Reflections of My life and My thoughts ..

winds of change !!

Posted in Nostalgia, Personal by Apoorv on March 11, 2009

I am back again from another long spell of stupor . so many things happened in past few months I guess . after courtship over an year and a half , I got married with the girl I fell for ๐Ÿ™‚ .ย Attended couple of interviews for MBA parallelly ย and made it to Great lakes institute of Management . ย  I would be joining GLIM which means I would be moving back to the land of Rajnikanth after hiatus of about 4 years. I have fond memories of 15 months stay in chennai when I joined cognizant 5 years ago . The fully residential campus of Great lakes is situated on scenic East coast Road . Didnt go for a drive to pondy last time , got to do that this time .

After having planned for my MBA year after year , I am thrilled when the time has come to get going with MBA , finally ๐Ÿ™‚ .

Mr Shivraj Patil , Please Go .

Posted in Uncategorized by Apoorv on September 14, 2008

Dear Sir ,

Only thing you have done consistently over your tenure as Home Minister of India is to utter as many senseless statements as you could . Having been raised in the constituency which you represented for long time ( you did absolutely nothing for the place , either ) , I cant help but feel the shame . you have been playing old tape blasts after blasts . There has been no action from you or your ministry which could convince common man that they are safe in India . Yes sir, people across all metros are reluctant to venture out of their homes on weekends for more than an year now . I dont feel as much annoyed for these terrorists as I feel about you today . You call terrorists cowards . I really am not sure who exactly is one . So far, you blamed all terrorist attacks being planned across the border . But now when the threat is clearly home grown , and IM is claiming the responsibility for attacks , I am sure you are running short of excuses . Terrorists would plan attacks , and lest you forget ,its job of you to ensure internal security is in place to handle this menace . Terrorists are not as big a concern as you are ,today .

when you ham the statements like these , blood of distraught people is boiling . I seriously doubt you comprehend the menace of terrorism enough when you say that those are our brothers who have taken up the wrong path of terrorism and its our responsibility to bring them back to mainstream .

For god`s sake sir , Please quit before people lose the faith in the internal security of nation . Half of major cities had blasts during your tenure . for love of other half metros , please make way for someone who can do better job .

– A concerned citizen .

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Back !!

Posted in Musings by Apoorv on August 30, 2008

well , its been ages since I wrote something , isnt it ..last time I wrote was way back in Dec 2007 . Phew , long time indeed ๐Ÿ˜ฆ . In my defence , I did start writing many a time , but didnt complete the effort ๐Ÿ™‚ .so I shall scribble whatever I can today and see if I could complete this one . so many things happened in last 8 months around the globe . The ones mentioned below had me thinking though .
Mr. Musharaf is finally out of the office . His tenure sure was mixed bag . Few things I admired about him were his policies which led to better life for pakistani women , his practical stand on J&K and his efforts to make pakistan more liberal nation . He indeed lost plot along the way over past couple of years but a decade down the line ,he will be remembered as someone who did good for the cause of pakistan .
We won 3 medals at olympics , another 3-4 indians made it to quarterfinals . We got to know about the hardships the olympians face without enough financial support . I sincerely hope enough money is pumped in sports by corporates over next few years and get to see better showing in olympics at london ๐Ÿ™‚ .For some reason , I enjoyed watching Pugilist Akhil kumar fighting it out there in middle ,even though he lost in quarters .I wish he will be around next time around ( considering that he is 27 right now ) .
Future of The nuclear deal is still hanging in balance and lefts are out of the govt ( yeyy !! ) .
And me is in hyderabad at peace with life , its almost been an year since then . I just dont know how time flew by so quickly. The other day a friend was saying , 8 months of 2008 have passed by already . It doesnt seem long time since I jotted down my memoirs for year 2007 and the time to write about 2008 is approaching at fast pace ๐Ÿ™‚ .This year witnessed record number of marriages so far among my friends . Every other day a friend or the other uploads snaps of engagement / marriage on orkut .The regret on this front has been I attended close friend`s wedding at a place which was 70 kms from Panaji in Konkan and we could not extend the trip to Goa thanks to work at office ๐Ÿ˜ฆ .
My association with my employer entered into 5th year in May ๐Ÿ™‚ . For some reason , this bond has been pretty strong . Chennai , Hyderabad , NJ and back to hyderabad . Its been eventful 4 and half years .I am one of the buzurgs here right now ๐Ÿ˜€ , many of them either moved on to other companies or are working somewhere in US / UK .
on personal front, life has been good . oh btw , I bought a Bean Bag , something I wanted to buy for ages ๐Ÿ˜€ . I wanted to buy a recliner chair too. yeah , loved the one Joey has got in sitcom FRIENDS . That indeed is being sold in Hyderabad . But 45,000 for a recliner chair , ahem . so I leave it on future me for time being .
when we are sitcoms , I stumbled upon this sitcom ” How I met your Mother ” and thoroughly enjoyed watching 3 seasons of it .
On Movies and Novels front , Read The Namesake and thoroughly enjoyed the book for its excellent narration and character portrayl. There have been no notable desi movies so far to talk about . Enjoyed watching english Movie Wanted starring Angelina Jolie though ๐Ÿ™‚ .
Phew , so many things to write about I guess. Shall take a break right now .and pen down something else very soon .
oh btw , Do go thru this one . Nice read.Did help me to put many things in perspective .

