Thursday, June 28, 2007

My perfect world.

A poem I found a while back describes my perfect world so aptly.

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My Perfect World
by Dave Warren
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Bright shining lights
smiling faces
laughter
music

peace and love
timeless space
deep midnight conversation
meaningless chat

my friends close by
to need and be needed
to help and be helped
to listen

my perfect world
exists in me
you're welcome to visit
to stay

pull up a chair
and together
we can see it through
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What is your perfect world?

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Random tag!

A pretty woman tagged me with this one. I'm supposed to reveal (hold your breath)-- eight random facts about myself (you may breathe now!)

It would have been easier if I were tagged to reveal eight body parts.Then I would at least have a valid reason to refuse the tag. You know what I mean! But no--pretty woman called me a 'writers delight'. Now who am I to deny? (Sigh..This is going to be hard because I try to make my posts interesting--and I cannot imagine why anyone, except myself, would find eight random facts about me interesting!)

Anyway-- here goes.

1.I am addicted to this and actually enjoy it.

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2.I also enjoy this ocassionally.(well, supposed to be 'ocassionally'! Er..writing a new blog post is an 'ocassion' isn't it! LOL)

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3. I really enjoy working with children and really listening to what they have to say. (No I do not 'teach' and hate being called a 'teacher'. I do workshops for kids on thinking skills)

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4. I cannot live without books.I love to read.

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5.I am a total information junkie.Tell me something that I'm hearing for the first time (non fiction!) and I am hooked.

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6.I laugh easily and find almost everything amusing. (I also vehemently deny that I am nutty or insane) :-)

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7.I make friends easily and am blessed with some really good friends whom I value deeply.

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8. I hate it when people comment that I have a 'cute' accent (whatever that means!) and then try to guess which part of India I am from.

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I'm now supposed to tag eight people and also post these rules (and hey the rules never said bloggers--I know some very interesting people who are non bloggers whom i'd love to tag!)

Here goes

Rayne ,
Devil Mood (of course!),
Niall ,
Akanksha,
Misti ,
Hershey
Abhinav
Scotty

And I'd love it if these three did the tag as well--

Vineet (am not sure he will get the time as he has moved into a new job.But if he does I'd be happy to read)

Bharathi (one of my closest friends--she is a non blogger--but she can leave eight facts about herself in my comment box!) and...

Satish (He is travelling and hopefully will get time to do it.Again he doesnt blog, but he can freely use my comment box!)

and these are the rules

Each player starts with 8 random facts/habits about themselves.
People who are tagged, write a blog post about their own 8 random things, and post these rules.
At the end of your post you need to tag 8 people and include their names. Don’t forget to leave them a comment and tell them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.


PS: Vik, you are tagged as well!! Please please may I have the donuts now? :-)



Saturday, June 23, 2007

When you look at it this way...




Found this brilliant! When you look at it this way, everything suddenly falls into perspective. :-)

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Has this ever happened to you?

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Number of blogs in the blogosphere : 60 million (and growing each day)
Number of blogs being created everyday :80,000
Number of blogs in India : Over one million
Average number of people visiting MY blog in a day : 58
Out of these 58, the number located in India: 7

Do you see what I’m getting at ? No?

Well—a strange—really strange thing happened yesterday. I had seen an advertisement in the newspaper, an attractively worded advertisement that called for people with a flair for creative writing ,to work as instructional designers ,for a e-learning company. The ‘creative’ part of me was hooked and I decided to apply.

Leaving my kids home with a baby-sitter , I ventured forth bravely at 8:30 am, to the other end of the city. The office of my prospective employer looked plush and comfortable. There were six of us—the aspiring ‘creative’ Instructional designers. There was a gruelling test of intelligence and aptitude, and also a test to examine your creativity and writing style. It took so much longer than expected but I enjoyed the whole exercise thoroughly.(I love challenges and thrive on them—the test they set was not easy by any standards—but I loved it all the same) By the time they (and us—the 'aspirants'!) were done with the tests, it was 2:00pm. My mommy instincts had now set in—and I had also promised the baby-sitter that I’d be back home by 2 pm—and I was already running late. So even though there was another HR interview scheduled, I told them I had to leave. They said they would make an exception in my case and interview me telephonically—and all of us could take a break for lunch.

Just as I was leaving, I heard someone call my name.
I turned around and she said “Do you know me?”
Now, I have lived in 5 different places in the last 10 years. I had no clue who she was. That happens rarely. Usually, I associate faces with a name quickly. For a moment I panicked. She knew my name. "Oh my god—who is she? Was I losing my memory? Was I growing old? "
She was smiling at me now.
I decided to be honest “I am so sorry—I have no idea. Er.. Have we met?”
Then she says “I visited your blog—and left a comment two days back—remember? I’m Ritu.”

Realisation slowly dawned on me. There was indeed a Ritu who had written some nice things in my comment box a few days back. I had visited her blog in turn, and left comments too. So here she was.In flesh and blood. Someone from the virtual world had actually materialized in front of me—and she had recognized me from my picture!! What is more—she had discovered my blog just a few days back.

I was amazed. I had no idea that she was in India, let alone the same city I lived in—and the height of coincidence—both of us turning up at the same place, at the same time.

She is a bubbly ,enthusiastic and jovial person—and we got along so well.And were chatting like old friends. It was almost like we knew each other. We exchanged numbers and promised to meet with our families.

Well—maybe we did! Our blogs reveal so much. We make so many ‘online’ friends.

And sometimes, just sometimes, you meet them in the flesh.


Thursday, June 14, 2007

Too much of a good time

Sometimes, you discover that there indeed exists such a thing, as having too much of a good time! It’s a bit like eating chocolates and ice cream every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I am talking about my holiday.


It was great, terrific, wonderful. But at the end of it, I did long for my own bed, my home and my time to myself.
It was nice to take a break—but equally terrific to be back.

The sea was lovely. Beckoning. Alluring. Mesmerising.

Could have stared at it for many more days without getting bored. But I wanted to come back.