple modules. We can import and export one another as in Java. AJS has its own library modules in its core component/library.

Next, coming to major building blocks of AJS2 architecture, the following are very important components/building blocks/features:

  • Component
  • Template
  • Directive
  • Metadata / Decorators
  • Services

Also, as in earlier versions of Angular, we have Dependency Injection and Data Binding concepts too

Component: Angular Components are nothing but, the basic building block, where all our application business logic resides. It’s similar to the controllers we had in our AJS 1.x. It can be considered as a function or a kind of class as in Java. It has properties and methods and also, scope that we had in AJS 1.x is combined here in component.

Template: Angular templates are nothing but our application views. It’s more like a regular HTML which renders the DOM as per the instructions it receives from component or the directive.

Observe closely that, we have {{myName}}, which later evaluates to the actual name value that’s bound to the property myName during run time. So, we have {{…}} symbol to render the values.

Similarly, we also can have – event binding or can attach event handlers in our template using the syntax as below in the examples.

Earlier, to achieve the same goal, we had ng-click, ng-“event” specific handlers. Now, we have to attach handlers to the events by assigning them with a pair of parenthesis.

We can have two-way data binding using “ngModel”, where it’s a combination of handling events along with binding the properties as below, this can also be considered as one of the attribute directives.

Directives: We have two types of directives in Angular2, the structural and the attribute. Structural directives alter the DOM, whereas the attribute directives alter the behavior of an existing element on DOM, may be based on certain events as we have seen above in ngModel.

Note: We do not have ng-repeat. We use ngFor, ngIf etc with an asterisk symbol for structural directives. A component is also a directive, where it does have a template bound to it. We use something called as decorators – @ to write custom directives whenever necessary.

Metadata: Metadata tells angular how to utilize and compile the component. It briefs what to do with that particular component. In the example we can see that ‘selector’ and ‘template’ are the two metadata fields, which tells angular to compile “my-app” to this class and insert the DOM with the template given. Selector actually represents the simple CSS selector for the component, like a class selector of CSS 🙂

Service: Service can be anything like a web service or a function that provides the necessary information or input that our app needs. It can have getters and setters!

Related example snippets:


This is all about the high-level overview of AJS 2. Will dive deeper in the next series 🙂

How I met Him? Part – 3

How I met Him? Part – 3

How I met Him? Part - 1
How I met Him? Part - 2

Once they arrived, elders started speaking up the same old story of family matters along with introduction and tiffin, coffee etc. All casual talks went on. Suddenly, his dad called me and said “go talk to him and let me know if you are okay to proceed. We will proceed if both of you agree”!. I felt like, “OMG!, why can’t I get a chance to run away from here ;). I was wondering and trying to overcome the shock treatment given by his dad and meanwhile, we spoke privately. And everyone wondered what we spoke in less than 5 minutes 😛 It was just –
him:”are you okay to proceed?”.
Me:”Are you okay with this? Are you sure you have no specific expectations from a life partner?”
him:”It’s all the same, anyhow everyone will have differences. are you okay?”.
Me:…..silence and stare….
him:”okay. I will convey to elders”.
Then, it all happened as if it was all in dream and this is how I met him. We are married for more than an year now! And of course, there are differences, opinions, with ego and love. But it’s all about overcoming the differences for matching the frequencies with an ego-less heart. This is what we have learnt!

~ Smitha Ishwara Prasad Kudva

How I met Him? Part - 1
How I met Him? Part - 2

The Unified Secure IoT Framework

The Unified Secure IoT Framework

The Unified Secure IoT Framework: The next Generation Unified Secure Framework for Secure IoT – The Internet Of Things!


This post efforts to explain a unified security solution for the commonly observed threats in the field of Healthcare, Insurance and Payment during the implementation of connected solution as a part of the next frontiers in IoT.


IoT is nothing but Internet of things. When we say IoT, it’s actually a set of connected things (especially devices, now everything including smart wears like a T-shirt). It’s soon going to be Internet of feelings, health or personal life as IoT includes devices that record health data of a user, his own house related information and control, which is usually termed as Connected Home. By 2020, the world will have thirty billion IoT Devices is one of the estimates given by IDC.


