Monthly Archive: November 2005

Hectic week and a lazy Saturday

Yes, yet another weekend almost coming to an end. But this weekend was kind of a major relief. As in, really relaxed. The previous week was very hectic.

At office, quite a lot of things are happening. Synergy – the annual sports event of mInfosys kicked off last week. In this event, people from the entire development center are divided randomly into different groups. Each group has a color associated with them. So, its a battle of colors. The four colors chosen this time are Black, Blue, Green and Red. This year, I am in the Black team.

This is my 4th synergy at mInfosys. I was in the Red team the first time, and our team was named Red Indians. The second time, I was in the Black team, and our team was known as Black Panthers. The third time, I was in the Blue team, and we were known as Kool Blues. This time, i am again in the Black team and we have named ourselves as Black Hawks. But this time around due to my hectic project schedule, I am unable to actively participate in the events. But its fun. Oh yes, one more thing, the team that I belonged to has never ever won the synergy cup so far!!! nor has it come last :) (read – optimism!!! hehehe)

Work wise, some challenging assignments are coming up. So far, it has been a good experience being in delivery (i.e., projects). Have learnt quite a lot in the last 6 months. Both in terms of processes, quality related stuff and as well as technology.

One of the new assignment is a migration project from one cool technology to another happening technology. The good thing is, in the process, we get to know 2 cool technologies at once and leverage on that knowledge in future. For, the more curious techie guys (and gals) out there, the technologies involved are eRoom, which is web-based document management system (or more of a collaboration tool) from a company called Documentum (think EMC corp) and the other is Windows Sharepoint Services 2003 from Microsoft. We would be moving stuff from from eRoom to Sharepoint.

So after the hectic week, the weekend was a welcome break. Slept for most of the day on Saturday. Brought two movies home. Paheli and James. My mother and my wify wanted to see Paheli, but I didn’t want to see it. Had heard from friends that the story didn’t make sense and is quite boring. And it turned out to be true.

Me saw James. I knew that this too wasn’t a great movie and it turned out to be true as well. Typical Hindi movie. Dishum dishum stuff. Our Hero, (Mohit Ahlawat) cleans out all the bad guys (even the deadliest ones) with just bare hands and does not even get hurt. Only once towards the end, he gets injured slightly, but even after that fights as if nothing happened!. Totally unrealistic and stupid. The heroine (Nisha Kothari) has quite a lot of oomph and nothing more. No other option. Ya. Better watch Nisha than Rani. LoL.

My wife’s US trip is still kind of getting delayed. If everything goes fine, she might have to fly this week. So, that’s all the update for now. Getting ready for another hectic and challenging week ahead.

Baje Sargam…

After the Malgudi days title song, here is one more classic. ‘Baje Sargam Bankar Desh Raag‘. This song used to be beamed on TV in the good old DD days to promote national integrity. Nice to hear this song after a long time!

Thanks to Hari V for sharing this classic.

Download link : http://www.megaupload.com/?d=NM71YDVD (You will have to wait for around 45 secs before the link shows up on the window)

Photos from Karkala Karthik Punnav

Quite a lot of snaps from Karkala Karthi Punnav (Laksha Deepostsava). Like had had mentioned in my previous post, I was in Karkal on Sunday and Monday. Sunday was Talayi Divvo (Talayi – Sacred pond in the vicinity of the temple, Divvo means Diyas). On Monday, there was this symbolic function of Vanabhojana (which literally means, dinner in the forest).

Here is the snaps :

Temple – Lighting – Decoration
The temple as usual was fully illuminated with lights. Here are some night shots of the temple.

Karkala Sri Venkataramana Temple
Karkala Sri Venkataramana Temple (Click to Zoom)

Karkala Sri Venkataramana Temple - Entrance
Karkala Sri Venkataramana Temple – Entrance (Click to Zoom)

Karkala Sri Venkataramana Temple - Chariot
Chariot parked outside the temple (Click to Zoom)

Garuda
Garuda (Click to Zoom)

Talayi Divvo Pictures
Here are some pics from the Talayi Divvo function. This time around, it was really beautiful. There were lots of firecrackers this time. The entire area was lit up with diyas as you can see in the pictures below :

Karkala Sri Venkataramana Temple - Sacred Pond
The Holy Pond at Karkala Sri Venkataramana Temple (Click to Zoom)

Karkala Sri Venkataramanana Temple - Sacred Pond
The Holy Pond at Karkala Sri Venkataramanana Temple (Click to Zoom)

More Firecrackers
Firecrackers (Click to Zoom)

Lord Venkataramanana
Lord Venkataramanana on Pallanki (palki) (Click to Zoom)

Karkala Sri Venkataramana on the Boat during Lakshadeepostsava
Lord Venkataramanana on the Boat (Click to Zoom)

Karkala Sri Venkataramana on the Boat during Lakshadeepostsava
Lord Venkataramanana on the Boat (Click to Zoom)

Karkala Sri Venkataramana on the Boat during Lakshadeepostsava
Lord Venkataramanana on the Boat (Click to Zoom)

Karkala Sri Venkataramana on the Boat during Lakshadeepostsava
Lord Venkataramanana on the Boat (Click to Zoom)

Aarthi for Lord Venkataramanana of Karkala
Aarthi for Lord Venkataramanana of Karkala (Click to Zoom)

Firecrackers!
Firecrackers! (Click to Zoom)

Firecrackers!
Firecrackers! (Click to Zoom)

Snaps from Vanabhojana
The snaps below were shot on Monday during the Vanabhojana celebrations. This place is considered to be equivalent of tirupati. You can read the entire history of this particular function over here.

