Tuesday, October 17, 2006
மனசில நனச்சத அப்படியே எழுதனும் .. அதுக்காகத்தான் இந்த பதிவு.
கிட்டதட்ட 4 வருஷத்துக்கும் முன்னாடி, முதல் முறை பார்வை இல்லாதவங்களுக்காக படிக்க போனது இன்னமும் நல்லா ஞாபகம் இருக்கு. ராஜேந்திரன் என்கிற இசை கல்லுரி மாணவனுக்கு படிச்சேன். ரொம்ப நல்ல படிக்கறீங்க , உங்கள மாதிரி வேகமா , தங்கு தடை இல்லாம படிக்கறவங்க நிறைய பேர் இல்லைன்னு சொன்னான்.
என்னமோ அதுவே அடுத்தடுத்த வாரம் போகறதுக்கு ஊக்கமா இருந்தது.
ஒவ்வோரு வாரமும் வெவ்வேறு மாணவர்கள். நானும் செய்தி வாசிப்பவர் மாதிரி கஷ்டபட்டு, ஏற்ற இறக்கதோட படிக்க, அவங்க மத்தியிலே பேசப்படற அளவுக்கு வந்துட்டேன்.
வாரம் ஒரு முறை போகறத பெருமையா நெனச்சுகிட்டேன். என்னமோ நான் ரொம்ப பெரிய சமூக சேவை செய்யறா மாதிரி எல்லர் கிட்டேயும் சொன்னேன். இப்படி இருந்த நான் ஒரு முறை கோடம்பாக்கத்துல இருக்கிற ஹாஸ்டலுக்கு போனேன். அது ஒரு governement free hostel for sc/bc students. பார்வை இல்லாத 20 பேர் அங்கே இருக்காங்க. அவங்களுக்காக ஒதுக்க பட்ட room , just next to toilet! ஒரு நிமிஷம் கூட என்னால அங்கே இருக்க முடியலை , சரியா சுத்தம் செய்யாத்தால smelling like hell. Not just that , the place is totally unclean and not fit for anyone to live in. கொஞ்ச நாள் முன்னாடி கூட போயிருந்தேன் இன்னும் கூட அப்படித்தான் இருக்கு. இன்னும் சில Hostel போயிருந்தேன் அதுவும் கிட்டதட்ட இதே நிலைமை தான்.
அப்போதான் அவங்கள பத்தி தெரிஞ்சிக்க ஆரம்பிச்சேன். நிறைய பேரோட குடும்பம் கிராமத்துல இருக்கு, அப்பா அம்மா படிக்கதவங்க, கூலி வேலை / விவசாயம் பார்க்கறவங்க. அண்ணா தம்பிங்க எல்லாம் எதோ படிச்சிட்டு எதோ வேலையில் இருக்க இவங்க மட்டும் இங்கே தணியா, படிக்கறாங்க. scholarship கிடைக்கும், இல்லாட்டி யாராவது help பண்ணாத்தான் படிக்க முடியும். நிறையா பேரோட பெத்தவங்க, இவங்க எப்படி சம்பாரிச்சு தரப்போறாங்கன்னு படிப்புக்கு செலவு செய்ய மாட்டாங்க. அப்படியே பணம் கொஞ்சம் இருந்தாலும் இவங்களுக்கு கொஞம் தான் கொடுப்பாங்க. The unbearable rejection at the family side to few of them. government hostel food ல சில சமயம் கரப்பான் பூச்சி கூட இருக்கும்னு சொன்னது கேட்டு அதிர்ந்து போயிட்டேன்.
இத்தனை கஷ்டத்திலேயும் படிக்கணும். science, maths, computers எல்லாம் படிக்கறது கஷ்டம் , படிக்க முடியும் ஆனா - formulas 3d model / voice regonition software in computers அதெல்லாம் இருந்ததான் படிக்க முடியும். இதுனால இவங்க படிக்கறது சிலதுதான் ( BA/MA/ Bed / Med / Mphil - Tamil/ english / history or Music) இதை படிச்சிட்டு ஆசிரியரா மட்டுந்தான் போக முடியும், அதுலேயும் open competition. physically challenged candidate quota (as far as i know its 2 or 3 % only). இவங்க படிக்கறது எல்லோரும் படிக்கும் அதே கல்லூரி அதே பாடம் தான்.
