Back off …

ok. Somebody has been trying to desperately reset the password for my account on wordpress. So what if i havent blogged here for a long time, doesnt mean you will try and lay claim to what is rightfully my domain … i was here first, get it ?

So dude, whoever you are, wherever you are … see the middle finger, do you ?

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Sachin’s world last week …

..its been a hectic week to say the least. Have been off blogging for the entire week with a hope that i will catchup with all the blogging on the long christmas weekend.

 Started off with monday, work as usual was a breathless day (wonder where my time goes at work, but that’s another blog topic…) and I had to meet Ankur in the evening at heathrow airport. Initially the plan was to meet in central london but then i realised  that Ankur had just one day in london that too a day full of meetings, so it would have been hard for him to travel to central london. I decided to travel the distance even though it took me 2.5 hours to get to LHR. Monday was also the awards function at work which i missed but it was nice to know my team had won the second prize in chairman’s excellence award, one thing i was longing to win for a very long time.

Tuesday, S had her office party so i decided to work late. S cribbed about me not coming to station to pick her up : )

Wednesday, we had yet another attempt to watch the jinxed casino royale and landed up watching the girlie Holiday starring kate, cameron et al.

Thursday was meeting up an old friend at all bar one in Canary Wharf. He was S’s ex colleague and it was good catchiing up with him over beer followed by dinner at tiffin bytes.

Friday was nice to catchup some local theatre and it was an interesting up close version of young dick barton.

Saturday we dint do much apart from chilling out

The lawwwng break…

it seems like ages since i wrote anything and it bothers me no end. What i started doing almost as a new years resolution, hate to see it going down the drain like .. well… a new years resolution! so here I am, back again, all energy at the stroke of midnite (almost) on monday evening, trying to unwind .. as kenny rogers said in one of his songs .. too tired to sleep…

So what do i talk about after a long break, well about the break itself would be a good start i guess.  So let me try the last in first out route … the weekend was pretty busy as always, first half of saturday was spent house hunting and then finding breakfast at some not so far off place. It was brunch time pretty much by the time we had breakfast. After seeing off Y and V as they wanted to go to reading, we came back home wondering what to do next and made some catchup calls to friends and family. S came up with the idea of completing our gift shopping for the india trip so we set off to TCR and Harrods and here came my biggest capex in recent time.. .a lovely little Canon 350D. Hope to post some pics on this blog soon! Harrods too was pretty cool and we did some very selective crystal shopping .. some interestign goblets and glasses. i also saw the 63 inches Samsung LCD television .. which i hope to buy some day !

 Sunday morning came pretty late as we only got to bed past midnite and sunday too was full of activity, mostly chores like cleaning up and then sorting the plumbing problems out with the landlord playing plumber.

Friday evening was as welcome as ever and we saw the long planned Giselle at the london coliseum. It was a lovely ballet but I thought S enjoyed it more than I did.  The story was good and there was strong use of mime, some of which I did not understand. We had our usual row about buying the program guide : ). While the first half of the ballet (very colorful one) involved Giselle falling in love with prince posing as the peasant, later finding out from Hilarion the duplicity of the prince (he was already engaged to another princess!) and then ultimately loses her mind and dies. The second half was almost entirely white as most of it takes place in dreamland. Lots of stunning ballet in the second half and it always amazed me when little ballerinas would turn like spinning tops on their toes. The dinner was nice as we went to La Roche (a french restaurant serving cuisines from around the world) I had some kinda egyptian Chicken Shawarma and S had Moussaka. We loved the food, definitely gotta visit La Roche again.

Thursday was one of the most tense days of the week as I worked from home but dint get a minute to breathe. Come evening, I had to visit the dentist and I was fearing the worst, and that actually happened. A deep irrepairable cavity in the 7th tooth top left. Incredible, I couldnt believe this was happening to me, first some nasal allergy and now this tooth ache, how do I handle all this. Anyways, I have to go on an extremely low sugar diet from now and brush twice a day four minutes each time!

Thats probably all I am gonna remember for now… more later and more regularly i hope. Today was a good day at MKC. Full of work with two important meetings cancelled, hopefully tomorrow will be better. Had a couple of drinks with K, S and R after work and got home chatting with deepak and preeti on the train. got my review meeting postponed from tomorrow, hopefully my last chance and no more postponements!

