Sunday, August 10, 2014

One winter morning!

     As the cold winter breeze brushed past me, there I was descending the stairs. As soon as my saw my bike, I stopped abruptly and climbed the stairs with a sigh! I forgot my jacket again! There is a certain unspoken rule about it with men. A man’s gotta wear his jacket on a nice winter morning like this right?

     As I drove, I saw the familiar faces of the owner’s daughter opening the door for a door-knock on any of the houses in the street, milkman in his lungi rushing into every other house as always, and the general stores solo slave giving a vibe as if today the world is going to end and the dosa-chef  of the tiffin stall by the road as cheerful as always. Perhaps it is because dosa stalls these days earn more than most software engineers. It’s true, isn’t it? Gone are the days when software guys are held in awe. Today, just every other guy works in a software company.

     So what? I love my job! Not because, I earn a lot of money…actually I don’t really earn that much. And it is just a tad bit depressing to see how much I have saved in this one year I started working as a software engineer. Oh well! When has saving money been my strongest point? It isn’t even because I am the most valued employee in my project either. It’s just that, this has always been my dream and living a dream for once in my life feels good.

     I started to my office after my daily dose of dosa and stopped at the red signal. It is funny that most people instead of looking at the signal, look at the traffic police and as soon as he turns his gaze, they speed as if they were lightning. Why bother? Don’t get me wrong. Jumping the signals is something that I do too but only when I can’t afford even a second. But just how many people could be in such kind of situations every day? And why the hell would a government bus have that kind of urgency? All for what? For an interesting story to tell when you are hospitalized? Ughh! I should just stop thinking about such things.

     The parking space has barely any vehicles as usual. Even though software guys are said to have an 8 to 5 schedule in almost all movies, the real schedule is 11 to who knows when? Although that’s how it is with me too, I still like to come by 9 during good weather just so I can enjoy the morning breeze in my favourite spot. How many people get to climb a forest covered mountain like structure and sit on a rock on top and just gaze at the sky lazily every day? It was love-at-first-sight for me. I might not have lived on a hill station with amazing view but I sure as hell long for something like this from time to time. It just feels like freedom maybe? It’s stupid I know, so what? I like it!

What is this job to me, you ask? To me, it’s about living on my own terms, meeting interesting and likeminded people, making friends, help others wherever I can no matter how small and at the end of the day to be satisfied that I am not just another useless being on this vast face of earth.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The Mysterious Born


A-Z Challenge



      There is chaos in the air everywhere. Feelings of sorrow, pain, hopelessness and desperation flowed in the air. That is until the just-born baby cried. His voice shifted the air. There was no sorrow, or pain or hopelessness anymore but only eagerness filled the air. There was no need to seek any further answers, He was worth it!  ..the trouble parents go through for the sake of their children..

        It was almost one in the dark of a gloomy night but that didn’t stop Ajay from taking a walk on the abandoned road. High on caffeine, he found the mysterious dark of night inspiring and motivating. As he walked along the dimly lit sidewalk he heard a cry. There is no denying it, it’s the cry of a baby. He went closer to the source of the cry though scared, because the weakness of the cry melted his heart. He was devastated when he found the body of a frail baby abandoned in the dark corner of a trash can.  Tears began flowing despite his will upon carrying the baby to the nearest hospital. Since nobody claimed the baby, Ajay signed the forms himself half-heartedly for putting the baby for adoption. There was something about this baby that bothers him. The baby is always crying and only calms down when he was near. Even the nurse said so. How could a baby not even a week old recognize his savior and even sense him? He is beyond moved but he can’t take the baby as his own. He was too young for it and he had a dayjob to worry about. Although reluctantly, he left the baby in the care of a well-known child welfare organization who would take care of him until he is adopted. 

“From today, your name is Carden! It means ‘From the dark fortress. Conquer it carden! ”

Unfortunately, even at the end of first month, nobody wanted this baby who was dumped on the road side. Besides, it seems he is always either crying and no one knows what to do until one day when they decided to inspect his health. Carden was diagnosed to have Acute Lymphocytic Leukaemia (ALL) and possible Neuroblastoma. His body is so damaged that doctors are astounded as to how he survived the pain. It is theoretically impossible for children that young to survive such pain that they are already calling him the miracle boy. But, even so, no known treatment could be given to children that young and the treatment can’t be covered by the organizations funds. After all there is only so much that they can do! When all hope is lost a women came forward to adopt carden. Upon being told about the disease of carden, she only said ‘I already know. To survive such pain, it can only means he is destined for great things! I will do everything in my power to get him through this’. The staff is dumbfounded but obliged her request to adopt carden.

“Can I change his name to Rey Carden?”

“I don’t see why you can’t”

“Thank you very much!” she said beaming.





I am linking this post to the Second day of April's A to Z challenge and the post links to the alphabet B for Birth. This is the second installment for the Novella "The Fury of Raido!". You can read the first part 'The Arguement' here.

Tune in everyday for more. Please leave your link in the comments so i can visit you.

P.S: After a long post yesterday, i have tried hard to keep it small today to facilitate people who come here on blog-hop. I know how hard it was on me yesterday. I had to stop myself from checking twitter every five minutes because there were so many unread posts. I promise i will catch up on the weekend! Happy reading!

April is the month of blog discovery. Your next favorite blog is waiting somewhere in
#B, #Day2, #AtoZChallenge, #720

Monday, March 31, 2014

The Arguement!


        This is the first day of April's A to Z challenge and no its not a April fools post, I swear! This challenge as i might have mentioned earlier is very special in that, i am going to write my first novella, and this is my first A to Z challenge. And i am sure this will be the first challenge that i am gonna see through to the end. With that let me kickstart today's post aptly titled for A as 'The Arguement!' and this post starts the Novella titled "The Fury of Raido!".






      It is not every day that silence filled the Order’s command centres. It is the kind of silence that comes before the storm. And surely, a storm is in store for the fate of mankind, if it can still be called that!