எல்லோரையும் போல assignment எழுதனும். B.ed பண்றவங்க charts/ craft book / handouts எல்லாம் பண்ணனும். என்ன மாதிரி scribes தான் இந்த வேலையெல்லாம் பண்ணி தருவாங்க . Bus stopla பக்கத்துல நிக்கறவங்க BUS number கூட சில சமயம் சொல்ல மட்டாங்க , நேரத்துக்கு college / reading session போகறதே பெரிய வேலையாய் இருக்கும். பசங்களுக்கு இப்படீன்னா பெண்களுக்கு இன்னமும் கொஞ்சம் நெறையவே பிரச்சணைகள்.
நான் நிறைய மாறினதுக்கு காரணம் இவங்கதான். பணிவு , பொருமை , விடாமுயற்சி எல்லத்துக்கும் இவங்க வாழும் உதாரணங்கள். வாழ்கை அவ்வளவு சுலபம் இல்லை, ஆனா போராடணும்!
ராஜெந்திரன் இப்போ இசை கல்லூரி படிப்பு முடிச்சுட்டு - orchestra / light music பாடிட்டு இருக்கான். அவனால Mobile -SMS அனுப்பகூட முடியும். அவனுக்கு தேவையானது எதுவோ முடிஞ்ச மட்டும் கொடுத்துட்டு வந்திருக்கேன். dress/ shoes/ cellphone - ஒருத்தர் வாழ்கையாவது மாற்றலாமே எனகிற எண்ணம்தான். ராஜெந்திரன் மாதிரி எல்லம்மாள் , பத்மா , கருப்பசாமி ( இப்போ மதுரைல ஆசிரியரா வேலைல இருக்கார் ) இன்னும் சில பேருக்கு வேண்டிய மட்டும் உதவி பண்ணிட்டு இருக்கேன்.
போன வருஷம் பத்மாவுக்கு Lady willington collagela exam எழுத போயிருந்தேன், சில பேருக்கு scribe வரவே இல்லை. padmavukku exam எழுதிட்டு இன்னொரு பொண்ணுக்கும் எழுதினேன். அவங்கள நினனச்சு ரொம்ப வருத்தப்பட்டேன், மனசு கேக்கலை - Office வந்த உடனே தெரிஞ்ச வங்களுக்கு ஒரு Mail போட்டேன். cousin மூலமா CTS la ஆரம்பிச்சி எல்லா பெரிய கம்பனிக்கும் போய் நிறைய reply வந்தது.
Scribe Network அப்படித்தான் ஆரம்பிச்சது. அடுத்த 3 நாளைக்கு scribe கெடச்சாங்க.
இப்படி ஆரம்பிச்சு கடந்த ஒரு வருஷமா, 100 க்கும் மேல scribes - exam க்காக arrange பண்ணி இருக்கேன். நிறைய friends கெடைச்சாங்க. exam க்கு scribe arrange பண்றது சாதாரண வேலை இல்லீங்க, நிறைய கால் பண்ணனும், மெயில் போடனும் , அதுவும் working day la dhaan exam erukkum. Few girls colleges will not allow male scribe at all !!.. thats the big head ache. Scribes கெடைக்கிறதே கஷ்டமா இருக்கும். சில சமயம் scribes நேரத்துக்கு போக மாட்டாங்க. exam எழுத ஒத்துண்டதை மறந்து கூட போயிடுவாங்க. Reminder call பண்ணனும்.
நிறைய தடவை கடைசி நேரத்துல ஏதாவது ஒரு குழப்பத்துல scribe இல்லாம போயிருக்கு. கஷ்டப்பட்டு last minutla / an hour late கூட யாராவது scribe networku friends மூலமா, arrange பண்ணிடுவேன்,இல்லாட்டி நானே முடிஞ்சா போய்டுவேன், அப்பெல்லாம் help பண்றதுக்கு இவளோ கஷ்டமான்னு கடவுளை நல்லா திட்டுவேன். exam முடிஞ்சு பசங்க நன்றி சொல்லும் போது எல்லாமே மறந்து போய்டும்.
every sunday reading போவேன்னு சொன்னேன் இல்ல, அங்கே scribes நிறையா கிடையாது, நிறைய students scribe இல்லாம சும்மா வந்துட்டு போவாங்க. scribe வேணும்னு mail போடுவேன், அடுத்த sunday கூட்டமா இருக்கும் , அடுத்த வாரம் மருபடியும் பழைய நிலைமைக்கு வந்துரும்.
பத்மா இப்போ MA enlish literature படிக்கறாங்க. scribe / friends மூலமா பத்மா, சிவசக்தி, இஸ்மாயில் இவங்களுக்கு fees arrange பண்ணோம். நான் வெறும் கருவி தான் , நிறைய நல்ல உள்ளங்கள் help பண்ணறாங்க.
Mail நிறைய போட்டதால IT field la இருக்கிறவங்களுக்கு awarness வந்திருக்கு.
