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Reboot

28th March, 2017 and 09:00 AM.

Waiting at the office elevator in the ground floor. The lunch bag in one hand and the cell phone in the other hand….
I have the habit of checking emails in my cell phone as the crappy elevator often gives me nuts to wait for a long time..
Dragged down the messages in the email app to get the latest.. One message caught my attention, the subject says “Site down, Urgent”
Oh..yeah, there are a plethora of such messages with the same subject, as I dragged the email screen down and down and down….incessantly.
All those emails started coming from 06:30 AM today…. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to peep into my emails earlier today due to sleepless night yesterday (don’t ask me why, it is a different story.. 🙂 ) woke up late, had quick makeup for work and just rushed to the office..

Quickly opened the latest message.. It says, ” ….. Mr. M (//my respected boss’s name//) & company have made our site down…”
“F..king shit..”, were the words came out loud from me automatically… The persons standing beside me were giving me strange looks…
I didn’t care a damn, started reading the details into the other similar emails and while reading only rushed into the elevator, as I felt some sense of commotion from the fellow passengers.
Well, those emails were from one of my clients, saying his website was completely down since 19:00 that day..bombarding us and complaining the performance of the system..etc. and asking us to bring up the site back ASAP…. It is in production and nearly 30000 customers are having accounts into that site…. We are having the maintenance contract with them..
“Seems like, my day started crappy…Hmm..”…but my thoughts got interrupted, as I heard, “third floor…” from the lift boy…
Given him a thankful look and got out from the elevator.
While walking, punched the reply to the latest message, “Just reached office, we will take a look and get back to you…” and hit ‘send’ as the security was opening the main door for me.
Before going to my office, had a glance at the relevant developer seat. Empty.
Switched on my workstation monitor and logged in. Searched for the production host in the huge list of saved putty sessions in multi tabbed PuTTY.
Found the entry and double clicked on it. “My bad….” The putty console gives message, “unable to use key file, the location,blah blah blah..” Not able to login into the production Linux!
Gone to the location, E:\ in my desktop, to check for the .ppk file. Boom.. There was no .ppk file there for the login auth.
It was good, any way because it made me know why I was not able to login. My hard disk was been replaced recently and forgot to take the backup of that .ppk file.

I didn’t have much time to fiddle with keygen tool to generate a new key and all, as it is production issue. So, called up my QA person who was working remotely due to maternity reasons.
She answered my call, ” looking at the site down emails…”
Made her interrupted, “OK. Please login into the production host…and see what’s happening…I’m not able to login….here…”
“OK..”
“Can you send me the .ppk file you have, in an email asap?”, I asked her, as I wanted to debug on my own because of the issue severity and priority…

Got the .ppk file in 2 minutes… Meanwhile, figured out (googled) how to drag a ppk file into a putty saved session for the auth purposes.
“Voila”… logged into the production host… Irony is, I had to figure out some other stuff before figuring out the actual problem.

Just before starting my investigation, I had a look at our internal chat messenger contact list to see my in-house developer was at desk. No, his icon was still offline.
OK, and in a matter 5 minutes, found out (using some networking and Linux commands) that some body (???!!!???) rebooted the production box at around 19:00 that day and as some services like tomcat, apache etc. were not started on system reboot.
And the resolutions were pretty quick and cake walk, because I made our guys to document all the necessary steps in our local redmine portal.
The next steps like informing the client and deducing the new task to add some init scripts, happened pretty fast.

The reason, why I’m posting this story is not like we have got a problem, found the root cause and giving the resolution.
But it is about how the persons behave on their loss at others, seeking help, in a helpless state. Seems like, we need to think like, if such problem happened to us, how we should feel and behave instead of deriving useless meanings. It should be productive.

I don’t know.

And in a different context – this is appraisals period. Any hung-up souls should REBOOT themselves to refine or rejuvenate their inner resources in order set the targets for the coming new year… Happy Ugaadi.

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MAARO – Kill the Thought: Trailer released…..

I’ve just released the teaser/promo for MAARO- Kill the Thought on you-tube.

Also, the good news is – the final copy is READY!!! Planning to make it online by next week. Thanks for your support…
Please take a look at the promo at – https://www.facebook.com/MaaroKT/posts/1645910799030748

Getting the best

I remember making an FM radio based communication system during the second year of my engineering. I really liked it once I made it.

One of my classmates suggested the loud speaker section to be refined more, so I changed the loud speaker unit with proper impedance matching. Another classmate pointed out the coil which set the frequency of the radio was not properly working. So wound 6 turns of the coil tightly, side-by-side, on the cylinder, then slipped the wire off. Made the winding apart from each other so the whole coil was just under an inch long.  And mounted the ends of the wire on the circuit board keeping some clearance between the coil and the circuit board. It worked more better now.

Someone else suggested I should add another kind of tuning capacitor for much better reception.
Then I replaced it with the better one.

Our Professor for Electronics Circuits-2, who’s passing by then, seen what I was doing and recommended some design changes that greatly improved the audio circuit, making it strong enough for regular earphones or even a small speaker.
And my pet project caught so many eyes and it’s got nominated to the then coming seminar.

My intention is not to show off what I did. But my point is…if I was particularly sensitive to criticism, what would happen then?

I realized that no matter what we do, people will always criticize our work, whether they say so or not.
Forming judgments or pointing out faults is something most people do. Everyone gets criticized.
It’s a part of life. But gettting the best out of all is the most important thing in order to make a project a success.

