Jan 29, 2009

I Feel ...

Happy - For the way things are turning out on the professional front. I have proved myself at work and got a good name as well ...

Peaceful - The way my life goes as of today by the grace of GOD

Enthusiastic - About attending one of my college mate’s marriage. Our entire college gang will be re-uniting in that marriage. It will be fun

Impatient - Waiting for Feb 7th to come, so that I can see all my college friends.

Breathless - After seeing "Slumdog Millionaire". They have shown the ugly side of Mumbai in a realistic way.

Silly - When I told all my colleagues that my dentist has asked me not to take "cocaine" for two months, instead of "caffeine". They all laughed non-stop after that comment.

Worried - About something, which I don’t know what it is, but worrying...

Satisfied - With my new Blackberry Bold. It’s cool and sexy.

Nagged - By severe eye irritation, due to lack of sleep. Work is very hectic nowadays.

Excited - I generally don’t get excited on anything

Frustrated - Over that stupid issue at work which is not getting solved for almost a week now.

Good - To write a tag of this kind.

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Jan 25, 2009

என்றும் அன்புடன் ...

நீ பிறந்த நாளை என் வாழ்வில் என்றுமே மறக்க இயலாது. ஆம், என்னையே என் கைகளில் நான் ஏந்திய நாள் அது. பிறந்த களைப்பில் இருந்தாய் நீ, நீ பிறந்த களிப்பில் இருந்தேன் நான். சுருங்கிய உன் தேகத்தை வருடியது என் விரல்கள், மலரை விடவும் மிருதுவாக இருந்தாய் நீ. உன் இரு கைகளையும் இருக்க மூடியிருந்தாய், அதில் ஒரு பிஞ்சு விரலை பிரித்து பார்த்தேன் நான், கடவுள் நான் விரும்பிய சந்தோஷத்தை உன்னிடம் கொடுத்து அனுப்பியது தெரிந்தது...

உன் உச்சி முகர்ந்து முத்தம் இட்ட பொழுது, என்னையும் அறியாமல் சிந்திய கண்ணீர் துளி ஒன்று, உன் உறக்கத்தை கலைத்தது, முதன் முதலாய் நாம் இருவரும் கண்களால் பேசிக்கொண்ட தருணம் அது. கடவுள் உன்னை எனக்கு பரிசாக அனுப்பியதாக கூறினாய் நீ, என் கடவுளே நீ தான் என்று கூறினேன் நான். நாம் என்ன பேசுகிறோம் என்று புரியாமல் தவித்தது மௌனம். பசி எனும் கொடிய அரக்கன் உன்னை தாக்கியதில், கலந்தது நம்முள் நடந்த மௌன கருத்தரங்கம்.

மண்ணில் விழுந்த எதுவும் வளர்வது தானே இயற்கையின் விதி, நீயும் வளர்ந்தாய், அரும்பாக, அதுவும் மிக குறும்பாக. உன்னை துரத்தி துரத்தி ஊட்டிய சோற்றில், நீ பெருக்கவில்லை என்றாலும், நான் இளைத்துவிட்டேன். ஒரு பட்டாம்பூச்சியின் வளர்ச்சியை புத்தகத்தில் மட்டுமே படித்த எனக்கு, அதை நேரில் காணும் பாக்கியத்தை அளித்தவள் நீ. உன்னால் எனக்கு கிடைத்த நண்பர்கள் பலர், தெரு முனையில் உள்ள தாயில்லா நாயும், மூன்று காலில் மட்டுமே நடக்கும் சாம்பல் நிற பூனையும், கூப்பிட்டால் மரம் இறங்கி வந்து பழம் வாங்கி செல்லும் அணில் அண்ணனும் இதில் அடக்கம்.

உன் பிஞ்சு பாதங்கள் முதன் முதலாய் இந்த பூமியில் பதிய தொடங்கிய பொழுது, இந்த பூமி முழுவதும் பூக்கள் நிரப்ப ஆசைப்பட்டவன் நான். நடை பழக "நடை வண்டி" இருந்தும், என் விரல் பற்றி நடக்கவே நீ ஆசை படுவாய், என் மேல் நீ வைத்திருந்த நம்பிக்கையின் முதல் சான்று அது. உன் பிஞ்சு பாதங்களை அலங்கரித்த அந்த காலணியில் இருந்து எழும் "கீ கீ" ஓசையை அதிசயமாக பார்த்த நீ, அதே "கீ கீ" ஓசை ஏன், என் காலணியில் வரவில்லை என்று குழப்பமாக நீ பார்த்த அந்த பார்வையை, இன்றும் என் மனத்திரையில் சேமித்து வைத்துள்ளேன்.

