Back to working in Bangalore

So, after 16 months of working in Microsoft, Hyderabad, I am back to Bangalore and looking forward to those lazy evenings again.

Had a 11 days vacation before I quit Microsoft. That was quite sufficient break, so took just one day off before joining Intuit :). Have joined the Canada team as Senior Software Engineer.

BTW, Office is at Outer Ring Road, just off the Sarjapur Road. Takes 45 mins by bike and an hour by cab. This is the farthest office place I have worked with but with the home pickup and drop cab facility and not bus, it should be okay.

Looking forward to learning the financial domain and enhancing my favorite C++ skills (No more .NET... atleast for time being).

PH Marriage - Cochin Trip

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We went to PH/Srijit marriage on 6th December via the kochivelli express. Train was at 5:15 and I just about managed to reach the platform at 5:10. Pad and his wife Shalini and Shreekanth were already there. John Loney just missed the train. Infact, that is a good story to write about. So as the train was about to leave, he entered the railway station. He just mentioned us to pull the chain if the train starts !!! ... We were all thinking he was joking but pad said.. nope he is serious and then he went and YES, pulled the chain in the next seat to make it to halt  !!! Some policemen came to check and seeing none they just left. Still there were no signs of Loney and the train started moving. by mistake he had gotten into wrong platform and was not able to come to the correct platform :(..  So he had to take a  bus to reach Cochin.

We reached Ernakulam Junction at around 5:00 AM (Ernakulam South). There is a Ernakulam North station (now called as Ernakulam Town) though this train doesn't stop there. We took an auto to Star Paradise and went on to relax. Everyone slept. I didn't get sleep.. Took some sunrise snaps and watched TV for some time. Then headed for a walk on the hotel terrace, around the hotel and then to nearby streets. We had breakfast there and finally managed to goto John Loney's house (Providence road, near the end of MG Road). From there to PH's marriage place took another hour.

By the time we reached the marriage hall, the function had started. We were there to witness tying the thalli ... and then headed for lunch before coming back to give PH the Marriage gift. Pad and shalini headed for Munnar from there. We headed to John's house. From there, we went to Marine Drive... A drive of around 3 kms over the backwaters in Cochin. We went for a walk and then Shreex and John left as they had an earlier train. I went for Boating and took some lovely snaps of the sunset.

Back Journey was less eventful. Boarded the Bangalore Express 30 minutes prior to depart schedule. Train started at 8:35. Read Nancy Drew and slept around 9:40. Got up at 7:30 the next day and headed home feeling great about a short but sweet trip !

Treat for MS friends in Angeethi, Hyderabad

Ganayak, Uday, Ajeet, Abhi, Bheems, Atul, Ganapuram, Jaggi, KrishnaPriya and Bharti

Rohit CS Engagement

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All the best CS and Deepa !!! R & D pair definitely rocks!!!

Friends met: Rohita, Pramoda and Raghu and Hema.

Bye Bye Sweet Hyd...

[Modified as I found out that lot of my colleagues check my blog too :(]

So, after all the travel to-fro between Bangalore & Hyderabad... finally decided it's time to move back to Bangalore. Started the process by forwarding CV to friend's ...  G, Y, A were 3 companies I initially had as targets. G said they don't hv openings for my profile and didn't even offer an interview. Sigh!!! Surprising .. anyway. .... Y and A. .I had telephonic interviews. ..Data-Structures and puzzles round where I thought I did good enough but never got the call back. Cleared a startup company's interview - IS - but being a 5 member team currently, didn't want to take the risk of joining there. Then there were lots of companies which gave calls but once I told them my expected salary, they silently vanished :(

Then Intuit happened. After 8 rounds of interviews. Yep.. 1 telephonic initially.. 3 when I was in Bangalore. ... 2 from US (telephonic).. after that I told them I wasn't interested in the team they were recruiting for.. so another team and another 2 rounds. So finally got selected .. . Financial domain ... but working in C++ and maybe parts in .Net. Sounds good to me. Pay is good. So all set to join. DEC 14th is supposed to be my last day here.  Waiting for that day eagerly.

Looking back..... Hyderabad has taught me more things personally. Though being in US for few months was my initial foray into staying away from family. .. US was all planned.. Had hotel accommodations. .knew colleagues who were traveling with me... Here.. I was all alone... Stayed alone in a rented house.. . Weekends were terrible sometimes.... Until I got to know the M$ Timepass gang (Ganayak, Uday, Ganapura, Jaggi, Bheemu, Ajeet, Abhi & Atul )... After that, it has been an eluva (hell of a) time here.. .. Hv had some great moments... and most importantly made some "friends for life" :).. Staying with friend's family made all the home-away feeling vanish.... So it's going to be tough leaving them all... But then Bangalore is beckoning me to come back and that too fast !!!

