Monday, December 13, 2004

Adieu

I'm probably surfing for the very last time in Ranchi.
It seemed highly improbable, but I did finally fall for this place!

Friday, December 10, 2004

Dad is ill

The situation is very serious, but my folks at home won't delve into the details as they fear it will be pernicious to my studies. I pray and shed tears for the person I love the most.

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Something Beckons!


A quick trip to the Training & Placement Department sufficed. Parts of this image file have been deliberately diffused to preserve privacy. The hype had been gradually building up over the past 4 months. The big day finally arrived! History ought to be preserved.

Monday, December 06, 2004

At last!

Dad received my speed post.
His constant queries on the status of my project sometimes irk me. Well intentioned, but awfully irritating. No offence meant, Dad!

Sunday, December 05, 2004

Speed Post

I had sent a speed post to my parents on the 30th of last month. Still no trace of it. I love India!

Project

Saurabh and Ashwini are desperate for a project. Aren't we all?
My Diary needed a wall paint. I love the new color!
Gives my pages a masculine and vintage ambience.

Friday, December 03, 2004

Spaces for the underprivileged


Lord, save Microsoft! MSN has come up with a poor immitation of Blogger. Come on, Bill! You can do better.
Blogger can throw tantrums at the most unexpected of moments. I wasted a whole hour trying to upload this image (via Hello)...with futile results. Perhaps it was the Microsoft factor that condemned me to that miserable hour! Intimidation at its sinister best!

Yahoo! Messenger...playing my radio station.

Thursday, December 02, 2004

Had a paper on System Simulation and Modelling. It modelled hell and simulated me living thru it. Hope there is no deja vu!

Monday, November 22, 2004

I'm zealously evangelizing membership of our BIT group. People seem to be clueless about the procedure.
Granted Gmail accounts to Saurabh and Ashwin.
Everyone seems to be getting enamored by Wikipedia!

Way to go!

Our lab quiz was postponed for the second time due to a strike.
Politics is the occupation of the unoccupied!

Sunday, November 21, 2004

Abhishek

Called up Abhishek in Jampot. The bugger is tying the nuptial knot on the 27th.
I was shocked to learn that Balraj is now a divorcee.
Sudip met with a similar fate. His case was apparently more vitriolic.

Thursday, November 18, 2004

Making last minute preparations to abdicate this place. Shifts are a bit unnerving for me.
Samir visits.
Finalizing contact with TataTechnologies.

Monday, November 15, 2004

Addicted...once again!

This time, it's Wikipedia. Here's the deal: I intend to be a lifelong contributor to it.
Wikis had me perplexed for a long while, and in some ways they still are pretty enigmatic. But they are very much like blogs, really!
Wikipedia is the best manifestation of wikis.

Saturday, November 13, 2004

Contribution

I'm now a contributor to Wikipedia!

Friday, November 12, 2004

Diwali

This was most certainly our last Diwali in Ranchi. So we celebrated with fireworks! Had a feast. Lots of visitors. Very memorable. Gr8 day!

Getting archived

Why has WayBack Machine forgotten my site? After archiving my blog for a few times in 2001, it conveniently proceeded to forget me! Yesterday, I submitted my URL for archiving. I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

Wikipedia

Wikipedia is my discovery of the year!
My left arm still hurts. I hope the pain doesn't become chronic.

Thursday, November 11, 2004

What A Wonderful World

I'm currently listening to a song with the same title...and I can't help agreeing with Louis Armstrong.
I heard exactly the same song a little earlier today, although it was sung by someone else.
Santosh is uploading his photos en masse.

Coincidence

Isn't it funny that Gulmohar High School, Jadavpur University and BIT,Mesra are all celebrating their Golden Jubilees in the same year? I am an alumnus of Gulmohar and BIT Mesra. Jadavpur Univ is just a stone's throw away from my parent's place!

...in 2001
Sameer is too temperamental. Even the most frivelous of things can throw him off gear!
My towel is in shreds.

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

We placed guys are throwing a party on the 15th of December. We have to fish out Rs300/- each.

Saturday, November 06, 2004

Had a chat with Arindam. He is one of the few friends from Pune I'm still in touch with. I miss the halcyon years!
Music is the best company one can keep in solitude. Yahoo! Radio is doing a fine job towards this end. I fear getting addicted to it!

Friday, November 05, 2004

Finale!

It's for the very last time that I'm accessing the net via the BIT lab.
What a harrowing experience it has been for all these years!
Here's what surprised me: We now access the web via IE 6. I was sick and tired of version 5, since many sites were off-limits.
We actually manage to change...sometimes!

