Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Honking trains and a tarot fool

Have you ever seen two trains honking and waiting for the traffic to clear up in the level crossing? This is what I witnessed on my way to office today. I am pretty sure it’s weird enough to take a small space in tomorrow’s paper. Unfortunately I too was part of the stamped and had no choice but to go with the mob. Even the most safest and right thing like stopping at the red light, had me bumped last night. For some (most) yellow light means speed up, not slow down. This is what Indian traffic is and I am not proud of it. I think anyone if honked by the train and bumped at signal would feel so. We Indians are fast (crazy to the limit), furious and would even risk our lives to save couple of minutes during the drive.

After such near death ride I am sitting at office on a comfortable chair .. err I am actually on bench. Two days in a row and all I do is check mails for every 10 minutes (that include both personal and official). Due coffee and lunch breaks and serious discussion with the colleagues about all-that-is-not-part-of-work. Being at the wrong job is like being married to someone you don’t love. Imagine our fine batsman Suchin Tendulkar working as data processing analyst. But I am sure this phase has something to teach me, like virtues of patience, hope and humility.

"God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference"

Sometimes life would bring surprise like rainbow amidst storm. Blogadda has chosen my “Take a wish” post as their spicy Saturday picks. This is much needed event for me, especially when I am wondering about my skills and career. Thanks a lot to Blogadda for choosing my post and thanks to you all for supporting my writing. I haven’t replied to each comment separately in the last post as it would increase the “wish count”. My Grandma used to say we should be sure of what we are giving out to the world as it always comes back multifold. Let the wishes we share be manifested and bring us multifold positive change in all our lives.

I bet you would fall in love with Audrey Hepburn after watching this movie
My love made me watch classics like “Roman Holiday” and “Sound of music” during the New Year holiday. I was enchanted by both of them and could easily indentify the scenes that inspired some of the Indian movies. We also saw Avatar and 3 idiots, both very entertaining in their own ways. Avatar’s amazing creative scenes gave me jaw pain, as I watched them mouth wide open like the hippopotamus during it’s feeding time. I loved 3 idiots for the direction, screen play and also its emphasis in a heart felt career. But it’s such a shame that the author Chetan bhagat (from whose book many ideas were inspired from) hasn’t been credited duly.

Lovely songs that would keep you humming all day long
I met a tarot reader by chance on 31st December and his reading was right to the point. I have been asked to be my own light, adapt the innocence and embark on an adventure like a child. He also asked me to accept my career decisions like a fool falling off from the cliff believing his higher powers (I did not say a word about my problems to him). I liked this approach of being foolish, for it meant daring to do whatever heart said, for it meant ignoring what others thought, for it also meant being oneself at all times. I hope tomorrow would be a better day and as long as I have sun over my shoulders and ground below my feet I should be fine.
Srivats

48 comments:

Chan said...

First!!!

Swaram said...

2nd :P

Chan said...

Chennai electric trains waiting for the gate to close aaaaa?? Welcome back to chennai....idhellam inge sagajam baaaa

RamMmm said...

That was damn funny and I couldn't suppress a laugh. Trains honking for traffic to pass. :-) This can happen only in India.

You deserved a big drumroll for that year end post of yours. :-)

And catching up on movies, I presume? ;-)

Swaram said...

Glad to c a post from u :)
N I even stopped cribbing abt the traffic scene nw .. puts us off and does nothing else :(

accept my career decisions like a fool falling off from the cliff believing his higher powers Loved this one :)

Sound of Music is one of my all time fav movies :)

Congrats again on the blogadda pick .. u deserve it so much :)

soin said...

arasiyale ithellam sagajamappa. in my place the train stops,the driver get down clears traffic,closes the gate,moves the train and stops,the guard opens the gate.beat that.and me started new blog.free

Aaarti said...

Guess all this is part of the process of -"Welcome back home!!" :)

Well,ur post truly deserved the spot, it was damn sweet n a wonderful one at that!! yayyy!! :D

Woohoo, i love both those movies, seen em more than a zilion times..atleast Sound of Music i know i have, can recite the dialogues, and every scene...!! love eeet.... :) lovely way of ringing in the new year!!