Vanita's Wedding and Gadag-Lakhundi Temple visits

So I started my journey from Hyderabad in the KSRTC rajahamsa at around 8:45 PM. My neighbor in the bus was a person named Shivkumar who was from GajendraGad. He's a doctor and very boastful one in that :) and morever a non-stop chatterer. My neck and cheeks got tired by turning to him now and then, and smiling :)

So reached Gadag and went to GR (Gadag Restaurant - Geethanjali Restaurant) and got ready. Shripad and his wife Shalini joined me at around 8:45. I allowed them to get ready and went out for a walk. Took some snaps of the Railway Station and some streets around and then returned to have breakfast. After breakfast, we 3 went to Trikooteshwar temple - very beautiful. The ancient Indian temples are always so marvelous. The temple has 3 lingas right next to each other. There's Saraswati temple too in the same complex. After that we went to Veera narayana swamy temple (Vishnu). Image(078)

The chatram was adjoining the temple. So we spent some time in the temple, walked around and then waited for the function to start. Since Vanita's father was Assistant to some ministers (as far as I know), there were lot's of politicians around. Went over to the stage to wish Vanita and VP Singh on their marriage. As usual we didn't buy any gift this time too. We had nice food and then Vanita's uncle suggested we goto Lakhundi - an ancient center nearby. We went there and hired an auto to go around. It's one of those old - undeveloped villages but then temples there were again awesome. We visited around 4 temples and each one was better than the other. Then we came back to Gadag and freshened up. Pad and Shalini had their bus from Gadag but I had booked mine from Hubli.

So went to Hubli in the local bus (that too standing - I wasn't used to kerchief reservation). Was tired, so went to Kamat restaurant and had nice meals. Then went around the bus stand area and finally got in the bus to Bangalore. I think I was awake for a few mins in the bus and got up only after the bus reached Bangalore bus stand :)

Windows Live ID available for registration!!!

Mailid - @live.com is not available for registration and since it opened up only yesterday, lots of first names @ live are available. So say ta ta, bye bye to all your

name_19xx@yy.com and get name@live.com ... Hurry. ..it's going to get filled soon :)

URL: http://home.live.com and www.windowslive.com

 

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Vanita's Engagement

Vanita's Engagement

Vanita with Vishwanath Pratap Singh on their Engagement - 28th OCT 2007. One noticeable thing in the Rajput engagement ceremony was that the bride was relatively free for most part of the ceremony happily chatting with we - her friends.

Eagerly looking forward to watching the Rajput marriage ceremony for the first time on 21st Nov 2007 @ Gadag.

Friends/MT minds met: Vanita (ofcourse she was present :)), PH, John Loney, ShreeX, Shripad and his wife (Shalini), Seetha's mom, Pakya, Vikas, Reshmi, Sudha-san, Archana and Anand, Shivu and his wife, Venu and his wife and finally Shobanadri Vezhu (my ex-manager) for the first time.

Got my MS Degree certificate.. Now I am a Post-Graduate :)

Considering the huge amount of around 48 hours spent on studying for the 3 semesters and around 100 hours investment in the project, lucky to get this one. 7.2 / 10 CGPA.. not that great.. .But good enough :-)

 

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Blood Donation

Well.. For the first time in the history of mankind.. Chandra Mohan B.S donated blood !!!

Well, I was always scared of Syringes and the needles... avoided doctors when I had fever right from childhood. .. So never dared to go myself to some blood camp and offer myself to be pricked by those needles. ... When Uday called me to accompany him when we were just going out for snacks... hhmm... my first reaction..let's finish the snacks and then you carry on... But later some golden lightning struck me... The RedCross poster read "Donate Blood.. Save Life"... So off I went and filled the form with full enthu.. . Was okayish when they checked the blood pressure. But as soon as I sat .. oops slept on the bed.. . got a tingy feeling which I can't describe. The attender or male nurse or whatever we can call him .. asked me "FIRST TIME"??? Then smiled and asked me to relax... Syringes never pains but it gives a stomach churning experience as the time passes and filling up of the 200 or 250 ml takes it's own sweet time... Finally went through and as he removed the needle, gave a sigh of relief and escaped quietly from there :-)

Blood donation was organized by India Red Cross Society.

Back to VLCC... Will Gym/Yoga follow?