உன்னை முதன் முதலில் பள்ளிக்கு கூட்டிக்கொண்டு போய் விட்ட பொழுது, நீ அழுததை விட, நான் கண்கலங்கியதை தான் அனைவரும் பார்த்து சிரித்தனர். உன் வகுப்பு ஆசிரியையிடம் உன்னை கவனமாக பார்த்துக்கொள்ளுமாறு கூறிவிட்டு செல்கையில், என் கண் முன் தோன்றிய கண்ணீர் திரை என்னையும் அறியாமல் உடைந்து தெறித்தது. உன் பள்ளிக்கூடத்தின் வாயிலை கடக்கும் முன், உன் அழுகுரல் சத்தம் கேட்டு தலை தெறிக்க ஓடிவந்த என்னை, அதே வேகத்தில் நீயும் ஓடி வந்து கட்டிக்கொண்ட பொழுது, ஆசிரியை விட, என் மேல் நீ வைத்திருந்த நம்பிக்கையின் இரண்டாம் சான்று அது.

கருப்பு நிற பேனா ஒன்றுக்கு நீ ஆசை பட்ட பொழுது, அதன் விலை என் வறுமையை சோதித்து பார்த்தது, உன் முகத்தில் காணும் சந்தோஷத்திற்கு என் ஒரு வேளை உணவை ஒத்திவைத்தேன் நான், அதுவும் ஒரு வாரத்திற்கு. அந்த கருப்பு நிற பேனாவை உனக்கு கொடுக்க வேண்டும் என்று, அலுவலகத்திலிருந்து விரைந்த என்னை, எங்கோ ஒளிந்திருந்த பசியின் மயக்கம், ரயில் நிலையத்தில் என்னை உலுக்கி போட்டது, என்னை மீண்டும் துளிர்த்தெழ செய்தது, என் மனத்திரையில் மின்னி சென்ற உன் சிரித்த முகம். அன்று நீ எனக்களித்த முத்தங்களை எண்ண மறுத்து உணவின்றி தவித்த என் மூளை.

உன் பள்ளியின் நண்பர்கள் பலர் நம் நட்பை பார்த்து வியந்து போவதை, சிரிப்பும், பெருமையும் பொங்க நான் கேட்டுக்கொண்ட தருணங்கள் எத்தனை எத்தனை. உனக்கு ஒருவன் காதல் கடிதம் எழுதிய பொழுது, அதை நீ என்னிடம் படித்து காட்டி, அதில் இருந்த எழுத்து பிழைகளை எண்ணி எண்ணி சிரித்ததை, கண் கொட்டாமல் பார்த்து ரசித்தவன் நான். அந்த சிறுவனுக்கு, தக்க பதில் கடிதம் எழுதித்தருமாறு என்னை கேட்டுக்கொண்ட பொழுது, உன் வாழ்கையை என்னை விட வேறு யாரும் நல்ல முறையில் தீர்மானிக்க இயலாது என்று, நீ என்னை நம்பிய மூன்றாவது தருணம் அது.

உன் பரீட்ச்சை அட்டையில் நான் தான் முதலில் பிள்ளையார் சுழி போட வேண்டும், உன் புது பேனாவில் நான் தான் முதலில் மை ஊற்ற வேண்டும், உன் புத்தாடையை நான் தான் என் கையில் எடுத்து உனக்கு தர வேண்டும், நீ எங்கு வெளியே செல்லும் போதும், நான் தான் உனக்கு எதிரில் வர வேண்டும், நீ உண்ணும் பொது, உனக்கு முதல் வாயை நான் தான் ஊட்ட வேண்டும், நீ உறங்கும் முன், என் முகத்தை தான் கடைசியாக நீ பார்க்க வேண்டும், நீ எழும் போதும் என் முகம் தான் உனக்கு முதலில் தெரிய வேண்டும், இவை தான் நீ என்னிடம் கேட்டு வாங்கிய சத்தியங்கள்.

காலத்தின் வேகத்திருக்கு தடை போட யாரால் இயலும் ? என் கண் முன்னே குமரியாய் நீ வளர்ந்து நின்றதை நம்பத்தான் முடியவில்லை என்றாலும், என் நரைத்த தலையும், முழுவதுமாக புடைத்த கை நரம்புகளும் அது உண்மை தான் என்று ஊர்ஜீனம் செய்தது. முன் போல் என்னிடம் நீ பேசுவதற்கு எந்த விஷயமும் இல்லையே என்ற வேதனையை என்னுள்ளே புதைத்து கொண்டேன். நாம் இருவரும் ஒருவரை ஒருவர் கண் பார்த்து பேசிக்கொள்ளும் தருணங்கள் குறைந்து விட்ட காரணத்தை யோசிக்க தொடங்கியது இந்த கிழ மனது.

