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My Mobile Phone History (2002 - 2017)

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Last year when I switched to a new phone, I drafted a blog post with a collage of all the devices that I have used ever since I started using mobile phones. Unfortunately that draft post remained to be draft while I switched across four other handsets between then and now.
Here is that update image of my 15 years with phones. As you can see, it blatantly depicts how fickle I am towards the phones that I own. 
This post is simply for record keeping. I will post an update in the year 2020 to see how far have we gone from here.

Cross-post from 500px #13 | Banaras/Varanasi/Kashi

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My last visit to Banaras before this year was 17 years back. And in these 17 years, this city has not changed its soul. Banaras is still quite 'Banarasi'. People still go for a daily bath in the Ganges. 'Temple hopping' is still regular among locals. And the 'Ganga Jal' is still revered. People glued to their smart phones is still not a very common sight. And chewing paan is still in the culture.
Here are some captures from this vibrant city, cross posted from 500px. If you are travelling to this city for the first time or after a very very long gap, please factor in two days to level your mind and body with the eventfulness of this place.














Filler

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This post is after a very long gap. And the sole purpose of this post is to keep the blog active. There is no significant news to share or a topic to rant about. The idea is just to post something.
6 months after that eventful trip to North Korea, nothing much has changed. The DPRK effect has reeled down. Just like how the intensity of nuclear radiation decreases as time moves on. But the impact of the exposure lasts for a lifetime.

Meanwhile there are several other thoughts that crop up in the mind. The ones that you think about once you are at the relative apex of the Maslow's hierarchy. Why are we living? What is good and what is bad? What is moral and what is immoral? How does all of this matter? What are we going to do by 'preserving culture'? How is religion helping anyway? These questions keep popping up, and at a point they start seeming nonsensical. Funny at times too.

Shyamakshi as well as colleagues at work have been troubled often with these questions at the l…

How we travelled to North Korea (and returned back!) - #4

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This is the fourth and the final post of the blog post series of our recent travel to Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) a.k.a North Korea. We traveled as a tourist family consisting of my wife, our 3 year old son and myself to this secluded country just to get an experience of what it feels like to be there.

Please note that my family and myself have a neutral political opinion about the country or the current situation there. This blog series does not indicate any kind of support/opposition towards their regime.


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Click here for the third post. The Day of the Long Wait We packed our bags and left for the airport early morning. Air Koryo flight JS151 was scheduled to depart at 8:30 AM. We shook hands with our guides and left for immigration formalities. Immigration check was smooth, unlike the one that was done during the time of arrival. No bags were checked this time. The boarding was from gate 3, a…

How we travelled to North Korea (and returned back!) - #3

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This is the third post of the blog post series of our recent travel to Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) a.k.a North Korea. We traveled as a tourist family consisting of my wife, our 3 year old son and myself to this secluded country just to get an experience of what it feels like to be there.

Please note that my family and myself have a neutral political opinion about the country or the current situation there. This blog series does not indicate any kind of support/opposition towards their regime.


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The Day of Pyongyang and Kaesong Our tour guides met us at the Hotel reception. We were escorted to our van and the 2.5 hour road trip to the DMZ began. A few ground rules were laid out to us: Do not take photographs of the military personnel.Do not take photographs at security/military checkpoints.Do not take photographs of buildings under construction.Do not take photog…

How we travelled to North Korea (and returned back!) - #2

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This is the second post of the blog post series of our recent travel to Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) a.k.a North Korea. We traveled as a tourist family consisting of my wife, our 3 year old son and myself to this secluded country just to get an experience of what it feels like to be there.

Please note that my family and myself have a neutral political opinion about the country or the current situation there. This blog series does not indicate any kind of support/opposition towards their regime.


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Click here for the third post. 
Click here for the fourth post.
The Day of the Sun Many people that have visited the DPRK have mentioned the trip as time travel. I am not sure if we traveled in past or future, but we definitely transitioned from 2017 to Juche 106. DPRK has its own calender that started with the birth of their founder. 15th April 2017 was the 105th birth anniversary of their Eternal President Kim Il Sung. This day is referr…