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vol.10 no.11 February2013

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How will you measure your life?

The birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda gives us an opportunity to grieve over the absence of role
models of comparative stature in any field. Suhair’s find of ‘How you will measure your life’ is a useful
adjunct reading. The Malayalam blog of 19
vein. Dr. Mohandas had been in our midst in December last as a speaker. ’Missing Sugar Bowl’ is great
as a humorous essay. Ramasseri iddli is a heritage delight
can instill fear and panic over any topic. Koodamkulam, Mullapperiyar, Western Ghats, Tiger attack,
Rape, Murder, &Robbery are good examples of psychological warfare. We hope that Dr. Hegde will not
be in that category; his is a weak voice vis
as usual, successfully stimulate their fan following. We thank all contributors.
Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life
dream of it, live
every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave
every other idea alone. This is the way to success.

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How will you measure your life?

Unit Pulse Kozhikode
The birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda gives us an opportunity to grieve over the absence of role
models of comparative stature in any field. Suhair’s find of ‘How you will measure your life’ is a useful
adjunct reading. The Malayalam blog of 19
Chapter of Gita depicts contemporary dilemma in a lighter
vein. Dr. Mohandas had been in our midst in December last as a speaker. ’Missing Sugar Bowl’ is great
as a humorous essay. Ramasseri iddli is a heritage delight - a secret pride of Palakad. Maverik writ
can instill fear and panic over any topic. Koodamkulam, Mullapperiyar, Western Ghats, Tiger attack,
Rape, Murder, &Robbery are good examples of psychological warfare. We hope that Dr. Hegde will not
be in that category; his is a weak voice vis-à-vis high profile propaganda of FMCG giants. Sasi and KNC,
as usual, successfully stimulate their fan following. We thank all contributors.

Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life
dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves,
every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave
every other idea alone. This is the way to success.
Unit Pulse Kozhikode
The birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda gives us an opportunity to grieve over the absence of role
models of comparative stature in any field. Suhair’s find of ‘How you will measure your life’ is a useful
ter of Gita depicts contemporary dilemma in a lighter
vein. Dr. Mohandas had been in our midst in December last as a speaker. ’Missing Sugar Bowl’ is great
a secret pride of Palakad. Maverik writers
can instill fear and panic over any topic. Koodamkulam, Mullapperiyar, Western Ghats, Tiger attack,
Rape, Murder, &Robbery are good examples of psychological warfare. We hope that Dr. Hegde will not
gh profile propaganda of FMCG giants. Sasi and KNC,
Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life - think of it,
on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves,
every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave
every other idea alone. This is the way to success.

I should not like my
writing to spare other
people the trouble of
thinking. But, if
possible, stimulate
someone to thoughts
of his own.

