Monday, December 14, 2009

To imagine a heaven and then not to dream of it, but to demand it.


"...Its a rare gift, you know, to feel reverence for your own life and to want the best, the greatest, the highest possible, here, now. To imagine a heaven and then not to dream of it, but to demand it."



Hmmm... I was asking myself... is it a dream job you want or a dream company?? And of course its a dream job, a job where you do as your mind pleases, a job where you can THINK about how to get that old rusted motor running, on your own, a job where you can get in and show your team, THIS is how you nail it in the head!! A job where I can drive back home feeling taller and stronger!! :) I feel this only when I swim or when I soil my clothes in the garden, or when I read Rand. At least for now.


What's a dream company anyway?? Unless you have one of your own!! Only then is it YOUR dream, only yours and no one else's to share. And talking of a job, yes, it could get the best of you for a while, but if you're really looking for more answers, they're all around you. Just a matter of time we begin to see that bright spot down the hallway... the door which leads to LIGHT... where you're standing tall, dark against the light with your arms up, head thrown back, feet apart and when the light hits your face, you look better than ever... you smile. A silent yet fulfilling smile, something that would say more than a thousand words or a beautiful poem... And one day, someday, I WILL come home to that smile... :)

See you when I see you... :D

P.S.I find I'm so excited, I can barely sit still or hold a thought in my head. I think it's the excitement only a free man can feel, a free man at the start of a long journey at the end of which he knows not WHERE he would be but only know WHAT he would be. I hope I can swim across to the other end. I hope to see the land of my dreams, and sit along its shores. I hope the Pacific is as blue as it has been in my dreams. I hope. Inspired from The Shawshank Redemption :)

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Updates... Revival :)

Well, I've just been too lazy to sign into blogger!! Yeah, over 3 months I guess. I've had lots to write but somehow didn't make the effort to do it.

Anyway, if you're really expecting current tales of my land, let me warn you, I have nothing to say about it!! Whatever comes, I will remain and so the people of my land, who cares about borders/boundaries and limits these days??


So, coming back to me... my first month off I've been busy with House M.D and must say, Hugh Laurie really is some talent man!! In fact as I write this, I feel I must dedicate this post to House!! Why not?? I've been busy watching all the Seasons repeatedly, again and again... and talking of being influenced... I've been walking around with a cane, limping, for a few days, and finally had to give it away to someone who ACTUALLY needed it!!... I use Hanson-MmmBop as the ring tone for my friends, and ABBA's Dancing Queen for my brother (those of you who know will know)... you decide what that means. And yeah, I also read that Laurie said reading Wodehouse novels saved his life!! Oh man!! Now that's really something for reading novels what he is today!! :O






And... I've had my share of Wodehouse too... apart from that, I've had lots of revelations to myself... The most significant of all being the attitude of Dentists. Particularly female Dentists... more particularly pretty female dentists!! ;) When you're looking at her, you're so lost... the way she smiles, the way she engages you in random talk... smoooooth... and then KRRRRAKKKOWWW!! The next thing you know when you come to your senses is you're bleeding from your gums, she's giving you the perfect-smile with her perfect-teeth and she holds out my extracted tooth and flaunts it in front of you and says, "see... it wasn't that bad, was it??" Oh really!! And then she says, "don't spit anything out for about a day". I must have swallowed a pint of my own blood and Goddess!! it made me sick in the stomach!! Poor me, I didn't realize the smile and kindness were used over the anesthetic to perform this barbarous act!! C'mon!! Pliers??!! Wodehouse rightly says... "the prospect of visiting a dentist this evening makes you forget of the total ruin that's in store for you for the year to come!!" He's SO right!!

Seriously!! What's in it they need to smile about given what they do with it??!!






