Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Do the New


I have an Airtel connection and I didn't give Docomo much thought when it first arrived with its Do the New campaign. But I was discussing the ad campaign with a friend of mine.

The Telecom industry is becoming increasing crowded with new entrants. And of course Docomo is coming in all new into the Indian market. There is a need for differentiating itself. But the first thing for Docomo to do is get the potential customer affiliated with the name.
This is what their "Do the New" campaign is all about. The focus is on the 'new' Docomo as a word. This is evident in the background score which is simple reiteration of syllables in the word Docomo.
What its not trying to do through its first campaign is differentiate itself. All the campaign is aimed at is to simply become a common word among its potential customers.

The Friendship Express also tried an emotional appeal that I feel failed. Since it is not exactly revealing to the audience how it connects emotionally. It just tried but as I see it, could not.

The idea of Friendship Express might come a little later down the PLC when it connects the ad to a friends' circle caller benefit of sorts.

Final call:
The ad campaign is jsut perfect if not for the usage of the word Friendship Express.


PS: Cheers to my 400th post on Slisha Crazy!!!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Eventful Evenings!

The third term has a lot of work. It is getting more and more demanding. But the fun part is I m making it so.

A typical day:
Morning I m still sleeping
Class times: I manage to wake up and go!
After class I sit and work on acad work for the next day.
After dinner events and other random events in the biz world of events and competitions.
Later in the night: Drams practice
Way later in the night: JBS practice
Wee hours of early morning: Sleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep!!!

Hometown

As I was mentioning in my last post, I m confused as to which city do I say I belong to.

I was born in the city where my mother's parents live, but I was brought up in Visakhapatnam where I stayed for the first 18 years of my life.
I studied in a hostel for 4 years in Chennai where in the first one year I went home to Visakhapatnam but for the next three years I mostly went to Bangalore for hols where my sister works and my mother often visited.

Now I m studying in a hostel in Kolkata.
Now my sister still works in Bangalore.
She is married to a guy who works in Seattle.
My father is transferred to and is working in Hyderabad.
And I m going to Hyderabad for New Year.

So next time I introduce myself do I say I m from Hyderabad ??


In my cell phone, my house number in Vizag is still stored as "Home" though disconnected and my house number in Hyd is stored as "Home Hyd".

A Wedding!

On a lazy Sunday evening my sister gives me a call. For my information, she is getting married!

Now that's what happens when you live away form home long enough. You dunno what your family is doing while you are away!
Well not really, it was just this one case. And I seem to remember from distant memory my mother having said something of a possibility of this idea.

So anyway my tickets were booked. To Ranchi! Yes, to Ranchi it is.

And so I attended a complete Jha wedding in Ranchi and stayed over for a few days to give my sister company.




Unfortunately my endterms loomed in front of me as I had to miss the wedding reception in Visakhapatnam, my hometown.

Oh wait! Is hometown where you live or where you lived or where your parents live ??

Life's Sudden Changes

It feels weird that life changes things so suddenly even if they are a distance good enough not to affect you they still do.
It feels weird when there is so much happening and you want to store all that in your blogposts but you are just unabale to cos I already todl you it's too faaaaaaaaaaaaaast.

Well yeah things change a lot and then they change more and then some more....

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Memories in Candle-Light

I hadn't been blogging lately.
Been long time it is. But when I read in the newspaper yesterday about the sentence of Manjunath Shanmughan's killer, I remembered that I have a blog post to write.

On 19th November 2009, 4 years after and IIMs still continue to commemorate his death. I forgot that he belonged to an IIM till I saw the notice on our notice board calling for a candle walk. I was not sure how many people would turn up. But I wanted to go and so I did.
I reached the starting point 5 mins ahead of time. I took along a friend of mine. All I could see was about 10 guys (a few of whom were standing for elections coming up pretty soon). And soon we began. And my the time we reached our audi where we ended our walk I was surprised we had picked up so many people on the way.

And there we stood in the dark, against the cold winds, protecting the candle flame. We were honoured that a student in the final year had known Manjunath personally. And we all stood there in silence.

SIlence is powerful!!!

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Forbidden


Why are there so many 'forbidden' things in this world ?

The forbidden fruit, the forbidden forest... Hell! There are 7 movies named 'Forbidden' according to wiki.

Even as kids we all want to do anything that follows 'Don't' before it.

I remember whenever I read (and still read) an instruction for anything, the Don'ts always make me wonder what happens if you do and there is an itching to do just that.

Why is the word forbidden so attractive ?

Fly with Roots


Whenever I feel like I m flying I think its utterly important to turn around and connect with your roots.
It keeps you on ground.
It gives you a reality check.

But most importantly,
When you go underground, those roots will pull you up and throw you in the air and force you to fly.

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Blowin' in the Wind


How many roads must a man walk down
Before you call him a man?...

A song written so long ago could never be wrong and never yet be right enough for people to believe it but accept it as an art of analysis.
Many let downs still keep up the position when the idea of quitting arises but whether fear or fight, never quit to make it but look out for hope reveals in truth and realise that a small pint can make an ocean worth of it.
But then it takes its toll

...How many times can a man turn his head,
Pretending he just doesn't see?...

Thursday, October 22, 2009

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Monday, October 12, 2009

Scripting Success

Forgot to mention.

The wattpad link that I had posted in Whatta an Idea! had won the script writing contest that I mentioned.

It's titled 'Natasha' and it is slisha crazy ! :)

And please do read the rose plant too up on wattpad.

