Monday, June 30, 2003

OoTP isn't even TP

Finished the Harry Potter book. Didn't like it. Takes too long to come to the point, lots of unnecessary pages about how Harry feels: frustrated, fuming, various rants and raves - maybe he should have opened an L-J account. Yes, the ending is good like most of the books but that doesn't compensate for the first 600 snoozeworthy pages. What has this book done to take the story forward from HP IV ? IMO, the Goblet of Fire is the best of the lot so far.

i2 reaudit results are due to come out anytime. Fingers crossed. And the re-org is going to happen - I'm due for another change of boss. *sigh*

Friday, June 27, 2003

Now this is a great article on great movies

Note to self - should resume the non-baby posts

This new movie - Italian Job - sounds interesting. I'm a sucker for crime capers anyway. Also on the list - Finding Nemo and Hulk.When can I get to see them, though ?

The Phoenix has landed. Managed to read the first 100 pages yesterday night. Looks good, looks good. Need to get the new Artemis Fowl book too - The Eternity Code. When can I get to read them, though ?

Damn. The non-baby posts also turn out to be baby posts.

Wednesday, June 25, 2003

Baby stuff - be warned !

First, thanks a million for all the wishes. Megha seems to be the name of choice for most l-jers. Actually most people I know prefer Megha to Rachana. However...Rachana seems to fit, somehow. Kichan and Sindha have already started referring to her by that name. So even though the jury is still out, inside sources reveal that Rachana Madhav is very likely to be the eventual winner

GK Vale screwed up my photo cd ! The pics arrived as hard copies yesterday but the jpgs cannot be read ("Can't read file header !"). Damn. Need to go shout at them and get this resolved. Too many folks - relatives and friends - waiting for the pics.

The baby wakes up every hour on the dot at nights. Sindha and I are having a lovely time. The sequence goes like this:

1. "Waaa-haa-waaa-haa"
2. Cotton, warm water, new nappies, baby powder.
3. Soiled nappies go into two buckets - one for the and the other for #2 (or both #1 and #2)
4. Feed starts, wait for some time
5. Burp. Wait. If "Waaa-haa-waaa haaa" then repeat step 4
6. Back in cradle, parents back in bed. zzzz.
7. "Waaa-haa-waaa haaa"...and so on.

I'm back at office, catching up on email and struggling to stay awake.

Crib of the day: Indiatimes hasn't shipped The Book yet. Why am I not surprised ? Sent them a stinker. Maybe I should have gone to fabmart like I used to.

Sunday, June 22, 2003

Baby girl !

Sindha delivered a baby girl at 8:15pm on Friday, the 20th of June. Both mom and daughter are doing fine. The daddy, too.

I'll put up a detailed post later - suffice to say that the last three days have been extremely hectic and a bit tense. She went for her regular checkup on Wednesday evening. The doc found that her BP was high and promptly admitted her into Chinmya Mission Hospital. We waited for a day without doing anything and another day with Sindha in labour. High BP, some minor bleeding and a scan that revealed that the baby had the umbilical cord around her neck forced the doc to go in for a Ceasarian section. Luckily everything went smoothly after that and the baby was delivered without any problems. Both sets of parents were here, which was good too.

Sindha is tired and a bit weak. She expects to be discharged by Tuesday. The kid is keeping us awake at night, as expected. Haven't yet finalised the name, but its most likely to be either Rachana or Megha. I'll put up pics when I get a chance

How do I feel ? I don't know, really. It hasn't yet sunk in, I guess. However it felt good to be with Sindha and the baby, cuddling together and looking into each other eyes.

We are three now.

Monday, June 16, 2003

Falling flat..

Remind me not to attempt being funny again. I just don't have the knack for it. And hey, if anyone's going to click on that link, Matrix SPOLIERS in the comments! Be warned !

, smileys are essential !

Saturday, June 14, 2003

Reloaded indeed !

I liked the first one better, frankly. But this movie had the most amazing chase sequence I've ever seen. Cut the philiosophical clap-trap and its definitely worth a watch. The action sequences are mind blowing.

And yes, I think I did understand what was happening. The bearded dude at the end was Neo's father, right ?

Friday, June 13, 2003

Reloading today

6:30pm. Balcony tickets to Matrix Reloaded. Muhahahaha....!

Septic Spam

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Just what I always wanted

Monday, June 9, 2003

Name Game - latest results

Mythili is leading, closely followed by Rachana, Megha and Nandita.

The boys section is lagging behind, mainly due to a strong feeling from the mom-to-be that its a girl. The only names in contention are Manav and Siddharth (common, but the name I like the most).

Thanks a whole bunch for all your suggestions, good people of L-J. Sindha and I spent half of Saturday mulling over the list.

On the work front, I think I've played my cards right. Time will tell.

Thursday, June 5, 2003

The big question

To be, or not to be: that is the question. Should I suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune ? Or should I take arms against a sea of troubles and by opposing, end them ?


Tuesday, June 3, 2003

Name game

Rachana, Megha, Keerthana. Manav, if its a boy. But then Manav Madhav doesn't sound too good.

Maneka Gandhi's book isn't helping any. We have reached the stage where we think Pinky is a better name than any of those mythological ones. Ghatotkacha is out. So is Avalokitheshwari.

Suggestions ?

Monday, June 2, 2003

The week that was

Phew, that was one tiring week ! Govind arrived on Monday, Sindha's cousin Vivin and his father turned up on Thursday evening. Kichan reached here on Saturday morn and Achan today. The last few days were spent ferrying people from one place to another. Covered CV Raman Nagar, Jayanagar, JP Nagar, Malleswaram, MG Road, Airport, Cantt Station...both Sindha and I are exhausted. Slightly scary - if a small crowd can drive us nuts, I can't imagine what would happen if the entire khandaan came over. And they might too, what with the baby due in another month...

But hey, its fun to have guests at home, too !

Wandered into Music World the other day and bought Woodstock - The Director's Cut, Mad Max, Citizen Kane and Sarfarosh (Kichan's choice). My movie collection grows. Now if only I had the time to watch all of them...Also picked up Best of MTV Unplugged 2, which turned out to be not as good as the first. Wanted to buy Mark Knopfler's The Ragpickers Story but decided to sample a few of the songs first. Need to download them from somewhere.

Have almost decided to exit the Reliance scheme. Two main reasons:

1. The coverage at MVJ Medical College where Sindha works, is pathetic. They say it could be because that part of town is under Hoskote circle. They also say she can easily enable coverage at Hoskote by dialing *444. And oh, it costs Rs 10/day to do this.
2. STD calls to Kerala will cost Rs 4/minute, out of which only 40ps comes out of our monthly payout. We will get an extra bill for Rs 3.60/min each month.

Exiting the scheme before 90 days would result in a loss of Rs 3000, which is a non-refundable deposit. If I exit after 90 days (next week), I need to pay Rs 3000 + Rs 40/month for the number of months remaining till the 3 year period.

What the hell. Airtel is the best option, IMO. Fellow LJ-ers, please don't go in for the Reliance scheme unless you are sure you won't travel outside the circle and you don't use STD (to landlines) much.

West Indies win the last three !

Hurrah !!!