Happy Mother’s Day

Woke up this morning with very high fever. The whole body was aching and the restlessness in my legs due to the pain was making life miserable. The bursting headache made me get up at 7 am in the morning, which is pretty early for me. Somehow my natural reaction was to call up my mom.

Listening to mom’s voice somehow eased my pain, as it has always been the case in my entire life and I’m sure all your lives. There is a magical comfort in whatever she says when you are down and out. Even before me saying that I wasn’t feeling well, she popped in the question “ aren’t you feeling well?”

The selfless love that mothers have for their family always leaves me in awe. For them it has always been their kids ahead of their own lives. I remember my mother resigning her job to look after us(me and my sis). She tells us stories of her struggle to get a good job and becoming the only member of her to leave her hometown for a job. So all the career aspirations become secondary when her child is born. Her kids’ ambitions became her goals. I could keep telling stories about her struggles to give her children the best. When her world was shy to support her during tough times, whether it was after the mixed religion marriage or when she decided to quit her job or when her health took a toll during the kidney operation, the only thing that remained constant is her love for her husband and her kids.

I wonder how mothers manage to share such warmth and love. Maybe it is something science can explain… the bond of carrying the child for 10 months in her womb. Maybe something special in the umbilical cord, some connection medical science can explain. Or maybe something nobody can explain, something so spiritual, something so pure, something like god.

They say ‘ God couldn’t be everywhere that’s why God created mothers’.

Dear Mom

Mother’s day or no mother’s day, you have always been special. I have been an idiot many a times but I pray I can give you a lot of happiness and hope to spread selfless love like you some day.

Happy Mother’s Day

Trip to Kodaikanal

With my butt pain gone and me feeling much more relaxed after about 800 kms on a bike, finally I can write the blog post about that hell of a trip to Kodaikanal. Actually many of my friends and family described this trip as pure madness and I do kind of agree with them. How else could one possibly describe the thought of driving to Kodaikanal from Trivandrum on a Yamaha RX 135!

After the disappointment of having watched Vinnai Thandi Varuvayaa and literally having nothing to do obviously in the middle of the night, in a minute of madness, my partner in crime Ashwin and me decided to go somewhere. We were pretty sure it shouldn’t be anywhere near. A bit of google research made us make up our minds on Kodaikanal i.e. about 400 kms from Trivandrum. People who are reading this can relate this with any moment of madness in their lives. “Proposing that girl” “getting into some useless fight” “well… maybe starting a company 😛” well keep thinking and I am pretty sure you can think of quite a few.

All such madness’ have one thing in common, the thrill, the excitement and the adrenalin rush of exploring the unknown and if things go good, the immense happiness of achieving it and if your plans go for a six, the obvious disappointment. But then, no risk equals no learning!

Getting back to the trip, the biggest fear we had was our lovely RX 135 cheating on us midway. The only time police actually inquired anything was surprisingly before even leaving Kazhakootam (the place we started from). The reasons they wanted to charge fine

–       both of us were wearing helmets

–       had 2 litres of petrol in our bag because we wanted to go to Madurai(thats what we told them)

–       and we wanted to go to such a long distance on a Yamaha RX 135

–       WTF??

Well, what can I say 3 cheers to Kerala Police. They started with Rs 5000 and ultimately ended up asking Rs 100. But with no particular reason we refused that and the whole conversation ended with them not taking any money and telling us to come and visit them after returning. Some punch dialogue that was. I seriously think we caught their sympathy telling them we were entrepreneurs!

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Initially getting on the wrong route, we managed to take the right track … thanks to some really friendly people on the route. Here’s the route for people who are planning to travel that way.

-from Trivandrum reach Nedumangad – Pallode – Thenmala – Senkottai – Rajapalayam – Kallupatti – Uslampatti – Vathlakund – Kodaikanal

We left Kazhakootam at 2 am and reached Rajapalayam at 8 am. This route during this time is shivering cold. We had to take a power nap at Rajapalayam. Leaving Rajapalayam at 1 pm, we had entered the hottest period of the day and our journey, definite contrast from the first part.

