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Tuesday, September 23, 2003

This is more or less becoming a weekly blog, I have to try to rectify that, anyway, the past ten days has its bright and dull points. mmm, lets see, we lost our first softball game agains lemma's lions(5-8), I didn't do that well, actually I didn't get to do that much, I was made the keeper by common consensus and had to just watch as the ball was hit all over the ground/ We have the next game in a couple of days, shall win it.....

Had a good , satisfying game of MOHAA , the previous friday, I am becoming a force to reckon with in this, if I can say so( damn , I am good!!). It was at shawn donnelly's home, matt couldn't make it this time......

Brendan called from Okinawa, Japan. It has been almost a year since he left to fulfill his duties as a Marine Reserve for his country, one year of missed studies , living in some remote military base and now on a remote island, doing nothing... that's the sad part, doing nothing, just to show off america's military superiority!!!! I don't know how many more people are missing their regular life and homely comfort , just to help bush get re-elected....

Saw "save the last dance"(julia styles, sean patrick thomas) over the weekend, the film is about a very complicated and delicate matter, told in a superflous way. The simple onliner would be - it is a story about a girl who wants to be a ballarina - but this is further complicated by a couple of layers - black-white relationship, violence as a part of african-american life etc, none of which is dealt in a deep way. Even though superfluous, as the plot is somewhat different, the movie is interesting. So far I haven't heard a lot of Hip-Hop or Rap, but after seeing this movie , I have planned to go into that part of the music world.......

Sunday, September 14, 2003

I forgot to mention about the song of the moment - "It's 5'O clock somewhere" by Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett. It is a very nice song and Alan's voice has that easy quality which gives the song a very good authenticity. I like American country music very much and songs like this keep me firmly in the camp.........

Today was one of my happiest days, I got to see mom ( using web cam) after a long time, almost two and a half years, it was emotional, mom and dad were very happy to see megha, didn't get to talk much to them, but that's ok. I am very much attached to MY family and it is difficult for me to be away from them for so long, I have to dig deep to keep my restlessness under control , but I am proud of myself in that area, I am doing fine. Even during my college days, promptly each friday evening our room would become empty, all four of us(ananth, ganesh , kamal and myself) would stuff our clothes and a couple of books(verum padam) and will be on the bus so that we could reach home before supper. We would have a mini war for the window seat in the bus, but that's another story. Two days we would recharge ourselves and on monday we would be on bus again for another week of college. This has been my routine for my 4 years of college except for a 3 months period after I flunked my thermodynamics paper....

There are a couple of disturbing news today, the killing of serena and venus's sister and the speech by Israel's deputy PM in which he says that assasinating Arafat is an option. I don't want to go into the justification behind that statement, Israel may even have a point or two in there, I am always a supporter of the way they have dealt with terrorism, I even have suggested the same medicine of those in Kashmir, but Arafat is not another terrorist anymore, they recognized him, they sat with him across the table to negotiate, he got world recognition and along the way of all things a nobel prize for peace!!!!( considering he is a former terrorist, this is wierd for me ) and now they are talking about assasinating him. The most scary thing in all this is the reaction of the american government which is next to nothing. Think about the reaction we would get, if Indian PM talks about assasinating Pak's PM ..........

The piece of good news from the sports world is that Schumi won Italina Grand prix, I think he will go on to win this years title also,even though Montoya still has a chance.....

The coming week promises to be a busy one and the softball tournament starts on the coming thursday, my primary goal for that is not to embarasse my team , if I can achieve that I am happy........

Matt Conlon leaves for UK on Monday, for his six months overseas study(Manchester Exchange program). I think this would be a very good experience for him and for that matters anybody else. All the best Conlon, we would miss you ( especially your swasbuckling style in MOHAA)........

Monday, September 08, 2003

I didn't even remember what I did today, I was that busy and will be so for the next three days I think. I like being busy and I like solving difficult problems, in that way today was fun, I had to fight hard with the %oracle_home problem to install developer(I already have a %oracle_home and I need to have a new one for developer) and get Toad to work with it, but finally I got it done and I was satisfied. Student Team meeting took half of the afternoon, but the next half was productive.so far so good at work......

Today, got to hear that Karthick got a family promotion, he is now a proud father of a girl child and my heartfelt wishes for him and his family and especially the newborn. This info prompted a communication relinking among my fellow JJC'tians and mails back and forth is still continuing . In a way this is what I wanted - communication kept alive by intellectual and not-so-intellectual speak-outs. We JJC'tians , as far as I am concerned has never been a good electronic community, the mails doesn't flow that regularly, no trivia discussion, no regular chat sessions etc etc. When we were all together in our college days, talking was one of our main passtimes, most of the times there wouldn't be any substance to it, just idle chat or setting up someone for his fall, but occasionally there would be some good and heated discussions. I happen to miss that here, people here are mostly smooth and easy going, there are some friends here with whom I can have healthy discussion but not a heated one, they wouldn't shout at me , so I couldn't shout at them..........

