A Quote for life!


“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly.
Specialization is for Insects


Robert A Heinlein
(American science-fiction writer,1907-1988)

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Wish you a Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas Friends! :)

Hope you had a great Christmas this time and all of you enjoyed the same. I did enjoy my Christmas a lot. To tell you the truth, I was blessed with gifts from Santa, and people around me know how much I liked that. It was not planned at all, but Santa gifts like that and keeps it all secret, until it happens. This was a good Christmas in years and I liked it right through.

My wife’s family came in a couple of days before Christmas and it was a joyous moment for both of us. We saw them after years and everything was so nice and happy! It feels good when you are with your near and dear ones. We do not get to be in that mode very often and when we get our family nearby, we just do not want to let that moment go so fast. To add on to that excitement, my Mama, Mami (Maternal Uncle and Aunt) and their daughter came along with their family friend on the Christmas Eve. I met them after a long time too. I spent the night with them, in the hotel room that I booked for them and it was so homely. I felt like the olden golden days, when I used to go back home during vacations and I used to be treated like a king, returned triumphant from war. It was nice to be with them.

We spent the two days in various shopping malls in Bangalore and bought a couple of things for the kids and this time, believe it or not, we actually ended up making a Christmas tree! Well, this was our very first Christmas tree and we could do only as much as we did but it was awesome feeling. I liked it – it was a celebration kind of an atmosphere and the milieu took me back to the days I would always remember.

Hope you all also had a similarly awesome Christmas this time. The New Year is knocking at the door. What plans, huh? I am sure you all have planned it well. I wish all your plans come true this New Year and all your wishes get realized. Hoping to meet again during the New Year; and if I cannot, you be assured that all my wishes and blessings will be with you all. Make this the year of your life. Hope you get all that you aspire for in the New Year.
Happy New Year 2011!

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Memories and Experiences

Nothing specific today; just came here to ask, ‘how are you?’

The other day, when I was travelling to office I thought a lot of things – about my career, my past life, my new flat, my future plans and everything that I could think of. Time seems to run so fast. I heard in some movie – we try to catch time, like a kid standing in the sea shore tries to catch water with his two hands. It is that impossible. What we have from time that has gone is experience and lots of memories.

Experience yields at every step in life; be it professional or personal, it helps. We acquire experience each day and that piles up to boost our cubbyhole of knowledge, expertise and understanding. An aged man can always say he has got lot of experience and truly so – he must have! Experience gets stored in our minds. We get experience from peoples’ behavior, places’ environment and ambience and happenings around us.

Memories are something that time leaves behind, but unfortunately everyone does not posses memories. Memories are either good or bad. Both have their own places in our heart. Memories get stored in our hearts. Memories are full with people, places and events. Luckily, I have more good memories than the bad ones. That directly means I have majorly met good people; have been to good places and many good things have happened to me and around me. I am grateful and happy for this. It feels good.

I am sure you too have lot of memories from the past. List them down. Write them on a piece of paper. Let this me in front of you. I am sure you can’t make the entire list in one sitting. Amend the list – add, deduct and modify it, the way you want it to be. May be a month down the line, you will find, things that would inspire you to move forward. You will find things that you would love to do again – places you would like to visit again and most importantly, you will pick up the phone and dial a lot of numbers and talk to people whom you have not contacted over a long time.

That’s what I did, a couple of weeks ago and I was happy to get a few responses too. Life goes on. They won’t stay with me. I know. What I did not know was how they were. And this is what I tried to know, by sending them a small email. When I got those responses, I was very happy and so were most of them, I believe. Memories, occurred and were reinstituted and that made me happy…

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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Agartala - Best City

Finally, recognition towards my city, my state! Agartala, the capital of Tripura was regarded as the Best City among all the cities in small Indian states on Friday last. I am proud today and unfortunate enough to have not witnessed the change that has taken place in the last four years. I have been out for four long years and in the meantime, there were august changes in the city. If this continues like this, I’ld better be away from my sweet little ‘native’ land.


With this, I pray that people now come to know about Tripura and Agartala. I am surprised and saddened seeing the ignorance about this place amongst the Indians. Yes, I am not joking! Almost 80-90% of all the people whom I had a chance to talk about Agartala or Tripura as a whole would not know what that is – whether to eat it or to wear! I am not talking about people who know not how to write their names. I have met engineers, managers and other people in big posts in big companies all over India asking me if Tripura is in Orissa or if I know how to speak Malayalam, since I am from Tripura or a simple and grave, ‘hmm, where is it; in India itself?' That has not only hurt me a lot of times, but made me laugh out loud and question our education system. When I was in school, I used to mark each and every nook and corner of India on those maps, I remember; from Porbandar to Perimar, from Leh to Kannyakumari and used to get beaten if my pencil would mark them centimeters away from where they actually are! I remember it all! I pray that (at least) the educated Indian citizens get to know about Agartala now, and of course Tripura, the state where it belongs.

But I am also unsure if this award would actually make people try and gather more information about Tripura. It would not do any good, I know. When the World Championship winner Somdev Devbarma could not; when the Indian idol Saurabhi Devbarma could not; when the legends like Sachin Devbarman, Rahul Devbarman could not spread the news amongst the Indians (and to those out there) that there is a place called Agartala and an Indian state called Tripura, I don’t think neither the Serial Bomb Blasts nor this award would do any good.

Nevertheless, I am happy that Agartala got an award. Someone somewhere has recognized the city and I am happy for that. I have been always proud to be from that place of the world and this makes me even more so.

Way to go!

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Friday, December 3, 2010

Kaizen, in your life

Every day I spend makes me feel that there is so much to be done. I have done so less. Life is moving steadily and surely, no doubt; but there is ample scope of improvement - improvements in my personal life and improvements in my professional life. Kaizen, a quality tool that talks about ‘consistent and continuous improvement’ is relevant, helpful and important in all realms of life – be it in office or at home or anywhere that one travels or ventures in. We need to improve and there should be a inherent fire within all of us to better ourselves.

