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Kick n up!

All I needed was one conversation.. and then came another.. to bring me back on my blog. For months I've been sitting at home doing nothing about me doing nothing.

Well, now I'm here. My previous post was about deciding on my new year resolutions - of course I'll be done deciding by New years eve. But somehow I thought it would be good for once to give up something till New Years. Last week Padhu made a very bold comment (which he shouldn't have). When I told him I was very bored - he said 'maybe you should get off your butt and not look at Facebook for a while.' YESS, I was angry and gulty.

So 'starting tomorrow' I will not log in to Facebook. Which also means -no using Padhu's Blackberry to update 'Happy New Year' status on Dec 31st. Which again includes no checking my Gmail notifications for FB posts. See what I've given up for this holiday season. Of course I' not going to get anything in return but I just wanted to put myself …

December 16 - its today.

The subject would have got you wondering what is today. Well, its just another day but somehow this morning I woke up and decided to decide on my new year resolution and agenda today.

Psst psst - Never wake up with this thought.

Well, as I brushed I peeped into my bedroom oops, sorry - our bedroom and saw Chin sleeping.

Psst psst - I call Padhu Chin.

Then I wondered, last year by now what was I doing? I remember being very clear about my 2010 resolutions. I remember posting it here and I remember Pradeep Subramaniam being very proud of that post. Right now with the blog rate I'm going, Pradeep Subramaniam wont talk to me in the next wedding he sees me in.

Psst psst - Weddings are where I meet people these days. Itsoften - so I enjoy!

Well, last year by now - I was engaged. I had given my one month notice to my company. But I had late wake up hours.

I have a looottt of time for myself since I'm not working anymore. So here goes. My agenda for 2011. (two oh one one!)

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Anonymous

Hello Anonymous,

'Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Selflessness..":

Wow all I can say is that you are a great writer! Where can I contact you if I want to hire you?



Posted by Anonymous to Hidden thoughts on a white board... at December 8, 2010 5:22 AM '

Well Anonymous, if you really meant it. Please do get in touch with me over email. Its on my profile info and also at the end of this post. I could kill for a job in writing - would be great if it were online too! :D


For other readers - sorry - I'm at home and desperate for a job that I can do from here!

And I promise to come back to my blog soon after i attend all those best friends weddings!

pragiv@gmail.com | +9177089 55888

THANK GOD there is no option at the end of this post with a buttong that says DESPERATE.

Dust *cough* *atiishhooo*

Its been soooo long! I finally fixed my internet connection at home yesterday. I haven't blogged in around 9 months! Actually more. gulp. Its a sin. To stop reading, to stop bloggin. To stop doing what you love to do. Phew.

Well, lets just say the past few months have been a roller coaster ride - upside down - inside out and what not! Invites, engagement, invites, wedding, shopping, guests, more guests, travel - well the only thing I didn't do before May was - freak out. There was soo much going on and now it all feels like ages ago.

Well, May came - we got married. After the wedding was the reception. And after that it was a volley of visiting temples and families. It took me a handsome amount of time to settle. Well, now I have.

I haven't written in soo long. thank to 3 years @ google, my typing skls remain the same! ;)

Be back with more --

20 super years of Cricket!

He hasn’t just survived, he’s left his imprint on every situation,” Harsha Bhogle, the doyen of Indian cricket commentators, said. “It is a colossal achievement. On his first tour of England he batted against Eddie Hemmings, who had made his first-class debut seven years before Tendulkar was born. He now shares a dressing room with kids who were having their umbilical cord cut when he was scoring his first century.”

"Commit all your sins when Sachin is batting. They will go unnoticed because even GOD will be watching then!"

The little champion! The master blaster! SACHIN TENDULKAR!

I was a crazy cricket fan during my school days. I watched every match, both ODIs and test matches. Then Sidney Sheldon & Agatha Christie came into my life. Aah the novel days! I still watched every world cup like a faithful Indian. I got to watch the man make his 200* in ODI on my friend's comp yesterday. Goosebumps? Thrill? I didn't know. But when I got back home and watched the hig…

letter to the folks

February 12, 2010.
Dear Amma & Daddy,

There’s exactly a month left – a month left for me to come back home. One month to be close with family, one month to be with you all whenever I want to. One month left for me to unpack finally. I’m looking forward to wake up and see your faces. I’m looking forward to ignore the word ‘roommates.’ I’m looking forward to living out of a cupboard and not a suitcase. I’m looking forward to eating meals with family.

I remember crying the day you dropped me off for the first time in my classroom in Nazareth. Daddy wasn’t there. He was in London. I remember holding Amma’s saree and pleading for you not to leave me. I could never understand how you could do that to me. That was the first time I left home. That was the first boarding school I went to. I knew I would be allowed to go back home after a month. I made up my mind to cry a lot and win my case and never come back to boarding school again. I failed my own plan. That was the first/last time I cr…

Save The Tiger!

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There are many ways to make a direct difference. While individal opportunities vary, there is much you can do.

We live in a global villiage, and its time that we start talking like its one! We can learn and engage each other to find opportunities to make the greatest difference.

