It’s certainly not my week for holding conversations. A friend made a single digit mistake in sending me a phone number over instant messenger. The result: Ring…Ring… Voice: “Hello.” Me: “Hi. I had called you up earlier today.” Voice: “Is this Mr. Mohan?” Me: “Hmmm…No. “ Voice: “Oh sorry. Tell me sir.” Me: “Can you […]
And I did not win any prize. There goes my laptop back into my dreams. Bye Bye Laptop. Here is the list of prize winners: Ms. Asavari Singh, Delhi Ms. Sarmistha Bhattacharjee, Pune Mr. Himanshu Shrimali, Bhagalpur, Bihar Congrats guys. Your essays were great to read. Hearty thanks to everyone who wished me success in […]
The other day I made an evening trip to The Garuda Mall with a close group of friends. Standing outside Shopper’s Stop I noticed something in my friend’s hand. A summary of our conversation: Me: “Hey! What’s that rusted thing you are holding in your hand?” She: “@&%^!!!*~” and immediately followed by other censored out […]
The results of the Incredible India essay writing contest will be announced tomorrow. Hopefully, my entry will be picked for a prize. What would I do with the cash? Run out and buy that laptop I have always been dreaming about. Wish me luck!
On umpteen occasions people have mistook my actual name “Vinaya” to be that of a girl. I often end up with e-mails addressing me as “Ms. Vinaya” or calls that begin with “Hello Madam.” When they do realize the mistake, it often ends with the question “So…what do I call you? Vinay or Vinaya?â€ To […]
Customer Service is one thing that needs to improve a great deal in India. Too often a product or service is sold and the customer is conveniently forgotten. Or else, the system is so mis-managed that customer service is only a theoretical term. Imagine then, my surprise today, when I had two excellent instances of […]
Or rather, a cow and two calves. I took this photograph today morning outside my house. Unexpected but warmly welcomed guests. They went away having a nice breakfast and now I need to seed and take good care of a plant again.
The number of e-mails in my “Top Secret” folder just crossed 1000. It took just 104 days to reach this landmark. Any e-mail that originates from within my office and is absolutely of no consequence goes into this folder. Typical subject lines include: Please have some Tirupati prasadams at my desk Sweets and Khara at […]
The series of events that kept me away from blogging last week made me realize how much blogging means to me. Running a blog sometimes takes a life of its own, and like all other things in life, needs to be prioritized. In retrospect, I feel that the greatest advantage blogging has to offer is […]
I haven’t been silent for this long ever. I haven’t even had the time to reply to any comment. A quick update on what’s happening in my life. The virii have finally left their temporary residence. Heaps of pending office work. Ran around like a rabbit on drugs trying to obtain a broadband connection. A […]
The famed flyover near The National College, Basavanagudi is finally being inaugurated today. I don’t know who came up with this brilliant idea, which made commuting a misery in that area. Probably the true idea was to siphon off a few crores of rupees. You be the judge! If it takes so long to build […]
As part of the joining formalities at my company, I was required to open a salary account with CitiBank. I was informed that I would not be able to continue my current salary account with HSBC (From my ex-job at the same company! Go figure). Little did I know about the wonders (nightmares???) that would […]
Somehow I have managed to provide temporary accommodation inside my body to a few virii. Now I am in the process of evicting them with antibiotics. Feeling miserable.
This is the essay that I have submitted for the Incredible India essay writing competition. The topic is “What does tourism mean to me?” Traditionally, tourism has been defined as the temporary movement of people from one area to another in search of leisure, pleasure, recreational, and business activities. While that definition is true from […]
Hindu festivals are experiences that one ought not to miss!
Today is an eventful day in my brief motoring history. I crossed the 10,000 km mark on my peppy little Santro’s odometer. It’s a good time for a firsthand review and some flashback. Last year, the motivation to buy a car grew stronger each time the heavens opened up in Bangalore and I reached home […]
Public Service Advertisement “Choose your words with care. They are worth a lakh of rupees.” Write an essay in not more than 500 words. And if you can capture the spirit of India, you will be richer by a lakh of rupees. Yes, the Ministry of Tourism is organising an essay contest. The subject is […]
Four years ago, I, Vinayak, Raghuram, Sandeep and Shruthi signed up for GRE coaching. All of us wanted to live the great American dream. The classes were conducted by Shashi Consultancy in a home-turned-classroom in Jayanagar (near Ashoka Pillar circle). Highlights from those days: The first word we learnt was “procrastination.” As fate would turn […]