    Although, the screen only showed the shadowed images of the directors, the grim expressions of everyone is evident. Thoughts of aggressive propositions and their consequences raced in their minds, for Order is no ordinary organization. They call themselves the driving force of mankind but the ugly truth is that they are the reason for the artificial calamities but they are also the power that subdues them. It is led by the most brilliant, wicked, reckless and radical minds and the world is its lab-rat. It comprises of four infamous people and a mysterious fifth person.

    The mad scientist that has been exiled because of his exposed massacre of human experimentation, The Major who defected the government-alliance with his now private army stationed in international waters, The Spy, nicknamed Radar who is the information back bone of the organization, The greedy Industrialist who is the monitory back bone of the organization form the four Generals of ORDER. It is said that the fifth person, reached out to The Spy who in turn contacted everyone else to form the Order. Not even the inner circle has any idea of the identity of the leader, ‘Mr.O’.

 “What do we do with them?” the leader’s voice finally tore the silence apart.

“It’s time we take constitutional measures! There are still some obedient mutants, we should get to those ignorant fools before the rebellion gets them and turn them into our network! Once the public rejects them fully, they will have nowhere to go. It’s time we force them into the underworld and play this in our arena”.

“We should inject Vi-Tox labels into as many as possible just-in-case. It is better to test its compatibility fully before we use them in real combat. These mutants sure are resistant to common methods of killing. I need to test several of my bio-weapons. The future of their control is in bio-weapons. We also need to be able to tell them apart, or we will end up infiltrated!”

“We need to secure our island bases. Since there has been no contact with the outside world, we can be sure there are no mutants there. Special training should commence on tactics, if we are to expect a revolt. Either way we are short in number and must do something about it!”

“Lets put the word out that, they can be turned back to normal and capture their families. They will be forced to work for us and also act as guinea pigs while their families serve us as slaves in return for not killing them. But this all depends on whether we can control them. So you will find us the solution as soon as possible doc!
There are a few blood-thirsty mutants out there. Let’s capture them and use them against their kind. We will follow the scent of their chaos. To be able to hide from us this well, they must have a system in place. You will infiltrate them and get us what we need Radar.

It’s time we take control of Scyntha. The evil nation will readily accept us. Put the plan in motion Major.

We should keep the secrets of Shinjuku incident and only reveal the destruction to turn the masses.”

“But what do we do with her?“


“You will use all the methods you can think of to bring that power out of her. We need that power!!!”




Who is the mysterious leader behind Order? Who is 'her'? What is the Order upto?


Tune in everyday for more as the story transcends the known world into unknown realms.

If you are here from AtoZ too, please leave a link to your post in the comments.



#A, #Day1, #AllApril, #AtoZChallenge , #720


Friday, March 21, 2014

A to Z Theme reveal!

       Back in Feb, i decided to participate in this popular blog challenge cum blog-hop AtoZChallenge. And i am hoping, i will fully complete the challenge, because i am motivated under the account of several reasons actually. For starters, the rules are pretty easy. I have to come up with a title or the theme of the post that starts with the particular letter-of-the-day. Sounds, pretty easy right? Hold it right there. You see, I got all exited and decided to change my theme for the challenge. I am going to attempt a novella of the sorts for this challenge. I have always wanted to write a novella. Coming up with the story line to adopt was fun but i also changed it several times. The good thing is i changed the story line because, i thought i was going way too fast with the story, so as i started giving detailed outline, i decided on a bigger plot and divided it into two or three novella's of which i plan to complete atleast two during the challenge itself. *Mini Reveal* It is a fiction with supernatural element! *Mini Reveal*  and I hope you like it. 

The other reason is that, ever since i started this challenge, i was bloghopping to create a reading list of the sorts for this challenge and i have come across some great blogs, so thanks AtoZ challenge for that. I will share my reading list with you guys before the challenge, and if you find it interesting too, you can go there and comment to support them. And if i have missed on some good one's you can share those too so that i can add them to my list! So here goes the theme reveal for April's AtoZChallenge, an introduction to my first ever novella.

*Hey**Heeeey**Hooo**Hooo**drumrolls**curtain raises*



Ring.Ring.
"Hello. Who is it?"  "No details on the phone. If you want a tip on his base location, meet me at the Ruvie alley down the Orlington cross in exactly half an hour.....beep". He raced through the busy office of CNN to the editor's office. "Not now Marley", the editor waved him away and turned back to his own discussion. But he wouldn't have it "I might have a lead on his location" "Whaat? Marley this is madness! We have been through this time and time. Don't risk your life on this. It is probably just another prank" "Clear your private line and wait for my line. I am taking Nina with me," With that he ran back."You are too reckless, my stupid son!"

      Ruvie alley is where the government first started using weapons of mass destruction on those bloody mutants, he recalled as he drove the rugged old van at crazy speeds with Nina, tuning the broadcasting system. As he took his eyes off the road to check the time right by the Orlington cross, his van abruptly stopped and he hit the wheel right on his nose and fell to the side unconscious. While Nina made futile attempts to hide, some red bastard dragged Marley out of the van and shook him awake. With new scars added to is face, and his obvious fury showing, marley looked as if he was about to burst. "Before you do anything, think about her", a sharp mysterios voice came from behind the van and fear overcame Marley. His face looked as if his spirit has been sucked out of him. "I like that face. Is that from seeing me or is that fear for this lady" He broke open the sliding door to reveal Nina. 

      Although she has been in dangerous situations and found herself in the middle of mutants, nothing could prepare her to be threatened by Typhoon. She fell on her knees shaking but quickly mustered courage enough to come out of the van to Marley's side and boldly say "Go ahead! I am not afraid of the likes of you" "Is that so? Took you long enough" He said mischieviously. "We do have an eventful day. Why don't you take a minute for yourself and you can start doing what you came here for" "Are you really going to tell us, where his base location is?" "Even better! I am gonna show you." "Fuck you bastards, you are just gonna kill us. Here or there doesn't matter!"  "What if i say you don't have to come out of the van and i will personally make sure you get back safe" "What do you want from us?" " Broadcast the declaration of his highness live". So it has come to this after all, the revolt of mutants and the war between humans and mutants. Compared to all the lives that are going to be sacrificed, their life seemed irrelevant. "Welcome onboard the speed monster, she is faster than the fastest and lighter than a feather, the J-lingo! Get on before before she disappears" J is already in the drivers seat as Nina and Marley got into  the back of the rugged van. 

