Friday, December 9, 2011

Devaki (Devu) - Our Bundle of Joy

We were blessed with a beautiful girl on
August 10 at 4.33 PM.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Max - The pup i picked up from the street...

About a month ago on 26 March 2010, I was on my way to work in the office cab when I saw a small black puppy around 2 months old atop a rickshaw being fed rotis by the rickshwallah. My curiosity got the better of me and I went up to the man and enquired about the pup. He told me that he had no idea where it came from and he was simply feeding him since he seemed hungry. I asked if he was willing to give me the pup and he was quite happy about it and also commented that the pup would have a better life in my house and he was also kind enough not to request any money from me either.

I immediately picked up the pup and asked the driver to turn around and take me back home so that I could drop him home and then get back to office. The pup seemed quite healthy with a very good coat of hair but with a wee bit angry temparament. He would continue to growl probably out of fear and be very aggresive.

The only reason that I could pick him up and leave him home was that my parents were here and I was confident that he would be well taken care of. After leaving him home I called up my wife Archana who was also at work and informed her of the surprise that was waiting home. She was very excited since she always wanted a pup and the only reason we did not buy one was because since we both worked and with no one else at home, I did not feel that we could do justice to a dog by keeping him home alone most of the day.
Max first day at home was highlighted by he gorging on food and stuffing himself crazy. The next day (a saturday) we gave him a good bath and by the same evening he developed a temperature and stopped eating completely. The following day on sunday we looked around for a pet clinic and had him examined by a goverment vet at Neb Sarai. The experience with this NGO clinic and the vet was not good and the next day we took him to a good Dog & Cat clinic near our house itself. The next 5-6 days were spent taking him to the vet for antibiotic injections as he had developed a stomach infection which was giving max a fever as well. However, after about 6 days he was completely fine and eating normally, but he would still not let anyone pick him up and would growl aggressively. At first I thought that his bones might be weak and he was in pain because of it. On examining at the Vet Dr. S. Kumar, we noticed that there was a huge wound (about the size of my hand) on his back and the outer skin was filled with pus. We had missed this because of max's long coat of hair. The vets assistant Dheeraj then went on to squeeze the complete pus out with max screaming his guts out. We had to restrain max with a nozzle to his mouth so that he would not bite back in pain.

Once the entire pus was squeezed out the complete area was shaved to find out the extent of the damage. The area was big (size of my hand) and then we had to again start with a new set of treatments and injections to control it.

Now after about 12 days Iam happy to note that the complete affected skin has peeled off and new fresh skin is showing signs of recovering. Meanwhile Max is eating well and has endeared himself to the entire family. He has become very playful irrespective of his healing wound and has become very mischevious.

Max now in March 2011

Max passed away on 30 August 2011 due to some complications. We will always love you Max. You brought a whole lot of change and positive energy to the entire family. It was as though God sent you for a specific purpose to us and took you away when it was done.

Sunday, September 27, 2009


Recently, I went to the New Delhi Railway Station (RS) to drop off and days later to pick up my wife and sis in law. It was after more than a year that I was going to the RS and it never ceases to amaze me to see so many people at one place travelling to different destinations. I do not know how many of you have been to the RS specially in India, but one thing is for sure it leaves a lot of varied emotions inside you. It makes you ponder over life's im-balance and the sheer existence of human life or the lack of it.

Where else would you get to see so much class imbalance than a RS. I could clearly differentiate that of the roughly 12-14 compartments, 1 was the unreserved compartment for the bottom class people, around 8 for the striving middle class -I say striving coz they are almost there- and around 4-5 AC coaches for the poignant middle calss - who can travel by AIR but still believe that a penny sorry rupee saved is a rupee splurged later on. We definitely (of course me and most of my friends) fall in the last category of people.
I am of the firm belief that there is no such thing as a upper class of people. Even though the so called nouveau rich think they are the upper class i am sorry to disappoint them they are still very much middle class in their hearts & minds.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Dev Bhoomi - Uttrakhand - July 2009

As the name describes Dev Bhoomi is a truly wondrous abode of gods nestled in the lap of the imposing Himalayas.
This blog is dedicated to the 6 days we spent in god's land. When I say we it includes me my wife Archana our friends Rajesh, Nupur Little Manasvi and Rahul.

