Sunday, December 31, 2006


This is the best news of the year... Eagles win against Falcons 24-17 with AJ Feeley at quarterback. I think we all saw disappointment in the 5 game losing streak this year and the loss of McNabb, I for one was bitching to my buds about how badly they had played, and now to bounce back and be on top of the NFC east..this excerpt from their news article says it all:

"But 10 minutes after the game was over, the players and coaches and everybody was talking about what is ahead. Winning 10 games and bouncing back to win the division was nice. It was welcomed. But the real goal is out there. The real goal is not making the playoffs.

The real goal is winning the Super Bowl.

And the Eagles are alive.

... What did we learn on Sunday? Well, Feeley is a capable quarterback who has a nice touch on the deep ball. He got rid of the rust and blistered Atlanta's first-team defense.

... We learned that Baskett and Avant make plays when given the chance. We learned that Greg Lewis is going to catch passes and make first downs. We learned that Matt Schobel is suddenly a weapon in the red zone."


Saturday, December 30, 2006

Death of a Dictator

Saw the Saddam Hussain hanging on BBC News today and was really disturbed with the hurry in which they carried out the sentence. I don't think he was innocent of anything, but I feel he should have been tried for all his crimes, that way the execution would not have been a facade...

They hung you today a hurried decision
a life snuffed out, no remorse
the world thinks, a life gone, a better vision
a country divided, yet we stay our course

I saw it go down, I saw your spirit find release
the terror you unleashed is now gone
people scarred thru generations, no peace,
death spread around, but that evil lives on

We've found ourselves in a world with just war
our new paradigm is more violence for evils of old
our pretense for freedom, our soldiers lives
all part of our hidden desires for that black gold

Ah Entero-Quinol

Not one to shy away from talking about bowel-movements, I must say that Entero-Quinol really seems to be doing the job for my stomach infection...keeping my fingers crossed (yet stacked up on toilet paper)

Reflections on the year gone by:

Summary on the year gone by:

i'm doing this for the first time for forgive my writing style on being "reflective", but here's the year as I saw it come by me:

- Successful merger of two japanese companies, through the sweat blood and tears we managed to pull it off as a team
- A happy 10 yrs together with my wife, what a fantastic journey this has been, I am truly blessed to have her in my life
- The loss of $9M of potential client revenue due to being stiffed / undercut by another consulting company
- My acceptance into Cornell for my executive MBA program and subsequent damage to my wallet from the fees
- Our saab breaks down for the millionth time. We've stopped worrying about the inevitable
- Padma's dads health takes a turn for the worse and through some good TLC bounces back somewhat
- Quality time spent with my mom, padmas family in goa
- Stomach flu as I sit here and type
- End of my first semester in school. I have earned the "E" in my EMBA programme.
- The win of $9m in client revenue (this is a super comeback for my team from the earlier loss)

Friday, December 29, 2006

Dinner with Nasser

Met nasser last night for a planned dinner. turns out that we had been trying to do this for the past few yrs with little luck, but, last night happened. Went to the ITC group of hotels by the Hyatt and sat at the Korean restaurant. Started with some lobster appetizers and was in the mood for some Kalbi/ Bulgogi so thats exactly what we got alongwith some mongolian mish-mash and fungus. Bellisimo!!! thats how good the food was. My stomach is still reeling from heavy food but it was so worth the gastronomic experience.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Its caught up with me

It all started after the little bash with Ashok, Narkar, Sudhir, Mellu, Adrian and Sue. My throat was a little itchy the next morning and so was my stomach. I wrote it off to too much alcohol (assuming 3 mugs of beer is too much) and lay down. Then the shivers, then the fever and the stomach infection.
A day later and i'm still laid up in bed, feeling a little better but still under the weather. The Advils, multi-vitamins and immodium hasn't completely helped but i'm hoping to bounce back and enjoy my last few days in bombay....wish me a speedy recovery!

