Blogs of Zanil Hyder Sun, 27 Nov 2016 10:04:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Demonetization of Indian currency Rs500 and Rs1000 Sun, 27 Nov 2016 08:44:29 +0000 Read more →

Demonetization of Indian currency has created chaos, There is an estimated 70 deaths which according to the news flouted in facebook and whatsapp are due to nonacceptance of Rs 500, and Rs 1000 currency and limitations in banking operations.There were reports of people who died while waiting in queue in bank.
Queue in bank extended to streets and queues lasted for hours,there are videos on social media showing people fighting in line and people in queue being caned by security or police.

During the initial days all markets were nearly empty,infact there was drop in prices of shares, i forgot to track its impact on sensex and nifty. Supermarkets were empty and buses were plying with few passengers, which are usually crowded.People went panic for change, and most were unwilling to part with change this caused further shortage and worse still the currency which was exchanged for these Rs500 and Rs1000 were Rs2000/- which quadruppled or doubled the shortage of change, causing people further agony to the people who already had this nasty surprise.

There are tell tales that it may take about 6 months for the conversion of old Rs500/- and Rs1000/- into New Rs2000/- and Rs500/- as it is the estimated time for printing these currencies. This clearly points out the inability of the govt to handle this change.The outcome was that it effected the poor and atleast in appearance it did not effect the superrich.

Social media had people justifying it and people criticizing it.People justifying it were mainly the bhakts and they went at their best to silence the critics as if in a do or die battle.Intolerant to this chaos meant anti national or affinity to pakistan or as what modi himself said people who cry are those with black money.

Black money the guerrilla villain in this story was in radar of govt’s for long but there was nothing considerable that these govt’s could do.There have been attempts to extract the swiss bank account details for really long they were futile and NDA -II promise of bringing back the black money and having 15 lakhs in every citizens account never happened, infact it was rumored that those accounts are empty as if when NDA – II was elected the money has been taken to a safer heaven.

Demonetization drive initiated on nov 8 turned the focus of black money from what is stacked abroad to money which is unaccounted, it may not be actually black money (black money is supposed to be counterfeit printed in pakistan and bribes taken by politicians, bureaucrats, and govt officials) but the money that is not income tax return filed.This actually meant that people on the lower income group who may have been saving up are going to face the horror of income tax.

Global seed safe Sbalbard, Norway Fri, 30 Sep 2016 10:26:28 +0000 Read more →

There is a seed safe in Norway to provide backup in case of disasters or extreme disasters.

Online visits to it is available , but not real visits.

Resorts that are events in timeline Fri, 30 Sep 2016 10:20:24 +0000 Read more →

A visit to these resorts are events in timeline call it your lifeline.

This list is a handpick from another post found in ticket booking website

Oberoi udaivilas, Udaipur

Vythri resorts, Wyanad

Khyber Himalayan resort & spa, Gulmarg

Vivanta by Taj – fishermen’s cove, Covelong,Kancheepuram

Neemrana fort, Delhi – Jaipur highway

Park Hyatt resort & spa,Goa

Thengal manor, Jhorhat, Assam

St Crispin heritage houseboat, Kottayam, Kerala

Tamara, Coorg

Treehouse hideaway, Bhandavgarh

Pole dance, an art form by Anastasia sokolova Fri, 02 Sep 2016 11:58:26 +0000 Read more →

Pole dance was often referred as a raunchy act in bars, recall the movie barbwire by pamella anderson. Although she is described as someone who gave distinction to swimsuit – lifeguard – baywatch (T.V shows by reviewers).But barbwire and pam gave it a pervert opinion than a desirable talent and art form.But Anastasia made it appear a art form.

From the Youtube viral videos “Ukraine has got talent” where in the video Anastasia sokolova mesmerizes the Audiences and the Judges. Watched the video with awe and respect for an act which was unknown and was an ART, not a pervert performing some craziness.

Anastasia is into pole dance schools.
Facebook page reveals more of her and her talent.

Bouldering – its fascinating. Sun, 28 Aug 2016 13:40:46 +0000 Read more →

Stumbled upon a few video on YouTube , while searching for travel videos.

Personal belongings are important , may be more than life. Fri, 05 Aug 2016 02:35:06 +0000 Read more →

Video has gone viral, this is the video taken from the Trivandrum to Dubai etihad flight which had a crash landing and caught on fire after that.

This is the video  which has people searching for laptops, hand luggage instead of evacuating.

Free Internet – Locations where free internet is available across the world. Thu, 26 Nov 2015 17:22:45 +0000 Read more →

Tracking places where you get low cost internet across the world.

When you are a tourist cost of internet can be prohibitively high.I was referring to some RTW – Round the world budget and it mentioned of $600 almost for 11 months in about 10 countries.

I wonder if there is data alone on International roaming.

Airports, do have free wifi, although most are password protected and require keying you passport no etc, Many of the Hotel lobbies are with Free wifi some without password protection.

