Monday, August 29, 2011

There Are Such Gals Still? Unbelievable….

I haven’t written anything since I have come back and now, when I thought that I shall put together this small post, its time for me to leave again tomorrow. Yes, my short holiday at home is over tomorrow and I shall be back on the road. Tiring but work is work and with work only, everything is there so its okay, I can’t complain. The packing is almost done and besides it, I have finished couple of other small but important tasks as well. Fortunately, I shall be at a location where I don’t get to go often but it is one of my favorite ones. Hope the program also would be going fine. Though I have given the expression that its going to be yet another travel related post of mine but its not. Actually, its about a conversation that I had with someone when was coming back to home this time from Chandigarh in the bus. A conversation which made me feel happy, proud and yet, sad and hurt!

I have a habit(not sure good or bad) to talk to anyone and not really boasting off but if the person is willing to talk even 1 percent, I can pull off a conversation. So the same happened this time as well when I was sitting with another passenger, a guy who was also going to Ludhiana from Chandigarh like me. He probably was getting late for his meeting and he asked me that what time the bus would reach Ludhiana, to which I replied that it would take about two hours and told the approximate time accordingly. He surely was going to miss his meeting, I told him this! He asked where I am coming from and where I am going and I replied that I am coming from Banglore and going back to my home. He asked me what I do and obviously , I did ask the same to him after telling about me. He told that he belongs to a business family and is born and brought up at Ludhiana only, did his master in Finance and now handling his dad’s business. He also told that he has got two elder brothers out of which one is working in UK and another in Banglore itself and one sister, who is undergoing her MBA in USA. Well, quite a family I said to him. Talks went to the cultures around the world and within India as well and we both mentioned that there is no place better than Punjab and there is no one better than Punjabi’s as well in the entire world! And just before anyone would bother to comment that its not true and I need to see the world, for the record, I have seen at least almost entire India and within it as well, some places really closely and may have not seen the entire world but have seen some part of it for sure. So though the statement is on a general basis only(there are always exceptions everywhere and in everything) but its still still is holding good. We talked about friendship, culture, food and almost everything before coming down to relations and love. He told me that I am a nice guy so he is willing to share a little secret of his. He asked that I might be amazed that why being a rich lad as he told me he his, he is traveling in bus? Well, that was indeed a question in my mind because its not very far from Ludhiana and the road is excellent as well. So most of the people do travel with their own vehicles only and since he mentioned that he belongs to a millionaire family, he should had been travelling by a car. Well, came out that the reason was something completely different and like always, it was due to love that he was in a bus than being in a car. He told that he is in love with a gal and that’s the reason of his bus commute.

He said that he met this gal in Chandigarh who is originally from Delhi. After some casual meetings, both fell in love deeply. But she is not from the same caste of the guy. The guy belongs to a Hindu family and the gal belongs to a Sikh family who is based out of Delhi. Well, so the same happened what would happen when the gal’s mom would come to know about her relation, her (forced) wedding got fixed and she was taken back to Delhi from Chandigarh. He told me that it happened so sudden that he came to know only when she was at Delhi and called from her friend’s cell phone. He said that she was crying and told that she would rather die than marrying someone else and she means it! Well, that’s not what would any lover would let happen to his gal I believe so he picked his car and drove all the way to Delhi from Ludhiana. He said that he went to her friend, asked her to go to the gal’s home and convey his message that he is there to pick her up and bring her to his home, Ludhiana! Well, that gal, who already said that she would rather accept death than being with someone else, didn’t show any fear and came along with him. He picked her right in front of her home, drove straight to airport, parked the car at airport and took train from Delhi to Ambala! From Ambala, took bus and came to Ludhiana to his home. He made the gal meet his mom, dad and told them the entire thing. Now, when a guy would go to this extent for a gal and not just any road punk but an educated and from well settled family, its a clear notion for the parents that he is in madly love with that gal and if the gal takes such extreme step , that’s enough to show too that she loves her guy so much too! Seeing all this, guy’s parents accepted her with open arms and called to her parents. They invited the gal’s family to their home to discuss. He said that they were very upset(no doubt about it) but they came and when the gal was asked in front of all that whether she loves this guy and wants to be with him, she said a very strong YES clearing all the doubts, if there were any in anyone’s mind and displayed her commitment towards the guy! All got settled down and now both would be getting married in the Winters this year some time. So since the guy had left his car at Delhi, he went along with the gal to Chandigarh to drop her there so that she can continue her job and after going back to home, next day, he was going to Delhi again to pick up his car from airport’s parking.

