Thursday, October 27, 2005

1 2 3 4 5 5 and half............break

After completing almost 6 months in corporate life..I am going to have a breakkkkkk....I had gone home only once in the last 4 years for diwali..luckily..I am going this time too...life is not that bad eh!! .. i have not taken a single medical/paid/* holiday till now .. Atleast prof. Govindrajulu wil be happy to hear this as I am maintaining my old habits :)... no plans as of now on what I am going to do in these holidays...anyways.who cares..whenever i have planned something for a holiday, I have never done that .. life at home is all about eating/sleeping/TV/family...Life was so much fun at insti that I never felt home-sick (do i remeber the word correctly)..I wont say that now I have started feeling that..but sometimes I do feel like going home and taking some rest...sometimes i just feel like taking some time off to think..to feel the things around..huh! not the same stuff again..

Yesterday we had a grand party time..Amal/Ranta/Vidit/Ketan had come up with a nice plan (I dont know the originator so no issues :))..they had planned to cook in bothra's apartment...and what a grand treat it was...we had so many things...from Ranta's special Mushroom and Dal ("Rajma ki Dal" - Ranta) to Amal's special milk sweet and paneer bhurji, ketan,amal,nitin,bothra and vidit also prepared paneer and onion 'pakoras'...Thanks to Gaurav and dixit for bringing Tandoori rotis...the food was awesome...and so was the time we spent...it took around 3-4 hours totally to prepare evth..but it was worth it...these people started "Munnabhai MBBS" in bothra's room which added some more fun to the evening...finally everyone left with hopes of another such evening sometime in future...

Gaurav and Dixit packed their stuff in the night as they were boarding from Sec'bad in the morning...I also did some packing in the morning and came to office at around 9:15...Ramneek sir had a conf call at 9:00..but what is more important than taking a nice bath and having some extra sleep..he was at cyber tower with me at 9:10 :) .. I just sent some diwali greetings to our batch and few more people...waiting for the right time..am also taking "Eragon" to pass my time in Train...Ghar pe to time aise hi nikal jaata hai..
Bye to all..and best wishes for Diwali...

CAUTION: Bursting crackers is injurious to health (injurious to environment and so injurious to health)..so avoid them as much as possible..

Thursday, October 20, 2005

An Island full of Treasure...

Yes I am talking about "Treasure Island". When I was in IIIT I saw lots of advertisements of this place..a DJ XYZ or PQL with bhangra mix or western classic..blah blah...but never got an opportunity (or never tried to find one) to go the place..neither did I ever come to know how the place looked like..that was one reason why I didnt have any expectations...Well! Our team outing was long overdue...and we had decided the place with inputs from Ankur (my colleague) who had been there already once...so 19th october 2005..was the day and we started the day with lot of enthu...



We started at 2:00 from office after lunch and we sang all the time in the bus..we were 22 people..we were playing antakshari...the way looked pretty short as the time passed pretty soon..we reached around 2:30..the place was calm and cool..it looked like a treasure island really...there was only one guy standing on the main gate to open/close..and inside..there was nobody...we did a depth first search..and reached the place where we were expected to go as every other door was locked...it seemed to be a desolated place totally...the kind they show in suspense and horror movies...anyways..we started playing frisbee in the ground..the ground was cool, totally green covered with nice grass..and surrounded by lots of trees and greenery..there was a stage in the corner for events..and one side was a small hangout type place where there were lots of sofas and a small bar ( wasnt open ) .. after sometime people decided to play Cricket , but some of us thought .. huh! why do u need to go to Treasure Island to play Cricket..so we went to the indoor games area...there was snooker,pool, darts, fussball , TT and few TVs for passing time..and so we did pass time in these...after sometime we got bored and went back to the ground where these people were playing Cricket....guess what..one game wasnt enough..they started another...:(( .. anyways..Harsha and Ankur felt like going for Pool so I accompanied them..we took Tea and some snacks from "the Kitchen" (I dont know if it had a name) .. we watched TV and went for exploration..We went to Karting track, the farmhouse full of Hen, a small desolated/broken down place which looked like some stage with a small audience capacity.. there were some small and funny joyrides also for kids..which we tried our luck with :)) thinking that they might break anytime...the whole place was surrounded by jungle...we finally came back again to the ground as it was time for Snax...well! offcourse we ate..there were spring roles, veg manchurian, this that..everything was good...some people were still not done with Cricket so we told them to continue with their snax and we went to the Karting track for some real action :)

