Thursday, August 4, 2016

Kishore Kumar - He was the only one and will remain only one

Some experts from Kishore's interview with Pritish Nandy published in 1985 in Illustrated Weekly. Interview on http://www.yoodleeyoo.com/newspapers/interview-with-kk.html

PN: People would have thought you crazy. In fact they already do.
KK: Who said I’m crazy. The world is crazy; not me.
PN: Why do you have this reputation for doing strange things?
KK: It all began with this girl who came to interview me. In those days I used to live alone. So she said: You must be very lonely. I said: No, let me introduce you to some of my friends. So I took her to the garden and introduced her to some of the friendlier trees. Janardhan; Raghunandan; Gangadhar; Jagannath; Buddhuram; Jhatpatajhatpatpat. I said they were my closest friends in this cruel world. She went and wrote this bizarre piece, saying that I spent long evenings with my arms entwined around them. What’s wrong with that, you tell me? What’s wrong making friends with trees?
PN: Nothing.
KK: Then, there was this interior decorator-a suited, booted fellow who came to see me in a three-piece woollen, Saville Row suit in the thick of summer- and began to lecture me about aesthetics, design, visual sense and all that. After listening to him for about half an hour and trying to figure out what he was saying through his peculiar American accent, I told him that I wanted something very simple for my living room. Just water-several feet deep- and little boats floating around, instead of large sofas. I told him that the centre-piece should be anchored down so that the tea service could be placed on it and all of us could row up to it in our boats and take sips from our cups. But the boats should be properly balanced, I said, otherwise we might whizz past each other and conversation would be difficult. He looked a bit alarmed but that alarm gave way to sheer horror when I began to describe the wall decor. I told him that I wanted live crows hanging from the walls instead of paintings -since I liked nature so much. And, instead of fans, we could have monkeys farting from the ceiling. That’s when he slowly backed out from the room with a strange look in his eyes. The last I saw of him was him running out of the front gate, at a pace that would have put an electric train to shame. What’s crazy about having a living room like that, you tell me? If he can wear a woollen, three-piece suit in the height of summer, why can’t I hang live crows on my walls?

PN: But you, as the director should have known?
KK: Directors know nothing. I never had the privilege of working with any good director. Except Satyen Bose and Bimal Roy, no one even knew the ABC of film making. How can you expect me to give good performances under such directors? Directors like S.D. Narang didn’t even know where to place the camera. He would take long, pensive drags from his cigarette, mumble ‘Quiet, quiet, quiet’ to everyone, walk a couple of furlongs absentmindedly, mutter to himself and then tell the camera man to place the camera wherever he wanted. His standard line to me was:Do something. What something? Come on, some thing! So I would go off on my antics. Is this the way to act? Is this the way to direct a movie? And yet Narangsaab made so many hits!

PN: What are those files?
KK: My income tax records.
PN: Rat-eaten?
KK: We use them as pesticides. They are very effective. The rats die quite easily after biting into them.
PN: What do you show the tax people when they ask for the papers?
KK: The dead rats.
PN: I see.
KK: You like dead rats?
PN: Not particularly.
KK: Lots of people eat them in other parts of the world.
PN: I guess so.
KK: Haute cuisine. Expensive too. Costs a lot of money.
PN: Yes?
KK: Good business, rats. One can make money from them if one is enterprising.




Sunday, April 24, 2016

R – your tool for data analysis

R‬ is a language and environment for Statistical Computing and Graphics. R provides a free/open source, cross­-platform, object-oriented environment to perform data analysis and visualisation tasks. Strength of R lies in its vibrant community, robust package repository and strong graphics capabilities. ‪
R provides all necessary tools required for various stages of a data analysis project. It provides techniques for data acquisition and processing as well as for data analysis and visualisation. It ranges from accessing data in various formats (CSV, XML…) to all possible ways of data manipulation (tabulation, aggregation…)to rich support for graphics (histogram, box plot etc.) to statistical models (regression, ANOVA…).
It is not always necessary to use built-in and supported functions and packages. Depending on the requirements, one can also develop his/her own functions, scripts and packages.
Recently, CDAC Mumbai has announced a 3-day course on R entitled “Using R for Data Visualisation and Analytics”. This course is aimed to cover in detail the features of R related to data analysis and visualisation. More details can be accessed here.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Call for Participation - Short-term Courses on Data Science at CDAC, Kharghar, Navi Mumbai

