Friday, December 10, 2004

work never ends...

Few days back we had 'IT for power applications' project viva. We were
completing the project till late night...there was some problem in db
connectivity which I and dixit resolved finally...I went to OBH with
Girish at 2:00 to write the CD. we were finding a computer to copy all the
stuff (src ,executables etc) and wt do i pc was full of
viruses...removing firewall is a big mistake...

We took the source/executables from dixit's pc and went for sleeping. We
thought we will wake up a bit early and write CD....I woke up at 7:40 and
woke up girish...dixit's pc was off...I went to his room and switched on
the pc and we wrote the CD was 9:20 when we reached Sir's
room and gave him the CD...

Obviously, it did not work...we showed sir the project by remote desktop.
We gave our viva and came out....We certainly realized how difficult it is
to follow iterative most of the projects we follow no model at
all...we just discuss with professor and do sth which is near to final
project...but changing requirements like this is certainly very

Finally we still have to make some changes and have to write another CD...
lets see when we will do it :)

Our PR project also got over pretty well...we showed the working demo to
Sir before anyone two days itself both these projects got
over...It was a good experience to complete 2 projs in 2 days...

Then came the final thing...I got free from all this on 1st evening...and
my FYP viva(+demo) was on 6th....I had to complete coding a client-server
modeule for parallel rendering of split images...on 2 displays...I had to
set it up on 2 systems which itself was a bit cumbersome...nirnimesh was a
great help in doing all this...

The FYP got postponed by 2 days...and guess what...sth near to impossible
happened...while I was coding on 6th morning in my room system, my PC
crashed...I was like 'what shoud i do' ... I brought my HD to lab...6th
was also one of the busy days....I had to go to finance cell for sth...I
had to meet Dr Jayanthi regarding DIP , had to meet Dr. PJN also...and had
to make my code work in CVIT (nir's system) ... We made my HD as slave on
his pc and the code was nt working....after installing chromium,GL,Qt
etc....we went back...the next day the code started working in the
morning...I made it more customizable using the 'conf' file...we tested it
on 320x240 and 800x600 images split into 4 or so and took down the
performance...I made the ppt with nirnimesh and set up the whole
demo...VLC was giving probs with we left it...

The next morning I came to lab at 10:00 and checked everythingo once...We
got a mail from Dr. PJN that we have to show everything in 10 mins
itself...thought it was too less but we was already 20 mins
later than schedule when my turn came ... I gave the presentation and
showed the went fine....

Since then I have nt done anything...I have seen movies...played
games...the new game which I have started playing is
game...I also defeated Amal (i had one hard) for which he took revenge

Our trip to shimla is also stuck up...Amal andI have to get permission
from Dr. PJN for it...I dont know what will happen...such a big program
will go down the will be awful...

Today we went out for was by tintin...we went to fortune
kakatiya hotel...the buffet was great...there were so many things...I ate
a hell lot...then we went for 'Ocean's 12', it was too bad in comparison
to 'ocean's 11' ... the movie was going no where deterministically...we
finally reached here at 1:30 and now I am here...its 2:06AM and now I am
going to hostel... (not blogging frm room as pc crashed)...


Tuesday, December 7, 2004

tomorrow I have my FYP viva/demo...things seem to work a bit...but
I need two systems on which I have to set up the whole thing...I am
showing VLC streaming (FYP-II) and ImageSplitting/chromium (FYP-I) on 2
systems. The basis of both these projects is one i am
transmitting geometry stream...thats opengl commands, in other i am
sending images, and the other videos....

We have to take some time out to prepare for ACM also..its
perperation just stopped becoz of PR/ITfP/FYP/ACG all of
them seems to be lets get to work...


Monday, December 6, 2004

few cool incidents

one fine day , i was sitting in batoora's room and amal went to wake up
visesh to go to bank (which i said he wont go)..amal goes and knocks his
Visesh says 'Has the qualification round for Fighting started'
There are so many fighters, so they needed a qualification round....come
amal is wondering , i am wondering...visesh comes to batoora's room and I
him what is it...he sees around and goes back...
after sometime he comes and says 'kuch sweet hai' and he says u wont
understand about the 'qualification round' and went away...most probably
sleep...he he he

The movie for the week was put up...
choices were ... 'catch me if u can', 'proof of life', 'patriot'
we wanted to see 'proof of life' ... and the votes were high for it
some time back...
we saw again on friday and wt do we see, it has got 123 votes and
'catch me if u can' has got what do we do...we start voting from
and it reaches 130...still low
we send a mail from 'root@' to ug4@ and guess what in 10 mins it crosses
count....currently it is 144-139 lead... :) thats ug4


Saturday, November 27, 2004


Yesterday I started writing (with nirnimesh) the client-server module for splitting and displaying an image to different monitors...the machines for our project are ordered...4 machines...AMD 64 bit, Nvidia 6800 ... it will be a good graphics experience....we have to find some place to set it up...we also have to find some good and interactive applications to the fatehpursikri model....

We got lots of problems dealing with sockets/threads ... still the server is breaking down once the clients are disconnecting...we have to figure the problem out pretty fast and get things done soon so as to show something for FYP viva else I am going to get an F :)) ...

good night!



once again life is so busy...after coming back from home (came on 17th night) its just 10 days that have past and I have hardly watched 3-4 movies ... I am sleeping mostly at 3:00 or 4:00 and getting up at 9:00 in these days...what can I do, when I feel 'ok now i should sleep its pretty late' its already 3:00 ... not that I dont feel sleepy, it is just that I am a BIT busy... :) ...

