Dec 29, 2007

Time to close this...

Well guys..

This is my last post on this blog.

I'm writing to just let you know that i'm no longer posting here. If i could shift all my posts from here to my other blog with dates and everythin without too much of a hassle i would certainly do it and delete this blog, but unfortunately i haven't thot of a way to do that... yet..

Anyways from now i'm keeping 2 blogs. One will be updated periodically, while the other will be updated sporadically with thots, comments and wisecracks i think of from time to time.

Signing off from SJ Online!

enjoy the other blogs..

Jun 27, 2007

Pleasures of Reading

The lightning crackled and the whole sky light up brilliantly like a flash. In the few visible seconds, through the rain, I saw the horrid face of the wolf like creature running straight towards me. Terrified by the sight I sped up and kept on running. I ran for my life. I ran like the wind my legs moving faster than I had ever thought possible. The visibility was very bad with the rainfall becoming heavier and heavier. I turned left, dodging a tree which suddenly loomed up in front of me. Now I turned right, and then left again dodging trees. Suddenly I found myself sailing smoothly through the air and then, with a thud, my feet touched the ground again and I continued running. “Hoooowl”, I heard the creature, he was right behind me, he hadn’t lost track of me.

A cold wind came and hit me. I shivered and slowed down a little. I got goosebumps as I thought what would happen if the wolf caught me. “You can’t slow down, whatever happens you can not slow down. Speed up, speed up!! You have to get away and the only chance is if you speed up and hide somewhere.” I told myself. I had absolutely no idea in what direction I was running. “Am I running towards the end of the forest or am I going deeper into it?” I had no idea. I glanced back for a second, “Where is that thing? Did I lose it finally?” I couldn’t see it anywhere. I might have lost it, but I had no clue. Suddenly I saw a hut come up in between the trees. Who would live here in this horrid place? I did not know. But that was the only place where I could hide from the wolf. Reaching the hut I entered. It was very dark in there. Somehow I locked the door, and fumbling in the darkness I shut the windows and made my way into the tiny bedroom where I crumpled in a corner. I thought who could live in a dump like this it could be no man. I prayed “Please God save me from the wolf. Why… oh! Why did I ever think of coming to this horrid place? I promise I’ll never come back here. Please God save me…

I opened my eyes to find that it was morning. As my eyes adjusted to the light I saw a fan running above me, all kinds of noises were drifting in through the window. I frowned and sat up with a jerk. I looked around not understanding where I was and then gradually I remembered that I was at home. The hut, the wolf, the rain everything was a part of the book I was reading last night when I fell asleep on it.

It has been said that:

“A dog is a man’s best friend; a diamond is a girl’s best friend”

But my best friend is a book. Whenever I am lonely, whenever I’m feeling sad I pick up a book. I get lost in the world of fantasy, in a world full of thrill, drama, horror et al. I lose myself in the artificial world neither remembering nor caring that I belong to another world, a world of reality where things are more unfair than fair, where people are more hostile than friendly. Reading a book is like food to a hungry person, water to a person dying of thirst, drug to a drug addict so on and so forth.

The world of books is a different world altogether, reading is something that stimulates a person’s intellect. It opens the mind to a larger world of imagination. If a person has not read a book then he has no idea of the world, of the different kinds of people in it. It is only through books and reading that a person can explore the whole world in a thorough manner. All kinds of societies and communities can be explored, the exciting life of the detective or a soldier can be experienced, the fast life of the mafia can be felt, history, geography, everything can be known through the world of books. In one life a person can live a thousand lives just by reading books.

I had never read a book till when I was in class four. When I fell ill and my brother introduced me to the wonderful world of reading. My first book was a Secret Seven by Enid Blyton. I got hooked onto reading books as fast as a drug addict gets addicted to drugs. Books became my drug. I simply could not stop reading. I read books right through. I didn’t even stop during my board exams. I could not stop. I was hooked, addicted. Reading showed me a whole new world. A place where anything can happen. A world where I could lose myself in order to find solace and refuge from the tensions of the real world.

As I read and read I discovered something brilliant, something that I was always yearning to find but never could. I found a treasure trove of knowledge. I travelled places. I visited America, Italy, Bombay, China and a whole lot of other places. I saw Michelangelo paint the Sistine Chapel, I was there when he carved the statue of David. I met the great Leonardo de’Medici. I helped Mahatma Gandhi in his quest for freedom. I saw Nehru stand in the parliament give his world famous speech “A Tryst with Destiny”. I made many new friends. Friends from the past, present, future as well as from different worlds. I discovered a fact of life which only a reader knows:

“Books and the world of books support us in our solitude and keep us from being a burden on ourselves.”

