Netherlands - Day831

June 30, 2015

Suddenly I seemed to notice that June 2015 is about to end - and i have written only 1 blog in this month... And somehow i wanted to add one more - and so this blog!

It's peak summer now - finally, and the sun is bright and warm during cloud-less days! Unfortunately most of the weekends remain cold, windy and cloudy. Temperatures hover around - 16 to 20 degree now - and there is no need to wear a jacket on a sunny day now. A trip to beach can be full of fun - hoping to make one next month.

Going out somewhere is hugely dependent on weather forecast... its been quite some days now that we have gone out of our home on weekends - the holidays have dried down as well... Our last visit was Maastricht and that appears long time back! 

How time flies - here we are sitting and with the blink of an eye - days, months and years pass by... 

Romir turns 4 years tomorrow. He is now fluent in Dutch as well as English - well almost! though the occasional mistakes in his sentences sound so sweet that we don't feel like correcting... however we do correct! 

Today he distributed gifts in his school and sang song along with his classmates. He has gelled well with his friends and on August he is going to big-school. Now he wants do everything on his own - he doesn't want to be helped in anything... he says - i am 4 years old - i am big.

Work in office and personal life at home - I have always found hard to have a balance between the two - it's so difficult and one realm does bounces against and sometimes wedges into another - as i have always maintained and again feel like vouchsafing - Sanchita  has taken the complete ownership of his schooling, tutoring and everything - and that has allowed me to remain absorbed in my work peacefully - as i am writing this - i was remotely logged into my office machine- and performing some tasks - work has almost engulfed my whole life  - could i have afforded to remain so busy without her cooperation. A big NO.

I was watching a TED show - in fact 2 TED shows - about the importance of practicing empathy. It is not rocket science philosophy ... not a difficult path to follow - it's quite simple - coming out of your own shoes and getting into another's shoes and thinking from his perspective... One of the things that caught my attention is the simple act of listening to someone's story - day to day activity - or simply noticing the other person's moves - can make you wired with a wifi-like connection and you would feel like helping and caring. It is this very act of taking a pause, noticing, observing that gives rise to a desire to help and care - i might have used my words in expressing the thought... and so when Romir draws a painting i try to pause, notice and applaud his effort, when Romir's mother narrates the activities in school - i try to pause and be all ears to her - and then i do try to respond... to encourage her effort. 

However i do remain absent minded, half-caught in half-completed office work and so on...

I am only trying...

Not much in this episode of my Experience in Netherlands. However i would urge all to subscribe to Netflix and watch some of the good movies and series - that are available in good HD Quality. Recently i finished this series - Spartacus and really really liked...

It's good to take membership in library - there are so many books that can be availed for such a nominal fee - around 60 euro per year. Yes, i must say - if one is in Netherlands - he must visit the museums - the Van Gogh Museum, Stedjelijk, Anne Frank's Huis, Cobra Museum in Amstelveen - to name a few - they are simply awesome. 

I keep watching sports even now - i watched Djoko go down  to - forgetting his name, in Paris open. I watched India losing in wc in Australia against Australia... I watched my snooker Idol - Sullivan going down rather cheaply in recent snooker championships, Barca going all the way in champion's league without any difficulty whatsoever, i didn't get surprised when Serena Williams won the French open as well... watching sports can be fun as well as educative... the various emotions you go through as you support your team or player - enables you to absorb and live those valuable lessons - experiences - which in turn can be used in real life situations - so i enjoy sports and i watch all kind of sports... Dexterity on pool table as increased now - i can aim the balls with quite an astounding accuracy - enough to surprise my friends - i win most of the games and this gives me a good high... my interest in pool has also resulted in downloading a pool-app and i play in my smartphone as well - bad habit that i know - but then what to do...

its now 2 mins remaining - for June to be over - I won't wake my son up to say Happy Birthday and will wait for tomorrow morning...Bye bye bye!


How to install mongo db in linux

June 15, 2015

Download Mongodb Software  from

Extract mongodb at path - /xyz   (/xyz  path is just for example... One needs to choose path according to requirement/convenience)

tar zxvf mongodb-linux-x86_64-rhel62-3.0.3.tgz

The newly formed directory can be renamed to mongodb so we have the extracts from the software residing here - /xyz/mongodb/

Additionally create this directory:  mkdir -p /xyz/mongodb/data/db

Go to this path -  /xyz/mongodb/bin

./mongod --rest --httpinterface --dbpath /xyz/mongodb/data/db

....  as  a result - you should be able to see mongo db process running and you can access from browser


You can use a variety of combinations in the start command - for example - this can be used as well:

./mongod  --journal  --logappend --profile 2 --rest --httpinterface --dbpath /xyz/mongodb/data/db


May 22, 2015

Fascination with head paintings continue...

Exploring Maastricht in one day

May 10, 2015

After almost 2 and half hour of train journey from Amsterdam Central Station, we reached Maastricht. It was a sunny day and the city looked beautiful. We had the plan for exploring Maastricht in one day completely chalked out and the gps was there for direction. No question of wastage of time in trying to figure out which way to go....  I am a firm believer of exploring a city by walking it's streets. It is then only one can soak in the essence of a new place. Giving enough time is key and nothing good can come by rushing through sites and places. 

