Monday, February 4, 2008

Not so eventful...

My biggest achievement last weeekend was cooking dal all by myself. On sunday it snowed like mad I could barely step out of my home. Before 10 am all the cars were under a mountain of snow. I had bought some goceries from the Srilankan store. I wanted to experiment my culinary skills. The dal was not bad. I had it with some roti's. The biggest contribution to this skill is my stay in Kolkata. My roomies were awesome in the cooking department.

Next, I plan to make some chicken curry whenever I get some time. But for now I have lots of work to complete. Even I have to prepare for my Japanese class. I have to try reading some of the basic alphabets. Its easier to learn talking than reading it. Besides, learning to read there written script (katakana/hiragana) is just the beginning. Most of the instructions on the street and elsewhere are written in the Chinese derived script which is based on pictures rather than sounds. This is a very technical topic for both me and whoever is reading my blog Im sure.

One thing I have understood in my limited experience here is that most japanese live to work. So often I have seen people come to office with there tooth brushes. Its not a surprise to see people stay overnight and most of the wash rooms are full of people brushing there teeth aroung morning 10. Fortunately I work for an Indian company with a slightly different attitude to work. But providing service to these Japanese clients has its own side effects. There work culture and sense of punctuality hits you straight on the face. But the situation is not that bad as they are very courteous and make the situation comfortable for anybody especially foreigners.

One of the following weekends I plan to go to one of the hills near Tokyo where I want to try skiing and other winter sports. The issue right now is company. It was fun when Vijay was around. I think he will be back for 10 days again in feb. I think I'll wait for another week before I make any plan.

For now its back to work. Not much to write actually. More on this blog as anything new happens.

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