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Is this a Sign?? :P

This happened some day last week. I was drinking water sitting in my cubicle at my system…As usual, I spilled some water. A drop fell on my keyboard’s hand-rest. And I was surprised to find what I saw…Immediately I captured it…Can you guys also see it? 😉 

It’s a heart shaped formation…and is pierced too…Apologies for the clarity…but I guess you can see it…its natural…not at all tempered with…

Is this a sign to be worked on?? 😛

 
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Posted by on June 29, 2008 in Happens~2~me

 

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Aap ke liye…

Rehete hey hum toote hue makaan mein…
Kat thi hey zindagi sharaab ke dukaan mein! 😛
Hum gham bhulaane ke liye hey peete…
Saansein aapke naam ke hi le le ke hum hey jeete!!

Har ek saans se banthi thi yeh zindagi…
Aapke har ehsaas se sawarti thi yeh bandagi!
Humne kya kiya jo aapne humse yeh rishta toda…
Bin pathar maare hi aapne mere dil ka sheesha phoda!! 😦

Mera toota hua dil abhi bhi jud sakta hey…
Rukha hua dhadkan phir se dhadak sakta hey! 🙂
Zaroorat hey bas aapke ikraar ka…
Ban jaayenge meethe har woh pal aapke intezaar ka!!

Ek ishaara toh deejiye…
Milne ka ek waada toh keejiye!
Aapke khushi ke liye khud ko girvi rakhdunga…
Bin tere, sochu bhi kaise ki main jeelunga!! 🙂

 
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Posted by on June 26, 2008 in Happens~2~me

 

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Yesssss….I have been Taaaaagged!!!!!! :)

This word scares the shit outta me…Getting tagged by someone gives the feeling of being offered a complimentary noose just before one is hanged down the gallows!! But when I got this one from Sanket, I was quite suprised to see a simple one being offered to be taken to care of!!
Yesssss….I have been Taaaaagged!!!!!! 😀

Here are the 5 simple rules of the tag:
1. Pick up the nearest book.
2. Open to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people, and acknowledge the person who tagged you.

And here is what I can offer (no no, I didn’t find the KS…someone flicked it with permission! ;)) you guys:

***He and Baba kissed on the cheek and he shook my hand with both of his. “Best of luck with the writing,” he said, looking me in the eye. His pale blue eyes revealed nothing of the thoughts behind them.***

The above excerpt is from Khaled Hosseini‘s “The Kite Runner“…Being a slow reader, I had not yet reached the page numbered 123 of this book. This tag made me break a rule of peeping into the future!! 😉
This book was presented to me by a good friend who became so engrossed into the lives of Amir and Hassan (the main characters in this book) that she is now a die-hard fan of Khaled Hosseini!! I have unconditionally loved it till the point where my book-mark stands now and I hope to reach its climax very soon!! 😀

Well to carry on the tag, I pass the baton to the following bloggers – whom I follow:
1) Sow
2) Sujatha
3) Jass
4) Pavithra
5) AKB

Guys…just do it!! 😉

 
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Posted by on June 23, 2008 in Uncategorized

 

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Why is it that?

There comes this time (My guess is that everyone gets to experience this once in a while) when you have all the resources and yet you don’t know what to do with those.
Simply said, its nothing serious though a random set of thoughts…in short, a rant:
Why is it that…I have this notepad open in my laptop which is right in front of me and also I’ve got all the time in this world, yet I don’t know what to write…
Why is it that…I am sitting on my terrace with music plugged into my ears, well past midnight and I have no clue of what I was looking into the dark span of a sky…
Why is it that…I have a camera in hand and do everything with it, except for clicking pictures…
Why is it that…I switch on the TV with some random channel and then pick up a newspaper to read…
Why is it that…I have huge bunch of friends and feel all alone…
Why is it that…I climb down my 3rd floor apartment and realize having forgotten to get something only after I reach the ground floor…not even on the way down….
Why is it that…I tend to bite my finger nails, when I’m actually not tensed or not at all nervous…
Why is it that…I sometimes get to experience happiness and have no ways to express it…
Why is it that…I sometimes get sad and become a sadist (for just a while, ofcourse.)…
Why is it that…I rarely get angry and become wild when I am actually angry…
Why is it that…I listen to a song and get stuck with it even after it bugs the people around me….
Why is it that…I get along very well with the gals and even get into unasked trouble with the same clan…
Why is it that…I start to rant and it never seems to end…