So, that is that. And oh, another significant move... I've started fishing again!! :D Big time. I'm going all out each day, and feeling totally on top of the world. But happens so that my to-be employer would like me to come and join sometime soon!! So the fishing stops then maybe (unless I can find a pond at work too ;)) Yeah, you win something, you lose something. Square.
So until I come back with something of greater significance (which I certainly will!! This was just like a starter ;) ), keep on dancing and as always...

see you when I see you folks... :D

Saturday, August 8, 2009

LEARNING TO FLY...




Friction lock - set.
Mixture - rich
Propellers - fully forward
Flaps - set - 10 degrees
Engine gauges and suction - check







Into the distance, a ribbon of black

Stretched to the point of no turning back
A flight of fancy on a windswept field
Standing alone my senses reeled
A fatal attraction holding me fast, how
Can I escape this irresistible grasp?

Cant keep my eyes from the circling skies
Tongue-tied and twisted just an earth-bound misfit, i

Ice is forming on the tips of my wings
Unheeded warnings, I thought I thought of everything
No navigator to guide my way home
Unladened, empty and turned to stone
A soul in tension that's learning to fly
Condition grounded but determined to try


Above the planet on a wing and a prayer,
My grubby halo, a vapour trail in the empty air,
Across the clouds I see my shadow fly
Out of the corner of my watering eye
A dream unthreatened by the morning light
Could blow this soul right through the roof of the night


This is most of what was ringing in my head (Pink Floyd - Learning to Fly) when I was standing across the line, seeing my friends fly-off to chase their dreams... I suggest you hear it and SEE it to understand and FEEL it... On a more personal note...


I felt like...

Like an Eagle I've learned to fly
Now I span my wings
Only to soar high in the sky
If not this summer, not this fall...
I will fly, when it is my spring...

For I was born to fly, alone and high
Like an Eagle... I WILL FLY...


There comes a time for all Eagles to leave the warmth of their nests and learn to fly like an Eagle. they're just born that way.

If you walk like a duck, quack like a duck, squat like a duck, then be sure, you ARE A DUCK!! "That which is of the flesh is flesh, that which is of the spirit is spirit" You just have to be born with whatever it takes to reach those heights, span your wings and looks down upon the earthy beings and still stay grounded to that what's needed off the ground!!

Live like a King, they once said... the Kings came, they saw, they conquered and they died (or probably fleed their land just to live, forget like a King!!) This is the age of Eagles... they were, they are and they will be.

Eagles will never stay on the ground and feed on the worms and grains in grit... They will fly... They will fly high... They will rule the sky... They may be alone high up in the sky, but they just don't care, for they were born to fly - soar high!!

Contrary to what I thought it would be, and mostly IS, my presence at the airport, seeing off the people who were part of my dominant thoughts and actions for the last few years, wasn't all that emotional. Not at all emotional actually!! Eagles don't sympathize with one another!! Each one - on his own...

I guess the Eagle-ian way of things says it all about what the whole experience has left behind with me...

And hey, Eagles don't take advice/teachings from fellow Eagles, nor do they flock together!!

Well, that is that... The Eagle-ian way of LIFE!! (I wish I could show you how high I am already!! :|

See you when I see you... :D

Monday, July 27, 2009

Seriously!! IT-Joe or not, just read it!!

Look at what this good man has written about the IT-ian way of LIFE... so its so rightly called, IT's life! And also, let me just inform all those who don't know this good man, he himself is one among the IT-clan and yet, he spake the truth. Let the truth prevail... Good work Kalyan!! :D

Have fun... until later, see you when I see you... :D

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Bachelor of Engineering!! :D




Congratulations PK and all my fellow folks who've made it through!! :D

My header pic just shows my body, my soul is already flying high!! The first step into the REAL world... And so began the journey of another great man with other great men!! Does this not make him greater??!! :P

See you when I see you... :D

Friday, July 3, 2009

The PERFECT BEGINNING to a PERFECT ENDING...

You have to see this to believe it!! The best spot I found in the entire trip... :)

*I realized it may seem a loong post for a few. So, if you want just the best of it, watch the videos towards the end and the pic links below... I really insist that you watch the first video!! Its kinda "bugging"!! ;)

**The fact that I've drafted this post some 20 days back!! ignore the tenses for a while and read on...

Hi all!! Finally PK stops over to share something. Must be something really goood and interesting!! ;) Such is the power of a good... actually, a great holiday!!