ஆனாலும் ஒரு வருத்தம் - students கிட்டே நிறைய dependency create பண்ணிட்டோமோன்னு. நான் இல்லாட்டி கஷ்டப்படுவாங்களோன்னு.
கொஞசம் freinds இதுல serious ஆ இருக்காங்க, கடவுள் வழி காட்டுவார்னு நம்பிக்கை இருக்கு. இவங்க கிட்ட கத்துகிட்டது தான் - "வாழ்கை அவ்வளவு சுலபம் இல்லை, ஆனா போராடணும்!"
Below are the names few of my scribe network friends who always support me, I take this oppurtunity to thank each and everyone especially surya who never let me down when it comes to arranging scribes. I am very proud about each one of them. Through these people I reached more than hundereds of scribes to read on sundays, write exams, assignments , record casettes and assist students in every way.
Surya Kumar chandrasekar- CTS
Priya charukasadesikan- Relativity
Suchitra Ramaswamy - CTS
Ramya Gunasekaran - CTS
Arun Ramamorrthy - TCS
Lakshmi Narayan - TCS
Vidhya Shankar - HP
Shankar - Office Tiger
Ganesh - Sutherland
Ravi - CTS
Rajkumar - ISOFT
Sudev - Infosys
Sangeetha - Infosys
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
ஓரே.. ஒரு முறை
என் பெயராவது உன் உதடுகளை..
விழிகளின் வழியே உன்னுள் ஒரு நொடி நான்.
நிலவில் வசிப்பது சாத்தியமாம்
நிலவினால் தான் அலைகள் உருவாகின்றன
என் நெஞ்சிலும் கூட.
எண்ணிக் கொண்டு இருக்கிறேன்...
இப்பொழுது என்ன செய்கிறாய் என
எப்பொழுதாவது என்னை எண்ணுவாய் என
வானம் திறந்துதான் இருக்கிறது
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
Monday, August 14, 2006
"Lucky" might be the word that comes to your mind. But, the point is whatever we deserve comes to us. My dad always say " the result of the goodness will find its way back to the person, just like the calf comes back to the mother cow amidst huge cattle." I am sure it does!
Even when we lose things, the ones which we deserve find its way back to us. Its not luck sometimes but lobster claws. Confused ? Look at this real story,
A swimmer who lost his wallet during a late night dip has had it returned, thanks to a lobster!
A deep sea diver caught the lobster and found it in the crustacean's claws.
The wallet vanished when Mr Westlake and his 31-year-old brother Paul went for a swim in Plymouth Sound after drinking in a local pub.
It came to light again when the diver got in touch with the Associates hairdressing salon in Plymouth, which Mr Westlake uses.
He collected it there, and found that bank cards it contained still worked despite immersion in sea water and the attentions of the lobster!
If you want to read more
Tuesday, August 08, 2006
வாழ்க்கை எனக்கு பலமுறை வெறுத்து போனதுண்டு
காலம் கூட கனமாய் தோன்றிய நாட்களுண்டு
வாரம் ஒரு முறை இவர்களுக்காக
படிக்க போவதை மட்டும்
வாடிக்கை ஆக்கிக் கொண்டேன்.. எனக்காக
கடந்த மூன்று வருடங்களாய்
வாழ்கைக் கல்வி கற்றுக் கொண்டிருக்கிறேன்
ஆணியால் எழுதுவதால் என்னவோ
என் நெஞ்சில் ஆழப் பதிந்துவிட்டார்கள்
சூரியன் கூட நிலவுக்கு வெளிச்சம் தந்த
இவர்கள் பெருமை அறியாத, வேண்டாத சூரியன்கள்
இவர்கள் எனக்கு உபதேசம் செய்ததில்லை
இவர்கள் வாழும் உபதேசங்கள்
இவர்கள் நான் படிக்க கேட்பவர்கள்
எனக்கு பாடம் கற்றுத்தருபவர்கள்
தம் முகத்தை தாம் பார்த்ததில்லை
இவர்கள்தாம் என் முகத்தை எனக்குக் காட்டியவர்கள்
தடி கொண்டு நடந்தே
எனக்கு வழி காட்டியவர்கள்
என் கண் திறந்தவர்கள்
சினிமா, ஜீன்ஸ், காதல் போன்றவற்றுக்கு மட்டுமே,
கல்லூரி வாழ்க்கையை அர்ப்பணித்தவர்கள் மத்தியில்
அதே வாய்ப்பை தேடித்தராத போதும்!
தன் காலில் நிற்க வேண்டி ஒரு போராட்டம்
அமைதியாகவே, ஒவ்வோரு நாளும்
இருட்டில் இருந்து கொண்டும் உழைக்கிறார்கள்
வெளிச்சம் வரும் என்கிற நம்பிக்கையில்
காந்தாரியாக ஒரு நாள் வாழ்ந்து பாருங்கள்
விடியல் பார்ப்பது கூட வரமாய் தோன்றும்!
Wednesday, August 02, 2006
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
God must be a painter! While thinking about this , I also remembered one of my favorite song by MLTR - Paint my love written by jascha richter. Isn't it amazing to compare ones love to 1000 sunsets!If one sunset is so beautiful what can I say about 1000!
I always get mesmerized by such beautiful lyrics. I was wondering whether I can watch a perpetual sunset. I mean a sunset which never end. Of course Yes... I can do. If you are wondering why I have gone nuts, here is the principle not from me.. but from "how stuff works"
Let's say you are in plane flying westward around the Earth's equator. At the equator, the time zones are a little over 1,000 miles (1,609 km) apart, so to cross one every hour, your plane would have to fly at over 1,000 miles per hour (1,609 kph). If you started flying at 12:00 noon, at 1:00 p.m. (according to your watch) you would cross a time zone, making it 12:00 noon again. This process would continue for as long as your plane could stay in the air: As soon as your watch passed 12:59, you'd have to turn it back to 12:00 again. For your entire westward trip around the Earth, the time would be between 12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m.
What you are really doing is maintaining your position on the Earth relative to the sun You are flying at the same speed as the Earth is rotating, but in the opposite direction, so the sun is always in the same part of the sky. We know that at noon the sun is approximately overhead, so on this journey the sun would always be over the plane. In effect, you are chasing noon around the world. If you prefer sunsets, you could watch a perpetual sunset by departing on your westward journey just as the sun is setting.
The days will be changing but not the time. So I can really make the time stand still while I watch my visual treat. But I really don't want that. I might get bored watching sunset all day. May be 1000 sunsets when compared one wouldn't be that beautiful :)
Monday, July 31, 2006
I often hear people saying they are very spiritual. Later I find out all they were mentioning is about the puja they do. Some people use spirituality word without knowing the meaning of it.
There are two different things - being religious / being spiritual. what ever one do like performing the rituals of one particular religion doesn't make him spiritual for example saying slokas and doing puja that's not spirituality ,but religious. what Adhi Shankarar has experienced, what he preached in bhaja govindham,what he explained in his nirvana ashtakam is spiritual.
Spirituality is journey within. The rituals if understood properly helps one to attain it. But in India, especially in south India, some of us call ourself spiritual. Some of us think being Brahmin we are the highest of all in the world.When this ego comes, there is no more room for spirituality. All we do is religious rituals with no meaning attached to it.
Spirituality transcends religion, country and language. I dont like patriotism sometimes, how can someone who is born just few thousand kilometers from us becomes enemy to us?
Somewhere along the line we started fighting on what religion is best instead of finding what is best in each religion. I am not angry rather very sorry for those who couldn't make the difference till the end.
Being spiritual is having open mind towards goodness
Being spiritual is being truthful in our thought deed and action
Being spiritual is loving everyone!
Monday, July 24, 2006
Don't we had enough statues on the road already?
wouldn't it be better if these statues are either in museum or at parks rather than on road ?
Don't we have enough traffic problems already?
With due respect to Shivaji for his acting , Its unnecessary to crowed up the roads with all these statues. And when there is a remembrance day these roads gets blocked by the politicians to show "media respect" to the statues. In fact leaders(if alive)will be extremely happy to see their statues removed for the better traffic and not to get pooped by crows.
As the traffic problem getting worse everyday in Chennai, we will soon face challenges in getting to office or to satisfy our basic needs such as water supply. I cannot stop comparing cities like London in this matter. Everyone uses metro/tube trains, which is fast and efficient way to roam inside the city. Most of them live outside city and travel to the city to work.What an organized way of living. Infact I can write a separate blog about the way the London people live.
I know it will be decades for Chennai to attain that state but its high time we should switch to metro or mono rail systems. We can reduce petrol expense travel with fresh air and most importantly walking to near railway station will help to have healthy life. There is already Bus transport and Railway system available but they are not 100% effective. We are talking about the better coverage of areas, more efficient faster way of travelling. I dont know why our " parakkum rail" isnt clicked well( yarukkavadhu therinja sollengal please), may be we should entertain general public to travel by such system instead of thier car/bike.
Chennai crows for such development and not kannagi and shivaji statues.
Friday, July 21, 2006
Every now and then I buy silk sarees for my mom.
Whether its National geographic or Animal planet Lion chasing a mammal would be my game show.