I really believe that the biggest competitor one can have is himself. There are lots of ideas that come to a lot of people – ideas that can take people to heaven or to hell. People, who have taken these ideas far by acting on them and improving the same over time has risen. Countries that had more and more of these kinds of people have also risen. If we all pledge today that we will move towards improvements, towards goodness, towards light, there is nothing that would stop our country from rising. Then, if that happens, no one (be that the president of the biggest state in the world) can come and stand on our land and say or try to decide whether we are developed or we are still developing. It would be visible to all and all will talk in sync and talk only good about us, our country!

I remember one of my close friends in college saying, ‘remember, you are better than the best.’ I never understood it more than today, when I know what he meant. It is also telling to better yourself, to fight against yourself, the biggest competitor that you would ever have.

I saw a movie recently, which talks about this, in a different way. It says that every person has two choices in life – one that takes him to heaven and the other that takes him to hell. That is all about it. It is time we take the right decision at the right time. Think, think and think more and get all the ideas in you come out of your mind and put them in black and white. List them out. Do an analysis and find the one which would best suit you. Initiate and plan on it and act. Get that done and that idea going! Once done, take a deep breath and chuck it off! That is all about it… go to the next one now. Improve the one that you have done. Act on it again. And the circle goes on and on. That is all that Kaizen tells you to do. Not only with the reports that you send at the end of the day in office, but also try to improve your habits, your cooking, your skills in hitting a par, your blogging – continuously. Improve yourself and you will find nothing, absolutely, is unachievable.

All the best!

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

India Retains Number One Position in Test Cricket

INDIA beat New Zealand in the three match test series to hang on with the number one position in ICC Test Team Rankings. What a relief! The series without Harbhajan Singh’s back to back centuries would have been 2-1 in favour of New Zealand for sure and not 1-0 for India. The Singh rose up to the occasion twice in two test matches and showed the world, why I urged people back in 2002 to call him as Sir Harbhajan Singh! He was a sweetheart in the test match series and will be truly wanted by the Kiwi pace attack in the rest of the tour. India, can now play with five bowlers, I believe.



The third test ended within four days and India won by an innings and more. I liked the way Dravid, Dhoni and Sachin guided the Indian inning between the vandalizing bowling in the two Kiwi innings. Some one very recently said, after Dravid scored a century in one of the first two matches, that he should now think about retiring and should let Pujara come into the team. I say, if Dravid can score 191 at this age, let Pujara wait!


The same thing I would say about Mularidharan, who took 10 wickets in his last test match. Why on earth, should Murali retire now? I do not get this logic of age here. A horse is as good as long he wins you races. After all, this is what he was born for. I truly believe Murali should make a comeback and may be Kumble too may think about it. There are much left in them to give us. The present generation and the growing cricketers would learn mountains from them.


C’mon India! All eyes are now on the ICC World Cup 2011. Hope we can bring the trophy home, yet again! I was 2 when it happened last time and now, when I touch 30, let Indians rise and hold their heads high. India is rising and the World Cup Trophy will help us rise it even higher!



A small note for Somdev Dev Barman, the youngster from my land, Tripura won the first ever Gold Medal in Asian Games Men’s Singles Lawn Tennis in Guangzhou. Three cheers to you, Hero. Keep going and bring us more and more…

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Monday, October 25, 2010

The YOUNG generation

India is booming, along with the sensex. The aftermath of recession has left a mark in the Indian market for sure, but the young population has made it a point that we rise again and so we are. The country as a whole has seen a lot of changes, developments and fortification in the recent couple of years. However, it seems, we could find a way back to light from the darkest nights of terrorism, recession, unemployment and emotional setback. The lion’s share of the population is young and that has increased the risk taking ability, raised the strength to hit back and shown the world that we can. These are still the early days of developments after recession, but it seems India has come out better than any other country in the world. Thanks to the growing strength of the country; carried on the broad shoulders of the young generation that we can now move forward – again!

The average population in the US is getting old. The new age US population is taking marriage more seriously and has started to believe in the institution of marriage now. They are having more kids these days than ever. Hmm…

The growing population of India has been a problem since long; however that has left the country with a majority of young heads which think faster and better. I am just worried a bit about the time after 20 years from now, when the increasing want to reduce our population will leave us wanting for the young blood in the country’s veins and the US will again have an upper hand with the increase in the number of kids of today. Though there is a lot of time to think about this, but we need to plan, as a country, as one bunch of enlightened people who have, over the years, catered knowledge needs of the world. I still fall in that group of Young India and I wish us all, all the best!

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

An eventful year

A year went by and I grew older, stronger, more learned and more experienced. Yes, there is no doubt that I had gone through a lot of changes in the previous year and it is not bad to think of the good things first. There is a long list of good things that has happened in the last year and I would definitely see this as a year of achievements; big and small – the point here is that there were some achievements to talk about.

Firstly, a new house - our first owned house has materialized this year. It came out right from the dreams and now we are living in it. I am happy. There were lots of ‘ifs’ and ‘buts’ in the realization of this dream, but the truth is that we have our own house now and we are staying in it. Not many in my age can say that and I am happy for it.

Secondly, the new job! I have joined Genpact recently, after more than four and half years in Hewlett Packard. The role of a Business Analyst here is quite challenging and interesting and I already like the work here. These are initial days, I agree, but the little knowledge that I have obtained about the process, the role, the deliverables and the expectations that the organization has from me are admirable – truly. I have got a good start and I wish to take this far as I learn and grow here. I believe, this is (at last) something that I should be doing.

There were so many other small things that happened in the year that has gone by – may be I should have already blogged about them. Those have helped me and have assisted me in my journey and will, hopefully assist in the future too. There were many more good things, to think about the bad events now. All I can say is that I am happy with all that has happened last year, as I look back.

Yes! Today is my birthday!

