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About Me

Introduction

As you should have guessed by the title, in this section I am going to tell you a bit about myself Stuff I like, stuff I don't like etc. I will talk about my hobbies, my work, my friends etc.

This section is dedicated to all my friends, teachers, co-workers and family who have made me what I am today. Without all your support I wouldn't be here, doing what I am.

Thanks,
  Suramya

A Brief History of my life

My Name is Suramya Tomar. I was born on 3rd Dec 1980 in a small Air Force hospital in Hashimara, located in West Bengal India. I then spent the next 18 years of my life all over India during which I had the pleasure of attending 7 schools to complete 12 years of schooling. I started my education in Jodhpur, Rajasthan at Happy Hours.

After Rajasthan my father was posted to Dalhausi where I did my 1st grade at Dalhausi Public School. Soon we were posted to Delhi where I joined Air Force Bal Bharati School in the 2nd grade. After a year at Delhi my father was posted to Wellington, Tamil Nadu to Staff College where officers from all over the world come for studies. Here I studied in Holy Innocent High School.

An year later we were back in Delhi and this time I joined Air Force Golden Jubliee Institute where I studied for four years from 4th grade to 8th grade. In school I was a really quite person who was known for his excessive reading habit (I always had a book or two in my bag for reading). I was in the house Kho-Kho(An Indian game) team from 2 years.

In 1994 my father was posted to Allahabad where I joined Boys High School. I studied there for two great years. I was part of the class Soccer team and was a member of the house debate team. During these years I developed my craze for computers helped along by my Teacher and friends.

In late 1996 I moved back to Delhi and joined Air Force Bal Bharati School, Lodhi Road once again in the computer stream(XI - C) During these years I made really great friends and really got 'addicted' to computers. I was part of the school computer club for two years. I was also part a programming team and a software development team which represented our school in Modem 97 & Modem 98 computer contests organized by Microsoft, India where schools all over India competed. These were some of the best years of my life and I really enjoyed myself.

I graduated from AFBBS in March 1998 after which I decided to come to the United States for further education. I gave my SAT's and TOEFL in 1998 and joined New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), Newark NJ in Fall 1999. The life at college has been a lot of fun, I made a lot of new friends, went to a lot of trips and basically enjoyed myself.

Since then I have been working in various companies in various capacities that include Programmer, Database Admin, Network Administrator, System Administrator, Senior Programmer. Currently working as a Project Manager at Sourcefuse (India) Pvt Ltd.

My Family

My Father: Wg Cdr SS Tomar (Retd) was an Officer in the Indian Air Force. He took voluntary retirement in 2001 from the Air Force and started his own chemical factory by the name of Germane Technologies (Pvt) Ltd.. A few years later he sold the majority shares of the company. Currently he is a Director in CopperSpiral RFID.

My Mother: Raji Singh is a free-lance journalist who writes articles for most major Hindi magazines and newpapers. She a member of BJP and is part of their national Media CELL. In addition she is a founding member of Man and Nature Research Society, a Delhi based NGO.

My Sister: Surabhi Tomar is an enterpunuer who has been running her own company since she was in college. Her current venture is CopperSpiral RFID which she started with her husband Vinit Bhansali.

My Hobbies

I have a couple of hobbies which I pursue with dedication. Here is a brief list of my hobbies. If you happen to share any of my interests feel free to drop me a note and we can exchange tips/idea's etc.

Reading:

I love reading and will read anything and everything. I started reading books at a very early age, I read my first novel(Jungle Adventures) when I was in the 4th Grade. Since then I have read literally 1000's of books. Just to give you an idea of the number of books I read, in 2008 I read 304 books excluding the books I had to read for work.

My favorite topics are Science Fiction and Fantasy but I also like reading Adventure, Mystery books and thrillers. My Favorite authors include Author C Clark, Asimov, David Drake, David Webber, Elizabeth Moon, Michael Crichton, Mercedes Lackey, Robin Cook along with many others.

I have read so many books that its hard to have a small list of favorite books, still some of my all time favorite books include: Battlefield Earth, Timeline, Jurassic Park and The Lost World by Michael Crichton, Sphere, the Rama series by Author C Clark, the Mars series by Edgar Rice Burroughs (Available for free at Project Gutenberg), The Herald's of Valdemar series by Mercedes Lackey, Belisarius Series by Eric Flint and David Drake (Some parts available for free at Baen Library), Honor Harrington Series by David Weber etc.

To help me keep track of my books I have created a database of my book collection using PHP and MySQL and placed it online. It contains a list of all the books I have with me at NJIT with author names, date purchased, comments etc. You can check it out here. However this hasn't been updated in over 4-5 years atleast. So now I have even more books.

