Sunday, March 27, 2011

Amazing Poetry(Once Again)-2….

Yes, this is the continuation of the first part. I was looking for some good poetry when I read the below one. After the first read, I still was reading them again and again since I liked them so very much. One, because the poetry is amazing and second, it’s so true what is said in just two lines. So without further delay, here they are,

Naa jane kis ko pasand aa gayi hai meri aankhon ki nami,

Main hansna bhi chahoon to ye palkein bheeg jaati hain!

 

Here is its translation in English,

I don’t know who likes so much my wet eyes,

Even if I want to smile, these eyelids become wet.

 

Here is the 2nd one,

Har baar wo kyun mujhe chhod jata hai tanha,

Main mazboot to bahot hoon magar pathar to nahin!

 

And it’s translation in English,

Why does she always leaves me alone,

I am strong but still not a stone!

 

Here is the 3rd one and my most favorite,

Wajood sheeshe ka ho to patharon se muhabbat nahi karte Mohsin,

Ehsaas-e-chahat na mile to hasti bikhar jaya karti hai!

 

And it’s translation in English is,

If you existence is of glass then don’t fall in love with stones,

If one can’t find feelings of affection then the very existence of his shatters into pieces.

There is a quote, it takes two to tango. And it’s just so true. It takes nothing to be happy but it takes a lot to make someone else happy. It takes nothing to be loved but it takes so much to actually and truly love someone else. When it’s two people, its a must that the second person must also put in the same amount of efforts in doing some thing(anything) like the first person. There is nothing in this world which happens without getting up and doing it, for example, without picking up needle, its not possible to stitch torn clothes, without getting up, its not possible to complete a journey. Heck, even if you want to be in the heaven, you need to die first to make it happen. You can’t expect someone else to die for the sake of  putting you in heaven! In the same way, its not possible that rather than actually putting efforts in doing something and making things happen, all if one does is just talk about it, says that yes I shall do it yes I shall do it, things would happen on their own. To be somewhere, you have to get up, do efforts, make plan and then only its possible that you can be at that place. You can’t just sit and make plans(which you always know, are not going to work and are just good for nothing) and expect that things would work on their and when they don’t, just shrug shoulders and say, its not meant to happen. It doesn’t work like that. And if there are two people and one has done something, the least what the other person can do is to support him in his efforts and can understand that it takes a lot to do any thing (even it may not have any importance in the eyes of that person for whom it was done) and if one takes that much of pain despite of all the previous wrong things that had hurt him so much, there must be  a better reason behind it than just because he wanted to do something for his own happiness. If one tries to climb a mountain, travels across oceans to just to see someone, bears so much of pain and faces so many troubles about which he may not have shared even with anyone else and kept all just to himself, it can be just because of one reason that for the person this all is done, he must be having that much importance that all this appears to be worthy of being done despite all the efforts, troubles and pain went inside to make it happen. It hurts so much to see when you do your best to create a moment of smile for someone, try your best to make her a little happy, to see a shine in her eyes, without expecting anything else except just this that that person just understands all this. She may not even appreciates it  but just can see this much that despite all the troubles, it was all done just for her, for the love that is for her, to make her smile,  if not much just a little, and with just one wish that seeing her happy would make that stupid person a little happy too who is doing all that.  But when you see that it matters nothing for the other person and hear that all what that the other person can say is that, “it was your own wish, I didn’t ask you to do it”, it hurts! It really hurts, much more than what words can ever possibly explain! And those who has never done anything for their beloved ones, they can’t understand how these words hurt and cut the heart like a red hot knife has been used to puncture it. Lots of time it’s said, don’t expect anything but is it too much to seek just a little love, few smiles and happiness from your beloved? Is it too much to wish that just for once, someone just doesn’t say anything but actually goes ahead and does it too or at least and understands the meaning and efforts put in whatever was done for her? I guess it is actually too much to ask for when you don’t matter compared to someone’s own wishes and dreams. And if that person only doesn’t matter then neither would his love, care, affection and emotions nor would those stupid things too which he ever did. And if this happens to be case, its truly too much to expect that someone would ever understand  that what that idiot must have felt being hurt again and again again and has to see that even those tears coming from his eyes are also considered nothing but worthless drops of water, nothing less or more than that. When its not “us” but “me” for one, the other person has to pay the price and its always paid by giving your smiles, happiness, by being hurt and  being in tears. When the important goals for one always were a better career, life, education in abroad and the other things such as these two, it’s not possible for that person to see anything beyond it. And if that’s the matter,  understanding the other person, his love , his feelings, emotions, and this that what he did and why,  all doesn’t seem to be such an important thing to spend time upon. Its so easy to say that “I have to be selfish for myself, for my dreams”. Its just so easy to give pains, tears and cries to the other person, hurt him that much that he just longs for death and still to say to say to him that “there is no fault of mine, I didn’t do anything” .  But what most don’t understand that, like its said in the last poetry, if that understanding of what has been done and why is not there, that look is not there in the eyes to see the love, efforts, emotions, feelings and tears, cries of other person because those eyes are being already so busy to look for just what one wants for  her own self in the life, it shatters the other person completely and permanently and ruins his entire self for the rest of his life, puts him on a journey whose end is nothing but death. And the worse is, even while one is on the way of that journey of death, he  still has to die every moment slowly and painfully, thanks to those endless pains, tears, wounds and cries which were rewarded to him not by someone else but by his own love and just for one mistake of his that unlike his beloved, he didn’t choose to think about him first and gave his own self any priority. That because he never did bother about himself at all because he thought, its not him what matters but it’s his beloved and her smiles, happiness without knowing that even that would be considered as a crime. He never did do or think anything else beyond his love and how to make her smile and happy, to give her all the love that he could possibly has in his heart with just one wish, that as much as much as he loves his beloved, wants her to be happy and smiling, even it may take to give up his own wishes, smiles and happiness, if not that much and just a little, and just a little only, he also would get a little love, few smiles and happiness. Is it too much to wish for? May be it is because all what he got in the reward for doing all that was a label of “selfish”, “self-centered”  and a punishment to collect his own tears whenever he is with just himself, to collect broken pieces of his own heart which got shattered again and again under the feet of his beloved. All what one can do is to see that how severely and deeply,  those broken pieces of heart hurt him, bleed his soul and make the last and only gift given by his beloved too drop from the eyes drop by drop.

I always have said many times, it takes two to clap but just one to slap. Likewise, to create happiness, it takes the efforts from both the persons but to give pains, tears and cries, only one is required because the other one would have to bear it. Like it’s not ever possible to be felt by a knife how it’s penetration within heart hurts it and how deep that pain hurts, in the same way, its too easy to give pains to someone else and be happy because only who has got pains and tears has to figure out that how he has to live a life which would be a lot better if its gets over but may be even that’s too much to ask and wish for. May be its the punishment of being in a world which is of the people who think from mind than from heart, evaluate pros and cons in everything, what’s the best for them and always to give the biggest priority to themselves and to their dreams and wishes. And if there is something or someone which is going to be  in-between those wishes and dreams, it’s better to kick that obstacle or that person aside, without even bothering to look that what happened to that person and how many tears and cries are written in his fate. Doesn’t matter how much one is hurt, is in pain, how much one cries and even he dies, nothing matters because the mantra of this world and its people is that “I have to be selfish for my dreams and to make them come true”, a way of life which I never could understand and never would be able to do too. I still don’t know what is right, whether to follow the heart or the mind and to be honest, looking at the world and its people, I think those who follow the heart, its just a matter of time that they would find it being crushed and its broken pieces given as a gift to them and make them think that what’s so wrong they did, what was their fault in the first place, a question whose answer is not possible to find at least in this life time.