So finally I think I am done with my deployment stuff and all.. (after 2 weeks of code complete.. but who cares :-))

Today I went to VLCC again after a long gap of nearly 2 months and had a hair therapy. Should start the massage and other therapies soon... Back to the mould of putting in some thought about my body. Well a hectic work schedule and full night outs does hinder all your timepass activities but I am back to my old self :-).. Hopefully will have more time to play TT.. . Snookers.. .Foosball.. .basketball etc in office... And yah I should start going back to Gym and Yoga.. And chatting with friends hours together ....  just for timepass :-).. Well it's going to be hectic again.. But hectic in a way I can enjoy :)

Happy days are here again !!! :-)

Happy Days

Happy Days

 

 

 

 

 

 

To describe in a sentence...: A great, feel good movie that would definitely remind you of your college days or atleast get you to think how it could have been :-)

After all the stress of night outs in office, it was a welcome break.

So the story starts off with 7 students entering the Engineering college for the first time... Though the initial pairing of 6 of them from Reel 1 looks superficial, this is real possibility :).. So they meet up... get ragged together and become close friends. Manyaata is the only one among the 8 students who has acted before (as heroine atleast). She looks great from scene 1.

Then we have the jealous Seniors, the usual senior behind the junior gal (Manyaata) and how our hero saves her, the fights between the juniors and seniors, anxiety during the exam results and then moving on to the next year. After the interval, film gets little more serious with the quarrel between Manyaata and the hero and between the guys too. Lot of drama but watchable and interesting at the same time. Kamileni mukherjee surprisingly adds the Glamour quotient :)

Songs are melodious and one should give a earful to the lyrics. They are really good.

All in all, though comedy is the highlight of the movie, the slick narration and no boring moments make this movie a great one to watch. Enjoy the movie in theaters. You will definitely appreciate the people acknowledging the actors performance :-)

Happy days - gets a 5/5 rating from me.

Perl script to find unique file extensions in directory and all its subdirectories

I am totally new to Perl.. so this was fun writing:

Invoke it with the directory you want to search for.

#!/usr/bin/perl -w

#Finds all the unique extensions in the current directory and its subdirectory(recursive).
#author: Chandra Mohan
use File::Basename;

sub recurse($) {
  my($path) = @_;

  ## append a trailing / if it's not there
  $path .= '/' if($path !~ /\/$/);

  ## loop through the files contained in the directory
  for my $eachFile (glob($path.'*')) {

    ## if the file is a directory
    if( -d $eachFile) {
      ## pass the directory to the routine ( recursion )
      recurse($eachFile);
    } else {
      ## Find file's extension
   my(undef, undef, $ftype) = fileparse($eachFile,qr"\.[^.]*");
   ## Add extension to the global array.
   $filetypes[$i++] = toLower($ftype);
    }
  }
}

# &toLower(string); --- convert string into lower case
sub toLower($) {
   local($string) = $_[0];
   $string =~ tr/A-Z/a-z/;
   $string;
}

#define Global variables
our @filetypes = ("");
our $i = 0;

## initial call ... $ARGV[0] is the first command line argument
recurse($ARGV[0]);

system "cls";

undef %saw;
@out = sort grep(!$saw{$_}++, @filetypes);
print "@out\n";

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Simple C# function to find an executable being run in the path

public string FindInPath(string filenameToFind)

{

string Path = System.Environment.GetEnvironmentVariable("PATH");

string[] folders = Path.Split(new char[] {';'});

foreach (string folder in folders)

{

DirectoryInfo dirInfo = new DirectoryInfo(folder);

if (dirInfo != null)

{

FileInfo[] files = dirInfo.GetFiles();

foreach (FileInfo file in files)

if (file.Name.ToLower().Contains(filenameToFind))

    return dirInfo.ToString();

}

}

return string.Empty;

}

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Worlds are not born, they are created

 

Check out: Everyscape "Beta"

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Dravid left out of ODIs against PAK?

I am all for the young and jubilant teams and enjoyed the way the T20 team played. But to all fairness, I still believe the BIG 3 as Sachin, Sourav and Dravid are known, have still something to contribute and it's unfair to leave them thinking about forming a team for the world cup 3-4 years down the line.

Dravid, I thought would have definitely made a huge impact on the uneven track of Mumbai - where the other leading batsmen failed. He definitely is one of the best No. 3 batsmen in the world currently and should be allowed sometime to get back into his groove.

 

To get the context if you are unaware - here's the details from Cricinfo:


Rahul Dravid will miss the first two one-dayers against Pakistan

Dravid missed out on the final one-dayer against Australia in Mumbai recently and there has been speculation about his spot being under threat. Dilip Vengsarkar, the chairman of the selection committee, said Dravid was "rested". "We decided to give him a break. He's a great player and he will be back soon." Vengsarkar insisted the squad had been only been picked for the first two ODIs, thereby clarifying that Dravid would be considered for the matches ahead.

