This is Balachandran


I am Balachandran Sivakumar, a guy in mid-twenties with a B.E. in Computer Science and Engineering and work as a software engineer to earn a living.. I hail from Srirangam, a temple town next to Trichy, Tamilnadu. Presently I reside at Bangalore.

My hobbies include programming, reading books, listening to carnatic music and of course ranting here(yeah, I know you guessed this). I read books of all genre, but primarily interested in popular science and detective stories(Sherlock Holmes is my all time favourite). Some of my favourite books include Universe in a Nutshell by Stephen Hawking, Wings of Fire by Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam,  and The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene.

My primary interests are in promoting and using Free Open Source Software(FOSS), because that’s how software should have always been . I am a (Debian) GNU/Linux user and FOSS enthusiast. In my own domain(well, software and computers) my interests include Compiler Design, Operating Systems, and Network Programming.. I am quite interested in Pure Mathematics( Number Theory is something that I spend considerable time on) which is fundamental to most(all?) engineering disciplines. And when it comes to computers, IMHO, Mathematics is almost inseparable from it.

Now to Programming –  My favourite programming language is Python. And of course, there is C. I am just learning Perl and beginning to like it. I never seriously attempted to learn any other programming language. May be I should learn C++.

Finally – I am quite religious. I am a devout Hindu. I spend considerable amount of time reading the scriptures and trying to understand them. I have been taught (and brought up) to respect people of all faiths and beliefs. And, due to the way the industry I belong to operates, I have worked with, spent time with and understood quite a bit of other culture/religions. Thanks to God for that 🙂


6 thoughts on “This is Balachandran”

  1. Hi Balachandran,

    My name is Vyoma, and I work at Opera Software. I found your blog and read
    a great comment from you on Opera

    I’m not sure if you’re aware, but we’ve come as far as integrating Fraud
    Protection and Speed Dial in our latest version 9.2. On top of that, we
    are launching an Indian microsite! It’ll be live in a week, after which
    I’ll send you the URL.

    I read that you encouraged people to try our Opera. Would you be interested in linking your blog to our new microsite so your your Indian readers to enjoy reading about Opera in their own language?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.


  2. Hey! Interesting blog.
    I share similar interests and would like to be friends with you. 🙂

  3. Dear Sir

    I got to know about the Free Software Foundation after attending themeeting at Russian Cultural Centre, Chennai
    Can you please give me your email address, so that I can send you a detailed email

    With Regards

  4. Hi,

    I am also a TCEian….I need a clarification for the foll. query..

    For a setup file, I am not able to give the exec permission… So unable to run the setup… Once I check the box, immediately it turns off….How to rectify it and set the exec permission for the file… chmod command also fails in this case…

    Thanks for the response.

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