ring road on bike…

yesterday evening i decided to go all round bangalore’s “intermediate ring road”. on a bike (methinks wasting so much petrol in a car for no purpose is criminal). went all the way to hebbal (through the eastern side – btm,sarjapur road, marathahalli, etc.). then got bored and decided to cover the rest of the journey some other day.

and since it was a sunday evening, there was little traffic. and the road, for long stretches, is simply beautiful. three lanes each way, wide median, greenery for 10 feet on either side of the road – also implies no establishments on the road.

and i’m “zipping” along at 80 kmph (my bike refuses to go faster than that) and still feeling as if i’m going at 20 kmph. typically if i cross fifty on a busy road i start feeling a little insecure…

reminds me of Claude Shannon’s second law of information theory (called the channel coding theorem or something): You can transmit data reliably across a channel if the speed of data transfer is less than the speed of the channel.

similarly with roads. you can drive safely as long as your speed is within the speed of the road!!

anyways, as i was driving yesterday i thought of lots of stuff to write about the experience. but now i’m feeling too lazy so i’ll stop here. just want to add that this “road trip” was among hte most heady experiences of my life so far…

room cleaning…

cleaned my room sometime back… threw away a lot of useless paper (the cleaner will make a package tomorrow selling it all to the raddiwala). wiped my table and shelves. cleaned out some of the cobwebs. put new linen. organized my table. swept the room. put up 2 old posters. ah! my room is looking so different and good now!!!

finally…

the last 2 project submissions took a lot more time than expected… even more so with choosing yesterday to hurt his eye in a game of baddy (which effectively put him out of action for the last couple of days) when he was the only one in our group who had SOME IDEA of what had to be done in the project.

have done totally fraudulent stuff… wonder what would happen if prof were to suddenly call for a viva! anyways, i can take solace from the fact that valuation is always WRONG!!

so i can finally shout out “MBA OVER”!!!

dealing with disappointment…

a friend of mine had a certain major disappointment in life recently and had come to me to pour out her woes. me feels very awkward in such situations. i’m no qualified “agony uncle”. seriously have no clue as to how to deal with such situations. dunno what to tell her. afraid of saying something that’ll depress her further. but still she believes i can help her out of her current situation. and keeps talking.

strategy i’ve adopted of late is to just sit quietly and patiently listen and season the other person’s monologue with “ok”s and “yeah i get the point”s. at least that way i believe i don’t do anything negative and also the other person might feel better with someone having heard her completely…

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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