Year: 2003

The big read

The top 100 from BBC’s search for UK’s best-loved novel. Of course, we Indians will have a totally different list, but since we don’t as of now, here it is: 1. The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien 2. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen 3. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman 4. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams 5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, JK Rowling 6. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee 7. Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne 8. Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell 9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis 10. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë 11. Catch-22, Joseph Heller 12. Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë 13. Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks 14. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier 15. The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger 16. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame 17. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens 18. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott 19. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres 20. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy 21. Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell 22. Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone, JK …

A tale of two cities

My last day in Bangalore. Tomorrow morning, I leave for Hyderabad to catch up with good friend, Rukshana. I’m hoping to see a few sights around the city. A few snapshots from my trip to Guwahati and Calcutta. The Brahmaputra river in the evening. The sun is just setting. I got my brother-in-law to stop the car and made my way to the water’s edge to take this picture. A boat is getting ready for an evening cruise. A view of the Victoria Memorial, Calcutta. More pictures from my trip are here. Two weddings I attended and a few pictures of Calcutta and Guwahati. There’s more, which I hope to upload over the next few days.

Shameless plug

I started it in June 2002, when I couldn’t find too many Indian bloggers online. It has grown and grown over the space of one and a half years. And led others to create more sophisticated lists and search engines based on it. I’ve spent countless hours updating, finding new blogs, replying to bloggers, apologising for delays. And though it’s taken quite a lot of time, it’s also been quite a satisfying experience. I’m hoping to do something more (jazzy/flashy/hi-tech?!) with the list once I get back to Mumbai this time (plans, plans!). So look out for the new look But, meanwhile, the list has been nominated for the Best IndiBlogs directory and if you vote for it, I might just be inspired to work a little harder on it. And give you a small bribe (uh, you didn’t catch that on tape, did you?). So go there, what are you waiting for?!

And the winner is…

Kiruba posted recently (no permalink available) about how the rediff.com home page has started to look rather shabby. Now, that I’ve quit, I guess I can have a more objective look at it. The site, and especially the home page, has gone through several design changes, some pretty good. Some, not quite. It seems to be in the latter phase right now. Of course, there are commercial reasons why they have those ugly gray banner ads in the middle of the page. And floating banner ads that irritatingly appear just when you are about to click on a headline. But despite all this, I am sure there is a more aesthetic solution, considering all news sites feature these kind of ads to varying degrees. Right now, the once familiar and pleasant home page is definitely beginning to look worse for wear. Having worked with the news team, however, I have to say they do an amazing job (given the constraints and resources). I used to hate the Indiatimes.com page too because it was so cluttered …

If tomorrow never comes…

Since the whole world seemed to have watched the movie, I decided that it was high time that I had a look at what Karan Johar’s latest offering was all about. I never got to see KKKG on screen. I caught it much later when they screened it on television. Walking around MG Road on Tuesday, I wandered into Plaza. They had advance tickets for the next day. I quickly called Pallavi and she readily agreed to accompany me (with her hubby refusing to watch the movie, I guess she didn’t have much of a choice!). The title track of Kal Ho Na Ho is one of those songs that stays with you long after you’ve walked out of the hall. The other two numbers I really liked are It’s the time to disco and Mahi ve for their verve and energy. Looking at Shahrukh on the floor, showing off his dancing skills, you are but left wondering if it’s the same guy who recently suffered from a back problem. After a host of dismal, …