Thursday, December 19, 2013

Gravity

This is now one of my favorite movies of all time.

Just blew me away.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Arihant finally met his grandmother for the first time yesterday.

Friday, December 13, 2013

The reader or the do-it-later

Pocket sent me a mail yesterday saying I was among the top 1% of its readers. I don't know if this means I am a voracious reader or a chronic procrastinator.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Annoyed with myself.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Missing you

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COSMOS by Carl Sagan (Complete Series)

Dedicated to my father on this 9th death anniversary.

Unlike me, he was a theist.
But he let me follow my own beliefs and happily accepted my atheism.

Dad’s 9th death anniversary.

Friday, December 06, 2013

Thanks to France for giving us Debussy and Deezer.

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Tunes for now

I'm drowning the silence with some Bill Evans trio. Dad still speaks to me through music.

Asha left for Dubai last night where she'll stay for a couple of days before flying to New Delhi. She almost didn't make it to Heathrow on time. The huge traffic jam caused by an accident only added to our anxiety. But that's hardly an excuse for being late. I hate to see someone being chronically behind schedule. It's probably one of the most difficult habits to beat.
The exertion at the airport scrambling for everything left me panting. The return to home via 105 was a much more tranquil affair. The gridlock had opened and I returned home just in time to afford me 5 hrs of sleep before leaving for work.

I miss Ari and his mom.

Sunday, December 01, 2013

Dad

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Discovered this photo today!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Kitkat

I've finally got KitKat on my Nexus 7 today. The wait for the update was a long one. Glad it's finally over.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Turrentine

Most of the jazz greats known to me were introduced to me by dad. In return, I managed to do the same for him with some discoveries of my own. Stanley Turrentine was one of them.
I'm listening to Turrentine as I type this post.

Kitkat

Waiting for the Android Kitkat update to begin trickling into my Nexus is proving to be a real pain.

Alone

I'm alone and even my thoughts seem to have deserted me. Why do I feel so little?

Keyboard

The thought of getting a Bluetooth keyboard has been on my mind ever since I bought my Nexus 7. But there's a problem. I don't see any Bluetooth 4 keyboard specifically made for my tablet.
Then there's the other factor to consider as will. The onscreen keyboard that comes with my tablet is a charm to work with. The swipe action is so fun and accurate, I'm almost tempted to do away with the idea of getting an external keyboard altogether.
But then again, my Nexus feels like it's missing a limb without the keyboard!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

India has launched its 1st mission to Mars. The launch was a success. I hope the long trip to Mars stays on course. It won’t be easy. Most missions to the red planet have ended in failure.

All the best, Mangalyaan!

India's first spacecraft to Mars taking off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.

Saturday, November 02, 2013

My 1st post using a tablet!

It feels great to finally have a tablet of my own, that too the best and latest that is on offer! Mine is a Nexus 7, 32GB, 2013 edition.
I'm loving moment of my new possession!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Daylight Saving Time ended today.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

isohunt is dead

I have lost a great digital companion.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Isohunt is closing shop. This saddens me immensely.

I am loathe to being judged. And judge people do. Such utter nuisance!

Rabindra Sangeet

I’m listening to some Rabindra Sangeet sung by Shreya Guhathakurta, a brilliant singer from Kolkata who globe trots most of the time. She happens to be my senior from Fergusson College, Pune, and a family friend of a paternal relative of mine who stays in UK. When I first chatted with her, I didn’t know she was a celebrity. She dropped no hint either, such was her humility.

I am surprised at my appetite for Rabindra Sangeet, which has been growing since the past few years, ever since I left India. I guess I’m missing my own culture real bad. The language of my heart finally speaks loud and clear and I am no longer deaf to it.

Windows 8.1

Last night was spent nearly sleeplessly as I was busy downloading Windows 8.1 over an excruciatingly slow internet connection. From what I have seen so far, Windows 8.1 is a worthy successor to Windows 8 and was well worth the wait. I still miss the Start Menu though and wish Microsoft hadn’t been so aggressive in forcing a change that few people appreciated.

Need to crank up the posts

Facebook has dealt a near-fatal blow to blogging. I will need to distance myself from the over-exposure that social media invariably causes.

Writing comes first. Sharing second.

Monday, September 02, 2013

A thought

I can write.

But I refuse to be misinterpreted.

I refuse to be judged.

This is why I stay mute.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Rediscovered an old pal from school…online

So nice to catch up with Meeta. I called and we spoke about old times gone by. We’ll hopefully have a get-together and include all the oldies who can make it. Especially looking forward to meeting Subhrajit.