I realize now, how important is it to grow up and when you grow up, how important is it to keep growing up! Ha ha ha… ya, I’m confusing you again. But that is one thing, I learnt recently. There are times you need to think out of your own dominion and make some hard decisions. Once decided, you need to stick to it and whoever has done so, has won!

And before I finish, let me congratulate myself and the entire nation, for being Second in the Common Wealth Games Delhi 2010 medal tally. The best performance so far, with 38 Golds and 101 medals overall is just awesome! My cheers go to the Indian Cricket team too, for overwhelming the awful Aussies and winning both the tests and throwing them to the number 5 position in test ranks and retaining our number 1 position. The God we see, Sachin Tendulkar is back to number one Test Batsman position after scoring a double hundred (for the second time in this year) in the last test and completing 14000 test runs. Quite a happening year for him and Indian Cricket Team too.

Let me finish this by telling that I do not have much access to the web these days. So, I am not able to write regularly. But I will come back, for this is where I can be myself. Thanks for your patience. Have a nice time and just enjoy each moment in your life; for these tiny moments together make what we call life!

Lots to do...

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Monday, August 30, 2010

Boss or a Leader?

What do you want to be? A Boss, or a Leader?

"A boss creates fear, a leader confidence. A boss fixes blame, a leader corrects
mistakes. A boss knows all, a leader asks questions. A boss makes work drudgery,
a leader makes it interesting. A boss is interested in himself or herself, a leader is interested in the group." - Russel H. Ewing


To get a few more similar quotes, click here.
By the way, who is this Russell H. Ewing? Did a small search could not find something authentic about him. Do share, if you have anything...

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Saturday, August 28, 2010

A Good Day!

Well, this I write a few posts that I did not make much sense in – LOL! My friend will say I always criticize myself – that happens when things come out from the depths. So, will not do that today here. Just wanted to share this day I had today - lov'd it! Hope time gets me 'some' news that I can tag as good.

Anyways, I had a good day today. There was an outing from office and after that, it was just a blast. My friends and my wife and her brother joined and we all had a great time – playing games (ya we played kids’ video games in a parlor), boozing, roaming and window shopping in Brigade Road, Bangalore Central and coming back home in rain – awesome. So, let me finish the post with the good thoughts. Hope you enjoyed the day too… Have fun. Good night!

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Friday, August 13, 2010

Greeha Pravesh

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Monday, August 2, 2010

What would you say?

There has always been a conflict in choosing a winner from a pool of losers. Well, I am saying this because the number of Winners is certainly less than the number of losers around us. One such winner in life, whom I have met recently and who has inspired me in more than a way in life, once buzzed these. I loved what he mentioned and hence, thought of sharing the same with my readers. I am sure you will like this and I will hope that things change, even by a fraction, after you have read this:

The Winner – is always part of the answer.
The Loser – is always part of the problem.
The Winner – always has a program.
The Loser – always has an excuse.
The Winner – says, “Let me do it for you.”
The Loser – says, “That’s not my job.”
The Winner – sees an answer for every problem.
The Loser – sees a problem for every answer.
The Winner – sees a green near every sand trap.
The Loser – sees two or three sand traps near every green.
The Winner – says, “It may be difficult but it’s possible.”
The Loser – says, “It may be possible, but it’s too difficult.”

Yes! Its the attitude than one shows which makes him a loser or a winner. Winners need not come on the front page of Times Magazine, but yes, if you do, its not a bad thing :)

The above was shared by Vinay, my Manager at work! He's a winner in his own world and people around him would tell no different. He inspires, he takes charge and he completes every job that he is given - whether it is his own or others'.

Think it over people. Happy living!

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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Lets Welcome back my Blog!

Blogging is very important!
Well, this is what I came to know while reading this new book that I bought from Crosswords, the other day. The book looks great on the onset. I have just started reading it and people knowing me know that I am such a slow reader. It seems I would need to write more and write more frequently. So be it!

Let me write then. Let me get back to my old self. Blogging! Blogging Tan! Thus Spake Tan! LOL – I feel like smiling on this, but still, it feels good to know that I am writing. Nice feeling, apart from the fact that people who used to come to my blog on regular basis will now have something to read, if I write regularly. I will try to do that for sure – more now, after reading that book.

There have been instances in the previous blog years when I used to talk about blogging and not blogging. Now, it is time that I get going again. I have given it a good thought during the weekend and I found that I can always chip in with a couple of posts on weekly basis, I guess – and this is exactly what I would want to do now. I feel connected to the cyber world – to that social part of mine, which has been missing since college. I feel empty at times, when I feel lonely and that has happened more than once in life. And more than once, I found my blog as my friend in need – indeed!

So, with a small vow that I would get on with writing regularly, I am putting the pen away for the night – LOL! I wish we would still write in pens – oh! I miss those school days – Class V – roll number 29 – the first time I understood what studies are – my ink pens – fountain pens – Chinese Hero – Sulekha and/or Chelpark ink – then those pens, I am forgetting the names – like Hero, but black in color, with a golden long cap! Ya… I know, I deviated from the topic. But I like to untie my mind at times, when it just rushes through the pages of past. And brings back memories – smells (I could actually smell Chelpark Blue-Black right now!) – thoughts – scenes that I would stop thinking about but never forget.

Good night! Till I write again…
Oh sorry, before I go…

Very hearty congratulations to the Spanish National Team for winning the FIFA World Cup 2010. I have been following the World Cup very closely and I saw the most matches this time, I guess. It was wonderful – Brazil and Argentina my teams, could not proceed much, even though there was a possibility to see them against each other in the finals. Then I supported Germany a lot, from the first game, that they scored 4 awesome goals. I do not like that country much, neither the team, but they played so well this time, that I had to support them and I did. They did not go beyond the Semis. I never expected Spain and The Netherlands to face each other in the finals of the World Cup – but that’s what has happened. The match between Uruguay and Germany was probably the best game of the World Cup. I did not like the Final much. Anyways, Octopus Paul seems to be the only one who predicted all the matches (the ones that he did) correctly! LOL… The Netherlands were unbeaten for 25 matches, I guess, before the finals. The Spanish people would be happy and rightly so. Spain deserved it! True Heroes!

