Yay!!! India won!!!
A thrilling tournament has come to an end and our boys won a crunching game. Pakis played well, infact I thought we were a goner with those sixes in the end. Misbah is a great player in the making and Pakistani bowlers were exemplary. Gambhir should have won the man of the match. Irfan Pathan bowled well, but Gambhir's batting was really good. He, Rohit Sharma and Misbah showed the world that 20-20 is not just about slogging. They played really good cricket shots. None of the sloggers lived to tell the tale to be frank.
Dhoni is showing amazing character and in time he can be a great captain. Aggressive, but not in the irritating way Ganguly was. Are these young boys ready for big time? Hmmm...I think they should be introduced little by little, rather than completely thrusting them into the big scene at the expense of our senior players. My 2 rupees.
The biggest thing that I saw. Something I thought would never happen. My father was watching the game intently. Learning the game by God! And he couldn't watch the final over and went outside the room. After the game was over, he came and told, "I was praying to God. And Krishna was winking at me!" (A rather cute statue of Krishna is there in our drawing room.) 20-20 has made him a cricket fan!
This format is here to stay and pretty exciting too. Now that I am getting older, I don't think I will ever be able to watch a 100 over match, unless its on a holiday. You never know when you get an exciting match. But this format is rocking to be frank. Come home after work at around 7. Match on! Watch it your family with some good food or watch it with your friends with some good drinks!
Waiting eagerly for IPL. I hope they kick ass! Also I hope ICL will be good too. Competition always makes the product better!
Ciao and congrats to Team India again!

Happy Vinayaka Chathurthi!

Happy Vinayaka Chathurthi to all of you out there!
Just wanted to share a cute picture I got as forward yesterday. Made me laugh eventhough things were pretty grim at office.

5 Signs You Are On Autopilot

Read this wonderful entry from the Life hacker feed. Got me to ponder quite a bit.
I was on autopilot for many years. Sure, I was traveling through life
with my eyes open and my hands on the wheel. But it seemed as if I was
heading toward some pre-determined destination that had been chosen for
me by others. In addition, it seemed that whenever I turned the wheel
to guide me toward this destination, that there was no conscious
thought behind my actions.
That really sums up our life these days. Life predetermined. When something goes awry we are very much disturbed as if our world has ended. Our spirit seems to have lost its quality. Mechanical life takes the sheen out of our spirits. Enough mambo jambo. Lets get to the questions to determine whether my life is on autopilot or not.

1. You know exactly where you will be in 5 years (and it depresses you!)

Actually, I have no idea where I will be 5 years. I have got to an excellent start as a Technical Writer and without reservation I can say that I am quite good. But, other avenues are winking at me and I have a broad avenue of interests. Thinking about my future after 5 years does not depress me from a professional angle in any way.
2. Your career is what your parents wanted you todo
Never! My parents where dead against me going into an uncharted territory. My parents really want me to get into the civil service, something which is not beyond my capability. But civil service has never appealed to me ever since I became knowledgeable regarding the real world, say 11-12 years old. But my parents have full faith in me and I have full faith in my instincts. Latter has not failed the former in either case till date.
3. You went straight from school to college to work
This is not applicable to people like me who needs to work or study unless either option cannot be found. I cannot spend an year away just like that!
4. You did well in school and automatically chose a college course
that was the hard to gain acceptance into (eg medicine or law)
I didn't do well in school. So Not Applicable. :-D
5. Your interests and/ or hobbies are all the same as from when you were a child
Hmmm...one hobby that has remained throughout my life has been reading. I enjoy it a lot. As long as there is good stuff to read, it will never end. Others have changed over the period of time. My latest hobby is to collect movie trilogies! Finished Oceans series and LOTR. Will finish Indy Jones today. Will be taking up Star Wars soon.

Sooooo...whats the result?
Am I on autopilot?
As some would say "Ithoru rogamaano doctor??"

I think that I am not on autopilot. What about you??? Anyone wishing to take up as a tag? ;-)

Tagged and Taken

Getting a little too lazy these days...No work and No play makes Rockus a very dull boy. Got tagged by Freebird. I guess I should be doing that now.
1.Pick out a scar you have, and explain how you got it.
Hmmm...got a couple of scars invisible to others. Got a nasty 8 stitch just above my eye, in my eyebrow infact. Not visible until closely (very) observed. I got it on June 12 1991, when I turned 7 years old. I remember the date exactly. It was my birthday and the day of general elections. I went to vote with all the members in the family that morning. After the small cake cutting and all, I walked into a dark room. My aunt was sleeping on the floor. I tripped and banged my head against the edge of a cot. Started bawling and bleeding. I was taken to the hospital where they told to take me to the eye hospital. The doctor was sleeping. Considering that, she did a great job. The scar is invisible, unless I shave my eyebrow of... :-P
2.What does your phone look like?
Like a truck went over it! Numbers of the dialpad are not readable unless the backlight is there. It has been with me for 18+ months now. Clocked over 200 hours (reset once) of talk time. (I don't have really long conversations on a daily basis...)
3.What is on the walls of your bedroom?
Recently painted pink. A painting of Saraswathi by Raja Ravi Varma is hung on the wall.
4.What is your current desktop picture?
The default windows wallpaper! :-D
5. Do you believe in gay marriage?
I do. If two people want to live together, it should be alright for them to do so.
6.What do you want more than anything right now?
Hmmm...go on a trip by myself...somewhere far...a place with greenery...a place which is cool by day and cold by night...just to laze around and think all day...
7. What time were you born?
11:34 AM. :-D I know the precise time. Its there in my horoscope along with a small piece of paper with the date and time which was given to the astrologer.
8.Are your parents still together?
Yes. Thanks to the strength of my mother.
9.Last person who made you cry?
Someone who means a lot to me...But I am up and running again... :-)
10. What is your favourite perfume / cologne?
I do use Deo...which I pick up at random usually. The current one had a 30% extra tag and smelled nice. So I picked that one up.
11.What kinds of hair/eye color do you like in the opposite sex?
Black hair. Don't really like coloured hair. Reminds of me of beggars. Any eye colour is fine as long it is not red or violet or orange... :-P
12.What are you listening to?
"Minnalazhake" by Vineeth Sreenivasan. A really cool song and an awesome video to boot. Don't worry...I am still the same old rock and metal head! :-D
13.Do you get scared of the dark?
Rarely these days. The primal fear never really goes out. When I was kid, I was horrified and needed company even to go to toilet. :-D I am a big boy now and live all alone in an entire floor! ;-)
14.Do you like painkillers?
Never really take any. I take a Paracetamol when I get a fever. Otherwise its no drugs. I do have a high capacity to take pain. I do wince and go "oooh", but can take a lot of pain. Its like "Takes a licking. But keeps on ticking."
15.Are you too shy to ask someone out?
May be. Never really had the opportunity to do so.
16.If you could eat anything right now, what would it be?
Not particularly hungry. Had some beef fry, beef chilly, boiled egg and omelet (small share of everything) along with a shot of Brandy and a Beer. I would really like to have some HPMC apple juice though. (The one you get in the Museum and Railway Station)
17.Who was the last person that made you mad?
Salim Darr. The umpire who gave two bad decisions today. One against Sachin and the other against Dravid. I didn't check whether India lost or not. Will do that now.
18.Who was the last person who made you smile?
I think it was Dhanya. Listening to her reaction to my threats of blackmail. :-D

Anybody can take up this tag. Please do. According to a recent study by WHO, doing tags like this would definitely improve your health!