Thursday, March 31, 2005

Am back!!!

After a wonderful long break from work, am back to Bangalore today... and back to work too :(
I was at home for a full week. My sister, brother-in-law and my nephew were all with us since Monday. They left for Kerala yesterday and am back to Bangalore today. They'll be flying back to US tomorrow... Thats why I took a vacation holiday from office and spend lots of time with them.... was really happy.... we went to a photo studio, took our family photo... it came very well.. :)

After a long time, we are all together. Now that she'll be leaving tomorrow, donno when the next chance would come. My parents became a little emotional yesterday when they left. I asked my father why he was worried too much, afterall they r going to US only na cos I was justifying that with all the modern technology like webcam, voice chat, and things like that we can very well see all of them whenever we want to. Time and space have been very much reduced with the advent of these modern technologies..
But, my father jus replied back that I donno all these emotions, only when I have a child I'll feel those.. All those technologies won't be a replacement of seeing one's grandson or granddaughter playing with them... I was jus speechless for that...

Hmm, then today back to office after a long time.. (or thats how i feel :))
And, a really hard day... with jus meetings both in morning and afternoon...
But, they were really important cos it was regarding each of our future goals and contributions for the company... hmm, i've to think abt those for the next few days and decide where I want to go from here....
jus one thought is coming to my mind right now.. repeatedly..

"When the going gets tough, the tough get going..."

Lets see whether I'm tough enough or not :)

Sunday, March 27, 2005

Momma always says.......

Back to blogging after a couple of days.... I'm at home now.... Came for the long weekend... have taken a couple of days leave too... so, will be back to work only on Wednesday :))))
Had some problems with my modem for the past 2 days, thats why couldn't get into the blog world and wish all the fellow bloggers for Holi and Easter.... Anyway, here is it wishing u all A VERY HAPPY EASTER.....

"Momma always says......."
I got a DVD of the Tom Hanks movie "Forrest Gump" a couple of days back.... I like that movie alottt, so got it... and was testing it out... and couldn't resist myself from watching the whole movie. This is one movie which impressed me alot.... and no matter how many times u watch it, u'll never feel like switching it off or forwarding. Tom Hanks is one hell of an actor, and this movie is jus a small example of his acting talents. But, the movie impressed me cos of the way they've taken the film, so different and so original... so touching.....
Anyone felt like this when seeing a movie, if so do mention that movie... I'll check that out too... :))

Ok so, did u all have a great holi???

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Announcement...

Hahaaa.... surprised to see such a title....
I jus have some ideas regarding some changes in my template... and have been trying out a few things lately..... So, "expect the unexpected" in a week or less... :))
Jus kiddin'... have thought of some small changes only..

Prasad, the researcher. Oh!!! Did I loose my hair thinkin a lot???? Stop it Prasad... calm down....

So, if u see some weird-looking things or unarranged things in my blog, jus know that am doing some researches on my blog(oh! too heavy a word for this.. but i like saying that.. :D )

Monday, March 21, 2005

Back to business...

Weekend @ kerala was good... My cousin's marriage went on really well.... met lots of my relatives and enjoyed the occassion. But, the climate was very hot and humid.... really brutal...

There was more to cheer as the Indian's won the second test match against the Pak team.... Kudos to the ever-consistent Mr.Wall Dravid... and a true match-winner spin whiz Kumble (though I used to feel, he is good to be a fast bowler :))))

But, the sudden slump in form for the Ferrari team in the F1 circuit is very disturbing... Am a great Ferrari fan and would never trade for any other team's victory... Hope atleast the new engine which they r about to bring in their next race proves to be a race-winning one.... But, its encouraging to see Narain's performance.... (11th position)

Atlast, the weekend is over..... back to Monday blues... work, work... n work.
but there is one consolation... its a short week :)) hurrayyyyyy.... Looking forward for that longggggg weekend.....

Friday, March 18, 2005

Ever heard of Friday blues???

