Total = ??

Like most families around, I also come from one with a lots of branches.

My mom has 5 siblings, and loads of cousins, while my father has 2 brothers and a bunch of cousins as well. Funnily enough, out of these branches of the extended tree, I was closest to mostly my 2nd and 3rd cousins, that too just a few of them. And while I knew them, sure, I can’t say I stayed in touch with them all my life growing up.

Different cities, schools, colleges, residential schools, no internet and mobile, age differences, all played its part in keeping all us brothers and sisters a little distant from each other.

But when we were lucky, and we were lucky once in a while, we would meet up. And when we would meet, it would be crazy. CRAZY in caps.

And that makes me try to do this more, and more and MORE.

And if that doesn’t add up to my total in life, what does?



via Daily Prompt: Total

A perfect prompt

Tomorrow I turn 30.
When you turn 30, sometimes it feels like you are crossing a threshold. 

At other times, it feels like a destination that’s just another on the way to a richer, fuller life. 

30, some people will tell you, is the turn in your life when you finally realize what lies ahead.

Others will graciously disagree and say it’s just another number in a series of many unusual and meaningless ones that drive our lives.

Some will tell you that by now you ought to find your place in the world.

Sometimes 30 also feels like the time to sit down and take a proper inventory of your life, or also probably the time to do a very deep assessment of your own self.
Well, what is 30 really about?

Ask me next year.

Come back, and ask me next year.
Prompted by Cake.

Weekly Photo Challenge – Partners – 4


This time, a presentation prompted by Partners.

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Partners – 2

From a few years ago, when we friends finally had a chance to explore the amazing location called Hampi, in the state of Karnataka, India. Driving our moped along the Tungabhadra, up and down rocky slopes we never thought these vehicles would be able to manage, trekking up the hillocks and lazing around after the subset. A fantastic weekend spent at Hampi.

5 Down

5 years is not a short time.

Half a decade!!

If I go back in time by that amount of time, I would find myself sitting at an office desk, just like I’m doing now. Only difference would be that it was a working day.
If I go back half a decade more, I would find myself probably trying to figure out what’s my next class. That was another life, filled with books and cycles [the biochemistry types] and chemistry and hostel life. Let’s leave it there and come forward by 5 years.

I had finished my internship, 6 months spent learning office etiquette, SAS programming, document review and formal communication, all the while also realizing that it’s not as difficult as I imagined it to be. I was absolutely scared about this internship before I started. How would I cope in a place that required you to do things on time, in the right way and all this while maintaining a formal dress-code? I had conveniently ignored the fact that I had formals in college, that IBAB taught us to meet deadlines and pull all-nighters, and most of all, 16 years of education in our education system had taught me how to conform. So, unexpectedly for me, it turned out well. And in turn, they offered me a job.

And it has been 5 years since the day I signed on the dotted lines and took up a job as a Statistical Analyst at Novartis Healthcare Pvt. Ltd. at Hyderabad.

What did I manage in these 157,766,400 seconds?

Well, many of these 1,826 days were spent lazing around at home, sleeping, eating and just being lazy. But of course, there were days which were more productive.

Workwise, I managed to stay ahead in the rat race for most of these 43,824 hours. Lately, I have been falling a bit behind, but I guess that’s just the Normal distribution catching up with my life. I saw my department change names, 7 times. Then I decided to change department. 7 is a good number, you see.  I managed to work with people based out of 6 countries, and more than a dozen nationalities and ethnicities. I learnt how some stereotypes are true, and some are just made up. I managed to leave the office as early as 2PM, and also as early as 3AM. At one point, I even got accustomed to people randomly walking up to me and asking me how to solve this issue and that. Never thought that day would come. Over 60 months, I realised I was a decent speaker, and also grew a penchant for teaching and training.

