31 July, 2010

Enjoy Enthiran :D

I still cherish the first music album I purchased for myself : That was Shankar's Boys in 2003... And needless to say what a rage that music had become then, and still is one of the best albums by A R Rahman with Shankar.

Now, here comes, the latest project of Shankar : Enthiran-The Robot, with Rajnikanth and Aishwarya Rai, something unprecedentedly extravagant and massive in Indian Cinema.

And A R Rahman delivers what could be called his best "Commercial Album" in Enthiran. It has amazing quality to it with lots of technical sound, powerful beats and superb tunes, sung by a varied genre of vocalists. With seven tracks in the album, it is nothing less than a feast to an ARR fan.

1. Puthiya Manidha: This is the first track in the album, and sets the premise for the rest of the album and the movie as well. It starts off with synthesized vocals, followed by ARR, then his daughter Khatija's first performance. She has soothing vocals, would be listening more of her soon, and would like to. ARR's portion is like a 'boot sequence' framed into a song :) Then comes the main course of the song with SPB rendering some characteristic magic of his, making this track the ideal introductory track.

2. Kaadhal Anukkal: An eloquent track. Starts with superb acoustic guitar and mouth organ. Then Vijay Prakash joins in with a weird tone, and then mellows down to his normalcy, complemented by awesome beats. The best part of the song starts when Shreya Goshal joins in, and both then carry the song in a superb manner, singing some mushy Vairamuthu lyrics.

3. Irumbile Oru Idhayam: A high techno and gizmo(!) kind of a track. Has a space travel effect to it! ARR has done the vocals along with some enticing vocals of Kash'n'Krissy. Although the beats make you go foot tapping, ARR's portion is my favorite in the track... Reminds me of Maramkothiye from Anbe Aaruyire ;)

4. Chitti Dance Showcase: A medley of different music genres. Not a full fledged track though. A peppy party number...

5.Arima Arima: An epic song! It is of the likes of Kappal eri poyache from Indian. Hariharan, along with the additional male vocalists make it a song which is as if chronicling a legend. Sadhana Sargam does some mellowing to this powerful track.

6. Kilimanjaro: The magical number of the album. This is the track you'll start liking from the very instant you start listening to it, and it would certainly keep ringing in your head. Javed Ali and Chinmayi are excellent with their playful vocal variations in this track. It also has a lot of tribal chorus and beats, making it all the more special.

7. Boom boom robo da: I was expecting Yogi B to sing for ARR soon. And here he comes with a racy track with great beats to it. The female vocalist Shwetha gives it another different mood to it, making it all the more likable :)

Altoghther, here's an album from A R Rahman which will go on to become one of his best and best selling:) This will be on my playlist for months now ;)
Enjoy Enthiran :)

29 July, 2010

Memory Loss...

I was contemplating some compelling post for today, while I was walking into my room. By the time I could get life running into my laptop, it was, Phufffff and gone!

Not once or twice, and not just about a blog post idea; numerous times, I've had to struggle to retrieve many small things from memory. It might be common with people to forget things. But, those of you who know me closely, would also know my syndrome of forgetfulness, when it comes to names, numbers and most trivial of the details like, my keys, books and, off late helmet ! But, nothing can beat my lack of remembrance of voices ! I've almost never recognized a voice accurately, even when a well known person is calling from a new number.

These amnesic syndromes seem to accentuate, with the increased consciousness I put towards it. And this doesn't seem to help me little.

The worst ramification of this syndrome, personally is, when I'm not able to recollect a word for a situation, or when I'm not able to relate to some content I would have piously professed either in my blog / while in conversation!

Although, it is said that a bad memory and a happy attitude keeps you blissful, I don't seem to enjoy that privilege, for, I never forget certain things. Certain incidents are afresh, even after many years. I can even remember the quality of the ambiance, with the aroma in the air!

It is fun to forget things (sometimes even people:)
Hope I don't get into some irrecoverable trouble because of this selective amnesia ;)

27 July, 2010

"Error generating folder list" in Evolution

I've been using Evolution mail client in Ubuntu for quite sometime now,without much hassle. But recently, I performed a hard restart on my Laptop and when I tried accessing Evolution, it could not retrieve mails from one of the local folders used to store my official mails from M$ Exchange.

The status bar would show "Error generating mail list", and when I checked the debug reports, it attributed an error stating: "Database image is malformed".

