Saturday, August 22, 2015

Home is Where the Heart is

I always thought falling in love meant falling in love with a person, his thoughts, his ideas. But as I grew up, I came to a realization that falling in love with the fictional readers is another aspect of your love. As you flip through the pages of the book, you start to imagine yourself as being a part of this story. If the story synchronizes with your taste, you get so engrossed into it that you rejoice or mourn for the next few days!

Leaving aside this special feeling, I recently felt love for a place-a city. Falling for material things like watches, mobiles etc. was never me.Therefore I never knew what it is to love your thing-a  thing you are so attached to.Now this is the city where I grew up I had some of the most amazing friends here,Enjoyed some of the mouthwatering delicacies and what not.

Naturally when it came to leaving this place, I started treasuring it more and now that I have left it, I come to a conclusion that its pure love that I feel for the city! Why else you be writing a post at 4 am in the morning after having been nostalgic for about the past 1 hour!

The little memories, the little joys that I’ve had there seem to be like the memories of life. Maybe the feeling a lover who is away from his beloved feels! But the thought of their probable future meeting itself makes them forget all their woes and embrace just love-pure love that they have.

In between, they find moments which brings smiles to their faces.

Thanks to technology, I just had that moment today..

Notice the Home to Telangana.
(I know that it's just my web settings..Yet,it made me happy!)

Ahmedabad will always be my HOME! 

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Airtel 4G!

So that’s some good news that's taking rounds these days with Airtel being the first telephone operator to offer the 4G services.
Ask me to list down the benefits of this high speed and I won’t fall short in number.
Being an Information Technology student, who else would have been using internet more than me. And for us nothing causes more annoyance than waiting for a web page to load. And the number of issues and bugs is directly proportional to the number of tabs open. Without a high internet speed connection this becomes an issue!
Stack Overflow and other forums are our lifelines. Stuck up in a problem? Stack Overflow it!
Two months back I moved to a different city for my new job. For the first time in my life I was experiencing staying away from parents. Talking on phone is always an option. But video chatting and skype calling is a totally different feeling. Miles apart in distance, so near to heart!
With Airtel offering its 4G services, I can now enjoy uninterrupted skype calling as well as WhatsApp and Hike calling with no disturbances, call drop and network issues! Because everywhere here I know, we have good Airtel networks.
Being a direction dyslexic who else can understand my plight better?Wihout a friend and without the GPS navigation on, I hardly believe that I can reach places. And with the current 2G network you can understand my plight right yes? I have to wait for those double arrows to do some work in order to ensure its working but it hardly does!
With the 4G networks, the navigator would move ahead of me(kidding!) to guide me .:P
And Saturday and Sunday nights?
Oh! Movies and TV Series help in combating the solitude!
With the high speed 4G networks that Airtel is providing the download becomes so simple. Also, who now cares about the YouTube buffering? Download a movie or watch it online-UNINTERRUPTED! Live streaming of your favorite match or maybe the LIVE IIFA awards? Now, nobody can stop you from watching that at low cost!
It is said that learning is a lifelong process. With the college academics already done and having moved for a job, I need to make sure I never stop learning. Also, I’ve always been an admirer of the online MOOC courses. With a few certificates already in my name, I always look forward to attend many more such courses. Sometimes the google Hangouts are an help as well.
Not just the technical reading. I am also a huge admirer of the online libraries available-those libraries that make e-books available for the people. One of the greatest examples is the Project Gutenberg which is a massive online library. Downloading of books and dwelling into the stories is just a click away now!
Other than the stuff mentioned above about how the 4G internet will ease up my life, I’ve a list of other benefits that come with the high speed.

  • Airtel 4G will roll out across 296 cities.
  • It is available at the price of 3G.
  • Tweet: #GetAirtel4G to get a 4G SIM.
  • And the best of all: Get free home delivery of the 4G SIM.

Monday, August 17, 2015

A Failed Prank

Time to Admit Something : I’ve been a victim of pranks very frequently and in 80% of the cases the trier has succeeded in fooling me.For instance a guy from the class calling me and asking me my willingness to participate in a state-level elocution event or a person(whom I yet don’t know) acting to be my cousin and trying to inquire about any man in my life! :-/

So naturally…Get Fooled. Try to Fool others. Spice up the life with a  little madness and little craziness is what I live by.

