04-2020 Quand je ne serai plus la …..

It can happen any time. It will happen to all. When my time comes, I do not want my friends to wonder why Partha does not answer mails or phone calls. If this ever happens to you, for an unreasonably long time :

  1. Take a look at my twitter account https://twitter.com/profpartha (@profpartha)
    I usually post some stuff there regularly, at least 2-3 times a week. When the tweets stop coming, the inevitable has happened.
  2. Call up home by phone to find out.
  3. Find out from my next of kin :
    • premap2@gmail.com
    • parishramp@gmail.com
    • prayathna@gmail.com
  4. inform all our common friends and contacts

Thank you in advance, since I cannot thank you when the time comes.

Adieu,

partha

PS: I was prompted to make this announcement when my friend passed away and I learnt about that by accident, four years later.

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT WAS MADE ON 2020-02-10

03-2020 RIP Kryzstof Cetnarowicz

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My friend of 40 years, Kryzstof Cetnarowicz, seems to have left this world sometime ago. I got to know this sad news thanks to a chance conversation with the wife/widow of my PhD guru.
Kryzstof was a Professor at the AGH University of Science and Technology , Krakow, Poland, where I met him last in 2009.

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In fact, Kryzstof had invited me for a talk on the role of non-functional specifications in software engineering, at his institute.

It was also a beautiful holiday for my wife and me. Thank you Kryzstof, may peace be with you forever.


To come, to know, to learn to part, is the sad tale of many a human heart.

Adieu cher ami.

Quand je ne serai plus la ….

02-2020 Mysteries of Indian TV !

There is a lot to learn from Indian TV !

  1. Why do Indian police stations always have a world globe on the Inspector’s desk when policemen never cross the street if the other side is not in their jurisdiction ?
  2. Why do they show warning messages whenever there is a scene showing smoking or drinking ? Why dont they delete those scenes altogether instead of showing those meaningless warnings ? And, why is there no warning with scenes involving other crimes like murder, bank holdup, rape …?
  3. Are maths teachers always grumpy , sadistic people ? Or is maths such a horrible subject ? Why do we always malign maths and maths teachers ?
  4. When there is a conductor in front of an orchestra, why does he seem to follow the orchestra rather than the other way around ?
  5. What is the blue liquid they show on commercials for sanitary napkins and diapers ?
  6. Why do they show toilet basins in grand detail and in closeup when they try to sell toilet cleaner liquids ? Don’t they know that most of the times these disgusting commercials are displayed during during dinner time or when people are having meals ? Why don’t they learn some decency or discretion from those selling diapers and sanitary napkins ?
  7. Why do they show only men for promoting products for bad mouth odour ?
  8. Why do they use only women for promoting under arm deodarants and rollons ? Idem hair remover creams ?
  9. Are sports shoes worn only by men ?

If you have watched some more absurdities like the ones above, just let me know on drpartha@gmail.com.

01-2020 Macau we will never forget you.

My most pleasant memories always lead me to Macau (erstwhile Portugal colony in current China), with all my family on an assignment with United Nations University.
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chopsticksWe decided to take souvenirs which would be useful for us always. We chose two such amazing pieces of Chinese culture (and of course plenty of porcelains): the Abacus, and Chinese chopsticks. We (my children and I) even spent several weeks trying to master the abacus. We took an abacus for each one of us.

My wife joined us when we had training sessions on the use of chopsticks !abacus We bought a pair for each one of us.

We will always remember our visit to Macau.

I wish we had an “action replay” button in our life. Till then, Macau will be in my dreams every day.