Thursday, December 31, 2009


So, my last post of 2009. Finally, everyone is going to bid adieu to 2009 in a few hours and tomorrow morning will be the aurora of another new year. As they say, time flies by the window as the pendulum swings. I just cooked my New Year Eve's dinner with Pink Floyd ringing their division bell in the background. Potato-Green Peas-Soya Bean curry amalgamated with Salsa sauce. Oh no, no resolution to be a vegetarian in the coming year, but just to go with the tradition of eating veg on Thursday. Still have yummy mutton curry in the fridge and at the first moment thought of eating it after 12 midnight as it will be Friday by then. But it will appear too desperate. Anyways... Hope 2010 will be another nice year to be cherished for. Happy New Year - 2010 !!!

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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

A Letter from Mr. Algebra to Mrs. Trigonometry

The way I am writing blogs over the past few years, I used to write stuffs for the Children & Youth Corner section of The Sentinel during my school and 10+2 days. While, these days, most of my blog posts are my own, but those days I used compile stuffs and post it for publishing. I used to compile facts, quizzes, scientific articles and sometimes humor. It was in the 90's, the era before internet came in. So, any such information was worth for publishing. And, I used to wait every Sunday morning for my stuffs to get published. I still have those newspaper cuttings back home. During this time, when I was in 11th standard, somewhere I found a humorous article about A Letter from Mr. Algebra to Mrs. Trigonometry. I found the letter too funny and so posted in the Sunday section of the newspaper. As always, it was published and I was too glad. But, I was taken aback by something which got published in the same section of the newspaper, a fortnight later, I suppose. The article was named as Reply from Mrs. Trigonometry to Mr. Algebra. It was written by a girl of my academic year, studying in one of the most well known girls college in Shillong. I still remember her name, but won't mention it here to protect her privacy. She wrote an amazing reply to my letter, but ofcourse rejected my proposal for marriage of my son to her daughter [see my letter below]. I don't remember the exact wordings of her letter. but she wrote something like in the world of  mathematics, where AP, GP and HP rules our life, we don't have time for such things like love and marriage. The letter which I posted to the newspaper was an well known one, a google search can find it now. But, she wrote her own reply, so it was unique. Her reply caused a lot of itching in my head. A few weeks of rigorous hunting along with two of my college friends, I could manage to find another girl, who was the daughter of the landlord of my friend, and who studied in the same class as Mrs. Trigonometry. So, I sent her a note that, why not we meet up somewhere. Those days, I was very much scared of things like meeting a girl etc. so to avoid complications, my friend typed the note in his dad's electronic typewriter, so that my handwriting can't be identified. But, few days later, I got a note from Mrs. Trigonometry (through the other girl ofcourse). It was written "You are calling me as though a hit-man is calling his opponent for a fight." The girl seemed to be braver than me, she wrote it in her own handwriting and I should admit that her handwriting was very nice. That was the last I heard from her, neither I replied to her note. I was too much scared about anything related to girls those days and was a nerd also. But, I was told later, by all the third parties involved in this correspondence that she was pretty ;-).


Binomial House,
Divergent Street,

Calculus Street,
Mechanic Row,

My dear Trigonometry,

With due calculations I am asking your opinion about the marriage of my son, master Zero with your daughter, Miss Infinity. Mr.Statistic and Mr.Calculus are of an identical opinion. They say that their stats promise a happy combination. You know their love is unparalleled and any interception in their marriage plans would wreck havoc and disaster.

It is a proof that any digit upon zero is equal to infinity and any digit upon infinity is equal to zero . It is also true that neither of them possesses a weakness. My son Zero is a good and promising lad, who is emulated by many students in their examinations. He is a person of such immense will power that in spite of his multiplication and division he will yield only himself. As regards your daughter, Miss. Infinity, her beauty knows no ends. Intellectual gains have been baffled by her never ending beauty. I think the match will be a good one.

Will you please consult your formula and log tables for a suitable day for the ceremony? Please also do consult your esteemed sisters. Miss Solid geometry and Mrs.Co-ordinate Geometry.
Thanking you in anticipation.

Yours correctly,

P.S: I really don't know who is the original author of this letter, but I am thankful to him because what happened for this letter is really worth remembering.

Saturday, December 26, 2009


from The Bet by Anton Chekhov

"To-morrow at twelve o'clock I regain my freedom and the right to associate with other men, but before I leave this room and see the sunshine, I think it necessary to say a few words to you. With a clear conscience I tell you, as before God, who beholds me, that I despise freedom and life and health, and all that in your books is called the good things of the world.

