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Saturday, June 30, 2007

Congrats guyz!!!

Another one down. Congrats Syed and Wish you and Rasha the very best in life and Thanks for the amazing feast of a dinner!!! :-)

Had a great time catching up with Bharath, Umesh, Sal n Asoo. We should do it again sometime soon guyz!!!

One more feast and one more down on Sunday - you guyz are really making me feel old. Congrats to you too - Thatha and Swapna!!! About time you got married. ;-)

Monday, June 25, 2007

My Library

A small collection of the books in my library (@home) ... hopefully will be a huge collection of the best books some day!!!

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Hooked to K Series!!!

Oooh!!! I'd just about got hooked to the K-Series serials. While my mom cried over Tulsi's pains, I and my brother were thrilled and celebrated every one of Ekalavya's plots with Hi-Fives. He's easily the best Villain I've seen on TV. His wicked laughter, his wild schemes to fool Tulsi and the way he tells her exactly how he's gonna plot her downfall. I just loved it.

But I don't like the new Tulsi though. She's too boring. The story I believe is that Smriti Irani started getting nightmares of Ekalavya and was admitted to a Mental Asylum even in her real life. :) So she had to be replaced and since they couldn't get her to play her real self for too long, they got her to go insane in the serial while they looked for a replacement.

Speaking of replacements, my replacement in the project seems overwhelmed that there is so much to do and so little time. Atleast now that my transition is complete, I get to go home - prompt at five. Feels great!!!

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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Why the rush?

Why's everyone in such a rush to join the rat race? Most of my friends seem to be in a mad rush to either get committed or get married while some others have already joined the rat race and finished it by falling into the Whirlpool of Marriage with each new victim acting like the Pied Piper for other newer Rats.

Am I making a big blunder by rushing into the MBA, instead of taking some time off and looking to get married?

Nevertheless, I am thrilled about one person who joined the list of committed folks - my dear bro after a good two years of searching for the elusive bride. They make a good pair - my bro and wud-be SIL. Welcome to the family Rashmi.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Farewell E-Mail

Finally the time has come to get out of this project. Was looking for a Farewell Mail on the Net when I found the one below. Tweaked and personalized.

Feel free to copy, paste, and "Save as Draft" for a rainy day - OF RECKONING.


Hi All,

As many of you probably know, today is my last day. But before I leave, I wanted to take this opportunity to let you know what a great and distinct pleasure it has been to type “Today is my last day.”

For nearly as long as I’ve worked, I've been working for G and I’ve always hoped that I might one day get out of here. And now that this dream has become a reality, please know that I could not have reached this goal without your unending lack of support and the never ending meaningless arguments on how you were more superior than I/Us. Words cannot express my gratitude for the words of gratitude you did not express.

I would especially like to thank all of my managers: in an age where miscommunication is all too common, you consistently impressed and inspired me with the sheer magnitude of your misinformation. It takes a strong man to admit his mistake - it takes a stronger man to attribute his mistake to me.

Over the past five years, you have taught me more than I could ever ask for and, in most cases, ever did ask for. I have been fortunate enough to work with some absolutely interchangeable supervisors on a wide variety of seemingly identical projects - an invaluable lesson in overcoming daily tedium in overcoming daily tedium in overcoming daily tedium.

Your demands were high and your patience short, but I take great solace knowing that my work was, as stated on my annual review, "mostly satisfactory." That is the type of praise that sends a man home happy after even a 10 hour day, smiling his way through half a bottle of mostly satisfactory scotch.

And to most of my peers: even though we barely acknowledged each other within these office walls, I hope that in the future, should we pass on the street, you will regard me the same way as I regard you: sans eye contact.

But to those few souls with whom I’ve actually interacted, here are my personalized notes of farewell:

To all the Client Managers: I will always remember my innumberable unsuccesful attempts at convincing you that there is something called an Estimate that needs to be done before you can decide on a Schedule and a Deadline.

To E: I will miss your arrogant responses to each of my mails on issues we faced. Did you really think we cared?

To R: I will definitely miss you since you are the one person from Onsite who managed to bring a word of praise to your mouth, that only got us into putting the phone on mute and rolling on the floor laughing.

To Mr. Bean: You were easily the funniest guy in G. Your pretences at acting knowledgeable only made me become a bigger fan of Dilbert with every passing day under you. But you also win the award for being my "BEST BOSS". Fooling you was sooo sooo easy!!!

And finally, to SPnOthers: You want to go to the Moon. OK, if you insist. But I can't promise to bring you back (safely).

So, in parting, if I could pass on any word of advice to the individual who will soon be filling my position, it would be to cherish this experience like a sponge and soak it up like a good woman, because a job opportunity like this comes along only once in a lifetime.

Meaning: if I had to work here again in this lifetime, I would sooner kill myself.

Very truly yours,


PS: I will be throwing myself a happy hour farewell party at the burnt-out bar in the sub-basement of the bus station. Please do not stop by.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Congrats dude!!!

I never knew I'd be so happy when I heard these two words - "I'm OK". These golden words came out of my dear brother's mouth last Sunday Evening and were we all thrilled or what. Me for more reasons than one - relieved that he'd finally found his match, reduced levels of tension at home and relieved parents who were more and more worried as each day passed.

And of course, in some time soon, the search will begin for me too. Maybe things might get a little delayed with my plans of an MBA and all that - but then atleast my parents can now approach parents of girls with confidence now. :)