HIS eyes hypnotise. Now that is a schoolboy rhyme. But there is that ‘something’ about them.
They do not let you go. They out-see you.
His words do the same. They startle you, they out-think you. They do that by their sheer confidence. One
might say, by their conceit. And, by their unexpectedness, their frankness, their contrariness. He once said that
by his outspoken-ness he had ‘emptied out whole halls.’ Think of someone who draws people, like bees to a
honeycomb and then does the opposite as well — smokes them away. But that is how Swami Vivekananda
He spoke the language of the Vedas but not as others spoke them. He chose his own verses and breathing his
own passion into them, gave them new, contemporary meanings. He then shared them, pristine with entranced
Old truths sounded new when coming from Vivekananda. New truths acquired in his hands the ring of ancient
In 1863, the year he was born, the welts left by the Great Uprising were yet hot and hurting. So, this son of
Kshatriya Bengal could have become a patriot of the extremist, warring kind. But no, he said. ‘Nationalism of
a purely agitational pattern cannot carry us far.
In 1885, when he was twenty-two, the Indian National Congress was inaugurated with fanfare. So, nationalism
of the public-speaking kind had also opened to young Naren for adoption. But Naren was not meant for
patterns pre-laid for him. ‘Without the necessary preparation what is the use of just shouting in Congress?’ he
And then, revealing his natural bent, his true calling, he added, ‘…with patriotism must be associated a real
feeling for others… We must not forget that we have to teach a great lesson to the world… religion and
Vivekananda was on an inner journey. But that was not going to be an individual journey. India was too
crowded with people and problems for him to be left alone.
By his lights he had ‘seen’ Kali. Not once, but time and again.
Vivekananda loved to sing. And he sang rapturously. There is the Bangla song, Kalipada Neel Kamale,
Shyamapada Neel Kamale. Close your eyes listening to it, and you will imagine Vivekananda intoning it.
Each one of his listeners thought he was speaking or singing for her, him.
That was not wrong. They thought he was speaking their minds. There they were not right.
Hindu orthodoxy saw in him the harbinger of a revival. Its pundits were in for a shock. ‘I accept all the
religions… Can God’s work be finished? Must it not be a continuing revelation?’ And to their stupefaction,
added ‘Difference is the first sign of thought… I pray they multiply until at last we have as many sects as
human beings…’
In 1890 he set out travelling to learn. His lore preceded him everywhere, defeating his attempts at masking his
identity. Maharajas feted him, farmers hosted him. The Maharaja of Mysore expected to see a mendicant in
the swami. He was not disappointed. But this mendicant was of a different kind. When the Maharaja asked
him to choose from an array of gifts, the costlier the better, the Swami chose two — a tobacco pipe and a
He was not patronising tobacco. He was puncturing sanctimony.
He has let his hope outstrip his insight in one important matter. He said to Nivedita the era of obscurantism
was over. It is anything but. Worse, it is now co-opting him.
More people worship God-men in India today, more fear totems and observe taboos, are held captive by
superstition and tied down to hollow ritual than ever were before. They should know that Vivekananda called
ritual ‘the kindergarten of religion’.
The intersect of religion and politics is occupied by ‘yatras’ which invoke Vivekananda, the greatest of all
yatris. Politicians heave him onto their raths. They thieve his truth to feed their untruths. They offer him for
worship, and bask in his glory.
They have figured that Vivekananda worshipped is Vivekananda forgotten, Vivekananda enshrined is
Vivekananda enchained, Vivekananda co-opted is Vivekananda encashed.
Sri Ramakrishna had said of him, ‘He will teach…’ That spiritual genius knew his disciple.
His co-opters would prefer his cut-out images now to preach. They know their self-interest.
Teaching is about imparting knowledge. Preaching is about increasing the size of the flock.
Vivekananda, the world-renouncer was also a world-inhabiter. In America, after a talk on God, throngs of
women jumped barricades to get near him. Watching the spectacle a lady said ‘Well, my lad, if you can resist
that onslaught you are indeed God’.
Vivekananda was not God, thank God. He was human. And he was fallible.
His statements on who is a Brahmin and what Brahminism means, are not among his liberating utterances. His
observations on caste are hugely problematic. Some of his views on womankind are, today, unacceptable. His
comments on slaves and slavery in America invite long editorial scissors.
Between Vivekananda co-opters and Vivekananda nay-sayers is Indian society which has made an icon of
him. Sri Ramakrishna, Srima Sarada and Swami Vivekananda make a lovely trio.
All three – the Hindu Right, the Left and the public at large – are depriving themselves.
They are denying themselves a golden opportunity to delve into the mind of a great mystic, an equally great
I believe if Vivekananda had lived longer he would have seen how times are changing and given us
trajectories, ancient and new, to travel on. I also believe he would have let Time influence his own thinking
and alter some of his intellectual positions. He who questioned Sri Ramakrishna, his guru, would have had to
take some hard questioning himself. But all that was not to be.
Vivekananda was a mystic of mystics. His spiritual intelligence makes him an Indian sage, not a mascot.
Vivekananda was a thinker of thinkers. His lively engagement with India’s problems makes him a social
philosopher. He must not be reduced to a preacher in ochre.
Our intellectually anaesthetised, politically conditioned and philosophically unadventurous times need his
gaze and those eyes to startle us into life again.
(Gopalkrishna Gandhi is a former Governor of West Bengal. His tribute was commissioned by The Hindu on
the occasion of the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda)
New Year is not about changing the Calendar, but about Commitment!
It is not about changing the Dates, but the Direction!
It is not about changing the Actions, but the Attitude!
It is not about changing the Fruit, but your Faith, Force and Focus!
May you today, Commit to Create the Best Ever Year – 2013 AND FOR EVER!

I am sorry that I had to leave in a hurry, as my wife was to board the train at Kozhikode. I had no
other option than to leave by the same train. She could get into my coach
and Mr Chandrasekharan my student at REC was good company.
The printout I gave has been quoted in the Mathrubhumi. I could not see
Manorama and Deshabhimani coverage. Anyway, your efforts are
My wife wishes to thank you for the beautiful gift.
Hope we will have more technical activities in Kannur. IEEE in GEC Kannur is active now.
Regards and thanks Mohandas

Reached home safe. Journey was fine. Balu bought a new ticket for TCR, and the train arrived early.
So we crossed the bridge and boarded, but TTE said he can give a seat only up to Shornur for Balu. So,
he went back and bought a new ticket again. Then we sat with my friend who was in my opposite berth
(Dr. Oommen V Oommen, (Chair of Biodiversity Board) and talked till TTE came again. He said after
sometime, he may be able to give up to TCR. We went to sleep by the time we reached Kozhikode.
I will look at reports today. Thank you for giving this forum to renew camaraderie and to speak to
budding engineers and recall memories of our common friend, CMD! More later, as I am to immerse in
my conference nitty gritties. Regards to your wife, Mohanan Nambiar and others.
Love and Regards, -VKDamodaran

