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World’s Longest Flight

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

World’s Longest Flight

March 1 to March 2, 2016

Emirates Flight # UAE 448

Dubai, UAE to Auckland, New Zealand


United Arab Emirates airliner called “Emirates” flown an Airbus A380 (the newest and a fully double-deckered plane) from Dubai in United Arab Emirates to Auckland, New Zealand. The flight made its maiden journey leaving Tuesday, March 1, 2016 in Dubai at 10:18 AM and arrived  on Wednesday, March 3, 2016 at 9:58 AM (all times are local). According to news reports ( currently this is the longest flight supposed to take 17 hours and 15 minutes. The maiden flight’s duration was 14 hours and 10 minutes (of this is flight time and not the total time).



Speed Date Local Leaders

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

Speed Date Local Leaders 2016

Thursday, February 11, 2016, 5:30-7:30pm

St. John’s Episcopal Church, 211 North Monroe St.

Tallahassee, FL


Today evening I attended my first Speed Date Local Leaders organized by the Village Square. I arrived at 5:20 PM and the event itself started few minutes later. Fortunately, there was only one other person on my table (#5). We had about 15 local leaders ranging from city, county, school, media, sheriff, police, and community groups.



They all rotated through our table. Originally we had about 7 minutes to discuss but as we were lagging behind toward the end we had about 5 minute to talk and listen to the leaders. I was able to talk to them about range of issues from arts, schools, safety, civic duties, and traffic.



2015 Seminole Torchbearer Organization Induction

Saturday, November 7th, 2015

Seminole Torchbearer Organization Induction

Thursday, November 05, 2015, 5-6:30 PM

FSU Oglesby Union Ballroom, Tallahassee, FL


This evening Vivek was inducted into the 2015 Class of Seminole Torchbearer Organization. Members to this elite organization are nominated by faculty, staff, and other students. Those inducted are students and alumni who are exceptional leaders and exhibited the Seminole Spirit. The members expected carry on this legacy while being a student and then as an alumni. Each each year 200 junior and senior student leaders invited to join the elite organization.
We attended the event this evening held at FSU Oglesby Union Ballroom. The event started at 5 PM and the students recited a pledge and received their pin and certificate from Dr Mary Coburn, Vice President of FSU Students Affairs. After the ceremony all the inductees received their certificate and information about being a member of the organization.
We went to Olive Garden for dinner after the event.

Tamil Radio Stations via Tune In

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

Internet Tamil Radio via Tune-In App

Both for Android and iPhone

தமிழ் வானொலி ட்யுன்-இன்வழியாக

For the last two years, I have been using various smart phones under Android OS platform to listen to Tamil radio stations broadcast from Australia to Canada. I use the TuneIn app to listen to music. The following are the stations that I routinely listen to:

  • Iyalisai (இயலிசை) – Australia [3 different streams available: contemporary, classic, and devotional]
  • Oli (ஒலி) – Singapore
  • Minnal – Malaysia
  • Varnam (வர்ணம்), Sooriyan (சூரியன்) – Uthayan (உதயன்) Sri Lanka
  • Geetham (கீதம்)-India [3 different streams: Oldies, contemporary, mid eighties]
  • Tamil Kuyil Radio (தமிழ் குயில்) – India
  • AR Rahman Radio -India
  • Ilaiyaraja Radio – India
  • Yuvan Sankar Raja Radio -India
  • Thendral World Radio (தென்றல்)- Germany
  • Vanavil (வானவில்)- France
  • Mukil (முகில்)- UK
  • IBC Tamil – UK
  • Tamil Sun – Canada

Tamil Latha Font for MSWord (Office 2010) in Windows 10

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

Tamil Latha Font for MSWord (Office 2010) in Windows 10

Going from default Nirmala UI (Windows 10) to Latha

Thayumana Somasundaram     Tuesday, Aug 25, 2015.

