Thursday, May 31, 2007
May be I am a little fatter than average :'(
But hey, looks like I am "HEALTHY" :D

I have suddenly noticed I am abroad for a year and I didn't really get sick !!!

I am trying to remember the attacks I had in last 365 days :D

Headache - 2/3 times a month, completely ignorable. Due to lack of sleep/ something like that.
Eye-flash (You dont need to know what this is...but this is terrible) - 1 in full attack, 2/3 times primary in last 365 days.
Stomach ache/gastric pain - Only 1ce, after I tried a terrible ride in a carnival.
Digestion system malfunction - ( You know what i mean, like Diarrhoea) : null (!)
null (!)
Flue: null ( ! )
cough: null

And there were minor sickness couple of times, like weired tiredness ( no inspiration to do anything at all), ankle / knee / finger ache due to jogging or volleyball. But I don't think I should count them !!

Yah, I m acknowledging my healthiness :) ( Wait...haa

( Kidding)

posted by Gagan at 5/31/2007 02:41:00 PM | Permalink | 1 comments


  • At 9:27 AM, Blogger eamon

    It's cool that your are healthy :) I think getting sick in abroad is much worse than getting sick in home. It's difficult to endure cause you must want some special people around you while you are sick but you cant if you are abroad.

One guy sent the following email to his colleagues:

From: $user who for whatever reason came in on Monday when no one else was in the building.
To: IT Dept.
Re: A/C constantly running.

Hi Guys,

I came in today (Monday) to finish up a project I was working on before our big meeting with a potential client tomorrow, and I noticed that there were three or four large air conditioners running the entire time I was here. Since it's a three day weekend, no one is around, why do we need to have the A/C running 24/7? With all the power that all those big computers in that room use, I doubt it is really eco-friendly to run those big units at the same time. And all computers have cooling fans anyway, so why put the A/C for the building in that room? I got a keycard from $facilitiesmanager's desk and shut off the A/C units. I'm sure you guys can deal with it being warm for an hour or two when you come in tomorrow morning. In the future, let's try to be a little more conscientious of our energy usage.


Well, this was the RESULT:

Fatalities: Exchange Server, Domain Controllers, a few Sun boxes that I'm not sure of the usage.

Near-Fatalities: Phone Switch, Apps Servers.

Temperature of server room 7AM Tuesday Morning: 90 Degrees Fahrenheit.

Status of Employee who sent the above e-mail: Terminated.

So Dont try to be smart always:)
Think twice before you turn off some switch:D
Acknowledgment: Tuomas)
posted by Gagan at 5/31/2007 01:27:00 PM | Permalink | 0 comments


Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Maze ( Meyz) = Puzzle.
Past participle form is "Mazed" ( Meyzd)

My last name = "Mazed" ( Maazeyd)

Sakari found a super cool dialog for me.
After making a joke/fun/prank, I can point to the person and say...
"You have just been Mazed ( Meyzd)"

Also I am 'amazed' (Ameyzd)
because my name is "A. A. Mazed"


"You have just been mazed again"

posted by Gagan at 5/30/2007 02:29:00 PM | Permalink | 0 comments


Tuesday, May 29, 2007
I have found "MY" car !!
It will be just perfect for me. BMW ... its color is close to my favorite color !! and...

If you are still wondering "What the hell?" check out the name plate of the car :)

You have just been "Mazed"
posted by Gagan at 5/29/2007 11:36:00 AM | Permalink | 1 comments


  • At 3:21 PM, Anonymous Jalal

    Wao! how did u found ur lost car? did u sue against its owner? tell police its surely ur coz u reg the char from ur name GaGaN. u know the car reg no of brain lara in Trinidad is 376.

Monday, May 28, 2007
I love Gmail ! :D

Gmail is cool. Those who know me, know that how "terribly" I use email. One of my gmail is already using 620MB !

Now Gmail is going to support 20MB of attachment !! Wohoo !!

Gmail rocks !


(Why am I advertising for gmail ?
Because their name starts with G !

anyways, nop, I m not advertising... I am just happy with their services, so you can consider this as a testimonial)

And dont forget the craze when Gmail was allowing accounts only through invitations! I even saw some people telling in newspapers, "I have 100 invitations, contact me!"

And finally check this out. I have found this in someone's blog.

posted by Gagan at 5/28/2007 04:02:00 PM | Permalink | 4 comments


  • At 5:37 PM, Blogger fabisia

    I cannot agree with you more! I love Gmail too :)

    + you can reach your goals at

  • At 9:02 PM, Anonymous Ahsan

    Gmail does rock! Btw, you no longer need to be invited to have a gmail account. Now anyone can open a gmail account, wihout invitation :)

  • At 9:43 AM, Blogger Gagan

    Yap Ahsan vai... Gmail took the "invitation only" off couple of months before.

