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Chapter 3: Dragon’s tale, masala dosa.
(by yaminy, added on 26 October 2012 04:44 AM)

A young entrepreneur --- an absolute workaholic --- all time foody --- somewhat nerdy formed the introductory words by CPG, Chotu, Monkey and the child respectively. Taking a bite of dosa with chutney, CPG continued, “Dragon is one of the unique persons possessing a down-to-earth nature.” Crunching the dosa, Chotu intervened, “a good chap, no doubt, but sometimes a little moody. But that doesn’t intercede in his functioning capabilities.” Tasting the curry separately, the child stated, “any debate, argument or talk, Dragon has the potentiality to air his views in a convincing manner.” Chewing just the dosa, Monkey said, “Dragon has too much patience and never gets angry. The same is scary if he smoothly and tactfully admonishes anyone, if found doing something off beam. Believe me, I have experienced and felt like immersing into the deep earth and never return again, when he politely pointed a wrongdoing.”

“Uh, wait a minute,” stated Dragon choking on the dosa. “Hey why? Isn’t dosa tasting good?” questioned CPG, a little dejected. “Don’t be too greedy and gobble dosas. Relish at a slow pace so that you’ll not choke.” Cautioned Chotu. “Perhaps Dragon needs some more chutney?” questioned Monkey. “It seems better to know what dragon intends to say before we jump into conclusions?” stated the child. “Well, all your statements are exaggerations.” Interposed Dragon within the slight pause. “There is more worth mentioning about you for sure.” Declared the child, absently mixing curry in chutney. “Huh?” questioned Dragon, but others stopped him. With nothing at hand except to eat, dragon took another piece of dosa and heard the renewed discussion skeptically.

Genius in many fields --- a friendly chap --- blog and write-ups scribbler --- counselor was the next opening comments. Before further conversation took place, Dragon showed the universal gesture of silence. Thoroughly exasperated dragon said, “Now these talks are more than hyperbole, exaggeration, overstatements. Call it whatever, but the meaning and intent is the same. I may like dosa, but perhaps not so oblivious to overlook what is been said unlike many dream-writers who live in the land of fantasy.” “Says who?” questioned the child, unbelievingly. “I say so,” declared Dragon, “besides, after hearing all your gratuitous observations and dialogues, the inclination to eat dosa seems to have vanished.” “Is that so?” questioned CPG dubiously. “Speak the truth, old chap. You experience no inclination to eat dosa, cause your plate is empty.” Declared Chotu, perfectly maintaining an expressionless face. “Umm, you used an unusual often unheard word, Dragon. What does gratuitous mean?” queried Monkey seeming ignorant about the ongoing. “Well, gratuitous means uncalled for, unnecessary or unreasonable.” Explained Dragon taking a tissue. “Blast it, I was and I am hungry. You people can talk, but I for one, will eat now.” Declared Chotu, tearing the dosa energetically. “Well, Dragon? Why won’t you explain the nature of your work while we consume?” asked CPG. “Huh? The nature of my work? What do you mean?” enquired Dragon. “Perhaps the technical aspect?” remarked the child.

“The primary focus is marketing,” Began Dragon, “we do not exactly sell programs but trade with the dealers who are in need of them. This is perhaps similar to ready-to-eat products; they are sold to the dealers from factory directly and dealers in turn sell them in wholesale or retail shops respectively.” “Ah, hold on, your words somewhat imply the sale of raw materials. That being the case, the word program however indicates something different. We are aware that you run a software company. Can you please explain its marketing strategies?” enquired the child crushing the last piece of dosa. “We develop applications that improve marketing. You must have received messages in the cell phones promoting a product or come across a webpage popping like advertisements. The programs we develop are often like package deals providing many-in-one service. The contracts we undertake do not just involve promotional or advertising services, but design and develop customized system tools to take care of daily accounts as well as keep a track on viewers or readers to the webpage or messages respectively.” “Humph, thanks for explaining this, dragon. I was scared that dosa will not digest in the belly. However after hearing your description that went above my head, dosa pieces seems to have shrunk too,” stated Monkey. Easing her posture to the reclining position she continued, “When you mentioned package deals, I understood like purchasing audio CD verses data or MP3 CD. Usually an audio CD contains roughly about 16 to 19 songs, but when we spend a few bugs more and purchase the MP3 CD, we tend to get more than double, at least around 80 songs. When you spoke about keeping track of viewers and readers, I simply recollected the concept of TRP or Television Rating Point, the hidden television clock that is responsible for monitoring, recording and transmitting the duration of every program viewed in that TV.” “Hats off to your analysis, Monkey, technically the theory is different. However, the concept of free enterprise is of course followed by every entrepreneur. So your analytical thinking is likely plausible.” Stated dragon.

Suddenly, all 5 seemed to notice empty plates on the table. The chefs, who were taking inventories of food and plate conditions, identified the same. Deftly removing plates, spoons and bowls Aata remarked, “Shall I serve your next course ma’am, madam, sir, sir and sir?” The manner of such greeting tickled the five and they let out a hearty chuckle. This lightened the serious mood considerably. Finding no response to the query, Aata tactfully withdrew from the table.

“Your explanation is quite comprehensible Dragon. What I do not understand is the inspection of applications developed by you. How do you determine the accuracy?” enquired CPG. “Ah well, that is quite a huge topic to cover,” said Dragon, “you taste the food, we test the product. Imagine you purchase a tear-free onion cutter and discover to your dismay that tears are still streaming down when you’re chopping. At the outset, there are two probable reasons, the mechanism of the device is inaccurate or your eyes are programmed to shed tears while chopping onions no matter what the scenario or device is. This manner of easy detection is often carried out by automated testing tools in a software application. Assume that you recognize the defect to be found in the mechanism of onion cutter. You tend to check or remove every wire, nut and bolt to examine and locate the defect. This is indeed a lengthy and time consuming task. A similar procedure is used to manually test an application. Every function or the duty of the program is screened and tried laboriously until we find the defect. After identifying the flaw in the mechanism, you tend to either fix the problem or exchange the same with a new and working tear-free onion cutter. We do the same to achieve the accuracy after detection of defect; either we rectify the malfunctioning utility or recode the entire program if necessary. To put it simply, a defect is called as bug in the software language. Bug detection and rectification is like proof reading a document; writers either edit or rewrite the document to achieve perfection, the software testers and developers rectify or recode the program.” “Thanks dragon, this explanation is simple to understand,” remarked CPG. “It is incredible if you understood these details, CPG. I have literally gone mad after hearing the same.” Declared Chotu placing both the hands on his forehead. “Don’t worry, you were in deed mad before, no surprises in the late realization.” confirmed Monkey.

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