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Some post recession rants

Post recession boom is rocking everywhere. Most of the companies are providing reasonable hike and offering many other incentives to hold there existing employees and make them happy. Apart from that most of the firms are conducting recruitment drive to increase there man power and get themselves prepare for the upcoming projects. Few of my friends told that there companies are not accepting or holding new projects now days because of the lack of resources. Last year almost same time same firms were lying of there employees and running everywhere at least to get some maintenance work without much success. And also if two professionals meet and no matter how there conversation starts, it used to end up this way

Person 1: Dude I’m really loosing my sleep now a days. Heard there will be layoff at any time. Is there any opening in your company?
And as u guessed the second person’s reply also will be same and believe it or not now a days the conversation become like this
Per 1: Dey Mathai, are you looking for a shift. There is opening in my firm
Per 2: No man, coming to my company. There is lot of opening and they are offering very good offer for right candidates. Remember my organisation has more chicks compared to yours. So wanna have double maaza.

Recently I went to my native. Because of globalisation and communism, there even construction workers\  dish wash cleaner’s knows what is global recession or what is Obama’s latest healthcare plan and all(many of us may be don’t even heard about all these).There even most of the villages ,every morning there will be a ‘get together’ in the local t’shops and participants will be the achayans\annan’s(uncles) from all the part of society(read from fisherman to school teachers or sometimes college lectures with a cup of hot tea and copy of newspaper. They will be discussing\debating the entire international, national local matters (from shashi tharoor –sunanda pushkar to sania shohaib marriage to Tigerhoods girl friends \Obama or sometimes even about Italian PM’s mistress).But unfortunately they will not be knowing there son Kuttapan\rajapapan is creating ‘prem gada’ with mariakutty\shoshama at there next door.
Recently one of my friends told this tragic story. When he went to buy fish from the market, he had a talk with the fisherman

Fisherman: ente karthave ithara aren’t you the son of thomachan. You become so big. Where are you working son.
My friend(Mathai) : at ‘MacriSoft’
Fisherman: (sarcastically) Ohh didn’t you get job in bipro or sinfosys
(In interior part of the Kerala many of the uncles\aunties know only these two software companies. No matter if you are working with bigger companies than this or earning high salaries, it is very hard to convince these elders)
Mathai: Cheta, compared to these companies there are lot of better firms are there. I’m working with a similar one
Fisherman: Ohh really I haven’t heard about that. Anyways my sister’s son is working with Bipro and you know his salary is ABCDE. It is so sad to see people like you studied in big colleges by paying heavy donations and fees are incapable of getting into bipro,sinfosys and all. And at the same time people like my nephew kuttapan studied in local government schools and all got into there. Feel sorry about U son.

Mathai didn’t talk much after that. He brought the fish and immediately left the place. If he stayed there, may be entire colony would have come to know that thomachan’s son’s incapability of getting into bipro and sinfosys.


April 22, 2010 at 9:24 pm 30 comments

Any answers

Sometime back I and my best buddy Thomas were travelling to Chennai from Kerala. We were talking about usual topics like our family, about work, Chennai life, movies, old hostel \college days, chicks etc. We happened to talk about this

Me: Thoma how’s work.
Thom: Going great da. We have a very good team, organization culture and all. I’m into a good project since I joined here. Salary also good compared to most of the other firms. So everything is going superb and cool at my side. Hey if any of your friends looking to switch job do let me know.
Me: wow, that’s great. So good to hear that buddy
Thom: But I have to add this point also. Unless we switch our job there won’t be much difference in our salary structure. I have got lot of offers from my management to stay back. Let me see how is my appraisal this month, and then I will take a decision. Anyways I’m keeping my fingers crossed

After a while a co passenger befriended with us, who also happened to be a Software Engineer working with a Top multi national firm. His CTC was a bit low compared to ours (though not that bad to say).Without wasting any time Thomas asked him to send his CV to his ID and with in minutes he forwarded the same.
This incident made me a think a lot. Like what we want in our life. A good job? , fat pay check? , Part of a good team and low pressure at work? Part of an organization which offer a very good career growth?. What will help us to be satisfied. Will there be a saturation point? Don’t we have an end point for our needs? .I doesn’t have answer for any of these questions. Usually I’m not a person who thinks or care about all these stuffs. But at times when some one asks me about all these or when I have conversations like this, I really don’t have a convincing answer.