Sunday, December 24, 2006

The trip to Padma's folks place in goa

Went over to Padma's place and had a really really good time with her folks. Her mom / dad were super hospitable to mum and me (what with mums craziness and eccentricities) and we really felt welcome there. i cannot even begin to say how greatful i am for everything.

one thing i really wanted to write about is that i feel so connected to Dida. Shes this bubbly old woman who's led her life losing her husband at a very young age an then giving up all meats (not out of choice -- but for tradition). Her smile absolutely captivated me when I met her a couple of year ago, but this time around I had the opportunity to talk to her, laugh with her, eat the cloves that she kept giving me and finally put an arm around her. Shes 80+ something years old and I can say that I absolutely love her for who she is and the affections that she represents for me.

As i was sitting in the goa airport with her, she spoke to me in broken hindi about coming back to see her within the next yr while I tried to convince her to come visit padma and me in the USofA. I hope to see her before she sees me in India..I was very sad when she started to cry and tell me that shes going to be alone once Padma and I leave, i really treat her and think of her as my family and my own blood. Its been only a day and I miss her laughter terribly. Life sucks when you cannot be around those you care about

Saturday, December 23, 2006

India - en Route --

okay, this will get posted a little later than the actual write date, but, i thought that I would share some information as i go along on my trip back to india.

Firstly, I detest flying by United makes me feel like James Bond. My flight from ORD-PHL was delayed on Dec 15 from 4 pm CST to 11 pm CST. Then the flight sat on the runway for 3 hrs and turned back to the terminal. The reason: Fog in philadelphia and that the flight crew was tired. Did anyone think about the weary passenger who had actually paid for this ordeal? Anyway, they rebooked me on the next days flight back to philly at 9.30 am. Now, note that I had a plane from JFK - Abu Dhabi to catch at 10 pm that same night. My flight from Chicago was sposed to arrive in Phila around 12.30 pm, giving me enough time to extend my apartment lease, pack, get a haircut, do some last minute shopping for mum and any final closeouts that required my attention, including paying of all out household bills (credit cards, utilities etc).

While holding my breath, i realized that the plane was (again) going to be 3 hrs late, so instead of arriving at 12.30 pm, i reached home at 3.30 pm, with very little time to get my shit together. Thank you United.

Run home with a one way rental from Avis, pick, pack and rush to the CVS pharmacy to pick up my prescription meds, go to Dons to attempt to get a haircut but alas, he has a long line and wont get to me until an hour later (which of course given my schedule means no haircut).

5.30 pm on Dec 16th: Grab my bags and rush ot the car, now im wearing jeans and a sweatshirt with sneakers. I've ditched my formal attire on the living room couch and I know wifey is gonna be mad at me for messing the house up in my hurry to leave town. That said, I do the run from Philly to JFK in record time (I'm sure the cops recorded my speed at around 95mph along the turnpike) and manage to (barely) make my flight to abu dhabi. Turns out I have middle seats for the 14 hr flight. *sigh*

I sit down to be surrounded by two individuals, one pakistani kid who grew up in nyc and the other a bangladeshi kid who grew up in Abu Dhabi. We actually made some super conversation and that really shortened the journey. The Pakistani kid and myself had a 6 hr layover in Abu Dhabi, so we managed to grab a beer together at the airport. He's a really good kid and can draw caricatures really well.I wish him luck and success in his future.

The next flight from Abu Dhabi to Bombay is uneventful, i end up in an exit row facing the flight attendants seat. She's a woman from Lebanon and we chat for a bit during those brief moments that they actually get to sit down. Turns out shes exhausted with her schedule as well and can't wait to get back to Beirut to see her mom / dad and family. I know that feeling.

7.30 AM IST: Bombay: Walk out of the Bombay airport with practically no luggage (because I only had a roll on bag and laptop bag). I have few hours to kill before heading on the Indian airlines flight at 1 pm to goa to see my wife and mom. Stop by Bandra(W) to see my best friends mom and have a quick breakfast with them. tried to call my sis-in-law for breakfast but shes not picking up her cell phone -- turns out later that she doesnt accept calls from "unknown" numbers...sheesh.

