For the past several months, at a petrol bunk near my home in South Delhi, I have been seeing a parked Maruti Omni Van standing in readiness with driver on the seat.  I have not paid much attention for several days and one day my eyes went on it  which has one helpline number written on sides and back.

The van belongs to ' Cross Roads - A Road Side Assistance Company with its Delhi Helpline number as  011-47090909 and PAN India toll free: 18004190199.

The snapshot of their website you are seeing above throws more light about the
activities of the company which most folks might have not noticed.  This post is for such people to know the existence of such road side assistance for four-wheeler owners to get required help in case of break down of their vehicles in sprawling cities like Delhi.

To know more about the company visit their  website  whose  links  are  given  below :

Website link :

Blog link:


My previous post depicted my agony of not getting help when I shifted  to  custom domain.  In fact I wrote the story to lighten my heart for the emotional turmoil I faced mentally for a blog which I developed from scratch but it vanished in my own hands.

The blog is not simply my outer face to the world but my living room for the writer inside me.

The motive behind writing  this  behind scenes story  is to say how  difficult for a computer illiterate in doing such technical things as known experts want to do it  for a price.
The fury that made me to write earlier post is to give a word of caution for nascent bloggers like me.
But some times, in life, help comes from unexpected quarters.  A buddy who is also a prolific blogger named Mr. Alok Vats has come to my rescue with his insightful article to handle the technical issues like changing CNAME files and A records in  my domain registrar's site.  I analyzed my mistakes and found that I  did not add A records and only changed CNAME files.

Earlier when I persistently failed to open my blog in the custom domain for nearly 36 hours I fired up my domain registrar's helpline people.  But with the help that came to my way,  I managed to tide over the situation.

Now, I did all technical steps to host a custom domain  which is now active at  <u></u> 


36 hours ago, I did my life's Himalayan blunder.  I tried to shift my blog   from blogger platform (Google's)  to custom domain at  on a friend's advice.  

In fact, the domain was purchased from one of the India's oldest Domain Registrars.  Not only the service  at their call centre / Helpline was poor,  but no  technical assistance at all was given to do the steps involved to change to  custom domain.  Whatever I did, it was  on my own with the aid of  few steps I saw on the internet. The experience left me deep scars /emotional turmoil.

When, my blog did not appear for more than 36 hours at new custom domain, my patience started running out and friends  made frenetic calls of what went wrong.  My blog is like my child and for the last three years there was no single day  without my seeing it, whether I write a post or not.

A month back (Oct. 2014)  when I gauged my blog's rank, it was about 2 crores globally with India rank at 2 lakh 80 thousand something.  I decided to improve my ranking.  By   regular updating the content I  managed to attract the audience thereby climbed the Alexa rank to around 1 million globally and India rank  at 48 thousand within a month.

Now the average  monthly traffic has  grown to  5 thousand visitors. It was not the case few months back.  Joining in community greatly helped me and connected  with like minded people. The great writers/ photographers there dispense  my daily quota of inspiration.     Non-appearance of my blog for 36 hours greatly suffocated  and  crippled me as I lost my contact with my blogger community.

The resultant outcome is the birth of my another blog Wisdom Everest (click here .  The interesting thing is my visitors at instantly visited this new blog which  encouraged me  that there would always be hungry readers if you write passionately.

Since, my custom domain did not work even after desperate wait, I pulled back my blog back to the blogger platform with same URL address .  I thought that I should share this important development which devastated me.

 So friends, there is a word of caution from my side. Don't change to custom domain, once your blog is somewhat popularized.  Do it only in initial stage or along with custom domain, better to take hosting services but don't do the blunder like me.

With regard to my new blog Wisdom Everest,  I like to inform you that I post my articles selectively as I require serene mind and deep contemplation to write there.  But my blog KNOWEB continues to remain my  regular mouthpiece on assorted subjects.

Thank you for your patronage !



There is an adage that nothing is outside the domain of a poet.  It is only the context that channelizes his creative juices. I think the same is  equally true for  a blogger.

When I see the top bloggers in  tech genre,  my heart prompts  to  advise them to take a holiday for a while  and write  a different post for novelty. I know that  they feel it as a bad idea, but I swear it not !

