A Farewell Poem (Dedicated to my final year friends)

The poem is not completely original. Don’t know who was the Original Author of this peom. First half of the poem is taken from the original one, while the second half more or less describes my experience at NIT Trichy. Enjoy!

Raah dekhi thi is din ki kab se,
Jeevan ke sapne saja rakhe they kab se…
Bade utavle they yahaan se jaane ko ,
Zindagi ka agla padaav paane ko …

Par naa jane kyon… Dil mein aaj kuch aur aata hai,
Waqt ko rok lene ka jee chahta hai…
Jin baton ko lekar rote they, Aaj un par hansi aati hai,
Na jaane kyon aaj un palon ki yaad bahut aati hai…
Kaha karte they… Badi mushkil se char saal seh gaya,
Par aaj kyu lagta hai ke kuch peeche reh gaya…
Na bhoolne wali kuch yaadein reh gayi,
Yaadien jo ab jeene ka sahara ban gayi…

Meri taang ab kaun kheencha karega ,
Sirf mera sir khane kaun mera peecha karega…
Jahaan 2000 ka hisaab nahin, wahaan 2 rupay ke liye kaun ladega,
Kaun raat bhar saath jaag kar padhega…
Kaun Meri jhadu mujse pooche bina lejayega ,
Kaun mere naye naye naam banayega…
Mein ab bina matlab kis se ladoonga,
Bina topic ke kisse faalto baat karoonga…

Kaun fail hone par dilasa dilayega,
Galati se number aane par kaun gaaliyaan sunayega…
Nescafe mein Chai kis ke saath piyoonga,
Wo befikar pal ab kis ke saath jiyunga…
Aise dost kahaan milenge Jo khai mein bhi dhakka de aaye,
Par fir tumhein bachane khud bhi kood jaye…

Mere pj’s se pareshaan kaun hoga,
Mujhe trichy me radio sunte dekh hairaan kaun hoga…
Kaun kahega saale tere joke par hansi nahin aayi,
Kaun peeche se bula ke kahega.. aage dekh bhai…
Raat bhar movies ab kiske saath dekhhonga,
Kis ke saath boring lectures jheloonga…

Bina dare sachi rai dene ki himmat kaun karega,
Mere room se jaane ke baad chabi rakhne ka msg kaun karega…
Kaun mere cheezein bhool jaane ke baad treat ki maang farmayega,
Kaun kahega “Mujhe intezaar hai us din ka neta, jis din tu apni biwi kahi bhool aaega”…
Kaun meri hansi ko executive hansi bataega,
Kaun mere lunch skip karne ki baat Mom ko bataega…
Der raat mujhe phone par baat karte dekh kaun kahega “Sudhar ja Gupta”,
Kaun meri dasta sunkar kahega “Pata nahi yaar, aisa mere sath to nahi hota”…

Sholay ka spoof baith kar likhunga kiske saath,
Kaun gaane ki himmat karega mere guitar ke saath …
Kaun mujhe aayaam ke naam pe galiya sunaega,
Kaun mujhe Spiderman keh kar bulaega…
Kaun Ubuntu ki har problem mujhse puchne aaega,
Kaun mere PJ’s milne par room aakar hath jodkar jaega…

Kaun kahega, “Gupta Ji tussi Great ho,
Aisi jagah reh kar bhi abhi tak straight ho??”…
Kaun mujhe class ki ik ladki ke sath photo khichane par majboor karega,
Kaun mere ragging ke kisse mashur karega…
paglon ki tarah hansna Chetan sir ki baatien sunkar,
Funda of the Day SMS banana unki baato me se funde chunkar…

Keh do yaaro yeh din phir kab aaenge,
Jab hum apni Corporate life me busy ho jaenge…

Spider’s New Home Page :)

After a long wait and trying out lots of templates for the new spider home page, we decided to host this one at last. Hope it looks good. :)

For those who can’t make out what im talking about, Spider is a tech team in NIT Trichy and we maintain our site on the college intranet. :)

Hello Kitty !!

This 21st September, the kittens in our hostel became 2 months old. Well.. Yeah I do remember their birthdate.. :P

The cat named Jenny by the archi guys of my batch (though I’m sure she doesn’t have a clue of it :P) gave birth to 3 kittens in my neighbouring room on 21st July.. Though there were a whole lot of blame games after it, as to who the father is?? :P. It was during these games that the wing thought of naming the kids as Alpha Bali, Beta Bali and Gamma Bali (due to reasons unexplainable here :P). Later we found that the one responsible for it was the cat Goldy who apparently lives in our hostel only (again named so by our hostel junta).
At once all the maternal love in our wing junta came into effect and they started feeding the cat on the milk they brought from the mess..

The cartons of Dell Laptops came into some use at least.. as the home for the cat family.. Though after some days she started looking out for an apportunity to sneak into  open cupboards and put its kids there. :P
Some of the unsuspecting junta had real trouble getting the kids out of the lowermost portion of the cubboard.. :P
Well now the kids walk on their feet.. :D.. and the explore the hostel…

Spider SMS service !!

Spider SMS service, exclusively for the junta of NITT is finally up and running, finally.. :)
( For those who can’t make something out of the first sentence– SPIDER is the technical group of NITT.. and im one of the spiders.. :P)

We now provide info to the campus junta directly onto their mobile phone.. like none other..
A host of services including India cricket score updates every 20 mins, bi daily national news, daily sports, science and tech, cricket and page3 news… bakar for the day, thought for the day, jokes, GRE word for the day, dictionary, campus buzz and more…
We’re planning to expand it to include nittmail notifications, octa print-out notifications, train inquiries , mass messaging and much more that makes it absolutely irresistible..
all absolutely FREE for the campus junta and fully automated :)

All you need to have is either an account on the spider website on the insti LAN or aditya LDAP account (the one which you use to login into octa computers)..

