Wednesday, May 30, 2007

I Ain't Jobless Any More

Wipro conducted campus recruitments at our college on the 26th - a total of 85 people were selected from our batch, and I'm one of them!

There were three rounds in the selection process. The first was a written test which had three sections - Verbal, Analytical (Quant+Reasoning) and Technical. The technical section was damn tough (wanted to post some questions here, unfortunately my brain only remembers this one question about BIOS Shadowing). The other sections were very easy. Then there was a technical interview. Was pretty nervous about this round after I heard they grill you left, right and centre in all the subjects that evaporated out of your head soon after you wrote the exam. But thankfully I was interviewed by this guy who asked me the simplest questions imaginable. I managed to take a peek at his Interview Assessment form - one of the comments said "Very good in OS and programming languages". And the only OS-related question he asked me was "What is a deadlock?". And when I started my explanation along the 'circular wait' lines, he asked me to explain taking only two processes!

Okay so after the technical interview, we had to fill up this huge application form and then go for the HR interview. The HR round didn't start off so well (partly because I was asked questions about the Pre-Placement presentation, which I didn't bother paying attention to), but once they started asking me questions about my hobbies and all, it was fine. It was around 4:15pm by the time I finished all my rounds of interview. Then it was a super long wait till 11:15pm when the results were announced.

(L-R) Ravi, Varun, Me. Pic courtesy Yugs.
Time: 10pm

The seven hours in between were such a drag - nothing to do but sit/stand around and make idle conversation. Finally when the HR guy came out with the list of selected candidates, there was anxiety written all over people's faces (that anxiety turned into joy when they heard their names called out, of course). Reached home at 00:15am that day - I've never been in college that long before!

Since then, days have been passing by with me doing absolutely nothing all day. Oh well, I guess that makes me a jobless person with a job...

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Nine Inch Nails - "Right Where it Belongs"

Made a new video today! A music video for NIN's "Right Where it Belongs". Check out the video at Youtube here —

The video is made from random clips I shot with my digicam. Might not do the song justice, but it was fun making it!

Here's the list of locations seen in the video —

  • Vishveshwara Museum, Bangalore
  • Ooty (and enroute to Ooty)
  • Ooty Hotel
  • Chamundeswari Temple, Mysore
  • Home (broken bulb through magnifying glass and ants)
  • Allepey Backwaters
  • Tank Bund, Hyderabad (Buddha Statue)
  • Rock show at Rock Heights, Shilparamam
Comments welcome.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007


Semester exams are over and I'm finally jobless again! Okay not really, this break is going to be more of a long study session than anything else. If I don't start my CAT preparation soon, I might as well forget about writing the exam in November. We also have some on-campus recruitments the next couple of weeks, so yeah, busy times ahead.

Rajeev wanted me to make a good post, so I'm going to try doing that by putting together all the random stuff that comes to my mind right now. Randomness is good, right?

10,000+ Visitors

If you look at the little counter at the bottom of this page, you'll notice it has crossed 10,000! That works out to what? 20 visits per day? Considering how infrequent my posts are, that's really good. Wondering where all the visits come from? Well, according to Statcounter, a lot of the hits are from people who get here by searching for phrases like "lip twitching", "why is my lip twitching", "upper lip twitch" and the sort. People's lips actually twitch? Weird. Welcome to India seems to be a popular song. A lot of people get to my post searching for that song. Then of course, there's my nanoaudience (which most probably includes you) who take the time to read and comment on my posts. Thanks! I wouldn't be writing if I didn't have readers.

CNN-IBN "Rising India" Photo Contest

The results of the CNN-IBN "Rising India" Photo Contest was out recently. Watch the video here.

Obviously I didn't win, otherwise I would have posted sooner. The contest was open for months, so they got loads of entries. Unfortunately, the whole contest was by judged by just one person (ace photographer Raghu Rai) which isn't a good thing. Photography is very subjective, after all. Besides, Raghu Rai seemed pretty clueless about the theme which was "Photographs that best define why we love India". I don't quite see how the winning photos fit that theme, but like I said, photography is subjective.

Videos on Youtube

I always thought Indians were clueless about composition. These two videos prove me wrong.

"Tales of Mere Existence - Procastination" by Lev Yilmaz - Pratyusha pointed me to this. Hilarious!

"Le Petit Bonhomme en Mousse" - Way better than any puppet show I've ever seen.

"Drawing a Perfect Circle" by Alexander Overwijk - Would have been a useful skill back in school (remember the time you used to draw loads of circumcircles, incircles and excircles?)