In the picture: Anti-clockwise – Neelam, Vivek, Niranjan, Lalit (myself) and Sachin, and the photographer, Ashish at the ISA Diwali dinner in 2004
It is interesting that over 4-5 years (including Diwali 2006!), every single dinner (good or bad) we have had at Michigan Union was at this very table!
During the sunset cruise at Pictured Rocks, two consecutive pictures of Neelam – Right, followed by Left!
Last September, Neelam and I went to the Sunset Cruise at the Pictured Rocks near Munising (Upper Peninsula of Michigan). Those 3 hours were among the best moments of my entire life – and some other people also felt the same about their trip!
This is the last picture – just before the sun finally set! I will add more pictures of the trip later!
Note the Berlin Wall running right through the middle of the road. The base has still been maintained – throughout Germany!
Late in September, I had been to Berlin. Here are two pictures of the Reichstag building, which hosts the German Parliament known as Bundestag. The day picture is by Daryl Sanford. I clicked the night one!
My wife, Neelam and I took this picture sometime in summer of 2001 at her college in Navi Mumbai! I think it is our first picture.
Finally, I decided to create a photoblog for myself – http://lpatilphotos.wordpress.com/
Don’t remember the occassion, but really brings back memories! Spent most of our time at Amol Mategaonkar’s house – the only place where I used to drink coffee – the best coffee of my life!
Last Row – Amit Ghugre, Sameer Joshi, Niranjan Pendharkar, Lalit Patil, Harshal Dubli, Udayan Deshmukh, Sanjay Patrikar, Amit Mate, Hemkant Limaye
Middle Row – Prasanna, Madhav Chary, Ashwin Jaiswal, Sanket Buche, Kaustubh Bodhankar, Sachin Sawane
First Row – Sachin Patil, Amol Mategaonkar, Vikas Agrawal, Ranjit Kolarkar, Sachin Deshmukh
A couple of weeks back, I went to Berlin. A few things that I noticed about the day-to-day life in Berlin are:
- Carbonated Water: Germans drink “only” carbonated water. It is only recently that they have started drinking regular water. I don’t know why this has become so common, especially when the quality of tap water is very good. It seems 25% households in Germany have a table-top carbonating machine!
- Hands on a table: During dinner, place the hands on the table, but not the elbows.
- No ice: Unlike the Americans, Germans do not use ice in most of their drinks – water, cold drinks, etc.
- No water in restaurants: You do not get complimentary water in any restaurant.
- Beer during lunch: Drinking beer during lunch is very common.
- Cold breakfast: Germans do not seem to eat warm/hot food for breakfast.
- No bacon for breakfast: I never saw bacon being available for breakfast.
- Shaking hands: Shaking hands appropriately (look into the eye of the other person) is the only customary introduction.
- Language: Every single letter in a German word has a specific pronunciation and must be pronounced.