Ah, the great outdoors!

“Ah, the great outdoors” is a dialog that a Dryad (character in Warcraft III) says when the character is trained and ready to be controlled. It is perhaps one phrase out of the thousands I’ve heard from spending innumerable hours playing the game that I remember often.

As a self-proclaimed ambivert, my weekend plan is a constant mental conflict of whether I stay indoors reading, binge watching yet another TV series or head out and explore some new place.

Having moved to Sweden (Hej Sverige! 👋) recently for work, I find myself traveling about 90 minutes in the morning and another 90 minutes in the evening to and from my office. This has given me a window of time to catch up on some reading (Thanks sis for the Kindle!) and writing (this).

Also sitting at the window of my train seat, the countryside of Sweden at sunset in Fall is mesmerizing. Open fields, orange sky being gobbled up by the grayness of the impending nightfall and an abundance of nature is what you get to see. The houses that dot the fields frequently, look eerily similar to the houses that a child might draw – simple and lovely.

As this view made me nostalgic about India and its beauty, I began to realize that I was, by some glorious design of the universe, destined to be here and like the Dryad I just want to shout out to the nature that surrounds me – “Ah, the great outdoors!”

Of ideas and drafts!

Not long ago, I used to become angry that I did not document an idea when I got one, and many times, I’d forget it entirely. To overcome this, I started creating draft posts on my blog and save for completing them later. This went on well, only for me to realize that the “later” has never arrived for many posts that are pending for over a year! A visit to my drafts page(s) shows a stack of posts with either only titles or half-written content.

Is this the (in)famous writer’s block? If it really is so, I’d be gloating because I’m not much of a writer anyway! 😀

According to Wikipedia, a writer’s block occurs because of:

  • lack of creative ideas – Does not really hold true for me because I have no dearth of ideas.
  • lack of inspiration – Hmm.. Not really, I do visit my blog very often to reply to comments, visit other people’s blogs that I follow. So, I’ve not lost interest as such.
  • stress, illness, depression, etc. – No, none really.

So, (un)fortunately, I don’t think I’m suffering from a writer’s block, just procrastination. 🙂 Well, simply put, it’s time to clean up my dusty draft-shelf with dedicated blog time.

Been a while

Its over a fortnight since I posted anything on my blog. 😦 Just that my ideas don’t get translated into writing and many times gets lost within my brain! Of late, there have been a lot of things that are keeping me busy.

  • Prosoft Studio and Free100MbHost: Both are ventures by a friend of mine and I’m helping him with what I can to make it a profitable success. 🙂
  • I’m now an administrator at DNTemple, which actually demands a lot of my time nowadays. Still like it; its owned by another friend, and he has invested a lot into it.
  • The newest additions to my addictions has been World of Warcraft, shortly, WoW. I play on a private server, ’cause I cannot afford $15 (especially, on a game) to play on the official server. The gameplay and graphics are amazing. The game as an enchanting ability to keep you hooked for a long time. 🙂
  • Besides, my semester exams are fast approaching with so much left to do. Project, internals, I’ll have to let go of my online-life for a while. 😦

I’m posting a new poem ‘The Lone Crusader‘. This was a poem which I wrote when there was a huge clash between my friends. I did lose a lot of friends that day (the poem subtly says a lot about it) and in a way I’m happy that happened; I got to sieve the true friends amongst the impostors. What happened then, I guess, is a different story for a different day. 🙂

A Story and A Poem

I posted a short story and a poem I had written long time ago. You can find the links to them on the left sidebar under ‘My Works’.

This time I re-read it, it seemed like ages since I wrote them. I still have a few poems that I will post as I get time to type them from the book.

Story: The Cold Rain

Its a story about a 10-year-old. His perception of the world and generally an insight into what happens inside the brain of a little kid.

Poem: Dreams

A poem that I wrote ages ago! Sometime in 2003 – During my school days. (Too bad I did not mention the date when I wrote it!) It was inspired by a brightly-lit, starry night sky. It is also one of the earliest poems of mine.

English – Writer’s License – Allegory

English is a language that comes with a lot of freedom. By freedom, I mean its usage can be bent according to the needs of the context or the writer. Though grammatically an error, the meaning of the sentence still holds. This is not limited just to poetry, but extends also to prose. One such freedom that a writer enjoys is the ability and his liberty to force his viewpoint on his readers. Whether the reader accepts it or not, is secondary. This form of opinionated writing inevitably finds itself a place, big or small, in all written works. For instance, when a writer says, “He was the tiger of the family, tending to and safeguarding it.”, the author automatically raises the your viewpoint of the subject to a newer level. This could be used in the negative sense too, when describing a villain. But that seldom happens; this is due to the fact that when you strengthen the villain in the plot, the hero gets more credibility once he has defeated the villain.

When the writer uses this style of writing through voice of his characters (as against a narrative), it is called as an allegory – an extended metaphor.

I found a passage in my Operating Systems text, where the author assumes the gender of the person in the context. Here is an extract:

A time-shared operating system allows many users to share the computer simultaneously. Since each action or command in the time-shared system tends to be short, only a little CPU is needed for each user. As the system switches rapidly from one user to the next, each user is given the impression that the entire computer system is dedicated to her use, even though it is being shared among many users.

Quoted from Operating System Concepts by Abraham Silberschatz, Peter Baer Galvin and Greg Gagne. (Topic 1.2.3 – Page 10)

Another interesting (but irrelevant to the current discussion, or is it?) quote from the same text. (Topic 1.2.2 – Page 9)

Idle lawyers tend to become politicians, so there is certain social value in keeping lawyers busy.