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Prof. Dr. R. Chandra Sekaran
Mobile: 98407 54012 E-mail: President

Greetings from the Editorial board. It gives immense pride and pleasure to shoulder the portfolio of Library and News Letter. Let us make use of this powerful medium to share events, news, and every happening in our Alumni Family. Widest coverage of all club activities with information of forth coming events is the top most priority. Soon the Library database will be uploaded to our website. We are in the process of updating the Member Directory. Please provide your updated particulars to the office immediately. Kindly provide for publication write-ups on interesting and beneficial topics for our Members. Kindly refrain from submitting copyrighted materials and downloaded web pages (instead can provide informative web addresses). Funds have been earmarked for purchase of new books and periodicals. Suggestions in regard to titles and genre are most welcome. A set of books has been donated by me (list inside) to our library. You too can donate books which will be thankfully acknowledged. Please watch for Literary Contests and Prize bonanza. Suggestions to improve footfalls in the library are most solicited. This issue covers the profiles of Management Committee Members and of Prof. Dr. M. Rajaram, new Vice Chancellor, Anna University. Er. Sekar, Sub Committee Member has penned an article. Visuals of Birthday Celebration of JULY born and Karaoke Nite are also finding a place. Please provide articles, achievements, view points, comments, feedbacks, your experiences pleasant or otherwise, and suggestions to NEWS at A GLANCE Every first Saturday TAMBOLA in Main Lawn and Disco area will vibrate with Birthday Celebration and Musical event Every Third Wednesday Technical Session Every Second and Fourth Friday DVD Movie Contents

Prof. Dr. D. Arivuoli

Mobile: 98412 96097 E-mail:

Vice President

Er. E. Sivakumar
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Er. J. Sriram
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Prof. Dr. S. Selladurai
Mobile: 94441 40138 E-mail: Entertainment

Er. M. A. Murugan
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Er. M. P. Premkumar
Mobile: 99401 24668 E-mail: House Keeping


Er. P. Sairam

Mobile: 98407 19713 e-mail: Library & Newsletter

Er. R. Kanakaraj

Mobile: 94440 58463 e-mail:


Prof. Dr.P. Manohar Prof. Dr.P. Jayashree ALUMNI CLUB - ANNA UNIVERSITY No.1 Boat Club Road, R.A.Puram,Chennai 600 028 Phone No: 044-2432 2195, 044-2432 1233 | Guest Room: 044-24351449 E-Mail: | Website:

ccepting the mantle of Stewardship once again makes me exultantly proud and joyful. Thank you members and the brethren who withdrew their nominations thus paved way for electing Management Committee in a consensual manner. It is emphasised often that any SERVICE created must have MAXIMUM utilisation, apart from the ROI angle. This astute observation need to be proved by your regular participation in all club activities and offering your valuable comments. IT IS OUR CLUB and has enough scope for improvement to serve you still better. We started our tenure with a sad note of passing heartfelt condolence on the untimely death of thousands of innocent pilgrims in the floods and landslides of Kedarnath and Badrinath in Uttrakand. Our prayers to the Almighty to rest them in Peace. There are no words to express the unimaginable sorrow our nation feels today for the families of those who have lost their lovedones in this Man made disaster. Our committee on 25th June called on Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. M. Rajaram. After according cordial welcome, he expressed that most of the research, teaching, findings etc., do not get due commercial capitalisation. Effort must be taken to implement the advancements in research at the grass root level. Alumni members must seek viable solutions for the betterment of the society and particularly for the future generation. We also greeted Prof. Dr. S. Ganesan, new Registrar i/c on his assumption of office. You are aware that we have installed Rooftop Solar Panels (10 kW ON GRID) and they are saving approximately 1200 units of our energy bill monthly, if not more. Harnessing GREEN ENERGY from Kitchen Waste and Grey and Ground Water Harvesting for gardening, planting more flowering plants etc., are on the top most of the agenda of House Keeping Committee Member Er. P. Sairam. Er. M.A. Murugan Catering Committee Member is a vivid observer for many years of the club activities and member needs. He knows the pulse of our members and their family. He is fully geared up with schemes to raise the threshold

level of your satisfaction. Your suggestions and comments will immensely support him in his endeavour. Drawing advantage of continuity as Committee Member Sports Er. Premkumar has started working on his portfolio from the day one itself. Newly laid wooden flooring in the shuttle court provides a class of an experience to the players. Have you visited our GYM? Well, we have new equipments, experienced trainer, good ambience and above all affordable tariff. You must be aware that we have an arrangement for members, spouses and wards to use the Swimming Pool Facility at Anna University. Committee Member Entertainment Prof. Dr. S. Selladurai has great plans for Entertainment events ably supported by ethnic food festivals. Apart from routine screening fresh arrivals he has variety entertainments slated for every month. Why dont you share / toot your horn of the achievement of you and your family. Recently one of our members narrowly escaped from being conned by CREDIT CARD Racketeers. If he shares his experience will it not be an eye opener for all of us? Er. R. Kanakaraj and Er. S. Sekar can be contacted in regard to submitting articles for News Letter. Committee Members are in the process of forming sub committees and you will be hearing from each one on their VISION and MISSION in the coming issues. Our club News Letter is indeed the ambassador of our activities. Thank you once again and assuring wonderful Alumni Year ahead, Prof. Dr. R. Chandra Sekaran

