Christmas Time!

It’s that time of the year again!

The cold winter mornings when getting out of your blanket cocoon seem to be the worst idea.
Christmas songs playing on the FM, letting us know that Santa’s coming.
Decorations on display en mass everywhere.
Everyone awaiting the days to pass till their leave starts. ๐Ÿ˜€

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Can’t help getting into the Christmas mood. โค ๐Ÿ™‚

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Ramblings: 08/12/2017

You know how sometimes you get the feeling like it wouldn’t make a difference if you did a certain thing? but you go ahead, and it actually doesn’t make any difference?
Like yesterday I was invited for a get-together by my aunt but she didn’t seem to care when I said that I might not be able to make it. Feeling guilty later, I rush to their place to be there for the get-together, after work. But, she didn’t really seem to care that I came.
First of all, why invite someone you don’t want to meet? The person would have taken the trouble to come all the way only to be met by a cold shoulder. (Please don’t imagine a cold shoulder top) ๐Ÿ˜€
Secondly, If this ever happens to you. Don’t. Give. A. Damn. You did what you felt is right. You know what’s going on in your life. What others have against you is their business not yours.ย At the end of the day, you will have to justify your actions to your conscience. You matter more than anyone else. However close you are to them.
Yeah, maybe after some days (or weeks/years), you should call them up or meet them and talk about the issue. ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜‰

Crazy chats ๐Ÿ˜

So, I was feeling pretty down, sitting in bed just browsing through Facebook posts.

That’s when I get a message from a friend, ‘there?’. Not knowing how to sanely answer that one-worded question, I replied with a question of my own. ๐Ÿ˜‚

Made me laugh out loud and for a moment forgot that I was feeling pretty much alone. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‚

With certain friends you can just get crazy with no regrets whatsoever ! โค

Ramblings: 3/12/2017

I used to have this fear of talking to new people earlier. Wondering what they would think of me, whether they would approve the way I talk, walk, laugh or even breathe. 

But, today I realised how far I have come from that shy kid. How much I have grown?

Today after my friends function, I had to work with his friends who I never met before on a certain project. I can’t really pinpoint what it was exactly, it could have been their cool (I mean crazy) jokes, or the fact that they laughed at mine and joined in when I laughed or that they were actually replying to what I had to say, but they somehow got me feeling so comfortable around them.

@thwe: you know how I get when I’m dead tired. ๐Ÿ˜ Yeah, let’s just say I. Talk. Too. Much.

But, these guys equally joined in my banter, and we all had a jolly good time. Cracking jokes, while working on the job at hand. And obviously we did an amazing job! ๐Ÿ˜Žโค

oh, and I guess today was the first time I saw a guy actually find a broom and sweep the floor without anyone asking him to. What a sweet, thoughtful guy! Like wow! Guys like that exist! P.s. I’m so in awe coz I wouldn’t bother taking the effort.

I love the new me, and I especially love open-minded, sweet and totally thoughtful people.

Coding ABBA

I love those jokes that only certain people would understand. The following one is for unix users && those who know some ABBA songs.

Today I came across a query on StackOverflow, where a user was having an issue with the man command in his code. The issue? Well, the man command would give a result – ‘gimme gimme gimme’ at 00:30. As expected, the user sounds very puzzled with the result. ๐Ÿ˜€

Inย Unix, most programs, and many protocols, functions, and file formats, have accompanying manuals. With theย manย command, you can retrieve the information in the manual and display it as text output on your screen.

If you go through the replies, a friend of the developer for the man command had this to say:

The maintainer of man is a good friend of mine, and one day six years ago I jokingly said to him that if you invoke man after midnight it should print “gimme gimme gimme”, because of the Abba song called “Gimme gimme gimme a man after midnight”

This is what the developer had to say:

I’m glad that it made some people smile, which after all was the whole purpose of it, and my Twitter notifications and so on today suggest that most people thought it was more amusing than annoying. Still, some people did find it annoying, and six years seems like a pretty good run for that sort of thing; it probably isn’t going to get significantly better exposure than it already unexpectedly has by way of this question. Time to put it to bed.

Just imagine having a friend who would actually implement something that you simply suggested as a joke! What fun! ๐Ÿ˜€

Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! a man after midnight!!!! โค โค โค

Check out the link:ย https://unix.stackexchange.com/questions/405783/why-does-man-print-gimme-gimme-gimme-at-0030

Ramblings : 27/11/2017

“When a shepherd turns into a predator,
that’s when the flock must learn to defend themselves.”
– A caller on 91.9 FM Indigo Goa

During my drives to and from office, I always have my FM tuned into 91.9 Indigo FM, Goa. Every morning, RJ Ayesha discusses some issues that are faced by the people of Goa or issues that are common all around the world. Most of the days, I am made aware of things because of her show. I’m grateful for that! Gives me something to ponder on.
Like for example, today the topic was – Goa to be made a coal hub and the nationalization of her rivers. Six villages which include my own have opposed both the agendas.ย One caller to the FM made the above quote or at least a gist of it, and its meaning was really thought provoking.

