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My New Site

Finally, I got my own domain and hosting thanks to Pictualize where I am interning.
This is my domain http://www.mkartik.com which serves as my homepage

http://www.mkartik.com/blog serves as my blog

Henceforth, all posts would be on the new blog. I request all of you to have a look at my new site.

The Month that was – April

This month has been one of the most happening months in my college life !!! There have been many highs and lows during this month ranging from the time when I was literally on top to the time when I thought I was “good for nothing”.

The month started with my bad health which lead to hospitalisation, the first time in my life. After recuperating, I made up for the lost time and started worked hard on my project.

The sessionals went well, at least were a lot better than the previous two. Then the shock arrived “Rejection from ETRI, Korea” which prompted me to rethink. Finally, the three tiresome days having three Lab End Sems, one class test and 10 theory classes arrived. My first end sem JAVA, went pretty well with me scoring 60 on 60 in the internals whereas the second one, Microprocessors was a total disaster and finally the third one, DBMS was also good.

The end of the month gave me a nice surprise, my Birthday was celebrated on 30th night even though it was on 29th May. Well, the reason is quite obvious, my friends wanted to bash me and hence thought of the nice plan. I enjoyed the birthday as there was a yummy cake for me.

There were many other minor incidents during the course of this month which prompted me to write this post. This month has been a great learning experience and I am a lot more mature now !!!

Bye Bye Korea

Well, frequent readers of this blog must have guessed the purpose of the blog from the title. For the ignorant ones, I was nominated from India for a two month long internship at ETRI, Korea but alas, was rejected by the employer as they wanted a “more” senior student ( 3rd or a 4th year).

I was initially taken aback by the rejection as I had worked pretty hard but then with the help of my friends and family, I am back 🙂 A Chicken Tikka Sub and a chocolate shake sponsored by my friends was more than enough for cheering me up.

On the bright side, I would be spending an awesome two months at home, working on another internship, completing my pending projects.

Bye!! (PS: This was a short post just to convey the news )

Two days in a hospital

Two days in KMC ( Kasturba Medical College ) prompted me to write this post…

It all started with some pain in my fingers which I think was because of excessive typing or perhaps gyming. I got it checked with a orthopedic doctor who prescribed some painkillers. The pain subsided but I developed fever with cough and cold. On the next day, my face was full of spots( pimples) and then it spread to the entire body. A perfect case of Chicken Pox but if you read on, you would come to know it was nothing but some Viral Exanthem ( God knows what it is ). I was actually terrified of the spots and visited the doc who got me admitted for keeping me under observation. Well, I was actually shocked to hear that and had a half a mind to run away but alas, couldn’t get myself to do that.

Hence, my stay in the Isolation Ward of KMC started !!! It was a nice long room actually a corridor. I had a comfortable bed with food at my disposal, charging point for the laptop and it was a lot cooler than my hostel room. What more could I ask ? The first day was pretty exciting, many friends came to visit me and I was actually enjoying the stay. I was never alone barring a few moments. We had turned the isolation ward into a public ward, the nurse actually told me later “Your friends are very talkative” to which I gave a big smile. Well, I was thankful to them for coming to visit me. It actually gives the patient a great feeling when you visit him in the hospital. I decided then and there that I would make it a point to visit each person I know admitted in the hospital and spend time with him/her. Believe me, it helps a lot.

The second day was a lot worse than the first even though my condition had improved significantly. The doctors told me to stay another day for observation. They were a group of 10 doctors, all of them made a circle and I was in the middle. Well, was I some kind of experimental piece ? Every one was saying something and I was just trying to grasp whatever I could understand. Another day meant one more day in that small room with that uncomfortable bed and with that disgusting smell. Notice the change in my description of the room. I was frustrated and just wanted to run away from there. I actually stared at the EXIT for around 5 minutes. The rest of the day went peacefully, thanks to the awesome book “Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand” , Rang De Basanti movie and of course friends. Manu stayed for around three hours and we discussed various stuff.

By the end of the second day, I was pretty sure that I would run away if they told me to stay for another day. I had actually decided to sign LAMA ( Leave against Medical Advice). The docs didn’t give me the chance to try that and happily discharged me. I left the hospital at 11 30 am and was back in my room by 12 00. HOSTEL SWEET HOME . Later during the day, I went and collected the discharge summary, finalised the discharge and discovered that the computer in my ward had a Internet Connection :(.

I got a lot of support from my family. I had planned to mention all my friends here but its a long list, hence chuck it. I had a continuous supply of eatables, thanks to Anirudh who made a point to get something. I patched up with my best friend.

Well, as I said I realised couple of stuff like “Health is Wealth”.

    That’s all !!. It was really a great experience. It made me a much more experienced person. You must be thinking that I loved my stay at the hospital ? Well, yes it was good but given a chance, I wouldn’t want to spend another day at the hospital.

    Session on LaTeX

    I came across LaTeX the first time when I saw my uncle using it for writing journals and books. He is a big scientist, so then I had a look at the source code and its wiki page but forgot it until I came across a poster publicizing a workshop on LaTeX to be conducted by a NITK and MIT professor. Needless to say, I attended the workshop and it turned out to be pretty good considering the fact that there were free snacks available. I was particularly pleased to see the NIT K prof running Ubuntu.

    Armed with basic knowledge of LaTeX, I set out to create my first document using it. I chose my CV as it had some small mistakes here and there( read different bullet sizes) and I was unable to rectify that using Open Office. After going through “The Not So Short Introduction to LaTeX 2 “, I successfully created my CV.

    At our next LUG meeting, I volunteered to take a session on LaTeX and thus, I learnt Beamer ( used for presentations). I created a nice presentation, it looked pretty decent and was far easier than power point. The whole source code was around 390 lines. Though, it looks much but it isn’t when you start to type.

