Tuesday, May 09, 2006

A Day s wait

wel i was still jobless yesterday until my cousin came home to study. Me teachin him, of course, wud come to u as a huge shock!
Nerd was here too showin his potential ability to teach engineering mechanics to my cousin. the study session was all going fine until afternoon wen i got a cal from from another cousin of mine statin tat his sis who got recently married had come home (as a responsible citizen to cast her vote there in the pollin centre next to their house!!!!)
now mood changes, me and my cousin decide to go there. v ate and did some post lunch studyin for sometime and then start by 4. wel Nerd dint turn up in the afternoon as he was leaving to Shillong today mornin and had some last minute packing to complete. Well, then we all set to go.
my cousin s place is at thoraipakkam and v had to go via IT corridor. as it was the pollin day, it was unusually quiet and most of the shops and establishments remained closed. so seein nothing happenenin around, lotsa things come to my mind.. election, politics, corruption, lok paritran.. hmmm good move by the IITians.. and good inspiration from mani ratnam.. hope lok partran makes a difference.
the evening was total fun with a small get together with cousins.. since my recently married cousin and I had gone there, it became a reason for the rest of them to hop in.. anyway after some random talk and little bit of time pass v sat down to eat..
hmmm nice dinner.. was enjoyin it heartily. jus then "the call" comes. it was a cal from vellore. as obvious , it was Sandy
me: hello
Sandy: hey did u read the mail
me: so wat have u sent me?
Sandy: dint u receive the mail?
me: wat mail?
Sandy: hey joinin date from infy. its 29 th may
me: r u sure? u must be kidding.
Sandy: am serious. lotsa ppl got it.
me: 29 th may? am so excited. but its too early..
Sandy: i have not received the mail. y don u check urs?
me: ya.. wil do it right away. bye
and i jus wash my hands and turn on my cousins lappy.. lappy was stylish but the connection was pathetic.. BSNL dial-up. gettin used to the broadband, even a time delay of 1 min to connect seems to be like ages.. and obviously in such situations it gets really worse.. it was not gettin connected. so i calld another cousin of mine to connect to net.. he stays nearby and i can go there and check rather than waitin..
and i go there in an instant.. he had already connected.. i jus went in and typed my id in the yahoo mail page..and waitin to connect... moments can become really taxing..
i opened to find no new mails.. disapppointment.. impatience.. don know how to define it.. and both my cousins on my either sides consolin me.. they obviously understood wat i was undergoing.. and i say i wanna leave home now.. one of them offer to drop me.. they lil hesitant to let me go on my own..
so i come bac.. cal up almost everyone who got placed along with me.. ya they had all got their cals... i hastly took my offer letter.. try a couple of numbers from the infy HR only to find out tat i cant speak to them until tomorrow mornin 9.30. so i was literally hooked up to the comp checkin all tat i could.. infy site, infy communities on orkut.. 29 th may stuff was there on all communities.. so many posts in so little time!!
i met so many seniors online.. all of them adviced me to wait for a day or 2... driven to the level of impatience, i cal up kaushik.. he worked in infy for 2 years and now in iimb.. thought he wud give me some real info.. explained to him.. he told me tat since it was a systems generated mail, it breaks up in between and comes the next day sometimes.. the worst case cud be tat i can get the date for the next batch...
this systems generated mail thing gave me a lot of hope.. and i reluctantly go to sleep.. it was already 1.30 and Nerd was leavin in the mornin at 4. so had to speak to him b4 tat, biddin him goodbye and wishin him happy journey.. was having a really disturbed sleep.. i switch on the comp again.. log into yahoo.. and there comes our Robotics Guru online.. he was also having a disturbed sleep.. he had his phd thing and his visa interview in his mind..
at the stroke of midnight hour.. wen the whole world is asleep... 2 worried ppl chatting in the middle of the night..
wat else cud v do..?
and i somehow log off after Nerd called me at 3.. jus lie down wide awake thinkin.. i was waitin for it to become 9.30 so tat i can cal infy HR..
had slept for sometime.. may be half an hour i guess.. again lotsa cals comin in.. answered them all.. and Robotics Guru gives me fresh news tat he got a phone cal from infy confirmin the joinin date.. and again Sandy tels me the same thing..
and now like a small kid yearning for an ice-cream or chocolate, i am there anticipating a mail or a cal..
finally called up infy-mysore.. they doint have list with them.. was told to cal infy-b lore. called there they too were not able to tel me anythin concrete.. all tat they cud do is to direct me to some ppl.. and asked me to call around 11.. the whole day i was makin so many calls to b lore and mysore takin turns.. finally someone in infy-blore tels me tat my name was not in the list.. wait a min.. which list is she speakin about...?
got lil tensed and i cal up arun who s in infy b lore.. he told me to cal around 3 to mysore number.. if i don get a convincin reply, he promised me to find out from the HR in person tomoro morning.. tats very sweet of him..
called up to mysore again at 3 in the afternoon.. and guess wat i ended up speakin to the same person Kaushik from HR since mornin for the third time.. this time, he cud not help laughing.. he also started consolin me.. made friends with him.. tat was the only gud outcome of the entire infy tragi-comedy..
then started for the drivin class.. thought it wil give me some real break.. after tat did some vegetable shoppin for the heck of it.. (look wat all u have to do for the sake of diverting ur mind!!!!)
and my cousin came in the evening at 6.30.. taught him some datastructures till 9.30..
and til now, was either attendin cals or online.. speakin bout the same thin over and over... infy ..
and stil...............................................
waitin for the mail....

