Tuesday, February 27, 2007


It is a fact known to those near and dear to me that I am a closet artist. Last weekend I painted very beautiful abstract patterns on the inside of my bedroom closet. However, such art does not get the kind of attention it rightly deserves. Therefore, I am trying to develop other kind of artistic abilities. On a trip to the US last September, I bought a Wacom Graphire Tablet.

It is a nifty gadget, but takes a little getting used to. I am no Picasso, but I can draw a mean free-hand straight line. Rather, I could draw a mean free-hand straight line on paper. The tablet is a different story altogether. However, I persisted and could soon write the alphabet using the tablet. For some of you it may not be a big deal, but I first had to learn the alphabet.

Anyway, cutting a long story short is not a good idea. Therefore I will give you the full version. Here is the first presentable sketch I made using the tablet, from a picture that I had taken at Palolem, in Goa.

As you can see, this is a very feeble attempt at something very promising. However, I have been practising and getting better. Here is a new sketch that I have started on recently. I hope to be able to finish it within a week's time, if I can manage my schedule well and work on it regularly.

Once I am done with this sketch, I will try to hone my water colour skills on the tablet. Will keep you posted. Feedback is most welcome.


Sunday, February 25, 2007

Senthil and Owl (puzzle)

Guess who is who.

PS. The owl sits on a branch of a tree right outside my office, mostly sleeping during the day. It took a bit of keen observation by Nandu, a colleague (of mine, not the owl), to spot it, and a lot of persuasion to get me to take a picture. Senthil can be seen occasionally on the balcony of my apartment and, just like the owl, is a creature of the night, with a little more knowledge of the language French.


Thursday, February 15, 2007


Last evening I had a revelation while I sat in the balcony of my apartment, trying to think of the name of a gullible person whom I could make the scapegoat for the bug I could not find in my software. I realized that I prefer blonds. I could even go so far as saying that I loved them. I even have them sorted out very well inside my head and my three favourite blonds are Cobra mild, Kingfisher premium and Castle lager. I do like amber beers too, but blonds have a little something about them which others don't. Incidentally, I also found out yesterday that Cobra mild also has a stronger cousin, another blond, by the name of King Cobra. How corny can you get? But I love the name. :)

Meanwhile, here are some more pics from Brugge or, since we are punning heavily about names, Brouge. Here goes:

Wednesday, February 07, 2007


Yes, Brugge! I visited it on January 21, and it is a town in Belgium. Yes, Belgium! I visited it for a week in January, and it is a country in the European Union. Yes, the EU! I don't know anything about it. However, I do know a little thing about Brugge -- it is full of cycles. Don't trust me, do you? You want proof, do you? Here it is: