Journey to Wolfsburg – Part 1

22nd May, 2010

Small joys of life, travelling by train is certainly one of them. If one hasn’t been on a Euro-rail even once after being in Germany for five years, it is a pity indeed. So when husband told me that we have travel to Wolfsburg by DB [Deutsche Bahn (railways)] and drive back with my new car from Volkswagen Autostadt, I was more than just thrilled. How different is it from a train in India? What a question?

Deutsche Bahn

Deutsche Bahn

We reached the Geilenkirchen station half an hour before time didn’t seem to be a good idea as it was extremely cold. 8.37 am and DB almost always arrives on time.  We could sit anywhere as the trains are never crowded. That early it is usually the students going to universities who we find in there. Cosy. Neat. Spacious. This train was till Düsseldorf from where we had to change into the Intercity. This looked close to business class flight seats roomy, spick and span, each seat was reserved and on top of each was specified digitally from where the person is boarding and to where he is travelling. Therefore no confusion, no trespassing. We had to travel for three and a half hours with two children in a silent compartment was quite a task but kids were sort of sensing the muteness and imbibed it well. Both slept.

Was just the right time for breakfast, Raj got up to get some sandwiches and coffee from the pantry. And me as usual began checking tweets and the neighbours around us. Men in the backseat, one of them, have I seen somewhere? No, all three of them. Tcheh! Where have I seen them? Pondering is always a futile excercise for me. The one which I was very sure of was reading a book. Ok, just peek carefully and unpretentiously what is he reading? About some music band. Yes, They are a band. Which song? Bettina? Yes Yes..but which band? Blank. Oh No. My amnesia is at its peek. iphone, my savior. GOOOOOGLE. Bettina, the rap song. Enter. Images. Enter. Yes they are them seated right behind me. OMG!!! They are Fettes Brot!

Fettes Brot

The German Rap Star Band 'Fettes Brot'

Took out my pen and the train ticket and quietly slipped onto their table. Smile. No I still don’t know what their individual names are, but they seemed surprised to receive that piece of paper, as in the entire compartment, me, an English speaking Asian was the only one who had recognized them. Cutely he asked, ‘You want autograph?’ Me like a schoolgirl recited all that I did in that past five minutes to find out who they were and ‘Can I have a pic of you all?’ Obliged. They got down at Hannover and didn’t forget to say a goodbye. Smiles.

The journey so far. Super hit.

PS: Here’s for you the superhit video of their song ‘Bettina, zieh dir bitte etwas an’. Enjoy!

Secret no more

Something to ponder. Did we ever think of what will happen to all our emails or our accounts in all the social networking sites, once we are DEAD? Well! read quite an informative article today in HT. Read directly here or below.

What happens to your email when you die?

Saving that parting e-mail from your first love in your inbox? Well, chances are, after you pass away, your spouse and the entire family will know about the long held secret.

This is because web email services like Hotmail and Gmail do not let users specify what should happen to their messages when they die.

In fact, email services owned by Internet giants like Google and Microsoft have a policy of keeping your data after you die and letting your next of kin or the executor of your estate access it. These services can hold tens of thousands of messages.

Accounts with Google’s Gmail can hold up to 7GB – or roughly 70,000 emails with a small to medium picture attached to each and they archive the messages you”ve written as well as received.

When it comes to deleting the data, Microsoft’s Hotmail will remove an account if it is inactive for 270 days, while Gmail leaves the responsibility to the next of kin.

Of the top three providers, only Yahoo! refuses to supply emails to anyone after the user has died. The user’s next of kin can ask for the account to be closed, but cannot gain access to it.

A Yahoo! spokesperson said the only exception to this rule would be if the user specified otherwise in their will.

Meanwhile, social-networking site Facebook has recently published a feature called memorialisation that lets the family of deceased users keep their profile page online as a virtual tribute.

MySpace, on the other hand, says it addresses the issue of family access to sensitive data on a case by case basis.

A spokesperson for MySpace could not rule out letting a user’s next of kin log into their profile – potentially giving them access to private messages.

So password protected secrets will no more be, once you are no more. Those who are secretly nurturing secrets, beware, those revelations can only ruin your prospects of respect, after you are gone. Or any untold mysteries unfolding can only cause hurt to your beloved who is already in grief of your loss so spare the additional trauma. Life is unforeseeable, death might just cheat you and straighten out all your cheatings.

As for me I have nothing to hide. All my past, present and future is and will not be a stranger to my husband. In fact he even knows what passwords i use and is free to rummage even when i am alive. 🙂

New blog address

Have been thinking since long long to revive my blog so finally here i do. Had to move my loyalties from Google blogger to wordpress even though it does not allow you to make your own design unless you pay for it. Therefore I choose the most loud and brightest of the  design templates available. This somewhat reflects me as I am not the one who is serene, plain and boring. Though red might be synonymous to loud, pompous and boastfulness I still embrace it for I would choose bright colours over pale anyday. WordPress had many features that I wanted and seems very easy too. Anyways I am always open to trying out new things.

Have imported my older entries too which you can see right under. Can’t throw my belongings. They are a part of me and shall move alongwith. I hope to be regular hereon as I will need all of them as refreshners when I am anyways in the process of forgetting most of them, so i better jot them on the move.

Have started with the most cliché q for the poll as this was the first one, by and by will try to put up better ones 🙂 Will make it ‘poll of the month’. Will be adding more and more links which I regularly read, mostly blogs. Shall be using more widgets too.

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