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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

I watched an NBA game tonight*. Have watched few games but long time ago. Half way across the game, it strikes me that the coat-suit potta people are actually coaches - while agile people on the court were refrees. 

Weird very weird. 

You might think this was weird for me because the only sports I have really watched is cricket where umpires are more formal while the coaches practically look like they are part of the team.
I would like still standby that the Coaches in coat suit is weird. Very weird.

*My home team won.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Words ... meaning and feminism

"If you look at feminist in dictionary, it means some one who believes in equals rights of men and women... .......that word is weirdly used in our culture that some women think if you say you are a feminist that some women is going to start yelling at them............but that is how words work oh yeah I am a doctor that does primarily does disease of the skin. Oh so you are dermatologist? Oh no thats way to aggressive word for me....."

I really laughed out loud when I first heard the above comedy bit. Then thought some more, it is still funny but I am not signing up for the feminist tag and continue to believe in equal rights for all, cutting across the stereotypes.

The problem as he partially explained is that the word feminism has been usurped to mean various other things including hatred for men. Like the word Pro-life - a simple meaning word that has been abused by the wrong people.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Bay area

"He felt deeply that California was the only place he could live. It’s the slanting evening light on the hills, the palette, the fundamental beauty. In his very soul, Steve was a Californian. He required the liberty it afforded, the clean slate. He worked under the influence, and the inspiration, of the sublimity of the place. He needed to be refreshed by the primal rhythms of the natural world— the land, the hills, the oaks, the orchards. California’s spirit of newness invigorated him, and ratified his own spirit. Its scale is contagious: such natural grandeur is the perfect setting for thinking big." Laurene powell at Steve job's memorial - Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader (p. 409).

God willing, I have different plans for my future location - affected by roots, nostalgia.  But starting from the short visit during grad school to moving here few months right after in spite of another compelling offer to today - 10+ years later ( my longest or close to longest ) - I have loved this place.

In yet another book on steve jobs that I couldnt resist buying, I found the perfect capture of the why.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Why do we care about the west thinks anyway?

I havent watched the nirbhaya documentary.( cant revisit the incident).  But  have read the whole hoopla over the documentary.

Before I left India, I would have cared too. But now that in the past  10 years I have seen what these countries have done. They have always been like that, it is just that I understood it better as an Adult.
From invasion of Iraq(I rock) to Bhopal gas incident's response to tons of hazardous crap to western imperialism to the way they deal with their muslims in wake of terrorism. Nothing has been right. Everyone has pointed this out repeatedly in tons of magazines.

Do we ever read a report on them banning or even answering a single question? Why do we have to care?

Ps: Meanwhile we still have to solve the problem, face the problem every day, solve the problem by fighting with not just criminals and society but with the politicians and other influential people in solving the problem.

Monday, February 23, 2015

I dont get sabbatical that I have been eligible for past two years, and here the man goes on Sabbatical. Well, if you are Mom is the CEO, I guess you can take leave anytime you want.

If only some one at home had been CEO of mothership. Its all my mom's fault!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Rude, extremely rude!!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Dickensian fair

There were two thoughts that were constantly running in my head that day. 
1. This wasnt an option, it was default - I had to go see the fair. 
2. I also hated that there weren't venues like this for Indian history- considering how much older our civilization is.

My friend later said how she ofcourse knew I was going to come. Remember, she said, all the Jane Austens and Jane Ayre we had read. That is when it stuck me, It was just not that. The fiction might have been the triggering point followed by various TV adaptations but between downton abbey and the slew of  dramas that came along with hulu subscription (formed a significant part of my TV watching last year) - I was quite deep into 18th century Britain.

I wonder if English people were as fascinated as I was or we were I mean lets face it  - a certain portion of population in India is unfortunately/fortunately way too familiar with british culture from that time frame. But then British people seem to be too. I mean they keep making TV series out of these classics at regular intervals. BBC seems to be making Pride and prejudice every decade( or is it every 5 years?). Even their modern tales like bridget jone's diary are reworks of Pride and prejudice - seriously they should move little more to the future. 

Nevertheless it was fun. I was quite impressed with how perfectly they had put together the elements of that period. 

Like every fair, coordinating between different shows was tough. Highlight not just of the shows but of the whole fair for was the dance. The rest of Europe dances were much more fun than ball room dancing, there is only footwork but the rhythm in them draws you in.
There were other shows we attended including a burlesque(not so risque considering our times)

Apart from the shows, there were constant displays where people actually lived like how they would have lived in that period.

Between not just the participants, but pretty much every one of the visitor was dressed in costumes of that era. We and few more people (less than 15) were the only ones who werent in costume.

There were all sorts of artifiacts from that era - ghost gun, printing press and so on. I finally learnt how a handloom works. 

A coffee pot, how cute?

Looks like they have always been fascinated with broom sticks and wands. 
Finally something that might come close to dickensian drama, (apparently poverty and alcoholism went hand in hand just like modern day India - which means there might be some light for people like these in India too in the future, no?).

Got to try on a , puzzle ring, corset, the whole dress(cost megabucks)so just tried. All in all thorughly enjoyed the fair.

Ps:Fair was on during november/december. Finally, getting around to posting about it.