Dec 17, 2009

If the World has 100 people !

I witnessed an impressive stat from the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay. They just took the entire statistics of the world and after an interesting transformation, it boiled down to the following.

Overall, assuming that the world will have 100 people, then
  • 50 would be female
  • 50 would be male
  • 20 would be children
  • There would be 80 adults,
  • 14 of whom would be 65 and older

There would be:
  • 61 Asians
  • 12 Europeans
  • 13 Africans
  • 14 people from the Western Hemisphere

There would be:
  • 31 Christians
  • 21 Muslims
  • 14 Hindus
  • 6 Buddhists
  • 12 people who believe in other religions
  • 16 people who not be aligned with a religion

17 would speak Chinese
8 would speak Hindustani
8 would speak English
7 would speak Spanish
4 would speak Arabic
4 would speak Russian
52 would speak other languages

82 would be able to read and write; 18 would not

1 would have a college education
1 would own a computer

75 people would have some supply of food and a place to
shelter them from the wind and the rain, but 25 would not

1 would be dying of starvation
17 would be undernourished
15 would be overweight

83 would have access to safe drinking water
17 people would have no clean, safe water to drink

So, Now What ?

It clearly says, only
  1. 1/100 will have a college education.
  2. 1/100 will have a computer.
I have seen people who sit and mutter to themselves just like they are the only soul stranded in the whole world & everyone else is 'perfect'. Come on, who doesn't have a problem ? What is a life that's without a problem ? Who likes to just eat & sleep everyday ? Where is the challenge then ? Why are you born ?
If you are reading this blog, i can assume that you own a computer as well as had (or having or will have) a College education. You just read that there are undernourished people. Even they die of starvation.
  • Do you realize that 'You are gifted' ?
  • You are actually special.
  • You are not left behind by any one.
  • You have a task to do.
  • You are the one going to bring the CHANGE.
  • You are 1 in a 100 !
Now stop acting. Ascend & Astonish.

Dec 15, 2009

9 Tips for improving efficiency

1. Do one thing at a time, set aside specific time period:
It helps concentration if you just do one thing at a time giving it your complete undivided attention. Multitasking (doing many things simultaneously) will make you distracted and it is an ineffective way of doing things contrary to what many people believe. Do one thing at a time in order to develop concentration. If you are trying to think of giving presentation at office, or studying for your exam - for the next 30 minutes or so, just think of that alone. Focus your mind on the details of the job and how you plan to do it. Let not your attention wander to other things during this time.

2. Do something as if for first or last time:
We take a lot of everyday things for granted and do not observe as intently as we should. In order to develop focus and observation, try to look at tasks which you do everyday as if you are doing or seeing them for the first or the last time. This will encourage you to observe details which you may have missed before, thus improving your observation, concentration and also in gaining new insights.

3. 5 more rule :
From now on, if you're in the middle of a task and tempted to give up -- just do FIVE MORE. Read FIVE MORE pages. Finish FIVE MORE math problems. Work FIVE MORE minutes".

By implementing this strategy, you are stretching your mind past the point of frustration and building up mental endurance just as good athletes push past the point of exhaustion by not giving up when their body initially protests of tiredness. This way they build up the stamina.

4. Unclutter your mind by writing down:
While doing something important, if other worries are invading your mind thus affecting your
Concentration then an effective way to overcome this problem is to write down any concern you might be having on a piece of paper, next to it write down a date or time when you want to deal with this problem. Writing it down this way will help in unflattering your mind so that it is free to concentrate on the task at hand.

5. Reward yourself:
Decide before starting your work how you would like to reward yourself when you finish. The reward can be anything that makes you happy and relaxed - like having your favorite food, going out for a walk, meeting your best friend etc. It doesn't have to be something big, any activity that gives you pleasure and takes your mind off work for some time will do. This system of rewarding yourself will increase motivation for doing things.

6. Be project specific:
Before you start any work, be clear in your mind as to what you want to accomplish. Before sitting down to study for exams, be clear what chapter you want to study now, how much time do you intend to study etc. Be as specific as possible and move on to some other task only after you complete this.

7. Use a concentration score sheet:
Whenever doing some important work, use a concentration score sheet. Each time you find your mind wandering, make a check mark on the sheet. If you do this on consistent basis, you may find that you have far fewer check marks and far greater concentration.

8. Break task into smaller parts:
Breaking a task into smaller parts will make it seem less daunting and help you approach it with more positivity. If you are trying to study a textbook for exam, then you can make a goal of finishing one chapter at a time.

9. Do a thing wholeheartedly:
If you approach something half-heartedly, it can show in the quality of the work. In order to do things better, do them with interest. Whatever you are doing, try to find some aspect of it that interests you. If you can find something interesting in each thing you do, you can enjoy even the most mundane and boring tasks.

If you ask me whether i am giving you advise, absolutely not. I am not eligible or matured enough to give advise. But i can share what my friend geetha shared with me. Just did that :D

Dec 4, 2009

Good use of it !

My roommate shared me this impressive incident. In Baroda, there was a book shop. In one of the books, this is what the price tag read.

Price: Good use of it !
I was like, "Wow ! What a great way of presenting a book !".

Dec 3, 2009

How you think ?

I was reading a spiritual book this morning. The author, at one point emphasizes the fact that "It's your thoughts that makes you what you are". He also provided a situation.
In China, people go for trekking. For fun, they will wear a footwear made of Hay. It gives comfort but get's torn out soon. There will be a set of big rocks here and there. Each of them will have a pair of 10-20 slippers underneath with a price tag. Whoever passes by, they will just take one and put the money there. In the evening, the owner will come and take the money.
I actually got shocked after reading it. Come on man, it's more like a shop without a shop keeper. Have you seen anything like this in our country ?
Saying, "Just go in and take whatever you want & put the money in the cash counter." Sounded totally weird to me. Supporting my surprise, the author writes in the next sentence.
"Will this happen in India ?"
I really didn't heard any such stories but my friend Kadhambari did. She was talking about a school in our home town - Chidambaram. The HeadMaster opened a small shop inside the school and kept candies, pencils and erasers in different boxes. No one was kept in charge. There is just coin box for keeping the money. One fine day, he went to that shop to check out the status. To his surprise, all the candy boxes are empty. To his shock, the coin box was also empty ! :(

See how the school kids are. Not all the Indians are like that, but still the author was right to a certain extent.

