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Thursday, November 20th, 2008
3:12 pm
Update on three books
Have been completing some books over the past few days, first Jerry Pinto's "Surviving Women", a collection of humorously written essays, which I must say makes one think in unexpected directions. Then completed "Final Reckoning" the new book by Sam Bourne, and have started with "Bourne Sanction", the new book in the Jason Bourne series. 

The advantage of reading well-researched works of fiction is that you get to learn many new aspects about places, traditions, culture and history and the latest reading list also did not disappoint on that count. More detailed posts on each of the books follow. 

Sam Bourne's book starts with a dedication "Ani l'dodi, v'dodi li" which I searched and found to be a Hebrew phrase meaning "I Am My Beloved's, And My Beloved Is Mine". Very apt.

Current Mood: cheerful
Friday, October 31st, 2008
3:44 pm
Back in the public eye...
More than an year since my last public entry on this blog. In between, have been busy with work including a change of job but apart from that, have posted some entries in some of the other blogs that I am maintaining and have jotted down a few private entries in this one including a few travelogues, which I intend to proof read, remove some references and publish soon.

Intend to blog more often on LJ from now on. Moved out of Cordys after nearly six years and joined Schakra as Program Manager in August. More on that in a later post. Am still in Hyderabad, and we just concluded a major milestone for an interesting project. Check out the outcome at http://www.jdotnetservices.com

Current Mood: accomplished
Tuesday, October 9th, 2007
9:22 am
Two good movies

Saw an excellent movie last weekend: "Divorzio all'italiana", a 1961 Italian comedy which won the Academy Award for the best original screenplay. Very well made and brilliantly enacted.
Saw "Johnny Gaddaar" yesterday, which is one of the better movies released in Bollywood in recent times. Taking the audience up one path, and then yet another twist - several times over.

Have been reading a lot lately, will post comments on some of these books soon. Latest has been John Grisham's latest, "Playing for Pizza", featuring an NFL quarter-back playing in the Italian league.

Current Mood: calm
Saturday, May 19th, 2007
4:55 pm
Friday, December 29th, 2006
2:22 pm
Another year passes by
  • Has been a calm (I would not call it boring) year which is now coming to a close. However, the next year seems to be exciting on several fronts.
  • Completed reading "Omega Scroll" by Adrian d'Hage yesterday and started with "Templar Legacy" by Steve Berry
  • Absolutely no plans for the new year, all the more difficult considering that Jan 1 is a holiday this time. Hence, an extended 3-day weekend, of rest and relaxation, in the offing.
  • Came across this interesting article in slashdot a while back:
100 things we didn't know last year
  • Next in the reading list are "Cell" by Stephen Fleming and "Like a Flowing River" by Paulo Coelho
  • A batch get-together, of all of us who joined the company together, planned for Jan 26 at Bangalore. Tickets booked, and waiting.
  • New mallu restaurant in the city outskirts has given a chance to catch up with the state cuisine occasionally

Current Mood: awake
Tuesday, November 14th, 2006
4:01 pm
Ready for the weekend
The article "In praise of questions" by Shashi Tharoor in The Hindu recently made interesting reading. It is about the puzzling absence of Malayali Chauvinism and can be read at:

Looking forward to the weekend, with plans for "The Departed" and "Casino Royale" hoping that the former stays in town and the latter comes to town.
Also planning to go to the Chilkur temple [aka 'Visa' temple] this saturday.

Current Mood: happy
Tuesday, October 17th, 2006
10:26 am
Some interesting links
If you dig really creative ads, http://www.hemmy.net/2006/10/15/creative-advertisements-around-the-world/ would be a feast.

Check out an interesting human-clock at: http://billychasen.com/clock/

For those who have not yet got the time to visit Rio, enjoy a panoramaic view at http://www.panoramas.dk/fullscreen6/f40-rio-de-janeiro.html Click and drag using mouse to see all around.

Current Mood: calm
Monday, October 16th, 2006
10:07 am
Going home...
Have been having a hectic time at work recently. All set to go on a week-long vacation on 20th October to Kerala. Will be back on 29th October. Expect to be stepping into pouring rains and of course the characteristic greenery all-round.

