Thursday, April 27, 2006

Media....... what's your idea?

Few days back.. one of our former ministers.. Mr.Pramod Mahajan was shot by his brother. No! he did not die... he had some minor injuries.
Now All my sympathies to him.. becasue his own brother shot at him (not that these kind of sibling enemity is new here!).
But the most amazing part is that almost "all" the news channels covered this for almost one full day! I mean come on.... so many people get killed in so many awful ways... they don't even deserve a mention in the local news paper... but this guy gets a full day coverage?
Oh My! you should have seen the "analysis".. the "reports"... the astrological predictions! the prayers! what not! grossly over exaggerated!!

I wonder where are we heading...:-/

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Tissue on a croton :

I have no idea from when did my father become so superstitious.
Though he was always kind of orthodox as long as I can remember.
Actually he is some what weird.. In some cases he is too forward thinking and in some cases he is too backward.. But whatever the case might be.... Now the below incident will prove the later..:)

It was the day I was to travel to US. Now.. That day seems to be really eventful..:) My last post was also on that...:D

My father had to travel to bangalore early in the morning... So here goes the "instructions" for me the previous night..

" Tomorrow, it is ekaadashi with shatabisha nakshatra.. Which is not very good for you to travel... So do as I say!"

Next day morning...

Got up at 6... Had head bath.. Did pooja for God.. Lit the lamp that too Nandaaa Deepa (The one which burns thru the day) mind you!

Now comes the funny part... Since the "bad" time was starting at 11:30.. I had to tie a hand kerchief to a tree outside the house..:)
Now where in the world do I bring a kerchief? I guess the last one I had was in my 10th class!
The closest equivalent of a kerchief that I could think of was a tissue..:) So I went ahead and tied that only to the tree,,, I felt so silly/funny doing that...

the story does not end there.. I had to carry the same one with me all thru my travel. Now the best part was taking out the paper tissue out of the knot from the tree.. Obviously I am not "supposed" to tear it or anything. But then all "supposed" things don't happen as required.. So I ended up tearing it a little bit...:)
But somehow (should I say miraculously?) I reached Dallas in "one" piece..;-) even though my "protector" was torn into bits by the time I reached here...:D:D:D:D

Tuesday, April 25, 2006


Last weekend... ooofffff! it was so tiring....
I was supposed to fly to U.S on moday early morning...
I had to get a laptop from my company for this visit. I had asked for it on last monday only... but they didn't have stock and hence gave me only on friday afternoon at 3:30!!! it was terribly late to install stuff and transfer all the necessary data... But then I had no choice.:(
But then as soon as I opened the laptop.. the first problem was that it didn;t connect to the LAN... so couldn't log in with my id. Then couldn't contact the CCD guys (as if they had expected this would happen and ran away from my reach!)
I had shouted at them before only for delaying so much to give me one.

Somehow contacted some global support desk and tried to rectify that.. but to no use... :( tried so hard but no use at all....

And on top of that I had planned to leave early because I had to shop! I didn;t have clothes to wear.. All the western formals which I had no longer fit me..:( and they have become so old also!!!

So finally contacted some guys in mysore who said they would help me rectify the laptop and hence left from my bangalore office.
Finally found some clothes also...(before there were some 3 unsucessfull attempts at finding clothes... if the design matched my taste the size was not there... and if they had the size I did not like the design!) sometimes i wonder why they make such small clothes!!! they want everybody to starve to death or what to fit in to those clothes!!! what do I know!!!

Anyway finished the shopping on friday and did all the packing for the things already available in bangalore.
Went to Mysore on saturday... and all my plans got changed becasue i had to go to office to get that laptop rectified!! so full day went off in that only....:(
In the evening rushed thru the other things like doctor visit and some chota mota stuff to be bought...

Sunday, there was a function.. my BFs sisters engagement. I had to go and dress her up. Left early in the morning... and came back home only at 3 home... and guess when was my train back to bangalore? at 3:45!!! so just rushed thru it. Did some last moment packing and all... and literally ran in the railway staionm to ctach the train!
Thank god I didn't have to run all the way from home...;-) my cousin dropped us by car!
Then came to my bangalore home at some 8 in the night.. and had to leave again at 9:30 to the airport..:(
By now my head was aching terribly becasue of too much strain and lack of sleep.ALmost the whole of last week I hadn't slept properly:(

Checkin and all happened smoothly at the airport.. can you believe.. my baggage weight was less than the (much much less than in fact!!) allowable limit..:D:D:D
Guess this is the first time in my life that I have travelled so light weight.
This maybe because I had to carry almost the same things to germany and i had to adjustr within 25kilos... and now i had almost double allowable limit..:)

The journey was too boring... there were no inidvidual TVs... and they were playing some crap movie in the main screen.. I got bored of the novel that I was reading... didn't get sleep also!!! oh god!!! it's worst to just sit and stare at nothing!

Finally reached Dallas on monday afternoon...:)
Now having a terrible jet lag.. I get all sleepy at the wrong times!!!
Hopefully in another 2/3 days i should be fine.