நம் இருவருகிடையில் அதிகம் பேசிய வாக்கியங்கள் "ஹ்ம்ம்", "சரி", "ஆம்", "இல்லை" போன்ற ஒற்றை சொற்களாக சுருங்கின. ஏனோ என் உலகம் ஒரு வெறுமையை நோக்கி நகர்ந்து கொண்டிருப்பதாக துடித்தது மனது. அது நான் உன்னை நிரந்திரமாக பிரிய போகிறேன் என்ற உள்ளுணர்வின் வெளிப்பாடு என்று நான் அன்று உணரவில்லை. வாழ்க்கையில் என்றுமே என்னை நம்பிய நீ, உன் வாழ்க்கை துணையையும் நல்ல முறையில் தேர்ந்தெடுப்பேன் என்று நீ நம்பாமல் போனது ஏன் ?

என்றாவது நீ என்னை பார்க்க வருவாய் என்ற நம்பிக்கையில், என் இரு கண்களும் வெளிச்சத்தை தக்க வைத்து கொண்டிருக்கிறது, செவி ஒலிகளை கிரகித்துகொண்டிருக்கிறது, உடல் உயிரை சுவாசித்து கொண்டிருக்கிறது, இவை யாவும் அடங்கும் முன், யாருக்கும் கேட்காமல், என்னிடமாவது சொல், ஏன் என்னை விட்டு பிரிந்தாய் நீ ? நான் செய்த தவறு தான் என்ன ?

என்றும் அன்புடன் ...

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Jan 15, 2009

Eyes ... Never Lies ...

Suresh was very busy with his usual morning routines. He recently got married and also purchased a new house which is worth crores. He deserves this kind of a life as he had put in all the hard work to come up in life to this level. Suresh is the CEO of one of the leading leather company in the society, he completed his graduation in IIM and was flooded with offers from all the major companies of India, but Suresh chose to stand on his own and hence he became an entrepreneur and now his company is very near to a monopoly in the market. Suresh dad was a rag picker on the streets and all suresh had seen in his younger days were dust and polluted house of his on the platform of a busy mount road in chennai ...

It really took a long time for Suresh to change his image of being a person from a very poor family. One good thing to be mentioned and appreciated about Suresh dad his, though he roamed across the streets of chennai for a living, he made sure that he gives the vital "education" to his son, as he does not want him to be like him, Suresh too recognized the importance of studies and put tremendous effort to come first in the state. Now Suresh is living in one of the hi-fi areas of the society and he is taking care of his dad and mom very well. At times Suresh used to think that GOD has put him into a hardship during his early days and hence to correct his mistake, he has given him this kind of a life now.

Environment and circumstances make a man, some change their life for good and some change their life to doom, similarly Suresh too had some painful incidents in his life, but fortunately those became the stepping stones for his success. It was the day after diwali and his dad was very happy, because that’s when the roads would be bubbling with papers and he can collect as much as he can and give it to the paper mashing company. He gets rs 10 per bag, and since this is the time where he could make more money, he used to carry three, four bags and then collect as much as he can. Suresh used to go with his dad, not to pick papers, but to pick those crackers which failed to burst, for Suresh today is diwali. He never had new clothes on such occasions as his dad could not afford to get him those stuffs.

Suresh was happy in collecting those waste crackers, when he and his dad entered a different street, he saw an "atom bomb" which was left unattended, Suresh though was initially scared to lift that up, did few rounds of inspection and then carefully took it on his hands and then he was about to put that into his collection bag, which is nothing but his pant pocket, suddenly he saw a boy shouting at him and came running towards him, without asking Suresh a word, he slapped him hard on his face, that boy yelled at him saying "I went inside my house to light this agarbathi and in the mean time you stole my bomb, give it back to me you thief", Suresh did not mind losing that atom bomb, but that tender face just could not bare that painful blow and the humiliation that followed it. Suresh dad, apologized to that guy, though he knows that it was not the mistake of his son.

This incident made Suresh to be even stronger in life and he had that fire in him to win this game called "life" and he wanted to emerge as a champion. Now diwali's for Suresh is not a big deal, he not only buys new crackers for his own, but also procures loads of crackers for all his employees who work in his company. Every time he celebrates a diwali, he used to remember that slap. One such diwali came again and Suresh was busy winding up one of his meetings, he knew its diwali tomorrow and he has to rush home to spend some quality time with his family. It was very cloudy and it was about to rain anytime. Diwali's worst enemy is rain and Suresh hates it when it rains on a diwali day.

