Sunday, November 25, 2007

Petrol Pump

OK. For non-Mallus the board reads "Fill Diesel from this pump".

I couldn't find any good reason why such a sign board is there!! Especially when, it is inside a KSRTC Bus Stand which means it can be used only for KSRTC Buses and will be used by authorised KSRTC personals.

Whatever, It looks interesting!!.

KSRTC - A way to make profit.

Got this picture of the Checker from a KSRTC bus on the way to home.

A policy KSRTC is following to make profit out of capturing people who travels without taking tickets. I appreciate the policy, as long as they want to give employment for some people. I am not here to insult the feelings of those who does this work, but wondering are they able to return at least up to the limit they are paid with? We see that in private sectors such a system is not popular. Also they do think it is not required at all. Why Can't KSRTC stop this post slowly and use them in better areas in the system itself?

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Forum in Deepavali Mood…

After a long interval, today I visited the Forum, my favorite place in Bangalore. Forum is one of the best Shopping Mall in the city, though costly. The best place for those who are not ready for compromise on product quality. I was a frequent visitor to this place some time before. However, these days I am becoming a stranger here. The time I used to spend in Forum is stolen by travels to the new office. On the other hand, am I getting bored with this place?

The AUDI Car is gone! This is the first thing I noticed entering the Mall. The mall is fully decorated with illumination and lamps for deepavali festival. Now the exit has made strictly through the side openings in two sides. Security is more tight now. More Security inspection doors are installed. Guards are checking the bags of almost all visitors. Some of the shops are missing and few new shops came in. Some new spaces has been allocated for shops which was left unused earlier. I paused for some seconds in front of the 3D glass Cube printers. Its an amazing technology. I can't even imagine how to create the picture inside the cube. Looking into the machine it looks like they are using laser beams to burn specific positions inside a plane glass cube. But how? I can say only one word, "Its complicated!!"

I went upside to see the decorations and took some snaps. The decoration under the middle dome is amazing. I took snaps of this illumination from each floor. But the best was from the topmost floor, which covered the complete lighting. Wished I had my S5 IS Camera with me that time. Even in 2 MPX, picture noise is too heavy in Mobile Cameras.

Rush is more as it is a holiday…I hate Forum when rush is there and so avoids coming here on weekends except with friends. I came to Forum because it is a shortcut for me to get into the other side of the road. Oh Jezzez, the main task is still left. I don't have much time to spent. I walked past the flowing crowd and continued to the other side of the mall and dissolved into the wandering mass in the main road.

Friday, September 7, 2007

Bye bye Balaji Mansion.

Today Friday, 07- September -2007, after a lot of confusions and waiting, things are now in a solid position. Finally we are moving to our new office.

When getting the final picture of the movement I could see different expressions from the faces of different team members. Some with a sun in their face, like they got a $100 million lottery .... They belong to the lucky group in our team who where traveling a lot all these months and now going to enjoy freedom from Bangalore traffic. A second group with gloomy face thinking about alternatives still (but in their inner sense they know there is no escape from this!!!) and some lucky among them who can still survive by shifting to a nearer place…and this is where I falls in.. :-). A few among them who seems like all these changes are not all going to affect them…..(God only knows that!! lol)…

Finally things started into action. The official confirmation for movement came from our STS Admin. Standing in our cubicles talking with colleagues. Office boys are bringing in Packages for CPUs and monitors. Is that just a feeling? Something. Is it right? Glimpses of some funeral party flashing in my memories? Something started pulling my mind. Is that some nostalgic feelings started beating my heart? Still thinking back I don’t know what was that. Was that realization of the inevitable fact that I am gonna miss something I really liked? All those mid-day walks through the park after lunch, those days which I enjoyed walking from office to room, some favorites which I may not see any more….our “Anthavum Kuthavum” hehe... it seems I am going jungles…

By 4 PM all the systems were shutdown and we tagged each system with the names and destination numbers so that packers can place it properly in destination cubicles. As the local admin for the team I took the responsibility of managing the shutting down and packaging of servers also. Everything went fine and our PM selected three of us from the team to volunteer for setting up the systems at destination. We need to go to new office tomorrow for finalizing things so that work won’t be interrupted on Monday. So…..Next day to the new office…..Bye-bye dear!!!! Let us fly off from our nest.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Free Hugs Campaign - Sometimes, a hug is all what we need.

