Sunday, January 22, 2006

One week, many events & some random musings

A lot happened in life last week, and the weekend was pretty much ok!

Monday to Wednesday – All work and no play (makes Surya a dull gal), also the reason for my sporadic blogging

Thursday was pretty much the same, except that it turned out to be freaky. I was thinking of a friend and guess what?! He messaged. That, just about made my day!! But to tell you, this telepathy seems to be a regular thing for me. On many occasions my telepathy works and on some it stops working though, you see its supposed to be like MTNL (sorry readers, bad one!)

Friday afternoon, visited the English Literary Association's annual fest at my Junior College with a few friends and attended a reading of excerpts from Plays, Poetries and Prose on Mumbai. Am more in love with this city than ever. Was immensely touched by the documentary on late Shri. Arun Kolatkar. Also, felt bad that lots of Poets like him are simply forgotten. In the evening, was back to Vashi for some more work.

Saturday was very eventful. Attended KWIZ KATS, an All India Quiz competition conducted by HDFC Bank.
- Subject – All about Banks and Banking
- Participants – HDFC staff from all over Mumbai – total 63 teams

Good points about the quiz:
- Some interesting rounds introduced this year and I liked their points system.
- Real tough and high quality questions both in elims as well the finals (so said many quizzers)

Here are a few questions:(you may scroll down to read the rest of the post if you aint interested)
1) What does ‘Cigar Butt Hunting’ mean in stock markets?
2) What is the ceiling for NRE FD rates laid down by RBI?
3) Ramesh Gelli was the promoter and former CEO of Global Trust Bank (GTB), which was placed under moratorium by the Reserve Bank of India last week, and subsequently merged with the Oriental Bank of Commerce. Which private sector's bank CEO was Mr Gelli before he started GTB?
4) 'Bad money drives out good money.' This is true in several aspects of life; but nowhere is its significance felt as much as in the banking industry. This saying is known as....
5) In a bank vault in Atlanta in the US, a piece of paper that has the formula for a product has been stashed away for close to a century now. The vault can be opened only after approval by the board of directors of the company. Only two employees are aware of the formula at any time. Name the product?
- Arshad Mervan – their Mumbai head, is a great Quiz master
- My favourite team, won the Mumbai level, featuring – Anjan Bhattacharjee, Chinmoy Basu, Kaisad Kalidwala and Vaijayanthi Vijay (also, happens to be sister dearest, now you know why I am being partial to them) But like all quiz one-liners go, ‘the competition was indeed stiff!’ and the suspense of 'who will make it?' was maddening which is what I love about most quizzes. Until, the nth minute the scores were so close, that it could have been anybody’s game. But, they won....YIPIEE!!
My (very biased) take on it – When a team comprises of two (stud) Bongs and a Southie lovely lassie (Ok! Kaizad, I won’t leave you out) you must not expect the results to be otherwise.
Bad points about the quiz:
- Questions thrown at the audience were very tough (no, they really were)
- Extremely poor Graphics - am sorry to say this, you guys have to go a long way (After being part of Armageddon you dont tend to like the Graphics anywhere else, I guess)
- No food served

Then, I managed to go to Strand. Bought books which are quite un-put-down-able:

Tender is the night – Scott Fitzgerald
Look back in anger - John Osborne
(Moi thinks, he’s one of the best play writers)
Poems & The Orators – W.H. Auden (my second love, after Plath of course!)
Turn That Down! - Lewis Grossberger, featuring Elvis Presley & Jim Morrison(sure, will be a great book)
The Myth of Sisyphus – Albert Camus (suggested by this guy, couldn’t find Bell Jar....boohoo :-( :-( )
Fury – Salman Rushdie (have read it twice, plans for a third time – just love him. What is best about him is that all his protagonists are always himself, all of them are bound by a few common traits, the insider outsider dilemma, the mental 'baggage', irreverend, dangerously intelligent and very very clueless.
An Equal Music – Vikram Seth (One of the best Indian writers)
With just these under my belt, I was already running out of cash. So, had to grab an Isaac Asimov and Tolkien for bro, as promised (Just hate the kinda books the little boy reads)
Currently reading – Theatre by Maugham
Planning to read (next in line) - May you be the mother of 100 sons by Bumiller, The Golden Gate.

Then, met up a JC friend, went with her to Bombay Meri Jaan, a great collection and for those who plan to explore the real Bombay, the best guide perhaps. Decided to eat at Samovar...yumm Parathas (psst! the Paratha festival is on) there is mutton to strawberries in the filling. I recommended the Gajar ka Paratha, service as always with smile and not the artificial type one, though. Then boozed(quite unplanned) at Leopold's - famous for Beer (so they say, I hate Beer thus, no idea)
Watched Hazaron Khwahishen Aisi for the first time....brilliant characters....fell in love with the character of Vikram....very bourgeoisie but loves Geeta till the end unlike Sidharth (kaykay) who is Idealist and loves Geeta as per his convenience....Great movie!

Sunday mornings are the best always, coz daddy is at home, so I can catch up with his life as well (given his busy schedule, we hardly get to talk on week days). Generally, lazed around and watched Pakistan rattling up a huge 588 built around Shahid Afridi’s knock of 156 (his career best) and Dravid’s resolute knock of 46 until they called it a day, at Faislabad.
Then, visited my Grad College - A place where everyone except me feels nostalgic, not that I don’t have good reminiscences of BMS but, I also carry in my heart some very bad memories, ones which overshadow the good ones. Met some and many juniors....Indulged in few friendly banters, had a look at the proceedings of a fest called Crescente which is coming up soon and almost relived experiences that I had during Armageddon’05 in room 302 (more about that, in a future post)

Oh, BTW, just about managed to write one more poem, a very short one, here goes....

why does death
loom so large
in my poetry?
Is it your dreams
that come to me
tonight, dressed
in the finest
whitest shrouds?

(ps: puff!....pant!!...that was a looooooooooong post)


Blogger Kiran Shetty said...

yeah really...a loooong post.n wow sum real quality quiz u attended huh????but truly said yaar "ARMAGEDDON jaisa koi nahin" the graphics n all flabbergasting!!(kudos to Dhananjay!!!!)
who was that friend u wer thinkin bout???? am i hearing sumthin?????
i am all ears...bring it on...

8:41 AM  
Blogger O said...

hi, we studied plath last year. love her poems especially when you get to dissect it and look deeper into the what, why, when and how of her poetry. And this year we're doing that to look back in anger. rivetting and lively, isn't it? :) enjoy reading!

9:20 AM  
Blogger O said...

oh what annual ELA fest is this?

9:25 AM  
Blogger Surya Ragunaathan said...

Hii Oyeshi, it was a film screening, they annualy screen films for ex-students and some selected present students...this started from last year only...good fun...Studying Plath - amazing! This is where i feel why didnt I continue my Arts??

6:42 PM  

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