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Suit Rules: Sometimes – Always – Never

Inspired to write this short article after seeing photos of many suit-clad friends of mine on Facebook.

The first time I wore a three-button suit to office, someone stopped me to share a bit of advice: The guidelines for buttoning a suit.

Sometimes – Always – Never 

Sometimes fasten the top button 

Always fasten the middle button 

Never fasten the bottom button

Ideally, we need not fasten the top button, either – Balances well with the bottom button and saves time!

And now, what if there are only two buttons? Always - Never

And for a one-buttoned suit, the rule is Always

Bangalore railway station – Lord to the rescue !!

LOCATION: Bangalore City Railway Station

TIME: 6:00 PM on a Friday

SCENE: Around 50 commuters, with varied levels of urgency, expectantly looking at the electronic train schedule display board.

What they did not realize for quite some time was that staring at that display board was not going to help. This was what it showed:

The electronic train schedule display board at Bangalore City Railway Station

I am not sure whether the technicians at the railway station chose the rush hour for some live testing (some geeks call it UAT or QA testing…). Or did the 2012 railway budget include some provisions for test trains ??!

To compensate for the non-functional display board, there were computer monitors placed all around – there were too many of them. They were running Windows XP and the system admin did not know how to launch the schedule display software. Finally, he gave up and switched the display to this:

Lord to the rescue

Looked like Lord Venkateshwara, the second richest God, had been summoned to revive the cash-strapped railways. But He could not help our angered passengers either. The saviour of the day was a lady sitting behind the ‘General Enquiry’ desk whose job of the day was to blurt out an integral number (platform number) at every train name that was thrown at her.

Just as I expected, the coach position displays on the platform were not functioning either. With much difficulty, I got into my compartment. As the train slowly chugged out of the station, I noticed the monitors on the platform showing the train schedules momentarily, only to be replaced by a tractor advertisement. How useful !!

I answered a questionnaire, probably ..

My kindergarten notes !!

I have a treasure that not many of you would possess – My kindergarten notes !!!

I answered a questionnaire, probably ..

I knew numbers till 100 !!! And I knew cursive writing. And no spelling errors, either ….

I knew Hindi !!

And … I knew more Hindi then, than I actually know now …

I probably was in UKG, or Class I. (Don’t remember, obviously!)

Wah !!! Why am I so proud of myself now ??? !!!

Thanks to my uncle and aunt for preserving this little piece of paper for almost two decades !!!

My REM Entry

At NITT, final years release a book, “REMINISCENCE”, which compiles the memories of four long years in college, the friends we met and the experiences we shared… The book contains a short article about every student of the batch, along with his/her interesting traits, characteristic features and contact details. We affectionately call it the “REM” book.

My friends wrote rem entries for me, and they were compiled by my friend and room-mate, Saurabh:

Karthik a.k.a Eskay is a GOLDen MAN with a tinge of SACcHarine that makes him an exponent of several disciplines and an extremely sweet and cordial person at heart. Perennially misinterpreted as a geek, Eskay is probably the best way “FUNDOO” can be defined. Someone who is glued to the Laptop “all night long” watching sitcoms but scores a 9 plus in every freaking semester. Give him the violin and you would feel the Gods around you for his hands on the violin are synonymous to MAGIC. A living proof of the saying “the pen is mightier than the sword” a touchdown of Eskay’s pen on paper has produced exquisite works of poetry and a demonstration of his love for detail and correlation. A flipside though are his PJs. A faint tingling of his PJ (mokkai) generating nerves sends gushes of laughter from this PJ-Centre. Beware, you might be found laughing on the floor after a discourse from this magnetic human being. Manufactured with a rare quality of charming people effortlessly, Eskay has a place in everyone’s heart. He is DESIGNed to be a hardworking and diligent worker, so much so that even SUNdays are LABorious with Eskay, though this frequently puts Mr. Perfectionist in some inexorable dilemma when it comes to relationships. All in all an all-rounder who is all set to strike it rich in Life!!!

Too much exaggeration, but still, I like it a lot !!

Engineer vs. Mathematician

A thought-provoking short story narrated by my professor in class:

An engineer and a mathematician were asked a question:
“Given a stove, lighter, water and an empty vessel, how would you make hot water?

Both, the engineer and the mathematician gave the same answer:

  1. Fill the vessel with water
  2. Light the stove
  3. Place the vessel on the stove and allow it to heat.

Now the question was slightly twisted:
“The stove is already lighted and the vessel already contains water. Now, how would you make hot water?

The engineer answered, “This is dumb. Just place the vessel on the stove and allow it to heat.”

The mathematician answered:

  1. Empty the vessel by pouring the water out.
  2. Switch off the stove.
  3. Now the problem is reduced to a sub-problem, the solution to which was previously calculated.

Now, are you an engineer or a mathematician ???


மனிதர்கள் சிலநேரம் நிறம் மாறலாம்
மனங்களும் அவர் குணங்களும் தடம் மாறலாம்

இலக்கணம் சில நேரம் பிழை ஆகலாம்
எழுதிய அன்பு இலக்கியம் தவறாகலாம்

விரல்களைத் தாண்டி வளர்ந்ததைக் கண்டு
நகங்களை நாமும் நறுக்குவதுண்டு

இதில் என்ன பாவம்
எதற்கிந்த சோகம்

கிளியே …

Heard the song “நலம் வாழ எந்நாளும்” while travelling in a bus… The above lines are excerpts from the lyrics of that song. And the lines just made me sit back and think….

What’s in my name ??

Karthik being my name, I have often wondered what is in my name? It is a name that is very common and is also the name of Lord Muruga. But were they the reasons why my parents christened me Karthik? Or was there any other significance attached to my name? I asked my dad.

SANKAR – my dad’s name.
SHANTHI – my mom’s name.

The last three letters from both names, when concatenated, gives KARTHI. And thus my name was formed - a part of both my parents’ names!!!

Nice concept, right?? Probably I must pass on the legacy too, somehow…