Monday, February 27, 2006

Sleep deprived

After a weekend of hectic socializing and very little sleep, I can see lights swimming in my eyes and everything is slightly hazy. Need some wisdom and a bed.

2 new people in my life

Eddie and Chester, two very pretty red cap oranda goldfish, arrived in a plastic bag on Saturday evening, and were introduced into the brand new fish tank with de-chlorinated water and all that. I cant believe that I am actually responsible for somebody other than myself now. I am so in love with them!

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Rudy Giuliani for Prez?

Rudolph W. Giuliani, former NYC mayor, was in town for the Tata Memorial lecture at the NCPA last evening. Drawing on his experiences post 9/11, Giuliani talked about the essential qualities of a leader, and how the evil Soviet Union was brought down by the righteous Ronald Reagan!! Which led to a question if Osama bin Laden's belief that the US is evil is justification enough for 9/11. Well, interesting man, good speaker, soon to be Senator? President?

Monday, February 20, 2006

Don't watch Chingari

If you think that a movie starring the gorgeous Sushmita Sen and directed by Kalpana Lajmi wouldn't be too bad, think again! Chingari is a horribly bad movie, with cardboard characters and no sensitivity. Bad start to an otherwise pleasant weekend.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Somebody like Will...

Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to have a friend like Will from Will & Grace.

The Music Genome Project

A friend directed to me a really great music site - The Music Genome Project. It has an amazing online radio called Pandora that lets you create personalized music channels based on the bands you chose. The best feature is that once you chose a band, it plays all music with similar musical roots in the channel, so you get to hear really awesome music. And all this for free!

Monday, February 13, 2006

Movie marathon, and a 7-hr flight to Delhi

Back-to-back movie session on Thursday (yes, I had an off) with the Chronicles of Narnia and Rang de Basanti. Narnia was visually stunning. Tilda Swinton was magnificent as the ice witch (the last I saw her was as Gabriel in Constantine)- the lady has a screen presence that is just awesome. James McAvoy's baby blues were stunning even as Mr. Tumnus the faun. Otherwise, it was standard Disney fare with rather flat characters. Georgie Henley as little Lucy was impressive. Verdict: Worth a watch.

Didn't have too many expectations from Rang de Basanti, so was pleasantly surprised to watch a film that actually touched me. I am not too much of a patriot myself (got a 2/10 on a patriotism quiz once!), but the movie raised a pertinent question - how relevant in patriotism today? I didn't like the ending much, but I guess that the director wanted to DJ and gang to die like Bhagat Singh and the others did. Great performances - Siddarth as the intense, brooding Karan was simply superb. Great music. A.R.Rahman can turn out good fare if he puts his mind to it. Pity he doesn't do that too often. Verdict: Watch once.

Took a 6 a.m. flight to Delhi on Friday, reached at 3 p.m. due to fog to attend the analyst meet of a company that claims it helps planes land in near zero visibility! I guess HCL Tech needs to pitch in for infrastructure upgrade at the Delhi airport.

Caught Mixed Doubles on Saturday. The movie is adult, silly, immature, funny and doesn't take itself seriously at any point. Absolutely delightful. Verdict: Must watch!

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

My current love

Chris Cornell. Former Soundgardener and present Audioslave. A voice to die for.

You live, you learn

Listening to some music after a really long time. Came across Alanis. Reminds me of why I used to like her so much:

I recommend biting off more then you can chew to anyone
I certainly do
I recommend sticking your foot in your mouth at any time
Feel free
Throw it down (the caution blocks you from the wind)
Hold it up (to the rays)
You wait and see when the smoke clears
- You live, you learn.

Current love: Audioslave. These guys are pretty good.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Matchbox 20

Listening to Matchbox 20 after a really long time. Yourself or someone like you was quite a nice album. Real, Kody, 3 am, Hang...

But if things don't work out like we think
And there's nothing here to ease the ache
But if there's nothing there to make things change
If it's the same for you I'll just hang

Blast Rob Thomas for what he's doing now.

Monday, February 06, 2006

Good news

The Smashing Pumpkins reunion looks like its actually gonna happen. Woo!

On the woes of being single

No, it isn't what you think it is. Its when your friends start telling you that you should get married before you become an old hag. 'Get married before you turn 30, else you'll only find old guys'. Get into an arranged marriage if you cant find a guy. Well, I have been disgusted with that concept ever since I was a kid. And I don't have a man in my life, so what? I can understand it if it comes from family, but friends are not supposed to be doing this, are they? ARRRGGGHHHH!

Blue jeans, Bryan Adams and red hot chicken

Was a bit under the weather on Friday till this lady at the office wondered why a girl who is usually so cheerful that there is always a song on her lips was so gloomy. And presto, I was alright. I mean, nothing is worth losing that, is it? Went home with a song on my lips and a great weight off my chest.

Went shopping on Saturday, indulged myself - a pair of jeans, some perfume, some pizza. Great for the soul. The Bryan Adams show was a treat. I don't like all his songs, cant stand the mush, but the ones I do like - it was great hearing him play. The guy rocks! Topped that off with great music and dinner at the Irish Pub, Bandra. The only shock that evening was hearing a couple of 12 year old kids swearing like drunken sailors. Shucks, made me feel old!

Sunday started out lazy, till I got on a train to Thane. Sandwiched along with a couple of hundred women in a second class compartment on a train that moved like a snail, I got a rude shock when a woman started hurling the choicest of abuses my way. Apparently she found it offensive that I was talking in English on my phone. After a few minutes, I couldn't help roaring with laughter, as did the other women on the train. Thanked the Heavens for a sense of humour. Or of the absurd. But it was worth the trouble to haul my ass all the way up to Thane - dinner was red hot chicken with roti, topped with ice cream with chocolate sauce. Yum!

Friday, February 03, 2006


Once bitten, twice shy. But some people never learn.

Time to live
Time to lie
Time to laugh
Time to die

Takes it easy, baby
Take it as it comes
Don't move too fast
And you want your love to last
Oh, you've been movin' much too fast...
- Take it as it comes, The Doors.

Thursday, February 02, 2006


Lots of posts today :). This is an old web page I have. A list of my favourite books. The list has grown since then, but cant seem to find time to update it.

Goa pics

Sweet days

On some days the sun just shines so much brighter, so much warmer. Music fills you with so much joy. Music is your only friend, until the end!

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Sense and sensibility

I need lots of both right now.