A Quote for life!

“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly.
Specialization is for Insects

Robert A Heinlein
(American science-fiction writer,1907-1988)

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

We must think and act like a nation of a billion people and not like that of a million people. Dream, dream, dream! Conduct these dreams into thoughts, and then transform them into action… Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.

Dr. Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam was the eleventh President of India. He was born on October 15, 1931 at Rameswaram, a place in Tamil Nadu, India, just one day after my birthday (October 14, 1981). However, he is 50 years elder to me! Dr. Kalam earned a degree in aeronautical engineering from the Madras Institute of Technology and joined the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) where he participated in the missile program. The missile man of India joined ISRO and made significant contribution to Indian satellite and launch vehicles. Moreover, he did a lot in the field guided missiles for India and has taken India to heights that were never achieved earlier. Dr. Kalam has been awarded with Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan and Bharat Ratna. Dr. Kalam became President of India on July 25, 2002 and continued till yesterday, (July 25, 2007). His focus is on transforming India into a developed nation by 2020.

He was a man of the people and from the people, known as people’s president of India. Britanica has mentioned Dr. Kalam as a politician; however, we know that he has never been a full time politician. The laureate was always entangled with his scientific ventures and was submerged in his own thoughts of developing the country and taking it towards unrevealed limits in the field of science. I still remember, when he was offered to be the President of India, he was as surprised as anyone else; but he obliged and took the responsibility. He has done well, don’t you think so? In fact, he has been brilliant! His three visions for India – Freedom, Development and Self-Reliance, are arrived at on the basis of achievements and progress made by India.

Mr. Jainulabdeen Marakayar, father of Dr. Kalam was neither a highly educated nor a wealthy person. He used to rent boats to the local fishermen, however possessed great instinctive wisdom, with a bounty of spirit and was a very spiritual person. His mother Ashiamma, have had formal education. He grew up in a remote belt of a spiritually charged island town, at the southern tip of India. As the youngest child in the family, he was pampered a lot. Dr. Kalam was an introvert kid who was immensely interested in reading every kind of books, which was again a scarcity in his place. He used to read books borrowed from neighbors. Dr. Kalam believes that he has inherited honesty and self discipline from his father, while faith in goodness and kindness are attributes inherited from his mother.

There have been a lot written about him all over the world; about his childhood, about his growing up with the dream and realization of that dream. He did not stop making missiles for India, but going further, he established India as a potent nation in the world map. He has visited a lot of countries before and during his tenure as Indian President and was honored and acknowledged with high priority everywhere. With him, went the name of the country – high and even higher. His books – Wings of fire, Ignited Minds: Unleashing the Power within India, India 2020, India-my-dream, Envisioning an Empowered Nation: Technology for Societal Transformation, Scientist to President and Guiding Souls: Dialogues on the Purpose of Life were aimed at motivating Indian youth and reveal his spiritual side. He has even written poems in Tamil. I have had the honor and opportunity of reading the first one of the lot – his autobiography – Wings of fire, and like everybody else who has read this book, I’m as much thrilled.

Among all the past presidents of India and including the current one, Mrs. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, Dr. Kalam will always be recognized differently. He was undoubtedly the most loved President India ever had. We would have loved to have him leading us for the second term. We, the people of India will always miss this man, who led us from the front and with examples. We will always be proud to have had him as our President. Dr. Kalam will always be remembered and his words will always be pronounced in our hearts. Adieu Mr. President!!

All God's creatures are His family; and he is the most beloved of God who tries to do most good to God's creatures… Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.


Tuesday, July 24, 2007

A Fish Died in the Aquarium :(

I am very sad to inform you all this. However, I am sure that you will also be similarly hurt by the news as I was when I saw this misfortune happening. Come; let us all mourn the sad demise of one of the six occupants in our new Fish aquarium, which died yesterday. Shiv (शिव), partner of Gauri (गौरी), has left for the heavenly abode; left us with heavy hearts and wet chicks. It was a silent, non violent death that came and took him in its arms without our knowledge.

