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Monday, December 27, 2010

6/25..!! The kid within me wakes up!

"Whose answer paper is this? There is no roll number written on it! Did anyone miss writing their roll number? It belongs to the C division..."

Hearing this, I got up from the last bench of the left side rows of benches of our classroom and walked slowly to the dais where Anuradha Madam,our Science teacher, was standing with my answer paper.

My seating place in the class was the last bench (am not able to recollect why I was made to sit there,maybe I was too tall! :) or maybe I joined the school late and that was the only place left for me to occupy). Added to this, my place was next to the window and I could see some public life out of it and I rarely concentrated in the class, but I used to listen English and Social-Science , the reason being I liked the teachers who taught them.

General Science was the most hated, as Anuradha Madam was considered strict and I felt like Science was not my cup of tea, reading about how a wind mill works, how a cycle repairer checks a puncture in the tube, and other basic physics stuff.. huh!! this little mind perceived that as rocket science and never bothered to take it to the head much! :)

Back to the scene, I took the paper from her hand and apologized for forgetting to write my roll number, and then I wrote my number and gave her back checking my marks, they were awful..! I had got 6 out of 25 in the second unit test of Class 5 General Science subject.

I walked to my place feeling humiliated with my shoulders drooped and my head held low, that was the first time I had ever failed in an exam to my remembrance. It was more painful as I forgot to mention my roll number and whole of the class got to know my marks. The red underline that will be made in the progress report was before my eyes! I was hurt that day, didn't talk to anyone, was silent in the rickshaw back home, don't remember the rest of the day :)

Soon the month's progress cards were issued, the first to get the card will be the one who scored less or failed in most number of subjects, there were few under performers than me, it was my turn now, I received the card and went back to my place, checked the card, yes there it was , the second column for General Science was written as 24/100, highlighted with an under-line marked in red and 'Fail' in the result column.

My parents were too good for me, they dint scold me for failing in the exam rather they asked me to do well in the coming exams.

Being failed for the first time, I was determined now to perform in the further tests, and I actually did it, though I was not in the rankers list.
But still, I was the average boy!! and I managed to sneak a rank by the end of class 5 unit tests and it was rank IX (9).

Its fun getting on the lane of reminiscence and thinking how much life has changed, the priorities associated, the goals to be achieved, the modes of fun, the situations of high complexities..

This particular '6/25' incident helped me restructure my way, perform well, and as the old adage goes 'failures are the stepping stones', I consider it as one of those stepping stones, and that doesn't mean that I am successful right now, still a long way ahead and many stepping stones to cross, and stacking up some little incidents like this :)

Thursday, November 18, 2010

The Password Connection!!

Warning : Philosophy inside!! Read it at your own risk!! ;)
Often, we come across this situation, where in we fed our old password and try to login to our pc or mail that we access, right after we had changed the password to a new one.

After several attempts we curse a minute telling 'wtf.. I am giving the right password, why the hell is it not accepting..!!??'

Then soon you remember that you had changed your password recently to a new one and enter it.

Even during the next login, we again fed the old password and again repeat the previous step.

However, by time and usage, slowly the new password gets internalised and you would login hassle-free.

Similarly, our mind gets pulled to some old memories which a person wants to keep them locked in a dark dungeon whose doors are protected by thick iron chains, a million miles inside the brain cells, where it would take a toll for the wires and axons of the brain to retrieve those deeply heeped memoirs.

But still those memories haunt and they will be fresh in our minds even after hours of self-counsel and after taking hundreds of oaths ('I am not gonna think of her from now on.. this is the only last time ever', ' I am over it', etc.,) to exhibit rock-solid determination.

However, it isn't impossible to get rid of a shaken past.
As how we remember the new password, by time, the present gets internalised in our mind, and slowly one could gain control on his self and his mind.

Yet one can't just sit and wait till some good amount of time gets over in his/her life, as an aphorism says an empty mind is like a devil's workshop, the mind has to be occupied all the time, leaving a very less space or no space at all for it to think or go back to the past.

As time flies (time = several years, in this context), getting into the rewind mode makes one feel that all the trauma that was once considered as 'life-threatening' would become a silly thought and a smile would lit up on the face thinking how stupid it was to think and remorse about a thing/person of less significance!! :)

Life do needs some pit-stops.. Just think that you are adding more fuel when you are hit with a jolt and race along with a 'well-serviced' body and mind!!

Source: A recent password change event has triggered me to write this post! :)

Friday, October 15, 2010


Some moments happen, some moments you create to yourself.

This was such a moment that was created by me and probably a nice moment for safe-keeping in my memory and can be remembered for years and laugh upon heart-fully :)

I felt a chill run down my spine when my name was called out for the duet performance.

Lack of practice was clearly on my face, even the lyrics of the song was not known by heart. My confidence was low, and the thought of being embarrassed infront of a pretty large audience was running in my mind.

The music had started, the mic was handed over to me, I tested it by tapping my fingers on it, there was no sound, the co-ordinator sitting in the first row pointed to the podium mic.

I moved across the dias and stood behind the podium and placed the notepad on it and was standing before the mic, my partner too joined beside me.

The introduction music was about to end and I was ready to take off. I sang the opening lines, rather I brayed.. :D

Some how I managed to finish the first stanza that also includes the part sung by my partner, she did outperform me!!

However, we messed up the second stanza, there was a notable difference in the time we were supposed to start the opening lines of the stanza and hence the synchronization was lost with the music.

By this time I was desperately waiting for the last line, I felt even the expressions of the crowd were similar, it seemed like they were forcibly made to witness a 'killing' performance and as though they were eagerly waiting for the song to get over.

