In life you make friends, you move away from them (physically) and make new friends and the cycle goes on. There are friends from high school, you leave them behind and make friends in college, leave them behind and make friends at workplace, you quit work and make friends at a new workplace and it just goes on. Before you realize, you know more than a 1000 people that you've been friends with at some point. But still, there are a bunch of folks, who, in-spite of not being in touch for ages will start off a conversation where you last left. They are your real friends, friends you should never stop being in touch with. I've been blessed with such awesome friends in life and from now on, I make it a point to keep in touch with them. E-mail, Facebook and IM can never replace a real conversation.
It just sucks that we have to grow up and move on, leaving behind friends from various stages in life. Yes, you meet new people, make new friends, but no one can ever replace some friends.
Dedicated to all the awesome friends I've ever had!
Filler it is, till I come up with something on my own. A tag I picked up from Ashwin.
1. When was the last time you swore? Which swear
word was it? Why? At who?
I swear a lot and not really mean it, I probably just called a friend a "bastard" maybe a few hours ago. Does that count as swearing?
If it's swearing at someone with all the emotions, I think it was a few days back.
2. Describe Ms. Perfect.
Tough one! Still giving it a shot:
Someone who's smart, who can get into an argument with me and probably win. Win - not with typical "it's all your fault" argument, rather a scientific argument.
Should share similar interests, which include our taste in music, movies, sports and books. Need not necessarily like the same things, but share interests. Does that even makes sense?
Someone who has goals in life, a goal that is not "get married and have kids". Someone who'll respect me for who I'm and accept me as a whole than try to change me. Someone who'll let me have some me time with my friends and not complain about it.
3. Tell us three qualities that you hate in people (in general) and three that you love.
3 qualities I hate
People who are socially awkward - making fools of yourself for fun is still okay, but acting like a weirdo is not okay
Spllng lyk dis
3 qualities I Love
Taking things in the right sense - not getting hurt for everything
Being open and discussing things rather than expecting me to understand and act
4. If you could pick one person to survive Apocalypse, who would it be?
No one really. When the World ends, it should end with everything in it (which includes humans)
5. What is your greatest strength and your greatest weakness?
Strength: I can handle pressure, a lot of it. I'm very level headed (at least I think so) and I will not knowingly hurt a person, I will try to be friendly with even strangers.
Weakness: I over-think things, I dig deep into what a person could have meant when he/she said one simple sentence.
6. Apart from your father, who is your hero?
My department's head in college Dr. S. Jayaraman - a man know seemed to know, literally EVERYTHING! I really don't know what kind of a man he was in his personal life, but when it came to academia, he was easily THE BEST!
7. When was the last time you wanted to kill a person? Who was it and why?
9. Do you consider yourself materialistic? Prove either answer.
I'm very unsure of this. I like my car, I like my gadgets, but I'm not attached to any of them. If I end up losing my phone or my laptop - I would be more worried about the stuff inside them (letters, pictures, movies etc.) that I lost than the laptop itself. Does that make me materialistic?
10. Apart from the obvious, what is the first thing you notice in a girl?
Grammar and accent (this is a new interest now, trying to find out where the girl is from based on accent). If you thought everyone sounded same, you must watch this.
11. Who, after 24 years of living, would you consider your best friend, the one who’ll remain so till you have ten great grandchildren.
Pavitra Subramanyam closely followed by the G Gang and Rafi.
12. What was the last joke you heard/read which had you laughing till you cried?
No no, it's not what it looks like, I was doing some blog-hopping and ran into this. This girl sure can write. I've already spent more than 5 hours on her blog - people who work in my team - a dwell time of 5 hours :O, have we ever seen that on a landing page? ;)
Truly, I'm in love with that blog! It is AWESOME (no, not Awesome number 1 or 5, I meant Awesome number 4 - something that strikes awe. Command over the language, flow, sarcasm, humor and everything)
Now she has inspired me to start and continue writing (Ashwin you too), your mail served as a reminder and I got to this blog through you (thanks for that too)!
May this inspired frenzy continue. There's already something about Seattle and maybe I'll write something about my experiences in the United States - the cultural difference, the different people I've met and things like that!
Till then, I'm gonna spend a couple of more hours doing some blog hopping and off to lunch - it's Indian food day today! Woohooooo....
Seattle is no New York or LA, it's not Mumbai or Bangalore either, but it has it's own beautiful charm. The two most famous Seattleites are people who've had really screwed up heads but created arguably the best music ever - yes, Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain (maybe it was the weather that made them like this)
So far, I've done none of the touristy things except visit the Space Needle when Mr.Kshira Saagar (a friend, a colleague and almost a brother) had come along. I've also not done any of the awesome summer things like camping, hiking, trekking etcetera. But still in a moment when I looked at Seattle's night skyline and the really weird road patterns (unlike other cities, Seattle does not have perfectly perpendicular roads, it can actually be very confusing for a newcomer) while I was inebriated, I realized I LOVE this city. Yeah, I said it!!!
I've always, always complained about this city to anyone I met in the US -it rains a lot, it's dark, gloomy and depressing, but in-spite of all that it is really awesome. The city has a very decent night-life (though I'm not a huge fan of night-clubs), has some of the best bars and restaurants I've ever been to, is truly multi-cultural and very accepting of foreigners like myself.
LA is great, New York is just friggin awesome with all the history, but still I'm happy living in Seattle and now given a choice between cities, I might (just might) choose Seattle!