Nazeer called me today, I was not there at my desk, so couldn't attend the call, I have his no. now, so probably would call him tomorrow..........

Sunday, September 07, 2003

Today is sunday and here I am in my office , working my mind out on some foresaken oracle forms and tables. The wierd thing is that it doesn't seem to worry me much, I think this is the best place for me to be in at this point of time in this space-time. There was a time once( seems long time ago), when my weekends are for just my pleasure and nothing else. Even during my school and college days , I made it a point that I wouldn't be doing any school or college work during weekends unless there is an emergency for that( once during my 10th grade, I mentioned this to sivakumar and he was thunderstruck, he probably thought that I was loosing my mind, after that I didn't mention this to anyone). I would rise late usually to the sound of television( I lost the control of the remote long time back first to my elder and then to my younger sis) . During school days, my gradma wouldn't allow me much outside , if I have to go outside , one of my friends had to come to my home to pick me up and he has to pass my grandma's grilling. They don't seem to mind that, so sometimes I get to go out. If not I would pick a novel of my choice (I came to know that my grandfather used to collect stories from weekly and monthly publication and would bind them into a coherent book, these are in my mother tongue Tamil), and after some idle chat with the family and after a hearty breakfast, would find a comfortable place to lye down and start the book. There would be intervals of food, snacks, sleep, chat etc, but once I got to like the book, I will come out of it only after I finish it. Sundays are different in the way that TV took most of the time. The routine became completely different when I went to college, but may be some other time.........

All this talk about weekends was triggered by the chat this morning and my subsequent contemplation into the concept of "home", I got to see my grandma using webcam after a long time( two-two and a half years). She look much the same, may be a little bit tired, she may have lost much of her physical strength and vigor but mentally she is the same. She along with my mom , has been one of the greatest influence on my character, though both of them don't know and don't realise that. For all outward signs they both are weak, but each time when I think about the things they have been thro' in their life, I am amazed at their perseverance and never-say-die attitude............

Yesterday, as my sis's family went for some arangaetram( dance debut), was alone at home, got bored , so went to watch Pirates of Caribean( johnny depp, orlando bloom(legolas) , keira knightley(the bend-it-like-beckham girl)) . I enjoyed the film , even though the story is thread-bare, the way it was dealt with and particularly the acting of johnny depp makes the film a fun to watch. Johnny depp doesn't act as captain jack sparrow, he becomes jack sparrow and that's the greatest plus for the film. With his wierd costumes, a dance-like walk and perfect dialogue delivery , he brings the character alive( if you hear me using words like mate and savvy, you now know where it comes from ). I don't want to think about Boys in the same breadth as this film, but invariably my mind does the comparison and I don't want to go into that, because it will make me sick again.......

Wednesday, September 03, 2003

What can I say for not blogging for the past 3-4 days, lots of reasons, but one single word summarizes them all- laziness. Even though had a long weekend and had some good sleep, like all the holidays of the past two-and-a-half years, had to struggle very hard to keep down my frustration and anger(for the same reason as always). Had some interesting moments also - finished Disclosure(Michael Crichton, rhymes with frighton), one of his best work, as in "Rising Sun" Crichton tries to put forth some views about "corporate America" and its intricasies - always a very fascinating subject for me - and I would have to say that he did a wonderful job. Most people , on hearing the name would automatically think about the movie(Michael Douglas and Demi Moore) and even though the movie is good, the first law of book-to-movie - the movie doesn't live upto the book - holds true in this case also.

Just now read a couple of reviews about Shankar's Boys and had the great satisfaction of seeing my personal views reflected by the reviews. Even though I haven't yet got to see the movie, Had a chance to watch the trailers from the Boys offical website and from them itself one can form their opinion. I always like shankar's movies, even though he has bit of fantasy and vulgarity in them , his highly sturctured story style(thiraik kathai) and the strong one line message(except kadhalan) in films like Gentleman, Indian, Mudhalvan etc , always attracted me. His view point of the message has also been different - like a freedom fighter taking law into his hands again and the one day CM concept. Perhaps he should have stayed with that style. Boys should and will bomb in the box office. Even though there are a lot of reasons for that, I think only one would suffice - there is no compelling message. From the reviews and from the trailers the message I gather is - do whatever you want in your student life, whatever youth do is always correct and you will always succeed in life - which is utterly wrong and hence...........

Murugesan got married on Sep 1st. I couldn't attend his marriage, I know I wouldn't be for obvious reasons, but still I am disappointed. We both have been thro' some difficult situations together , we supported each other thro' those periods and I wanted to be there when he gets to enjoy the result of his hard work. My Heart-felt wishes will always be there for you Murugu, May all your wishes and aspirations come true..........