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Thursday, May 4th, 2006
11:56 am
Back from vacation
The 2.5 week (well, nearly considering that I reached home late on Friday Night) vacation was great. The oft-quoted dictum 'absence makes the heart grow fonder' was at it again as the lush green topography started tugging at my heart ever since the train crossed the kerala border. Having the 'pazham pori', 'masala vada' and 'veg cutlet' after a long time made the train journey worth while, it also once again registered the fact as to who (all) I was missing in this particular trip. The timing of the train was perfect (it was late by hours which was just fine for me owing to other factors) which enabled me to meet my brother at the station and finally reach home after collecting a brand new 'Chevrolet Tavera' from the show room (which was booked a week back in anticipation of my arrival).
Back in home, it was total rest for the entire duration of the vacation reading some books and indulging, after a long time, in the idiot box, the television. Worshipped at the local temple, went on a trip to Guruvayoor and visited a few relatives. That sums up my vacation, apart from the opportunity to mark the acceptance of my conscience ("..ningalude manassakshiyude angeekarama rekhapeduthi vijyappikkaname, vijaya tilakam aniyippikkaname ennu vineethamayi..."-from the campaign) at the assembly polls.
It was an uneventful and short journey back home and it was to a sizzling day at mid-40's that I stepped into at Hyderabad after the pleasant 30-32 degree days at Kerala. There was a huge backlog.....not of work, but of subscribed magazines that had piled up in 2 weeks, at my desk in the office and have been working on that since then. Shifted flats (from first floor to second floor) last sunday and all set for a few trips shortly currently.
By the way, while going through the humor special edition of Week, came across Melvin Durai whose articles make interesting reading at: http://www.melvindurai.com. Had taken 3 bags full of books home this time around. Now have to build up another collection. Bought "Freakonomics" and Michael Chritchon's "Sphere" from the Kochi Airport on the way back. Have to start with the same as soon as the mag backlog is down.

Current Mood: happy
Tuesday, April 4th, 2006
9:03 am
Numerically ordered...
On Wednesday of this week, at two minutes and three seconds
after 1:00 in the morning, the time and date (in mm/dd/yy format) will be:

01:02:03 04/05/06

That won't ever happen again, for a long time !!!!

Current Mood: calm
Monday, April 3rd, 2006
11:27 am
Homeward Bound
All set to go home this Thursday. Having taken zero leaves in the past 12 months, really looking forward to this. One major difference from previous home trips would be that it will be my first journey home without either of two close friends who were there in all past trips.
Have more than a hundred books to take home this time, collected since last April. Have read all, barring a couple which I intend to read while at home and on the way. The two books read recently have both been of a management strain, namely "Straight from the Gut" by Jack Welch and "Toyota Way" by Liker.
Hyderabad heat is really on the upward spiral right now, and I fervently hope, though realistically unlikely, that the weather will be better when I return on 23rd April.

Current Mood: excited
Friday, March 3rd, 2006
8:54 am
Getting hotter...
Nothing much happening nowadays, life going on while awaiting the planned vacation in April. Saw Taxi 9211 last weekend - a very well-taken movie. Went to Odyssey to redeem a Rs. 251/- gift voucher and ended up spending much more than that, as was of course expected. City is becoming hotter by the day with temperatures reaching 38 degrees as early as February this year. All busy with tax filings nowadays while the city is all set for the Bush Visit today.

Current Mood: anxious
Monday, February 13th, 2006
8:45 am
Love is in the air...

It is that time of the year again, when 'romance' is in the air, and Rediff has come up with a 'Reader's Choice' list of romantic movies yet again,

Most romantic Hollywood films everCollapse )

Bollywood romanceCollapse )

Current Mood: romantic

Thursday, February 9th, 2006
4:19 pm
Having fun at work....
Three official outings within a month's time.....!!! First, there was the company outing, with family, on 7th Jan. There were around 500 attendees and party went on till late night. Then came the team outing on 4th Feb. It was a day-long affair, finally breaking off around 7:30 in the evening. And captured on all cameras were several snaps of the 'umpire' holding the ladies' bags while they are batting/bowling - poor me ! Latest, yesterday the team went out together to see "Rang De Basanti" at the recently-opened PVR Cinemas at the Central Mall. Nice movie and a very good theater.
Lot more activities are in the pipeline....the idea is to retain the enthu level among all at a high.

