Saturday, December 12, 2009

Shopping mania!!!



“Sound, Tomorrow we need to go for shopping, prepare a list!” - My mother told me as soon as came home from office yesterday.

“Oh No” - I shouted inside my mind! I didn’t want to go out anywhere,but then my mother was right. I needed to buy a few things before packing off to coimbatore and weekends only I’ll get time!

But still the word shopping somehow makes me uncomfortable.

I simply hate shopping!



























One of the reasons might be the way I have been shopping from my childhood. Whenever we needed to go out and buy something, we would make a plan. List out all the things needed to buy and then mark the shop where we have to buy it. We had our regular shops and stores to visit in Bhilai(after all it didn’t have so many shops to chose from!). Then we would visit these places, choose only the ones we needed and return back home. Never had we gone out of the list and bought something or taken time in choosing.If it was a dress, whatever was shown from that we would choose one and come back.



But after coming to Chennai and seeing the way people shop, especially in T.Nagar area ..phew…I can’t imagine standing in one shop and seeing the dresses or accessories or any other stuff repeatedly and either chose from them or just claim that i didn’t like any and go to next shop and again see everything.

























My parents had always had this notion that if they visit some shop, it would not be nice to leave it empty handed, especially dress shops. And somehow that has got into my mind too.

But one thing i learned is to bargain. I prefer the pavement shops to the crowded stores! As its open, I need not bother about not buying from any of these pavement shops. I have been lucky to get goods in really cheap price with bargaining in first 2,3 shops itself and never had to go into all the pavement shops and have arguments with the shop owners.



Well I ended up going and spending 5 hours and doing huge and major buying both quantity and money wise but thankfully got most of the things in same shop!! So I ended up carrying things like this…


























Even though the shopping was done for me only, but still its boring. I can’t imagine people ready to be on the move, the moment they hear the word “shopping”!


Now i know you all might be wondering - “What sort of a girl is she, not to even like shopping??” Well I am an exception I know!! And I know the guy who will marry me is very lucky And even if he’s keen on shopping,which I pray not!) still I will hate shopping and I would prefer watching a cricket match or read a book than go shopping!!

























Friday, November 20, 2009

Meme - My Life According to Music

After literature and movies..its music and food..
am not a foodie so didn't even attempt that!!
Here is my life according to music(have given in hindi and in tamil for some) !
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Describe Yourself:
oru deivam thantha poove(kannathil muththam vittal)[a flower given by god ;)]
Main albeli ghoomoon akeli koi paheli hoon main(zubeinda)

How do you feel:
shala la(gilli)
zara sa jhoom lun main(DDLJ)

Describe where you currently live:
Madrasa Suthi Pakka poren(May Madham)[going to roam around madras]
Musafir hoon yaron na ghar hai na thikana(Parichay)

If you could go anywhere, where would you go:
yeh duniya ek dulhan..yeh mera india(pardes)[around india!]

Your favorite form of transportation:
rayile rayile oru nimisham(five start)
kasto mazaa hai yeh lelaima(parineeta) [ picturization on train..love train journeys ]

Your best friend is:
gaata rahe mera dil(guide)[music]

You and your friends are:
yahoo..chahe koi mujhe(humein ;)) junglee kahe(junglee) [we are wild :D]

What’s the weather like:
yeh sama,sama hai suhana(jab jab phool khile)

Favorite time of day:
subah se lekar shaam tak,shaam se lekar raat tak(mohra) [ all the time ]

What is life to you:
Golmaal hai bhia sab golmaal hai(Golmaal)
Thoda hai thode ki zaroorat hai(Rang birangi)

Your fear:
Andheri raat(daasi)
tanhai(Dil chahta hai)[darkness and loneliness]

What is the best advice you have to give:
vaazhkai yosingada thalaiezhutha naala vaasinga da(Chennai 28)
kuch toh log kahenge logon ka kaam hai kehana(amar prem)

Thought for the Day:
chalte chalte mere yeh geet yaad rakhna kabhi alvida na kehana(chalte chalte)
Aanewala pal jaane wala hai(Golmaal)

How you would like to die:
panni vizhum iravu(mouna raagam)
so ja chanda(mission kashmir)[in sleep]

Your soul’s present condition:
oho megham vanthatho(mouna raagam)
jhoom barabhar jhoom(JBJ)
it’s the time to disco(KHNH)[really happy and feel like dancing :)]

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These are the songs i could think of that time.will update this as i remember any other which would be apt for these questions.not necessarily my favourite songs!!

