Friday, January 06, 2006

Happy 2006, random thoughts and more!

Yeah, I know, I haven't been paying much attention to my blog recently. I could blame it on exams and lack of time, but its just me being really lazy!

First things first, almost a week has passed since the first sunrise of 2006 and let me wish you guys a very happy new year. Better late than never, I might add!!

Its been a good week, actually, an excellent first week of 2006. I am currently in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh attending a conference on VLSI design. Well, I primarily came to the conference because I needed a change and I am thoroughly enjoying it! Met a lot of people, went out and saw the city and its changed since the last time I was here was in November 1999. To top it all off, I am having a lot of fun at the conference itself. Whoever thought that a conference was only for old people and techies who have nothing better to do, think again! Its been organised very well, with a lot of entertainment provided by the sponsors. ATI are the chief sponsors and they have a stall with an X Box 360 and some really cute models :-P. Needless to say, I have been spending quite a bit of time at that particular stall (Playing games actually, lest you dirty minds think otherwise). That apart, the entire setting at the Taj Krishna and the conference is amazing. I've met a few people who I never thought I'll meet and its been good.

I also had started a post regarding some of my observations on this city, but I haven't completed that yet and will post it up soon!

Digressing to a completely different point, I have a few decisions to make, I am hoping that I don't have to make them for a couple of months atleast, and I also have to finish a lot of pending work that I have been putting off for a while now!
For those who did not understand the last paragraph, don't bother! It's just me rambling!!
Happy 2006 everyone!

P.S - Am typing this from the lobby of the Taj and hence limited internet access. Shall put up a much longer post when time permits.


Gounder Brownie said...

Hyderabad is a lovely city. Go visit Karachi Bakery. It has the world's best biscuits. And eat breakfast at Chutney's. Is so yummy. And say hi to the Buddha in Hussain Sagar from me.

Niveditha said...

for those who dint understand the last para it's jus tat he got half a dozen calls from iims and he is being overly modest[something tat is very strange for a person like him ;)]...and as for the funference ..well.. :)

Hellbrandt Grimm said...

I'm able to take a shrewd guess at that "you-won't-understand-this" bit, and at the merit of that, I can only say you face a real, I mean a REAL problem of plenty. And that can't be bad at all.

You prolly won't make sense of that paragraph either, but I have nothing better to do now, and I'm awfully insomniac. Have fun in Hyderabad. Never been there myself, but heard some good things about it.

S said...

how come u not flaunting 6 calls and being all subtle and modest??!! :O Not ur style!! ;)
and as for the stalls...i've no doubt tat ur goes far beyond those realms!! ;) (hint hint!!)

rk said...

dey KD.. the last para BS was a kevalamana attempt to let your blog regulars announce to the world abt your recent fluke.. :) that way everybody knows and u still come across as modest.. scene kamnati.. :D:D seri seri you have a big round of bumps awaiting you when you come back.. :)

rk said...

and unfortunately your minions have duly obliged.. dammit.. i should have commented first on this post warning everybody not to do what you wanted them to do.. :D:D

and how many admits have you managed?? heard you have an appointment with bushnell.. hi funda.. let me know if anything materialises...

Abhi! said...

Hyderabad is good! Certainly better than whatit was the last time I was here. Yeah, said hello to the buddha. I passed him everyday!
funference!! Hmm, thats a new term!

Abhi! said...

Maybe u should try getting some sleep once in a while : -)

playing on the XBox 360!! Thats all! The end!!

Abhi! said...

I think I gave you the lowdown over the phone!

S said...

*rolls eyes*
yeah rite!!!

Gounder Brownie said...

Arsenal hit seven, Man Utd lose

January 15, 2006 10:44 IST

Arsenal thrashed Middlesbrough 7-0 to gain ground in the race for Champions League places on Saturday while fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur were beaten 1-0 at Liverpool and Manchester United lost 3-1 at Manchester City.

At Highbury, Thierry Henry scored a hat-trick and there were also goals for Philippe Senderos, Robert Pires, Gilberto Silva and Alexander Hleb. Liverpool's victory came courtesy of Harry Kewell's first goal for more than a year.

Arsenal remain fifth, on 37 points from 21 games. Spurs are fourth with 40 from 22, Liverpool have 44 from 20 with United on 45 from 22.

Chelsea, 13 points clear at the top on 58, visit bottom club Sunderland on Sunday.

Elsewhere on Saturday, Everton won 1-0 at Portsmouth, West Ham United triumphed 2-1 at Aston Villa, Charlton Athletic beat Birmingham City 2-0 and Fulham defeated Newcastle United 1-0. Blackburn Rovers were held 0-0 at home by 10-man Bolton Wanderers, who had Japan midfielder Hidetoshi Nakata sent off.

The day began with an upset in the 145th Manchester derby as United completed a painful week.

Goals by Trevor Sinclair and Darius Vassell in an eight-minute spell late in the first half put City in control.

United briefly made it 2-1 with a 76th-minute Ruud van Nistelrooy goal but, down to 10 men after a 66th-minute red card for Cristiano Ronaldo, they were generally toothless in attack and City ended the day in style with a sweet strike by substitute Robbie Fowler.

United's third league defeat of the season followed their goalless FA Cup draw with minor league Burton Albion last Sunday and a 1-1 draw at Blackburn Rovers in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final in midweek.

"We didn't play well enough in the first half, we gave the ball away too much and our last-third play wasn't good enough," manager Alex Ferguson told United's in-house television station MUTV.


As ever though, red frowns equalled blue smiles.

"My team picked up one point out of 12 over Christmas and were a bit low on confidence maybe but we deserved it," City manager Stuart Pearce told Sky Sports.

"We looked like the team who were up for a derby match and took our chances when they came."

United's defeat allowed Liverpool to gain ground as they edged Tottenham in a heavyweight encounter at Anfield.

The game was short on chances and settled by a superb volley from Australian midfielder Kewell after an hour.

Tottenham, who had defender Paul Stalteri sent off three minutes from time, could have lost by more but for a good display by goalkeeper Paul Robinson.

Arsenal totally outclassed a Middlesbrough team being sucked towards the relegation zone as the Londoners matched their 7-0 demolition of Everton last May.

Playing classic, high-speed football they were 4-0 up at halftime and Henry's third, after 68 minutes, took him level with 1930s winger Cliff Bastin as the club's leading league scorer with 150 goals.

"We struck hard and early in the game and for the young defence of Middlesbrough that can be disheartening," said Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

Wenger also felt Henry's decision last week to commit his future to Highbury had contributed to the performance.

"Uncertainty has been a weight on the team and it gave the team and him a lift to clear the air," he said.

Injury-hit Middlesbrough, without a league win since November, had Brazilian Doriva sent off for a second booking 18 minutes from time.

"You can't come to places like this with six teenagers on the park, and with Thierry Henry in the form he is in they can rip any side apart," said Boro manager Steve McClaren.

"This is a big lesson for them. At the moment it hurts but we are determined to bounce back and once everybody is back and fit we have the quality to get out of the situation we are in."


Archana said...

Hey...congrats...jus too good...gimme some gyan abt cat pl:) n btw...i was also in hyd at about the same time attending icsci..was presenting a paper there...

sagaro said...

Way to go. 6 calls maan!. Best part is heard u goign to thro iim off and go to the US of A. Way to go... Congrats maan!

Shrutz said...

13th Feb K
22nd Feb L
4th March I
12th,13th March C
4th April B
No A :P
Haf fun :)