As you must have guessed from the title of this post, I just came back from a two day vacation to Coorg, and I must say, it was by-far, one of the best places I've ever been to till today!! And an added to the beauty of the place itself, was the Estate we stayed in, and the owners of it, a charming and caring couple as your hosts - there's nothing else to beat that!!

So, I started out reluctantly on the whole idea of going out on a holiday with my family (after a decade!!) and somehow ended up going by road from Bangalore to this place called, Silver Brook Estate in Coorg (click here for the Nature pics!!). And believe me, the entire trip, right from the drive on the Bangalore-Mysore Highway, along the twisted and thick green, spiral roads that lead to Madikeri, then to the Estate itself has been good enough to get me high!!



Day 1:
The thick green cover all over the place is something that all of us living in these concrete jungles would love at the very first sight. And the beautiful sounds of the insects, birds and the soothing sound of water flowing along the rocky slopes at a few places was really too much of a Natural experience for me!! :) Once I reached the Estate where we were two spend our next two days, I was exalted seeing the grandeur of the place. The owners of the Estate, Mr.Yogesh and Mrs.Revathi, both greeted us with big energetic hellos as soon as we drove in. Everything in the house was antique... a beautiful clock, a rich collection of books in the library, chairs along the fire place, and the entire house was lit with the natural light coming in through glass tiles on the roof. Oh and life isn't jingalaala without Tata Sky, so that too!! ;)


We had a bonfire that night, sat around it, a few family pics, the warm company of Pink Floyd all the while, then a wonderful continental dinner. The best part about each meal was that, we just had to mention the style of food, and the rest was taken care by our hosts, no menus, no picking, no trouble at all. There was something special about each meal :) And each time we were served something, that totally shut us up for a while. The juices get going too fast you see!! :P






Day 2:
Waking up to the biting cold, I took a stroll in the Estate and ventured a little deep into the woods (I had to do something adventurous!!), heard my own voice echo through the hills, observed a few sounds, plants, and was constanly looking out for a snake, so I could hold it and take a pic, but never found one!! :( So, I come back and sit by the fire place, with my legs on the coffee table and notice something on my leg and ignored it for a while thinking it was a fiber from my socks. Some, 30 mins later... tadaaa... the apparent fiber was a leech sucking my blood!! I dind't kill him, he shared my blood!! I named him Leechi and put him in a box. We went out had some pics togehter but that evening Leechi died!! :( He couldn't sustain life with my blood!!

That afternoon we drove to a nearby Elephant camp at a place called Dubbare. And just PK-style, I never even went to the elephant camp!! Instead, we (me and Nik) went white water rafting along the Barapore base camp along the river Cauvery. Now, here's the best part... The raft-guide of my boat kept instigating me saying its safe to swim in those waters, that I wouldn't drown with a life jacket, its going to be fine and all that... I had to tell him what I was made of!!! Sploosh!! ;)



And that evening, yet another spectacular composition of the nature... a pleasant symphony... a near-by brook, the soothing sound of flowing water... Nothing else was needed for that moment. That - in itself!!






Day 3:
Foggy morning, biting cold, and I set for my morning walk on the last day of my stay. It was the longest walk I EVER went out on!! Full 2 hours and 10 mins!! I just walked down the only road, came across a loooong stream that disappeared into the woods down the hills leaving just the sounds of gushing water behind, fluff cotton coming out of their covers, wild Mangoes, jack fruits all over the roads, and lots and lots of Hibiscus all along the way... Mera dil toh garden garden ho gayaa!! nahin, jungle jungle ho gaya!! :P Not to forget, the way I was singing out aloud, A Brave New World - Maiden, and the few passers-by or even fewer residents along the path, staring at me like I was a complete Jackass!! Maybe I was acting like one then!! But it was fun... :D And finally, after the long walk and a fantabulous closing meal for breakfast, we set out on our way back home... The same lush green, bright sun through the trees and not to forget, the soothing effect of photo-films on your eyes... ;)



