Fountain Pens

I have always preferred to use fountain pens. For one reason or another, I was getting more and more unhappy with the ones that I bought. So, a simple web-search led to Best fountain pens for everyday use , and How to buy a fountain pen

The sites explain several items in detail. When it comes to buying ink, the site clearly states:

Pelikan ink is also a good, economical ink. (Don’t buy Cross ink unless you’re d desperate or want to spend extra money because Cross ink is made by Pelikan.)

Interestingly, I have used Pelikan ink extensively, and I recently bought Cross ink, because I thought it would go well with the Cross pen that is listed on the site! It might have been good if I had read the article in more detail, then!

Double head line

I have a double head line on my palm.. According to some site on palmistry,

The great palmist Cheiro had a double Head line.  “A double Line of Head is very rarely found,” he wrote, “but when found it is a sure sign of brain power and mentality.”  Cheiro, in an interesting self-reflection, then enumerated some of the ambivalent qualities of the double Head lines: “Such people have a perfectly double nature–one side sensitive and gentle, the other confident, cold, and cruel. They have enormous versatility, great command of language, a peculiar power for playing and toying with human nature, and generally great will and determination.”

Interesting!

Harry Potter and detention

In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s stone (the book), Harry and friends are caught out of their bed late at night. So, they receive detention, which is to help Hagrid, who is not supposed to use magic, find what is wrong in the forbidden forest (apparently, Unicorns are being killed!), after 11 pm at night!

I fail to understand what kind of school will give out such a deadly (or should I say deathly?) punishment. What are the responsibilities, and who is supposed to own them?

I guess, I have to read some Harry Potter sites, now!

Flying – Ann Arbor to Lansing

Friends, who have seen some of the photos from our flight from Ann Arbor to Lansing ask me one question, “How was it?” Well, here is what happened…

Vijay Srivatsan was the pilot, and we decided to roam around in his plane. Among several options that included Putin Bay, we decided to go to Lansing for two reasons:

  1. It was Christmas Eve and we wanted to be sure that we can at least get coffee out there
  2. The weather was a bit cloudy

Finally, we took off from Ann Arbor and I was in co-pilots seat. Neelam was in the passenger seat and obviously, Vijay was “driving.” In about 10 minutes, Vijay pointed out where Lansing was and that is the last I remember about the journey to Lansing. I fell asleep and woke up only after landing.

In Lansing, we roamed around and ate in an Indian restaurant.

On the way back, I was asleep even before we took off! It seems as we got close to Ann Arbor, Vijay was thinking of landing the plane in medical emergency, because I was not ready to wake up inspite of all attempts for about 5 minutes. Finally, Neelam took off one of my hand-gloves and it seemed to work. Probably, due to the cold, I woke up wondering why my glove was not on my hand!

After circling around and taking some aerial photos, we landed.

So, “how was it?” All in all, it was a smooth flight. The pilot deserves a lot of credit! I have never slept so well in a flight – perhaps not even in real life!

Cricket: Tendulkar, 4 centuries, 4 years

As of today, since 1 Jan 2003, Sachin Tendulkar has scored only 4 centuries and 8 fifties in 30 matches at his regular number 4 position.

During this period, he has never been dropped, i.e., his place in the eleven is always guaranteed. I wonder if there are similar instances of other players at that position scoring 4 or less centuries for such a long time!

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