A blog to get back to!

I used to blog a lot, not caring if people actually read what I wrote, but it was the mental satisfaction that kept me from stopping. Why haven’t I written for over a year now, you ask? Well let’s just say I became lazy and did something terrible. I got my room mates Parth and Abidaan to play Dota, yep that was when all hell broke loose at home! We play for hours and hours everyday and each time I see how enthusiastic they are about Dota it makes me shed tears of joy and simultaneously a feeling of guilt creeps up. These guys had a life beyond computers, they used to have fun observing nature, talking to real people. Now the moment we are bored it’s either dota games or they end up watching videos online about the various gameplay hacks and so on. Did I stop there? No I did not, I pulled in Sushil and Aniket into the blackhole too! We are now officially 5 average dota players who do nothing but game all day all night. Today is one of those days when we aren’t playing and I thought why not, let me get back to maintaining my blog!

Actually that was a lie, I moved my blog out from wordpress to a vps on DigitalOcean and had no idea how to get my email and blog running at the sametime. Oh all this because I moved out my domain manager from wordpress (which engineer does this :/, self disgust) to google domains and then all hell broke loose. Anyway some online searching couple with patience got me back on my feet, or should I say got my blog back on my feet. I currently have the blog on blog.aadityasriram.com and plan to have a self designed (i’m lying, i’m looking for help) online resume on aadityasriram.com. For now both point to the wordpress blog. WordPress is great for managing your rants and posts, it makes things really easy to manage and gives all the basic social tools that you need to make your writings presentable. Its awesome to be a student, I get free credits on every major SaaS or PaaS vendor out there, DigitalOcean included! I have my blog hosted for free, got the student pack from Github and its got a lot of other stuff too! Check that out.

I had no real idea about what I’d write when I began this post but looks like i’ve written a lot already. Last 1 year has been all about being in a whole new country and thankfully I got great roommates who share the same sense of cleanliness as me, most people are surprised at how clean our house is! Most of my daily schedule revolved around either cooking or eating, but over the last 2 months gym has been factored in! Study you ask? Yeah good question, I shall get back to that sometime, I guess. I’ve got a new desktop, and yes I shall definitely have a blog post about that. I guess that’s all for my comeback post :) Hope to keep writing regularly going forward :) Cheers!

Ek Villain : A confused one

In Chak De India, SRK said

sattar minute hai tumhaare paas… shaayad tumhaare zindagi ke sabse khaas sattar minute.. Aaj tum achchha khelo ya bura yeh sattar minute tumhe zindagi bhar yaad rahenge

It wasn’t 70 minutes here, it was 130 minutes of pain with a tragic badly written movie! This movie could have been so much more, but things were wrong everywhere! When you have a movie where ‘Ritesh Deshmukh’ is the saving grace, I think we all know how bad it is. I lost 130 minutes of my life, and I sincerely hope I forget the scenes from the movie that have scarred me for life! The title of the movie describes the movie, it is the only villain, the one who can kill all of us. Let me start with a few good things first, there was blood in the movie! After long, an Indian movie where people you tend to like are killed off! It was a shorter GoT when it comes to number of deaths, I am not kidding. No, I am not saying the deaths had the same impact as GoT nor was it that dramatic but yes there are a lot of deaths. The songs are pretty sweet, calms the mind and I will probably “BUY” the songs and put them on my iPod soon. Yep that is all, all the good.

The movie started off with the introduction credits, my friend and I were all excited and suddenly we see ‘Balaji Telefilms’ and we were like WTF is this sorcery! Ekta Kapoor? Oh my god, this is going to be disastrous. My friend insisted we don’t leave, she wanted to watch it for Sidharth Malhotra and I thought i’d watch Shraddha Kapoor. Alas, the biggest mistake of 2014 had been made. Ayesha is a happy, jumpy girl who loves everything and has a very old book and a Polaroid camera that she uses for taking photos and writing down things to do, her bucket list. Guru is the angry young man, who can man fight anyone and anything including bullets. Caesar is this salad guy, sorry gang leader who handles guru and other guys like him. Doesn’t matter, there is no sense in this movie.

