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3000 Posts in JavaRanch

No matter what, It is always yet another factor which keeps me feel happy and little proud of the consistency with respect to the technical stuff I deal in my day-to-day life for my bread and butter 🙂

Yet another milestone of 3000 posts in JavaRanch . The page is available  at

The earlier one was when I reached 1000 posts, which was blogged here

As usual, sharing the screenshot here 🙂

3000 posts in JavaRanch on 11Nov09 Wed 246 AM IST

snapshot of the 3001st Post in JavaRanch

Way to go!!


3rd year anniversary

Its yet another celebration time I feel. I have completed successfully 3 years of service in my present company as of yesterday. My date of joining in this company was 1 Dec 2005 Thursday.

But one thing is that I could never be in office premises to see the LCD display with my name and the year of services with the congratulating message for all the years! That’s one of the features which kinda impressed me during my offer-letter-getting-period :).

I remember, in the year 2006 I was at a local client’s place (local/domestic onsite!) DaimlerChrysler, 2007 last year was at Bahrain (abroad onsite :P), and this year 2008 I am in madurai in a hospital to take care of my father.

I had been just discussing this news with mom and dad two days ago, but today somehow it got slipped off until I just happened to see about 40+ emails from my colleagues (managers, students, team members, friends from other projects) having the heading ‘Congratulations‘. Have to acknowledge all those mails individually. Well, there are times and things which gets slipped off without our knowledge and intention. Right?

Yes, of course I feel happy for having completed 3 years of service. Not just that, also having been attached to a single employer for a longer duration and sustaining a good relationship!

Let’s see what happens on 1 Dec 2009, the next year!? Where am I and what am I?

Wish me good luck :). Of course, way to go :P.

en per padum paadu

I remember years back there was a famous blog post with the same title and it was blogged by a person named Kalaivani (kalai in short). I still remember in the year 2005, I got it as a forward and not to deny it was helping us to laugh like anything due to its beautiful narration of the situations.

Here i do post this with my siutations. Well, those of you who are not aware of my name in full, it goes as ‘M Raghavan alias Saravanan’, and i do prefer to have it in full in most of the places and wherever possible! 🙂 May be because of the self-love one can argue!

It so happens many times that i am asked for an explanation of the term ‘alias’ and why i have two names? Not to miss the interview parts i have attended so far. Luckily if it gets missed out during the initial phases of technical interview, it is for sure to mark its presence in the HR interviews. I would ask them with a small question, “there is a small story behind it. would you like to hear?”. Well, most probably the answers were of type ‘Yes’, ‘Sure’, ‘Go ahead’ 🙂

Very recently, i faced the same with the conversation with a new blogger friend Meenu on her post and so am i here with this post! As per her request, i am mostly writing it in english and wherever appropriate using the translation for the tamil slang!

Story behind my Father’s name

To start off with, the first name or name before the ‘alias’ is my dad’s name as well my grandpa’s.
Well, my dad also has a story for his name. My dad’s name was R. Muthu karuppan since my grandfather’s name being ‘SP Raghavan’. My dad felt a bit shy and/or reluctant for keeping the second part ‘karuppan‘ as it would be a catchy term for the fellow buddies to tease him with the meaning it gives as ‘blacky or black in colour‘ in tamil.

Hence he did remove that ‘karuppan’ out of his name and kept his name as his initial expanded. And his name got transformed from ‘R. Muthu‘ to ‘Raghavan Muthu’. Infact he did this all with the Gazette Notification.

I do remember during my schooling (nursery and i was in Standard V), there was a small argument between our school correspondent and my father for this naming clash and my initial should have been ‘R’ instead of ‘M’. My dad had to send the xerox copy of the gazette for the proof even after explaining those stuff. Obviously that’s the first time I also happened to know all these.

My Naming conventions so far..

Coming to the main track, i was given the so called name ‘Raghavan‘ for the naming to be continued across generations. But again in Tamil culture, women should not call the people by name which happens to match with either of her husband’s or father-in-law’s as it is treated as lack of respect. For that sake, i was given the another name ‘Saravanan’. As my dad felt like keeping those two names in the official records/certificates and they got it registered as such. Just to accommodate both the names, there came a conjunction ‘alias’. That’s when the name has been in existence.

Now coming to the other short/sweet/pet names i do have. Well the list goes like this.

