March 20th, 2007

Climb the Summit

The past week

Live in New York city once
But leave before it makes you too hard
Live in Southern CAlifornia once
But leave before it makes you too soft.

I dont know what NY or SC are like, first-hand, but I can guess.
Ahmedabad for more than 3 yrs, and now to Bombay. a city with a reputation worse than it is I think. California has happened, I hope im not soft for New York, though I doubt it.

But then there must be a reason for the same :)
It is interesting that apart from my MBA time in Delhi which was 2yrs, and my class 12 in JOdhpur which was barely a yr, my life span in any city has been 3 yrs. THough i can attribute most of that to my father and his transfers, i cant say the same for his after retirement time.

So, now im in a bank, pretty new one at that, in the swanky corporate office. and on the same floor as the MD no less. doing what most ppl love to do - corporate branding. bullshit i say, since i dont find it least as of now. let me see. filhaal to, at least ive reached bbay and moved out of ahmedabad and pharma - for now. i like my colleagues and the general atmosphere, though its a bit bbay types - superficial and forced formal (cant help that can we?) the colleagues are nice. till i get down to actual work, i wont comment further. still goto like the work.

so after frantic searchign and lots of travel for abotu 5-6 days, i finally found a place to park myself for the coming 12 months.
and Oh! did I search :) it was a nice experience in tis way, but I would have gone bonkers with another day of it. seeing houses, travelling through the whole of bombay "town" area and nearby (as it is called), meeting brokers, looking for the best deals. I mean my phone was constantly on my ear and ringing the moemnt i finished a call. and i was continuously on the move. yesterday evening i saw this place which seems decent enough, though small, but a very good locality and easy accessibility from most critical points - my office being one of them.
that makes me happy enough, and im left wondering what do i do today evening :) im sure lots will crop in, with finances to be arranged and agreements to be made.

yesterday was a holiday here - Gudi of the advantages of being in a bank - you get more hols!...which made my house huinting finalising simpler. only thing - i dint get to enjoy one of the few 2 day weekends ill be getting. its 5.5 days working a week here.
Whats gudi Parva? well, its the Maharashtrian New yr, the day on which small businesses also open their ledgers for the yr. pretty auspicious day to begin business dealings also.

so I read this book, was a pulp novel, a light read, and really stupid storyline, but fun in between alll the physically and mnentaly stressing out work and house hunting - not to mention informing ppl of the change in phone number and organization.
called "Girl Alone" i was suggested it and given it by N, whom I met on saturday over a movie - Apolcalypto - followed by a late night ans few hrs sleep at her place.
Written in a finny manner, the book is full of quips, and based in bbay with origins of cal and fleeting mention of delhi, a "homely" book. though, unlike most Indian authors, was not depressing and dint use italisised hindi words forced in. all in all, an interesing read - i guess mroe for women. since i t was written by one, in first person. and enough references and idolisation of rock to keep me happy.
"Im a quiet feminist. NOt the burn-the-bra kinds. I never really understood that. the only thing thats goos for is sag."

On sunday I also met M, who was travelling through the city. We met after around a year, and well, like with close frnds whom ur in touch with, it jest felt like a few weeks..or days. Meeting her over coffee was the most normal thing to do, with catching up to do only on frivolous yesterday things.

Afternoon I met SA, now SM for the past 5 yrs, but i still think of her as SA. ANyway, it was decent to meet her, but she irked me with a confusing bit of information. After which i was eager to move on and meet the next broker. and yeah, her husband had a hard time coping with my quips. poor guy.

its been a rather eventful weekend, and week to come. im expecting my uncle tomorrow, and weekend is also booked with frnds here. then to contact ppl in bbay whom i spoke to for houses! sigh. busy weeks ahead :) not that i mind.

so well, thats that for now. regarding updates. will move on to propah 'posts' henceforth.

Clothing in office

Something i wrote in mail to some ppl a few days ago -------------------------------
imagine an office where men wear not only good clean shirts and polished
shoes, but also ties perfectly knotted (well, almost perfectly) and upto
the adams apple, not to forget the shiny bright cufflinks! (i mean...
cufflinks?) every single day to work. some of the top brass wear coat to
work <I>every single day </i>. i shiver to think of their room
temperatures. because im sure they have special AC apart from the central
(good) air conditioning. i mean, dark suits are OK, but even linen two
layers is a little too impractical for India. bankers are crazy.
now to the women. middle aged ones are wierd. they range from immaculately
dressed sari clad women who are classy (like the economics head), to those
not forgetting their gold and silver eye shadows and small party purse
dangling from the fore-arm. short hair for all, and lots of eye make-up.
oh i mentioned that already, dint i?
the younger women seem the more normal ones. secretaries ill discount.
generally trousers seem to be the trend with maharashtrians at lower level
wearing typical suits. HR women are the wierdest lot. i sit somewhere
where i can see them pretty clearly. apart from spending 50% of the time
talking about clothes and movies and water bottles and makeup, they are
always hassled and harried...if you give them work. dressing? right from
casual knit tops with trousers to salwar kameezes. the PR girl who sits
near me ranges from kurtis with trousers/ jeans to salwar kameezes. there
are some of course in the whole building who conviniently remove their
dupattas from decently fitting salwar kameezes and drape them on their
chairs like coats, for the whole day, while they are away from their

pretty contrasting between the men and women eh? interesting.

Galaxial mouthfull

i ust love lines like this: "supermassive central black holes and large clusters of galaxies at distances of up to 12 billion light-years"
and "many faint sources of relatively high-energy x-rays"

i dont know, its like we are talking of these things which are so huge, we cant fathom the size, and yet we can trivialise it because of our perspective wrt things which are even huger. like an ant telling another ant 
"theres a massive world out there, and that elephant is overweight, but its nothing compared to that rhino whose horn you can see at the corner of the photograph."

Apart from the fact that they are a totally new world of language, and interesting mouthfulls, and definitely unique. the sentences are so simple in language, that a once over and you know what they mean, but a second look can leave you confused. A third however, and your back to clarity.
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