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Feeding Time!

Managed to catch a couple of Kites feeding as I walked past my balcony. So this video has been taken through my window, from a distance of just over three feet; view at high quality if you can.

Chuffed to bits that I get to experience so much “Kite Stuff” first hand – I’m sure these two are feasting on “Shivaji Market beef”!

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Waking up by St. Vincent’s

Most of my friends know I stay next to St. Vincent’s High School in Camp, Pune. This is where I studied from class VI to XII after we moved here from Bombay, and where I’ve lived for just over two decades. Our brass band has cyclic quality which changes over the years; it improves as the students get better but quality can drop when there is a sudden influx of new guys. The last three to four years have been particularly good though.

Sometimes the band beats your alarm clock to the punch, which is mostly pleasant, but I wish they would learn more tunes! 🙂


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Google Talk Not Authorized – Pidgin / Trillian

I had been struggling with this problem for quite some time; every now and then Pidgin would refuse to connect to Google Talk and give me a Not Authorized failure message. All credentials, server details and network conditions were unchanged. I installed Trillian and found that when Pidgin failed in this way, Trillian wouldn’t connect either.A few forum threads would suggest updating to newer versions of Pidgin/Trillian or changing servers and re-checking credentials; most were dated threads which are irrelevant today. Pidgin would resume working as suddenly as it stopped, but sometimes after days of being unable to connect. All this time, the GMail based chat would work without issue, a veritable PIA!

I found, entirely by accident that my account had an Account Locked status if I logged in with the official Google Talk client. Unfortunately, I didn’t have their official client installed all this time, so I didn’t realize this earlier. Attempting to login to chat at this time would present you with a captha and after passing through this, you would be able to connect on Pidgin too. Apparently Pidgin and Trillian are foxed when the account is locked and don’t know how to proceed; I have no idea why my account gets locked either… I also don’t know what the platform independent solution is because AFAIK the official client is available only on Windows; logging in and out of chat in GMail didn’t help.

TL;DR If you get a Not Authorized message in Pidgin or Trillian, login using the official Google Talk client, pass the capthca test and you will now be able to connect again, even after quitting the official client.

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Friends Youth Magazine

An old magazine from 1977, 4 years before I was born. Found in my grandparent’s house; thought you guys may find it interesting, especially Anand’s secret 🙂

Friends July 77 InsideFriends July 77 Cover

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HDFC Bank – Special Message FAIL

For at least a year now, I have seen this message greet me when I login to HDFC Bank’s NetBanking site. I have better things to do and always ignore it.

But today I finally gave in and clicked the link…


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