And a Man sat alone, drenched deep in sadness. And all the animals drew near to him and said, “We do not like to see you so sad. Ask us for whatever you wish and you shall have it.” The Man said, “I want to have good sight.” The vulture replied, “You shall have mine.” The Man said, “I want to be strong.” The jaguar said, “You shall be strong like me.” Then the Man said, “I long to know the secrets of the earth.” The serpent replied, “I will show them to you.” And so it went with all the animals. And when the Man had all the gifts that they could give, he left. Then the owl said to the other animals, “Now the Man knows much, he’ll be able to do many things. Suddenly I am afraid.” The deer said, “The Man has all that he needs. Now his sadness will stop.” But the owl replied, “No. I saw a hole in the Man, deep like a hunger he will never fill. It is what makes him sad and what makes him want. He will go on taking and taking, until one day the World will say, ‘I am no more and I have nothing left to give.'”

– Old Story Teller, Apocalypto (2006)



We have a high for the INR/USD in 8 years. On 4/17, INR closed at ~41.26 (source). This is how it works in short. CB manages the inflation, RBI the exchange rate. The RBI has total control over the foreign exchange rate (for USD). Government don’t care about the rate, it does about the inflation. Recently, RBI has been building a lot of FX reserves with no trade activity in the FX market; some $200B odd, $46B in the past year (link). Thus, INR is about 10% overvalued now (link). Inflation is on the high. India’s exports (long-term) would be taking a hit. So, RBI would be back to trading in the FX market shortly. Unless it lifts the currency derivatives ban and introduces the F&O market (which is little ambitious I think). :|

In short, I recommend to not send money home now and wait a while. With no major global currency fluctuations , “Mishr expects the rupee to maintain a level of 43.70 to 44.20 by year-end (link).”



I feel like a “biz” guy. Getting that cliché of a beep every now and then. Google apps for mobile. Sync’ing calendar. Changed my voice greeting. Unlimited data plan (not to be mistaken with the corporate data plan which’s $10 more). All expenses NOT paid. Ha! Let me know if you have any mobile apps as suggestion, I’d be more than happy to try out. Yup, I’m officially retarded now. Well, if you can lose a phone in 5 minutes and within 50 feet then yes you are. Anyways, got meself a treat. Thanks to me bro for recommending it. Only thing missing is the 3G UMTS/HSPDA. :|

PS: Posted using BlackBerry SureType®. Beware of typos!




Damn! These guys are hilarious on a Sunday morning. Read the ‘How TiSP Works‘ and ‘FAQ‘. ;)

FRACK! I need the ‘Royal Flush’. Oooooooooooooo!



She’s young. Don’t want to live a life that’s chalked out for her. By others. A life too conservative. Led by her peers. She’s very independent. Dangerously. She’s intelligent. Smart. Pretty. Calculative. Indifferent. Deep dark eyes. She has someone. But she’s outspoken. She’s very stubborn.

This year. She would have been 46.



How do you divide a square into seven 4-sided blocks of equal size?

Couldn’t answer: 17
Could answer: 2

– Comments are closed.
– Don’t prompt others.
– ‘No’ is a valid answer.
– Blocks are 2D only.
– If you could answer the q, leave a comment that you did and I’d increment the count. :|

le misérable


In the small circle of pain within the skull
You still shall tramp and tread one endless round
Of thought, to justify your action to yourselves,
Weaving a fiction which unravels as you weave,
Pacing forever in the hell of make-believe
Which never is belief: this is your fate on earth
And we must think no further of you
– T. S. Eliot.



DFW – BOM: DFW airport. Real stupid enjoyable conversations. I learn the ‘Cavity Search’ security concept at airports. I head for DTW. Detroit sucks (from Almost Famous). DTW seems like a nice airport. But it’s a bore when alone. So I call a lot of people. I watch part of a movie. I head for AMS. I have a really quiet neighbor. He is nice. Don’t talk much. Not a cribber. Funny. He takes out a box of peanuts and offers me. As he was eating, the air-host passes by, stops, backs up, sees that box with a raised eyebrow and goes off. Ha! That kills me. Rest of the trip is restless. Couldn’t sleep. 8 hours is a really really long time. Here comes AMS. I’m a little tired from the sleepless night. AMS seems disoriented. I have to check-in my carry-on for no real reason. I find a lot of overhead cabin space. Idiots. Morons. I head for BOM. My neighbor looks like a real hedonist of a guy. Gold chains and two buttons left open. Shows me his passport too. Then comes a twist. An old Indian lady (Jain to be precise) comes storming to me and commands me to get up. With actions. She appears mute. I’m embarrassed. Everybody is watching me. Finally I convince her that she has the seat next to me. With actions. Bummer I know. What a neighbor I say to meself. I’m really pissed off. It’s past my bedtime remember. Don’t ask about the rest of the flight. I think I’d sleep peacefully. But she’s a real menace. a) She puts down the tray table before take-off. Air-hostess stows it and says something to her. She pulls it down again. b) She can’t use the remote. She presses all sorts of combinations but can never get to the movie. c) She can’t stow the retractable remote. She wakes me up from deep sleep like 7 times in all for that. Irritating. I don’t say no ever. d) She can’t fill the immigration form. I’m real scared that she would ask me to fill it up so I pretend to sleep. e) When the air-hostess is picking up the trash from the passengers in the row immediately ahead of us, she pulls the trash bag close to her, puts away her trash in it, starts to put mine too. I look at her and then at the air-hostess who’s shaking her head in disbelief and apologizing to the passengers in front of us who are waiting to put their trash in the bag. f) She can’t understand Hindi or English. Intractable. Ha! Funny. I’m pissed at her. Air-hostesses are pissed at her. But I mellow out to her gradually. She’s a real kid for her age. BOM is here. After all the formalities, I come out to find that there’s no one to pick me up. Bummer. After 3.5 years, I have to wait 45 minutes for someone to pick me up from the airport. Yeah yeah nobody loves me. :|

