Friday, September 28, 2007

NASA Dawn Mission

Asteroid Vesta and dwarf planet Ceres are 2 most massive residents of the asteroid belt. Though the 2 proto-planets lie close to eachother, Vesta is a rocky body like the inner solar system bodies while Ceres is believed to contain large quantities of ice like the bodies in the outer solar system. The mission objective of Dawn is to study Vesta and Ceres and compare the different evolutionary path each took as well as to get a overall picture of the early solar system. Dawn spacecraft has been launched on 27th Sept,2007.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007


I have recently joined CitiusTech as a Software Engineer. And I have moved to Mumbai. Mumbai is regarded as the finacial capital of India and a pretty costly city. At present I am living in Powai at the company provided guest house. I have to search a house with in a month. At Mumbai the roads are pathetic and flats are superb. I can get nice north indian food at affordable price[:)]. I have been assigned with absolutely no work. Hence the days are pretty boring. I am still confused regarding the aim of my life, though I have made up my mind to work as a programmer as of now.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

50% Reservation, Vidroh n Me

[Posted in my Previous Blog; Dated 9th April,2006]
[1: The 50% reservation is going to be implemented, but gradually so the seats for general candidates won't get affected. Offcourse the Supreme Court is making some noise every now and then.
2:Actually the so called rather over hyped Vidroh had died silently. Much protest was observed from the medical students and hardly any from the engineering students. Perhaps the medics found a medium to vent their anger and frustration. The masses have left the campus to join some job or for higher studies. The condition of the mass mobilizers is more or less the same.
3:I have stopped my preparation for the UPSC. You know it's for the maggus and there is much better work to be done by intelligent guys like me [:D]. These days I have become a coder and have been spending some 16 hrs a day in front of the company provided comp with free internet connection. I am still out of sync with the outside world. And in the morning I am trying to submit some work to my Project Lead, so that I can make him fool for the rest of the day [:)]. ]
1:50% Reservation
Well the Congress is in power and hence some sort of stupidity is expected from this oldest party of our nation. Congress was formed initially to please the Brits and in return get some benefit from them. Naturally this used to be a team of the elites and the benefits were solely for them. All these stuffs changed dramatically after the entry of people like Gandhi who tried to get benefits for the common lot again by pleasing the brits rather than opposing them. Very few indians at that time like Bhagat Singh or Azad had the courage to take on the brits by force. So the philosophy of pleasing and getting some incentives became damn popular in india and Congress gradually became the voice of india. No doubt Mahatma Gandhi tried thrice and always (including Quit India) he stopped his process of opposing the Brits in mid-way prefering Round-Table like stuff instead. Because he was never opposing the brits rather showing them the level of unrest in india and getting some incentives to stop the possibility of any Revolution.
Then came The Fuhrer and his dream of the Aryan civilisation. Though 1000 yrs of Nazi rule was cut-short to around 10yrs, but India got its freedom. In the changed geo-political scenario the brits didnt have any other options as well. But Congress sticked to its characteristics. Now the power lies in the oppressed lot and the muslims because they come to vote as a whole unlike the so called upper class people.
So Congress have gone to a large extent to please them along with the Nehru(Gandhi) dynasty- the power holder of india. While Ambedkar was a Congress man, VP Singh was an ex one. And now came Arjun Singh. So it has been decided to bring 50% reservation to all IITs,IIMs,DU and such reputed organisations.

