Thursday, January 26, 2023
Wednesday, January 25, 2023
I accompanied dad when he wanted to visit an ENT hospital. Looking at the options we had, I wanted to go for an eye check up. I did not feel any issue, however, self-care doesn't harm at all, I told myself and paid the consultation fee.
I was escorted into an AC room. I like the doctor rooms which are bright. Dr.Sunita, already got my name, age and other details. She made me sit in the special that has a lot of light and eye equipment attached to it. I was asked to look through all those machines. The doctor looked into my eyes with that equipment. One after the other, I was asked to keep my head in and out of the machines and stare into oblivion.
It'd be great, if patients get a chance to see what doctors see- A peak into your own body.
I like doctors who try to communicate & listen to what patients have to say. A quick prescription and few suggestions, I was out of the room with a happy feeling that I've taken enough steps to take care of my eyes for a bit.
Tuesday, January 24, 2023
Our impressions, opinions on movies, songs, art reflect more about us rather than the pieces itself. We appreciate what we identify. We identify what’s known to us. There can be a chance of learning/getting new insights through our interacting experiences with the art. Again, we need to reflect on our experiences to get those new insights and it’s a constant give and take process.
Monday, January 23, 2023
- What the Days owes to the Night by Yasmin,
- U.R.Ananthmurthy novels,
- Julia Cameron's Right to write,
- A comma in sentence by R.Gopalakrishnan,
- Family Matters by Rohinton Mistry,
- Stranger to History by Aatish Taseer,
- Smell by Radhika Jha,
- Dongri to Dubai by Hussain Zaidi,
- Viewpoint:Key to Fiction Writing,
- Arabia by Leslie Wood,
- The Seashell on the Mountain Top,
- Ordinary Life by Elizabeth Berg,
- Friend of my Youth by Amit Chaudhuri,
- Finding your element by Ken Robinson,
- Seven Summers-Memoir by Mulk Raj Anand
- The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
- Eric Clapton Auto Biography
Sunday, January 22, 2023
Kashyap is from E.I.E and I belong to Mechanical branch. We became friends when we began to work on art. Chetan Chavan was our mutual friend. Back in my 3rd year, I was attempting 3D art and sought Kashyap's help on how to go about it. He was happy and encouraging. From then on, we developed friendship and spent good time discussing stories, movies and art. A few memories are the play I attended with him and his short film screening at his apartments. Coincidentally, both of us attended a session by P.Sainath at Annapurna Film School. That was the meet when Kashyap and I were venturing into new sectors. Kashyap into films and I into social sector. Later Kashyap worked on a project for his degree on a theme he picked from PARI Stories.
After finishing his degree, Kashyap moved to Mumbai and I continued to stay in Rajasthan. Now, as I visited Mumbai, thought to catch up with Kashyap. Both of us met at KFC and got indulged in conversations. I love the way, our conversations went across routines, stories, career, romance, solitude and traveling. After a while, we moved out to head to our own destinations. As ever, clicked a picture for the memories. Wishing the best for Kashyap. Good times.
Saturday, January 21, 2023
Friday, January 20, 2023
Wednesday, January 18, 2023
Sunday, January 15, 2023
Mr.A walked and the way, he opened up the possibility of the story with a simple question and the way he probed actors to think more about the characters was interesting.
There was a son in the play who is aged 16. What would be the aspirations of a teen boy. What are his habits? What are his complexes? What does he wear? What does he carry in his pockets? How much thinking does he do for himself and for his family?
There’s a lot that goes in thinking.
Watching the Mantr by Premchand play, what if you make this as contemporary and bring the COVID time. Imagine a doctor who worked in 2000s and now he is there his son suffering in COVID times. That’s what it is, I’m just thinking loudly and also imagining out of the box ideas.
My First work trip in 2023.
Kadapa to Bangalore. I had to attend a meet at the university. I booked a bus journey through redbus. I picked APSRTC over private buses. With APS RTC, there's a sense of security that I'll reach the place safely. With private buses, there's always a sense of fear due to it's reckless driving.
Comfort wise, the government buses has basic. They can upgrade a bit on this front.
I was given a blanket and bottle. I put my eye mask on and dozed off. Right in the morning at 4 am, I was dropped at Bangalore.
No sooner I got out than the auto drivers surrounded me speaking in Hindi at first, asking my destination. As I began to speak a bit in Kannada and Telugu, they switched their languages and proposed me to take me to my destination.