Personally, I managed to get through 2 relationships. Fell in love a considerable number of times, though it was mostly one-way traffic. I gained at least 10-15 kilos, lost a few strands of hair, a few feet of vision, and managed to outgrow all my old clothes. I Learnt that I could travel, and that I loved watching performing arts in any form whatsoever.  For a few months, dramas held my imagination like nothing else ever had. And then for a few more, I was engulfed in photography, learning its various nuances. I also understood that I can write half-decently, but don’t have a good vocabulary or understand anything about web traffic. I have learnt how to follow recipes and how to appreciate a good drink. I have also learnt that sometimes you can let your hair down, and get on the dance floor. But what the hell! Travel, photograph, enjoy a little drama or dance here or there. And I have managed to make and hold on to a decent number of people who call me their friend, and a few who wish me well. What more can you ask from life.

Well, you do! You want more money, a nice car, a great bike. You want a fine home. And most of all, you want a companion to share this all with. But I think the once that for me precedes all this is the thirst to see the world. Luckily, I did manage to get a taste of this for 14 days in Switzerland. And as is true with all appetizers, I’m dying for more.

In true corporate style, I should now lay down a roadmap, for the next 5 years. And this will coincide with Modi’s grand vision for India. Hope we both manage to pull off a few unexpected rabbits out of our hats, and go well beyond all expectations. Here’s to the next 5.

To look back at the last 5, here are some pictures from the last half-decade of my career.
[advance apologies to everyone featured in the pictures below. if you want me take down any of these images, let me know]

Hampi, my escape!

The Diploma





Kerala, Lighthouse

First white hair, 6 Sept 2013



Odd expressions


And a little bit of Google Magic

Colors in the sky

Food, before flying

For the soul

Odd stuff

With Crazy!

Covering events



The exhibition



More reading, and gifts


The look??!!

The mice

Desolate office spaces

More fun

And posing

Go home Hasselhoff! You are drunk!

Home improvement!

New Mahabharat


Crazy choices


Photograph My First International Sunrise by Korak Datta on 500px


A new experience (একটি নতুন অভিজ্ঞতা)


এবার পুজো-এ মা আমার বল্লেন “বাছা এবার যে আমি নাচবো গাইবো আর ফুর্তি করবো। খুব ফুর্তি করবো।  কিন্তু তোকে যে বাবা আমাকে একটু এদিক ওদিক নিয়ে যেতে হবে.”
আমি বল্লাম “মাগো আমার , তোমাকে নিয়ে যাবো যেথানে বল।  আচ্ছে আমার লোহার ঘোড়া তৈরি। “
মা বললেন “চল তাহলে , বেরিয়ে পড়ি, দেখবি আমার নতুন বন্ধুদের।”

সেই থেকে শুরু।  দেখলুম মহিলারা কিভাবে মজা করে, নিজেদের মতন করে, এই পৃথিবীতে আরো কিছু লোকের ভালো করার জন্য একটু কিছু করেন।

Part 1 – এইভাবে  শুরু। স্রোতস্বিনী -র  পরিচই।

Part 2 – রিমঝিম বর্ষাকাল। মেঘলা দিনের একলা কাহিনী। কে তুমি , কে তুমি ?

Part 3 – ছোটোবেলা।  চরুই পাখি।   আব্বৃত্তি। বন্ধু তোমাএ এ গান শোনাবো বিকেল বেলাএ।

Part 4 – jiggle baam …. খাওয়া  দাওয়া গপ্পো। ভালোবাসী তোমাএ।

Part 5 – কফি হাউসের আড্ডা আর নেই।

Part 6 – আমরা কি এতই আলাদা ?

Part 7 – তা তা থৈ থৈ।  আএ আএ আএরে ছুটে খেলবি যদি আএ।

লুঙ্গি ডান্স , পথ ছার !
এবার  হবে ধুঞ্চি নাচ।
“জয়  মা তারা “

Part 8

দেখলেন সব গুলো? চললেন কোথা ? আরো আচ্ছে।
সাবস্ক্রাইব করুন।  যেই লিখবো আপনার মেলবক্স এ কলিং বেল বাজবে।

“আসছে বছর আবার হবে “