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Thursday, January 29th, 2004

I have been to this site before and have read a few articles, very good one. But I happened to read the About Sulekha.com parts of the site and its very interesting to know how it all started. It truly started as a miniscule website and now a monster indian/south asian community website. I enjoy reading the articles and weblogs, of Satya Prabhakar. He is a fantastic writer and I could a freshness in his words and perspectives. The thing I didnt know was he is the CEO of Selekha.com, surprised isnt it?. yeah he is. He has a good style and wish I could write like he does.

Reading about Writing

Wednesday, January 28th, 2004

Reading has become one of best pastimes ( passion too! ) in the past few years. As an eventuality, writing has gotten into my wish list. The issue is its far easier to read (anything) while its not an easy to job to write about anything, not to say, that will be read and likened.

I found this small, wonderfully written and extremely useful book in Santa Fe, New Mexico, when we were there for new year 2004. Its ‘Writing Down the Bones’ by Natalie Goldberg. It was written a few years ago and I found this just at the last minute on the last aisle after I spent 1/2 hour going around the store on full round. I think I am lucky to have sighted it. Its a great book and I attribute the book for the most part, in encouraging me to reopen my web log. I encourage anyone hesitating to write to read this one. If you dont start to write atleast a few lines at the end of first 3 or 4 chapters, I think Natalie failed!

I also just finished ‘Life of Pi’. I will spend another tail end of another good day like today, to write about it.

Comcast OnDemand

Wednesday, January 28th, 2004

I had a great revelation when I found today that movies on Comcast OnDemand where free…well, most of them are infact free. I was always thinking it was movies of pay-per-view type. I never cared to open up the OnDemand menu either on our digital cable. I was elated today when I looked thru the menu items on OnDemand for the first time. Some of the collections from HBO, max, Cable Favourites were indeed good ones. I think its a great product and I am sure I will find it of great use, when I get back home from work at 7 and decide to watch “Curb your Enthu…” with my Dinner at 8.


Wednesday, January 28th, 2004

I am yet to buy a Digital Camera. Harini is working on it. She is the designated Family Digital Camera Expert. ( I just dont find time to spend on the loads of info on digital cameras ). We will soon buy one. Until, then take a look at some of the pictures ( old and new ) from the regular camera.. I have an entry level Canon Powershot A300 that serves the purpose. Next upgrade pending before we go to a place as good as Hawaii!

Click here to open Albums Main Page


I have organized photos from each occasion into an album. The first page displays the recent five albums. Click on Numbers 2, 3, 4 and so on…on the top of the page or bottom of the page to move to next pages to view older albums.

Click on name of the album or the picture to move into an album. Once inside an album, click on any picture to view a full size image. When viewing a single photo, you can add a comment by clicking on the ‘add comment’ link below the photo. You dont have to give a valid id to add a comment, but atleast identify yourself.

SlideShow:Once inside an album, click on the link ‘slideshow’ at the top-right corner of the page. This will bring up all images as a slide show. you can even control the speed of the show.
Thanks for visiting.

Family Happenings

Wednesday, January 28th, 2004

Marriage – Nov 06, 2003

I got married to Harini on this very special day, carefully chosen after a lot of hot discussions and phone calls between the family astrologer and harini’s thatha. I think their efforts were worth it. It was indeed a special day with Rain God honouring us right thru the three days of marriage. We had a wonderful time. Everything went as per plan, except the nalangu function, whcih we could not make it becoz of the delay Registrar office and also due to appa’s insistence that we should go to Kalayana Peruma kovil (Temple). Most of our relatives on both families turned up for the occasion. They had all praise for the way the marriage was conducted with nice coordination and relationship between the familes ( usually there will be some kind of hickups in any marriage, mainly from groom’s folks demanding something ). We all drove back in a mini van back from Kumbakonam to Coimbatore. The Reception went on well too on Nov 8th. We had some last minute delays with video guys and decoration but it ended well with almost the expected crowd turning up, inspite of the pouring rain. Almost 80% of the peope were amma’s friends / Chinmaya mission folks. Everybody said the Food was great (Annapoorna). We also left the very next morning to Coconut Lagoon Resort in Kumaragam, kerala. It was a relaxing and wonderful experience on the lake front in rural kerala.

