Monday, September 14, 2009

Manali Leh Ladakh Srinagar Trip Pictures

Manali Leh Ladakh Srinagar Trip Pictures
Himalayas Welcomes you

Sangam (River Indus(Sind) & Zhanskar), Leh, Ladakh, J&K, India

Manali - Fog

Yalk - Bull

Sarchu Camp:


Kids water drinking


Old Woman





Rotate this while prayer


Nubra Valley - Camels


Stok Palace

Leh Palace

LASOL, Cultural Programme @ Leh Palace, Leh, Ladakh

Son Marg, Srinagar (80kms from Srinagar towards Drass/Kargil)

White Mosque, Srinagar, J&K, India

Food @Srinagar

Vande Mataram

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Himalayas Calling... An awesome trip to Manali > Leh, Ladakh > Srinagar

Himalayas Calling...
An awesome trip to Manali > Leh, Ladakh > Srinagar

It was a long time dream to visit Himalayas since my childhood reading Geography, Mount Everest, Kashmir and watching movies thereafter like Roja (Hindi: Eh Ashin Waadiyaan Eh Khulaa Aashmaan… - Tamil: Pudhu Vellai Malai Ingu Poliginrathu…) and many more…

There are lot more places to see in India rather than going abroad (outside India) to visit various places of different geographic conditions like Dessert, Snowfall, High Mountains, Adventurous Mountain Roads and many more… Hope this covers a part of Himalayas where you can spend a good time and explore Beautiful & Incredible India

2009 is the year where the doors opened for such an opportunity to visit parts of Himalayas, India. It was sometime in June-July, where my friend Praveen was talking about such a trip and late June things came closer and to make this dream possible. Many of my friends wanted to join and couple of guys turned up finally (due to work schedules) for this wonderful trip to Leh, Ladakh (Himalayas).

All were quite looking for information all over from Internet, People (friends/relatives), books and all available resources. It was kind of set by mid-July as we concluded finally to make this trip in early August timeframe. July-August has a friendly weather to visit Himalayas.

Our plans started with looking for various places on the Map, Books and compile them to visit with Plan A, B & C. Each plan has same/different routes to visit places like Kullu, Manali, Leh-Ladakh & surroundings Mountain ranges, Kargil, Srinagar and lot of places where highest motorable passes in the Ladakh Mountain Range, Rivers, Lakes and borders of neighboring countries like China, Pakistan.

Trip Snapshot

  • BangaloreDelhi - Manali
  • Manali – Keylong/Sarchu - Leh
  • Leh, Ladakh – 4 days
  • Leh – Kargil - Srinagar

BangaloreDelhi - Manali








6:30 AM


New Delhi

Arrive early to airport 2 hours prior to departure.



3:00 PM

New Delhi

Bus Station


Delhi-Manali (HPTDC/Bus Travels)



5:30 PM


Bus Station


reach Manali via Kullu =~ 8AM (~14hrs journey)



8:00 AM




Stay booked in HPTDC (Hotel Kumzum)

To Be Continued...
(Please feel free to share your comments...)

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

100 keyboard shortcuts


CTRL+C (Copy)
CTRL+X (Cut)
CTRL+V (Paste)
CTRL+Z (Undo)
DELETE (Delete)
SHIFT+DELETE (Delete the selected item permanently without placing the item in the Recycle Bin)
CTRL while dragging an item (Copy the selected item)
CTRL+SHIFT while dragging an item (Create a shortcut to the selected item)
F2 key (Rename the selected item)
CTRL+RIGHT ARROW (Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next word)
CTRL+LEFT ARROW (Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous word)
CTRL+DOWN ARROW (Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next paragraph)
CTRL+UP ARROW (Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous paragraph)
CTRL+SHIFT with any of the arrow keys (Highlight a block of text)
SHIFT with any of the arrow keys (Select more than one item in a window or on the desktop, or select text in a document)
CTRL+A (Select all)
F3 key (Search for a file or a folder)

