Thursday, December 31, 2009

Looking back at 2009

Last working day of the year, still sitting in office with no mood to work :) .... floors so empty with silence all around..just waiting to leave and welcome the new year this evening...

no great plans as of now..but felt a must to spend some time to rewind and look back how 2009 has been for the crazy lazy mind.....

Definitely this year has swifted in a lightening speed..looks like just yesterday I was bursting crackers,partying with my close pal and welcoming year 2009, whereas now I am almost at the end bidding adieu.......

For sure this year was a mix of ups and downs and interesting.... Several experiences both in personal and professional world brought along several learnings with it....

Starting with meeting Several new friends,new neighbors,peopl, relations,uptil visiting many new places cultivating new best hobbies like reading books, getting more crazy over music, ocassional morning walks :), lazy mornings..., several get together with friends during wedding, birthday celebrations, outing with colleagues and so on...2009 was packed with new items every single moment....

Best of the fun this year would my visit to Delhi with my Dad and cool stay with my friend....watching pirates of carribean and becoming fan of captain JAck sparrow.... ...then my birthday celebration with surprising cakes from my bro and pals and then surprising visit to Walldorf and a weeks' stay there and learning so much from my "Lead", amazing drives with him in the amazing car and beautiful places in Germany and France.......and then Diwali celbration at home...wedding celebration with my close pal and at last a one day trip to the board of spirituality "Sripuram" with 15 of my family members.......it was simply superb.......

Most of the weekend I felt like I was at the PMs position that I did not even have some time to rest.........there were several downs..but let them be down and never pop up...but for sure the downs as well did leave some lessons for me........

Feels great to welcome new year with fresh hope and nice thoughts! Let 2010 be a wonderful year and shower lots of happiness in each and every one's life!!

Signing off for the year!!
Cheers,
Akshatha

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Living every moment of life - Don't let it stay frozen

I start to unfold the fun I had this evening when rightly at the background the song from my newly purchased CD of "MAdonna Celebration" goes like this

You only see what your eyes want to see

How can life be what you want it to be

You're frozenWhen your heart's not open
You're so consumed with how much you get

You waste your time with hate and regret

You're broken

When your heart's not open


Not sure if this song matches pefectly that I am trying to put down here but for sure I felt there is a analogy on living the life.... Often during different phases of life we tend to freeze...at least I stumbled on this feeling when my heart started feeling doomed when one of my closest pals started moving bit far away from me... Days, times were not the same now...when I used to hang around joyously with my pal in the past without getting into clutches of my other friends nor relatives and so on....however this weekend brought with a great realization for self... As well portrayed in the song above....it's we who master the life...unless we are open nothing beautiful comes to us...so was I who was doomed for a day thinking about the times I spent with my pal in the past....Doing so Life was not what I wanted yesterday... and yes when I wasted my time in hate and regret I did lose my precious day as my heart was completely broken...
But today...the evening was packed with great surprise....just when I room mate dropped into my room with a hot piece of Vada with so much affection, the taste of it played a magic on me.....

it was the first time my comrade was trying hands in cooking but it was really successful...and with so much excitement I was all in praise for her...when my neighbor who just dropped in to borrow a mixer also joined in my praise excitement so much for a while that in few mins my neighbor was called in by her husband...for she burt the mutton gravy in the kitchen..my excitment blind folded my neighbor who forgot about the gravy cooking in the gas.....nothing at all....Everyone in the house was so much consumed in the excitement I showered we all were giggling for an hour...when it was nice to hear from a elderly lady to see how much happiness we were spreading my living every moment of life.... In the sense being so happy enjoying and spreading happiness across our neighbors also gives some kinda relief feeling to the elder lady who stays far away and ocassionally visits her daughter's family....
Point...if I was not open....never I would have been able to praise my room mate.... if I was not open in sharing the thoughts with my nieghbors......never we would have a had a giggling evening....never my room mate would have realized the moment of fame for her delicious vadas.....The fame about her vada cooking crossed the borders reached the ears of my family and friends.....when I heard them saying wish I was there or I could join you guys ;-) ... Not sure what was mixed in the vada...but it did delight all of us and after a long long time....my gloomed mind blossomed and plunged out in giving a western classical performance for my neighbors.... Life is our...we live it our own way.....so let your hearts open, let the eyes see beautiful moments and don't let your life stay frozen even for a moment ...
Simple eat my room mate's Parupu Vada and you can live every moment of life as this crazy lazy mind did...


