I better thank these people at least now.. publicly :)

Better late than never and I better thank these people at least now.  This day exactly a decade ago marks an important turn in my life and here are the people who helped me wade through the murky waters and the labyrinthine dungeons.

13My sister Subhadra

The one who has been instrumental in pipping my computer dreams. She gave me a way by actually showing me what to do and how to do…  7,9,0 are just some digits for everyone, but they were a mantra for me at one point of time.  For an already extremely self-driven and self-inspired man like me, imagine what you can do if you pump up tons of inspiration from outside. Thats what was proved later circa 2005.  Thank you very much Sister.  I wouldn’t have been here without you.

My friend Dattu

Oh! I can’t explain what kind of a phenomena he is. A superb marketeer with an extreme vision, he is a relentless example of success. He too had a humble beginning but where he is now and where he is headed to be, is something just short of a miracle that is called human achievement.  The day he reached my place and the moment he started staying with me in that small thatch hut in a remote village, he began changing me for good. Thank you so much ra Dattu. I wouldn’t have been here without you.

My cousin Prabha

An epitome of affection, belief, sensuality and success herself, she was nothing short of persuading me to a new door. Sometimes you feel good if people believe in you blindly and that gives you a lot of strength to go on.  That can perhaps land you in actual success, its blind faith you know. Thank you Prabha. I wouldn’t have been here without you.

My brother Sai

Aah! what can I say about this lover boy?  He was far, he was reserved, he asked little, he spoke little.. But his achievements sublimely kept me going. Man of true grit, talent and determination, he is no doubt the subconscious platform on top of which I have built whatever little I am today. Thank you brother. I wouldn’t have been here without you.

My wife Swarna

Um. Let me start with a big Thank you first, my love. Show me a wife in this world who bought her husband’s vision, eyes closed. Show me a girl under the sun, who walked into darkness and uncertainty just holding her husband’s hand tight. Show me a lady on this earth, who believed in her man’s dreams just as much as hers.  I said I would fly in the air without wings. I said I would walk on the water without gills. I promised her nothing short of an ‘Antilia’ without having a penny in my hand.  I embarrassed her and the world by staying jobless at the nadir of our financial graph.. What not? But she stood there all the time with a smile. With her big eyes wide open, she always looked for my success and prayed for my well being. Thank you again chinnu. I wouldn’t have been here without you. Truly.

And there are many others without whose mention I can’t close this post. From the Teachers who taught me to the Managers who believed in me, its an endless list. But you know, this is not the last post.. I have dedicated plans for each of them ;) Stay tuned ;):P and thank you too for reading this far and trying to understand what I have gone through.

/B

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what happened when it drizzled in our village!!

English version:

When it started drizzling in our village today and the weather changed suddenly pulling the night much closer… in that twilight…  cometh the chilling winter breeze cometh the looming shadows of a sardonic cult… I saw a group of witches made of mint, potato and spices, popping out of our stilt oven and they all cornered a red hot Samurai warrior who was a descendent of Guntur Mirchi. The witches wanted to consume the warrior and lo commences a great fight.. Mint versus Mirchi.. Potatos joining forces with Chickpea flour and pitched straight into the depths of corn oil.. oh! The smell of fallen onions everywhere and the cries of coriander severed and chopped mercilessly.. Its a war the world has never seen through my eyes.. Oh! Its a war of the worlds.. You should have been here.

 

Telugu Version:

ఆలూ పుదీనా బోండాలు ఆవురావురుమని తినేసాం ఉల్లి కారం చట్నీ నంజుకుని ;) అంతే!! :P

 

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కొయ్య చెగోడీలు :)

ఇంటికి ఇనుము — ఒంటికి మినుము.. :) enjoy these crackling snacks on this Diwali.. :)

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OneNote vs EverNote — How Microsoft wins it hands down inspite of gray areas

I am a big fan of Evernote and used it extensively till today. I have more than 100 ‘notes’ in Evernote that keep me going.. Another 10 notes for quick scribbling in SimpleNote. But Microsoft’s OneNote has changed the game completely. I am super impressed with all the features and flexibility in OneNote and I am switching to it this weekend. SimpleNote is good too but its nowhere in the game as they work with only text and they have insurmountable issues with multi-device sync.

Hope my comparison in detail below helps you make the switch too :) and wish the Microsoft works it out in the gray areas :) o yes they are not perfect.
Please feel free to add/comment/counter if you have something to say.

