Blogs by Sangram Keshari Senapati

Monday 26 March 2018

Chromebook for the Project Tiger- In a collaboration with Google by Wikipedia

Sangram Keshari Senapati March 26, 2018 0
Chromebook for the Project Tiger- In a collaboration with Google by Wikipedia
Project Tiger is a collaboration project of Wikipedia with Google to improve the articles of Indic Wikipedia projects like Odia, Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, Marathi, Bengali, Panjabi, etc. For this project, Google would help the writer by donating Internet charges for 3 months and Laptops to 50 volunteers. And within these 3 months (March, April & May), those who write the highest articles with the proper guidelines would be awarded by 3000 rupees and the lowest two others would get 2000 and 1000 accordingly.

So, I've applied for a laptop, so that I could contribute more than as usual. I must thank Sailesh Patnaik for guiding me to apply for the laptop. After verifying all the applied lists, the final result had out and my username "ssgapu22" was on the 33rd number with other 4 Odia Wikipedia friends.

On 16th March, I got an e-mail from Tito da to submit the address to get the laptop. So, I've submitted the address of my PG, where I'm staying right now in Bangalore. After 30 minutes, he pinged me on Facebook and called me to the office. So, I could receive the laptop directly.

So, I reached there at the CIS-A2K office to receive the laptop. There were Tanveer, Gopala, and Tito da and later Ananth joined us. I met them at Mysore for TTT 2018. It was like a reunion with them. After a short conversation with Ravi, I unboxed the laptop and Tito da did the live telecast on Facebook. But in the video, I was looking very bad, but somehow they tolerate that.

In that box, there was an Acer Chromebook. I had experience with the Windows operating system and Linux OS, but this was a little different. Since this has the Chrome browser only and all are available online. So, Tito da described some about the Chromebook to me.

Now, I must say something about this laptop. It doesn't have any hard disk drive so we couldn't store the movies. So, all the time we hold it must work and all those works could be done online. So we could focus more on Wikipedia works. The power backup is outstanding, around 10 to 12 hours. So, power failure doesn't affect the work. And yes, with a short update of Chrome OS, the Google Playsote activated so we could download the play store apps directly.

By getting this laptop, I started working on this and all those online works are done easily. Previously, when I was using other laptops, the works took longer than as usual since the slow processing, but here that problem avoided. Finally, this laptop would definitely help me for the Wikipedia works. Since I'm working on 1WikiYear in Odia Wikipedia and Wikisource on a particular subject. So, after completing those works I have to write an article for the Project Tiger from the list. 

Seven Favorite Book Covers in 7 Days- Day 1

Sangram Keshari Senapati March 26, 2018 0
Seven Favorite Book Covers in 7 Days- Day 1
Today, on 26th March 2018, Sulagna Mohanty (Sulagna apa) had tagged me in a Facebook post which is actually a book cover photo challenge. According to that challenge, I need to post 7 cover photos of my favorite books in coming 7 days. As per the rule, we have to post the covers only without any explanations, without any reviews.

But, I have that bad nature to explain about myself, that's why I've explained about every photo at the time of "Seven black and white pictures of your daily life Photo Challenge". So here only I could explain the book covers I've shared there. 

On this 1st day, as soon as I got that notifications on Facebook, the 1st book came into my mind was her 1st book which is a collection of short Odia stories published on 26th June 2017. All those stories are related to the society. When I bought that book, I had finished that within 4 hours. After that, I had written an full review of that book which was my 1st review of any book. So, I've shared that book on this 1st day. Since I've not read a huge number of books, but I read some books. So I would share my other favorite books accordingly.

Saturday 24 March 2018

One of my Story with Gulugula (ଗୁଲୁଗୁଲା)

Sangram Keshari Senapati March 24, 2018 0
One of my Story with Gulugula (ଗୁଲୁଗୁଲା)
Gulugula, this is the name of an Odia food. Usually, people prefer it for their breakfast. Some years ago, this was the best breakfast for us, but now some other foods took its place. But the emotions with this food would remain like that.

