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March 22, 2006

Rahul bats for Me!

Filed under: My Cup of Socie-Tea — Santhosh @ 8:03 PM

An excerpt from an interview with Rahul Dravid in Cricinfo:

My idea of letting my hair down is not always about going to a disco and jumping up and down. I don’t need to do that to have a good time. My way of letting my hair down, taking a day off, relaxing is just sitting down with a good book, having a great meal with family or friends, taking in some good conversation. That’s my way.

I couldn’t have put it better. I seem to be at a bad point in the cross roads.
A typical conversation with any of my mates who calls up from TN will have the phrase “…unakku enna da, bangaloooorela iruka, orae attam dhan, pub dhan, ponnunga dhan…”

But to me Bangalo(oo)re will always be an awesome place to visit, spend a few days, come for ipt’s n iv’s and then go back home to mom’s cooking.
There always seems to be something missing here.
The human touch.
The lack of guys hanging out together (TOP adichu romba naal achu da!)
If you go lunch with a girl, it’s asking her out, feeding her a line, route vidaradhu.
The lack of any form of uniqueness – it’s software engineers all the way (however bad they may be at coding).
All these fake smiles are getting on my nerves (i dont smile back to most people anyway).

People have got into the sort of culture where they tell their passtimes/hobbies/recreation/entertainment are pubbing and dance floors.
“The night life is awesome maan!” relates to 4 hours of trying to find some breathing space in a dance floor and trying to protect his gal from potential poachers while at the same time he tries to make a kill.
Something like 5000 bucks spent on a gal just to get her mobile number, enough money on booze to feed a couple of villages for a year, and then the half cooked, half grilled, half roasted, half boiled leg of chicken (everything has more than 2 halves to it!)

I’m not against dance floors and the like. Here it’s not the case where guys go out together as a group and then hit the floor. It’s more like guys wanting to let off some of their testosterone juices.

The number of guys riding solo on bikes is like totally outta this world. Even college going guys. Where are the ‘triples’, the ‘lifts’, the ‘set’… The guys culture is non-existent.

Having a good meal eh Rahul? Come have a go at the Food Court here at my office. My treat!
Has to be the some of the blandest food this side of the equator. Everything has this same taste like plastic.
And anyhow i’m unofficially banned from there by the manager of the place. Something like 10 times of calling him up for reasons ranging from having been served spoilt food to encounters with a ‘friendly’ next-table girl. (But more on the Food Court adventures later).

Meaningful conversations is what i miss the most. Right through my school life and to a certain extent in my college life, i’ve had the good fortune to always have a few people to get into an argument with. Not the ones i carry out here with my manager but meaningful ones, intelligent ones, passionate ones, biased ones, go-get-em ones. Now it’s more like anything only related to codes n bug fixes n the Bangalore roads n coffee machines.

Any day of my life pre-Bangalore would have discussions on ALL of these:
cricket, girls, classes, sachin, philosophy, bikes, books, politics, authors, more girls, more cricket, money, god, epl, pitches, parottas, business today, sex, mugabe, the staff, culturals, armstrong, attendance, federer, biases, crushes, ladies, sheldon, ayn rand, schumi, more sachin, cars, congress, mba, pc gaoming, jack welch, mock cat scores, madurai, sachin and girls again, jeans, atheism, blogs, forwards, mobiles, bjp, gym, resorts, madonna, a.r.rahman, superstar, little superstar, ebay, ronaldinho…. the list would be endless.
Cant think of two instances of conversation from the above list since IBM.

Personally i was much happier sitting on compound walls (kutti chevaru) in Anna Nagar and devouring parottas. I sure miss my Madurai, my mates, my life!

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11 Comments »

  1. Well said..I discovered that at Blore some 12 months back..TOugh luck mate.. me too missing the Vetti Arattai..

    Comment by Venks — March 22, 2006 @ 8:58 PM | Reply

  2. @venksyepbut let’s seeam waitin for the ibm center at chennai to be completedhope for a transferat least my manager will be happy

    Comment by santhosh — March 22, 2006 @ 9:29 PM | Reply

  3. hey da..those days r ringin da…man awesome da..u get terribly mechanical da..with the computer as ur world ..u know really wht :I feel life here is goin smoothly…me sittin always in front of computer..feelin indulged in doin somethin always readin books, browsin,bloggin,music,gym…Its become a routine da..gettin involved in some activities…Ya but i really miss the friends and the arattai,the cricket,the lollu,the jollu…

    Comment by Karthik ,K.N — March 23, 2006 @ 4:08 PM | Reply

  4. but the major plus point for me isHome food da…which i suppose u guys will be missin

    Comment by Karthik ,K.N — March 23, 2006 @ 4:09 PM | Reply

  5. dudey evr bn to a dance pub?envy?jealousy?no girls?get laid man!you’ll get the difference

    Comment by rittler — March 23, 2006 @ 8:44 PM | Reply

  6. @knkwell putmonotonous wud be the apt word to describe our lives as of nowunable to break the loop coz of the work load n our own sense of respect of finishing watever work comes our way…and abt the food, wud ur parents be interested in putting up a highly revenous youngster as a paying guest ;-)i miss the foodur mavudu wud be really fine 🙂

    Comment by santhosh — March 23, 2006 @ 9:54 PM | Reply

  7. @rittlernow who’s talkin abt watif gettin laid is the criterion for havin a good life…whoever u are, all i can show is the middle finger

    Comment by santhosh — March 23, 2006 @ 9:56 PM | Reply

  8. I guess u wil be able to break the monotony if u moveto a new place….as for the parottas ,I thnk thats a madurai exclusive…I dont thnk u wil get that in anyother city..n the only gal u thot eyed u , has started treating u like a bro…MIXED FEELINGS ..sigh

    Comment by ram — March 23, 2006 @ 11:52 PM | Reply

  9. yeah true da..life is growing more and more mechanical and chennai is no different to Bangalore now a days..

    Comment by Sathappan Sathappan — March 24, 2006 @ 11:51 AM | Reply

  10. TOTALLY AGREE….But still there are ppl and grps of guys who meet on a weekly basis and the thing is that they don hae to and they don flaunt thier time spent together by going to a disco or to a pub or sitting in front of the forum..(bangalore’s version of kutti sevaru..exclusively for pairs;-)).. i now a couple of my new collegues at oracle who have 3-5 yrs exp,some of whose friends are married,yet they all manage to meet as bachelors nearly every other weekend!!! cool na.. its true.. but they want to habg around.They go to a friends palce on saturday night.. watch some films(u know what type).. booze a little.. talk a lot.. maybe go to lal bagh and sot sround.. play cards.. they call it letting the steam off.. But the issue is we don come to know abt them da.. BTB.. i find the number guys from our college in the blogging space is high.Is there is any concept of blog grps,by which an entry in one blog in the grp is notified to all others.So even tose of us not too close in those 4 wonderful years in college get close by following each other’s lifes pver the cyberspace???(remba periya sentence aagi pochu.. mannikavum..unarchivasapattuten..hehe)

    Comment by Prashanth — March 26, 2006 @ 1:05 PM | Reply

  11. @ rittler I think we(the commenting ppl) come from a background of common values.So we are commenting.We feel ur values suck.. thats why we have a different value system.We don want to say more harsh words to u.But understand 2 things.1.u don belong to this grp..2.U r not welcome here unless u r moderate to other ppl’s values.. ok??

    Comment by Prashanth — March 26, 2006 @ 1:11 PM | Reply


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