Thursday, March 31, 2005

Deccan Chronicle at Rs 99/- an Year...

Deccan Chronicle, the Hyderabad based newspaper, has come up with its new Chennai Edition. It's hard to rise-up in the Chennai newspaper market mainly because we have India's THE-best newspaper "The Hindu". The Hindu and a cup of hot coffee is an age-old morning sight in most of chennai homes. Nothing can seperate that combination. No Indian Express, No Deccan Chronicle..... Here the sun rises with "The Hindu".

Moreover Chennai crowd is intelligent and sensible enough not to be attracted by that funky Page-3 stuff.. Taking all these factors into consideration, Deccan Chronicle has priced itself at 1 Rupee.

But, You can get the whole year subscription for Rs 99/- if you have an ICICI Bank card. I saw that ad today. Call 52082400 to subscribe for Rs 99/- for 1 year.

Believe me, you will get more than 200 bucks if you sell one year's paper to the old-paper-wala. (its a 36 page paper)

So Deccan Chronicle and ICICI Bank together give you more than 100 Rupees an year if you read and watch nonsense-masala stuff, bikini laden models, erroneous English,false stories, and some soft porn...Good Compensation yaar.... Iam going to subscribe...

I would'nt mind subscribing "Deccan Chronicle" even if it's a brazilian newspaper; considering the Rate Of Return... Even finance companies wont pay such a huge interest:-)

[P.S. Today I got "Deccan Chronicle" free with "The Hindu". It was given free with Hindu in KK Nagar, Ashok Nagar, T-Nagar, Nungambakkam, and many other areas]

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Iam on Yahoo! 360

I got invited to Yahoo! 360 by Bharath. It's an Orkut-Wallop kind of service from Yahoo!. It is in beta and you need an invite to access it. If you need an invite, Comment on this post(with your E-mail address).

Iam yet to discover 360. Will post a review later.
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Monday, March 28, 2005

I earned 350/- bucks !!!

Today I earned my first wage. This is the first time Iam getting some solid cash as a wage for some work. (not a GIFT!!). This is a sentimental moment for me.

I got it as a salary for my days job as freelance co-ordinator at MeritTrac. It is a Competence Assessment Company for companies like Microsoft, GE Capital, Wipro, Oracle, Satyam, IBM, ICICI OneSource, Accenture, SAP, Adobe, Digital, Titan, SP Jain Institute of Management, etc.

Today I was put up on the crowd management and test co-ordination section for 3 batches of aptitude test for CTS (Cognizant). It was at St. Michaels Academy, Adyar.

I had work from 8.30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and my salary for the day was Rs 350/-. Apart from this BIG money (for me its big), we got lunch from Dhaba Express.

Great day..Hard-Earned Money.. I'll never forget this day... A day of great significance in my life...

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Saturday, March 26, 2005

I got "My Experiments with Truth"

Today I purchased a copy of "My Experiments with Truth", autobiography of Mahatma Gandhi. The book in English, was translated from Gujrathi by Mahadev Desai, back in 1940. It's been my long term wish to read this book.

The book published by Navajivan Publishing House, Ahmedanad is sold at a subsidised rate of Rs 30/-.

Nice buy.. especially at the platinum jubilee of Dandi Yatra. Availiable at
Landmark, Spencer Plaza. (probably the cheapest item at Landmark -:)

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Wednesday, March 23, 2005

hi hello namaskar vanakkam bonjour

It's been a long long time since I have been dreaming/planning to create a blog at blogger. And finally its Dream Come True..... And I am quite sure that, this blog would not end with just this helloWorld{} post.. I still believe in the WELL BEGUN IS HALF DONE funda!!

Anyway I'm not that new to this blogging mania.. I have a technical blog at

Well, Who am I??

Iam ______ Maniac (pronounce dash-maniac) from Chennai, India. Thats my blog personality.

My real-world personality (Still confused as to which is real and which is Virtual) is known by the name Bharath Ganesh. My prime activity for the past 20 short years has been just one: TO DISCOVER MYSELF. And that's not yet completed. Hope this blog would contribute something towards that.

OK. Now lets have some formal intro.