Engagement with Harini – June 04, 2003

It all happened on a day, a memorable day. I met harini in her home in chennai. I decided right that second, that she was the one. She tells me she kind of felt the same thing. I for once realized that love at first sight, does work. I am very glad that we met on that day. We feel as if we have been made for each other. Hard to believe is it? then trust me, its true.

Part Time BE Admission for Sridhar – Dec 27, 2002

He has been waiting for this for a long time and finally he made it! This is going to be a BIG break for him and hopefully should give him the right sense of direction in his career. He is starting on Jan 2nd in GCT, Coimbatore. Good Luck and Let this be the beginning of great career for you.

The Memorable London Trip – Dec 24, 2002 – Dec 29, 2002

It was just a fantastic memorable trip. Its a great feeling to roam around in london. Though I would have wanted to spend more time and see a lot more places, I managed to see most of the important stuff. The UnderGround system is really good and they have a neat public transport by train, bus and taxis that its just a breeze going across the city. It indeed, is raining all the time, as everyone says!!! And you have to walk, walk and walk…

The Inevitable – The PC – Oct 5, 2002

After contemplating the need for a computer at our home with my parents for almost an year, It has finally arrived yesterday. The delay is also partially attributed to the delay in the completion of the construction. Amma is expected to go Hi-Tech pretty soon. Appa has already started on his computer courses in Kumbakonam and with lots of help from Gayathri, he is typing and sending his own emails nowadays. Krithika, I hear she has already started using it, as she is the most literate in computers as of now. I am expecting Sridhar to be rocking with CAD and design softwares pretty soon. Thanks to Sridhar’s friend, we got a great deal on the computer, with the best/latest configuration for less than Rs.30K.

US Grand Prix, Indianapolis Speedway, Indiana – Sep 29 & 30 2002.

We never planned for this. My colleague, Chris Collins, was telling me that he was going to the grand prix and he told me that this is cheapest Grand Prix anyone could go. I was told that people fly from Europe to see US Grand Prix as the German and Italian Grand Prix were really expensive. I thought I should go. We made it.

It was a fantastic experience. While we have watched it before on TV, the real life experience was phenomenal. Its no where close to what you see and feel from watching it on TV. Schumacher was unbeatable until he deliberately gave up at the last lap to his team mate. I had hard time contemplating the fact that they are driving the cars at 220 mph at peak speeds. We chose to support montoya, but he miserably failed on the second lap but crashing with his own team mate. But he came back to finish 4th, to save some face. Overall it was worth the expensive trip. Dana and Santhosh were with me and we had fun the entire trip.

India Trip July 27, 2002 – Aug 9, 2002

While Appa managed to build our house with his savings, it was just enough for us. Hence this past January 2002 when I was there, We decided to extend it into the next site to make it good for a family of five. The work started in late February. Our in-house Civil Engineer, Sridhar, was given the responsibility of make this dream of ours happen. He finally managed to complete 80% of the construction by end of August right on time for Appa’s Sashtiapdha Poorthi ( 60th Birthday ). I landed on coimbatore, right on time for the function, the next day. We celebrated Appa’s 60th Birthday on July 30, 2002, at ‘Then Thiruppathi’ Kovil in Karamadai, Coimbatore. We were happy to have some of our relatives come over to coimbatore for this special occasion. It was a great two days for me, especially when I was on a short two week vacation from US. The house extension and its civil work was praised by everyone and all the credit goes to Sridhar.