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Peeping out, from behind the clouds!

Hello readers!
How have you been? I hope you are well and doing just fine. I’m ok too; just having a cough, cold and bit of fever from last couple of days. Need to reduce or may be stop the fags once and for all, I guess!

A few days ago I told myself, “Someday, I will also learn to live; for now, let me earn some money.” Yes, I am on that track now. Earning more money – learning more and more and devoting myself to work – for a better career – a better income and probably, a better standard of living! I am happy doing this, but I know I am getting away from myself again. I feel it – I have felt it earlier too, when I came out of college. Since I left college, I was never me. I could never be the same old person I used to be in college. Things change I know – but I still know that man has to be an individual at times. Tan, is not just a name and it should not be! Need to get back to my own self…

Life is a journey and you need to walk past every single road to know what it is and near your destination. I am walking too, as most of us are. With every new turn, I should near my goal; but with every turn here, I am going away – from myself, from my purpose, from the road I wanted to be on and holistically, from my destination! At times, when I look down, I see this is not the road I wanted to walk on – but there were winds which drove me, there were rains which washed me away and there were emotions which carried me away to this road I am on, at this point in time. This is definitely not my road. This is definitely not the place I wanted to be. I was moving nicely when I was by my own. The world was there for me to chase – but now, I am getting chased by love, life, work, office and all those involved in chasing me out of happiness!

It is easy to point fingers at others – it takes hardship to see your own mistakes. It is easy to delegate things to others – it takes responsible shoulders to pull the baggage on them. I am not a coward – I do not blame others for my defeat. I am not irresponsible – I do not delegate things to others and sit immobile. Hmmm… do not need to make people understand this. My job is to keep working – the results are not in my hand and that’s what I will do. For I know one thing for sure -  फलनों परिचयते|

Until next time... Bye bye... Be happy!

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Monday, June 21, 2010

My Latest Resume



I Loved this new way of putting up your publications. I have absolutely nothing, apart from my resume to do that. Awesome!

Will try to post my articles this way too, what say? :P

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Monday, May 24, 2010

The week that was!

It is more like a weekly post these days and I don’t like this much! Can someone tell me or suggest me a name for my weekly posts?

This week was no good and the weekend was worse! Office is not growing to be a good place to be – unlike the first few months here. The work pressure is increasing and I am complaining. I know pressure would increase for sure, but I am finding myself in trying conditions after a long time. The pressure is so high in office these days that I hardly find time to have dinner – and that has been going on for weeks and months! The health condition is not something I can boast upon. Even on weekends, I have to work at times; and thanks to some process requirements, I need to work on Sundays too now, sadly, but surely! Today, after food when I did not find myself in talkable condition, I thought of sleeping and then I remember, just in the brink of time, that I have to WORK! So, I switched on the PC and finished 30 mins official work that took almost an hour to complete. The same I did yesterday night too! I am willing to see now how much I get to go through and how much can withstand. I was watching Rocket Singh today and it talked about me, in more than one way. When I get bugged up in office with work, I remember my teacher in PG who taught me math, tolerance and tyranny. Pathetic!

The more pathetic thing that happened this week, was this unfortunate plane crash in Mangalore Airport. An Indian Airlines plane coming from Dubai jumped into a valley from the runway after landing in Mangalore airport and 158 people died on the spot. Horrible, sad and horrid experience for all involved in that! God bless the souls and may they rest in peace…

‘When I get older, I will be stronger
They’ll call me freedom,
Just like a waving flag
And then it goes back!’

Heard these lines? Well, these are the initial lines of the Fifa World Cup 2010 official theme song. I just loved this. When I heard it for the first time, I thought some Indian has made that – but no, someone else from some other place composed it. I’m listening to this for a few times in succession now and I feel like making it my caller tune… will think about it. You enjoy the song here below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BsN6mbYJGGM

Ooooooh Wooooooh
Give me freedom, give me fire, give me reason, take me higher
See the champions, take the field now, you define us, make us feel proud
In the streets are, exaliftin , as we lose our inhibition,
Celebration it’s around us, every nations, all around us

Singin’ forever young, singin’ songs underneath the sun
Lets rejoice in the beautifull game.
And together at the end of the day.

WE ALL SAY

When I get older I will be stronger
They’ll call me freedom Just like a wavin’ flag
And then it goes back
And then it goes back
And then it goes back (x2)

Oooooooooooooh woooooooooohh hohoho

Give you freedom, give you fire, give you reason, take you higher
See the champions, take the field now, you define us, make us feel proud
In the streets are, exaliftin, as we lose our inhibition,
Celebration, it’s around us, every nations, all around us

Singin’ forever young, singin’ songs underneath the sun
Lets rejoice in the beautifull game.
And together at the end of the day.

WE ALL SAY

When I get older, I will be stronger
They’ll call me freedom
Just like a wavin’ flag

And then it goes back
And then it goes back
And then it goes back (x4)

Wooooooooo Ohohohoooooooo ! OOOoooooh Wooooooooo
And we are all singin’ it

And until next time, keep fingers crossed and keep smiling! And don’t forget to pray – for you, for me, for all; and if you still find some time left, pray for my ventures and wish they succeed… love you all…. Keep the faith high – just like a waving flag!

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Its noon!

Its noon and the Sun is at its full blaze. Its hot outside and the weather is dry. Not a drop would fall from anywhere near. Times are not good – neither are the winds. They carry summer seeds with them and not rain. There used to be breeze in Bangalore and when I set my foot on this land, it used to be good to me – I mean, great to me! Now, it is not. It is acting like a surrogate mother – took care of me when my days were young here and when I started knowing the gallis and roads of Bangalore, it just left me on my own. The Sun used not to sear that bright. The Sun used to play with me – hide and seek – along with the clouds in my early days in Bangalore; unlike this Sun, which is burning above my head today.

Its noon and almost half way through my life, I guess. Its noon of my life too! Prem says, “Don’t look back.” I don’t much; but at times, I have to. The last 3 decades (almost) were past just like that (JLT) without any fruitful venture. Could not grow up to be a good son or a good husband! I was always the ‘other’ type of a son, a friend, a husband and probably the ‘other’ type of a man too.

I was on my own for long 8 years, when I ‘grew’ up! Before that, for first 14 years of my life I was living on my mother – without her support, I could not eat, take bath, study and even she made me join my colony’s cricket team. Then for 8 years, I was alone – self brought up. I did not do much well then, I guess. Because, in the following (and last) 4 years, I lived on my wife – without her, I could not eat, take bath, study and even she made me join Piano Classes.

And in return, I gave my mother tears, fears and sarcastic leers from all she knows for the rest of her life. She cannot come to me and stay here, which she wants to; but, stay back in Agartala and keep crying – may be waiting for something to happen – something which we do not know, but we are all waiting for. I left her in this age, when she would not move an inch without aid.

And to my wife – I gave nothing! She just went out to search for a job in the scorching sun. How hot it is outside! And she went alone. I could not even take her to the bus stand. She will be travelling in bus!! I'm not a husband she can be proud of. I can’t earn enough. Not a very successful person. When I moved to the new role, I asked her to leave her job. I thought it would bring us some fortune and we would manage. She did leave – and waited all this long for me – I could do nothing! So, she is out in the sun again – the scorching sun – and my little doll with tiny hands and legs is travelling through length and breadth of Bangalore in search of a job – an extra provide which I was supposed to bring home. She is in bus and her head spins and she feels like puking when she boards a bus. Still she’s there, in look out for a job.

My best friends say I criticize myself. It is not criticism. Neither this is something I am telling out of nothing. It is just that I am not doing things that I can, or rather things that I should do. And with each passing moment, I can feel it more intrinsically that I have not triumphed my triviality as it. That – hurts!

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Sunday, April 25, 2010

Shubha Nabobarsho 1417!

The Bengali New Year just went by. It is 1417 Bongabdo now. Wishing all the Bengalis Shubha Nabobarsho! Hope this brings you all prosperity and health!

Today’s topic is Bengali and the Bengali language. Recently I came across a news article in http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/ about Bengali being selected as the sweetest language of the world. (Find the article here) We always knew this, that after one of those European languages (may be Spanish) Bengali was the sweetest language of the world and one of the most spoken language too. I am proud to be a Bengali and this is one more reason to be so. I can read, write and speak in Bengali and that is an achievement in any human being’s life. I was blessed to have born in a Bengali family and hence, I did not have to toil that hard to learn Bengali. I wish people reading me, who cannot read Bengali would learn this someday and would be able to explore the treasure we have in our Bangla literature! Oh, such a great feeling to be able to address Bangla as my own! I was telling the other day to one of my friends in office, that there is so much in Bengali and its literature that it is not possible for someone mortal to read and learn everything that is in there. And that my wife could go on and on and on talking about Bengali, Bengali literature, Bengali people and Bengali land – we are so proud Bengalis!

That’s it!
I am a Bengali and let me be a Bengali and let me take pride in the same.

But that would not be the end of all of it. People in India speak so many different languages and everyone is proud of their own languages. Till this point everything is fine! But no! People will not just stop there. They will go much ahead of this and start comparing their language to their neighbors’. They will start comparing the languages and cross the limit and call names of the other language and the people speaking that. This is what the majority of Indians do at present. We discriminate fellow Indians on basis of their language, cast, creed, religion and color. We have seen it, felt it, talked about it and have kept quiet. I mean, we never had anything to do against or for this. We don’t take any steps ourselves. We keep mum and we condole ourselves.

I am staying away from home for last 12 years and I have seen it everywhere I went – be it Assam, Tamil Nadu or Karnataka; be it in street, shop, bus and auto or in office! Where are we heading towards? Are we a country of educated people? Well, if this is what education teaches us, we should go back to the jungles and start dwelling in caves. There is no tolerance, no brotherhood, no serenity and no forbearance in any of us! And we call ourselves educated, civilized and healthy human beings and citizens of a developing country – a republic, a democratic and a sovereign nation! Does anyone know the meaning of these words? LOL!

It’s time we rise and stand against this and pull those despotic nincompoops by their ears and teach them that this is a country of many people and all of those have the right to go anywhere they want; do anything they want; talk any language they want; practice any religion they want. And not only this, the citizens of India are free to eat at any restaurant; wear any underwear they want; sneeze as many times they would like to; watch any movie at any theatre.

If you have got a problem, just leave!
Grow up people and act as if you are civilized, even if you are not ;)

The picture is a cover of a book written on Indian Languages. I just loved the cover and wanted to post it here. Taken from here.

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Sunday, April 4, 2010

Vedanta

Vedanta (Devanagari: वेदान्त, Vedānta) was originally a word used in Hindu philosophy as a synonym for that part of the Veda texts known also as the Upanishads. The name is a sandhied form of Veda-anta = "Veda-end" = "the appendix to the Vedas".
 
Well, when I was browsing through the TV channels today, I was brought to a halt when one of the Spiritual Gurus were talking about Vedanta and in that 20 minutes of the program, he told a few things about the differences or rather the transformation of Vedas to Vedanta.
 
The most important thing that I liked was the order of facts. In Vedas, he said, the faith is imposed on. As in, “You need to do that this way and this way alone” the tone in the four Vedas were more orthodox – where the Slokas or the chants instructs one to follow whatever is written/told and not to question. This is similar in other religions, like Christians and Islam, where questioning God or the faith is prohibited in some forms. This looks autocratic on the upfront, but if one thinks deeply, one would find that coercing knowledge or faith or belief at that era, where light was only thing that could bring life to the lifeless, was inevitable and inimitable for most of the people in different parts of the world who were taught different religions and faiths with different outlooks. It was tough to make someone understand those hard languages and thoughts that otherwise sounded irrational and out of the world. Hence, coercing faith was implemented.
 