To register for the service

  • EITHER update your phone number on your spider profile,OR
  • send an sms as “Register rollno aditya-password” to the spider phone . for eg if my rollno is 106106058 and password is helloworld then i need to send “Register 106106058 helloworld”.

(all keywords are case Insensitive, double quotes are only for clarity’s sake)

If your password is not correct then you will receive an sms stating the same, other wise you’ll receive an acknowledgment stating that you are registered for the sms service. If you didn’t have a profile on the spider website, it will create one for you and you can login into the same through your aditya password, otherwise it’ll update the phone number on your profile.

You’ll need to subscribe to the various services individually by sending an sms as Yes followed by a space followed by the keyword for the particular service. for e.g. to subscribe for scores send ‘”yes score” to spider phone.

You can find the full list of the services and their keywords on http://spider.nitt.edu/sms (accessible only on insti LAN).

Now coming to the technical aspect.
We use a nokia 6030 phone and interface it with a computer (sms gateway) running Linux through gnokii. gnokii-smsd is a daemon used to send and receive messages from and to a mysql database. (Installation details are best explained here ) .
Hari had started this service with some features but he wrote the code in c, and we couldn’t expand it to include new services. So we developed it in php, starting from scratch.

We have a shell scripts which fetch the content (as rss feeds) from the internet at desired intervals (through cron). PHP scripts parse those rss feeds and dump the headlines into files, compresses the content so as to fit maximum of it into a single message, send this content to the subscribes users.
Another php script which runs permanently, processes the incoming messages and maintains the user accounts and subscriptions.

It was such a fun working with surath, hajela and vivek in spider lab.
As for NITT student clubs, dept. symposiums and fests. You are most welcome to use the service for advertisement and mass messaging. :P

Happy Spidering… :P :)

The Black Friday

It was one week back when my luck was so brutal on me for the second time.
The first was when i went with my friends to the cultural-sports fest of VIT (Vellore) called Riviera. Now me being a kind of person who is as far from sports as our politicians talking/doing something sensible.. and also being a comp sci student in an engineering institute which only 3 kinds of people in this world term as a good institue – those who aspire to crack IIT-JEE / AIEEE, those who used to roam in the campus as students some years back and think that having a boss is worst thing in life and the third category being the ones who have only heard about this institute.. what the heck was i doing in a cultural-sports fest.. well they say the grass is always “greener” in the other institute.. but in this case it was indeed “green”. :P
Apart from that i am one among a bunch of individuals (whom some people think as morons) who still have some love/regard left for hindi.. and we do organise a host of interesting events called hindi lits.
Ya.. so my institute is in a city where finding hindi speaking lot is a rare phenomena (many of my relatives think this place as a kinda alien-land). And u can well guess that showing bollywood movies (that too in hindi) is a rarer phenomena here. So we were overwhelmed by the idea of watching a hindi movie in theatre when we heard of a cinema hall screening a hindi movie.. clueless about the torture that awaited us in the form of a movie called “Raama raama kya hai ye drama“… wait.. did you say u’ve heard the name?? Anyways don’t ever dare to watch it..
First of all the interiors and the exteririors of the hall were enough to tell us that India is still far from being called a developed country. Then the movie itself was made as if it were a conspiracy against the bunch of fools who dared to go to theatre to watch it.. i was somehow getting a feeling that the crew of the movie would suddenly show up with a bunch of bakra caps and tell us that it was actually an “MTV fully faltu spoof” of an already nonsense movie.. But to our grief, no one showed up..
Anyways even after trying harder than a farmer ploughing a dry farm, we just couldn’t bear the movie more than 45 minutes and started the balme game like the political parties after a calamity, blaming each other for this torture.
So where was i?? yea.. the second time.. It was a friday..the Black Friday.
I was roaming around in the market of Trichy for some rare shopping. That was when i saw the posters of “Chandni Chowk to China” on a crossroad.. ah well yes i said exactly what you read. What i didn’t know was that there was a whole cinema hall with the poster (at the back to be precise).
In the evening my frinds also came to the market. We were sitting in a restaurant, when some guy from my intitute only came and told us the CC2C was being screened at Megastar Theatre in Trichy. So the ‘Sherlock Holmes’ inside me started juming to tell me that it must be the same building behind that poster.. and it indeed was.
So quickly we made a plan to go for it.
From the trailers, the movie seemed decent enough. Niether did we have a slightest idea of what our destiny was about to present us, nor did we want to miss a chance of watching a hindi movie n theatre in Trichy.
Well we went for the 10:15 show (yea right.. i said 10:15).. Here you dont get seat numbers with ticket. So only the last five rows in the whole theatre were occupied. 80 % of the crowd was from my insti.. the only others bieng some 3-4 north indian families who were.. i suppose brutally embaressed by the comments of the insti junta. For me.. those comments were the only fun part in the whole process.
Those have suffered the same inhuman torture can empathise with us. Yes i had that traumatic experiece for the Second time in Tamil Nadu.. so much that i fear the name of any Cinema Hall in Tamil Nadu.. so much that i couldn’t dare to go for the Movie “Raaz.. the mystery continues” which was released yesterday.
Well the only good thing is that the theatres here in Trichy have started screening Bollywood movies(in Hindi).