After looking up at launchpad's  bug report , it was hinted there that the problems in the database folder file 'folder.db' would result in this error.
I followed the following steps to correct it:
  • Run this command in the terminal to verify the status of the folder.db files 
cd ~/.evolution/mail ; for i in `find . -name folders.db`; do echo "Rebuilding Table $i"; sqlite3 $i "pragma integrity_check;"; done
  • As I did not have sqlite3 installed, I installed it from Universe repositories, 
 sudo apt-get install sqlite3
  • After installing sqlite3, I ran the first command again. This time, the command rebuilt the missing folder.db files, and also showed erroneous folder.db file. 
Rebuilding Table ./vfolder/folders.db
Rebuilding Table ./pop/raghavendra@xyz.com@mail.abc.com/folders.db
Rebuilding Table ./local/folders.db
*** in database main ***
On page 4 at right child: 2nd reference to page 218
Page 420 is never used
Error: database disk image is malformed

  • After you find out the erroneous file, delete it from its location, and close all evolution processes including evolution-dataserver and evolution-alarm notifier. 
  • Now execute the first command again, and verify if there are any more errors by running
sqlite3 ~/.evolution/mail/local/folders.db "pragma integrity_check;"
  •  After these steps, I started Evolution to find the error resolved.

The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie....

Ironical depiction of the pompous and hypocritical bourgeoisie lifestyle at its best, in "Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie"; what is called a surreal movie, and is a genius of a mockery at the bourgeois by Luis Buñuel. 

The simple but meticulously manifested instances throughout the movie depcit the artificiality and unnecessary etiquette superficially endorsed by the supposed elite class of the society. The characters portray the caricatures of the products of the system: People who give little value to people, but only to their possessions. 

Lots of instances in the movie remarkably tease the lives of the ones who have endorsed this hypocrisy. Like,
  • The inn where they are willing to serve these people the dinner, even while waiting for the undertaker to do away with with their dead manager.
  • The priest being recognized only in his attire, without giving heed to his words when dressed different.
  • The ever curious gaze of the house maid, who looks 25 but is 52 years old!
  • As a trait, their inculcation of adultery. 
  • The evasion of the Ambassador from explaining the poor living conditions in his country.
  • The priest who kills the one who has just confessed to him! 
Numerous other instances in the movie, gloriously ridicule the futility of the bourgeoisie lifestyle and the bourgeois as a whole. Of the other movies I've watched by Luis Buñuel, this is the one which makes a uncompromising point to the audience.

And not to forget the story-telling pattern in this 1972 flick: Dream within a dream, and dream within another. These dreams are more congruent to the natural dreams people have, conforming to Sigmund Freud's theories, unlike the contradictions of the latest mind-flick Inception...

25 July, 2010

Savor the Season

Impeccable is the closest word which can rightfully attribute this encore of lovely weather in Bengaluru. After a hiatus of about four years, as far as I remember, the weather in the past month and still going has been the heavenly haven Bengaluru has been famous for.

The reluctant sun seldom peeping through the ever expanding cover of gray clouds,
The cool air along with the feeble songs of birds enhancing the awesomeness in the ambiance,
The remnant greenery scattered in the city looks lush and exquisite,
Thin sheets of rain,spraying regularly, seem to rinse us in reminiscence of younger days,
Chills of the frigid breeze instigate regular armies of goosebumps, making you aware of your own warmth;

If romance is what's on your mind, the place is right here;

With such pleasantness all around, while the senses are indulged in this delightful treat, the mind goes voyaging, gliding over the innumerable notions of its imagination seeking company and solitude...
 Savoring this season in Namma Bengaluru...

22 July, 2010

Mass Media-aaaah!

The power of print media, with it's far reach and deep impact, in the form of press, books and newspapers needn't be questioned at all.

Since the times of Gutenberg, print media has been a crucial tool in the making of every epochal event in the History of Mankind. It continues to play an important role till date. But, with the advent of other forms of media the "Mass appeal" of print media has unfortunately, in a substantial manner subsidized and has acquired a new trait to it.

So, whom are we attributing by the term Mass Media in today's paparazzi prone paranoid society?
We'll try to answer the above question in a more elaborate manner, with the routine interrogatives:  What? Why? Who?


Mass media, today, collectively comprises of the innumerable means, fluently used to accomplish 'extensive misappropriation of facts, fabrication of stories, inclusion of cheap gimmicks and not to forget the chatterbox characters',chewing out stereotype hype for every "Breaking News", which in most cases is plain gibberish.

The Television with it's hundreds of News-Entertainment channels, and the Internet have, YES, as the cliché goes: Revolutionized the world!

With such drastic revolution, they put the print media's existence under threat; And the print media faced with this option to survive, wholeheartedly has endorsed this syndrome and now is now a derivative of today's plague-like Mass Media.

