Deux Ex Anima: vasu's personal blog

My short write-ups on anything that I find interesting over the course of my week. The only thing that I can safely say about this blog is that its not going to be technical. I spend most of my work life being a techie, so this will be anything but. The rest of its format, I don't know yet, but am hoping that it will sort itself out over the next few weeks.


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Sitting at lunch, not really eating,
Mind travels to places We want
To visit, experience. Fascinating
How little I've flown my want.

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or vertaling Duits Nederlands


Fly shy.

I have a few minutes before I absolutely need to work and finish a report that I should really have done Friday but what's a day between friends, especially since I am in this oddly exciting place work-wise where I write reports and turn them in to yours truly. Yes - destination Me. If this weren't true, I'd agree with you and say that this was insane, but its true and perhaps only mildly peculiar. So anyway, I must soon get back to work and finish a 30 page report that I can then read and throw away if I want to. Oh the stress! A bit of flying may enter my future tomorrow and San Fransisco might see me for a day or two. I'm not keenish to get on a flight around ... actually I'm not keenish to get on a flight. Domestic flights being what they are (or what they are not).

Not too long ago, it used to be that I could walk into a plane operated by any one of the "full service" carriers - AA, Delta, United etc - and could reasonably expect to see -

  • a seat

  • a drink

  • maybe lunch (although airline food is an oxymoron, but something's something

I'm not really assured about any of those when I fly in today.

Legroom? We're sorry, but we had to discontinue that feature..
Food? Sure. Would you like to share a peanut with your co-passenger?
Movies? That'll be $5 for the headphones, although the jack might not work

Sometimes I think I'm being flown by the UPS crew, and they'd seat me overhead if the bags didnt take up the space. I also think we'll soon need marshalls to protect the passengers from the airline crew, because they make me feel like I'm crashing their mile high party (but for some reason there's no food at that party).

So, I'm going to scheme to get out of this trip somehow, cos I don't want to bother the crew, and that way they wont bother me.


Chewing paper can be profitable too

Imagine this. You, me, seated across from each other in an upscale Chicago avant garde (ofcourse its Asian) resto. Conversation flows freely, as does fine wine (not free - alas). There's futuristic sushi for the fish lover among us. Everything's going swimmigly, and then you wonder suddenly if its really paper that you're eating.

Bossal Indulgences : Now for a (small) fee...

Work's been engaging all my time and thought this week. The boss's boss needs to know that reciprocation will be appreciated; more work from me, more $$$ from him. I'm tabling this conversation for today (or maybe this week). I've also just re-discovered the old "Ask and you shall receive" belief does infact work wonders in some parts of the world.

Bianca Geet Mala hits

[I'm listening to: Mere Sapnon Ki Rani - Kishore Kumar, Rajesh Khanna, Sharmila Tagore - Aradhana]

Crowded on a late Sunday evening around the squat, solid state, bevel edged, slightly chipped from wear wooden box that splashed the golden voices of the musical greats gently on our ears while we heartily accompanied and encouraged a O Mere Sanam to reach greatness its creators did not imagine - ahhhh those were good Sundays. This rarely happens anywhere anymore. Probably because Bianca doesn't string a mala of songs now. When Parag, Sagar and the others are here, we have our own though. Boisterous and intense, expressive and flippant, we attempt to capture it all. There must be atleast a 1000 songs the Brothers Gokhale know. Thats more than I probably do. And I grew up in India! How is it that conteinents apart, there is a living knowledge of the tunes and the movies and the complex emotions kept alive through air alone? Bianca (and to everyone after that did the same for other kids) -


A new day.

An engagement unfolds across worlds, and soon occurs. I have never been happier and more expectant of life to come. Much running around by everyone dear now brings tradition in front of well positioned cameras, priests that will chant and incant, as prayers will be said, and I'll be far away yet right there with her. New beginnings are wonderful.


I received this in my inbox today...

[I'm listening to: Kisi Ki Muskurahaton Se - Mukesh, Raj Kapoor, Nutan - Anari (1959)]

Today being Ganesh Chaturti, I thought I should get back to my blog, and attempt resuscitating it. Its a day for new starts after all. And an email from an old acquaintance triggered it.

Some comparisons......
rain in new orleans due to hurricane katrina... 18 inches
rain in mumbai (July 27th).... 37.1 inches

population of new orleans... 484,674
population of mumbai.... 12,622,500

deaths in new orleans within 48 hours of katrina...100
deaths in mumbai within 48hours of rain.. 37.

number of people to be evacuated in new orleans...entire city..whoa!!!
number of people evacuated in mumbai...10,000

Cases of shooting and violence in new orleans...Countless
Cases of shooting and violence in mumbai..NONE

Time taken for US army to reach new orleans...48hours
Time taken for Indian army and navy to reach mumbai...12hours

status 48hours later...
new orleans is still waiting for relief,army and electricty
status 48hours later..
mumbai is back on its feet and is business is as usual's most developed nation

oopss...did i get the last fact wrong??? Or am I just being proud being INDIAN!!!

I see this factoid floating around a bit this week. It bothered me a lot initially, but I am over that now. I emailed the sender a second after I read the email, and pointed out that the comparison between a levee break in a city that is under sea level after being hit by a 165mph wind assisted hurricane wasn't quite the same as a extremely heavy monsoon rainfall that Mumbai experienced. Well, I also suggested that she inject a "dumb" in her last line.

In retrospect, I'm sorry about the manner in which I reacted. And also about calling her less than smart. With her demonstrated keen mind, philosophy and humanity, I cannot wait for her to table the other calamities that may hit our world in the future. There's a warm secure feeling emerging from the knowledge that a few people are keeping score in the disaster race.


And I'm not a ...

[I'm listening to: 20th Century Man - The Kinks - Muswell Hillbillies]

Genius. I just took an IQ test here and it let me know that my Intellectual Type is Visual Mathematician. It surprised me a great deal because I have thought myself stronger equipped to deal with with words and expressions. Ah, maybe thats why I am no genius. I wonder if a person's IQ improves over time. I remember the last time I took a standardized IQ test I came in at about 125. Lately I seem to be falling in the 130-150 range depending on what test it is and if they use the Stanford-Binet scale or something else. Maybe its the Flynn Effect where repeated exertions are causing marginal improvements over time.

Congratulations, Vasu!Your IQ score is 133. This number is based on a scientific formula that compares how many questions you answered correctly on the Classic IQ Test relative to others. Your Intellectual Type is Visual Mathematician. This means you are gifted at spotting patterns both in pictures and in numbers. These talents combined with your overall high intelligence make you good at understanding the big picture, which is why people trust your instincts and turn to you for direction especially in the workplace. And that's just some of what we know about you from your test results.

Signing off from the Visual Mathematician port. Tell me what your scores are if you fee like taking this test. Takes about 15 minutes.