No need to tell about my liking towards leather belts and purse.
But if some asks me ..chaa I am vegetarian!
What the heck, Am I a lactic vegetarian?(since I take milk) Am I a Ova vegetarian (since I take egg through cakes). First of all Am I a vegetarian ?
When I go abroad Some of acquaintances amazes how I can live on vegetables and fruits. How far can a religious belief make one forbid tasty food (according to them). I don't eat flesh because I am a Hindu, I don't eat them because of my choice. I was brought up in a Hindu family. I was always told that's a forbidden bad food, bad smell. Now even if I want to eat/taste it I still don't like it.
Leaving aside my choice, I happen to read an article which talks about the best suited food for human body.
The study speaks about the size and characteristics of each one's intestine. It goes on comparing the intestine of human to that of a carnivore-Cow and to a herbivore - Tiger.
Like Cow's intestine is twice the size of that of an Human, the larger the size the more the delay for the food to pass through for digestion. A cow takes only vegetarian food. While a Tiger who's intestine is half the size of the humans' takes non veg and the eaten meat stays in its stomach hardly for few hours.
Now since because the human intestine is in between these two we cannot take both. It takes atleast three days to digest meat completely. This is not good for the human body as the meat creates a lot of disturbance to metabolism while it stays inside the human body. May be that's why our people don't take meat on Tuesdays and again on Fridays - leaving three days gap in between for proper digestion of meat food. I actually don't remember the exact information from the study but it concludes that the ideal food for human being is vegetarian.
Now that I have come to a point where I am not uncomfortable with non- vegetarian food served next to my plate. The suggestion for healthy life may be a vegetarian food, but this little concept doesn't convince me to go totally against non-vegetarian.If its for health reasons, Non vegetarian food also provides supplements for human body, for example fish oil(seven seas oil). If its about killing a life, I know we kill them in thousands and thousands for many different reason if not for food. We are in a world where everything happens for a reason, while you guys figure out that I am gonna enjoy my veggie delight tonight.
"India must be the only country in the world, where people fight to be called backward" ,
you know what, its no more social equality it has become the privilege for the backward, they appear to be against the caste system but they are the one who are very interested in reservations. They are in majority and has to be given this privilege and they should be guarded at all costs, through false theories, lies, fictitious stories, emotional blackmail and threats. even today many crimes are committed against SC/STs in villages by powerful OBC and of course with political support/background.
I think after 50 years of independence its the middle class which needs social equality.Middle class do not live a life as what mehta has depicted.
They strive to give good education to their children.And their dreams are simply whipped off when on the name of reservation.
Don't you think the only way you can gain equality is to stop making reservations. I am not against who are economically backward. I am against a policy which works only based on caste system and nothing else. You will agree with me that there are upper class OBS and lower class FCs.
Why don't the government give good education to everyone from the beginning instead of marking their abilities after 12th standard ?
Why don't the government look into those who are economically backward and provide help based on it instead of whether he is OBC?
Why don't we analyze what reservation has done to us till now, who exactly has data as to how much OBC exists in our country, how many really need it?
As the Supreme Court asks now, whets the basis for increasing the reservation now ? whets the case ?
1.NSSO, which is a government appointed body, has actually in its research in 1999 - which is the most latest research shown - that 23.5 per cent of all university seats are already with the OBCs. And that is just 8.5 per cent less than what the NSSO believes is the OBC share of the population. So, for a difference of 8 per cent, would reservations be the right way of making up the difference?
2. a study done by the IITs themselves shows that 50 per cent of the IIT seats for the SCs and STs remain vacant, and for the remaining 50 per cent, 25 per cent are the candidates who even after six years fail to get their degrees. So, clearly, in their case, reservations are not working.
3. looking at the Delhi University, between 1995 and 2000, just half the seats for under-graduates at the Scheduled Castes level and just one-third of the seats for under-graduates at the Scheduled Tribes level were filled. All the others went empty, unfilled. So, again, even in Delhi University, reservations are not working.
4.Fifty years after the reservations were made, statistics show, according to The Hindustan Times, that overall in India, only 16 per cent of the places in higher education are occupied by SCs and STs. The quota is 22.5 per cent, which means that only two-thirds of the quota is occupied. One-third is going waste, it is being denied to other people.
isn't it a high time we stop fighting against/for reservation and make changes to our education and infrastructure ? We are in lack of facilities why don't the dumb politicians are cared about it ? because increasing the professors in the educational institution isn't going to offer vote , but increasing reservation does isn't?
We are talking about a student from OBC who are not given social equality not given good education isn't competitive enough with others well lets look at other ways of achieving the same.
When we talk about competency, its from where they have started to what he has achieved.
