Sunday, June 8, 2008

Chair I

Most of my saving/earning habits come from my childhood, One of them is here for you to read, cherish with your own memories

My father had lots of different tools in his tool trunk. He is not an engineer or craftsman by job, but knows in-depth fixing techniques for all home furnishings and also is too creative when it comes to usage of bolts and nuts.

I always used to admire the whole of march weekends, he will be busy building a summer tent for us to play before our summer vacation, where the mercury melts too high in thermometer.
On the summer vacation of VI standard, I told my longest wish - I would like to use the tools for something. He first hesitated and asked what for? I immediately told him I needed a desk. I really have no idea moment before. But, the desk we use for studying is tall enough that i used pillows on my chair to reach the surface.

He wanted to me list all the needed items and a step by step task list of what all am going to do, and we will shop all the needed by the evening. I started writing my list and tasks to be completed. I remember adding like one rectangle piece of four foot long - to be cut into four one foot long legs.One plank for the top. connectors between the legs and hinges.

My Father asked me - why four legs?, I was thinking for a while and told him only then the desk will be stable."why not eight legs, then""no, that will be a waste of money"good - he said and we went to shop, not the wood depot but the furniture showroom, he just lifted me and seated on a nice desk and chair combo - asked if i liked it - which i was very much - we came home with that

I still insisted using his tools to do something. He asked me take my old chair for this "project" and disassemble and assemble it. I happily agreed and started with chalk marks of which is where and disassembled the chair completely. It was pretty late in the eveing when i finished and had to join the dinner with all. After dinner, when i came back to start, both my parents said it is not good to work with "big" mechanical tools after the dusk and so I can wake up the next day early morning in the dawn to continue the rest. I was also feeling pretty sleepy and went straight to bed, close to my new desk, with one of arms resting in the arm rest of the new polished chair.

I don't know how I woke up, but I was too fresh and it was pretty early in the morning. The sun has already started the journey and sent some beams of light to test the path before running over. I hastily brushed and took the tools and started. My mom was all happy to see me woke up early on a sunday. I started putting the base of the chair with a "bottom up" approach. Took my breakfast and kept working. My father checked with if i needed help and stood behind to support the chair as and when required. With sweat all over, I finally nailed in the last screw and the chair is ready by now. I was so happy with this chair than my new one. I have already raised the seatbase as a part of "enhancement" and now I discarded my new chair and always used to sit in my old chair.

This not only awaken my curiousity but my entire view towards furniture has been changed. I started dusting all the furnitures in the house, suggested small changes and enhancements in furnitures to our neighbours, volunteered to repair some of their furnitures as well. Slowly it faded when I got my own new bicycle, but the knowledge acquired still remains afresh.
When I started earning, I moved to different place and different country. My parents also moved to a different house.

One day, I was casually asking him about my old chair and where it is. My father added a silent note: things always come and go, it is not the chair, it is the skill that has to be preserved, you did a great job there. I could feel some pain or void internally somewhere in my heart - I felt like crying. I tried asking - is it for a chair? am I so brittle with such a muscular presence. Is this what people call deep love - but chair is an inanimate thing. That night, I visualized strange dreams of past - where my brother scratched my old chair with name and I took the compass to scratch his hand, blood starting coming out ; I added a garland to my chair the very next year in summer and distributed handwritten/painted invitations to friends and neighbours for the "First birthday of my chair". I wanted to celebrate the chair assembling day as the birthday for chair. Remember distributing tea and sweets to all on the evening gathering, of course encouraged by my parents.

Somehow I felt a little headache when I woke up next morning. I already saw my parents have come online. It's a sunday morning. I straight took my laptop and started talking to them. I was checking on some mails, ooosh, I was again late for one of the credit card payment now. I told my parents, I will be back in a moment and went online to my bank and transferred the money to credit card payment through bill payer where I could already see a late fee of $35 is posted.
When I rejoined the chat, my parents seemed a little worried on their face, I told them the payment delay. My father asked me "How many credit cards do you have""eight"he laughed but continued"how many salaries do you get"I instantly said "two""how""oh they pay here once in 15 days""so that is still one salary then""yes"

