Adharam Madhuram

Woke up this morning and the first thing I did was to put on this beautiful bhajan piece on my iphone called Adharam Madhuram, also known as Madhurashtakam. It is an ode to Lord Shri Krishna, his childhood days, when he is naughty and yet very adorable.
This has been sung very beautifully by MS Subbulakashmi:

The way I learned it when I was a kid:

The lyrics and translation of this bhajan is as follows (taken from http://www.karnatik.com/c2641.shtml):

madhuraashTakam (adaram maduram)
raagam: mishra kamaaj

No specific scale.

taaLam: aadi
Composer: Vallabhaacaarya
Language: Sanskrit

adharam madhuram vadanam madhuram
nayanam madhuram hasitam madhuram
hridayam madhuram gamanam madhuram
mathurA dhipate rakhilam madhuram

vacanam madhuram caritam madhuram
vasanam madhuram valitam madhuram
calitam madhuram bhramitam madhuram
mathurA dhipate rakhilam madhuram

venur madhurO renur madhurah
pAnir madhurah pAdau madhurah
nrityam madhuram sakhyam madhuram
mathurA dhipate rakhilam madhuram

gItam madhuram pItam madhuram
bhuktam madhuram suptam madhuram
rUpam madhuram tilakam madhuram
mathurA dhipate rakhilam madhuram

karanam madhuram taranam madhuram
haranam madhuram smaranam madhuram
vamitam madhuram samitam madhuram
mathurA dhipate rakhilam madhuram

gumjA madhurA mAlA madhurA
yamunA madhurA vIcI madhurA
salilam madhuram kamalam madhuram
mathurA dhipate rakhilam madhuram

gOpI madhurA lIlA madhurA
yuktam madhuram bhuktam madhuram
drishtam madhuram sishtam madhuram
mathurA dhipate rakhilam madhuram

gOpA madhurA gAvO madhurA
yashtir madhurA srishtir madhurA
dalitam madhuram phalitam madhuram
mathurA dhipate rakhilam madhuram


Meaning:
Sweet are Your lips, sweet is Your face, sweet are Your eyes, sweet is Your smile, sweet is Your
heart, sweet is Your gait, O Lord of Mathura, everything about You is sweet.

Sweet are Your words, sweet is Your story, sweet are Your garments, sweet is Your presence,
sweet are Your movements, sweet are Your roamings, O Lord of Mathura, everything about You is sweet.

Sweet is Your flute, sweet is the dust of Your feet, sweet are Your hands, sweet are Your feet,
sweet is Your dance, sweet is Your friendship, O Lord of Mathura, everything about You is sweet.

Sweet is Your song, what is drunk by You is sweet, what is eaten by You is sweet, and sweet is
Your sleep. Sweet is Your form, sweet is the mark on Your forehead, O Lord of Mathura,
everything about You is sweet.

Sweet are Your works, sweet is Your conquest, sweet is Your theft, sweet is Your remembrance,
sweet are Your offerings, sweet is Your cure, O Lord of Mathura,
everything about You is sweet.

Sweet is Your murmuring, sweet is Your garland, sweet is the Yamuna River, sweet are the
waves, sweet is the water, sweet is the lotus flower, O Lord of Mathura, everything about You is sweet.

Sweet are the Gopis, sweet is Your divine sporting, sweet is Your union, sweet are Your
experiences, what You behold is sweet, sweet are Your left overs, O Lord of Mathura, everything about You is sweet.

Sweet are the Gopas, sweet are the cows, sweet are the pearls around Your neck, sweet is
Your creation, sweet are Your victories, sweet are Your jokes, O Lord of Mathura, everything about You is sweet.

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A thoughtful blog that I came across. It is true that we have forgotten to write on paper, specially in ink. Maybe I will start using an ink pen again soon.

Scribe Doll

I am sitting on a wooden bench, by the red-brick wall of a small Elizabethan palace.  I am leaning against the arm-rest.  My legs, stretched out before me, take up two thirds of the seat, and my bare toes are wriggling with the pleasure of sunshine.  Behind the bench, a few sprigs of lavender nod to the breeze, and express their soothing fragrance.  The self-satisfied gurgle of the Tudor courtyard fountain is caressing my soul.  Somewhere in the vicinity, a crow is cawing.  I sense mockery in his or her tone.  On my lap, is my usual A4 spiral notebook; in my hand, my usual fountain pen.