Meme : My Life According to Movies

Next in line..movies!!
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Describe Yourself:Gumnaan

How do you feel:Khushi/Happy Feet

Describe where you currently live:Victoria No -203/Home Alone

If you could go anywhere, where would you go:Kashmir ki kali/Roman Holiday

Your favorite form of transportation:Train/Cars

Your best friend is:Taal/The Sound Of Music

You and your friends are:Kaminey/The Usual Suspects

What’s the weather like:Pyaar Ka Mausam/Sweet November

Favorite time of day:Morning Raaga

What is life to you:Hungama/chaos

Your fear:raat/wait until Dark(Fear of Darkness)

What is the best advice you have to give:Kabhi Alvida Na Kehana/The Good.The Bad and The Ugly(World is mixture of all the three.We need to find out the correct way out)

Thought for the Day:Kal Ho Na Ho/Tomorrow Never comes

How you would like to die:Shaheed/While You were Sleeping

Your soul’s present condition:Masti/A Beautiful Mind
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not necessarily my favourite movies!! :)

Meme - My Life according to Literature

Based on the books that I have read!! Not necessarily favourites! It should suit the questions too!!

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Describe Yourself: Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

How do you feel: An Equal Music by Vikram Seth(when am happy,i keep humming songs in my mind - am happy now!)

Describe where you currently live: A Painted house by John Grisham(colourful india :))

If you could go anywhere, where would you go: The God of Small things by Arundhati Roy(Kerala!)or Where Eagles Dare by Alistair Mclean

Your favorite form of transportation: Train to Pakistan by Khushwant Singh(I love train journeys)

Your best friend is: Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

You and your friends are: A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry

What’s the weather like: Joy in the Morning by P.G.Wodehouse

Favorite time of day: Endless night by Agatha Christie(sleep the whole time ;))

What is life to you: Two lives by Vikram Seth(1 we live for ourselves and 2nd for those surrounding us) or Nadanthathu Nadanthapidiye by Devan(wanted to include 1 tamil book too:))

Your fear: The Dark Crusader by Alistair McLean/The Dark Room by R.K.Narayanan(afraid of darkness :()

What is the best advice you have to give: And then there were None by Agatha Christie(simple - live life fully)

What is the best advice you have to give: All’s well that ends well by William Shakespeare

How you would like to die: Sleeping Beauty by Charles Perrault(in sleep)

Your soul’s present condition: Laughing gas by P.G.Wodehouse(having a really great day!:))

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Go ahead and answer these questions!! :)

Meme's~~~~~~~~My life according to ...

Well i had mentioned in my previous post about my company's internal blog. I have been pretty active there due to which i somehow couldn't come and post here.
There were a string of meme's happening there for past 2 months..with the theme my life according to ....

I just thought i should post it here too!!

So next 3 posts are from the meme's..If any one of you feels like giving a shot at it, please do so and let me know!! :)

Enjoy :)

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Bewitched Night!!!

I tried my hand at writing a short story. In my company we hve internal blogging system and there is a short story contest - with the theme "One night story". The story should happen between 8p.m to next day 8 am. This is my first attempt at writing a story. Thought of sharing it here too :)

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2009



I lay in my couch staring at him. My whole life, I have been faithful to him. Now old and tired, my days are numbered. But he was in his own world, surrounded by books. He didn’t even bother to look at me. As I see him leaving the room, I am reminded of that night - Bewitched Night - when my life got changed! Everything that I had was never the same.



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1997



It is his 7th birthday. John. He is my best friend. We both are inseparable and need no one else to play with. The night has started off just like any other night. It’s around 8.30 p.m. We finished our ball-game and dashed into the house for celebrations and special dinner. Mother has prepared delicious items. On such special occasions, she prepares my favorites too. Father got the cake ready in dining table. Dining hall is also nicely decorated with John’s favorite things. John is very eager to cut his cake. I am excited and jumping here and there with joy.



Mother and Father had adopted me when I was small. They found me abandoned near the shore and took me with them. They have bought me up just like am their own. They gave me a special and beautifully decorated room. Their home is my only world.



We were all set to celebrate his birthday, when something on the table caught my eye. A nicely wrapped golden covered parcel. I didn’t know why, but somehow I felt uneasy after I saw it. We all assembled around the table. John cut the cake as the birthday music is playing in the background. Mother, Father and John, all three are very happy.



