Month: August 2004

If you can hear creaks, that’s coming from my limbs

It was a tiring and tough climb. And to make matters worse, I had an injured ankle I had sustained playing badminton last weekend, which slowed me down considerably. Thankfully, I had company in this really sweet young (but sometimes frustrating) thing called Carielle and we kept motivating each other in turns till we reached the peak – Tadeyendamol (also spelt as Thadiyandamol among other ways) at 1750 metres, the tallest one in Coorg / Kodagu district. A view of the hills from our camp site in the morning It took us about 6 hours to complete it from Kakabe (the village where the trek starts) and we led all the way – from behind! But I’m just glad I could make it after doubts about whether my ankle would hold out. Anyway, that’s where I spent the weekend – on top of a misty peak among the clouds, camping in the wild, jumping over the forest streams, eating cup-o-noodles and ingesting enormous amounts of chocolate, not to mention a heavy dose of painkillers. The …

Circle of life

We joke about death and dying. But it’s hard to accept when it actually strikes. It happened earlier in the year when a close friend lost her husband. He was in his 30s. Two young children. She’s never worked in her life. One day, he had a stroke and he was gone. He was traveling in another country. Just like that. I asked her then, how she was coping. “I don’t know,” she replied, “I still can’t believe he’s gone.” Now, of course, she feels it and all I can do is wonder how she’s managing since she’s in another city and I have little except a few words to offer. On August 26, I received an SMS from a dear friend in Mumbai informing me that our former colleague from rediff.com, Anjum Nair, passed away the day before. He used to sit about 2 desks away from me at work. He was suffering from stage IV cancer and fought a year long battle with the disease. I met his wife Patcy a few times …

In which Madhu extracts his pound of flesh…

He’s been most kind to fix the comment spam problems on my blog and many others! Helped me find a decent economical host and also heeded my cries for help at some point of time or another. And in the middle of all thankless tech support, he has time to run a retaurant. So I guess, for all the times I’ve hassled him, I owe him this small favour 🙂 If you’re in Bangalore, please visit Madhu’s new restaurant, Shiok Far-eastern Cuisine that serves good Thai, Malaysian, Indonesian, and Singaporean food. The restaurant is on CMH Road, Indiranagar, Bangalore. Btw, the food is really delicious and Madhu mixes a mean cocktail or two. So rush to Shiok and discover the joys of Oriental cuisine! Today 🙂 Please follow and like us:

‘It’s another weekend’ musings…

I’ve been enjoying the weather the last few days. Kit Kit too is finding it much cooler compared to Mumbai and can often be found perching on my lap, or cuddling up under the blanket (which she would never do there!). I’ve been in a good mood too. Even the reminder from my professor about my overdue assignment has not dampened my spirits. The ‘thinking’ cleared up my mind a bit. Finally managed to take a few decisions I know should have taken a long time ago. Talked to a few old pals and there’s nothing like a nice heart-warming chat to make one feel better. The last few mornings the drive down to office early morning has been really pleasant. I’ve been advised not to swear so much while driving so I’ve been keeping my patience and not using my horn as much as I usually tend to do! There’s a cool breeze blowing and it drizzles a little sometimes. I usually let the window down just to feel the rain. At times like …

Which flower art thou?

Last Saturday, I ventured into Lalbagh Gardens at about 8.00 am in the morning and got the shock of my life. That place was crowded! The aim was to take morning shots of the flower show. Unfortunately I had problems loading the film into my camera so I was stuck with browsing around. I did get a few pictures, which I will post in a day or two. However, I also discovered something during this flower trip. I don’t know the names of flowers. Except the common variety like roses and marigolds I was lost. And none of the flowers had signs enlightening the public. There were about a dozen other photographers around the place and many have put their works online. But like me, most seem to be unaware of flower names! So if you can help, here are a few that I would really like to know the names of. If you are a flower enthusiast or have your own garden, please do share: 1) Pretty pink flower 2) Aster? Zinnia? 3) The …