Thursday, April 07, 2005

President's Address at Microsoft 'India Academic Summit-2005'

President Abdul Kalam's Address at the 'Microsoft Academic Summit 2005' is now avaliable on his website.
Read it here.

An Excerpt from the Q&A session:

Question by a student:How do we introduce and make IT education compulsory in secondary schools?

President's Answer: It is not required.

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Turkish Film Festival in Madras

Embassy of Turkey, Federation of Film Societies of India, and the Madras Film Society together bring a 4-day film festival in Chennai.

Apr 6th: "Green Light" by Faruk Aksoy

Apr 7th: Zeki Demirkubuz's "The Third Page" and Mustafa Altioklar's "Lift"

Apr 8th: "It was Cold and Raining" by Engin Ayca and "Grab Basket" by Yavuz Oskan

Apr 9th: "Hotel Anayurt" by Omer Kavur, "Clouds of May" by Nuri Bilge Ceylan and "The Trial" by Aclan Bates

Time: 6 p.m.
Venue: Theatre, Film Chamber of Commerce, Gemini Circle

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Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Down the Memory Lane..

This entire week has been great for me. Lot of nostalgic thoughts..

First, I talked to Pavithra. She was my close friend during 11th and 12th. She was my coaching-class mate, from PSBB-KK Nagar. Two days back I somehow managed to get her phone number and gave a surprise call to her. It was a great feeling. Talking to a friend after 4 years. We plan to meet sometime this week. And Pavithra is going to become Dr. Pavithra.

Next, I saw Veena, a very old friend of mine. School Friend. She had dropped-in home. This girl is amazing. She's very different. She is one great bubbly-kinda person. She is open to the core. An extrovert. Hyperactive girl.Moreover she is the favorite girl and best friend of my close friend - Girish. She is now doing her CS Engineering at Mysore.

I was very happy to see her here because Girish is having a very bad time these days. He is one say-on-face guy. He din' like the girls in his college. He always asks me "Do we need girlfriends?" He was always worried because he did not have a single girl friend at college. Especially after being the Romeo of many-many girls at school.

At school, at any instant, Girish was surrounded by a bunch of girls. Veena came in and spent two days with Girish. He took her for shopping, took her to ECR, and was there with her till the Mysore Express left.... I have never seen such a happy Girish. Thanks Veena.

School Memories back... those sweet days..

Those were the days when we used to go to every chat shop and bakery in and around Ashok Nagar, KK Nagar, and West Mambalam.
Those early morning Physics Class (Sundareshan's) were awesome. Believe me, the best figures/females of Chennai come here. PSBB girls and DAV (CBSE) Girls were awesome.
Even last week, Ragho and I were trying to recollect the names(also other stats) of those hot PSBB women(hotter costumes) at Sundi class...

IIT coaching class at Habibullah Road was highly boring and intolerable because:
1. Everything went over the head.
2. No female there.

So I left it after 11th.

Then it was the evening class. Maths class on Brindavan Street (Prof. Ramakrishnan).
The class gets over by 7. I, Siddarth and Pavithra used to stand outside the class and talk till 9.. Siddarth and I explored every nuke and corner of Ashok Nagar, T-Nagar and Mambalam. (Even I was new to Chennai during that time).
On an average we used to cycle some 15 kilometres every day.Now I have lost contact with Siddarth. He is somewhere in UP. Bittu, contact me if you are reading this.

Another famous hangout during school was the chat shop on Arya Gowda Road..Viji Chat.. is the same even now. The same taste. The same price.

We used to bunk school very often.
While in 11th standard, we had a project at KV OCF Avadi. We were doing a project using optical fibres. For that we bunked one whole month. Daily we used to go to the Physics department at IIT Madras. Great days..
Then the visits to the Neuro Scinces department of the Goverment Medical College opposite Central for doing a project on Psychic Energy..

Then the culturals. Our school never used to organize culturals. But my batch guys were able to convince the principal and we organised "SAMARPAN"- Inter School Cultural festival to generate funds for Kargil War Rehabilitation. Two full months gone - collecting funds, giving invites in person, purchasing stuff...