Friday, March 25, 2011

(Rare) Good Times….

It’s true. It’s not very often that I shall be having some fun moments and when it happens, it’s a really important thing for me. That’s the same which happened yesterday when me and my friend Sidhu went along to one, buy a cap for him, two, have a look at two malls and three, have dinner outside somewhere.

I don’t normally go anywhere when I am in the session. It’s not that I am not willing but I get so tired when I am in the session that after coming back to my hotel/guesthouse, all I want to do is to take some rest, study if needed and then try to get some sleep. But I do like to check the place and if possible, to go out if I have a chance and I can manage my work after coming back. And if I get a company of someone, the whole thing becomes really easy and fun-filled. That the same which did happen this time when I am here at Hyderabad. This time, I am having a lot of people with me here whom I don’t get a chance to meet very often which includes some of my friend very close and good friends from here. And by chance, Sidhu is also here for some work of his from last week( and is going to be here next week as well). I knew that already and when I spoke with him before coming here, we already sort of decided that we shall be going somewhere in the evenings. But unfortunately, when I reached here, I wasn’t feeling so well so I just slept off. Next day onwards, we did try to make the plans but either I was struck in something or Sidhu. So finally we did decide for sure that we shall go, no matter what. Once we decided the plan, now it was time to execute the plan.

Both me and Sidhu were working so we decided to go from office directly. Sidhu came to my office from where we decided we would go to our destination, GVK One mall. Sidhu wanted to buy a cap for him so we thought that we would look at the mall, check out some showroom for a cap and then we would move to some another place. So from my office, we went to the GVK One mall. I hadn’t been to that mall before and I found it to be a good one. We got veg-snackers from KFC and after that we checked the caps at different showrooms and as expected, we didn’t like any one of them. It was getting late and we were feeling hungry so we thought that we would check some place for dinner. Given the fact that we both are geeks, an intelligent thought came in Sidhu’s mind to use Google Maps to find some place to eat and we did find one, Barbeque Nation, a place which Sidhu told that he had tested at  Calcutta. Given the fact that he wont pick a place again if its not good, we started walking towards it, obviously using the maps. We did find the place and also, a table also for us (it was fully packed). Once we made ourselves comfortable, we were struck by a surprise news and that was that there was only a buffet system which was being offered there and one was not allowed to place his own choice of meals. Well, not something that we wanted so we just left. In front of us, it was  Hyderabad City Centre mall. We actually thought to go there after dinner but now we had to go there now as our last hope to find some place to dine. About the mall, well it’s a good one but somehow, I didn’t like the design of it much but that’s me. Now, it was my turn to suggest some place and in that mall, there was Sahib Sindh Sultan which I checkout out at Banglore with a friend of mine. Needless to say, I did like the place and obviously the food as well. So we both decided to check it out and and gladly, I did find both, the place and the food the same as I found it back at Banglore. After having a really good dinner, we finally started for our guesthouses.

It was a great fun to be with Sidhu and to forget for some time all the tensions and pains for some time. I shall be here for the next week as well leaving me with a weekend free. Let’s see if I can find some good way to spend it :) .

I was going to close the post with the note that it was a really good time spent, something which is rare for me to experience but I guess, there was the last cherry on the cake which was missing when I am sitting and counting good times. And that came when I got a call from Sidhu to tell me that India has won the match against Australia in the quarter finals of the world cup 2011 and have made the Australian team pack their bags and fly back to home. Also, I think, it’s the end of the captaincy of Ricky Ponting ( Australian cricket team captain) as well. Well, those who know me really well, they are aware about the fact that I don’t like cricket much, not a big fan of it and never was. Still, the news made me REALLY happy! I did switch on the tv to watch the highlights and it was a terrific win indeed. Talk about rare good times, I think, this is a really good and rare one, at least for me indeed! Time to be on the bed now because I still have a working day tomorrow waiting for me. Hope the good times continue for me there in the session as well!

Before I close the post, here is the link (to an already existing album) to some of the random pics that I took from my phone. Signing off!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Why I Am Not At There….

I got a call from home today evening about something which is very important but has landed up in trouble. There is an issue that has come up and has disturbed all back at home and needless to mention, I am also so much tensed. If I would be there, I would had made sure to do all to sort the things out but since I am not there, all I could do was just to tell all to be calm. I hope the issue gets resolved asap and also this that I can be back asap to check over things. I don’t get to say often but yes, doing the job that involves so much of travel and keeps you away from home, at times is just so hard to do, it really is!

A True Statement-2….

Just a quick post to share something that I just read and found it absolutely true. Have a read,

It’s not very common that a guy would be in tears, especially for a girl. But when a guy cries for a girl, it means no one can love that girl more than him!

Trust me, it’s absolutely true!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

A True Statement….

At times, a really hard truth is said in just few words and that’s what I read just now. Have a read,

A person who truly loves you will never let you go, no matter how hard the situation is!

It takes nothing to leave someone in tears for your own dreams, wishes like career, study in abroad but it takes a lot to hold someone’s hand and keep holding it doesn’t matter what happens! Unfortunately, there are not many now in this world who dare to do the later part because now a days, thinking from mind has become more important than from heart and mind always decides based on profit and loss count, thus never going towards loss or trouble. But (stupid) heart doesn’t look into anything like that and keeps doing what mind won’t ever approve in the first place thus resulting, finally ending up being crushed into millions of pieces of none else but it’s own. And those who listen to heart than mind, they end up sitting in the corners of their rooms, hiding their face with their hands, their eyes filled with tears and thinking that what so wrong they did by listening to their heart and is it really a wrong thing to forget about your own loss and profit and do things which just “feels” right to do?

What else can I say more except this that the above quoted statement is just absolutely true!

Happy Me and Happy Holi To All Of You….

First of all, I wish you all a very happy Holi( you can check another link as well) . I guess there is some confusion about when it is this year because some are saying that’s its today and some are saying that it’s tomorrow. The official holiday is tomorrow so I hope, most would be celebrating it tomorrow only. But whenever it may be, I still wish you all a very happy and colorful Holi and I hope you would celebrate it with your friends and family in full swing. I am not at my home and that goes without saying that I am missing not being there but still, the condition that I am right now, I guess, it was a good decision not to travel back to home and then again travel the next day to the destination where I am going tomorrow. There is a change of my program due to which I shall be on the travel. Actually there are couple of changes which did happen in the traveling schedule of mine and the last change came out to be the final one. Its a bit confusing but I shall try to explain still.