Now, that’s an amazing story isn’t it! Yes, I am not in favor personally to do these kinds of things but like its said, desperate moments call for desperate actions and given the fact that it was a do or die kind of situation, the actions of both guy and gal, cant be completely called wrong too! And between the guy and gal, for me, its the gal who earned the biggest credit because its so tough for a gal to take this kind of step holding on just one and only one thing, her love for the guy! I salute to the gal who underwent so much but didn’t leave the side of her guy. If she would had said that no, I don’t want to be with this guy and it was a mistake that I came along with him, the life of the guy was screwed completely and not just his life, his heart would had been broken into millions of pieces in a way that nothing would had been able to cure it! That’s the same what this guy Rajeev told me as well and its nothing but the truth! When the gal says to you that if you are going to show up at her home, she would even not recognize you and would simply tell that she has nothing to do with you, how much it hurts can be understood by only those who have heard it! Rajeev told me that for that split moment, his heart was beating like crazy but when he heard her saying that she wants to be with him, there is nothing that can explain that moment and though I have no idea how it does feel to hear it, I still can imagine that it must be a moment of life time!

It was almost the end of the journey for me but Rajeev had to go further so I shook his hand and said that I shall pray for his gal and him and all would be fine and came to the door of the bus, waiting for my stop to come. It felt so good to see that there are still gals like Charan(preet) for whom their guy is more than anything, even than them self as well! In this world of “professional” people who think about their dreams of study in abroad, career more than anything else, seeing that such gals like Charanpreet still exist, was a very satisfactory and unbelievable feeling for me! God bless them both!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Tough Week Came To An Happy Ending….

This last week’s session was probably among the most toughest ones that I have ever taken and believe me when I say this, at some moments, I had sweat on my forehead sitting in a centrally air-conditioned facility! The delegates were really really good, super smart and also, very knowledgeable about the module. And I must add, very friendly and co-operative as well! I am sure at some moments, I really had to pull it through but they still were with me and I believe, that’s only possible because they were supportive. Though it was very grueling session for me( I am having severe headache since last 3 days and I am taking tablets like candies with no effect) but today evening, when we finished, besides the usual sign of a smile on their face, one of the delegates mentioned that it was a nice session and few asked my email address and I just got convinced that a very tough week came to a happy ending. Though it was tough but I must say, it was a big time learning experience for me and that too for a module which I have delivered very SUCCESSFULLY already in India as well at overseas. But as I believe always, there is always something new to learn when you are dealing with a massive technological beast called oracle database :-) .

I shall be traveling early in the morning and will be at home for 2 days before I would leave for another program. Its going to be a long tour and I won’t be able to sleep again tonight(haven’t slept very well thanks to the damn headache for it) but still, any time that I can be at home means so much to me and going back after getting the job done, that’s just like the cherry on the cake! Have a happy weekend everyone!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Insomnia….

I had been on bed from the last two hours doing something or the other then stopping and trying to sleep but nothing seems to be working out. It was a long, tiring day, enough to make me feel dead when I got back and may be this wasn’t enough because now, to complete the torture, headache has come too! I have taken a tablet for the medicine for the headache a while ago but it doesn’t seem to be doing anything. Its 1:20am when I am writing this and sitting like this is something which I just hate so much because this lonely brings tons of thoughts to my mind which just make me so much upset thinking over some things said and done by some people! And when it happens, it just turns an otherwise calm and quite Aman to a red hot burning Aman!

So what you do when you are not able to sleep, have a bloody upset mind and a damn headache? Well, nothing but random stuff like listening to stupid songs, read some random stuff on various (tech) websites and also, read some poetry! So here is one which is from my archives of poetic treasure,

Intezaar-e-maut mein jinda hain warna,

Kaun jeeta hai duniya mein tamashaa ban kar!

 

And its translation in English is,

Just living in the wait of death,

Otherwise who wants to live in this world being a joke!

 

Yes, some times, some people just turn you in the eyes of the world nothing but a joke , over whom world laughs every time. When your turn your back towards people, it always seems that they are laughing over you, over what you did, said and about all the things of yours and even may be its not done in front of you, you can just see it in the eyes of the people that insult, that smile which they which seems like making a fun of you shamelessly and pierce deep inside you, causing pain not just to the heart but even over the soul . What to do when it happens? Well, wish I could knew it but I don’t and I guess, I won’t be able to find the answer ever too!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

A Short Overhearing….

At times, at the most odd places, you get to hear/view things which force you to sit back and think. At times, these things bring a smile but most of the times, they bring tears only. The same happened with me this time when I was sitting on the airport this time while sitting on the airport.

I was at Bombay airport this time because I had to take a transit flight from there to Banglore. While sitting in the waiting lounge, I overheard the talk of two Ounjabi guys who were sitting on the chairs behind me. They were talking about a gal with whom one of them was in love and as like always, was in pain because of it. He was telling to his friend that how she doesn’t care at all to pick his calls and also to answer back when he leaves a message or a miss call and tells him that she couldn’t because she was so much busy. How she never bothers to see that whether he is sad or happy or whatever and is just lost in her own things all the time! He told his friend that it hurts him so much when he sees her being so happy with her friends but when it comes to him, she is suddenly so much busy, all of a sudden she is so upset! His friend was so much angry and said that ask her once and for all that if this is the way she is going to behave, it won’t be long before that you would leave her. But this other guy was just in so much in love with that (idiot) gal and he replied that I love her J and despite that I really get so upset and hurt when she does all this, the moment, be it how small may be, when she says to me I love you, I forget everything! His friend said to him in Punjabi, “saaleya royenga ikk dinn nukkre baith k, chhadd de us nu” which translates to,”idiot, you will sit and cry one day sitting in a corner, just leave her”. At just at that time, boarding for my flight got announced and I had to get up from there missing the reply of the guy in love. I still can take a fair guess that he must have replied in a “no” and told to his friend that it won’t happen ever, not knowing that this only would happen one fine day with him! Its a fact and he just doesn’t know it yet, he just doesn’t!

Rather than saying anything more, I guess, the below two lines will hit the nail on the head completely,

Suna hai us ko loot liya kisi rahbar ne,

Ye waqeya to meri dastaan se milta hai!

 

And its translation in English is,

I heard that he got robbed by some friend,

This sounds like a story of mine only!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Happy Happy….

Okay, so its Saturday here, a weekend but I was working and just came back to my hotel room. I am tired, I am sleepy but I am happy too because the session went really well and my rating, though is not the highest that one can get but is VERY close it as well! Since I never did mention it before as well, I won’t mention the actual scores now too but its very pleasing and I am really thankful to all the delegates for being so kind!

The session started off with on a very delayed note. I make sure that I reach at the venue at any cost, before 9am. This time too, I was at the venue at about 8:30am. Its normal for the delegates to be late on the first day but they all show up by 10am for sure(we start at 9:30am in India and 9am at overseas). but this time, there was no one who showed up till 9:30am. At 9:30, only one delegate came and after that, at about 9:45, another one showed up and that’s about it! There was no one who came after that! at about 10:30am, another delegate came. It was already too late(11am) so we finally started. At about 12:30am, one more delegate showed up. I am not sure that I can remember any other program where so much of the delay had happened but anyways, even the delegates got delayed still they were so nice, friendly and were very excited to learn the stuff. This module, I have taken after some 4 years and in all these years, a lot of it has changed. When I used to take it, it was for all the  delegates who were just starting with the oracle database but these delegates were very experienced ones and that makes the session even more better and also, that’s what makes their rating also so important for me since kind words from experienced delegates is some thing so very important for me! We had a great time in the session discussing the module. As I said, there is a lot that’s new and it was good for me as well to know about it too. We finished today and it was so good to see all the delegates so happy and having a smile on their face while they were leaving, a sure shot sign to tell that they were happy. They mentioned some really kind words and also, the rating which has come is superb so yes, I am happy too! Thank you so much for being so supportive and for a great session everyone and not to miss, for all the kind words too! It was so great to meet all of you and I shall be so looking forward to meet you in another session soon!

