As of now it is designed for my technical posts.
Begin to conquer the fear of speaking in front of a group.
Provide a “base line” of your current strengths and weaknesses.
Time: 4 to 6 minutes.I will be updating about the future speeches. I hope your suggestions will help me to bring my best. The following is my Project 1 Speech.
|" Good Evening! Fellow toast masters and honored guests. Today on on my first meeting as a toastmaster , I have the pleasure of welcoming among us a blogger, mathematician, movie buff, man with vision as well as a joker .Would any of you like to guess who he is ? No need to look around. That person is occupying the stage right now. ( I copied this part from somebody's speech :) ). |
My Name is Vinu CT. CT stands for Cheruvil Thomas Some of my friends used to add their imagination while calling me. One guy used to call me “ Vinu Village ”, Velocity, Vinu Sweetie (obviously from a female), And other names are… Newton . Cow Boy- I am a Big fan of Clint Eastwood and I always spread western movies interest in my friends circle. Calvin- a few team mates call this name. Even though I think myself as Hobbes. The name I use in my blogs is my nickname Richie.
I like to add some of the difficulties I faced because of my name. Since my name starts with V, In school, I got the last or second last number. Alphabetic order is always the default in school. So I have decided my daughter's name should start in between A to J ( first 10 letters). Recently I become a father.
I was not able to sleep in my post graduation classes. This was another problem I had faced. Reason: I was not able to distinguish Vinu & “We Know”. Whenever the teacher said “We know that E=MC square .. " I had to wake up from sleep and think "Was teacher pointing at me" ?
I have been with Current company for the last 3.5 years and interested in business models. Prior to that I was with TCS for 1.5 years. “Nuts”. I missed this name when I told you about various names earlier. Few of my friends called this name Because I joined TCS after M.Tech from ISI Kolkata.
M.Tech was my second Post Graduation and I was a South Indian young man, not comfortable with Hindi and not fluent in English. That made a tough life in the first six months in ISI. But Later I overcome my draw backs and my friend Amit says I added one new angle in Hindi( He proposed that my hindi should be considered separately)..
Before M.Tech I studied 7 year in a single college. This includes my Msc, BSc and PDC. Mathematics was my favorite subject. Obviously my Bsc and MSc are related to mathematics.
School days, I got decent marks in Math’s & Science and pass marks in other subjects.
I was promoted to 1st standard after finishing my LKG (without studying UKG). My father says because of this promotion I saved 1 year. Bad part is all my girls- classmates used to be elder than me. This could be the main reason I didn’t fall in love while studying. :)
Prior to LKG the information about my life is ambiguous. My parents say I was naughty but my cousins remark that I was a shy introvert kid.
My father is a farmer. I have one younger brother and 0 sisters. I was brought up in a place called Pala, famous for Latex and a small town in God’s own country, Kerala.
I stop the reverse gear here. And I will bring you to the present with some of the interesting events in my life.
I was a poet and story writer in my school. I wrote my first controversial poem when I was studying. It was about my teacher. My parody poem deals with injustice activities of the teacher. Consequence was a public apology in the school assembly. But this incident gave me lot of fame as a poet and a nickname Richie.
My favorite movie stars are Tom Hanks, Clint east wood, & Hugh Jack man. I have bought almost all original CDs of Tom hanks' movies and it cost me more than Rs 9000.
I can read and write Tamil and Hindi very fast. But I am very bad at understanding these languages. This could be because my craze in cryptography. I myself developed a new language. The reason was nobody should read my diary notes. But later I dropped this idea. Now I have to struggle to read my old diaries.
I was a village boy till MSc and exposure in ISI , Chennai and Bangalore gave me lot of good moments. I hope I will be able to share about this in future Toastmaster meeting.
But my happiest moments in my life are my marriage and when I become a father of my little princess.
That is it from my end. Over to you Toastmasters. "
Then next was painting. This I have managed somehow. As I was good at maths/ geometry, I could progress on this track further than how I fared in my singing career. I used the grid and painted “Tin Tin”, “Mickey mouse” … I used to spend lot of time even for smaller figures. I remember the days when I used to sketch Santa clause in 15 paise( approx .003 US Dollar) cards before I sent those to my dearest friends. I tried to foray into modern art too. Later, I realized that painting is not coming to me naturally because without gridlines I couldn’t even sketch an elephant with perfection. So, I gave up painting as I figured that its not present in my bag of talents. My last drawing was Calvin and Hobbes.
