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Saturday, August 16, 2014

I'm not Perfect, and I Know it!


It is one of those days that I plan to do something and things just don’t go my way.

After a good rest (a bit too long, my mind says!) from the previous Marathon (I’m not sure how many more Marathons I would take up, so that’s the reason for the emphasis here) I had taken part in, I started training for the next big Marathon that is to take place in the city. With the help of three successive alarms at 5.15 am, 5.30 am and 5.45am, I was up and running in my brand new Adidas shoes. As expected, I was exhausted from the run since I was running after almost a month. I got back home earlier than I intended to, fixed up a cup of coffee and relaxed in the couch and continued with the book I was reading.

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Normally I go for swimming during the weekends but on this particular day I was exhausted and decided against swimming. The moment I decided not to head to the pool, I started feeling guilty. I was slightly worried, if this excuse would go on and on for some time, to the point where I would end up staying away from the pool forever. More than the pool, I was guilty because of the decision I had taken. I was wondering if it was alright to not follow the plan that I had charted for the day.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Ok Monday, Let's do this!

Come weekend, and all you hear and see are people's plan for the two days and a visibly excited crowd.

When I mention "plans" for the weekend it also includes staying at home, sitting on your couch and doing absolutely nothing.

Fast forward to Monday morning, after what seems like 8 to 9 hours, you realize that the weekend is over. “Do you know what is worse than realizing that the weekend just flew by and all the things on your To-Do list still remain to be done? It's the thought of having to endure a Moanday, sorry Monday”, a friend told me.

Human beings are a funny breed I tell you. God made men and women. God made the week with 7 days. People thank God for no reason on Friday and for no concrete reason whatsoever, they blame and curse and torture Monday. Thank God Monday is not a living being. Just imagine what it would have had to tolerate, just because a few people feel lazy to get up, get dressed and get to work or are just hung-over the thoughts of their weekend or put themselves in a bad mood just like that.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Of Travels and More!


God is very smart. Not only did he have the patience to create a whole bunch of men and women, he was smart enough to ensure that each one was unique. This is perhaps why it is always interesting to be around other human beings. You never know what you are up against, so you end up in a very complicated situation or a very funny situation. If you have a good sense of humor (and sarcasm) you would enjoy it. Given the monotonous lives of most of us, it does provide some entertainment. Like travelling in a bus, for instance.

If you are in Chennai, you would know that IT is almost synonymous with the OMR. A considerable number of the IT professionals who work in this stretch would have to travel — a lot, considering that the OMR is far away from the city. Luckily, most companies here are kind enough to provide bus facilities for travelling to and from work. Being a regular traveler, I get many chances to observe and learn about the different types of people you would normally encounter if you board an office bus.

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This article was originally written for Medium by me . Do come back to leave your comments! :-)

Monday, June 23, 2014

Running a Marathon!

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I'm not exactly sure when I had this urge to run a marathon. Most likely that it must have been around a year back when there was a lot of talk about the Wipro Chennai Marathon and how I got to know of a 10km run intended for beginners who were interested.

I was really never into sports. I used to play volley ball at school. I play shuttle (sometimes) out of a personal interest, given that everyone in the family plays the sport and it used to be a good way to spend time. When it comes to running, the only instances when I really had to run were 1. When I single-handedly destroyed Grandma's cupboard by swinging on the door, and I had to run before the glass bottles fell on me, and then I had to run away from the scene of crime till tempers ( Ma's and Grandma's) relaxed. 2. When I was playing with a few friends and out of nowhere a dog came and started chasing me. (I never knew I could run so fast :-D). Other than that, luckily I did not have the need to run for anything.

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So back to the Wipro Marathon, I decided to train and participate, but it did not materialize. I left it without another thought as I wasn’t very serious about it. Then it so happened that I met a friend/colleague who was a pro-marathon runner. He made it sound fun and interesting. A split-second decision later, I decided to take part in a marathon, which would give me sufficient time to train. The same friend told me about the Dream Runners Marathon scheduled for June 22. Since we were in February at that time, I thought it would be the best option. Things just fell in place :-)

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Challenge Accepted!


There is something about the way Barney Stinson says ‘Challenge Accepted’.