I didn't mention the song right, it's Kilimanjaro, which I almost killed it.. ;)

That's how my first karaoke 'performance' unfolded and lot many lessons learnt, and certainly it deserved a post!! :)

Monday, October 4, 2010

The Robo Mania

"To be successful, avoid women and money..."
It took a massive 160 crores of rupees + Aishwarya Rai + Rajnikanth to prove this old adage true

This was my 'what's on your mind?' status after watching the movie Robo.

The multi-million dollar movie, Robo is a visual delight, and has set a benchmark on the Indian cinema. The picturesque locations, probably never explored by any other movie-makers added an extra glitz for the movie.

To say about Aishwarya Rai in one word she 'sizzles'.

Rajnikanth has delivered his typical style, and this time powered by 1 Tera Hertz speed and 1 Zetta Byte memory, created a mass hysteria. I am not a movie buff to publish a review, but while watching the movie I felt like 'yes.. I am gonna write a post on this..'.

The first half of the movie leaves you with chitti's comedy. It also makes you visit some spectacular spots, especially in the opening song.

The movie gets a little slow soon after the intermission and that part is quite forgettable.

However, the intensity gears get changed steadily and raise to the peak by the climax with Rajnikanth's omnipresence.

The usage of graphics and visual effects is apt and Rajni's several avatars mesmerizes the audience.

Coming to music, 'chitti chitti robo' song still tingles my ears and rest of the songs dint create much impact.

On contrary to Rajni's other flicks, this movie doesn't have a heavy introduction scene of him, there is just a simple opening, that was a kind of under statement like 'wait and watch, there is so much in store' and it is certainly justified.

One more interesting fact about the movie is, Rajni's mannerisms are not compromised even when he is playing the role of a humanoid robot ;)

Overall, your money is paid-worth!! Robo version 2.0 could be on the cards too!! :)

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

It's all about the bike

It's all about the bike - the title is kinda opposite to the famous autobiography of Lance Armstrong..

hmm.. yes.. It's all about my bike.. which is yet to get christened officially (the alphanumeric letters given by the Registering Authority) and also un-officially (I'm still thinking of a name for this new entrant in my life.. )

I call it the golden beast.. cos of its color and also cos it is quite muscular..!!

I never thought that selecting a bike is going to be a herculean task until I decided that I would buy one..

After a serious thought process of nearly 3 months and taking extreme help from Goddess Google, I could nail down to the Apache..

Presently, I am a proud owner of this piece of yellow metal!! Though some of my friends say in sarcasm that I have bought a rickshaw to myself.. :P but.. that's how envy makes you speak..!! :)

Birthday - 182 = A Special Day!

It was a day in my last semester of Engineering, I was checking my mails sitting in our department computer lab, one mail in my inbox caught my attention, the subject line being - '100 ways to make happy/be happy'. I felt like reading it as I was indeed in need of little happiness.

I started reading all the ways laboriously, of which one of the ways seemed interesting to me, "Surprise your loved ones by wishing on their half birthdays".

I opened google and searched about 'Half Birthdays', I understood that it is celebrated in some parts of the world for various reasons. Then I opened orkut and searched in the communities, hmm.. there was one, with some 50 plus members in it.

Half Birthday mathematically is subtracting/adding 182 days to the birth date, and it can be roughly calculated and celebrated by adding six months to the birth date.

After gaining some knowledge on half birthdays, I started checking some of my special ones' half birthdays and incidentally there was a half b'day of one of my best friends coming up. As things were little rough between us that time, I thought this could be a pretty good way to make up.. and hmm..that worked out reasonably well.. :)

There are quite good outcomes of celebrating/wishing our loved ones on their half birthdays.. a sense of surprise, they are not flooded with calls as on their birthday, and you made a special day for them.. :)

Happiness, Courtesy : IRCTC

Just like love, even happiness takes several definitions.

It happened recently when I was booking a ticket for me to join the reunion of my college friends, a reunion after two years we parted off.

I got up early in the morning (8AM) went to my friend who was sitting with the laptop.

I told him that it is 8AM, he understood it brilliantly and asked 'oh.. want to book the ticket?'.

I gave him a look at him like he cracked the Da Vinci code :)

I opened the IRCTC website without any hope that it would open quickly..

Probably my stars were good that day. It opened just like that. I gave the necessary credentials to login. It responded well again without any hiccups.

Then I quickly fed the details and completed the transaction, bingo! I could reserve the ticket!

The happiness I felt at that instant can rather be undefined.

The happiness was not because am meeting my friends after a long time and only this ticket will make it possible for me to join them. Or it was not because I remembered the past memories.

The happiness was only because I was able to book a ticket on tatkal which is considered as one of the impossible tasks ever and only a lucky-few could achieve that!

hmm.. and that day, there was a smile on my face - the smile of a victory!

Even pretty small things can make you happy! or rather stupid things can make you happy!!

Are they gonna come true??

My 3 silly to strong obsessions!!!!

Obsession #1
Have to be a Radio Jockey for one of the Prime-time shows on a popular radio channel.

* The show should be scheduled at around 9AM or 9PM when half the people of the world are busy commuting on their way home/office.

Obsession 1a#
Dedicate the song 'Madhura pisumathige' to my friend Meow!!

Obsession #2
Have to work in an Engineering College as a lecturer.

*Please see the note at the end of this post.

Obsession #3
Have to do dubbing for an animated movie, the movie may not be on the likes of ICEAGE or CARS though. A short stint in any animated movie does suffice this tiny obsession of mine.

Obsession 3a#
Have to work for a Telugu-dubbed English movie. I just love the way they are dubbed.. :P


Note: Provided the college name ends this way 'blah.. blah.. college of Engineering & Technology...for women' :D