After coming back , my main motive was ACM/FYProject ... in the first 2-3 days I did nothing...absolutely nothing...that brings it down to 20th effectively...then there were DIP project presentations by students, evaluation of DIP answer scripts , FYP - I,II (Display wall, streaming) meetings (with nirnimesh for doing work, and prof PJN for getting work) , IT for power project, PR project, Speech Project and yes! ACM preperation...

All this just came IT for power project is finally over with consistent efforts of Dixit, Girish,Anubhav and me :) ... PR project is near completion finally with Jagmohan, Vardhman , ACM preperation is going a bit slowly as time is less... Speech project is going fine as I am guiding groups to work instead of working myself :) ... DIP is still half done...

I have also got TAship for 'Introduction to Visualization' course for the next semester...though I never took that course but the professor will teach basics with the help of VTK toolkit which I have already learnt in GE when I was doing summer internship ...

There is also this jogging in evening...Gaurav and I started it and now we have so many people intersted, first it was dixit , then ranta, now!!! even ketan wants to join ... we jog around the IBM building and the open air theatre in our Institute...

ACM regionals in Bombay has this another issue now ... they r not allowing ppl have done their 12th before 2000 so Rishi and Ravi who were Visesh's partners are disqualified automatically ... even after Prof PJN's efforts its not allowed ... they are giving option to send our team in which case I am screwed as I have FYP viva from 6th to 9th which exactly clashes with it...and we r leaving for kanpur on 12th for ACM regionals

I have learnt one thing in past 3-4 months...project management....the best way to learn 'project management' is to manage projects and improve the ways you go about doing anything ... one thing for sure...if u r really involved in the projects/work u r doing u wont be sitting anytime...u will be running ... u might be running late but still u would be running...getting things done, planning out possibilities, utilizing resources, and yes always keeping ur brain@work...

Our plan is to go to kanpur and stay in IIT kanpur for 2 days for contest...we will also go to vidit's place...then we will take a train to Delhi and will reach there by early morning ... we will take a taxi/minibus to shimla from there and reach shimla by 12 noon...we will have one full day to roam in shimla...and a whole night to enjoy...we will wake up in the morning and take a bus to ranta's place...we will spend that day or one more day in ranta's home and come back to Shimla...from shimla we have to come to Delhi for which timings are not finalized as some people might like reaching Delhi in morning while others might want to reach in evening...after that a small 10 day holiday at home....where I would prefer that Didi wont have any big plans as I want to stay at home....last year we went to Kullu-Manali (me and both sisters) in December...the trip was great and the weather was good but this time I just want to rest in friends etc....

Tomorrow morning there is a presentation by Karteek/Sashikumar on 'Image based Rendering' at 10:00 AM , I had planned that I will sleep atleast till lunch on this sunday morning and now this has come up...its already 3:57 AM , again only 5 hrs of sleep :)) ... already I cancelled our programme for going to '10K run' which is scheduled tomorrow morning...and for which ketan sent my name without asking... nonsense ... we had to report at 6:30 at neckalace road...that would mean starting from institute at 5:00 or so...if I had not cancelled it I would have got a full 30-40 minutes to sleep :))) ....

My phone is also out of money...ATM card has to be activated in which I foolishly deposited all the money I I dont have money to get Cash-Card and no money in phone to call up SBH to activate the card :)) ...

so nowadays I am roaming without my N-Gage :(

We also met our DEAN prof Govindarajulu regarding the attendance rules today...till now there has been no outcome ... probably we will have to wait till monday, lets see what happens...



Thursday, November 4, 2004

nice joke

first a joke frm ketan

In a ship the Generals of three nations were traveling with their


They started the topic that

whose soldier had more of guts.

The American general called for one of his men and told him to jump


the ship and take a round swimming around the moving ship. The soldier

did as he was commanded and the general boasted of by saying "See the

guts !".

Now the Russian general called out for one of his men and asked him to

take two similar rounds. The soldier did as he was told.when he came

back from the water the Russian said "See the guts".

Now the Indian General called out for his most courageous man and asked

him to take five similar rounds.

The soldier promptly replied, "Baap ka naukar samajh rakhha hai kya.."

At this the general proudly said "See the guts....

nice story

Mail from Piyush :) Nice story

Three Questions

One day it occurred to a certain emperor that if he only knew the answers

to three questions, he would never stray in any matter.

1. WHAT is the BEST TIME to do each thing?

2. WHO are the MOST IMPORTANT PEOPLE to work with?

3. WHAT is the MOST IMPORTANT THING to do at all times?

The emperor issued a decree throughout his kingdom announcing that whoever

could answer the questions would receive a great reward. Many who read the

decree made their way to the palace at once, each person with a different


In reply to the first question, one person advised that the emperor make

up a thorough time schedule, consecrating every hour, day, month, and year

for certain tasks and then follow the schedule to the letter. Only then

could he hope to do every task at the right time.

Another person replied that it was impossible to plan in advance and that

the emperor should put all vain amusements aside and remain attentive to

everything in order to know what to do at what time.

Someone else insisted that, by himself, the emperor could never hope to

have all the foresight and competence necessary to decide when to do each

and every task and what he really needed was to set up a Council of the

Wise and then to act according to their advice.

