January 09, 2006

Back after a long time....hopefully will be regular from now on !!!!!!!

I have been thinking of writing a blog for a long time but have been very lazy in implementing the idea!!!!! But at last I have decided to get back into it....

A lot of things have happened since I had written my last post....for starters....I got engaged (with Sindhu) and we will be getting married on the 19th of May........so thats some good news !!!!!!!!! at least for now... cant say for sure if it is good or bad news ...ehhhheeheheheheh

I had my PhD proposal and candidacy which was kind of a nightmare as expected but I barely managed to pass them. Proposal wasnt too bad I had a couple of questions that were hard to answer but thats ok....but the candidacy exam was a comeplete disaster..... atleast from my view...I didnt do too well...i answered all the difficult questions but messed up big time with the easy questions....i dont know what happened but I suddenly got tensed and my mind went blank on some things that were basics of biomechanics...my PhD committee members are definitely kind hearted, I can vouch for that (now that they passed me after my dismal performance).

My first publication as a first author for a journal article got accepted for "Clinical Biomechanics"...that was a very exciting day and I was all pumped up...it is indeed a very satisfying experience to see that the work you do is going to be published in a major journal.....

I taught my first class in the college of engineering...i taught "Soft tissue biomechanics" which is basically dealing with bones, ligaments, tendons and cartilage....i taught 1/3 rd of the course...i was completely incharge of my 1/3 rd including the exam....it was a very good experience...I was tensed for my first class...i had made notes that was supposed to last me for 50 minutes but I could have talked for 2 hrs with the stuff that i had prepared for.... I thought 50 mins was too short and will not take much time to finish but on that day I realized how long the 50 minutes actually were....but i guess thats becoz of the butterflies in the stomach ..blah...blah...blah...after that class 50mins used to fly by and I used to be surprized when the class used to remind me that it was time to stop....i guess i kind of settled down into the routine...

Sindhu had gone to India to attend her brother's wedding so I was a bachelor for 6 weeks...it was kind of good that I had time for myslef but it was kind of boring without her being around...I think I kind of gottend used to her being around.....i didnt know what to do with my time...initially I was preparing for my exams but after that I started watching a lot of movies (not that I usually dont)...

Went to Austin,TX for thanxgiving to meet my old friend...praveen kumar pasupathy...it was a blast of a trip...i should say that Austin is a great place....its weather is nice... being from OHIO i was kind of glad that I was in TX at the end of November!!!!!!! Went to HOuston, san Antonio ... it was a 4 day trip but a great trip....caught up with praveen after a long time....

went to DC for Christmas...for a surprise party for...Grace....it was a fun trip as it was my first time in DC....she was surprized that Dipti, Sindhu and I drove down for her B'day.....it was a nice a surprise planned by Himanshu (her husband). Sindhu and I went to see the museums...we saw the National Museum of Natural History and Air and Space Museum.....we spent 4 hrs (combined) but I could only see 1/2 of natural history museum and 1/3 of air and space..but Sindhu was tired so we called it quits....it was indeed a nice experience...i could have easily spend 3-4 more hrs....also caught up with a couple of friends of mine and sindhu after a long time so all in all it was a goodtrip....we had a small incident on the way back which could have been disastrous but didnt turn out that to be bad....

spent the new year's with come friends in Akron, Milind (my old roomie) and Bhavna had come down from East Lansing, MI and all of us (Anil & Subha, Amru & Darshana, Gaurab & Anu, milind & Bhavna and Sindhu & I) had a nice time on new Year's eve playing TABOO, watchinng the Ball drop on TV and playing Mafia (it is an awesome game!!!!! ) till 4 Am....

I think I have kind of written too long a post after a long time...so will stop here for now...

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