I shared my views on GPS technology by a journalist. As everyone knows, I love to share my views on technology. Like little did I knew that it would end up in Major National Newspaper of Country – Times of India.
This article made into Times of India on march 11 2012, I got little delayed in posting it here. Not something big but it feels nice to read your name in paper upon waking up
you read the article Online at:
How your phone can be your compass – Times of India
2011 is coming to an end and 2012 is about to start. Like all new years I was thinking what special thing can I do – usually it means going to “cool” parties & hanging out with my friends. But this year, I didn’t have anything planned as I didn’t want to do anything. As nothing ever goes according to plans; so my “plan” of “no plan” flopped. Instead, on last day 2011 – 31 December, I met A. P. J. Abdul Kalam who was 11th president of india.
Long story short, he came to our college and addressed us, so I saw & hear him speak right in front of me. first thing I noticed he just another human being like us who gets annoyed when his hair get messed & starts combing them right on stage in front of everyone!
But there is few things I noticed though observing his actions,body language & works, I want to share
- Dreamer: He likes to dream BIG & says “Dream BIG, Aim High. Aiming small is a crime.”.His final dream is to see India as a Developed Nation. Hence the reason that even after writing multiple books about India’s development, he still is coming out with a new Book — Target 3 Billion. I don’t know if India will become a developed country but I suspect Kalam will keep coming out with more such books. I guess he enjoys writing
- On a Mission: While addressing the crowd, he told that last week he was in a village near Cochin, Kerala. before that he was in Delhi & looking at this last year’s schedule. It seems he travels a lot. keep in mind that these are voluntary as his current job is of a professor/dean. the question is — a) Does he travel this much because he likes to meet people? or b) He is on a self initiated mission & that mission requires him to travel so much & meet all kinds of people? Don’t know what case it is but seems there is a bigger motive.
- Frank: He was the president of our country, one might expect him to be bit reserved & not speak freely but he is frank & to the point. Kalam says whatever he has in mind. for example, when a question when stretched too long — he simply said “woman, you are giving a lecture!” which shows that he is frank even with people that he hasn’t met before; seedhi baat no bakwas!
- Less Religion & More Spirituality: During the interaction session, a question was asked related to shia vs sunni sects(not sure exactly what it was, as the ascent of the girl asking the difficult to gasp). Anyways, the muslim girl belonging to the some gulf country who asked the question did mention in her question that kalam is a muslin. Unlike other questions where he took keen interest & in this case his facial expression were that of a ”disinterested” person & stated that his name is arabic. And while he always interested in talking about spirituality in his books, talk etc. It seems that he is not interested in the whole Caste System or religion thing which is a good thing if you ask me! btw, do remember I said he looked disinterested. But any of his actions it didn’t seem that he hated any religion or loved another. I got an impression that he was more interested in other topics.
- More abstractions, less practicability: Dr Kalam talks meta – instead of giving straightforward answers, he likes to go deep. For example, when a boy asks him a simple questions — How to be confident? instead of providing him a straight answer, he recites him some poem. And during our interaction, he talked so deep that many of my friends were bored to death which is something he should consider improving on. However, I being a deep thinker myself like going deep – so I enjoyed his talk & was able to understand gist of what he said.
- Likes Poetry: Kalam likes Poetry so much that he even made us recite few lines along with him. It was bit silly but was fun
- Political system is broken: Like everyone, he too knows that indian politicians are all corrupt, care about their personnel wealth than nations progress. Basically,the whole system is broken. That’s why he even encouraged all the students to join politics. But Mr Kalam, Thanks but no thanks
Further, I will share 4 thing that he said are needed if someone wants to achieve success:
- Aim High
- Do Hard work
- Continuously gaining knowledge throughout your life by books or teachers.
- Perseverance: Steady persistence in a course of action, apurpose, a state
lastly, I am not too sure about accuracy & there may be errors in my observations, mostly because I little distracted & did lot of bird-watching…lol! But In all seriousness, I do appreciate the work kalam has done & is still doing for the country. He seemed quite patriotic. It was a nice experience to the 11th president of India on last day of 2011!
Hopefully, people will draw inspiration from him/his work & embark on struggle to make India a developed country!
Wish you Happy New Year 2012!