Someone else said that certain matters required immediate decision and

could not wait for consultation, but if he wanted to know in advance what

was going to happen he should consult magicians and soothsayers.

The responses to the second question also lacked accord.

One person said that the emperor needed to place all his trust in

administrators, another urged reliance on priests and monks, while others

recommended physicians. Still others put their faith in warriors.

The third question drew a similar variety of answers. Some said science

was the most important pursuit. Others insisted on religion. Yet others

claimed the most important thing was military skill.

The emperor was not pleased with any of the answers, and no reward was


After several nights of reflection, the emperor resolved to visit a hermit

who lived up on the mountain and was said to be an enlightened man. The

emperor wished to find the hermit to ask him the three questions, though

he knew the hermit never left the mountains and was known to receive only

the poor, refusing to have anything to do with persons of wealth or power.

So the emperor disguised himself as a simple peasant and ordered his

attendants to wait for him at the foot of the mountain while he climbed

the slope alone to seek the hermit.

Reaching the holy man's dwelling place, the emperor found the hermit

digging a garden in front of his hut. When the hermit saw the stranger, he

nodded his head in greeting and continued to dig. The labor was obviously

hard on him. He was an old man, and each time he thrust his spade into the

ground to turn the earth, he heaved heavily.

The emperor approached him and said, "I have come here to ask your help

with three questions: When is the best time to do each thing? Who are the

most important people to work with? What is the most important thing to do

at all times?"

The hermit listened attentively but only patted the emperor on the

shoulder and continued digging. The emperor said, "You must be tired.

Here, let me give you a hand with that." The hermit thanked him, handed

the emperor the spade, and then sat down on the ground to rest.

After he had dug two rows, the emperor stopped and turned to the hermit

and repeated his three questions. The hermit still did not answer, but

instead stood up and pointed to the spade and said, "Why don't you rest

now? I can take over again." But the emperor continued to dig. One hour

passed, then two. Finally the sun began to set behind the mountain. The

emperor put down the spade and said to the hermit, "I came here to ask if

you could answer my three questions. But if you can't give me any answer,

please let me know so that I can get on may way home."

The hermit lifted his head and asked the emperor, "Do you hear someone

running over there?" The emperor turned his head. They both saw a man with

a long white beard emerge from the woods. He ran wildly, pressing his

hands against a bloody wound in his stomach. The man ran toward the

emperor before falling unconscious to the ground, where he lay groaning.

Opening the man's clothing, the emperor and hermit saw that the man had

received a deep gash. The emperor cleaned the wound thoroughly and then

used his own shirt to bandage it, but the blood completely soaked it

within minutes. He rinsed the shirt out and bandaged the wound a second

time and continued to do so until the flow of blood had stopped.

At last the wounded man regained consciousness and asked for a drink of

water. The emperor ran down to the stream and brought back a jug of fresh

water. Meanwhile, the sun had disappeared and the night air had begun to

turn cold. The hermit gave the emperor a hand in carrying the man into the

hut where they laid him down on the hermit's bed. The man closed his eyes

and lay quietly. The emperor was worn out from the long day of climbing

the mountain and digging the garden. Leaning against the doorway, he fell

asleep. When he rose, the sun had already risen over the mountain. For a

moment he forgot where he was and what he had come here for. He looked

over to the bed and saw the wounded man also looking around him in

confusion. When he saw the emperor, he stared at him intently and then

said in a faint whisper, "Please forgive me."

"But what have you done that I should forgive you?" the emperor asked.

"You do not know me, your majesty, but I know you. I was your sworn enemy,

and I had vowed to take vengeance on you, for during the last war you

killed my brother and seized my property. When I learned that you were

coming alone to the mountain to meet the hermit, I resolved to surprise

you on your way back to kill you. But after waiting a long time there was

still no sign of you, and so I left my ambush in order to seek you out.

But instead of finding you, I came across your attendants, who recognized

me, giving me this wound. Luckily, I escaped and ran here. If I hadn't met

you I would surely be dead by now. I had intended to kill you, but instead

you saved my life! I am ashamed and grateful beyond words. If I live, I

vow to be your servant for the rest of my life, and I will bid my children

and grandchildren to do the same. Please grant me your forgiveness."

The emperor was overjoyed to see that he was so easily reconciled with a

former enemy. He not only forgave the man but promised to return all the

man's property and to send his own physician and servants to wait on the

man until he was completely healed. After ordering his attendants to take

the man home, the emperor returned to see the hermit. Before returning to

the palace the emperor wanted to repeat his three questions one last time.

He found the hermit sowing seeds in the earth they had dug the day before.

The hermit stood up and looked at the emperor. "But your questions have

already been answered."

"How's that?" the emperor asked, puzzled.

"Yesterday, if you had not taken pity on my age and given me a hand with

digging these beds, you would have been attacked by that man on your way

home. Then you would have deeply regretted not staying with me. Therefore

the most important time was the time you were digging in the beds, the

most important person was myself, and the most important pursuit was to

help me. Later, when the wounded man ran up here, the most important time

was the time you spent dressing his wound, for if you had not cared for

him he would have died and you would have lost the chance to be reconciled

with him. Likewise, he was the most important person, and the most

important pursuit was taking care of his wound. Remember that there is

only one important time and is Now. The present moment is the only time

over which we have dominion. The most important person is always the

person with whom you are, who is right before you, for who knows if you

will have dealings with any other person in the future. The most important

pursuit is making that person, the one standing at you side, happy, for

that alone is the pursuit of life."