As narrated above, i am called as ‘Saravana‘ by relatives and neighbors. I am specially called as ‘Saro’ by my family members which of course was originated from my beloved mom! 🙂

During schooling till class V, i was called as ‘Saravana’ as most of my teachers were my mom’s students and they got used to the same name.

After class 6th, i was called by ‘Raghavan‘. One small incident to share here is, after the initial few days in class 6th of a new school, one of my classmates came to our house on a holiday just for a pastime and when he enquired about me in lathe which is exactly in front my house, he was told that there was no one by the name ‘Raghavan’ and he had to simply return. 🙂 The next day, i had to explain him as well the neighbors of the other name i do have! lol. 😛

Only one person called me ever as ‘Ravagan‘ [donno where he got that term] and few people just used to call me as ‘Ravanan‘ — just to tease me.

During my engineering, my name has got several forms. Some seniors and friends called me as ‘Raghav‘ which made me feel good at that time till when i came across the term ‘Raghs‘ during my 3rd Year. This term ‘Raghs’ – which of course stays till to date of my preference, has got its own variations. Few people use it as ‘Rags‘ while some others use as ‘Ragz‘.

Very few people use ‘Raghava‘ that sounded like either they are annoyed or over affectionate.

Few friends called me as ‘Raghavs‘ and some continue to do so :).

One of my best buddies who used to call me as ‘Raghs’ for long, she used the term ‘Raga‘ — donno what made her spell that way.

I exactly don’t remember the scenario but one or two called me as ‘Raghavendran’ 🙂

Some of the selected lecturers used to address me as ‘Saravanan‘ – which brings a nostalgia of childhood schooling memories and i just enjoy the feelings within!

A peculiar set of people called me with the unused conjunction ‘alias‘ and that was also welcomed till now 🙂

Few of my college mates and friends call me as ‘Raghavachari‘ as i feel they felt good that way to call me!

Once I went to St Johns Hospital, Bangalore for the corn excision on my leg in Feb 2006, i was called as ‘Raghavan Pillai‘ by one of the sisters over there! mmm. yet another! :). I really din’t dig my small brain for the sources causing the name. :). [Thanks to my beloved colleague,friend,guide Rajasekar M for reminding this one after reading the blog post:p]

What’s a big deal.. a name is given to call you right. The purpose is getting saved!

Out of all these, i somehow prefer nowadays being called with the name ‘Raghs‘ and thats what in use everywhere including this address of this blog!

Some difficulties I face officially

Though having been identified uniquely in all academic environments, i used to face a tough time when filling up the application forms, where in i had to draw few more boxes to write my so called ‘name-in-full’ and it usually attracts a smile from the neighbors and/or the concerned official.

Names in the professional environment

During my employment with Covansys (of course my first employer), the naming convention for the emalil id was the first letter of your initial followed by your first name. And my email id was ‘RMuthu’ (as explained above). Though i had an option to have the email id as ‘MRaghavan‘ by reversing, i dint want to do since i had huge number of email ids on my own name itself, i thought of giving a credit to my dad 🙂

But the display name was ‘MUTHU Raghavan alias Saravanan‘. 🙂 Most of my team members (it was a huge team having 70+ members) started calling me as ‘Muthu‘. Initially i was correcting them by saying its not mine but my father’s name. But no one seemed to agree and they justified saying that it was short compared to Raghavan. What a super analogy and analysis? Just a difference in few characters/letters. Huh! I was practiced to listen to the name ‘Muthu’ thereafter and it continued for 2 years literally. Even now some of my ex-colleagues call me as ‘Muthu’ only! 🙂 Enna kodumai sir idhu?

Another important aspect was with the US clients. Initially they used to ask me in email as how to spell my name and what name they can make use for the sake of their convenience!. Some of them used to address me as ‘Muttu‘ (sounds like ‘Mute-u‘) in the conference call with which people around me have a good fun !

Now, my name has been registered in my present company as ‘Raghavan alias Saravanan Muthu‘ – just a reverse of place holders. Some of my present colleagues call me as

#1. ‘Raghavan alias Saravana Muthu‘ — [note the absence of ‘n’ here :)]

#2. ‘Raghavan engira Saravana Muthu‘ — of course thats how the term ‘alias’ gets translated in tamil!

#3. ‘Raghavan alias Saravanan alias Muthu‘ — beautiful!

What to do? Getting used to it!

