26 Jan 2004

Hearing “Kal Ho Na Ho” music. Currently in office. The January page of my blog is blank. So, I thought I would add something.
Today is India’s Republic Day. There was potluck + “Munna Bhai MBBS” movie by Manthan yesterday (Sunday)
Will add more stuff later.

Anoushka Shankar Show postponed.

This is going to be my first blog entry for Oct. There was an Anoushka Shankar show scheduled for tonight (8 PM). But it got postponed coz she injured her hand. They said that if the show is cancelled, they will refund the money. But I don’t want the money, I want the show! Anyways, hard luck, I guess.
Here is a screenshot of the announcement on the official website.
The announcement is here: online | cached.
Also uploaded Manthan Oct 4 picnic snaps yesterday night.

Ganesh and Ganesh

Sunday early morning: Saurav arrived here from Carbondale with couple of his friends. Saurav and Akhilesh spent the night at my place. Two of his other friends stayed at Sahu’s place. We were having a weekend party at that time. Damu, Nikhil, Manish, Kabra and Mama were here. Three 12-packs, all different brands and all lite :). Seems everybody is becoming health conscious these days. Saurav and I talked about old times. It was nostalgic. But he had to leave pretty soon as one of his friends had a meeting the same day (Sunday) at 1 PM. I also checked out his new Canon camcorder. Party ended and it was followed by heavy discussions. I could hear Nikhil’s voice a lot – maybe because of his high voice, maybe because of the “words” he was using 😉 !
Sunday was Ganesh Chaturthi. I woke up very late. Manish, Nikhil, Kabra and Damu went to Sitar and I was really sleepy at that time. So, I told them I would not come. Later I regretted it. I was feeling pretty bored at home. DSL was down from 4 AM in the morning and the GR internet lab was also not working. Had chips and pepsi for lunch because I am too lazy to cook!
Called up home, Cheche Naobi and Cheche Bheman. Today, I called up a bit earlier and so I was able to talk with Dada. DSL finally came up at around 4:30 PM. I know the approx time because I was checking the browser every 20 minutes! Downloaded some music videos and sorted them out.
Studied 580 a bit. Manish went to gym today and he came back pretty late. Completed last 2 months accounts with Manish. This time, KUB bill was higher and my personal phone bill too. I had made a lot of India calls from the landline in the last two months. Manish bought some parathas from Apna Bazaar. He also brought a DVD and I heard Damu brought some videos.
At night, we watched 3 Deewarein on DVD. I don’t know how popular it will be in India (btw, it’s rank 9 in this week’s top 10 on Rediff) but personally I liked the movie. It is nicely scripted and the actors have performed well. I won’t spoil the fun but the ending is really interesting and not the ending that you would have expected 10 minutes before the end of the movie! Nagesh Kukunoor has done a good job in this. Jackie Shroff and Naseeruddin Shah have always been great actors. And Juhi Chawla looked simple and beautiful and acted just great. There is another review from IndiaFM here.
This blog entry is named “Ganesh and Ganesh”. Wondered why? The first ‘Ganesh’ is Saurav Biswas. We used to call him Ganesh in school because of his tummy! And the second ‘Ganesh’ is for Ganesh Chaturthi. This entry was previously called “Saurav Biswas, Ganesh Chaturthi, 3 Deewarein”. But I thought, the current title sounded much better and shorter! 😉

Sunday early morning

Coming back to my blog after a long time. The last week has been sort of hectic. Classes started on Wednesday (08/20). Have not decided on the final list of subjects. Have to decide by next week. Database class on Thursday was sort of a new experience because it was a class using video-conferencing. It was sort of funny talking to a screen and I guess it will take a little time getting used to.
Uploaded independence day and potluck photos on Manthan website. Also put up some new annoucements on cs website and pulled down the old stuff from the cs100 website.
I also fixed the computers in Pady’s office and set up the D-Link 704P router with print server. Everything seems to be working fine now. Did not attend the 580 review session on Friday. I was sleeping at that time.
Saturday (08/23), had Maggi for lunch. For dinner, had chicken at Sampy’s place. Pai had made the chicken and it was really hot (spicy). Had some ice-cream after that and so it is fine now. Manish and Nikhil went out to see K-town nightlife. Nikhil drove down to Nashville today morning. Pady also came in the afternoon. Resized some photos for bS. Have not called home yet.

New SEVIS I-20

Picked up the new Sevis I-20 from CIE today. Pady also picked up his. No grace period in the I-20. New rules, I guess.
Checked out bandwidth speeds in library and department. For details see this blog. Also there seems to be some problem with the blog stylesheet. Some of the text does not show up unless I “Select All” the page once.

Sunday Morning

Manish came back at 4:30 AM. He had a nice time at Liquid Knoxville. His experiences can’t be mentioned here 😉 – censored stuff!!!. Damu and Nikhil were also with him.
Rang up bS. Talked for 1 hour 24 mins. That’s a long long time in fact :). Well, it was morning when I finally put down the phone ;). Catching up with old times, I guess… And I sure do miss home.
FTP access to foodsafe website is not working. I was planning to update the database structure. Will try again tomorrow. Have to catch a wink now. Have a busy day ahead. Lots to do!

Thursday Night

Went to Wal-Mart with Nikhil, Damu and Saumil. Bought some groceries. Manish and Pady made chicken. We had a small party of sorts at night. Anuj and Sampy also came. The chicken was really tasty. Nikhil and Damu went back at 2:10 AM. I am still trying to figure out how to generate the index page in MT.