Thursday, July 31, 2008

home ..sweet home

..since joining my new company last winter a fair period of time has been spent away from home. Assignments were always 3-4 weeks, so I was lucky enough to keep coming back to my home, before getting on a next assignment. after my first trip outside the country i reported directly to my office in Banglore and was still feeling the pressure to complete the project in schedule and the first weekend in bangalore went off breaking my dull head to solve an important issue.

It was just like any other friday afternoon when bangalorean's were getting ready for a weekend. What started as just a news when the first 2 bomb blast went off, later turned to panic and fear amongst the residents when there were more blasts around the city, but within few hours city was back to normal, and i was happily travelling on a night train to chennai to finish some work at my flat, just as i was boarding the train i got call from my friends to be ready for a short trip next morning. so immediately after reaching my home, i was picked up by my old colleagues and friends and off we went to a falls.

Still tired from my journey i was simply dozing off in the vehicle when everybody around me was partying hard, dancing, beating drums and doings things like that. before getting into water there were this usual sessions in which everybody participated with exception of few. my beloved junior shomik, i had groomed him from a fresher to a very successful DBA and have supported him very much in our profession, he was very particular in returning the favour that day by deciding to teach me swimming, well i tried my best and finally left it for another day to learn.

On our return back to chennai, we decided to visit one of our colleagues house, stanley. within a very short notice, stanley's mom was able to cook dinner for alomst 15-16 guys(some hugely built). and we all took pictures in his house, i was not able to use my camera though, earlier in the day i had got into the river with my camera in shorts pocket. it was raining very heavily in chennai by the time we were reahcing the city and guys decided to stay in my flat for the night. Sunday night i travelled back to bangalore.

i am writing this post sitting in a guest house in bangalore, my short project has come to a logical conclusion and from next week i would be reporting to my office in chennai....home....sweet home.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

No Confidence..and Singh is King

Today amidst all the deadlines i was having in my project i left office by 6 sharp, just to watch the no confidence vote the government was facing in the floor of the parliament. First video picture that i saw was few opposition MP's waving stacks of currencies, probably running into crores making allegation against the ruling party. Though i didnt follow politics closely, parliament sessions have always interested me, particularly when some serious decisions were being made, its time's like these when lot of drama happens.

ok so it is about nulear deal with united states, the LEFT after several warnings finally left the ruling party opposing the deal, and opposition NDA who were supporting the deal earlier, got a chance to pull the goverment down. Meanwhile there was this usual THIRD front who started dreaming about ruling the country for a short time.

there were few people who impressed me in the short time i saw the session, Omar abdullah the young politician from kashmir, made a strong speech about the deal and why he is supporting it.he went on to say that he is a member of the parliament for 10 years, both on the ruling and opposition side and never once had disrupted the proceedings or stopped anybody from speaking. thats an example isnt't it, how to conduct yourself in the parliament.
Honurable PM and honourable Speaker of the house. of the house. PM finally shed the image of the weekest PM by pulling thorugh the no confidence motion, and in the process also got a chance to take a dig at opposition leader and left.

Next few days in politics will be very interesting, one party which is most affected by this outcome in the next election will be left. for now i am happy that the government did not fall during a difficult time in economy.

Thursday, July 3, 2008


..again i was made to travel for an assignment, this time the assignment is for a European bank, in Athens. what is special that strikes you in Greece. well as like any other European country, the country still holds its tradition, culture. not overly perturbed by any modernisation that are happening in the western world. there aren't many people who speak English in Greece. i roamed around the city in the only weekend i got, acropolis, whoever visits Athens should never miss this place.. and i pass by Olympic park daily for office. apart from these two places, i didn't get much opportunity to look around. Somehow Athens attracts lots of tourist from around the world and I also learnt that tourism and shipping are the 2 major industries in Athens. and

from what i have seen India is much more progressive country than this European nation.
so what do you do when you go to a new place or new country ?, enjoy the country culture, learn their language, taste their food. greeks use olive oil in their food preparation and there is a dish called peta(that's how we understood the pronunciation), so throughout the week i had chicken peta,beef peta...and as i said before "while in rome be a roman" in line with the above phrase started taking pork peta too..
climate, certainly it is that bad time of the year to travel to greece i think, the place is really hot.
ok wish i get some sleep...didnt sleep well for the past weeks...and regarding greek language i heard people tellng something like "'paragallo"..when they are trying to wish someone. did a google to understand, and couldn't manage my idea of learning few greek words was not a success. any intelligent reader can help me understand the exact meaning of this word..