Back

Back to life, though not yet to my regular self. Gradually settling down at new workplace, though the home front is far from being settled. Being in a forced-bachelorhood in these circumstances is good in one way. Otherwise, can’t imagine the lounge of the house full of boxes with just enough space for me to walk across. On the otherhand, it sucks when you couldn’t find a spoon for having cornflakes in the morning hurry, despite trying to be as organised as possible. I am hoping that I would turn a new leaf over the weekend by shedding my laziness and set the house in order.

Anuj, who is associated with Asha for Education kindly sent me some info about Work an Hour programme. Click here or the banner below to know more about the same. If you can, do make a difference in someone’s life.


Bye Bye Bournemouth!

Moving from Bournemouth after living in this place for exactly 3 year & 3 months. Strange that I stayed in this town for this long as my initial idea upon coming here was that I may live in this place for utmost 6 months. Lot of water flowed down the Thames since then. This will be my last post from Bournemouth as I would be packing my PC & peripherals after hitting Submit. As I wound up my stuff and said bye to my neighbours here, I have a feeling that we – my wife & I, would be missing this place a lot. Down the line when I look back and take stock, I would recall the last 1200 days here as the most happening time slice in my life.

Google Adsense

WARNING: A very lengthy post!

I have put up Google Ads in my site since November last year. What used to be trickle flow of few cents once in two or three blue moons, later on changed to few cents a day. A penny here and a penny there might not make a million, but slowly & steadily, my revenue touched the three figure mark in Uncle Sam’s currency after which Google promptly sent a cheque. The cycle got repeated, but this time a little bit faster. So far, so good.

Over the last couple of weeks – from 1st of July to be precise, the revenue from Adsense programme was substantially higher. Higher in the sense – that in the last 19 days, my earnings accrued to 235 US Dollars. Imagine, that is nearly 12,000 Indian Rupees for doing nothing. Last Sunday alone the revenue was around 48 US Dollars, which was quite baffling. When I almost started believing that Google is the new avatar of Goddess Lakshmi, here comes an e-mail.

Hello Chakkarapani Sampath,

It has come to our attention that invalid clicks have been generated on the ads on your web pages. We have therefore disabled your Google AdSense account. Please understand that this step was taken in an effort to protect the interest of the AdWords advertisers.

A publisher’s site may not have invalid clicks on any ad(s), including but not limited to clicks generated by a publisher on his own web pages, clicks generated through the use of robots, automated clicking tools, or any other deceptive software.

Practices such as these are in violation of the Google AdSense Terms and Conditions and programme polices, which can be viewed at:

https://www.google.com/adsense/localized-terms?hl=en_GB
https://www.google.com/adsense/policies?hl=en_GB

Publishers disabled for invalid click activity are not allowed further participation in AdSense and do not receive any further payment. The earnings on your account will be properly returned to the affected advertisers.

Sincerely,

The Google AdSense Team

I am really shocked. I really do not know of robots or any automated clicking tools, let alone use them. While I agree that the sudden swell in the number of clicks could possibly due to invalid clicks, what hurts me is the way the mail indirectly accuses me of resorting to unfair means. As far as I am aware, I haven’t resorted to such practices. Apart from the last line in my previous post, I couldn’t think about anything else.

I can very well understand Google’s position as well. After all, they have their advertiser’s interest in mind and it is only right that they have such monitoring mechanisms in place. If you don’t like any blogger, just visit his/her site and click on the ads 50 times a day. Google will take care of the rest. How am I to prevent some X or Y from doing that in my site. This is like sending a damning mail from your account without your knowledge.

Heavens is not gonna collapse if I don’t have Google Ads in my site. But to be accused of resorting to unfair means is something that rubs my self-respect. It hurts. It definitely hurts. I’ll never do such a thing. I have written back to Google to review their decision and enable my account. If at all they do, I would appreciate that but will withdraw from the programme.

P.S.: Unfortunately, I am not in a position to remove the Ad code from my pages for the next few days as I currently don’t have the facilities that I normally used to have. Hence the white space in the place where there used to be adverts.

Life in UK

Proudly presenting “Life in the UK” website – a survival guide for Indians in the United Kingdom.

Life in the UK

As quite a lot of people started asking me about various things on UK, I thought a website like this would serve the purpose. I would like to thank Guruprasad – who updated me with lot of new contents, Poornima – who put in lot of hours in editing the contents (I have got someone to blame for the mistakes), Keerthivasan – who provided me with a nice image of an Indian flag that I made use of and so many bloggers/blog readers – who told about various images/links to the flag.

Do have a look at the site and let me know what you think. There are still lotsa things to add & modify, but that would always be the case. If you have got anyone travelling to UK, please point them to this site. Finally, don’t forget to click the Google ads that are littered all through the site.

Hiatus in order

Due to change of job, I would soon be moving out of Bournemouth for good. I would be relocating to what people call it as “English Countryside”. At least, that is what some people who live there tell me and from the few visits I made to the place, I have reason to believe them. The place is much closer to London and is part of a region that has been classified & protected as Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), whatever that means. Must be a good place to live, I guess.

Moving is a pain, not alone due to emotional reasons, but coz of the pain associated with shifting. Got to pack all alone and at the same time have to maintain the house in order as the prospective next-occupant would visit the house for viewing. Have got ‘n’ number of things in my checklist waiting to be ticked off. But as I tick off one, few more get added. These days I spend most of my time on phone listening to music played by the call centres as I wait to talk to them to effect the change in address, sort out my final bill as the case may be.

Until I leave Bournemouth that is for another one week I hope to update this blog as before. There would be a short break afterwards, i.e., until I settle down in my new place. Nevertheless, I would continue to blog, though it would take few weeks before I start visiting my regular reads. From next week, it would be ‘imagination at work’.

Original Music

While watching ‘Kaakha Kaakha’ for umpteenth time last week, I noticed the title card say “Original Music: Harris Jayaraj”. I have never seen such a phrase before. What does that mean? Whatever it is, is it possible for Deva to have a title card like that? 😉

ICE

In view of the events last week in London, East Anglian Ambulance Service have launched a national “In case of Emergency (ICE)” campaign. The idea is that you store the word ” I C E ” in your mobile phone address book, and against it enter the number of the person you would want to be contacted “In Case of Emergency”.

In an emergency situation, ambulance and hospital staff will then be able to quickly find out who your next of kin are and be able to contact them. It is so simple that everyone can do it. It really could save your life.

For more than one contact name ICE1, ICE2, ICE3 etc… for more details see this link. I feel that this is a good idea worth practising anywhere.

Mid Summer Night Dreams

Normally, I don’t get any dreams during sleep. But, I have noticed that whenever I had any dreams – pleasant or unpleasant, I would have slept in a different direction. Initially, I brushed this aside but having made this observation for a considerable period now, I am quite convinced that the direction of sleep does have an influence on your dreams.

Recently I was talking with my friend who said that every night he gets very bad & unpleasant dreams involving his kith & kin. I decided to test the above theory on him and suggested him to sleep in a different direction. After a week, he said that he tried that and it worked – yes, he never had any dreams after that, let alone bad ones. Any such experience for anyone?