Thursday, 30 October 2008

Getting younger with each passing moment...

It has been observed by a large number of people that I have undergone some change in the way I look. I was just wondering what it was. And today, I just happened to look across some photographs of past. And I must say, yes, there is quite some change happening. Lets analyse

This was a shot taken at Sanjeevini Gardens somewhere in February 2008

This is in March 2008 while on the way to Bhopal for my SSB interview

This one is at the SSB interview at Bhopal. Hmmm... One of the ugliest shot

This is at J G College, sometime in April 2008

This one was taken at J G College almost towards the end of my BCom. This seems like a bookie sitting between 2 betting teams

This is the last day at J G College and can perhaps be called as a beginning of a change, a change that I have been longing to get. A change that I was aspiring to turn around my life. I wanted to break out of the shuckles and make a lot of effort towards life

This is one of the earliest outing at Bengaluru. This one was taken at Lalbagh. And in this too, I look the same old uncle type

And this picture, perhaps, is the one, which entirely tells a different story. It was after 2 and a half months of living at Bengaluru and getting heavily busy with life and life's activities. Work had become the primary motto and nothing else except it comes to mind

Hmmm... Some cutiepie looks start peeping in. It was this day during book review competition that I got a comment that I am growing younger with each passing moment. Even I could experience that. A lot of positive energy had started to flow in and I had given up laziness. I was also termed as a machine for the way I approached life and work

And this, finally, is at the last day celebrations. It was a true transformation that I have undergone in there 3 and half or 4 months period. From July 7 to October 24 2008, days have been adding a lot of value to my personality in every angle. I am glad that these days came in my life at the right time when I was in need of them. A positive moulding has happened. A man grows with experience as his way of seeing the world broadens and the broader perspective helps him to move on in the right paths

Well, changes keep happening in life. And I am very glad to find these changes in my life. The problem that used to face in Hubli was that I could never put my thoughts into action. However, this new place gave an opportunity for that. And more importantly, getting support from the faculty who are encouraging was a the biggest boost to my morale. I was very happy and comfortable as I could be with like minded people who have the same objective of moving up life without worrying about anything silly and wasting time around. The greatest disadvantage of staying in Hubli was the narrow minded approaches that restricted my life and I could never open up to make my dreams come true. To put it in the simplest way, people here laugh and make fun of you when you say that you want to do MBA from IIM. In fact, living here, we cant even dare to think about it. The hindrance is so high. But today, with everything that has been happening and with all kinds of people I have been seeing, my hands are streching beyond them and these dreams have no boundaries

As I always keep singing the Nescafe Open Up song which goes this way

You can be rich, with no money to spend.
You can do everything, when you understand.
You can be mother, when your are man.
Open up, you know that you can.

Open you eyes,
open your mind,
open your thoughts.
Don't stay behind.

Open up, open up,
open up, open up,
(nescafe)open up, open up,
open up, open up.

The key is inside you, to open your mind.
You know what is out there, your heartcan't be blind.
Open your eyes and open your mind.
Open your thoughts, don't stay behind.

Open you eyes,
open your mind,
open your thoughts.
Don't stay behind.

Open up, open up,
open up, open up,
(nescafe)open up, open up,
open up, open up.

You raise all the borders, and start in your head.
Open your mind, to thoughts ?
Open your eyes and open your mind.
Open your thoughts and don't stay behind.

Open you eyes,
open your mind,
open your thoughts.
Don't stay behind.

Open up, open up,
open up, open up,
(nescafe)open up, open up,
open up, open up.

Open up, open up,
open up, open up,
(nescafe)open up, open up,
open up, open up.
Open up, open up,
open up, open up,
open up, open up,
Nescafe
And after a big gap of over 3 years, the time has come that I have opened up with the great support of a great environment. Even after knowing the importance of this and after efforts too, I could never do that. It had been the biggest hindrance for me. And now, I believe, I have broken open and things are going better

I welcome Globalization into my life

Wednesday, 29 October 2008

Am I becoming a movie buff...

Over time, I have been observing that I am finding interest in watching movies at theatres. In fact, the frequency of watching movies has gone up tremendously. Over years, I would hardly spare any time or money for this purpose. However, in the past couple of months, the trend has changes completely. I used to go only for such movies which are superhits and that after a lot of pestering by my friends. However, things have changed now

To make an analysis,

I went to a movie Mussanje Maatu, starring Sudeep and Ramya which turned on to be a superhit, on the occassion of my friend's birthday on July 2 at Sri Lakshmi Shakti Theatre, Hubli from 11.30 am to 2.30 pm
And then, I moved on to Bengaluru in a week

After a couple of weeks, I saw the movie Bachna Ae Haseeno starring Ranbir Kapoor, Bipasha Basu, Minisha Lamba and the dazzling Deepika Padukone at Urvashi Cinemas, Bengaluru from 3 pm to 5.30 pm