Eid Mubarak , Merry Xmas and Appy New year !

Posted in festive mood, Musings, new year by Apoorv on December 25, 2007

There is this feeling which makes me happy many a time . someone is sitting there up in heaven who protects me all the time , prevents me from taking wrong decisions , brings me back on track again and again .There were moments when not so good things happened with me . I was left sulking , wondering why of all me ? , why did things not shape up the way I wanted them to be . But when I look back and ponder over all those not so good things , it all makes sense .
It does not look all that bad now . I realised that there is difference between the way I want things to happen and the right thing . It was like someone was trying to tell me , ” young man , there is right time for everything and this sure is not the right time . ”
All the risks I took did pay off , my luck never deserted me when I needed it the most . some things happened recently which further strengthened my belief ๐Ÿ™‚ .
Reminds me of the quote , ” I had my time, I had the power, I am yet to have my finest hour ” . so here comes 2008 . And I look forward to this year and I am sure there are lot many goodies in store this year and this sure would be my finest hour , I hope my guardian up there feels the same way ๐Ÿ™‚ .

Bye bye 2007 , you have been very kind to me too .

“Got no checkbooks, got no banks,
Still I’d like to express my thanks –
I got the sun in the morning
and the moon at night.”

~Irving Berlin, “I Got the Sun in the Morning,”

Wish you all a very happy festive season and a great year ahead !!

The Butterfly Effect ..

Posted in Life.., Musings, Travel by Apoorv on December 14, 2007

Given a chance would you like to change something in your past ? a friend asked .

I wud say I really wont . I am happy with my succeess and I am incomplete without my faillures and mistakes and the lessons learnt from them .ย  watched this movie called “The Butterfly effect ” recently ( would advise everyone to atleast read about this phenomenon on wiki ) and read quite a bit about The chaos Theory , and realised that life is but a game of snakes and ladders. outcome of a series of decisions that one takes . so there really is no point in ruing about what you could have done and what you couldnt have . past is past .