It was a great experience..we got approximately 4 rounds each ( I got another 2 later ) .. the track was good, the cars were good..but only 3 at a time..off! not that the track could not handle more..but the cars were broken..well..it took us around 2 hours and everyone got his chance..some people banged into the tyres..some people went a step further and banged into the boundaries also..:) .. one of our team members accidentally banged into the guy who was taking care of the cars...he was a bit hurt..but it was more or less his own fault...that wasnt a track where people would follow the goddamn traffic rules or blow the horn to move people....there was a need for speed :) and everyone got their part of speed...

Half of us wanted to go to the Disco and the rest wanted to stay back for more Karting..obvioulsy the disco people were in more enthu so we gave up ( I was in Karting group ) .. We went to disco..it had a nice ambience..with ultraviolet lights shining some odd parts of our clothes...or teeth ;)) .. the DJ was good..the numbers were gr8...the dance floor had enough capacity to hold all of us...we danced .. we dranked (me just softdrinks :D) .. and by the time it got over (after 1 1/2 hours) we were dead tired and were sweating like anything...

We started our way back to Green park at 8:40 .. again singing and chirping like before..this time we were singing..not playing antakshari..we were making songs with people's names in them..like chandu ke chacha for me etc...At 9:40 we were sitting on our Buffet table..with so many dishes to chose from...Alas! this was my first buffet after turning into a Veggie :(( .. how terrible..I had to see every item's name to check if it was non-veg..unlike before when I was a free eater..free as in freedom (as "they" say) .. well! this was also my first buffet in corporate life..(if we dont count the unlimited pizzas in pizza hut 2 weeks back) .. but yes..whenever we used to go to Buffets as students we used to eat like pigs (as bothra says 'i can eat like a pig' :D) .. but this time I stopped in just 4 rounds (does it sound very less) .. this 4 here includes sweets (does it sound even lesser) .... anyways..I was full by the time we were done..we started our way back home and I reached home at 11:30 where Ramneek was standing at door to welcome me with Dixit and Gaurav..(Nitin had not come till then :( )....

Now, its the next day..and still i have a hangover (Gaurav will laugh at this word being used here) .... my neck is paining, Sumit's head is aching..though I had enuf sleep in the night..but still .. my body is aching..and this was just 1 hour of dancing...as compared to 2-3-4 hrs we used to dance on felicity, freshers, this that...do we need a reason to dance..hell no...

Got this news sometime back...Amal passed in TU .. huh! a relief?? .. ask those who know whats happening around him...

Monday, October 17, 2005

melting moments of a happy dusherra

Yesterday was a 'happy dusherra' for us. In hyderabad you would hear lots of different spellings of this festival ranging from dasara to dassarra, to dusherra, but who cares about all that..what we do care of is that we got a Holiday :) . When we were in Institute Dusherra didnt have any meaning, because weekdays were as good as holidays and unless it was a big festival (like diwali,holi) it would be just another day, but now things have changed...