So now, when the session is completed and I have a free day with me ahead(tomorrow is Sunday), I shall try to get myself a little gathered. I am having so much of headache and also, my foot is hurting so badly because it got twisted on the newly laid tiles in my hotel. In addition to complete two short posts, I shall try to go for a movie or so tomorrow. Hope the Sunday would enable me to prepare well for the incoming Monday.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

The Travel Story….

Yes, I know the title sounds familiar to you(I won’t mention with whom, go figure :-) ) but that’s the best I could think of since this is about the complete travel of mine rather than of either going to or coming back from the tour. And I wish to all Indians worldwide who celebrated Raksha Bandhan yesterday. I wanted to say it yesterday only but I reached home yesterday itself and I was DEAD tired. But all said and done, I am still very happy that I could make it to home (even for just two days)  and was able to spend time with my mom, dad and my sis. Its the first  Raakhi after her wedding and I so wanted to make sure that I won’t miss it and fortunately, I didn’t!

This travel of mine was probably among those tours which were the shortest in time. I went for just two days. But being short in duration didn’t make it less exciting. Right from the beginning of it, it was full of excitement and the icing on the cake was that the session did go so very well! The delegates, though appeared to be quite in both the days of the session but gave me very kind remarks at the end of the sessio and few even mentioned that they would be looking forward for me only in the next sessions of them! Sweet, isn’t it :-) ? I am so very happy and also thankful to all the delegates who attended my session and I hope, they liked it and it was productive for them. It was great to be with all of you and as I mentioned at the end of the session, I am so very looking forward to be with you all soon in some another session :-) .

The travel for this tour appeared to get started with a sort of bumpy start. Normally, I would travel in the bus from my home town to New Delhi in a bus. But I was keen to go a bit early and for that, train suits the best and its much comfortable than a bus too as it’s completely air-conditioned and also, in the train, food is served which is not +so bad+ . All is good with the train with just one issue, being so good keeps it in lots of demand and that makes the availability of the tickets much lesser. The same thing happened with me as well. I got the ticket but it was in waiting and my waiting count was 16, sort of an impossible number to get confirmed. Since I couldn’t take the risk of being late for the flight because of train not being available, I picked a flight which was not so early but wasn’t so late too. I was not very hopeful that I shall get the confirmation but still, I had everything in control, I wasn’t much worried too. I had the flight at a manageable time so my first plan was to check the train and the plan B was to take the bus right away if train’s confirmation wouldn’t have happened. I actually thought that I shall go to station and shall check the status of the train but than, it just occurred to me that I can check it online as well. Nice idea, I said to myself and immediately checked it. Guess what, it was shown as confirmed :-) . Now, I could peacefully go to the station, board the train and reach Delhi in a far more comfortable manner. Things were looking to get sorted out.

In the morning, I reached at the station with my dad. As a last check, I check the final chart of the train and as expected, my name was there in the chart with the confirmed status and also with the information about my seat number and the compartment number. We did reach on the station quite early so there was a lot of time available with us to get ourselves relaxed and be at the required place from where I had to board the train. It wasn’t very crowded since it was a weekday(I was traveling on Thursday this time) but still, there were a lot of people on the station, even when it was just 6:30am. The train was on time( it gets delayed very unlikely). So finally, it came on its time and I boarded it after taking blessings from my dad. It was going to be the first part of my travel. It was about to rain any time and I was just hoping that I shall reach to the airport without getting wet. It wasn’t me whom I was much worried about but it was my stuff that I wanted to remain dry and safe :-) .

