[Lavanya Deepak]

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

SIR -- (S)lave (I) (R)emain

The most abominable and commonly used word in India is 'Sir' for everything and anyone.  The real acronym for the word 'Sir' is (S)lave (I) (R)emain. And it is the remnant of the imperialistic effect that British has left upon us several centuries before. If you have watched the tamil movie 'Thamizhan' (starring Vijay) where he condemns the writer of the police station for forcing people to call the inspector as 'Ayya' (sir in Tamil). He adds that if he is so obsessed with that relationship, it is up to him but not to thrust the same on others.

I have been observing quite a number of software companies in Chennai also, unfortunately, catching up this trend of juniors addressing seniors as 'SIR'. What is the purpose of 'first name' (given name) and 'last name' for the person then? Why are people so obsessed with the relationship of being a slave?

Thursday, September 10, 2015

"Sri Rama Jayam" hosted on OneDrive

We are indeed spending a lot of hours online everyday and countless minutes are being wasted over mundane things. But we ought to ensure sometime is dedicated for our spiritual upliftment and prayers. I am trying to see if we can make use of the e-Sri Rama Jayam campaign that was published a few years back with a few amendments.

  1. Language is in English. So not to worry about crazy setup issues like Unicode etc and rather we focus on the objective.
  2. The earlier campaign blocks use of system clipboard. But I don't think that should be a deterrent. Even to make use of the clipboard we are taking some effort. So let us allow it.

Check out the hosted Sri Rama Jayam here. Why not you also start to make a similar sheet from one of your favorite online cloud utilities and share it out? Some of the services offering online spreadsheets are:

Friday, September 04, 2015

4th September (2009 and 2015) -- Reflecting back by 6 years


Around six years back on this day I undertook the most memorable step. And in the common man's world a ride in Pallavan Express from Chennai Egmore to Srirangam station. And the occasion is to seek the hands of my better-half. There is not a great story to add onto this post other than a reflection (or rather an introspection) of this memory here as 'This Day That Age'.

What is the need of retention call?

In India, particularly Chennai seems to be haunted with the following issue,

--Nagging people who are exiting from the play.

So what does the 'play' here stand for? Anything. 

  1. At workplace if an employee is going a bit early on some day or on a long vacation, the stupid managers would then only try to see as-if the business itself coming to a standstill and raising a hell lot of questions on 'knowledge transfer' and other things. When you see the status after your return, the sad and interesting truth is that nothing would have progressed anywhere.
  2. At workplace when an employee is about to exit the services, the final few days would be a fortuitous interference on his/her personal life with a number of 'Why/What-after/Where'. This along with the issue mentioned in (1) is a cumulative.
  3. When you try port-out a number from one cellular operator to another, the stupid pesky call from the losing (donor) operator with beguile offers is another headache. 

After all, these days if relationships turn sour we have the liberty to knock the doors of the court seeking liberation from those clutches. So why are these moronic mundane creatures bothering us?

ஆண்டாளின் புகழ் பாடுவோம்

மண்மீது மதலையாய் வந்துதித்து
நாட்டை ஆளும் மன்னனிடம்
அண்ட சராசரங்களை ஆளும் மகேசன் மாதவன்
புகழ்பாடி பொற்கிழி பெற்ற
பெரியாழ்வாரின் புத்திரியாய்
வந்துதித்தவள் கோதை

விண்ணிலிருந்து மண்ணுக்கு வந்து
 மாதவனை அறியாது
 அறியாமையில் மூழ்கி
 மீண்டும் மண்ணுக்கே போகும்
 மானிடர்களை வாழ்விக்கவந்த
கருணை தெய்வம் கோதை

யசோதை செய்த மாதவத்தால்
 யாதவனாக இப்புவியில் வந்துதித்து
பிறவிப் பிணிக்கு மருந்து தந்த
 தன்வந்திரி பகவான் மாதவனின் பெருமைதனை
மறந்துபோன  நம் போன்ற உயிர்க்கெல்லாம்
மீண்டும் காட்டி தந்தவள் கோதை

வேதம் கற்றோர் வேதத்தின்
 உண்மைப் பொருளறியாது
வாதம் செய்து கொண்டிருந்தனர்

அறிந்த சிலரும் அதை சக மானிடர்கள்
கடைத்தேற உபதேசிக்க மனமில்லாது
இருந்த நிலையில்
 வேதத்தின் விழுப்பொருளை
 பாமரனும் அறியும்வண்ணம்
அழகு தமிழில் பாடித் தந்தாள்
ஆண்டாள் என்னும் கோதை

மார்கழி மாதந்தன்னை
மகிழ்ந்து மாளாப் பிறவியை அறுக்கும் மாதம்
 என்று அனைவருக்கும் உணர்த்தி
 மனித குலத்திற்கு நல்லதோர்
வழியைக் காட்டியவள்
 மண் மடந்தையாம் கோதை.

அமரரும் அறியா ஹரியின் பாதத்தை
அறியும் வழியைக் அனைவருக்கும் காட்டித் தந்தவள்

அடங்கா மனதை அரங்கனின்
திருவடிகளில் அடங்கும்
திறத்தை கற்பித்தவள். கோதை

மண் மீது உதித்தவள்
. மண்ணை உண்ட மாவாயனின்
 புகழைப் பாடியவள் கோதை

திருமாலையே நெஞ்சில் நினைந்து
பூமாலை சாற்றிக்கொண்டு
அரங்கனின் மீது பாமாலை சாற்றி அருளிய
ஆண்டாளின் புகழ் பாடுவோம்
பிறரை இகழும் சொற்களை விடுத்து.