What next? Well, there is Dancing! Its been my craze for the past 2-3 years. I love almost all musicals/dance movies. I figured that I am at Level 0 now. But I think that I will be able to attain Level 1 sooner. I believe that one day I will dance the Ländler- Austrian dance (Sound of music). I will provide updates on my progress in future. At least, I perform when I am drunk(rarely).
It was during graduation when I realized that I am good at Mathematics. I used to think that everyone was good at Maths. I liked spending a lot of time solving mathematical problems. I remember spending long hours over a period of 18 to 24 months trying to solve the Goldbach conjecture. It is one of the oldest unsolved problems in Maths. It is a million dollar problem. I had even thought of how would I spend the million dollar. But these efforts led me to become an expert in number theory. I made a couple of theorems (later on I found those are exercises for further studies). This gave me a good “math fundoo” image amongst the students. I thought those were all new ideas and I sent them to some of the professors at IITs. But I didn't get any reply from them.
There was another incident that brought me close to understanding calculus. This started from an idea that I got in church. I was attending a seminar in parish church. The speech was a bit boring. So I was looking here and there. After some time I thought of some maths problems. When I saw a tile I got the idea of convergence of regular polygon as a circle (now it looks silly to me). I left the church and spent lot of time on this. My thoughts were not organized. I made a 3 page proof and went to one of my maths professor's house. I didn't realize that it was late at night, around 9.30 pm. I met him and he said he will come after 5 minutes. Then, I realized that my theory is derived from an existing one. But this one I have developed on my own. What could I do if Newton also got first to the same theory some 300 years back? I was a bit sad. Professor came and asked me the details. Luckily he didn't understand my manuscript (only I could understand it :) ). But he knew that I was good at maths. So He appreciated my efforts and encouraged me to do something else. After 30 minutes he changed the topic and asked me to attend classes regularly. He started an “advise box”. "Don't neglect the language subjects." " Serious approach in studies" …etc. Because I was a bad boy that time. (I was disqualified for writing the first year exam because of attendance problems. Later I fixed this issue & at that time I only passed maths related subject ).
There are a few events behind my interest in statistics. May be this was one of them why I started loving the subject. Before that I hated statistics because everything was probability. No conclusion only assumptions.. etc. (once I asked my professor "why don't we do significance test on P-value too". This happened later in my post graduation. I will explain this story in a sequel to this piece). In the second year degree course, I was studying about different types of probability distribution. There was a rectangular (uniform), triangular, normal distribution….I was thinking about circular distribution. I wondered why nobody had discussed that. I spent lot of time on the topic. I have established characteristic function, moments , properties etc. I found that the kurtosis is 2. I had recommended that this should be the baseline for comparing kurtosis. I showed this to my Stat professor. He knew it was a small problem. But he liked my attitude and he helped me a lot from that time onwards. He suggested that I prepare my work in an organized manner and later he appreciated me at the department in front of all my other professors.
I am not claiming that I am an expert in maths and statistics. But I know for one that I love Statistics and so mathematics. I would say one thing to new bees.. Whatever be your talent find it first and spend more time on that. We may not be successful today. But tomorrow success will come to you.
1) Level 0: Po the panda explained Level 0 ( See the movie: Kung fu Panda).
2) Samson: Bible character.
3) Ländler- Austrian dance.(See the movie :Sound of music).
4) Maths Proffessor – PJ Micheal
5) Stats Proffessor- KK Jose
6) Goldbach conjecture :
Thanks: Thanks a lot to my friends Arun Joseph and Rajshree for the auditing and correction.
"Maga! I am not getting the funda of this cartoon" I asked my mallu friend.
"What funda... about hobbes "
"Is that tiger alive or is that a toy ?"
“That you will understand after sometime. Read it”
‘Calvin n Hobbes’ his favorite cartoon. Whenever we discuss about favorite things he put this in the discussion. He is very enthusiastic to explain each characters
“The dialogues are awesome. See today’s strip
The Hobbes remarks
‘The best presents don't come in boxes.’ " he continued with his style.
“You and your cartoon. Tell me when are we going for shopping?”
“Will go now. I have to buy one calvin book”
“Are you going to buy the books! you have everything in your computer “
“It is costly and you are wasting money.. we could have bought one bottle of Smirnoff instead”.