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen. -Winston Churchill

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President Prof. Dr. R. Chandra Sekaran, B.E. Civil Engineering (1976), M.S. (2001), Ph.D (2005), College of Engineering, Guindy. He is an entrepreneur, Structural Consultant and Academician and has more than 35 years of Industrial and Academic experience. Was President (2011-12) and Committee Member Entertainment (2009 10). Vice President Prof. Dr. D. Arivuoli, M.Sc. Materials Science (1983) Ph.D (1988), College of Engineering, Anna University. An avid researcher was ICTP fellow, Italy, Commonwealth fellow, UK, Erasmus Mundus Euro4India Fellowship, Italy and Visiting Professor, MANA, NIMS, Tsukuba, Japan. His work on nanoindentation is referred in literature as Arivuoli et al model. He is presently the Chairman Sports Board. Secretary Er. E. Sivakumar, B.Tech Chemical Engineering (1979) AC Tech. M.B.A from Madras University (1989). Started his career with Madras Fertilizers and after various stints in Production, Marketing, Process Engineering, Fabrication, etc... spanning 25 years has presently engaged in Civil Construction for the last 6 years. Was Treasurer (2011-12) and Committee Member - Sports (2009 -10). Treasurer Prof. J. Sriram, DMIT 22nd Batch Electronics (1973), PGDM (1977) I.I.M, Ahmadabad. He has served in various senior assignments and the last being in Blue Star. Presently he is an academician and pursuing his PhD. Was Vice President (1994-95). Committee Member Entertainment Prof. Dr. S. Selladurai, M.Phil, PhD (Physics) College of Engineering, Guindy (1990). He has completed B.Sc and M.Sc degree in Physics from Jamal Mohamed College, Trichy and joined as a UGC Research fellow in Physics Department CEG, Anna University in 1985. Presently he is Professor of Physics and Deputy Chairman University Sports Board. Was Committee Member Catering 2011-12. Committee Member Catering Er. M.A. Murugan, B.E. Industrial Engineering (1988), CEG. M.B.A (Finance) Rutgers, State University of New Jersey. He is a certified consultant in SAP - Finance and Control. He is into Paper trade, paper imports and exports. Committee Member Sports Er. M. P. Premkumar, B.E. Electrical Engineering (1991), CEG. M.S. Computer Science (1994) Montana State University.He is currently Senior Director Sustainability at Cognizant Technology Solutions. He was Sports Committee Member 2012-13 and Entertainment Committee Member 2004-05. Committee Member House Keeping Er. P. Sairam, B.E Mechanical Engineering from S.I.T, Tumkur, M.B.A (1991), C.E.G. He is an Entrepreneur and has wide knowledge on various topics. Committee Member Library & News Letter Er. R. Kanakaraj, B.E. Manufacturing GCT, Coimbatore (1984), P.G in Computer Integrated Management, CEG (2002). He is presently Assistant Director in DOTE. He has great plans to make Library as a place to frequent more often.


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Life is like an onion: You peel it off one layer at a time, and sometimes you weep. Carl Sandburg

Date & day


Tambola in the Main Lawn Birthday Celebration of Member, Spouse, Wards and Staff - JULY Born.

06.06.2013, Saturday

07.00 p.m In memory of Late T.M.S., P.B.S and Ramamoorthy Tamil Karaoke by RANGAS SYMPHONY at DISCO Tamil Movie Kutti Puli Starring M. Sasikumar & Lakshmi Menon Tamil Movie Thillu Mullu Starring Shiva, Isha Talwar, Prakash Raj, Kovai Sarala, Sathyan & Ilavarasu Tamil Movie Theeya Velai Seiyyanum Kumaru Starring Siddharth, Hansika Motwani Ganesh Venkatraman & Santhanam

