Saturday, November 26, 2005

Congrats to a special couple...

Its been quite sometime since the prev post. I was on a weeklong training in Advanced Java (thought its hightime I ruin the life of Java Programmers :P, but I sincerely hope it doesn't happen the other way round :()). The training got over jus today....ya, even on a Saturday we had the training... but it was quite gud I must say.. I'm impressed :D

I came here to post a special message to a couple whom I came to know thro' the blog world and since then, its been a regular affair of me going to their blog everyday. Yes, am talking about the couple Neeraj n Poonam. Its their engagement today. :)
Yes, theirs is a very strange love story of two ppl sitting infront of their computers at opposite ends of the world (one in US n the other in India), getting to know each other thro' chat. And there started their journey of an eternal love affair. After four years, their dreams are turning into reality now....
I've always told them that they always remind me of my best friends, who r like them waiting for their chace to get united. Hope their chance too comes soon :D....
I'm happy to see you both getting engaged today. Lets see if I can make it for ur wedding :D

Neeraj n Poonam - Hearty Congratulations to u both....

Friday, November 18, 2005

coolpras4u turns one today :D

Yahooooooooo!!! My blog completed its first year in the bloggers park... :)

Happy Blog Anniversary to coolpras4u :D


It all started with me google-ing for some topic and landing on a blog (which unfortunately I don't remember). Then, I jus googled again for the word "blog" and there started my journey into the bloggers park.
But, I must say tht most of my posts have been jus personal posts regarding my home, my life @ bangalore, my passions like music and sports... and ofcourse some regarding Kerala, the place I belong to.

All thro' this one year I've made lots of gud friends thro' the blogs, attended lots of VBMs(Virtual Bloggers Meet) and a couple of Real Bloggers meets too.
One thing I've not done yet is changing my template :) and I donno whether I'll be doing tht or not.. lets see..

I still remember I got a couple of mails and some comments from ppl belonging to my native place after seeing my post - "A tribute to my native place".
That made me really happy to hear from those ppl...thanking me for the detailed information I had provided reg the history of the place. Many of them were living outside Kerala and didn't know much abt their ancestorial place...
Unfortunately, the Haloscan comments which I had included in my blog ate all of my old comments and I had to resort to the good old blogger's commenting itself, a lesson which I learnt in a hard way :(

Am glad that I'm able to sustain this long in the bloggers world... inspite of some tough periods and heavy schedules at work, thanks to each and every one of my blog friends n readers...
Guess I've rambled on alot.. so, let me stop and let me end by saying Blogs Rock.. and We Bloggers Rock too :D

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Story Tree - Their Journey

He thought it would be an ordinary journey. Standing behind the pillar he watched the train snort arrogantly into the station. With each snort he was reminded of his grandfather's words "You will fail in the city and return penniless"; with every heavenward whistle, he heard his cousin, "Don't worry. Come here and I will get you a job at the construction site." Now he had a 34-hour journey to prove one of them wrong, and he expected the excitement at the end of the journey. He looked at his ticket once again: compartment S9 berth 23.

Pushing his luggage under the seat, he sat close to the window. "Papa, when will you be back?" - his four year old daughter Munni asked innocently. He stared into those soft brown eyes of the motherless kid. He held her frail palms in his, through the window. "Munni, Papa will get you a nice gudiya from the city..Say tata," his sister spoke to the kid, to avoid an emotional outburst. In a minute, the train pulled forward, and Munni's little fingers parted from between his. "I need to go..", he thought, "I have to, at least for Munni's sake.."

The humid summer breeze and the rattling train coaxed him into an uncomfortable state of drowsy consciousness. He dreamt that Munni ran away, the closer he ran to her, the farther she was, like a mirage. He woke up with a start and squinted at his watch."What is the time please?"A smallish woman, a meek voice as if she was scared that her existence would annoy someone. Her only noticeable feature was her rather large, expressive eyes."4.30"Something made him look at the woman again. He had stopped noticing women long back. Ever since Meenakshi passed away...

But this woman was different. She reminded him of someone he knew. In an instant he realized who and the painful memories came flooding back. She looked exactly like his childhood sweetheart Madhu. As teenage lovers in a conservative society, they had often met secretly and had declared undying love for each other.
Then someone had found out and all hell had broken loose. The elders in the village Panchayat had ostracized Madhu's family as she was from a lower caste. Unable to bear the humiliation, she had committed suicide by drowning. That was twelve years back...


Could it be? Could it really be him? He seems different, weary and downcast. Oh no will he recognise me? No, I am dead to the world. Still she cautiously wrapped her saree end around her head and across her face. Behind the cotton screen, her mind drifted to happier times, languid strolls in the corn fields, games at the riverbed, his gentle caress, whispered sweet nothings, stolen glances at the temple fair.
Tempted to take one last look, she consoled herself that he wouldn't notice. Slowly
she lifted her eyes only to find Rupak staring back at her.



She quickly glanced the other way.

