Friday, January 30, 2009

I'm Reading!!!

This one was gifted to me by my best friend. The first thing he gave me when he came back from United States :). Lets see how this goes.Second book this month...WOW!!! Funny thing about this book is the timing since i have nothing to do these days and i DO spend most of the time on the couch ;)

Some Excerpts :)

There are things that everyone almost lies about(Cheating,stealing,sex), there are things that women almost always lie about(food,money,orgasms), and then there is the rest of life, which generally comprises what men tend to lie about. A female friend says of the men she's known: "Are its lips moving? Then its lying"

"Men pretty much always lie to avoid conflict, argument, the airing of unpleasent truths". Another one answered my question of "why do men lie" as 'Because then it feels like I've gotten away with something.It's kind of power"

And then my favourite...

Well here's an announcement that i'll deny in the morning: when you discover that a man has lied to you about something, what he then "admits" to you as the truth will-at least in a few crucial respects-also be a lie. The full truth, the whole thing, almost never feels to us like a viable option.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

January Review!!!!

January 2009 is already gone and i just wanted to review my Resolution list(Im into IT afterall, we ALWAYS REVIEW things). So lets see how good/bad ive done in this past one month.

Read my performance comments in RED (And now the COLORS!!!!WOW!!!My Managers will be so proud of me).

  • They say "Health is Wealth" first and foremost my resolution will be to a) maintain my weight in double digits this year and b) to get back to a moderate 36 inch waist line...maybe by end of Q2-09 *Still working on it, weight has shot back into 3 digits though, need more motivation and self-control*

  • To be a regular face @ the gym *19/31 for Jan-09, pretty decent i must say*

  • To abstain myself from drinking BEER/RUMS/VODKA/AERIATED DRINKS...I guess that means i'll have to live on WHISKY and SCOTCH ;) *Had No Rum/Vodka, only one pint of beer...Whisky/Scotch needs to be reduced*

  • To "not-to" feast on any food buffets this year *Had to go once in Jan-09, Team outings ..can't help it.*

  • To try and be a vegetarian this year..(wish me luck) *One Successful month completed.*

  • To do a lil more travelling, take a week off every quarter and visit all the nearest place or hill stations or explore new places locally. *Still working on it*

  • To file for immigration this year. *Still working on it*

  • To finally buy a book and start preparing for GMAT and IAS services(both extremes i know) *Still working on it*

  • To, inshah-allah, continue my travelling streak abroad. *Will try to work towards it, though this is something that is not in my hands*

  • To save some money and eventually bring my loan account down *sigh* *sigh*

  • To try and be the same energetic and enthusiastic person that i was coupla years back. *On track*

  • To "not-to" forget birthdays this year and make sure that atleats a call/text is made/sent. *On track*


When the rape is inevitable, it is better to lie down and enjoy it.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

I'm Reading!!!

Now that i dont have a job, i can go back to doing what i like i.e. Sitting home, watching T.V. , playing games on my PS2 and reading books.

So couple of my friends took me to a book store and gave me some books that i can read during this so called "honeymoon" period.(My next assignment starts in second week of Feb).

So this book that i started last night , Boots Belts Berets by Tanushree Podder, talks about a cadets life in NDA(National Defence Academy). Talks about journey of being "Boys-to-Men".

If you think that after watching any bollywood movies, u know what goes on inside the campus of NDA, think again my friend.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Curtains Down!!

Today is my last day at my current employer and the more i think about it, the more im feeling nostalgic. I mean i dont think im gonna miss the people,cuz i think i will stay in touch with the ones who i cared or who cared for me, but im gonna miss a few other things about this company. Like im gonna miss going on breaks, miss the work culture(so laid back but yet so effective), miss the authority that I had gained over these years, the kick in the heel . I guess thats the way it happens in this world.

Here is the goodbye note that i had sent.

Ladies and Gentlemen,I would like to take a moment of ur time and would like you to know that today is my last day here @ Genpact. Its hard to take certain decisions in life and I feel this is the most difficult of them. After spending close to 4 years with Genpact, I have decided to move on and pursue my career outside Genpact. Even though I will miss my colleagues and the company, I am looking forward to this new challenge and to starting a new phase of my career.
First things in life are always special. Right from first step of a child to the first bike. From First girlfriend to first kiss ;) and this being my first job will always be very very special to me.It has been great fun working with you all.

This,ofcourse, wouldnt have been possible without the support of my team members and guidance of my seniors. In particular, I would like to thank Ramkumar for mentoring me and giving me enough chances to prove myself, Rajesh P for his never-ending,ever-inspiring stories,Heena Thukral for making sure that my feet were placed firmly on the ground,Divya Raman for always being there to share a good laugh with me, Dawn Vettraino for helping me realize that there is a cowboy in all of us and finally to all the people who support SABIC INNOVATIVE PLASTICS especially the folks who work in night shifts(Guys! always remember "STARS COME OUT IN THE NIGHT ONLY").

I would also like to thank the basketball team, GENPACT SAINTS, for giving me a platform to take all my frustrations out(You guys are the true Champions) and the cricket team (class of 2005 ;) ) for all the adventures(more off the ground than on it).

Its a small IT world and im sure our paths will cross.

Stay in touch!!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009


Its funny what you find on Internet. All you need is to put ur thinking cap on and think out of the box ....oops ..this one is thinking "in" the box and quite literally too

Mission Impossible!!!!!

  • Destination Dehradoon, Distance 310 Km's
  • Destination Chandigarh, Distance 328 Km's
  • Destination Ludhiana, Distance 100 Km's
  • Destination Amritsar, Distance 200 Km's
  • Destination Ludhiana, Distance 200 Km's
  • Destination New Delhi, Distance 310 Km's

ONLY IF............