"how many legs a chair needs?"I was totally taken back by this question - it shot me like an arrow deep within."what is that for, it can be 3 or 4""which is more stable""i believe four, but what's up, why suddenly""Son, I thought with the chair lesson you may have learnt the basics of life as well as economics - didn't you"

"I didn't get that father, can you please" before I finish, he started - he never interrupts unless emotionally charged - this made the conversation too sensitive"if four legs are needed to support one plank in the chair, don't we need four streams of income to support one life?""on contrary, what am hearing from you is, one legged chair, whose legs are already split into two, supporting eight monsters and a lean man"I got the eight monster he refers to are the credit cards, "but whoz the lean man""that's you my son - you also use cash right, I remember you told me last week on the shirt that you got from the mall"

For a moment I wasnt speaking, I needed some time to think"May i call you in five minutes papa" I wasn't waiting for his reply and cut the chat.I again felt something too sharp hitting me very deep inside. Damn!, what a stupid am I. I felt ashamed to call myself a technofunctional geek in finance, when my very basic finance structure is in peril. I realized what my father was quoting, last week Friday I went to mall and saw a nice shirt, am in need of a shirt and trouser for a long time. The price was $60 and didn't take it thinking I would go for something cheap in $25-$30. Now am happily losing $35 without bargain inspite of all great technological marvels surrounding me all the time.

I opened a new excel sheet at my computer and made a quick budget sheet, reconciled the month's savings and so forth. I don't have the sweat or long day this time, I already downloaded all I needed from the net and sort of added it to one sheet containing all my financial information. Saved it with password protection and sent it to my father.I also enabled auto payment of minimum balance to evade the fine in future. It all took me just an hour or so.

After sending - I told him to take a look at it while I take my shower and went straight for the cold shower.At times of pressure, exhortion, argument, I just go and stand below the shower, and let the cold water drip forcily down, washing the whole body as well as the invisible emotions too get washed away. I am back in my towel.Waiting for my ping, he came online and was very happy - "I am so proud and a little sad this time"I was surprised - "Sad for what dad?""I always felt you are not caring for your financial position, but thought it wouldn't be appropriate as you are working for one of world's top financial institution, but am proud because, you still possess the same perseverance, great job my son"

"thanks dad, am kind of relieved a lot now""no son, you still have to think of the same chair now""what now""As I was seeing through your accounts, it seems you have only one bank account - first add another bank or two - hope you have electronic payment of salary and can divide amongst all these banks""Yes, I can ask my company to auto-deposit and that will fetch fee waiver in bank accounts mostly""Also, review the credit cards, I have no clue why you need 8 - this is certainly heavy set to control and tame - why don't you cancel the last 5 cards in the list - I see that you have not used in couple of months and also their APY is heavy"He has really done some quick home work - went to all 8 credit card to check the intial APY each offers.

He continued "Have you reviewed your credit history recently, I was reading in some where, seems one report is free annually - why don't you see that to assess your real situation"This is another big blow. I always wanted to do this but was thinking I will have a better score and anyway I haven't done anything worse and kept on postponing.I immediately started from one of the credit beureu and went to all 3 - the report was shocking, how many issues each one have - I went ahead and sent emails to all of them and escalated with the credit buereu that this is not correct, they promptly replied back saying a dispute is created and will keep me posted on the updates.

I switched back to my father "Anything else left now!..."My mom hastily added " please go and have your breakfast at least, these can continue after that also"
I don't want to argue on this as I know where this will end - so quickly grabbed a bread and toasted it, spread some peanut butter and came back"Yes mom, am done with this, where is papa"

"Son, let us now think for the four legs, I see that all your money parked in checking account that doesn't fetch a penny - how about some savings account"

"yes dad, am already working on that, I am comparing the APY which is the real indicator and not the APR - this is taking me some time, I will be done by EOD""That sounds like a plan, good, also - how about revisiting your expense side"

"Dad, there is nothing much on it, it's just the rent, cable, internet, electricity, food, car related and phone"

"I see that you have bought premium package in cable, but how many channels do you see there? I thought you also have a web2tv already"
"That's right, I can check their other options"

"Oh - I also see a landline bill on your credit card statement, we didn't know you have a landline phone, is it still there"
"Yeah dad, I got it in a deal, it was kind of free for 3 months, only from last month they started billing - i need to cut that"
"have you ever used it"
"nope - I even forgot the number" - I mumbled, though the number flashed on my head and I remember calling from this to my friends few times when it came.

