Friday, 27 June 2014

New Way to get Quick Tatkal Ticket on IRCTC

Tatkal tickets are quite difficult to get online and most of the time the ticket reservation will not be done even though the money will be deducted from our bank account. IRCTC has provided light version with few links not getting loaded during the Tatkal time but still getting ticket is difficult. I got the error page as soon as I gave user name and password.

error page I got on

Here is the work around to get the Tatkal tickets quickly. Recently IRCTC has introduced the new generation ticketing system which gets loaded quickly and has new interface. Even though it is meant to book only the e-ticket (not i-ticket also), we can book Tatkal ticket also with little tricks. I thought of testing it during Tatkal time and it worked fine.

new login page using the new link

new interface of e-ticketing system

Use this link to open the new ticketing system interface providing user name, password and captcha image shown. Provide the source and destination stations and day of travel as next day as you are looking for Tatkal ticket. Search the trains and once the list is displayed, select Tatkal and click on the class of train you are looking for. You can easily proceed with the link and book the tickets. Only drawback is the net banking facility of few major banks are not available through the net banking facility link.

select Tatkal as shown in red box instead of default selected General

Tatkal tickets availability

payment system

I could easily login during Tatkal hours on Friday and could even book a ticket. Hope the site works with the same speed in future too!

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Belur Math and Dakshineshwar Kali Temple

We visited Belur math taking direct train from Howrah junction. The journey was of just twenty minutes and it is near to the entrance of Belur math. It is the main Monasetry of Ramakrsihna order It is really inspiring to see the museum nicely arranged museum, having collection of belongings and things used by Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Sharada Devi, Swami Vivekananda and other disciples. Apart from museum, Belur math campus is having temples of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Sharada Devi and Swami Vivekananda.

Entrance of Belur Math

Sri Ramakrishna vidya mandir

Sri Sharada Devi Temple

Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa temple

Even the campus has the Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda University, Quarters for the staff, Math office and also the guest houses. Museum will be closed on Mondays and few special days. Belur Math visiting hours is Morning 6:00AM to 11:30AM and evening 4:00PM to 7:00PM during the months of April to September and morning 6:30AM to 11:30AM and evening 3:30PM to 6:00PM during the months of October to March.

From Belur Math one can take boat service to reach Dakshineshwar to visit Kali Mandir situated on the banks of Hooghly River. 

way to boat service to Dakshineshwar

view of Belur Math from boat

view of Belur Math

Kali Mandir entrance 

Kali Mandir building 

Kali Mandir

Kali Mandir is famous for its association with Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. The temple premise has twelve identical Shivalinga and Radha-Krishna temple adjacent to Goddess Kali shrine.

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Calcutta - Howrah and Victoria Memorial Hall

It was my first visit to Kolkata (also known as Calcutta). Having heard a lot about it and its contribution to Science I was thinking to visit this place at least once. The first thing I noticed coming out of Howrah railway station is Howrah Bridge connecting Howrah and Calcutta.

Howrah Bridge connecting Kolkata and Howrah


Also went for a ferry ride from Howrah to Calcutta - Babughat. It was a nice trip seeing the side by buildings. Visited nearby market but being Sunday most of the shops were closed except street vendors.

By afternoon went to explore Victoria Memorial Hall built in memory of Queen Victoria. One can witness the huge collection of things belonging to Historic times. Also, the information about all the Vice Roys’ ruled India for almost two hundred years can be found there.

Victoria Memorial

Procession depicted in Bronze

Victoria Memorial

Interior of Victoria Memorial Hall

outside view from Victoria Memorial Hall

Without much time to explore anything returned back with Rasgulla, special milk made sweet of West Bengal. 

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Google AdSense Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) for Indian Publishers

Google recently started Electronic Fund Transfers (EFT) for AdSense publishers in India. It is very easy and hassle free process of getting payments from Google. I was quite disappointed earlier as I couldn’t get physical cheque twice as once I was out of station even though the courier guy informed about it and other time the post man didn’t inform about the cheque arrival as I gave address where bluedart courier has no service. Google sends cheque through speed post in the places where bluedart courier doesn’t provide service. But with new system for Indian AdSense publishers can easily get their money in the bank accounts directly without any head ache of presenting the cheque for clearance and wait. Also, it is possible to get the payment from Google AdSense even though your bank branch doesn’t have a SWIFT code which is mandatory for foreign currency transfers.

