Saturday, August 25, 2007

Another year gone..i turned 23

I turned 23 today. I have never felt like getting older till now on any of my birthdays as life has always become more beautiful with every year. But there is something about turning '23' that I am getting a feeling of growing older.

Is it the '3' which is reminding me that after few years I will be in my thirties? Funny thought. I have always believed in '18 till I die', 23 is just another number. Its probably because of the next phase of my life (read 'marriage', and no, no plans as of now) that I am getting closer to by an year thats making me feel older. Anyways, who can defeat aging. Ponds? or Garnier? :P

In any case life is running quiet fast. Every day just whizzes through without even a slight notice. So it occurred to me to write about what all I did in last one year and probably take some resolutions for next one year (another form of new year resolutions).

So here is a glimpse of my last year..
Professional
- Aug 14: Joined Adobe and flew kites
- November: Got a Spot award for my contribution
- Jan : Got promoted
- May: First major deadline :) Project ship close
- July end: Went to Park Resorts in Simla with office group
- June onwards: Learning Flex

Personal
- Oct-Nov: Started playing Lawn Tennis with Sourabh (first time :))
- Oct 28: Went to Rishikesh and did water rafting, camping for first time
- Dec 10th: Sister's marriage.
- Dec 25th-1st Jan: Went to Agra, Jaipur, Udaipur
- March 3: Bought a new Wine Red colored Alto LXi
- March : Learnt car driving
- May : Went to Chail on Kapil's car
- June : Tried swimming, but went only for 4 days
- June : Went to Dehradun/Dhanaulti driving my Alto for 600kms in two days.
- June end: Went to Hyderabad to meet friends and to Lonavala from there.
- June : Collaborated with Amit in starting Toastmasters Club in Adobe and became a part of Executive committee for same.
- all through: Read few books, ones i remember - The Blue Ocean strategy, Good to Great, Fountainhead, Winning, Success Principles, God's Debris
- all through: Gained some 5-6 KGs and few inches :(
- all through: Did lots of orkutting and chatting

Next year goals:

Professional:
- :D .. none

Personal:
- Buy and read more books : Atleast 12
- Learn Swimming
- Play more Lawn Tennis
- Trip to Leh/Ladakh (or Manali) on bike
- Gotta do Rafting again
- Complete CC Manual in Toastmasters
- Gotta lose some around 6-7 kgs and atleast 2 inches
- Learn to play Guitar
- reduce orkutting and chatting



Thanks a lot to Darbari, Jagan and Sourabh for arranging the birthday party and special thanks to Jagan and Sourabh for bumps. I hope the 2 hour long discussion that we had after cake-cutting/bumps session will be fruitful to most of us :D. May be I should throw more light on our efforts/results on my next birthday...

Cya on next 25th August..

Friday, August 17, 2007

Un-Image-inable experience..

Today I felt yet again how Google excels in "not" pissing off its users. And my respect for Google grew more. I had created a flickr account when it had just started and my first experience was not even close to great. I had just uploaded some 20 images and my monthly limit of 20MB had reached. Now what is 20 MB, even a stupid e-mail service provides more than that. But well, I found a work around this problem through a friend.

If you upload photos through mail, there is no limit check. Awesome!! I uploaded few more pics in coming months but never used the service to host 'all' my photos as emailing was not very friendly. I understand that pro users is the only Biz model that Flickr had so there was no way they would provide lots of free services. But come on, just 20 MBs..

Then I switched to Kodakgallery with a great photo uploading tool - OFotoNow that is freely available. I think it was kept free because nobody would pay for a Photo uploading application that crashes after uploading every photo that too with a very "User Friendly" Null-Pointer exception message. The developers must have worked really hard to add bugs in a simple Photo uploading app.

And then I switched to Picasa. Picasaweb provides cool 1GB limit which is awesome. The Picasa desktop client provides a great photo handling experience with seam-less integration with PicasaWeb. All you got to do is drag-drop and thats it. And guess what, It never crashes.

I already have few albums on it now.

Anyways, Today I somehow went to Flickr website again and it was "really amazing" to see that they had changed the 20MB limit to 100MB now. Wow! great. I tried their AJAX based multiple photo uploading which was quiet cool and uploaded full 80+ photos in no time.

And this is what they give me in the end.


I still dont understand whats wrong in giving a OK experience to free users. The service should provide something mindblowingly great for premium users that makes them upgrade and not by limiting them at every step to use the service if they are free.

I guess thats ok, Google is always there with 1 GB limit. When I reach that limit I am sure they would have increased it to 2 GBs ;).

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Office group trip to Shoghi near Simla

Dont know what I was busy with that I did not blog this one. Went for a weekend trip to Simla after shipping CS3 (Creative Suite).

After a tiring 11 hours in bus we reached the Park Wood resort. It was more hot than I expected and wanted. But anyways it was fun. The resort was made on a hill without disturbing the ecosystem of the place. There were Camps and Huts at different heights. Jagan and I shared a Camp. I was a bit surprised to see camps with attached toilets.