Suresh was about to get out of his car and it poured like mad and he felt as if a thick gush of cold water thrown on his face and an acute pain developed in his stomach, Suresh the "table cleaning" boy in a nearby hotel got up after his owner poured a bucket of cold water on him and kicked him hard in his stomach for sleeping and day "dreaming" when customers were waiting for that table to be cleaned. He took his bucket and sponge and rushed to that table and cleaned it, not only with water, but also with his own tear drops. Suresh smiled to himself, though he tried his level best to hide the pain that he had in his stomach, he felt so nice about that dream, where he was on top of this world.

I had this storyline in my mind, when I had been for a tour recently and the inspiration for this story is a similar boy who came to my table to clean the remains of a previous customer. I just looked into his eyes and it had all the stories to say. He was just wearing a cut baniyan and he must be 12 years old. His appearance shook me very badly, and raised lots of questions in me. What am I giving back to this society ? Am I so selfish in life ? Being a table cleaner would not be a job that little one would have opted to do with an interest, it’s just his situation and environment which would have pushed him to do that. He too would have dreamt for a peaceful life like us, but GOD has scripted a different story for him. Please don treat those table cleaning guys like "shit" they are also human beings, just look into their eyes for a minute and you will feel how blessed you are to be like this today.

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Jan 8, 2009

Murphy's Laws for IT ...

I am sure everyone knows what Murphy's laws are all about. I just thought of creating some laws of that kind which would suit this IT industry, the industry where this nut has spent 11+ years now. Here come few of my imaginations and I am sure you folks would enjoy reading this...

1. Your employer is never a pay master.
2. You always end up in a project where there is no onsite opportunity.
3. Project which has onsite opportunity is always in pipeline.
4. All beautiful looking girls will never be in your project.
5. Your company's caterer is always the worst in the market.
6. You always miss a bonus, just because you were new to that company.
7. Person at your next cubicle will never be a girl.
8. The girl you eye in your company, always has a boy friend there itself.
9. Your project manager will always be a "reserved" personality.
10. Always your onsite trip gets postponed just before a week you were about to travel.
11. There is always an error when you show a demo.
12. Always the printer will go "out of paper" when you fire a printout.
13. Always someone would have fired a 100 page document printout before your 1 page document.
14. Most of the times the coffee wending machine will not be ready when you go for coffee.
15. Your manager always calls you for a meeting when you are about to leave.
16. Always your vacation gets cancelled at the last moment.
17. There will always be some issue with the projector when you present something.
18. All the conference rooms will be booked when you want to setup a meeting.
19. There will be an email on Friday evenings which would prompt you to stay late.
20. You always go late to office when there is an important meeting to attend.
21. Your manager comes before you when you are late.

Please feel free to comment here if you have anything interesting to add to this list

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Jan 4, 2009

Being Independent ...

Sridhar is very well known in his locality as the most eligible bachelor, he works for one of the leading production company in the world and earns much more than an IT professional. His parents were looking out for a girl for his marriage and proposals were flowing in left right and center. His dad, who is known as a very orthodox person, was very particular in horoscope matching, he wanted all the 10 matches in a horoscope to be perfect and that is also a bottleneck in terms of finding a girl. Sridhar normally does not interfere in such things, as he wanted his parents to take a decision and he would simply abide to their choice ...



Sridhar is not so young, he is 32 running and he had his own problems in facing a crowd, whenever he appears for a marriage of some function, all eyes will be on him and everyone used to gossip why a guy of his caliber is not married yet, those talks soon turn out to be speculations and speculations turned out to be rumors and finally there emerged a "reason" saying that Sridhar is having some physical problems and hence he is not getting married. Sridhar is a person who does not lend his ears for such things, he just brushes them over his shoulder and carries on with his routine. His principle is very simple, moment an individual starts living for others, there he loses his peace of mind and happiness.

As we all know, everything will have to end at some point in time in life, similarly Sridhar too had a reason to smile, at last his dad found out his Miss Perfect who had all the 10 matches aligning with his horoscope and wedding bells were somewhere round the corner. Both the families met and agreed on this alliance and they were discussing on fixing the engagement date, that's when the girls dad raised a point saying, both the guy and the girl have to meet before marriage and then talk to each other and see if they are ok with this alliance. Sridhar dad got wild and he gave the girl's dad a nasty stare and said, "I have brought up my son in a well mannered way and hence he will not over-rule my decision, and I hope you too would have brought up your daughter in such a fashion"

Girl's dad sensed that Sridhar's dad is not so happy with that meeting, but still he insisted on that meeting as he wants his daughter to be a part of this selection process, rather she nodding her head for anything and everything he says. Sridhar mom convinced her husband and made him agree for that meeting. Sridhar could not believe his ears when his dad said that he has to go and meet this girl in a nearby hotel coming Sunday, though he knew that he does not have a choice to say a NO to that girl even if he didn't like her, but the very fact of he going and meeting a girl all alone made him fly in air and he is going to do something which he has never done before in his life.