50% Reservation,Vidroh n Me

Though using the word Vidroh is some what misleading, but many people are not happy with the recent developments. Mainly these are upper class people and so called educated class people. I am also against these stuffs or am I?. But the iitians especially iit-kgp students(kgpians) are very very unhappy. So they have decided to oppose it. How? We iitians actually have very low level of freedom. The iit system has concentrated all of its power at the hands of profs and diro. The D.C. (Disciplinary Committee Action) is like the sword of Damocles on our heads. Though the iit staffs can protest in front of main building or close the insti gate without the fear of any counter action, students can't even maintain a blog or newspaper that can criticise the iit system(e.g. the BCRoy episode). So they started from orkut and expressed their unhappiness.
Reservations must be removed.
Some suggested going to insti with black band while some suggested bunking classes. Some gandhibadis suggested not to take mess food in an evening in protest(what a pathetic suggestion !). Signature collections also took place both in halls and wings and via internet. Students are gathering at common student places like Cheddis and discussing regarding the future course of action. The orkut gps are also damn busy. The mass mobilizers (though i dont know the quantity and quality of mass)are some of my batch-mates who are mainly dreaming of becoming politicians in future. I dont think missing a mess food or bunking classes will have any effect in the Parliament. But here the students who wanna clear UPSC to have a smooth path into politics,and wanna be in politics to gain power and rule the nation are very much optimistic and Vidroh ( as they say ) is seething....

50% Reservation,Vidroh n Me

3:- Me
So the Vidroh is seething and I have got invitation via yahoo to join the orkut gps, to gather at Cheddis. I have even got personal invitation from my friends like Tarun and Rituraj who are in the forefront of all these activities(of sending mails :)). But I did not go to Cheddis. Also I have nt joined Orkut gps. After having a good sleep of 6hrs I am writing my blog and going through the timesofindia. Today I have planned to bunk the classes of Prof XYZ not in protest, but because I dont enjoy the class. At present my main concern is not any reservation, but submitting some project work to my guide and make him fool for the rest of the week. (Today is Monday [:)]).
So I am a sort of out of sync with the outside world. Here sitting inside my tiny little room (B-101(does it translate to laughing out loud?):Patel) I am gazing outside my window to look at the morning sunlight, the green weeds grown unchecked and tiny squirrels moving on the tree by my window-side. All these protests seem worthless to me. Now its 15 to 7 and I should start reading history of India. Ya, I am preparing for UPSC, but not because of any liking, but because my parents want this. I dont know why but I like the morning, the weeds,sunlight and squirrels,I also like the gigantic sea, giant mountains, ever-stretched blue sky and the water-fall I visited last month, company of my parents and brother. I really like them though I dont know why.

Dept Farewell 2006

[Posted on my Previous Blog; Dated 14th April, 2006]

Dept Farewll was held on 11thApr,2006. It was special as this time it was meant for our batch. Thanx to our 3rd yrs the farewell was superb and really a memorable one.

Kalinga Samaja Trip to Sana-Ghagara:-

[Posted on my Previous Blog; Dated 7th March, 2006]

On 4th night we ( some members of Kalinga Samaja of IIT,kgp) went for picnic to Sana-Ghagara. Its a nice waterfall near Keonjhar town of Orissa. The scenary is really fascinating with hills, forests and off-course the waterfall.

Sonia and Sacrifice

[Posted on my Previous Blog; Dated 24th March, 2006]
A leader is a person who leads a group of people. In other words a group of people follows him or is in his grip. He can command them and control them. Leaders do many things to have the control of people, their thoughts and minds. In India, the best tactic is to potray one as a morally strong person with no attraction for power. And it is the very thing that madam Sonia is doing. First she left the chair of PM to Mr Manmohan Singh and potrayed herself as a demi-goddess. But in reality Singh is no more than a robot who works as Sonia wishes him to. The real power is in the hands of Sonia and no decision can be taken without her consent. Then comes the episode of disqualification/resignation. It is a well-known fact that the congress used disqualification artcle of constitution(102) to disqualify Mrs Jaya Bachan as an MP. But as a reaction the counter-attack was on Sonia herself. Govt had tried hard to use the loop-holes of constitution and bring an ordinance to save Sonia. But an active media backed by opposition easily threw light on the govt's tactics. When Sonia saw no way to save herself she resigned in the name of morality. In India people worship Ram because he followed the so called rules and guidelines to the last word and for it sacrificed 12years of his life and even wife. Sita is also glorified because she obeyed Ram and sacrificed alot. So Sonia understands this sentiment of the common man and uses her pseudo-sacrifices to gloryfy herself. So now she is next to God. All hail Democracy all hail Sonia.

