I Am Back!!

After a gap of nearly five months, I am finally making a comeback to the world of blogging.Unfortunately, for a host of reasons, I could not make any significant contribution to this space. So, 2013 has not been a good start for my blogging activity, however now that I am better eqipped, both mentally as well as emotionally to do justice to my writing crave, I guess that means better days are ahead :) .

This year, while I was away from blogging, I was occupied by self-defence classes, fitness regimens in the office gym and a recultivation of reading as a hobby. I have also become a more regular reader of the daily newspaper. So you can expect some fitness related articles, book reviews and commentary on the political events, both domestic and international.Also, since now I am making better use of my ipad and my new Micromax smartphone, there are also some technology related pieces in the offing. And last but not the least, also look out for my posts on my undying love for cooking :)

Cheers to more lively times!!

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The Forgetting to Pay Problem

These days, I seem to be demonstrating quite a knack for forgetting to pay. I know that this is a very common problem and that hardly anyone out there wouldn’t have been a victim. Of late, I seem to be encountering this rather embarrassing situation with an alarming frequency. Just to count a few memorable instances, like when I stepped out of the auto without paying the driver, when I happily had my plate of gupchup in the roadside stall and then started off on my way only to hear a shout from behind me, when I stepped into a bakery, ordered a cake and merrily started walking away without paying the cash or when I attended this one-day course and profusely thanked the instructor in the end and wished her goodbye without realizing that there’s something else I owed her. And the list goes on…

So after facing countless number of embarrassments in the last few months, I put my lazy brain to work. And I thought  well what could be the root cause of the Forgetting to Pay problem. And one point struck me. It generally happens in those places where you first get the service and only then are asked to pay for it.Like when you eat the golgappa first and then pay for it or when you pay at the end of the auto ride. Or when you are in this store that does not accept credit cards, so the guy behind the counter politely informs you the cost and then gets busy packing your stuff without waiting for you to hand over the cash. Or when you are in a informal setting where the person is polite enough not to ask you for the cash and expects you to do the honours yourself.

So with this analysis, I think it would be a little unfair to lay all the blame on myself. You know the addictive convenience of payment through cards is also to blame. Coz the people who do all the deductions on the card reader machine wouldn’t make the mistake of handing the customer their package without first asking for the card.They make sure that “na rahegi baans na bajegi basuri”

Well, the times they are a changing….

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Welcome 2012

It’s once again that time when we bid adieu to one year and welcome another; a time to retrospect over the year gone by; a time to make resolutions for the next year; a time to make a fresh start on a blank slate; a yet another chance to get things right :)

So how do I summarize 2012 ? Around May timeframe I quit my old job in Novell, took a well-deserved energy boosting two month break, and finally joined Dell R &D in July, which incidentally is located in the same techpark as Novell. So much of the oldness was retained even though the workplace was new.And with the new job (having supposedly java requirements), I finally managed to shrug off the rather sticky .NET programmer tag (at least I thought so :) ).But with six months gone, the work is yet to pick up speed here; not to mention that the project which I joined has since been shutdown leaving behind a cloud of uncertainty.However the exposure to technology in the new job has been quite satisfactory; I can now claim to be educated when bombarded with hardware related jargons; And not have my confidence go tumbling down a steep slope when confronted with a Java discussion.But by far, the best part about 2012 was that I was richer by a couple of really good friends :) (don’t think I will ever manage to follow the advise of putting professionalism before friendship :) ).

Although I have never been successful in keeping any new year resolution, it doesn’t hurt to make a few; so why not indulge?? :) . So here’s my rather compact list of resolutions for 2012 in no particular order of importance

1. Renounce all forms of online chat (FB, Gtalk etc.). It has finally dawned on me that these chat engines are not only extremely addictive but also a massive waste of one’s precious time.

2. Spend more time in the kitchen. Try lots of new recipes, instead of repeating the old ones.Start experimenting with non-vegetarian cooking.