Sridhar started grooming himself for a week to meet that girl on Sunday and he rehearsed almost 100 times of what he wants to talk to that girl, unfortunately all those were hand written by his dad and he just have to mug-up and vomit there, poor guy. Time runs faster than light, so there came Sunday in a quick flash and the meeting place was decided by Sridhar's dad and time given was just 1 hour including the travel time. Sridhar met his probable alliance at "Rayar Cafe" in Mylapore, that cafe would always be bubbling with people and there would hardly be any scope for privacy in such a place, but Sridhar could not overwrite his dad's decision so he has to meet her there.

Sridhar was very nervous as that is the first time he is seeing a girl at such a close distance and he started to sweat, that girl was pretty cool and she noticed the growing sweat balls on his forehead and asked him to be cool and relaxed, Sridhar though felt a bit embarrassed, somehow managed to flash a smile which came as a result of dis-comfort. Sridhar without even waiting for a formal introduction, just started to vomit what his dad has asked him to say - "I will be with my dad and mom forever and I will not come alone with you and start a family, you have to be kind to my dad and mom, you should not talk anything which would hurt them" and then he stopped there abruptly and gave a blank stare at her, she realized that he has forgotten his dialogue and hence asked him to take the paper out of his pocket and read it in full. That girl liked this innocence.

Sridhar could not continue further and hence chose to be silent for the rest of the conversation. She was very firm in what she spoke and highlighted on one point, which is nothing but, her partner should understand her better and he should be an independent person who is capable of taking decisions on his own. On hearing this Sridhar lost even the grim of hope he had about this alliance. When they were about to leave "Rayar Cafe" the server slammed a bill of Rs 3 for two coffee and 2 masala dosa. Sridhar then realized that his dad has just given him only the bus charge and hence he does not have any additional money to pay the bill, while he was thinking about this, that girl took a brand new 5 rupee note and paid the server and gave the rest as tips.

Sridhar came home with a dull head and his mom could notice the change in his face, without saying anything, he went to his room and locked its door. His dad who never consults him for anything, called up the girl's dad and asked him when they can setup the marriage, but the girl's dad took a stubborn stand saying he has to wait for his daughter to give him the feedback and then only he can decide on something. Sridhar's dad slammed the phone as he got irritated by that reply, he told his wife that this alliance has been cancelled as he does not want a daughter-in-law who takes decisions in the house. Sridhar could only curse himself for the situation that he is in today, but he liked that girl for her boldness and her attitude, but he being so timid, he knew that he cannot override his dad’s decision.

The next day the girl’s dad called them up and Sridhar picked up the phone, immediately he gave the phone to his dad, and he is very much sure that his dad is gonna blast him over the phone, but what a surprise, his dad spoke to him with a soft tone and he was happy to hear that the girl too liked his son, it was a double surprise for Sridhar as he did not expect the girl to say a YES to him in the first place and also he could not believe that his father has changed his mind and agreed to this alliance which he decided not to proceed. Sridhar just did not know how to react, but he was extremely happy that he is going to get married at last.

Sridhar’s curiosity cat could not resist anymore, so he approached his mom with whom he is very comfortable with in asking such questions, and asked her what happened and how all of a sudden things changed for good ? His mom just smiled and took him to the house of Ramanathan uncle who is his dad’s close friend. The entire house was in a state of shock and those swollen eyes said it all. Their only daughter Sowmya attempted for a suicide and is now admitted in the hospital, she was also brought up in a similar fashion as like Sridhar where she is not allowed to speak out and convey her thoughts to others, that constraint took the toll on her mentally and finally she couldn’t stand that anymore and took this extreme step.

Sridhar’s dad, though he is an orthodox person who stick to his rules, had extreme love and affection on Sridhar, he was jolted on hearing Sowmya’s decision and hence he did not want to tight the noose on his son’s future and push him to take such a step, hence he decided to change his mind and gave up on his stupid rules and decided to go ahead with that alliance if the girl’s side come out with a positive response. Both Sridhar and Alamelu is now a happily married couple for almost 30 years.