Aeronautics Commission

[Posted on my Previous Blog : Dated 4th October, 2005]
On the 3rd Oct,2k5 issue of The Hindu , an article "The case for an aeronautics commission" is published. It discusses about the present condition of aeronautical industry in India, the cause of its poor state and the scope for future. The article begins with the vision of developing an aeronautics commission and its prime task ie to develop a 150 seater civillian aircraft. Well the vision is of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Azad. But I am here to raise another point.
Aeronautics industry demands a huge input in terms of money and up to now the demand used to come from Indian Air Force(AI) and Air India/Indian Airlines(AR). So naturally it has been a government monopoly. But many may not be aware of the fact that the first aircraft manufacturing unit was a private company and so also the first air liner. The credit goes to the vision of Seth Walchand Hirachand and JRD Tata. But after independence govt of India took charge of both the companies and since then it has been a govt monopoly. Recently the skyways are freed for private parties and we are watching the rise in civillian air liners eg Air Deccan, Sahara Airlines, Spice Jet,Jet Airways to name a few. So why not govt goes for the privatisation of HAL?
No monopoly industry can grow due to lack of competition. And at present there is HAL with its various branches are the sole manufacturing and overhauling units. With the fall in the air fares and the growth in economy, many people are finding air travel within their reach. And there is a huge rise in the aircrafts. So will be the rise in the demands for both manufacturing and overhauling of aircrafts. Manufacturing of a complete aircraft demands huge investments, but not maintainance. Simillarly with the abundance of minerals along with low labour costs Indian companies can capture the market of aircraft parts like they are doing successfully in case of automobile parts. Manufacturing of parts separately will demand low cost and less reasearch work. DRDO has failed miserably in developing Kaveri and is now seeking the help of GE. So why in case of engines only? Rather govt should privatise HAL and give contracts for development and production. US govt does the same and we have many private aeronautical industries in US eg Boing, Northrop Grumann, Lockheed Martin etc. With contract system there will be compition among various companies leading to the production of aircraft parts with low cost and better performance. So its time when govt should privatise HAL and give contracts to private companies for development, production and overhauling of both civillian and millitary planes. L&T has already set up its Aircraft unit. So if govt takes +ve steps then we may see big companies like Tata or Reliance entering this field.
If govt takes suitable steps then no doubt we can find a dynamic aeronautical industry in India.

Astrology (Is our Future Pre-defined):-

[Posted on my Previous Blog; Dated 24th October, 2005]
People always try to know more about their future. There is absolutely no scientific technique to do so rather going by logic future is unpredictable. But the desire to know ones future has been strong since the dawn of humanity. Be it the egyptian civilization or the modern civilization always man has wanted to peak in to the unknown -in to the future.
During my summer internship I used to have nice discussions with my pal Tarun on various topics. One evening while meandering in IITK campus we put forward our views on future and astrology.
In my point of view as noted often "ALWAYS IN MOTION IS THE FUTURE , ITS HARD TO PREDICT". Our actions in present are responsible for the outcomes of our future. Now I am studying for UPSC and if I can continue it sincerly then I will surely crack UPSC. So my actions are responsible for my results. If I act then I will be selected, no action no selection. Is it that simple.? Nope. UPSC is a selection process. So I not only have to perform good but better than my competiters. Then the final result also depends upon the performances of all the aspirants.
So fine
Outcome = f( Aspirants performance).
Again the curriculum of UPSC is very vast. So I have to select a few topics of Maths and Phy ( my optionals) to be sound in them. Now my result becomes a fuction of the number of questions asked from these topics. And in this way we can extend the list to conclude that future cant be predicted.

Now Tarun's theory. If we believe that this creation has a purpose or has been created by God then this cant be thrown in to random. Future must be predefined. According to him if I am studying now for UPSC then it has been already predefined that I will study hard then become successful/ unsuccessful. And everything is already set. We are just doing the things as we are supposed to do. I will rather say that we are programmed to do certain task in a certain period of time.

But I dont agree with him if its already set then whats the meaning of creation? Whats the meaning of our existence?I will sincerely want to know about YOUR VIEW POINT.

