Friday, February 26, 2016

More books!

Since this post, I've continued to be on a book-reading spree. I've bought 33 books since then and read all of them... the latest in-progress being the 'Bond Collection for Adults', the Bond being Ruskin Bond, who I've been meaning to read since quite a few years now. That's 2 friggin' books a month, which is the fastest that I have read in the past 2 decades!

Ignore me, you book-gobbling monsters who can manage a book or more a day. Or roll your eyes and move on. It's been such a happy, happy time for me, let me enjoy my little triumph over my old self here!

Some of that reading speed has improved quite recently, because I've taken to reading while walking... walking up to the office cafeteria for lunch/coffee when I'm alone, walking up to my desk each day--even though part of it is in the lift, walking back down to the basement to my vehicle before going home. Then, a big chunk of reading happens right before I sleep. The bright phone screen doesn't bother me any more. Thanks again, to my dear, cutie-patootie husband, who downloaded and installed the 'night mode' app on my phone that dims the display even further than the default software allows. Not that I couldn't manage that on my own, but I was just too lazy about it, so after several reminders, he just gave up and did it for me. I make sure to give him a few extra kisses for that every day :P

[Doing a happy dance in my mind before getting back to work so I can wrap up sooner and read more in the night.]

Thursday, February 18, 2016

I gotta ask

...who are these people from Russia who are visiting my blog since these past couple of years?

Are you folk landing here by mistake? Google (or other search engines) directing you to me by mistake? Or just an unfortunate combination or search keywords, maybe?

I feel like throwing up a dialog box asking, 'Did you find this information useful?' like Microsoft (msdn / technet) pages do. Not that I expect anyone to find anything useful in here; it's just me blathering on about myriad things and/or my opinions. But, yeah, how do you land up here? You're not unwelcome, of course, but seeing the stats page just makes me curious. (Confession: I watch the stats page by factor of a few hundreds more than I do actually post here.) Say hello?

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

10 minutes to midnight

... and it's the earliest I've gotten into bed in the past 4 days.

And I just discovered this thing of beauty...

And then, I read about the art and the weirdness behind it:

I read it the next day, so the previous night I just soak myself into the song and not think about the backstory.

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Presenting in PJs such fun!

I hadn't intended to, though. I was supposed to make a presentation over a Webex meeting at work this evening. My session kept getting delayed, and the hubs was out for a work event, so I had to get home not-too-late for the poor, lonely pooches.

I realized just in time, and as the presenter before me was about to finish, I requested a couple of folks who were supposed to present after me to prepone their sessions. I rushed home in my trusty old car, which we're sadly about to sell off. Changed, gave the pooches their treats--no dinner today, because they have upset stomachs and aren't eating--poured myself a bowl of cornflakes-chocolate-powder-milk, and sat at my desk. I finished eating just in time for the ongoing session to end.

Supercharged and relaxed at the same time, I delivered the presentation smoothly--and a tad hurriedly in my own opinion, but what do you do when there's stony silence on the line from the others, and what you're talking about it considered to be the least important stuff among the others'?!

Then, I let the pooches run amok, but all they wanted to do was photobomb this PJ-clad presenter. ;)

PS: That's the Ink Sketch artistic effect from Paint.NET. Sweet, innit?

Reunions - I

M, my friend of 23 years, came down to Pune this week. I haven't checked with her yet if she's ok with her pictures on my blog, hence the blurring.

We went for a walk after about 13 years, and then sat for a while watching this. We got late reaching this spot, so couldn't catch the sunset on camera. I was huffing and puffing on the 'uphill' stretches, but the level path was a breeze, and there was a breeze as we sat down and caught up.

Also, the gal's got news for me, which I'm not at liberty to say yet, but this might be the last picture of us together in long time. Except, of course, when we have a college buddies' informal reunion next week. Sigh. So glad we had this, M!

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Real live comforter

When I have trouble sleeping, I cuddle with my very own teddy er... bitch.

Sigh, those velvet ears!

Then, sometime during the night, we play our own version of the beauty and the (hairy) beast.

She captures my arm and my pillow. Is my heart not enough? I guess that's the price I have to pay for being eased into the night. Beats swallowing pills, doesn't it? ;)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


I've been complaining since a couple of years that I can't find the time to read as much as I'd like to. In 2011, I bought about 7-8 books, and most of them have been lying unopened, untouched in my cupboard. I used to think that I always prefer hardcopy books over their electronic versions. This evening I happened to log on to Amazon to check out a few books, and I thought 'let's check what I've bought so far'. I was in for a surprise. In 2012 and 2013, I bought 5 Kindle books each. I used to read them on the PC version. Then, last year I acquired my husband's Android phone, and got used to getting my Kindle on (hah!) just before I slept. And that is what led to my pleasant surprise... in 2014, I've already bought 15 books off Amazon! Those include the 5 books that I just ordered, but that's still more than double the books I bought and read over the past 2 years!

Bless you, dear husband and dear Amazon; the former for enlightening me about the existence of Kindle-for-PC and for pushing me to try it out (I've obviously been hooked!); and the latter for just being one of the coolest things on earth! The husband gets his thanks in the form of fewer death-stares from me (which, he's totally gonna read as 'death-star' when he reads this post and wonder when he got one of those). Amazon gets its thanks in the form of some cool software that I'm currently documenting, which I obviously can't talk about right now, which my company pays me for, and which I use to buy more books--so win-win! (I'm aware that this previous sentence must have caused some gammar Nazi's untimely death, but I don't care.)