So i make it out to goa finally and mom / wife are waiting outside dabolim aiport. Wifes dad is kind enough to give me his family car to get around and that makes life so much easier getting around goa.

India, I'm back. I don't miss you very often, but when I come back I realize that you are the void that fulfils my life.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Plans change, everything changes

it turns out on impulse that I have decided to go to india. so now, im flying back from chicago to philly in the early hours of friday morning (returning from work), then have to pack my crap and leave for nyc for a bunch of meetings in teh afternoon. get this, i have to wear a suit to some of these meetings.
well, thank god for a buddy called ryan. im gonna leave my clothes there, switch to jeans and a t (and a sweatshirt), catch a cab to JFK and then head down to abu-dhabi - bombay - goa :)
its going to be 30+ hours of travel (and 20+ hrs in a plane) but getting to see my wife and mom is all going to be so worth it.

Merry christmas y'all, we'll see you in the next year....

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Eagles / Giants

Brian called me up yesterday with some season tickets on sale for the Eagles Giants game this sunday. Really good seats at $75 face value a pop. Etims coming down friday to hang in philly with Nilesh and probably Chin once i'm done here, I head up to Giants stadium on sunday (18th) to watch Jeff Garcia try and bring the birds back. Gonna wear my McNabb No.5 Jersey tho, i know brian feels i'm gonna get me ass kicked in at the stadium ... we'll see.. I'm an Eagles fan, i'm not a pussy to not wear my teams colors......and yes these colors DO run (in case you put bleach on them)

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Watching the world pass me

Watching the world pass me ... in slow motion

My mind is wandering,
across the landscape of memories
ones that I have shared and lived
and ones, that i know i will experience

I am on top of the world,
and then down below,
brightness hits my eyes
darkness, here we go

I imagine things that may come
and those im not sure did
I am confused with the reality of it all
confused, as to why I am here

This is not alcohol, this is not another high,
its my mind, and my feelings
just like the evening sun
its gone with the days gone by

Chicago, the apartment and the disappointments

Well, i'm almost done with Chicago and god knows I can't be happier. What with the single digit temperatures and icy cold winds (at 20 below), it was getting a little too "down-low" for my tropical ass.

My apartment woes just began last week with a call from my realtor. Turns out that the leasor/landlord now decided to sell the place because "he needs the money". My take is FUCK YES, but why not do it before you put it on the market as a rental, you stupid fucking time-wasting moron? That would allow us to focus on other locations and not stop searching when we thought we had found the one we liked.

Well I wish them luck, actually i dont. I hope they find a buyer who wastes their time like they did ours .. grrr!!!

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

More thoughts, this goes out to my wife

I realized that I haven't been connected to my wife for a while now given her travel schedule and work on my side. Something for her to chew on:

You I will always love,
even after the day I am gone,
my one emotion I'll leave behind,
Until again we are one.

My feelings my heart,
will always be in your hands,
thats never going to change
that road has no end.

Your smile I do live for,
your touch and your happiness,
every motion that you go through,
paramount to my existance.

So if you ever see,
those cloudy skies above
just remember that throught thick and thin, through present and past,
you will always have my love.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

New Beginnings?

Finally found a new apartment, I know my wife is gonna be thrilled because this was the one apartment that she really really liked. Now for the tough part of moving in as well as signing the lease tomorrow.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Of Thanksgiving

its the eve of thanksgiving and im sipping a smithwicks listening to some jazz...crummy weather outside but life demands that i go pick up some groceries :)

to all of you with your families and loved ones, have a super happy thanksgiving. to those (like myself) who are away from your families, a happy thanksgiving to you and those that you yearn to be with

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Another Dali

Picked up another dali lithograph...

Paradise Chant 26 Dante Recovers His Sight (WOODBLOCK ENGRAVED SIGNED).. this is part of the Divine Comedy series

Monday, November 20, 2006

Poetry for my wife and family

Saudade again, miss my wife and family....

I'm over the hill, on the other side
Staring into the rays of the sun
The night behind me, my fears they hide,
A brand new day has begun.

Looking up to the sky and a new start on life
Would this be my achilles heel
To try and try again, not recognize failure
But to stand up and go the road ahead

I regret that i havent spent more time
With those that i love the best
One of those i cared for is long gone
And i need to work with the rest

I miss you with every beat in my pulse,
I breathe your name in my sleep
You are doing what needs you most,
For that my dear, i cannot fault you deep

I am going to reset, and find my way home
To you mother, sister and you my best friend
We'll be together just like before,
And my sadness will find its end

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Second last weekend of the semester

Got done with the Fin Acctg test, did quite well actually 26/30, better than the crap i score in the last one.

Ooh, also managed to pick up my first authentic Salvador Dali (pencil signed) Lithograph.. I'm really psyched and can't wait for it to be delivered. It's one of his less surrealistic pieces of art called "Jerusalem Bible", and its pretty. Not exactly expecting the "Persistence of memory" simply because i don't have that kind of money..

Friday, November 17, 2006

Financial Accounting and then some more

got home in the wee hours of the morning from Chicago. Flights delayed due to crummy weather on the east coast. I think i'm running on overdrive given that i've slept only 4 hrs today. Managed to catch up on my marketing reading (pricing/branding etc) and now am playing catch up on financial accounting. gotta admit i love the subject but each exam throws me into a tizzy :)

ah well, tomorrow is another day ... smoked a nice rocky patel 1990 vintage cigar sitting outside on the deck in the cold, reading...

am wondering if my life has more meaning than just this.. stress and more stress. lack of relaxed weekends. i do miss my partner (my wife) terribly, she's such a treat to have around, a great companion. well, gotta wait until xmas eve till she gets back (or i find my way to goa before that to see her).

am off to joes place in a few to grab dinner with him and study for the test tomm, i know he wants me to just crash over there and leave for class directly in the morning (very nice of him actually)..somehow i just want to sleep in my own bed for a change. i've travelled close to 20k miles in the past 3 weeks, i'm tired, i need a break from my career life (yeah i know i sound like a whiny biach...yeah i know)

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

33 today

Gosh, i turn 33 today. Went to the Ram Brewery to have a quick beer and a crab sandwich. Had the Buttface Amber Ale, was really good actually.

I feel old.....

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Benjamin Breeg

Yes, who IS benjamin breeg.. up the irons

To those taking a turn

Life has its own ups and downs and sometimes people are faced with the really hard decision to bond together or move on. To those that have decided to move on, you know you are making the right decision for yourselves, focus on that light at the end of the tunnel, its a long tunnel, but you will eventually get there...

consider me a well wisher. always!

early am

Woke up with a heavy head, and all these thoughts swirling through it...for once in my life i couldn't understand why.. no emotions were attached besides saudade...and then it struck me, it was about the one painting that always has me thinking....

~ Persistence of memory - To the surrealistic maestro ~

The passage of time, seems like today is yesterday
My memories fade, people i know have gone away
Pictures, stills in the fabric that never rests
Somehow i tend to remember the best

I'm holding hands with you, a compadre, a lover, maybe a friend?
I cannot recall, how did it end?
Separate ways? a fork in our lives
Or was it just life being life, taking over our ties?

Children in a backyard, playing games together,
Now adults with a motive, not wanting one another,
Innocence so lost, and love in between
If it could be undone, it never should have been

Looking forward, into a grey future,
Trying to beat time, and mother nature,
My body starts to fade, memories wane,
Yet, some part of me wants to be that child again.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Evil bloodmire is back

Evil bloodmire has been sitting on me all day today... go away evil bloodmire...

Alone! Once again by myself,
in a room filled with things,
my personal hell,
no feelings, no touch,

Cauterized at the emotional level,
I wonder about my normalcy
I know I know that all is not well
Will that be my fallacy?

