What’s your lunch today?

It was 12:20 noon on Friday, as usual I added my lunch mates to join the conversation and decide when to leave for lunch. It had been a fortnight I had been taking lunch from the food court. One of my friends called me for the lunch; with wallet in my hand I left with her.

Four of us were conversing about the various topics the mid-way and thus we reached the food court. While in the queue to buy the coupon, all of a sudden I was reminded that I had got lunch from home and left it at my cube :( When I explained this to my friend who was along with me in the queue; it sounded very funny to her. When the same was told to other two friends, one of them was supportive and already knew why I had forgotten to leave it in my cube: since I hadn’t got Tupperware past a fortnight. Thank god, the other two didn’t giggle :)

When I reached home, I explained my mom the whole incident. She asked if I intended to throw the food. I knew the pain she had taken in the morning preparing food for me. During dinner, I had my lunch: curd rice with pickle and payasa, along with other recipes. That made my mom happy :)

Add, Sub, Multiply, Divide

Those who love Mathematics will like this video. It reminds of primary school days when we tried hard to memorize the Multiplication Table till 20 X 20. That was the time when we counted numbers by our tiny fingers :) As we reached the PU level, learn t Trigonometry: which deals with the properties of triangle. Sometimes, I wonder how the scientists could derive such equations.



During the last four semesters of engineering, I missed this favorite subject of mine :( The whole of computer networking(eg: Ad Hoc networks) are all based on Graph Theory in which we learnt the concept of Nodes, Trees(Data Structures), Hamilton path, minimum spanning tree, Seven Bridges of Konigsberg, Shortest path problem, Traveling Salesman problem, toset, poset(yes, I still remember them :) As you advance Discrete Mathematics there's Concrete Mathematics :)
The whole of Finite Automata(compiler design) is based on discrete mathematics. Applied mathematics: never understood to the core and never gave a try. :)

A popular saying: "Mathematicians can be good engineers, but an engineer cannot be a good mathematician."

Somewhere I belong...

During my school days, a Sanskrit teacher had taught us --- There are three categories of people:

  1. Those who know that the task is difficult but NOT impossible, they accept the challenge and accomplish it. They are go-getters.
  2. This category of people accept the challenge and leave it mid-way due to difficulty.
  3. This category of people do not accept the task knowing that its difficult.

I'm motivated reading the books, "The Monk who sold his ferrari" and "The Alchemist". Sometimes, I feel if our decisions are firm and we stick to our decisions: even the destiny cannot stop us :) Yes, its true. Many a times, we feel that inspite of hardships we are not gaining what we wish; but there exists some strong force which drives us to achieve our goals - No matter even if its late.

Always concrete on what you want - let come what may! Hope and dream always make a person live better, we always hope for the best and sometimes compromise. Learn from each experience you have had. Live your present - no regrets of your past or future. Never give up!

Those who know others are wise; those who know others are enlightened :)

There have been many times that I've seeked advices of acquaintances. And I'm thankful to them for their guidance in a RIGHT path without whom I could've possibly not achieved :)

Remember, "The purpose of life is a life of purpose."

I found the "Alchemist." Have you?

"Self mastery is the DNA of life-mastery."

Travel - traffic zone

Most of us travel by bus daily. And these days, it takes minimum an hour or more to reach the destination during the peak hours. The traffic is pathetic, no matter how you commute. The most common question:
What to do while traveling in the bus for long duration?
  1. Radio
  2. Novel
  3. Dose off
  4. Read newspaper
  5. Chanting mantras
  6. Watch movies on iPod(if you have iPod)
  7. Playing crossword/sudoku
  8. Play chess/other games on your phone
  9. Talk to your neighbor (if acquainted)
  10. Peeping through the window (if you’ve occupied window seat)
  11. sms Vasanthi-"The traffice updates" ;)
Talking over the phone for “long duration” is bad, sometimes annoys others next to you.

What do you do while traveling in the bus? I’m sure you must have tried some of the above options :)

iWars

Few months back, I was in a dilemma to chose an mp3 player or a cell phone which also serves as an mp3 player. Since my phone was in a good condition I decided to retain my phone and bought an mp3 player. I wasn not able to chose an mp3 player due to the several brands and their features. Most suggested me: iPod, Creative, M-Robe, Sandisk, iRiver and Transcend. I searched on amazon and read several reviews about the mp3 players and was more confused which one to opt for!



If you watch the videos below, I am sure you will be in dilemma ;-)
Sansa 4GB
iRiver
Olympus m-robe

iRiver S10



iRiver Clix


Finally, the iWars: Amazing video

What did I finally buy?
I bought Transcend 1GB mp3 player :)
"Necessity is the mother of invention." I could've opt for iPod or Creative but I knew my needs and bought a simple player.


