Look ma, I’m on TV

To all the fans of my gourmet cooking, you get to see me in the flesh, cooking drunken seafood (I hope they use that clip) on TV.
My restaurant and I will be featured in a segment on Bangalore restaurants. It will air today (04 May 2005) on Zee Business at 5 PM (or thereabouts) and again at 8 PM. So please don’t miss it. I will also try to record the clip and put it up here for the world to see.
The segment is in Hindi, and I apologise in advance for fumbling a bit in my interview. While I speak Hindi quite well (grew up in Delhi, after all), my oratorial skills in the language died after school, which was 15 years ago. I had mentally prepared for an English Q&A, and had to quickly rework it in my head. But the food is all real. :)
Update: Well, that was a quick one. They left out all the interviews so you won’t see me speak, but you will see me smile and cook. (Since I don’t smile at all, that part was very hard to shoot.) I’ve contacted a news monitoring service about recording the clip so I can put it online. It should be up in a few days, and by few I mean at least four.

Off to Singapore

I will be visiting Singapore from 29 March to 04 April, thanks to Indian Airlines’ low fare. I would love to meet fellow atheist libertarian capitalist bloggers while I’m there. And even if you’re a little less libertarian, atheist, or capitalist than I am, it might still work. ;)
People I intend to meet:
Nitin Pai
Anyone else in the neighbourhood who wouldn’t mind sharing a jumbo Sri Lankan Chilli Crab at Jumbo Restaurant in East Coast Seafood Center? Use the form on the right and drop me a line, lah!

Vote for me in the Indibloggies

We interrupt our regular schedule of quality programming to bring you this message. We’ve been nominated for the IndiBloggies, which comes with 25 cartons of Ego Boost as the prize. (And some other miscellaneous stuff, none of which we’re really interested in.)
OK, so I’ve been nominated not once, not twice but three times for my two blogs – this one and my chef blog. Shiok Chef’s Notes has been nominated for best topical blog, and hey, anyone who’s read my detailed recipes and seen my gorgeous photographs has to vote for me. The only competition I can see is from Yazad, whose blog AnarCapLib has also been nominated. Actually, I write over there too, so this is a fight between me and 25% me. :)
If that weren’t enough, both of my blogs have been nominated for the best design award. Yes, both MadMan’s Web and Shiok – Chef’s Notes are going heads up against each other. This makes me happy but also sad at the prospect of the vote being split.
I’ll make this simple for you. Vote for Shiok as the best topical blog, and MadMan’s Web for the best design. My chef’s blog has exhaustive useful content and this blog is filled with design doo-dads. I’ve combined two blogs (the links blog and the article blog) on the same page without crowding the place. My nav bars slide out of side if you want to read my articles on a smaller monitor, and my text is well spaced and readable. Heck, even my comment box expands if you want to write a ton. There’s a whole bunch of usability thingamajigs too if you look closer (try hovering your mouse over some text box or label some time.) I deserve this award over the other contenders, some of whom don’t even live in this country.
(Update: I see that Ravikiran and JK are now accepting bribes for their votes. I’m far too honest for that. Besides, I have l33t rigging skillz.)

…and another year passes

Oh boy, is it that time already? (Sigh) Yes, it is.
And so, ladies and gentlemen, MadMan turns 29 this day. Thank you in advance for buying me that BMW. I really appreciate it.
I think I shall spend the day doing something different. Yes, today I will be crankier than my normal self. :)
And I will take myself out to a special dinner at my own restaurant.

Links blog

In case you missed it, I have a web links blog integrated into this one. On the home page, just click the “show daily links blog” link and it will drop down for you to enjoy plenty of weird-ass reading on the Web. It will also give you a reason to visit more often even if I’m not writing longer articles.
(Oh, and for the family and friends reading this, don’t forget that 30 November is my birthday. My Amazon wish list is here, but feel free to surprise me with a BMW M5.)