And the endless list of movies watched bunking the school- 1-2 ka 4, Thenali, Mudalvan, Padayappa, Hamara Dil Aapke Paas hai, Mohabbatein, Dhai Akshar Prem Ke,.. and many more

School was fun. More than College..

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Four Years: Gone in 60 seconds

End of College Days. Four Years is a big time in a man’s life.

College days were the most relaxed period in my lifetime. These 4 years have been really crucial. They changed me a lot. I don’t wish to say that my college changed me or the life at college changed me.

I want to think back and talk about the After-CollegeHours Life, which played a big role.

In fact the credit goes to those Made-Easy books by Charulatha Publications. They gave me a lot of free time. Honestly, I owe Engineering degree to them. The power and reach of Charulatha Publications can be easily understood, by the fact that it has got a place, in 99% of Tamil Nadu college student's blogs.

So, studying for exams were just from those booklets. And that too, just a few hours before the university exams. Believe me, even if you are totally blank about the subject and if there are just 3 hours until the exams are going to begin, there can be just one solution:

Open the Charulatha book.
Read the CONTENTS page.
Oh God, what an amount of confidence that gives..

Rest is History... Go through the book for 2 hours.. I am sure, you can get 75% in Anna University exams.. I did this for 5 semesters and now I have a score of 77%. Maybe I would have got that magic number 80 if I had the power and patience to learn by rote. But I feel extremely happy and satisfied because I got this mark without cramming up a single question. More important is, I got this mark without wasting time in cramming up those huge textbooks.

So, how did I spend the time?
Good Question.

Before entering this college I did not know much about computers. I just knew some C++ (just those fibanocci and factorial kind of stuff and not OS implementation in C++) and some RDBMS stuff in school. I never tinkered around the computer.

The 1st and 2nd year of college were the times of tinkering around my computer. It was during these days I got to know what a hard-disk is, what a boot sector is, what a partition table is, what is ext2 filesystem, what is i-Node, what is L-2 cache, or how to resolve dependencies in LINUX.
Thanks to Bala and Karthi for those independent discussions while the boring lectures were on. I learnt a lot from them.

3rd Year was highly academic. I developed a strange interest towards core computer science. (Though, Now, after reading Paul Graham's essays, I dont like to use the term Computer Science).
I got my own collection of great CS books. My only aim was to do some great research in Computer Science. I read about System Software, Operating Systems, Computer Algorithms, Compiler Design, Computer Architecture, ..All from good Books. I used to dream about becoming a Ken Thompson, Dennis Ritchie, Steve Jobs, or Tim Paterson. (Bill Gates??)

Then came the Final year- the best of all.

I became a great Microsoft Fan (and an evangelist). I became a Microsoft Student Partner.

I got this interest towards blogs. I started reading a lot of blogs- being my favorite. I started my own technical blog.
Off this tech-stuff, I started reading a lot of books. I started reading a lot of non-technical blogs also. I watched some good movies. I met some really great people. I read about some great people.

I enjoyed every evening in these 4 years. It changed me a lot. One thing I learnt is that, whatever be the information you get, grasp it. Dont think of the possible uses of it, or how it will benefit you. Dont think whether you are connected to it. JUST ACCEPT IT.

The best part of College life were the crucial evening meetings. It always used to be Girish, Bala or Arvind with me.
And then, the frequent bike ride's on East Coast Road with Girish. Those waits in that Tea Shop in front of Maayajal. Aaah .. Awesome!!!

Apr 20, 2001 - Apr 4, 2005: Gone in 60 Seconds...
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Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Sourav Ganguly and E-Mail Forwards

These days there are innumerable forwards about Ganguly. But this one seems to be the most widespread virus..
All Indians are eagerly waiting to see Ganguly score a two digit number (or) stay on stumps atleast till a 2 Minute-Maggie gets completely cooked..

Best Seller by Ganguly: Back to the Pavillion in 2 minutes

- Shoiab Akhtar admits Ganguly is faster and quicker than him. "I haven't seen any one get out so fast. Man, I envy his speed. I am quick but he is quickest.", he says. "I think I should now cut my run up short when I bowl to him. Or else, he might be gone when I am half way thru my run up."

- Narain Karthikeyan to get some tips on Speed from Ganguly. His sponsorers have asked him to talk to the Prince of Kolkotta. They are also planning to endorse Ganguly.