Now also I am wide awake and it's almost 12:30 in the night...:( but if I don't sleeep now.. I am sure to fall off from my seat tomorrow;-)))

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Surprise Visitors in My office Campus

Last Monday... early morning.. I just got down from the office bus outside the campus and was walking towards the gate when I suddenly saw that there was a crowd gathered under a tree and everybody is watching something....

Now that's a very rare sight in our office.. where everybody just goes on with his/her business without bothering about others...

Curiosity led me also there... and lo and behold! what a pleasant sight...:) Some cute migratory birds.

I came to know later on that these were called as Rosy Starlings. A mixture of squeaks and rattles.. pink body... legs, bill and glossy black hood and ofcourse patches below...

The red berries in the campus had attracted them :D

Finally I found a good thing about having such a huge campus... we get to see some cute surprise visitors.:)

Wednesday, April 05, 2006


Nice thought!

But I realise I am always taken for granted... why is that?

It is taken for granted by my sis that I am the one who is supposed to cook and clean the house. Her job is only to wash vessels and that's it! nothing this side or that side. Last two days I have been having late night telecons and hence she is supposed to cook in the house (only maagi that too..) but then, when I go home she is totally pissed that I am not doing anything and she is the one doing everything (what? for 2 days!!!). K I forgive her because she is still young... and also she is very sweet other times.. I really Love her...:) and I also know that she is not very much inclined toward house keeping. That's ok.

It is also taken for granted that I am the one who is supposed to do all the socialising with my BF's family. If I don't make a phone call for some 15 days to his sisters I have to be prepared to hear complaints that I have become very busy and don;t call up people! why is it that they don't call? Why is it always have to be me?

Office... I am always "expected" to finish all the work... others have all the commitments in the world! and can't do it... but me... oh come on... I can do it! anything and everything!

Home... taken for granted that I will always listen to my parents. Will never let them down (even if something hurts me terribly! I have to make sure I live up to their expectations!)

Friends... Taken for granted that I am always the one who is supposed to call and keep in touch... else I am no longer a good friend.

It hurts when there is no place for what you feel... when your presence is no longer aknowledged. Its assumed that you will anyways be there... So when you are actually there it's nothing great!

I am really a big dumbo! I never realised this until now... Only after seeing this picture I realised!
I have successfully taken myself for granted :P

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Jing Bhang!

The year was 1992. It was 10th June... We (my family) moved from bangalore to mysore on that day. I was to join a new school.
Naturally, I was extremely excited at the prospect of going to a new school.
Since we were new in town, I was yet to get all the necessary things that are to be taken to school.. and that included my new school uniform.. I hadn't bought it yet.

The school had started some 15 days back, but becasue of my father's transfer they had taken permission for me to start attending after 15 days.

So, it's my first day to school.... and guess what I wore??? A jazzy pink ghaagra choli (i can't believe myself right now as to how i decided on that dress...uffff) with silver checks all over!!!
I am sure people would have to wear cooling glasses to look at me!
I went to school... and as I was a new comer I was made to sit alone in a bench reserved for new comers... just imagine my state when the whole class is looking at me with wide eyes! They are all dressed spic and span in uniforms.
How was I wish I just dissapeared that day!

That's the most embarrassing moment of my life!
To add to this... during lunch break nobody invited me to join them for lunch..:( maybe they all thought I am from Yandalli!!! (it's a slang in kannada which effectively means some god forbidden village) and not fit to be accompanied for lunch...:(

Monday, April 03, 2006

10 most pleasurable moments in my Life though not necessarily in the listed order:
  1. I go to see a movie... and lo and behold! Shah Rukh Khan has done a guest appearance in the movie... which I had no clue before... ;-)
  2. I am dressing up in front of the mirror... my neighbor’s child (4 years) comes to me and says "make me also look as beautiful as you".....
  3. I wake up in the wee hours of the morning and realize I can sleep for few hours more.... oh my! What bliss!
  4. I come to office on a gloomy Monday morning...expecting loads of comments from the customer... which I will have to incorporate in my design doc. But then... the client says he will send the review comments 1 or 2 days later... which effectively means I have no work... :))))
  5. I am doing a rehearsal for a dance program... an uncle of my dance classmate has just come to see her. After the rehearsal, that uncle comes up to me and says "I really liked your performance...specially your expressions... I think I have just become a fan of yours"...: D
  6. I go to Germany.... and get a ride in Mercedes Benz.... my dream car :)
  7. I always have a picture of Shah Rukh Khan on my desktop. One day at a customer location in Germany, one of the project managers come and ask me if he is my husband? Hmmmmm How I wish I could say YES! ... But all I could do was say a NO but with a BIG smile...: D
  8. I am on top of the Eiffel Tower.... :) - I can't even express what I felt at that time.... Infact the complete 4 days in Paris.... mesmerizing... :)
  9. When one of the extremely complex programs which I had coded for a project worked the first time itself without any errors!!!!!!
  10. When I first felt "Love"........