Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Twist and Braid !

Twist, braid. Twist, braid. My hands automatically fall into rhythm. I am doing Biba's hair. With every twist I recite a line, at every braid I proffer thanks. Twist, braid. Twist, braid. I can feel the tug of my mother's efficient hands. She is doing my hair. She is also teaching me the Japji. We start as soon as I sit cross-legged, my back facing her. She undoes my braids, removes my tangles from the previous day and starts a fresh braid. Meanwhile I am reciting all the Japji I know. By the time we are finished I will be pretty, my hair immaculate and most importantly I will have learnt two new lines of Japji Sahib. Biba loves her braids. She will cry if I try to leave her hair in a ponytail. This is one of those oddities of life for which I have no explanation and I demur looking for one. Twist, braid. Twist, braid. "Ik Onkar," I say. "Satnam," Biba answers. "Karta Purakh." "Nirbhao," she replies ... pretty much all the way to the 10th pauri she is currently learning. Twist, braid. Twist, braid. It's not always like that. Sometimes Biba likes to get ‘musical' or as she puts it, "Paath has to be musical, Mama." I suppose I would be an idiot not to agree. So she'll fish her xylophone out of her princess toy basket and drag it all the way to me, and the "chhan-chhans" (for lack of the correct word.) And we happily sing all the ten pauris grossly out of tune. It reminds me of the times my Dad would pull out the harmonium; I would get the tanpura, my brother, the tabla and the youngest, the tambourine and the privilege of sleeping in Mom's lap. Those were exciting mornings. We would sing the Japji, Jaap, Suvaiyee and Chaupai Sahib. We sang in turns. Dad led with the first pauri and our chorus rejoined with the second. The love, the enthusiasm, the joy! It was all magic! Pure magic! O, I don't know how it all sounded to a seasoned musical ear and pardon my Americanism, but like I care. When he finished Chaupai Sahib, Dad would give the harmonium a rest. Mom and he would recite the entire Anand Sahib by rote and then Dad would pick up the harmonium again, singing soft and gentle, smooth and creamy: "Aad Waheguru / jugaad Waheguru / haibhi Waheguru / ho-si Waheguru," followed by the robust and sweet strains of "Sri Har Kishen dhiyaaeye / jis dithe sabh dukh jaaye," and then hit the crescendo with, "Sri Tegh Bahadur simari-ye" (I can just hear Dad's voice booming to hit the high notes), "ghar nau nidh aave tha-ye." It was our weekend or holiday treat. And it was all a kid could ever ask for. It's not always like that either. Sometimes getting around to my nitnem is a real challenge. I will procrastinate, avoiding the inevitable, sometimes right till bedtime, deferring it to the following day. Those are not happy days. My struggle spills over in everything I do. At one point for a few years I had abandoned my daily routine. When discussing this with my grandaunt, she expressed it just right: "Once you are in the habit of doing your nitnem, when you don't do it, a person is left feeling a certain heaviness." My husband is a bit of a spiritual freewheeler who remains unconvinced of God's or Guru's need for any daily ritual. He believes that you do your best and leave the rest. No point beating yourself over it. True. Now only if I could get myself to agree. My struggle is reflected in my daughter. Sometimes getting paatth done means bribing, cajoling and scolding. And, if she pushes my button long enough by bursting into a newly-learnt Christmas carol in the middle of paatth and persisting; desisting hints, looks, ignoring the paatth, she will earn a punishment or forgo a privilege. This usually ends in tears and some frustration (on my part). I wonder if I am doing the ‘right thing,' if I was too harsh, etc. This morning I simply walked away and let my husband step in. That didn't go down too well with Biba and she walked right up to me with her "chhan-chhan" proclaiming, "I want to do paatth with Mama." After we complete our paatth, we do ardaas. Shukar - a measure of gratitude! - to have earned the privilege, a prayer to be an effortless daily routine at amritvela. And if you are Biba, you cannot forget to "Thank Babaji for the instruments." I feel Guru Gobind Singh ji gave us nitnem with Amrit because, more than anything else, being a Khalsa is about strengthening your character, your basic inner self. For every measure of strength I proffer thanks. Twist, braid, twist, braid, three parts of self - mind, heart, soul to the tune of Ik Oankar, Satnam, Karta Purakh, Nirbhao, Nirvair, Akal Moorat, Ajaoni Saibhang, Gur Parsad ... With Guru's grace, I hope to braid a strong spirit and join the ranks of The Pure. Reference :

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Permanent Address Proof !

This is a set of useful information,
which i found via e-mail Chain.

Address proof card issued by India Post Many working people often shift their houses. For them, it is difficult to produce an address proof issued by Government with latest address. Our India Post (Post Office) has come up with a solution.

Now you can get an address proof along with your photo from India post. Since the ID proof is issued by India post which is a Central Government organization, it is similar to other ID cards like Driving license, Voters ID etc. It can be used for opening bank accounts, for getting telephone and gas connections etc.

The total cost for getting this ID card is Rs.250/ (Rs.10 for application and Rs.240/- processing fee). Do inform everybody. This is very useful. For more details enquire in the nearest post office.

Download the Application form from the following website

TigerStyle U.K

Tigerstyle are a Scottish bhangra group from Glasgow from a British Punjabi background. They are made up of two brothers, Raj and Pops, trained in classical tabla, gurmat sangeet and various forms ofPunjabi folk music and instrumentation. Coming from a traditional background where religious adherence was the call of the day and learning to play instruments from a young age so that they could perform at their local temple have now turned this young Sikh outfit into the most sought after act.Recently signed to Nachural Records (the label that launched Panjabi MC onto the world stage and into a global hit), Tigerstyle are now preparing their debut single and debut album for a worldwide release.