Corrected 4 mantras for success, Thanks Preeti
I just got New year gift from Google, something I have been waiting for over a year now. Finally it arrived via Blue-Dart Courier. it was the first thing I saw when I woke on 1 Jan 2010, at 1:00PM(late due to new year bash).So, curious to know what the gift is?
It is my adsense payment cheque, since its my first. so I am pretty excited about it. although, the amount is small but it means to me alot as it has been entirely generated by Gaurish Sharma Live & as you all might know this site has a special place in my heart . I am thankful to all my readers who did read my random chatter and provided constant feedback so that I would improve. here is a mandatory picture proof:
Lastly, I would wish you all A Very Happy New Year 2010, Have a great year ahead!
keep reading, there is more to come from my twisted mind.
Finally Jaipur got freedom from shackles of proprietary & restrictive demons.Fosjam.in was organized in city on 16-17 May 2009 jointly by Linux user group – Jaipur and JECRC research foundation. It is an event for promotion Free/Open Source Software. it was held at Jaipur Engineering College and Research Centre, Jaipur. I also attended the event by chance.
I believe it was the first time, such kind of event was happening in Jaipur. there was mad rush for the event & people even came from outside Jaipur as well. online registrations were above 300, which was many times than expected.
About the Event
The whole event was organized in just 10days by enthusiastic member of lug-Jaipur and supportive students of JECRC. speakers were free software developers from various parts of India. the talks were ranging basic topics like “how to communicate on internet effectively” and to some advanced topics like Embedded systems. Besides the main talk there here hands-on sessions called hackfests.
Reached the Venue at 6:00PM, had no problems finding the venue thanks to easy instructions posted on their website. Event was start by a singing Free Software Song and blowing balloons called “Winblows” . Boy! what were they thinking?
After this, we were told to proceed to Labs for the talk by speakers.I had trouble finding correct lab since they are too many and without guidance it was hell lot of confusing. somehow I ended up in LAB-three. there the topic was “i-want-2-do-project-tell-me-wat-2-do-fedora” by speaker called Shakthi Kannan. the lab was well equipped with projector,AC and most important all machines were running fedora! Sessions started with all of us introducing ourselves. the talk was quite long but not boring. after session was over, there were hackfest scheduled from 10pm to 2:00AM. unfortunately, i couldn’t stay for that long.
Day 1 was awesome, event was well organized and everything was preplanned. since i had such a good experience – I decided to return for day 2.
In Morning, I reached On time. to my surprise the event got delayed by 1hr. so i waited,waited and waited. finally we were called at about 10:40AM for talk by Lalith Suresh. If i remember correctly, he is not speaker’s panel, which was little. he told us about Open Source and its Ideology,how projects work, how can we contribute etc.the talk filled with helpful information and how can one contribute. a welcome surprise! I liked his style and Deadly PJs.The two girlfriend theory = high availability was pwnage!!
One thing I noticed and liked on day1 as well on day2 that the umber geek T-Shirts guys were wearing. i liked one on which “127.0.01” was written. Simple and Geeky!
Next was Session by Shakthi Kannan titled –
Badam Halwa of Embedded Systems.the presentation was interesting and well researched. i really appreciate all the effort he’s putting into it! Infact his talk was so good, that i decided to attend next talk as well. during next talk, we had a announcement that some talk are rescheduled.
Sad news, one talk on Linux security which was looking to attend was dropped. due to changes, i had plenty of time to socialize. I even made a few friends there. After that we had a hand-on session on IRC and a talk on Distributed & fail-safe computing.
A event on Technology, that too on Free and Open Source is Dream Come true for me. Ask Why?
Because I always saw such kinds of event happening other bigger cities like mumbai,pune and used to think when can we have something like this in jaipur. I want to thank all who made it possible and Jai pandya for letting me in
Hopefully, next year it would bigger and better. maybe a national level event – possible. who knows.
As a custom, here are some pics from the event:
Just a Quick Update I would busy for next whole month. Have got some pending work to complete which needs urgent attention. This work is Called “Studies”. I have my university exams in may and honestly same as last year i haven’t studied. so will be burning midnight oil in whole of April.
Rest Assured I would return and resume posting. I also promise i would start updating this space more frequently. Meanwhile you can read some my Older Posts