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Mookajjiya Kanasugalu

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(moo-ka-jji-ya ka-na-su-ga-Lu) Pulled out this book from our library last week to read on the way back to Bangalore. Not sure what prompted me to read this Kannada novel. It is either the series on television which discusses the life and memories of Shivaram Karanth or the recent stage adaption of this book.

I am dumb-founded by the ideas this novel illustrates. It gives insight into human evolution, faith and history that can never be gotten from text books.

I had in the past read Karanth’s article about God being a creation of man. This book, which won him the highest literary award in the land (JnanPeeth), contains illustrations of a lot more ideas. It broadens your perspective on human belief, history, religion, sex and behavior. It scientifically interprets religious practices and rituals, that may not sound sweet if you have strong sentiments about faith and God. (and may be that is the reason there does not seem to be an English translation yet!)

And what a good story teller he is. The story is set in a remote village in the west. A wise old lady Mookajji gets visions about what the village had witnessed through thousands of years of its history. Story rolls out like pieces of a jig saw puzzle which neatly fall into places as the story progresses and keeps your interest till the last line in the last chapter.

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27 Sep 2004 at 10:08 pm

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Ambigrams for fun and profit

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Tried drawing some ambigrams
for some folks around me:

For Harish Arora. Notice that Arora is a palindrome.


For Veena, our admin.


Self ambigram, not much neat! previous two were naturally ambigramatic.

Here is how I do them:

1. have a rough sketch on how to modify letters, so that when inverted they look the same. Use imagination and try combining some letters if no obvious modifications come to mind. Use some online tools to get an idea.
2. Using sodipodi as a drawing tool, choose a suitable font that looks best for the modifications you have in mind.
3. Convert the text to vector curves.

4. Modify the key points by moving the curves.
5. turn the text 180 degrees and see it it looks good enough, else go back to step 4.

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26 Sep 2004 at 8:35 am

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The good Solaris man

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.. I am referring to a man page on Linux box … ah there is the example usage … no thats not … hmm.. may be I should try this … Now I quit the man page and want to try what it said. alas! It vanished into thin air when I most wanted it!

On Solaris this is not the behavior. When you quit from a man page display, (mostly on having found a relevant example) it remains on the terminal so that I can easily refer to it. That is such a nice behavior compared to the man available on Linux.

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24 Sep 2004 at 4:44 am

Posted in Solaris

What happened to my handwriting?

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I am almost in tears after seeing what I have just written on a sheet of paper. It has been ages since I had written down anything substantial in Kannada. At one point of time while studying, I was proud of my beautiful handwriting, which people compared it to a string of pearls. Years of typing on a keyboard and using just English for business, my hand seem to have forgotten how to write in my mother tongue neatly.
May be I should blog on paper and post the scanned images…

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23 Sep 2004 at 6:18 am

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Solaris 10 Challenge Competition!

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There are competitions on Dtrace and N1 Grid Containers that just started. Try your luck!

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21 Sep 2004 at 10:59 pm

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New FIRST website

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FIRST (Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams) has rejuvenated its website.

There are some good security metaphor images on the front page:

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20 Sep 2004 at 9:55 pm

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Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion (Ja-ya-la-kshmi Vi-laa-sa)

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Me and my brother strayed into the Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion, during our morning walk on the edges of Kukkarahalli lake. The mansion built by the Maharaja of Mysore as a wedding gift to his sister in 1904, is on a hillock on the west side of the lake. It now belongs to Manasagangothri campus and houses a museum.

As we entered through the mansion’s entrance, a guard’s vague shouts welcomed us. He shouted at regular intervals and whistled, which echoed through the long corridors of the mansion either to keep away stray dogs or just to reiterate his presence. Sun’s morning rays had just fallen on the east entrance which had a nice design of raising sun with radiating rays.


The mansion was renovated in 2001 with the help of Infosys foundation. It seemed to have regained it’s original glory. After three years some paint has tarnished due to rain and negligence.

One interesting contrast is that the doors at the entrance are very simple and don’t flow with the decorative architecture outside. Entrances on the each side are entirely different to others. The northern side which appears to be the main entrance has an extrusion on the stairs presumably as an alighting platform from cars and chariots. We sat there talking for sometime, till the sun rays reached the spot and we returned back to our original track.

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20 Sep 2004 at 2:15 am

Posted in Art