Phew…does all this or even more happen to all you guys or is it that…I get to experience things which I feel is common, but is actually not…if so, Why? 😦

 

 
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Posted by on June 22, 2008 in Happens~2~me

 

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Main…aur…tum…

Main kaise waqt bitau, meri har lamhon mein ho tum…
Main kaise kisi aur se baatein karu, meri har lafzo mein ho tum…
Main khush kaise rahu, har muskurahat mein ho tum…
Main ab kaise rou, har ashq mein jo ho tum…
Main kaise kuch karu, har ehsaas mein jo ho tum…
Main kaise tumhe bhoolu, jab mann ke har kone mein ho tum…
Main kaise kisi aur ko dekhu, jab har chehere mein ho tum…
Main kaise kisi aur ka intezaar karu, shaayad jo laut aaogi tum…
Main ab kaise raat ko sou, meri sukoon jo ho tum…
Main udaas kaise rahu, jab meri yaadon mein ho tum…
Main kaise kisi aur ko chahu, meri chahat toh ho tum…
Main kaise kisi aur ko apna kahu, meri pyaar jo ho tum…
Main jiyu toh kaise jiyu, meri har saans mein ho tum…
Main ab kaise Main rahu, yaar ab jo mere paas nahi ho tum??? 😦

 
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Posted by on June 21, 2008 in Happens~2~me

 

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Main Chala, Akela jo tha!! ;)

Main toh chala, doondte apne raah ko…
Chalta phira, jaane na kal kya ho! 🙂              
Manzil thi door, andhera sa tha…
Usko paane ki raah mein, akela jo tha!

Chalte chalte, katgayi raathe…
Har awaaaz ne yaad dilaadi uske baathe! 😉
Saansein leta raha, aasaan na tha…
Usko choone ki chaah mein, akela jo tha!

Kaash woh chalti mere saath…
Pakadne ko toh milta uska haath! 😛
Phir bhi main chalta raha, mushkil sa tha…
Lekin rokha nahi koi mujhe, akela jo tha! 😦

Abhi sochta hoon, milegi woh mujhe kabhi…
Kabhi maayoos ho jaata hoon sochte hue ki, kyun nahi abhi?
Main aage badtha chala, rastha anjaan sa tha…
Par woh mere liye hi bani hey, kyunki main akela jo tha! 😀

 
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Posted by on June 19, 2008 in Happens~2~me

 

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Of a Monday and Dasavatharam Movie…!! :)

Mondays are a little dull when it comes to work and working. Till late our evening here in India, its Sunday at our client place or rather very early Monday morning. So naturally we are forced to work less and hence nod our heads (anyways…vertically or horizontally) when someone asks “Monday blues eh?”!!! 😀
Yesterday was a Monday and as usual there was nothing to do except for wishing 3 of my friends on their birthday through the different technological means. Wished one by text messaging, another one by mailing and third one by calling from office (UK bozo!! :D)!! I am comfortable to wish people on their Birthday without talking to them (not that I don’t call and talk nor that I am a miser when it comes to calling using my cell phone…not any of these cases) cos each time I call, its the same conversation that takes place and I can’t be creatively active when on call! 😛

The conversation goes somewhat like this:
Me: Hello Birthday Baby (BB)…
BB: Hey Hello buddy…
Me: Many Many Happy Returns of the day…and wish you a long life.
BB: Thanks a lot yaar…
Me: What plans for today?
BB: Nothing much ya…in the evening I am going out with…blah blah…(goes for about 5-6 minutes before I interrupt with…)
Me: Ok…cool…So when and where are you treating me?
BB: Err…we’ll decide sometime…ok?
Me: Well…ok…Chal yaar…have a great yr ahead…Happy Birthday once again! 😀
BB: Thanks a lot for calling! 🙂

Not one of these have come back to decide about the treat so far, until I have given them Deepika/Katrina’s or Hrithik/Shahid’s kasam!! 😛

Took about 3 breaks since having landed into office as early as 10am…and finished the small amount of job that I was assigned by 11am…and then I heard my ex-teammate Arun stand up and call me to his cubicle.
“Are you game for Dasavatharam movie this evening?” he asked.
“Who else is coming?” I questioned amused.
“Two more guys from my team and two from your team” he explained the count.
“My teammates? Wow…yes then I am in…book one for me…what time?” I had already packed my bags in my mind! 😛
“4 15pm show…we’ll start by 3 30pm” Arun confirmed as he clicked “Confirm Pay” on the multiplex website!! 😀
“Great…catch ya later” I said and dashed to my cubicle to let a few of my friends know that I am going for the movie, they had unsuccessfully dreamt of going in the first week of its release!! Their expressions were worth a look…and their swears, music to the ears!! 😉

Till about 12 30pm I was chatting with a handsful of friends on the office communicator….Had lunch at 12 45pm…messaged a few more friends including my roommates about my afternoon plans…got “interesting” replies from them…hehe…and by 1 30pm I was back at my cubicle ready to do ‘nothing’!! 😀
Then began the series of chain mails, all at the expense of the birthday gal and I didn’t know when and how quick the clock touched 3 15pm. I rushed for a quick Coffee break with DJ and Secy…and then exactly at 3 30pm with a colleague in the pillion seat, sped towards the multiplex to be there well before time.
We put the vehicles in the stands (paid ones :(), collected our tickets (paid ones, of-course!), and then parked ourselves in front of the screen 5 rows from the last row!! The seats were not at all comfortable, and not even worth half the ticket price!! The show began exactly at 4 15pm as mentioned on the website and on the tickets….

The movie “Dasavatharam” was in the original Tamil language, a language which I do understand (I think I can…!! Hmmm…well…) but cannot talk (rather frame proper grammatical sentences!!). I am not reviewing the movie here, as I am not the right person to do this. Kamal Hasan has played ten characters in this movie. I didn’t perfectly understand the first 15-30 minutes of the movie cos the lingo was in ancient (couldn’t think of any other word) pure Tamil. My colleagues (Tamilians) sitting next to me, later confessed that they didn’t follow most of it themselves! 😉 All I did during that first half hour was see the beautiful Asin (Actress) cry her guts out (and finally die) and one of the Kamal’s die.!! Sheesh… The movie then shifted to the US with the protogonist Kamal as a Biotech scientist over there in some Govt. Organisation (I don’t remember, actually)!! The US President George Bush (also played by Kamal) was shown at his foolish best….the mannerisms in perfect Bush body lingo!! 😀 The story takes us through a variety of situations, with Kamal essaying various roles on the way…Apart from the 3 roles I have mentioned so far, he goes on to play…a Japanese martial art teacher, a good-at-heart politician, a 95 yr old Brahmin woman, a close to 7 feet tall Muslim youth, a Daler Mehendi kinda Punjabi pop star, a Telugu speaking police officer and one of a finally-proved-to-be-mortal Terminator!! 😀

To my relief, Asin comes back to play a long and lovely role while Mallika Sherawat (introduced through a beetchy song) acts as a translator to the Terminator Kamal!! Wonder how Kamal missed a smooch with Mallika, though he came ‘this’ close!! Phew!! 😀

As we sipped on the now-warm coke and munched on the popcorn and Lays chips (all this was inclusive in the ticket costs, and in fact were charged at double the cost price) we saw Kamal bring out each role with utmost ease!!

Hilarious scenes were curtious to Kamal’s character of the Telugu speaking policeman Balram Naidu who could speak 5 different languages, all in Telugu!! 😉 The 7 feet tall character was one of innocence and giving. The Japanese teacher was all for taking revenge cos his best student was killed by the Terminator character. The old Brahmin woman’s role was very well played, and she was nothing but a pain in the ass, but she was Asin’s grandmother too! 😛 The politician character was too good to be a politician.

The songs were good…I liked all songs except the pop song which the Daler-like Kamal sings and dances on the stage with his wife (actress Jayaprada) inspite of having cancer (which finally to the doctor’s relief is taken out by the Terminator’s bullet that hits his cancer affected area and gets out from the back side….all this happens in movies, so believe it!!)!! This stage song looked like it had been forced unnecessarily in the movie…just to create a situational meeting point for all the alive Kamal portrayed characters!! The most awaited song by me (I happened to hear that being played by my flatmates, several times every night since quite a few days…and had taken a liking to it!!) which begins smoothly with an English one-liner “Dance with me before you go” and shrills to “Ulaga Nayagane” came at the time when the credentials were being shown….such a disappointment…but it did serve it purpose of making the people sit and watch the credentials along with how Kamal’s make-up men/women worked on him creating those 10 faces!! 😀
Happy faces were seen all around as we came out of the theatre, but me and my pillion companion didn’t wait long as we headed back to office (he had to catch the 8pm bus and not at all to work!!) and I lost my spectacles on the way only to realize after reaching office…Dasavatharam finally ended to be a costly affair for me!! 😦

All said and done, the movie was wonderful…go for it!! 😀

 
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Posted by on June 17, 2008 in Happens~2~me, Movies

 

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Corporate life – of Anger, Peace and Friends!!

