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Halloween Night

31 Oct


2016 Halloween Night

Monday, October 31, 2016

This year Halloween came on a Monday night and since it was a school/work day there were very few kids doing the “trick/treat” routine in our neighborhood. Typically, we see the revelers come around 6:30 PM. However, today the first batch came only around 7:15 PM.

We had candy and distributed them until about 8:00 PM. VtS had a special costume and face paint.

Weight Training Try-out

29 Sep

Weight-Training Try-out

Leach Center @ FSU

Thu, Sept 29, 2016

Today, my colleague helped me to try-out some weight training at the Leach Center Gymnasium. So far I have been reluctant to try any the weight and strength training and instead choosing to do lots of cardio. Just last week or so I saw an article in Time Magazine (Sept 12/19, 2016 issue; The New Science of Exercise) about how it is better to mix cardio with weight and strength training.

So we started out with few simple machines. My friend who has been training for more than decade demonstrated some of them and after reading the instructions they were simple enough to do.

So, today I started out with the following four machines as a try out. Few minutes each for each of these machines.


I started with Lateral Raise first.


Then I moved to Biceps Curl.


Then we moved on to Row


Then finishing with Pulldown.

Then I went to did some cardio exercise too.

Impact of Hurricane Hermine

3 Sep

2016 Hurricane Hermine

Its impact on our neighborhood
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, September 1, 2, and 3, 2016

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Florida State University closed at 12 Noon today due to the impending Hurricane Hermine’s arrival around midnight. Most of the people left around 12 Noon. I and VtS had to finish some essential work and left bit later than 3 PM. The skies were clear most of the day but started to rain occasionally after midday.
We tuned to radio and TV and watched the Hurricane slowly approach the Gulf Coast and it was expected to cross the shore around 1 AM and becoming a Hurricane from a Tropical Storm.We went to bed with power and cell phones working.
When we tuned to TV at 12 Midnight, Tallahassee has already experienced power outage for about 35,000 households. We had power and cell signals.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Around 1 AM there were couple of power flickers and we still had power. But may be around 1:30 AM we lost the power completely. The entire neighborhood was without power. We could hear howling winds outside our home. The tall pine trees behind our house was shaking badly and small branches started to fall down. Our neighbors front yard trees were shaking very badly. The rain was coming down hard.
We woke up around 7 AM to find out our neighbors tree had fallen down taking a road sign but not damaging any vehicles. We started to help clean out the tree by cutting small branches. It was humid, hot and tiring. VtS and I did some help in clearing it. I needed some rest.
We had running water and gas service. So showered in the morning. We had to use either a match stick or lighter to start our stove. Bhanu cooked food using the gas stove and had nice hot meal

Hurricane Hermine fell the tree

Working on neighbors fallen tree

Helping the neighbor

Small limbs fell out of the pine trees in our back yard

After few hours of work the tree is cleared so that cars can safely pass

Finally, with several folks help, the road was passable. We then went to FSU to asses the damage to my unit and VtS’ work. Only some signal lights worked, so went very cautiously. Most of the people were polite and careful! There was no power in any of the buildings in FSU. Our unit’s generator and VtS’s building’s generator were working keeping essential instrument/samples safe. I noticed a lot of water leak through emergency doors. I cleaned up as much as I can in all four floors. I met with couple of people asses the damage and updated people via e-mail which was still working. I had good cell signal via T-mobile but spotty signal via Virgin Mobile. My home landline was completely out. FSU’s WiFI was working (as per my colleague). Even WFSU was (NPR) not working in the afternoon (it was working at least until 11 AM this morning).

Water leakage in my work Unit

We then went home by 4 PM. Since we had running water and gas stove we prepared the meal for the night. We opened the fridge sparingly to avoid the food from going waste. We had showers multiple times since it was sticky with no A/C or fan.
In the evening it became cloudy and started to rain again and so we had to finish all our eating by 7:00 PM. We kept updates via web using T-mobile 4G service  and battery operated radio. There multiple bouts of rain showers throughout the night. It became clearer around 12 Midnight.
We then heard people working on a tree removal around 8 PM. We walked to Weems Road and noticed the utilities crews were working on the tree that had fallen on the power cables along the East side of the Weems Road. So we hoped that power could be restored soon.

