Friday, July 25, 2008

7 Blasts shake Bangalore.. I was at one of the blast Spot

Date : 25th July, 2008

1 30 pm : I am stuck at a traffic near Hudson Circle. I curse the bad traffic sense and Zero Lane discipline of myself and fellow Bangaloreans.

1 35 pm : I get into Vittal Mallya road. I park my bike near St Joseph's Boys high school and goto High School Principal's Chamber.

1 40 pm : The attender confirms that the Principal will be available only after 3 30 pm

1 45 pm : I reach the parking place and chart the route to Baldwin's Girls high school in my mind (cursing the one way roads) as  I wanted to visit it as my next college.

1 48 pm : I reach the Vittal Mallya hospital in motorbike and see around 7-8 people climbing the Park Gate and curiously looking at something. I too peep in but can't see much except that the croton plants were uprooted. I ASSUMED it was due to trimming of the park shrubs and again assume there must be some SNAKE in the park. (Snakes are common in Mangalore but not in Bangalore)

2 40 pm : Successfully finishing the meeting with the Baldwins Girls highschool Headmistress, I come back to the same spot but this time there were around 50 people and 5-6 cameramen there. Was it a Dragon or a Godzilla?  Didnt bother much as I had to meet Josephs Princi.

2 50 pm : I  meet the Principal of St Josephs high school who is really busy answering the calls of anxious parents. "No sir, none of our kids are hurt. They are safe inside the School". HURT? What the hell..

2 51 pm : I ask the attender "whats the matter uncle?".. He says Bomb Blast near Vittal Mallya Hospital. I was like WTF!!!!!

End Note : This is not a fiction. I witnessed it. I had planned to meet the Quiz teams from various high school and give a push towards TCS IT Wiz which would start on August 8th. 

Not that Namma Bengaluru Jana didn't expect the blast but 7 blasts at the span of 15 minutes just shows us how prepared they are. its ought to create panic in all of us. 

Hey, Cowards, we are peace lovers. Where there is peace, there is GOD and I believe He is with us. Leave us or you'll perish.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Horror on TV

Honestly, I hadn't tried my hand in Acting until 11th June. On 11th I ended up doing some terrific (Terrible?) acting..

The best part being this. I acted in a Singing Reality Show called Confident Star Singer. Now, before you jump into a conclusion that I sing as well, let me clarify, I SING PATHETICALLY. My ex roommates are the testimonials (lol). I acted with Keerthana, my very close friend from Belthangadi, who's currently in Top 18.
Round Name : Situation Round
Plot : A lady who met with some unintentional / unnatural death is alluring her love. But in a graveyard, accompanied by her friends (who are ghosts as well) she is ought to scare anyone, including her love.
Unfortunately, the guy (who's still alive) doesn't know that his love is dead yet. Adding to this, he can only listen to her voice, he CANNOT see her..

I swear I didn't get a chance to rehearse at all. All the discussion happened over phone and I couldn't spare enough time on practice (I had my sem exams in 10 days). So on stage, in front of Lakhs of audience, we did our first rehearsal..

Note :

Please rate my acting. Keerthana's voice is just amazing, its uncomparable..

Friday, July 18, 2008

Superman Forever - The unoffical Trailer

Christopher Reeve - Superman (1978)
Brandon Routh - Superman Returns (2006)
i.Raveesh - Superman Forever (2008)

Watch the trailer of the movie. Its available exclusively in the 'i' Blog. Worldwide release yet to be decided.

Rating : PG
Background Music : Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, NY
Background Voice : Arya Ashok, Preethi and a Museum Employee.

Disclaimer : All the characters in this film are real and any resemblance to person living is purely intentional..

Critics Rating : *** (3/5)

Viewers Rating : **** (4/5)

People, post your rating.. Write comment.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

I am a Proud Infoscion

I am a proud Infoscion. I got to Infosys on 14th July. I am extremely happy to hold my first ever official offer letter. From last 3 days, I wake up with a smile on my face. I chose my FIRST company wisely.

In the HR round, I came across one of the wierdest HR in my life. He started the talk in this fashion. "Mr Raveesh, I can see that you're really working hard to be a JACK OF ALL TRADES! Didn't your Dad tell you concentrate on your studies?" .

Phew, All these while I had thought I was increasing my productivity by indulging in a Plethora of activities. Thanks to this great HR who made me think there are more than ways of looking at a scenario.
The session went on for about 25 minutes (quite strange because Infy interview usually won't last for more than 10 minutes) where he kept on pointing that I am a confused soul without any fixed goal in life, wasting energy in dancing and quizzing. But as a PJ master, I knew exactly what to do at this situation. I laughed with him at his PATHETIC jokes and added my essence to the same joke. lol.
But in the end, I made a strong statement " Sir, thanks for letting me realize what I am. I will think about all that you've said and decide whether all these while my pursuit of happiness was wrong or not. I will get up a wise person from tomorrow"

I was 300% sure I had to come back on 15th to write the next company when I found my name in the final selected list. I took no time to exclaim Damn, it was a stress interview man.
About half a dozen of my friends who were interviewed my this HR didn't make to the final selected list. I thanked God and rode my bike at neckbreak speed at Ring road (It was raining heavily then) to celebrate, ALONE!