  • At 11:19 AM, Anonymous Bartek

    Yeah Gmail and all other stuff provided by google is cool - including picasa :)

Sunday, May 27, 2007
Almost everyday i eat my luch in University Restaurant in the city center. It is just in the same building of "Unemployment service office"

It feels a little odd to eat and watch those unemployed people's worried faces, standing in the queue!
I mean, at least there could be a wall, not just a glass to remind the students what may be ahead !!
posted by Gagan at 5/27/2007 11:41:00 PM | Permalink | 0 comments


My actual company ( BASE ) has grown at a really promising rate. It has now a lot more people, lot more machines and lot more decorations too.

Check out the new idea...

Beer fridge inside the pile of wood logs !!

posted by Gagan at 5/27/2007 11:29:00 PM | Permalink | 0 comments


Saturday, May 26, 2007
The first time I met Bartek, I thought..."whoo..this guy is tall".
I was eating chips at Kate's place and waiting for the food to be cooked.
Then Bartek came,he was invited too. And thats how I know him.

Bartek is a nice guy with a nice heart:)
A few minutes before, he gave me some more polish "cow candies" ( I love them) as a bye bye token. I m gonna miss him :(

Bye for now Bartek...lets stay in touch !!
Bye to Karolina too !!!

posted by Gagan at 5/26/2007 11:31:00 PM | Permalink | 1 comments


  • At 11:23 AM, Anonymous Bartek

    CU Gagan I'll gonna miss you too man!!

Friday, May 25, 2007

25th May, year 2006.
I had shivered when I stepped out of the airport. I remember completely the temperature...the smell that I smelt... The curiosity and tiredness that I felt...

25th May, year 2007
Here in Oulu...

I m silently feeling the anniversary.
I m silently missing my poeple and my country that I had left.
I m silently enjoying the new people and the new country that I have now.

A silent anniversary of being a foreigner !!

Me, after one year... Taken at ARDITES.. ( Infront of toilet, not in NDA zone)

( Dont get confused by looking at the counter on the top of this page, which is 315 days today. It is less than 365 because I was in Bangladesh for 50 days in between)
posted by Gagan at 5/25/2007 04:36:00 PM | Permalink | 0 comments


Wednesday, May 23, 2007
I already had a really bad news last night ( You dont want to know that :/ )
Looks like it is still continuing.

When i opened my eyes today, the clock said it's 9:15. I was terribly late. I started running and got ready in 15 minutes. I was about to step out of the door, then I remembered...damn I forgot some paper I need. I had to run back, open the locked room and get the paper.

I ran outside, and the empty bus stop told me, I have just missed the bus. Well, next bus is in less than 10 minutes. So I was waiting. I wanted to fetch my cell phone out of the pocket..and then... Damn !! I forgot my bas card and keys ( they are in the same parse) !!

I ran back to the apartment. Went to the 7th floor again.. Now I dont have the keys !! I wished mahmood was inside. I rang the bell. No response. I rang more.. No response... more..more...more... finally after few minutes, mahmoods sleepy face peeped out ! I was really sorry to wake him up like that..but well I had no option.

By the time I got keys I missed the next bus. Then I decided to go for next bus stop. Coz bus 19 would go through that in a few minutes. Well i walked there and started waiting. The bus came. I stepped in...and then ...shit i forgot the work badge with the electronic key ( The one that I have to hang around my neck). I said sorry to the queue of people behind me and got out of the bus pushing them.

I had to get to my apartment one more time to get it. And finally i came to work at 1030 by bus 4.

What a morning... what a start of the day. I couldnt start working, but write this post. I wonder what more are there ahead today. I wish nothing more !
posted by Gagan at 5/23/2007 10:38:00 AM | Permalink | 2 comments


  • At 11:38 AM, Anonymous Bartek

    It's all because of the weather change ;) Sun hid behind clouds and you start falling apart... But on the other hand if something starts badly it can be finished amazingly good.

  • At 12:28 PM, Blogger Gagan

    (That was a fast comment!)
    I think it's more like this, when bad things start happening, and then something normal ( not bad ) happens, you find it amazingly good too, even though in normal situation you won't find it 'amazingly good'

    So i will just wish that nothing worse happens:)

Monday, May 21, 2007
Nop, this time I didnt catch any action. I was caught. Bartek has just sent me two pictures. It was during wappo, while I was trying to cover the whole event for you :)

I was at one side of the lake, Bartek caught me from the other side of the lake..
mm..pretty handy a zoom camera is !!

Look at me !! I was seriously shooting :D
( And looks like my hair has really grown long !!)