Be pure, humble & loyal in your thoughts. The Almighthy's grace will always be with you !
Another story i want to add up here. It suddenly came to my mind. Thought it would be approprite to put it here.
A builder was working for a contractor. He was very much dedicated to his job. One day, he decided to quit. "I am getting older and can't spend time at work anymore. I'm gonna call it a day". The contractor said, "Oh ! i see. Okay, just help me build this one last house. I am not gonna trouble you after that". The builder actually got angry but didn't showed it. He was not in the mood to work, lacked perfection and built the worst ever house of his 20 year career. After he comlpeted the project and said Bye to the contractor, he got this shocking reply. "Take this Key. This house is yours. I want to thank you for all your hard work".

Just see his thoughts. If he knew that this house he building was his own, he wouldn't have showed this poor attitude.

I was imagining how a typical Indian men and women would react after seeing such a rock with pair full of slippers. Women will start discussing about the color and design and forget that fact that they are actually trekking on a hill. Men on the other side will regret the fact that they didn't took a sack with them.

Above is more of a casual comment and critisisms are welcome. If you are the person with that pure & humble thoughts, i presume you are well settled in life with the grace of God.

Are you ?

PS: If you liked this post, you might also like : The miraculous Life response !

Nov 29, 2009

Gandhi கணக்கு !

I was browsing the net as i always do. Sometimes i do encounter something strange and i end up here. So what's strange now ?
Often while showing returns on accounts & balance amounts, people tend to say, Gandhi கணக்கு. It actually means that the person spent it or lost it. Let's say for a reason that can't be disclosed. Would you believe it if this has a story behind it ?
I am surprised because, YES. So eager to know what ? Here it goes.
Before 1947, when India was fighting against British occupation, companies and individuals often included Contribution to Freedom movement as an item in accounting statements. Most often accounting statements would not tally because management funneled money out. Contribution to Gandhi's freedom movement provided an excellent means to account for the missing money. Hence the term Gandhi Kanakku.
One should apologize to Mahatma Gandhi as this term brings a small amount of disrepute to him, for no fault of his. So are you surprised ? There are more & more pretty local tamil words that has a fascinating story behind them.

Kepmaari (
கேப்மாரி) - Used to curse or scowl a person for irresponsible behavior. Often, Auto drivers tend to use this word when someone drives inappropriate. The saying goes as, "போடா கேப்மாரி, விட்ல சொல்லிட்டு வண்ட்டியா ?
Here goes the actual story behind கேப்மாரி.
In British times people were given different coloured caps based on their status in work. The guy who changes the cap (மாத்துறது in Tamil) is a traitor/thief hence the word kepmaari (cap-maari).
Mokkai (மொக்கை): Here goes my favorite one. Putting mokkai can be compared to cracking dumb jokes or playing pranks. For example, KO is 'Knock Out' in boxing. It is given when the naaku(tongue) is out (i.e. out cold).
People tend to get irrittated and say "Mokka podaatha.." Very often my office colleagues tell me this. So first thing i will do after posting this blog is to mail them and share it :D
So here goes the short story.
This is a derivative of the word Mokkaiyappar who was a king, famous for his blaydu jokes. (Poor Jokes - PJ)
Bemani (பேமானி) : Once again, a word similar to Kepmaari which is used to blame a person for useless, ridiculous behaviour. Meaning ? I am surprised that i got adopted from Urdu.

Baemani.(Beimaan in Urdu means a person who has no ethics/ scruples/ integrity and Beimaani means the trait of dishonesty)
bae + imani (without + shame)
So are you surprised ? Did you ever thought these words have such meanings behind ?
I never did. I must praise the guy (or a girl ? i don't think so !) who composed this in a Wikipedia Article. Full credits to the Author.

Nov 21, 2009

Have you seen Sixth Sense ?

I want to write a lot on this post but i am not going to do it now. I am in a hurry but still i wanted to upload this amazing video first... :p

Nov 15, 2009

I am living a dream !

India is a cricket-crazy nation. It really surprises me how Hockey still exists as the National game. Come on! How many Indians watch Cricket & Hockey ?
There will be no surprise if Hockey is ousted by Cricket as the national game. People play in streets & lanes, parks & grounds, farms... everywhere we see cricket... But very few, play the game with an intention to represent the Country at the international stage. After that, very few stay in the "playing eleven" for a long time. If we ask anyone to name the best of them, the answer is evident. Touching 20 years at the international stage, the Little master & blaster, Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar is living a dream. From a kid, till this moment, playing for India has always been his dream. He is still fresh, energetic, active & innovative. I don't know how many have noted it, but Sachin invents new shots even now.
A flick of a bouncer that goes beyond the keeper and slips to the 3rd man boundary is a fine example of how well he is focusing on the game and improving himself everyday. They call it "The upper cut" or "Limbo Cut". I will be surprised to see any other batsmen in the world would try to PLAY such a deadly bouncer. Whatever it is, just see it !

As a human being, he has always been an inspiration to me. I like the way he dominates the game. His passion and dedication, it's just mind-blowing. This is my takeaway.
Wherever you are, Whatever you do, Be the Best !
This is what sachin has taught me. I like him very much and wish him the very best. I wish India wins the 2011 World Cup as sachin leaves the centre stage after that. For a man of his kind, he definitely deserves lifting the World Cup atleast once.
Below is an Interview from the master after completing 20 years in international cricket.

Twenty years at the top, how do you look back on your career?

It has been a beautiful journey. Wearing the India cap has always meant a lot to me. That's what I dreamt of as a child. Cricket has been my passion, my life. And I have enjoyed every moment of it.
On a personal level, which achievement really makes you proud?

I felt extremely proud the day I was selected to play for India. Since then, each day has been full of surprises, happy surprises on most occasions. If India does well when I play well and that gives joy to millions, I am grateful to God.
What sacrifices have you, and people around you, made to survive the hard grind?