Father gave John the golden-wrapped parcel but told him to open it later when he is alone. Dinner is served and all of us are enjoying and having a great time as family. Mother looked at me with a bit of concern, but I pretend as if am very happy and cheerful. But deep-down am scared of the parcel kept near John. I kept an eye on the parcel as if something was going to happen because of that. After dinner we played some games, but I couldn’t concentrate.
By the time, I and John went to John’s room; it was around 11.30 p.m. Though its John’s room, but I spend all my time in his room only and not in mine. John was very keen to open the parcel. He put it on the bed and started opening it. I tried to distract him from not opening it, but he didn’t budge. I came out to the hall as I got scared and didn’t want to see what was inside it.



Suddenly I heard him scream! White light glowed from John’s room. It almost blinded me. Lightning stuck. Thunders roared. I ran here and there around the hall but everywhere it was like smoke. I couldn’t understand what was going on. I wanted to shout for John, father or mother but no voice came! I hid below the couch. I lay there for some time.



Then everything became silent! I looked around completely scared, wondering what happened to others. I was startled when I heard the church clock ring. It was midnight. Then again it became silent. Some time had passed and I decided to go to John’s room to check on him. As I tried to muster courage and try to make my way to John’s room, I heard voices. Initially I felt like it was coming from nowhere. But then realized it was coming from John’s room. I went to John’s room and peeped inside. John was lying on the bed with something in his hand. I went and jumped on the bed and sat next to him. He didn’t even notice me. He was staring at that thing in his hand. I heard voices from that thing. Light was glowing from that .I felt as if the whole world was spinning. I was subconscious and saw different kind of creatures. Humans, animals were walking, flying and I just couldn’t understand what was happening. There were small kids, beasts, giants and something like magic was happening. I didn’t know when I slept off.



I woke up with a jolt. It was early morning and sun was ready to come out. John was not on the bed.I looked around surprised as he never gets up unless i wake him!! I went looking outside and saw John sitting in garden with that thing. Early morning used to be our own time but now he was completely into that thing. He simply ignored me. One look in his eyes and I knew that we were separated. He got a new best-friend in that thing and did not need me from then on.
Mother called us for breakfast. He put that thing on his chair and ran to get ready.



I went near my new enemy, who has taken my position and looked at it.



It was a book and read “Harry Potter“. John’s new best friend and my enemy!!



I barked “woof woof” and ran inside the house.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Pleasures of Life - Part 3

Music


Last Saturday evening, I went to a concert held by Chennai Rotary Club in Music Academy,Chennai. The Show was full of hindi music of 60’s,70’s and 80’s era. It was an awesome event compered by Anurada Shriram and singers were Anil Bajpai,Ganesh,Jaya Rajagopalan and Anuradha herself.

Anil Bajpai practically eats,drinks and sleeps with Rafi’s voice as he sings only Rafi’s songs and has a voice almost same as Rafi. Anyone listening to him for first time might mistake that they are listening to Rafi.

Ganesh sings mostly Kishore Kumar’s songs and has an equal charm and fun in his voice as Kishore Kumar’s. Jaya sings a lot similar to Asha Bhonsle, but surprised many by changing her voice to Shamshad Begums’ while singing “kajra mohabbat waala”

Anuradha,yet again, proved how versatile singer she is!! She sang both Lata and Asha’s songs and made the evening with the way she compered the show!!

I had an awesome evening, completely lost in all those charming old songs, i grew up listening to!
Music is divine. Each person has different tastes and likes to listen to some form of music.It varies from movie songs to pop to rock to classical to folk songs etc. But be it of any form, they touch our soul.

I personally love old songs(both hindi and tamil) though i know more hindi songs. I listened to carnatic music too. I’ve not even ventured into the pop and rock music.
Whenever I feel lonely, all I need to do is to pick up a book and put on mu I-Pod and listen to rafi or kishore and i come back to life.

I thought of listing out a few favourite songs of mine by a few singers but then as i started making list, I didn’t know which song to pick and which song to leave. So I left the plan with that.
We can not compare music directors of any generation - From M.S.Viswanathan to Illairaja to Rehman or From Burman’s to O.P.Nayyar to Shankar Jaikishan to Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. Nor can we compare any form of music and say which is better!
I would like to end today mentioning a few lyrics which i always remember and its apt to our lives.
—— Zindagi,kaise yeh paheli hai,kabhi to hasaye,kabhi toh rulaye!
—— Zindagi,ek safar hai suhana,yahan kal kya ho kisne jaana.
—— Har ghadi badal rahi hai roop zindagi…Kal ho na ho!

