Monday, October 30, 2006


Fight with smoking! Day #1

I've Quit Smoking.
Had done it in the past! and i can do it now as well! but this would be for ever!

Finally it has come to be a tug of war on my will power!
Its Smoking or Me?!! ;)

So far, from the beginning of the day, i've successfully avoided smoking (infact overcame the temptation!)
Whenever i feel like smoking, am going to Work harder - Think and write a piece of code! or learn a new thing from wikipedia.

More than the urge to smoke, it is the restlessness and urge to do something which needs to be tackled.
Let's see. will keep the progress posted.

The Delightful Oscar Tale - a tale of two oscars!

:) Catchy title! ain't it?!

Well as the title says it, this is the story of my two oscars - their youth, present and the future!
One of the two juvenile oscars survived and the other kicked the bucket for yet unidentified reasons! And that got me pretty sad!
The Surviving Oscar, i'd call him jack (Jack of titanic / Jack the ripper! / Jack sparrow of PoC) is doing all fine and has even grown an inch, with
a visible trace of his bulging belly and aggressive showoff stunts.

Jack's habitat got a bit murky over the initial couple of weeks, thanks to his messy eating habits and some mad fungi!
This combination had got the tank with a layer of swaying, dancing mossy threads and started getting yuk by the day (by the smells too!)
Finally i dragged up my courage to change the substrate gravel and replace it with beautiful greenish tinted stones with a nice dark, TT shaped bed room(?!!) for jack.

To my delight jack started improving and happily settled down over the weeks. He even somersaults out of the tank, esp. when he is hungry and i open the lid of the tank with his food still in my hand. :) Cool Aqua-batics! But his loneliness was always a nagging thing for me for multiple reasons! One is that i don't want him to become a brat being single! (lol. kidding!) After a futile search for the last couple of weeks' to find him a partner of his size, finally got a black tiger oscar juvenile to be jack's partner. i'd call her jill (or Rose may be?!). (Well, all this goes on the good assumption that Jack happens to be a guy and Jill happens to be a girlie! I ain't sure with the gender/sex of the fishes yet!). it'll take awhile!

But to my dismay i found jill to be a lil younger than jack, both in the size and attitude. From the moment i let jill in jack's habitat, he's behind her - mad! There are all elements of malasa here - flirting up fin to fin, darting past end to end putting up a speed show, rubbing noses, love(?!) bites, aquabatic chasing sequences, dancing around the rocks et al. And Jack is the one on the tail and Jill is on the run, always, and the tank has become alive with a lot of activity! :) One thing i've yet to decipher is if that's fighting foulplay or a playful dual in knowing each other!
Well, I'd get to know that for sure if i get to see jill alive when i get back home! lol! well, believe me, i haven't seen jack being so active, playful and aggressive as this far!

... Tales to continue

Thursday, October 26, 2006


Another Wicket Down! :(

Actually the day started pleasent, and i was in good spirits riding my way to office, thought crunching on the tons of things to be done!
Immediately after i reached my seat, in the next 5 mins, it happened!
K came over with full of enthusiasm to give me the horrendous info. totally unexpected news. K, one of the best of my team had been offered a lucrative, irresistable - a secure central govt., academic / research job!
A Catch 22 situation it was! Should i be happy as a person for K's achievement n honour and let him go or to be selfish and ask him to stay!

and Its always the tough choice for me!
Finally let him go, happily!

The choice leaves a vaccum within, for some reason!
May be am disappointed on the sudden loss / on having to digest the parting!
This is the third parting in the past 6 months!
I keep parting ways from people who are close to me. and I thought god had taken a break of his habitual fun on me, this way!

Sigh, i guess life goes on...

Thursday, October 19, 2006


Movies wishlist

#1. Shawshank Redemption
#2. Good, Bad and the Ugly
#3. Schindlers List
#4. Pulp Fiction
#5. One Flew over the cuckoo's nest
#6. 12 Angry Men
#7. City of God / Cidade de Deus
#8. Once upon a Time in the west
#9. Amelie Poulain
#10. Memento
#11. Silence of the Lambs
#12. Fight Club
#13. Taxi Driver
#14. Apocalypse Now
#15. se7en
#16. Untergang / Downfall
#17. Das Boot
#18. Leon / The Professional
#19. Conspiracy
#20. The Pianist
#21. La Femme Nikita
#22. The Big Blue / Le Grand bleu
#23. Sin city
#24. Reservoir dogs
#25. The Manchurian Candidate
#26. Modern Times
#27. Amadeus
#28. The Odessa File
#29. Jakob the Liar
#30. Tea with mussolini
#31. Gandhi
#32. Passage to India
#33. Malcolm X
#34. The Last Emporer
#35. The English Patient
#36. Amen
#37. North by Northwest
#38. The Departed
#39. Monty Python and the Holy grail
#40. Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi / Spirited Away
#41. Willow
#42. The Great Escape
#43. The Seventh Seal
#44. 2001 : A Space Odyssey
#45. Cinema Paradiso
#46. The Elephant Man
#47. Blade Runner
#48. The Great Dictator
#49. Casablanca
#50. Wages of Fear
#51. Unforgiven
#52. V for Vendetta
#53. Monty Python Life of Brian
#54. The Battle of Algiers
#55. The Bicycle Thief
#56. The African Queen
#57. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance kid
#58. The General
#59. Run Lola Run
#60. Patton
#61. Glory
#62. Spartacus
#63. Finding Neverland
#64. The Grapes of Wrath
#65. Come and See
#66. Goldrush
#67. Judgement at Nuremberg
#68. Magnolia
#69. Big Fish
#70. Aguirre, Wrath of God
#71. La Haine

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Monday, October 09, 2006


Two beauties : New arrivals

Got my long time wish come true.
I got a pair of tiger oscars (juvenile) in my small tank. (a grown up oscar would be like this...)

but what i have now are both less than an inch each. :)
It is quite a joyful feeling to watch them gracefully dance along the tank.
am quite tempted to name them romeo and juliet!

I've always wanted to get a juvenile pair and watch them grow to their adulthood, acutely aware of the care and patience needed to raise them.
more can be found here