After my last program at Banglore, I was supposed to extend the program there only. That’s what was planned initially. Then I got a call that there is a messed up program for which I am supposed to go to Delhi and handle it. After knowing what happened and who is the client, well, I shall be honest, I was really tensed. Though I had handled the same module couple of times but still, there was this nervous feeling within me. Anyways, so initially, there was a five day program which I had to handle. But then, something happened and it got changed to  3 day program which was starting from Wednesday(of this week). Thanks to this, I got a little free time(which turned out to be a really busy time though but still was so good :)) at home. So after that, finally, it was time for me to travel and to start the program. As I mentioned, the moment I stepped in, it became evident that the nervous feeling wasn’t just like and there are all the reasons for me to feel it. Though the delegates were really friendly, co-operative, still, I can’t say that it was a piece of cake for me to get through. Just I know how did I make myself come out from the module using all of the technical knowledge that I have. It proved to be a lot LOT harder but still, all is well that ends well and fortunately, I got some REALLY good comments and rating from the delegates. I won’t put the rating and the comments here but both are really good and given the client and it’s profile, I have been told that it’s quite an achievement for me to get that kind of rating. Am I happy? Surely I am. It’s always good to see that you have been awarded with some good and kind words when you have really worked so hard for it. So thanks a lot all who were there in the session. It was a pleasure to meet you all and discuss some things with you all related to Oracle. I hope I shall see you all very soon in some another program.

Coming back to the travel schedule shuffling which did happen, as I said, I was originally going to stay at Banglore but then was sent to Delhi. Now after this, I had a program starting next week at another location(where I am going tomorrow). BUT, when I landed up Delhi, I got the news that because of a very crucial program starting next week at Delhi itself, I am now swapped on a special demand to be at Delhi only. Obviously, the program of the other location was now to be given to someone else. I wasn’t too happy from this(though I was happy that I shall be at Delhi where I come very very less often) because I really wanted to go that other location and want to meet some very close friends of mine. It’s been a long time that I have met them and I was really looking forward to see them. When there are people who are really happy to know that you are coming to see them, it just makes you so happy too when you are that location unlike to see this that even when you did go through from so many troubles to travel so far to see someone just to see that it doesn’t matter at all, neither when you are there nor when you are back and the worst is, you are told that whatever all you did, it was only “just for you and for yourself” . Anyways, so I wasn’t happy but work is work and being called specially for a program means a lot so I just made up my mind that I shall be with my friends Ankit, Preet and Gurjeet at Delhi. All was looking fixed un till last evening when I came to know that the program of next week at Delhi is cancelled. Hmm okay no probs, I said to myself because I was thinking that I shall go for the actually scheduled program of mine. But then I came to know that that program is now assigned to someone else leaving me free for almost 10 days. Hmm okay, well you lose some and you get some. I wasn’t going to meet my friends and won’t be working but still, I would be at home with family so it was actually a very good thing. BUT then again, I got another call that the person who was going to do the program as my replacement, is now struck up in something else so it’s me only who would be now going for it. Confused? Well, it' is a little confusing for sure. Anyways, the bottom line is that I am now going for the same program for which I was originally assigned and was going for and the travel for it would start tomorrow. There is another small change of travel schedule that I myself did though.

If you have read the last post, you must be knowing that I have got my right elbow really badly hit along with a wound over it making it almost impossible to move even an inch too. One can imagine the pain from this that I can’t even put the elbow on the solid surface and has to keep  it on some pillow or something delicate. I didn’t notice before but I realized the other night that I have got my lower left leg and foot also hit very severely. Also, I have a hairline fracture on my left elbow joint (thanks to a very old but VERY severe accident) which has started hurting so badly , I don’t know why. Needless to say that due to this, I am not in a very good condition to travel so much. And just to remind that I am having very severe pain in my left ear and throat for god-knows-what reasons. When I came to know that I am having a week free, I decided to go back to home. But when I came to know that I am now again going to travel on Sunday, my mom asked me very strongly not to travel at all in such condition for just a day to come to home and stay at Delhi only. I was already at the bus-stand when I got the call from her. Though I was very keen to come back, even if it was for just a day,I agreed to what she said and took a return cab. It turned out to be a good decision because the pain in the elbow became really so much and I was feeling feverish (may be because of the pain only) too. So  I am now here at Delhi only with Ankit and Preet. Its been a long time since we have all been together (still Sidhu is not here as he is also traveling) so we shall try to go somewhere in evening. Hope we would have some fun and in that,I can forget some of the pains, both of outside and inside , for some moments.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Sleepless….

I should have been on bed now and sleeping. There is a really tough session that I am handling right now which has become even more tougher since there is just so much of pain that I am having in my throat and left ear for reason that only god must be knowing. I can’t turn my neck around even easily and if I push myself to, the pain is more than what words can tell. And the icing on the cake is that the mind is just lost in so many thoughts. I wish I could find some sleep, peace and smiles from somewhere, anywhere but seems like that it’s wishing too much!

Update:

I guess I really did wish too much and may be god is really having a lot of quota of pain for me. I guess, the pain already within heart and the recent one, within ear and throat wasn’t enough because have got the right elbow hit severely in the morning with a deep cut which did bleed a lot and also the left knee, which got hit and is hurting equally badly like the elbow. And irony is, today’s day at the session is one of the toughest days in this entire module. Oh well!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Busy Days….

Yes, I am being really busy. There are tons of things that I am handling, doing at this moment and despite being so tired doing all of those things, it still makes me feel so satisfied and happy because all of those things are for my sister.

As I mentioned in my last post, I was out for the whole day yesterday for shopping and there was nothing that I wanted to get for myself. It was all for Gunjan that I wanted to and was needed to buy for. Okay, may be I did get a little bit of something for me as well to be really honest. What was it? Well, a hair cut :) . Yes, since I am leaving tomorrow and what I knew about my schedule( which I came to know today is a little changed now) that I was going to be away for long( I am still going to be but not too far and not in a stretch) so I thought that I shall get a hair cut. Once free from there, a quest to find a specific dress for Gunjan(I wont mention what right now). That was something which I thought would be a relatively easy process but proved to be a lot harder, especially when I was liking everything that I was seeing but it was all getting rejected by Gunjan and her one of the closest friends Rekha.

We started from one very big store who had a lot of variety. The sales guys were very responsive and I must say, good at their work. But gunjan told me that they were not showing anything good. So she finally told who she is(she is a really big person in her own field, believe it or not, a really known figure) and whom she has worked with. Hearing of which, instantly the whole scenario changed. The sales guys were now more alert in what they were saying and showing. After a long time spent there with Gunjan trying out many of the different designs, finally both she and Rekha declared that they want to look for some more designs but at some other place. They had selected some designs which they mentioned that they liked but they were not “perfect” or “different” . Well, I was the “bank” and I really don’t know much about that stuff so I all I could was to hear the experts and follow their lead and that’s exactly what I did too. It was time to go for the next store, another big one and pre-decided by Gunjan, Rekha.

The other store was also as bigger as the last one and like the last one, here also , couple of guys were helping us or rather Gunjan and Rekha to pick what they would eventually like. The sales guys there used a different approach(in their own words) and mentioned that they would show nothing but the best so that there would be less confusion to pick the stuff finally. So they displayed very less variety( which actually went against them in the last, thanks to the picky nature of Gunjan and Rekha) for the dress. Even then, there were two designs which all three did like a lot. After narrowing down to two designs, both Gunjan and Rekha few sarees as well and I must say, those were really really good. The sales guys must had thought they made it today but little did they know that whom they were dealing with. When it was time to pay, Gunajan stopped me and told the sales people that she would only pick sarees and nothing else. Upon being asked, why, she just mentioned that she would need to look at other places before she would actually pick something. It was so good to see the faces of the salesmen at that time. I am sure that they must wanted to pull their hair out( or may be wanted to pull our hair out ;-) ) . Well, there was nothing they could do and in no time, we were out and on our way to the third show room.