Er Balasubramanian is a special person. Once we travelled to Ernakulam to attend the GB of the
Association. (We denotes CMD and me) Arriving South station at the wee hours we marched to the
residence of Balu’s sister. The family gave us a warm welcome, provided facilities for morning chores
and treated us for a memorable breakfast before allowing us to go to Woodlands. Those were days of
penury. Travel expenses were not reimbursed. I am very happy that Balu was able to spare time and
efforts to be with us at Kannur and share memories. Thank you, Balu for your kind gesture. Sorry for the
inconvenience you had to put up with. Nayanar
I Received the January 2013 issue of Lineage with the direct content access facility. My
sincere thanks and congrats for the efforts and contributions for that. The cover picture is
very beautiful as well as meaning full as it touches renewable energy harnessing, the
thought of the time. -
-Mohan Nair
At our age we no longer create adventures or news. In my case I live to a large extent on
memories of our good experiences of the past. Your invitation to come to Kannur came at a time
I was immersed in fond remembrances about WBP s of Malabar area. Even 3 hrs there was well
spent and helped me to have another span of a few years happily. Please thank all our fellow
engineers for the love shown by them. SBK Menon
I wanted to say how we all appreciated your gesture in attending the December function at
Kannur. We would have loved if you stayed a bit longer. The event was richer by the very
presence. And I used the auto drive Balu and SBK had, to extoll CMD! The new issue is enclosed.
Just go through, even though it hardly merits serious reading. Best Wishes, Nayanar
The lineage looks beautiful in her new dress. It’s a conversion from skirt and dhavani to salwar and khamees.
Congratulations! Why don’t you allow some pages to publish ten good photos every month?
P.V.Abdul sathar
Professor B.M.Hegde
Luis Pasteur’s theory of germs is ridiculous fiction. –Pierre Prachette
According to one hypothesis, even disease-carrying bacteria are important for good health. Indiscriminate
annihilation of these little creatures will deny a young one’s developing immune system, its opportunities to meet
the adversaries and build germ-fighting muscles properly. Thanks to the soap and antiseptics industry, the whole
world is becoming obsessed with the fear of germs. There may be a few who do not heed the TV doctor’s advice
on hand-washing and bathing. They get an exposure to a multitude of bacteria and develop a robust immune
For every cell in your body there are nine germ cells. Human meta-genome has about 25000 human genes. It also
has 2 to 3 trillion germs genes. We have been living happily with them inside us. Do not hate them. They are our
friends and saviors.
When one takes antibiotics the gut gets depleted of these friends and we suffer from immune deficiency. Soaps,
antiseptics and antibiotics have created a new world of killer superbugs – all multi-drug –resistant germs. The
increased use of home cleaning products and soaps containing anti-microbial Triclosan has gone up. And so has
the reported cases of asthma cases. Washing powder has another villain lurking in the back ground. Many of
them use bacillus subtilis as their base. This germ produces a protein residue when it works on clothes. It
provokes an incurable lung decease.
The world needs de-schooling quickly. Germs in their natural habitat are our friends. Let our children play in the
dust outside in the sun. Simple inexpensive oil-based soap is all that is needed with clean, water to wash hands
and take bath. Discard antiseptic soap. They damage our immune system in the long run.
(Dr. Hegde is a former Professor of Cardiology and a former Vice Chancellor of Manipal University)
Studies show that after consuming 3 cups of coffee, ADRENALINE output is increased by
80%;.That’s roughly the same amount as when a person is in a stressful office situation, or the amount
released during an emotionally charged movie
After cancer cells multiply 30 times, they number up to a Billion cells, enough to be picked up by a
Mammogram. It takes between 25 t0 100 days for cancer cells to double in number and 2 to 10 years
before they can be visible as a Tumor
The Human eye can distinguish among 500 shades of Grey and spot the light of candle14 miles away.
Raptors like HAWKs and EAGLES can see 8 times more clearly than the sharpest human eye.
Among all the Anti-oxidant remedies for Eye health studied, including Beta Carotene and Vitamin E,
LUTEIN, ZEAXANTHIN and ASTAXANTHIN have been shown to be the most effective. LUTEIN
was found to actually improve sharpness of vision.
At birth, our ears can discern among more than 300,000 sounds. Brain processes sounds, a 1000 times
faster than Images, and registers sound s even when we sleep
To dislodge a stuck pill, EAT A BANANA. Bananas have just the right mushy smooth consistency to
dislodge a stuck Pill and carry it down into the stomach
Vaidyanathan.P.R.(Source: Times of India)
Out of the 191642 candidates who appeared for CAT2012, 10 scored 100
percentile marks. Nine of them came from the Engineering stream. Eight are from
IITs. Five are final year students of whom four are girls.
Ramasseri’s claim to fame is a simple breakfast dish, soft flat breakfast cakes called Ramasseri
idli. Idli is a staple breakfast dish all over south India.
These soft, moist, steamed cakes are made with
fermented batter made from rice and urad dal. They
taste salty with a hint of sourness. Various
accompaniments served with it enhance its taste.
Traditionally idlis are steamed in stacks of Idli plates.
What makes Ramasseri idli special is its shape, feather
light texture and an earthy aroma acquired from steam
cooking in unglazed clay pots. The Mudaliars of
Ramasseri are the traditional cooks who prepare this idli.
Vehicles from neighboring towns arrive in this village
very early in the morning to collect idlis to sell at their restaurants. Somehow restaurants and
professional chefs have not mastered the technique of preparing this dish.
“Soak one kilogram of good parboiled rice and hundred grams of urad dal with black skin in
separate pots for several hours. Wash and remove the skin of urad dal and grind it along with a
large pinch of fenugreek seeds to a smooth thick batter. Wash and grind the rice separately and
combine the two. Add salt to taste and stir well. Cover and set aside, and let the batter ferment