Lucky Woes!


While I was listening to a company official talk about empowering oneself a thought occurred to me.

Most of us attribute losses to bad luck! Bad luck is almost always noticed and never hidden. Anything that possess as an obstacle which is out of your hands is termed as bad luck.

Good luck on the other hand is less credited. There are very few instances when things fit into place and to referred to it as good luck. Usually we take credit for what we do. Don't you think the failure of Murphy's law itself is good luck and is present in as copious amounts as bad luck ??

And the more important thought: latent goodluck!!
How many times had luck knocked on your door and you didn't hear it ? You can never answer. Because if you can, you would have heard it and you would have opened your doors.
I have heard people say that someone was successful becasue he was lucky. If one has the same opportunities one can succeed the same way.
Think about all the times you might have had opportunities but are just not good enough to see them, notice them, understand them and more importantly do something about them.

The whole idea of thinking that I might have a lost a million opportunities makes me feel so incompetent and small!

But then again, the world is so huge!
Talking about numbers, did you know about lucky numbers ?!

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Bheemli

Had a nice trip to Bheemli beach today.
An about to rain weather through out the trip had kept the spirits high and the exhaustion low.
A beautiful day spent :)

No pics since the cam has been down for a while...

Whatta an Idea!

I have registered in www.wattpad.com. Well just for the fun of it.
And also recently I have written my first script. Kept it short and crisp. Incidentally I wrote it for a scriptwriting contest in my institute.
And now its up on wattpad. Do have a look at it.

RTINATION on CNBC TV18

Watch www.rtination.com and the co-founder Rahul Gupta on CNBC TV18 on the award winning show Young Turks
3rd October 11am and 3pm
4th October 12noon and 8pm

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Lakeside

A walk early in the morning beside the lake is like running a million photographs of nature lovers!
The pink lilies floating on water.
The many fish so still you might think they died.
The herons that suddenly fly over the water creating ripples.
The weird fish that flops water everytime it comes to surface and goes in.
The effect of having two suns when the sun reflects the fullest on the surface of the water.
and many more.

It reminded me of the last month in IIT when I used to take morning walks and snaps along the way.
(Camera suffering communication problems now)
And my walk would invariably end in tea at taramani.
Now it's chai at maingate!
It's the same kettle on the same fire, the same tea glass, the same tiny shop, but two different places along the Bay of Bengal!

Incredible Indiyeah!

Sunday, September 06, 2009

The Cold Stormy Night


A storm was brewing. The wind was swaying me away. The rain was lashing against the upheld umbrella, so strong that I could not hear anything else. And I walked between to lakes that were brimming to overflow. The cry of the frogs was deafening. And the cold was chilling my spine. The darkness was overshadowing me. I was struggling to stay dry, at least my backpack. It contained my laptop.
I was on my way to stats terminal quiz 2.
Spooky it was man!

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Bunch of Billiard Balls

Imagine them sitting perfectly and you hit them and scatter them all over.

I have a bunch of things to do which I should be doing now or should have done earlier but like they say it is always the last few secs of the race that count and we all abide by that line asn get everything done in the last minute.

Mon: I had a quiz in stats last night that I would not want to talk about
Tue: I have presentation with a bunch of 11 other people to talk about the movie Gulaal from the point of view of the course 'behavioural sciences'. I hope it goes well. For me its going to be fun. I m acting out a couple of lines - in hindi.
Wed: I think we might have a marketing quiz for which we have like a few 100 pgs to mug
Thu: Hey I'm free. I thought I had something to submit.
Fri: Need to present for 3 mins as part of a group of six people role playing the top management of a company in troubled waters.
Sat: A stats terminal quiz awaits me. Not more explanations.

Next Monday onwards, I have my endterm examinations. And on the ensuing Friday, term 1 ends. (A senti blog post to be followed).

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Identity Achievement

(Pun intended only those who read up about identity crisis)

Aaand I am a member of IndiBlogger :)


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Get networking!!!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Independence Day

Firstly, http://www.rtination.com/ has been launched today. Have a look.


Secondly,
I missed the flag hoisting because I was caught in between waiting for my dad (who was visiting me) to turn up, breakfast and the distance to audi.
Then I did turn at audi since dad did turn up and we went to watch the culturals.

JBS BaroC put up an amazing performance today. (I wasn't part of the show today)
Praan
Yeh jo des hai tera - Swades
Vandemataram - a JBS adaptation
Dramatics Cell performed a play.
'Ali Never Dies' written by our Drams cell itself.
(I helped out my making a poster)
Choreo closed the show with flags waving.

Something worthwhile for dad to see while he is around here.

Monday, August 10, 2009

My First Performance

Last Saturday late night, or rather the wee hours of Sunday morning (around 2.30am), I performed for the first time in a band. I never even knew I could like fit into a band and stuff, but I guess I managed :)

So I sang this song called 'Kiss Me' by Sixpence None the Richer.
I 've never heard of this song till I started practising and it is so not my kinda song but then I guess it was my voice kinda song. So it wasn't too bad. :)

Bottom line: I performed :) And I loved it! Yeay!! And the rest of our band was just amazing!!!!

Out of puppet's madman's compulsions here is a really bad quality video :)



video

Friday, August 07, 2009

Convocation

This should have come last weekend but I got caught up. But anyway here goes:

Aug 1st.
Exactly 4 years ago.
I was registered into the B.Tech program at IIT Madras to do my mechanical engineering. I was stepping out of my home. I was just a little scared, a little excited, a lot elated and much more confused 18 year old like everyone else was.

July 31st
Exactly 4 years after the above incident. I was awarded my degree. And by then I had moved into another institute as confused and as excited and as scared and not so elated. Pretty much nothing changed except I was no longer 18, I was 22.

And in the 4 years that passed i picked a lot of friends and a lot more memories. Some good, some bad, some just unforgettable (definitely not ugly).
Now, that all of us have moved on to different parts of the world, some working, some studying and some just loitering around somewhere. It would have been my last chance to meet some people or rather most until life with its many twists and turns brings you to a point of surprise and shock and all the many reactions you can think of. yeah convocation was the day.

Convocation was little about going up and collecting your degree.
Convocation was about meeting people for the last time in the near imaginable future.
Convocation was about all of us mech engineers sitting together and tripping for one last time.
Convocation was about our parents looking at us in pride and we wonering whatever for.
Convocation was about over-rating this idea of meeting up and generally chilling out.
Convocation was about wearing those funny gowns and still smiling.
Convocation was about throwing up your hat with the degree in your hand and jumping in unison.

And it was this that I missed.
My entire wing was present but me.
It was this that I had to forego in order to appear for my microeconomics midterm in my new insti.
Naah.... my new institute.
Insti shall always remain insti!!!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Job Hunting

This is post is coming up pretty late. But at the risk of sounding cliched, better late then never.

There is this job hunt site started by a couple of friends which is doing pretty well now.
Hope it comes of use to people at the time of turbulence.
Visit : http://iitjobs.in/
The link on yourstory.in : http://yourstory.in/news/1063-frontpage/2331-rahul-gupta-and-hardik-makkar-founders-iitjobsin

All the best!!!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Cases cased

I was reading this case for a course called Organizational Behavior.
It made me wonder how much of effort goes into making such a case.

Math based cases are much easier I feel.
But OB cases ??!!
Think about it! It's just a conversation and each line is so important.
Just to develop a conversation that can be studied is like I dunno, infy effort !!!
 

Birthday Blast 2009

It's the first time my birthday fell on a day in the middle of a term in college.
Incidentally it fell on a Sunday with the Saturday night having a party called the Badla Party (essentially a kinda fresher's night).
Amrit (Vatsap?) flew down from Bhubneshwar, on his way to his 'well' publicized Meghalaya trip.
And we have a vague culture here where you get dunked in cake and maggie and frooti and all the crap that your pals can find, and you are bumped till you go sore.

End result:
I had a blast! and partied into the night, and literally danced till I dropped :)

PS: Lemme also mention a happy birthday to Divya Anusha (21st July.. good friend from school)

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Tasks



Not just Vista and iGoogle, but now Gmail also helps me with my list of things to do :)
The new Gmail Tasks!!!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

The Lily Garden


I took your lily and entered your lily garden.
So sweet of you to have laid out a patch of sunflowers for me.
A warm welcome I must say.
But I look around for you a glimpse may be.

My guardian angel where are you
I look hither thither I can't find
And then I hear a distant buzzing
Honey bee with my honey I find

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Definitions!!!

I was busy trying to get some useful information out of the world wide web.
I was about to type 'definition of deferred tax' in the google search bar in my firefox and to my surprise by the time I typed 'definition' the following turned up as the google search:
(put down by the priority list given)

definition of terrorism
definition of internet
definition of globalization
definition of pollution
definition of computer


However disturbing it is to know that the most searched up definition is terrorism, it baffles me how does somebody who doesn't know what internet or a computer is, is able to type in and search through Google search engine!!!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Organizing...

I wish I had folders in gtalk, to organize my gtalk list...
Does anyone know of such similar app ??

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Weekends

I am happy I m still in my college days. I know at least two people who feel bored and lonely during weekends. Both of them work and don't really have a gang of friends to hang out with.

My weekends are jam packed as always wherever I am.
This one is jammed with my jamming session (blogging from one of them actually).
I am a member of my college band now. Joka Bus Stand aka BaroC.
" The music band is called JBS BaroC for a reason (By the way Baro, in Bengali, is 12... so BaroC represents the bus numbered 12C... which started from the bus stand opp. the main gate.).. The reason is that it was thought that only 2 things can take your soul/self out of IIMC... One is the 12C bus and other is the music inside!... That's why the band is called JBS BaroC! " (contributed by TOPGUN)

Yeay!

Friday, July 10, 2009

To my life n everything in it

Sometimes you wonder if u are at the right palce
Sometimes you think again what you are upto
But at the end of the day it doesn't matter where you are or what you do
It matters of course who you are and whom you touched

To all those who touched my life
        Love you all and thanks very much

PS: love is a very subjective word.. but nevertheless... trust it

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Quizzers Whims

My first quiz in IIM Calcutta was an utter rape.
Naah! I didn't rape the paper.
The initial shock I got when I first saw the paper was exponentially increased when I was told its for 10 minutes.
Most appropriately I'll get a null. And I'd add a smiley here :) because it's too depressing to put :(

But in a way it's a good thing.
I have some motivation to study which I lost almost immediately after I entered the acad system of IIT Madras.

Monday, July 06, 2009

Going Concern

Now I will tell you what I've done for you
50 thousand tears I've cried.
Screaming, deceiving and bleeding for you
And you still won't hear me.

Her voice hurts, screams, touches and makes you cry.
God bless the power of music
God bless the essence of poetry
God bless the world of songs

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Coffee is Forever

Prior to coming into IIT:

Prior to coming to IIM:

After coming to IIM:

Craze

Why doesn't annoying craziness stop ??

Strike Rate

Frustrated your blog aint getting any attention?
Write a random post criticizing a community that is highly popular (famour or infamous).
And voila! You'll have 200 comments with random people taking a dig at it, at each other.
And your hits increases exponentially!!!!

Anyway not exactly in those lines, but I came across a blog post which most of you would have seen earlier.
Lemme give it some more publicity that it already is desperate for : http://helloji.wordpress.com/2008/03/05/iit-insufferable-indian-tribe/
It is basically a criticism of IITs.

So yeah it have some 357 comments or something; about the post, about mudslinging and even debating if the author is an IITian or not.

When I read the post I did not feel it necessary to either complete reading the post or to bother to comment.

 But what really surprised me was :

"this is so familiar :) . there's another "breed" BTW – the IIT-IIM combo! That just rips everything apart."

by a blogger who shares my name.

In fact I had tried contacting her once when I found her blog. And it did not blossom into friendship.
Irony of my BRAND is it?



Updated

Friday, July 03, 2009

Coffee Conversations


My parents had come to drop me off at IIM Cal. We reached on a Thursday and they left on the following Sunday. That day as we were having lunch in my mess we over heard the conversation of three students at the same table. They were talking about the market fluctuations in the last week.

My dad had observed it. So had I. I was scared wondering if I blend into this system. He was delighted and he said to me tha the next time he'd come over I'd probably react like this. I just thought he was crazy.

Following Thursday, we were supposed to report a case as a group. We were sitting at the library pouring in our brains and three of us took a coffee break. We walked out to Nescafe and were havign a causal conversation about our case.

Well I m still not discussing the market but at least my coffee conversations have refined :)

(Come to think of it I think I had my life's most interesting conversations over a coffee... a lot can happen over coffee...)

Header July 2009


These flowers are flicked from the Dean's Dinner at insti (IIT Madras)
The "Universe" has now turned into "Joka Days" cos I realized I now hvae two parallel universes, and till now I had only one, insti. :)
So I thought I shall have a minor variation.

Connected


I reached IIM Calcutta on 11th June, 2009.
I put up three blog posts on the day I left my home in Visakhapatnam.
And it was on the 1st of July that I finally got net connection and a laptop.

The first thing I did after starting my laptop is struggle to connect to the internet.

The first thing I downloaded was gtalk setup. And once that was loaded I felt connected.

The second thing I did was download DC++ and get online. Another step to feel connected.

Today I got rid of IE7 and got myself mozilla firefox along with speed-dial and foxtab. So now I can finally blog in peace and feel completely connected.!!!

Try Appreciating

When someone tries to improve/uplift something or eradicate something bad, there are always a bunch of people who say why not something else, or why not previously done, why now and why this.
I'd like to question that bunch of people, why not you?

Friday, June 26, 2009

Remember Remember

Been long and I did not very well have the opportunity to be online. Sadly, there is a lack of net connectivity and the corresponding equipment.
So a short post just to remember rather than celebrate.
 
Two days ago, Slishacrazy turned 3.
Three cheers to Slishacray!!!
 
(Belated Happy Birthday)

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Waiting...

It's inevitable. I think everyone is always waiting for something or the other all the time.
Now, I m waiting
for my Lenovo Thinkpad
for my fresher's party on 17th
for the half day tour on 21st
for classes to start on 22nd
for my blog's birthday
for my birthday
for the convo I can't attend
for the management games here
for the hols to go back home
and right now...
Just waiting for the day to end :)

Spicy for a Change


I've never read a Paulo Coelho book like this one.

(am still reading...)


It's got the thrilling effect. But it still have the philosophy in it the way all his books are.

It's gripping in a very flowing way.

A really good read. And it keeps me busy.

I am pretty much vetti till 22nd when classes are scheduled to start.

ReRoomed

I'm finally reroomed :)

Since 22nd May, I've been feeling a little uncomfortable for I have vacated out of DellaPrincess. I missed it. Not the room, rather the thought of having a room. Since then I ve been on the move. But finally, on 11th June, I got a room, a new room, yet a room.

I got an address :)

I still gotto rename it though. Not DellaPrincess. I even left the sign board back there. This one's gotto have a new name.
It's a little different from the old one. It's slightly bigger (with a tiny balcony and all that) and I guess I grew up a little too :P
Feels good to be at a new place, making new friends all over.

But in some way, I don't feel so new, just fresh.

Water water everywhere!

(flicked from google)
It is a beautiful sight to see.
Lakes all over. And the roads are edging the lakes, going around the lakes.
It's nice to walk around in the evening.

The weather though similar to chennai it seems very hot and sunny, probably because there are not as many trees and they don't provide shade as much.

!!! The best part, there is a tiny patch of sunflowers in front of my Administrative Block :) !!!

A flicker stream I found.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Header PGDM


Cheers to my new header, 351st post and the beginning of a new label "Joka Days" !!!

Celebrations!

Incidentally,
Last summer this time, I was interning in Tata Steel. It was the beginning of their Centenary year.

When I came back to IIT Madras, in July, we inauguarated the beginning of our Golden Jubilee year.

As I pass out now from IIT Madras and enter IIM Calcutta, I m entering into IIM Calcutta Golden Jubilee year.

