Thursday, May 25, 2006

Akkarai cheemaiyile

Aaagayathil boogambam...
Arputhangal aarambam....
With that "Sayonora" song, from Ninaithaaley Inikkum, on my lips i boarded my first International flight. Onsite chance news ketta udaneye naan parakka aarambichiten...Manasila. First time flight journey...evlo dreams...i stay next to airport..after i sent my passport to travel desk for visa processing...whenever i saw a flight taking off..i was wondering which one wud be mine.. :)..the day finally came..with lots of confusions and last min hiccups i finally got go ahead for the trip and managed to board the flight.kudukara deivam kooraiya pichikitu kudukumnu solrathu very true...till that time i never boarded an intl flight...but for this trip alone i had to take 9 flights up and down...first flight frm blr to mum was scary as i was awaiting my passport at mum intl airport..sec one frm mum to delhi was relaxed and it was evening. so cudnt see much..delhi to vienna was thrilling...lots n lots of kids with their parents were going for vacation to switzerland and france and england and wow...name a place in europe there was some one or other goin on a vacation..no wonder India is a hot country...night changed into evening and again into night...:) fluffy white evening clouds gave way to dark sheets of darkness..soon i slept and suddenly awoke to find the golden yellow rays of early morning sun...wow..it was amazing...riding over the clouds, bathed in nascent, unpolluted sunlight was wondering had i been flying outside where would my shadow fall :)...the moment it touched dwn in vienna..pei pasi...dint had anything on flight for obvious reasons..and was starving...went out for a quick gulp of coffee only to find everything written on german...finally managed to find a coffee shop with some card in english...cold coffeengara perla oru kodumaiyaana black color liquida kudihcaparum pasiye poidichi...wen i got down in warsaw it was chilly...super weather...cold and sunny at same time...was shivering in bright sun...fmr warsaw boarded one dubba flight to wroclaw...it was like a NATRAJ geometry box with wings and wheels...cramped for space...was scared for the first time whether it wud reach safely....it did...and rest was history...return journey was made even more memorable for a big goof up by my mate...now why i remembered abt the trip now...two things...its exactly an year since i went..and i travelled on my birthday... :) since me and my trip celebrated anniversary recently thot of blogging abt it...

Friday, May 19, 2006

The lil' black mark

Upon my left index finger..sits proudly..a lill black mark. Black marks are something which people generally hides. But this is one mark i would show off with pride. Its one mark which everyone should be proud to own. Its the prize for exercising your civic duty. Yes. Its the indelible ink mark for casting your vote. I hated CIVICS as a subject in school. I never liked those boooooring dragging never ending paragraphs of information, which i now feel were very very critical and useful. Usually History classes are known for the lullaby effect they produce and civics classes are the mother of all lullabies. Keeping the eyes open itself would be a Herculean task. Listening would be next to impossible. I used to wonder why the hell i should know the average age to be elected president of zilla parishad. But when i went to the booth to cast my vote, when my name was called and when i pressed the button against "my candidate's name felt a thrill running through me which was hard to express. It was as if its my vote which decided the fate of who would win and without me casting the vote it would have been a huge waste. After long struggle got myself a voter id and wen i proudly presented the id proof to the poll booth officer my joy knew no bounds. My first vote. Taste of power. Power to decide ones fate. Amazing. As spidey says With great power comes great responsibility. Hope everyone realizes the power at their finger tips and exercise their right. You may or may not be a fan of civics but being a civilian it gives immense pleasure in exciting your right to veto or vote someone to power. Try it to feel it. If you'vent voted u SURE have missed something BIG.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

From Infy, with Love

Though predominantly a managements view, this one makes interesting reading and is quite practical...let me know ur views on this...

Narayana Murthy's views on staying late in the office :

It's half past 8 in the office but the lights are still on...PCs still running,coffee machines still buzzing...and who's at work?Most of them??? Take a closer look...All or most specimens are 20-something male species of the human race...Look closer... again all or most of them are bachelors... and why are they sitting late? Working hard? No way!!!Any guesses???Let's ask one of them...Here's what he says... "What's there 2 do after going home... here we getto surf, AC, phone, food, coffee.. thats is why I am working late... importantly no bossssssss!!!!!!!!!!!

This is the scene in most research centers and software companies and otheroff-shore offices.Bachelors "time-passing" during late hours in the office just bcoz they say they've nothing else to do...Now what r the consequences... read on..."Working"(for the record only) late hours soon becomes part of theinstitute or company culture.With bosses more than eager to provide support to those "working" late in the form of taxi vouchers, food vouchers and of course good feedback,(oh,he's a hard worker... goes home only to change..!!).

