Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The shady railway station and related adventures.

Well i don't know if shady is the right word to be using here. according to wiktionary this is what it means and i chose the last one(Not trustworthy; Unfit to be seen or known).
Moving on i am talking about the railway station in Chennai called the Tidel Park(was later told that it is actually called Thiruvanmiyur railway station), which apparently is opposite to the IT PARK called the Tidel Park, situated near Thiruvanmiyur, for all those less informed.This is one of the first places in Chennai where there was the initial IT boom etc etc.
But the railway station hardly looks like one in such a prominent place. It is huge, but more than half the station is in disuse. There is water leaking everywhere, this is in a city where a huge railway station like Chennai Central is maintained relatively neat.
Well and the trains here are not the usual ones and are called parakkum rail, (translated as flying rail). It does seem worse than the normal local trains, its dirtier and more grimy i still can't believe that's possible.
To make matters worse, the place where we got down, called light house also looked as bad.
Then we went to this one hep mall and found that there were no tickets to watch a movie(it was the week end, well obviously). I was left little choice and hence , drove friends to boredom with my books shopping and then headed to another movie theater nearby (another multiplex). There were no tickets here even and no prizes for guessing that. But the difference is we were able to get tickets here in black, OK how many of us from outside of Chennai(bangalore drawing from my personal experience) have seen this happen, near a multiplex. I was shocked, but we got a ticket any ways and that is all matters.
The movie started late, ended late and we had to rush back without proper dinner to get back home, which is technically speaking in another district.
To top it all i later found out that there was a railway station 5 minutes from the theater with a direct train to my place.
The most adventurous part of the day was getting back home from the railway station at midnight. I had the company of all the Stray Dogs, who were looking at me wondering i was not back home and later resigned thinking that some humans are weird, they would watch anything copulate, especially dogs are they are the next most abundant species in human vicinity(clearly visible ones). It was embarrassing no doubt, but i did not want to run either with them behind me.
So there it is the shady railway station and related adventures, though the adventure part was only towards the end of the journey.

P.S: Please note this is not Chennai bashing, this was just my experience of things, and if people think that facing stray dogs alone is not adventure, i would dare you to try it at your own risk of course.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009


The spoilsport to my time with TV. I reach home at 7.30pm and try to catch up with something on TV. Given that there are hardly any channels other than tamil ones here,i have a very limited choice. Well surviving with the existing ones i had great fun with my nephew watching cartoons, but then "MR.Bean" appeared in the picture. This show began at 8pm everyday to spoil all my fun. I do not understand the liking for this show with kids. I do understand the liking for cartoons(given that i love them). But this one is gross. Him sticking chewing gum into his ears and oh god.
The stupidity does not stop here to top this disaster up there is "Takeshi's Castle", with a so called comedian commenting non-stop. This guy is unbearable with his pathetic jokes and disgusting timing sense.
Well hope the cartoon channel begins to air some other show at 8pm or i must teach my nephew to hate the show(hope the former happens soon, the latter well....).

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

What to do when free at work place

For somebody who doesn't have access to any community site but twitter, this is a riddle, rather than just a statement. So here are some of my thoughts on what can be done to be rid of boredom

1)Talk should happen virtually only. None on your communicator must be spared.
2)Try creating a database of the websites blocked(this is an almost impossible task, given almost everything is blocked here).
3)Wikipedia, Guttenberg are the best source for obscure stuff.(I read The Count Of Dracula from Guttenberg).
4)Newspapers are always there, but take heed i was deceived by PTI, their official website reports news like TOI.
5)Bug all people you know outside of your workplace by mailing them(but you are not assured of a reply).
6)For those who are real lucky to have access to civilization from their offices , there are all flashy Malls, movie theaters etc.(unlike me)
7)Save some real good mails to be used in scenarios like this.
8)My favorite, downloading wall papers.

Well i have reached the end of my list, people who understand my plight, please do update this with your valuable ideas.

P.S: This was written at 4.00 AM waiting for the build to be submitted to test it, so i guess one more added to the list.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Loving the Unloved

I was inspired to write this, after i read Bleak House by Charles Dickens. There is a scene in the book where the death of a boy(Jo for those who have read the book) very much moved me. He is an orphan, uneducated in short a tramp. He is despised by the so called Upper Class and decent people (and so on and so forth). But there are some people who take care of him and provide him solace and peace when he is nearing death. This being set in one of the most conservative era's of the British Empire.
Makes me wonder are we any different from them(the so called Upper Class)? Don't we despise tramps we come across in our life? Let us at least not despise them. I am not asking for them to be brought home and fed. Let us at least help them out when they are in need of it. Their case is even more pitiable when they are handicapped physically or mentally. It is not their mistake for how they are(at least in most of the cases).Let us be more responsible morally.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Working on weekends

For somebody relatively new to this industry, i thought working on weekends is long way off, but i was wrong. Well there was critical work to do(read as data comparision). There was nobody else to do it(oh god who would be intersted). Hence me and my friend were chosen to do it(the honour makes me wnat to cry). We thought "what the heck, we can use these as comp offs". Well here is the twist to the story. We did work for 4 weekends(a Sunday included), but we dont get the compansatory off. why? because i have to work for nine and a half hours for that, and we worked for nine hours. This is great. There goes 4 days of my life wasted. Take heed people, do read all your company policies carefully before you fall for traps like this.