I was never a lets-take-up-a-challenge-just-for-fun person. I used to be content with what I do, and unless I see the need to take up something and unless it is essential I never venture into anything new for the sake of it. It so happened that even without my realizing it, I was stuck in a routine. Weekdays – work. Weekends – Shopping, Movies, Eating out, Hanging out with friends or I occupy myself with something to do at home. I can never remain idle, so I ensure I am occupied some way or the other. And one day, all of a sudden, I wanted to do something new.

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Sunday, June 1, 2014

SpaceBarNotWorking

Wait. This post isn't about rectifying this problem. Honestly I've tried everything what Google said, except for physically removing the space bar and attaching it back. So after two weeks, I've finally decided I wouldn't play with it anymore and I'll be sending it to those who have the expertise to deal with such hopeless cases. 

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Coming back to the main intention behind this post, I've wanted to update something on my blog for a long time. My drafts and Notes were overflowing with ideas and I was not able to put them in the form of a post because the space bar developed problems and I was unable to type properly. I did try typing from my mobile and gave up almost immediately. I was thinking of those days when I would be stuck with the famous writer's block and how I'd stare on the Microsoft Word screen for hours, miraculously hoping that Word would provide the spark - an idea, which I could work on. Now I'm at the other end of the scale and the grass is not greener here either. 

Monday, April 21, 2014

Woes of a Foodie!



And that, ladies and gentlemen is why I'm never successful in my attempts to lose weight.

Because mom knows when I'm full and when I'm really full and when I can still manage to eat Poori and Kesari. :-)

Sunday, April 6, 2014

The IT Way of Life.



Stressed. Depressed. But always well dressed.

This is what the world says about IT professionals.

I recently came across an article where it has been remarked that IT professionals did not have the concept of evening time. The more I thought to myself about it, the more sense it made. We get up in the morning, a few of us are lucky enough to find time for workout and then we hurriedly freshen up to leave for work. What happens during the rest of the day is slightly blurred. When people from Non-IT field prepare to leave at 5 that is when we head over to the cafeteria for a break. If we are lucky enough, we would be home just before our family decides to call it a day and retire for the night. We come back famished, hog whatever is edible and whatever we set our eyes on, wait for a while and then hit the bed.
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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Book Review: The Almond Tree by Michelle Cohen Corasanti


You read some books and enjoy them. You read some books and relate to them. 
Some books make you feel happy. Some books make you feel sad. 
Some books reach out to your heart and leave a mark which you can never forget. 

This is one such book.

The Almond Tree is the debut novel of Michelle Cohen Corasanti and it takes us through the life of Ahmed Hamid and his family. It is set in the backdrop of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict. This is not the usual rags to the riches story, but it gives a very practical insight to the struggles faced by the families during the troubled times. What’s more interesting is that the book is written by a Jewish-American author who narrates the story from a Palestinian’s perspective.

When Ahmed Hamid was young, his family was forced to leave their palatial home. Just when they settle into their new life and their hardships, his father is imprisoned. Ahmed is left with no choice but to drop out of school and take care of his family comprising of his Mother, his sister Nadia, his immediate younger brother Abbas and two other younger brothers Hani and Fadi. Having witnessed the death of his two younger sisters Amal and Saira, he is determined to provide a living for his family and takes up menial jobs. Fast forward a few years, his tutor Mohammad coaxes him into taking a scholarship examination which would get him to the Hebrew University.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Shopping Escapades and More!

I've always wondered how people come up with memes and jokes when it comes to women and shopping. I've come across a handful and I've never been able to relate to them.  So I assume that, as is the case in many instances, people exaggerate simple things and come up with these jokes. Now, I'm a person with a good sense of humor and if I find it funny, I enjoy them rather than wondering how people could make fun of such simple things.

I think the main reason for not being able to relate to this is that, when I'm in the mood for some serious shopping, I go either with my sister or my mom. If both of them aren't available, I'd go alone. No one else is allowed when I'm on that serious mode. Something tells me, that when you're reading this you tend to go 'Aww' with a sense of pity and that you are painting a picture of someone lonely, longing for company, wishing that someone was there to accompany me. Sorry to break your bubble but my shopping alone experience is so much fun. Now that is for another day.

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