Just follow these steps so that you can get your AdSense account upgraded to the new payment system and get payments easily.

Step 1: Get your AdSense account upgraded

AdSense earlier had opened the wire transfer for only few publishers as beta version and now it is available for all publishers. Anyone interested in getting money through EFT can upgrade accounts. Login to AdSense home page and in payments page select hold payments. You need not inform anyone about this. Your account will be upgraded automatically.

Step 2:
Keep calm and don’t worry till you receive email from AdSense informing you about the account update and new payment system. The schedule of updating accounts in India is not mentioned by Google AdSense and it will be surely upgraded on 16th of any month provided you have put self-hold on your payment any time in between 17th of previous month to 15th of current month.

Step 3:
After you receive mail, login to your AdSense account again go to payment and select ‘Add a New form of Payment’, fill your account details, Name, Account Number, Branch IFSC code and SWIFT code. If your bank branch is not having a direct SWIFT code, you can give SWIFT code of any nearby branch or treasury branch having SWIFT code of same bank. You can get assistance from bank staff regarding SWIFT code. No need of adding Intermediate bank details. You will get a mail as soon as you save the details of account selecting it as primary form of payment.

Once the payments are made you will get a mail and amount will be credited to your bank account within ten working days excluding holidays. If your bank makes you calls regarding the purpose code of the transaction inform that it is ‘P1007’ provided by Reserve Bank of India (RBI) for reporting Forex Transaction receipt purposes.

If you want to change the Account details you have provided you can’t do it directly by deleting the existing account details. Go to payments, again add a new form of payment and after providing details select it as primary form of payment. Later you can delete the old account details.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Maintaining Relation-Ships

I don’t know much about the accidental or incidental comparison of relationship with ship. But both have similarity if no proper care is not taken both will sink. Observing my friends and their relationships being committed as natural with age, I could understand and analyze a little about relationships. With the time few relationships could survive and few vanished with major damage mentally and physically. The relationships started to spend time together and enjoy ended up hating each other with a resolve not to meet or contact for eternity.

Two chats happened between a guy and a girl at the beginning of their relationship and after the years sailing in relationship just to understand how the things turn up.

At the beginning:
Guy: How was your day?
Girl: It was good. Went out with friends. Had Dosa at Vidhyarthi Bhavan. How about you?
Guy: It was cool. Wish I could join you for Dosa
Girl: Sure. Next Time. What else?
Guy: Am going to sleep. Talk to you tomorrow. Bye
Girl: Sure. Bye. Tc

After few year(s) or so:
Guy: How was your day?
Girl: As usual routine. Nothing much.
Guy: It seems you had been to lunch outside. I saw your FB update (tagged by someone) Who are they?     You never mentioned about them to me. I thought you will tell.
Girl: Yeah! It was planned all of a sudden.
Guy: Guess you are not interested to talk to me like earlier.
Girl: Nothing as such.
Guy: Then?
Girl: Nothing much. Am tired, talk to you tomorrow. Bye
Guy: I want answer for my question. You are ignoring me.
After ten minutes
Guy: Guess you don’t want to speak…
Guy: …

The relationship turned into fights and later with a break up. The above communication can happen exactly reverse between a Guy and a Girl.

If we observe closely there is no mistake of Guy and Girl. In the beginning of relationship both used to spend hours talking and sharing about nothing. But later when nothing is actually there to talk except the routine and if the other person is not in a position to explain the situation he or she is in. The irritation or the feeling of negligence or avoidance peeps in. A wonderful relationship kept for year(s) turns sore and seems unwanted.

What can be done to avoid sinking of relationships?
  • Better to discuss and know where the relationship is heading towards
  • Not to point out earlier fights or bad memories
  • Try to understand and respect others space and situation. Tomorrow you can be in such situation too
  • Understanding that each individual requires a private space even if they are in relationship

It takes years to grow and maintain relationship like building a ship but to sink it takes just minutes.