Thejesh GN

A Blog, A Website and A container for all my views with excerpts from technology, travel, films, india, photography, kannada, friends and other interests. I am Thejesh GN. Friends call me Thej

Reaching Kaniyakmari

Posted by Thejesh GN On November - 20 - 20104 COMMENTS

Three days back after riding 4000+ kilometers from Rohtang pass I reached Kaniyakumari. The initial plan was to end the ride in Bangalore along with my friends, but then in the middle of the ride I decided to go till the end. Friends couldn’t accompany me as they had previous commitment.
This is my first solo long ride. It was fun and was eventful. Rain followed us as soon as we left Baroda.It got me completely at Nagercoel and then there was a puncture too. But then I couldn’t wait for another day, it was just 20kms in rain. I reached KK by 7pm. I must say it was fun. Here is a small video that I recorded next day.

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I found one video that I recorded as soon as I reached Kaniyakumari. Here it is :)

It has one factual error. I call Gandhi memorial as Vivekananda memorial :(
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Today I reached home after about 5000+ kms. I will try to write a series of posts about this ride in coming days, until then enjoy the video.

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Beautiful Rohtang Pass

Posted by Thejesh GN On November - 10 - 20105 COMMENTS

I am on my way to Mumbai. It looks like weather God is not happy with us. Its raining. We have taken a break. I am posting this video in this break. Thanks to @kv for uploading this video.

This video was shot on November 4th 2010. I will try to expand this blog once I get time. Enjoy the video and let me know what do you think.

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Why 3kfor30?

Posted by Thejesh GN On October - 28 - 20104 COMMENTS

I have been talking about this travel with everybody. This is the question I get asked all the time. It may not be the exact question but in essence yes. The most generic question “why train why not flight?” Well I love trains and I want to travel in Himsagar Express. Its the longest train in India. It starts at Kanyakumari (sagar) and ends at Jammu (Him). I want to spend 3 days in train doing nothing but tasting different cuisine at 54 different stations.

Why riding back all the way? Why not beautiful Leh/Ladak? I completely agree that Leh/Ladak is beautiful. The ride is one of the most beautiful rides in world. I would surely do it one day. But the whole purpose of this ride was not to see the beautiful India (Even though we are riding through Rohtang Pass – Manali). It was to pass through India and get the feel what it means to be India. How different we are and how much of India we can absorb in 20+ days.

More than that you have two of your best friends to ride along. what more can you ask for? Its a great time to look back and laugh at ourselves, to debate and think about next 30 years :) Yes, its my way to celebrate my 30th birthday. And hence the name #3kfor30

I would love to hear from you, here or on twitter. I have dashboard page for this travel. You will get to know everything about this travel from there. BTW I would love to meet you or your friends on the way. Just ping me @thej on twitter.

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Cup11: UID in India and Windows Mobile 7 seems to be fun

Posted by Thejesh GN On October - 19 - 20101 COMMENT

This saturday noon myself and Veetrag got a chance to record the 11 episode of 1by2coffee. We had great time talking about travel plans, Windows mobile 7 and all Indian UID.

It seems like our trouble in recording has not ended yet. Phone didn’t record for a while in between, so you might find a disconnect in between. We will improve in coming episodes.

Cup11: UID in India and Windows Mobile 7 seems to be fun

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How to read Kannada (Indic) on Android

Posted by Thejesh GN On October - 14 - 201075 COMMENTS

Like I had written earlier you can’t read/write Kannada on an Android phone. I have given this feedback to Google and its also on the bug list. But I am not sure when will Google implement it. The biggest thing I missed is reading Kannada blogs. But then this tip helped me to get Kannada back on mobile.

1. Search for Opera Mini on Android market
2. Install it
3. Or use this QR code

4. Type about:config in url bar and then press go
5. Scroll down until you see the setting Use bitmap fonts for complex scripts
6. Change it to yes and save
7. Now try sampada.net and you should be able to read Kannada on Android

This setting will make the Opera Mini to render the page on server side and then deliver it. Hence even though your phone doesn’t have Unicode fonts or rendering capability, you can still read it.

I tried it on my Nexus One and it worked. It should work on most of the other Android mobiles.

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