Phoenix trip

November 18, 2008

Hi guys! Long since I blogged! I took a break from school and headed to Phoenix for a 4 day trip to meet college friend Aishwarya.

Coming from a less-developed city (Tucson) to a BIG city feels awesome! What makes it more awesome is that is an Indian stronghold. Almost everyone you see here is an Indian (if you like seeing Indians, that is).

Therefore, lot of Indian restaurants, and chat shops. I ate my first chat in 4 months, and ended up eating 6 chats and a mango milkshake for a grand total of 33$ :D, I also ate the same day at Woodlands restaurant, and ate my first dosa in 4 months! wow!

You can check out my photos on flickr

I returned via the (in)famous Greyhound bus service (Inter-state bus). In America, people who are unable to afford a car travel by bus, including the PIGS (Poor Indian Graduate Students :P). This is sometimes unpleasant…

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Microsoft interview vs Indian IT interview

October 31, 2008

Well.. I just returned from a MS Interview for an Internship position. Must say there are lot of funny things the way people here conduct interviews, and the way Indian IT companies conduct interviews:

MS Interview

“And dress casually. Wear whatever makes you most comfortable. Chances are, that’s exactly what your interviewers will be wearing.”

Sure enough, I went in T shirt and Jeans. My interviewer was almost in shorts and chappals (Flip-flops, for the Americans).

I just decided to make a comparison between MS and some Indian Companies.

MS – “This guy designs software well enough. Let me take him”.

Indian – “This guy’s shirt design is gaudy. No manners! Reject”

MS – “This guy has enthusiasm to change the world! Take him!”

Indian – “This guy is overqualified”

MS – “Write a program to print numbers of an array in random order”

Indian – “What comes next after 1, 2 ,3, 4?”

MS – “This guy has a life! He loves to hike apart from coding”

Indian – “This guy is distracted in life”

MS – If you have issues with relocation and are very talented, we will use your talent from your convenient location.

Indian – If you don’t listen to me and go to Hyderabad, someone else will!

Historic day

October 10, 2008

There are 2 kinds of historic days:

The day people such as this were born, and the day people of this kind are born.

Today is the 2nd kind of day, with the 123 Agreement being signed. Boo india! You suck!

I don’t know what to say. India seems to make the biggest mistake in her lifetime, and still manage to exist. Wonder how! God is saving India for sure!

India has made as big mistakes as this auspicious event of September 4th. No joke! 225 Engineering colleges all teaching electrical, computer science, making foreigners think wrong about us. Where is India headed!!?? Oh.. this second mistake as well

A walk home with a cop

October 2, 2008

Alright! don’t infer that I was caught by a cop and I had to walk home with him to show him my passport and stuff 😛

For those who haven’t been in touch with me, I am in Tucson, Arizona doing my Masters in Computer Science at the University of Arizona.

It was a cool evening after classes – just the kind of evening you would like to walk home with a friend, discussing all sorts of crap (uleadin is perfect!).

Its about 2km from my department to home, so thats about a 20 minute walk. A few minutes into the walk, I met a cop who was going to a place near my house. We said “Hi” to each other and walked together the rest of the journey. He was pretty interested in talking to me because I am an Indian, someone new to talk to…..

Cop: So Arun. What do you study here?
Me: I do Computer Science.
Cop: Indian, right? I shouldn’t have asked 😛
Me: 😀
Cop: So how do you like Tucson?
Me: Its nice.. pretty laid back place. Its calm, and the best part is that here people drive sensibly and they stop for pedestrians crossing the road.
Cop: Well.. thats true, but Arun, let me tell you that most drivers are like that. They follow rules. There is always the driver who doesn’t want to. Its there everywhere in the world!
Me: I agree
Cop: So you got to look left and right before you cross
Me: Hmmm.. I thought roads here were so safe that I could cross without looking.
Cop: Ah! well… you come from India.
Me: Yeah! every Indian feels the same at first, is it? (I meant to say that after coming from a place like India, seeing such organized traffic, Indians cross roads without looking on either side)
Cop: Yep! Ours is not a country of Engineers like India.
Me: (WTF!!??)
Cop: Well.. in India, most of you are Engineers and you are pretty much educated and sensible. A larger fraction than the US. So, its pretty much natural that average Indian drives better than the average American.
Me: (haven’t you ever been to India?)
Cop: So, you got to understand roads in this country are not as safe as India. And if you drive, watch out for lane cutting. Be informed that if someone cuts a lane in front of you rashly, you have the right to complain.
Me: (Well.. I thought lane cutting was perfectly normal.. at least in India :D)
Cop: Also, people sometimes park a car by the side of the road.
Me: (Park ONE car by the side of the road!??)
Cop: So.. as you see, things are pretty dangerous here!

