6 days work week

I have started working 6 days a week, since I have joined the new company. It is quite a change when you are so used to working 5 days a week and eagerly await for Friday to come. In my case, I don’t really get excited about Saturday since by the time half of Sunday is over, I am thinking about going to office the next day. Also it becomes terribly hard to get up early in the morning on a Saturday. Plus, if I have to attend social obligations on Sunday..then God only help me. Having a Saturday off I think is essential.. since it allows people to have a night out on Friday and Saturday and then relax on Sunday. I guess I can always have a night out on Saturday but…The positives about working 6 days a week is that I get to go to the gym 6 days a week instead of 5. I guess I will get fitter more quickly. I seriously need to lose some weight.. I am about 5kgs over the ideal weight. Hopefully working out 6 days a week will help me reduce down quickly. Lets see how it goes.

For all my ex-team members

Warning Long Post

This post has been long over due. I have been wanting to write it for a very long time but have been delaying it or getting delayed for some reason or the other. I also know Aabu has been pushing me a lot to write this post since a month and half ago.. so here it goes.

To be honest, I have been really lucky to work with such a talented group of individuals. People who know how to have fun and do the work at the same time, while meeting the production as well as the quality levels expected by the client. We have had some really good times while working together, the memories of which will be embedded in me for a really long time. I would like to mention a word about all my team members, may be this could be their unofficial mid-year review. As per my blog rules, I am not going to take names here..just use their LH initials. I also know some of you may not agree with what I have to say or may not get a chance to view this post.

ARP: I would always be thankful to you for the way you helped me out during my initial days in Kolkata, be it coming along to check an apartment with me or our boys night out or going around in Chandni Chowk and taking me around places. You were a great friend until you changed. I still dont know why you did things that you did. It felt really sad that I lost you as a friend. In the your last few days CG, your behavior was not worthy of a team lead. Anyways, I hope you are doing well wherever you are and grow up further in the corporate chain.

CSG: The ‘Mamata Banerjee’ of the team, always feisty. I remember all the arguments we have had on the smallest matter. I think it is because of those arguments initially, that we became a lot closer later on. I dont have much to say to you except, just be the way you are. May be you need to get married soon. 😛 and obviously invite me to it.

SC: Again, I would like to thankful to you for all the help that I got while finding an apartment for myself. I remember the times we went looking for a house and finally deciding on the right one. We have had our fair share of arguments, which have been very interesting to say the least. I remember how sad it was for us, when you had to move to Bangalore and how interesting it was for me to manage your working from there. It was sad that in spite of you working on LH for such a long time, we got to see very little of you in Kolkata.

ZB: To be honest, I dont know what I should say about you. You have been my closest friend, my confidante, my advisor everything. I will always remember the trust you have shown in me. Right from the first day our wavelengths matched. I remember how we would be telling the rest of the guys to speak in English or Hindi, while in the office to all the little things that we shared, personal and professional. I miss you a lot.

The post has already become too long. I will write about the rest of the guys in the next post(s). Until then adios.

The Door Mentality

I usually refer to this phenomenon as crowding at the doors. I believe most Indians have this mentality. Be it bus or train, they will always crowd at the doors even though there is plenty of room inside to sit or stand. Previously I used to think it was just Mumbaikars who have this habit from traveling in the trains, but then after flying for approximately 75 times in last 20 odd months, I have come to realize this effect is all over India. I wonder why people do that.. I mean it only causes inconvenience to others. Every morning I have to push people out so I can get in, since all the doorways are crowded. I wish people do have some common sense and learn to utilize the space more appropriately.

Hair Tickling Ride

Yesterday was my first day of official commute (commuting to office) during rush hours in Mumbai. Took the 8:22 fast from Borivali. As usual it was packed with people. It seems that the state government or the Center, none of them actually care how the people of Mumbai travel in the local trains. Even animals like cows and buffaloes are treated better by the Railways. Anyways, so here I was in the train packed with people sweating myself to glory. The passenger standing in front of me was shorter in height, but had long hair. The funny part was my nose was directly above his hair which were jumping up and down as the train was moving. So all the time, his hair kept tickling my nose and made me sneeze a lot. The ordeal finally got over at Bandra, a good 35 mins later, when there was some space inside the compartment. I just wish I dont have to go through such rides again.

Good Bye City of Joy

Today is my last day in the City of Joy.. I dont know what to say except I am leaving with a heavy heart from here. I stayed here for almost 22 months and to be honest I have not discovered most of the city as I should have. I will always regret not venturing out too much in this city. I have made quite a few friends here and I am feeling sad that I will be leaving them and going back to Mumbai. But as they say, life moves on and so do we..

When I initially came to Kolkata, I was under the impression that this is probably the worst city in India. There were just too many people, too much pollution and too much poverty in city. Initially the language was a big hindrance in this part of the country.. I would say something in hindi and I would get a reply in bengali. My team mates would speak in Bengali and I would have no freaking clue as to what was going on. But slowly, I could understand a bit of the language, speak a bit to get the daily chores done. It was then that I realized that bengali is a very sweet or misthi language as they would say. After getting over the initial hindrances, I found the city quite liveable and likeable. I have enjoyed most of my stay here. I was fortunate to have very good team members, who helped me a lot in my initial days, something I would always remember for the rest of my life. Overall, it has been a very good experience for me and I am definitely looking forward to visit Kolkata and my friends soon.

The last bit of packing is almost done. I didn’t know I had so much stuff until I started packing. I am pretty sure I am going to overrun my maximum baggage allowance tomorrow. I honestly dont know how much luggage I am carrying, but it definitely feels more than 45kgs. I dont know how much more I am going to end up paying. The next post is going to be from Mumbai..the city that never sleeps, my home. Until then good night and good luck.

Load Shedding

I write this post sitting in the darkness waiting for the electricity to arrive. Since the last few days whenever I have been home, there has been load shedding every day for a couple of hours. I used to think West Bengal was a power surplus state, but it turns out it is not. I assume politicians like Mr. Karat etc, never lose power in their houses, hence they are opposing this nuclear deal. One of the major advantages of this deal could be the use to nuclear power to generate electricity. I believe this state clearly needs it the most, since they have the frequent power cuts. All over India, the demand for electricity is rising and these leftists buggers along with BJP (who has now just become used to playing politics) are against these deal. The Left, I believe cares more about China, than our own people. I really salute our Prime Minister for having balls to stand up against such parties and be like do hell with them, I am going to go ahead with the deal.

Just as I have finished writing this post, the power is back. I am going to try and get some sleep before the power goes off again and I wake up to the buzz of mosquitoes and their bites.