P.S : Happy Vishu \Tamil new year to all

April 14, 2010 at 1:59 pm 30 comments

Enna koduma saravanan idhu….

I’m doing my PG in Anna University through weekend classes. As most of my classmates are working professionals, we used to attend classes only for the sake of minimum attendance and most of us hardly know each other. One day I met this chap, who happened to be my classmate. We smiled and introduced ourselves to each other. Our conversation went like this

RajniHasan: Hi, I’m rajni hasan
Me: huh, nice name.
RajniHasan: Hahah, I know that
Me: what u do, you are working somewhere?
RH: I’m working with pata consultancy services
Me: ohh so you are pata’ian, cool

He nodded his head he smiled at me
This guy was wearing pata T-shirt, pata Bag, pata watch. After seeing his cell phone I felt like fainting. Like his cell phone wallpaper also was PCS logo

Me: Dude don’t you think this is too much, pata bag,cap,watch and also cell phone wallpaper. You love your company that much huh.
RH: yeah of course (he frowned at me).you know, we pata’s believe in team work, care for each other,support for each other (blahh blahh bleee….big list)
Me: you are a fresher right. I can read that from your excitement.
RH: yeah you guessed right. I joined PCS 3 days back as a fresher

At that moment I didn’t know whether I should bang my head or laugh out. I tried my best to hold my laugh. Anyways I decided to introduce him to my gang, as we badly need someone studious to copy the assignments and notes for exams. He asked me whether he can sit with me and I told okay
The ‘Managerial skill’ lectures was the first hour on that day. Our hero was sincerely listening to lecture and taking notes and at the other side I was ‘sincerely checking ‘out the girls at the corridor. RH was looking confused and disturbed

Me: What happened not understanding anything huh?
RH: Yeah man –beep—
lecture. Why can’t he explain the stuff in a simple manner?
Me: Don’t worry you want me to give you some books .So that you can study something useful.
RH: wow you got some books. I’m happy at least you are sincere here
Me: yeah exactly Rajni .we should use our time sensibly instead of wasting our time listening to these useless lectures
(I winked at him and told)
Then I open my bag and passed him a India today, Readers Digest and Hindu and asked him to take what ever he like.

I guess he really got pissed of me and next hour itself he went and sat in the front bench with a bunch of studious guys. Though he always used be with our gang, he never sat with any of us during lectures. I have seen so many ‘special’ guys in my life. But he was a one unbeatable guy. Actually I shared only 20 percentage of the incident here Hope he will be like this and committed to his company forever

P.S: Anyways at the end, I shared my assignments with him and I explained my notes to him for the exam.That is a different story

February 26, 2010 at 8:38 pm 32 comments

Happy New Year !!!!!!!!

