Monday, December 28, 2009

Alleppey Backwaters - D way I see the world...


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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Struggle for daily bread - D way I see the world...

Struggle for Daily Bread.....


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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Light - D way I see the world...


Light gives of itself freely, filling all available space.  It does not seek anything in return; it asks not whether you are friend or foe.  It gives of itself and is not thereby diminished.  ~Michael Strassfeld

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Clouds - D way I see the world...




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Monday, November 16, 2009

Flooded Fields - D way I see the world...



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Friday, November 6, 2009

Blessed Evening - D way I see the world...



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Summer Palace (Beijing) - D way I see the world...



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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Travelogue - 1


                                             That's Sujit and Omkar, on our way to MACHAN.


Chennai, India to Beijing, China - Day 1

August 8th 2009 - My Beijing flight was from Delhi (Indira Gandhi International Airport) at 0315hours. I had booked a ticket on the Chennai - Delhi (via Hyderabad) Indigo flight 6E302. The flight was scheduled to be at 1130hours. And as always it was delayed by 15 minutes. The flight took off by around 11.50. It reached the Hyderabad (Rajiv Gandhi International Airport) by around 1300 hours.

I reached the Delhi domestic airport by around 1545. I loved everything about the Indigo flight except for the time they took for giving me the checked in baggage. I got my baggage only by around 1640, i.e almost an hour.

Sujit (my college mate) picked me up from the airport and we spend sometime with his friend Omkar at his place. Then we went out to have food, to a place called MACHAN. It was an awesome place. Sat and spoke till it was around 2100 and then they both dropped me at IGI, Delhi by around 2230hours.

                                              First sight of China mainland.



                                   It was heavily raining the day we landed at Beijing.

I waited at the IGI lounge, by around 2330 I met couple of people in the group. We had our dinner at the lounge and went into the airport for check in by around 0030. We completed the immigration formalities and got into the Air China flight Flight CA948 by around 0245. We landed at Beijing at around 1230 local time (0930 IST).

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Animal Farm - George Orwell



Animal Farm was written by Eric Arthur Blair ((25 June 1903 – 21 January 1950), better known by his pen name George Orwell. Eric was born on 25th June 1903 in Motihari, Bihar, India. His work is marked by a profound consciousness of social injustice, an intense opposition to totalitarianism, a passion for clarity in language and a belief in democratic socialism.

Animal Farm is a very short book (around 120 pages) but it is an amazing story that continues to throw up twists and surprises. It can be bought for next to no money and be read in couple of hours. :)

The book is a fable. It tells a story of how the animals of manor farm stage a revolution against their owner, Mister Jones, and how they run the farm by themselves. The animals, the neighbouring farms and all the characters are symbols of different political ideologies and political figures. Both the time period and words used make it pretty clear what and who we are dealing with. Animalism/communism is one example.

The message of the novel is clear. Power corrupts the mind of every person. If you give somebody the power to rule over the life and death of others that power will eventually be abused. No man should have such power all by himself this is why democracy and capitalism will and have outlived communism.

As the blurb says: A biting satire on dictatorship. It is that, and much more besides. So don't wait, go ahead and treat yourself.

Personally, I enjoyed every bit of the book. Another thing, which surprised me was that the book was written in 1945 but still it predicts the collapse and ruin of the Soviet way of life. I wonder if George Orwell himself would have been surprised at just accurate his predictions were :)

Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Orwell
http://mommylife.net/archives/2009/03/12/animalfarm.jpg

Monday, July 27, 2009

IYALGTOTOM Exam (If You Are Lucky Get Through Or Try Once More)


The exam rules:

  1. The committe who conducts the exam is always right and you are always wrong.

  2. There are different levels for the IYALGTOTOM exam depending on the year of study and stream you have taken like 1.1 (first year students), 2.2 (Second year students - 1.1 included), 3.3 (third year students - 1.1 and 2.2 included) and so on.

  3. Even though you are studying a particular course, the questions can be from other streams too. For example you are doing a physics course, you are expected to study other streams like commerce, chemistry, maths, mechanical, electrical etc.

