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I’m officially educated

Posted on April 30, 2009. Filed under: Personal, Thoughts | Tags: , , |

I have, unofficially, gotten over with my M.C.A degree. If you wonder why “gotten over with” and not “completed”, take a wild guess. I’ve never been studious in the classical sense, especially what Indian parents consider as studious, and have NEVER liked any college in India. The whole system of:

  1. Have 80% attendance
  2. Write all tests whether you want to or not
  3. Mug your brains out 2 days before the exam
  4. Empty the useless knowledge in 3 hours
  5. Pray like crazy that the paper evaluator is in a good mood

just pisses me off like none other. But here I am, having successfully completed 10+2+3+3=18 years of education(phew!). So congrats to me.

Just for the heck of it, here is a list of things I have/haven’t done in these 18 years:

  • Bunked school (not college) so badly, my attendance was less than 60% and had to take my parents to get my board hall ticket. I scored 88.5% (lame)
  • Bunked college for “very” weird reasons
  • Won about every extra-curricular and co-curricular competition in school, except for academic awards
  • Joined an engineering course and discontinued after 6 months
  • Won district level Carnatic music competitions for 3 years
  • Learnt to play the Veena – for a grand total 5 days
  • Fought with a kid when I was around 12, and pushed him into a burning fire (both got burnt lightly)
  • Been kicked out of the class, by my mom, for not completing my assignments
  • Played Cricket and other random games for 12-14 hours a day, in summer, for about 70 days
  • Did a very lame and embarrassing mono act scene, and won the second prize out of a total of 3 participants

Ahh, those days.

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Don’t vote this election!

Posted on April 23, 2009. Filed under: India, Personal, Thoughts | Tags: , , |

You’ve seen it on T.V, heard it on radio, read all about it on the web. Everyone is busy giving a million reasons why you should vote this election. I’ll give you 5 reasons NOT to:

1. Its not going to make an iota of difference.Not one bit. If you think your vote counts, give yourself a tight slap or drown yourself, and think again.

2. Indian elections are a tug of war between political parties to get one-up over the other. We citizens are merely caught in the cross fire. All we can do is watch.

3. All that is said about 2009 general elections being the “most” important in Indian history is a load of bull. This is just another election, and its going to make the same difference as the others – None.

4. Name one political party that has actually done something they promised in their manifesto.

5.Confused whether you’ve to vote for the devil or the demon? I say stay at home, switch on your A.C and take a good break from your hectic schedule.

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Everything About Everything

Posted on January 27, 2009. Filed under: Personal, Thoughts | Tags: , |

Boredom is the starting point of creativity. And stupidity. Sitting in my room on a lazy afternoon with absolutely nothing to do, I couldn’t help but think about ancient scriptures, mythical stories and the sort. A sudden realization that there are indeed lots of sources to learn about everything there is to learn. Here are a few:

1. Bhagavad Gita – The holy scripture of the Hindus. Its basically the conversation between Krishna, the mainfestation of God, and Arjuna, his disciple. Timeless as it is, it still holds relevant to the modern way of life.

2. Thirukural – A collection of 1330 couplets, categorized into 133 sections, with 10 verses each. Written by the Tamil poet Thiruvalluvar before the arrival of Christ, it is widely regarded as a complete reference covering almost all aspects of human life.

3. Calvin and Hobbes – Yes, I’m not kidding. Whoever said knowledge shouldn’t be fun? I won’t pretend to be a HUGE fan of Calvin and Hobbes, but I’ve read quite a few of their priceless adventures, and truly believe it might just have everything there is to know about everything.

And if you want to read the entire collection, head over to this site

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New habari playground

Posted on November 11, 2008. Filed under: Personal | Tags: , |

I’ve been interested in habari for a sometime now, and finally decided to setup a blog to play with it. For the uninitiated, habari is a blogging platform, much like wordpress, that you can deploy on your domain. WordPress is great, but there is no harm in trying out something better! Thanks to Michael Heilemann , who was a developer behind wordpress, and how is currently on the habari team.

Installing  was a piece of cake, easier than wordpress in my opinion. What i really love about habari is its simple, lightweight, and very extensible. The admin interface is uncluttered, almost as if there is nothing to do. And as always there are plenty of themes and plugins available.

The blog is at iambot.net and hopefully, will see some new input once my semester is over.

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Starting with dScript version 0.2

Posted on July 27, 2008. Filed under: Open Source, Personal, Technology |

Well, a few weeks back I released a very simple php file download counter script called dScript. It was extremely crippled, so I decided to enhance it. Starting today, I will make quite a few number of changes to it, and hopefully version 0.2 should be out in a few weeks.

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