Bartek, thanks man.. I really enjoyed it :D

posted by Gagan at 5/21/2007 10:03:00 PM | Permalink | 2 comments


  • At 11:54 PM, Anonymous Bartek

    No problem man :) I saw u taking pictures, so concentrated on it, that I simply had to take a shot :)

  • At 9:01 AM, Blogger Gagan


Saturday, May 19, 2007
You have read this before. In last November, when the world here was covered under snow. Read it again, because I m homesick. I am trying to understand, why? I am thinking of a question. If I bring my parents, my sister, my 3 best friends here, will I ever feel homesick ? Is homesickness because you miss the people you know ? or is it because 'you had a life there' ! Or is it because of some unknown, unexplainable feelings for your country, even though it sucks!

I dont know the answer. May be it is because of all, may be it is because of none. Sometime you even feel "lifesick"... You start asking yourself what is the meaning of being alive? What am I doing here ? and stuffs. So may be these sicknesses will come sometimes... no matter where you are, how you are ! In my case, they come when after a terrible busy week, a lonely weekend comes.
posted by Gagan at 5/19/2007 02:23:00 PM | Permalink | 0 comments


Friday, May 18, 2007
I have found a superb collection of photos of Dhaka and Bangladesh. Every single picture is wonderfully taken and I believe one of the best collection where some cool spots are shown together.

All are from
Unfortunately all are in thumbnail view. I wish he had put them in full size too.
Big thanks to Tanvir ( I dont know him, just found while googling around).

River of BangladeshRiver of Bangladesh Dhaka City BangladeshDhaka City Bangaldesh Kawran bazar, Dhaka at nightDhaka at night Baitul Mukarram National Mosque Baitul Mukarram National Mosque Bashundhara City Shopping Mall, Dhaka(inside)Bashundhara City Shopping Mall ( the largest mall in south asia) Ahsan ManjilAhsan Manjil St. Martin's Island, Bay of Bengal St. Martin's Island (No this is not from photoshop)
( I have been there, its more than 'beautiful')Tiger in SundarbanRoyal Bengal Tiger in Sundarban
( I have been there too, I didnt see this tiger 'in person' but i saw tiger marks! That was scary enough) Parliament of Bangladesh Parliament of Bangladesh River of bangladesh River of bangladesh Dhaka city centre Dhaka city centre Ahsan Manjil Dhaka Ahsan Manjil Dhaka Khilgaon flyover Dhaka'Khilgaon' flyover Dhaka Cox's bazar sea beach Cox's bazar sea beach ( The longest sea beach on the planet)
( I tried to walk along the beach, got tired and didnt finish, I should have. Next time...)
Bangabandhu Jamuna bridgeBangabandhu Jamuna bridge (The second longest in South Asia,after Mahatma Gandhi Setu).
Lalbagh Fort Dhaka Lalbagh Fort Dhaka Kerjon Hall Kerjon Hall, Dhaka University Dhaka University( Once called Oxford of the East, once...) Airport Road Sidewalk, Dhaka (Near My House)Airport Road Sidewalk, Dhaka Baitul Mukarram Mosque Baitul Mukarram Mosque ( National Mosque) Foy's Lake ChittagongFoy's Lake Chittagong
( Last time I have been there, they have made an artificial amusement park there !!
People, PROTEST !! PLEASE!! ) Mustard fieldMustard field Dhaka Novo Theatre Dhaka Novo Theatre Traditional bull fight in Chittagong Traditional bull fight in Chittagong SAARC fountain in Dhaka SAARC fountain in Dhaka Sylhet tea garden Sylhet tea garden
(After I have visited there, I figured out, you should go there with long enough vacation to completely relax. Go there, hire some tea garden resort and relax there for a few days, then you will know why people have suggested you to go there)
Sat Masjid Dhaka Sat Masjid Dhaka Lalbagh Fort DhakaLalbagh Fort Dhaka Bridge On Crescent Lake Dhaka Bridge On Crescent Lake Dhaka
( I went there couple of times after work, in the night. Once it was stormy. I guess, i will never forget that night!! Thunders... gusts...sweet smell...wet breath.. lake...)
Rose Garden, Old Dhaka Rose Garden, Old Dhaka RAJUK Building RAJUK Building ( City Corporation Building, Dhaka) Bandarban Bandarban Chakma
( I need to visit there again. Last time I had to run ... couldnt spare time to hike into the deep) Tribal Chakma Village on Kaptai Lake Village on Kaptai Lake St. Martin's Island Saint Martin's Island again( Coral Island) Dhaka Sheraton Hotel Dhaka Sheraton Hotel Radisson Waterfront HotelRadisson Waterfront Hotel Teknaf Teknaf ( southernmost point in mainland bangladesh)
( I slept in a resort there... one of the best nights in my life.. ) Mahakhali flyover Dhaka Mahakhali flyover Dhaka Typical village fisherman Typical village fisherman Kashful in Autumn Kashful in Autumn ( My super favorite) Traditional boat race in Dhaka Traditional boat race in Dhaka Apollo Hospital Baridhara Apollo Hospital Baridhara Vegetable VendorVegetable Vendor Kids on handmade boat Kids on handmade boat Krishnochura Tree" Krishnochura" Tree ( My second favorite) Bangladesh China Conference CentreBangladesh China Conference Centre Bitter Contradiction Bitter Contradiction (slums on the bottom and sky scrappers on the top:S ) Concord Lake City Concord Lake City ( Some newly born suburb) Panthopoth Dhaka Panthopoth Dhaka (One busy point in the city) Fruit Marchant in Bazaar Fruit Marchant Pineapple !! Pineapple !! Baldha Gardens Dhaka Baldha Gardens Dhaka ( Check on the lake) Apartment Blocks in Dhaka Apartment Blocks in Dhaka
( Wohooo ! What a co-incidence ! My home is just behind that red brick building!! What a co-incidence that the guy took pic just there ! ) Madhabkunda waterfalls Sylhet Madhabkunda waterfalls Sylhet
( I have been there, but wrong timing. It was winter, and waterfall roars in the rainy season )
Typical Dhaka trafficDhaka traffic ( Actually it's quite light now, go there during office hours and you will know what i mean;) Another Block of ApartmentsAnother Block of Apartments Dhaka City- a bird's eye view Dhaka City- a bird's eye view