I would like to stress that my brother, Ajit, was actively involved with my game since I was a kid. Later on, my wife, Anjali, has been a huge pillar of strength and support. Besides, my mother and other family members have always been there for me. Even my kids have learnt to live with the fact that their father has to be away playing cricket for a number of days.

What kind of role have the people of the country played in your success?

Without the support of a billion people, it wouldn't have been possible. I value their love, their wishes, their prayers, their kindness. I thank each one of them from the bottom of my heart.

How do you prepare yourself for a match? Do you still get butterflies in the stomach before every game?

I like to keep things normal. I take enough rest before a game to ensure that the body and mind are fresh. I still get butterflies in my stomach. When they play the national anthem before a match, I even get goosepimples. That is the way the body prepares.

What is the key to your amazing run-making ability? Tell us about your thought process when you are at the batting crease...

I just concentrate hard on each and every ball and try to play it on its merit. The key is to stay still and look closely at what the bowler wants to do. Mentally too, you should be focused because you have just a fraction of a second to play the ball. How you think is extremely important because there's always something going on in your mind. So I need to focus, apply myself and concentrate hard. When I am in the zone, I see only the bowler and the ball and nothing else. That's also the time when I am batting at my best.

Is temperament really more important than technique?

Yes, I think temperament is extremely important. One has to be mentally tough. If you are not tough, you are not going to make runs. The guys who have scored runs in the past, they've all not been technically correct. So technique is not the only thing. In the end, everything boils down to putting bat to ball. The adjustment is very crucial too, and the hand-eye coordination.

Only good batsmen make ugly hundreds. Did you?

There are times when the conditions are tough. The bowlers are on top and you haven't got used to the pace of the wicket. A good batsman must go through the grind when he is not happy about the movement of his feet or is having problems in coming to terms with the pitch. Even if he is not in good nick, he will stay at the wicket, do the hard work and gradually overcome all obstacles.

In the 1999 World Cup you rushed back home from England and then returned to score a hundred. How difficult was that?

That was the toughest part of my career. It is hard to explain what I went through. My father passed away in the middle of the tournament and I took the first flight home to attend the funeral. When my mother saw me, she said, ‘Why have you come home, you should be playing (for the country). That is what your father would have liked'. So I attended the funeral and went back. I was very emotional and wasn't thinking about the match because my mind was preoccupied. I remember we were playing Kenya and on the morning of the match, I had tears in my eyes. Somehow I gathered myself and as luck would have it, I hit a hundred. When I reached there, I looked up and raised my bat to the heavens in the belief that my father would be watching. Again, I had tears in my eyes. It was a very difficult phase.

A year earlier in 1998, you had single-handedly almost won a Test match against Pakistan in Chennai. How tough was that?

One of the worst moments of my career. Actually, we were cruising to victory. I was playing in pain and after I went past my hundred, it started to get worse. I was finding it extremely difficult to stay on my feet. So I decided to go for my shots and even hit four boundaries before falling to Saqlain Mushtaq's doosra. Then the tail crumbled and we lost a Test which we ought to have won. After the match, there was deafening silence in the dressing room. Everyone had tears in their eyes.

But you eventually made up by playing that memorable 98 against Pakistan in the 2003 World Cup...

Yeah, I did! India-Pakistan matches had an extra edge those days. Even before the start of the World Cup, all my friends were looking forward to the D-day. To be honest, I was a bit tense on the eve of the match. I didn't sleep well in the nights leading up to that game. Pakistan had put up a fighting total of 274 and during the break I shut myself out from everything. I listened to music and tried to focus on the task at hand. My feet were moving well and we had a few big overs early on. That gave us the momentum. I enjoyed playing my shots and taking on Akram, Waqar and Shoaib. It was memorable.

Which loss hurt you more, the 1996 World Cup semifinal or the 2003 World Cup final?

It has to be the loss in 2003, because till the finals we had done exceedingly well. We had got off to a shaky start in the tournament but gradually picked up and were peaking at the right time. Maybe we were over-aggressive or over-excited about going out and winning the big final against Australia.

After the 26/11 attack on Mumbai, you had to play a Test in Chennai. What was going through your mind on the eve of the match, in which you ended up scoring a match-winning century on the final day?

It wasn't the best time to play cricket but then life has to go on. What happened was a terrible thing and we could only sympathize with those who had lost their near and dear ones. The feeling in the camp was, if by doing well we can provide some solace, or even take their minds off what had happened, then it was worth playing.

On the last day, when I was batting well, my mind went back to the Test we lost to Pakistan at the same venue. I was determined to stay till the end. When Yuvraj came out, I told him there was no way we are going to let this slip away. He batted brilliantly and we won by six wickets. That victory gave me a lot of joy and satisfaction because it came at a very important time for the country.

You have played under several captains. Who would you rate as the best ?

They have all been good in their own way. But if I have to pick just one, I would say Mahendra Singh Dhoni. He is aggressive yet calm. He doesn't display much emotion. We have similar thought-processes on the field.

You recently said that your batting was a mix of Sunil Gavaskar and Viv Richards'. Did the great West Indian ever speak to you about your game?

It happened after the 2007 World Cup. We were going through a bad patch and there was criticism from all quarters. Viv called me up and we spoke at length. He said, ‘Don't lose heart. Just keep working hard, enjoy the game and everything will be fine.' Coming from one of my idols, it meant a lot to me.

As a kid, did you sometimes sleep with a bat near the pillow?

Of course, I did. Like other kids, I would also visualize myself waving the bat to the stands. I always believed that I would play for the country. I am living a dream.

When did you actually start believing that you were indeed good enough to survive at the highest level?

After I played my second Test match (Faisalabad) in Pakistan. I scored 59. That's when I thought that I belonged in that league. It gave me confidence that I can play Test cricket for a long time.

Did you ever feel that you were out of form in the course of these two decades?

I don't think there is any cricketer who has never been out of form. There are times when your feet don't move well or your head is not right. After all, it's a body, not a machine. Every cricketer goes through rough patches. I take these things as a challenge.

Did you ever fear being dropped from the playing eleven?

Never. However, I have never taken my place in the team for granted.

How often did you play in excruciating pain?

That happens quite often. One cannot be 100% fit all the time. You know when you can play through the pain and when you can't. As long as you can manage, you do it.