      With a jerk, the van rushed at unbelievable speed, right into the cul-de-sac. J hit the pedal and the van roared with new found power, the kind that will make anyone skip a beat. And just like that it jumped into the sky, "Man! Can she fly? or can she fly!" Marley held the broken door so tight to not fall over Nina who is right behind her. After all there isn't much space in the van besides the equipment. A thud from above told Typhoon is riding over the van. As the van proceeded towards the deserted city of Verios, they saw the remains of city of what was once a symbol of development and breakthroughs in genetic engineering where it is said that no disease is uncurable. As the van neared its intended destination J slowed down and stopped mid-air . The sight took their breath away. Mutants all over the place around what seemed like a rubble of trash flattened to act like a stage. "His highness will be here any moment. Its time you start broadcasting

       As the crowd intently listened to his speech, there are millions across the world watching him with fear of uncertainity as to what might happen and there are others who are tracking the broadcast to locate the source. 

"....Although, you label us as 'mutants', we are only 'altered' and still humans. I have waited for you to understand that for a long time now Mr. President, as you planned to assasinate me by consuming an entire state in a nuclear explosions. This is what made me come out. We are closer to you than you think Mr, President"

"I know you bastard! Wait till i blow that Verios again" The blasphemous putin-missilehead headed to Verios."I will watch you live as you burn!".... But the missile never came

His highness disappeared from the stage and a holograph showed the president in his command center watching them on his monitor. And behind him, his Highness 'Law' appeared. "Like i said, I am closer than you think!", he surprised President, who fell on to the ground with panic attack. "We only want peace!" "Who do you think will answer the murderous crimes of your kind?" he managed "These are but acts of individuals. Together we can work towards the peace of humanity" "How would i know if you are not trying to take control of my nation" "I am in your command center! I would've done that already if i wanted to already" "Nonsense! Shoot him!" But nothing happened. No one moved a limb as they were frozen by fear "Your decision will forever influence the violence and bloodshed that this country will face, but i will not force you!" As law turned away, realization hit him"Wait!..."

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Our story precedes this day by a decade...

Get ready to real all about "The Fury of Raido!", the first novella of this series.


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Special thanks to #TeamDamyanti for organizing this A to Z Theme reveal fest! If you are here, be sure to leave comments :)

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Rewrite History! Well science to be precise ;)

Put yourself in the shoes of any historical figure, and 
describe at least one thing you would do differently.
 #RewriteHistory

         Ever since i read this prompt in IndiSpire last night, i have been automatically thinking about several 'historical figures'. I got to say the most heated one was about Telangana. But since that's a stinky topic, i left it. I mean what should i write about? All i see is leadership wasted on unimportant things and such. I thought about Gandhi, researched a little too but by this evening somebody already put a post on it and that discouraged me. Besides, it's not that interesting. By evening i have run out of ideas and began asking others, what they would do. Needless to say, most of them just shrugged, some even said 'come on dude! I am not having enough time to think about work only, how could you think about such stuff leisurely? '...oooh! wrong person! until one person gave me a quick witty idea..yeah! I am not taking credit for it but i liked it a lot so here i am writing about it. Strictly saying, the more i thought about it, the more i liked it. Wanna know why? well, i will take you there too. 

        The concept revolves around a historical figure, and how would anyone know about such personalities? School...right? Yeah...this assumption doesn't involve you history dweebs, if there is one in my readers. God, i hate them so much! Why would you go to such lengths to find interesting facts in the history, understand things just through scripts fully, trace interesting myths and bust them with pure wit, and most importantly remember all that stuff for years to come until you tell your grandkids such amusing stories? Okay...who am i kidding? I love them!! I mean....Mummy? Indiana Jones? ....that is a never ending list! I don't hate them so much as i am jealous of them...very very jealous! I mean howww? God knows i would trade for that kind of memory! In the mean time , me with my pea brain am still just ignoring and hating you, you lucky-awesome-eyesore(for me) bastards! 

         Oh!Wait..yeah..school! When i went to school (it wasn't that long ago...just like 8 year ago ;) ), how i hated carrying all those books every-damn-day, only i know. Sometimes i used to get scar marks on my shoulders for carrying those bags too much. Bags are like whips but just less sexier  harsh. And all of those damned text books are because of some of these historical figure assholes. But then, whom should i pick? A tricky question, isn't it? Let's see...what are the big books? English (big assed wren and martin)? naah...i love English. Although i hate how it was forced onto all of us (those bastards) the fact that i could understand people all over the world (through internet - even translation works mainly because of english only ri8?) is just awesome. Then Social? like history and stuff. F**k it, if not one person, that damned history will be full of someone else...there is no escaping the inevitable when it comes to history! So..maths? maybe..but who? Aryabhatta? Wait! That stuff he did with zero (you know he invented the '0' and all) was pure awesomeness. As a bro who understands awesomeness like none other and hence connected by awesomeness-brotherhood (besides he is from India), i couldn't disgrace him. Then it hit me...science!!

         Such derivations, such assumptions, such hypothetical theories, such awesomeness, has what made today the way it is! That Einstein and Newton dudes (although my bro's from awesomeness-brotherhood - Sigh! It was a difficult decision alright!) are going to have to take fall for this! There is just no other way!  I picked Newton!

           If i was Newton, i would have just eaten the damned apple! Seriously, Y U NO EAT THAT APPLE? (#trollface)



         If you had just eaten that apple, atleast for a few more centuries i wouldn't have to carry those damn bags....wait! That would put me in one of those slave driven centuries....oh no! Oh well! I have trouble thinking, being me.....what could i possibly think being someone else and comeup with something better? Pheww...that's a lot better! Besides, i am sure all these books are going to be replaced by kindle's and ipad's in near future. I will definitely strive for that!