Click on any pic to view it in Full-res... There's hidden beauty in details... http://picasaweb.google.com/nikthetitan/CoorgNature#


I really wanted something more than the Goas, Manalis and East and West of India, and I found more than what I wanted at Namma Coorg!! :D It was a very refreshing experience after a long time!! And yeah, most credits to the owners of the Estate we stayed in... they made our Holiday!! :)

And also, one misadventure... I had to cough up 100 bucks to Traffic Maama!! Sun-of-a-gun, was chilling under a tree and wired the other guys saying I went around the circle in the wrong direction!! Yeah right!! On a one-lane town, manned traffic signals (3 or 4) and one Police Station, how lucky could I get?? I got caught b/w two signals that had the police station b/w them!! Wah PK!! Your stars are SHINING ON YOU!!

Now, that's what I call a complete family-package!! This energy is still getting me going...

And finally, a few MUST WATCH VIDEOS!! Don't blame me if one of them is really annoying!! But I suggest you hear it anyway!! ;) Yeah, "HEAR IT"...

video
It gives me great pleasure to introduce the biggest and most annoying Jack of the Jungle!! ;) Listen to it for yourself... DONT MISS IT!! ITS REAL FUN!!

video
This one's along the road during my walk...

So until later, with another powerful post, see you when I see you... :D

Friday, June 26, 2009

Well... Just REMEMBER THE TIME...


I had to give my own tribute to this Legend, self-proclaimed and maybe the very best King of Pop. Ever.

I have been saying this to people since morning and I'll say it here too...

They say history repeats itself every once in a while... Maybe. But it'll never be anything like this guy created!!

Like most of us here, I had my very own experience growing up with MJ's music... One of the very first songs I sat down and wrote the lyrics listening to the songs was - Stranger in Moscow... And one of his best ever with Slash - Give into me...










I spent a lot of time admiring this pic on one of his disks...

And I just came to know, MJ has a patent for his Moonwalk shoes!! Cool!!



RIP MJ!! Your music will live on...

P.S. Coming up, my much delayed and awaited post on my vacation to Coorg. The best ever!! (so far)

Saturday, March 28, 2009

YES!! MAN...


Say it a million times.
Say it a million more times.

And the word you will have said more than 2 million times is:


YES!!

Well, have I been busy?? - YES

Or just lazy?? - YES

Is all this completely crazy?? - YES

Did I feed the fish the tadpoles?? - YES

Did I go off on a long long vacation?? - YES

Will I be back ever again - YES

Soon?? - YES

YES

YES

YES

So, will you go watch the movie if you haven't yet??

........

Hell, YES!!

See you when I see you... :D

Thursday, February 26, 2009

A WELL-DESERVED SAD POST!!!

Yes!! It is!! Why?? Why should all this happen?? Why should I be in a position where I cannot do a damn thing about any of it?? Why am I a citizen of this country when I can't help it fight its evil?? WHY??

READ THE POST AT - WE ARE INDIA...

Thursday, February 19, 2009

The SNAKE CHARMER... (well, almost!! ;))

I was off on a trip to my friend's sisters wedding... and the wedding in itself, was just a small part of the day... what happened around it... see for yourself!!


Have a closer look, look at the transparent layer on its eye socket...


And can someone explain to me, what does this guy exactly do??!! I mean co-operate in what?? to whom?? is it gender specific?? if yes, then what about the other gender??


And finally, how's this for some food place to go to??

HIGH CLASS CANFECTIONER'S (with an aprostrophe and s!!)


And a BEKARY...


All in all, it was a very good trip and a great wedding!!

See you when I see you... :)

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Another guy... another GOD theory...


I read THE PINK ORCHID's post of being traditional and started commenting... I soon realized, I had a lot to share. So, here I go...

