Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Food and Dadda :)

I got back from my quick weekend trip back home. Its always so soothing to go back to your roots and come back refreshed for the months ahead.

I always remember my hometown as a sleepy little town whose people love eating :) My trip was to celebrate my dad's 60th birthday. I was always a daddy's girl and wanted to surprise him on his birthday.
Dad and Food are synonymous for me :) Well I remember my childhood days when Dad used come for the
Christmas holidays and it was one joyous food festival. I really get amazed to see how food plays a pivotal role in his life. My dad always enjoys his food and the best of chefs do not manage to score high on his list.
He keeps setting his bar pretty high. I just love the way, he is focused during lunches/dinners.

My dad is a very simple no nonsense man who stuns us with his funny and witty one liners which leave us cracking in peals of laughter...:) On a serious note, the one thing that I remember of him,which keeps me
grounded is related to food. When I was about 11 yrs old, he was having a conversation with his friend.
His friend was telling him that he can really do well for himself in his job. My dad replied very casually that
I can feed my family with rice,dal and alu chokha (its an Oriya delicacy) which is enough for us. Today
when I reflect back, it makes a lot of sense. Though we did not have a lavish upbringing, I am proud
of my dad's values and how we have inculcated it. Dad was into the rural development NGO but he
did not choose the path of dishonesty and malpractice.

Even today as I was sitting with him and saw him enjoying the buffet, I was smiling to myself that he knows to be content with what he has and the smile on his face was priceless. :)

Everyone have their  small joys of life and its food for my dadda. :) This one is for my Dadda...

 You smiled and picked up a morsel,
 You faced all adversities with a moral,
 You stood by your loved ones without any quarrel,
 You made us humans with high ideals,
  Life without you would have been an empty barrel.

My Dadda Strongest :)

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

I want to be a cat woman :)

Today was a disgusting day at work. When I started my career, I was thrilled and super ready to work my ass off to reach a certain stability in career. Now when I have reached at an important point in my journey, it all feels whimsical. Everything is an illusion. The grass always looks greener on the other side :)

Being in the industry for some time now, I understand the importance of being on top of your game, but not at the cost of being dictated what to do and what not to do. I really need to shed off the ever smiling and humble persona that I nurture and transform into a cat woman. Yeah baby...there are many out there who are stomping ahead.

The bottom line is how do I undergo the sea of change from a self proclaimed angel to a cat woman :) meeeowww

Any Thoughts ;) 

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Lowwweee in the Air

Its lowweee all over in the air :) Valentine's day which has found its own spot in our day to day lives. For a change, I was not all hyped up about 14th Feb. Well not sure if its the age just showing up or is that my definition of love is not confined to a single day. If I turn back the pages of my life a few years ago, I would have loved to be wooed away on a romantic date. Things and perspectives change and as they say "change is the only constant". I guess have graduated to the next level or at least would like to believe so :). 

Being the infamous Facebook addict that I am, I restrained myself from posting anything yesterday. It was pretty interesting to see friends and family professing and thanking their loved ones. I am happy for the folks who have found their soul mates and for the ones who are in run of finding someone :) 

I am sure that yesterday would have been a super bumper day for all retail outlets. I was trying to book a table on Saturday but it was quite surprising that all tables were running full for the entire week. I am happy that the otherwise busy workaholic husbands/boyfriends/fathers are trying to spend their time with loved ones. Well before you jump at me with a growl :), I am not discounting the fact that there are quite a few people who on the contrary make it a point to spend time over weekends with their loved ones.

 I think we need to have more such days so that people who otherwise are busy in the mad rat race spend some time with their loved ones. Well at the end of the day, I am romantic at heart and anything to do with love is sweet music :) There is always light at the end of tunnel. 

For all the love birds, my favorite quote from the Bible :

“Love is patient; love is kind
and envies no one.
Love is never boastful, nor conceited, nor rude;
never selfish, not quick to take offense.
There is nothing love cannot face;
there is no limit to its faith,
its hope, and endurance.
In a word, there are three things
that last forever: faith, hope, and love;
but the greatest of them all is love.”

Let there be love all around :)

Wednesday, February 9, 2011


Today has been a pretty mixed up day with different things running on mind and taking priority. Life was so simple back when we were kids and did not have to worry about the difference between right vs wrong. 

Sometimes in the tryst of being on the right side, we end up doing things which we regret later. I wish people 
understood that they cannot get away stirring up a boiling pot of water and act as if it was grabbed from a 
refrigerator. I seriously wish that the person who is ready to give up things in life for a wrong purpose goes
on the right path for good. I do not know if my talking has helped but I sincerely hope that things work 
out for the good. 

I also wish that the person who has been getting on the wrong side of me understands and values the meaning 
of relationships. Everything cannot always be hanky panky. I wish such people feel sincerely for someone and that someone acts wishy washy with them.  I so wish that person sees the real me and regrets for hurting me in such a way. Sometimes lives greatest lessons are learnt the hard way. 

I so wish things just become clear instead of getting hazy when the sun is about to shine in life...!!

Monday, February 7, 2011

What will you become when you grow up?

A question that's very often thrown upfront on kids..."what do you want to do when you grow up?". 

I had multiple answers to it, when the question was posed to me. I was labelled as the confused kid in the block. When I was a little girl, I wanted to become like my mommy who was a teacher. When I was about ten, I wanted to follow my Dad and become a speaker. Nopes..my dad was no speaker. He was into social and rural development. Well that's the impression that stuck to me when I saw him talking on the microphone in meetings...:) 

As soon as I hit my teens...I wanted to become something big in life. I was not able to decipher what big meant to me. I completed my graduation in science. During my grad years, I was inclined to Mendel's Laws of Genetics. I wanted to get into genetic engineering. In a place as small as my hometown, there was hardly anybody who could guide me towards my new found ambition. I completed my graduation and went on to 
do a course in programming. Nay...I was not at all a tech savvy person. I was possessed by the ghosts of independence. Thanks to my stars, I got into a job which was anything but programming. I got into the technical helpdesk for a famous company. I was doing ok not bad. I survived 2 and a half years without passing out in between. 

