happy birthday, ganesha!

today’s supposed to be ganesha habba. spent it in college writing an exam. will go home now. and yeah, lemme quickly go out and have a look at the moon. aw, shucks! too many clouds in there. the only ritual i follow as part of this festival is also gone… :((

when i was a kid i used to be damn excited about ganesha habba. decorating the house, etc was all “good fun”. i also liked to pain my mom by threatening to move the idol and stuff. and i used to beg that it is me who hsa to finally dump the ganesha in a bucket.

now as i’ve grown older, i’ve lost the enthu totally. the whole ritual thing seems fraud to me. why should there be a specific day in the year when a specific god has to get importance? ok it may be his birthday, but still…

one thing good about this festival is that you go around visiting people to “see the ganesha in their house”. gives you an opportunity to catch up with a lot of people whom you aren’t in regular touch with. probably that’s the sole reason this festival was invented. our forefathers WERE pretty intelligent, i must say.

and i suddenly remember the “ganesha series” of kannada movies which came out in the early nineties. starring anant nag. good clean “balcony class level” movies. loads of fun. “Ganeshana maduve” (ganesha’s wedding) was the best of the lot, followed by “gowri ganesha”. wonder what happened to such movies nowadays. they make only bullcrappy rowdy-level or “social drama” “gandhi class level” movies.

ah, that digression apart, lemme take this opportunity to with Ganesha a happy birthday once again. and may he banish all the troubles from this world!

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everyday i hear about a new (and totally unexpected) person who follows my blog. the latest such turns out to be ‘s mom.

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term ending…

one more exam to go this term… and then a couple of assignments to submit on saturday. and fourth term will be over. with 5th and 6th not counting for grades, it gives one an opportunity to chill big time…

one one hand i’m feeling elated that this term is almost over and i’m looking forward to 2 terms of masti. on the other hand i know i haven’t done particularly well this term. expect about a 10 basis point fall in CGPA. considering that the system itself is “flawed” and that CG is hardly an indicator of learning, i don’t think i’ll mind.

but on the other hand, it is this very flawed number that you get after going through a flawed system that a lot of people use to judge you. and my parents will go again on the “you’ve underperformed so we won’t attend your convocation” trip. some people never understand. and if you tell them that they’ll be angry.

whatever, only 1 exam left (thatz tomorrow). and a lousy assignment.. which shouldn’t take too much time either.

feeling doped now… never know when the balancing low will hit me…

Keeping in touch…

just had a half an hour chat with an old friend of mine… she was my benchmate for eight years in school and it was her birthday 2 days back.

we have this simple way of staying in touch – i call her up on her birthday and she calls me up on mine. Every year. without fail. and it helps that our birthdays are more than 3 months apart, so every time we have stuff to talk about…

this has been going on for the last 8 years now… and we hope to keep it going…

orkut

i’ve been a member of this online community Orkut for about a year now… and have a friend’s list of about 250 now… interesting to see how different people use orkut differently…

i use orkut just to keep in touch. MOST people on my orkut list are friends (either from schools or from IIT or IIM). Scrap them once in a while and check about their health. yeah there are these arbit people in my list too. reason they’re there is that they generally added me and me being the nice guy added them under the “never met” category.

but i’m amazed to see the amount of “blade-putting” that goes on on orkut. just visit some female’s scrapbook (ideally she should’ve put an attractive photo on orkut). you’ll find thousands of messages such as “hi i’m XYZ done #$$@ unemployed in @#@ED i wanna be your friend please scrap me”. something that seems like a standardized message they keep putting on many peoples’ scrapbooks… wonder if anyone actually replies to them…

then there are these people who build “second-level relationships” where they get acquainted with their friends’ friends and make them friends. Warshall’s algorithm comes to mind when i think of this.

then there are these communities where you go and post arbit messages. it’s good fun reading these messages… for example on the “brahmins” community which i’m a member of, there was a thread “Intercaste marriages should be banned because they dilute our divine blood” or some such bullcrap. and there were a thousand people posting “agreers” to it with each reason more ridiculous than the other. LOL.

actually i live in a **whatever, i can’t get the word for it now**, where i interact mostly with well-educated middle and upper middle class urban people. and it’s more than a year since i travelled by second class unreserved. these communities help me get a feel of what “the world” is thinking.

then i know of this “paavam” senior in IIT who is reported to have found a girlfriend through orkut. he seemed to be the kind of guy who would never get married, let alone have an arranged marriage and now orkut seems to have “worked for him”…

can you think of any more “uses” of such online communities??

saving on attendance

i’ve always wanted to do this… attend classes religiously for the first 75% of the term and then bunk the last 25% and chill… no attendance issues, last 1/4 of term holidays… wanting to do this for the last 5.5 years… never happened… either bunked too much in the beginning or hadn’t had the heard to bunk in the end…

finally happened… religiously attended almost every class for the first 9 weeks of the 11 week term… and then have been on a bunking spree… and it’s immensely helpful if you have so many assignment deadlines….