TO Kolkata

I leave today
To Kolkata
From Visakhapatnam

And since I finished Overload by Arthur Hailey I should try reading one of the Coelho books on the way.
When I arrived in IIT Madras for BTech, I did with a dark blue suitcase and a bright blue trolley bag. I came back with those two and a two bags. Today I m packed with the same suitcase and trolley back, and a amall addition, a red and black shoulder bag. I like to travel light.

I don't know when next I'll come online
It will take time for me to get a laptop n then access internet
(first to get a room and then registration).

But I have decided that however busy I might be, I shall still continue to blog :)

Overload

Well i finished the book before I thought I really would.
It's good.
The power systems, the black outs, the senti was all beautifully done.
The character of Karen Sloan was a good addition even though it was unnecessary.
What I really thought was unnecessary was the protagonist, Nim Goldman's personal life. And by personal life I mean his affairs. It could have totally been left out since it didn't seem to add to the story at all. And also it made woman look dumb.

Whatever. So yeah, altogether, it was OK.

Monday, June 08, 2009

Healing stone

They say time is a healer
It's not
It just gets you used to situations

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Junnuuuuuuuu!

I had blogged asking for it.
I had called up a number of sweet-shops in Chennai in search of it.
Finally, back at home, I found it :)

Clearly its HOME SWEET HOME

Overloaded

I m overloaded with books.
I started Carl Sagan's Contact a few months ago and I never really completed it. But I completed my BTech. And it was a borrowed book so I even returned it without finishing.
I also started Paulo Coelho's The Pilgrimage but put it aside for Contact which I never finished, so I never finished Pilgrimage either.
And in the train from Bangalore to Visakhapatnam, I started Arthur Hailey's Overload done with more than have the book, the rest of which I hope to complete on Wednesday's train from Visakhapatnam to Howrah. But I hope to complete it before landing in Howrah since once I reach there I probably won't have time.
I also bought Paulo Coelho's latest, The Winner Stands Alone too.
I hope to find some free time and complete over a few months the two Coelho books.

Yellow Fields

On my journey from Tirupati to Bangalore by bus and on my journey from Bangalore to Visakhapatnam by train I have seen innumerable fields. Quite a few of them were yellow. One particular field however wasn't just yellow. My eyes could focus to observe the tiny details. It was like you pick up a picture and increase it's sharpness. I could see clear boundaries for some of the yellow floers all turned towards the sun :)

It was worth all the journey. I m to understand howver you reach Bangalore you can invariably run into one those yellow fields, the yellowness praising the sun.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Energised Pilgrimage

My family visited Tirumala last weekend.
We went up the hill on foot. It's a looong trip up the hill about 9 to 10kms. On the way there are many picturesque viewpoints. But something different I have seen was alternate energy methods. The first I saw was this:

this pic was flicked from flickr :)


After I reached tirumala another interesting site I saw was the usage of solar cells.

this was googled up

Friday, May 29, 2009

Animal Instinct

I went over to one of my school friend's place to catch up with her. We were very close back at school and we often hung out at each other's place. This was a long time ago.

And a long time ago she had a dog called Tibbu. I was shit scared of it. And before I left for my undergrad studies, she got a puppy called Matty. It was cute and tiny, after all a puppy. But I was still shit scared of it.

After all these years I went over to her place and Matty had grown older. but it's one of those dogs that have short limbs and a long body (I have no idea and never did nor will about the different kind of dogs in this world; a dog is a dog) so it still looked cute.

It always runs up tot he door to see who's come. It escorted me to my friend's room and I went along with it pampering it. As I sat on the floor I tugged at it and played with it.

This is how IIT transformed me. I m no longer afraid of dogs (though I get irritated by the ones in front of my hostel back there) or cats (I loved to play with a kitten that lives in my hostel) or any kind of insects/lizards (a lot of them used to live in my room and I was the only one in my wing with no netlon for my window). Not to mention the blackbucks and the deers and the snakes and the mongeese and the bats that I've seen/encountered.

So I graduated out of a wildlife sanctury.
And I m off to do my post graduation at a bird sanctury.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Add value to Space

I go an interesting email sometime back:

Dear Webmaster,

My name is ***, and my company ******* represents online gaming sites in various domains. We are looking at reputable sites to place our clients' ads. Please let me know if you are interested.

For further details please don't hesitate to contact me.

Regards,
*******
Advertising Consultant
Business Development Department

I replied just to see what happens. Unfortunately I got no response :(

Della Princess


I miss it :(

Multifacet

.

Kinetic Energy

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This is kinda how my vehicle looks like.
I bought it about 4 years ago, July7th 2005 to be exact. I asked for it after my JEE exam knowing very well that I can't take it with me to IIT. My parents still agreed and bought it for me. So it's mine. Even though it wasn't here for the last one year and I have not driven it for like 2 years or something.

So today I decided to take it for a drive. Dad had the battery changed and put petrol in it and drove around for a couple of days before I came.

I walked down the three floors to my cellar, walked up to my bike.
Now I know the handle is locked. I looked at the key in my hand and I looked at the handle. I kept looking near the speedometer, the horn, the indicator, the handles, the breaks, the rear view mirrors. i looked everywhere. What was I searching for ? The groove for the key :)
I found it finally. It turned twice! (really??!! since when??)

OK now I was worried. I didn't know where the key goes! But by this time I was already on the road. And I drove out into the city. The city has changed. But usually, the main roads do not change. But here they did, or got diverted. Apparently a flyover is being built. So I took diversions and diversions and more diversions. I kept looking out for them. I was looking so unsure of very ever I go. Finally I went past all the havoc and drove down to the beach.