There was a time when we used to eat this as our breakfast since it was cheap in comparison to others and available in every small shop to big shops. Most people prefer this because it won't make you hungry for a long period. 

In my school days, I used to go to a tuition which was 6 to 7 kilometers away from my home and in the morning, I had to reach there before 5.30. After the 1st regular mathematics class, I had another class for the optional mathematics. So, this was my life in those 2 months of summer vacations. 

Photo: Dr. Biswa Ranjan Kar

Friday 23 March 2018

Raid: Movie Reviews

Sangram Keshari Senapati March 23, 2018 0
Raid: Movie Reviews
Since the plot of the movie is based on a real story, they have shown everything in a real way by adding some punch dialogues which attract people more. 

Ajay Devgan played the role of an income tax officer as Amay Patnayak and Ileana D'cruz played the role of his wife as Malini Patnayak. Amay got 49 transfers in just 7 days for his loyalty. He collected some big information from some stranger and went on the raid to the home of an MLA in UP who is well known as Tauji there with the permission from the Govt. 

Initially, they couldn't find anything, but with the guidance of the informer, they recovered a huge amount of black money. After that Tauji tried to bribe him, but he refused and Tauji requested to allow him to go out. He allowed him and sent him out. Tauji went to all the minister from CM to PM. Finally, PM called Amaya t stop the raid, but Amay demands the order written, so PM also bent after him. 

But the innocent people who don't have any idea about Tauji came to attach the IT officers, but somehow Amay succeed to save them and he stayed there till the force came to rescue, he protect all the raid amount from those people. 

The performance of Ajay, Ileana, and Sourabh Shukla are outstanding. I think this is the style of Ajaya's work. Music in the movie is also good. The cinematography is also good.

Wednesday 28 February 2018

Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety- Movie Review

Sangram Keshari Senapati February 28, 2018 2
Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety- Movie Review

The story starts with a boy, Sonu who is an event planner and he has a friend, Titu who always needs him. Sonu decides everything about Titu. That's why Titu broke up with her girlfriend as Sonu advised him. After that Titu's marriage fixed with another girl named Sweety. But Sonu doesn't like to share his Titu with anyone else, so he tried various tricks to stop their marriage. But Sonu couldn't find a way to stop their marriage. So finally, he blackmailed Titu emotionally to stop the marriage and Titu ran away from marriage for his one and only best friend.

The performance is good. All played their role as per required. But, I love the role of Alok Nath ji, the Babuji in a different getup. The music of the movie declared super hit for the topmost composers and singers. Music is good. The cinematography is also good. They show the required scenes.

But, the plot of the movie is not so good, it's not that much interesting as we wished. But, hopefully, some comedies have done by all. I would give a 2.5 star to the movie.

Thursday 15 February 2018

Pad Man- Movie Review

Sangram Keshari Senapati February 15, 2018 2
Pad Man- Movie Review

The story begins from the 4th night of a guy. He loved his wife more than his life. Sometimes, more and more love creates more problem. But his love is for a reason. He wanted to protect his wife from the dangerous diseases, but due to poverty, he couldn't buy the things which could protect her. So, he made some pad by himself, but those couldn't pass is his 1st experiment.

But, he tried many times with different techniques to prepare the pads. When the villagers knew about his experimental work, they threw him out of the village. Then, he went to learn some technique to make the pad. And finally, with a lot of struggle, he prepared a machine, which makes useable pads.

Then he attended a science exhibition in IIT, Delhi and got the president award. Then he decided to make pads and sell those at a low cost. Then he got call form foreigners for talk show and his villagers' finally accepted him with pride. The dialogue, I love from the movie is "Cheap". Nothing is cheap, we have to pay a lot to make something cheap.

Akshaya Kumar performed his role very well. Radhika and Sonam also played their role good. Other side characters perfomed their role accordingly. The story of the movies could written in a better way, but described in a proper way. Music of the movie is also good. The cinematography is very good, they showed everything properly.