Nothing can change him. We went to Forum. I dropped him before the parking area and asked him to purchase the book because I can't stay more than 10 minutes in the bookstore. And he made the meeting point as LandMark- near Calvin and hobbes corner.
It is always rush in Forum on Saturday evening.
and it is fun and it is the right time for Window shopping.
I parked my car and gone to the first floor.
he is not there. I have gone to the books section.
I waited for few minutes and open one calvin books.
Its cost is Rs 600.
“ is it Magical World" a sweet voice from backside.
Waw! A Beautiful girl. She must be 23 or 24. Looks like a south Indian girl.
“Sorry” I asked with my American accent.
“I was looking for this book?”
“Ok I am going to buy this book. i think there will be some other copy of this.
You ask that blue shirt guy.”
It is a sweet voice and the black churidar matches her. She must be bit disappointed. She has asked the shop boys and they come to near to my place. But they didn’t get any books. It seems there is only single copy of this book.
“Have you got the books ?”
“I don’t want to disappoint any calvin and hobbes fan. You can take this book”
I know that she will be clean bold in this ball.
“I am a big fan of Calvin and
“Me too. It is an awesome cartoon”
“yes It is ..“
I gave the book.
“May I ask you who you are?”
“Ohh My name is
“Good to see you. My name Rohit. Working in Oracle.
You must be from Kerala. right?” It was a guess of probability .25.
“Yes. How do you know that?”
"Sukhamalle" That is the one of the few sentence I know in Malayalam.
"Ohh you are also Keralite where you are from"
"Hey no ... I am not a mallu. I am from Karnataka. But I understand Malayalam if a beautiful woman speak”
"Just kidding. Tell me do you really want this book?"
“yea.. Tomorrow is my cousin's birthday.. I just wanted to present this book.”
"The best presents don't come in boxes. So don’t give this in a box"
I just remember my friends dialogue.
"ohh that is great!.. you know even the sentences... I must appreciate you. Last time i bought the Sunday Pages. Did you read that”
She took a book.
“It is really interesting. You must read this.”
She give that book to me
She is more beautiful when she speaks.
We both have moved to the cash counter.
Then she talked about how she like calvin and hobbes.I don’t know what I heard. I am just looking at her face. But what shall I do with the book?. If I am not buying the book then she may not be happy. I am compelled to buy the book. Anyway what is best: A mallu girlfriend or Rs600 ?
We purchased the book and she give a Sneakers chocolate as a gift.
May be this is the first chocolate I am getting from a girl.
“Thanks a lot ”
“It is ok.Thanks for the chocolate”
This time my mallu friend reached and he is talking to somebody in the mobile”
“I have to leave now Rohit. Will see you later” She looks bit hurry.
“Sure. You take care Miss Kerala”
“Bye” she just smiled and gone.
I must have asked her mobile number. But she has far now.
This time My friend Came
“Who is that..”
“That is your sister. Come I have something for you”
I gave the calvin books. He was just surprised to see.
“What happend to you? It is hard to believe”
I know that Now he must be happy that one more calvin n hobbes fan is increased.
"Now you must agree that I am your best friend. Will go to FabMall.. It is your turn show the friendship".
Maga (kannada): dude or buddy
funda : idea
calvin and hobbes: cartoon form Bill Watterson
Forum: Shopping Mall in Bangalore
Sukhamalle (malayalam) : how are you?
I start my operation in TCS. It was succesful, found the Bug. We fixed one bug in the Lamda software. It was a small job, but we are happy that we fix the bug in smart way!!!!.
Most of the time simply chatting with JOVIANGASREE(John (TN) ,vinu(MAL),anandita(Bengal),gayatri(TN) and Sreejith(MAL*)) team. Now we are getting small small work. Some Testing work may get soon. JOVIANGASREE is a good team, like my ILP K6 batch. We had lot of fun here.Currently we are teaching Hindi to john and Tamil to anandita.
One more Season is added in Chennai; Hot, Hotter, Hottest then the Rainy Season. Now Raining in Chennai is like Kerala. I haven't found anything strange in rain, but i found the strange thing in traffic! .Only 2.5 hour the bus took to reach Thiruvanmayoor to Vadapalani ( around 12 or 15 km). It was a wonderful experiance in Bus. The terrible traffic jam i ever seen.