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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... :)

Thursday, June 30, 2011

The Horse & The Pig

Posted by a friend on Facebook..

There was a farmer who collected horses; he only needed one more breed to complete his collection. One day he found out that his neighbor had the particular horse breed he needed. So, he badgered his neighbor till he sold it to him.

A month later, the horse fell ill. He called the veterinarian, who said: “Well, your horse has a virus. He must take this medicine for three days. I'll come back on the third day. If he's not better by then, we will have to put him down.”

Nearby, the pig listened closely to their conversation. It approached the horse and said: “Be strong, my friend. Get up or else they're going to put you to sleep!”

On the second day, the Vet gave the horse his second dosage of medicine and left.

The pig came back and said: “Come on buddy, get up or else you're going to die! Come on, I'll help you get up. Let's go! One, two, three...

On the third day, the Vet examined the horse and said: “Unfortunately, we have to have to put the horse down tomorrow. Otherwise, the virus might spread and infect the other horses.”

After the Vet and the horse owner left, the pig came up to the horse and said: “Listen pal, it’s now or never. Get up…Come on...Have courage…Come on…Get up... Get up…That's it…Slowly…Great…Come on …one… two… three... Good, good…

Now faster, come on.... Fantastic! Run, run…Yes! Yay! Yes! You did it! You're a champion!”
Suddenly, the owner came back and saw the horse running in the field and began shouting: “It's a miracle!”

My horse is cured. This deserves a party. Let's kill the pig!

Point for reflection: This often happens in the corporate world. Nobody truly knows which employee actually deserves the merit of success, or who's actually contributing the necessary support to make things happen.

Learning to live without recognition is a skill............. 

Think about it...

Monday, June 27, 2011

Gone in a flash

Its going to be 24hours and am still reeling from the incidents of yesterday.... Why? Well, lets just say its a day i dont want to ever go through again...

The day began as every other day does, except things took a turn like never before... We were all busy with our routine at home, i was shuttling between kitchen and my workstation.. Gramma was in her Puja, granpa was reading the paper in the living room.. Around 12noon, gramma spoke to uncle who was to come over for lunch and asked the driver- Chithirai to pick up some veggies and pick up uncle as well..

Time started ticking by...

12.15pm Uncle called asking if the car has been sent
I- Oh yes, he must be coming in a few mins max
Uncle: ok, am waiting downstairs

12.45pm: Uncle called again asking where the car was..
I: Oh, he hasnt come yet...??? Wonder why?Let me check and call you back..

I called mom to ask if maybe he has come there.. She checked and replied Not there
I checked with granparents if they had asked him to finish some errands...
Called uncle and asked him to come over, inform the watchman to tell the driver he has left...

1pm Uncle comes over

My mind was racing... "this has never happened before, atleast not with this driver... he is one of the most prompt people i know"
"was there something wrong with the car?, but then he would have called home reporting the same asap [i know this for a fact as it has happened before..once]

We ate in silence....
1.45pm Uncle and i decided to head out and see if he was stuck somewhere..
Maybe an accident, or maybe car trouble and no phone around....
[i had a nagging thought that something had happened to Chithira... a 1st.. a thought i kept brushing away ]

We left home, and had just driven into the road across when gramma called from home...
There is a policeman here.. he is saying the car is near bains school and driver has passed away from heart attack...
I was stumped... in shock....

We drove over to the spot and there was , lying on the ground, covered with a tarpaulin sheet....
I was speechless and shaking all over...

Time crawled by as we waited for his brother to come over....Franctic calls were made to mom-dad, uncle, and driver's brother.... Stood there near our car, while people piled around, hungry for gossip...
I shooed away quite a few with stares, and glares
Some caught the sharp end of my tongue....
Was disgusted at how curious people were at the sight of trouble and death....

Nearly 4pm as the brother reached the venue and from there things sorted out... We were back home and stumped at what had happened....

May his soul rest in peace!!! 

Made us realise how we take people for granted, how we assume everyone is going to be around forever and then crash boom bang.... gone!!
Made us realise how much a death affects us...

Dont take anyone for granted
Respect and appreciate what they do........................ !!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

What is

What is wrong if i speak my mind
What is wrong if i share my thoughts
What is wrong if i leave a room when there are guests and awkward silences?
What is wrong if i disagree to something granpa said, or an uncle said...
What is wrong if i go meet friends  
What is wrong if i decide to go for a movie during a weekday?

These are just some of the questions floating in my head... And i've realised people around me are so conditioned by the people around them, they dont think outside the box or even if they do, they are afraid to break away and do their own thing... 

It is such a strange world we live in, where we have created the so called "society", and we are afraid of the same. We created something that has now come back to bite us in the ass... Yes, admit it! You agree with this! 

I've been going crazy trying to make my family [immediate] understand that it is is ok to do what you feel like, go where you desire, talk/eat/dress according to your wishes.. Though they nod for the moment, the moment is lost too soon! Why? 

What is wrong in living life the way you want? 
What is the control you seek to hold on to?

This is not something i've seen only in my home, i see it all around me
Everyday , every minute there is someone who is speaking in hush tones 'cos they dont want someone else who they know to hear them... wth! 

I find it suffocating and i keep wanting to break away from it, but then keep getting chained back in.. Not on my own free will, but no thanks to those around... 

"Their mind's are conditioned"
"They are set in their ways"
"They have lived their life"
"Look at how good their lives have been"
Are some statements i have heard everytime i speak about change! 

Makes me wonder-
Do we need these boundaries to keep us in check?
Arent we the ones who created these walls in the 1st place? and so, we should have the liberty to break em down right?
Why are people so afraid?
Why are they so hesitant to do something that according to them is not "NORMAL"
What will happen if they do decide to let go?

