Sunday, March 2, 2014

Still... figuring life out!

Giving up on a chance to play cricket, to attend a blogger's meet would be so uncharacteristic of me but that's exactly what I ended up doing today, primarily to shrug off yesterday's disappointment that emanated after losing out in the second round of the IIT Delhi Chess tourney. The even was fun as usual, didn't win any prize (as usual) and didn't try for it either!

Ever since I opted for Science in my +2, I've primarily been surrounded by people from the following professions:

School friends - Most of them have gone on to become engineers
Manipal engg college friends - right guess... Engineers
3 yr stint in Infosys - Engineers
2 yr MBA stint (currently on) - you guessed it right again - FULL OF ENGINEERS, as that's the qualifying criteria!

So, the purpose of attending such meets is to meet different people, from various professions and exchange ideas and I'm happy to have met people from Army, a research student, a media person who ALSO felt bored of her job and started travelling like a freak, etc etc.

Tomorrow, it'll hopefully be back to cricket and the following week would be spent in presentations, lectures, case studies and financial statement analysis. All charged up to take it - bring it on!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Stupidly lonely

Time and again, you feel yourself standing at the crossroads, feeling absolutely clueless. You haven't been betrayed by anyone, nobody has broken your heart, there's no romantic angle in the most distant of horizons and your social life is as normal as it has ever been. Yet, there's this sinking feeling threatening to break you down into bits and devour you completely. Lucky Ali's "anjaani raahon mein" and other similar songs start making more sense now and you start flipping through decade old song collection to excavate out songs of similar mood.

Despite being a mid 80s born I refuse to accept it as a mid life crisis and I dismiss the "get married" suggestion equally strongly. No health problems, no angry girlfriend, no sexually transmitted disease.. NOTHING! Probably this is the point when you feel like writing might help you out, as it has traditionally been an outlet to your feelings. A quick self examination on the mental level tells me that I'm of a sound mental condition and have plenty on my plate to even think about doing something non productive. But then, there are times when you end up doing the most unlikeliest of things at the most unexpected time. Its past midnight now and tomorrow I'm supposed to deliver a presentation, thoroughly read a case study which would enable me don the devil's hat and grill the presenters, complete a long pending article and carry on with the "fundamental analysis" tutorial that I started studying few hours ago. But here I am - making a long pending addition to my blog. Any apparent solution for this helpless situation (or can someone please state the problem for me)? May be talking to an old friend would help, but I already did that half a day today on our whatsapp group!

Oh, human nature, when'll we be able to completely decipher you?

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Plenty on my plate - Loving the chaotic life!

Having completed two semesters of MBA, its that time of the year when everyone goes in different directions for internships. Internships mean different things to different people. Having been through the grind during my engineering I have realized that you can either choose to be completely ignorant to it and do it for formality's sake (and regret later) or you can show over-enthusiasm and bug your mentors to the point of irritating them. To be honest, I never believed there's so much to be done that you spent 10 hours in office for two months to get the best out of it.

The way I chose to look at it is, know your project well, get in touch with the right people who'd tell you the why and how of your project but then, keep some of that enthusiasm in reserve and spend it for other things in life. For me, its a 2 month period where you have time to explore what interests you, figure out what would differentiate you from the rest of the pack two months down the line and do stuff that you have never done in the past but always wanted to do, due to whatever reason.

I got myself admitted to swimming sessions even before I started my internship. There's a new found interest in data analytics which has urged me to explore the area. There's an opportunity to rekindle that ethical hacker inside me who got into a few college websites all those years ago and of course, read!

There are a few things that I've been lazy to do in the past. To cite an example, there was Adhaar card registration going on right inside my office building in August 2012, when my parents were there in Hyderabad and I took them around the Infosys campus. I still can't believe that the Adhaar officials had set up their enrollment centre in our office for about two months and I never bothered walking up to them! Now that everyone around me has got their cards, I finally went to my IDBI Bank branch today in Malviya Nagar and got myself enrolled. I also got my DL address changed and the next job on the agenda is to get my Andhra registered bike re-registered here in Delhi, for which I was asked to produce about 12 documents!

My freelance writing career is going on well, with the latest of my projects coming in the area that I love, i.e. network security. There's this Project X that I've been wanting to work on for ages but for various reasons (mainly laziness) it keeps getting postponed. There are a couple of examinations to be taken by mid July and yes, Cricket is going on!

I've been through this phase earlier and I'm sure I'll handle things just fine, like I have done in the past. Wish me luck!