Some more pics

Friday evening, I clicked several pics around with my Canon S3 IS along with Ayan da who clicked with his Canon EOS 400D. Many pics were shot under his guidance :) Most snaps are taken in Av mode. I need lots of improvement :) Suggestions and comments are welcome!

Bikhre Bimb - Destroyed Images

I’ve been receiving many mails about the schedule of a Hindi play “Bikhre Bimb” by Girish Karnad @ Ranga Shankara, almost every month. I watched this play way back in Nov 2006. Play stars Arundhati Nag alone. It was the first time I got the chance and stepped into the auditorium. I had tried for the tickets twice and was only told that “Tickets sold out” for the previous plays by other productions. This time, luck on my side, bought 8 tickets a couple of days before :)

The play kicks of with Arundhati Nag alone throughout, a lecturer, on a TV interview explaining as about her published book which is a major hit, sold out well and brought her success and fame – an award. When the interview concludes, she is leaving the stage her inner soul yells and thus, the story begins. Her inner soul puts forth the questions and then she reveals the truth about the book being a hit. The story of “her” book had been flipped by her. The actual story was written by her younger unmarried sister who was paralyzed – unable to move and always stayed in her room. Being a lecturer, the lady is back home only at twilight and hadn’t achieved much in life except her husband, a software engineer - who now spends most of his time at home(Work from home), had fallen in love with her, long time ago. As time passes, she turns out to be career oriented. She has been jealous of her younger sibling since her parents had always loved her younger sister than her and more beautiful than her. When her parents die, her sister starts residing at her home, in a small room. Being paralyzed, she confines her world to the room. Her brother-in-law always was in good terms to her. He had never made her feel alone and they would speak several things. One fine evening, when the elder sister comes home after the college, she hears both of them laughing over a joke. As soon as her husband notices her home, he walks out of her room without a word. She feels suspicious that her husband pays more attention to her younger sister - knows her likes, dislikes etc and their marriage is almost broken.

One day, after her death, the elder sister searches her room and finds an interesting story written by her younger sister. The last page had s signature “M. Naik”. Since both their names begin with M, she takes it for granted that no one can ever figure out who the author was! Without her husband’s knowledge, she contacts the publisher and the deal is done. A few documents from the publisher read by him in the kitchen without her knowledge. He stands speechless. Angered over him, she yells that there is nothing wrong in doing so. After that, he leaves to US and had never tried to contact her. She gets the story published under her name which turns out to be a major hit and wins an award. He doesn’t turn up for the award function. This hurts her. The story written by her sister was about the three people: herself, elder sister and sister’s husband. Younger sister describes the elder one to be the cruel one who had always been jealous of her, who never understood her feelings, never tried to be humane.

At the end of the play, the elder sister is guilty and recalls that when her husband saw the documents she should have confessed and stopped him. Now, it’s too late.

Overall, the play is worth watch.

Simple yoga at work

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Forgotten facets!

A young child in kinder garden is taught computer basic programming, the child can play the latest games if not "outdoor sport", can play all the indoor games simulated on a colorful screen of a mobile phone. Even if he doesn't know the basic mathematics: counting numbers with his fingers he can give you the accurate result with his laptop. Even though he hasn't seen the next lane, we has seen the whole universe on the discovery channel.

We learn the latest technology and call it "western" and exclaim "Woooooooooooooow!". We've forgotten the ancient facets of India.

ARYABHATT(476 CE)
MASTER ASTRONOMER AND MATHEMATICIAN

Born in 476 CE in Kusumpur (Bihar), Aryabhatt's intellectual brilliance remapped the boundaries of mathematics and astronomy. In 499 CE, at the age of 23, he wrote a text on astronomy and an unparallel treatise on mathematics called "Aryabhatiyam." He formulated the process of calculating the motion of planets and the time of eclipses. Aryabhatt was the first to proclaim that the earth is round, it rotates on its axis, orbits the sun and is suspended in space - 1000 years before Copernicus published his heliocentric theory. He is also acknowledged for calculating p (Pi) to four decimal places: 3.1416 and the sine table in trigonometry. Centuries later, in 825 CE, the Arab mathematician, Mohammed Ibna Musa credited the value of Pi to the Indians, "This value has been given by the Hindus." And above all, his most spectacular contribution was the concept of zero without which modern computer technology would have been non-existent. Aryabhatt was a colossus in the field of mathematics.


