My niece bhumika's naming ceremony

Patent application approved for filing!

Thought will share this info with all of you . ...  One of the patent applications I posted in our site got approved for next level and is in the process of filing with US Patents.  Hopefully, this will be the first of many to be done!

Road humps... without signs and white markings?

 

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Are you a "safe" driver like me !  - checking all the traffic signals around and making sure you follow most (the rare cases of starting off even though the light just turned from Red to Yellow fearing the constant honking behind, or not stopping when lights turn from green to yellow fearing others behind you ramming into your vehicle)?

If so, you would definitely dread this one too. . u see a road hump and slow down. Invariably the vehicles behind you don't notice that...  drive damn close to you OR just screech halt next to your vehicle and bad mouth you OR just hit your vehicle... . Problem seems to be that most of these humps are  bizarrely put up by some person not approved to put that up - just to make their apartment entrance safe! or just to make people look at their shops while they slow down... Also most of this humps have no kind of notice to drivers ... they are without any white paint markings over the hump or any sign board near to signal the drivers to slow down.

This has to definitely change and something has to be done.. . Just where to start is the question?

Bad Interviewer?

Feel bad that I wasn't able to do a good job in this case but then aren't such experience required to learn and become better? Not that I have changed much of my style after this particular interview :-) !

http://vijup.blogspot.com/2008/02/intuit-applied-as-fresher.html

Haage Summane - movie review

 

Nope.. .not posting the story here.. . don't know how come some websites can list the entire movie. .the turning points of the movie and even the climax... gosh.. that makes it so thrilling... :(... So you want to read the story with spoilers, then check below site,  else just google it out.

http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/uncategorized/haage-summane-a-feel-good-love-story-kannada-film-review_100135595.html

My view of the movie: didn't go with too much expectation... so it turned out to be a good one. Good to know the major technicians from Mungaaru male were doing jobs for this  movie too.. music and cinematography were really good. The picturesque location were really breathtaking! Feel really good seeing Karnataka's coastal areas highlighted so well in this movie. The lead actors Kiran and Suhasi, though both debuting in this movie, have done excellent. Look cute and apt for the role. Story goes smooth and good time paced though dragging in few small parts. And the fact that "diary" doesn't really belong to the heroine makes the movie real compared to bizarre love stories where all sorts of connections happen with message "True love triumphs!" ..All in all, a good timepass movie... laugh a bit, hummnnn the songs.. enjoy the sceneries. . .cherish few good scenes and come out smiling. . .I am happy with such movies and definitely this fills in that slot !

Temples in Bangalore!

 

25th Dec (Christmas day), I had been to temple near bettadasana pura. It's in a small village connecting the Bannergatta road with Electronic city (the road is named wipro road, I think). The temple atop a small hill has both Venkateshwara (Vishnu) and shiva temple. It's covered all around with a Fort wall though broken at many places. It was so different not only in architecture but just the fact that it was such an old one (more older than kempegouda defining the Bangalore boundary). The priests were different from the normal showoff temple priests in most part of Bangalore. They were eager to hear about each people visiting the temple. Talk to them, provide a brief info about the temple, and do archana free of charge and that too patient to hear about all the names in the family :-)

So different from all the artificial temple 5-star pieces like ISKCON (5 Star complex/Multiplex?), Shiva temple in airport road, dodda ganesha temple in Bull temple road(temple is great, only the priests can change :)) etc in Bangalore.

About the temples I recommend: Visit Gavi Gangadeshwara temple in Kempegouda nagar (few kms from chamrajpet).. a cave temple that really mesmerizes you. ..  If you also have some recommendations for old temples where you can feel the spirit of it as a temple, do post details in your comments!

My niece! ... "Pinky" as per aditi ..

 

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Name: <To Decide> BHUMIKA (named on 14th Dec 2008)

Date of Birth: 29/11/2008 3:32 PM

Place of Birth: Wockhardt Hospital, Bangalore

Nickname: Pinky (as per her sister: Aditi - reason, her cheeks are so pink :))

Trip to Srirangapatna

Went to Ghatti Subramanya temple on Saturday and was just discussing on what to do on my birthday. Pallavi suggested I take leave and plan for an outing and my first choice was Srirangapatna as we could cover the place driving in my bike.

