Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Brainy Walk

Any one using a Windows computer will know some basic features of the system, like My Documents, My Pictures, My Music, and many more...

I would like to share one of the nice feature of this powerful device, comparing it with our real life example. It is the "Recent Documents" which helps us to keep a track of all the recent activities we did, like stored a file, viewed a file, played a song, some movie etc...

Reaching office this morning, I was wondering how God carefully designed our brain, considering the smallest details which help us to remember things, keep track of them, and triggers it to remind us of certain events, that happened in past.

I was walking to office from my Home in Chennai to my Office. It is a 15 minute walk. But in these 15 minutes, my brain observed things which I was discussing the previous day with my roommate.

I was walking casually thinking how to solve some problem in the code, but No sooner I saw some lady, my eyes automatically started scanning her neck to see what she was wearing.(It was actually quite embarrassing for her ;) but I couldn't help)

Well, the previous day my roommate, from Andhra, and I were discussing how can we tell that a women is Tamil or not.

"Just observe the jewellery they wear," he said.

The brain consisting of 100 billion neurons, this was a kind of file that got registered in my brain in some neuron I call "Recent Documents". And automatically (without me, releasing it) it came popping  whenever I saw a lady.

Ofcourse, I got a conclusion that almost all Tamils wore Thick heavy Gold Chain, but I was more excited to know how the brain worked.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Chennaiyaa... :D

When I came to Chennai and joined the company, I wasn't aware that I'll be in the city among aliens speaking alien language, or saying in a better way, I wasn't aware that I'll be an odd one out.

Like every fresher joining a new company, I was doing the same, greeting everyone, smiling at an eye contact, trying to befriend people. Days passed, I was assigned to project, I made friends but still I felt disconnected. The reason was, everyone around me talked in the language Alien to me, i.e. 'Tamil'. The Technical discussion also usually happened in Tamil, they cracked jokes in Tamil, and also laughed in Tamil. :P

When all this was happening, I felt an urge to learn Tamil.
I started learning with some basic stuff like counting numbers,

1:Oru,
2:Randd,
3:moonre,
4:naal,
5:aanj,
.
.
.
10:pattu,

"Unga peru enna?"(What is your name?), "Evalavu?" (How Much?)
and my favourite "Teri Yaad Tamil" which means "I don't know Tamil" :P

After learning this much I started beleiving it was enough to talk basic stuff with people. So one day I went to a provision store. It was too crowded. I observed people how they talk there. Gaining some confidence, I took out my list and started speaking in Tamil.

Orre, detergent powder,
Randd, Five Star,
Orre, cirriya(small) Bread,
and some more....

The shopkeeper gave me all things I asked, correctly, I was very excited, I was standing there with a big smile on my face, as if I had won a battle.
The shopkeeper told "something rupayaa something", I asked "Enna?"(What?) he said again but I realised this was something I've not mugged up but somehow I felt he is telling me the amount, so I calculated the amount and paid him and was waiting for him to give me the change back.

Meanwhile, when all this was happening some lady standing on the left side of me was continously speaking "naka something something, illa something something". I looked at her puzzled. I thought she might be singing some "Tamil" song, I avoided her and was busy again dumping my stuff in the bag. A guy, standing right to me realizd I am a newbee.

He called me(in English) and told me "Dyuuuude!! that lady-aa, is telling-aa youuu, to move-aa, she want to leave-aaa."

My mouth was wide open. :-O
I couldn't stop myself laughing.... :D :D