Infosys ~ Over and Out – My last day at Infosys!


To be an Infoscion is not easy! You have to follow endless policies, abide by rules, abide by the rules, did I say abide by rules?! You will also find yourself in queues most of the day, follow a queue to get a cup of tea, to go to the loo, to the lift, to the bus, to use the bench press at the gym, the list is endless. You also have to compete with 150,000 co-workers. Yes, Infy is a 150K+ person organization. It’s like a whole town by itself! And they have done a brilliant job to keep so many of us satisfied. To run a company of such strength is not a joke.

There are policies in Infosys I understand, but most I don’t. Although they are reasoned out in every Q&A opportunity given, but still they haven’t been able to convince me about many things. But I am very sure, every company has some policies that, have you gritting your teeth. So I am gonna look past that and tell you how cool Infosys is. Infosys boasts of several Development Centres, A Gym, a Jacuzzi, a Basketball court, a Music Room, has a steam room, a Volley Ball court, Tennis courts, a Football ground, a dormitory, 8 Food Courts, Chemist shops, Restaurants, a Supermarket, a private bank, a recharge centre, a Bangalore-One, Print-o, retail shops, an Amphitheatre, a 24/7 clinic, a swimming pool, snooker tables, all in one campus! And the same can be found in all the campuses around India and the Globe. How cool is that? Infy definitely promotes the work hard and party harder, attitude. And there is nothing else in the world that I agree more to. With that approach I have completed, a very fast-paced 3 year stay, here at Infosys. I am grateful for the opportunity given. And if given a chance, I would do it all over again, the same way.

I have to thank my managers, Mr.Ankur and Mr.Santhosh for being so kind, patient and so lenient with me, also for being so understanding, and for guiding me through out.

If the time spent at mysore during our training were to be put into a loop, and I had to live it for the rest of my life, I would gladly do so. : )  Moments I shared with Anita, Elen, Suman, Joy, Su, Srini, Utsav and the rest of the gang, are moments to cherish for life. : ) Cheers <clink> to all the good times. : ) Hope our paths cross sometime, again and real soon.

Friends made at the bball court. On the floor. At the music room. Will miss you all! Bhuva, I’ll probably catch up with you on your wednesday’s Karoake night at LOR. : )Rakesh, thank you so much for all the great drumming tips. My project team, Abhilash, Lohith, Boopathi thank you all for being supportive and helping me out whenever needed.

To my parents and sis- Sorry for all the chaos that I have created every morning during the last 2 years; searching for my tie, my shoes, my wallet and what not. Daddy, a special thank you for helping me chase down the bus whenever I got late. i.e 90% of the time! 😛

All this memory….. of my short time spent with the real king of good times – Infosys.

I Salute.

Vineet Karkera
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“Dude, I just got Page Rank’ed! “


“Dude, I just got Page Rank’ed!”
“You mean pranked?”
“No!”
“Spanked?”
“No.. What’s wrong with you?! .. Page Ranked!”
“Dude. What the hell you talking about?”
“Google Page Rank is… <blah><blah>….”
“What’s wrong with you? That’s stupid! … …. Anyways, so what rank are you at now?”
“I was a Zero.. and now it’s a …umm… never mind. It’s nothing.” : /

Yeah, so my stupid google page rank stands at 2 out of 10. Are they trying to inspire? Or are they trying to depress?! Beats me.

Whatever may their intention be, I am just happy that Mr. Google knows that ‘The Confused Graduate’ exists.

How to check your pagerank?

It’s simple. The result of one of the most complex algorithms written by Google can be checked every once in a while with the help of any of the following google approved sites,
www.prchecker.info
http://pagerankandalexa.com
http://www.checkpagerank.net

Trust me, it’s addictive!

For now, my page rank stands at 2. It began as an N/A as most new blogs will, then climbed up to a noticable 0/10. And now, voila! It’s 2!!! : ) : )
Read an older post of me complaining about my old page rank. : )

Although, the traffic to my blog hasn’t significantly increased or such after the latest PR update.
But I did notice that my blog comes on the first page for the following search keywords when tried on ww.google.com .