Ahhh, tarot.. i know wot u mean abt them being spot on. i got a reading done abt 3yrs ago, when i was going thru a transition and the things predicted, mentioned had me stumped but i see most of it has come true.. so completely believe in it.. more than other forms of Astro...

Good luck..am sure the new year will bring oodles of surprises and good things ur way!! :D

Aaarti said...

and
"God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference"

is one of my alltime fav quotes!! :)

அன்புடன் அருணா said...

Sri,Obstacles are great incentives.......cross them with faith!

jehan said...

Happy Three Kings, Sri!

oh, The Sound of Music just reminded me of my lovely nieces... they loved watching over and over and over the scene when Maria and the kids fell off from the boat.. my second niece especially loves singing and she could just remember immediately songs she just heard...

and yes, cheers to our sunnier and brighter tomorrows...

A said...

congrats for the blogadda pick..

mybittersweetkoreanlife said...

You'll be... I could only wish you better days ahead. No stampede or anything like that.

I was a little bit surprised with the tarot reading. You know whenever I get my fortune read, they always tell me 'too-generalized' things. But yours were very precise and so applicable to your present situation.

We should all be a child and foolish sometimes you know, so we could stop overthinking things and make our lives a little less complicated.

I love this post. For some reason I feel it mirrors the post I'm writing.

TheUncanny said...

//Have you ever seen two trains honking and waiting for the traffic to clear up in the level crossing//

omg...really...waav..happens only in chennai..hehe

TheUncanny said...

//"God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference"//

-my favorite prayer!!! :)

TheUncanny said...

hey congratualtions srivats on the blogadda pick..even gils' post was there last week...sure that post was top notch!! the best new year posts ever.
I even suttufied some of ur quotes for my gtalk status..hehe

J said...

Loved the year end post. Happy New Year! And let's not forget Gregory Peck in Roman Holiday :) I can watch that movie again and again and enjoy it every time.

Photo Cache said...

I took the serenity prayer as my mantra last year, and my year turned out pretty well. Each time I get to a crossroad, I recite the prayer and somehow it calms me down and pushes me to move on - accept the things I cannot change :)

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Ramesh said...

Great post Sri. Firstly funny- trains honking at crossing traffic is too much - our roads are truly the most outrageous in the world. And then wistful - lovely movies, hopes for the future. Sri - I'm sure it'll be wonderful for you in then future, carrer wise. We all wish you the very best.

Chatterbox said...

That must have been nerve wrecking at the moment top imagine trains honking horns to get a clear way but your awesome narration added great wit and humor to it all :)

I am a great fan of the the sound of music and enjoyed every bit of the 3D fancy of the Avatar. Superb movies.

Congrats Sri on being picked by Blogadda. It indeed was a wonderful post.

Loved your comparison of being in a wrong job to marrying someone you don't love. Difficult to step out of the commitment and it makes every moment difficult to pass.

I hope things shall turn out just the way you'd love them to be in the new year.

Good Luck :)

Cheers!!

Pixie said...

ROTFL!
Yea.. it's a sight only to be found here! :D

Sound of Music and Roam Holiday are the most awesome movies made!
I have watched Sound of Music like a 100 times and still don't get bored! :) :)


You believe in tarot reading?
Hmm... I have never tried it....

Smita said...

When going gets tough don't question your ability!!! Question the ability of people who can not understand your real worth :)

And traffic in India, the least said the better it is!!!

Congrats for the blogadda pick, the post deserved it because it was the most different way of wishing New Year that I saw this year ;-)

Anu said...

hey, are u in chennai????? and yes, i can imagine what an hilarious situation it would have been!! as they say, it only happens in India!!!

this year, i got my sister a cd of Roman Holiday for her bday.... thanks for reminding me to ask her if she saw it :-)

Srivats said...

@ Chan
First guy! haha vadivelu ranjukku solreenga, yes I am getting used to it bro.

@ Swaram
second girl lol first complan boy and second girl. Sound of music is sure a all time fav movie :) Thanks a lot for your wishes swaram it means a lot to me

@Rammm
You bet it can happen only here LOL
yes I was catching up on the movies, actually I would really see the best ones or the ones taht was percieved to be so LOL :)

@ Soin
LOL you win there is nothing to top that! :)

Srivats said...