ALT+ENTER (View the properties for the selected item)
ALT+F4 (Close the active item, or quit the active program)
ALT+ENTER (Display the properties of the selected object)
ALT+SPACEBAR (Open the shortcut menu for the active window)
CTRL+F4 (Close the active document in programs that enable you to have multiple documents open simultaneously)
ALT+TAB (Switch between the open items)
ALT+ESC (Cycle through items in the order that they had been opened)
F6 key (Cycle through the screen elements in a window or on the desktop)
F4 key (Display the Address bar list in My Computer or Windows Explorer)
SHIFT+F10 (Display the shortcut menu for the selected item)
ALT+SPACEBAR (Display the System menu for the active window)
CTRL+ESC (Display the Start menu)
ALT+Underlined letter in a menu name (Display the corresponding menu)
Underlined letter in a command name on an open menu (Perform the corresponding command)
F10 key (Activate the menu bar in the active program)
RIGHT ARROW (Open the next menu to the right, or open a submenu)
LEFT ARROW (Open the next menu to the left, or close a submenu)
F5 key (Update the active window)
BACKSPACE (View the folder one level up in My Computer or Windows Explorer)
ESC (Cancel the current task)
SHIFT when you insert a CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive (Prevent the CD-ROM from automatically playing)

Dialog Box Keyboard Shortcuts
CTRL+TAB (Move forward through the tabs)
CTRL+SHIFT+TAB (Move backward through the tabs)
TAB (Move forward through the options)
SHIFT+TAB (Move backward through the options)
ALT+Underlined letter (Perform the corresponding command or select the corresponding option)
ENTER (Perform the command for the active option or button)
SPACEBAR (Select or clear the check box if the active option is a check box)
Arrow keys (Select a button if the active option is a group of option buttons)
F1 key (Display Help)
F4 key (Display the items in the active list)
BACKSPACE (Open a folder one level up if a folder is selected in the Save As or Open dialog box)

m*cro$oft Natural Keyboard Shortcuts
Windows Logo (Display or hide the Start menu)
Windows Logo+BREAK (Display the System Properties dialog box)
Windows Logo+D (Display the desktop)
Windows Logo+M (Minimize all of the windows)
Windows Logo+SHIFT+M (Restore the minimized windows)
Windows Logo+E (Open My Computer)
Windows Logo+F (Search for a file or a folder)
CTRL+Windows Logo+F (Search for computers)
Windows Logo+F1 (Display Windows Help)
Windows Logo+ L (Lock the keyboard)
Windows Logo+R (Open the Run dialog box)
Windows Logo+U (Open Utility Manager)

Accessibility Keyboard Shortcuts
Right SHIFT for eight seconds (Switch FilterKeys either on or off)
Left ALT+left SHIFT+PRINT SCREEN (Switch High Contrast either on or off)
Left ALT+left SHIFT+NUM LOCK (Switch the MouseKeys either on or off)
SHIFT five times (Switch the StickyKeys either on or off)
NUM LOCK for five seconds (Switch the ToggleKeys either on or off)
Windows Logo +U (Open Utility Manager)
Windows Explorer Keyboard Shortcuts
END (Display the bottom of the active window)
HOME (Display the top of the active window)
NUM LOCK+Asterisk sign (*) (Display all of the subfolders that are under the selected folder)
NUM LOCK+Plus sign (+) (Display the contents of the selected folder)
NUM LOCK+Minus sign (-) (Collapse the selected folder)
LEFT ARROW (Collapse the current selection if it is expanded, or select the parent folder)
RIGHT ARROW (Display the current selection if it is collapsed, or select the first subfolder)

Shortcut Keys for Character Map
After you double-click a character on the grid of characters, you can move through the grid by using the keyboard shortcuts:
RIGHT ARROW (Move to the right or to the beginning of the next line)
LEFT ARROW (Move to the left or to the end of the previous line)
UP ARROW (Move up one row)
DOWN ARROW (Move down one row)
PAGE UP (Move up one screen at a time)
PAGE DOWN (Move down one screen at a time)
HOME (Move to the beginning of the line)
END (Move to the end of the line)
CTRL+HOME (Move to the first character)
CTRL+END (Move to the last character)
SPACEBAR (Switch between Enlarged and Normal mode when a character is selected)

m*cro$oft Management Console (MMC) Main Window Keyboard Shortcuts
CTRL+O (Open a saved console)
CTRL+N (Open a new console)
CTRL+S (Save the open console)
CTRL+M (Add or remove a console item)
CTRL+W (Open a new window)
F5 key (Update the content of all console windows)
ALT+SPACEBAR (Display the MMC window menu)
ALT+F4 (Close the console)
ALT+A (Display the Action menu)
ALT+V (Display the View menu)
ALT+F (Display the File menu)
ALT+O (Display the Favorites menu)
MMC Console Window Keyboard Shortcuts
CTRL+P (Print the current page or active pane)
ALT+Minus sign (-) (Display the window menu for the active console window)
SHIFT+F10 (Display the Action shortcut menu for the selected item)
F1 key (Open the Help topic, if any, for the selected item)
F5 key (Update the content of all console windows)
CTRL+F10 (Maximize the active console window)
CTRL+F5 (Restore the active console window)
ALT+ENTER (Display the Properties dialog box, if any, for the selected item)
F2 key (Rename the selected item)
CTRL+F4 (Close the active console window. When a console has only one console window, this shortcut closes the console)