Enjoy Life and Enjoy Music :)

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Pleasures of Life – Part 2




Communications

Communications are part and parcel of a man’s life. The mode of communication has only changed over a period of time. Most of us can’t imagine a life without a cell phone or internet connection. For example - A day without getting connected to twitter (on 6th, Thursday) was like losing something very special for millions of people using twitter.

My post is actually on the earlier modes of communications – letters. How many of us write letters nowadays? How many of us have visited post office recently? As emails (for faster communication) and couriers (for sending something important) have become so popular, letter writing has become an old fashioned way! Nowadays the letters that we get through the post are – some magazine for which we have subscribed or various bills (whose soft copies are also sent in mail, like phone bills, credit card bills) etc.

With all the technology developments happening, postal department has taken a back seat, though they have good investment plans and also postal accounts. I remember once waiting in post office to buy stamps when a customer asked the person working there why they couldn’t make it computerised for faster and easier work (they do all the updations manually and have huge files still)? The person replied that most of the people who use post office accounts etc live in villages where there is no computer and net connection and even if the facility is provided, they don’t have people to work there. Those who are educated and have computer knowledge prefer higher-paid jobs than low-paid government jobs.

Am sure my grandfather must be among those very few people who still believe in postal department for their communication with world. A few must items in my grandfather’s list of things to be brought are inland letters, postcards and envelopes. Yesterday morning also he gave me a list of the same. He’s the reason why I visit post office regularly. He writes atleast a letter per day.

I used to look forward to his letters during my stay in hostel. Whole of hostel knew about my grandfather because of his letters as I was the only one getting letters. Though I already used to know the content of letters written by him (courtesy my mother who would update on everything happening back at home) but still it’s a pleasure reading a letter. Whenever I used to feel homesick, I would simply take out all his letters and read it. I used to reply back to him though it was once a month compared to his once a week letter! :D

As there are very few customers, even the supplies in smaller post offices are very less. Once I went to a post office and asked for 25 inland letters and that guy stared at me as if he was hearing shocking news. He told me they have only 15. Such is the condition of many post offices but one can’t blame them too as very few buy them.
Once upon a time stamp collection was a favourite hobby of so many kids. I still remember my brother and his friend used to have so many fights over stamps! Last year a movie called “Welcome to Sajjanpur” came, which showed the essence of letter writing still.

Writing is an art and letter writing is also an art! I admire my grandfather for writing letters without expecting any replies! I will always cherish those letters he has sent me till date. :)


Friday, July 24, 2009

Pleasures of Life – Part 1



Kids and Childhood

It always gives us pleasure when we see a small kid and more when the kid is laughing or smiling. The innocence and warmth that the kids have in their face can match nothing in this world. They bring joy to everyone surrounding them, be it parents, siblings, neighbors etc. Even to the most stressed out person, seeing a smiling kid changes his/her mood completely.

I look forward to going to office in the morning especially because of two kids. The stop where I wait for company bus, there is a school bus also which comes to pick up few kids. These two girls (one is around 5 years and another 7 years) always come and stand with a big smile in their faces. The younger girl comes with her mother and stands quietly near her mother. The moment the little girl sees the elder girl coming in bike sitting behind her father, her face completely changes. She becomes excited. Today when the elder girl wanted to drink water, the younger girl also wanted to copy her and started asking for water form her mother. The small things they do and talks that they have in the morning while waiting for bus is really amusing and brings smile in our face automatically. I completely get charged up and start looking forward to my day! J

Unfortunately the so-called competition for kids nowadays takes away that charm of childhood in kids. From 1st standard itself they are pushed into doing well in everything from academics to sports to any other extra curricular activities. They are supposed to know everything that LKG and UKG students know to join preschool. I wonder why then they should go to school! And this trend continues for whole life. Nowadays kids don’t even get time to play in evening, even if for 5 minutes. Even if the student is not able to cope up with something, parents and teacher push them to extremes. Not all kids are alike and not all can excel in everything. But unfortunately none of the parents are ready to accept this and want their kid to be in top of everything and they forget what the kid wants to do. This reminds me of a story I read in “chandamama” long back.

