Sunday, July 24, 2005

ROFL

* UPDATE :
Karthik Rai has started his blog - watch out people , he is here !!!

Check these out :

The War on Terror

WW2

Both of them had me in splits for real long - especially the second one.
Seen sooo many kids behave that way online :-)

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Blogger V said...

ROFL indeed!

7/24/2005 05:18:00 PM  
Blogger semantic overload said...

Dude... u still in Mumbai?
Are you ok? what abt rest of the crowd?

The news that trickles from the net is worrying.

7/28/2005 04:00:00 AM  

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Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Ideal vacation ...

I was reading chimpu's post ... and got me thinking , what would be my ideal vacation ?

Somewhere I can relax and enjoy the simple pleasures of life ...
Dont know what it is about staring into the sun and listening to the waves crashing that completely relaxes me ... makes me very contemplative - usually about my life.

Will describe one the best beach incidents that I have had - at Palolem beach.

This happened when we went to Goa last year - the weather when we reached the beach was absolutely gorgeous !
Relaxed for a while , the waves were amazingly gentle and there was this mild breeze blowing inwards with just a hint of salty tang to it - the start of a beautiful evening.
We fooled around for a while , got our pants wet and headed back to vegetate on the sand ... the soft , white sand.
Srini and Girish left soon after to arrange for transportation , leaving me and Aparup to just sit by the shore looking out into the sea and the sun.
It was extremely peaceful .... my mind went back and forth between totally blank to meditative contemplation about myself ... mostly my past and the uncertain future.
The hypnotic waves and the slowly changing sky made me completely at peace with myself and my surroundings.

Pretty soon the sky was crimson red and then started to darken , slowly ... oh ever so slowly !
It was a riot of colors ... and yet so tranquil and mesmerizing.

Soon after the others returned , we sat and chatted for a while ... but everything was mellow and melancholic - unlike the boisterous banter that we usually share.
By the time we left , it was dark ... we could see flickering lanterns and steady 100W bulbs dotting the beach.
Destination : our rooms , ETA : 2 hours later.
We left that beach slowly , and took away with us 3 hours of what I might cherish my whole life.
Everything was so serene and calm - it could have lasted for ever :-(
The journey back was a blur - as usual, I slept ... while Girish got christened I.T Mamman and Srini and Aparup had shitloads of fun :)

These guys are a gem to be - I will forever treasure that trip.

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Blogger V said...

Oh, I love beaches too. :-)

7/19/2005 04:12:00 PM  
Blogger MMN said...

There is a beach 5kms from my home in Kerala, and how many times do I visit it? :(

You still wet your pants? nice choice of words I would say :P

7/20/2005 08:30:00 AM  
Blogger VKM said...

Just sitting at the beach and watching a sunset is in itself a beautiful experience isnt it? I mean, it makes you forget everything and has a soothing effect on you...
its really a great experience!!

7/21/2005 02:21:00 AM  
Anonymous daku said...

one can always rely on MMN to provide an ROFL twist... LOL!

& yup, just that description of yours gave some peace to this soul, & brought up some beach visits of recent. (-:

7/21/2005 04:55:00 AM  

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Friday, July 15, 2005

Yet another Bangalore visit

Aparup , a really close friend who used to work with me , is getting married - congratulations !
OR , like I tell him almost daily nowadays - enjoy your last few weeks of freedom ;-)

So , will be in Bangalore to attend his wedding - on 29th of July.
Planning to stay there and get some work done the subsequent week.
Dunno when I will move back , hopefully it should be sometime next month ... going to look out for a house near my office while I am there.

Catch you all then !

* This should also answer AK's q in the comments to my prev post :)

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Blogger V said...

Yay! seeya soon.

7/15/2005 07:41:00 PM  
Anonymous OK, this is jagat didi said...

(-: Nice! I hope to see you when I am over there!

7/16/2005 10:56:00 AM  
Anonymous girish said...

hey mridul can you call me today, at my sun extension, I need to discuss something urgent with you.

7/18/2005 09:19:00 PM  
Blogger MMN said...

Elli stay madthare?

7/20/2005 08:31:00 AM  

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Thursday, July 14, 2005

Book Tagged

* Update : Forgot to mention about Terry Pratchett !! I LOVE his works - the humour is just killing :) Would come under "Books that mean something to me"

This post thanks to Anoop ... do you notice his name is actually An-OOP - ok , ok , a lame joke I used to crack at college :-)

Books I own
Two carton's full ... most of them are not even unpacked since I reached here about 2 months back.
Oh, and about 20 odd books outside , which I bought while moving/after moving/etc.

Last few books I bought
These would be the ones I mentioned in my earlier post ... in my trip to Bangalore.