@ Aaarti
:P great to share that passion of sound of music with you, lets start a club :P predictions are different world and there is a fine line between what you have faith in and what they predict for you, more often your higher self speaks to u through them.
Thanks for your confidence in me :)
thats my fav quote as well

@Aruna
Believe me your comment has brighten up my evening and I felt lot better. Thanks so much!

@Jehan
oh that was hilarious scene isnt, how a simple musical film can be lovely and entertaining! waah.. there are so many films these days and the classics like this still strikes a chord in us. Thanks for ur wishes. and yes our younger generation have a great absorbing power :)

@A
Thanks AJCL :)

@Mybittwersweetkoreanlife
Hi emma, good to see you around.
//We should all be a child and foolish sometimes you know, so we could stop overthinking things and make our lives a little less complicated//

You said it better! yes and thanks a load for your wishes, glad to know someone can relate to my words :) cant wait to read your next post.

@Theuncanny
Oh were gils was tehre, I had no idea, good congrats to him as well. Thanks for your wishes. The quote is so beautiful isnt? I am so honoured you have had the quotes in the gtalk status :) I hope only good came from those :)

@J
haha how can I forget that :) he is handsome and acted so good! But the herion is top notch, her innocent face is ever green on my mind.

@Photocache
Welcome to my blog :) glad you did that, I am getting the lesson now and I sure a life lived in humbleness and gratitude is worthful

@Ramesh
Humbled by your words :) we really need friends in our hard times I guess :)

@chatterbox
hehe yeah it was ,glad u liked it.
here I saw avatar in 3 d and in 2 d, the 2d was better quality , the one with 3d was so damm dark and not so clear. May be a wrong theater :)

//Loved your comparison of being in a wrong job to marrying someone you don't love. Difficult to step out of the commitment and it makes every moment difficult to pass//

Thats exactlu how I feel honey, and thanks a lot for all your wishes :) its such pure hearted wishes that gets heared up and above. :)

@Pixie
haha yes they are indeed great movies, but I had this resistance towards the oldies, thanks to the someone who made me watch it :)

@Smita
//When going gets tough don't question your ability!!! Question the ability of people who can not understand your real worth :)
//

Waah what a way to say it! :) thanks so much for the words thats like moral booster.

@ Anu
Yes I am in chennai and getting used to the life here :) so different than the one in singapore :) gifting a classic movie sounds very apt :)

Anonymous said...

Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now keep it up!

Srivats said...

@Ananymous

Thanks much my friend. I guess thats for good :P There is always some room for developement isnt :)

Annam said...

me the 28:P

Annam said...

vatsu ur titles for the posts u keep are so sooperuuuu
(smiley podala :) so nejama solrenu artham)

Annam said...

After such near death ride I am sitting at office on a comfortable chair .. err I am actually on bench. Two days in a row and all I do is check mails for every 10 minutes (that include both personal and official).
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unga nermai enaku remba pidichi iruku boss:)

Annam said...

/////////blogadda
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gud very gud:) keep it up......vaazhthukkal

Annam said...
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Annam said...

boss namma eppo mun vacha kaala pin vachchom...go ahead....:) my aasirvathaangala always der for u:)))))))))

Annam said...

hope tomorrow would be a better day
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it vil always be a best day vatsu.....athuvum nammala mathiri nallavangalukku kansippa very best thaan

Annam said...

for it meant ignoring what others thought
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just ignore intha approach enakku remba pidichu irukku

Annam said...

olimayamana ethirkaalam vatsukku kaathuttu irukku for sure.....so no worrys...okay boss

Annam said...

ippothaikku

Annam said...

appeatuuu

Annam said...

haya

Annam said...

40 runs aftr a longg time:P:)

manishapatnaik said...

Congratulations!!! for the blogadda's pick :-)

The post was really god with so many wishes..ONE FOR EACH:-)

manishapatnaik said...

Congratulations!!! for the blogadda's pick :-)

The post was really god with so many wishes..ONE FOR EACH:-)

neeraj said...