          KEYWORDS
colleges that don’t require gre
Article : https://theconfusedgraduate.wordpress.com/2011/11/08/list-of-us-colleges-that-do-not-require-gre/

drakes fortune 3 puzzles
Article : https://theconfusedgraduate.wordpress.com/2011/07/31/uncharted-drakes-fortune-ps-3-puzzle-walkthrough/

llb after engineering
Article : https://theconfusedgraduate.wordpress.com/2011/07/30/top-ranked-law-universities-offering-3-yr-llb-courses-india/

cocktail making classes bangalore
Article : https://theconfusedgraduate.wordpress.com/2011/08/04/cocktail-making-courses-in-bangalore/

8×59 M35 Breda
Article : https://theconfusedgraduate.wordpress.com/2011/08/13/8×59-m35-breda/

vtu transcripts
Article : https://theconfusedgraduate.wordpress.com/2012/02/29/vtu-transcripts-made-easy/

Pretty cool huh 😉 : )

Few things you should know about the google page rank –
1. It takes a few months before your page rank changes.
2. No one knows how it works except Larry Page.
3. It is not whole numbers as you would think, but a decimal, floating-point number.
4. Each higher rank is progressively harder to acheive.
5. It is one of the most complex algorithms written by google to rank web pages.
6. Google will penalize you if you share a bad link. Leaves a scar for life!
7. Lastly, and the most important – Don’t give a crap about the google rank.

But, If you’re site depends on search engines to get visitors, then I suggest you learn a few things on how to impress Google’s official web spiders. Although Google Page Rank is not the only criterion that search engines use, there is the Alexa rank, Mozilla rank, certain SEO techniques etc.

If you really do care about your google rank, read on and follow few simple things that will help your blog.

For starters, try and get a backlink from a high ranking site/forum i.e a page rank 8 or 9 or 10.

Remember there are Page Rank Penalties, if done in a wrong manner

Here are a few examples of how Google has penalized those who try to cheat their way into a good Pagerank(PR).

Proof of Page Rank penalty

Www.DaneCookFansite.com
Backlinks = 20,000
Page Rank = 0
That’s Google penalty for building links too fast!

Another important factor, is to keep your blog/website alive.

You do not want to bore the google spiders when they come back to your web space, crawling over the same stuff. Treat them to new interesting posts.

FYI – The spiders are illeterate. The don’t read content, but only look at links.
Sometimes new posts may end up harming your rank.

So give them what they want. Whenever you use a picture, or content that is not yours, make sure you provide a link back to it’s origin.

Hope this helped! Keep posting, and more importantly enjoy blogging.
Have a good one!

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Poem ~ January Calling


January Calling

Death comes knocking
Sounds of wine glasses, clink
The news always shocking
Life, a hint longer than a blink
Our worlds’ to be seperated
My intestines curl
Every breath so precious
Has my time really come?
Questions arise
Flooding memories, divine
So many lies, So many unheard cries
Swallow, the pain, gradually sinks in
Thinking, What lies beyond?
What lay before?
Have you tried it all?
As you beg, for just one last chance
Have I lived before?
Do I have any more?
Or is this our only shot?
If I die tomorrow,
I’ll be alright
Life’s not given to throw
But after all, I’m ready to go

With death come and gone
Heaven or Hell – the time has come at last
One has to be strong
The journey back to where you belong
Now just a memory
A picture on a wall
My life lived so ordinary
Can I talk to people when they call?
Somethings I’m certain
I finally am free
A feeling so warming, a feeling so right
Sight of eternity so close,
came a promising, bright light
When life dropped it’s curtain on me
That late January night.

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Global Warming – YAWN!!!


Curious to know what our top scientists and researchers are doing in the world, I head to the Science and Technology section of the DailyMail. And all I found was, Global Warming gonna kill you, Global Warming gonna make you short, Global Warming is bad. I mean, what’s the deal? Are they trying to scare us? Are they trying to blame us? Are they gonna do something about it? Do they know what it realy is?

Curious. I read on.
Here is a list of all the confusing, misleading articles on global warming..

Article #1: “Everest could soon become impossible to climb because of global warming…”

Mt. Everest is already impossible for me to climb! I can’t even think of it, considering my physical fitness. Even if I was fit, and ready to take on the Everest, I am sure that my manager would not approve my leaves.

So, dailymail stop telling me things I already know. Oh, it’s not for me you say, Apa a.k.a ‘Super Sherpa’ wants to climb it again. And he is complaining that it’s difficult to climb the Mt. Everest now because of ‘Global Warming’?……. and not because he is 55 years old? Are you sure?

link: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2107013/Everest-soon-impossible-climb-global-warming-says-Sherpa.html

Article #2: “Global warming ‘could make us shorter’ after horses are found to have shrunk the LAST time the world heated up”

Who would want freakishly tall Horses roaming around? Well, for this I thank god for Global Warming! At least my future kids will have a scientific reason to tell at the Basketball court, if they turn out short, “I could’ve dunked, you know… only a little taller… stupid Global Warming!”.

Did the title say the ‘LAST’ time the world heated up? That means there actualy was a world heat up before too, and during that time, I bet it was the smoke coming out of Fred flintstone’s feet.


