Thursday, October 23, 2008

That's it!

I HATE HIM!
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Monday, October 20, 2008

9th month has begun

Finally into the last month of this pregnancy. I’m glad that this period is coming to an end. Frequency of visits to doc have increased to almost once a week.
 
On Sat, had an NST done. That seems normal. Doc also felt that baby’s now no more in a breech position. I’m glad.
 
Birthdays happening in plenty now at office. Rithesh celebrated his during last week of Sept. Below is team MER without Thanu in it.
 
 
Coming up next is VB’s birthday, then mine and then Girish. With that a whole cycle of MER birthdays get over. At home, it’s just mine and mom’s left. And of course, now this little one’s too. A few more birthdays among friends – BV, Cereen, AK, Nikhil. Will have to check orkut and facebook for the rest. Not great at remembering everyone’s birthdays.
 
Vivek will be in town during the last week of Oct and then again in Dec during Christmas time :).
 

Friday, October 10, 2008

Frictions and Decisions

Looks like I’m never going to have a single sane day till delivery time. Each day there’s something new brought into my thought process. I’m just wondering what’s in store for me next. Just after wondering I don’t really want to know either.
 
If it’s not an attitude, then it’s a behaviour. If it’s not behaviour, it’s a job loss. If it’s not job loss, it’s a decision that may alter the rest of my life.
 
I don’t know what I should or should not be doing. I want out. I’ve had enough. NEED A MAGICAL HUG!
 

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Me the Baby Elephant :D

 
Deep caught me on camera the other day while I was enjoying my icecream cone at work.
 
Waiting eagerly for Nov 2008. As per last visit to Dr. Malathi, due date is now 18th Nov. I’m optimistic that this time I won’t have a C-section :)
 
 

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Rough day and night

Yesterday was hell. I hope it never repeats again. Started off ok but the more I got into my day I hated it. By night I was too exhausted and drained emotionally and mentally. To add to it was a cold and cough to ensure I didn’t get much sleep either.
 
High points of yesterday:
  • A user confirming my Advanced Help Desk request with a positive and encouraging comment.
  • Attending Iftaar party in office with Anitha and Deepthi. Picked up 2 packets of chicken biryani for home.
  • Being able to complete a few tasks at work which were long pending including sorting through the books selected for library during exhibition time.
 
Low points of yesterday:
  • Pushing myself beyond limits at home and still getting to hear about ‘it’
  • Joel and his crankiness
  • Sis and her attitude
  • No time to get in touch with myself and unwind peacefully
  • Rotten stupid idiotic thoughts
 
Not sure how I’m going to get through today. I feel totally crushed and squeezed on the inside. Knowing Deep and anitha they’re definitely going to pester me about what’s bugging me. Don’t want to whine, crib and complain. I’ve had enough.
 
In the meanwhile, do dad’s stitches on the tongue qualify dad to have a black mark on the tongue?
 
 

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Do I or do I not?

Been thinking about whether I should give up the one I love most or not. Haven’t decided yet. Not an easy decision to make. How did I reach this stage? I’m tired of being plagued by these crazy, irritating, bugging and stupid thoughts that just jump out of nowhere and steal my peace.
 
On the pregnancy front, met doc last evening. She’s asked me to get my ultrasound done sooner than later i.e. by 30th September. A physician check too ordered after Monday’s bout of 2 hours of feeling faint and out of sorts. The weather sucks. The heat’s making me feel more miserable. My back aches more often than not. I’m one kg less than what I weighed finally when I was carrying Joel. The thought of putting on any more scares me more than anything else. This baby’s definitely a boy going by the way it’s been kicking and trying to play football inside. The bright side of this visit was that the doc said I’m due on 18th instead of 20th Nov. Now that cheers me up immensely since I want to have this baby in this world sooner than later.
 
On home front, Amrith’s got a chance at a job with a reputed firm in Bangalore. He’s also giving a shot at immigration to Canada. Costs about Rs. 8 lakhs in all. Whichever happens first is the lifetime achievement winner. Udupi house is for sale for sure. I’m tired of the back and forth discussions. If all works well, hope to say goodbye to Udupi by Oct end. And hello to the flat by Nov/Dec end.
 
