June 30, 2006

Champs are made of stuff!

Long time since I saw a tennis match. Yesterday, second round at Wimbledon, Rafael Nadal (2) vs.  Robert Kendrick (237). After trailing behind 6-7, 3-6 in first two sets it was 5-6 in the third set and Kendrick was serving the match point at 40-40. But champions are made of stuff, somebody rightly said. Final outcome of the match which ran for 3 hours and 40 mins on the center court, Nadal wins by 6-7, 3-6, 7-6, 7-5, 6-4. He survived 28 aces of Kendrick. Boy the grit, determination and confidence of the no 2 were worth watching. Not to undermine Kendrick’s effort. He maintained his cool and was very poised unlike Nadal, who after winning each point was exuberant. Over all a very good match.

June 26, 2006

Amateur Photographer!

Trip to Srisailem, through lens!

Apan chalein Srisailem. Abids in the early morning.

Road to Srisailem. Hardware park , nanotechnology park, fab city etc. are on this stretch of road.

Sonali and Priyanka. Check out the tree tunnle in the background.

Jana bahot hai door.
Reservoir at Dindi dam.

Ruk kyun gaye? Badhe chalo.

Our small group in front of the temple.

Step roads leading to Srisailem.
We! In front of the dam.

Somebody told these are Kerla boats.

The Temple!

I am Hindu by birth and never entertained my choice on my religion. I am spiritual but not religious. I am not a believer and perhaps also not an atheist. Usually I am neutral when it comes to religious issues. I neither go overboard with religious rituals nor is it like I don’t step in to a temple. At times I do visit temple with my folks. Things I like about temples are peace and serenity. Apart from temple I had only been to church hence I cannot compare different places of worship. So when we visited Srisailem over a weekend I been to temple also as a customary visit. The temple complex, whose existing buildings date from the 2nd century AD, is the Bhramaramba Mallikarjunaswamy Temple, it is one of the 12 'Jyotirlingas' in India as well as one of the eighteen most sacred goddess shrines, or Shakti Pithas. Shiva is worshipped here in his form of Lord Mallikarjuna, and Shakti, his consort, as Sri Bharamaramba Devi. Two things I found unusual here; first the shivling was submerged in water and every visitor was suppose to get a water kalash full of water and pour (I could not recall better word here) it in the small water reservoir , in the middle of which shivling is situated , I presume. Another unusual finding was ticket for darshan of a palna in a sheeshmahal kind of place.
Tthis temple has a shrichakra also.


During the Srisailem trip something involuntarily made me think of John Galt. Okay, I very much understand and acknowledge the divide between haves and have-nots. And by Indian standard I am doing reasonably well. I am a libertarian. Also I believe charity is one thing and free market is another. And two should not be mixed. I am a supporter of free market. Free market is all about demand and supply. You got a skill, a product or a service and if there is demand for the same in the market, you can exchange the same in lieu of something tangible, say money. The cost is determined by the demand. And with time there evolves minimum price for items being traded. Unless I am not exploiting you by underpaying you should not demand more for your services/products/skill. Your skill has a worth and I can negotiate, okay, but can not force my will to you. You are free not to trade with me. But once we have arrived at a negotiated price that’s what I am going to pay you. And you better accept it and don’t try to play it out with my emotions. If your service comes with the aha effect then I don’t mind paying you extra but then you should not demand that as your right.
Now why I am babbling this? There was this cab driver who had been such a dude during the trip whom we did pay 50% more than agreed upon price. And then there was this boat man during the trip who was constantly pressing us to give him extra bucks, asking price for my watch and showing his bare wrist, as if I am responsible for his misery. A parasite? Huh!!

PS – Sorry if I am taking this to extreme. But I have already requested you not to mix charity with free market.

A Saturday well spent!

24th June, 2006

4:10 AM:
Trring trring hellomotto. Trring trring hellomotto. Snooze. Soon after another alarm goes off. Okey guys lets leave the bed and get ready. Fast! Call Laddu. Check if Samars are up. Bansal ko jagao. Ask him to check with Arshi, if she has wake up. Arre amitji jaldi karo , bus aa gai hai. Dekho dekho mishraji hasn’t taken bath. Meanwhile Laddu and Sonali has already boarded the bus. Abe Doctor jaldi nikal. Hume fir Deepak aur Priyanka ko bhi pick karna hai.

