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Tuesday, March 29, 2005
Hi,I'm back frm my so-called 3-day industrial visit.The trip was arranged mostly by way of acquaitances.Here's an account of the trip.

Day 1--24-3-05
I actually accompanied the mechanical engg guys.I was specially invited.Not wanting to miss the opportunity,i agreed to go with them.I set off for central by bus.I found,to my dismay,tht the whole bus was filled with people bound for central.So i had to travel standing all the way.I reached central @ 830.Boarded the train @ 945.

Day 2--25-3-05
The class representative of mech engg is a guy called vignesh.But it was the deputy rep. who played the pivotal role of a leader.He led us straight to a large hall which was one of covai's famous.We took bath,had breakfast and headed straight to arts college road where a govt. bus was waiting for us.(There was another vignesh whose dad is the MD of SETC.Thro' him we arranged for a govt bus to make the trip inexpensive).

We headed straight for the industry located on pollachi road in the SIDCO estate.(Suganth's uncle was the factory manager,another case of influence).After spending 2 hours in a dusty factory we headed back to where we lodged and got ready for ooty.

We started @ 3 pm by a brand new govt bus which had just been bought and was yet to make its first trip.We felt proud to be the first passengers.

We reached ooty @ 730pm.We would have reached it much earlier @ 630 itself but b'cos the bus was long,the driver found it quite hard to manoeuvre it on the ghat road.

I joined 11 other guys in 5-bed room.(Finding an inexpensive lodge was not difficult since the lodge belonged to ECE Prabu's uncle).Prabu was to join us that night from his hometown mettupalayam.

While the 11 other guys went out 2 have a "drink",i stayed back.I went off to sleep not wanting to witness them behaving abnormally.But I was forced awake by Sakthi,my classmate,who had gulped 2 "fulls". "Ennada thookam vendiyirukku?endhiri da!".He caught hold of a mobile phone a threw it across the room.Later it turned out to be his own mobile.

From 1030, a war of words between a completely drunk sakthi and a half drunk PKS(polambal kotturpuram sivakumar)started and went on till 1230.It finally stopped with ECE prabu arriving @ the scene.

Day 3--26-3-05
42 of us hired a govt bus and went sight-seeing.First we went boating in Pykara lake.Next it was pykara falls.While one group went along the flow of water,I and 7 other guys,accompanied by Sandeep,climbed the nearby hill.We took photographs inside what looked like a dense jungle.We then came out and headed for filmi chakkar which is a large open space frequented by film-shootings.We climbed up in groups and all 42 of us together ran down the steep hill,Sandeep leading the way once again.

Our next stop was pine forest.A steep hill descended from the road.This time representative Vignesh took the initiative and went deep into the forest.After a particular spot,the road was no longer visible.We posed for snaps and headed straight for the lodge.

At night,PKS & Co went for their round of "drinks" with Prabu too joining them.I stayed back as usual watching Lakshya.

Day 4--27-3-05
We planned to visit Doddabetta and botanical gardens but prabu insisted otherwise."Adhellam chinna pasanga pogira places.Naan weighta oru placekku kottikittu poraen".,was his remark.(He has been in mettupalayam since childhood and knows every nook n corner of nilgiris.)He said he would take us to "avalanche falls".

After a one and a half hour drive,we reached a power plant.We looked around the plant.Prabu later told that the waterfall was behind the plant.We saw a river flowing behind the plant and in the distant corner,saw a stream of water flowing downhill.

How to get to the falls?U've to cross two hills,cross the river with the help of rocks,cross yet another hill,cross yet another channel of the river and then ascend another hill to reach the catchment.We did exactly tht.Once again Sandeep with 5 others darted forward and reached the falls.I went with Prabu,rep vignesh,SETC vignesh,sakthi,Pks and 3 others.

It was 2'o clock by the time we started to return to the hydel plant.We reached the plant @ 230 and had a taste of pure natural mineral water.I gulped down 2 litres and took 2 litres with me since such water was non-existent in chennai.

We started off for ooty @ 245 and reached @ 345.We had lunch and @ sharp 530 we started for coimbatore by another brand new bus.

This day had been pretty unfortunate for me.My watch strap broke while trekking.The zip of my bag gave away and i had to travel with an open bag till chennai.Worst of all,the brand new bus' tyre got punctured on the ghat road a few yards after coonoor. at 7'o clock.The driver did some clever thinking by stopping a bus bound for tirupur and took the stepney from tht bus.He fixed the tyre in no time and after 30 mins we were heading for covai.

We reached covai at 915 pm.The train was at 10.We did not have time to eat dinner so we bought food packets.

The train chugged into the platform at 945.We were allotted a special coach.It was indeed special for it was fresh from the ICF yard.The coach resembled a first class coach and it was truly first class.I went out to buy a glass of cool drink.I got the glass in my hand when i noticed the train moving.I ran fast enuf,got into the next coach and went over to mine.

