Tuesday, November 20, 2007

The year end approaching

The holidays are here , we are into thanksgiving week and we will soon be into christhmas, As usual we take off the foot of the gas pedal and enjoy the slower pace of life. Here in Corning it snowed yesterday and I had to get my winter coat out. somehow that marks the holiday season for me , the white christhmas .
For me it is also a time for introspection as I take a vacation and travel all the way around the world to meet my loved ones . This year has been special from all perspective , both in the technology world with me being re-awarded as BizTalk MVP for the second consecutive year and personally with the birth of our little daughter Adithi . She has changed our world in more ways than I could imagine.

Well this is probably the last post for the year as I am off to India tomorrow . The blog is also completing 6 years , starting in 2001 when I was in London when blogging was not yet the phenomenal craze as we see it today . It has been a great experience writing these thoughts in the digital life.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Eco Friendly Houses

Now this is one house I would like to stay in ..

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Fall Roses

It is that time of the year , Fall , For those of you in upstate , there are lot of Maple leaves lying on the road , Here is a way to make roses from Maple leaves

So this is really FALLing for a Rose :-)
Get The Movie Fonts you like

Ever seen a movie font and then wanted to write something using that font ..
Well now here is a site that lets you download some popular movie fonts

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Monday, October 29, 2007

Passage of Time

Today I found an old picture on my brothers orkut profile page. I have often mentioned in my posts about the lot of cousins that I have and I have infact posted some recent photos as well
But this one is probably the oldest I think that is there in color and it does bring back sweet and scary memories of childhood. we did some crazy things and if you see more than 3 of us together that usually meant trouble is brewing .. and more than 4 of us quiet means a volcano is exploding ...
Well now all in this picture is working and will never connect who is who ?
Can you guess Who is who ? Maybe you can start by trying to find me ?

If you found out then post a comment

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Adithi Wants the Pc too.. Can I try that papa..

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Indian NetFlix

Looks like online movie rentals are on a roll in India. They emulate the popular netflix style of watching and renting you rmovie at home .

The difference seems that the company has adapted it to the indian Market by doing free delivery and pickup . The plans look a little steep at 199 and 599 for unlimited movie but every friends you refer brings down your price by 1/6 , effectevily using viral marketing . They have also got a round of venture capital investment . Will be interesting to watch this one . Presently this is offered in delhi , bombay, chennai and bangalore

Thursday, April 26, 2007


Kids are miracles from heaven . we had our little Miracle on Aprill 11 2007 ;our little daughter Adithi, In a few weeks my life has tottally changed , Unlike many people who say there will be so much stress once you get kids ,strangely i find myself more at peace , That is not to say she is not waking up in the night or anything ,but watching these little ones are truly a different experience . The experience of parenthood is definitely enlightening .

I have her pictures here http://www.abhilash.in/adithi/adithi.htm

Friday, March 23, 2007

Indian MVP's at the summit

Thanks to Abhishek kant our India MVP Lead for getting all of us together for this nice photograph . I guess there were around 35 MVP's from India who were at the summit . It was great to meet these folks who represented various facets of IT and who were working on such diverse stuff . The euphoria and the upbeatness of the professionals is amazing.

I was fortunate to meet so many MVP's from different parts of India working on so many different things

Thursday, March 08, 2007

MVP Summit 2007 coming up

The summit is here and I am excited . This will be my first time at the summit and I am excited to meet a lot of my netizens in person . It is a great opportunity to interact with a lot of great minds . I should be posting on my technical blog soon .

Friday, March 02, 2007

The Future of Human Computer Interaction ..

It is marvellous how future human computer interaction will be so immersive where the interface almost completely disappears . As Jeff Han puts it . There is no reason that in this era we should conform to a physical device that .. Check this video on multi touch displays out

Thursday, January 04, 2007

India and 49-O NO VOTE

One day morning I get an email forward in my group mailing list . It did take me by surprise . Read the email

Did you know that there is a system in our constitution, as per the 1969 act, in section "49-O" that a person can go to the polling booth, confirm his identity, get his finger marked and convey the presiding election officer that he doesn't want to vote anyone!

