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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Entwined - Lynda LaPlante


A beautiful baroness... A fearless lion trainer... What is it that binds them?

Why does the baroness, Vebekka, behave so strangely? Why is she so loving at a certain time and why does she burn her daughter's dolls the next moment? Why does she attack a clown at a circus? Why does she hurt everyone around her... people she loves... people who love her? What are the strange colors she keeps seeing? What is it that possesses her... fills her with fury?

What makes Ruda so fearless? Her life hangs on the balance every time she steps in the same in the ring with 16 tigers... 4 lions... 4 lionesses... a panther... she loves her cats more than she loves the people around her... she loves them like her own babies... so gentle with them when the slightest human mistake makes her furious...

This is the story of Ruda and Rebecca, two sisters separated as children... their struggle as they try to find each other and themselves...

The way their lives are described entwines you in the mystery... The book is beautiful... a must read for anyone who loves adventures of a different kind... A very different book.. unexpected climax... You will love the two women who are so different yet so alike...

Tejaswini's ratings... *** 1/2 Beg... borrow... steal... Worth reading...

Ratings:
* Chuck it... Heck why did I even bother to bring the book home?
** Shelf it... Read it once... trying to forget it...
*** Beg... borrow... steal... Worth reading Read it... love it...
**** Buy it... Deserves to be bought
***** A keeper... Buy it... read it over and over... love it each time...

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Sunday, April 27, 2008

Amazedddd

They say necessity is the mother of all invention... so who are the people who need the most? The poor? So do they invent most things? Probably not... but this young boy's videos touched my heart... An Indian boy who can speak 13 foreign languages... See how necessity made him learn so many languages in order to sell peacock feather fans...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_Gw2HgDbCc&NR=1


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-URtZfIgKAU&feature=related

Watch it... it is definitely amazing...

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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

The Move...

Today we shifted to level 1... We the Europe support were on level 2 since about the past 8 months... in other words since I started to work at KPIT and since I joined my team...

Level 1 was what was originally the BOBJ floor where all BOBJ support engineers used to sit before the ETAC or Europe team was shifted to Level 2 back in August just after I joined... Since then, we have all come to love our floor... We had our small 30 odd strong 'little' family of Design and Architecture engineers and obviously our very own coccoon on level2... We were used to our neighbours... Rashi sitting opposite me... Her non-stop nok-jhok with her neighbour and buddy Nikhil... My neighbour Rajesh and I have got adjusted to each other... he is terribly quiet so I can keep talking endlessly and he listens... be it that I crib about some case or if I am utterly excited about some ridiculously simple case...

On friday we were told we'd move downstairs... The move finally came through today... Our lockers downstairs were locked... our machines utterly messed with... when we got in we spent about an hour getting everything just right... the test machine keyboard and mouse had to be on the desk... the production machine counterparts had to be on the pull-out trolley... then switch the monitors... restart all machines since neither of the devices could be hot-swapped... Work started at about 2 p.m.

I'd chalk it off to being the first day in a new location... but then isn't it strange when you feel half a dozen pairs of eyes staring at you as soon as you buzz yourself into the room? Moreover when you are seated right in the middle of the room, though it takes the heat off you in that neither the Operations Manager can see what you are upto from the right hand corner of the room or that you are way away from the clients who sit on the left hand corner of the room, it means that you have to walk across half across the room whenever you have to leave the room... its painful to say the least... Not in the least is the fact that half of our ETAC floor is accustomed to walking on the floor bare-feet... the level 1 floor is just atrocious...

Though my new neighbour, Arun, is as quiet if not more as Rajesh... and that Imran and Vaibhav sit right across from me... and Nikhil sitting right across the partition next to me... (Have you noticed there is not a single girl in my vicinity? Absolutely no girl-talk now... all girls have been separated to the extent that we have to stand up and shout if we want to talk or (horror of horrors) actually use the phone :'( ) .. its still not the same as annoying Rajesh endlessly or listening to Rashi and Nikhils' constant bickering... though the floor buzzed with our laughter and constant pranks earlier, here our voices seem to get lost the way the sound of a tiny ripple goes unnoticed when a wave breaks at the shore... I'll miss listening to Anshul as he in his own unimitable way spoke so well on the phone that he has elevated it to an art form... I'll miss Velington and Anshul nagging each other...

It probably won't be as bad once we get used to this place... I mean the day went off with lots of good news for the team (Touch Wood!)... Who knows this place might actually be lucky for our team... lets hope so anyway...

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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

To like or to dislike

What makes you like someone and dislike someone else?

I mean I am good friends with the girl who everyone dislikes… because she is childish… because she doesn’t think before she speaks… because half the time she opens her mouth, her words seem mean… I don’t know why, but she has been my good friend…

The guy the guts of whom everyone hates, I find him more silly than actually dislikable… The guy is too full of himself…but doesn’t that mean he is being childish…

Then there was the guy who talked in an almost condescending way changed as time went on… the girl who was known for her temper has grown quite mild now… I guess because they both matured… The guy whom I found absolutely non-courteous (I don’t know the opposite of courteous) and un-gentlemanly seemed quite sensible after I had met him a couple of times…

I found it amusing when one of my friends tried to turn me against another saying that that the other guy passed comments about me… well to his credit, the guy had said to my face all that he had said behind my back… so I couldn’t care less… So I have nothing against either of these people…

Then why is it that I dislike her? She is never rude… she has never gone out of her way to be unfriendly… if anything, I have never taken time to get to know her… why is it that I can’t find it in me to even try to change my opinion about her? Doesn’t that make me childish? Rashi was quite surprised at my vehemence… Tejaswini, you actually dislike someone? Was her comment…

Sometimes I can’t figure myself out… Am I really being childish? You can’t like everyone, Rashi said… but then why do I dislike this girl so much? Being late is no crime… Amma keeps complaining that I am not punctual… I certainly am more punctual than most of my friends… but then in the land of the blind…

Am I wrong in disliking her? Is something the matter with me?

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