My first camping trip

  • Lazy Saturday morning
  • Sudden urge to go camping by noon – thanks to ze wife for the motivation
  • Got some friends to join. It’s decided, we’re going to Garbett point.
  • Oh shit – no tent, sleeping bag nor any camping experience
  • Jude borrowed tent from a friend for me, Kuldeep arranged sleeping bag for me.
  • Got act together – food, jacket, misc. stuff, shoved things in a bag and took off
  • Reached Matheran by 8 pm
  • Trekked about 5km from parking lot to camping site
  • Getting colder as the night progressed
  • Half moon, sky full of stars
  • Set up the tents
  • Got the barbecue going – ’twas windy, so a slight challenge. Prior barbecue experience in the US helped.
  • F&B: marinated cottage cheese pieces, cauliflower florets, baby potatoes, corn on the cob and gentleman jack for slow sipping. Nazir brought the non-veg stuff. Kuldeep brought Danska.
  • Bluetooth speaker (thanks Swapnil) and some really good music (thanks Jude), pitch darkness, no distractions.
  • Cool breeze, starry night, friends for company. What more can one ask for?
  • Saw the moon set, spotted Jupiter, Ursa Major, Milky way, North star and then some others.
  • Yikes – 12.30 am already, oh let’s get some sleep
  • Stepped inside tent, into the sleeping bag, and then Kuldeep asks whether I want to go for a stroll. Yes.
  • 30 minutes of conversation later, Kuldeep is feeling super sleepy. It’s a wrap.
  • Slept like a baby. These T2 tents from Decathalon are quite good. Double-walled and well made. Full insulation. Note to self: must get them soon.
  • 6.30 am Sunday – a little mist and magic in the morning.
  • 6.45 am – preparations on for morning cuppa tea. Kuldeep and Jude are setting up the fire.
  • 7.15 am – hot cup of tea, cool morning and sunrise. Some villagers make their way up to the spot on their way to work in Matheran.
  • Had Good day biscuits, Oranges and Guava for breakfast.
  • Learned the art and science of rolling up the tents.
  • 9.00 am – Packed stuff back in to the bags. Hiked back to parking lot.

My first camping trip comes to an end, but a lifetime of memories are mine to keep.

Some photos:



Elvis has not left the building

Hey people, I am still around and will resume the blog posting soon. In the meantime, do check out these wonderful articles on a new health concept called as core training and suspension training. Both core and suspension training have the same foci – using your own body weight as your primary weight lifting tool; and focusing strongly on your core as the source and centre of all your strength (your core is your abdominal strap, which encompasses your abs, your “love handles” area, all the way around to your lower back)

Am fascinated by these posts and plan to follow these exercises soon –

  1. An Intro to Core Training and Suspension Training
  2. Core Training: What It Means & How To Begin
  3. Core Training Part 2: The Medicine Ball

See ya soon. And thanks for hanging around.

Beautiful stuff

Running the Numbers looks at contemporary American culture through the austere lens of statistics. Each image portrays a specific quantity of something: fifteen million sheets of office paper (five minutes of paper use); 106,000 aluminum cans (thirty seconds of can consumption) and so on. My hope is that images representing these quantities might have a different effect than the raw numbers alone, such as we find daily in articles and books. Statistics can feel abstract and anesthetizing, making it difficult to connect with and make meaning of 3.6 million SUV sales in one year, for example, or 2.3 million Americans in prison, or 32,000 breast augmentation surgeries in the U.S. every month.

Check it out here – please be patient, the images take a while to load.

Importing a CSV file in MS-Access

Question of the day – How do you import a CSV file in MS-Access, to edit and save it?

Answer – It is not as easy as you guys think. When you import a CSV file in MS-Access, it “links” a table to the underling CSV file in a Read-only mode. There is no way you can edit it and then save it back.

But here is a neat trick to make it editable  – First you need to create an empty table with just columns and no data. A really quick way to create the table beforehand is to open the csv file and delete all data except for the header row. Now save it as a different csv file. Import the newly saved file and Access will create an empty table from it. Now import the real CSV file into that table. Access will bring (read – import) in all the data and will let you edit it.

Smart sales technique

After you get your date back to your place, and you haven’t closed the deal to have her spend the night, you ask this question: “Would you like your scrambled eggs with bacon?”

The idea is to get your date thinking about a decision that would come AFTER the decision to stay the night. It’s a standard sales technique, also known as getting your buyer to think past the sale. You want the prospect to imagine where he would ride that motorcycle, not whether he should buy it in the first place.

– from Scott Adam’s post titled The Power of Choice