Remote Desktop Connection Navigation
CTRL+ALT+END (Open the m*cro$oft Windows NT Security dialog box)
ALT+PAGE UP (Switch between programs from left to right)
ALT+PAGE DOWN (Switch between programs from right to left)
ALT+INSERT (Cycle through the programs in most recently used order)
ALT+HOME (Display the Start menu)
CTRL+ALT+BREAK (Switch the client computer between a window and a full screen)
ALT+DELETE (Display the Windows menu)
CTRL+ALT+Minus sign (-) (Place a snapshot of the active window in the client on the Terminal server clipboard and provide the same functionality as pressing PRINT SCREEN on a local computer.)
CTRL+ALT+Plus sign (+) (Place a snapshot of the entire client window area on the Terminal server clipboard and provide the same functionality as pressing ALT+PRINT SCREEN on a local computer.)

m*cro$oft Internet Explorer Navigation
CTRL+B (Open the Organize Favorites dialog box)
CTRL+E (Open the Search bar)
CTRL+F (Start the Find utility)
CTRL+H (Open the History bar)
CTRL+I (Open the Favorites bar)
CTRL+L (Open the Open dialog box)
CTRL+N (Start another instance of the browser with the same Web address)
CTRL+O (Open the Open dialog box, the same as CTRL+L)
CTRL+P (Open the Print dialog box)
CTRL+R (Update the current Web page)
CTRL+W (Close the current window)

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

NSSN - Social Security Number - India

NSSN is a social security number issued by the Employee Provident Fund Department, in order to allot only one unique number to an employee for his whole lifetime of working anywhere in India.

At present, an employee leaves a Company, withdraws amount from Fund and when he/she joins the new company, another PF Account No. is generated. Usually, an employees in his life time opens multiple PF account numbers thus to overcome this issue, the EPF deparment has started the concept of having unique National Social Security Number.


Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation has launched a major project called “Re-Inventing EPF India’ to provide world class service to all its clients. As part of this project a unique identity number called Social Security Number (SSN) is allotted to every Provident Fund subscriber. It is the first step towards providing world class service to all Provident Fund subscribers. Social Security Number is a unique 14 digit identification number. Subscriber’s information is collected in prescribed SSN forms along with Photograph of the member. The SSN forms are supplied by Provident Fund Office, free of cost.

Social Security Number is compulsory for every Provident Fund subscribers in the new system for providing all kind of services. Provident Fund Office will be setting up camp in your establishment or nearby area for data collection for allotment of Social Security Number very shortly. Please contact your employer or the Provident Fund Office for filling up of the forms for getting Social Security Number.



You will have one unique number for life time including for your Pension after retirement.

You will get ANY WHERE ANY TIME FACILITY. , when all the offices of Employees Provident Fund Organisation are eventually linked together electronically in a phased manner.

There will not be any necessity to transfer your Provident fund accumulations every time you change your employment, or move from one place to another.

Your Provident Fund account will be updated every month instead of the present yearly updating.

Eventually, when the necessary infrastructure is put in place, you can know your Provident Fund balance even over telephone (IVRS), through the internet or through specially set up interactive kiosks.

Please take care to furnish all information about you in the SSN Form correctly and completely. Kindly co-operate with EPF team when they visit your establishment or in a nearby camp for capturing Photographs and data.



A unique SSN form supplied free of cost by EPFO field Office will have to be got filled by every employer in respect of each of his employees.

For allotment of SSN the data will be captured either through a Camp (in case where a large number of employees are available in an establishment under one roof), in the premises of the establishment itself; or filled in forms with pasted photo. The procedure to be followed is as under-

The employer/manager of the establishment should get the date and venue of the Camp decided in consultation with the local EPF Officer In-charge of SSN so that attendance of all the employees of the establishment is ensured in the camp.

