Tuesday, February 21, 2012

2012.Pause. Press Rewind. 2011. Check. Forward.

Made any resolutions? cool.me neither. :P

But yes, my regular and yearly update on ‘Things to Do’ in its third year. So quick update shall happen on that to set targets for next year and check on what all happened last year.

1. To get interviewed-  Well the context in which I had written it did not happen but yes, I was interviewed for various projects and clients to work with. Got selected too and worked on really good assignments last year. :p

2. Shot at dream companies –I did. And I will continue giving my dream companies a shot. One day I will get selected and will publish a separate post on that as well. J

3. Read and Write – Giving reading and writing a ‘red’ for last year. Hardly read any book except Calvin & Hobbes but I think I read that calvin book multiple times. On writing, well I made some technical documents :P but I won’t count them here. So I will try to get back to this habit of reading and writing this year.atleast try.

4. New Wardrobe –Just two months in 2012 right, I have added 6 shirts, 2 trousers, 1 belt and 1 pair of shoes already. Good start no. Pat on my back and may god bless me with more shirts, more trousers, more shoes and bigger paycheck to pay for all of them.

5. Bring AmritSarovar back – There is technical glitch here. Domain is no more with me. So all I can work on is the site with new domain name. fingers crossed to get this thing working. But hey, helped start one website and it is getting good response so efforts are being done.

6. Travel Show – Too much work , too much travel and not staying in one city. But that is not a good reason. Lets keep this uncheck on wish list and lets hope we get to make atleast an episode this year. J

7. Less of Crying and More of Laughter – Well. This would be ‘Check’. More laughter. More happy times. More haahahaha.. and less of :’( and lets hope this continues for years to come..;)

8. Travel Travel Travel – I did.Lot of travelling. Apart from regular trip to Amritsar,I travelled to Noida, Shirpur, Lucknow, Hubli, Dharwad, Goa , Lonavla and official trips to Pune, Mumbai and Bangalore as well. :D

9. Gain Knowledge – Lets mark this as ‘Check’ and continue learning.

10. Learn a dance form – Did not even make an effort to do this. Hopeful to do something about it this year.this was something I wrote last year.and will not delete it. Moving on.. :p

11. Talk Less- Are you kidding me??? :D

2011 - A Recap - Part II

August – Birthday month. Was supposed to be on vacation for one complete month to take some break. But turned out to be totally opposite. Although I did not work much but still had to be on calls and did not travel anywhere without laptop. But good times spent nevertheless. Also the birthday month. Entered second half of twenties and people called from all around the globe to wish me :D loads of twitter and facebook birthday wishes too. For the record no one brought me a cake. :p and gifts.well.. I don’t believe in gift policy much so yeah no gifts are fine. Also attended my first live concert of the year. Coke studio minicert in hard rock Delhi.
September started off with quick trip to Pune for four days and one of those four days will be remembered for an unbearable shoulder pain which did not let me sleep the whole night. A lesson learnt to take care of health no matter what. Only asset that you control is your health and if you lose it, you lose so much more.  Also, September was tough time due to some other reason.
October – Well nothing spectacular/worth remembering happened in October but good time was spent at home celebrating mom’s and bhai’s birthday. Was diwali time and in Amritsar so that was also nice time to be home. :D . Also I could not make it to T’s wedding. Big miss that.
November - November brought a change in the completely set world on professional front. No details here but few things happened which made me think. Think about so many things. One opportunity coming and going. Another one which I held me back to take the next leap. November was not a very comfortable month for mind. Stress came. Lot of discussions happened. But by the month end, there were few decisions taken and windows of change were opened.
December was supposedly a travel to Bangalore but last moment plans changed and postponed to January. So for another month, the office issues continued but ended a year with cousin’s wedding, meeting cousins after long time and bringing New Year with family inside golden temple. :)
Phew, this was long write-up. I’m sure I’ve missed out something or the other...small brain...smaller memory.

Someone said you should visit a place you never visited at least once a year. I faired quite well there. Went to Shirpur, Hubli, Dharwad, Goa, and Lonavla for the first time and Mumbai/Noida/Bangalore again.  Decent na. :D 

When Reality Strikes – Second half of the year was cruel to some people in my close circle. With friends losing their near and dear ones it was a reality check for me as well. I had nothing to say to anyone of them but just be there for the support.  It’s tough for them and was equally tough for me to just get that feeling. That scary feeling and bitter reality of life that everyone has to go. I wrote a blog post about it too. Time to move on. Can’t write much on it. 

