Thursday, 30 July 2009

Cressida 2k9 - its not just a symposium ...

Here I go with the formal invitation to our national level technical symposium Cressida 2k9, hosted by the Department of Information Technology , SRM University.

SRM University, a silver jubilee institution proudly presents
Cressida 2k9, a national level technical symposium organized by Department of Information Technology during 7th and 8th of August 2009.

In our pursuit of goals and aspirations, we have prepared several activities to be shared with other university/college students. The events in Cressida 2k9, are designed to realize the objectives of Information Technology among the Universities at National level.

The symposium will not fail to portray the importance of cutting edge technologies in the field of IT, with invited talks and guest lectures.

In this regard, we invite you become part of this great event Cressida 2k9.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

For more details log onto

You could also mail in your queries and abstracts for the event Manuscript - Paper presentation to - it[dot] cressida09 [at] gmail [dot] com.

I personally feel the logo and poster requires a seperate post in itself for the amount of quality work the team put in creating them.

Monday, 27 July 2009

Monday Morning Inspiration # 76

An American, Linda grew up in the deep south, in Alabama and I was raised in northern Ontario, Canada. You could say that fate brought us together. Shortly after we were married, we were wandering through a Super Market when Linda asked me what I would like to have for dinner.

I told her I would like to have some turnip. As I picked one up and put it in our basket, she said, "What are you going to do with that?"I replied, "I'm going to eat it."She said, "Well, I'm not going to eat that."I asked "Why not? I thought you liked turnip?""I do, but I wouldn't eat that. It's the root of the turnip... we feed that to the pigs."

You know, as strange as this may seem, I had never heard it referred to as the root of the turnip! It was always just a turnip to me.I must have looked at her rather strange when I said, "Well, what do you eat?""We eat the green of the turnip."I said, "Isn't that strange, we feed the greens to the pigs."To my knowledge, I have never eaten turnip greens.

I reluctantly put the turnip back where I got it and we went on our way. But I began wondering how far back I would have to go in our family tree to find out who made the decision that we would eat the root of a turnip and feed the green to the pigs or how far back I would have to go in Linda's family to discoverwho made the decision to eat the greens.

Neither Linda nor I have changed our eating habits with respect to turnip, as a result, we just don't eat turnip anymore! But every time I hear the word turnip or see one in the grocery store, I smile and it causes me to think of all the ideas that are controlling our lives that we inherited at birth.

You see, I never woke up one morning and decided which part of the turnip I would eat - I just ate what I was served. And I'm darned sure that my mother didn't wake up one morning and decide which part she would eat either. She just ate what she was served.How much of your life is being controlled by a decision you inherited that was made by some ancient ancestor? The turnip story is true. Laugh at it if you choose, but the idea it represents is huge.

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Thursday, 23 July 2009

Wassup with me ??

College is turning out to be so much fun in the final year, not that it hasn't been till now .. but jus' the fact that it is the final year is pepping up everyone's mood to have as much fun as possible , so we don' regret later for all the fun we missed.. Studying has always been scheduled for the last few days before exam .

I've been reading this book "The Alchemist" written by Paulo Coelho which I borrowed from my friend after hearing a bit of what the book is all about. It seemed to be a very inspiring book, thou it being a lil philosophical ..

When the often used quotes like " When you wanna achieve something in this world so desperately, you will always find someone to help you" (I totally agree with this one and many such lines used in the book often). These seem pretty inspiring when reading it alone as a quote but as a book , its such an irony I felt so heavy hearted while reading this book .. This has not jus' happened with me but a few other friends of mine as well ...

A few other friends of mine have left abroad for higher studies and a few of them will be leaving very shortly . It is hard to believe that they are no more around in Chennai where they are jus' a call away and tada ... all of you meet as and when you want .. *sighh*

We have our department's technical symposium coming up on the 7th and 8th of next month , where i ll be coordinating for the paper presentation event along with my friends...thats keeping me lil busy as well .

All that apart we are planning for a movie watching spree .. all old and new movies with a lot of new releases ..

I along with my friends caught up with this movie " Vedigundu murugesan" (I don think this movie requires a seperate post, so thats the reason im putting it along with a lot other miscellaneous stuffs).

I fell asleep 2 times and would have continued my sleep hadn't I been woken up by my friend .. A movie with no well defined storyline .. in fact im still wondering where the story started and how it ended .. The only entertaining thing about it was the comment we could pass ... I strongly reccommend not to watch this movie even if your totally jobless ...

