My name’s Satya, and I live in Los Angeles, by way of East/South India and Romania. I work in language/machine translation/user interfaces/data processing – a lot of different things to be sure, but shit gets done.
- Among other things that I have done: a monthly column on comics and graphic novels for Rolling Stone India. Currently on hiatus because of life-changes. I put up some of my reviews on the blog from time to time, but you can see most of them here.
- Once upon a time, I used to be a quizzer and a quiz-master. For those who do not live in India, think of it as the cross between Dungeons and Dragons, Trivial Pursuit and Jeopardy. The peak of my quizzing career was between 2003 and 2011, when I spent my weekends visiting different institutes all over India, including IITs Bombay, Kharagpur, Kanpur, Roorkee and Delhi, IIMs Indore, Calcutta, Lucknow and Ahmedabad, Assam Engineering College (Guwahati), Punjab Engineering College (Chandigarh), the Mudra Institute of Communications (Ahmedabad), Birla Institute of Technology and Science(Pilani) and NIT Warangal. People liked my quizzes enough to call me a “respected quizmaster“. Who woulda thunk?
- I am India’s first Comic Art Collector.
- I love music. I also love tracking the music I listen to, and making playlists that capture various time periods of my life, so you will see a lot of that on this blog.
- I read. A lot. I buy far too many books but am squarely in the digital reading camp. Also, I throw arbitrary reading challenges at myself, like a 100-book challenge in 2015, which I happily met.
- If you’re not asleep yet, you might want to know a Hundred Random Things About Me. Part 1 and Part 2. Both the lists are somewhat outdated, stuff has happened since the time I wrote ’em, so an update is in order.
About this blog:
- The earliest incarnation began as an open letter from me to my future grandchildren.
- It was originally on Livejournal. But the site changed owners, policies and lost its early adopters faster than you can say “feature-dry”. I moved to my own domain just when blogging as a fad was replaced by Twitter and Facebook.
- I am not really sure what the point of this blog is, at the moment. But I like writing here from time to time.
- Feel free to drop me an email at beatzo AT gmail DOT com. Or you could just comment on one of the posts, and I’ll get an automatic email. Isn’t life grand?