Friday, November 27, 2009

365 days schedule

It was a year back that I posted this one. The people around me are still the same but a lot have happened in the past 365 days.

Our friend is celebrating his b'day today; but none of us are around to give him an early morning surprise. Nisha, Latesha, Parvathy & Lakshmi have all parted ways and moved ahead with their lives.

Everyone in the Country remembered and paid homage to the victims of the Terror Attack that happened last year.

Life went on, Faces remained in thoughts
One got away, A few reached back from past.
New ones stepped In and Out.
Days passed; Dwellings changed
Travel progressed
Spirits raised
Resilience and Buoyant

Life went on, Faces remained
The One who got away Stayed
And Thankful at heart I Settled.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Freezing Misery

It’s freezing in here...

Oops.. no .. I am not writing this from some place in Canada; I am still in Kerala and the weather outside is just the right combination of cold and heat, because of the rains.

If the weather is so fine then why am I freezing this way!! The villain is the Air Conditioner in our office; the one that is located right above my head. Its been blowing so much of cool air that all the paper in my desk keeps flying. My fingers are frozen and don’t budge to move fast with the keys (keyboard) anymore. And, Yes, there's no way anyone can do anything about this situation around me, mostly because everyone else seems to be fine with the low temperature and then the A/C service guys have warned the Admin against making any changes to the existing temperature set up.

As for me, the only way to survive today is by covering myself with the duppatta. Empathetic friends :-) have inserted papers into the panel above to reduce the air blow.

There was just one question in everyone's eyes - How am I going to survive in Dubai if I cannot handle A/C temperature

I know I'll have a tough time when I land in Dubai and managing with Air Condition inside the house is among the majors. It's always been difficult for me to handle extreme cold (my extreme might be a normal one for you :P) While travelling in buses & cars, I prefer the wind from open windows than switching on the A/C. And on a rainy morning, my head hurts with the effort to breathe in some oxygen from the cool air outside. The short time that I was in Dubai, I used to switch off the A/C as soon as R leaves for work and I On them only just before he gets back home. If I have to spend a night in an A/C room, its nothing less than a nightmare. I'll have cover myself with 3-4 blankets to warm myself, enough to get a good sleep. I'll freeze (literally) otherwise :P

Hmmm.... Can you empathize with my situation? Is there a way out of this, so that I can master it before I land the All Air-Conditioned Dubai City.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Vasudeva Vilasam Ayurvedic Center

A good ayurvedic massage can be very rejuvinating and refreshing and the right place for this is very near in here, Trivandrum - Vasudeva Vilasam Ayurvedic Center

The massage treatments given here, the oil and the medication can relax all the tough nerves in your body. In case you pass through Trivandrum, Kerala; do book for a Rejuvination Therapy :P

* Good news - A good oil massage for one hour would cost just Rs.600 ;-)

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Sibling Silly's

My Mom's Sad!!! Cos her immediate sister has not been talking to her for a long time now and she got to know from another (big) sister of her's that her son's wedding is going to take place soon. Why mom is sad is because she knows that there will be no invitation for her.

They are 5 sisters and 1 brother at her part of family and 5 brothers and 2 sisters on my dad's side. A few among them share very close relationship with each other while some others maintain a safe distance. At times its difficult to understand how there is no attachment between these people who have grown under one roof. And its not that they have always been this way. My parents can never get bored narrating the good old times they have had with their siblings. Their small little fights, concern for each other, how they all used to help out each other in household and later as they grew up how each of them supported the other - mentally, physically and financially. But somewhere down the line, as the family tree expanded, the links they shared, with each other, broke. A chillness  creeped into their hearts as days passed by, just like the Snow Queen who's got the frozen heart. With so many of them in a house, they fought for silly things as kids, but still the issues were easily solved or rather, easily forgotten over a candy during those days. Now, as grown ups they somehow manage to fight for more silly reasons and worse is that they are never able to resolve any of them. Nothing is forgotten anymore - every word, every reaction, every smile carries a different meaning which is perceived at the other one's convenience. It looks like they dont want to resolve anything anymore. They want to fight and everyone wants to win.

Do they remember those good old days when they had dreaded the word marriage, for they would have to leave their siblings behind and move over to a new place, I wonder! Do they remember the times, they had hugged each other and shared the same bed. Do they not want to peek in there and for once go back and be the old sis or bro? What has happened to those small little girls and boys who played together.. cried together...  who had planned to share a lifetime relationship... what has happened to them?

Thursday, November 12, 2009

"All You Need is Love"

What Beatles song are you?
Take the quiz and find out

And my result:

You Are "All You Need is Love"

You are compassionate, kind, and giving. You truly believe that love can heal the world.

In some ways, you are a bit of hippie. You think that peace is still very undervalued in this world.

You feel like people make life too complex. Happiness is often as simple as just allowing yourself to be happy.

There isn't much people really need in this life. If you're truly loved, then you're lucky.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Carrots & Cards of Value

It's the time in HP (Hewlett Packard) that shaped my outlook with regard to career and work environment. The different nationalities that we had to interact with automatically brought in a constant need for improvement and vast exposure. Days passed and I moved out of to a new workplace and the first thing to strike me was how can people still manage to work at such slow pace. I found it very difficult, initially, to digest the fact that no one is trying to make any changes to the routine work they do; nobody is thinking about any improvement that they can bring in, to make their days filled with excitement and Change. 

In HP we used to give away Value cards to the fellow associates, for helping us out in any way. It was a way of telling them that their effort is appreciated and very much valued. And when I moved onto the new work place, this was one suggestion that we made to the management in order to facilitate team building. Today, after 2 years of my tenure here, I finally sent out Carats to my colleagues to let them know that I appreciate their efforts in supporting my profile. Am not sure about the excitement this would build in among the people here, around me. But I still do remember the days in HP when we used to feel so great while giving away or receiving those cards. When we appreciated someone, we felt great for being able to do that; for letting them know that what they do is nothing small. And the person receiving those cards had always been in the limelight. 

I guess, these are few things that tie you to the strangers around, in a work place. These kind of R&R's always bring in a feeling of empathy among colleagues, rather than the usual bossing around or seclusion. Even though every profile carry the threat for some amount of criticism, such thoughtful ideas motivate people to look for good work to appreciate. And that ofcourse would help remove the hostility out there in any office.

* you can see the value cards pinned onto the board, behind us

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Wordless Wednesday

Years Back they said "I Do"  .... And for the Coming Years, they said again "I Do, still" !!

Movie Thought - The Notebook

"I am no one special, just a common man with common thoughts. There are no monuments dedicated to me, and my name will soon be forgotten. But in one respect, I've succeeded as gloriously as anyone who ever lived. I've loved another with all my heart and soul, and for me, that has always been enough."

"It was an improbable romance. He was a country boy. She was from the city. She had the world at her feet, while he didn't have two dimes to rub together."

"Summer romances end for all kinds of reasons. But when all is said and done, they have one thing in common: They are shooting stars-a spectacular moment of light in the heavens, a fleeting glimpse of eternity. And in a flash, they're gone."

"The best love is the kind that awakens the soul and makes us reach for more, that plants a fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds."