Monday, July 30, 2007

The long sleep...

Azure sky beckons him...
Wind gushes through his hair...
Watching down - the land of hope and the land of despair
Seeing up - he sees the welcome arms
Ready to embrace him
And finally he hopes for the long sleep.....the sleep with a tear in eyes and smile on lips...
The last two minutes - he sees all and hopes to catch one last glimpse of that special one
Will he?

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Kurt Cobain - video

I saw this and want to do something like this in my life...

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Life - the great days

I was just wondering over my schedule these days and it brought smile over my face

1. Wake up and dance (finally - after so many years...)
2. Office - Great work, great team members, great friends
3. Personal life - Awesome! ;)
4. Food - Thanks to some special people - I still can not forget that paneer...Encore please!!!
5. Reading - I am getting to read what I had wanted = Gizmodo, SEM, Goole, aaah...heavenly
6. Music - Listening to Pink Floyd in night while sleeping at full volume....

Great....anything missing? Yeas....the sleep part....when?

Friday, July 20, 2007

Thank God its Thursday!!!

And here we met again...Ananda packing his bags for Mumbai for his dream job...we all decided to meet one last time and have a blast...

Sameer being teased by Surabhi for a smoke...I wonder how he controlled with all of us smoking like chimneys around him...real dude!!!
Surabhi, looking gracious with all the new refreshing and cheerful look...
MAJ and Geetanjali enlightening us with their beliefs on discrete topics....


We finished drinking and followed it with ice creams at Mc Donalds....and now the confessions ...when all of the guys left...Ananda and me went llooking for more drink..but all was shut and cclosed :))....so we left for home....

Notable absentees:
1. Garima: Last found, somewhere in the large IT company called HCL fixing bugs in the system for a big MNC client....

2. Robin Sarkar: You missed it again Dude...but regaing your health and we shall go again :))

Saturday, July 14, 2007

A funny sign in neighbourhood



I saw this sign in neighborhood "Agle ek hafte hindi akhbaar nahin chahiye" - I guess they will never get Hindi Newspaper again ...lol

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Lesson in corporate life - 1

Being organized

When you have at any given point of day, 50 people working for you at any given time, its very imperative to use their time, energy at the most optimum way.

So far, what I have tried to do in this are as follows:
1. Mails
At any given point of time, I try to ensure there are no more than 50 mails in Inbox. I try to respond to most of the mails I get in a day (around 65) and act on most of them with in 1 hour of getting. Be that mail from a fellow colleague who wants a song in my laptop or be that from a person who wants to understand strategy way forward for any brand activity.

2. Technology - Google
Its the best and most loyal friend today - I use all that Google has to offer to stay organized...Google calendars to stay updated on any meeting schedule...spreadsheets to make some document accessible by team ...Google desktop : to search for any file, email anything ...Google scholar to search for any research journal ...Google patents for any patents in the field me or my team is working etc

3. Response time
Always respond to queries, things which are stuck whenever possible almost instantaneously...never wait or sit to decide small issues...bigger issues of course take time...but send them to boss immediately and remember to close it with him asap.

4. Do not waste time for others

Remember: each and every second that you waste of others is creating a bad image of you...and in our profession...image is the most important thing...no body wants to be cast an ignorant, lazy, types...so be conscious about it.


[To be followed]

Clouds today

Amazing clusters of cloud today...I wish to go there and race against them...take pictures and lie down on grass near a river and interpret the stories they have to tell...I think they are Cumulonimbus clouds (for whatever little knowledge I have of them) ...


Thoughtful days...

My mind is playing tricks...brimming with so many thoughts, I thought I will write something...its more than an hour...am just sitting with laptop ....looking down the balcony....thinking...wanting to write something...so many things...but could not write anything...is it beckoning to something?...I hope not, I am too control freak to expect some surprising element in life right now...is it beckoning to something?...I hope yes, I love to be challenged and make sense of chaos and complexities of lives...

This has been cooking for last 3 months and has started to surface now more clearly than it did then...Am I expecting some answers? Then what are the questions first of all? There are no answers to what we do in life...we only have justifications of our actions...excuses, reasons to cover our deeds in the past and present...we never actually have the answers...and if you think deep...we never actually know the questions...

