தலைவா !

The only super star !

The only super star !

இன்று பிறந்த நாள் காணும் சூப்பர் ஸ்டாரே !
வாழ்த்த வயதில்லை, வணங்குகிறேன்
என்றும் உன் ரசிகன்.
சுரேன்

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Venting out

For once I felt really bad that I joined NIT Trichy of all places and I was really really sorry for myself. I have got some really wonderful people from the college: friends, staff and teachers who make me love the college and make my time fun and memorable.But there are also equally bad ones among them that make me feel miserable and sick. Frankly I am very depressed with what people can do to me for the worse, inspite of me being myself. In a moment, I want to leave a mark before I leave the college, thinking of how to help nitt.edu, sun lab, GLUG-T and my delta juniors and suddenly there was a sick mishap and all I am cared about is leave that screwed up place as soon as possible for good. I am more depressed that I have many bad memories about the place.

With power comes responsibility and its time some people realized this.

But what can I do but for silently cry and writhe in pain and people who do this to me sleep peacefully at night. Is to ask for a life in college with self dignity such a crime ? I wish I had more courage.

PS : I have a wonderful set of friends, seniors, juniors and professors whom I am looking forward to for four more months.

Memorable weekend @ Banglore

Before starting, to my anna and anni , wish you a happy married life 🙂

Went to Banglore for my cousin Brother’s marriage which went really well. Had a wonderful time with relatives after a long time. I always thought I had lots of kid cousin brothers and sisters. Now they are growing up really fast and a sad corollary is that I am growing too, which means I have to be more responsible and blah blah blah.

Also had the best of times with PK man, Donatello , Venkat , Thalaiva , Hari, Rajagopal and Alagu. Roamed around Brigade road and Garuda for some time and sweared many a times how costly the living is in banglore. By the way Donatello and Venkat are rocking big time in IISc, so much so that there are rumours in the college that there is a D.V.Raman(venkat’s full name abbrevated other wise 😛 ) in the making.

Meanwhile our team LRSL for ACM-ICPC ( myself , abhilash and nutty ) qualified for the amrita regionals onsite round after some scene coding by nutty. This happened on same day of the marriage and it was actually kind of hectic being at two places at the same time. Looking forward for the Kerala trip in december where we will be particpating against some biggest programming minds of the country.

There were lots more to the weekend which is personal and might even be trivial. But the thing is all of them added up to a really awesome weekend

PS : updated to Intrepid Ibex and obviously it rocks 🙂 Had some hiccoughs with the installation because of my hard disk getting older, but then went for a full format and its working like a charm now 🙂

Keep the sparks alive !!

Most of you might have read this.

Below is a Inaugural Speech for the new batch at the Symbiosis BBA program, Pune delivered by Chetan Bhagath.

“””””

Good Morning everyone and thank you for giving me this chance to speak
to you. This day is about you. You, who have come to this college,
leaving the comfort of your homes (or in some cases discomfort), to
become something in your life. I am sure you are excited. There are few
days in human life when one is truly elated.  The first day in college
is one of them.  When you were getting ready today, you felt a tingling
in your stomach. What would the auditorium be like, what would the
teachers be like, who are my new classmates – there is so much to be
curious about. I call this excitement, the spark within you that makes
you feel truly alive today. Today I am going to talk about keeping the
spark shining. Or to put it another way, how to be happy most, if not
all the time.

Where do these sparks start? I think we are born with them. My 3-year
old twin boys have a million sparks. A little Spiderman toy can make
them jump on the bed. They get thrills from creaky swings in the park. A
story from daddy gets them excited. They do a daily countdown for
birthday party several months in advance just for the day they will cut
their own birthday cake.

I see students like you, and I still see some sparks. But when I see
older people, the spark is difficult to find. That means as we age, the
spark fades. People whose spark has faded too much are dull, dejected,
aimless and bitter. Remember Kareena in the first half of Jab We Met vs
the second half? That is what happens when the spark is lost.   So how
to save the spark?

Imagine the spark to be a lamp’s flame. The first aspect is nurturing –
to give your spark the fuel, continuously. The second is to guard
against storms.

To nurture, always have goals. It is human nature to strive, improve
and achieve full potential. In fact, that is success. It is what is
possible for you. It isn’t any external measure – a certain cost to
company pay package, a particular car or house.

