Monday, October 23, 2006

Of tags, jigsaws and ladybugs

Almost all that my computer holds is music. Less data, more music (catchy ain't it? :)). So it was most challenging to simply list top favorites. Almost made me subdivide in 101 categories of top played, but I somehow resisted, and did a simple most-played tag that Kundalini requested. But please bear in mind that this is only the Current Top Played, it changes by mood, disorders, happiness, jigsaw puzzles... you name it, there is a favorite for everything.

Songs on my playing list. Will try and share some, when I do get the time, I did try on sendspace and odeo but they were too slow for me, any suggestions are most welcome.

Across the Universe (Beatles/Rufus Wainwright)
Lotus Feet (Shakti)
Hazaron Khwaishen Aisi (Jagjit Singh)
Nature Boy (Miles Davis/Nat King Cole/Ella Fitzgerald)
Sajna Tere Bina (Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan)
Windmills of your Mind (Jose Feliciano/Sting)
Tumi Aashbei Aami Jaani (Suman Chatterjee)
Shaam-e-gham ki Kasam (Talat Mahmood)
Arizona Dreams (Goran Bregovich & Emir Kusturica)
Bad Day (REM)
Both sides now (Joni Mitchell)
Can't take my eyes off you (Frank Vallie)
If I was a rich man (Fiddler on the Roof; Topol)
Lemon Tree (Sting)
Cigarettes and Chocolate (Rufus Wainwright)
Hallelujah (Jeff Buckley)
Thodasa Roomani Ho Jaayen (Chhaya Ganguly)

and now I notice that I don't have any Simon and Garfunkel, no Tracy Chapman, or songs from "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert" (I love the movie) on my list. Horror of horrors!
The tag passes on to Anyesha, Joy and Sines and Scribbles. Only if they want to :)

and in the meantime I caught my 6th cold this year, Gah, Gah and more Gah!!! Seriously hate this periodic sniffing and hunting for tissue paper, like there is nothing better to do. And the weekend was spent thus - .

K at the table

All done! Pat Pat :)

And its ladybug season in Frankfurt, they're everywhere, and a pleasure to photograph, inspire such beautiful stories and bring smiles and luck to all. Only downside is that I have to go about warily so that I don't tread on them by mistake, here's a pair on our balcony, just like two commuters meeting on the tube.

Oh and I also updated the silly pics, Whew!

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Diwali ki haardik shubh kaamnaayein.

My favorite festival, simply because of the ritual of "choddo pidim" (14 diyas); wherein Ma and I would put each of the 14 diyas in the darkest corners of the house leaving a small courageous flickering flame behind us. It symbolised too many things in my childlike heart back then and somehow the emotions associated with the ritual have yet to fade. The rest could be dispensed with but not this simple ceremony. Most of the day was spent in the lab this year. I did manage to get back not too late, and light as many diyas as I could. The house is now dark and each room has a small flickering flame the glow of which makes everything look beautiful. Happy Diwali everyone!

pic courtesy: KVRN Kiran Kumar at

Friday, October 20, 2006

Change is inevitable, most times necessary. Yet sometimes one wishes that somethings would never change. Desipundit is closing shop and the variety of reading material that they offered will be available no more. A pity, since they gifted me innumerable hours of reading pleasure that I would've been hard pressed to find on my own. I can only add in my thanks, and wish all at DesiPundit a hopeful Au Revoir!

Update: And it seems that hopes are being rewarded these days. They are back already :)

Sunday, October 15, 2006

On why there is the K in Bidi-K

I seriously had a lot to write. I have not done a proper blog post for ages. So this weekend when K left for Congo, I thought I would have plenty of time to actually sit down, put those thoughts in order and get out a decent writeup before lapsing into bits and pieces again. Instead I've vacuumed, done all the pending laundry, called my parents, called a long-lost recently-got-in-touch-with school friend, my best friend, watched Sex and the City (which in turn made me more depressed; now I not only miss K but also desperately miss NYC; haven't been there for the last 8 months; I don't know how I survive), also watched "Khatta-Meetha", finished Sally Gardener's I, Coriander and started on Neil Gaiman's Fragile Things, besides working on a new 2000 piece puzzle.

And all this completely justifies the Bidi-K. The K is needed to make Bidi write. Apparently a peaceful house with no one peeking over her shoulder and asking "isn't it done yet, your tea is cold, don't you have lab meeting tomorrow" doesn't quite do it for Bidi. She seemingly thrives, is sane and at peace with the K brand of chaos. And that is an eye-opener.

ps. and talking of NY, I seriously can't believe that this institution will be gone the next time I am there. Quite shocking.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Shubho Bijoya
Happy Dussehra to family and friends and all fellow bloggers. Have fun.