Sridhar continued his story to his son Venugopal and told him that he does not want to make the same mistake his dad did for him by not allowing him to be independent and hence he has given him enough independence in life to take his own decisions and hence he will not be a bottleneck for his happiness and asked him to come home along with his Christian wife whom he married few hours ago in a register office. Sridhar though was not happy about his son's decision, he does not want to hurt Alamelu by asking his son not to step into his house, he knew that Alamelu loves Venu a lot, and more than that, he knew, he loves Alamelu a lot than his stupid rules ...


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Jan 2, 2009

Tagged by Sandhya ...

Ah, I should say that I tagged myself from Sandhya's blog. I found that quite interesting so thought of answering them. I would want Amrita, Shylu, Chandru and Chennai Girl to do this on their blog. Just wanted to be the first person to have tagged them in 2009 :) Here we go ....

1. What have you realized lately?

Hmmm ... All that glitters is not gold

2. Have you given your first kiss away?

Of course yes, but don’t remember when. Kiss here does not say "To whom", so I assume that to be for anyone and I think I have kissed so many cute little kutties. I am still single so the rest of the imagination goes void.

3. If you were stranded on a desert island, which 11 blog buddies would you take?

Ah, I don’t want my blog buddies to suffer in a desert island, I would somehow manage to escape and come home.

4. Where is the place you want to go the most?

Tanjore - Periya Kovil. It has some magnetism in it which attracts me all the time.

5. If you had one dream to come true, what would it be?

Starting a home for beggars who beg at temples and traffic signals and provide them 3 meals a day.

6. Do you believe in seeing the rainbow after the rain?

What is there to believe here? If the sun shines after a brief spell of rain, due to the interference / reflection effect you are going to see a Rainbow, to me it’s a pure physics.

7. What’re you afraid of losing the most now?

Faith on GOD and self belief

8. If you win one million dollars what would you do?

Full fill my dream which is mentioned at point number 5

9. If you meet someone that you love, would you tell him/her?

I don't think so. I strongly feel that you should have guts to fall in love in the first place, which I don’t have. Love is something beyond my imagination.

10. List 3 good things about the person who tagged you.

Ah, I know Sandhya only through her writings and I don’t know her personally. One thing I can say about her is, (Which I think), She must be a very bold personality who deals life with extreme ease, how good or bad it can be. An excellent writer and I am an ardent fan of her blog posts

11. What are the requirements that you wish from your other half?

I don’t have any expectations. I feel that, more you expect, there will be more room for disappointments. Marriages are made in heaven, so I would accept her for the way she is and I don’t want her to change for me, and its vice-versa.

12. What type of people do you hate the most?

People who talk on my back and people who does this self-trumpeting and people who are "possessive" by nature.

13. What’s the one thing you can’t live without?

Self-belief

14. If you have faults, would you rather like the people around you point it out or keep quiet?

None of these, I would correct myself if I have any faults

15. Are you a shopaholic?

Yes, if its clothes, I go mad and I shop like crazy

16. Find one word to describe the person who tagged you.

Ah, as I told you, I don’t know her much, but her writings says, she must be an OPTIMISTIC

17. If you had a chance, which part of your character would you change?

May be, I should be more expressive in nature. People complain that I hardly show any emotions good or bad. But what to do, I have been designed like that.

18. What’s the last shocking thing you saw or heard?

Mumbai Terror Attack

19. Would you rather love or money?

Money. Love is something which I always do, so that goes without saying, and the other choice is what I have to choose :-)

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Jan 1, 2009

A Must Watch Video ...

Hi Folks, I generally don't recommend any videos to watch unless it has a pinch of humor in it, but this video, really shook me and it's a must watch for all youngsters like us. I think we are the only united force who can change this world and lets start acting towards a change, a change that will change the future generation. Its high time we all react and attack the problem at its root rather trying to clean up the mess. Just listen to this master piece speech given by a girl from Canada at the UN conference which happened at Rio this year. She made the entire world to listen and be silent for 5 minutes.

Girl who silenced the world for 5 minutes

Let me know your thoughts on this speech and think hard about what change you and I can bring into this world.

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Tour Diary - 2008

I had a very cool vacation this time. I always had a passion to go to villages and mingle with people who live there and this trip was simply fantastic I that aspect. Though I had been for a pilgrimage tour, most of the GOD's live inside a remote village where the atmosphere is simply calm and serene. I have a serious plan of getting settled in a village once I retire, and that desire has gained more strength after this visit, but as you all know, "Man proposes and GOD disposes", so I don’t know what's there for me in store down the lane ...