My eyes empty, the whites turn dark,
My heart is breaking out of my chest
Evil, even if just for a lark
In my craziness with a smile I will always find a nest

I scheme and devise, nothing goes through me
I see them looking, waiting...
For an opportunity to screw me
over, i'm ahead, im smiling, you don't know it.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Wife leaves town

My wife has left town to help out her ailing father in Goa, India. Gosh, i felt so empty driving back from the airport after I said goodbye to her..shes gone for 30+ days approximately. I guess I realized how much i enjoy having her next to me..we're like partners in crime, buddies..and we find happiness in our companionship.

Awright my dear, here's to a safe trip, and to yr dads speedy recovery. ATBB

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Picture with my neice

Picture with one of my favorite people in the whole world

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Tax Brackets

Someone asked me a really stupid question about their tax brackets yesterday. So for the record i thought i'd post the 2006 tax brackets (note that its tiered for each SEGMENT of income, so if you are in the 33% tax bracket, it doesnt mean that 33% applies to all of your income.. just to the monies that are in that segment)

Study Group @ Cornell

Foley and Aaron Ryan studying Financial Accounting-- Circa Oct 2006 @ The Residence Inn Newark Delaware. Thanks for teaching us accounting Foley, really do appreciate it.

Friday, October 13, 2006

Running free...

Finally found Paul Di'Anno singing the original Iron Maiden song running free. The song is what got me into Maiden back in its been 24 yrs and I'm still evolving but musical tastes dont change...

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Old Mates

Spoke online to an old friend from high school today - David. Turns out that hes a father now and has a bonny baby girl :) My how time flies, we're getting old, watching the next generation grow up already..

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Analyzing my career

I'm at a point where I'm not very happy with my job (to say in the least). A series of events have culminated in me wondering if I really swim in a pool of sharks that are supposed to be my so called inner circle.

I took a step back to write down what I thought

Analyzing my options:

Immediate options: Complete my Exec MBA

Where Am I?
- Senior Manager in a big 5 consulting firm
- Work on client engagements focusing on technology integration and CRM

What do I want to do?
- Run my own company, innovate a solution or a product

Am I Happy?
- At my current job, NO! Im frustrated with the way things are going with my boss, he can get tunnel vision from time to time and i'm afraid at some point our relationship will mean nothing to me

Do I need a change of job?
- Yes. I need to do something totally different. Even if it is for a little less money

Where do we go from here?
- Investigate opportunities outside my current company
- Look at starting my own company
- Take a break for about 6 months and basically spend time with my mom

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

The NYSE .. Sept 15 2006

As part of my class at cornell, we had the fortune of being invited to the closing bell at the NYSE on Friday Sept 15 2006. Of course, I had to come off with the funny looking face

Funny looking eggplant

We had bought this sometime in June/July of 2006 and I had taken a picture. Forgot completely about it, but here it is.. funny a heck...

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Its raining outside and i couldn't help but talk about it. so much happens when it rains, people scurry for cover, cars splash water on the road, the leaves go pitter-patter with drops of water... life takes on a new beginning as the source of life re-invigorates the plants. The dark skies remind me of days gone by as a kid, enjoying the monsoons in india. Innocent, an innocence I hope to be back to someday.


Have you ever enjoyed a rainy day,
skies overcast,
wondering what it is
to be outside and free at last

Have you ever sat by the window,
and watched the drops fall
not really seeing the story
of what the raindrops have to tell?

Have you ever thought that nature
is a friend of this rain
that lifes whole circle, is around,
find happiness in the pain.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

More poetry

~ Friends ~

my world has so many
yet my life has so few
friends in that trusted circle
and more friendships anew

If lessons learned can explain
the harsh realities too
through forgiveness can i gain
a true friend in you

We walk down this road
and never know where it will end
we might have different paths
but each other as friends

Friday, August 25, 2006

more words

my usual thoughts struck me, and i captured them uncut..

I can look at the mirror
and see shades of myself
i still dont recognize the man
that person who is become me.

I sometimes wonder where it all changed
perhaps materials in the way
my means to an end hasn't lost it focus
i need to realign each day.

step back, analyze, introspect and realize
my interactions and relationships
those that will survive, those with a sweet demise
i need to be a better person today

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Of Cricket and the Annual Bandra Boys BBQ

Aug 05: Our third annua Mac BBQ. All of the families and growing kids. Was a lovely day outside and had fun. Arvind, don't be sooo competitive yaar, we all are here for fun (and to cheat and win the game)

Friday, August 04, 2006

Satara - The memories keep coming

Been trying to reconnect with a bunch of friends from college. If you went to COE Satara from 1991-1995, then you know who you are. Some pictures below:

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Of College and all that

Now that I've gotten into Cornell for my Exec MBA, class brings back some crazy memories of life left behind in India. All those days of yearning to be out in the world and doing my own thing, all those days of stress about studies..and most important of all... bonding and making lifelong friends.

Thought I'd post some pictures from my 2005 trip back to college (for the faint of heart, don't look):

Mike and his recovery

A friend and colleague Mike was diagnosed with bladder cancer sometime last year. This was all too much deja-vu what with stuff that happened to my dad. Mike did undergo full chemotherapy and radiation treatment and was built a new bladder from his intestine.

I happened to be in Orlando right before my trip to the bahamas and had that opportunity to catch up with him. Physically he was a shadow of his healthy-self, mentally...well a much stronger man and more spiritual being. We ran in the sun until his energy was sapped and then broke for lunch. It was fun to see someone on his path to recovery albeit with a dose of caution. Mike had left the chemo-port that is plugged into his aorta in place, he didnt want to get ahead of the game until he got a full report back stating that his cancer was in remission.

That news came last week (an excerpt from his email):

"My 3 month check up --- full body scan --- completely clear!!I wanted to share this sweeeeeeeeeeeeeett news.
I have just one more thing to do.....get my chemo port removed next Friday!! YEA!!
You all have been a great source of encouragement and prayer that I want to write a bit and tell you what it's like now. I have some residual issues, some aches and pains, but hey, we all do! When I think about where I've been, I can't really complain right now.
It's was a life changing experience....forever changed. I've heard some people say that eventually people forget the details of a trial like this time, I don't think that's possible....I feel I'll never forget. I don't even think I can begin to describe how it feels.
I've been blessed to have been healed and for this I am overwhelmingly thankful to God and the friends and family that helped get me through."

Welcome back to the recovery Mike, we really are happy and are pulling for you just as we did when the chips were down.

Im amazed at his fortitude, I hope someday when faced with a problem, I will be able to stand up to it like Mike did.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Bomb blasts in Bombay

Seems like once again the city I love and grew up in has been hit with a series of bomb blasts. The body count stands at 147, but given that fact that it was 8 bombs on crowded commuter trains at rush hour..i'm sure its a lot more.

May god bless the souls of those who have died, may he provide solace to the families of those who have lost someone, and may he give strength in survival for those who have been injured.

I'm frustrated with this whole terrorist situation...why ARE they doing this? If its over kashmir, lets pick a battle there...we have special forces that will kick their ass out there. Stop attacking innocent people who are working stiffs trying to eke a living in an otherwise merciless and expensive city.

Whatever happens, i hope they find those responsible, and hang them without a trial. I feel for you Bombay, i really do. I know we will overcome scum like these and stand on our feet again.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Summer's here

Well it HAS been some time and a lot has been going on. Obviously done with my year end reviews at the company i work for (turned out OK -- nothing to cheer about). Went with my wife down to the bahamas and had a blast there, enjoyed all the conch they had to offer.

Other than that, been working out recently, and i feel pretty good about myself on that one. Not lost much weight, but at least the ole ticker is getting some exercise.