Joel’s learning a lot of rhymes and songs at school. The new book has been scribbled in. He loves getting his hands on a pen and book and then scribbling all over it. If it’s not that, then cut the book into pieces. Not sure whether we’d have to purchase book 3 before the year end. Got to hide those scissors, knives and match sticks.
 
Dad had a minor operation on the tip of his tongue yesterday. He’s been discharged today and he’s back to nagging BSNL about their lousy broadband service. Good old dad!
 
 
 

Friday, September 19, 2008

Life during the 8th month

I’m so happy to find this: http://mediaconverter.org. Will work on converting all the .3gp video clippings I have of Joel and a few instances. Prob is that I don’t know where to store the converted files. Home comp needs to be upgraded. Got to reminder Narendra to send me the blessed quotes for the comp with different configurations.
Personal loan was closed during the beginning of Sept. So that’s about 2.5k saved a month. Can direct that fund into paying off home loan or making the amount grow bit faster. I’m more for the second option Got to talk to Colaco and find out what strategy to follow.
If all goes well, within a month after delivery, I guess Amrith and I will finally move into the flat. Hoping that Amrith’s final interview in Bangalore works out. If it does, then I guess life should be a little less of a financial struggle but a whole lot more juggling on the home front.
At work, although I have no issues with anyone I just feel like I should be doing more. The prob is that I have no enthu to do it. Decided that I’m going to take an extended maternity leave of a month. After that I think I’ll take up the part time work policy for a year. 5 hours for 5 days a week doesn’t sound bad even though it’s half pay. Especially since the 5 hours include a 30 minutes lunch break :).
Talking about food, hubby and a friend constantly remind me of reducing weight after delivery. I’m fine with weight loss. I don’t want to complain of aches and pains before I turn 40. For that matter even after 40 I’d rather be able to enjoy a brisk walk or quickly climbing stairs without panting and puffing. The only concern I have this time is what if this is another C baby. I hated the first C I had.
Can Nov 20th come soon please? If the baby wants to come out sooner that’s fine with me too.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Mangalore of late

Mangalore's been a place where clashes based on religion were minimum. Looks like no more. Hired goons have got a lot of political backing. Frequency of negative incidents is increasing. It's a group of goons trying to show their power and might saying they are doing it for the universal good of their fellow religion brethren.
 
The Oct incident a few years back started off with cow slaughter. Before that because of one guy from one religion teased a girl from another religion. This time it's conversions. The goons are claiming they did it. The folks in charge are turning a blind eye on their activities. What got me real bad was that the cops who were supposed to be protecting people damaged property and went to the extent of assaulting ladies.
 
I'm tired of the muck and dirt and filth. I'd like to do something constructive and get that crap out of here. Only I'm clueless.
 

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Dreams again

In a span of 4 hours (3:00 AM to 7:00 AM), I’ve had 3 weird and kind of scary dreams this morning.
 
Dream 1:
BV is in Mangalore. And we’re taking a local bus ride to I don’t know where. I can see the bus approaching Ladyhill stop. And I know that I’ll have to get off at that stop. I have my helmet in hand. BV will continue onward. He’s telling me about some person from Kashmir coming down to Mangalore for treatment of cancer or something serious like that which I can’t recollect correctly right now. I was wondering about 2 things:
1. Why am I holding my helmet if I’m in a bus. Vaguely remember that I think I parked my vehicle in Fr. Mullers Hospital parking lot.
2. Why should a person from Kashmir come to Mangalore when there are so many other hospitals better equipped to deal with his disease. Is he Mangalorean or something happening in Mangalore that I’m unaware of?
 
Dream 2:
This one has a serial killer in it.
 
Near the water front, a sea I think. Clean beach and sands. Not very populated. A group of girls or ladies are playing and enjoying their vacation. A guy drives up in his jeep and asks for ‘Anita’. Anita is dark haired when the rest are blonde. And she and I know that this guy is out to get her. He’s not going to harm the other ladies. Just her. The ladies help her to get on to some bike which appears out of nowhere and she’s riding away to save her life. The guy chases her in his jeep.
 
Scene changes to a water fall which she has to cross using the old wooden bridge. Her bike’s not going to take the weight of her and her bike. Yet she rides on with the hope that if she ever makes it to the other side, the guy can’t follow her since he can’t follow her in a jeep. When she almost reaches the end of the bridge, it breaks. She’s clinging on to the bridge and climbing up. Bike’s fallen into the river below and washed away.
 
