Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Its all a pressure game

No pressure, no diamonds says Mary Case. I cant agree with her any lesser. Its all a pressure game. Everywhere. For the greater good she put pressure on him. He succumed pressure. She got the diamond she was chasing. Now he is playing the same game. The same dirty game.

I however am chasing the same diamond. Dont know why cant I play by the rules. The rules are play it dirty. Dont know why am I not able to do so.

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ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲಿ ಬರೆದು ತುಂಬ ಸಮಯ ಆಯಿತು. ಆದಿಕ್ಕೆ ಬರೆಯುವ ಪ್ರಯತ್ನ. ಯಾರಿಗೆ ಪತ್ರ ಬರೆಯಲಿ ಅಂತ ಗೊತ್ತನಲ್ಲಿಲ್ಲ. ಅದಕ್ಕೆ ಬ್ಲೊಗ್ ನಲ್ಲಿ ಬರೆದೆ.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

No Onsite in Sight

Stop giving me stories
bout why i am not sent onsite
I am already in worries
Cos no onsite in sight

Its been more than 3 years
Not gone anywhere onsite
You keep giving me those sneers
Whenever I tell I wanna go onsite

Friends call-in for a treat
As they are again taking the flight
But i sit in office, coding byte by byte
As I been been told, my performance will send me onsite

Wanna see the US
Wanna have beer in Germany
Wanna pee in Paris
But max I have got is Coorg Honey

Wanna make more money
manager says I am being funny
Sadly I dont have a single penny
Not even to have Goa Fenny

Wanna build a house
Atleast buy a 30/40 site
Wanna stay there with my spouse
But now my future doesn't look that bright

I wanna be onsite
So with my boss I fight
he takes it very light
Not knowing my plight

She joined a month back
But today she needs to pack
Cos off to some place
She's ready to race


Monday, January 28, 2008

Point to ponder

What do you call a congenial, captivating, cosmopolitan confluence of software and shopping malls, electronics and environment friendliness, salubrious climate and cleanliness, modern outlook and old worldliness, precision engineering and pubs? You call it India's best city for business. It is also called Bangalore.

Opening lines of Business Today's survey on India's best cities for business, December 1998.
Does Bangalore resemble any of this today?

PS: i call it Bangalore, one of my homes

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Marriages made in Heaven???

They say 'marriages are made in heaven'. I dont know how fun they are. But I guess Coorgi marriages are more fun than that. Each step in the wedding is fun for all. The bride, the groom, the family, the guests, everyone has their own share of fun in the wedding. i had the privilage of attending one such wedding yesterday. And needless to say had a very good time at the wedding.

We took the 21:10 BNG MCR bus to Mercara on 22nd night. As not expected we reached madikeri much before 5. We reached our designated accomodation as arranged by our host. Caught up some sleep (not lost sleep, were ready for the wedding and went to 'Cauvery hall' for the ceremony. believe me every thing here is named after Cauvery/Coorg. We saw atleast 10 shops with those names on them. We were briefed by the bride about the various customs. But still were very much fascinated to see those in execution.

I dont know how, but as soon as we entered the premises of the hall, we get a call from the bride to come to her room to see her 'decorated'. She was looking very beautiful, dressed in the traditional Coorgi attire. Traditional Coorgi Attire for women includes wearing a sari ina distinctive fashion with pleats at the back. Traditional attire for men includes wering a wraparound called 'Kupya'.

Many specialities to be noted about the wedding. They dont accept any priests to perform their weedings. it is always the elders who get together to do the wedding. Usage of slokas and vedic chants is also not present. we actually missed when the wedding happened as it happens as soon as the bride and groom enter the wedding mantap. Soon the crowd gathers to wish the couple. Followed by a fight between the girls maternal uncles son fighting with her father in law that I want to marry this girl. i wont let U take her away. This is a part enjoyed by the entire family fighting with the father in-law. A bargain is to be stuck between these 2 before the father in law can actually take the girl. Even we enjoyed this part thoughh we could not understand kodava.