We reached chennai @ 7 in the morning.I was awoken at vyasarpadi by the "pleasant odour" of the buckingham canal.

It took me 10 mins to come out of central.I boarded a 1-cut bound for tiruvanmiyur.I decided to bunk the first 2 hrs.I attended the next 2 and got myself ready for fluid mech practical exam.

Precisely speaking,this trip is one which i will not 4get forever.

[photos later]
Property of Sheks @ 11:23 pm   1 comments
Thursday, March 24, 2005
I'm off to coimbatore and ooty for an "industrial visit".It's actually a tour in the name of I V.I'll be returning on monday the 28th.I wont be attending the bloggers meet.Till then,goodbye!
Property of Sheks @ 6:58 pm   0 comments
End of an era!
Wednesday, March 23, 2005
Gemini's no more.Of course it's been 3 yrs sice the movie was released and now it's no more.This is not wat i'm referring to.I'm referring to Kaadhal mannan,Gemini Ganesan.He died of prolonged illness yesterday @ his residence.

He was next best only to Shivaji and MGR.He had the privilege of acting with kamal hassan during the latter's childhood days too.That was in Kalathur kannamma.The latest with kamal was in Avvai shanmugi.

A whole generation had the opportunity to watch him grow frm B/W cinema to modern cinema.

May his soul rest in peace!
Property of Sheks @ 11:32 pm   0 comments
Tuesday, March 22, 2005
I'd been pondering over the meaning of "programmable calculator" ever since I began using one.I used to wonder whether my 991MS belongs to that category.Only yesterday,I got to know that it is a programmable one.

More bad news!My maths professor informed us yest that programmable calcis were not permitted for the exam.This info was a rude shock to me.For I had been programming every problem in the calci throughout this semester.I then planned to borrow one from magix,prashant,koka or "the optimist".I finally reserved magix's for the next month.

About 4th sem mathematics,it is known by a different name "numerical methods".The subject involves solving very complex mathematical problems using numbers.It involves usage of a calci to the extent of getting ur finger swollen.

Thankfully the rule applies to only NM.Had it been imposed on other subjects as well,imagine my fate!
Property of Sheks @ 11:20 pm   0 comments
Fairer partners!
Saturday, March 19, 2005
I had a bad cold for 2 days and i'm almost ok now.My brain almost broke down as a result of which i couldnt come up with a good blog.I was intent on presenting an interesting blog after 4 dull ones.

This blog is abt the problems i faced with female partners in practical class(the tpoic is based on one of magix's blog.sorry for this plagiarism but i told u my brain had broken down)

There were 2 female partners for electrical machines lab and instrumentation lab during my 3rd sem.Let's call them R and S.R thinks she is a know-all.Periya einstein tangachinu nenappu.I'll justify this statement later. S belongs to the same category.She reads the textbooks of the next sem during the previous sem holidays.She learns always what is not needed for the experiment.

It was my first elec machines expt session.My batch was to experiment with a 3-phase induction motor.Well,the apparatus was 20 yrs old and was on the verge of exploding.I and another guy made the connections and while we went to call the lecturer to check our connections,S disconnected everything and reconnected them.When the lect saw the connections he started screwing me and my male partner,saravana.S had connected in a rather dangerous manner.The supply line was directly connected to the load.The lect screwed me and saravana and went off.We both then screwed S,only to get abused with north madras slang(she's frm north madras).I vowed to take revenge.

Scene now shifts to instrumentation lab!The experiment was digital to analog converter.It was now the turn of R.R had studies the circuit the previous night had worked on a few logics tht dont apply to electronics.she modified the circuit according to her "logics" and made the connections accordingly.When the signal was applied,smoke began to emanate out of the CRO and the CRO went blank.The lecturer came on the scene and found that the signal applied was not digital.Thankfully he didnt screw us.We connected according to the original circuit and things worked perfectly.But R did not give up.She asked me "How can that be?"I pointed to S and said "Ask her!".Good riddance.R and S then went on discussing the "logics".

I had my revenge on S but only in the current sem(4th).This time I was allotted a different batch(no gals this time :)) for fluid mechanics lab.She was in the previous batch.I explained her the procedure for centrifugal pump,but the wrong one.She carried it out and in a few moments water started gushing out from the tank.She got screwed even by the lab assistants.Later she abused me again but i didnt care.I had my revenge.That's it.
Property of Sheks @ 7:28 pm   1 comments
Wednesday, March 16, 2005
At last sachin has proved once again that he is invincible(count out lara).Yet another milestone reached!10000 runs in tests.
Tht's it for this blog!Sorry to make it short.I'm totally out of ideas for the moment.C u in the next blog!
Property of Sheks @ 11:34 pm   0 comments

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