The Owner

You must start early today, cautioned my mind. It’s Diwali tomorrow and roads gonna get packed soon, What could be a better reason than this to leave the office early. It’s been a while since I had chaat in my favourite place, So decided to stop by there, on my way back home. Chaat shop was bit crowded when I reached. I must wait, said the guy in the shop.

While I was waiting for the food, I noticed an old man preparing dosa in the near by Muniyandi Vilas style eat out. Then came a young guy riding a bike and addressed the old man as OWNER.

Guy : Owner, why are you doing all this work !!
Owner : Guys went to their home for diwali, They also have family and children na.
Guy : Where are your sons?
Owner : They.. They stated their own hotel in the home town, they wanted me to come there, but I don’t want to leave this place.
Guy (removed his shirt) : Ok, You move, I will do this work.
Owner (In bit angry voice) : Do you think I can’t take of my business, You decided that the old man can’t do any work?
Guy : Why you getting angry on me now,  I have always seen you in the galla (cash counter) like a king. You taught me the business, helped me to set up my own. I can’t stand simple seeing you working.
Owner (little smiling) : If you work, you must accept the wage.
Guy : Then today’s dinner will be my wage, so move now, let me do the work.

Then the young guy started preparing dosas and omelets faster for the waiting customers. In the meanwhile, chat shop guy got done with my order and called for me. I left home happily after having the chaat.

What really matters? How much you own or How many you own ?
One owned the business and respect. The other owned his GRATITUDE.
Who is the real OWNER?

The Cockroach Theory

Being upset about something, I was walking around the office. I was stopped by my buddy, she gave me a confused look, twice.

Me: What?
Buddy : Your face, something wrong?
Me : Does it look too obvious ?, yes, I am kinda upset,  but nothing big.
Buddy : Yeah, Wait, I read something today, I will send it to you right away, Read it.
Me : Sure.

Then she sent me the following.

The cockroach theory for self development
At a restaurant, a cockroach suddenly flew from somewhere and sat on a lady. She started screaming out of fear. With a panic stricken face and trembling voice,she started jumping, with both her hands desperately trying to get rid of the cockroach. Her reaction was contagious, as everyone in her group also got panicky. The lady finally managed to push the cockroach away but …it landed on another lady in the group.
Now, it was the turn of the other lady in the group to continue the drama. The waiter rushed forward to their rescue. In the relay of throwing, the cockroach next fell upon the waiter. The waiter stood firm, composed himself and observed the behavior of the cockroach on his shirt.
When he was confident enough, he grabbed it with his fingers and threw it out of the restaurant. Sipping my coffee and watching the amusement, the antenna of my mind picked up a few thoughts and started wondering, was the cockroach responsible for their histrionic behavior? If so, then why was the waiter not disturbed?
He handled it near to perfection, without any chaos. It is not the cockroach, but the inability of the ladies to handle the disturbance caused by the cockroach that disturbed the ladies. I realized that, it is not the shouting of my father or my boss or my wife that disturbs me, but it’s my inability to handle the disturbances caused by their shouting that disturbs me. It’s not the traffic jams on the road that disturbs me, but my inability to handle the disturbance caused by the traffic jam that disturbs me. More than the problem, it’s my reaction to the problem that creates chaos in my life.

Lessons learnt from the story:
I understood, I should not react in life. I should always respond. The women reacted, whereas the waiter responded.
Reactions are always instinctive whereas responses are always well thought of. A beautiful way to understand…………LIFE. Person who is HAPPY is not because Everything is RIGHT in his Life.. He is HAPPY because his Attitude towards Everything in his Life is Right..!!

The above is a speech by Sundar Pichai – an IIT-MIT Alumnus and currently heads Android and Chrome at google.

A part of me felt comfort after reading it, but the other started to think various other cases. Is the waiter got used to Cockroaches, How he would have reacted for the first time, What made him mature from just reacting to responding. Then I started thinking about the Cockroach, Is Cockroach a simple insect?, They look very disgusting, They can withstand high radiations too. Then about the women who reacted, Isn’t it natural for her to react this way. This is how exactly my mind over thinks about every other thing by leaving the key element aside.

