Monday, November 24, 2008

M 4 MARRY (This post is only for 2 days)

Here, it is as if an emergency has been declared in our office with a condition that we have find a spouse soon. Everyone is registering into different matrimonial sites. m4marry, shalom matrimony are a few of those. The biggest irony here is that, those who were not at all interested in getting married were the ones who started it all. Infact, it was they who invented that such sites could be opened at office also. Great!!!

One more fact- it has been found that, more interest in finding spouses is found in those who already have a partner, but yeah, it is strictly for their friends. ;-) One thing is for sure, whether my parents like or don't like my spouse, my friends will surely like him. Because it is their selection only.

It was Obamamol who started it all. Can't believe that. From somebody who was totally against marriage, to a girl who vividly searches for a groom's profile in matrimonial sites, it is a great change. Isn't it?After a long search, back at home, she found one Paulichaayan for her, who looked great and also was in abroad. It is known fact that anything related to Australia or any country abroad (except for middle east countries ) would lure our Obamamol. She fell for Paulichaayan's PR (permanent residenceship) in Australia. She even registered into the site so that she would be able to express interest to that guy. But unfortunately, it was too late. Paulichaayan hadn't logged into the site for about 6 months which could possibly be because a) he got his spouse long back b)he gave up the search (for too many girls would have showed interest in him). It could also be possible that Paulichaayan has already got married. Poor our Obamamol ! She couldn't even handle the shock. She broke into pieces. And it took a lot of man-hours (and a lot of browsing in matrimonial sites) to get over it.

Atlast she found someone. The person she had longed for was not in any matrimonial sites but was always there in our office, just waiting to be noticed. Our one and only OKU. Oku had also registered in a matrimonial site but failed to get a suitable partner. Even when we all found a girl (holding a hibiscus flower ), he didn't accept that. At that time we were totaly unaware of the reason why he was rejecting each and every of our selection. But then, we found the UNACCEPTABLE TRUTH.

Oku and Obamamol.......THEY HAD STARTED CHATTING (and that too without our knowledge-that is the important point). Within one day of talking, they found that they were meant for each other. They were glued onto their seats while chatting. It was evident that they didn't even want to have lunch in afternooon for they will miss the chat. And when we were about to leave the office, below is the conversation that happened between Oku and Ammini :

Ammini : We are leaving.

Oku : Oh good, by which bus?

Ammini : By the 4.30 bus.

Oku : Is Obama also going?

Ammini : Yeah....

After some time, things "Clicked". And there was a loud laughter around....

All is well that ends well. Now that we don't have to find spouses for Oku and Obama, we are happy.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Just For Namesake

(Updated on Monday:- I started writing this blog on last friday when most of the characters I decsribe here were not present in office.)

Just the two of us in office. It seems little weird, but me and BLORE have got used to it. Missing AMMINI in the trio "TRIMURTHIKAL", and in particular, our literary adventures that used to flood every of our hostelmate's mailbox. It has been a widely successful venture by the 3 of us. This is the only thing that has added some fun to my life at bangalore. Writing quality mails teasing each of the hostelmates in each and every occasion is an art in itself.

But the scapegoat in all these activities is our APPIMOL(Appi). Whatever the occasion may be, whoever be the one to be teased in the begining, finally all the teasing and mocking ends at Appimol only. It is very easy for any one of us to blame her and start the show. Eventhough, we know that she must be annoyed of all these things, we rarely find her arguing back at us, which inturn encourages us to write more mails and start the chain within the group.

The other person to be targetted is our KORATTYMUTHY(Koratty in short). I don't know the word in English which describe her character. She never takes anything without dropping it. This used to be talk of the town before coming to Bangalore and before we found Appimol is a perfect substitute for Koratty's accidents. TUDYMOL(Tudy) is yet another character that we have in hostel. Rarely could you find her without her phone(As if, phone was just invented for her). Within 6 months of buying the covetted N95, she had to replace the battery, headphone and also the cover. Now anyone can understand the usage of the phone.

Yet another character AANAKUTTY. Her thoughts are limited to KFC bucket chicken, McDonalds burger, Shawarma. Thank God! she hasn't still eaten Momos. Otherwise, it would also be there in the list, I suppose. Last but not the least our OBAMAMOL (Obama). There is only one such piece in the world, you can't find a replacement for her. She won't listen when we tease her and there is no stopping her when she start teasing others.

(Note:- We are all missing our THAMBIALIYAN, or Ummar who is in Hyderabad.)