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Willis Conover's Jazz Hour: The Funeral of Louis Armstrong



This is one broadcast that I wish I had heard live when it was broadcast in 1971. Dad heard it. And he told me about it time and again.
Louis and Willis, you were greats.
But Dad, you were the greatest...at least to me.

Saturday, July 06, 2013

Arihant’s first visit to a university: University of Oxford

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Love the Telco Colony group!

I created the Telco Colony group on Facebook less than 4 years ago expecting 300-400 members. The group, however, has amassed more than 6000 members and shows no signs of stagnating in terms of content or membership.

Makes me happy.

Saturday, June 01, 2013

Relocating today.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Arihant sing every morning. He is hopelessly out of tune but we love it anyway.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Posting from my phone

The official Android Blogger app is awful. I'm not about to abandon ship but I'm taking the opportunity to assess Wordpress. It'll be nice if I can get the two talking via IFTTT.

Thursday, April 04, 2013

The engineering work at Reading didn’t help

Hopped in and out of 9 trains today. A record!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Jane Austen and the picturesque Winchester

Discovered today the house where Jane Austen spent the last few days of her life before dying. What a magnificent sight. Great minds need great places. I'll visit her grave soon.

There is so much of history preserved in England. It’s a trait I deeply admire and envy.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

WHY WHY WHY?

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I was stunned to learn today that Google will be shutting down its Google Reader. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I read it. How could this be? Has Google gone insane? Why did Google have to abandon its loyal ‘reader’ users?

Over the years, I’ve grown accustomed to using Reader for virtually everything technically possible – reading the news and blogs, keeping an eye on comments, house hunting, job hunting, video searching for Indian Railways…the list was limited only by my imagination.

Unfortunately, RSS requires a populace that’s a little more tech savvy than the current load of iCrap fed retards. RSS fell victim to an entire generation too used to a brain-numbing social-networking and share-everything phenomenon.

My heart is broken. Goodbye, Google Reader. You will be dearly missed.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Like father like son

Arihant slipped and fell from the bed today. What a scare it gave us.

Fortunately, he wasn’t seriously hurt – thanks to the wooden and carpeted floor.

Friday, February 22, 2013

London to Manchester & back in 1 day

Manchester reminded me of Montreal. The tram, however, flashed images of Kolkata. Loved the ride.

Saturday, February 09, 2013

Alarmed

Waking up to the ringing sound of an alarm is probably one of the most annoying ways to begin the day. But it really elevates to a human rights violation when you are robbed of an easy means to stop it. This morning, this was how I got violated.

I’m reminded of the nostalgic days of DOS, when the GUI was only an approaching fad and computers weren’t all that graphic. Textual pleasure was reserved for the ones who actually learned the esoteric commands to get something useful done by the PC. But even the most die-hard fans of the operating system couldn’t always dodge the dreaded question at the command prompt: Abort, Retry or Ignore?

I’m sure Microsoft earned a bad name from this infamous and blunt question. And since DOS was ubiquitous, tech journals sought to humor their bored readers by carrying jokes on the question. I remember one particular joke where an imagined futuristic car is just about to have an accident due of a brake failure. The dashboard pops the magic question just before the apparent crash: Abort, Retry or Ignore?

Technology has progresses much since then. It’s so pervasive, I hear even baby outfits are now fitted with bluetooth monitors to tell mommy when to change diapers. Thankfully, some of the old world charm remains intact, generally in the form of software bugs.

Which brings me back to this morning. My faithful Android remembered to wake me at the scheduled time, but conveniently forgot to change its interface to the one carrying the Snooze-Stop buttons. Instead, the home interface with all its launch icons ‘greeted’ me. It’s hard to tame a phone with a split personality, especially when you’re half asleep. I tried all options I could throw at it and at one point even muffled it under my pillow. When even that didn’t help, a brainwave hit…made possible only by my being wide awake by then. I stripped my rogue phone of its back casing, uncovered its evil inside and pulled out the source of all my morning misery: the battery.

Peace prevailed and my faith in the superiority of humanity over technology was restored.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Windows 8 on Andromeda!

The old lady has just won a new lease of life, thanks to an application that corrupted the .NET runtime on my Windows 7 system.

I’m not fond of the new OS. Microsoft has tried too hard to merge disparate concepts into a single platform. As a first attempt, Windows 8 is commendable, but I suspect most Windows users won’t take too kindly to the forced hybridization. Windows 8 is ill suited for a desktop OS. Banishing the Start button didn’t help things either. The forceful fallback to the tablet interface is a serious annoyance.

Yet, I’m happy Andromeda, seemingly on her deathbed, has sprung back into life.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Co-inventor of RSS commits suicide at the age of 26

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Aaron Swartz was just 14 when he co-invented RSS.