5:30 AM:
After dropping Mishra, Bansal and Laddu near an ICICI bank atm we went to pick Samars up.” Sir come down to the main road, as the height of the bar on the road leading to your home is too short for the bus to cross.”

5:45 AM:
We all (9 of us) are on our way to Srisailem.

With couple of halts and photo shoots on the way we reached our Saturday getaway. Had darshan in the shiv-shakti temple . It was almost 12 in the noon , and it had been almost 8 hours since we were awake and were very hungry. We had parked the bus in the premises of Punnami and few of us were contemplating having lunch at the restaurant. And then the best part of the trip and the pleasant surprise, Sonali and Priyanka had already planned for the lunch and had prepared puri and sabzi for all! Thanks guys, you are the best!

After lunch we started back. Made a stopover near dam. There we saw unusual boats. And the boating experience there was the second best thing during the trip. With all that spinning boat and play with water and the photo shoot, it was amazing. Something at this site made me think of Ayn Rand and John Galt.

At around 4 in the evening we hit the road back to Hyderabad. We played antakshari , dumb c and no dare only truth :-0). He had gala time on our way back.

We landed back in the city at around 9 in the night. Had our dinner at Reshmi’s and finally at around 12 in the night we were all back to our bed, dreaming happily about the one of the best outing.

PS. All of you are amazing guys. Love you all!

June 22, 2006

Don't grow old...!

Many people are afraid of growing old.
I'm afraid of growing old and boring.
Many people are afraid of growing old, alone.
I'm afraid of growing old, insane.
Many people are afraid of losing their looks.
I'm afraid of losing my dreams.
Many people are afraid of losing their youth.
I'm afraid of losing my soul.
When you're 15, 35 seems ancient.
When you're 35, 15 seems juvenile.
A turnaround in a split second - two decades zoom past and
before you know it, it's only a mile to the next millennium.
Don't fear age,
it's a right of person-hood.
Don't fear death- it's life's greatest jest.
Don't grow old - you don't have to.
Don't date because you're desperate.
Don't marry because you're miserable.
Don't have kids because you think your genes are superior.
Don't separate because you think it's fashionable.
Don't drink because you have troubles.
Don't gamble because you think winning is inevitable.
Don't philander because you think you're irresistible.
Most likely, you're not.
Don't associate with people you can't trust.
Don't cheat.
Don't lie.
Don't pretend.
Don't try to buy your way into the kingdom of God.
Don't dictate because you're smarter.
Don't demand because you're stronger.
Don't sleep around because you think you're old enough and know better.
Don't hurt your kids because loving them is harder.
Don't sell yourself, your family or your ideals.
Don't stagnate.
Don't regress.
Learn a new skill.
Find a new friend.
Start a new career.
Don't live in the past.
Time can't bring anything or anyone back.
Don't put your life on hold for possible Mr. Right.
Don't throw you life away on absolutely Mr. Wrong because your biological clock is ticking and you can't afford to have your eggs harvested before the new millennium.
There's always a mad rush to something, somewhere - but victory does not always belong to those who finish first.
Sometimes, there is no race to be won, only a price to be paid for some of life's more hasty decisions.
You can't always go with the throng who could be wrong.
Sometimes, you have to be alone to be enlightened.
To terminate your loneliness, reach out to the homeless.
To feed your nurturing instincts, care for the needy.
To fulfill your parenting fantasies, get a puppy.
Don't bring another life into this world for all the wrong reasons.
To keep yourself warm, buy a jacket.
In the long run, it will be less complicated and less costly.
To make yourself happy, pursue your passions and be the best of what you can be.
Simplify your life.
Take away the clutter.
Get rid of destructive elements - abusive friends, nasty habits and dangerous liaisons.
Don't abandon your responsibilities, but don't overdose on duty.
Don't live life recklessly without thought and feeling for your family.
Be true to yourself. Don't commit when you're not ready.
Don't keep others waiting needlessly.
Fall in love - it's the greatest thing on earth.
But take care and remember, after the fall must come the rise.
Go on that trip. Don't postpone it.
Say those words. Don't let the moment pass.
Do what you must even at society's scorn.
Write poetry. Love deeply. Walk barefoot. Hold hands.
Dance with wild abandon. Cry at the movies.
Take care of yourself.
Don't wait for someone to take care of you.
You light up your life.
You drive yourself to your destination.
No one completes you - except you.
It is true that life doesn't get easier with age.
It only gets more challenging.
Don't be afraid.
Don't lose your capacity to love.
Pursue your passions.
Live your dreams.
Don't lose faith in yourself.
Don't grow old.

