Saturday, February 20, 2016

Screen love

My amateur attempt at poetry, inspired by a random line I came across on Twitter.
Screen love
We are in love at two ends of a screen Are we in love with the screen? Or the life we have imagined and coloured-in, between these two screens. If we are a world apart then is the imagination of the continents in between, colouring our romance It's a beautiful and sensual world that sets our pulse racing when our fingers touch the screen And our eyes read meaning into the words, fonts and emoticons that are seen We throw the best of ourselves to the ghost of our romance Will this magic survive when alas our fingers finally meet? Are we just in love with the screen?

Friday, February 06, 2015

2014

I regret not putting up a single blog in 2014. Over the last few years I have hardly put up any blogs and have restricted myself to one blog a year. Just to keep up appearance. Sometimes I've had a good story to tell. Sometimes I haven't. But in the last few days of December 2014, i did feel that i had to write a blog, but I got too lazy about it. But time it wasn't just another story. It was an awesome story. A Road trip Story.

Friday, November 08, 2013

Bangalore to Gurgaon Road trip #RashtriyaRoadTrip

These are the statistics from a Bangalore to Gurgaon road trip I recently did with a good friend. Stats done by him and so was most of the driving.

Start: 1st Nov 2013 - 4 am (Nice Road Toll)
Finish: 3rd Nov 2013 - 3pm
Distance Traveled: 2680 KMs
Car: Maruti Esteem VXi 2007
Fuel Consumed: 207 Liters Petrol
Average: 13 KMPL

Total Trip Time: 59 Hrs.
Night Halt : 17 Hours (Nasik & Udaipur)
Road Site Halts (for B/F, Lunch, Dinner /Fuel / Tea / Bio breaks and Tolls): 12 Hrs
Total Driving Time : 30 Hrs
Average Speed : 
2680/42 = 64 KM/Hr
Driving Speed Average: 2680/30 = 89 KM / Hr
Highest Speed for a considerable Stretch : 160 Kms / Hr ( some sections of Baroda - Ahmedabad, Chittorgarh-Bhilwara & Kishangarh-Jaipur)
Slowest Speed for a considerable strech : 20Km/Hr (Wani to Mahrashtra -Gujarat Border)

States Traveled Across: 5 (Karnataka / Maharashtra / Gujarat / Rajasthan / Haryana)
No. of Districts: 
No. of Tolls: 39
Access Controlled Expressway: 1 (NE-1 between Baroda- Ahmedabad)
National Highways: 9 (NH-4, NH-50, NH-360, NH-8, NH-8A, NH-8C, NH-76, NH-79, NH-79A)
State Highways: 6 (Maharashtra: SH-30 & SH-17, Gujarat: SH-9. SH-15, SH-177 & SH-703)
City Roads: 3 (Kolhapur, Pune, Nasik and Ahmedabad)

Tunnels Crossed: 2 (Kasara - Pune & Pune Byepass)
Major Rivers Crossed: 21 (Tungabhadra, Malaprabha, Krishna, Markandeya, Hiranyakeshi, Vedganga, Panchaganga, Koyna, Neera, Kadwa, Ambica, Bhima, Mindhola, Tapi, Narmada, Vishwamitri, Mahisagar, Sabarmati, Gambhiri, Banas, Mansi )

Route Taken: 
Bangalore (E-city) - Nice Road - Tumkur - Sira - Hiriyur - Chitradurga - Davangere Byepass - Ranebennur - Devaragudda - Haveri Byepass - Hubli Dharwar Byepass - Belgaum Byepass - Tavandi - Kolhapur - Karad - Satara - Kasara - Pune - Pimpri - Bhosari - Peth - Sangamner - Sinnar - Devlali - Nasik - Ozar -Vani - Saputara - Waghai - Vansada - Kharel - Navsar- Surat Byepass - Ankleshwar - Bharuch - Baroda - Ahmedabad - Gandhinagar - Chiloda - Pranij - Himmatnagar - Shamlaji - Ratanpur - Bicchiwara - Kherwara - Rishabhdev - Udaipur - Mangalwar - Chittorgarh Byepass - Bhilwara Byepass - Nasirabad - Kishangarh - Jaipur Byepass - Manoharpur - Shahpura - Kotputli - Behror - Neemrana - Dharuhera - Manesar – Gurgaon

These are some of the photos from this Bangalore to Gurgaon road trip




These are some experiences and memories from this Bangalore to Gurgaon road trip!