இவ்வுலக மோகம் கொண்டு
பதராய் அங்குமிங்கும் வீணே திரிந்து
இவ்வுலகில் வாழ்வை வீணாக்காமல்
 பக்தராய்  பரமனின் புகழை பாடிக்கொண்டு
பண்போடும் அன்போடும் ஆனந்தமாய் வாழ்வோம்.

அவனையே நினைந்து உருகி
அவனையே  மணாளனாக வரித்த
 மாண்புடையவளை என்றென்றும் மனதில் சிந்திப்போம்

அவள் காட்டிய வழியில் சென்று
அரங்கனின் திருவடி நிழலில்
என்றும் அழியா பதம் பெறுவோம்.

ஆண்டாள் திருவடிகளே சரணம்

Mixed Experiences with MNP and N-MNP in India

Finally we have two levels of Number Portability in India now.

  1. January 11 2011 (Regional Mobile Number Portability (referred as MNP))
  2. July 3 2015 (National Mobile Number Portability (referred as NMNP))

Around the first quarter of 2014, I had the opportunity to taste the fruits of MNP from Vodafone (Maharashtra & Goa) to Airtel (Maharashtra & Goa) . The reasons for this switch are:

  1. Very local dialects of Vodafone making it uncomfortable talking with them.
  2. Too much hidden charges and fine prints
  3. Bad network coverage in the area I was living (Dehu Road, Talwade)

And I always believe in not to put all the eggs in the same basket. And for some reason I had a few of the SIMs from Chennai BSNL Network itself in 2015. So I implemented a simple method to divestiture into other networks.

  1. Ported one of my Chennai BSNL number into Vodafone Chennai (June 2015) -- This was also necessary because of not-so-good customer support and coverage for my frequently used number. 
  2. Ported one of my Chennai BSNL number into Aircel Chennai (June 2015) -- This SIM I was predominantly using for data card. Now that I am using internet on the mobile, I felt that the number which almost went inactive could be rejuvenated. 

There were a couple of issues with Vodafone too. Vodafone does not send properly the port confirmation, port-in-time messages. So I thought as a backup I would have a port-in to Idea Cellular also. Idea is still bad. No porting SMSes are sent at all.

And with July 3 2015 launch of NMNP, I initiated the following steps:

  1. Moved my Airtel (M&G) number into Airtel (Chennai) to ensure it does not anymore roam for me.
  2. Moved my BSNL (M&G) number into BSNL (Chennai) to ensure it does not anymore roam for me.

However Airtel Roaming was a rough ride. No sooner the number was ported to Chennai, I had a number of issues. A few of them are hereunder:

  1. Call routing were too much erroneous or incomplete
  2. SMS Delivery Reports not getting received (despite opting on the device)
  3. SMS erratically delivered or mis-delivered
  4. SMS to special numbers like 1909, 121 etc never sent

As usual the customer care was singing lullaby and duet for two to three weeks. With competant telecom administrations slamming an escalation on the issue, Airtel then engaged its MNP implementation vendors to look into the issue and during the first week of August there was light at the end of tunnel. 

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Unethical Software Business Practice in Chennai. CCTNS to our rescue

One of my friend who practices astrology as a profession and marketing through his website had a unique issue when he hired the services of I Creat Solutions, a SEO consultancy based in Tambaram. Initially the consultant offered to tweak the website for suitable SEO changes but then eventually went against the promise and was treating my friend as a good 'milking cow' by extracting more and more money for each junk entry they were adding to the website.  We came to know about their service through JustDial and have also informed their malicious ways of promoting business to JD. Worst yet they also put an incorrect phone number (possibly their own) to divert business calls to my client for themselves.

When the business was challenged and reprimanded regarding their unethical moves, they stopped all updates despite getting the money from us. This was when CCTNS came to our rescue. We filed a formal police complaint to Chennai Police Commissionarate who summoned the appropriate teams to put corrective actions in place. 

Regarding the phone number issue, we could have even sued them to a much higher level but considering the magnitude of the organization and also on a good samaritan gesture, we let go them off after getting it rectified at the CCTNS level.


Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Back after a real long time ...

It has been a real long time since I wrote. There had been a lot of things happening around, lot of travels criss-crossing through the globe, discoveries etc.

Since early 2013 I have been little busy and hence my blog had been little low profile. You can find out more about where do I stand from my LinkedIn profile and follow me via twitter or Facebook Community Page.

When I say FB, it is the community page and not my timeline. Do not send me a friend request at the timeline if you do not know me. You are welcome to follow my community page anyway.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

கேப்டன் 58வது பிறந்த நாள்

இன்று கேப்டன் விஜயகாந்தின் 58வது பிறந்த நாள்.

தகவல்: கூகிள்.

தமிழ் திரைப்பட உலகிலும் இப்போது அரசியலிலும் ஒரு தனி முத்திரை படைத்துத்  திகழும் பல சோதனைகளை கடந்து சாதனை படைத்து வரும் விஜயகாந்திற்கு 'இனிய பிறந்த நாள் வாழ்த்துக்கள்'.

Monday, June 10, 2013

A Humble New Look of LavanyaDeepak Website

Over the past two weekends, had a chance to slightly touch on both the aesthetics and functionalities of http://lavanyadeepak.tk/.

The release notes for the current publication are:

  1. A seamless navigation amongst all components without break.
  2. HTML5 compliance
  3. Rich use of jQuery/jQuery UI
  4. The much awaited album in its first pilot version from the profile page. Not all sets are included though.
  5. Spiritual Chanting Utilities including Sri Narayaneeyam

Feel free to share your feedback on the same...