Wednesday, May 26, 2004

Born in India

"Mrs. (Sonia) Gandhi, an Italian-born woman raised a Roman Catholic, is making way for a Sikh prime minister, Manmohan Singh, who will be sworn in by a Muslim president, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam" - in a nation which is predominantly Hindu." as appeared in one of the New York Times article! Makes one feel really good about being born in India.

Monday, May 24, 2004

How would a HR guy write a love letter

I know my blog is full of HR stuff but I just couldn't resist posting this one....though I maybe being very disloyal to my own profession!!

How would a HR guy write a love letter!

Dearest Ms Juliet,

I am very happy to inform you that I have fallen in Love with you since the 14th of October (Saturday). With reference to the meeting held between us on the13th of Oct. at 1500 hrs, I would like to present myself as a prospective lover.

Our love affair would be on probation for a period of three months and depending on compatibility, would be made permanent. Of course, upon completion of probation, there will be continuous on the job training and performance appraisal schemes leading up to promotion from lover to spouse.

The expenses incurred for coffee and entertainment would initially be shared equally between us. Later, x-udd on your performance, I might take up a larger share of the expenses. However I am broadminded enough to be taken care of, on your expense account.

I request you to kindly respond within 30 days of receiving this letter, failing which, this offer would be canceled without further notice and I shall be considering someone else.

I would be happy, if you could forward this letter to your sister, if you do not wish to take up this offer.

Wish you all the best!

Thanking you in anticipation,
Yours sincerely,
HR Manager.

Wednesday, May 19, 2004

Thank you destiny!

A girl i met in my class,
who walked home with me everyday,
who always had a special smile for me,
with whom i didnt have to talk to b understood
She understood all of me,
it was never abt being friends,
more abt being soul mates,
to finish each other's sentences and thoughts,
have the same dreams and ambitions
We were different and our destinies too
but together it felt like we were two halves,
always attracted to b together
Thank you destiny!

Am honoured!

Tuesday, May 11, 2004

Going home!

When my company guide agreed to give me a day off to go home over the weekend, my joy knew no bounds! Its been quite a while since I went home to my nest and this weekend was supposed to be the kind that would rejuvenate and show me a whole new meaning of life. And in spite of not getting a confirmed ticket back to Bang, I took a big risk and boarded the Brindavan on Friday afternoon. What can I say? Two days of sun, sand and summer fun with family and friends were enough food for my soul to last a little lifetime :)

But what I hadn't anticipated was the TN elections to be scheduled on Monday (It happens when you just pretend to read the ET over coffee!) The moment I stepped out of the Central station, there were red and black flags all over. In fact I even saw quite a few kids carrying some (like they pin it on Independence day!) on the road! The autos were as usual blaring some music with lots of 'katchi' (party) members falling out of it.....the realisation dawned then...I was witnessing the last day of campaigning in Chennai and that Mrs. Congress leader had come to the city for a last minute inspiration to the public! To say that the favor was leaning towards the DMK-Congress alliance would be an understatement! Everyone I asked were very vehement about their choice of vote!

When everyone is excited around you, how can you keep your own adrenalin down? Especially when this happens to be your first ever chance to vote? That too, when you can influence the next government at the center!! Naturally, as soon as I reached home, the first thing I did was searh for my voter's ID card (I was very prompt in getting one as soon as I turned 18 though it did come to me only after I turned 20!!) I was waiting for Monday to come and that first mark on my index finger. What I hadnt foreseen was my name missing from the list! After all, I have a valid voter's id and I know for sure it was entered in the voters list last time they came around asking.

You see, my parents had shifted houses in the last year and well, logically our voting constituency should also change along with the change in Ration card right? Or atleast it should remain in the list of the last constituency right?! There I was, fresh at seven in the morning, having slept over at a friend's place, ready in front of the gate of my voting booth in my previous constituency (my parents had warned me our names were not there in the new place's list so I concluded it must still be in the old one) to make a difference and exercise my civil right for the first time. What do I find? Oh what do I find? My name is there alright but its stuck out!

"What does that mean?" I ask the PO and get a promt reply..

"Probably, the person had expired!"

"Excuse me?! Thats me and last time I checked I am very much alive!"

"Oh, well then you must have shifted right?"

"Yes, but my name is not there in that list?!!! but very much here though stuck so can I proceed to vote?"

"Sorry you can't"

"Do you mean to say that though I have a valid voter's id, my stuck name on the list and no duplicate appearing elsewhere in another list, I still cant press the EVM?"

"Thats right madam, but dont worry, there will be a state assembly election very can vote then..........."

"what the ****! who wants to vote then! I may not even be alive and it may again be stuck out....#*#$*#$*#*%~#$%@%"

You can guess my state of mind afterwards! All my adrenalin wasted :((

Thursday, May 6, 2004

Bubble of life

I thought about it...long and hard! Yes, I did! It was a very tough decision, especially when it seems like everything else is shouting "I am more important, you better pay attention to me..." And when you are caught up in the bubble of life, things seem to be happening a woman caught inside a huge bubble, am watching it happening out there...I know it should affect me, after all, its my life right? But this vacuum......? "Life is passing me by, am not bothered though"

Like a rishi immersed in tapas for a hundred years, I have grown defences around me...not ant hills but something more liquid that's tempting me to move out......Is it worth it?