Random experiences are what make a great road trip, but being stuck in traffic before your journey starts, is one best avoided! So time your start to avoid traffic.

Take along enough water, but don't overdo the snacks. If you are really into the roadtrip you wouldn't snack much anyway. 

When you're not driving catch up on your sleep. Never know when you might be required at the wheel.

Avoid Dhabhas where buses are parked. They would take too long to serve.

Try to taste the local delicacies while on your way. Kolhapuri mutton for example. Gujarat is a dry and mostly vegetarian state (just saying).

Knock Out beer is the best beer in this country.

Maharashtra has the worst roads among the so-called developed states in the country. But if you feel like kissing the tarmac as soon as you enter Gujarat, just remember Karnataka, AP and TN also have good roads (mostly)!

Something happens to vehicles when they enter Gujarat. They lose the ability to pick a lane and stay in it. They are constantly straddle two lanes and block your way.

The country side across India is beautiful. There are so many places you can stop to get magnificent views.

Ten years back, Delhi started expanding westward towards Gurgaon. Today, its knocking on the Rajasthan border at Bhivadi. In the next 20 years, Lahore could be a Delhi suburb!

It is not about the car you drive, but how you drive it. Before you upgrade your car, ask yourself if you made the most of your current one.

I leave you with this gem from a truck bumper, "Duniya ka sabse bada rog, kya kahenge log"

Drive safe!

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw’s Lecture at Defence Services College, Wellington on Leadership and Discipline 11th November, 1998

