Tuesday, 11th September, 2018


Slothilda is the only web comic I subscribe to & truly enjoy.

It’s minimal, animated style comics, sent to my inbox infrequently really appeals to me.

The designer has an upcoming printed book, below is the trailer for that book.

Sunday, 9th September, 2018

Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana

Shaadi Mein Zaroor AanaSaw it last night. Same as Tom Hanks I will watch anything with Rajkumar Rao in it, except horror.

Horror movies scare me, as they should. I don’t get people who are not scared by horror. Same as people whose thirst is not quenched by water which it should. That can’t be normal.

The movie? Yeah its good.

Wednesday, 8th August, 2018

How to receive SMS while outside India

When you are travelling outside India, if you have wifi or a SIM of that country to get mobile internet, and using that to make Whatsapp calls etc, and you just need to receive SMS from India for some essential services such as One Time Passwords then read this.

You do not need to buy an international roaming pack just to receive SMS. Receiving incoming SMS from India to your mobile while you are abroad is FREE, you do not pay anything for that. You just need to have main account balance of around Rs 200/300 or so.

So whenever I need to use a service that sends an OTP to my Indian mobile number, such as while logging into my your bank account, I do this:

  • Disable mobile data (important)
  • Switch off mobile
  • Remove foreign SIM
  • Insert Indian SIM
  • Switch on mobile
  • Let it automatically search for & connect to a network in that country with whom my Indian mobile network has an agreement.

After I get network signal on the mobile I login to the service which needs to send an OTP and I get it instantly.

Tuesday, 31st July, 2018

Bus stop & train station near Grand Palace Bangkok

If you are looking to use public transport other than the boating system to go to the Grand Palace in Bangkok & come back then this information is for you.

The Hua Lamphong MRT [underground train] is the station closest to the palace. You can get there by MRT trains or BTS trains [sky train]. Then the bus station near to this MRT should have a bus number 1 which will drop you at one of the stops near the palace.

Similarly bus number 1 will take you back from one of the bus stops near the palace to the Hua Lamphong MRT.

Grand Palace being a large area there are several bus stops around it, so it is important to recognize this bus stop. Look for the bus stop in front of Royal Thai Navi Club & besides a group of food stalls/market area. Also “Thanon Maha Rat” will be written on a board near this stop.

  • Royal Thai Navy Club
  • Grand Palace Bus Stop

The fair is 9 Baht per person one way between this bus stop & the bus stop near the MRT station.

Friday, 27th July, 2018

Living in Bangkok, Thailand

We have been staying in Bangkok since a week, one more week to go. Thais are a great bunch of hospitable people. Good amount of fruits have already been eaten.

  • Bangkok, Thailand
  • Bangkok, Thailand

Wednesday, 11th July, 2018

How to fold a paper in 3 equal parts

  • Folding paperFolding paper
  • Hold new paper on top of folding paperHold new paper on top of folding paper
  • First FoldMake the first/top fold
  • Final FoldMake the bottom/final fold
  • Separate PapersSeparate the papers & press the new paper’s folds firmly to reinforce the crease

I always keep this “folding paper” with me which I have measured by scale & divided into three perfectly equal sections.

For any new A4 paper that I need to fold, I hold that new paper on top of this “folding paper” & gently fold along the 2 lines.

Then I separate the papers, reinforce the crease lines on new paper by folding it firmly.

Friday, 6th July, 2018

Error reading file ‘UNOPENED’ (Errcode: 5 – Input/output error)

If you get this MySQL error “Error reading file ‘UNOPENED’ (Errcode: 5 – Input/output error)” while importing a .sql file into your database via the command line, then chances are your sql file is corrupted, was not exported/downloaded properly. Export the file again & try, it worked for me.

Monday, 18th June, 2018


OctoberVery well made movie. Probably Varun Dhawan’s best acting so far. But wow is the movie dark. There is no happy ending.

Since past few years I have been avoiding such serious movies when life is already full of tension. But as I don’t like to know the plot before watching a movie, I had no idea what this movie was about.

I guess once in a while such depressing films are fine.

Friday, 15th June, 2018

PayPal vs TransferWise

I have been using TransferWise to get paid since more than a year, so I can safely claim TransferWise is way better than PayPal.

I end up paying 1 to 1.5% fees when getting payment via TransferWise, while PayPal used to take approximately 4.5% in fees.

TransferWise sends the money much faster to the bank account, usually on the same day.

PS: I wish TransferWise paid me to say this, but they didn’t. But then with their lower fees it has kinda paid for itself, so may be they did?!

If you use my link transferwise.com/u/debasishp to sign up they will give you a free international transfer of up to £500. And if 3 people sign up using my link then I will get £50.

Monday, 14th May, 2018

Bhubaneswar – Tirupati Round Trip

We went on a road trip in our car from Bhubaneswar to Tirupati & came back.

Saturday, 28th April: Bhubaneswar -> Visakhapatnam.

Sunday, 29th April – Friday, 4th May: Visakhapatnam -> Vijayawada. Stayed in the week days & worked.

Saturday, 5th May: Visakhapatnam -> Tirupati.

Sunday, 6th May: Visited Venkateswara temple on Tirumala hills.

Sunday, 6th May – Thursday, 10th May: Stayed at Tirupati in the week days & worked.

Friday, 11th May: Tirupati -> Vijayawada.

Saturday, 12th May: Vijayawada -> Visakhapatnam.

Sunday 13th May: Visakhapatnam -> Bhubaneswar.

Drove 2625 kilometers.

Burned approximately Rs 11000 of petrol.

Paid Rs 2832 at 36 toll booths.

The road is mostly scenic with great 6 lane between Vijayawada – Tirupati.