Friday, February 20, 2009

New milestones...

In the later half the year 2004, I had gone to Chennai for the National Round of a Programming Contest. Rungta and I had left our lodge on the first night for dinner and we went to a mall. Both Rungta and I were thrilled to see a Bose Store there and we checked out their headphones. Rungta tried out a few tracks off his 3rd Generation iPod and then I tried out the Animal Song - Savage Garden on the headphones. The sound on those headphones had left me enchanted. Those headphones had immediately become my fascination. Since then I had visited Bose Stores a couple of times. Their demos impressed me every single time. Its only recently that I thought of realizing my long time wish of owning a Bose product. About a week back I bought myself a Bose On-Ear Headphone. Just as expected, the sound of these headphones blew my mind.

Also very recently I have achieved another milestone in the department of eating. A couple of days ago I participated in an IPR workshop. I had pre-decided to fill out my tummy at the free buffet lunch (something we as hostelers have always missed). Unfortunately the food was too ordinary and so I did not feel like having enough of it. At the end of the lunch there was ice cream for desert. I decided to prey on that. After about 3 servings every time I went for more the attendant would get annoyed. I went for the 8th serving and stood shamelessly in front of the ice cream counter. This time the attendant absolutely revolted. He joined his hands and expressed his inability to serve any more to me!! Everyone just gazed at both of us. Oh boy, that was an experience to remember. I forgave the ice cream and moved back to the workshop sessions. I guess this experience beat my previous best, when I (along with two others) had emptied the entire container of Chicken at Nirula's Chandigarh buffet and made them cook more. Even after such experiences I remain as shameless and hungry as ever!!

Day before yesterday we achieved another feat in hooliganism. This time we were fueled by Baskin Robbins owner. One of my hostel mates - Arvind had his birthday yesterday. After a gala dinner we went to the Baskin Robbins outlet at Sec 17 Chd at around 11:30 in the night. We cut a cake outside the ice cream parlor and then went into the parlor (at about midnight) to have an ice cream each. The owner of this ice cream parlor is a very warm gentleman and has earlier given us little tokens like keychains etc. This time after we had our ice creams, he greeted the birthday boy and handed out whistles to about 15 of us. And oh-my-god. It was a moment to remember. All of us gushed outside the small parlor and blew the whistles with our full might. We continued to blow the whistles all the way back to the campus. When we entered the campus, we took a longer route back to our hostel touching the Girls Hostel and almost touching our Director's residence. It was one hell of a ride back to the hostel. We were lucky enough not to be caught up in another face-off with the police.

Finally there is some good news for our college labs. My college has for the first time bought two 2.66 Ghz 20 inch iMacs. Yeah its very close to the time when I am going to pass our, but never late than never.

I am going for another trip tomorrow. Will sure make some content for a new blog post.

Friday, February 06, 2009

Not given up yet

Yeah, I know I am not posting much... but look at the good side: I have not given up yet.

I will breeze through the last 4-5 months. Some of the memorable things I did was that I watched the India vs Australia cricket test match at PCA stadium, Mohali in Oct 2008. I know its not a big deal, but its the first time I had witnessed any International Sports game. I must say, it looks a lot different that it looks on TV. I must say that I had expected much bigger ground size. The spirit at the stadium is great, and I got to witness about 8-9 records, one of them being Sachin being the highest Run scorer in Test Cricket and then go onto reach 12000 Test Runs. And as usual I cannot stay away from Punjab Police. I got into a tiff with them again at the stadium when I jumped the stands onto the next higher stand. But again, I got away. India wont the match, and it was really satisfying.

Later in the year I got myself a new phone Nokia 5310 Xpressmusic. It is a nice sleek phone, which is what I was looking for. I like everything about the phone except that its loud speaker volume is a bit low, and so the Alarm has always failed to wake me up. But the good thing is that it allows standard 3.5 mm jack headphones, and so I can connect my normal headphones/ speakers with it.

I spent the last two weeks of 2008 in Kolkata. It was wonderful to be back there after more than 3 years. My mission there was to roam about and eat good food. I made sure I stuck to it, and it ended up being one of the best Kolkata trips I had this far. I went to Kolkata on a SpiceJet flight and returned on Indigo. I must say that if you ever have the choice between the two low cost airlines, choose Spicejet. They have lots if stuff in the seat pocket including a magazine. They give bottled water for free and the food costs a lot lesser than Indigo (in case you're hungry on board).

This year I am in my last semester. I wish to enjoy most of it. Less work, more fun. Thats what I want. I started off with a Trip to Punjab in the last week of Jan. Three of my friends and I planned this trip. Just as a warning I would mention that- DO NOT ASK ANY PUNJABI ABOUT WHERE AND WHAT TO VISIT IN PUNJAB. Specially if that guy lives in Punjab. Everyone I asked just has one thing as the answer. GOLDEN TEMPLE. Where to go? GOLDEN TEMPLE. What to see? GOLDEN TEMPLE. Any other place? Yes, GOLDEN TEMPLE. I agree, Golden Temple is very good, but trust me, there is a lot more in Punjab than just Golden Temple. So dont trust them, its just that they dont know about any other place. We eventually touched upon Jalandhar, Kapurthala, Beas, Amritsar and Wagah Border. The best part of the trip was the retreat ceremony at Wagah Border. We went there on 26th Jan, Republic Day. The retreat ceremony was preceeded by a cultural show by students of different school. The Stands in India was overflowing and there were very few people in Pakistan. And the atmosphere was electrifying and spirit of the people was really high. It was like a competition between India and Pakistan, which of course we won, simply due to the spirit of the enormous crowd. It was a memorable trip indeed.

Finally very recently I went to witness a Hockey Match between India and Holland taking place in Chandigarh. It was one of the League Matches of Punjab Gold Cup. It is very disturbing to see the sorry state of Hockey. There were only 3-4 sponsors for the entire tournament. No sponsor logo on the Team Shirts. The entry was free, yet the stands were not full. It was really really bad. The match ended in a 2-2 draw, but it was enjoyable.

I guess I have written quite a lot. I will end with a funny snap that I took on the Delhi Chandigarh highway sometime back.