The other day when I completed 186 articles in  this blog which was started more than 3 years ago,    I felt  dried up to churn out new stories.

The problem is  I can't sit empty-handed without writing.   But what to write ?

Immediately I found an answer in railway stations.  The context came handy as one of my close friends was about to  catch a train and I went  along with him to railway station to see him off.

In fact, the railway station and train symbolise our  own journey of life.  The railway station is like a world around us and the train is like
ourselves.   We started our journey  at one point  and  must terminate at other end.

Whenever, I visit railway stations, I come back productively and I get  insight to write new stories. In my childhood days, whenever I feel free I use to visit nearest railway station which cheers up my mood  dreaming  that one day I would take my journey on train and see the whole world.

Much after childhood years, when I entered into service,   my charm for railway station and train  did not diminish and I continue to enjoy them.   Apart from immeasurable happiness,  I use to get very good books in railway stations.  Many of  my treasure trove were bought from railway station stalls only.   If you want to know the hot books in the book world, instead of going to a book store, better to go to  the nearest railway station and you  come to know the pulse of public.

Some times,  my visit to railway stations brings out the pent up emotions  like the  last visit  when my eyes welled up with emotion after seeing the agony of distressed parents of  a mentally challenged  child when she fell flat on the platform.

Whether you are in sad or happy mood,  life doesn't stops like a passing train  in the middle of its journey!


It was a pleasant winter afternoon in Delhi.   My mood was upbeat with the cool weather and Sun soaked body in the park where I sat with a book to  read poems of Subramania Bharati.

My mind was deeply pondering to write a  review on the book ' Selected Poems ' of Subramania Bharati, translated by Usha Rajagopalan.

But I aborted my reading session in the midst  due to some earthly work at home.  I was on my way to my home.  But this visual you are seeing above suddenly stirred me take a snap and write on it.  Why because, I couldn't ignore it.  The citizen journalist inside me was clamouring for action for such apathy.  More over, smartphone with camera and recording capabilities  could not keep me numb.

Three years ago, I wrote a post on the same context and literally no change  as street lights are still found  glowing at inappropriate time i.e.  even after broad day-light.
We are a country greatly appreciated by US's Time Magazine recently with a cover photo of our huge  success of Mar's Mission in its very first attempt.  Our scientists succeeded in developing technologies to  remotely control a Mar's Orbiter  from millions of kilometres.  Can't we develop everyday technologies to avoid the menace as depicted above ?

It is time to pause and think of  translating at least part of that technology to find solutions for everyday problems like  this where a sensor could detect the day-light and automatically cut- off power from a glowing  street light without human intervention.

After all, the wastage of electricity is happening this way which we could very well prevent it. 
Now the question that hunts me :When could we see light !


When you join Blogger Communities like to increase readership for your articles, the inherent problem is that only your relevant article link pops up  there and the reader could read only that article whose link is given.

Suppose, you have  written great articles  in the past and  you want to drive the  readers attention  to read those posts, unless you know this widget,  you have only an option to manually create links  to your past articles  with current post, which is a fuss and time consuming.

The good news here is, a widget solves all your problems !  (click on it to add the widget ) is a blog widget that appears under each post, linking your 3 or 4 related past  articles from your blog archive.

The widget makes automatic links to stories that are relevant and interesting to readers of a particular post, keeping them engaged with your blog and contribute to increasing  traffic to your blog.

The makers of widget say that they minimally styled and blends in with your site's design.

This  widget is free and takes a minute or two to install . So what you are waiting ? 


 One place I like the most in New Delhi is India Gate.  The sprawling area facilitates to take a leisurely  walk and for writers,  it is a place for creative ideas.

Those who blame the city's  sweltering summers must forget their curses in winters to  immerse  in the beauty of Delhi, originally known as Dilli which means the city with  people of heart !

This structure was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, the architect of New Delhi.

          Built in 1931
          Originally known as All India War Memorial
          Built in memory of 90,000 soldiers of British Indian Army who lost their lives in World War I and the Third Anglo-Afgan War
          42 metre tall.

