Thursday, August 31, 2006

Jobless Pictures. 61.

To all those who studied at Bishop Cottons; did you ever wonder where the "Special Building Fund" that we paid, without choice, when we joined went? The answer, my friend, is here for all to see.

A slightly clearer version of the Doctor.
"Love is slow poison. Wife is quick poison."

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Snake Charmers and Marxists

Seen at the Dastkar exhibition at Karnataka Chitrakala Parishad. (I was chauffeuring - the perils of unemployment, I tell you).

The Been Band by Snake Charmers. Reminded me of those awwwful Sridevi-Nagina type movies. Nice.

Das Mat like Das Kapital? Bongs!

Russell Peters.

Provo informs me that Russell Peters will be in India between the 28th of September and the 1st of October. He is performing at:

September 28 and 29, 2006
St. Andrews, Mumbai

September 30, 2006
Ambedkar Bhavan, Bangalore

October 1, 2006
Siri Fort Auditorium, Delhi

For those of you who don't know who Russel Peters is:

The obligatory Wikipedia entry, videos from Google and videos from Youtube.

And one video, as a sampler:

Feelin' Good.

Over the last few weeks, I've been using this to shave, and this to moisturise, and this to scrub, this to bathe and this to keep the lips in supple good shape.

I tried this but it was like scraping a hot poker over my face. And have since gone back to this.

This is my toothbrush of choice. And this is my other brush of choosing.

It's addictive being metrosexual.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Jobless Picture. 60.

Look closely at the Ganesha. And the disembodied head it's cradling.


A friend once said that seven days of longing makes one weak.

What, then, does fourteen days do?

India. In Pictures.

I received these pictures via an e-mail forward. I have no idea who took them or where they are from. If you know, leave us a comment.

Update: Chamique informs me that these pictures are by Steve McCurry. A full gallery of his pictures can be seen here. Stunning pictures, all of them.

Monday, August 28, 2006


So Mr. D, Crocodile and I went off to Masinagudi for 3 days last weekend. Pictures from the trip. (Notice the pun?)

Breakfast at Kamat Lokaruchi next to Janapada Loka. Funky idli, that.

Stopped near Nanjangud for a bit. Funky soda bottle, no? The picture was taken at, erm 9:30 AM.

In Bandipur. Jungle ka haathia with 2 calves, one of which did a mock-charge at Crocodile when he got out of the car to click photgraphs. Serves him right.

Croc's friend, Abid runs a small place called Wild Ways. It's very close to Jungle Retreat, for those of you familiar with that neck of the woods.

And he has a dog named Monkey and a cat named Ooty.

On our evening safari.
On our morning safari.
The safari went through some jungle trails looking for animals that were not spotted deer because we hadn't seen anything on our evening safari, night safari or the morning safari.

Tiger poo, apparently.

We also went up to Ooty, went to Doddabetta and made Croc do terrible touristy things like look through a telescope (more like a travelling microscope) at the Ooty Race Course but made up for it with fun lunch at the Irani Restaurant on Main Street.

After all our disappointing safaris, we went on a trek on the third evening. After 2 and a half hours of tiring walking on absolutely flat plains, we spotted a large tusker behind some trees and a stream ahead of us. In a minute, we had taken off our shoes, rolled up jeans and scurried across the stream. Good things adrenalin can do for you.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Ganesh Chaturthi.

I was formulating a post asking why Ganesh Chaturthi is so popular in Karnataka as it is essentially a Maharashtrian festival when a friend dropped this off. Question answered!

Could someone let me know the names of these goodies? Chakli, Holige, Laddu and ...?

Plagiarism. Times of India Style.

So I was reading the front page of the Bangalore Times (BT) when I saw what was billed as an exclusive interview that BT managed to get with Jennifer Aniston. Me being skeptical me, I had to check. As usual, they have stooped low.

This is a fabricated interview and plagiarized at that. The quotes are almost verbatim from an interview Ms. Aniston gave to the Daily Mirror.

Curiously, the website version of this ToI article, omits the exclusive interview tag to the interview.
In Red is from the Times of India article. In blue is from the interview in the Daily Mirror.

He's a wonderful man — the cream of the crop. He is a great comedian and an amazing, dramatic actor. I always loved watching him as an actor. He thinks and he listens too. You don't always get that sort of fun with someone.