World cup is on, been trying to catch every match possible, shed a tear when germany lost to italy ....oh well life goes on

Sunday, April 30, 2006

Freeware Utilities

Discovered a link to a bunch of freeware stuff. All good stuff (I use a bunch of it already). Of course for those of you that don't already know, besides spyware, there's also rootkits. Check out some utils to detect and remove them.

Freeware Lists

Saturday, April 29, 2006

6.42 am Saturday morning and my head feels like lead...i think its the extra spice I had in my food last night. Well, I knew right then that it was gonna hurt twice...I'm right now in the middle of round 2.

Don't know how many of you have been following the stock market lately,but, MSFT took a huge (11%) hit over the past day when it announced that it was going to miss its earnings. Well, I have some money invested in there, hope I can make back that 11%

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Merger Integration

The M&A engagement was a huge success. Had a couple of cocktails with the prez of the organization who was really happy with the way things went. I'm sure there's disgruntled employees who took the severance and are without a job rigth now, but...its the way things work. Companies have to stay profitable to stay afloat..and that sometimes means eliminating redundancies.

That being said, its time to kick back for a couple of weeks in mid-may. Wife thinks Miami beach perhaps.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Doctors test results

Got a call today from the doc while she went over my xrays etc...turns out i have a problem with my spine and need an MRI + physiotherapy. gonna go in on apr 24th and have that conversation in person. lets hope for the best

Wednesday, April 05, 2006


Its 6.47 pm on a wednesday and I'm sitting here at work waiting for my wife to show up and pick me up. Im also looking at retirement planning with Quicken. Threw in a few imaginative numbers and realized that 50 is not a bad age to me some life and movement to go see the world at that point. Its also hit me that I will be 50 in 2023, in exactly 17 yrs from now.

Just the fact that I'm not that far from 50 (yes, 17 yrs can go by pretty darn quickly as I realized from High School to a professional career in Management Consulting) has really gotten me thinking on my wish list of things to do before I go into the next world to see my dad.

Off the top of my head, here's some (and I'm sure this list will evolve once my wife and I work on it together):

  • Sponsor the education of one child in India. Not just high school, high school through college
  • Sponsor my neice (and godchild) for her education in the US. I know her mom (my sis) isnt doing all that well, but given that it doesnt look like we'll have our own kids, why not make someone elses life better
  • Continue to look after my mother so that she never has the need for outside help
  • Make a list of places I want to see (right now that would be Seychelles, Mauritius, Eastern Bloc, Rome, and yes Jerusalem ... the Roman Catholic part of me wants to see the so-called holy land that has been the cause of so much bloodshed)
  • Make a living will for my wife and dependents to ensure that they are taken care of (wow this makes me sound rich, but, whatever I have -- even if its furniture, im sure someone can benefit from it)
  • Become an organ donor (not just eyes, everything)
  • Pick a grave at the graveyard in Bombay that my dad is buried in...I want to be close to that old man...he still means the world to me
  • Take care of my wife and continue to provide her with the love, security and affections that I always have (I know this seems way down on my list, but its truly No 1)
More posts later as I start to build out this laundry list. Im sure I will start checking off a few things already :)

Monday, April 03, 2006

Post-Merger days

Today was Day-One of a merger integration effort that I have been working on for the past year. It was fun to interact with my clients and realize the dream that we had once envisioned some 365 days ago. The celebrations, held at the Marriott Parsippany were a good indicator of how well the companies cultures integrated as well as how the people were going to come together. More importantly (for me), it was a super opportunity to tell my team that they had done a great job and some much needed rest was on the horizon.

Don't ever forget the little people, they are instrumental in making today work and are the leaders of tomorrow. :)

Saturday, March 04, 2006

March Madness

Yes, it is March Madness for us. We're signing a lease on a new apartment today (we've decided to stop looking for homes and just keep renting until the market settles down a bit). So, lease today, pre-move next saturday, final move the saturday of the 25th...can't do the last week of march because the Merger Integration engagement I'm heading up goes live that day.