So, I converge to a definition where Print media, Television and Internet together form the vicious Mass media in today's world, which the masses are supposed to beware of, instead, the masses have taken them to be the references for their lives.

Now, from a retrospective arrival at today's ingredients of the Mass media, we can analyze the character of this collective entity.


We are being fed with major proportions of negativity, anxiety and futility in the form of news and entertainment from the previously described sources of Mass Media.

Why are they doing that?

Because, we seem to like it. Or maybe, they have made us start liking it.
Just like an addiction: You instigate and initiate, it will self sustain. The same is true about media,when it comes to the question as to why it feeds us little of the Good, and most of the Bad and the Ugly. Look at all the unnecessary importance given to the Breaking news, reality shows and the paparazzi updates forever on these.


If I own lots and lots of  money, and I am an influential person in the society, and if it also happens that I own a print or media channel( like it is in the case of many), I would use it as an implement to facilitate my activities: A secure carapace.

This is what 90% of the media channels are being used for today. Either a bureaucrat or a politician, running one media or print channel, uses it efficiently to strengthen or misguide the position of himself, or of some real close 'buddies' of theirs, at the expense of factual truth.

Lack of responsibility and ethics in information dissemination has been the vice in the voice of the today's glossy media.

As an appropriate conclusion to this post, I recollect Dr. Kalam's words about the role of media:

"Unless media emphasizes on the positivity in daily life, rather than accentuating negativity, and unless media becomes the voice of the rural, the poor and the downtrodden, today's media can never be called as "Mass Media"!

18 July, 2010

ವಿದ್ಯಾರ್ಥಿಗಳು ಮಾಡಿದ ಭಾರತದ ಮೊಟ್ಟ ಮೊದಲ ಪೀಕೊ ಉಪಗ್ರಹ - ಸ್ಟುಡಸ್ಯಾಟ್

" ಮೂರ್ತಿ ಚಿಕ್ಕದಾದರೂ, ಕೀರ್ತಿ ದೊಡ್ಡದು", ಎಂಬ ಗಾದೆ ಮಾತು ಸ್ಟುಡಸ್ಯಾಟ್ ಉಪಗ್ರಹಕ್ಕೆ ಹೊಂದುತ್ತದೆ. ಏಕೆಂದರೆ, ಇಸ್ರೋ ಬಾಹ್ಯಾಕಾಶಕ್ಕೆ ಕಳುಹಿಸಿರುವ ಉಪಗ್ರಹಗಲ್ಲಿಯೇ ಇದು ಅತಿ ಸಣ್ಣದು. ಸ್ಟುಡಸ್ಯಾಟ್ ಕೇವಲ ೧ ಕೆಜಿ ತೂಕವಿದ್ದು, ಸುಮಾರು ೫೦ ಲಕ್ಷ ವೆಚ್ಚದಲ್ಲಿ ಮಾಡಲ್ಪಟ್ಟಿದೆ.

ಇದರ ಮತ್ತೊಂದು ಬಹು ಮುಖ್ಯವಾದ ಗುಣವೆಂದರೆ, ಇದು ಸ್ನಾತಕಪೂರ್ವದ ವಿದ್ಯಾರ್ಥಿಗಳು ಮಾಡಿದ ಉಪಗ್ರಹ. ಸ್ಟುಡಸ್ಯಾಟ್ ತಂಡದಲ್ಲಿ ಸುಮಾರು ೪೦ ವಿದ್ಯಾರ್ಥಿಗಳು, ಭಾರತದ ಹಲವು ರಾಜ್ಯಗಳಿಂದ ಕೂಡಿ ಮಾಡಿದ್ದರೆ. ಬೆಂಗಳೂರಿನಿಂದ ೪, ಹೈದರಾಬಾದಿನಿಂದ ೩, ನಾಗಪುರದಿಂದ ೧, ಹಾಗು ಪೂನೆಯಿಂದ ೧ ಕಾಲೇಜು, ಒಂದುಗೂಡಿ ಈ ಉಪಗ್ರಹವನ್ನು ಮಾಡಿ ಇಸ್ರೋಗೆ ಕಳೆದ ತಿಂಗಳು ಕರ್ನಾಟಕದ ರಾಜ್ಯಪಾಲರ ಸಮ್ಮುಖದಲ್ಲಿ ನಡೆದ ಒಂದು ಸಮಾರಂಭದಲ್ಲಿ ಇಸ್ರೋ ಗಣ್ಯರಿಗೆ  ಒಪ್ಪಿಸಲಾಯಿತು.

