Accidental Techie

Continuing with the newly found “desire” to write more about non-tech stuff, this is a rewind to the past that only a few actually know about.

Many people assume that I have always wanted to be a computer geek/techie. Sadly that is not the case at all. Computers happened by accident, better still, my attempt at doing something that I wanted did not materialize.

Right after school when I wasn’t sure of what to do (like almost everyone else), I decided to become a Chef!Chef  It might sound very strange and surprising, but that’s the factSmile. Along with one of my best buddy, we applied for a course in Food and Catering Technology. As fate/luck (whatever you want to call it Tongue out), I did not get through the entrance exams and had to opt for computers.

But, my association with food did not end right there. Immediately after the first semester of my Masters, I got a part-time job with one of UK’s top Fresh/Food retailer. And that kick-started the whole thing once again. From being a part-time staff, in less than 4 months, I was promoted as the Assistant Manager for one of their biggest retail units in the whole of SE England. For the next 2-3 years, computers just became an hobby, something that I did only in the evenings or during the weekends. While I did get to become a “proper chef”, I was still into food Love StruckPeace Sign.

Still, I did not let go of what I had studied. I made sure, even though, I did not practice it fully, I kept myself in the loop and in touch with all things related to building/maintaining web sites.

That came in handy, when due to various reasons, I came back to computers in late 2005 and the rest, as they say, is history Happy.

While there are no plans to leave computers and go back to food again, I still get to enjoy the best of both worlds Winking. My penchant for good food and desire to be associated with food made me create a web site on what is considered to be one of the world’s most diverse cuisines.

The journey is not over yet and for now, it still goes on mixing food with technology! Day dreamingThumbs-up

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13 Movies

The movies I watch generally fall into any one of the following categories

    • Highly recommended by friends and other people close to me.
    • Those that create a sense of deep excitement.
    • Movies that I can associate with – personally or emotionally.
    • And, finally those that is based on what I like or interested in.

    Ofcourse there are other categories that come in, but these are the ones that I can think of right now Open-mouthed

    In that aspect here are 13 movies that are my favorites (in no specific order)

    • Wall-E (English)
    • The Dark Knight (English)
    • The Matrix (English)
    • Elizabeth Town (English)
    • Swades (Hindi)
    • Dil Chahta Hai (Hindi)
    • 8 Mile (English)
    • Finding Neverland (English)
    • Johnny (Tamil)
    • Underworld (English)
    • Good Night and Good Luck (English)
    • Evano Oruvan (Tamil)
    • Dil Se (Hindi)


    Since i had to restrict myself to only 13 movies, i have left out a lot and lot of nice movies that would have otherwise filled up this entire page!

    next list would be the top 13 songs of mine (that’s if nothing else crops up)

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    The Unexamined Life



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    The Alpha Male


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    Balancing yesterday, today and tomorrow

    written by SWAMI SUKHABODHANANDA for Times of India’s Speaking Tree Column

    Do we have likes and dislikes or do likes and dislikes have us? As unconscious beings, likes and dislikes control our lives. Conscious beings are masters of likes and dislikes. When likes and dislikes are under your control, they will serve you.

    It is wrong to say that we have to live only in the present. One needs to consider time as past, present and future. Some people operate from the past. Some are future-oriented and so they mostly operate from the future and some are presentoriented . To be wise involves balancing the three time periods… when required you have to take reference from the past or consider the future. Hence balancing time is very essential.

    Do not reject the past or future. Also do not live only in the past or future. Learn from the past, enjoy the present and plan for the future. Be present in the past and thereby learn from the past, be present in the future, thereby plan for the future. Being alive in the present, you will enjoy the present.

    It is said that, one of the reasons Hitler lost the war was because he did not learn from history. He attacked Russia in winter. Had he learnt from history, he would have known that Napoleon had lost many of his men by attacking Russia in winter.

    One can learn from the past as well as from the future taking care not to be imprisoned by both. Similarly, while planning for the future, do not lose the present and miss the wisdom of the past or the opportunities in the future. Hence, one needs to be balanced with reference to time.

    Decide on your priorities in life. Prioritise your priorities. Establish your peak performance time during a day. Monitor your low performance time. Do any important task at your peak performance time. Do any less important task at your low performance time. Identify your time wasters. Learn to delegate work.

