Monday, November 29, 2004


I've never been a fan of The Strand book sales. They are always crowded, unorganized and the discounts aren't too great either. This time round though, I did find it enjoyable. I got a few good bargains and picked up some interesting books.

Vile Bodies - Evelyn Waugh The Informers - Bret Easton Ellis The War of the Worlds - HG Wells

You're Only As Good As Your Next One - Mike Medavoy So Many Cinemas - BD Garga Tim, An Indecent Obsession, The Ladies Of Missalonghi - Colleen McCullough

Asterix In Britain Asterix and the Goths Asterix and the Chieftain's Shield

Wild Town - Jim Thompson Lila: An Inquiry Into Morals - Robert M Pirsig

Now I need to get Suketu Mehta's Maximum City. I had read the first hundred pages at my cousin's place and was simply blown away.

Friday, November 26, 2004

Mozhsenikku Sultansom

I bronched the kobble, platted the keeble and wranked out all the pichandles. Looked minumel to me, so I natted to everyone. The response was knuhel, knuhel, knuhel.

Krab the mottlestone, this is reeventide.

Thursday, November 18, 2004

Once Upon A Time in America, Part I

You need to be very careful while eating breakfast in America, especially if it's a buffet. What you do first, you walk around the restaurant, looking at all the dishes and the fruit juices available. You decide to play safe and go with bacon and eggs, toast and a token slice of watermelon for your daily fruit intake. You then decide you'd like some fresh fruit juice too.

You walk over to a counter where you see a tray with straws and a row of paper cups containing a thick liquid, placed next to an instrument that looks like a toaster, but horizontal and flat. You ignore the instrument and pick up a cup with the liquid, add a straw and saunter back to your table. You try to guess the fruit by looking at the liquid through the cup, but you can't really make out. Might be chikkoo shake, you guess. One of your favorites.

You pop some bacon into your mouth, munch steadily. You then insert the straw into the cup and suck. It's thick, this juice. You try harder and get some into your mouth. It certainly isn't chikkoo. You put the cup down and attack the bacon again. A waitress comes by, does her best to control her laughter, asks, "Do you know you just tried to drink waffle mix?"

You smile, say, "Oh yeah, I thought it tasted funny" and quickly walk out while the restaurant erupts in laughter behind you.

Tuesday, November 9, 2004

Thursday, November 4, 2004

Last lap

Why did I order pasta? I can't stand pasta. Oh man, I'm really looking forward to Saturday when I head back to Bangalore. Tomorrow should be good too, my cousin has invited me and over for dinner. Beef fry is on the menu, yum yum.

Just got back from my tour of Cleveland and Atlanta. I honestly don't know what time zone I am in now. I give up.

Tuesday, November 2, 2004

Travelling, will bury

Thanks to , had a great Sunday. Spent a lot of time looking through the dvd collection at Fry's. Finally bought Psycho, Vertigo, a DVD with four Hitchcock tv episodes which includes Lamb to the Slaughter, a four movie set that contains  Night of the Living Dead and The House on Haunted Hill, DVDs of Nosferatu, The Cabinet of Dr Caligari (yes, ) and The Searchers. I also picked up a wireless card for $15 and a wireless router for $25. I'm very pleased with myself.

Am at Cleveland right now, of all places. And tomorrow I will be in Atlanta. The day after that, I'm back in Redwood City. Then I fly back on Saturday night, via Singapore ,with a stop over at Hong Kong. There is a dark plot afoot to send me to Japan after that, once I get over my jet lag in Bangalore.

America is currently going crazy over the election. Most of the people I've met seem to favor Kerry, though the exit polls lean towards Bush. All the television channels are trying to outdo each other with their coverage. I'll settle for reruns of Seinfeld.