13.06.2013, Saturday

07.00 p.m

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e take pleasure in welcoming and introducing Prof. Dr. M. Rajaram M.E., Ph.D, the new Vice-Chancellor of Anna University to our members. He was born on 4th June 1958 to illustrious parents Thiru. Marimuthu and Thirumathi. M.Seenithaiyammal in Theni district. He obtained his B.E., degree in 1981 in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Alagappa Chettiyar College of Engineering and Technology, Karaikudi. He started his career in 1982, with a passion for teaching and research, as a lecturer in Government College of Engineering, Tirunelveli. Subsequently, he obtained in 1988 his M.E degree in Power Systems from Government College of Technology, Coimbatore. With strong technical knowledge and analytical vehemence he obtained his Ph. D degree from PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore in 1994 at the age of 32. He was deputed to Directorate of Technical Education, Chennai to administer the

admission process of students into engineering colleges, polytechnics and catering technologies in Tamilnadu. During his teaching tenure, Dr. M. Rajaram had headed the departments of Electrical and Electronics and Computer Science and Engineering at various Government Engineering Colleges in Tamilnadu. By virtue of his versatile and rich academic experience, he acquired the position as Vice Chancellor of Anna University of Technology Tirunelveli (AUT-T). Being an active researcher, Dr. M. Rajaram has research association with Universities like New South Wales University, Australian National University, La Trobe University, Edith Cowan University, University of Western Australia, MurDoch University, Curtin University, University of Malaysia, and International Association for Engineers (Hongkong). His contributions in the area of Computer Networks, High Voltage Engineering,

Measurement and Instrumentation, Adaptive Controller, Electro-Magnetic Theory and Intelligent Computing are well recognised through his 157 publications in reputed research journals, 111 research publications in International Conferences, 73 research publications in National Conferences, more than 100 technical reports and 6 technical books that he has authored/co-authored. As a research guide, Dr. Rajaram produced 24 PhDs (besides 6 who are awaiting evaluation reports) and 4 M.S. in various fields. At present 10 research scholars are pursuing their Ph.D. under his direct supervision. Dr.M.Rajaram and his wife Mrs.R.Arunmozhi, B.A., are blessed with a daughter, Dr.R.Keerthana Brattiya, M.B.B.S, (M.D) and a son, Mr.R.Vignesh Marimuthu B.E, M.B.A (UK).

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If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow. Chinese Proverb


By M. P. Premkumar

Sports Outlook 2013-14

It is indeed a privilege to serve for a second-term in the executive committee in charge of sports at the Alumni Club. Last year we had a busy schedule with a number of different intra & inter-club tournaments. This year we will also strive to revive the Anna University Students-Staff-Club Triangular Tournaments in various sports to promote more interaction with the club members and university students and staff.

Sports Sub-Committee

I am very pleased to introduce the Sports Sub-Committee that will be running the sports affairs at our club.

Sports Bridge Billiards Carrom Tennis & Rummy Badminton Cricket Gym

Sub Committee Member N. R. Krishnaswamy A. Ganesh Ram S. Ramadorai K. Kanakaraj P. Tyagi R. Vivek K. Ganesh

Member Number 43 449 1615 1682 1810 2132 2173

Contact Number 94440-11321 93803-03551 98400-88025 99406-85401 98400-61613 99406-34199 99405-97538

Most of them are veterans who have been playing and helping organise sports activities at our club for many years. If you can assist by way of organising events, raising sponsorship or any other activity please contact us at the earliest. We look forward to your support to make our club sports experience the best in Chennai

Coaching & Training

We have regular coaching sessions for wards in tennis and badminton. We also have professional trainers in the gym, physiotherapists and yoga teachers to help your body attain peak fitness. We request you to utilise these facilities and benefit from them. Please contact Mr. Subramani, Manager (98407-47472) for enrolling in any of the activities.
Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory.-Albert Schweitzer

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The Bridge team was active during the summer. They first organized the Black Label tournament which was won by Prabhukumar & Jothimani (Kannan). The second place was jointly held by Shankar & Baskar and Mani & Sriram. The prizes were distributed by our President Dr. Chandra Sekaran.

Then they conducted the AGM Tournament on 23rd June after the AGM. First prize was won by Subba Rao & Mohana Krishna. Vasu & Harini came second and Prabhu & Kannan achieved third place. The prizes were distributed by our Secretary E. Sivakumar on July 5th. Alumni Club team is now off to Corbett Park to participate in the All India Madhava Prasad Memorial Bridge Tournament conducted under the auspices of Bridge Federation of India from 11th July to 14th July 2013 at The Riverview Retreat, Ramnagar. We wish them success in this national tournament.


The summer camp conducted from April 22 to May 12 by Chennai Badminton Academy was a grand success with several kids being trained by top coaches Siddharth Jain, T. Maran, Deenu and Thomas Kurien. Just after the camp the court #2 was completely re-laid with state of the art technology to improve visibility, grip and reduce shock to the knees. The spanking new court has been appreciated by many. We invite you to play in our world-class courts to not only get some exercise but also to make new friends. But please do wear nonmarking badminton shoes to protect the court surfaces.