Taking the liberty to share an edited excerpt of this speech on Leadership and Discipline by Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw. Intelligence, wit and courage come to the fore in this masterclass on leadership. Read the full text at http://www.indiandefencereview.com/spotlights/sam-manekshaw-on-leadership-and-discipline/0/
Issue Net Edition | Date : 26 Mar , 2013 Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw’s Lecture at Defence Services College, Wellington on Leadership and Discipline 11th November, 1998
Commandant, Ladies and Gentlemen, I am fully conscious of the privilege, which is mine, to have been invited here to address the college. A while ago, I was invited to a seminar where the subject was youth, and people said that the youth of this country was not pulling its weight, that society generally was not satisfied with how the young were functioning. When I was asked what I thought about it, I said that the youngsters of this country are disappointed, disturbed and confused. They cannot understand why all these untoward things are happening in this country. They want to know who is to blame. Not them. If they want to study at night and there is no power, they want to know who is to blame. Not them. If they want to have a bath, there is no water; they want to know who is to blame. Not them. They want to go to college and university and they are told there are not any vacancies; they want to know who is to blame. Not them. They say – here is a country which was considered the brightest jewel in the British Crown. What has happened to this Bright Jewel?
The problem with us is the lack of leadership.
No longer are there excuses with the old political masters saying that the reason why we are in this state is because we were under colonial rule for 250 years. They turn around and say that the British left us almost fifty years ago. What have you done? They point to Singapore, they point to Malaysia, they point to Indonesia, and they point to Hong Kong. They say that they were also under colonial rule and look at the progress those countries have made. They point to Germany and to Japan who fought a war for four and a half years- whose youth was decimated and industry was destroyed. They were occupied, and they had to pay reparations; Look at the progress those countries have made. The youngsters want an answer. So, Ladies and Gentlemen, I thought I should give you the answer.
The problem with us is the lack of leadership.
So, if leaders are not born, can leaders be made? My answer is yes. Give me a man or a woman with a common sense and decency, and I can make a leader out of him or her. That is the subject which I am going to discuss with you this morning.
…there is lack of leadership in every walk of life, whether it is political, administrative, in our educational institutions, or whether it is our sports organizations.
What are the attributes of leadership?
The first, the primary, indeed the cardinal attribute of leadership is professional knowledge and professional competence. Now you will agree with me that you cannot be born with professional knowledge and professional competence even if you are a child of Prime Minister, or the son of an industrialist, or the progeny of a Field Marshal. Professional knowledge and professional competence have to be acquired by hard work and by constant study. In this fast- moving technologically developing world, you can never acquire sufficient professional knowledge. You have to keep at it, and at it, and at it. Can those of our political masters who are responsible for the security and defence of this country cross their hearts and say they have ever read a book on military history, on strategy, on weapons developments. Can they distinguish a mortar from a motor, a gun from a howitzer, a guerrilla from a gorilla, though a vast majority of them resemble the latter.
Ladies and Gentlemen, professional knowledge and professional competence are a sine qua non of leadership. Unless you know what you are talking about, unless you understand your profession, you can never be a leader. Now some of you must be wondering why the Field Marshal is saying this, every time you go round somewhere, you see one of our leaders walking around, roads being blocked, transport being provided for them. Those, ladies and gentlemen, are not leaders. They are just men and women going about disguised as leaders – and they ought to be ashamed of themselves!
What is the next thing you need for leadership? It is the ability to make up your mind to make a decision and accept full responsibility for that decision. Have you ever wondered why people do not make a decision? The answer is quite simple. It is because they lack professional competence, or they are worried that their decision may be wrong and they will have to carry the can. Ladies and Gentlemen, according to the law of averages, if you take ten decisions, five ought to be right. If you have professional knowledge and professional competence, nine will be right, and the one that might not be correct will probably be put right by a subordinate officer or a colleague. But if you do not take a decision, you are doing something wrong. An act of omission is much worse than an act of commission. An act of commission can be put right. An act of omission cannot. Take the example of the time when the Babri Masjid was about to be destroyed. If the Prime Minister, at that stage, had taken a decision to stop it, a whole community – 180 million would not have been harmed. But, because he did not take a decision, you have at least 180 million people in this country alone who do not like us.
Professional knowledge and professional competence have to be acquired by hard work and by constant study. When I was the Army Chief, I would go along to a formation, ask the fellow what have you done about this and I normally got an answer, “Sir, I have been thinking… I have not yet made up my mind,” and I coined a Manekshawism. If the girls will excuse my language, it was ‘if you must be a bloody fool – be one quickly’. So remember that you are the ones who are going to be the future senior staff officers, the future commanders. Make a decision and having made it, accept full responsibility for it. Do not pass it on to a colleague or subordinate.
So, what comes next for leadership? Absolute Honesty, fairness and justice – we are dealing with people. Those of us who have had the good fortune of commanding hundreds and thousands of men know this. No man likes to be punished, and yet a man will accept punishment stoically if he knows that the punishment meted out to him will be identical to the punishment meted out to another person who has some Godfather somewhere. This is very, very important. No man likes to be superceded, and yet men will accept supercession if they know that they are being superceded, under the rules, by somebody who is better then they are but not just somebody who happens to be related to the Commandant of the staff college or to a Cabinet Minister or by the Field Marshal’s wife’s current boyfriend.
This is extremely important, Ladies and Gentlemen. We in India have tremendous pressures- pressures from the Government, pressures from superior officers, pressures from families, pressures from wives, uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and girlfriends, and we lack the courage to withstand those pressures.