Finally, after 4.5 hours of travel, I was at New Delhi. Normally, I would take either an auto or a cab from the station to the airport but this time, I was suggested that I should take the new airport express metro which starts from the metro station and reaches the T3 terminal in just 18 months and the pricing for the ticket is merely 80Rs( less than one US dollar too) . It was a bit time consuming to find the metro station since this was the first time I was going to board this train but with a little help from the fellow passengers, I finally did find the station and got the ticket for the airport as well. For those who would be looking forward to travel via it, you can do a check-in on the station itself 6 hours before your flight if you are flying by  Jet Airways, Kingfisher and Air India. The station is very well maintained and so is the train. There is train staff to guide and help you at almost every place. All what you have to do is to be there on time and board the train, that’s all! In short, it would not be a tough thing to figure out so don’t worry. I boarded the train and within 18months, I was at the airport, about 4 hours early than my flight :-) .

On the airport, it was the usual hustle and bustle which is always there thanks to the millions of people who travel daily to many destinations and since the new T3 airport is so much big, it appears to me that the rush of the passengers is increasing day by day. If you haven’t visited T3 terminal, you must check it out at least for once and then you would realize that its an absolutely marvelous piece of engineering. I was told by someone that Mumbai airport is getting renovated( I knew it already since traveled there when I got bed ridden) but to be honest, its nothing compared to the T3 terminal. It took me a little longer to get cleared from the check-in formalities and after that, I was free to sit and wait for about 4 hours for my flight. Those who know me, they are aware about the fact that I spend a lot of time whenever I shall get a chance to watch and observe what people are doing and this time, since I had a lot of time with me free, I just grabbed a chair and was doing the same. The airport is a crazy place but some people are even more crazy than it. I mean, why on damn earth some people(gals especially if I can say) wear sun glasses on the airport and think that they are cool? And why on earth some gals think that just because they are holding a god damn iphone, they rule the world, planet earth or mankind? Come on, get life you silly dumb gal! That gadget which you are holding in your hand(and don’t even know 10% of its real usage) is not going to make you look cool or pretty! But no, it seems that’s what most people think and its just so annoying yet entertaining to watch them act like complete morons. I was just sitting and watching people and that’s what the most common category of people I was able to find on the airport. But out of all, one lady did catch my attention the most and despite the fact that I was observing her from a long time, I finally decided to move towards her and speak to her.

Those who know me well, they know this fact that if I shall see someone in need or someone whom I think I can help in anyways, I shall try to do that. It can be anything, carrying a heavy bag for someone, getting some one something, anything which I can do , I shall try to do. And I don’t do it to get anything, its just that I like doing it that’s all! Anyways, so when I was sitting on the airport completely idle and was watching aimlessly people over there, I did notice this very old lady from Punjab(don’t ask me how I knew that she was a Punjabi woman,I travel the entire India and I can tell a lot about people, especially about those who are from my place) who was sitting all alone on a bench with a wheel chair placed along her side. She was sitting all alone from the time I entered the departure hall and so far, I had seen just one time an airline ground staff guy talking to her. I am not sure that she had something or not or anyone was with her or not. I was just sitting there and watching people and also was observing her. In that time period of almost two hours, I didn’t see her having anything or anyone coming and talking to her. It seemed to me that she was traveling all alone. When I was going to have a sandwich from Subway, I decided to stop in the way and talk to her and I did too! I asked her that can I get some thing for her to eat or drink? She said to me in Punjabi, “na putt, kuch ni chahida” (no son, I don’t want anything). I asked her again that bebe(stands for mother in Punjabi) , you are sitting from a long time all alone and I think you haven’t had anything and its okay, just tell me and I shall get something for you but still, she said its okay. Well, I moved towards the counter of Subway and ordered my sandwich. After getting my sandwich, while going back to my seat, I again approached her and asked that bebe, if you want something, I shall get it for you! She again said, no son, I am okay. She told me that before she came to the airport, she had her lunch already and now she is waiting for the airline to announce the departure and when it would be announced, the ground staff would make her board in the flight. I asked her that had she taken water, she said she has the water bottle with her so its okay. She didn’t take anything or asked me to get anything for her but she was looking so very happy and I just could see it in her eyes. She asked me, where are you from son and I told her about my home town. She gave me blessings and finally, I moved towards the boarding gate of mine. I don’t know but I felt (and I am still feeling) bad that I couldn’t do anything for her or got her something to eat or drink. Now, when I am thinking about it, its coming to mind that rather than asking her, I could just got something and could give to her but I didn’t do that, in fact, it never came to my mind at that time else would have done it for sure! I hope she has reached to her destination safely and is safe with her family now. It was time for me to leave and I finally sat down in my flight to leave for my session.

