Sunday, July 10

Falling and Rising in Love

Falling in love at first sight is deceiving.
We fall in love with the idea of someone
And not with the one who is receiving.
People only reveal themselves in pieces.
We fill in the gaps, with what we forced ourself into believing.

Rising in love is self revealing.
In midst of silent stolen gazes
When no words are spoken yet more is said than what you intended saying.
You look into their eyes and there is no disguise
The gaps are filled with trust then life is more fulfilling.

Wednesday, December 30

A New Year Advice - To the IT Team

Ladies and Gentlemen !!
Do unit testing.

If I could offer you only one tip for the successful New Year, unit testing would be it
Long-term benefits of unit testing have been proved by IT evangelists

Whereas the rest of my new year advice has no basis more reliable
than any politician's election manifesto.

Wear an ugly shirt to work
It distracts people more than the defects in the work delivered.

Work as team
To avoid being that single answerable person

Love your peers. Love their leers and sneers.
Someday they might be your guardian angel for deadline nightmare.

Don't quit when work gets tiring
Grin as smile stays between ears.

Do one thing everyday that scares you.

Don't waste your time on Facebook
Remember compliments you receive, forget the escalations,
if you succeed in doing this, tell me how.

Read the HLD even if you don't follow them
Try to update LLD before you code them.

Accept certain inalienable truths
Modules come and go
But a precious few work across releases.

Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and budget.
The older you get, the more you need to work on excel sheets.

Never mess too much with your code
Instead of 30 you will end up with 70 defects.

Be patient whose advice you buy
And be careful with those who supply it
But trust me on the Unit Testing.

** Inspired by Sunscreen song 

Thursday, November 19

Don't shoo me away

Ringing Phone
Buzzing Notifications
Worrying list of Unticked to-do list
What do I start next
What do I ignore next

Corner cubicle
Overlooking lush green patch
encircled by concrete jungle.
Lost in work
And losing in life.

Red and Blue, Gold and pink
Colors of life,
Talking butterfly on laptop , hallucinating?
fluttering with gay
On the pale excel grid.

"Dont shoo me away. I am you.
Come along, lets take a walk.
Dont shoo me away. I am you.
Fly along lets have a view"
Cant you see I am skyping

Red, Blue and  Gold , Where did your pink go?
Get off my hair ,before I shoo you away
"Dont shoo me away. I am you.
Lets go out and make some friends "
cant you see I am mailing.

Red and Blue ,Gold is gone too.
Please Dont fade away.
"Then Dont shoo me away. I am you.
lets go out and Find life"
My Life is here. Cant you see I am working.

Just Red and now you are pale.
What do you want from me?
"Dont shoo life away. I am you.
Dont give up on you."

With Glimmering hope also came a buzzing call
I answered - Yes Sir. You will have the data in 15 mins.
"Colors faded , now I am just a fly
You shooed your life away'

Saturday, October 17

Me and my Laptop

Mein aur meri laptop
aksar yeh baatein karte hain
har project execution smooth hoti
toh kaisa ho tha

Excel mei apne aap data bhar jatha
toh kaise hotha
Word document jaldi format hojatha
toh kamaal hotha

Business users testing jaldi karthe
toh achacha hotha
Testing karthe samai scope change
nahi karthe toh badiya hotha

client aur hum ek wavelenghth mei
sochthe hain toh kaisa hota
saare vendors ek doosre ko
help karthe toh mazaa aatha

saare team process follow karthe
toh behatar hotha
subah utthe hi escalation mail nahi hothi
toh achcha hotha

Mein aur meri laptop
aksar yeh baatein karte hain
har project execution smooth hoti
toh kaisa ho tha

Sunday, September 20

Luck and God.

Scene: Watching Ganesha Visarjan from balcony.

Me: Do you believe in God?
Son: Yes
Me: Why?
Son: Newton's 3rd law
Me: ???
Son: I believe in Evil. Hence God.
Me: !!! when do you think of God?
Son: When I need luck.
Me: Luck? why do you need luck?
Son: I read in a quote "Luck is an elevator while hard work is stairs.
        Elevator may fall anytime, but stairs don't"
Me: Then why do you need elevator. You should always trust in hard work.
Son: yeah I know. But I am trusting luck to help me better in Mathematics exam tomorrow.

