I Got “Punched” By A Girl

Jen decided to punch me in the face this morning. Since I had to leave for work in the next 5 minutes, I decided to wait till I got home; here we go:

5 things I was doing 10 years ago:

1. Studying at NIIT in Ravipuram and having a great time with my friends there.
2. Getting used to the fact that my long-time relationship was completely over.
3. Spending a lot of time with my cousins at our grandmother’s home.
4. Just getting used to the internet and becoming a regular (weekly) user.
5. Travelling to Changanaserry 3 days a week to help my dad in his business.

5 things on my to do list today tomorrow
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1. Conference call with 4 fellow training leads in other centers of our company!
2. Arrange a dinner meeting with a friend who I haven’t seen in 4 months.
3. Arrange a team outing for my team – getting the company to part money!
4. Come home and watch Iron Man.
5. Catch up on my fav blogs.

5 snacks that I love:

1. Lays
2. Onion Bhaji
3. A masala covered peanut (only made in Kerala)

4. Banana fritters
5. Chocolate chip cookies

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5 things I would do if I was a millionaire:

1. Resign!!!
2. Move to Canada
3. Buy a boat
4. Buy things for my parents & sister’s family
5. Take my team for a huge party!

5 places I’ve lived:

1. Kuwait City, Kuwait
2. Thrikkakara
3. Kacheripaddy
4. Calicut
5. Bangalore

5 jobs I’ve had:

1. Training team lead for a BPO (current)
2. Trainer for a BPO dealing with a leading Mobile Service provider (2 companies)
3. Call Center Supervisor
4. Call Center Agent
5. Sales & Marketing (web based concepts)

5 people I punch:

1. Meleah
2. Manoj
3. Saskboy
4. Lady Banana
5. Selma

Unreachable

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So I am cell phone less. I have removed my sim from the Samsung and kept it in my purse, ready to put it in a phone as and when I get one. I had borrowed a phone from a colleage and I was using it for a few days but I felt that I had better give it back as there’s only so many days that I can keep it.

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What does it feel like? Well, this is the very first time since August 2003 that I don’t have a cell phone next to me. I have always been reachable on my cell at all times; I never switch it off at all. I always make sure to charge it completely before I leave the house. I always, always have a cell phone with me. I’ve changed my cell phone 6 times but never spent anything more than 30-60 minutes without being reachable. And I’ve worked in the mobile industry in (two different Indian GSM cell phone provider’s customer care) from Jan 5th, 2004!

Considering all that, I feel fine. I know that I can’t be called up tonight or tomorrow until I reach the office. Then people will have to contact me at my phone extention. For 9 hours they can reach me. Then I will be off. I wonder how it’s going to be tomorrow when I go through an entire day without a phone.

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It’s A Small World Afterall

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It’s almost 22 months later. I have learnt that my current employers which is a BPO is going to take over my old company’s customer care section! My former employers are finalizing the deal to start outsourcing their customer care call center to my current company and it’s expected to be up and running by February.

It’s a small world!

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Harold Is Going To Be Hikaru!

I can’t believe I missed this completely despite reading a lot about the actors who are replacing the old cast of the Star Trek : The Original Series era. I mean I knew who was playing Captain Kirk, Bones & Spock and that Eric Bana is playing the villanous Romulan but I can’t believe that I missed out this!

John Cho is playing the role made famous by George Takei; that of Hikaru Sulu! The 36 year old comedic Korean-American actor, famous for his role as ‘Harold’ in the Harold & Kumar movies & American Pie series will be at the helm of the USS Enterprise. Finally, someone who I know and approve for a role in the movie.

Thunder & Lightning In The Heart Of The City

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I was standing at the bus stop at around 7:25 pm and speaking to my friend Kiran. I mentioned to her that we’ve been having some rain lately but there’s hardly any wind to speak off, so it ends up being hot once the rain stops.

