Spring 2013 in < 10000 Words

With the majority of us at home being involved in research largely of a theoretical nature, the closest we come to working in a lab is in our kitchen. Some of the more notable culinary experiments during this semester were Baingan Bharta (Mashed Eggplant, as wiki puts it), Onion Sambar (fast becoming a Valentine’s Day special in the house), Banana Bread and Date and Walnut Cake.

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Weekend excursions in the last two months included a trip to a shooting range, skiing and a visit to the temple to play Holi. Being a full-fledged armchair critic, my aim during the shootout was to hit one clay pigeon. Hitting two (out of a possible 25) more than made my day. Falling down just once, albeit pretty nastily (comical, if you were not me), during skiing also served as a major ego boost. After avoiding celebrating Holi for the last twenty five years using the “I am South Indian” card, it was indeed ironic that this jinx was broken at a South Indian temple, where we congregated to play Holi.

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I’ve also tried to set aside some time each week to read outside of coursework and research. None of the books (read in the last two months-photo below) could particularly be classified as unputdownable, but reading them was definitely a welcome distraction.

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 Finally, about the title of this post. They say a picture’s worth a thousand words.

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