July 9, 2015 § Leave a comment
Who does not love cricket being born in India? :)
A chance to play cricket through out during childhood every single evening was one of thing that I will cherish through out my life. Grab your cycle, visit each of your friend’s place and give a shout, gather maximum people and then enjoy the lovely game. I always heard my father telling me, if you don’t call your friends going to their house each day, won’t they come to play? :) That was part of the fun. Get to bat, bowl and keep and your day is at its best.
I still recollect those days when we cousins used to stay over at my grandparents place. So much cricket that, wake up, have breakfast and play cricket. Come down for lunch, wrap it up in a jiffy and again play cricket. Evening go out to the beach or outside on the ground and again play cricket :) No, I really am not exaggerating these above things. This is what we used to do for the whole of summer holidays and trust me we loved every bit of it. Of course, we did not have mobile phones or Playstations to play with like how kids of this new generation have, so we found solace in out-door games and cricket was on top of our list.
It so happened and I am lucky that cricket has been integral part of my life till date. Engineering days playing for your class team, during masters playing for University, at Tata Elxsi playing for the company team every week in week out with the best of the corporate teams of Bangalore. I must thank Chetan Jayatheerta for giving me that excellent chance to be in the team and enjoy every bit of it and on course learn a lot as well. After moving to Singapore, I did have a break from cricket for obvious reasons (read as work :P) but nonetheless, I did play for my boss’s team on a turf wicket and quite a number of those Cage Cricket games where in you hit the walls and you score runs. It is not as much fun as the open ground cricket but definitely if your technique is good then you succeed in scoring :) Twice a month we colleagues play over at the ground around Changi Business Park in Singapore and through some recently made friends at client places, I also did get a chance to play in a couple of tournaments as well :)
The fun tournament was last week at ECP – GSB Samaj Cricket tournament played between 6 teams and each consisting of 7 players out of which 2 were either kids or women. 6 overs a side inside the cage and the fun was unlimited. Being part of GSB community even after coming over to Singapore is one of the best things that could have happened and definitely knowing new people each visit is always worth it. Even though my team lost both the games, the spirit with which each team played was commendable. Looking forward to many more of such tournaments.
I really wished our game were uploaded live on the UC Cricket plugin which has some amazing features which one must definitely try out. Had it been done, my mother would have loved to watch me play each and every game of mine with absolute happiness :) http://www.ucweb.com/ visit the link to know more on the same.
This blogspot is part of the Indiblogger Surf it all post.
June 3, 2015 § 2 Comments
Finally! I get the video from the Mehendi dance which I was referring to in my earlier post. Haven’t read it yet? – Here is the link to the same: Big Fat Konkani Wedding :)
It was amazing to be back on stage once again after my masters :) I know you all were badly waiting to see me dance :P
Enjoy the video. Hope you all like it!!
June 1, 2015 § 9 Comments
It was almost a month and a half earlier since I had applied for my leaves and getting back to India for a short vacation was just too exciting! Nah, don’t go by the title, I wasn’t going for my wedding :) It was my cousin’s wedding. More than the wedding it was the full family get together along with time being spent with parents and brother that was getting me excited. Finally, April 30th,2015 – India did beckon :)
The to-do tasks on my cellphone were more and with wedding around, time was quite less in hand. When you have mom around you, then there is nothing to worry about! Forget everything and leave it to her. She knows what is the best. That’s why she is called mom :)
The weddings in our Konkani tradition are usually a 3 day thing but with the introduction of Mehendi and Reception, it’s a big 5 days wedding!
Day 1 – Vadap – It is a very close family gathering wherein the elders who are no more with us are remembered and respected by keeping dhoti for gents and sari for women followed by lunch. Its kind of short ritual which is known as “Vadap”. The next day was the mehendi and hence, all cousins from our side had planned for a small dance program which as usual dint have any preparations done. It was almost after ages we all cousins were meeting together in one place and the happiness was beyond boundaries and by having our lil angel Nadantika( my cousins daughter ) amongst us, the happiness was beyond expression of words.
The practice for the dance started at around 8pm, with all contributing actively towards the same. As the guys side too had planned for quite a few numbers, we girls side dint want to stand back and watch. Humko bhi dikhana tha ;) It was a simple stand and dance with a combination of various songs such as ‘Washing Powder Nirma’, ‘Jaane Ja’, ‘Bhaag dk Bose’ and many more with the final one coming from Ulidavru Kandante movie – The Tiger dance :) the tiger dance is very famous dance in the south part of India where guys gets painted with Tiger stripes and dance to the tunes of various hit numbers as well as the typical tiger beat from the drums. We made sure, the brides dad too was part of this final act of Tiger Dance :)
Day 2 – Mehendi Day – was absolutely wonderful with our simple yet effective dance winning us lot of appreciations! Job well done with just over 2hrs practice :) Special thanks to our choreographer @hemukamath for all the in-depth details :) more than anything else, the star performer for the day was Nadantika with her solo for the song – “Radha on the Dance floor”. She was looking absolutely gorgeous with her attire and her steps with expressions just made the day wonderful! I so wanted to post a video of our dance but I am yet to receive a copy of the same. Will happen soon, as I know you are super excited to see my dance :P
Day 3 – Vade Tandul Dhuvche – This day, the whole family is invited wherein water is pulled out from the well and the rice is washed over in order to prepare a different type of vada(no, not the idli sambhar vada ;) ) and is served over to all which is followed by Pooja and sumptuous Konkani lunch :) Basically a women centric ritual where men just have the job of driving women to the destination and back ;) After the noon function and lunch, evening we cousins played out a game called “TABOO” which was just too amazing! Haven’t heard about this game from funskool? Google.com is waiting for you :P Thanks to Pujan for introducing us to this lovely game. Taboo was followed by ‘Sweet Packing’ :) It was just amazing to have all sit in one place, pulling each others legs and get the job done in a jiffy! More the people more merry it is.
Day 4 – Wedding day – Just suit up and pose for pics :) That’s all we have to do as most of the work is for bride, the groom and their parents! The selfie stick from flipkart did the trick for me even though I did not get the one I had ordered for but the one I got too was good enough to click some lovely images during the complete ceremony :) the photo booth idea was quite a nice one with various hoardings to hold and pose at! The heat was unbearable due to which, food consumption just went way too low with water being the only saviour. The best part of being at a wedding is that, you get to meet so many friends and family members who you can catch up with at one place! It was indeed a pleasant function with lots of memories to take away from. Good as well as bad :)
Day 5 – Reception – Mangalore was the place of reception. It was a very formal function marking the end to the big wedding. The only though running through out my mind was next day is the last day of my vacations and sooner I will have to get back to work!
After so much fun over a week time with family and coming back now to Singapore, it was just amazing to recollect in this post the super awesome moments I spent back in India. Family is one thing that always is by you any time of the day and any number of times – Just a phone call away! :)
Wishing Arun and Archana a very Happy Married Life :)
India until next time :)
March 22, 2015 § Leave a comment
Ever wondered actually how simple our life is and its we who make it complicated!
Yes, from the tiniest of things, we dig deep into it and make a mess out of the whole situation before finally being left out all alone in the cold unable to do anything about it. I know, its definitely not easy to keep everything simple in life. Some things are meant to happen which just complicates everything and you just cant let it be by itself. It keeps eating you over and over again.
During such times, the best thing is to do what you love to do :) My post for http://CokeURL.com/96jnc
When sometimes, I am blank and some thoughts just doesn’t go out of my mind, I do what I do best – Engage myself in work :) I know I am too much but yes, that helps me quite a bit. Beach and Music is one more thing which is definitely the best thing that can happen to self. With the cool breeze hitting your face and scattering your hair, the sound of waves slashing in front of you along with the soothing melodious voice of Shreya Ghoshal ringing, you go into a state of trance which is nothing but bliss. A long bike ride or a super long drive on the loveliest of the roads, it just gets on to you and definitely it makes you feel SUPER :)
If not for any of the above, you have your lovely parents and siblings and also the amazing bunch of friends who you can always rely on any time of the day throughout the year. All are just a phone call away and they can definitely get that pinch out of your mind :)
If not for the complete day, for that particular moment you will get out of the thought which was haunting you and your mind definitely will ease out and gradually you will learn how to Keep it Simple. By beginning to enjoy the tinniest of things happening around you and loving what you are currently doing will not only keep you mind at ease but also will help a lot to keep unwanted thoughts away. No, I am not saying they will vanish off. We are humans :P and some or the other problems have to come to us. But learning to keep life simple, helps us a lot to face any situation we come across big or small and come out victorious.
Belief in self and god will lead you to success in whatever you are doing. My word :)
Before I go on and on with my philosophy, I better end it with a small video which I am sure you will like :)
March 18, 2015 § 4 Comments
Thinking back of the 8 months I spent in Bengaluru with my brother, one of the many wonderful moment was that of the Nandi Hill bike ride with his group of friends. Must say, one of the beautiful ones till date, my write-up on #together for Housing.com.