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Money cant buy friends, but you can get a better class of enemy. - Spike Milligan

Club News continues on pg no. 33


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f you are dreading the thought of decorating your childs room, then fret not! Help is at hand as we show you easy ways to ensure that your little champion or princess gets a room of their dreams, with minimum fuss. Colour coded Remember, its a childs room! So, steer clear of serious or drab shades and no, bright doesnt mean the jarring orange either. Choose pleasant hues like sunshine yellows, pretty pinks, pastel oranges, baby blues, earthy greens and friendly browns to keep the room not just cheerful but also cozy. Dont go crazy with colours as an overdose can numb the senses. Instead, pick two colours and work around that right from the walls to the bedspreads. Themes galore Who knows your child better than you? Football fan, cricket crazy, gaga over animals, Barbie babe or princess passionate keep it simple yet easy to accomplish. Dont go for elaborate accessories as the room is meant for the child to be free and not cramped due to such
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furniture as well. Children tend to spill and an easyto-maintain-the-room approach would make sure that you dont tear your hair in frustration every time your child splashes paint on the wall or floor. A simple way is not to have anything in the room which you would regret being stained or broken. Storage space Toys, activity books, crayons there are a lot of things which your little one has to put away. Ensure that there is enough storage space in the room for all their knickknacks. A bookshelf, toy box, reading corner, a cabinet or two, wardrobe and shoe rack are quite vital for a clean room. The cabinets should be within reach to minimize accidents. Despite being a childs room, it has to be neat and organized. So, designate space for each of the elements from toys to books and make sure that your child places them where they should be, hence keeping the room tidy.
Creative corner A childs room is an area to unleash their creativity. Ensure that there is a corner in the room where your child can do so, without the fear of being scolded. A play pen is one area where your children can indulge in their flights of fantasy to a faraway kingdom while playing with their toys. Or, if your child loves to scribble on the walls (and, most children do), earmark one wall for this purpose to serve as their space to let their artistic streak flow. If a scribble on the wall cant be cleaned, just put a picture frame over that area and voila! You have a priceless piece of art done by your dear child.

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Director: Raj Kumar Gupta Cast: Emraan Hashmi, Vidya Balan, Rajesh Sharma, Namit Das
Raj Kumar Gupta, director of the critically acclaimed Aamir (2008) and No one Killed Jessica (2011) fails to stir the box office with his newest venture Ghanchakkar starring unlikely duo Emraan Hashmi and Vidya Balan. While the film is as much about marital problems as about a bank heist booty gone missing, the only thing that salvages an erratic script and half-baked characterization is the generous dose of black comedy along the lines of Jane Bhi Do Yaaron or Is Raat Ki Koi Subah Nahi. Sanju (Hashmi) a reluctant robber agrees to pull off a bank
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heist with two rogues Pundit (Sharma) and Idris (Das) to please his fashion-obsessive, boisterous Punjabi wife Neetu (Vidya) who wants money to live a better life. After the robbery, the trio decides to lie low for three months and let Sanju hide the money. Things take a turn when Sanju loses his memory after an accident and cannot remember where he stashed the loot. True to its name, the film tries to portray each characters quirkiness from Neetus outrageous sense of fashion to Sanjus somnolent memory loss and Pundit and Idris comic-evil personas. The films redemption lies in the way it elicits fun in the most unlikely situations. The robbers wear paper masks of Amitabh Bacchan, Dharmendra and Utpal Dutt to loot the bank, Idris and Sanju discuss TV models on the phone at a crucial moment

in the plot; from Neetus cooking to phone-calls from Sanjus mom and the vegetable man on the train, the domestic drama that ensues as Pundit and Das shift into Sanjus house is a laugh riot at times and downright insipid at others. With side-splitting performances from Rajesh Sharma and Namit Das, one wonders how much better the film would have fared had the gap between scripting and filming been effectively bridged. The first half is definitely tighter and racier while the film slumps in the second half and jolts to a halt with an abrupt ending. Although the climax is intended to have the audience linger in the murky aura of black comedy, what remains is a sense of suspicion that in spite of strong lead performances and supporting roles, maybe the movie didnt get its act right this time.