Neither is this in anyway connected to the above topic nor would I ever get involved in these political debates, because of the amount of grief and headaches it would cause but its surprising – the amount of difference in thinking between people of a state who have grown up along with each other putting aside the fact that their religions differ. But, religion always seems to trump any rational thinking.

We really need to stop ignorance, blind faith, denial and assumptions run our life and decisions, if we ever really want any positive change in any part of our life, be it – personal, public or political.

Which is obviously going to be difficult.

Decisions (Wedding edition)

Decisions decisions. Let me clear a doubt. Not my wedding decision. 

The scene: My aunt and uncle brought me along to a wedding reception. I don’t know the couple, have never seen them before in my life but yes I have shamelessly hogged on their wedding lunch. The decision now is:

Do I go ahead and run up the stairs to wish a couple who wouldn’t even know I existed before that particular moment and risk being added into their photo album as “that” girl who both can’t recognize. 

OR

Do I wait below the stage and look as my aunt and uncle wish the couple, while I cheekily click their photo, when I know that I have gulped down a plate of free food and 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream without even bothering to wish the couple who financed the whole thing.

Worth It !

The best part of trying hard to change something in your life is when you get a positive comment from a dear friend.

As I mentioned in my earlier post, I am currently trying to lose some kilos from my overweight body by controlling my eating habits while increasing my exercises which mainly includes cardio – walking/running on the treadmill, or the occasional walks on our beaches.

Yeah, I have cheated a lot on my ‘diet’, by allowing a few lot indulgences but as I am sure I will not be following this controlled ‘diet’ forever, I am keeping myself open to eat anything my heart tummy desires. Then, there are days when I don’t want to even enter a gym or get out of bed during weekends, the ‘gym-break’ days. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‰Those days include the days when my legs are ready to fall off my body when I think about the treadmill. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜œ

I know I have made a difference to myself and am very proud of my effort till now, but what makes it all the more worth it, is when someone notices. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Burger Craze! <3

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Nothing can describe the joy of biting into a juicy,
creamy,
sauced-up burger,
munching on it slowly,
relishing the tangy taste of the ketchup,
the crunch of the veggies,
the delicious oh-so-yummy burger patty;
and soon after swallowing,
you go in for more,
and more,
till it’s all gone! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Ramblings: (02/10/2017)

Just wanted to summarize the month – October.

  • I was working on a functionality for around 2-3 months having taken prior approval. The changes were then committed and pushed to the live site at the end of September with the assumption that every one was on the same page on what the new functionality would be doing.
    But nope! First week of October, I get a call from a sheepish voice saying –
    Carol, Haresh doesn’t approve of the changes. I had shown him the changes and he approved but now he denies it.
    Well, guess what? I’m back on square one!
  • ย I started a customized diet as in the last 2 years I have been lax with my eating habits, which resulted in me gaining more than required weight. So, 80% of last month had me controlling my diet and exercising regularly.
    End Result: Till date I have lost 2-3 kilos (depending on the weighing machine I use). ๐Ÿ˜‰
    It is a positive result according to me, as losing a little at a time is 100 times better than starving myself, dying at the gym and losing it.
  • We hosted our friend’s bachelorette/spinster party. She is getting married in December and just to give her a month to take care of the preparations without issue we planned it during October’s last week. Indian weddings are crazy (being polite here). It made me realize I am naive (at least more than normal, normal being the average of the levels of naivety of the attendees of the party).
  • I managed to get pissed off at a friend during the planning of the above mentioned party.
    (One day before the party. One Day Before!)
    I did the one thing no one would ever think possible of me. The thing is when I get angry/pissed off, I stay away from the person at whom I am projecting my anger at and I get very, very quiet. That’s my usual reaction to anger.
    Because no one; NO One needs to see me when I totally lose my temper.
    I become a totally different person. I know it and my way of saving people from that is to stay away.
    But, that didn’t/couldn’t happen and I ended up screaming virtually at a person who didn’t deserve it. Time will tell if those wounds will heal.
  • My aunt who I stay with got admitted to the hospital because of an unexpected visitor.
    Not what you are thinking of ๐Ÿ˜€
    A kidney stone !!!!! |-(
    It got her all weak and started a whole series of politics within her family about who should handle her expenses.
    Isn’t Aunty’s life more Important than Rs. 20k ?
    Nonsense.
    Thankfully, she was discharged today after the stone bid adieu and disappeared on it’s own. ๐Ÿ˜€

Anyway today is All Souls Day !
During the mass at the cemetery, couldn’t help getting a little teary eyed looking at my uncle’s grave and thinking about my grandmother – who will always be my first favorite person – she was strict, but loved me nonetheless. Wish I had, had more time to be with her. It’s true that the best people are taken away first. Uncle (I call him Mama) would have knocked his sons heads if he knew what they were arguing about.
They say the souls of our relatives visit us today so the tradition is to cook feast food to celebrate their visit.