They aren't helpingthings too... To hell with bosses who don't understand the difference between "sitting" late and "working" late!!!Very soon, the boss start expecting all employees to put in extra workinghours.

So, My dear Bachelors let me tell you, life changes when u get married and start having a family... office is no longer a priority, family is... andthat's when the problem starts... becoz u start having commitments at hometoo.For your boss, the earlier "hardworking" guy suddenly seems to become a "early leaver" even if u leave an hour after regulartime... after doing thesame amount of work.People leaving on time after doing their tasks for the day are labeled aswork-shirkers...Girls who thankfully always (its changing nowadays... though) leave on time are labeled as "not up to it". All the while, the bachelors pat their ownbacks and carry on "working" not realizing that they r spoiling the workculture at their own place and never realize that they wuld have to regret at one point of time.

*So what's the moral of the story??

** Very clear, LEAVE ON TIME!!!* Never put in extra time " *unless really needed *"

* Don't stay back un-necessarily and spoil your company work culture which will in turn cause inconvenience to you and your colleagues. There arehundred other things to do in the evening..Learn music...Learn a foreign language...try a sport... TT, cricket.........importantly Get a girl friend or gal friend, take him/her around town...

* And for heaven's sake net cafe rates have dropped to an all-time low(plus, no fire-walls) and try cooking for a change.Take a tip from the Smirnoff ad: *"Life's calling, where are you??" And please do it before leaving time, don't stay back till midnight toforward this!!! ;)

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Chinna Chinna Thooral enna...

Yippeee...rainy season is back... oor muzhukka pachhai color paint adicha mathiri.. ella maramum..fresha head bath edutha santhoshathila kaathila thala thuvatindu...jammnu iruku...roadla kidakara kuppa kooda azhaga iruku...oor muzhukka ac poatta mathiri chillnu iruku...ithana naala koluthina suriyan...election soodu thaangama verthu kotitaar pola :)...result..mazhai in mid may... "Koadai mazhaiyena medaiyil muzhanginaar"nulaam paperla padichiruken..but nejamavay koadai mazhaina epdi irukumnu nethu thaan paathen..."Twister" setukkula iruntha effect....seriousness puriyama naama nature kooda vilaadramoanu thonuthu...the force with which the asbestos sheet of a garage flew for such a slightly forceful breeze scared the hell out of me...but enna thaan intha mathiri sila vishayams bayamuruthinaalum...to look at the rain drops falling one after another...mmmmmm.........amazing feeling...anubavicha thaan puriyuma pola...guess rain n love are linked...thts y may be people "fall" (akin to rain drops) on the ocean of love... :)..and no wonder rainy season is the most romantic after spring season...one after another the droplets fall....not knowing where they might reach....unaware of the outcome..kadamaiyai sei palanai ethirpaakatheynu symbolica solra mathiri......or as if they are on a mass suicidal mission (enna panrathu...we live in dangerous times...example kooda terrorism vachu thaan varuthu :( )...suthi adikara kaatha kizhichindu the rain drops tried to reach the ground...it looked as if a waterfall was in the making...white color smoke like effect to see from our 6th floor window...the smoke never seemed to settle down...for a min thot all those tiny lill poor droplets mite loose the game of reaching the ground...but velila vantha thaan therinjuthu...sorry therila...i meant the roads...not a semblence of road at all..it was as if BMP took the concept of rain water harvesting very seriously and started using the roads for harnessing the waters...felt as if i was inside a dam...water water everywhere and not an inch to move for the vehicles..but athilayum oru sugam...cab kulla sathama daler mehandi.."RANG DE BASANTEEEEEeeee" nu..muzhangaratha ketu kitu....background effectuku...mazhai cab roofla podra thaalam...door glassa slitea roll down panitu...lesana eerathoda vara antha chill kaatha anubavikara sugamay thani :)..ninakumboathay silirkuthu.....in between traffic haltla..odi poi vaangindu vantha cornettovoda effect....aaaaaaaachooooooo....hehehe...mazhai....santhosham..thukkam...elam mazhai mathiri thaan...alvaoda vantha azhaga irukum...konjam balance tilt aana kooda...bayangarma aiduthu.....thirumbavum..thoora aarambikuthu..me escapin to njoyyy it as it lasts... :D