Pallavi (101)Sunday, we planned to leave at 6:00, but got up only at 7:15 and managed to leave house at 8:26. We had to take the DIO as my bike had some problems. We stopped for breakfast at Kamat Lokaruchi and after an heavy breakfast and some shopping there, started on a non-stop cruise to Srirangapatna. Pallavi was excited to drive the vehicle from Maddur and did a 50km drive herself. I just closed my eyes and was in praying mode :-).

Pallavi (14) We headed to the picturesque Sriranganatha Swamy temple and after the darshan headed to the Obelisk. This is the place where the war between Tipu's army and the Britishers fought and a memorial dedicating all the killed/injured soldiers. We had a great view of the Cauvery river bank from there. After viewing the dungeon, Tipu sultan death place, we headed out to hotel.

We chose Amblee Resort where I had already gone twice.. It is the costliest near srirangapatna.... but it also the cleanest and family friendly resort. Took some rest and had heavy lunch. We left for KRS and Pallavi was more than keen to drive over the country side for a difference. KRS - Brindavan Garden was heavily crowded due to festival season. After eating lots of junk items and taking snaps, we headed back to the room. Reached around 10 and after having dinner, dozed off. Kept the alarm for 12:00 AM and after receiving the wishes, dozed off.Pallavi (146)

Got up early and headed to Chamundi hills. Thought it will be crowded for dusserha, but it wasn't so. After viewing Nandi, headed to the Palace. We did an elephant ride (ofcourse on Pallavi's request) and was great to see the college students group (all girls :() staring at us and thinking aloud - "whtz wrong with this guys?". As it was nearing 2, we went back to resort, did a checkout, visited the Nimishamba temple and Triveni Sangam and then headed home. highlight was the coracle boat ride over the speeding Kaveri. We stopped at Maddur for our snacks and coffee. we planned to return via Nice Road and that worked as there was a huge traffic jam near bidadi. Reached home and went straight to bed to doze off :)Pallavi (151)

A nice vacation but tiresome one...

Mauritius

Lovely place with Lovely people and a lovely atmosphere!

Was planning to book a trip for Mauritius since my engagement days but with Pallavi not having a passport, it got delayed. Finally booked a 7 day package from MakeMyTrip. Since the trip date was very close, it worked out little expensive than expected. It included 3 days of sightseeing by seaside holidays, hotel accommodations and the airport transfers.

Anyway, we flew from Bangalore at 3:30 AM on Tuesday, landed up in Chennai at 4:30 and after an hour of walking around the airport, started again... reached Mauritius airport at around 10:30 AM local time (12:00 PM IST). The flights were spacious and had a TV Screen for each seat like in Singapore airlines. Food was Okay.

Image(1775) A guide there showed us to the Van which would take us to the hotel. It was an hour's drive and mostly went through the interiors of Mauritius. FlicEnFlac where our resort was located was very scenic and worth all the praise it gets :).. The true white sand (formed out of the corals)... the bluish and shallow water makes it an ideal beach destination.. The GoldBeach Resort we stayed in was comfortable though not that extravagant. After lunch, we roamed around the market in a place called Wolmar. Bought some calling cards.. souvenirs.. juices, choc's etc, had our dinner and slept.

Worst part of the Mauritius trip was when it started raining heavily due to a concept they called "Anticyclone" - a Cyclone which doesn't move away but has to die down in the place. It was supposed to be the best season there and we were cursing our luck but things turned out great after 2 days!

First day's trip was changed to North City tour from Island Tour as it was raining and island tour wasn't possible. We were drenched in the rain but still managed to do some shopping in the Jumbo Shopping malls and few other malls. Saw the Port Louis Fort and port and returned to the Hotel early by 3:30 PM.

Next day was raining too and we did the south tour. Went to some shops and then the sight seeing spots. Watched an now dormant volcano crater, then the sacred lake with Hindu temples all around it. Then visited the Chamarel Waterfalls and the Chamarel 7 colored Earth. It was raining in the morning but by evening it stopped raining and the view of the waterfalls and the Seven colored  earth was enjoyable.

IMG_1271Since it stopped raining, the trip to the Island "ile aux Cerfs" was planned for the 3rd day. The trip started with the undersea walk, where we were able to walk on the sea bed at a depth of around 10 feet, feeding the fish and seeing them along with the coral bed was a great joy!. Then we headed to the island where we did parasailing, waterfall view and around the island in the speed boat. Pallavi really enjoyed the Para-sailing and undersea walk. We came back to the island shore at 3:00 and had to skip lunch as it was pack up time. just roamed around the island and headed back to the hotel.