Wednesday 14 February 2018

My Valentines Day

Sangram Keshari Senapati February 14, 2018 2
My Valentines Day

Once I read a story about a bottle which floats like this and reached its destination. Then I saw the same thing in the movie Shibamani of Akkineni Nagarjuna.

This is ValentinesDay, all are celebrating for that love, which needs proof in every single minute. But all those shown or written in those stories are for the time of reading or watching the movie.

I don't like Valentine's day where we have to prove how much we love others, how much we could spend on them. I need a day, when some could love me like my parents, someone could trust me like my sister do. That day would become my Valentine's day and every day should be valentines day.

Those who are celebrating in their ways, I never oppose them. Because they might love this way of love. But for a lover, every day should be valentines day. Every message he spread to others, should be the message of love and happiness.

Thursday 8 February 2018

Audio Magazine- Nababarsara Naksha

Sangram Keshari Senapati February 08, 2018 0
Audio Magazine- Nababarsara Naksha

Dr Biswaranjan Kar had written 13 short stories describing about the eve of new year featured in the new Odia e-magazine Nabaplallaba which was released in this new year. Famous twitterate Akala Kushmanda had recorded these stories and Sambeet Das had drawn some lovely beautiful watercolors for every story. Hope you people would love this video.

Wednesday 31 January 2018

TTT 2018- Memory, Experience, Knowledge

Sangram Keshari Senapati January 31, 2018 8
TTT 2018- Memory, Experience, Knowledge
TTT referred to Train The Trainer, a training program conducting by the Center for Internet & Society- Access to Knowledge (CIS-A2K). In this training program, the experienced members of CIS-A2K are going to train with some work to the volunteers of Wikipedia.

I'm also working for Odia Wikipedia, Odia Wikisource since 2014, but never applied for this training program. Due to some miscommunication, I hadn't applied, but this time I applied and got the chance to attend the program. On 3rd December 2017, Odia Wikisource was celebrating its 3rd anniversary and after that, I applied for the TTT 2018. Within some days, Tito da, the member of CIS-A2K contacted me through Facebook and then send me the confirmation mail.

Finally, the day came and another member of CIS-A2K Gopala Krishna had contacted me to book the tickets. I'm staying in Bangalore, so it's easy for me to reach Mysore, the place where the training program had organized. On the 25th of January, we have to reach the Place.

But, on that day, there was a strike in Karnataka, but fortunately, I got a small vehicle to reach KSR Bengaluru. Due to strike, there was a few traffic and I reached KSR within 45 minutes from Marathahalli. The train hadn't arrived until that time, so I wait there and met 4 other Wikipedians from Marathi wiki and Telugu wiki. Then I met another Wikipedian from the English wiki on the train.

Around 2.00 we reached the Mysore railway station and took a taxi to reach the hotel. Finally, I reached the hotel and met Tanveer and Tito da after 1.5 years and again reintroduced myself to them. And then some members had come, but I haven't known them except Sailesh Patnaik, my friend from Odia Wiki, Dr. Manavpreet Kaur and Satdeep Gill from Panjabi wiki. 

At 6.30, we had a formal introduction round and at that time, we got to know each other. Till that time, two of my friends Aliva Sahoo and Prateek Patnaik had reached there and we did some fun also. That introduction round was to know each other and gain some basic ideas about each other. And the work for Day0 finally finished and we have to start the main work for Day1 on next day. 

Day1: (26th January 2018)

It's 26th of January and when I reached the lobby, one friend from Panjabi wiki Gurlal Mann asked me to join the flag hosting program organized by the hotel. After that, we all met at the meeting hall and the main work for the TTT started. There was another short introduction round by us all and after that, we were divided into five groups. I got the group 4. In my group, we were Dr. Manavpreet Kaur, Agastya, Guntupalli Rameswaram Sir, Sumit Surai, Tulsi Bhagat and Gopala Krishna.