Is it the urge to do more and more things in lives? Is it the constant and conscious efforts to keep stretching a self? Is it something to do with an ever going effort to know one self? Is it the tussle between inner self and the facade to come to harmony? Is it to break all the controls implied by various dimensions today and actually do what one wants and finding impossible to do so , getting fatigued ...Is it the desire to keep winning? Is it the desire to make up for all the losses- people, time, opportunities?...Is it waiting to hear the voice which I have waiting to hear...

Are these the questions? If yes...I shall await the answers |

Music: Coming back to life - Pink Floyd
Ambiance: Night ...with BPO people going home and me just looking at the empty road

Sunday, July 01, 2007

140 Kms in 1 day

Its a record!!! I covered more than the distance between Lucknow and Kanpur (cities in UP state of India)...the clincher is that I biked all this distance in Delhi itself in one day!!!!

Friday: 29th June
Nirmal (on chat): So I will be at India gate by 10:30 am, since I have to catch Bus to Jaipur from Bikaner house near India gate
Me (thinking): Abe , thoda late karke aa, its my well deserved Saturday and would love to sleep
Me (Telling him): Pukka? Then I will be there by 10:00 and remember to bring my Aboslut!!!
Nirmal:Yes, sure :)

Saturday: 9:00 AM
My weary body refuses to wake up, but then when forced from the mind's will power, they stand no chance and wake up....and is on bike at 9:45, rushing to India Gate.

10:15, At India Gate: Nirmal - no call, me waiting
10: 30At India Gate: Nirmal - no call, me cursing him by now
10:45 At India gate: Nirmal- calls: I have just come out from Airport, can you come to Dhola kuan?
Me: Exasperated: abe pagal hai kya???? its very far
Nirmal: Yes, but I will take one hour to reach India gate, you want to wait???and I will catch bus from Dhoula Kuan and I have got your Vodka
Me: Dhoula Kuan is very far and I have no clue of way till there, but I cant stay and see love birds cuddling around....Ok , I will come, lets meet there

And then, Anshul Sushil (Who has no sense of directions) driving to Dhoula Kuan.
Delhi transport facilities is one of the worst of its kind....no signs for the places, you can not ask anybody as everyone is equally confused....

Anyways I somehow reach Dhoula Kuan (distance which was not more than 15 Kms, I covered in 45 Kms)....to find Nirmal Sharma....smiling......

Nirmal: We will have to go back to India Gate.....
Me: GIve me my Absolut....and I am going back to Noida.....
Nirmal, sheepishly: Its not Absolut, its Finlandia (best Finland Vodka)
I felt I am going to die there and then.
Me: Don't you understand Branding and its powers????
He: Its more costly than Absolut!!!!!
And I start giving him lecture of how Google is better than MS and Yahoo and ow Absolut is the real Vodka.

Journey from Dhoula Kuan to India gate starts (after having abused Nirmal with hard core engineering gaallis)....

(he took an auto and though I tried best to slow down the speed of Bike to match that of auto, speedy guy like I am, drove away and we separated)

Me circling around India Gate, 4th time, unable to find which way to take....Humayun road, Shershah road, Akbar road ....bloody its in chronological order of their ascendancy to Indian throne......I was applying logic and finding out where the hell can be Bikaner house....but failed...Somehow after 6 circles, I got to Bikaner house with Nirmal Sharma smiling....

I again blurted out some gaalis....and then we started chatting at the bus stop about his USA experience....he has not changed....no zilch change....but for the fact that he wore tights in USA and I found him looking so sissy ...Nirmal, you were wearing PINK TIGHTS!!!!!!




He took bus for 2:30 and then I started for Lajpat Nagar to have awesome lunch at Big Grill with MAJ (colleague at HCL).....and we discussed life...and its complications...how she made me realize I used to read Doors of perception and Heaven andHell)....after passing some comfortable time inside an AC restaurant, I said Bye to her at 6:00 and started for Megha to catch DieHard4.0....John Maclain...my favorite action hero....

We reached Noida and the bike punctured.....(distance covered 100 Kms, patience level crossed 100 degrees centigrade)....Poor Megha had to wait in Sun while I got it fixed and somehow managed to reach PVR Spice at the right time....

Movie was good fun...inculcating in me the desire to exercise and do something for my fitness....

And then I dropped her back to Noida and came back to my home in Noida...

So total distance covered: 140 Kms
Total time in driving: 6

so.....

Take away of the day: 1 lt of Vodka (Nirmal, I wish it was Absolut!!!!!)



Best thing: I slept like a baby, sound and peaceful....after a couple of month or so....