After the list of Free internet hotspots, how about low cost internet connections.

Low cost International flight tickets Mon, 23 Nov 2015 14:20:33 +0000 Read more →

Low cost International flight tickets

Flight ticket costs can vary by multiples, Lowest flight charges i have heard for India to Bangkok is 3699/- in Air asia, Srilankan Airlines return at Below Rs 13000/- while there are also those which costs around 2 lakhs for the same.Thus for the budgeted travelers it is about fishing for the right price, which means waiting for the offers conducted by different Airways and travelling.

I wanted to track the variations in Flight tickets to a place throughout a year and also about the airlines who provide good offers and how to utilize them to the maximum.


@Pattaya, Thailand. Wed, 21 Oct 2015 06:43:16 +0000 Read more →


 After my Maiden flight COK-AUH-BKK arrived here @IBIS,Pattaya,Thailand.It was around midnight when i reached from suvarnabhumi airport Bangkok to pattaya.image

About the Journey It was from Cochin at 4:40 am and we had a hop over from abudhabi to reach bangkok by 6:30 thailand time.I enjoyed the flight as it was etihad. I am no connoisseur of Aeroplanes and Air travel so no comparison here but it was comfortable.

@Ibis pattaya ambience was good and rooms were neat, well serviced with wifi, electronic locker and refrigerator in each rooms, by the way there were “bars” as the guide told me where i would be charged for anything that i consumed. However 2 bottles of water in glass bottles were free and coffee for two.Rooms with view of swimming pool and the water ride adjacent was beautiful, so make sure to ask for those.

Next day morning with a Free breakfast from hotel which was buffet served with more than what you could consume.Variety of bread juice fruits salads.

Our guide had  arrived and by walk we went down to the beach side when we were marked on our hands a thai or chinese symbol with marker (tatoo in ink 🙂 ). At the beach there was a speed boat waiting for us. we were a group of 42 thus we traveled by two boats enroute it was stopped at a platform in the sea where there was paragliding, snorkelling, and water scotters.

Few from our group tried paragliding which was charged at 500 TBH which was earlier estimated @ 400TBH, there were a few takers for it, however about snorkeling we tried negotiating the 1200TBH however the contact there was rude and claimed it was $50 and that it was after a discount. None from our team tried and we headed for coral island where silver sands adorned the beach with lots of Japs, chinese,and similar people.

@Coral islands there were a stretch of shops selling a wide variety of things ranging from beach wear to T-shirts, souvenirs, and sea food which was live, we could choose them and they were prepared.After about two hours out here we returned on speed boat back to the beach by the hotel.

After a bath from hotel we left for lunch at a Indian restaurant around the Alcazar show. After a well served lunch during our chat with fellow mates there were people who went for snorkelling @500TBH and speed boat driving by 40TBH to the driver.Moral of the story – when you are taken by a travel agent and guide prices are high.

After lunch we were taken to Gem gallery where we were given rides in open carriages on rails which demonstrated formation of gems and mining.Which ended into a shopping area Jewellery, stones,….. and other…..

I purchased Mango soap @80TBH there was a 10% discount i purchased 6 for 432TBH on credit card.I found later that on streets of pattaya this was available for 3 pieces @100TBH. so please remember what i wrote above.( I paid 432 for what i could have purchased at 200) Everyday of life you learn something new.

We attended the Alcazar cabaret, to the many who consider it as a strip show i would say it is a family show, atleast the one i attended.It lasts about 1hour 15 mins and after the show you get a chance to take photo with the artists who are ladyboys for 40TBH.

Dinner from Mumbai indian restaurant.and returned to hotel when i took a stroll on the streets of pattaya which was brimming with night life. There were go go bars there were massage parlours and there were 7-11 late night even past 11:00 pm.While walk around there would be many approaching you which you can politely decline and continue.Along the beach side there were restaurants with live music by philipino artists and more.

I missed going to walking street which i am told is a must do.

 Next day we visited pattaya floating market and then Noong nooch park where the Elephant show is much more than elephant shows in circus or ….  for 500 TBH you get to pose with elephant with various poses, on top, elephant lifts you with its trunk, elephant blesses you ….  Those photographs can be your bragging rights, there is also a chained tiger with which you can photograph for 500TBH and there are Macau parrots also which are available for photograph.

Unexplored Botanical garden,Ooty Sun, 27 Sep 2015 15:06:46 +0000 Read more →

I have been to botanical garden many times it would be hard to recollect each of those visits but during my last visit i realized that there is lot more to be visited in that patch of 22 hectares of land according to wikipedia.

India map – i am reffering to the small of india created with small plants on a slope which is not far away from the entrance.

Open meadow – i am referring to the spot where you often played as kids when you went there.

Glass houses – Those sheds with ample glass windows with indoor plants  in them.

But this time i realized a few spots which were not explored before or those which i did not recall.I am  hoping to create a video clip on my next visit and have it uploaded.

I am finding a charm in that place now. I wish to be back there again.