  4. You are supposed to take your regular exams and score very high marks. If you happen to score less marks then you will be thrown out of the college and your career will be at stake.

  5. Even though you score very high marks in your regular exam, if you don't clear the IYALGTOTOM exam, then you will be depromoted.

  6. The pass percentage for the exam is 70%.

  7. You can apply for revaluation only if you score 65 -69%.

  8. If you are very sure that some of the questions were wrong, then go back to rule number 1.

  9. P.S: Only those who know the context, can make something out of this post!!! Chew on it anyway.

    Wednesday, July 22, 2009

    Random Video - Fire at the nearby factory!!!

    07/21/09: 20:45: When fire broke out at the small sofa factory behind our flat in Chennai. There were no casualties reported.

    This factory is just, 5 mins walk from our flat and its very very close to the hotel (Sapna) where we have our dinner daily. That day, we got out for dinner and saw the flames coming up. When we were on the road, we saw people running around and then only we realized the seriousness of the situation. Trust me, we wont ever understand the devastating power of fire unless we see it with our own eyes. Thank God, there were no casualties.

    Thursday, July 9, 2009

    SQL - Stored Procedure Performance Tuning

    For the last few days, I was working on some of the complex stored procedures in my project. Just thought of mentioning few points which I used in my stored procedures to fine tune the performance.

    1. NOLOCK hint

      If you are not updating the table and just reading the records from it using the SELECT statement. You can make use of WITH NOLOCK For example,
      Select * from Customer WITH (NOLOCK)NOLOCK indicates that no shared locks are issued against the 'Customer' table.
      The advantage of using the statement is that the database engine wont issue locks against the tables in our query. As there are no locks involved it definitely increases performance.

      The disadvantage is that, DIRTY READ's might happen. A "dirty" read is one in which the data being read is involved in a transaction from another connection. If that transaction rolls back, the data read from the connection using NOLOCK will have read uncommitted data. This type of read makes processing inconsistent and can lead to problems. If you are pretty sure, that the table from which you are reading, does not get updated often then its recommended to use NOLOCK, since it does improve the performance.
    2. Avoid Temporary Tables

      In one of my SP, I had to get data by joining 9 - 10 tables. And this data was used else where in the same SProc. So my natural choice was to go for a Temporary table. I got the data inside the #Table and then dropped the table at the end. My mistake, its always better to use Table variables instead of temporary tables. The major reason is that any procedures with a temporary table cannot be pre-compiled, but it can be done for stored procedures with table variables. Pre-compiling a stored procedure is a major advantage to its speed of execution. This advantage becomes a very much considerable especially in the case of long stored procedures, where recompilation causes performance issues.
    3. Never use functions in WHERE CLAUSE

    Wednesday, July 1, 2009

    Anne Frank - The Diary of a young girl!!!

    For the past 2-3 weeks, I had been reading "The Diary of a young girl - Anne Frank". The book is all about the innocence, emotions and the mixed feelings of a teenager towards her parents, sister and the second family with them in the hiding. The diary entries also reveal the grubby particulars of life during wartime and the mixed emotions familiar to every adolescent (everyone criticizes me, no one understands me, when will I be loved?).To be honest, I dint find it all that interesting (am still reading it. So don't know whether my opinion would change). Anyways, guess my expectations about the book was entirely different. May be that's the prime reason.

    But Anne Frank was no ordinary teen, the entries in her diary reveal a sense of compassion and a spiritual depth remarkable in a girl who was just 14. I came across some wonderful German quotes, some her own and some from famous German authors. Few of them, which I found really good along with its english translation.

    • "Der Mann hat einen grossen Geist
      Und ist so klein von Taten"

      "The spirit of the man is great,
      How puny are his deeds"

    • "Himmelhoch jauchzend, zu Tode detrubt"

      "On top of the world, or in the depths of despair"

    Thursday, June 18, 2009

    Thought Bubble - 7

    "The harder you try, deeper it hurts when you don't succeed...."

    Wednesday, June 17, 2009

    Shiney Ahuja remanded!!!