"Why is it that electricity is shooting up consistently? I checked on Powerlight website and seems heavy families have your kind of bill, hope you are single still :)"

"Oh please dad, i don't know, let me check out today or call them to inspect"

"ok - is your AC on"
"yes dad"
"then how come am hearing the car start sound in the street so loud that just passed by - is it from the TV"

ooh - i just started checking out and seems one of my window is open all these days, the closed blinds there waving that looked like a glee saying in subtle words - let the world enjoy some A/C from this home.

"you are great dad, now i hope something else will be already brewing out there, what's it"

"Son - seems either you are eating too much or throwing lots of party""nope - nothing like that, what's this for"

"I see lots of grocery purchase on your credit cards"

"I use for readymade food and the other mostly for groceries and vegetables"

I checked my bills to see what's hitting up - its the frozen food - typically i buy them in lots but couldn't eat some of them - they go waste in bin or still sleeping in freezer - my freezer is completely full these days and everytime i open - something falls - gotta clean it up a lot

"Well boy!.. Too much for the sunday - take care and if possible come online tomorrow - good day"

"Good night to you too..."

Started for my jogging - left the ipod at home - jogging is when I get time and most of the times get great ideas - slowed down on the slope and unintentionally saw the curves of the tree going too slanting towards the ground - one of the side effects of roadside trees - always to perch against the road as most of the times grooming will cut their roadside branches too much - what the cutters don't know is roots will develop exactly opposite side of the strongest branch and having strong roots will elevate roads and very soon cracks will appear on the surface and that will suggest uprooting the tree - man's ignorance causes nature pay price.

Soon after an early dinner - called up my parents, he wisely cut the call and came online in a minute and half - system boot time, else he will call me.

"Good Morning - had a nice sleep?"

"Sure son - what do we have to think over now, anyway last evening was another wonderful time - okay now am passing on the mike to amma - she has lots to say"

I know where will this start, i slowly said "hmmm... start, am really listening - you see me right - no hidden ear plugs"

"today am not going to talk about your marriage - appa told me that truth - at least show me her face, we are not stopping you to marry anyone by the way"

"what? so you started a new technique of blaming me - that too living with my wife without telling you - come on its early morning, i just brew my coffee - you don't have to brew some stories"

"then how come you have bought grinder, that too imported from here and didn't even tell me"

"oh please mom - that's done 2-3 months back - i wasnt planning to hide that - it just so happened and skipped my mind - this is why i always tell you that I will speak and you listen - when you start yours my speakers go deaf and the mind as well"

Thankfully my papa intervened and said "that's it - i will take not more than 2 minutes - one - yes i told her that you bought grinder, but never told her that you got married and all ; by the way - are you paying for woods now also - saw some of your payment descriptions as "wood payment"

"yes dad - come on how can i forget that"

Wood payment - how clever my parents are, they weaved all the needs and future education in just stories - the bedtime stories so that we dream of that and assimilate. I know how many times he used to tell me the same story again and again and I also enjoy hearing the same - at times i even remember demanding him like
"today only wood story two times and nothing else"

Everytime he will take the same patient approach and give me complete story in slow moments and introduce some small new terms or an exact replica of last time - even the cooing sounds will also be realistic.The same words echoing now also just by the word wood story - There lived a merchant, by the name dhamanakan, he sold wood logs for his living, he used to cut trees at summer, stock it near his warehouse in the jungle and transport it in small quantities to the shop near his home every week to sell them.Once in winter, he went to the warehouse to bring some big wood logs for sale. The time he reached there, it was already dark and he planned to stay in for night and move the logs in the morning. He lighted a small fire in the fireplace to keep himself warm.

Being a merchant, he didn't want to waste too many logs and so he kept on telling the fireplace that, "give me more fire and heat then i shall give you some more logs" - as time passed, he already started shivering and the fire also doused off. He repeated the same but nothing happened.

When he realized its too cold, he couldn't even move his hand to light the fire and add more logs.

