Friday, November 27, 2009

Where Has My Life Gone?

How Do I Get My Life Back? This was the question I had raised a couple of posts ago. Well still waiting to receive an answer to that. In the interim got an e-mail with this poem. Thought it captured my life pretty well. So sharing it here. I have no idea of who the original writer is but that person has summarised it beautifully.

Here i am sitting in my office @ night…
Thinking hard about life
How it changed from a maverick college life to strict professional life…...

How tiny pocket money changed to huge monthly paychecks
but then why it gives lesss happiness….

How a few local denim jeans changed to new branded wardrobe
but then why there are less people to use them

How a single plate of samosa changed to a full Pizza or burger
But then why there is less hunger…..

Here i am sitting in my office @ night…
Thinking hard about life
How it changed…..

How a bike always in reserve changed to bike always on
but then why there are less places to go on……

How a small coffee shop changed to cafe coffee day
but then why its feels like shop is far away…..

How a limited prepaid card changed to postpaid package
but then why there are less calls & more messages……

Here i am sitting in my office @ night…
Thinking hard about life
How it changed…...

How a general class journey changed to Flight journey
But then why there are less vacations for enjoyment….

How a old assembled desktop changed to new branded laptop
but then why there is less time to put it on……….

How a small bunch of friends changed to office mate
But then why we always feel lonely n miss those college frnz.….

Here i am sitting in my office @ night…
Thinking hard about life
How it changed….. How it changed……..

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

"Road Kya Tere Baap Ki Hai"

Nice anecdote... would like to believe that it is true.

It is said that once Russi Mody was on an official trip to (the then) Bombay. Even though it was a Sunday morning, Russi had to visit Bombay House, the Corporate Head Quarters of the Tata Group. Russi was driving a Mercedes himself as it was a Sunday and there was very little traffic and also it was the chauffeur's day off. Russi was wearing simple shorts and a T shirt.

Knowing that he would take just a few minutes to finish his work in Bombay House and that it was a non-working day in the business district with very low traffic, he decided to take liberties to park his Merc in an other-wise no parking zone. A conscientious
traffic cop noticed all this and he immediately rushed to Russi who had started sauntering towards the Bombay House entrance.

In a gruff voice the Pandu Havaldar asked Russi. "Kyun bhidu, baap kaa sadak samajh kay rakha hai kya?"

Russi very non-chalantly replied: "Haan kuchh aisa hi hai. Aapko English padhna aata hai kya?"

Then he gently held the Pandu's arm and walked him to the kerbside and pointed to the metal signage of the road. He asked the cop "Kya Likha Hai?"

The cop said "Sir Homi Mody Street". A mischievously smiling Russi discloses"Woh Mera Baap Tha".

Russi was allowed to leave his car parked in the "No Parking" Zone that Sunday morning.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Ramblings of a Bored Mind

How do I get my life back?
Sunday Afternoon... was trying to take a nice nap and this question pops up in my head. God only knows from where but it did come up. And the nice nap went for a toss. So got out of attempting to sleep mode. Switched on the laptop. Tried to distract myself. But fertilizing other people's crops on Farmville or doing a few jobs can only take up a tiny amount of time. Nothing on Orkut or Mails. So back to the question. Opened Twitter, decided against putting it there. So turned to the slightly older fashioned blogger. Felt like writing (or rather rambling) it out. After all I am not even sure if any one would read this. But if anyone does your helpful comments would be highly appreciated.
Till then I list out my options
  • Watch Big Bang Theory
  • Go Out & watch Kurbaan, but friends's reviews are bad, so not too sure about that
  • Watch England-South Africa ODI
  • Random TV
  • Random Movie
Not too many options here :(

Sunday, November 15, 2009

20 years of a Legend

The whole of India seems to be rejoicing over the fact that Sachin Tendulkar has completed 20 years in international cricket. Television, Newspapers, Internet, he is here, there & everywhere. And well, to be honest, he definitely deserves all the adulation being showered on him. Twenty years is a pretty long time. An article began with the question "What were you doing on 15th Novemebr, 1989?" The answer - I was in junior school (Std. 2 to be precise) at the grand old age of six and a half years and I have no idea what I did that day. Twenty years down the line here I am doing background analysis for billion dollar decisions now (:P). So life has changed quite a bit. I guess the only constant has been the love for the game of cricket and Sachin is the only Indian player from that era who is still active.
I have already written about the legend of Sachin Tendulkar in this blog, so dont need to recount his achievements again. However one more memory can be added here, the 175 vs Australia in Hyderabad in another losing cause. It was heartbreaking.
Hoping he continues on till the 2011 World Cup. With the World Cup held aloft in his home turf at Wankhede, that would be the perfect way to retire.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

The Hundredth One

This post signifies a personal milestone in my blogging career. This is the 100th post in Nishantzworld. It has taken nearly three and a half years in coming but I have finally reached the century mark in terms of blog posts.

The blog came into existence on an August Saturday night during the early part of my stay in the IIM Indore campus. The “z” in the name came because someone else had already taken the name “Nishantsworld” that I had initially christened the blog. I did not have any clear idea as to what I really wanted to with the blog. Should it be personal or general in nature or should it be on a specific theme? Finally after not much thought just took the plunge. The posts started appearing as and when I felt like on any topic I felt the desire to write about. I guess this is the best part of blogging. The blog description was shortened to “Random Thoughts & Expression” which I feel is the most appropriate one for a blog of this nature.

Initially the posts were more campus focused mostly covering events & happening within the campus. Occasionally it would stray into the general posts territory. There were posts on movie reviews (a few), cricket (lots) and some arbit things (e.g. my analysis of status messages etc). I did think of closing down this blog once college got over (The Last One) but a couple of friends were successful in dissuading me in this regard. Once I joined my post-campus job I took up blogging again. The nature of posts changed. Now they were more oriented towards happenings in the world than any personal ones (Conclusion – Post campus life is pretty boring). In between though there were some posts about my life in general, a fictionalized account of three awesomely pathetic lives. I have to admit though that the frequency of posts has gone down quite a bit. In fact I have observed that I am not the only culprit in this regard. Most of my fellow bloggers from campus are in the same boat. With newer distractions like Facebook & Twitter available, I’ll just see how long I can continue this blog.

But that’s for the future. In the meantime I went back in the past. Here is a list of my favorite 5 posts from my own blog. (Lets call them the Fab 5; this is in chronological order)

  1. The confused beginning. The one which started it all.
  2. The World of Status Messages. My attempt to collate the GTalk status message of people on friend list. Now I guess Twitter does this job even more efficiently.
  3. The Last One. A small summary of my IIM stay.
  4. The Legend called Sachin Tendulkar. The high point of my blogging career. For a couple of days it was the first blog entry on google when searching for Sachin Tendulkar.
  5. The Three Awesomely Pathetic Lives. A fictionalized account of post-campus life. Due to the good reader response there were a few sequels also (but like most sequels they couldn’t manage the same response as the original)

So these were my favorite 5 posts out of the previous 99. Now hoping to continue onwards to the double century mark.