An Excuse to Write
Sunday, August 29, 2004
  Is modh se jaate hain...
Is soch mein baithi hoon
Ek raah to woh hogi
Tum tak jo pahunchti hai
Is modh is jaati hai

Most of my daydreams, and this might be true for a lot of people, take place in an alternate universe where I and my significant others might be different, our situations might be different. But what I really yearn for is to have all of that from where I am right now. I don't really want to go back in time or sacrifice my life in this world for a more customized dreamworld. Ek raah to woh modh se jaati hai
  Taking the Plunge

I have enrolled in Mass Com, Xaviers. What was suprising was that it all happened very easily. I even got in Eng Hons. So, I am in the only college I wanted in Calcutta and the only fly in my pot is that Isha didn't get in. To have my best friend with me would have been umm... perfection. Somehow, the thought of leaving office in a week isn't troubling me that much anymore. I voted for college life and I know I'll have to take my chances. Besides, I don't think programming as a career option will be lost to me. Better not to rush into a career without having your share of fun.

Four steps behind taking the plunge.
Saturday, August 28, 2004

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Maana ke mushte khaakh se badh kar nahin hoon main,
Lekin hava ke rehmo karam pe bhi nahin hoon main

Sunday, August 22, 2004
  A New Template
I thought the old one didn't go well with my posts and well I got bored with it. Blue's one of my favourite colours; its cool, soothing, unobstructive and has associations of technology and quiet intelligence.

PS: If anyone has an idea of why my last post shows a huge gap between the text and table, let me know...
Saturday, August 21, 2004
  Wish List - My Preoccupation with Technology
My blog has increasingly becoming a reflection of my current preoccupation with technology. But then if I was reading a lot of books I'd be talking about that. Right now I work in a Software comany and I visit Cnet a lot and you get my drift.

Maybe I can infer that I have stopped thinking, but I don't really believe that. My major personal characteristic is over-thinking. If I walk from one side from my apartment to the other doing certain things on the way, my mind's usually thinking which order of actions would take the least time. But that's irrelevant. I analyse, and I don't think I've stopped doing that.

So here is my wishlist of products I've heard well of and I'd love to own. By the way, I'm dabbling in tables here. I hope it shows up well.

Sony Ericcson K700i
I like PDA cum phones like the Sony Ericcson P900, but I really don't need one, the novelty would wear off and I'd be left with a cool gadget that I don't use much and doesn't fit in my jean's pocket. This smartphone would be perfect for me. I like candybar style phones, it has decently-sized colour display, bluetooth, infrared, integrated camera, good sound quality, polyphonic ringtones, tri-band support, email access, calendar and games! I changed my mind about T616, this is an improvement on it, it has 32 MB memory compared to T616's 2 MB, a better display, a better camera and FM radio. Details here...

Apple iPod (40GB, 4th Gen)
The ultimate mp3 player! Refer to somehing I said before - Why Ipod? Or Cnet's Review. I'll keep all my music on it and constantly bug my friends to contribute more towards that end. Since I'm given to carrying my backpack around this will find its permanent residence there. Though I will have to buy this case and remote and dock...
Power Mac G5

A dual 2.0 Ghz processor in this machine is capable of outperforming a "similarly configured Dell Precision 650 Workstation running dual 3.06-GHz Xeon processors" (PC Magazine). I'd want the Dual 2.5GHz, 8GB RAM model! It's truly remarkable, from its 20" LCD display to the 1.1 USB ports in the keyboard to being Airport Extreme ready to its ATI Radeon 9800 XT (256MB of DDR SDRAM) graphics card and Mac OS X Panther. Bring it on!

Tuesday, August 17, 2004
  Happiness is…
Sunday, August 15, 2004
  Thought Provoking Comics
Non Sequitur by Wiley Miller

Calvin & Hobbes by Bill Watterson

Saturday, August 14, 2004
  Commercializing Death
Do newspapers have no taste or decency? I do not wish to see Dhananjoy Chatterjee hogging the front page day after day. HT really took the cake, today, by practically dedicating the front page to him. The man is going to die, for crying out loud. If you think people like reading about every grim detail about a man due to be exectuted, atleast put it in some page inside.

Remember, Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani? The movie had this situation that TV broadcasters were allowed to give a live telecast of a hanging and they advertized and did all sorts of inane things like interviewing the hangman, asking him what the name of his wife was and holding a competition. I pooh-poohed the idea at the time, but now I think the media might be capable of it. Only instead of being cheery, as portrayed in the movie, they'll be grim and revel in every gory, graphic detail, no matter where they stand on the issue. And their audience will only see either the drama of someone's life hanging by the thread and the power of being able to cut it, or a fashionably popular (read: controversial) cause to hold to their hearts.

PS: This was written earlier. Chatterjee has expired.
  Presenting.....The Benq Joybee 150

I picked up this fine device from my showroom Thursay night and I am its sole owner till Monday morning. Since I have to generate a review I might as well write one here. This post will be a work in progress, so feel free to critisize.

Before I actually take this review head-on, I'm going to indulge in noting down some pros and cons.