The first task we got is "Meet-Up". So, we have to define the meetups and the processes, etc. So, we discussed with each other and then draw two different types of Meet up plans for a Project named "Wiki Hates Pollution" suggested by Guntupalli Rameswaram Sir. Sumit da and Agastya had presented that. This work taught me the processes for any plan, which might associate with wiki or not. Before some kind of work, we have to analyze everything as a plan and category them as Prework, Event and Post work.

On this day, the organizers had planned for the sweet table. On that table, the sweets from different states placed and we tested all those as per our choice. There are sweets from Odisha, Bengal, Panjab, Bangladesh, etc. This is the chance to get closer to the popular sweet dishes of any state.

After the lunch break, another friend Rohini had joined and she gives a presentation on the project grants, but I don't have any idea how to apply for a grant. So all the things shared by her jumps over me. Then another friend Kiran had joined there and described some tips for photography we need to follow at the zoo. Satdeep Gill, representative of Wikimedia Foundation India also presents some works of Wikipedia and shown us some amazing videos.

After that, we finished all our sessions and the main work for Day1 closed. And I finished my 100wikidays work for Wikipedia and Wikisource. I wished to go to the Mysore palace but missed the chance to join with Bengal team. 

After dinner, we got our favorite Wikipedia T-Shirts from Royson. In that hall, we had planned to play some fun games. So I joined them and play a game named "Mafia". I don't have any idea about that game, but I learned at that time and yes, it's really a fun game. Then we have to leave that room and we again gathered in another room and play the Dumb Charades. I just saw this game on TVs, but never played and for the 1st time, I played that game. And finally, we left around 2.30 am.

Day2: (27th January 2018)

Day 2 was assigned to the field trip where we have to visit the Mysore zoo for the education program. We had planned to go by walk, but at the last moment, went through cabs. We took the 1st group photo at the entrance of the zoo. And in the zoo, a guide named Sneha joined us. That zoo has the unique rule for the plastic bottles to give 10 rupees and take a barcode so that people won't through the plastic bottles inside and at the time of returning they could refund their money from the exit counter by scanning that barcode.

Inside the zoo, Sneha had explained many things about birds, animals, etc. We took almost 4 hours inside the zoo and the director of the zoo gave a presentation about the zoo and their works. But we returned without visiting the reptile section and missed the chance to see the Anaconda. But the time we spent at the zoo was amazing. Before returning from the zoo, we took a group photo with the director and with Sneha.

At the time of returning from the zoo, we took the cab again to reach the hotel and after lunch, again we played the Truth and Dare game, where some did many fun things. At 4.30, we had another session about Diversity presented by Dr. Manavpreet Kaur which was another important section for us. During that, we prepared another small sheet describing the strength we have. This was presented by Agastya and Tulsi Bhagat.

After finishing all the works for Day 2, we celebrated the 14th Wiki Anniversary for Bengal Wikipedia with Subhendu, Pinaki da, Sumit da, and Afifa. Royson, who actually knows as cake Ninja of CIS-A2K cut the cake as per the required amount. After that, we finished our dinner and I went to finish the work for that day in 100wikidays. I was on the 99th day of my 3rd round challenge and didn't have an internet connection. So I borrowed the internet from Gopala Krishna and finished the work. 

After that, I joined with Tito da, Sailesh, Krisha Chaitanya, Gopala Krishna, Satdeep, Manav mam, Rupika, Sushma, Puja, Nirajan and played the truth and truth game and made some fun and shared some of our things with others and finally closed all at 3.00am.

Day3: (28th January 2018)

Day 3 was the day for goodbye. But we had to finish some of our work, but before starting our session, I finished my 100th day of the 3rd round of 100wikidays challenge. During the session, we did our last part of Group Activity and prepared another sheet showing our survey. I and Tulsi had presented that. After that, all of us divided with some other group and learned many things about Commons Wikimedia, Support and Security, Wikisource work and Education program. From these four groups, I learned many things about Commons Wikimedia and some good photography tips from Sumit da and Gopal Krishna. Till now I didn't have such knowledge of photography. And learned some measure things from Dr. Manavpreet and Afifa about Support and Security from Wikimedia foundation and yes, it's really important to learn.

