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It took us a while to get going; it was almost 2 pm when we left from the office and went on to Hotel Sea Park (about 2 kms away). Two of my team members were missing due to high fever. But I decided that the rest should still go out. So we ordered soup and went over the menu as we loudly decided what to have.

This is the fun part that I love to see – all this excitement in the eyes of my team over choosing dishes to eat. Rashba & Ajeeba – as usual – disected the prawns section but to their dismay the hotel were out of prawns. No problem as chicken 65 & some mutton did the job just as well. Three huge karimeen fish fry were ordered. And, oh yeah, beef! Can’t be a lunch party in Kerala if there’s no beef. Plates of fried rice floated on the while table like ice on water. I had a hyderabadi biriyani and fish.

Once the food came, the yakking stopped and all you could hear were the chomping down of food. Jins had a chicken biriyani & fish & mutton. Neil had rice, fish, beef & mutton. Nazer had fried rice, mutton & beef. And this is the most satisfying part – I just love to watch my team eat. It gives me immense pleasure to see food, and good food at that, being served to and eaten by my boys & girls. It fills me with happiness, because I am big brother & daddy rolled into one for them. They are family.

Well, the food was good except for the fish which I think was a little overdone. It ended up being a bit too crispy. But everyone loved their food. We then ordered ice cream and the 5 of them also had mango juices. Where does it all go? You should see 3 of my people; they are too thin!

Bellies full, we went back to the office to wind up the day’s work. I went back to my system, content that I was able to give them some respite from all that stress. Part one is done, mission accomplished! Now to think of some R&R stuff.

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The drum beats rein in the next song, Enough, is about the breaking point of pain. The Curse sounds like it could easily have been a Korn song! I really like the lead guitar breaks in this song. Torn, Criminal, Divide

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Rocking In The Monsoon Month Of June

In a surprisingly lucky break, the few rockers in the office will get a chance to get our rocks off on the 30th of this month. Turns out that one of the new joinees to the entry level call center associate post has connection with a newish local 4 piece rock band! And he can get them to play for our quarterly Rewards & Recognition function to be held on the 30th!

Seems that recently we’ve had a few rockers joining us in the entry level stage and they would also love to head bang for a couple of hours. This is a welcome relief from the deluge of lame ass Hindi, Tamil & Malayalam songs, some dance routine and sickly skits that are usually seen at these events. And don’t get me started on the saddest of fashion shows followed by a dumb DJ!

But getting a rock band is the highlight for people like me. Long time readers will remember that I sang 3 songs as part of a hastily created office rock band way back in November of 2007. That was fun. I hope this one will be so too. The band will play for free as they need exposure and the experience and we only have to foot the cost of getting their drum set from their garage to the venue. 30th June, head banging! That would be cool B)

Something’s Not Quite Right

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Something’s not quite right with the team and I am worried. And not just from a working perspective. It’s from a personal perspective as well. It has slowly crept up and the usually tight knit group has had some cracks showing up here and there. The team has issues and it’s up to me to get it right.

  • The senior lady member has it mostly all together and the only problems come when she has a family problem – sick small kid or the kind of stuff that comes with being married. But she is mostly solid and a rock in my team.
  • The senior guy is also seemingly stable and worry free. He has a steady girlfriend and has lots of friends and seems to be enjoying life. The senior two people have been with the team since we started and hence monotony is their only major concern.
  • The next senior guy and the MIS person for the department – and the oldest of all at 34 – is about to be a dad for the first time. I also suspect that his marriage is a little tough on him and the expectations are high. He can get frustrated pretty easily.
  • A girl who moved from Operations to the training team 1.5 years ago is one of my major concerns at the moment. She has become extremely aloof and withdrawn and I suspect her private life is to be blamed here. Not too sure. But she seems to be completely immersed in the training batch and even skipping lunch at times and seems too tensed up. I am worried about her; she’s also the youngest.
  • Out of the 3 junior guys, 1 is about to be a dad. His concerns, with a baby on the way in a couple of months is understandable, and with little help from home too. I am not sure what I can do for him, since he needs more financial help and I’m at a total loss there since even my issues haven’t been sorted out.
  • My two other junior boys have the same issue – 1.5 years after promotion and not a penny to show for it. The company fucked with them big time. Evil ways of the corporate world. Victims of the system. Again, I do not have a way out for them until 3 more months.