Nope!!! Then, have a look at this.... u'll know what am talking abt... :)

friday blues

When everyone are talking abt how Friday is a very happy day, this is a different way of looking at it, isn't it? ;)

I'm going to Thrissur, Kerala for my cousin's wedding.. Hoping to have loads of fun with all my cousins and relatives... And ofcourse, there will be my cute li'l nephew waiting for his dear mama to come and play with him :))))

Have a fun-filled weekend... :D

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

True facts of all engineering colleges...

Jus came across a list of interesting things which are common to all engineering colleges.... thought I'd compare it with mine :)

The 4-year holiday called engineering....

-> The lecturers don't teach or even if they start, students won't allow :)
The students dont study. The only guy who benefits is the one who owns the dhaba or small petty shops next to the college.
I can't forget the days when we used to go to the shops near our college and have hot bajjis... :)

-> Rules are made to be broken.
I remember the times we went for enquiries, after getting caught doing some mischievous things and breaking the college rules.. :(

-> Promises are made to be broken.
Oh.... no need to explain this, right? :)

-> Deadlines are made to be extended...ALWAYS!
Especially for the assignments... :D

-> Guys always think the chics in the college next lane are more beautiful.
How true!!! no explanations necessary :))

-> The lab assistants are the most respected people.
Especially during the lab exams.... maska laganeka hai, har waqt.. kaam ki baat haina.... ;)

-> The watchmen are the people most bribed.
Oh, most of the nights when we return late to the hostels, we used to beg our watchman to open the gates... and atlast we befriended him by doing some favors... :)

-> The HOD is the person most respected(heights of sycophancy here).
I don't want to talk abt my HOD... not interested... :(

-> The principal is the person most abused and insulted (behind the back).

-> Dropping subjects is 'cool'.
arre yaar.. drop the idea of dropping subjects plz....

-> There is always a lecturer in the college who cant speak proper 'english'.
yesssss...

-> Night-out is the second most important tool to ace the exams. (u might ask whats the first one???)
Oh yaaa, we used to sit and study only during the univ exams... the whole night...

-> The most important tool... the bhramastra.. is the 'chit' in which the
words can be understood only by the person who wrote them (in most of the
cases) heheeeeeeee.......

-> The hostelers always raid the tiffin boxes of the days scholars and everything will be over before the lunch break...
Ahmm.... being a days scholar for the first three years and a hosteler for the last year, I've been in both the taking and receiving ends.... :D

-> The freshers are the most sought after... be it in the canteen, the 'free' periods or for completing the records, assignments.
Being a days scholar for the first 3 yrs, I escaped most of this... cos only in hostels, these things can be seen extensively... :))
But, my friends used to narrate me all those that they had to go thro' in the hostels...

-> The second-years are the ones with the 'I am the don-of-the-college' feeling.
Hmm, right said... and the ones involved in targetting the freshers, mostly to pay back all those they had to go thro' as a fresher.

-> The third years are the ones with the 'so-many-backlogs' feeling and the poor souls get down to studying after bossing around in the college for so
long.... but the fun still continues....

-> The fourth years have no connection with the college whatsoever... with no interest in ragging, pulling each other`s legs, the bday parties, the bday bums et al which they enjoyed so much till now. All they want is a good placement and a '1st-class' tag attached to their memo.
I don't remember even a single day in my final year where I attended one full day of classes... we used to come late to the class, go to the canteen, raid our staffs tiffin boxes, go out in the pretext of doing projects... and ofcourse, preparation of aptitudes and all those Shakuntala Devi puzzles... for the placements...
My god, can't foget all those.. :(

-> The first three years are spent in cursing the college, the people there, the system et al. But towards the end of the fourth year, people tend to feel nostalgic
abt the pure unadulterated fun they have had for 4 years. Now the very
system they disliked, the very canteen they cursed, the time that they spent
there, the bday bums they suffered..all these seem like heaven to them....
Oh, this is absolutely true.... We felt all these when we conducted our National level symposium during our final year... After we completed that successfully, we had the whole night dancing in the auditorium... and that was the time we started feeling that nostalgiaaaa...

