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Riding The Google Wave

We all have heard about Google Wave. We all want invites for it. Some us  got them and excitedly opened up the Google Wave. 10 minutes into it most us are bored. We don't know what to do with it. So we turn to the really long video of Wave (80 mins) and due to the slow internet connection, we give up that too and finally shutdown the browser. MTV even joked about the video that it was so long, may be Ashutosh Gowariker has directed it!!

This is my attempt at demystifying the Google Wave. I have tried to include some pictures so that it is clearer. Before we begin, let me tell you that Google Wave is still a preview version so it is buggy and crashes often. OK, enough of gyaan, let's begin...

What should I write about?

For the past few days I am suffering from what is famously described as the "Writer's Block". Wikipedia defines it as "a condition, associated with writing as a profession, in which an author loses the ability to produce new work". I am not able to decide what to write about, not due to dearth of ideas, but because there are too many ideas floating around my head.

Should I write about how I saw a small kid climb into his school bus with a Harry Potter like broom in hand and wonder how the good old Chandamamahas gone out of fashion and circulation? Should I write about Sachin Tendulkar completing 20 years in international cricket?

Should I write another movie review? Should I write another article about the idiosyncrasies of women around the world? Should I write about how I too have started using these heavy-weight words, generally reserved for MBA students?

Should I write about the problems faced by overworked IT professionals? Should I write about how they bug t…

Pune's Taliban!!

One fine day I was going to my office (on second thought the day on which I have to go to office can't be a fine day!) when I felt a tap on my shoulder. "Hey! You didn't recognize me!!", complained a strange women who had her face completely covered in a cloth with only two holes near the eyes as her gateway to the world. I stared at her puzzled, racking my brain to identify her voice, but wasn't getting anywhere. "Er... how can I recognize you when all I can see are two eyes?". "Idiot!!... I am Shruti", she shrieked. Oh yes!! I said sorry for not recognizing her as we entered the office. (To this day I wonder why I said sorry? It wasn't my fault.)

I had often wondered why girls in Pune cover up their faces when they go outside. Today was my chance to get the answer from the horse's mouth. So I asked Shruti about it which soon turned into a heated argument. Some excerpts:

Shruti: "See, the cloth protects us from the sun and heat and…

The Makeover of My Blog!!

As with most of us, I first logged into Blogger just out of curiosity when I was in college. Soon I was hooked and wrote at least 10 posts which were well appreciated by my friends. But since no one around me was much into blogging, it soon fizzled out. Then I got a job and my work sucked out whatever little enthusiasm was left in me for blogging.

All of it turned around the day I discovered that my company encourages blogging. In fact, they even have their own internal blogging portal. I was amazed to see how many people wrote about so many interesting things. I too regained momentum, and out came this blog. Then I started looking into the fine side of blogging - How to make my blog beautiful? The answer was staring at my face - dig into the "Code" - the thing that I do as a software engineer.

Ajab Prem Ki Not So Ghazab Kahani!!

As I had written earlier I was in the process of shifting my home to somewhere near my office. Finally, I managed to do it and was peacefully nestled in my new home. Everything was going at its normal pace (meaning boring), till yesterday while in office, I received a call from my new roommate asking whether I wanted to watch "Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani". I couldn't remember the name of the last movie that I had seen in a theater, so I figured that may be its time to watch a movie. Also, the title and promos of the movie looked interesting. Plus, people comparing it to "Andaz Apna Apna", (directed by the same man who has directed this - Rajkumar Santoshi) finally pushed me over the edge.

We went to E-Square, Pimpri for the 9.45PM show with high expectations. The movie begins in a fictional town by the name "Wellington" (which is basically Ooty where the movie was primarily shot). A reporter enters into an empty town, and wonders where the people had go…