Healthcare Industry is seeing a major impact of IoT with the evolution of connected technologies and sensors, which help in measuring heart rate and track fitness. Nike, FitBit are some examples of fitness trackers. Apple and Google have their own health recording platforms namely, Apple HealthKit and Google Fit. These provide unified environment for user’s health record access on a handy mobile device which is simple and many health care organizations are coming up with various fitness apps with the help of APIs exposed by these platforms. Fashion brands are upcoming with technology trends like smart t- shirts, shirts for sportsmen, which help in measuring sportsmen’s activity (number of steps taken etc), analyze mood and track their fitness. Ralph Lauren has their own glimpse of the Polo Tech smart shirt, new wearable technology which reads activity (steps, how long the player is active), breathing and heart rate and delivers it all in real-time to a Bluetooth- connected smart phone. Google Glass is another example of smart wear technology.

Insurance Industry is adopting smart technology with the concept of Connected Home, Connected Health and Connected Cars for calculating premium, rewarding, risk assessment etc. Retail Industry is however implementing smart pay, credit card payment techniques, EMI offers, with the evolution of devices and sensors. Banking is another major sector which is adopting IoT concepts for smart payment, online purchase/payment etc.


So everything on the earth seems connected through Internet in one or the other way, be it an Insurance Industry, or any personal information like health record of a user. Now, the major concern in all these areas is Security and Privacy! How secure is the connection, process and data that’s being used by these IoT techniques?

3.1 Digital Payment

We know that credit card information is the most common information that a retail purchase will have access to, and it will not be difficult to get access to user’s personal information through credit card details. Making online payment is always through a secured gateway is what the websites claim but, user may not be aware of how secure really the system is.

3.2 Connected Home

When we say Connected Home, user can remotely control the door locks through his mobile device and sensors at his home refrigerators send constant data logs on usage, power consumption etc based on his customization. Home Inventory details may be captured in his own mobile device if he has any smart app installed to do so. Also, Apple is coming up with its indoor positioning system with which user will be able to track his own historical visits to different places, floor number, etc. Though Apple says its very much secure, we are unaware of man in the middle attack or what if the device is lost? How secure is the device and data stored in it?

3.3 Connected Health

Health related information may have direct access to user’s personal information (PII – Personally Identifiable Information), insurance details, credit card details, most importantly user’s biometric and health information which is very private. Also, digital data dispose is another head ache when the users block their credit card during fraud or a hacker attack. Home security systems have alarms and web camera but, what about the connection privacy and secure access to these, though they are designed keeping in mind the safety of the house.

3.4 Social Share

Social media play a major role in data sharing. Many apps or many devices or solution offer social media connectivity and single sign on. This again raises question of user data privacy and security. Google’s Oauth authentication technique is being implemented in most of the authentication mechanisms. But, how easy it is for hackers to break this technique and get access to private data or cause vulnerabilities in different ways. This technique has been there since very old days and many programmers are capable of studying the pattern and finding the loop holes to break it. Apps like true caller have their own database where, anybody whose data is fed by any person to the true caller will be available publicly; raising a privacy concern. Though this app helps a lot in blocking unwanted calls, manage contacts list etc, it doesn’t ensure data security and privacy to an expected level.


Industry is coming up with its own security framework, and techniques to prevent all these security threats and privacy concerns. One better technique will be Multiple Authentication with at least one being the biometric features like fingerprints or face recognition or retina scanning. A centralized control system can be implemented to monitor privacy and security in IoT. The centralized hub will provide access to complete IoT system for a single user. Industry can adopt this security framework, where in each registered user will be provided access to private data and connectivity to his own connected devices.