    I guess the old saying "Whether thorn falls on a leaf or leaf falls on thorn, the damage is always to the leaf" doesn't hold good anymore (At least for celebrities)....

    Tuesday, June 16, 2009

    India out of T20 worldcup!!!

    After the mighty Australians, the world T20 champions "India" are out of the world T20 2009 edition. Brickbats are being thrown at the man who was praised by the entire Indian population less than 6 months ago. His effigy was burnt in his own home town two days back. Indian media is discussing on whether he should continue as the captain. I wonder how easily people forget, what he has done for Indian cricket. (Trust me, am no Dhoni fan)

    Makes me think... makes me wonder.. this world and the people!!!

    Thought Bubble - 6

    "Orthu chirikaanum, karayanum.. pinne orikalum marakanavatha orayiram disvasangalum anubhavangalum ente jeevithathil samaanicha.. Ente priyapetta kootukaarikku orayiram piranaal aashamsakal...... "

    Wednesday, June 3, 2009

    Desperation!!!



    Atti Alagappa Muthusamy, just came back to office after the maternal leave. She was talking to her friend Tude Gopalasamy.

    T: Hows your baby boy? What’s his name?
    A: He is doing fine. His name is “Almu”.
    T: How old is he now?
    A: He is 6 months old now. He was born on 16th January.
    T: That’s great Atti!!! Am happy for you…

    A: You know what Tude, I was so desperate to give birth to “Almu” on 15th January.
    I mean, I tried really hard you know. It was Muthu’s birthday on Jan 15th that’s why I tried so hard… L

    Suddenly “Ergo Singhania” who sits near Atti and Tude fell on the floor. Apparently he is still lying down there redefining “ROTFL”.

    P.S: As per Wiki, “A sense of humour is the ability to experience humour, although the extent to which an individual will find something humorous depends on a host of variables, including geographical location, culture, maturity, level of education, intelligence, and context.” So people who can’t relate please roll back in time.


    Monday, June 1, 2009

    Facebook's privacy policy!!!

    I read this article sometime back on Guardian. Though the writer is pretty harsh on Zuckerberg and Thiel, I found this part interesting. Read on...

    1 We will advertise at you


    "When you use Facebook, you may set up your personal profile, form relationships, send messages, perform searches and queries, form groups, set up events, add applications, and transmit information through various channels. We collect this information so that we can provide you the service and offer personalised features."

    2 You can't delete anything

    "When you update information, we usually keep a backup copy of the prior version for a reasonable period of time to enable reversion to the prior version of that information."

    3 Anyone can glance at your intimate confessions

    "... we cannot and do not guarantee that user content you post on the site will not be viewed by unauthorised persons. We are not responsible for circumvention of any privacy settings or security measures contained on the site. You understand and acknowledge that, even after removal, copies of user content may remain viewable in cached and archived pages or if other users have copied or stored your user content."

    4 Our marketing profile of you will be unbeatable

    "Facebook may also collect information about you from other sources, such as newspapers, blogs, instant messaging services, and other users of the Facebook service through the operation of the service (eg, photo tags) in order to provide you with more useful information and a more personalised experience."

    5 Opting out doesn't mean opting out

    "Facebook reserves the right to send you notices about your account even if you opt out of all voluntary email notifications."

    6 The CIA may look at the stuff when they feel like it

    "By using Facebook, you are consenting to have your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States ... We may be required to disclose user information pursuant to lawful requests, such as subpoenas or court orders, or in compliance with applicable laws. We do not reveal information until we have a good faith belief that an information request by law enforcement or private litigants meets applicable legal standards. Additionally, we may share account or other information when we believe it is necessary to comply with law, to protect our interests or property, to prevent fraud or other illegal activity perpetrated through the Facebook service or using the Facebook name, or to prevent imminent bodily harm. This may include sharing information with other companies, lawyers, agents or government agencies."

    Read the article at:
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2008/jan/14/facebook

    Friday, May 29, 2009

    Food for Thought -2


    "Sometimes we love with nothing more than hope. Sometimes we cry with everything except tears..." - Lin, Shantaram

    Monday, May 25, 2009

    Food for Thought - 1


    Karla once said - "Mistakes are like bad love, the more you learn from them, the more you wish they had never happened..."