The Past

On the 13th of July, 1984 a cute little boy was born at Sri Krishna Nursing home, Cochin, Kerala. That was Friday the Thirteenth.......
He was later named Bharath after the character in the ancient Hindu Epic Ramayana..

He belongs to Kerala (Trivandrum). Tamil is his mother tongue. His father works as a bank executive. So he (bharath) got a chance to see lot of places, as relocation is a common trend among most Indian pubic sector bank employees.

Age 0 to 1:
Stayed in Hubli, Karnataka. Of course it would be a criminal offense if I say something like "I love this place. I still remember the garden where we used to go for a walk every evening...."

Age 1-10: Aurangabad, Maharshtra. The kingdom of the Marathwada region in Maharshtra. This is the city where the famous Ajanta and Ellora caves exists... Did my primary schooling here.

Age 10-15: Pune, Maharashtra. The Best City... Educational Capital of India.. Pensionars Paradise... No words to describe this sweet beautiful city.. Go and see it yourself..

Age 15 - Present (Age 20): Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Hot, Hot, Hot city (most of hotness due to the weather...). OK I'll talk abt this Chennai some time later.

I speak 7 languages- English, Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam, Marathi, Kannada and Sanskrit. No foreign languages.

My entire schooling was at the great Kendriya Vidyalaya's (Central School). World’s largest group of schools (also THE BEST SCHOOLS), with over 940 schools and 730,000 students, and spread across various countries, governed by the Ministry of HRD, Goverment of India.

I did my schooling in three KV's. KV Aurangabad Cantonment, KV College Of Military Engineering (CME)-Pune, and KV Ashok Nagar-Chennai.

After that I went for an Engineering Course in Computer Science and Engineering at Panimalar Engineering College, Chennai. This college comes under
Anna University, Chennai. (Also the World’s largest technological University with 220+ colleges affiliated to it).

Rest of it is present.

SO, I’m Bharath Ganesh and currently I'm *studying* for B.E. in Computer Science & Engineering at Panimalar Engineering College, Chennai. It’s one of those JPR institutions. I’m now in my final semester of the course and shall finish it in a couple of months. After I finish my course I will go for work.

On Friday, the 24th of September 2004, I saw another major breakthrough.

That was the day I got my first job as a Software Engineer at Hexaware Technologies- A Software Services Company working on banking, insurance, airlines and Enterprise applications domains.

About my interests.. I’m a great News Paper buff. I’m a great fan of
The Hindu in spite of its recent problems. Frontline, also from the same group is my favorite magazine. I am also a selective movie buff.

Though I’m not a voracious reader I still manage to catch up with books occasionally. The most recent one being “Freedom at Midnight”.
I watch something of everything on the TV in spite of the CAS and set-top-box drama here in Chennai.
I read a lot of blogs also. I believe a lot in the theory that blogs are the most open, easiest and best way to express oneself and sell oneself.
It’s great tool for self-discovery.

I’m not a party animal but I can easily go for a slow, soft, descent drinks party. I’m a smoker and also drink occasionally.

I am not a tough sportsperson though I have had short formal coaching on many of them- Swimming, Cricket, basketball, Gymnastics, Karate, and the list goes on.

I enjoy cycling though I don’t do much these days as I sold off my old MTB cycle quite recently. I love my bike. I love to go *alone* on my bike. That reminds me of another important thing.

I’m still single.

Just like any other boy of my age I'm also passionate about girls.

I’m also passionate about technology. And attached to .NET User Groups, Student Clubs, Developer Communities etc.

Currently I’m also a Microsoft Student Partner, working as a Student Champ/ Consultant for
Microsoft India. The role is all about being a Microsoft Technology Consultant/Technical advisor for college students.

Of my recent assignments, the one worth mentioning is me being selected to represent India on the Student Advisory Board (SAB) of theSpoke V.2 project.
theSpoke is Microsoft's global online community for students interested in technology.

Err… This is getting too long. I should stop it here. You (We) will get to know a lot in my forthcoming blog posts.

Till then it’s TATA BYE BYE from ____ Maniac a.k.a. bharath.

____ Maniac. What’s the DASH over there for?? You and Me are here to discover that.

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