Secure Framework
The Unified Secure Framework for IoT

4.1 Secure Authentication

When the user registers his device in the security framework, the framework should be capable of identifying and storing the unique device id like UUID (Universally Unique Identifier) or ASHWD (Application Specific Hardware Identifier) in an encrypted format. The same id will be used by the framework next time when there is a request from the same device to authenticate the device. Next, to identify that device is not stolen or authenticate the right user, the security framework can implement / provide app that authenticates the user using his biometric feature like face recognition. Once this is confirmed, the user will be redirected to the OAuth or any other authentication mechanism provided by the IoT apps. Be it Health Kit or Google Fit, everybody should think of implementing such two-way or multiple authentication technique and encryption and decryption mechanism for data transfer.

4.2 Secure Data Transfer

This security framework will be a layer on top of app-level security implementation techniques. Still, the concern regarding privacy in case of credit card based retail purchase remains. This can be prevented by implementation of this security framework in the payment gateway as well. The framework should enable purchase with data being shared only between the retailer and the consumer. The communication channel should have completely encrypted data transfer and it should be identified with a biometric feature. The credit card number should be stored in encrypted format in the retailer’s firm using this security framework and whenever there is request to retail purchase, the payment should pass through this gateway and identify user using his face recognition and immediately a secure PIN should also be sent to user’s mobile device for second level authentication. Once the user enters the PIN, the secured framework will authenticate the device in the same way as discussed above. We can expect the card manufacturers too to implement such technique soon, which will make this easier.

4.3 Secured Analytics Engine

Sharing of data in social media must be restricted based on user’s permission. Access level should also be restricted for each app. The security framework should implement a constant polling or a technique to ensure secure data sharing and reserve privacy of users in the media by running a script once in a month/week to ensure the secure access and privacy protection. This should be customized according to the user’s needs. e.g. If a user has any concern on his privacy he can request the framework to run the script and make use of analytics, which can detect any security threat. The analytics engine is part of this security framework, which will be constantly studying the usage pattern and analyze the user behavior on his IoT connectivity pattern or statistics. So, this analysis will also contribute towards identifying the threat.


Connected Things via Solar Power
Solar Powered IoT

Another upcoming major challenge in IoT is power management. We know that, power is the main means of connectivity in IoT. For IoT, we need connectivity and that connectivity is through Bluetooth, WiFi or any mobile networks. Bluetooth low energy or Bluetooth LE is the latest trend in Bluetooth technology, which is the future of Bluetooth. It’s marketed as Bluetooth Smart. Wi-Fi Direct is a P2P standard for devices to transfer data without being connected to the same Wi- Fi network. But, we all know that, all these consume battery power of the device. And, mobile device usage is based on power consumption. Power management is critical in case of sensors and connected devices. So, we need to think in terms of power management in IoT.


Solar power is available in plenty on the planet which can be utilised as a source of power. We can install a solar power panel for energy storage in the IoT hub and utilise the same for power during connectivity. Innovation and invention should be carried out in sensors and areas of solar energy utilisation for the same as soon as possible.


Security, privacy and power management are going to be the biggest challenges in the next frontier IoT. It is always good to be prepared for the future rather than worrying later about the issue. Implementation of secured framework and a proper power management plan at the early stage helps in identifying the risks, and pros and cons of the implemented technology for further improvements. This stabilizes the solution when there is a huge need for the same soon.


This post was posted to TCS as a part of TCS ‘ call for paper on IoT Security and Privacy. I would like to thank for the opportunity to TCS.

I would like to improve this Solution with more ideas flooding in and “Unified Secure Framework” need to be improved a lot with concrete solution. So suggestions and ideas are welcome in this regard.

How I met Him? Part – 2

How I met Him? Part - 1
How I met Him? Part - 3

Let me continue on – how I met him – from the part – 1. Then, my internal review started. I felt guy is okay. But, I am not interested to get married and all. So ignore him. Also, he has attitude!! (Just because he had shared me his visiting card, I felt so!). Days went on. Problem is you can’t escape from mother! They will ignore you even if you hurt them to the core. They don’t mind troubling daughters. So I had no choice but contacting that guy. Smart thing I did was – visiting his personal blog/website and commenting on it with my phone number. So that, if he is interested he would call or message me. :P. Hmm.. he did message me and then we started whatsapping. It was all boring chats like – lunch, login, logout and HTML5 dev 😉 I told the same thing to my mom that, it will not work out, and not to irritate me. Then, one fine day, his parents confirmed the date of meeting at my native home and all were awaiting for the occasion. Meanwhile, boring conversation continued and somewhere few of our ideas and thought processes were matching (Frequency match 🙂 ).