How is it possible for a man of your accomplishments to be so grounded in a cricket-crazy nation like ours?

It hasn't been a big deal (for me). My family has had a huge role to play in my success. They made a lot of sacrifices. My father was a very balanced person and nobody in the family got carried away with my success. It has everything to do with my upbringing. Of course, my family does feel happy and proud every time I do well but nobody goes over the top. We do celebrate in our own way, but we basically keep it simple.

Can you tell us about some of the dressing room pranks you've played on your colleagues?

There have been many. Sometimes, we lock up players when they are in the toilet. Every day I am up to something new. It keeps the dressing room in good humour.

Can other players dare to play pranks on you?

Of course, they do. There's no one-way traffic here. Bhajji, Viru, Yuvi are the usual suspects. But we all enjoy it.

What has cricket taught you as a player and as a person?

Cricket has taught me most of the things in life. I got to travel the world and meet different people and that experience has made me a better person. Most of all, it has taught me to be humble. It has also taught me to deal with various challenges differently and look at life positively.

How much has the game evolved in the last two decades? Has it got any easier?

It hasn't got easier but it has become faster. It has become more competitive. There's also much more media attention; nobody wants to miss out on anything. Everything around cricket has changed in a big way. I think the response to faster cricket (T20, ODIs) has been fantastic. But, I would like to stress that Test cricket remains the ultimate challenge for any cricketer. The true test of skill and character, and also the ability to adapt to various conditions, can only be judged in Test cricket.

Which ones do you rate as your top three Test hundreds and top three ODI innings?

In Tests, it has to be my first Test hundred (119*) at Old Trafford against England (1990), my hundred (114) at Perth against Australia (1992) and my last hundred against England (103*) in Chennai (2008). In the One-dayers, my hundred (138) in Colombo in the final of the Compaq Cup series (2009), then the one against Australia (117*) in the first final of the tri-series (2008) and my hundred (134) in Sharjah in the finals against Australia (1998).

What would Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar like to be remembered for?

As someone who always put the country and team first, as someone who always gave his 100%. Also, as one who played the game with passion and in the right spirit and took great pride in representing India.

Source: TOI
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Nov 13, 2009

Non-Stoppable Natal !

Microsoft has something to cheer for these days. They are happy with the sales of their recently released operating system - Windows 7. Apart from that, in the gaming world, they achieved something that's never done before.

Microsoft's Project Natal, an amazing new gaming interface that debuted earlier this month at the gaming conference E3. Natal looks like no other game controller you've ever seen. There is no controller. At least not one you can hold in your hand. Natal uses a sophisticated scanning system that not only recognizes how you move and who you are, but how you feel. The potential for Natal beyond gaming is astounding. Imagine a virtual companion so aware that it could recognize when a shut-in was depressed or non-responsive and call for outside help. To the user, Natal's interface looks simple. There is no learning curve. You just interact as you would in real life. From a design perspective, Natal is incredibly complex, combining next gen facial and voice recognition, motion capture, and artificial intelligence to arrive at an incredibly powerful and transparent user interface. Elegant and genius.
"This is a pivotal moment that will carry with it a wave of change, the ripples of which will reach far beyond video games"
As quoted by Ace Hollywood Director and Producer STEVEN SPIELBERG.
Watch the preview video below. I am curious and eager to hear your comments.

Your innovation inspired me very much and is strange enough to become a part of my blog. Kudos to Microsoft.


Nov 12, 2009

Hard work Vs Smart Work

One of the famous manager statement i've come across is this. "Work smart, not hard".
Whatever intelligent you are, there is always a smart way of doing things rather than working hard.
There's a tale often told in design circles of how, in the heat of the space race, NASA paid over a million dollars to develop a pen that worked in zero gravity. The Russians, however, took a different approach. They used a pencil.
Now one will be rolling and laughing on the floor if it's the first time they are reading this story. but it's just a story and *not* a fact. And obviously, Scientists aren't dumb enough to forget the pencil alternatives before investing millions of dollars. This is how it was told.
During the space race back in the 1960's, NASA was faced with a major problem. The astronaut needed a pen that would write in the vacuum of space. NASA went to work. At a cost of
$1.5 million they developed the "Astronaut Pen". Some of you may remember. It enjoyed minor success on the commercial market.
The Russians were faced with the same dilemma.
They used a pencil.

Origins: The lesson of this anecdote is a valid one, that we sometimes expend a great deal of time, effort, and money to create a "high-tech" solution to a problem, when a perfectly good, cheap, and simple solution is right before our eyes. The anecdote offered above isn't a real example of this syndrome, however. Fisher did ultimately develop a pressurized pen for use by NASA astronauts (now known as the famous "Fisher Space Pen"), but both American and Soviet space missions initially used pencils, NASA did not seek out Fisher and ask them to develop a "space pen," Fisher did not charge NASA for the cost of developing the pen, and the Fisher pen was eventually used by both American and Soviet astronauts.
Here's how Fisher themselves described it:
NASA never asked Paul C. Fisher to produce a pen. When the astronauts began to fly, like the Russians, they used pencils, but the leads sometimes broke and became a hazard by floating in the [capsule's] atmosphere where there was no gravity. They could float into an eye or nose or cause a short in an electrical device. In addition, both the lead and the wood of the pencil could burn rapidly in the pure oxygen atmosphere. Paul Fisher realized the astronauts needed a safer and more dependable writing instrument, so in July 1965 he developed the pressurized ball pen, with its ink enclosed in a sealed, pressurized ink cartridge. Fisher sent the first samples to Dr. Robert Gilruth, Director of the Houston Space Center. The pens were all metal except for the ink, which had a flash point above 200°C. The sample Space Pens were thoroughly tested by NASA. They passed all the tests and have been used ever since on all manned space flights, American and Russian. All research and developement costs were paid by Paul Fisher. No development costs have ever been charged to the government.

Because of the fire in Apollo 1, in which three Astronauts died, NASA required a writing instrument that would not burn in a 100% oxygen atmosphere. It also had to work in the extreme conditions of outer space:
  1. In a vacuum.