“He is the cream of the crop,” says the actress whose own comedy skills in Friends won her a fistful of awards. “He is a great comedian and an amazing dramatic actor. I always loved watching him as an actor. He thinks and he listens. He is a generous actor and likes to try things and I like to try things, too. You don’t always get that sort of fun with someone and feel like you’re on an equal playing field.”

People are lazy these days. Things are just more disposable. People don't value relationships enough, be it friends or married people.

"People are very lazy and it's very easy," she says. "Things are just more disposable. There's not a lot of value put on relationships."

You have to put a lot of work into it and exhaust every option before you split.

Then she adds, somewhat wryly: "You have to put a lot of work into it and exhaust every option before you split up."

I thought it was a joke. When my agent called me, I said, 'You have got to be kidding me.' But making it was therapeutic.

"I thought it was a joke," Jennifer says of the agent's phone call. "I thought, 'You have got to be kidding me.' But making it was definitely therapeutic."

So, who is Reagan Gavin Rasquinha? And how did he manage such an exclusive! ;-)

Update: MadMan had referred to the ToI as the Slimes of India and so I decided to do a Google search for the term. Lo and behold, the answer was:

The Google bomb has worked!

Daily Reading.

Here's a question for you, what are the websites/pages/blogs you read everyday? I've listed mine below, sorted by frequency and subject. Let me know what you read, okay?


Daily Reads

  1. TechMeme. A good round-up of what's new in the technology blogosphere.
  2. Scobleizer. Always an interesting and lively read from the self-professed "Tech Geek Blogger".
  3. The Unofficial Apple Weblog. What can I say, get a Mac already!
  4. Engadget. The holy grail for gadget-o-philes like me.
  5. Digg. User ranked technology news. Good for fun to read and the comments are always a hoot!
  6. Slashdot. It's the original geek fan-site.
  7. Reddit. What's new online.

Weekly Reads

  1. Daring Fireball. Mac Geekery.
  2. GigaOm. Om Malik at his best.
  3. Walt Mossberg. The grand-daddy of gadgets.
  4. TechCrunch. The best of the Web 2.0.
  5. I, Cringely. This guy is good.


  1. Yahoo - Most Popular News. It's like a lottery. You never quite know what you'll find!
  2. Memeorandum. A good round-up of what's new in the political blogosphere.
  3. Boing Boing. The one. The only. 'nuff said.
  4. Cricinfo.
  5. PutVote. An interesting India-centric user ranked news page.


  1. Momentary Muse.
  2. India Uncut.
  3. The Doctor Operate.
  4. Starry Eyed Wanderer.
  5. Sepia Mutiny.
  6. Opinionistas.
  7. Waiter Rant.
  8. Kiran Jonnalagadda. and
  9. Mahanadi.
  10. DesiPundit.
  11. TwentyFour.

There are a raft of other blogs and pages I read but those are only on occasion. Like:

I use Google Reader to manage my feeds.

What then, dear reader, do you read?

Friday, August 25, 2006

My 55.

Neptune was tired of these hairy biped mammals invading his world, raping his children and pillaging his garden. And now this; they’d found the source of his everlasting youth and of Amphitrite’s beauty.

“No more!” he thundered.

As he sent Carcharodon onwards and upwards to do his bidding; she gently lowered herself into the water…


Posted in reply to this from Chamique.

And Recluse has replied to this here.


The answer, my friend, is here.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Early 55.

Dear Readers,

Chamique has pre-emptively posted her 55-word fiction (Early 55) for this week. As I am currently going nowhere, my reply will be up tomorrow.

I do hope we can keep the tag going 'round the block...

See you on the other side of Thursday.


Bangalore Bytes

Jobless Pictures.

So I woke up this morning, to the furious caw-ing of crows and coo-ing of pigeons, wondering what the matter was. Usually, this out-of-tune symphony is a warning of a marauding troop of monkeys. But today, it was different. Like this...

Seemed a shame to disturb their reverie.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Gmail MP3 Player.

Wow! Looks like Gmail has an integrated music player now. Sweet! Now to upload all my MP3s and have my music accessible from any computer!

Update: Amit Agarwal posts to say that you can use it without logging in to Gmail!

"Here's the secret URL (works perfect in Firefox):

Replace the MP3_URL with the actual location of the MP3 file on the web and play it inside Google Video."