1. Wonderfully Compact. Fits in the palm of my hand and I have small hands.
2. Good sound quality. Could hear every beat in every A.R.Rahman song. (Ok fine; in Yuva). And it handled all those songs, where even my deck gets a bit screechy, wonderfully.
3. Recharchable battery.
4. Long battery life. Used it the whole day in the office and it showed no signs of wearing out. Official battery life is 8 hours and I can believe it.
5. MP3 and WPA player. FM radio with 30 presets. Voice Recorder (in mp3). Line in recorder (ditto). Removable Drive. Can read .txt files. Need I say more?
6. Actually I do. Cool blue backlight!
7. Lots of accessories. Remote controller, Leather pouch, Indian and american plug points for charger, another larger bag.

1. Cannot browse menu while playing a song.
2. No Hold button.
3. Cannot make playlists on the go.
4. Headphone cord without remote is too short.
Wednesday, August 11, 2004
  Ah, Sunday!
(Written some time on Wednesday)

Rather late in the week to write about a Sunday well spent; but then it might be good for the soul to remenince mid-week.

I didn't have Saturday off, cause Monday was a strike. I didn't even realize it! On Friday, I was dimly aware of conversations behind me going, "Oh, yes, tommorow is a holiday. Only we're all having it in the office!" The fact that it applied to me too, only registered when my dad woke me up the next day. I did the noble thing by shifting my appointment with my eye-doctor (oculist is it?), my only excuse for not attending; which means my eyes are going to be blurry over the next weekend.

Anyway, I decided I had to make up for the loss and happily enough I did, even though I didn't think I would. Talked on the phone with Swati on Saturday night. Convinced her to come see a movie with me. Come Sunday, we watched some Friends episodes (I got a few borrowed Best of Friends DVD's!) over lunch. Went to see Laws of Attraction at Inox. Had a hot chocolate-chip cookie at Biscotti. It's becoming a tradition with me: Movie at Inox means Half a cookie (I can't eat a whole by myself) at Biscotti!

The movie was a nice, light romantic comedy and I really didn't expect any more. Julliane Moore and Pierce Brosnan looked good together and pulled off the witty banter. New York and Ireland (What a castle!) were beatuifully picturized, especially New York in the opening credits. Actually, I like Brosnan better in this movie than any of his Bond ones. He seems some human here.

Ended up at CottonWorld as I always do. I love their brand of cool, sober, loose-fitting clothes.

In the evening I went out with Mummy, which was unusual as the both of us never go out alone except for shopping, to Pizza Hut and then Wills Sports.

My weekends have never been so much fun. I hardly ever went out with friends in school. Maybe it was because there weren't many places in Calcutta to go to, or maybe it was school itself, or maybe it was because I saw them everyday anyway. It still takes an effort to get my friends together, but now its more worth it.

Sunday, August 08, 2004
  Needed. People my Age
I like going to the office and I genuinely like the organization, but after talking to Isha on Saturday I realized I miss being around people me (or around) my age!

I am the youngest in the office, but its really not as bad as it could have been since I think the average age (leaving out he administration) is 25. The thing is I look too young! I'm 18 going on 19 and people don't believe it. Which is probabhly why I carry my old school ID card (it has my birth-date) in my wallet and proudly sport the black mark on my nail that proves I voted. My usual consolation is that I'll look appropriately young when I'm 30. No...I'm digressing. I am my age and I can't be content to surround myself with people way elder to me.

Anyway, I think I'll join German language classes in Max Mueller Bhavan with Swati. That will definitely give me some exposure to the world of well...people like me, or atleast me age.
Friday, August 06, 2004
  Losing Time a.k.a Four Days of Office Life

The title is misleading. I do not mean to imply that my loss of time is a direct result of attending office. This phenomenon, to the best of my memory, has been taking place ever since I passed out of school (Ah, how wonderful was/is that!). With distinct timetables and the necessity to remember certain dates (read: tests) memories of day-to day events were just better organized.

Now, just after the boards I did nothing and nothing happened to me. It seemed natural not to be able to distinguish one day from the other.

Software classes did make life less blurry (not to mention reminded me of my duty towards the world of computing; I exaggerate; and uplifted me from the dregs of boredom; I exaggerate not.)

Now (again) I'm working 9-6 in an office, 5 days a week but my sense of time remains distorted, or rather off-balance. When and for how long I performed a particular task I can't say for sure. Sometimes it’s hard to explain what I did at the end of the day.

This state of affairs isn't disturbing, just puzzling. I do not want the ever-nagging tension of near-boards school. I suppose I'm suffering from a kind of jet lag that I will undoubtedly recover from. Time shall have new signposts, other than ringing bells.

"You write because you need to write, or because you hope someone will listen, or because writing will mend something broken inside you, or bring something back to life-" - Jay Makintosh (from Blackberry Wine) I need to write. I need to rearrange and refine sentences. I want to ponder over how to put that thought in words; so that it fits in the scheme of things just so. Words can create magic and I want to get lost in them for some part of each day's life.

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