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I know some of you must be wondering how my nomination at
the top bloggers award by Blogadda fared. While I was touched and excited by
all your display of affection and support, “Life…” did not make it to the top
5. No regrets, albeit I can’t deny feeling a little blue.
I mean I started off as a teenager using text language and
venting off dreams and emotions on my blogspot page akin a dear diary. The blog
(and I) sure have come a long way. Thanks to all your feedback and
appreciation. My first victory (which still continues) is when I see my
followers list growing and people walking up to me telling me they love what I
write; feels absolutely fantastic! A few bloggers and acquaintances were kind
and knowledgeable enough to recommend a few changes to my blog and I took it
with grace. I also did a lot of research, checked other blogs (to learn what I
was doing right or wrong) and amended my blog. Thankfully I had the time then
to pursue my passion with fervor. Now, with family and work commitments
abounding, I have very little time to write, let alone check other blogs and
aim for improvement. Apologies to you, and my hobby, for this miss. Earning
bread and butter (and jam and mayo) takes precedence over pastimes, you sure
Anyhow, I do plan to continue on my blogging journey and get
better, every passing day. Someday, I hope, I stand a chance to win accolades
in this area of life too. Thanks to all of you…
Well, having given you that update, let me tell you about
something new I experienced at work in the past few days. There is a concept
called “Friday Matinee” at Hitachi Consulting (GDC) where we screen a movie for
all employees and review it together gleaning lessons. The first such program I
attended a last week was highly interesting and enlightening. We watched a 1952
film called ’12 Angry Men’ starring and produced by Henry Fonda (Jane Fonda’s
pop). This black and white production lasting an hour and half is a delightful
watch, one that I suggest you take the time to check out. There is a Hindi
remake as well, but as you all know, the original is always better than the copies
The story revolves around 12 jurors who have to unanimously
decide whether a young boy accused of killing his father is guilty or not. While
11 of the jury start off with a “guilty” vote, the last one succeeds in pulling
all of them over to the other side by using his reason and logic. The unique
behaviors of all the men, their stories and transformations are truly marvelous.
And the number of lessons to learn, outstanding! It talks about teamwork and
courage, confidence and empathy, trust and humility. But shan’t let the cat out
of the bag, you must go and watch it yourself. Get some popcorn while you’re at
Another experience at work - I tamed the bull, a raging
maniac who always communicated rudely. I was a little flustered initially, but
I managed to assertively put him in his place. It was a proud achievement, and
the outcome is very pleasant (and I hope lasting). Just like the movie above,
this goes to show that you need not always bow down to pressure and stress. You
need to stand your ground, and clearly let the others know your needs and
Hassee to Phassee has released this week, and I have heard
pretty decent reviews. Since I am on leave all of next week, I might just catch
it in my free time. Also need to catch up on my reading – I have been asked to
review “The Hunt for Kohinoor” by Manreet Sodhi Someshwar on request from
Westland Books. Not going to spill any beans now, but plenty to say in the
50-odd pages I’ve read so far. You gotta wait for the book review that shall be
published here shortly. Professional obligation, you see :-)
The Sale season is on, have you set hands on anything in the
million malls yet? I got 2 jeans – they were a steal at 600 each (2 for the
price of 1) at Megamart. Go go go!!
My nephew celebrates his 4th birthday in Mumbai
today so I’m off to wish him and shower him with love. Brother
and sis-in-law also complete 8 years of marriage, so it is one huge
celebration with the family. We were planning to hit Imagica, what with it being my husband's fake birthday and the Valentine's day worldwide. But the recent
accident there (also with some Rathi’s from Kolkata) has made us change our
minds. Apparently, the amusement park is still on despite that one ride being
stalled. This is India, my dears! Had it been abroad, the victims would have
been compensated generously and the entire place would have shut down for
repairs and maintenance. India oh India… You have a moronic Rahul Gandhi trying to become who he isn't (missed the catastrophic interview with Arnab "ArGo" Goswami - click here to laugh and.or pull your hair like a madman) and a “stupid”
janta who have to immigrate in order to be valued for their work and intelligence
(Go Satya Nadella!)
I always have these arguments on Facebook with people on my
friends list about our views on India. They think they need to support
everything Indian merely to show their patriotism. I disagree. I am patriotic
too, but I am not afraid to acknowledge the errors and shortcomings of the
greatest (pseudo) democracy in the world.
The year has gone by real fast, as I've undoubtedly mentioned a hundred times before :-)
And I look back to see how I've fared, managed to accomplish a fair bit as a mother and professional, and tried to be a better friend, wife, daughter, etc. Evaluating my success on these criteria is outside the scope of this post, and my head, so let me look at how I'm feeling at the end of it.
Working moms like me, how are you doing?
I often end up feeling like I'm missing on so many things in life choosing to juggle my home and office work. The financial and intellectual independence that my job affords me takes its toll on my social presence and connects. I look at womenfolk in my apartment mingling with each other and talking non stop about issues that I cannot make head or tail of, since their conversation started in the kitty last week and will (hopefully) find a resolution by the kids play date the following week. Try as I might, I can't hold a complete conversation…
Almost a month since my last post, time to say Aloha June! Time's a-flying. Like someone once said, "the hours don't pass, but god knows where the months and years went" - okay, that's not exactly what he/she said, but this was the interpretation. More like "lamhe katt-te nahi, saal beet jaate hai". Work's catching up pace and I'm making up for all the lost and compromised time during my maternity leave and baby-raising tenure. Getting ahead at work is a task in a corporate world where people are forgotten the moment you don't connect with them regularly or do something to catch their attention. I've managed to do that and more, and my rating is proof of my effort. Feeling damn kicked about it, and want to do even better this year for my wonderful employer. I am blessed to be with Hitachi Consulting, and I pretty much plan to stick on unless something really extraordinary comes around. The kind of flexibility and support they've allowe…
Having to deal with idiots is no joke. Look around and you will find them in plenty, at work and outside - no dearth of them at all. Birdbrains, the bunch of them.
( Grrr )
And it's worse when you're having restless nights abounding in nightmares.
Not a mighty chirpy temperament that I'm in, I'm sure you can tell.
So, well. I'm back from my sojourn - first to the north and then down south (like not really down down, but kinda downer than where I generally am). I was thinking that I'd be pleased to be away from the city (and most importantly, routine) during this period. But well, I did get homesick after a while and wanted to return to home-made food and family.
Landing in Pune was a delight, and things are back to normal (too fast for my liking!)
So, for those of who are wondering why I'm getting nightmares...
(You forgot, right? That's all right. Shan't let you go unless I address this.)
So, I met my colleagues from Hyderabad, China and the US…