After all, its a part of your name and its like a metadata!

Names in the Onsite (Bahrain)

I guess it was somehow missed though i thought of posting it months back. And now its the time to include that as well.

After coming to Bahrain for an onsite assignment i am given some more new names by some of my colleagues here. They are from TCS. Those names go as below.

#1. Raghavan s/o Raghavan s/o Raghavan — maintaining the full hierarchy from bottom to top! :). Software engineers they are, you know!

#2. Veettula Saravanan veliyila Raghavan — meaning ‘in the home Saravanan but outside Raghavan’

#3. Raghwan — that’s how the employees of our client (LMRA) call me. They mainly follow Arabiq here. It can be taken as ‘Raghwan’, ‘Raghghvaan‘ as it varies from time to time and depends on their mood 🙂

Name in the Passport

Well! It goes for a task man. I don’t know why it went like that. And no wonder, the ‘government employees’ are prone to do that i suppose. In my passport, my name is entered as ‘Raghavan ALSOKNOWNAS Saravanan’. All what i could do was to yell at my dad and he politely did the same back to me justifying that he got an answer from the officers that its their way of mentioning alias names! ouch..

Was very much concerned of it as was advised by some of my senior colleagues that it might invite some troubles during the visa interview especially for USA. Till now, i have not faced any issues and i hope the same in future as well.

Hope this answers the question in detail with few extra information and somehow it was interesting!

Donno how many other names are there in store for future? :P.

FBOK — Fellow Buddies only know 🙂

How is the new layout? Just thought of changing it and I did it today.

Let me know your thoughts on the same 🙂


yet another book in lucky draw

This is the second time i got a chance to know about the persistence of so called ‘luck’ 🙂 I was selected as lucky draw winner in JavaRanch forum’s Book Promotion offer on 14Dec2007 and the book was ‘Java Programming Cookbookby Herbert Schildt.  The previous one was blogged here 🙂

Moreover I felt very happy for getting a chance to interact with the author(s) directly in the forum. I believe people from Computer Science/ Information Technology background might have definitely come across Herbert Schild’s famous books like ‘The Complete Reference C’, C++, Java etc., That was like adding honey to the icecream 🙂

I have got the book dispatched today (13Jan2008) to the Bahrain address and happy to share the news with you all here 🙂 [as usual by the time i blog its 14Jan08 :(]

As usual the snapshot of the forum thread which declares the winners here below.

Java Programming Cookbook Winners-14Dec07 (13Jan08)

The thread is accessible here for the Java Programming Cookbook Winners!

The other threads where Herbert Schildt is welcomed is here and one of my queries to the author is here.

The snapshot of my welcome message to Herbert Schildt is below..

My welcoming message to Herbert Schildt

Cheers!!! 🙂

The day i am exhilarated

Feel like penning down as some of my efforts are appreciated from an author of a great book. It is on 13Jan2008 but by the time i blog it somehow becomes the next day :(.

The contribution is of course subtle which was to explain the concepts of Garbage Collection in a pictorial manner for the program posted by an user asking his doubts.

The appreciation came from Bert Bates who is one of the authors of Sun Certified Java Programmer & Developer for Java 2 (and Java 5), Head First Java, Head First Servlets & JSP. The authors Kathy Seirra and Bert Bates are in short known as “K & B” in the ranch.

Just felt like sharing this 🙂 As usual, a screenshot is attached 😛

Bert Bates appreciatoin in javaranch -13jan08 (gc images)

If any one is interested in looking for the images i have drawn, you may please go here for the thread that discusses about how many objects will be eligible for garbage collection?

Soon will update it in my technical blog with complete information 🙂

 Way to go Raghs…!

5 unknown things abt me

Long long ago so long ago was tagged by Ponnarasi. I am extremely sorry for delaying this long! 😦 Apologies.. [Sorry, was triggered to imitate your way. As a token of appreciation, copied your own sentence! he he he]

 Well, this tagged post is all about 5 unknown things about me. Might be not every1 knows everything about us right.

For the people who feel bored of reading lengthy passages, you may please read the lines in bold. that will give you the hint. The rest, can continue as such.

 1. I like the homely faces very much. Obviously seeing in the opposite sex! I believe its only female faces who are blessed with that fascinating nature. In tamil you can say, two words பெண்மை, நளினம் and those words are good when told in tamil itself. I relish, enjoy seeing those faces and somehow would get a very great satisfaction within. No matter where I am, what i do, would cherish those  moments when  i get a chance to sight :).