Last book that was gifted to me
Dont really recall ... must have been ages ago ! Or , as usual, my memory is failing me here.
If one of you did , sorry - just dont remember.
Ofcourse , I do regularly gift books to myself ;)

Last few books that I have read

That would all be Doctor WHO books , and a few chess books :

* Doc WHO and the Daemons - Barry Letts
* Doc WHO , Terminus - John Lydecker
* Doc WHO and the Ice Warriors - Brian Hayles
* Chess - Reuben Fine
* Chess Fundamentals - J.R. Capablanca

These are the books I finished since coming back from Bangalore ... the chess books , I dont really read them cover to cover - just hunt for nuggets of patterns which I can convert to code or will give me better ideas :-)
Been extremely busy with work , following by gaming (read doom3 , CS :-P) ... so reading has suffered massively :-(

Books that mean something to me
Tough one - let me just list the ones which I really enjoyed/continue to enjoy even today. I might be really missing lots of possibilities while making this list.
Usually , my liking or disliking something can be very very mood dependent.

* Catch 22 - Joseph Hellar
The BEST book I have ever read - till date.

* Mother - Maxim Gorky
I will just say , brilliant and extremely touching.

* Science fiction books : esp books by Asimov and about Doc WHO
Yep , I love most of them :)

* Calvin and Hobbes - Bill Watterson
I am an ardent fan :)
Yes , I own them all Muhahahaha.

* Unix Network Programming by Richard Stevens.
The book which taught me so much in the initial unix days !

Books I really enjoyed when a kid - from the attic of my brain :)
Might be really missing out favourites here !

* Books and articles by Helen Keller
Dont really remember them much now, but I was very much influenced by them.

* To sir, with love : E R Braithwaite
Really nice book.

* Adventure series by Willard Price
These were a series of adventures of the 'Hunt' brothers.
It was adventure mixed with info about animals and "exotic" locales.
Used to 'hunt' for them until I finished them all ;-)

* Hardy Boys , Nancy Drew , Famous Five , Adventurous Four , Enid Blyton series , etc.
Used to devour them until about 13 - 14 years old I think.

There used to be a paucity of books when I grew up ... and parents used to clamp down on the number I can read a week since I used to do nothing else !

Books I plan to read soon

Mostly , the ones that I am currently reading - the list is long and checkered.
Just dont get enough time :-(

* Basic Chess Endings - Reuben Fine
This is the definitive encyclopedia of endgame knowledge : has been a "project" of mine to complete this for the past ... 2 years I think !
Nowhere near completion ...

* OpenGL Programming Guide (Third Ed) - Mason , Neider , Davis , Shreiner
Still not completed - somewhere in the first quarter. Totally absorbing !

* Distributed Operating Systems - Andrew S Tanenbaum
Some progress made ... started after I got back here from Bangalore

* Minds , Machines and the Multiverse : The quest for the quantum computer - Julian Brown
Someone recommended this to me ... would be starting this soon.

* Design Patterns - Gang of Four
Already read most of it as articles , books and quotations by other authors ... got this to read it from the "source" : the book that started a revolution !

* Mathematical Analysis : Echoes from Resonance - Alladi Sitaram , Vishwanbhar Pati
This book looks promising , might really enjoy it.
Will start off on it when I get some free time and when I am in the mood for some analytical thinking.

* The Art of Computer Programming - Donald Knuth
The definitive guide to computer science.
Step one completed : bought them :-D
Step two , start reading them soon ;-)
Giving myself about 2 years or so to complete all three volumes , ROFL.

Thats it for now.
The lists above does not include anything that I read online ...

Whom do I tag ?
Would have loved to tag Alok - he reads really interesting stuff and reads a lot , but then he does not blog :)
So , I tag you ... please let me know in case you do write one - would love to read interesting works and this would be a fine way to get feedback about authors/books that I am undecided about.

5 Comments:

Anonymous aniyathi daku said...

eda Mridule, i was already tagged by NY... i guess i'll post abt books soon (-:

7/14/2005 12:25:00 PM  
Blogger MMN said...

I will make sure the next person who tags me will be toe tagged :P

7/15/2005 10:07:00 AM  
Blogger AK said...

Did you notice that there is a huge gap in genre between the Books that have meant a lot to you and the Books that you plan to read in the near future (Unix Prog being the exception). Maybe it has some psychological implications that we need to look into :-) Anyway, are you coming to Bangalore for good or is it another Sojourn?

AK

7/15/2005 02:08:00 PM  
Blogger Mridul said...

Interesting observation ! But hardly fair I guess :)
It so happened that at this point of time , I have lot of things yet to be completed :)

I dont really hunt for books ... they just "come" to me - friends references , snippets here and there which appeal to me , etc.

As a side note , I hardly get much freetime nowadays - it has become a very precious commodity.
And that I spend reading up on things that I am really interested in.
Same as with games , I dont have the time or the patience to put an effort into trying out something different - more so since there is so much yet to be finished ! (Btw , whatever I had tried has not really impressed me too much).
Hence , it tends to veer towards computers a lot I guess :)

7/15/2005 04:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can bet for catch 22 and Da Vinci Code.. They were the best books I have ever read.. I got a lot of information about these books on one site named sukip..
Please check http://www.sukip.com/Books/Catch_22_Joseph_Hellar

4/03/2007 06:07:00 AM  

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