Thursday, May 25, 2006

Excuse me.........

Excuse me.....I will be back in a moment.
This is from a bright cell phone newbie..

Haachhooooo .......Excuse me......Haacchhh
The sneeze shook everyone in the office to reality...

Excuse me..... I have a doubt. "Why is the...".
This fellow goes on and on with questions between the meeting where every one else is trying to ward off sleep.

Excuse me..... I made a mistake.
A 'sincere' junior.

Excuse me......Come again.
A 'serious' learner.

I can think of a lot of instances when we use the words 'Excuse Me'. Still I cannot think of one reason why my senior friend didnt say this to us when we were busy solving an English crossword.

Over to the office desk... This friend of ours had apparently been waiting to talk something technical to us for a very long time and all of us were busy trying to solve an english crossword puzzle. He never said 'Excuse....' so we never got the chance to notice that he was around.

Unfortunately the issue he had come to discuss with us had been testing his patience since morning. After all the hard work over it, he wanted a one-minute clarification.

I looked around casually trying to solve one of the questions when I incidentally saw him waiting right behind us waiting for one of us to look back. We shifted gears quickly, got the job done for him, but then......

All he needed to have said was 'Excuse me' to avoid the impatience that usually accompanies the long wait to meet some one.. He didn't say and we didn't know.

So the next time you want your job done, remember to say 'Excuse me'.....

Friday, May 19, 2006

Speed Thrills but.....

'Speed thrills but Kills' said one of the signs near a traffic signal. All I could think of was 'Speed thrills but fools you'. If you are wondering what I am trying to say, it is just that I just learnt this morning that I am not as smart as I claimed to be the day before yesterday evening.

The day before yesterday, I was confronted with a question from a friend asking me if I think I am cute. Very interesting question actually. I hate to admit the fact that all of us lose the 'cuteness' in ourselves once we are out of the 'Innocence'. As you might have realised by now all of us are well out of innocence and smart enough to understand lot of things... So I thought 'Smart' would define me better. I told my friend that I am Smart.....Obviously God heard me... all boastful of myself... and He in fact acted upon the line immediately, as immediate as yesterday morning...

As usual my day started slow, waited for the energy of the morning cheer to flow in, and picked up speed when I did my usual chores. The smart person that I thought I am I would definitely not miss out on cooking a detailed meal for myself. Besides I packed my lunch box, got ready to go to work place, said hi to the 'Good God' for all that he is to me, practically stuffed my breakfast that I had made, closed all the doors and windows, switched off all the fans and lights in the house, plugged the mobile phone off the charger... (not forgetting to pull the charger off the plug point lest any ‘incident’ occurs), cleared the kitchen and sent things straight into the fridge, checked if I have closed the stove's knobs, carried the cheque to pay my dear Mobile phone service provider( The company is dear as long as you pay your cheque), locked the door, pulled the lock once or twice to check if it is actually locked properly, and finally leapt out of the first floor along the flight of stairs as if I was a Gymnastic professional in Olympics.

I jumped into the auto as usual and headed straight to the bus stop where I caught up on a phone call that I was supposed to have made early in the morning...The bus which usually comes at least minute earlier than me, came about 7 minutes late yesterday.. :) Needless to say I smiled to myself thinking of the fact that I had started the day smart... 'Smarter than the Bus'... or should it be the bus driver?? doesn’t matter... the idea is that I was pretty high-headed....

Every reason for me to be high-headed, I thought, as I had managed to remember to do all these just in 15 minutes.... Well, whether or not you believe me, this is my routine between 7:35 and 7:50 A.M each day.

Window seats are places of enlightenment I would say... after all the hurry early in the morning, when I finally settled down in my window seat, I realised that I had not closed one of the taps at home. I usually fill up one bucket of water every day before I leave the house each morning, just in case of emergency water pump repair or any such 'serious' issue... (Well, you don’t think it is serious...? you will, if you were in Chennai which is full of small (smart) surprises every minute)....

‘So what is the big deal?’ is your question which I can clearly hear from your end.... It is just that the water is going to overflow and rush out through the sink…. and in Chennai city, if you waste water...... you will have to answer every Tom, Dick, and Harry in the flat where you stay. I for one person can’t stop to answer every one, simply because, I have lot of other better things to do..... As you might have known from this mini episode...

In spite of taking care of the minutiae in the day's chores, I forgot the seemingly easy but important task of closing an open tap…One reason to prove that I am not smart enough to handle it all in the morning rush hour.

Just then, I saw a biker rushing past the bus I was in.... Speed thrills but kills said the sign post... "Speed thrills but fools you..." I rephrased....

In the busy day at office, I took a break to write this page. I am sending the link to my friend whose question gave me a new insight.....I need to find out the kind of person I am.... Cute, and Smart have been crossed out.. Let me see what other option would describe me best.. When another enlightenment dawns, I will surely let you know... Thanks for your time... By the way, the time you invested to read this article is not going to be useless, for I am sure you would have already pondered over the times when your speed or ‘The Rush’ has proved you 'Not-so-smart'....
Today, I woke up 10 minutes early to handle things at a slightly normal pace trying hard to retain the inherent 'Smart Girl' profile that I claimed to be, the day before yesterday.
”Time is precious... Plan your time and outsmart the Murphy’s Laws” – Another golden thought pops out in my mind whether I like it or not….

Monday, May 15, 2006


Who is this Mr. Right?

Is he the Maharaja Harishchandra's son who is more honest or as honest as his father?
Is he the kind who loves to be simple?
Is he the kind who has hobbies and has all the time in the world for it?
Is he the kind who has time for personal space?
Is he the kind who laughs atleast once a day?
Is he the kind who makes many friends?
Is he the kind who is cheerful most of the times?
Is he the kind who talks out his mind to a close friend when he needs a vent?
Is he the kind who marries a girl and not his job?
Is he the kind who calls a spade 'A SPADE'?
Is he the kind who gives respect to the girl as a person?
Is he the kind who has clean habits?
Is he the kind who loves his family?
Is he the kind who stands by the girl when the world steps aside?
Is he the kind who respects himself?
Is he the kind who has dreams and aims and hopes and aspirations for himself?
Is he the kind who knows a straight forward method to achieve it?
Is he the kind who knows that anger is short madness?
Is he the kind who knows what he is doing?
Is he the kind who takes life easy?
Is he the kind who understands a woman?
Is he the kind with whom the girl can spend hours together talking about anything and everything under the sun?
Is he the kind who believes that God is behind everything?

Does such a person with all these qualities exist at all??


Tuesday, May 09, 2006

From an email forward...........

I know blogs are to have what YOU write.........I think Blogs can also hold what you LIKE... I am posting content from an email forward I received from my friend Arul. All credits to the writer whose name is Pravin.. You would have read his work at give him all credits for this write-up. Lots of appreciations Pravin...
Even if you have come across this content in your emails, I am sure you will agree that this is worth a second reading..:)

I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it may be better tomorrow.

I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles a rainy day and lost luggage.

I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life.

I've learned that making a "living" is not the same thing as making a "life."

I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.

I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back.

I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.

I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one.

I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone.

People love that human touch - holding hands, a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.

I've learned that I still have a lot to learn.


With new opportunities also comes to fear and self-doubt. How can we navigate these very strong forces in order to reach our fulfillment...