But Vengsarkar said Dravid, whose position has become uncertain for the first time in a decade, needs to prove his form and fitness. "Fitness and fielding have become very important in the one-day game so he will have to show it playing for his state [Karnataka].

So what's tht with horoscope and astrology?

My mother had planned for some pooja and had to be in the temple for close to two hours listening to all the chantings... But the point of this blog is not that...  I had to get to know the exact time of birth and so opened up a old notebook containing my horoscope.. Found the time of birth to be 3:16 AM... Hhmmm.. Odd time .. whatever.. .then started reading the predictions of each year or set of years...  just to burst out laughing and asking my mother if we should read all these horoscopes..

So let me list out some of the predictions:

  1. Will pass B.A with medium class
  2. Will own a car at the age of 45 years
  3. Will not get a government job and hence will continue with business
  4. Not that good at business but will assist father and be able to setup one more shop
  5. Will get married at 26 yrs
  6. Lot's more but no point boring u guys with tht :)

Maybe .. they are what it says ..predictions... :)

Suriya's got engaged.

Ex-MT mind Suriya got engaged recently. Nice to see the snaps.. All the best Suriya !!!

Congrats ArchanaP

First of all - Congrats !!! I think the decision about a one year break from work is a sound and good one :)..

All the best.. & enjoy your time off !!!

Raghu down too... :)

 

So Raghu too got married... 2 Down.. 4 more to go :).. 3 are vying to be THE NEXT ONE. Let's see who among us is the next :)

First of all, "Congrats Raghu and Hema"... Wish you a very very. . very. .. .. very ..... very happy married life....

So, 22nd and 23rd were the D days... It started off with we planning to goto BigBazaar for getting gift coupons and that came a dumb idea. BigBazaar coupons can be used only for food items etc & not electronic/mobile etc.. . So we/I had to goto Shopper's stop and buy gift vouchers from there.

The function started with Varapooja. It was scheduled from 3 to 4:30 but I went there at exactly 4:30. Glad that I was able to make it and view the last part of the function. Rohit was already there and CS joined us in some time. We did go out for a walk .. then went to Rohit's room. Did some grooming for Raghu's coat (CS came up with the best rose that fits :)). Pramoda arrived soon after - we together had some nice tiffin :)

The function went on well. I had to leave in between to get my mother. I couldn't buy a separate gift, so asked my mother to get Silver deepa (lights). Many more BITians had arrived by that time: Vivek & wife, Rahul, Chandan, Anand, Balaji & Arjun Urs. Bhanu's parents too joined. Add to go twice to wish Raghu - once with my mother and then again with my friends. Had nice food. too.

Dropped my mother in Magadi road and came back to Chatram. Since all the rooms were booked, I went home after having a nice chat with the bride.

 

23rd the 'Muhurtha' was scheduled from 9:30 to 10:30, but I got up late and was only able to arrive at around 10:20. In time for the thali ceremony. Rohit, Pramoda and Rahul were there. We first went and had nice lunch. Then came back and wished Raghu. :)

 

So that was how I spent time in Raghu's marriage :)..

Once again, All the best Raghu.. Don't forget us :D

Software engineer's marriage invitation

 

I have seen lot's of forwards of Software Engineer's marriage invitations with all kinky programming language kinda text or with juggled up technical words..

Recently got one from my close friend and thought.. well this is a neat one. . All the information fitting in nicely in one template.. .

Yeah.. I would have liked him to use Personalized Windows Live homepage rather than the fancier 'iGoogle' but I am not complaining :)

 

So here's what the invite looks like:

And the actual iGoogle page:

Kullu manali

Manali

Water Rafting

Para Gliding

Skiing

Snow/Ice

Kullu Manali –

I stayed there for 2 and 1/2 days.

1st half day: Local sight seeings – 2 temples (Hadimba temple and Manu temple) & Market in Manali.

Second day:  Rohtang pass and some “S” valley where you can do para gliding over the hills.

3rd Day: Kullu (We did Beas River rafting), played in the river and then headed to manikaran (Hot valley springs + Sikh temple)

That was our itinerary. But I believe you can spend upto 7-9 days there.

Contact Himachal Pradesh tourism for more details (we booked rooms thru them).

Manikaran

 

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Pad's wedding - Nice get-together

Shripad and Shalini

All the best Pad and Shalini!!!

Ex-MT friends met:  Shripad, Shreekanth, Vanita, Ashwin, Archana, Seetha, PH, Shivu, Pakya, Loney....

Life in terms of .net :)

Was just having a fun conversation with friends.... . Thought this might be interesting, so posting it here :). Await for a revised non-chat based post on the same topic :D :)

AG: read ma note – ‘Be Yourself, the original is always better than the copy’

‎‎CM‎‎: From where did u copy. ..

‎‎AG: google.com

‎‎KJ‎‎: b original atul

CM‎‎: Original is always better than copy buddy. .... Ur;'s is paradox

‎‎KJ: are we copied or original

we are copied from human template

anybody smelling?

‎‎CM‎‎: Yeah .. we are not copied!

We are instantiated based on the template

‎‎KJ: so derived is better than copied ?

‎‎CM‎‎: Hhhmmm..... Good qns... Keep it coming. .  

‎‎KJ: or instance based on template is better than derived

‎‎AG‎: kathik == copy hain

‎‎KJ: original > derived > templ instantiated > copied > twins

original > derived > templ instantiated > imitation > copied

‎‎AG: moral of the storie ::  chandu and jayaraman pagal ho gayein

‎‎KJ‎‎: why am I eating the same way you are eating

who started "how to eat?"

but i am not copying

‎‎CM: R U Sure?

‎‎KJ: i am eating in my own uniques "copied" way

‎‎CM‎‎: Ejactly... .

‎‎KJ: so are we trained to copy from birth?

or imitate...eventually a habit

‎‎CM: The template// Oops should it be a Human base class ... had a virtual member eat () with some pretty neat steps.. . some like me just incorporate it. .. some like you. ... override it completely

‎‎KJ‎‎: chandru pls keep going

‎‎AG: MARIA MARIA MARIA.. MARIA SENYORITA MARIA MARIA.. MARIA... BAILA CON MIGO…MARIA MARIATE QUIERO, TE QUIERO…MARIA MARIA..

‎‎KJ: bugger atul

why is everybody same but different at the same time?

‎‎CM: But then we all are derived of the same class. At the most they can guarantee is we all eat. ..but what we eat and how we eat is upto the implementers 

‎‎KJ: what is unique?

‎‎KJ: true chandru

who told us to derive...who made this derivation?

‎‎AG: MARIA MARIA MARIA.. MARIA SENYORITA MARIA MARIA.. MARIA... BAILA CON MIGO…MARIA MARIATE QUIERO, TE QUIERO…MARIA MARIA..

‎‎KJ: according to chandru...

how can i imitate like chandru if i am also derived

do everybody derive from everybody else?

‎‎AG: hmmm ... gud question

mariaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

‎‎CM‎‎: Nope.. we are in .net world there is no multi-inheritence. we have only multi-level inheritence ... The world started from a single lineage

KJ‎‎: but we can have interfaces

so i can implement IChandru and IHuman

or can I?

‎‎CM: And there are exceptions to the derived classes theory... Some just become friend classes of the base and try to access/follow them. .... . Never succeed. .. Sorry Atul

‎‎KJ: is "I" itself the interface we are searching for?

‎‎CM: Ofcourse ofcourse my child. ..... Interfaces are the gurus out there . .. we all try to mimic....  we just implement them and we can have so many gurus....

‎‎KJ: Art of living in .NET

‎‎KJ: so is this implementation our ego

‎‎CM: Art of "Scope of - Life object"

‎‎KJ: but IInterface is pure

‎‎KJ: but i did not choose to implement

or did I J

or who did this ?

‎‎‎‎AG: moral of the storie ::  chandu jayaraman pagal ho gayein

‎‎KJ: bugger

‎‎CM: Saala... Chuppp..................

‎‎KJ: so we are all same at some level

IInterface itself does not have content

‎‎CM: Ofcourse.. ofcourse... we are all instances running ... waiting for being garbage collected 

‎‎KJ: it just exists ..haha J

what is after garbage collection?

where do we go

‎‎CM: HHhhmmm...................... interesting qn .... . I better pick up a .net book and read J

‎‎KJ: we can have weak references....for souls who dont want to leave the heap

or can be resurrected

‎‎CM: Weak references? Tht;s Vinayak's style.

Always hv Strong bonded references ..  Stick to One strong Girl reference and she will make sure you are not garbaged

‎‎KJ: sorry just forgot....An object referenced only by weak references is considered /wiki/Unreachable_memory (or "weakly reachable") and so may be collected at any time.

‎‎KJ: so those who want to meet the source have weak ref

‎‎KJ: so vinayak is good candidate

‎‎CM: Yah... So vinayak is in risk. .don't implement his interface 

‎‎KJ: if someone has something todo before dead....they can implement FInalize

so they can survive the first pass of GC

‎‎CM: Hhhhmmm.               