Every one knows Akbar-Birbal. Akbar always liked to test his ministers especially Birbal. The story goes like this - Akbar was very fond of his child and told birbal that his son was the most beautiful child in the world. Birbal disagreed with him. Getting angry, he announced in his court that he’ll reward the minister who brings the most beautiful child to the court, indirectly challenging birbal. While all the ministers started praising the prince and claiming that he was the most beautiful child, Birbal alone left in search of some other child. He came after sometime and told that he had found the most beautiful child in the world but to see the child Akbar has to come with him. Everyone were astonished as to how birbal could get another child when prince was there and that too not bring the child to court but instead asking the king himself to come with him! Akbar was very curious to know who the child was. So he agreed to go with birbal. Birbal took Akbar and all ministers to a slum and there was a child playing in dirty wanted with no clothes, looking very dirty and crying non-stop. Showing the child birbal said this is the most beautiful child in the world.

Akbar got very angry and started questioning Birbal on how he could compare such an ugly child with his prince. That time the child’s mother came running and picked up the child and started pacifying the child. Then she turned towards Akbar and Birbal (she didn’t know who they were) and told how they could say their child was ugly. He was the most beautiful child and that he is a gem and took away her child.

Then Birbal told Akbar that for all the parents their own child would be the most beautiful child in the world and no one can compare children.

This is so true even today but unfortunately we have forgotten that. Even when a child is not able to perform, instead of encouraging the child or trying to see what the child is good at, parents want them to do everything because other kids are doing it. In this process the kids lose their childhood all the innocence and charm.

As we grow up in our lives and get into the vicious circle of job, family, and friends in our lives, there are times when we feel we could become kids once again and enjoy life without anything to worry about. :) But then that kid life should not be hat kids nowadays face!! :)

Kids, be it our own or anyone’s bring those small joys to our world. Those small pleasures of life that we get when we are with them are the moments we always cherish and which we should never forget! :)

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Doordarshan Days


Nowadays television has become very much commercialized and in the name of entertainment the level of “entertainment” itself has gone too low. If one channel starts some kind of reality show, the other follow the same way trying to get as many celebrities and “cooked-up dramas” that they can get into the show. Same way if some channel started some serial or show in the name of comedy then others follow soon. Unfortunately the “Indian audience” is happy to see all this and almost every one wants to have their 10 seconds fame by coming into one of these shows. Even parents are trying to get their small children into this business!

When I see all these channels, I am reminded of Doordarshan – by far the best channel in television. Today, Doordarshan also has all kinds of sobbing serials and 1-2 reality show but then it’s not in such large scale as in other private channels. Despite these, they still have some good shows like Jalsa – which is telecasted every Sunday, trying to show several forms of music in India (classical, Hindustani, folk, ghazals etc)

For those who have watched Doorodarshan some 15 to 20 years back, am sure they will have nostalgic memories of it.

One cannot forget watching - Mahabharata, Ramayana, Shri Krishna on Sunday mornings or regional movies on Sunday afternoons. Rangoli and Chitrahaar used to keep people glued to their television sets. For kids – Jungle book, Danasur and many cartoons used to be shown. Many won’t forget serials like Shanti(which made MBndira bedi a household name!! ;)) and Junoon.
Even the news was well presented and covered all the areas of news. Even today watching Doordarshan news is better than likes of NDTV and CNN-IBN who are more interested in keeping sports and entertainment gossips as their “Breaking News”.
I don’t watch much television now but know that Doordarshan still does its bid of telecasting various things about India though unfortunately the numbers of people watching it have reduced.

Here are some of my favorites from Doordarshan which I loved to watch. They are not serials or reality shows but shows the in simpler way importance of different things of India like patriotism, education, music etc.
So all those who used to love watching Doordarshan, Enjoy these links :)

Mile sur mera tumhara
Light of freedom
Doordarshan Signature Montage
Doordarshan Ads part 1
Doordarshan Ads part 2
The Spirit of Unity for national integration
Educational documentary
Jai hind
Baje Sargam
Jungle book


P.S – I might have missed naming a few shows of yesteryears, so if any one remembers any apart from these do let me know. :)

Saturday, July 11, 2009

The First Few Days In Cognizant


So Finally I joined Cognizant!!

*Cheers* *Claps* *Laughs*

Thank You, Thank You!!! :)


I know for long time that I’ve been telling people that I’ll be joining Cognizant, but then I myself didn’t have any clue as to when! And now two weeks have passed.