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Rayil Sneham

Before starting any further..i am not game for these hopelessly-neverending-immoral daily serials which are on air nowadays. This post is on the gud old days when DD used to churn up one gud serial after another, which people wished never got over. There were lot many quality comedy serials. Flight 172 (no. not sure..correct me if wrong) by mouli was a standout piece. I remember my friends mom had a cassette of all episodes recorded in their VCR. "Rayil sneham" was a masterclass of its own. But guess it paved the way for the (im)moral brigade to have their current sway over the masses with their many-to-many combinations on realtions. When RS was relayed it caused quite a stir. It was the brain child of KB (who incidentally happened to be the only one in those times with these "weird" now-so-common theme of adultery). All those serials had amazing title songs. Wonderfully written and melodiously composed. So very meaningful and in sync with the serials. Well now coming to the actual plot of the post :) - The title song of RS. It had two versions-one for "Nizhalgal" Ravi and one for the female lead whom i forgot. Guess it was Jesudas who sang the male version and no idea again abt the lady singer. But wow..watta song it was. It used to haunt me whenever i travelled on train. Somewhere in some corner of my mind it got so deeply rooted..i...i dont know how to put it in words..but i cud actually SENSE it playin on our old black n white Solidaire TV. Its jus a 4 min song. But i used to watch the serial mainly for that song. The lyricist (wont b surprised if it happens to be vairamuthu) compares a Veenai (Stringed musical instrument) to an unborn child and wonders like the child which doesnt know his father in tht serial, the veenai also doesnt know who made it. It was tuned so beautifully and sung with such a passion, it still lingers fresh in my mind like...hm..like...like the smell of an incense stick on a closed room...which continues to hang on long, even after the stick gets burnt....Vivek mathiri sollanumna... "Moodi vacha Briyaniya moonu naal kazhichi thorantha vara effect " .. :)... try listening to it and lemme know hw u feel abt it..

Monday, May 01, 2006

May day..May day...

To start with....the title is not an exhilerated appeal over May 1...nor is it a SOS call for rescue...veetla ukkanthu Suntv la "Suthanthiram" "Kaadhal sadu gudu" paathu pora kaalthuku puniyam thedikarathuku badila GL uku file poacha...Singaporevaasigaluku salary credit aachaanu..leave naalla..vettiya office vara..sila pala..waste fellows 'n' fellis (pen paal for fellows...hehehe) kaaga intha blog.....

Kappaleri poyachu..suthamaana ooarachu..kannammanu "Indian"la paaditu...Flight pudichu vantha vellakaarana gavanikaama vitathoda palan...diwali aniki dbl shift...Seeing the JOSH with which people njoy July 4th, it has been offically proclaimed as independence day( from work)...leave kudukara kadavuloda madham maarum makkal yennikai naaluku naal adigamadichi.....forceless conversions... is LKA listening ;)....leave naalla office varathila sila nallavishayamum irukka thaan seiyuthu...name nyabgam illatha..number theriyatha "friends"(?) ellarukum..call panni arattai adikarathuku vasathiyana Dhinangalna..holiday support thaan...call panitu.."hallo ...u remember me?...oh u dont ah...paravala..summa pesunga...office call thaan...unga voice Pepsi Uma mathiri sweeta irukaaynu" start panni..kadalai poda aarambicha..mudikum boathu lunch time vanthirum...office pakkathila E oatitu irukara hotela vitutu (not for the sake of hygiene btw :)..maasa kadaisila soaru podum mavarasargal...first week salary vanthu GF's kooda oor suthum boathu kannila pada marupavargal niraintha paguthi)...pizza hutla..one hour queuele ninnu..venthum vegathathuma vara kaanja rottiya saaptutu...porumaiya..office vara sugamay sugam...ithuku nadula..'dude..wassup..me having pizzaanu.." evanukellam anupina freeyo avanga elarukum oc sms anuputhal miga mukiyam...office vanthu...itthu poi close aana ethavathu oru taska eduthu...manageruku cc poattu..."hi we are closing thisnu" oru mail poatuta...pothum..vanthu vela pathathukaana oru alibi ready....yaarachum fone panna i am busy with callnu oru scene..kekkara kenaiyum enna callnu kekaathavaraila super...evening kilambrathuku munnadi.. 8 hr irunthathukana timesheetai fill panratha "marakaama" maranthitu...adutha naal vanthu.."sorry..nethu work pressurela maranthitennu" manager kita spl permission vaangi..fill panni oru chinna bittai poatoamna...matter mangalagarama over......

MUKKIAYAMA portion..athavathu..disclaimer:

kappelri poi flight pudichi return vanthu proxy aaatchi nadathum..anniyaragaluku againsta nadathara naveena sudanthira poraatamgarathaala...intha mini silpaansiyalaam kandukapadthu....aaanalum..ithanai gummalamum poatutu..kadisila..holidayla work pannathukaga..COMP OFF nu solltu namma makkal escape aavanga parunga...athu than crowning glory...

MIGA MUKKIYAMANA portion...

Mer kura patta mattergalukum...urs trulykum entha sambandhamum illai enum true liesodu..fone panna purpadugiren...vaazhga uzhaipaalar thinam...