The view from my Balcony

First of all apologies for the crappy pics but I had my phone at hand and decided that better to take the pics than wait for another day.

I love my new home. My missus and I especially like out balcony. It faces away from the complex and towards a society of bungalows. As a result it is a wonderful place to laze around in our beanbags sipping tea, readying or working (well she does a lot of work there whenever the weather is fine)

Just some pics from my balcony:

1. Facing left:

Facing left - near
Facing left - near
Facing lft - farther
Facing lft - farther

2. Facing centre:

Facing centre
Facing centre

3. Facing right:

Facing right - nearer
Facing right - nearer

Facing right - farther
Facing right - farther

The balcony faces NE and the pics were taken after noon – hence the shadows.




Fancy Cut Topaz – from Flickr – uploaded by mightyquinninlex.

Oink Oink…

…welcome back in this here year of the Pig!!!
Fantastic coincidence this – pigging out on pigs in the year of the pig.
Blame my absence to the aforementioned pigging out:)

Ok, alright, it is not that bad 😉 I am just in my solitary moods, you know the snarling, hypersensitive, I wanna be left alone, Wolverine moods. But then again that’s not a true state of affairs either. I mean, I have being traipsing around the country, in enjoyable company, swapping old jokes, playing cards and dominoes and all in all enjoying myself.

Still I am largely in my solitary shell (except when I am not) – not been here for a long long time – and me like, as long as it is for a short time – which it is:D Of course I am happy and in good spirits too ;D

Cheers mates, don’t worry overmuch, that’s a result of an overload of Sandman (- that and Sarat has been unleashed on an unsuspecting populace)

To get back on track, my apologies, once again given too freely, for absonding from this here hallowed ground. Just been so sucked up with work that… Well no excuses – guilty as charged.
The time though, has been well spent with many a book and movie having passed me these few days. So as you can visualise I have a lot of material. Just need to be disciplined enough to sit down and write it.

So I have decided to challenge myself. I will make a shopping list and anchor it here. If I am unable to finish it by the 21st of January 2007. After that time if I do no finish the whole list anyone who asks will get a round of drinks from me (subject to whenever you meet me and as long as you ask in January itself.) Of course you get the drinks even if I finish it but this round will be sponsored by my good friend (Thanks for the offer Venks, you know how it is, every challenge needs a prize. And you are an oilman after all;))

So here’s my shopping list, in no particular order:

1. Food.
2. Dune
3. When the last sword is drawn.
4. Dogma.
5. Once a thief – by John Woo.
6. Aeon Flux.
7. London.
8. Ipswich.
9. Beer.
10. Food.
11. Dune – the film.
12. Civil War.
13. Cars.
14. Cars – the film.
15. MK.
16. Christmas.
17. New Years.
18. Kenshin.
19. Manga.
20. Roadside Food.
21. ebay.
22. Blockbuster
23. Ben Nevis and Snow.
24. Dominoes.
25. Misc buys.
26. Porky’s
27. Sandman.
28. Flight.
29. JLA
30. Port Wine.
31. Christmas foods.
32. Kaiser Chiefs.
33. A good friend and his Wii.
34. Infernal Affairs.
36 Sin City – the novels.
37. Edinburg.
38. Xmen – The last Stand
39. Dune – the movie
40. Goal!
41. JSA.
42. Misc softwares
43. Rudebox
44. Malayalam Movies
45. Fear And Trembling
46. Lock, Stock and 2 Smoking Barrels
47. Ultraviolet
48. Blogs around
49. Gym
50. Food:D

I think I should stop here – else I might let Venky off the hook;)

Amritsar Trip – Day 2 – Swarna Shatabdi – Finally in Amritsar – pampered by family.

In Swarna Shatabdi

All ready for Amritsar! I love this train – this one and the Rajdhanis. One almost feels that like royalty in these trains. They are not only clean they also provide good food – at least according to me. Thankfully they could get me non-veg breakfast.

I am writing this life after having my breakfast. It is only 8:56(the train started at 7:20 and I am already stuffed.) First there were Marie biscuits with tea. Then there was an omlette with peas and French fries, and bread butter. I am happy as a clam.

The one beautiful thing about going by train is the beautiful scenery. Man, India is so gorgeous. Within the city limits you do have the morning squatters but once you are in the countryside it is paradise. The only jarring point in this train is the controlled a/c environment due to which one cannot smell the country air.

Time for a snooze.

Funny thing about the Indian rail (and maybe of all rail journeys)- you always feel that the seats are uncomfortable and that you are never going to be able to sleep, especially with kids shouting nearby. However a full tummy and the narcotic rocking of the train always lulls one to dreamless stupour.

I had a good nap. Caught a glimpse of some of the places that I have heard of all through my life, like Karnal and Kurukshetra. Another place we stopped at was Amballa cantonment. Woke up at Ludhiana. Weather outside is fine. The sun is shining brightly but it is more pleasant than hot. The countryside in this part of the world is just breathtaking. Makes me wonder about many things about which I will speak later (eg. about the rural world versus the urban world).

As I was writing the last lines there is an announcement that we will shortly be reaching Phagwara.

Ludhiana and Beas gone and I am at the holy land of Amritsar(literally lake of nectar). Amritsar also seems to be expanding – I could see lots of construction while pulling into the city.

The whole possé is waiting for me. Masadji and mama and Simpoo. After landing it is a short ‘tempo’ ride to tayaji’s place and very soon I am lapping up a delicious mutton curry made by tayaji. An absolutely mouth-smacking dish with succulent pieces of meat so soft that it melts in ones mouth. Beautiful!!!

The day is full of fun, meeting all the saalas and saalis I had not met before, meeting relatives in general from Amritsar and partaking of all the fun and goodies that go along with the overall atmosphere of an Amritsari Punjabi wedding. I am at Masadji’s place and having fun just conversing, debating, drinking tea and eating all the time. The grand finale was a tumbler of hot milk – by tumbler I mean a real Amritsari tumbler, huge is an understatement for it.
We all know that we have to sleep early as we have to go to Kangra (Himachal Pradesh) in the morning. Still with the whole family around one cannot just go off and sleep. All of us are on the mattresses (no there was no Mafia war going on) on the floor, debating, arguing having a gala time and as people reach their limit they fall off to sleep. Typical timepass as at any Indian family gathering.

Love it !!!

I was going to post this pic later – but I could not resist 🙂 Click on the thumbnail to see one of the phtos that i am really proud of. I am also putting up the pic of Harmandar Saheb as it was in the older days.

Golden Temple std harmindarsahib.jpg

Amritsar Trip – Day Two – Out of Noida – Straight to Amritsar – The exit!

Happy Dasserha to all.(i.e. it was Dasserha when I wrote this post into my pda)

Woke up early in the morning (thanks paw), took bath, performed the vidya-arambh, and then it was time to gulp down paw’s tea and run for the station. Paw is a real taskmaster – he was so worried about missing the train that he did not even give me enough time to take pics. 😀
The journey to the station was fun with swap’s navigation – don’t laugh, after all we did not take any wrong turns 🙂 Had a chance to see the AksharDham temple due to the route that Paw had picked – man! it is huge – need to visit it next time I am in Delhi.
Well that was the end of a fun-filled, albeit hectic stopover in Delhi. Thanks a lot Swap & Paw.

Attaching the remaining of the pics. Check out the artwork behind. Click on the thumbnails for the actual pics.

Paw and Me Swap & Paw