Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Trailer of The beach

Coming soon

A journey to Paradise

Nature at its best

An experience to experience

Absolute fun on the wonderful beach

Hold your breath... for a splendid journey towards the sea shore is about to begin

Saturday, May 27, 2006

I am tagged

Was tagged by Iris

1. Grab the book nearest to you, turn on page 18 and find line 4?
Ans: ment system, he took a bold step. Instead (A small doubt: Should I consider the heading as another line?)

2. Stretch your left arm out as far as you can.& catch air?
Ans: Caught air. Whats next?

3. What is the last thing you watched on TV?
Ans: Saw some news in the office canteen.

4. Without looking, guess what time it is?
Ans: 3:10 PM

5. Now look at the clock, what is the actual time?
Ans: 3:14 PM  (Not bad isn't it)

6. With the exception of the computer, what can you hear?
Ans: The music from my computer has deafened my ears.

7. When did you last step outside? What were you doing?
Ans: Today stepped outside from home to go to office.(I know its a weekend)

8. Before you started this survey, what did you look at?
Ans: Computer screen trying to solve the project issues.

9. What are you wearing?
Ans: Brown pants and a T-shirt.

10. When did you last laugh?

Ans: When cooking Dosai yesterday. Tried cooking after a long time and it was a great success. We were able to identify it as dosai.

11. What is on the walls of the room you are in?
Ans: A poster about our project. "An outstanding performance. The power of Information at your fingertips".

12. Seen anything weird lately?
Ans: Still thinking..... will answer if I remember any.

13. What do you think of this quiz?
Ans: Taking my time off from the project. Feeling relaxed.

14. What is the last film you saw?
Ans: "Hunted" starring Christopher Lambert. Wonderful film. Also "The Island". But didnt see it completely.

15. If you became a multimillionaire overnight, what would you buy?
Ans: A very tough question indeed.

16. Tell me something about you that I don't know?
Ans: Something that Iris doesnt know about me????? Difficult to say. How about this. I lost the dairy that I showed you in bangalore.

17. If you could change one thing about the world, regardless of guilt or politics, what would you do?
Ans: I am already changing the world everyday.

18. Do u like to Dance?
Ans: I like to watch dance.

19. Imagine your first child is a girl, what do you call her?
Ans: her name maybe

20. Imagine your first child is a boy, what do you call him?

Ans: his name maybe

21. Would you ever consider living abroad?
Ans: I am living abroad. Of course, I will come back to India.

22. What do you want GOD to say to you when you reach the pearly gates?
Ans: So early????

I would like to tag ( i dont suppose there is a limit to the number of tags?)
2. Ramesh
3. Raja00cs
4. Priya
5. Vijith

I will tag more people through mails. ;)

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Swing all the way

Golf, the fancy game for the old and the rich. A small ball being hit with an iron stick over a very large green lawn and trying to put the ball in a small hole. And there is atleast a dozen type of sticks used in the game. If you are rich enough, you need not walk. You can use a small vehicle to move across the lawn. This is what I used to think about this strange game.

I have played golf in video game consoles. The 2D game used to provide entertainment for hours. I had tried to play golf in my house too. Drill a hole in the garden and use the small elastic ball and a stick from the tree in the garden to play. It would always be fun. Though I don't know much rules, the movies and the sports channels relaying golf (which I rarely watch) helped me to remember a few terms used. Clubs for the iron sticks, 9 hole or 18 hole games and Par shots are few that I learnt in my school days. Golf always appeared to be a game of prestige and style. Most of the movies showing some rich villains or rich heroines would show atleast one scene playing golf. It always seemed funny that hitting a ball in the ground can become such a costly sport and to use 14 clubs to play the game was crazy to the maximum.

Coming to the news, I got a chance to play golf last weekend. Myself, Ganesan and Shanmugam decided to go out somewhere for the weekend. The only problem was with me as I am used to work in weekends. I somehow took the day off and we went to Coate water, a large park like Lalbagh garden in Bangalore. It was a nice scenic place with a small lake in the middle of the park. It was more like the Kodaikanal lake with cycling track covering all the sides. We wandered near the lake for a while and saw a golf course. There was a counter to get tickets to use the course. To the left of the counter was the mini golf course with 18 holes and to the right was the kids' version of golf, pitch & putt. After long thoughts and finding the difference of the cost between these two games was just a pound, we decided to take the mini golf course. ₤4.60 for the game ₤0.8 for the ball and ₤0.1 for the tee. We didn't even know what the clubs we need to play the game are. When the person at the counter asked whether we want 7, 8 or 9 numbered club, we were like "WHAT is that?" My experience in the video games somehow helped me to speak few words and the person gave us the 7 club saying that it will be good for beginners. When she gave us three balls, we even tried to return two of them. She laughed and said that each player should use separate ball. With little laugh we went to the golf course to start the game.