I guess the rain clouds must have heard me and felt offended. Before I could reach my apartment building, it started pouring and there was thunder and lightning. I came up to my room and opened the windows and let some cool wind in while it poured all over the city. Pretty soon, lightning and thunder were rampant and it must have poured at a steady pace for almost 2 hours. We lost power for about 45 mins as well.

On a better sounding note, 4 of the girls who were staying in that house have moved and settled in their new digs, courtesey of Kiran. They are happy with the new place and feel that it’s atleast 80% better than the old one. I was told that the lady owner of the house they were living in, was not happy that they were leaving and that she swore at them and said some nasty things. It’s good that they left there – that lady is not of sane mind.

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Notes For 19th Oct

  • It’s alternatively hot & rainy for the last few days in the city. Large clouds form all over town but we get very little rain; mostly just short showers. Except for this evening – it rained a bit but no breeze.
  • I conducted some interviews on Saturday evening, along with an AM from operations, for a temporary posting in our office in Calcutta. We have shorted listed 3 candidates. Final rounds are tomorrow
  • I left the office at around 7:40 pm and went to Oberoi’s for a couple of beers. I was there for an hour.
  • I wanted to spend Sunday doing nothing except watching some shows and listen to music all day for rest and relaxation.

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The Bridge Of The Enterprise

Well, it’s just a little peek into what will be shown as the bridge of the USS Enterprise in the new Star Trek movie. That’s Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) in the seat and Dr.McCoy (Karl Urban) standing pensively behind him. Not sure if sexy legs behind them is Uhura or someone else. You can see Spock (Zachary Quinto & his Vulcan ears) in the foreground and half of Sulu (John Cho) at the helm.

WordPress Upgraded

After putting it off for so long I have finally upgraded WordPress in my website. Yah me!

I kept thinking that it was way too complicated for me to handle and that I would either get someone to do it for me or get online guidance as I do it. But today, realizing that I would never be able to use any of the newer WordPress themes that I have been dying to try without going for an upgrade, I just went ahead and did it.

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It took me about an hour but I managed to easily follow the instructions as given in WordPress.org and voila! It was done. Actually it wasn’t that easy. I got stuck on the wp-config.php file and didn’t know how to work it out. For a few minutes, I thought that I had lost everything and that all the work I had put into this blog was flushed down the toilet. It took a few more minutes of level headedness and a few copying and pasting of code and I was done.

So I’m officially using WordPress 2.6.2. I’ve also decided to use a new theme for the site and will spend the rest of the evenining customizing it.

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I missed the game completely and had to reply on highlights but Arsenal beat Everton 3-1, showing the kind of fighting spirit they will need to stay the course in the Premier League title race after coming from behind to beat Everton 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium. Arsene Wenger was forced to field a reshuffled defence because of injuries to captain William Gallas and Bacary Sagna, but the new-look back four was exposed after just nine minutes when Leon Osman put the visitors ahead.

However, after another enforced change when Kolo Toure was forced off at half-time because of a shoulder problem and England winger Theo Walcott was introduced from the bench, the team had better balance and soon drew level through Samir Nasri. Robin van Persie – who on another day could have bagged himself a hat-trick – nodded in from close range to complete the comeback, with Walcott drilling home an angled effort in stoppage time to give the bruised Gunners renewed confidence for more stern challenges over the next seven months. Abou Diaby came on for his first appearance of the season to replace Nasri – and promptly set up Walcott to make it 3-1 in stoppage time.

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You’re The Great One, I’m Marty McSorley

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You’ve just got  to love this song & video. Alt-Country crooner Kathleen Edwards sings about how someone does the hard work or the donkey work while others may look more glamorous and is in the spotlight all the time. She compares the object of this tirade & herself to several things –

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I’m Elvis Presley in the 70’s
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For the non-hockey fans, The Great One is ofcourse Wayne Gretsky (the best hockey player of all time) who was guarded by enforcer Marty McSorley during their years playing together on the same squad for the Edmonton Oilers and later the Los Angeles Kings.

