Friday, December 31, 2010

2010 Round-up

When you wake up tomorrow morning, it will be a brand new year, and before the clock strikes 12, I decided to contribute my year end post amongst the n-number of posts that would’ve flooded the blogosphere by now.

If there was a calendar year I’d pick to be voted as the most memorable, this would be it. 2010 has been a year of firsts, many shocks, rude wake up calls, irreversible changes, transformations and a home coming of sorts.  You can rename 2010 as the year of Job Interviews.

We’ll start with family for a change.
A, finishes school and goes to college; neither of these were shocks per se, but going off to a hostel was the shot in the arm. Honestly, I couldn’t bear to see the little boy go away to a hostel.  It was the worst part, because after having a constant companion and confidant around for 17yrs, the void becomes quite prominent, and difficult to deal with.

Now it’s me time. Looking back, I never expected 2010 to be such a rollercoaster ride. I assumed it would be smooth sailing, because at the outset, I could foresee only a final year project and a job offer. With this on the plate, it should’ve been a breeze; but I still have no idea who invited a tornado, and put me in the eye of it.
Caught in the whirlwind of ups and downs was the year 2010.

The project was supposed to be easy peasy and things turned terrible, and by the time it saw the light of the day it was mid-May. Job hunting was supposed to be the same. I was pretty confident that cracking a couple of job interviews would be just as easy, but then there were way too many potholes on the gateway to the first real job. Even that dint last long – 5 and a half months to be precise. Amidst all this was the – I’m an MBA feeling.

 Before I forget, I’ll list out the firsts;
1)      Jan- May – Job hunting in all its futility, the project which went from good to bad, bad to worse, and finally got done thanks to divine intervention.
2)      May - I got my first job.
3)      June - I sent the first “I miss you text” – and it went out to my brother.  
4)      July - I got my first pay cheque.
5)      July- The high of swiping cards.
6)      Sep - I went on my first trek
7)      Aug  to Oct - I had the first taste of what work pressure and hostile atmosphere feels like.
8)      Nov - I wrote my first resignation letter.
9)      Nov - Changed jobs.

The first job did teach me a lot; everything from making ISD Calls to East Coast, West Coast, countries like Serbia and Croatia, which I knew existed only on maps! It also gave me a sneak peek of what happens in the dark alleys  and dungeons of the corporate world, saw the game of politics being played out from close quarters, unearthed a lot of two faced people. Got hurt and grew up in the process.

To balance out the evil, I had a bunch of really nice people like Jalsa, Salasa, and little girl, who helped me wade through. Thank you ladies!

On the personal front, it has been a growing up experience. A lot of people have shouldered me in good and bad times. Special thanks to bro, Neesu, G-Girl, The blood hound who can smell trouble, and Prash.

Just when I thought the year would end on a very happy note, came around Boy hunting.

Today as the year draws to an end, I realise that I’ve grown up, completed my post graduation, I have a job that pays me a fancy amount. I’ve come a long way from the trepidation and apprehension that swallowed me through the first few months.

Here’s wishing you all a great 2011!
You will see a New Year resolution post in another few days.

Cheers :)

PS: Before you close the window, the only thing that hasn't changed from 2009 to 2010 is - the crush on Murali Vijay. Somebody HELP ME! :P

Wednesday, December 22, 2010


A blog post after what seems like ages; the festive season is on, and everybody is in a mood to spread cheer and happiness. Life on the work front is also pretty chilled out. I’m sure you must have figured that out by now; blogging on a weekday from work. You get the drift right?

The idleness, happiness and boredom has brought me here; I’m really not in a mood to post something really serious, in other words, I don’t plan to overwork my brains right now… so, the best thing I can come up with right now is an out and out commercial post, tried and tested, every blogger worth their salt has one of these mushy, girly, endearing and truly gratifying post.  And, this is mine.

What makes me happy?

*Chocolates! Yeah baby; that very cutie brown piece of heaven that comes wrapped in foil. I like everything that’s chocolaty. I’m a true blooded chocolate addict. I love chocolate, and chocolate loves me. How else can you explain this theory that a every time I step into a store to buy something, this wonderful, adorable thing hiding in the aisle makes a pass at me and says “ here I am; look at me”?
*Appreciation and compliments; I’m a sucker for both. It can be appreciation for a job well done, or for that chocolate cake which turned out yum or for something totally unexpected. If you want to make my day – simply say, you look pretty. PS: Be genuine.
*Good food, this is not necessarily something exotic. Simple, comforting home cooked food. Here again, I wouldn't say NO to anything that fried / has chocolate or is just plain chocolate.  I’m a foodie at heart.
*Cooking; with the love of good food, comes the art of cooking. I thoroughly enjoy cooking, feeding folks and eating of course. Nothing is more therapeutic than cooking something from scratch.
*Laughing for no reason and so hard that tears stream down my cheeks. I must tell you that my laughter is infectious. There are fair chances of going deaf if you are in close proximity.
*Girl talk, bitching, gossiping, and those heart to heart conversations. You don’t need a set time and pattern.
*Gyaan giving, counseling and being the agony aunt – this is called giving back to the society at large.
*Talking endlessly. I’m sure it needs no explanation. If you’ve been reading this blog regularly, you would’ve figured that out by now.
*Bringing a smile onto a couple of faces.
*Mall Hopping, line marofying.
*Browsing through book stores.
*Trying on perfumes which I will never buy.
*Watching chick flicks or SRK movies with friends. 
* Rain dancing or singing or both. 
*Losing weight when I least expected it. (the opposite of this would be, gaining a couple of kilos, when I've been dieting)
*Finding a neatly folded 100 Rupee note in my not-washed-in-a-quarter jeans.
*Riding my bike on an empty road. 
*Photograph frenzy.
*Super hot cup of coffee as soon as I return home.
*Super clean room with everything in the right place.. Turning on the AC would be an icing on the cake. :P
*Books – I’m a bookworm. Period.
*A mid week holiday.
*12hrs of undisturbed sleep.
*Playing with little kids, being the story teller or simply having them around is unbridled joy!
*A lazy weekend or even better a weekday, spent reading a book by the window, watching kids play in the compound, and endless cups of coffee.

