Monthly Archives: March 2010

20 Things I Stopped/Started Doing/Thinking after becoming an IT Professional!

After becoming an IT professional, I think most of us tend to the adopt the basic similarities of the IT population…..I am no exception to this community… I try to maintain my basic inherent qualities but then some of them have changed over time………. These are the things that have cropped up in me and I dont know how to do away with them……

1. More extended use of the heavenly shortcuts (Ctrl + C and Ctrl + V) as this helps in better time management.

2. I have stopped the use of oxford English dictionary and other such dictionaries to enhance my vocabulary and spelling (While typing this line itself, I made 1 spelling mistake which the spell check corrected for me :P). This is Effective use of Technology.

3. I see the night time more than daylight (As my colleague puts it…You spend an average of 9-10 hours in office…..7-8 hours in sleep… 1-1.5 hours in getting ready for office and coming to office….. 1-2 hours for lunch/dinner….So effectively you have only 3-4 hours a day for yourself … or just 90 hours in a month….. And in case, you are in a so called ¬†“Critical” Project with “Critical” deadlines…. forget those 3-4 hours also …. you will be 90% of the day in office only and the rest 10% will be spent in sleeping)

4. When nothing works, everything comes to a standstill, press ctrl+alt+del …. not on your life but on the computer. Thats recovery.

5. I stopped travelling by bus when that used to be the main transport system for me in college….(Advent of office buses and right now my work place is right opposite my apartment…..) …. Maybe I could still hop onto 1 in Chennai…. but Bangalore am still scared of taking one…….. ūüė¶

6. Am so used to AC now…cant be without one……The heat of Chennai in which I roamed about the whole day is now unbearable to me………..

7. My day used to start with reading the newspaper and a cup of coffee…..The cup of coffee remains…. but newspaper has been replaced by the laptop…. Thats globalization of the computer…..

8. Begin any conversation with the words “Frankly speaking”, “I was wondering”, “Lets discuss”, “So….”,”Oh really …’, “Generally ….” …. the list is endless… Thats corporate etiquette….(if such a word exists… then good… else its my creation …..)

9. More effective use of mails and communicators. Mail the person sitting at an arm’s length from you in office instead of saying to him/her directly or send group invites instead of personal invites to a party or a get together…. .Thats resource utilization. Save the paper.

10. Worse still, my mails no longer follow the grammatically correct way of writing a letter (So much time was spent in learning it). You should start with from, to, then Salulation, then sub, then reference, then body of the mail, then the ending of yours faithfully and your name, and date and so on…. ¬†Now my mail starts hi and ends with bye or regards…..They should now start IT grammer lessons in school…

11. Use of SMS more frequently than ever…… Even to say Good Morning and Good Night!!!

12. Maintain an excel of activities to be done…. (Forget the notebook and paper and the pen)…. Am still saving paper…. (It really pains when I have to write on paper…. my handwriting is no longer the same!!!)

13. Send forwards you received to a big mailing list …. building the network you see… ūüėõ

14. More number of coffee’s and tea’s to keep you going through the day….. Thats what they term as taking a break…..

15. Blow up the picture. Being able to present the minuscule of things in the most grand manner. Thats event management.

16. Maintain contact phone numbers in SIM or Mobile phones (My last phone book was in college). Thats mobile communication.

17. Foreign countries and flights to such places seemed a luxury….Now I am in a foreign place for past 3 years and can fly back home anytime I want. Call it the IT boom….


18. Now my sleep is helplessly devoted to solving that bug over there in the code, doing reviews mentally, and what not…. my poor brainy doesn’t want to think simple things of life now……… I call it ITical obsession…..

19. Most of my friends (that’s including me) are at onsite… and its years and years since ¬†I have seen their faces actually….. sigh…. Meeting friends at times seems to be a distant thought and being able to giggle as in college….. sigh… I miss all that……

20. Last but not the least, how can I forget this…. forget exercies… forget healthy food… eat all the junk food and put on a pot belly … !!! ¬†(Just kidding… I am a reduction spree now :P)

Everybody’s fine

I am trying my hand at Fiction 55….. and so Here it Goes… This on the movie¬†“Everybody’s fine” I saw two days back and could not take it off my mind. All I can say “What a movie!!!” ….. Simply beautiful …. Only the choicest of words can describe the movie….

“A happy family of six or so he thought….. until he decided to visit them and found the truth .. He had laid telephone lines all his life least realizing they would be the carriers of the destruction…. A destruction for which he had sown the seeds”¬†

Nostalgia!!!!