One of my good old friend used to have the habit of adding videos into her orkut profile. It has been long time I accessed her profile and last week while passing through her profile, I found lot of new videos added into her collection. While going through them(she will kill me if she sees this hehe. We had one quarrel upon this subject only), I found one pretty interesting short-movie. The idea which is expressed in the movie is too simple but brilliant. It is not the movie which caught my interest but it's wonderful idea and its far reaching effects.

Being impressed by the idea I checked in the web for more details and got bundles and bundles of information. It looks like the campaign just gained tremendous popularity in an amazing way.

Free Hugs - The magic to brighten up lives:

Sometimes, a hug is all what we need. Free hugs is a real life controversial story of Juan Mann, A man whose sole mission was to reach out and hug a stranger to brighten up their lives.

In this age of social disconnectivity and lack of human contact, the effects of the Free Hugs campaign became phenomenal.

As this symbol of human hope spread across the city, police and officials ordered the Free Hugs campaign BANNED. What then witnessed is the true spirit of humanity come together in what can only be described as awe inspiring.

Although the Free Hugs campaign started years ago, it has recently received a huge boost with the publishing of the video.

Juan Mann of the "Free Hugs Campaign" at Pitt Street Mall, Sydney, Australia, October 2, 2006. Photo by Miles Li.

"Free Hugs" in the CBD of Sydney, Australia. This picture was taken in August 2004, supposedly at the very beginning of the "Free Hugs" phenomenon.

We're all just people made out of the same old dirt, and God didn't make any junk.

A picture I took on June 24, 2007, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, of a woman holding up a sign reading "ABRAZOS GRATIS" (Spanish for "free hugs").

You can visit Juan Mann's blog space for updates on the campaign:

You can also watch a video interview with Juan Mann on the SMH website.

And, here is a collection of more videos inspired by the Free Hug Campaign (and there are plenty more being added every day!):

Free Hugs in South Korea
Free Hugs in "Insadong of Korea"
Free Hugs in Poland 2006
Free Hugs Campaign in Tel Aviv
more Free Hugs in Tel Aviv
Free Hugs in Krakow
Free Hugs in Newfoundland
Free Hugs posted before Juan Mann's campaign
Free Hugs group march

Related Websites:

Wikipedia Link

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Around the Country - Our nation's journey through 60 years.

Today, going through the 60th year of our country's independence, I thought about to have something related to our country in last few years.

I didn't get much time to work upon this topic and the main source for these
information are the mails I got these days and some research in Google. Summing up all these information I think it would be a good collection to buildup one blog.

This is one of the independence day wishes I got from my friend. Let this be the starter to you.

Nehru and Gandhi at AICC meeting, July 1946:

Mountbatten arrives at Delhi airport; received by Nehru and Liaquat Ali. March 25, 1947:

Golden Seconds: Aug. 15, 1947: Mountbatten swears Nehru in as Prime Minister of India:

Gandhiji Addressing people:

TRAIN TO PAKISTAN: India 1947. Trains packed with refugees - Hindus and Sikhs headed for India, and Muslims headed for Pakistan - were convenient targets for gangs of killers on both sides of the border. Inadequately protected 'Refugee Specials' were typically stopped, and the occupants butchered, several times in the course of the journey.

Riots - Punjab, 1947:

Partition to this extend. For what? - A Library being divided at the time of partition. Heart trembles to see this sight and it is tough to imagine the state of the nation at the moment when people needed to hold hands:

1948: The news of Gandhi's assassination hits the streets. A stunned crowd gathers in Calcutta.

1948: Crowds in New Delhi wait for a glimpse of Gandhi's funeral procession.

1971: Indira Gandhi reviews the troops, in the context of military and diplomatic preparations for the Bangladesh War.

India Present an overview - some information I found which we can be proud about.