The same mind of me which responds to bigger things without panicking, reacts too fast for really small and silly things, which I must actually ignore. That is why, I could exactly relate myself to the above. Now I say this to myself  “Either ignore the Cockroaches or learn to handle them, else you will least enjoy the beauty of Butterflies around you”.

A High Dream

I Gaze at the night sky,
Sticking still on to my roof.
I sigh, counting those countless stars,
And at far I sight you, flickering !!

I try put myself up,
While my eyes anchored at you.
Will you ever reply my waving?
And that keeps me longing !!

I dont have any wings,
But you could get me real high,
Place me in mid of the cloudy sky.
And with you, I would end up flying !!

I might let my anxieties wear off,
And try stay calm till we takeoff.
It’s not far, My maiden date with you,
And till then, I better keep Dreaming !!

It’s a dream, a big dream since my childhood to fly, to fly in that mighty machine. I get very excited every time, when I see one. Whenever I pass the airport or when an aeroplane pass above me, I wish I could be in one of them, flying. I haven’t got a necessity or an opportunity to fly yet, but think I could try to fly soon, just for the sake of an experience.  I wish i get a Jennal Seat (Window Seat) near the wings in my first flight. And most probably I would write a blog post about the experience too. :) :) :)

Madras 375 – Videos

Our Chennai a.k.a Madras is 375 now, Though I know her only for some 25 years, she is too close to my heart than any other places on earth. I thought I would compile some of my favorite Chennai videos here in this post to celebrate her 375th birthday.

You can’t separate chennai and Tamil Cinema a.k.a Kollywood. Following are the few songs from tamil movies which highlights our awesome city.

When I hear the name “Madras” this will be the first song that will strike my mind. If you had guessed correctly, Its “Madrasa suthi pakka poren” song from the movie May Madham. Such an awesome music by A.R.Rahman , lyrics by Vairamuthu and that wonderful Manorama Achi’s voice.

This song “Vaama Duraiyamma” from the movie Madrasapattinam depicts the old madras and was set during the british period. I like this song because of the effort taken by the makers of the song to bring back few old landmarks in chennai and the attention they gave to it.

Madras Nalla Madras” song is from the movie Anubavi Raja Anubavi. This song describes chennai from the perspective of a farmer who is new to city. Music my great MS Viswanathan and sung by  TM Soundararajan.

“Vanakkam Vazhavaikkum Chennai” song from Marina movie. This song portraits how chennai is a city for all.

Apart from film songs, there were many songs which got produced to celebrate the spirit, beauty and uniqueness of our Chennai.

This one is my most favourite The Madras Song produced by the muthappa group and well sung by Shakthishree Gopalan.

Next favourite will be Chennai Chancey illa song, composed and sung by Anirudh, Produced by Times of India. Seriously Boss, Chennai Chancey Illa !!!

Update : Another Chancey Illa Version of Chacey illa Chennai, Love the cinematography in this.

Following both videos are visual treats, Madras is Beautiful and Madras is Calling by Madras Photo Factory. Really loved watching them.

This one is the promo video of this year The Wipro Chennai Marathon, It shows chennai from a runners point of view and few famous running routes.

Moral of the story : Keep our city clean. Drive safely and responsibly. I <3 Chennai, You <3 Chennai and WE <3 Chennai. Let Chennai be a happy place on earth as always, Just like the video below.

One Aspect I Want To Change In Chennai – The CBC Tablog 2

This post is the part of Chennai Bloggers Club’ super initiative “CBC Tablog-2”. The exercise is where few bloggers write about a common subject and tag each other posts as a chain-blog. The subject for this Blog Tag is ONE ASPECT I WANT TO CHANGE IN CHENNAI. The tag was passed to me by Muthiah Sriram who blogs at Life As It Comes, you can read what he like to change in this post. A special mention to Kaushik Govindaswamy who designed the below logo exclusively for the Tablog. And special cheers for all those 30 bloggers (including me) who took part in this.

