Friday, September 20, 2013

Life in July 22 - Sept 20

Dil dhoondta hai phir wohi fursat ke raat din.....

The above line sums up what is currently going on.  The last two months have been very very eventful.  Without any further delay, let me start the show.

~ Best news: Ran KTM Half marathon. Detailed report here

~ Parents visited for 8 days. And so did Shweta didi. Awesome time spent.

~ Went for a play - Dear Liar starring Naseeruddin Shah and Ratna Pathak Shah on the life of George bernard show. Didn't got the full context but as expected, it was well acted.

~ Attended talk by Dr. Srinivas on his book - Politics as Performance: The social history of Telugu cinema. The talk was hosted at BIC and also had Dr. Ramachandra Guha there. Quite informative. Had not thought about the performance aspect in politics, but now that i think, it seems so important. Also, it is so important in entrepreneurship as well. Something to always keep in the back of the mind.

~ Attended water film festival with Raksha. Saw 86 centimeters and Bottled Life.  Bottled life was quite well made. I had not used a single plastic water bottle since watching the film :)

~ US trip - A lot of running in US. Detailed report here
~ Went to a Jazz concert in US. It was alright, good in parts especially they had piece with minimalism like music in it. In some other parts, it was too random. Something to open our minds though.
~ Boudin bakery, Ghiradelli square, Ethiopian, Thai and several other cuisine were tried.
~Flew via Doha on Qatar airlines. Not the best experience.
~Went to Yosemite with Abhishek KR and Anita. Hiked the mist trail. It is always great to be visit Yosemite. Pics at - https://plus.google.com/photos/104532372595633553382/albums/5913490300398053617
~ Bentonville was again great at this time of the year. BV pics can be seen at - https://plus.google.com/photos/104532372595633553382/albums/5913481369750924161
Also, went to the Farmer's market there. Awesome stuff!


~Pursuing coursera course on Modern and Post Modern philosophy. Taught by Prof. Michael S Roth from Wesleyan university.  Thoroughly enjoying it.

~ Went to see semifinals of Indian Badminton League with Nikesh.  Ok-ok match.
~ Books:
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
Civilization and its discontents by Sigmond Freud
Guns Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond.
Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World's food system by Raj Patel

~Bangalore Politically inspired book club meetups on GGS and SaS were good. Good attendance and some good discussions as part of it.

~TV Series:
Finished Newsroom season 2. Much better than season 1 with couple of awesome episodes but a not-s-good ending
Burn Notice : The series comes to an end. With comedy gone, this has been a difficult one to get through.
Studio 60: Again a Sorkin one. Delighted to see Bradly Whitford back in action. Halfway done.
Couple of episodes of Pradhanmantri. Enjoying them, very informative.


~Movies:
Madras Cafe: 2.5/5
Dekalogue 4 and 5. Awesome to see them again.
A few more on the flight but cant remember them now.

~A media monitoring project on AAP. Details will be posted soon. Did three overnight hackathons. Good fun!






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