They started their music career in 1997 when as DJs they created Desi Bombsquad Sound System with the intent of nurturing the bhangra scene in Scotland as they felt it lagged behind the English bhangra scene.[2] The name Tigerstyle is taken from the Tiger Style of Shaolin Kung Fu named after the tiger,[3] with the brothers coming from a Sikh warrior background which has its own martial art, Gatka, and the name Singh meaning lion.[1]

The brothers have released a number of singles and albums and also done official remixes for artists such as Lisa Maffia and Raghav. After a legal dispute with previous record companies, they signed to Nachural Records, the label that launched Panjabi MC.

Tigerstyle have toured all over the world and shared stages with the likes of Lily Allen, Dub Pistols, Misty in Roots, Talvin Singh , Nitin Sawhney , Gunjan, Asian Dub Foundation, Badmarsh & Shri, Truth Hurts, Panjabi MC, Future World Funk as well asBobby Friction and DJ Nihal on BBC Radio 1. Friction has said of Tigerstyle, "They are without doubt the next Asian/Bhangra act that will break through into the mainstream - it is only a question of time." On 28 October 2006 they performed on the BBC Electric Proms Asian Network gig.[4]

In the second series of Britain's Got Talent on ITV1 in May 2008, the song used by dance act Signature in their audition and again in their performance in the final was Nachna Ondei Nei, a bhangra remix of Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" and Queen andDavid Bowie's "Under Pressure" featuring Kaka Bhainiwala with covering vocals.Their Bollywood debut came in the shape of exclusive remixes of "Bas Ek Kinng" and "Bhootni Ke" under the guidance of hit music director Pritam, on the soundtrack of the blockbuster movie of summer 2008, Singh is Kinng.

Tigerstyle are one of the few Asian acts to have ever recorded a live session for the late John Peel. They also performed on the BBC Introducing Stage at Glastonbury Festival in July 2007.[5][6] Their Bollywood debut came in the shape of exclusive remixes of "Bas Ek Kinng" and "Bhootni Ke" under the guidance of hit music director Pritam, on the soundtrack of the blockbuster movie of summer 2008, Singh Is Kinng.

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Dynamic Testing !

Dynamic testing (or dynamic analysis) is a term used in software engineering to describe the testing of the dynamic behavior of code. That is, dynamic analysis refers to the examination of the physical response from the system to variables that are not constant and change with time. In dynamic testing the software must actually be compiled and run; Actually Dynamic Testing involves working with the software, giving input values and checking if the output is as expected. These are the Validation activities. Unit Tests, Integration Tests, System Tests and Acceptance Tests are few of the Dynamic Testing methodologies. Dynamic testing means testing based on specific test cases by execution of the test object or running programs.

Dynamic testing is used to test software through executing it. This is in contrast to Static testing.

Dynamic program analysis is the analysis of computer software that is performed by executing programs built from that software system on a real or virtual processor. For dynamic program analysis to be effective, the target program must be executed with sufficient test inputs to produce interesting behavior. Use of software testing techniques such as code coverage helps ensure that an adequate slice of the program's set of possible behaviors has been observed. Also, care must be taken to minimize the effect that instrumentation has on the execution (including temporal properties) of the target program.

Some of the Tools used in Dynamic Testing

PolySpace, RTRT, Dmalloc, Intel ThreadChecker etc.

Static Testing

Static testing is a form of software testing where the software isn't actually used. This is in contrast to dynamic testing. It is generally not detailed testing, but checks mainly for the sanity of the code, algorithm, or document. It is primarily syntax checking of the code and/or manually reviewing the code or document to find errors. This type of testing can be used by the developer who wrote the code, in isolation. Code reviews, inspections and walkthroughs are also used.

From the black box testing point of view, static testing involves reviewing requirements and specifications. This is done with an eye toward completeness or appropriateness for the task at hand. This is the verification portion of Verification and Validation.

Even static testing can be automated. A static testing test suite consists of programs to be analyzed by an interpreter or a compiler that asserts the programs syntactic validity.

Bugs discovered at this stage of development are less expensive to fix than later in the development cycle.[citation needed]

The people involved in static testing are application developers, testers, and business analysis.

There are some Standard Tools used in the Software Industry like.

QAC/QAC++/MISRA , LDRA, some Internal Tools etc.

Each of them has a configuration file which has to be configured depending upon Compiler/Machine/Host and Code base.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Medical or Healthcare Embedded Systems !

I have all ready written about Automotive Embedded Systems, thought about writing Embedded Systems/Software/IT being used in Medical Instruments/Healthcare Systems.
So In this Domain Primarily we have Systems which Include Imaging, Inteconnectivity(Networking), Application Programming, Quality and Lot of Testing.
Companies like GE,Phillips and Siemens are concentrating on overall Systems as an Instrument companies, Right from Small Microprocessor controlled Blood Pressure Monitoring Systems to severly Complex ECG,EEG systems.
On the IT/Software side companies are developing solutions on Application side providing Network Solutions providing Embedded Device Management Systems wherein Software's can be updated on any Embedded Machine from any remote location by providing devices Specific IP.
Companies like TI/ST/NXP are also providing platforms/solutions wherein maximum number of applications can be integrated on one platform and Sensors can be Interfaced easily.
On the Instruments sides OEMs in Medical Domain also have solutions in Torniquet Systems, Waste Management Systems, Surgery Assistant Devices etc.
GE Healthcare bangalore
Wpro Bangalore/Hyderabad
Seimens Healthcare Bangalore
Stryker Gurgaon
Infosys Bangalore
Satyam Computer Services
PAtni Computers
J&J Mumbai
Phillips Healthcare
Synthes India
For Embedded Systems Co.'s in Automotive Domain

Tuesday, May 25, 2010