The man and the story
Not a soul am I, that dreams and sighs, |
In fire, I forge it to steel,
And lay foundations on it, for a new home,
And on it, I raise walls of steel.
-Ramdhari Singh Dinkar (National Poet of India)
Ananth and Me
Prahlad Fogla and I did an Internship in India together. We stayed in the same apartment for over two months. He is a brown belt in Taekwondo now, so I asked his opinion and joined the class. I have been very happy with the class. Dr. Speyer (our Instructor), is very good at the way the class is conducted and he instructs us the way engineers understand. "Twist and use the momentum to define the block"..., you get it, don't you? I lost over 13 pounds in Spring. For some reason, my weight has been static ever since summer started. I guess I need to take some more severe measures.
Me with Bike (photo by Richard Liston)
I also tried rollerblading. I bought a pair of rollerblades and for a long time, practiced on the roof of GCATT parking lot. It was kind of dangerous, but I did it nevertheless. On my first day rollerblading there, two fellas helped me out a bit by giving me a few tips. Now I can stand and rollerblade on flat surfaces. I still do not know how to use the brakes to stop and often resort to falling on my hands (I use protective gear) to stop. Ugh, one of these days, I will take lessons from someone and get better. For now, my rollerblades rest.
I am a big Camping and Hiking enthusiast, I have been on many hiking and 2 camping trips. I started these two things after I came to Atlanta. Matt Sanders organized the trip for the Network and Telecom Group at College of Computing, Georgia Tech and it was real fun. The trip was to Panther Creek. If you ever get a chance, go visit it. Most of my travel stories are annotated with images and presented here
| Me concluding
a hiking trip |
(Pic by Jitesh Panchal)
| Trying to light a fire on my
first camping trip
(Pic by Himanshu Raj)
| Richa (Himanshu's wife) and I
playing witch and warlock
(Pic by Jitesh or Himanshu)
"...You are a very good storyteller, better than you are a computer scientist." , claimed Qi He. I had been telling her stories about indian Gods, Godesses, their offsprings and the mythology in general. Ever since I was a kid, I was a addicted to reading. My parents told me that once I had been introduced to the alphabet, I started reading within 5 days. I guess, I just never stopped reading. I used to ( and still do ) read whatever came across my hands. When I was a kid, dad used to bring literary novels from the school library. Often times I was prohibited from reading those books, but once dad had fallen asleep, I used to read them under the bed. I read all my elder sister's and brother's books as well. So anyway, I don't recall how, but I started telling stories; stories that I had read somewhere, interesting stories; stories relating to unknown lands, adventures, science-fiction and so on. Now come to think of it, I have often told stories to people much much older than me, even when I was a kid. So I guess, the same attitude just passes into any narrative that I give. It is visible in the articles I write, the way I speak and so on. Recently, I watched the movie called "Big Fish". It is the chick flick equivalent for guys. A really nice movie about how a young man finally reconciles with his father at the old man's death bed. The old man was a story teller and the young man always thought that his father was a fake man, telling lies all his life.