Cheers,

Akshatha

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

No Time Syndrome and Quick Remedy

These days I felt time is running really really fast, I don't realize how the weekend comes n goes, month passes by and I am already close to the year end...Quite often my ear drums feel the echo of the lines, " no time ", " I do not have time" ....oops what's this..have I got so busy in life?? how suddenly...I thought it was just my problem...but not so......



Yesterday my eyelids openened up very late...consequence....first getting fidgetty for not being able to execute a task early...next get ready late to office....rush to bus stop..thinking take a local bus and reach office early...as expected missed the bus...nothing organized....result...several other adhoc thoughts creep in mind....mind so thinks of feeding the stomach...rush to hotel..have breakfast ...yet agin lose time..miss few more buses..because u already bought the breakfast and can't run just because the bus is in....ok..breakfast done..rush to bus stop...bad luck....all buses already moved....next bus does not come so quickly...waited for 20 mins...lose stilll more time...finally bus arrives...but them traffic builds up as the day was already away by few hours....tension in mind...impatience all creep in...somehow then I managed to remove a book from my bag amidst the crowd and started reading..which was bit relaxing....when my eavesdropped at a passenger's mobile conversation...yes yet again "No time"....."I don't have time"...and " I forgot to pick my lunch box" ;-) ....All I could immediately think is how there is shortage of time in everybody's life these days....result....as I am....Disorganized...find no time to talk to family friends...and call up when m travelling in the bus..or when I go to bed....also no time no time...leads many work undone...



However this crazy lazy mind has realized a quick remedy for the "no time syndrome"...



simple but strong...just planning the day or timing the activities over the day helps a lot...and you realize there is lot of time left...to do many things..relax and have some fun...



Over the weekend..for a day I had a to-do list stuck on my wall and timed for the day...Magic.....all wrk done....day went on well...sufficient time to relax and have fun..

next day no plannig....result nothing done....work clogged..n lazy feeling..negative vibrations....



Timing the day is very important to track time and utilize it well...when u have no plans...time just gets wasted...



So was this evening :( ...feeling tired I left early from office than usual..but without any plan...and result...did nothing really over the precious evening hours....n now happy realization...:)...here again to just knock out negative vibrations....



Looking forward this crazy lazy mind times perfectly all coming days...and has time for everything....no more..."No time"....Henceforth only....... "THERE IS ABUNDANT TIME", WHAT DO I PLAN and how efficient I make use of the precious running time....

On a closing note for this day....I would say...get set go.........start timing and running with the time...



Cheers,

Akshatha



Friday, October 30, 2009

Farewell to my friend

Ola...

Never ever thought this mind would think about the word "farewell".....yes there came a day all of a sudden to say adieu to a nice friend...

People come and people leave from your life....but people with right attitude and great qualities leave with nice memories that will stay forever in several other minds.... So was this friend of mine who suddenly bid adieu to our organization...

I saw the good bye mail when instantaneously the mind gloomed...can't express how much..n still feels...why it was really difficult to find such a joyous, humble,notorious, expert, human with good thoughts in a professional environment....

It was fun and frolic and knowledgeable working with that meister..and was really surprising and shocking to see my friend working with such dedication even on the last day....never ever saw one such...

however unable to join in the farewell party across borders this crazy lazy mind just lets out the thoughts here for the day....and wishes best forever for my friend

hats off to such a great person and m thankful and happy for having an opportunity to work with the great guy....and to close I would say...lots to learn from every individual in this beautiful life....

keep going my friend!

Cheers,
Akshatha

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Log and learn

Yet again feel like I am coming to the same point of thinking suddenly one day "oh what I have been doing" What am I doing and many more questions pondering into this mind again and again.