Director: Marc Forster Cast: Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, James Badge Dale, Matthew Fox
The world is at the mercy of an apocalyptic takeover by zombies. A savage bite by these abominable creatures and you have seconds left before you turn into the undead yourself. An astounding proliferation that goes far beyond human control causes the United Nations to summon Gerry Lane (Pitt), an ex-UN employee who embarks on a journey around the world to determine the root cause of the pandemonium. Interspersed with racy action sequences, this loose adaptation of the highly popular Max Brooks novel by the same name fares well
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as an edge-of-the-seat thriller, barring a few glaringly predictable moments. Complete with crows feet and bags under his eyes Brad Pitt looks every bit his age and essays the role with his usual aplomb. He is the larger than life, one-dimensional hero who escapes the wrath of the zombies numerous times and survives a deadly plane crash. He must travel alone in his quest to save the world, as is clearly evident in the finale. The minions strictly cannot share screen space, neither can they lend their wit or chivalry. With its breathtaking visuals and well crafted CG the movie somehow manages to strike a chord with both the zombie-genre aficionados and others alike. The scene where the loathsome creatures pile up against the wall that surrounds Jerusalem threatening to spill inside and the ensuing mayhem warrant special

mention. Amidst the zombie rampage and the rapid country hopping, the fledgling friendship between Gerry and the Israeli soldier makes for an interesting development. In a movie where devastation is ubiquitous but fails to evoke sympathy, the development comes as a welcome respite but fizzles out along the way. World War Z definitely has its moments of technical brilliance. Knowledge of its troubled past could come in the way of forming a gestalt but to those oblivious, the sequences do not necessarily betray the several re-shoots. Hardcore fans of the book might want to think twice before watching the movie as it has conspicuously strayed away from the source. As for the Brad Pitt loyalist...hurry!

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ARIES (22nd March- 21st April) Matters of heart relax you as the month progresses. You enjoy memorable moments with your loved one and romance breezes softly and subtly into your life during this period. Professional success shall come only if you seek guidance from an expert in your field and also through a lot of planning and contemplation. Financial setbacks are a strong likeability more on property related matters or some renovation that you have had in your mind since long. Shifting base can also turn out to be more expensive than your expectations. Health keeps you in good shape and cardio exercises or jogging shall rejuvenate your system. You need to be more responsible about your family as any careless attitude might affect you adversely on this front. Avoid travel at any cost during this period as it might be more disappointing than your expectations. The month ends on a positive note. Lucky Colour: Peach/Rust TAURUS (22nd April - 21st May) Matters of heart shall be extremely romantic and pleasant. You have been working a lot towards enhancing the romantic side of your life and this is the month when things shall shape up as per your expectations. Professionally too, this is a good period for new beginnings or taking up fresh challenges in life. You might also plan to renovate or redo your office as the month progresses. Financial benefits shall improve slowly. This is the time to relax and take a break from your activities in order to enjoy good health. Good news follows in your family matters as well. A youngster from your family shall help you in your endeavours throughout the month. Travel to new destinations shall be emotionally fruitful and enjoyable. Lucky Colour: Orange GEMINI (22nd May- 21st June) Romance stays in your life throughout the month and creates a sense of happiness and harmony in your life. Financial benefits are good and easily achievable. Professionally though the cards guide you to be more careful about people you blindly trust upon. Chances are that there could be some rumours which might distress you. Health keeps you fit; however dont ignore any opportunity to improve it further. Travel shall be favourable and enjoyable. You would enjoy a holiday with your loved ones during this period. Family matters show sudden improvement in the latter half phase of the month. Lucky Colour: Pink CANCER (22nd June - 21st July) Matters of heart shall be pleasant and romantic. You will come across a number of opportunities to enhance your love quotient. Hard work is the key to professional success. The cards guide you to be more focussed on your projects to achieve success. Financial benefits shall come through in phases. A sensible handling of your health helps in rejuvenating your mind, body and soul. Communication is the key to resolving your family deadlocks. Travel is best avoided during this period as it might not be as successful as your expectations. There could be sleep disturbance while on a journey. A woman who is a glib talker might be a cause of concern by the end of the month. Lucky Colour: Green

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LEO (22nd July - 21st August) Matters of heart shall be extremely romantic and pleasant. The planetary positions help you on this front and create a feeling of peace and harmony. Professionally, a man who has a dynamic personality will guide you well in your projects. New investments turn out to be quite prolific and enhance your monetary status. Health too keeps you fit. Celebrations are indicated in your family and get-togethers shall be pleasant and memorable. Travel will be favourable only if you act with a practical mindset. The month ends on a positive note. Lucky Colour: Electric Green

VIRGO (22nd August- 21st September) Financial gains shall be good throughout the month. You will also gain from property matters and joint investments. Sudden financial gains are also expected during this period. Professionally, you will get credit for your works and projects. Legal matters too favour you throughout this month. Matters of heart shall be pleasant. You would enjoy outings and holidays with your loved one during this phase. Health too keeps you fit. Being in the company of children shall be very therapeutic as the month progresses. A balanced outlook towards life helps you in creating further peace and happiness in your family life. Travel to new destinations shall be enjoyable and pleasant. Lucky Colour: Red