Leo Tolstoy

Friday, October 29, 2004


wow!! i finished three movies today :))) ... cool ...

started LOTR 3 ... gr8 movie

watched 2 1/2 hrs of bride & prejudice in 45 minutes :) pretty unbearable

Laws of Attraction ... pretty different Romantic story ...

going to sleep now...

lot to do tomorrow...

back in action :()


After so long finally I got some time to write this blog properly....The ACM prelims are over and guess what...our team (Amal,Sunilmohan and ME) won both of lets see what happens...Microsoft interview got over today finally...

Yesterday night from 8:00 to 1:00 we three were racking our brains to complete more and more questions in the second ACM prelims and finally we managed to complete 3 questions by 1:00 AM which fortunately was the highest no of questions done.

After that we were in the state of euphoria...especially Ranta and Amal...I was thinking again and again of the interview...we roamed around and came back to hostel at 2:00 when these ppl started requesting me to let them see a movie...but I had to sleep....finally I went to bed at thoughts were running here & there.. I was not getting sleep at all....finally I dont know when I slept ... I woke up at

7:00 and got ready...I did not even take my breakfast...Nitin and I left for microsoft at 8:30 or so....we reached there and for the first time in last 2 months I read some magazines to kill the free time...

Then my first interview finally started....

Then the second interview....

and thats it...

it was 1:00 already...we went to PR for lunch...

after a hearty meal we came back to hostel and told ppl abt how the interview went...Then after so many days I opened the ftp servers to get some movies...I was feeling so sleepy that I decided to sleep..I finally went to sleep at 4:00 or so...Again for the first time in last 2 weeks or so I slept without putting the alarm :) ... I woke up at 5:35 itself...and now I am writing this I am planning to watch a movie...we have to meet tonite again for ACM preperations...



Tuesday, October 26, 2004

recent quotes - copied frm anand's signature & abt today

Today was another busy day...i woke up at 9:30 and got ready to meet Prof PJN at 10:00 ... he was not there...i went to CVIT where I sat with nirnimesh for some 20 mins or so working on 'Streaming'...then i went to lab to see our 'IT for Power' project...went for presentation ... Prof NDR liked it I feel....then I came for lunch...after having lunch we had to meet Prof PJN at 2:00 so I went a bit early to meet Prof Jayanthi...Prof PJN was still not there...we again started working on 'Streaming' ... then at 3:30 I went to collect DIP answer scritps after which I came back to CVIT to continue 6:30 I got frustrated of waiting and came to its 7:10...We have ACM-prelims from 9:00 .... it will go on till 12:00 ... I am hoping for good results...lets see...

this is one of good mails I got

No offence to this (mail frm anand)


> A woman was out golfing one day when she hit the

> ball into the woods. She

> went into the woods to look for it and found a frog

> in a trap. The frog said

> to her, "If you release me from this trap, I will

> grant you three wishes."

> The woman freed the frog, and the frog said, "Thank

> you, but I failed to

> mention that there was a condition to your wishes.

> Whatever you wish for,

> your husband will get ten times more or better!"

> The woman said, "That's okay."

> For her first wish, she wanted to be the most

> beautiful woman in the world.

> The frog warned her, "You do realize that this wish

> will also make your

> husband the most handsome man in the world, an

> Adonis who women will flock

> to."

> The woman replied, "That's okay, because I will be

> the most beautiful woman

> and he will have eyes only for me." So, KAZAM-she's

> the most beautiful woman

> in the world!

> For her second wish, she wanted to be the richest

> woman in the world. The

> frog said, "That will make your husband the richest

> man in the world and he

> will be ten times richer than you."

> The woman said, "That's okay, because what's mine is

> his and what's his is

> mine." So, KAZAM-she's the richest woman in the

> world!

> The frog then inquired about her third wish, and she

> answered, "I'd like a

> mild heart attack."

> Moral of the story:

> Women are clever. Don't mess with them.

> Attention female readers: This is the end of the

> joke for you. Stop here and

> continue feeling good.

> Male readers: Please scroll down.

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> Moral of the story: Women are really dumb but think

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> Let them continue to think that way and just enjoy

> the show


"Not all those who wander are lost."

--J.R.R. Tolkien

"If you're going through hell, keep going."

-- Winston Churchill

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

long day

Today was a big day (Yesterday now-2:16 am)

I woke up at 9:40 and went to PR class straight...

after the class I went to meet Prof Jayanthi and could not find her in her I went to CVIT lab, there I met vardhman and jagmohan and we discussed our PR project for sometime...then I went to lab and checked my mail for the first time in the morning...

There were some mails related to DIP and one related to ASR(Automatic Speech Recognition) system by one of the juniors working on that project with me. I tried to resolve that problem and just located the error after 20 minutes of brainstorming....Paresh,Pelu came and told that Ravi Malladi from GE was coming in the afternoon to meet all of us...There was no good reason for this, but I thought , ok I will come to lab in afternoon...

I wrote appx 10-15 (non-bc) mails in 30 minutes related to DIP/Speech Proj/FYP...