A gentleman and his wife stop to ask me directions for the café in the park.  Before I have a chance to point, he exclaims, “Oh, my goodness – you’re writing! And with a proper pen! It’s ages since I’ve seen anyone…

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Ji-force gone

Ji-Sung Park leaves Manchester United for QPR.

Sad news really. He was one of my favorite players at OT. After his fine performance against Milan (see video below) in which PSV nearly knocked out the Italian giants, Fergie took notice and signed Park for approx. 4M pounds some say. First season was not v good. But after that, he became a fan’s favorite.

PSV vs Milan

He was really good against Arsenal, his favorite opponents.

You will be missed Ji. Hope you have a really good career at R’s.

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His work has been cut-out

A new semester has begun…. ok now in full flow. He is finding it a bit difficult to cope up with it this time compared to last Spring. He has enrolled for two courses –  Viscous Flow Theory (with an extremely tough professor) and Computational Fluid Dynamics (where he has to write a code in Matlab or FORTRAN for a new technique to describe fluid flow). Plus, he has to work on hisThesis, this being the crucial make or break semester. If he does enough work to impress  his professor, and most importantly HIMSELF, he will be able to graduate next Spring.

By now, you must have got the idea that he is a graduate student. If not, then, well, he is! At the University of Houston. His work mainly deals with computer simulations of fluid flow using CFD tools. This semester for his CFD class project, he has planned to take a shot at writing a code for the Lattice Boltzmann Method (LBM) used to simulate fluid flow. (He plans to use this technique to add to his thesis work later on).

So what really is this LBM? LBM is a technique in which fluid is considered as particles (ironical when you think about the continuum hypothesis being the first cornerstone of Fluid Dynamics). These particles interact, actually collide, with each other, and the outcome of the collisions is defined by a set of rules. He will try to model this.

He is planning to use Matlab as his tool. This he decided today itself. He has no prior working knowledge of this coding language. In fact, he hates any type of coding. At least he used to, till today. For the past few days, he has been trying to relearn Fortran (yes! the oldie is still here) but he realized that to try to run lots of graphics and various plots, Matlab would better serve his purpose. Easier to use and debug (his friend told him today, and he believes its true), it will give him more freedom.

So now he has to learn how to use Matlab to solve the LB equations. His first priority is to give himself about 20 days to learn how to use Matlab and also simultaneously go a bit deep into LBM for which he has already collected some initial data.

Lets hope everything turns out to be good. In the next 20 days, he plans to write (and debug) the code. November 15 is the time around which, if everything starts running fine, he will think of taking his code to the next level – Multiphase.

More to come soon, on his work and updates about his life in general, which pretty much revolves around such trivial stuff.

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अमितजी के ब्लॉग से

जग मुझे टेढ़ी नज़र से देखता है
और, लो, पाषाण मुझपर फेंकता है
जो उसे पत्थर वही तो फूल मेरे
प्यार की तो भूल भी अनुकूल मेरे

श्री हरिवंश राय बच्चन

ये पंक्तियाँ मैंने “तीन पत्ती” नमक चलचित्र को देखने के बाद पढ़ी| बच्चन जी का तो मैं हमेशा से ही प्रशंसक रहा हूँ| यह चलचित्र प्रख्यात  भले ही न हुई हो, पर फिर भी मुझे बहुत पसंद आई|

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Advancing Technology

Till some time back, before I came to US, I was opposed to too much technological advancements that affect everyday life. But not any more. I still am opposed to technology that wants us to change for the bad, only for shallow comfort and bare show-off (though a little big is OK). But when I started my graduate studies at Univ of Houston, I started to get an idea of how technology can change lives for the good.

In my last post I wrote about Dr. Cohn’s speech in our college about how technology need not necessarily be an overly money-sucking pot that, at the end of the day, gives us the ultimate elixir. If it does solve the problem of drinking water in many parts of the world, help us to rely less on the rainforests or reduces emissions from vehicles by going greener, I support it. My roommate does not agree with me. He thinks that combining technology with life is not at all good for us humans. He owns a phone and an Internet connection to go along with it. But does not use the power of the net. He thinks it makes humans more dependent on technology and makes us more handicapped in terms of using our own brain. Be it any kind of technology. (Of course he had not heard of Pranav Mistry before yesterday).And just after this piece of conversation I asked him what the time was. He took a look at his cellphone. 🙂 And I told him what I thought. Why did he not go all the way upstairs to look for his watch.

