Random Musings

Sunday 14

3 weeks after the Sunday 13 comes Sunday 14. Atleast I’m writing this on a Sunday instead of a Monday!!

So this last week Bro’s contract got extended. He will only be staying for 3 weeks. It’s definitely good news. Even though he doesn’t like the job, we need the money so he is willing to continue in it. I am planning to go home for 2 weeks starting the last week of September. Have to talk to Hiren about this and see what he says. I don’t think he’ll make a fuss.

I happened to go to Kerala in between. It was a great trip. I think I should write something about it. Maybe I will.

Have started working on the bike. Fixed a couple of issues. It needs more work though. Will work on it next week. I also need to send the tax acknowledgement and visit Batras.

What  else..

Chitti had a baby girl. The baby looks like her mom. No surprises there!

I went to my second theater play last week. The acting was very good but the script let the actors down. Could have been better.

I did shopping!! Bought the woodland shoes that I have been wanting to buy for years. Also bought a pair of shades.

Mr. UB is leaving in the last week of September. After that it will just be Mr. S with Mr. M, Mr. B and Mr. A for company. I think I should write about the folks. Maybe I will.



Absolute Pitch

So the other day Mr. M played a chord on his brand new Ukulele and asked me to identify it. Absolute pitch is the rare ability of a person to identify a given musical note without a reference. It is rare because it is extremely difficult to do so.

But what Mr. M asked me to identify was not a note, it was a chord. Now I could identify a C chord when played on a guitar. This is because having heard that C chord thousands of times and attaching the name C to the chord creates a memory in my brain which says ‘C’ whenever I here that chord. But when the chord is played on a Uke or a Piano, or even for that matter higher up the guitar fretboard, the sound produced is different and the confused brain is not able to identify it. At least that’s what I think.

If the question was to identify the quality of the chord, for example whether its a minor or a major chord, that’s a little bit simpler. But even that is something that takes a lot of practice to identify. Learning music takes time and playing the guitar is hard.. something I made Mr. B realize yesterday.

A letter to Sridhar-2015



I am such a lazy ass sometimes. I’ve only just realized that I did not in fact write the Letter to Sridhar 2014. I wrote a reply to the letter from 2012 and I wanted to write a letter to 2014 but I never got around to doing it. Such a opportunity missed. Anyway I’m going to rectify that mistake now and write a letter to myself in 2015!!



R. Sridhar Reddy,
Aged 26 years 9 Months.

Hi pal. Its me, you in the past. How life going?

Probably for the first time in the last 3 years, I am in good place right now. I am exited about life and am looking forward to November when I join Oracle. I hope I am still in Oracle and I am reading this in Hyderabad by the time I get to be you. It’s not that everything’s positive right now. I still need some closure after Mom’s death. Bro’s contract didn’t get extended so he will be staying at home for an extended period.

I hope by the time I am reading this, he is married and is happy. We have seen enough bad days till now. I am desperately hoping for the good days to come. And I am confident they will come. So how was the marriage? Did you take all the responsibilities and do your best. If he is not married as yet then are you doing your best to help him. You know you are the only one he has to take care of him. It’s a duty you don’t know how to perform.. but its something you will have to try.

I had booked the tickets for Malaysia trip.Did you go to the trip? Or did the marriage get scheduled at that time. I hope one of them happened. If both didn’t happen then its a sad one indeed. But I hope you managed to get through it. I am hoping that you got the chance to do both.

I have changed over the last 10 months. I have become more self aware now. These days its not enough for me to go through the day. I think I am getting back to the early Mangalore mindset. That was a fantastic period for me. That along with some of the time that I spend while on bench. I am starting another period of intense productivity starting this week. I hope I manage to keep this up for a long time.

Are you still desperate. I realized recently that I had made it a habit to denying every emotion that seemed sad to me. I don’t think about it much but I am very lonely. The sudden crying session that I had a couple of months ago brought out something in me that I didn’t know existed. Accepting that you are lonely is not doing any help though. Are you also lonely?

If it were in my hands to do something about it, then I would do it. It’s so sad that for me to get a girl, I will have to go so far away from my comfort zone and be someone that I am not. There doesn’t seem to be any choice though. I have to take my chances now. I want you to be happy and I am willing to put in effort to bring you that happiness. I am just hoping for some luck to come my way.

What else is going on with you? Where did Arsenal finish in the league? We bought Danny Welbeck last week. I am guessing he will score 12 goals and give 10 assists in all competitions. Did he do better than my expectations? And what about Nadal? Did he win another Grand Slam. The man is simply amazing.

I am siting in the hall in 6122 right now. You will remember the room if you close your eyes. What do you see? Do you see Marella’s bed, my electric to the left, cycles and book stand and tv?

I am planning to move to the solo room today. I’ll spend the next 2 months in that room. Who are you living with currently. I think by the time I get to be you, Marella and Bala would have left. That doesn’t leave a lot of people. Did Siva join us?

My second attempt at doing the Marathon has also ended in a flop. The legs are just not up for it. I think I will quit running for a while and work on general fitness. Did I start running again?

