Cycle of Change : Video Coverage on CNN IBN

Two weeks ago, CNN IBN covered the cycling movement in Bangalore and Chennai as part of its Citizen Journalist program. The team came over to Chennai for a day long shoot. The first part of the program has already been aired. Rohini Mohan, the brain behind this series, sent us the web version of the video.

In Chennai, me and a group of folks are on to a ‘Cycle to Work Day’ program where we encourage corporate companies to encourage some of their employees to cycle at least once a month to office. In Bangalore, there’s a team that encourages cycling in general called ‘Cycling Maadi’ (meaning Let’s Cycle).

CNN IBN wants to track these small citizen driven movements over four weeks. This would require us to document our efforts and the progress on handycams by us. Yup, no professional videographers. It’s us and our cameras.

I already played truant. I was supposed to send in my second piece tonight but missed the deadline thanks to a week long trip away from home. Now that I’m back, I hope to quickly catchup. Will let you know how it turns up.

Meanwhile, here’s the first episode of the video.



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  2. Anonymous Says: May 27, 2009 at 12:20 am

    Kiruba, yours is a software company or a web site publishing company ?? Please don’t call website publishing company as a software company, unless you write programs that run.

  3. Kiruba Shankar Says: May 27, 2009 at 12:21 am

    Hey Anonymous, we’ve built our own shopping cart program that powers Ecommerce sites. Yup, from the scratch. Howz that for starters, eh?!

  4. Anonymous Says: May 27, 2009 at 12:21 am

    Only a technical doofus like you would call that “software”. Dude, people in graduate programming courses do that in two weeks. Talk about showing your ignorance.

    Plus why reinvent the wheel? Do you run a company or a programming course?

  5. Navneet Says: May 27, 2009 at 12:22 am

    Happened to catch the segment when it aired on TV last week, da. Pretty well done piece. 🙂

  6. Anonymous Says: May 27, 2009 at 12:22 am

    kiruba you rock in your own way I see u much more sucessful in about 5yrs time

  7. The Auror Says: May 27, 2009 at 12:22 am

    When you cycle to work, where are you supposed to keep your laptop? Just like you say in the video, with formals and shoes, u would look like a medical representative trying to sell paracetamol, and people will think you are under paid.

    And would it look nice showing up at the office sweaty and messy 😀

  8. Anonymous Says: May 27, 2009 at 12:23 am

    Kiruba,
    Good to hear that Kiruba. Any clients to that shopping cart application ?
    I completely that you can take only one step at a time.

    Thanks for answer. But please update your website.

    Anonymous @ 10:22
    Never underestimate anything. If an fresh grad writes that in 2 weeks, it may not be usable in real life ecom sites. Because many fresh grads don’t handle errors while writing programs.

    – First Anonymous.

  9. Anonymous Says: May 27, 2009 at 12:24 am

    “Never underestimate anything. If an fresh grad writes that in 2 weeks, it may not be usable in real life ecom sites. Because many fresh grads don’t handle errors while writing programs.”

    Actually, graduate students also have to handle error handling.In most decent universities, their programming assignments are stress-tested. What Kiruba in essence is saying that his company writes code that is about as challenging as writing code for bubblesort, insertionsort etc.

  10. Anonymous Says: May 27, 2009 at 12:24 am

    anon@7:42
    In which Univ you studied dude ? Just for example, have you ever thought of catching floating point overflow and underflow while doing floating point calculation and recalculating them ? Most of those decent univs stress you to write good algo not better code. It is not hard to write crash proof, crack proof code but you (assuming you are from those decent univs) just won’t do that because you may not have time to write other programs, submit assignments, browse net, play games, watch TV, prepare for gre, etc etc because you know that your prof is not going check that prog for more than 10 mins.

    in simple, good algo + 0 thought for error handling, reliability & security = academic programming.

    not that good algo + error handling + reliability + security = industry standard programs

  11. Perfect definition of prosumption. You create the content, you figure in that, and then you consume the content! But why force others to bear with your boasts such as cycling every day and all!

  12. Anonymous Says: May 27, 2009 at 12:24 am

    Kiruba, as now I know that you are using only your cycle to commute, I would like to buy your unused car as a second hand car. Let me know whether you are interested or not…

  13. Anonymous Says: May 27, 2009 at 12:25 am

    “Just for example, have you ever thought of catching floating point overflow and underflow while doing floating point calculation and recalculating them ?”

    From this example, it seems you come from an Electrical Engineering/Control Theory background which explains why you know so little about how things are taught at the Masters level in Computer Science or Information Science.

    In decent universities, students are graded on how they handle exceptions and whether their code is able to catch an exception when it is thrown. Instructors have their own test sequences that are created specifically to execute “stress conditions” on the code and a student is graded on how well his/her code can handle those sequences.

    Incidentally do you seriously think that Kiruba Shankar’s company’s code does even input validation? I mean look at their CEO, a man whose blog has spelling mistakes, wrong grammar, mixed metaphors and even wrong unverified information (Kiruba once posted some pictures of an actress dressed up as a tennis player and called her Sania’s successor).

    What does that say about the company?

  14. Anonymous Says: May 27, 2009 at 12:25 am

    Kiruba, the classic snake oil salesman.

    However he does it, someone seems to be buying his goods and services.

    having browsed his blog I find nothing particlarly impressive about him, but he seems to push every mundane aspect of his existence.

    But his bogus biking to work crap really takes the cake for sheer arrogance.

    I would like to know how often he does this, and what distance he pedals each way. And what does he do when he gets to work all sweaty?

    Instead of boasting of his ability to ride to work, maybe he can pass along some uselful tips so other tehno yuppies can do it too?

  15. Lakshmi Says: May 27, 2009 at 12:25 am

    Hi Kiruba

    Great job, the roads of chennai are not biker friendly, but atleast you have started something good, which hopefully other people will take on to quickly

  16. Anonymous Says: May 27, 2009 at 12:26 am

    @Anon,

    “Kiruba, the classic snake oil salesman.”

    Now you have done it.As we speak, Ms.Kiruba is buying up snakeoilsalesman.com/org/biz/tv/co.in and all conceivable domain extensions to gift to her humble hubby.

  17. Muthu Online Says: May 27, 2009 at 12:26 am

    Macha,

    I am planning to start cycling and
    considering a ‘portable’ one. Do you have any recommendations on which cycle i should buy?

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