Facebook: Service Unavailable

Posted by Rahul Bharadwaj | Posted in IT Industry, Review, Web | Posted on 24-09-2010

Today, while I was trying to access by facebook account (as usual) it threw an error: Serice Unavailable (find the screenshot below)

Later, just before it finally recovered:

This was the longest downtime that I have ever experienced with facebook, it was down in India for over 30 minutes.

There are quite a few things that come to my mind in this distressed situation:

  • Is the downtime due to server overload or outrage?
  • Has facebook neared it’s capacity with 500 million user?
  • Are they making another revamp (for good)
  • Has Google bought facebook? :)
  • Wonder how this might have affected teenagers’ suicide rate.
  • As Facebook is down, would Twitter be able to handle the extra load (do not worry about MySpace, no one goes there)
  • Next day headlines could be, valuation of Facebook falls from 33,000,000,000 USD to 33,000,000 USD

What do you people have to say about it? Let’s see if facebook can “face” it

Amar Durga Puja – to the world

Posted by Rahul Bharadwaj | Posted in Festival/Events, Introduction | Posted on 10-09-2009

Durga Puja

What is ADP – Amar Durga Puja?

As we all know that Durga Puja is one of the most awaited festival in West Bengal but because of it’s geographical restriction people in the other part of the world can only read about it or view photos only once the event is over – it’s like watching the highlights of the World Cup Finals. We, at FOURDY WLOG, decided to take Durga Puja to the whole world. After a lot of thinking the only way we could do it was through the most powerful medium of today, the internet. This is when we decided to create ADP – www.amardurgapuja.com. ADP would be like a platform for the users to share their thoughts, videos, photo and more about Durga Puja.

Read what we plan to do »

FOURDY WLOG: What’s in the name?

Posted by Rahul Bharadwaj | Posted in Introduction | Posted on 29-08-2009

I have been answering this question almost everyday and hence, to make it easy, I thought I would blog it down.

From where did the term “FOURDY” evolved from?

FOURDY, as most of you might know, is not a dictionary term. So when and from where and did it come?

Click here to find out »

Web Industry discussion at Kolkata Blogger’s Meet

Posted by Rahul Bharadwaj | Posted in IT Industry, Kolkata | Posted on 03-08-2009

With internet becoming common, the disparity between the West and the East have started to reduce. Knowledge about almost everything is much easily available which in turn led to much faster development of Eastern nation like India, China and other surrounding countries. This has led to development of almost all industries, be it Iron & Steel, BPO, Hospitality, IT or any other. But, there is one thing that we still miss out, that is, we (eastern countries) are still dependent on the west when it comes to discovering or trend setting. As I am from the web industry, which is one of the most dynamic industries of the current times, I tend to feel that somewhere Indians are left out in the race. Read the rest of this entry »

Esplanade (Dharmatalla)

Posted by Rahul Bharadwaj | Posted in Kolkata | Posted on 28-07-2009

KC Das


Jawaharlal Nehru Road and
Lenin Sarani Road Crossing,
Kolkata – 700001
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Did you know

  1. Jawaharlal Nehru Road was named after Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, first Prime Minister of India (ofcourse, you know that)
  2. “Esplanade” stands for open area close to a river body.
  3. The area was named Esplanade even before 1784 because of it’s proximity with Ganges/Hooghly.
  4. “Dharmatala” means Holy Street.
  5. Tipu Sultan Mosque (at Jawaharlal Nehru Road) was built in 1842, by Prince Gholam Mohammad (youngest son of Tipu Sultan).
  6. Chandni market was established in 1794 and was then known as Shakespeare’s Bazar.

Take a look at the photos »

Rahul gets engaged to Shikha!

Posted by Rahul Bharadwaj | Posted in Personal Blogs, Rahul Bharadwaj | Posted on 24-07-2009

I (Rahul Bharadwaj) would like to confirm that I got engaged to my dearest friend, Shikha Kedia on 28th June, 2009. Important: Please do not treat this as a prank!

It was a dream come true for me but since then, it has become very difficult for me to announce this formally (you people know how I am) due to which day by day because of complains from my friends and family no one is enjoying the good news in the way it should be. Hence, I would request all of you to treat this as a formal apology from me and dump any sense of dissatisfaction that you might have and focus on the wedding ceremony, which is scheduled to be on 3rd of December, 2009 at FE Block Community Hall, Salt Lake, Kolkata. Click here if you plan to attend the event.
Click here to read more »

Great Eastern Hotel, Kolkata

Posted by Rahul Bharadwaj | Posted in Kolkata | Posted on 16-07-2009

Great Easterm Hotel


Hemanta Basu Sarani,
Lal Dighi, Kolkata – 700001,
West Bengal

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Did you know?

