Saturday, May 30, 2009

American Pav Bhaji

No trip to US is complete unless you go and see the most important symbol the Statue of liberty. After lots of effort I finally decided to take the plunge and go visit the most striking feature of land of dreams.It was freezing cold and I decided to go to see the statue from the Jersey side .It was windy and cold ,but thankfully not wet and on our first stop we came to the Ellis island. I was very hungry and instead of looking around the first thing I wanted to look was a place to eat.And thankfully I found one.While going through the menu I came up a familiar name PAV BHAJI(Indian Speciality) .I was thrilled ,eating your own cooked food for a long time do have that kind of impact.And without thinking I ordereded it and was I in for a surprise,I was so shocked that I took the picture too.The above is the picture of Pav bhaji and from then on I decided to stick to fries and coke whenever I am in any tourist spot.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Life as we live

There's one sad truth in life i've found
While journeying east to west..
The only folks we really wound
Are those.. we love the best.
We flatter those we scarcely know,
We please the fleeting guest
And deal full many a thoughtless blow
To those who love us best..
~Ella Wilcox Wheeler

I don't know why but when after ages I was going through my blog this is one post I liked the most.So i have just copied my old post and posted it again.
These beautiful lines sent to me by a friend made me think is this the life we live and are we really doing this or it's a figment of imagination of a poet ...but then is it just an imagination or the fact of life....ask yourself...and you will get an answer answer that might remind of all the thoughtless acts we commit coz the people who love us are always taken for granted.I am not trying to sound sad or regretful..i am not but shouldn't the peolple who love us be treated in the most caring way....but then will we be human...we are never satisfied by what we have ...and time goes...and something like this poem comes along your way and makes you think...but then this is life and this is us.... :-)

Friday, January 26, 2007

Every day has a beautiful meaning so just live it

Listen to the Exhortation of the Dawn!
Look to this Day!
For it is Life, the very Life of Life.
In its brief course lie all the
Verities and Realities of your Existence.
The Bliss of Growth,
The Glory of Action,
The Splendor of Beauty;
For Yesterday is but a Dream,
And To-morrow is only a Vision;
But To-day well lived makes
Every Yesterday a Dream of Happiness,
And every Tomorrow a Vision of Hope.
Look well therefore to this Day!
Such is the Salutation of the Dawn!

It's my first post for the New Year and I always wanted to start with something which is somewhat hopeful and to be honest kind of mindset I was in over the past month just didn't felt like putting anything I wrote on the blog.But before I begin I would like to pay my regards to my uncle whom I lost to a severe heart attack just before the holiday season began.It's bit too tough for all of my family to handle and I'll always miss him but will try to remember him with a smile and that is the best I can do.
And to everyone a very happy new year. I know bit late, but hey as I say wishes are never belated if they are really meant. I know crapy philosophy but then who said I ever talk anything sane. So what are plans for this year? Isn't it wiered it might be just a difference of a day but New Year feels so different. So as usual I made my New Year resolution and till now as usual I have broken them all. So,nothing new in this year too. But as a lovely friend of mine told me resolutions are meant to be broken in that way I am doing great. But apart from that this time I really wish this year bring some peace all around the world.I am not saying this just for the sake of it but it is kind of painful to see that whenever you switch on your TV some part of the world is in flames. I just don't get it when life is so short from where do people get even time to create such an anarchy all around the world. This is my first wish and second wish is for INDIAN cricket team please guys this time win the cup for us. It's too painful to see you guys do so horribly on the field . I know seeing the ways Australians are playing there is hardly any hope but then miracles do happen so just hoping for a miracle to happen. And my last wish is for everyone of my friend and loved ones may this year be your year. And don't be afraid to dream because dreams do come true. So keep your spirits high and believe in miracles. And live life king size because remember you only live once.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Legend bids farewell

There are very few sport person on the world stage who have created so much magic that sometimes they seems to be bigger than the game. People used to say that first there is God and then it was Bradman but when it comes to bowling first it is Shane Keith Warne and then there is rest.Arguably the greatest spinner of all time ,Shane Warne has done it all.In an era which followed the era of the pace battery of West Indies Cricket he showed to the world to instill fear in the minds of the batsman you don't need to bowl at 100 mph.He just bamboozled them all with his variety . Who can forget the bowl he bowled to Mike Gatting famously called "the bowl of the century".His presence on the cricket field is electrifying . And in an era which saw the rise of Australian cricket as the undisputed powerhouse at the international level , no one can doubt that this rise was largely due to a man whom his mates call "Hollywood" and for the rest of the world is Warnie.For me the greatest cricketer whom I have seen and it is a sad day that his illustrious career is coming to an end. This is my tribute to a man who made this game what is today.I have collected few of the quotes which the cricketing world expressed on knowing about his retirement.And this shows that when a player has the respect of his opponents ,then he is truly a legend or you can say then is truly 'Shane Warne".
"For me, he was the reason you played cricket. To be in a test against him, you knew you were in a battle with Warne, verbally, physically, mentally and technically." -- Former England captain Nasser Hussain