Pooja

Spent some time with one of my relatives family in Kuchipudi (near Vijayawada), during last weekend. The unforgettable moments are when I knew about the whiz kid, Pooja (the girl wearing green blouse, in the pic) and her mother.
Pooja is born with a disability that affects movement and body position. Her hands and legs are semi-paralyzed. Don’t know if it is called cerebral palsy or some thing. However, got to know that the movements, body positions, and related problems can be improved or made worse depending on how we treat the child and how damaged her brain happens to be.

Hmm. She is 16 years right now. Studying 10th standard. Chatted with her for some time. She is quite talented and amazing. She is trying her hand in learning Hindi too.

But, what i discovered is – about her parents, especially her mother being so courageous, balanced and never expects any sympathy from anybody.

All i can say that is – Pooja’s parents’ greatest gift to her is their love — “It was so hard for them but right from the start they are doing their best to make Pooja independent.”

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Intelligence or Wisdom

Sarathi: Hey Ganga. do you know the difference between Intelligence and Wisdom?
Ganga: Umm..Not so sure..Guess both are one and the same? or Intelligence could be how inteligent you could react to a problem spontaneously and wisdom could be like how you…..Oh, c’mon..i give up.. you tell me…your take?
Sarathi: Haha. Ganga, let me narrate a small incident before i tell the difference. There was a conversation between one father and his 10 year old son.
Father: Deepu. what do you wanna become when you grow up?
Deepu: i wanna become a great scientist…Wanna invent more and more useful things to the public. Wanna earn more money.. And you know, wanna build my own big and big house with a big lawn…so many rooms inside..separate study rooms for my kids, guests, different rooms depending on my mood, office rooms for me and my wife…a wide variety of cars for all of my family members……….(his imagination goes on like that..)
Father: Deepu..wait..wait.. But where are we, me and Mama in your story?
Deepu: How come you will be living with my family? It will be just me and my family, right? That’s what you are also doing….my grand pa and ma are not living with us…..
Sarathi: See Ganga. That Deepu has applied his intelligence to determine that his father and mother will not be living with him in his future story, because of his Dad’s experience. Deepu utilized whatever knowledge he has and applied practically. But here is the wisdom. He may or may not know why his Dad parents are not living with his Dad. Point here is – he doesnt have the maturity to determine or understand why his grand parents are away from them. That maturity itself is wisdom. We need to impart our kids to go to that maturity level..
Ganga: Hmm..Sarathi, i think, i could understand the difference now. For example, let’s say, one person is earning two hundred thousand a month and another person is earning just one hundred thousand a month. If the second person saves 20 K per month and if the first person saves just 10 K per month….I can say that first person is more intelligent than the second person…..but the second person is more wiser than the first person?
Sarathi: Fantastic, Ganga… That’s the thing…
The above conversation happened between me and my colony friend, during this weekend while going to a farm house…. food for thought?

MAARO – Kill the Thought: The Hindu news story

Would like to share a news that – a very good news story about MAARO – Kill the Thought got published in our popular daily newspaper, The Hindu…today..on 16th October..

http://www.thehindu.com/features/metroplus/a-silent-film-with-a-mission/article6503269.ece

Thanks a lot for contributors for their valuable time and money….. I believe i can finish this mission successful….

Wish me good luck!!

MAARO – Kill the Thought says Happy Dussehra

Happy Dussehra!! As per Indian tradition, we treat and visit Durga Goddess as an undefined power of universe creation, which in turn as no gender difference!! I believe our MAARO has this sense of power with the idea of killing that thought of the social evil.

So, wish me good luck @ my campaign, https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/maaro-kill-the-thought

Here is one good news! The popular TV (ZEE Telugu) anchor Pradeep Machiraju supports MAARO – Kill the Thought!!!

MAARO – Kill the Thought

Finally, I’m going to fulfill my childhood wish. That is, to make a movie.

MAARO is going to be a  thriller short film structured around the sexual assaults on women and it lets the audience to think about a solution to eradicate this social problem in a sublime manner with a question if there is any fear of the law….

It suggests that one has to be frightened to think about attempting these sexual assaults on women rather than the aftereffects of those attempts. That’s why, the tag line, Kill the Thought and the title MAARO being the Hindi word meaning ‘Beat’.

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Well, I’m doing a campaign on Indiegogo crowd funding site in order to gather the required funds. Please check out for more details and to watch the promotional movie (a teaser) at MAARO – Kill the Thought

Request you all to help me out to reach the goal. Thank you!!

 

Cent per cent

I thank God for giving great health to my son, Aarush who secured cent per cent attendance for the academic year 2013-14!

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Distantly closer

Gan@MunnarTopStationSome places at distant are closer than than they appear.

If you are going across town, you may be very specific, for example, ‘Street no:12, Ashok Nagar, nearer to Milk booth’

On a different story, if you go on vacation, you tell people, “I’m going to Delhi” or “I’m going to Bangkok”, but you will not tell like “we’re going to 8th street Kalkaji” And if you’re going even farther than that, you skip the city and country altogether and just say, “we’re going to Europe.”

But if you go on vacation and tell people, “We’re going to Kerala” – you may receive a response from them like ” Oh.. to Munnar?”

So, I believe some places like Munnar are just around the corner but not on another planet…. Guess same theory applies to some people as well….