Sunday, November 28, 2010

What a weekend...

This weekeknd was fun. Enjoyed cricket, swimming and also went out go-karting with my cousins Sakhib, Zafar and Nayeem bhaiya.

The weekend started brilliantly. Got to know earlier about my company's cricket team that practices in VET ground on weekends. Had not found time till this saturday to join them. Went to the ground at 0630 hrs early in the morning. It was a repeat of school days when I used to play cricket more regularly.

We were forced to only hold fielding practice as very few team members were available. The fielding practice was a bit of an eye opener for me. My ground fielding was below par to say the least. I was not able to bend and catch the ball when it moved at some speed. Though, close and high catches were much better. Managed catch more than drop. Hope to attend cricket practice more regularly and in the next session I am looking forward to bat and bowl. Let me see if I can play comfortably.

Soon after the fielding session, I left for a swim in Jayanagar swimming pool. Though, I have been swimming atleast few times every week, the feeling of swimming in the morning is unmatched. The pool is relatively empty and there are no baricades in the deep end. Both cricket and swimming remind me so much of my school/college days. Hope to keep these habits alive for many more years to come.

I feel through last few years of professional life I missed many opportunities to do things I really enjoy. Though I have been pretty busy, I should somehow find time for sports to keep me fit and stress-free. I feel there is no better stress buster for me than smimming or cricket. I feel completely liberated from all the pressures and worries when I am in water. In short, I need to manage my time much better.

Watched the first Ashes test match after the swimming. It was an amazing game of cricket. The aussies gaining control on saturday and the Poms getting back in the game on sunday. Though the game is most likely to end in a draw, it is a game which had immense competition. The battle between bat and ball is the characteristic of test cricket. In my opinion, T20 will never replace test cricket for this reason.

Another fun event this weekend was meeting Sakhib, Nayeem bhaiya and Zafar. I had lunch with Sakhib today and decided right there that we need to do something fun. Been a while since we enjoyed together. We quickly decided to go-karting. Found through "Just-dial" about a track around Kanakapura road. We guys left around 1630 hrs in the evening, reached around 1715 hrs after some expedition. The races were fun though I did not win any. What was most important was the adrenaline rush it gave and truly Sakhib was the deserving winner.

The weekend was pretty action packed and I enjoyed it completely. One thing however is that Ruqu is still in Hyderabad. I am expecting her return next week. I am waiting to have her home and planning more action packed weekends with her.

Now I am feeling so tired and sleepy. I am definitely gonna sleep well and get back to work afresh with a formatted hard drive between my ears.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

All is well...

Been long since I wrote anything on the blog. Last 3 months have been a mixed bag for me.

On the work front... things have been pretty steady. A new phase of the current project was released. The release has been appreciated as it is a marriage between a legacy system and business intelligence. Some of the business leaders at the client side have taken notice of the hard work and appreciations have been showered. However, this phase was a very easy one compared to the previous one. Not always is hard work proportional to the results.

On the personal front... it has been pretty good. Ruqu and I are now closer to completing one year together. One year has gone completed really quick and has been pretty busy at times and pretty lazy at times. Overall, the lazy times have balanced the busy times. Most of the holidays we had together have been to her hometown(Hyderabad). Looking forward to a vacation like the one we had to Malaysia last year. It might be a short one but will be a well deserved break for both of us.

Of late mind has been occupied with thoughts that are very fluctuating regarding most things in life. I have been into the same profession for more than 5 years now and feel like doing something new. Maybe a new role or maybe relocating to a new location. The travel/adventure bug has returned to haunt me. Lets see where destiny takes me.

I have started to enjoy things I often did as a kid. Started swimming(3 days a week on average) and playing TT(ping-pong) at office. Helps me relax my mind and get my lethargic body moving. Looking forward to a positive change to my lifestyle where work, family, fun and some kind of education are happening continuously. First step towards that is perhaps cutting down on my time with the idiot box and haveing an early to bed...early to rise lifestyle. Best days of my life have always been when the day started at dawn(fajr prayers). Of late, the consistency has been missing. Looking forward to get going on this front. Though my indecisiveness has been replaced by some spontaneity, there is a big room for improvement.

Lets see if I have made any progress till my next post. Bye for now.