That takes me to the next attribute of Leadership- Moral and Physical Courage. Ladies and Gentlemen, I do not know which of these is more important. When I am talking to young officers and young soldiers, I should place emphasis on physical courage. But since I am talking to this gathering, I will lay emphasis on Moral Courage. What is moral courage? Moral courage is the ability to distinguish right from wrong and having done so, say so when asked, irrespective of what your superiors might think or what your colleagues or your subordinates might want. A ‘yes man’ is a dangerous man. He may rise very high, he might even become the Managing Director of a company. He may do anything but he can never make a leader because he will be used by his superiors, disliked by his colleagues and despised by his subordinates. So shallow– the ‘yes man’.
…what comes next for leadership? Absolute Honesty, fairness and justice… I am going to illustrate from my own life an example of moral courage. In 1971, when Pakistan clamped down on its province, East Pakistan, hundreds and thousands of refugees started pouring into India. The Prime Minister, Mrs. Gandhi had a cabinet meeting at ten o’clock in the morning. The following attended: the Foreign Minister, Sardar Swaran Singh, the Defence Minister, Mr. Jagjivan Ram, the Agriculture Minister, Mr. Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed, the Finance Minister, Mr. Yashwant Rao, and I was also ordered to be present.
Ladies and Gentlemen, there is a very thin line between becoming a Field Marshal and being dismissed. A very angry Prime Minister read out messages from Chief Ministers of West Bengal, Assam and Tripura. All of them saying that hundreds of thousands of refugees had poured into their states and they did not know what to do.
So the Prime Minister turned round to me and said: “I want you to do something”.
I said, “What do you want me to do?” She said, “I want you to enter East Pakistan”. I said, “Do you know that that means War?” She said, “I do not mind if it is war”.
I, in my usual stupid way said, “Prime Minister, have you read the Bible?”And the Foreign Minister, Sardar Swaran Singh (a Punjabi Sikh), in his Punjabi accent said, “What has Bible got to do with this?”, and I said, “the first book, the first chapter, the first paragraph, the first sentence, God said, ‘let there be light’’ and there was light. You turn this round and say ‘let there be war’ and there will be war. What do you think? Are you ready for a war? Let me tell you –“it’s 28th April, the Himalayan passes are opening now, and if the Chinese gave us an ultimatum, I will have to fight on two fronts”.
A ‘yes man’ is a dangerous man. Again Sardar Swaran Singh turned round and in his Punjabi English said, “Will China give ultimatum?” I said, “You are the Foreign Minister. You tell me”.
Then I turned to the Prime Minister and said, “Prime Minister, last year you wanted elections in West Bengal and you did not want the communists to win, so you asked me to deploy my soldiers in penny pockets in every village, in every little township in West Bengal. I have two divisions thus deployed in sections and platoons without their heavy weapons. It will take me at least a month to get them back to their units and to their formations. Further, I have a division in the Assam area, another division in Andhra Pradesh and the Armoured Division in the Jhansi-Babina area. It will take me at least a month to get them back and put them in their correct positions. I will require every road, every railway train, every truck, every wagon to move them. We are harvesting in the Punjab, and we are harvesting in Haryana; we are also harvesting in Uttar Pradesh. And you will not be able to move your harvest.
I turned to the Agriculture Minister, Mr. Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed, “If there is a famine in the country afterwards, it will be you to blame, not me.” Then I said, “My Armoured Division has only got thirteen tanks which are functioning.”
The Finance Minister, Mr. Chawan, a friend of mine, said, “Sam, why only thirteen?” “Because you are the Finance Minister. I have been asking for money for the last year and a half, and you keep saying there is no money. That is why.”
Then I turned to the Prime Minister and said, “Prime Minister, it is the end of April. By the time I am ready to operate, the monsoon will have broken in that East Pakistan area. When it rains, it does not just rain, it pours. Rivers become like oceans. If you stand on one bank, you cannot see the other and the whole countryside is flooded. My movement will be confined to roads, the Air Force will not be able to support me, and, if you wish me to enter East Pakistan, I guarantee you a hundred percent defeat.”
“You are the Government”, I said turning to the Prime Minister, “Now will you give me your orders?”
Ladies and Gentlemen, I have seldom seen a woman so angry, and I am including my wife in that. She was red in the face and I said, “Let us see what happens”. She turned round and said, “The cabinet will meet four o’clock in the evening”.
Everyone walked out. I being the junior most man was the last to leave. As I was leaving, she said, “Chief, please will you stay behind?” I looked at her. I said, “Prime Minister, before you open your mouth, would you like me to send in my resignation on grounds of health, mental or physical?” “No, sit down, Sam. Was everything you told me the truth?” “Yes, it is my job to tell you the truth. It is my job to fight and win, not to lose.”
She smiled at me and said, “All right, Sam. You know what I want. When will you be ready?” “I cannot tell you now, Prime Minister”, I said, but let me guarantee you this that if you leave me alone, allow me to plan, make my arrangements, and fix a date, I guarantee you a hundred percent victory”. “My movement will be confined to roads, the Air Force will not be able to support me, and, if you wish me to enter East Pakistan, I guarantee you a hundred percent defeat.”
So, Ladies and Gentlemen, as I told you, there is a very thin line between becoming a Field Marshal and being dismissed. Just an example of moral courage. Now, those of you who remembered what happened in 1962, when the Chinese occupied the Thag-la ridge and Mr. Nehru, the Prime Minister, sent for the Army Chief, in the month of December and said, “I want you to throw the Chinese out”. That Army Chief did not have the Moral courage to stand up to him and say, “I am not ready, my troops are not acclimatized, I haven’t the ammunition, or indeed anything”. But he accepted the Prime Minister’s instructions, with the result that the Army was beaten and the country humiliated. Remember, moral courage. You, the future senior staff officers and commanders will be faced with many problems. People will want all sorts of things. You have got to have the moral courage to stand up and tell them the facts. Again, as I told you before, a ‘yes man’ is a despicable man.
This takes me to the next attribute: Physical courage. Fear, like hunger and sex, is a natural phenomenon. Any man who says he is not frightened is a liar or a Gorkha. It is one thing to be frightened. It is quite another to show fear. If you once show fear in front of your men, you will never be able to command. It is when your teeth are chattering, your knees are knocking and you are about to make your own geography- that is when the true leader comes out!
