The Low Down Shoes Blues

Bad few days for being a shoe! I’m so upset about it that I couldn’t get myself to blog about it yesterday.

I had bought a shoe from a shop quite near my apartment a few months back. It was quite a good shoe and yet cheaper than most shoes of the same kind in the bigger stores that I had seen. So I bought it and wore it but a few days back I noticed a hole on the left side of the left shoe. Damn, I have to buy a new one (I only keep a pair with me at all times).

So I went into the same store on Monday night and bought another pair. This one was a bit tight around the toes. However it was the right size numbered and when I tried the next biggest size it was quite loose. So I bought that and came home. Yesterday, just 4 days later, during my almost hour long walk in the hot afternoon sun, I tripped on this big rock and the heel part of the show is now flapping open like the mouth & tongue of a dog after he has run a mile! It’s ruined.

The store said that they’d try to get it stitched in such a way that it won’t show on the outside. But I am not optimistic. Sigh!

Road Safety Awareness Drive

Today, as part of a community service thingy, our company and the Rotary Club combined it’s efforts to have a brief activity drive with a message : Road Safety.

This company that I work for has had its share of accidents on the road and even on the railway track (our office is opposite a railway cross that sees it’s share & more of train related deaths). We’ve had employees become victim to and victim of drunk driving. We’ve had crashes and little accidents and so far nothing has been fatal. But we don’t want to tempt fate.

Hence this activity – a bunch of our employees (yours truly included) marched from our office towards to prominent junctions nearby and back, with banners held aloft & lots of pamphlets that drove the message of road safety awareness. It was hot and it was sweaty and everyone was tired 60 mins later when we all reached back to the air conditioned confines of the center. Here are a few pics.

All I Want From The Future

I do not really want to leave my city. My hometown of Cochin is, in my humble opinion, the best Indian city to live in – atleast for me! Bangalore is a good place but over population and over pollution has made it difficult to live there and not to mention the cost of living is really high.

I’ve been applying to many jobs online and a couple of friends are also trying to help me out by referring my name to a few of their contacts in different companies. I’ve been called up a couple of these companies and I think I’m almost through in a really good one. Most of the companies that I have applied with are in Chennai. I do not know if I will like living in Chennai as I have heard too many different opinions about the city. The worrying aspect is the language  – I have never been able to pick up Tamil but it shouldn’t be a huge problem as Chennai is a metro – and the heat.

Anyway, I have a feeling that my life is going to take a big change and I hope it will be right choice and the right decision when I do finally move. All I want for my residence is a small but neat & modern 1 bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, hall with access to cable tv and the internet. Honestly, I do not need much more. A good neat bar and a coffeeshop nearby would be nice too.

Update: I re-read this blog post and felt that I had to add this part – I’m not in any way implying that Cochin is not crowded and polluted! Far from it; the city is getting more & more crowded and several mornings/evenings it is difficult to avoid a traffic jam. Mosquitoes fill the night air as the open drainage system feeds the little vampires with a breeding ground fit for the best of pests.

Gentlemen of His Holiness

I’m laughing at this:

One of Pope Benedict’s ceremonial ushers and a member of an elite choir in St Peter’s Basilica have been implicated in a gay prostitution ring, in the latest sexual scandal to taint the Vatican. Ghinedu Ehiem, a Nigerian, was dismissed by the Vatican on Wednesday from the Giulia Choir after his name appeared in transcripts of police wiretaps, published by an Italian newspaper, in an unrelated Italian investigation.

Among four people arrested last month in the corruption probe was Angelo Balducci, a engineer who is a board member of Italy’s public works department and a construction consultant to the Vatican. Balducci was arrested on corruption charges and the allegations of prostitution emerged only later. Balducci is also a member of an elite group called “Gentlemen of His Holiness” (:) LOL), ushers who are called to serve in the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace on major occasions such as when the pope receives heads of state or presides at big events.

“Gentlemen of His Holiness””carried the coffin of the late Pope John Paul at his funeral in 2005.

9 1/2 Hours Of Today

After a day spent at home, working whatever I could, I expected today to be a lot more hectic. And it was – a 9 hour roller-coaster of emotional lows! I reached the office at 10 am and immediately got into it. I didn’t stop for a moment until I looked up and saw that it was already 1pm! Not enough time for a coffee and since I was quite hungry, I checked with my team and they were all ready for lunch but it was still another 20 minutes before we trudged into the cafeteria.

There’s a client mandated event, but run by yours truly, happening in the office and I had to stop to snap some photos along the way. Post lunch, I headed back to the production floor for some more photos and then back to my seat. Then it was arranging for stuff to be ready when the clients came in. By 4 pm we were in the launch phase of the event and it was in the board room with a couple of videos and some discussion which went on till just after 5 pm.

From 5 pm till 7:30 pm I was preparing ppts on this event. Then as I left the office, there was a huge traffic block, so we had to walk a bit and wait for a while before we could board a bus. Who knows why there was a block from HMT jn till Aluva? Religious morons? Political assholes? Who the fucks knows? I reached home a little after 8:30 pm and went to work on the remaining work on a ppt for February’s performance.