I am so not cut out from the same mould as some of my family is... And that irks them! I dont know if they secretly feel proud or cringe everytime i do something that my heart desires... 

I would like to think they are happy for me
Albeit truth is far from that....
"Dont go there, someone might see you"
"Dont do this... or that... cos someone might see you, or "we" dont do such things" 
"Why are you like this? why cant you be more like xyz?"

Is there a Rule book somewhere? I would like to see it! Rather, i demand to see it... the damn thing has everyone brainwashed and acting like muppets...

And if i hear once more "They are saying that because they care about you", i will kill someone!!!  That person who supposedly cares is more bothered about gossip or being the 1st squealer, nothing more!!

Is it worth living like that?
When i see all these people around me control themselves, stop themselves from doing things they know they will love it makes me mad! But,am just a tiny droplet in a majestic ocean... And there are some who are the tsunamis in it... Wrecking havoc!!

Think... Next time you stop yourself or someone you care about from doing/saying/going/eating/drinking something... THINK!!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Change is easy... Indeed!!

When i read about Indiblogger's Change is easy contest, i knew i had to participate.. The contest was by Dell Inspiron... Alas, time just flew and i was running out of time, literally.. So, here goes my contribution....

Anybody who knows me, knows how crazy i am about gadgets and gizmos... I love exploring the new releases, i love playing with the gadgets, and digging deeper to understand what its features are.... 

They also know i wont simply use a theme or a pre-set image as the background or leave the device as it was.... I love playing around with it, and giving it an identity....  You get the picture, dont you?!\

Whenever i pick up a new gadget, for myself, i make sure it reflects me, my tastes, and persoality... Its not just about the device, its about ME!!

I used to have a Sony Vaio 15" laptop that had pretty Butterfly stickers on them and  little star stickers on the keyboard. They just seemed to perk me up the minute i sat to work on it.. The background display picture is always a photograph i had shot.. I was never big on downloadig images off the net and using it as a background image on my laptop... Plus, this is a cool way to show off my photography skills, right? ;-)
There are not too many places i have taken the bulky laptop to, but wherever i have, the stickers were noticed. To a point where friends started gifting me things that had butterflies on them :)

I dont know when or how my love for Butterflies began, but now every soul around me knows about my love for em and keeps gifting me/informing me of things with butterflies on em...

About a year ago, i switched from my treasured and cherished Nokia N95 8GB to Blackberry Curve 8520.. Once i had figured out the various features, dowloaded the necessary apps, i started exploring the world through my Blackberry. Even though the Camera on this phone is not as great as the one in my Nokia, it dint deter me from clicking pictures of interesting things. Seconds later, one of them would be featured as my wallpaper... I would then mail the pictures to my mail, edit them if required and share or use them on my laptop. It is not a force of habit, or an obsession, but its something i enjoy ...

Last weekend we had gone for a morning walk to the beach, where i captured a few shots from and now one of them is my wallpaper.. Infact, when i shared the screeshot with a friend, he suggested i renew my Flickr account and share my photographs out there.. Felt good to hear such encouraging comments

Apart from these, i have an External hard drive which again has a Butterfly sticker on it.. And my lovely iPod Touch with the cool background images taken from my many travels across the state and country... I scan through the images, wonder which will suit the device, which reflects my mood and use it till i feel the need for change, which is usually in a week or till i capture some new images..

Oh, did i tell you am now using a different Sony vaio, we had bought this for my sis, but since her office gave her a laptop, this came back to me.. Yayy!!  Its a sleek White one and the butterfly sticker shines beautifully on the outer cover.. How i wish i could create an entire new cover for the laptop... The desktop is again a photograph i shot - the most recent being that of a flower lying on the ground with a few raindrops, shot at Bicode, Karnataka...

I have recently bought a 1TB hard drive.. Wondering how to deck it up!!! ;o)
Off i go looking for some color to splash...

Saturday, June 4, 2011

The pencil

A fascinating video that shows how Pencils are made....


There are days I wake up feeling awesome , am excited for no reason and the day goes off on a high.. Things go well and am happy through the day! Nothing draws me down or deters me from my path!

Friend: whatsup?
Me: (grinning) ohnothing,just another new day
Friend: what are you so excited about?
Me: nothing and everything :-) 

And then there are those days when I just don't want to get out of bed.. Am either sleepy or just not ready for the day(not that it is going to be any different).. The day then goes by slowly, with the seconds hand on the clock ticking away oh so slowly... I wait patiently for lunch time or in hope that a meeting might crop up to get me out of this mode!!

Grampa- come, sit watch. They are showing xyz temple/place
Me:(grumpy) grabs iPod and heads off for a walk.. (Slamming door)

And of course those lovely days when I dont sleep or have hit the bed at an unearthly hour.. The morning after is just terrible, actually the whole day is a blur.. Either am cranky or just bugged... These are days when I don't push myself or force things myself.. I simply go with the flow and meet the end of the day with sleep tugging at my eyebrows..

Mom/grampa- good morning, had coffee?
Me: (Hmfph) no 
Mom/grampa- oh, go have! Milk is in a bowl in fridge, coffee dicoction in 2nd shelf in the fridge .. 
Me: ( silent ....walks away shaking head)

But, when am traveling and away from home.. It does not matter what kind of a day or night I've had, am up early and in a good mood from the minute I open my eyes!! I wonder why and I wonder how!!! 
Me: good  morning :-)
Friend/aunt/others: good morning :-) 

My3rd post via iPod touch!!