"For fifteen years I have been intently studying earthly life. It is true I have not seen the earth nor men, but in your books I have drunk fragrant wine, I have sung songs, I have hunted stags and wild boars in the forests, have loved women. . . . Beauties as ethereal as clouds, created by the magic of your poets and geniuses, have visited me at night, and have whispered in my ears wonderful tales that have set my brain in a whirl. In your books I have climbed to the peaks of Elburz and Mont Blanc, and from there I have seen the sun rise and have watched it at evening flood the sky, the ocean, and the mountain-tops with gold and crimson. I have watched from there the lightning flashing over my head and cleaving the storm-clouds. I have seen green forests, fields, rivers, lakes, towns. I have heard the singing of the sirens, and the strains of the shepherds' pipes; I have touched the wings of comely devils who flew down to converse with me of God. . . . In your books I have flung myself into the bottomless pit, performed miracles, slain, burned towns, preached new religions, conquered whole kingdoms. . . .

"Your books have given me wisdom. All that the unresting thought of man has created in the ages is compressed into a small compass in my brain. I know that I am wiser than all of you.

"And I despise your books, I despise wisdom and the blessings of this world. It is all worthless, fleeting, illusory, and deceptive, like a mirage. You may be proud, wise, and fine, but death will wipe you off the face of the earth as though you were no more than mice burrowing under the floor, and your posterity, your history, your immortal geniuses will burn or freeze together with the earthly globe.

"You have lost your reason and taken the wrong path. You have taken lies for truth, and hideousness for beauty. You would marvel if, owing to strange events of some sorts, frogs and lizards suddenly grew on apple and orange trees instead of fruit, or if roses began to smell like a sweating horse; so I marvel at you who exchange heaven for earth. I don't want to understand you.

"To prove to you in action how I despise all that you live by, I renounce the two millions of which I once dreamed as of paradise and which now I despise. To deprive myself of the right to the money I shall go out from here five hours before the time fixed, and so break the compact. . . ."

Thursday, December 24, 2009

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

1..2..3.. 4th today

Today is the 4th day of the 9 days Year End Break. 3 days passed just at the blink of the eyes. Of course I did not do anything special in these 3 days ummm 3.5 days now... Just slept, ate, watched TV, read newspaper, peeped through the pages of some books from my engineering curriculum and surfed the net. Yesterday, felt like writing an extension for Firefox which I was thinking for a long time, but realized that it needs a good knowledge of Java Script and X(ML)UI language. So ditched it. But frankly speaking, I am not bored at all in these days. Infact I am finding it hard to believe now that 3.5 days have already passed. People find it frightening to stay back at home all day, but I somehow enjoy it. Call me a lazy fellow, or whatever, that's how I am passing my days or may be weekends and holidays of last 2-3 years. Only worry is that nothing productive was done. I don't know why, may be I forgot the definition of being productive or doing productive. Just letting the days to go in its own. No plan, no strategy ... I mean that's what is vacation is for. Just connect with myself. I believe its good to spend atleast a week time of the year with oneself. May be most people don't get the opportunity and some don't want to do it. I feel myself to be lucky in that context.

Monday, December 21, 2009

yeah.. Shillong rocks !

Shillong deserves a special mention for the music scene which exists there. Rightly called The Scotland of East, can also be called as The Rock Capital of India. Some of the very matured bands of the country are from Shillong. The Great Society, Mojo, Soulmate are the names which needs no introduction. I read an article today in The Time of India, about an all girl rock band named Afflatus, christening them as the Spice Girls of India. A simple Google search revealed a lot about this band. Afflatus begin their musical journey in 2004, winning the second runners-up title in MTV Campus Rock Idols. This all-girl, 4-member band consists of Mercy on the drums, Karen on the guitar, Sharon on the bass, and Grace as the vocalist, has their musical influences from Beatles, Nirvana, Greenday Led Zap, RHCP etc. Afflatus recently represented India in the South Asian Bands Festival in along with three other bands, Malayali rock band “Avial”, Delhi-based rock band ‘Faridkot’ and Mumbai’s rock band “Pentagram”. Afflatus is currently working on their first album. Wishing them all the best in their musical endeavors.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