It was 1:00 already , we had to meet at 2:00 in my room@obh so I came to the room...I was browsing through some stuff on my pc when I got piyush's mesg to come to lab at 1:45, I went there and nothing happened...I went to lab for 15 minutes and then went to dixit's room...we discussed the project for some 30-45 minutes and after that I went to lab....

I went to canteen with nitin to discuss about 3-4 things and after that we came to lab...we discussed some DS/algos stuff, and then I went to see DIP project of one of the groups...there I met Vardhman and discussed the project further...

I came to lab after that was 4:15 and we had a test at 4:30...I had to sit with AC ;) ... He showed us our last paper's marks ( 4/10 :( ) and we wrote the test...After the test I went to meet Prof Jayanthi...came to lab...put the slides on website...saw another groups progress on project and then at about 7:30 we went out...

Amal,Dixit,ketan,manjeet,nitin,visesh and me...we went to Pizza hut where they were serving unlimited pizzas for 125...we sat there for appx 1 1/2 hr or so and ate 7 pcs each(me and nitin, bothra and pelu ate 8 :( and ketan ate only 5 :) )...

Ketan was like 'ummmmm! I cant eat more, u guys are animals, how can u eat so much'...we came back to institue at 11:00 when I went to lab and sent few mails regarding DIP/Eco/PR...then I went to Vardhman's room to do PR assignment...We did lots of BC, discussed abt softwares, Placements, interview experiences etc...and I came back to room...

Ketan,amal,bothra and dixit were watching a stupid movie ('white chicks' or sth) ... I somehow completed it ( 2 hr movie in 40 minutes ) and thankfully all those non-sense people went to their respective rooms and left me in my room alone...

I am going to sleep now as its already 2:31...cya later...

Monday, October 18, 2004

PR Test over

PR test got over finally after so much of postponment and all...

2 Days back I had no idea what was happening in PR...there were so many algorithms applicable in narrow domains with lots of assumptions...I had read everything by 16th but started again as I did not get the proper knowledge of the subject. Where are the techniques used , how they work and all that..

PS: I just saw that i left this post as a draft...and did not posting now.. :))
today is 10th April 05

Saturday, October 16, 2004

Sunday Times

Some of the good things that came in Sunday times....

The interview of Baichung Bhutia was very inspiring...The punchline of his interview was "Move on, forget the past. Every day is a new day."

few quotations...

People wont remember what you did. People wont remember what you said. But people will remember how you made them feel.

- Neale Donald Walsch

Dont cry over someone who wont cry over you.

- Julia Roberts

Love is giving someone the ability to destroy you, but trusting them not to.

- Anonymous


There was an article on "Ease your mind" which was really effective...

"I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And

so it is with you...we are in charge of our attitudes"--Charles Swindoll

Here goes -->

"Although we may not be aware of them, we all have personal philosophies that shape how we view the world. These philosophies color our interpretation of events in our lives--both good and bad--and more importantly, how we respond to those events. We've all heard some of the more popular philosophies--e.g. when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. But, have you stopped to think about the philosophies that guide and shape your particular worldview?

When life gets hectic, and things don't seem to be going your way, following are some philosophies you can adopt that will indeed, enable you to take those lemons and make the very best lemonade!

1. Mistakes are the stepping stones to mastery

I love watching funny sitcom and movie out-takes--especially when I've already seen the finished product. Nothing illustrates this concept better. We can learn so many lessons: that humor can get us through the fumbles; that others are there to lend a hand if we allow them; that no one is perfect, not even Robert Deniro; that there's always a chance for another take; and most importantly, that if we persist, we can eventually master the task at hand and no one would be the wiser!

2. If you truly believe in you, you're one-up already

Any top salesman will tell you that he cannot fully succeed if he doesn't believe in his product. Whenever we pitch ourselves--be it for a promotion, a lead role, or a new job--just how effective we are, is largely determined by our own self-confidence and esteem. Think about the times you've been fully confident in your abilities, and how easy it was to convince others of the same. And then, think about the times you may not have been as confident--was it as easy to be convincing?

3. Perfection, like a brand new car, is customizable

What's your idea of a perfect life? I bet, if you asked five other people they would all tell you something different. Commercials and ads appeal to our recognition of a well-marketed American Dream (i.e. the house with the white picket fence, a dog, and 2.5 children), but we all know there is no universal definition of "perfection." The key is to define it for yourself, based on your Personal Values, and then to aggressively pursue it despite differences in opinion about what may constitute "perfection."

4. Disappointment in oneself only stems from the knowledge that we CAN do better

Deep down, we all know what we're really capable of. The key then, is to figure out what forms of support enable us to be our best. Reality is, there will be times when you fall, and when you do, revisit philosophy #1.

5. Motherhood means you're already an achiever

Sacrificing vanity, comfort, and balance for 10 months? Creating a life? What could be more magnificent?

6. If you're afraid to make the jump, you can always get a hang glider

Look inside to find out what keeps you from creating the life you really want to be living. If your life or career goal appears to you to be a most daunting mountain, know that you don't have to face it alone. Family, friends, or a personal coach can help you to safely navigate, and enjoy your experience conquering that mountain.

7. Sometimes you have to tolerate the cacophony before you can find the harmony

Well, maybe Mozart didn't have to. But for the rest of us, experimenting with how something works, will enable us to eventually hit on all the wonderful possibilities. In order to learn to play a guitar, for example, we need to learn how to hold it, and then the sounds each string makes all along the neck. Once we learn this, we are then equipped to play the harmonies involving multiple strings. But be sure, along the way, as you experiment, there will be noise!