Note – I did not read the article. It really wasn’t for me. There might be something there, so here’s the link for all you Al Gor’ians.
link : http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2105508/Global-warming-make-shorter-horses-shrunk-time-world-heated-up.html

Article #3: “Baghdad was frozen over 1,000 years ago in new clue over climate change”
link : http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2107130/Baghdads-frozen-past-revealed-ancient-manuscripts.html

Article #4: “Science&Tech Article: Global warming theory in chaos after report finds increased solar activity may COOL the Earth”

Now what? After reading so much, all I understood was Global Warming was a bad thing, heating up the earth, melting snow caps, not allowing Sherpa to climb, wiping islands, not keeping the same climate even after 1000 years, in famous places like Bagdad. And now you tell me that Global Warming is actually Cooling. Let’s get serious here. Where’s my money gone? I demand my green tax back!

I request all you arrogant, self-righteous, self-pomptious, hobyless, Al Gor followers to kindly leave us, equally arrogant, self-involved, ignorant, selfish, majority alone!

link: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1318425/Global-warming-theory-chaos-Increased-solar-activity-COOL-Earth.html

Just, beware of the 21st century scam called Global Warming.

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VTU Transcripts made easy


You will be surprised how well VTU (Visvesvaraya Technological University, Belgaum) is managing to give it’s thousands of ex-students their Engineering transcripts. If you have plans to go abroad for your higher studies some time soon, or planning to immigrate, then you will definitely need your “Official Transcripts” from your ex-university. And if it’s VTU, I just might be able to help you.

So here are a few things that you might find interesting

What are Official Transcripts exactly?  You’ve got all your semester marks cards. You have your final year degree completion certificate. Then what the hell is a transcript? The transcript will contain all your marks from all the semester in a single sheet, with a small indicator at the corner of each semester table, showing the number of attempts you had for that semester. It’s basically for the University that you are applying to, to have a general idea of how the rating system was at your previous university. Coz’ each university has their own way of grading students, like the GPA, Percentage, Percentile (Yes, it’s different from Percentage!), Grades, Levels, Marks etc. It can get quite confusing for the university you have/will be applying to, to compare students. The transcript will tell the university how exactly to interpret these marks.

What do they mean by ”Official”? You will receive your transcripts in envelopes, which are sealed and signed by the VTU Registrar on the flap, to show that no one has tampered with the marks. For example, if you have requested for 15 copies of Transcripts. You will receive 15 transcripts in sealed, signed envelopes + 1 additional unsealed transcript copy (without an envelope) for you to know the contents of the other envelopes you just received. The 15 sealed, signed envelopes will remain as your Official Transcripts until you break the seal. Refrain from opening them.

What do they look like inside? .. It is exactly like the extra copy that you get along with your sealed transcripts. If you haven’t applied or seen one yet, here’s a sample of my VTU transcript just so you know what to expect.

VTU Transcript Page 1 of 2
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VTU Transcript Page 2 of 2
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How do I get my Transcript from VTU? The answer to this question depends on how soon you need them. Coz’ there are 3 ways in which you may obtain your Official VTU transcript –

Option (a) IN ONE-DAY  (GET YOUR VTU TRANSCRIPT ON THE SAME DAY)
For this you will need to go to VTU, Belgaum.
Step 1: Reach Belgaum by 9:00 a.m on a day except Sunday and National Holidays.
Step 2: Take an auto (costs Rs. 150) or Bus (quite frequent) from the railway station to the VTU ofice.
Belgaum Address:
Visvesvaraya Technological University, Regional Center Belgaum, “Jnanasangama”, Matchhe, Belgaum – 590 018, Ph : 0831-249 8197
Try to reach by 10:00 a.m
Step 3: Once you reach, If you haven’t made your DD yet, there is a national bank bang opposite the VTU Transcript office in VTU campus. It opens at 10:30. Try and get it done as soon as possible.
If you already have a DD ready with you, order a hot tea and an Aloo Bonda (very tasty) from the Canteen just adjacent to the Bank, as you have enough time.
Step 4: After your tea, cross the road. Go to the first floor. Fill out an application form handed out by the receptionist.
Step 5: Submit the xerox copies of all your markscards + Application Form + DD.
Step 6: You’re work is done.
Now, all you have to do is – wait! Simply roam around the campus or take the next bus to the ‘city’ (half hour by bus), eat at a good restaurant.
Step 7: Return by 04:00 p.m to collect your transcripts.
Step 8: There you are! Return to wherever the hell you came from, on the same day.

Vineet’s Tip: Try and submit your application by 11:00 a.m to expect your transcripts on the same day.
Vineet’s Tip: Avoid the autos, they will scam you into staying in a hotel, waiting charge, food etc. The bus is quite convenient and reliable.