I know this is going to be boring but I am a bit nostalgic today (sob! sob!). Its 3 years since I have been in the place which has become home to me………¬†This is home away from home inspite of the people, the food, the language ¬†everything being alien to me. However, life goes on……¬†after we all apply Darwin’s theory of “Survival of the fittest”. ¬†I will always remember this place for the many firsts it has given me……
  • First Time I traveled many miles to a totally foreign place without knowing even a bit of the language. The only two words which were taught to me before coming to this place were “Nihongo Wakaranai” which means “I don’t know Japanese” which I conveniently use till date
  • First Time I saw snow and actually played with it
  • First Time I faced an client escalation¬†
  • First Time I actually made a dinner (although it didn’t come out well but yeah my roomie did eat :)…. so sweet of her)
  • First Time I shopped all alone (Big Time fav of all Gals…..Always had company for shopping in India….. but then I had to find my own way here)
  • First Time I actually started saying TGIF (Thank God….Its Friday)
  • First Time I actually started looking forward to weekends (Weekends for me just meant another Saturday/Sunday @ office or @ home) but then here there is so much of activity on any weekend here…. Now I don’t want to miss the weekends
  • First Time I organized a Christmas party and could carry it out well…. Santa rocked the party…….¬†
  • First Time I realized what boredom means (thats when no activity is happening and I am left on my own) and that led me to discover the plethora of online movies, orkut, facebook, chatting… (blogging I discovered lately….I wish I could have started it earlier but better late than never)
  • First Time my mobile doesn’t beep constantly with the SMS screech and the everyday call from Airtel.
  • First Time I couldn’t attend my good friend’s (many in fact) wedding (simple reason being I cant take many ¬†holidays ūüė¶ )
  • First Time meeting my family meant travelling 10 – 11 hours of flight journey + 6 hours halt in between (Of course, Its better than having to travel by ship as the good old days :))
  • First Time I traveled by a bullet train/ shinkansen…. bullet train in the real sense… as you cant even fathom the speed……
  • First Time I visited more number of places than I have actually visited in India (my only trips in India being the so-called study tours)
  • First Time I couldn’t go to a church on Easter…. a ritual I broke after my 26 years of existence¬†
  • First Time I got onto the escalator. I always dreaded getting onto the escalator and always used the lift or the stairs in India… My friends have the best of fun in not allowing me to get off the escalator and scaring me ūüė¶ ¬†…. I hate it…..
  • First Time I sat on a roller coaster and it rolled me inside out …. Vowed never to sit on one again…..eeeeks…..¬†
  • First Time I saw Shrek in 4D and boy it was soooooo good….I felt I was with Shrek in the movie…….

…….. so many lovely memories… so many lovely moments…. I found new friends… I lost touch with some old ones… I lost some friends too (well I dont want to remember the dark things today !!!!) but life is still going on ….

My first day at school :)

Well I know, its a 25 yr old story…. and most of us may or may not remember it… but I studied in the same school for 12 years and no teacher left an opportunity to tease me about it till in fact my 10th std.

So here it goes, I will keep this short!!
As it happens to every kid, once they reach the age of four, they are dutifully sent to school or Kindergarten. This was way back in 1985 and thankfully there were no Pre-Kgs and playschools (Oh I love the good old days). I got shocked when my friend said she would have to put her 2 yr old one in play school (cho chad!!!)
Ok, coming back to me…. I too went dutifully to school with my mom (who also happened to be a teacher in the same school I studied) decked in new uniform, new socks, new shoes (pudu dress, pudu socks, pudu shoes…. kalakkara!!!). I saw the classroom with all small kids and when my mom left me with the teacher and started to go to her own class, I wailed like anything (given my current vocal decibels, it must have been the most unbearable of screams). My mom and teacher (Miss.A) cajoled me into sitting in the class, but no I was not sitting in the class without my mom.¬†

Now Mom had to go to attend to her own classes, so she left me in the staff room with chocolates and balloons (courtesy the school aayaa who went and got them for me)…… and I happily attacked them. This became my every day ritual……for the next four days. Fifth day, also I did the same thing (but unluckily lady luck was not with me ūüė¶ )….. my HM was in the adjacent building and could hear my wails (now do you understand my voice decibels) … she came searching to my class as to which kid had been crying so much. My teacher dutifully told her it was me and she came to the staff room in search of me. The first thing I knew was she snatched my balloons and chocolates (Till date I don’t like people taking away my chocolates). She asked in the most stern manner “Now will you go to your class?” I said “Yes sister, please give me my chocolates I will go to my class” ….. So much for chocolates…. and I went and obediently sat in my class (well not actually, I didn’t sit with the other kids, I sat in my teacher’s chair…. special¬†privilege…. )

But then, that one moment did start my association with the school where I studied for 12 years. It will always remain special to me!!!!

Hina Matsuri (Exclusively for girls)

Every March 3rd (after I came to Japan), I am wished “Happy Girl’s Day” ….. I didnt know the significance of this day until I visited the Girls Festival along with K san (san is the respectful way of addressing a Japanese person) and also did some googling on it.

Hina Matsuri/Girls Day is celebrated every year on March 3rd throughout Japan. Typically if a girl child is born, parents prepare the hina dolls for them. These dolls are considered to drive away bad spirits and bring health and happiness to the girl child. One such arrangement can be seen below (The below hina doll arrangement belonged to a royal family in Saga – Saga is a place in Kyushu island)

The arrangement (called hina-dan) depicting a emperor, empress,attendants and musicians customarily comprises of five platforms. The first platform depicts the king and queen, the second platform are the attendants to the king and queen , the third is for the musicians, the fourth for ministers and the last for the general attendants. Some more arrangements/dolls that were also available for display (Pics courtesy Dinesh)

Looking at these dolls and the festivities surrounding it, some thoughts tickled my mind. One, I was never wished “Happy Girls Day” in India as India obviously doesn’t celebrate one. Two, the girl child is held in honor on this day. To think that still in some places of India, the girl child is considered a burden in the family. Some of them aborted/dumped also. I always felt bad when relatives and friends would ask my parents “Oh, you have only girls… no boys!!!”. Come on, we are living in the 21st century and people still live with this disgusting thought. I would feel like walking up to them and giving them a piece of mind. Some of them even got it ūüôā (and well they never opened their mouths again atleast not in front of me). I grew up seeing my friends suddenly missing from the school rolls. The next thing I knew was they had got married (Minor marriages still do happen). Even an aunt of mine had a boy at a really late age just because her mother-in-law wanted a grandson.¬†Thankfully, my parents never had such thoughts and we didn’t have to go through the “You are not a boy syndrome”.

I am not a feminist and don’t want to debate on the girl child vs boy child but surely to have a day meant to pray for the well being of the girl somehow appealed to me. I wish people in this technologically advancing age also advance in their thoughts.

P.S. No offence meant.