Archive for September, 2008

happy birthday, bhOndOO.

Sep 23, 2008

Today, on Sep 24, our dear bhOndOO is one year old. This blog iisc life was started exactly a year ago with this post.

Lot of wonderful things have happened since then and you all have become a part of bhOndOO’s friend-circle. Many of you advertized bhOndOO in some form or another, many of you kept up my tempo to write by reading and commenting, and many of you contributed ideas and stories. I am sure this will continue and I am grateful to all of you for being there.

However, one comment needs special thanking, and that is by Dr Abinandanan, when iisc life completed one month. I would like to quote the comment here:

Congratulations on crossing this major milestone.

You have lots of interesting stories to tell, and you tell them well. So, just keep blogging! [And that’s the suggestion from me.]

His the suggestion has really helped me go ahead at times. Thank you, Sir. I would urge other bloggers to keep this suggestion in mind whenever they feel that it is not worth writing.

The blog went through a few accomplishments. But the major achievement was raising of money for my classmate Ashutosh Mishra’s bone marrow transplant. Some of you — whom I have never met, never seen, never communicated with — donated money. I was really obliged. Thank you very much.

Here is the PDF version of all posts from Mar 2008 to Sep 2008. Feel free to distribute the enjoyment. Check out this page for previous PDF.

The number of visits to the blog is close to 30,000 in the first year, averaging over 80 per day. Soon this would be over 100 per day. Below is the list of most visited posts and their number of views.

Title Views
bangalore bomb blasts of july 2008. 2,954
research life. 1,412
john abraham and eco-friendly jeans! 613
scholarship hike in iisc. 578
the bet on orkut profile views. 514
bhOndOO's classmate needs help. 400
married apartments in iisc. 325
coffee with shami. 305
marc faber's comment on us economy. 290
iisc life. 271
bhOndOO decides to commit suicide. 249
fee hike in iisc and the general body me 240
iisc, orkut, dating, matrimony, and the 239
harbhajan, symonds, and the monkey. 239

bhOndOO is yet to write papers, yet to attend conferences, and yet to become Dr bhOndOO. I am sure, many more adventurous stories of bhOndOO are still to come.

Best Wishes.


phd resolutions.

Sep 22, 2008

Before joining PhD:

  • I want to win the Nobel Prize.
  • I want to win the Turing Award.

First year of PhD:

  • I want to finish PhD in two years.
  • I want to publish papers only in top tier conferences.
  • I want to make ground-breaking research.
  • I want to win the best PhD Thesis award.

Second year of PhD:

  • I want to finish PhD in 5 years.
  • I want a problem.
  • Shall I change my advisor?

Third year of PhD:

  • I want a paper; I don’t care which conference.
  • Shall I change my topic?
  • I want to be known as Dr bhOndOO.

Fourth year of PhD:

  • I want to finish PhD!
  • My industry-friends have two children by now. When will I get married?

Fifth year of PhD:

  • Why did I come here?
  • Why did I choose this advisor?
  • Why did I choose this topic?

Sixth year of PhD:

  • Someone give me a degree!
  • I want to leave this place — for ever.
  • Let me leave.

Seventh year of PhD:

  • People call me uncle.
  • She waited and finally married someone else.
  • I don’t want any degree. I just want to live peacefully.

You may wish to check out cartoons on research life.

india vs pakistan at united nations.

Sep 18, 2008

Got this as a forward. Note that this story is transformed, is false, and has another version with Palestines and Israel. Irrespective of your opinion on the Kashmir issue, you may find the idea interesting.

An ingenious example of speech and politics occurred recently in the United Nations Assembly that made the world community smile.

A representative from India began: “Before beginning my talk I want to tell you something about Rishi Kashyap of Kashmir, after whom Kashmir is named. When he struck a rock and it brought forth water, he thought, What a good opportunity to have a bath.

He removed his clothes, put them aside on the rock and entered the water.

When he got out and wanted to dress, his clothes had vanished. A Pakistani had stolen them.”.

The Pakistani representative jumped up furiously and shouted, “What are you talking about? The Pakistanis weren’t there then.”.

The Indian representative smiled and said, “And now that we have made that clear, I will begin my speech.”.