At a later stage, when Hinduism softened and was practiced by more developed and civilized people, they understood that faith cannot be imparted by force. It has to come from within – the thought of self realization – self education and self implementation. This is when they started to show people the reality as it is. Not telling them what to do or what not to do, but just showing that this is what has happened and this is what the result of that was. Opening the window towards reality! This was the time when the spiritual gurus showed the mass that if you do so, it might happen like this, as it happened previously. The orders in Veda became stories and tales in Upanishads – and people could see that more clearly. They would now know why they were asked to do a certain thing in the Veda. The mass would question now – to themselves, to their Gurus or to the environmental variables around them. They got the right to question – through Vedanta – which led to self actualization.
 
Vedanta is based on two simple propositions:
1. Human nature is divine.
2. The aim of human life is to realize that human nature is divine.
 
As in Science, people asked questions like, ‘why, what, how, why not’ etc. and discovered things that were there already and a step further, they invented things that were never there. It was this time, during the divination of Vedanta, when the mass started thinking and questioning the faith – Hinduism and its sermons – and they went a few steps further and deeper into the religion. People questioned more and more and discovered and re-discovered many more outlooks of the faith. Vedanta gave us the modern Hindutwa – the practice of Hinduism.
 
It is a very vast concept and an ocean of knowledge where I would love to dip sometimes. Hope the time comes soon. For more information on Vedanta or to explore more about the same, please visit the following weblinks:

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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Quite a long that I did not write here. Well, many things happened in between and the most important of them all, I guess was the Live Match in Stadium! First time in our lives, we watched a live cricket match. It was the IPL T20 game where my Royal Challengers Bangalore locked horns with Rajasthan Royals. The game was a bit one sided where RCB won by 10 wickets! But the real thing was that we saw Anil Kumble, Rahul Dravid, Shane Warne, Jacque Kallis, Yusuf Pathan, Mornie Morkel, Mark Boucher, Jeremy Snape and the other players of both the teams – LIVE!! It was awesome! We enjoyed… want to go for the Mumbai Indians vs RCB match on 17th but no tickets available, it seems…

Things happened apart from this too. I got too much busy in my office work. And now that it’s all my duty to earn, the quest to earn good and more is taking over. It is not that I am not liking it, but it is coercing my daily routine, from which I have ran away at all times. After working for almost 4 years in HP, I am doing something that I am actually liking a lot. At last, I am seeing some future in this and hence, I am not complaining why and how it is keeping me busy. So busy, that I cannot blog; I cannot meet my friends and I am not thinking things that I used to – all of the brain is inhabited by the office work – the learning – the understanding and the implementation. It is nice to work with the group I am working with right now. If you stay with a group of stars, with the leader showing and glowing like the Sun, people are ought to envisage that you emit light too. So, I am just gliding with the team right now.

Its a weekend again and things are changing at home too. We are starting to like the weekends. God Bless! Hope it stays this way and brings us ample of happiness and togetherness.

Oh! The house? Yea, will update about it soon. Just to keep you on track with it, we have done the Registration and now, only the woodwork is to be done, before we get in! looking forward to it

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Sunday, March 7, 2010

My Name is Khan - a review


Watched Shah Rukh Khan’s 'My Name is Khan' yesterday and only one thing came to mind – Forrest Gump! Well, that by far the best English movie I saw and I could so relate to the awesome dialogue in that movie: My Name is Forrest Gump. People call me Forrest Gump!


MNIK is a movie of its own color. India is shining – at least Bollywood is! I liked the movie. We liked the movie. The way SRK acted in MNIK tells me he has much more to offer. Well, there is no movie of his that I can say I do not like. I have not seen only one film that he has acted in and that is ‘Hey Ram’ – the Kamal Hashan movie. Apart from that, every other movie that he has done is there in my watched list. He is growing as an actor. He is almost ready to take the highest post in Indian cinema. Well, I do not compare him with Amitabh Bachhan or Dilip Kumar or anyone else – not even Aamir Khan, as Aamir is in such a realm which is untouchable. My friends would remember me telling, “Rehman, Sachin and Aamir cannot be compared. The list starts after them.” Its true to the core. But SRK has shown time and again that he has the mettle to be the best and he is done it again in MNIK.

Watch the movie people. Listen to what he says about Islam. Understand what he meant by two types of people – Good and Bad. Understand what he said about Namaz. Islam is a path of love, happiness and sacrifice – not killings, assaulting and that atrocious word ‘Jehad.’ People around the world should know what it is made of – its made of only two kinds of people – Good and Bad – you may be a Christian, Hindu, Jew, Muslim or Buddhist or anything else by religion but your Karma will tell whether you are good or bad. A good person is always a good person, whether he is in Afghanistan or in a hot air balloon or suffering from AIDS or playing Hockey. You would or can only be either a good or bad man. It is that tough to understand and that simple to be!

Anyways, before I close for today, would like to mention about NDTV Greenathon. WOW NDTV! What an initiative! This is the second year in a row where NDTV is engaging as many people as possible to light up some remote villages of the country. I love you all people, whoever has taken the pledge or have donated. I am sure the total contribution will surpass 3 Crores and much more. Best of luck people! Last year, NDTV Greenathon helped light up 55 villages across the nation. This year too, the noble cause continues with many more villages being adopted for a better tomorrow. So far 118 villages have been lit up. To know more about it, please check NDTV Greenathon.

C’mon India! Rise and Shine!

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SACHIN


What to say about The Legand of CRICKET, The Milestone Man, Master Blaster, The Man Of The Records, Run Making Machine, Bowlers Nightmare, Umpires Enemy(Giving work to them all the time), India's asset, The GOD Gifted Sachin Tendulkar.