The third show room, like the last two, was also a very big showroom and as per the staff, they were very new and had the latest and greatest of the designs with them. Well, no design is good enough as long as it is not represented well and that's the part where the sales force of the this show room really really failed. We all really did feel that the sales staff wasn’t really keen to sell and was lost in some sort of ego. They did show us few designs which were good but looking at the way we were getting treated, we finally decided to make a move. It was also very late for lunch so I thought to take Gunjan and Rekha to Mainland China for some snacks. Well, both the gals sort of liked the place. Okay, they did like the “place” very much but not the food and I must mention here, we didn’t eat the “normal” Chinese food there like noodles or something like that. We ‘tried’ some of the “signature dishes” of Mainland China ( in vegetarian) and soft drinks( none of us drink) . Soft drink, which was actually a blend of many things was a hit :) . But the food, it got mixed opinion and for one dish, it was called just “bad” and the entire blame for ordering it came over me :( . Well, if you do ask me, it wasn’t (so) bad at all. It was good and it was different. Anyways, we were full and after giving tip to the attendant(for which I was forced by Gunjand) , we finally left the place. It was time to visit the next showroom and fortunately, that turned out to be the last which we visited. Everything there worked great, the staff, the designs, the price, it was all just perfect and needless to mention, we finally did get what we were looking for. As I said before, my major role was to pay but I too liked the design and above all, Gunjan was really happy and that’s something which I want to see all the time.

It was time to now buy some other stuff which was for men(no, again not for me) which would be used in the gifts. We were planning to go somewhere but then stopped at a nearby mall. Well, the mall really needs a lots of renovation to be done over it but gladly, we did find what we were looking for. It was time to get some more stuff but for that, we needed to go to an another mall. We did find what we were looking for and finally, it was time to go back. On our way, we stopped at a place to buy slippers for my mom. While we were looking at a suitable pair for her, I decided to get one for Rekha as well. She is a really nice gal and is having a terrible personal life. Just few months back, her father passed away and the rest of the family is not really so good to her. Gunjan tells me all the time that she is always so happy and always asks, when is Aman Bhaiya( elder brother) is coming back? She has been there always there for Gunjan and treats her like elder sister only and for me, she is just like my second younger sister. So I asked her to select  a pair for herself too. She kept on saying no Bhaiya but then Gunjan also asked her so finally, she selected one. Gunjan later told me today that Rekha was in tears but she was very happy and for me, thats all what counts, to see those whom I care and love happy and smiling. And when that person is someone whom I treat as my sibling, it becomes so important and mandatory that he/she must be happy because that’s what elders are meant for, to make the younger ones smile. We finally dropped her back at her home and we also came back. It was a long day but still, there was one more round which was pending, which came today.

Me and Gunjan left today to get some stuff for her. She asked me to get something for me as well but I said no. She asked me to check a new mall which has been open here from few weeks only, MBD Neopolis. She asked me to get a new pair of shoes. Though I do want to but I still didn’t approve the idea. Well, there is nothing you can do when you are dragged to the place and that’s what happened with me as well. Finally, we were in the showroom. I did see the designs but there was nothing which I did like. Just when we were about to leave, Gunjan picked on t-shirt and asked me to try it. Well, I had to, there was no other choice for me. Beyond doubt, it was a good one but I didn’t want to get it. It’s not me who is important and for whom we came to do shopping. And I said the same to her as well but she said, no we need to get this t-shirt. Well, as I said, I was out of the options so I did get it. We sat at an eating joint and did talk about couple of things, people. It was getting late and we had a long list of to-do so we had to move. The next stop was another showroom from where we had to buy something( I am deliberately keeping the things hidden) for her. Fortunately, we did get a good deal and the product so we bought it. While coming from home, all asked me to get a new traveling suitcase because my old one is now almost on the verge of being retired. But I said no since it’s still working. So I wasn’t really convinced that I need a new suitcase. Again, for the same reason mentioned above, we decided to look for it. After a lots of research and visiting 3 showrooms, we finally picked one which was Gunjan’s choice. Finally,it was time to come back.

I should had taken a rest when we reached home. But I had an Apple mac book pro that my colleague had bought, on which he wanted me to install Windows along with a dual boot to Mac. It appears to be easy and it’s really is too when you have all the media (for drivers and all) with you to go ahead. When you are not having it, you are just so limited in doing things and that’s what happened with us. After spending hours, cracking our heads, me and my friend , finally did install the Windows 7 over the machine. Still, there are couple of device drivers which we couldn’t install simply because we didn’t have them but it’s in the working condition and that’s what was asked from me to make possible.

I am done now with most of the things that I was supposed to manage. From tomorrow, its starting of a very tough session. Hope it goes fine. Pray for me all and wish me luck because I really do need it. Its time to sleep now so adios :) .

Monday, March 14, 2011

Back With Smile On The Face….

Yes, I’m back after a grilling yet exciting session. What seemed to be a long week, turned out that it was one of the best sessions that I have conducted.

There was nothing exciting in the travel besides that  I was going to take my flight from Chandigarh which is just 2 hours away from my place. So going there by bus doesn’t seem like a burden at all for me. It takes almost 7-8 hours for me otherwise to travel from my place to New Delhi via bus, comparing that with the two hours of travel seems like no travel to me. The flight takes almost 3.5 hours from there but thanks to the delays in the departure( due to numerous reasons out of which few actually sound genuine) , it takes about 5 hours from the actual scheduled time. But that’s still acceptable to me compared to the 10-12 hours of the time that I spend(waste) even before I reach the airport at New Delhi. Though the flight is not a low-cost carrier but still, there is no free food that’s served within the flight. If you want it, you can buy it. But normally I avoid doing so because one, its too costly. Second, I prefer to eat proper food and not the sandwiches etc and the proper food is what I already pre-order to my hotel. So its not much fun within the flight but still, there is a tons of fun that’s there in the module and definitely, from the participation and enthusiasm shown by them always and this time also, it was not different.

I always believe that it’s the delegates which make a session really lively. Though some may argue that its something which depends on the presenter but still, IMO, a major part is controlled and managed by the delegates, by that audience within the session. And I am fortunate that I have always met very nice, friendly and cooperative delegates. The number of delegates that I had in my session this time was probably the highest that I had ever in any of my sessions, 19! Still, even being such large in number and also coming from very diverse backgrounds, all the delegates shared one common thing that all were very nice, friendly and keen to know more and more about the topic and were also very cooperative to me while I was trying to discuss the module and it’s details with them. And with these qualities, they made the whole session very lively and fun filled, something which pushes me so much more to go ahead and discuss as much as I can with the delegates. Besides being so energetic, few of the delegates found some things about me as well and said to me in-person some really kind words as well, something which were one of major reasons for me to come back with a big smile on my face.