posted by Gagan at 5/18/2007 05:46:00 PM | Permalink | 14 comments


  • At 7:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous

    I am more than in dhaka city for 20 yrs...i see a unveiled beauty of the same place that was just "dhaka" to me...simply wonderful! thanks to the person who framed such moments to provide us all with such a blissful view!-ISHITA

  • At 7:26 PM, Blogger Gagan

    Yap.. millions of thanks to whoever has taken those pics !! :)

  • At 7:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous

    I didn't know that Dhaka is a very beautiful city... thanks for posting the photos ... I have seen a documentary of Bangladesh in a local channel here (Philippines) and what I see in these photos are amazingly different the masjids were great, the bridges, the buildings, the blocks of appartments...all I can say is!!!

  • At 8:34 PM, Blogger Gagan

    Thanks goes to the some unknown guy/s who toke the pics...
    And from Ishita's comment, you can also understand that, the pics were taken from best possible angles...
    So it may not be as beautiful when go into this place as u see here in pics.

    Yet... I love this city!! My home!!

  • At 11:35 PM, Blogger eamon

    yesssssss... Bangladesh rocks in those pictures.. Dhaka as well... I hope someday she will rock everywhere in every sectors... waiting for that day.

  • At 2:00 AM, Blogger Gagan

    You have said just THAT !! Just what I wanted to hear !!

  • At 6:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous

    my husband and i will be moving to Bangladesh soon, i was very worried since every thing i have seen and read so far made it seem dangerous a move but these photos has arrested my fears locking them away, they are magnificent i can't wait to come to a place with so much beauty and culture. Thank you.

  • At 2:56 PM, Blogger Gagan

    Goodluck you two !
    Well, pictures were absoultely nice and taken from the best possible angle.

    But there are certain truths out there ! Slums, beggars, social problems. If you are open to welcome these, it may be an adventure, otherwise really annoying.

    I have found two groups of foreigners. One, annoyed and just waiting to go back. Another, taking it as an adventure to know about something that couldnt know unless being here !!

    Try to see outside Dhaka city. Country side is beautiful and peaceful !!

    Best of luck again!

  • At 9:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous

    thank u for your reply i hope i can see my time in Bangladesh as an adventure as well. I am from the Caribbean and i have always wanted to have a real adventure so i guess this would be it. Thank u once again.

  • At 6:02 PM, Blogger Gagan

    Great !

    If you need any question to be answered, just email me ( I can try to help.

    I hope to hear something more from you later ! :)

  • At 3:39 AM, Blogger afroz

    Last 14 years i am away from my home wich is dhaka.God i cant tell u how much i miss dhaka.thanks whoever put all the awesome pics togather.well some pics r tottally unknown to me cuz all this ers i was away.but again that was a 2thumbs up job.awesome pics collection.God bless ...Afroz/Dallas,Texas

  • At 9:00 AM, Blogger Gagan

    Hi Afroz!

    14 years !! That's a loong loong time :) I bet you miss a lot !! And may be the foods too !

    Wish you be able to get tickets and time to go 'home' !

  • At 1:07 AM, Blogger afroz646

    hey Gagan thanks man.ur blog inspaired me a lot so i put some pics togathr that might help ppl to get to know Bangladesh better.

  • At 5:09 AM, Blogger neo


    MAKE A account so that more people in the world can see the pic... people search flickr most..