And soon, I could find me seeing the much awaited movie of the year Hello based on the nation's best selling novel by Chetan Bhagat- One Night @ The Call Centre starring the mighty Salman Khan, Sharman Joshi, Sohail Khan, Amrita Arora, Isha Koppikar and Katrina Kaif at Inox Movies, Swagat Garuda Mall, Bengaluru from 6.50 pm to 9.30 pm

Before the effect of this magical movie would dry, I was watching Karzzz starring Himesh Reshammiya, Urmila and Shweta at Inox Movies, Swagat Garuda Mall, Bengaluru from 10 am to 12.30 pm

Further, the next one was Kidnap starring Imran Khan, Sanjay Dutt and Minisha Lamba at Apsara Theatre, Hubli from 11.30 am to 2.30 pm

And today, I am at it again. I just watched the movie Sangam starring the golden star Ganesh and Vedhika at Sri Lakshmi Theatre, Hubli from 3 pm to 5.30 pm. So, 6 movies in 4 months. And 4 of them coming this month alone

Well, something is definitely happening

Further, there are very strong plans for watching the second innings of my favorite movie Golmaal Returns. In fact, everyone knows that it is going to be rocking and also that I just loved Golmaal, I have a good number of proposals. I have watched the 1st version, ie, Golmaal, not less than 50-60 times. Its one of the loveliest movies ever made. Lets see what this version will give. Further, a Karan Johar venture, Dostana is up next and I dont think I will miss it. I have seen K3G and KHNH in the theatres. So, this one too, for sure, will be seen. Whats happening!!!

Lifestyle is on a change and so is life. Preferences, choices, priorities, etc are on a shuffle

Lets see where things take off and where will they land

Thursday, 23 October 2008

Anything but love... An awesome play...

We had been to a play titled Anything But Love starring Suman Soni and Mandira Bedi. Yes, Mandira Bedi. Hmmm... I was glad to even imagine that I will be seeing her with my naked eyes. Initially, I was with a no no for the show. But soon, it became a yes yes. The play was planned as a part of the ongoing Times Bangalore Festival. I never had an idea of what kind of play it would be. But the moment it began, I was shocked. It was going to be a great fun watching it. More than watching, listening to it

I just collected some brief description about the play on the net for easier understanding
Meet Anish and Seema. Anish is just like any other man, hopelessly insecure, occasionally funny, conspicuously jealous, supposedly logical, thinks black and white, believes that women make bad drivers, is unable to come to terms with growing older, still thinks everything is not lost

And Seema is like any other woman, hopelessly optimistic, vaguely focused, compulsively emotional, supposedly more mature, thinks white and black, believes that men make bad lovers, is unable to come to terms with growing older, and still thinks better days are yet to come

One fine day, five long years after their divorce, Anish and Seema bump intoeach other in a restaurant. The play looks at this estranged couple’s story after the fated meeting in the restaurant

Does life give them a second chance? Do they conform? Between gay psychiatrists and second spouses will they choose to be with each other? Or will they let bygones be bygones? “ANYTHING BUT LOVE” is supposed to be laced with humour that further blends with a stilling poignancy to take its audience on a journey that they are not likely to forget

I had a real blast listening to the beautiful conversations. The attitude shown by both of them and the expressing things at the perfect moment in a great way was just awesome

All the dirty talk on various topics was fun to listen. They have been performing this act for more than 130 times and there is good rapport between them

All in all, it was a splendid time

Tuesday, 21 October 2008

12 policies per annum...

IRDA has made it mandatory for all the insurance agents to register a minimum of 12 policies per annum to retain their license. I have been licensed into this business from October 16, 2006. And my second year as an Insurance Advisor with the nation's largest insurer has just come to an end. In the first year, I was a supershot performer and I was able to register more than 75 policies. However, in the second years, things have been quite dull. With the withdrawal of LIC Money Plus, there has been a slowdown. Further, the hot selling ULIPs have also not been doing well and thus, even I did not personally feel like to suggest someone to buy them. The markets have been drowing and diving deeper and deeper with each passing day. Further, due to my involvement in college activites and also this being the final year at college, I have ignored my work. Its only off late that I decided to restart. Even now, I am unable to give it my best due to other commitments of life. I just wanted to ensure that I complete 12 policies before 16 October. And yes, it happened. I completed 12 policies and had a sigh of relief and felt very happy

But soon, an issue came up. The IRDA rule says that we must insure at least 12 lives, which means, 12 different persons. However, in my case, I have a customer who has taken 2 policies. Hence, though I have 12 policies registered, the lives that I have been able to cover is just 11. An immediate need for another policy arose

And the last date too got over. However, I got an extension for another 15 days and I was asked to complete this before the end of October

By God's grace, I have been able to make up for this and the license is almost retained :-)

I thank all my clients and friends for the help they have extended to me in this endeavor

Monday, 13 October 2008

An escape from chicken...

