In the Air Tonight

Here’s a sad little short story I wrote a couple of days back on a deadline. It was not getting published anywhere but the guy wanted us to get creative. And by golly we did get creative! Now I’ve never written any shorts before and this was a novel experience for me, but I think it turned out pretty decent. It definitely needs some polishing here and there, but see I was on a deadline and this was what I could come up with in one-one and a half hours, tops. Anyway, if you’re reading this, you’ve probably got nothing else to do and stumbled upon this blog by accident, so do leave your comments and criticisms down below. Here goes nothing.

Celia Waltham was dying. ‘Oesophageal Adenocarcinoma, T4’, her chart read. Her cheerful and sweet voice had turned into a hoarse exhalation, barely audible, but enough to make anyone around her shudder. The nurse walked in with her morning medicine, carrying a sponge along for her clean-up. The sponge was new and yellow. The hospital staff finally took heed of daily complaints by Rupert to change the worn and old sponge. “God knows how many people that thing has been used on”, Rupert muttered under his breath every time they sponged his granddaughter. Rupert was by Celia’s bedside every morning, to cheer her up and watch re-runs of Duck Tales with her. It had been a little over two months of hospital stay now and Celia knew holding hope was futile. Rupert knew her case was hopeless. Jeannie, her mother who wished and prayed for a miracle, knew it was hopeless. Rupert Jr. was hopeless too. He wanted his daughter to pass painlessly. He could not look at her all pale and frail, with all the tubes hanging around her bed. She tried to smile at her father when he entered the room at noon. Rupert Jr. smiled back but all the while crying inside of shame at all these putrid thoughts he was having. Everyone in the room pretended to not think about what lay ahead. Everyone played along. Jeannie meanwhile had begun her regular chore of asking the nurse about Celia’s medication and complaining about the curtains being closed.

A few weeks later, April was upon the world. April meant frolic and fun and vacation for kids in England. The birds chirped in haste outside, a hazy smell of grass wafted around, and you could almost hear the faint laughter of children as they devoured their snow cones and ran. But if you were looking over a bed in room number 304 on the third floor of Colney Cancer Centre in Norwich, you would be completely oblivious to this cheerfulness outside. A girl of twelve was breathing her last and there was no one by her bedside. Rupert was out in North London for the day, down by the union offices to collect his pension. Celia’s parents were stuck in traffic by the Waterfront; a tree had crashed into a lorry on the road and workers were hacking it away. Celia had awoken from her afternoon slumber just past six in the evening with throbbing pain, and it was getting dark outside. She had immense pain in her throat and chest. All the nurses were celebrating the birthday of another patient on the fourth floor and forgotten to turn the light on in Celia’s room. Every dying person somehow learns that their passing is near somehow; Celia was no exception to that. Celia knew it was time and she only wished that there was someone near her. Fighting the dark and all the pain, she started sobbing. She thought about all the good things in life and how much she’d miss her mother. Thinking about her mother, she started to cry and wail but she could make no sound. Tears rolled past her ears and she was losing consciousness amidst the stinging pain and the excited “happy birthday to you” upstairs. There was nothing she could see in the room and she closed her eyes and stopped crying out of exhaustion. Just then a car passed the hospital blaring out a song Celia had never heard before, ‘…been a pack of lies! And I can feel it coming in the air tonight, oh Lord. Well I’ve been waiting for this moment for all my life, oh Lord…’ Celia laughed at this, eyes still closed and couldn’t take it out of her mind and she finally let go…

If you’re looking for the song in question, its In the Air Tonight by Phil Collins.

That’s it for now peeps. Our tech fest starts tomorrow, so I’ll be sure to pick something up to write on.

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In the Air Tonight

Last Post: May 20, 2016

There are many things in life that people like coming back to, no matter how much time has passed, like their favorite book, their favorite movie which makes them cry every time (the closing scenes from Interstellar, Bambi’s mum, a film by Kamal Rashid Khan), a video-game like Trains and Trucks Tycoon, or a certain blog on WordPress which has literally zero (0) readers at any given moment. Its time to get back to writing stuff more often, even if you’re being grounded left, right and center by college work. And by college work I mean the playing video-games, watching TV shows and generally being a lazed sod every minute.