As a quick dose immediately start to read some personality books...get motivated and then feel good ... but do nothing...Feel this is what this lazy mind has been doing again and again..

When consulted my sirs I got some thoughts which I felt I have heard somewhere in my meeting this day and a year back when I was feeling my work was monotonous...That was nothing but to log what to you want to do and do it...or track it and learn it....
So did I see the effect already or feel something??? yes few mins ago...and hence this post..

Few year back when I was at the same point I started with this blogging activity when everyday I took some time to look back over the day and log certain things that I learnt over the day..which is a good exercise..later once I got busier there was no time and somehow could update only at times....
Today we had a retospection meeting when yet again the comment was when you want to track or learn something just log it down and try to follow it up and learn....ok! registered in mind...
Went on with the evening and then when stuck with a conversation with one of my sirs, yet again heard the same thought of looking back over the day log the learnings and track the curve...

and just when I put my requirements/activities over the day in a paper I could see how constantly they were visibile rather than being volatile in the mind....
And when I open the next day for sure those would get tracked down.....

this was it for today and more in the days to come on the progress....simple but when followed consistently will derive efficient results...

Cheers,
Akshatha

Friday, October 9, 2009

Is this works for you

What is this?Is this works for you :) ...Strange title...yes but it works for me....and I am sure it will work well for you as well :) ...Follow the rest to see how well it helps or works for you....

Just few lines of admiration I derived out of a activity from my lead....
I was all to extreme excitement yesterday whenever I read the line or heard the line "Is this works for you" .. as it really worked like a little magic.... Not a big thing but a small learning I took out of interaction with my customers and lead...

For past several days, I felt I was getting little bit impatient...and also sometimes confused...on how to cater to our customers efficiently....When I answer to every single request then I felt it is getting silly..in the sense...the customers just raise some request and when we try to help them..unknowingly they take advantage of it...without thinking of time priority start pouring so many requests....As customer oriented it is our duty to anwser but when we do not get sufficient time to plan or prioritize I used to get annoyed...

One such request came in couple of weeks back and I was really amazed to see the way it was handled by my lead..simply worked well with the statement "Is this works for you" ;-)

Request came in
My lead : Without declining crudely...simply explains the current status and says wud get back in 2 days..with a simple question at the end "Is this works for you"
My customer: Happy because request not declined and happy when his consensus is asked upon
Simply reverts back saying...it works for me ;-)

Week passes by silently...and the customer comes back with a reminder...or looking for some update....

At our side ..no major progress..still works well...

Yet again in the meeting the customer raises the point...and yet again in crisp lines my lead says...we are at this stage...we would revert back to customer in 2 days....again with a note..is this works for you ;-)

My customer happily --> works for me...who actually could have got annoyed...

If Analysed..the request posed by my customer was not so critical..on the other hand the workload at our end would not let us cater to the customer request as quick as expected by customer...
what I learnt..if my lead had also handled it the way I did impatiently honestly explainig the current workstatus without making the customer feel that his concern is as well valued...then by now it could have brought some escalation...Rather on the other hand my customer seems to have gained more respect for my lead and reverts back nicely....and all moving calmly...

I see a humble request coming from my customer to my lead requesting his participation in several other events....My down to earth busy lead who really does not have single minute free sadly explains it's difficult...but the customer wants my leads presence to simply learn many things and requests again...Guess what yes...Yet again My lead comes with a proposal with a note at the end "Is this works for you" ?? ;)

My customer replies "CHEERS" ;-)

I was laughing the whole evening yesterday thinking about this and for sure...works with me as well...

Simple ethic that could be noticed here....Experience brings patience..working with patience brings good ideas/thoughts....Valuing customer's concern, making him/her realize the same with a simple like "Is this works for you" brings good gains interms of respect,reliability and several other dependent factors...

Worked well for me..hope it works well for all those who stumble on "Is this works for you" anecdote of gain...