It was a cold misty December night in coimbatore in 2005.Entire city was prepared to celebrate the new year with colourful lights and all. Me and my equally crazy friend MG came to coimbatore railway station to board the 1 .00 AM Ernakulam train. As we have got three more hours for our train, this weird idea strike at mg’s wicked brain as usual .Like “lets roam around the city and celebrate this New Year eve in our own way”. We decided to start from the backside entry of station, just freak around the nearby lanes and reach the main entrance of station with in half an hour. It was actually fun to roam around the deserted city in midnight. After walking few hours we felt something wrong. Like we started almost 45 minutes back, still we haven’t reached the main entrance of station (which is hardly 10 minutes walk from the back entrance) .Suddenly we spotted the big board of KG Hospital few steps away(which is almost 4 kilometres away from station).We understood that we were lost(that we took the wrong lane). We looked for someone to ask shortcut to station but couldn’t find anyone in the street (guess coz of curfew of police).We finally started walking back and spotted this guy and asked him “Uncle, can you tell us the way to railway station”. He replied “Dear Brothers, for past 1 hour I’m also searching for the same. I mean the way to railway station”. (He was heavily drunk).Then another guy ran toward us and asked us “thambi, can you check the seat number and boarding time of this train, I couldn’t read it properly”. Actually that idiot showed us the ticket that he should suppose to board 4 hours back (do I need to say he was also heavily drunk)
Finally one auto driver told us a short cut and we started that way. We were shit scared that time coz that street was fully packed with peoples look like rowdies and pimps(to say exactly look like baddies in Tamil movies) and also lot of pocket shops were there (which exclusively sells only cycle chains and pan parag).By 12 o’clock crackers and flower pots started bursting all over (for new year). Almost same time our equally insane friend and ex room mate nithin called us to wish New Year and He told us the shortcut to reach the station. Finally by 00:40 AM almost after freaking 1:30 hour ‘road trip’ we reached the station. Nithin was waiting for us there in the entrance .MG become damn tired and asked us something to eat. Fortunately Nithin had a bottle of peanut butter, chocolate jam and few snickers bar .By gods grace one shop was opened over there, we brought a bread and celebrated our new year (party) with the available stuff in platform in our own way (cursing our *@#$%*** project schedule for spoiling our new year eve).Though it was a bit weird, when I look back it was one of the best ‘new year night’ we had so far.

Folks now it is time to take stupid resolutions which we should suppose to break with in a couple of days. This is time to thank god for all the blessings he showered upon us on past year. This is time to forget about the disappointments of past year. This is the time to welcome the new season with lots of hopes and dreams.
So friends have a blast at tonight in your own style\way. But stay safe, do everything with in limit. Have fun folks. Wish you a happy and prosperous new year. May god help you all to fulfil each and every wish of yours in the New Year

December 31, 2009 at 11:56 am 22 comments

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Some random Shopping tales

“Dude, if you are not in a hurry, can you gimme a lift to health and glow and then to my apartment”. One of my friend called me and told, when I was about to leave from office. I’m a bit ‘allergic’ to this shop. The sales girls\guys in this shop are ‘trained’ to tempt you for buying all the needed\unwanted stuff (*from the experience of yours truly and his friends).Few years back, after doing some shopping to attend my cousin’s marriage, I headed to this shop to buy a sunscreen and hair gel (that was the first time in my life I went there).
The sales girls asked me what I want and I answered her. But she convinced me to buy another brand to my preferred one. Then another sales girl approached me and asked

S.G: Sir, you have got lot of open pores on your face, just look at this mirror.
after doing some close examination I felt that she is right (though I have never noticed it before) ;).
Me: yeah I can see a few. But what is the problem in that?
S.G: Sir it doesn’t looks good. It looks awkward; you have to tighten those pores.
I was thinking there, that why she is concerned about me so much 🙄
Before I told anything, she brought some skin toner and told me
S.G: Use this product .With in one month you will see the result
Me: I don’t think it is necessary for me, will you bill these products fast

Then she gave me a lecture about the nature of my skin and how good that product for my skin for next few minutes.i became tired of her lecture, so finally she won the battle and I brought it (one reason 4 that is I wanna look best at my family function 😉 ).
While moving towards the bill counter another sales girl approached me and asked me whether I have hair loss problem or not and I told no and moved away. she told me like

S.G 2: Sir just 1 min listen 2 me ,use this hair oil, so that in future, you won’t be suffering from any hair lose problem and also it has good cooling effect.