Now about astrology. Astrology is a mean to know the future beforehand. Going by my point of view astrology has no credibility as future is unpredictable till it becomes present. I am going to discuss astrology and palmistry later as I have done some study on both of the topics.

If we turn our attention to Indian philosophy then the most prevailing one is the Gita. Here it says that future is never in our hand and so also the results. But we do have our present and the action/ karma in our hand. So we should never care for something that is beyond our control ie result. But we should carry out our karma/action in accordance with our Dharma.
So study for UPSC but never worry for the results. And I think its the outcome that is driving me to work harder. No expectations ... I dont know about others, but I sincerely will loose tempo. And to explain the gap between action and result the concept of rebirth has been stressed. Its our past work in our previous birth that also contributes to our present suffering/ well being. So in my point of view it also concludes that future is unpredictable.

Role of Exams in Technical Studies:-

[Posted on my Previous Blog; Dated 21st September 2005]
Examinations have long been considered as a mean to test ones ability in a particular field. If you are good at a subject then you should perform well in the concerning exam and the results will give a feedback of your abilities in that particular field. I have been giving exams since the day I have been learning. Wait I got through in to my primary school by giving an exam first. So I first gave exam and then started learning. And since then I have been sitting in exams regularly. I got through the IITs through an exam also.
In IITs we are giving exams every now and then. Every semester of 4 months has 2 series of exams 1- midterms and 2- end terms. Out of 4 months a semester we devote 3 weeks to exams. Added to it are the surprise quizes of Prof Laha, Lab tests, Class tests of Maths dept and the list goes on.The outcome of these exams are considered important because they add to the cgpa stuff. Be it for training, job, app etc cgpas are considered important. But are these exams necessary?
We are in IIT to become engineers in various fields. So we are supposed to develope knowledge and skill to face the challenges in the particular field. I am to become an Aerospace engineer that means I should have indepth knowledge of aerodynamics, structures, propulsion and flight mechanics. I should have to be good in numerical computing and have to have ease in dealing with tools eg Ansys and Fluent etc. I should have enough capabilities to use my knowledge and skills and solve problems/ projects. The best way to develop such capabilities is to first learn and then apply.
Prof PK Dutta follows this principle. First we are to be exposed to the basic laws of aerospace science. The general procedure to solve these laws and get required results. Then we are to be taught how to use tools be it Programing or softwares to make our task easier. And then we should be exposed to real life problems and in the process of solving the problems we are to convert our knowledge into wisdom. We are to be graded based on our work done in the problems/ projects. If a person is really commited then he will naturally do substantial amount of work and earn a good grade.
But what is done here? We are given basic stuff about a subject, given some assignments to solve( which carry pretty low weightage) and then expected to write an exam properly. Depending on the outcome of an exam we are graded. Some exams consist of purely theoretical stuff as the corresponding problems can not be solved in exam hall without comp and in 2 hours. In CFD we are expected to mug up procedures and write them in the exams. But in our future career we are supposed to do tasks by using comps and programming. So you need not remember procedures rather you should have thorough understanding and capability to formulate and code the problems.
Moreover some subjects like vibration are entirely of theoretical in nature and no assignements were given. But in our future life we are supposed to solve problems and not recite theory.And the exams also consist of problems which are generally done in the class. Leaving a few profs like TV Rao , Sohail, PK Dutta, others give problems directly from lecture notes. So you are expected to mug up the lecture notes properly rather than develop sound understanding of the subject to score high. Understanding of a subject requires commitment over a period of time while memorizing it demands a night out. So how can we consider exams as a mean to judge ones capabilities in a particular field? to be continued........