Friends– people change. And life takes a different turn every time it happens. JA stopped talking sometime last year. Still don’t know why. But I think I have stopped making friends after that. Last string of old friends was broken then. Nevertheless, this one is to thank everyone who met/came back/stayed/left for good times. Pooja, Ranjeet, Ankit, Esha, T rinjhna got married leaving me alone in Bachelor’s club. Ankit & Esha now blessed with baby girl so big hug and many congratulations to both of em..  M & M opened their joint venture which completed a year last week. So congratulations and best wishes to them too. R is studying hard and hopefully will be giving us all good news soon. Glad to have V and Hina on my advisory board :P and guiding me to right path on professional front. 
Personal life was pretty much on relaxed mode last year. So all good there as well.

Also, 2011 was year of music concerts and musical evenings. Got chance to witness Tochi Raina, Kailash Kher, Leslie Lewis, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Ustad Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Toumani Diabete , Imogen Heap, Shantanu Moitra/Swanand Kirkire and The Raghu Dixit Project live during musical concerts and evenings in Delhi. World Class Performers. Epic Performances. Have to see more live concerts to experience more awesomeness.

okay I am done with my post. and all i have to say now is 
 'HAPPY NEW YEAR - 2012' ENJOY & Live Life.  :D :P :) 

2011 - A Recap - Part I

February about to finish and I am doing a recap post of 2011. The year did not go as per plans or rather no plans were made. So went with the flow. Year which gave me chance to grow as a person and a professional, year which gave me opportunity to meet so many new people and visit so many new places. Year which brought about best learnings as far as work goes and year which brought so many memories to carry for times ahead. This blog is just about a short recap of events that took place. So let’s go month wise ‘coz it’s easy to remember that way. :D
-    January - Travelled from Bangalore to Delhi on Dec 31st.and then took the train to Amritsar on Jan 1 for a mini break with family and friends. Only to realize a small surprise meeting lined up on first day itself. The meeting which was supposed to be a no-meeting happened. No more talk about that but yeah quick short trip ended and I went back to Bangalore only to return back by 21st Jan when brother made everyone in the family proud. The day he became a chartered accountant, got an all India rank and topped in the city. Probably the happiest day of year for me and everyone in the family. :) 
-     Come February, I travelled to Noida, Shirpur near Nasik and Mumbai for different trainings to campus recruits. From technical to personality development, each day of training gave something to learn and interacting with more than 400+ college recruits during training days was great experience. Ranjit got married so me and jassi first attended his wedding in Amritsar and later visited sultanpur lodhi for his reception. 

-     March was mixed. Travelled to Lucknow which turned out to be an amazing amazing trip thanks to the food. And the people. Lucknow is amazing place to explore food especially if you are non vegetarian. Our stay of 5 days there was nothing short of heavenly experience for stomach. Noida happened again for another week. Also visited Mumbai again, missed a flight (no thanks to kingfisher for not helping out in that case.that is one long story), travelled to Hubli on bus the same day. and then post week long stay there, went to Amritsar.Planned a keertan samagam at home to thank god for all the blessings before I moved to Pune for 6 months. And the day I travelled to Delhi, someone stole our car. L  .and hey, I got my promotion too. Wasn’t too excited and you would know why if you knew the things that happened in the course. But a Yay to that as well. :D 

   April started off with a bang with India winning the world cup. Had a blast at Soho’s in Kalyani nagar where I went with friends. So glad I did not stay back in hotel room and watched match on TV. But hey INDIA WON. Going to magarpatta to see the celebrations and coming back at 1 in night was totally amazing experience. So much fun that day was.You read this right? Found a place to stay and started settling in. and then out of nowhere GOA happened. On Good Friday’s extended weekend. And undoubtedly the best vacation of life. 16 people.4 days. So many beaches. So many parties. So many conversations. So many drives. Pure awesomeness. And here is the awesome awesome video post which brings back all the good times. Also, a trip to Mumbai happened to attend Pooja’s wedding. Two days of memories packed for life. My first experience of going in a marathi-marwadi wedding where no one knew me except the one sitting on stage.  :D
-    May – Can’t remember anything significant happening in May but surely there was lot of work, deadlines and excitement. Many extra hours spent in office, lot of learning happened. And yes, brother also joined his first job, as a finance officer in a PSU. Big YAY to that. :) 
-    June – June was more work, more time spent in office and closer to release date. No regrets of all the time spent in office since it went pretty well. we went to lonavla on a day trip. with friends and few freshers. lot of fun and lot of masti that day. trekking.rains.clouds.time well spent.
-   July – Performed at an awards ceremony with our club team. Scripted a complete item voice over for which was given by yours truly and dance was performed by club members and the complete act was well appreciated by everyone.When you perform in creative field while working in little monotonous technical arena, it gives you sense of satisfaction to be linked to creative brain waves. Also, went to Mumbai to attend Amit’s wedding. Good Times Happened. 
After i wrote the post, i realized that it is too lengthy to be read in single post. so rest of it in part two. Read Part 2 here.