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Enjoying the golden rays of the sun on a winter afternoon
March 29, 2003
If Saddam needs to be removed because of his atrocities, why does the liberator-of-the-world choose to ignore what is happening in Zimbabwe - Why is Mugabe not their target? Because there's no oil in question here?
On a different note.... I cannot stop thanking Swami for sending this one to me....
Livin' might mean takin' chances but they're worth takin',
Lovin' might be a mistake but it's worth makin',
Don't let some hell bent heart leave you bitter,
When you come close to sellin' out reconsider,
Give the heavens above more than just a passing glance,
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance.
I hope you dance....I hope you dance.
I love my Bose system - it brings life into the songs. I enjoy the positive note of this song.
I am leaving for Sydney on 2nd - my first business trip to the southern hemisphere :) I am excited and tensed. Tensed because of the criticality of the work to be done an excited to see another new place. Sydney -the place where my dear friend Ana fell in love. If I talk to her, she will be re-living those moments.
So many associations are there with a place, a smell. Even today when I smell the moistness of the earth as the first raindrops fall - it reminds me of Durgapur - the lovely Sal trees, the heat, the sand, the sweat and then in the evening time a strong breeze of "Kalbaisakhi" and then the shower ! I enjoyed breathing in the smell of the earth releasing its heat and thirstily soaking in the rain. I miss tropical weather.
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March 27, 2003
I saw the first sakura of the season today.
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I had a lovely evening today.....it was the farewell party of To at Erawan - lovely Thai restaurant 13th floor in Roppongi. The view was great - a huge glass window as the front view and the crowd was small for that big a man's farewell party! So we were just a close-knit group there....it was fun because of the sense of humor that everyone had. Corporate life is different and the more I observe and know, the more I am curious to understand how the machine rolls. This party was a simple one - but I carry my valuable insights. Unless u get into it u will never know.
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Got a great kick when I got my Australian visa done in 15 minutes time!! Specially so since I was competing with my boss who implied I could not beat his record of getting it done in a day's time (normal time told to us is 2 weeks) - yippeee I have greater respect for my negotiation skills now :)
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March 26, 2003
The more I watch the news on Iraq - the more disgusted I feel! I really liked the quote in this blog:
"the West won the world not by the superiority of its ideas or values or religion but rather by its superiority in applying organized violence. Westerners often forget this fact, non-Westerners never do." Samuel P. Huntington
Isn't this war "organized violence" (or "organized terrorism" - just to use a more modern terminology)?
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Tokyo is a crowded city. It's like "people people everywhere.." I have stayed in lot of crowded cities, Mumbai, Calcutta, Delhi, Bangalore and for a short duration in New York - but Tokyo is different. It is crowded and yet not crowded. When I travelled by train in Calcutta or Bombay (I prefer this name) - I had a glimpse into the lives of so many people. I knew Rupa was having a problem with her maid-servant, Mohini is not finding a cheaper apartment in Andheri, the-lady-in-green-sari is upset her husband snores. In New York I know what is running in Broadway, which is the downtown pub one will visit, the speaker's opinion of the Dow movement. They are truly crowded.
In Tokyo the shutters are down. There are more people travelling, far more warm breaths steaming into the compartment - but it is all quiet on the eastern front. Everyone has a earphone shining brightly; a big majority is dozing, few are reading pocket-dictionary-sized Japanese books and yet others are sombrely looking straight ahead - trying to avoid eye-contact with co-passengers. I see the crowd, I touch the crowd (when I am jostled) - but I dont feel the crowd - I know nothing of them. Only exception are the 11.30pm trains when people are floating in Beer - ah that's when I get my peek into the society! Tokyo-ites will tell you midnight is the time when trains are bursting in their seams - I agree with them - though for a different reason. I feel the crowd at that time.
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March 25, 2003
Sometimes you should just let go...because there is only so much you can do, there is only so much you can try. I remember Suraj had written across his desk "And this too shall pass."
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Yesterday suddenly it turned warm in Tokyo. When we went for lunch it was 17 deg C. The Sakura trees already have small buds - they are just ready to bloom. I love Sakura season. This is my 3rd Sakura - it still never fails to amaze me when the bare brown trees are covered with pinkish-white flowers - mind you, no leaves - just flowers, flowers and flowers. In 2 weeks time the flowers are gone and fresh green leaves will sprout ....
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I was thinking why does rejection hurt so much. Somewhere it builds up a feeling that "i" am not good enough - it creates an inferiority complex - it is more like rejection of your "self" by a superior person (the other). If you think through this you will soon realize there are several anomalies to this theory:
1. You assume the other person is superior and capable of passing judgement on you as a person.
2. Rejection means the person is passing judgement on you as a person - it may not be so.
3. The incident may be an illustration of how certain people behave under certain circumstances - that's all.
When u think someone tricked you, you need to be conscious that you consented in someway to the tricking. You had an option to believe or not to believe the person - and you believed - so it was a consent from you. Does that make me feel better and convinced? I try.
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March 24, 2003
I hate being taken for granted. I am mad but now I am following a conscious rule. Everytime I get angry, I stop and think "Well, I may not be in Japan after a while - I may not ever meet these people again - do I really want to fight with them?" I realize I dont. I feel that sickening pain when I think of leaving and I forget to be angry - if I feel this way at the thought of leaving, definitely I care - so why waste the time I have with them.
Hmmm sometimes it is difficult...this is one such time. :-| Btw, how do I introduce smilies in my blog ?
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March 23, 2003
Yesterday's match was entertaining! Though the Indian bowlers left us shell-shocked - the little gathering at Bh's place was entertaining all throughout. The quote of the day:
Ru: "Has Australia declared?"
That was when, in spite of the array of wides& full-tosses-hit-overboundary, I fell off my chair laughing! Australia was going great guns at that point and we were just debating on whether they will overshoot 350 mark - that's when this one-liner punch bowled me out (forgive the hashed metaphor). Come to think of it, though it was an innocent comment from the dear lady - it still made sense - the score was so high Australia could probably have debated on doing that for a one-dayer! I know reports will be rampant on how horrible the whole show was, how bad Ganguly's decision was (post-facto the comments come so easy and accurate!) - but I still felt glad there was some amount of fight that the team put up. OK - enough of cricket - time to get back to work.
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