I then realized that I’ve only had one cup of coffee all day (is that why I felt so dull and jaded) and that other than 2 glasses during lunch, I hadn’t drunk any water either! Also, I didn’t have the time to go to the loo as well! Well…no input, no output!! I’m sipping a lot of water now as I type this. Need to hydrate.

Welcome Andy Sutton

The Ottawa Senators have acquired defenceman Andy Sutton from the New York Islanders in exchange for a second round draft pick. GM Bryan Murray wanted to get a deal done Tuesday in advance of Wednesday’s 3 p.m. trade deadline and had been saying he would look for a defenceman to provide depth along the blue line.

In 567 career NHL games with the San Jose Sharks, Minnesota Wild, Atlanta Thrashers and the Islanders, Sutton has scored 34 goals, added 101 assists and 984 penalty minutes. On another front, Murray said barring an unforeseen turn of events, Volchenkov will still be a Senator after the deadline.

In other trades Edmonton traded Nashville’s second round pick for defenceman Denis Grebeshkov, who’s minus-16 with 19 points. The Anaheim Ducks traded defenceman Nick Boynton to the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday for future considerations & Pittsburgh Penguins, who picked up defenceman Jordan Leopold from the Florida Panthers on Monday for a second-round pick.

American Desi

I had seen this movie twice on cable tv before (both times around the 2003-05 period) and enjoyed it. It’s been a while, so I thought I’d download it via torrent and watch it again. American Desi, a 2001 movie, focuses on American born & raised Krishnagopal Reddy aka ‘Kris’ and his aversion of all things Indian.

Kris (Deep Katdare) goes off to college with his best friend, the Caucasian Eric, who likes Indians because if he calls the men ‘uncle’ they give him cash for his studies. Kris is horrified to find out that his new roommates as are ‘Indians’ – from artistic Jagjit Singh, to the Rekha loving & somewhat conservative Salim who doesn’t like American raised Indian girls and the African-American idolizing Ajay (Kal Penn) who enjoys rap music and dancing.

All things change when Kris meets Nina (Purva Bedi), an Indian girl, who he likes and to impress her he needs to appreciate more of Indian culture which he has previously distanced himself from. His roommates & now his friends help him by giving suggestions on Indian cooking, watching Hindi movies to get to know some Hindi songs and learning to dance the Dandiya Rass. Salim also finds himself attracted to the seemingly ‘corrupt’ Farah Saeed (Sunita Param). There’s even a villain, Rakesh, who grew up with Nina and wants her for himself, even if she treats him like a brother.

If you can forgive the cliched stuff and bit of ‘Bollywood’ creeping it, it’s a fun film to watch whether you’re Indian or not. The white Americans in the film look & sound like people grabbed off the street and not real actors themselves! Indians who grew up in India have American accents but American raised Indians have Indian accents! But in the end if you need light watching and not a plot twister, pop in this movie and relax the afternoon away, like I did. 7 outta 10!

The Very First Twestival in Kerala

The announcement has been made – March 25th 2010 will see the very first Twestival in Cochin, Kerala. Twestivals are mega tweetups that happen once or twice a year. There are basically two types of Twestivals: Twestival Global & Twestival Local. Twestival Global is one day, one cause all around the world and Twestival Local takes place over a weekend where cities are encouraged to support a local cause.

The theme for this year is:

Everyone in the world deserves an education. Twestival Global 2010 aims to support ConcernWorldwide’s global education programs through fundraising and awareness efforts. They are also looking for volunteers

For more details please click onto the official site and also follow @cochintwestival.

Finally They Get Some Sense

Won’t be going to work tomorrow as there is a bus, taxi, auto strike and most cars will not be on the roads tomorrow. I think bikes are exempted but it might not be safe in some areas. Gonna work from home when I can.

Some idiots never learn. This guy I know was one of the most idiotic choices as far as hiring a supervisory level person goes. Morons did not notice for a long time. Idiot was below par for all 3 years – yes he lasted 3 years cause he was a brown noser and a butt licker. Finally he was kicked out!

And… I bought some new shoes. However as I was walking on the street once I purchased them, I’m feeling that it’s too tight and my feet hurt most of the way back. I stopped to eat a bhel puri and bought some juice on the way back home.

Canada Wins Men’s Hockey Gold

Ending an afternoon of hockey that will go down as one of the greatest in the game, “Sid the Kid” Sidney Crosby scored at 7:40 of overtime to give Canada a 3-2 win and the gold medal, a shot from the left wing circle beating American goaltender Ryan Miller between the pads. It was an incredible end to a game that saw Canada lead 2-0 on goals by Jonathan Toews — a revelation for Canada — and Corey Perry.

The relentless Americans, the youngest team in the tournament, battled back to send it into overtime with just 24.4 seconds left in the third period, Zach Parise banging in a rebound behind Canadian goaltender Roberto Luongo.

With this, Team Canada wins 14 gold medals in total, the highest ever gold medal tally in the Winter Olympics ever. They also have 7 silver & 5 bronze for a total of 26 medals; third behind the US with 37 and Germany with 30.