This is called bliss.

Cheers :)

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Blog Analysis

I have decided to take analysis to the next level. 
This is the blog analysis by this website called

A Strange Mixture of Sanity and Insanity

Am random; therefore my posts will be extremely random...

Text analysis is probably written by a female somewhere between 18-25 years old. The writing style is personal and happy most of the time.






Ranking: is the 2118th most happy of 4285 ranked blogs.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Will You Marry Me?

Before you jump to conclusions, let me tell you that is not an open declaration or plea from my side. I’m using my MBA Marketing skills of *grabbing eyeballs*. Now that you sat up and took notice, half my job is over.
Welcome to Mission M – The Ultimate Disaster Management Program.  

Being the Business Analyst I am, I decided to conduct a small scale Market Research Study on the state of affairs.

Individual profiles are divided into various sub categories. The categories which are fodder for humour are – photos, about me, about my family and partner preferences.  The profiles are created either by the boy or his parents, in very rare cases relatives or siblings.

About me:  there are lots of variations to this. If the parents have created the profile, they make use of this opportunity to showcase their Son’s glory to the fullest extent.

Sample this: My son is an extremely intelligent, good looking boy with clean manners. He respects elders and is a very soft spoken boy who is also very God-fearing.  Moreover he will not mean any harm to even small insects. The entire paragraph sounds pretty decent, except for the last part. Your son will not harm an insect, is that what you mean? Ok, I have a question, what will he do if there is an ant climbing up his nose? Will he say “Hey Ant Baby! ‘Sup?”

This one was by the guy himself. Hi I’m ABCDEF; I’m a super chilled guy who loves to socialize with people. I have been living in the US for 6yrs now, and I have travelled the globe, except to Antarctica hehehe.  I have four things to say – one; my dear hyperactive dodo, this is a matrimonial profile, and not some despo Facebook profile where your intention is to be a Chick Magnate. Two; all of us are aware of the fact that only researchers setup base in Antarctica. So if you’ve been to a lot of places across the globe, have you been to Greenland and Arctic Region? Have you seen Santa and Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer? Three; if you claim to be *that* chilled out, I guess if we do meet, we must catch up in Pasha over Child Beer and Chicken-65.  Four; heheheh is GAY. Moron.

One guy says, he was born and "bread"* in Chennai. Bread you mean? Well, I like Jam Rolls better.

Another guy says, I'm very "compassionate" about music. I'm equally compassionate about the people who listen to my music. 

About My Family:  This is where people get all filmy. Remember that Ad which goes like “My Daddy Strongest”?  One profile read: We are very happy family of fantastic 4. We are inseparable and love each one of us to death. I have a question; Which Tamizh Movie inspired you?  
You know what? My mummy is a superwoman!

Partner Preferences: This part which makes me go violent. We would like to receive requests from well educated  girls from respected families’ sums up the entire equation. People go the extra-mile and describe their preferences. We are interested in; tall fair slim Iyer brides, who are well educated, have strong family values and also career oriented. The fixation on “fair” brides is truly overwhelming.

The best of all is photos: Guys when they upload pictures end up contradicting themselves big time. There was this profile, where the guy had specifically mentioned that he is a “non-drinker”, but the album, has a full size picture of him and a glass with a golden colour liquid. Are you getting HIGH on Mirinda?

Pictures of themselves taken during the Onsite Project; this is the second category that exhibits extreme wannabe characteristics. Standing beside cars in a showroom is fine, makes you look like you’ve got great taste, but wrapping your arms around it like it’s your own is pushing it too far.

That’s all folks.

I’m sure you realise that I have categorically ruined every possibility of getting married.

Good Luck with your Partner Search.

PS: The paradox of the MR study is - if the guy's profile is remotely interesting. The following will happen; a) The guy lives in USofA, which is a BIG no-no. b) the gothram will be the same - equally tragic. c) The nakshatram will be the same or incompatible with yours.
PS1: All the profiles described above are real. The spellings are also straight from the profiles.
PS2: This is my view on the entire episode, and no hard feelings please. :P 
PS3: I also realise that my profile might be getting ripped apart elsewhere. But yeah, who cares!
PS4: Thank you for reading through such a long post. Your patience is deeply appreciated.