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PeAcE WiTh GuNs

Friday, April 28, 2006

Two Pieces Of Advice

[ IF ] - Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you
But make allowance for their doubting too,
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream--and not make dreams your master,
If you can think--and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings--nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much,
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And--which is more--you'll be a Man, my son!

[ Hamlet ] - Shakespeare

Look thou character. Give thy thoughts no tongue,
Nor any unproportion'd thought his act.
Be thou familiar, but by no means vulgar:
Those friends thou hast, and their adoption tried,
Grapple them unto thy soul with hoops of steel;
But do not dull thy palm with entertainment
Of each new-hatch'd, unfledg'd comrade. Beware
Of entrance to a quarrel; but being in,
Bear't that th' opposed may beware of thee.
Give every man thine ear, but few thy voice;
Take each man's censure, but reserve thy judgment.
Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy,
But not express'd in fancy; rich, not gaudy;
For the apparel oft proclaims the man,
And they in France of the best rank and station
Are most select and generous, chief in that.
Neither a borrower nor a lender be;
For loan oft loses both itself and friend,
And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.
This above all- to thine own self be true,

And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.
Farewell. My blessing season this in thee!

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Latest News

A mail I wrote to a friend today:
I am still not sure what I write in it, so I will just tell you what I am doing these days.

Am going to office, reading comics, browsing sites, uploading my photos, checking emails etc. and playing TT. In between that, I also do a little bit of documentation work that has been assigned to me. Generally its getting boring here because the new office is much bigger and its mostly empty. The good
thing is that I no longer sit next to my ML and that guy is not my ML any more. with the new version coming in, my ML is a different person and she sits opposite to me and so she cant see what I am doing.[:-D]
If I take my checklist and mark it for the last week since I am home, I am sure I will get mostly 0 hits. Maybe I will get one hit per day for 'spend time with family' entry. Thats not a good thing. Good thing is that we played football this weekend. YAY !! After ages, literally. Hope we do it again next week. That reminds me, I gotta bug the HR about the office football team again.
The frustration of being in a job just grows and grows. But I must admit, taking that long break REALLY did help me. I still dont like it here but atleast I am not as freaked out as I was before the vacation. I still feel uneasy about the fact that I want to do something else (I dont exactly know what) but I cant do it as long as I am working here.

Also, the thought of being single crops up once in a while and bugs me. I generally dont think about that person too much these days but theres no way I can stop thinking about that person as my best (and only) bet. Maybe thats a faulty outlook but I am willing to carry it until I find something more interesting or until it starts interfering with my day-to-day life and my thinking. 3 years !! I dont think theres anyone who could stand an acid-test like that. I always knew I was a patient guy but I always thought that I'd forget all about it in a year or so. But its 3 years now and we;ve only spoken 8 or 10 times in all that period. As Kenny Rogers sang, "but, I still hold on".
Other than that, my travel lust is on a grow. I realize its such a high to travel new places, meet new people and see things which are totally alien to your knowledge. I realize there's beauty everywhere and so is malice. The more you travel, the wiser you are. I think people learn a lot more from the world itself than they do from books and studies.

Monday, April 17, 2006

Tour Itinerary

30th March '06 - Thursday
Flight to Delhi

31st March '06 - Friday
Visited Qutub Minar
Travelled by Metro
Train to Pathankot

1st April '06 - Saturday

Bus from Pathankot to Dharamsala
Bus from Dharamsala to Chamunda (Youth Hostel)
Visited Chamunda Devi temple

2nd April '06 - Sunday

Bus from Chamunda to Dharamsala
Bus from Dharamsala to McLeodgunj
Visited Bhagshunath temple
Trek to Triund
Bus to Dharamsala
Bus to Chamunda

3rd April '06 - Monday

Bus to Kangra
Dropped Vijay at Kangra bus stand
Visited Kangra fort
Bus back to Chamunda
Visited Chamunda Devi temple
Attended aarti

4th April '06 - Tuesday

Bus to Kangra
Bus from Kangra to Nurpur
Bus from Nurpur to Dalhousie
Bus to Hotel

5th April '06 - Wednesday

Local sightseeing in Dalhousie
Saatdhara, Subhash-Bhowli, Panjpulla etc.
Evening in the market

6th April '06 - Thursday

Taxi to Chamba
Museum closed
Visited Laxminarayan temple and Chamunda temple
Proceed to Khajjiar

7th April '06 - Friday

Horseride at Khajjiar
Taxi drop to Nurpur
Bus to Pathankot
Bus to Jalandhar (Solo from here on)
Bus to Chandigarh
Rick to NIPER

8th April '06 - Saturday

Visited Kasauli on bike
Caught by traffic cops on the way back (Fine Rs. 300)
Went to ISBT for enquiry on way back to Chandigarh
Dinner at Smokin' Joe's

9th April '06 - Sunday

Visited Rock Garden
Visited Sukhna lake
Shopping at Sector-22
Played TT in the (girls) hostel

10th April '06 - Monday

Rick to ISBT (6:00 a.m.)
Bus to Haridwar
Visited the banks of the Ganges
Atended aarti at the river bank

11th April '06 - Tuesday

Package tour to Dehradun/Mussoorie
Visited Fun Valley, an entertainment park
Visited Mussoorie lake, Kempty falls
Changed plans and stayed back at Mussoorie

12th April '06 - Wednesday

Visited Mall road, Gun Hill
Visited Camel's back point
Got some pics of the hotel

13th April '06 - Thursday

Bus to Dehradun (6:30 a.m.)
Bus to Chandigarh (8:00 a.m.)
Reached Chandigarh at 2:00 and did t.p. till 5:00
Rick to NIPER
Walk around NIPER campus at night

14th April '06 - Friday

T.P. till noon
Rick to Fun Republic
Lunch at McDonalds
Watched "Shaadi Se Pehle"
Dinner at "Sagar Ratna"
Rick to NIPER
Rick back to ISBT
Bus to Delhi (12:30 a.m.)

15th April 06 - Saturday

Rick from ISBT to New Delhi station
Wait from 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Board train (Jhelum exp., platform no. 8)

16th April '06 - Sunday

Reach Pune at 3:00 p.m.
Bus to home


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