Ok if reservation has to be there it can be atleast quantified, as one of the professor said .
Give mark system instead of reservation , 20 - 80
20 marks for background ( suppose a student is from deprived class, studied in a corporation school, in a village outside cities, who is female and her father earning isn't good - she deserves this 20 marks )
80 marks for merit.
In this way no one gets affected and your reservation is quantifies, can politicians like arjun singh ..do such things, defn no .. because its totally against vote banks.And I am not surprised that all parties are unanimous about it , infact the only things they are unanimous is about reservation and OOP.
Do you think reservation is the only solution to social equality - no not at all.. If we are talking about taking India forward lets not go backward by dividing the community more and more on basis of reservation.
No1 - I don't want the " not a good post " to be the first one when people open my blog, not to be too negative and whining.
No 2 - I want to keep writing so that I can improve my writing skills.
No3 - well oops!, I don't have a third reason, but 3 reasons seems like a good number :)
I was in A R rehman music coma and just came out of it. Seriously what happened to this guy , I did see "Range de pasanti" and "mangal pandey" but I really dont see a A R rehman of Roja, Indira, Alaipayudhey days. I hear some news about him now and then that he is doing concerts in abroad or doing some stuff, but seriously this guy seems to have lost his roots as Tamil music director.
When I heard the latest Wordspace advertisement where he defines what music is, wow cant stop admiring the background music he composed for that advertisement. while writing this blog also it keeps buzzing in my mind like repeating record.
I am ready to listen so much, but I wish he could compose something new. Well If I can wish, I wish he reads my blog and compose a song about me . Ok dont freak me out, its just a wish :)
Thursday, July 20, 2006
A bunch of friends living next to each other in a Newyork apartment. They hang out all the times, either at coffee house or at a apartment. Anyone who is fan of the great F.R.I.E.N.D.S serial would be bubbling to answer right now :) .Friends serial is about six friends who support each other no matter what happens. As the title song goes...
" So no one told you life was gonna be this way
Your job's a joke, you're broke, your love life's D.O.A.
It's like you're always stuck in second gear
When it hasn't been your day, your week, your month, or even your year
but I'll be there for you (When the rain starts to pour)
I'll be there for you (Like I've been there before)
I'll be there for you ('Cause you're there for me too) "
Its a super dooper comical hit in US,and it went on and on for 5 long years. It started during 1995 and went on till 2000. This is still being telecasted in International channels. If you have Zcafe or Star world you can watch friends daily. Its a great stress reliever for me. I brought the entire 10 seasons which contains 200 best episodes of Friends. Believe me I have already watched the entire set twice and now I am still watching , regularly on TV and on DVDs. People who think I am crazy should see atleast one episode. The characters , the dialogue ,the situations were all 100% pure comedy. The continuity and the spirit will remain the same from 1st to the last seasons last episode. People who acted in this serial are now known popularly by the character names! Rachel Green sorry Jennifer Anniston ( adhaan eppo break up movie heroin and brad pits x girl friend) got popular from this serial only.
Can friends be this close? this understanding? One should really watch this serial. jokes apart FRIENDS really teaches how to be good friends. Ok guys, Its hard to finish a blog with a witty twist or anything interesting. So be my friend make your own memorable ending.
Or may be I can write something which will be like a proper closure
I am with my current employer (Just to ensure no one from my company gets hurt if they read it) for the last three and half years. I was awarded 4 times as best employer by the company based on my work and also promoted to senior level during my first year of service. This is not to boast but to let you guys know the background of this. I was promoted as " SMS administrator" two and half years ago. During that time there was no professional training given to me as there was no training center in Chennai which offered that. But I managed using books and internet. I had few downfalls but I made it high. Even customer was very happy about my performance as " SMS Administrator".
I travel onshore (UK) sometimes to finish project work. last Feb, I was in UK for such project work. This time my customer insisted my management to arrange "SMS administrator" training for me in UK as it is not available in India. Fortunately / Unfortunately my management suddenly decided to act on the 2 and half year pending training and they did arranged it for me in UK. Everything went on well and I came back to India. later due to many reasons and for career growth I decided to move on and in no time I got offers from EDS, CSC etc.. I chose EDS because the position was in Chennai and profile is perrfect - " SMS administrator " for specific packaging module. Once I put papers in my company they very shocked and offered to increase my pay (an increment which was pending for one and half year).
