Monthly Archives: April 2010

The IPL saga- some outlook

The cricket tournaments are basically meant to provide entertainment to people, mainly watching television. The players give their best in the tournament, and that’s what appeals to the viewers. So whatever be the scenario, in order to promote sports, the players have to concentrate only on their innings. The attraction towards money or any other means/accessories should not veer the concentration of players. The players are being auctioned and bought by various Bollywood celebrities for their teams. Its good entertainment to watch the combination of Bollywood with cricket but it should not cause enmity between the co-stars and players from the same country. It is a welcome endeavour if the matches are played by the players with sportive spirit. But the intentions are cruel and are meant to hurt someone’s feelings then they should not be allowed to play. Careful selection of players and dedication to the team despite the lure of money is very important. The scandals which have risen during the IPL 3 are very disappointing. The involvement of a Minister of State in such an incident is highly shocking. It can lad to corruption in the future IPLs too. So its best to avoid the mingling of politicians with the Bollywood and sports fields. Politicians these days are always looking for means to make more money. Though they are practically non-existent in my view, it gives trouble watching them get greedy day by day. Even an educated politician falls the victim to corruption and bribery; this is totally unacceptable and we, as  citizens of a great country should not encourage such incidents in the future. We can take care by asking the Supreme Court to prevent the participation from politicians in any kinds of dealings in the IPLs in the future. Strict action should be taken against those who do not follow the judiciary. Our country is know for its moral principles and values. Lets not make people lose faith in our country because of such incidents.

Hussain Sagar- behave responsibly

Hussain Sagar lake in Hyderabad has been declared as a plastic-free zone. But will this solve the problem of the lake? Will people stop littering the lake with plastic bags? It is the duty of the Municipal Corporation of Hyderabad to ensure that the littering of the lake doesn’t take place again. We are aware that the lake is already prone to the Plaster of Paris idols during the Ganesh Chaturthi festival every year. This cannot be avoided as it would hurt the sentiments of the people. But what we can do during the rest of the year is to take care that plastic bags and other non-bio degradable materials are not littered around the lake. The lake is already bereft of any kind of bio-systems and it is evident that the lake gives out unbearable (stink)smell. Let us not make it any worse and do our job of cleansing it. Lets purge the smell and start fresh aquaculture i the lake. It is a beautiful lake in the center of the city. Lets act responsibly and save it for the future. Make it a duty to inform people to use dustbins instead of the lake as a dust bin. Educate people and tell them not to spit into the lake. You can inform higher authorities if the person is not giving in. Lets be rigid at least in case of our biosphere. We know how much damage we have alread caused by our activities. Please understand and pass on the message to everyone. Who’s with me?

Junky sem

Done with internals for this sem. Never have I felt so contended after writing my exams. I prepared for every exam just 2 to 3 hrs before and I scored decently. Was so thrilled on seeing my performance. Of course everyone scored well but I’m concerned about my performance..  And then we had to submit our micro-controller projects. Surprisingly, none of the projects which were made this year worked. Barring  a few projects which were already done last year, even ours didn’t work. Our project is a Micro-controller based ring tone player. It plays the happy birthday song. We rigged the circuit, downloaded the correct program, yet are unable to debug the problem. We were given time extension upto Monday, i e today and have made no progress whatsoever. So we submitted the project as it is. Its exam time this week again and I’ll give my lab end sems on 28th, 30th and 4th.