    Friday, May 15, 2009

    WCF Addressing/ Multiple endpoints

    As people who are working in WCF know very well, one of the most important advantages of WCF is that we can expose the WCF service using different endpoints and each endpoint can be given a different URL. This enables us to let the clients use the same service with different security settings.

    For example:

    configuration
    system.servicemodel
     services
       service name="”MyService”"
    host
           baseaddresses
             add baseaddress="”http://localhost/MyService/service.svc”/"
     /add
         /baseaddresses
     
    endpoint address="”/basic”" binding="”basicHttpBinding”" contract="”IMyService”/"
         endpoint address="”/secure”" binding="”wsHttpBinding”" contract="”"


       /endpoint
     /endpoint
    /host
    /service

    In the above example, We have a service exposed with 2 different bindings
    1. basicHttpBinding
    2. wsHttpBinding

    and we are using 2 different URL’s for each of this.

    Now, there was an integration issue in our project. Another offshore team (read another company) was trying to connect to our service and it was not happening. So they came to me as I was the responsible for the WCF service.

    Their genuine doubt was that, they were trying to explore to the URL: http://localhost/MyService/service.svc/secure or /basic in a browser and it was not happening. So they complained that the service was not working well.

    It made me think, for quite sometime but the answer is very simple, the endpoint address http://localhost/MyService/service.svc/secure expects a SOAP message, and when it receives a SOAP message it can process them easily and send back the result. But all the browser is doing is sending a HTTP GET request which our service does not understand.

    So how many ever endpoints you have in your service, you just have only one WSDL and that can be downloaded from the base address. Now the base address is the address where you have hosted the service, here its http://localhost/MyService/service.svc. For creating the client and proxy classes we should use this URL but for connecting to the particular endpoint we should use the URL of the endpoint.

    Friday, May 1, 2009

    Thought Bubble - 5



    .....chila ishtangal anganeyaanu... ariyaathe ariyaathe nammal ishtapettu pokum... oru nokku kaanan, onnu samsaarikkan okke vallathe kothikkum... ennum swantham maathram ennu veruthe karuthum... oduvil ellam veruthe aayirunoo ennu thirichu ariyumbol... ullinte ullil evideyengiulm nammal a ishtathe moodi marakkum... pinneedu epozhenkilum randu thulli kannerinte nanavode aa ishtathe nammal orkum... appozhum hridayam vallathe kothikunnudaavum... "aval entethaayurunnuvengil!!!"

    Wednesday, April 22, 2009

    Either you are going to work or .........

     
    I started working in September 2006, [Holy!!! That’s almost 3 years, which gave me the epiphany that I am getting old... :(]. After my first project, I was asked to move out to another project by our resource manager. On 24th May 2007, I was supposed to meet the new project manager, so as to have a brief overview about the new project. From what I heard from the project manager, I understood that it was the kind of work which I never wanted to do in my life. So right after the meeting, I went and met the resource manager and told (read pleaded) her to get me out of the situation. I spoke to her for almost two hours but in vain. She kept giving me the reason that I am not experienced enough to get a project of my choice. Finally, she told me something which I can never ever forget in my life, "Either you are going to work in that project or you are out of Wipro. Choice is yours".
     
       
    That day I went back from office with a heavy heart and a numb mind. I wondered why a person is forced to do something which he dislikes. All I could do was pray about it. The next day was even more terrible. With the frequent calls from the so called Resource manager, I finally decided to give in. I agreed to join the new project. I thought of joining the new project and then quitting from the company itself.
     
     
    But a miracle happened the next Monday, there was a new requirement in my previous project and they wanted me to be there. When I call it a miracle, understand the fact that there was no requirement at all in the project till that Friday. Monday morning, it suddenly came out of the blue. When my manager called up the resource manger to tell her that he wants to retain me, she said that she will find another resource for him and let him move to the other project. But miracle happened again, Lord worked through the technical manager (who dint even knew me) in my account. He spoke and solved the issue stating that, my resume has already been sent to the client for interview. Just the pure grace of the Lord almighty.
     