  • 00 year old ancient civilization
  • § 325 languages spoken – 1,652 dialects
  • § 18 official languages
  • § 29 states, 5 union territories
  • § 3.28 million sq. kilometers - Area
  • § 7,516 kilometers - Coastline
  • § 1.3 Billion population.
  • §
  • § 5600 dailies, 15000 weeklies and 20000 periodicals in 21 languages with a combined circulation of 142 million.
  • §
  • § GDP $576 Billion. (GDP rate 8%)
  • §
  • § Parliamentary form of Government
  • § Worlds largest democracy.
  • § Worlds 4th largest economy.
  • § World-class recognition in IT, bio-technology and space.
  • § Largest English speaking nation in the world.
  • § 3rd largest standing army force, over 1.5Million strong.
  • § 2nd largest pool of scientists and engineers in the World.
Indians in the USA

38% of doctors in the USA, 12% of scientists in the USA, 36% of NASA scientists, 34% of Microsoft employees, 28% of IBM employees, 17% of INTEL scientists, 13% of XEROX employees, ........list goes on....
  • Of the 1.5M Indians living in the USA, 1/5th of them live in the Silicon Valley.
  • 35% of Silicon Valley start-ups are by Indians.
  • Indian students are the largest in number among foreign students in USA.
IIT = Harvard + MIT + Princeton:

CBS' highly-regarded ‘60 Minutes’, the most widely watched news programme in the US, told its audience of more than 10 Million viewers that “IIT may be the most important university you've never heard of."

"The United States imports oil from Saudi Arabia, cars from Japan, TVs from Korea and Whiskey from Scotland. So what do we import from India? We import people, really smart people," co-host Leslie Stahl began while introducing the segment on IIT.

“…the smartest, the most successful, most influential Indians who've migrated to the US seem to share a common credential: They are graduates of the IIT.”

“…in science and technology, IIT undergraduates leave their American counterparts in the dust.”

“Think about that for a minute: A kid from India using an Ivy League university as a safety school. That's how smart these guys are.”

There are “cases where students who couldn't get into computer science at IIT, they have gotten scholarships at MIT, at Princeton, at Caltech.”

Progress during the last 20 years

Poverty (incidence) :

Education (literacy rate)

Health (life expectancy)
1980s =56
1990s =60
2000 =69

India - A Brief History of Time
  • Vedic Civilization
  • Indus & Saraswati Civilizations
  • Rise of Jainism and Buddhism
  • Mauryan Period Golden
  • Age of Indian Arts & Sciences
  • Muslim Invasions
  • The Mughal Empire
  • Portuguese Invasion
  • The British East-India Company
  • The British Empire
  • India's Freedom Struggle Independence
  • Modern India 2020 Vision
Some Great Peoples:

Gandhi was once asked what he thought about Western Civilization. His response was:

"I think it would be a good idea. The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty. The only devils in this world are those running around inside our own hearts, and that is where all our battles should be fought.”

“If all Christians acted like Christ, the whole world would be Christian.”
“Woman, I hold, is the personification of self-sacrifice, but unfortunately today she does not realize what tremendous advantage she has over man.”

“Indians, will stagger humanity without shedding a drop of blood.”
“An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.”

I personally think now we should understand the real meaning of these words.

Subhas Chandra Bose(January 23, 1897 – presumably August 18, 1945):
Bose was elected president of the Indian National Congress for two consecutive terms. However, he had to resign from the post in the face of a motion of no-confidence, stemming from ideological conflicts with Mahatma Gandhi. Bose felt that Mahatma Gandhi's tactics of non-violence would never be sufficient to secure India's independence, and advocated violent resistance. He established a separate political party, the All India Forward Bloc and continued to call for the full and immediate independence of India from British rule. His stance did not change with the outbreak of War, which he saw as an opportunity to take advantage of British weakness.

Srinivasa Ramanujam,(1887 – 1920):
Great Indian Mathematician, whose interest from academics at Trinity, College, Cambridge, led him to collaborate there and postulate and prove well over 3,542 theorems.

Amartya Sen, (b-1933):
1998 - The Nobel Prize for Economics for his redefining work on ethical welfare economics. Currently residing as Lamont University Professor Emeritus at Harvard, after stepping down from the prestigious post of Master of Trinity College, Cambridge.

Sir C.V. Raman, (1888 – 1970)
1930 - Nobel Laureate in Physics for work on scattering of light and Raman effect.

Satyendranath Bose, (1894-1974)
Indian Physicist, who solved one of the mysteries of quantum mechanics, showing that in the quantum world some particles are indistinguishable. His collaborations with Albert Einstein led to a new branch on statistical mechanics know commonly known as the “Einstein-Bose” statistics.