Our farewell was sooo good and we didn't feel like leaving the college even after late night.... we jus kept on talking... talking... all the time as if we didn't get any time to talk till now..
Oh.. I miss my college life very much... :((

Any other things u can think of???

Monday, March 14, 2005

The trekking that was not to be!!!

Bheemeshwari Forest - This is one place I'll remember for many coming years... Our team at office had arranged for a 1 day trekking trip to this place last saturday.... But, even saying the trip was quite ok would be an understatement.... :(

When we reached the place, we were in for a big surprise... cos the trip organisers said it was a forest and we were in a big dry land, where there were barely a few lush green trees by the lakeside..... We walked by the lake for about an hour and that was what they termed as TREKKING... ("oh comeon.. i've been to some really adventurous trekking trips... don't ever say that word..." that was my feeling at that time) To add to our fury n frustration, the weather was extremely hot....

Atlast, after the so-called trekking(or walking, as we called it), we crossed the lake in a boat.... and then had our lunch...
After that, the only saving grace of this trip.... we played in the lake for a couple of hours.... we got into the waters and played alot... :)
So, thats how the saturday was spent... hmmm, there was one interesting comment made by one of my colleagues.....
"If ever u have a boring day, jus remember this trekking.... u'll feel as if u r having a better time now" LOL!!!
Thats the reason why I said I won't forget this place for a long time... :)

But, I was happy to some extent, cos I didn't get to watch the final day's play of the India Pak test match.... that would have been even more frustrating.....
Better not talk abt that match atall....

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Jus to make u all n myself a li'l bit relaxed and and get that smile out after reading a post full of rantings...

Dream........... makes all things possible
Hope............. makes all things work
Love.............. makes all things beautiful
Smile............. makes all above work possible

Being happy doesn't mean everything's perfect, it just means you've decided to see beyond the imperfections.... (How true!!!)

Thursday, March 10, 2005

Woh college ke din... a small incident to share...

Yesterday night, I was talking to my friend about our college life.... recollecting all those wonderful days at college... We started discussing about our labs and exams... and how we used to store all the programs for the lab in our login hidden.... and how some got caught.... all those stories... :)

During one such incident, my friend was in a big state of bother and how he came out using his so-called *other* skills (not the technical skill) is what I'd like to share here...

It was Java programming lab university exam and we were usually given only those programs which we do in our class. But, for that exam, a couple of extra programs were added.
My friend got one which we never did in the lab.. It was a little tough... he tried to do it as much as possible. But, as it was getting late.... he thought he needed to do something else. So, he opened the Java installation folder.. and usually there are some demo programs in Java for reference...
He was checking those and got one program which was almost similar to his... so, as the person incharge of this lab came to check the output, he showed the screen output for the demo program... The guy was really impressed with the output and asked for the code... and he showed the code he wrote for the program, not the original one... :) So, the output was of some other program and the code he showed was his....

During viva, the lab-incharge told the external staff about how well he had done the program... and all praises he got for that effort.. My friend was all in smiles.. when he came out of the lab..... We all had completed our programs earlier, so we gathered around him and asked about how he managed to do it.... He told us the story and we all broke into a big laughter.... this story spread throughout the hostel... and he became the talk of the hostel :)

There are many such incidents when we'd have to use our presence of mind and do things smartly so that we get the job done and also not get caught :)
Lots of such funny incidents happened in our college life... May be I'd share some of those later...
When we think of all those, we miss our college life very much.... :(

Monday, March 07, 2005

My nephew...

Here I'm back again..... after a good nice weekend at home playing with my little nephew.... now, am back to Bangalore....
So, I've been talking abt my nephew alot since he came here to India. So, I thought I'd post a pic of his..... His name is Pranav, but we call him Achu at home.... He is jus over 2 yrs old...
My sis and brother-in-law n Achu live in Los Angeles.... They've come here to India for a vacation and will be returning back by this month end....

My nephew - Achu
Isn't he cute???
He likes me alot... always comes after me wherever I go.. may be the reason is that I play with him like a kid....