Cheers,
Akshatha

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Strangers in the night

Crazy mind is getting crazier day by day listening to some pleasant music very much these days. One song that sweeps away this mind is the song “strangers in the night” by Frank Sinatra.

A week before I stumbled on this song while on a wonderful drive with one of my friends into the beautiful city of Manheim. It was about 7.00 p.m in the evening the car moving slowly into the streets and myself enjoying th beauty of city with marvelous building amongst the night lights, when I heard this song….”Strangers in the night”…Just the starting music itself swept away my soul for a minute..But that was just momentary…as I was enjoying the beauty of silent city…Never knew at that point in time that I could enjoy the song even better….

Today around same time but in different Garden city while I was walking tired on the roads back home..my eyes caught a glimpse on a white beauty….yes yet again my heart swept away for a second when I could hear the song at the background in my mind with the white moon in front of my eyes…

I quickly walked home and told my roommate that I need to quickly have dinner and enjoy the song with the moon light ;-)…

As always whenever you plan to do something early you always get late due to some unexpected interruptions…same was the case with me and when I came out late moon went behind the clouds and my mind went L

Not bad though..after an hour luckily I walked out of my room while talking to my cousin on phone..the white beauty welcomed me once again with a shining smile..and yes it was finally the time for me to enjoy a song to the fullest…

I quickly complete my telecal and was carried away by the white beauty…So how did my soul enjoy…Wonderful when I just think of it and here it goes….

With checked grills in my gallery, white beauty smiling through the squared grills… silence at night, my MP3 into my ears the song smoothly rolling down “Strangers in the night….” and then slowly thinking of a ballet dancing with my legs starting to move around…wow simply amazing……

Couple of minute’s passes by with few more verses and then soon you feel the white beauty dancing with you…wow…just wonderful…. This crazy mind was enjoying it like anything…..

Played the song again and again…danced with the white beauty and just wondered how to the fullest you could pair pleasant music with nature and enjoy to the fullest….

Really a wonderful evening with wonderful song under wonderful moon light for a pleasant relaxation of the mind that’s gets exhausted over a day’s routine work ;-) !!


Strangers in the night..yes 2 lonely people..we were strangers in the night..yes it's me and the white beauty...exchanging glances..wondering in the night...

Something in your eyes was so inviting,
Something in you smile was so exciting,
Something in my heart,
Told me I must enjoy the moonlight along with the crazy mind dancing around...

woh....I could just feel the song and relax...which quickly dragged me to capture the amusement here after really long long time ;-)

Awesome song..awesome lyrics..awesome moon light..awesome fun!!

Cheers,

Akshatha

Thursday, May 14, 2009

My "Pleasure" is My "Pleasure"

Pleasure itself means happiness...yes I am so delighted...I was just drenched the whole day with pleasure....

This crazy mind is not lazy at least these days....I went really crazy this morning..when I woke up at the dawn with so much of negative energy....with lot of struggle..finally I decided to go to office..the previous day my training was so advanced or too much to that extent that my mind was very tired...Even at the dawn after a deep sleep I was still tired to start with the day...

Past 1 hour, since the day start, I started on my pleasure to go to my office...as usual with the MP3 player soothing my eardrums I moved on....It was about 7.30 with traffic inflow at it's initial stage...

Suddenly..I am in the middle of the road..with just me..nobody on my way...cloudy atmosphere..my laptop hugging tight at my back....my plain spectacles preventing my eye from watering...nose being mesmerized by the smell of the nature, breezing around from the trees, cloudy atmosphere....uff....I felt as if ocean of positive energy just laundered my mind so profoundly..that crazy mind just started yelling out of joy..yes "My Pleasure is my pleasure"....

Soon my hands in full support to the crazy mind....increases the volume of my MP3 player....all alone the road..the speed also shoots up.....That was lovely....

I just did not realize how fast I reached office...that drive was like an icebreaker for the day...

The terrible training of the previous day seemed interesting..I interacted with all my colleagues, customers with all delight and did a good work...

It's always the moment of high pleasure for me with my pleasure...Yes with my decko(Hero Honda Pleasure - my two wheeler) and mecko (my sony MP3 player)....