The Ghost Of The Rented House

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A few minutes later Kavitha came to meet me and brought with her a girl called Anusha who had been working in our office for a few months and who stays in the same house as a paying guest as Akhila. Anusha says that all 6 girls who live there have seen this ghost or spirit or entity or whatever, and they describe her as being in appearance around 23-24, dressed always in what appears to be a green blouse and black pants. She says that they hear water running in the bathroom at 1 am when there’s no one there, switches going on and off for no reason, their rooms being locked at night without anyone being there, creepy noises on the door and pipes.

She says that the visits were infrequent for the last 4 months (the duration of their stay at the house) but that it has picked up in the last few days. One of the neighbours say that they had heard that there was a suicide there in one of the rooms. Anusha says that one evening after work, she felt her hair being pulled fro behind but she saw no one behind her. Another girl claims that she is being forced to lie on her back by a force whenever she wants to sleep on her side. They say that they have all seen this strange girl, always dressed in the same outfit, but only 1 or 2 has seen her face.

Last night, it seems that the ghost sat down on Akhila’s bed and said something to her. The others heard Akhila say “please don’t do anything to me, please go away and leave me alone” all night but they didn’t see the spirit until much later. Akhila is frightened to her wits end and was shaking & shivering all night. Her parents have come and it looks like they may take her home with them.

After Anusha told me all this stuff I spoke to Kiran, my friend in HR. I stated the same thing, I told Kavitha & Anusha – I don’t believe in gods or ghosts or goblins but I do know one thing. These girls are being affected mentally and they have to get out of the house ASAP! We swung into action and by evening we found a new place for the 6 girls to move in. I was smiling and joking at the statements which seemed to lighten the mood but we were worried about this girls, kids at most (all under 24) and why they had to wait for so long before they told us about it.

The lady who rents the house for them is also a bit weird. She says lies to the girls about the house and stuff. She is supposed to give them 2 meals a day along with lodging but she gives them stale stuff, curry cooked 3 days or a week ago and the girls always get sick because of it. Atleast now, this will stop.

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Do You Believe In Ghosts?

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I don’t believe in ghosts. Or vampires, werewolves, demons, spirits, demons and all such friendly creatures. I love reading about them, watching movies & tv series about them and even doing research about them but I still don’t believe in them. I’m an atheist and we don’t believe in that kind of stuff. But I’m still fascinated with them.

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Bishop Adopts A 26 Year Old Woman

Ok, I know that priests are actually just horny men in robes, this is taking it too far.

A Catholic bishop in Kerala has sparked off a controversy and embarrassed the Church by adopting a 26-year-old woman. Following complaints from priests, the Latin Catholic Church has initiated a multi-level probe into the adoption by John Thattunkal, 58, the Bishop of Cochin. Sources say the bishop adopted the woman with the consent of her non-Catholic Christian family, hailing from Pathanamthitta in central Kerala.

Now why would a 26 year old woman need to be adopted? Especially when she already has a family? And why would said bishop need a brand new 26 year old daughter?


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Thattunkal met the woman during a pilgrimage abroad and was impressed by her “spirituality and divine experience.” “I have only fatherly love towards the woman who has spiritual powers. This relation is giving me spiritual refreshment,” Thattunkal was quoted by Mathrubhoomi, a Malayalam newspaper, as saying.

“Spirituality and diving experience” indeed. Too bad he hadn’t met Mother Theresa earlier! Hey horny bisop, why don’t you adopt a few godmen instead? You belong together! And “fatherly love” my ass! Just like I’d have “fatherly love” to a Playboy Playmate of the year!

When The Indian Express tried to reach him on Tuesday, the bishop was not available for comments. “He has been in meditation the whole day,” said Fr Thambi Antony, diocese public relations officer. Antony declined to comment on the controversy as the issue is being looked into by the Church authorities.

After the adoption, the woman stayed in a guest house within the Bishop House compound in Fort Kochi. After this became an issue among a section of priests in the Cochin diocese, she left the guest house. And it seems that her father stayed there too!

Me thinks her father needs to be taken aside and beaten up with a cricket bat!

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