"In the space of a short time, he's turned the game upside down, changed it in concept. I think his greatest single achievement is not necessarily the 700 wickets, but the fact that when Wisden chose the five cricketers of the century, they chose Donald Bradman, Garry Sobers, Jack Hobbs, and Viv Richards -- and Shane Warne who had only been playing since 1991. That's quite remarkable." -- Former Australia captain Richie Benaud

"As a wicketkeeper there's no better spot to be than standing behind the stumps to Shane Warne at any time really. But when he's on song it's quite mesmerizing, so he brings a great deal of joy to me, just like everyone else sitting around watching. He makes us look good because he's so brilliant," --Australia wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist

"He comes in a very special lot. We don't see such cricketers every day. He has been a treat to watch. I don't know what was going in his mind (when he announced his retirement) but he knows better. What he has achieved is remarkable, he has been a great ambassador for cricket and Australia." --Indian Legend Sachin Tendulkar

"In cricketing terms he is the ultimate legend. He's probably the best bowler there has ever been on this planet." -- England batsman Paul Collingwood

"I'd like to think of myself as an entertainer that would go out there and try to put on a show. I used to go over the top occasionally with the appealing but that's me expressing myself." -- Shane Warne

Sunday, November 05, 2006

While other's keep on talking we keep on rocking

Now in Gurgaon on my job my days in Pune seem to be a distant memory.Memories which were both rocking and fantastic. This post is about the most interesting cross-section of people I ever met under one roof. It was my group or for all of us P10. Where should I begin there is so much to tell. So i begin on the very first day when my friend RAGHAV did what most people find quite endearing. We had this induction where so many big shots were giving these speeches and I don't know for what reason all my friends from Delhi were sitting on the first row. And this chap was sleeping , yes sleeping and the HR saw her but must give it to her sense of humor that instead of saying anything she wrote a note saying if you are feeling bored just go and have a coffee. SO this is how we guys started.P10 was a group in which we had people from everywhere. Kashmir to Chennai .from Kolkatta to Mumbai, but the most amazing part was at the end of it we all taught each other few things and learnt a lot from each other. Whether it be grammar from NILESH or tamil from PK our wonderful CR.We also had few Bengali's with amazing voices SOMA and MOULI.And then we had KINGSHUK wonderful photographer and quiet and hardwoking MANOJ .And my dear friend VASKAR the "POCKET TANK" champion. He even lost to me and i'll keep on reminding him that.Then our local friends I mean NACHIKET and SONALI they were always wonderful. I can't forget the sweets they brought for all of us after Diwali.We had all kinds I mean there was SURABHI soft spoken and we had YUKTI who was always so nice to anyone and there was MADHAV a complete performer, KEDAR was a star with his mimicry and our Delhi girls SWATI and SAKSHI two wonderful girls with amazing energy. And then there was VAMSI our expert programmerand in many ways our teacher. And then there were the NITK guys each an item in itself but each wonderful. UMESH the nice soft spoken guy ,and the crazy but funny VAIBHAV,my fav. KARNATAKA and ANDHRA WARRIORS KC AND MANJU,the hardworking and the laptop guy VINYAS and the tough guy VIKAS they were all wonderful.Then our hi and bye guy VAIBHAV.And last but not the least the Delhi gang "WHATEVER" SAUIB,my wonderful roomate and cool NEERAJ,and our group topper INDER or lovingly called JULIE we all had a blast .This is to say thank you to everyone. You all have given some fond memories and so many new friends. I wish all the luck in the world for you all. And I do miss the SHISHIR , SHISHIRRRRRR…. chant.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

So I am back...

First of all it feels awsome to be back home after two months and it feels even better to be writting on my blog after such a long time. But these two months in pune was nothing short of an adventure. It was fun and made so many new friends and learnt so much not just technical but also as a person. Details of few of the very special things I will write in my further post. Pune is a nice place and with the kind of people I met my stay was even more memorable. It was not just fun but I worked also even to my surpise .So from now on I will be in the city which I love so dearly Delhi,got posted to Delhi and thank god for that coz most of my friends got the place which no one wanted Chennai. So in that way I guess I was lucky. But I am gonna miss all those people who I met in pune and who add so much colour to my stay in Pune. Wheter it be trip to the beautiful Mahabaleshwar or wonderful time we had in out classes or the time we spent in the canteen or the movies for which we used to go out. I am gonna miss it all and cherish all this for the rest of my life. Before my training got started a friend of mine said enjoy it to the fullest ,these two months will be like college after college and he was so right. So from 30th of this month my real office life begins and also from now on my blog will not be dead .

Sunday, August 20, 2006

All my bags are packed!!!!

So finaly the day has come and all my bags are packed and I am ready to go.Yes leaving early morning for Pune to start a new chapter in my life and I hope its a good and interesting chapter coz its gonna be a long one. I am off to my job at TCS and must wish luck to the ccompany too,but then they hired me so they should be better prepared. Anyways people say when you leave home for the first time there is a sense of nervousness, but to be honest I am not nervous. I guess it still hasn't sunk it yet that tommorow morning I am leaving home for sure. No one to give my early morning coffee, not sleeping on my own bed, not my own computer,my younger brother not there to trouble me, my dad's love and affection not there and most of all my world my mom not there for me. I am gonna miss all her great food, long conversations I have with her and most of all the concern and love I see in her eyes . So obviously I am going to miss my home and my family. But then I have to move on I guess and change is the name of life.So looking forward for it and hope Pune is fun. And bye bye Delhi ..........

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Saare Jahan Se Achcha

"Civilizations have arisen in other parts of the world. In ancient and modern times, wonderful ideas have been carried forward from one race to another...But mark you, my friends, it has been always with the blast of war trumpets and the march of embattled cohorts. Each idea had to be soaked in a deluge of blood..... Each word of power had to be followed by the groans of millions, by the wails of orphans, by the tears of widows. This, many other nations have taught; but India for thousands of years peacefully existed. Here activity prevailed when even Greece did not exist... Even earlier, when history has no record, and tradition dares not peer into the gloom of that intense past, even from until now, ideas after ideas have marched out from her, but every word has been spoken with a blessing behind it and peace before it. We, of all nations of the world, have never been a conquering race, and that blessing is on our head, and therefore we live....!"(Swami Vivekananda)

Today I am reminded of a poem which for me will always be the voice of India in my heart and in my soul.Its a masterpiece by Iqbal.The poem epitomises the love for the nation and inculcates a sense of belonging to our dear motherland.Today is our Independence day and our march as a nation continues toward the dreams our freedom fighter saw. So the poem and its apt that I found this in the devanagri script.

सारे जहाँ से अच्छा, हिन्दोस्तां हमारा
हम बुलबुले हैं इसकी, यह गुलसितां हमारा

गुरबत में हों अगर हम, रहता है दिल वतन में
समझो वहीं हमें भी, दिल हो जहाँ हमारा, सारे...

पर्वत हो सबसे ऊँचा, हमसाया आसमाँ का
वो संतरी हमारा, वो पासवां हमारा, सारे...

गोदी में खेलती हैं, जिसकी हज़ारों नदियां
गुलशन है जिसके दम से, रश्क\-ए\-जिनां हमारा

ऐ आब\-ए\-रौंद\-ए\-गंगा! वो दिन है याद तुझको
उतरा तेरे किनारे, जब कारवां हमारा, सारे...

मजहब नहीं सिखाता, आपस में बैर रखना
हिन्दी हैं हम वतन हैं, हिन्दोस्तां हमारा, सारे...

यूनान, मिस्र, रोमां, सब मिट गए जहाँ से
अब तक मगर है बाकी, नाम\-ओ\-निशां हमारा,

कुछ बात है की हस्ती, मिटती नहीं हमारी
सदियों रहा है दुश्मन, दौर\-ए\-जहाँ हमारा, सारे

'इक़बाल' कोई मरहूम, अपना नहीं जहाँ में
मालूम क्या किसी को, दर्द\-ए\-निहां हमारा, सारे

Monday, August 07, 2006

Today I am hoping

The sparkles of a champange,
And a clear moonlit sky,
I have an angel in front of me,
And I am almost hoping to die.

My heart is pounding,
My mind is numb,
Does it always happen,
Or it's just me being dumb.

I want to see the sparkle ,
In those mesmerizing eye,
When I bow down before you,
Today I am really hoping to die.

When you said yes,
I can see a little tear in a corner of your eye,
It was more valuable than a pearl,
Like a lightening from the sky.

There is void all around,
There is emptiness inside,
Today I lie motionless,
Looking at the skies.

I can see a little tear,
In the corner of your eye,
It's still more valuable than a pearl,
Like a lightning from the sky.

But today I wana see the sparkle,
In those mesmerizing eye,
When I lie down before you,
And bidding you a goodbye.

So another poem, yes and another sad poem but this poem is an inspiration from a news I read few days back. A young man just got engaged and that very day when he left for home he died by a terror attack. So this poem is just the reflection of a dead man's mind who want to say a lot to the girl he is in madly love with.

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Life and Dreams

Life always seems to be full of surprises and when I say surprises I just don't mean the pleasant ones. Few days’ back a realization dawned on me which has left me bit shaken. And to be really honest I don’t even know if I have the power to come out of this mess without losing a part of me. Few days back something died inside me, something good, something which has been a part of my mental set up from the time I remember. Was it painful, I don't know because if you ask me how I feel at this moment I have got no words. But it felt as if sand just slipped out of my hand, felt as if a mirror has broken into so many pieces that I can't even see my face in it. But for a guy who always thinks more from his mind than his heart it still is tough. And the worst part about all this is that no one has any answers to it, just no one. Someone once told me don't be scared to dream coz they do come true, but today I just don't know....

You are the heart
The heart of my soul
The soul of my conscience
The conscience of my life and its goal

I want to fly
But no matter how much I try
There will always be this distance
Can I ever bridge the sky?

My heart says can you feel the pain
My minds says time will change
But I don't know whether I have an answer
Can I be the same me again.

And to continue with the theme of surprises this is the first poem if u can call it so which I have written. I never thought I can ever write something which rhyme .So kind of really excited ..hey I have become a poet and it doesn't matter if its a bad poem...I am too excited for my first poem.