I'm not that religious rather kinda spiritual. Beautiful expressions keyboarded there! Loved it!

Anu said...

Too many things to comment on, so I am bulletting them :)

1. A big LOL at //I am sitting at office on a comfortable chair .. err I am actually on bench.// I was reminded of my life as an SE :D
2. Congrats on the Blogadda pick. Too many of u are joining the kingdom, eh? First Gils, now u :) That was a well deserved appreciation if I may say.
3. I liked 3 Idiots for its theme too.
4. Some wise man named Shakespeare, "Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt". Knowing that you are in the wrong job is great ; knowing what is the 'right' job is perfect. And if you know it, you are in the rare 5% of the world. Like they say, when life hands you a lemon, make a lemonade out of it. Everything has been given to us with a purpose ; sometimes even 'wrong' jobs. Maybe this is God's way of reinforcing your beliefs and eliminating your doubts about the 'right' job. All the very best :)
*Sorry for the extra long comment* :)

Srivats said...

@ Annam

//vatsu ur titles for the posts u keep are so sooperuuuu
(smiley podala :) so nejama solrenu artham)//

Nambitten :)

//it vil always be a best day vatsu.....athuvum nammala mathiri nallavangalukku kansippa very best thaan//

Endha comments ellam othuka pada maatadhum, usual kalaichal kanom ;)
New year resoultion ?

//olimayamana ethirkaalam vatsukku kaathuttu irukku for sure.....so no worrys...okay boss//

//boss namma eppo mun vacha kaala pin vachchom...go ahead....:) my aasirvathaangala always der for u:)))))))))//

Nanni Nanni Brahamanandha oops Bram Van anadha

//40 runs aftr a longg time:P:)//

Kandippa neenga 10 comments potta dhaan post pala palannu erukku

@ manishapatnaik
Thanks bro, it feel really nice to get such a lovely comments from a
new comer :)

@ Neeraj
Not sure what religious information my post has given you :) but hey thanks.

Srivats said...

@ Anu

//Too many things to comment on, so I am bulletting them :)
//

My response to each item :)


//1. A big LOL at //I am sitting at office on a comfortable chair .. err I am actually on bench.// I was reminded of my life as an SE :D //

What is SE ? software Engineer ? :)

//2. Congrats on the Blogadda pick. Too many of u are joining the kingdom, eh? First Gils, now u :) That was a well deserved appreciation if I may say.//

You all made it deserving I would say :)

//3. I liked 3 Idiots for its theme too. //

Interesting isnt :)

//4. Some wise man named Shakespeare, "Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt". Knowing that you are in the wrong job is great ; knowing what is the 'right' job is perfect. And if you know it, you are in the rare 5% of the world. Like they say, when life hands you a lemon, make a lemonade out of it. Everything has been given to us with a purpose ; sometimes even 'wrong' jobs. Maybe this is God's way of reinforcing your beliefs and eliminating your doubts about the 'right' job. All the very best :) //

Thats the most apt thing I need right now, thank you so much for your words, it brings os much hope and positiveness to my mind.

//*Sorry for the extra long comment* :) //

There is no extra long comment , and you are always welcome :) it is comment like this that gives sense to whatI write
:)

Thanks
Sri

Mahesh Sindbandge said...

Are you planning to write sometime a Novel? Just curious from 2nd para of yours..

Havent heard of this movie before...Will definitely watch it, after downloading it :-) Lets see whether i fall in love with Audrey too ;-)

Yes, Bhagat was due some credit but not completely though :-) and congratulations for the selection of your post on "Take a Wish" by BlogAdda :-)

Cheers
Mahesh

Srivats said...

@ Mahesh Sindbandge

//Are you planning to write sometime a Novel? Just curious from 2nd para of yours..//

haha aspirations are there , lets see whats in store.


//Havent heard of this movie before...Will definitely watch it, after downloading it :-) Lets see whether i fall in love with Audrey too ;-)//

I bet u would do, dont miss the movie.


//congratulations for the selection of your post on "Take a Wish" by BlogAdda :-)//

Thanks a lot for your wishes :)