The concept and the plan for the trip was initiated by Archana sometime in the month of May, so that all of us could manage our leaves accordingly. Another friend, Mannu was also supposed to be a part of this trip. However, she could not make it.
We did miss her but not for long when we realised that a six seater Toyota Innova was much more comfortable with five people seated in it ;).

Just kidding Mannu.. we would have loved you to be a part of it, though I cannot imagine how many more jumping photo's we could have amassed :).

The trip started on a hot and humid Sunday morning with the driver waking us up at around 5am. The plan was to leave by 6.30 Am so that we could pick up Rahul from Cannaught Place Metro station ( he had to come all the way from Dwarka) on the way and then move on to Ghaziabad to pick up Rajesh and Nupur. There was a minor change in plan when Rahul (after repeated wake up calls from my wifey dear) decided to come to our house instead. Finally, he reached around 7.15 looking really dapper with the new back pack strapped to his back. With the humidity at its peak we then made a move with the AC on full blast as I was sweating like a pig.

One of the reasons why we had decided to make an early start was to take advantage of the sun and cover as many Km's we could so that we could avoid driving in the night. The other reason was to avoid the kavadias as there had been reported instances of road blocks and spurts of violence by the kavadias.

We reached Ghaziabad around 7.45 and were welcomed by a furry little creature dashing around our legs and a bigger one barking crazy from the balcony. None other than the moody Laila (need to ask Rajesh why he chose the name Laila ;) ) I forgot the lil one's name. What I failed to notice initially was the fear on Rahul's face. The chap was truly nervous and afraid of the lil dog and that's when he told me he had this great fear of canines right from childhood. This was something new to me as I have always been very comfortable (had some pets as a kid) around animals specially dogs. If nothing else, I am positive that I was a canine in my past birth and have retained some of the dog smell in me, probably that's why dogs think Iam one of them :).

We had a light breakfast and a nice hot cuppa of tea before we moved on from Ghaziabad after picking up Rajesh, Nupur and lil Manasvi. We also clicked some start of journey photos and after saying good byes to Nupur's parents were finally on the way.

JAI BHOLENATH! and we were on the highway towards Meerut. However, the moment we reached the highway we came across police road blocks in lieu of the Kavadias exodus from Haridwar. We took a detour and managed to get back to the Meerut highway. We had planned not to take the regular Haridwar , Rishikesh route but the Kotdwar, Najibabad road on to Pauri the first day's halting point. The road from Meerut to Kotdwar was really good with very less traffic and nice scenery around.

Good friends, nice music (courtesy Rahul) decent eatables and a cool vehicle. Well, there was something missing .. a can of chilled beer.

We started to look out for a Theka so that we could buy some before we had our lunch stopover. I am not sure if you might have noticed that the thekas have a funny signboard which reads Beer ki thandi dukaan. The literal translation would mean "Cold shop of beer" hmm interesting way of marketing. I bet there would not be a lot many cold shops to buy beer from. Another interesting thing was the way Beer was spelled in most of these shops, anything from Bere, Bear, etc. I guess the guys who wrote these were too lazy to actually check the bottle or can label. It may be a minor detail but it does leave a lot to think and dwell on. In my case approximately 15 minutes, that's all it took me to finish off a can and a bottle.

By this time Rahul was acting funny and it dawned on me that I was actually looking at someone high on half a bottle of beer :). I hate to admit that even I was feeling quite tipsy (any self respecting Indian booze drinker would never) and was looking out for a theka to buy another bottle. Another, interesting thing observed was, that Rajesh was by now doing a very good impersonation of a drunk Keshto Mukherjee and I realised that I was in the esteemed company of a person who could actually absorb beer by simply holding it in his hands without even bringing the bottle to his lips ;).