Option (b) WITHIN 4 WORKING DAYS (Submit and Collect from VTU, Regional Office)
VTU has opened Regional offices, in other cities like Bangalore, Mysore, Gulbarga etc, for the convenience of current/ex-students
Step 1: Reach the closest VTU Regional Office by 11:00 a.m

Address:

Bangalore
Visvesvaraya Technological University, Regional Center Bangalore, RHCS Layout Annapoorneshwarinagar, Nagarbhavi, Bangalore-560091
Ph : 080-23181188

Alternate Number : 080-23016694
Mysore (They don’t have this facility yet)
Visvesvaraya Technological University, Regional Center Mysore, Hanchya Sathagally Layout, Ring Road, Mysore – 570 019.
Ph: 0821-2570012
Gulbarga
Visvesvaraya Technological University, Regional Center Gulbarga
Ph : 08472-25 6155

Step 2: Fill out the application form provided by the receptionist, if not already done.
Step 3: Submit your xerox copies + 1 DD + 1 App form.
Step 4: Done! Come back to the same place after exactly 4 working days (exclude Sundays and National holidays) to collect your Official Transcripts. Voila!

Option (c) WITHIN 15 DAYS (AT THE COMFORT OF YOUR HOME)
Step 1: Get all your documents ready to submit i.e DD , Application form, Xerox of all your markscards.
Step 2: Write a letter to the VTU, Registrar requesting for a Transcript.
Sample Letter :  Sample Letter Download

Step 3: Buy an envelope and shove all the documents stated in Step 1 and Step 2 into it and address it to –
To,
The Registrar(Evaluation)
Visvesvaraya Technological University
“Jnana Sangama”, Machhe Belgaum: 590 018
Step 4: Send this package my post.
Step 5: Now, you play the waiting game! You will receive your transcripts by snail mail in 15-20 days time.
Vineet’s Tip : Do make sure you mention your current address in a legitimate manner.
Vineet’s Tip : Send it by Speed Post.

Here’s a sample of how your letter will look like –

VTU Official Transcript Envelope Side 1
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VTU Official Transcript Envelope Side 2
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To make your life easier, make sure you have the following ready well before hand-

1. Xerox copies of all your markscards

2. A filled out Application Form (available at http://vtu.ac.in/pdf/circulars/atten1.pdf )

3. A DD from a national bank in favour of “Finance Officer, VTU Belgaum”, with an amount of

Rs. (250 + (n-1) * 150) , ‘n’ being the number of transcripts.

(You’re an engineer you can figure that out!)

Well, all that’s left to say is “Good Luck on your applications!” : )

And Happy Studying in the near future, and please support me by liking my facebook page (can be found at the end of this page). Cheers!

References : http://www.vtu.ac.in/
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Not so celebrated Websites !


There is a website for every single thing, today! iamfat.com, ihatethat.com, teachmetodrive.com, notinlove.com, iambored.com, its2inthemorning.com.  Every body, every business, every shop owner, whether he has a roof on top his head or not, he has a website. And it is a wise thing to do, considering how much useful time we spend uselessly in the online world.

Now since we spend almost all our time here on the net, why not learn a few more website names apart from our usual, linkedin, facebook blah blah …

Here are a few sites that I found that are worth a mention. They come quite handy, and the best part is that, the site does it’s job without any frills, with no pop-ups, no pay and proceed, no ads, and it’s free…

In short –  clean, straight to the point, no-frill websites.

A list of websites that are NOT so celebrated.. Take a look! –

Learn the Guitar from scratch, ultra-beginners – I just dusted off my old guitar a while ago. The guitar lessons are back! The best part is that there will be no annoying teacher or trainer, I’ll be able to learn the guitar in my own sweet pace. A one stop for all beginners. Trust Me!                                                              http://www.rhythmguitarzero2hero.com/

For those PDF File problems – Ever wondered how to edit a pdf file? Ever wondered why Adobe spend so much money creating a software that helps only read a file, and not edit, and still managed to do so well. If somebody does know please do tell me. But, here is a website that will not require you to do that research of Adobe’s secret.  Simply upload your file on the site, Make your changes, Save it back to your comp, Voila! Done! Simply Brilliant! Muahh!                                                                                                                                                               www.pdfescape.com

Convert ANY Format to ANY Format – How cool is that? Believe me! You don’t? Let me list out the array of formats this awesome website can convert. It has an Audio converter, Video converter, Document converter, Image converter, E-book converter, Archive converter, Hash generator converter all in one place. Convinced?    www.online-convert.com/

Lost your TV’s user-manual? Can’t find your Music System’s instruction manual? C’mon how many of us actually have a cabin that only has the user/ instruction manuals of all the electronic gadgets in the house, arranged in alphabetical order? If you do, get a life! Well if you don’t here’s a site that contains all the user/instruction manuals for all electronic/electrical devices, and when I say all, I mean all! ANY Brand! ANY Model! Check it out. Save paper! Save the Earth!                                                              http://www.manualsonline.com/