My HAM radio note 1

An emergency without communication quickly becomes a disaster. So, in order to minimise the distress caused, ham radio has a great role to play.
Amateur radio, often referred as HAM radio is a hobby and a service in which operators called ‘hams’ use their radio kits for wireless communications with other hams worldwide. This service has a great advantage in situations of disaster and natural calamities when all other means of communication fail.
Most helpful utility of ham radio is in emergency situations when information regarding an accident in a remote location needs to be transmitted to the authorities. In India, some of the laudable activities of ham radio are during the 1984 cyclones in Andhra Pradesh, the Bhopal Gas tragedy and the devastating earthquake in Maharashtra in 1993.
Ham radio activity is fun but in order to be a ham operator, you need to be a valid license holder and you should have the necessary equipment for transmitting. Basic way of communicating through ham radio is by means of Morse code (CW) and radiotelephony, in which you can speak to other ham operators across the globe. Everyday at specified times and frequencies called ‘nets’ radio amateurs come on air and exchange messages. But most recent developments of ham include sending pictures using SSTV (Slow scan TV) and RTTY( Radio Teletype) which is for transmission of messages on teleprinters. Each country has a code allotted to it for radio amateur work. India’s code is VU2. One of the privileges enjoyed by ham operators is that unlike other RF spectrum users, radio amateurs may build or modify transmitting equipment for their own use within the amateur spectrum without the need to obtain government certification of the equipment.
The latest help that the ham radio operators gave is after an earthquake rocked Haiti to its foundation in January 2010. Only amateur radio operators were left to relay vital messages in the immediate aftermath to emergency service centers throughout the country. Hams also played an important role keeping communication lines open during WWII.
What can give ham radio an advantage in today’s highly technical, gadget-oriented society is its simplicity.
If cell phone towers and Internet servers were knocked out of commission, it would fall to ham radios and their low-frequency transmissions to reach folks across the world.
Thus Ham radio is a boon to mankind and India is far behind many other countries in its Amateur radio operators population though it is the world’s second most populous country. The amateur scene in India presents a dismal picture with just about 2000 licensed operators of which only a couple of hundred are active on the air. Though countries like USA and Japan are less populous, their figures are more than half a million hams in the USA and 50000 in Japan.
The basic drawback of this is that most people in India are just unaware that such a hobby of amateur radio even exists. The media should play a vital role in popularising this hobby through artcles, radio talks and television shows. One way of enjoying the hobby of amateur radio is by joining a club in your vicinity. There is a HAM club in MIT, being run by a faculty member of Bio-Medical Department, MIT, Manipal and it conducts classes and prepares you to get a license. Join it to keep in touch with the latest developments in ham radio and various other club activities. Joining the club will teach you how to build your own wireless set for transmitting and receiving (a transceiver) thus preventing the cost in buying one.
How to get the equipment to operate a ham station?
One way is to procure wireless equipment after getting the license from the Ministry of Communication.
The other way is to build it. How do you build it? There are many books which explain in detail how to make your own wireless set. With some patience, technical training and little effort you can fabricate your equipment. You can get the spare parts required from any dealer of electronic goods. One good place is Mahalsa electronics in Udupi.
If you are willing to spend more money, readymade equipment is available with authorised dealers in India.

Some stunning facts:
-Public figures in India who are licensed ham operators include Indian National Congress president Sonia Gandhi (VU2SON), Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan (VU2AMY), and former Minister for Information Technology Dayanidhi Maran (VU2DMK).
-Indian amateur radio operators number just 16,000 for a population of 1.2 billion, or less than 0.002 percent of the population.
– In 2005, India became one of few countries to launch an amateur radio satellite, the HAMSAT.
-The first amateur radio operator in India was Amarendra Chandra Gooptu (callsign 2JK), licensed in 1921.

PS: I have cleared the Grade 1 and Grade 2 of Morse code. This was essential for getting a license in India so far. But I heard from my HAM sir in college that its not compulsory from now on. There’s a simpler procedure.

And mind you.. I had to wait for so many months before I got my police verification done for the license. Now the procedure is made simple and there’s an act waiting to be passed.

Lets see how it turns out to be.

A joke

The Lord surveyed the Ram Sethu and said “Hanuman, how diligently and strenuously you and your boys had built this bridge several centuries back. It is remarkable that it has withstood the ravages of the climactic and geographical changes over centuries. It is indeed an amazing feat especially considering the fact that a bridge at Hyderabad built by Gammon using latest technology collapsed the other day even before they could stick the posters on its pillars.” Hanuman with all humility spoke “Jai Sri Ram, it is all because of your grace. We just scribbled your name on the bricks and threw them in the sea and they held. No steel from TISCO or cement from Ambuja or ACC was ever used. But Lord, why rake up the old issue now.”

Ram spoke, “Well, Hanuman some people down there want to demolish the bridge and construct a canal. The contract involves a lot of money. They will make money on demolition and make more money on construction.”

Hanuman humbly bowed down and said “Why not we go down and present our case?” Ram said “Times have changed since we were down there eons ago. History they say is only what is written in paper that can be carbon dated and counter-signed by a notary public from a western country of that time. Poetry is not good history anymore. They will ask us to submit age proof. We neither have a birth certificate nor school TC certificate. Since we travelled mainly on foot and some times I travelled on your shoulders and also in carts, we don’t have a driving license either. As far as the address proof is concerned the fact that I was born at Ayodhya is itself under litigation for over half a century. If I go in a traditional attire with bow and arrow, the ordinary folks may recognise me but Arjun Singh may take me to be some tribal and, at the most, offer a seat at IIT under the reserved category. Also, a God cannot walk in dressed in a three-piece suit and announce his arrival. It would make even the devotees suspicious. So it is a dilemma, to say the least.”

