Archive for February, 2008

I shall tell you about the great saint Tukaram.

One day it so happened that a devotee came to Tukaram and said “Maharaj, you are so free and open in your life. You never get angry or upset. You are always so cool and serene. Please tell me the secret of your life.”

Instead of answering his question, Tukaram looked at him for a long time and said, “I can see that you are going to die in seven days”. The devotee was so shocked, he forgot about his question and returned home, thinking over and over again about what the great saint had predicted for him. From then on, he was nice and sensitive towards his wife and children and did whatever he had to do, as he knew he had only seven more days to live.

On the seventh day he went to Tukaram and said “Maharaj, please bless me. I am going to die today.”

Tukaram said, “All right, but please tell me how you lived these last seven days. Did you get angry or upset with your wife and children, friends or anybody else?”

The devotee replied, “Maharaj, I knew I was going to die in seven days. How could I get angry with anyone?”

Tukaram said, “That is exactly the secret of my life. I constantly remember that relationships and incidents can come to an end any moment.”

Courtesy : Swamy Suddhanand


Government of India has an online Grievance forum at

The government wants people to use this tool to highlight the problems they faced while dealing with Government officials or departments like Passport Office, Electricity board, BSNL/MTNL, Railways etc.

I know many people will say that these things don’t work in India , but there is no harm in giving a try in case you have a problem, right?

So use this grievance forum and educate others who don’t know about this facility.

This way we can at least raise our concerns instead of just talking about the ‘System’ in India . Invite your friends to contribute for many such happenings.

After exactly one year from Gagana chukki – Bhara chukki trip, once again we, Volcanoes [ thats what we call ourselves 😉 ] planned for a trip to Kodaikinal & Munnar. And below is the consolidated list of the places that we had been to:

* Kodaikanal
* Munnar
* Cochin
* Cherai Beach

I’ll not eat out much of your time this time by explaining the whole journey, as these are famous places and almost everyone is aware of them. But still, I would like to share some unique experiences here, please bare with me.

We had scheduled ourselves to leave at 10:30pm or so on Friday night but boys will be boys, no time sense.. [including me.. 😉 ]. Somehow we managed to leave before 12 midnight. And this delay did cost us later a lot, can’t help it buddy.

The journey was too long, so we thought of playing some games, all of them were normal but “dumb-shall-act” was abnormal as almost all of us were new to this game and didn’t know how to act to bring out the film names and this lead to an unstoppable laughter.

We headed to Kodaikanal first. And following are the two places on the way.

This is the first one where you can see a falls from a long distance, called as “Thalaiyar Falls“.



Read ahead and see if you too have someone like this in your life.

One day, when I was a freshman in high school, I saw a kid from my class was walking home from school. His name was Kyle. It looked like he was carrying all of his books.

I thought to myself, ‘Why would anyone bring home all his books on a Friday?He must really be a nerd.’

I had quite a weekend planned (parties and a football game with my friends tomorrow afternoon), so I shrugged my shoulders and went on.

As I was walking, I saw a bunch of kids running toward him. They ran at him, knocking all his books out of his arms and tripping him so he landed in the dirt.His glasses went flying, and I saw them land in the grass about ten feet from him. He looked up and I saw this terrible sadness in his eyes

My heart went out to him. So, I jogged over to him and as he crawled around looking for his glasses, and I saw a tear in his eye. As I handed him his glasses, I said, ‘Those guys are jerks. They really should get lives. He looked at me and said, ‘Hey thanks!’ There was a big smile on his face. It was one of those smiles that showed real gratitude.

I helped him pick up his books, and asked him where he lived. As it turned out, he lived near me, so I asked him why I had never seen him before. He said he had gone to private school before now. I would have never hung out with a private school kid before. We talked all the way home, and I carried some of his books. He turned out to be a pretty cool kid.


How to find out the Tcl version

Posted: February 18, 2008 in How To
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Tcl (Tool Command Language) is a very simple, open-source-licensed programming language. Tcl provides basic language features such as variables, procedures, and control, and it runs on almost any modern OS, such as Unix (Linux and non-Linux), MacOS, Windows 95/98/NT/2000/XP/…, PDA systems, and many more. But the key feature of Tcl is its extensibility.

And unlike any other scripting languages, just -v option won’t give you the version of your Tcl, there is a separate variable defined for that, tcl_version. So, just say puts $tcl_version to know your Tcl version.

There is a good Wiki for Tcl users, give a try:

How to find out the perl version

Posted: February 18, 2008 in How To
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Perl is acronym for Practical Extraction and Report Language. It is a general-purpose programming language invented in 1987 by Larry Wall. Originally developed for text manipulation. Perl has become extremely popular and is now used for a wide range of tasks, including web development and interface design.

If you have access to a shell prompt(Solaris, Unix/Linux), type following command to find out perl version:

perl -v

Altrernatively, you can use the following perl script to achieve the same through web:

$command=`perl -v`;
$title = “Perl Version”;

print “Content-type: text/html\\n\\n”;
print “<html><head><title>$title</title></head><body>”;

print “<h1>$title</h1>\n”;
print $command;

print “</body></html>”;

ಉತ್ತಮರು ಯಾರು?

Posted: February 5, 2008 in Humor
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ಒಂದು ಉತ್ತಮ ಚುಟುಕು.. 😉


Think before you act.. :)

Posted: February 5, 2008 in Humor
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One morning at a hospital a patient arrives complaining of serious back-pain.The doctor examines him and asks “OK,What happened to your back?”

The patient replies “You know that I work for a local night club? This morning I got home to my apartment early and heard a noise in my bedroom. On entering I knew someone had been with my wife and the balcony door was open. I rushed out the balcony door and did not find anyone. As I looked down from the balcony I saw a man running out and he was dressing himself. I grabbed the fridge and threw it at him,That’s how I strained my back”

The 2nd patient arrives looking as if he has been in a car wreck. The doctor said “My previous patient looked bad, but you look terrible.What the hell happened to you?”

He replied, “You know I have been unemployed for a while now .Today was the first day at my new job. I forgot to set my alarm and was running late. I was running out of the building, getting dressed at the same time, and you won’t believe it but I was hit by a fridge.”

The 3rd patient arrives; he looks even worse than the other two patients do. The doctor is shocked. Again asks, “What the hell happened to youuuuuuuuuu…..?”

“Well I was sitting in a fridge & someone threw it from the 3rd floor!” 😀