‎‎CM: But hving a reference and being in active participation in the system (read life)  makes sure u r never garbage collected

KJ‎‎: true that maan true that

AG‎: *kool

okei leave dat

u guyz continue

hehhe J

‎‎CM: Okay guys... I think we should stop... Else IAtul interface's function ("moralOfStory") would come true

AG: nooooooooooo

plzzzzz dont stopp

‎‎AG‎: jayraman

‎‎CM: Bugger. ..Bye bye

‎‎AG: bye bye

Trip to Srisailam & NagarjunaSagar

Well this was a totally un-planned trip.. Untypical of me.. But it just happened :)

My roomie Ganesh and his mom were planning to go on a trip and since it was there sangha (caste) group going, I had no inclination to go. Had a treat (For being in a team that reached the soccer match Image022_thumb8finals in MS soccer fest) in Ohris Banjara and reached only at 12:00 MidNight. Suddenly Ganesh and aunty said I should join them and it would be fun. After the initial NO-NOs, I accepted.

We got up at 5:15 and got ready. At 6:30 we reached Secunderabad (Manju theatre) and we started the bus journey from there. On the way we had to pick up people from Other parts of secunderabad,  RTC X roads, Tarnaka, LBNagar  etc. We watched the Arya movie (1st CD in the bus). Had food on the way. Then the old age people said they couldn't sit in the back and hence all bachelors/spinsters were made to go back :-)

So the main Back benchers were Ganesh, Vinay, Sampath, Sameer, Sushma and I. We played Anthakshari Image005_thumb10and as usual I echoed along few words.

The view of the Srisailam dam was breath taking. It was amazing with the 3 flood gates opened. Imagine how it would have been if all the 7 gates were opened.

 

Reached Shakeshwar Shiva temple at around 3:00 in the afternoon (This place has a Nandi from whose ears we can view the 3 lingas of Srisailam).We had lunch and then headed to the room to take bath. Changed cloths and headed to the temple. Since there was a heavy rush, we took the 100rs tickets . Viewed the Shiva Linga (One of the twelve jyotirlingas) and then went to the Bramarambi temple (Bee Goddess) - one of the 16 shakti-peetas, which is also inside the same complex. After resting for few minutes in the temple and buying the prasadas (Laddus), we had dinner and headed for the lodge.

The room was a typical temple town lodge. The fan was excellent without a regulator and we had nice ideas to make it work - One of them staying up the whole night rotating the blades.. We thought that might be faster than the current speed in which it was running :-)

So on Sunday, we got up at 5:30 AM. Got ready and viewed the Sunrise from the terrace of the lodge. Took few snaps and then headed out for breakfast.

After that we headed out to Srisailam Ropeway. This is a small ropeway to reach the river from the top of the hill and takes 3 minutes for going down (and 3 mins for up). We stopped in the bottom and walked to the Pathala Ganga (Krishna river). There we took the motorized boat and went near to the Srisailam dam. Came back up again view the ropeway and then headed to the Sakshi Ganapati temple. Ganesha here is supposed to witness (sakshi) everyone who goes to Srisailam to workship lord Shiva.

Image027_thumb4 Then finally, we headed to Nagarjuna Sagar. It was 6 hours journey. So we slept around for a lot of time. And ofcourse we had to listen to Ganesh's PJs and Sushma who was really a non-stop chatter :)

We reached the the Nagarjuna Sagar - and got a view from the top. But vehicles were not supposed to ply over the dam and hence it was view from far.Image029_thumb8

 

We played in the river bed near the broken bridge for some-time. Then we headed to the Ethipothala waterfalls view which is around 10-15 kms from the dam site. Here the underground water from the hills surrounding collects and falls over as 2 falls. This starts as 2 small tributaries that join the river Krishna.

 

After getting our eyes drenched with the Ethipothala waterfalls, we headed to the waterflow below - 1/2 km trek. We had scenic views from there but since it started raining, we had to head back home fast.

Headed back home and reached at 12:00 Midnight sharp.

Dates: 08-Sep-2007 and 09-Sep-2007.

Trip to Mantralayam

 

So, we selected the package tour offered by AP tourism to Alampur, Mantralayam and Pillalamari.

Trip was scheduled to start at 9:30, so we went to the baseerbagh office at 9:00. The "we" here stands for: Ganesh, Vinayak, Ganesh mom and I. Had tiffin there and waited and waited and waited :)... The bus came at 9:45 and left around 10:05.

