Dec 29, 2010

Cold fingertips and toetips,
Soft chords on the ear,

Mild filtered yellow light,
Through the folds of thick paper,

A drop here, and a drop there,
On the window, behind the blinds,

Naught, but a pillow and a blanket,
to keep you warm.

Dec 19, 2010

The girl with kaleidoscope eyes.

She was my first crush.
I liked her nose-ring.
I liked her principles. 

She stood out in a sea of faces.
I still remember that she wore red.
We had one date.

She was a happy girl.
She liked colors.
She liked slow walks.

She wrote a poem for me.
I wrote a song for her.
I owe her a date.

She knows about all the others.
She knows about me.
She feels like home.

Dec 17, 2010

Yesterday after a long day's exam I sat on one of them high stools near the coffee shop. My feet were dangling, and couldn't reach the ground. It felt SO nice. I couldn't remember being that happy in the recent past.

There's a reason some things don't have a reason. :)

Nov 30, 2010


Around a month back, one fine morning, the grass had a layer of frost on it. It was white. The following week was warm.

Around a week back, the first snowflakes fell. Tiny ones. The ones that disappear when they hit the ground. And there were sheets of ice on the roads.

Two days back, half the lake had frozen and ice was floating, as the ducks floated around them.

Not far away, now.

Nov 28, 2010

We'll start a jazz band.

Instant love.#1

Instant love #2

For relaxing times, make it 'suntory' time. xD

Worth every minute of the sleep I lost watching this in the early hours of sunday. 

Nov 16, 2010

Things I learnt today.

- The Pierpont commons lounge is an amazing place to study. I sit there, as I type, IDEs open, waiting for some random Chinese dude to start playing the piano.

- Cheat sheets ruin the fun of cheating. More or less they are useless.

- My subconscious alarm FTW. It woke me up 15 minutes before my exam started. 

- The Venti Java chip has no equal.

- Overture 1812, Tchaikovsky. Play it when you're about to finish something and you want to feel awesome about it. EVEN if it's just a blog post. 

Nov 7, 2010

The one time i really felt like writing and got to doing that was on a plane. I didn't have a laptop but I typed it out as notes on my cell phone. 10000 characters in and when I got home I realised I didn't have the USB cable for the phone AND that I couldn't transfer it by bluetooth. I ordered a USB cable from amazon around 5 weeks back which still hasn't shipped. Whattefun.

Oct 5, 2010

Naduraathri philosophy

All the things you tell others are borne out of all the things you tell yourself.

Sep 13, 2010

Fooled by a dot

One fine day, I have an hour left before I have to be somewhere, so I just decide to walk around. I walk past this bookstore and then do a double take.

"Choke by Chuck Palahniuk, Autographed"

I go in and after the perfunctory exchanges..

Me : How much for the autographed version of Choke by Palahniuk?

Girl at the counter : Letme check. (Goes, checks and comes back). One-ninety five.

Me  : (*Falsetto mind voice* Jaaackpot!)  Wow, how is it that cheap?!

Girl at the counter : Erm, I mean, it costs a hundred and ninety five dollars. (awkward smile)

Me : Oooohhhhh. (Awkward smile). Okaaay, Have a nice day!

More stories from Ann arbor will be up in the days to come. Or so I hope.

Aug 8, 2010

Yellow truck.

The street on which I live has been dug up to lay some pipes for the drainage system, which one would have thought they'd have done properly before laying the road. The entire stretch is dug up and a few water pipes also stand broken, pouring water into the holes that have been dug; an altogether mucky sight. The pipes have been fixed now but the road is still dug up.

This once, I was walking back home late evening. It was dusty, thanks to the wind which decided to play around with the sand that'd been dumped on the roadside to cover up the holes later. At a distance I see this little kid with a yellow construction track in his hand, standing near one such dug-up-mud-mound, looking at the bigger yellow excavator working a few hundred metres away, the dust swirling around him. I wished I had a camera.

Jul 20, 2010


I held down the shift key to type something in CAPITAL LETTERS. I released it, but then saw that the letters were still in CAPS. The key wasn't stuck or anything but the internal signal seemed to be.

Every link I clicked opened in a new tab.

If I pressed any of the arrow keys in text areas, the text got highlighted :@

I had to use caps lock to remedy the unwanted capital letters and take it off to use caps.

Old-school-hitting-the-device-if-it-doesn't-work worked. MY shift keyboard is back to normal.

Jul 18, 2010


idle mind is four years old; a well-oiled/rusty devil's workshop?

thanks for all the fish, so far.