Most of us are from middle class families. To us, having material
landmarks is success and rightly so. When you have grown up where money
constraints force everyday choices, financial freedom is a big
achievement. But it isn’t the purpose of life. If that was the case, Mr.
Ambani would not show up for work. Shah Rukh Khan would stay at home and
not dance anymore. Steve Jobs won’t be working hard to make a better
iPhone, as he sold Pixar for billions of dollars already. Why do they do
it? What makes them come to work everyday? They do it because it makes
them happy. They do it because it makes them feel alive. Just getting
better from current levels feels good. If you study hard, you can
improve your rank. If you make an effort to interact with people, you
will do better in interviews. If you practice, your cricket will get
better. You may also know that you cannot become Tendulkar, yet. But you
can get to the next level. Striving for that next level is important.

Nature designed with a random set of genes and circumstances in which
we were born. To be happy, we have to accept it and make the most of
nature’s design. Are you? Goals will help you do that.

I must add, don’t just have career or academic goals. Set goals to give
you a balanced, successful life. I use the word balanced before
successful. Balanced means ensuring your health, relationships, mental
peace are all in good order.

There is no point of getting a promotion on the day of your breakup.
There is no fun in driving a car if your back hurts. Shopping is not
enjoyable if your mind is full of tensions.

You must have read some quotes – Life is a tough race, it is a marathon
or whatever. No, from what I have seen so far, life is one of those
races in nursery school, where you have to run with a marble in a spoon
kept in your mouth. If the marble falls, there is no point coming first.
Same with life, where health and relationships are the marble. Your
striving is only worth it if there is harmony in your life. Else, you
may achieve the success, but this spark, this feeling of being excited
and alive, will start to die.

One last thing about nurturing the spark – don’t take life seriously.
One of my yoga teachers used to make students laugh during classes. One
student asked him if these jokes would take away something from the yoga
practice. The teacher said – don’t be serious, be sincere. This quote
has defined my work ever since. Whether its my writing, my job, my
relationships or any of my goals. I get thousands of opinions on my
writing everyday. There is heaps of praise, there is intense criticism.
If I take it all seriously, how will I write? Or rather, how will I
live? Life is not to be taken seriously, as we are really temporary
here. We are like a pre-paid card with limited validity. If we are
lucky, we may last another 50 years. And 50 years is just 2,500
weekends. Do we really need to get so worked up? It’s ok, bunk a few
classes, goof up a few interviews, fall in love. We are people, not
programmed devices.

I’ve told you three things – reasonable goals, balance and not taking
it too seriously that will nurture the spark. However, there are four
storms in life that will threaten to completely put out the flame. These
must be guarded against. These are disappointment, frustration,
unfairness and loneliness of purpose.

Disappointment will come when your effort does not give you the
expected return. If things don’t go as planned or if you face failure.
Failure is extremely difficult to handle, but those that do come out
stronger. What did this failure teach me? is the question you will need
to ask. You will feel miserable. You will want to quit, like I wanted to
when nine publishers rejected my first book. Some IITians kill
themselves over low grades how silly is that? But that is how much
failure can hurt you. But it’s life. If challenges could always be
overcome, they would cease to be a challenge. And remember – if you are
failing at something, that means you are at your limit or potential. And
that’s where you want to be.

Disappointment’s cousin is  frustration, the second storm.  Have you
ever been frustrated? It happens when things are stuck. This is
especially relevant in India. From traffic jams to getting that job you
deserve, sometimes things take so long that you don’t know if you chose
the right goal. After books, I set the goal of writing for Bollywood, as
I thought they needed writers. I am called extremely lucky, but it took
me five years to get close to  a release. Frustration saps excitement,
and turns your initial energy into something negative, making you a
bitter person. How did I deal with it? A realistic assessment of the
time involved movies take a long time to make even though they are
watched quickly, seeking a certain enjoyment in the process rather than
the end result at least I was learning how to write scripts, having a
side plan I had my third book to write and even something as simple as
pleasurable distractions in your life  – friends, food, travel can help
you overcome it. Remember, nothing is to be taken seriously. Frustration
is a sign somewhere, you took it too seriously.

