Almost 3 decades on the face of that planet and I still never ever want to give hikes and treks a try again, despite being a sport and trying way too often than I’d ever wish to. Too many siblings become too compelling and dominating. To be honest, I can never ever get the hang of navigating ebrokhebro (ask a Bengali to demonstrate) up down slippery sliding trails. Rather than just go on complaining, which I know affects only me, I just wish somehow people had this universal fact registered that I don’t like to experience such nature first hand. Leave me alone. Let me sleep in late and catch up on my feeds. I’ll browse EarthPorn if I need to. I don’t like being forced to join in the generally accepted happiness norms. And worst of all, brand new shoes got ripped off their soles and the walk was super grievous.
Only reason I agreed to and only reason that would help keep the experience even a wee bit on the positive side of memory is that I was with my closest siblings. Still a bit of fun thru all that pain.


2013 in review

19Jan14

Happy new Year! Well, it’s true a whole year passed and I don’t remember writing anything here. I don’t remember where I left you fending for yourself last, blog. In general, my creativity, as far as writing of any sort (typing to be honest) is concerned, was “ittooo sa!” Nothing to show for. On the other hand, I became a more avid consumer. Became obese with information you might say. And junk food. Yeah! 2013 was the year of the free pizzas and free chicken burgers. Lost count how many times I’ve put MCD07, MOB06 and FRIFRK to good use. Ditched paytm because Dominos coupons were not coming free and nothing beats a BOGO offer. Continue reading ‘2013 in review’


I live…Again

06Sep13

that’s the blog speaking more literally than me. finally a happy turn’s come in my life and i want to get back to talking to my old friends…people who always care (but are lazy to get off facebook), starting with this blog. many months and many unfinished drafts went by. it’s hard to ignore all the time spent writing all that stuff and let them go…but it is far more boring to review those drafts and perhaps summarize the good parts (like how lives are presented on social networking sites). i did realize how difficult it becomes to be easily open about the not so bright side(s) of our lives. The armor of understanding can also turn to an iron maiden of misunderstanding. There’re never second chances in some cases.

 

Title is the starting dialogue of the main player character of the game Blood. the delivery is still awesome for me.


I often get asked about how do I discover most stuff online. For example alternate search engines, online tools, software downloads, news/articles, etc. Stuff that does not easily surface up in most common networks. The vague and yet to the point answer is that I waste enough time (in years) loitering on the interwebs. Now what I would get specific about is where exactly do you start and how do you go about loitering…erm discovering?

Best time to get distracted and learn anything and everything irrelevant is exam time. Brain is most active as a consumer as long as topics are anything but exams. I have probably discovered and read in detail more articles and sites in exam time than any other time. Not that I would recommend that to anyone, but most kids usually follow suit.

In the present day, you have social networks as your first point of discovering things on the interwebs. Worst place IMO. Your social network’s discovery potential is almost always as limited as your own self. Social networks even filter recommendations based on what you have shared or liked thus further limiting the variety of your discovery. Common examples would be facebook, twitter, google+.

Beyond the mainstream social networks you have sites, forums, communities, etc. that are dedicated towards link discovery and you are not just limited to knowing what your friends share or what the site thinks you may like. You start discovering links or sites based on what is globally ‘voted up’ or by randomly exploring tags and visiting sites that look interesting and finding useful stuff by trial and error. Common examples would be reddit, slashdot, popurls.

Methods besides the above need more time and involvement from you to discover new stuff. There is no one 100% effective systematic way to go about it. You could for example start with a topic that you fancy or something you have come across in brief from any of the previous link discovery methods and then you start reading up more on that. My favorite place to start is wikipedia which will contain links to external references. If you know of any specific search engines that specializes in the topic you are interested, you could try that too to discover more links relevant to that topic. Also if you are reading the article on any popular blog, you might find more interesting content jumping from one “Related post” link to the next. This is just like the youtube addiction where time flies as you jump from one video to the next and the fast internet never lets you complain. Only difference is that articles require most patience from you and less care for the world. The last method is what possibly makes your discovery unique and if you are really good at it, be the first to share for the rest of the second-hand link discoverers.

Discovering the web is novel when you are not stuck with just Googling and Facebooking stuff.


I have got so used to keeping everything locked within myself unlike my initial days of using this platform to vent out, express, share and ask about anything and everything that even writer’s block is not a good enough excuse for the kind of detachment that has grown between me and the blog. Nevertheless to keep the writing flowing, the best I can try to start with is something impersonal. Something that I am not holding privy and something that a web search could possibly answer you better but still a start is a start.

Most importantly, the update in real life that I gotta share is that I can finally make rice myself (including lemon rice) and it’s been such a relief to be able to have that simple meal (not to forget the butter and oregano seasoning on it). But this post ain’t about how to go about that. I am not insulting your intelligence in such a crass manner.