    So, the slides were done and approved. We planned to have a 3 hour session on LaTeX on the 1st April, 2010 incidentally April Fools Day. Posters were made and put up, room booked, website updated, FB event created and tweeted. Everything was done well in time, only my preparation remained which I had postponed to the last day.

    Finally, the D-Day arrived and I was ready with the setups. There were some initial problems with the installation of LaTeX on Linux but all were taken care of. The session went pretty well though the start was not as expected. I encountered some unexpected problems. The audience response was pretty bad at the beginning but then it improved a lot during the end. Overall, I would say the session was a success, it served its purpose well though it could be a lot better. I learnt a couple of lessons, got some feedback and plan to incorporate the changes. So, guys if you attended the session please leave your suggestions as  comments. Feel free to write anything you wish, even if you totally hated my teaching. Your suggestions will help me a lot and I would surely implement them 🙂

    Download the slides here

    Trip to Kudlu Falls

    This is one trip I would never forget for the rest of my life. This has been by far “the” best trip of my life, as it had many firsts like barbecue near falls, yummy chicken biryani, a treacherous mountain climb.

    Kudlu Falls is a place in Kudlupatra, Agumbe. It is one of the most beautiful falls of the state and I confirmed this fact. Take my word, if you live in Manipal, you should surely visit Kudlu. For all those guys who came here looking for travel instructions, go down. For the rest, the patient ones read on to know my experience.

    We were a group of 10 people, so we booked a Sumo along with a scooty, so the ride was quite comfortable except for the fact that the Sumo was non- AC. We started at around 8: 15 am and reached the place in 2 hours even though our driver was driving at a “mere” 40 kmph. Shahbaz had planned the trip to the smallest possible detail. It was indeed great on his part. We took Chicken Biryani, Seekh Kabab with rods, coal to heat it, Soft Drinks, Chips, 1 kg salt and loads of water. Ya, you read it right, we took 1 kg of salt. Any guesses ? We had taken this precaution against leeches which are very common in the forest areas but we totally forgot the fact that leeches only come during rainy season. So, thanks but no thanks to Anirudh who reminded us to take salt. I am yet to decide about what to do with the Salt.

    During the journey, you will come across a famous temple, I suggest you visit even though we didn’t. On reaching Kudlu after crossing a river, ( it was like that AD where a sumo goes through water) we finally reached the place from where we had to go on foot. So, we picked up all our luggage and started to trek. The trek was very tricky and you can easily go wrong. We took a wrong in the starting due to some absurd theory by Appan, then came back to the correct track. You come across a small stream of water and from there the upward climb begins. Please be very careful and look out for diversions. We took the wrong route and ended up going almost 6 kms the wrong way. But we reached the falls through the wrong way. This way had costed us 3 hrs, some precious water, bruises and some great experiences. This was the most dangerous trek I ever undertook and will probably undertake. At one time of point, I had even decided to turn back but the lure of the falls was too great to resist. So, we went on never minding the tough trek, bruises. Finally, on hearing the sound of water, my whole body rejuvenated and I trekked non stop. The sight of the falls was so amazing that I forgot all the hardship taken and felt it was worth. We quickly changed and went into the water. No words can describe when you stand under ice cold water falling from over 100 feet. The water was so clean that even rainbows were formed over the water. Then, we had yummy Chicken Biryani along with Kababs, Coke and chips. After our lunch, we started our journey back as it gets dark there and this time we took the right path. We reached in half an hour and were very thirsty as our supply of water was finished. We drank almost 15 soft drinks and coconuts at a nearby shop, I am sure we left the shop with a big grin on the shop keeper’s face. We reached Manipal at around 6 pm and then had a nice sleep with awesome dreams 😀

    Travel Instructions:

    (Note : This is taken from http://www.world66.com/asia/southasia/india/karnataka/agumbe/things_to_do/kudlu_theertha_fal)

    How to go – 20 kms from Agumbe, take a left detour before 6 kms to Hebri, another left after another 3-4 kms. The road will end at the banks of river Sita. There is a burma bridge on the right side to cross the river(dont try to swim across). After that one has to walk for 4 kms inside the jungle. There will be a small stream which has to be crossed to reach the foothills. Trek 3-4 kms  and you will reach the most beautiful falls in the entire state.

    You can even request your driver to drive you across the river, this way you save 3 kms of trek. I did the same.

    Remember, always go to your left along the water and if takes more than a hour, you probably came the wrong way

    Mode of transport – If one wants to go there by public transport, then he can either go to Shimoga and catch a mini bus(which piles at frequent intervals to Hebri) and get down at the Koodlu gate. From there catch another minibus which will go upto a place called Dargas. Dargas is around 6 kms from the banks of river Sita. So one need to walk that extra 6 kms also. The other option is to go to Hebri(the bus will go via Dharmastala, Karkala,etc) and there you can catch the mini-bus to Nellikatte and get down at Dargas.

    Travel Essentials :

    Note: This is from my personal experience

    • Loads and Loads of Water, atleast 3 litres per head
    • Wear Shoes and loose pants, preferably a lower.
    • Take a cap, comes very handy against the sun
    • Camera and some yummy food
    • Some band aids, would come in handy for bruises
    • Salt, if and only if its raining
    • Most importantly, TRAVEL LIGHT

    Take my word, you will thoroughly enjoy this trip. Even though, I took the wrong route and wasted 3 hours, I would still say that the trek was one of the most exciting things. So, guys if you are one of those who like to discover a new way, don’t follow any of my instructions, just go and have fun.

    Watch out for the pics..