Unfairness – this is hardest to deal with, but unfortunately that is
how our country works. People with connections, rich dads, beautiful
faces, pedigree find it easier to make it not just in Bollywood, but
everywhere. And sometimes it is just plain luck. There are so few
opportunities in India, so many stars need to be aligned for you to make
it happen. Merit and hard work is not always linked to achievement in
the short term, but the long term correlation is high, and ultimately
things do work out. But realize, there will be some people luckier than
you. In fact, to have an opportunity to go to college and understand
this speech in English means you are pretty damm lucky by Indian
standards. Let’s be grateful for what we have and get the strength to
accept what we don’t. I have so much love from my readers that other
writers cannot even imagine it. However, I don’t get literary praise.
It’s ok. I don’t look like Aishwarya Rai, but I have two boys who I
think are more beautiful than her. It’s ok. Don’t let unfairness kill
your spark.

Finally, the last point that can kill your spark is isolation. As you
grow older you will realize you are unique. When you are little, all
kids want Ice cream and Spiderman. As you grow older to college, you
still are a lot like your friends. But ten years later and you realize
you are unique. What you want, what you believe in, what makes you feel,
may be different from even the people closest to you. This can create
conflict as your goals may not match with others. . And you may drop
some of them. Basketball captains in college invariably stop playing
basketball by the time they have their second child. They give up
something that meant so much to them. They do it for their family. But
in doing that, the spark dies. Never, ever make that compromise. Love
yourself first, and then others.

There you go. I’ve told you the four thunderstorms – disappointment,
frustration, unfairness and isolation. You cannot avoid them, as like
the monsoon they will come into your life at regular intervals. You just
need to keep the raincoat handy to not let the spark die.

I welcome you again to the most wonderful  years of your life. If
someone gave me the choice to go back in time, I will surely choose
college. But I also hope that ten years later as well, your eyes will
shine the same way as they do today. That you will Keep the Spark alive,
not only through college, but through the next 2,500 weekends. And I
hope not just you, but my whole country will keep that spark alive, as
we really need it now more than any moment in history. And there is
something cool about saying – I come from the land of a billion sparks.
Thank You.

“””””

I just Loved it !

I got a Job !

I got a job in Yahoo! 😀

Thanks everyone for wishing and helping for me.  In fact the whole job getting thing hasn’t sunk in yet.
Some of the messages like ” Good luck , Little one “, “Dude all the best , dont worry abt results and give the best shot’ and ” dei u will clear , do it nice ” , still rings in me 🙂

PS: Special thanks to all my wing mates who took extra care that I get enough bumps 😛

A Cow in a room

All incidents and people in the story are real.

4.00 am:

Karthi wakes up for a midnight leak. Comes out of his room and turns right once , left on… Wait!!!  did he see something in his right. Turns back and looks again. Some one with a strange dress is standing outside a few rooms away from his room holding the door tight.Karthi is a bit scared. Karthi moves reluctantly near the person and finally he finds out who the person is !

karthi : Dei neeeyaa ??? innum thoongala ? ( hey its you ?? havent slept yet ? )
person :saniyane, thoongitu thaaan da irunthen ( I was sleeping only)
karthi: (bemused , irritated) approm ippa enna pannitu irruka ? ( what the f*** are you doing now then ? )
person: room kulla oru maadu irruku da! i got scared and came outside.
karthi:( shocked to hear such a reply ,) dei monna naaye, nee thookatula olarathukku naan thaan kedachena ? poi olunga thoongu da ( WTF ???  a$$ hole , u are sleep walking, go sleep).
person: Dei please help da, i slept at 3 only, help me get the cow outside. i want to sleep
karthi: (strikes head five time saying ayyo ayyo and goes to finish what he woke up for)

The poor person waits  outside the room for some time , reality still finding a tough time to sink in and finally after 5 min and once he got convinced he had been dreaming/sleep walking , he still carefully opens the door, checks if there is a cow in the room and then goes to sleep like a baby

10:30 am
karthi: dei , un roomla maadu eppdi da irruku ? (how is the cow in ur room ? )
person: what non sense ? I am in first floor and how the heck can a cow climb up here ? have u been dreaming ???
karthi: dei @#!$$^%$^&%*&*(&^&***^&%
( the surrounding crowd mockingly beats up the person )
End of another of the crazy days for the person

PS : person = suren  = myself 😦

I am green :-)

Yaaay! I am greeeeeeeeeeeeeeen 🙂

Okay its not that big , or its not even permanent. It might take some time to stablize at green, but have been waiting for this to happen for a long long time. Now that it has happened, as everyone I want to become blue and that too soon enough. And for those who think coding and sitting in front of computers is boring, please try topcoder.com/tc and see how addictive it is!