What I am always at ease with writing and sharing about is technology. Tools that help ease our work. And I end up bugging people by bogging them down with all the information that sounds quite awesome and useful to me. I want to talk about text expansion utilities today. I wish to introduce this more to people who are not tech savvy in particular.

Continue reading ‘Write Less, Right More’


the thought process has become microbloggy. a long period has passed since the last post and last year had seen the lowest number of posts ever on the blog. to summarize, i had (and still have) stopped remaining jobless and loveless. i held onto trying to complete a post i started back in september having fresh reactions from my move to a new city, new state, new phone number, new company but i just never got done with reading and posting tweets. happily facebook free for 22+ months. a lot of things have happened and i have thought of sitting down and writing down as much as i can of as many important events that i can remember since the last post. in twitter style, the events since then are as follows :-

  • I tried for jobs in Mumbai, Pune and Bangalore. Got in the last place
  • Visited Hong Kong for a vacation. If people were simply that well behaved here…
  • Moved to Bangalore for starting with the job on August 22. Got acco almost after a month. Posh neighborhood.
  • Job involves working on python (something i love) based web (something i worked with) frameworks (something new that i wanted to learn)
  • Attended Metallica concert with a bunch of losers. Missed out on being more closer to the stage.
  • Love happened. 30th December 2011 onwards. Twitter (DM) -> Skype -> Meet -> 🙂 (awkward change for the abusive tone, but for the better, right? :p )
  • Every day has been awesome and noteworthy ever since, but it’s way more so every time I get to go back home. 😉
  • Visited Singapore to dump back sister at her b-school there and check out the country (its so small i think of it as a city)
  • In Singapore, visited Universal Studios at Sentosa. Weirdly enough missed out on Sea World, that everyone back in office seemed to ask.
  • Ate tasty local food. Chicken rice and Laksa are my easy favorites. Food places -> Newton food hub/court, Clarke Quay (world cuisine), etc.
  • Planning home trips on upcoming long weekends. So less holidays ya! no Saturdays off also! (will never get used to it)

I really really wanted to not just post and keep the blog up and going but needed to let out stuff that had to be shared with you all and since my writing skills have dwarfed down to 140 characters or one liners, I thought of giving the writing a start with my favorite form of answering subjective questions. Get the points across. I will hopefully take out time and recollect (high hopes) details of the some of the events outlined above and get the blog running again. Petrol is not cheap re!


Live The Night

25Jul11
Night Sky at Dinosaur point

Image by hubbleflow via Flickr

Have you ever thought what it is to ‘live’ the night? To be as functional as you’d rather be in the day? Do all those day chores in the night instead? When the night becomes the primary half of your daily life and the day, the time of rest. When you are expected to be fully productive and not while away the hours online lamenting about how horrible the day was? The worst thing about my mind is when it does seek a routine, it gets painfully bored too soon…and the routines, it finds too soon. Of course one cannot question the rotation of the earth as it sees the sun on different halves of it and hence the day and night. It sets the base of all routines. So what came over me?

Its very obvious that I stay awake often as late as the last of the sun rays have come out. What I do miss out from these hours is that I find myself to be doing nothing that one would be capable of in the day time. In short, to live the hours of darkness. To live the hours of waking. Not to have peace and quiet of the sleeping world to write blog posts nor to go out to get entertained or whatever, but to have my full attention demanded to all the daily chores and work/job. I wouldn’t want to be including the people working on a desk job at this hour who just like us nocturnals (who stay online and) pass the hours in the confines of closed boundaries/rooms. Being in a town, that calls it too early a night and shuts down, these kind of ideas do seem more imaginative and far fetched than life in the cities.

Regardless of how much work gets done in the day, the night remains the time to do more of what we would personally like, for our personal satisfaction. Where you are the boss, the employee and the client. Even if you consider the graveyard shift office goers, night for them would be the day time and thus the idea would translate. I guess I talk much like a person with serious problems with sleeping and waking at right times of the day.

Things I often feel like doing in the deserted night are to drive overnight. I have been on overnight journeys on buses. I wished to watch a movie in a hall, which I happened to have done recently when I had been in Mumbai. I’d wish to have like a proper meal like say lunch, not raiding a fridge or whatever, but actually preparing and cooking. Besides probably a lot of pseudo indoor stuff, like playing metal music on my home theater box at insanely loud volume. Meeting up with random people. Sharing life stories. The list goes on and on and keeps getting unrealistic.

I don’t want to disrespect the sun nor do I want to interfere in the routine of the scary nocturnal animals. Its just a thought and someday it will probably be realised. 🙂

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