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Sunday, August 24, 2008

Is it Life...(contd)!

Forgot to include a fact:

"What I creepy as...dark dungeon...diffuse the vacuum."
To ensure my incessant survival, which is endangered due to above parameters in place and additional nonindulgent temperature and pressure conditions prevailing these days, I have been strongly advised by more than many to exhibit a demeanor that can only be practiced with the aid of a persistent pestering. Hence, every hour or two the alarm goes off only for my mobile screen to read as, "You are an Ass :-P!"

And preserving all my aplomb I respond, "Well! Nothing new."

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Stretching Exercise

Life has been, of late, very hectic - read, friends (delusion), write, draw, hobbies, sleep and one also has to work on weekdays - that one hardly get any time for exertion. But, I have decided to stay fit this time by regular stretching for a stretch, for I haven't really stretched for more than an year and half with exception being those days that witnessed stretches of Age of Empires (a strategy computer game)/ movies.

My stretching plan is as following:
- Wake up at 8:00 am, start from office for home
- Get ready, start for office from home
- Typical work hours are 9:30 to 8:30
- Study till 3:00

There have been a few variations in the stretching steps practiced above:
- Go home at 2:00, stretch for another hour
- Do 3 chairs trick and crash at 2:00 till 3:00 in office, stretch for another hour before crashing

3 chairs Trick - have you ever been privileged of sleeping on a bed of chairs?!
If the answer is No with a gape, then you are probably destined to score a low on adaptability matrix and you need me to tell you the 3 Chairs Trick. I don't have a ready image available but I have practiced enough mastery on the skill at hand(y) on various occasions that include family marriages, hostel nights and the current stretching stunt.

ha..aa..aaaa.aaaaa (yawn)

Being able to practice it successfully from Monday to Friday, even-With-a-suspicion-of-not-being-able-to-do-so next-day, has resolved that I can still stretch on occasions if needed.

ha..aa..aaaa.aaaaa (yawn)

Stretching done for the day!

ha..aa..aaaa.aaaaa (yawn)

P.S Thanks to Deloitte Healing Room that they have beds in there for the days when there is no mood for 3 chairs trick

Monday, August 18, 2008

P.G. Wodehouse: Jeeves in the Offing - Love and the Male Sex

In Chapter 12, while Bertie Wooster is conversing with his aunt Dahlia Traver about his past relationships with Roberta Wickham:

"The snag in this business of falling in love, aged relative, is that the parties of the first part so often get mixed up with the wrong parties of the second part, robbed of their cooler judgment by the parties of the second part's glamour. Put it like this. The male sex is divided into rabbits and non-rabbits and the female sex into dashers and dormice, and the trouble is that the male rabbit has a way of getting attracted by the female dasher (who would be fine for the male non-rabbit) and realizing too late that he ought to have been concentrating on some mild, gentle dormouse with whom he could settle down peacefully and nibble lettuce."

Speech that I never gave :-|

Thank you Bob and thank you Raj. I would also like to thank the jury for selecting me as one of the recipient of the first ever Community Impact Awards 2008. As I understand that Deloitte is a truly meritocratic environment where to excel one has to continuously raise the bar, this would have not been possible without the constant support from the year round Reach Out team, whose persistent enthusiasm kept the fire burning through out the year. The dedication that the team has shown is commendable. I would like to express my special thanks to Pankaj Jalan who believed in my capabilities and handed over the charge of coordinating the thread activities when he had to go for a project onsite. Thanks again to Raj for connecting me to Pankaj who will soon be starting a new journey of life with a mate this time as he got engaged just a week back. Congratulation Pankaj! I am glad for you!

I find myself fortunate that I am associated with Deloitte which offers a strong platform and encourages employees for community service initiatives. For someone like me who is straight out of the college, Deloitte not only provided an excellent environment for professional growth but also for personal growth and building relations as well.

I enjoyed every moment of my community service. The satisfaction I could draw was tremendous. Tomorrow it is Rakhi which reminds me that last year when I was looking for someone to tie me a knot I was blessed with two sisters from 7th grad I was teaching. Not only that, at times, when I was low in life the activity gave me a purpose to extend.

Just a quick description of the activity would include: we visited an orphanage and aged elders home "Sathya Sai Vidya Mandir", an institution near BharatNagar MMTS railway station. They also run a school till 10th standard and have a few resident undergraduate students as well. Our activity involved teaching maths to class 1, 2, 3 and 7, help college students with their end semester exams, help the institution create and manage records for all the members and spend time with orphans and aged elders.