Somehow this particular route was awesome, with golden colour fields, few trees and a perfect road for a perfect riding condition. Thanks to UB Group for their wide reach even in the villages of Tamil Nadu. First beer stop was Kallupatti. The AC bar had something on the wall looking like an AC with a loose wire, thank god the room had fans. Chilled beer on a hot and dry climate is .. well I can’t actually explain it, for people who don’t drink think about getting some water when u are about to die of thirst 🙂

Drinking and driving isn’t a good idea, no matter how good a driver you are or how heavy a drinker you are. But then 1 beer? Actually 1 and half..! is adjustable I think with that kind of a climate just to get back to normal.

The best thing about Tamil Nadu is speaking Tamil. “Kodaikanal enge route thane” , watching Tamil movies does help and being a malayalee also helps. Tamilians are usually very helpful people, they will draw the entire route to make us understand it.

One thing about the villagers there that won’t go unnoticed is that the only place they look while crossing the streets or walking on the road is downwards. They really don’t care if a vehicle is speeding towards them. It gets quite frustrating after witnessing such activities regularly on the road.

Next beer stop Uslampatti, yes this place exists and not just in a AR Rahman song.

About the bars at these places, you have to pay some amount to the waiter before hand and later he settles the bill rather than the usual settling of the bill after you are done.

Nearing Kodaikanal at 7 to 8 pm isn’t a very good idea. The cold is unbearable especially on a bike. Thanks to the 2 litre reserve petrol we had in our bag, we managed to get to a petrol pump about 6 kms away from Kodaikanal.

The journey was a lot of fun and we even managed to get some shrooms from our new friend in Kodaikanal, Muniyandi who helped us in spite of having a fractured arm. Kodaikanal is the only place in India where these shrooms are found. Other than Kodaikanal, they are only found in Engalnd and Mexico!

We left Kodaikanal next day at about 11 am, another bad idea. The heat through the entire journey was unbearable. With us running out of cash no more beers to make our journey a bit bearable. We could though afford some quarter some vodka named “ Activator “. True to its name it did activate us for the next 80 to 100 kms. All we could pray was to time fly and the sun set. With sun setting and reaching and entering kerala is the most beautiful picture of the trip. You can see the hills from a distance and you are driving into them. With the air fresh and the climate getting cooler it did seem like heaven. With 800 kms of riding a bike many parts of your body start aching and it will take a day or two to get back to normal. With torn lips due to the dryness and tanned skin you won’t be a great shape for photos I guess.

I must admit those shrooms were a “high” disappointment. The only trip worth mentioning is the one on the bike 😉

But some pictures won’t leave your memory for a very long time. Golden fields in Tamil Nadu make you realize there is a lot of magic in gold other than the awful jewellery advertisements. The fresh air reminds us about the toxic environment we live. Driving into the hills is magical. Viewing them from a distance and with every inch the cool breeze kissing your face.  Actually to think of it these pictures are great for photography enthusiasts. Some of it we all might have seen in artists’ canvases.

This blog post needs to end here but certainly not my visiting places. There are more beautiful places to be explored and my only regret is with a bit more time and cash I think we could have explored Kodaikanal a bit better , but there’s always a next time.

If you are still happy sitting comfortably at your homes in busy cities, take some time off to escape from all your tensions and experience the peace and magic nature has to offer us.

peace 🙂

Mobile Internet for dummies

Some people have kind of forced me to write a small note about using net on the mobile phone. Surprised? Okay for some douche bags that are still living in the Stone Age say HELLO to GPRS, Wifi and 3G…

I was reading an article and the most interesting finding from it is the fact that more people are using the mobile web to socialize (91%) compared to the 79% of desktop users who do the same. It appears that the mobile phone is actually a better platform for social networking than the PC.

So what happened during this time while you were busy inventing ways to make fire, to bring in this kind of a change? Smarter phones, faster 3G networks, affordable data plans, awesome applications and much more “intelligent” mobile sites.

As a mobile application development company we actually are experiencing the difference in the way people want to run their business in India. Everyone wants a mobile version for websites, everyone is eager to learn more about mobile applications and they want these apps to help their business.

Studies show that people are going back to the slower ways for using the Internet.

One thing I really don’t understand is people complaining about being charged for using a mobile application! Guys give me a break! Look at the data plans the operators are offering. Airtel has a pretty decent plan of Rs 94 per month for 100 mb. Same goes for Vodafone. Aircel even has a Rs 14 plan for 3 days. TATA Docomo charges Rs 48 for a month!!!! And is also advertising these days for providing free GPRS for some social networks like facebook and twitter.

