Tuesday, November 30, 2004

This and that

News has been sensational in the past two weeks with the Kanchi Sankaracharya and the Reliance brothers vying for paper space. There are so many articles and reports and half-baked theories that are floating around on both subjects that it is quite difficult to weed out the trash from the perceptive reports. Though I am following the stories at some level, it is hard not to be irritated by the extent to which sensationalism rules the media. Papers sell, reputations tarnish and truth is as elusive as ever.

My online reading for the past week has been focused on the Shakespeare Authorship debate. I still have tons of articles to wade through. I am so compulsive about finishing what I start reading that I end up reading forever. Need to wean myself from that habit.

I have this sudden urge to learn Latin - wonder if there is a good online guide to help me with the effort.

Sunday, November 28, 2004

Shakespeare's Last Will

I chanced upon Shakespeare's Last Will and Testament while looking for Sonnet 18. He spells his name 'Shackspeare' in the first line of the will. And there are two other versions of his name in the document. In the sixteenth and early seventeenth century, 'fifty' was spelled 'fyftie'. There are several other such interesting spelling variations in the will. If we were to resurface in the twenty sixth century, I wonder if we would be flabbergasted at the form language would have taken then.

BTW, I added a bunch of Shakespeare links. Check my 'Dip Into' list.

Two-Phase Commit

A good friend of mine got married today. As I sat in the wedding hall with my husband, Suku and another friend, I was acutely conscious of the significance of that moment when the groom tied the mangalsutra (aka thali) around the bride’s neck and each accepted the other as partner for life. While acceptance and commitment are primarily from the heart, a wedding ceremony symbolizing the fact that one is ready to stretch beyond individual selfishness and envelop another being in that snug blanket of love makes the sense of togetherness and the big bad scary C word commitment authentic. The human race has always needed symbolism and social recognition to authenticate accomplishment and the wedding ceremony is, in many ways, precisely such a thing. Set to the mellifluous and traditional music of the Nadhaswaram, the bride and the groom, both clad in sacred yellow traditional saree and dhothi respectively, walked hand in hand around the Agni as they completed the final symbol of holy matrimony.

I would like to wish the couple a relationship that is satisfying, comforting, and precious. A relationship that is based on mutual trust and understanding; a relationship where there is much more give than take; a relationship that anchors the self when the turbulent waters of life test the spirit. Honestly, in the long run, it does not matter if your partner hates cricket or if you hate your partner’s sense of dressing. It does not matter if the castle of your silly adolescent expectations crashes down in steady progression because replacing that fragile glass house will be the sturdy and strong home built on companionship. Like the two-phase commit where the coordinator and the resource manager are in perfect understanding, I wish the couple a good open channel of communication and loads of patience when staying tuned becomes a challenge.

A marriage is a good thing for everyone. Though it seems like a restrictive chain for self-progression, it is one of the best ways to challenge one’s limits and to grow as a person. Some marriages start out with a delightful bang and then become a life-long whimper. Others start out on the rocks of prejudice and caution and then settle into a steady ride on Bridgestone radials. Yours will be a unique ride, I tell my friend; a ride that you will have to negotiate on your own. Be adventurous and have tons of fun!

PS: you haven't really understood marriage until one of you falls sick for the first time. Here is some reflection on the topic.

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Ex Libris - Confessions of a Common Reader

Anne Fadiman is the latest person I am impressed by. I am currently reading her uncommonly good book Ex Libris - Confessions of a Common Reader and it is simply fantastic. A collection of essays that narrate her quirks in the realm of books. This book manages to be astute, hilarious and warm all at once.

What's the color of my personality?

When I said 'black goes the color' based on my 2 min experiment with just the background color of the blog, I got two varying comments.

Prabz says go ahead with black and Manjunath says that black does not suit my personality! Well...so what is the color that you think will suit my personality?

My idea is to keep the appearance minimal and elegant. No fancy trimmings at all. Suggestions are most welcome.

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

black goes the color

Don't be alarmed to suddenly find my pages in black. Just felt like experimenting today and started the makeover with the background and pretty much stopped there for the day. Until I figure out how I want my pages to look like, you are stuck with obnoxious color combos. Keep the tolerance going!

Monday, November 15, 2004

Sleeping over NaNoWriMo

I have been sleeping over my novel all of last week. The plots are running in my head but my fingers have been awfully lazy to type. I guess if I try a marathon meditative writing process, I might end up with 50,000 words and aching parts by the end of Nov. Realistically, my focus now is to atleast complete the novel for whatever it is worth. Que sera sera...

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Wow Chennai

I am always clueless in the tricky bylanes of Chennai. My amazing sense of misdirection also helps me sit back and let someone else tell me where to go. The maps of Chennai on the Net never seemed comprehensive enough to navigate through the tiny streets and locate an address. Finally the Wow Chennai map offers hope.

NaNoBloMo mentions me in the list

Scroll down well enough and look for the link to A Seasonal Mind.