Jul 10, 2010

A tale of two women

As the title suggests, this is a tale of two women who I saw/met. Both of them are equally least likely to hit the internet, and even if they do so, the chances of them reading this are very low. And even if they do, they wouldn't know who wrote about them, that is, if they realize it is about them.

The first one is a spinster who lives down my street. She has a small store, which she's probably named after her brother's daughter, whose name I never seemed to care about, which I refer to as maami kadai. On account of my absolute joblessness, everyday, it is my duty to buy milk for the household from that store. I go there and ask for 2 litres of milk. She gives me the packets, and I pay the cash. Then I ask her, "Cover irukka?". She looks at me like I'm a bug she wants to stamp, and then fidgets around to find any used covers, and if she doesn't find any, she takes out the smallest possible cover and squeezes the packets into it leaving no room for me to lift them by the handle. I have to hold the cold milk-stench covered bag in both hands and by the time I reach home, my hands stink and are numb with cold. The very purpose of giving a bag is defeated.

To avoid any further hassles, I've started taking my own bag.


I came across the second woman today in an "Art and craft" stall in some exhibition my mom asked me take her to. I saw this awesome wooden key chain in the shape of a native american with all the tribal face paints and all.

I am a sucker for key chains.

There were only two remaining and I picked one up. I looked up to see the lady who saw over the stall come up to me. I told her "I'll take this". And she nodded and gave me a smile, put it in a cover and gave it back to me. Before we could pay, my mother saw this wooden pen stand. the front of it had a wolf's head resting on a big chief carved into it. It was beautiful. I told her we'd take that too, and she smiled again, like someone appreciating the choice I made. She was 27/28, pretty, and had this genuine smile on her face.

I'm a sucker for a pretty girl's smile.

She didn't bother us with her details and marketing speeches. She smiled. AND she gave us two covers and even suggested that I put the smaller one into the bigger one. I waited for my mom to pay her and turn around and begin to leave, took the cover and looked at her. She smiled and nodded, I grinned, and I left.


The thing is, I have to buy milk daily, and not wooden key chains.

Jun 21, 2010


There are 10 kinds of people in this world - People who think I've made a mistake here, and pompous pricks chuckling to themselves that is this a binary joke only they understand. 

Jun 17, 2010

The list.