8. There is no one else in the world who knows everything that you know

Your life is like no other. You are a unique individual. When it feels like others around you may be smarter, recognize that every piece of knowledge you've gathered over the years is unique to you and while someone else may seem to know more than you do about a particular thing, they can't possibly know every thing that you do!

9. The work will be there tomorrow

Yes, this is a good thing. This means, that you can comfortably say no to laundry today to catch that game on TV, or meet an old friend. The laundry, like a true friend, will still be there tomorrow.

10. For every 1 thing you regret, there are always 100 more to be thankful for

So many of us spend a lot of energy focusing on what we don't have, or what didn't go our way. Meanwhile the sun is shining, the sky is blue, the grass is green, the sky is starry, our health is good, our children are beautiful... Try this on--next time something disappointing happens, shift your focus instead to identifying 100 things that you do have to be thankful for. Then, figure out how you can channel all that wonderful positive energy into achieving whatever it is you seek! "


Susan Eckert, MA, Personal and Professional Life Coach


Then there was an artical -- "When is enough , enough"

When is enough, enough?

by Edward B. Toupin

I had the most interesting discussion today with a friend of mine. He and I were chatting about the economy, his job, families, and life in general. The one point that he kept raising was that of his "needing to do more" to pay the bills, be with his family, get promoted at work, fix the hot water heater, etc. It's always the "need to do more" to better accommodate more.

I had to stop and think for a minute --- more for more? That doesn't make sense! If you have to do more, to handle more, yet there is no more time and energy and your quality of life decreases with each "more" you acquire --- that means that somewhere in the prior "mores" was a break-even point. There must have been some point in there were "more" was enough and everything was great --- yet we missed the peak because we were busily looking at something "more".

Is less more?

I always wondered what that meant --- "less is more". Actually, you have to have something to begin with to have less and know what this means. I remember during the fires in Colorado --- we went from living in a gorgeous, huge house, on a mountain, to living in a pickup truck and hotel room for two weeks. We had much less --- but at that time we had everything we needed: my wife, myself, and the two dogs. We were safe and realized that nothing else mattered --- our peak? Perhaps. But, life went on and we rebuilt our lives around necessities instead of "more". We now have everything we need, and a few things we want, but we looked for that break even point and are now happier than ever before.

Where is my break even?

This point is different for everyone, but the break even point, I've found, is when you have everything that satisfies your core needs in life and you have the opportunity to take the time and enjoy them all. Everything beyond that point begins to put stress on your life, love, and career and the quality of life begins to decrease because of the amount of energy and time involved in maintaining the "more".

The best way to determine your break even point on your quality of life is to examine your basic needs such as food, water, air, relationships, love, and self-satisfaction. Once you've satisfied your core requirements of existence, then you can move forward to attain your self-realization and achieve those things that you want to define your life.

Many times, people grasp and grab at anything they can because they are looking for something to satisfy their needs and desires. In the process, they acquire a tremendous amount of unnecessary clutter in their life and begin to run into time and resource issues. But, they have all of this "stuff" to find that it was nothing that they needed or wanted to satisfy their lives.

To achieve your break even, you have to analyze what you want in life and only acquire those things, material and spiritual, that are of benefit to your ultimate Vision and goals. Realize that, if it doesn't drive your life forward, then it isn't necessary! Perhaps you want family, career, and financial stability so that you can enhance your quality of life. Indeed, a valiant goal, but what is keeping your from achieving this goal?

What's next?

I am not saying that you should live in squalor! I am saying, live a life that is full and rich, but do so in such a way that is beneficial to your Vision and does not diminish your quality of life. Establish a Vision, define your Mission, and streamline your life to achieve your goals. Don't meander through life and grab at just anything to fill voids and dreams. Take hold of those things that mean something and truly fulfill your dreams!


Edward Toupin


Friday, October 8, 2004


I have lots of work to do currently

My FYP viva is on Monday...the link to my FYP Page is

It has most of the information related to the project...

The other project I am working on is for IT for Power

IT for Power Project

Pattern Recognition project will start very soon...

Have to submit PR assignment also, Economics and PR tests are very close...

Sunday, October 3, 2004

rules of life - From Sanyam Sharma

9 rules to live happily!!

1 - Live to relax!

2 - Love your bed, it is your temple!

3 - Relax in the day, so that you can sleep at night!

4 - Work is holy, so don't attack it!

5 - Don't do something tomorrow, that you can do the day afterwards!

6 - Work as little as possible. Let the others do what needs to be done!

7 - Don't worry, nobody died from doing nothing, but you could get hurt at work!

8 - If you feel like doing work, sit down and wait until that feeling goes away!

9 - Don't forget: working is healthy! So leave it for the sick people!

So whats ur plan now ??

Software-Sholay -- A mail from Paritosh Pandey

Gabbar sends Kaalia and two others to Ramgad to collect the loot-maar

software he had ordered. They reach Ramgad and start shouting:

"Abe O thakur! Kahan hai who loot-maar software? Last date to kab ka nikal


Thakur [with anger]: "Chillao mat! jaakar Gabbar se kah do ki Thakur

Software walon ne paagal kutton ke liye software banana bund kar diya


Kaalia: "Bahoot garmi dikha rahe ho thakur? Koi naye programmers hire kiye

hain kya?"