So how has been my time there?? Well …Really good…


Lots of things have been happening. First and foremost is my laziness vanishing!! One year of vettiness(joblessness) has made me more than ever lazy(more lazy than I was before: :P). So now I have a nice schedule which keeps me busy!


Secondly I have been meeting new people. I’ve to say that all the people in my batch are really friendly and nice. All of us are students of 2008 passed out batches but then seem like still college student! So we all are experiencing this transformation of college to corporate environment.

Well cognizant campus itself is pretty good. Have been to two places and liked it. The environment and atmosphere and the people overall are new and pretty exciting.


The job of HR’s was to completely make us ease when we join company and have to say they were really well. They impressed so many of us.


German class is the next highlight. Oh yes, Am going to get some training in German. I had always wanted to learn a foreign language. :)


Studies are always there. With training and series of tests lined up, its always going to be hectic but still its going to be enjoyable next six months :)


Last but not the least, its not just about training etc but it’s about me also. I’ve been able to evaluate myself and know about many aspects of myself. And with 6 months to go, am sure I’ll know how to adapt myself to the “Working Life” and into the “World which is still unknown to me” :)


So looking forward to the new venture of my life!! :D

Friday, May 22, 2009

Finally..Got DOJ!!

Finally after a year’s waiting I got information about my joining date yesterday and the best part is that I got it when I was least expecting it. Each day as I get up, I would think today is going to be the day! After days of hopes and expectations that I’ll know about my joining date, I had sort of stopped thinking about it the first thing in the morning! So when my friend messaged yesterday early morning asking me to check my mail and see if I have any mail, without any hopes I got up and opened the mail. I thought it would show 0 new mails but there it was. A mail from the company informing me to join on 29th June!! I had never felt as relieved as I was yesterday.

So I know that I’ve one more month before I join. Now when I look back at this 1 year, I have enjoyed life doing nothing! If some one is to ask me what I’ve been doing for past 1 year I can’t give any concrete reasons. Let me see what I’ve been doing past 1 year.

First of all 2008 had been a sort of landmark year in my family as all three of us(me and my brothers) were passing out from our courses in April and my father getting retired in October.

April 2008 – Well my final review got over mid-April and then I went on family trip for 1 week. Then headed back to bhilai with my parents and elder brother.

May 2008 – Meeting all old friends, family friends, spending time with parents and brothers and eagerly waiting for joining date! Also learnt car driving during that time!

June 2008 – 1st week went of in attending my friend’s wedding in Madurai and then back to Bhilai where my elder brother was all set to leave for Bombay(err..Mumbai :)) to join his work! Then I learnt some cooking and practice car driving.

July 2008 – Had been pretty hectic with my parents gone to Chennai for 1 week and my twin brother and me taking care of our grandfather at home. Then we had a series of relatives and friends visiting us at home as we would be leaving bhilai by the end of the year.

August 2008 – My twin brother was leaving for US this month so busy with him. He wanted to visit a few relatives before leaving for US, so made a trip with him to Chennai Then went with him to Bombay to see him off and spent 2 days there.

September 2008 – Well the feeling slowly started sinking in that we would be leaving bhilai in 2 months. Major planning started on when, how to shift and what things to take.
There was also 10days festival during ganesh chathurthi in a temple there which pretty much kept us busy. I had been secretly hoping for delay in my joining date as I needed to be with my parent’s next two months to help them.

October 2008 – Easily one of the busiest months with all preparations on packing, a series of parties to be attended and in between came my father’s 60th birthday(though we celebrated it only in simple way).

November 2008 – Again another busy month as we made two visits to Chennai. First was to leave my grandfather in aunt’s place. We also had a simple house warming ceremony and then looked after finishing touches of our new house. Then back to bhilai and last minute courtesy calls to all friends there and doing final packing. Then came time to say goodbye to bhilai. We flew back to Chennai via Mumbai spending 2 days there meeting all relatives.


December 2008 – Well two days after we came to Chennai I got chicken pox. After recovering from it, came the tedious work of arranging the new house and getting used to the new place and environment.

January - February 2009 – Taking care of pending jobs in new house and visiting (courtesy visits) all relatives (elders of the family) to inform them about our shifting to Chennai. Same time there were lots of relatives visiting us in new house too.

March – April 2009 – Busy with online training that company had sent to us asking us to finish it in given time and apart from that I was catching up on visits to my friends and spending time with them.