The moral of the story is keep donating - charity has to be there at every moment to get more money - the other way is not true - if you keep saying let me have more money then i will donate - remember the merchant Dhamanakan.

Suddenly, I was shaky for a moment and come back and asked them.."Dad, though i have asked you couple of times, this time, may i insist both of you to come here - and in return, i shall do 2 things - one - show my wife here if exists or comes out from thin air, two - get another girl from india and make her my wife by coming with you when you return back"

Instantly both are laughing loud and dad said "book the tickets" but mom was a little hesitant and continued " you know what, we cannot come now, if we come there who will see the girl for you - we will wait, see the girl - you tie the knot and then we can come with you - at least we will have some one to speak to when you are away - but one thing is sure - as papa said - book the tickets, not for us but for you - come here in a week, i will show you herds of girls to choose from - choose the choice and get married - i am not listening anything else and saying bye now - can you please cut the call before he opens something"

I said " amma you would like to listen to this - give me 5 mins and I shall book my tickets and tell you the dates when am coming - and you don't have to show me herds of girls - I will show you my girl - just wait till i come, but don't tell this to anyone - not even to our servent maid"

This time only my dad laughed loud ...

Nice memories make life - some months back, I was on purchase spree and got some items like electrical fleece warmer that keeps warm all the time at thermostat set degrees, solar flashlight that charges in sun during day and emits light all the night with no switch to turn off and fig fruits, body massager and some more.

After a week, I decided to send all this to my parents and told them the same word - "All this is for you only don't tell this to anyone as I want you to use this and not give it to someone"

Seems my mom told the servant maid of all these items in a casual talk and the word spread and by the time the parcel reached our home, all the items inside was already booked by one or other neighbor/relative with a genuine need theory fabricated around the object.

So they have to give all of that except the flashlight - one day it so happened there was a power cut and the maid has to go home - she took this flashlight and from next day she didnt turn for work...

Just to break the silence, i said "whats the lunch plan today there?"there was still no answer from my mom - I know she is really confused and couldnt get a small speck idea of which girl am pointing

"Mom - listen, there is no such girl in my mind now, relax, but what am saying is, i will come like thalaivar Shivaji and help you find my own girl"

Now she laughed"Listen - I will never go out of your way for marriage or anything for that matter - you can still trust me"

"Thank god - I will come in a minute - you both keep talking" she rushed to kitchen and she was out.
We both know where she is heading to - the nearest vinayagar temple to give HIM a coconut. Anything that worries her, her prayer always limits to one coconut to nearest temple for erasing that worry - oh yeah, the prayer will also specify the time limit within which HE has to solve the issue else he loses the coconut offering even it is solved.

This suddenly reminds me of the TIME management that we came across; I had to actually write an essay with TIME as the topic for one of our school competition - typically, we, whole family sit together and discuss on these things, my mom will also add some masala puri or kara sev as side dish for the discussion.
We never know when she makes all these, mostly during nights after all of us slept, she will be in kitchen preparing for some weekend, occasion, pickles and what not - but the amazing thing is she will be freshly awake the next morning and will be on run - I still couldn't believe how she derived all those energy and where from...

Ok, coming back to Time Management - My father gave me a great idea for Time management - its more like real conversation than essay, basically on conclusion, we will understand the same concept of Urgent and Important quadrants.
When there are kids playing, some ---- we will see this in next blog, now I need to rush...


Nov 15 2005
Fort Lauderdale

Oops, where am I landed, Nature's fury is so bad - am seeing the complete devastation of Wilma on my way to first day in 'onsite' office.

Nov 16 2005

Oh my goodness, even here, there are visible destruction

Dec 1 2005
Fort Lauderdale

Most of the work done and life seems as usual. The painful sight of hanger down in Executive Airport near office is yet to be cleaned.
A complete 'Hurricane survival' note is on my table for read and proactive action that needs to be taken

Jan 31 2006
Miami Intl Airport

Finally, after all the paperworks, Poorani is coming here to join me. Being newly married, and away for 3 months, all I forgot at this evening as I stand here.