After the hectic two days, myself and appa went on a ‘one day’ spiritual trip to Rameswaram. This is the south most tip of India. It was a different experience, with all the trouble we have had with the tour guides, auto rickshaws, fake iyers, sitting in the ocean front doing fake ‘tharpanams’ etc. It was still worth the experience. We decided to take the early train back and we stopped over in Madurai to visit the Meenakshi Temple. We spent the rest of the day in Madurai, before catching the late night Thiruvalluvar bus to coimbatore. I spent rest of my vacation hanging around coimbatore.

I spent the last day in chennai visting some of our relatives. I met some of my best friends, VPL Ganesh, R Saravanan (Muttai) and Saravana Kannan ( Lufthansa ), before boarding the flight to Germany, enroute to Detroit.

Personal Profiles

Wednesday, January 28th, 2004

Appa’s Profile

Date of Birth : August 2nd, 1942

He had his schooling in Calcutta and moved to coimbatore after completing his PUC. Though he wanted to go to college, family circumstances forced him to take up some job and he started as a daily labour at m/s Everest Engineering Works ( now defunct ) in 1960 or 1962.

Because of all his great qualities, he grew up the ladder pretty quickly to become the personnel manager and served the company for almost 25 years. The company went bankrupt during 1987 and we had a tough time for a few years before he decided to move to kumbakonam to work for SRVS. He has been there ever since.

Our Family

Wednesday, January 28th, 2004

We were a typical Indian Middle class family, back in 1980s, when we grew up in Gandhipuram, Coimbatore, with my dad struggling to meet both ends, my mom helping him as much as she can, with all three of us kids, never bothering a bit about it. But for all of us three, for what we are today, its all because of our parents. We owe everybit of our life to them. I really thank God for getting me into such a nice family.

My Mother. – Vijaya K
She is a nice lady, perfectly managing the family and her social activities. We would have been nowhere without her. Thanks Mom, for all your caring and love. I miss you very much. She is a serious Chinmaya Mission member of Chinmaya Mission, Coimbatore, India.

My Father. – Krishnamachary S
He has been our real motivation and support all through our life. All through his life, he has only thought about his children and family. No other person would have been better than him. you are great dad. He works for SRVS, Kumbakonam. He has shuttle between coimbatore and kumbakonam every month to be with his family…poor man. He only knows how much pain it is.

My Sister. Krithika K
She is real cool. She is enjoying her PG college life. she is doing her MBA @ Amritha Institute of Technology, Coimbatore. She is also doing her ICWA. Unbelievably, for the amount of time she spends on TV and other things, She consistently Tops the class. Watches all the movies and listens to all latest music and gives me suggestions for the movies that I should look for here. Best, she loves our bruno so much and takes care of it like anything.

My Brother. Sridhar K
He is a terrific guy. He is a “Good Bad Ugly”, all in one guy. He is a Civil Engineer by profession. He has a very good reputation for his excellent and quality work. He is interested in spiritual activities. Reads a lot of self improvement books, latest being “The Seven Habits of the Executive People”. The only problem is, being so close to our bruno, unfortunately he has inherited some qualities from him !!!. He is aspiring to find his dream job in a HiTech Construction firms like Reliance, L&T etc. We want him to start his own business, but somehow he is not convinced. He managed to do a great job in recent interview for a job in kuwait, but unfortunately didnt work out in the third round.

Our Pet. Bruno
We lost our (original) bruno in 2001 ago. It was a terrible moment for us. He was another member of our family and it was hard to get over it. He was Bruno only to us, for others he was a monster. We wonder why he was always so ferocious, but anyway its better. Poor bruno, goes down like anything infront of krithi and sridhar. He knows its better to keep mum, than to get a big slap from sridhar. We all loved him so much. Dogs are really adorable, isn’t it ?.
A new comer is in now, with the same NAME!!!