Devotees at Vanabhojan ready for Sambradan
Devotees at Vanabhojan ready for Sambradan (Click to Zoom)

Devotees at Vanabhojan
Devotees at Vanabhojan (Click to Zoom)

Devotees at Vanabhojan
Devotees at Vanabhojan (Click to Zoom)

Abhishekam of Lord Venkataramanana
Abhishekam of Lord Venkataramanana (Click to Zoom)

Abhishekam of Lord Venkataramanana
Abhishekam of Lord Venkataramanana (Click to Zoom)

Devotees at Vanabhojan
Devotees at Vanabhojan (Click to Zoom)

Sambradan @ Vanabhojana
Sambradan @ Vanabhojana (Click to Zoom)

Sambradan @ Vanabhojana
Sambradan @ Vanabhojana (Click to Zoom)

Sambradan @ Vanabhojana
Sambradan @ Vanabhojana (Click to Zoom)

Idols of the Lord Venkataramanana, Karkala
Idols of the Lord Venkataramanana, Karkala (Click to Zoom)


I am posting this keeping in mind thousands of Karkalites spread across the world (and for some reason could not make it to Karkal for Karthik Punnav). So, I request you to please pass on the URL (http://www.arjunprabhu.com/blog/archives/2005/11/24/
photos-from-karkala-karthik-punnav/
) to any Karkalite who would be happy to see the above set of snaps!

Laksha Deepostsava at Karkala

Today is Karkala Laksha Deepostsava at Sri Venkatarama Temple. Also, popularly known as Karthi Punnav among the GSB community. So, I would be off to karkala today afternoon.

Infact, I was in Karkala yesterday too for the the “Talayi Divvo” function. (Well, if you are Karkalite, you will know what “Talayi Divvo” is! :) ). Have clicked some nice snaps of the function. Will post them once I am back tomorrow.

The Seven Deadly Sins of Blogging…

According to this article, here are The Seven Deadly Sins of Blogging :

1. Using Free Blog Hosting Services
2. Ignoring the Basic Principles of Good Web Site Design and Usability
3. Being the Jack Of All Trades
4. Not Posting Regularly
5. Publishing Badly Written Posts
6. Spamming and Stealing
7. Failing to Establish a Personality

The article is a good read if you are seriously into blogging!

More details at :
The Seven Deadly Sins of Blogging | GreatNexus Webmaster Blog

Work, Work and work !

The last couple of days have been very hectic. Kind of having a very busy schedule at office. Lot of work has come in. The last week of October, and the first week of November were relatively free, since it was a vacation season kind in India, with lot of festivals etc. Now, all that work that had piled up has come in, kind of with interest! So, now it back to some serious business. But its good, and I think, one should be always busy and occupied.

Its the annual appraisal time in our company and lot of buzz about it around. The entire appraisal exercise goes for around 1.5 months to around 2 months org wide. Its a major and important activity, now that performance is the key!

In other news, my wife’s was supposed to travel to the US in the first week of November, but her trip got postponed couple of times, and now she is finally travelling on Saturday (later today) (See update below!). So all the packing etc is done. She would be reaching Houston on Sunday (afternoon). Things should go on smoother this time around.

Update: Its postponed again at the last moment. Again. :)

Malgudi Days Title Song

UPDATE: All the 39 episodes of Malgudi Days are available for online viewing at http://www.rajshri.com/malgudidays/index.asp

 

The Malgudi days title song is one of the most wanted title songs of old times. I am sure lot of people are searching for Malgudi Days sound track.

Thanks to Senthil Kumar for sharing this mp3!

I have uploaded the mp3 onto the Megaupload file sharing service. You can download the MP3 from : http://www.megaupload.com/?d=4ML5PCB0 (You will have to wait for around 45 secs before the link shows up on the window).

Its really good to listen to this title song. It brings back lot of old memories!

BTW, check this site for more info on Malgudi Days… : http://www.malgudidays.com/

The Real Design of New Infosys Campus at Mangalore

Update (13-Apr-2007): Apparently, I heard recently that they have changed the design – due to the nature of the soil at the construction area. I think it won’t be a inverted pyramid as shown below.

OK. This one is for real, unlike the major HOAX forward mail that was floating around a couple of months back.

The real proposed Design of the new Infosys Campus at Mangalore looks as shown below:

New Infosys Campus at Mangalore

New Infosys Campus at Mangalore

Source : http://www.hafeezcontractor.com

Will post more pictures if I get a chance!

You can find designs of other proposed Infosys buildings at the Hafeez Contractor’s website.