Jun 11, 2007

Hello ppl!!

Its been ages since i've written anything here... well the current updates are that i'm a graduate now!! yahooo!! hurrah!! finally college has officially gotten over and i'm done with exams. now what lies in front of me is a job and whatever i can make out of my future. i have some hopes of going abroad and studying in an A grade institution. i shall try my very best to make it a reality.

well 3 years in bangalore have been an unbelievable and priceless experience for me. i've learnt much more in the span of these three years than i did in the 19 yrs in cal. Now when i look back to 1st year when i first came to bangalore i see a lil kid walking into college for the first time full of hope and pureness of spirit. Not that i'm not pure of spirit now.. its just that i've learned that the world is not all good and people can be horrible without a reason also.

Anyways, its been a roller coaster ride through 3 years in christ college having lots of ups and downs.. some downs(i think u can guess which one) were really hard but i'm glad that those happened as now i have better control over myself. though many of my ideas still need to improve and mature a bit but still i have grown a lot... come on nobody is perfect!! 3rd semester was the main growing point for me and i realised that if some stuff doesnt happen its not the end all. life goes on and we gotta keep on living till the end.

well 3 years are over and it all seems like a flash. i remember thinking what it wud feel like to be graduating from college and now i know. its a whole new chapter in life presenting endless oppurtunities. well thats wat i feel like now we'll see what happns in a couple of years.

one thing i hoped wud happen when i joined college was to find a best friend. someone (gal or boy doesnt matter) with i cud be best pals. it would be nice to actually experience a friendship hat close atleast once in life. but alas it dint happen but what the hell thats life and as i said before, it goes on and on.

well anyways, now after college i'm tryin to find a great job with an excellent job profile where i'll be doin actual quality work and learning loads and loads and ofcourse not to forget a great pay.. ok pay mite not be that great but it should be a decent one say around 25-30gs a month minimum starting, coz u see i got some personal aims to fulfill. My dream job rite now would be an oppurtunity to become a CEO of a company.. not a very big company but a small or mid sized one will do so that i can put in my ideas and build it bigger and bigger. You its a very funny thing. whenevr i think about heading a company now i know that yes i can do it rite now without needing any training. it feels like that would be my element where i'll be able to work and fit in perfectly.

but thats my dream my job i always hope that a miracle happens and somebody realises that yes this kid has it in him to be a person like that. but then thats a dream and hope. who knows if it would be fulfilled or not. i sure hope it does. but till then i'm ready to settle down in a good job in a god company and i dont mean working in a KPO or BPO.. i mean doing really productive work for an investment firm or in corporate banking or helping with M&As or in investment banking. it would also be interesting to work as an industry analyst but i expect that requires huge amount of training and experience. Well if anyone has an opening please do contact me.. i'm eager to work in a good job and ready to locate to any part of the world. so people please do drop me a mail.

hmmm... so what else.. well currently i'm sitting at home enjoying uselessness and joblessness.. just chilling out in the holidays after exams before i join a job.

so i'm now gonna sign off.. u ppl probably are already getting bored reading such a long blog..

well have a good time..

p.s. if someone is really interested in hiring a self-motivated employee please feel free to mail me

Apr 8, 2007



Should we just have left everything unsaid?
Does it seem different somehow?
Is it easier to let go,
Or is it even harder now …
Have all the wounds healed completely
Or are there some that are new?
Are we through with all the feelings that stayed on so long?
Was the love we had never that strong?
So many questions that have no answers …
So many tears that have been shed …
It makes no sense in waiting for miracles . . .
For there seem none ahead …

Disclaimer: i would like to express my gratitude to to the poet for allowing me to put up this poem. Its a totally different writing style and takes a few reads to really understand what this is all about.


Feb 10, 2007

There's a place I dream about
Where the sun never goes out.
And the sky is deep and blue.
Won't you take me there with you.

Ohhh, we can begin again.
Shed our skin, let the sun shine in.
At the edge of the ocean
We can start over again.

There's a world I've always known
Somewhere far away from home.
When I close my eyes I see
All the space and mystery.

Ohhh, we can begin again.
Shed our skin, let the sun shine in.
At the edge of the ocean
We can start over again.


Disclaimer: As before i convey my great thanks to MP for writing another brilliant poem.. MP Please dont mind me putting it here..
I hope all the viewers are able to identify with this poem as i have.. Good job MP.. thanx

Aug 13, 2006

The Lure of Money...

