Astitva.... The Fountainhead

Monday, January 28, 2008

Time runs too fast

An year ago I said that I will be around more often. I realised today that I have not kept my promise. 1 year 2 posts is probably not enough.. but then again, an year without post would be worse. Ironical that when we have so many things going on in our lives, we have a lot to express but no time to write. And on the flip side, we have little to write when there is time on hand.
I will make no promises this time, for I do not know if I want an empty life with time or a busy one with none..
time will tell.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Happy 60th Birthday India!!

The Cow
India is known for allowing animals to live harmoniously along with the humans in its cities and towns. Dogs, cats and the cows hold a significant position among these animals as they are found in abundance on roads, highways, parks and are often termed as 'stray animals'. This particular post involves a cow that 'strays' in the city of Dehradun and likes to visit our house every afternoon. Though this cow is 'stray', it has a strict schedule to visit our house daily at around 1 'o' clock in the afternoon unless the traffic does not permit; in which case it will be a few minutes late(Individuals are usually late by more than just a few minutes even in the absence of traffic). The stray cow is not so stray in this schedule because it knows that it will be fed a roti(bread) at this time of the day everyday. My mom makes it a point to make an extra roti for dinner each day that can be fed to the cow the next day.

The Boy
Our cleaning maid has a son who is thirteen years old and does not go to school. He is her step-son and his mother sends him to work so that her real son can go to school and live a better life.

The Roti
One day the boy comes over to our place one afternoon at around 1 o clock looking for his mother. As he is leaving the house, my mom gives his the roti from the previous day and asks him feed the cow on his way out. The boy looks at the roti and asks my mom,"Can I eat the roti Auntie ?".

My mom cooked lunch for one extra person that day.
Happy 60th Birthday India!!

Sunday, January 14, 2007

The Return

13th post in the past 1 year
4th post in the past 6 months
1st post in the past 3 months
1st post of 2007

I'll be around more often

BTW, Happy New Year

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Believe in something

Here is one for debate....

If you believe in something, stand strong by it... does not matter if that belief is wrong.

Monday, August 14, 2006

A thosand different problems

If you can think of thousand different problems you will face in pursuit of an objective, but also think of one reason to justify that pursuit, would you go ahead?

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

NYC - First impressions

Typically one would not wait for a week to tell you about their first impressions. I decided to give this city a chance and here is how it goes.

  • City generates more garbage than any other place I have known.
  • This place always has life.
  • You will only get good customer service at places that *expect* a large tip(30%).
  • In services where tipping cannot be provided, such as telecom, personal banking, grocery shopping etc, there is minimal/inconsistent quality of service. (Yes, I work in service industry)
  • There is no cover for you when it rains. Carry an Umbrella!!
  • Parking is extremely expensive. (Yes you start noticing such stuff when you own anything with wheels)
  • Riding a subway is more expensive than driving a car(parking excluded).
  • You will find people from all over the world here.... truly international.
  • Houses/hotel rooms are small...... I mean very small...... really small.
  • If there is someone in office after 6pm, there is a 95% chance that he/she is Asian.
  • Obesity is everywhere.
  • If you are a typical Asian, you may not be able to finish a standard 3 course meal.
  • People know very well how to separate work from personal life

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

To old pals...

This one is for the best of pals....

Dunno if the third one will ever start writing....