The Joy Of Feeding

I love feeding animals. Let it be dogs, cows or any other animals. My mom said, when I was a child, I once fed a calf with cough syrup as I saw him coughing. Its also nice to feed goats as it gives a vellicating feeling in the hand when it eats from the hand. In cities, dogs are mostly available to feed. Few years ago, when I used to wait for my office shuttle, 2-3 dogs befriended me as I used to feed them biscuits during my waiting time there. A few days back, I and two of my colleagues were chatting about the upcoming year end break by our office. Seeing us, a stray dog came to us wagging his tail and sat beside us. Looking at him, it was evident that he was hungry. As always, I went to the nearby Pan-Shop and asked for a pack of Parle-G biscuits. I had to buy a pack of Good-Day as Parle-G was not available. It was an immense pleasure to feed the dog, looking at the way he was enjoying the biscuits. May be because of the cashew nuts in the biscuits ;-). The biscuits were like his dinner. And the feeling that the dog is happy make me happy. May be because, the dog can't say it verbally that he is hungry and even can't say thank you to you when you feed him. It can only expresses it with special expressions like wagging tails. That's what is joy of feeding.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

10 ToDos for the Year End Break

1. Arrange my full collection of music according to genre, artist, year ...
2. Mend all my worn out jeans and make them fresh for the new year.
3. Clean each and every nook & corner of my house.
4. Long live Yahoo Messenger !
5. Zee Cinema, SET MAX, UTV Movies, Star Gold, Filmy, Zee Studio, MGM, PIX, HBO, WB & Star Movies
6. Chicken, Pork, Mutton - cook & eat
7. Times of India & Mirror
8. Lie down in the sofa, pretend to watch TV & Think About Life That WAS .. IS .. WILL BE and feel blissful
9. Sleep until I feel sleepy again
10. Blog and blog and blog ...

In short, spend the break all with myself... I, Me & Myself type ...

Monday, December 7, 2009

Cute But Sad

a hermit crab makes home of a broken bottle
What do I say about this picture? Its kinda cute to see the crab inside its home but sad to note that how we are polluting the nature and poor creatures around us are mistakenly accepting our trash as something useful for them. Or is it a mode of adaption for them in a human dominated world? Its even too late to give it a thought

P.S : Copyright of this picture lies with the original owner. If it looks like the copyright is getting violated, please drop a comment, I will remove the post.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Happy wala B'Day ...

If birthday is the beginning of another year, then I would wish Happy New Year to me. Yes, today I completed another year in the late twenties. Whole day went fine, not being busy at all in office. Cooked nice delicious Chicken Biriyani for myself. It was really yummy. Ofcourse, after all its the birthday wala biriyani.And now the final phase of the day; wishing myself and writing blog about my own birthday. Height of being idle ? Anyways, Happy Birthday to me and Many Many Happy Returns of the Day !!! Xho ... Xho ...

India Shining... a myth ?

I along with some of my colleagues were talking about our country over the evening cup of tea. Mera Bharat Mahan type of discussion.The fact and the reality kind of stuffs. Recently, I read it somewhere that by 2050 India will be the 3rd largest economy in the world. It was a feel good news item to read, but I feel we actually make fool of ourselves by making these types of speculations and clairvoyant remarks. 30% of our population is still under poverty lines.And, I think a portion of our country men unfortunate enough to even get included inside the 10 yearly census or such national surveys. I can say, poorer then poor people, which we can think are living in some of the remotest part in north eastern part of country. And, when we make statements like India is shining or India is economically getting powerful, we intentionally don't include these facts. These people are simple and innocence reigns their culture. Such people don't even get noticed till someone discovers that the land where these people lives and living since hundreds of years are rich in Uranium or other raw materials for mint machines. I remember, my dad telling us something many years ago when I was in high school. Dad was appointed for election duty in one of such remotest village near Cherrapunjee. The village head-man (Sarpanch) arranged for the stay of my dad and two other officials in the village only. The people there were so poor then they did not even had enough food for themselves. However, my dad and his colleagues were so moved by their hospitality. They did not have rice to eat, so offered oranges for eating. They don't have proper  place to sleep, but offered whatever they call it as their bed. This is just an instance. Probably, when we call India is Shining, we refer to just the urban India ? Yes, India is indeed shining, we have new hotels, newer malls coming up in every nook and corner of the city. And, what am I doing ? Just contributing 30% of my salary ? Something which needs a thought by all of us ....  News items from such remotest places needs attention, but media don't care. People are more interested in Shilpa Shetty's wedding in Khandala. Holy Shit.