***Tera Emosanal Atyachar playing in the background***

Sunday, January 18, 2009


So its my last week with my current employer. Like anyother person in this field, i too have decided to move on to greener pastures. So Am I Excited? Am i scared? Am i sad? I guess a lil bit of everything. So lets take it one by one.

Excited: Its like your first day @ school. You, ofcourse, get excited when u think about meeting new people, new challenges and above all new (and dare i say) much improved salary. Honestly, I think people who know me will agree that it has never been for money(cuz at the end of the day anything is less :) ). Im really looking forward to new challenges and some change in this moment this is what im craving for. WORK!!!!! (I Know , I know).

Scared: Well, not really. I have good 15 days between my last day and my first day at new company and i think of only 2 things when i think of those 2 dates.
A) If everything will stay like its suppose to be for these 15 days(God! i dont want any Satyam Fiasco happening with my new employer) .
and B) How am i gonna spend these 15 days *evil grin*.

Sad: I have been working here for close to 4 years now and during this time i have made some realllllly reallllly good friends.Ofcourse, there are coupla things/people that i wont like to see again but the thought of not seeing my friends everyday(or night in my case), not hanging with them from now on (not that im going outta town or something) makes me kinda sad. I know i will meet new people and will make friends with them but some people have touched my life in a way that its really hard for me to imagine my life without them. *sigh* . I guess i can call them and since i will be in "normal" shifts now(Hopefully!!!), i can always stop by and say "Hello" to them.

But hey ..lets not worry about these things ...lets plan what I can do in these 15 i really have a lotta choices here like

  • I can go home and enjoy my stay with my family, meet my friends there and play some good Ball and enjoy some chilly weather.
  • I can go to my relatives (which i havent visited for like AGES now) who stay at the foot of Hills.. Destress my self(I always wanted to use this word Destress..), Enjoy the drives/serenic beauty....and eventually go home for coupla days and be a bummer.
  • I can goto US. Couple of my friends surely can sponsor the tickets. Hangout with them for a while, shop for days to come(its such a stressbuster ..even for men too) watch some NBA games and be a globetrotter there.
  • Or, I can stay home, here, and drink some scotches and play Guitar Hero(How exciting!!!!!)
I will keep wondering!!!Im a last minute traveller anyways.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Dev D.

I dont remember when was the last time i listened to an entire album without controlling the urge to change the track. Now that i've got myself thinking , i think Omkara was the last complete album i had heard. But Ladies and Gentlemen wait no more for the wait is over. Our Desi Romeo is back and back with a bang (quite literally too). Im not gonna tell you the backdrop of the story or on who mr. Devdas is but all i'll say is that its a modern day story of devdas.

The album has 18 songs. From the feel of it i can tell that all these will play in background. So no running behind the trees in slow motion anymore *phew*. Amit Tandon(AT) is the music director of this movie and has done a gr8 job , a job so fantastic that it has put him in a different league, in the league of directors like Vishal Bhardawaj and SEL. He has saved the best songs for himself and has done a commendable job behind the microphone.

Coming back to tracks, my personal favourite is "PARDESI" but the ones i keep listening to are Nayan Tarse, Saali Khushi, Ranjhana and how can we forgot the presleys of Patna who gave us all the ever so popular Emosanal Attyachar.

I hope that this album strikes a cord with aam junta as well cuz i personally feel that its early days for AT and commercial success is what he needs more than critical acclaim...After all "ghar main roti" chahiye usko :)



From Left --> Right
Rakesh aka "Smiling Assasin", Anil aka "Engg.", Ram aka "The Lead", yours truly and Rajesh aka "The Architect"

Saturday, January 10, 2009


Would you rather hide a truth from your friend OR tell a lie ?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

Sunday, January 4, 2009


There nothing more i like than staying home and watching good movies. And ive had a gr8 opening this year. Watched Slumdog Millionaire this friday.
I hope it gets released in India soon so that others who appreciate good and simple movies can watch it too. 8/10 from my side.

Thursday, January 1, 2009


Well they normally say that whatever you do/dont-do on the first day of the year, chances are you will do/dont-do those things the entire year

So if that was to be then i guess

  • I would be taking over the chefs hat from my wife this year, since i cooked dinner (READ MACARONI) last night.

  • I would be starving for a good Indian meal all year?????

  • I would have to spend more on Deo's and colognes since i didnt took a shower all day yday (but hey i will save some water for my fellow countrymen)

  • I didnt brushed my teeth yday (Do i really want to mention this? eeeeeeeew!!!!) so i will b eating more gums and spending more on chlormint and wrigleys(my bail-out package for US based, Recession feared companies)

But behind some stinking and disgusting facts , i did controlled some urges and saves certain resolutions from getting broken *Smirk*

  • Fought and conquered the urge of having a beer and certainly saved myself the disgrace of breaking my resolutions on the very first day (statistically that comes upto 16.66% of my Resolution list)
  • Fought the urge of having some chicken wings with home made mint sauce *slurp* (againt 16.66% of my Resolution list)
  • Offered to take my wife out to some new places (was shot down on all the occasions though)
  • Called my friends and family and wished them Happy New Year.

So all in all an okish/normal/regular/mundane day to start the year...Guess will wait for the other 364 days


One more year is ready to Depart, While another waits for its Start
More ups and Less downs , More Happiness and Less Frowns
More Joy and Fun is what I wish for everyone

Happy New Year!!!!!!