School beings in another 12 hours. Its been a wonderful eight months so far. Trials and tribulations have been few and far between. Perhaps the best eight months in a long time. The freedom and being someplace new definitely is a breath of fresh air.
Time now to knuckle down and kick the next half of the year. A period of reading, reading and more reading is coming to an end. Now its time to study.
Autobots, move out..
Have finally moved over to the dark side. A move that has been pending for a while now. I like the themes here a lot better than blogger! Two years of blogging has spoilt me 🙂
Its that time fo the year again. When rats of all kinds wiggle out of their holes and sniff the air for possible bits of the tasty India. Yep. Elections are in the air. Every two-bit politico worth or not of his name announces his grand plan to take the country down the path of slavery and ridicule. And to ensure that atleast five new Swiss bank accounts are created. If only they knew how worthless it is to put money in there now. Per a little birdie, balances are only for show and tell. Can’t withdraw right now.
With the fall in the markets the Swiss have had their share. Wish PC announced another VDS scheme now to bring back all that money. Its much safer here and given the staggering amounth thats lodged in those banks, it would be a great boost to the economy if even a part of that money is invested in country in these cash strapped times. That this is a great time for infra-spending and floating bonds for such and raising capital from people who would invest in country is obvious. For NRI’s given the high Re-USD exchange rates these days, it would a wise investment. But who will do that. Not that I know better finance than PC but still….
In other news.. A nice day long trip to the Big Apple was nice. Topped with a visit to HSB. Man sambhar vadai never tasted this good before 🙂 This is a place I would like to return to. Once in winter, maybe in December and once in summer. For now its bye bye NY 🙂 Well thats the end of week at S with J playing a gracious host. A million thanks for that. Back to school and good ol’ T! And sunshine. Man how much have I missed that this past week. Amazing how people live without sun for days on end. Weird. I remember my German teacher telling us how people would flock to the North Sea beachfronts in Germany during summer. Imagine!
Like I’ve said earlier, waiting at the airport with kids is so much better than giving company to grouchy grandmas giving you stares 🙂 Watching them jumping around telling mommy mommy theres a plane there. one here is so much fun! 🙂
Sun in Detroit. Man its such a big mood changer. Hungry Howies is too though we wont mention it 🙂 I’m writing with a lot many more smileys on the BB! Not sure why. Is it just a case of different platforms and styles or does it signify something much deeper. Not sure.. Anyone out there that knows me? Can you tell? Could it be cos of a mind set free from the Matrix!
First domestic trip within the US and almost missed the darn flight 🙂 That was a good lesson learnt – never ever schedule an early morning flight again 🙂 Reached the airport for checkin at 7.20 for a flight at 7.50! Hows that for being prompt 😉 To say that my jaw dropped when the lady at the counter said that I was late by a minute for checkin and that I couldn’t get on the flight is an understatement. More like being jerked alert in class when you were blissfully half asleed with not a care in teh world 🙂
And then it nearly hit the floor when she said she could reschedule me for another flight for a hundred bucks. That was so reassuring to hear first thing in the morning! I guess my appearance was such that she took pity and decided to take a chance at letting me board the same flight. After the gratuitous acceptance of two akkas of northwest, I made it into the plane just in time for the air-hostess to exclaim, well you made it just in time. She closed the door after I stepped in. Well atleast this wasn’t the first such experience. Wasn’t much unlike the other night searching the trichy bus stand for a bus to madurai at 2 in the morning with an uncle. Anyway, settled in and promptly dozed off. Up at 6 is tough 🙂
A sudden realisation later when i was wide awake and realised i’d slept all of 40 minutes and had more than two hrs to wile away. Had I not been in such peach of health when i travelled to the us, I would have been mightily bored trying to spend the nearly 27 hrs. Dozing off helped, thanks to cold n fever. Never have I taken such a view of such struggles 🙂
However, in all of these moments of high strung drama one had to admire that God is indeed generous to have positioned members of the opposite sex charmingly favourably disposed to strike a conversation zuerst on the bus when I was expressly thinking of ways to kick my own behind for oversleeping and then much later on the flight. Providence that she was german and I could speak in that language with someone after years? He does move in mysterious ways 🙂 Wish I can make a trip to that country later on. Pipedream as of now.
At times, when you’d rather be left alone and spend time contemplating, you’d tend to notice little things that are hardly given a moments thought. Kids jumping up and down crying ‘mommy, mommy aeroplane’ when at the huge glass windows in the airport. Such unbridled excitement with big shiny things never ever leave you. And kids like this, remind you of them should you do so.
Of course, when theres good, theres bad. For a journey that would cost all of 30 bucks, the taxi driver propositioned to drive me there for 300. He was from delhi. Enuff said. Our autowallah budhi never seems to leave us. But years spent in madras deciphering the hints that the autodrivers give when trying to fleece you, does give you a certain knack of smelling anything fishy.
All things said, there are pleasures in life to be enjoyed. Such as driving down the highway in a mustang at hundred. An SLR would be a higher pleasure though. One more thing in the to-do list in life I’d say.
Been immersing myself in the Masters music for a while now. When I build my own house later on, in which I’ll build a library, I’ll devote an entire shelf for the Masters work! Promise.
— The blackberry is awesome to note down stuff 🙂
Yep. Thats how it is. After a particularly disastrous year for the country, though a pretty good year on the personal front, its been a good new beginning for 2009.
Its been more than a year that I’ve posted anything here, mainly due to blogging at work. Since i’ve moved on, its time to get back to putting up my ramblings here.