Sunday, June 28, 2009

The unchanging life

Last time I went to India(Dec. 07), I was a bit more naive. I gathered from the grapevine that India was growing at a tremendous rate, and rather innocently I assumed that would translate to things looking very different at home. However, nothing had changed in my immediate life. If anything, it was worse. The power cuts were longer, the water supply more restricted, the traffic worse and the pollution worse still. Of course, a few more malls dotted the city landscape but they made so little difference to my daily life and I felt let down on the whole.

This time, I am more informed. I am aware that there has been little or no infrastructural development. The monsoons have been bad. I expect the power cuts to be worse still. The water supply as restricted as ever. The apartment management as lousy as always, so that my dad and grandmother will still have to climb 8 flights of stairs to get to our fourth floor apartment. The traffic and pollution as suffocating as usual. This time, I have no expectations of change. This time, I think I will be happy.

Friday, June 26, 2009

MJ - Musician, Juvenile

So today the whole english-knowing world mourns the death of michael jackson; led from the front by musicians, followed closely by plastic surgeons, with the end of the line comprising confused confounded children.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Howlarious cousin - Part II

So the he/him in the chat below is a reference to my overambitious 17 year old cousin. I understand his desire to stamp his name on the world of science and all but this is downright hilarious!! =))

me: i'll fwd the chat
worth a read
Sriram: :D
me: max trippy da
secretly married an american it seems
Sriram: :)
vivid imagination
me: ya, totally awesome consideration of possibilities
Sriram: when i met him this summer, he kept describing some physics contraption arrangment for a perpetual motion machine, and said he would become rich etc
me: LOL
what da
total trippy fellow he is
Sriram: apparently he had suggested that idea to his teacher there and he/she had sent a mail to HC Verma about it
me: :-|
Sriram: and HC verma mailed him back saying nice try
me: ROFL
dei, total wtf prof. also
did u hear his idea?
Sriram: ya, he gen puts reel also
me: what was it?
i'm curious
Sriram: ya, don't remember now.
it was something about starting a motor in space
me: hehe
Sriram: basically some zuk frictional loss set up for relative motion between some coil and magnetic field
me: he didn't learn carnot's cycle-a?
Sriram: I don't think we did it in 12th.
me: oh :-/
don't remember


So today I spent 5 minutes holding my key bunch in my hand and searching for it everywhere. I even cursed my carelessness.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Whatay quote!

"I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma." - Eartha Kitt

Too good.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Howlarious cousin!

So there is this cousin of mine who has recently grown into a big boy and is now joining college and all. He and I haven't been in touch all that often these past three years of my stay in the US. Suddenly, he decided to add me on skype and pinged me on gchat asking me for my skype id. So I gave him what I thought was my skype id and this ensued(cast: Srinivas - cousin; Sriram - Bro):
Srinivas: something ridiculous happened
i added someone else in skype thinking its u
i rang him
me: lol
Srinivas: and a lady took
i asked her who she is
and she told she was karthik's wife
and i said WHAT
me: LOL
Srinivas: and she asked me whu i was
and i told i was his cuzz
and i didnt know
wether any of yur frnd were playing prank on me
and sriram came in
and finally confirmed about the mixup
we all had a good laugh
me: ROFL!
Srinivas: for a moment i thought u married an american
me: ROFL!
Srinivas: secretly
me: lol
my id is ....

p.s: This dude is funny!

Monday, June 15, 2009

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Saturday, June 13, 2009

Conspiracy theory

What if the biggest conspiracy of the 21st century is not 9/11? What if it is not even a conspiracy of evil? Perhaps the greatest conspiracy of the 21st century is the conspiring of reputed economists the world over to spread the myth of recession and recovery in stead of depression and doom. Because they realise that in that falsehood lies the solution to changing the course of the world for real.

p.s: There is more truth to this theory than a lay reader may assume. In real world economics, psychology matters.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

One of a kind

I was on the volleyball court at lunch time. A player on the opposition team stalled play to tie his shoelaces. At that time I glanced at my laces to make sure they were in place too. That is when I discovered to my utter horror and morbid embarrassment that today I went to work wearing two shoes from two different pairs. One was made of strips of grey and purple with little patches of orange. The other of strips of white and blue with patches of red. They were also two different brands. It was a long day but fortunately nobody seemed to have spotted it(I was in shorts too, not trousers!), or may be they spotted it and thought it nothing unusual coming from me. Either way, I am glad not to have faced someone in this awkward situation, trying to explain my abstractedness during the whole morning shoe picking up and tying routine!

It did make a very comic sight though and I was most amused by it!

p.s: Socks, I can tell you from personal experience, are even tougher to hide :(

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Lighter side

On my way back to the US from India in Dec '07, the customs check was at rush hour thanks to some delayed incoming flights to Los Angeles. Yet the customs officer saw me pulling in my lone suitcase for the check and asked, "You have only one bag? Really?? You are the first such Indian I have seen all day!"