Archive for September, 2010

You know how when you fly, all the good looking people end up sitting far away from you. I am pretty sure that the rule of probability has a certain Dirac delta factor attached at the end which further brings the possibility of a good looking guy sitting next to a person to zero if that person is me.

But this time, I didn’t get just lucky but doubly so. Well, almost. I was reading my book intently when a Chinese guy escorted by an air-hostess extraordinarily hot even by kingfisher standards came and sat next to me. Next an Indian guy came and sat on the other side. I would have thought he was just another guy, honestly. Torn jeans, checkered shirt and hair colored a striking shade of gold. Argh. But five autographs and a photo session with the air-hostesses later I was tempted enough to ask the hostess who the person was. She told me that the guy was Surya. Of course I had heard of him. This is the guy most girls of my batch had a crush on, when they were freshies. Later when people were hovering over him all through the bus ride to the terminus, a guy remarked, “you are lucky you were sitting next to him!”.


Surya did not eat the oily samosas on board, appeared very down to earth and god knows why he was flying Kingfisher Red, like the other rich Chinese. As for my getting lucky, lets hope its the next time.

PS: Kingfisher Red is the best low cost airline, if anyone’s asking.

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cafe pascucci

Next cafe on my list is Cafe Pascucci. Its in the Express Avenue Mall in Royapeth. The mall has quite a few cafes and all I need is time to check them all.

This one gets points for comfortable seating although for some reason, the place looks a little worn out. Its slightly overpriced and I found the music to be somewhat loud. The staff is friendly and the menu refreshing. Please please don’t be like me and order a standard cappuccino. This place has much better stuff, especially the Piadina.

To go: Take 5C from Taramani bus stop and get down 2 stops after Music Academy/Amravati.

*If you are searching for this place on web, you might want to tone down your speakers. This is one of those sites which play music. Shriek.

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an experiment

I name this post an ‘experiment’ for want of a better title! But yes, it did involve an experiment. I am bored with my way of writing and wanted to see how some one else would say the same things in a different way. And one friend readily obliged to ‘edit’ my post. 10 points to any one who identifies the style. Now for the post..

“It’s been a brilliant journey of self-awakening. And now you’ve simply got to ask yourself this: What is happiness to you, David?” from Vanilla Sky (2001)

Except for the Sri Sri, who thinks chasing happiness only leads to unhappiness, and this friend of mine who actively seeks pain, everyone seems to desire happiness. I think Sri Ravishankar might have a point, though.

TED (Technology, Entertainment, Development) is an organization that conducts conferences which have talks by people from a widely varied set of people who are experts in their fields, talks that are aimed at the scientifically literate layman. This particular series of talks deals with the pursuit of happiness. As is usual with TED, there were many points of view – scientific, spiritual, philosophical and, perhaps not least importantly, tongue-in-cheek!

The talk by Dan Gilbert was particularly interesting. His hypothesis is disconcerting and yet seems to confirm what one already suspects. He says:

Happiness can be synthesized. Whats more, this synthetic happiness is every bit as real and enduring as the kind of happiness one stumbles upon when one gets exactly what she is aiming for.

The talk, in fact, piqued my interest enough that I thought I’d get some first-hand data myself. I asked a bunch of my friends what the emotion they associate most closely with happiness is. The reasoning was this: a plausible route to happiness is: Desire – effort – success – contentment – happiness. ‘Contentment’, for example, was the most common reply I got. I think it makes sense to ask if this is the only ‘route’ to happiness. Perhaps not – a free meal or good weather may make one happy as well.

In which case, we should ask if there is a ‘better way’ to achieve happiness; Or if the same ‘route’ will lead to happiness every time. (Would you be happy mooching off somebody else every day?) Adventure, pleasant memories, compliments, etc make people happy too. Perhaps paradoxically, is it possible that happiness lies in the pursuit of something rather than in the goal itself?

I read somewhere, that you need to desire happiness to be happy. And this is so true. We are as happy as we want to be. When people are unhappy, they do not always synthesize happiness. A lot of times, they would rather prefer to stay unhappy for whatever time. Is it true then, that we don’t wish to be happy all the time? That while being contented makes one happy, sometimes there is contentment in being unhappy? My point is that discontentment probably isn’t always a bad thing.

[The lines of ‘Phir Dekhiye’ from Rock On!, that deal with discontentment]:

Aankhon Mein Jis Ke Koi To Khwaaab Hai

Khush Hai Wahin Jo Thoda Betaaab Hai

Zindagi Mein Koi Arzooo Kijiye

Phir Dekhiye

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matlab menace

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cafe Tryst

High on my wishlist is finding out little cafes in Chennai. And I found one homey place which doesn’t play loud music and is open all day long (9am to 10pm to be precise). Although nothing can compare with the small cafe which I had found in La Hacquinière: 1664, Jambon et fromage and Ulysses. Bliss.

Coming back to India, here in Chennai, there is a nice place called Cafe Tryst. Saving all flowery language for some other time (I went through a few restaurant reviews to get inspiration cool), it has good ambiance, is easy to get to, is moderately expensive and has a continental menu. They have a small collection of books too, Malcolm Gladwell and a few Arundhati Roys being some of them.

Directions from IIT Madras: Bus to Thiruvanmayur from Adyar, then to Neelankarai by share auto, or 21G from Adyar.

Do’s: Lime mint cooler, Enchiladas

Don’ts: Cheese cake and baguettes

Tryst Café
Gatsby Village
4/ 359 ECR Neelankarai
Tel ; 91-44-24495010 / 24495020
Tryst Café Gatsby Village 4/ 359 ECR Neelangarai Chennai  Tel ; 91-44-24495010 / 24495020

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