Sunday, October 05, 2008

And our government does it yet again...

Today, sitting in my home in Atlanta, I have a fear in my mind...a fear every Indian is having now.Will another bomb blast occur? how many more lives are lost? People are scared to get out on the streets, hang out in the malls, go to markets...and our "Intelligence" forces have been reduced to nothing more than buffoons. I'm praying for those affected by the blasts and hoping that no more blasts occur. But this post is not about terrorism. Rather, in between all these horrible acts happening in our country, our politicians seem to be more interested in getting more votes from backward classes as elections dates are looming near. How much more ridiculous can one get?

It's time for elections again in the Centre and some states, and the Government has made a "smart" move by increasing the income ceiling of the creamy layer of OBCs. Smart because it will help them get more votes, and nothing else. They don't really care about the common man anyway.

Imagine this. A family A with an annual income of 4.5 lakhs, that is Rs. 37,500 per month before taxes, which amounts to approx. Rs.30,000 after taxes considering 20% for that income bracket. Now, there are a lot of people in India whose annual income is much less than that. For a family B who has an annual income of 2 lakhs p.a, the take home salary per month is approx. 15,000, half of the salary of the former. Now, apart from getting twice the salary of B, A also gets more benefits because A belongs to the creamy layer of OBCs. (and this creamy layer is getting more fattening with new castes being added to that all the time). When giving reservation based upon caste itself is injustice, what do you say about giving reservations to people who are not economically backward. I mean, in case of A, the person can still lead a decent lifestyle with that salary if not a lavish one. My dad often says, our system is becoming so hopeless, that pretty soon, if there is a 100m Athletic race in India, an athlete from SC/ST category will start from the 50m point and someone from OBCs will start from the 75m point while the General category will be standing all the way back. It might sound funny, but I wont be surprised if they implement that.

I'm sure with the introduction on this new rule, more people will push their cases to include their caste among OBCs, while the General Category people will continue to miss every benefit. As someone who does not belong to any backward community, I am not asking for any benefit or special reservation for general category, but to consider "Merit" as the main factor for providing a reservation, and family income as next main factor. I only wish that some day in the future, the goverment abolishes caste-based reservation...but wait, for a country which is always fighting to go backward, how can the future be in sight?

Friday, March 21, 2008


swirling and twirling,
ensnared in
a gust
of wind.
Red and brown,
they have become,
and will soon

I peer at them,
glimpses of green,
memories of verdant
summery days.
withered and lifeless
they are now,
dried out by the
carousel ride
of Life.
As is my spring,
of bonds,
never to be replaced,
never to be healed.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

what's happening ppl?

hello,namaskara,vanakam etc,
wassup class of 2003?dude's and dudesses what is every one upto?it's been helluva long time and ppl need updates on what everyone is upto?so plz. do reply with latest updates.
mine is
name:srikanth kapali a.ka. srika a.k.a mman
job:associate control engineer
comapny: tm ge automation systems
yes i'm still in instrumentation

Friday, July 20, 2007

Tension gone....

The last few weeks had been one of the toughest times for me...I had to defend my project, lots of things were not working, had to work 20 hrs a week besides that..I was so busy I was not even doing my job searches! The last few days, I started praying that my committee will not fail me, and though everybody assured me that they dont do that generally, I was worried.

Yesterday was the big day. Gave my presentation, showed the results I got so far and told them I will be working on the remaining parts still..and they passed me without an problem! :)

S0 now, I am just 1 step away from MS graduation, and need to submit some work by Aug 10th so that my prof can grade me. But all the tension is gone, finally!!

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Some old snaps scanned and uploaded..

Hey all,

I have uploaded a few snaps from our Kodai trip after scanning them. If you can, please upload whatever pics of college you got and we can pool them together. My pics can be found at


Thursday, May 31, 2007

random mumblings heard in class....

wanted to build a story using all these, but lost steam after a while, so scrapped it..but remember hearing these somewhere?
  • USSR - United States of Soviet Russia
  • USA and Russia are now separe and not called USSR anymore.
  • Japani satellites
  • NASA - National American Space Agency
  • PCB was my bread and jam.
  • If u use that small torch(LASER), only small spot will be focused on small spot.
  • Staying hostel a?
  • Laser can be used to weld cutted vessels.
  • Modeling for toothpaste ad a?
  • In the last class, we’ll see that…
  • You are in serious discussion abt national security matters a?
  • Sine wave varies sinusoidally. how the cos wave will cosine? sinusiodally or cosusoidally?
  • If u start singing antakshari, other publics will scold u.
  • Joining together is called a sandwich.
  • He got Nobel award.
  • Who invented wave theory?
  • Sitting according 2 vaastu a?
  • Earlier message transfer was by birds. In kings’method, they used kabutar.
  • If u give a analog like this…
  • What *name removed*, only half-rising a?
  • What happened? Any snakes?cockroach a? then what r u laughing 4?

howzzat? wanna hear again?

Do u think I am a tape-recorder a to repeat? ;)

If you still dont get what I heck I am talking abt..forget it!
If you understood and have more of this stuff, please mail it to the groups! We've lost it! :(

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Saturday, May 05, 2007

My heart will have her smile written in pencil

*This happened a long time back and it is a true story. You have the freedom to trust it or otherwise*

It was my third grade(Third standard as we say in india), the first week of school and as usual I was dejected. But this year, there was a new sensation in the small town (shimoga) I studied - "pen-pencils". (For those uninitiated, pen-pencils are the crude front loading mechanical pencils.)

That year, I had begged my mother to buy me one of those cool pencils. As a result, on the second day of the school, I was a proud owner of one red-black pen-pencil. A tap at its back pushed the lead inside the equipment to eject the lead at incredible speed directly towards classmate's eyes but that was the manageable part. After 15 minutes of using it, I was stumped by my first technical hurdle. In my enthusiasm, I had never found out how to sharpen it. And it never came with a manual either. My manly ego avoided me asking any of my friends. The result was that I stood at the corner trying to figure out a way out of this complication. And then she came.

Either she might have seen my confusion or she was in love with me, I cannot say. But she looked at me in my eyes and understood everything. And voila, she had a blue colored pencil of the same make. She silently took the pencil and showed me the back part of the pencil which contained the metal sharpener. Her cute red fingers rotated the metal sharpener making the lead as sharp as her smile which was by the way, piercing my heart. The environment was simply electric. The song "Nee bandu nintaaga" was playing in my mind. The result was a sharpened pencil, damaged heart and my inability to learn the skill of sharpening a pencil that day.

Till this day, I remember her beautiful face and that enchanting smile.

*I dont remember her name. School was Rotary east school, Shimoga*

This song is dedicated to her