Monday, June 12, 2006

optical illusion....

by far the best optical illusion i have seen...
the colour of the boxes checked as A and B is the same ..
try it urself.. open this pic on paint n test the shades of the two boxes ... they'll be the same!!


1-6,6-1,3-2... federer down a break .. comes charging in towards the net to put away one of the easiest backhand volleys he could have asked for ( Nadal in his typical style .. scrambling for ball after another, managed to JUST get a racket to a federer forehand ,which subsequently lobbed up ..)... AND he puts it in the net!
That is something u dont see Federer doin so often .. he is usually very cool n relaxed n hardly gives his opponents easy points .. now i am not judging anything on the basis of this one point.. but this kept happening thruout the match ...atleast after the first set.

The first set, Federer was all over Nadal .. poor 20 yr old kid had no clue what was happening . It was like Nadal was in a trance ,still not aware he's playin the finals of the event he's supposed to be unbeatable at .. so i am guessing the first set proved to be a good wake up call for him .. coz after that initial hickup, he ripped through Federer.

I mean Federer is perhaps the best talent tennis has ever seen .. n he is like one of those prey-hunting scavengers .. he pounces at every little oppotunity he gets.. so with literally dominating Nadal in the first set .. one would have expected Feerer to roll on .. but thats where Nadal is soo good (too) - atleast on clay.. He came straight back at Federer. To be honest .. Nadal's heavy .. n i mean really heavy topspin forehand proved to be Federer's nemesis.. well the camera angle that these guys provide hardly provides any scope of viewing the topspin.. but i could figure out the heavy spin from Nadal's forehand grip.. ( .. most Spaniards have that western-i think- grip which lends them heavy spin on their shots). In the first set.. Federer kept attacking Nadal's backhand, which worked really well for him, but thereafter Nadal really got into his groove .. n started converting backhands to forehands .. n then subsequently got more balls on his forehand ..which then he (Nadal) used to target Federer's backhand. Now Federer uses a single handed backhand .. n i can tell u for sure that with that style it is v v v difficult to control balls which 'jump' on u.. courtesy heavy topspin a la Nadal forehand. Federer made too many unforced errors on his backhand side .. n eventually lost out on the points coz of this .
Very rarely do u see Federer off-balance and unsteady on the court .. he is one of THE most 'fluid' and smooth movers on court .. but on sunday he struggled. He looked hurried ( this is all after the first set.. first set he was supreme .. period), n kinda submissive n as i said, was missing easy shots.
Nadal on the other hand has to complimented .. young 20 yr old guy .. held onto his nerve all throughout .. didnt let the intial shock upset him .. n kept playin his game .. i mean hitting outright winners from the back of the court .. when most would be happy to keep the ball in play.. hats off to u mate!! And perhaps the best thing about his game on sunday was that once he got his rhythm goin he starting makin Federer play HIS (NADAL's ) game rather than Federer's own natural game ( which is generally shorter rallies than the ones one could see on sunday.. long rallies are Nadal's strongpoint)...
Though one thing i would have liked, was seeing a few more dropshots.. i mean the two guys have amazingly heavy grounstrokes.. which forced both of them a good 6-7 feet behind the baseline in most rallies .. i expected them to mix up their shots n try a few more dropshots n keep their respective opponent guessing... but then they'r world number 1 & 2 for a reason .. so i should just shut up...
Anyways great match .. thoroughly enjoyed it ... was a welcome break not seeing Federer win another grand-salm.. ( he WILL most probably win the next two .. so this was the only saving grace from monotony) .. n if u have actually managed to read thru all of this .. then hats off to u too !!!

Friday, June 09, 2006

songs that currently rock my world..

these r a 'must-listen' for all music freaks ..
1.Dance of death - iron maiden ..... lyrcis at

2. Dani california - RHCP.. great song .. typical RHCP stuff .. and a really good video .. a must watch..( according one of their band members "flee".. the video takes u thru the entire era of rock n roll... they'r great at enacting various bands .. check out anthony-their vocalist..i think!! - as Kurt Cobain in the vid).. lyrcis at

3 . smells like nirvana - weird al yankovic ...lyrics ( u have GOT to read the lyrics to this song ..good stuff)

did u say RDB?

i found this on someone's blog .. this a mail that was forwarded to this guy sometime back.. n i have to agree with him, that this is perhaps one of the very few well-written articles/mail/essays .. call it whatever u want .. its long but is worth a one-time-read

