Monday, December 31, 2007
How do I fight with myself? Who wins? Me or me?!?
I thought I had conquered my fears, fought my demons, and won! I thought I had won but that was just an illusion. I am still fighting and some one has to loose.
When will it end?
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Saturday, December 8, 2007
As we all know, the wedding is scheduled for 25th Jan and reception on 27th. And one of the things that I am waiting most for is meeting all my friends. And what even makes me happier is most of them are, hopefully, going to make it :-) Sumit is going to join me on 24th afternoon from Kolkata and will be with me throughout the wedding and reception. Varun plans to reach Hyd on 26th from Ahmedabad and will be with me at the reception. Iya, Abhijeet and Puja plan to reach Hyd on 27th morning from Bangalore. Amit is flying in from Delhi. Nilesh has a tentative plan as well. Other guys like Abhishek, Radhika etc are already stationed in Hyd. So far, these guys have confirmed! :-)
All I can say is that, with my best friends by my side, they are going to make this the most memorable day of my life! Thanks a lot, guys! :-) Looking forward to seeing you all....soon! Actually....can't wait!!!!!!!
Monday, December 3, 2007
By 4pm, I started walking back to my apartment, my last walk on a now very familiar path. And I was talking photographs to capture everything forever.
The entire block from the right are the Oracle bldgs
As we walk further away! The entire Eastpoint Business Park is spread out next to the sea
This is my favorite pic!
Our walking path was right along the edge of that sea
And through housing colonies
Walking into Ashbrook
And that is the building where I stayed!
Next post: The best evening of my life!
Monday, November 26, 2007
1. Strangers greet you! Doesn't matter who it is. I could be a traffic officer, biker, newspaper man, students, neighbours...absolutely anyone. If someone passes by, you get a quick smile, or a 'Morning' or a 'Hi' or a 'How ya doin?'.
2. Everyone is so apologetic! If, by chance, someone comes in your walking path, you hear an immediate 'Sorry' or 'Oops'. And that person makes way for you to pass. Even while getting onto a bus, no comes in the other person's way. Period.
3. Queues everywhere! People are ready to wait for how long it takes in queues. There isn't one person who even tries to jump the line.
4. Every bar is known as the '....... Temple Bar'. Good ambiance, great music, friendly people - worth every penny!
'the black stuff'
Short story to narrate here: A bunch of us stepped into this bar after dinner called 'Fitzsimons' (yes, you guessed it - Fitzsimons temple bar!). Good place and while we were placing our order, a relatively drunk man walked up to my colleague, who was standing right next to an empty chair, and asked her "How much for that chair?". We all look up. And he asks the same question again. Startled, my colleague, Selma, replies "Take it, it's for free". Quickly the man replies, "Sorry to take the chair away from you dear. It is for this women, ya see, who I wanna have sex with tonight!" We all broke into a laughter. And the guy picks up the chair and walks off, also laughing!
So far, I've received extremely warm hospitality from folks in Dublin. I guess we all should learn a thing or two from the Irish!
Sunday, November 18, 2007
That's my bed room!
And what I love best about this apartment - the kitchen!
Monday, November 12, 2007
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
This person's name is Khalid or more fondly known as 'kaddy'. I really don't know why I write about him but I just felt like taking out some time to collate my thoughts together for this guy. We met back in 1999 when I first landed in Aurangabad for my engineering. And to say that we immediately hit off would be the biggest understatement of the year! Here were 2 dudes who wanted exactly the same things in life - fun, food, films and females! And together, we set off on our mission! Every single day was an adventure and we, almost, did about everything possible! I will spare the details for an other day. But, more importantly, I felt I found someone who was my alter-ego! I'd only heard of such friends but I think I had found one!
And then, something happened. Things snapped between us. I still don't know the real reasons. Ego, change in priorities, attitude, maturity, misunderstandings - I think each had a factor to play. We drifted apart. We were still friends, only not the best of friends! But I remember the time I spent with him and how I enjoyed every minute of that time. I remember how his presence had made it easier for me to start a new life in a new city after living 17 yrs abroad. I remember everything!
He is married now and, very soon, his wife will be joining him in Dubai. He starts a new life, amidst tensions and pressures in his personal and professional life, both of which are really stretching him. He has done well for himself to come this far. And I am sure he has a long way to go. I am sure he is not going to be pulled down by all this.
And, God forbid, if he does loose his footing, I will be there!
Thursday, November 1, 2007
I am tempted to look for other backup options but that would take my mind off Italy. So, for now, I'm gona spend all my time figuring out a good Italian honeymoon package for myself. Cheers!
Sunday, October 28, 2007
My eldest sister-in-law has asked for services of her elder brother (who is a fashion designer) for the wedding and reception dresses for herself and for my nephew, who is 4! My other sister-in-law spends 2 hrs in the market every day checking out what's hot on the fashion scene. And my sister, who is currently in India, calls me every day to discuss what she thinks we should do with the bride's dress, make-up, travelling plans etc. My mom, oh well, like all other moms, is coordinating the whole thing.
All this when we have a good 3 months to go. Frankly, I begin to wonder....isn't there something that I should be doing as well?
Friday, October 26, 2007
And boy, did it dig a hole in my pocket!! Quite a coincidence that I got my first salary yesterday too. Need I say more?!!
Oh, by the way, what's with the gold price these days? All it does is - go up! They say it is coz of a possible recession in the US economy, weak dollar, fluctuating oil prices, subprime crisis bla bla n more bla. Frankly, my economy is in danger if this remains the case! Gold is at an all-time high this week and is expected to go further up by the end of this year. So in anticipation of that, we went ahead and took the plunge.
And then, there's always Murphy's law!
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Not sure if I am happy, scared, nervous, worried, ecstatic or sad...
They say 'Marriages are made in heaven'. Really? I don't know and maybe I might never find out. But I see a lot of happily married people (with or without kids) around me, living perfectly normal, happy lives and that drives me towards optimism. Maybe, marriages can be successful after all. Maybe, there is some profound wisdom behind that saying after all. I guess only time will tell.
But yes, exactly 3 months from today, my life will change forever! I will be married to the women of my dreams. That very thought brought a smile on my face.
Maybe, I really am happy..