Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Very Cute Blog

Tania Desai

Do read her posts on Spring Cleaning, and "Man-hunt : The search for an eligible guy...." :P Very cute & very funny...

Structured Procrastination

John Perry just made me realize that the main reason I am not studying is because there are more unimportant things in my life that I have yet to do. When something more important than reading research papers comes along, then I will start reading papers to avoid that more important thing.
Enlightening, isn't it?

Anyways, the logical part of me, is reminding me that I really do need to work - else I will regret it later!! So I need to find something more important to do than read papers.... any suggestions???

P.S. : If the person reading this post is my guide, Sir I am studying real hard and not wasting a single mintue of my time. Please believe me ....

Sunday, May 29, 2005

My last 1 week

Couldn't find my blog on the dashboard, so couldn't write anything. Its obviously back now :).

Last week has been loads of fun. Apart from walks to Devi temple, and hill-top, we also went out for desserts to Mocha - tried Avalanche (absolutely yummy), and Piano Man (reasonably good, though not great).





Later in the week, we went to Sachin's at Nirmal lifestyle. Again loads of fun, though I felt it was a little too over-priced considering the food quality and the atmosphere and the service. Meghanak, if u r reading, the head of the family chair is empty for you :)).





And finally on Friday we went to Water Kingdom. That was massive amazing fun!! All day in the water, on the slides, fooling around - we tried every slide, and the scariest ones twice !!

Yesterday, I was in my room the whole day - read 2 novels, watched a movie. National Treasure should have been a hindi movie since it requires you to suspend your thoughts and believe that the hero can do anything, and the girlfriend is a whiny chinck even though she is a bigshot(Director?) in some huge place where the Declaration of Independence is kept.

Also read Jeffery Archer - "Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less" again, and Ruth Rendell - "A Sight for Sore Eyes". This book was a little like Danielle Steel, but much more sadder. By the time I finished the book, and the hero died, and the heroine lost her voice, I was so depressed, and felt like life is sooo hopeless, and not worth living - which is not a feeling I get ever. So I will recommend DO NOT read this book. I guess the problem is that I tend to associate with the main character, whether good or bad, and feel very bad if bad things keep happening to them without rhyme or reason.
Anyways, then went online, read some much nicer stuff (my favorites and all) and then felt better.

Now reading a paper for my MTP.....

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Jos Claerbout

Johannes "Jos" Dianovich (born Jeremy David) Claerbout, age 25, died on August 20, 1999. On that fateful day, he left the gym, bicycled to work, had breakfast, greeted his coworkers in his usual exuberant way, and sat down to read his email. Some minutes later he suffered a cardiac arrest, gasped, and died. Paramedics arriving within 4 minutes could raise no vital signs.

But in the 25 years that he lived, he achieved a lot - wrote beautiful college essays, knitted colorful toessels, went to college, took a year off from college, studied in Alaska, wrote some really brilliant stuff. More importantly he had great people skills, he could make friends with anyone and had a great sense of humor & a very different outlook in life. His family still maintains his website - go check it out.
Jos Claerbout Homepage

I was really inspired.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Hill-Top

We climb hill-top everyday now, which as the name suggests is the top of a hill inside IIT. :)
Its a small climb, a good evening walk, and the view from the top is amazing.
From the top - at the 4 corners, you can see the whole of IIT, the tall-rises of Hirnandani, Powai lake, Vihar lake, Thane creek (and even the Mankhurd-Vashi bridge !!), and a very big slum.
The sunset looks very beautiful, and the breeze is amazing.
Good fun.






Movie Reviews

Saw infinitely many movies over the past 3-4 days. Haven't worked at all, my life has been "eat, read, watch movies, sleep, dance, .... and other fun stuff".

1. Million Dollar Baby is a nice movie - liked her boxing skills a lot !!! - though I wouldn't have given it the "Best Film" Oscar.
2. The Ring - 2 is strictly OK. Not worth watching in a theatre definitely.
3. Lucky - the worst movie made in the history of man-kind.
4. Matrix Reloaded - too many fight sequences - the movie should have been half an hour long - they added fights to make it into a 2.5 hour long movie !!
5. Matrix Revolutions - should have been a 5 minute movie .... the rest is like a "The Latest Technology in Computer Graphics Tutorial"
6. Joey episodes - season 1 (24 of them) - nice. It starts off being not-so-good, but the later episodes(10+) are really good.
7. Coach Carter - thought it was a typical "Losers win the game after new fundoo coach turns up" type of a movie - but it does have a nice twist. I personally liked it.
8. Be Cool - dumb movie. Watch it only if you have nothing better to do in your life (and trust me, there will always be something better to do !!)

Still have some 5-6 movies already downloaded that I haven't yet watched. :))

Thursday, May 12, 2005

My Room & My Life

Every 15 days or so, I clean my room from top to bottom - iron clothes, clean out the cupborad, wash dirty cups and plates, sweep the floor (if the maid has'nt done it).... looks shiny clean for say around 10 days, then slowly it starts getting messy again.... till it becomes too messy and I can't sleep on my bed cause it is filled with clothes, cups, books, papers, and everything else that I own.
Then the cycle repeats. :)

My most recent before and after snaps of my room-cleaning bouts ....
(The clothes r there cause I have to iron them... so its not as bad as it looks - but it gives a good contrast for a before-after pic ..... :))





Anyways, my life is sort-of similar too - every 15 days or so, I decide to be focussed on some goals from studying more to taking care of my skin to exercising and all....
Stay enthusiastic for some time, work on it, and then slowly stop....

