Category Archives: Peace and Quiet

Alain de Botton on our taste in books

“Despite the best efforts of critics and the hopes of authors, our tastes in books are probably as inherent & unbudgeable as those in food.”
― Alain de Botton


From My Desk

The title seems to be a bit pretentious…but trust me, my desk isn’t at all pretentious.

My desk is humble and reflects what I am and what I do (and hopefully what I plan to do). My cubicle is in the last row and I have a window all to myself. The view is framed by two coconut trees and I have a clear view of the light blue skies. Today the sky looks grey and bleak. And it is making me write useless blog posts and ‘nazarandaz’ all my work.

My desk is also situated at an angle from which, I can not only hear everything (most of the things) that go on around me, but also keep an eye on who’s passing through. Apart from observing the coming and going of people, the desk is also in the vicinity of the water cooler. It also affords easy access to the foyer leading up to the restroom.

So this desk is in a unique position.

What about the people whose desks border on mine? Three immediate neighbors (actually two, since one is not in situ) provide me with ample laughs, engaging conversations and enough fodder for brainstorming. Then there are others, who do not sit right beside me but are my online neighbors. I have online conversations with these two people throughout the day. And it turns out (revelation in one of the online conversation) that we prefer to talk online. Which suits me, by the way.

Apart from these friends, by proximity, there are those friends which can be called as Mobiles. These friends visit my cubicle from time to time. By the way, I should add that people flock to our cluster of cubicles, mostly for gossip, to sketch on the communal sketch boards pasted onto the common area and eating sweets, etc. This happens regardless of people present in their own cubicles.

Getting back on track now. Well, these Mobiles drop in for impromptu brainstorming and chat sessions. Some of these mobiles are also ‘Screen Groakers‘. Groak means to look or stare at longingly, and they do just that. They will glide silently behind you and groak at your screen. They obviously do not mean to scare me or the others in our cluster, but they do sometimes. It is not their fault; is it the moth’s fault that it is attracted to light?

* This blog post was made possible with the help of no coffee (hence the despondency), lot of work (and no intention of completing it), boorish temperament, grey sky and of course the laptop from my desk.

Jhoom Barabar Jhoom…Geeya Geeya Tirugu Bhoomi

Found the Guy (henceforth will be known as the Guy) from the next cube laughing…which is very unlike him…Realized later on that it was me who was making him laugh…I was jhooming and dancing in my seat….was listening to these songs….one Hindi and one Kannada.
I believed that smiling is the first step towards getting acquainted with some person…but not with this Guy…neither with the next door neighbour at Temple Trees.
My mom says…Smile! It is the first step to success….I wish it were true for friendship too!

In the earlier post I was wishing for Peace and Quiet…I got it…No one to boss over me today…Hope he gets well soon…( I ain’t that bad)…
Love my Levi Strauss Signature jeans, even if it does not fit me anymore…I got them in Dallas last year when I was at the height of my weight 😉 Sounds funny doesn’t it? Being at the Height of one’s Weight!!!
My tasks till July…What I hope to achieve:
1. Interiors for my living room all done.
2. 4 quiet weekends spent with my husband. We will be buying a car and two bicycles soon. Hope to get around a lot. Atleast around Bangalore
3. Work wise Improvement.
4. 3-4 good sketches and prints
5. Watch Monty Python’s Mosquito Hunter
6. Start learning Kannada…
7. Plan for the trip to Laddakh…

Wish Rashmi could write a Haiku for this photograph….