Friday, October 22, 2010

Band of merry men...

Once upon a time, long long ago, there were a band of merry men. They used to eat together, work together and in general have a good time. They were always there for each other…they solved each other’s problem..waited late for others…

The work was hectic..hours were long..the pay wasn’t good..but no one complained. Because the team spirit was there..people was united and the work was good..there was lots to learn..

As time passed, the work started getting to them, they didn’t get their just dues..and dissatisfaction creeped in..some of the merry men left for greener pastures..the group started getting smaller…

During this time, some changes happened..the merry men had to work with other people..they found it difficult to understand this style of working..there was no order..just chaos..the merry men never complained..they worked diligently..but somewhere inside, they weren’t happy..

I am one of these merry men…one from the band of Avalon…

Once Avalon, always Avalon..

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Bike ride!

Hey people..m back..this time with my experiences on a bike :)

FYI..I am not much of a bike my opinion may be slightly(!) biased..But hey..its my blog! :)

Now the journey began from TechM office to R city mall with my trusted (have to!) friend Krishna..The first thing that hits you is that vehicles are a lot closer to you as compared to a car..In a car, you will go very close to touching the other car..but you are still a fair distance autos and cars are zooming past you threatening to take you with them!

It was a fairly ok ride..the road did us no favours by giving us a fairly bumpy journey..I don't know how people travel everyday without getting a sore ass and/or sore knees/ankles...Maybe its the curse of the pillion rider..

But the icing on the cake was when Krishna said, "I think the brakes are not working". Heck..what's life without a bit of excitement..turns out the front brake wasn't working..So he was managing to stop the bike with a complicated manoeuvre using foot power!

Well we did return safely in one piece but it wont be something I would want to repeat in a long time!!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Ganpati is back..On the BWSL :)

Its that time of the year again..!! Ganesh Chaturthi is here..This year the theme was the Bandra Worli Sea Link..Hopefully the final product has turned out to be atleast similar to the original... :)

The initial plan was to make both lanes..we thought it would be easy..boy were we wrong..!! The first hurdle we faced where to place Ganpati Bappa..Finally we decided to place Him on the bridge..However that posed another set of problems..!

We decided to make the middle portion of the bridge by wood to support the idol as well as maintain the illusion of having a cable stayed suspension bridge..

After this, we were not getting ropes which suit the cables..Threads were too thin...Nadas were too flat..finally we found the right rope..We painted it silver..Hopefully the effect has come out nice..

The roads were painted..lines drawn..Now it was time to assemble the bring..(standard 4 am stuff!! )
Assembly went smoother than expected...and the bridge was ready by 6AM..finishing touches were applied.. (peeche ka curtain..aage ka covering!!) and some cleaning...and voila!! we were done!!

Another year..! Yet another miracle!! :) ) Ganpati Bappa is truly the god of miracles!! :) :) How we manage every year in 1 day is really a mystery..

It follows the same theme..scratching heads for a idea..fighting over it..finalising something..not having enuf time..getting the material..and the standard last day late night!! :) :)

Until next year..Ganpati Bappa Morya!! :) :) Pudhchya Varshi Lavkar Yaa...!!

Friday, March 12, 2010

IPL is back!

Its time for the madness to begin!!

IPL is back in its 3rd season. Its bigger, better and now back in India. This year will be the true test of this carnival on whether it can sustain itself in this format.

When IPL started out, it was a unique concept in India. But in essence, it was trying to recreate the fanaticism found in football leagues across Europe.

In its third season now, the test lies in its loyalty. Will you support your hometown? Or will you support the team for which your favorite player plays?

Whatever be the case, its time to sit back (or rather stand up!) and enjoy this festival of cricket!!

Saturday, September 13, 2008



Recently i was thinking..( what can i do, got loads of free time..), I found a very interesting fact about Mumbai which separates it from anywhere else in the world..

When in Mumbai, you ask someone how far is say VT from Thane a true Mumbaikar wil say 1 hour by train. I can bet that no one will say 40km. This is a unique phenomenon only to Mumbai. This is even more prominent if u travel via Powai ;-) If u ask someone how long it takes from Kanjurmarg to Seepz, you would get an answer, 'More than an hour' despite the distance being abt 10 km owing to the traffic.

Just a passing thought i had..If anyone of you have any such anecdotes, please do share it...

Mee Mumbaikar!!

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Ganpati Bappa Morya!


M back after a bit of a hiatus. This year (as every year) in our society, we come together and make the decorations (or makar) for Ganesh Chaturthi. The main contributors are

Archana (The creative mind behind everything)

Chetan ( Lots of experience and inputs)

Abhijeet ( Specially flown in from London)

Ishan ( No comments!)

and Me

This year's theme was a open book. And this is how it turned out...(The ganpati in the book is made using pulses..)

Looks quite good na.. :-)


Sunday, August 17, 2008

The football season is upon us!

The new Premier League season is upon us with champions Manchester United starting as favorites for their third title in a row. They won the both the Premier League and the Champions League to stamp their authority on the footballing world. They have the most potent strike force with Ronaldo Rooney and Tevez. They seem to be relentless towards glory yet again under ther astute manager Sir Alex Ferguson. The usual suspects are in pursuit trying to stop them from achieving glory. 

Chelsea have been the closest and the most dangerous threat with Roman 'moneybags' Abramovich pumping his oil millions in a bid to win Chelsea the Champions League which they so heart-breakingly ;-) lost to Manchester United last season. They have managed to rope in Luis Felipe Scolari to resurrect the team which won 'almost' everything but actually won nothing. 

Arsenal are the other team that are serious title contenders. But the very young squad for which the lack of experience at crunch times has severely cramped them and they havent won a major trophy years. The flair and exuberance of Arsene's boys are a joy to watch but they do need to knuckle down and show some grit if they have to win anything this time around.

Liverpool, a team of indiviuals. Actually just an indiviual. Rafa Benitez plays around with his team like it is personal fiefdom. 100 odd matches with team changes doesnt quite endorse the fact that never change a winning combination. But then again, when did they ever have a winning combination ;-) Robbie Keane's purchase may add some edge to their attack,but they lack the consistency to win the league.

Other teams that may finish in the top four are Everton, Tottenham, Aston Villa, West Ham and probably Man City.

So this is my preview of the new BPL season. Lots more posts coming up as the season progresses.

And if any doubts persist about the club i support, i would like to say...