There started the big confusion. There was a small rough sheet on the lawn which we understood to be the place to start the game. But the "Tee" provided didn't go through the sheet. It was too hard. We were wondering what to do. Then we found a small hole in the sheet and used that to start our game. Later in the game, I didn't use the "Tee" at all. ;) With better knowledge about the game than the other two persons, I started the game. I positioned myself as shown in the video game and made a swing. It was a fast swing that I even heard the whooshing sound of the club. But the ball still remained in its original position. My very first golf play was a miss. I tried again with more concentration and it was a hit. The ball instead of flying high rolled over the ground and went to the bush some 50 metres away and the ball disappeared from sight. My very first shot was not only bad but I also lost the ball. After a long search, we found the ball and we resumed the play with a sigh of relief.

It was absolute fun as we fought to become the first person to make the goal. (what do they call for putting the ball in the hole?). Ganesan was methodical, while Shanmugam and I were usually making random shots. After completing the first hole, a new confusion aroused. We found the starting point for the next hole. But there were many holes around it. Which once should we play? Do they choose holes at random or is there any proper order??? With no idea, we chose a random hole and I tried for a shot. This time, the shot was perfect as it travelled high in the air straight towards the hole. The shot was bit fast that it travelled over the hole and landed at the far side. Still happy with the shot, I ran towards the ball only to learn that we were aiming for the wrong hole. Another person who was playing in that course told us the order we have to play and I have to start the game again. After this, the game went on very much fine, with Ganesan always winning each hole with myself trying to finish second atleast. I do found out how to make good shots and my first shots usually went high in the air straight towards the hole. The funny part came when the ball landed in the bunker. Ganesan had to try for atleast 3 times to get the ball out of the sand. With little tricks on the sand like removing the dust at the side of the balls and raising the ball high on the sand, the game went on interesting all the time. We became like Pro after playing four to five holes and we completed each hole by 4 to 5 shots easily. Sometimes, I found the ball fighting against me by jumping over the hole (See the video). Ganesan even completed a hole in just 2 shots and myself and Shanmugam managed to finish off in 4 shots. After playing 18 holes that took about 5 to 6 hrs, we were exhausted and our legs were paining. After the game, we walked around the lake for a while before resting on the sides for a while and we returned home. A wonderful day spent in Swindon. A pleasant change from the daily normal routine.

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Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Mission Impossible: 3


Mission Impossible:1 + Kaaka Kaaka + Rabbit's foot = Mission Impossible: 3

Tuesday, May 9, 2006

Beware of?

Working on weekends have become usual to me. I have even raised the question, what else can I do other than work on weekends. Another unhealthy habit I have is staying late in office. And thats not only on week days but also in weekends. So, I am working almost all the time except a few hours I spend in home. With the summer in UK, the sun sets only after 9PM. So I cant even realise that I am staying late. This happened last week, when I came to office as usual on a saturday. The work was boring but there was still a lot of things to do. So I went on with the schedule of staying late. After all, the last bus is only at 10:40 and I can catch it. With the sun still shining at 9PM, I didnt notice the time till it became 10:30PM. The sky has become dark now and I decided to walk to the bus stop.

Our office campus is in a open scenic area with compound walls only on three sides. The area spreads to the hill side at the back. As it was a weekend, the guards have even switched off most of the lights outside the building and I was left to walk about 200 yards looking at very few lights at the other end. I was so relaxed that day, that I was walking slowly towards the gate. Suddenly there was the sound of dog. I stopped my movements and found a dog growling near the gate. There were no dogs kept by the company. I am sure of that. But the sudden appearance of a dog made me nervous. For a second, I thought that I should be brave and walked a step. And then I saw another dog lying near the first one. Oh oh! I wondered whether to return back or wait till they go away. I was too frightened for the dogs looked more like German sheperds. No way, I am going to let the dogs take my flesh even that means reducing my weight. I slowly walked back into the building and booked a taxi. I was amused that I am afraid of dogs anyway. Still i know its dangerous. Who knows what the dogs in UK think of humans at night. Will they just bark or bite. Better to be safe.

The taxi came in 10 minutes and I started to leave. I passed the security guard who smiled and said good night. I wished him Good bye and just asked him whether we have any dogs in the campus. He was also confused at first and said No. Then I told him about the two dogs near the gate and he said it might have jumped from the nearby houses. With little laugh, I said bye again. And he wished back and added a comment at the end. "It might be the foxes that stays at the hills at the back of our office. They roam near the gates at nights".


PS: I couldnt avoid staying late anyway. I just decided that I will take taxi if its gets late. Even foxes are not able to change my unhealthy work schedule.