 

 cadre 3 Next day went to Le Vanille Nature park which had abundant tortoises and crocodiles. We had great time with the giant tortoises - sitting on them, walking with them, feeding them and just gazing at them.

DSC_0008From there, we headed to the La Casella park - which is a famous bird park. Recently some Zimbabweans shifted to Mauritius and have a lion Safari named "Walk with the lion". Here we got a chance to walk with 2 adult lions (lion and a lioness) in the enclosed forest area. Truly once in a lifetime experience. Pallavi was the more daring one of all the people there and had a tough time cajoling her to maintain some distance from the giant lion :-) 

 

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We did something known as extreme ride on the next day. This was in a place named le Monc and the speed boat was twirled around, jumped around and fled through the ocean. It was a stomach churning experience. Then we went to the beautiful Blue Bay beach and did the "glass bottom" boat coral watch. spent some more time on the white beaches in blue bay and the gri gri beach and then headed home.

Last day in Mauritius (okay, for this trip) was filled up with packing and moving out of the hotel room by 11:00. We did some shopping and then headed to Flic-En-Flac beach. It was great timepass - around 50 feet from the shore and still only hip high water level. Swimming, walking in the water, jumping around - it was great fun. Changed dresses and then headed to the airport.

That concluded the 7 wonderful days we spent in Mauritius and each moment had it's own charm :-)

My Marriage

Finally, it happened..

For those of who still don't know, I got married to Pallavi on 11th Sep. The marriage function started a week before the actual date. Friday was "Lagnam Kattuvudu", Monday "Devatha kaaryam", Wednesday "Vara Pooja" followed by the Reception, Thursday - Actual marriage, Friday..Sunday. .I don't even remember the names of those functions :)...

After endless number of never-ending functions and poojas, finally last week was time for rest. ; :-)

It was good to see lots and lots of relatives, friends, colleagues, ex-teachers all come over from far places to grace the occasion. Ofcourse missed some of them who were not able to make it. 

Details about the event posted at: http://pallavimohan.events.live.com/default.aspx

Devatha kaaryam Snaps:

Google Trends - new popularity analysis tool?

 

Happened to come across couple of posts that talked about Google Trends and how they can be utilized to check the popularity of few things:

On the Web, If You're Not Growing, You're Dying

Bollywood Actresses: Who's Google Hot and Who's Google Not?

Interesting to see how the popularity of actresses on the web really indicates the career graph... movie hits.. some big gossips about them.... some changes in their personal life has really kicked a new interest in finding about their profile :)

I did the same with Intuit and surprisingly found Canada providing more web traffic to intuit searches than US. Popularity seems to have decreased but time to get back to the old ways :).. Also happy to find India being a great traffic provider :-)

http://www.google.com/trends?q=Intuit

Quicken, QuickBooks, TurboTax are interesting to check too... Check all together in this link!

Google Trends - new popularity analysis tool?

 

Happened to come across couple of posts that talked about Google Trends and how they can be utilized to check the popularity of few things:

On the Web, If You're Not Growing, You're DyingBollywood Actresses: Who's Google Hot and Who's Google Not?

Interesting to see how the popularity of actresses on the web really indicates the career graph... movie hits.. some big gossips about them.... some changes in their personal life has really kicked a new interest in finding about their profile :)

I did the same with Intuit and surprisingly found Canada providing more web traffic to intuit searches than US. Popularity seems to have decreased but time to get back to the old ways :).. Also happy to find India being a great traffic provider :-)

http://www.google.com/trends?q=Intuit

Quicken, QuickBooks, TurboTax are interesting to check too... Check all together in this link!

Getting Old - New companions?

 

School friends...  College friends... engineering classmates are always fun to be with... all are of your age and you invariably think on the same lines.. .grow up together.. learn from each other proactively and more importantly enjoy life as it is...