“Do not stack more than four idlis at a time, and steam till they are cooked. Cook them only on
wood burning stoves, and always use wood from tamarind tree. They burn evenly and maintain
steady heat, “It is ideal to steam in unglazed clay pots, but you may substitute with stainless
steel pots. And when they are ready, do remove them from the clay steamers with a large leaf
from jack tree".
The idli steaming on the steamer was ready. The cover was lifted, and the stack of clay
containers slowly removed. They had hollow bottoms. They were tightly stringed with twine,
almost like a tennis racquet. And the piece of cotton cloth was spread over these strings. The
chef placed a large flat jack tree leaf over the idli and slowly turned it upside down. The idli slid
off perfectly. She transferred it carefully to a rattan tray lined with fresh banana leaves
The fluffy idlis fall on the leaf. The coconut and tomato chutneys give the green leaf and the
snow-white idlis a dash of brightness. The podi is served last. The peppery-hot podi hits you
hard, yet you keep going for that lovely, tangy taste. We clean up the leaf in quick time, and buy a
parcel of idlis to take home.
(Source: Blog)
Missing Sugar Bowl
Mrs. Fisher comes to visit her son Jacob for dinner. He lives with a female roommate, Rachel.
During the course of the meal, his mother couldn't help but notice how pretty Jacob's roommate
was. She had long been suspicious of a relationship between the two, and this had only made
her more curious.
Over the course of the evening, while watching the two interact, she started to wonder if there
was more between Jacob and his roommate than met the eye. Reading his mom's thoughts,
Jacob volunteered, 'I know what you must be thinking, but I assure you, Rachel and I are just
roommates.' About a week later, Rachel came to Jacob saying, 'Ever since your mother came to
dinner, I've been unable to find the silver sugar bowl. You don't suppose she took it, do you?'
Well, I doubt it, but I'll email her, just to be sure.' So he sat down and wrote an email:
Dear Mama, I'm not saying that you 'did' take the sugar bowl from my house; I'm not saying
that you 'did not' take it. But the fact remains that it has been missing ever since you were here
for dinner. Love, Jacob’
Several days later, Jacob received a response email from his Mama which read: ‘Dear Son, I'm
not saying that you 'do' sleep with Rachel, and I'm not saying that you 'do not' sleep with her.
But the fact remains that if she was sleeping in her OWN bed, she would have found the sugar
bowl by now. Love, Mama’
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How will you measure your life?
Clayton Christensen’s How Will You Measure Your Life? is based on a series of observations he
made at the reunions of his Harvard Business School classmates. At his fifth-year reunion, Clayton
looked around thinking that everyone looked so polished and prosperous that “we couldn’t help but
feel that we really were part of something special.”His classmates were doing extremely well. They
had great jobs, traveled to exotic locations and married “spouses much better looking than they
were. Their lives seemed destined to be fantastic on every level.”By the tenth anniversary, things
looked different. Among these best and brightest, several were clearly unhappy. “Behind the façade
of professional success, there were many who did not enjoy what they were doing for a living. There
were, also, numerous stories of divorces or unhappy marriages,” One classmate hadn’t talked to his
children for years. Another was on her third divorce. What disturbed him was that these were not
just extremely capable people, but really decent people, too. Yet something had gone terribly wrong
for them.
To make matters worse, among his classmates was Jeffrey Skilling, who had landed in jail for his
role in the Enron scandal. What had sent this man in the wrong direction? These personal
dissatisfactions, family failures, professional struggles and even criminal behavior were not just with
Christensen’s Harvard classmates. He saw the same thing among his classmates at Oxford. Even
with professional success, many were clearly unhappy.
Christensen directed his students in the study of theories about why and how problems and
opportunities emerge in businesses. On the last day of class, he took the discussion a step further
and had them examine their personal lives and dreams. Applying business theories to their personal
lives, he asked them not just what they hoped would happen, but what they predict will happen in
their lives based on their decisions and choices. He asked: How can I be sure that