It all started on a lovely morning, I took an auto to go to a temple called "Thingaloor" which is supposed to be one of the "Navagraha Sthalam". It was a perfect day for outing; sun was so kind and warm, with a thin layer of cloud cover over it. My auto went between two paddy fields on both the sides, it was lush green and all the crops were full grown and is about to be cut in a few weeks from now. The aroma they spread when hit by that cool breeze is just beyond words for me to explain, you have to feel that. There are lovely little "cranes" that manage to stand tall amidst of those paddy crops and were busy hunting fish from those farms. They actually look as if they were bleached with SURF EXCEL, so white. When SUN starts rising, you could see a wonderful shade which is spread across those paddy fields, even great artists could not render that kind of a shade on their canvas. It’s nothing but the reflection of those tiny little due drops which sits on top of the paddy field and when sun rays pass through them, they give you this magnificent shade.

Mornings in villages are always calm and serene. Farmers engage themselves in their work as early as 6 AM in the farms. There is this lovely big water pump which pumps a thick gush of water to those huge paddy fields and you could see some people taking bath under it. My dad told me that if we take bath that force of water, you will feel as if you are at heaven, it will be so soothing and energetic it seems. You will not find such variety of birds anywhere in the city, they actually make the mornings even more pleasant and wonderful by their constant screeching sounds. They fly all across the paddy field and sits on the nearby trees, once again, I am stunned by the creativity GOD has, what a variety of color shades he has given to those birds, my goodness, he is the greatest artist of all times. One greatest liking for me about villages is it's "tea shops". I love drinking tea in that kind of shops, so I stopped at a tea shop and ordered for a cup of coffee, I sat on that wooden bench and glanced at the news paper for a while, that aroma of paddy fields has engulfed that entire village, which is quite soothing to your mind and body. In city they have opened "Oxy Spa's" where people go there and pay to get good oxygen, but in villages it's available in surplus, that too for FREE.

Every house has either a dog or a cow or goats and they are not mere pets, they are one in their family. Like how we take our breakfast, they feed their pets with their preferred breakfast menu. I have not seen such cute and adorable goats in my life, me being a animal crazy fellow, I just took one bucking and a doeling and fed them with banana's, they were so soft, one is of pure white and another one is of my color (pitch black). School going kids are so simple in those villages, they just carry a small yellow bag and they actually walk almost 5 kms to reach their house. It’s not the kind of trend where you have to get your kid those costly "jetix" pencil boxes or "tom & jerry" backpacks or a "pop-eye" tiffin box. Myself and my dad were going in an auto, since I saw these lovely kids, we offered them a ride to their school, you should have seen the jubilation on their faces, there were 8 kids in total, we stuffed all of them and dropped them at their school. In that gang, there was a guy who looked so worried and I asked him why, and he said, he has lost his "Balpam", so I took him to a shop and got him a "balpam" box which he was hell-bent in not to get it from me for FREE, he wanted to pay for at least one "balpam" which is 25 paisa.

I almost pissed off my dad by asking him to stop the auto whenever I see a kutty goat or a cow or a dog, I used to carry bananas or biscuit's in my bag just to feed them. One of my long term wish which has never been fulfilled is that of having a Labrador at home. My dad has emotionally blackmailed me saying that it's a terrible sin to separate mommy and kid, and if I take that little puppy home, his or her mommy will feel for it and cry, that sin will not leave you for sure, after hearing that, I dropped the idea of owning a dog for life, whenever I get the idea to buy one, this statement will come into my mind and I will stop proceeding further. If any of you folks know any Labrador who has been abandoned by its mom or dad, please do let me know, I am ready to own it, which will be the only way I could convince my dad. I feel so jealous on seeing those puppies in that village, they all play happily all through the day and enjoy good air, they literally jump into the sides of "Cauvery" river which flows on the backside of every house and take a happy bath, man, and it’s no more a "Dog's life" at villages.

I happened to talk to a farmer just to kill my curiosity to know how are they growing "Rice", he explained me in detail about all the steps they have to do before that lovely grain comes on our plate. My goodness, we the so called "software engineers" are a "good for nothing" lot when compared to the hard work a farmer puts in. It takes exactly 98 days for a rice crop to grow, provided there are no natural calamities like rain or earthquake, and there is a whole lot of process that is involved to take that rice out of its shell and what we are eating daily are the rice which are "polished". For god sake, please don’t waste rice, just take the quantity you want to eat and finish off the full stuff, don't throw it into the bin. I have taken a oath that I will not waste even a single grain of food in my life anymore after hearing the amount of hard work it takes for that grain to come onto my dining table, in a way, it's a respect that we are giving to our farmers.