Current Mood: cheerful
Monday, January 30th, 2006
12:08 pm
New Year Update...
Updates have been few and far between from my side in the recent past. Reasons for the same are plenty including the hectic schedule outlined in my previous post.
New Year this time has been relatively inactive, what with most of the like-minded friends having left the city last year. Had a fun New Year at home, the residency had a grand celebration with dances by the kids and lots of fireworks, followed by everyone dancing on the lawn into the wee hours of Jan 1.
Have read/bought a lot of books in the last 3 weeks. Major ones among the reads include Chrichton's "Prey", "Sari and Sins", "Michael Angelo's Notebook" and "L'Amande". Have lost track of the books I have bought recently, all waiting to be read, but I do recall that there are a few John le Carre's among them. Rearing to start with the backlog.....
Life is a breeze now in Hyderabad. I commute my 12km from home to office in not less than 15 minutes, with the needle hovering around 80 kph for most of the time. I know it is overdoing a bit, but can't help it, what with atleast one lane free at every point at any instant. Lanes....yeah. The road from office to home is mostly 6-lane (and 4-lane when it is not 6), and same is the situation almost everywhere in the city. Much of this was a fast-track development, in light of the aicc plenary meeting held last week. So the various hitherto congested parts of the city (such as Abids and Begumpet, for those who know Hyderabad) can be reached very quickly in a pleasant drive.

Current Mood: calm
Sunday, January 29th, 2006
9:55 pm
Nobody or Somebody...
Belated Happy New Year to all !!!
I am in the middle of a most hectic time here.... Joined Sidha Samadhi Yoga (SSY), which along with the ongoing daily schedule at the Reebok Health Club, is really taking me to the extreme :) As part of SSY, am sworn off tea/coffee, newspapers/weeklies apart from being a pure vegetarian. Also during the duration of the course, have to eat only raw food (fruits and vegetables, uncooked) as much as possible. A typical day now goes like this:
4:20 AM: Wake Up
5:00 - 7:30 AM: Sidha Samadhi Yoga [Meditation, Pranayam, Class, Breakfast]
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM: In Office
6:30 - 8:00 PM: Reebok Health Club
8:30 - 11:00 PM: Meditation, Pranayam, Completing the assignments of the course, Cooking, Dinner
We had a full day session today and it so happened that we had to have breakfast and leave home. Food of course has to be raw, and despite the best efforts the previous night, the only item I could get and what I finally ate was a couple of carrots :-)
I have a close friend who is really into meditation, and now, finally, I am beginning to understand why he was so hooked.
I am a little confused though with my present state of mind, for with Samadhi Yoga, I am striving to be a 'nobody' whereas with the workout in the gym, am I not aiming to be 'somebody' !!! Will write more about it soon.....

Current Mood: peaceful
Thursday, December 29th, 2005
2:21 pm
You like puzzles?

Some of you may already be familiar with the Crimson Room

Here is another challenge - Hapland 2
It may be a better idea to start with Hapland 1 It's a little easier as there are only 25 items to click as opposed to Hapland 2's 48.

Another puzzle to solve is at: http://www.iimi-iris.com/iris/irising/klueLESS
Also check out a similar one at http://deathball.net/notpron/notpron.htm



Current Mood: happy
Friday, December 9th, 2005
4:48 pm
Regardez ceci
You Should Learn French

C'est super! You appreciate the finer things in life... wine, art, cheese, love affairs.
You are definitely a Parisian at heart. You just need your tongue to catch up...


Current Mood: happy
Tuesday, December 6th, 2005
11:28 am
Completed a bildungsroman...:-)
Completed "Hills of Angheri" by Kaveri Nambisan. A warm, sensitive novel filled with detail and interspersed with occasional humor. To cut a long story short, it is a bildungsroman, closely touching on the medical profession as a student and as a young doctor.
A bildungsroman (German: "novel of education" or "novel of formation") is a novel which traces the spiritual, moral, psychological, or social development and growth of the main character from (usually) childhood to maturity.
Started with "False Impressions" by Jeffrey Archer. Bought "Tuesdays with Morrie" today :-)

Current Mood: happy
Thursday, December 1st, 2005
9:24 am
Best books...
Two lists recently published by NYTimes:
   The 10 Best Books of 2005
   100 Notable Books of the Year

Current Mood: okay
Monday, November 28th, 2005
9:27 am
Books and Movies...
Saw "Taj Mahal" (The one by Akbar Khan on celluloid not the one by Shahjahan in marble) on friday evening. A well-made film with some nice performances. As can be expected from an historic movie, a slow one but keeps interest levels high throughout with good performances. Saw "Deewana Hua Paagal" on saturday. Based mostly on "There's Something about Mary", it was good fun to watch. Checked out a badminton and swimming club at kukatpally the same evening.
Completed "One Night at the Call Center" by Chetan Bhagat on sunday morning. Though not as exciting as the author's previous work, it was a nice read and gave really good insights into the call center culture. Completed "Transmission" by Hari Kunzru on sunday evening. The book gives realistic insights into the life of an Indian working and living in the United States and made interesting reading, with the computing backdrop.