I drove on the beach road. You can't go beyond 40 on the main road and on the beach road I didn't want to go beyond 40. I wanted to drive as slow as I can (30). It was hot and sultry, but it was still the beach road. The blue waters and huge ships, all sizes and colors. And it finally here where I could feel the vehicle.
It's my vehicle, my Kinetic ZX Zoom! :)

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Last Day @ IIT Madras

I woke up vaguely at 6 45. Mom was around. When did she come? What is she doing? Ah! Mom's washing clothes. I m totally dreaming

***

I woke up at 7 30. Mom is still washing clothes and saying something about buckets. Yeah I m dreaming. No wait she came by didn't she? Oh yeah I m not dreaming alright. And I m leaving tonight ain't I? Wait a minute why is she washing clothes; they may not dry by tonight. MOM!!!

***

It's 11 damn it. I have too much work. I need to be at lib! I can't get off. I wish I was dreaming

***

9.30am. Whoa I was dreaming the last time. I curl around even more. Mom is in room alright. Finally get off bed at 10.

***

First time I felt senti was when I handed over my iCard at lib. It was sad, really really sad. Unlike others I didn't even take a colour print of the card. What's the point. I can barely see my face on it.

***

I went to my department to see if I got my BTP grade. I got an S. yeay!

***

Dropped in my lab to gen put fart (I'll miss this lingo) and wasted away time completely forgetting about my ticket.

***

I was ad block where I dumped all my no dues and asked for a signature on an IIM C form. This was gonna take time when I remembered I don't have the print of a ticket. I ran to lab got a print and ran back to ad block. After quite a wait I got the IIM C form signed.

***

Treat time in CCD. I treated as many as turned up for it from my lab. Sadly I could not treat a junior that I promised since a long time.

***

SBI ATMs stopped working/no money inside the dumb big box the coughs up money. So I used the can bank ATM. Can you believe that stupid machine?? It just sucks in your card! And then vomits it after it's done!

***

I did all the last minute packing when all the senti slipped in looking at the vaguely packed empty room.

***

Happy Birthday to me


Yeah my wing celebrated my birthday over the packed bags just before I left. It was like a normal birthday. Funny. For all those who don't know, I never celebrated my birthday with my wing in IIT since it falls in mid July and today they generally celebrated. It was kinda fun and my name was spelt without an a which kinda made it funnier. And they gave me the cutest most amazing gift they made in the next room

***

Call taxi was ready with all the luggage as we waited for a friend to turn up and he did with a huge bouquet of flowers and escorted to the station.

***

I didn't cry through out. I managed to leave IIT after a great 4 years of stay and didn't cry. I m growing up J

***

Thanks everyone who was a part of it, for making it the best days of my life. And a special thanks to all those who made my last day so memorable, esp my wing, thanks girls!

To do do do to do do du...

It's nice to have to do lists.

I realized every day I go to bed with a to do list in my head for the next day. And I don't get outta bed unless I remember my to do list the morning. And when I do get out I rerun the to do list and start doing them one by one and mentally checking them. It's kinda fun. Because as you tick them off you get more enthu to do the rest.

As in if you didn't have a to do list you'll probably get tired after a while of working anf you may not finish all the work. So to do lists are good.

 

Do I sound like Monica Geller ?? :P

Monday, May 18, 2009

Sensex soars

Sensex crosses 14000 mark !
UPA's victory got something to do with it. :)
And the trading has been called off for today.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

The Song

I just watched Gossip Girl episode of the prom. And it ends with Serena and Blair on the stairs.

And here is our song that was the background score for our pics in our hostel night video. We sang it all the way back in the cab from BBQ.

Pranava:
You're a part time lover and a full time friend
The monkey on you're back is the latest trend
I don't see what anyone can see, in anyone else
But you


Sirisha:
Here is the church and here is the steeple
We sure are cute for five ugly people
I don't see what anyone can see, in anyone else
But you


Athula:
The pebbles forgive me, the trees forgive me
So why can't, you forgive me?
I don't see what anyone can see, in anyone else
But you


Deepa:
You are always trying to keep it real
I'm in love with how you feel
I don't see what anyone can see, in anyone else
But you


Srinitya:
We both have shiny happy fits of rage
You want more fans, I want more stage
I don't see what anyone can see, in anyone else
But you


All:
Du du du du du du dudu
Du du du du du du dudu
Du du du du du du dudu du
But you


Friends forever! XOXO !!

The Dinner

My daily horoscope for today:
Loved ones will give you much happiness today as you go out or celebrate an occasion together.

The on and off and on and off and on and off dinner is finally on :)
A Saturday night dinner at Barbeque Nation and just the five of us girls - a perfect way to celebrate friendship and bid farewell as from tomorrow day by day we shall trickle down to none at the place we lived four years together.


Updates:
The call taxi was here on time.
A bunch of five girls were running down the stairs of our hostel.
Nitti and Deeps ahead of me both holding their footwear in their hands.
Me running behind them with all their cell phones and purses and a bag.
Athula running behind me.
Siri screaming that she is coming.

And so we tumbled into the call taxi. That guy went round and round T Nagar before he found BBQ Nation. We hogged on starters and dessert. (Was there a main course?) And again we tumbled into a call taxi and came back to room. In between there were some photographs clicked :)

Friday, May 15, 2009

Bureaucracy and the Boiling Heat

And miles of signatures before I leave..

