Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Romance on Facebook

Well well..this post isn't about any romantic encounters that I might have had in FB :P, but my opinion about a book which has the name.

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As a FB addict and also familiar with many such 'incidents', I quite had an interest on seeing the title. The story started to be as this one - a woman from Mumbai, finds her teenage crush in FB, after 19 years. Now she is happily married and the guy is also married and settled in the U.S (I don't remember his state and its not of relevance here too) And she initiates the 'romance' by sending him a friend request along with a message and he also recognizes her. And slowly they start chatting over FB. 

Now I had mentioned that both of them are married and a special 'happily married' for Geethi, our heroine. Yeah, it forms a crucial part of the storyline. Now the question arises, where the hell is the romance between a 'happily married Indian woman' and some guy whom she last met 19 yrs back, that too settled in the U.S currently..?!

Our hero Sid aka Siddartha is a nothing short of a playboy who has had many casual + serious relationships until he was steady to settle down with Anu, his wife. Geethi's hubby Ravi is a perfect gentleman, by the Indian, as well as, the International standards. 

The introduction goes great and so does the story. Sid and Geethi start sharing their lives through messages through messages, and slowly each realize that they had a mutual crush while in Cuttack, 19 years ago while they were neighbors, but dared not to express it, given that it was way back in the 1980s, both of them were from conservative families and that Geethi was brought up in the orthodox Indian mindset. They were later separated coz of many reasons and they had no reason to worry as Geethi completed her higher studies and got married to Ravi(the best person in the novel, infact) and Sid had many encounters with women in the U.S.

As they kept sharing their lives, I got bored and decided to skip some pages and still they were doing the same business. I really lost my interest here, and at this juncture Sid indirectly hints on intimate physical relationship, which sends a bolt of lightening though the spine of Geethi. And Geethi stops her messaging with Sid (Missed out an earlier point - Sid asks for Geethi's phone number in their very first chat and she gently refuses - this story continues time and again)

Wait, the story doesn't end here, but rekindles the interest in the novel again. So grab a copy and give a read. It is worth reading the beginning and the ending.

God Bless

Thursday, January 17, 2013


The post heading says so..and here I post about Chennai..

Honestly saying I never liked Chennai when I came here first, some 10 years back. I hated this place so much that I'd keep constantly grumbling and complaining.

..Paatha Pudikadhu, Paaka Paaka Than goes the thathuvam. In the similar way, Irundha Pudikadhu, Iruka Iruka Than Pudikum Namma Chennai ah.

Chennai as seen from my home

Today I say that Chennai is one my most loved places. I'm not a avid traveler, but still I've traveled to many places all over India and clearly Chennai is one of the best cities around here to stay.

Within Chennai, my most favorite is home sweet home, in T.Nagar. If a novel were ever written on my life, the best part of it would go describing T.Nagar. If I love Chennai, it can be, or rather, it should be, attributed to this lovely place tucked within the heart of Chennai. When someone says T.Nagar to any person (Chennai person more specifically) the first thing that would remind them would be the showrooms and their discounts and the crowded streets. Of course they do exist, but the better portion of T.Nagar is its residential colonies, where I reside. I can keep on talking and posting about it, so I reserve a future post entirely for T.Nagar, which would be coming soon.

In an earlier post, I had described about some of the roads of Chennai. And here I go right about the city itself.

The first thing a person (especially a Bangalore person) gets reminded about Chennai, on hearing its name, is that, this place is hot and sultry. True that this place is hot and sultry, but one gets used to and even love it, and believe me, I cannot count a day, if I hadn't sweated out!!

The next thing is Cooum (+Adyar). Of course its true that these 'rivers of sorrow' flow right through the heart of Chennai, creating a stench, too awkward, though they drishti kazhuchify the remaining beauty of our Chennai.

Let's chuck out these and move on to the better of Chennai. Yep, the beaches. Given a choice between the hill and the ocean, I would always choose the ocean, coz I have a mild acrophobia :D The crowded Marina, the serene mouth of Adyar along the Broken Bridge, the short Elliots, the somewhere-along-way VGP, the coast along ECR, the far-away Kovalam, the marvelous Mamallapuram,  et al are really awe!!! And not to forget the promenades along some of these beaches.

An another fascination that I have is that for bridges. And here goes the list of those which I love in Chennai. The Napier Bridge, Chintradripet Bridge, Broken Bridge and its neighbor Thiru Vi Ka Bridge, Marmaimalai Adigal Bridge (previously Marmalong Bridge), Kotturpuram Bridge, and few more tiny ones whose name I dont even know. Please don't come to a conclusion that I've lost my ability to smell, as some of the above mentioned bridges fall under the 'stinkiest' places of Chennai :o :D Its just the serenity of space being present below my foot, fascinates me.

My love for Chennai goes still long and further, which continues in a future post. Take care and keep reading.

God Bless..

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Training Days

The first post in the year 2013!! A great feeling of surviving the long awaited dooms day of 2012!! :D

This was the topic waiting a long, in the queue to be posted on..Yes my days in TCS. I had been long waiting to post on it right from the day I joined and i'm posting right after the day my training i.e., the initial phase of my days in TCS is done with!! OMG Procrastination!! High time I get rid of it!!!!!

A sneak of my office

Well, in a earlier post, I had mentioned about my meeting with Java and the continuation of it is still pending. And here I go about my experiences that I came across in those training days.

Posting after the entire stretch of training is done, proves an advantage too, as I can go about the entire thing rather posting a bit and 'hoping best for the rest'.

Let me start in the traditional way of starting a narration.....My training period started on 11th October. It was a bright day and I reached the office and was waiting out there. I met most of my college friends and was very excited very much and also relieved to meet most of my friends...blah...blah......and it ends here :P

Anyway there were not any roller-coaster moments or super-exciting twists worth to be mentioned and this period of time was a smooth boat ride. My technical moments were already said with HERE. It's time now for the other ones.

The IT field is the same as I had expected it to be, unlike the other times when my predictions go awkwardly wrong. Maybe it can also be too early for me to decide upon something.

The business-skill (biz-skills) sessions were the ones which I loved the most and was eagerly waiting for. Discovered several new stuffs and learnt many nuances in these sessions. And an another good thing was that my communication skills improved drastically compared to what I had in my college days and for this I have to appreciate myself and the others who helped me over this.

Let me stop with here, with this precise post. Catch you soon with my action in the forth coming days.

God Bless..