ಸ್ಟುಡಸ್ಯಾಟ್-ಅನ್ನು ಕಳೆದ ವಾರ, ಶ್ರೀಹರಿಕೋಟಾದಿಂದ ಬಾಹ್ಯಾಕಾಶಕ್ಕೆ ಹಾರಿಸಲಾದ ಪಿಎಸ್ಎಲ್ ವಿ ರಾಕೆಟ್ನಲ್ಲಿ ಹೊಯ್ದು, ಭೂಮಿಯಿಂದ ೬೪೦ ಕಿಮ ಎತ್ತರದಲ್ಲಿ, ಭೂಮಿಯನ್ನು ಸುತ್ತು ಹೋಗಲು ಬಿಡಲಾಗಿದೆ.  ಈ ಉಪಗ್ರಹವು ಸಣ್ಣದಾದರೂ, ಇನ್ನಿತರೆ ದೊಡ್ಡ ಉಪಗ್ರಹಗಳು ಹೊಂದಿರುವ ಎಲ್ಲಾ ಯಂತ್ರಾಂಶಗಳನ್ನೂ ಇನ್ನೂ ಸಣ್ಣ ಗಾತ್ರದಲ್ಲಿ ಹೊಂದಿದೆ. ಸ್ಟುಡಸ್ಯಾಟ್-ನಲ್ಲಿ ಒಂದು ಕ್ಯಾಮೆರಾವನ್ನು ಅಳವಡಿಸಲಾಗಿದೆ. ಸ್ಟುಡಸ್ಯಾಟ್- ನ ಈ ಕ್ಯಾಮೆರಾ, ಭೂಮಿಯನ್ನು ಸುತ್ತು ಹೋಗುವಾಗ, ಚಿತ್ರಗಳನ್ನು ತೆಗೆದು, ಭೂಮಿಗೆ ಕಳುಹಿಸುತ್ತದೆ. ಈ ಶ್ರೇಣಿಯ ಉಪಗ್ರಹಗಳಲ್ಲಿ, ಅತ್ಯುತ್ತಮ ಚಿತ್ರಗಳನ್ನು ಸ್ಟುಡಸ್ಯಾಟ್ ತೆಗೆಯುವ ಸಾಮರ್ಥ್ಯವಿದೆ.

ಸ್ಟುಡಸ್ಯಾಟ್ ಉಪಗ್ರಹವು ಹಲವು ವಿಭಾಗಗಳನ್ನು ಒಳಗೊಂಡಿದೆ. ಅವುಗಳು ಪ್ರತ್ಯೇಕ ಕೆಲಸಗಳನ್ನು ನಿರ್ವಹಿಸುತ್ತವೆ. ಈ ಎಲ್ಲಾ ವಿಭಾಗಗಳನ್ನು ಒಂದು ಸಣ್ಣ ವಿದ್ಯಾರ್ಥಿ ತಂಡವು ಮಾಡಿದೆ.

ಸ್ಟುಡಸ್ಯಾಟ್ ಬಾಹ್ಯಾಕಾಶದಿಂದ ತೆಗೆಯುವ ಭೂಮಿಯ ಚಿತ್ರಗಳನ್ನು ಸ್ಪರ್ಶತಂತು ಅಥವ ಅಂಟೆನದ ಮೂಲಕ ರೇಡಿಯೋ ತರಂಗಗಳನ್ನು ಬಳಸಿ ಬೆಂಗಳೂರಿನಲ್ಲಿರುವ ನಿಟ್ಟೆ ಕಾಲೇಜಿನ ಉಪಗ್ರಹ ಸಂಪರ್ಕ ಕೇಂದ್ರದಲ್ಲಿ ಸೆರೆ ಹಿಡಿಯಬಹುದು. ಈ ತರಂಗಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಬರುವ ಮಾಹಿತಿಯನ್ನು ಪರಿಶೀಲಿಸಿ ಚಿತ್ರವನ್ನು ಮರು ಸೃಷ್ಟಿಸಬಹುದು.

ಸ್ಟುಡಸ್ಯಾಟ್ ಸೂರ್ಯನ ಬೆಳಕನ್ನು ವಿದ್ಯುತ್ತಾಗಿ ಪರಿವರ್ತಿಸಿ, ಬ್ಯಾಟರಿಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಶೇಖರಿಸಿ, ತನ್ನ ಕಾರ್ಯ-ಚಟುವಟಿಕೆಗಳನ್ನು ನಡೆಸುತ್ತದೆ. ಸ್ಟುಡಸ್ಯಾಟ್ ಸುಮಾರು ಒಂದು ಲೀಟರ್ನಷ್ಟು ಗಾತ್ರವಿರುವುದರಿಂದ, ಹೆಚ್ಚು ವಿದ್ಯುತ್ ಉತ್ಪನ್ನಗೊಳಿಸಲು ಸಾಧ್ಯವಾಗುವಿದಿಲ್ಲ. ಇರುವಷ್ಟು ವಿದ್ಯುತ್ತನ್ನು  ಸರಿಯಾಗಿ ಬಳಸಿಕೊಂಡು ಉಪಗ್ರಹವು ತನ್ನ ಕೆಲಸಗಳನ್ನು ಯಶಸ್ವಿಯಾಗಿ ಮುಗಿಸಬೇಕು. ಇಂತಹ ವಿನ್ಯಾಸ ಮಾಡುವುದು ಈ ವಿದ್ಯಾರ್ಥಿ ತಂಡಕ್ಕೆ ಒಂದು  ದೊಡ್ಡ ಸವಾಲಾಗಿತ್ತು.

ಸ್ಟುಡಸ್ಯಾಟ್-ನ ಎಲ್ಲಾ ಕಾರ್ಯಗಳನ್ನು ನಿಯಂತ್ರಿಸಲು, ಉಪಗ್ರಹದಲ್ಲಿ ಒಂದು ಇಲೆಕ್ಟ್ರಾನಿಕ್ ಮೆದುಳನ್ನು  ವಿದ್ಯಾರ್ಥಿಗಳು ಅಳವಡಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಈ ಮೆದುಳು ಉಪಗ್ರಹದ ಎಲ್ಲಾ ಕೆಲಸಗಳನ್ನು ಸರಿಯಾಗಿ ನಿಯಂತ್ರಿಸಿ, ಸರಿಯಾದ ನಿರ್ಣಯಗಳನ್ನು ತೆಗೆಯುವ ಹಾಗೆ ಇದನ್ನು ಸೃಷ್ಟಿಸಲಾಗಿದೆ. ಇದನ್ನು ಒಂದು ಸಣ್ಣ ಕಂಪ್ಯೂಟರ್ ಎಂದೇ ಕರೆಯಬಹುದು. 

ಈ ಉಪಗ್ರಹವನ್ನು  ಮಾಡಿದ ವಿದ್ಯಾರ್ಥಿಗಳು  ಮತ್ತು ಕಾಲೇಜುಗಳ ತಂಡದ ಮತ್ತೊಂದು ಪ್ರಶಂಸೀಯ ಗುಣವೆಂದರೆ, ಇದು ಯಾವುದೇ ಒಂದು ಕಾಲೇಜಿನಿಂದ ಮಾಡಲಾಗಲ್ಲಿಲ್ಲ. ಸುಮಾರು ಹತ್ತು ಕಾಲೇಜುಗಳ ವಿದ್ಯಾರ್ಥಿಗಳು, ಕಾಲೇಜುಗಳ ಸಾಮೂಹಿಕ ಆರ್ಥಿಕ ನೆರವಿನಿಂದ ೫೦ ಲಕ್ಷದಷ್ಟು ವೆಚ್ಚವನ್ನು ಶೇಖರಿಸಿ, ಕೂಡಿ ಈ ಉಪಗ್ರಹವನ್ನು ಸೃಷ್ಟಿಸಿದರು. ಇದು ಯಾವುದೇ ಒಂದು ಕಾಲೇಜಿನ ಕೆಲಸ ಎಂದು ಹೇಳಲಾಗದು; ಎಲ್ಲಾ ಕಾಲೇಜುಗಳೂ ಒಕ್ಕೂಡಿ, ಇಂತಹ ಒಂದು ವಿಸ್ಮಯದ ಕೆಲಸವನ್ನು ೪೦ ವಿದ್ಯಾರ್ಥಿಗಳ ಮೂಲಕ ಮಾಡಿದ್ದಾರೆ.

ಇಂತಹ ಒಂದು ಚಟುವಟಿಕೆ, ನಮ್ಮ ದೇಶದ ಯುವ ಜನಾಂಗಕ್ಕೆ ಒಂದು ಮಾದರಿಯೇ ಹೌದು. ನಾವು ಒಂದು ಕೂಡಿ, ಏನೇ ಕೆಲಸವನ್ನು ತೆಗೆದೊಕೊಂಡರೂ, ಅದನ್ನು ಯಶಸ್ವಿಯಾಗಿ ಮಾಡಿ ಮುಗಿಸಬಹುದು ಎಂಬುದರ ಉದಾಹರಣವೆ ಸ್ಟುಡಸ್ಯಾಟ್.