I said this on previous occasions but I'll just state it once again for the record... PK doesn't believe in GOD but believes in the ways of religion. But me not acknowledging GOD doesn't make his/her existence questionable if they REALLY exist. At least I know, I know. Now if you're saying to yourself, why'd I care (IF), read on... its always fun to read these things...

I am an atheist. But, having said that, let me also tell you, I love and respect religion. YES. Not GOD, RELIGION. Because nothing bad ever was preached by any religion. Religions are just a way of life... a disciplined way of life... follow it long enough and they call it a TRADITION!!

I do not have the influence of God on my life but I feel, all the religious traditions I've been put through, have built a great part of me!! For one thing, it surely taught me to be patient!! sitting through long sessions and stuff. Also, while people chant, I believe it would have some effect on them, not because of God, but because it involves taking control of one's own many senses.....


I accept the fact that I am what I am because of the effects religion has had on me (though I don't acknowledge the GOD factor involved in it). Any religion, if followed the right way, is good. Its just a huge collection of a set of DOs and DONTs which have been studied for centuries and put together as one solid thesis... RELIGION. Good. But, the confusing or rather amusing part here is, were the makers of these religions lacking so much confidence in themselves that they had to acknowledge all these as teachings of some being who is above the entire Human race?? And even worse, losers came along with passing time and added a whole new list of DOs and DONTs which had nothing to do with the initial teachings!!

A guy sitting in a laboratory achieves a feat no man has EVER achieved in life before, something that would CHANGE the world forever... and the bunch of losers come along saying, let's all thank God for this!! Guys!! The guy who discovered that thing is your GOD, He is The Man, standing right in front of you!!

A student studies HARD or whatever it is he does to score well and all the good results are dedicated to HIM and the bad ones to him!! No!! HE did not even remotely help the guy when he was staggered at the junction, not knowing whether to choose "Berkley or Lamport's Algorithm" or "the different types of threads", neither of which he knew the answers to, to clear the line!! But the guy somehow managed the show himself and in the end did a fair job.

Jokes apart, the whole GOD-factor in this world, is causing more destruction than ever before!! Now, it MAY not be fair enough to blame The Gods themselves for all that, but the fact that its in their name and there's not a GOD-DAMN thing they can do about it, remains a fact.

So, the Gods either need to make a PUBLIC-APPEARANCE and set all the records straight (which I really doubt, because the people doing stuff in their name need more action and definitely wouldn't spare GOD-himself for coming out in the open and making a statement) or PEOPLE need to stop worrying themselves about the GOD-factor and start living for themselves. Now, when I say this, I am definitely not preaching. For me, that's the IDEAL solution!! Because if people still fought then (which I'm sure they will), it would at least be based on an element of TRUTH and someday, there can be JUSTICE. But GOD, he's way above the LAW!!



See you when I see you... :)

Friday, January 30, 2009

What is INFINITE??


Something that's way beyond the scope of the Human Mind...

Or something we're too lazy to chase around??


You can feel free to explain 'ifs' and 'buts' or are we too lazy for that too?? ;)

P.S. The reason I asked myself this Q was, I was driving along the cities roads and saw a great amount of work had been done overnight at some places (for 30th Jan!!) and was wondering why this doesn't happen every day of the year?? And then I gave up thinking. Again, a little while later, I ask myself, why did I stop thinking?? Is the problem infinite?? Maybe yes, maybe not!!

People can just point fingers at one another = infinite
Or just the one man who can get things done PERIOD


See you when I see you... :)

Thursday, January 22, 2009

“THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE UNEXPECTED - BECAUSE THERE WERE NO EXPECTATIONS.”


Here's the scenario... I was busy running around places doing random stuff, enjoying my vacations at Bangalore, from being caught peeking into my record during a lab internal to completely manipulating the output in the external exams... I've done everything that I should say just happened unexpectedly... I've started a BLOGATHON during my university exams, I've spent sleepless nights before exams blogging and...