And after that, an idea struck me. In 1995, not all people in India had even used a telephone in their life. Fast forward 20 years and I think 90% of my countrymen have used the mobile at least once, even if it is not their own. Technology has brought people together without the need of a wire channel to be dug in the village and the danger of the wire being damaged and the whole village be cut off from the rest of the country for several weeks, given that it was the only telephone in the livesof so many villagers. Now, my uncle uses his mobile to select the best customer for his yield of green chillies or corn that particular day and stays in constant touch with his assistants he sends to the markets. He does not have to go all by himself… So back to the idea… It is not going to be very long before the power of information at one’s service is used without a device. How about me not having a mobile phone with me but still be able to connect to the internet at my will. I will only have to go to the nearest AT&T or Verizon store to get my name signed on for the service. I will now have access to all the information in the world without carrying a mobile phone. I am myself a walking mobile phone. I will just wink and get a keypad on my palm and start talking.

Similarly, there is another concept of the pseudo roof- a roof that is not there at all. My friend I mentioned about earlier, told me about this. He said this is just a concept. But I think this is the future and will give a roof above the heads of millions of people in the world. You don’t have to spend too much. Just for the service from one of the roof-providers. They will set you up for some kind of mechanism. You will have four walls (or even the walls can be pseudo). You cannot look through this wall. Light cannot penetrate it. Neither can matter. Rain will just fall against virtually nothing and bounce back. No once can invade your privacy as they cannot look through the walls. You can stay safe in your home. But there is nothing there.

Of course, this is just my imagination taken a bit too far. But you never know when this will be a possibility. I say before 2050.Want to bet? [:D]

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MacGyver Principle

A few days ago, Friday to be precise, Dr. William E. Cohn who is a Director at the Texas Heart Institute came over to our college for a lecture. He spoke about the new technologies that are being currently used in heart surgeries. A big part of his lecture focussed on how these technologies have been developed without spending millions of precious dollars into it. His talk stressed on the fact that it is possible to invent new things and technologies without spending too much. The only things that are required are simplicity, a sense of curiosity and never-say-die spirit. He himself has many patents in his name that came out of his backyard and junk.
Dr. Cohn mentioned about the MacGyver’s principle in his lecture. I googled it and found out that it is not a principle. MacGyver was a TV series in the late 80’s and early 90’s where the main character, called MacGyver, is a secret agent who does not use a gun. He prefers to use everyday simple tools like his swiss-knife to manage big tasks with ease. It is his ever-present mind that helps him to crack open the biggest of the cases and get him out of dangerous situations. Dr. Cohn said that he used the MacGyver principle all his life. Whenever he finds people cussing about something, he tries to find out what the problem is and possible solve it. He even built a heart to be implanted into a cow out of small hardware available at the Home Depot in a matter of about 10 dollars. And the heart worked very well.
I feel we could take a lot of inspiration from Dr. Cohn’s ideas. Specially that of simplicity. With nations spending exorbitant amounts of money on to make things greener, why not start from your own home. Why not car-pool? I see people going solo in cars all the time. Here in Houston, people never go car-pool. I do not know the reason, but it is really a very bad situation. People cannot stay without the air-conditioner on even for 15 minutes. And on the other hand, rich nations put all the blame for carbon emissions and global warming and what nots on the poor people of the developing nations. People should understand that making life more complex by the use of unnecessary sophistications is a completely irreversible reaction. Or at least a very difficult process to reverse exactly. Once you start shaving with a 3-blade razor, you never come back to 2-blade again (and that is why I still use a 2-blade one). Similarly, once you start using a car, you will never go back to the bus-stop.

Think before you make a change to your lifestyle for your comfort only. Maybe there is another way out to be comfortable without changing much. And maybe the idea is pretty simple. It’s never going to take much walking out of the box, just thinking out of it should do the trick.