Friday, May 5, 2006

Midnight in Monte Carlo - Part 2

Disclaimer: I dont know what happened to me when I started writing this episode. May be the climate was good or my mind was fresh. The right side of my brain took over entirely and strange imaginations rose to my mind pushing to write this no more than a story. I decided not to publish this here and wanted to use this for a seperate story. But somehow felt to make this itself a story instead of the original events. SO I ASSURE EVERYONE THAT NONE OF THIS REALLY HAPPENED. JUST READ THE STORY AS IT IS. You can feel the story better if you fit yourself as the narrator rather than myself. I dont fit much on this story. So here we go again. Please read the first part if you have not read it before.


But I had no other choice. There I was going to a grand Christmas party in a car modelled in the year 1940. It might have been the exact car that comes in the beginning of King Kong movie. The old typical Taxi in UK. I hesitated before entering the car. I thought of my imagination about reaching the party. It was like a Hollywood movie. A white Limo slowly coming towards the entrance and seeing that, the security guards immediately waves his hands to clear off the cars blocking the way. All the photographers are surrounding the car waiting eagerly with their fingers on the camera. A few beautiful girls near the entrance are raising their heads trying to get view of the person coming out the car. The guard opens the door and I slowly come to the view while the cameras keep on clicking with the flash lights blinding everyone's eyes. And I come out with Ray ban glasses as if I though I had expected it already.

I know that's the wildest imagination I can have. I was atleast hoping to get there in a Toyota or atleast a Citroen. But now, the reality hurts a lot. I am just hoping that the security guard will allow the Taxi to get near the place.

As if the unreal imagination wasn't enough, a white Limo overtook my Taxi. I just don't want to reach there along with the limo for the guard may block and make the taxi turn away. Then a Porsche went past us. It must be that Richard who was blabbing about getting one for rent. Ok. I shouldn't reach along with Porsche too.

It was a 10 min travel and I was being careful that no one in the passing cars sees me. Luckily, no one was there to notice this old taxi. We came to a left turn which read "Science Museum". Hoping to see some lights, I looked outside the window and found nothing to say there is any party going on. It was actually like an air field with many warehouses like structures all over the place. I was doubtful whether I am going to the right place. After another 10 minutes ride, we came to a sign which read "Midnight in Monte Carlo". With a deep breath, I looked out for the entrance. The taxi slowed down. But still there is no sign of any party. It was dark all over and I was wondering whether I was being kidnapped. But why?

But I was not kidnapped. Atlast I saw the lights on the side of one big warehouse that looked like a small flight hangar. The taxi came to halt on the opposite side of the road near the entrance. Still little confused, I didn't open the door. I looked long towards the entrance and saw many well-built guys in tuxedo with plain expressionless faces. Yes. They must be the guards like they show in movies. Then I saw many couples dressed in style. Good. This is it. So there is a party here. I got out of the car laughing to myself that I shouldn't have worried about coming in THIS taxi to THIS place. There were no photographers. I laughed again. I paid the taxi driver who was still smiling at me. Looking at the security guard, I started crossing the road and a horn suddenly sounded. Realising I am in the middle of the road; I ran fast to cross the road and escaped getting hit by the car. I turned back to see what car was……. It was a white Limousine.


With my mouth still open, I somehow managed to walk back a few steps hoping to see the person who is rich enough to come in Limo. These English people are always crazy spending lot of fortune just to show off making a big entrance. I just wonder how many are really rich enough to own a Limo. And I am so sure that this Limo is rented. When a guard opened the door, every head turned towards the door including mine. I tried to turn back my head away from the car as if it was nothing to me. I would have walked away from the car; had not the soft hand covered with white gloves came to view and held the hand outstretched by the guard. The whole world slowed down as the soft hands came to the view and a girl walked out of the limo with a beautiful smile which I don't understood if there can be anything that is or will be more beautiful than that. Then she said something that must be 'Thanks' to the guard. But my ears have gone deaf already and everything around me became blurred and disappeared to vapours as she turned her neck showing the diamonds that sparkled as her eyes. In that single second when my eyes met hers, as if being hit by a strange wave, her image came to my sight, the beautiful face that said that she is surely Indian, small but never seen before smile, real diamond ear rings that matched the eyes, black hair that ended in a curly style, long white gown that glowed even in the darkness and the small Swatch brand watch showing 0714hrs circling the wrist with a golden strap which had a series of outlines of Mickey mouse face joined together. All this happened in a single second. The next second I was back in the world as she had blinked her eyes. With her smile still ruling my senses, she was coming towards me or actually the entrance behind me. Then suddenly she was gone. When I just released she had walked past me, she had already gone inside. I couldn't understand what happened when she passed me and I stood there wondering whether this is real. After a long deep breath, my senses came back and I walked towards the entrance. I turned my head towards the limo and I couldn't find anything luxury in it now.