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3BT (long time)

1. Kicks…Little kicks (not to be confused with this.)

2. My eldest cousin calling me up and acting all ‘Big Brotherly’.

3. Warm, mushy khichadi with papad for dinner.

4. Relaxing foot massage given by S.

5. God has hit the Pause button on the incessant rain.

6. Waking up to find that lunch has already been made by the maid.

7. Lavender flavored aromatherapy soap from FabIndia….relaxes me immediately.

8. Little cushion between the back and chair.

9. Getting a good morning email from P.

10. Bean bag under my legs while I work. My legs sink into the cushioning.

11. A small paper boat made by A and named INS Viraat R22, kept on my desk makes me smile.

12. Good hair day.

13. Regulated weight gain. Though, I need to exercise more often.

14. Pride and Prejudice. Watching the romance between Lizzy and Darcy.

15. Music…instrumental and vocal hindustani classical music

16. Planning for leave

17. Oranges ….love them.

18. Watching a rainbow (well half of it) , while stuck in traffic

19. Watching ‘Ashi hi Banva Banvi‘ while I work. Videos available here: Part 1, Part 2

20. Going home at the end of each day satisfied with how the day has gone.


It’s just one of those days!

It has been a dull and a depressing day today. It started out with me waking up late and in a foul mood because I did not get much sleep. The weather too is dull and gloomy. It looks like it might rain. There was no one except me in the part of the floor that our team occupies for a long long time today. People come late to the office these days. Earlier, I used to like being alone and getting a lot of work done before people turned up. Lately, I like people being around me and all of us talking and working.

I hate the fact that I have eaten up all the cashews, almonds and raisins from my stash of dry fruits , and now only the pistas remain. I dislike eating those.  I am craving for light, fluffy idly and chutney. The idlis never turn out fluffy when I make them at home. They will get as hard as discs that I could throw at that bird and scare it. It is one of the many reasons that I did not get good sleep last night.

For some reason, I cannot concentrate on work and that irritates me more.

Anyhow, it has been 6 hours since the start of this miserable day and I have the rest of the day to salvage me from this depressing mood. Moreover, I should be working and not writing rants on my blog.

Day before yesterday was a good day

3 BTs for today:

1. Day before yesterday was a very very good day. Thinking of all the things that happened that day, makes tolerating my today easier.

2. Rain, just as I had predicted, came pouring down yesterday evening…mostly on me. My backpack was fully soaked and when I pried open my cellphone, water came pouring out of it, much in the same way as water comes pouring out of my ears after a swim. Today, the cellphone is dry and though it does not ring, I can still use it. To know when people are calling, I rely on ESP.

3. I held back from writing an article … rather dilly-dallied about it, so I have been asked to GET IT DONE. I make full use of my own notes on the subject and it turns out to be a good experience writing that article. It made me question, think, analyze and create something new.

4 *. I talked for over an hour with my sister who is working here. I am immensely proud of her and of the work she is doing. While talking to her, she asks me to send a parcel of Panini (not to be confused with this) over to her because she is missing sandwiches and the ones she makes are amazingly tasty.

* 3 are way over, but I have just realized that this day was much better that I thought. It might be even better if everything goes okay after writing this post.

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.