The first time I did this letter thing, I had listed out 5 criteria using which I wanted to judge the quality of my life. I want to do the same again.

1. Money : This one is currently a mixed bag for me. All the while that I was in Chennai, I think I managed my expenses pretty well. When the car loan went off, its burden reduced a bit but the housing loan got added to that so it was pretty much tight for me. Then we got the money from land and from then on my money management has gone haywire. I think I have spent a lot after coming to Bangalore. I am spending more money on Luxuries these days. It’s something that I have to work on.

Managing money is not a goal that I need to achieve. It’s a continuous activity for me and I can only rate myself based on how I am doing right now. A I can do much better than this. Given that my Salary will be increasing after I join Oracle, I will have to be even more careful with regards to my expenses.

My Current Rating : 6

My Expectation for you : 8

2. Peace of Mind/Pressures: I am very relaxed these days. The offer from Oracle has eased that burden from my head. Managing Dad and Bro is still a little stressful for me right now. By the time I get to be you, I hope that Bro will be married.

My Current Rating : 8

My Expectation for you : 9


3. Health: I have come to realize over the past few months that my body is not as robust as it used to be. I need to take better care of myself now. I think I am doing alright at the moment. I was training for the full marathon for a while but shin pain forced me to leave that. Now I am doing weight training in the gym. So I’m not in the best shape but considering how I was 6 months back, I think I have improved a lot. There is still scope to get better though and I will continue to utilize the gym while I am still in PSN.

My Current Rating : 8

My Expectation for you : 8

4. Interest/Hobbies: So one day a couple of months back I got very impulsive and went and bought myself an electric guitar. I have to say till now I have not made the best use out of it. I am not practicing enough on it. Music aside I have continued writing this blog although the content has reduced, I am still working out and I think I am mostly covering all the things that I need to cover.

My Current Rating : 7

My Expectation for you : 8

The last criteria makes me so depressed that I am not even going to go into it right now.

I hope you are hale and healthy when you read this and I hope you will write back to me.

R. Sridhar Reddy

Aged 25 years 9 months.

Sunday 12

So I missed out a Sunday in between. Here goes Sunday 12.

Prashanth confirmed late the week before regarding the package. Oracle asked for lot of documents for background verification and other purposes. I also had to raise an online application that will go through their internal approval process. I am hoping to get the offer this week.

Attended the GoIbibo interview. Their requirement is quite different. I didn’t show much interest after that. Even they didn’t call.

Bro booked his ticket. He’ll be coming to India on 30th September. Most probably the job is gone. He will stay for a while in India.

I have been having some free time these days. Have to start doing something productive.

Arsenal won the Pre-Season Community Shield match yesterday. Looking forward to the start of the season next week.


Sunday 11

So last week was quite an eventful one. On Monday I called the Oracle guy and he scheduled a telephonic interview on tuesday. I cleared the interview on tuesday so the HR scheduled a face to face interview on Wednesday. The interview processes was quite long, about 5 rounds. I met Prashanth the HR, —- The guy who took the first round interview, Chetan Virupaksha who took the manager interview, then another guy who had a casual discussion with me, and then finally the interview with the senior director Sridhar Yelisetti. All the interviews went well and Chetan congratulated me on getting the job. So did I get the job?

On Friday Prashanth called me and asked me to send him pay slips and a few other documents. He said he will verify the pay slips and call me back to discuss the package.

On saturday I went out and bought the electric guitar and amp. Cost me 24k for both. This is the second impulsive thing I have done after the Tattoo thing. Have to see how it works out.

Bala set me up for an interview with goibibo. I’ll attend the interview just for fun and see what happens.

Sunday 9

So after 8 weeks of keeping up this post, I missed writing one last sunday. And a eventful week that had been. Anyway onto this week’s events.

I did 18k in yesterday’s long run. Got a little tired at the end but otherwise it was a good run. Went out cycling today. Met the GE gang in the middle and joined with them. Earphones got destroyed while cycling. 800 Rs loss. So inspite of the night oncall, I completed 34 kms on the road, did a couple of mini gym workouts and one cycling ride. Not bad.


Sunday 7

I was looking forward to writing this post from yesterday. Looks like the Sunday thing is here to stay.

So last week’s events were a little up and down. The good this was that the land acquisition money has finally arrived. 3.83 got deposited in nanamma’s account. After paying for the Karimnagar plots, some more was used to pay off few of the debts. The only one’s remaining are of Sanjay, Laxman babai  and Janardhan. Whatever arrives from ECHS will go to Sanjay. The money that Bava has to give me will account for the Laxman Babai’s loan. Only Janardhan’s debt will be remaining which we won’t be able to clear off now.

After all settlements, I think one lakh will remain. I have already transferred the money to my account. I plan to keep that money in my account and use it to pay the housing EMI’s incrementally.