Bus stopped at 12:30 in some govt owned restaurant. Took some snaps and headed to Alampur (15 kms from Kurnool). We reached Alampur around 3:15. The temple town is good. it's situated right next to the Tungabhadra river and there is a high wall separating the village and the river. It has 9 Shiva linga temples and a jagadamba temple. The jagadamba temple is beautiful and newly renovated. The temple has an entrance fee (Sounds strange isn't it ? :)) and they use it for renovating other temples. About alampur, it looks like a remote village where people are mainly poor. There were literally hundreds of beggars following us everywhere we went :(

Forgot to mention one important thing. My collegue Abhi had taken the ipod for his use, so one of my most treasured timepass gadget on travelling was missing. luckily I had got the "Diary of Anne Frank" from M$ library with me. So started reading it.

We reached Mantralaya(m) around 7:15. We stayed at the punami resort (if we can add the word resort to it). it was an okay kinda hotel (perhaps room rent of Rs 200 or so). We took bath, got ready and headed to the temple. I had been there around 15 yrs back, so there were lots of changes. Unlike the last time where we were able to go right next to the Raghavendra swamy Samadhi, this time there was a huge barricade and we could view only from around 12-15 feet far. Well I am not sure if I should call this samadhi, as the belief is that Raghavendra swamy is still alive there and will merge with God after another 300 yrs. There was also a bhajane going on. We listened to it for sometime and then headed to the temple dining hall for prasada/free food. :). Food was good. Then we shopped for sometime and then my room mates went to the room. I headed to the river to get a glimpse. And then was loitering around the temple when I heard god Archana going on. So went in again & had another "darshana". Reached room at around 10:45 .. Read Anne frank for an hour or so and then slept. We kept the alarm for 5:15 as we wanted to reach the temple before 6 and do some poojas.

Got up at around 5:15 and went hunting for a tooth paste. Couldn't get one. So managed with the little left in mine. Took head bath and headed to the river at around 5:45. Went in a auto to the river bed. Just got legs & hand wet and headed to the temple. We had nice dharshana. Oops forgot to tell one thing. We are required to remove the shirt and banians before entering the temple complex. It's followed in lots of places in south india, hvn't got the real reason/rationale for that yet. After dharsana we took some archana coupons which were believed to start at 8:45. So, we went out - Had breakfast at Sri Krishna Udipi restaurant, went back to the room and lied down. We came back to the temple at 8:30 and stood in queue. We were let in for the pooja at 9:00 but since it would take another hour or so, we came back without getting our archana done.

Bus left from Mantralayam around 9:45 and we reached Kurnool around 12:30 for Lunch. Kurnool punami restaurant looks good. We could not cover pillalamari as the road was being redone and only small vehicles could ply. So we directly headed to Hyderabad and reached here around 7 PM.

So, tht's our journey. Lots of travel - infact around 16 hours of travel and 6 hours of sleep and only around 8 hours in the tourist spots :). Good for once in a while, but there might be better tourist packages. well until we find one more good package to visit, in the coming weekends... Adieu from the travel blog :)

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If I start a company ?

 

"No Salary" -  We share the earnings :)

No fixed timings per day.

No fixed number of days to work in a month :)

Sat & Sunday IS NOT a holiday. U decide which days you work.

 

We are not here to grow the company.. (No No No: we have to be 100 member stong in 1 month, 500 member in 5  months...  etc )

We are not here to make money. (No No No: we are not going to be 100 m$ company in 6 months.. we are going to be 1b$ company in 5 yrs... etc)

We are not here to get the company listed in the NASDAQ :)

We create products that rock not products that ship

 

Interview Process:

2 days - Family meeting. Interview @ home.

Code in the computer . No theory questions...  STRICTLY :)

Formulate Ideas - Implement them - Demo them :)

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.NET beginners guide

MSDN is the quick place to get started.

 

For .NET framework

http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/netframework/aa569294.aspx

 

For C#,

http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/a72418yk(vs.80).aspx

 

For asp.net, I found this link very useful:

http://www.sitepoint.com/article/asp-net-getting-started

 

Books I referred to:

  1. Professional CSharp 2005, Wrox

  2. Professional .NET Framework 2.0, Wrox

  3. Microsoft Asp.net programming with Visual C#.NET step by step. Microsoft press

 

All the best!!!

Begin learning Java

 

Recommended Books:

The complete reference: Java 1.5

Thinking in Java - U can download e-book from www.bruceeckel.com

Recommended Sites:

http://java.sun.com/ - Main page of Java website.

http://java.sun.com/developer/onlineTraining/ - has good online tutorials.

You can also visit http://forums.java.sun.com and become a member. Start answering few questions and look for beginner problems faced.