Wowwwwwww…….I m tired. Anything we say about HIM is not enough. In one word “HE IS GREAT AMONG THE GREATEST

Sachin Tendulkar The one of the most successful batsman in the world of cricket with lots of world records in his Bag has recently re-wrote the record books on Wednesday(25-02-2010), made the new record of making highest run in an ODI.

One-day international cricket, since starting from 1971, had to wait nearly four decades to see a batsman score 200. The previous best mark was shared by Zimbabwean Charles Coventry (194 not out against Bangladesh in 2009) and Pakistan's Sawed Anwar (194 against India in 1997).

Anwar in his reaction over Sachin’s achievement said, ”If any person deserved to do better than me it was Tendulkar. I am happy for him, there are no real regrets.”

Yeah HE is absolutely right. Anwar is Good but WORLD Record deserve to GREAT.Is not it??& the Great is none other then SACHIN RAMESH TENDULKAR.COMPARISON is Impossible. And another SACHIN “Dimag Kharap Ho Geya Keya….!!!!!”

After some years when this Legend retired from Cricket then in every news channel there may be Poll by SMS.

Do you think that cricket will become boring after Sachin Tendulkar retires? (A)YES (B)NO
In India, Cricket is religion and Sachin is 'GOD'. You agree? (A)YES (B)NO

To know more about Him You can log on to:

http://www.cricinfo.com/india/content/player/35320.html

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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Easy Auto service for Bangalore.

Easy Auto service for Bangalore. 9844112233
(Good To Know Info - Not advertisement)
LOL - Do your homework before using the service.



Do you use auto rickshaw for your day-to-day commuting? Then you must be wasting an average of 20 to 30 minutes on the road trying to get a willing auto to take you in. REFUSAL!! This is a major challenge that you face everyday. This is not a challenge only for you, this is a issue for the law enforcement agencies as well. Other problems that we face are tampered meters, drivers who do not behave properly. Haven’t we cursed the auto drivers for all of these and more? But have we ever tried to understand why we ever face such issues? Have we tried to find a solution for this problem?

Easy Auto Service is a call-auto service that is an initiative licensed by the Transport Department of Karnataka through the Regional Transport Authority. This initiative is supported by the Bangalore City Police. By establishing a call-center that co-ordinates the passenger and auto finding, at Easy Auto it is our vision and commitment to make your auto-commuting a pleasant experience. At Easy Auto we feel that this is the beginning of a social change, because the revenue generated by this project goes back into supporting the livelihood of the drivers and their families.
Now the residents of Bangalore can have some respite from 'hunting' for auto rickshaws, thanks to Easy Auto, a scheme endorsed by the city police and RTOs.http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/siliconindianews/~4/hgt2HXFHoxk

HOW DOES IT WORK?
Just call 9844112233 any time you want an auto to commute and we will send it to your doorstep. Our auto rickshaws have GPS devices installed in them, and we track our vehicles using highly sophisticated servers that track the satellite data from the GPS devices that is updated every 3 minutes. Our autos are safe, our drivers are always polite and at your service.

In Easy Auto the meter charges are as approved by Government, which is a minimum of Rs.14.00 and Rs.7.00 for every additional kilometer. Though Government has approved a service fee of Rs.3.00 for availing this service, it is not being charged right now.

Please note that our autos will start the metering to you only at the point of boarding if the vehicle is within 0.5 km running of your point of boarding. But if the auto is beyond this, [our fencing for GPS is 5 km radius], then the agent will ask your consent before connecting this vehicle to you, and metering will start from the current location of the driver and not the point of boarding.

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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Happy Holi

Holi kab hai? Kab hai Holi?
LOL! This is the famous dialogue that has made Holi immortal in Indian Screen Entertainment – TV and Cinema. One would find Gabbar Singh always asking this question in Sholay, the biggest blog buster of Indian cinema. Well, I have an answer to him today. Holi aaj hai – today is Holi. Wish you all a very colorful Holi and wish that God makes your days as colorful as you were today, while playing with colors.

Holi was today. And in my native place, it will continue tomorrow too. Today is Dol Purnima there and Holi will be celebrated tomorrow. We Bengalis do not burn the Holika Hut as in North India, but what we do is play with Abeer all day long and put Abeer on Gods’ and elders’ feet and seek their blessings. Also we eat and distribute sweets. Well, nothing happened to me today. All day, somewhere deep in heart, I was waiting for someone to come with Abeer and paint me all Green, Yellow, Blue, Pink, Red and Purple. Hahahaha – a dream, may be. Nothing happened. Nothing happens here – in this big bustling cities. Nothing happened at home too…

Did not get a single drop of purple on my body today. Did not even touch Abeer. And? And Holi is over! There was a time, when I used to pour Abeer on pictures and think that my Abeer has touched the person’s body – now, things are changed. People stay in closest vicinity, but not a drop of color splashes. Nothing happens.

Anyways! Change is life is the only constant thing. Lets talk about variables or differences now.

There are lot of differences between our small Agartala and my big BANGALORE! In Agartala on this day, one would think 17 times before leaving his house. Be it your office hours or you are coming back from office at the end of the day. Whenever you are seen on road on ‘good’ dress, you are gone. You need not search for people who know you to get assaulted, all those who see you in that fashion will just pound on you and send you back home – in purple color! Hahaha! What a sight would it be for your family who might have sent you to office or the market in washed clothing to bring fish! Be it any time of the day or night. Wonderful!

Here? Well, I went out to market today. In the evening though. And was actually thinking, if there would be any gang painting people on Holi. There were none like that. I saw a few boys playing Holi with colors and I was passing them – they never even looked at me! May be because of the dark. Hehe… I laugh! I think of those days back at home and I laughed again. As I went pass the Bangalore Central – I saw nothing new in there. I don’t know if they have decorated the inside for Holi, but from the outside, there was nothing. Not even a small percentage of what they did during Christmas! Well, I don’t know – don’t want to think much too.

Wish you a very happy and colorful Holi once again. May your life be full of colors. God Bless!

