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Am a contradiction of sorts. i love going out and having a good time with friends, and i can also stay home chill out over a book or a movie.. Am very passionate about writing, so give me a topic and watch me float away into wonderland... I Am crazy about music,books,friends and my doggie... :)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

By the water cooler.... Sly me!

Parul from Brining up Adi  is all set to launch her second book ” By the water cooler” . If you read her first book-- ”Bringing up Vasu” you will look forward to her second book.... 

  • You need to write a post telling a story or an anecdote based in an office. It could be about you, your spouse, kids, neighbour, whoever – it just needs to be based in an office. It can be funny, serious, somewhere in between, but it needs to be based in an office. It can feature a single protagonist or multiple characters, but it…yes, I know, you got it. 
  • You need to link to this post
  • You need to put By The Water Cooler in the title of your post
  • You need to leave me a link to your post in the comments section
  • If you don’t have a blog, leave me your entry in the comments section and it will be counted
If your entry is selected then you will get autographed copy of this book :-) 

LAST DATE - October 31st, 2010

Here is my entry.............

It was Oct 2005, i still remember the day vividly.. I had been at this fancy corporate for little over 3 months, and had just about settled in. I was taking care of Middle and Senior level recruitments [on my own] and had been managing quite well. I sat in the 6th floor where all the Vice Presidents of various departments had their cabin. Our cubicles in the center and their cabins all around, like as if they were guards watching over us. 

Anyways, without getting carried away... It was a Saturday, and our Corporate HR head was in town for some Senior level interviews.  I had come in early, set everything up, made sure the candidates shortlisted for the final round remembered their schedule. It was 12.45pm and i was getting ready for my Spanish class. A candidate had just finished his interview and was walking out, when i decided to hop into the Boss's room to remind him of my heading out for a bit for the class and the afternoon line up.
This is what happened next.... 
Me: Sir, may  i come in?

Him: Yes, please come in and take a seat, will be with you in a minute[ he was on the phone]

Me: I stood anyways, waiting for him to turn

2secs later
Him: So, tell me why you want to move to Chennai and take on this position? From your resume i can see you have quite an extensive experience, and you have been in Hyderabad all your life.

Me: [Gaping and lost wondering what to say.. but understood that Boss had assumed i was the next candidate, coincidentally was a woman ;)]
Sir, i am looking for something new and challenging. yes, i have spent all my life in Hyderabad, but am ready to move to Chennai if the opportunity presents itself.

Him: The position Will require you to work during night since it is a US based process. Can you manage that?

Me: [cheeky me] Yes, Sir! In my present job i come in during the day, but work for atleast half a night... 

Him: [Swivelved in his chair and had the most stumped look on his face]

Me:[ was suddenly damn nervous and wee bit scared of what he was going to say]

Him: You know something, Aarti..[slowly a smile crept up his face] I was going to offer you the position. You sounded quite convincing back there... 

Me: err, umm. Thank you Sir... :)[gave the biggest sheepest smile i could remember]

Him: So, did you come to see me for something? Are there any candidates waiting or shall we break for lunch? :)

Me: Came to tell you that we can break for lunch and that i was going to go attend my Spanish class and return. Everything is taken care of, and the candidates will be guided by Sruti from the other HR team.

Him: Alright then, go on... get out of here!! 

This incident i shall remember always... He was also the one who was most reluctant when i said i was quitting.. Tried hard to get me to take a 3mth break and return!!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Live and Tweeting

Last wednesday evening i remember catching up with Sandeep at the Subway F4 meet and talking about weekend agenda... Thursday was spent getting a new battery for my laptop, which happily died on me friday evening and i was left in the mercy of my awesome phone!! Oh well!! ... 

The weekend was already there and now its over and gone!! Saturday and Sunday spent at IIT Madras being a part of the TEDxChennai ... Its been over a year since i was inside the IIT campus, and it was a lovely feeling walking through the road enveloped by lush greenery..
I had been curious about TED and wanted to attend a conference atleast, and that is a wish that came true quite fast!! One day i read a tweet from Sandeep inviting Tweets/Bloggers and photographers for the event.. i replied expressing interest and voila, i was in!! 

Saturday had me landing in IIT at 11am, enjoying a few speeches [which were actually a trial run for Sunday] and ofcourse the TEDx chennai workshop run by Laura Stein, giving inputs on how to go about having your own TEDx conference....