I am not a brave man. If I am frightened, I am frightened of wild animals, I am frightened of ghosts and spirits and so on. If my wife tells me a ghost story after dinner, I cannot sleep in my room, and I have to go to her room. I have often wondered why she tells me these ghost stories periodically.
In World War II, my battalion, which is now in Pakistan, was fighting the Japanese. We had a great many casualties. I was commanding Charlie Company, which was a Sikh Company. The Frontier Force Regiment in those days had Pathan ompanies. I was commanding the Sikh Company, young Major Manekshaw. As we were having too many casualties, we had pulled back to reorganize, re-group, make up our casualties and promotions.
The Commanding Officer had a promotion conference. He turned to me and said, “Sam, we have to make lots of promotions. In your Sikh company, you have had a lot of casualties. Surat Singh is a senior man. Should we promote him to the rank of Naik?” Now, Surat Singh was the biggest Badmaash in my company. He had been promoted twice or three times and each time he had to be marched up in front of the Colonel for his stripes to be taken off. So I said, “No use, Sir, promoting Surat Singh. You promote him today and the day after tomorrow, I will have to march him in front of you to take his stripes off”. So, Surat Singh was passed over. The promotion conference was over, I had lunch in the Mess and I came back to my company lines. Now, those of you who have served with Sikhs will know that they are very cheerful lot- always laughing, joking and doing something. When I arrived at my company lines that day, it was quite different, everybody was quiet. When my second-in-command, Subedar Balwant Singh, met me I asked him, “What has happened, Subedar Sahib?” He said, “Sahib, something terrible has happened. Surat Singh felt slighted and has told everybody that he is going to shoot you today”.
Surat Singh was a light machine gunner, and was armed with a pistol. His pistol had been taken away, and Surat Singh has been put under close arrest. I said, “All right, Sahib. Put up a table, a soap box, march Surat Singh in front of me”. So he was marched up. The charge was read out- ‘threatening to shoot his Commanding officer whilst on active service in the theatre of war’. That carries the death penalty. The witnesses gave their evidence. I asked for Surat Singh’s pistol which was handed to me. I loaded it, rose from my soap box, walked up to Surat Singh, handed the pistol to him then turned round and told him, “You said you will shoot me”. I spoke to him in Punjabi naturally. I told him, “Have you got the guts to shoot me? Here, shoot me”. He looked at me stupidly and said, “Nahin, Sahib, galtee ho gayaa”. I gave him a tight slap and said, “Go out, case dismissed”.
I went around the company lines, the whole company watching what was happening. I walked around, chatted to the people, went to the Mess in the evening to have a drink, and have my dinner, but when I came back again Sardar Balwant Singh said, “Nahin Sahib, you have made a great mistake. Surat Singh will shoot you tonight”. I said, “Bulao Surat Singh ko”.
He came along. I said, “Surat Singh, aj rat ko mere tambu par tu pehra dega, or kal subah 6 bjay, mere liye aik mug chai aur aik mug shaving water lana”. Then I walked into my little tent.
Ladies and Gentlemen, I did not sleep the whole night. Next morning, at six o’clock, Surat Singh brought me a mug of tea and a mug of shaving water, thereafter, throughout the war, Surat Singh followed me like a puppy. If I had shown fear in front of my men, I should never have been able to command. I was frightened, terribly frightened, but I dared not show fear in front of them. Those of you, who are going to command soldiers, remember that. You must never show fear.So much for physical courage, but, please believe me, I am still a very frightened man. I am not a brave man.
What comes next? The next attribute of leadership is loyalty. Ladies and Gentlemen, you all expect loyalty. Do we give loyalty? Do we give loyalty to our subordinates, to our colleagues? Loyalty is a three way thing. You expect loyalty, you must therefore, give loyalty to your colleagues and to your subordinates. Men and women in large numbers can be very difficult, they can cause many problems and a leader must deal with them immediately and firmly. Do not allow any non sense, but remember that men and women have many problems. They get easily despondent, they have problems of debt, they have problems of infidelity- wives have run away or somebody has an affair with somebody. They get easily crestfallen, and a leader must have the gift of the gab with a sense of humor to shake them out of their despondence. Our leaders, unfortunately, our “so-called” leaders, definitely have the gift of the gab, but they have no sense of humor. So, remember that.
You have got to have the moral courage to stand up and tell them the facts. Again, as I told you before, a ‘yes man’ is a despicable man.
So much, Ladies and Gentlemen, for leadership, but no amount of leadership will do this country much good. Yes, it will improve things, but what this country needs is discipline. We are the most ill-disciplined people in the world. You see what is happening- you go down the road, and you see people relieving themselves by the roadside. You go into town, and people are walking up and down the highway, while vehicles are discharging all sorts of muck. Every time you pick up a newspaper, you read of a scam or you read of some other silly thing. As we are the most ill-disciplined people in the world, we must do something about discipline.
What is discipline? Please, when I talk of discipline, do not think of military discipline. That is quite different. Discipline can be defined as conduct and behavior for living decently with one another in society. Who lays down the code of conduct for that? Not the Prime Minister, not the Cabinet, nor superior officers. It is enshrined in our holy books; it is in the Bible, the Torah and in the Vedas, it is in the teachings of Nanak and Mohammad. It has come down to us from time immemorial, from father to son, from mother to child. Nowhere is it laid down, except in the Armed Forces, that lack of punctuality is conduct prejudicial to discipline and decent living.
Now, Ladies and Gentleman, you understand what I mean by discipline. We are the most ill-disciplined people in the world. So far, all of you have been very, very disciplined. Discipline can be defined as conduct and behavior for living decently with one another in university. Will you bear with me for another two minutes? Having talked about leadership, having talked about discipline, I want to mention something about Character. We Indians also lack character. Do not misunderstand me, when I talk of character. I don’t mean just being honest, truthful, and religious, I mean something more- Knowing yourself, knowing your own faults, knowing your own weaknesses and what little character that we have, our friends, our fans, the ‘yes-men’ around us and the sycophants, help us reduce that character as well.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Notes From The Future