LIBRA (22nd September- 21st October) Financial matters shall be rewarding and positive, especially in your investment portfolio, if you follow your intuition. Professional success comes in bits and pieces throughout this period. Matters of heart have to be handled sensibly. Health keeps you fit and a joint health activity with someone who shares your passion helps you further. You will come across a number of opportunities in your life to create peace and harmony in your family life. A woman who is close to your heart helps you in your travel ventures. A man who has financial knack shall be the key to your success in life as the month comes to its end. Lucky Colour: Emerald Green

SCORPIO (22nd October- 21st November) Professionally, you shall gain from your intuitive insights and also the wisdom of your juniors. Good news can be expected on the work front throughout this month. Financial benefits shall come easily and comfortably. Property related matters shall be rewarding. You need to put in extra efforts to create the magic of romance in your love life. Health keeps you fit. Keep a check on all the written communication that you make to your family as a minor error might cause you a lot of stress. Travel might be stressful and can create disturbances in your sleep patterns. A man with a practical outlook towards life helps you in your endeavours by the end of the month. Lucky Colour: Orange

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SAGITTARIUS (22nd November- 21st December) Financially a lot of positive changes take place in your life. Business trips for money related matters shall be prolific and you will come across an interesting person while on a business trip who would help you in your endeavours in times to come. Professional success shall suddenly be all yours to enjoy as you enter into the latter half of the month. Matters of heart shall be pleasant. There are positive reflections on this front and wedding celebrations or family get-togethers will be the highlight of the month. Health keeps you fit. Family supports you in all your endeavours and also holidays planned with your loved ones shall be memorable and happy. Travel brings in contentment in your life. There will be phases when you would think a lot about your past. Lucky Colour: Pink CAPRICORN (22nd December- 21st January) Matters of heart indicate happiness that grows stronger as the month progresses. Professionally there can be some trouble which will need a lot of patience from your end to deal with. Sudden losses are indicated on the work front. Expenses too are on the higher side during this month. Health needs more care and the cards also guide you to be careful about the travel that you take up during this period as it might take a toll on your health. The cards also guide you to not to manipulate any situation in family matters as it might boomerang unexpectedly. New beginnings bring in a lot of relief as the month comes to its end. Lucky Colour: Red AQUARIUS (22nd January- 21st February) Professionally this is an excellent time for you to take up new challenges and start up new projects. Planetary positions favour you throughout this month on the work front. Financial benefits are prolific and new investments shall be extremely favourable. Matters of heart might be challenging and happiness may elude you for sometime. Extra effort from your end is required to retain good health. There are two important decisions with regards to your family which will confuse you as both of them will seem equally lucrative. Following your intuitive instincts helps you in overcoming this confusion and in following the right path. Travel is best avoided during this period. Family gatherings and celebrations are a strong likeability as the month comes to its end. Lucky Colour: Lilac/Magenta PISCES (22nd February- 21st March) Matters of heart shall be extremely pleasant. You would also want to take your relationship to next level as the month progresses. There are also indications of buying a property or planning to buy one in a better locality. Professionally you experience a lot of transitions on your work front. Financial benefits shall be prolific and business trips shall be rewarding. Health too keeps you fit shape during this period. Open and flexible communication is the key to having peace and happiness in your family life. Travel shall be enjoyable throughout this month. New beginnings create positive patterns as the month comes to its end. Lucky Colour: Dark Green YEARLY FORECAST FOR CANCER Matters of heart shall be romantic and pleasant throughout the year. You will be showered with a lot of love and attention by your loved one during this period. Professional gains come through only if you act with wisdom and with a diplomatic mindset. Financial benefits shall be favourable. A woman in your family can be a cause of concern. Children bring you immense happiness during this phase of your life. However, the cards guide you to de-stress with yoga or other therapies so as to keep a guard on your emotional quotient and also on your sleep patterns.
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Er. S. Sekar (M. No. 1567) Sub Committee Member - Library & News Letter


our years have passed since I started to write a topic once a month in my blog ssekar. starting from January 2009. I should say it was eventful and the responses from the readers and my well-wishers were enthralling and I went into ecstasy. What I had started as a hobby has ended up in a habit making me continue my journey of writing about different subjects that we encounter in everyday life. A careful analysis of the happenings around us and making midway corrections will bring a change in a person and give him ananda or bliss. Here I am pleased to exchange my thoughts on the word I in a poetic form. If I am I, because I am I And you are you because you are you Then I am and you are. But If I am I, because you are you And you are you because I am I Then Im not and youre not But we are not. The alphabet I when spelt makes you get into agankara (ego) mode and induces you into a feeling that you (refers to I) are great and can surmount any obstacles that you come across in your daily mundane life. In reality, it is that