‘No, this girl looks too close to be any other person. She is infact Madhu!! “Hey, Madhu!” he called.

She struggled hard not to respond to that call. And successfully managed it too.

"Hey Madhu, you forgot me?” he inquired her and came closer.

The old lady sitting opposite to him was looking at this unapprovingly.

“No, you are mistaken, My name is not Madhu.. I am Supriya” she lied.

“Hey Ram!, a young girl cannot travel safely in this country without being stalked!” the old lady muttered angrily.



The girl walked briskly away from him, trying to escape his glances, as though she was hiding something, not wanting to be discovered. He stood confused, she had said her name wasn’t Madhu, and should he run after her? Or should he let it pass, after all he still had a train to catch.

His heart told him it was Madhu, followed her, all thoughts about going to the city vanished; he was on delighted to have met Madhu after such a long time. He was filled with memories of their time together. He finally caught up with her. Looking into her eyes he said
' Why Madhu? Why this to me?'


"Please dont lie to me anymore"; sounding more like the Mani he used to be ten years back when he had first met her at the Village temple, rather than the arrogant side that seemed to rule his life now. "I know it is you, nobody else but you Madhu". Tears roll down her cheecks as she tries to remember why they ended up this way. Was it destiny or fate that they had to meet now?

As she speaks up, the train which for a while had be at a halt, slowly starts to move.



She couldn’t speak out even a word. All that was seen , tears rolling down her cheeks out of happiness.


Now,he was not in a state to loose her again .Though they didn’t speak any word ,everything was clear .

Now also ,they were able to read what was running in each others mind.


He slowly held her palms into his. She couldn’t stop him though she wanted too.


For a moment ,they forgot everything.All that was felt,they want to live a new life together.


He later discovered that both were going to the same construction site for the job..



Same job at the same construction site?!! Same destination?!! He was too shocked to react.
"How could this be possible?" he wondered. His mind went reeling to the past. The hidden past. The past of which he wanted no more.
"Remember? Remember Mani??? 5 years ago…" his mind talking. He does not like to be called Mani but his mind was not listening. His mind, which always was within his control, was rolling back to the past.
"5 years ago in the train. Both you & Madhu to the same destination unknown to eachother just like today. That's when it happened…"



He was lost in thoughts about their first meeting.
Then, he had just finished his 12th and was going to the city to pursue his graduation there. He had to board the 9pm train to Mumbai and was just in time to catch the train and confirming his ticket in the final confirmation list pasted outside the S6 compartment.

Seat Name Age Sex Berth
29 ------------ -- - ---
20 ------------ -- - ---
31 Rupak Mani 18 M SU
32 Madhushree 18 F SL
33 ------------ -- - ---

And he glanced at the next name in the sheet which happened to be a girl of his same age.
"Rupak, it might be the girl of your dreams!!!" his mind excited as he entered the compartment.

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Everything below the dashed line above should be copied and pasted with every accepted tag)

This is a Story Tree and is best nurtured as follows:
1. A blogger can add only 90-100 words (not more or less) at a time
2. All previous snippets of 90-100 words need to be copied before the new set of 90-100 words are appended.
3. Each entire snippet should be linked to the respective author (and not just the first sentence or so)
4. Characters, scenes, etc. can be introduced by an author5. Bizarre twists, sci-fi, fantasy sequences are best avoided.
6. A tag must be accepted within 7 days else the branch is a dead branch
7. After appending 90-100, the Story Tree can be passed on to at most 3 bloggers.
8. If more than 1 branch leads to a blogger, s/he is free to choose any one of them but cannot mix the snippets of the individual branches.
9. The Story Tree is best left to grow than concluded
10. Please attach the image of the Story Tree below with each accepted tag (the link address can be copied and used).



And regarding the tagging part, its required for me to tag to 3 persons.... and those 3 should grow their respective branches and let the story develop. Pls don't let it die with my branch :)
When it comes to short stories, the first name tht comes to my mind is Divya, but she is already busy with her studies. So, not willing to disturb her... Most others are also busy with their studies and personal works...
So, the responsibility goes to....
Chandu (sorry yaar, u have to take it.. no other go... I won't spare u :D)
Ricky (Atlast, I got a chance to tag u back :P and I hope u'll take it... jus 100 words yaar.. )
PV (I know u'd take it for sure.. :D)

Waiting to read how the story takes its turns...

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

music n cricket...

Yes... the title says it all.. I'm gonna write about Cricket and Music.

Music first... and don't forget to see what I've written abt Cricket.. :)

Hmm.... the group I am gonna talk about came into this business last year or so, I got to hear their music only recently and it was amazing....
Last week, when I was watching a music channel... one song captured my mind and I noted down the song in my mobile... The next day I downloaded the song and one more by the same group and listened to those two song.
My god.. u should also hear those two songs... A perfect fusion music... rock and Indian classical and to top, the lyrics are simply amazing... The voice of the singer is so different and refreshing too.. And the guitarist has done a wonderful job too.

