Monday, September 25, 2006

Business Ashram!

This weekend I traveled to Belgaum on business. Staying arrangements were made at a company (Polyhydron) guest house in the company premises.

It was a pleasant surprise to see the manufacturing company premises. It was more of an Ashram than a manufacturing company. In fact, it was called Business Ashram!

There are 8 different manufacturing units located in as many number of honey comb shaped small buildings. Each building had huge glass windows and were probably sound proof (I was there on Sunday and it was a weekly off so could not find out for sure) with two to three CNC machines in each building. See the Wikimapia details of the Ashram here.

Surprise does not end here. Tobacco, alcohol, smoking, non-veg food is banned on the premise. The owner, Mr. S. B. Hundre, told me that there were no supervisors to supervise the workers. Every worker is his/her own supervisor! They had been operating the Ashram for last 4 years and have seen only better results from the units as compared to the company’s other units located elsewhere.

Central building was s Dhyan Mandir (Dhyan = Meditation, Mandir = Temple). The temple was again sound proof and as you enter, we see a wall high painting of Swami Vivekananda in very calming lighting arrangement. There is a good collection of spiritual books, CDs and almost every book that has been written on Bhagvad Geeta.

The premise has a dozen of white Indian ducks roaming around on the lawn, swimming in the pond specially created for them. The ducks were there as pets (not for eggs or meat). There were numerous trees completely shielding the premises from outside world.

The guest rooms were clean and had two single beds. No television, no fans. Air circulation was achieved using special architecture design and believe me no fan was required at all. From the large windows of my room, I could see the green lawn, the pond, ducks playing around.. It was very calming and pleasant experience.

Do checkout the company website especially what they believe in! Awesome!!

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

WATIR on Rails

This project provides a plugin to make it easier to write Watir (Web Application Testing in Ruby) tests for Rails applications.

Download the beta from svn://

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Radrails 0.7.1 is available

Modifications with this release:

Terminal window is gone
Autotest functionality has been modified
There is a configuration screen to configure rails, rake and mongrel paths
Lots of code templates

Download Radrails 0.7.1

Monday, September 11, 2006

Migrated to Blogger beta

Migrated to Bloger beta today and liked it. Now I can tag my comments, customize the look and feel more easily with AJAX supported drag and drop features for the paage elements.... cool stuff. The blog publishing activitiy has been revamped and posts are published instantly. Wow!

Monday, September 04, 2006

FXRI - Instant Ruby help!

Something I learned today and found very useful.

Run following command
fxri to get instant Ruby help on your desktop. It has decent search facilities as well.


Friday, September 01, 2006

Ganesh Festival

It is Ganesh/Ganapati festival season and Pune is the main attraction for it all over India. The festival lasts for 10 days and the grand closing is in the form of a magnificent immersion rally that lasts well over 24 hours! People flock from all over the places to see the decorations of various pandals put up in almost every square, societies and roads around Pune.

Ganesh the God of intelligence, art, and also war has a special place among Indians and is worshipped first before embarking on any new project/activity/construction or even any pooja. Indians are known to worship many gods. In different parts of the countrly people worship different gods. In fact, every small village has a parent god of its own! However, Ganesh is popular in all parts of the country and you will find atleast one temple of Ganesh in every village. In fact, Ganesh idols are there in Combodia and Srilanka as well.