Taking A Break

The last three days have been a pleasure to say the least. I find myself constantly watching Netflix, reading or cooking. The last time I took a break like this was probably March 2015 when I was between jobs. I’ve taken breaks after and traveled with friends or been home to meet my family but…

The Madness of Wedding and Other Stories from Chennai

I reached Chennai on Saturday morning. Relaxed and spent good time with my cousins and others from the extended family. My cousin got married - yaaayyy! It was fun and went well. It was a bit emotional for me because this was the first major event in our family after our grandfather (paternal) passed away in 2013….

When “Private” Ceases to Exist

Data Collection, Data Profiling and Issues With the advent of the 21st century, connected devices are becoming the norm. Each hacking incident draws eyeballs on the security of the device and/or the services we use. Google, Facebook, Apple and most other companies are collecting data about us for targeted marketing and advertising, ways to seek new…

Brewing In The PoT

Path of Totality (temporary name) is the band I’ve been playing with for about two years now. Sadly we were on hiatus since last October. Amit got hitched, Sidhesh bought a house, Bharat was hanging somewhere and god knows what I was upto. We’ve been sitting down and re-writing some of Amit’s old material. It’s…

The Herculean WOD

Namma CrossFit (NCF) became National Corp Fitness yesterday. At NCF, we have group workouts everyday and I’ve been going there since July/August. We have many coaches who conduct our workouts. There’s one coach who stands out – Tarun Kumar. Someone once asked who is coach Tarun. The reply was this – Usually the toughest period…

My Fitness Journey

If you cannot lift your own bodyweight there’s no point in going to a gym. Have you observed the people who toil the fields or work on construction sites? They are fit but they don’t need to go to a gym. — AK (a friend of mine) Flashback AK told me this a couple of…

Review: The Sceptical Patriot by Sidin Vadukut

Sharad and I were chatting up about books at my workplace and he urged me to read it. Like every other book recommendation, I put it up on my wishlist. Last year when we had Secret Santa organized at office, I shared my wishlist with Hussain (my Santa) and he picked this one for me….

Theremin and Clara Rockmore

I played this Google Doodle today. The instrument in the doodle is called a Theremin and it was put in there to commemorate the 105th birthday of Clara Rockmore, a Lithuanian Virtuosa performer of the Theremin. Why does this instrument appeal to me? What Theremin dreamed up was an electronic instrument with two primary circuits: a pitch…

Sandy Had Some Brandy

A testament to Sandy (our guitar player). Some of it written in Joycean style. Sandy had some brandy Mixed with black coffee Then he played a solo On his humbucker Fendor Strat the blues note Or maybe the fourth Pick the humming buck her Tuck her “Red wine” pearl Might be on a Marshall Or…

It Rained Today

It rained today The weather report had predicted before But some event would unfold I had never known It rained today And suddenly I felt that cold It had memories of the past I could feel it within me once more While I was still breathing My thoughts whirled inside If I cried, I wouldn’t…

Review: The Topper Prepares – Soum Paul

Soum mentioned about his book a few months back when I met him the second time in office. I never mustered up the courage to ask him anything about it. As I saw this book, I tried to pre-order and Flipkart hadn’t “released” the book even as Amazon kept selling off copies of the book….

Time and Travel

My name is Idris Maymoon Samataar Guleed. Previously of Dikhil. Now an eternal traveller seeking the measure of man and earth! An excerpt from Idris by Anita Nair As I read this the first time, it intrigued me. How did Anita Nair manage to capture such a phenomenally simple idea? Read it again, you’ll find…