January 25, 2010

Thus spake Rumi

My dear heart never think you are better than others. 
Listen to their sorrows with compassion. 
If you want peace, don't harbor bad thoughts do not gossip and don't teach what you do not know. 

© Z.

January 21, 2010

And so on..

Step 2 done.

Received the offer letter today. Sent the acceptance. Might fly by first week of Feb...hope that the fog clears out by then. Turbulence scares the s*** out of me.

© Z.

January 16, 2010

Music time

Hola! Step 1 over...I start Step 2 today. Yipee!

I decided to organize my huge music collection and while at it...I decided to create playlists. The first one to form, of course, was the romantic songs (Nikhil - stop wincing)

Here's the English collection of romantic songs. Not in any particular order...not even alphabetical:-

  1. I don't want to miss a thing - Aerosmith
  2. Aint no sunshine - Al Green (Notting Hill)
  3. You belong to me - Jason Wade (Shrek 1)
  4. I'd love you to want me - Lobo
  5. Love Story OST - Andy Williams
  6. All I want is you - U2
  7. My heart will go on - Celine Dion (of course! ;) )
  8. Endless Love - Lionel Richie & Diana Ross
  9. I will always love you - Whitney Houston
  10. Now and Forever - Richard Marx
  11. Stand by me - John Lennon
  12. When you say nothing at all - Ronan Keating
  13. I will be there for you - Bon Jovi
  14. Can't help falling in love - Richard Marx
  15. How deep is your love - The Bees Gees
  16. You're beautiful - James Blunt
  17. At Last - Etta James (it should be the last track...nicely wraps up the mood)
  18. Take my heart back - Jennifer Love Hewitt (If Only)
  19. All for love - Sting and Rod Stewart
  20. With or without you - U2
  21. Wonderful tonight - Eric Clapton
  22. I can't stop loving you - Phil Collins
  23. You sang to me - Marc Antony
  24. Iris - Goo Goo Dolls (City of Angels)
  25. Right here waiting - Richard Marx
  26. Your body is a wonderland - John Mayer
  27. Your song - Elton John
  28. Truly Madly Deeply - Savage Garden
  29. The Wind beneath my wings - Kenny Rogers
  30. I will - The Beatles
  31. Unchained melody - The Righteous Brothers
  32. Nothing's gonna change my love - Glenn Medeiros

    Not so sure if I'd want a hindi collection...simply coz they are sooooooo many of them that I like...it'll end up looking like a 'playdatabase' :))

    © Z.

    Yeh, whatever

    One of the reasons I made this blog private was...I really wanted to vent out a lot of stuff without fear. All the people who can read this are the ones who know what's on in my life.

    It's dark and cold. Just got off a call with my school pal. It's so important that as you grow old...you ought to have those people who knew you when you were young. 

    Anyways, the discussion veered around friends getting married, some becoming proud parents, to pestlike colleagues, personal lives et al. I do envy some of them for being happily married and settled down...and their posting gorgeous pics doesnt help either.

    To be honest, when I do ask myself, what do I envy them for...its for the certainty in their lives. From where I look, they have good jobs in good companies, have a good partner and a good family life. Atleast, that's what all those pictures suggest. I miss those in mine. Ok...I do have a good job in a good company...but it could've been better. Ok...am getting greedy here. I do have a good partner. I do have a good family. But I need a good partner AND a good family. I have the pieces of the puzzle...I dont have the complete picture.

    We next discussed religion. How warped our senses are coz we are too lazy to actually read and understand what the ancient wisdom implies. How undisciplined our lives (esp mine) are...I dont remember resolving to do something and doing it. Ok...consistently doing it. Short attention span is a not an excuse...its a disorder. 

    And well, life aint as fucked up as it sounds above...but...you get the drift? It's kinda empty...it lacks quality. I know once I get onto my new role...I wont have time to think on these lines and all this could just be a phase...but I'm sick and tired of phases. Esp when the phases recur for the same stuff. I so hate giving myself orders or motivational speeches. I dont like making resolutions. I dunno how many times I've told myself that...its time to do things.

    What things, though? Well...thats the whole issue. What I feel so strongly about now...2 days later, I'll be wondering why was I hyperventilating? I'm so random that its not funny.

    I shall hopefully finish Step 1 of my Spanish lessons today. 3 more steps to go.

    Hasta Luego.

    © Z.

    January 14, 2010

    Ekdum Lukkha

    It's break time...or rather bench time. I'm on bench!!! That's what an employee is when they have no work 'officially', right? 

    So cool. :D

    Well...nothing much is happening these days. I play weird games on Facebook, watch TV, learn some spanish, do some household chores and that's kinda about it. Day starts at 12 pm and ends at 12 am. I check mails intermittently, with the hope that the team from my next role will finish the paperwork and let me know when I can join them. 

    So here's to vella panti...cheers!

    © Z.

    January 08, 2010

    You need all the ingredients, sir

    Nicely put by Seth.

    It's increasingly common...this kind of thinking. Do your own stuff, be accountable, dont be the victim, be the change you want to be and so on.

    What gets me thinking is....if so many of us are thinking in this direction, why are so many of us still cribbing too? Thought is the first step towards action but many a times, it's just not enough. One also needs vision...the vision of how the changed state will be. One also needs reasons...reason why the change needs to happen. One also needs guts...to make the change happen. And above all...one needs conviction...that the change HAS to happen.

    So while someone's job may suck and thinks he deserves better....he'd need a lot more than that thought.

    © Z.

    January 05, 2010

    How Peculiar

    Most of the folks in HR function...when they start giving a speech or presentation, start at a very elementary level. You know....if they want to relate 2 concepts....2 very simple concepts....they'd invariably start with explaining both the concepts, no matter how simple or well understood these are already. They make sure everyone gets to hear from them anyway. And when they relate the concepts...they behave as if they discovered e=mc^2. Voila!!! And they also await the reaction from the audience....clap everyone!!!

    Come to the finance function. They'd first hate you for wasting their time in giving speeches to dumb audience. And they have a completely opposite approach. They'll start with e=mc^2, expect you to know how they derived it, sigh in disgust when you give a blank expression, explain the whole concept in the most dry manner and get done with it.

    Operations? They'd start with whining about why e=mc^2 had to exist and how many challenges they face daily due to it. They'd have charts and graphs on how they are overcoming these challenges and how's all in the world 'coz of them.

    IT is least bothered. They'd talk about how much upgrade is required, no matter what the equation is.

    And through all of this, HR will sit and think..."I did a damn good job...everyone now knows about the equation! I must include this in my appraisal!"


    © Z.