We got up pretty late and thought of taking a nice breakfast somewhere, so all four of us went to Madhapur. Madhapur has a gr8 south indian restaurant namely Aditya (which we also call as Aditya park-inn but any relation between the two is purely coincidential ;)). This restaurant, which is open everytime we go there, be it early morning or late evening, was closed :( . Well! this is just a starting..we thought, its ok yaar..its happy dusherra afterall..so we told the autowala to take a U-turn and take us to cyber tower..We thought atleast WoW will be open and so came back towards Cyber tower..but huh! it was closed too...Gods were against our health..we reached kothaguda junction to buy some Wheat bread (healthy diet u see) but guess what .. that stupid Village shops did nt even have fresh Milk bread, leave alone wheat bread...finally Nitin/Dixit ended up eating Samosas from a stupid tea shop :D .. and me/Gaurav ended up eating only an apple each :(( ..

Now all companies do not give a holiday on Dusherra .. (lol for Gaurav), so Gaurav didnt have an holiday for Dusherra (optional holiday only) so he had to go to office, but we 3 poor souls with our semi-empty stomachs were sitting at home with nothing to do but to think about food...after some 'important discussions' (rofl) with Tin and Dix we left to have lunch. We had planned to go to Hot rottis@Indra nagar (does that ring a bell), but as I said before that gods were against us, it was closed too...well! life is not that bad..as our gr8 PR was open...we ended up eating alot there...palak paneer, dal tadka, and plain paranthas..huh! it was a gr8 lunch...now after such a gr8 lunch, our body needed some rest..so we all went to bed...and were dead for 3 hours .. I finally woke both of them up at around 6:45 when we decided to go somewhere...

We were able to get out of our place by 7:00 and took a bus to koti..as usual, nowadays we dont have any plan while we are going out..its all random..so we just took a bus without seeing where it was going..we finally decided to get down at jubilee hills checkpost to go to Melting moments...we walked and walked and reached finally...Me/dix ate Autumn dreams and Tin took butternut crunch....Going to melting moments while we were in institute was totally a different experience..this time it was just like we went just for the sake of going...from there we went to Kesav reddy walking all the way...ate pani puris and grilled sandwich..came home to look forward for another holiday..another weekend..

PS: this post was started on thursday but I could complete it only today i.e. monday 17 october..

Tuesday, October 4, 2005

google adsense

Just added a few Google add links above..was just browsing and came across this adsense while changing my template. I didnt change the template but this surely caught my eye. Thought what is wrong in trying :) .. so here it is...

India shining?? (inspired by Vardhman's post)

Was just browsing the blogroll and came across Vardhman's post on Indian competitiveness. I would call it Indian's ignorance. What is "India Shining" is just for Politicians for there marketing campaigns, exaggerating every small "success" or so you call it. But the crux of the matter can be seen all over the country. Thousands (or millions) of people dont have food to eat, shelter, clothes etc. Villages dont have electricity and people want to take Internet to villages. Just take a walk from Cyber tower (hitec city-hyderabad) to our full-of-activity Madhapur after 10:00 PM in the night. You will come across 10s of people sleeping beside the road. If there are 10s of people on this one single road, how many would be sleeping like this all over the country? Not just that! you go out for office in the morning and while you are waiting for a bus/cab you will atleast encounter 2-3 beggars (mostly a new one daily).

Well! Vardhman's post was on a somewhat different topic, here is my comment to it...

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good post..people(read indians) should really realize their potential and start reigning rather than serving the world...the problem with these industries (automobiles and hardware) is that the starting cost is too high and chances to compete in an existing market and still being able to persist are poor. You must have heard of some poor TV etc brands that belong to india like T-series etc..but where did they reach..Even Indian government (like china) should support Indians to start off on their own..India itself has a huge market potential in all the fields now, be it computers, laptops, mobiles or anything...if an Indian company can do well in India it surely can do well globally...

and yes..this India shining sux...india is not at all shining..most of the MNCs that export (read outsource) work to India give only that work which they dont want to waste time in or to get it done cheaper...India is gaining through it, but there is no Innovation in that...I am not saying we should stop it as outsourcing is one chief source of employment..but just doing the outsourced work wont take India (or moreover Indians) anywhere..
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