Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Nostalgia ! - Didi - Cheb Khaled

It was nearly two decades ago that I heard this song for the first time. It was a great catchy tune, of those time. I thank Doordarshan and All India Radio for introducing me to this song.
The first Arabic / Algerian music that I heard. I never understood the lyrics then. I just used to enjoy the line "... didi didi didi ...".

I came across this song on my presumed-long-lost-playlist when I was cleaning my HDD.  It instantly brought back memories of the times, when my cousins and I, danced on this song in all family gatherings. I loved the artist for his voice. I didn't know his name till about 2-3 years ago.


What a voice ! There have been many versions and renditions by many artists globally. But this song, still survived the sands of time.

O! people of the 90's, I present you once again.... 'Didi'

Here are the translation of the lyrics
(Source: Issam Abdelghaffar):

(I'm burning in the fire of love but you're not)
(I will not make you away from me so I don't cry later i.e. he wants to be always close from her)
(but I just have a bad luck and destiny)

(take take, take take the beautiful girl away)
(take, take take take this beautiful girl away)
(I will not make you away from me so I don't cry later)
(I will not make you away from me so I don't ask about you later i.e. because she'll always be close from him he'll know everything about her and won't need to ask people about her)
(but I just have bad luck and destiny)

(even if they take you to the top of the highest mountain...)
(I will still come to see you)
(This literally means "who doesn't know her belt?". It's a metaphor that means "everybody knows her" or possibly means that she's known well by other men because she always hangs in bars, or maybe he's just saying "just like a woman that hangs in bars is known very well to other men, it's also very clear how I feel towards you (e.g. I love you)". This last one makes more sense to me and it's probably what Khaled is trying to say)

(I have a bad luck and destiny)
(I have a bad luck and destiny)
(drop the fishing net in the sea and cry on the bad luck -- this is another metaphor, he's describing his bad luck just like a fisherman who drops his fishing net in the sea and gets no fish)

(who doesn't knokw her belt? (explained above))
(he's talking to the taxi driver but I'm not sure what he means by "rofd ahta")
(her belt is made of "spylo")

(I have a bad luck and destiny)
(I have a bad luck and destiny)
(drop the fishing net in the sea and cry on the bad luck)

(your eyes are sleepy -- he's describing her eyes, he says that they're not wide open, they're opened a little bit only. This is a sign of beauty (for him at least))
(your eyes are nice)
(your eyes are beautiful)

(I'll come to see even if you're on the top of the highest mountain)
(or I'll come to see you in the neighborhood (i.e. wherever she is, he'll do anything to see her)
(he's talking to the taxi driver, but again, I don't know what he means by "rofd ahta")

Thank you Khaled !

Friday, July 3, 2015

Iftaar Time – Head to Mosque Road, Frazer Town!

Assalamu alaikum. The month of Ramadan has come and it has brought with it patience, love, caring and increased spirituality. It also brings in special delicacies and amazing food items. Like every year, the buzz is around Mosque road in Frazer town. All the foodies of Bangalore visit it religiously, every year.
Iftaar food is best had at home. For all those away from home, Bangalore has quite a few places to visit in the month of Ramadan. Old-timer’s restaurants to young generation’s street food – it’s time to indulge in special delicacies specially served in Ramadan. From the haleem by Pista House, the yummy brain puffs and mutton samosa in Albert Bakery, the Biriyani of Paradise and the deep fried kebabs of Savoury – the road transforms itself into a massive destination of meat eaters. I have my favourites and here’s that list:
1.       Pista House
This place is synonymous with the world renowned Hyderabadi haleem and the Qubani ka meetha, both must haves. The rich array of spices and the desi ghee used with the tender meat and wheat brings out the flavour of haleem, which imprints a memory for life. The Deccan special dessert made of Apricots, served with slivers of Badam evens out the palate.
How much: Rs 210 for both.               

2.       Paradise
A legendary name in Hyderabad for its Biriyanis, is the next stop. The mutton Biriyani is the first choice. The tender well cooked meat with soft-on-the-palate spices marinated in curd and served with long grain saffron coloured flavourful basmati rice. Each grain is cooked to perfection with love. For dessert, try the double ka meetha.
How much: Rs 350 for both.

3.       Albert Bakery
Old is gold. If you haven’t had mutton samosas and dry fruit cookies here, you have not had them right. One of the oldest bakeries, with the old generation people, who always serve with a smile and instil the belief in you – food has to fill your soul.
How much: Rs 200- for two.