Thakur: "Nazar uttha ke dekh, Kaalia, tere sar par PortalBuilder chal raha


Kaalia looks up and sees Viru (Dharmendra) working on a PC on one Water

tank and Jay (Amitabh) on another, using a laptop.

Kaalia Starts Laughing and says: "Ha ha... thakur ne freshers ko liya hai

ye log Programming karenge? In ko to DOS commands bhi nahin aate."

Veeru shouts: "Chup-chaap chala ja kutte. Hum log consultants hain, Kuch

bhi kar sakte hain."

Jay hits some commands on his keyboard, then says:

"jaao kaalia, Gabbar se kahna ki uska server down ho gaya."


Gabbar: "Kitne bugs the?"

Kaalia: "Do sarkaar."

Gabbar: "Wo do! Aur tum teen. Phir bhi fix nahi kar sake? Kya soch key

aaye ho? Gabbar bahoot khush hoga? Naya assignment dega aur increment bhi?

Iski saza milegi... barobar milegi." [Snatches an X terminal from Sambaa].

"Kitne sessions hain is machine mein?"

Sambaa: "Chhey sarkaar."

Gabbar: "Session chhey aur programmer teen. Bahoot naainsaafi hai."

[logout - logout - logout]. "Haan ab theek hai... ab tera kya hoga


Kaalia: "Sarkaar, maine aapka code likha tha."

Gabbar: "To ab documentation likh!

Friday, October 1, 2004

A forwarded mail...

A nice piece of S.H.I.T

Memo to all students:

To: All Students!

In order to assure the highest levels of quality work and

productivity from students, it will be our policy to keep all

students well taught through our program of SPECIAL HIGH


We are trying to give our students more S.H.I.T. than anyone

else. If you feel that you do not receive your share of S.H.I.T. on the

course, please see your lecturer. You will be immediately placed

at the top of the S.H.I.T. list, and our lecturers are especially

skilled at seeing that you get all the S.H.I.T. you can handle.

Students who don't take their S.H.I.T. will be placed in


Those who fail to take D.E.E.P. S.H.I.T. seriously will have to


lecturers took S.H.I.T. before they graduated, they don't have to

do S.H.I.T. anymore, and are all full of S.H.I.T. already.

If you are full of S.H.I.T., you may be interested in a job

teaching others. We can add your name to our BASIC UNDERSTANDING LECTURE

LIST (B.U.L.L. S.H.I.T.).

For students who are intending to pursue a career in management

andconsulting, we will refer you to the department of MANAGERIAL


emphasizes how to manage M.O.R.E. S.H.I.T.

If you have further questions, please direct them to our HEAD OF



(B.I.G. S.H.I.T.)

PS. Now send this S.H.I.T. to 5 or more people who need S.H.I.T. in their

life, just not the same person who sent you this S.H.I.T., they

have already had their fill of S.H.I.T. Thank You for your time.


The Director Under the Michigan Bureau of Super High Intensity

Teaching. (The D.U.M.B. S.H.I.T.)

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

september went....

Life goes on pretty fast...

There are so many things to do, PR project, FYP, IT for power exam and project, Vizag trip on 15th Oct, have to study FFMPEG, and bla bla does not stop ever...I have nt seen a movie in past 5-6 days...can u imagine...I thought of doing so many things in final year, my last year in IIIT and I am doing nothing...

Anyways...see u later, have to study for 'IT for power' test...

Sunday, July 25, 2004

So many things happened

In the past 2-3 months so many things have happened that I cant keep a proper account of every thing....

It all started very fast...I had plans of goin home and then suddenly around 27th April i got a call from Srikanth@GE for internship...ideas chopped off and I was to go to Bangalore on home in these holidays...fine

We reached Bangalore...first week was pretty good with varying experiences...

we were stuck up in rain, accomodation probs, eatin stupid food, finally in the weekend Shekhar and I went to see bangalore...we saw the best thing in Bangalore ie MG Road...its the coolest place for hangout...

Piyush joined us on Sunday (10th May)....

Bangalore is a very crowded place, with most of the places filled with young people...couples, friends etc...its happening...from shoppin malls to gardens every place is filled with ppl...traffic jams are common....

Amal and I also took part in a contest and won it also...we earned 3000 rs was a cool experience , I spoke on the stage in front of 200 ppl ....

The next 2 months got over so fast like a flash of light...

We went to OOTY,Mysore,Nandi Hills, Alsoor lake (terrible place),almost all shoppin malls including the newly opened Bangalore Central (MG Road) .... We went for shoppin and piyush and I spent 2000 rs each in that....

Trip to Nandi hills was gr8, it was abt 10 kms or more up the hill and all around there were smaller hills....the ground seemed like "the ceaser" map from above...The place was built by Tipu sultan.....We were roamin there when few monkeys came and snatched a polybag full of chips,cookies and all from Darbari ... cool...