Went for a short trek post lunch.



I played cricket after years. And actually scored some 10+ runs ;)



Burma bridge. Is nt as simple as it looks.


Had a bonfire + bar-be-que + DJ + dance in the evening


Went for a longer trek in the morning. Around 2 hours to-n-fro



Relaxed after coming back


And left after breakfast :)


Short and sweet. Had a good amount of fun and eventful ride back home. Played dumb-charads, 20 questions, antakshari and what not. And back to work on monday :)

Wow! Writing short travelogues is so damn easy and fast :)

Friday, August 3, 2007

Mahia song - Awarapan . lyrics.

I heard the song Mahia by Annie long back and loved the Jazzy tunes and mix of Hindi and English. Later the song was a bit changed in movie Awarapan which was good too. Here are the lyrics..

Awarapan - by Suzzane - Mahia Version 2.

Somewhere Out There, I Know There Is Someone
Who Is Waiting Just For Me Maahiya
He Is Gonaa Set Me Free Maahiya

Jiski Aankhon Mein Meri Hi Nami Ho
Koyi Toh Hai Woh Yaar Maahiya
Karoon Main Intzaar Maahiya
Jisake Jine Mein Meri Hi Kami Ho
Rahe Jo Bekaraar Maahiya
Woh Mujhpe Nisaar Maahiya
Jisaki Har Baat Mujhse Judi Ho
Chaahe Jo Beshumaar Maahiya
Wafa Se Wafaadaar Maahiya

How Long My
Why Can You Be A Part Of My Reality

Usako Li Zindagi Ke Khwaab Main Bunoo
Chamkile Rang Saare Unamein Bunoo
Usako Aksar Khayaalo Mein Socha
Kahin Toh Hai Woh Yaar Maahiya
Woh Mera Dildaar Maahiya
Somewhere Out There, I Know There Is Someone
Who Is Waiting Just For Me Maahiya
He Is Gonaa Set Me Free Maahiya

I Know That He Is Gonaa Be My Destiny
Its All Part Of
Kabse Usake Aane Ki Main Raah Takoon
Kabse Chhupa Ke Ise Dil Mein Rakhoon
Mere Dil Ne Taraasha Use Jaisa
Milega Wahi Yaar Maahiya
Hai Mujhe Aitbaar Maahiya
Somewhere Out There, I Know There Is Someone
Who Is Waiting Just For Me Maahiya
He Is Gonaa Set Me Free Maahiya
Jiski Aankhon Mein Meri Hi Nami Ho
Koyi Toh Hai Woh Yaar Maahiya
Karoon Main Intzaar Maahiya
Jisake Jine Mein Meri Hi Kami Ho
Rahe Jo Bekaraar Maahiya
Woh Mujhpe Nisaar Maahiya
Jisaki Har Baat Mujhse Judi Ho
Chaahe Jo Beshumaar Maahiya
Wafa Se Wafaadaar Maahiya



Annie - Mahia - Version 1


i wish u could see urself the way i see ya
u shine juss like a star mahia
cuz ur my only pyar mahia

maine tujh ko he dil may basaya
tu hi mera pyar mahia X2

tu nay aisee adda say mujhay dekha
dil ho gya nisaar mahia
tu hi ha mera pyar mahia x2

tu nay aisee adda say mujhay dekha
dil ho gya nisaar mahia
tu hi ha mera pyar mahia x2

y dont u tell me mahi
ma mid at ease
how do u wish to see the loyalty in me
appnee wafa iqrar kya karoon
mar jaoon hudh ko jo tujh say juda karoon

tu nay aisee adda say mujhay dekha
dil ho gya nisaar mahia
tu hi ha mera pyar mahia x2

mahai u r i set ma soul on fire
i felt juss like a rose mahia
when i was in ur arms mahia

i cant imagine that like without u where i'd be
im ur lady i'll go where ever u take me
terey beghair jeenay ki khaish nahin
main terey saath hoon lay chal mujh ko kahin

tu nay aisee adda say mujhay dekha
dil ho gya nisaar mahia
tu hi ha mera pyar mahia x2

mahia ur i set ma soul on fire
i felt juss like a rose mahia
when i was in ur arms mahia

i don't care where we go or stay or wut we do
ill take u r bain consider becuz i love u
jaisay bhi haal main rakhoo gay main rahoon
dukh bhi milay to pyar main haans kay sahoon

tu nay aisee adda say mujhay dekha
dil ho gya nisaar mahia
tu hi ha mera pyar mahia x2

i wish u could see urself the way i see ya
u shine juss like a tar mahia
ur my only pyar mahia

maine tujhh ko he dil may bhasaya
tu hi mera pyar mahia X2

mahai ur i set ma soul on fire
i felt juss like a rose mahia
when i was in ur arms mahia