May 2009 – With all the election hungama’s going around, IPL and my brother’s visit to Chennai, days were just going by. And now I get to know about my joining date!

So over all if I see I had not been doing anything to talk about except that my presence at home was much needed for my parents. It was more of moral boost for them than anything else. If some one asks me what I did career wise then nothing specific. I guess family commitment is what I can say to those who ask me! And at times it’s also equally important. Now with my joining date nearing, my parents won’t expect anything out of me as family commitment for the time being! I am in a way happy that I could be there for my parents when they needed me. I enjoyed life doing nothing constructively. I simply watched movies, sports, made new friends through networking sites and spent time with my family. I don’t think I would ever get such time again in my life!! :)

Finally am relieved that I got my joining in June itself compared to my friend’s some of whom have got in October, November or even December! :)

Friday, March 6, 2009

Twins!!

This is one of the most standard conversations that I’ve had with a new person (NP).

Soundarya – Hi, I am Soundarya.

NP – Hi. I am so-so.

Soundarya – How are you?

NP – Am good. You? What do you do?

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….

NP – You’ve Siblings?

Soundarya – Yes, 2 Brothers.

NP – Elder?

Soundarya – 1 elder and another Twin.

NP –Whaaaaaaaaaatttttttttt??? :o

Soundarya – Yeah. I’ve a twin brother.

NP – Do you look alike? Who’s elder? What’s he doing? How come he’s far away? I heard twins have same kind of feelings and that they are very close and inseparable.Do you both like same kind of food? Do you both wear same color clothes?and the list of questions goes on and on..…

Well I have sort of condensed this conversation.

It always amuses me to see the reaction the new person always gives when he/she comes to know that I am a twin. And the kind of questions they ask is dubious. Each time As I answer them and tell them we are just like any other brother-sister, the disappointment shows in their face clearly. I wonder what they were expecting me to reply! Were they expecting me to reply that when my brother feels hungry 1000 miles away, I feel hungry too? Or when he falls down somewhere, it hurts me!!(Some people have asked me such questions!!)

And the best part is when I show someone my twin’s photo without telling them that he’s my brother. No one would even believe that he’s my brother. When I tell them that he’s actually my twin, then for a second they stare at the photo and change their stance completely saying “oh yes, he looks pretty much like you”! Completely amused, I simply look at them and smile.

I wonder how one is supposed to feel as a twin!!

Special? In What way??

All I can say is we are just normal siblings except for the fact that we’ve been in same class!!

Friday, January 2, 2009

In the End, We all are same

Who am I? Who are you? Who are the people surrounding us? When I say people, I mean parents, relatives, friends, crowd in the bus you travel, or the shopkeeper from whom you buy your dresses, or the maid who comes to your house etc.

This is not a philosophical question or anything to do with philosophy.

Of late, this question has been in my mind after observing a few things. Oh yes, I’ve been so jobless that I actually have started observing things ;)

We all are so engrossed in our work, personal commitments, social life etc that we tend to overlook simple things in life. The purpose of life!!

The other day, I was talking to my brother in Skype and my grandfather came. When he saw my brother in computer screen, he became so happy. As he cannot hear properly he’s not able to converse with any one in phone and seeing my brother like this made him so happy. He, like a small kid, told every one who came to our house about seeing my brother who lives so far off.

We were shifting from one place to another and had arranged for movers & packers. Five men came from the company to pack and load all the things. When they had finished loading all the things, I took out my camera to take pictures of the loaded truck and the empty house when I saw kind of childish excitement in those men’s faces. One of them excitedly asked me if I was going to take their photos. I asked all of them to sit in one place and took their photo. Though we are paying them for their work, but still the joy that I saw in their face when we took their photos gave me more satisfaction than anything else.

These kind of small joys are the one’s that we all have forgotten in this fast moving life - the joy of seeing our parents happy by just spending some time with them, the joy of seeing the happiness in maid/fruit seller/milkman’s face when we respect them and get some gift for them when they don’t expect it, the joy of seeing happiness in friend’s face when we visit them just to say we care for them.

Instead of classifying ourselves based on caste, social, financial, gender etc, why are we not able to live with each other in good way? After all we never know what’s going to happen? Whether we will live to see tomorrow?

The satisfaction and happiness that we get when we make some one else happy is what life all about is.

In the end, we all are human beings only.

In the end, we all are same.

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