See who is back

The good time of watching cricket with real experts is back. We have seen Fourth umpire on DD, extraaaa innings, Cricket weds Entertainment and what not. Now, starting today, the India, South Africa Cricket series will be broadcasted on ESPN. We will now be watching known faces of Cricket including Harsha Bhogle, Sunil Gavaskar and Ravi Shashtri, moreover, an overall good real Cricket show.

In ICC champions trophy, the analysis show (if I can use that word) used to start well before two hours. The show had everything, from prediction of the match winner through tarot card reading to interviews of Abhishek bachchan and Aishwarya rai to silly comments from Mandira Bedi but what show lacked was Cricket, the real cricket talks. I am horrified by the thought that SET MAX has TV rights for the next Cricket World cup and we have to tolerate the wedding of cricket and entertainment. Oh God! I pray for the divorce!!!!

Guruji the local Indian search engine

Guruji, The local Indian search is a new Indian search engine which promises to show you India specific results. Guruji is a brain child of two IIT graduates got seed capital of $7 Million from Sequoia Capital. You can search for India specific web results as well as local search for restaurants, gyms, doctors and many other things. Currently Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Pune, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Indore, Noida, Mysore, Ludhiana, Mangalore and Vadodara are covered for local search. has also tie up with Infomedia yellow pages for local results. Guruji plans to roll out Google like ads in near future for revenues.

The site has clean look and provides you relevant results. However, it's too early to compare Guruji with Google or Baidu. I miss the “did you mean?” feature very badly on Guruji. If you search for Pizzahut in Mumbai you get no result, however, when you search for Pizza hut in Mumbai (notice the space between pizza hut) you get all the result. I think the search engine will improve and new features will be added as the time goes by but the start is very impressive. Don’t forget to search guruji on .;-)

Irony of living in Mumbai

Mumbai, the financial capital of India is one of the costliest cities in India to live in. It's getting dearer day by day. Forget about owning a flat, you have to shell out a lot of money to get a rented accommodation.

In Mumbai, if you are looking for a flat, there is no way you can find one without a real estate broker. Moreover, the owner will ask for a hefty security deposit. The deposit could be anywhere from Rs. 50,000 to 200,000. You will also have to pay 1.5 month’s rent as the brokerage plus paper work charges. Most of the time, you are not given any receipt of this brokerage fees. The agreement between you and landlord is made for 11 months. After 11 months, you will have to renew the agreement and also have to pay the broker once again 1.5 Month’s rental as his FEES for nothing. If you ask for the receipt of this brokerage, you will never get it. If you question the broker why he is asking for brokerage again the answer is “I am not the only one who is charging brokerage once again, you can ask any broker and this is the practice we follow.”

So, real estate broker in Mumbai earns through this ROYALTY every year. Now, you know when you land up in Mumbai after joining a new company or a job, you must have at least Rs. 100,000 in order to get a decent accommodation and be ready to pay royalty to the broker after 11 months.

This song from Taxi no. 9 2 11 depict the irony of living in Mumbai very well.

Living in the city, drive me crazy
Living in the city, never easy
Living in the city, take me up and bring me down and down and down
Laakh laakh roz aake bas jaate hain
Is shaher se dil lagake phas jaate hain
Living in the city, drive me crazy
Living in the city, hey hey
Laakh laakh roz aake bas jaate hain
Is shaher se dil lagake phas jaate hain
saune ki raahon mein sone ko jagah nahi
shola hai ya hai bijuriya dil ki bajariya bambai nagariya

Listen the bambai nagaria track

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Roti kapda aur kahin door ek makan
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