Days go on and once u r out all alone in the big bad world! (copied 'line' from many movies), things do change.. . I was lucky in an aspect that in both Oracle and MindTree, I started off with a bunch of "Freshers" and created a great bond. Microsoft and Intuit has been different in many aspects that most of my colleagues were either atleast 2 yrs behind my experience or +4 yrs of mine. Microsoft was fun in that most friends were junior and were just trying to get a foothold into the software industry.. working hard to learn something but at the same time they were with all the "collegian" attitude... hanging out.. commenting on girls. .. playing games.. etc.. Intuit is the other way round.. Most being more experienced. .. general lunch talks revolve over the active political scenario. .. shares. .. economics. .. and sometimes sports (and here too tennis, golf, f1s etc are more prominent than cricket).. Not that I hv changed and participate in those talks.. but being a active listener, thought can share my thoughts :)..

Changing times definitely & I better change with it :)

Free/Readily Available Food ?

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Being a junkie (junk food eater/filler)... I always liked to (and still do) eat lots of junk foods... Evening snacks (bajji's... samosas.. chats like masala puri) are still a must everyday.

Chips.. Cool drinks in Oracle. ... Good Day biscuits in MT.. Cool drinks & evening snacks in Microsoft were all great to start off with.. . infact we had our own algo (timings) to make sure we would get Good Day biscuits in the evening in MT... Days pass on and definitely the craze dies now... Everytime I see the biscuits dumped in a box in my new office & no one caring to take one or two pieces, I wonder about those days.

Snacks which I used to adore once are now in coffee day but hv almost stopped eating them.. Is it that I hv become old and enjoy healthy home food? Not sure.. but have observed it in many colleagues too...  So I do still wonder why is it that food which is free and readily available looses out it's charms quite fast....

Mauritius

My sis and B-I-L had gone to Mauritius.. The place does look amazing.. Isn't it? waiting to see the "paradise" myself ;-)

Engagement Day !

 

Well.. The day went on really well ! Tensed .. Maybe a little :).. But put up a brave face in front-of 350 odd people. It all started with the hari-bari leaving bangalore thanks to the ONTIME arrival of Microsoft friends :)... Did reach the hall on time though and the function went on great ! Ofcourse I had little to do in the first part and was just seated in my chair as Pallavi had to do all the Pujas.. Apart from the Ring exchange and Cake cutting, the other major work was to Stand and smile at one and all :-D :-)

Engagement Invitation !!


Windows Live Spaces

 

The location maps and the invitation card can all be viewed in the Slideshow above. For the benefit of Non-Kannada readers, the details are:

  • Dattatreya Marriage Hall, AralluMallige Circle, Dodballapur, Bangalore District. (Not Bangalore City :-)). It's about 40-45 kms from Bangalore.
  • Date: 02-May-2008
  • Timings: 12:25 PM onwards.

Hoping to meet you all there.


Time to congratulate me !!!

Well guys... You should have guessed what this blog is about by now (after reading the subject line) .. . if not. .. spend few seconds and u shud hv guessed correct :-)

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So, her name is Pallavi.. She is from Dodaballapur (Bangalore rural)... finished her B.Sc Microbiology.. Major hobby - watching tv and also early morning walks & yoga. BTW, It's proper arranged marriage :-) ... Just getting to know her better with 2-3 hours calls everyday :-). Engagement should be on May 2nd. Will post details later.

Hampi

Wow !!! Just amazing :-)

I had last been to Hampi around 17 years back as part of a trip with my granny. Just remembered the broken monuments and small dusty roads. So, when fellow Intuitian called for a trip, I said sure.  This was my first trip with Intuit friends and I hardly knew 2 out of the total 14 people. 8 were from Intuit and the rest friends of Intuitians.

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Fri-Night/ Saturday: 

Left Bangalore at 10:30 via Hampi Express: Reached Hospet at around 6:45. Took an auto (100rs) to reach Hampi - TungaBhadra river bed at around 7:30. Took a boat to cross the river and walked a km to reach Shanthi Guest House. The boat boy was an instant hit with his "6 O' Clock boat close" style statement (said in a real stylish way). Guest house was very well furnished. The cottage looked excellent and was cheap too (600rs for double bedroom). Only issue was the frequent power cuts and No Vodafone/Airtel signals :-(. Had nice breakfast (Bread Sandwiches + Aloo Parotas) and headed out in our bikes to Hampi. To help other travelers - the rates per day are TVS Champ/Excel - 100rs, Kinetic Honda - 150rs and Bikes - 200rs (excluding petrol).

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We first visited the Virupaksha temple - the only temple where puja is still going on. Then we went to kadalekaalu Ganesha, Sasuvekaalu Ganesha, Ugra narasimha temple. It was quite hot and the bikes were not in the best condition. So it was fun visiting all the places. Visited lots of broken monuments and palaces and temples. Too bad that the later kings destroyed such a wonderful architecture. Anyway history is always filled with bad experiences. 

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As the last stopping point, we headed to Vittala temple and took a guide. Vittala statue is removed but the building contains the Musical Mandapam where the 64 pillars were supposed to be giving 64 different music. 8 of them are intact now and we were able to listen to one of them. Then we went around the moat surrounding the temple where the kings used to do the pradarshana (round of the temple). The stone chariot which is a replica of the one in the Orissa Sun Temple is also present here but the horses guiding the chariot was broken. This is replaced by the elephant statues got from  excavation in nearby place dating to the same time. After the generous tip of 300rs, he also showed us the "Quickly" :-)..

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My friend was so astonished with so many stone carvings he said how could they do it "Day in and Day out"... Wouldn't it be so boring to do the same "Ganesha" and "linga" so many times... My only answer was : Isn't it boring to punch type the same 26 characters on the keyboard day in and out dishing out the same crap "soft wares" :-(

"6:00 clock boat close" was still ringing in our brains. But the guide said, it will be available till 6:30. We all zipped in our bikes and reached the river bed around 6:20. Drive back was good. We took the boat and headed to the guest house and freshened up.

7:30 we went to have our dinner. There were chain of drinkers and smokers. It was the first time I was see'ing the girls booze so openly :-). And smoke.. Not that it's bad. .. it was just a different "Shock" feeling :-). After my 2 glasses of sprite and chicken pakodas got bored.. but still managed to stay awake and sent few "SMS"es. We did play an interesting game (thanks to jeetu).. Movie name following "Gandhi ki dhothi mein" or something. Then there were some "fights" going on for Marlboro Cigarettes. Finally did get to have some dinner and head for the room to sleep like a log. Didn't even get up to allow NPR into the room .. paapa. .he slept outside on the swing.. Sorry NPR, but I think u were happy with the AC effect :-)

Sunday:

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I believe everyone was bored with the broken monuments (I wasn't) and we decided to do something different. First choice was Daruji Bear Sanctuary, but it was quite far and we had to let go off that option. Morning, we hired 7 bikes (all splendors), and drove to TungaBhadra Dam, which was around 30km from the place we were in. Roamed around the dam though we were not able to walk right on top of the dam {closed for public :-( }.. Had a leisurely lunch after returning to our guest house and then headed to the Sanapur lake and waterfalls. We did jump around and did some "Swimming" but after few scares in bharachukki and Kaali river, I didn't want to take any risk and settled for - "beside the rock, cycling" in water. Then we headed to the Anjanadri - Hanuman temple. It was 560 steps and very tiring to go to the top. After reaching the top, we headed straight to the Sunset point but since it was cloudy, didn't get a very good view of the Sunset. But the view of the neighboring green fields and the hilly region was worth the climb. We trekked down quickly and headed to the guesthouse. Since we took the return bus from "Gangawati", we had to hurry up our dinner and head to the bus stand in the jeep. Reached Bangalore at around 6:45 the next day.

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Overall the trip was very good. Some of the existing temples and the architecture looks simply stunning. The place around the temples were/are also so well planned. There are few travelers who spend weeks together looking at each monument. We didn't have that luxury, but the few hours we spent looking at them made us realize how great the Indian sculptors were and how innovative/creative they were.

Useful Links:

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

http://www.karnataka.com/tourism/hampi/

http://www.hampi.in/

Rohit's engagement

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One guy who was saying he will not get married soon/in 2008 (compared to the rest 5 of us)..  One guy who said he will be the last among us... One guy who said he hasn't even thought about his expectations/constraints/conditions....  did break the queue {the only one to do so :-(} and got engaged on 02-Mar this year.

 

Though u broke the statement you made, we are all happy for you :-)... Way to go Rohita.. Enjoy and All the best !!!