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

First Ever ODI Double Century


Sachin Tendulkar, the small wonder, has done it! He has scored the highest individual score in ODIs. For the first time in the history of the game has anyone scored a double hundred in a 50 over match! This was something long awaited for. This was something that everyone said could be achieved either by Sehwag or Gilchrist. But then, it was achieved only by the master blaster. Who else? Who else could do it? Who else would do it?


In the second match of the ongoing ODI Series against South Africa, Sachin Tendulkar scored an unbeaten 200 in 147 balls. He thrashed the likes of Steyn, Parnell, Langeveldt and Kallis. The first 100 came in just 90 balls whereas the second one came in a staggering 57 balls!!!

Bravo Sachin! You make us proud. Keep going… We all love you :) [24/2/2010]

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Six Traits of a Wife

In Indian culture, the sages and learned people of the yesteryears had defined almost everything – from a needle to the sun – everything was assigned a significance and responsibility of its own. And they had huge list of things that that small thing needs to be related to.

I do not like Ekta Kapoor’s Serials (and any daily soap for that matter) but there are things in everything that you can learn from. And when I heard this old sloka used in one of the serials, called Bandini, I was awestruck! I really liked the thought – not because I am a man and I want my wife to be as described in the sloka, but I have seen my mother and other elderly women in my family and I can so much relate this sloka to them – both for and against! LOL…

Anyways, there is lot to learn from the Sloka – for the wives. For any woman, for that matter. Read it:

Karyeshu Dasi
Karaneshu Mantri
Bhojeshu Mata
Shayaneshu Rambha
Roopeshu lakshmi
Kshamayeshu Dharitri
Satkarma Nari, Kuladharma Patni
It means, a wife…
Works like servant
Advises like minister
Feeds like mother
Makes love like nymph
Is as beautiful as Lakshmi and
As forgiving like the earth.
These are the six traits of a good wife who can be an example for everyone. In the process she would make her family proud!

In this world of today, it is very hard to find someone with all the above characters. I can write a whole paragraph on the same, comparing the six traits with my wife, or my mother or my aunt, but I wont go into that details here. Just wanted to share this with you, so that ask yourself, (if you are wife to someone) and see if you are actually having the same traits. I am not concluding anything – I cant. But I wish all women to keep this thought in the back of their mind – always!

BTW, thought of writing the meaning as:
With Wife
          Works like servant
          Advises like minister
          Feeds like mother
          Makes love like nymph
          Is as beautiful as Lakshmi and
         As forgiving like the earth.
End With

LOL… Only people using VB Coding would understand, if I would have written it thus :P

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Saturday, February 13, 2010

Well, I was waiting for my wife to come back from office and I am still waiting. She is yet to leave from office. And then I thought of writing something – I have not written for a long time. And I wrote a small poem – Valentine in Love. Yes – I am waiting for my Valentine to come back home. Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day and it will be our 4th V’day together. 4th in 12 years of love in 28 years of life – little too less, I know. But think of it – from now on, it will just increase and will keep on increasing!

Saint Valentine’s Day all over the world is celebrated as a day of love. For young lovers around the world, this is like independence day (lol) or may be Christmas or may be Eid! And in our India? We have Pramod Muthalik and a few similar lead astray minds, who have converted this day into a scary day. People are scared to go out on this day – be a married couple or one in love – even a brother thinks twice before picking his sister from school, in fear that these molesters may intervene and assault them on road. How pathetic is that? I remember the case last year – in Mangalore. I saw the scenes on TV how these filthy ‘dead’ people beat those teen girls. I have never seen any girl getting thrashed like that – that too, a gang of those hooligans attacked a handful of girls in a pub. The government did not do anything – nothing that could bring these people on ground and teach them a lesson. Neither the effort from the mass could do anything measurable. The Pink Chaddi Campaign did not help, it seems. This year again, these good for nothing gundas have stood up saying they would boycott the celebration. At times I think who would take care of us? The army is busy standing on the border, shivering in cold nights and waiting for the foreign foes to attack us. What will happen to the enemy we have inside the country? Who will take care of these heartless nincompoops? No, the government will do nothing for us – it has never done, and it will not do anything, apart from saying in a press conference that strict action will be taken, only after there is a massacre – so, wait and let that happen first…

Well, this post is not only anti-Muthalik or his terror group called Sri Ram Sena, I just wanted to
write about this thought that came to my mind when I saw a few common men being brave and abuse that fanatic in public. A couple of days ago, while Muthalik was chipped in an interactive session on Valentine’s Day celebrations organized by some Kannada TV channel, a few valiant ‘common men’ took pen ink and blackened his entire face, right beneath the nose of his Sena and police stranded for his security. I am happy that the crowd present there and the policemen did not try to capture any of those brave hearts. I loved his face, for once. And I really appreciate the people who did that – from the bottom of my heart.

Go on people. Go out with your Valentines and prove that love still exists and will continue to exist and will not be deterred by this toads in the well. And I wish to get some severe punishment to these extremists. If we can fight the Maoists and the LTTE so wide and open, we can easily throw these gangsters out of our society. The other groups that I mentioned had a thought in their uprising. That could have been correct too – but I have never read about those philosophies and hence, I am in no position to comment on them. But I know what Sri Ram Sena and Muthalik in Karnataka, Shiv Sena in Maharashtra, VHP all over the country and similar groups in other parts of the country are doing is wrong. Let us come together to fight these too. Why would the government protect them, while the police should protect us from these pests of the society? Let the names ‘Muthalik’, ‘Thakrey’ be an abuse. Let it be a curse and let every mother in India come up and say, ‘I would rather be barren, than having a son like this filthy fellow and all those who support him.’ Only then, when we would resolve our own issues inside our own country we will be able to develop and fight foreign invasions. We need to clean and sterilize our home, before trying to do that to our neighbors.

Phew! Chuk it!

Have a good time people and enjoy life.
And yes,
Very Happy Valentine’s Day!!

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