Wednesday, September 26, 2007

KFC coming to town

Pio Mall construction is in progress. Suniel Shetty's building one too and I don't know where that's going to come up. Reliance has purchased land near Jyothi for 26 lacs per cent and I hate to think of what's going to happen to the traffic movement in that area.

Srujan told me that KFC is coming to town. YAYAYAYAY! Not sure which Mall they'll be setting up shop. I just hope it's either in Empire or Bharath which are the current malls in full swing. I'm just hoping the new KFC doesn't compromise on standards and quality. Else I might just have to limit my KFC chicken hogging to each time I visit Bangalore.

Bangalore here I come

I'm excited about being in Bangalore for 3 whole days. My plans at present include:
- working from Bangalore for a day
- meeting the book vendors the next day
- just going around and doing nothing constructive on day 3

Not sure how much of this is going to happen. But yeah! I do hope to visit a few people whom I haven't seen in a long time.

Neil's wedding is just the added bonus. My evenings are totally taken care of.

On the flip side, the documents required for buying the flat aren't totally in my hands yet. The seller is very interested in receiving his payments soon. Wish he was interested in giving those blessed documents just as quickly too. Who carries that much cash in the pocket?

Please! please! please! let all things happen in good time and favorably for Amrith and me. Would love to have a place of my own to call home.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

A place called home?

Amrith & I have zeroed in on one place in Mangalore. It's a flat at Urwa Stores in Golden Empire. A 2-BHK in a 1200 sq.ft area on the 3rd floor. If all goes well, we both have a place for ourselves which we can finally call our own.

The owner comes this Thur and hopefully works on getting the documents required for the sale.

Besides this the only other happening was the BEF Get-together at Pallkhi's Roof Top. Had a pretty good time there with the other BEF's units.

An initial welcome drink and we started with a game of identifying the members of various departments. Each department's members were asked to be seated together. After they completed their identification process, their papers were handed over to another department to be corrected. We (E&R) got HR's sheets and ours was given over to CCD. We ranked second in the game. We also had to speak about the department who's paper we were correcting.

For hungry souls like me the starters that were served from the moment go was a blessing.

After that came another game where we were all shuffled and grouped together based on the animal chit we had got. I was a dog and barking away to identify fellow doggies :D

Once grouped the most handsome dude was asked to represent the group. And represent he did. He was to be dressed up like a lady. My group came second once more :)


Then came the Queen of Sheeba game. The Queen asked for plastic money, longest belt, highest tower and something else which I don't remember. This time my group won :)


This was followed by music, dancing and dinner.


By the end of the evening, there were a lot of smiles, a lot of laughter, happy and content feeling and yeah, thankful surprise of being given a huge mug as a gift. Hope we get to see more such parties at least once in 6 months.

Friday, September 07, 2007

House hunting

The prices of land and houses don't seem like they are going to come down at any point in the near future.

Finding a place that fits within my meagre budget seems like a dream.

Last Saturday there were quite a few places Amrith & I checked out. I loved the flat in Lalbagh - spacious, ventilated. However it was located on the 9th floor. Definite no-no on days when the lift is under maintenance and you have to travel up 9 floors with grocery bags.

Milagres Castle too looked like a nice spot. Though this time 6th floor and the balcony's overlooking the busy Hampankatta road. Definite no-no if Mangalore's placed under curfew.

Then met Sumanth, Amrith's colleague's bro-in-law. Surprised to meet a familiar face once more. Nabin's housemate during college years. He took us to a few places of Apoorva Constructions.

All in all, either the cost is too high or the location's lousy. Will we ever get to see the place we'd like to move into?

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

O When the Saints, Go Marching In

This hymn/song matches my mood exactly. Been marching to a different beat at work since last week. My department's newsletter is ready to be rolled out.The library's getting re-arranged.
  • The dumped books have been shelved.
  • Weeding of unused books happens this week.
  • Old journals have already been moved to a storage cupboard allocated for my department
  • Got to add a whole bunch of domain related books
  • CDs get shifted cupboard
  • And fast moving books will be placed in the cupboards closer to me.

Here's what I face sometimes:

Desk phone rings
Me: Library
Caller: Hello, is it Veena?
Me: Yes. How may I assist you?
Caller: Are you at your desk?

Try keeping the laughter out of your voice while replying to this question :)