Saturday, November 30, 2013

Chennai Update

It's been a long, long time since I've been up here on the blogging front. Not that I haven't been writing, though not much, but I haven't had access to update. It's funny how exactly a year ago things were so different- I was in Ayyapa Deeksha, profusely reading and doing Yoga, and writing hundreds of words everyday to meet the daily quota of NaNoWriMo. So, what have I been upto? Well, for beginners, I just turned into a SAP BW Consultant. It's good but what's better is that I've been assigned to start working on SAP Predictive Analysis, a tool used, like its name suggests, to go through huge amounts of data and run algorithms on it to predict trends for forecasting. Interesting stuff. Apart from that, I've been meeting old family friends, visiting the Anna Library ( What a place for a date; Can you know more about the other person than when you're discussing books? ), spending long nights discussing life and philosophy with Abhishek, Mahesh, Yash and the likes, meeting people from various parts of the country and most importantly, been wearing formals to work. Everyday. The reading's been happening too- Abraham Eraly's The Emperor's of the Peacock Throne, very one-dimensional but a page turner nonetheless, Jhumpa Lahiri's The Lowland, the most disappointing of all her books, a terrible bore despite me loving the short story version in The Newyorker, and am currently on VS Naipaul's A House for Mr. Biswas, a book of such astounding brilliance that it probably is the most immersive reading experience I've had since One Hundred years of Solitude.

Also, now that I have the Lumia, I'm using Phonly to follow blogs and Evernote to keep notes on the go. Technology's good. Coming to films, I watched Before Sunrise, reminded me a lot of Woody Allen, Pyaar ka Punchnama, the first half was wild but the second half was plain boring and rather juvenile, and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, terrible screenwriting but Farhan's sincerity was palpable. So, it's been a rather eventful 45 days or so in Chennai. The place is good and I am planning to write a longform post on how I see the city and it's culture, so I won't delve into it now. Talking about planned assignments, there's something big that I'm planning on but it requires discipline and preparation even to get started. The deadline's 60 days away and though I have no real hopes of winning it, I atleast want to finish and submit it for contention. Let's see how that pans out.

And by the way, being mentioned on BackgroundScore.com, a blog maintained by a critic I hugely admire, was really flattering.

More later, then. 

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