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A Gourmet Meal For Mom & Me

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The news flash message on one of the local news channels hit hard and hit close to home. In fact it hit exactly at home!

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Following a tip off about movement of armed LTTE militants into Kochi via Cherthala, security has been beefed up in the coastal areas of Alappuzha.

Kochi coast has also been put on high alert. Security has been stepped up on Aroor bridge as well as on all the routes leading to and from this this region. However according to police sources there is no need for the public to panic.

All over the city you could see people tensed up and hoping that it was just a false alarm. The cops searching every vehicle that could seem to carry the militants was shown all over the news.

Knowing that this could cause delay in people reaching their homes, we have asked our lady staff in training (who are doing a 4pm till 1am shift) to leave a couple of hours earlier. So I arranged to have their drop facility moved up to 11 pm, as with the checking they might only reach home after 3 am and we don’t want that.

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I Need To Rest My Body & Soul

I’m so tired and sleepy and it’s only 7:25 pm. I was hoping for a fun Sunday but it was more of the usual and I’m so worn out. I need a break, atleast a week off from work and rest my body & soul. Recharge the batteries. I also need to start exercises. I’m so fat, the fattest that I have ever been and my shirts are all getting too tight for me. So I did a few push ups as soon as I woke up this morning. After that:

  • I got out of bed, got coffee and breakfast and then took a shower
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  • Went out to Cafe Coffee Day and got some cold coffee
  • Checked out cds & vcds – nothing interesting out there
  • Went to get my hair cut. It was long enough that it was curling at the ends
  • The day was so hot & humid. I walked over to Oberoi’s and got some beer and some chopsuey
  • Bought some apple juice and came back home
  • tried to watch dvds but I’m so tired
  • Took a shower at 6:30 pm
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I think I’ll take a nap.

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Workshop @ The Hotel Nyle Plaza

So like I informed you, my dear readers, I was to attend a workshop with my colleagues, mostly HODs, today at the hotel Nyle Plaza. The hotel is a 3 star hotel located in Vytilla and is about a year old. I had never heard of it before but wasn’t expecting much as most 3 star hotels in Cochin have the same feel.

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So I reached the office by 8:40 am and had to wait till past 9:30 am until we left for the venue. Our car was driven by the tech manager Binu chettan, who is a friend of mine and a rocker & Leslie was with us – the 3 of us in the car were singing a couple of rock songs along to the car cd player. We reached the hotel at 10 am and things were setup by 10:25 and ready for us to start the workshop.

The communication agenda was mostly on the business of our center, how we have done so far the last two years and what is the action plan for the next year. After a break for coffee, in groups we prepared presentations by first jottiing down points and then discussing them. Finally each of the 5 groups entered them into a ppt on laptops. At 2 pm we stopped for a 45 min lunch break.

Now just like most 3-4 star hotels have begun to look alike in our area, the food is somewhat the same as well. Well, atleast the lunch buffets. But I must say that the quality here was quite good, much better than the other ones that I have had. Chicken noodle soup, Kerala porotta, chicken masala, fish curries, vegetable fried & masala, boiled veggies, beef chilly, lots of salad. It was delicious but I couldn’t eat much. Oh and a big dessert – ice cream, a small cake with chocolate cream, fruits, jelly & mousse. Yummy, yum yum!

Bellies full, we came back to our tables in the small hall and played a 10 minute brain buster game. Then it was time for the presentations. It took a long time for the first few presentations to get over (I took the rest through a  presentation on Training) with a lot of discussion and debate. I did not like some part of it as it is blowing smoke up our collective asses.

So as the presentations went on it was obvious that we would not be able to complete them by the 7 pm cut off time. So it was decided that the other presentations would wait till the next Friday and that we would do it in the office board room. That done, we had a the small matter of cutting a cake – it was Leslie’s birthday. A few birthday bumps later, he cut a cake provided by the hotel;s in house bakery and then we left for our respective homes.

I did have some complaints against the hotel – the coffee/tea was not sweet at all, they have crappy notepads & pencils, all they had on the tables in the hall were small plates with a few polo mints and they had some work going on next to our hall – you could hear the drill making a lot of noise while we were trying to debaate.

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I won’t be going to the office tomorrow…..well maybe only for a half hour. I will be attending an HOD’s offsite workshop at the Nyle Plaza, a 3 star hotel that I have never heard about until this evening.

I will leave my apartment at around 8 am and reach the office by 8:30-8:45 am. Cabs will take the participants to the hotel from 9-9:15 am. It’s going to be an 8 hour affair. Dressing is casual.

I’m not sure what the workshop is all about but I am guessing it is on leadership skills. The hotel looks great and the hall and dining rooms look beautiful. I was surprised to learn that their rates are cheaper than most others that we have tried.

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Jeremy Spoke In Class Today

Who is Jeremy Stevens – I am JEREMY STEVENS!!!!

That’s true; for almost 7 months I spoke as Jeremy Stevens would. I created the name & persona (if you humour me) of Jeremy on December 29th 2002, while at home during a break from my training sessions at Aysha Infotech. I had joined the company as a Call Center Executive in July of that year & we had training for the same. The company never took off, the building of the complex halted in February 2003 and the whole project fell through by May.

I came back to Cochin and joined Aspinwall’s Call Center in June, trying to sell credit cards, cell phones & long distant phone lines to Americans. As a rule, we have to have a pseudo-name which will be easier for American ears to hear & American tongues to pronounce.

I had thought of several names but none seemed to last long. Until, that is, I came up with Jeremy. Taken after the huge 1992 hit single, JEREMY by my favs Pearl Jam, I got the surname by giving an S to my second choice of name – Steven. Hence Jeremy Stevens was born. I occasionally tried using Jeff Stevens when in the Call Center, but stopped it when people started saying “Jess? That’s a girl’s name!!!

One lady & I even had a laughing fit when she told me that she had thought I was playing a prank on her – She had heard the name as Cat Stevens!!! So despite a small deviation, it was Jeremy all the way, until I left that job.

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Cause It’s A Bittersweet Symphony

I’m at the stage where you know that there is nothing you can do to stop a grave injustice. And that you have to watch it happening in front of your eyes.

I’ve got some good news; my long overdue promotion looks likely to happen in April. Let me remind you that it’s promotion in grade and salary – workwise I got promoted almost 9 months ago. So I had the responsibility, workload & the stress but none of the monetary benefits. Or the perks! Or the prestige! But that looks like a given come April. But there is something that is souring what should be one of the greatest moments of my life. That will ensure that the sweet wine I drink will taste absolutely bitter.

You see while I might get promoted, one of the guys who reports to me will not be getting what he has deserved. He should have got a pay hike & a grade change quite a few months back but it was stalled. Then they said the convinient word – “recession”! Then he was the unlucky scapegoat in a botched attempt by the corporate HR bitch to cover her ass. How much should this kid suffer? And throughout it all, he has performed better than I could have expected him to.

Everything I asked off him, he gave and he did it in style. He was upset and he complained but when it came to work he never compromised. He took up every challenge and came out with flying colours. He is on the verge of setting up another benchmark as far as training is concerned and if all things fall into place, he will succeed. Yet there is no place for him here. If I didn’t need this job, I would have had a few choice words for the people in management.

And so after speaking in vain to DGMs and knowing that, despite one last effort on Monday, his future here is bleak I have done the only thing that I can do. And what someone who manages a team should probably not be doing! I have arrange through a placement agency for him to attend a couple of interviews in other companies. Hopefully he will find something good there.

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I am not sure about the rest of the world or even the rest of India, but here in Kerala every house seems to have atleast 5 to 10 house lizards scurrying across their walls. My house was the same and now my apartment is the same; I can’t remember ever going a day without seeing one or two lizards in my room or any of the other rooms.

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Besides they eat insects & other monsters so they can’t be bad for us. Have we just learnt to live with them? Sure they don’t help out on the rent or expenses (chuckle) but I might miss them if suddenly the entire lot were wiped out or if I moved to a place where there were no such thing as house lizards.

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Watching A Golden, Rainy Evening & Cribs

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Last evening’s rain left the day feeling quite cool & pleasant. I love the day after a rain as long as there aren’t too water puddles in the way. Today was no different; it rained in the evening and the evening was quite cool. I kind of enjoyed my walk from the bus stop to my apartment. I stopped on the way to have a quick dinner of noodles.

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