I thought of putting up a videocam (shades of
jennicam :)) here, but figured that
images of me sitting for long hours in the lab staring at a video terminal were
not going to provide wholesome entertainment for the masses.
So here are some pictures of me on those rare occasions when I stole away from the lab :) All of these are pretty recent photos, taken after I landed in the U.S. For a glimpse of what I looked like back home, check out my sepia-toned archive.
Shankari goes to the U.S. Open
The one I saw most of was the one between Vladimir Volchentkov and James Sekulov. James won in 3 sets, although the crowd favourite was Vladimir. I followed James' path after that with considerable interest - right from his first round match to his first round exit. :)
All in all, it was a lot of fun because I got to ride the subway and to watch the matches at close quarters. These matches were being played on the outside courts, so the spectators were at ground level, and we could really appreciate the size of the court and the effort the players put in.
Shankari goes to Thailand
I befriended a nice Thai girl as I left the airport, learnt how Bangkok's trains work (similar to Bombay's) and finally found my way to the Grand Palace. The most famous building in the Grand Palace complex is the slightly overwhelming Temple of the Golden Buddha, but I was also surprised to find that the major Thai religious epic is the same as an Indian one, and that the kings of Thailand are believed to be direct descendants of Rama. I did try to trace the story of the Ramayana through the murals in the Grand Palace, but they were too stylized.
Finally, lured by promises of seeing a Crystal Mountain, I was taken to jewellery and silk showrooms where I had NO intention of ever purchasing anything. And before I could escape from the Tourist Trap, I had blown around 250 Baht for an overpriced Thai curry served by excrutiatingly made up ladies.
I escaped from there, got somebody to show me which bus goes to the main Railway Station (which looks more like Bombay's airport than like VT), and got back to the airport on time.
This is probably not very original material, but this is my home page, and it supposed to tell you my experiences in Thailand, not give an insightful commentary on Thailand's social, political and economic situation. Seriously, I wish I had had time to stay longer and get to know the country better. Maybe the next time I go back ....
Shankari goes to San Jose
The second photo is of the Tech museum, or, more specifically, of the amazing fountains outside the Tech museum. You can actually walk among the fountains, and on a nice sunny day, it's heavenly.
Shankari goes to San Francisco
The one on the left is the mandatory Chinatown photograph, Aman Shaikh is the other guy. The one on the right combines all of SF's sterotypical features - it's a long downhill street fading away into the fog.
Mummy takes a break