Bookaholic? Love to know the latest in the reading zone? If you’re a librarian and would like to keep your library updated, with the latest releases, latest entries, latest magazines, then this site will be a treat. Book lovers can take advantage of this site, by getting a glimpse of freshly printed books, available in the market. Good reads! Certainly yeah, I agree!                                                                                                                       http://www.goodreads.com

New to JAVA? Learning to code but need assistance? So you have your Sun (Now Oracle) Certification coming up soon and you have a few doubts but no one around who knows JAVA. Why not ask the founders of the language themselves? Yes! Just post your query, and get a response within 24 hours, by Kathy Sierra herself. Even if you’re a Khalid follower, this website can be very very useful –                                            http://www.coderanch.com

Someone Stealing your site content? Blog? Posts? Find that looser, sew him! But you need a reason for suing that copy-cat! Ask yourself. Do you want the content removed? Or do you want to be paid? Do you want the credit or the fame? Or do you want a simple link-back to your site?! Once you have the reason in mind,  you will also need money, a good lawyer, loads of time,  and also this site whois.net  It gives the domain of any website, very helpful in tracking the host. You can bring down the site, by just contacting it’s domain / ISP server. Mission accomplished!                                                                                                                                                               http://www.whois.net/

Tweaks for your WordPress blog – I’m sure you’d like to know how to put an online pet on your blog, how to split your sidebar into two, how to have a background music play on your blog, change your blog font etc. All that decoration and re-decoration for your blog can be done here. Pimp your blog!                     http://www.wprecipes.com

Why not create your own 3-D characters for a comic strip, play, avatar, site, movie? Here’s a site that allows you to download a very simple, easy to use tool which will enable you to create such amazing animations/ characters with absolute no prior knowledge of animation or MAYA or flash. You will surprise yourself. Check ’em  out yourself. A fair warning before that – This site is very very addictive, but fun. Indulge! http://www.pixologic.com/sculptris/

I hope I’ve made your life a lil’ easy, for all you modern ‘e-Columbus out there, surfing the web, whether lost or not, I hope you find what you like! Happy Surfing!

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A humble bow..


Woohoo!! What a way to be wrapping up the year?! My blog just received two awards from two very lovely people Joana Alonzo and Joe.

Joana is a young, talented student who has an adorable blog at The OC.

Joe, is simply quite a lot of things, a golfer, an ex Air Force man, a family man and an IT braniac. Wat more?! You can catch Joe at My Haphazard Proclivities.

The Versatile Blogger Award

The Liebster Blog

I did not know, until about a month ago, that blogs received awards. I think it’s just amazing, how a simple gesture by a fellow blogger, can help boost your confidence and give you that urge to keep going.

 Liebster, I believe means dearest / beloved in German. Thank you so much, Joana Alonzo and Joe for the love.

The Liebster Blog Award

This award is meant to motivate and attract more attention to new blogs, by spreading the word! I hope this award does just the same for the blogs that I mention below. I believe that the world needs to see these blogs!!

Nominations for the Liebster Award –

Rasta Teacher – A true music lover. A true human being. A teacher not only by profession, but by example. Visit rasta teacher’s blog to know more.

The Pyjama Warrior  – A sarcastic, witty, yet funny account of the everyday dramas of our motherland, India.

Klextin – Turning the Page – A very unique blog about a blossoming relationship. Love reading your posts.

Diabetic Redemption – Judith’s everyday encounters and my everyday reading material. Check her blog out.

I Live, I Love, I Teach – She’s a teacher. An educator. She moulds children. She’s an inspiration to us all. Don’t miss her blog!

PCC Advantage – A highly highly recommended blog. It has everything, you need to have in a blog! Love it!

Mayank Pandey – The colours of India seen through Mayank Pandey’s lens. Don’t miss it.

Congratulations to all of you!! Feel the love… : )

The Versatile Blogger Award

This award is very special for me, as I try to make sure there is something for everyone, on my blog. This award portrays just that. I am indefinitely grateful to The OC and My Haphazard Proclivities for nominating me.

Nominations for the Versatile Blogger Award –

I Live, I Love, I Teach

Granbee

PCC Advantage

Yay,Kiss,Purr

Bodhi Rose

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Congratulations on your award!! : )

Wow! I feel like Santa Claus! 😛

Now, remember with great awards, come great responsibilities..

There are three specific rules regarding the acceptance of the Liebster and the Versatile Blog Award.

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and post a link back to their blog.

2. Place the Liebster Blog Award photo on your blog.

3. Nominate five to seven blogs of your own which have less than 200 followers that deserve the proper attention.

A special thanks to Joana Alonzo and Joe.

Thank you so much for this. : ) I hope I don’t disappoint you guys.

I can’t thank you enough for believing in me and my blog – tHe cOnFuSeD gRAdUaTe.

