SPB Sir and My Music
Where do I even start? It’s been more than 5 days since the dreadful news came on Friday morning that SPB Sir is no more. I’ve been trying my best to process this loss - I personally do not know him, I haven’t met him, he doesn’t know me, but yet where did all this relationship begin? (tere mere beech mein kaisa hai ye bandhan) Of course, after hearing the news, I reached out to my friends and also shared some of his songs that I loved on social media.
Chernobyl - HBO Series
I recently had the opportunity to catch a series on HBO. No it’s not Game Of Thrones! :) On a side-node, I haven’t seen a single episode of GoT and don’t intend to, especially after everyone lambasted how bad the series was.
Anyway, back to the point. The series I watched was Chernobyl. I remember being in high school when I first heard about Chernobyl. I remember spending hours reading about it online in the slow dialup connection that I possessed at that time.
The World Cup
If you’re a cricket fan, you better had been keeping track of what happened at the World Cup this year. It was one of my favorite world cups since 2003 and I kept a tab on the scores and games for almost all the matches. This was also the first world cup since 2003 where I had a subscription for viewing the world cup. (I had the subscription for 2011 when in India but since the World Cup happened in India, I couldn’t really follow much because … work)
The Commute and Observations
I take public transport to work. It’s something that I’ve been doing for about 6 months now. This might not be newsworthy to many folks and if you’re living in a metropolitan area like New York City or Hong Kong, taking public transport to work is an integral part of one’s day.
As much as I claim to have humble beginnings (relatively) from India, I’ve been privileged enough to find a place quite near to where I studied or where I worked.
Absolutely on Music
This was a book by Haruki Murakami in conversation with Seiji Ozawa, the former director and conductor at the Boston Conservatory of Music. The original book is in Japanese and the version I read was translated in English by Jay Rubin. Personally, I liked the conversational style of the book and helps one visualize the dialogues between the two as they deeply connect with their deep love for music. Admittedly, I’m not all that too familiar with Western Classical Music barring a few famous pieces and reading through the book was very informative as well as inspiring.
Article Notes: Change How You Perceive Time
The article talks about how to better use the pomodoro technique for productivity.
Everybody talks about pomodoros; pretty much every engineer would’ve tried doing it (me included). But the key to improving is to do it again and again.
These are some points that I thought were interesting from the article.
Time ebbs and flows as a continuous stream. Productivity is achievable when the time is chunked up into discrete bits and we evoke a rational response to it instead of an emotional response Write a goal as to how many pomodoros can you complete during a work day.
++Wordpress == Hugo
Finally mustered some courage and got over my laziness to create a post on a statically hosted blog. I had been having a (largely idle) wordpress blog for a while now. In fact, I remember getting there from a long route from static HTML back in those days, a custom wordpress site and a tumblr site.
While I didn’t have any major trouble with wordpress, I somewhat felt it was too bulky to what I was looking for.
As far as finance is concerned, bankruptcy is probably the lowest point in a company or an individual’s life. The dictionary defines bankruptcy as such,
n. the state of being completely lacking in a particular quality or value.
I’m not going to talk about declaring bankruptcy in financial terms, though. 🙂 There’s a popular term that’s being thrown around lately called “email bankruptcy”. This is usually done by someone who has accumulated (and slacked over) a lot of emails and has failed to respond to many of them.
Today I'm wise, so I am changing myself
The title of this post is part of a quote by the famous 13th century Persian poet, Rumi.
Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself. - Rumi Even though one would deny it, every human has an expectation of how the world should work around them. It might be driven from a lot of factors - expecting perfectionism, requiring affirmation, insecurity or sometimes plain good will.
Another go at writing on the web
Over the last few years, I feel the word “blog” and “blogging” are being slowly phased out thanks to the explosion of social media (and the associated ADHD). Like any millenial who grew with the web from the late 90s, I’ve explored many platforms online for writing (ranting) over the years and as with any media, viewership dictates whether a medium thrives or not. I hope this post would make a good justification of why blogging isn’t dead yet and will still continue to thrive.