A visit to the old spitalfields market

watch some interesting videos here …. more on the visit later. The videos are from a kinetica exhibition in the market. We also went to the Giraffe cafe which had wonderful world food. www.giraffe.net

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyZ9uQOASSo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9Z5GKioXd0

Dark side of the moon

Dark side

Last nights performance on BBC ONE was a recording from 1994 at London’s earl’s court. Dave Gilmour, Nick Mason, Rick Right and the trademark backing vocalist from the great gig in the sky, were all there. It didnt have Roger waters but it was still a vintage floyd performance, loved it. Great friday’s end this way
DSOTM btw has sold over 35 million copies over the years and has been the best selling floyd album ever.

Thank god it was friday…

.. yesterday I mean. We decided to roam the streets of london to soak in the christmas festivities in westend. I wrapped up work around 7 and we started off with an agreement to meet outside embankment station. S was out with her office folks for a friday evening tipple (pineapple juice!) and when i reached embankment, i realised she hadnt even got on to the underground. Time to kill so time for a corona ! As it turned out, there was enough time for 2 coronas actually : ) at the Ha ha bar …

We finally got off to our plan with a bit of a tiff about delays and getting mad at each other but a rose helped things sort out ! Took a while for us to conclude that there wasnt going to be a cab so it was gonna be a walk to Somerset house .. to get a taste of the mulled wine and a view of their annual skating rink setup, especially for christmas. The walk was pretty nice and this was our 3rd attempt to go to Somerset house so we were hoping it will be open by the time we reach there. Last year when we tried with A and N, it got too crowded and they refused us entry, but this year we were 3rd time lucky ! By the time we got there, we were pretty hungry though S had already had a bowl of thai noodle salad from Spar. Somerset house had setup a pretty nice skating rink and a beautiful natural christmas tree decorated with some messages in bengali which I couldnt figure out. I mean why put messages in bengali in england .. dunno. The views with backdrop of the historical somerset house, were stunning, i dint carry my camera which was a pity. You can see some pics though on their website http://www.somersethouseicerink.org.uk/ .

Somerset House Christmas Tree
We tried out the flat bread (or good ol’ roti) with some humous at the makeshift restaurant but mulled wine remained something we enjoyed only from a distance.

After soaking in the atmosphere at somerset house (christmas tree was the highlight) we walked back towards covent garden to check out the santa grotto and the always special christmas tree and it did not disappoint us. The tree here was much bigger than that at Somerset house but not as pretty I thought.

Covent Garden Christmas Tree

we roamed around looking for a restaurant and found “taste of india” on the way (opposite Her Majesty’s theatre on Drury lane) but we thought that we will check out some other. Eventually we dint find any place else interesting enough.. so we came back to Taste of India.

It was a reasonably good decor with a coat hanging area (thats always a relief not to hang it the back of a small chair) and very well mannered bengali waiting staff. We are generally not too excited by bangladeshi restaurants pretending to be indian restaurants but this one turned out to be alright. The prices were ok by central london standards, and from what I have seen, Covent garden is largely dominated by Bangladeshi run indian restaurants, dunno if there is a historical reason for that.

As always, S had the privelege of ordering the food for both of us (thats a rule when we go to indian restaurants!). She chose a thali to share between the two of us with an extra roti. We now always eat only veg food when we go to indian restaurants. The food was reasonable, not too much oil. the thali had daal, aloo gobi, palak ,mushroom, raita, pilau (sic) rice. Quite a sumptuous meal wth a naan and extra roti, not to mention the unsolicited papadums that we started with. We actually thought they were on the house, but when the bill arrived, we were charged for those 2!

Our verdict was that the food was not too bad for a bangladeshi indian restaurant ! Though the best bangladeshi indian restaurant we have ever been to is planet spice. More about it another time.

Well fed .. we decided to walk back to embankment via strand and take a little detour to see the christmas tree at Trafalgar square. This is one tree which is always gifted by Norway to londoners as thank you for supporting them in WW II.  It was a pretty sight with lots of tourists taking pictures at this famous landmark. There was a little display of birth of Jesus christ at Trafalgar square, drawing lot of attention from toursits.

xmas tree at trafalgar square

It wasnt a very cold night and we walked back to charing cross station and took a direct train home. Apparently this is turning out to be the warmest year for london since they started recording temperatures! I slept for some part of the way, was really tired and two and half pints of beer had to show the effect some where… all in all a good night out and we saw the somerset house skating rink after 3 attempts!

See the world thru the eyes of Pink Floyd

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/6176829.stm 

Gilmour is auctioning signed eye balls (eeeks!) on E-bay to raise funds for charity. Go to ebay and bid for it.

PF eye Balls