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Lepakshi

 

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Wonderful place which I visited for the first time this month on 01-Mar-2008

5:30 AM – Start from Vishnu’s house

6:00 AM - Pick up Chandra

6:30 AM – Pick up Richard

Links found on the web:

  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lepakshi
  2. http://blog.360.yahoo.com/blog-xEs_Jbs8eq7KDSwP5iZujroyOfs-?cq=1&p=1125 – photographs of lepakshi

Visited it again with my family on 9th Mar 2008

Getting a marriage alliance in India !!!

 

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Read an article in TOI today where they stated that Online marriage portals are one of the fastest growing sector in India. They are doing roaring business.. Apart from BharatMatrimony.com, shaadi.com and jeevansaati.com, there are lots of specialized sites coming up based on professions, disabilities, age etc..

Though online websites are flourishing, the traditional ways are still preferred in many sections. I wanted to talk more about how the marriage alliances are setup...

Typically starts with a scan in the family circle to check for suitable marriage age girls and boys. This probably is decided way during the child's stage. If that doesn't work out, the temples or religion/caste associations would have marriage registers where we could register. Put in your photo, horoscope (this is a must most of the places) and a "BioData"... yep a biodata containing all the details that might help the other side decide if you are a suitable alliance. Then the "Brokers" come into pictures.. There are tons of them and each would say he's the best and has arranged for 100s of marriages and all are doing good.

So, you get lots of "snaps" of the other gender. You select a few based on your criteria (typically only the looks :-)). Then you enquire about the girl's family from all the people you know :-)... Just to get a confirmation that their family is good. Then you meet the brides side by visiting their place. They visit your place. If all goes well, then again you travel with all and sundry to the bride's place to confirm the alliance. There are lot's of negotiations happening. 100s of steps.. but the vital point of the girl and boy getting to know each other is missed in many cases :-).

But then, aren't marriages a union of two people with preparation for compromises.

Timed Shutdown...

 

Do you listen to music before dozing off in ur bed? Do u leave Laptops On and realize u failed to switch it off before dozing off?

Here is a simple dos command to set off the shutdown/log/restart of your PCs.

Run Cmd. To shutdown after an hour (60 * 60 = 3600 secs), use Shutdown -s -t 3600.

To abort/change a shutdown at any time, do a shutdown -a

Tips to go about debugging huge products

So it's been around 3 yrs since I worked on a maintenance product trying to understand the existing codebase, layers, architecture etc. It's always easy to start on V1 products I had worked for in MT or the "Prototype" projects in MS.

And now to work on a product with millions of lines of code with as little documentation available as possible & to complete it in next 3 months, it's going to be a tough task

Here are some tips to go about it -

  • Understand the usage of the product. Typical way is to behave as a customer and use the product without caring about the testcases.
  • Learn the technology (Guys.. can u point me to a good & quick COM tutorial :-))
  • If you can figure out the high level modules, try to understand the gist of the modules.
  • If you can debug the product source code, put in breakpoints, view the stacktrace (big thanks to the guy who thought about adding that to debuggers).. and walkthrough the layers.
  • Rational Rose and various tools available to Reverse Engineer the code. It helps in atleast figuring out the high level structure of the code.

Office Travel - How should I go about it?

 

With my usual 2+ hours of traveling to and fro from Home to Office, I am just lost of ideas to do in the cab. (BTW: Yesterday, had a very colorful day - It took 2 hours just for one way.. . Had a glimpse of whole of the west Bangalore I think)

Checked with friends and could only come up with the routine ideas:

  • Reading newspapers
  • Reading Novels
  • Chatting with co-occupants
  • Chatting on mobile
  • Internet browsing on mobile
  • Sleeping
  • Travel early to Office and back early / Travel late to office and back late night.

I like the last one the best but it depends on the fellow cabmate. So far, I was reading the Inside Intuit book and it was a good read. Reading newspaper or Internet browsing is not exactly comfortable in the cab (that will also take away my most spent activity in office... :-))

Ideas most welcome & will be suitably rewarded !!!

Kavi's Engagement

 

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All the best Kavi n Prashant.

Engagement of my sis did get on well... Though it was intended to be a close family occasion, lots of relatives did turn up (More than expected :) and frantically had to arrange for last minute additions to thambula etc.)

Marriage is planned on Jun 8th and 9th. Awaiting the day to run around again :-)

Date: 10th Feb 2008

Location: Roti Ghar, Gandhi bazaar, Bangalore...

Cutest Dancer on Earth!!!