Howmuch ever I politely reject them, they still persist to take a ride in their autos. As I began to book Ola Cab, they left me, trying to find business elsewhere. Reached Wipro Guest House at 5 am in the morning.
Without any hassle, got into campus and was ready for the day.
Naveen is currently working in a start up and I got a chance to catch up with him after a long time. I headed to Koramangla from Sarjapur on Sankranthi holiday. Other boys were on video call and got a chance to catch up with Vikas, Sachin, Karthik, Sam & Jaya.
We were catching up on where we left, discussing work, family, friends and life. We tried Meghana Biryani, which seemed to be a big hit in Bangalore.
After hours of staying in his place, we decided to walk out into Bangalore Streets. I dragged naveen to Blossoms. He obliged and joined me. I left him in myriads of book shelves. I bought a whole basket of books. Out of which, I wanted Naveen to read The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch. This book was suggested by Chemistry mam. Thanks Mam for the suggestion. This is one of the book I love.
At blossoms, there was a talk on book publishing. Listening to it and walking through the shelves, we decided to walk out of it after Naveen had enough of books.
Later, we walked through church street,MG road and chilled at Samsung Opera House a bit.
In search of some juices to rehydrate us, we walked into Garuda Mall. In the mall, we landed at Lenskart before reaching out to juices. N began to try out spects, while I was idling checking out the setup and the spects and the whole business around it.
Atlast, we walked to Koramangla, the bustling street with couples, friends, gangs and many more outsiders. We walked through the streets talking much about life and hygiene. At the end, we had a dinner at A2B and called it a day, returning to N's place.
With few, you can start the conversation where you left. College gang seems to be constants in life.
Thanks Sneha for the suggestion. I picked this Old Malayalam movie to watch after a long time. Mohan Lal walks into his childhood's friend home. The childhood friend doesn't recognise him at first and then, feels uncomfortable about his presence. The story behind their relation is all the movie about.
Watching too many digital 4K movies, the old movies and the print seemed to give a vintage feeling. I rarely watched malayalam movies during my childhood. Glad to catch up with some good stuff.
I do not remember how I picked the book, Ready to Fire but, I enjoyed reading cover to cover, as it was revealing a lot I could never imagine of. Gripping and thought provoking tale of ISRO scientist- Nambi Narayanan. When Madhavan was trying to make a movie out of this book, I was joyful that Nambi's story deserves to reach masses and spread awareness about world politics. After a long time, I got a chance to check out the movie. Not comparing it with the book, the movie is well made with a good screen play. In the first half of the movie, I couldn't enjoy much of the background score. Later, when Madhavan reunites with his family, the background score was striking. Other than that, enjoyed the movie.
I remember my professor, Jayashree Nair talking about Cryogenic engines with a lot of passion. If only she starts her class with the politics behind the chase of this technology and the technology's application, it'd be more etching and inspiring. The college classroom sessions flashed as Madhavan went on talking about fluid dynamics and thermodynamics in the movie. I do not remember a bit of what I studied in college but, listening to its applications are quite interesting.
During my last visit to home, I checked out the District Sports Authority Swimming Pool Complex. It had a lot of swimmers in the pool. This time, I went along with my cousin, to check it out. I also carried my swim wear to jump into pool, if possible. I approached the govt official. He tried to talk to me in Hindi. Naku Telugu vacchu, I had to show my mother tongue skills to validate being the local.
Friendly official, shared the details and all the queries.
If one would like to swim for an hour, they charge 100rs. One time Membership fee deposit is 3500, and then one has to pay monthly fee-700, if one wants to use the pool for month.
Hourly fee made sense to me as I stay only for couple of days at home. The changing room was maintained well, so was the pool. I jumped into the clean pool and had a good time. Glad to see that Govt is providing good facilities & service at decent cost. Thanks District Sports Authority-Kadapa
I've never worked on any resolutions at any new year. This time, I've decided to constantly work throughout the year on the WHY. That's my resolution for every day of the year.
Working on Why would help me to focus my energy to invest on. I could observe that I've spent energy on various little things, expecting a lot than what I can get, given the amount of energy, focus I put on those things. I've always felt that I need to be more focused in the present. Now, I realised that it's a need to live a sane life. I can't afford to be distracted all the time and expect high productivity in life. It's time, I prioritise and focus on few things in life.
Majorly I could think of three things right now
1) Finish Travelers' University
2) Work on Professional growth
3) Be Present
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