Make no mistake about it. Its been executed with such finesse,it can put the state controlled pogrom in gujarat to shame-wonder if there is some training ground where they learn these dexterous skills. But then, one gets better, with practice. And its not just wine that gets better with age. To dismiss this as vote bank politics would be being courteous. To call this an exercise in futility would be well, churlish. To credit it as a master stroke,err, nothing would be further away from the truth. Truth is, this is a failure of imagination. Yeah, its a dismal failure of the senses because we take pride in having the largest written constitution on the face of this earth. It is a farce because we say that it took us many long years to sow the seeds of liberalization since we are a calibrate democracy, a vibrant democracy at that. It is a sham because we say that free speech and expression is the cornerstone of our egalitarian society. Yea,Like hell it is.Let me then, enlighten you, Honorable Minsiter of HRD, Shri Arjun singh,that dissent is what distinguishes communist China from democratic India. A Hitler from a Nehru. A rigid fascist from a liberalist. A despot from a meritocrat. Hell, when George Bush-,the redoubtable foot in the mouth exponent- visited Great Britain, and tens of thousands of angry protestors assembled in front of the Buckingham Palace, to protest his presence in their country, all he could say was that he loves going to a country where there is freedom of speech; dissent. Affirmative action, dear sir, can be imported later. Learn the rulings of democracy first. Take away dissent, and we are as good as dead.And I am not yet drawing myself into the debate of whether the government should or should not uphold the bill seeking the 49.5 reservation. For its not about the reservation at all. Reservations, beloved sir, are a manifestation of a form of anachronism, which was shameful even in a society which prevailed in your prime. And the anguish, the despair, the despondency, and the desolation are a function of this utterly shocking and reprehensible proposal . That fifty eight years into the life of a nation, we still haven’t imbibed the first imperative of democracy. I can almost hear the founding fathers quiver in their graveyards.I was thrilled, delighted even that interns and medical students my age stood up for what they thought was right. For no cost is too high to stand up for what one thinks is right. Kids my age who have little to do with this imbroglio, many of them ,who will either join elite hospitals or head abroad, kids who have nothing to gain and everything to lose, risk their careers, their lives. For the uninitiated, a doctor cannot apply for a visa or practice, if she has a police statement against her name.They voted with their feet and you lathi charged them?. They protested in a silent , non violent manner, and you thumped them with 3rd gear water cannons? They stood up for equality and you tear gassed them? Its quite some time since holi and quite some time left for diwali, but never mind. In more ways than one, you have invoked our collective consciousness. We knew our generation was up for it. You helped us prove it. And lest, you misunderstand us, this is no flash in the pan. When you flushed them out, they formed a huddle. When you canonized them, they held on to each other for their lives. When you detained them,they didn’t even so much as to raise a whimper. When their futures were being decided by god forsaken cops,they couldn’t think of influential names to bail them out. And sir, perhaps, what was the last nail in the coffin, was when you arrested 6 of them, an overwhelming 400 of them quoted mass arrest.And perhaps, we don’t have much to lose. Let me correct myself then. How many of you in the government would want your grand children to be delivered by mediocre doctors? How many of you would want to come under the knives of surgeons who got through on reservation grounds. Terra Firma. How many of you would want your intestines and kidneys removed by well, at best, ordinary doctors?We learn from history that we learn nothing from history. And if history repeats itself and yet what happens catches us off guard, how incapable are we of learning from our mistakes. Our best doctors- Naresh Trehan, Pratap Reddy- and the like are all great men not because they hail from a Tulu or an Iyer background, but inspite of it.Even as I type this, a rather buoyant news reporter claims a probe has been ordered and I quote NDTV here. “The Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra has ordered a probe after police use batons to disperse anti-reservation activists.”A Probe? Prime time televison disemminates live pictures of students being attacked, battered and bruised. And you order for a probe? You don’t trust your eyes! Ahh…fitting, aint it?. Or else I would have been forced to believe that human beings can commit such heinous,atrocious fallacies. Yet again, this is not an effort to stem the rot. This is a charade. A farce. A bloody travesty.And Sir, if you still can’t hear us, let me assure you that the screech is going to get shriller. Today we ve got to the streets; Tomorrow we are going to be in the south and the north blocks. We will fight with every last inch of determination left in our souls, every last drop of blood left in our bodies.Thanks to people like you, we have arisen from what is seemingly a long , long siesta. Thank You sir for leaving us with no choice but to take the future of this nation in our collective hands. It’s thanks to you that we are potentially at the cusp of what is seemingly an awakening of a generation. Indeed, thank you sir for making us realize our strength of character. Yea,finally, We ve stopped existing. We ve started living.This sums up the mood really- ( quoted by a friend who was a part of the protests)"chadha do gaddi....kya farak padta to le hi lee hai....ab jaan bhi le lo.Now you know why Rang de Basanti was as big a phenomenon as it turned out to be. You don’t play with our self respect Mr.Singh. I understand you successfully implemented a 49.5% reservation in Madhya Pradesh a couple of decades back. Lightning strikes just once. And yeah, what goes around comes around. Except that, its your turn to be hit by the collective thunder.In conclusion, all I would state is, even after having said what I have, I would still want you to have a peaceful twilight of your life. So heed the call of a generation.A generation which will not let merit become a victim of whimsical eccentricity.A generation which will be celebrated for its resurgence and tenacity. A generation which will not take things lying down. A generation,clearly, whose time has come.Else, kindly keep off from the morning walks. Like I said, Rang de Basanti is cult. And to us, defence minister ho, ya human resource, kuch farak nahi padta.Amen.---- guy_next_door82