          India's Republic Day Parade starts from Rashtrapati Bhavan and passes through India Gate.

    HEAD VIEW (click on the images to view the original size)



               SIDE VIEW                                                      BACK VIEW


 Recently, I spent a whole day to know the tips for improving  traffic to my blog.  The reason behind it is to take a professional approach in spreading  my ideas/ views for larger reach.

Whoever said, the substance is same.

Here is the cheat sheet :

          Update your blog daily, daily, daily.....  This advice should not be neglected at any cost.

          Blend your article with relevant eye catching pictures.  

          Start the blogpost title with a numerical figure, if the context permits e.g. 10 Mantras for Bloggers - why because such catchy headings  attract to search words in search engines instantly and bring more viewers.

          Writing on viral Youtube videos also helps to bring traffic.

          Create a 'Wikikepdia Page' for your blog.

          Join online community groups.

          Add News Section, important events, hot stories if possible.

          Write thoroughly on any topic with sufficient scholarly references.

          If your subject allows, start heading of your article with  How,  What , Why, Who 

          Write guest posts in friends blogs.

          Create About Me profile for your Blog  at

          Popularize your blogposts through

You could seek some expert's guidance with regard to technical aspects, but you must vigorously follow the content guidelines as above to drive more traffic to your blog ! 


This is a glazing winter sun opposite to India Gate, New Delhi, caught in my mobile camera !


Superstar Rajinikanth's upcoming movie " Lingaa' is going to hit the screens shortly.  This song is  now doing rounds in kollywood and you must savour composer Rahman's musical delight.


There are so many  ways to boost your memory power and Mind Maps are one such method. 
I first heard  about this  in 1999.  Upon a friend's advice, I read a scholarly book " Mind Maps' written by Tony Buzan.   

Tony Buzan is world's leading authority on memory, learning systems.    

Tony Buzan defines Mind Map as a powerful graphic technique which provides a universal key to unlock the potential of the brain.   He says that it  harnesses the full range of cortical skills – word, image, number, logic, rhythm, colour and spatial awareness – in a single, uniquely powerful manner.  

We can use Mind Maps in every aspect of life where improved learning and clearer thinking will enhance the  performance. When you use Mind Maps on a daily basis, Buzan says that  you will find that your life becomes more productive, fulfilled, and successful on every level.


          Start in the CENTRE of a blank page turned sideways. Why? Because starting in the centre gives your Brain the freedom to spread out in all directions and to express  more freely and naturally.

          Use an IMAGE or PICTURE for your central idea. Why? Because an image is worth a thousand words and helps you use your Imagination.  
          Use COLOURS throughout. Why? Because colours are as exciting to your Brain as are images. Colour adds extra vibrancy and life to your Mind Map. 

          CONNECT your MAIN BRANCHES to the central image and connect your second- and third-level branches to the first and second levels, etc. Why? Because your Brain works by association. It likes to link two (or three, or four) things together. If you connect the branches, you will understand and remember a lot more easily.

          Make your branches CURVED rather than straight-lined. Why? Because having nothing but straight lines is boring to your Brain.

          Use ONE KEY WORD PER LINE. Why Because single key words give your Mind Map more power and flexibility.

          Use IMAGES throughout. Why Because each image, like the central image, is also worth a thousand words. So if you have only 10 images in your Mind Map, it’s already the equal of 10,000 words of notes!

Over the last 15 years, I drew many such mind maps  for each occasion and it is a sort of checklist which  helps  me to  execute  the same nature of task without any   fuss ! 


Health is wealth.  Those who have wealth can't  buy it  by throwing money.  You have to  sweat out daily on your own. It is Nature's law and you are bound by that !

There is a general trend we see  that rich people bother little about their fitness and health.  Their bulge figures speak louder than anything.  

Health, I feel,  is an attitude rather than an activity.  It is not a thing you pay attention for an hour or two in the day.  It is a 24 x 7 phenomena.  Exercise, a right kind of food at right time matters a lot.  You must adjust your activities according to these cardinal principles.  

The man I am going to introduce here is a corporate czar.  He is my hero  not due to the fact that he is having a networth of $5.9 billion according to the Forbes billionaire list for 2014.  It is because of his credence  given to health.

Anil Ambani is at  No. 8 in recent India Today's Power List 2014.  This marathon-runner CEO is one among the chosen few by PM Narendra Modi for the Clean India campaign last month.  

His  simple routine inspires anybody.  He takes the dinner early and goes to bed by 10 p.m.   

When he runs on open roads in early mornings in Mumbai,  everybody would be curious to know whether Anil started this fitness regimen from his childhood days.  To know answers to these questions, you must listen  from his own words said way back in 2004 :

          I have been running long distance for many years. I do at least 100 km a week. On most mornings, I run alone before dawn, when the rest of Bombay is still sleeping. I don’t need an alarm to get up. No wake-up call, either. My body clock goes off at 3.30 or 4 a.m. and I get up and get out. I am in a kind of meditative trance when I run. And I run with my thoughts. Some of my brightest business ideas come to me when I’m running by myself.

          Running for me is a time of connecting with myself. It has become an addiction. If I don’t run three days in a row, I get withdrawal symptoms. I feel as if something is wrong. I run six days a week without planning which day to take the rest.  Five days I run indoors on a treadmill for two hours, the sixth day it is always outdoors. This is my practise wherever I am. I started running for health reasons about three years ago (2001), then continued for fitness, and now it’s part of my life.

          My father was the real driving force behind my getting into running. I was never a runner. I was not even the athletic type in school. It’s not that my parents never encouraged or pushed me. I was just not inclined towards competitive sports. Of course, I took part in games. I played table tennis, went tick-tick-tick-tick with the ball, and cricket, all Indians play cricket. I also did little swimming. But no bodybuilding and no sporting activities on the field.

          When I took up running, my father said, “Look Son, you can buy any luxury you want in life, from  clothes to food, from a home to a holiday, but you can never buy health. Do whatever it takes to make yourself feel good.” How right he was. At that time I weighed 105 kg and could not even walk 1 kilometre in an hour! But by running, I came down to 68 kg. I lost one-third of my body weight and became 36 kg lighter. To be able to run the Half Marathon, which is 22 km, in 1 hour 29 minutes and 11 seconds, is quite an achievement for a businessman I think.

Down the line, 10 years after saying these words, there is no change in Anil's morning routine.  He used to do the running in the early morning and continue to inspire millions people like me ! 


My body reverberates with patriotism when I listen  " Sare Jahan se Accha'' sung by Lata ji. Though I know that it was written by Muhammad Iqbal, beyond that I know nothing.

The other day when I was reading the poetry of Ghalib, a friend of mine told that there was another marvelous urdu/persian poet whose poetry I should not miss to read. Then my attention has gone to find about Iqbal and luckily  in my office library I got a book "Iqbal - His poetry and Message written by Sheikh Akbar Ali.

The cover flap gave a brief bio of Iqbal. He was born at Sialkot (Pakistan) on 22nd Feb., 1873. He graduated in philosophy and was awarded two gold medals and a scholarship for his proficiency in English and Arabic. His profession was teaching history and philosophy. After a fruitful life, he died at the age of 60 due to prolonged illness.

On the death of Iqbal, Rabindranath Tagore said that India, whose place in the world is too narrow, can ill-afford to miss a poet whose poetry had such universal value. Another giant Sarojini Naidu said that ' though the earth may enshrine the precious dust of Sir Mohammad Iqbal's body, his imperishable genius will shine through the ages in undimmed splendor.

Though we all  know him as  a lyricist of great patriotic song 'Sare Jahan se accha', he did not get his due recognition in India for his poetic works. And it is time for all of us to savour the following translated lines of his poetry :

 "Among the sweet-tongued poets I have been endowed with a power of expression, That I sing in tune with the birds that soar to the high Arsh.

Don't ignore my song of love, you shall find in it, The way to saintliness, and the glory of Kings'.

God unfolded to me the secrets of state and religion, And took a way all other images from the retina of my eyes.

Life is occupied with conquest along, And the one charm for conquest is desire. Life is the hunter and desire the snare, Desire is love's message to beauty.

