Archive - May 2004


May 22nd

tunes in my head

Currently playing: Lakshya's title track, by Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy; followed by U and I from the movie Hum Tum, by Rishi Rich, Veronica and Juggy D. Good stuff.

May 21st

phiraiya dao amarei gaan

Somewhere around 2 years ago, I attended a concert where the famous Bangladeshi rock act Miles played a song called Phiraiya dao amar prem, which in Bangla means "give me back my love" It's hard to believe, but I was witness to a rather spectacular scene: a stadium full of Delhi-ites rocking to the music of a language they did not understand. I turned into an instant fan of Miles, the kind that has all their albums, etc.

Cut to 2004, the world's cleanest music composer does the music for the movie Murder. Along with the hit "Bheegey Hont Terey" there are two more popular songs, "Kaho Na Kaho" and "Jana Jane Jana". When I first heard "Jana Jane Jana", I recognized it immediately, everything from the arrangement to the guitar riffs was identical to the bangla number. I thought Anu Malik had commissioned Miles to render their song in hindi, which meant a big thing for me, since it meant Miles was now getting the attention it deserves.

May 19th

Slash Hot

Amit Singh: his personal website has been slashdotted six times in six months. Wow. Pretty interesting bio too.


May 19th

the advantage of huge companies

Novell announces release of Connector as open source: This has become a pretty standard trend now. "Big company buys small company, big company doles out small company's bread-earner for free. Big company becomes popular, small company gets more exposure via the product." Now the next chapter in the story can either be "Big company dies, small company ends up orphaned and destitute." or "Big company wisely nurtures small company and uses it for total world domination." Let's hope it's the

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Lights out in the city that never sleeps. Pretty rare event.



I have a feeling the next half-decade is going to be a good one.


May 12th

more fanatism

From the Internet Archive: Google Hardware. Notice the Lego case.


May 11th

cheating at blackjack

For those like me who like to "start afresh" at GNOME Blackjack (read: get rid of the huge previous debts): Go to the GConf-editor (for Fedora: Applications > System Tools > More System Tools > Configuration Editor) and navigate to apps > blackjack > global and change the value of balance to 500. Now start the game, and you have a clean slate. I wish real life was this easy.



Now this is getting boring. More new stuff from Mountain View: The Google Blog.


selling your own brother

From Bhavya's blog:

Bhaiyya's Matrimonial

Aadisht Khanna: Fair, 5 foot 8.5 inches Punjabi boy; Engineering graduate, currently doing first year in IIM Bangalore. From a liberal and open minded Business family, owning property in South Delhi Locality. Teetotaller and non-smoker, occasionally vegetarian. Religion/height no bar. Dimples and curly hair preferred. Horoscope not required.

Please send in your biodata and a cash amount of Rs. 100 enclosed in envelope to be considered, c/o Bhavya Khanna, B1/40, Safdarjung Enclave.

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