The place where I was going, means a lot to me and is so very near to my heart! That’s the place where I traveled for the very first time when I started doing this work in 2006 after getting up from the bed, thanks to a really big time health issue that I faced. That’s the place where I made some really close friends of mine, Pavan, Lakshmi, Jyoti and also met one of my very big mentors whose guidance and support has played an immense part in making me what I am in my professional life at this moment. And that was the first time when I stayed at a place which got just started and a very strong relation got developed between me and the people of that place, right from the owner to even with the staff of that place, a relation which I cherish so much! I actually look forward to stay there all the time and it just feels so good when they tell me that they look forward for me to come and stay there as well. And just for the record, its not for any tips or something that I give to them. In fact, I don’t give them any tips at all. But still, they all give me so much respect, care and affection that it brings tears to my eyes at times. I was going to stay at this place after a long gap since I hadn’t traveled to this place at all in the last few months and it felt so so good when I heard from the staff  that they actually asked so much about me to  my colleagues that when Aman sir would be coming, its been a long time to see him! Can you believe it? These are the guys for whom I haven’t done anything and they also won’t be able to do anything for me, absolutely no chances or place is there for a selfish reasoning to be there for them to be friendly or affectionate towards me but still they are! What more one can ask for to be happy a little in his heart other than this that there are some people who truly feel so affectionate about him in this world full of selfish people who think about them, about their dreams and wishes in the first place than anyone and anything else in this world! They asked me how I am doing and also that whether my sister’s wedding has happened happily to which I answered that I am okay and also the wedding went fine! I decided to give them a small amount as a gift so that they can get some sweets for them and I told them, next time,when I shall stay for a little longer, I shall give them all a treat again! This is the least I guess I can do for them and to make them a little happy from my side. Since, I finally reached at the place, it was time to start the work which would be getting started from the next morning.

The work did start with a bumpy note. I was supposed to share the cab with another person and the timing for the cab was 8:30am. I was ready at 8:15am to start for the work  but there was no sign of that idiot( I can’t help not being angry because he was of that worth only) . It was 8:45am and still there was no sign of him anywhere. I finally got so angry, asked the cab driver to drop me and said to hell with you to that idiot in my heart. When I reached office, one of my machine was appearing to be hung (which got sorted out afterwards on its own) and that just raised my temper to the peak! Anyways, all got sorted out in the end and when I reached my guest house in the evening, I was told that other person had 7 beers in the night and slept at 3am. Need I say more why I called him a jerk in the first place?

The session, as I said already above, did go really well! The delegates were fresher's who just started their career and it was probably their first time experience with the real stuff about Oracle database. Its always so good to be with the delegates who are just starting their journey to learn Oracle database because there is so much that I can tell to them  and help them in getting on the right path, something which I missed completely to get when I stepped first step on this long path of learning oracle database. It was just a two days session so there was so very less that I could tell to the delegates but I tried my best to help them in getting started and gave them all the inputs which if they would use as instructed, would surely help them in their course of learning this awesome piece of technology. That was for them and for me the rewards was to see a smile on their face when they were leaving and all those kind words which they said and wrote in the final rating. Thanks so much guys! I wish you all my best wishes and good luck in your learning path and I hope that I can contribute a little only may be in it too! The session concluded and it was time to start the journey back for home, something which did become a real tough act to complete because of the fury of the mother nature.

I was going to come back with my manager in a cab from New Delhi to my home. The moment when I landed at Delhi and I called him, he said come soon, a bad news is waiting for us. Well, I certainly don’t like such kind of surprises so I was very desperate to know what it this bad news all about. When I finally met him, he told me that there is a really heavy downpour happening at my place(where he was going too)  and he has been told by his family that we must not come on that way. Well, there was no rain at New Delhi at that time and we thought that even there is a heavy rainfall right now,by the time in the morning when we would reach, it would settle down. So we finally started our travel for home. It took us about 5 hours to come to the entry point of Punjab and still there was no rain there so we decided not to stop and carry on our journey. Its when we reached close to Mandi Gobindgarh, the rain started and from that point onwards, the rain just went stronger and stronger making our travel more and more tough. The driver of our cab was driving very carefully and to be honest, we were a little scared to see so much bad weather. There was a time when due to stupid bus driver, who while passing by our side, threw a whole sea on our car and the driver couldn’t see anything at all. He just applied brakes and in a moment, when the water got settled and visibility returned, we saw that we were just inches away to collide with a truck. My forehead got hit with the front seat but nothing bad did happen otherwise. Finally, after a lot of struggle, we finally made it to Ludhiana and somehow, I reached my home. It was yesterday only, the same day when Raakhi was there and that was one of the reasons that I didn’t want to stop anywhere since I knew that I shall be leaving anyways in just two days. I can say that it was a big adventurous travel but its not something that I would like to see happening often to be honest!

I shall be leaving tomorrow for a long and tough tour. I hope that it goes fine. Do wish me luck and pray for me guys because I shall be needing it. Its time to pack the bag and have dinner and also to catch some sleep since its going to be a LONG travel coming ahead tomorrow. 

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Happy Friendship Day To All….

Today is International Friendship Day, a day to cherish your friends and their friendship, to tell them that they mean so much to you and its their presence that makes your life meaningful! All the relations which one has in his life are given to him but friends and love are two which one chooses by himself and if any one out of two gives a bad taste, it hurts much more than words can say! So on this day, do not just tell your friends that how good they are for you but make sure that you take care that you don’t leave a bad taste in their mouth ever and be there with them all the time when they need someone! This world is a place where people prefer to be selfish, practical and care much more for their own dreams, wishes and aspirations than caring for others and their feelings/emotions/cries and tears. Do not do that if you call your self friend of someone. I wish all of you a very happy and friendship day!

And just in case, this question is popping in your mind that whether I believe on what I just said above, if you know me, you must be aware about this fact that I can take a bullet for the one whom I call my friend!

Simple, Short, True But NOT Sweet….

I just received this as a text and as I said, its simple, short, true but not a sweet one liner! Have a read,

When you love someone more than they deserve… you will end up more hurt than what you deserve!

Isn’t it just what’s the title is saying?

Somehow, Just Got It Completed….

The last week’s session, I don’t know why but was something that I can’t say that I really liked. Nothing wrong with the module or with the delegates but its with me only I guess. I was kind of burned out after a LONG travel and may be, the sickness of mine also contributed to it. Yeah, I am not feeling well, severe stomachache which started two days ago out of nowhere and fever(which is now, after a day at home, a little better) which just made the last two days of the session and my travel, completely messed up. But still, one thing which made the session completely successful was that the delegates were happy when left and they had a smile on their face, a good sign always to tell that you did well. Thanks so much guys for the kind words and for your cooperation. I hope I did say something which was useful for you and you would be able to use the things we discussed in your work productively. A big thanks once again to be there and listen to me :-) .