Many that I m trying to get
Many that I have been trying for a while
Many that I cannot get
And many more that I am unaware of


And so I had to cancel my Bangalore trip

Thursday, May 14, 2009

The VIVA Part 2

I started my presentation. I was asked to speak louder (an extremely rare statement). I spoke louder, I felt weak, I got nervous that I feel weak. But I managed
Actually, I don't think I just managed, I did pretty well. It was good.

I have a few changes in my thesis which need to be done. I think my prof was happy.
And half hour after my presentation, my changes are done. I just need to reprint and rebind and submit.

But now starts the hunt for the no dues forms. The number I still dunno.

I have ticket for a train bound to Bangalore early tomorrow. If I manage to finish everything here that doesn't need my presence on Friday I shall leave.

SO now I am a graduate with a Bachelors in Technology in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Madras ( I just need to hunt proof for that :P ... here I go on the run... )

The VIVA Part 1

Today is the first time I watched someone feed the fish in the aquarium in Tifany's (or even Guru for that matter). It was nice to see bunch of fish (I think it is a school only if they are all similar fish) rushing towards a single point (or a bunch of closely spaced pointed marked out by the presence of the food particles).

Yeah, this is what happens when I try to blog half an hour prior to my viva ( I start explaining everything technically and in detail).

OK. So the fish were fed, so was the grass with water from the sprinklers, the breakfast was good and the morning sun was pleasant yet bright. It was a beautiful morning and it made my terrible headache go away (with the help of a couple of tabs) and my sickness subsided.

I feel good and again.
I never wanna see the sun go down, today...



Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Passing By

Passing by life, things don't always go the way we planned.

I was very excited about an IIMC get together with seniors and others in/from Chennai on Sunday. But my condition got worse and I couldn't attend the meet.

Forget about the meet now I m worried about my project viva this coming Thursday. I'm sure the doc at the insti hospi didn't understand what I was trying to say. I just hope for the best. And it's sad that my last days in IITM I'm sick and down and I can't go out and eat :(
My entire wing is in community living in the ac of the comp room and I m in no condition to stay in ac-ed environment.

Yeah I m full of cribs. But I do make some good time. I have spent the last one hour on my presentation for Thursday and put in some incredible animations :)

Sunday, May 10, 2009

On a Day Like Today

This an old Bryan Adams' song with a silly little puzzle. Kinda cute actually.
The words are pleasant
The whole world could change
The suns gonna shine
Shine through the rain


I've been a little sick lately, and very sick last night that I was unable to sleep.
I have a coughing throat that sends pain through my shoulder muscles and down my esophagus, but it's a bright new morn that's got the sun shining and I have incredible work to do today which I shall blog about once it's done! And I really can't wait. Now for some breakfast....

so
On a day like today
Ya never wanna see the sun go down
Ya never wanna see the sun go down

Friday, May 08, 2009

Mafia !

Whoever invented Mafia Wars on facebook !!!

I had stayed away from it for a long time. And today when I was slightly feeling ill and could go around too much decided to login anyway. And guess what! Elektra was rockign for a while. And then things went crazy and now I m outta money and energy.
I'm trying to fight it.
It is addictive!
Finally may be this is my addiction ??!! Lets wait for another 3 days (give it a max of 5 I'll get bored)

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

BTP in a PIC

I consider this the most beautiful picture I have ever created:


Sunday, May 03, 2009

Life ahead

Thesis
..........to be done.
Abstract
............to be submitted.
Packing
............to be done.
Tickets
.......... to be booked.

A new life ahead... It's kinda fun, yet scary, and obviously crazy....

Flared Fairy Modified

Saturday, May 02, 2009

New Tab

Did you know that instead of
menu/file/new tab
or
alt+f t
or
ctrl+t

you can just double click on the bottom edge of an already existing tab !!!


well I didn't know until I did it accidentally today. It feels like I discovered or something. lol

Friday, May 01, 2009

Girls Out

I invited 12 second year girls and 2 third year girls for a dinner treat. The turn out was exactly half, 6 second year girls and 1 third year girl. Plus me. 8 of us sat comfortably in two autos (unlike a bunch of guys who we ran into who bundled into a single auto only god knows how) and went to New Yorker, Nungambakkam.

Trips:
We changed table once. All 8 fit into a table meant was 6.
We ordered original New Yorker nachos with cheese sauce which we never got
We ordered 8 main course dishes and then canceled two since we thought it might be too much.
we got a wrong order ans we realized it was wrong only after we finished half of it.
So he said we ll get that for free and we got our original order as well.
Then we got 2 nachos with some vague stuff and no cheese which are supposed to be "starters".
We were then billed for the extra unordered yet received main course dish.
Then we were un-billed for it.
We came back again peacefully in two autos before which I took a head count.
We came back from main gate by an overcrowded bus.
With 3 of us sitting in one two seat-er and one separately and 4 of us in another two seat-er.
We sat in the chairs in CCD and changed table to the couch (ran to grab it when someone left).
We ordered a choc-o-vloc which we never got
We replaced the order with a tropical iceberg which we canceled in the last min
We were billed for the tropical iceberg instead of a devil's own.
But he later realized it and we were un-billed and billed again.
We got back the change and missed a 100 bucks.
We got the 100 back.

AND THAT WAS IT
how much more eventful cud it have gotten?
I got the world's weirdest toasts.

ALL in all it was FUN !!!

Thanks to Leela, Adithi, Ramya, Naga Jyothi, Akila, Reshma and Ravali for coming, and Kanmani for joining us a little later.

