21 June 2012


Familiar Thursday evening situation: On a flight returning home. Have not posted a puzzle in some time. So, here is one…
What is the next number in the following sequence?
4, 6, 12, 18, 30, 42, 60, 72, 102, …
(If you know the answer send me a personal message)
Disclaimer: I remember this puzzle vividly from my college days because after two days I simply gave up ๐Ÿ™

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20 June 2012

Niki’s husband

This morning, as I left for office dragging my overnighter with me, Niki asked Sharmila “where is Daddy going?” Sharmila explained that after office I will fly to DC but will be back tomorrow. Nikita felt that was a lot of effort for just one day (I guess she thinks all flights are as onerous as her trips to India ๐Ÿ™‚ ). Anyways, Sharmila explained that sometimes you have to work very hard at your job. Nikita thought for a second and as she walked away, explained to her sleepover friend Kylie “See, when I grow up, I am not doing any such thing. I will let the husband do all the hard work” ๐Ÿ™‚ย 
Let the record show that her mom side genes are dominant ๐Ÿ™‚ย โ€” atย Delta Skyclub ATL terminal B.

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14 June 2012

My mark sheet!

While in India, dug up this gem – my first grade report card!! Note the teacher’s advise on improving my handwriting ๐Ÿ™‚ Subsequently, thru the years, other teachers added a few more things for me to improve on… and then the wife came along and added a whole lot more to the list ๐Ÿ™‚ but my handwriting never quite improved ๐Ÿ™‚ The crowning ignominy was in eighth grade, when my teacher demanded that I practice one page of handwriting every day during summer vacation. I finished the whole assignment in the last two days of vacation. You can only imagine the output ๐Ÿ™‚ Much later in life, inspired by my friend Aditya Garg, I picked up calligraphy and went back to fountain pens!! Oh! The irony!!! ๐Ÿ™‚


13 June 2012


Jayita!!!! One more person I had the privilege of being in elementary school together. Met her (in Dubai) after 36 years (lost contact at the same time as Subir Hore). Last time I saw her, she was digging into a masala dosa with her sisterย at that dosa shop in Benachity. I had gone with my dad to the shoe shop next door -Nee Shing – to buy shoes for my new school!!! It is absolutely amazing to see how much my elementary school students have succeeded in life. I would like to believe that some of that has rubbed off on me too!!

13 June 2012

Leaving India!

As we get ready to leave India, I asked Niki what three things will she remember the most from this trip. She said
1. South City mall (biggest mall in Kolkata)
2. Junction mall (biggest mall in Durgapur)
3. Grandparents!!
Oh! Boy!! Somebody is taking after her mother ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ย