    Enjoy your work and you will find there is a lot of time. Review your priorities from time to time. Be with people who are good at time management. Just as the past was the present at one point of time, the future will also be the present at another point of time. So be present in the past and also be present in the future. Therefore, the present is more real.

    One hour. One hour has 60 minutes. A minute has 60 seconds. Further, break down the second and still further, the present will lose itself into ‘is-ness’ . Time will melt into timelessness . Use time to go beyond time.

    Within us, there is a dimension of time and beyond time. We live in two worlds, a world of the mind, which is in time and a world beyond the mind that is timelessness. When we are in sleep or in samadhi, we go beyond mind and experience timelessness.

    One should have the wisdom to use the mind and the wisdom to go beyond the mind. In a state of deep joy, we are beyond our minds. Mind is a bundle of thoughts. More than heart attacks, we suffer from thought attacks.

    When thoughts attack us, we become victims of thoughts. It is like employing someone and then being thrashed by him. You should be the master of the mind rather than the mind being your master. You should use the mind rather than let the mind use you. The very intention to be the master of the mind will give you the wisdom of how to use the mind.

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    Some nice quotes

    “If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.” – Frank A. Clark

    “Vivre sans reve, qu’est ce? (What is life without a dream?)” – Poet and playwright Edmond Rostand (1868 – 1918)

    “It is better to be hated for what you are, than loved for what you are not” – Andre Gide

    “In love, it is better to know and be disappointed, than to not know and always wonder.” – Anonymous

    “Success is getting what you want; happiness is wanting what you get” – Dale Carnegie

    “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the number of moments that take our breath away” – Anonymous

    “It doesn’t matter if you try and try and try again, and fail. It does matter if you try and fail, and fail to try again” – Charles Kettering

    “You aren’t wealthy until you have something that money can’t buy” – Garth Brooks

    My favorite:

    “Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down” – Oprah Winfrey

    “It hurts to love someone and not be loved in return, but what is the most painful is to love someone and never find the courage to let the person know how you feel.” – Anonymous

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    Please be safe!


    image courtesy: flickr

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    Wheels of Life

    wheels of life

    image courtesy: flickr

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    Art of expressing yourself the wrong way

    Disclaimer: i am not responsible for anything that happens if you do follow the below points.Whistling

    Most of my inspiration to write comes while driving back home or driving to somewhere else. Many of my poems are written while thinking about certain happenings while driving. And this particular post is also from the “school of thinking while driving”. Tongue out

    Last few days, i have been struggling to express certain things to certain peopleDont tell anyone. Definitely not out of fear or being shy. For some reason, i am struggling to say it to themThinking. So, out of personal experience, here are some tips on how to express yourself the wrong way.Wink

    • Write down everything you want to say and post it somewhere, hoping the person would read it.
    • Once you are sure they have read it, keep hoping they would come back to you and ask you about it Waiting.
    • Write a poem telling everything you want to say to them and then worry that you are unable to say it.
    • Write about it, but confuse the reader by making it very ambiguous. ps: get in touch to know more about thisTongue out
    • Keep hoping the person also feels the same way as you do and then “expect” them to tell you first.
    • Do not relax. Start worrying about the negative aspects of the issue Nailbiting.
    • Try to be someone else. If you are the straightforward kind of person, forget about that and act as if you are one typical nutter Silly.
    • Imagine that the poems (or any other thing you have written) are clear enough to express what you feel (to that person, as if they are the only person reading it) and start writing romantic/love poems like mad .

    That’s all i can think of right now. If you have more nice ideas, leave them as comments and i will add them to the list.

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    Nothing at all…

    I have been thinking for the better part of the last 24-48 hours on what to write about. As much as i tried to think, i somehow ended up with nothing to write. The spark was missing and all my thoughts revolved only on very few things. Unfortunately, i cannot write about those few things over here.

    I tried to write about things that happens on a daily life, but i guess that would be very boring. Then i thought i’ll write about things that i come across everyday – be it on tv, newspapers or in conversations with other people. Ok, i attempted to write about my recent fav movies. But then lots of ppl had done that, so why write about the same thing again. Finally, i tried to think about something to write on…

    But nothing came up, so i decided to write about this “nothing” Open-mouthed.

    Its far easier to write a poem than make a meaningful blog post Crying.

    ps: if you have any ideas, feel free to leave them in the comments. Maybe they will help me in writing the next blog post Tongue out

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