4.       Charminar Kabab Paradise
Go here for the ‘dry’ kebabs. A mouth watering array of food items, especially Lemon Chicken and Mutton Sheek. Try the local delicacy – Camel meat – Kebab, Tikkas and Sheek. Do try the Pathar ka gosht too.
How much: Rs 50 per dish

Ending the list are two items: Firni , no iftaar is complete without it and Suleimani chai to wash down all the meat and spices. 

Monday, June 29, 2015

Zaika Khane Ka - Paradise

Address: Al Noor, Mosque Road, Next to Green Avenue Apartment, Frazer Town, Bangalore

For all you Biriyani lovers of IISc, the legend is here! Very close to you, not in Indiranagar, but in Frazer Town!. The place is huge with a simplistic ambience and it looks over the busy Mosque Road.

The menu has some Biriyani options mainly Mutton, Chicken, Veg and Egg and serves 2. The starters and gravies are similar to the ones available elsewhere too. They have an option to serve the Biriyani for 4 -5 pax too – Special Supreme Mutton Biriyani with the Mirchi ka Sallan. The quantity was huge and the meat, marinated in curd and spices- was tender and well cooked. Every grain of basmati rice was cooked to perfection, with love. The flavour of the fresh spices is well absorbed and can be felt in the rice and the meat. It was mild and flavourful thanks to the Zafraan and Japhal.

Double ka Meetha and Qubani ka Meetha are a must have desserts. Vanilla Ice cream is a recommended add-on. 

I ordered Haleem, one of my favourite dishes and available in the month of Ramadan, priced at Rs 159/-, and it kept up its promise. The amazing flavour of the rich spices, the succulent meat, the soaked wheat and the generous amount of desi ghee used in the preparation, pounded for over 12 hours on a wood stove - enhancing the flavour, just lifts up your senses.

At Rs 1200 +taxes, it is totally worth its money. Overall rating 4.0/5.0
P.S. The place gets silent after the food is served. No conversation!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Indigenous CMOS Wideband Radio Amplifier - Our Lab's Contribution.


It is a proud moment that the work done in your lab (Analog and RF Systems Laboratory) at Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, that contributes heavily to the development of the nation is brought out to show it to public of India for its use in strategic applications. A lot of time, money, sacrifice and effort has gone in it making so worthwhile. Kudos to our team !!

We, now, need not import the technology for the strategic applications. It is now indigenous.
The faculty incharge of this project, is my advisor, Dr. Gaurab Banerjee from the Electrical Communication Engineering department, IISc Bangalore​.

We are thankful for Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) under the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT), Govt. of India and Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), a Public Sector Undertaking for Defence and Aerospace for their support.

BEL is the leading Defence Electronic Equipment manufacturer for the Indian Armed forces. You can visit their stall at the AERO - INDIA 2015 to know more.

Javed GS
Research Scholar,
Analog and RF System Lab,
ECE Dept,
Indian Institute of Science, IISc

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Plots of "Life"

It is a troublesome time in a research scholar's life when his/her entire research work has to be summarized in a few plots/graphs. Now capturing all of these are difficult. How much can you show graphically?

Bringing in all the data, the inferences and outcomes due to them, all on a set of plots; I thought it wouldn't do justice to the amount of time, effort and the sacrifices that have come along generating and 'verifying' them .

My peers and seniors would say, 'It is easy. Very very easy'. How, I asked ?

'Don't you know some thing called 'MATLAB'. Use it, my friend.' (Just for the folks working in "my area of interest". There are a score of other tools available)

There are times when just adding a graph increases the value of your work manifold while writing papers to communicate your research work, this is one of them.

Why ? They are the "life" of the work. Each and every plot !!
Plots of "Life"

In my search to add more value to my work, I came across, few interesting links. I am just compiling a few here.

1. Plot 2-D lines on both y-axes
2. 1 x-axis, many y-axes, different y-limits. Try this one !!
3. ...

... to be continued.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

FMCW radars

FMCW radars – Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave Radars
A big, fancy name for a distance sensor. Yes, it is a sensor. And it works in the 77-81 GHz range. Where? In automobiles.
 Why? Collision Avoidance, Automated Parking, etc.

It is something similar to what bat uses, Echolocation. Ultrasounds are emitted and compared with the returning pulses to create an image of the surroundings for the bat to navigate/hunt.
A modulated frequency is sent and received, and the difference in frequency is used to directly determine the distance as well as the relative speed of the object.

Your car wants to think and drive, by itself. It wants echolocation. 

Automotive applications for CW Radars