I will be successful and happy in my career?
My relationship with my spouse, my children, and my extended family and close friends
become an enduring source of happiness?
I live a life of integrity—and stay out of jail.
He says, “Solving the challenges in your life requires a deep understanding of what causes what to
The Balance of Calculation and Serendipity
So, how do you find happiness in your career? You have to have a strategy about what you want to
achieve and how you will get there. Some people know what they want when they are ten-years old
and never vary. Some people have definite five-year plans. High achievers put pressure on
themselves to do exactly this. “Underlying this beliefis the implicit assumption that they should risk
deviating from their vision only if things go horribly wrong.”
We have intentions for our careers. Against those intentions, opportunities and threats emerge that
we haven’t anticipated…Among those are almost always better options than were contained in our
original plans. When you are pursuing a deliberate strategy, the challenge is to know when and how
to take advantage of unanticipated opportunities. These will fight with your deliberate plan for
attention, time and capital. Therefore, a career strategy, he says, is not a discrete, settled decision
or event, but a “continuous, diverse, and unruly process.”
He uses his own life as an example of balancing the emergent and the deliberate. He has had three
careers, first working as a consultant, then an entrepreneur, and finally as an academic. When he
was a college freshman, he decided he wanted to be editor of the Wall Street Journal, a newspaper
he deeply admired. He combined his good writing skills with the study of economics, hoping to put
himself in a position for a job there. At the end of his year at the Harvard Business School, he
applied for a summer position there and didn’t get a reply. Crushed, thinking his deliberate plan had
gone awry for the time being, he received an offer for a consulting job. This was his emergent
strategy, and he worked for five years at this job. However, just as he was ready to step back and
start his real career as a journalist, a friend asked him to start a company with him. This company
went well, but a venture capitalist bought enough shares to put his own CEO in the top job and
Christensen was fired. He said, “I didn’t know it at the time, but this triggered stage three of my
emergent strategy.”
At 37, Christensen went back to get his Ph.D and finally became a professor at the Harvard
Business School, a job he has loved for twenty years. On making a career strategy, Christensen
advises, “What we can learn from how companies develop strategy is that although it is hard to get it
right at first, success doesn’t rely on this. Instead, it hinges on continuing to experiment until you do
find an approach that works. Only a lucky few companies start off with the strategy that ultimate
leads to success.” That’s true with people, too.

Finding Happiness in Your Relationships
The biggest bulk in the book is dedicated to finding happiness in your relationships. Christensen
says that while it is tempting to invest every extra hour and ounce of energy in an activity that gives
the most immediate evidence that we’ve achieved something, there is much more to life than career
flash and advancement.
He says, “Investing our time and energy in raising wonderful children or deepening our love with our
spouse often doesn’t return clear evidence of success for many years. What this leads to is over
investing in our careers and under investing in our families—starving one of the most important parts
of our life of the resources that it needs to flourish.”
“You have to make sure that you allocate your resources in a way that is consistent with your
priorities.”Christensen says it is easy to stay at work, solving a problem that will give you a short-
term high, while ignoring family members who are just always there, but that is a life strategy that
leads to failure. He says, “When it seems like everything at home is going well, you will be lulled into
believing that you can put your investments in these relationships on the back burner. That would be
an enormous mistake.”