2. I have a very great respect, craze and jealousy towards the singers (though they are waiting to become popular even). somehow i feel this is one of the talents i lack. [i too sing but that is a different aspect. bcos of which how many hearts  you attract is what here counts]. so hats off to all those people who are gifted by god.. keep rocking! a great fan of my friends who sing very well.  [Arun, Sumi (Arun’s wife), Santa,  Archana, Santa, Sundaresan]

 3. From childhood, whenever i take a head bath and at times when i feel like pouring water forcibly on forehead, i assume myself getting drowned into the water.. especially into the sea water. Still i could see the effect remains, even though i somehow started taking bath in sea water when i go along with friends without knowing to swim properly. 🙂

4. I generally tend to investigate the root cause of any incident/problem. if at all don’t seem to get an answer will accelerate more towards finding the reason unless either of the parties seem to become sick. Because i feel thats the way you can get rid of it in future endeavors.

5. I would definitely let the kid inside me come out and start playing with the *real* kids whom i see. Also still  savoring with the kiddish nature of my friends…Getting back to those ages and lose ourselves intentionally for a while for an unmolested state is  an awesome experience. I swear no grown up children would oppose.

Good. Though the list may continue, i obey the things what i am asked to do as basically being a chuveet boy you know!! 🙂

Feeling relaxed now as one long pending homework is over now. lemme do for pria’s tag which is next in the list.

Now, let me invite some people here. I have a very little cognition about them as we got to know through blogs! so friends its your turn please.. u r granted to take ur own time..

1. Pria

2. Vidya

3. Sumathi

 if i think of some1 else would add later..if u urself are interested, pls feel free to ping me!

Happy News.. Got a book in lucky draw

Hurray….. 🙂

Whatever it is, the moment you share it does matter right..? I feel so..

Just got to know that my name was in the list of lucky draw winners of the ‘Professional Apache Tomcat 6’ book in the JavaRanch forum.  [Tomcat is a Web Server  used for hosting J2EE based Web Applications. ]

Here you go…

I repeat it, its lucky,lucky draw – purely.

Felt very happy and thought of sharing it with you.  I too have some lucky mole(s) i guess!

 As usual, pasting the screenshot here.. he he he… 🙂

Winners - Professional Apache Tomcat 6 - JavaRanch lucky draw

Bahrain Snaps – Set 1

Dear Buddies,

    I have uploaded some of the snaps taken in Bahrain. As such, there are 4 albums namely

   (i) Elite1, Bahrain (Taken at ‘Elite Residency’ – Elite1 is one of the many hotels this Elite Group of Companies have)

   (ii) Visit to Yateem Center, Manama (its a Shopping Mall).

   (iii) taken at LMRA Office (our client office)

   (iv) taken at Arabian Palace (where the TCS guys stay and with whom i work here) during the Twenty20 Finals India-Pak match…

   I tried doing it in flickr first and then switched to Picasa as i had some limitations in flickr. Thanks to my friend Dhananjeyan who suggested me in the right time (in the mid of it) and i changed to google picasaweb.  As usual, Google rocks and hats off to them!

The snaps/albums are available for your perusal at :

Google ->

Flickr -> [Ma Maiden Effort!]

Pick your favorite. Google has the full set though.

    I started giving the comments in the ‘description’ section of each snap in flickr at first. In the middle, changed my mind and commented in the snaps itself. for some of the snaps which initially uploaded in flickr, could not have the snaps in the image itself as it was a part of flickr album.  shall have to merge! 🙂

Hope you too enjoy it. I am  yet to cover the beauty of the city.

 Chalo.. Rest in next……………….

1000 Posts in JavaRanch!

Hello Buddies,

    Today is a beautiful day wherein i feel so proud of having reached 1000 posts in a great community called “JavaRanch”. This is a community where you can quench your technical thirsts be it Java, J2EE, Database, other tools , General Computing etc.

    You can read my 1000th post here  in JavaRanch today! I would definitely suggest you to become a part of it if you are really interested in knowing your technical skills and helping others who are in need.

As a token of excitement, just pasting the screenshot of the 1000th post here anyways (if at all you have any difficulty in accessing it .. he he he).

1000th Post in JavaRanch!