My interests include:
Music: 'Classical music' (Bach, Mozart,
Beethoven, ... , Mahler, Sibelius, Elgar), traditional Irish (Seamus Ennis, ... ), Indian
classical (Nikhil Banerjee,
Ali Akbar Kahn, Vilayat Khan, Ram Narayan,
Bismillah Khan, The Dagar (Druphad) family, Bhimsen Joshi, ... ) and traditional
(especially the music of the Rajasthan region).
Films: I try to see any and every - almost
- foreign language film that comes to Dublin. My favourite film is probably Satyajit Ray's Pather
Panchali. It was at the IFI in recent years, for five nights only. I
went for the first and final showings, and my deep regret was that I did not
go for every one of those five nights. Should it ever come to Dublin again,
then... (I once received a letter from Satyajit Ray; it's in the Nikhil
Banerjee corner of my site.)
Travel writing. So much to tell about...
Let's just mention Alan Booth's The Roads to Sata (a wonderful tale of a
2000-mile walk through Japan).
Jam making, and the odd bit of
cooking (once - many years ago now - I participated in a demonstration of Indian cooking,
with three Indian women, and on behalf of the Ireland-India Cultural Society, in St.
Catherine's College of Home Economics, Blackrock).
Sitting in my wife's garden on
a warm summer's evening. Bliss...
In recent years,
since the summer of 2003, swimming at Seapoint. In 2003 we kept it up 'till
mid-October, the following year 'till mid November, then the following year,
and the following one, right through the entire winter months. The regulars
are a wonderful bunch of people, and the chat is always great. Many's the
great mathematical thought I've had trying not to freeze in those waters...