  2. With no gravity.

  3. In hot temperatures of +150°C in sunlight and also in the
    cold shadows of space where the temperatures drop to -120°C
(NASA tested the pressurized Space Pens at -50°C, but because of the residential [sic] heat in the pen it also writes for many minutes in the cold shadows.)

Fisher spent over one million dollars in trying to perfect the ball point pen before he made his first successful pressurized pens in 1965. Samples were immediately sent to Dr. Robert Gilruth, Manager of the Houston Space Center, where they were thoroughly tested and approved for use in Space in September 1965. In December 1967 he sold 400 Fisher Space Pens to NASA for $2.95 each.

Lead pencils were used on all Mercury and Gemini space flights and all Russian space flights prior to 1968. Fisher Space Pens are more dependable than lead pencils and cannot create the hazard of a broken piece of lead floating through the gravity-less atmosphere.

Nov 11, 2009

Google Go

Google unveiled their new, open-source, systems programming language today. The name is Go. Google says that Go has the security and performance features of C++ and the speed of a dynamic scripting language like Python. Go is fast, safe, concurrent and fun to code with.

The language is type safe, memory-safe and it's specifically designed for developing softwares that runs on multi-core machines. Systems and servers are written as lightweight processes called goroutines.

The project's developers include Unix founding father Ken Thompson; fellow Bell Labs Unix developer Rob Pike; and Robert Griesemer, known for his work on the Java HotSpot compiler.

They call the language Go because, well, you know. "'Ogle' would be a good name for a Go debugger," the company says.
Go = Python + C++
I have no idea on how convincing this formula is but i know the best place to look for more info on it.
It's here. The Official Site :

Nov 10, 2009

India is growing !

I recently changed my mobile number. It's from the all new Tata Docomo service provider. One strange fact is that the number begins with 8.
This is how i texted my friends & relatives.

Hi all, as i moved to bangalore, +91 8123345334 will be my new mobile number.

There is no surprise in seeing the following replies.
"Viki, Why did you buy a landline phone ?"
"Vignesh, you mis-typed the first digit..It's 8 instead of 9."
"Your mobile number is weird dude !"

Mobile phone users in India are becoming unexpectedly ubiquitous. So Next time when you ask your friend or colleague his/her mobile number then don’t get confused or surprised if they speak out mobile numbers starting with the digits “8″. Yes, the long proposed “8″ series mobile numbers are finally rolled out in India and Vodafone is the first operator to make them available for its customers in the state of Bihar and Jharkhand.

The number of mobile subscribers in India is expected to grow from just over 10 crore (100 million) to more than 35 crore (350 million) by 2010, an addition of 25 crore (250 million) subscribers in just four years, according to the latest report from The Diffusion Group.

Mobile phone companies are taking cheap handsets and life-time prepaid services to India's hundreds of millions of low-income earners in a bid to expand market share and maintain their break-neck rates of growth.

Everyone is talking and numbers. I see only one thing.
India is growing !

Oct 19, 2009

A Twin Solution: Agricultural Agony

The name is Ville. FarmVille. Though it's the name of a town in Virginia, USA, Farmville is best known as one of the most fasinating, addicting online game of alltime for all ages. Anyone having a 'Facebook' account can play this game for free. Farmville has 6 Million+ active users out of which around 25% from India alone. It is increasing rapidly.

Why is it so fascinating ?

The objective of the game is entirely different from the rest. For the folks who play racing & shooting, Farmville scenario is entirely different. You are given a farm. You are given an intial amount. You need to grow crops. Earn Money. That's it.
All the standard procedures such as, plowing, planting, harvesting are well implemented. Farmville provides a diverse collection of crops to plan such as Wheat, Rice to fruits like grapes, strawberries and Trees like Lemon, Banana, Apple & Cattles like Cow, Sheep, Goat. That's what it made it unique & special. This wide range of features supplemented by a rich looking user-interface, it's one of my best. You would love farming.

What is the Agricultural Agony ?

Agony is on what happens in real-world agriculture. Shutdown the PC & See outside. India 'WAS' (may
be, 'IS') one of the most dominant player in Agriculture. Our crops are exported all over the world. But these days, the growth rate is rapidly decreasing. The prices of groceries like Atta, Maida, Sugar, Oil are disturbingly increasing. Red gram price (துவரம் பருப்பு) is doubled. Everything is increased because of one reason. 'less production'.
I foresee a 'shocking shift' after which we may end up importing rice & wheat. A day was there which had only two castes. Farmers and Landlords. Agriculture was found to be the only (or foremost) occupation for EVERYONE. Generation after generation, history continued. But
today, October 19, 2009, the story is completely different. Agriculturists are scarcely spotted and farms are rarely seen with lush green crops.
It was the present generation, the typical youngsters who born after 1980's, seem to have taken a diversion. Options are ubiquitous. Be it, Engineering, medicine. Far too many which are not common in the 1980's. There are very few, especially the un-educated in village do agriculture.
People farm online for fun but will they do it in real-time ?

Why people quit agriculture ?

I'm just 22 and honestly i haven't been farming in real-time. But my father does. He is so passionate about it. He served the canara bank for 25+ years but still he was doing agriculture all the time. He always wanted me to learn it. But i hated it. I go to our farm thrice a day. To give him breakfast, lunch & dinner. He voluntarily retired from his job but still, he is doing agriculture. With my limited knowledge and from what i am seeing and hearning, these are the problems that exhausts agriculturists.

