Sunday, September 21, 2008

Where Am I???

Iv been feeling very uneasy since I returned from Abu Dhabi. This feeling started on the plane back home. The feeling is one of disorientation.

I am at a loss to understand where I belong to or will belong to. I don't know if I belong in Tokyo or in Mumbai or in Abu Dhabi or in the US. I don't know whether I am coming or going. I don't know anymore which place to call home. I cannot tell where my next home will be in a month and where I will sleep. Will I be enjoying a home-cooked meal or as usual (in recent times), stepping into a diner to have dinner?

It might sound quite stupid to you, but I'm having a real crisis feeling disoriented thus. The thing that is keeping me sane is that I love my work and am immersing myself more and more into it to avoid thinking too much.

I just wonder how much more time till I have to face upto something that I have been putting off thinking about for sometime.

I'm looking forward to a short break from work where I don't have to travel back to Abu Dhabi (which might happen as soon as November for another 2-3 months). Just need to feel and let the feeling of security of being back in Mumbai at home (???) sink in and rest there.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008


I was channel surfing yesterday, when I came across the Matchday 1 of the Champions League for this year. They were showing the Liverpool vs Marseille game and I ended up watching the entire match till about 2.30 in the morning. Barely getting 4 hours of sleep, I trudged off to office and somehow managed to get through the day.

I thought to myself: "Thank God there won't be a game tonight. I am too sleepy to watch! Also, I haven't studied any GMAT stuff for days." And just then I remembered that the Matchdays 1 and 2 would be on consecutive nights!!! The thought of not watching tonight's game is heavy on my heart. On one hand, Im really sleep deprived. But well, its Football and it is my duty to watch. So, I must fulfill my duty.

In honour of the beautiful game, I compiled a few quotes that I found hilarious!!! Hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

The Heroes

One accusation you can't throw at me is that I've always done my best.
- Alan Shearer

(The inimitable David "Golden Balls" Beckham :D)

Interviewer: Would it be fair to describe you as a volatile player?
David Beckham: Well, I can play in the centre, on the right and occasionally on the left side.

Alex Ferguson is the best manager I've ever had at this level. Well, he's the only manager I've actually had at this level. But he's the best manager I've ever had.
- David Beckham

My parents have been there for me, ever since I was about 7. :D
- David Beckham

I can see the carrot at the end of the tunnel.
- Stuart Pearce

I spent a lot of my money on booze, babes and fast cars. The rest, I just squandered. :D :D
- George Best

The Managers, The Bosses

I've told the players we need to win so that I can have the cash to buy some new ones.

- Chris Turner, Peterborough manager, before League Cup QF, 1992.

That's great, tell him he's Pele and get him back on.
- John Lambie, Patrick Thistle manager, when told a concussed striker did not know who he was.

And I honestly believe we can go all the way to Wembley...unless somebody knocks us out.
- Dave Basset

Football vs Anything/Anyone Else

Hollywood made a movie of my life. The film had me proposing to my wife on the football field. I would never misuse a football field that way :D
- Elroy "Crazylegs" Hirsch

A famous football coach and his wife were talking...
Wife: You love football more than me.
Football coach: You're right, wife, but I love you more than baseball and basketball.

And finally, the one that says it all...

Football is not a matter of life and death.
It's much more serious than that.
- Bill Shankly

P.S: Well, it's about 2 hours to kickoff. That leaves me with 1 hour to study and 1 hour to get a power nap to be in time to watch the game at midnight! Can't wait! Manchester United, Real Madrid, Juventus, Zenit St Petersburg are all in action today!


Update: I sat down and completed my 20 question set for Critical Reasoning, which I have been struggling with for sometime now, whilst listening to the FM on my cell. I think it was the music that made me score a near perfect 19/20. I wish they would allow me to take my music into the center on G-day!

A power nap is out of the question now. I think I will go and watch the pundits discuss tonights games. With all respects to ManU, I would love to watch the Juve vs Zenit game. A team on song, Zenit has won the UEFA Cup and the UEFA Super Cup beating teams like Manchester United on the way. Against a resurgent Juve, it should be a classic game. I hope TEN Sports broadcasts this game tonight!

Also, I would be calling up Salvador sir tomorrow to register myself for guitar classes starting this weekend.

On a happy note: Sayonara!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008


An unexpected piece of good fortune today! I got a mini-promotion!!!!! :D

I will now be taking up some more responsibilities in my project and having a couple of people report to me. Will be driving a couple of projects within the team. Get more direct client interaction, more say in architectural and technical decisions, work and delivery estimations. Will contribute in grooming juniors too.

I was told that the client is very impressed with my work and very comfortable dealing with me. Client has given a resounding vote of approval for my work and support at site.

It feels good to be vindicated! Let there be more.

Friday, September 12, 2008


I took the decision not to see someone and now I will have to in order not to piss someone else off! What a pickle!

She said: "I'm sorry James."

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Song for Tonight

This is the only movie closing credits song that I have ever sat through.

There's Something In The Air - David Bowie (OST: Memento)

Your coat and hat are gone
I really can't look at your
little empty shelf
A ragged teddy bear
It feels like we never had a chance
Don't look me in the eye

We lay in each others arms
But the room is just an empty space
I guess we lived it out
Something in the air
We smiled too fast
then can't think of a thing to say

Lived with the best times
Left with the worst
I've danced with you too long
Nothing left to say

Let's take what we can
I know you hold your head up high
We've raced for the last time
A place of no return

And there's something in the air
Something in my eye
I've danced with you too long
Something in the air
Something in my eye

Abracadoo - I lose you
We can't avoid the clash
The big mistake
Now we're gona pay and pay
The sentence of our lives
Can't believe I'm asking you to go

We used what we could
To get the things we want
But we lost each other on the way
I guess you know I never wanted
anyone more than you

Lived all our best times
Left with the worst
I've danced with you to long
Say what you will

But there's something in the air
Raced for the last time
Well I know you hold your head up high
There's nothing we have to say
There's nothing in my eyes
But there's something in the air
Something in my eye
I've danced with you too long
There's something I have to say
There's something in the air
Something in my eye
I've danced with you too long

Monday, September 08, 2008

Great Frustrations

See. I don't even want to write. Thought of a 100 points, but screw it.

"Make money. It's the only truth." That's the saraansh of this would-have-been post.

Pip and Dantes, I am you. Both in the same lifetime.

Monday, September 01, 2008

55 days to G-day

The countdown began sometime back, which is why I thought I might not be able to post many articles and hence the announcement to that effect.

However, I really missed posting, and as it turns out, I'm not such a dumbo in academics either. Or maybe just plain lucky! The joy of taking tests is back and I'm thoroughly enjoying the game. It's no longer about scoring high, it's more with the enjoyment of getting an answer correct! With that goal in mind, I'm doing pretty decently in my mocks and also have sufficient time to post!

So, it's 55 days to G-day and plenty of milestones to cross along the way. But I am actually enjoying the journey rather than worry about the outcome. And for the first time in years, I am feeling relaxed and confident. The pieces of the puzzle are coming together and things are making sense.

Maybe this is what it feels like when you walk towards your beckoning destiny.

Let's see. 55 days to G-day.

It's Ramadan Time

Happy Ramadan to all you guys out there! There have been many such occasions in the past, but only after living in Abu Dhabi, I realize the significance people place on this occasion.