     While i was looking up this above pic for newton, i came across some interesting meme's,  but i don't want to fill the post with heavy pictures so check the few hilarious ones out below.


#NinjaCat

#GravityTroll

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The above post was written for Indiblogger's IndiSpire topic mentioned at the start of the blogpost.

Picture Credits: Shamelessly Stripped from Google Image Search!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The Race!

         Today i was driving to office absentmindedly as usual. What can i say? Sometimes everything you see is a trigger for something like driving the free over bridge feels like sliding on the children's slide! Since there is so much traffic i am forced to drive the muddy sideways which feels like playing Motocross with all the ups and downs. Have you ever played this game? When i was a kid, my friend G used to have this game and a few other small ones. Everyone used to go there after playing cricket on the Sundays. But since i suck at cricket, i skipped that and directly came only to play the games. Oh! I remember his dog, hairy little dog, who hates to be petted in front of strangers but i still managed to pet him though! Wait! What was i saying? aah...see what just happened? These days, now that the road is familiar to me i feel like i am sleeping with one eye during my drive too!

          But suddenly i was brought back to reality when someone crossed me so sharply i thought he is going to fall sideways and is also going to make me fall for the first time here in Hyderabad. But somehow he managed it and that infuriated me beyond words for some reason. Logically it was a save! I should be happy but i don't know what happened but i began racing him. Mentally, the referee blew the gun and all the traffic is obstacles and this is a obstacle bike race. Its not like i raised my front tyre into the air and zoomed in okay, but more like restlessly go into this and that small spaces to move forward overtaking a lot more people driving normally. He is driving a Apache RTR scarily fast....so what? I am driving CBZee and i live off the edge..!! At second gear or third at max, we accelerated and hit brakes in succession while going so many times that i felt that this must be muscle memory. He is quick to pick up speed at any time, and i can recognize a straight line through traffic when i see one. He went through cars, i used cars to streamline my way and quickly go to the sideways again. He is quick to make the curve, i am good at handling the speed breakers efficiently with out loosing much time. 

         This madness went on for a while, until we had to wait for the traffic signal and then we zoomed in on green and we both couldn't see the speed breaker ahead and jumped a little bit (only a little bit because ..come on i am just on second gear) but then i didn't understand why i am doing such a foolish act? I mean, am i not doing something very similar to why i got angry in the first place? This is not a speed race to get the thrills or did i get thrills from this also? This made me think, why was i angry in the first place? really? I couldn't put a finger on it and when i looked at him, i only saw me! It is someone else, but i felt like i am not in a race with him but myself! But what is the purpose of this meaningless fight? I don't know. I couldn't explain why i got so fired up but maybe i am not really fighting him, i am fighting with myself. Because sometimes you just can't let go and let others go ahead. Sometimes, you need to fight for yourself. After all, you are the only one who you can depend on with out any strings attached! 

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Did i ever speak about Dilbert comics?The creator Scott Adams is just amazing! No words can do justice, seriously! To conjure such wit, i always wonder just what goes on in him mind? If you compare it with Xkcd, Xkcd has arcs, so if the arc concept is better, the strips in that arc gets good and the normal strips are so..so. I mean there are really good ones but overall you know. But when it comes to Dilbert comics, every strip is like a arc. Sometimes, i laughed it off even after several hours of reading it. Maybe its just me because i could relate to him easily. I still remember the day i read Dilbert life coach book and i cried of laughter in office library! I just couldn't resist! Here goes one!


Monday, February 17, 2014

Amusing A to Z challenge

              I am officially participating in the a-to-zchallenge's A to Z April challenge. Usually, i keep myself away from challenges since - you know - i get cold feet or as a person i read quite aptly put it 'because of my own inhibition', but this seemed like a very easy challenge. As you can see, all i have to do is make the concept of the post something relating to a word starting with the letter-of-the-day and i have got quite a few ideas already. Besides, there is one other thing about why i was so interested in this challenge. If you have noticed my blog's address, you will notice the 'A as in Absurd' part, aptly titled i must say, is surprisingly aligned to the challenge's objective. It surely must be a sign right? So i thought, why not? So there! I even put up the widget yesterday on the right. 


         All of this happened last week. I was very much into this challenge that i started drafting concepts, doing research and other stuff in my office itself! Yeah, I am very dedicated to my office work. But here's the funny part! Today, on a whim, i changed what i wanted to do for the challenge. I dreamed of an amazing story - oh wait! its just so so. I don't wan't to get your hopes up even before i started working on it - that i dreamt about recently and remember the main character and outline of the story even after waking up. Yeah, that is so rare, seriously, i wish i could sleep blog! The more i thought about it, the more magnificient (read somewhat interesting) the story gets. So i decided i will write a novella!

       Ever since i read a novella named 'Harry's hut' written by this guy, i wanted to write one. Since i am more into myth, magic and other sci-fi stuff the story will be in those lines. Damn, no more spoilers! So expect stuff like that and encourage me to write better. I started working on it just a few hours ago and although i wrote only very little, like 3 para's, i am really enjoying this! Well, this stuff is like eating a fresh delicious pizza to my mind or rather as HIMYM fans would say, it's like eating a sandwich! Couldn't let that one go :D

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Coming to the hyped promised comic strips in every post ( I already forgot to include it in my previous post though *silence of shame* ), here's the first one! Everyone who is a fan of comic strips or not, knows about Calvin and Hobbe right? Ever wondered what's their first comic strip? Well, savor this!


Warning: Beware! These comic strips are more contagious than Bird-flu :P

Saturday, February 15, 2014

My lucky stars and a hilarious follower!

          All week i am struggling to write a post. Its not that i didn't get any ideas on what to write but several things stopped me from doing so. The first two days i want to write something but i told myself that it would be better if i waited and wrote it during the dark of night where my mind will be at peace with out any disturbances. But that time never came, i mean i delayed everything until i am so exhausted i had to hit hibernate and sleep. Its still a mystery how time flies by when i am trying to procrastinate and holds very still when i am doing something important but constantly distracted by something. 