[Posted on my previous Blog; Dated 17th Sept, 2005]
I wrote my first poem in Oriya in class 3. This is my first eng poem written in class 8.
Some call it a diary,
Some call it a life story.
But I call it my friend,
Through whom I can send,
My worries and queries,
my feelings and all,
To my God,
To my Creator.
Everynight before going to bed,
I put my feelings of the date,
In my diary poorly edited
I surrender to Him my whole day.
The next day the things get better,
Adversities fall and doubts get cleared.
I know when there is darkness everywhere,
Silence and only silence here and there,
There comes He to know about my heart,
And forgives me for my sinful acts.
Silently He comes ,
And silently goes on His way.
Perhaps to help somebody like me,
Who surrenders his day.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Russy Mody

[Posted on my Previous Blog ; Dated 10th Sept 2005]
Yesterday I went through a book on Russi Mody. Russi Mody is one of the best managers of India , but we know more about Lalu n Modi like politicians than managers and engineers of international repute. Anyway the book Russi Mody:- The Man and his Vision is a new comer in our central library. Rustomji Hormasji Mody has worked for 50 years in Tata Steel in managerial position. He is famous for his managerial skills especially while dealing with labourers. He also had a 2 year stint in Indian Air Lines and Air India as a chairman.
But the most important thing is his thoughts and that my own beliefs and thoughts matches with his.
Some of his thoughts are:-
1:- Democracy may be good for the rest of the world, but for a developing country we need a certain amount of authoritarian rule.
2:-India is lacking in 4 areas
Leadership ; Efficiency; Education ; Discipline.
3:-Disinvestment of PSUs will not be beneficial to Govt rather, it should go for privatisation of management of PSUs . Also the executives of PSUs are to be managers and not civil servants.
Board of directors of any unit should take the final decisions about the unit.

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Caste System in India

This is a post that I had wanted to post during the Gujjar incident, but some how it have remained incomplete...
Long long ago there used to be a race of highly talented and yet uncivilized barbarians known as the Aryans. Talented because they created the Vedas, uncivilized because they were nomadic (still a controversy). Finally the Aryans found a nice place near South Eastern Part of Asia. The place was a plane with rivers. Then the Aryans had a place to live permanently, so they started developing a civilization. The place was called Arya Barta and the civilization, the Aryan Civilization.
As the Aryan civilization started flourishing many customs started changing. As villages transformed into towns, the requirements of the villagers changed. There is no need for everybody to go hunting or farming, only a part of the population can do the job to support the group. But what about God, who bestowed the Aryans with Arya Barta and the rivers. They need to be worshiped and to worship them the Aryans reserved the best minds. The best minds started worshipping Gods by writing hymns in a very secret and tough language called the Sanskrit. The knowledge of the time were composed and documented in Sanskrit. A point of note is that Sanskrit was never the language of the population. But the things were deliberately documented in Sanskrit, rather coded in Sanskrit the mother of all languages. Sanskrit is literally the mother of all languages, because the language was too tough to master or was deliberately done so. The elite or best guys did not want the knowledge to be passed to all. They knew the power of knowledge and they kept the power in their hands. By doing so the elites or Brahmins made the ground ready for the downfall of the Aryans.
There were some in the group who were the best considering physical strength. They were charged with task of protecting the entire group. But in return they were given the best available stuffs regarding food, dress and status. The group was known as the Kshyatrias.
There were some people in the group who were brilliant at making deals and they were assigned with the task of buying and selling. They were known as the Vyasas.
Finally the remaining guys who did not have the power of mind, body or tongue were left to do the things to support the rest. They were regarded as inferior and useless. Though they used to do the core work to support them and all. They were called the Sudras.
Initially all of the grouping was done based on individual capabilities. It follows the rule of nature. The best gets the best and the weakest the worst. So far, so good.
They say power corrupts the best minds. A Kshyatria or Brahmin would hardly like to have his son as a Sudra irrespective of his capabilities. So they gradually made a rule. A rule that became the major cause of the downfall of India (In my point of view). It is the rule of caste. A son of a Brahmin will become a Brahmin irrespective of his capabilities and the rule was applied to all the rest castes as well. It is a rule that defied the rule of the nature. A son of a Brahmin may not have the talent, aptitude or passion for knowledge, yet he is to be a Brahmin.
Vedas consist of knowledge. Knowledge, which was the outcome of the experience of generations. It was a collective experience of one and all. But the Vedas were now in the hands of a group who were not the best to work on them or enhance them. The protectors are a bunch of people who were not the best considering strength and the dealers were a bunch of people who were not the best ones to carry a deal. The outcome was devastating.
The caste that suffered the most was undoubtedly the Sudras. They did not enjoy the best of any thing rather they got the worst of everything. Their life became pathetic and was regarded was a curse.