Sir Jagdish Chandra Bose, (1858 – 1937)
USA based IEEE has proved what has been a century old suspicion amongst academics that the pioneer of wireless-radio communication was Professor Jagdish Chandra Bose and not Guglielmo Marconi.

Some of rare collections, announcing the glory of our country.

That's all Folks.......Let me stop here...I know it is nothing but at least I should do this as a proud citizen of the nation. isn't?

Saturday, July 28, 2007

First Shot From my New Digital Camera....

Proudly presenting the first good shot that I got from my new digital camera, Canon S5 IS... :)

See how innocent he is sitting hehe :)...

One of the stray dogs I found in Lalbag Botanical Garden. He was busy with enjoying one bread piece which I think, he got from some tourists while taking this photo.

This is my first full throttle Zoom shot. You won't believe, I found the bird through Camera Zoom preview only. It was so far that it is not easy to find the bird by naked eye. Thanks to 12X optical zoom and Image Stabiliser Integrated into Camera.

A Mandir inside Lalbag Botanical Garden.

A Snake I found inside a pond. Hmm looking at some squirrel out there!!!!

Glass Palace - One of the attraction in Lalbag.

Really I don't know who's statue is this. I need some one's help upon this... :(

The new Attraction in Lalbag....Eco-friendly mini Electric Buses and Cycles for tourists in Garden....

Ah, It looks like I need to create a separate account for the photography blogs section. These pictures are eating up hell lot of space from my limited 1 GB total blog space. Expect a new section for this....

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

A Closer Look At The iPhone

Apple's Latest offering iphone, A Closer Look...

my comment, seeems great...but what about the pockets!!!

Friday, July 6, 2007

Gone Nutty

A recent stuff I dropped into from MSN videos. Thinking u will like it.

Video: Ice Age Extra

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Athirapalli - Nature's Crater

With the travel to native for the marriage of one of my best friend, I got a chance to visit one of the popular tourist place, Athirapalli. Putting some of the snaps I got from there...

diminutive yet awesome!!!

Sorry! No Human Effects Added....

not that much cruel type.....why should I enter into nature's privacy?

Edited exclusively by nature. Simple exposure effects upon sunlight......!!

Look that mist which is coming out from the falls!!!...

It took too much risky walk for me. throttling through the slippery rocks in the middle of river and balancing at one point avoiding maximum exposure of the camera to mist coming from the fall which may damage my camera. Auh! a really dangerous operation....

But now I feel it was too much worthy....I have it's value and you can see it here now!

Just another beautiful view.... moved in some more...oops not mee....only zoom... this one is taken from a farther location than the above one but with a zoom. but I am thinkn its good...

On the way back from the waterfall, I gifted with the snap of these monkeys freely taking care of each other......

Not finished....Wanna a live demo????? click here

So what to say ......Welcome to God's Own Country...... :-)

Monday, July 2, 2007

Battle at Kruger - Power Of Numbers

Ah! even thought about such an idea until this sec... But for this, I felt it is quite different and thought of pushing it into the blog. Its quite amazing to see the power of group gaining over the few. This is absolutely why I think youtube is arguably the greatest invention of the decade!

lol..from where did all those buffaloes come from and that crocodile was so freaking random ..he just came out of no where. I really love this video.

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Melvin's House blessing - The party in the way it should be.....

In contrast to many other Software companies in Bangalore, I think MphasiS is very poor in accommodating we 'Mallus'. To my experience in most teams the count is limited between 10% to 15% or maximum upto 25% if some miracle happens. During joining I was the only Mallu member in my team. I was much perturbed about this lonelyness, but soon to my luck (or bad?) the things started to move. One by one new team members started docking in and it increased from one to two with the arrival of my best friend Jijo, then to three…again to four (enough…enough …I thought, but of what use?) … five and so on. It reached to whooping count of 6 within 4 months, where the percentage of Mallus in the team reached almost 40%. Oh God! I asked only for one but it looks like you want to teach me a lesson!! I am not getting why he is always like that, first make me suffer then flood me with more than I asked. I think its better not to ask him anything in some cases :-).