Forms should be filled after reading and understanding the form filling instructions. If need be, seek the help of the form filling enumerators accompanying the data collection teams. The six personal information viz member’s name, his/her father’s name, mother’s maiden name, his date of birth, , place of birth, sex; plus one change of original name ie. (if the member was known by any other name earlier) will be used to identify the person uniquely.

Employer will be aided/ assisted in filling up the forms by a team of data collection vendor accompanying local EPF official termed as ECRs (EPF Camp Representatives).

Data (from filled forms of each individual) and digital photo of the member will be captured in the Camp by a joint team of local EPF Office and data collection vendor.

The details furnished in the forms will be verified and signed by the employer (for the authenticity and accuracy.

Employees, who could not attend a camp, can join another adjoining next camp. Still, if some members could not visit the camps they can paste a passport size photograph (preferably colored) and submit the same at local field Office of EPFO (Sub Regional Office, Regional Office).

Once data has been collected, a communication regarding number allotted to each employee will be sent to the employers who will communicate the number to respective individual.

All new employees will fill the forms with pasted photo and submit the same to EPFO or can visit local EPF Office to get his/her details captured in the permanent Camp.

Source: EPF India
Courtesy: Umesh Chaudhary (welcomeumesh at yahoo dot com)

Friday, March 13, 2009

Indian Government - - Online Public Greivance Portal

Indian Government - Online Public Greivance Lodging/Monitoring System

Grievance Redress Mechanism is part and parcel of the machinery of any administration. No administration can claim to be accountable, responsive and user-friendly unless it has established an efficient and effective grievance redress mechanism. In fact, the grievance redress mechanism of an organization is the gauge to measure its efficiency and effectiveness as it provides important feedback on the working of the administration.

How to?
  1. Lodge your Greivance here
  2. Lodge your Reminder on past grievance registered with us
  3. View the Action Status of Your Grievances Lodged earlier with us
  4. Change Password
  5. Forgot Password?
  6. Contact Us
Departments & Activities:
  • Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances
  • Directorate of Public Grievances (DPG)
  • Public Grievance redress mechanism in Central Government Ministries/Departments/Organisations
  • Performance Review – Foreseeing areas of dissatisfaction
  • Identification of Grievance Prone Areas and Analysis
  • Information & Facilitation Counters (IFC)
  • On Line Registration of Grievances
  • Prompt and Effective Redress of Grievances
  • Review and Monitoring of Grievance Redress Mechanism

The govt. wants people to use this tool to highlight the problems they faced while dealing with Government officials or departments like

1) Railways

2) Posts

3) Telecom (incl. Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) & Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL)

4) Urban Development ( Delhi Development Authority (DDA), Land & Development Office (L&DO), Central Public Works Department (CPWD), etc)

5) Petroleum & Natural Gas

6) Civil Aviation (Air India, Airports Authority of India, etc)

7) Shipping, Road Transport & Highways

8) Tourism

9) Public Sector Banks
Allahabad Bank Andhra Bank Bank of Baroda Bank of India Bank of Maharashtra Canara Bank Central Bank of India Corporation Bank Dena Bank Indian Bank Indian Overseas Bank Industrial Development Bank of India Ltd National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development Oriental Bank of Commerce Punjab & Sind Bank Punjab National Bank Small Industries Development Bank of India State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur State Bank of Hyderabad State Bank of India State Bank of Indore State Bank of Mysore State Bank of Patiala State Bank of Travancore Syndicate Bank UCO Bank Union Bank of India United Bank of India Vijaya Bank

10) Public Sector Insurance Companies
GIC of India Life Insurance Corporation of India National Insurance Company Ltd. The New India Assurance Company Ltd. The Oriental Insurance Company Ltd. United India Insurance Company Ltd.

