Monday, June 29, 2009

Weekend with Champions ...

It was betting going in some of Pankhudi Volunteers( including me) about the Winners. Fortunately some of us had taken computer class for almost all the standard in SRMAB. My bet was on Harsha and Kaushik(2 bright kids of Ramana Maharishi Academy for the Blind). Off course everyone of them has a potential. Last Saturday we organized a typing competition in SRMAB ...

After first Computer class which we took at 10.00-11.20 AM, we left the school and went for Shopping. What to buy, what to buy ? Just close your eyes and feel how many gifts in your room are worth... hmm ! Maybe you left with some cloths but we don't know the winners, size were different + I have never seen them in any other dress than their typical red Shirt with black stripe. Finally the call has been made, we bought some bags and a cricket bat. Initial desicion was to buy a gift for all the participant but Deeptangan(one of us) said let it be a competition, why you are making them different from us... worth, nothing wrong !! Anyway, we have finished so called Shopping till 2.00, ran to our home because it was supposed to begin at 4.00 and this lazy bone need rest after sometime.

Ram called me around 3.00 PM, said that "there is no electricity and some computers are running on UPS(a painful UPS, that sounds more than me). We will wait till 4.10 and see if we get her(electricity) back". 3.50 he called me again saying electricity came back. And ... time to run. I reached there at 4.00 and like always all the volunteers were before me :(. Most of the kids were in hyper state, running here and there. Hitting chairs, hitting tables, hitting us, so happy and so painless... because they know pain can be conquered by more pain.

We had 2 story ready for 2 computer labs. They had taken their position and like all the time some were complaining that JAWS was not working... fine restart, Windows -> U -> R... I have pressed this key combination more than 500 times in last 2.5 yrs. Everything all set, Ram was dictating a story in one lab, in other lab, Srikanth and Priyanka. Rest of us left the place, I went for some more shopping :). Finally when I came back, it was almost over. I had seen the monitor of Harsha and I said he has done it again. Unlike others, he don't see toward his monitor, he see toward monitor to his left, so that his ears will be perfectly sink with Speakers. Puja, a dear student for all of us as she always keep on smiling (seeing this world, its tough to smile always... may be this is the reason she is ... ) was crying. Our queen want everything to be slow... slow dictation of story(saaaar, 1 min saaaar), which was not possible here.

It was finally over, everyone of us examined the work and yes Harsha (there was no fixing from my side, promise) and Sheela came out to be first. Sheela is a genius girl who bored out with things very soon. My second bet Kaushik came out 3rd. Some snaps of Prize distribution and Competition.

Monday, June 01, 2009


My finger was terribly shaking and I was just able to leave the bed after having 4-5 flavours of medicine at last night. First thought was to bunk but then I remember it's Friday and we have to play cricket. Though physical conditions invalidate the options of playing cricket, I decided to move for office. I was little scared of taking bike but we always have a fictitious command in the things which we know.
Moment I heard the first horn, I remember that I forgot ... my mp3 player(s). Yes, I use it while driving which is a bad idea but can't help. God save my ears ...

We are sensitive towards the thing which we don't like and same when I hear horns(necessary + unnecessary, its more or less like sum of 1 and 99). In Bangalore, horn sound will come in all variety seems like you are solving a complex H.C. Verma's Doppler effect question and want a practical before start.
Following the Doppler principle I was moving fast to minimize effect, when I say fast it's 40. I was happy that I reached near double road means I was just 5 minutes away from my office.
I stopped my bike at the first red light of Double Road, just opposite to that there was a cinema hall. Looks like they had shut down the theater and why not my first show there it was 4 people, 200 Rs. ticket per person. Come on its recession dude.

Anyway, I start feeling uncomfortable when I find myself surrounded by 3 autos. One of them trying to compete with Ambulance in no. of pulse generation per second by pressing horn. HORN AT RED LIGHT >>> DOES IT MAKE SENSE, WHY NOT, PRE-CACHING MAKE SENSE IN SOFTWARE, WHY NOT PRE_REMOVAL OF TRAFFIC ?? IDEAS ?? Combining all, they are ready to beat Ambani(don't ask which one) in terms of generating pollution per day. Just that Ambani bro's derives Indian Economy and they drive...

With a level of guts, I asked the auto guy on my left "yaar, auto ka pollution check nahi karwate ho kya", he made a scary smile and my guts level suddently reached to max. As I never ask questions from auto-wala's in Bangalore, they reply independent of what you have asked. But that guy, must be a nice guy replied "bahut din ho gaya hai"...these types of question are not FAQ and so reply came with a suprise way. "Hmmm.. (most matured answer widely accepted from my manager to my roomate, for the people who don't want to talk further ...) was my answer.

Remember "HORN PLEASE" on the back of truck, why not put a sticker of "NO HORN PLEASE" on the back.

Just open question, how to handle this situation... off course not by blogging !