Memorial Day Weekend – Lake Tahoe, May 2004

Hello All,
Hope you are all doing great. We came back from a short vacation from Lake Tahoe and boy! – it was so wonderful and relaxing. We had gone with a group of friends and we stayed in this really big apartment (cottage-like) place. We prepared some delicious food for dinner, played games, went to casinos (for once, I came back on a positive note – ha ha) and did power boating on pristine and crystal blue waters of the Lake. It was really a very very relaxing weekend – I am still having a hangover from it – to be honest, I don’t want to come out of it :).

Anyway, check out some of our snaps from this trip. I have uploaded them
here

I am feeling quite lazy to write as well ! – just want to go back home and go off to sleep :). I shall keep this short this time around – shall write in details later on.

Take care and keep in touch.

Love,

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Random Thoughts – 06/17/2004

Hello All,

Its been a while since I have posted anything. Hope you are all in the pink of your health and having a great time. We have started counting our days now for our India trip and obviously, its really exciting :). When people tell you the cost of going to India is just the cost of the tickets and nothing else – they are grossly wrong :). Every weekend in the past few weeks has been spent in shopping for our relatives in India and I am sure, the days in India will be spent in shopping for ourselves here !!! – in short, add a cool 3 grand or so to cost of the tickets to get the correct cost of going to India. Sorry, if I sound like a person who counts every $$ [I don’t – my wife can vouch for that ! ] – but this was some thought that struck me the last weekend.

Anyway, the weather has just been gorgeous out here – warm and sunny days with the cool evenings. What else can you ask for. In spite of this being ideal for doing any kind of work/work-out, Americans here are currently facing one of their worst problems – obesity. As a result of this, there has been a deluge of Fat free stuff in the market now – more so, with the popularity of Atkins diet, old-timers who used to eat bread, are thinking twice before going into that aisle. All this is so noticeable here – the media hypes up any fad so much that people get obsessed with it. But anyway, things haven’t changed for us and I don’t see any reason why it should :).

O yeah, I don’t know whether I mentioned this – I managed to get a Gmail account (Google Mail Account) through a referral – apart from the fact that it is FREE and it has 1 GB of storage, what I like about it is the ability to organize emails as conversations and also the ability to ‘label’ each email. In short, the same email can have 2 labels (or be inside 2 folders) – I think thats really cool. Of course, you can always Search through your emails – needless to say, the Search is indeed blazing fast ;-).

There is an interesting event this week – there is a dinner invitation for my Boss at one of the poshest restaurants of the Bay Area (Spago). Since, he is travelling to India this week, I get to keep the invitation and of course, I shall invite my spouse too :).

For all you lucky ones who managed to see Venus move across the Sun, hope you will have stories to tell of that when I meet you.

Bye

Indian Elections Euphoria

Hello Folks,

Hope you are all doing great. Now that the euphoria of the Indian elections has died down, people can now get back to their normal lives. Incidentally, the one good thing about the recent political situation in India was that it actually brought back into life my IIT KGP mailing list. Boy! – people came back to life with their political views – whether Sonia should be PM or not, why she gave up the position etc, economic reforms blah blah … to be honest, it was great to get back in touch with all my Dept mates :). Anyway, its great to know that we will be having our most educated PM ever – thats really cool. Now, if someone can keep Laloo in check, we will be better off ;-).

The last week has not been really very good for me – i hurt my back while cleaning up the house last weekend and so had to walk with a constant pain throughout the week. Its much better now – thanks to Advil, Iodex, Ice Pack and the wonderful relief named Susmita ;-). One positive thing about being ill or injured is that you are definitely going to get pampered – ha ha !

Even in spite of being injured, I managed to drag Susmita to the cinema hall last weekend to watch Main Hoon Na – well, Shah Rukh has done these types of roles so many times. Yet, he does it again and somehow, people don’t seem to mind it too much. He has really mastered the art of entertainment. O yeah, this movie is being heavily promoted here – it didn’t release in the normal ‘Hindi’ theatres … it was released in the normal American Theatres. So, in one hall you have Troy and in the other you have ‘Main Hoon Na’ !!!

Chalo, thats it from here – you guys take care and don’t ‘bend your back’ too much to do anything ;-).

Love,

My First Posting

Hiyaa,
Its been quite a hectic weekend actually. I think, I have started to accept the fact that my weekends are busier than the week days. Almost, all the slots of the days (from early mornings to late night) are kind of reserved for some kind of activity or the other, such as doing laundry, getting groceries, calling India, catching up on the magazines which keep coming and coming, and over and above all, try to have a decent social life. Most of the times, we try to do all the socialising over Saturday, so that we can just be at home on Sundays, watching movies and of course, moaning the fact that the next day is Monday and that our weekend is all gone. Anyway, yesterday was one such Sunday, where we were invited to a Tamilian home for lunch. Greedy that I was, it was too difficult to resist ;-).

Anyway, hope you are all doing good. The election fever is really getting to everyone here – any Indian I talk to out here has to offer his/her 2 cents of advice on who will be PM ! Times of India has also become quite aggressive in its headlines now a days – a recent one being : “Less than 250 : Vajpayee will declare, Advani will bat on!”

Next weekend is the Bay to Breakers run. This is a fun run in SFO for about 6.5 miles. The best part of the run is that there will be lots of activities happening all along the course and so, one wouldn’t feel as tired as one would normally. Till now, it looks like I am the only one who is going – I have tried to cajole all and sundry to run : looks like they all have other important things to do :).

O yeah, I don’t know how many of you know this – there is this interesting concept called Blogging. Google owns this site http://www.blogger.com where you can post your Blogs and have others read it later on. For instance, I have put this email as a blog, so that you can check out what I mean and the URL is http://thyaga_susmita.blogspot.com/

Chalo, thats it from here – take care and have a great week ahead.

Love