Recently I got pissed off (and I still am…lookz like will be) with a corporate friend whom I got to know just a few weeks ago. Why was that? What did happen? I certainly don’t have the reason to put down here as to why and how that happened with her. I don’t even have the reason as to how I can restore that faith when it comes to her regarding something as divine as friendship. Even now I feel that I gave it all to make things work out inspite of all the differences and difficulties that came in the name of adjustments. But she feels otherwise. And when the initial expectations from her end started giving rise to accusations and finger pointing, I just couldn’t handle the stuff any long. I had to end it, and end it soon. 

Basically I am a very down to earth, peace-loving animal. Yes I am just like that, but said and done I am still an animal. And animals get wild when it comes to 2 things – Anger & Hunger (all kinds! ;))!!
Until and unless the lid blows the so-called ‘limits of control’, I am peaceful and very patient. It would take special talent from the people on the other side to actual make me go wild and behave like an animal.
I believe more in giving rather than otherwise when it comes to friends and family, but I still do have my shortcomings. People sometimes tend to take my easy going, happy-go-lucky nature for granted. And that is exactly when they get to know the other side of me. The other side of me is something which even I don’t like very much. I have been taking pains to keep it under control as well as wraps and behave as normal as possible. Candidly, for the records I have been on the other side of my behaviour just about 3 times in the last 30 months which is infact very good if you ask me “How were you prior to those 30 months?”. And each time that it went out of control, it was just cos I was provoked.
But each time I have been lucky to have someone or the other to pull me back to my normal self. They have made me understand that anger gets on to you, only if you hold on to the thing that makes you angry. So it is better to let go of the things which or the people who make you angry. I do just that now-a-days, as I just let go of them. I thank those blessed souls, for being there for me, forever. 🙂

It was just the beginning of the year 2006. Those were my early days in corporate life and I had been fortunate to get a break into one of the most advanced and currently in-demand technology of SAP. My first project was for a prestigious client in the consumer goods sector and I had been in upbeat mood after getting to know the clientele and the lady manager I would be working for/under. But the one thing I didn’t know or rather hadn’t been exposed to was the politics that goes on within a team/project.
We were 3 freshers (first project for all of us) who were inducted into this project under a BeeTCH of a Team-Lead (TL). And apart from the manager there was one more gentleman by name, Jai who had close to about 12-13 years of industry and IT experience. Jai was one cool-headed person and more of a friend/guide/philosopher to the 3 of us, than a senior member of the team.
Before this TL had taken over, there was another foolish guy who was our TL and he was as efficient as owls are during the daytime. Me being a fresher had given him 45 mins of philosophical pep-talk on how to conduct himself, before he was branded inefficient-cum-useless and eventually chucked out of the team (he quit a year ago after getting bad ratings due to his pathetic performances).
Then came the Beetch…she was the kind who preferred to bark more than bite…and she proved the quote “Barking dogs seldom bite” just right. She just couldn’t bite. And she had not an iota of an idea that I was the biting kind who could even bark given a chance. This female had the heart to take all the credit (we had no problems when she did this) for the good performance that we guys put in and also had the guts to point fingers at us (We did have problems now) when something went wrong from her side. One not-so-good-evening (for her) it so happened that she blamed us for no fault of ours and that was about 3 months after she had taken over. My lid blew off and the other guys seemed relieved at this juncture, as if they had been waiting long enough for this to happen. I called her (through Jai ofcourse) to the conference room and gave her my piece of mind for over an hour during which I must say, she gave a good fight arguing the best way she possibly could. And all this happened in the presence of Jai. I was representing the guys and Jai was the mediator. The only advantage on my side being my capability to talk fluently in English!! 
After our showdown (which was halted by the formation of crocodile tears in the glands of the beetch), Jai gave a 60-40 verdict in our favour and we were satisfied by it, but not happy. She was asked to calm down (by Jai…whom didja think? :P) and sent out to get refreshed. It was then my turn to get a hearing from the cool-headed Jai. The best part was that he gave me my space to reason out the cause of my hyper behaviour. When we came out 20 mins later, I was a cool person with a smile on my face. Jai was instrumental in giving me some tips that is needed to survive the corporate pressures and work-life challenges. I am obliged to him for his timely advices. I have learnt to deal things a lot better and now I understand the way to be politically correct in a corporate world. DIPLOMACY is the word! 😀 
Btw, the beetch was released 4-5 months before the project culminated (and we guys went on to manage the show till the end) and she went on to screw-up a critical project next, the result of which she was asked to quit before she would be given the pink slip.

This time round it so happened that I got to know this lady through our internal corporate blogging platform. Seven weeks ago, I got a  mail from her letting me know how she liked the versatile topics I chose to write on and particularly the manner in which I wrote. I acknowledged that mail with my usual ever enthusiastic reply, not knowing that it could lead to more things to come. This reply of mine lead to more mail interactions which further led into exchange of cell phone numbers, friend-request on Orkut and daily chatting on the office communicator. I didn’t object her messaging me as well as calling me too. I called a few times too cos she said “You never call me, its only me who calls you!”. Now she liked to hear me talk (she said this to me, and I am not assuming). For people who don’t know me, I talk a lot but only when I have a topic or matter and time at my disposal. But this friend just wanted to listen to my talk whenever she was free, and irrespective of whether I was in office or in the loo. And when I said, “That’s it yaar…there’s nothing more for today”, she used to say in a low-n-sad tone “So you don’t wanna talk to me? Why are you so silent these days?” and that too in the 68th minute of the call (damn the free CUG)!!
I even met her 2 weeks ago at her request (had to hear her say “so you don’t wanna meet me eh?” quite a few times before that, when I postponed the meet due to my other commitments) and that was the last day we ever talked in peace. For some unknown reason she preferred to keep silent for the next 2 days (she had done the same some 3-4 weeks back when she told me that she preferred 5 days of sheer silence and that I could call/message her if I want to (and that I did not)…again for reasons best known to her….she called it ‘drawing the line’; the line which I had never seen before or after the silence and it doesn’t make sense even now as I write this!) only to get back with “Why didn’t you tell me about your promotion?”….Now what was she trying to do here? When asked why, she went on give me reasons like “I didn’t like what you have put on your Orkut profile…it shows you have got this attitude”, “What’s that note on your communicator…I don’t like it”…It had just blown my fuse all over again.
What is her problem in me writing anything on my Orkut profile or the communicator note? If she didn’t like it, she should have stopped visiting my orkut page every hour and even stopped pinging me on the communicator every alternate minute asking me what I was up to! You are FIRED!! Gimme a BREAK!!!
I just didn’t want to adjust that day. I didn’t want my day to be spoiled by such immature behaviour of this gal that I preffered to let go of her rather than get angry or swear at her for reasons best known to her. It just didn’t make any sense at all to do all that, and letting go of her was the best thing I could do and think of at that moment. And I did just that by remaining silent though she tried out various methods and means to reach me – inspite of my innumerable requests not to do so. I told her not to call or message me anymore though she did just that, that whole day trying to understand the mess she had got herself into. By the way she had behaved that evening, I was sure that if I had said something in anger she wouldn’t have been able to cope with it. So it was best for me to let her go just like that. I was just not worth to be her friend. I am putting my papers down with respect to you and moving on, so should you (in case you read this and understand that I am talking about you…this is not a fictional story at all!! Hmmph!!)!!!  
All this while I was helped by my good buddy DJ to keep me calm and not to over react inspite of the things that seemed to be clearly going the wrong way!! I am obliged to her for bearing me all the while and being ever ready to listen to all the rubbish happenning in my life at this juncture. “Friends are like dustbins…where you can dump all your good and bad feelings/thoughts” is something which DJ now helps me in seeing some sense into (by dustbin, not in the literal sense, dumbos!!). Thank you buddy! 😀

All said and done, life takes us on a roller-coaster ride…how we hold on to it without falling is all that matters!! And in the friends and well-wishers like the Jai’s and DJs, it seems like they are the only sensible coolants in my otherwise nonsensical LIFE!! 😀

 
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Posted by on June 16, 2008 in About me, Happens~2~me

 

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Promotion…Loads of happiness with a cloud of gloom!! Hmmm…

Tuesday noon, as I was busy in my cubicle with my head rested on my folded arms…my ever alert ancient OS wala PC beeped the arrival of a new mail. The PC when compared to the high tech configurations of today, is loaded with ancient Operating System (Windows Server 2000) and age old softwares which not only meets my client requirements/satisfaction but also puts me to sleep!! 😦
Anyways…the mail alert (which is at full throttle, as that is what keep me in pace with checking and reading forwards) made me slowly lift my head a little to peep at the right corner of my monitor.

