Showing posts from January, 2009

Cauvery Refreshments

"Cauvery Refreshments" is the Tiruchy style restaurant, located behind the Aiyappa Swamy temple, Madiwala. It has 30 seats. Customers are mostly bachelors; Tamilians, Malayalees and Telugites put up in and around Madiwala. The restaurant doesn't serve any beverages and meals are served only in the noon. Dosa (plain/masala/podi/onion/nice/uthappam/set/ghee), Poori, Pongal, Idly, Vada, Chapathi and Kerala Parotha - this is what you get here.

There is a small white board hung on the wall, with "today's special" written on it. Today's special was Kema (read kaima) Parotha. "Parotha ve cut paNNi, masala poottu peNNuvaango..", I heard the waiter explaining. The waiters here are middle aged. Quite often they forget the orders you place. They carry the food items around, asking "Sir, neenga dosa order paNNingaLa?". Just for fun, you can order a ghee roast (I think that is the costliest item here) and pretend to have not ordered anything at al…

Some good things people say about you...... and what they actualy mean....

You are cool : You know to mind your own business. You better continue to mind your business.
You are a good learner : You have lot to learn, my boy! What have you been doing all these years?!
You have good business knowledge : Learn atleast one technology, for God's sake, you good for nothing!
You are big hearted : What else can I tell about you? I better not comment about your brains!
You are easy going : Grow up, my boy! Take some responsilities !
You are hardworking (When it comes from your manager) : I expect you at office next weekend. We have agreed for weekend support.
You have a good sense of humour : I am fed up. I will not laugh on any of your stinking PJ's.
You are a quiet guy : Idiot!
You are caring : Mind your own business. I don't need your suggestions!
You have a very different perspective : I could never understand you. Are you a weirdo or something?
You are creative : Stop day dreaming and do whatever your lead says.
You understand people : Why do you allow people s…

Snaps from my camera

My mother presented me a SONY Cybershot DSC - T2 camera on my birthday. I am experimenting with it since a week. It has three modes - auto, scene selection and program mode. Auto mode is for people like me (I have a previous experience of experimenting with a Yaschica compact camera. No idea about the specs, it had a view finder, place to fix the film roll, a lens, battery slots and a button to click). Scene selection mode is for more creative people. Program mode is for people who can't afford for professional cameras or for people who want to learn the basics before going for a costlier professional camera. Program mode allows manipulation of settings like EV, focus and ISO. (You can't manipulate the shutter speed and the aperture.)
That was the synopsis. Below posted are the experiment results :-). Please leave your comments. Please, please, please, point out what I could have done to get a better picture!

Sunset @ Madiwala
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Two colleagues speaking to each other, on a(ny) Monday:
X: Hey, how was the weekend?
Y: It was cool. I went to my friend's room.
X: Oh, okay. I went to a movie.
Y: Which one?
X: Rab ne bana di jodi
Y: How is it?
X: It is good. Songs are great.
Y: Oh okay. Hey, you saw the news? About Satyam ?
X: Yes. I don't understand why he did that.
Y: Yes. Blah blah blah..
X: Blah blah blah blah!

Two friends meet after a long time.
X: Hey, How are you?
Y: Good. What about you?
X: Fine. You are in the same company?
Y: Yes. You in the same technology?
X: Hmm.. Yes, trying for a technology change. Are you in the same account?
Y: Yes. I am trying for a release.
X: Any onsite chances?
Y: No, as of now. Need to fight a little.
X: After the recession, onsite opportunities have come down.
Y: Yeah! Blah blah blah
X: Blah blah... Blah blah!

Someone said that software engineers are the most boring creatures on earth. I d…


I was on my way back from office and was almost near my room (Room: Place where one or more bachelors live. Families have home.) , when a gentleman came on a bike. He realized that he has reached end of the road. Quite often people take this road, hoping to reach Maruthi Nagar main road, only to discover that is is a dead - end. This person stopped near the U - turn and asked me, "Is there a way out?". His voice was deep and clear. I asked, "To where?", and immediately realized that I was not office and hence can't speak nonsense. I told him, "No, this is a dead end."
"Thanks for the info...", he said, "info matters." I thought he was trying to be funny and wanted to say something equally funny. "It was not that good an information for you, anyways.", I said, throwing a smile at him. He shook his head and said, "No, no. It is a very good information for me." I smiled again and moved towards my room. He started hi…

