• Chennai,  Lifestyle,  Rostrum

    Got my first dose of COVID-19 vaccination

    Yesterday morning I got vaccinated with the first dose of COVAXIN which has been developed and made in India. After a few hours, I got an SMS from Co-Win App, going there I downloaded the vaccinated certificate with a QR code seamlessly. I felt overwhelmed with a lot of emotions: It is unbelievable to think that mankind was able to make a vaccine(s) for a brand-new virus and get it in the arms of people around the world in less than a year. Kudos to all the scientists, healthcare workers and world leaders in making it possible. I am feeling relieved to see the light at the end of the…

  • Lifestyle,  Lounge

    House repair done and I am back

    Glad to return to my house after nearly a month. I had commissioned repair works that included the following for the last four weeks: Water tank repairs (water-proofing), Replace the distribution water pipes and install a new pressure pump, Remodelling my work desk from L shape to straight, changed the direction to have natural light to fall on my face, installed two new tube lights above my monitor and on the sides for even light on my face and chin, Installation of wooden panel on the wall for my stamp collections display, New CAT-6 data cabling and CAT-5 voice cabling throughout the house for Gigabit wired ethernet and Patch Panels,…

  • Lifestyle

    Has Indian eCommerce lost its sparkles?

    I know I am not their target customer. I am already an ecommerce addict. Even then, I find the “Big Billion Days Sale” or the “Great Indian Festival” to have gotten uninteresting to say it kindly. Having window-shopped on Amazon India & Flipkart I hardly found anything worth saving (by buying). If I am going to spend Rs.50,000 on a laptop, why am I going to be attracted by a Rs.500 discount? Or an Amazon Echo Show at Rs.5000 (MRP 8999), when no one will want one even for free. The market analysts might point this to be a healthy sign of ecommerce firms maturing and stopping their deep discounting!…

  • Lifestyle,  Lounge

    What’s your experience with lizards in your house?

    I am fine to share our house with lizards, not known to worry about them**, but I expect them to know their boundaries – they are not welcome on my cot (or the loft above the cot, waiting to fall down any time, they seem to lose their grip on wooden panels), sofa and most importantly my work table and computers. Living room and other areas are fine. For a week I have been observing a lizard (seen in the picture below) in the library area inside my office room. Every day in the morning, as I come into the room, pull the curtains apart, I meet him (or her).…

  • Flashback,  Lifestyle

    My room in 1999

    A picture of my room (den) at my house in 1999. I had two PCs and a whole load of accessories then. A group of friends used to hang out here and it was like a “free” community computer centre – had a boatload of fun! All of us were carefree, unmarried and with full of dreams. #nostlagic #1990s #desktoppc

  • Improvised Standing Desk
    Gadgets,  Lifestyle

    A standing desk trial

    My improvisation of a standing desk during #lockdown in Chennai, India. I have been wanting to try a standing desk for a long time, today I tried for a few hours with two small wooden tables I had to spare. It feels like a good break for an hour or so in a day, not beyond that. This fixed arrangement is not practical, to really use this, you need the mechanical desk that can be height adjusted dynamically – so that you can operate as a sitting desk and once in a while stand-up. Have you been using a standing desk, what’s your take?

  • Recycle of Plastic bottles
    Lifestyle

    Humans can handle plastics

    You have to get rid of them, so you may as well do it intelligently Reading the news that “Norway is recycling 97% of Plastic bottles.“, gives hope that we (humans) can survive and thrive, despite having “stupids” who deny climate change and encourage mindless usage of plastic. I do like Plastics, they are not the villains they are made out to be, they have brought huge benefits to mankind, but we need to apply common-sense in their usage and recycle them to our best ability. We can do simple things, a few of them I had written in the past here, like Reusable Cloth bags, Follow my mom in Reusing…

  • Lifestyle,  தமிழ்

    Gopal Tooth Powder, a regular in Radio advertisements

    கோபால் பல்பொடி – தமிழ் வானொலியைக் கேட்ட யாரும் இவர்களின் விளம்பரங்களைக் கேட்காமல் இருக்க முடியாது. “இந்தியா, இலங்கை, மலேசியா, சிங்கைப் போன்ற நாடுகளில் மக்களின் பேராதரவைப் பெற்றது” என்ற வசனம் தமிழ் நாடக/சினிமா காமெடியில் பிரசித்தம். சின்ன வயதில் வீட்டில் கோல்கேட் பல்பொடி பயன்படுத்திய நினைவுண்டு. இருந்தும் கோபால் பல்பொடியைைப் பயன்படுத்தியதாக நியாபகம் இல்லை. அப்படியொன்றும் பெட்டிக் கடைகளுக்கே போகாத மேல் தட்டு (நுனி நாக்கு இங்கிலீஷ்) ஆசாமியெல்லாம் இல்லை நான் . நேற்று காலை பண்பலையில் “கோபால் பல்பொடி” என்றுக் கேட்டவுடன் தெருக்கோடியில் இருக்கும் பெட்டிக்கடைக்குச் சென்று வாங்கி வந்து பல்துலக்கிப் பார்த்தேன். பற்கள் பளபளத்தது, ஆனால் எனக்குப் பிடிக்கவில்லை, சக்கரை/இனிப்பு தூக்கலாக்க இருந்தது. நீங்கள் கோபால் பல்பொடியைப் பயன்படுத்தியதுண்டா? பிடிக்குமா?