       
    “In his time, he makes all things beautiful“
     
       
    P.S: As a matter of fact, the lady resource manager is out of Wipro now and I am still working in the same account, in the same project till date. Amazing grace!!!
     
     

    Monday, April 20, 2009

    Thought Bubble - 4



    ".....Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. By  faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the  things which are seen were not made of things which are visible....."

    Wednesday, April 15, 2009

    Thought Bubble - 3



    .....I cant love anyone else in the world as I love you and no one else in the whole world can love you as I love you.....

    Saturday, April 11, 2009

    Men will always be men!!!

    I read this on cricinfo, sometime back...

    "The first testicular guard was used in cricket in 1874 and the first helmet was used in 1974. It took 100 years for men to realize that the brain is also important!"

    Need I say more.....?

    Wednesday, April 8, 2009

    Thought Bubble - 2



    ..........it’s like this you know, when a book is kept really really close to your eyes, it’s very difficult to even read the alphabets which make up a word..........

    Shoe Throwers!!!



     
     
     
    Yet another shoe throwing incident during a press conference, this time the lime light is on India. The perpetrator Jarnail Singh is an employer of Dainik Jagran. Now to the best part of the whole melodrama,
     
              

               1. Akali Dal (Collection of Sikh political parties mainly based out of Punjab) offered Jarnail Singh a reward of whopping Rs 2 Lakh and also a LS ticket from the Amritsar constituency. (All this for throwing shoes??? I am off for a press conference with an extra pair of shoes.)
     
    2. PC said “I forgive him”. (He managed his composure and acted as a gentleman but won’t that motivate the aspiring to be “Shoe throwers”???) 


     
    I won’t be surprised to see “Shoes strictly prohibited” board outside the press conference rooms in the near future and I am waiting to read about more and more “How-XXXX-dodged-shoe-attack” articles.


    P.S: Image Source - http://topnews.in/files/P.Chidambaram-Shoe.Jpg

    Tuesday, April 7, 2009

    Thought Bubble - 1




    ...........may be like chemotherapy or radiation given to a cancer patient.. it just helps the patient to be alive a little more time.. but the patient as well as the doctor knows the end result that the he/she is going to die......

    Saturday, April 4, 2009

    Missing rain …

       
       
     
    When I was a kid, the season I loved the most was “Reverse Monsoons”. The Reverse monsoons, actually happens during the return of the southwest monsoon winds. These rains ( Thulavarsham - as it rains during the Malayalam month of Thulam) are in the months of October and November and sometimes lasts till December. Anyways, don’t get me wrong here, am no climatologist. All the above details are just the outcome of googling. What I loved the most about this season is that, the day time would be all normal and sunny, and it starts getting dark and cloudy by around 1630-1700. Heavy afternoon or rather evening showers accompanied by thunder and lightening is the main characteristic of this season.
     
     

    Last weekend, I had gone home to attend one of my friend’s brothers wedding. On Saturday evening, while I was out with my friend it suddenly became very cloudy and dark. We were on bike; the wind was blowing so hard that we were not at all able to go on. So we stopped and stood in a near by shop. When I was standing there I realized how much I missed rains in my life these days. That pit stop made me nostalgic and did refresh quite a lot of good old memories.


     
     
    Now I am back at Chennai, and now I know how much I miss rains. I miss the smell of rain, the fresh smell of the moisture that rises up as the raindrops hit the earth. Somehow rain just doesn't smell the same in Chennai (read “it smells pathetic”). Alone in my room, listening to the sound of the raindrops is another thing I miss. Sitting by the verandah, having a coffee and the wind blowing droplets of water onto my face, inexpressible the joy I get.
     
     

    Now, I am not saying that it doesn’t rain at Chennai, it does rain and the plight of Chennai becomes so bad that we start thinking that it was better if it hadn’t rained. I have no hiccups with Chennai, it’s a good place to be at except for the climate.
     
     

    Saturday, March 21, 2009

    Hectic week...