I couldn’t stop laughing to that, first time I heard about some product (and approached by someone) to prevent hair loss in future. Anyways I didn’t let her to proceed and promptly avoided her and moved to billing counter. When I was about to pay this bill another sales girl approached me (hmm it was not that bad, been the center of attraction of this much girls 😉 )

S.G 3: Sir you are lucky to have normal skin type. Use this face pack once in a week. It is very necessary for this climate and also if you are sitting in air conditioned room for a long time. Use this product and see the result after a week. It will make your skin glow like anything

(They all were talking to me as if I’m the only person who don’t have self –awareness in that area 😕 ) I felt like telling her, till I came here I (my skin) was perfectly fine. So will u please leave me alone
I just thanked her, paid the money and immediately left the space, before someone else caught me. After this incident,I always used to be very careful with that shop.

Though, it happened few years back. When my friend called me, I recalled this incident first. But as also I have to buy a deo and hair oil I agreed to drop her there. I asked my friend to pick up a deo for me and I moved to hair oil stack .As expected one sales girl approached me and asked me “whath dho you whaanth” in her fake British accent. Though I have a regular hair care products brand I just asked her can u suggest good non sticky hair oil. She took the product of an international renowned brand and started explaining its benefits. I told her that, that product is not good and then took my favorite brand .Though there was a big queue in the cash counter, I gave my pick to my friend and waited at cash counter. I was curious about, why there is such a big crowd in a personal care and cosmetic shop. So I just peeped at others basket (just for time pass). It was a bit funny. One young foreign lady who were standing in the end of the queue, by holding a 10 rupee mini tissue pack (no comments about it….I was struggling there to control my laugh) Another lady was holding a small packet of ‘ladies only stuff’ and a tooth brush, waiting for her turn in that long queue (was wondering there, now a days medical shops and super markets are not stocking these stuff or what). When I told about the same to my friend, she told me like, “It is something like an addiction, a form of shopaholism. They experience some kind of satisfaction, when they spend some time or purchase something (though it is useful or not) in those particular places” .Anyways when we were about to leave the space old sales girl came running towards us and asked me

S.G: Sir Can I ask you something me: yeah sure
S.G: y did you say, that hair oil is not good. me: what happened, why did you ask?
S.G: (in a panicked tone) I’m using it for past 1 month; please tell me what is wrong with that product.
We couldn’t stop laughing at her question and at her panicked expression.My friend answered her that “it contains silicon, so as per doctors advise it is not recommended for daily use(though it make your hair shine instantly but later on it may cause serious drawbacks like frizzy hair, hair fall and also problems for scalp etc”(always chose hair care products that does not contain silicon).She thanked us and left(her facial expression was priceless , and anyways it was payback time for us).

Anyways after a tiring week in office that short shopping was a perfect fun experience for us.

P.S: I didn’t mean to insult anyone (any characters mentioned here) in this post. @ H & G – It is a very good shop, were we can purchase all the local\international brands of our choice. Only thing is you have to be a bit careful with the sales persons.

Trivia: Saw this movie on last week – A Walk on the Moon . Loved it (good performance from lead actors and very good BG music) .Grab the DVD and watch it if you like unconventional movies)

November 3, 2009 at 11:58 am 44 comments

Mera number kab aayega :(

Me: Helu she: Hi anish did u get, who is this?
Well this is the one sentence I hate to the core in a telephonic conversation.
Me: well sruthy? , hmmm neena, wait a second….. Nancy right????
She: ohh u remembers all Jessica, Monica. Can’t U recognize this good friend of yours, huh? This is teena, U fool
Me: oops itz U girl, looong time…what you are doing now days…..
Teena: it is okay anish, just pulling your legs. Hey listen; I’m landing India on next week. And also I’m planning to go to Chennai and spend a couple of days over there with my cousins. Between is it possible to meet, you guys
Me: why not, love to see U again
Teena: cool, I will call u once I reach there. By the time U tell others about the same and plan something

