Tuesday, December 30, 2003

Dream a little dream

I've been thinking about this, off and on, for quite some time now. My line of work requires me to travel about once or twice a year (at most) to the US. If I could take Sindha along for one of these trips, we could take a couple of weeks off and roam around. Both of us prefer to travel in Europe, so maybe we could break our return journey at Frankfurt or Amsterdam and then backpack wherever possible. We have a few friends and relatives at Holland, England and Switzerland, so perhaps we could stay with them for a day or two, cutting down on hotel expenses. We'd need to leave the kid with one of our parents of course, when she's old enough for that.

We might be able to do this in a year's time, if everything goes right. I haven't thought through the expense part though. Hope it wouldn't wind up terribly beyond our reach.

Interesting enough to dream about, anyway !


First since May '98. Let me see how this turns out, before deciding anything...

Monday, December 29, 2003

Finally won a quiz at KQA. Doesn't mean anything ...

Finally won a quiz at KQA. Doesn't mean anything much really as it was entirely on movies and the quizmaster was not from KQA - Pradeep Sebastian from The Hindu. Anustup was my partner, so that helped a lot too. Still, it was quite satisfying to win out there, after getting trounced in all the quizzes I've tried at KQA. came in second, by the way. He topped the prelims.

Am feeling much better after the Christmas break. Looking forward to the new year with hope.

Saturday, December 27, 2003

OD'd on Mohan Lal on Xmas day. Thandavam in the m...

OD'd on Mohan Lal on Xmas day. Thandavam in the morning, Ravana Prabhu in the afternoon. Don't think I can watch another movie of his for some time now.

Have been burning cds like crazy for the past three days. Almost all the movies in 's collection. Starting on his audio cds now. God's gift to piratekind, I call him.

But hark ! What light through yonder tunnel break...

But hark ! What light through yonder tunnel breaks ?

Wednesday, December 24, 2003

Thursday, December 18, 2003

Wednesday, December 17, 2003

Tuesday, December 16, 2003

Meme after a long time

Survey from 's post

1. Copy this whole list into your journal.
2. Bold the things that you have in common with me.
3. Whatever you don't bold, replace with things about you

01. I have ticklish feet.
02. I talk to myself. Sometimes out loud.
03. I've not changed my job for over five years
04. I would have been voted most likely to get married, by my friends in college. And they would have been right, of course.
05. I never worry about what impression people carry about me.
06. I don't really care if people don't understand
07. I hate when people type in all caps online.
08. I have stayed overnight in the hospital .
09. I love having friends from all over the world
10. I am glad I no longer live in the state where I was born. I was born in Gujarat, but please don't tell anyone.
11. I love tea and cake
12. I can keep a secret.
13. I remember birthdays. Sometimes.
14. For some things in my life, forgetfulness is a blessing.
15. I don't use shampoo.
16. I hate to shop.
17. I don't have a dog. Luckily.
18. I hate prudes.
19. I have a few friends.
20. I was born with an attitude
21. My best friend till I was 13 has vanished from my life
22. I hate when people yell.
23. I want to live in another country for a while someday.
24. I hate soaps and the shows on tv. I hardly watch tv apart from cricket and a few movies.
25. I have trouble finishing things I start.
26. I love to read.
27. I love going new places and seeing new things and trying out new stuff to eat.
28. I'm a weird person. Isn't everyone ?
29. Music's never been a big part of my life. I regret that.
30. I look extremely nervous when I am afraid.
31. I want to be thinner than I am.
32. I always force my opinion on other people.
33. Most of my friends think I'm an arrogant so-and-so.
34. I have ears
35. I have a child. I was not sure if I wanted one, but I have one now and she's quite wonderful.
36. I'm too lazy to clean
37. I have had one nightmare about having to use a dirty toilet
38. I shop for books, movies or music when I'm depressed.
39. I love my parents.
40. I wish I were more talented.
41. I really enjoy thoughtful gifts, even if they cost nothing.
42. I like people who are a bit out of the ordinary.
43. I hate people who talk in an "I know everything" tone.
44. I live in a house
45. I hate when songs get stuck in my head.
46. If I could live my life all over again, there are somethings I'd do differently.. Not all, but a few, yes.
47. I wear what I like, not necessarily what's fashionable.
48. I wish I could work out of home.
49. I am not very regular with e mail.
50. I'm losing my sense of humour. If I had one.
51. I like silence at times.
52. I find it hard to write, I prefer to type.
53. I've never been to a gym.
54. I trust instinctively. Sometimes I'm wrong.
55. I like being alone sometimes.
56. Taking out trash is fun sometimes. You feel you've done your bit for the home and country, you know.
57. My wife owns six cookbooks, one of which I gifted her four years before we got married. I can cook a mean chicken dish, though. And no, before you ask, I can't cook meen.
58. I love high heels. I am 5'7" tall.. (Now that was a coincidence. I don't love high heels on me, though.)
59. I haven't received a handwritten letter for over four years now
60. I'm pessimistic and cynical sometimes.
61. I laugh a lot.
62. When I'm depressed I prefer to be alone.
63. I never sweat the small stuff.
64. I never dream of being rich. I do dream of giving TV interviews
65. I have normal dreams.
66. I wish I could travel more often. Taking Sindha and Rachu with me
67. I don't talk to strangers.
68. I drink a lot of water.
69. I think GW Bush is ridiculous.
70. I am extremely saddened by child beggars.
71. I cut my hair at the closest saloon. Whatever. Whenever.
72. I'd rather be under dressed than over dressed.
73. I don't chase my dreams, often enough.
74. I am an okay driver. Not what I'd call good.
75. I find it hard to respect most men.
76. I want to be young at heart forever.
77. I know left from right, but I have a tough time figuring out north from south
78. I read many books at a time.
79. I have cried in front of people who are not necessarily close to me
80. I don't like dogs very much. Hot dogs, yes.
81. I can't imitate anything worth a damn.
82. I hate loud places.
83. I struggle with saying "no"
84. I pronounce pretty well, considering my mallu lineage.
85. I am not as responsible as I'd like to be.
86. I am male.
87. I don't understand why anyone in their right mind would oppose gay civil marriage. I don't understand why anyone in their right minds would oppose anything that didn't affect them.
88. I don't notice people's teeth. I don't notice most people, actually.
89. I always forget faces, I always remember names.
90. I am reasonably sure what direction my life is headed.
91. I've voted. And proud of it. Am trying very hard to vote next time, but I can't remember the number of the ward where I voted last
92. I've learnt that if you look cute, you can get away with most things. Not that I'm cute, but I've seen others who are and did.
93. I HATE when people freeze. Or act cold.
94. I have won at least one prize at most of the of lotto games I've taken part in.
95. I find it hard to throw things away.
96. I never complain about food, if it had moved once in its lifetime. If not and if it is coloured green, I complain bitterly
97. I want to live in New Zealand.
98. I don't have a tattoo. I do have a red birthmark, if that helps.
99. I'm right handed.
100. I am done with this survey now.

This was more fun to do than I thought.

Wow !

We won ! Bloody hell, We WON !!

Tuesday, December 2, 2003

This just in

The latest news is that Richard Branson, the CEO of Virgin Airlines, was very keen to sponsor the Indian Cricket Team. He approached BCCI with an offer to pay three times more than Sahara.

However, Saurav Ganguly refused the offer as he thought it would be ridiculous to sport 'Virgin' on the team shirts after getting screwed by the Australians every other day.

[Update] I'm eating my words. I really am. [/Update]