Current Mood: happy
Monday, September 18th, 2006
9:11 am
Life as usual
A quick update, have been having a rather busy time recently.
  • Saw Lage Raho Munnabhai on Opening Day..Excellent Movie.
  • Read "Seven Ancient Wonders", a well-written book, supported by very good illustrations.
  • Have been a regular visitor to the hospital for the last three weeks, with a fever et al....hopefully the sequence of specialists is coming to a close shortly.
  • Had a rather quite birthday, end of last month. Yet another year added, but glad that I am headed where I want to be in life.
  • All set for the vacation next month, shopping completed.
  • Going to Mumbai this weekend. Now busy planning for two days before attending the wedding on sunday evening.

Current Mood: calm
Wednesday, August 16th, 2006
11:30 am
Holidays galore...
Lots of Holidays in August, not that it makes much of a difference as am in office on all non-statutory ones as usual. Saw "Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna" on Monday evening, at Hitech. A movie, stretched to its limits with just the songs and some excellent performances offering some solace in the nearly 200 minute saga.
Went to Prasads after a long time last Saturday. The trip was primarily to check out the Mirror Maze (not yet started) and enjoy the McDonald's burgers (yummy !!!). Also saw "Anthony Kaun Hai", an okay movie with a different style of narration.
Took a temporary break from fiction and bought "Toyota Way", "Short history of nearly everything" and "World is flat". Next on the sights is "Undercover Economist".
Monday, July 31st, 2006
10:28 am
Ideal environs for rest...:-)
T'was a weekend, dominated by 'rest' that just passed. Completed two books over Friday and Saturday - "English, August" and ""Mammaries of the welfare state" by Upamanyu Chatterjee - both very well-written satirical reads. Reluctantly started with a third book late on Sunday - reluctance, owing to the fact that it is the last unread book with me as of now - the book being, "Life of Pi" by Yann Martel. Almost through 70% of the book, and have loved it immensely. Will write more about it on finishing the same. Weekend was topped up by a delicious dinner yesterday at gurukkal's house.

Quite accidentally, finally came upon the meaning of 'fana' - one which fits the theme of the movie and the line in the song - 'Pyaar mein fanaa ho jaye'. In the current book that I am reading, there is a line referring to an Islam mystic, a sufi, that he "sought fana - Union with God". A perfect fit, and enllightenment, at last...

On an entirely unrelated note, read recently that PVR (of the PVR Movies fame) stands for "Priya Village Roadshow". Just bought a car cassette adapter (http://shopping.rediff.com/shop/productdisplay.jsp?prrfnbr=1077313&frompg=ipod_search) from Rediff. Let us see how it turns out to be. Also bought two CD wallets from eBay.

Hyderabad has been uncharacteristically (for July, that is) cold the past 5 days with overcast skies and rains, threatening to fall at any instant. Ideal environs for rest....

Current Mood: calm
Tuesday, July 25th, 2006
3:05 pm
Weekend, well-spent
Completed reading three books, back-to-back, over the weekend:

The Afghan - Gives excellent insights on the two organizations known to have a strong hold in Afghanistan, as well as taking us through an effort involving multiple intelligence agancies.
Map of Bones - Science meets History, in a well-written story.
Secret Supper - An excellent read about Leonardo Da Vinci's "Last Supper".

A weekend, well-spent. No good movies in the offing, in the city currently. Da Vinci Code has released in some theaters in the outskirts, but suppose I would watch it on DVD later anyways, considering the bad reviews I am reading/hearing consistently.