We ate at a restaurant situated in the premises...we were so tired that we loved that stupid food....we left that place at about 4:30 as darbari had to reach back early....we thought we (piyush,shekhar and me) would go for a movie if possible...but it was too late...

thats all for now...

comin up

trip to OOTY/Mysore

last day@GE

back to insti

placements starts

placed in CA



Saturday, June 19, 2004


we work in the weekdays, and in the weekends we DONT go out...someone or other says "I will go to GE on saturday" and everyone follows

i talked to darbari on phone abt the plan for on..the conversation

me:'hi db, where shud we meet'

db:hi time, lets go pub

me:coooool, me ready , wait i will ask others (sunny had already talked to him)

me to amal: amal we r goin to MG Road (nice place, pub there) to a pub, we will come back by 10 or stay with darbari or sth like that

amal: I am not coming so far now

me : sorry db, amal not coming

db: (he talked to amal)

db to me:what abt piyush

(i asked piyush)

piyush : if amal is not going i will also not come

me (to db) : sorry yaar, if these two not comin , no use of 2 of us (sunny and me) comin there...(at 7:15 , its diff coming back to the place we r living in late in night)

db : ok , wht abt tomorrow

me : amal's proj guide is goin for trekkin tomorrow i will ask him to talk to him

db : ok go ahead

me (to amal) : amal u have ur proj guide's no , ask him abt places around banga, where we can hangout for a day (sunday)

amal : You talk to him

me (i am frustrated by now) : what is ur problem

amal : ok!!! (he also got frustoo finally)

me (more frustoo) --- me and db made plans for tomorrow, plans r still in progress...tried karnataka tourism phone and other phones...nobody picking...current plan : goin to nandi hills...lets c what happens....

sunny is frustoo that i did nt go with him to MG road becoz of amal/piyush as both of them were not coming....amal frustoo becoz i shouted at him...i am anyway frustooo.....piyush is coool still...

Friday, June 4, 2004

not much frustration today


If you love someone, Set her free... If she comes back, she's yours, If she doesn't, she never was....




If you love someone, Set her free ... If she ever comes back, she's yours, If she doesn't, as expected, she never was



If you love someone, Set her free ... Don't worry, she will come back.



If you love someone, Set her free ... If she ever comes back, ask her why.



If you love someone, Set her free ... If she doesn't come back within some time forget her.



If you love someone, Set her free ... If she doesn't come back, continue to wait until she comes back ...



If you love someone, Set her free ... * If she comes back, and if you love her still, set her free again, repeat *

C++ Programmer:


if(you-love(m_she)) if(m_she == NULL) m_she= new CShe;

Animal-Rights Activist:


If you love someone, Set her free, In fact, all living creatures deserve to be free!!



If you love someone, Set her free, Clause 1a of Paragraph 13a-1 in the Second Amendment of the Matrimonial Freedom Act clearly states that...

Bill Gates :


If you love someone, Set her free, If she comes back, I think we can charge her for re-installation fees but tell her that she's also going to get an upgrade.

Biologist :


If you love someone, Set her free, She'll evolve.

Statisticians : (Apte)


If you love someone, Set her free, If she loves you, the probability of her coming back is high If she doesn't, your relation was improbable anyway.

Schwarzenegger's fans:


If you love someone, Set her free, SHE'LL BE BACK!

Over possessive person


If you love someone don't set her free.

HR specialist


If you love someone set her free by Offering her VRS and other benefits Then outsource her.



If you love someone set her free instantaneously and look for others simultaneously



If you love someone set her free If she comes back her super ego is dominant If she doesn't come back her id is supreme If she doesn't go, she must be crazy.



If you love someone set her free If she comes back it's a nightmare If she doesn't, you must be dreaming.

ERP functional expert


If you love someone set her free If she comes back, map her into your system If she doesn't, carry out a gap-fit analysis

Finance expert


If you love someone set her free If she comes back, its time to look for fresh loans If she doesn't, write her off as an asset gone bad.

Marketing Specialist


If you love someone set her free If she comes back she has brand loyalty If she doesn't, reposition the brand in new market

Thursday, June 3, 2004

more on frustration

Have you ever wondered why you get frustrated? Of course, there are

many different situations which lead to frustration.

But why frustration? Why do we get frustrated? Why do we even have

that emotion in our repertoire? It is certainly not pleasant. So what

is the point of frustration?

Frustration focuses us. No matter what triggers the frustration, the

purpose for frustration to stimulate positive action. If we had no

capacity for frustration, we would have to constantly endure those

negative factors. But frustration gives us a way out.

Frustration comes when the reality of life does not match our vision.

There are, basically, two ways to end frustration -- either by giving

up the vision or by making it a reality. Giving up is only a short

term solution, because our true vision does not easily give up.

In your frustration, you can see your vision. And in your frustration,

is the energy to attain that vision. Feel the frustration. Be thankful

for it. Learn what it can teach you about yourself. And let it spur

you into positive, life-changing action.


Why do people get frustrated???

Ask someone who is frustrated, he will tell you better....

so ask me...

frustration is the key to life...without frustration there is no urge to do work, to improve existing work and build sth better....

people say necessity is the mother of invention...lets take it this way....

suppose this is 18th century, and the invention of light bulb is not done yet....

people stay in dark, sleep in night (how horrible), and cant do anything in the night ;) that requires sooner or later this natural limit becomes an uncontrollable inability of human beings....leading to frustration....therefore frustration is the key behind necessity...which leads to invention....

So if people like Thomas Edison after failing 999 times in creating a light bulb, would have started feeling frustrated by their experiments and left the thought to complete it successfully, there would not have been any light in this world....

Let there be light...


Hi, I am Sandeep Chandna currently pursuing my BTech from IIIT Hyderabad

This is my first post in my Blob....Me presently working in GE , Bangalore as an intern (May-June) , its 3 June 2004,16:40... lets see what will happen next...

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