"ನಮ್ಮ ಕಣ್ಣುಗಳು ಆಕಾಶವನ್ನು ನೋಡುತ್ತಿಲ್ಲ,
ಆದರೆ, ಅದನ್ನೂ ದಾಟಿ ನಾಟಿದ್ದೇವೆ ನಮ್ಮ ನಿಟ್ಟನ್ನು", ಎಂದು ಹೇಳುತ್ತಾ ಈ ವಿದ್ಯಾರ್ಥಿಗಳು ಆಕಾಶವೂ ಸೀಮೆ ಇಲ್ಲ ಎಂಬುದನ್ನು ನಿರೂಪಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ.

ಈ ತಂಡದ ಒಂದು ಸದಸ್ಯನಾಗಿ, ಸುಮಾರು ಎರಡೂವರೆ ವರ್ಷಗಳು ಕೆಲಸಮಾಡಿದ್ದೇನೆ ಎಂಬುದು ನನಗೆ ಅತಿ ಹೆಮ್ಮೆಯ ವಿಷಯ.

(ಒಂದು ಕನ್ನಡ ವಾರಪತ್ರಿಕೆಗೆ ಸ್ಟುಡಸ್ಯಾಟ್-ನ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ನಾನು ಬರೆದ ಒಂದು ಲೇಖನ)

17 July, 2010


Which is the most resilient and contagious parasite?
An Idea: A fully formed idea....
(From the movie Inception)

This would be my first straightforward post about any movie;leaving apart my music review posts. And,let me tell you this ain't a review of Inception. It is only articulation of the awe I've been put through after watching this amusing and enigmatic cinema.

I am obsessed by the notions of mind, thoughts and ideas. If you have been a reader of my blog for sometime, you would not defer. This being the case, it was natural that the teasers of Inception drove me to watch it. And, what I, like any audience witnessed was one of the most ingenious genius mind at work.

As the movie grew deeper and deeper, I was amazed at the amount of background thought which would have gone into it. This might be true for any creative piece of work, but, when someone is unwinding, something this inexplicably unconventional with vivid imagery in front of you, the levels of awe hit the zenith. It wasn't even the breathtaking visuals, but the concept and the interleaved ideas, that have made me go gaga about Inception.

Christopher Nolan's pure genius at work here... Will watch it again, recommend you catch it ASAP :)

Randomness and coincindence

"I don't subscribe to coincidence. I believe that no matter how random  things might appear there still is a plan"

An interesting line from a recent movie I was watching. Interesting because it almost converges with my perception of random occurrences of events. Although, it talks about a plan, and somewhere unintentionally intending to invoke the famous concept of 'fate', I do not subscribe to the idea of fate, for, it is simply futile.

I believe that even when events are happening in random order, we possess the ability to either put them in a frame of already occurred,correlated events and call it a plan ( Like a Jigsaw puzzle) , or, we can transcend from the current events, leading into further related events by proactive effort ( Like a falling Dominos pack); both the cases are possible, only if we believe that We are above the 'events', and that the events are a consequence of our actions, without giving too much reverence to the events or the consequences themselves.....

By such a perception, it is easier to tackle the repercussions; be it positive or negative, in a more personally responsible manner. For, there is nothing of more import than the possibilities emanating from the self...

13 July, 2010

Namma Bengaluru Fooooood Strreeet

Firstly, I feel it strongly necessary to admonish myself for being this naive, and it embarrasses me; After being born and brought up in Bengaluru, I haven't visited numerous  places which are worth visiting. And, one such important place is the Food Street in VV Puram.

With the latest tagging of "Foodie" to my profile,I had to visit it and I did stumble there in an unprepared manner ( after dinner!). There was so much, but so little I could eat. I promised myself that I'd avenge this act of cowardice by me, by throwing full assault on this place ASAP.

For those of you who have been as shamelessly ignorant as me, the Food Street is operational from 6 in the evening to just after 11 in the night( given the cops' issue)... Another important point is, you do not get anything non-vegetarian! But, even if you are as a voracious non-vegetarian like me, you're appetite will certainly shoot up and you might end up putting a pound or more in a single visit :) !

Authentic Kannada cuisine ( benne dose, chiroti, ...)  to North Indian( dabeli, pav bhaji, basundi...), each item available is a delicacy and has a legacy of it's own.