“Congrats” said the visible display on the alert before it faded mysteriously!! Now the curious nerve in me made me…lift my head, unfold my arms, sit up straight on my chair, make the hands grab the mouse, open the Outlook window from the task bar and click on the “Congrats” mail…all in one damn unnoticed instant. The mail was from my senior manager and since his sending me congratulatory mails rarely happens, I was astonished. I quickly double clicked on the mail and reading the first line left me shivering and cold…with happiness and joy. Such emotions I rarely remember because “unexpected good things” rarely happen to me. The first liner said, “Hearty congratulations on your promotion” and I remember having checked the sender and receiver address twice too to confirm if it was indeed directed to me or had come into my inbox for someone else! 😉 I just sat back and poked (I was shocked to even utter a word out) my fingers on my teammate’s back and only when he shook hands and congratulated me, did I get back to senses! 😀

I then pinged my sweet buddy DJ “Can you meet me now?” on the office communicator. She was in a different world altogether and replied something which now I don’t remember.
“Can you meet me now?” I pinged again.
“Yeah sure, where?” she replied, now synchronous to my request!
“Pantry, 2nd floor?” I said.
“Okies.” she said as I watched her status change to yellow.

I locked my system with the mail just open. I had not yet read beyond the first line. I needed to run away from the now AC cold cubicle and from the shivering cold chair of mine. I just wanted to get out of there. All out of happiness, which I didn’t know just how to enjoy or celebrate.
By the time I reached the second floor pantry from my first floor cubicle, DJ was already there waiting with her ever-green smile on the face; asking me “WHAT??”
“Wish me” I said as I grabbed her hands.
“What? Kya hua re?”, she said with a bigger smile and in an excited motherly tone. 😛
“Wish me, I got promoted” I said, with I don’t know what kind of over-excited weird expression on my face.
“Hey congrats” was all that I allowed her to speak before I interrupted with my non-stop flow of emotions. I don’t even remember what all I spoke. But I remembered telling her that I had to call my parents, grandma, sister and a few of my friends (who came to mind instantly) and let them know.

So first I called up mom and when she picked she was busy at her office, but when I told her she was happy and said congrats before starting on with “I told you na ki your shani kaalam is coming to an end in September…it’s showing its good effects now at the end.” The 7 and half year Shani kaalam gets credit for my promotion here. Well I didn’t seek credit in the first place either! 😉 And is the Shani Kaalam something like the hindi movies, where the ending is always good! 😛 And before keeping down the phone with a “thanks for your wishes”, I asked her to tell dad to call me up now (his cell had conked, so I had no other choice!)!

I waited for exactly 81 seconds before dad called up and even before a hello, he asked “What happened? Is everything ok?”. Now parents are just like this. Whenever kids (or anyone for that matter…but more reaction if its the kids) call at off timings, it is definitely considered to be some bad news awaiting for them to hear. “Nothing like that. Everything is good. I got promoted dad.” I said and then he went non-stop with his wishes and being the good son that I am, listened to all his how-to-be-even-more-good-at-work advice with a smile! 🙂

Next it was my sister’s turn. I thought she would be sleeping in her hostel (exam holidays now…meant for taking rest, I understand cos I did just that!) at this hour. 2:15 pm was the time I called her and as expected she was woken up from her sleep by my call.
“What is it re?” she asked me in Konkani, my mother tongue and when that is asked that way, it sounds like a rude/irritated question.
“You were sleeping?” I asked, yes an unnecessary stupid question when I had sensed that she was woken up by my call.
“What do you think?” she asked, just in a way that I deserved for that stupid question I asked.
“Err…ok…Hey I got promoted, did you hear that?” I asked, skeptically.
“Hey wow…Congos…how?” she asked. 🙄
I think she meant to meant ‘how much’ regarding the revision in package and not ‘how’ as in how come of all people I got promoted. Hmmph!
College students use SMS lingo even when they speak so I guess just as ‘Congos’ is for ‘Congratulations’ so is ‘how’ for ‘how much’ and nothing else. 😛