Music:

I love music and find listening to it a great way to relax. Love listening to songs by Shania Twain, Crystal Waters, Kylie Minogue, Tamperer, 20 fingers, Kishore Kumar, In-Grid, Madonna, The Donna's, Sugababes, Girls Aloud, Lady Gaga and many more...

Computers:

I love working on computers. I got addicted to them in highschool when I had to create a program in Basic for a class. Soon I started playing around in DOS and then never looked back. I love working on anything related to computers but am especially interested in programming and know Basic, C++, HTML, Javascripting, MySQL, PHP, Perl, VB, VC++, and Java. I like making websites, designing custom software, surfing the net and anything else which has to do with computers. Some of my projects are available for free downloads in the Scripts Section of this site. Check it out.

Games:

I like playing a few games too on my computer for relaxation. I have spent many hours playing Warcraft II, Descent I & II, Diablo and Terminal Velocity. In the real world I like playing Soccer and Vollyball.

Writing:

This is my latest hobby which I started in Spring 2000 by starting to write technical articles in The Vector NJIT's student newspaper. Since then I have written articles for Linux Gazette, Linux Journal, written tutorials and install guides for various linux programs and have even had my articles plagarized. :)

Photography:

I love taking photographs and making video recordings. Some are my photographs are available for viewing in my Photogallery.

My Friends

"In prosperity our friends know us; in adversity we know our friends."
- John Churton Collins

"Think where man's glory most begins and ends And say my glory was I had such friends."
- Yeats

I have made my collection of dear friends who inspite of my sometimes crazy behavior stood by me and supported me. This section is dedicated to all the friends I have and all those I will make.

If your name is not in this list I humbly remind you of my forgetful and Lazy nature and ask you to send me a reminder and I promise I will rectify the error as soon as possible.

Name Brief Discription

Aarti murthy
A really nice female who is always ready with a smile to brighten everybody's day.


Aarti walia
This girl can talk... I mean she can really talk. A very friendly person and a great cook.

Aditi Sinha
Always there with a big smile to brighten an otherwise dull day. Also known as Miss Doughnut to friends.

[No! I am not going to change this :)]

Aditya Chaturvedi
The guy who got me interested in computers. Without his motivation I wouldn't have majored in Computers.

Currently Working in Norwich, UK

Aditya Rao
This guy loves playing practical jokes on others. Spent many a hours dreaming of new ways to waste time with him.

Currently doing his Masters from University of Texas at San Antonio

Aish Sinha
This guy loves telling jokes and no matter how hard you try to avoid listening to them he will tell them to you.

Akhil Gupta
This guys is almost always studying and because of him I ended up studying for my exams.

Currently working as an Analyst in New York

Alka Nair
This female knows how to get work done. Just make sure you don't piss her off 'cause then she is deadly.

Amar Lohana
This quite guy is an expert programmer and a great organizer

Amisha Patel
A really quiet girl who won't stop talking once you get to know her.

Amit Mathur
Guy is a genius in Chemistry. He is always ready to help and helps without expecting anything in return.


Amit Sharma
Physics expert who is always ready to help with any problem you may face.

Ankur Mehta
Live life kingsize seems to be his motto in life. A great host (had a very memorable get together at his place)

Currently working at Xavient Information Systems, Noida

Ankush Aggarwal
Dude with a never say die attitude. Also a great programmer and an over all nice guy. You can visit his site here

Currently working at Constellation Energy

Anumita Mathur
A very friendly girl, who loves to cook. Married to Amit Mathur.

Currently working at: Infosys Technologies Ltd.

Arundhati Banerjee
A very sweet, charming and sophisticated female. Which makes it hard to believe that she was class mates with crazy people like us

Arunjeet Singh
Ex SysOp of Maximum Impact BBS. I made a lot of great friends at this BBS. A great guy with a impressive knowledge bank.

Currently working at Xchanging technologies, UK

Bhavanjot Singh
This guy sets a new limit on the word studious. Always studying. He Studied Calc to keep himself awake.

Chandni Kukreja Ramnane
Nice, friendly, always willing to help out. Gave me loads of help when I was searching for an apartment.

Christian LaForgia
Whiled away lots of idle hours in his company at the NJIT Helpdesk. Always ready to help Rori (Our boss) try out a new excercise.

Currently working at the United States Patent and Trademark Office

Danae Kesel
A very friendly girl with a really pretty smile and a great attitude towards life.

Deepak Nautial
This happy go lucky guy is from Allahabad. He has a special interest in Computers and cricket.

Deepika Gupta
Smart, funny and knows how to have a good time.

Deepti Kachalia
A very cheerful person with a great sense of humor.


Dev Ramnane
One of the tallest people I know. Give him a drink and just watch him ripping up the dance floor.

Dimple Amleshvarwala
A very jolly female who I had the distinct pleasure of having as a co-worker and a friend.

