March 24, 2006

I have moved to

Filed under: Miscellaneous — Mahen @ 4:20 am Thank You!


March 14, 2006

A humble hankering

Filed under: Miscellaneous — Mahen @ 8:39 am

On a fizzling out weekend when I sat before the idiot box in solitude, the moments of loneliness wiped off the dust and replayed the tunes of some of my wishful thinking at the back of my mind. A wishful thinking for something I have ever wanted to be true and become a reality—a home, sweet home of my taste; A tranquil lifetime in a home on the shores of a deserted beach far from human traces and nuisance and not so far from an estuary with tranquil waters flowing into the sea. 

A drowsier Sunday morning in such a home sweet home, when the lazy Sun too skips its schedule, a sip of coffee in the shades of casuarinas; I would be lying under the sky in a hammock, watching the fiddler crabs coming out and burrowing under the sand twisting my coffee coaster, the sea gulls making their way to my sight and capturing my senses as easily as the hues of the sky and a feeling of not to let even a moment of that Sunday pass on;  with all this, what could add more fun and romance than an impeccable pretty sweet face lying by my side making all of her glib talking to fiddle my drowsy mood to make my day and well, to call it a day.

My (not so…) humble hankering would ever become true? 😦 Well, if not a lifetime in such a home… ???? … after all beauty is in the eyes of the beholder…

manasa thethikka vendiyathu thaan.

March 13, 2006

Pillars of democra(Z)y

Filed under: Miscellaneous — Mahen @ 7:34 am










Our leaders—the pillars of demoCRAZY, saluting our national anthem in their own style when others stood up to sing the great song. 

A disclaimer: I don’t know whether this is true. I got this as an e-mail forward. Well, if true, there’s no wonder why Bihar is called the rogue state of India.

March 10, 2006

Ravi’s Column

Filed under: Miscellaneous, Sports — Mahen @ 5:37 am

We, at Brooks Software, India, have started to play cricket every Saturday. Ravi, one of my colleagues, a senior technical writer, and a good friend of mine captured a few cricketing moments at Brooks. Just thought of sharing it. Here it goes…

It was one of the greatest Saturdays that Brooks India had ever experienced. More than twenty cricket crazy Brookeans gathered at the IDPL school playground at 6.30 in the morning when the sunlight was just beginning to show up its magnificence while the fog was fighting to prolong its hold on the surrounding. It was surprising to see that all of them were interested in starting the game rather than spending time in organizing and teaming.
Two matches were played in which each side won a match. The first one was played with a slower ball which made batting tougher. As a result, guys who tried to hit the ball were all out by some easy catches. Yet that match had a nail biting finish with Gokul’s team winning by a margin of three runs. 
The second match was more fun because there were two more people in each team and the ball was changed. Since the dew disappeared, there was very little dampness in the ball. So the ball came to the bat well and traveled a lot more. Karthik’s team was lucky to bat first. There was some splendid shots from Sathya, Karthik and Mahen. On the bowling front, Lokesh, Mohan, Anbu and Bharathi were very tight giving away few runs. But the real culprits were the wides and no balls which both teams gave magnanimously. Karthik’s team avenged their previous match’s defeat by a huge margin.
At the end of it, it really did not matter who won how many. The spirit of togetherness bowled us all over. We finished playing at 9′ O Clock when there were about two dozen people all around the ground enjoying the cricket that we were playing. It was a great feeling. It was on that day, I called many people by their names with whom I had never spoken a word in the office. On Monday when I entered office, I felt I knew everybody. Suddenly there was sense of belonging to this place.

Many famous management gurus have come up with umpteen number of books which babble complex solutions about team building exercises, understanding group dynamics, and people management, but I think all this can easily happen when you start playing a beautiful game of cricket. 

Thanks to everybody for their support to cricket in Brooks. See you all at IDPL grounds this Saturday too!
Ravi Bharath

March 9, 2006

Absinthe makes the fart grow stronger

Filed under: humor, Miscellaneous — Mahen @ 6:28 am

You would have been familiar with the phrase absence makes love grow fonder. But, here is a variation of that phrase— absinthe makes the fart grow stronger. I was sure that Indians did not use or consume absinthe. I have now changed my views. How would it be when one of your co passengers sitting or standing so close to you farts and how would you react to that when you know quite well that you cannot stand that *SWEET* smell???? 😉 Embarrassing!

It happened so to me recently. I stared at his face, without being able to control my laughter that belched out uncontrollably and showed up in my face and he realizing my inconvenience and with a feeling of being noticed by a few others around, boy, I could not explain the situation exactly in words. He was a middle-aged man. It is of course so common for people to fart, often accompanied with a loud durrrrrrrrrr :).

I understand that in no way can one control or suppress farts for it might add to the trouble inside the system. However, it all boils down to the food habit and if you can build a conscious healthy diet, I think you can overcome such embarrassing moments. No harm in consulting a physician if you find it difficult to hold your durrrrrrrr in check. Just imagine what could happen if one of your colleagues, in the worst case your senior colleagues so close to you and do that drrrrrrrrrr. That too in a fully air conditioned hall and that too during a crucial meeting when you might not be able to walk out of the room even. hahaha…

Well, the lighter side of life is always so funny though the moments of suffocation used to be so terrible.

March 8, 2006

Filed under: humor, Miscellaneous — Mahen @ 6:06 am


How well can one show the way to Gents Toilet??? 😉

A snap by one of my friends when we were to Queen’s Land amusement park.

March 8,

Filed under: Events, Miscellaneous — Mahen @ 5:15 am

International Women’s Day

A day to celebrate women. Wishes to all. I chanced visiting a search engine—Good It’s a search engine for a social cause. I mean the proceeds are spent on charities and social activities and I also learnt that they are shelling out 1 cent to women’s causes & charities with every search. So, that’s my two cents for women’s day 🙂

More on Good Search. My wishes to all women to live up to their aspirations on this day. BTW, why isn’t there a day for poor men :(?

March 7, 2006

Speed Stacks: Sport and Livelihood

Filed under: Miscellaneous, Sports — Mahen @ 1:05 pm

You might have heard about the book business @ the speed of thought by Bill Gates. Here’s a sport @ the speed of thought—Speed Stacks! I was spell bound when I accidentally had a look at this sport in one of the news channels yesterday. A kind of sport to enhance hand-eye coordination.

What is this sport stacking all about? You have 12 cups and you have to stack and unstack those cups in some sequence, of course at abnormal speed. What’s the benefit of this sport? Well, you become ambidextrous, increased hand-eye coordination, the ability of your hand to respond to your brain’s orders swiftly, quick reflex, and not to mention the FUN. More on Sport Stacking

Wait a moment. Didn’t this sport relate to someone’s livelihood? Have you ever heard of Sivakasi (often called as the kutty Japan of India) and its matchstick manufacturing industry? An industry well known and despised for using child labors.

Have you ever witnessed poor children stacking matchsticks in racks at abnormal speed to make it ready for the dipping process (a process where a rack of matchsticks is dipped into the match head chemical)?

If so, you might be able to see how a different form of Speed Stacks with matchsticks have become the livelihood of a few poor children who otherwise should have been to schools and enjoying their childhood. Perhaps, the situation might have changed now. Thanks to the social marketers for trying to eliminate child labor. Still, it’s heart-racking  to know how a sport in one part of the world have for long been the livelihood in another and continues to be so.

March 2, 2006

Dilbert at his best

Filed under: humor — Mahen @ 9:50 am


I am for sure one among the millions who always appreciated Dilbert’s perceptible sense of humor. At times when I get stuck with my day, Dilbertism is one of the smile-things that can help me make my day 🙂

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