An Unknown Indian

Thoughts of a FOSS enthusiast

This is Balachandran


I am Balachandran Sivakumar, a guy in 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, close to my office.

To say more about me, I have got a lot of nicknames and quite a good set of friends to use those funny names. I am a cool, friendly, high-spirited guy. I have great interests in the field of IT in general and Operating systems, compilers, networks. I have a lot of great expectations from myself and my friends.I firmly believe that I will achieve much of them as soon as possible.I am a hardworking, sincere (at least my friends will agree) and so I can get to my dreams soon, with the blessings of the almighty. To most of my friends around here, I am a humanoid who always sits before the system.   My downsides include,I am bit short tempered and a get very lazy occasionaly. And, back in the good old days, when it came to college work, I almost never did it properly. I never submited assignments, records on time. But somehow managed to get permission and marks from my professors.

My hobbies include programming, reading books and a browsing. I read books of many genre. But my interests include, Detective stories, Sci-Fi stories and technical magazines. Sherlock Holmes is my all time favourite. My other favourites include Universe in a Nutshell by Stephen Hawkings, Wings of Fire by Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam, etc.

My primary interest in promoting and using Free Open Source Software(FOSS), since that’s how software should be.. I am a GNU/Linux user and FOSS enthusiast as my blog tagline says. My interests include Compiler Design, Operating Systems, Network Programming, and Number Theory. Apart from those, I am quite interested in Mathematics which is fundamental to most(all?) engineering disciplines. Mathematics is almost inseparable from computer science.  I am interested in system security as well(that’s a clue to my current job).

As far as programming is concerened, my favourite programming language is Python. Then comes  C. I am just learning Perl and I (have to)enjoy it. 🙂

Another aspect of me is that I am quite religious. in fact, I have dedicated a whole new blog for posting my opinion on anything that is religious and spiritual. I am a devout hindu, who respects all religions equally.


6 Responses to “This is Balachandran”

  1. Vyoma said

    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. Idetrorce said

    very interesting, but I don’t agree with you

  3. punchagan said

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

  4. Ganesh SK said

    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

  5. Hey ,

    Interesting Blog.

  6. Geetha said


    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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