தாயுமான சோமசுந்தரம், செவ்வாய் கிழமை, ஆகஸ்டு 25, 2015

Windows 7 and Microsoft Office 2010 (Word 14) and Tamil font Latha with NHM Writer 2.9

I have been using, for several years, my Windows 7 Home Premium PC with Office 2010 (MSWord 14 | MSWord 2010) with NHM Writer 2.9 ( to type in Tamil (phonetic) and Hindi (phonetic) documents by selecting combinations of ALT+0 for English, ALT+2 for phonetic Tamil, and ALT+3 phonetic Hindi, etc., Typically when I typed in Tamil, MSWord used Latha font and when I typed in Hindi, MSWord used Mangal font. Of course when I typed in English there were multiple choices. Latha and Vijaya are typical fonts for Tamil Karthika for Malayalam, Mangal for Hindi, Vani for Telugu and Tunga for Kannda that are provided by Microsoft and many adhere to the Unicode ( standards since Window 2000 or earlier.

In early August 2015, I upgraded my Windows 7 Home Premium PC with Office 2010 (MSWord 14) to the free version of Windows 10 Home. Soon I realized when I typed Tamil the default font in Word (actually in Windows 10) was NOT Latha but Nirmala UI. Even though it worked okay, I missed the Latha font since I had used it for many years.

The Internet search yielded one link and I will show how I got my Latha font back.

Window 10 Tamil font forum link

Windows 10 and Microsoft Office 2010 (Word 14) and Tamil font Nirmala UI and Latha with NHM Writer 2.9

As I mentioned above, the default font for தமிழ் in Windows 10 became Nirmala UI and I will show you how to get Latha font while still retaining Nirmala UI

Step 1

From Windows 10 Start Menu, select the Settings


Step 2

In the Settings window, select Time & Language


Step 3

In the Time & Language window, select Region & Language (left hand side panel)


Step 4

The default Tamil (தமிழ் நிர்மலா எழுத்துருவம்) font in Windows 10 for Microsoft Word 2010 (actually it is the operating system Windows 10 that specifies the font) Nirmala UI and NOT Latha


Step 5

Now from the Region & Language window (Step 3), select + Add a language


Step 6

This opens a new window with many language options. So scroll left until you see Tamil and select it


Step 7

The next window gives you an option Tamil (India) or Tamil (Sri Lanka). Select Tamil (India), I guess!


Step 8

This opens another window for Tamil language pack, click to download the pack


Step 9

The install will take few minutes complete (you need to be connected to the Internet, of course)


Step 10

Now if you look at the Region & Language panel, you will see Tamil language pack is installed


Step 11

Now if we open Microsoft Office and see, Latha Tamil font is now installed.


So here I have shown in steps how to install Latha and optionally Vijaya fonts in Microsoft Office under Microsoft Windows 10. As noted above, Windows 10 Home comes as a default Nirmala UI font for Tamil. Other Indic fonts are considered special and are NOT installed automatically when you upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10.


The procedure shown above should allow you to add more Indic fonts like Latha, Vijaya, and others to Windows 10 Home.


Windows 10 ல் இனிமேல் லதா எழுத்துருத்தில் எழுத முடியும்.

The same post in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.


Repair guest bathroom flush

Saturday, July 11th, 2015

Repair Bathroom Flush

Sat, Jul 10, 2015

One of our flushes in the guest bathroom has been making some noise for the last few days. When I opened and looked inside the contraption that controls the water flow sprung a leak. I had replaced this part probably four years ago and decided it is time to replace it again.

We (VtS and I) went to the local Lowes and bought Fluidmaster Universal Toilet Fill Valve (Model 400A; SKU 39961 00002; Lowes #24408).

FL400ACover FM400A

We came home. Shut off the inlet to the toilet tank. Unscrewed the old unit by removing the washer underneath the tank. Adjusted the unit with 1 1/2 ” higher than it was in the box. Put the new unit and secured it with washer, connected the water inlet, inserted the rubber tubing to the discharge and tried it

Everything worked fine and the leak was fixed.

Possible relief on Weems Road

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

Possible traffic relief for Weems Road

Wed, Jun 10, 2015

Two days ago, I saw in Tallahassee Democrat, our local newspaper, a public notice from Florida Department of Transportation FDOT ( about resurfacing of the portion of the Capital Circle Southeast closer to where we live.

Currently the FDOT resurfacing the main artery to the city, Mahan Drive (US 90) from Capital Circle to Magnolia Drive. However, the public notice mentioned below would resurface area close tothe current resurfacing but would also add right turn lane on Capital Circle SE on the north bound lanes. The latter part is very important.