No doubt..whenever this crazy mind if off...it has to be just on it's pleasure to get back it's pleasure...

I had always realized my happiness when I drive and was but I guess today was the day of pleasure...where this crazy mind is still awake...pouring out it's pleasure!!

Previously I had blogged about pleasure on a different angle "why boys should have all the fun" ....anybody had or not...I had the Ultimate fun both at the dawn and dusk of the day...

Cheers,
Akshatha

Friday, April 17, 2009

Opportunity

Just another short note, felt worth sharing the same here....

Since it was really weary with the monotonous routine life, I started reading some books of kids level....I stumbled on a book titled "Inspiring anecdotes from great people"

there was one such inspiring anecdote with just a couple of lines but conveyed a strong message....

I went to a museum and I saw a statue there with the eyes tied up with a piece of cloth and the legs supported with wings......When asked the supervisor about the statue...a single word came out of his mouth saying ...that's nothing but the "OPPORTUNITY"

Meaning...people often are blind to recognize or see the opportunities lying infront and by the time the blind cover is unfolded opportunity just flies away.......
The one who depicted was no one but the great Philosopher "Aristotle"...

I am sure whoever reads these lines aggrees to it for sure!
Well portrayed thought I ever came across!

Cheers,
Akshatha

Monday, March 9, 2009

My Cool Gals!!


I am part of cool gals! ;-) ;-( ….Hmm..what cool gals…God only knows!! Whatever it is I am part of it…how I became part of it?? Whatsoever however I am very glad at this moment for being part of this wonderful gang of gals…

If I recollect my memory we were a gang of gals during our college days, hanging out together, chit chatting, and celebrating birthday bash over night, studying, braying too together with full team spirit ;-) (My gals will remember what I am talking about here) what not……So much fun, enthusiastic were those days….and one fine day the final day of our college day, the gang had to break scatter and move on in their own walk of life.

So was the intro of my cool gals… Tiny little gang with set of gals sailing in the boat of friendship. As always I was hit my few little wonderful acts of this gang that made me spill some word of praise for my cool gals.

Once after college days, we all were busy in search of jobs, updating each other with our interview calls, preparing hard for getting into one steady job. It took about a year or so for all of us to settle down on a nice job.

Then slowly started with the chain mails from the so called coolgals@xxx.com . Initially frankly, I used to ignore those mails, never valued it much and sometimes even ignore it…but over the years this list gained such a value in every cool gals life….I just cannot measure it….

I feel so proud for my cool gals for we have been closely knitted until today updating each other with their happenings in life. The words that come in the mails are not merely words, at times when I was low, down, these words from the chain mails have served as a tonic of strength, laughter and encouragement. At times even the cute little quarrels, compliments have so much worth of a note to cherish, for that immediately routed to telecals and in a way brighten the entire day.

Over these years, many got married and settled. Even with the growing responsibilities, my gals were never calm. It’s been such a wonderful time all years along, when we gals had still managed to have decent number of get- together and lived back college times.

Recently one of among the cool gals was getting married and I was not ready to go for the marriage due to my official engagements. It was one among the cool gals who knocked right on my head, made me realize the happiness hidden within our joint presence in the marriage. As expected, yep I attended the marriage jointly with my frenz and had so much fun. Even the bride was enlightened by our gracious presence ;-) . Hope she will agree here…

Next mails from another gal, who flew to different city for higher studies, her daily new college life updates, photos, comments on her new friends, lecturers, her worries…our thought exchanges…uff..I never thought such things would happen even after our college days…never dreamt that we gals would maintain contacts like now..hats off to my gals!!

Yet another tribute goes for the growing unity of my cool gals. It was birthday of one gal who is a mom now. I thought she would be busy and in the same note, few other friends of mine also thought the same and we all failed to call up and wish her, unknowing that she would have time to think and wait for our phone calls. Luckily one among the intelligent gal called and wished her. Not only did she stop with wishing her, once after knowing that our friend was disappointed due to our bad memory, the intelligent gal sent an SMS to all, that made all others call and wish our friend immediately…. All these still live after several years of college..I am amazed….

