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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

You have missed prepositions everywhere...

You have missed prepositions everywhere!” – This is the feedback I received from one of my friends after reading my blog. This happened just couple of days ago.

It’s always painful to read incorrect English (or any language). I agree. I also realized that it might have been little irritating for few of you to read my blog :(

Flashback Starts
From 1st to 12th standard, I studied in Gujarati medium (Gujarati is my mother tongue). English was just another subject which I studied – just like mathematics and science. In fact, my first introduction to English was in 5th standard. So at the age when you were conversing in English, I was still learning A, B, C, D.

It changed a bit in college as medium of instruction was English. However, usage of English was limited to writing exams and listening to lectures (which I never understood. For that matter, even if it had been in Gujarati, I wouldn’t have got anything out of it :D).

However, it changed drastically once I landed in Bangalore in 2001.

If you had stayed / visited / known Bangalore, you would have noticed that English is more or less, the first language. Be it in swanky foreign accent or heavy punjabi accent or typical south Indian accent, it’s the most preferred language for communication.

So I had two options :

  • Option 1 : Shut my mouth
  • Option 2 : Talk in English

As there was no point in shutting my mouth, I started talking in English. It took some time – yeah – but I managed and learned. Though I am not next to Shakespeare, I can still - at least - converse in English :-)
Flashback Ends

I have limited knowledge of English and very limited word power. If you are following my blog, you must have noticed that I don’t use lot of jazzy, swanky, funky words. Why? Because I don’t know many.

However, there is always a scope for an improvement.

I have bought this book and I would suggest you to buy this book (if you think there is an area of improvement). It’s written by Nisha Fillet, who worked in India for 4 years as a BPO trainer and she has captured the most common mistakes Indians make! I am sure this book will help me.


Disclaimer 1

The views, ideas, thoughts expressed through this blog are my personal (except at times, when I borrow content provided I find it interesting and I want to share that with you. If I do, I will let you know. I don’t encourage Plagiarism).

I am writing this blog with the limited knowledge and limited word power I have. You can agree / disagree with my views. I try my best to express my thoughts in grammatically “correct way”. However if notice errors and feel irritated, there is very little I can do. Read at your own risk!

So what can you do if you find errors in my writing? Thankfully, you have quite a few options!

  • Option 1 : Take it with a pinch of salt and continue reading.
  • Option 2 : Close the browser. Stop reading.
  • Option 3 : Continue reading and make a list of one dozen “chosen words” which you would love to hurl at me when / if we talk next time :)
  • Option 4 : Be a nice soul! Drop me a personal email with your feedback and I will ensure I pay due attention to correct my mistakes.

Disclaimer 2

I am a LEO. Fortunately / unfortunately, I have been bestowed with all the good and bad qualities of a Leo. If you are genuinely helping me, if you have the right concern, I will happily listen to your feedback even if you wake me up at midnight. However, if you are trying to make fun of me or pull me down, my instinct will take over and I will be nasty.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

What’s up Bangalore!

Future is exciting because it’s unknown! Past is nostalgic because it’s known :)

We are yet to reach to a stage where we can do time travel and see our future. Let it be suspense. Meanwhile I have decided to put my life in reverse gear to savor some nostalgic moments :)

I want to spend this weekend exploring very same places, roads, shops, hotels, gardens which were part of my life from 2001 to 2005. Yes, I am visiting Bangalore :)

Bangalore is just like home. The moment bus / train / plane reaches Bangalore, I feel I have reached home! Muuuuuuah.

So what I want to do while I am in Bangalore? Quite a few things!