The CBC Tablog 2

There are many things I wish to change, But it’s all about that One part of chennai. The part of chennai I grew up. Though I no longer reside there, It’s the part of chennai my heart still belongs to, It’s The North Chennai.

I Wish is to change the mindset of most of the chennaites, who think that chennai doesn’t exists beyond Beach Station in north. Like most in the westeros who doesn’t know what lies beyond the wall (you can ignore this Game of Thrones stuff). It’s the places like Tondiarpet, Royapuram, Tiruvottiyur which were prominent areas of madras in north when it was formed. Have no idea why they lost their importance with time. The much spoken about places in Chennai like T.Nagar, Anna Nagar, Velacherry, Tambaram, etc. were added much later.

I wish i could change the intention of politicians to keep north Chennai under developed and just use it for their vote bank. When suburbs and newly developed area grow predominantly in terms of facilities and infrastructure, I wonder why north Chennai is pretty much same for all these years. Though It’s one of the densest parts of Chennai in terms of population, It heavily lacks basic amenities like health, sanitation, education, public transport, road, etc. I wish government spend more on developing these areas. I even felt miserable when Chennai Metro Train project didn’t extend till north Chennai as it was initially planned to, I wish I could change that too.

I wish I could change the way how movies and other media portrait north Chennai, come on guys all there are not rowdys, goons and people with bad mouth. Might be a very few be like whats been portrayed in movies, but most of the people here are normal ones like you and me. Whenever I read news papers, mainly the english ones, I try to find is there any news about these areas in their metropolitan section, mostly I end up with nothing. Is that they only write about the places where their circulation is more or they just simply ignore?

North Chennai Trivias

  • Royapuram railway station is south India’s 1st railway station which was inaugurated in 1856
  • World famous Royal Enfield bullets are only manufactured in Thiruvottiyur.
  • Chennai Port is the 2nd largest port in india next to Mumbai.
  • Ennore Port is one of the emerging ports in India which won “memorandum of excellence certificate” award from Govt of India for 2 consecutive years.
  • Kasimedu fishing harbour has been identified as one of the 6 major fishing harbors in India in terms of volume and one of the major hub for seafood export industry. It also acts as a research centre for Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute.
  • Thyagaraja Swamy & Vadivudai Amman Temple at Tiruvottiyur is one of the oldest temple complex in Chennai, which is said to be exist since 7th Century.

Let the peace and harmony prevails, Let all live a happy and healthy life.
I Love you Chennai <3 <3 <3

I pass this on to Sushmita who is an ardent Nature admirer and a great fan of great wall of India Mr Rahul Dravid. She blogs at A Blog of Scenic Nature – Beautiful Creations of God and A Tribute to Mr.Dependable Of the Indian Cricket – Rahul Dravid. Coincidentally we both are from same area and got graduated from same college.

A Lonely Walk To Remember – Theosophical Society, Chennai

It was a very busy week for me, was tied up to my laptop most of the time writing codes and fixing unexpected bugs. Phew.. Luckily issues got subsided by friday which paved way for a much needed and a relaxing weekend. After getting bored of doing nothing in the morning, I decided to hangout with friends in the afternoon (not the google hangout). One friend suggested Theosophical Society in Adayar, as I haven’t been there before, I agreed to the plan. As usual I reached there on time, but unfortunately (fortunately) my friends couldn’t make it cos of last minute hiccups. So I have to spend the rest of my time there alone.

This Theosophical Society campus in Adyar is its international headquarters. You can know more about the Theosophical Society from its Official Website  & Wikipedia . It’s open  for  visitors only from Monday to Saturday  (Morning: 9:30am-12:30pm; Afternoon: 2:30pm-5:30pm) and closed on Sunday and on public holidays.