Also posted @ http://cmohan.spaces.live.com/blog

Guru - Movie Review

Guru... The latest movie of my favorite director - Maniratnam. Starring Abhisekh Bachchan and Aishwarya rai, the movie does look upto the initial expectations.

My rating: **** (out of 5 stars)

StoryLine:

Movie starts promisingly with the young abhisekh getting permission to goto the turkish city of istanbul for pursuing his own job. Abhisekh grows up knowing the fine points of the business industry and when given a promotion flies back to India stating if they considered me good enough for a promotion, then I think I can setup my own business.

Comes to india and meets the eloping Aishwarya {albeit unsuccessful} in the train. He agrees to marry a girl for 25k dowry and surprise its Aish. He moves to THE CITY in pursuit of his business and is dumbstruck on how to start with the corruption prevalent in the market. With the help of Mithun, a newspaper editor, he gets the corrupted official thrown out and starts his business. Sets up a Polyster factory and aims for petro products. All the while, indulging in bribes and corruption just to get what he wants.

Second half is where Mithun, the newspaper editor turns against the corruption being dealt by Abhisekh and asks his journalist Madhavan to show Abhishek's true colors. Madhavan then sets out investigating and exposing the deals of Abhi. Even the people desert Abhi and only Aish stands behind him.

A courtroom drama follows where the final verdict - whether Shakti Polyster will be shutdown & Abhishek jailed or will Abhishek triumph.

Stars:

Abhishek as the immensely talented and mature and most importantly very determined person comes out trumps. Has done great justice to the role.

Aishwarya stars as Abhi's reel wife and does a good job. Looks good in the barso re song but not much of a glamor role.

Madhavan and Vidya balan look good and act well.

Mithun, the surprise package, we all thought of as villain of the movie, has given a very good performance.

A.r.rahman's music is very good and in line with the story.

Rajiv menon's cinematography is good, especially in covering istanbul and in barso re song.

Maniratnam direction and his penchant for perfect acts is clearly visible. He has done great justice to the talent available to him. There are great humorous and spontaneous reacting dialogues in the movie. Only disappointment in that is the last court scene which has less conviction.

All in all, a great movie to watch.

Hi Raghu.. Welcome back to India

Well.. It was nice to talk to my best friend from college days... Nice to see him in India and enjoying the slums and traffic of bangalore :).. We have lots to talk :)

Hansika Motwani

For someone who starred as child artiste in numerous movies and serials, it has been a good debut as a heroine. She looks great in Desamuduru... But is she only 15 years old kid? Hhmmm.. Doesn't look so in the movie.. Surprising ...

Here are some good links:

http://www.hansikaworld.com/

http://www.cinegoer.com/wallpapers/desamuduru1/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hansika_Motwani

Desamuduru - Telugu movie review

Well the movie starts promisingly.. Traditional tollywood introduction of the hero with action scene, hero falling in first-sight-love with the heroine... the cute heroine who is not interested etc.... nothing great but just nice timepass with the first half. Its the second half that is disappointing. Hero trying to save his girl from their relatives... Lots of fights..actions.. and finally we know what happens. :)

So the story goes like this: Hero who works in Maa tv, saves someone and is afraid that villains will hack him and his friends to death. so he goes to Kullu manali to shoot a travelogue. He sees Hansika (isn't she beautiful :)) and falls in love immediately only to come to know that she is a sanyasin.. sigh... then the story revolves under how he changes her heart and finally is about to get her to Hyd. Sigh. The villains kidnap her.. and the hero comes to know why she became a sanyasin. {Pity he didn't want to know the reasons before that}. He comes back to Hyd with one mission to save her. How he does that forms the crux of the second half of the movie.

There is supposed to be a parallel comedy track of Ali and Kovai sarala but that doesn't invoke much laughter. Allu arjun does a good job and Hansika not only looks damn pretty, but does act naturally. Disappointment is with so many action scenes which weren't warranted.

All in all a good timepass movie. Enjoy the first half and watch through the second.

Live search?

I was surprised that one of my close friends who has been in the software field for more than 5 years had not heard about live search. I truly believe Live is a very good competitor for Google and will have its own space very soon.

Visit www.live.com to start searching. Obviously it doesn't give as many results as in Google search for most queries and might turn up some irrelevant results. But then its still in beta :) and will be improved.

The best thing I like about the Live search is that you can give the priority/settings in which to display the results. For eg, you have the freshness index. If you have searched for a person and want to find his recent entries, you can just goto the advanced tab, change freshness to 100 and query. Recently updated links will appear higher.. Isn't that cool ?

Will update with all the cool features of Live search later but this should get you started.

Cheers,

Chandra