Incidents of the day

WTF incident of the day

Ok.. so the following incident happened this evening.

I went to this computer peripheral shop, called Rainbow Peripherals in Behala market with my cousin to get a new keyboard for his computer. Since I had a few minutes to kill I thought of having a general conversation with one of the two guys manning the shop. Rough transcript below:

Me: আপনারা অ্যাসেমবল্‌ড কম্পিউটারগুলি যে বিক্রি করেন, তো এতে কোনো Linux ডিস্ট্রিবিউশন যেমন Fedora, Ubuntu… প্রি-লোড করেন কি? (Do you pre-load any Linux distributions likes Fedora, Ubuntu… in the assembled computer units that you sell?)

The guy: (Turns up his lip and Shakes head) না, একদমই নয় (Not at all)

Me: একদমই নয়? একটিও না? (Not at all? Not even one?)

The guy: দেখুন আসলে কি জানেন, Linux প্রোডাক্টটা কোনো কাজে সেভাবে ব্যবহার হয় না। সারা পৃথিবীতে হাতে গোনা কয়েকটা কোম্পানিতে এটা ইউজ হয়। কেউ তো বিশেষ ব্যবহার করেও না, কোমারশিয়ালিও কোনো সাকসেস্‌ হয়নি। কিছু স্টুডেন্টরা ইউজ করে কারণ তাদের কোর্সে পড়ায়, তা ছাড়া তো এটা সেরকম কিছুই নয়। (Well you see, actually the product called Linux is not used for anything at all. There are only a handful of companies in the world where it is used. No one uses it at all and commercially also it is not a succesful product. Some students use it because its part of their curriculum, besides its not really anything important.)

Me: :O (open-mouthed and dumbstruck at this sagely sermon)

(Sankarshan and I used to patronize this shop earlier when we stayed in Kolkata, because during those days it was the only half decent computer peripherals shop in this part town.)


FTW incident of the day

After completing all the scheduled work for today, Sankarshan treated me to a lunch at park street and then we went all the way to the Milan Mela grounds – a common fair ground developed by the West Bengal government – to visit the West Bengal handicrafts fair. This is my second favourite fair (after the Kolkata Book Fair) and this was my first visit in 5 years. Craftsmen were selling terra-cotta pots and lanterns (etc.), scrolls, jute products, hand embroidered sarees, Chhau masks, wooden dolls etc. Even delicate looking little camels, elephant and swans made out of the fish-scales were on display. I got quite a few little bits and pieces for our home in Pune and gifts for friends. A fun afternoon well spent.

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