The travel back to home was also a very tiring and long one or may be I just felt it in that way because of not being well. Normally, I shall get a direct flight back from Banglore to Chandigarh but this time, the flight which I got was going first to Mumbai and from there, I had to take another one to Chandigarh. Normally, it wouldn’t have hurt but this time, being in bloody pain, really made it a tough task to accomplish and toughest bit was to be at airport at 3am because the first part of my travel was starting from 5:30am. I did reach the airport on time somehow still. Its always a busy sight at the airport and its always something happening there that will bring a smile on your face(if you have a habit of observing people). For example, at 3:30am, I see a stupid girl who was considering herself an iPhone Queen, wearing sun glasses and roaming around like she was lost. And then, on Mumbai airport, I saw the actress(?) Veena Malik standing in the queue of a very cheap and low-class airline :-) . If you don’t know who is she, don’t bother to look to, she isn’t worth the effort anyways. Anyways, so after a long travel,I was at Chandigarh, took the bus and reached home, sweet home :-) . It won’t be long that I shall be able to stay at home but still, there is nothing that can be compared with being at home and being with your mom, dad right :-) ?

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Short Moments Of Happiness….

Well, first a quick travelogue which in fact, I started writing when I was at home for a night on this Saturday. I had a really tiring travel for the whole day and reached home at about  9:30pm. Though it was so good to be back home after so many days, even if it was only for a night but I was a little sad too as I was leaving just the next very morning. It was a tiring, in fact, really tiring travel but you got to do what you got to do so here I am, sitting in my hotel room writing this quick post about two small moments of happiness which did come today.

If you are a regular here, you must be aware that I spent the last week traveling overseas and it wasn’t a place where I was very keen to travel. But those who know me, they are well aware of the fact that if I am out for something, I shall give it my best even if I am upset, sick, whatever! I had my mind going crazy sittig there thinking tons of things but I tried to stay as much focused as I could for the program. Though I got applaud, guys took pics with me, gave some very kind statements as well but still, I was a little bit worried like always about the official rating since that’s what is most important when it comes to professional work of mine. Well, it has come today and though I can’t put it here, but its really good! All I can say is thanks to the delegates being so kind. Thanks a lot to all the delegates who attended the session for all the kind words they said, excellent rating and for making my day. It was great to be with all of them and I hope, we can meet some time again soon.

That was the first moment! The second one made me feel a little special along with bringing the smile, so here it goes :-) .

I am not from those who are really bothered about making a public image sort of thing. Though it won’t be completely correct to say that people don’t know my name(there is just one Aman Sharma as far as I know, or at least haven’t met another Aman Sharma ever anywhere, either in real or virtual world who is doing Oracle) or don’t know that who I am? I believe, if not so many, at least some handful do know me and also that what I do. But at times, even you are not aware that who knows you and how and where you end up meeting with them? In my last week’s session as well, one delegate mentioned to me that am I the same Aman who is very active on Oracle forums(yes I am) and I said yes! And this has happened with me couple of times and the same happened today as well. I was standing after the lunch with someone in the corridor when one guy, who was standing and looking at me, approached towards me and asked, “are you Aman Sharma?” Well, very well I am, I replied. He shook hand with me and told me his name and I was a little embarrassed since I couldn’t recall him at all. Then he mentioned that he has asked me many questions on forums. He had seen my pics on some site I guess so he figured it out that it was me only who is standing there and thought to meet me. He was also from Punjab and he said that I am very happy to finally meet you :-) . Well, I won’t be honest if I shall say that for a moment even, the feeling of being a celebrity didn’t come to me and I didn’t smile, I actually did :-) . I know, I am not Tom Cruise but its always good to know that people know you all over the world and have respect for you. Most importantly, they are not just your friends but people whom you have never met even! What can be more joyful than seeing this that someone recognizes you and knows your name even and is happy to meet you? If that’s not enough to bring the feeling of being a celebrity , I am not sure what else can? But forgetting that stupid feeling at that time, I said to him thanks for his so kind gesture , told him that he can add me as a friend on the social networking sites( he is already added to my friend list in one website) and we shall keep in touch. I shall be seeing him for the whole week since he is attending some training in a room which is next to mine. Thanks so much buddy, it was superb to meet you and thanks so much for making me feel like a very special person which I am actually not :-) .

At times, even however may small, some moments  just bring a genuine smile on your face, something which is so rare to come otherwise!