Dipika Dabhi
This girl is living my dream; traveling the world not worrying about anything. She is deep into Yoga and spiritualism. Though for some reason insists on calling me Bhaiya even though we are about the same age.

Divaker Selliah
A great DJ from Shri Lanka who is a fun person to be with.

Ehren Feller
Great guy. Very interested in India and learning Hindi. Loves teaching others about America. Extremely friendly

Ersal Aslam
A great website designer with a crazy sense of humor who I had the distinct pleasure of having as a co-worker and as a friend.

Currently working @NJIT

Fayez Mohamood
This cool person is the guy to look for when you want to get your computer formated. ;-)

Currently working with AMD in Massachusetts

Gaurang Gurunathan
Guy is a computer fanatic. One of my best friends in the world, he stood by me during the worst times of my life.

Currently in the Merchant Navy.

Gautam Acharya
This guy used to make the rest of us look/feel bad by studying more than the rest of us combined.

Now he is suffering working as an officer in the Indian Navy

Geetika Nijhar
This young lady is a very avid shopper. God save any guy with whom she goes shopping.

Gosia Szczepanska
This young lady is a great person to talk to if you can manage to pronounce her last name :)

Guruprakash
This tall and brainy Sardar is a very avid Cricket Fan

Currently working in Singapore.

Himanshu Sori
This guy loves computers and long discussions.

Ishan Vashnavi
Extremely hardworking guy who is always ready to help everyone.

Jeelna Karia
Married to Ronak, she is very meticulus and organized. Loves to dance (and is quite good at it as well)

Jeoff Cox
This guy loves programming more than anything. He is an all-rounder who perfectly balances his work with play.

Jerome Allen
My Ex. RA. Passed me in room inspections inspite of the terrible condition. Let me borrow a lot of movies to watch.

Jessica David
A great person with a cool attitude and a really loud laugh. She was crowned Miss India New Jersey.


Kangan Varma
A Cool female who is very responsible and mature in her thinking.She is the person to talk to when you want to get things done fast.

Currently working in Hyderabad, India

Karishma Maini
Walking question and answer machine. Asked more questions than anyone I know.

Currently working with GE Healthcare, California

Kartik Sachdeva
A computer expert who loves playing Quake II more than anything. Beware his driving though...

Kashif
This guy loves computers like his life. Famous in school for his 'Death touch' to computers. Almost every computer he worked on in school crashed.

Kevin Walsh
A thorough gentleman who will go out of his way to help you. Beware of his wicked sense of humor though.

Currently working at NJIT

Kshipra Mittal
A calm, quite and friendly girl. Who doesn't like cheese for some weird reason. Otherwise quite normal.

Kunal Varma
His pranks kept me awake through the most boring Physics classes.

Currently working with HSBC, Gurgoan

Madhur Sarda
A really quite guy who loves playing stock exchange

Manjari Saxena
A girl who loves to blast music at top volumes much to the agony of my ears. She also loves to shop and draw. Great Designer.

Currently working as a designer with Timex

Mark Miller
A very helpful guy with a few crazy hobbies. He is a proud owner of a refurbished Hearse (A Funeral Car)

Currently working at NJIT

Matthew Hoskins (Matt)
An Expert in Unix, this guy never hesitates in helping others. Helped me a lot with great suggestions during the design of all my sites. Also donated a lot of equipment to help me learn Unix/Linux

Currently working at NJIT

Mayank Gandhi
SysOp of 'Tasveer BBS' where I made lots of great friends. A very friendly guy.

Meetu Gupta
Smart female with plenty of charm to make everyone feel at ease in her presence.

Meghna Prasad
A really friendly female with a bubbly personality that puts everyone around her at ease.

Miao Li
A very smart female who is ready to help anytime

Mona Das
A quite person who is one of the most hard working girls I have met.

Monika Sharma
A very sweet tempered girl who was my classmate in 11th and 12th. A very friendly person who is also fun to talk to.

Mruga Shah
Helped me design the Helpdesk web-page. She survived working with my odd working pattern

Naresh Kumar
A nice guy who is always ready to party. He is originally from Pakistan but we don't hold it against him..

Navya Rehani
A friendly person with a great smile and an infectious take it easy attitude.

Currently working with Goldman Sachs, NY

Neelam Mehta (Naik)
An all rounder in studies. Has the ability to remember the hardest and the most difficult formulas and expressions

Nidhi Arora
A Brainy female who knows how to use her brains. A rare combo of beauty with brains.

Currently working for Cisco, California

Nilesh Patel
My Co-worker at Helpdesk. This guy has a great drive to learn.

Paula Molina
A very helpfull girl who is also has a very sweet nature. Just don't ask her to drive you anywhere in a hurry.