Hanuman said “I can vouch for you”

One of my friends sent this to me.. I din’t make it up

In pursuit of being human

I have lived 10 years of my life in which I’ve been trying to understand what people actually mean when they say something. Recently I’ve become aware of the kinds of things that people say are just to pretend that they are actually saying what we want to hear. Its not truth that is reflected in their speech. Its confirmation that people want, when they speak to you, about what they are trying to express. According to my observation, people talk in order to protect their true thoughts. They do not want to reveal what they actually think. They are saying what you want to hear. Its a method of convincing sweetly, but most of us do not realise that they are taking advantage of us. I had an experience early today in the morning, where I felt that the relations which we think are strong are not in actuality that strong. We help people who are in distress and we do not expect anything in return from them except some respect in the future. That they are on our side when a storm strikes us. People these days have even forgotten the simplest of all feelings, i e recognising a person when he’s alive. When you do not get the recognition for a gr8 jo you’ve done, you get irritated and wonder what the purpose of such a life might be. We often tend to get negative thoughts into our minds. But instead, it would be better if we thought everything that has happened and that’s happening is for a greater good.
Having positive attitude in life is very important and I have learnt this by practice. I’ve stopped becoming fussy and stopped reacting to others’ offensive remarks on me. I have a very noble purpose in life and I’m in pursuit of achieving that purpose. No matter how many hurdles I’m going to face I’ll live life the way I want to. Its a great experience from life that I’ve learnt.

Andhra Pradesh moving at a damn slow pace

I’ve recently read an article in the India Today stating that the AP Chief Minister Mr. Rosaiah is not being able to manage the various crisis situations in the state with dynamism.  The city of Hyderabad, the capital of AP has recently been under curfew for quite some days and the people have faced lot of problems during this time. The state is going through a financial crunch which has led the CM to reduce the promised free power supply to the farmers and the amount of rice from 30 to 20 kg a month. The CM, also being the Finance Minister has an additional responsibility of presenting the Financial budget of the year too. AP needs funds from the Centre and quality advice is expected from the experienced officials in the CM’s office. Its a tough situation with people agitating on one side, drought due to the heat wave and these factors are not letting development to happen in the state. Its time people become responsible too and co-operate with the government to attain a peaceful condition throughout.

Assignments, Project, deadlines…

My abstract on RFID has been selected for an online paper presentation contest being conducted by a company John Deere, Bangalore. I have taken the views of my faculty in finding out if my idea in the abstract is workable on a large scale. My lecturers have provided me with good insight and motivated me to continue working on the paper. The deadline for submission is 11th April. Assigments are out after every sessional and its the standard assignment timetable of my college. So with these, all the time is being consumed. And then, there’s a mini-project to be done in a group and submitted before the 3rd internal. It’s a microcontroller based project and I’m doing it with 3 other classmates. It is a MC based ring tone player. The circuit seems pretty simple and I’m almost done with soldering the circuit on the board. We have to test the code and check the output. I’m hopeful it will give a good result and bring me out of the frustration and depression I’ve been facing lately.  🙂

A week of pain and no gain

The result of third round iaeste offers was out and I found that I have not been selected for any offer. Instead the offer which is more appropriate for 3rd yrs has been given to some guy from 2nd yr. I was stunned at the foolishness of the people selecting students for offers. Finally from anger, i was frustrated at at everything I gave up.  Its so hot in Manipal that the heat doesn’t make your brain work even if you force it to. This is the worst summer I have ever experienced and I have started to hate this place. I’m looking forward to completing this semester and returning home. I’ve decided not to study for marks in the 7th sem as there are 3 electives. I want to pursue my carrer as a researcher in Nanotechnology and will take the electives suitably. My college is offering Material Sciences for Micro and Nano electronics as an elective in the 7th sem. I’ve decided to take this elective. I’m planning for a weekend trip to Bangalore… alone.

My first two flute months

I started learning to play the flute about two months ago. When I began my classes, I was very frustrated at the way the instrument is to be handled. Its just practice and more practice that takes to get sound from the flute at the beginning. But now, I’m used to it and am able to concentrate more on the speeds rather than generating sound. Its a pretty difficult instrument and you feel like giving up early, but if you are interested, do not leave it. Its a very divine instrument, gifted to us by the Lord Himself. It is very pleasant to hear to the music from a flute and over practice will cause you feel suffocated in the beginning. Its my personal experience and not in general. So I give breaks between my practice sessions. To get proper sound, cover the holes completely with the fingers. That’s a mistake which people make often in the beginning, so did I.   Try practising the fingering technique though you do not touch the instrument. There are several kinds of flutes which produce a variety of sounds, varying from loud and clear to deep.