Take Time
Take time to figure out your life’s purposes. Decide who you want to become and then develop a
strategy that will work to get you there. Understand the metric by which your life will be measured.
Throughout the book, Christensen uses the theory behind what makes businesses succeed or fail
as the primary teaching tool, but in the end he gets personal.
He had cancer, and just when that was in remission, he suffered an ischemic stroke. A clot lodged
itself in the part of his brain where writing and speaking are formulated just as he started this book.
“Since that day, I’ve been working to learn to speak again, one word at a time,” he said, but he had
strength in these bleakest of hours because he had figured out his purpose in life and how to
measure that. ‘’
He says, “I promise my students that if they take the time to figure out their life’s purpose, they’ll look
back on it as the most important thing they will ever have discovered.” He makes the same promise
for the readers of his book, asking “How will you measure your life?”
Clayton Christensen is the Kim B. Clark Professor at Harvard Business School, the author of seven
books, a five-time recipient of the McKinsey Award for Harvard Business Review’s best article, and
the cofounder of four companies. In 2011 he was named the world’s most influential business
thinker in a biennial ranking conducted by Thinkers50.
Contributed by A.Suhair
The monthly meeting of Senior Engineers Kozhikode was held on 12.01.13, Saturday , 1030 am
at Calicut Towers. Er A Chandran presided the meeting. In his presidential remarks Er Chandran
told that meeting could not be held during December due to the inconvenience of office bearers.
The president then requested all to give a feed back to the Lineage Editor, with comments on the
Lineage issues. It will be good if readers can contribute some matters to bring back our service
memories . Er Chandrahasan informed that efforts are being made to find other venues for monthly
Er Krishnanunni Nair then read out Lineage followed by a discussion on the same. Er
Ramachandran informed that a Europe trip can be planned if sufficient participants are available.
The meeting concluded at 2.30 pm after lunch.

Annual Report of the Unit for the year 2012
Dear Engineers,
With immense pleasure, I am presenting before you the report of KSEBEA Senior
Engineers’ Forum, Kannur Unit for the year 2012. The KSEB EA Senior Engineers’ Forum
Kannur Unit started functioning on 28th August 2003. We the Electrical Engineers are
maintaining rare companionship and camaraderie compared to other such associations ever
since we entered in KSEB service and we know our strength of togetherness. Those who
have thought of continuing the relationship and unity even after retirement are behind this
Forum in Kannur. There are 78 members in the unit at present.
Annual General Body Meeting
On 10th January 2012 the Eighth Annual general body meeting of the unit was held at
the Engineers House, Kannur. After receiving the annual report of the year 2011, accounts
for the year 2011 and budget for the year 2012, the following members were unanimously
elected as office bearers for the year 2012.

Er. C. Balakrishnan
Er. V.P. Soman
Er. A.V. Mohanan Nambiar
Er. E.P. Ravindran
Er. M.C.Reghusudhan
Er. K. Gangadharan.
Er. K.V. Padmanabhan.
Er. A.M. Divakaran.
Er. M. Balakrishnan.
Vice. President
Joint. Secretary
Member Contact,Kannur
Member Contact, Payyannur
Member Contact,Thalassery.
Member Contact, Kasargode.
The office berears were administered the Oath of office by Er.George V James Chairman
KSEB Engineers’ Association Benevolent Fund and greeted with rose bouquets.
Special mementos were presented by Er.K.E.DamodaranNayanar to Ers.K.V.Padmanabhan,
M.Kunhiraman, V.VelayudhanNayanar, T.C.Govindan, U.Mohanan, K.Sasidharan, and
C.Balakrishnan for having attended all meetings during the year 2011

Unit Meetings
This year ten monthly meetings were conducted on the second Tuesdays at
Engineers’ House. December meeting was at the Kannur Dist.Police co-operative Society
Auditorium. There was no meeting during September. There were varieties in conducting
meetings e.g. full day sessions, Ifthar party, Engineers’ Day.

Out of 78 Engineers on roll, only 60 members attended the meetings; the rest get
excused for various personal reasons. 76% is still a great achievement, something we can
be proud of. The average attendance of the monthly meeting was 40 persons during this
year and the maximum of 46 members during June meeting. At the monthly meetings,
members receive birthday greetings and are offered rose bouquets and best Wishes. Our
senior most member Er. K.P.Ravindran turned 80 years on 18-5-2012 and the occasion was
celebrated appropriatly. Our own in-house speaker Er. C. Mohandas presented the subject
Beginning and Evolution of Universe in detail in a series of ten sessions in the year. The
Pensioners’ Association officials updated developments and clarified matters regularly.
There were recitations of poems, sweet melodies, humorous talks, discussion of current
topics and speeches in homage to departed colleagues.

Charity Initiatives
Charitable and Social activities continued to receive major thrust in the FORUM
activities. An amount of Rs.9000/-has been distributed to nine persons of this locality. The
inmates of the Abhyanikethan, Thottada were treated for feast on Vishu day.