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The Big Easy

Everything’s BIG in Texas. So we-me, Anoop and Rohan- went expecting big things at this club called “The Big Easy“. It was not good at first sight. The chairs and table were in bad condition. Mostly African-American people there out of the 20-25 odd. Bar at the far end.

Too loud music for my taste in the first instance. But now we were there, and we did not want to spend much moolah outside. Anyways I was cash-strapped, so no spending at all. We sat down and the music started to get us.

Blues all the way.Typical Louisiana and New Orleans sounds. Texan cowboy hats. People doing the Zydeco on the dance floor. Few white chics came in. Two of them were good. One was extremely hot with the right curves and extra pounds at the right places. You know what I mean, right?

The dance was particularly very good. I learned a few moves from a couple of ladies. Anoop was totally not listening to anyone after his 3 Budlight Limes. He was trying to mix Bhangra with some kind of disco as per me. Rohan was up to his own special version of the Black Reggae cum Hip Hop cum Rap dance moves.

@The Big Easy

Which some seemed to enjoy though. I asked Rohan to go hit on that cute chic. But he hesitated and they left after a while. Probably thinking that we guys were gays. Which any perfectly normal gal would think given their unawareness of the shyness of desis plus my unavailability put together with Anoop’s unwillingness to do anything.

Blues Music

Anyways we had a great time. Dance was fun. My money saved and people were happy. Some white people also joined in later and the place was rocking by the time we left.

Chics were hot. A couple of them more came in later on. They were hot too. I once again was left with the thought of bringing Payal here so that we can dance together too. Some day!

🙂

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Welcome 2010

My first new year celebrations out of India this time, and it came off really good for my own expectations.

I headed out to my friend’s place on new year’s eve. I had no other place to go like many other desis in US. 🙂 So I planned to have drinks at night with my friends. Payal being away at NJ, I had a good reason to drink. Vodka was the chosen medium to get ‘high’. So now we are 5 guys-me n 4 other gujjus- at their apt. We watched a couple of episodes of some funny shows. Then came a call to one of these guys. A girl! Gujjus are far more social and have far more friends in the fairer sex than any other type of desis. So this girl asks all these 4 guys to go out with her to some club. She did not have someone to go out while her roomie (who is a white chick) was going with her BF to this club in Clearlake, called the “The Big Texas” Yayyyyyyy… So this guy says that he already has a friend (Me) at their apt and they cannot leave me alone. So this girl asks to take me too to this place. So now all  5 of us get ready and head out.

We reached the place just 5 minutes before the New Year rings in. And the place was awesome. Filled with people of all age groups above 21 (who are legally allowed to consume alcohol in US), it had a dance club with a bar, of course. The couples were dancing and I was missing my sweetie.

Big Texas Dance Hall

Ok. So now we went to the bar and started with a beer first. I personally do not like beer too much. Not cup of beer. [:-)] But socially I sometimes take it. Now I have had all kinds of drinks before, but I had never tasted tequila. So we had our first tequila shots, me n my friend Swapnil. And then the second. Coz the first one was tasted good.

Started to kick in a bit, but not too much, after 10 minutes. We enjoyed the atmosphere. People bustling with energy. The new year was ushered in with a loud band and noise. The music was superb. All recent hits mixed with some typical texas/southern blues style music. The men were wearing their cowboy hats which is customary in this part of the US. Amazing!

We went for another two shots of tequila. It felt quite good. In the meanwhile a couple of the guys had gulped down 4-5 shots and they were acting cranky under the influence. We were watching hot ladies on the dance floor. They were really getting their act now with some thumping music. I loved the typical Zydeco which the locals performed very well. The women were equal to it. I just cannot tell you how hot some of the ladies were. Specially with their steamy moves on the dance floor. Check out the videos. (Sorry to all the ladies who are featured in the videos if you feel bad. No offence meant here!)

And then 3 girls approached the group to dance. The guys were shy. I was not drunk at all, but still was feeling the tequila shots a bit. I jumped onto the invitation and for 5 minutes Houstonians were treated to my live performance. [:)] The other guys, couple of whom were drunk, later joined in and the girls left after one number only. But it was great fun.