What else do you want? This is in specific response to people who give me headaches just talking about being charged for using net on phone. One guy even said that once he was charged Rs 15 for checking one mail!? And that he ain’t rich enough for these data plans. I really don’t understand how the above discussed data plans can ever be NOT affordable.

Every service provider is spending more advertising money to persuade people on using net on their mobiles. They are encouraging mobile applications, social networks and reducing data charges.

Let me make it clear, its not a crime not to use GPRS on your phone 🙂 This post is just to make people realize how the times have changed.

Let me end this post with our vision for TRANZ.

With TRANZ we aim at providing users with a great platform to share files and always stay connected with people they can actually call friends.

Dream with me of a time when networks will be lightning fast, net on your phone will be as fast as your broadband, of a time when sharing experience won’t be a tiresome task, no attachments from your pc to instantly share photos taken from your mobile camera, of a time when keeping track with your friends is a lots more fun and lots more easy.

If you already have saliva dripping from your mouth, TRANZ is waiting for you.

Honestly I used to love the Bluetooth, I feel it was the most killer thing for mobiles after voice and text. TRANZ dissolves the distance issue of Bluetooth, size limit issue of MMS and mobility issues of your comfortable desktop.

I guess Change is good!

Like some wise man said “If nothing ever changed, there’d be no butterflies”

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So this is my first blog… actually i got started with a blogger account a few days back but i wasn’t really happy with a few things there. WordPress does give me more themes and a lot more. Another reason i did shift is because i was kind of obsessed with the blog title “blahgging” and by now must have already figured out why 🙂

Its been a very very long time since I’ve been thinking of blogging and just recently I realized well what the hell!! I better stop thinking and start writing.

Actually the main reasons people do shy away from blogging is the fear of failure! But then if I keep sulking in the corner thinking about failure I might just end up not trying anything.

my first blog should be about things that I would have loved blogging about. here’s an intro to my life!

After 4 years of engineering, I really don’t know if I a can call myself an engineer.

This is what the dictionary says

engineer |ˌenjəˈni(ə)r|

noun

a person who designs, builds, or maintains engines, machines, or public works.

• a person qualified in a branch of engineering, esp. as a professional : aeronautical engineer.

• the operator or supervisor of an engine, esp. a railroad locomotive or the engine on an aircraft or ship.

• a skillful contriver or originator of something : the prime engineer of the approach.

I don’t fit in any any of the above categories ..!

Why did I waste my 4 years on BTech.. hmm 90% of people who end up doing it know the answer (or do they??)

A bit more to the past..! by the end of 4 years in Sainik School, one gets brainwashed for the armed forces. I flunked my first exams and that was the point I actually started thinking what will I do with my life? I still remember lying flat on the parade ground with some flunked-the-exam pals .. wondering what next??!!

We all keep blaming our parents for pushing us into “engineer nahin tho doctor” … come to think of it now.. I dunno what I would ve done otherwise.

For one Engg did change my life..

–       started drinking like a fish

–       ok ..all other bad habits

–       made so many cool fraands… had so much fun I thought I’d never have

–       grew my hair (yeah u think its not a big deal… try studying in Sainik School for sm years, I actually started doubting my hair growth … ok fckrs.. only the growth of hair on my head!! )

–       and the biggest thing … I found the answer to the question “what I should do with my life?”

Certainly the answer wasn’t to be an engineer!!

So there I was in 3rd year when some of us started giving thought to entrepreneurship and we did end up starting a company Innoz.

What we were gonna do and what we are doing are completely different things and I think I’l keep a different blogpost for that.

Not getting into any success talks … its too early. But the most important thing is I am loving what I do….. uhh whatever that I do!

Shit …somehow can’t think of going back to the disciplined life..! the whole routine has kinda changed… waking up at 12 30 pm ie… incidentally everyone here in the company has a similar timing!

I think I am getting exhausted with ideas to write… so I better stop here for my first blog. The other reason is I have some clothes to wash!:( yes I do that… once in uhh… months. Come on these are things that guys like…

”wearing your used underwear again”

“washing once a blue moon”

“keeping your room dirty”

“riding 20 kms to drink chai at 2 30 am” (I am sure this will bring smile on some faces 😉 )

Until next time

Bye

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