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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

MAARO – Kill the Thought : Update

Titles integration and color correction finished. Background music and final mixing are in progress..

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Starring: Vijaya, Narendra Saggurthi, Gnanoday Goud and Praveen Mallisetty
Genre: Thriller, Short Film
Summary: MAARO suggests that one has to be frightened to think about attempting 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’
Coming to the actual story – It revolves around a woman who is enjoying her freedom and how she handles the situation when the problem comes. The crux of the story focuses on how the problem creators end up with a thrilling situation.
Background Music: Pravin Immadi
Camera: Chandrasekhar George
Editing; Vikash
Story, Screenplay and Direction: Gangadhar Ambati
Releasing this, November 2015

Pains

And, its nearly one day ago, I got back from the dentist clinic…but…with one tooth less. Finally, my thinking like why I’ve been in having pains when chewing with this tooth and lately simply frequent extreme pain on it and around its area, are come an end.

You see, this particular molar had been torturing me for the past couple of months. I initially noticed it in the last summer, whenever I used to drink cold and chilled water due to summer heat. So i dismissed drinking cold water there after. The pains started getting more frequent and later on affecting other kinds of food as well. Consulted dentist and it was due to a decayed tooth.

Finally i was on the dentist bed, yesterday, for tooth extraction. My dentist arrived and gave me a local dental anesthesia to block the reception of pain in one region of the mouth at a time. Believe me, when he injected it using the dental syringe, the pain was ridiculously hell.

“Take a break for 5 minutes and let me know if the anesthetic senasation has reached…”, said the dentist while dialing his mobile phone.

Was getting an awkward sense inside my mouth due to that local anesthesia, minute by minute.. My dentist reached me and asked, ” How are you feeling? Shall i start extraction? But let me confirm the anesthesia is working or not…” and then he started banging on my teeth by grabbing his utensils. I just sounded ” aaww….” with pain.
” Cool..cool.. Seems like you need to wait for a few more minutes” and he was gone.

A few minutes later, he came in and injected at the same place using the dental syringe and said, ” are feeling any pain now?”

“Miracle! No sense of pain now…doctor..”

“Good…Let me start then..”

A couple of minutes later.. I was able to see the bad tooth lying in front of me, in a tray, looking all ashamed for its act..

Summary: We need to face or invite pains for short time in order to cure/solve pains or problems…

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!!!

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….

P(oo)r-o-gram

He was wondering, during his experience, why JAVA needs three classes to read a file.
But the experience he got the other day was different when he was interviewing a Java Programmer (JP).

He: ………
JP: ………
He: How long you have been familiar with JAVA?
JP: Umm. One year.
He: How do you open a file?
JP: Open a file? OK. Click on the ‘File’ in the top menu bar…
He: Aha (?)
JP: Select ‘Open’, browse through the folders from the open dialogue, select the file you want and hit ‘enter’. The file will be opened. That’s it.
He: That’s it!!??!!
JP: ……….
He: ……….
…………..

And don’t ask me what was his next question to JP….

Hiring

It’s not about bottom fishing. He is looking for enough willing and able employees to fill the established gaps in the company. It’s not hiring on the hoof like wholesale filling of average jobs with people trying to be average. He is not looking for a soul mate at a singles’ bar.

It’s not about average people. There could be average jobs, certainly, average in that they require people to fit in, do what they are told and follow the manual.

But he is looking for selective, interactive and long term.