Engineers Quiz-2012
The Engineers Quiz -2012 was conducted on 11-12-2012 at the Auditorium of Disit.Police
Co operative Society Kannur. Final Year students from the Engineering colleges at
Cheemeni, Payyanur, Chemberi, Kannur and Kasaragod participated in the Competition.
A fairly large gathering of Electrical Engineers belonging to diverse age groups – retired,
still in-service and budding – had congregated at Kannur to pay their homage to the
memory of late Er.C.M. Damodaran, who had left us for the heavenly abode on 05.12.2011.
The Er. C.M. Damodaran memorial lecture was delivered by Er.V.K.Damodaran Director
INGORE, Thiruvananthapuram.
Er.V.K.Damodaran, inaugurated the Engineers Quiz-2012 . LBS College of
Engineering,Kasragode, Vimal Jyothi Engineering College,Chemperi and College of
Engineering Thrikaripur at Cheemeni teams were adjudged the Winner, First Runner Up,
and Second Runner respectively. The trophies and prizes sponsored by the family of
Er.C.M.Damodaran were presented by the chief guest. A special talk on Conservationof
Energy was made by Prof. K.P.Mohandas of M.E.S.College of Engineering, Kuttipuram.
Three senior Engineers were honored at the function for their pursuit of distinct hobbies. Er.
Raghavan Azhicode is an accomplished poet and recited a poem on CMD. Er.C.Mohandas
studied quantum mechanics meticulously and shared his knowledge on the Beginning and
Evolution of the Universe with the Forum members through a series of lectures last year. Er.
P. Sreedharan is pursuing painting as a hobby and made a portrait of CMD which was
presented to Er. Rajesh, son of Er.CMD. The dignified ambience and the arrangements
made for the conduct of the quiz and seminar were praiseworthy.

I am thankful to Er. K.E. Damodaran Nayanar the Chief Editor for publishing the
LINEAGE the E-Journal of the Forum every month before the first day of the month. The
efforts and hard work he puts in is much appreciated. The magazine acquired a handsome
look with input from Er.M.Kunhiraman.

My special thanks to Er. K.K. Shanmukhan who remembers our charitable activities
and lends his support every year.

I am thankful to Er. C. Balakrishnan, President of our Unit for the timely advice and
guidance given to me in the discharge of my duties as Secretary. My sincere thanks are due
to Er. V.P. Soman, Vice President for the help rendered by him. I place on record my
sincere thanks to Er. M.C. Reghusudhan, Treasurer for the neat and correct accounts kept. I
express my sincere thanks to Er. E.P. Ravindran, Joint Secretary for the great support given
to me. I thank Ers. A.M. Divakaran, K. Ganghadharan, K.V. Padmanabhan, and M.
Balakrishnan members representing Thalassery, Kannur, Payyanur and. Kasargode for the
help given to me for coordinating all the activities in the areas and the functions of the

The Senior Engineers’ Forum extended support and co-operation to all the activities
of the KSEB Engineers’ Association. My sincere thanks go to the office bearers of the
K.S.E.B Engineers’ Association, Kannur Unit for giving the Engineers House for
conducting the meeting and accepting our invitation to attend the meeting. My sincere
thanks to Er.George V James Former Chairman KSEB Benevolent Fund and Vice President
KSEB Engineers Association for attending the meeting of January’12 and December’12
meetings. And last but not the least; I thank each one of you for your full co-operation and
ready assistance in all our endeavors, without which I could not have carried out my duties
as the unit secretary

I hope that the Unit will continue to expand its activities, and scale new heights in
securing more and more glorious achievements in future.
A.V. Mohanan Nambiar, Secretary

Presented at the Annual general Body meeting held on 15.01.2012
Report of the month of January 2013- KANNURUNIT.