Pack, Pack, Pack, Lift, Drop, Unpack, re-arrange, sit down -- Thats the order for the next couple of weeks. More later.

Wanna see the real estate market fall: Northern NJ Real estate Bubble

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Thoughts from a friend

Got this in an email from a friend. Before you think I'm going all "preacher" on it. I just thought it was insightful as to things we take for granted.

Thank you, God!

















Friday, January 13, 2006

Engineering Laughs

An old and very dear friend of mine Amrut sent this to me, funny as heck.....

Engineering College : Place where you're punished for getting good HSC marks.

Senior : Guy who got ragged as junior and wanna get some payback...
Fresher : Guy who has to ask where the canteen is...
Really Dumb Fresher : Guy who asks a senior where the canteen is.
Really Really Dumb fresher : Guy who follows the senior to the canteen.
Ragging : The unfortunate fate of the previous idiot.
Evasive action : Watch the juniors when any seniors come nearby. (No one runs faster than a fresher. NO ONE.)
Lectures : Waste of time. Physical presence is a must...only meant for sleeping, completing assignments & general TP
Tuitions : What you take when you don't waste enough time....
Professor : Person paid to put students to sleep.
Vernacular Prof : Unusual variant of previous individual who comes packaged with his own brand of English ("Now you check me our journal." "You Out get from class." "Are you Understand, Beta?" )
Practicals : 60 to 90 minutes in which we watch the girls do our experiment, and usually destroy a considerable array of lab equipment.
Hopeless Practical : The practical in which there are no girls in our group simply look blankly at each other, fiddle with the equipment, and finally copy the readings.(from the girls of course...).

The Truth about exams....
Irony : The guy who copied your entire paper passes and you flunk.
Critical Calculation : Summing up the marks you attempted worth in the exam...
Re-verification : A cruel joke. (results of which come after you give the KT exam).

An engineer's 10 engineering commandments of Life

1. Thou shall study only during the preparatory leave.
2. Thou shall never write thy assignments thyself.
3. Thou shall begin writing thy journals only on the morning of submission.
4. Thou shall treat all marks above 40 as bonus.
5. Thou shall have at least 70 per cent attendance in the canteen.
6. Thou shall pass GRACEfully.
7. Thou shall always be an OUTstanding student.
8. Thou shall give thy attendance without being present...PROXY is a MUST
9. If thou can't convince them , confuse them.
10. Thou shall start every sentence with a four-lettered word.

The Years of Engineering

F.E. Fond of Engineering
S.E . Sick Of Engineering
T.E. Tired of Engineering
B.E. Balls to Engineering

Engineers Anthem:

Hum Honge All Clear, Honge All Clear, Honge All Clear Ek Din, OH-HO, Mann me hai vishwas, pura hai vishwas, hum honge all clear ek din

Top two Engineering Rumors:

'Did you hear the results are being put up today at 5:30pm'
'Did you hear the exams are postponed by two weeks, its been put up at VJTI'

The most dreaded acronym for Engineers: ATKT (After Trying Keep Trying)

The most important criteria while selecting an engineering college:
Girl to Boy ratio (if more than 0 .025% then that college is engineers dream come true)

Engineers at work:

Assignments solved by one and then carrying out mass transfer operations throughout the class
The most important machine for Engineers: Xerox Machine (Without which assignment completion wouldn't be possible)
The most important table in an Engineer's House: The glass table (to carry out GT operations, during Night Duty.)
The only queue an Engineer is familiar with: Submission Queue
An Engineer's favourite watch: Bird Watch !

Common Engineering Dialogues after a paper:
'What is this yaar, more than 70% of the paper was out of the syllabus'
'This was the worst paper set in the entire engineering history'
'I am failing....I got screwed royally'

Feeling after Completing Engineering: Survived Engineering !!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Happy New Year

Ah, the first of the year, the day we make resolutions, the day we start a new leaf over...the day before the days we go back to ourselves from the day before today :)
Happy new year all....Blessings and Joy to you and yours for the success and joy that your heart desires...!!!