“Money Money Money"

The driving force behind all the inventions and advancements taking place


the driving force behind many of the wars and the cause of sorrow for millions.

The Glitterati of today’s world. The main attraction.

Well money is certainly the star attraction to date. Every single person wants a king size share of money and many will go to any lengths to procure it. Humanity today has become selfish and greedy. Money has become the driving force of today’s world and it is leading more and more people to ways which ultimately hurt them and the people around them.

We stand up and proudly say that today the world is a civilized place and a much better place than yester year with a larger life span and the luxuries that were unheard of in the ancient days and life becoming more and more comfortable and easier to live. But do people realize that this is not advancement. Money has actually made life more difficult and less worthwhile to live. Everything runs on the exchange of money. Whatever you want to do or own something u have to exchange money whether white money over the table or black money under the table.

The biggest and the most important necessity of all has become nothing but a commodity and ruled by the exchange of money. Yes, I am talking about EDUCATION. It is the most basic and one of the bare necessities required by any person to live a wholesome life but that also is dictated by money. Instead of seats being awarded on merit they are being reserved and awarded on the basis of financial status. People need to realize that if financial status rules this, the quality of education imparted will deteriorate at an alarming rate as people who are not interested in studies will get access to the top colleges and institutions.

From the primary school level and from many years in the past the illegal exchange of money has warranted the allotment of seats to undeserving children who do not want to try hard. Hard work and experience is the mother of all teachers and if that is replaced by the easy exchange of money children and students will get easy access to education and not learn anything in the process. They will form the idea that to get everything in life, money is the answer and will go to any lengths to fill their pockets with paper notes and metal coins. This is very evident today as more and more of India's future generation is being lured away by call centres into earning money. Students from the plus 2 sections are being recruited and getting paid big amounts. These students lose the value of money and the need for education. They do not develop the habit of saving. When they realize what they have become it is too late for them to turn back. The Lure of Money has spoiled their and their families' lives.

It has been said that climbing a mountain is harder than descending from the summit. Similarly earning money is a whole lot harder than spending it. When the students realize this they will turn to illegal ways of earning money. This is evident from the crowded prisons and most wanted lists across the world. The various mafia dons are people who realized this and perfected the art of earning easy money. They rule a world running parallel to the real world. Mario Puzo's "The Godfather" has successfully and wonderfully detailed how the mafia world works and how it continuously touches and affects our world. As a result people like "Veerappan", "Ansari", "Dawood Ibrahim", "Chhota Shakeel", and the equivalents of "Don Corleone" have taken birth disrupting our world and hurting us all at the same time.

The profession of Medicine has been, since ancient times, the most worthwhile and the top priority profession of all. But in the third world countries and the developing nations this profession is also ruled by the all pervasive "MONEY". Currency and the lure of money also corrupted this godly and divine profession into a negative and selfish one. Today it has become a question of money to receive treatments. I have heard of many incidents where families are thrown into turmoil because of the death of the sole bread earner as they couldn’t afford the treatments. Treatments of diseases like cancer, tumours etc are so expensive that not everybody can afford them. Yes, advancements have been made and many previously fatal diseases have become easy to cure but still a good amount of treatments are out of the reach of the common man. Diseases like TB are still proving fatal to a good number of people. Government run hospitals can afford to show losses and still provide all kinds of treatments to the common man at really cheap prices but the state of these hospitals are very bad. The look, the scenario and the environment in them are not at all professional or hospital like. Top doctors refuse to go and serve in these hospitals. They all are looking towards the private hospitals that "pay more".

I congratulate the developed countries who atleast provide more and better facilities at the government run hospitals. Atleast over there the top priority is saving lives. They first attend to the patients and then take care of the formalities later. But here first and foremost u have to file an FIR then only will an accident victim get treatment not regarding how badly he is suffering. Doctors here DO NOT care a damn for the patients or victims. They are taught the delicacies of the human body and more importantly "how to earn money" rather than the value of life. Sadly people today join the medical profession only because they see the opportunity to earn truckloads of money rather than the passion to save lives. This is the reason why there are so many strikes in the doctorate profession. They would rather see a patient suffer and die rather than attend to him and save a precious life. These doctors should be given a taste of their own medicine and only then will they realize how cruel they are when they refuse treatment to a suffering person. We as a country or race will never become advanced until we learn to value "LIFE" and show compassion towards another life form.

The adverse affects of money can be seen all around us. It affects life adversely and directly. Where we talk about larger life spans and new ways of treating patients, we forget to mention the shortening of life span because of money. Very recently a friend lost his father to the call of money. A terrorist group wanted to extort money out of him but in the process they brutally murdered him. Thus we see the adverse affect of money, how it can shorten the life span of an individual while boasting about increasing another’s.