  • Roaming on M G Road, Brigade Road and Commercial Street
  • Food @ Rajdhani, UB City
  • Watch a movie
  • Breakfast @ Chamrajpet ( I don’t know about this hotel. My friend suggested that he will take me there as they serve excellent idli and vada. Well, anything for good food :D)
  • Visit Indira Nagar 2nd Stage, 14th cross, 10th main, house # 314 – Yeah, that’s where I stayed from 2001 to 2003 :) I want to meet our landlord and want to see the place once again.
  • Walk on CMH Road
  • Eat @ Shanti Sagar on CMH Road
  • Visit the garden behind Shanti Sagar on CMH Road
  • Visit Koramangala ( I stayed there from 2003 to 2005) and The Forum Mall (which was just opposite to my house)
  • Lunch with Friends on Sunday (we worked together during our very first job at Bangalore. It’s been 8 years and with time, friendship gets better and better :))
  • Lunch with Friends at Dhaba which is next to Ulsoor Gurudwara ( I stayed with these friends from 2003 to 2005 and again, it just gets better and better with passage of time)

And of course, I will be carrying my camera to ensure I capture all the moments and bombard on you as soon as I am back :D

The only problem is – bloody neck. Yeah I have developed stiff neck at today noon. Don’t know why and how. It’s been paining and I am hoping it will be alright by tomorrow. After all, tomorrow evening I will be leaving and spending next 12 hours in a bus.

Wish me some luck!

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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Exclamation and Explanation!

At last, after I don’t know how many years, I decided to wear formal clothes at work.

First time in last 3 years and 9 months, I felt as if I am going to the office. LOL. With casual wear, I never felt that I was going to a work place (you can take his as good or bad thing. For me, it’s good feeling :-)).

Today, I felt I should enter Infosys rather than Microsoft. Yeah with a formal wear, you are eligible to enter inside any services company (though I would need a neck tie to enter Infosys. Huh! Gale ka fanda :()

Now it’s been fun at work today. I have never seen so many faces with exclamation mark on their face! Every single person whom I met, had a comment on my look :D

There is this guy, who looked at me from the far and stated laughing and asked me from there – Engagement ho gai kya?

There is this girl, who looked at me and just couldn’t control laughing! She came all the way laughing and had bunch of questions on my attire (without controlling her laughter) – including the killer one – kaun se interview ke liye ja rahe ho :D

So what was I wearing today? Here comes exclusive picture – just for YOU!


1) It’s nice change to wear formal clothes once in a while. It certainly gives different feeling.

2) Full sleeve looks great. However, rolling them up feels great. Comfort yaar.

3) I spent more time answering the question – why I am in formal clothes – then I spent on doing office work.

And what all questions / comments I had today? Again, exclusive peek– just for YOU!

  • (With exclamation mark on face) What is this!!!!!!!!!
  • Who are you trying to impress ;)
  • (With a wicked smile) Surely you are going on a date ;)
  • How security guard allowed you to come inside?
  • Hmmm.. Shaam ko kisko milna hai ;)
  • Koi office me dekhne ko aa raha hai kya (I didn’t get this line. I got explanation from my friend that in certain cases, would be father in law and brother in law do visit office to confirm guy’s employment status :D)
  • Aare…Engagement ho gai kya…!
  • You are looking great!
  • Nah, ye kuch ajeeb lag raha hai…
  • Man, I have never ever seen you in formal in last X years!
  • Your regular clothes haven’t dried up yet?
  • Aaj tumne apni janam kundali ko thokar maar di (After hearing this, I spent next 60 seconds to understand this line and then asked for explanation. As per my “shuddh hindi speaking” friend, the meaning is : we all have our fate written in janam kundali. When we do something drastic which is against what is our destiny / fate, then it’s called “kundali ko thokar mar di”.)

Inside the restroom – guy next to me (I don’t know his name) – looking at my clothes : Yeah kya??…poore kapde!!! Kuch ajeeb lag raha hai yaar..

I was walking out of the restroom and another guy passed by.. Again, I don’t know his name and I can’t recall if I have seen him earlier… He just passed by.. all sudden, I heard – excuse me – I looked back – he asked me : “Is there any occasion today? You are wearing full clothes!

I was leaving office, came out of my floor and this girl was talking on phone. She looked at me with amazed face, stopped talking on the phone for a minute and had this question for me – “YE KYA HAI!!!

