Archive for September, 2011

Award Time

September 27, 2011 2 comments

the versatile blogger
When I started this blog, I meant for it to be a place where I can primarily share my thoughts with myself. So this weekend, I was pleasantly surprised to know that two people have actually nominated me for the “Versatile Blogger Award.”

Like many others, I tried to find the origins of this award. While I did not get any leads, lets accept the award for what it does – it helps you create and extend a community and helps bloggers and readers discover blogs they never knew existed. I stumbled upon the rules at the Versatile Blogger Award blog while writing this post:

  1. You must give credit to the person that has nominated you and create a link to their blog in your post.
  2. You must create a list of 15 blogs that you enjoy most and link to those as well. Then you must go and tell them you have nominated them.  That means if you do not have 15, you cannot do this step.  If you do not complete this step, then you cannot claim this award.
  3. Finally, you must create a list of seven things about yourself.

Thanks to SlavesIncStrip for the first nomination. “J” was supposed to be a character in a comic strip, but channeled the spirit of the blog author himself. In his own words, High On Coffee is “A book in the making”. I like that.

The next round of thanks is for Alan Schuyler for the second nomination. Alan runs a not-for-profit care center for cats, and his online presence (at least the one that I am aware of) includes a view of the world from his personal periscope. And a second pleasant surprise for me – my posts make him think too. I never realized that someone else could relate to many of them.

15 blogs that I enjoy the most? To be honest, there are only five that I follow regularly. But I think I will still accept the award and work my way up to 15. Call me unethical if you will. In any case, here’s my list (in no particular order):

Off the mainstream: A cocktail of rants, insights & personal opinions

Lafemmeroar: Hilarious, check it out for yourself

SlavesIncStrip: Life in and around the box

Findin42: Sayali’s experiences while searching for her own special 42

Seconds: Anthony is a second grade teacher, and writes about his experiences (mostly) at work

Finally, seven random facts about myself:

  1. I own a Royal Enfield Bullet Electra (this is what I miss the most here in Denver)
  2. I love hiking in forests with my wife and daughter
  3. I love photography and recently purchased my first digital slr (I’ve owned film slrs in the past)
  4. As SlavesIncStrip pointed out – I am trying to write a book
  5. I am on the coffee wagon since the past three months (four?)
  6. I love starting new things – not necessarily completing them
  7. I seriously regret purchasing a touch-screen smartphone

And now, let me stroll over to my nominees’s blogs and spread the cheer!


Growing up

September 22, 2011 8 comments

Bored, frustrated, irritated, cross, angry and any other similar adjective that you can think of. And when you are in such a mood, what better can you do than listen to some music? I pulled together a quick playlist and Metallica started singing “To Live is to Die.”

As I listened to it, I suddenly realized that there are so many things that I haven’t done in a long time:

  • Sitting by the window, just watching the rain fall
  • Getting lost in a book
  • Staring at ants going about their business
  • Laughing to your heart’s content
  • Counting the rain drops on the leaves after a shower
  • Admiring the innards of a machine

When will I do any of these next? I don’t know, but if it does happen I’ll write about it for sure.


Working away to glory

September 20, 2011 Leave a comment


My daughter and wife are sleeping peacefully. Me – I’ve work to do, so I’ve pulled up a chair next to the window. The leaves are still on the trees, but the breeze, though chilly, doesn’t carry their scent around much. Yes sir, it’s time for Winter.

My headphones are plugged in, and my favorite playlist is on. Jim Morrison is singing “Riders on the storm”.

I have to work on a project plan, and have opened the SharePoint site to check it out. As I wait for it to load, I glance outside. The streetlights have painted everything Orange. The streets are quiet, the silence broken only when a car passes by.

The project plan has loaded, and I must work now. But Jim Morrison is gone, and Iron Maiden has taken his place:

Restless sleep, the mind in turmoil

One nightmare ends, another fertile.

I can’t help but stop working and listen. It’s just impossible to be productive when you have good music around.

Don’t you agree?

A Resolution

September 8, 2011 6 comments

The new year is not quite here – not even around the corner – yet, I think it’s high time I made a resolution.


I will not post any more entries on this blog until I complete the first draft of one short story.


I hope that’s motivation enough for me.

I hear footsteps…

September 6, 2011 1 comment

This summer has been fairly good to us – we were able to go out for picnics and hikes almost every weekend. And Denver being, well, Denver, we have been surrounded with greenery for the past few months. Of course, it’s monotonous greenery – not like the Sahyadris where you can feast your eyes upon millions of shades of green. But that’s another post.

Over the past couple of weeks, I noticed changes – subtle at first, but more pronounced as the days passed by. The days have become cooler, and the nights are chilly too. The weather forecast has started to show “Showers” in addition to “Thunderstorms”.

And yesterday, I saw the first hint of yellow in the trees around our apartment.

Make no mistake – old man winter is just around the corner. I can hear him coming – can you?

Thought for the day

September 4, 2011 7 comments

And then one day you find,

Ten years have got behind you

No one told you when to run

You missed the starting gun…

Time, Pink Floyd