ย I seek a future though with plenty of fun , perfect balance of work and personal life .spare time for various things in life I always craved to do .
To start with , The lazybee in me yearns to shed some weight ๐Ÿ˜€ .
The enthusiast in me yearns to take up photography as a serious hobbyย  . I have been reading about the art and appreaciating works of others on flickr quite a lot , of late . And probably take a shot at writing something good , after long time .
The careless me yearns to be bit more organized .
The wanderlust in me yearns to see new places , spend a month in goa ,observe the people ,their way of living , appreciate the scenic beauty all over again , watching the sun rising and setting at those beautiful beachesย  . I would love to spend a week at vizag and araku valley ( which btw is going to happen soon ๐Ÿ™‚ ) .
standing on beachside and looking towards the horizon ,the vastness of this world gives me a high , like it would have to the sailors . It feels like I am peeking into the future , makes me feel immensely peaceful . yes , I would love to go for boat rideย  from Rajmandry to Bhadrachalam in month of chilly winter . They talk a lot about god`s own country . I wud love to go there too some day . And there are so many other places too . Having never travelled to northern part of India , the land sadly remains unexplored ๐Ÿ˜ฆ .ย  There is no end to the wishlistย  ๐Ÿ™‚ . would end this one with beautiful lines by Mirza Ghalibย  ๐Ÿ™‚ .

hazaaron khwahishen aisi ke har khwahish pe dum nikle
bahot nikle mere armaan, lekin phir bhi kam nikle

…thousands of desires, each worth dying for…
many of them I have realized…yet I yearn for more…

wah wah !
This might very well be the last one for this year . or I could write one more . Anyway wishing everyone a very prosperous and fun filled new year .

Kabhi Aana Tu Meri Gali :)

Posted in Musings, Nostalgia by Apoorv on August 5, 2007

stumbled upon video of this song sung by Eupohria Band , recently on net . and some fond memories related to this song rushed thru my mind ๐Ÿ˜€ ..
I must say I am devoid of any sort of artistic touch in me . I never really sang , danced , painted or played some musical instrument well . And there was this burning desire in me all along to perform something on stage in college days.and win atleast a prize in one of such contests . I was pretty much involved in organizing events for last two years and that way I was part of action , but I was looking forward to some onstage performance than being backstage boy all the time . Ahem , I had this thought somewhere on back of my mind that one such stage performance would go long way in realizing my potti patao operation ๐Ÿ™‚ .
During final year gathering , I could realize one of the two goals ,winning a contest . I could win a stupid dumb-charades contest with bit of luck and bit of manipulation with help of organizer friend ๐Ÿ™‚ . But the other dream , performing something on stage didnt really see the light of the day . Towards end , we friends had passed resolution that we would live the life to the fullest and do what we want to do , no matter what . so , we friends ganged up and thought of giving a live performance . The occasion was perhaps last celebration of our college days ,which was farewell party to us by juniors,and with fair amount of practice , we could sing this song on stage , Kabhi Aana Tu Meri Gali …. and it truely was lot of fun , I was lead singer of our group of 7-8 guys ๐Ÿ™‚ … Today suddenly all those memories flashed thru my mind while watching the song ,and I couldnot help but hum the lines along with the song ๐Ÿ™‚

kya karegi tu ghar se nikalke jayegi tu kahan
kya dekhegi tu tajmahal ko ,mai na hun jo wahan
kya najar aur kya najare kuch nahi inme baat
nagri nagri kya dhundegi mai na hun jo tere sath
kabhi aana tu meri gali tujhe palko pe rakhunga ji ……

Life is rolling … for better and for worse :)