Just grow up.

picked up

Few good lines!

Why is it important for you to always win?
Do we really need a reason for our every action?
So life continues by trial and error
If any part of your uncertainty is a conflict of your heart with your mind - Follow your mind!'
"I realize, small aim is a crime" - Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam
Smile please.! No one is worth your tears.
You're not wrong. You just expect me to be the perfect person I am not. :)
In hindsight, everything is easy, all pain is avoidable.
That one extra mile is what makes all the difference. Go for it!
It is incredible how the mind comes up with justifications when it suits our personal purpose.
Truly loving another means letting go of all expectations. It means full acceptance, even celebration of another's personhood.
There is just a thin line between asking for a rational explanation and cribbing.
Does this sound too idealistic? Maybe. Does it make business sense? You decide. Is it better to die trying? Any day.

© if any is duly acknowledged.

June 21, 2006

Hyderabad , from a distance!

A little too far.
Door door tak badal.
Badal hi badal.
Aur badal.
My cam comes with 12x zoom :0).
Above pic without zoom.
A concrete jungle?
Good heavens..
Approaching ground.

June 20, 2006

Enough of denial!

Okay! I have been such an a$$h@l* all these while. Denying, till this very moment.Come on face it, accept the reality you damn fool.

June 12, 2006

Cold Calling (Messaging)!

Scene 1: You are in a meeting and ping ping , buzz of your cellphone indicating arrival of a sms.

Dhoolpeta Spl! To set CALLERTUNES like Oka Naatito, Nippulu Pedavula, Maa Area, The Beginning, Vastavaa & More, Call 123419. Chgs Rs 6/min.

Scene 2: Sunday afternoon, you are trying to get a good afternoon’s nap, ping ping , another sms on your cellphone.

Play the Football Quize, SMS GOAL to 123 and win a trip to visit Football Crazy Goa. SMS Lucky or log on to www.hutch.in to get prize details. Rs 3/contest SMS.

How irritating. Even after my repeated requests to Hutch that I don’t want to receive any promotional messages I am still getting them and with good frequency of at least 2 a day! First they said I need to change setting of my mobile phone, then they did some settings at their end but without any effect…… I am fed up with this cold messaging (cold calling!).

June 8, 2006

Clean City , Green City !

The oldest Shopping complex - The Kamani Center

View near kharakai river.

Another view near kharakai river.

For a change cattles in the field and not on the road.

A small basti!

This road is in Adityapur. Those who had been to this area around a year back just can not believe this :-0).

The river kharakai.

The kharakai bank.

Still the bank of river kharakai.

That small hillock is made up of fly ash.

Jamshedpur is surrounded by small hills.

The time square @ Jamshedpur.

Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata.

Going towards Bistupur.

Still going towards bistupur.

Still going towards Bistupur.

And the Steel city.

A birds eye view of the city.

Gai humari mata hai!

June 6, 2006

And you said he needs Reservation!

Read this (you need to change the date as 03-June-2006 and then select region as Jamshedpur in City NewsLines in left column). Tudus are native of Santhal Pargana and come under ST category.
By the way 180 to pack bags for IIT from Jamshedpur (you need to change the date as 01-June-2006 and then select region as Jamshedpur in City NewsLines in left column). And that includes my cousin Shainky :-). Congratulations and way to go dude!