Friday, May 22, 2009


Sometimes people's attitude gets me thinking..

Cisco's transportation largely consists of 100s of Innovas and and bunch of buses. Innova is Toyota's standard Minivan model, two front seats, two middle-row seats and a three-seater in the back. I am the first one to get off from the cab every evening. Normally there is one woman, let's call her Ms. G, who sits in the front seat along side the driver. This evening looks like some guy got to the cab before her and she had to sit in the middle-row which is where I normally sit. The conversation ensued like this

Me opening the middle-row door.

Ms. G: Can you sit at the back?
Me: But I need to get off first, right?
Ms. G: But you don't have to always sit in this seat no? You can also sit in the back sometimes no? (and this is fully animated as if she was ready to fight if I said one more word)

At this point, I completely comprehended the fact that Ms. G is absolutely dumb and cannot see why I was telling her its easier for both of us if I sat in the middle row since I got off first. She totally missed that logic. So I just said, "OK" and she got down and I pushed the seat ahead and went back (in the back its more roomy than in the middle row BTW). Then when I was getting off, it was a full 2-3 minute exercise to get off with her needing to get off and the driver having to do some circus moving the seat forward (since Ms.G was too busy talking over the phone and no one else could reach the lever) and finally I was out.

Phew! Some people can only think up to so much.

And some other people take immense pleasure in blogging about them ;)

What a waste!

I saw the WPR (Work Place Resources) hired "Dusters" guy waste so much damned water in cleaning the floor outside our gym today that it made me feel like sobbing.

Yesterday there was rain, I mean it rained with a vengeance. And this afternoon at the gym I spotted this guy trying to clean the place and the dirty water, with water. And that too a jet. And he spent so much time and wasted so much water on it that I was heart-broken. Why cannot they do it the old fashioned way? Spray a little water, take a coconut broom, bend and sweep/clean the dust/dirt off? Why should you waste tonnes of water on a useless exercise like this? And what the hell is the point? So that the guy doesn't have to bend?!?! I am sure it doesn't do a better job at cleaning, so what is the deal? I'd rather make somebody do a little harder job and pay them more than waste already-scarce resources like this :( After all, paying the person more will help him and end of the day its just money, it is man-made, it is manufactured. Water is not. The more we waste, the worse off we will be for it tomorrow :(

Sigh! When will people see the point? :(

Monday, May 18, 2009

The 10-point post

Because it has 10 points

1) When people write to me saying they follow my blog, I feel guilty. Since I haven't been writing so often as I should like.
2) Why I am not writing has various different reasons.
3) I need to re-certify my CCIE which expires this coming January. Since I am not very confident about being able to spend any time on it September onwards, I am giving myself a deadline of July to finish it. I hope I do! But hey, 2 years for re-certification is a very short time :(
4) I am trying to fit into my new role @ work nicely but I get jolts sometimes. And at other times, the tech part is all that keeps me sane ;) Thank god for engineering!!
5) I need to renew my passport and I am going mad trying to gather all kinds of address proofs. I still curse myself for not having been able to make time to go get that voter ID when I could.
6) I got so mad with trying to gather address proofs that I actually took a print out of the electoral tools which shows my name and address hoping they will accept it ;)
7) I badly need a vacation. I haven't had one since our Hawai'i trip last Feb, its been almost 1.5 years and I cannot believe that we've been so tied up with the routine called life that we haven't taken a breather all this while :(
8) Election results are out. I am a little disappointed that we will continue to have a PM who still refuses to contest elections like every one else does. He might be a financial whiz but hey, that shouldn't give you so many exemptions. Let's have someone else now, shall we? Next will be Rahul they say, well, at least, he is doing something to make sure the party is winning unlinke Mr. Singh. Well, we iwll have to live with this circus for another 5 years now, hopefully because of the Congress' majority, we will have less circus than last time around. less dancing to tunes of stupid coalition partners.
9) I felt sorry that Chandrababu Naidu lost. He was an exceptional CM when he was in term. Showed a lot of promise and vision and a willingness to change things around. But I am glad Jayaprakash Narayan won. And from Kukatpally!! My parents/sis' votes haven't gone waste after all! :) Now we can have at least one sensible voice in that rowdy Assembly in Hyderabad ;)
10) The husband's parents are here. His mom alternates between extremely good days and some bad health days :( But all in all I am hoping they are having a good time here. And we continue to grapple with water troubles. Not because of lack of water, mind you. There is plenty to go around with all the rains and stuff. But the BMRCL guys dug up all our water lines on 100ft road, apparently for the Metro project and so we can rarely see the supply these days. At least the BWSSB tanker guy shows up once in a week, so it keeps me sane for now.

I managed to finish 10 points. That is some achievement. Its not lack of time actually, its just lack of things to say in adecent sized post. Everyhing suddenly seems so mundane and below writing-worth ;)

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Boo hoo!!

My mommy went away!! Boo hoo!!! :((

Like most of my friends on Facebook know by now, I had visitors over the weekend. My parents arrived Friday night with sis and an aunt (my favourite one) and two cousins. It was a large party and I have to confess I was very nervous. More nervous than excited. How will I manage so many people. Will the house be enough to hold so many, will the kitchen utensils be enough for cooking, will the beds and layouts be enough and so on and so forth.

But I was worrying uselessly. The days passed off so quick, and now they are all gone off already :( Everyone seemed to fit in just fine and the kitchen didn't explode like I thought it would. Plus they were family so little inconveniences were probably not even cared for, and they probably adjusted remarkably well, so I didn't notice any discomfort on their end :)

Three of them left yesterday and the rest left today and now I am back alone again in the house which suddenly feels very huge :( I think I put off my sis once by saying something. And I felt bad about one time I was unnecessarily harsh on my dear momma. So next time I am resolved to not even let it happen these few odd times. And I sooo wish they could hang around a lot longer.

The only consolation now is that tomorrow Subhash's parents will be here and I don't have to be alone anymore in the few weeks to come!!