Myself. Sudharshan K
I am the eldest of the three. I live and work in Detroit, MI, USA and miss all of them. You can read more about me elsewhere in About Me Sections and also know me more if you read my scrabbles on my dairy

My Beloved Wife, Harini
She is the latest addition to our family. We got married in Nov 6, 2003. She is very energetic, bubbling, carefree, creative and funny. She is really in crafts and specifically, making soft toys. She has already got a collection of two cute softies, a black monkey and a white puppy. They are very sweet and you can find them hanging on the walls or windows or bed or anywhere she thinks they should be on any given moment!. She is also into knitting. She has made a muffler for me. She is also making a few head bands(ear bands) to susi. She likes cooking and baking. She makes great north indian dishes and has tried her hands in making cakes and cookies. She is enjoying her time in our small river front apartment on hudson river, in jersey city, NJ overlooking Manhattan.

Exciting Things

Tuesday, January 27th, 2004

I am really excited today. Harini made another beautiful, cute white puppy stuffed toy. Its really sweet. Yesterday she made a black monkey with long hands that you can wrap around anything. So we wrapped the monkey around the puppy and they both are comfortably sitting in the floor lamp stem!

I am also excited after I successfully imported all my old Blogger.com web logs into my MT. It was irritating as Blogger.com failed to ftp it back into my server. I finally manged to create the file format myself and imported into MT. Cool. I am happy. I am also looking forward to customizing the templates, importing my old web site content into this, setting up the image gallery and imporing my old images. Harini has been taking a free Digital Photography course online and she would be finishing it soon. Its not a main stream course, but a simple 5 lesson intro to digital photo. I am hoping this would help her to decide on our new digital camera purchase. I am really looking forward to it as I could post the pictures of our house, the frozen hudson around (if we get it before it unfreezes!), our little puppy and monkey and everything else around.

Added to the excitement is the snow storm tonight and tomorrow. Means, I would stay back home tomorrow. Though I would be working from home, its good to stay back.

I spent a good deal of the day today at work reading lot of Architecture stuff. Bill is excited about the ACORD/HR-XML discussion we had. I need to explore more on it. WebMethods is also in the list. Portals presentation is going to be interesting.

A great day by all means.

Iam sick of this. Iam

Tuesday, January 27th, 2004

Iam sick of this. Iam trying to export this weblog into a format which i then could import into my MT(MovableType). This damn publish is not ftping the file, dont know whats going on, everything seems to be ok.

Pretty Good First Day

Monday, January 26th, 2004

I am halfway into sleep already. It was a pretty good day on first day of work. Lot of interesting things to work on, definitely a good change for me. I think I will be working on WebMethods and Web Portals. Lot of things to catch up on these areas.

Back home, Harini spent the day making a black cute monkey fur toy! Its very sweet and has long hands and short legs so you coudl wrap it around windows or anything you can think of. Its right now, hanging on our lamp poles! I was very impressed and glad she could spend her time on something like this. She has also made some great coconut cookies. I tasted a piece and it wasnt bad at all. Definitely some improvement from the broken cake from last time!

Tried to import my Blogger.com weblogs into MT, but unfortunately my FTP server is down and I could publish to my site from Blogger.com and hence cant get the file to be imported into MT. This sucks!

First Day @ MetLife

Monday, January 26th, 2004

Today is my first day of work at my new job as Technical Architect at MetLife. Its been smooth sailing good so far, mainly becoz I have worked with a few folks in this team before. Looks like lot of things happening and hopefully I should end up working on some interesting stuff, little different, if not entirely, from what I was doing in bearingpoint.

Its been a while since I have worked seriously. work life after marriage has been
pretty low key, since I wasnt doing much at bearingpoint ( pfizer ). For last few weeks, I was on vacation as I knew I would be leaving BP soon.

This MT weblog system installed last night has also added to excitement of new job. I was thinking about posting this message as soon as I got here. But held up in meetings with the folks here.

Mohan, Bill, Todd, Jim everyone seem to be really excited about our start ( another guys vinel started with me today). Lets get rolling!

Up and Running

Sunday, January 25th, 2004

Atlast, after a few hours of installation/configuration and ofcourse frustration, I managed to bring up MT on my site, with Mysql database backend. I think it is easy, if you follow the steps, in order.

Iam excited. Its late sunday night, Its a pretty good way to end the day. Good Night!