I am still trying to process all the above.

Thursday, September 10

Lost and Not Willing to be Found

Its been so long.. So very long. 

Life has been a roller coaster, off late mostly of all lows .. Or should I say, a fall into an abyss. 

Feeling so inadequate in everything I do.  
Being neither a good mother, nor a good wife  and absolutely not a good daughter-in-law. 
And being worst manager and almost losing touch in being an individual contributor in the technology I used to love.  

I don't even look forward for weekend, on the contrary I hate weekends as equally as I abhor weekdays. Feel like whatever that was called as life has been sucked out of me. 

I don't even  remember the last time I had a talk about anything apart from estimation, overrun,   approvals , escalations, billing , resource replacements blah blah blah. At home it takes a lot and lot of effort even to smile.  And If I manage to smile at all anywhere I feel guilty as hell as I don't like my own self,  And I don't even have an iota of energy to work around and fix these. 

Sometimes I feel like running to someone or anyone yelling to save me from what I am right now. But then wonder what is that I should be saved from? 

Seeing all these old posts, I am wondering who were all these friends whom I have mentioned in these posts.  Who are they?   

I don't remember the last time when I said "I am fine" and I meant it. 

Wednesday, April 8

An Era of Collective Loneliness

Comfortable in a mask
I am a stranger to my friends 
The guard is always up
And is let down by alter ego
Only on FB and Twitter

Restaurants and credit cards
Beers and vouchers
trying hard to win love
still longing for personal space

I am a  team
lost in emptiness 
Trying to pose as me
still fighting to prove
I am better than you. 

Friday, April 3

Professionalism Gaya Thel lene

Location: Meeting Room, Office
Time: Working hours
Agenda: Technical Interview

She: ***Entering the room, showing a chair> please take your seat***
He:  ** sits**
She: Would you like some water. please feel comfortable.
He:  Yup
She: What is your relevant experience in blah blah. 
He:  10+ years blah blah blah blah
She: **He has been working in his present company only since early this year so asks**   You have just joined blah blah company. Why are you looking for a change so soon.
He: That is a silly question.
She: !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
She: if you find that question silly, then I guess my questions are over. you can leave now please,

It is so sad to see people with so much experience behaving so unprofessional.

Saturday, March 7

Phokat Observation.

Just a Phokat Observation
**** Just Phokat as usual *****

Friday, February 27

Story Doesn't End Here

Doggy bag of Mixed feelings
Little Sense of accomplishment
Moments of disgrace
Unmatched Expectations
Small packets of sorrow
Highly Confused input
Scrambled output
And hopefully more work to do

Hence story surely doesn't end here

Sunday, February 8

Songs and Memories

Every song has a story behind it. Every song has loads of memory attached to it. 
Some songs pull the strings in my heart. While some songs literally pauses a few heart beats. 

We usually project the situation we were at that given momemnt when we hear the song and we attach memories based on what the song is conveying metaphorically and musically.

Chaiya Chaiya song from dil se makes me feel free. Gives me a sense of freedom. That was the first movie that I saw in Bhopal with my college friends right after fresher's night at the end of multiple weeks of ragging. 

Titanic Song reminds me of those long days and nights spent preparing for entrance exams after 12th exams. It also bring back memories of a good school friend with whom we watched this movie and the tears I shed when he passed away. 

Jadu hai tera jadu ( Ghulam) gives me a feeling of achievement. This may be because I was listening to this song on my brand new walkman while returing to chennai after getting my REC seat for engineering. 

Koyi Fariyaad ( Tum Bin) early marriage car drives from home to work.

yaar yaar shivam (Anbe Sivam) .. literally stops time

These are very few songs from my big list. Memories come gushing from corners of heart which I never knew existed with so many of these gems. 

I am sure you would have your list too. 

Monday, January 26

It is me I am looking for

I was panicking yesterday
Coz I dint know
of What I was afraid

I am still looking today
And I now know
of what I am searching

In the worry about tomorrow
Lost myself in fear
Searching for self in today's pain.

It is me, I am looking for..
It is the me whom I lost yesterday

Today is the tomorrow
I was afraid of yesterday.

I survived today.
I Will survive tomorrow.

** not very happy with this

Tuesday, December 23

The Year that was

This year that was..
A year to undream and undust
A year that showed the unmasked self
A year of unwritten fates and obituaries
A year that shed those uncried tears
A year which needs to be unlived to unlearn

Tuesday, December 9

Curse of an Indian daughter in law

After being married we belong no where. 

We are treated like an outsider when we are at our ex-home by parents, coz we no longer belong in there. It is even better if we have a sister in law and our parents are staying  with brother. 

At the in-laws place.. yes we  are at  in-laws place. what more can we expect? 
yup.. all that we can expect is the wonderful new reporting structure.

Feeling at home!! we are free to feel at home at work if we are lucky enough to continue working.

Saturday, November 29

The Devil in me

The devil in me
Feeds on the ego
While smiling at the chaos

The devil in me
blends in with my shadow
clouds my future fallow

The devil in me
Yields me to my dark temptations
with raging alluring distractions

That wasn't me in my control
The bitter sweet fascinations of life
I am still in love with
The devil in me

Tuesday, October 21

The Journey

Every Stop is a destination
Every stop opens other path before us
Every stop has other travelers ahead and behind. 
If this road ended here.. we would walk into another 
Seeking new horizon, We our only guide. 
Don’t let the time erase the footprint
Hope to meet in some other crossroad of this life.

Friday, February 14


That exact moment
where you have nowhere to go
no one to lookup to
no one to vent
no soul who would understand leave alone support
when all that is around is misunderstanding and disappointment

Sucking everything out of "whatever is left of life"

wondering if I am the biggest disappointment ever. EVER

Monday, January 13

How my weekends are spent

After Lunch:
May be I should write something. may be

May be .. May be write a blog.

May be I should just read some blogs.

May be I should do something better.. read a book may be

which book? may be this one.. nopes not this.. couldnt cross the 2nd chapter.
How about this.. nah too much drama. sleepy. How about this..
May be I should just read the newspaper

Main paper is too boring.. supplement may be..
haaaaa.. TV Schedule on page 2.
Castle at 16:00.. TV here I come.

Sunday, December 29

How I kept up my 2013 resolutions

1. Start Each day with enthusiasm
          Yup started each day with a bang and then a banging head ache.
This year I am going to set the alarm ringtone to some song starting with "Enthusiasm"

2. Be super happy with what you have
          Yup I am happy with my thinning hair. Yup Super duper happy.        

3. Improve Vocabulary
Spent hours browsing through Imgur to understand the jokes on "your and you are and ur".
          Wonderful learning indeed. You should try reading them sometime.

4. Maintain weight
Losing weight is hard. So maintaining weight is much easier.  So even after i put on 10 kgs, I try to maintain it.
          Hard Task. But yes I am still maintaining it.

5. Read those books
Going through a the last 2 pages of that book, damn I dont remember the name of that book. Yeah I did read those 2 pages to see if I had noted down the phone number of the pest control guy there.

6. Start Driving
          I did drive the car which was parked on the tow truck. Dint I ?

7. Spend less time in front of computer
Bought a new tab. spent rest of the hours on the tab. Now I spend only office hours on laptop.

8. Meet new people.
Spoke to that officer in Mumbai international terminal coz i wanted a luggage trolley. This counts right. Yeah it does.

9. Learn something new
Never wear a stiletto to a new office building before you know what kind of carpet / flooring they have. Never I say... Never

10. Complete everything which I ever start
Completed watching Twilight Saga - Breaking Dawn Part 2.  You know it is such a difficult task to watch all three parts, just because you watched part 1 and you have to stick to your resolution. Go through it and you will know the pain.

Based on my 2013 experience , I have decided to keep my 2014 resolution very simple:
"Become a Ghost Hunter"
So easy to achieve this I say. Come back near year to know my Ghost hunting experiences

Tuesday, December 24

Mourn, my friend!
I can give no comfort
As I mourn with you

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal
Death leaves an empty space which no one call fill
It leaves behind memories
sometime as fresh as nothing is past
It stops all the clocks
And Roars all the thoughts

Mourn, my friend!
I can give no comfort
As I mourn with you