BHASKARACHARYA II(1114-1183 CE)
GENIUS IN ALGEBRA

Born in the obscure village of Vijjadit (Jalgaon) in Maharastra, Bhaskaracharya's work in Algebra, Arithmetic and Geometry catapulted him to fame and immortality. His renowned mathematical works called "Lilavati" and "Bijaganita" are considered to be unparalled and a memorial to his profound intelligence. Its translation in several languages of the world bear testimony to its eminence. In his treatise "Siddhant Shiromani" he writes on planetary positions, eclipses, cosmography, mathematical techniques and astronomical equipment. In the "Surya Siddhant" he makes a note on the force of gravity: "Objects fall on earth due to a force of attraction by the earth. Therefore, the earth, planets, constellations, moon, and sun are held in orbit due to this attraction." Bhaskaracharya was the first to discover gravity, 500 years before Sir Isaac Newton. He was the champion among mathematicians of ancient and medieval India. His works fired the imagination of Persian and European scholars, who through research on his works earned fame and popularity.

ACHARYA KANAD(600 BCE)
FOUNDER OF ATOMIC THEORY

As the founder of "Vaisheshik Darshan"- one of six principal philosophies of India - Acharya Kanad was a genius in philosophy. He is believed to have been born in Prabhas Kshetra near Dwarika in Gujarat. He was the pioneer expounder of realism, law of causation and the atomic theory. He has classified all the objects of creation into nine elements, namely: earth, water, light, wind, ether, time, space, mind and soul. He says, "Every object of creation is made of atoms which in turn connect with each other to form molecules." His statement ushered in the Atomic Theory for the first time ever in the world, nearly 2500 years before John Dalton. Kanad has also described the dimension and motion of atoms and their chemical reactions with each other. The eminent historian, T.N. Colebrook, has said, "Compared to the scientists of Europe, Kanad and other Indian scientists were the global masters of this field."


NAGARJUNA (100 CE)
WIZARD OF CHEMICAL SCIENCE

He was an extraordinary wizard of science born in the nondescript village of Baluka in Madhya Pradesh. His dedicated research for twelve years produced maiden discoveries and inventions in the faculties of chemistry and metallurgy. Textual masterpieces like "Ras Ratnakar," "Rashrudaya" and "Rasendramangal" are his renowned contributions to the science of chemistry. Where the medieval alchemists of England failed, Nagarjuna had discovered the alchemy of transmuting base metals into gold. As the author of medical books like "Arogyamanjari" and "Yogasar," he also made significant contributions to the field of curative medicine. Because of his profound scholarliness and versatile knowledge, he was appointed as Chancellor of the famous University of Nalanda. Nagarjuna's milestone discoveries impress and astonish the scientists of today.


ACHARYA CHARAK(600 BCE)
FATHER OF MEDICINE
Acharya Charak has been crowned as the Father of Medicine. His renowned work, the "Charak Samhita", is considered as an encyclopedia of Ayurveda. His principles, diagoneses, and cures retain their potency and truth even after a couple of millennia. When the science of anatomy was confused with different theories in Europe, Acharya Charak revealed through his innate genius and enquiries the facts on human anatomy, embryology, pharmacology, blood circulation and diseases like diabetes, tuberculosis, heart disease, etc. In the "Charak Samhita" he has described the medicinal qualities and functions of 100,000 herbal plants. He has emphasized the influence of diet and activity on mind and body. He has proved the correlation of spirituality and physical health contributed greatly to diagnostic and curative sciences. He has also prescribed and ethical charter for medical practitioners two centuries prior to the Hippocratic oath. Through his genius and intuition, Acharya Charak made landmark contributions to Ayurvedal. He forever remains etched in the annals of history as one of the greatest and noblest of rishi-scientists.


ACHARYA SUSHRUT (600 BCE)
FATHER OF PLASTIC SURGERY

A genius who has been glowingly recognized in the annals of medical science. Born to sage Vishwamitra, Acharya Sudhrut details the first ever surgery procedures in "Sushrut Samhita," a unique encyclopedia of surgery. He is venerated as the father of plastic surgery and the science of anesthesia. When surgery was in its infancy in Europe, Sushrut was performing Rhinoplasty (restoration of a damaged nose) and other challenging operations. In the "Sushrut Samhita," he prescribes treatment for twelve types of fractures and six types of dislocations. His details on human embryology are simply amazing. Sushrut used 125 types of surgical instruments including scalpels, lancets, needles, Cathers and rectal speculums; mostly designed from the jaws of animals and birds. He has also described a number of stitching methods; the use of horse's hair as thread and fibers of bark. In the "Sushrut Samhita," and fibers of bark. In the "Sushrut Samhita," he details 300 types of operations. The ancient Indians were the pioneers in amputation, caesarian and cranial surgeries. Acharya Sushrut was a giant in the arena of medical science.