supreme power or the bagawan or the almighty that helps us to surmount any difficulty that we are posed with at all times. Until this realization sets in to your mind, you will be an ignorant human being. If you have good thoughts you will attract good things and if you have diseased thought you will attract disease. Thinking of god and chanting the mantra Om will keep us in good stead at all times as we have the protection of the almighty. An underlying philosophy comes to my mind while I am writing this page. It is interesting and thought provoking as it conveys the truth and brings out the fact of life. It goes like this:The rain it raineth on the just and also on the unjust fella but chiefly on the just because the unjust steals the justs Umbrella. If we understand this, we become realized souls and start appreciating what is happening to us including the twists and the turns of everyday life that we encounter. We should bear in mind that at any cost we should not give up our efforts in fulfilling our goals and aspirations. We should not quit until we succeed. I am reminded of a Poem, which I am pleased to share with everyone.
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The past is behind, learn from it. The future is ahead, prepare for it. The present is here, live it. -Thomas S. Monson

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will, When the road youre trudding seems all uphill, When funds are low and the debts are high, When care is pressing you down a bitRest if you must but dont quit Life is queer with its twists and turns, As every one of us sometimes learns; And many a fellow turns about When he might have won, had he stuck it out. Dont give up though the pace seems slow You may succeed with another blow. Often the goal is nearer than It seems to a faint and faltering man; Often the struggler has given up When he might have captured the victors cup; And he learned too late when the night came down, How close he was to the winning crown, Success is Failure turned inside out The silver tint of the clouds of doubt You never can tell how close you are, It may be near when it seems afar So stick to the fight when youre hardest hit Its when things seem worse that you mustnt quit. Dont quit but turn to god for He who has shielded you all these days He is the doer and the destroyer He who has given a helping hand always
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In your efforts to attain your goal He who is omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient. I am also reminded of King Bruce and the Spider story where the king in distress observes a spider who kept on weaving the web until it got the shape and perfect enough to catch its prey. Thus if we are determined to succeed, our thought process should always be on how to win and never think about the word Quit. The moral of the story is try - try - try again until you succeed.
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One of the deepest desires of human beings is the desire to be appreciated. The feeling of being unwanted is hurtful. - Willism James.



black box

Recent News: Asiana Plane Crash: Two Black Boxes Recovered Investigators have recovered both black boxes from a passenger plane which crash landed at San Francisco International Airport killing two teenagers.

Black box: This is a device used to assist investigation into aircraft accidents. These are lone survivors in most of the accidents. Black box has two parts, a cockpit voice recorder (CVR) and a flight data recorder (FDR). These recorders are fully automatic with memory that would store hours of pilot voice and instrument readings up to the moment of any accident. It automatically erases old records to provide space for fresh entry. Most of the black boxes use solid state memory boards that are much reliable than magnetic tapes. Cockpit voice recorders (CVRs)and Flight data recorders (FDRs) in commercial airplanes continuously record information and can be immensely helpful to determine the cause of a crash. The deepest a flight recorder has been recovered was the case of South African Airways Flight 295, where the cockpit voice recorder was recovered 16,000 feet (4,900 m) under the ocean. However, there are many cases where recovered recorders did not definitively identify the cause of a crash. Recorders may be recovered, but too damaged to read or have blanks.

All the microphones in the cockpit are connected to the CVR where the recordings are digitized and stored. The FDR registers information about speed, altitude direction and other relevant details during flight. Data from the CVR and FDR is stored on stacked memory boards inside the crash-survivable memory unit (CSMU). These memory boards are insulated and protected by three layers of materials in the CSMU in a solid state black box. All the data collected by the airplanes sensors is sent to the flight data acquisition unit at the front of the aircraft. The flight data acquisition unit is the middle manager of the entire data recording process. It takes information from sensors and sends it to the black box. Black boxes are powered by one of two power generators that draw power from planes engines. Black box is usually installed at the tail of the plane to increase their chances of survival. Though called black box it is usually painted in bright orange or yellow.
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Happiness or sorrow- whatever befalls you, walk on untouched, unattached.- The Dhammapada

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to JULY BORN Members, Spouses, Wards and Staff

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Introduction of Birthday babies Cake cutting by our ward Romita Sekar Staff receiving Birthday gift from Er. M.P. Premkumar Staff receiving Birthday gift from Er. P. Sairam Staff receiving Birthday gift from Mr. Subramani, Manager
There is love in every one of you. Develop that love. Share it with people. This love is not a one-way traffic. It is two way, give and take. - Sathya Sai Baba

7 Lady staff expressing Joy on this occasion 8 House Keeping Staff receiving Birthday gift from Er. E. Sivakumar 9 Steward Mr. Muthu receiving Birthday gift from Er. M. A. Murugan

