Gurbani Plaque

Gurbani Plaque

It has been some time since my last post on this blog, things have been quite busy. Today I am sharing a Gurbani Plaque with you all, for the purpose of printing and putting at home or office. Its available in SVG format as well, which means it can be enlarged to any size, as [...]

Holi

Holi

I have written about many Indian festivals, but never about Holi. It is the Hindu festival of colours, much like Diwali being the festival of lights. For Sikhism, colours are strong depictions of mental state. There is no physical relevance to colours. A Sikh is expected to wear ordinary clothes that do not attract attention. [...]

Oracle: Snapshot too old?

Oracle: Snapshot too old?

Okay, so you have received the Oracle error ORA-01555 Snapshot Too Old and have no clue how to go about resolving it? This post is made for you then. (The first time an application developer has written about this rather than a DBA.) First, why does this occur? When you run a query, Oracle retains [...]

<i>Kabit Savaiye</i> by Bhai Gurdas

Kabit Savaiye by Bhai Gurdas

Bhai Gurdas is well known for his writing called Varan Bhai Gurdas. I have written about this text before. Today I will talk about a lesser known text, also authored by him, called ‘Kabit Savaiye‘. Below is one of the popular hymns from this book which was composed when Bhai Gurdas was away from the [...]

Releasing: Gurbani search for mobile

Releasing: Gurbani search for mobile

Gurbani searching on the mobile used to be tough. Symbian and Android phones do not support Unicode with Indic support, which is required to use gurmukhi websites. Opera Mini allowed us to read gurbani, but entering search text is a different matter. I have developed a web page that allows you to do this, but [...]

Lunar eclipse 2011

Lunar eclipse 2011

Happened to suddenly chance upon the eclipsed moon a couple of days back (10th Dec 2011). Quick research on the Internet showed it was a full moon night, and a total eclipse fully visible in India! Took some quick photos for lack of time, one is below: