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Privileges, Sense of Superiority etc are difficult to take back!

Compensations, perks, subsidies, rewards introduced by Government are difficult to roll back. Be it Gun right of US or Reservation systems in India. The moment you make someone feel privileged by awarding them with some benefits or "sense of benefit", no political body will ever dare to challenge it. At this point of time, hurricanes/storms and mass shooting in US are competing with each other as to who can bring maximum havoc. It was really weird to see illogical arguments put up by the gun favoring people over gun control. People kill people. Guns don't kill people. You ban gun today, tomorrow you will ban knife, screwdriver etc. And when all arguments fall flat, that lady on the other side simply wrote to Prashant — Why do you care? You don't live here, nor you are citizen of this country. Wow!

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Fiddling with fitness band

Gave into temptation to buy Boltt Fit band in 870 bucks. It is replica of Mi Band 2. Boltt Health was alright though it was considerably heavy with 130 MB of storage footprint. Heart rate measurement wasn't continuous which is what i wanted to attempt measuring during the ride duration of 40/50 minutes between Office and Home. Don't know if that's the hardware limitation or the constraint intentionally put into the firmware with possibility of overriding through phone software to conserve on the claimed 7 days battery backup. Started reading on custom firmware and connecting with third party open source utilities so that I may be able to fiddle with firmware and/or app software itself. 


So far going through these two links though the first source links are dead. Will have to search through material separately.

1) https://hackaday.com/2016/07/03/custom-firmware-unlocks-fitness-tracker/

2) https://securelist.com/how-i-hacked-my-smart-bracelet/69369/


Question now is whether I should simply return the band for the current limitation in HRM or if I should treat this as investment for fiddling with coding and hardware. Though if I should be working on hardware then I should try imitate at least these attempts on DIY bands

1) https://www.pubnub.com/blog/2016-06-15-diy-fitness-tracker-over-bluetooth-with-arduino-and-cordova/

2) http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-your-own-activity-tracker/

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Did you have your dose of criticism today?

A bitter pill. Like a true medicine it is supposed to detox some garbage created inside courtesy excess sugar, fat or whatever vice you enjoy the most. Then why is it difficult to take it in? It's bitter, didn't I say that in very first line? What happens when you take in bitter pill? Your tongue, that culprit responsible for filling in toxic waste in your tummy house, will nauseate. If your brain is not in order and heart takes over, you will eventually vomit the bitter pill out. But if you want to live long, let head win over heart. Same story with criticism. You hate it because your heart longs to hear only praises. God forbid but if you are powerful in terms of authority, your heart longings will start destroying everything around you. If you want to succeed and more importantly, survive then invite genuine critics and learn to act upon their bitter pills. Doc, what's the dosage? One pill a day or a week should suffice. It largely depends upon how fast you can act upon those pointers. If it will take time, once a week is fine. What if someone gets overexcited and tries to bulldoze in all pills at once? Change the doctor, what else. Overdose of bitter pill brings in depression. Overdose of sugar brings diabetes. You only have to find balance between the two. But more importantly, you have to act upon what the pill demands.
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It's official now. No body donned Spiderman like Andrew Garfield!

Tobey Maguire did good job in introducing Spiderman but was pulled down by the stupid scripts that only showed the depressed side of his. And he just couldn't manage to portray the black spiderman (venom) in any convincing manner. Homecoming was simply unbearable to watch. 20 minutes into the movie and I am put to sleep by stupid script showing Spiderman so desperate to work for Avengers and Tom Holland has nothing to offer in the acting area. That leaves me with Andrew Garfield, the truly talented actor who could show his conflicts without any efforts. It would be a delight if he could work with Nolan for they may be able to do justice with each other. Though I must admit that I am happy to see that Nolan always has something for Cillian Murphy whom I adore as another versatile actor of this generation. Christian Bale tops the chart for now :)
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Economical hobbies and economics of hobbies

Don't know if this is a universal phenomenon but definitely something observed locally. For very very very long time, hobbies section in my resume mentioned about music, reading etc. Why on earth do you need a section on your hobbies is never understood but since some borrowed template had it, so I kinda created "hobbies" which may (music) or may not(reading) be true :P. I never kinda really had/have a hobby though I am fierce advocate for having one. I believe it is some sort of distraction you need from your daily life, your routine, your monotony to give you glimpse of a parallel universe. Having said that I confess really having trouble in working out hobbies for own self. Here's the Standard Operating Procedure with peaks and lows. 

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Stupid twister of emotions

It was awfully weird to walk down the bridge that I burnt down three years back. And yet, here I am feeling a bit of bad and sad about the good bye.