Well teena was my batch mate and a good friend of mine. Of course she was my, another short-term crush in the college .she is good looking, smart, sensible, studious and a spiritual girl. Though she had a lot of secret admires in my batch, no one showed any guts to propose her coz everyone was sure she were not interested in all that
I was so happy when I received her call and was so excited about meeting her again. Though these days I’m irritated with these question repeatedly from lot of ‘well wishers’ like “so when u getting finally hooked up?” and the same answer I give to every one “too young to get married now, so probably after 3 years”. After her call and day dreams, accidentally I recalled this family friend’s comment about my answer, like “that is our point, start looking now itself dude, so that you can find a good one and get married when the time come”. So I thought like “y not her, she is smart, sensible etc…. yeah she is the perfect one for me”. I told to myself “there is nothing wrong in telling my ‘dil ki baat’ to her”. So I decided to go ahead. I called up our mutual and told about the get together. So we all decided to meet up at CCD first at 4:30 and plan what to do after that over there. Then I called her up and asked her to be at CCD by 4

We both reached the spot almost at the same time .I felt like, running towards her and give her a big hug. But I just controlled myself and instead I just blew a flying kiss to her. She just smiled at me and then we sat face to face at CCD and started talking.

Me:girl U looks gorgeous, how you have been.
T: ohh really thank u…..I’m doing great as usual. Between, you too look great

The conversation were going great…..I told to myself “dude this is the ideal time, tell those three magical words to her. Don’t loose the chance”. When I was about to propose her she told me with a sweet smile
T: u didn’t ask, y I came to India and now Chennai to meet u all
Me: why?
T: (in a very excited tone): heyy, dude can u believe this. I am getting married!!!
After hearing this I started laughing like anything and I told her
Me: Teena, I can’t believe this, why it is always happens to me
T: see see, I told U na …excuse me, what is with the last sentence??
Me: not that dear, I was about to propose u now. Goodness u told that before, else everything would have been fing fing
T: Dude are you serious, I can’t believe this. I thought you were not interested in this love lup and all. Between, why me? She grinned at me
Me: I had a small crush on you when we were in college and anyway after some time I have to get hooked up with some one na .So I thought, it will be nice to have a nice girl like U …..
T: hmm interesting, I thought you guys were not interested in me in that way when we were in college. And I guess I might have been a little reserved over there.
Me: no no, the fact is so many guys had crush on you. But as they don’t wanna spoil the friendship with you, they didn’t go ahead.
T: ohhh really… Okay forget about others, though u had a crush on me, why didn’t you propose me that time. I guess we were pretty close friends since first year
Me: Hey I was not desperate at that time and also I thought that would make you upset. Ok forget it, if in case I proposed you, what reply, you would have given to me?
Me: Hey I was not desperate at that time and also I thought, that would make you upset ok forget it, If in case I proposed you, what reply, you would have given to me?
T: idiot, why in case, you should have proposed me….OMG I missed so much fun…Ok ok, jokes apart…anish you know me very well right. I’m my parent’s daughter. You know, I never used to take any personal decisions in my life. What ever is my parents decision I will obey that and so far they gave me the best in everything. That’s all about that. thatz it
Me: ok ok I was just kidding, forget about that. Anyways we both had some fun moments. That’s more than enough. Between congrats for getting hooked up
T: thanks anish actually I’m so excited, you know he is my childhood friend. I’m gonna tell this to him, when he call me. Between this is fun time for you guys. Instead of getting committed to one girl at this time, move around everyone and have fun. And at the same time always keep this in mind “GOD is good to those who love him”

By the time our friends came and we shared this to them and everyone had a good laugh. Though I cooked up all these for fun, we had really very good time (I never expected that twist).Anyways teenz, I wish much happiness to you and your darling husband. May God bless you both? And I’m so happy to have such a wonderful friend like you.

P.S: Between why this is always happens to me. Though for fun or real, this is the third time same thing happened to me.

October 3, 2009 at 9:29 pm 29 comments

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