No particular tune is prescribed for lamentation, And the cry is not bound the flute.

O reader !, do not find fault with the wine cup, But consider attentively the taste of the wine'

I prefer this earth to the celestial paradise, As it is the place of love and enthusiasm and is the repository of burning pangs.

What is Quran ? - a message of death for the capitalist, It befriends the laborers of no means. Seek not any good from the hoarder of wealth, You cannot attain to virtue unless you spend out of that, which you hold dearest.

 To further read his bio sketch - click below


 The history of India during colonial times is very interesting.  The present day khaki uniform worn by Police forces in India  has a history of its own.

Lt Gen Sir Harry Burnett Lumsden, a British military officer introduced khaki uniforms  in 1846 for  his ' Corps of Guides', a regiment of British India Army in North West Frontier, India.

The word 'khaki' is a loanword from Hindustani (meaning soil-coloured) and is originally derived from the Persian word 'Khak, literally meaning 'soil'.

Earlier British Army's uniform colour is white pants and red tunic.  It was time for British's consolidation of power in India and they  found the  colour  of their uniform  inexpedient to  fight local forces  in Western India (Afgan)  which is full of deserts.

 Finally, British Army introduced 'khaki uniforms for all its troops in 1848.



 It is the cream of Upanishadic wisdom.  The Ancient  Indian Texts: Vedas  speak on it  elaborately.

Is it  something with religious connotations or a subject every human must ponder irrespective of gender and social position ?

Even in this scientific age, it is still relevant  to dwell on it.  When the mind is ready, the first question that pops up immediately : why it is needed ?  It is needed because, we are all enduring existential suffering since our birth.  In fact dualities  caught our systems : Pain & Pleasure.  We use to be more inclined towards pleasurable things and stay away from painful ones.   The real struggle starts here  when we wrangle with others to take our best slice.   This is the root cause of suffering.

Up to 35 years bracket, the hormonal impact does not open up our eyes.  Once that threshold age is crossed, we want to look the world with superior wisdom.  Experience here factors a lot. If the daily experiences are not seen from the prism of the wisdom eye, the journey becomes wretched and the inner disharmony starts aching the heart.   At this crucial juncture, everybody must turn spiritual. 

What does it mean ? Spiritual means, looking life at the best vantage point.  If you can't properly choose the point,  the image you get about the  world  would be blurring and you go on indulging with non-sense.

Rationality is the  key  for spirituality.  Indulging too much with anything is harmful at material plane.  Connecting with the core of our heart always keeps the balance.  Being driven by senses is easy and notorious, but keeping a vigil on our own behavior constantly is the need of the hour to remain  cheerful always.

Self Realization is knowing our very potential. Noted Indian Spiritual Guru Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev has a remarkable ability of simplifying this wisdom in common man's parlance.   He says that the easiest thing in the existence is self-realization.  It is just that you are willing & unwilling at the same time.    

I pondered on his words over a period of time and convinced with enough justification. Some of his wisdom sayings touched my heart.  Talking on human potential, he says that you as a person is having the best technology with you.  You could convert bread into blood and no human innovation has reached parallel to this level of technology.  But at the same time, he says that you don't know how it happens.

It means within you there is a  giant sleeping.  You have the power to wake it up.  How ?  That is called self-realization.  By harnessing your inner-resources you could reach to a next level to unleash that power !  


 I am a bit over-zealous with books.  My reading habit has travelled from passion to addiction.  If you visit my home, you will see more than a hundred books  lined up  for my reading task.

Ever since, I started writing for my blog,  my habit to watch TV at long stretches has gone. Now you could say, completely gone !   More time and energies are invested in this pursuit now.  This passion to write has made me to stop thinking the years that added to me : Forty Four plus.  

Motive : Sharing !

Watching news on television becomes so  boring  as News readers discuss the headlines with concerned parties in a snail pace  manner, testing your patience.  More so, watching news on television becomes  an alien concept to me  in the era of smartphones which update you on the news instantly.     

For a writer, time is very precious.   Snatching time for creative pursuits in  metro cities is so daunting.  At the same time, the daily quota of reading/ writing can't be ignored.  