Yes such a feature is available, but obviously these seemingly notorious leaders have never disclosed it. This is called "49-O".

Why should you go and say "I VOTE NOBODY"... because, in a ward, if a candidate wins, say by 123 votes, and that particular ward has received "49-O" votes more than 123, then that polling will be cancelled and will have to be re-polled. Not only that, but the Candidature of the contestants will be removed and they cannot contest the re-polling, since people had already expressed their decision on them.

This would bring fear into parties and hence look for genuine candidates for their parties for election. This would change the way, of our whole political system... it is seemingly surprising why the election commission has not revealed such a feature to the public....

Please spread this news to as many as you know... Seems to be a wonderful weapon against corrupt parties in India... show your power, expressing your desire not to vote for anybody, is ven more powerful than voting... so don't miss your chance.

So either vote, or vote not to vote (vote 49-O) and pass this information. ..

"Please forward this to as many as possible, so that we, the people of India , can really use this power to save our nation" use your voting right for a better INDIA .

Well that did shook me up , is that true is there such a provision truly available , knowing some of our politicians I wouldn't put it past them but not all apples are rotten we have some gem of politicians . Also why is Indian press silent the hallmark of democracy free speech take 50 + years to find this . Of course pre - internet era would have taken days to figure out if this is true and a visit to library but thaks to Right to Information Act and Digitalisation of archives . I have some news .The story above is well half true .

First I found the electoral hand book online , I could not find any references here . I noticed that this was a 1998 edition .
I dug up somemore and found the 2006 edition of the Handbook

I found what I was looking for ..

I attach the following section from 47.1

47.1. If an elector, after his electoral roll number has been duly entered in the Register of Voters (Form 17A) and he has put his signature/thumb impression
on that register, decides not to record his vote, he shall not be forced or
compelled to record his vote. A remark to the effect that he has decided not to
record his vote – “Refused to Vote” - shall be made in the remarks column
against the entry relating to him in the Register of Voters by the Presiding
Officer and the signature or thumb impression of the elector shall be obtained
against such remark under rule 49-O. It shall not be necessary to make any
change in the serial number of the elector or of any succeeding elector, in
column 1 of the Register of voters.

The relevant section 49-O is taken from THE CONDUCT OF ELECTIONS RULES, 1961

49-O. Elector deciding not to vote.-If an elector, after his
electoral roll number has been duly entered in the register of voters
in Form-17A and has put his signature or thumb impression thereon as
required under sub-rule (1) of rule 49L, decided not to record his
vote, a remark to this effect shall be made against the said entry in
Form 17A by the presiding officer and the signature or thumb
impression of the elector shall be obtained against such remark.

This part is indeed true . Now the rest of the piece where the election is declared invalid and The candidates rejected has no basis and I cant seem to find such a reference anywhere

This also seems a bit illogical consider a polling constituency with Votebase of 20,000

Let us say the results are like this

Candidate A- 7000
Candidate B – 6999
Candidate C - 2000
NO VOTE ( unders section 49-O) – 2
People who did not come to vote – 3999

Total = 20,000

In this case as per Rule above the election should be invalid ,By just 2 people deciding to excericse the said option.The whole election is declared invalid and candiates A , B , C are rejected is nonsense . On what basis is A , B and C rejected .
Now the idea might arouse some legitamacy in a situation where the polling percentage is high for NO VOTE situation say a scenario where

Candidate A- 100
Candidate B – 99
Candidate C - 51
NO VOTE ( unders section 49-O) – 15000
People who did not come to vote – 4750
Total = 20,000

Interestingly Also As per rule let us say A and B had 7000 votes each leading to a tie as per rule the inner is decided by a lot .There is still a winner and clearly a result

See 32


If two or more candidates contesting for any seat happen to secure the
highest number of votes and their votes are equal in number, the result will
be decided by lot.

I now assume this was a well concieved hoax at best ,but albiet a thought provoking one . I hope this was informative . Comments are higly welcome