How do I know the guy’s a serial killer? No idea. I just know it. And so does she. And I can see her and him clearly. I’m just hoping they can’t see me. Especially him.
 
Dream 3:
Serial killer of Dream 2 and a shark in this one.
 
Serial killer is sitting in the house of an old friend (old man) who has a very young daughter (teenager). The house is situated a little into the sea above water. Old man is sitting at a hole in his house fishing. Serial killer is relaxing on the porch above hole and chatting with old man. Serial killer notices a shark under old man’s feet. Shark gobbles up old man and serial killer does not bother warning him. Teenage daughter comes searching for her dad. She’s a blonde with her hair in plaits. She reaches the hole and notices her dad isn’t around. She looks up at serial killer and is suddenly afraid of him. Serial killer notices blood on her right shoulder. This brings about a deadly change in him,
 
Woke up at this juncture. For the record, I have not been watching any horror movies or reading any horrible stuff. Drinking is out of the question.
 

Monday, July 21, 2008

Alive

Last Sat was time to see my baby again. This time’s scan showed the baby’s heart besides face, hands, feet and body.

 

This is how I feel right now -  alive and looking forward to life. BV thank you.

 

Friday, July 18, 2008

6th month of pregnancy has begun

Dear Baby no. 2. I hope you feel the joy I feel ever since I came to know you are in me. It’s only that circumstances around me do not make me go easy on myself at times. So if you ever feel negative vibes, it’s me who needs a wake up call. Please don’t ever think I don’t love you. I do. A lot.

 

Pregnancy now is something I’ve got used to. But stepping on weighing scales still scares me. I don’t want to put on 25 kgs by delivery time like I did during my first pregnancy. Currently I’m satisfied with my weight gain. Baby’s begun kicking alright. Sometimes I think it’s trying to do the ballet. Other times it’s ‘balle balle’.

 

Sangi will be home by next weekend. It’s a definite goodbye from her to Infy BPO. And then it’s all studies once more in good old St. Agnes College. I wonder how she’s going to face having restrictions placed on her again. The nuns there always seem to have more rules than any other place I know or hear about.

 

Vivek will be home too around the same time for a few days. My guess is that he’s lost a lot more hair. And weigh the same. And he and mom would have another session of ‘Why don’t you get married’ and ‘Why don’t you get off my back’.

 

Seeing mom and dad together in the kitchen every morning is a little odd for me. For one thing I never woke up early. Second I can’t remember them being together in the kitchen unless it was a crisis situation like a party at home.

 

At work, coming to office feels more like punishment. For all the crap I’ve seen and faced with a few colleagues. Thanks to Anitha and Deepthi once more, I’m on my feet again. We’ve been together fairly often. Either for lunch or treats. And level headed ladies that they are, I’m learning to keep my thoughts and sanity intact. God bless them both.

 

Went out for lunch with Deepthi and Suman to Gold Finch – Sanadige to try their Thali offer. Food was really good. A good stuffing and I’m glad that there aren’t any wild animals around. Else we 3 would have made wonderful meals for them.

 

Suman joined the department on Monday. She’ll be handling the new office activities from Monday. Although a fresher, she seems to pick up fairly well. Came to know today that her favorite color is Purple. Kind of odd to me since I just finished reading the book ‘The Color Purple’. And I’ve never come across folks who like that color.

 

Jeethy will be back from her leave due to chicken pox. Was a little worried when she said she wanted to join back yesterday even though she still had a few scabs falling off her tummy. Thankfully boss man intervened and asked her to join back on Monday. By then I hope she’s in good shape and health again.

 

Braggs’ birthday was on the 12th. Wanted to call him and wish but I was just too tied up with work. So had to resort to wishing over gtalk.

 

Got to speak to AK over gtalk after a very long time. I think he’s in B’lore now. Or should be pretty soon. Love to hear him talk about his son.

 

BV is facing better days. Pretty soon he’ll be facing Training days for 3 whole months. My best wishes to him to survive on his ownsome lonesome for the entire period.

 

Have been on the myfamily site reading and not posting much. Have lots happening but just no urge or intention to write. Maybe something’s wrong with me. Maybe not. Oh well! Until the next blog post.