Power and tree trimming crew working on the evening on Friday. The power would be restored next day early morning at 2 AM

Finally, around 1:45 AM on late Friday night (actually Saturday morning) the power was restored. It will be a lucky break for us.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Around 1:45 AM early this morning we got our power back. So essentially we were without power for almost 24 hours spanning two nights. I woke up and plugged all our phones and devices for recharging (our Anker 79AN7925 power bank helped our devices powered up during the storm).
We woke up around 6:30 AM and Bhanu had to go to EOC around 7:45 AM. We had our breakfast since we had now power. The skies were still cloudy with occasional bursts of sunlight.
As we went through the day we found out large swaths of Tallahassee residents were without power even as late as Saturday afternoon. FSU announced that they will resume operation only on Wednesday, September 7, 2016.
My unit didn’t have power as of Saturday afternoon. We requested refill of generator fuel and was delivered at 11:45 AM.
Hurricane Hermine's track

Hurricane Hermine’s track

Tamil Latha Font for MSWord (Office 2010) in Windows 10

26 Aug

Tamil Latha Font for MSWord (Office 2010) in Windows 10

Going from default Nirmala UI (Windows 10) to Latha

Thayumana Somasundaram     Tuesday, Aug 25, 2015.

தாயுமான சோமசுந்தரம், செவ்வாய் கிழமை, ஆகஸ்டு 25, 2015

Windows 7 and Microsoft Office 2010 (Word 14) and Tamil font Latha with NHM Writer 2.9

I have been using, for several years, my Windows 7 Home Premium PC with Office 2010 (MSWord 14 | MSWord 2010) with NHM Writer 2.9 ( to type in Tamil (phonetic) and Hindi (phonetic) documents by selecting combinations of ALT+0 for English, ALT+2 for phonetic Tamil, and ALT+3 phonetic Hindi, etc., Typically when I typed in Tamil, MSWord used Latha font and when I typed in Hindi, MSWord used Mangal font. Of course when I typed in English there were multiple choices. Latha and Vijaya are typical fonts for Tamil Karthika for Malayalam, Mangal for Hindi, Vani for Telugu and Tunga for Kannda that are provided by Microsoft and many adhere to the Unicode ( standards since Window 2000 or earlier.

In early August 2015, I upgraded my Windows 7 Home Premium PC with Office 2010 (MSWord 14) to the free version of Windows 10 Home. Soon I realized when I typed Tamil the default font in Word (actually in Windows 10) was NOT Latha but Nirmala UI. Even though it worked okay, I missed the Latha font since I had used it for many years.

The Internet search yielded one link and I will show how I got my Latha font back.

Window 10 Tamil font forum link

Windows 10 and Microsoft Office 2010 (Word 14) and Tamil font Nirmala UI and Latha with NHM Writer 2.9

As I mentioned above, the default font for தமிழ் in Windows 10 became Nirmala UI and I will show you how to get Latha font while still retaining Nirmala UI

Step 1

From Windows 10 Start Menu, select the Settings


Step 2

In the Settings window, select Time & Language


Step 3

In the Time & Language window, select Region & Language (left hand side panel)


Step 4

The default Tamil (தமிழ் நிர்மலா எழுத்துருவம்) font in Windows 10 for Microsoft Word 2010 (actually it is the operating system Windows 10 that specifies the font) Nirmala UI and NOT Latha


Step 5

Now from the Region & Language window (Step 3), select + Add a language


Step 6

This opens a new window with many language options. So scroll left until you see Tamil and select it


Step 7

The next window gives you an option Tamil (India) or Tamil (Sri Lanka). Select Tamil (India), I guess!


Step 8

This opens another window for Tamil language pack, click to download the pack


Step 9

The install will take few minutes complete (you need to be connected to Internet, of course)


Step 10

Now if you look at the Region & Language panel, you will see Tamil language pack is installed


Step 11

Now if we open Microsoft Office and see Latha Tamil font is now installed.


So in this post I have shown in steps how to install Latha and optionally Vijaya fonts in Microsoft Office under Microsoft Windows 10. As noted above, Windows 10 Home comes as a default with  Nirmala UI font for Tamil. Other Indic fonts are considered special and are NOT installed automatically when you upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10. But you can include them now.

Before adding the fonts I have 181


The procedure shown above should allow you to add more Indic fonts like Latha, Vijaya, and others to Windows 10 Home. The font count increased from 181 to 183 (Latha and Vijaya are added) after rebooting the computer, of course.



Windows 10 ல் இனிமேல் லதா எழுத்துருத்தில் எழுத முடியும்.

PDF file of the same procedure.

Azaghe Azaghe Song from Saivam in Tamil

24 Aug

Azaghe Azaghe Ethuvum Azaghe

Song in Tamil movie Saivam

Written by Na. Muthukumar

I recently listened to the song Azaghe azaghe ethuvum azhaghe (அழகே அழகே எதுவும் அழகே) and decided to write it in Tamil. Enjoy!

PDF file is also available

அழகே அழகே எதுவும் அழகே

படம்: சைவம்


பாடலாசிரியர்: நா. முத்துக்குமார்

இசை: ஜி.வி. பிரகாஷ் குமார்

பாடியவர்: உத்ரா உண்ணிக் கிருஷ்ணன்

                                    ரி                  ரி                 


                                    ரி                  ரி                 



                          ரி                  நி         ரி        

அழகே அழகே எதுவும் அழகே

அன்பின் விழியில் எல்லாம் அழகே

மழை மட்டுமா அழகு!