Retreat: Noticeable things are the traffic, pollution, supernumerary people, supernumerary stray dogs, dust, humidity, heat, outages, malls, constructions, building complexes etc. I hate those all. Meeting relatives and friends. Fight for internet. Driving the car in the night time to get used to the clutch. The Sony car stereo 400W is awesome with iPod connectivity. Bombay ride on a Saturday. Gaylord – OK restaurant. Martini glass is hilarious. That’s my first alcohol drink. Marine Drive walk. Powai ride the next day. Bowling time. Didn’t touch the bowl. A motorcycle is more convenient than a car. Using the motorcycle jacket from the ’90s. I get a ticket riding wrong way. I have a nice pleasant chat with the traffic police. I explain him the ticket dispensing method of the US. I collect my license from the Sonapur RTO for 100 bucks. Then comes shopping time. I’m doing my things during business hours and not on weekends. Alone. I get some weird shoes. I’m not eating outside, only home food and boiled water. Mom’s food is the awesome food. I prefer it to anyone else’s. Simply AUSUMN.

BOM – DFW: The last few days are always hectic. I get my ‘twisted stupidity tooth’ taken out. No more talk on that. Dad scratches the car just before leaving. Badly. And he used to tell me, ‘There’s a free service coming up. Let me know wherever you scratched the car so that it could be fixed.’ Bummer I know. It’s way humid, I sweat a lot. BOM is crowded as usual. I head for AMS. My neighbor is Gary. Business guy. We have a little chat. I sleep a lot sporadically. Good. My right ear really pains during descent. I head for DTW. My neighbor is Katherine. She accepts a necklace with a cross as gift from her other neighbor. Obviously, he’s trying to impress her. Coincidently, she’s catholic. But weird eh? I thought we shouldn’t accept anything from strangers while flying. Anyways. Kathy. I say wow. Beautiful. Slim. Thin. Sharp features. Little make-up. Down to earth. Brunette. Pulls her hair back. Wearing a tee and sweat pants that were slipping down. Glasses that looked really good on her. Returning from an orphanage in Uganda after a month. God bless her. Heading to Florida. Nice talker. We talk about wisdom teeth, shaking hands, ear hurting during descent, food, etc. Something about her that I won’t be able to forget. What are the odds of having such a good neighbor. I don’t take a picture or her number. Should have. But so be it. I chew on nothing during descent. My ear don’t hurt that much this time. Last see-off chat with Kathy. DTW. It’s snowing. Airport layout is a mess. 78 gates in a straight line. Thanks for the tram. I call a lot of people. I head for DFW. I sleep all the time. My friends pick me up. Back to the same old. My tooth hurts. I already miss my mom. :|

Snaps: link.



Children of Men
It’s 2027. Chaos has taken over the world. Mankind has lost the ability to reproduce. Amidst all this, a former activist helps to move a miraculously pregnant woman to sea where research is conducted to save mankind. Excellent lengthy scenes shot with handheld camera like the ‘building search’, ‘child birth’ scenes. The ‘roadside ambush’ scene is one of a kind too.

The Diary of Anne Frank
The real story of a girl forced into an attic hideout along with her family and some friends in a Nazi-occupied territory.

The Prestige
Two ambitious magicians fight against each other for prestige. Nice movie.

Story about the lives of few widows near a temple on the banks of Varanasi during 1938. Controversial slow movie but a nice one.

A liner turns upside down and some people try to escape as it sinks. Not that good a story but a great introductory scene. It’s OK for a watch.



When sad, I sketch. My dog ate the other eye.

Natalie Portman (V for Vendetta sketch)
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