 

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

An accident

Last evening was a time I hope never repeats ever again for me or for anyone.

 

I had to meet Anitha had Empire Mall. We were planning to buy a gift for Deepthi from Eden. Wanted to beat the rains as well as meet Anitha at 6:30 PM as we’d decided. So I started from office just after 6 pm.

 

Approaching the Urwa Stores junction, too many vehicles around. So slowed down a bit. Was getting annoyed at the pedestrians who chose that point to cross roads.

 

One man just ran across my path when there was a Maruti Van to my left. Was just getting over my instant annoyance when a little boy immediately followed suit. Braked but not sufficiently in time to avoid an impact with the kid. I almost flew off my seat and bumped stomach first into the handle bar section of my bike. The kid was sprawled on the road. I was worried that he was badly hurt or bruised. Was about to get off my bike.

 

The kid just got up, smiled and ran away.

 

For a few minutes, I was stunned on the road. For all the panic and worry that little incident caused, wanted to whack some sense into the boy. Riding after that was an effort. I’m glad he’s safe. And I know my baby’s safe too. But I still am annoyed at pedestrians who think they can use the spaces where speed breakers are to cross the road.

Monday, June 30, 2008

Silence broken

It’s been a long break from blogs. There’ve been many things happening alright. Just that I don’t feel like blogging about them all. Here’s what I do want to remember.

 

Pregnancy: So far all’s well. The tiredness doesn’t seem to go away much. I’m usually nursing a cold. Transitions from one month to another have been a little more pleasant this time round thanks to Babycentre.com. Blood sugar tests done on fasting show that I don’t have diabetes. My baby’s scan report too shows that all’s well. Last visit to the doc was about 2 months from previous visit. Not good. This time got a tetanus shot, given a change in medication and advised to do the Triple Marker test. Report of this test will be available on approaching Friday. In the meanwhile, keeping my senses on full alert to feel this baby’s movement.

 

Work: The month of May started with a visit to vendors in Bangalore. Couldn’t visit all of them. But no regrets. I had a good time. Could spend a little time with Sangi on her birthday. And for the rest of the time was bugging BV. Thanks to him, moving around in Bangalore was comfortable, right down to the time I thought I’d miss my train. The guy was ecstatic that he’d have me around for one more day if that did happen. Ah well! That was not to be and I was back in Mangalore facing the heat and humidity after 3 days of cool Bangalore weather.

 

Most of May and June taught me that I shouldn’t expect much from my colleagues and boss. Reality hit pretty hard. It’s like all the masks came off and I was really shocked at their attitudes and behaviours. Thank God for Anitha and Deepthi. They were really supportive to get me thinking straight. We stuck together pretty much all of the time. We still do. Though I tend to fall off more often than not.

 

Home: Amrith’s had a change of jobs. From teaching in a college in Udupi to teaching in a boutique hotel named Gold Finch in Mangalore. Good move for him since he wanted to get back into operations. A couple of years here and then he can jump into something better and more rewarding financially. Joel’s doing great. Back to school and cute as ever. Acha’s well. And back to his old ways. I wish he’d keep his interfering ways for his older son and daughter-in-law. Of late getting into arguments with him more often than not. Mom, dad, Vivek are fine. Sangi’s going to be saying goodbye to her Infy BPO job by mid-July. After that it’d be back to St. Agnes and higher studies for her.The flat has had a change of residents. Goodbye to the 3 lady Infoscions. Welcome 4 male Infoscions. These guys seem like a pretty decent lot. Glad that they aren’t giving headaches like the girls did. Hope that if these have to move out, the next lot is as pleasant.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

End of a funny Thur

Gearing up for another rotten mood day, I was in for 2 pleasant surprises.

1. My colleagues - Anitha and Deepthi - were so concerned that I was on a diet and not taking care of myself. Their concern really touched. And no, I'm not on a diet. I'm just tired and exhausted and drained for reasons I came to know thanks to a babycentre.co.uk mailer. Mood swings and exhaustion are part of this phase of my pregnancy. I'm glad that nothing is 'wrong' with me.