In memory of legendary singers T.M. Soundararajan & P.B. Sereenivas and Music Director T. K. Ramamoorthy By Rangas Symphony


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4 Mr. Rangamani, Deputy Manager (Finance) IOC and his team Trying singing talent Secretary Sivakumar mesmerising with his singing skills A view of the Audience

Ego is the biggest enemy of humans. - Rig Veda

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Scale down smartly and add an extra dimension to your abode: invest in a swanky kitchenette.
If your otherwise lovely and cosy home is short on space then kitchenettes can be the perfect solution that you are looking for. These space saving additions are the miniature replicas of their much larger siblings but kitchenettes can be every bit as useful as kitchens.



Once you decide on getting a mini kitchen you can either look at the readymade models available in interior stores or have a contractor build everything from scratch and install a custom built kitchenette. Have it painted in bright and unique hues to distinguish the area from the rest of the house and to give it a character of its own. The basics required to set up a kitchenette include: A mini refrigerator A small cooking range/induction stoves A mini microwave A simple sink A couple of small wall cabinets Counter space You can upgrade on these basics as per your needs. Add features, alter sizes and increase the components as required. Stock up on necessities and replenish depleted items once a week.

The main advantage of a kitchenette is that it allows you to carry on all your culinary functions without engulfing precious square feet area. They are particularly recommended for houses, studio apartments, basement or attic flats, condominiums and mezzanine (usually above garage) houses. For the mother in you, kitchenettes can be a great way of involving your tweens and teens in cooking activities. A kitchenette is comparatively safer because of the small area and thus makes it easy for you to keep an eye on the little ones as they carry out their culinary experiments.


If you entertain small groups on a regular basis or indulge in informal dos with your gal pals then it makes sense to have a kitchenette in a comfortable corner of the house where you hold the soirees, even if you have a large kitchen and a larger house. With such an arrangement you can whip up scrumptious snacks and refreshing brews while chatting with your guests instead of being holed up in the kitchen and missing out on all the fun. Also, if you are a work from home professional then it makes sense to have a tiny kitchenette near your work area so you dont have to keep rushing back and forth every time you feel like having a cup of coffee or some light refreshments.
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Beauty is not in the face beauty is a light in the heart. - Kahil Gibran


eciprocal affiliation for usage of guest rooms has been arranged with the following clubs. Members can contact our club office for further details: Coorg Sports Club, Kirgoor Road, Ponnampet, South Kodagu - 571 216, Karnataka. Facility: Bar, Badminton, Billiards, Capacity: Four Rooms. Contact Person: Manager 08274-249074 Web: The R.S. Puram Club, 1, Subramanian Road, R.S. Puram, Coimbatore - 641 002. Facility: Bar, TT, Tennis, Badminton, Billiards, Cards, Gym, Library, Carrom, Chess. Capacity: Eleven rooms, A/C deluxe & Non-A/C. Contact Person: Hon. Secretary 0422-2547021- 0422-2547022, 2547348 Email: Kodagu Planters Club, Post Box No.17, Gonikoppal 571213, South Kodagu, Karnataka. Facility: Bar, TT, Tennis, Indoor shuttle, Billiards, Cards, Reading Room Capacity: Two deluxe rooms. Contact Person: Manager 08274-247707. The Madurai Union Club No.9, Tamukkam Park Road, Madurai-625 020. Facility: Bar, Tennis Court, One huge Billiards Hall, Indoor-shuttle court, T.T.

Carrom, Chess, Cards and Modern Gymnasium. Capacity: Three double suites with A/C, Three deluxe double suites with A/C. Contact Person: Hon. Secretary 0452 -2530105, 0452-2521945. Email: Karnataka State Hockey Association, Hockey Stadium Premises, Rhenius Street, Langford Town, Bangalore 560 025. Guest Room Capacity: 13, Air-conditioned Rooms, Facility: Restaurant, Bar, Swimming Pool, Two Hockey Fields, Billiards, Gymnasium Contact person: Hon.Secretary 080-22277007 / 22277373 / 42443777 / 43443701 Fax: 080-22277007 Email: Website: The Cosmopolitan Club (Regd.), Dr. S. Radhakrishnan Avenue, Mysore 570 005. Guest Rooms: A/C Rooms (Regular & Delux), Sport Facility: Billiards, Snookers, Shuttle, Tennis, Table Tennis, Gymnasium & Cards Dining: Vegetarian & Non-Veg. Canteens, A/C Bar, Swimming Pool, Meeting/Party Hall, Library, Reading Room, Spacious TV Hall. Contact Person: Hon. Secretary Phone: 0821-2423881, Fax: 0821-2422355 Email: