It's all ok. Seriously..

So man, you're not here anymore.
Now my heart feels heavy and body seems sore
I tried not to cry and be a man
But that didn't go according to plan.

I thought of your jokes and that rascal smile
with your face in my mind all the while
From the memory of our fantastic friendship I learnt,
Now is precious , time shan't be burnt.

- To an unforgettable friend
(10 February 1992 to 20 April 2009)

just as a tribute, not as an advertisement. The very least I can do.

I'll appreciate it if there are NO comments asking what this is about.

PS - I just saw your mail Ankur, will reply as soon as I can, thanks.


The reason I started polls on this blog is not merely because it becomes an interesting deviation for some readers, but also because I can learn about the people in general, based on the kind of choices they make.
For a long time now, I've been having this nagging suspicion in the back of my mind that people aren't always what I've previously judged them to be. Probably my entire perspective on human thought and behaviour lies on a flawed foundation. What I infer from observing them, hearing them talk, seeing them talking to others, their facial features, their body language, their expressions right after they complete a task...probably it's all just hot air. Just weird theories with no real proof, I fear.

Well now that the first poll is closed, the interpretation begins. None of the options really appealed to me, to tell the truth. Half the respondents chose the first, which was 'More attractive..' I think it's because (I think - that's the keyword here. I can't be sure) this is a rather skewed audience I have, being bloggers and all. Probably they feel mindly matters are their strong points and somewhere deep down are dissatisfied with their outward appearance.
'Neither' - No one chose that. It's not an option nobody would ever choose. Someone with an overbearing and domineering character would; and again, being bloggers, blogging something still quite new to society, it's is something that comparatively more docile and mild-mannered people would take to.
Again I'd like to stress on the fact that these are just assumptions, without anything to support them except for some quite convoluted theories, if I say so myself.

I'll get the lqotm over earlier in the month so I don't have to worry about it later.
Here it is -

"It's easy to tell your deepest secrets to someone you hardly know
because you know that they wouldn't care to use it against you and can't change any impression they already have of you."

Like this young man who sat opposite to me in one 764 route low-floor bus with that annoying seat arrangement which forces people to face each other. 'I don't love her.' The strapping Sikh man spoke suddenly pointing to his wife sleeping soundly on the seat next to his. 'I love someone at work. Next week I'm going to leave her, this forced marriage, my family and everything behind and run away.'. I didn't know what to say or even if I was expected to say something. 'Baby, stop aagaya' he said getting up and a quick smile and Sastriyakaal later, he got off as if nothing had even happened.

PS - Thanks Ankur, but it didn't work. I couldn't find the code you mentioned, maybe I'm the most computer illiterate guy working a blog and we can't fix that right away. But I appreciate your help nevertheless.

PPS - You've got it wrong AV, there aren't two posts for prez of school publications. There isn't even one according to some new arrangement, something that shattered my spirits earlier in the day. Write apost to cheer me up.

New poll

Question - Would you rather that your soulmate/life partner was...

By the way, I'm sorry I can't do anything about the fact that you need to highlight the poll to get the options. If anyone knows how to correct it, comment with your suggestion please.


My fortieth post, this. I've certainly come a long way now. And being such a good occasion, I'm going to write down a small poem, something I haven't done in a quite a while sometime. Don't worry it's just four lines long, not like those 20 stanza behemoths. All in honour of the most succinct and hardest to translate word as listed in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Taken from the Yaghan language of Tierra del Fuego, somewhere in South America, Mamihlapinatapai is defined as "look shared by two people with each wishing that the other will initiate something that both desire but which neither one wants to start."

Or maybe something like "eye contact implying ‘after you…’"

One thing I really like about Wikipedia is how one article leads to another. I started with 'Palliative Care' and this is how it went -
Palliative Care > Morphine > Addiction > Cold Turkey > Barbiturate > Nazi Germany > Johann Dick > Dick Tracy > Comic Strip > Comics > Asterix and Obelix > English translations of Asterix > Anthea Bell > Translation > Lexical gap > Untranslatability > Mamihlapinatapai.


A better explanation of this, courtesy XKCD -

Well now back to the poem. This same term (mamihlapinatapai) can be used to describe the state of affairs for a number of different situations. Say a Cold War. Or a just before a melee begins and the opponents are cautiously moving around in a circle. But what sprang into my mind just as I read the article was Love. So I chose Love over Hate, like Rahman; Heck before I even know it, I'll have an Oscar or two in my kitty.

Finally after so many digressions, here it is -


In a flurry of movement, we caught each others eyes
And before we could turn our gazes,
We caught the shadows of smiles too.
Life never ceased to amaze us.

There it is, hope you like it. :D

PS - Readers have given a positive feedback to the template, giving no unfavourable votes. Thus it stays. It's not like I was going to change it anyway.

PPS - Someone had complained that the text for the posts is too small to read. Here's a neat little trick my brother told me about - open the webpage and press the [control] and [+/=] buttons together. (Pardon me all you High Priests of tech and internet if you don't find it neat. A revelation, surely, for me - first time I tried, I went like 'Wow! The internet does that!?')


That's what the name of this new template is. How do you like it? Or rather why do you not like it? I'll put up this question for my first poll to have the opinions in the form of statistics, but be assured all the subsequent polls won't be as mundane as this first one.

I had no idea changing templates was such a difficult task, it's amazing how MS and Pulzkit manage to do it so often. It's like I change my profile image everytime I write a post and they change their templates everytime they do. It took me over 3 hours to get everything done and sorted. But with that I'm halfway through my New Year resolutions (TOEFL and template both down) now.

Well that's it now. I'll think you'll like this song I have here. It's a great song and a very well made video. Coldplay's Life in Technicolor from their latest album Viva La Vida.

Cool wasn't it? (Irrespective of whether you did see it or not, the answer must be in the affirmative)