Saturday, May 27, 2006

hey metalheads or budding metal heads ..
if u've got a good internet connection check out

yogi thts esp for u !!

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

farewell to the fourth year-ites

The fourth year-ites finally got over with their last evaluation of their major project.. and hence officially ended their four year 'stint' here..They were given a final farewell dinner by the faculty.. which was good especially since we got a bite-in too!! Anyways .. the mess here is closed ( am confused whether that is a good thing or a bad thing .. just kidding -bond n doshi), and its over to CPPRI or the dear canteen. The weather gods have been kind over the weekend .. with pleasant showers and a not-so-humid weather. And in a new development.. I have resumed playing (!!) -tennis mostly.. (don worry naveen sir my back feels fine .. though theres just a slight niggle.. u know similar to that after-taste in ur mouth after u've had a meal..its just that in my case its not a 'taste' but rather a slight 'sweet' pain-though pain wud be too harsh a word), and i am working on strengthening that lower back area PLUS its(my playing) doctor approved .. n i have convinced mehta sir and vineet sir to stay back just for another week.. so that i get to swing rackets with them one last time. Mehul n co. .. u guys havent told me anything about Pune .. hows it like ? hows the accommodation n stuff? hows the food ? (and any other elevant information that u guys wud like to provide.. ;-) ). And Ravi sir .. what about u ?? hows it going there in foreign-land? keep me posted

P.S : In case u guys r even remotely interested in knowing how sura is goin :-) .. its goin ok .. slow but okay.. will be visiting SPM from the comin monday...

Friday, May 19, 2006

home sweet home

Finally .. am back in delhi- HOME - after (over) two months (ok chennai guys don go on abt how u guys go home only twice a yr!! lemme enjoy my share of 'self-pitying')... though just for the weekend.. but am REALLY looking forward to doing NOTHING.. just hangin' up my boots n letting the soothing breeze of a lazing evening do its job!! Another thing i am really really looking forward to is ghar ka khana .. i just had my dinner n WOW!! they really do serve us food meant for sick patients or (as i can imagine) prisoners of war back in the mess... but enough of mess-bashing.. but then again not much to say abhi.. guess i'll have much more to say once iam back in campus.. till then u guys keep me posted abt ur whereabouts

Thursday, May 18, 2006

My first...

Hey guys ,
The project has 'officially' started and we've been given a whole world of reference material to cross check before we begin our "analysis of the mill" - i dont think two months is enough for us ...
All the Bhasad regarding grades have subsided and u guys can check out ur results at
Not much for now .. but yogi, manish,mehul, beti ,bond,and co. (sorry if i forgot to mention ur name - i have a horrible horrible memory) tell me what u guys r upto .. i am actually missing all of u.. tell me when u leave for zensar( did i spell it right?)
hey shashank.. what r u upto these days ?? when do u leave for Norway??
All u guys reading this ... a big HI to all of u .. tell me what u guys have planned for the summer ??