Sunday, June 30, 2002


  • Navjot Singh Sidhu gets strangled
  • People stop passing judgement on live-journal entries
  • The next ten days pass in an hour

Friday, June 28, 2002

Thursday, June 27, 2002

Shamelessly copied from 's journal, I found this ...

Shamelessly copied from 's journal, I found this quite interesting:

Go to google and search for "your-name is". Here's a selection from what I found:

1. Madhav is the founder of Pratham, which was initiated by UNICEF in 1994
Maybe thats why this was the first search result - Pratham ??

2. Madhav is none other than the husband of her sister, Hemangini...
Now both Sindha and her sister would have a problem with that

3. There's an Interpol red alert out for him but, for the moment, Madhav is well underground. ..
Yeeaah ! You seek me here, you seek me there...the elusive scarlet pimpernel

4. Dr. Madhav is not home and it is revealed that Dr. Madhav had premarital sex with Rekha and the kid is Dr. Madhav's son. ...
I swear..the kid is not my son (do moonwalk, squeal "oooohh")

5. Backed by his nearly 20 years of trekking experience, Madhav is always willing and ready to make your holiday an unforgettable adventure. ...
Yeah, right. I just love to trek !

6. Madhav is dead!
Do you see dead people ?

7. Madhav is a college hero who basks in the adulation, admiration, and aura attributed to him
Excuse me while I bask a while

8. Madhav is working with indigenous missionaries in India who are training him to become a missionary to the Nepali people
Good position to be in, eh ?

9. Chintan's father Prof. Madhav is a magician of good repute.
Chintan ?

10. When Madhav is not at home, Rekha with her kid visits his house and reveals that Madhav had an affair with her and fathered a child.
This is getting to be a habit...ole adulterous me...

11. madhav trusts: none yet. madhav is trusted by: none yet
tell me about it

12. Surely not. I have not seen Madhav. Yet what I know about Madhav is that he possesses a Hitlerite moustache
That was old hat. Now I have an Osama moustache

13. Mr. Madhav is involved in many cases and was an active member of the Guerilla Squad of East Godavari
Maybe this is why I am wanted by Interpol

14. Such a sparkling source of ethereal pleasure lovely, little Madhav is!
awww...shucks, gee..what do I say !

15. Madhav is a flea infested mongrel
sigh...the perfect ending

A few more professions I am involved in - sales executive in a pharmaceutical firm, eye specialist, lawyer, signalman in the armed forces, sun certified java programmer and in the us doing masters (sic).

Other news:
- I cant believe that Sindha will be home for good in two weeks !! Her last exam gets over on July 9. Woo-hoo !!

- I had bought a James Herbert and an Ed McBain at Chennai. Forgot to bring them to Bangalore, hopefully my cousin Pavitra will get them when she comes to Blr next week.

- Need to call the Fiat guys and do some ass-kicking, like quaintly put it

- Invested some money in Equity Mutual funds for the first time. So now I have cash tied up in Debt and Equity. Fingers crossed.

Tuesday, June 25, 2002

Tuesday Night Fever ?

Just when everything was looking better (Kichan is fine, Sindha is less tense), my Cold returns. Not (yet) with a vengeance, but with a nasty attitude for sure. Body Ache lurks around the corner, wooden club in hand. Sore Throat is considering its options - to be or not to be.

And oh, thanks to g.k vale, irfan view and, posted the wedding pics online.

Friday, June 21, 2002

Thursday, June 20, 2002

Back in Blr

Back after a hectic 5 days in Chennai. Will put up a detailed post later, but here are the highlights:

1. Wedding was grand, had a lovely time.
2. Extremely tired after all the running around and the late nights (playing cards, heh heh)
3. SMS'd , but couldnt get around to meeting him. Maybe later, maybe in Canada, eh dude ?
4. Realized (today) that I should have checked l-j from time to time. Catching up on 5 days of friends posts is next to impossible. Or at least, not possible while working.

More later. But hey, it feels great to be back in Bangalore !!!

Friday, June 14, 2002

Chennai Ahoy !

Off to the cool climes of Chennai tonight, back on the 20th. I'm feeling happy since its my cousin Anu's marriage; we havent had a wedding in the family since mine 5 years ago. Should be great fun.

I also plan to catch up with a few old friends - Deepak from my Blue Star days (93-94) and Puthran from my school and pre-degree days (81-89). Might bump into (aka ). One place I'm really looking forward to visit is Landmark, my haunt of yore. I still believe its the best bookshop in India - at least I couldnt find a better shop in Bombay, Delhi, Bangalore and Trivandrum. I'm told that they have opened a new, bigger shop at Spencer's - not sure how it compares with the Nungambakkam Road one.

I don't know if I will get time to check mail and post on l-j. "So if I dont see you later, good morning, good evening and good night !" (yeah, name the movie).