Good Day and Merrrry Christmas! Ho! Ho Ho HO!

 

 

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Short Story #1 – Wish it were a dream…


              It was a huge, dark, dingy room with lamps lit only at the corners. He looked around, trying to find a familiar face but found none. Watching people walk in and out of the room, made him feel more lonely and lost. He suddenly spotted a hefty man entering the room and recognized him at once.

It was him.

It was him, he knew it. He tried hard to scream but in vain. The man was already charging after him like a bull. As a reflex action, he began running franticly. He had no idea, what the man wanted from him. He ran up the stairs, two at a time.

Panting hard, he stopped at the third floor. He turned right and barged into a room.

Inside, a man far from human, sat on the sofa… singing a very familiar song

It gave him the creeps, it always did. The song sounded as spooky as the singer himself.

He ran to the balcony, screaming for help. The next thing, he was falling straight into a pool, a pool as dead as him.

And then “Kevin! Kevvv – inn!! Wake up!”

Kevin opened his eyes to see his History teacher, glaring at him through his bi-focal glasses. He squeezed Kevin’s ears ruthlessly.

Kevin could almost see steam come out of his nostrils.

He heard his friends, laughing at the back.

Things were happening too fast for him.

Everyone watched as though it were a play and he’s playing the main role!

Sweat dripped from the tip of his nose as Prof. Henry dragged him like a piece of rag.

He literally mopped the floor. His hair was in a mess.

His neck hurt, but Prof. Henry didn’t show any mercy.

Kevin didn’t protest but instead just watched, as all eyes followed him.

He didn’t want to believe this was happening to him.

“Kneel down” Henry yelled, once he reached the blackboard.

Kevin obeyed.

He still hadn’t yet woken up fully from his dream. He thought this was another cruel nightmare… but no…  the school bell rang, as if answering his question, telling him you’re back to ‘reality’.

Henry was saying something but it had got eaten up by the shrilly bell.

He wondered if he was glad for the good timing of the bell.

Prof. Henry looked at his watch, thought for a moment and then looked up at the class.

“We shall disperse for lunch.” sounding disappointed.

“ And you follow me into my cabin. ” pointing at Kevin.

Just then there was a loud roar outside the classroom as children ran out, to their freedom, which Kevin truly envied. This was a common scene every lunch hour. But Kevin’s class still maintained pin drop silence, as Prof. Henry hadn’t yet left their class.

              Kevin followed Henry to his cabin walking with his head down, trying hard to think… but he couldn’t.

He continued the ‘ashamed look’ as he watched his shoes walk into Henry’s cabinet.

“I am to call your parents today…” Henry said, as he closed the door behind Kevin.

“I’ve warned you, son…  you leave me no option”. His voice was low and grave. He felt his coat and found a diary, which he carefully set on the table and went for the phone on his desk.

“Prof. … I’m sorrrie …  “

Kevin said, before ‘twas too late

“I had a bad headache… I’m sorree…Please don’t call my parents

…It wo’ happen..” is all he could manage before he burst into tears.

Henry looked at him cry bitterly for a minute or two until he was satisfied and said, “Alright, this is your last warning”.

It had actually worked, Kevin thought, smiling inside.

“Go! …Before I change my mind” he blurted.

Henry then replaced the phone and watched Kevin as he scurried out of the room like a scared rat.

That day Kevin got back home with two things- humiliation and a project assignment. Both troubled his mind equally. He got to his room, threw his bag to one corner of the room and picked up a note he found on top of the pile of books; His mother usually kept them when she was away, it was to help Kevin have everything in order, which was difficult to see how it helped! This one told him to pack, as they were to leave early the next day. That’s when he realized that it was his birthday the next day and his dad had promised to take the whole family to The Hilltop Hotel for a week. He was a day short of being 13 years old. This lifted his spirits a little, as again all the highlights of the day ran through his head, like a tape, making him feel sick. He crept into his bed, put his head under the pillow as if hiding from the cruel world. Hiding from the humiliation.

Hiding from everyone.

Dozing off slowly into a very familiar dream…

He was in a large, well-decorated room. The ceiling stretched far beyond the line of sight. He looked around, only to see faces he didn’t recognize.

A deep feeling of loneliness filled him.

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America rules the world… now the moon too?!


I read an article the other day that had me laughing really hard. It read NASA has apparently introduced a ‘no-fly’ zone over the moon-landing sites, and a ‘look-but-do-not-touch’ instructions for anyone approaching the artefacts left on the moon by Nasa’s astronauts. It brought so many thoughts to my head..