3. Join the Camlin Hobby classes. Learn at least two new things, glass painting and something else.

4. Get the elusive driver’s license.Start driving my 2-wheeler more regularly. Do something to tackle my road fright.

5. Become more disciplined and serious in life. Basically what this entails is, waking up early, cleaning the house, having breakfast, reaching office before 10:00, coming back by 6:00 and then do something useful which does not involve watching TV :) .

6. Start reading more, be it newspapers or books or technology topics.Fully utilize my Just Read membership.

And that’s it. A 6-point agenda should not be too difficult to follow (but who knows :( ). Bring it on 2012. I am not scared of you anymore :) . However if someone can put me in a time machine and transfer me back to beginning of 2011, I will be more happy than words can say :) .

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And yet another year goes by…

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”

I guess there’s no better way of describing Twenty Ten.In the beginning of the year, I decided to explore what others will tell, the ominous experience of ‘staying alone’, by renting out a beautiful 1BHK apartment overlooking Indiranagar 80ft rd.In case you are wondering how I manage (everyone asks me this :) ), well it’s really not so difficult…if, hmmm let’s see…… if you have a job that makes sure you are at least 100% utilized…..if you find yourself pre-occupied with your deadlines and bugs even when you are at home, despite being very much aware that you can find better ways to fill your time……if you are addicted to the innumerable food shows aired on the idiot box, even though you know that cooking isn’t exactly your cup of tea……..if you like watching Barkha Dutt,Rajdeep Sardesai and Arnab Goswami shouting their lungs out……..if you both like and despise watching reality shows……..if your favourite verb is googling, www your primary source of information, and your home is blessed with a broadband connection……..if you have a comfortable laptop running Windows 7, a boxful of movie dvds and an ipod to hold more songs than you will ever hear in your life……..if there are a bunch of malls within a 5-6km radius, where you can go windows shopping, er sorry  gazing…….if you like enjoying your movies in the comforts of a multiscreen theatre, a bag of popcorns and a glass of pepsi……..if you like to snug under a warm blanket with a good novel and an apple to munch on………if you feel there’s nothing demeaning about staring emptily at the ceiling…….. well, I can still go on, but I don’t want to bother coz’ I think my dear Reader, you must have got my point by now :) .All in all, the experience has been enjoyable most of the times and depressing some of the time, but something I will cherish forever, something that has helped me come out of my shell, something that has really made me grow as a person.

Well, now on to more important things. 2010 was a year dominated by eye-boggling political scams (just when you think it can’t get worse than this, some more skeletons come tumbling out), although what captured my attention more was the Madhu Koda mining scam(Jharkhand is my home state) and the 2G scam(for the corporate+goverment+media nexus that got exposed for the first time).The Indian media has been blamed for many things in the past, but never for being corporate proxies. I will be looking forward to more developments on this scam next year, and I hope the media will give it the coverage it deserves (2G scam is biggest scam of independent India). Sadly though , as a fallout of this scam most of us will start doubting the authenticity of our daily news feeds.Apart from this, the Telangana uprising and the Maoist insurgency also grabbed headlines for a long time, and they will definitely be on my radar next year.

However,by far, what I found the most interesting development this year was the Wikileaks revelation of U.S diplomatic cables.The Foreign News page of the newspaper was what I would read first even when I was in school.International relations and world affairs is something I find extremely engrossing and one of my childhood dreams(there’s countless) was to get into IFS (oh, if only it wasn’t so difficult and my conversation skills not so terrible). The diplomatic cables are like a treasure trove , and there’s too much of juicy information to digest fast.So I guess, I will take my own time in going through it.Hopefully, I will even post about it.

Here’s welcoming a more prosperous 2011, and a Happy New Year to all my readers :) .

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My First Time

“My only hobby is laziness, which naturally rules out all others.”

 My attempt at blogging is partly to fight this menace, partly to fulfill my this year’s New Year resolution, partly to get back my old flair for writing, and I think partly to just have fun writing about things that I love or find interesting. This blogpost would be dedicated for topics like movie and book reviews, food and gourmet exploration,music,sports,politics and international affairs.And of course, the list is flexible.

Since procrastination is my childhood pal, I am not sure how regular I will be in my posts. However, I will certainly try to make brief posts on a weekly basis.

So, let’s do it!!

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