Posted in Life.., Personal by Apoorv on July 2, 2007

The season of marriages started some time last year with many of friends tying the knot . Received about 5-6 marriage invitations from folks who have been good friends in past one month . 2 of them happen to be school friends ,parents did attend the wedding and promptly called me up to let me know that they would love to see their son walking up the aisle sooner ๐Ÿ™‚ ..
There is this guy ,one of my closest pals ,who at tender age of 24 is getting engaged . And I was like , “what ??? how the hell could you get married ? ” . and he said ” why not ? ” ๐Ÿ™‚ .
Ahem , on the sidelines ,that somehow reminded me of a stupid song of yesteryears , “satrah baras ki baali umar ko salaam” ๐Ÿ˜€ . 24 can not really be termed baali umar though ๐Ÿ™‚ .
And then There is this nut case ,who I thought wont get married until he atleast turns 30 ( Thats what his parents told us ๐Ÿ™‚ ) , is getting married.He, after all wanted to be an IAS or an MBA before he would take the plunge.But he met his Jennifer Cavilleri on the way and this fella melted down .And after all its far more imporant to be happy in the life ( refer to the previous post ๐Ÿ™‚ ) . I am really happy for all my friends , that they are settling down in life .Not having met someone who would compel me to give up my merry bachelor life and having few things in life to get rid of first , I sit back , enjoy life and watch many of my buddies zooming past .
one of interesting things in life is ,watching people move ahead you at different junctures in life. be it getting into good college ,first job and now marriage ๐Ÿ™‚ ,and god knows what things would be added to this list as we grow older . It could be li’l intimidating . If nothing , it puts bit of pressure on you .They would say ” sala Job lagne ke baad badal gaya ” ,and now ” sala , shadi ke baad badal gaya ” would be added to the list ๐Ÿ™‚ .
well thats life . Best of luck you guys , wish you all a very very happy life ahead ,and better stay in touch with us . yea, the lines are drawn now , its you married folks and us bachelors now ! ๐Ÿ™‚ .

Gyaan … :)

Posted in Life.., Musings by Apoorv on June 30, 2007

Most of our miseries are self-inflicted.While comparison with others to some extent is gud to motivate ourselves,but if we start doing that beyond a point ,its no good.
We all move ahead in life based on opportunities that come our way,and the decisions that we take.
That way ,we all are unique .
Besides definitions of success and happiness vary from person to person.As long as we satisfy our own definition,we are good.

in love ..again …

Posted in Dil Vil Pyar Vyar by Apoorv on May 22, 2007

Its been around two years since i fell in love for first time..dare i say it was love at first site .
I saw her and I was mesmerized .she captured my imagination like no one ever did . In short span , we became inseperable. I just couldnot imagine my life without her .she could talk about just anything under sun for hours .I could keep on interacting with her for hours ,and simply wont feel bored .ahh,well she completed me .
I would have loved had this affair lasted forever.but it was not meant to be …I had to move to other place after an year .I thought things would be pretty much alright ,after all she was coming with me too .But I guess,she didnt like the new place .she started behaving in a cranky manner ,which I thought was not really something part of her .and after few months,differences started to creep in .something really unusual between us .both of us were at fault.after few months,she said we would better part our ways.and she went away.never to come back again .i tried hard to convince her to come back .exercise in futility it was …
They say Time heals everything .It did take lot of time to come to terms with world without her . over perid of time, I could recover .
The starry night , the rain drops ,a cup of coffee would remind me of her and those good old days , once in a while …It was an affair to remember,as long as it lasted ..that is ..
its been 6 months since then ..and today I could feel the same feeling all over again . I could feel the same excitement I felt 2 years ago .Ohh ,did I just fall in love all over again ?ย  you bet I just did .
and this time she is even sleeker ,faster and lotsa fun to be with :)) . yup,shes got 2 Gb of Ram ,1.73 Ghz of dual core 2 centrino processor ,Nvidia graphics card with wondows Vista . she is Dell Inspiron 6400 !! wish this affair lasts for years to come !! Amen !

Tidbits

Posted in Humor by Apoorv on May 7, 2007

Aย funny incident that happened with my friend here.
This friend of mine sree ,whoย happens to beย a pure veggie , went for dinner to a chinese restaurant .
after usual greetings were exchanged ,everyone settled down and the order for food was being placed .
There were not many veggie dishes there so he asked for veggie specialties there and he was advised to go for vegetable fried rice.
and sree obligued ” Please make it a vegetable fried rice for me .”
” very well sir .I will get veg fried rice for you. sir ,would you prefer it with pork or without pork ? ” the guy taking order said . and sree was aghast not sure what to reply :).