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I used to go for the events with my cousins and a few times with my friends. Since it was walking distance from my house, I could stay till the end of the programs for the day, although most of it was quite boring for me. The competitions that they have have evolved from the song and dance, fashion show (ah, kill me! dumb looking females with the same expression and no talent to speak of walking and shaking their booty) & dumb charades stuff. Now it’s all management skills contest, cultural aspects, debates, HR related contests, etc.

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The latest such incident happened to me a couple of days ago. One of the trainers who report to me, brought a trainee to me and said that the girl’s grandfather’s (who raised this girl from the age of 8 along with the girl’s grandmother) health had taken a turn for the worse and was not expected to make it past the evening. A guy who claimed to be her cousin had called up and said to return to her grandfather’s home immediately, which was 4 hours away from our office. The girl was emotionally wrecked and she asked us for leave and I said ok.

Turns out that it was a fake call. Someone was playing a nasty trick on her. What happened was that the trainer told her to just check back to the number from which she had got the call. It turned out to be a phone booth. So she dialled home and spoke to her grandmother. Yes her grandad was ill and was taken to the hospital….but he was now back home and watching a movie while having lunch! She came back and informed her that she had been tricked and she said that she was happy that he was ok but that she didn’t know who would play such a trick on her. Then the waterworks started.

Ofcourse I was immediately looking like a fool, stammering a few words and trying to console her, looking around helplessly for a lady colleague who could handle the situation better. I patted her akwardly on the hand and almost screamed help when one of my lady trainers came by. I moved the girl towards this trainer and I said “handle it, please”.

Later my team members were teasing me about the situation I was in. They can laugh; it was scary for me.

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When my cousin Manoj came down to India for a visit in 1999, we both drove in a car to Palghat to attend his cousin’s (but not mine) wedding. All the way back and forth he played this song, atleast 50 times on the car stereo. And he turned to me and said that if he died before me, I was to play this song at his funeral.

Now, we come from a hindu family (read that hypocrites for whom rituals mean more than the actual person’s feelings & wishes) so I told him that if I did that, I would be banned from society and hounded like a paraiah by the rest of our members of our large extended family. But he insisted and so I gave in and promised him.

I hope I die before you, Manoj!

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Once again, anyone who is overtly religious is hiding something. Like the true nature. Hindu, Christian, Islam. Every person I know who is overtly religious in these faiths are either frauds, fakes or who use religion as a tool to make a profit. Or who are actually devious, cunning & devilish. Who are pure evil (not the hollywood or comic variety) and I mean who manipulate things to their benefits.

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Mandy Patinkin, an actor I greatly admire, used to be on the show but requested to leave it after 2 seasons, as he wanted to spend more time with his family & because of the violence on the show causing him stress. On the show, Patinkin’s character was that of Supervisory Special Agent Jason Gideon, their best profiler. Gideon left the team after several nervous breakdowns in his career, culminating in the murder of his girlfriend and being framed for it. Gideon was last seen remarking to a Nevada diner waitress that he didn’t know where he was going or how he’d know when he got there, leaving the diner and subsequently driving off in his vehicle.

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I’m back after a 2 day gap. My 2 day inactivity blog wise, and internet usage wise, was for a two-fold reason. I was down with a severe cold / flu and also my ISP’s local Cochin server is having problems, which started from Friday evening.

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The Miss Kerala (for those of you readers outside of India, it’s a state in the south of the country) competition took place recently and a new winner was crowned. Now, I normally don’t watch or pay much attention to such frivolous drivel but this year I just happened to think that some of the girls were really pretty. They’re not necessarily the ones that take the gold, bronze & silver (or whatever you call the top 3 positions). Anyway, take a look at the top 3 in 2008.

 

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Home today due to it being a festival holiday. I don’t even care what the reason is, I just like having more days that I can spend at home. More and more, I prefer to spend it alone in my room. If I had my way, I’d only come out for more coffee and some food. And that’s pretty much what I’m doing most days that I am away from work. Alone.

I know I’ve blogged about it before and I’ve got a few of my readers trying to cheer me up or offering advice which I’m not sure that I can follow. I’m lonely. Plain and simple, I’m lonely and mostly it’s because of my doing. I have few friends – I’m talking actual friends. Not colleagues. That could be one reason and the other is that I’m single. I’m lonely and it bothers me.

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I was browsing on my Orkut account this evening when I saw that one of my friends from my previous company had a photo of him and a girl as his profile display pic. I immediately knew that he must have either got engaged or married and quickly clicked over to his profile. Turns out that it was both. He had gotten engaged and married (I think his wedding was in September). I haven’t seen him in over 2 years now, almost 34 months. He had got transfered to Trivandrum in 2005 but we still met once in a while and then to Thrissur. While I got dumped into the company’s sub-agency for a year, he got absorbed into the main firm and is doing well there.

We stopped talking a long while back but there’s no animosity there. We just lost track and I’m happy for him that he’s found a bride and is settling down for a family life of his own. Just like I am for a lady friend who sent me an email to inform me about her wedding, and although I couldn’t go to attend it, I sent her a gift. I’m happy for both of them but seeing stuff like this just reminds me of how lonely I am. I can’t help but feel a twinge of envy.

I’m unhappy with so many things in my life, to change it – where do I begin? I can get so depressed so quickly and I can get angry so easily as well. Certain things really piss me off but I don’t have any control over them so is it good to get upset over those things? I dunno but I’m also wary that if I just be quite then I’ll get trampled all over. I have to be careful as it’s a fine thin line.

Maybe things aren’t so bad. I could be worse off. Is that how lonely people console themselves?

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