Sunday, December 26, 2010

Re-wind to future..

As the first decade of the new millennium ticks towards closure, took a minute to turn back at the time traveled. Luckily 50% of those moments are captured right here in blogs ville itself.

I weigh the same weight i was in 2001 :) Feels worthwhile to mention it here since there was a 15 Kg drop in weight few years back.

I am back in the city where i started my career. Being NRC (non residential Chennaiite) for most part of my career this again felt noteworthy.

The people i befriended 10 years back, i still hang around with them. Feels nice to have a familiar bunch around and thankful for those poor souls for still bearing with me :) semma stamina i should say :)

I am back to 15hrs a day work schedule. Feels nice to have the deadlines whooshing over head and the pressure hours are well and truly back :)

I still go to the same saloon for haircut. Though the rates have tripled in ten years, happy that i still have enough hair to retain my grisly look :)

I am still unpunctual and lack the basic sense of time and prejudiced against formal dress wear as i was ten years back. Nothing to be proud of, still proves one proverb on dog's tail :)

This year has been a more fulfilling one and at times wish it had more days than 365. I read all the books i wanted to read. Saw all the movies i wished to see. Went to those places i wanted to visit and moved to jobs which i wanted to do. I was never content and the year was kind enough to satisfy my wants, however silly they were :)
I usually put my year end post 4 5 weeks in advance :) This time was still contemplating on jotting down the year ending post wishing to prolong it a bit more.

If i had to pick some best moments of this year, i would pick that Sunday, when my friends kids, sitting on my lap, had their ears pierced. I was a proud uncle that day and as long as they have ears they would curse me for the pain :)

Next best moment came in today morning when my neighbour's kid came to me to get my details added in her scrapbook :) In a span of 2 weeks, i've improved from uncle to anna to "vaadaa podaa" friend for those twins who are in their 5th standard :)

As per my permanent new year resolution, made few interesting friends this year too and some of them turned out to be bit more special than i wud've imagined :) When i was talking to a senior manager in my office, he asked me what i want to be in 5 or ten years time. I usually dont plan that far ahead and even if i do set some targets, i never fix any timeline with it, considering my penchant for punctuality :) This year has given me confidence to set slightly bigger targets. It has reaffirmed my faith in the fact that, happiness or sadness are never individual prone. If there is a sad event in family, no one can celebrate their success and the converser is true too. Our lives are interconnected and it always will be.
So, here are THE best wishes for a more happy, more eventful, more prosperous and more friendly new year. Special cheers to G3, Erudhu ,Rice, Ram, Subbanna, cassatta and all those bloggies who would be celebrating their Thala new year in 2011. May all our dreams come true :)

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Praise the lord :)

"I know you are tense. But you are never gonna be this tense ever again. So enjoy the moment."

These lines could've been right on top of the best one liners in hollywood movies. Sure as tomorrow's sunrise, the listener knew that he had heard the best advice he can ever get on a battlefield. The words did their magic and today the listener answers to the call of Virendar Sehwag. And the little big man who uttered those pearls, has just completed his 50th test ton. Of all the praises and paeans showered on him..this one by one of his several million fans, i feel, is the best.

"Commit all your crimes when Sachin is batting.They will go unnoticed because even the Lord is watching"

When he arched back and raised his bat to the heavens for the 50th time in 20 years of test was almost as if in a silent plea to God..."when are you going to send in the showers". And God duly obliged..a tad late by which time Dhoni and Bhajji are already gone :(

Memo to GOD: If it rains tomorrow in SA and if the match gets drawn..i promise i wont eat ice cream for the next hmmm...till this year end. Please dont make this effort go in vain. Tragedies may suit the Greek. I am Indian and i want a happy ending.

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Solladi sivagaami

"Ivar jaadagha padi...ipo time OOHOOO nu iruku. Adutha konja kaalathuku sooper time. Athukaprum thaan time konjam nalla ila. Athuku sila pala parigaaram panni palagaaram panna saria poidum"

Idhu namakkay teriaatha...itha oruthan solli kekarathukaga oruthan kita poganuma!!

Been hearing this standard dialog for the past umpteen years that i can recite them by heart and even put on a better modulation and who knows might sound convincing too for a bakra or two :)

The fact that mine is a horrorscope is well established. Everytime when i see or hear news of a new planet discovery i would feel like "Duh. They should've checked for it in my horrorscope". I believe people got a good chance of discovering newer planets just by putting my doc under microscope rather than craning their neck upwards to the sky. It got all the constellations and galaxies lurking in it and somehow all is not hunky dory amidst them. At times its lord Rahu or Kethu but all credit to lord Saturn. He is so fond of the boxes in my sheet that he keeps changing the box every once in a while. I was always the invisible student in the class who hardly made any noise. So classroomlayum sari..kattathulayum sari...Guru kandukkarathay illa. Marsla i am not sure if they've found conditions for live forms to survive but in my doc all are hale and healthy. Maybe if the NASA guys can decrypt it they mite even unearth clues about aliens from it.

And my horrorscope has so many doshams that agila ulaga josiyars have decided to honor one dosham with my name. Gils dosham. Idhu irukara makkal overa mokka poduvangalaam. Characterisation kooda ready panitaanga. Ithuku parigarama..gilsku chocolate maalai poatu..every friday pizaa vaangi kudutha saria poidumnu solla solliruken.

A typical conversation between the aye sayers and nay sayers would go like this i guess.

"How come the same horoscope for a person gets differnt opinions and predictions from different josiyars? isnt it proof enough to say its all a farce?"

"Dude..same teacher..same syllabus..same teaching. Aana examla not every one passes or gives same answer. You go to docs to get treatment. Why only a few docs are called kai raasi while others arent? Each one has his/her own flavour. ovvoru manushanukum oru feeling machi"

(on a totally different note..i believe there are no choice questions in MBBS course. Ilaati yosichi parunga.. thalai vali pathina kostin tuffa iruku solitu choicela vittu pass aana doctor kita treatmentku pona...Sorry baas..antha kostin naan padikala..athuku badila fever treatment thaan padichen..venumna antha tablets tharattanu keta...ennathuku aagarathu?!!! sila pala doctors intha kostina kekama aana treatment athey mathiri tharangarathu vera matter)

Nothing against the kattams or those believe in that. Still.. as long as i dont understand the logic behind it, it all looks and sounds so there a decent word for scam?

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Akkadaanu naanga udai poatta..

Than muyarchiyil satrum manam maaratha Vikramaathithan mathiri Gils enters office sharp at 10.30 for 9.30 shift. Damager looks at Gils and sighs (the exhaust air includes wildest of swear words which cant even be represented by all the wild characters in keyboard and finally ends with "ivan ethana thadava sonalum timeku varamaataan so tholayuthu").

"Gils..inniki enna day?"

"Today aapicer"

"Ketrukavay koodathu..adaii daii daii...inniki enna daaayyyy"

Damagera kaalangaathala azha uda venaam solitu "Monday aapicer"

"Monday anniki potukitu vara dressa ithu? Saaku mootaiya pirichi vitta mathiri oru pant. Chessboardla rangoli veladina mathiri oru sattai. Unnalaam roadla naai thoratharathaalaa thaan nee intha timekaachum office vara nenakren"

"Aapicer..intha dressku enna kurachal aapicer"

"Ellaamay jasthi..arent u aware of dress code?"

"Kodu poata dress neria iruku aapicer..atha solreengala"

"Adi vaanga pora maganay"

"No kovams aapicer. Less tensun more work. More work less tensun"

"HR kannula sikkara anniki irukudi unaku"

"Aapicer nangalaam Yoooooth aapicer. Iskooloda intha uniform podra kodumailaam over nu nenacha..inum ipdi dress codunu penal code poata epdi aapicer"

"Client vantha enna nenapaan"

"Dress nallarukay Indian traditional costumenu neanpaan"

"Velayadatha gils. Be serious. Naalilenthu ozhunga formalsla varalainaaa..."

"Veetuku anupiduveengala aaapicer..haiaaa"

"Waitees...Loss of pay poatu veetuku anupiduven"

"Aiayago..enna kodumai...seri..try panren"

Nextday @ opice:

Damager gives that same villain look seein gils entering opice at 10.45.

"Saaree aapicer. Neenga sonna mathiri costume theda konjam time aidichi"

"Ithu thaan unga oorla formalsa?"

"Enna aapicer.."neer thaan jackson duraia" rangeku kekareenga. Ithu formals ilama ennathu?"

"Nike la epo formals poda arambichaanga"

"Neenga sattai pantku thana soneenga..shoeku solalaye nethu..."

"Karumam..poi tholai.."



"Y tension aapicer"

"Enna kolam ithu"

"Opicer..neenga sollamaye naan oru vela panitu vanthiruken. Tie poatukitu vanthiruken parunga. Paaratuveenga paatha..thitreengalay"

"Tie ya thupatta mathiri poatu why maanatha vangara"

"Katta therilaye opicer..athaan differenta try panen"

"Kitta vaa..naan oradiya iruki thallidren..epovum vara mathiriye vanthu thola..maanam poguthu unnala"

"Thank you opicer"

Gils goes away humming "Vetri meethu vetri vanthu ennai serummmm"

I hate this concept of dress code. Somehow being punctual and coming in formals are two things which can never be programmed into me. And more the insistance on dress code more creative my dressing sense becomes :D Finala things are back to normal now :D