Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Year in Review: Goodbye 2007

Another year drawing to close. It's been quite an eventful year. A quick recap.

I decided not to do my MBA for now and stayed back in India. I quit my job of 8 years and joined another company. I made a couple of trips to Mountain View (Bay Area) and enjoyed going there as it's a big change from Phoenix. I'm enjoying my new job; quite a lot of challenges and a great work environment.

We went through a fun-filled September as I finally bought some farm land. The registration of the land was something else as the seller had brought his entire brood to sign the papers; 11 children of his, each with their respective spouses and kids. Total chaos but also very entertaining.

Again in September, we moved to a new apartment and are still settling down. The kids love it here due to the company they have and a nice play area to get them off our hair for a while every evening.

My cousin visited us from the US and her 10 month old daughter is such an angel and a doll! The families got together for her Annaprasana. It dawned on us that our side of the family is quite obnoxious. For example, when the kids 5 and under participated in a crawling race, the barbarian horde that our family is, a mighty uproar arose and it was pretty evident who we were supporting. Then, some of us not so young at body participated in another crawling race. My cousin and I were comprehensively beaten by our nephews though we took grim satisfaction in beating the other team comprising of my dad an my cousin's father-in-law. Unfair you say? Well, all's fair when you're on all fours.

We also did a hurricane-like trip to Varanasi to attend the wife's colleague's wedding. It was a lot of fun, the train journeys in particular being the highlights. Next, a company offsite in Goa. We were put up in Taj Fort Aguada. What a wonderful hotel!

Our car is another matter. I fixed all the dents and scratches last month and two days back we were on the receiving end of a hit and run by a call center cab. Luckily, nothing happened to any of us and we were especially grateful that the kids escaped unhurt. The whole thing was quite traumatic.

We're off to Coorg on Dec 28 and back to Bangalore on the 1st of Jan after a pit stop in Mysore where we will be welcoming the new year.

No resolutions for the new year as I don't see why you need to depend on the earth going around the sun to make a resolution. So, I guess my resolution is not to make one for next year.

Thanks to everyone for reading my blog and it's great to see some of you actually taking the trouble to leave comments for me. Keep 'em coming! I love to read your comments.

Goodbye 2007. Welcome 2008

Signing out for this year. Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year to all!!!!

The stick, the coconut and the Water Man

Okay, folks! I know it's been a long time since my last epiphany. Just been plain lazy to write and there's probably a lot of you who are relieved to see this long gap. Anyway, ready or not, here I come again in the first part of my closing out the year.

Readers who have closely monitored my blog would know that I had been on the warpath looking for farmland. Well, in September, I finally bought a small piece about 20 km from where I live in Bangalore. Not much effort on my part, but the ceaseless energy of my cousin and his colleague bore fruit after a few weeks of intense negotiations and deal making.
Now, I am officially a zamindar and feeling mighty good about the whole thing. So, now I have this land and need to figure out what to do with it.

Commencing an agricultural sojourn requires water as is obvious to anyone. My cousin once again came to my rescue and identified a water diviner. Needless to say I was not sure how this was going to work. I had vaguely heard about such a profession but had never actually seen a diviner in action.

Ensuring we don't neglect the bare necessities of life, we had our breakfast at SLV (Banashankari branch) as we waited for the diviner to show up. We reached the divinee (just made up the word now) around 9 a.m. I watched in fascination as the diviner pulled out a couple of Y-shaped sticks taken from a tree. He then walked to the NE corner of the farm and what happened next was quite amazing, The stick in his hand revolved violently shaking his entire body. He pointed to the ground letting us know where we need to dig. Even more fascinating - he took out a coconut from his bag and placed it horizontally on the palm of his right hand and stretched out his hand. The coconut stood upright of it's own accord. And it only happened at that one spot on the plot.

The diviner then requested my cousin to hold the ends of the Y-stick and lo and behold, the stick turned downwards with the bottom of the Y being pulled towards the earth by an unseen force. I tried it too and the diviner placed his hands over mine and there was no doubt. I could feel the tug on the stick akin to metal being attracted to a magnet. I did the coconut thing too and sure enough, the coconut uprighted itself for me too! It wasn't as noticeable as when the diviner did it but there was absolutely no dispute that the coconut moved of it's own accord!!

My camcorder was used to capture this fantastic event. I still can't believe what happened and I am trying to find a scientific explanation for this phenomenon. All that is left to do now, is to dig and build a bore-well for the farm.

Very cool stuff!!

A wedding in Chennai

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