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Maternal Grandmother Passes Away

On April 12, 2010 at around 14:20, my maternal grandmother, Thirumala Devi, aged 75, succumbed to a heart attack. Her health had deteriorated considerably during her last few days and she had been bed-ridden for almost a month. May her soul rest in peace.



With my wife, Veena, not getting a transfer immediately after marriage, I moved to Chennai for a couple of months. My stay in Chennai was at TGN Guest House. I'd like to mention a few words about my stay there so that this article will serve as a review for TGN Guest House as well.


Obtaining a Marriage Certificate (Secunderabad, India)

Having applied for a marriage certificate today, I am documenting the procedure here so that it is useful for someone. I got married according to the Hindu Marriage Act and the details given here are mainly applicable for this Act. For the Special Marriage Act or further information on the Hindu Marriage Act, kindly visit:

BackupPC with Lighttpd in DD-WRT

This tutorial covers the necessary steps to get BackupPC up and running on any device (such as the Linksys router WRT 610N) which has DD-WRT firmware installed on it.

In case there are any steps which I have missed, kindly mention them in the comments section, and I will update the main article accordingly.

Installing DD-WRT Firmware


SFTP Console Client with Recursive Download/Upload Support

I often find it difficult to use 'scp' program because I don't know the exact path to the directory in the destination server and I do not find 'sftp' program very useful because it does not support recursive downloads. Here are two programs which offer recursive downloads over sftp protocol:

1. psftp provided by package putty-tools

# psftp user@server
psftp> get -r directory_to_download
psftp> put -r directory_to_upload


Open Source And Free Software

Here is a little something for those new to the terms or those who are confused between these two terms.

For quite sometime, I had this simple idea:

Open Source - Software for which source is available
Free Software - Software for which we do not have to pay

Category: (Kolkata Cabs) review

I had recently been on a visit to Kolkata with my wife and I had to book a cab for a day. After searching for cab services in Kolkata, I came across The tariffs they offered seemed to be decent and we were able to book a cab (an Indigo) just one day before. But our experience with the driver was bad. He was not very responsive. But this is not my major complaint. He tried to cheat us.


Darjeeling And Gangtok Sight Seeing Points

I had recently been on a trip to Kolkatta, Darjeeling and Gangtok. Here are some points to keep in mind if you visit these places.


How to Ruin a Joke

This article had appeared in the Aug 2009 issues of Reader's Digest (India). It was so humorous that I decided to look up for it in the Internet and link to it.


World's Shortest Fairy Tale

World's Shortest Fairy Tale

Once upon a time, a guy asked a girl 'Will you marry me?' The girl said, 'NO!' And the guy lived happily ever after and rode motorcycles and went fishing and hunting and played golf a lot and drank beer and scotch and had tons of money in the bank and left the toilet seat up and farted whenever he wanted.

The end



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