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I eat cannibals… August 31, 2007

Posted by monish in Bible, Little Rock, Namesake.
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Some people say short blog posts are pointless and not a good idea. Well, you know what, f*** them!

I was witness to some ugly boardroom scenes today at work. All part of the learning experience I guess. I learnt that there’s no such thing as a true “friend” in the corporate world.  There’s just too much politics in the business world, people not saying what they mean and not meaning what they say.  I guess it’s dealing with situations that arise from these politics is a huge part of “man management” and a very important tool in the business managers armory today.

I’m pretty close to finishing off “The Namesake”. I’ve already started reading my next book, the #1 International Bestseller of all time, The “Holy” Bible. Yes, I’m reading the bible. Before people go crazy on me and start saying I’ve been in Ohio too long, I just wanna say I’m reading this book like any other, with an open mind and with the intention to critique it at the end of it.  From what I’ve read so far, I’m not too impressed. I can tell someone’s put in shitloads of hardwork into  compiling this but it’s not very engaging, the verses seem very cryptic and in Homer Simpsons words “This book has no answers”. So far the only thought it’s vindicated is that all the asshole over the years who’ve told me they’ve read the bible are liars. No way those dumb shits read through a book of this complexity or comprehended anything this book has to say. I want to read through (atleast some of)  it so I’m not as big a hypocrite when it comes to challenging people who have the audacity to quote the bible for sake of an argument.

I’m off to Little Rock, AR tomorrow for a short trip over the labor day weekend.  Be back soon.

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And that’s how life goes… August 29, 2007

Posted by monish in crush, heaven.
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Just got off the phone with a girl I had the hugest crush on last year.  I’ve since gotten over her and didn’t think very much about her at all.  I thought the world of this person, but she had a boyfriend and being the nice guy that I am, I never made the attempt to be the other guy and breakup what seemed to be a good thing.

We had a long talk this evening. She told me how she’s sick of her boyfriend and his drinking ways. And how she wishes he’d be more focussed on her, on life, on everything. If ever there was someone who was reaching out to me, this was it.   I’m apparently a very good person to reach out to at times of distress. Numerous people have and this was no different.  Listening to her unsually nasal voice, I could tell she’d been crying.  She tells me the boyfriends changed and has said some mean and hurtful things recently. This made her cry and I don’t like to hear people say they’ve been crying.  It pulls at my heartstrings.  I was torn between sympathizing  with her and telling her to grow up and suck it up.  Ofcourse I chose the former.  I’d like to think my words to her were wise and soothing, atleast she said so.

I didn’t have the heart to tell her that her loser boyfriend will amount to nothing at the rate at which he’s going.  That she’s setting herself up for a life of failure with being with this guy. That she should just wake up, smell the coffee and kick the dirtbag to the sidewalk and move on.  I told her she deserves to be appreciated and the guy she’s with should think she’s the best thing since sliced bread.  She goes on to say some very nice stuff about me. I’m flattered. I have the strangest hunch where this conversation is headed but my heads not spinning, my heart isn’t palpitating with anticipation. I know this boat has long sailed.

That’s how the world works though. We don’t always get what we want, when we want it. How do we even know if what we want is actually what we need? Maybe the eternal mismatches of the universe are the way things should be.

Blast from the past August 16, 2007

Posted by monish in DirectI, Mumbai, Venture, Web Hosting.
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I was browsing through the electronic version of the Times of India yesterday when I reached the jobs section and what I saw there blew me away. I saw a recruitment ad for a company called “DirectI” requiring  several positions in accounting and some technical positions. They claimed to be a $30 Million dollar company and there was no reason to suspect that. I only wondrede if it was the same DirectI I knew of back home. A little research revealed that it was the same company!

The same company that was started by a bunch of kids in a Bombay suburb in the late nineties. The same company that we used to host several of the websites we designed back in the day and the same company that blew us away with their professionalism, service and enthusiasm for their work. I would never have in my wildest dreams imagined they would have scaled the heights to which they have today.  I still remember visting their offices in 4 bungalows and seeing how DirectI was setup.  It was an office within a residential building, and if I remember correctly the owner, Bhavin. actually lived in the floor below his office. 

Talk about reaping the rewards of foresight, enthusiasm, passion and a quest for excellence. These guys are successful today because they loved what they did and they made sure they did a damn good job of it. Their CEO in particular, Bhavin Turakhia, only a couple of years older than I am is a true visionary. In a way, I’m really proud of these guys and I hope to hear more succes stories from DirectI and other small scale ventures making it big.

What to do? August 10, 2007

Posted by monish in General.
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I’ve been running regularly for the past 10 days.  Been trying to take advantage of the warm weather, making the most of it while it lasts. God only knows what I’m gonna do when November gets here. There’s something about running outside, that you just can’t recreate on a treadmill, so that sucks. 

Work has been going well, no complains there. Well I guess I could complain but living on your own teaches you some stearn lessons, one of them being, nobody gives a shit about your problems because everyone’s got their own so just suck up and deal with it. Which is what I’m doing.  

Still struggling a bit with goal setting. I don’t really know what I want from my life. Somethings gotta give eventually, I can’t keep living life the way I am right now. But what? If anything, I have to narrow down my options to a few and chose from those. Right now I’m torn between retiring and settling down at the foothills of the Himalayas and turning things up to become a successfull entrepreneur in Silicon valley. Honestly, they both sound good to me at this point.