  1. Farmers Scarcity: Farmers are difficult to locate. Even after locating one, their wages are twice than what they were paid 5-10 years back. Before the 90's, farmers respect the landlord. They always talk with their hands crossed. But these days, story is different. That too, most of these are now carpenters or plumbers or electricians in metro cities where those giant real estates & shopping malls are built earning triple the money than what they earned as "farmers".
  2. Water Scarcity: Water is difficut to find. Unfortunately, Rain is also rarely seen. There was a tamil quote that states, "மழை முகம் காணா பயிரும் தாய் முகம் கானா குழந்தயும் ஒன்று". I don't know whether it's the increasing number of cars & bikes that affects the environment with their fuel emission, but the crops rarely get the touch of a rain-drop. Even the under-ground water is also not easy to bore. More shockingly, a state exists that claims the river as 'their own'. 20 years back, people will literally laugh if you tell them, "Drinking Water is filled in a plastic can and sold for money!".
  3. No Profit: Even after growing the crops, the profit gained doesn't seem to be satisfactory. The government or the person who buys the crops are not giving a fair price.
  4. Compensation: There are lots of risk & trust factors involved in agriculture. The growth will be affected if there is NO or MORE rain. Farmers eventually committed suicide on a lot of occasions failing to owe the borrowed capital.
  5. Other options: More than that, people did found more options to earn money than to hell with the farms.
I am proud of Dr.S.Kabilan, one of my best friend and a chemistry professor who still farms with his 1 acre land for one reason. "Environmental Care". There are people urging him & even threatening him to sell the land just to convert it into a residential plot. There are lot other people who also does agriculture part-time. My uncle, Mr.Sethuraman, a high-school teacher is one among them. I recently heard that the government does give a fair price for rice crops and also a convincing compensation upon a loss. But too much corruption was heard to be involved.
  • What is the end of it ?
  • Where do "you think" this will end ?
  • Do you have a solution for this ?
  • If everyone leaves behind agriculture & go after their occupation, who will take this onus?
  • If given a convincing price & resources, will you switch over your occupation to agriculture ?

My proposed solution

This is my idea of resolving this problem. From a bird's eye view, everything boils down to MONEY. We all are going after MONEY. As there are more options, we quit this risky 'agriculture' option. I want the government to take a bold act.
  • 'EMPLOY' people to do agriculture. He who does agriculture will be a government servant.
  • His Farm is his office. Give him a convincing salary. Just like the Police or Public Works form an Agricultural Team. Whether or not the crops grow, he must be salaried.
  • Based on the role played, give designations and salaries.
  • Give him/her incentives for extra profits so that he is motivated.
  • Crops harvested will belong to the government. Any dealer can buy it at an affordable price.
  • Citizens already doing agriculture with their own farms can continue the good work. Government should ensure that the crop prices are satisfactory and compensation are convincing upon loss.
  • Give more job preference to agricultural graduates. They absolutely deserve it more than anyone else. It even encourages more people to graduate in agriculture.
Doing it this way, every one makes money. There is no loss to any individual. The government might incur loss but it's one of the options we can motivate people to come forward.
We have vast-waste lands.
We have uneducated & unemployed people.
Why can't we do this ?

Have your say.

Oct 16, 2009

Happy deepavali 2009

Hello everyone, the famous festival of the country has come. Hope you all are very happy with your family and friends on this very special day. Enjoy the moments. Happy Diwali.
With my limited expertise, animated a card for you.

Oct 14, 2009

Jai 'nahi' in Rahman's Jai Ho concert !

Chennai always has this habit of sophisticating the superlative and suppressing the others. History continued when a huge, 50,000+ galored in MARG Swarnaboomi, a vast-waste land, 100 km from chennai for the A.R.Rahman's JAI HO music concert. As obvious, ticket prices were never been affordable by a 'comman man' (A term recently hyped after kamal hasan's stunner "unnai pole oruvan").

Starting from 5000 Rs, the other ticket prices were 2000, 1000, 500, 300, 200. I went along with my colleagues opting the 500 one. After a 3 horrible hours, we finally managed to snail through the unusual traffic in the ecstatic ECR. A land of around 2 been enlightened by giant focus lights.

First shock came when there is no armed forces or an enforcement of bomb detectors. One can easily drive in and repeat a Jallian-wallabagh or the recent Mubai's Taj hotel type of assault. Except for those VVIP's easily sneaked to the front row, the police forces showed very less importance to the 'common man's.

Second shock came when we are showed the seating for 500rs tickets. It was so long from the screen such that people actually started to search, "Where is the stage ?". People who had the 200rs, 300rs tickets didn't mind occupying our seats. Expect for the VVIP's section, no tickets were checked. By the time we managed to find 4 chairs, it was 7:15 PM & crowd was storming in. As the event is supposed to be started at 6, the 100+ minutes delay was totally annoying.

Third shock came when someone started to speak but we don't even know where the stage is & more shockingly, we don't even hear what he was talking. What I heard is just murmors around me. "Onnume kekkala gna", A disappointed wife. A typical chennai youngster, "Aw dude, this sound engineering sucks man !". Almost everyone said "I hardly hear anything".
The only speakers placed was seemed to be the VVIP's section.

It was around 8:30 PM when the 3rd song was completed. All we saw was the mini screen projected placed near us. We don't even know whether it's telecasting a live show or just broadcasting a recorded dvd. We are never in a mood to stay there & decided to call it a day. By the time i went out to 'search' our car among the 5000 others, crowd started to leave in batches. I could hear agony as i walked. A person leading a group, "Why the hell did i spent 40,000 bucks for this ?". Another youngster on the way, Machi, 500 waste பண்ணதுக்கு 5 full ஏத்திட்டு படுத்திருப்பேன் டா". Simply put, no one was satisfied.

It definitely wasn't the maestro's fault. Either the organizers aren't capable enough to handle 60,000+ crowd or they didn't intended to. If it (the money) wasn't for Sakthi Foundation, the concert arena would have become a war zone.
The final shock came when we realized we were actually standing in the 1000 Rs stand !
By that time, we are well on our way back. It's the first time in my life i have been to such a concert and honestly it's not something i would like to remember.

Pictures from my mobile:

1) An elated crowd in the 1000 Rs. stand peeping across the huge crowd trying to catch a glimpse of the oscar winner. It never materialized !

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2) The only place where you cannot enter without a ticket. The VVIP stand well protected by the police.
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3) The 200 rs stand seemed empty as everyone occupied 'our' place.

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4) A picture to remember: Me (left) & my best friend, Karthik.

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Oct 8, 2009

The miraculous Life response !

My cousin shared me this inspiring story. It's very true. Being honest is something so great. Hope you like it.

A successful business man was growing old and knew it was time to choose a successor to take over the business. Instead of choosing one of his directors or his children, he decided to do something different. He called all the young executives in his company together. He said, "it is time for me to step down and choose the next CEO. I have decided to choose one of you.