Next I called another dear friend of mine, Moto. She screamed at the top of her voice, when I informed the news. I didn’t know how to react so I waited for her to get back to normal. She said “Wow, Congrats man” about 3-4 times before getting down to the usual ritual among friends asking the dreaded question (for the one who’s at the receiving end), “So when are you treating me?”.
“Sometime soon…we’ll decide” is all that I was able to quickly think and reply. Not that I mind giving treats, but don’t ask me to plan treats! I dread at that thought! 😀

Another call was made to a “filmi” friend of mine. We love to share hindi movie dialogues and shayaris on mail, communicator, msgs, everywhere that I have no doubts that she became my friend on a friday! 😛 I had never called her on the cell and since my cell was not connecting, I called her from DJ ka cell.
“Hello” said the sweet voice from a distant office, the building of which was clearly visible from the pantry window where me and DJ were now standing looking out.
“Hey Sreeram here. Guess what, I got promoted” I excitedly said.
“Hey hi Sree…wow! Thats wonderful news!” she said before the ritual, “So when are you treat……” beeeeeeeeep….the call got cut.
My phone rang and it was she calling me now. “The call got cut as there’s not much network here…So when are you treating me?” she asked without forgetting inspite of the network problem. Man!! 😀
“Sometime soon…we’ll decide” I said again just like copy-pasting the contents out of a template that I use to send mails to the client fellas and ending the phone calls after a series of PJs! 😛

It had been a long time since I had come out of the bay, so we decided to get back to our cubicles! On reaching there, I got to know that all guys from my passing year had made it to the next level. Great Relief! 😀 If one had missed, it would be like drinking hot water when thirsty. All were busy planning which hotel to go for the 11 treats. 11 of us had got promoted and they didn’t want combined treats. “Do you share you salary to share the hotel bill?” was asked the moment I asked “Treat? me and who will be…?”!! Phew…said and done.

I logged in to my system to now read that mail completely. I was relieved to see that it was directed to me and me only! 😛

“Time for some KT” said a voice from behind. My manager was standing and by his look it seemed like he and the entire team had been waiting for me to get back from my extended-break!.
“Sir, I got promoted” I said and suprisingly his expression changed.
“You too? what man, if everyone gets promoted….” he stopped it right at that…not that we worked otherwise, but it is understood that ppl work less as they move up the ladder and who better than the manager to ask us that!! 😀

Then I was in for KT for the next 75 minutes. Apart from understanding (trying to rather..) what was being said and done, I was making a mental note of whom all I should let know about my climb. Once out, I msgd all those whom I was in constant touch with over msgs. Replies started pouring in from my roommates, college-mates and colleagues from different locations. I called a few of them in return, the one’s with whom I am normally myself. And then the usual requests of treats and bums followed. Never ending isn’t it? I thought to myself.

In the evening after I packed my bags…err….I mean after I logged out of my PC and the cubicle I went to the parking lot to make a few more calls. These were people who were close to me since the time I came into this world…ok ok…landed on this earth!! 😛
First in line was my aunt (one of my mom’s twin sisters) in Mumbai…I big-time practice flirting with her as she did till she got married. When I told her about this, “Ah congrats…what a news you have given?”
“Thanks” I replied.
“So now you are eligible…can I search?” she tickled.
“Ah common…don’t spoil my day by asking that…ofcourse search!” I tickled back! 😛
“Shameless fellow…wait I’ll tell you mom…don’t even know what and how to talk to elders” she poked lovingly.
“When you call mom, tell her my choices…you know na?” I tickled a little more.
“Shut up and concentrate on your work…” she laughed.
“Ya okies…will call some other time…bye” I signed off.

Next was the turn of the other twin who just shifted to Gurgaon.
“Hello…good news” I kick started.
“Ya don’t tell me that my leaving Bangalore is so good a news for you” this serious twin said to me in a serious note.
“Ah nah….Good news is that I got promoted today” I consoled.
“Wow…Congrats…so party when you come to Gurgaon” she smiled. I think.
“Sure…why not!! But sad thing is that it had to happen after you moved out of Bangalore” I pinched.
“Hmmm…ya…now don’t spoil my just rejuvanated mood, enjoy your day!” she said and disconnected the call to get back to continue unpacking. I think.