Those who know  me well, must be aware about this fact that I am not a sort of person who likes to talk about himself or tells about himself in lots of detail. I normally prefer to keep a low profile and except telling some really important things about me, I normally skip the other things which in terms of professional achievements are big and should be told(as told to me by couple of people) . But this time, few delegates did find out those things(like this that I am an Oracle ACE) and they were very happy to know those things. When we were sitting in-person outside the class. they talked to me about this and told me how happy they were to know about all this and also that I am there in the session. In addition to these, they also mentioned that I am a really nice, friendly and kind person etc etc. Well, trust me, I really feel so shy when I hear such things about me that I am so good because I don’t think I am! What credits that I have got is that I am a stubborn, not so good (or let’s just say bad only), non-undestanding person who just thinks about himself and does all what he does only for himself.  But I think when you are in a world full of people who think from brain and not from heart, in other words “practically”, who care just about their career, dreams of study in abroad, a better life, you can’t get anything better than such credits. So when you hear really nice words for you, it just feels a little strange and surprisingly pleasant.   To be honest, it feels great to hear such words for you which are really genuine as well. Besides these, on the last day of the session, I spent some time having tea and snacks with few delegates who mentioned to me that that they had attended already couple of sessions but they could see the difference between mine and other sessions very clearly. As per their words, they could see the passion within my eyes and talks that I have for oracle database and in general, within my attitude. Well, what I can say except this that I like what I do and though I don’t know anything about Oracle database but still, I am very much interested and fascinated by it. So it’s always great for me to talk about it with others to make them learn what I do and to improve myself too from the questions and doubts that are asked by the delegates. That’s all I have in my mind all the time. When I heard these so kind words for me, I was really really happy. While going back, all asked about my contact details as well which is a sign that people did like me and appreciate that little what I know about Oracle database. Thanks so much guys, I really and truly appreciate all the kind words of yours and I hope that I shall meet you soon in some another program.

After a really good session, I am back now. There is a little change of the plans for the next schedule. I have spent the entire day today doing shopping(no, not for me but for my sister) which was a great thing to do and made me really feel happy. I shall talk about it tomorrow because at the moment, my eyes are struggling to stay open :) .

Friday, March 11, 2011

Amazing Poetry(Once Again)….

I just read two amazing poetries, something which is so simple,yet so deep and sad and needless to say that I liked both so much. So here they go with their English translation coming along as well,

Palkon k bandhan tod kar daaman par aa gira,

Ek aansoon mere sabr ki tauheen kar gaya!

 

And it’s translation is,

After breaking the boundaries of my eyes, one tear rolled down and fell in my lap,

That one tear did insult my patience.

 

And here is the 2nd one,

Uski aankhon mein nazar aata hai saara jahan mujh ko,

Sirf khud ko us ki aankhon mein kabhi dhoondh na paya!

 

And it’s translation in English,

I have seen the entire world in her eyes,

Its just me whom I could never find in her eyes.

 

What do I say except this that both are so true,so sad and just amazing, aren't they?

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Capricorn/Aquarius Cusp Facts….

Yes, that’s me. And here are some facts about this combination of sun-signs (thanks to zodiac facts) for this),

1. Capricorn/Aquarius cusps are involved with and interested in social institutions. They want to make them work as they were meant to work.
2. They are humanitarians and philanthropists, the visionaries of the Zodiac.
3. Friendship is important to them, and they have many acquaintances, in addition to their close friends.
4. These people are also ambitious and disciplined, determined and dedicated to achieving their goals. They are practical, realistic and cautious not to get in over their heads.
5. Capricorn/Aquarius work hard to bring their ideas to fruition, stubbornly refusing to give up their causes. This may appear as a Capricorn trait, but it is actually representative of the fixed quality of Aquarius.
6. The cardinal quality of Capricorn is seen in their ambition and their willingness to embark on new projects. These people are independent and individualistic, within the world but detached from it. While they are peace-loving and friendly, they can be narrow-minded and overcritical of those not as ambitious as they are.
7. Saturn is about discipline, hard work and responsibility. It rules both Capricorn and Aquarius; Capricorn is the feminine, or night aspect, and Aquarius is the masculine, or day aspect. Both signs are concerned with achieving goals through hard work, but Aquarius work hard to achieve their visions, while Capricorns use hard work to gain authority and social status.
8. Some Aquarius have genius that borders on insanity, and their progressive ideas and association with anything that is different makes them dissimilar from Capricorn. Although Capricorn/Aquarius are powerfully influenced by both Uranus and Saturn. Those born on this cusp are both unpredictable and unconventional, while being interested in upholding tradition and conservative belief systems.
9. This cusp are tolerant and broad-minded, they tend to stick to their beliefs. Their intellect makes them logical and self-confident, but it may also make them aloof from the people around them. They are original, offbeat and even eccentric, but they are also rather bored by detail.
10. They are often business-oriented and can be extremely scrupulous. Reformist and experimental, they may also seem cold toward anyone who doesn’t share their intellectual orientation to life.
11. Capricorn/Aquarius are among the responsible and traditional sign combination's. They are generally reserved, careful and stable.
12. Sometimes they may be overly critical, even bossy, but this is because they have a strong desire to achieve their goals, not because they are rude. In fact, they are generally polite because they understand that making enemies will not help them achieve anything in life.
13. They tend to be multitalented, both in scientific and creative endeavors.
14. They are unique and rebellious, driven to change the world. Their freedom is important to them, and they are often driven to help others become free as well.
15. They are quite the social animals and often have a fondness for conversation, as long as it has intellectual depth and meaning.
16. The great strength of the Capricorn/Aquarius is in their ability to set goals and keep working until they achieve them. Their ambition is inexhaustible, and they are not easily deterred when their goals are in sight.
17. Their visionary nature makes them people who take the world to the next level; they make others see things in a new light.
18. Their ability to break the rules and move beyond what others think is possible makes them one of the most innovative and hard working characters of the zodiac.

I can relate to many of the above said things and for few,I don’t know. I can’t say that I am eccentric or narrow minded but yes, I am very strict in following and obeying some principles and that doesn’t matches I guess with what people of this world normally does. How? Well, for example, I don’t understand that how and why, some people of this world who just think about their own dreams, goals,study in abroad,  careers, happiness and what just they want and need. Unlike people who give fake promises despite knowing that they are never going to fulfill them, if I shall say something, I shall do it doesn’t matter what and how severe I may have to pay for it,  either at that time or in the future. And this, many times, doesn’t sync well with most of the people of this world who think about themselves only rather than thinking about anything and/or anyone else. I always have said and believed this that’s it’s just so easy to do something for your own but it takes a lot to do something, in fact anything, for someone else and when people don’t understand this, its impossible for them to understand what someone else did for them and how? I guess, if this is considered to be “eccentric” , well rather than being “selfish” , I would be happy to be one!

Its Tough….

To work, when you are are not feeling well. And that’s the same is my condition right now. Only I know how I am pushing myself to come for the session, deliver it and go back. And  if you add to fever, cold , endless painful thoughts which are the rewards of your stupidities awarded by some nears and dears, it’s like someone has taken away your heart and still is asking you to be alive. Sigh, not sure what to do except to just keep pushing myself till I wont collapse for forever and tell you what, I can see it happening soon.

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

An Excellent Tour….

I am back from my Thailand tour. Contrary to what I thought, it came out to be an excellent trip and for this, a big thanks goes to two people, one my travel guy and second to Piya, a BIG travel guy whom I met at Thailand. I wanted to write parts of this tour while being there only but at the end of the day, I was just so tired that I couldn’t even get up to do so. I wanted to write about it as soon as I got back but thanks to fever and cold, I couldn’t do that too. But since the trip actually came out to be really nice, I wanted to write about it before I would forget the details, I thought I shall do it today so here it goes!