"The young executives were shocked, but the boss continued. "I am going to give each one of you a seed today - one very special seed. Want you to plant the seed, water it, and come back here one year from today with what you have grown from the seed I have given you. I will then judge the plants that you bring, and the one I choose will be the next CEO."

One man, named Jim, was there that day and he, like the others, received a seed. He went home and excitedly, told his wife the story. She helped him get a pot, soil and compost and he planted the seed. Every day, he would water it and watch to see if it had grown. After about three weeks, some of the other executives began to talk about their seeds and the plants that were beginning to grow. Jim kept checking his seed, but nothing ever grew. Three weeks, four weeks, five weeks went by, still nothing.

By now, others were talking about their plants, but Jim didn't have a plant and he felt like a failure. Six months went by -- still nothing in Jim's pot. He just knew he had killed his seed. Everyone else had trees and tall plants, but he had nothing. Jim didn't say anything to his colleagues, however... he just kept watering and fertilizing the soil - he so wanted the seed to grow.

A year finally went by and all the young Executives of the company brought their plants to the CEO for inspection. Jim told his wife that he wasn't going to take an empty pot. But she asked him to be honest about what happened. Jim felt sick to his stomach, it was going to be the most embarrassing moment of his life, but he knew his wife was right.

He took his empty pot to the board room. When Jim arrived, he was amazed at the variety of plants grown by the other executives. They were beautiful -- in all shapes and sizes.

Jim put his empty pot on the floor and many of his colleagues laughed, a few felt sorry for him! When the CEO arrived, he surveyed the room and greeted his young executives. Jim just tried to hide in the back. "My, what great plants, trees, and flowers you have grown," said the CEO. "Today one of you will be appointed the next CEO!"

All of a sudden, the CEO spotted Jim at the back of the room with his empty pot. He ordered the financial director to bring him to the front. Jim was terrified. He thought, "the CEO knows I'm a failure! Maybe he will have me fired!" When Jim got to the front, the CEO asked him what had happened to his seed - Jim told him the story.

The CEO asked everyone to sit down except Jim. he looked at Jim, and then announced to the young executives, "behold your next chief executive officer! his name is Jim!" Jim couldn't believe it. Jim couldn't even grow his seed. "How could he be the new CEO?" The others said.

Then the CEO said, "one year ago, I gave everyone in this room a seed. I told you to take the seed, plant it, water it, and bring it back to me today. But I gave you all boiled seeds; they were dead - it was not possible for them to grow.

All of you, except Jim, have brought me trees and plants and flowers. When you found that the seed would not grow, you substituted another seed for the one I gave you.

Jim was the only one with the courage and honesty to bring me a pot with my seed in it. Therefore, he is the one who will be the new Chief Executive Officer!"

  • If you plant honesty, you will reap trust
  • If you plant goodness, you will reap friends
  • If you plant humility, you will reap greatness
  • If you plant perseverance, you will reap contentment
  • If you plant consideration, you will reap perspective
  • If you plant hard work, you will reap success
  • If you plant forgiveness, you will reap reconciliation
  • If you plant faith in god , you will reap a harvest
So, be careful what you plant now; it will determine what you will reap later.. "Whatever you give to life, life gives you back"

Good day.

Oct 4, 2009

How Google search works ?

Recently my friend was shocked to see her blog coming in a google search. I said that, google will have a copy of every single page on the internet. So there is no surprise to see it coming !

At least once in a day, we search in Google. It's the world's most visited web site. We do admire the speed of the search engine but for time being, we just browse through the search results & close it. Sometimes we do think about "How the hell does it search this quicker ?"

How it works ?

So here is my understanding of how it works.
First thing, the search is not done 'Live'. 'Live' means, the Google engine does not search all over the internet after you press the search button. It stores the page contents in a database & get the results from it. How ?

Basically, it's three thrilling steps.
  1. Scan a copy of all the web pages in the entire internet.
  2. Store them in a database.
  3. When the user does a Google search, get the search results from the Database.
Though it looks pretty simple to read, it takes an 'extremely extraordinary' effort to make it happen. Let's dig in more.

STEP 1: Cache the contents

Google has an utility called Google-bot. It's a kind of Web crawler. Web crawler is a 'software' which automatically visits every page in the WorldWideWeb (shortly, 'WWW') & stores a copy of the content into a database. It crawls amazingly fast such that every newly created page is added to the database. In case the google search failed to return a page but you very well knew that it exists, chances are the crawler haven't visited that page yet. Sometimes, there are secured sites through which the crawler can't sneak. This is actually good. Otherwise, Eric Schmidt & Co., (Google's CEO) will be in jail for hacking potential information !

STEP 2: Store in Database

A Database is a data storage technology where storage & retrieval can be done quickly & efficiently. Well, the database used by Google must be massive. very very huge. You can't really coin a word to describe it. You just imagine the size if it has a copy of ALL the pages in the internet !
Google uses an "Indexer" which sorts every word on every page and stores the resulting index of words in the database.

STEP 3: On Search, Retrive !

So what's happening ? First crawl, visit pages. Then index, store in database. Now it's about retrieving the results. Google uses a decisive, damn-fine query processor which fetches the results in micro seconds. The engine was so great such that it is able to tell us exactly what we are looking for in no time !


This is my understanding of how the Google search works. This is a world-class achievement. Stunning & scintillating. You must appreciate & applaud the brilliance of the Google team.

The heart of Google's search technology is PigeonRank™, a system for ranking web pages developed by Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin at Stanford University.
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Oct 2, 2009

The girl next door!

The name is Nafia. She is resplendent. Her stare is as shining as the sun when it sets in the sea. Ahhh....those beautiful eyes....and her will die in desperation....Her hair, Summer-short, yet shining...Sometimes, she comes to our home....She likes being with us....Brings along with her a big-bucket full of happiness and a stunning smile that illuminates the house in entirety.

Always wears a T-Shirt and a short skirt or a petite trouser. Slightly chubby yet charming. Lazy. Otiose. An example of innocence at it's extreme best. She always likes to stay with us on weekends. Though her Mom is our house-owner, it's still mattered dime a dozen for us. We just had a ball!

