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Dasara at Home

Dasara (Navarathri) has just concluded and here is a small video of Dasara doll arrangements at house. More than Dasara it was known to us as ‘Gombe habba’ (ಗೊಂಬೆ ಹಬ್ಬ) back when we were kids. For all the ten days during the festival, 50 to 60% of our living room used to get occupied with the dolls. Below is a small video shot by my sister of this year’s festivities (since there is no narration, I’ve tried my level best to explain the arrangements below the video) –

Top most step has ‘pattada gombe’ (ಪಟ್ಟದ ಗೊಂಬೆ) – depicting the royal family of Mysore. Next two steps goes for the Gods and Goddesses. Fourth and fifth has miniature crockery which my mom has collected over 40-45 years. Sixth step is a grocery shop (ಶೆಟ್ಟಿ ಅಂಗಡಿ/ನ್ಯಾಯಬೆಲೆ ಅಂಗಡಿ) – most of the groceries in the shop (especially cashew and Raisin) used to get emptied by me. And now my little nice has taken over that task from me. :)

This video was taken on ‘Saraswati pooje’ – right side of the arrangements has an idol of Goddess Saraswati, books. Left side of the arrangement has three different sets – first one is a wedding ceremony, left side of this set is of ‘Dasara Ambari’ (ದಸರಾ ಅಂಬಾರಿ). Behind the amabari is a 2 ft tall wooden doll which is dressed as Chamundi/Durga. My mom got this doll as wedding gift from her mother 35 years ago.

To the far left has a mini zoo and a small park which has toy train ride, food court, a fountain, a temple at the far corner atop a small hill.

PS: As there was no commentary during the video, my little nice offered to lend her voice with her humming and singing for the whole five minutes :)

A morning walk in Lalbagh

After a long, long time I visited Lalbagh botanical garden. Went for walk with two of my friends on a Saturday morning. It was buzzing with activities, people of all age groups, few with family, few with friends, few alone walking, jogging, running around to keep themselves fit.

Here are some random shots from Lalbagh –

Neenaanaadre Naaneenena

Neenaanaadre Naaneenena (in Kannada) translates to – “If you are me, then am I you?“. Its a Kannada version of William Shakespeare’s “Comedy of Errors“. Scripted by S. Surendranath in Kannada on the same theme with a slight change in characters.

Happened to watch the drama ‘Neenaanaadre Naaneenena’ in Rangashankara yesterday. A total laughter riot for complete 2 hours – one obsessed to detective novels, other with Shayars, anohter is a deaf, fourth sings a song with every dailogue. Wonderful performance by Srinvas Prabhu, Sihikahi Chandru, Jahangir and others. Would love to wahtc it again.

To add to this was company of taleneted Mukta balaga members – Pransesh Sir, Usha, Veena, Girish, Sundar. And Bellur RK and Vijay just dropped in to meet us before the show.

All in all, it was wonderful evening spent @ Rangashankar.


Examination time, as usual all of us were busy in collecting notes from others and getting it photo copied. Somehow we had reached the end of 5th semester. We had a very wide variety of subjects in that semester – to name few – from interesting subject “Digital Signal Processing” to wacky “Control systems” to tricky “Microprocessor” to boring “Telecommunication and Switching”. Soon classes were over and we got the time table – as usual rumors were coming like ‘exams will be postponed by one week’ or ‘students of that college are going to start strike tomorrow’ etc.

As usual we had lab examinations before theory papers. So started reading from first page first letter of the lab record to last page last letter, until we were lost in the world of PCB, resistors, capacitors, micro processors. Meanwhile, I don’t know who got this idea, just three days before our first examination – we all decided to sit one day and have a group discussion on all the algorithms that we had for microprocessor lab exam. I guess there were around 18 or 20 in the syllabus.

