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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Review : Three One Act Plays, The Hindu Theatre Fest 2015

The Hindu Theatre fest was back this year and what a lovely set of plays they had featured. I wanted to ensure that I went for at least one of the plays. I wanted to go for Hamlet first, but that was scheduled to be played on a weekday and I wasn't so sure about it. So I opted for Three One Act Plays - Timothy (Evam), The Grand Rehearsal (Theatre Zero) and Radiopotti (Stray Factory).

All 3 plays were wonderful. We were told that we could send our reviews of the plays. Promptly I sent mine. Not only did it get published in the following week's Metro Plus Edition under Citizen Reviews, it also won a meal for two at The Park :-) I was all hyper on Tuesday morning when I saw my name in the paper. Of course, who wouldn't be?

(Here is the link and the pic. I've posted the review here, as the contents might not be readable in the pic.)

You can read it here - Take 3 : Three One Act Plays



Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Quotes Challenge #3 : Staying Wary of the Comfort Zone!

Through one of my friends at work, I got to know about a particular team. I was told that the nature of work was quite interesting and was not as hectic when compared to the other teams. The timings were set and there was hardly a need to stretch beyond the schedule or work on weekends for that matter. 

I thought this was such an ideal team to work in. You tell people in IT that they don’t have to work for long hours or work on weekends and I’m sure you’d see them all charged up and happy like a child with a candy. One possible disadvantage was that, there was considerable process work (popularly known as excel sheet work) apart from the actual work. Why I am calling it a disadvantage is because 1. It is boring and 2. Once you start with one set of process work, you get absorbed into more and more of it. Finally 2 years later if you tell people you were working on excel sheets (at a relatively lower position in the corporate hierarchy) you aren’t considered a good resource. 

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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Quotes Challenges #2 : Never Dim your Sunshine!

People. We are a strange bunch I tell you!

There are so many kinds of them. For this post, I am going to consider two categories: those who are secure of themselves and those who are insecure. The secure ones are happy. They know what they want from life and are not easily influenced by others. The insecure ones are a nightmare to be around. They might be extremely talented, but they get insecure when they meet someone who might be just 10% of what they are. They always feel threatened and need a constant source of approval from others. They aren’t confident about themselves.

Let me give you a very common scenario. There is a Manager, a Lead and a Team member. Let's say that the lead is very talented and has a sense of insecurity. The team member happens to be good at something and gets an appreciation from the manager or someone even senior. What happens now? The lead gets annoyed and threatened. The leads starts imagining situations in which the lead will no longer be required. To vent the frustration, the lead brands the team member as someone with an ‘Attitude Problem’.

What could have ended with a simple compliment, is unnecessarily blown out of proportion and someone is targeted personally for something in the professional environment.

This wonderful cake was given to me on my last day in a team. This was organized by my mentor, all the way from Delhi who got in touch with a few people in Chennai to get this done. This is the same person who sent the quote referred to in post. Am I not lucky to be blessed with such a wonderful mentor?

Monday, July 27, 2015

Potpourri of My Life!

I'm writing this because someone asked me how I was feeling and I realized I was feeling all this at the same time. Trust human beings to complicate the most simplest of simple questions. 


I'm happy!
I'm getting to do something that I've always wanted and it all happened by luck. Speak about being at the right place at the right time. 

I'm (slightly) worried!
I've been trying to do something for a while, despite my best efforts and despite taking help from an expert I'm not able to make much progress. Giving up seems easier and the thought has occurred to me many times, but somehow I'm pushing myself to keep going. I celebrate even the smallest achievements but I'm not sure when I'll give it up. So tough to stay motivated when you don't see results. I'm slightly worried!

I'm proud!
Yes, I'm proud of myself (not haughty). I completed my 4th 10k run at the Dream Runners Half Marathon 2015. Not the best run, but enjoyed running it. I think I'll run again just for the medal. Aren't they getting fancier day by day! :-)

I'm nostalgic!
I've been doing something for 2 years. At a high-level it's the same routine, but at a low-level the work involved was interesting and not monotonous. Moreover it took me to the most amazing work location one could've asked for. And now things are changing. I'll miss the people and the comforts of the workplace. I felt so comfortable, the open spaces made me feel at peace. Didn't they rightly say that life begins at the end of your comfort zone. Sigh!

I’m excited
After years of travelling to school, college and office by vans and buses, I finally finally finally get to ride to work. Earlier I used to spend almost 4 hours in travel, and now it’ll be reduced to about 1.5 hours. As Ross said, ‘I’ve been given the gift of time’. I feel like I have more time now. I’m beginning to like this already.

I wanted to include a few more things, but they weren't as overpowering as these. 

Anyway, how are you feeling?


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Quotes Challenge #1 - The Problem with Being Strong!

I like quotes. There is something about those words, which have been spoken from experiences. When you can relate to the quote, it feels amazing that years back someone had similar experiences about it. So, when I saw posts on the Quotes challenge, I naturally decided to take it up.