Thursday, June 13, 2002

Top 100 Romantic Movies

The American Film Institute released their latest list of top 100 movies, this time on Romance.
Here's the list:


Rank Movie Year
1 Casablanca 1942
2 Gone with the Wind 1939
3 West Side Story 1961
4 Roman Holiday 1953
5 An Affair to Remember 1957
6 The Way We Were 1973
7 Doctor Zhivago 1965
8 It's a Wonderful Life 1946
9 Love Story 1970
10 City Lights 1931
11 Annie Hall 1977
12 My Fair Lady 1964
13 Out of Africa 1985
14 The African Queen 1951
15 Wuthering Heights 1939
16 Singin' in the Rain 1952
17 Moonstruck 1987
18 Vertigo 1958
19 Ghost 1990
20 From Here to Eternity 1953
21 Pretty Woman 1990
22 On Golden Pond 1981
23 Now, Voyager 1942
24 King Kong 1933
25 When Harry Met Sally . . . 1989
26 The Lady Eve 1941
27 The Sound of Music 1965
28 The Shop Around the Corner 1940
29 An Officer and a Gentleman 1982
30 Swing Time 1936
31 The King and I 1956
32 Dark Victory 1939
33 Camile 1937
34 Beauty and the Beast 1991
35 Gigi 1958
36 Random Harvest 1942
37 Titanic 1997
38 It Happened One Night 1934
39 An American in Paris 1951
40 Ninotchka 1939
41 Funny Girl 1968
42 Anna Karenina 1935
43 A Star is Born 1954
44 The Philadelphia Story 1940
45 Sleepless in Seattle 1993
46 To Catch a Thief 1955
47 Splendor in the Grass 1961
48 Last Tango in Paris 1972
49 The Postman Always Rings Twice 1946
50 Shakespeare in Love 1998
51 Bringing Up Baby 1938
52 The Graduate 1967
53 A Place in the Sun 1951
54 Sabrina 1954
55 Reds 1981
56 The English Patient 1996
57 Two for the Road 1967
58 Guess who's Coming to Dinner 1967
59 Picnic 1955
60 To Have and Have Not 1944
61 Breakfast at Tiffany's 1961
62 The Apartment 1960
63 Sunrise 1927
64 Marty 1955
65 Bonnie and Clyde 1967
66 Manhattan 1979
67 A Streetcar Named Desire 1951
68 What's Up, Doc? 1972
69 Harold and Maude 1971
70 Sense and Sensibility 1995
71 Way Down East 1920
72 Roxanne 1987
73 The Ghost and Mrs. Muir 1947
74 Woman of the Year 1942
75 The American President 1995
76 The Quiet Man 1952
77 The Awful Truth 1937
78 Coming Home 1978
79 Jezebel 1939
80 The Sheik 1921
81 The Goodbye Girl 1977
82 Witness 1985
83 Morocco 1930
84 Double Indemnity 1944
85 Love is a Many-Splendored Thing 1955
86 Notorious 1946
87 The Unbearable Lightness of Being 1988
88 The Princess Bride 1987
89 Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? 1966
90 The Bridges of Madison County 1995
91 Working Girl 1988
92 Porgy and Bess 1959
93 Dirty Dancing 1987
94 Body Heat 1981
95 Lady and the Tramp 1955
96 Barefoot in the Park 1967
97 Grease 1978
98 The Hunchback of Notre Dame 1939
99 Pillow Talk 1959
100 Jerry Maguire 1996

I've seen 42 of them. Havent thought about it in detail, but there could be a few movies which I liked that are not on the list.

Wednesday, June 12, 2002

What a Cup !

France out, Argentina out. Who's next, Italy ?

This has been one heck of a world cup.

..and England progresses to the second round...

Tuesday, June 11, 2002

Saturday, June 8, 2002


A month before the 1990 World Cup football finals, asked me who would win the Cup. I confidently answered "Germany". He asked me the same question in 1994 and 1998, when I replied "Brazil" each time. I was right on the first two occasions and very close in the third.

This time round he asked me the question last month, when we met in Bangalore. I told him England will win. Yeah, get your rotten tomatoes ready. ;-)

I'm not a football fanatic. I dont follow the clubs nor the inter-nation matches. I can barely make out Batistuta from Veron (Veron doesnt have hair on his head, Batistuta has a lot). In my heart, I would love to see Brazil or Argentina win. Maybe even Nigeria, though thats a lost cause now. So dont ask me why I said England. Maybe they wont even qualify for the second round.

In other news (to borrow the phrase from ), I discovered a nice community, something I've been looking for all along - . Looks promising.

Went for driving lessons today. I've lost count of the number of people who've attempted to teach me driving over the years. I think I started in 1992, when my father pushed me into it. Was never interested, so kept running through a series of instructors - friends, cousins, drivers, etc. Now that the Palio is just a couple of weeks away, I'm scared. Who'll drive the car from the showroom to my house ? Who'll start it ? Can I drive up the road leading to Siddhaguntapalya ? Aaaarggghhhh !!

Actually my driving today wasnt so bad. I need to be a bit smoother when I change gears and my starting could use a lot of improvement, but I wasnt as bad as I thought I'd be.

Today I'm setting off on what could be my last trip to Manipal before Sindha's exams. I'll be there for a day on Sunday, back in Bangalore on Monday morning.

Friday, June 7, 2002

Ar-gen-tina ! Ar-gen-tina !

The Argentina - England match is on. Damn, I'm at office...

...but I can see Brazil play tomorrow

Saturday, June 1, 2002

Discworld characters


Find out which Discworld novelty you are.

Find out which Discworld girl you are.

Find out which Discworld guy you are.

Pride Day

Yesterday was i2Pride Day - had a whale of a time. Drinks, music and dance were the highlights.

Organized Dumb Cs for the show - was reminded of college (, those were the days, eh ?). I made the prelims tough and the finals very simple. Prelims had 3 rounds (2 on movies and 1 personality). Finals had some very easy stuff - eng movies, hindi movies, phrases, personalities and a pictionary round.

If any one's interested, here are some of the questions I used in the prelims. The questions for the finals were easy and quite i2-specific, so I'm not posting them

Movie List:


Felt quite evil after the prelims. Had to run to avoid getting bumps from the participants.