Tomorrow I will back to my normal attire. Can’t wear formal every single day. It’s not comfortable and it will lose charm.

Funny day. Indeed! :)

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Saturday, July 11, 2009

Raju (temporarily) ban gaya gentleman…

24th October 2005, Monday.

I am dressed up in shining black trouser and smooth silky wrinkle free maroon shirt. Aha how to forget leather shoes and leather belt! After all, it’s my first day at Microsoft! Yeah just like most of us, I am “dressed up” for my first day at new job.

Once inside the office, I realized on very first day that I am at a different place then I have ever worked before. Why? I saw my manager wearing jeans and my group manager wearing sandal! I was feeling as different as a crow among ducks (or vice versa :-).. I am just trying to be humble :P). Looking at people around me, I concluded that it’s against Microsoft values to dress up in formal attire :D

Immediately, I had a problem to solve. I didn’t have enough casual clothes! If you have known me for less then three years, then please trust me on this! Three years and nine months back, I used to dress up only in formals at work place and hence, I just had couple of jeans – nah – just one and few t-shirts apart from bunch of formal attire.

I immediately had to invest huge sum in buying casual wear – jeans, shirts, t-shirts and blah blah blah.

It’s been 3 years and 9 months. Now it feels as if only in my last birth, I used to wear formal clothes. In fact, it’s been to the extent that it’s rare occasion for me to wear “full” clothes :D. I always show up at office in my 3/4th and T shirt and that’s how people are used to see me.

10th July 2009, Friday.

Now due to bunch of reasons – some of the 3/4th being dirty and rest were either didn’t dry up or were not pressed – I decided to wear jeans this week at work. It’s been gradual shock at work.

To add to that – on last Friday, I wore a full sleeve shirt. Now it’s been ages since I went to office wearing a shirt (hey stupid – I am not inspired by Salman Khan.. It’s just that I wear T-Shirt :D).


Here is gist of reactions I received from my colleagues –

  • Who are you?
  • What's wrong with you?
  • Wow! You are getting civilized.
  • Did sun rise in east only?
  • Aha, you are becoming human.
  • Oh!!! You wearing a shirt!!!
  • Are you going on a date?
  • Now just change your hair style and you will easily find a girl.
  • Nah – this is not you. Just chop off your jeans!
  • Now you are looking like a Program Manager.

….And bunch of other faces with exclamation mark on their face and asking me “what’s wrong today”!

BTW my friend whom I meet every day at bus stop, didn’t recognize me when I waved at him from little far distance – as I wanted him to let driver know to wait for a minute till I reach to the stop. He admitted that he couldn’t recognize me in full clothes!

Now I am planning to sport super formal attire on Monday (now super formal does not mean wearing a tuxedo. It’s just wearing same kind of clothes as I was wearing on my first day at Microsoft).

Let’s see if I wear that on Monday. If I do, I will let you know how people reacted :-)

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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Bahot ho gaya yaar…

30th June 2009

Good morning.


  • 4 slices of toasted bread
  • Butter
  • Jam
  • 1 cup of tea

Lunch (Roti, Subji, Dal, Chawal)

Chocolate fudge brownie

Wicket brownie at Barista ( Brownie with dry fruits + Vanilla ice cream + Chocolate syrup as topping)

7.30pm – 10pm

  • 3 glasses of apple juice
  • Peanuts
  • Chips
  • Little bit of starters
  • Salads
  • Dal Makhni
  • Steamed Rice
  • 1 Roti
  • Palak Paneer
  • 1 slice of chocolate cake
  • 2 Jalebi

Good night.

PS : It's been a crazy day. I don't eat breakfast but today I had. I don't eat dessert but today I had. We also had office party in the evening and hence I had extended session of eating food and drinking apple juice.

Don’t blame me for any national food crisis in near future. I promise I won’t eat so much on any day in next 3 months.

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