Next in line was my dad’s sister. I had stayed with her when my parents travelled like nomads to keep up with their transferrable bank jobs.
“Hello…its me Sreeram…I have a good news to share” I told her…this was a call after last December so I was skeptical…and I had missed wishing her on the wedding anniversary 6 days ago, so was scared too.
“Tell me…good news is welcome any day!” she said with a light laugh.
“I got promoted today” I said relieved at her being so light-hearted.
“Wow…great congrats…talk to Bhavaji” she said and handed over the phone to Bhavaji. Bhavaji is a Konkani word for one’s dad’s sister’s husband. In English, even he is called an Uncle.
“Hello Bhavaji, I got promoted” I repeated again.
“Congrats…may god bless you. So was this test based or performance based?” asked the retired Deputy General Manager (DGM) of Canara Bank.
“Its performance based. We don’t have test based as in banks” I said being happy at answering a technical question correctly. 😀
“Great…that took you 3 years? or how is it?” the ex-DGM was now getting serious and I had to pump myself up for the one-on-one telephonic interview. And I was unprepared for it too! Phew!!
“30 months this month end and I am the fastest compared to the rest who got along with me. The rest are like 34 months and plus.” I said trying to uplift his spirits.
But the old young man didn’t give up. He went on with a few more googlies and bouncers which at the end I felt that I tackled them well. Pretty well rather. Hmmmph!!

One more call to be made, said the tired-from-questions mind. This was my uncle (mom’s elder brother) who resides in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. I called him up and spoke to him for a good 20 mins first informing him of my promotion, which later on moved on to various topics like family and friends as it always happens when I talk to him. Sometimes when I call him up and when he calls me up (which is most the case) we forget to talk about the reason-to-call, but straightly head to talk philosophy! 😛 So this time, before we kick started anything other topic, I told him the reason I called for. And then went on to talk about the other thing in life…LIFE itself!! 😀

I was tired of walking in the parking lot…so decided to go home and see who all I should call or message.

Then on reaching home, I called up 3 of my very good college friends. I talked to her for 20 mins. Him for 6 minutes and another him for 5 mins. Its surprising how I end up talking to HER for that long just when I have to say “I got promotion” and exchange pleasantries! Phew…mystery unsolvable! 😉

Then when I was about to hit the bed on my THE day, I thought of checking orkut. And there was a scrap from my Mumbai aunt. The scrap read “When I was telling about your promotion to my husband, Prerna overheard it and asked – Now is he earning in crores? – uske mooh mein shakkar daalo…hehe”. Prerna was the 11 yr old younger daughter of my Mumbai aunt and ya my cute little cousin! 🙂
I laughed within myself to the core. The innocence with which Prerna asked that question could bankrupt my company! 😉

Overall it was a good day for me in personal…but the atmosphere was a little cloudy at home and within my friends circle too. My roommates who had joined with me were disappointed as they didn’t make it this time round (of course due to politics within their huge team) and were sulking all time. UNDERSTANDABLE when they had EXPECTED. Also a few of my friends who didn’t make it, now seem to be busy…busy floating their resumes through different job websites and as well as through referrers.

Praying for their good times to come. Hmmm…

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P.S: I realize that this was one hell of a long post. Apologies. But it was one heaven of a day!! 😀

 
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Posted by on June 14, 2008 in About me, Happens~2~me

 

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She…who was she??

I was standing under the vast dark sky…
It was well past midnight, weather being hot and dry!
With the power gone, darkness had taken charge…
I was alone on the road, with my life being at large!

The dog howled at everything that seemed to be new…
I just stood there staring at it, while the breeze blew!
I had no clue as to what to do, and where to wander…
What was I doing right there and then, were facts to ponder! 🙄

I thought I’ll head back to lie down at my abode…
Just then I heard a voice on the other side of the road!
I waited just where I stood to see the person under the dim light…
And then she came, right out of no where in the middle of the night! 😀

She appeared right behind the street-light, looking at my side…
Her beauty and charismatic smile left me with my mouth open wide!
As I approached near, I felt her slowly and silently disappear…
To my disbelief she was not what I thought, I could just see right through her!!! 😦

 
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Posted by on June 12, 2008 in Happens~2~me

 

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