-Dinesh Karthick confesses that his skills in getting ready and padded have improved a lot. As soon as Ganguly goes to bat, I know there is very little time in getting ready. "I must have broken world records a few times in this series" , says the Indian dimunitive wicketkeeper.Q: Any Guesses which is Ganguly's favorite movie? A:Gone in 60 seconds.

- Railways keen on Ganguly: Atleast we'll be having someone who comes (back) before time. This will help them improve the image with the Indian public.

Q: Which was the hottest place in B'lore Chinnaswami Stadium for the past few days?
A: The seat Ganguly was sitting in, while in the Pavillion.

- Ganguly to donate all his bats to charity. "I don't require a bat nowadays", said the Indian southpaw.

- Dravid's latest comment on Ganguly: "In the pavillion, there's God, and then there's Ganguly (always there)".
5 marks question

Q: Which are the 5 ways to get the wicket of Ganguly?
1) Bowl to rib cage. Ganguly jumps in his place. mistimes pull. Easy catch for short midwicket
2) Bowl good length outswinger. Easy catch to keeper/slip
3) Full length delivery at off stump. Easy catch for gully
4) Bowl short pitch outside offstump. Ganguly drags on to the stumps
5) Bowl a flighted delivery. Earlier Ganguly would hit sixes. Now he either gets bowled or stumped or catch to close in fielders
Now some Recipe
Maggie in Two Minutes
Step 1:Boil one cup of water.
Step 2: As soon as Ganguly goes for batting, put the noodles in the boiled water and put the tastemaker.
Step 3: Stir till Ganguly is on field.
Step 4: As soon as Ganguly is back in pavilion, your noodles r ready to eat. This formula will definitely work 9 out of 10 times.
NOTE: To be on the safer side, stir till Ganguly is back to the dressing room. This is just to ensure that the Maggie is not half-cooked.
1 Mark Questions (Answer in not more than 1 line)

1) What is common to a 100 mtrs race and Ganguly's innings?
Ans: They both last for the same time

2) How can u say "Get Out" to Ganguly politely?
Ans: Ask him to go to bat

3) If Rahul is "The Wall", what is Ganguly?
Ans: The hole in the wall

4) How can Ganguly save time everyday?
Ans: By not bothering to pad up

5) Who is the only cricketer who does not bat, bowl or field and yet plays international cricket?

Ans: no comments...

6) Why has Saurav Ganguly been recommended as the fielding coach for India after retirement?

Ans: No one else can provide catches as easily as Ganguly.
Come on Ganguly.... Relax..... Play your Game.. Dont worry about Nagma... The Gutka Guys are there to take care of her..
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Monday, April 04, 2005

GoogleGulp! is Awesome

Look at this:

and also at the faq's

There are certain things in this world which only Google can do.. or which only Google Engineers can think of.. Dont know whether these people are like this right from birth or is it google which makes them this way....
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Got a 30 Rupee neckless T-Shirt from Ranganathan Street.
The moment I saw that T-Shirt on the roadside shop, I couldn't resist myself from being a proud owner of that. That's because its back read:


Proud to be an FBI agent from Chennai...
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Google Translation Rocks !!!

How far do you trust Google Translation Service?? Answer my question after seeing this:


Step 1: Go to

Step 2: Enter the following line into the translate textbox:

Aishwarya's mom is nice and cool

Step 3: Translate from english to spanish.

Step 4: Copy the translated text, and translate it back from Spanish to English.


Saw it??

Google Translation Rocks !!!!
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Saturday, April 02, 2005

My College

Isn't this Sexy??
This one is taken on a normal lens view camera and not on a digi-cam. No technology can beat our plain old lens view cam...

Photo by Arvind
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I got my A3 India Kit

Today I recieved my Sify A3 India Game Closed Beta Kit. Thanks Kiruba for telling about that.

A3 stands for Art, Alive and Attraction. A3 is a Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game made by Sify. Iam yet to install and play the game as I need to make some upgradations to my machine to intsall A3.

The kit had an A3 India T-Shirt, A-3 India Game CD, A3 India Cap, and some posters, postcards, A3 notepad, A3 Calender etc..

It also had a 20 hour Sify Gold DialUp starter kit.

Sify taking a new path..

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