Pure Inspiration: Visually challenged student bags top honours at IIT Kharagpur

This is a very inspiring story coming from one of the best Engineering/Science institute in India. Mr. Pratish Datta has made us all proud. He has also proved that, given proper infrastructure to the physically challenged, they are lesser in no way than anyone. In fact, he has proved that they have the determination and effort, that some people might take for granted.

The Hindu : Education / College & University : Visually challenged student bags top honours at IIT Kharagpur.

Kudos to him and IIT-Kgp for supporting him.

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Morning Raag

What is a Raag or Raga? It is melody. It is a piece of music played using one or more instruments. But what makes a raag different from any other piece of music. It is the emotion associated with a particular raag. The feeling, the feeling that it renders is unique.

So this incident occurred yesterday, while I was driving to school in the morning. I usually listen to the desi radio, Hum Tum city. The lady RJ immediately recognized my voice when I called on the show to request a song. So we started talking for a few moments, and I just went with the flow, so it was decided that she would put on a song from the movie Swades, called “Yun hi chala chal raahi”. Then she suddenly asked me what song I originally wanted her to play, when I called on the show. I said I wanted to hear the melodious voice of Lata Mangeshkar singing “Lukka Chuppi” from the movie Rang De Basanti, as I was thinking of my Mother when I called on the show.

The video is available on Youtube. A little background of the song: a mother has lost her beloved son, who was a air-force pilot, to an unfortunate accident. Her son’s belongings are returned to her by two armed forces personnel at her residence. Seeing them in uniform reminds her of her son and she could not control her emotions. This song is an emotional dialogue between a Mother and her Son, who is now in his own world and does not want to come back, but the mother wants him to come back to her.

So the RJ, hung up after that and played my dedication to all mothers. And this was the point her voice started trembling due to her emotions. She started describing how she was very fond of her mother and loved her a lot. And how she would want her mother to be a part of her own life forever, knowing very well that that is an inevitable truth every one has to face some day. One could easily hear her voice breaking on the air as she could not control her emotions. This was a surprising ‘Morning Raag’. There was an air of emotion (pun?) about it, to which all the listeners could associate.

She somehow managed to pull herself back and continued on with the show.

After my song was played, another caller called in. The RJ could not even speak two lines with this guy. The only thing she asked him was “Which song do you want to hear Sir?” and the reply was “Main kabhi batlata nahi” from the movie “Taare zameen par”. Then the call hung up and the song was played. I could easily make out that the last caller was also very emotional at this point of time.

Half the song in, I had to stop as I had already reached my destination: the economy parking lot of my university. I gathered my stuff, still struggling to hold back the tear in the corner of my eye.

Thank God for the cloudy day. I braced myself for the mile-long walk ahead to my office.

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BREAKING NEWS I’ve just become Manchester United’s latest summer signing! You can too. #SIGNFORUNITED today!

BREAKING NEWS I’ve just become Manchester United’s latest summer signing! You can too. #SIGNFORUNITED today!.
Best news possible!!! There is a ‘saying’ in Hindi that day dreams certainly come true. Is it true, really?

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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's Musings

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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