All of us settled ourselves in Shreyas’ house. All – Raghu, Shreyas, Abhi, Shyama, Sripathi, ‘Tommy’ Harish and I – were set to start the discussion. That was around 9 PM I guess. So the discussion started and went in good pace for almost half an hour – but that was not related to our exams. Thankfully we stopped that ‘bakwas’ and started discussing on algorithms. We decided like, who has understood that algorithm should explain it to others and he should clarify the doubts. If even he fails to clarify the doubts, and then refer to available material – as usual photo copied notes, some text books. We were sitting in terrace — open space in second floor – the whole environment was a kind of co-operative to us. Air was filled with thick aroma of kerosene – thanks to 30ps Xerox shops.

That day is one of the most unforgettable days in my life. We came to know about each other. We came to know about Shyama, how talkative he is. Just ask him how he started his bike this morning – he can explain that to you for more than 2 hours. He will start with individual parts of the bike, the spark plug, the kicker, how his friend borrowed his bike for one day and broke the indicator, what’s the mileage, how many times he kicked to get his bike started, how many times it used to take when the bike was new etc the list goes on and on.

Then the “Chatter box” and our class rep – Sripathi. For Shyama, you have to ask something to start the conversation to make him talk, but not in case of Sripathi. You don’t need to start a conversation at all. It all starts automatically; you just have to listen to him. He is something like an FM radio, out comes the nonstop nonsense from him. According to my opinion, he is a very good companion when you feel all alone. He takes out of the loneliness from you.

And there is another guy, Abhi, the silent mountain who loves to be quiet. Only reason is he doesn’t know what to talk. Whenever he opens his mouth to talk, there he is gone for a toss. He will be teased like anything by others. And best part of him is he enjoys the jokes cracked after a time gap. But to be frank, one of the hardworking guy, and a great tutor. Thanks Abhi, because of you only I’m here. Thanks for all those tuitions on countless number of subjects.

And coming back to the discussion, within no time – or to be specific by around 3 or 3.30AM — all of us were done with the algorithms except for me. I was struck in one algorithm – ASCII converter. Everyone in the group tried to explain that to me more than 10 times, but that was like Greek and Latin at that moment. So as suggested by Shreyas, I decided to by-heart – for the first time in my life — all 32 lines of code in that program. So was the end of discussion and started our “thale harate”. At that point Shyama and Sripathi were prominent members in the chat. I don’t know when I slept, but got up around 6 AM and Shyama was still talking – don’t know who was listening.

Two days passed by with no time and I was there in the examination hall to face the exam. I was thorough with all the algorithms and also that ASCII one. At that time if you had asked me which is the 10th line in that program I was able to tell that. Surprisingly, I saw Raghu and Shreyas’ face out side the hall even Raghu had the exam 3 hours later and Shreyas had it next day, they were waiting for me to pick up the question sheet. And to my luck I go the same ASCII program along with another simple one. I just signaled to Raghu and Shreyas who were waiting for my reaction, that I have got that same ASCII one. Their reaction and expressions still comes to my mind. They were very sad than me for getting that program. I was so touched at that moment and I felt the value of friendship at that very moment.

So I started scribbling down the programs. First one was easy, it was over in just 2-3 minutes and I started writing down the ASCII one. Thanks to my good memory, I was done with that also within 5 minutes. I proceeded to the microprocessor board, finished off the first program and showed the output to the examiner. I started typing in the second one, but I felt something fishy. I replaced the 28th or 29th line of code with another line. I finished off typing and to my horror – no output!!. I tried all the commands in microprocessor 8085 in that place. I spent the complete 3 hours exam time in the lab trying to get the output. Finally I gave up at the end and walked out. As soon as I came out, I realized. The line I had removed first time before typing in – “MOV A, B” – was the correct statement. I had used all the commands in 8085 except that “MOV A, B”. And there they were still waiting for me – Raghu and Shreyas – and Abhi had also joined them.

Thanks folks – Abhi, Raghu, Shyama, Sripathi, Tommy and Shreyas — for your friendship and for your support. There were loads of ‘firsts’ and ‘lasts’ on that day. To mention few

– I realized the value of friendship for the first time.
– That was the first and last in my life, I had by-hearted the program without understanding it.
– I spent whole 3 hours in the lab exam for the first time, other lab exams I have finished them less than an hour.

Still that 8085 statement – “MOV A, B” — and this incident comes to my mind whenever I see a student in buses holding books related to micro processors and micro controllers.