Now is the time for lunch. After lunch is the part where the bride has to go to the wedding mantap from the entrance to the wedding hall from the road with a pot on top of another, a distance of 25 meters. This is the part enjoyed by everyone as they dont allow the girl to reach the wedding mantap by dancing in front of her as she carries 2 pots on her head with water. People of all age enjoy this. Boys, girls, adoloscents both male and female, old people and family and friends every one dances in front of her preventing her from joining her husband on the stage. She took 3.5hrs to complete the distance. this is where liquor flows, unlimited. Everyone is drunk in the first one hour of this dance. This is accompanied by music from the local band set. At one point one of her relatives had taken over the drums.

Overall fun filled day at the wedding. kodavas enjoy their weddings a lot. They dont do it with much pomp, but do with with a lot of glory. Everyone enjoyes it. Wedding starts at 10 in the morning and goes on till 9 in the night, each moment filled with fun. It is one of the fun to be weddings I remember. Actually the best fun filled wedding. Thats why I said Marriages may be made in heaven, but they will be fun if made in Kodagu.

Some photos will follow as a fotoblog.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Love at first sight

I got up today morning without any efforts. That was when I thought there must be something wrong with the day. But little did I know it will turn this beautiful. I came home early to catch up the lost sleep of morning.

I opened the gate expecting nothing. She noticed I had come. She called out to me in her sweet voice. I was stunned to find her there. First time anyone so beautiful had called out to me. Not accustomed to such situations, considering that its the first time, I did not know what to do. I befriended her quite quickly. I fell in love so easliy. I thought of taking her in. A bit nervous, I opened the door to home and took her in.

My folks were surprised at first. Little did they expect me to come hand in hand with her. They asked for details. I explained, how can someone so beautiful be left out to the cruel world. They readily accepted her. This was my first pet. A lovely kitten. A month old.

A neighbour of mine abandoned her in my portico. I had seen him run when he saw me coming. I took her in and served her dinner. Such a playful cat I had not seen before. Am now preparing her bed as she has slept in my lap. I dont want to wake her up, before I make her bed.

Dont have my camera right now and cant upload pics. Will do it as soon as I get my hands on the camera.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Thanks to the computer... It has made me so dumb

I had been out shopping the other day. For a change I had been sent out to get vegetables. I find some fresh coriander leaves and methi. I purchase for a small change. Giving 10Rs I wait for my change. Then suddenly it clicked, I wait for my change, but don't even mentally calculate how much I need to get back. Finally I get the change and leave.

Then I got to thinking. First 12 years of schooling I was taught how to count fast, without the help of a calculator. One year into engineering un-did(This is where i was introduced to Ctrl-Z) all this learning. Thanks to the 'Scientfic calculator' which was mandatory. Am I a "scientist" cos I used it? I better not be. Just one month had ruined my mathematical "skills". I started depending on it heavily for even simple calculations.

Thanks to the PC the trend continued. My Manager was in one of his moods(Very rare) to treat some of us. He asked If i keep an average of 300 per person, how much will it come to for 7 of us? I was amazed at how fast my brain could work. No, not work out the calculation, but open calculator application to calculate the above. I know 3 shortcuts to open calculator in windows.

A learned man once said "PCs make us Possesive"... . I say They made me dumb too...


Saw a fotoblog of Ashwin the other day. Was very impressed with his photography skills. Wanted to try out how to do that. So just an attempt. My last 3 attempts have left me witha page that has a pic of my album, and a click on that driving you to my Picasa page. Wanted it this way.
lets see if it works

BTW Ashwin sent me a mail telling "....blah is a private blog and hope you enjoy my amateur skills!!" So cannot be posting the link to his photoblog :(
Actually that is where it all started.

Rich tales

you might have observed the big change. No I am not talking about me growing fat (or is it fatter?), or having an hair cut. Its the title.

Finally found a fitting name. What does it mean? Try guessing.
Someone who knows.... Shhhhh!!!! We will keep it that way