Now many of the team members are busy in settling down [ah! you don't have to heat up your brain. Why should I be an exception? ;-)]. Those who already achieved the first step are in the way to have a good base. As the part everyone is searching for an apartment with in Bangalore city limits. Our meetings are usually filled with subjects like, the possibilities of different apartments, benefits in taxes exemptions, re-sale values, amounts of 1bds…2bs...3bs…and so on.. Even though not settled down yet, I used to discuss some different ideas which, may be far better than investing in flats in Bangalore. This is because of the things like, my family experience upon businesses and lands outside Kerala, understanding that the hike of Flat prices in Bangalore are purely based on IT, after effects of another IT drop down on flat and land, generic ambiguity about the place of stay as we IT professionals have a general tendency to jump Companies or even Countries :-) , the difference in income from investing 80K on a home just to avoid Tax compared to investing the same upon some other industry or land and so on.

As the things going in this way suddenly one day, of my collogue Melvin done an interesting thing. During those days we used to say that transaction was illegal as he moved into a new apartment without any authorized notification. It was a purely unofficial movement and we were always insisting him to make it legal, means we want to have a house blessing party. I remember one day I threatened Melvin’s wife Jincy …”If you are not planning to call us home we will break into the house without permission. So what is your decision?” (Jincy if you are reading this, don’t take it serious. I am not just joking and if you are not sure you can try threatening me back….hehe). At last one day that magnificent thing happened. Melvin announced his party to all and he started arranging things for all our team.

It was on one Saturday and as per the decision I and my friend Jijo were in charge of purchasing one gift for Melvin and Family. We collected a fixed amount from all the team members to sum up an amount for purchasing a presentation for the party in the name of our Team. After purchasing the gift from Shoppers Stop near to our office and started to Melvin’s home. In between I forgot to tell one thing. With the invitation mail melvin attached a good routemap and landmark of his apartment so that everyone could reach there with out any confusion.

But he forgot to specify a minimum condition “PEOPLE SHOULD READ AND UNDERSTAND THE MAP AT LEAST”. So what, many missed their ways and I think we Jijo and me were among the worst affected. After staring from Shoppers stop we informed team members about the purchase and we are moving to location. I thought Jijo had a complete understanding of the Map and Jijo thought the same with me. But I even didn’t open the map and so not at all having any idea about the location. Jijo had gone through the map but he forgot the exact points and missed the first landmark itself. Because we couldn't find any ATMs even after travelling a lot, we called Vijay (he started only after we started, but already reached the location) and he gave the phone to Nelson another collogue.

One by one I started telling the places I noticed. Accenture….we just passed ..he says no man not that way….

HSBC BANK office…..where there is no such office on the way…where you are going……ooops! HSBC Office I saw was around 2Kms back…..

Have you seen IIM…hay man it is at the starting of IIM and Honeywell……OMG…? (Now the picture is complete. We had gone past the point around 3-4 Kms).

After comingback all the way to IIM we started searching for an ATM and we found one just after IIM and took a right turn. But after that also we started getting confused. Nothing is there as what he is telling. We rambled with our vehicle to and fro for around three times in all sides.  Alas! at last we got it, the turn we took from main road is not the one. There is another ATM in front of that. The one we saw was a Branch while he told is only an ATM. So we again went back to main road and at last this time got the right way and reached the place. All the rest of our team members were waiting for us down there.

While entering in to Melvin’s flat’s floor first thing everyone noted is the abundance of common space available in front. It was so large that he arranged the space for party there itself outside the flat. I think this much space we can never see in any of the flats and it will be useful for many activities and a good place for children to play around. The flat is well ventilated and enough sunlight is there inside all the rooms.

As soon as we entered the flat everyone fell in to sofa in the visiting room as like we are the testers for Melvin’s furniture. This time I took one snap which I think one of the best among the whole.

A View of Kitchen

Some of the team members who seemed to be much tired suddenly got energetic. I don’t know the exact reason but I know that some of Jincy‘s collogues was there at that time. By this time everyone’s stomach started crying as it was almost 2PM and Melvin asked team to move for lunch. But we were in a plan to wait for our ex-collogue Sajith. But after some minutes irresistible smell of delicious lunch and call from stomach took us to the hall. We started our fight and by this time Sajith with his family appeared in front of the flat. After some time our PM Pravin also arrived and after finishing the food we planned to start back.

Yet now we didn't have gift handed over to Melvin. This responsibility we obviously put into the heads of our PM himself. After giving the giftpack, around 3PM one by one we started back to our places considering the cloudy sky and chances of rain.