The bad thing was the shocker that I received on Thursday when I checked my rating. I was shocked to see the 2 rating that I was given. Spoke to Dilip on friday and he told me that he had given me 3 rating. Then he told me he had put in his papers. He thinks Raji changed the rating to 2. I sent a mail to Raji asking her why the rating was changed. Haven’t heard from her yet. I will have to start preparing for interview starting next week. Not positive about the outlook of the company.

For next week I need to get the address and phone changed, pursue the consumer complaint against Parveen and start preparing for the interviews.

Sunday 6

Came to Hyderabad this week. Was originally planning to come on Friday but because of a couple of early morning RI’s that were scheduled, I had to move the date to Wednesday. Stayed at Beeramguda till friday. Came to Aliabad on friday evening. Will be returning tomorrow night.

Dad says the money will come early next week. I spoke to him and we came up with the basic plan as to how to manage the money. Had a long conversation with Bro also yesterday. Managed to convince him that returning in October was the best plan for us. He agreed. Wil have to see for how long he stays on that idea.

Money will have to be managed very tightly from next month onwards. With 4 loans to pay and limited income coming in, every rupee saved will go towards paying off the loan. I have thought about a basic plan as to how to go about doing it. Will have to see how well I am able to execute it. I am thinking about skipping the Malaysia trip. Can’t afford the money or the leave.

There was a call with Mphasis management on Friday in which they said that the hike is being postponed to October. That prompted me to revisit the Naukri portal and apply to a few more companies.

Other weeks events: Monsoon seems to have finally arrived. There was a slight drizzle here yesterday. It should rain in the next couple of weeks. Nadal won the French open. He now has 14 major titles. He lost in the third round of the grass court event.. the first game he played. It’s a setback for the Wimbledon preparation. The football world cup started this week. Am not following it so closely.

For next week: Have to get the bike serviced on Tuesday and go to office from Wednesday. Will need to start pushing Raji for shifting me to the Oracle team. I will also have to start preparing to take Oracle certification exams this week.


Sunday 5

So I have decided to add a new feature to these Sunday posts. I’ll take a picture before every post and attach it to the post. Not sure for how many weeks I can keep this going but I think if I can keep it up this could be good.

Onto last weeks events. I started swimming last week and I am getting better at it after every practice. Have to keep practicing. The side effects were tightness in calf muscles because of which I had to cancel today’s Long run. I am thinking about whether to go to next weeks run in Chennai. I don’t think I will be physically ready for the run. On top of that I will have to spend at least 1k for the traveling which will no doubt be tiring. If I had some company then I think I might have gone. Not very enthusiastic about going alone. Will have to see.

Bala and Uttam booked tickets for a trip to Malaysia in Feb 2015. The cost of the ticket will come to around 8k but the cost of trip itself could come to around 40k. And I will have to take a leave of 1 week. I think I will book the ticket this week after the land money comes – If it comes.

Bro says he is planning to come back in last week of July. I told him he should do whatever he thinks is right. Not sure what else I could tell him.

Went to office on Monday and after that did WFH for the entire week. The guy whom I met near Manyata Tech park for the bike called yesterday. Seems he could not find a buyer for his bike. Now I have to think if I should take his bike. I dont like the Pulsar all that much but 2007 Pulsar at 25k seems to be a decent deal. Have to think a little about this.

Have booked tickets to go home next week. Will stay for 4 days and will take care of the Nelamashikam. My initial plan was to get the bike as well but I will have to change that now. Most of my time was wasted this week. Didn’t have much work to do as Dilip did not assign any work to me. Didn’t learn any Oracle as well. Have to do better this week.

Other news: Not much going on. Nadal will play Djokovic in the French open final today. Should be a superb match. Don’t have TV in room so I will have to follow the match in streaming. I’m not bothering about the Formula 1 events.

For next week: Have to work on the Parveen travel shit. Letting him off the hook will a lack of will on my part.

Getting Back

In 6 days, I’ll be doing the 7th month thing for mom. These seven months have passed by rather quickly. It’s not like I haven’t done anything. I have been doing lots of things.. not enough for my liking.. but still I haven’t sat idle.

It feels to me like I am at a crossroad. I’m not sure what lays ahead of me. This confusion is entirely of my doing and it’s something that I could have avoided had I been smarter but now I just have to deal with deal with it. Looks like I will have to extent my stay at Mphasis for an year although that year will be spent in Bangalore. Anyway we’ll see what happens.

Looks like I have fallen into a rut this last month. 2012 was a very productive year for me personally and so was 2013. Half of 2014 is gone and I don’t really feel like I have done anything so I need to pull up my socks and starting working. My life is best lived when I am organized and have things to look forward to. When I don’t have these I lose the order and fall into chaos.

So it’s back to the 2013 formula for me. Running to keep my body in shape. Blogging and using the diary to keep my daily activities in check. Focus on constantly doing new things so that I feel a sense of improvement. For starters these things should do.

A post every Sunday from this Sunday onwards. I thought of that just now. I’m that good. What should I call it? I think I’ll simply call it Sunday#.

Not sure how many of these I’ll be able to do but the prog was a moderate success and a good template to build on so I think I can go along in those lines.