When I look back..I feel so proud for being part of Cool Gals! This is proud moment for me to just shout we COOL GALS ROCK!!

Cheers to all these wonderful gals and hats off to each one of them on this beautiful Women’s day (I am sorry, I am late here too….Better late than never..just 2 days plz excuse ;-) )….

We will stay closely knitted 4ever! Jai ho!!

Cheers,
Akshatha





Thursday, March 5, 2009

Papa with his EVER little daughter!!

Just when I saw my last posted date I realized that the new-year came and has already completed 2 months. Time is so swift. Every year comes and just flies off like anything drifting us through various phases of life. Now why am I worried about this or why is that I am talking about time and age? If I look at my age I really wonder in awe and think oh my god I have grown so old. With the daily hasty routine schedule, and the growing responsibilities we always feel our childhood days were the best and we think we are no more happy naive kids. We feel sad for losing our childhood with the hasty time. But I can assure that you can always feel the same experience despite your age only within the eyes of your old parents. It is true that as the parents grow older they enter into the stage of second childhood and that the grown offspring are supposed to care for them, but it is an undeniable fact at least with my experience that despite the old age, for parents kids are always kids with every year, no matter how many years.

I was overwhelmed with one such appealing emotion that made me to sit and share my wonderful emotions here that I noticed in the deeds of my dad. Hence followed my title of this post Papa with his EVER little daughter, yep…for my dad I am still a small daughter. Today although I have reached the stage of earning and taking care of my parents, still he is not tired to retire from his responsibilities and let me do my obligations.

During my childhood, I always had enjoyed only ground transports, but never got a chance to fly by airplanes.
Recently when I got a chance to fly with my dad to a different city, although it was my duty to get the luggage checked in and get the boarding passes, I just saw my dad, wearing his spectacles, verifying the boarding passes, requesting the air hostess to issue a seat close to the window, so that his daughter could enjoy the beautiful sceneries while flying in the sky.

May be I would have felt a bit embarrassed and hesitated to request for a window seat for my dad. And then after landing, I was supposed to be picked up my by friend early morning, and my dad would leave for his official training in the city. It was time for my dad’s training and due to heavy traffic, my friend was unable to turn up, I told my dad, you attend the training and that I would leave safe with my friend on her arrival. As we were new to the city, even I was so old, my dad was still worried about my safety and did not let me wait alone in the strange place. Past an hour, I started feeling guilty for my dad was missing the initial hours of training, out of my compulsion we decided to wait at my dad’s training place.

Even for another hour my friend could not come, and I do not have the counts or the frequency of how many times my dad came out of his session to see if his daughter was alright, if she was hungry, thirsty and feeling lonely until her friend picked her. I was just astonished for his care and love. I am not sure if I would have behaved the same way if I was in place of my dad.

Next during my frequent home visits, I just cannot forget how promptly he comes in the early morning to pick me from the bus stop. The mail he writes every day to me enquiring about my work, life, warning me about the threats happening in the city and asking me to live safe…I can just go on….

Same way, just one sneeze/cough over a phone call, even a bit of change in my voice bothers him very much…Immediately he asks , if I visited a doctor, if I took medicine, which always takes me back to my childhood.

The warmth of that love is impeccable and I feel so lucky for realizing it and sharing it here. I am so thankful to God for blessing me with such wonderful parents. It’s cited commonly that, daughter’s are always the pets of Dad and in my case that’s factual.

Although I am so much grown-up up for having a maturity to let my thoughts flow like this I am sure, if my dad reads this, at the end he would just smile and say “Poor little Girl, what does she know??” ;-) that’s how it goes ever and ever…Papa with his EVER little daughter..

At the end I would conclude with a small note of gratitude to my mom as well who shares the equal praise as that of my dad and for still letting me drown under the waves of love!

Everyday is so wonderful with such feelings! Words not enough to let them flow down!!
Cheers,
Akshatha