One of my favorite quotes, that I’ve come across till date,

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I don’t know how exactly it happened, I’m a strong independent person (to an extent). People whom I’ve known have told me this very many times and even asked me how I became the person I am today. As much as I like to talk, I’m very bad at answering things that happen without my conscious effort. I tell them it’s probably got to do with the genes, the upbringing, the environment, exposure and all that. I’ve never really given it too much of a though myself, to be honest.

Sometimes I’ve wondered if I was being a hypocrite and putting up a bold front to justify my persona.  Only then I realize that it’s an option that I chose and inadvertently it became a habit. I have very clearly defined lives – My life, Life with Family, Life at Work, Life with Friends and so on. So if there was a problem with any one, I had my way of taking care of things with the help of people from my other lives.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

What is your dream career?

"Twenty years from now you would be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do, than by the ones that you did do"

Mark Twain's words have had a great impact on me. I happened to read this a few years back and the words remain intact in my mind.

The other day I told my Mom I wanted to learn to play the keyboard. She gave a sarcastic look and continued with her work. In her defence, her reaction is justified as I'd told her I wanted to learn music the previous week, and the week before that I said I wanted to learn to make terracotta jewellery and the week before that... You get the drift!

My name in Sanskrit means a horse and I was born in the Chinese year of horse. So there is a considerable influence of horse in my life. Just like a horse, I get distracted easily. If something doesn't hold my attention for long I don't think twice before giving it up. I'd rather try something new and fail in that attempt rather than doing something which doesn't challenge/stimulate me. So that’s how I took up activities like painting, dancing, yoga, Zumba, marathon, swimming, baking, driving and a few other activities. I have given up a lot after getting bored.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Of the days gone by!

It felt weird staring at the mirror. The person who stared back seemed a lot different from the person whom I originally knew. Though there wasn't any obvious difference, I could see certain changes. This person was slightly exhausted, but the fire was still burning in her eyes, if not brighter. This person was different from what she was a few years back. And how quickly she has changed. Has it been 3 years already?

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And that's how it struck me how fast things were moving. June 30th 2015. Half of 2015 is done and I was just getting started with my resolutions. I want to shout 'Wait' like how a small kid does when others start the game, before the kid is ready. I know it's a lost cause because time isn't going to wait. I remember 2013. That was a very happening year. Just when I kept convincing myself that 2013 was over and that I had to embrace 2014, that year was over too. And now we’re halfway through 2015. Sigh!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Will they or Won’t they?

I take pride in the fact that I can take decisions fairly quickly. Yes, I give it some thought and arrive at a conclusion just like most of you, only a lot quicker. A close friend of mine, on the other hand takes all the time in the world to decide (irrespective of whether it’s something trivial or important). I'm sure there are many who belong to that category. I'm usually not bothered by this as long as I'm not involved in the decision or if the decision doesn't impact me. But, if it involves me in some way, I can tolerate up to a certain threshold. Beyond that I get cranky. Allow me to give you a clearer picture. 

What do I eat today?

Every afternoon when my stomach signals that it's time to hog, I immediately lock my system and head to the cafeteria. I look at the menu board and wait in a queue to pay the bill (See, even when I'm hungry I follow rules). As luck would have it, the person before me in the queue would always have to take the most difficult decision ever. North Indian meals - Regular or Special. What's amazing is how these people take the liberty to contemplate the pros and cons of this decision during their turn to pay the bill. Interesting right? 

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Article Published in 'The Hindu' Open Page

Hello there, 

After a really really long time (4 years), an article of mine has been published in the Hindu Open Page :-)

I had written this on my blog, and sent a slightly modified version to the Open Page. And with luck, the article got published in a week. I had no idea it was published, until a friend messaged saying she loved the article. It took me a few minutes to understand what might have happened.Since I was on my way to work I called up Mom and asked her to check, and lo it was there!

There is nothing more than the joy of seeing one's name in print, that too on The Hindu :-) It took some time for the feeling to sink in, and I'm still flying in the air :-)

You can read the article here - Choosing the right read.



Do let me know your thoughts on this. 

Saturday, May 30, 2015

For the Love of Writing!

You know how you're doing something and suddenly you get an idea and then you realize life is not going to be the same forever. I'm sure many of us would've come across such life-changing ideas. That's precisely how writing happened to me. 

A few years back, all it took to start writing was my Dad's new laptop and an agenda-free home-alone Sunday. Almost close to a decade later I'm still writing (I'd give you the actual number of years, but decade sounds cooler). 

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Creative Writing

I always had an interest in grammar. I liked the rules and loved the exceptions (rebels like me) to the rules so much that I used to read Wren and Martin when I could find time. One day we had a talent exam and there was creative writing, which I had attempted for the first time. I wrote something and remember giving a last minute twist. Imagine my surprise when I won a special mention for scoring the highest in creative writing. That's when I silently thanked my Grandma, the books that I'd been reading and Wren and Martin for all the story prompts.
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