As you can see on the clock above it was 11:15 PM when we reached Maastricht railway station  

We started walking straight towards the famous old bridge - Sint Servaasbrug, over Maas River. A video clip taken here can depict the true spirit of this place. The soothing bells from the nearby church makes it special... catch a glimpse of the below youtube video clip - 


Sint Servaasbrug - the oldest bridge in Netehrlands View from the bridge

From here we headed towards Vrijthof - which in one way is the focal point of Maastricht. This place is like the Museumplein of Amsterdam, on a smaller scale of course. The huge Sint Servaasbasiliek can be seen here standing majestically. This dates back to 1000AD. It's worth going very near and studying the architecture in detail. Just like the Rijk Museum which is the cynosure of Museumplein in Amsterdam, Sint Servaasbasiliek is the cynosure of Vrijthof.

Also adjacent to it is the tall Sint Janskerk (14th/15th Century Gothic Church). Heard a lot about this Red Color Church and it indeed looks marvelous.

We didn't waste much time and headed straight towards Fort Sint Pieter. Below this Fort are the famous Maastricht Caves. We were targetting the 2 O' Clock English Tour to the Caves that take place here - which is quite famous. 

The guide was very charming and he made this place alive with his narrative stories of past when people used to hide in these caves. With three four hand-lanterns we started walking inside the caves with soft lime-stones. In the pics below you can see the guide explaining some of the wall paintings. It's not possible to capture the mysterious dark caves in camera and one has to experience though these guided tours. 

At one point the Guide led us to a lonely walk in absolute pitch darkness... and let me admit something here - i haven't experienced such pitch darkness in my life... its a hell of an experience to walk in such dark caves - just make sure that you have your left hand touching the wall and the right on to the shoulder of the person ahead - and then you take small baby steps forward... 

At last there was light at the end of the tunnel as the guide came to our relief with his hand lantern smiling. 

Waiting for train in Amsterdam Rai Inside Train from Amsertdam Rai to Utrecht CS

We came out of the caves thrilled and bemused and after a heavy lunch here, we proceeded again towards Vrijthof. Here there was a fare going on and we thought it would be good to entertain Romir with some of the amsuments here. 

Finally we were left with the last Church to explore - Onze Lieve Vrouwebasiliek. This was really a beautiful place. One shouldn't miss the shrine to Mary Star of the sea... very pristine, pure and peaceful is this place and spending some time in silence in this place can be really a good experience. I walked around the building to enjoy the architecture and the statues...

Related Travel Blogs from my wanderings in Netherlands - 

  1. Madurodam
  2. Exploring Maastricht in one day
  3. King's day celebration in Amsterdam
  4. Beautiful city - Utrecht
  5. Snapshots from Keukenhof
  6. A stroll around Rijk Museum and unwinding at Vondelpark
  7. A visit to Anne Frank House
  8. Dam Square, Netherlands
  9. A day in Rotterdam
  10. Scheveningen Beach
  11. Zandvoort Beach
  12. Van Gogh Museum
  13. Cycling in Netherlands

Additional information - 

If you have a prepaid kpn sim, it's a good option to get a day bundle of 100mb activated for gps navigation on your smart phone:

Bingham is the best!

May 5, 2015

The world snooker championships just ended at the crucible and the 2-day-final was a treat to watch. This has been Snooker at its very best. Bingham won it in a most dramatic final that the crucible has ever witnessed . Even the Snooker pundits had no hesitation admitting this as one of the very best they had seen in a long time. The slug fest between the heavy weights went on for a long time, and it was not the case where one broke down in the midway giving way to a rout. 
During the initial frames at the start of the match, Shaun Murphy was at his silky best... and his perfect cue movements, tactical play and positioning just at the right areas were coming off flawlessly. Bingham seemed helpless as a rabbit caught in the headlights; however he showed tremendous tenacity to just hang in there. So at the end of the 1st day's play he was only lagging by one frame with half of the game yet to be played. The break after this would have given him the baldly needed rest he needed after the emotional upheaval of playing his first ever grand final at the Crucible, and also the chance to regroup his thoughts for the remaining match. 

So the next day Bingham looked relaxed, rested and comfortable. A new day, a new beginning and shrugging off the 'ifs' and 'buts' of the initial frames, he went ahead with his job with the right frame of mind. His beaming smile was reassuring and he proceeded with breathtaking shots with consistent accuracy. This third session was the turning point of the match where at one point he won 4 back to back frames. There was no looking back after that - and Shaun Murphy was playing catching game from this time on wards.

It all went to a nail biting finish as the pendulum swung one side to the other and the audience held it's nerves at the edge of seat. At one point the scores were 15 - 15. The 31st Frame overshot the one hour mark... and the frame following that continued for 40 minutes or so...

Finally one player had to lose. And sadly, it was Murphy... It was an emphatic victory for Bingham, very rightly deserved!

Bingham stood out, in his ability to maintain composure in the ugliest pressurized situations. He maintained that innocent smile across his face every now and then and that sometimes can send a chilling message in the psyche of the opponent. Bingham's composure was also evident in the way he didn't rush through his shots. His shots came after careful observation and analysis each time. His body language radiated personal belief, confidence and supreme control over the whole situation.

It took him twenty long years to win the World Championships. Sometimes Success takes a bit longer - but one just should never stop believing in attaining the ultimate glory. As one keeps working hard and keeps aiming at the goal consistently and tirelessly, he is bound to reach the finishing line. Bingham just proved that!

Related blogs: 

When the greats have their backs to the wall, what do they do?

Tricky defensive shots from Selby help clinch is first ever World Snooker Title

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