We headed for home at around 3 am in the morning. It was a fun-filled night altogether. I missed Poppu a lot. Yes! I can only imagine how great it would have been if I would have gone to that place with her. Hope 2010 is a great year.

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GoodBye 2009

Year 2009 was a mixed year for me.
It did not start with all that bang as expected. Me and Payal wanted to move to USA for furthering our careers and to be together. We chose Univ of Houston, which, to be honest, has evoked mixed reactions inside me. It was my last choice among the colleges I had applied to, but lack of knowledge and money [:-)] landed me here.

The months of Jan and Feb were not too good. I was kept on a very low profile job for my own liking by my company. Survival was the key here. Times were not good after the big collapse of the world economy and I had to hang on to whatever I had in my hand. I was working as a Material Engineer but did all sorts of checking stuff. In the meantime, I also had the opportunity to work on an irrelevant, but interesting nonetheless, assignment involving materials of different kinds in the piping industry. I gained a lot of knowledge and experience.

March and April saw me being pushed out of the league due to increasing financial distress of my office. I was made to do all silly stuff. I was put under some training also including PDS, which was good in a way that I learned a new software. But what is the use of anything when you don’t utilize it, eh?

May and June were completely on the sidelines. Being in the office was so boring that I could not describe it. In the end of May, I told my boss that I was going to resign in June. And so, he also never took interest in me from then on. My bad! June was also the same. Only that I never worked, or even tried to lay my hands on any job even that came my way. I did not want to. All day I would sit in the office and look at maps of Houston and such where I wanted to be after a couple of months.

July was an interesting month. I went to my native place Bhagalpur after a gap of nearly 2.5 years. It was a nostalgic experience for me. Once upon a time, not so long ago, I wanted to settle in this place. Not anymore. But who knows what fate holds for you. I also managed to make a short trip to Mumbai to meet my friends. I stayed at Abhinav’s and enjoyed a couple of days. Neeraj, Mucchu, Nyati and Sue were also able to make it and that added more fun to already lots of fun. I should mention here that I loved the location of Abhinav’s home. It is beautiful. To have such a place in Mumbai is really cool. I like Mumbai as a city and the people are friendly, but the place is very congested. Golu is a lucky guy.

August ushered a new beginning. I and Payal boarded the Qatar Airways flight to Houston from New Delhi. New Delhi is a place I would love to go back always. A city I adore and hate at the same time. Though my adoration will always overshadow my hate because I am an optimistic person in general. We landed in Houston on 11th August. Coming to terms with the new place and culture was not much of a shock. But one thing is for certain. As one of my friends put it once “I have become more of an Indian since landing in USA. I took up Math, Convection and Boundary layer as my courses in college and started my journey as a researcher.

Research. Difficult as it is, my experience with it was not at all good to begin with. I took up research under a very renowned professor Dr. Fazle Hussain. But I was not up to the task at that point, I still don’t know why. And he is not a professor who tolerates lack of motivation in his students. I ended up dropping the research under him in the end of September.

Now I had to maintain a good GPA to get research under another professor. Trina Johnson in my department helped me a lot in this regard. She referred my name to Dr. Ralph Metcalfe for research position under him. I took up the research immediately with him in the area of horizontal natural gas wells, which still rumbles on. Though with not much speed, but yes with a belief that I will go through it come what may! I got my grades for boundary layer mid-terms and it felt great to get 87.

November was another goodish month. I got grades for Convection and it was 82. Still some way to go! Math was a constant threat to my grades. But I fared well in the mid-term with a 29/30. It was heating up all around in terms of the courses. But it was still somewhat cold in the research area. The one thing that I like about my prof is that he never pressurized to do something. He understands that the student has to take care of his courses too. And probably that is why he is a very sought after prof in our dept.

December was nervy. I met the guys at Apache Corp who are going to fund my research. My finals were not so good. Specially Convection. But luck plays a great role in shaping one’s career. I got A in Convection and B’s in both Math and Boundary Layer. I was expecting B+ in Boundary but I am quite satisfied with Math. I ended up making 3.33 for the semester which is not so bad considering that this was my first sem.

2009 was a decent year. I hope 2010 will be great too. Specially for my research. I hope that I can complete my thesis by the year-end. Lots of work to do in the new year. And lots of fun in store, hopefully!

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