At 2.45pm I made an entry in the visitors register and the security guard informed me to return back by 4pm. The place is very green, all i could see are trees and old buildings then and there. It’s really a silent place and apt to take a calm walk. Even the people are sparse there, I could see a few taking the walk and very few sitting on benches reading book. I walked around enjoying the nature and clicking few pics in my mobile. I was stopped by a security guard and warned not to go beyond as walking further would lead to woods which got dangerous insects and snakes, must be a forbidden forest. The security guard’s name is Mr Durai, he also enlightened me about the famous Adyar banyan  tree (adayar aala maram) which is believed to be 450 years old. Its central trunk was uprooted by a cyclone in 1989, but it’s aerial roots span around 60,000 sq ft. He also pointed me to the direction where I could find few interesting things. As I advanced I found a small buddhist temple with a beautiful pond in front of it. What I saw next really shocked me, It’s couple of tamarind trees filled with thousands of large fruit bats hanging upside down. It’s time said my watch. I wish I could be there for some more time, but security guard didn’t wish the same, So have to return signing back the visitors register. And the heart felt light and delight when I walked out of those gates.

Following are few pics which I clicked during the walk.

Its definitely A Lovely And A Lonely Walk To Remember.

Bhajji Shop To Buckingham Palace – My Inspiration

This blog post is about a person who inspired me and still continues to inspire me.

Earlier this month, I called to wish him on his birthday . I found no difference in the way he speaks to me, he sounded the same as ever. After the call got over, as usual, I got into nostalgia mode and started recalling those inspiring memories about him.

Before writing why he is such an inspiration to me, I will better narrate how I got to know him first ( #ItsFlashBackTime #MosquitoCoilSlowRotationEffect ). It was my mid school times and we used to reside in a Housing Board Colony at Tiruvottiyur back then. I never liked living there, the place was more like a slum, always noisy and stinking. My mom wouldn’t even allow me to go out and play, cos she was scared that I would get spoiled being with those kids. But we had no other go, some unfavourable circumstances made us stay there for years. There used to be a small Bhajji shop on a cart at the entrance of the colony. One fine day, returning back from my school, I stopped by that shop to get some Bhaji. To my surprise, I found one of my favourite computer magazine stacked among few other papers. As it seemed to be a latest issue, So I requested the shopkeeper to give it to me rather than using it for packing. He replied that, It’s his son who read them and it’s not for packing. Then I heard a voice from behind which said “If you want, you can take, read it and return back”, I turned back and saw him talking while helping his dad. That’s how I met him for the first time.

As far as I know him, He studied in a government school in Thiruvottiyur. Everyday after the school gets over, he comes and helps his dad running the shop and studies even if he gets a few minutes gap. You can see him burning his midnight lamp frequently, At times my mom used to point at his light up house though our window at night and say “that anna must be reading”. He even used to convert that cart into a juice shop and run it during his summer holidays standing in the hot sun for a long time. I remember him offering me juices while I go out to roam in my cycle or go to computer classes, at times he even refused to take money from me. We even used to exchange books and discuss about technology.

After completing his schoolings with good marks, he secured a Computer Science Engineering seat in Central Polytechnic College. Post successfully completing his diploma, he started working in a small company as a developer and did a great job there. Now he works for TCS and was recently sent to London by his company. Think “Buckingham Palace” in the title make sense now. He married the love of his life Mrs Devisri and now they both happily live with their son Sanjiv. He also involves himself in  a few pet projects.

Why he is such an inspiration to me ?
Because is such a passionate and hard working person ever since I know him. He never gave reasons why he couldn’t do things, but he did all he could do to be whom he is now. His enthusiasm and thirst to knowledge is quite unquenchable. More than everything as I mentioned above, he is same, he is grounded, down to earth and such a sweet person to talk with. I tell his story to many who gives silly reasons why they couldn’t do things, even to me when I needed motivation.

Opps I haven’t mentioned his name yet, He is MURUGAN Anna.

Murugan Anna, Mrs Devisir and Sanjiv, probably near buckingham palace.

Murugan Anna, Mrs Devisri and Sanjiv – probably shot near Buckingham Palace.

Anna I know you would be definitely reading this (I will make you read this). You are such an inspiration to me and All the best for your future endeavours.

Appendix (For International Readers :P )

  1. Bhajji – Bhajji or bhaji is a spicy Indian snack similar to pakora or potato fritters, with several variants
  2. Anna – Brother in Tamizh.