College has been great so far. I’m in my second semester, have made some friends, and generally wasted away four months of my life, living by the day. It most certainly has been a good thing, enabling me to live by my own, responsibly. I also held/hold a job at a website which majorly deals with E-sports. It allowed me to write for someone else in exchange for money and also getting to know some other writers who do the same. And believe me, some of them are batshit crazies alright! That’s one thing you find common in every amateur writer, you find everyone else in your trade, a complete nitwit who doesn’t know what he’s writing about. In college, I’ve been exclusively a member of just one club and you must’ve guessed it. That’s right, its the Astronomy Club! We went on a couple of Skywatches around town and it was a great experience. The annoying thing about Skywatches is, you have to pray before you go.

  • 9 PM: Hmmm it looks like the night will be pleasant with no chance of any clouds whatsoever.
  • 11 PM: Hmmm the Pleiades look mighty fine through the binoculars.
  • 1 AM: Hmmm the Orion looks gob-smacking through the binoculars.
  • 2:30 AM: Hmmm never heard of the Beehive cluster, looks nice though.
  • 3 AM: Fucking clouds.

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I don’t know if you guys can see it, but that’s Jupiter and four of its Galilean moons. I captured the photo from my recent Skywatch.

 Within these four months of me being away from home, I’ve only visited the beach only once and that was two weeks ago. The nearest beach is 10 kilometers away, and people whom I’m friends with would rather sleep till 2 PM on a Sunday rather than go to the beach. I learnt to swim at NIT Nagpur or VNIT, whatever you like calling it. I lived a measly five minutes away from it, and it was open to public. I didn’t learn to swim for all the three months I registered for my swimming classes. But then I went on my own, without any help for a month, and lo and behold! I now know how to swim properly! That was 10 years ago. Sometimes its better to learn on your own than being taught, and believe me it doesn’t apply to Math, at least not in my case.

Ever since I’ve come here, I’ve added many hours to some video-games. EVE Online and CS:GO top the charts with Team Fortress 2 coming in second. I own the most sought after thing in CS:GO also, the knife. I recently started playing Trains and Trucks Tycoon which in my opinion is the best simulation game ever! I may be biased because it brings back lots of childhood memories of road building and train running back. Graphic heavy games are taboo on this college issued laptop.

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I’ve been listening to a lot of different genres of music these days. From old gangsta rap, to some relatively newer rock from the last decade. I’ll list out some of the better songs of the groups I’ve been listening to lately. I feel proud of converting two of my friends to my kind of music, and in their opinion I am the ever wise, all knowing musical god who can recommend the best in music for every taste. That’s what you get from over 300 gigabytes of some kick-ass music collection! I’m listening to Casey Kasem dishing out the Billboard’s Top 100 songs of the year 1985 by the way and its currently playing Things Can Only Get Better by Howard Jones; he’s got great hair!

This music video is really cute!

This, is the universe crying out the ultimate message to me!

These last two passages are a turning out to be a drag don’t you think? I left for dinner whilst I was writing about swimming and when I came back, the motivation to complete it kind of drowned, and the want of some random YouTube bingeing (is that even a word?) took over. This happens every day, that’s the grind now. Welcome To College, I guess.

Last Post: May 20, 2016

A Summer of Opportunities

So like every summer, this summer started on a high note. I like summers. Nay, I love summers. The smell of freshly cut grass from the front lawns, some light gaming on this potato PC of mine (read on for a surprise), and some great music from the likes of Tycho and Moby to ward off those lazy afternoons. Although I had tonnes of exams in the two months that I’ve been absent here (I won’t apologize, deal with it!) I also had some really great moments. Now that all of the exams are done I am officially free from bullshit for the first time in months (read: officially).

I had applied for an internship at IGN India back in March after my contract with JIB TV expired. Basically, I wanted to spend all the non-exam days of the summer interning about the things that I am crazy about and at the firm that is to die for. I started there in May but had to wrap things up by June . The primary reason being, I was called for the admission process for colleges in Chennai. That reason was the nail in the coffin. I don’t blame the guys at IGN in any way, in fact they were more than ready to get me on board after the internship of 2 months. But I couldn’t finish what I started, because I am a bungling idiot who doesn’t have a plan.

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I also convinced my parents to upgrade my potato PC to something Uber powerful. I cashed out all the money I had earned and ordered a band new Nvidia GTX 970 from Amazon.com (Its way cheaper there than on the Indian site). Two days later, Nvidia announced the Pascal lineup arriving in June. I refused the order whilst it was at my doorstep for delivery and the poor old man had to lug all of the parcels back to his smallish bike. I feel terrible for doing that! The whole rig upgrade is set back by at least two more months and that gives me plenty of time to focus on what course I want to join in college. I am edging towards selecting a Science degree in Economics or Statistics but like every plan I’ve ever planned, things may go totally out of order in zero time.