You could find a lot of book and movie reviews coming up in this space in the coming days ..

Sunday, 19 July 2009

Yayyy ! We won .. :)

We (Me and Dhruv) were selected to attend an International Conference in Annamalai University, Chidambaram and present our paper and b-plan.

We were totally excited about it not for attending the conference but it was more like a family trip , we along with my parents and his mum set to Chidambaram on 17th and were there by the evening after a bit of photo sessions in the sunflower field on the way and we had the evening to practice our presentations which we were to deliever the next day.

Our B-plan was the first one we had to present which went on pretty fine but ended in a tie between us and another participant and for reasons unknown (we assume it to be the age factor- he was around 60 ) he was awarded the best presentation award ..

With a bit of gloom we headed to the hall in which we had to present the next paper .. on entering the hall the first impression was that it is going to be even harder to get an award here and fortunately or unfortunatelt there was jus one prize in each category . And here again we were the last participants to present our paper ...

And with everything done .. with the judges on to the stage .. we were in for a complete surprise when we heard " The best presentation award goes to Shalini G and Dhruva Prakash" .. I actually had to contain me from jumping on the stage .. It really made our entire trip fun filled and worth our energy spent :) :)

I don' think it would have been possible for us to have been in this joyful moment hadn't it been for our parents who were willing to accompany us and especially my mom who was there to help us in each step of our presentation .. Thank you so much ! :)

Thursday, 16 July 2009

This, that and a lot more ..

I have been a lil too lazy offlate , thats also the reason why I haven't been posting very regularly here at my blog. I apologize.

With too many things to think about, plan, execute .. like Gre, Gmat, placements, paper presentations looks all muddled up. Me and my friend D are off to Annamalai University tomorrow for a paper presentation. I guess this is the first time in my 21 years of life that I would be travelling to my native place within a month of my last visit.

Jus' hoping all goes well !

Saturday, 11 July 2009

Entering the last lap of my college life ..

I have jus' stepped into my final year of college and I'm already starting to feel a lil insecure about parting ways with my friends even if it going to be only after almost a year .. But the first week of my final year went on really well , very eventful actually.

It was my parent's wedding day on the 9th, so had dinner out with parents and grand parents . And on the 8th was my friend's bro's wedding so a bunch of us from college had been there to bless the couple ;) well actually jus another reason to enjoy with friends .. And we have our department symposium coming up in my university , that is again keeping me occupied.

This was in the metropolitan train while on my way back from the wedding .

Looks like the final year is going to be a lot very eventful :) I hope all goes well :)

Monday, 6 July 2009

Monday Morning Inspiration # 75

I will never forget what my old headmaster told taught me. Normally when you are only 15 years of age you do not remember most of the things that are preached by your teachers. But, this particular story is one such lesson that I will never forget. Every time I drift off course, I get reminded of this story.

It was a normal Monday morning at an assembly, and he was addressing the students on important things in life and about committing ourselves to what is important to us. This is how the story went:

An old man lived in a certain part of London, and he would wake up every morning and go to the subway. He would get the train right to Central London, and then sit at the street corner and beg. He would do this every single day of his life. He sat at the same street corner and begged for almost 20 years.

His house was filthy, and a stench came out of the house and it smelled horribly. The neighbors could not stand the smell anymore, so they summoned the police officers to clear the place. The officers knocked down the door and cleaned the house. There were small bags of money all over the house that he had collected over the years.
The police counted the money, and they soon realized that the old man was a millionaire. They waited outside his house in anticipation to share the good news with him. When he arrived home that evening, he was met by one the officers who told him that there was no need for him to beg any more as he was a rich man now, a millionaire.
He said nothing at all; he went into his house and locked the door. The next morning he woke up as usual, went to the subway, got into the train, and sat at the street corner and continued to beg.

Obviously, this old man had no great plans, dreams or anything significant for his life. We learn nothing from this story other than staying focused on the things we enjoy doing, commitment.
We should remain true to our course; which may mean committing yourselves to things that people around you would normally disapprove. Let nothing distract us from being happy, let nothing else determine our fate, but ourselves.

What makes us happy is what matters in the end, not what we acquire.
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Friday, 3 July 2009

Sunset @ SRM

Sunset at my University captured from my hostel block :)

End of Vacation

OMG! I guess this is the first time a month has gone by so soon .. Really .. It's been one helluva vacation .. Yeh Dil maange more *sigh* ..