When I  write  daily, which I am doing for last one month,  I miss a lot of   reading.  Without reading sufficiently, my mind goes blank and there is a fear of drying up.   Balancing these two energy-intensive hobbies is now so challenging.  

When I wake up in the morning I search for triggers. Blogger Communities and fellow bloggers  give me the  required kick to start my day with bang.  When I see their stuff  my tiredness evaporates and my resolve to improve my craft strengthens.

Better  writing happens when you write  what you feel than what you know. Your  conversing tone and  vocabulary  are the important factors. This is the secret of Indian origin Nobel laureate V.S. Naipaul.     

To write creatively, you must taste all the genres. By reading a lot, you get an opportunity to observe and understand other writers style.   Ruskin Bond,  the great Indian  child writer  nonchalantly says that :  I have yet to hear of anyone dying from an overdose of reading !  


 We are living in a World Wide Web (WWW) guided by Google search.  Some times, the best websites may not come on the front  of search result  shown by Google.  Hence, human guidance is imminent.

I find it the best website on science :


I am a technology enthusiast and adopt to new technologies. To enrich my day-to-day living is my zing.

Newspapers are buzzing with tech news these days. The success stories of some of those techies who hit the headlines, are very inspiring. One surprising thing is that these techies are guys of below twenty but have a lot of exposure to internet and computers. Internet mastered them in this art thereby opened new revenue streams.

Take the case of this boy. Eight year old Reuben Paul gave a key-note address on the second day of a summit on cyber security held in New Delhi on Friday (14.11.2014). This child prodigy can give tips about how Internet users can protect their content from hackers.

Another child prodigy much above the age of Reuben is Arjun. At 14, Arjun is one of the youngest CEOs in India. His company LateraLogics develops mobile apps to make everyday life simple. He intends to make his company bigger than Google. This wiz kid Arjun has just received ' National Child Award' for Exceptional Achievement from President Pranab Mukherjee.

Another engineering student glittering these days is Imran Uddin (21 years) , founder of Alltechbuzz.Net from Andhra Pradesh offering SEO Consultancy with over 100 blogs/websites. Imran made the magic by driving 8 million Pageviews to his website in the month of May, 2014 and you can read his story at his website.

Computers and Internet opened so many avenues for creativity and revenue generation at the comforts of home desk.

When I see these tech-giants, I forget my age and their youthful energy fills my veins !


Dr. Kalam is an exemplary public figure not only in India but the world over.

Though  he came from a very humble background,  his  ambition to realize dreams brought him  to the level  of what  he is today.

He is a voracious reader and wrote more than twenty books.  The latest edition " The Righteous Life : The very Best of A.P.J. Abdul Kalam' is the cream of his writings.

The youngsters must read this book to get inspiration from a man of profound wisdom.

A must read book !


There are similes between these two : Internet and Human Brain.  Both are network of networks. Perhaps the idea of internet must have come  from the brain's way of functioning.

Human brain is the most complex  and mysterious organ in the universe.  It is a  three pound mass of jelly with 100 billion neurons, each  capable of making up to ten thousand connections with fellow neurons.

Recently Indian origin Professor Rajesh Rao of  University of Washington  has achieved a breakthrough.   He established a 'brain to brain communication' link using the Internet.
According to the experiment, 'brain to brain' connection was established between two persons sitting in different buildings. The signal from the sender's brain using EEG ( machine that records electrical activity of brain ) was interpreted by a computer and transmitted over Internet to a TSM machine (transcranial magnetic stimulation - a non-invasive method of brain stimulation that relies on electromagnetic induction using an insulated coil placed over the scalp, focused on an area of the brain thought to play a role in mood regulation) which delivered a magnetic impulse to the receiver's brain.

The experiment proved that the human brain is capable of sending a signal to another person for  motor action, like hand moving.  It  triggers  new hopes of treating cognitive disorders such as autism. 

Prof Rao's  has a lofty goal  of discovering the computational principles underlying the brain's remarkable ability to learn, process and store information, and to apply this knowledge to the task of building adaptive robotic systems and brain-computer interfaces.  Hope he would reach his goals one day !