Krishna Chaitanya and Tito da also presented some tips and work about IRC, Wikipedia projects with us. So, it would help us to involve with wiki works.

After all these sessions, we finished our lunch and it's time to say goodbye to some people and recorded a feedback video for the TTT. I also gave a feedback video in Odia. After that, we took some photos with some friends and then some left. 

In the evening, some of us went to the Mysore Palace, but till we reached there the palace area had been closed, but we saw the lightening view of the palace. After that, we returned to the hotel and had some informal conversations. After dinner, the CIS-A2K team gave me a gift for completing the 100wikidays 3rd time. 

Now, it's time to return home. Finally, I returned to Bangalore by a bus with Tito da, Tanveer Bhaiya, Gopala, Pavan Bhaiya and Ananth. At the time of returning, I visited the CIS-A2K office in Domblur and then reached my room by cab around 7.00am.

Things I learned from the TTT:

  • Learned about the IRC using Wikipedia.
  • Support and Security Knowledge.
  • More projects involved in Wikipedia.
  • Plans for the meet-up and the survey.

Tuesday 16 January 2018

Stop Stereotyping People

Sangram Keshari Senapati January 16, 2018 0
Stop Stereotyping People

Hello everyone!

Wish you all a very Happy New Year. Yes, it's a little bit late. As I've shared some info of work, that I was working for an Odia e-magazine named "Nabapallaba" which was released in this new year. After that, we have planned for the audio magazine. So, we start recording the articles and some also helped as volunteers. That's why, to write the 1st blog in 2018, I took 16 days. Anyway, thanks to you all for your love and support and these things definitely improve my writing style and my literature skills. 

Today, when I was scrolling my Facebook Timeline, a video was featured there. That video was shared by BuddyBits. A girl named Megha Jajoo was telling some real-life stories about "MARD KO BHI DARD HOTA HAI". Yes, that video was amazing, and quickly I saved that video to my Saved List on Facebook. Yes, I need to share that video with you, because that video has some facts which we should learn in our life and should understand for a better future.

She explained the story of a10 years little boy named Rohan who lost his first ever Football match. That guy lost the match, so he was upset. He used to cry for that reason, but his mother advised him that "LADKE NEHI ROTE". Yes, that's a little thing did by his mother to arrange some power within him at that time, but that wrong statement creates a big issue for that guy when he grew up. He couldn't explain the internal pain and problem to others. 

She also shared an experience of her when she was in Kolkatta. A guy standing behind a girl in the bus accidentally touched the girl when the driver pulled the break. So, the girl slapped the guy with anger and yes, the people who were there on the bus also think that the boy did that intentionally. But, in that case, that accident happened due to the inertia of motion, but the boy becomes the victim.

Abhish, a guy who scored a good percentage in his school but couldn't get a seat in his dream engineering college due to the more seats for the girls to promote more girls for the engineering. So, some girls with lesser mark had joined the college, but he couldn't. Yes, that rule to promote the education for girls is right, but did anybody realise the mind of that boy at that moment?

Sourav, who always topped his class and had the degree which he wanted, but couldn't get the dream job in his life. His wish was to become an international financial analyst, but he had to manage his family. He is the eldest child of his family, so he had to look after his family business. That's why he left his dream. Yes, he did for his family and this is the story of every eldest child in a family.

She also shared another story of her teacher, who recently got married. After marriage, he became the sandwich between two superpowers of his life, one is his mother and another is his wife. He has to manage his life according to the lifestyle of those two women. Every time, people say, that the women have the superpower to manage everything, but the man struggles from those superpowers. The guy is moving like a pendulum between his mother and wife to keep both happy, but he couldn't be happy himself.

There is a famous line, that "MARD KO DARD NEHI HOTA HAI", but do you ever feel that Dard or the Pain is a part of our life. If we get hurt physically or mentally, we suffered from pain. If this line was true, then no man won't died from accidents or from heart attacks. Even some man can't express the real pain which they get from their wives, because the law for women may punish them with some fake cases.