    Must say, I really had a hectic week. The major reason being the absence of my team leader. He was on leave since Monday, because of the sudden demise of his father!!! Ever since he went off, I was awfully loaded with work. I work in a 2 member project, and with no onsite coordinator(thanks to cost cutting). That means we have to interact with the client directly.  Well let me make a point here, the absence of an onsite coordinator is a blessing to some extend as you don't have to worry about credit stealing, extra work and many more things like that. But as all the free things come with costly products, this blessing costs you a very very meager margin of error as you to interact with the clients directly. As my manager reminds me day in and out, everything you do is very crucial and damn important. The code you write, the documents you prepare and even the mails you sent are so very crucial.

    And from tuesday, I had to do everything on my own. All the mails, documents and even the new proposals and ideas for the project. It was hectic. But trust me, I enjoyed every bit of it. What I enjoyed the most was "taking decisions" on project matters. You have no one to consult with but God. Trust me, I really loved it :)

    This post is just to thank God, for guiding me through all the tough days of my life. Thank you for being with me when ever I needed Lord. I know that very often I don't live up to your expectations. Lord, am human and tend to make and repeat mistakes each day. But please forgive me and give me the strength to get through temptations each day. Because I know very well that "With you all things are possible............" :)

    Thursday, March 5, 2009

    Second Chance...



    -->Ohh, this is me... I shouted having a glance on my snap in today's newspaper. But what the HELL is it doing in the death column?? Strange... One sec... Let me think, last night when I was going to bed I had a severe pain in my chest, but I don't remember anything after that, I think I had a sound sleep. Its morning now, ohh..... It's already 10:00AM, where is my coffee? I will be late for office and that bastard will get a chance to irritate me.
    Where is everyone...??? I screamed. “I think there is a crowd outside my room, let me check." I said to myself. So many people..... Not all of them are crying... But why some of them crying... WHAT IS THIS??? I’m lying there on the floor... "I AM HERE" ... I shouted!!! No one listened though.


    "LOOK I AM NOT DEAD" ... I screamed once again!!! No one is interested in me. They all were looking me on the bed. I went back to my bed room. "Am I dead??" I asked myself. Where is my wife, my children, my mom-DAD, my friends? I found them in the next room, all of them were crying... still trying to console each other. My wife was crying... she was really looking sad. My little kid was not sure what happened, but he was crying just coz his mom was sad.


    How can I go without saying my kid that I really love him, I really do care for him. ??

    How can I go without saying my wife that she is the most beautiful and most caring wife in this world..??

    How can I go without saying my parents that I am what I am ... just because of them ?? How can I go without telling my friends that without them perhaps I would have done most of the wrong things in my life... thanks for being there always when I needed them... and sorry for not being there when they really needed me..


    I can see a person standing in the corner and trying to hide his tears... Ohh... he was once my best friend, but a small misunderstanding made us part, and we both have strong ego enough to keep us apart. I went there.. And offered him my hand, "Dear friend... I just want to say sorry for everything, we are still best friends, please forgive me." No response from other side, what the hell?? He is still preserving his ego, I am saying sorry... even then!!! I really don't care for such people. But one sec.... it seems he is not able to see me!!!! He did not see my extended hand.


    My goodness... AM I REALLY DEAD???


    I just sat down near ME; I was also feeling like crying... "OHH ALMIGHTY!!!! PLEASE JUST GIVE ME FEW MORE DAYS..." I just want to make my wife, my parents; my friends realize that how much I love them.


    My wife entered in the room, she looks beautiful. "YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL" I shouted. She didn't hear my words, in fact she never heard these words

    coz I never said this to her. "GOD!!!!" I screamed... a little more time please..


    I cried...


    One more chance please... to hug my child, to make my mom smile just once, to make my dad proud at least for a moment, to say sorry to my friends for everything I have not done, and thanks for still being in my life....


    Then I looked up and cried!!!! I shouted....


    "GOD!!! ONE MORE CHANCE PLEASE!!!!"


    "You shouted in your sleep," said my wife as she gently woke me up. "Did you have a nightmare?" I was sleeping.... Ohh that was just a dream.... My wife was there... she can hear me... This is the happiest moment of my life...