Vani, Kirtika, Kadambari, Surbhi and Surekha, we missed you!

Update: Vani and Kirtika did get a tiny treat in the CCD in campus.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

So finally my Exam

Yeah, I went in on time.
But I didn't have a watch and no track of time. The paper looked lengthy. So I got psyched and started scribbling, took additionals 3 times and then when I realized I finished the paper I had nothing left to do so I left. I was the first one to leave and I was out within 2 hrs when it was a 3hr paper!!!

I hope I didn't go overboard and really screw it up :P

Flared Fairy

for the record


Breakfast Before My Last Exam

The saga continues. Basically because I m bored and cannot get myself inspired enough to mug continuously.

What happens when you have dinner as fast as you can so that you can crash in on your bed and slip into slumber and actually do that and wake up in the morning hungry?
The problem was that I woke up at 5 and realized I was hungry. And as usual I have nothing eatable in my room accept for a bottle of mayonnaise. So I waited till 7 in the morn before my mess opens for lunch. But if I eat at 7 with my appetite I'll get hungry again at 10 or 11 and that's in the mid of my exam that is from 9 to 12. So I had to stuff myself in.

After a very heavy breakfast and the sunny side up on the sky with picturesque lawns between mess and hostel, it was automatic to pick up Economic Times sit and the entrance and read. (Unlike everyone else, I didn't take notes with me to mess and I stopped getting ET for a loooong while now).

Feels good. Now I need to go through two more assignments and some theory before I grab a bath and run to the exam.

Come to think of it, whether I have breakfast on a daily basis or not, I don't think I ever skipped breakfast before an exam. :)

My Last Exam

Today is my last exam. Only in IIT Madras though!
My next is already scheduled to be on June 30th (probably). Something called qualifying mathematics. Yeah, IIM Calcutta asked me to come prepared for it and sent me a syllabus sheet as well!

Coming back tot he point. Yes, today is my last exam here. And I never knew that I can sleep before 10 and wake up by 5 and study for an exam. But that's exactly what I am doing for my last exam! It sounds surprising to me.
(But of course I shall skip the part that the reason I was able to sleep by 10 into dreamless sound sleep [why do we say sound sleep? Aren't we like soundless when we sleep??] was that preceding that I had been awake for 34hours)

So yeay!
Anyway wish me luck.. I'll need all I can get
Aaand I don't really feel so nostalgic about the whole thing :|

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

THE CANON


I love this pic.. the camera is so beautifully captured. Imagine this , a camera having a bad picture of itself... publicity huh? :P I got the camera a long time ago.

I dunno what any of the below means and I obviously flicked it off some site but hear goes anyway:

Basic Features

  • 7.1 megapixel sensor
  • 4x optical zoom lens ranging from 35-140mm (35mm equivalent)
  • 4x digital zoom
  • Macro focusing as close as 2.0 inches (with lens set to wide angle)
  • Maximum aperture f2.6 (W) to f5.5 (T), minimum f8.0
  • 15 to 1/2000 second shutter speed
  • Evaluative, center-weighted, spot metering
  • White balance settings of Auto, Preset (Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Underwater), and Custom
  • Flash settings of Auto, Auto with Red-eye Reduction, Flash On, Flash On with Red-eye Reduction, and Off
  • Scene modes include Portrait, Landscape, Special Scene (Night Scene, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Aquarium, Underwater), Indoor, Kids & Pets, Night Snapshot, Stitch Assist, and Movie
  • Full Manual mode, Programmed Auto, Aperture and Shutter Priority modes
  • 2.5 inch LCD with 115K pixels
  • Optical viewfinder
  • Two AA batteries for power
  • Special Features

    Special Features

  • Optical image stabilization
  • DIGIC III image processor
  • Face detection technology
  • ISO as high as 1600
  • Aquarium Scene mode
  • Movie modes include 60 fps fast frame rate at QVGA (320x240) resolution
  • Continuous shooting at 1.3 fps
  • SDHC memory card support

Reaching New Heights

Sindhu

Break Free


Paths Taken

Some paths taken lead to beautiful memories


Sharav : to my room



Heat Transfer and Thermal Power Lab : From my BTP lab



The road less traveled :



The Gymkhana road: To SAC



From Sharav : To SAC



From NCC: To guru

Sunday, April 26, 2009

The Morning!

What can be more irritating than to run to the bog and realise there is no water at 6.30 in the morn !!!

Pain aside...
I had an interestingly fun conversation at 5 in the morning when I caught up with an old friend for chai. We discussed weird theories on the sun rising and setting and the earth and all that. We discussed stories and music and interviews and poetry. We discussed people and places and people skills. We discussed hostel nights and videos and the insti. We discussed our plans to write and compose and record songs. And we discussed.

Feels good to catch up with old friends and share memories before you grow out of it.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Friday, April 24, 2009

Indian Summer Fad

The million leads taken up by a million Indians actually paid off to assist people to vote and not only vote but also make it fashionable enough and proud enough for people to respond and say they voted. At least that's what I got out of the Editorial from yesterday's.

The Indian fashions have no limits. :)

American Dream

I was reading (and have been for quite a long time say two months) Carl Sagan's Contact.
The president of USA is a woman !
I then remembered reading a long long time ago, Jeffrey Archer's Shall We Tell the President? and there too the president of USA is a woman !

What is it with these Americans... They dream in their fiction !

Awash the World






Sprinklers outside my mess... The first time I captured on camera...