Sunday, October 18, 2009

Updates

Updates have been long overdue on the blog, and plenty has gone on since my last post. I was busy with studies and research stuff and did not update the blog much, but here's hoping I can write more from now on (time permitting of course). First and foremost, I managed to complete and submit my very first research paper to a conference in France next year. I'll hear back from them in December whether the paper got in or not (fingers crossed for that!)

I also had a quick little trip to Seattle during Fall break. As always, it was very nice. Did some hiking (see picture on right, I was there where that arrow points!). I only wished there were some hiking trails close to where I live as they can be perfect way to lose weight. Oh well.

It's that time of the semester when assignments and projects creep up on you. You get midterms out of the way, and concentrate on your projects going into the final 5 weeks of the semester, and it gets real busy at the end. A good motivator for me is going to be my trip home this December. Yep, I'm going back to see friends and family AGAIN in December. Can't wait.

My book reading is going well. I finished the best-selling novel The Kite Runner by Khaled Housseini on my flight to and from Seattle. I can see why the novel is so popular as it captures the trials and tribulations of man and a country lost in conflict. His personal story, from Afghanistan to USA, is narrated extremely well by the author. I'm definitely going to go on and read his other best-selling novel A Thousand Splendid Suns soon. Right now, after much pondering, I have decided to give one of the trek novels a chance hoping that they won't ruin the storylines and endings I have ingrained in me from the tv series (DS9 in this case).

In other news, I now regularly play football (soccer) on weekends to have at least some sort of physical activity during the week. Last weekend I also upgraded to Windows 7 RTM, which is available to us students for free courtesy of MSDNAA. Needless to say, I'm loving it so far. I'll definitely be doing detailed posts on these topics soon. All in all, life is good and time is flying by like never before.

6 comments:

anas imtiaz said...

A Thousand Splendid Suns is awesome. I liked it more that the kite runner.

BTW that point u show by red arrow, how high was that? I think I wud have passed out :D

Razz said...

1100 feet. Check out my pics on facebook. Its kinda scary standing close to the edge as there's no fence or anything! :)

It was 2miles up and 2miles down and took 2 hours in all. It was extremely steep and we had to stop twice before getting to the top. Perfect way to lose weight though!

Ayesha said...

I'm having cold sweats by just imagining myself on the top of that ledge. I have fear of heights :(

The Kite Runner was a nice book. I have got A Thousand Splendid Suns, will read it soon!

Razz said...

@Ayesha
Yes, for the first few minutes when you look down from there, your legs trumble. And it's not just because you're scared but also you've been walking at 45 degree angle for almost an hour! But it is an awesome experience overall. Like they say, dew na kia to phir kia jia! :D

Captain03 said...

i actually saw kite runner the movie; well made and brutally honest.

Razz said...

@Captain
Cool! I will download and watch it too. Thanks!

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