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I have such a wonderful team who can do so much and achieve so much. And they are all wonderful individuals. I need to be there for them. I need to bring back that lovely team spirit and camaraderie that is usually the envy of other departments. I can and I must. I have to.

I just have to!

Cochin Bloggers Meetup Planned

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A Cochin Bloggers meetup has been fixed on the 14th of the month, this coming Sunday. Since I enjoyed last month’s Tweetup and the same guys are attending the two meets, I don’t want to miss it and fully plan on making my way over to Barista Cafe (the same meeting place as the Tweetup) @ 4pm on Sunday and hanging out with the others.

The only complaint is that it’s on a Sunday and @ 4 pm but it’s what most people are comfortable with. I usually take a nap from 2:30pm till 5 pm on Sundays and am usually lazy unless I’m having a couple of drinks. But no matter, I shall be there.

Stanley Cup Going Down The Wire

It’s a repeat of the previous year’s final with one exception – last year the Detroit Red Wings beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4 games to 2 with the last match played in Pittsburgh. This time around the Penguins have forced a game 7 in the Stanley Cup final series between the two teams.

Forced to watch their cross divisional rivals hoist the Stanley Cup last year, the Pens will want to rectify the error and make a reverse decision of the 2008 finals. They are agonizingly close to victory: will Pittsburgh be able to hoist the cup or will Detroit complete a repeat of last year and retain the trophy? Friday night will bring us the answers.

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Sens Update 10th June 2009

While one volatile former goalie finds a new NHL team after sitting out the previous season without a team, another player (and a corner stone at that) wants to leave the Ottawa Senators.

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Meanwhile, former Sens goalie Ray Emery was snapped up by the Philadelphia Flyers. The one-year deal worth a reported US$1.5 million will see Emery re-enter the National Hockey League following a one-year stint in Russia’s Continental Hockey League.

The Russians (Movies) Are Coming

Do you like foreign films? Do you like Russian culture? Do you like watching movies with subtitles? Then this is for you!

The Cochin Film Society, in association with Russian Cultural Center, I&PRD, Govt. of Kerala & Corporation of Cochin, is organizing a Russian Film Festival in Kochi, from 22nd June to 26 June 2009. Venue: @ the E.M.S Memorial Town Hall, Ernakulam.

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23 June @ 06:00 P.M – 9 ROTA/THE 9TH COMPANY – Director: Fyodor Bondarchuk – 2005

24 June @ 06:00 P.M – AGONIYA/AGONY – Director: Elem Klimov – 1981

25 June @ 06:00 P.M – PEREGON/TRANSIT – Director: Aleksandr Rogozhkin – 2006

26 June @ 06:00 P.M – ISCHEZNUVSHAYA IMPERIYA/THE VANISHED EMPIRE – Director: Karen Shakhnazarov- 2008

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Thoroughly enjoyed watching this movie, which has made $786,636,033 worldwide on a $185 million budget. Indiana Jones rulz! 8 outta 10.

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My sister brought her younger son and my niece to the apartment today. I chatted with my sister for a while, giving her an update on the Communications coach that I need to hire for the company and about some other stuff. I was out of the apartment by 1:30 pm and hoping for some coffee at Barista. But the heavy rains have caused a long power outage in Bay Pride Mall and hence Barista cafe has no power and cannot make their coffees!

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So I went to Velocity, took a comfy booth and had some chicken & porotta and 3 Romanov vodkas with sprite. That hit the spot. Then sleep for a bit while it poured down rain. Watch a movie, read my mail and goof off in front of the pc. Yawn, I think I’ll get some more sleep. G’nite!

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