Eating at Diwali function

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!

Finally the Sun set

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!

At Matgya’s place

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

What I noticed about Germany

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.