The link between blog and pant

June 26, 2008

uleadin has this amazing talent of making the most amazing connections. This is one of them:

tdsmapper: dey.. XXX reads ur blog da..
uleadin: tell her to comment or stop reading!
uleadin: thu!
uleadin: it’s like someone peeping into your pants!
uleadin: yuck!
uleadin: tell her to comment!
uleadin: I told (my closest friend) itself to stop reading my blog if she won’t comment!
tdsmapper: ok.. so if someone peeps into yr pants and comments, its fine?
uleadin: no, comment is like a door knock!
tdsmapper: u want a knock on ur pants?
uleadin: I want a ‘door knock’!
tdsmapper: what about the pants?
tdsmapper: are they on the door?
uleadin: if you knock on my door and then come in I will know you’re coming in and behave properly
tdsmapper: explain the pants and the door and the relation
uleadin: I am sitting inside the room trying to mend something within my pants
uleadin: and someone peeps and goes from the outside?
uleadin: rather, if someone knocks oce, I’ll behave with better ettiquette
tdsmapper: so.. u want a person to comemnt and it will be fine
tdsmapper: ok ok..
uleadin: I will write crap because I know who are all my readers da
tdsmapper: explain the pants..
uleadin: as of now all my readers are my close friends only
uleadin: so nothing is secretive da
tdsmapper: they peek into ur pants?
uleadin: [get lost!]
uleadin: [ you and your pant analogy]
tdsmapper: u were the one who mentioned pant
uleadin: [I just told you something for the figure of speech!]
uleadin: [adha vechi ipdi mokkai poduvenu therinjirundha naa sollirkave maattein!]

Oh. and BTW, WordPress login and admin features are SSL secure. Good move WordPress!

Uleadin unblock tdsmapper campaign!

June 17, 2008

Uleadin, founder of SIT Chennai has decided to block me, tdsmapper.

This is a campaign aimed at forcing uleadin to unblock me! He was chatting with Sathyanarain, Ganesh APP and others, but appeared offline to me. After further discreet investigations, it came to my light that uleadin blocked me!

For the past 6 months, uleadin has been “busy” in life, and has given the following reasons for being unable to do anything, including chat:

1. Going to landmark

This is apart from taking his dad there. Apparently he is taking his brother pramodh there everyday. Wonder if its to meet a girl. Pramodh is just for cover, i guess

2. Madras eye

He has has this issue ever since VS‘ brother married. Of course… this has nothing to do with the marriage 😀

3. Uleadin the assassin

Uleadin perhaps works as an undercover agent. After Sathyanarain suggested that u-lead-in sounds pretty much like ass-ass-in, and further more, uleadin read inside out becomes lead-in-u, its all-the-more possible!

4. MBA

Uleadin, like most engineers decided to do move away from engineering and do an MBA for the money. Of course, its no doubt that he wants to impress his girlfriend with the fancy english they teach you at B Schools (Yep! Its English they teach you at B Schools, no more!). I’m sure he would have done better with a BA English and MBA. Hell! Girls don’t seem to find Shakespeare’s verses romantic!

5. Bill Gates

Ok.. Uleadin’s windows crashed. He got me to courier a copy of Windows to him. He picked it up next day (Round June 9th), and hasn’t still installed Windows. Busy man!


June 1, 2008

Well.. I am certified Anna Univ Computer Science Engineer. That’s for sure!

I am so happy that I didn’t need to write exams such as these anymore!

However, thats only during the day.

During the bloody night, I am just unable to sleep. I constantly get nightmares reminding me of those horrific exams. These days, I get up around 12 and wonder why I am sleeping when I am supposed to be studying! Exams are 3 days away man! My future is at stake! One of these nights, I woke up and started searching for books frantically only to realise that I have given them away to a junior.

For the last 2 weeks or so, I have been on bed 14 hours a day, out of which I have woken up 3-4 times at crazy times! Haven’t even slept well for one day! Crap!

Solutions, anyone?

p.s Didn’t sleep y’day night. Am off to sleep! Yawn!