Ok, I'll let out the name of the band now.. Its a Paksitani band called "Fuzon". The songs I'm talking abt are "More Saiyan" and "Neend Na Aaye".
These two songs are amazing... and are available for download at the coolgoose site.
Go to the Music->Advance Search option and search for Fuzon as the artist. You'll get both these songs. So, do download and listen. U won't be disappointed. Am listening to those two numbers everyday and it has taken its place in my fav list :)
I did a little research on this band and came to know tht they've sung the same song "Mora Saiyaan" for Nagesh Kuknoor's film Hyderabad Blues 2.

Certainly the Pak groups like Junoon, Strings, Faakir and this Fuzon are doing very well in the pop music arena... They are giving the Indian singers and bands a good run for their money..

And, after listening to those two songs, do let me know ur opinions on these.

Cricket....

If u've seen today's match or atleast followed (as I did with the help of cricinfo site), u'd have noticed the change that the Indian team has gone thro in this series.
I'm really happy to see the way the team is being build up and the way the youngsters are playing a pivotal role in the teams victory.
The 5-1 drubbing of the SriLankan team says it all.
Some positives I've noticed in this Indian team are....

- First n foremost, its not jus dependent on the Tendulkars and Sehwags alone...
- The youngsters have taken up major responsibilities and are playing to their role.
- Fielding, which has not been India's forte tilldate, is being given equal importance by the coach and the team like bowling and batting and its beginning to show on the team's performance in the field.
- Every youngster is given some chance to do justice for his selection, instead of jus being in and out of the team like many other lost faces in the Indian Cricket history. And the beauty of this is that each one of them are actually contributing well for the victory (see RP Singh's performance today)
- There is truly a sense of commitment in this team backed by a very good coach in Greg Chappel, whom many of them were criticising for being a different tactician.
Both he and Dravid are certainly grooming a team for future.

I feel sorry for Sourav Ganguly whom, I feel, will find hard to come back into this team. Its a very good sign for the Indian team :)
And I sincerely hope that this team doesn't flatter to deceive. Hope they continue their winning ways and put the fear of consistency at the back of their minds. Lets support this young Indian team....

Thursday, November 03, 2005

so, wassup thr guys.. am back :)

Hey all.... Atlast am back with a post :)
Firstly, let me wish u all a Happy Diwali. I know its a bit late, yet ppl do celebrate it till the end of this week na. So, its never too late :)

You wanna know how my diwali was?? I had a fabulous time the whole day of diwali in the train ;) Yes, I was travelling the whole day of diwali :(
I went to Kerala for the holidays and had to return back by Wednesday cos of my work. But, I couldn't get the return tickets and in the end had to travel during the day time.
I started from home at 10am in the morning. And since it was raining in Bangalore and nearby areas, the train was late by more than 2 hrs.. and atlast when I reached Bangalore, it was 12 midnight :( I took an auto and paid him more than what I paid for my train journey.. He cashed in the opportunity as it was raining and it was late night.. So, thts how my Diwali was this yr..

During the break I was having from the blogs...

- I took part in a programming contest conducted by our company. The preliminary qualification round is over, and awaiting the results of whether our team qualified for the next round or not..
- As I said in my prev post, had enrolled for a Time management course, but the plan failed as tht course was over-booked and mine went to waiting list :(
- Did enjoy a great Raas Garba and Dandiya dance event conducted at Chandu's office. Myself, Chandu and PV had been to this dance event. We did enjoy alotttt.. You can find more details reg this in PV's blog.
- Attended a Birthday VBM organised by Neetie for Ricky's and Sweety's b'days..
- Saw some films like Salaam Namaste, No Entry. I do want to see Garam Masala now.. its a remake of a Malayalam movie and its really funny. Do watch out for tht..
- Went home for Diwali hols and enjoyed mom's tasty food which I'm missing now :(
- Enjoyed the cricket series going on between India and Sri Lanka. Atlast, I feel that there is a team in making. These guys do play with a sense of purpose and commitment. Hope they learn to do it consistently.. thts one thing we miss alot... lets see...

One more thing as an after thought, in my last post, I wrote abt how our lives r affected by all these calamities of late.. Guess the Nature God didn't like it and punished with heavy rains in Bangalore, many places in Tamilnadu and in Andhra.
My god.. I can't imagine the situation Mumbai might have faced cos I know the rains we got here is not even half of what Mumbai received couple of months back. But, this rain was enough for the roads to get blocked, traffic all over and water getting into houses, cars floating.... lots of this we got to witness..
Anyway, life is still going on inspite of all these.. :)

Ok then, its been a big post.. i've got to end it here..
And lastly, Eid Mubarak for all those celebrating Ramzan tomorrow.. esply to Sadik cos I know he is on fasting...

And sorry guys, am turning on the Word Verification in the comment box again cos its being spammed alot... and i'm ending up deleting atleast 3-4 unwanted comments everyday. So, better to turn it on.. Sorry for the inconvenience.
Have a nice weekend.. its a long weekend for us too... :)