Feb 4 2006
Coconut Creek

Saturday Morning, after a long time, woke up by coffee aroma. Switched on the TV for some news, the power went down for a moment. some circuit issue, came back quickly. Started explaning all the electrical connections and how 120V 60 Hz is powerful than 220V 50 Hz and the famous Edison move to use AC current for first electric chair to prove how hazardous it is....
Topic moved on to the paper in my table 'Hurricane Survival Guide' and my explanation kindled her curiosity more
The word Hurricane is not new to Indians in general and this is so attributed that most rural areas still use the word 'arikane lamp' derived from Hurricane Lamp that is prevelantly used when bullock carts were the only means of transport as the head lamp. Also at the time of power cut.
Though the word Hurricane itself gives a bad feeling, in reality it is not so - if there were no hurricanes, the climate as well as the fresh water reserves are some good factors at least.
There are historic hurricanes that have changed the world. Hurricanes are the ultimate power show of wind.
All the hurricanes will rotate counter-clock wise in northen hemisphere.
When wind meets water, especially ocean, they form an alliance and when they come near land, somehow land doesn't go with their alliance, result - huge sudden storm surge - a big wave of water backed by air entering coastal area at a moment - heavy destruction is possible
Water - it is denser than we think of, two feets of water on the road can easily topple the car.
When situations of flash flood or storm surge, do not think it is easier to walk/swim in water. The accumulated water contains debris of all kinds and can give a deep pierce to legs. The pressure of water will be so high as well as the water will be too cold than we imagine.
Enough said - I took my shower and went ahead for my morning jogging.
When am back, the first question was startling - "How soon can we go far from here?"
I was like - "Are you mad? its just couple of months in this project - and that I have just took over AML, all these hurricanes are not be worried that heavily, see around, millions are around, check our neighbor - they have 3 dogs and 2 parrots, already in their late 60s. If they brave the storm, can we not?
"Stop it, I didn't say flea from here for ever, I said, do you know the evacuation route? how soon can we get in to it and how far can we go from here"
"Oh don't worry, you are in US, the government will take care, now, I want no more storm talk here - do you understand - and also switch on the movie I downloaded Yesterday - let's watch over the brunch - will you"

June 03 2006

Brisk Saturday Morning, as like any other day, started the day out to buy indian veggies. On way back, picked up whole bunch of mails from the mail box - its been a week, haven't checked mails. Was so hungry, so picked up all of them to sort at home. Threw all those at the Sofa and sat in carpet. Great idlies with chutney and sambhar really kindled hunger in top gear. Poorani was peering through all the mails -
"Just see the FPL bill and any other payables, rest all goes to trash - may be to the blue tagged one - to recycle bin"
"This is interesting"
"What's that? all the sale will have hidden price - check out completely"
"This is no sale, this is notice from Coconut Creek on what to do when hurricane strikes"
"What, you mean we need to stay indoors, no open windows, blah blah"
"No - what are all needed for us, which is the evacuation route, what is the local emergency phone number, nearest safe place...."
"Oh my god!.. We don't need them, worst case, we will jump in the car and zzzoooomm, we go away from this place"
"it is not that simple, tell me which highway will you take"
"Come on, I will take I-95, will travel to Washington DC - happy?!"
"Do you know, last year, traffic was so bad in I-95 when hurricane came in, nothing moved for couple of hours - more over, I-95 is so close to mighty Atlantic Ocean, keep that in mind"
"Forget it, we will take Turnpike - it goes through midlands of Florida - now am going for 'park walk' will you be coming or keep reading this piece of what ever to get your BP high and keep dreaming of panic struck FLL"
Thank god! I diverted her, these girls are always taking things so seriously, after all, Florida and Hurricane are like Tharumi and Varumai, we will get to see what happens then