VARAHAMIHIR (499-587 CE)
EMINENT ASTROLOGER AND ASTRONOMER

A renowned astrologer and astronomer who was honored with a special decoration and status as one of the nine gems in the court of King Vikramaditya in Avanti (Ujjain). Varahamihir's book "panchsiddhant" holds a prominent place in the realm of astronomy. He notes that the moon and planets are lustrous not because of their own light but due to sunlight. In the "Bruhad Samhita" and "Bruhad Jatak," he has revealed his discoveries in the domains of geography, constellation, science, botany and animal science. In his treatise on botanical science, Varamihir presents cures for various diseases afflicting plants and trees. The rishi-scientist survives through his unique contributions to the science of astrology and astronomy.

ACHARYA PATANJALI (200 BCE)
FATHER OF YOGA

The Science of Yoga is one of several unique contributions of India to the world. It seeks to discover and realize the ultimate Reality through yogic practices. Acharya Patanjali, the founder, hailed from the district of Gonda (Ganara) in Uttar Pradesh. He prescribed the control of prana (life breath) as the means to control the body, mind and soul. This subsequently rewards one with good health and inner happiness. Acharya Patanjali's 84 yogic postures effectively enhance the efficiency of the respiratory, circulatory, nervous, digestive and endocrine systems and many other organs of the body. Yoga has eight limbs where Acharya Patanjali shows the attainment of the ultimate bliss of God in samadhi through the disciplines of: yam, niyam, asan, pranayam, pratyahar, dhyan and dharna. The Science of Yoga has gained popularity because of its scientific approach and benefits. Yoga also holds the honored place as one of six philosophies in the Indian philosophical system. Acharya Patanjali will forever be remembered and revered as a pioneer in the science of self-discipline, happiness and self-realization.


ACHARYA BHARADWAJ (800 BCE)
PIONEER OF AVIATION TECHNOLOGY

Acharya Bharadwaj had a hermitage in the holy city of Prayag and was an ordent apostle of Ayurveda and mechanical sciences. He authored the "Yantra Sarvasva" which includes astonishing and outstanding discoveries in aviation science, space science and flying machines. He has described three categories of flying machines: 1.) One that flies on earth from one place to another. 2.) One that travels from one planet to another. 3.) And One that travels from one universe to another. His designs and descriptions have impressed and amazed aviation engineers of today. His brilliance in aviation technology is further reflected through techniques described by him:1.) Profound Secret: The technique to make a flying machine invisible through the application of sunlight and wind force.2.) Living Secret: The technique to make an invisible space machine visible through the application of electrical force.3.) Secret of Eavesdropping: The technique to listen to a conversation in another plane.4.) Visual Secrets: The technique to see what's happening inside another plane.Through his innovative and brilliant discoveries, Acharya Bharadwaj has been recognized as the pioneer of aviation technology.

ACHARYA KAPIL (3000 BCE)
FATHER OF COSMOLOGY

Celebrated as the founder of Sankhya philosophy, Acharya Kapil is believed to have been born in 3000 BCE to the illustrious sage Kardam and Devhuti. He gifted the world with the Sankhya School of Thought. His pioneering work threw light on the nature and principles of the ultimate Soul (Purusha), primal matter (Prakruti) and creation. His concept of transformation of energy and profound commentaries on atma, non-atma and the subtle elements of the cosmos places him in an elite class of master achievers-incomparable to the discoveries of other cosmologists. On his assertion that Prakruti, with the inspiration of Purusha, is the mother of cosmic creation and all energies, he contributed a new chapter in the science of cosmology. Because of his extrasensory observations and revelations on the secrets of creation, he is recognized and saluted as the Father of Cosmology.

A budding photographer

Here I stood on the second floor of my building and clicked the camera button and captured the greenery :)
The tree
Leaves: In the zoom mode
Flowers on the ground floor shot from 2nd floor :)

Hmmm... Cotton :)

Please DO NOT DISTURB

More often, I see this status message whom I have added on my office communicator and some people with busy status on yahoo/gtalk/hotmail. Whenever I notice anyone with the status message “Do Not Disturb” or “Busy”, I am inclined to ping them. I have developed this weird habit of pinging them and ask some annoying questions ;-) Some answer with politeness that they are busy and they would ping me later. I appreciate their patience. It brings me joy when I ping them.

Arre yaar, itna busy ho tho kyon login ho the ho?”(If you are so busy, then why do you login?)

NOTE: No offence meant! If I ping others, it DOES NOT mean I want to annoy them.