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The Beef is Pork confusion

We were in the legendary Tundey Kebabi in Lucknow, Uttarpradesh. We were around 10 people for a one day outing from Banaras Hindu University to Lucknow. We ordered mutton biriyani, mutton chap, chapli kebabs, parathas. None of us eats beef except me and another two friends in the group, one of whom was a friend of us from Herat,Afghanistan, studying with us.

It was a tiring day, as we started at night from Banaras and travelled overnight in train and reached Lucknow. Then we directly went for hot samosa and jalebi, and roamed around under the sun, had some kulcha chola. Visited a few places (not discussing about them here).

After the meal was served, people started eating immediately. The food starting vanishing quickly. Everyone was eating, except our friend from Afghanistan avoided the beef chapli kebabs. I kept his share on the plate. He just continued eating the other kebabs and biriyani. When I told him to eat them before I finish them off, he told that he was okay and asked me to eat them. I thought it was a tiring day, another friend felt very sick and could not eat at all, therefore he might be feeling a bit sick as well. I started to eat his share of the beef chapli kebabs.

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The first block of Dalmia hostel at dawn, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi

The first block of Dalmia hostel at dawn, Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Varanasi. This is the last day we will be staying here as well as in BHU.

The empty ThumsUp and Coke cans

Maintaining room temperature with a laptop and a laptop cooler

To maintain the temperature of the room I have both a heater and a cooler. Both of them operate in harmony to maintain the room temperature. I am now staying in a part of my country where the temperature in the winter is much lower than my home town. The heater is helping to keep the room warm. The cooler on the other hand is stopping the heater from overheating. That is because I cannot control the temperature of the heater, not I can adjust the cooler. They just operate as per their wish. Only one control I have is to increase the temperature of the heater. I was able to increase the temperature of the heater, a couple of times, beyond the point it was built for and disable it temporarily (thank God!). If you wonder why is this strange configuration then here is the answer. My heater manufacturer is Dell and the cooler manufacturer is CoolerMaster. Read the rest of this entry »

Some Coffee-less Coffee in Cafe Coffee Day

I posted an experience in Cafe Coffee previously in my other blog two years ago (which I have recently reblogged here). For some strong coffee there is not much option except either go to Cafe Coffee Day or to Barista, else you need to know if some place serves good coffee, which is extremely difficult to find here. Not only the coffee but also I need to keep an eye on the out-flow of the money. Therefore after moving into a new city for my graduate degree I was searching for a place which serves good coffee. and found none. After some googling I found out that there was a Cafe Coffee Day within 5 to 6 kilometers from the campus. Fall back point. Read the rest of this entry »

The Port Mafias

The main internet cable connection comes from outside, most probably directly from the central university servers and into the hostel office. The rooms doesn’t have wall LAN cable outlets. Therefore long wires has to be pulled from the office, through both the floors of the three sections of the hostel, and then into the other hubs, from where students run wires to their rooms. Around 466 people stay in this hostel, and the hub distribution is not that good in this hostel, therefore students have to run long wires to reach the nearest hub. Finding the nearest hub is not a problem, but finding a hub with free ports is. Congestion, more students than ports. Easiest solution, buy a hub, but no one is interested to spend money on a hub. Who moved into the hostel early in the semester, got all the ports empty and got one. Who came late has to suffer. This gives rise to the port Mafias. (Suspense music playing in the background.) Read the rest of this entry »

It’s not just a cup of tea

I do not like the tea which we get in the canteen, neither my friends like it. It is more like some bad health drink than tea, and sometimes¬† it’s so bad that it is almost impossible even to gulp it in one shot (when relatively cold ofcourse). To get some good tea (upto some level) we need to go out the hostel to makeshift-permanent tea shop. The problem with this is two folds. One, they serve tea with milk and sugar, and only one variety is available, and personally I do not like to always have tea with milk. Two, who will go outside from comfort zone just to grab a cup of tea? It’s too much overhead for a cup of tea. Yet another issue, what to do if I/we want to have some tea at midnight? Read the rest of this entry »

A novel idea to use a camera

Not all books are available in the library in enough quantity, therefore not all students get all the books they need, and the class notes are not available online in the department website. Therefore, as examinations approach we start to feel the crisis of books, documents related to specific topics. Generally we share the required books class notes and other study related resources in the hostel when required. At the time of examination it is no more possible, or at least very difficult, to share for them. Therefore the idea is to get the required elements photocopied. Photocopying in such a situation has some drawbacks . Firstly, after you photocopy a section of a book, you may realize that may be another section was required, or you have ended up copying the sections which you did not need. Secondly, if you choose to photocopy the entire book or document, it may feel like a waste, if you are not willing to keep and use that book with you.
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