June 04 2006

"Am awake, it's first sunday of the month, your turn Poorani - have you started preparing coffee yet" - I was searching for remote switch on the TV.
She was smiling before me.
"What - no excuse, we stick to the rule, odd sundays of the month you cook break fast and coffee and for me even sundays - hope you remember clearly"
I personally hate those even sundays of the month - need to get up and make break fast / coffee.
Luckily most months had smaller number of even sundays than odd sundays - I promise, I didn't know when we made this agreement...
"Yes my lord, today is my turn, no doubts, but I thought of adding more fun"
"What, you will also do wash clothes, press them, vacuum the carpet end to end, clean the filter, shower the car, vacuum the car, make some hot samosas for snack and leave me happily in this sofa?! - so nice to have you as my wife"
" I thought you are awake, stop dreaming, my fun is this - you will drink coffee alone - then there won't be power - tell me how to cook without electricity"
"what nonsense, we will not have power cuts here, this is no bangalore/delhi to cut the power in summer"
"I told you, we will have fun by switching off the power for today whole day"
"Then how will we get our food, TV, remember - today your parents may come online for chat"
"I already left them a message we will not be available - do you know why we will do this - a rehearsal of what will happen if suddenly hurricane strikes here with minimal notice"
I totally forgot - power will go off if hurricane strikes and may not come for days, here even the kitchen stove glows through electricity
"Okay - this is too short a notice, we shall have this next weekend and we will buy all necessary items during this week and celebrate hurricane rehearsal next week - now please go ahead, switch on the boom box and start preparing breakfast"

June 09 2006

Totally forgot of the promise, I suddenly realized, started purchasing. We made couple of lists and where to buy
We chose a portable gas stove and couple of refills,two 20 gallon water bottles, 24 half pint water bottles, canned vegetables, UHT milk, tea bags, instant coffee powder, multi purpose flour, snacks, dried fruits, batteries, torch light, small radio, candles, candle lighter.
Then started arranging our documents, valuebles, and all important ones in one bag.
We made a Emergency storage bin in the corner of our hall and added all that we bought.
We went again to buy a 10 gallon gasoline can, jump start wires, tools box, spare keys, glass cutter (to cut the car window if we get struck and water raises), whistles (every one knows the titanic end)- Poorani thought a little creative here and bought a mouth organ - useful even when there are no hurricanes
aah - we forgot the medicines, we packed all needed medicines
Wow, the rain coats, at least one set of clothes, some plastic bags, swiss army knife.
I secretly added a bottle of lemon pickles and some books to read.
Poorani prepared some spicy coconut powder, strong tamarind sambhar, peanut brittle, heavy curd, carrot splits, all herb rasam, and more...
I switched on the cofee maker with lots of powder to get the extra strong cofee. Carefully dripped all coffee to airtight jar and placed aside.
I added all those "ice-packs" and ice to create a make-shift fridge using the thermocoal cooler box that we bought for beach party sometime back.
Grabbed milk, condiments, fruits, fruit-pie, mashed potato, and dumped inside the cooler.
I sadly shut down my computer. As a safety measure, we decided to switch off all except fridge. And a vow to not to open the fridge.

June 10 2006

This is not like other Sundays. I woke up so early and already feeling thirsty. Poorani has already woken up and done the switch off ceremony. I feel the heat without A/C.
With a moment in pause, I sprang up in action. Went inside the rest room, to find myself in complete wow - the bath tub is full with luke warm water. I saw some crystal like white powder deep inside - Thought of bublle bath mix and yelled "Poorani, this is great idea"
"What is so great about filling bath tub and adding some sodium bicarbonate - this shall act as disinfectant - remember to use the water cautiously - this should last for a week" she said with a wink
"Oh!.. I thought, we shall use this time for a bubble bath or something - anyway, we have all food ready and nothing to see/watch/work"
"Come out quickly, the coffee is getting cold"
"Am here, " I jumped and followed to the balcony - what another great place - The beach umbrella is already planted. The gas stove has found its place on top of our plastic table - both the beach chairs are placed neatly along with the travel coffee mug - the one I use in car.
"Poorani you are great - when did you do all these?"
"Thanks for the compliment - but remember at the time of hurricanes all these needs to be moved inside otherwise, they will act as projectiles so drink the coffee fast and get ready to pack them up"
"no no let these be here, otherwise how will we cook our lunch?"
"oh, now start thinking if the hurricane is going to make a landslide this afternoon - what will you do"
"You are one of the horrible creatures - you gonna starve me the whole day? then why the hell we prepared all those - oh wait!.. I got it, let's pack all these and get in"
I quickly peered in and found some chappatis there - rolled chappatis with carrot splits, pickles, heavy curd, coconut chutney. Took the disposable serving plate and arranged the chappatis.

"Señorita... tomarlo, por favor"
"mucha gracias Señor, how about a drink?"

I searched in the cooler to grab the coco-water cans and threw one at her.
somehow the time is not moving that much. we tried checking the radio
By noon, we planned a little more....
packed all needed stuff including valuebles and started driving assuming we needed to evacuate
went deep in central florida on the north banks of lake ockachoobee and halted there.
Had a nice scenic view as well as no electronic disturbance.
Spoke a lot on our way back as the DVD player also was stowed to conserve battery.

Till today I never had another chance like that Sunday - more free time than ever as well as the well preparedness inside mind threw the panic away
Check out yourself and you may feel better.

Final words:
We decided to call in for a party by November end with all our friends nearby. Every one asked "why a party suddenly?, any surprise"
"No no.. its just been a long time, that's about it"
Only we know we wanted to spend all the hurricane groceries to buy in fresh stuff next year march.

Thanks a lot to hurricane season, we had lot of good time. We also pray, we never have to implement this in real time scenario and this is always in UAT stage.

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first இயர்லியே seniors எல்லாம் எதுத்துக்கிட்டு inter college காம்பெடிஷன் போனோம்
அங்க எல்லாத்துலேயும் நாங்கதான் last - ஒரு சின்ன காபி கப் கூட கிடக்காம வந்தோம்

எங்க எல்லாரையும் principal, எங்க hod கூப்பிட்டு நலம் விசாரிச்சாங்க.
உடனே வீரத்தோட நான் முன்னேறி - சார் - இந்த காலேஜ்ல நாங்கெல்லாம் "professional" கோர்ஸ் படிக்கிறோம் ஆனா எல்லாரும் தமிழ்லதான் பேசறோம். ஒரு extra curricular ஆச்டிவிடிசும் இல்ல - அப்புறம் எப்பிடி திடீர்னு அங்க போனா மட்டும் எங்களுக்கு வெற்றி கிடைக்கும்
உடனே எங்க HOD யும் ஒத்து ஊதினார்
ஞாயம்தான் நீங்க சொல்றதும் கரெக்ட், இனிமே காலேஜ் ஹவுர்ஸ்ல post graduates எல்லாரும் கட்டாயமா english பேசணும் - எக்ஸ்ட்ரா curricular activities குரூப் form பண்ணி monthly progress காட்டுங்க என்று சொல்லி தன் வேலையை காத்துகொண்டார்
"ok - let us do this - but next month ஒண்ணாந்தேதி பிரக்ராஸ் காமிங்க, இப்போ கிளாசுக்கு போங்க"
பேசாமல் இருந்து இருக்கலாம், குசும்பு கும்பகோனத்தான் உடனே
"பாத்தீங்களா சார் - நீங்களே பேசல்லேன்னா அப்புறம் எங்களுக்கு inspiration எப்படி வரும்?
இனிமே வாத்யார் யாராவது ப்ரோஃபெஷனல்லா பேசல்லேன்னா கிளாஸபுல்லா எல்லாருக்கும் tea party வெக்கணும், சர்குலர் விட்டுடுங்க அப்பத்தான் எல்லாரும் கண் கொத்தி பாம்பா இருப்பாங்க "

"ok - பசங்க பேசல்லேன்னா - we will award points - யார் maximum points ஒரு செமேச்டேர்ல வாங்கி இருக்காங்களோ அவங்க அந்த department லக்சுரர்சுக்கு tea party வெக்கணும்" அப்படின்னு HOD சொன்னார் - அவருக்கு canteen டீ ரொம்ப புடிக்கும்

மேற்கொண்டு தொடரும் முன் இந்த tea party அப்படிங்கறத விளக்கியே ஆகணும்
எங்க கான்டீன்ல சூடா ஒரு டீயும் உள்ளங்கை அகல உப்பு பிஸ்கட்டும் சேத்து எடுத்து குடுத்தா அதான் tea party

ஆனா இந்த விழாவுக்கு canteen ராமுகிட்ட காலையிலேயே சொல்லி வெக்கணும் அப்போதான், முக்கியமா எத்தனை டீ அப்பிடிங்கறதா கரெக்டா சொல்லணும்
அவன் அதுக்கு அப்புறம்தான் செய்ய ஆரம்பிப்பான்