        I always have this conflict with in myself. If you know what you are doing is important but you are still getting distracted, doesn't that mean what i am actually doing takes less priority than that distraction? If it was really A-priority why would i even be distracted in the first place. Sometimes i yield to this logic and happily procrastinate but someother times i just plainly regret i did that but would satisfy myself that since it was already done why bother about it? tell me that's a good attitude right? Yeah, That's the best! Don't you worry! Ofcourse you would say that! Afterall it's what you say that i listen to most of the time!! And you agree with it right? ufff....Calm down! He is just a ghost! 

        Well anyway after those two days i stopped kidding myself but then i found an interesting fact. I am able to open wordpress from my office network! yeah..it is a big deal. Since we have something called websense which basically blocks everything that is good in the internet. Okay, I may be over exaggerating but thats just how frustrated you get, I mean sure i agree offensive sites shouldn't be accessed from office network but don't you think that you can leave it up to your employees to make the decision of not visiting them instad of dictating terms. You will block the torrents naturally anyway because of restricted software instalations but why this? Totally unnecessary usage of resources i say! oh wait! What was i saying?..yeah yeah about that wordpress access. I made a purely logical comparision of using Wordpress over Blogger just because i can access it from office! i know! i know! It doesn't make actual sense to decide over it but as you see, i was having this writers block and i thought if i can write posts from office, i could probably write more often. It's a far faraway assumption but i hoped it just might give me that boost. But then, i thought about you, my readers! Although not many, i think i can actually count you guys with my fingers how many and you not leaving comments doesn't help either. So i began researching how to migrate all posts from blogger to wordpress and maintain both of synchronously. Migration was well, as easy as pie but maintaining both blogs in sync is where i had difficulty. Needless to say i sought THE IFTTT for this task and began testing many recipes, you know to post any new post that i post to blogger into Wordpress and viceversa. It was a success from blogger to wordpress but no matter what recipies i used i just couldn't get the posts from wordpress to blogger which is what i needed in the first place. So thinking about it i decided to test even more recipies for it but you should only imagine the shock i got when the next i couldn't access wordpress also! My face had an expression like one of those troll faces i just never imagined possible to actually enact! I just wondered about the lucky stars that i was born under! I thanked god for this wonderful life (pun intended) and came over it after some time. I was kind of thinking that i could use the excuse that i was trying these syncing recipies but alas now that it also failed what do i write about? But you still wrote about that!! Stop trolling me you backstabbing bastard!\

        So what i actually wanted to write about is...Finally...you said something?(*pointing a imaginary gun towards him...i mean the other me*)..naaah! go ahead!..hehe ( *wicked laugh* ). So while i was testing wordpress, i found something interesting. Actually a lot of bloggers say it sometimes but i just wasn't sure about it. So here i am testing wordpress. I just created a test blog and posted some test posts which are clearly titled First test post, second test post and such so i can be sure when they are reposted into other platform. But when i posted some 3 posts, i got a mail notification saying that someone liked my blog in wordpress. Well, i did create a dummy blog to associate this blog but haven't posted anything in it yet. I only posted into the test blog, so i was curious as to who it is and i opened the mail. Surely, someone who appeared genuine to me liked this so called Second test post. I thought may be she found this hilarious and liked this post but it also says that this blogger said my blog is awesome and inspiring! I am dumbfounded here. Seriously? I randomly opened a wikipedia page and copied the first two paragraphs. What is so inspiring about it? I wondered if it is just spam but profile is authentic and she maintains 3 blogs which are updated quite recently. I am sure it is a marketing stunt of wordpress. Hell, may be she paid them to increase her followers which is yet to be seen ( that is for another post ). But now i am troubled. Is this spamming good or bad? Wouldn't you have an ego boost if your visitor count keeps increasing rapidly?

      Well, as you can see now i got what to write for this post and also another blog to read. By the way i have lot of catching upon reading blogs and books. I don't even know where to start. My inbox is growing with emails of new posts like it was mail-bombed and i haven't completed my first book in 2014 yet. I wonder if i will complete that 50 book pledge to goodreads challenge. 

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Surprisingly surprising surprises


                     Last night i went to receive my brother-in-law from Airport and was window-shopping while waiting for him when i came across an interesting shop with a tag line "Surprisingly surprising surprises" and called "Oyehappy". You see, sometimes when a person comes from abroad after a long time, not just their immediate family but a lot of relatives also come to receive them. And there, out of boring formality, they spend an awful lot of money in the floral shop. Instead, this shop help's make the receiving-part a little more exiting by adding a little drama to it. They have various plans. The basic one was to buy a surprise-gift with some interesting miss-u quotes on it and the inside of the box is a surprise ( even to you! if you are buying it ). Another one is if there is a big family waiting, they will print custom message on a banner of about 15 meters length which is nice, interesting and formal way to show affection. There is one other plan that i like the most. A person wearing teddy bear coat will be beside you and when you recognize the person, the bear will hold a message board, go give it to him and give him a bear hug and embarrass the hell out of him :P After a long flight, don't you think getting hugged by a teddy bear lifts the spirits a little?


                 Besides the fact that not many people here in India show affection publicly, i like the idea of adding fun to receiving someone. Because if you waited for an hour for someone you would only be thinking about how to greet first and all and this is better than any of those. I hope there are more of these innovative initiatives!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

When in a pressure cooker....


      A fellow blogger asked a question on her blog here. What she asked was..

What do you do during tough times to stay positive?

           To tell you frankly i don't always stay positive in such situations. And i don't believe anyone who says otherwise. It just means it wasn't shi**y enough for you to reach that stage. I had experience of that stage too. From what i understand, every one freaks out before they reach that stage, and hence have the toughest times of their life in terms of psychological pressure building up in you. But one has to understand that, the tough times are gonna be very stressful and a pain in the ass to deal with. But the tough times are those that you just can't deal with fairly. So the first step would be to ignore that stress. That will help a lot. You should listen to baba Ranchodd das..remember him?