THOUGHT # 1

Anyone is not gonna’ be walking around the moon! It has to be a well-qualified astronaut who will obviously respect the artefacts lying on the moon, or may be a filthy rich billionaire, or a test subject monkey. Now explain to the arrogant billionaire or the excited monkey that he/she should not walk on any feet marks, and to not touch any of NASA’s things lying around. If the billionaire, is a son of a billionaire and not the one who actually contributed to any part of the billion, made by his father, he is ought to do somethin like that, coz’ that’s the only way he is gonna write his name in history! The man who allegedly wiped US’s print off the face of moon.

THOUGHT # 2

Did the US find oil in the moon? Otherwise why would they indirectly try to claim the moon theirs? If that was the case, they would probably be in the process of creating a space astro-terrorist group, ‘Ál-Space-K-da’ that would terrorize, shoot at any spaceship that comes close to the moon! That’s not too far away!… A war for the moon! I mean what gives them rights to create rules in space, it’s unclaimed free damn territory!

THOUGHT # 3

Or are they trying to cover something that never happened? I’m sorry, this had to come up in my head. The whole fake moon landing story is so amusing, that I sometimes wish the lies were true. But sadly, NASA’s given enough evidence to back their story up. But hey, wouldn’t the whole ‘one step for man..’ be actually be a crater after the spaceshuttle left? shouldn’t it be covered by moon sand by now? How heavy was Neil, to make an ever lasting foot print? Whatever may be the case, NASA’s request/demand has been noted, and I shall tell my wife and kids that we can’t go to the moon landing site this weekend, and will park my shuttle back into my garage.

Jokes apart, the article was a good read and all they are saying is that if you stop by in India, please don”t stub your ciggies on the Taj Mahal.

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To Bald or Not to Bald


Balding is not in our hands, the only thing in our hands is the decision we make now, that is, if you want to go for the bald look through out your life, or begin the hair recovery process now.
When you are in your mid-twenties and worried about your receding hairline, then you’ve got a big choice to make real soon.
The big question – To go Bald or not to?

What choice do I have?
At this stage, all I see is 2 options, a hair transplant, or a regular shave with your electric trimmer. Depending on your needs, bank balance, age you need make your choice. The choice is between balding gracefully or covering the patches with the help of hair transplant surgery.

I think, if you are comfortable with the way you are, don’t let a shiny head or a few jokes from your friends worry you. The best is to go bald fashionably. Yes, balding can be made fashionable. Take a look at Charles Barkley, Bruce Willis, Chris Daughtry, Jason Statham, Anupam Kher, Michael Jordan, Patrick Stewart, Vin Diesel. They all look pleasant, attractive, powerful, even manly if you may, when bald. You could either take that path, or follow Virender Sehwag, Wayne Rooney, Shane Warne into a clinic, although you might not get an advertising contract like them.

HAIR TRANSPLANT
Good option. Will leave your hair looking full, but bank account looking empty.
Strip Technique – Older technique, might leave a scar if done badly, longer hair can be transplanted, hair does not need to be trimmed, a better option for women, men can’t do a crew cut as scar might be seen, comparatively cheaper, lesser hair can be transplanted in one session.
FUE Technique – Newer technique, lesser pain than Strip technique, more amount of hair can be transplanted in one session, hair needs to be trimmed, Will not leave a scar, Expensive, Less or no maintainance.
HAIR WEAVING/BONDING
Difficult to maintain. Looks artificial in 90% of cases.

MAKE AN INFORMED CHOICE

Before you make your decision, learn, about the pros and cons of each path. I chose hair transplant, as it suited me the most compared to all other options. I needed something that required the least amount of maintainance in time, as I know myself!

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List of US colleges that DO NOT require GRE


Attempted GRE but failed to get a reasonably good score?
Late for your application deadline and don’t have time for GRE?
Want to do your masters but don’t want to study until you get there?
Forgot how to study for competitive exams? Well, don’t fret!

If you have a low GPA and looking to study further? Look no further, here is an article with a list of colleges/universities that accept students with a low GPA. You will also find tips to boost your academic profile.

Wiithout further ado, here is a list of colleges/universities in the US that don’t require the GRE score.

US UNIVERSITIES WITHOUT GRE AS AN ADMISSION REQUIREMENT (SORTED ACCORDING TO THE DEPARTMENT)

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY & COMPUTER SCIENCE

San Jose University – computer science

California State University – Channel Islands – computer science

California State University – Northbridge – computer science

Bridge Port University – computer science

Wichita State University – computer science

Boston University CIS (Master of Science in Computer Information Systems)

Norwich University CIS (Master of Science in Information Security & Assurance)

University of Cincinnati – Master of Health Informatics

MANAGEMENT

Boston University MSM (Master of Science in International Marketing Management)

Norwich University MIS (Master of Science in Leadership)

Ohio MBA (NO GRE, NO GMAT required)

Norwich University MBA

Pepperdine University – MBA (GMAT is an alternative if the applicant has five years of full-time work experience and a quantitative Bachelor’s degree. A Master’s degree may also qualify as an alternative.)