1.9.1The Shawshank Redemption (1994)495,689
2.9.1The Godfather (1972)396,168
3.9.0The Godfather: Part II (1974)235,024
4.8.9The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)151,643
5.8.9Pulp Fiction (1994)401,775
6.8.9Schindler's List (1993)265,767
7.8.812 Angry Men (1957)112,039
8.8.8One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)205,480
9.8.8Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back(1980)268,462
10.8.8The Dark Knight (2008)442,823
11.8.8The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King(2003)351,228
12.8.8Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)312,494
13.8.7Seven Samurai (1954)93,361
14.8.7Casablanca (1942)162,952
15.8.7Goodfellas (1990)220,605
16.8.7Fight Club (1999)366,760
17.8.7City of God (2002)158,938
18.8.7The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring(2001)375,428
19.8.7Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)235,717
20.8.7Rear Window (1954)114,717
21.8.7Psycho (1960)138,191
22.8.7The Usual Suspects (1995)258,269
23.8.7Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)70,803
24.8.6The Silence of the Lambs (1991)235,921
25.8.6The Matrix (1999)366,986
26.8.6Se7en (1995)267,317
27.8.6Memento (2000)260,311
28.8.6It's a Wonderful Life (1946)98,608
29.8.6The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)316,199
30.8.6Sunset Blvd. (1950)52,581
31.8.6Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)151,833
32.8.6North by Northwest (1959)90,268
33.8.6Citizen Kane (1941)134,703
34.8.6The Professional (1994)191,842
35.8.6Apocalypse Now (1979)168,132
36.8.6Forrest Gump (1994)288,046
37.8.5American Beauty (1999)283,496
38.8.5American History X (1998)215,710
39.8.5Taxi Driver (1976)149,823
40.8.5Vertigo (1958)88,546
41.8.5Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)228,626
42.8.5Lawrence of Arabia (1962)77,160
43.8.5Alien (1979)174,422
44.8.5Amélie (2001)173,995
45.8.5Saving Private Ryan (1998)262,141
46.8.5WALL·E (2008)171,824
47.8.5A Clockwork Orange (1971)187,172
48.8.5The Shining (1980)171,024
49.8.4Paths of Glory (1957)43,106
50.8.4The Departed (2006)252,627
51.8.4The Pianist (2002)128,626
52.8.4To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)80,101
53.8.4Aliens (1986)165,114
54.8.4M (1931)38,474
55.8.4Spirited Away (2001)96,308
56.8.4The Lives of Others (2006)71,348
57.8.4Double Indemnity (1944)35,670
58.8.4Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)211,936
59.8.4Chinatown (1974)76,334
60.8.4Requiem for a Dream (2000)178,407
61.8.4L.A. Confidential (1997)160,723
62.8.4Reservoir Dogs (1992)205,805
63.8.4The Third Man (1949)49,477
64.8.4Das Boot (1981)68,341
65.8.4The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)32,057
66.8.4Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)150,973
67.8.4City Lights (1931)26,189
68.8.4Pan's Labyrinth (2006)146,661
69.8.4The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)57,001
70.8.3Raging Bull (1980)87,011
71.8.3The Prestige (2006)194,330
72.8.3Inglourious Basterds (2009)162,379
73.8.3Back to the Future (1985)193,596
74.8.32001: A Space Odyssey (1968)155,558
75.8.3Life Is Beautiful (1997)104,087
76.8.3Singin' in the Rain (1952)53,673
77.8.3Modern Times (1936)34,283
78.8.3Some Like It Hot (1959)65,120
79.8.3Downfall (2004)79,339
80.8.3Amadeus (1984)93,824
81.8.3Full Metal Jacket (1987)146,401
82.8.3Up (2009)98,656
83.8.3Braveheart (1995)232,957
84.8.3Cinema Paradiso (1988)43,710
85.8.3The Maltese Falcon (1941)50,034
86.8.3Once Upon a Time in America (1984)69,619
87.8.3Rashômon (1950)37,702
88.8.3All About Eve (1950)34,041
89.8.3Metropolis (1927)38,074
90.8.3Gran Torino (2008)119,958
91.8.3The Green Mile (1999)190,655
92.8.3The Elephant Man (1980)56,059
93.8.3The Great Dictator (1940)35,609
94.8.3Sin City (2005)247,333
95.8.3Rebecca (1940)34,340
96.8.3The Apartment (1960)35,148
97.8.3Gladiator (2000)269,436
98.8.3The Sting (1973)63,749
99.8.3Avatar (2009)240,628
100.8.3Slumdog Millionaire (2008)167,327
101.8.3The Great Escape (1963)59,974
102.8.3Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)166,457
103.8.3Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)204,635
104.8.3Unforgiven (1992)94,850
105.8.3Bicycle Thieves (1948)26,413
106.8.3Jaws (1975)133,136
107.8.3Batman Begins (2005)259,930
108.8.2Die Hard (1988)175,179
109.8.2Blade Runner (1982)180,492
110.8.2On the Waterfront (1954)39,836
111.8.2Hotel Rwanda (2004)88,590
112.8.2Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)32,289
113.8.2Oldboy (2003)92,956
114.8.2No Country for Old Men (2007)190,567
115.8.2Touch of Evil (1958)31,681
116.8.2The Seventh Seal (1957)35,439
117.8.2Fargo (1996)160,578
118.8.2Princess Mononoke (1997)63,178
119.8.2For a Few Dollars More (1965)41,580
120.8.2The Wizard of Oz (1939)99,617
121.8.2District 9 (2009)139,791
122.8.2Heat (1995)139,775
123.8.2Strangers on a Train (1951)33,028
124.8.2Cool Hand Luke (1967)43,853
125.8.2Donnie Darko (2001)203,646
126.8.2High Noon (1952)33,110
127.8.2The Sixth Sense (1999)230,759
128.8.2Notorious (1946)30,406