           I usually deal with stress by sharing my situation with like minded people that i know. Surely, when i can't think straight i would listen to someone who i think thinks like me ( when i am outside the stress zone ). If there comes a situation where i can't do anything to make it better i will become crazy, do stupid things go have those yummy deserts and finally admit to myself that i can't do anything else and start think about what all the things i should now give up hopes for and be prepared mentally. Surely one or two among the list will not happen and then it won't look that bad! But ofcourse, it's easier to talk about stuff like this!

           And if your friend or some one you know is in a stressful condition, stop preaching and listen first. Seriously, one has to know their cue!

M loveeee!

            When compared to my pals, i have caught up on the Internet very early. And memes are one of the first addictions that i had. Sure watching videos would've been more fun but because of the bandwidth limitation, i had to limit that and you know how fast net-centres were and still are. But of course i am one to talk because any bandwidth would have been insufficient at the time or even now for that case. Now everyone knows about memes due to the popularity of rage comics but i am talking about pre-rage comics era of comic strips. The main difference between the two used to be situational comedy in comic strips and intense expressions in rage comics. Although that too seem to have merged. But who can forget Garfield, Calvin and Hobbes, xkcd, cyanide and happiness or the legendary Dilbert? When i bought my first smart phone, one of first few apps i downloaded were for Xkcd and Cyanide and Happiness and some others. Now i rarely follow them because i am caught up in too many things. So today i was flipping my news feed on facebook and came across this strip!


       I never thought it would come to this. I mean that's one sadistic piece of s**t. That in Cyanide and Happiness?? What is the world coming to? But out of curiosity i checked the comments and one comment blew my mind! This one..


        I broke into laughter after that. Its hell of a lot better than an offensive comment, don't you think? I just love these comic strips or rage comics or whatever you call it. So from now on i will try and put a meme at the end of future blogs. Look forward to them :D


Monday, January 20, 2014

Sleep blogging!

              Today as usual i woke up not wanting to get up. There is a reason for that. You see, in my dreams i remember things, have a photographic memory and always, i mean always, i am in the middle of something crazy and amazing. That and i always keep my cool and know exactly what to do next. Ain't dreaming a bliss. I mean i get that in life that is probably what i want most, well who doesn't? Sometimes i feel like may be there is a hidden meaning in all of that. You know like stuff that we come across everyday comes together and blows your mind - sort of thing. Like a bike number or a password, i mean today after i woke up the dream faded in seconds but there's this string 'Ti 12 aL' that i didn't forget. I am sure it's something important but have no idea what so ever what it is. Stuff like this is one of the reason why i understood Inception when i watched it for the first time itself! And stuff like this is what makes me wish i could blog while asleep. Don't you see how amazing that would be? It's like saying all the stuff you want to write but just not out loud. I wish sleep blogging is a thing and i am guessing in about 10 years it might be a reality. Mark my words. Heavy research is going on the brain's activity. Once it's demustified, this kind of thing is super easy. Oh!Wait! That world is super scary too.

           Talking about movies, i was quite surprised this morning to find that a Tollywood movie reached heights that i would never have imagined possible. '1 Nenokkadine' movie got a rating of 9.2 over  some 10k votes! And people are saying that it even beat 'The Dark knight' rating. Couldn't believe it so i went to IMDB to check it and..

          I am literally speechless but also dumb struck. Don't get me wrong because i loved this movie. It has elements of creativity that i wished Tollywood movies to have for a very long time. So it is sensational and all but we are talking about THE DARK KNIGHT here. Well it's just 10K votes but the fact is i don't want to down vote it either. Because this movie is going to be an inspiration of a lot more creative movies to come.

My preciouss (brain) !

            The other day i read a haiku ( you know...it's past 12 and all X) :P ) which i didn't quite understand but part of it was about this disease named Alzheimer. I have come across that name quite a few times, mostly on TV on this show "Boston Legal" if you have seen it. So it piqued my interest and i looked it up on wikipedia and boy was i frightened. Of course i am, i mean the early symptom for it is bad memory so of course i am scared. Actually that was an understatement. I am not joking around okay? go google "Alzheimer" and see for yourself. The disease basically eats your brain up and you know what i thought when i read that? I thought, "It's okay. so what? I only use a small portion of my brain after all, right? I use less even when compared to other normal guys. I mean they say Einstein used only 5% of his brain, so what am i worrying about anyway?". But then it said by eating the brain it means decrease in neural activity and not the quantity of the actual brain. Damn it! I wasn't kidding when i said i use my brain even less than the average after all. But the thing is, i am somewhat lightened by what i read next in the prevention section. Well, it does say there was nothing proven but this AD is usually delayed in people who have good brain activities like doing a su-do-ku's or puzzle's or playing games, or writing blogs even. All the creative stuff that we actually do in our day to day life actually contributes to preventing something that scary. So if you don't want to be a living dead body or can't think about leaving your care takers in such an awful situation, start doing something crazy. Have those new experiences. Enjoy that life of yours to the fullest for happiness increases neural activity and depression decreases it. Be a little more crazy and most importantly STOP BEING DUMB! It ain't cute! or as you see good for your health either!

Protect your PRECIOUS brain!


Saturday, January 18, 2014

My first story in Hyderabad

            Did i tell you what happened the other day? No? Wait i did. But i forgot this. On my first day here in Hyderabad, from the reporting details i got, i just had to ask for Tcs in Madhapur. Since the cities are kind of known by auto wala's, i didn't think twice. But, as luck would have it, while i was waiting for auto a cab stopped and asked me if i had to go somewhere. He was going to have lunch and trying to earn the meal by me and some others on the way with out the knowledge of the owners. So, i thought why wait when god sent me the boat and got in. Which boat you ask? Let me tell you a short version of that story too.

           A small town gets flooded and a man who is a great believer asks god to get rid of the flood or come get him or he won't move from the terrace. Soon the flood got worse and in the mean time several rescue boats passes by asking him to get him. But he rejected them saying God will come to rescue him. Aaaand he died. When he asked god why he didn't come god replied that he came in the form of rescue boats and all but he just didn't recognize god. This story! Ring any bells?