  1. Great Eastern Hotel was founded by David Wilson in 1841 and was known as Auckland Hotel.
  2. Wilson’s Hotel, Auckland Hotel, Hall of Nations, Japani Hotel, Jewel of the East are the other names of Great Eastern Hotel itself.
  3. Mark Twain described it as the best hotel East of the Suez on his voyage along the Equator.
  4. Rudyard Kipling mentioned the hotel in “The City of  Dreadful Night”
  5. It has been host to such notables as Queen Elizabeth II & Nikita Khruschev.
  6. The hotel was privatised in November 2005 with the help of PricewaterhouseCoopers.
  7. The hotel has been re-christened The Grand Great Eastern, Kolkata.
  8. Currently, the hotel has over 244 rooms.

So, somehow the hotel has managed to live (with a new name, The Grand Great Eastern.) The adjacent area is now converted into a commercial hub with the Head Offices of many Indian companies, even United Bank of India. Quite a number of businesses have drawn their names from the name of the hotel. At times, Great Eastern is used for a major electronic store which is on the opposite side of road. (I rate it #2, after eBay.)
Click here to view photos »

The Statesman House, Kolkata

Posted by Rahul Bharadwaj | Posted in Kolkata | Posted on 14-07-2009

Statesman House


Chittaranjan Avenue,
Bow Bazaar,
Kolkata – 700001.
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Did you know?

  1. The Statesman has descended from The Englishman and The Friend of India, both published from Kolkata.
  2. The Statesman was founded by Robert Knight on 15th January 1875.
  3. It was then named as The Statesman and New Friend of India.
  4. This road (C.R. Avenue) was named after Chittaranjan Das (popularly known as “Deshbandhu”).

Click here to view photos »

St. Andrew’s Church, Kolkata

Posted by Rahul Bharadwaj | Posted in Kolkata | Posted on 13-07-2009

Cathedral Church


Biplabi Trailakya Sarani,
B B D Bagh, Kolkata – 711204,
West Bengal, India.
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Did you know:

  1. B.B.D. stands for – Benoy, Badal and Dinesh, three martyrs, who shot dead N.S. Simpson, the Inspector General of Prisons, in the balconies of Writers’ building.
  2. Dalhousie square was named after Lord Dalhousie, Governor General of India from 1847 to 1856. At different times it has been called The Green before the Fort or Tank Square.
  3. The St. John’s Church’s yard (Catheral Church) has the Mausoleum of Job Charnock (was considered the founder of Kolkata until 2007).
  4. Catheral Church is supposedly the oldest piece of masonry in Calcutta.
  5. The Dalhousie Square has been declared as one of the world’s 100 most endangered sites by the World monument watch.

More Information (by Sankhadip Basu): Binoy and Badal had shot themselves dead and Dinesh was captured alive and later hanged. The daring attack on Writers’ Building carried out by the trio had shaken up the entire British establishment in India then and had a deep impact on the British administration in Bengal. Read more.

Recent changes that have happened to the place:

  1. The tram has stopped plying on this road. They now ply on the left of where the current shot is taken from.
  2. The building that is just cut off on the right hand side is Stephen’s House which is now getting renovated (am trying to find a old snap of this building too.)
  3. The left of the place used to be a park (called Dalhousie Square) which has been now changed into BBG Bagh Bus stand.
  4. And, greenery, of course.

The top image was taken by Glenn S. Hensley in 1944 and image at the bottom was taken by Rahul Bharadwaj on 11th July, 2009. You can find this place on BBD Bagh (E) Road and Lalbazar Street crossing. The shot was taken from current BBD Bagh Bus stand.
Click here to view the photos »

Old Kolkata Vs Current Kolkata

Posted by Rahul Bharadwaj | Posted in Kolkata | Posted on 12-07-2009

It was one night of July, 2009 when I was too stressed out of work and trying to do something out of schedule when I posted a status update on my facebook account which read “Rahul Bharadwaj is planning to put up some 70 years old Photos of Kolkata (along with the current). He needs atleast 5 people liking it to start…” And whoop! the next morning Chetan, my younger brother, woke me up shouting “You have lot of work to do, bro,” pointing at the response on my update. click here to read what happened next »