Do you guys know what the diet of a farmer is in a day? I will tell you. A farmer gets up at 5:00 in the morning and goes to his farm. He takes something called "Pazhaya Saadham" (Old rice) which is nothing but, Rice cooked last night and soaked in water or buttermilk or curd, if the farmer is well off, they will use curd or else they will use water or buttermilk. Even the landlords of those farm lands used to have this as their breakfast. Their all time favorite side dish is "onion" or "green chilly"; they eat this at around 8:00 AM. They continue to work till 2:00 in the noon. By 4:00 they take a cup of tea and some "Vadai's", for people who don't know what a "Vadai" is, it's nothing but "Indian Donuts", this is supplied by the land lords to his workers. By 6:00 they wind up their duty and head back home, no farmer's house will have a dried rice tin, because most of the land lord's pay them in terms of grains rather paying them in terms of money. They make a very heavy dinner where there will be some non-veg item and some "Sambar" kinds of stuff, after having that, they go to a liquor shop and take a good gulp of that liquid "Yama", and the reason he gave me was, without having that, he cannot sleep, coz the pain his body would generate after that strenuous work would be unbearable and he have to take that to have a peaceful sleep. May be true, coz we don’t work as hard as he does.

Nights in villages are another beauty, moment the sun starts to set, you could see those birds huddling in one of the biggest tree in that village, till they all settle down inside their respective nets, they make such a loud noise which is a mixture of variety of birds voices, to me it was a "Symphony" on its own. The villagers do not bother that sound, because they say that they are their "Alarm clocks", as they start screeching sharp at 4:00 in the morning. Most of the villages are still reeling under darkness without electricity; hence there is no worry of people watching those stupid "Mega serials" all through the night. They all gather at a common place and start chatting; they have a separate male club and a separate female club. They discuss right from "Kanniyamma's 5th pregnency" to "Barack Obama's" presidential status, I too joined one such argument and had a nice time. They all were shocked to hear the fact that we are buying water for Rs 50 per can to drink. But that is the state we are all in today.

Village people may earn much less than what we all earn, but they are people of a very kind heart. I pray to GOD that this tortoise called "IT" should not enter villages and corrupt that wonderful atmosphere. Villages have to be like this and if they started to change and if every farmer son wants to get into the software industry, you and I have to starve to death. Remember this folks, a farmer son can still do good amount of coding or testing, but you and I cannot do farming at any point in time in our life, we are not physically fit to do that. If you folks want to enjoy the true essence of life, please do visit some remote villages of tamil nadu, I will be more than happy to be your guide. If you visit a village, your mind, body and soul will be sanitized. I wish I too can settle in a village where I can spend the rest of my life with mother nature.

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Welcome 2009 ...

I always welcome new year by going to a temple which is at "Thiruporur" it’s very close to Mahaballipuram. Even I were abroad, I used to come to INDIA during new year and start my year from Chennai, I am a lil sentimental here also I used to have sentiments like first phone call received/made, first sms sent/received, first email sent / received so on and so forth and anything could change but my first phone call and first sms would always be for one special friend of mine who has been an integral part of my life, but I am not a superstitious person though...

I drove my car after a long time, I like to go for long drives. The roads at OMR were simply too good to touch 120, but I had my dad sitting next to me so I could go only up to 80KMPH. I had a good darshan and this visit concludes my pilgrimage tour. I came back few minutes back and I called up my close friend and wished her my first New Year wish. I too have taken a resolution for this New Year and that is nothing but "Not to take any resolutions for 2009". I already have a list of items that were pending since 2005 which I am yet to start.

I have one serious plan though, but not sure how I would make it happen. I want to get back to my cricketing ways and start playing matches. I had been paralyzed by a ligament tear on my right knee which spelled doom to my cricketing career, and since then I did not touch the bat or ball. Now I am perfectly alright and hence I thought I can start playing cricket. My fitness secret of maintaining at tummy less / tire less figure at this age (31) is mainly due to the fact that I play a lot. I am now seeing a slight bump that’s getting developed and I am afraid that it is my tummy. I should first start going to gym regularly and slowly move on to playing games.

I don’t have any great expectations out of life. I am a person who takes one day at a time. I know there are 100s of ears which are eagerly waiting to hear from me about my marriage, so the message for all those folks is, nothing is in my hand, if things has to happen, it will happen, so please stop scratching your head and when the time arrives, I would trumpet on the roof and let you all know about it. I hope GOD guides me to success this year as well and he keeps my friends happy, healthy and wealthy forever, for me my friends are my world. Welcome 2009, and Good Bye for 2008, which certainly had been a great year for me both professionally and personally.

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