31 July 2007
Great German biker
29 July 2007
'Siboney' - supposedly a sensual classic song in Spanish has been used in 2046. Someone has made a mock video on youtube. The lyrics and approximate English translation. I really like this song.
25 July 2007
Julie Delpy's new movie
First day first show!
24 July 2007
All of us can relate to the theme of the individual in an overbearing system that demands conformity. There is a website about the book.
I had read a book 'Of Men and Galaxies' by Fred Hoyle that my friend Girish had suggested. It is a collection of 3 of his lectures given in 1964. These are very brilliant thoughts of a great scientist but the first lecture is most interesting. It is a brief appraisal of scientific research and its culture over the years and the way it has changed and become a game of cornering the most funds and wearing an attitude of 'professionalism'. He warns scientists of such tendencies and suggest an alternate fresh outlook towards research.
Prof Yashpal in his lecture at Techfest 2004 in IITB had said that the best ideas in research do not come up so much in labs and offices as in university canteens and cafetarias and joked that spending time in canteens should be made compulsory. He was appealing for an open-minded approach to studies and research, reminding us that learning and discovery is supposed to be fun.
22 July 2007
Deseo mirar dos peliculas por el director de Amelie
18 July 2007
Monty Python Madness
14 July 2007
I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: "Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown
And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear:
`My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!'
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
11 July 2007
Isak Dinesen - Life of a storyteller
11 July 2006
10 July 2007
Anyone who cannot come to terms with his life while he is alive needs one hand to ward off a little his despair over his fate... but with his other hand he can note down what he sees among the ruins.
09 July 2007
Live in Goa and learn Goan, eat tons of fish.
Cover my backlog of books to be read.
Visit Mombasa and go to safari, Mt Kenya, Embu-Meru, Malindi and the Rift Valley again.
Visit Denis Finch-Hatton's grave on the Ngong Hills and Karen's home.
Do some worthwhile research
Go bicycle trekking with Youth Hostels in Ladakh.
Visit Coorg and verify its beauty.
Taste all the fruits in the world.
Live in Prague for a while.
Compose less cliche poems.
Extend my attention span to more than a few dozen seconds.
Be good to good people.
Respect differences in peoples' lifestyle, attitude, outlook.
Offer criticism without being judgmental.
Be inclusive without giving up my own views in spite of my confusions.
Live on a ship for a few weeks.
Visit Machu Picchu.
to be cont'd..
03 July 2007
P Sainath - Globalizing Inequality
Synopisis of his talk - 'An evening with P Sainath'.