I take full responsibilities for this miss happening. He was good, fit and all energized when he was at the shop, along with a few other friends. I brought him and could not maintain the necessary environment for him to live happily. He could not live in peace in our fish tank; however he left us in pieces!

He was one of the best, if not the best fish in the tank. He was very agile, very energetic, and very sporty and used to cover the full length of the tank. He came close to heart in this short stay with us.
Friends, stand with me in total condolence and bid the sole Good bye. May he rest in peace in heaven!


Tuesday, July 17, 2007

New Aquarium!

We bought a fish tank – an aquarium this weekend. It’s a small one, that can be placed properly in our small living room – on top of the refrigerator. It has been a constant desire of my wife that we will do better with an aquarium in our home.

There are six fishes in the tank. Two pairs and two different ones. Two Angel Fishes - a Black (कृष्णा) and a white (राधा); two Paul Scale Fishes (शिव और गौरी); and one Black Mouli (राजा) and a Baggas (रानी) [I dont know the exact name of this fish]. We have named these fishes also. Raja has been weak from the very time we have put him in the tank. God knows if he will be ok, but I am sure that with your prayers, all of them will be fine and with me - always!

These pictures are not of our aquarium. I just put them here for better imagination of the real one! Hopefully, you will get to see the real pictures very soon. I welcome these new members in our family and hope we will have a good time together.


Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Batch 4 of IIPM

Our Batch in IIPM
Batch 2004-05

Almost everyone from our batch, including a few from the previous Batch ...

For more information about the Institute, please visit the official web site: http://iipmb.edu.in/

(To be continued…)


Saturday, July 7, 2007

Indian Institute of Plantation Management, Bangalore

IIPM-B is the place where I have spent 15 most memorable months of my life. It was a phase which I can (and would) never forget through the rest of my life. I don’t know if this is the right place to discuss about it, but I’m sure that I can express my feelings about IIPM here freely.

It was an accident that I got a chance in IIPM-B. I had applied for the test but could not make it to the examination as dates were overlapping with my final exams in college (NERIST). So, I left hope for that. After finishing my final exams, when I reached home I was shocked when I saw my father (Baba) admitted in hospital having had a heart-attack. I was not told anything about the same. He needed bypass surgery and we had to come to Bangalore for his treatment. So, Mother (Maa) and I, along with Baba came to Bangalore and had the surgery done. After that, when Baba was recovering, we had to stay back in Bangalore for a month.

During that time, a letter went from IIPM-B to my college and was directed to my house. I came to know that they have called me for the interview to be held in campus. The news came to me on the very day when the interview was to happen, but time was past. I called them and told them the situation. I was honored to be able to speak to the then Director, Dr. Subhash Sharma. He gave me another date, a couple of days before I and my parents were to leave Bangalore.

I went for the interview and was late. I had to travel from Narayan Hrudayalaya to Malathahalli in bus (changing 2 buses); the later one - I had to stand all the way. Fortunately I was allowed to enter for the ongoing batch for Group Discussion. Vivek and Ashish were sitting on my either sides. (Later, 15 people from that group were selected for the program.) GD was followed by a CBOT (Computer Based Objective Test – since I missed the actual test; I and Payal were there in the test) and Personal Interview. Both rounds were fine – excellent, actually. I came back, the next day being the last selection day, I was acknowledged that I have cleared all three rounds and can join within a 15 days period. I was – you know - all over the moon. Finally it was a Post Graduation program where I was going to be enrolled in. It was a great dream – come – true for me.

We went back home after that. I remember, I stayed only for about 10 days in home and had to come back to join the course. It was a nice turning point in the road I was moving in life which made way for me to a world, where I got a glimpse of almost everything I need to know to stand tough in life.
For more information about the Institute, please visit the official web site: http://iipmb.edu.in/
(To be continued…)


Sunday, July 1, 2007

New Adventure - PICASA!!

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See my pictures in this link here ...
Will try to update with more as and when I happen to take more of this humble photogenic person (हँसना मना है)


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