Thursday, November 04, 2004

Dida

I'm really worried for Dida. She's in a nursing home. Hope she has a speedy recovery.

Upset Tummy

Reclining is in vogue, at least for me. Dare I be vertical, out seeps you-know-what from the exit!

Gurdas in Nainital circa 2k.
One of the naughtiest of my batchmates in Gulmohar School, this fellow has made it big in life. He was a baby-faced guy back in school, but now he has turned into a turbanated and bearded fellow. This image is a shocker of sorts for me!

Tuesday, November 02, 2004


Bhuwaneshwari Temple in Jamshedpur

Railway Station in Jamshedpur.

Monday, November 01, 2004

Back from Kolkata after DP.
Sprained my arm in the bus.

Thursday, October 14, 2004

Barber and Masseur

It was supposed to be one of those trips to the barber's, but I got in return a lot more than what I had bargained for.
The barber, the thorough professional that he was, managed to persuade me for a massage after the haircut. What I suffered during the next half-an-hour or so, which seemed like an eternity, still sends a chill down my spine. I was reduced to a hapless chap at the mercy of a messenger from hell!
Never again will I volunteer for a massage!

Tuesday, October 12, 2004


Badri (in blue shirt). One of my best buddies in school.

Tata Motors (TELCO). This is where dad worked.

Golden Jubilee celebrations at the Gulmohar School.

Sameer Chaubal

Met Sameer in the lab. I'm very fond of this fellow. A gem of a guy!

Free Reader 2.7

Downloaded Free Reader 2.7 from Sourceforge. It's for the very first time that I downloaded anything from there. Free Reader is very simple. The virtues of Open Source are many!
I can read this blog from the RSS reader.

Monday, October 11, 2004

Ujwal, thanks for the treat!

Sunday, October 10, 2004

Ranchi

I never thought I would be saying this, but a part of me will be a wee bit sad when it's time to leave Ranchi for good.

Achievement in BIT

I survived the ordeal of wrestling a nominal education from an Indian institution.
I miss Jamshedpur, Gulmohur School, my buddies and most of all, my home.

Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Gmail Invites

Hey, I can't believe myself! Why am I giving away Gmail invites so freely to these BITians? Shame on me!

Friday, October 01, 2004

Kublai Khan

Few people are as abominable as Kublai Khan (name changed for obvious reasons). I ran into that piece of junk in the lab. The scum should be buried alive in the deepest pit.

Thursday, September 30, 2004

Yahoo!

Yahoo! now allows RSS newsfeeds to be added to the My Yahoo! page. A novelty for any web site.

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Reliance WebWorld

A visit to the Reliance WebWorld outlet in Ranchi left me rapturous!

Saturday, September 25, 2004


Yanni. A contemporary composer of rare stellar magnitude.

ClassicalArchives is the classical music aficionado's must-have in cyberspace.

Friday, September 24, 2004

I plan to leave for Kolkata on the 15th of next month.
We had our lab quiz today. Need I say anything about how it went?
Santosh has lost a lot of sleep over his opportunity to participate in an RD draw. Poor soul, he can't differentiate between a brower window and a mail-client window. Dashing emails to the editor proved just too futile!
Badri's in Dubai!

Sunday, September 19, 2004


Yahoo! LAUNCHcast happens to be the most popular internet radio station in the world. I'm head-over-heels in love with it.

Nothing to post, really!

A week without blogging is like an hour without oxygen!

Sunday, September 12, 2004

It's Official

I'm addicted to the Internet. Someone please help me out!

Friday, September 10, 2004

Smitten by Internet Radio!

WOW!
This thing is fantastic! I just can't fathom why I hadn't tuned in earlier. Well, better late than never!

Tuesday, September 07, 2004

My 3 Gurus


Bertrand Russell


Nirad Choudhury


Beethoven

This was my very first CD. I had bought it in '97! This was even before we had a CD player!

Monday, September 06, 2004

A lot of wannabe Miltons from BIT are opening Blogger accounts.
Will they be posting regularly?
No, they won't...and you could bet my pants on that!

Saturday, September 04, 2004

I just discovered how to send multiple photos to a single post. This is great. However, Hello still has too many rough edges.

Someone has anonymously sent me a message via my blog. Who the hell is it? Is it Sebastian? If yes, please reply.

Mars! This is as beautiful as beauty can get.

This is yet another view of our celestial neighbour. My love affair with the heavenly planets and stars continue to this day. It's a tragedy that I didn't have an IQ commensurate with my love for the heavens.

Wednesday, September 01, 2004

That's it!

This is a self-imposed moratorium on my excessive web trawling. I won't be surfing the net for more than 2hrs per week until the end of this year.

Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Subhash

Ujwal's covert accomplice in his shoddy business is here. The whole gang is upto something very sinister!

Ujwal

Ujwal is smelling money! He is spending most of his time surfing the net(even though he is not an addict) simply to mint some quick money thru some shoddy deal via cyberspace. The whole affair looks too fishy to me.

Saturday, August 28, 2004

Dhoom

Went to a movie hall in Ranchi for the first time!
Run-of-the-mill movie.
Rowdy crowd.


Tuesday, August 24, 2004


This is my coveted Gmail account!

Sunday, August 22, 2004


This is a snapshot of my Blogger account as it was a long time back. I deleted the contents due to some reason I can't recall now.

Alltheweb still happens to one of my favourite search engines!

Aishwarya Rai, the most beautiful woman in the world.

Planet M in Pune. Their selection of music CDs is simply not enough to satiate me.

Portal to Fergusson College, Pune. The most happening college in India!

In Lonavala

In Lonavala

Snaps from Pune and Lonavala.

Yeah, that's me way back in December '97.

Saturday, August 21, 2004


IUCAA, Pune University Campus, Pune. I visited this place on a few occasions. Fabulous place to persue a career in Astrophysics in India. I had also attended a few lectures by some of the scientists from IUCAA, including its director Dr.Narlikar.

Mutha river, Pune during floods.

Mutha river, Pune. Flood affected.

An aircraft model lodged in Kamala Nehru Park, Pune. This is where I had my first romantic rendezvous!

Laxmi Road, Pune. The middle class family's shopping haven, this place comes alive @ night with it hoardings and neon lamps.

Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute, Pune. Very close to my place of stay in Pune.

Thursday, August 19, 2004


Good Luck Chowk, Pune. This is the junction between Bhandarkar Road and Fergusson College Road.

Food World, Bhandarkar Road, Pune. I visited this place very often.

Fergusson College Road, Pune. This is how the most hustling and bustling road in India looks like during the day.

I can't forget this place. Fergusson College Road, Pune. The life infused by nature into this place has to be seen to be believed. This most vibrant place in Pune.

MG Rd, Pune. I was wowed the first time I came here. I especially remember a very chic babe accompanied by her beau. She was wearing a black mini skirt.

Path leading to the main ground, Fergusson College, Pune. Our institute could have better utilized the ground.

Kimaya, Fergusson College, Pune. What this weird structure was actually meant to do I don't know.

Fergusson College, Pune. I walked thru the hallowed portals of this institute.

Senapati Bapat Road. I used to frequent this place while in Pune.

Monday, August 16, 2004

Total Solar Eclipse

Can I forget this sight? I was in Jamshedpur which unfortunately only enjoyed a 92% eclipse. Diamont Harbour would have been a better spot to witness this marvelous view.
October 24 1995
Again, I can't recall the exact dates, but I guess this comet was visible in the year 1997
Hale Boop
I don't really remember the exact dates when I witnessed this comet. I was in Jamshedpur.
Hyakutake March-1996

Sunday, August 08, 2004

Didi has bought a computer.

Thursday, July 29, 2004

I feel like a loser.

Sunday, July 25, 2004

Q&A

Q: What's the biggest advantage of having a career in computer science?
A: Most people aren't aware how illegible my handwriting is!

Nayantara

Called up aunty today. Shrirang bhaiya is in Scotland. Uncle is preparing for a conference. I hope to be in Pune in January.

Saturday, July 24, 2004

Floods

Santosh is caught between the Devil and the Deep Sea. Trapped in the apocalyptic floods, the poor dunce is faced with Hobson's choice.
Placement season is hotting up and I am having sleepless nights!
I am actually experimenting with the new rich-text interface of Blogger. I am getting tired of keeping up with prolific Blogger upgradations. It's a futile effort!

Monday, July 12, 2004

Businessworld issue dated 19-July

My phone number, what's left of the hair on my head, my seven-digit IQ, my eternal gratitude, a nice and cute kiss, your name on a cloud, the address of any celebrity, amazing music, my mother-in-law...

That, and more, is what Netizens are willing to swap with anyone who'll give them a Gmail account. Take a look at gmailswap.com for a longer list of bizarre offers. I got mine after three lunches with my boss - plus a promise to not bother him the rest of the year. We'll have to see about that one, won't we?

