Sunday, April 20, 2014

How to solve a Rubik's Cube

Bottom layer solve yourself to get all edges correctly

To solve the Second layer

To solve the second layer align the center piece with the bottom layer

The center piece is the middle cell in the second row

Then align the same color with the top most center column so that you have an inverted "T" of the same color

You need to make sure that the top most cell (the color on the "U" side oy Upper side ) needs to be moved to the right or the left so that the second layer is solved for that adjacent side to face. So if your inverted T is of Orange color. You might have a Yellow or White on the Upper face of the cell of inverted "T"

You need to move the yellow topmost cell to the left and if it is white then to the right.
To move the top middle side to the correct side

Left move

Ui Li    U L    U F    Ui Fi

Right move

U R  Ui Ri   Ui Fi   UF

Second layer solved

To solve the top layer Search for "Mirror image of L" on the top left corner

F R U Ri Ui Fi

Then get an vertical Blue I, Make it horizontal by turning the cube

Do again

F R U Ri Ui Fi

Aim is to get a cross Blue on the top if your bottom face is green

Do the below to get the cross with correct cells on the face side

R U Ri U R U U Ri

Now to bring the remaning 4 edges with the correct color of cells even tjough not oriented properly keep doing below

Right Corner 3 sides to be correct position - To bring 3 sides of the edges to the correct position

U R Ui Li U Ri Ui L

Now once we have all edges with right colored cells even though not oriented properly we will try to complete the cube

Keep on your right top side the cell that needs to be reoriented correctly in the cube top layer, do not worry about the rest.
Once it comes in the right place by doing

Note - To get Di you need to face the down of the cube and see when it turns anticlockwise

Ri Di R D

Move only the Top face to get the other edge with correct colors but not oriented properly , keep that edge cell on the top right corner and repeat

Ri Di R D

Keep moving only the top "U" face to get the edge that is not oriented properly to show correct colors by doing

Ri Di R D

Monday, March 17, 2014

Reading between the lines in an Interview

We have designed a special role for you
It means
We have absolutely no idea what we are going to do with you

This is a challenging role
It means
You have to challenge authorities to know what they want from you

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity
It means
The job will be so arduous that you may not live long enough to see another opportunity

You will be directly reporting to the head
It means
In our organization people do not have access to the business heads. You are lucky

We expect you to be well read in your area
It means
I have no questions to ask

Types of Interviews

Human Resource is one of the most strategic partners for any organization. One of the most essential areas of Human Resources is the recruitment. From attraction, selection to retention, recruitment is critical for all 3 divisions. To make sure that we have the right candidate we need to take a couple of steps to assess the candidate.

Selection can be based on Competency Based Interview or Situation Based Interviews. Also the management can come to a consensus to take Assessment Centers for senior positions or go for Live Projects when it comes to recruiting key talent for the company. Many companies assess the abilities of candidates through case studies, aptitude tests and also psychometric tests.

The best evaluation instrument in the hands of the recruiter is the Competency Based Interviews or Situation Based Interviews. In a Competency Based Interview also known as Behavior Based Interview the interviewer tries to extract competencies from an informal discussion on the past experiences of the candidate. The interview can also be a structured one, in which all the questions are predefined and competencies are extracted from what the candidate has done in the past.
The technique used is called STAR viz. Situation, Tasks, Actions and Results. You need to ask questions regarding a past Situation and how did the incumbent tackle the situation. What “tasks” he did. What “Actions” those tasks included. And finally what were the results of those activities. During the entire discussion on STAR you would come to know on the competencies of the candidate.

Another interviewing techniques the Situation Based interview in which competencies are arrived through answers of questions which are on a hypothetical situations. For example you are leading a post of 5 army men on a task and you realize that two have fled the post, one is sick and two others do not like each other. You are stuck in a no man’s land and have to send a message urgently to your regiment which is some 5 kilometers away. How would you do it? While answering the candidate would display signs of competencies which you are looking for. The interviewer needs to carefully assess each of his answers and arrive at a conclusion whether the candidate has the competencies they are looking for.

Similarities between driving and life

I was driving my car to office and when I learnt the 3 biggest lessons of my life. It was uncanny how driving had a striking similarity with life. Driving teaches us many lessons which we would not have learnt if it was not for driving.

Why is the rear view mirror smaller than the windshield? It is so because it reminds us that we need to keep our past memories and undue worries in a very small part of our perspective. The major part should be to have a vision and look ahead at the present and the imminent and the future.

Also while we drive we only view the broad road, the small pebbles and potholes can be ignored since if we kept trying to avoid them we would end up spending more fuel on going zig-zag rather than straight forward. Similarly in life we need to ignore or just bear the small problems keeping the bigger vision in sight. If we keep solving all the small problems in life, we would be spending significant time and energy on those small issues and would be diverted from our greater goal in life to enjoy the presents that God has bestowed upon us. We need to be alert and awake for a bigger goal and a greater vision than to be bothered about the small potholes and pebbles on the way.

A striking resemblance is driving and in life is on the speed of your driving. The person behind you will not honk you till the time you are giving him space to move and he is aware that he cannot drive any faster than what he is currently doing. The moment he sees a stretch of empty road in front of him he pushes the paddle hard enough. Similarly in life, in work place, when you see your boss moving above the corporate ladder in a steady pace you are not upset since you know he would be making space for you. The moment you are hit by an incompetent boss who you know will not move from him current position you start feeling asphyxiated since if he doesn’t move; he wouldn’t let you move too.

Friday, May 17, 2013

A Big Fat Indian Wedding

If you have been to India and missed on attend any one of the big fat Indian weddings then you surely missed a lot. India is the melting pot for all traditions and rituals. What any Indian woman has dreamt from her childhood is, how grand would her wedding be and how she would look like a doll in her wedding dress.

The preparations for an average Indian wedding starts as far as a year before the wedding date. Most hectic are the final two months before the wedding, the last mile is the most chaotic. The dust settles only a week after a week-long marriage is completed. 

There is also a long tradition of matching the stars of the bride and the groom before they actually meet. India is more focused on the compatibility of the stars in the heaven then with the compatibility of the boy and the girl. Arrange marriages are a big preference in India. 

The Indian marriages are getting expensive day on day. The amount of money spent on a single wedding can reach to an obscene figure of crores in the Indian market. The jewelry has to be exquisite the clothes have to be unique and in vogue. The gifts need to be lavish. The attendees of the auspicious occasion need to come in different attire for every ritual and the rituals end for a couple of days and sometimes stretching to weeks.

The Indian weeding is a resemblance of the celebrations that an average household in India attaches to the occasion of marriage. All relatives need to be flown in to attend the wedding and shower their blessings on the bride and the groom. 

Indian Marriages are a series of events best summarized in five days. The first day of celebration is called the “Mehndi Night”. On that day the relatives put Henna, a kind of tattoo, on the palms of the bride and themselves.
The second day is called the “Mangal Snan” – The holy bath in which relatives help the bride and the groom put Haldi (Turmeric) on the hands and legs of the bride and the groom. This is done to ward off any evil sights from them and also to give their body strength to endure the week long events in front of them.
The third day is the night of marriage when the groom walks up to the brides place and marries her.
The fourth day is when the groom carries the bride back to his house and the girl leaves the house of her parents.
The fifth day is the Wedding Reception day when the Grooms family members invite all their relatives and neighbors to announce that the marriage has culminated.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Lick into shape

To transform a faulty object or venture into something that works effectively.

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Amazing Websites;

Boorkmarking website

The way back machine


I don't measure a man's success by how high he climbs but how high he bounces when he hits bottom.

-George S. Patton

In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.

-Bill Cosby

A man may fall many times, but he won't be a failure until he says that someone pushed him.

-Elmer G. Letterman.

If you believe you can, you probably can. If you believe you won't, you most assuredly won't. Belief is the ignition switch that gets you off the launching pad.

-Denis Waitley

Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it.

-Groucho Marx

There are no great people in this world, only great challenges which ordinary people rise to meet.

-William Frederick Halsy, Jr.

Someone's sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.

-Warren Buffett

The tragedy of life doesn't lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.

-Benjamin Mays

Size isn't everything. The whale is endangered, while the ant continues to do just fine.

-Bill Vaughan

Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.

-Thomas A. Edison

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Johnny and his dad

Johnny’s dad: Hey Johnny why you do not go out and play

Johnny is busy on his computer, doesn’t care to look at his dad

Johnny: I am playing dad

Johnny’s dad: I don’t mean those stupid games, I mean go and play with your real friends on a real ground

Johnny: I won’t find them there

Johnny’s dad: Why?

Johnny: They are already playing with me here

Johnny’s dad: Oh God what the world has come to

Johnny: Dad aren’t you proud I am the strongest player in the team

Johnny’s dad (frowns): You certainly do not look like, Hey why do you not have something to eat

Johnny: I had just now an online sandwich and a full glass of milk at the

Johnny’s dad: But you do not like milk at home

Johnny: Yes dad, this milk gives me 200 extra bonus points so I can kick ass

Johnny’s dad: What about your school

Johnny: Yes dad I will be there in the next 15 minutes

Johnny’s dad: But your school is a good half an hour away

Johnny: Dad my school is also online

Johnny’s dad: And what about your teachers

Johnny: Yes they are online too. Mr Jacob, our chemistry teacher, is visiting a ladies club now and Mrs Allyson, our gym instructor, is sharing her pictures, I must say she is something

Johnny’s dad: Oh no, what are you doing – Do not do that, she is your teacher Johnny

Johnny: Yes dad but I am not visiting her profile as me, I am visiting her profile as you

Johnny’s dad: You naughty little beast

Johnny: No dad she actually wants more of you

Johnny’s dad: (Gulps a swallow): Come move, let me see too (sits next to Johnny)

Johnny’s dad: Do you have a girlfriend

Johnny: Yes dad she is the latest in town

Johnny’s dad: I am proud to hear that, where does she live

Johnny: She lives in the

Johnny’s dad: Hey those websites you should not visit

Johnny (still focused on his computer): Do not worry dad I do not use your credit card. I still am on my teacher’s credit card. He visits so many sites that I can always sneak in his account and he would never notice

Johnny’s dad: Oh good, so now you are a thief too

Johnny: No dad, its call hacking, thief’s too lame

Johnny’s dad: I want you to get out of your computer world and go enjoy a fulfilling life like I did and make some real friends like I had

Johnny: DAD!!!!!!!!

Johnny’s dad: NOW!!!!!!!!!!!

Johnny leaves the room

Johnny’s dad logs in to the computer and you hear “Welcome Johnny’s dad, I had been waiting for you. Mrs Allyson wants more of you”

Saturday, October 15, 2011


To love and be loved is everything

To be loved is something

To love is nothing

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Brian Moynihan comes with the age old remedy to spruce up operations

The embattled Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) CEO Brian Moynihan is using a  axe  to his expansive monetary business with a strategy declared the other day to reduce 30,000 jobs as the financial institution employer battles to get his financial house in order. The total reductions, that sum to around 10 pct of the behemoth Charlotte, NC banking institutions head count, is part of a larger strategy carried out by Moynihan -- named Project New BAC -- to reduce around $5 billion in expenses.

We do not have to be the largest organization out there - Moynihan informed the market at a Barclays Capital investor's conference, verifying a broadly expected move. We have to be the best. The Bank of America chief is demanding to take apart the financial institution designed by previous CEO Ken Lewis by means of the shotgun purchases of Merrill Lynch and Countrywide Financial in the course of the economic situation.

The lay offs arrive right after couple of traumatic weeks, as worries regarding the bank's mortgage debts have lead in the company hemorrhaging almost 48 pct of its net worth this year -- about 30 percent of it came from last 30 days alone. The work reductions are anticipated to be carried out over the following two years and may happen mainly at its customer banking divisions.

Moynihan also is not ruling out the likelihood that its non performing "Countrywide Financial" company might be put into bankruptcy to assist the organization restructure -- a strategy that a few experts have advised is the finest way with regard to Bank of America  to handle the pile of risky mortgages it was passed down from the mortgage factory. There are choices around all these things that we proceed to work on, he said answering to one question.

Moynihan has recently been working out on a number of methods to secure Bank of America s balance sheet, some of which includes selling 50 percent of its approximately 11 pct position in oriental loan company China Construction Bank for $8.5 billion. Unexpectedly, Moynihans jobs-reducing discussion arrived as President Obama declared a $447 billion jobs-generation bill.

Bank of America is currently trading at 7.05 dollars. It operates in Financial Sector and Money Center Banks industry. For the 2nd quarter ending July 2011, it has a net profit margin of -66%, an Operating margin on -97%. Its total employees stand at around 287, 839 making it one of the biggest organizations in the US.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Running for the future

Did you ever consider why people say we spend one third of our life sleeping?
It’s simple... In 24 hours we spend 8 hours sleeping so in a day we spend 1/3 rd of our time sleeping. So by corollary we understand that 1/3 rd of the life is spent in sleeping.

On the other note and a very different one. We all live in a life of future... by this I mean we always live in a world of I will do this; i will do that and what I need to do for the future. Even great philosophers have said the same thing. Dream, dream big... I do not understand why we need to live in the future. If we strive not to live in the past we need not to strive to live in the future too. May be it’s just a thought. Evolution may mean living in the future, but isn’t it taking our precious present away from us.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Obesity is attractive

It is said that everything in the universe attracts the other body by a force directly proportional to the product of weight of the bodies and inversely to the square of distance.

So I guess to attract one needs to put on weight

My fingers through her hair, she slept soundly on my lap ... my hand holding her ..... the feeling was so pure like fire

That night was so nice -- ---- "eh kash mein hum hosh mein na aaye" fingers through her hair, she slept soundly on my lap ... my hand  holding her ..... the feeling was so pure like fire

and one of those moments when u wished that this would define your life and the dawn may never break and she always slept like this near to me, close to me , be mine , my property

Corporate Lingo

The way the corporate bull shit seeps into people working in the corporates is easily seen in their verbiage.
  • People replace the word "problem" with the word "challenge." Recently I heard someone saying The challenge that I faced parking my car is that another car was parked in front of the gate
  • The important point to note in the presentation is that we are capturing 70% of the market share ( As if if we did not understand the main points of the whole presentation as it was so covered with bull-shit all around the slides or the language is so vague that we have to be told what is the main point)
  • Adaptability is important ( which means we don't know what to do with you so keep moving as we say )
  • Lets sit for a meeting ( We don't have anything substantial to give you but still, we would like you to have pity on us and give us something)
  • The industry we are operating is a new industry - ( If you don't understand what we are doing or why we are doing don't be flummoxed)


Its funny how Physics is so relevant in our day to day lives and I am not just talking about the laws and the theorems and assumptions but how they are so much in our human lives.

Lets see for example -

1. Static friction is greater than dynamic friction
When you start a new thing or business, its always difficult but once you get a hang of things. It becomes really easy to maneuver

2. Moving uphill is harder than drifting downhill
Do I need to say more, and I am not talking of potential and kinetic energy

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Love Story

it was somewhere in the middle of the night , i was as clumsy i am doing some work given by her or she had to do and was figuring out how to do and had no clue about it , nor was i interested in doing that work. The only thing that i was interested in was to look at her sleeping. Out of nowhere she woke up looked at me with those half open eyes, and said " I Love You", and went back to sleep as she didnt even care for my answer. And i mumbled trying to make it to her conscious mind before it drifted back to neveralnd that " I love you too" . I shouldnt have said 'too'. later i realised. But at that time something happened that was unique. which would not happen till the existence of my college and which would not have happened till today.
A dreamy eyes piercing through and those chiseled ornamented lips murmuring the perfect words, a crystal  " I Love you " . Its like diamond. Would be with me forever.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Best Invention Till date, Best Adage Ever, Best to Watch Movies

Best Invention Till date

Airplanes are my best inventions in history. To have a look at the importance and the versatility of airplanes leave us amazed at the awesome invention that planes have been .
The Second World War was won on British airplanes and today all the air strikes make it easier for the infantry to this date. Even the commercial airlines are a boon to the modern form of transportation. Reaching from one part of the worked to another in a couple of hours would never have been possible had it not been the invention of airplanes.
I have so much regards for the Wright brothers that it worth giving them Knighthood

Best Adage Ever

The famous saying that “It will also end” is the proverb that makes me kicked in every time. When I am feeling low then I think that this will also end and gives me hope to hang on to the situation and when I am too happy the same proverb gives me senility that this is a time to be humble and not vain .

The depth and the insight that this 4 worded adage has put many kings and warriors motivated for a very long time. I have kept it hanging on my walls to give me guidance and hope forever.

Best to Watch Movies

When I am bored I watch movies. They are a reflection of the society that the movie depicts. It’s a window to a different culture, dialect and idiosyncrasies of that culture, the beliefs and their traditions.