The movie starts off with Ayesha dying! Her overacting in the first 5 minutes was enough for me to be happy with it! Oh crap, no there is flashback and 3 years earlier. Goa, Ayesha is at the police station with a bunch of reporters fighting for some cause (sorry i refused to keep track of it) and she sees Guru hanging upside down and immediately opens her magic diary which says pens down the need to save a life. In pursuit of getting guru to turn a new leaf, she follows him and tries hiring him for a kidnap, he shuns her but she refuses to step back! Guru goes wild and threatens her, saying he could do nasty things to her. I was scared, no I wasn’t, once a chocolate boy always a chocolate boy. Ayesha laughs and she says he is the angry young man she was looking for and somehow magically he changes his mind and agrees to kidnap someone for Ayesha. Get a box of tissues, things get all sappy from here. Ayesha wants to kidnap an old man from a mental hospital, to get him married,. The kidnap is such a work of art, he walks in and takes him out! Wonder why Ayesha couldn’t do that herself! Turns out she kidnapped some 100 couples and she sets up a big wedding hall where Guru [the hired gunda?] is picking up heavy stuff and setting up the place, the 100 couples get married and oh no, unfortunately the old leather diary falls from Ayesha’s hand and doesn’t realise it! Guru picks it up and figures that she is trying to save his life, get him to be a good man! He gets all angry and goes to her, where she has a breakdown and says she is drying from a disease!

What is this disease? Everyone knows it is a disease, it has no name. Guru gets all emotional and goes to the doctor who says he cannot do magic and heal her and on getting hit says his wife is also dying from the same disease, again no name is dropped! The doctor says someone in Mumbai can cure her, now why on earth did this doctor not take his dying wife then? Apollo hospitals has paid a truck load of money for the amount of advertising the movie does for them! 3 months and 4 injections later, Ayesha is cured. The only disease I suspect Ayesha suffered from is STUPIDITY!

*** I wrote this draft a long time back *** not enough memory to finish this article!

Overall it was a movie full of plot holes, the pot holes in Bengaluru were ashamed.

Running Viber on Yosemite Beta

This post might be useless for most beta users with the final build around the corner! I’m anyway going to write this down as a reminder for me for the next beta release of OSX 😀 Download viber from the official site and when you try to open it you get an error message saying you are on Viber 4 and it is not supported for your current OSX version. Just follow these steps and you can have viber working on your mac in no time.

  1. Install Viber (duh)
  2. Go to your applications folder on finder and right click on viber and view contents
  3. Search for info.plist file, open it in your favorite editor
  4. Search for the following keys : CFPackage version and another package related tag below it
  5. Change both values to 5.0, save and open Viber.

You are welcome

Cooking Tales: Iyer in the USA (Slaw Edition)

This blog is going to have my cooking adventures in this new country that I have moved to, USA, I guess most of you have heard of it. As a guy who doesn’t consume meat or egg I thought it would be really difficult to survive here, especially after a couple of trips to Europe where I sustained on a snicker a day, or maybe 4 snickers a day! Soon after arriving here, I realised everything I need to live an honest Iyer life exists here! All I had to do now was stop converting $$ to INR and get all messed up about how expensive everything is. This is quite a difficult phase, but a week or two and you will soon be speaking only in terms of $, miles and gallons, throw the metric system out the window. After 4 of us ran through 9 pounds of rice in as many days, I decided enough of rice. Lets just go to my first recipe!

Please note, I am not a chef so the things I mention here are for two reasons, I love writing and I want a place to keep these recipes alive. You may, mostly will not like what I mention here.

The Slaw! Well people call it Coleslaw, I am just going for another name people use. Ok, things you need

1/4th of a Cabbage (Use the white one, the red one is meh)

2 Carrots

1/2 an Onion

1/2 a Tomato

1/2 a Lime

1 tbsp Gingelly Oil

Salt and Sugar

That is all you need, it is a very simple process, just keep a big bowl with you and all the ingredients handy so you can quickly make this and move on with your life. If you have a food processor things get very easy!

  1. Fine chop the cabbage (use a food processor for quick chops)
  2. Grate the carrots after peeling the outer cover
  3. Cut the onions into medium size pieces
  4. Cut the tomatoes into slightly large portions
  5. Mix all of them in a big bowl and add some sugar and salt
  6. Squeeze out a lime and add a tbsp of Gingelly oil and mix well
  7. If you have Mayo add it on top as garnishing

Eat your way through this juicy salad! The oil gives a nice taste along with the raw vegetables. Its a nice change to have this instead of rice and rice and rice for breakfast lunch and dinner. The salad doesn’t look too good, but it tasted really good :)


Google Play : Changing country

For a company like Google, i certainly expected them to have an easy switch option to change my country and then verify the new country using my IP or my last few google sign in locations! But no, this task is not straightforward at all! I just moved to the US from India and signed into my new android device using the ID i had created back home, only to realise that it would default to the Indian play store and there was absolutely no setting to change this to USA. I figured it was because of the payments methods I had set up, I went ahead and removed all the payment methods saved on my account! Next I changed all the addresses to the new address in US, cleared cache and data. No use, the play store still wouldn’t update to US!

   Lots of searching online and trying multiple funny things turned out to be useless, the play store just wouldn’t budge! Finally I figured what it needed! So for all the peeps moving to a new country, this might help. Follow these steps


  1. Remove all payment systems from your google wallet account [if they are bound to your previous country]
  2. Change all addresses [physical addresses] to a location in the new country.
  3. Open Play Store, open any paid app and click on buy!
  4. On the add payment page, close the app store.
  5. Open play.google.com on your computer, and move to an app you know is available only in your new country
  6. It will magically be compatible
  7. Now open play store on your phone, it would have updated

I am not kidding! You don’t need to add a new card, nor do you have to purchase anything! Just follow the steps given above and you will be good to go!

For example, google wallet is not available in India, but it is in USA.

The Curious Case Of The Surname

It is always exciting when you know your passport is going to get stamped with a visa! At least for someone like me who had the first flight well into engineering, a visa is like the chocolate that I never had. I submitted my passport details and a person called me up, let us refer to her as Julia Roberts for the sake of having a name!

Julia : Hello Mr Sriram, I just went through your passport and see that you do not have a surname!

Me : Oh I do not have a surname.

Julia : So is your first name ‘Aaditya Sriram’

Me : Nope

Julia : Ok I am confused now!

Me : My First Name is Aaditya and Last Name is Sriram

Julia : Alright, are last name and surname the same thing?

Me : Hold on, let me google it

****** 3 minutes ********

Me : Well according to this  Yahoo! Last name and surname is the same!

Julia : Well I think you need to get your passport corrected then!

Me : Na na, its ok I dont want a surname I’ll live with Aaditya Sriram as firstname.

Julia : You will have a lot of issues with government organizations if you do not have a surname!

Me : I’ll manage :) Thanks

This conversation actually threw me off gear and I ended up doing a lot of searching online about the case of the missing surname and figured life would be really hard without a surname in many countries! So then I called her back and

Me : Hello Julia! How you doing?

Julia : I am good Adeeetya! Whatsup?

Me : I decided i’d get the name on my passport changed!

Julia : I am glad you changed your mind, good luck with that

I’m sure she laughed out and made fun of me after that! Well so I freaked out and prior to this had a  very bad idea about how governmental organizations worked and how inefficient they are. My only silver lining was the fact that more than 50% of South Indians do not have a surname on their passport and they all get it corrected once they realise how this could bite their rear! Went through a million blogs and they all made it sound like a ridiculously easy process, i begged to defer and thought the only way to find out the truth is by going through the ordeal myself! My dad suggested I go through a Passport agent, but I wanted to give the Passport organization a chance to prove their organizational capabilities.

The following are the steps to get it changed, the online part of the process is mentioned on this post, as I’ve my passport office appointment in the future as of writing this post.

  1. Go to Passport Seva
  2. Click on Register in case you do not have an account already, else click on login. You know the charade!
  3. Once logged in, click on the tab that says “Apply for Fresh Passport/Reissue of Passport”
  4. It will give you a link to download a form, download it and fill it!
  5. While filling form, in the reason for reissue choose OTHER and type “NAME BIFURCATION”
  6. Fill up other details and save, it will generate a XML file.
  7. Upload XML file from the page whose link you can find on the login page
  8. It will create a ARN for you, now click on “View Saved/Submitted Applications”
  9. Choose the current upload and book an appointment

I went in for a tatkaal appointment as mentioned before and got my passport in 24 hours of the passport office appointment! It actually works when it is just name bifurcation, but again in my case I had no other change! It was the same address.

Carry the following with you for proofs:

  • Old Passport
  • Copies of the first two and last two pages of old passport
  • 10th Marks card [in case ECR stamp is on your old passport]
  • Address proof [in case of address change]
  • Yourself [yep you need to go]

It is a long wait inside the passport office though! So take a day off and spend it there! Do not go early do not go late! Be on time :) Good luck to everyone! Get your passport on time and enjoy your study/work adventure in the US!

The Crayon Head

Crayons! A single word to describe the imaginative powers of Indians when there is commotion! Everyday on my way to and from office I go past at least one crowded spot where I just see people standing around something which I presumed to be really interesting. I never really had the chance to go see what was happening until recently, this one experience cleared all doubts that had accumulated over the last 24 years of mine on this earth. We love commotion! We love drama! We love drama and commotion with a dash of lime and lemon, in fact it is our favorite cocktail! It gets us high, it gets us involved in others business and sometime lands us in a pool of junk. What am I talking about? You know what I am talking about! Last week, I was at this car workshop getting my seat covers changed and some stickering done for my drive, KABOOOOOM! A loud thud and some screaming is all it took for all heads in a radius of 500m to look in the direction of the sound, such a response is only natural I guess. I saw a guy lying on the road and next to him was his bike, my Dad and I went upto him and helped him up and took the bike to the side. He had been hit by a car, a Mahindra XUV500 [retarded car] and a man with a shiny bald head driving it freaked out and just sat inside the car that was in the middle of the road! I asked him to move back and park to the side of the road, he did that. The guy who got hit was fine, atleast on the outset so my Dad and I decided to leave the place to let the guy handle the situation with the car guy. We had walked like 10m and when we turned back there was the huge familiar crowd, staring at the two gentlemen, the hitter and the ‘hitted’ 😛 [halli english on purpose] fighting a battle of words, it reminded me of this clip !


There were at least 20 people watching the drama unfold and my dad and I were watching the crowd watch, I guess that made us meta crowd! What started off as a two man battle just like the video ended up in a band wagon of peole arguing, few taking the side of the biker and few the car guy! Finally the car guy stepped back and let the volunteers carry on for him! The bike guy wasn’t hurt and he tried asking for money before the guy who was driving the car said this

I am a lawyer, if you want a settlement lets go to the court and decide!

The bike guy freaked out and said this

Atleast take me to the hospital and let me have my foot checked!

At this point I felt pretty sad for the bike guy, he was unnerved by what he had just heard! His bike was definitely broken, but I guess he did not have the right to ask for repair money but the hospital request was fair enough.  The car guy took him to the hospital and all of a sudden the crowd had lost their entertainment piece! After some awkward stares, they started speculating what had happened and then one guy blamed the biker and the other the car guy. There interesting insights into the physics of accidents too by the onlookers! Pretty fascinating! Seeing the crowd a guy on an evening walk stopped and tried to find out what had happened only to realise it was the after party that he had arrived late to.

At times I just feel everyone is looking for some weird stuff to happen to people around them just so that there is a entertainment! A similar thing happened around 5 months back, I guess my first paragraph is now contradictory! It is my second huddle moment on the Indian roads this. A lady had fainted and people were looking and discussing what could have happened, one guy said a car hit her and sped away, another lady said a bike had hit this woman while yet another claimed she just fainted [turned out this was the truth]. Seeing this I asked the crowd to help the lady into my car and I asked another lady to accompany me to the hospital where I admitted the lady. The weird part of this was that a Cop saw the lady had fainted and when I offered to help he ran away, what are public servants for? Welfare of people? I might have to read the fine print of human conscience to understand this kind of behavior from humans. The story doesnt end here, when I went back home from the hospital I got a sound hearing from my house help in front of my parents! We all looked on in shock, finally she told me I could land in a lot of trouble for helping unknown people falled on the road. A shiver and chill down my spine and I gathered myself to ask her what she was blabbering only to hear that she is saying this only for my good and she means only the best for me. This tale followed as a supporting argument

A lady was on the side walk of the road, in good clothes and dairly well groomed, a crowd had gathered and one guy said she should be taken to the hospital and an auto came by right then. This guy took the lady in the auto, on way the lady took out a knife and along with the auto guy robbed him.

I did not know what to say! Awestruck, I thought  this was a pretty good reason for people to just crowd around victims of accidents or incidents. Just to make it sensational they tend to use their colorful imagination to make the story more like an Ekta Kapoor soap! Stories are intriguing, the whole world runs on morals taught using stories, except the stories now are just murky and pure evil! I won’t deny, most of the stories are interesting and keep my head engaged in thought for a while but there should be a way innocent people get help when needed!

Rohit ditches Maggi!

From Maggi to Haleem, the rise to glory has happened in the ongoing series against Australia for the stylish batsmen Rohit Sharma who had been under performing till date. As per reports last week when Rohit breached the 100 mark it was said that 100,000 kilos of Maggi got burnt and was thrown because of his long innings. Post that event, people have started using Rohit innings as timer for pulav and fried rice, but today has changed the equation involving the length of Rohit’s innings and the kind of food being cooked.

  Haleem the popular dish that is generally available in abundance in the party town of hyderabad during the month of ramzan, requires a very long cooking time. Seeing the recent innings that saw Maggie boy getting to a 200 the hyderabad Haleem association has decided to use his innings as a tool to measure cooking time for the mouth watering dish.

Sehwag has to be used as an example of caution with which the Haleem association would have to spend money and follow the new time calculation mechanism. Sehwag since his 219 in 2011 has been putting Maggi to cook and coming out to bat and returning to the dressing room on time to eat it. Even worse now he is sitting and making Maggi for the rest of the Indian team since he doesn’t have a spot in the playing 11 or the next in line 15 players!

  This innings has also spelt the end of ex Indian opener Gautam Gambhir who has since decided to buy a part of the equity offered by the Haleem association of hyderabad!

Man Becomes rich after falling into pothole

Pothole menace in Bangalore is a huge issue with people falling into these huge craters everyday! Last evening a man however made a fortune after falling into one of the deep potholes on Tin Factory road connecting OMR and Ring road, he had hit oil. He was driving a 30 wheel tanker lorry with an extended trailer when all of a sudden the whole vehicle disappeared from the road, after 30 minutes of frantic searching by the locals who thought they had witnessed a David Blaine trick they found the driver climb out of deep hole in the road and shout in joy. He was covered in a black slimy liquid which was later discovered to be oil! Yes you heard it right, Bangalore has oil and the credit for the discovery goes to the driver and partly to the mayor of Bangalore for refusing to close the potholes.
   The government of Karnataka has approved an award of 10 crores to the driver for discovering oil. The ecstatic driver in an exclusive interview with the unreal times said that he was overjoyed with his new found wealth and would like to watch a movie at a theater in Bangalore, it has been his childhood dream he said. He was unable to afford a movie in the IT city all these days. The driver Mr Viyunduthan Oilingam hails from Jamnagar where his father works with the reliance refineries, no wonder oil discovery runs in his blood, rather oil runs in the holes he falls into. He has 1 wife and 3 kids who are all very proud of him, Gujarat CM NaMo personally visited the family and said that Viyunduthan belongs to Gujarat and will be given a palace in Ahemedabad. NaMo seems to be trying to hide the oil discoverer for his personal uses in the future.
  Bangalore will now have a huge boost in terms of economy, also the initial cost for setting up and digging a oil well has already been avoided thanks to the 300m deep potholes in bangalore. The mayor has ordered all potholes to be dug into deep and look for presence of oil. Initial estimates suggest that there is enough oil to fuel Bangalore and the rest of South India for another 1243 years. The IT city may now buy out Hosur from Tamil Nadu to expand Electronic city to ‘fuel’ further development. The mayor has been congratulated by all governments who are now ready to clean his shoes for a share of the oil to develop their own states.
  Arnab Goswami has also signed up exclusive television rights to interview the pothole that is now credited with the availability of oil. The nation would definitely like to know if the pothole has any other rich neighbours from whom we can steal all the oil and further screw up tin factory road. Manmohan Singh  when asked about what plans he had to exploit this new discovery, said “… . ……… . . .. “.
  Following this breaking news other states have also decided to invite Mr Viyunduthan to discover oil. All cities have been ordered by the supreme court to stop repairing the roads, in fact no new roads can be laid as per this law with immediate effect. Kanpur is pegged to be the next oil exploration zone since it doesn’t seem to have any roads at all.

IT Professional gets the pink slip for slipping some pink stuff from work!

The soaring Onion prices have claimed yet another victim, this time news coming in from Bangalore that Mr Vengayam Madaya a Senior Programmer at one of the most reputed IT firms in Bangalore has been sacked. The reason being that he had been consistently getting a box everyday to take onions made available at the lunch buffet that is offered by the company as a complimentary meal everyday.
   The food caterer found that everyday 300-400 gm of onion was missing after the first round of lunch being served. This had been going on for the last 32 days and the caterer could not bear the loss of 16 kilos of onion! He complained to the company management and company then reviewed tapes and found the suspect taking loads of cut onion and putting it in the box and running away. To put matters to an end, they planned to catch the onion victim in action, they succeeded and caught him pink handed, sorry red handed.
  Mr Vengayam pleaded and promised to grow onion bulbs at home and return all the onions as soon as possible, the company security officials turned a deaf ear to the requests and terminated his employment. Mr Vengaya was seen in tears, it is not clear if he was crying or it was the onion that he had managed to grab and put in his pocket before being confronted earlier today.
   Mr Vengayam is from a family of 4, his wife and 2 sons who are working in hotels as managers. The hotels have now put a watch on the sons to prevent them from following their father’s footsteps. His Wife Mrs Vengayam is inconsolable again it is not clear if the onions were to blame for the tears rushing down her fluffy cheeks. She says they will now make onion pakodas and sell it on the streets to IT professionals so that the onion when being friend feels the pain they feel right now.