My name’s Satya, and I live in Los Angeles. I am an architect and code-monkey working in Machine Translation, Data Science, and Web development.
I like writing. Once upon a time, I did a monthly column on comics and graphic novels for Rolling Stone India. That, and any other paid writing are 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. I have also done some volunteer writing for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, mostly about manga.
Once upon another 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 collect comic art. These are actual hand-drawn one-of-a-kind pages, done mostly in pen and ink. It’s an expensive hobby, but I find it very very rewarding in more ways than one. They say I am India’s first Comic Art Collector, but I would like to point out that I am part of the post-Internet generation. I know there have been some journalists collecting strip art back in the 1970s; if you know of anyone, please let me know.
Like nearly any other sane person on this planet, I love music. Spotify is my thing, and 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 used to buy far too many books but am squarely in the digital reading camp, and j’adore the Los Angeles Public Library. I try to average a book every two days, and I have an ongoing 150-books-a-year challenge on Goodreads.
Of late, I have begun to pare down my book collection and buying only those that are very very special to me, or signed and limited editions, or both. These include the works of Stephen King, George RR Martin, Lewis Trondheim, Alan Moore, Kazuo Koike, Neil Gaiman, Joe Hill, Walter Moers, Christoph Blain, Herge, Albert Uderzo, Garth Ennis, Robert Crumb, Matt Kindt, EC Segar, George Herriman, Winsor McCay, Naoki Urasawa, and Frank Miller, to name a few.
About a decade and a few years ago, I tried to write down a Hundred Random Things About Me in two parts: 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. It was a surprising exercise, and I have also written a Fifty Things I Want To Do list. That is unpublished, mostly because I don’t like to share future-y stuff on the blog any more.
About this blog:
- Why does it still exist in 2018 CE? I do not know. It is literally one credit card payment away from being obsolete.
- 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.
- 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?