OneNote Evernote
<3 You can type anywhere.. Wow.. Its an unending canvas. Really. :roll:
<3 Whatever you type is a ‘block’ that can be moved anywhere.. Wowow. :roll:
<3 Share the notes with anyone so you can collaborate together. .Free. :roll: This is a pro feature so you have to shed $$
<3 Sections and Pages give you two dimensional flexibility and two layers of categorization. :roll: Only ‘notes’ that are of course endless but you can’t further classify/seggregate them.
<3 Adding tags/margins to text is superb with lotta options. ‘To Do’ items are never organized so efficiently with dynamic checkboxes etc. :roll: Only Tagging available but not superly organized.
<3 IFTTT and many other apps integrated. So when I wake up everyday, I can instantly see my sleep patterns in my notes. Its into GDOC till today, but notes are where I live all the time. :| Not many but I see IFTTT too now.
:| ‘Versioning’ not available‘Versions’ available in web app but not yet in native MAC app ( only SimpleNote does it ) :roll: ‘Versions’ not available ( only SimpleNote does it )
You can now ‘email’ a note  and it appears in the default section. please confirm (Yes! available in Evernote too)
Sync with other devices (Android,Mac,Amazon). O yes. We can. But only Mac.I see it now on Android and Windows too.
:roll: <3 ‘shortcuts’ to recently visited notes
:roll: No ‘custom tags’, No import feature <3 Available.
:evil: Telugu fonts are completely screwed up. Still figuring out. <3 Evernote is much better.

thanks for coming here,

/balu

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our first pumpkin art work

I wanted to do a zombie bat but it came out smiling ;):P

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when you are bored with wheels

you invent unwheels ;):P

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poetic mornings

winter morning lazy sunday
cozy bedding, no school today
sleepy eyes in dreamy thoughts
crazy dad to play with all day :)

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golden warriors

pungent ginger pickle is cornered alone by the golden warriors from all sides but they all lost in the end ;):P

hail ginger :)

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King of all south-Indian tiffins

Ghee-smeared Idli that fumes fresh off the oven, but melts like a butter ball in your mouth… served with flavored onion chutney and very spicy mint chutney… um yummy! No doubt Idli is the King of all south-Indian tiffins :)

so healthy.. so tasty!

so healthy.. so tasty!

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Divine Pongal

When was the last time,

your nose picked up the aroma of fresh ghee,

your tongue indicated the texture of rice, chickpeas, curry leaves and mirchi, nicely tempered along with a hoard of indian spices,

your teeth crushed the golden friend cashew nuts;

your throat burned with the flavor of black pepper;

you closed your eyes, gulped the spoonful of this ancient Indian recipè, bent the head backwards and said ‘Wah!’ ?

When was it?

Yeah its not Rice Pongal

Yeah Its not Rice Pongal

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Elephant and your friends

[transcript]

hello everyone.. i want to tell you all a small story.. I am sure you know this one but I am just making a funny tricky conclusion in the end that might help us all..
It goes like this: Once upon a time, there were 3 blind men who wanted to go check how an elephant looks like.. They took the permission of the mahout and went ahead to touch it..
The first man who was touching the trunk of the elephant said that the elephant looks like a fat rugged water pipe..
the second man was at the legs and he said the elephant looks like a big pillar with rough surface..
the third man was at the tail and he said the elephant looks like snake with a hairy head…
then they all went home happy and yelling at each other about their new victory of knowing what an elephant is..
So how this story relates to our day-to-day life is that we make all assumptions about the other people around us without fully understanding their complete personalities.. We don’t have time to go through our neighbor’s or a colleague’s entire life, his experiences, his burnouts, his failures, his skill set, and his positives, negatives etc.. we just make opinions and we live happily within our own shell.. On top of it all, we have people who help us make opinions about others.. I will talk about them separately..

In the end, I think this is all wrong.. we shouldn’t be doing it.. right? So, lets open our eyes to this beautiful world and stop being a blind man who defines the elephant with his hands..
I hope you liked the story and the message at the end.. Lemme know .. bye bye.

[/transcript]

thanks for listening.

/balu

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NOW

you live in the past when you can’t fight it now.
you live in the future when you don’t like it now…
but my friend.. now is the time you bundle your past to fire the shuttle of your dreams
and shoot it into your future to reach all those crazy streams..
…. now… just NOW.

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To a new Library!

 

I don't know and know that I don't know.

I don’t know and know that I don’t know.


If women are novels and men are magazines , then yes I moved to a new library called California, for higher studies ;)

Literally I am just a few blocks away from the Fremont Main Library and it was the second most important thing I was searching for in there. Now you know where to find me on the weekends.

And by trying to read every book that I come across, may be, I am frantically trying to discover ways that change myself for better, for good, all the time.  :?

-balu

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everything is special in this world

Meet Balios.

Meet Balios.

 

Meet Balios.

He was my horse in many wars. He has an identity for himself. His chin always faces the Sky and his silencer stands proud. He weathered many storms. He ran with the Wind. He has seen life. He loved the Elements but was never sick, not even a sneeze. He loves his master and his master loves him double.

NoNo.. He is not of a Harley breed ;):P hehe

 

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You don’t have to fight with anyone, ever!

bites of wisdom

.. bites of wisdom

Now, I don’t actually fight with anyone anymore so i dont waste my precious brain cycles.  Because these two words can save me from any fight:

If it’s my wife:


I oblige


If it’s my manager:


I appreciate


If it’s my kid:


Thank you


With any other stranger:


Bye bye (polite)    OR   Fuck off (more personal) :p


….. And I don’t fight with my friends..  All in all.. Its a simple life you know.

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