Save The Tiger!

destination unknown

I read this on a friend's Gtalk status recently.

A person has three choices in life. You can swim against the tide and get exhausted, or you can tread water and let the tide sweep you away, or you can swim with the tide, and let it take you where it wants you to go


I smiled and thought - maybe I should go tell someone what I think about that and so here I'm. Who has a choice in life? Do you get to swim across life if you want to face it like that? What happens if life was a piece of cake - would you still wade into it just cause you want to swim against the tide?

1) you swim against the tide
2) you let the tide take you where it wants
3) you swim with the tide - (which whether you do or not you are going to be taken with the tide)

One doesn't get three choices - There is one way - and the end result is all the same - destination unknown.

My GOD

I would run if I were asked to have a conversation with someone about my religious views. I would run, really. I've had them before, they didn't taste good. They are always controversial, and they freak me out.

I think I'm agnostic. I believe in destiny. Things don't necessarily happen for a reason. Every second is born. Nothing is planned. I believe there is something that started somewhere and doesn't know where to stop. That's the something that started mankind and mankind has gone on and on. That's the something that starts the wind out of no where. And this something can get pissed when it wants to. Maybe that's what's controlling everything.

I pray. When I pray I say - If I fail this exam, dad should not be at home when the report card reaches home. And mostly, it never works. I pray saying 'I should have the will power not to spend this money, so I can buy my brother something when I go home'. My prayer totally depends on me - I undo …

EIGHT - 8 - in & around

No fever or cold can stop me from replying to Hamsi's comments or posts. This one's for you Hamsi!

8 TV shows/News Channels I like to watch:
1) F.R.I.E.N.D.S.
2) How I Met Your Mother
3) Sex & The City
4) Anthony Bourdain - No Reservations
5) Kylie Kwong - Simply Magic (Except she calls it something else now!)
6) Dinner time losers drama - Splitsvilla/Roadies
7) Beach Getaways - Travel & Living
8) Anything Cooking Anywhere!

8 Places to eat and dine:

1) Sangeetha, Chennai
2) Anganan Kadai, Coimbatore
3) Aromas Of China, Hyderabad
4) Mainland China, Chennai
5) Gallopin Gooseberries, Chennai
6) Little Italy, Chennai
7) Wanton, Chennai
8) Chinese Room, Hyderabad

8 Things I Look Forward To:

1) Any phone call from a long lost friend..
2) Getting married and settling in my very own house
3) Starting a play-school with no text book syllabus
4) Opening a KFC/MC Donalds franchisee in Tirupur (sigh)
5) My brother's wedding - (i dunno why!)
6) A get together with all my Chennai friends with their sp…

potted daisies | cartoon strips | retirement | life

These characters made me laugh everyday. My mornings always started with them.

After I retired I took an oath. An oath to never oversleep. When I was working I always woke at 6am, had bath, plucked flowers from my garden and arranged them for the idols in the pooja room, prayed and then sit for breakfast and leave to work. My oath was to wake at 7am and do all of the above and not go to work. The first day after retirement was bliss. I was happy after the farewell they gave me in my office.

I was staring at the morning paper and smiling as I read through the cartoon section. These characters made me laugh everyday. My mornings always started with them. With little time every morning before leaving to work, I never paid much attention to these comic strips. Now I sit down with the paper after breakfast and read through them. Sometimes in the evenings when there is nothing to watch on TV, I read through them again and smile. Some of these comic strips make me laugh.

I was getting used t…

One night after work..

I was done with my pile for a day. It was 10pm already and I knocked on the Chopra's door with great difficulty. I was carrying 111 pieces of clothing. As usual, they grandson Bunty opened the door and yelled, 'Dhobi hai.' Mrs.Chopra came to the door to collect the clothes. She counted them all and paid me 300 rupees. I searched for change and managed only 20 rupees. She told me to keep the change.

As I turned to leave, she called out for me. She went inside the house and for a while I could not see what she was doing. I wasn't allowed to enter anyone's house. My job was to collect clothes outside the door and return the same ironed there itself. The Chopras had been living here for over 12 years. They moved here when Mr.Chopra got the senior manager post with the electricity board. He had worked in Chennai before he shifted here. He retired about a year back. Mrs.Chopra came back with a few bags and gave them to me. She said they were used by her grandchildren in …

mixed feelings

I woke up this morning thinking my countdown does not start with 5 anymore. 49 days left in hyderabad.

I have never cursed life or what it have given me. I believe in destiny. Wherever my life has taken me, I've packed my bags and reached there. Destiny's plans for me have been solid and have made life easy for me. I have had no troubles settling in a new place, I have no troubles making new friends. I sat near 25 unknown children when I joined my first boarding school in Ooty - Nazareth and I was pretty happy. I cried to see my parents go back home without me and that's the only time I've cried because I was scared. After that every hostel, every boarding school has been my home. My very home with my own little happy, chirpy family. From my own little tooth brush holder to my very cot to lie on. Home was summer holidays and winter holidays. I grew up with similar minds and minds of the same age.

My family has been extremely supportive of everything I do.. even now. Th…

hmmm... 50 days left

50 Hyderabadi days left..