So the story goes this way.

Last month I moved to an entirely new city for my job.I purchased a local SIM and it was pre-decided that only a few would have the privilege of knowing my new number and to all of whom, I’ll call and inform!

I came back from my office at around 6 and was in a frenzy. Maybe it was the rains tickling me..I don’t actually remember. I dialed my best friend’s number and held my kurta end to my mouth just so that my vice doesn’t appear as shrill and as kiddish as it always does on the phones.

Its his dinner time probably and I know he hates talking on phone specially when he’s eating.

Yet,just so that my prank doesn’t appear to be a prank, I dial his number.
Picks up at the 4-5th ring.

“Hello..I am Swati Mishra speaking from ICAI(He’s a Chartered Accountant by profession) and we are planning to host a talk show and are inviting all the young CAs to be a part of this show. Would you like to be a part of this talk show’

He : Thinks for a few seconds and replies,

“Haa..Thik hai!”

I tell him that we’re yet to dispatch the original invitations and this was only a confirmation call for the talk show.

He caught this ‘Talk show’ which according to him is my unique accent and spoiling all attempt says,

“Party waha de rahi hai and yaha”

I angrily removed the end of the kurta which I was holding and cursed hhim for knowing my accent so well!

A Failed Prank.

Finite Disappointment , Infinite Hope :P

Sunday, August 16, 2015

You feel you are grown up when...

You feel you are grown up when:
  • You go to pick up your parents who’ve come for a visit.
  • When you show them your rented home and are eager to know if they liked it or not.
  • When you pay the bills.
  • When you gift them something.
  • When your mom doesn’t wake you up early on weekends because she knows those are the only days when we get to sleep after 8!
  • When you realize that mom-cooked food beats very other cuisine.
  • When TV shows discussions with dad changes to Bank Account discussions.
  • When you ask your sister and jeej if they want anything from my job-city.
  • When the thoughts of your city turns you nostalgic and teary-eyed.
  • When the house haunts you once your parents/visitors leave.
  • When all the gossips come to a halt and you again try finding solace in Novels and Quora!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

FS Tales #3 : A GIRL in the Team!

It has been just two weeks that I joined my team-App Dev as a software engineer. I didn’t actually know many people from my team and it was only my TL that I had met before. So some days prior to the joining, I was excited. Thoughts of me sitting front of double-screens & coding, those coffee breaks in between, that TT and carom games and not to miss-Gossips with a female colleague. It kind of gives energy to us-GIRLS? :P

But when I joined my team, this male to female ratio hit hard on my face! I had always heard that you don’t find many women in the technological sides and I used to think that’s all a bullshit as we had almost an equal ratio in college. And as a matter of fact, if I consider my office workforce in entirety, I get to see as many women as men.

But the point here is, I found that I was the only GIRL in my team. Reality hit me hard. All the thoughts of those Gossip-breaks suddenly got squeezed. Who’s now going to notice the new bellies I wear or maybe a new hairdo? NOBODY? :O
I accepted the reality. I started occasionally speaking to the male colleagues of mine. Of course, its not the same as chit-chatting with a female colleague, but adapting is the only way out sometimes.

Now it was their time to realize that after a long time period they had a GIRL in the team.
So the story goes this way.

I was given a Master Bug List, a excel sheet, which was a list of errors/problems faced by users while using the application and which were to be resolved which would both be useful and make me familiar with the code and the coding practices. The sheet already had yellow and red colored grid cells indicating critical and low priority bugs respectively.

To mark other status, just for my own understanding, I had used different colors indicating different status of the tasks.

ScreenShot below: 

Now, this guy who sits beside me and to whom my screen is visible was done with his coding and just glanced towards mine.
He asks “Why are there so many colors on the screen”.
I explained him.
He says,”After such a long time, got to see so many colors.”
He was seriously not able to control his laughter and went to my TL(my screen isn’t visible to him) and asks him,”Ravinder..Do you want to see a rainbow?”
And for the next whole day, this stayed onto my mind and so was the laughter cum smile on my face and I sat there thinking, “So boring your life is –Monochrome. They got to realize now they have a GIRL in their team!’