The city traffic in any city of India is pathetic at best. Most of the people take pride in breaking the traffic rules and traffic regulations don’t have any meaning. The scenario is way worse in smaller cities and towns. In places where the roads are not good people will simply drive in the wrong side. This always results in huge traffic congestions. Adding to the woes, the cycle drivers will cross the road at will, drive slowly in the middle and wave their cycles from one lane to another. In all this mix, it is mostly the people travelling from Car suffer the most.
Even though, the situation is better in Kochi but the traffic is worsened by the driving habits of the auto rickshaw in the city. They don’t follow any rules, they will simply enter from the wrong direction and will turn anywhere in a busy road without care for traffic or any other vehicle. In a city where rules are bent and broken by the strength of the unions, it is very difficult to contain this type of situation. Usually the traffic police is just a mute spectator and will usually pursue the commoner that these auto drivers are like this and commoner should be more careful.
Recently, an incident with me happened when an auto rickshaw driver just zoomed into the lane from wrong direction where already myself and another car driver were driving parallel in just enough wide road. I don’t know how the auto driver managed to squeeze his auto rickshaw in there and make a hasty escape without any incident but this incident made me sit and write this post just on this issue.
Here in Kochi, the city buses are usually called Red Killer or Red Demon but, I feel that these buses have a predictable way of driving and are less dangerous. The common rule which I follow while driving around the bus is that allow them to overtake if they honk a lot and slow down near a bus stop and be ready for a fast over take followed by a quick stop just in front of you. But the auto rickshaw are real unpredictable little demons of the city.
After a little shower in the morning
In last few months I have been keenly observing my daughter, my bitta, grow from an baby who was not even able to roll on the bed to a naughty little baby who will pull my hair and poke my nose when I am trying to sleep. Well, she loves to play and wants to go out for a walk any time of the day. A couple of months back, I taught bitta to climb up and down onto a small box, which she quickly mastered and last few days she has been constantly trying to get down from the bed which may be one foot or so higher then the box. She has been successful many times and many times she has failed and hurt herself but whenever she lands on the ground successfully she is very happy and giggles a lot.
These attempts and their result make me think that we adult have forgotten a lot of good habits our younger life. We are more calculative in taking any risk, we want to stick to old successful strategies in life, we don’t celebrate the success but rather cry over small failures. May be nature has made the concept of parenting in only intellectual animal (human) so that they can rediscover the smaller and beautiful thing in the life back again.
For last couple of weeks, I was away on Diwali vacation to my hometown. During this period, my access to internet was limited through my mobile (Nokia 5230). As you may be aware the mobile is somewhere in the lower middle end of current mobile spectrum but features GPRS, EDGE, 3G, GPS & Bluetooth on connectivity front. This phone runs on Symbian 60 series 5 OS. . As the speed of GPRS in my hometown was low, it was not feasible to connect the mobile as modem and browse on PC. During this period, I discovered an excellent mobile application which could cater to most of my daily browsing need which includes checking, updating and commenting on facebook, twitter functions and RSS reader. The mobile application I am talking about is Snaptu. It runs on almost all the mobile phones and utilizes very less data transfer. It can also connect to other services like Flickr and Picasa. There is support to add shortcuts for other applications like Yahoo Mail, Gmail, Orkut and so on, however these application shortcuts will open in a separate browser. The best part of this application is that it can also be used as a robust RSS reader. The app is easy to operate and provides clean simple interface. Overall, this is a near perfect application for my purpose with a absolutely amazing price tag “FREE”. Yes, this is a great killer app for people who use visit websites like facebook, Flickr or twitter dozen times a day and keep on updating and commenting. I recommend this for all the mobile user as a must have.
Based on this concept of a single application/client for all social networking client, I felt that such a software for PC will be great. So, I started doing some research & I come across Gwibber. The software is good and connects with Flickr, Facebook and Twitter among others but it has mixed reviews on usability and convenience. Another aspect of this software that it has been designed for Ubuntu Linux OS. I tried searching for some multipurpose desktop client for Microsoft Windows OS and couldn’t find any software as comprehensive as Snaptu for PC. Only software which fulfils some of the requirement is Seesmic, which has clients for most of the famous OS viz. Windows, Linux & OSX and also for mobile phones like Android & iPhone. It also sports a web interface. However, this is good for Facebook and Twitter only.
My search for a COMPREHENSIVE Social Networking Client for PC (Windows) continues, if you are aware of any please let me know. In the meanwhile enjoy using Snaptu.
EDITED: I found that few applications which may be an PC alternative for Snaptu are Sobees, Digsby and Yoono. I am trying to evaluate them and then will share my experience about them.