Not my cup of tea

I hadn't taken placements seriously, I just can't explain why. I was really surprised at my blithe indefference towards placements, considering it as just another activity in my life. The only preparation I had done for Wipro VLSI placements was buying a good trousers, a formal leather shoe and a file to carry certificates. Was it because it was a VLSI company or because I wanted some other company is still mysterious.

I cleared the Aptitude round with ease. The technical round was an Eye Opener for me. The interviewer looked at my resume for 2 about 2 minutes and then said, "Well, you have done good work on Quizzing, web development, dance etc I agree. But is there any acheivement of yours in Electronics? ".

The moment he asked me that question I told myself "Shit, what am I doing here? This is a VLSI company". Till date all my achievements have been in the IT / Computer world.

I was not fortunate enough to get into Wipro (or is it the other way round? lol). But then I learnt one main lesson for my life. In the professional world, its a folly to even try your hands at some work which you might not enjoy doing. Doing so will be an agony to both you and your employer.

I woke up a wise man the next day with a resolution to choose wisely from then on.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Celebrating the 1000th Visitor for my site.

I started to learn html when I decided I should have a website of my own. I did contact a couple of my friends who have mastered web designing to develop a website for me. Fortunately they didnt find enough time for this project (lol). So I was forced to take the only Road Ahead. I had to learn and develop it myself.

It has been an amazing experience in this web world. Learning how a html tag works, how to link a given page to another, how to use JavaScripts etc has been fun. Not that they were a piece of cake prepared exclusively for me. It was fun enjoying the pain. And yeah did I tell you, the sitemap and basic structure was deisgned in December (in between semester exams). Later I got busy with my US trip work (practice, visa etc) that I had to push it aside. Finally uploaded it in March 2008.

Last week when I visited my page, I was the 1001st visitor!

Its still getting hits (about 10 to 15 per day). Now, I cannot expect a thousand hits/day for my personal website (I'm neither a cricketer nor a movie star, lol). Moreover, The hit counter increments only when there's a unique visitor. I cannot just refresh or open the page 10 times to increment it 10 times.

Many people mailed me their feedbacks and suggestions. Thank you everyone.

Brain Vs Me. The Last Judgement

As every one of us knows, the study holidays are the perfect time to stay idle, stay jobless etc. So my idle brain has been thinking a lot these days. In-fact, it is debating with me continuously on the same topic that I had spoken about almost a month back. A week back, something triggered the debate again and this time it was THE DEBATE. Somebody actually managed to win this battle.

Date :20th June

Brain : So, you still think that I am wrong, don’t you?

Me : No, you don’t understand. Fortunately or Unfortunately everything that is right need not necessarily be desirable. Right?

Brain : Dude, I pity you. I have given you so many reasons to prove that you’re unnecessarily wasting your time and energy on this. You still think its worth the effort?

Me : You see, I never had this experience in my life. I seriously think I very much like this experience.

Brain : Let me correct you, YOU CANNOT THINK because thinking is MY job (lol). You may just feel so, which I can prove with statistics and instances that its wrong. Also, it’s a new experience and a new experience need not necessarily be GOOD experience, in fact I can prove that this one is a not-so-pleasant experience.

Me : Oh, yeah? Go ahead….

Brain : OK, counting, this will be the 67th time I’m explaining you. Ok listen properly.

1. How many times have you rescheduled your works to synchronize with her? You realize you have missed some important deadlines and your efficiency is going low because of that.

2. Your expectation to get adequate response from her is rarely met. How many times has this troubled you mentally?

3. You assumed a lot of things in this particular case. By now you might have realised most of them are WRONG..

4. Your friends don’t want you to fall in all these and stop. Everyone expects Raveesh to be active, enterprising and carefree. They don’t want you to go off-track in any condition.

5. The year ahead is a crucial year yaar. Your 3 years work might see fruit this year in terms of placements, internship or Higher studies offer. Please don’t render your 3 years efforts waste just because you want to relax a bit now. Its seriously not the time to try out things.

6. Main Reason: How is her response to your messages, your calls etc? How much she wants to initiate or at least continue any conversation? Dude, she’s got no special feelings for you. Please understand that your efforts to impress her might repel her from you.

{End of Debate}

Hmmm, I know, as always my brain is right. Fortunately and unfortunately all the decisions for me are taken my brain and I got its decision. So with a crying heart, I have to accept my brain’s decision.

But fortunately or unfortunately nothing in relationship is binary (right-wrong, yes-no etc). So let me not further explore the advantages and disadvantages of committing myself. I am not sure if I should feel like a loser.

End Note:
As someone clearly said A Geek will be a Geek and must be a Geek. If everyone expects me to remain the same, I won’t disappoint anyone. I am kinda hurt but not shattered. I am 100% sure I’m gonna treasure this colourful months forever. My promise to the world is I’ll never stop. Yet, I know very well that she is too sweet to be lost.