In terms of hobbies, the stuff I was mostly involved in at Stanford was
bridge and table tennis, as noted below.
More on my recent (and now clearly past?) exploits is below.
SPORTS AND GAMES
I've been a little more involved in sports and games since I came to
Stanford. The Stanford
bridge club met every week in a very informal fun-filled
events are well covered at
Bridge Plaza . I've been involved in a few interesting
competitions over the last few years.
- Most recently (2001), I was part of the Stanford team that qualified for
National Collegiate Team Championships (by beating Caltech :-), as
part of the Toronto
NABC . The ACBL
paid all the expenses. We lost a close semi-final to MIT
after leading at the half and finishing 2nd in the previous
day's preliminary round-robin. UCSD deservedly won the event,
having beaten us and Caltech in the qualifying round, won the
preliminary round-robin in Toronto, and beating MIT in a close
- We started going to tournaments on President's day 2000. We had
some good beginner's luck. I was part of a Stanford team
that won Flight C of the teams in the Milbrae regional.
- Prior to all this, I was
involved in Big Match 4, against UC Berkeley in Nov 98. Unlike our players
of the gridiron, our weak team suffered its first defeat in this
encounter. We went down 70-61 in a wild match that could have
gone either way, and to compound that, the other team suffered a
horrendous 143-32 loss. Still it was a fun game.
- I've also played a number of other regionals and sectionals with
varying success, besides some unsuccessful forays into
OkBridge collegiate championships.
After being coached by Wei Wang at Caltech, I was surprised to find
not much attention being paid to Table Tennis at Stanford. The
Stanford table tennis club was operational my first year there,
but then died due to lack of interest. I was playing off
and on in the Palo Alto
table tennis club and in some tournaments though. My
rating was 1341. Some successes were
There are web pages for the ITTF and USATT which are sometimes useful.
A one-hour highlight
package from major pro-tour events is sometimes aired on Fox
Sports. Tune in!!
- In September 2000, I won this gigantic trophy for reaching the
finals of the U1400 event (my rating at that time was 1291) in San
Francisco. It was quite an exhausting
event. I got there by the first train in the morning and came back by
the last train at night. In between, I played 13 matches and 30
games, in a variety of events. I didn't eat anything during the
tournament; I was way too tired. The event also had Chen Longcan in
an exhibition match (with announcements entirely in Mandarin :-)
- Prior to this, I'd played a number of tournaments in 1999 and
2000, but without any success. I got hooked into this when the
Stanford club was functioning my first year there. In Feb 99, I was in
Fresno to play an intercollegiate tournament. I finished second in my
group in both the inter-college and the under-1750 tournaments, and
didn't advance further.
- While at Caltech in my senior year, I placed 3rd in singles
and 2nd in doubles in the Caltech tournament. In both cases,
I was the highest ranking student.
OTHER SPORTS AND GAMES
I also play badminton, though I haven't been very active lately.
Here is a link to the
world badminton federation .
I haven't played for a long while, but I do follow world chess,
especially if Anand is playing.
Gratuitous links to
FIDE's web site , and
Chessed where you can play rated games. For information
about current tournaments such as Wijk Ann Zee and Linares,
the Week in chess
is a good reference.
Hockey has been my best outdoor sport over the years.
Unfortunately, the only hockey people in America know is the one
played on ice, not astroturf. A good site is here or the official FIH site .
Like most others from the subcontinent, I enjoy watching cricket,
though I don't play.
CricInfo is the authoritative source on cricket.
Newspapers are perhaps the best source of in-depth news from respectable
but a site I find really good is
Rediff on the Net
ALL-INDIA RADIO has news
broadcasts in English and
Hindi . The web site has a great collection of
stuff including archival speeches from Gandhi, Nehru, Bose and Patel.
Now, DoorDarshan is on the web too. The
news on it is slightly more in-depth.
For breaking stories, of course CNN
is the place to go.
Maintained by Ravi
Last modified on Aug 6, 2008.