I was firm on my decision and did not accept this offer. Since I was the front up and backup for me, I immediately got a backup arranged for me and started training him. I did even sent mail to few best friends about my resignation from the company.Everything went on well until the last 5 days of my notice period. My HR sent me an email to reimburse the full training amount ( not much just 1715 pounds , around 1 lakh and 25 thousand rupees)which happend in UK, since I am leaving the company before one year from the date of the training. Honestly I did not even remember signing a contract regarding this when I joined. Even going by the contract I actually served the company for more than 2 years on the profile without any professional training. Ethically I did my part, but as per papers yes I am person who is leaving the company after the company invested so much on my training. I explained my situation to the HR and to the management. My view was considered for few days, but the answer reminded the same.To pay and get relieved or the company will not relieve me at all.
I was given no choice about the payment also. As a last resort I explained the situation to EDS and requested them to consider my employment without a relieving order. As a process oriented company they did not accept this. I just tried my luck as few other x employees of my company did not get a relieving order but they joined other companies by explaining the situation. So as the last choice I am staying with my company. I am doing what I was doing with no increment.
There is one I this should have done. I wanted to resign before six months. If I would have done that I will not be staying with the company because of the recent training. I did stop myself because I loved my company and my work. I did not wanted them to suffer since I had no backup.Out came a valuable lesson -love the job not the company.
Now here is the extract from Infosys Naraya Murthy.
Infosys' Chairman and Chief Mentor Officer (CMO) - Mr. Narayana Murthy's
Speech on Late Sitting:
Hope that many of us start leaving early for home after reading this...
I am not relating this to the present scenario.
I know people who work 12 hours a day, six days a week, or more.
Some people do so because of a work emergency where the long hours are
only temporary. Other people I know have put in these hours for years. I
don't know if they are working all these hours, but I do know they are
in the office this long. Others put in long office hours because they
are addicted to the workplace. Whatever the reason for putting in
overtime, working long hours over the long term is harmful to the person
and to the organization.
There are things managers can do to change this for everyone's benefit.
Being in the office long hours, over long periods of time, makes way for
potential errors. My colleagues who are in the office long hours
frequently make mistakes caused by fatigue.
Correcting these mistakes requires their time as well as the time and
energy of others. I have seen people work Tuesday through Friday to
correct mistakes made after 5 PM on Monday.
Another problem is that people who are in the office for long hours are
not pleasant company. They often complain about other people (who aren't
working as hard); they are irritable, or cranky, or even angry. Other
people avoid them. Such behaviour poses problems, where work goes much
better when people work together instead of avoiding one another.
As Managers, there are things we can do to help people leave the office.
First and foremost is to set the example and go home ourselves. I work
with a manager who chides people for working long hours. His words
quickly lose their meaning when he sends these chiding group e-mails
with a time-stamp of 2 AM, Sunday.
Second is to encourage people to put some balance in their lives. For
instance, here is a guideline I find helpful:
1) Wake up, eat a good breakfast, and go to work.
2) Work hard and smart for eight or nine hours.
3) Go home.
4) Read the comics, watch a funny movie, dig in the dirt, play with your
5) Eat well and sleep well.
This is called recreating. Doing steps 1, 3, 4, and 5 enable step 2.
Working regular hours and recreating daily are simple concepts. They are
hard for some of us because that requires personal change. They are
possible since we all have the power to choose to do them.
In considering the issue of overtime, I am reminded of my eldest son.
When he was a toddler, If people were visiting the apartment, he would
not fall asleep no matter how long the visit, and no matter what time of
day it was.! He would fight off sleep until the visitors left.. It was
as if he was afraid that he would miss something. Once our visitors'
left, he would go to sleep. By this time, however, he was over tired and
would scream through half the night with nightmares. He, my wife, and I,
all paid the price for his fear of missing out.
Perhaps some people put in such long hours because they don't want to
miss anything when they leave the office. The trouble with this is that
events will never stop happening. That is life! Things happen 24 hours a
Allowing for little rest is not ultimately practical. So, take a nap.
Things will happen while you're asleep, but you will have the energy to
catch up when you wake.
Hence "LOVE YOUR JOB BUT NEVER FALL IN LOVE WITH YOUR COMPANY (Because
you never know when it stops loving you)" - Narayana Murthy
Tuesday, July 04, 2006
An-other (its just not another)morning with archanai ( slang for scolding) from mom for not locking the front door properly in the night. Being the last one to sleep I usually do that without forgetting, but u never know when you will miss.
"Sorry mom , I forgot . I wont do it again "." You forgot to pay the telephone bill as well"..But She isn't stopping at all .Its slowly turning into Laksha archani (a lakh scolding). " Mom I am hungry" this is the trick I always do when things go out of control. " Just brush up and come I have dosa ready for you " ( It works like a miracle , well always !)