Good bye, Dr Zia Saquib. Thank you and have a fulfilling journey ahead.
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No more online wallet transactions especially with MobiKwik

Until the issues are resolved, this is going to be 30+ days of constant nightmare. Two transactions were messed up by Mobikwik folks:
1) Mahanagar Gas payment done on 13th May 2017 for Rs 684. Today I checked on www.mahanagargas.com if new bill is generated, only to be shown that my past bill is unpaid and 100 rs penalty has been levied over it. It is asking me to pay 784 rs. Reported this issue on Mobikwik but I am really scared of how this thing is going to unfold now. Don't know if there is any point raising this issue with Mahanagar Gas folks but will still attempt one. If my assumptions are right, Mobikwik as payment aggregator won't be issuing independent transactions to Utility folks. Should get more clarity on this aspect based on response of Mahanagar Gas folks to the Transaction IDs and invoice of Mobikwik that I will be sharing with them.
2) While making payment to Yatra through MobiKwik wallet on 26th May 2017, first time transaction failed because of poor network connectivity. Amount in excess of 4K was withdrawn from my bank but it did not reflect in Mobikwik wallet. Called up bank today as followup to issue reported on 30th May 2017. Bank guy informed that Mobikwik has claimed that amount from Visa and now they are issuing chargeback on the merchant (Mobikwik) through Visa. The weird thing is, if Mobikwik claimed that amount, it hasn't reflected that amount in my wallet even till date. This is 18 days since the day they claimed amount from visa folks. That's highly unethical and amounts to fraud as per my understanding.

Freecharge has already bitten dust. Paytm doesn't seem to be doing well either and not sure if it could survive if Alibaba folks pull financial support from them. My nightmare about Mobikwik folks being that with all these fraudulent behaviours depicted by them, they might abruptly declare bankruptcy with no body in government or judiciary to help recover money back. Damn it! Saving pennies against transactions leading to this pound foolish era of another kind!
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Remembering V Shantaram

I remember V Shantam as the guy who glamourized non-violence. I have hated Amitabh Bachchan for being the very opposite. He glamourized violence through his angry young man enactment in his most movies. The message that used to be central theme of movies of past before his arrival, was lost in his noise of entertainment, blood thirstiness and revenge filled stories. And his ridiculous success made good actors like Dharmendra, Sasi kapoor etc follow the same stupid trail. At least Sasi Kapoor was able to reinvent his talent back when he took up movies like Vijeta, Kalyug etc. But Dharmendra just lost it. The guy who played the most cherishing characters in Satyakam, Chupke Chupke, Guddi, Anupama etc becomes the unwanted Heman persona of Indian entertainment industry. So yeah, while the Indian spectators may be going bonkers over Amitabh Bachchan, I reserve my adoration for likes of Balraj Sahani, Dharmendra of pre 80s era, V Shantaram who could soothe out the nerves through their enactments/directions etc.

I was reminded of V Shantaram while I unknowingly started humming "Jab andhera ghanaa chaa raha, tera insaan ghabra raha. Woh burai karen, hum bhalai karen..." from Ae malik tere bande hum song. Well, that's my way. I rarely start a song from beginning. It's mostly some middle para :P

V Shantaram created many amazing movies. But I remember him for Kotnis portrayal and the Dau Aankhen Baarah Haath movie. When Mel Gibson was promoting Hacksaw Ridge on Stephen Colbert show, Hacksaw Ridge sounded just like remake of Dr Kotnis ki Amar Kahani. How often do you witness a character that inspires you to heal the world even while standing in the middle of a battlefield. Dau Aankhen Baarah Haath was also about healing those 6 prisoners through reforms. It's very easy to be narcissistic parasite in this world. But it isn't difficult either to stay symbiotic if not the healer. It may not look rewarding but then which reward can you actually carry to the next world when you finally leave. Your actions, your deeds on the other hand may continue to preserve the hope in the journey of life of others.
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Visitors/Refugees/Menace, pick whatever name you want...

Remaining, here - https://www.flickr.com/photos/peeyush/tags/monkey

We took their homes away

But the only reason they are here, is because we took their homes away. Each time you turn a blind eye to destruction of their habitat, their homes, they have no choice except to visit your windows, your balcony hoping to find food for themselves and their babies. Yeah, they steal your food from your kitchen or from the garbage bin but then who brought them to this. I wonder if Mother nature is just being awfully patient with us and our deeds or that it knows that we will press self destruct button sooner or later for self as well. We love violence, we are greedy and now that no other entity challenges our survival, we will do that to ourselves. Nature will survive though. It always did. I just hope, in next cycle whenever its due, it doesn't go about creating humans ever again.
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For a keen eye

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Made minor modification to the handlebar height. Did not feel much difference though during short 5 KM ride in the morning. But one thing surely got impacted. While walking around with cycle, I would hold the handlebar stem to push bike as well as manoeuvre the turns. Now, it is painful to do so. If it turns out to be too much problem, I might reposition the rings to their earlier positions.
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