Yesterday, I had an amazing escape from chicken. I was in my room for the entire day. There was no work at all. I had been sleeping, lying, lazing around the whole day. I also had some tough time fighting for unnecessary reasons with my family. I did not even have my food properly. In fact, I dont know how my food habits are? Somedays, I find myself in Pizza Huts, Pizza Corners, McDonalds, Good restaurants, etc. While some days, I finish up things at the bakery. Sometimes, I have a shot at Pani Puri stalls. Sometimes, its the sweet shops. And sometimes, juice shops. The same keeps happening often. I keep having 2-3 juices at a times for breakfast. For dinner, I eat apple cakes. I really dont find anything to take me a right diet line or regular food habits. Usually, thats what happens when you are not at home. Even this is a kind of fun

So, after eating some jalebis, samosas, pani puris, etc the whole day, I finally decided to go for dinner. And this landed me at a hotel named Trendz where I ordered for a parota. I was given parota with curry. I was a lot tensed due to some problems. I took a piece of parota and dipped it in the curry. And took it out and the parota was almost near my lips. And suddenly, I stopped. I dont know why. I called the waiter for some water. And the water came. And then, I continued. The same thing repeated this time too. I was about to eat it and I suddenly stopped. I called the waiter again. And this time, I dont really understand how this miracle happened, I asked him, "Is this curry vegeterian?". I just did not believe myself that I had asked this question. The reason being that I was totally lost thinking about some other issue. And when I am in some thought, no other thing comes to my mind. I am really thankful to God for somehow getting this situation. The waiter responded that it was chicken curry. I asked him to change it immediately. I took another plate. The waiter refused to take the plate back as I had already cut it. However, I told him that I will be paying for both. And then, a parota with veg curry was served to me which I had

And then, I went to a bakery and ordered for a veg puff. I dont know why I did that. The puff came and it was the last piece. Wow! Daane daane pe likkha hota hai khane waale ka naam. But I never wanted to have this puff as it was totally out of order. It was night 11 and God knows how many days back it was prepared. I just kept it back and paid for that too

Hmmm... Great things happen with great people

And yes, I had been to this movie Hello on saturday. It was a great one. The movie is based on Chetan Bhagat's One Night @ The Call Center. It starred Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Sharman Joshi, Isha Koppikar, Sohail Khan and others. Everything was exactly the depiction of the book including dialogues. The only difference was that it was actor Salman Khan in place of author Chetan Bhagat. I loved it. We had been to Inox for the movie. I was just wondering about the price. Not that it was costly. But compared to the share prices of Inox, it definitely was. Inox is trading at 40 levels these days. So, one ticket is worth buying 5 shares :-)

I enjoyed the movie

Sunday, 5 October 2008

Puneet at Hubballi...

Yes, its true and its happening here. I am back to my home town after almost 3 months and its a great feeling. Though, due to couple of reasons, I was resisiting to come, things have taken a better shape now. Thats why I always say, when a problem comes, go, go near to it, go nearer to it, face it, give it whatever it wants, and after that, it goes away. However, if you try to run away, it will keep following you till it gets what it wants. Its always better to give it what it wants now itself rather than on a future date

The journey on train was a little extraordinary (as usual)

I had purchased 2 books, viz, Sudha Murthy's Dollar Bahu and Tusshar Raheja's Anything for you ma'am. I started reading the second one and could read a couple of chapter. Its a love story of an IITian. There are some nice incidents that he quotes about in the book

In fact, I had got the reservation done about a month back and I was in the waiting list. However, I was lucky to find that my seat is confirmed. Further, as usual, I shifted from one seat to another seat to enable family and friends stay together. From S5-46 to S6-72 to S6-37 or so. I am exact about the numbers though. At the Bangalore station, I wanted to have some food and I had gone out. I was having a cream bun and a badam milk. And in moments, the train started moving. I never noticed that. And suddenly, I find that the train is off


Oh my God. I had been thinking about all such things the whole day. I had been thinking that I will cancel my tickets. I had even lost my tickets in my room. And after googling for about 3 hours, I got them. I had even thought that the train might never reach to Hubli. And with such thoughts, it was almost getting confirmed to me that I am not going. And suddenly, I started running and the milkvendor shouts at me for the money. That was a real testing time. I had a Rs 20 note. I could not even wait for the change back. But then, I never lose money this way. I ensured that I collect the change and ran. And in fact, I could easily run and catch the train. The problem was that a full glass of badam milk was in my hand I could not afford to throw it. Neither could I drink it. I managed run on and on and the milk kept falling over and over and at last, at last but not the least, I was on the board. The first thing I did after getting into the train was, sip the badam milk to the full

What an amazement...