    I hugged her and whispered.... "U R THE MOST BEAUTIFUL AND

    CARING WIFE IN THIS UNIVERSE.... I REALLY LOVE U DEAR".


    I can't understand the reason of the smile on her face with tears in her eyes, still I m happy....


    "THANK YOU GOD FOR THIS SECOND CHANCE!!!"

    Disclaimer: I got this as a forward and its not my work in anyway...

    Monday, February 16, 2009

    Nothing in life like being alone!!!


    No one to laugh with, no one to cry with
    The pain of loneliness is sometimes unbearable!!!

    Sitting alone at a beach, staring at the star lit sky.
    The joy I get, inexpressible it is!!!

    Journey called “My Life” seems so directionless now,
    Don’t know where I am going, don’t know what I need!!!

    Had learnt to smile all the way,
    So I am smiling, Alone on the road!!!

    Nothing in life like being alone!!!

    Tuesday, February 3, 2009

    Howard Roark quotes...

    Recently I read couple of quotes by Howard Roark. I really loved the way it's been put across. Simple yet very powerful and influential. Thought I will share it here because I believe it's worth reading at least once in your lifetime.

    For those of you who don't know "Howard Roark", he is the protagonist of "The Fountainhead" - a 1943 novel by Ayn Rand. I am waiting to get hold of that book, because somehow I became a fan of "Howard Roark" right after reading these quotes!!!

    • "I came here to say that I do not recognize anyone's right to one minute of my life. Nor to any part of my energy. Nor to any achievement of mine. No matter who makes the claim, how large their number or how great their need. I wished to come here and say that I am a man who does not exist for others."
    • "Man cannot survive except through his mind. He comes on this earth unarmed. His brain is his only weapon. Animals obtain food by force. Man has no claws, no fangs, no horns, no great strength of muscle. He must plant his food or hunt it. To plant, he needs a process of thought. To hunt, he needs weapons, and to make weapons -- a process of thought. >From this simplest necessity to the highest religious abstraction, from the wheel to the skyscraper, everything we are and everything we have comes from a single attribute of man -- the function of his reasoning mind."
    • "The choice is not self-sacrifice or domination. The choice is independence or dependence. The code of the creator or the code of the second-hander. This is the basic issue. It rests upon the alternative of life or death. The code of the creator is built on the needs of a reasoning mind which allows man to survive. The code of the second-hander is built on the needs of a mind incapable of survival. All that which proceeds from man's independent ego is good. All that which proceeds from man's dependence upon men is evil."
    • "The egoist in the absolute sense is not the man who sacrifices others. He is the man who stands above the need of using others in any manner. He does not function through them. He is not concerned with them in any primary matter. Not in his aim, not in his motive, not in his thinking, not in his desires, not in the source of his energy. He does not exist for any other man -- and he asks no other man to exist for him. This is the only form of brotherhood and mutual respect possible between men."

    Thursday, January 22, 2009

    Emily Cummins – Solar powered fridge


    Proving once again that the best ideas are often the simplest, 21-year-old student/inventor/entrepreneur Emily Cummins has designed a brilliant portable solar-powered refrigerator that works based upon the principle of evaporation. Employing a combination of conduction and convection, the refrigerator requires no electricity and can be made from commonly available materials like cardboard, sand, and recycled metal.

    Emily Jayne Cummins (born 11 February 1987) is a student at Leeds University studying Management and Sustainability. Her inclination towards design and innovation started way back when she was four years old, when her granddad gave her a hammer. From then on, whenever she used to visit she spends hours with him. She was inspired as she saw her granddad taking scraps of materials and turning them in to toys for her and her cousins.
    Her innovations include:

    1. Toothpaste Dispenser.
    2. Water Carrier.
    3. Sustainable Refrigerator.

    I must say, of all of them I was really impressed with the idea of refrigerator and the way it works. Simply amazing!!!



    Simply place perishable foods or temperature-sensitive medications in the solar refrigerator’s interior metal chamber and seal it. In-between the inner and outer chamber, organic material like sand, wool or soil is then saturated with water. As the sun warms the organic material, water evaporates, reducing the temperature of the inner chamber to a cool, 6 degree Celsius for days at a time!