சுடும் வெய்யில் கூட ஒரு அழகு!

மலர் மட்டுமா அழகு!

விழும் இலை கூட ஒரு அழகு!

புன்னகை வீசிடும் பார்வைகள் அழகு

வார்த்தைகள் தீர்கையில் மௌனங்கள் அழகு

நன்மைக்கு சொல்லிடும் பொய்களும் அழகு

உண்மை அதுதான் மெய்யாய் அழகு

                          நி                  நி    ரி        

                          நி                  க    ரி        

குயில் இசை அது பாடிட

சுவர வரிசைகள் தேவையா?

மயில் நடனங்கள் ஆடிட

ஜதி ஒலிகளும் தேவையா?

நதி நடந்து சென்றிட

வழி துணை தான் தேவையா?

கடல் அலை அது பேசிட

மொழி இலக்கணம் தேவையா?

இயற்கையோடு இணைந்தால்

உலகம் முழுதும் அழகு

கவலை யாவும் மறந்தால்

இந்த வாழ்க்கை முழுதும் அழகு

                          நி                  நி    ரி        

அழகே அழகே எதுவும் அழகே


        நு                          தீம்

நி    ரி                  நி                                   ரி        

        நு                          தீம்

                 நி                                            நி        

         ஜும்            ஜு   நு    த    க    தீம்

ம    க    நி    ரி    ச    நி    ம    த    நி    ப

த    க    த    ஜும் த    க    ஜு   நு    த    க

இதயம் ஒரு ஊஞ்சலே

இடம் வலம் அது ஆடிடும்

இன்பத்தில் அது தொய்ந்திடும்

துன்பத்தில் அது முழ்கிடும்

நடந்ததை நாம் நாளுமே

நினைப்பது பொருள் இல்லையே

நடப்பதை நாம் எண்ணிலால்

அதைவிட உயர்வு இல்லையே

பூக்கும் பூவில் வீசும்

வாசம் என்ன அழகு

அதையும் தாண்டி வீசும்

நம் நேசம் ரொம்ப அழகு

                          நி                  நி    ரி    ச

                          நி                  க    ரி    ச

அழகே அழகே எதுவும் அழகே

அன்பின் விழியில் எல்லாம் அழகே

மழை மட்டுமா அழகு

சுடும் வெய்யில் கூட ஒரு அழகு

மலர் மட்டுமா அழகு

விழும் இலை கூட ஒரு அழகு

புன்னகை வீசிடும் பார்வைகள் அழகு

வார்த்தைகள் தீர்கையில் மௌனங்கள் அழகு

நன்மைக்கு சொல்லிடும் பொய்களும் அழகு

உண்மை அதுதான் மெய்யாய் அழகு

க         ம        த         நி         ச         நி    ரி    ச

க         ம        த         நி         ச         க    ரி    ச

All America City Celebration: Tallahassee

10 Jul

Tallahassee: All America City in 2015 Celebration

Friday, July 10, 2015, 7-9 PM

Cascades Park

Today the City of Tallahassee ( celebrated the second time selection of Tallahassee (the first time was in 1999) as the All America City award from National Civic League. The celebrations were held at the Cascades Park, the newly renovated park near Meyers Park neighborhood.

All three of us went there around 7 PM and hung around the park. There were jets of water with music at the Imagination Foundation starting at 8 PM. We watched it for sometime and walked around the park. It was a fun celebration.

Cascades Park, Tallahassee, FL. All America City Celebration 2015

Cascades Park, Tallahassee, FL. All America City Celebration 2015

Imagination Fountain at the Cascades Park

Imagination Fountain at the Cascades Park

Imagination Fountain at the Cascades Park

Imagination Fountain at the Cascades Park

Cascades Park, Tallahassee, FL

Cascades Park, Tallahassee, FL

My India Travels

1 Jun

My India Travels

The extent of my travels in India

Latitudes and Longitudes of my India Travel

While perusing through some websites and thinking about the places I have visited during my travels over the last four decades a thought occurred to me that wont it be nice to plot the latitudes and longitudes of my travels.

This occurred to my during my trip to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada in early June 2015. Since it was early summer and the location had high north latitude there was plenty of sunlight both late in the evening and early in the morning.

So I found two websites that provided the information I needed: 1) and 2) Using these websites I first constructed the North, East, West, and South extends of my travels in India.

28.611303,77.231655 (New Delhi, Delhi)
23.016351,72.579117 (Kolkatta, West Bengal)
22.56739,88.371706 (Ahmedabad, Gujarat)
8.077246,77.55558 (Kanya Kumari, Tamil Nadu)

The map below shows this graphically the same thing.