The meeting commenced at 11.00am on 15-01-13 at Engineers House, Kannur with Er. C.Balakrishnan in
chair. 36 Engineers attended the meeting. ErE.P.Ravindran welcomed the gathering and informed the
agenda included election of office-bearers for 2013.One minute silence was observed to mark the respect of
sri Krishnan Master Father of Er.P.Sreedharan
who expired on the8th of January 2013 May his soul Rest in Peace.
In the introductory remarks, Er.C.Balakrishnan highlighted the need of get to gether,the news regarding the
contributary pension,appointement of the Chaiman Electricity Regulatory Commission, power shortage and
conducting of the meeting of December.
Er.A.V.Mohanan Nambiar read out the minutes of the November meeting and the report of the meeting of
December and Engineers Quiz 2012. All of them appreciated the conduct of the three functions of the
December meeting in grand manner. After discussion both were approved. Er.M.C.Reghusudhan presented
the accounts of November and December .The expenditure on the December meeting was explained in
detail by the secretary which was passed as such.
Rose bouquets were presented to Ers.K.O.Thomas, ,U.Mohanan,P.Ramchandran O.Suresh,
N.T.Manoharan,and K.Chinnan who have celebrated their birth days since last meeting.
The secretary informed that Er.T.V.Sudhakaran has attained 70 years and a Ponnadai to be presented to him
at his residence after this meeting.
Er. A.V.Mohanan Nambiar, the Secretary presented the annual report for the year 2012.
Er.M.C.Reghusudhan, Treasurer presented annual accounts for the year 2012 and the budget for 2013
General Discussion followed. Ers. K.E.Damodaran Nayanar, C.Padmanabhan, V.P.Soman, ,
M.V.Gopalakrishnan,K.Sasidharan and P.Raghavan participated in the discussion. The annual Report and
annual accounts were approved after discussion.
It was decided to give an amont of Rs.10000/-from charity fund to Ers. T.V.Sudhakaran, T.Sukumaran and
Er.K.E.Damodaran Nayanar the chief editor presented the Lineage for the month of December and January in
Er.C.Balakrishnan president presented mementos to Ers. T.C.Govindan, U.Mohanan,
K.V.Padmanabhan, M.Kunhiraman, K.Sasidharan,P.T.Jayachandran,E.P.Ravindran and A.V.Mohanan
Nambiarfor having attended all the meetings during 2012.
Er. M.V.Gopalakrishnan was requested to conduct the election of the office bearers for the year 2013. He
invited the nominations and the following office bearers were unanimously elected.
1. President
2. Vice President
3. Secretary
4. Joint.Secretary
5. Treasurer
6. Member-Thalassery
7. Member-Kannur
8. Member-Payyanur
Er.A.V.Mohanan Nambiar
Er. A.M.Divakaran.
The eight elected office bearers, viz. Ers. C.Balakrishnan.- President, P.T.Jayachandran - Vice-President,
A.V.MohananNambiar- Secretary. E.P.Ravindran Joint.Secretary, Er.M.C.Reghusudhan-Tresurer
K.Gangadharan- Contact MemberKannurA.M.Divakaran- Contact Member Thalassery,U.Mohanan-
Contact Member Payyannur were ceremoniously administered the oath of office by Er. K.E.Damodaran
Nayanar greeted with rosebouquets.

Teamm2013 with Administrator K E D
Er.C.Balakrishnan in his address thanked the members for electing him as president of the forum and
assured sincere efforts for which he requested support and faith in the team. Er.A.V.Mohanan Nambiar
also thanked the members..
Er.V.P.Soman proposed the vote of thanks to all. The meeting came to a close by 1.45pm and was
followed by lunch hosted by Er.K.Chinnan
Mohanan Nambiar/Secretary
The New Year began with a bang a far as markets were concerned. The trend shown,
according to market experts may take the indices to the record levels of 2007. The
sensex reached a two year high of 20039 on 18
Jan and Nifty 6064. The positive trend
was visible from first of Jan. The sensex began its upward journey from 19581 and
reached a high of 20104 on 25
. Likewise Nifty grew from 5951 to 6075 during the same
period. Only a few cues were available for the markets to go up. They were a three year
low inflation rate, investment by FIIs, and good third quarter results of major companies.
The postponement of GARR by three years, have made FIIs very happy and they are
investing heavily in our markets, which is the main reason for the present uptrend. The
economic policy review by the Reserve Bank on 29
as expected reduced the repo and
reverse repo rates by 25 basis points. Unexpectedly the RBI has reduced the CRR also
by 25basis points. This will make available an amount of Rs.18000 crores with the banks
for disbursement. However the markets have tanked unexpectedly on 29
. It may be that
the effect of this reduction might have already been taken into accounts by markets last
week itself. The reduction in interest rates will boost the economy and despite the
setback on 29
the markets will pick up in the coming days. The global cues are also
positive. Major indices like the Dow Jones and Nasdaq are moving up.
The medium term targets for sensex are 20430 and then 21230. Volatility may start
around the second target. As long as sensex remains above 18600 it will remain positive.
The short term trend in the index is sideways. The short term targets in the coming days
will be 20234 and 20451. The short term trend will turn negative on a close below 19596.
The medium term trend for Nifty is positive and the targets are 6225 and 6288. It will turn
negative only on a close below 5600.Short term supports for Nifty are at 6003,5970 and
then 5941.If the index is able to maintain a level above 6000 the next targets are at
6094,6163or even 6260. If the index close below 5940 it may turn negative.
Retail investors should take a cautious approach in dealing with the markets in the
present conditions. Most of the good shares are now at higher price levels and hence it is
not advisable to purchase shares snow. Now is the time to book profits. Normally one is
reluctant to book profits when the indices are moving up. But one cannot predict the
behavior of the markets. The unpredictable nature of the markets, make it prudent for
investors to book partial profits. One can make investments when there is good
correction. So please keep track of your investments and be prudent to take appropriate
action at right time.


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