The day has come again. His parents and family arrived and after a loooong wait (on that Sunday, it took 5 hours for them to reach my native from the place they stayed though it could be reached in max. 3 hours. I had to wait wearing Saree and whole “Alangar” family had to wait, which is the most irritating part for them, because we are never used to waiting. Everything should be on time. Very much used to timing. Can’t help.

To be continued…

~ Smitha Ishwara Prasad Kudva

How I met Him? Part - 1
How I met Him? Part - 3

HTML5 Web Speech API

HTML5 Web Speech API

Good news for all those who have been waiting for speech recognition and synthesis. HTML5 has published it’s draft specification on – Web Speech API for speech recognition by browser. Many of you must have already experienced this in your mobile device – Voice Search!

HTML5 Web Speech API has 2 parts :

Speech Recognition: This part of the API helps in identifying or recognising the user’s voice or speech.
Speech Synthesis: This part helps in synthesising the recognised voice and convert it to text. Speech to text synthesis.

Latest version of Chrome (above 40), chrome for android and iOS 7.1 have partial support for the API at present. You can still get the latest updates on browser support from – here!

This requires an Internet connection as this is implemented in such a way that the speech recognition and synthesis happen at Google using it’s web services (where they have algorithms for this) and this may rise a security concern as sensitive data form filling can not be accomplished by this. But, we can write our own web services utilising this Speech API(TBD:How Exactly to do this?). HTML5 offline support may be another soon to be implemented option.

At present, android supports offline voice search with its own settings, and Android APIs/offline library as explained  here!

Please share your experience if you could access the API offline, without setting the offline settings for Android.

Please read details here:

How I met Him? Part – 1

How I met Him? Part - 2
How I met Him? Part - 3

It was a weekend.. I had already prepared the list of to-do-items that I wanted do on that weekend.. Most importantly, “have a good late morning sleep after an oil massage hair wash! A dump of clothes for wash was already waiting for me..”! Thursday evening my mom calls me to inform that a guy is coming to meet me at my cousin’s place on that Sunday morning! What else could be the most irritating thing to a girl…other than…spoiling her planned-Sunday?!

I shouted at my mom, but had no-choice! Sacrificed my plans and prepared mentally for the meeting. Prepared in the sense, don’t imagine that I have been preparing a list of questions to ask him when I meet him, or what to ask, what not-to-ask! I was actually consoling myself, “Smitha, just one Sunday, let it go faster so that, once that guy goes off, you can enjoy rest of your upcoming Sundays peacefully.. 😉

Finally, the day arrived and the guy came.. I had to wake up at 7 and wait, as they had mentioned time as 9:00 AM for the meeting :p.

He, his friends arrived and, my dad, bro started to speak…as if they know each other very-well! I was just waiting for them to actually “get lost”, Sunday spoilers!. Funny part was since the guy has mentioned he has a meeting at 11 AM in office, (on a Sunday!, that too a US based company! Gosh!), me and my sis-in-law assumed, he is going for a date with his girl friend (unknown to his parents, by force he is meeting me, with no choice left)!

Now, the time has come! We both spoke to each other, more than speak, I only listened, except few basic questions (so called to-be-asked questions when you meet the guy first time it seems :P). It was a casual chat and they left for the day (by 11 he has a meeting, of course ;)).

Actual problem started only now..once they left! Everyone started asking how did you like him? Are you okay to go ahead with this proposal? Etc. Etc. I got irritated to the core and wanted to run away from all these. Simple solution was saying, “I don’t know, let me think, let’s meet his parents, let them get back, I have no idea, as you say – these kind of escaping answers. (It is like – placing a lamp atop a partitioning wall, ADDA GODEYA MELE DEEPA ITTA HAAGEY).

~ Smitha Ishwara Prasad Kudva

How I met Him? Part - 2
How I met Him? Part - 3