Northeastern University – MBA (GRE not required unless applicant does not meet the 5 year professional experience requirement)

Nova Southern University – Master’s in Educational Administration & Leadership

University of Southern California – Master of Communication Management(GRE recommended, not required)

ARTS

Norwich University – Master of Arts in Diplomacy

Nova Southern University – Master of Arts in Teaching & Learning

ENGINEERING

California State University – Sacramento – Civil Engineering

Norwich – Civil Engineering

HEALTHCARE AND NURSING

Ohio University – MSN – Masters in Nursing (GRE is waived if GPA is 3.2 or +)

Ohio University – MHA – Masters in Health Administration (GRE is waived if GPA is 3.2 or +)

University of Arizona MSN – Masters in Nursing

University of Cincinnati – Master of Health Informatics

University of Cincinnati – MSN – Master in Nursing

University of Illinois at Chicago – Master of Science in Health Informatics

Norwich – Nursing

Maryville University – Nurse Practitioners Program

OTHER SCIENCE – PHYSICS, BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE ETC.

Carnegie Mellon University – Physics

University of New Mexico – Biomedical science

OTHER COURSES

University of New England – Masters of Social Work

University of Southern California – Master of Management in Library and Information Science (If you go to the FAQ on the page mentions that it doesn’t require a GRE or GMAT)

George Washington University – Masters in Political Management (only required if undergrad GPA is less than 3.0 and you don’t want to submit professional work samples)

George Washington University – Masters in Strategic Public Relations Online (only required if undergrad GPA is less than 3.0 and you don’t want to submit professional work samples)

Norwich – Public Admin

Northeastern University – Master of Science in Taxation
(GRE not required unless applicant does not meet minimum requirements)

Northeastern University – Master of Science in Finance

UNIVERSITY – ALL COURSES

University of Maryland University College

University of Dayton

Drop in a note, if you have any questions.
For professional career advice, head on to Careerealism.

Samantha Stauf, has been very kind to add on to this list, every now and then. A huge thank you to her. Here is an article written by her on Grad School, “Will Grad School REALLY help your Career?”. Give it a read! It just might help you make that next big decision of your life.

If you have a low GPA and looking to study further? Look no further, here is an article with a list of colleges/universities that accept students with a low GPA. You will also find tips to boost your academic profile.

Vineet’s Tip: It’s useful to take the GRE exam (even if it’s just for namesake), as this will help your visa application.

Good luck and Happy Studying!

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Top / Best Songs of Metallica !!!


Only a few hours to go, before the Gods Of Metal perform live in Bangalore, and I am almost going crazy! Yes, the legendary Metallica is in town! And, this is gonna be my first live concert ever!!! So you can imagine how excited I must be! I just hope the amplifiers are fine here in B’lore, and hope the crowd is nothing like Gurgaon’s goons.

Well, since the “Metallica fever” is on in the city, I’ve composed a list of my favourite songs from the band…

Here’s my take on the top 10 songs of Metallica …

#1 Unforgiven II
#2 Turn the Page
#3 Fade to Black
#4 Enter Sandman
#5 Ride The Lightning
#6 Sad But True
#7 Nothing Else Matters
#8 All Nightmare Long
#9 I Disappear
#10 Devil’s Dance

Those that almost made it my top 10 list –

Unforgiven
Prince Charming
Wherever I May Roam
One
Fuel
Master Of Puppets
For Whom The Bell Tolls
Whiskey in The Jar
Disposable Heroes
King Nothing
Welcome Home – Sanitarium
Orion

Man, that was hard!.. I think it’s just impossible to put up a list saying ‘top 10 songs of metallica’! But these are the songs that I can never get tired of. Love ’em.

The countdown has begun!! 10 hours to go before the Gods Of Metal perform live! : )

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Top Ranked Human Computer Interaction(HCI) courses in Canada


Are you interested in Software Ergonomics? Or would like to explore the field of Human Computer Interact

ion (HCI) in Canada? Keen on an Masters/Post Grad course in Human Computer Interaction, but don’t know where
to apply?… Well, then the list below will help..

HUMAN COMPUTER INTERACTION COURCES IN CANADA (POST – GRADUATE)

HCI courses in Canada
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The Brain responds more to Animals than humans


A new study has indicated that the human brain shows higher response to pictures of animals than of humans or building or flowers etc. This is regardless whether the person finds the animal cute, ferocious or dangerous!

 This test was done on a few Epileptic patients and scientists noticed higher activity in the amygdalae ( a pair of almond-shaped structures found deep within the brain, usualy associated with emotion, fear and smell) when the patient looked at a picture of an animal.

This new finding will help researchers understand why some people suffer from phobia of animals and are working on a cure to the sickness.

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