This will probably have direct impact for our neighborhood where it has become increasingly difficult to get in or out of our own neighborhood. This is true during the morning and especially during evening rush hour as people driving north bound in Capital Circle SE  take a short cut at Easterwood Drive and proceed to Weems Road to get Eastern Tallahassee where many of them live. This makes Weems Road, which is undivided single lane road, congested. To get in and out of our neighborhood occasionally it takes about a minute not because so many people live in our neighborhood but so many others who don’t live are driving on the only road we have access to the public road ways.


Travel to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Monday, June 8th, 2015

Travel to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

June 1-7, 2015

I arrived at Jacksonville International airport around 4 PM. Parked my car in the Economy Parking Lot 1 and took the airport shuttle to get to the JAX airport. Then my Delta flight to Minneapolis-StPaul left Jacksonville airport around 6:30 PM EDT and scheduled to arrive at MSP at 8:40 PM CDT. The flight was about 3 hours long and it was okay flight. Due to summer there was sunlight as we landed in Minneapolis-StPaul. I had to run to new terminal to catch my next flight to Saskatoon, SK. My next flight was from completely in a different part of the terminal so I ran from F terminal to C terminal and there was only about an hour time and I had to have something to eat. I grabbed some sandwich at the C terminal and soon boarded flight to YXE. The flight was 2 hours long and arrived at Saskatoon, SK around 11 PM. I had to go through both immigration and customs. Since it was a small airport there were only two agents and by the time everything was over, it was almost 11:40 PM MDT. Unfortunately neither of my cell phones worked (T-Mobile prepaid and Mobal International). So I tried to log into Gmail. That got rejected because I was logging in from Saskatoon far away from home. So not wanting wait I took a taxi and went to Ogle Hall at the University of Saskatchewan campus. The ride was quick and costed ~C$22.

The next morning my old prepaid quad band T-Mobile cell phone (poor the clam shell flip phone) worked. That saved my trip. The texting on it was bad but worked. Once I arrived at Canadian Light Source, I was able to log into Gmail by typing in the secure phone number.


I arrived at Saskatoon International airport around 3:15 AM using a taxi cab and it cost ~C$25. Since it was so early there was no one at the Delta counter. Then around 4 AM people came and I checked my luggage and got the boarding pass. The Starbucks opened around 4:00 AM too and got coffee and waited at the gate.
We boarded the plane on time around 5:50 AM but never took off for another hour or so as the pilot needed to get some clearance from the ground and main office due to some problem with a light. Finally we arrived at Minneapolis-St Paul almost one hour late. The Delta people requested that those who had connecting flight to leave early. At MSP, I had to go through both immigration and customs. Fortunately, the Automated Passport Control (APS) and the airport helped me finish the process quickly. Then I had to wait for the luggage to arrive and cleared through customs and rechecked the bag. Fortunately, again the my gate was literally next to the plane from Canada. I then arrived at ATL around 1 PM. My final flight to Jacksonville was at 3 PM and that arrived at JAX by 4 PM. I was surprised to see my luggage make it all the way from Minneapolis especially when it took a long time before everyone had collected their luggage.
I paid for the parking fee and headed home and arrived by 8 PM.

VIP Presentation

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

VIP Presentation

Thursday, Feb 26, 2015

VtS and some his friends gave a talk in their VIP event this evening.


Appa’s Posthumous Birthday

Monday, December 8th, 2014

1985 Photos from trips to Mysore, Bangalore, and at home in Vedaraniam







Appa’s Posthumous 88th Birthday

December 08, 2014
Tallahassee, FL
இன்று உயிருடன் இருந்தால் அப்பாவுக்கு 88 வயது ஆகியிருக்கும். ஆனால் அப்பாவும் அம்மாவும் இன்று நம்முடன் உடலால் இல்லை. இருப்பினும் அவர்கள் இருவரும் மனதால் இருக்கிறார்கள். அவர்கள் இருவரின் வாழ்த்துக்களும் வாழ்க்கை முறையும் எப்போதும் நம்முடன் இருக்கும்.