But these days, she is not around. Her mom is preparing her for an interview it seems. Yesterday, as luck might have it, I got a chance to listen to her, preparing for interview on D-Day. Her mom was busy stuffing an almost rotten-roti into her throat but she is even more busy in making a desperate attempt to recall the answer to an important question. She seems tense as it appears to be the FIRST interview of her life. I peeped across the window as she spills it out, one by one. A...B.......C.....

Sep 30, 2009

Nelliampathy > Kerala > India

O Nelliyampathy is an amazing hill station on the western ghats mountain ranges in Palakkad district of Kerala
O 60km from Palakkad town
O one of the best places for ecotourism in Kerala.
The green lush forests covering the whole hill area, coffee, tea, cardamom, vegetable and orange plantations, water falls and the misty and cool climate of Nelliyampathi offering a delightful vacation for the tourists.

Nelliyampathy is situated at a height of 467 m to 1572 m above sea level.
Journey to Nelliyampathy itself thrilling.
Pothundi Dam is one important picnic spot near, in a distance of 21 km away from Nelliyampathy.
Pothundi Dam is an irrigation Dam.
The speciality of this Dam is that, it is built without cement or concrete. A mixture of jaggery and quick lime is used in place of cement to construct this dam. This Dam, built in late 1800 AD is a real wonder for the new technology.
Boat services are there in the reservoir of Pothundy Dam.
The sight of Nelliyampathi mountains from here is quite spectacular.

Seetharkundu is one important spot of attraction in Nelliyampathy. There is a waterfall about 100m in height. It offers a fantastic sight of the valley below. We can see one-third of the entire Palakkad area from here.

Nelliyampathy is the paradise for nature lovers and trekkers.
Several species of birds and animals including some rare species are found here.
The tea plantation and coffee plantations of Nelliyampathy are famous.

How to reach there

Nearest Airports:

Cochin International Airport and Coimbatore

Nearest railway stations: Palakkad and Trichur.

By taxi or bus to Nemmara - 30 km.

From Nemmara you can take a taxi or better four wheel vehicles.


From Coimbatore, OOTY & PALAGHAT spans the SAME Distance.

Boarding and Lodging:

At Kaikatty, there is a government run guest house with boarding and lodging facility. Reservation for lodging can be made in advance. Both vegetarian and non vegetarian foods are available.

The only public transport to the outside world is the bus service run by Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC). These buses ply between Palakkad and Nelliampathi. Within the hill areas, one has to depend on the taxi jeeps for transport. Essential items like grocery and vegetables are transported from Nemmara by jeeps.

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Wayanad > Kerala > India

Luxuriant plantations of coffee, tea, cardamom, pepper and rubber stretch over the hills of Wayanad as far as the eye can see, with the fast-flowing rivers- Panamaram, Mananthavady and kabini- cutting across the undulating panorama and lending picture-postcard look to the whole region. Not surprisingly, based on evidences still found on these hills, historians contend that civilization existed in these parts at least a thousand years before Christ.


Edakkal Caves:

The two rock vaves at Ambukuthy Hills, 12 kms south of Sultan's Battery (travel time: 20 min), contain ancient carvings and pictorial writhing with human and animal figures in peculiar headdresses along with geometric from and symbols. They speak of highly civilized people at an early centre of human habitation
Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary:

The Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is adjacent to the protected area network of Nagarhole and Bandipore National parks of Karnataka and Mudumalai of Tamilnadu.


At just 32 kms from Mananthavady (travel time; 1 hour), the eye-catching backdrop of Brahma -giri hills lend an idyllic charm to Thirunelly where the Vishnu Temple touched by the soothing streams of Papanasini provides eternal bliss to the searching pilgrim.
Pookot Lake:

With its own dream-like serenity, this natural fresh water lake surrounded by meadows and trees on all sides is a haven for peace-seeking travelers. You'll find it on your way from Calicut half an hour ahead of kalpetta.

Thusharagiri Waterfalls:
Nestled cozily in the Western Ghats, are the gurgling waterfalls of Thusharagiri. Meaning the snow capped mountains; Thushargiri displays a distinctive kinship between the land and water.

Kalpetta :

A stronghold of the jains in the past Two historic jain temples-one of which, through a network of mirrors bedazzle the visitor with a thousand linkages of the icon-are found here.


Historically important as the last resting place of Pazhassirajah who fought a guerilla war against the British.
Nearest available accommodation options
How to reach Wayanad (from CHENNAI):
Nearest station – Kozhikode
Train 1: 5 PM (from Chennai) – 4.15 AM (reach Kozhikode)
Train 2: 8.15 PM (from Chennai) – 7.45 AM (reach Kozhikode)


Further Reference:

AR Rahman in Chennai !

A.R.Rahman Live in Concert - Jai Ho
Category: Music
Organizer: MARG Properties
ArtistName: A.R.Rahman

Genre: World Music

When: Oct 11th 2009 - Oct 11th 2009
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Where: MARG Swarnabhoomi
Phone: 91- 44-24541111
Area: Tiruninravur
City: Chennai

Event Description:
MARG in aid with the The Shakti Foundation brings A.R Rahman in a live concert at MARG Swarnabhoomi. A concert that is not just aimed at sharing scintillating music but also a concert that is aimed at raising funds to help The Shakti Foundation in its noble quest for providing the Adhiparasakthi Medical and Research Hospital with medical equipment.
Eagerly waiting !

The Dreams: Past, Present, Future

I know this day will come ! I once roamed across the streets with my friends. No money in pocket. We had the time, Hunger & strength to eat whatever we wanted to...but not money....

Today, i have all the money. I do have time. I am hungry & i do have the strength to eat. But, where are my friends ? We are well separated now and chasing different goals, staying in different parts of the country.

One day, when we retire, we will have all the money, time & people too. But there won't be any strength/hunger to eat.

Is this what life is ?
Anyway, one fine day, we will meet again. We will have everything. Awaiting this moment.
I'm glad i took the below picture during our graduation.

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From the Left, it's
Syed Mubarak (Bai)
Venkatesh (military)
Seetha raman (Seethu)
Sailesh (Sail)
Barani (Captain)
Kanthan(our Mama)
Muthu raman (our boss-தலைவர்),

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