After many hours of browsing on a leisurely day, I thought of posting something here today. On logging into my blogger console and when about to press 'New Post', I happened to notice I had crossed 600 posts recently. This is 603rd. I then recalled this is December, the month when I started this blog. But I had not rememebered the date and had to check back when the first post was made. Surplus Musings' birthday falls on 7th December.
So here we are - 600 posts and 7 years of Surplus Musings.
And to give some random life updates from the past few days. November was a busy month, and December seems to to be going that way. There are articles to write and make an attempt to sell, some software development work to complete and some software related work to get started with. In the meanwhile, my first article in a foreign publication appeared in Kansai Time Out magazine, Japan. The next 2-3 months will be spent trying to get into North American markets. Another recent publication is on Harmony magazine, published from Mumbai, to which I sold a few images from Hampi, thanks to a lead from a fellow photographer. Last month I said no to an opportunity to travel across India at someone else's expense and write about it. Don't ask me why I did not take it. In the meanwhile, it looks like I might be invited from another established photographer to work with him on a regular basis. But this is mostly on indoor shoots, and I am not sure how exciting is it likely to be. Keeping fingers crossed.
A trip to Goa happened in the last week of November amidst all this. Since there is enough work in hand these days, I am experimenting on carrying laptop as I travel, and it doesn't seem to be a bad idea at all!
Shivraj Patil is a happy man. Jaipur was a pain. Kashmir was a bigger pain and Delhi was even more painful. They just did not let him change suits in peace day after day, hour after hour. Finally, it is Bombay that has allowed him to live a happy life ever after. Didn't you see him wave at people delightfully and do a big 'namaskara' as he announced his resignation? He would have had to go through few more agonizing months at office but for the men with guns going to work methodically at Mumbai.
A 'small incidence' happened in VT, Cama, Taj, Leopald, Trident and Nariman House put together. Very small indeed. Thankfully, small incidences make more small incidences happen. In a smaller incidence, the deputy chief minister of Maharashtra RR Patil relinquished his rather big seat and became as small as he should really have always been.
I like Vilasrao Deshmukh a lot. He is the most honest person I have ever seen. He spoke to tv cameras on record that if the congress working committee thinks he holds responsibility for the incidences in Mumbai, he is willing to offer his resignation. Oops! Congress Working Committee had forgotten to tell the poor little kiddo Deshmukh about his responsibilities properly when he became chief minister. Not his fault at all, really.
It is Kerala chief minister whatzizname I love the most. 'No dog would visit Mr.Unnikrishnan's house but for Martyr Sandeep,' he is supposed to have said. Quite right he is. When dogs were not allowed into the house, dogs would not visit the house indeed.