Anyways, right now, the enthu is still strong and my room is still clean..... :))

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

My Music

Switched on some music yesterday while ironing clothes, started dancing, and then just couldn't stop. The best thing was that if you remember a song that you haven't heard for a very long time, you can just download it instantly - love the IIT network man!

Played all my favorite music from Aerosmith to Madonna and Elvis to BonJovi and quite a few classics along the way. Most of the rooms on my floor are empty due to the holidays, so I could switch on the music at full-volume after v long. :)

Its amazing how much joy listening to music can bring. :)

Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman !

Read this book yesterday - its an autobiography of Richard P. Feynman, who was a Nobel-prize winning theoretical physicist.

But the book is not about science or physics - its about the things that Feynman did in his life. It includes playing the drums, cracking safes, painting, his work in biology (!!), solving maths & differential equations approximately in 1 minute, and the many many practical jokes that he has played on many many people in his life.

The one thing that really amazed me is that he doesn't fit into the "typical scientist" picture - he is curious about everything from management to culture and art. It makes you realize the flaw in the "graduate students should only do _proper work_ and not be involved in any extra-curriculars" philosophy that many people here seem to endorse. :))

Amazing book - loads of fun. The cover says :
"There are 2 types of genius. Ordinary genius do great things, but they leave you room to believe that you could do the same if only you worked hard enough. Then there are magicians, and you can have no idea how they do it. Feynman was a magician."
So true.

One of his famous lectures :
Cargo Cult Science

Monday, May 09, 2005

The Alchemist (again)

"I am a part of your dream, a part of your destiny. If you have to wait until the war is over, then wait. But if you want to go before then, go on in pursuit of your dreams. The dunes are changed by the wind, but the desert remains. That's the way it will be with our love for each other. If I am really a part of your dream, you'll come back someday."
....

"When he reached the top of the dune, his heart lept. There, illuminated by the light of the moon and the brightness of the desert, stood the solemn and majestic Pyramids of Egypt.
The boy fell to his knees and wept. He thanked God for making him believe in his destiny, and for leading him to meet a king, a merchant, an Englishman, and an alchemist. And above all for his having met a woman of the desert who had told him that love would never keep a man from his destiny.
If he wanted to, he could now return to the oasis, go back to Fatima, and live his life as a simple shepherd. The boy told himself, that on the way towards realizing his own destiny, he had learned all that he needed to know, and had experienced everything he might have dreamed of.
But here he was, at the point of finding his treasure, and he reminded himself, that no project is completed until its objective has been achieved."

All I can hope for is that when the time comes, and when my destiny calls out to me, let me have the courage to go follow my dreams, risking my flock, and my love... to find whatever I seek.
And while the book never says this, when I do find it, I hope it turns out to be worth all the effort that went into it :))

The Alchemist

Read the book finally, and loved it.
The simplicity of the story only underlines the importance of the message behind it - to have the courage to follow your dreams and realize you destiny, the enthusiasm to work towards your goals, and the belief in the "Soul of the World" to accept whatever life offers you, knowing that there is a lesson in every experience - whether good or bad.

Some of my favorite passages :
"People are afraid to pursue their most important dreams because they feel that they don't deserve them, or that they will be unable to achieve them. Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second's encounter with God and with eternity."

The boy told his heart "When I have been truly searching for my treasure, every day has been luminous, because I have known that every hour was a part of the dream that I would find it. I've discovered things along the way that I never would have seen had I not had the courage to try things that seemed impossible for a shepherd to achieve."

"To die tomorrow is no worse than dying on any other day. And to die in the midst of trying to realize your destiny is a lot better than dying like millions of other people, who never even knew what their destinies were."

Saturday, May 07, 2005

Birthday Cakes



Happy Birthday to Me

Celebrated it on the 18th of April - am 22 now (will still pretend to be 21 in the About Me section though...... :) ).
A friend sent me a card saying "Hope your birthday is magic" and it was.
It started off with cake at midnight in my lab (NSL), along with my classmates, which was followed by a coffee treat to all of them at the H-8(hostel-8) all-night coffee shop.







Loads of my friends remembered and called. Loads of messages, SMSes, postings on the newsgroup, mails, cards, surprise gifts :).... it made me feel soo special that so many people remembered.

We also had a project demo & submission in the afty which went quite well.
In the evening my Mom and Sis came with more cake :).....




Inspite of having endsems the next day, the CSE girls later took the time off and treated me to dinner. It was soo sweet.





Thanks guys for all your wishes !!!
You all made my birthday very special indeed.

I'm Back

Its been soooo long since I last blogged. Exams are over.
My first year in IIT.
Half of my M.Tech. course.
And I survivied !!

Someday I might find the words to describe what the experience was, but I can't seem to do it now.
Grades are out : I have decent grades, some good, some not-so-good.
Took a 5 day break - had loads of fun !!
Now have to start working on my MTech project, whose 1st stage submission is in the beginning of July.