Pharoah
My ex RA. Took us to a lot of movies and organized great events for us. One of the friendliest guys I know. Loves talking about History

Piotr Starzyk
One of the most hard working guys I know of. Can work 24/7

Piyush Behre
A Terrible driver but a great guy to know. He is Known everywhere for his driving skills. Loves stamp collecting and working out.

Currently working at HP in Bangalore

Prakrit
This guy has a big mouth and loves to use it to talk about anything related to computers.

Pranav Sanghvi
Loves movies and maths. I have passed in my Calc exams because of him.

Currently managing his own company in Indore, India

Prashant Dhawan
One of the funniest guy I know. Could find humor in the darkest of times.

Priya Chandra
A very calm and composed female (Sorry can't help it, could never call any of you a lady :) Always ready to help any one in need.

Currently working @ NVDIA, California

Priyank Jain
This guy has a take it easy policy and really really loves playing pool.

Rabia Bhatty
A really bright female with a great smile and a happy go lucky attitude towards life.

Rahul Gupta
This great guy is always ready to share a joke no matter how hard you try to avoid it.

Raj Singh
Guy with a good sense of humor.

Ranjith Jayanandhan
This guy's sense of humor is messed up. He makes the most outrageous jokes possible.

Currently working at Oracle, California

Ravi Kant
This guy loves working out and reading books.

Currently in Delhi, India working in the family business

Reema Choksi
A really friendly girl who is fun to be around. Loves watching movies and her mom is an awesome cook. :)

Renny Koshi
This guy has an amazing knowledge bank of information which he doesn't hesitate to share with others.

Owns his own company called Rubix Information Technologies, Inc, NJ

Rohan Shinde
This guy loves to talk. Can talk for hours about any topic under the sun.

Ronak Patel
This guy loves dancing and listening to music. A great guy with a happy go lucky, take it easy policy


Ruth S David
A charming female with a vocabulary that makes my head spin. Great writer. Very easy to talk to about anything and everything.

Currently working with Forbes at Bombay

Sachin Taneja
A very enthusiastic basketball player, with the special ability lo make anybody and everybody feel at ease in his company

Currently working for Yamaha Music, NY as a Linux SysAdmin

Sagar
This guys computer knowledge bank is amazing

Sakshi Aggarwal
Known her since we were kids, one of my oldest and dearest friends. Friendly, casual female who understands my sense of humor.

Samarth Mathur
Loves computers and cricket. Also a great singer and guitar player
Currently in the Merchant Navy

Sameer Govani
A nice guy who likes to party and enjoy life.

Sandeep Sharma
Computer expert. Knows more about networking than I thought was possible. Loves talking about politics and history.

Sanketh Arvapally
The guy with a big mouth and a heart to match. Very friendly and helpful to every one he knows.

Currently working for Microsoft

Saurabh Jain
A avid basketball player. He know more about planes than the rest of us combined

Currently working in UK

Scott Fay
This nice guy knows a lot about the Telecom industry and doesn't hesitate to share it with others.

Currently working at Rubix Infotech, NJ

Selem Duganalp
Great guy who burned a lot of CD's for me

Shashank Tripathi
This guy loves to play Chess. He has a tremendous memory capacity and has the ability to memorize anything.

Currently working for Reliance Industries Limited

Sonia
A nice girl who likes to cook and surprisingly her cooking is edible too.

Soumya Rao
A great friend from highschool. A very enthusiastic Badminton player

Sujit Sumakhan
My ex-Roommate. Nuttiest guy I know, tried to get me to workout regularly. A prospect which was doomed even before it started.

Swati Sriniwasan
One of my few 'pen pals' that I havn't yet met in person. She mailed me about my site and we kept in touch. Maybe because we both have the same wierd sense of humor.

Currently studying at AFBBS, Delhi

Tarini Mukherji
Extremely lively and energetic female. One of my closest friends and one cant't stay down for long in her company. Loves to talk and travel

Currently working in Gurgaon, India

Udit Rastogi
This guy loves asking questions and studying.
He is also really interested in astronomy.

Vinay Patil
This guy loves telling jokes, doesn't matter if you are interested in hearing them or not

Vinit Bhansali
This guy is a computer fanatic. He is interested in anything related to computers esp Visual Basic.

Started his own company Mindpillar LLC

Vishal
He loves playing Quake II and Unreal

Vivek Bachhawat
Commerce expert went to a college with 70% girls. Now he has the craziest work schedule I have ever seen

Currently working at Watson Pharmaceuticals

Vivek Misra
Loves learning about computer security related stuff.

Yannis
Cool guy from Cypress. Loves to buy the latest gadgets in the market.

Yashdeep Bali
Guy with a great sense of humor. Kept my ear lobes red during most of the winter assemblies.

Currently working with Samsung India Electronics Pvt Ltd.