129.8.2The Deer Hunter (1978)85,367
130.8.2There Will Be Blood (2007)125,772
131.8.2Annie Hall (1977)63,302
132.8.2Snatch. (2000)166,896
133.8.2Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)223,353
134.8.2The Manchurian Candidate (1962)33,799
135.8.2The General (1926)19,201
136.8.2The Big Lebowski (1998)171,483
137.8.2Platoon (1986)105,094
138.8.1Yojimbo (1961)28,261
139.8.1The Wrestler (2008)87,762
140.8.1Ran (1985)33,508
141.8.1Into the Wild (2007)93,624
142.8.1Ben-Hur (1959)56,594
143.8.1Million Dollar Baby (2004)135,312
144.8.1The Big Sleep (1946)28,085
145.8.1The Lion King (1994)129,613
146.8.1It Happened One Night (1934)24,211
147.8.1Witness for the Prosecution (1957)17,316
148.8.1Life of Brian (1979)90,932
149.8.1Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)55,680
150.8.1The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)139,594
151.8.1Wild Strawberries (1957)20,480
152.8.1Finding Nemo (2003)157,765
153.8.1Kick-Ass (2010)55,829
154.8.1Trainspotting (1996)145,647
155.8.1Toy Story (1995)140,334
156.8.1Gone with the Wind (1939)76,406
157.8.1Stand by Me (1986)87,021
158.8.1The Terminator (1984)173,242
159.8.1Scarface (1983)146,411
160.8.1Groundhog Day (1993)130,108
161.8.1The Graduate (1967)75,458
162.8.1The Thing (1982)75,442
163.8.1Star Trek (2009)126,434
164.8.1Amores Perros (2000)59,014
165.8.1Dog Day Afternoon (1975)57,342
166.8.1Ratatouille (2007)125,818
167.8.1Gandhi (1982)48,956
168.8.1V for Vendetta (2005)215,434
169.8.1How to Train Your Dragon (2010)22,222
170.8.1Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)121,117
171.8.1The Wages of Fear (1953)13,643
172.8.1The Grapes of Wrath (1940)22,585
173.8.1Twelve Monkeys (1995)164,174
174.8.1 (1963)28,563
175.8.1Casino (1995)104,591
176.8.1The Gold Rush (1925)20,105
177.8.1Diabolique (1955)13,993
178.8.1Grave of the Fireflies (1988)33,039
179.8.1The Night of the Hunter (1955)24,805
180.8.1The Secret in Their Eyes (2009)12,625
181.8.0The Princess Bride (1987)120,899
182.8.0The Incredibles (2004)152,628
183.8.0Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)13,594
184.8.0The Killing (1956)23,871
185.8.0The Wild Bunch (1969)30,104
186.8.0Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)12,604
187.8.0Children of Men (2006)151,590
188.8.0The Exorcist (1973)99,204
189.8.0In Bruges (2008)92,155
190.8.0The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)16,821
191.8.0Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927)10,898
192.8.0The Kid (1921)13,338
193.8.0Nights of Cabiria (1957)10,556
194.8.0The Hustler (1961)24,568
195.8.0Dial M for Murder (1954)28,624
196.8.0Good Will Hunting (1997)144,396
197.8.0Rosemary's Baby (1968)48,641
198.8.0Ed Wood (1994)71,853
199.8.0Harvey (1950)22,528
200.8.0Big Fish (2003)136,091
201.8.0King Kong (1933)37,505
202.8.0A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)32,624
203.8.0The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)29,366
204.8.0Let the Right One In (2008)51,648
205.8.0Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)54,290
206.8.0Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)175,897
207.8.0Magnolia (1999)118,466
208.8.0Sleuth (1972)16,716
209.8.0Rocky (1976)92,085
210.8.0Shadow of a Doubt (1943)20,630
211.8.0Mystic River (2003)114,798
212.8.0Stalag 17 (1953)20,159
213.8.0Network (1976)32,322
214.8.0Brief Encounter (1945)12,952
215.8.0The African Queen (1951)33,018
216.8.0Rope (1948)30,181
217.8.0Crash (2004/I)165,529
218.8.0Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)224,669
219.8.0Bonnie and Clyde (1967)39,922
220.8.0The Battle of Algiers (1966)13,271
221.8.0Duck Soup (1933)25,666
222.8.0Manhattan (1979)37,363
223.8.0Planet of the Apes (1968)55,667
224.8.0La strada (1954)17,133
225.8.0Patton (1970)38,331
226.8.0Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)105,847
227.8.0The Conversation (1974)31,818
228.8.0The 400 Blows (1959)22,933
229.8.0The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)130,100
230.8.0Changeling (2008)61,082
231.8.0Little Miss Sunshine (2006)145,265
232.8.0Barry Lyndon (1975)38,496
233.7.9The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)75,677
234.7.9All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)20,630
235.7.9Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)18,871
236.7.9Mulholland Dr. (2001)98,395
237.7.9Anatomy of a Murder (1959)16,055
238.7.9The Truman Show (1998)148,862
239.7.9The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)22,778
240.7.9Spartacus (1960)49,025
241.7.9Shutter Island (2010)78,765
242.7.9Shaun of the Dead (2004)127,280
243.7.9Monsters, Inc. (2001)108,682
244.7.9Glory (1989)55,559
245.7.9The Philadelphia Story (1940)27,119
246.7.9Toy Story 2 (1999)109,440
247.7.9Rain Man (1988)100,557
248.7.9Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)29,018
249.7.9The Lady Vanishes (1938)17,566
250.7.9Edward Scissorhands (1990)99,7

125, give or take. This is what I am doing right now, more or less, eating away at the list. Many minutes of brilliance.