Friday, June 29, 2007

Heavy Rains in Mumbai

Woke up today to pouring rains. And it has not let up a bit in the past 3 hours. The main road outside our apartment complex is a fast flowing river right now! The view outside our windows is a white curtain of rain. Men and children are standing by the side of the road, enjoying themselves in the flowing water, and guiding any soul adventurous enough, or unlucky, across the road.

Hope and pray that people across the city and elsewhere where it is pouring are safe.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Have you Stumble(d) Upon?

I recently discovered a cool new way of browsing the internet - Stumble Upon. I have been using it a bit over the past 2 weeks, and have been amazed at the number of interesting web sites I have discovered. It is very easy to use, do download the tool bar, and new, interesting web sites are just a click away!

I am pretty certain that Google would not throw up all of these sites, and definitely not in the first few pages. sure, the search is not always accurate, but then that is the joy of discovery. Sure, if you are looking for some specific information, Google is the best, but if you are looking for some interesting sites to spend some time on, I strongly recommend Stumble Upon.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

The Monsoon is Finally Here

So, after a brief delay, the monsoon has finally hit Mumbai. It was scheduled to hit us on the 7th of June, but got delayed due to the hurricane that hit Oman.

It had been raining daily for a few days prior, but the weathermen kept insisting that these are pre-monsoon showers, and not the real thing. And I could not understand why. That is, till yesterday. When I woke up to a grey, cloudy sky, with a slight drizzle. This is not my favourite season, I prefer the bright sunshine, however hot it may be. But strangely, I do not seem to mind the rains that much this year. Wonder why...

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Spanish Football League - Read Madrid / Barcelona / Sevilla???

The Spanish Primera Liga continues to enthrall. I was up till 2 AM last Saturday, watching the Real Madrid vs. Zaragoza encounter. Just as it seemed that Real Madrid would lose the match (and the title), they equalised via that goal poatcher No. 1 - Rudd van Nistelrooy. I must confess that I was never a fan of Rudd during his Manchester United days. But the way he is performing for Real Madrid is forcing me to change my opinion!

At just the same time that Rudd was scoring his valuable goal, Barcelona lost 2 points when Espanyol scored their second goal to draw their encounter with Barcelona. Sevilla, the third contender for the league title also drew their encounter. So all three teams enter the last weekend with a chance of winning, though Real Madrid are the favourites. Unfortunately, I might not get to watch the season finale and I have to travel to Chennai on work.

Just a couple of days before this match, I read an article in a business magazine which said that tennis and soccer are catching up in terms of TV viewing popularity with cricket. Admittedly, this is among the elite, but this is a trend that will slowly, but surely, percolate down to the masses. And the mess that Indian cricket finds itself in today is definitely not helping crickets' cause.