Tuesday, December 26, 2006
Friday, December 22, 2006
Thursday, December 21, 2006
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
New Market had just closed, but as we turned onto Free School Street, all the shops were buzzing with activity. Trees, lights, decorations; all the works. I went staright about the business of buying a tree and decorations and before long I was back home setting it up. The next couple of hours went by in a flash and voila it was 2 am and I had a decorated christmas tree. Some fine tuning will happen the next couple of days. Christams carols in the background really brought in the essence of the yuletide spirit. I can just imagine snow outside. Yeah yeah, I know we're in the Tropics and there'll be no reindeer and sleds, but Ho Ho Ho...Santa is gonna come to town.
Metro gali was frutiless and we decided to scope out Lindsay Street in front of the New Market. Except for passing the Bata Store and reminiscing the times I would buy all my school shoes from here, we didn't find what we were looking for and headed down Free School Street. A bit of success there, but since we had come this far, we walked upto Park Street to check out the various Auction Houses there. Victor Bros on Park Street has some great old stuff, but prices are prohibitive.
After all that, we dropped by at Flury's and picked up a cake for Amrit for his Anniversary.
Below is a picture of the Lane in front of our office on 14th December. It was a Day of Bandh, but I decided to come to office, braving all the cricket balls and footballs flying around the streets like missiles. Since it was a Bandh called by the CITU and there was no public transport available, it was a success. The streets were only inhabited by hoardes of cricketers and Police.
Monday, December 11, 2006
Friday, December 08, 2006
After some great chicken tikka’s, we decided to try out some flavoured ‘hookah’, since that seemed to be the latest fad in this joint and there was one on every table. By that time the english band was here and started off the evening with their rendition of “The Wall”. We hung out there for another hour or so and left at about 10 pm.For dinner, we tried Kwality restaurant, but it was packed. So we fortunately went to Bar B-Que and I’m glad we did. I vote for it as the best chinese restuarnt I’ve dined at. What an ambience, what hospitality and service and it all comes at an attractive price.
Thursday, December 07, 2006
I must add that the young lady who manges the place, Nilekha, I think her name was, is superb at her job. She had the right amount of hospitality to loosen the burse of some wealthy customers. A drink here and little chat there and they just started spending. Well thanks to her, my friend who was completely enamoured by her charm, finally ended up going home drunk.
Coz when we started out, we were drinking Kingfisher Premium Lager Beer pints. My friend, got the young lady chatting and before I knew it he was odering Laphroaig Single Malt for himself. Also insisting to buy her a drink or several, if she was upto it. Yeah Baileys, why not she replied? Wow!
As for me, I stuck to my couple of beers and enjoyed the entire show. Kind of reminded me of me, maybe about 5 years ago. I thought I was invincible and thought chics dig the brash kind of yuppy guy. Well I realised I crashed and burned on most occasions.Anyway we guys had fun and that's the bottom line after a hard days work.
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
Location of INFOCOM 2006
Venue: ITC Sonar Bangla, Calcutta
Dates: December 6-9, 2006
Venue: Salt Lake Stadium grounds
Date: December 6-10, 2006
for more details visit INFOCOM 2006 (website link)
Guess who's in town to innaugurate the event. Ok not the svelte Deepika Padukone (of Kingfisher Calendar fame), who was here to rub shoulders with some 100 CEO's at GCGC (Royal Calcutta Golf Club) at an event for the INFOCOM launch yesterday.
Yessir! The man himself. He flew into town last night and in the dead of the night I was witness to the longest motorcade I've seen in my life and yet the quiestest one. I managed to capture the cars whizzing past the house close to midnight in the quietest time I've had in Kolkata. The road was sanitised of cars, peaople and most important noise. Wow just to see that motorcade was a sight in itself.
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
Yes yesterday I was condemning the bandh. That doesn't mean that I'm not open to the sentiments of the people of Singur. The Government of West Bengal has taken a stand and made a commitment to it's people of industrialising the state and also to Corporate India of sticking by their commitment. If there is dissent, politicians should debate it at the assembly, not vandalise the place, or then damage the beautiful Maidan with millions of party workers on joyrides into the city, disrupting life here.
Anyway I don't want to get all political and all. All I want is that Bengal has the intellectual capital to spearhead a revolution of sorts, economically speaking.
So, thank you Kolkata for showing solidarity towards having a healthy working culture.
Monday, December 04, 2006
NO MORE BANDHS IN KOLKATA... Are you with me. Join the Fight.
Before I goto Sunday's event's here are pictures from the aftermath of vandalism by Trinamul Congress Members at the Bidhaan Sabha. I can't believe that these people are elected representatives of the state. So much for Bengal being an educated and literary state. This is sheer barbarism. Special thanks to Arindom from my office (who has now been appointed special photographer for my blog and joins the Ranks of Kedar). His weapon of choice is the Sony Ericsson w700i.