Heavy on calories, but light on pockets, Sublime taste with bees like people buzzing around, aroma of mixed cuisines going olfactorily offensive against you, flooding saliva down your oesophagus, and a festival to your taste buds; This is the default experience for anyone who loves food at Namma Fooood Sttrreeeet :)

12 July, 2010

Team STUDSAT: The Journey so far...

In Kannada, the regional language of Karnataka, we say " Moorthi Chikkadaadaroo, keerthi Doddadu", which is a proverb. It means, although an entity is physically timid, the reputation and fame of it are sky high!

This is the most appropriate attribution to STUDSAT: India's first "Pico Satellite". A satellite, which is miniature in size, but as complex as its bigger counterparts. Now, that you are all also aware that it is an undergraduate student project, it might culminate to the point as to why it is so very special to the Indian Space and Student communities.

After, more than two years since it's conception, it has been brought into reality.

I would not digress too much into how we reached this point, for it is all over our site http://www.teamstudsat.com/. I would like to reveal the assimilation of skills each one of us has had throughout this process.

This being a Space Project and because we were literally dealing with "The Rocket Science", we have learnt innumerable concepts, technologies and sciences. This was a continuous process, wherein, we would pick up skills on demand basis, and execute the task, and then switch over to the next. At the end of the day, as residue we have retained precious layers of technical skills, which, wouldn't have been possible if we weren't members of such a team.

Given that we had to get our technical skills honed, there were other crucial tasks which each of us inculcated. From developing good managers, to good marketing persons, to excellent diplomats, to outstanding orators, to creative geniuses; we've seen all of these emanate from within the technical core of team mates.

We have grown to have a rapport which manifests the ideal interactions between team mates to get a project done.Not to forget the fun trips we've had and relentless night-outs in the clean room, R&D centre and the ground station.

With so much pressure now with the launch, and the media, we still feel unchanged except that we've grown a lot better, We've all given parts of ourselves to the First Indian Pico Satellite, and at this proud instant of time we feel humbled and over joyed...

Jai Hind !

08 July, 2010

300 Ideas are Immortal

While I am composing this 300th post for my blog, I am involuntarily thinking as to what has been my inspiration to have blogged 299 posts. I feel it necessary, to envelope the important sources of inspiration, which have made me disperse out my thoughts, ideas, reminiscence, imagination and manifestations to the readers like you, in a seemingly effortless and non-compulsive manner.

I am startled at this introspective analysis.

I started blogging, mostly for making myself more complex, as in, to add another facet to my personality, and to quench my thirst of sudden impulses of words and random thoughts. As you can see, my initial posts were mostly amateurish written by a pretensive megalomaniac! (That's what I feel about them)

As I started putting some conscious efforts about the content in my posts, it seemed to get a dimension - A character of its own; An Identity. This identity mostly converged to an 'enhanced' version of my perceptions, and ME.

I call them enhanced, because I believe that the strings of words, and play of ideas I have expressed on my blog are instantaneous; By which I mean,they have occurred sequentially, and have been expressed over a long period of time. But when a reader tries to contemplate me to be a collective sum of the individual posts in my blog, they would be definitely misled.

The precise relation of me and my blog would be, to see it as a measure of the change I have undergone, right in front of all of you, with tangible proof exposed all over my blog. It is not to be misinterpreted as a tedious and elaborate chronicling of the different facets of the simple me.

With running time, the sources of inspiration now have grown and the next major influence would be the society - Mainly the negativity in it! I feel compelled to express my views about it,and it is mainly with a motive of involving more of you into the debate.

There are also posts about numerous special people I know, and all those posts were intended to show how special they are to me.

Sometimes I feel, I give exaggerated importance to my blog ( appending to the complaints from many of you), but then, I realize,
If i give my blog that amount of importance, then it must deserve it,for,

Ideas are Immortal!

06 July, 2010

The Perfect BrainStorm :D

After a really long time, had an excellent brainstorming session, which happened to be with one of the less expected persons. I was pleasantly surprised with rustic, innovative, naive and genuine ideas he confided to me, pertaining to the most essential aspects of an individual's life, career and his social roles.

The gelling of these ideas with the pragmatic approach which was put forth, with that amount of passion from him, and the way I was drawn deep into it was just remarkable. A perfect brainstorm!

The gamut of ideas, which transformed into resolutions by the end of our rendezvous are going to be the numerous hinge points of both our lives...

There will be time, when I will go on to share these ideas, but for now, I am glad that this has been a meeting which has introduced me to a great associate, who has been a close team mate for this long!

