Members (by alphabetical order of display names:)
- Parmanu (Formerly Tismarkhan)
- ??????? [Not joined yet]
If you have not accidentally visited this page, then you have visited it with curiosity to know who the hell are these SPARKS! I have attempted my best to portray all of us as whole with lot of confusing terms, poor grammar and unimpressive humor with a genuine attempt that you leave this page with exactly the same question in your mind …who the hell are these SPARKS.!
I initially started off profiling everyone individually from my perspective and the output was collection of gross truth about each of us. Truth which would have hurt so bad that it would have resulted in my expulsion from the team, and eventually from this world by my own peers and to prevent this catastrophe, I would leave the personal description of each member up to the member himself.
To speak of us as a whole and understand us better, you have to travel through the time, so let us go in the past where our story starts:
On one bright day of winter of 304 BC, Ashoka was born in Mauryan Empire..oops sorry, I went back too much. Let me fast forward a bit.
On one bright day of winter of 1997 AD, six teenagers entered an engineering college called CBIT located in Hyderabad, India. ..(ok this sounds right time frame). Not because it was dubbed as the ‘best’ college in the state, but because they could not make it to any place better. Almost 10 years since that day, they are all in USA pretty much for the same reason.
It will not take too long to figure out that S.P.A.R.K.S is formed using our first initials (of real names. Do not try to match up the display names!). This acronym was not created to form a gang of punks or nerds during engineering but just to name a yahoo group to keep in touch after we left college.
Presently, all of us have earned a masters degree in this land of liberty, and while, S.P. are trying to pull off a PhD from fairly well known universities, A.R.K.S are working for fairly well known corporations. We are spread all over the USA in 5 different states and after leaving India in 2001-02 have never all been together at one place.
This blog was launched about 2 months back [need to fill in the exact date later] following lot of email discussions over cricket, google, football, middle east and orange sunglasses. The intensity of our thoughts and necessity to assign them a permanent URL was realized during those discussions and this realization resulted in this ‘SPARKS TEAM BLOG’.
I hope to have more entries on this page with individual introductions but do not forget that optimism has its limits.
In the mean time, we are still accepting donations in cash or kind for maintainence of this blog with same guidelines as earlier
If you are guy, leave your credit card number
If you are a girl, leave your phone number ..(with picture ID for security reasons).
(Vowel amongst us is already taken so the ‘kind’ part of donations would be used only by the consonants!)
Note: Though I am the ‘author’ of this entry, it is only a general introduction and free to be edited, tampered, deleted by any member of the team.
S is (as mentioned above) a doctoral student in a decent University in the Southwest. He is an avid fan of technology, especially Microsoft’s products. He loves to listen to music and his favorite artists are The Beatles and A.R.Rahman. He recently discovered rock music and has since fallen in love with it, so much so that the happiest moment in his life was when he headbanged to “Whole lotta love” on Microsoft’s Windows Media Player (chill out, that’s a joke!). He is currently working on a book, “The headbanger’s guide to WMP11” (yes, he is a geek). He considers himself to be a tech evangelist (read Microsoft fanboy) and will tout Microsoft’s products to anyone who is foolish enough to lend him an ear. He is also a German car-enthusiast and loves to drive his beat up VW around town. He can talk about any topic under the sun, as long as it’s about cars and software and is known to beat up people who disagree with him. The worst such case was when he threw a coconut at a friend who was visiting him, who had the cheeks to say, “Microsoft sucks!” He loves to go to the gym and would be fit if he stayed there for more than 10 minutes. He also claims to love the outdoors.
P: I decide to write my bio in first person. I am defined by the “seven deadly sins”: Anger, Envy, Gluttony, Greed, Lust, Pride, and Sloth. I am working on adding eight one to the list. Other than that, I am currently pursuing a PhD. However, I would be more of a “Dr.” P rather than Dr. P if I ever complete it. My interest varies from space science to history to international politics and even I can talk on any topic under the sun but I prefer talking under the moon. My goal in life is to learn to tie my shoe lace properly and to travel to Mars. Latter one being relatively more probable. I enjoy bungee jumping, para gliding, and skydiving because I have never done any of those. Most I have done is swim across the swimming pool and pant for next 10 minutes.
I started blogging on yahoo 360 here but later moved to wordpress as a team blogger. I am writing on this blog under the name of Paramnu (f.k.a. Tismarkhan). If you hate any of my post or my writing style in general to the extent that you want to punch hard on my nose, then you please feel free to send me an email and explain your frustration.
S: Me, Myself and Planetsk
Hmm..after writing the so-called Statement of Purpose five years ago, here’s another situation where I got write something about me…I with id as planetsk (my yahoo id) lives in the
Midwest working for a hi-tech industry (hi-tech?? )…I being a lazy, TV maniacal person, enjoys playing tennis and cricket. A huge fan of Tennis (whenever I win a point on my forehand…for a nanosecond…I think I can be Federer..just kidding..) Wanted to work for Discovery or NGC…someone find me a job…Coming to my technological interests, I being an engineer, (btw, my 4th grade teacher, 18 years ago, looked at my palm and predicted that I would become a lawyer) try to understand as much as I can about electronics (the work I do is making me to think this way).. I mean the stuff that makes devices work, such as the materials and physics.. and always day-dream about inventing something….sounds like a nerdish talk…I like to spend long weekends traveling, visited most of the desi-destinations in US and planning to get out of US.….have a great passion for cars..esp. BMW…try to be in touch with the advanced technology in cars…I always fear about my laziness..it dominates most of the time I try to do something great…(hahahhaha….something great..)…things I hate the most are: cutting onions, waiting in the public restrooms , people who pretend to be very busy and people who make baseless comments about India (such as yeh desh ka kuch hone vala nahin…)…things that make me laugh the most: Bart and Homer Simpson, all the four South Park dudes.. and comments in sparks blog……Finally, after surviving as low as -30F in winter..I feel that I can make trips to
Antarctica and North Pole some time and return safe.