Pushkar is small pilgrimage town in Rajasthan, with a holy lake in the centre and the town mushrooming round it. The name of the town is derived from the legend that the lake was formed when a lotus fell from the hands of Lord Brahma (in Sanskrit – ‘Pushp’ – flower + ‘Kar’ – Hand = ‘Flower that fell from the hand’). The town still retains a remarkably medieval feel to it. It is well known for the annual pushkar camel fair and has the only temple dedicated to Brahma (the creator – One of the triumvirate of gods who control the world in Hindu Mythology) in the world. This picture was taken on Savitri Temple hill. The monkey in the photo is the Gray Langur common known as ‘Hanuman Langur’ in India.
Archive for September, 2008
4. Mozilla then published benchmarks to disprove the claim. Brendan Eich blog post showed that Tracemonkey was faster than V8. Don’t expect the battle to stop here though. Andreas Gals nice post on Tracemonkey explains why it is faster.
Akamai has more than 36,000 servers across 70 countries serving content for various customers. This gives Akamai a bird’s eye view into systemic problems on the internet such as network outages, connectivity issues as well as end-user connectivity. Every quarter Akamai releases “State of the Internet” report which captures some of these trends. Here are some highlights from the report for Q2 2008.
Interesting Insights on India:
- Network connectivity speeds are catching up in India as the number of connections below 256Kbps is just 26%. The bad day of dialup are slowly going away.
- Broadband penetration is very miniscule though with 0.6% of users connecting with 5Mbps or more and 4.6% of users with 2Mbps or more.
- The relative amount of attack traffic originating in India has dropped with ranking falling to 15th from 10th in last quarter.
Interesting Insights on Security:
- There seem to be a lot of unpatched systems connected to the Internet with ports scanned by Sasser, Slammer and Sapphire worms being repeatedly targeted.
- The top 3 countries (Japan, US and China) contribute more than 60% of all attack traffic. Not surprisingly these countries are also the most connected.
- SQL Injection attacks are on the rise.
More detailed information is available in the downloadable PDF
During medieval times, Jaisalmer was a stop on the camel routes across the Thar desert. After independence, Jaisalmer gained strategic importance being in the middle of the Thar Desert and close to the border of Pakistan. This “unknown musician” was playing on the banks of the Gadisar Lake (‘Sar’ is lake in Marwari and is derived from ‘Sarovar’ in Sanskrit) in Jaisalmer, playing mellifluous music on his Dotaar. The Do-taar – literally “two-stringed” is a cousin of the Sarangi.
The Alchi Monastery in Ladakh is a historically important site in Lower Ladakh. It consists of the Chos Khor (a monastic complex) and several Chorten in the surrounding area. The lamps used to pray to Buddha use yak butter. Alchi Monastery is fairly nondescript as compared to some of the other monasteries in Ladakh such as Hemis (nestled in valley surrounded by mountains on all sides and home to the snow leopard) and Thiksey (majestically crowning the top of a hill; Also the Buddha Statue from this gompa appears in Incredible India! ads.)