I jumped into another company and tried my hand at improving quality of the tasks assigned to me. 
I was lost in crunching data and analyzing the root cause of all failures. I was scared looking day and night at failed transactions..questioning myself...if I was on the road to become one. I jumped out again to a different boat which I had never sailed on. It was interesting at the start of the journey. But very soon, I got settled and thought that I would retire from here. It was about quality again but I was getting comfortable. Life has its own 
plans, I had to leave the company to join another one. I am still working there managing people,processes and clients. It has been quite a roller coaster ride through out with lots of learning and life changing experiences in the process. The million dollar question is that do I enjoy it.....I am still searching for the answers...

My answer to the question that was posed when I was a kid is still unanswered. Let me grow up to figure out what I want to do out of my life :) 

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Has Humanity lost its essence ?

It was a normal working day for me when I read a passing news that a person has been burnt alive as he was fighting against corruption. This happened in broad daylight. I was stuck to my seat. He was a stranger to me but my heart wrenched in pain. I am scared at the thought of bringing another life to a world that has been consumed by the demons of hatred, rage and selfishness.

People who are supposed to be the most beautiful creations of God are on the road to extinction. Is it so difficult not! to be devious and try to lead a simple life? The want of more is eating up our minds and leading us to commit things that are anything but human. A common scene these days is that a few auto rickshaw drivers in their urge to earn a few fast bucks tamper with the meter. The milkman adds water to try and sell more milk. The grocery guys add stuff to the lentils and rice in order to earn an extra penny. The hospitals try their best to make their money even when a person is not alive.

My brother posted on his Facebook wall the plight of a young deceased child’s parents who were trying to arrange money so that they could take the body of their beloved as the hospital, one of the best kind, was not releasing it. While I understand money is required to keep it in good shape, but will a few thousand rupees at this hour matter more to them than the parents who might have lost their walking stick in their old age. Who will take responsibility of them when they need help. Are the people in the hospital devoid of emotions or are they programmed robots?. Its reflects the bloody sad state of affairs in our world. Is there any corner left in the world that is unaffected by these unsavoury examples of inhuman behaviour?

These are some of the few events that I am aware of, ! but am sure there are many untold stories of despair and pain. Humanity is well defined here -  "The three strengths associated with humanity are love, kindness, and social intelligence." Love has been transformed into hatred. Kindness is replaced by cruelty. Social Demons have taken over social intelligence.

Have we become slaves of the devil in us ? Will humanity be ever reborn or will it take another age for it to come back in its beautiful colors ? A question for ourselves to answer.

Monday, January 24, 2011

The Sun Shines On

To stand up for herself or not was the question lingering over her mind. It was a sunny afternoon when Tisha 
stormed out in anger out of the house not knowing what lies ahead. It was a happy marriage until Ketan wandered off in a territory that was beyond Tisha. She was solely dependent on Ketan for everything and anything. She had left her own identity in her entire journey. Her whole world loomed around him. 

The clock has stopped her world. Her parents were in a far off land not knowing what was brewing in their daughter's life. She did not have an inkling of whose door to knock and where to find a shelter. 
She was devastated that the man she thought would hold her hand till the end would leave her for the greener 
pastures. Her faith in love and marriage was shaken to the hilt. She knew that life was never a bed of roses but to find thorns all along her way was breaking her from within. 

She stood her ground knowing that it was over. Her heart and eyes used to well up just at the thought of the love that was lost for life. She was battling the worst all by herself.  But as they say life has its own angels who stop by and help you cross over the bridges of despair. 

Her angels started appearing and giving her signs that life is beyond us. Her first encounter was with Angel of Strength. She was sleeping one night and suddenly she felt a warm tug. Her eyes half sleepy saw her mother 
whom she had lost last year. She got off the bed thinking that it was a dream. She saw her mom saying 
"Always think of what you have and not what you don't have. You are my strong little girl. Go up and fight life". The thought stuck to her head. She raced back and forth in her mind thinking that it is so damn right. 
She murmured to herself saying " Tisha, you are alive and are capable of taking care of yourself. Think of the people who are not as educated or lucky as you".  It was a moment of truth for Tisha. She was already feeling better. 

Her next leap of faith was when the Angel of Smile touched her in a very subtle way. Tisha as a girl was always bubbly and chirpy. In the race of time, the smiles were left behind. She was walking one day to the 
grocery store near her hostel. She was buying some necessities when a small little girl standing nearby looked at her and gave an angelic smile. The smile stuck upon Tisha. She smiled back with all her heart after a very long time. Innocence emerges from the heart and spreads the radiance of smiles and laughters. Tisha has never stopped smiling ever since then.

Her final stop was with the Angel of Faith. It was at a holy place which was suggested by one of her friends. Her friend had told her that it was a place which was very peaceful. She was very apprehensive and yet decided to give it a try. Her overall faith in the Almighty was on a shaky ground. She walked into the place and decided to sit in a silent corner. It was indeed peaceful. A sudden calmness overpowered her and something told her that "Everything will be fine. Have faith my child." 

Since then the power of faith has held her tight. The Sun shines on for her till this day.

Do we take time to see and accept the signs of hope and happiness that life gives us with....

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