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Speaking of plans, I was supposed to go to my friend’s seaside home in Konkan along with some other friends. But the bastards changed their minds at the eleventh hour. So here I am, typing away all that has happened to me throughout the summer and still waiting for opportunities. The future doesn’t look perfect yet, but some greater things are surely afoot. And with that, I bid you guys to keep up with all my crazy shit!

A Summer of Opportunities

And one more thing…

Its been a while since I posted my brain droppings here. I really wanted to continue updating the blog regularly but board exams held me back. But now I am back and am here to stay! So in this long exile from blogging, I landed a small-ish writing job at NHK World TV, for which I’ve been busy working on. But the contract has expired and am now free for a good three months or so.

A lot has changed over the many months actually, including my musical preference and favorite podcasts! I now listen to 80’s new wave and pop music all thanks to the greatest video game soundtrack of all time! Yes I am talking about Vice City baby! If you know me, you may also know that I perform a ritual every year in the spring break, which is in fact a playthrough of Grand Theft Auto- Vice City. I completed the annual playthrough just a few days back and I just cannot get enough of the details in the game! You would find it astonishing that I spent almost a day listening to all the programs on K-CHAT (the length of which is around 6-7 hours). Everytime I play that game I cannot help but cry at how brilliant the game is. I literally am reduced to tears when I hear ELO rocking Four Little Diamonds on Flash FM. The reason I cannot stop playing the game is because of the game’s setting. 1980’s- the era for new wave and synth pop, the coming of the Second British Invasion and discotheques! That was the time of some really great TV shows like Miami Vice, M.A.S.H. and Dallas. Given a choice, I would travel back in the 80’s in a hiccup! The brilliant game just fuels my passion for the era and hey, who can forget Scarface huh?

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I have been an ardent follower of StarTalk radio hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson but I am also hooked to another great podcast called Planet Money by NPR. So what it does is explain all the real world economics in layman terms. Its funny, adventurous and bi-weekly. I’ve been into audiobooks but I recently read two books in a week! One is called Red Dwarf by Grant & Naylor and the other is by Stephen Fry titled Making History. Both of them are science fiction, funny and focus on time travel for the most part. I would recommend these books if you’re into time travel and other sci-fi stuff.

I didn’t get any time to play any video game in a whole year but I’ve expanded my Steam library. I’ve been dying to play H1Z1 and Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited with my Canadian friend but my rig cannot keep up! Hell it can’t even play Vice City without crashing from CPU Overvoltage. I know I should replace my SMPS, but almost everything about my PC is fucked up. Only one R.A.M. slot functions on the motherboard and all of my U.S.B. ports are bust. The stock fan on my graphic card is worn off so I have to rely on a makeshift ventilation system by attaching spare cabinet fans to the heatsink held together by a couple of rubber bands. So what I am going to do is, I am going to invest all of my hard earned money from that writing job I had into a killer rig that can play all of the latest video games.

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There’s been a lot going on in outer space while I was away studying for my exams. To start off, the New Horizons space probe completed its fly-by of Pluto in July last year and it has sent some really amazing data back. It is yet to complete it’s secondary mission- to observe and analyze some Kuiper Belt objects, but that is a few years away. Scott Kelly returned home from the ISS after complete a whole year in space! The Mars One project is postponed yet again and frankly, I don’t see humans stepping on Mars until 2040’s.

I guess that is all for this post folks! I will try to update this blog regularly, well I’ve been saying that but failing to write!

As the great late Casey Kasem used to everytime on AT40, I bid you to ‘Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars’

And one more thing…

Zaphod Beeblebrox from Betelgeuse snaps when you say- “Hi there!”

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This quote is from a book called The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams. Fascinating book!

So a lot of time has passed since my last post and things have gone South for me mostly. We’ll talk about my exam thingie in the next post, okay? So how have you been? I’ve been meaning to update this blog regularly but can’t find the time to do so in between all the sleeping, music and whining about the rains.

Yes the rains have begun. The useless-est 4 months for a person like me. The day starts like this-

Wake up (Moby- Hotel Intro as my alarm)

Look outside the window.

Whine about the rains.

This goes on all day even when I am eating.

I have sentenced myself to an exile from any sorts of gaming for atleast a year and it’s going well I must say! But I managed to play 3 of the Grand Theft Auto games this March and I was stunned by the video game’s soundtrack. Any hardcore gamer will understand that there’s a lot more to gaming than just complete the mission or the storyline. And among that is the appreciation of art in the video game. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City is THE best GTA game ever made according to me. The era, the location, the feels!