I always travel alone. There is never that I am with someone or someone is with me when I am on a business travel. This time also, it wasn’t going to be any different. But this changed all of a sudden when I got a call that my travel guy is also going to accompany me. He wanted to meet some of his Thai alliances there and also wanted to do some shopping, at least this is what he told me on the phone in the starting. Later, when we were in the plane, he told me that he wanted to come along because he had  a feeling that my last overseas trip didn’t go so well and I am really upset. He said he won’t ask anything but he wanted to ensure that I can get some smiles in this trip. What more I can say than this it was so touching to hear it. How ironic it is that even being a business associate, he thought so much about me but for those, whom I actually went to some place so far, it didn’t matter at all ! In fact, I just got the tears and cries in return and they couldn’t even wait for me to get back to start giving me punishments for this with saying that this is something which is just I wanted to do myself! Anyways, so that’s the reason that this time, I got a company while doing the traveling.

The flight was  in the morning at 4am. If you know me(and if you don’t, you must know and remember this) than you must be aware about this fact that I never get late. I shall be at the place right on the time, doesn’t matter what happens. And I HATE those people who get late and then come and give excuses for being so. You want to mess up a meeting with me, just be late and congratulations, you have already done a good job to spoil my mood. And this applies to all, no one is exempted from this. The same happened this time too. I was at the airport right at about 12:30am, the time which me and the travel guy decided for meeting outside the departure gate. But there was no sign of him anywhere. I called him but he didn’t pick up. It was really cold outside and he specially asked me not to go inside without him. Well, it’s okay , I can wait outside but I must know for how long right and that’s why I called him. Well, he called me back after some 10 minutes and told that he would be there “soon” . And that “soon” happened after almost an hour and a half. Yes right, he reached by 2am and guess on whom, the blame went to? Yep, the traffic! I hate it if you ask me. I always tell the same to the delegates too, tell me something else, like you got kidnapped, your car got stolen, something interesting and other than traffic. But that’s the same that I get to hear all the time and it leaves me wondering all the time that how come I don’t see that “traffic” and get late myself? Never mind. So finally we met and entered in the departure hall. Be it whatever time, Delhi airport is always packed with lots of people and if you don’t know yet, the Delhi international airport is world’s 8th largest airport. So seeing it busy is just a normal thing. We were flying through the Cathay Pacific airline (one of my favorites). After getting free from the check-in it was time to go for immigration. Normally, I never have to spend more than 5 minutes there but this time, it was different. Not because there was any trouble but because after the immigration officer read my departure form, started asking me about my work( I mentioned IT Consultant) . He told me that his daughter has done her masters in the same so I should guide him that what she should do? Ironic isn’t it because I myself don’ know what to do :) . Still, I did try to give him some advice based on whatever I have learned with my experience so far in this industry and I just hope that it would help his daughter in some way. After noting down my number and email, he wished me good luck and let me go :) . In all this while, my travel guy was scared like hell thinking that what’s wrong :) . I told him already, don’t be scared because I don’t get scared from any of such things but he still got scared so much. He asked me what happened and to answer it, I just said nothing with a ;-) . We were done from all the formalities and it was just an hour left for the departure. We were hungry but there wasn’t any time to eat because any moment there could be announcement of the flight. So I just bought a cup of coffee and guess what, as soon as I got it, the boarding was announced. Finally, after doing a long walk, we were at the gate and boarded the flight which was jam packed. We were all set to go to Thailand, country where I went for the very first time when I left home for the very first for my very first air travel. Thailand, here I come for the 3rd time to you.

The flight time was about four hours and most of which, I spent in sleep. When we reached the airport and got done from all the formalities, my travel guy told me that a person with the name Piya is coming to pick us up from the airport. We were waiting outside the airport but there was no one there. Suddenly a guy approached us with a name plate which had our names mentioned and asked our names. Guess what, both of us have the same name, yep , Aman only :) . He told us that Piya couldn’t come to the airport and he will meet us in the hotel. He called Piya and made us talk to him as well. No problem, we said and we sat in the car to move towards our hotel. The hotel where we were about to stay, was Centre Point which comes under the premier range of hotels in Thailand. Me and the travel guy were going to stay in a service apartment within the hotel. When we reached, Piya was already waiting for us. A tall, very BIG but extremely knowledgeable and funny guy he is. The travel guy and he started talking over about the business of travel and other such things. By the time, his associate, Rat(yep that was her name) also arrived and joined us. It was about an hour since we were talking. In between, my travel guy asked me that what’s the plan I have in mind for today since we reached at the hotel by 12pm. I said that  I would study for some time and then probably will catch some sleep. He suggested that we can go out to see some places like gem factory of Bangkok and Nana station. I had seen gem factory before but still, at that time, I was alone so I said, sure no problem, we can do it. In the meanwhile, Piya asked me the same question and I gave him the same answer. Rat told us that she has to meet some client of Piya at Pattaya so if we are okay, we all can accompany her. I am sure anyone who has heard about Thailand, must have heard about Pattaya as well because it is famous for its night life. I had never been there before despite traveling to Thailand twice before. But there was a small trouble that I had to go to work the next morning. But Piya and Rat assured me that they would bring me back on time so that I can get some sleep, hearing which I said yes. We quickly got ready and started a travel for almost 2 hours in Piya’s car.

Pattaya, as I said, is famous for its night life, its walking street, its beaches, massage parlors (which offer you much more than just massage) , it’s Alcazar show of lady boys and definitely, shopping. We reached there quite early so we had enough time to explore the places, hotels and eating places. Since I had Piya, Rat and my travel guy, I got a free pass with them to check out all the most costly and big eating places and hotels for free and at everywhere, we were treated like VIP guests. I must say, anyone who thinks that they can get a better deal of hotels and eating places either from their own or from their travel agents are not aware that what is actually available and this includes me also. I wasn’t aware about so many hotels, their actual ratings and who offers actually what had I not got a chance to roam around with these three travel experts. Once done from exploring these places, we did a walk on the beach road, checked the Central Festival mall. I took couple of pictures from my iPod. It was about night time so my travel guy suggested me to come along with him to the walking street. What more I can say than this that whatever people say, if its not 100% true, its still very much correct about the walking street. The places indeed offers tons of things to those who have interest in such things. When you are walking there, on every second step, you would be approached by the brokers who would offer to take you to “live shows” , “boom boom” and what not! And if you are not interested in spending money, you can have a good look at many things happening just while walking across the street. My travel guy wanted me to see some of the  most “happening” places where he has a special entry because being a big travel industry businessman but I said may be some other time because it was getting late and I didn’t come to Thailand on vacation but for work and back of mind, it was striking that I have to go tomorrow to office for a tough module and make sure that it goes fine. We did sit for some time on the beach. I was just lost in thoughts while the travel guy was busy checking out the gals over there who were “professionals” . One did come to me as well and asked “why no smile” to which I just smiled. My travel guy seemed to be willing to spend the night there in some 5-star hotel but I had my office the next day so he had no other choice but to get back to Bangkok.  So after spending some 6 hours at Pattaya, we finally moved back towards Bangkok. It was already quite late when we reached the hotel. But I decided to study for some time and slept quite late. I always have butter flies in my stomach before I have to start a new session and this time also, it was the same. With a hope that all would be fine, I slept off.

