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Racing Away in the Fastest Vehicle

Just back from an exhillarating trip...Met my room mate from B-school days...I couldn't attend her wedding and was feeling really bad about it. (But then again, who asked her to go get married in scenic but remote Kashmir of all places ? )Spoke at length. Exchanged notes. Felt great!!

Also met a lot of friends from school days. Who considered me their best friend. Among whom, the one I particularly enjoyed meeting was this classmate who had started crying when our teacher decided to change our places and put me in a seat far away from her. (happened yrs ago, but I still remember it 'cos till the moment she started crying, I had never realised she considered me worth crying for !!!)

And even teachers, whom I hadn't met in a loong loong time. ..who considered me their pet and favorite student...as I was the perfect combo of naughtiness and good grades...The kind a teacher always loves to lovingly rebuke...

I also visited 'Valley of Flowers' and few other places...

And I…

Hats Off To You...

...yes, hats off to you my boss !!! Whenever I crib about my workplace either here or to friends/family/loved ones/not-so-loved ones there is invariably one response (the motives behind the response, ofcourse, are vastly different) - "Why don't you shift your job?" I have answered this question in different ways ...mostly framing my answer to suit what the other person expects to hear. However, the heartfelt truth is ...I continue to be where I am 'cos of my boss. I have learnt (and continue to do so) a lot of things from him. He is less than 30 and is hugely successful in his professional life. But what I like best about him is the individual that he is...kind,caring and honest. He continues to inspire not jus me but our entire team. I have seen people stay late in office to finish a job, just 'cos it's for him. And no, it's not blind boss worship... He often says "If an assignment goes wrong, I take the brickbats, if it goes right, my team gets the …

I was Raped...

...intellectually. Happened yesterday in my workplace. My team was discussing with the so-called 'subject matter expert' (rather the expert was giving us gyaan). The topic was US regulations with regard to outsourcing. And the expert made a factual blunder. I tried correcting it - politely. And he barked at me- rudely. I felt violated..felt like I was being raped. The whole incident was over in less than two minutes.

However, the anguish it caused was made unbearable by my teammates who were mute spectators to the show, who didn't have the intellectual spine ('knowledge') to stand up for me. And even worse, they asked me to keep quiet - not to fight back.
I screamed - silently...

Realisations

Well, still haven't gotten over the hangover of that wonderful vacation I had, so this post is about some of the realisations that dawned on me during the trip. You know, I was always a believer of this concept that taking a vacation and travelling gives you deep insights into your soul. Well, nothing of the sort happened to me, however funnily enough I did realise certain things.

The trip was totally unplanned and we were about 30 minutes from Coorg and still didn't have a place to stay for the night. I browsed through the Outlook Weekend Getaways, and thought homestay would be a cool option as I can be intimate with nature and have first hand experience of the land and so on. So, we zeroed in on a place which seemed promising and landed there at the dead of the night (Well it was just past 8.30, but still it was pitch dark).

We were greeted by a lady who turned out to be a painter (I was meeting a live one for the first time in my life !!) and she showed us around a house whic…

Coffee Vs Tea

Had been on vacation for the past 10 days.So my next few posts are gonna be on that amazing vacation I had. Been to Coorg.It was a much dreamt about vacation. But when reality struck it was slightly different...I had expected a scenic and cold hill station like Munnar In my mind I had jus replaced tea plantations with coffee. (Though the fact of the matter is I have never seen a coffee plant before in my life, I somehow had managed to paint a coffee plant in my imagination like a tea plant with some coffee beans hanging ....)But as I reached there, I realised that tea is different from coffee as much as chalk is from cheese (cliche, I know).
For starters, Coorg was hot and humid (well, not as much as coastal Trivandrum or Cochin, but you see I am comparing it with Munnar!!). And then the coffee plantations were a far cry from tea plantations. Coffee grows in a jungle, in between so many other stuff and apparently at this time of the year coffee just about starts flowering, so the plant…

Procrastination...

...is one of the biggest vices of mankind, including me. Everyday, there are multiple things that I want to do, but keep aside while mumbling to myself "Not today". Not b'cos there is a lack of resources of any kind, including time,talent and money. But b'cos I want to put it aside...as plain and simple as that...Ample amount of analysis and self introspection failed to identify the root cause. In some cases, yes these were things I detested doing. But what about putting aside the following?
- Calling up my best friend whom I badly want to speak to (no it's not as if I've lost touch and am ashamed to get back in touch)
- Watching that movie which I've always wanted to
- Going to that one restaurant that's always caught my curiosity
What's that elusive answer? Or am I trying to complicate what normal people (including my dad) call "LAZINESS".

PS: Whatever is that answer that I'm in search of, is the reason for the gap between my last post …