However, in the meantime, I'm now a member of the G Club. Not a small exclusive set but a rapidly growing flood of people who've managed to get themselves 'invited' to the great big Google party where webmail is free and you get a whole 1 gigabyte of space, if you only know what to do with it. The 'Google approach' is, apparently, that you must never have to bother deleting your mail - it can just sit there for all you care. Free email services are a dime a dozen, but Gmail gives you colossal storage, an email search that is based on Google's search technology, and features to beat anything else. On top of that, it's squeaky clean - in Google style. See gmail.google.com, but you can only see and not touch if you're not a member.

Now if Gmail doesn't sound particularly earth-shaking to many of you, that's fine. The fact is that for reasons best known to no one, it's become a craze. It's so coveted, a bunch of people immediately began to try and cash in on it. That is, until Google had to ban them from creating multiple accounts and selling and auctioning them. At first Google only let a select few take up Gmail accounts - by invitation only. But the G Club soon spread to include relatives and friends and friends of friends until a lot of people had Gmail accounts.

Having got Gmail accounts, many of us have done precisely nothing with them. Especially with the 1 gigabyte of space. No one has the bandwidth to keep large files in a Gmail account instead of storing them in their hard disks. For those who don't want to move to webmail at all, dumping existing email clients is quite out of the question, and most unnecessary. But there are also a number of people who've migrated to Gmail, and love its features. The idea of Gmail, say Google technologists, is to take the struggle out of email. You don't have to sit around to sort it. Instead you search for mail, or 'conversations' as they're called in Googlese. A conversation groups an email and its subsequent replies together. Subject lines will contain previews of recent messages in the conversation - and conversations are much easier to follow because of the way responses are ordered and interjected. You can instantly archive the message. You can also search the Web from here.

Gmail also has a neat on-the-fly spell check. Not new in itself, but packaged for much easier use. There are also handy shortcuts to work with your mail. Google says you don't even have to take your hands off the keyboard if you don't want to. You can filter and report spam, label, prioritise or 'star' conversations, and move between conversations with hot keys.

A considerable number of people got hot under the collar over Gmail and its advertising support, and how much that would invade the privacy of Gmail users. The US government quickly reined in that plan. So the advertisements are text and unobtrusive, and users have no real complaints.

The Big G is getting its search and email service rivals (like Yahoo!) worked up. But in the end, it's not about space on servers or a feature or two. It's about a phenomenon that's taken on a life of its own. A colleague of mine, who's the most accomplished snob this side of Google, claimed he would surely die if he didn't have a Gmail account. He got one, which he immediately exhibited on his MSN Messenger, and is now busy turning down requests for an entrée into the G Club.

Sunday, July 04, 2004

Gmail

Accessing Gmail is proving to be a pain in my ass. The ubiquitous but antediluvian IE5 does not support it. Opera helped create the account, but accessing Gmail was still impossible since Opera did not support ActiveX. I finally managed to gain access to it via Mozilla Firefox today.

Pinki's B'day

Yesterday was Pinki's b'day, but the celebrations were postponed by a day to make way for more guests.

Sunday, June 27, 2004

Businessworld issue dated 28-Jun

Ever since Faust made his pact with the Devil, many have longed for things they could would willingly trade their souls for. The Holy Grail would have worked, but nobody could find it. The Philosopher's Stone was a contender, but gold lost its shine. Marijuana had promise, but couldn't make it past the sixties. Trendy dotcoms that served free latte to employees came close, but didn't last long enough.

The lost tribes of the information age needn't despair anymore. Move over Faust, Google is here. An account with Google's email service, Gmail, with its 1 GB of storage, fantastic search facilities and innovative storage options is something every Net user has been dying to get his hands on. Till now only a chosen few have been invited to sign on. But they, in turn, can invite three more to sign up. So high is the demand for these invites that a whole marketplace has come up around it. Sean, a Canadian, has started a website, www.gmail-swap.com, which lets people without Google invites offer money, love or prayers in return for a mail invite. People have been offering boat rides in Venetian canals, a note slipped through the Holy Wall in Jerusalem, an original piano composition, a chance to work on a genome project - all for the Google invite. Some have taken the capitalist ground, listing the invite on eBay. The bids have ranged between $34.99 and $60. But there is one poor, jaded student, an atheist, who says if someone offers him the invite, he would start believing in God. Does the Pope have any invites left?


Guess what? I have a Gmail account!!!
It's spartan but fabulous!

Saturday, June 26, 2004

i am sam

This must be one of the best movies of all time. It made me cry.

Sunday, May 23, 2004

New Look Blogger

Blogger flaunts a new look and it just blew me away!

Tuesday, May 04, 2004

Space

Santosh and I were witness to this heavenly sight from Ranchi. Semester exam was impending, but we managed to squeeze in some time for the visual fiesta.
Total Lunar Eclipse