Further, I went and fell asleep on my seat. It was about 3.45 am that I got up. I did not know that the time was 3.45 am as my cell was switched off due to low battery. I took out the charger and went on to find the charging point. The charging point was so strong that the plug pin never entered it. I wanted to peep out to see which place we were in. By that, I would know the time. Having travelled in this train for good number of times, I have a feeling of the land around and on that basis, I can judge an approxiamate timing based on the station. In a couple of moments, I corssed over to the other coach. And while I could keep my cellular device for charging, the TC closed the shutter that made way between S5 and S6

I was amazed, shocked, surprised, thrilled, excited, feared, happy, sad, mad or whatever. I just did not know what to do. I could not open the shutter. I could not even go to sleep. Whats the use of getting this reservation? Soon, my cell was on and I saw that it was 4 am. Luckily, this charging point was working. All my luggage, my purse and other belongings were lying across my seat in the other coach. I could lose anything. There was a good amount of cash ranging around 4000 rupees. I tried opening the shutter and nothing worked. And then, I thought, there are 2 things that can happen now. One is that someone will steal everything. Other is no one will steal anything. Now, in both cases, I am helpless. So, I just went into S5 and found that there was a vacant seat. In fact, a person was there in this seat. And that person has gone to the other seat sitting with another person and chatting together. Love birds, you know... I dont know if it was a boy's seat or a girl's seat. Whatever, what difference does it make. I went on and asked them if I can use that seat. They said OK. And I also informed them that my mobile is kept for charging and they should look after it. I even told them to wake me up at 4.30 am when Haveri station comes. That was something too demanding

At 4.30 am, I rushed on and banged. In fact, when I was trying to open the shutter previously, I did every sort of adjustment and in the process, the shutter got a double lock. The TC was shouting from the other end to open it. And finally, it was opened. Hurray

And guess what, there was another poor old man from S6 who had done the same mistake of going into S5. He was cursing the TC and also telling that some locked the shutter from the other side (ie, me) and it was not getting opened. He was saying that his wife will be so much worried about him and she must be crying. I went with him to his seat. And now, a great thing. The seat in which I was sleeping was that old man's seat. It did not belong to those love birds. Thats why they bother to say yes when I asked. And next, the old woman is sleeping cool and fine. And the old man wakes her up. She asks what happened. And then, the old man began. What an incident

Before the shutter would close again, I ensured that I get back to my seat. Yet again, I had forgotten my cell and I ran back and collected it too. I keep forgetting my cell everywhere everytime. I dont understand why this happens. It has become one of my characteristic features :-)

And finally, it was 5.30 am and I stood in this sexy city, Hubballi

In a couple of minutes, I was at home. My flat is very near to the railway station

And then, it was the beginning of a new saga

Wednesday, 1 October 2008

Soon to leave to Hubli...

Its been almost 3 months that I have been living in Bengaluru. And this weekend, I am going to Hubli. There are certain issues that I need to address, some personal and some professional. I was very excited on this. However, that excitement has reduced considerably and now, I am also feeling like to cancel this move. But then, I cant cancel due to some commitments already passed on with an assurance of me being there. After all, emotions, interests, problems, etc are only applicable to personal life. They do not have any significance in professional life. Performance is required every moment. Promises have to be kept up. There is no question of seeing anything back. Let the situation be whatever, professional life goes on. In such times, its like a sandwiched life that a person leads

Neither can he care for some things which wants to care nor can he ignore those
things which he wants to ignore

Things, though have been shaping well professionally, have gone too worse in the other side of life. Further, my inability to address these issues has added to the woes. I have been trying to do something for all these. I must regret that I have been totally unsuccessful in this. Sometimes, though you make every effort to keep things at bay, they always blast out and create much problematic situations. Pains keep adding, and adding so much that you forget that what you have got is pain. A person walking without shoes might experience the pain of heat and pressure for the first day. Soon, he adapts to the same. But then, I am in a situation where this heat is increasing scrochingly every moment and I lie in this position, helpless. The twists and turns are so deep and strong that it pierces into and creates deepest aches. Yet, everything needs to be digested

Well, this is something that has been happening from a long time in life and things have been the same. I have been taking it all and I am grateful to the God for having given me the strength to take it all

Dard ko bhi ab dard hone laga hai

Dard khud hi mere ghaav dhone laga hai

Dard se jindagi mein kabhi roye na hum

Dard khud hamein dekh kar rone laga hai

I am in a postion of not being able to understand the things happening in life. Efforts are on from moe than 3 years to discover this. And yet, things are on the odd side. The essentials for making things even are, unfortunately, absent

Lets see what these few days add into my life