This month, each weekend is going to be busy for me..... I'd have to go to Thrissur, Kerala to attend my cousin's marriage.... The last weekend we'd ve to send off my sis, bil and achu the last week... hmm going to be really hard....
I used to think why did we send her so far away... its really hard, especially for my parents as they are away from both of us.... Atleast I used to go once every 3 weeks to see them.. but, for my sis and her family.. it'll be once every 2 years or so... hmm... life is like that.. got to live with it.... sometimes its hard isn't it???

Thursday, March 03, 2005

Childhood dreams and ambitions revisited :)

Today, I was jus thinkin' like what I've achieved till now in life... and what more I wanted to achieve...
but, my thoughts deviated and I started thinking abt my childhood days and what ideas I had in those days.....

so, here r those.... jus to share.... and make u think of ur childhood ambitions too.....

At abt 7-8 yrs..... I had an ambition to become a scientist... (I donno where from it came :), jus had that ambition...)

At abt 10 yrs..... It changed to a forest range officer :) Those days whenever I see the adventurous activities that ppl do in forests.... I get excited... I went for a couple of trekkings too... very exciting ones.... will write abt that in a later post.....

At abt 15 yrs..... I wanted to be a social worker.... (that one came after reading the works of Mother Teresa..... I was very moved after reading abt her life.... she is one of my favourite personalities)

At abt 18 yrs... I had a great desire to learn some musical instrument, esply guitar....

At abt 20 yrs.... I had a thought "what if I become a model???" (I know this is too much ;) but, that thought came after seeing John Abraham.... that guy has perfect body and cool casanova-type looks, perfect model... )

More of such thoughts and desires came throughout my life...... but, somehow since the time I started learning computers in school, I had a very firm plan that I'd learn computers for sure....
So, that was the dream which became a reality......

baaki sab I'm trying to realise...

I mean the scientist part..... ofcourse u can say I'm a computer scientist... writing new programs ;) , so this is realised....

The forest ranger part, atmost I can try to go for some trekking and campings.. thats it... will try...

The social worker part, I still have plans for this... and will surely do my best....

Regarding music, I learnt guitar last year for abt 4 months... have got a guitar at home too... but, no practice nowadays... :( All I do when I see my guitar is take it, wipe off the dust and keep it back.... I've got to do something abt this...

Atlast, the model.... hmm the best I can do is go to gym and build a good body.. and am doing that... :))
So, if u see a handsome guy in the roads of Bangalore, stop and have a look... he might be the future Brad Pitt or George Clooney.... LOL!!!

Any such dreams and ambitions u had in ur childhood days??? Do share it with me.... :)

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Meetings n conf calls!!!

Today, was a bit hectic since morning... Had some urgent issues to solve....
and above all these conf calls..... After a good whole day's work, the thought of attending the regular Wednesday evening's conf call made me feel sick.... I felt like going home and sleeping....
Since our project was US-based, we'd have to stay back late in the evenings before those ppl come and attend the calls... :(
anyway, jus now it got over.... and am leaving for home.. so, before that I thought i'd vent out all my frustrations onto my blog....

BTB, I'd like to thank all those who wished my blog.... My blog was sooo happy that it said it needed an extended holiday break... not jus one day... :) But, I knew if I yield to its request, then I'd end up giving it a really long break... so, may be i should have a vacation planner for my blog as we have for us in our office.... what do u say??? guess am blabbering something.. need some rest i guess.... ok gotta gooo now..

haa... remembered one more thing.. that doodle board became paid service.. its really bad.. cos they didn't have any sort of announcement or mails sent out and all of a sudden its gone!!! And this new tag board I've got... its not as good as the doodle.. yet, for the time sake... having it.. If u ppl come across any better msg board, do tell me..... ok offfffff I goooo.......

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Holiday!!!

Today I declare a holiday for my blog.... so, nothin' to post abt... :))
Yesterday, my blog came in my dreams and begged me to grant it a holiday.... (u believed it??) ;)
may be.... it needed some relaxation too...
so, comeon enjoy... here u r.. u've got a well deserved holiday after scoring a 1000 hits here.... :)
Happy Holiday.....................