It was suddenly planned ride over and we didn’t think much on what to do and what not to. Nandi Hills and the ride – It was a green signal :) The early morning wake up and the ride was delayed due to some reason (read it as sleep :P ) but we managed to start off by 6 from MG Road.
The best part of the ride being the other 2 bikes which accompanied us. Enfield vs The Hunk :D. I know, it’s not even a comparison to make. I duly remember, on the roads towards the airport with not much traffic, the enfields just zoomed away and even though we were clocking around 110-120 kmph ourselves on our Hunk, it just felt like riding a TVS Luna which is going at a speed of 40kmph ;) At such speed, my brothers hat went for a toss :P and he had to walk back almost half a km to go and fetch it amidst the traffic. It was indeed funny.
The bengaluru weather added on the beauty of the trip with all of us literally shivering by the time we reached Nandi Hills. The tea stop just before the turn towards Nandi hills from the highway with Pancakes was really out of the world. Sometimes, it’s just these small shops which are the ones which serve food with utmost love and care to its customers that it makes it stand out from the rest and also does add-on the flavour somehow.
The only person not shivering and fully energetic even after riding around for 2 hours plus was none other than my HUNK :P His body had heated up so badly and he just was not in a mood to cool down despite of my extra efforts. On the other hand there were these 2 royal enfields just laughing away at this poor guy who just could not live up to the name HUNK :) I still have the HUNK with me, even though I rarely get to ride these days and I must say, even though it’s not for the long rides, the comfort that it provides is absolutely classic.
The scenery up there, even though the sun was already up and shining was so mesmerizing and with the cool breeze hitting up on us, it made the visit even more blissful. Sometimes or rather most of the times I must say, we tend to indulge ourselves into all the fake things surrounding us that we forget to enjoy the real beauty of nature.
Its been over 2 years now since that trip happened and I just am planning one more around April but this time on a new devil – Pulsar 200 NS :) If the bandwidth of people around you matches well then there is nothing like having a road trip.
Now that you have come so far, do take some time to watch the video below. The music is catchy. –
March 8, 2015 § 3 Comments
Cab Drivers – First thing that comes to your mind when you hear this word is that, people who could not study much during their college days and land themselves into a white-collar job and have now turned into Cab Drivers. Actually, if this is what you are thinking then its wrong in Singapore.
There are at least 3-4 fleets of taxi companies out here at Singapore and overall around 8000 taxis running havoc in the busy streets of Singapore without which our lives today here would have been in total chaos!
Let me explain how exactly the cab system works here at Singapore. The companies rent out the cars to the cab drivers with a daily minimum amount which the cabbie has to pay to the company even though he does not run the cab for whatever reasons know. Yes, you heard it right. A fixed amount each day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year needs to given to the company and the taxi is yours for running. The fixed amount is based on the type of cab you get and do you know who most of the cab drivers are here? Those who were earning handsome salaries during their early days and now want to lead a normal happy life and just do a time-to-time shift riding cabs :)
I don’t know if this is a good habit or bad of mine that I tend to engage the cab drivers into a conversation right after I board and until I alight there is something that you will get to know from these cabbie or something that they would like to hear from you. Its fun at times and at other times if you happen to find a grumpy cabbie, the long drive is mostly boring ;)
On Friday, I happened to meet a mid 50s cabbie, a Malay uncle and after beginning to have an interaction and he knowing I am into the Software Industry, he was totally fascinated. He wanted to know more on the latest developments in technology, the way we code, the languages we use, the databases we use etc. Someone wanting to know about technology is fine, but someone wanting to know in-depth about technology, then definitely there seems to be something more to it than it looks from outside is what I thought. On talking more, I found out that, he was too into the IT Industry for over 12 years :) and was mentally tired of the complete environment and finally decided to give up. The most fascinating part for me was that, he was a hacker and had successfully hacked few bank based modules ( of course with prior permission of the government ) and had won accolades for doing so. It really made my day talking to him all through for approx 30 minutes.
I alighted by saying “Terima Kasih” – thank you in Malay which he was absolutely delighted to hear. It made my day seeing the huge smile on his face. :)
Next time you take a cab, indulge in a conversation with the cabbie. You never know what interesting things you will get to learn from them and say a simple ‘Thank you’ when you alight. That will make your and their day awesome as well :)