Before I am asked to loose the control over the mike, please allow me to quote Late Dr. Randy Pausch from his 2008 commencement speech at Carnegie Mellon, "Find your passion and in my experience no matter what you do at work, or what you do in official settings, that passion will be grounded in people. It will be grounded in the relationships you have with people and what they think of you when your time comes."

Thank you.

Hitting the Iron Hot

There are times when movies have had 'Hit the Iron Hot':
1. Kal Ho Na Ho
2. You've Got Mail -
Kathleen: When I'm confronted by someone I get tongue tied and my mind goes blank. Then I spend the rest of the night tossing and turning over what i should have said.
Joe: ... when you eventually have the pleasure of saying the thing you want to say at the moment you’re wanting to say it, remorse inevitably follows.
3. A Walk to Remember -
Reverend Sullivan: "Love is always patient and kind. It is never jealous. Love is never boastful nor conceited. It is never rude or selfish. It does not take offense and is not resentful. Love takes no pleasure in other people's sins but delights in the truth. It is always ready to excuse, to trust, to hope and to endure whatever comes."
3. Om Shanti Om - yet to write here
4. Jub We Met
5. Dil, Dosti etc.
6. Bachna Ae Haseeno
7. Little Manhatten
Love is an ugly, terrible business practiced by fools. It'll trample your heart and leave you bleeding on the floor. And what does it really get you in the end? Nothing but a few incredible memories that you can't ever shake. The truth is, there's gonna be other girls out there. I mean, I hope. But I'm never gonna get another first love. That one is always gonna be her.

Is It Life...!

What I do for my living is not what I like the most which is as creepy as people finding themselves in a dark dungeon and on the first sight of a ray of hope coming though an orifice they would diffuse out blithely without thinking of what could be on the other side in the vacuum.

The people whom I live with I do not enjoy that much!

In pursuit of higher studies I am and I am not sure if I am ready for it yet.

What I am in pursuit of is not what I am sure of being interesting in.
Just that some of my close relatives, whom myself and my female sibling, which happen to be the only one that I have, call maa-papa, have been pushing me to be fit to catch a CAT. What makes me wonder is that even if I catch the CAT will that catch that lost mouse of enthusiasm.

So called friends have been picked up and winged out of the city, though they did buzz me an alarm well in advance, but I have already mentioned about the creepy dungeon, haven't I?

It took me a little more than 2 and a half years to realize that how, at that time, I screwed the biggest of all the times in my personal life, something that occurred to me mere 2 weeks back. (I wish YOU happen to read it)

But for all I know is that I need to 'Give Some Time to Time' and have my full faith supporting it!

Saturday, August 9, 2008



Sitting in the room below, and it rains for the whole night! :)
(Image is clickable for a large view)

(You have to wait untill Monday when I get a better picture of the room clearly showing the window view, I just had this picture somewhere already)

Spending 6 hours time doing what was procrastinated for more than a month! :D
(Spending 6 hours time doing what one wanted to do for more than a month!)

Speaking to a dear friend overseas for good 2 hours after a long 8 months! :D
Speaking to a dear friend overseas for 1 hour after 5 months! :D
(I will dwell on it in more details if I ever finish another of my semi-written blogs)

Coming back by company cab at morning 8 am that drops right at home, and it is still raining! :D
(When one have not registered for regular company transportation)

Writing this post! :)

Telling you good night now! :)

Sweet Dreams! :)

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

5 Steps System to Speed-Read

Combine or omit below steps to suit the material

1. Prepare:
- Why you reading, what's the purpose?
- what you already know?
- What you looking from the book to know? What you want from the book?

2. Preview:
- Read the Front and back cover and inside flaps, TOC, index, scan the bibliography
- Flip through the book, determine the structure of the content/ book - heading, subheading, picture, graph etc.
- Eliminate what you sure you not gonna need/ read

3. Passive Reading:
- Scanning of the book, spend few second on every page
- Look for the keywords, bold and italicized words
- Understand the writing style,: too techie, non-tech, jargon, difficult language, familiarity with content/ language

4. Active Reading:
- Read first para of each section/ chapter
- Read first line of each para and last line too if para is very long
- Mark out the useful stuff and/ or useless stuff

5. Selective Reading:
- You know why you are reading, you already have a brief idea of the structure, language and content of the material and a good understanding as well
- Read the earlier marked relevant stuff
- If needed, read the whole book, it will much faster with this system than otherwise

Overriding rule of the speed reading - "Always know why you are reading something."
The reason could be, "you are interested in such stuff", "someone recommended that to you", doesn't matter, but do have a reason

Based on the book: Speed Reading In A Week by Tina Konstant