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Know Your CEan - Er. Vijaya Durga

Know Your CEan Vijaya Durga
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Durga joined us on 5th October 2008, rose rapidly through the ranks and became part of the pioneering CE-Ambassador team. She has taken a lot of initiatives on CE including threads dedicated to teaching english. We caught up with Durga while she was watching a cricket match between Australia and South Africa earlier this year. She was lazying around on an easy chair but got all excited when we said the magic word.... "KYCEan".
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CE: Hi Durga. What's up?
Durga: Hey hi  . Nothing ..watching AUS vs SA

CE: Are you a cricket buff? Which team are you supporting?
Durga: I generally support INDIA and next any team which plays against AUS. I would love to see AUS loosing to SA with 3-0, they have not been white washed since past 100+ yrs.

CE: What other sports do you follow?
Durga: I play badminton and swimming, sorry I don't play. I swim.

CE: Any plans of crossing the English Channel or the gulf strait to set a world record?
Durga: Hahaha...no, I learnt it very recently. Still an amateur at it.

CE: You love reading astronomical books. What interests you in them?
Durga: I like to know about it. Tried making a telescope with my elder sister's drawing sheets holder, but could not!
It interests me.

CE: Tell us something about your job?
Durga: My job....I am basically a system analyst. Singtel is our developing company and Optus is my parent company which will be using Singtel,s application..I need to maintain these applications and trouble shoot them.
I love my job , it's amusing.. new issue every day.

CE: Your dreams include a house running on blue tooth and a greener world. Could you elaborate?
Durga: I have a centralised computer which I can operate on, since a blue tooth master can opearte upto 8 slaves. I can create a apico net for my home where my computer acts as a master with all other electric appliances acting as slaves. I can regulate light fan, switch on tv, switch on speakers etc.
I dont know what I am talking makes sense. Like a blue tooth mouse, I don't need wires to connect, everything is wireless. But one disadvantage, people will become obese

CE: So your dreams of a greener world will be hampered by you dreams of a Blue tooth enabled house. Greener means healthy world and obese people are not healthy.
Durga: Greener for me is balance in ecosystem. More plants, more animals and good humans...  I have many things to do. I want to establish a parallel organization like blue cross, I want to create awareness about having plants, I have to campaign against leather and fur.
But i don't know where and how to start. Also, I hate people who waste water.

CE: You are a strong believer in Hard work.
Durga: Yes, I am.

CE: And you are a very 'Hard Working' sudoku and kakuro champion.
Durga: No, I am not a champion. I like playing them.

CE: I heard you waste quite a lot of time in front of TV..... 
Durga: Hehe...I do..I have this bad habit of switching the TV on when I do something. I need to curb it.

CE: Any favorite channel or shows?
Durga: I watch news and online streaming of 'Roadies' and 'Oye! It's friday'!!, and all movies.

CE: Don't you watch Animal Planet? After all you are an Animal Lover.
Durga: Animal Planet, Discovery and NatGeo are all paid channels, so I don't get them. I miss cartoon network as well. Not much fan of violent movies and psycho stuff. Remaining all I can digest.

CE: What is your state of mind right now?
Durga: Happy.

CE: Name 5 CEans in 5 seconds
Durga:
Kaustubh
Mayur
Anurag
Ash
Shalini
spelling mistake

CE: Thats six... 
Durga: No! its 5

CE: Just kidding. What do you like about CE?
Durga: Collective interests of all members. I mean everyone has something to offer and take back from CE.

CE: Any thing you dislike or feel there is something missing on CE?
Durga: hmm.. I wanted to ask Biggie if a new section 'how stuff works' could be included. That's important for engineers. Everyone can pop up one device or appliance and explain how it works.

CE: I should have asked this in the beginning but is it Durga or Ambassador Durga.
Durga: Durga

CE: Ambassador sounds quite imposing and regal, doesn't it?
Durga: May be.. but I am OK with my name.. please make it Ms Durga, I remember when Ceans took me to be a guy.

CE: How are you coping with your new powers as Ambassador?
Durga: Powers? I need to work more. I find myself not contributing much, so I need to improve upon it

CE: Are you being modest?
Durga: Seriously, I neither see myself greeting newbies nor encouraging them. Ambassadors are for that, I need to build up.

CE: Any New Year resolution you made recently.
Durga: No....

CE: Describe yourself in 1 line.
Durga: All time confused.

CE: Suppose, I grant you 3 wishes.

Durga: 1 Save earth
2 Bring people out of this recession
3 Three more wishes

CE: Which animal is most like you and why?
Durga: I love dogs, no reason.

CE: Same question for a cartoon character?
Durga: Dexter, again no reasons.

CE: Name the CEans that you would like to meet?
Durga: Biggie, Mayur, Shalini.

CE: Do you love traveling?
Durga: Yup...in India it was limited to Bangalore. Here i have been to Melbourne and few other beaches..

CE: Thanks for giving us your time, I think I will wrap it up here.

Durga: Thank you as well!

Waiting for you to make a comeback!