Monday, February 26, 2007

Oscar night

I read the title of this post and thought 'how cliched!', it reminded me of my neighbor Oscar Weltha, and cute little Ross... the story behind the name, well it's not as straightforward as I thought!
Ellen Degeneres was the host of the 79th Academy awards held last night, she was very refreshing to the extent that the entire show being watch worthy, couldn't say the same about most of the other award shows. Have watched her talk show only a couple of times and it was not particularly riveting but her style, her flow last night was absorbing.

Well, no major upsets as far as the awards go unlike the last time around or maybe there was one, Best Supporting Actor, have watched 'Little Miss Sunshine' and frankly couldn't see the reasoning behind the award to Alan Arkin. Not my place to comment anyway!
Complete list of winners

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Today is Fat Tuesday!

Heard this phrase first when I came across Sandra Brown’s novel with the same title, which by the way is an okay read. The association is relevant, Mardi gras which literally means Fat Tuesday in French, the day before Ash Wednesday, the day for gluttony and extravagance. The last hurrah heralding the start of a somber season.
The name comes from the tradition of slaughtering and feasting upon a fattened calf on the last day of the Carnival. Also known as Shrove Tuesday (to shrive, or hear confessions), Pancake Tuesday and fetter Dienstag. The custom of making pancakes comes from the need to use up eggs and dairy before the fasting and abstinence of Lent begins. The official colors of Mardi gras are purple, a symbol of justice; green, representing faith; and gold, to signify power… symbolic.

I think the carnival in Goa too is linked to this event only that it lasts for three days. The Carnival season here in the US starts off with Epiphany, (the feast of the three kings, Jan 6th and back home this has traditionally been the day when we pull down the Christmas tree, the Star and all the other Christmas decorations) and culminates on the day before Ash Wednesday.

Mardi gras is a popular event in down south Texas i.e. Galveston and New Orleans too and being as close to these as we could possibly be, the thought did cross our minds, but like some thoughts that never get to see the light of the day… add plus 1 to that count! Add life to the event with a few snaps and commercials on TV with all the masked balls and tableaus and lots of beads, yeah lots of them…. It does seem like tossing of chain beads is quite popular in this part of the world, Infact have always managed to get hold of a few during our visits to Kemah (people partying on boats toss these to the crowds on the pier)

No partying, just a Welcome to the Lenten Season and plans…yea, have lots of them!

Tuesday, February 06, 2007


For some reason today, I thought of the maggi served in our night canteen during those good ole' days! 12.5/- for one plate without vegetables and 13.5 with, if my memory serves me right, and yep the 1/- worth of veggies was really worth it!!! Hmm...those were the days in MIT and Manipal! Given a choice it would be yes to top ramen, no maggi!

and then my thoughts wandered to our first attempt at cooking in that hostel room in Block I, 101 was it?... Potato curry I think, as if the aloo that they served in every dish be it breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner in the mess wasn't enough! Turned out good enough to eat I think!

Ah... back to business, my Alma Mater MIT, rechristened as ManipalTech for the jubilee celebrations is celebrating 50 years of its glorious existence; hope to keep my date with her sometime at the end of this year!

Meanwhile check these out, MIT truly looks awesome,
Knowledge is Power.
  • Manipal Map
  • Golden Jubilee
  • Schedule of events

    Chill Maadi!