March 31, 2004

Ever happened to you?
You are wandering around in a Museum admiring the paintings. Suddenly, something catches your eye, and you go back to view a portrait. You get this feeling of deja vu , that you have seen it somewhere before.
Then it strikes you, of course, the one dollar bill!
And the person in question, undoubtably, George Washington. :)

March 30, 2004

The Lama
The one-l lama,
He's a priest.
The two-l llama,
He's a beast.
And I will bet
A silk pajama
There isn't any
Three-l lllama.

-- Ogden Nash

March 19, 2004

Wodehousian Era contd.....
An ideal life would be one where -
Home: Blandings Castle
Friends: Of the calibre of Gussie Finknottle
Relatives: Not like Aunt Agatha et al. but rather like Lord Emsworth, the Threepwoods
Butler: Jeeves or Beach
Pets: "Empress of Blandings", newts
Cook: From Blandings castle (I forget his name, but their neighbours are perennially trying to steal him)
And last, but not the least, a wealthy ancestor to bankroll you throughout your life!
Ah! C'est la vie!

March 18, 2004

Misplaced Era...
Creating a paperless world with a view to making life easier is not necessarily all that it promises to be.
For example, I just spent a few extremely boring hours grading assignments. No paperwork involved. Graded by downloading the assignments from an online database. Recorded the grades in a spreadsheet. And will post the grades online for students to view.
What they should try to achieve IMHO, is a world without too much work. :) Just a few small tasks to be done here and there.
An idyllic Wodehousian world is what would be worth achieving.
Guess I was just born in the wrong place and time!

March 17, 2004

Destiny ?
One of the those philosophical bents of mind, quite common I suppose, for an Aquarian :)
"It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link in the chain of destiny can be handled at a time."
- Churchill
Right now, more on the lines of not being able to handle even that one link properly!

March 16, 2004

Snow in Spring Break
Hopefully this is the last snowfall for the Winter.
Spring Break sure would not seem like a break without snow. :)

Snowfall -
The stormclouds came early on that cold day
Snow swirling down onto the frozen ground
Hiding the grass and the rooftops away
And muffling the gulls on the heaving sound.
I walked on a seashore of virgin white
Whispering snow-petals blinding my sight
An unholy world was cold-forged anew
While wicked winds roamed the foamy brine brew.
- Robert G. Brown 2004-03-16

March 12, 2004

A Boat, beneath a sunny sky
Lingering onward dreamily
In an evening of July --

Children three that nestle near,
Eager eye and willing ear,
Pleased a simple tale to hear --

Long has paled that sunny sky:
Echoes fade and memories die:
Autumn frosts have slain July.

Still she haunts me, phantomwise,
Alice moving under skies
Never seen by waking eyes.

Children yet, the tale to hear,
Eager eye and willing ear,
Lovingly shall nestle near.

In a Wonderland they lie,
Dreaming as the days go by,
Dreaming as the summers die:

Ever drifting down the stream --
Lingering in the golden gleam --
Life, what is it but a dream?

- Through the Looking Glass, Lewis Carroll.

March 11, 2004

Ode to Kim
This is one book that I can re-read again and again. Conversely, the first time I was required to read this book was for a class project. And nothing makes a book more unattractive than the fact that you "must" read it. So I read everything else I could lay my hand upon that winter break. But finally the report was due. And I had to read it. And once I did start reading it, it was hard to put down. Not many authors can write such beautiful prose or poetry as Kipling could. His description of the Grand Trunk Road and of life in British India are unmatched. As is the Great Spy Game interwoven with Kim's travels with the Lama.

I’d not give room for an Emperor—
I’d hold my road for a King.
To the Triple Crown I’d not bow down—
But this is a different thing!
I’ll not fight with the Powers of Air—
Sentries pass him through!
Drawbridge let fall—He’s the Lord of us all—
The Dreamer whose dream came true!

- From Kim, “The Siege of the Fairies”

March 10, 2004

While watching CNN today morning -
"A recent study conducted in Finland found out the women who have about 3-4 cups of coffee a day have about 27% reduced risk of having Diabetes"
Finally, a study which says that drinking coffee can be good for you. I have always known it for long, but not everyone agrees so. :)
And so much discussion about the India Shining campaign.
Vajpayee or Sonia?
I read this some days back on one of the Wordsmith emails. And it sounds so appropriate when applied to Indian politics and political leaders:
"The penalty that good men pay for not being interested in politics is to be governed by men worse than themselves. "
- Plato, philosopher (427-347 BCE)
So probably we are as responsible for the current state of Indian politics (Mayawati, Rabri/Laloo)....

March 04, 2004

Pig and Pepper
"Oh, don't bother me!" said the Duchess. "I never could abide figures!" And with that she began nursing her child again, singing a sort of lullaby to it as she did so, and giving it a violent shake at the end of every line:

"Speak roughly to your little boy,
And beat him when he sneezes:
He only does it to annoy,
Because he knows it teases."

(in which the cook and the baby joined):
"Wow! wow! wow!"

While the Duchess sang the second verse of the song, she kept tossing the baby violently up and down, and the poor little thing howled so, that Alice could hardly hear the words:

"I speak severly to my boy,
I beat him when he sneezes;
For he can thoroughly enjoy
The pepper when he pleases!"

"Wow! wow! wow!"

"Here! You may nurse it a bit, if you like!" the Duchess said to Alice, flinging the baby at her as she spoke. "I must go and get ready to play croquet with the Queen," and she hurried out of the room. The cook threw a frying-pan after her as she went, but it just missed her.

- From Chapter VI: Pig and Pepper, Alice's Adventure in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.

March 01, 2004

The Oscars
What they should have done: Called the whole cast and crew of LOTR onstage and given away the 11 awards.
Instead: They announced the nominations, had Billy Crystal do his comic routine, made a few people sing songs, made beautiful and well dressed (and the not-so-beautiful and not-so-well dressed people) come onstage, and then gave away the Oscars to the LOTR cast and crew, one by one.
Quote of the Day: "Thank God LOTR could not be nominated in this category!"
This was from the winners of the Best Foreign Film award when they came onstage to accept the Oscar.


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