Although I have made a trip to college after college reopened on 14th (yes, July), it still doesn't count as re-opened for me until I move to college with all my belongings and my computer(yes, even that falls under the category of belongings, but I love to emphasize). That's tomorrow (today... by the time I finish writing this!)
So I thought I should be writing something down, something like a farewell blog.. umm.. farewell note to home, about how much I loved staying here and what I did (mainly the latter).
It won't be chronological, because some of the things I did overlap each other!(oh no, what have I got myself into, this is gonna be long!!)
This was the first thing I did when I came back from college. O.K. this may send out wrong signals, but at that time I thought the holidays were going to be very boring, and so let's have something to keep fit while killing time. I was regular for the 1st month, got irregular in the 2nd month and then one fine evening I decided to quit. (quite predictable)
First two weeks I spent getting connected, and the rest of my holidays I spent infront of it, surfing, working, downloading and what not( ignore the 'what not'). Except for one time when my modem wasn't working and the person I went complaining to was bewildered seeing my Usage Data.
Working on LDTP was fun, and so was working under Nagappan. At first it was gibberish, but slowly as I got to know the code, working became easier. So was learning Python, a dream-come-true language. Finally it was a drean come true to see my name in the AUTHORS list of LDTP.
Don't remember what I had in mind when I applied for the internship, but sure it was nothing to do with building an Orkut app. The weeks I worked for the App were sure hectic, and it was all me when I am stressed, not a care about the world or surroundings, just working day and night on the app. Was very satisfying to see it take shape, while learning new web technologies, and then in one moment of grief, it all came down when I read the mail that said that Orkut was expecting something a more user interaction. But then, all that was not to be for nothing, there would be more work to be done.
5. Rakesh Kedia, his Mama and Aarkay International a.k.a Ektaa Enterprises:
This was one helluva earning opportunity, messed up! When Amar approached me with the proposal of making a website for Rakesh Kedis's Jute Export Company, and there was supposed to be lots of money involved, it sounded like a Bank Job. But then his Mama came in, a crooked fat lump, unable to walk. He had a totally different notion of perfection - hideous. Our initial talk to him was unbearable enough, and then work got stuck because he couldn't decide on his Logo for 3 weeks, and finally when he made up his mind, they decided to change their company name. The new logo took another 2 weeks. Finally when they contacted me back, I wanted to quit because we were developing a website and taking a page out of the Logo episode, I rekoned I did not have a year to waste.
6. Movies and TV shows:
Encouraged by the idea of free downloads from 2 a.m to 8 a.m. I started downloading lots of movies. Here is a list of them in no order:
Harold and Kumar go to White Castle
Harold and Kumar go to Guantanamo Bay
Godfather 3 - yet to be seen
The Oxford Murderers - yet to be seen
The Other Boleyn Girl
The Spiderwick Chronicles
The Usual Suspects
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
A Clockwork Orange
The Forbidden kingdom
Alvin and the Chipmunks
The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover
Casablanca - yet to be seen
Goodfellas - yet to be seen
The Eye - yet to be seen
The Cronicles of Narnia - yet to be seen
The Sawshank Redemption (repeat)
Sin City - yet to be seen
American History X
To Kill A Mockingbird - yet to be seen
The Lives of Others (German)
My Blueberry Nights
The Superhero Movie
The Onion Movie
12 Angry Men
Hourton Hears a Who (animation)
Be Kind Rewind
There Will be Blood - yet to be seen
Over Her Dead Body
Kill Bill I
Kill Bill II
Once Upon a Time in the West -
Rush Hour 2
Rush Hour 3
The Bank Job
Wargames - The Dead Code
Step up 2 - The Streets
Saving Private Ryan
Fool's Gold - yet to be seen
Mulholland Drive - yet to be seen
Loaded - yet to be seen
Hero Wanted - yet to be seen
Penelope - yet to be seen
Stoploss - yet to be seen
Sweeney Todd-The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street - yet to be seen
Into the Wild - yet to be seen
Never Back Down - yet to be seen
Atonement - yet to be seen
Lost Highway - yet to be seen
Leatherheads - yet to be seen
Indiana Jones - all 3 with their long names !
I also saw the whole of Coupling 1-4 and Simpsons 18 and 19.
Special thanks to Torrentz, IMDB and Anish for their kind co-operation.
7. Outside Home:
12 weeks of holidays and I just went out five times, two movies, twice with college friends and a marraige party. Gone are the days of addabaazi OnTheRocks and movies and malls and resturants and treats. Yet I can't say I didn't have fun in the holidays.
First two weeks I was on the Healthy, Wealthy and Wise regime, I went to sleep early and woke up at 6 a.m. to an early Gym. Post-Broadband, I shfted my sleep at after 2 a.m. so as to start the downloads, which soon went up to 4 a.m and the settled at a regular 6 a.m. When I woke up varied from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. with the last two days as exceptions ( 4:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.)
9. LUG Server:
Working on the LUG server was fun and with the high speed internet, I felt as if I was using it from College LAN. I worked on NTP, SSH accounts and then finally on the new LUG Website with Debayan.
Blogging was a whole new thing this summer. Writing blogs down, showing it off and then reading comments(no matter how scarce) was one of the highlights this summer.
11. Cricket and Soccer:
Yes... me and sports do not go along very well, but supporting the Kolkata Kight Riders in the IPL 20-20 and supporting Germany in the EURO 2008 had its moments. While KKR went down early (when the most part of the series were the exhaustive league matches, early is an understatement here), Germany gave a little more than hope until that fateful Finals in Vienna.
To sum it up, I had a blast!!!
Catch ya in college!