People have long since recognized the power and prestige that money can give to a person. This is often recognized as one of the many gifts of money. But on the other hand i say it is the biggest bane to humanity. The poor person sees the rich man flaunt his money in useless and unproductive areas and laments that only fools get money. This is actually the case because the rich man does not understand the value of money as well as the poor man does. It is the same feelings that a hungry man feels when he doesn’t get a morsel of food and sees another happily eating. Rich people flaunt money on personal benefits and not on teaching the poor man how to become rich. We should adopt the mentality of the rich man in the very popular story in which the rich man teaches the poor man to fish and earn his bread rather than living on charity. In today’s world the rich man will give charity rather than teach another how to earn his bread. It is as if a rich man gets a kick out of showing to another that see how rich he is. This aim is so derogatory. Instead of creating new opportunities for poor people to earn their bread, rich people bask in the show of prosperity.

We also need to analyse how money came into existence. In ancient times there was no money. There were only commodities. People got what they wanted by the exchange of commodities. Barter system was the system followed. But it was very difficult to remember the various exchange rates. So then people started to exchange shells as the common medium to purchase goods from each other. Thus, Shells became the currency of that age. Then at some point in time a king or ruler introduced the concept of money. He made coins out of some metal and gave it a certain value such that these many coins will purchase this number of such and such commodity. Thus, money came into existence. Trade became a whole lot easier and money could be stored more easily than commodities used for exchange. Economists say that the barter system died at this point of time but I’m afraid it lived on very much and is still in existence.

Money is a medium of exchange just as the shells and commodities were a medium of exchange. When we purchase a good, we pay a certain amount of money in exchange for the good. Money is nothing but another commodity. But people fail to realize this. All because money is the medium of exchange they do not realize that today we are just following a more advanced version of the barter system. If we go to a seller and tell him that we will give him a commodity useful to him in exchange of a certain amount of good equivalent to the value of the commodity we will give, i am sure he will agree. Here you see, money did not enter the picture and thus this is the barter system followed by our ancestors and so it is this barter system we are following in this present day and age.

People do not realize this and give money importance above all else. I have been taught in college that you are not a manager till u get some benefit whether worldly or monetary out of all the projects you manage. I can do nothing but refute this. A manager is not a person to derive benefit. He is a person who is trained in the art of managing people and such that all projects come out successful and beneficial to the world around him and this process he earns the reputation of a good manager. A professional is a person who works in projects to earn money. Today people are confusing Managers with Professionals. Managers manage professionals as well as skilled and unskilled labourers. They bring purpose and structure to a project. They are not there for personal benefits and they most certainly not pick up only those projects from which they can derive personal benefits. Imagine if that starts to happen. Nobody will be working towards the betterment of humanity. The Social aspect of personal as well as professional lives of individuals and businesses will be kaput. Humanity will not advance anymore. People will look only to personal gains and chaos will rule. The world will be a paradigm of Hell.

It has long been predicted that the next fall of the US Dollar will make the depression of 1929 seem like a Sunday holiday. And this fall is not far. We all can see that USA is no longer as powerful a nation as it was 10-20 years ago. It is the lure of money that has been the cause of this. The people over there live more on credit and almost everyone is under debt. Savings are non-existent as a result of which everybody will suffer a whole lot when the Dollar falls and this time the whole world will be affected as USD is like the most popular currency for exchange of goods. And there is no other Currency which can currently replace the Dollar. There is thought that the Euro will take over but the Euro has its own problems and is not as stable as it should be. The fall of the dollar will probably spark of a worldwide depression leading to more and more sufferings. This will in turn make humanity take a step back from its current position.

We need to realize that money is not everything. The humane aspect of life is so much more important than money. The people who have acquired money should use it not for personal benefits but for the improvement of mankind. It should be used for the eradication of social evils and n uplifting the living standards and positions of the common man.

The era of monetary economics is coming to an end. We will ultimately have to adopt a system in which money plays a negligible or no role at all. A system wherein all humans work together for the benefit of mankind. A system in which we recognize the value of life and work together in harmony to make life better for everyone. Where the amount of HARDWORK and not the amount MONEY determines the status of a person. Until we reach this state the world will continue to be horror-filled, unfair and insecure.

Jun 13, 2006

A Poem for Everyone

IF - Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or, being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with wornout tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on";

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings - nor lose the common touch;
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run -
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man my son!