FINALLY... the awaited moment... RESULTS...

I was prepared for ANYthing to happen. ANYTHING!! I thought of all possibilities for all kinds of results... from working after studies to having a career in politics to being a pedlar (honest!! there's good money there after all!!)...

And then, my brother shouts to me (while I was busy sleeping), "PK!!!! ALL CLEAR!!!" Maybe he was expecting me to jump out of bed in joy or show a sign of relief!! But trust me, it just meant filling up another void for me!! You know why?? Because, I was hoping for the best, but I was prepared for the worst too!! ;) And oh, to top it all, I guess its one of the best scores I've got so far!! YAY!! My dollar dreams are still on!! :D

So, PK's back... anyone wants to give me updates on anything at all... just feel free... because I am very busy trying to find something to keep up to at this point in time... bring it on folks!!

As always, until later, see you when I see you... :)

P.S. I celebrated my joy with Floyd (Comfortably Numb!!)

Friday, January 9, 2009

NONAME.TAG

Another tag from The PINK ORCHID... here I go... But before that, I pledged my support to a good cause, here I go with that first...

"When You Pray, Move Your Feet"

Now that's what is called, 'COMMITMENT TO A CAUSE'... I am part of it... are you??



1) Who are you?
A) I am exactly the same guy I look in the mirror each day, and am a product of a series of chemical reactions happening in that twisted place in my upstairs!! I am COMPLETELY all what I am.

2) What have you achieved in your life till now?
A) Such is the nature of the question... I have achieved a lot!! A lots of knowledge, not to be confused with the wisdom I gained, lots of medals in swimming, lots of mischief in life, almost a Degree, most of all, an experience that's worth a LIFETIME of mine and completely worth each day I lived!!

3) Do you respect your parents and obey them, even if they don't share your viewpoint?
A) I respect all Human Beings living on this earth!! I mean it!! And I definitely don't agree with majority of the population, respect for them has nothing to do with my differences.

4) Do you believe in god?
A) NO. I would take the liberty to say more here... a little confusing for those who can't get it but for others, I believe in all RELIGIONS!! YES. The way I see things, all RELIGIONS are based on facts that have been put together for centuries. No religious man can EVER be a danger to the world we live in. But clearly, what we see today, is not even the remotest definition of ANY religion. And do subtract all SUPERSTITION from all religions!! And somehow, I prefer to stay a non-religious man, despite what I've said.

5) What are the things that you associate with god?
A) If anything, its THE LIGHT - THE SUN. And talking of GODLY figures, EACH MAN IS HIS OWN GOD. Period. I love WATER and AIR too...

6)Is it really not necessary to stand out for whats right and not complaint for whats wrong?
A) ALWAYS. But we need to do it in a smart way. What's good is a cause that you'd die fighting for, even before you've done something about it?? And anyway, there's no COMMON RIGHT / WRONG in this entire universe. Just the window of perception we choose.

Phew!! That was some serious tag!!

I'd just hook Dolphin with this tag... love to hear from you on these Qs!!

See you when I see you... :)

P.S. Feel completely free to tag yourself or even keep yourself away from it. Whatever you choose!!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

TIK...TOK...TIK...TOK

2009... HERE I COME TO, CREATE A LOT MORE OFF YOU BABY...

And so the clock ticked off its way into a new space, leaving a lot behind, carrying a lot forward, some things remembered, even more forgotten... AND ALL OF US, INEVITABLY, HAVE BEEN MOVED OUT OF WHAT'S NOW OLD AND DELIVERED INTO THE NEW ZONE...




MAY THE LIGHT SHINE ITS BRIGHTEST ON YOU...



MAY IT BRING OUT AS MANY COLORS IN YOU...



AND MAY THIS BIRD GUIDE US THROUGH, ALL THE WAY THROUGH...



WISH YOU ALL A BRIGHT AND HAPPY NEW YEAR... 2009

SEE YOU WHEN I SEE YOU... :D