Current Mood: cheerful
Monday, July 24th, 2006
3:33 pm
Monday, July 3rd, 2006
8:55 am
Filmi Start to the month
It was a filmy start to July this weekend, despite the fragile health status. Started the month with back-to-back movies on Saturday at PVR, "Mission Impossible 3" followed by "Superman Returns". Did some shopping before the movies, and ended the day after the Brazil-France quarter-final. Purchased a few books after quite some time.
Ordered the following from Fabmall on Saturday:
    Map of Bones - James Rollins
    The Afghan - Frederick Forsyth
    The Secret Supper - Javier Sierra
Bought the following from Odyssey (Central), the same evening:
    English, August - Upamanyu Chatterjee
    The Mammaries of the Welfare State - Upamanyu Chatterjee
    Life of Pi - Yann Martel

Da Vinci Code, it seems is not destined to be watched in the big screen here in the city. It was released in a hurry the day after the ban was quashed by the high court two weeks back but the screening never happened after the christian youth movement activists vandalised the theater. And to think that I can watch the movie without any issues in even Christian-majority areas in other parts of the country.

Current Mood: happy
Friday, June 16th, 2006
10:10 am
E-Books Galore

Check out the E-books sharing community in Orkut at http://www.orkut.com/Community.aspx?cmm=789306

A sample of the links obtained from the community:
Sidney Sheldon: http://esnips.com/web/gculahore-SidneySheldon
Clive Cussler: http://www.greylib.align.ru/listauthor.php?author=172&lang=1
<More authors at http://www.greylib.align.ru/>

Current Mood: happy
Monday, June 12th, 2006
10:44 am
Life goes on
Fanaa was the most recent movie seen, it was good in the first half but disappointing in the latter. First half was littered with Shayaris...

Wanted to see Da Vinci Code, and even booked tickets. But the movie was banned in the state the day before it was set to be released :(
Checked out the newly opened Walden, and bought "Anything for you, M'am - An IITians Love Story" by Thushar Raheja. A good read...

Current Mood: happy
Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006
10:09 am
Food is good...:-)
Last week was, culinarily speaking, the best in a long time while in hyderabad. With the initiative and expertise of G, we had Fish Curry and Fish Fry (Venjaram and Mackerel), Chicken Biriyani and Chicken Curry. Thursday and Friday were spent at a resort (Alankrita) in the outskirts of the city, for an official training and it was classy food in ethnic environs both days.

Read "Dilbert Principle - Joy of Work" and Michael Crichton's "Rising Sun" over the weekend. A new Walden has opened closeby (for those who know the city, it is opposite KBR Park), planning to check it out next weekend and make a few purchases.

On a closing note, here are two quotes that I just came across and liked.....
"Civilization is just a slow process of learning to be kind."
-- Anonymous
"Some of us learn from the mistakes of others; the rest of us have to be the others. "
-- Anonymous

Current Mood: happy
Monday, May 15th, 2006
11:02 am
Lucky yet again
Won my third lucky prize since returning from vacation...yet another holiday package. A week long usage of a cottage in Goa, with family. Currently having three holiday vouchers in hand...having the (luckiest) time of my life, and wondering what to do !
If only lottery was legal here, could have redirected some of this luck to more productive avenues....

Current Mood: contemplative
10:53 am
A weekend with the books...
That was one rare weekend that went by just now, where no movie was seen. In addition to a dearth of movies worth a watch, the major reason for the same was that I spent the entire weekend reading after quite some time...finishing a Robert Ludlum (Moscow Vector) and a Michael Chrichton (Sphere) and then starting with "Freakonomics". Now I have to buy one soon to read.... The weather is becoming really really hot here, let us see how far it would go !!!

Current Mood: happy
Thursday, May 4th, 2006
12:22 pm
Predicament of a bachelor...
Good fortune comes in groups, it is often heard. In my case, it came in pairs, in the form of two free travel holidays both of which were known within a week of each other. One is for a 3Days/2Nights package at any of 40 locations across South-East Asia and the other is a 3Days/2Nights adventure trip by the Ganges. There is only once complication though...the fact that I am a 25-year old 'single' male. The travails that a bachelor has to go through does not start and stop with the new year eve parties...:(
Since the gift packages can be availed of only in pairs, and the packages being non-transferable and non-negotiable, I resorted to the one thing that I could do in this age of cyber awakening. I posted details in 3 different travel companion forums/discussion boards hoping to find somebody in a similar state or somebody interested in having a nice, fun trip. Now, keeping the fingers crossed and waiting....else I would have to let go of both the prizes.

Current Mood: anxious
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