Sachin Tagged me !!

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I was tagged by Sachin Sharma ... http://sachinsharma.blogspot.com/ So here goes ...

Ten Years Ago
  • Finished my 12th Standard … Waiting for results …
  • Was also working towards IIT JEE … but efforts were far from sufficient …
  • Was planning to spend sometime at my sister's home in Chennai and get trained further for IIT JEE …
  • Life was very uncertain …

Five Years Ago

  • Finished my Engineering …
  • Doing a on-the-job-training at my mom's office …
  • Working towards getting into MBA … Apti and all that crap …
  • Life was still uncertain …

Last one year

  • Was in Bangalore looking out for another job, determined to move out of iORMYX
  • Got two offers .. one from Span Outsourcing and another from Satyam Computers
  • Took Satyam … so had to move to Chennai … was more than thrilled to be in the same city as Jan …
  • Got Jan a Diamond Ring … Felt good seeing her happy …
  • Got my first "Pat-on-the-Back" award for successfully executing a focused Email campaign (just 4 months into the job)
  • Hunted like crazy for a house … And brought a flat …
  • Facing some major restructuring in the organization
  • Basically very happy with myself !!

Yesterday

  • Busy day … Nothing major happened … Met our new Vertical Head …
  • Got a news of a childhood friend coming to Chennai … Going to meet her after many many years …

Five Yummy things

  • Plain Dosai & Sambaar
  • Adai …
  • Pizza from Pizza Hut …
  • Pav Bhaji
  • Bhel puri and Pani Puri
  • Chocolates
  • Bengali sweets
  • The list can go on and on for a food freak like me !!

Five Songs I know by heart

I know probably more than 50 songs by heart … I'll probably list out few of my favorite

  • Chaudvi ka chaand ho …
  • Ai Ajnabee (Dil Se)
  • Vennilave Vennilave (Minsaara Kanavu)
  • Kehna Hai (Padosan)
  • Nothings gonna change my love for you …
  • When you really love a woman … Bryan Adams
  • Chuttum Vizhir Chudardaan - BharathiyaarAasai mugam marandu pooche - Bharathiyaar

Places I escape to

  • The Elliots Beach in Besent Nagar, Chennai
  • The Thiruvanmiyur Beach, Thiruvanmiyur, Chennai
  • A small beach after VGP on ECR Road, Chennai
  • The Sai Baba Temple on Injambakkam, Chennai
  • ECR and OMR Roads, Chennai
  • Ambajhari Lake, Nagpur
  • SFS Hills, Nagpur
  • Amravati Road, Nagpur

Five things I'd do if I have money

  • Get Jan whatever she wants to buy …
  • Buy a "New" Car … Go on a loooooooong drive (of course with Jan)
  • Go for a vacation to some foreign country
  • Buy a state-of-the-art Music System
  • Buy some music
  • Buy some cool accessories to decorate my new home
  • Go for movies

TV Shows

  • Friends
  • X Files
  • Bikers Buildoff
  • Monster House
  • Mr Bean
  • Reporter
  • Any program on News Channels (NDTV and Profit, CNN-IBN, Headlines Today etc)

5 Things I can't Live without

  • Passion for something
  • Breathing
  • Water and Food
  • Clothes
  • Jan (Life would be difficult)
  • My parents and few friends (Life again would be difficult)
  • Money (Life again would be difficult)

5 Cuisines

  • South Indian
  • Punjabi
  • Marvaadi
  • Gujarati
  • Marathi
  • Italian
  • Chinese

People whom I would like to Tag …

Cheers ...

Beating all Odds …

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There has been an upset to my Swimming Plans …

Vinu has got a problem with his ears … One day after swimming he shoved an ear bud into his ear and managed to push matter further in and has partial loss of hearing … When he consulted the ENT she told him that he has managed to make a small hole in his ear membrane and so he has to be away from water for 8 weeks …

Both me and Vinu were very upset … Coz he wouldn't be swimming for a long time and I hate swimming alone … though I was doing it anyways …

Vinu is currently at his Home in Kerala after a Spiritual Journey to Sabari Malai …

Just as I was planning to Update my blog with the latest … I received this SMS from Vinu …

"Hey Man, I consulted another ENT here. She is extremely experienced one and she says my ear is fine and its just wax. So I am coming bak 2 swimming … YOOHOO !!!"

That says it all …

So it will be me and Vinu again in the pool .. doing Chapaak Chapaak Chapaak …

Cheers …

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My latest passion …

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Its been in my mind for years … but I guess for all good things to begin - the right time has to come. So it came on the 29th of Jan … I started learning swimming … An off-season offer and the company of a colleague (Vinu) from office and not to mention unending persuasion by Jan and others at home to involve in an physical exercise of some kind.

Now lemme tell you that the few encounters that I have had with swimming are once when I was a kid … I remember that I used to wear floats (that ended soon) … and the others when I had gone to MGM Dizzee World on 2-3 occasions. And I have never dared to venture into waters that were deeper than my height … So for all practical purposes I was a novice to swimming …

So I enrolled, purchased swimming trunks later also the swimming cap. Day one was exciting … our first lesson … our teacher instructed us to exhale through our mouth while keeping our face underwater … Quite a start … Then with floats on … He started to train us in the basics of "Breast Stroke" style of swimming … First only the hand movement and then during day two and three the leg movement was also introduced and then to synchronizing the breathing with the movement … We were taking the aid of the floats till day 6. Then seeing our confidence our teacher asked us to swim the breadth of the pool without the floats … And that was a defining moment … When I felt that I could swim … Indeed I was swimming … It was such a happy feeling … Words fail me …

But gliding would get me underwater a bit … And I was scared to keep my eyes closed underwater, so I would open my eyes underwater … The chlorine content in the water affected my eyes … For two days in succession my eyes burnt … quite a discomfort … After that, I gathered the guts to keep my eyes closed under water … And the problem was solved …

Please note that I far from an expert swimmer … Though I am swimming … I am still having problem taking breaths in between my swimming … Its when I have to bring my head up and that's when my body goes down … Oops … Also some errors in my action is causing some lower back pain and pain in the thighs … Trying to overcome all that …

One of my achievement is learning to dive into the water … Head first … I just love doing it everyday … It’s a cool experience to touch the base of the swimming pool in the process and swim underwater for a long time before you emerge at the other end of the pool.

My experience with swimming till now has been rightly summed up in this quote by Kieren Perkins - "Being your best is not so much about overcoming the barriers other people place in front of you as it is about overcoming the barriers we place in front of ourselves" … It’s a mind game … You have to overcome your own fears if you want to swim well …

And they say … "Swimming is a magnificent sport for athletes of all abilities and interests" … So why not try your hand at it … I can assure you … It's an amazing experience … Out of the world …