        OK so i got in and said the same. Tcs in Madhapur. He nodded and off we went. And he stopped at some place saying this is the last stop of Madhapur. I was dumb struck here. If he didn't know the address why didn't he say anything? So there i am standing and feeling like an idiot that i am for not waiting for auto when i saw somebody and explained that i was new here and asked if he knew any TCS ofc nearby. He told me about one in Hi tech city which i know is not the one and told him so. But then he looked around and saw an it guy ( you know with a tag and all ) in this awesome Harley Davidson bike and stopped him. Told him about the situation and asked him if he knew. But he said he had no idea and 'but' again but this 'but' is nice, he said he will enquire about this and take me where ever the office is.

           We stopped at a few Tea shops and enquired some It guys and voila its on his way too. Beautiful gesture don't you think? On my first day here! It can't be coincidence.. I did the right thing coming here after all.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

New office - New Job ( kind of ..)

         Today (...yesterday when i started writing but felt too sleepy to continue..) has been a day of surprises. The transfer process is still not complete but i reported to the project anyway. The Deccan park office isn't half bad but definitely better than my old office. Its actually shaped like a butterfly in that the top view of the building resembles the front view of a butterfly. May be i shouldn't call it a butterfly. How about a crow? you know, how we used to draw it when we were children. Three crows by the sun....always :D



       Buy! This brings back memories. My sister is always the expert at drawing but i think i am ok too. We both went to a nearby private institute for learning how to draw or rather I tagged along with my sister. Actually i didn't draw much. I mean he used to give some what complex assignments to my sister and i get to draw rectangles and circles. I don't have to tell you how petty children can be but i wasn't complaining actually. And i drew what my sister draws in a competition and got second prize. My sister couldn't enter the same group because of age restriction ;)

       What am i talking about again? Oh! The building...The wings are called petals and the view from my floor is awesome. Finally I get to have a coffee machine at my workplace! For 3 months in Trivandrum, i got addicted to it and having to break the habit really took a toll on me. It's not like i can't have coffee but if you have tasted them you would know kerala's coffee beans are in a different league altogether. CCD is good but i can't go spending all the money i earn on coffee's now can i? But now, i have a Coffee machine! How can i be so exited about a coffee machine and not the project? Yeahhh! Thatttt.....you are wierd! So What?Big deal!!

        There is another reason why i am not that exited about project too. Firstly my job is not permanent for about 3 months or so and you see my new job involves quality assurance and stuff like that. While testing is one part, i have to follow up on every issue towards closure and in a developer point of view - Be a nutcase! Considering i was a developer till now, i have to play a different ball of catching up with mails which is boring. Wait! Who am i kidding? I am always to new experiences and its time i tick off some one else XD (wicked grin ). 

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Hum ban gaye Hyderabadi!


         I might have mentioned this in my previous posts. I got transferred to Hyderabad, finally, after trying for about 2 months. Not that i am complaining because, lets face it, who doesn't want to be on bench from time to time? Or is it only me? I hope not. Please god let there be some lazy people like me or i will die in an ocean of discipline-ness. You get what i mean. Wait! Do you? Because a friend of mine posted an experience of his with people understanding his tone of sarcasm. When you watch a lot of movies, that kind of thing comes naturally to us right? But i understood sarcasm even before 'watching a lot of movies'. So i too take it for granted. Am i wrong? But then again, where is the fun in writing if sarcasm is not allowed. If you ask me, the thrill of understanding sarcasm makes writing all the more enjoyable. 

         As i was saying or more like 'about to say', this is my first post in Hyderabad and today is my first day here and I am already late for reasons i still can't come to an agreement. I mean i got project mail approval and all other approvals needed but my resource manager still didn't confirm my request officially and i am supposed to print the transfer letter that i would get after it to my new project. It's been pending with him for about 6 days and when i reminded him today he said he wont be available on phone. Now what am i to do? It already noon. I will be damned if 'I' get scolded for this. 

         Some of the people i read are challenging themselves to blog a day for the whole year. I really appreciate you guys. I wanted to do it myself but i am really bad with commitments that although i prepared seven posts for a full week, i didn't publish the last two posts. That is exactly why i took the No-Resolutions-this-year resolution and hence i will try to stay away from challenges but i will definitely post more frequently this year. Hey! I did complete the Goodread's 2013 Reading Challenge. Oh, Well!



You can read the people i mentioned here and encourage them through comments. The Shaded Shadows, R's Mom, A Rose is a Rose is a Rose, The Giggling trucker's wife writes, Someday Somewhere and Scribblings . 

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Massive Alphabet meme - Part 2

After answering half the Massive Alphabet meme, i came to know that it was originally a post in July last year. Even though that's hilarious, since i put that much time in to it i continued and here's the part two.

Massive Alphabet Meme, part two

The Letter N

What is your favorite number?
2

Do you prefer night or day?
Night

The Letter O

What is your one wish?
I wish to have 3 more wishes ;)

Are you an only child?
Nope

Do you wish this year was over?
Not really! I did have a good start this year.

The Letter P

What is one fear that you are most paranoid about?
I fear that someday i would let fear alone drive me into doing things and would regret it in times to comes.

What personality trait would you look for in someone you wanted to date?
Calm and cool

The Letter Q

Are you quick to judge people?
Not in a million years

The Letter R

Do you think you are always right?
I do what i think is right and i always leave doubt for it to be wrong

Do you watch reality T.V.?
Yukk!

What is a good reason to cry?
Can't tell

The Letter S

Do you prefer sun or rain?
Definitely rain

Do you like snow?
Yes

What is your favorite season?
Winter

The Letter T

What time is it?
10:10 pm

What time did you wake up?
07:30

When was the last time you slept in a tent?
Never did that

The Letter U

Are you wearing underwear?
It's already night so....

