Friday, December 28, 2007

Your level of education to read my blog

Are you in Elementary School? (more likely, your children are).

Then let me offer Congratulations, you can read this blog. Evidence is this tool, which gave me

Should I be happy that everyone can read my blog? or should I be hurt and read up on "A How-to guide for dummies for writing for geniuses on your boring blog?"

A more scientific-looking test here gave me the following results.

and said I should happy, considering typical readability levels of sites

But the egotist in me is unhappy, considering I hover in the popular novels range. Nah, I do not stoop to that level. But being close to the revered Reader's Digest is honourable.

But, my "conscience keeper" persona reminds me its nothing to jump about - no one reads this blog anyway! Sob.

BTW, for anyone who happens to read - this post celebrates the "Shashtiabdhapoorthi" (Tam Bram name) or 60th post :)

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Tuesday, December 25, 2007

My new website demo


As some of you may already know, I am trying to put up a virtual home. You can visit the demo and comment here.

Photo Gallery:

The free web part will change when I have buy the web space. Currently, I am evaluating Bluehost and Dreamhost, although Bluehost is on top now.

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Monday, December 24, 2007

Christmas in Karlsruhe

Depressed, angry and lonely.

Those 3 words summarize how I feel right now. Depressed that I am not travelling to India tomorrow as planned, angry about the stupid service provider who is the main reason for this delay and lonely as there is no one to even talk to here.

Its cold and forbidding to step outside the house. So, you can imagine how i feel cooped up in addition to the adjectives mentioned!!!

What really bugs me is that these so called international companies do not have a simple helpline or even a reliable phone support. All my emails through their web-based contact form are lost in their inboxes. Worldbridge must be the worst service provider and I am not sure how they were selected. They charge a whopping $14 to provide information over the phone!!!

Anyway, some pics for those of you who are still interested in them.

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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

A longing for clean comedy

Thanks to fast internet speeds over here, I have been able to watch some movies, including ones which I had missed.

After seeing the movies, I have a desperate longing for clean comedy, comedy that can have you in splits even if you watch it many times. Jandhyala's movies are like nectar with his crew of Rajendra Prasad, Naresh, Chandra Mohan, Sutthi Veerabhadra Rao, Brahmanandam, Kota, Sutthi Velu, Sri Lakshmi, Rallapalli and many others.

"Navvadam oka bhogam, Navvinchadam oka yogam, Navvalekapovadam oka rogam".

I have compiled this list of clips from Youtube. There are to many great films and I will keep adding to this list.

Saturday, December 15, 2007


This was the best conversation I have ever had in my life. Those of you who know me also know what a sparkling wit I am (lol).

I was reading the other day somewhere about witty repartees and in a fit [tut, we are not talking about fitness here], I wrote this fictional conversation. to make it interesting, I have made myself the Protagonist [Thats how, self-acclaimed and progressive critics like to refer to the main character in a movie]. Beware, some of my answers are not scientifically correct.

Additions or modifications are welcome. Other types of wit, typically described as "sarcasm","irony","pithy" and various adjectives are frowned upon. come on, "frowned upon" is a figurative speech. I can't raise my eyebrows, if thats what you are after.

He: "Are you human?"
Me: "No, I belong to a sub-species of the human race called Pithecanthropus. This sub-species stands between the Neanderthals, you know those ones, right? with those funny-shaped heads? and between homosapiens."

He: "Are you joking?"
Me: "No, in fact, I belong to a sub-sub-species, called Pithecanthropus Erectus. This is the full name based on the scientific Linnaer method. There are two versions for this. The additional Erectus comes from the fact that they were the first human species to stand erect, goes one version. The other version is that they were the first humans to have an, er, you know what..."

He: "You didn't answer my question. Are you human?"
Me: "No, I am sorry, I am an intergalactic spider, masquerading as a human."

He: "Are you sick or something? you seem to be drunk in the middle of a day?"
Me: "To confess, I suffer from a disease of the mind called klypsositis."

He: "Is it also called insanity in common parlance?"
Me: "No, it is a state of mind, where the individual tries to invent new terms and uses bombastic sesquipedalian verbiage in an attempt to prove himself."

He: "We simply call such people idiots"
Me: "Thats the result of limited vocabulary, improper upbringing and self-taught knowledge. There are so many states of insanity as between 0 and 1 in a binary system"
He: "Thats ridiculous. Binary system has only 2 states."
Me: "I never said there were many."
He: "But you said..."
Me: "Yes?"

He: [Completely confused now]"lets think logically"
Me: I usually think logically. There is nothing new for me to start now. Do you have a techniques to separate your thinking?"

He: "I mean lets start again"
Me: "OK. where we started off was with humans called Pithecanthropus erectus and their eating habits."
He: "That was not our discussion."
Me: "Oh sorry, you are at the wrong table."

[I leave the table...]

By the way, the true master [or rather mistress] of wit was Dorothy Parker. One of her gems was "This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force. "

Read here some of her wit. Its a meagre list, but I am sure you all google well.

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Kalari - Indian Martial Arts

Awesome video. I would have run away the first day itself!!!

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