05 July, 2010

Bandh: YES or NO

The NO Argument

A day of lethargy, ultimately, this is what a Bandh day turns out to be, to most of the common people. Added to this is the stagnancy of business, at all strata- Starting from the monopolies, to the lay man working for day wage... Disruption in normal activities, to protest against something which wouldn't even be corrected by this act of 'protest'. Also, if observed well, it is again being manipulated by the politicians as a political gimmick.

How many of us really care about the Bandh and it's significance, if it has any? Don't most of us greet it as a day of respite; a sudden sober holiday;Isn't this the way most of us contemplate a bandh? So, with such a mindset of people around, does calling a nation-wide bandh do anything?

What is the purpose of calling a bandh?
It is supposed to unite all the affected people, and take up their causes to tell their government what is right and, what is wrong... But, unfortunately the ones who really care about this are few,most others use it to their advantage, while the rest stay numb! So, do we need a nation-wide bandh?!

The YES Argument

Government is an embodiment of the collective decisions made by people, to serve the people's interests.  Ideally, the actions of the Government must be under the vigil and control of its entities: People; But, in today's system the Governmemt has grown bigger than the it's entities and has obtained a supreme image, instead of being reachable to its people. When it has grown so big, and is trying to push policies which are anti-people, there is little that the masses can do to express their disconent. They need their appeals to be heard, if not more such atrocities will be pushed down their throats.

If voting once in five years is the only chance of opinion for the people, then what about the duration of the term of Government and its wrongdoings against its people during the term. People can't wait for five years to show their discontent against the government. If the term of the government is not prone to 'performance based sustenance', then people need a channel to show their united opinions on the policies served to them. If such a platform is not provided, a bandh is what people would opt for, although reluctantly,for, it affects their day's life and it is about their day's survival. People risk a day's wage to express their anguish, hoping for some empathetic retraction of the policies.

To be effective, Bandhs or protests must be organized by people, and shouldn't be called by opposition parties, because if given a chance, the opposition would also do the same, unless they are empathetic about the people at a principle level.

If people have to make their voices heard to the government, by stalling their lives, and consequently the country, then SO BE IT! The governemnt should have it's people and their interests as its prime concern for all policies and rules it frames, as that by definition is what they are there for....

02 July, 2010

Exclusively Seclusive Growth!

Increasing prices...Rocketting inflation... Stagnant wages... Growing disparity...  Seems like a perfect recipe for a fiasco.

This is the condition of India, not in the past, but now, at this moment and if uncurtailed will grow worse in future.

We keep talking about "India Shining" and other political slogans,but, are these propagandists at least looking into the ground reality?

Keeping in mind the most of us, who wouldn't be aware of the exact figures of the calamity, I jotted down some numbers from a wiki page on "Poverty in India".

  • According to a 2005 World Bank estimate, 42% of India falls below the international poverty line of $1.25 a day (in nominal terms Rs. 21.6 a day in urban areas and Rs 14.3 in rural areas): This implies that almost every alternate person, if we were mixed together wouldn't be able to satisfy his/her most fundamental needs;Even feeding onelself adequately for one time a day in today's inflated market would be impossible...
  • 27.5% of the population was living below the poverty line in 2004–2005(government-specified poverty threshold of 12 rupees per day) : Note the Govt. specified poverty threshold: Rs.12 per day... Imagine about 330 million people in this condition, given that we are the infamous 1.2 Billion people, and still counting....
  • Income inequality in India (Gini coefficient: 32.5 in year 1999- 2000), and 36.8 in 2004 : And, I have no doubts that, this disparity index would have further widened with the IT boom in India.
  • The worldwide recession in 2009 have plunged 100 million more Indians into poverty than there were in 2004 increasing the effective poverty rate from 27.5% to 37.2%, i.e., the previous number of 330 million has increased to 450 million people. And, we say India was most resilient to the recession... When there are already 330 million people below poverty line, an additon of 150 millions doesn't seem to influence the reputation!

So what have the governments,which have governed us all these years done, and doing about it?
Hmmm....Pretty much nothing...

Okay,let me be not this harsh on them: Yes, they were, and are doing lots...

Lots to safegaurd the interests of the creamy layer who own and run the country. So, why blame the government? They are right in their policy perspective...

Even while it's people are suffering, shelling out unscrupulously, their hard earned money on high prices for the commonest of the commodities, with it's farmers commiting suicides regularly, and an overall deteriorating lifestyle, the main purpose of  the Governments has been taken care of, i.e.,to keep the balance sheets of the rich patriot businessmen in tact. Kudos!!!

If you support the cause of the common man, raise your voice against this atrocity.
To start with, sign this online petition against the unreasonable hike in fuel prices and deregulation of the same.



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