We reached Pauri around 5Pm and took up rooms in the GMVN guest house located atop a small hillock overlooking Pauri town. Post the daily abolutions we decide to take a stroll to the market to buy some dinner and snacks for the pre-dinner booze. The reason we decided to buy food outside was because GMVN guest houses generally do not serve non vegetarian food and we definitely were in the mood for some meat. We bought Tandoori chicken, Roti (Indian Bread - for my international readers) and lentils cooked with a little turmeric and saute' ed with dash of cumin seeds and coriander (Dal for the less sophisticated people).

Rajesh also bought some onions and green chillies to garnish the snacks that we had bought. The restaurant owner kindly agreed to have the dinner delivered hot to the guest house, in time for dinner. In return, I promised him a free mention in the International Blog that I was planning to write which invariably would bring him a lot many customers. Alas, I have completely forgotten the name of the restaurant :).

Corporate Terminology

  • COMPETITIVE SALARY: We remain competitive by paying less than our competitors.
  • JOIN OUR FAST-PACED COMPANY: We have no time to train you.
  • CASUAL WORK ATMOSPHERE: We don't pay you enough to expect that you'll dress nicely.
  • MUST BE DEADLINE ORIENTED: You'll be six months behind schedule on your first day.
  • MUST BE FLEXIBLE: On many occasions, you'll be asked to bend over and grab your ankles.
  • SOME OVERTIME REQUIRED: Some time each night and some time each weekend.
  • DUTIES WILL VARY: Anyone in the office can boss you around.
  • MUST HAVE AN EYE FOR DETAIL: We have no quality control.
  • CAREER-MINDED: Female employees must be childless (and remain that way).
  • APPLY IN PERSON: If you're old, fat or ugly you'll be told the position has been filled.
  • NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE: We've filled the job; our call for resumes is just a legal formality.
  • SEEKING CANDIDATES WITH A WIDE VARIETY OF EXPERIENCE: You'll need it to replace the three people who just left.
  • PROBLEM-SOLVING SKILLS a MUST: You're walking into a company in perpetual chaos.
  • REQUIRES TEAM LEADERSHIP SKILLS: You'll have the responsibilities of a manager, without the pay or respect.
  • GOOD COMMUNICATION SKILLS: Management communicates, you listen, figure out what they want and do it.

Great Lines from Job Evaluations

1. I would not allow this employee to breed.

2. This associate is not so much of a has-been, but more definitely a won't be.

3. Works well when under constant supervision and cornered like a rat in a trap.

4. When she opens her mouth, it seems it is only to change whatever foot was previously there.

5. He would be out of his depth in a parking lot puddle.

6. This young lady has delusions of adequacy.

7. He set low personal standards and then consistently fails to achieve them.

8. This employee is depriving a village somewhere of an idiot.

9. This employee should go far, and the sooner he starts, the better.

10. Not the sharpest knife in the drawer.

11. Got into the gene pool while the lifeguard was not looking.

12. A room temperature IQ.

13. Got a full 6-pack, but lacks the plastic thing to hold it together.

14. A gross ignoramus - 144 times worse than an ordinary ignoramus.

15. A photographic memory but with the lens cover glued on.

16. A prime candidate for natural de-selection.

17. Bright as Alaska in December.

18. One-celled organisms outscore him in IQ tests.

19. Donated his brain to science before he was done using it.

20. Fell out of the family tree.

21. Gates are down, lights are flashing, but the train isn't coming.

22. Has two brains: one is lost; the other one is out looking for it.

23. He's so dense, light bends around him.

24. If brains were taxed, she would get a refund.

25. If he were anymore stupid, he'd have to be watered twice a week.

26. If you give him a penny for his thoughts, you will get change.

27. If you stand close enough to him, you can hear the ocean.

28. It is hard to believe he beat out 1,000,000 other sperm.

29. on neuron short of a synapse.

30. Some drink from the fountain of knowledge, he only gargled.

31. Takes him an hour and a half to watch 60 minutes.

32. Wheel is turning, but the hamster is dead.

33. Since my last report, this employee has reached rock bottom and has started to dig.

34. His men would follow him anywhere, but only out of morbid curiosity.