Tuesday, August 31, 2010

End of an Era

5 years of wonderful time spent in Chennai ends today , though a shocking news(heavenly abode of a college friend) has diminished all the pleasure of wriitng this post however at the same point it is one of those lessons of life which life over the last 5 years has kept on preaching. 

The first time I went to the Besant Nagar beach I just jumped into the sea and for many of the next time it was the same. Slowly the relationship with the beach changed and it became more of a place to find peace, to spend good time with friends.Finally in the last year it became the place of solitude for me. Office being close to the beach and working late hours always resulted in me being at the beach when almost no one was there. Though there are a lots of things to write about Chennai but i chose this for a reason. The beach has seen my transition from a school kid to a gradutae,  adolescence to maturity, ignorant to reflective , no convictions to some strong ones and many more. 

Twenties is the age of transition and it happens in different ways to different people but i feel that for me there was a multitude of them and it was probably the crowd , the college, FRIENDS and the place which changed all for the good.

A small list of those plenty of places which i loved in Chennai

IITM(Especially the run around the insti , good that i was regular this month) ,Besant Nagar, ECR ( so many bike and car rides), Star Rock ( The music ) , SNS (king of all good times) , Water tank top in my PG , Local train rides in the evening with ipod and no one around , Theatres , Job ( met some great people there), OMR flat ( nostalgic) , Chennai Trekking club and so on ....
" All my bags are packed , i am ready to go ... I hate to say you good bye."



Sunday, August 22, 2010


This is in continuation to the friends header i have for this month.
Just completed the last episode of the series and it reminds me of the fact that among the FIKARNOT group i was the one who had to watch most of my friends leaving one by one.
This is one of the Sundays , to be more precise a very rainy sunday in Chennai when i am all alone . I had an awesome farewell yesterday from my first job , i must admit that i was happy while resigning but it was again a hard, parting.I made a completely different set of friends in my first job and i got the taste of corporate too.I am sitting here writing this post thinking  of what is next. May be a new job but it is hard to decide , should it be finance , or may be a NGO , or CAT ,I really don't know. I would have loved if someone was around but its fine i have one week to decide , probably u may help.
Everything aside goos to tell u that i am a completely different person today , the last 5 years made all the difference. Probably  I may be not as good as you all , i may have not deserves a life that i lived but i tried my best.
Will miss you all.

Terry Fox Run Chennai -2010

Participated today morning in the Terry Fox Run held in the beautiful IIT Madras Campus.The 6.2 Km run had around 2000 participants in the morning and as the run is to go on till 11 a.m so for sure the grand total will surely high.
The run was very special for me due to several reasons. Firstly, today is the 21 st day since i quit smoking, the main cause of cancer. I will be leaving Chennai soon and today was a union with a set of friends from the Chennai Trekking Club.and last but not the least it is always fun to run with your hostel mates.

Just a message to all the smokers : You are always told that winners don't quit , friends but if you quit this you are a winner.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Book Review : Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

Winner of the Pulitzer prize for Fiction 2000 , the book is no doubt a Gem. A book of short stories lingering about life at Boston with characters from Kolkata. My favorite story among the 9 equally good stories is,"Sexy."
Really loved the language and her style of making simple stories so wonderful to read. 
Most of the stories revolved around Indians living abroad and situations from their lives. 
I would advice you to read this book and enjoy its beauty and excellent story telling abilities of the author.

"I know my achievement is quite ordinary. I am not the only man to seek his fortune far from home, and certainly i am not the first. Still, there are times  I am bewildered by each mile I have traveled, each meal I have eaten, each person I have known , each room in which I have slept. As ordinary as it all appears , there are times when it is beyond my imagination."

Friday, August 13, 2010


Be a reason for someone's happiness today , for there are great pleasures in selflessness.


Wednesday, August 11, 2010


So as the header denotes this is the month for Friends , not only the TV series but also in memory of the last five years I spent together with my friends , believe me we can make out a TV series out of it only if Mamme and Moli are not the directors.

Came across this dialogue  in the 24 th episode (season 6) friends. It turns out to be a quote by Kahlil Gibran ,

And in the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures.
For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Book Review : Who moved my cheese? : Dr. Spencer Johnson

" The more important your cheese is to you , the more you want to hold on it."

A simple story which may make you realize a few things which you may have realized but still not incorporated in your lives.  It talks about how people react differently to changes and sometimes are so oblivious to it that they have to repent it later. It talks about overcoming our fear and adapting to changes because changes lead to better things in life. 
Though personally I will not call it a very inspiring one but none the less it took only an hour to read the book.
Reading from the reviews and also discussions in the book ,it has inspired many and has brought out positive changes in many.
So  take this suggestion , the book will cost you less than a movie ticket and instead of whiling away your time , watching some Bollywood's regular shit , you could spend an hour on this. You may end up more happier than cursing the total crap movie.