ಒಂದು ಪ್ರೇಮ ಕಥೆ

ಸುನೀಲನಿಗೆ ಎರಡನೇ ಇಯತ್ತೆಯಿಂದಲೇ ವರ್ಷಕ್ಕೊಬ್ಬ ಹುಡುಗಿಯ ಮೇಲೆ ದೈವಿಕ ಪ್ರೇಮ ಹುಟ್ಟುತ್ತಲೇ ಇತ್ತು. ತರಗತಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಇದ್ದುದರಲ್ಲಿ ಚೆಂದದ ಹುಡುಗಿಯರಲ್ಲಿ ವಿಪರೀತ ಪ್ರೇಮ ಉಕ್ಕಿ ಅದೇ ಪ್ರೀತಿಯ ಬೆಳಕಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಪ್ರತಿ ವರ್ಷದ ಓದು ಮುಗಿಸಿ ಉತ್ತೀರ್ಣನಾಗುತ್ತಿದ್ದ. ಈ ಪ್ರೀತಿಗೆ ಜಾತಿ ಮತಗಳ ಭೇದವಿರಲಿಲ್ಲ. ಕೆಲವೊಮ್ಮೆ ಒಂದೇ ಹುಡುಗಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಎರಡು ಮೂರು ವರ್ಷಗಳವರೆಗೆ ಪ್ರೇಮ ಮುಂದುವರೆದದ್ದಿದೆ. ಆದರೆ ಪ್ರೇಮದ ಅಭಿವ್ಯಕ್ತಿ ಯಾವತ್ತೂ ಆಗಿರಲಿಲ್ಲ. ಒಂದು ಕಳ್ಳ ನೋಟ, ಒಂದು ಸ್ಪೆಲ್ಲಿಂಗ್ ಮಿಸ್ಟೇಕ್ ಇದ್ದ ಮುಗುಳ್ನಗು ಇಷ್ಟರಲ್ಲೇ ಸುಖ ಕಾಣುತ್ತಿದ್ದ. ಬದಲಿಗೆ ಏನನ್ನೂ ಬಯಸದ ತನ್ನ ಈ ಪ್ರೇಮದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಮತ್ತು ಈಗೀಗ ಲೆಕ್ಕ ತಪ್ಪತೊಡಗಿದ್ದ ಪ್ರೇಮ ಕನ್ನಿಕೆಯರ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಅವನಿಗೆ ಒಂದು ಅಭಿಮಾನ. ಇತ್ತಿತ್ತಲಾಗಿ ಹುಡುಗಿಯರು ನಿಶ್ಚಿತಾರ್ಥ, ಮದುವೆಗಳಿಗೆ ಇನ್ವೈಟ್ ಮಾಡಲಿಕ್ಕೆ ಮಾತ್ರ ತನಗೆ ಕಾಲ್ ಮಾಡುತ್ತಾರೆ ಎಂಬ ಸತ್ಯದ ಅರಿವೂ ಅವನಿಗಿದೆ. ಇದೇ ಅರಿವಿನ ಬೆಳಕಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಹೊಸತೊಂದು ಪ್ರೇಮವನ್ನು ಕಟ್ಟಿಕೊಂಡು ಬದುಕುತ್ತಿದ್ದಾನೆ.

ಕಾಲೇಜು ಮುಗಿಸಿ ಬೆಂಗಳೂರಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಸಾಫ್ಟ್ ವೇರ್ ನೌಕರಿ ಸಿಕ್ಕ ನಂತರ ಆಫೀಸಿನ ಹುಡುಗಿಯರು ಅಪೀಲ್ ಆಗದೆ ಇದ್ದಾಗ ತಿಂಗಳುಗಟ್ಟಲೆ ನರಳಿದ್ದ. ಎಲ್ಲ ಹುಡುಗಿಯರು ಒಂದೇ ಕಾರ್ಖಾನೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ತಯಾರಾಗಿ ಬಂದ ಗೊಂಬೆಗಳಂತೆ ಕಂಡರು. ಕತ್ತು ಕೊಂಕಿಸಿ, ಹುಬ್ಬು ಕುಣಿಸಿ, ಬಾಯಗಲಿಸಿ ಮಾತನಾಡುವ ಈ ಹುಡುಗಿಯರಲ್ಲಿ ತನಗಾಗಲಿ, ತನ್ನಲ…


I was on my way to office, in a BMTC bus. There were many students in the bus, one of them sitting in front of me. The man who sat near this boy asked, "Where do you study?". The boy answered saying some Government school. The man again asked, "English medium or Kannada medium?". The boy proudly answered, "English medium." In the next stop, two little kids got into the bus. They got tickets to Lal Bagh. The conductor asked them, "Why do you go to Lal Bagh daily?". One of the kids answered, "His aunt works there. We go there to help her.", pointing to the other. The other kid was fair and had an attractive smile on his face. He was looking at our English medium boy, clad in uniform, with a sense of respect. Both the kids were decently dressed and looked clean. The conductor asked them, "What about school? Do you go or not?", with a smirk on his face. The fair kid said, "No", in a low voice. The smile on his face sudd…