I was supposed to handle a very tough module this time. And since my hotel was a little far from my work place, I decided to move very early to the office. My office was at Crowne Plaza. Though it wasn’t very far but still, I had a real tough time to tell to the cab drivers( which change every day) that where I want to go. I had to call my local coordinator for two consecutive days to explain the cab drivers about it. Anyways, I had two delegates in my class who were not from Thailand but came there especially for this training session. I must say, both were very friendly, cooperative and intelligent. We had a great time on all the three days discussing Oracle, Linux and non-technical things. They kindly offered me to come along with them for lunch and also bought it for me. It was a very nice time that I spend with them and I hope they also were not disappointed meeting me and having me as an instructor for them.  We captured a picture of us together which you can see in the album. It was a great time that I spent with them and I shall be looking forward to meet them both at some other program and hopefully, at their own location very soon.

On the first day, when I came back from the session, the travel guy told me that he wants to buy a laptop and since I am supposed to know about it all when it comes to computers and IT, he wants me to come along with him. I was so tired but still I said yes. He said that he had already looked around at couple of places and he knows the shop where we would get one. He wanted to buy one from Apple and he said that there is a store at Siam Paragon. Well, I had  no idea so I just said that take me there and we shall see. He said that he has already checked at Pantip Plaza and those guys don’t have it. Never mind, I said to him and we went towards the mall. Our hotel was just in front of this mall(Pantip) and besides it, there is Platinum Fashion mall which is a wholesale mall. Now, I left for office at about 7am (and I did the same for all the subsequent days as well) because the traffic in that place, being the business hub, is really worse in the morning and evening peak hours and I was really so much tired and hungry as well since I didn’t have anything because I was fasting. So I had no mood to go anywhere, not even for this laptop purchase too. But since he urged so much so I said okay. On our way to the mall, since we were walking, the travel guy suggested that we should have a look at the Platinum mall as well. Now, that mall has some 2000+ shops within it and its a nightmare to walk into when its in full swing. I said no but he was very much inclined to have a look because he wanted to buy something for his wife. Okay, I said and we went inside it too. After roaming there for almost an hour, finally we started walking towards the Siam Paragon and guess what, he forgot the way towards it and later, that where is the shop? Despite asking to several people, who suggested where it is, he kept on telling me that all are wrong and made walk, climb stair, escalators so much. Finally, thanks to that gal at the information counter, we did find the store. After spending so much time there, asking about the models and all, we finally selected a laptop. After getting free from all the formalities about it, the travel guy asked me to come along to have a look at the mall. My feet were already having so much of pain and I had no mood to do anymore walk since I had to come back and study as well. So I said, we shall just move out and while going towards exit, we shall look whatever will be on our way. I am sure it must have pist him off but if I am struck at a point, that’s it! Its not possible to make me deviate from it. So he had no other choice but to agree with me. The store was also about to close and they were asking us to go out since they had to close. I must say, in Thailand or may be at Bangkok, people are somewhat crazy about Apple. Almost all who I saw, they had iphone with them. I saw the sale of ipad happening like hot cake in the apple store and people were still keep on coming to ask about it even when the store was about to close. Well, not really sure the reason but I was surprised for sure. Finally, we took a tuktuk (which was driven like a jet) and made us get to our hotel. I studied for a while and finally, slept off. I was told by the travel guy that in-house buffet from the hotel is really good and I must check it and that’s why my plan was for the next morning.

Next day( day 2) like the previous day, my morning started quite early as I had to leave by 7am.  So after getting ready,  quickly check the buffet, had some fruit and tea and left. I had asked me hotel to call a cab for me and also told them to describe the office location to the cab driver as well. Now, I dont know what they did tell him but he couldn’t find my office. The previous day also, same thing happened and I had to call my local coordinator to tell the cab driver where he has to go. Its fun to interact when the language is totally not known to you but it’s a nightmare when you are time bound and must reach somewhere on time and must reach before others so that you can actually tell them that they are late :) . Somehow, even after making the cab driver( he was not the same from the previous day) to talk to my coordinator again, he still couldn’t find the address. He kept on driving to some other side and I was so sure that he has taken a wrong move. Then I asked him to stop nearby a traffic cop who I think, scolded him for being so off track and told him the way. Finally, I reached my office after some 50minutes which otherwise wouldn’t take more than 15 minutes but still, I was not late :) . It was just 8am and there was still one hour before I had to start the class. The guys got late actually since they forgot to put the alarm(I think thats what they told me) so we started at about 10am. But it was all good still. We all went for a lunch and as I said before, they kindly bought it for me as well. Piece of advice of those who don’t drink and don’t eat non-veg , its a tough thing to find food for you when you are traveling to places like Thailand and so. So be very careful when you order something and if you don’t want even fish oil to be used for cooking  like me, ask for “zen food” or “budha food” which is going to be absolutely pure vegetarian. Anyway, on lunch, we all did a great deal of talk. One of the delegates is going to get married soon and another one was already married and it was a love marriage. So we were talking about all the things related to it. The crust of that talk comes out to be the same as like always, it depends on both to make a love marriage happen. If one is thinking about both and another is thinking about herself only, there is only thing can happen and that is that the other stupid person would end up in tears. The other person, who is thinking about herself only would not have any troubles because she never had any plans to do anything like that. And then the talks deviated to the after effects of marriage, something with which I dont have any hands-on experience with me and I doubt that I shall have one as well but still it was great fun.

After a long and tiring day, it was time for me to get back to hotel. When I reached in my room, I found that there was no one there and was I happy? You can’t even imagine how much because I was so tired and wanted to take a nap before to start doing my work. But did it ever happen that someone ever think Aman is also a human being? Let me tell you the answer, NO! All of a sudden, the travel guy called me over my phone and said that he wants to buy one more (mini) laptop and also, some slippers for her wife and the market from where he wants to get them, is just besides the hotel. So if I can manage to spend few minutes, he can check for some good pairs. Oh gosh, kill me ,I said in my heart. Since he already had mentioned that its near the hotel, I had no excuse with me. So most unwillingly but I said okay we shall go. He took me to Pantip Plaza which was actually in front of our hotel but its a massive mall having so many shops having tons of stuff related to IT. After running from shop to shop, we finally settled on one shop and selected a model from ASUS. After that it was time to dive deep into streets where SO MANY shops were there for god knows what not! But despite being the road-side shops, they were having very good stuff I must say. I did buy couple of pairs for my sister Gunjan and he bought many for his wife, his sister-in-law, his mother and did a great deal of bargaining as well. I was getting so tired and also was so hungry and it was getting late, so asked him that what about dinner, to which he took me to a nearby Indian restaurant where we met again Piya and Rat(na) . Though the food wasn’t so good but it wasn’t so bad either or may be it did taste okay because I was so hungry. It was late so we had to start back for the hotel now which wasn’t very far but since I was so tired, at least to me, it appeared like very far. And on top of all, I still had to study and wake up early again next morning for the session. Sigh, wish life could be a little simple some times.