(This is an article I just wrote for my old high school magazine)

Reading this article is not compulsory. You can choose to skip it. However, if properly read it could provoke mildly erratic behaviour in students and much indignation in adults.

1. I joined this school in 1985 and after what seemed like a 14 year life imprisonment, I was happy to get out in 1999. Perhaps, overjoyed is the right word and I swore I would never go back. But I did. I thought I would bid good riddance to the teachers. But I did not. I fondly remember the good ones, and as for the bad ones, I just don't remember why they were bad.

2. Fourteen years from now, most of you will finally succeed in forgetting the marks you got in your 10th and 12th. However, I hope you don't forget your friends. Friendships from school and sometimes, college are for keeps. Treasure them.

3. You are more likely to remember the fun times in school, than the Pythogoras theorem. Yes, that hypotenuse could turn out to be as useless as you suspect it to be. But perhaps not the person sitting next to you in class.

4. The real education your teachers impart isn't from the text books but from the decency, trust, integrity, creativity, respect and sense of humour with which they conduct their relationship with their class. I had some great teachers in school who taught me incredible life lessons that still guide me.

5. The two subjects that are of utmost importance in life are English and Mathematics. The former helps you earn a living and the latter helps you count what you earn. Sometimes, vice versa also (Don't ask).

6. Top Marks in academics are not always an indicator of future success. Sometimes, those students who keep standing outside class, could really become outstanding in life.

7. The biggest mistake you will make in school is not doing something you really want to do, for fear of ridicule from those around you.

8. Make sure you learn to play the guitar before you leave school. Other hobbies like sports, debating, reading, quizzing, dancing etc are also good but learn to play the guitar. It is a life skill.

9. Forgive your parents. They're just as confused as you are. They mean well.

10. My tribute to Mrs. Thomas on her retirement. She is one of the aforementioned great teachers. My first attempt at real writing was in her English II paper in Std XI. Those years in Diamond House with her and all those plays we did was an unforgettable lesson in team work and commitment. Thank You Ma'am.

God Speed.

Monday, December 31, 2012

2012

Ok, apologies for no blogs this year and this shameless attempt to just fill in one for the record! Happy tidings to all for 2013!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

For the Sake of a Post

Didn't want 2011 to go without a post. Now mission accomplished :-)

A lot of things have happened this year but I've not had the time to blog about it and whenever I did have the time, I was too lazy!

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year.