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

red hot!!!

wel today...

just got up to find one of my friends who s a prof in nift online.. wel i actually had some work in nift for a pretty long long time.. so finally fixed up a time and headed to nift.. and nift one of the institutes where studnents have a voice.. they learn out of interest, do wat they learn.. being a textile technologist myself i can c the difference... and somehow, the chennai nift buildin has always fascinated me.. hapazard structures though, i really love it..

after i was done with the discussions, we thought v ll have lunch and went to ascendas.. and hat-trick ... for the third time in a week..
ok.. i ve been to ascendas only at the evenings before.. and ya.. i found most of it empty.. wel today it was a different scenario.. had been in the afternoon na.. it was buzzing with activity.. wel i cud c the corporate culture really penetratin into chennai.. our very own conservative chennai!!!!
wel, prof and i were speakin bout it.. he gets reminded of one of his friends workin in the same buldg. she s a sports nutritioninst workin in fitness one.. he cals her and lo.. she was standin in the parkin.. soo she comes in..
prof and she got into a general discussion of their friends.. and at a point wen they were discussin bout one of their friends who got married in a very young age opposin the family.. the guy used to be filthy rich i understood from the discussion.. and the nutritionist gets really furious.. if one cant provide stability, then he has not to spoil a gal s life.. tat was her comment.. and the discussion revolved around this for sometime.. and then topic change..
wats the reason behind so much of fury? wel after she left, i leart tat she was divorced.. she did that because she cud not stand non-sense.. wel i cud understand the reason behind her anger.. radical thoughts.. the world does not under stand it.. she s now happy alone.. works with the famous nutritionist Dr. Kannan Pugalendi.. and accordin to info from the prof, she s the nutritionist of many popular movie personalities like Surya..
she leaves and v sit to have our grub.. prof and i go back to the topic wher v left.. the corporate culture.. everybody madly runnin behind money.. and it went on and on..
wel i return back to college.. i was to apply for the PC.. me and kannan bro walk to the dept.. already havin the form with us, we walk straight to the exam hall zone.. v had to get the signature of our class advisor.. he s god knows wat.. examination superintendent or somethin.. so had to wait for him.. and can u imagine how long? 45 mins. bull shit.. after all one signature.. so much scene..
with tat v go the so called Head of my dept.. and wait again.. guess of all the things i did in the dept all these four is the maximum time allotted is to wait.. so there s nothin new bout waitin.. (wel i remember waitin for economics class for 1 hour for a class of duration of 1 hr 30 mins!!!)
so finally gettin the attestations, the Hod makes us go to the office of the controller of examinations to submit the application... and they send us back to the dept.. everywhere.. finally threw those application forms on the head s table and walked away..
me and kannan bro walk down to the coffee shop.. had some cold coffee.. v went walkin around the ceg mount road..a nd sat down to talk.. v almost spoke for 3 and 1/2 hours.. and obviusly, either of us pissed offf with the irrational things happenein around us.. more the discussion in the next blog.. so ret hot i was with the system around us, ppl around us...

Monday, May 01, 2006

"guys" or gals!!

after y day s party, today was jus another day.. after uploadin the pictures and videos, i slept pretty late y day.. and obviously got up really really late..
nothing much happened except goin to ascendas to have dinner..

wel pradeep and his childhood friends boopalan, vivek, bhuvan and i were suppossed to have dinner today.. the scheduled time was 8 o clock.. place.. waldorf..

sometimes i wonder why ppl complain tat women r ones who take a lot of time for everythin.. to decide, to dress up etc... but do men ever realize wat they do?

wel as it was decided to be at waldorf by 8, pradeep has to pick me up before tat.. and he comes by 8.35.. v reached waldorf around 8.45 only to find that there was no place inside and ppl r already waitin for tables.. v thought v can check it out in wang s kitchen.. same state there too.. despites many phone calls, the rest of the guys reach adyar itself by9.20.. wat can v do with them???
and yet they say women r the ones who take time for everything... and they?

now v thought v ll do somethin sensible.. v ll go to ascedas food court.. its huge and nice and v ll definitely manage to find some place as it was not old enough for huge masses of ppl to barge in.. and then these guys had the issue of the seating loctions.. each of them with their own place of preference to get the best possible look of their choicest chicks.. and.. no consideration for time at all!

finally parked themselves... now comes.. deciding wat v gonna eat.. with so many discussions.. wen the menu was decided, there was a long wait for the food to come..

we finally got the grub.. the chicken pieces were not just fried in oil.. they were soaked in oil.. oh my..

finally finished the food, got up to leave.. wait a min.. i noticed somethin.. the acendas food court has wi-fi.. so a blue tag hangin here and there advertisin ppl bout it.. so one more good thing bout ascendas in addition to space and ambience is wi-fi!!!

back home.. nothin so unusual bout the day.. it was.. jus another day.. it was very funny to c the guys like "gals"