    After winning £5,000 from York Merchant Adventurers for her idea, Emily delayed going to college for a year to take her refrigerator to Africa for further development. She made six versions during the initial phase of production and helped make more than 50 during the trip where locals in Namibia nicknamed her “The Fridge Lady“. The refrigerator has since rolled out in Zambia, Namibia and South Africa and Emily believes thousands more may be in use as the design passes from community to community through word-of-mouth.

    Sources: www.inhabitat.com

    Friday, January 16, 2009

    Sacrifice??? Selfless Love???




    On way back from an adjacent town, we stopped at a highway dhaba. Placing our order, we stretched ourselves out on the cane chairs. A motley group of people occupied other tables. As we glanced around desultorily, a ragged man sauntered in & sat down. He poured himself a glass of water from the steel jug. He drank two glasses, but ordered no food, nor did the dhaba boys ask him.
    When our tea and samosas arrived, he looked at the food, filled his glass again and drank it. We saw no greed in his eyes, but it was an easy guess, that the guy was hungry & had no money. The dhaba boy told us, “Oh! That madman comes in everyday. If he has money, he eats something; otherwise he just drinks a few glasses of water & leaves. My boss said that since water has been given to us by God, we must never stop anyone drinking it at our dhaba.”
    This logic really touched me. I asked the boy to serve the man a plate of samosas. When he did so, the man looked at him. The boy pointed to us. The man looked at us but made no acknowledgement. As he picked up the first samosa, a little girl in rags walked up & just stood there. He gave her the samosa, which she wolfed down. He picked up the second one & handed that to her, too. She grabbed it & ran away.
    He pushed away his empty plate, filled up his glass again, drank the water and walked away from the dhaba without a backward glance.
    I asked myself if I were capable of a gesture like that. The most I could muster was, ‘I HOPE SO’.
    If sharing what we have in excess is generosity, then how would we describe what that madman did? - SACRIFICE??? SELFLESS LOVE???
    I suppose this is what so called normal men talk about & madmen practice!!!
    [P.S: I read this blog at my office blogoshpere, it was mentioned that the author got this as a forward mail …..but it was too good to not share with a larger audience, so I just added my few cents]

    Thursday, January 8, 2009

    Ubiquity


    Ubiquity for Firefox from Aza Raskin on Vimeo.


    ‘Ubiquity’ is a Mozilla Labs experiment into connecting the Web with language that could make it possible for each one of us to do common tasks, like googling, more quickly and easily. Ubiquity's main goal is to take a disjointed web and bring everything the user needs to them.

    Off late I came across another website www.Flowgram.com. Flowgram is a beautiful solution for a very meager problem which almost all of us face everyday.  I suggest you to see the video which they have put up in the homepage.

    The advantage of using Flowgram is the fact that we can bundle different types of content, be it word doc, ppt, webpages, anything for that matter. I think this is extremely useful as it is hardly supported by the tools currently available. For instance, when we're researching a topic we usually work with a combination of emails, Word and Powerpoint docs, webpages, etc. With Flowgram, this can be done in one place. But however, for this tool to be more useful, a user would also have to have the ablility to unpackage Flowgram to get the different files back in their original format. That’s one thing which they need to work on I guess.

    Somehow, when I read about ubiquity I was able to relate it to Flowgram. I felt that that basic problem addressed in both the projects are the same i.e. "disconnected web". But definitely Mozilla have addressed far more issues with ubiquity and they are trying to take user experience to the next level. I feel that's the secret behind the success of great companies, it's not just about the solution, it's about the value add they give to the solution. Anyone can come up with a solution for a problem like "disconnected web". But the way Mozilla related the "disconnected web" to their browser, and the way they related it to the end user is just amazing.

    Ubiquity is an amazing concept, but I wonder how far people are going to use it.

    Click here to install  the prototype of ubiquity.
    P.S: Ubiquity is still in the very early stages, and a lot of security issues are yet to be addressed.