February 18, 2004

As this extended break of mine from blogging will continue for some more time..., thought I'd take a hiatus to welcome another member to this family...
Welcome Hemant to the wonderful world of blogging:-) (we bloggers are taking all the credit of inspiring you to do so;-)
Now bloggers all over the world have access to all your confusing thoughts!
The first thing I feel after looking at your blog though is (with all envy) sigh... If only I were a PhD student!

February 17, 2004

Wi-Fi in Pune University
Finally Pune University is going to have WLAN installed in the campus. It is costing the University Rs. 75 lakhs, which is quite a lot, but it will definitely be worth it.
Within a fortnight, 414 acres will be having Wi-Fi coverage. In touch India Network is in charge of the project.
WLAN is now very common in the US, what with franchises like Starbucks providing wireless coverage to attract more customers. But the cost of setting up such a system is still quite expensive in India. It should probably become more cost effective in the near future.

February 13, 2004

Odds and Ends
Asha CNJ will be conducting the Asha Quiz 2004. Info for registration/sample questions can be found here.
Another addition to the blogroll: Amit @ Amit's Blog.
Back when I started blogging (which by the way, is not so long ago), there were hardly a few names on the blogroll. And now, practically everyone with an interest in reading, a penchant for writing, has started a blog. And they somehow survive the "One Post Wonder" stage and go on to achieve a decent lifetime. :)

February 11, 2004

Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome two bloggers -
Pankaj finally gives in to the force :)
@ Pharmacophile : Escapades to the land of drug discovery and development.
And Gaurav, who's maintained a blog since May 2002,
@ Vantage Point

February 10, 2004

Nirgendwo in Africa
(Nowhere in Africa)
I happened to see this movie a couple of weeks back, the screening of which was arranged as part of a German Movie Night. I actually thought that the German I learnt in high school might prove helpful here. But that was hardly the case. :) Native fluency in German is still a long, long way away.
The story is set in the World War II period and narrates the story of a Geman-Jewish family. To escape persecution by the Nazis, the family (the parents, Walter and Jettel Redlich, and their little girl, Regina) manage to escape to Africa (Kenya) just in time.
The movie then relates how the family adapt to a new life in Africa. The unwillingness of the wife to adapt to a "blue collar lifestyle" that involves digging and gardening, fetching water, washing clothes as opposed to a life of luncheons and dinner parties is amusing. How at the same time, the little girl makes new friends, learning the new language and customs quickly and enthusiastically. And the father's fight to provide his family a decent lifestyle, when his previous job as a lawyer in Germany is hardly helping him in making ends meet in Africa.
Finally, when the war ends, he is offered a posting as a judge to help reconstruct a battered Germany.
Then the family has to make a decision - whether they want to go back home, to the Vaterland, or stay back in Africa.
The entire movie, including the acting, music and the cinematography is excellent.
This movie won the Oscar for the "Best Foreign Language Film" in 2003. More information about the movie can be found here on IMDB.

February 09, 2004

Random Thoughts
Whatever happened to TOI? This is definitely not the paper that I used to read as a kid. Do not recognise it anymore at all :(
Why did India lose the final?
Sleeping a lot is supposed to be good for you, make you feel fresh. It is having quite the reverse effect right now. Need caffeine desperately...
Fairy Tales are still as enchanting as ever. Saw "Ever After" *ing Drew Barrymore as Cinderella. This modified version of a spunky Cinderella is very much in step with the times.
And the weather forecast predicts no snow for atleast a week. :)

February 08, 2004

Someday Someone Will Bet That You Can't Name All Fifty States

California, Mississippi
North and South Dakota.
New York, Jersey, Mexico and
Hampshire, Minnesota.
Vermont, Wisconsin, Oregon,
Connecticut and Maine.
Hawaii, Georgia, Maryland.
Virginia (West and plain).
Tennessee, Kentucky, Texas,
Illinois, Alaska.
Colorado, Utah, Florida,
Delaware, Nebraska.
The Carolinas (North and South).
Missouri, Idaho.
Plus Alabama, Washington,
And Indiana, O-
Klahoma. Also Iowa,
Arkansas, Montana,
Pennsylvania, Arizona,
And Louisiana.
Ohio, Massachusetts, and
Nevada, Michigan,
Rhode Island, and Wyoming. That
Makes forty-nine. You win
As soon as you say ____________.

- Judith Viorst

February 03, 2004

The Greengrocer's Love Song:

Do you carrot all for me?
My heart beets for you....

With your turnip nose,
And your radish face
You are a peach.

If we cantelope,
Lettuce marry;
Weed make a swell pear!


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