One time, My dad checked in the midst of the night whether I locked the door or not but I wasn't, So he locked and went to bed. Thank God I was little awake at that time and I turned the whole thing against my dad , I told he in his sleep walking state unlocked the locked door and I am the one who did correctly locked it after he went to sleep, I kind of remembered the time it happened ( U know remembering everything about ur mistakes always helps). My poor dad had his own share of special archanai.
Ok let me not digress too much. Its just that I often get comments even from my friends that I am not "matured". I started wondering today as to what maturity is all about and why I am not a matured person. I buy toys when I go abroad. I love watching animation movies, no need to tell about POGO and cartoon network.I can be cranky at times , sensitive, possessive, demanding and what not?
Dictionary says maturity is - "The period of time in your life after your physical growth has stopped and you are fully developed " , and what is fully developed by mind ? or intellect?Because there is no end to developing oneself , you can keep doing it all through life..and
I don't think anyone has fully developed. Research shows even Einstein has not used his mind fully. Its just relative. No need to talk about development of Intellect, we are all Intellectual amateurs.
But there are times I feel I acted matured, like when I was doing my computer course in aptech, I came 1st in the fourth semester but couldn't continue the studies since I was not able to pay the fee. I did take that really well, I understood the situation the reality.And when my mca met, who I thought will be my love forever married someone else. I did take that well, she did what is good for her and I am happy to see her happy. Its very practical and I totally understand that.
I have lost and gained many things in professional and in personal life. Well everybody does and I wasn't acting like a toddler those times .. I came out of every situation with complete understanding. Yes I do buy toys all the time, that makes sense since I didn't happen to have one when I was a kid and use to hold on to broken toys of our neighbor's kid. I do buy CDS all the time, I keep it on the shelf and I hardly use it .It shows I am now in a position to afford to these things.
It all boils down to one point understanding oneself, understanding the situation and most importantly understanding other.. isn't that is maturity?
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
This is my first blog..and this effectively means anyone who is blogging for a long time , is not advised to read this blog :)
well it all started couple of months ago. After getting burnt in the mid hot summar day, ( as I work for UK , my shift always starts at 1 pm - damm UK timings ) i searched space to park my old worn out TVS excel in my office parking lot. More than the driving and the traffic, finding a place to park in the hot sun made me a very angry person in the world.
One of our HR staff Manoj passed by saying a low " Hi " its as if I know you exist but i am too busy to say more than Hi and I never care whether you reply or not. I managed to squeeze in my vehicle as well as a better "Hi". " Isn’t it very hot today " ( Appraisal is coming so I had to be nice ) . With what seemed to be eternity he replied " Yeah I guess " ( edhukku ketrukkeva vendam )
My cell needed some attention..Here again.. i dont know why people always call me when i am in travel or too busy even to pick up the phone. " Sir would you be interested to take up our new credit card ?" She dont even know my name ..
" sorry " as I finished the call I saw Manoj getting into the lift and smiling at me as the door closed.. Damm it!
Can’t he wait for few seconds, I know I can wait till the lift goes all the way to 4th floor and come back or I can take stairs.. its not that the sun is too hot and I am all sweaty .. its not that I want to be in the AC as soon as possible .. but it’s just that .. can’t he stop the lift for few more seconds ?!
I pondered the same moment to everyone I met on that day, about how people dont respect each other , dont show lift courtesy, In fact I thought about opening a training institute to teach people how to behave. Simple things like " Thank You " , "Sorry " most of us take things for granted and most importantly to show lift courtesy. Somehow i felt like I couldn’t board the lift right in front of my eyes ..it’s like something from the old movies.. hero couldn’t stop his girl friend's wedding by reaching there at the eleventh hour.
From that day it occurred more than three times each with different person. here again on the hot afternoon i see the lift doors closing as I approach the entrance.. I managed to shout this time.. " hey you.. stop... ! " well the lift did stop unfortunately with my CEO inside No need to tell how much I wanted to miss that lift. The rest is history.
May be we should have a video camera on the lift to find out who are all the people who dont realize lift courtesy , I should then visit them like anniyan. My HR guy Manoj would be the first one on the lift ( sorry list )
I also made a new (Tamil) year resolution that I will always stop the lift or wait if someone is around to ensure they also board the lift. I also did that couple of times and felt very happy.
Everyone should be like me simple lift courtesy is what all it takes.
one another hot afternoon ..I managed to squeeze in my new two wheeler ( CT100 ) as the bike got bigger the parking problem got bigger too. I pressed the lift button and waited patiently for it to touch the bottom. I was the only person so I went in and pressed 4th floor as the lift door began to slide .. i saw the most memorable sight, Manoj was running towards the lift. In a split second my mind knows what to do..