Current Mood: happy
Friday, November 25th, 2005
9:29 am
Book Fair time again....
It is book fair time of the year again (Though this year, some or the other book fair has been going on at any point of time, the year-end one is the real biggie)
XX HYDERABAD BOOK FAIR FROM 1ST - 11TH DECEMBER At Nizam College Grounds Hyderabad
Have not missed it in recent times; only difference compared to the previous years would be that a certain somebody(ies) would be missed...have to find some new companion for the trip this time.

Current Mood: pensive
Thursday, November 24th, 2005
9:02 am
Sunday in the kitchen...

Yet to start with any of the books bought two weeks back, because of the big backlog of subscribed magazines at the beginning of the month (the backlog is over now). Bought (pre-ordered) the latest novel by Jeffrey Archer "False Impressions", due to be launched on Dec 1, yesterday.

The last sunday was a hectic one, what with having to spend almost 5 hours in the kitchen involved in preparation of Chicken Biriyani, with M & V, for 12 (our flat + our neighbouring flat, and some guests). It turned out to be a success (it was the third biriyani in a week, but the first non-veg one after veg and mushroom biriyanis), and we set off for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire soon after. Nice movie, well taken with the right bit of intrigue, special effects and emotions. It is recommended to see it only after catching up with the first three though.

By the way, for all mallu movie buffs in the town currently, tomorrow at Cinema Ghar, there will be a screening of "Elipathayam" - By Adoor Gopalakrishnan. After the film, an interactive session with the director, Mr. Adoor Gopalakrishnan will be conducted. Mr. M F Hussain would also be present.



Current Mood: happy
Wednesday, November 9th, 2005
8:53 am
Bookie times
Got my copy of "One Night at the call center", the latest book by Chetan Bhagat (author of Five point someone) yesterday. In the evening, had an official conference at the ITC Kakatiya Sheraton. After the event, dropped into the shopping arcade and ended up buying three books from Odyssey (the branch inside the hotel): "Atlantis", "Transmission" by Hari Kunzru and "The Hills of Angheri" by Kavery Nambisan. It was a very exasperated office boy who came to my desk yesterday and handed over some 15 letters + magazine issues. Now eagerly waiting for the weekend to delve into the same. Leaving for Delhi tomorrow for another official conference.

Current Mood: ecstatic
Thursday, November 3rd, 2005
8:57 am
Happy reading....
Malayalam Books now available in Rediff! Shopping at :
http://shopping.rediff.com/shop/subcategory.jsp?cgrfnbr=7421&l=L2

Current Mood: happy
Wednesday, November 2nd, 2005
3:54 pm
A really great weekend.....

Had a great weekend, with friends having found courage from the detailed weather report (posted earlier) finally finding their way to Hyderabad, and reaching here without hassles, on time, on saturday morning. We all went to Snow World (enjoyed kart-kaving as well there apart from the Living Dead and Rain Forest), went to Charminar. Next day, went to Ramoji Film City and spend some time at the Secret Lake (Durgam Cheruvu) on the way back, after dinner from Bawarchi, reportedly the #1 Biriyani in Hyderabad. Also had ice creams on all the nights. The days were wet as predicted but really pleasant.

Diwali was a really cracking occasion, what with fire-crackers bursting all-round. Our first Diwali at the new flat, and having been already amazed by the festive spirit there for Ganeshotsav and Dussehra, we were witness to celebrations at all flats on Tuesday. One of the rockets found its way into a balcony in the 5th floor of the building...afterall this is yet another way to meet the neighbours na :-) More on that later.

See a picCollapse )

Current Mood: happy

Friday, October 28th, 2005
9:09 am
Weekend Sight-Seeing Plans

Having major plans for the weekend, with friends coming from Bangalore. Planning to do a lot of sight-seeing. We plan to visit Ramoji, Snow World, Charminar among others. The only final deterrent to the planning was the scope of rains.....Here is what I had to come up with to convince them: A Weather Update.

Weather UpdateCollapse )

Current Mood: excited

Monday, October 24th, 2005
9:41 am
Time flies by...

Completed reading "The Time Traveler's Wife", by Audrey Niffenegger. An excellent read with a quite novel approach and an ultimately, realistic premise. I was so taken with the book that when M walked into the room while I was engrossed in reading, I casually asked "Oh, you have come" and then absent mindedly burst out laughing, thinking about the various multi-dimensional implications of that question, in the context of time traveling :-)

Latest additions to my to-buy list....Collapse )

Current Mood: happy

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