Ammini was named just because of her frequently pouring eyes. It doesn't need any specific reason for Ammini to start crying.
Usually, it is said that you are bound to change the way of dressing when you are in Bangalore. The first signs of that change was shown in Blore. But things have been changing, and the name is more suitable for Koratty.
We put Appimol that name just to rhyme with her actual name. Since we are also aware of the computer jargons, we always tease her when we use AppiSettings.
As for Koratty, it all started with one of our batchmate calling her on phone mimicking as a bank agent. When she was asked to tell her native place, she replied-"K-O-R-A-T-T-Y, you want me to repeat it?" :-)
We didn't name Tudy, it was she herself who changed her name in everyone's mobile.
Thanks to her physique, we didn't have difficulty in finding name for Aanakutty.
And ObamaMol was one day really busy that she wouldn't even talk to Blore in communicator. So Blore named her Obama to comemorate the busy schedule of Obama , the President of U S of A.

N.B: It feels unfair to me if I don't disclose my name. It is COMMUNI. The reason behind is that I used to be always busy chatting in Communicator (chat device for our company) and also because I do follow some Communism.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Recession Ahead

When I first heard the word "LAY OFF", I didn't think that as a subsitute word of sacking. Similarly I learned a few more new words like Pink Slip (a cool phrase for the letter you get when you are thrown out of job), PIP (an abbreviation for performance improvement program....which means "U R DONE....u get, may be, a weeks time!") and the best word so far...RECESSION(that means the market is down, u gonna loose your job, high inflation etc etc).

It is said that India will be one country which will be slightly protected from recession (whatever the reason may be), with half the working population under a lay off threat, I hardly can believe that statement.

What Recession means to me??

I won't be doing any credit card shopping, i won't be taking any bank loans....Not because I have been advised by so many fwdd mails, but am not sure of repaying them...incase I no longer have a job. For me, it doesn't really matter as to how the economy is going up or down, all I can understand is my job is at stake. But the problem with me is that I have no other option but for this job.

I never aspired to be a Software Engineer except for one situation (infact a game..) when I was asked to think of 5 professions where I could be possible in. Regardless of whatever I thought in the past, I am what I am now. Getting into the industry is one of the easiest thing in the world, but to be in the field with the same vigour and enthu is something like Mission Impossible. Particularly, in the time of recession, everyone is regretting their decision of choosing software instead of what they studied in Engineering.

But not me...Apart from the big reason that I had no other option(I wasn't offered any other job after graduation). It was really a hardship to get through engineering. Actually I am so thankful to my University and all those teachers(Gods and Godesses) who evaluated my test sheets for making me pass everytime. I used to have atleast 2 papers each semester where I would get 40 percent which actually means that they have moderated marks to make me pass those papers :-)

And that is how I managed to attend almost all the campus interviews and finally I got through to my Company. Whatever it is I am happy for whatever I am earning now and also for the work I am not doing here everyday. And if I do loose the job that would mean that my Company gonna miss some real "coding talent".

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Bangalore Times

Statutory Warning: This has little to do with those who love Bangalore or love its climate or the life in Bangalore (coz I know that nobody is going to care)....well who cares!!!

I have always thought Bangalore to be an alien planet for years. And even after living here for around 3 months that perception hasn't changed. Apart from a terrible reason(may be, for others) that I dont like the climate , I can point out hundreds of reason why I dont think I can ever adapt to Bangalore.

Bangalore may geographically belong to India, but God knows where it landed from or was it imported from some "Asserican" country. Somehow I cant see anything common in Bangalore and any other Indian cities(or metros for that matter). Girls in Bangalore must have started wearing miniskirts even before it reached the fashion capital Mumbai(or was it invented in Bangalore itself?). When I was too young to understand that it is not vulgarity to wear small clothes (how ignorant of me!!!), I screamed at such girls.

1. How would you know that you have landed up in Bangalore?
Clue1:The first person you come across after landing, is wearing a headphone and a high probability of having his/her Comapny Id around the neck.
Clue2: Or if you got into a bus, you will find many youngsters sleeping like they haven't slept for years.
Clue3: (Best if you know malayalam) You see guys speaking in malayalam.(Believe me there are more Mallus than Kannadigas in Bangalore).

Party Animal or Social Animal??
You are destined to become either one of the above options or both if you are in Bangalore. If not...are you a man? Work hard, Party harder. This is the ever rocking Bangalore!!! The lifestyle of Bangalore must have been Ctrl+C Ctrl+V (copy pasted) from some foreign(generally!) countries. It might take a hell lot of time for me to adjust to Bangalorian life.

It doen't really matter how many times you switch your partners, but mind you, you are always with an opposite sex. People look oddly at two guys walking together...Like hit films like Sholay have never bothered to make an entry to Bangalore.

Historical Monuments??
You don't find historical monuments in Bangalore, you can only find flyovers...and that too under construction.

This is not an Indian city...I have warned you earlier. English is your only hope for survival. (Damn hell !!! when will I throw off Hindi from my mouth).

In Software Field??
Am I going to curse my own field which has given me "food and shelter"......No Way...............

Ok May Be Next Time.....