Location: Ammi's Marriage - Country Club, ORR, Bellandur, Bangalore

Date: 11-Feb-08

BITS Pilani Campus recruitment drive

 

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So I had been to BITS Pilani again (I never thought I would go there again after my MS project viva).... Reason: Campus recruitment from my current company. 

We set off from Bangalore on Saturday morning with Question Papers.. Answer sheet (to make sure we don't goof up correcting the answer sheets given by the students). Reached Delhi at around 12:00 and then headed to Radisson Hotel to pick up the HR. We then went to a mall in Gurgaon to have our Lunch. Gurgaon I believe is in Haryana district and not Delhi (surprising.. hv to check it up again!!! ) but it looks like more "metro"ish than Delhi. 1000s of huge buildings - offices.. 100s of malls.. . well maintained wide roads. After having rajasthani lunch we set off to Pilani in 2 Innovas. 3 Techies (Anil, Jeetu, Sumeet) in one car, my PM (Balajee), hr poornima, Pranay & me in one. Reached Pilani at around 8 PM and went to Connaught place for dinner. This place is like MG Road of most cities - the only bustling business center there in Pilani.

17 Saraswathi Temple Next day, we got up early and went for a walk at 6:30. Freezing temperature didn't dampen us and we were able to get good sunrise pics with the Saraswati temple background, and were able to be in touching distance with some real cute peacocks. Then we went to Birla's house and temple nearby. After shopping in a Emporium for some dresses and artworks, we went back to campus to prepare ourselves for the written test and the intro speech. Intro speech went well - all branches can take test and the relatively high salary drove people to attend the test. It was fun walking around the written test hall as if I was an invigilator making sure none copied :-), and to answer any queries. Correction did take its own sweet time as many questions were explanatory in nature.

Next day the interview process did start early (8 AM) and I did 35 Offered Candidates with usabout 6 continuously from 8 AM to 1AM. I selected 2 bright candidates out of them. Amazing to know that many didn't turn up for the interview as they were placed in another company who was there for recruitment though they cleared the interview written test. Though we stated that we didn't have fixed count for recruiting, they thought they didn't want to jeopardize their friend's chances.

We did take a group snap and headed back to Delhi at 6 PM. Reached Delhi (The Park Lodge) at 11:30 and rolled over to sleep.

Delhi - we went to Akshardham temple (again didn't take the tours/shows) and did some shopping in INS and Delhi Haat. Headed back to bangalore by 6 PM flight.

Snaps are available at: http://community.webshots.com/user/chandra_bitspilani & http://cmohan.spaces.live.com

My First Property...

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Yes... Bought an house yesterday (10th Jan 2008). After 2+ months of *praying* to the ING Vysya bank, the registration did take place yesterday.

Location Details: #380, Shirdi Sai South Avenue, Gottigere, Bangalore. It's supposed to be part of JPNagar 9th phase and is about a km deviation of bannergatta road (about 3 kms from Meenakshi temple). Once the nice road gets completed, should be a quick 15 min drive from/to Electronic City.

So, the dream of owning an house atlast is fulfilled. Just as an investment opportunity and hopefully will get a tenant soon. The house is right behind the 60*40 site where my sister is constructing an house for us, so it should be easy to manage.

Ex-MT minds Meet

 

Nice to meet many Ex & current MindTree Minds.. some of them after years.MTMindsMeet3

Santosh and Sunil were back from US and good to spend some time with them. Others who joined in were Archana, Vanita, Kiru, Srividya, Loney, Vikas and Ashwin.

Snaps shared by Srividhyaa - http://share.shutterfly.com/action/welcome?sid=8BcsWrlo2csMa

"Inside Intuit" - A great READ !!!

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Initially I thought it was another of those marketing strategy books... And thought of skimming through the chapters on the cab drive back home. But after reading few chapters... I believe this is totally different.

This turns out to be a great read not only for the interesting things happening in each chapter but for some amazing thoughtful pointers. It's great to know the mental thoughts going through the founders as they take each and every step. Definitely creates an entrepreneur thought in you.

It's quite different from the "Google Story" where you loose interest after few great interesting chapters... .

U can read some excerpts from the book at Google Books and review comments at Amazon.

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Wish you all a very Happy New Year 2008 !!!

Let this year bring on the determination, capability, courage & luck to fulfill all your long standing wishes ! ... Wish you all the best again !