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