I’m an uncle!

Yesterday I became an uncle!

Ruth Lydia Radwin was born yesterday at David & Kara’s home in Berkeley, CA. She was born with a full head of dark brown hair, weighs 10 lbs 10 oz, and is 22.75 inches long. Both Kara and Ruth are recovering well and are in excellent health.

Mazel Tov to David and Kara!

The long journey home

After two weeks in Bangalore, I’m heading back to the US. It’s been great fun meeting the team here; these guys have got a lot of energy and talent. I hope to be able to come back again, perhaps as soon as the end of this year.

Aside from the days where I was battling the Indian equivalent of Montezuma’s Revenge, I ate the best Indian food I’ve ever had. When I get back to the US I’ll sill enjoy TastyBite but now that I’ve tasted the real thing it will never quite compare.

I leave in about 3 hours but I won’t be home until Wednesday afternoon.

Still a small office

Someone asked me at lunchtime what I thought of the Yahoo! India Software Development Center office. I answered that it reminded me of the Y! office 5 years ago in Santa Clara. It’s still small enough that you can know every engineer, all-hands meetings don’t require a microphone or PowerPoint presentations, and the cafeteria has a payroll-deduction scheme for lunch (instead of a la carte and cashiers like we have nowadays in Sunnyvale).

I thought this was a pretty original insight, but apparently I gave more-or-less the same answer as Zod, Filo, Ash and other old-timers gave. :-)

Only one more day in the office and then it’s back to the US. We’ll probably go back to doing weekly videoconference calls so we can continue the momentum on the project, but it won’t be the same.

Mysore Palace at night

After visiting the temple we came back to the palace to get some nightime pictures. There were thousands of families on the palace grounds walking around or sitting on the grass. We got some boiled peanuts from a guy in the parking lot and then hopped in the car to head back to Bagnalore.

Bollywood entertainment

yuva-mani-ratnam.jpg Last night I went out with Badi and Swaroop to see Yuva. The movie was in Hindi so naturally I couldn’t understand a word, but during the intermission I got a recap of the first couple of hours. Turns out I followed about 30% of what was going on. I guess the language of love (and violence) is universal.

The music was good and the action scenes (especially the big fistfight that takes place in the middle of traffic) were quite entertaining. I bought a copy of the soundtrack at the music store for 125 rupees. It included two CDs: 6 songs from the Yuva movie and a bonus disc with 10 of A.R. Rahman’s hits.

According to the critics, the movie was a bit of a disappointment. Apparently director Mani Ratnam is capable of much better work. But hey, what do I know about Indian movies?