Friday, July 21, 2023
I am quite amazed to learn that in the US, shoulders are overrated. And I don't mean the cow's shoulders (which may as well be). I mean the shoulders of the road. There is a whole category of road signs relating to the shoulders. They are usually there; although I haven't quite experienced their utility, much to my relief. Yet, if there are any exceptions to this rule, the department of road-building sure makes a big deal out of it. They must literally be investigating the constitution of the shoulder (or lack thereof) and they do not leave any stone unturned to advertise about it at every few quarters of a mile until we pass them by (or don't).
I fail to understand this obsession. Narrow shoulder, rough shoulder, shoulder missing, extra wide shoulder, cold shoulder, shoulder may freeze, should may evaporate, and so on goes the signage. It is not as if one is going to stand on the shoulders of the road that the great workers of the past invented and progress much in the future.
And when someone made a smart comment that he couldn't find neither arms nor head of the freeway, I had nothing but a shrug to offer.
Thursday, September 29, 2022
Some chits here, some chits there.
L'il notes scattered and lost forever.
Some scribbling of mediocre writing.
Letters uttered that meant really nothing.
Scraps of wrinkled paper.
Long bygone, and left - where?
Words that meant so much at the time.
Wondering, if those really were mine?
I wish I had left many such more ---
Only to discover over and over.
Saturday, September 28, 2019
Sunday, June 25, 2017
"I am willing," he said, "to serve my country; but my worship I reserve for Right which is far greater than my country. To worship my country as a god is to bring a curse upon it." - Nikhil
"And so I will bear what you people are pleased to call false witness, as they have done who have created empires, built up social systems, founded religious organizations. Those who would rule do not dread untruths; the shackles of truth are reserved for those who will fall under their sway. Have you not read history? Do you not know that in the immense cauldrons, where vast political developments are simmering, untruths are the main ingredients?" - Sandip
"My country does not become mine simply because it is the country of my birth. It becomes mine on the day when I am able to win it by force" - Sandip
Wednesday, December 02, 2015
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
The very moment we were inside, the kids were super excited. The excitement never vanished even after we left the museum some ninety minutes later.
I wish I could regain the ability to get excited like them :)
Sunday, August 30, 2015
In a futuristic scenario, there will be flying cars; and Bangalore's sky-roads will still have potholes!
It is unbelievable that humans are capable of such shoddy work when it comes to reparations.
Reason that intelligent alien life exists but is unlikely to contact us evident!
Monday, June 22, 2015
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Wednesday, December 31, 2014
There is a bigger question to answer in the new year - (hint: it's NOT from the following).
1. Will Ebola be eradicated?
2. Will ISIS be defeated?
3. Will India win the Cricket WC in Australia?
4. Will world economy grow faster, will India's grow even faster?
5. Will the extreme Right and Left moderate to harmony?
6. Will global warming cool down?
No sir, it's none of the above.
The bigger question to answer is not that small.
And now I give it to you:
***) Will Suranjan Das Road Bangalore be repaired after all?
I am even willing to start a Facebook page for it - will you Like it?
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Take the Humpty Dumpty. Take the London Bridge. Even in Ding Dong Bell, someone put the cat deep down a well.
Take Jack N Jill as another eample - they tumbled and fell all over, didn't they?
And now if you thought that Baba black sheep has nothing to do with another 'down', try singing it again. Where does the little boy live again?
It's such lovely destruction that keeps the kids excited!
Thursday, November 06, 2014
Friday, September 27, 2013
Saturday, August 31, 2013
Thursday, August 29, 2013
hasn't lost its fragrance -
nor the memories
Continuity of ant-line
at the sugar-crossing
Why I love writing (or at least to try writing) such three-liners is, unsurprisingly, a mystery. Well, not really. I will not be arrogant to call my such endeavors as Haikus, for they need to follow a lot of rules. At the same time, I will not shy away from trying to create something that fills me with joy. Thinking and coming up with such experimental word-plays isn't that difficult. My only criterion of success is that such arrangement of words should make the reader paint a picture that is enjoyable. In a way, I take it as a challenge to be as frugal at use of words as possible and yet describe a scene as best as possible.
I have tried many such three-liners, mostly inspired by nature, and how nature connects to emotion. I could explain in details each one of them, but that would defeat the whole purpose and destroy its beauty (if any, in my writing's case).
And perhaps that's why the Japanese invented and mastered that art - in a truly Zen way!
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Today, in Israel, however I had a different kind of experience. Usually I ask up-front if they would accept Amex card, and so I did ask the cashier. "Let me check," he responded. I thought he was going to check with his manager. Instead, he just swiped the card. To my surprise (and perhaps equally to his) the card worked.
Perhaps, it was yet another example of typical Israeli risk taking :)
Monday, August 26, 2013
Friday, August 09, 2013
And this is only the second such experience after devouring the 'Downton Abbey'.
I am yet at the first season, so catching up with all the seasons in next few weeks is going to be real fun.
Tuesday, January 01, 2013
As we passed that well-polished and bright red car, smoke was already half-escaping out the window.
I doubt if namma Bengaluru city will ever be free of garbage. Of the recycle-able, not-so recycle-able types.
Monday, December 31, 2012
Watched "Paths of Glory" a couple of weeks back. Once you have watched it, it's not easy to forget it. Although the background is that of war, one may find many parallels and situations to relate it to.
I read somewhere that there was a serious discussion to convert the film's end into a happy one. However, it was not done that way, and I think that's the high point of the film.
Don't miss it - if you can't find it, borrow from me :)