Kiruba shankar and Ram Sahasranam, the duo who brought TED to India

Tweeting was basically giving updates minute by minute on what was going on, something interesting someone said, a picture, a person, and so on. My phone did save grace by being alive through the day, well almost...and then luckily there was wifi in the workshop room which meant i pulled out my iPod touch and swung into action.. vroom tweet vroom tweeet vroom tweet!! :)

 The whole bunch of us- tweeter me & Sylvian[on the mac] and rest were blogging...

 As the day ended, and i walked out of the campus, i started wondering how Sunday would be,  and if my phone would sustain through the day.... There was wifi in the Auditorium but not accessible[protected and meant for IIT students]... Charged my phone to full, and headed to the Audi at 8am excited and anxious.... 

The day then flew by with speaker after speaker enthralling us with their experiences, videos, pictures and life lessons... during a break, we went out exploring the Product stalls... Met Balaji Lakshmanan[part of F4 gang] and is an IIT student, robotics expert who was showcasing a robot he had created... Next to him stood a small guy, who wasnt fluent in English, but had invented a machine that wowed us... This was a device that he says will detect mobile phones when they are in silent mode... He has pitched to Egmore Jail and they have expressed interest. Said he hadnt gone ahead marketing it as he was waiting for funding.... !! Was so overwhelmed.... 

The guy in red shirt in the middle...the one in suit is Balaji Lakshmanan

For those interested, the videos/speeches will be up on TEDx website shortly... you can however read the blogs posted live on TEDx blog There is also an interesting post made by an attendee, Venkatesh on yourstory

It was one awesome experience- not only did i manage to attend the conference, share the expereince, i also managed to take home some lessons as well.. .... And i did get some cool feedback from those present and others on my tweets.. Looking fwd to more such opportunities....

 The entire social media team- Bloggers.. tweeters... photographers!

A weekend well spent... 

Group Pics Courtesy the Photographers at the event...

Others: Me!! Shall upload others i had taken and share link

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Always a 1st time

Today was yet another 1st! I attended an event as a Live Tweeter!! Yep, that is the power of social media for you.. TEDx is happening in Chennai tomorrow at IIT Campus and today there was a trial run followed by a TEDx workshop! 

Was at the venue from 11am enjoying the experience... A chance to meet some interesting people, fellow bloggers and twitter friend who I finally met! Sharing the events as they happened on twitter parallely gaining bit of insight into TED I am now looking fwd to tomorrow.... 

Monday, October 4, 2010

Words fail me

Yes, it does happen to me!! There is just one circumstance, situation where i am left speechless and have no clues what to say..... and this leaves me feeling helpless..Not a good feeling i tell you!

Everytime someone close to me passes away, or loses someone -am in this zone... I want to reach out, but the only way i know how to is "to be there for them"and let them know "they have a friend in me ready to listen to simply just be with them".... All i say is "i know what you are going through or its ok, just remember you are not alone"...

I have no clues what to say, for i know nothing i say will make them feel better or bring back that person
and i hate anyone using the phrase "time heals"... i want to turn right back and ask them "does it really?"... Cos no matter what kind of a loss it is- be it heartbreak or death, time does not really heal anything....  so, this is one phrase you will Never hear from me! 

The past week, everyday i pick up the phone to call Ar, but i dont... We are quite close, infact we recently went on a trip together recently... We dont live in the same city, else i would have been at her house, by her side through this rough time...  She lost her mom few days back, and i can only begin to imagine what she must be going through...sigh.... 

Today is her birthday.... i sent her a message wishing her and letting her know i am unable to call for loss of words... my heart goes out to her, and i hope she knows she is not alone....!! 

Infact when i read about IHM's daughter passing away, it was a similar state... I dont know IHM too well, its only our interactions on blogworld and Twitter, but i did feel close, we connected on some level.. infact we used to discuss dogs on the street ever so often, putting up pics regularly on twitter.. :) and she would send me bird pictures she had taken to identify those feathered creatures.......... Well, i was shocked when i heard the news.. everytime she writes a post, i go, i read, and all i can comment is "hugs".. "take care"...

How do you deal with such a circumstance?  Is there ever a right thing to say?