11) National Saving Scheme of Ministry of Finance

12) Employees' Provident Fund Organization

13) Regional Passport Authorities
Regional Passport Office, Ahemadabad Regional Passport Office, Amritsar Regional Passport Office, Bangalore Regional Passport Office, Bareilly Regional Passport Office, Bhopal Regional Passport Office, Bhubaneswar Regional Passport Office, Chandigarh Regional Passport Office, Chennai Regional Passport Office, Cochin Regional Passport Office, Coimbatore Regional Passport Office, Dehradun Regional Passport Office, Delhi Regional Passport Office, Ghaziabad Regional Passport Office, Goa Regional Passport Office, Guwahati Regional Passport Office, Hyderabad Regional Passport Office, Jaipur Regional Passport Office, Jalandhar Regional Passport Office, Jammu Regional Passport Office, Kolkata Regional Passport Office, Kozhikode Regional Passport Office, Lucknow Regional Passport Office, Madurai Regional Passport Office, Malappuram Regional Passport Office, Mumbai Regional Passport Office, Nagpur Regional Passport Office, Patna Regional Passport Office, Pune Regional Passport Office, Raipur Regional Passport Office, Ranchi Regional Passport Office, Shimla Regional Passport Office, Srinagar Regional Passport Office, Surat Regional Passport Office, Thane Regional Passport Office, Trichy Regional Passport Office, Trivandrum Regional Passport Office, Visakhapatnam

14) Central Government Health Scheme

15) Central Board of Secondary Education

16) Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan

17) National Institute of Open Schooling

18) Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti

19) Central Universities

20) ESI Hospitals and Dispensaries directly controlled by ESI Corporation under Ministry of Labour


Sunday, February 08, 2009

Aero Show India - A Photo Blog by Photoyogi

Are you interested in Air Show in India... Watch it here...
Visit this blog for more pictures, excitement and upcoming Aero shows!

Aero India 2007 - A Photo Blog

Aero India is India's premier Defence Show Event.
Here are some photos by Photoyogi.

Courtesy: Aero India 09 Blog -

Monday, January 19, 2009

Do not turn ON A/C Immediately as soon as you Enter the Car

Please open the windows after you enter your car and do not turn ON your air-conditioning immediately.

In brief, the above article says: According to research done by a U.C., the car dashboard, sofa, air freshener will emit Benzene, a cancer causing toxin (carcinogen- take note of the heated plastic smell in your car).

In addition to causing cancer, it poisons your bones, causes anemia, and reduces white blood cells. Prolonged exposure will cause Leukaemia, increasing the risk of cancer. May also cause miscarriage.

Acceptable Benzene level indoors is 50 mg per sq. ft. A car parked indoors with the windows closed will contain 400-800 mg of Benzene.. If parked outdoors under the sun at a temperature above 60 degrees F, the Benzene level goes up to 2000-4000 mg, 40 times the acceptable level.. The people inside the car will inevitably inhale an excess amount of the toxin.
It is recommended that you open the windows and door to give time for the interior to air out before you enter. Benzene is a toxin that affects your kidney and liver, and is very difficult for your body to expel this toxic stuff.

Source: Forwarded Email
Courtesy: Photo -

Friday, January 16, 2009

Indian Grocery Items - English to Tamil Translation

Listing of common Indian grocery items listed in English along with their Tamil translations. For listing of transalations in different languages, both Indian and International, please click here.

English Tamil
Pulses and Cereals
Bengal Gram Kadalai paruppu
Green Gram Payatham paruppu
Red Gram Tuavaram paruppu
Black Gram Ulatham paruppu
Gram Flour Kadalai Mavu
Corn Flour Makka cholam
Vegetables and Fruits
Brinjal Kathirikkai
Capsicum Kuda milagai
Cabbage Muttai Kosu
Cauliflower Pookosu
Carrot Carrot
Coriander leaves Kotthamalli ilai
Coconut Thengai
Mint Leaves Pudina ilai
Green Peas Pattani
Lemon Yelumicham palam
Onion Vengayam
Garlic Vellai poondu
Potato Urulaikkilangu
Tomato Thakkali
Banana Vazhaipalam
Pineapple Annasi pazham
Mango Mampazham
Grapes Dhiratchai
Nuts and Condiments
Aniseed Sombu
Asafoetida Perungayam
Bay Leaf Punnai ilai
Black Pepper Milagu
Cardamom Yelakkai
Cinnamon Patthai
Cloves Lavangam/Krambu
Coriander Seeds Varakothamalli
Cumin Seeds Jeeragham
Curry leaves Kariveppilai
Cashewnuts Mundhiri
Fennel Perunjeeragam
Fenugreek Vendhayam
Garlic Vellai Poondu
Ginger Injhi
Jaggery Vellam
Mustard Kadugu
Poppy Seeds Kasakasa
Red Chillies Sigappu Milagai
Raisins Ularndadhirakashai
Tamarind Puli
Turmeric powder Manjal podi
Yogurt Thayiru
Rice (Raw) Pachha risi
Rice (Boiled) Pulunga arisi
Semolina Rawai
Vermicelli Semia

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