Archive for May 2011

Teachings 2010-2011: An Updated Version

May 12, 2011

This post is in an annexe to: Teachings 2010

Indeed, the last semester of CoEP did inculcate loads of values; I have now understood: **

– that one should never opt for an elective course merely by analyzing previous statistics.

– that one must never take a project in a domain which you were never taught.

– that one must always be a proud owner of a grandeur heart and understand others.

– that one should never weep for those who don’t deserve your tears, one must always fight back dauntlessly and fierce-fully.

– that one must always possess the masculine quality of forgiving people.

– that one must never hit the front brakes of a bike when you see water scattered on the road, (and that too in the midst of the square)

– that one must never ponder whilst riding a bike, atleast not when there are no lights on the highway 😀

– that one must always be immediate friends with strangers, wherever it might be, might a bus transit, might be in Bangalore 😛

– that one must understand that some people always have the right to bounce on you, anytime, anywhere, but when it comes to your feelings, you will always be assaulted.

– that one must not be a rascal at seminars and presentations (IT industry presentations to be precise)

– that one must respect the organizers of events.

– that one must, with due diligence, appreciate the efforts of your fellow members.

– that one must by now have got the hunch that to hide one lie you need to lie more than a thousand times.

– that one must always abide by one’s privacy (and at times anonymity as well).

– that everyone in the world has their own problems and issues, one needs to learn from others mistakes and tack-ticks.

– that trying to be someone else is an insult to yourself, you are denying the fact that “you are somebody”.

– that one should “try and trust” others for the work they are assigned to.

– that one should “try” and be a good listener.

– that one must not ditch others, by giving ad hoc excuses atleast the one’s who adore you and respect you like a god.

– that one must not give birth to new “issues” while solving the previous ones.

-that one should never get aroused in life, and take decisions under the pressure of relationships ***

and last and the most important of all:

– that one must always learn to keep relations and professionalism as two different things in life, and you should own your deeds.

** N. B.: The above mentioned incidents are not entirely my experiences, they have their origins from varied sources. From friends, from profs., from teachers, from trespassers, from strangers, from “crushes’ :), etc.

***: There are many more teachings, but right now I fail to remember them 😀 😀


My last email as a PM

May 10, 2011

DVSSS, expanded as Design and Verification of Secure Software Systems was indeed a memorable course which was successful in inculcating the security values in me and which gave a lifetime experience of being a Student Project Manager!

Following is the mail that I had sent on the last day of the course, when we all were done with the presentation of our system.

Hello all,

This mail won’t be like my usual mails of meetings at so n so time, or any reports to be given to the PMs. This is just a mail of gratitude and to congratulate all of us. Thank you for being such a nice team. I might have been rude at times, but please don’t take it personally. I remember a quote from Pirates movie: “Capt. Jack Sparrow, its only good business!!!”. I hope everyone understood what I meant to say. In past months, I have really learnt that being a PM, obviously, you have to take the responsibilities on your shoulder and face all the consequences. Its your job to manage the team. On this note, I remember an email signature that one of my friend has: “An army of sheep led by a lion can beat an army of lion led by a sheep” !!! Its the lead who should have the strength to face the problems. Our leads have also worked flawlessly! Thank you for it. Their corresponding teams also co-operated well with them. No doubt there were issues, but still this was our first time, and has given us a nice trailer of what we are going to see in our near future. Also, no words can really do justice to the amount of inspiration that Manish sir has given all of us! Hats-off to him, for his dedication and devotion towards us. He has taught us to push the boundaries of engineering and think out of the box!  To salute the same, we all are planning to have an informal get together for dinner at some hotel at Deccan or Jm Road, on some day which is convenient for all. Details will be communicated later. I wish all my buddies a prosperous life ahead, and once again, do not take any of my comments or mails personally. It was only good business! Last thing to mention, undoubtedly DVSSS has taught me to keep relations and profession as two different things in life !! Thank you DVSSS.
– Regards,


Ashwin Tumma

B. Tech (Computer),

College of Engineering,Pune

Registered Linux User #496418