 
We are living in a Data Age. Data is being continuously generated and consumed in various formats, and sizes from a number of varied sources. This data can be a big asset if stored, processed and analysed efficiently in real time with the help of intelligent algorithms. There is a growing interest to utilize such data for the improvement of business, health, education, society, etc. There are many ways to process and analyse such data spanning techniques like data visualisation, text analysis, predictions and recommendations etc. Applications of these techniques can give companies and organisations valuable insights leading to competitive advantage, efficient service delivery and above all customer satisfaction. And so the demand for skilled resources in these fields is growing day by day.
With this view, CDAC, Mumbai is announcing the following short-term courses in Data Science and Machine Learning.
  1. Using R for data visualization and analytics: This course introduces R – a language and environment for Statistical Computing and Visualisation. In recent years, R has become very popular due its open source cross-platform nature, robust package repository and strong graphics capabilities. During the course, one will not only learn about basics of R, but also about techniques of data acquisition and processing. Course will also cover in detail the features of R related to data analysis and visualisation.
  2. Text Analytics: The course aims to provide learners an understanding of the methods for text analytics. It will cover major techniques for mining and analyzing text data to discover interesting patterns, extract useful knowledge, and support decision making. The techniques will include Named Entity Recognition, Sentiment Analysis and Text Categorization among others. Learners will also be introduced to various open source utilities for developing text analytics applications.
  3. Predictive Analytics and Recommender Systems: The course covers various methods of Predictive Analytics and Recommender Systems drawn from Statistics, Data Mining, and Machine Learning. We will discuss popular algorithms in the domain and their use in various applications. The course emphasizes hands-on approach for better understanding of the techniques used in the domain. During the course, mainly open-source tools will be used for illustrations and lab.
Target Audience: Individuals, students, and professionals from government, industry, and academia working / interested in Data Science
Courses Schedule:
Course NameUsing R for data visualization and analyticsText AnalyticsPredictive Analytics and Recommender Systems
Course DatesMay 19 - 21, 2016June 16 - 18, 2016July 14 - 16, 2016
Final Registration DateMay 04, 2016June 01, 2016June 30, 2016
Registration Process: Registration fee per course for a candidate is Rs. 7500/-. For more details about registration and payment process, please visit http://www.kbcs.in/datascience.
Note: Registration will be on first come first serve basis. Final participation in any of the courses will be subject to the realization of payment of applicable registration fee.
For More details, please contact:
Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (Formerly NCST)
Near Bharati Vidyapeeth, Raintree Marg, Sector 7, CBD Belapur,
Navi Mumbai – 400614, Maharashtra, INDIA
Telephone: + 91-22-27565303/304/305
Fax: +91-22-27565004
email: kbcs@cdac.in

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

ICT for School workshop at CDAC, Kharghar, Navi Mumbai on November 20, 2015

A half day Workshop on “ICT for Schools” will be conducted on Friday 20th November, 2015 [2:00 PM-5:30 PM] at Kharghar campus of C-DAC Mumbai. The workshop will be covering presentation-cum-demo on:
  1. Online Labs
  2. eBasta - School Books to eBooks and
  3. Assessment and Monitoring Framework.
CBSE/STATE board teachers from Classes VIII, IX, X ; Subjects - Science, Maths, English are invited to participate in this workshop. This workshop will be conducted by Educational Technology Unit of C-DAC Mumbai. 

Please comment or write to etu[AT]cdac[DOT]in, if you are interested, or want more information.

My younger brother Shobhit Kapoor missing. Appeal for help.

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Age: 33 years,

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If any one have seen him anywhere or have any information, please call on the nos. mentioned in the image. Or comment on the post. Its a humble request. Any cooperation will be immensely helpful. Please share as much as possible.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Workshop on “ICT for Schools” on Friday 16th October, 2015 at Kharghar campus of C-DAC Mumbai

A half day Workshop on “ICT for Schools” will be conducted on Friday 16th October, 2015 [2:00 PM-5:30 PMat Kharghar campus of C-DAC Mumbai. The workshop will be covering presentation-cum-demo on 1) Online Labs 2) eBasta - School Books to eBooks and 3) Assessment and Monitoring Framework. CBSE/Stateboard teachers from Classes VIII, IX, X ; Subjects - Science, Maths, English are invited to participate in this workshop. This workshop will be conducted by Educational Technology Unit of C-DAC Mumbai. Attached document contains more information about the workshop. 

Please write to etu@cdac.in for registration and other details.
 

Saturday, September 19, 2015

How a rainbow works - Elocution speech by Harshi

  • A rainbow is a multi-coloured arc that appears in the sky as a result of bending and scattering of sunlight through drops of rain.
  • It occurs when it is raining in one part of the sky and sunny in another.
  • A rainbow cannot be approached or physically touched.
  • On ground, we only see a semi-circle or arc of rainbow, though it’s a full circle of light. 
  • However, from height such as on an airplane, it can be seen in a complete circle.
  • Due to its bow like shape and being formed mainly in rains, it is called as rainbow.
  • Sir Isaac Newton explained how a rainbow forms. He identified 7 colours that make up white light of Sun. These 7 colours are Violet, Indigo, Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange and Red (VIBGYOR).
  • All these colours are present in a rainbow in the order red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and indigo and violet.
  • Normally when sunlight travels through the air we see white light. But when it enters through a raindrop, colours separate to make a rainbow at 42 degrees from the direction opposite to the sun. Each raindrop makes its own rainbow but it takes millions of raindrops for us to see a rainbow.
  • Earth is the only planet in the solar system where rainbows are possible.
  • No two people see the same rainbow due to change in set of raindrops being seen.