Here is the most amazing radio station from Vice City.

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80’s Miami ❤

Moby shines again! You must have listened to Play (1999), but have you listened to Play- The B sides (2001)? If not, then you’ve gotta check it out!

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The Pluto Files

So New Horizons is very very very close to Pluto and it’s moons. It’s got some awesome images of the DWARF PLANET (not a planet, not since 2006) and its moon Charon

Dr. Tyson explained, “If Neptune were analogized with a Chevy Impala in mass, then how big is pluto compared to that? Pluto would be a matchbox car sitting on the curb.”

New Horizons will be there on 14-15th July 2015 (surprise surprise!) then after it’s primary mission, will head out in the cosmos to look at other outer space crap (Kuiper Belt Objects).

Click here to see Pluto and Charon

Suggest me some music and I shall listen to it.

I am active on Facebook, Twitter and on Quora!

And as the Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy’s cover states,

‘Don’t Panic’

Zaphod Beeblebrox from Betelgeuse snaps when you say- “Hi there!”

Summertime..

Hi there! I am back after a long time and boy am I glad to be back! So a LOT has happened since I last updated this blog. Since it’s peak Summer here, I’ve been listening to some Summery music. Well Eurodance works really great for summer evenings! Plus I got hooked to some new artists too!

So I listened to this song Barbie Girl by Aqua recently while searching some 90’s pop dance music. This sucker was first! I knew only one line of this song and believe me, this is The Best Pop Dance Song of the 90’s. The music video of the song is so catchy and funny. I never could get it out of my head. So I searched some more songs by Aqua, and it turns out they really have some great songs and some weird music videos.

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But apart from the usual Aquascopy dance themed songs, Aqua also has some really nice songs which bring out their variety and show how versatile they are in making music. One such song is called Good Morning Sunshine.

Fun Fact- Did you know actor Will Smith was a DJ in the 80’s and 90’s and was known as DJ The Fresh Prince.

Will Smith was a DJ. I wish I was one. This song is voted by many noteworthy people as The Best Summer Song. Its just so ghetto and cool.

Now to some real Cool Stuff!

Remember Cassini Spacecraft sent to Saturn? Well, it captured some real awesome photos! Check them out! The best among those, I’ll post here. You can see the rest here.

Check out the hexagonal pattern formed on the North Pole. Its due to fluid movement on the cloud due to a rotating and moving body.
Check out the hexagonal pattern formed on the North Pole. Its due to fluid movement on the cloud due to a rotating and moving body.

And this…

This is not some animated stuff. Its the real deal. Cassini was behind the Saturn when it was gleaming in the sunshine. You can see home from here. Look at the body closest to the outermost psuedo looking ring. Thats home. You can also see Luna which is right beside the Earth!
This is not some animated stuff. Its the real deal. Cassini was behind the Saturn when it was gleaming in the sunshine. You can see home from here. Look at the body closest to the outermost psuedo looking ring. Thats home. You can also see Luna which is right beside the Earth!

I watched a film called Sunshine. Its from Danny Boyle and the amazing Cilian Murphy stars in the leading role along with the beautiful Rose Byrne and others! You may know him for playing The Scarecrow in Nolan’s Batman movie series. Its a really interesting movie about a group of astronauts, scientists, long-lost astronauts, trying to save the day. That film is really a must watch if you like some spacey-sci-fi movies.

Well it’s time to sign out folks. Hopefully, I will update it real soon with more interesting stuff. Till then, drink 8 liters of water a day, and keep looking up!

Summertime..

Here’s 2 of my favorite podcast from StarTalk Radio

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Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson hosts a radio show called StarTalk Radio every Sunday. It’s a podcast not only about Science, but also about Pop Culture, Fiction and Humor! This is a special podcast for me. Science and Spirituality. Making a guest appearance is His Holiness, The Gyalwang Drukpa Lama. You can listen to other episodes and even download previous episodes here . Here’s the two podcasts-

StarTalk Live! Water World (Part 1)-

StarTalk Live! Water World (Part 2)-

You may not want a career in Science, but this talk is about Economies, Social Awareness and Equality with Science included and humor by Eugene Mirman. Stay tuned to StarTalk Radio and this blog, as I will keep adding some really good podcasts. And as always Neil bids us to “Keep Looking Up!”

Here’s 2 of my favorite podcast from StarTalk Radio