Russian Doll: After thoughts

‘Russian Doll’ lingered on in my mind well after the show ended.

The universe conspires to bring together two individuals who need each other. Nadia, the arguably self-destructive 36 yr old, is made to question the ghosts buried in her past while Alan, suffering from OCD, needs to face the fact that you can’t control everything.

..we are very unreliable narrators of our own stories.”

The eccentric and eerie music soundtrack suits well with what the characters are going through.

At the end of the show, you are left with the question as to why did this happen to Nadia and Alan and will there be a second season.

I decided to visualize a few data points from 2018 in a quick way. This is the second post. Here I plot the books I’ve read across the year. I started noting down books using GoodReads in September so the data may not be perfect. The X axis is months of the year and the Y axis is number of books read that month.
It’s not a great feeling to realize you’ve read just 19 books and quite a few of those being graphic novels. I will persevere to read 50 books in 2019.
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flights taken in 2018
I decided to visualize a few data points from 2018 in a quick way. This is the first post. Here I show the flights I took across the year and which airlines I flew with. The X axis is months of the year and the Y axis is number of flights. I decided to visualize a few data points from 2018 in a quick way. This is the first post. Here I show the flights I took across the year and which airlines I flew with. The X axis is months of the year and the Y axis is number of flights.
I’ve realized that the number of flights is increasing every year. Once upon a time taking a flight was a luxury whereas now its become a necessity. Here’s to more flights in 2019!

Travel Diaries: Panjim on foot

I’ve been to Goa five times over the last 18 months. Everytime so far I’ve visited different parts of it and have come to love the feeling of being “home” that comes with it.

I have vague memories of visiting Goa as a school kid in the 90’s. I remember loving Puri Bhaji and playing at the Miramar beach’s playground during a pilgrimage with my family. This time I was here because of the Story of Space.

‘The Story of’ is a arts and science biennale that seeks to “open-up” education to the masses. Space was the theme of this edition and participants take up spaces within the city of display their work or utilize for their workshops and experiences. .

With the Old Quarter hostel as my base, I explored Panjim on foot(and cycle) as I went discovering what Story of Space had in store for me.

The Ex-Nihilio escape room at Sukerkar house made us remember our long forgotten physics skills and use those concepts of waves and particles to find the keys to the puzzles.

The ‘Cycle through the Stars’ taught us the secrets of our Solar system as we cycled through its scaled down version mapped on Panjim streets.

Hojun Song asked us to standout and be true to who we are deep down so that his video codec algorithm would have trouble compressing us. So that Saturday afternoon saw a bunch of us letting go of our inhibitions and ‘perform’ for his camera.

Nick Sayers taught us to make our very own pinhole camera and asked us to make sure they are not mistaken for a bomb if we put them up at a public space.

Hands down ‘Evolution of Stars’ was the show stealer of the festival. You are taken through the life of a star in a way that I could never do justice describing in this blog post. There is news that Instityut B61 would return next year to reprise this production in Bangalore and You shouldn’t miss it then!


In between this, I found time to gorge on some amazing goan food. Apart from the usual places like The Ritz Classic, Cafe Venite and Viva Panjim, I took every possible chance to step into the tiny chai shops to sample their fare. The following are three items I really enjoyed.

1. The complimentary Goan Breakfast from Anita Tea House by the Old Quarter hostel was just a yummy way to start the day.

2. The Rose Petal Icecream from Pure Icecream because we were burning in the hot afternoon sun was unlike any dessert I’ve had before.

3. And finally the fabled Ros Omlette on the road side carts near the Immmaculate Conception church.


And like that my 3 days were up and I bid adieu to the city of no traffic lights as I headed back to Bangalore.