Do you open your eyes when under water? 
I always try but never managed to do it besides i only swam in salt water

The Letter V

What is the worst veggie?
Can't think of any

Where do you want to go on vacation?
Dream vacation? In dream land ...in reality, i always wanted to go to venice

What was your last family vacation together?
Some temple i dont remember

The Letter W

What is your worst habit?
Staying up at odd times

Where do you live?
Tenali - Andhra Paris

The Letter X

Have you ever had an X-ray?
Plenty of times

Have you ever seen the X-Games?
Nope

Do you own or have you ever played a xylophone?
Nope

The Letter Y

Do you like the color yellow?
Moderately

What year were you born in?
91

What do you yearn for most?
Happiness... What else?

The Letter Z

What is your Zodiac Sign?
Scorpion

Do you believe in the Zodiac?
Nah

What is your favorite zoo animal?
Monkey

This is nice. I should probably not do more of these. And i am tagging kalyan for part 2 also.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Massive Alphabet meme - Part 1

I came across an interesting concept called 'meme' in blogging context which is different from the troll meme's going viral on social networking sites. Its basically simplified stolen themes from across the blogging world. It is taken from this blog.

Massive Alphabet Meme, part one

The Letter A

Are you agnostic?
I am not an atheist in that i believe in the concept of higher power just not 'pray if u want to be in his good graces' kind!

What is your age?
Gosh! This already sounds like seniors asking my bio. But its ok since i am in my twenties!

What annoys you?
Hard to describe so i will just go with all the annoying stuff :p

The Letter B

Do you like bacon?
Never had one although i doubt if i would like it at all. Its burgers for me!

When is your birthday?
21st November, every year! :D

Who is your best friend?
I have a number of best friends. Now that i think about it i had one in every phase of my life and each of them are so different from one another too!

The Letter C

What is your favorite candy?
I like all candies but the favorite must be ferror roucher

Who is your crush?
Currently, the mysterious women on the train! ( you should read my previous post )

When was the last time you cried?
Seriously can't remember and its got nothing to do with my attitude! Just my memory.

The Letter D

Do you daydream?
That is a major part of my day! Lol. I have a lot of triggers for day dreaming. May be i could write about them :)

What is your favorite kind of dog?
Labradog retriever may be.

What day of the week is it?
Tuesday.

The Letter E

How do you like your eggs?
Half boiled or scrambled.

Have you ever been in the emergency room?
Yeah i have! Very recently in that too

What’s the easiest thing to ever do?
Assume undoubtedly.

The Letter F

Have you ever flown in a plane?
Noy yet!

Do you use fly swatters?
Where i live, you can't risk not to.

Have you ever used a foghorn?
Nope. Can civilians even use it?

The Letter G

Do you chew gum?
A lot.

Ever tried gazpacho?
What the hell is that again?

Are you a giver or taker?
I consider myself neutral.

The Letter H

How are you?
Is this a trick question? Okay so i am quite saddened that i didn't get to eat halwa today but quite ok other wise:)

What’s your height?
6 feet

What color is your hair?
Black

The Letter I

What is your favorite ice-cream?
In pure flavors butterscoth!

Have you ever ice-skated?
No, but it's on my to-do list.

Do you play an instrument?
I can if u want me to but you will be sorry i did once i start ;)

The Letter J

What is your favorite jelly bean?
I like all of them!

Do you wear jewelry?
Only occasionally and i mean the ring and gold watch!

Have you heard a really hilarious joke?
Yeah! It's really hilarious that me and my buddy are laughing our asses off but when someone like u asked what it was about we couldn't recall and had another laugh about it! Remember Ajay and Ramana?

The Letter K

Whom do you want to kill?
Aaah...Intense! Let's see..the guy who came up with ideas for Telugu serial's seriously.. Watch Korean! And a lot many but can't remember because i already kill them ( in my mind)

Do you want kids?
Someday...yeah

Where did you go to kindergarten?
Vidyashram central...sounds very devotional na?

The Letter L

Are you laid-back?
In life? Yeah! Right now? Nope!

Do you lie?
In real life i am pretty honest and humble person. People come to me for support too . so yeah, every chance i get! But not while blogging!

Do you love anyone?
I am trying to love this person. It's a he and its me before you think of something weird.

The Letter M

What is your favorite movie?
Hahaha...like you are going to get an answer for that?

Do you still watch Disney movies?
Nope. Now i prefer Japanese manga

Do you like mangoes?
Hell yeah! Who doesn't?

I almost forgot. A friend of mine, kalyan, started blogging this week. You should check his blog here. And Kalyan, i am tagging you for the Massive Alphabet Meme.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Puppy love!

As i sat down near them I was amazed by the beauty and in a real dilemma at the same time.

He sensed me and got up to look at me.

A minute there i thought he would go back to ignoring me but that didn't happen

I froze as he came closer and put his hand on me.

I can't believe this is happening to me, is this what they call love at first sight?

This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Sweet revenge!

I came from across this huge town,
although its late..

I bought all the ingredients too,
even if its crowded..

To teach how to make fish soup,
since you begged..

But as you went ahead,
and slept..

I will play poker with your cats,
and let them win..

I will see what you will cook 
to impress her..

I pray she lives,
to tell the tale :P


Go Fish!


Picture credit: Bairu

Tiger and the koi fish


              It's just like another day in the streak all except for the hunter. By the time everyone noticed he was too close and the tigers ran in random directions. Ever since that day he tried to find the streak again but in no vain. There are too many dangers in the forest for him to face alone. Scared and soul less he walked to the pond where he found a koi fish roaming here and there in the clear water not at all concerned by him. This made him burst with irrational anger and he roared and tried to frighten the fish by clawing it. The koi fish noticed him and became still. 



            He watched it watching him and decided to wait to see what it is going to do. The fish just jumped out of the water high enough to make his surprised and anxious face look up and hit him in the face. He was taken aback! Just what does it think it is trying to do? This is its foolishness and means sure death. But as he watched he noticed it didn't quiver at all even though it knew it's life is being sucked out. Is it trying to tell me something? An aggressive statement perhaps, to be strong no matter what the circumstance. He pushed the fish back to the pond thanking it for the valuable lesson. As the fish swam back his confidence returned and fear vanished! He drank water and searched for his streak to find it later that evening.

Picture credit: Daeisy