Next morning, after again having the same kind of breakfast of fruits, juice and black coffee, I took the cab but this time, I knew already where I had to stop and start walking towards my office rather than waiting for the cab driver to drop me. And that’s exactly what I did. We were having very less number of chapters to be covered on that day and we finished them all before lunch itself. After lunch, which was again at Pizza Hut with the same veg pizza for me, me and delegates came back to the office. The delegates had to finish some post-class formalities and very kindly, they asked me to take a pic with them( see it in the link at the end of the post). As I said before as well, they were really great, friendly and nice and it was my absolute pleasure that I could discuss with them a little bit of what I know about Oracle and Linux in these last three days. We took the picture(actually asked the security guy to take it for us) and finished the class with a very happy note. They wanted to check out the Pantip plaza and the Platinum fashion mall which happened to be on my way to the hotel only so we all shared the cab and after leaving them to Pantip plaza, I finally said goodbye to them with a promise that I shall try to meet them soon in some another program and hopefully, in their own place. Since it was the last day, I was a bit relaxed because I didn’t have to wake up early the next morning. I thought I shall catch some sleep in the night but the travel guy, Piya had something else planned for me and I am just glad that they did plan it. No, not a nude Russian girl strip or live sex show but a show which I am almost certain that not many, who visit Thailand have seen, a show which is a Guinness world record holder, a must to watch show which really explains what it means by a reality show, a show that’s called Siam Niramit. I can imagine why not many must have visited it because one, not many know about it, two, travel agents don’t tell you about it(see one for why), third, its a little off side, fourth and this may be the biggest reason, its REALLY costly.  But despite of all these reasons and whatever other reasons anyone would bring forth, its a must to watch show and I must say, I was really happy to see it. All thanks to Piya to tell us about it and take us there as well. We met there the sales executive of Siam Niramit, Beer( yes, that’s her name actually) who took me around all over the place, which is built to display the old time Thailand, explained every piece of it with so much detail, gave us a pack full of literature related to it and made the entire journey a memory of life time. The show lasts for 80 minutes but you never know where the time has gone. Unfortunately. no camera, either still or video, is allowed inside the room so I don’t really have anything with me to show how spectacular the show was but later when I searched, on You Tube, there are couple of snippets of the show available which you can watch. To be honest, they really are very sloppy in their quality but something is better than nothing.

After the show, there was buffet dinner which was arranged by the Siam people but we didn’t take it(I was willing but not the travel guy and Piya) . So Piya drove us back to our hotel and on the way back to our hotel, we stopped at couple of other 5-star and 7-star hotels (like Grand Hyatt )which he wanted us to see. He also took us to the Nana station to show us that how its totally different in the night. It wasn’t much of the activity happening there at that time but whatever was there, it was enough to tell what would be happening in the late night times. I didn’t notice at that time but later I found out that the travel guy of mine was really excited to see it and that’s why after when we reached back hotel and had dinner, he made me walk through the entire street(yes, there is a street there as well) not once but couple of times. I had to say to him that people would now beat us because we are not doing anything here except walking back and forth on the same road and I don’t think that its a really good idea especially on a road like this. Well, he did understand it I guess so we came back to our hotel right after I said it. Anyway, one another thing which Piya did show us was a statue of Budha which is also known as Fate Budha, something according to Piya, is a very holy place and people from around the world, come to see it. I never knew about it and as soon as I came to know about it, I made it sure in my mind that before leaving the place, which was next morning, I must see it (and I did) . Unfortunately, I am not sure that what it’s really called so can’t put a link to it but I have taken couple of pictures of it and have also captured a small video of the place. After coming back from Nana station, it was nothing else which I had in my mind except to sleep and so did I do. I slept off and woke up so late next morning and was going to experience something for the first time. No, not the “massage” :-) .

I have been traveling from a long time and fortunately, I always stay in very good hotels and apartments. But I really don’t take much care about it to be honest. All what I do after my office is that I shall be back, check my mails, check Oracle forums, do study , if hungry and mood is fine(that’s more important even than being hungry) , have dinner and sleep. There is nothing much that I do since I am not on a vacation actually. But people like my travel guy, who only travel for vacation, they look at things in a complete different manner. For them, its all just fun and they want to enjoy it to the fullest. Its not that I dont like fun but I keep it for the time when I am not working and that never happens actually that I stay at a 5-star hotel on a day when I am not working. This time, it was an exception because one, I was not alone, second, I was not traveling right on that night when I was finishing my work. So for me and just me only, my travel guy booked the sauna bath and jacuzzi. I didn’t take a sauna bath before though I had experienced jacuzzi before. It was a great experience with sauna bath. After this, me and travel guy had our break fast and to make me tired I guess, he again took me to the same wholesale shop market, this time to buy some slacks for his wife( I hope I spelled it correctly, if not, its something which girls wear with a long shirt on legs) . I was tired roaming at that place where there were just women and women. Finally, he bought 5 of them, two more pair of sandals for his wife and we came back to hotel where a cab was waiting for us already. Thanks to his enormous shopping, we had a great deal of luggage to take with us and still, he wasn’t done because he wanted to buy wine. Suit yourself, I said to him and we left the hotel and started towards airport. It was going to be a not-so-long flight but I was feeling tired. Finally, we did get to the airport, finished the check-in formalities and started waiting for the flight. It was on time and fortunately, the pilot landed it some 30 minutes before the scheduled time. There was some friend of the travel guy who was supposed to come and pick us up from the airport. He came but after a long time since he couldn’t find his way to the airport. Well, couldn’t complain because he was going to drop me to my home( which didn’t happen and I think its better it didnt happen because I probably would be dead if he had drove me back to my home) .

The plan was that the travel guy’s friend would drop him first and then would drop me to my home since he was coming to my city only for a short stay. But he got so tired that he said he can’t drive anymore( it was already 3am in the night BTW) . So I decided to take a bus back to home. It was all fine un till the road was filled with so much of thick fog. I guess, it did rain the other day and it was because of it. Well, you can imagine how thick the fog was that the bus driver hit the bus twice with another vehicles and about 4-5 times, he lost the track and drove it completely off track, creating every possibility to turn it over after hitting some tree  or something like that. Well, it didn’t happen and finally, I was able to reach home in one piece. I was again going to travel to here, Banglore, after two days so it was time for me to take some rest( which didn’t happen though) .

It was a great trip and I must say thanks to my travel despite that he made me so tired and wasted a lot of time of mine that he took me all the places only for one reason and that was to cheer me up. I really and truly appreciate it because at least he understood this that  when someone travels so far, its important to treat him with some respect and not like this that he has done some crime by doing so. This was one of my best overseas trips so far.

Here is the link to the Picasa web album of the pictures that I took. If you think that they are repeated and/or are not of good quality, well just remember that I am an IT guy not a photographer and didnt have any good camera with me either. I took these pics all with my ipod and my phone. And here are the two short videos that I shot, again from my ipod, one of the Muai Thai fight round and second , of the holy Budha,

 

 

I guess it has come up a really big post and given the fact that I am absolutely not feeling well, I think I should try to sleep now.

Sunday, March 06, 2011

Sick & Traveling….

Yes, I am back from my Thailand travel. I came back two days ago and thanks to my carelessness, I am having fever and cold. But I have to travel today again for another program and I must say, if you are having fever, its  not something that you would like to do. But I have no other choice except to pull up my socks and go for it. I am compiling my post about the Thailand travel. So very soon, I shall be posting it. Till then keep watching this space and pray for me that all goes fine since the program happens to be a really tough program.