Thorns and Roses!

Life is not a bed of roses and I like it that way. It should not be. One would be bored otherwise.


A day in life!

Angelina Jolie arrives in Moscow, a dozen are killed during a festival in Germany, and Bangalore remembers a respected actor. A look at images from India and around the world.

That is the order in which the photographs of the news appear in “The Hindu” picture slideshow. Interesting, isn’t it?

I fail to understand the obsession of people with the celebrities and what they do and then again I fail to understand the self importance that these celebrities have. Human nature is so complex.

Just watched “Matrix” series again. Loved it totally! The first part was the best though. The concept was really a jerker and the technology used in the movie, revolutionary. I do not get why Angelina Jolie is hailed as the best female action star. One should see Carrie Ann Moss in the Matrix series. She rocks ! It is a very stylish movie.

On a philosophical level, it raises so many questions about the concept of free choice and fate, coincidence and consequence, chance and cause (in the words of the Merovingian!) The movie also has some very great lines spoken by the characters.

Loved it on the whole!


It is the (sort of bucket) list of things to do before/when I turn 30 (which is a looooong time to come but still….).

0. Become an expert in one mathematical and one economics topic

1. Learn to play one music instrument

2. Learn one Indian and one foreign language

3. Master at least one racquet sport

4. Read at least 100 books

5. Lose 10 kg of weight (This should happen in the next 6 months but oh well!)

6. Earn comfortably

7. Go abroad at least once

8. Do one significant, life changing, meaningful charitable work

9. Go on one roadtrip

10. Buy a digital SLR camera

11. Buy a 4 wheeler (preferably an open jeep)

12. Write something

Wonderful Woman – J.K.Rowling

Let me write here about the one who created for us a magical world which utterly fascinated us and left us spell bound. I am talking about J.K.Rowling here. The authoress of the ‘Harry Potter and …’ series. A woman whose power of writing made millions stand in queues for whole night so as to be able to get the latest edition of her books.

As fascinating the stories in her books are, equally fascinating is her rise to riches from rags life story. Her books and her status today needs no introduction. She is world famous, she is rich beyond dreams, she is married and settled and has done as well as one could hope to do.  However, when she started out, the situation was exactly the opposite. She was poor, a single mother, out of any job, recently divorced and living on state welfare.

At one place, she describes how she used to sit in cafes with her child sleeping besides and write because she did not have any heating in her own home, in the winters of london. And that just makes me think that how much dedication and determination and hardening of desires it takes. How much a heart had to be solidified to just strive on towards doing something when everything around you is shouting that you are a failure and are going to fail in the future too. More than the outward struggle, it is difficult to deal with the inner struggle and stick up for yourself. Look somewhere inside yourself and find the strength to say that ‘Yes, I can’!

This is what makes Miss Rowling special. She swam against the waves and how glad we are that she did!!

You rock J.K. Rowling.

You will forever be an amazing and wonderful woman for me, not just for the Pottermania and the way you got to it but also because of the speech you gave at the Harvard Commencement called “Fringe Benefits of Failure”. Read it at:


So for the first time today, I bought my own electronic gadget on my own, making my own decision and with my own money.

Lots of my own s ..

So its a 2 GB Philips GoGear Raga. It is silver colored. Coincidentally, my first mobile phone was also a silver colored Philips gadget and it got lost 😦 . I remember how much I cried that day. With the mp3 player, I am hoping that it will turn out to be a major convenience while travel and faltoo time pass and lunches and will increase my solitariness…:|

For now, ‘It’s making things better’ 😀


I realize that I am happiest or at least at peace when everyday there is a target to achieve. It makes life that much more simple in the sense that you dont have to worry about where you are going.

I just hope that I will have that epiphany soon enough and know what is the higher end target that I am after. Will I get it now, will I get it few years too late. No one knows except me. But I am sure that it will appear. I believe in its existence.

I am pretty excited these days …almost all the time which makes me scared also. But, for the most part, I am enjoying. Touch wood.