Last Days at Intergraph :)

Hmm then I am going to leave INGR-India tomorrow. On June 14th, 2006 I had joined Intergraph Consulting Pvt Ltd and I am leaving on 14th Sept, 2006. The last 15 months have been superb considering the work that I have done, the exposure that I have got and the way I have evolved.
Anyways the only thing that is constant in life is change. All through out my life I have been moving from one place to another. I can remember the sequence
Village(Harianta)[1985-88] --> Banarpal(NALCO)[88-90] --> Dhenkanal[90-92] --> Berhampur[92-94] --> Cuttack[94-96] --> Burla(Sambalpur)[96-99] --> Cuttack[99-02] --> Kharagpur[02-06] --> Hyderabad[06-07] --> Mumbai[07-??] --> ?.
So it is nothing new for me, but this time I am feeling a bit bad. Over the last one year INGR has been my home, my life. I used to spend around 15 hours a day and 7 days a week in my cubicle [C-129]. So it is quite obvious that I have developed a sort of attachment to my cubicle, comp and offcourse to INGR-India.

I am just going to flood my blog with entries (incomplete ones). I think my readers are intelligent enough to complete them and get the gist of the postings [:D].

Friday, September 7, 2007

ISRO and Attrition : The Problem Statement

Out of all the research institutions in India, I have always hold ISRO in the highest esteem. Fueled by the passion of hundreds of scientists and engineers and the vision of Vikram Sarabhai, ISRO has achieved a lot in a very short span of time. While organisations like DRDO are infamous for their inefficiency and lack of productivity, ISRO has been immensely successful in all the spheres of its activities.
But recently ISRO is facing a great problem ie to attract and retain the best talents of the country. Space Technology is a highly sophisticated area of research and development. So ISRO needs really smart people to carry out the research, design , development and deployment work. Last year the attrition rate of ISRO was 53%. In the last 3 years ISRO has hired 1060 employees and 392 scientists have left ISRO. No doubt the quality of work done at ISRO is good and there are not much bureaucratic hurdles and politics at workplace [ for which DRDO is notorious]. So the obvious reason is the higher pay packs offered by the private sector.
ISRO is taking some steps to have a decent pool of talent at its disposal. The launch of IIST (Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology) is one in that direction. Students will be specifically trained for Bachelors and Integrated Masters Degrees in aerospace related technologies at IIST. After that they either have to work 5 years for ISRO(provided they have a 1st class) or have to pay Rs 10 lakhs. ISRO has also asked for a salary hike of its employees.
Now for the readers:
1: What do you think that ISRO ought to do to check the attrition?
2: What do you think is the main reason of attrition? Your answer can be specific to ISRO or generic as well.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Mozilla Firefox Memory Problems :

I do not think myself to be the only person irritated with the memory usage in Firefox 2.0.0.x . Here is an article that gives some tips to avoid the memory problems in Firefox.
Article Link .
I have been a great fan of Firefox because it used to be light and offcourse due to its tab features. IE has already implemented the tab features. And using multiple tabs in Firefox 2 gives a really bad experience. While the web page on one tab loads, you can hardly do anything on other tabs and the whole browser hangs for some seconds. After running the browser for 1 hour you can observe memeory usage going to the north. But the session saving capability of Firefox comes handy, as it is crashing every now and then. Hope things will improve soon.

Monday, September 3, 2007

Generalizing Specialists

Here is a nice article regarding Generalizing Specialist. According to the article a Generalizing Specialist is someone who
1: Has one or more technical specialties (e.g. Java programming, Project Management, Database Administration, ...).
2: Has at least a general knowledge of software development.
3: Has at least a general knowledge of the business domain in which they work.
4: Actively seeks to gain new skills in both their existing specialties as well as in other areas, including both technical and domain areas.

For Details :)