2. Jeethy turned up at the library and helped me get a lot of books rearranged and shelved. A thoughtful gesture from her end also included getting me a box of salted raw mangoes and mango pickle. Yummy! :)

Weird Dreams

This morning I woke up around 6:00 AM to switch off my alarm. Couldn't think of getting out of bed even though Joel was awake next to me. So stayed in bed and drifted off again. During that time I had a weird dream.

I could see my school, the teachers, students playing in the grounds, the classrooms and a lot of faces from that time. I entered each class just to see whom I could recognise. The faces were younger. So many people and most of whom I tried smiling at or tried talking to. But they looked through me or past me. I realised that I was my grown up self. So that could be a reason. But then, I couldn't see myself in that crowd.

Tried finding out the date of that particular day. The closest I got was 05-05. But one of the students said it was 5th April. The year wasn't clear.

In and out of this dream, I saw the younger versions of some of my colleagues from work. They responded to me when I spoke to them.

A few of my relatives too showed up and I was excited about showing them around. But in the end, I was never able to find myself there.

Woke up around 7:45 AM feeling very disoriented.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

No sugar

Dr. Malathi asked to me get some tests done. Got the results last evening. Everything's fine and normal. I'm breathing with a huge sigh of relief. Now it's just the weight thing that worries me. Though exhaustion hasn't gone away. Noticed that I'm fine from the time I wake up till around 10:00 AM. After that it's a see-saw of moods and energy levels. Both haven't been high at any point of time.

I'm prone to cry more easily now. Keep having unpredictable mood swings. 2 incidents that still shake me up:

1. The evening I thought Joel had an electric shock. Turned out to be my dad switching off the mains and the house being plunged into darkness. I was resting at that time and all I had heard was a crack and then Joel crying in the darkness. Was so relieved to know that nothing happened to him.

2. Amrith telling me he had a ear bleed. The idiot used a fork to clean out his ear wax.

Sometimes I think that everyone's out to make sure I don't rest or sleep. At the other times feel like there's some major conspiracy to make as uncomfortable as possible. And neither is definitely intentional. What the heck! this pregnancy is not as smooth as the first time. I might as well get used to it and stop being paranoid!

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Time to re-learn

I'm pregnant again. Came to know about it on 14th March, the day after Joel's Annual School Day. It took about that whole evening and night for the realisation to sink in.

With this realisation, came the understanding of why I was feeling exhausted by the end of a day, and why I had headaches so frequently.

First person to know this time was BV. Then  Sangi. Then called Amrith and told him. Broke the news to my parents next morning and later on to Vivek. Over the past few days have informed a few colleagues at work and most of my friends. Of all reactions I received when breaking the news of this pregnancy, I liked Sangi's the best.

My two worries this time are weight and sugar. Have decided that this time I'm not going to be a lazy mom. Since I'm staying with dad and mom, I'm using this opportunity to walk every night around the house. Feeling good about it. I'm going veggie again as I did with Joel. And, this time I have a whole bunch of cravings and with almost non-existant nausea.

This time I've been able to see the baby during my first visit to Dr. Malathi. Everything looks fine and normal. Or at least that's what she said. Tomorrow I visit her again and most probably be told to get some tests done.

I've forgotten what pregnancy felt like the first time. Thanks to Mom and Dr. Spock, I'm re-learning a few things. I guess I'm going to enjoy this phase a lot more than I did the first time, no matter how much I crave for raw mangoes :).

Monday, March 31, 2008

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Knotty problem

Long hair or short hair, never ever use Dabur's Vatika shampoo. It leaves your hair rough and your scalp starts begging for mercy when you try untangling the knots.

Switched to Sunsilk last evening. It's making my head feel good and my scalp is breathing fine.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

And the day gets better

Thanks to AJB and BV, 2 pals of mine who now seem a constant in my life.

You guys rock!

Not a great morning

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Go suck on a rotting bone!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Memories of Samavesh - Part 2

Venue for the band was Food Court (FC) 2. Could hear a few songs on my walk to the FC. Jitters again. I reached there in time to hear the introduction to judges as well as know the judging criteria. Attitude on stage was one of them. Now how does one do that while playing a keyboard? Oh well! I'd leave that to fellow band members. We were no. 6 in the list and each performance before ours made me think I shouldn't go up there.

YANTRA (Yet Another Night To Rock Away) performing

I was right. I messed up the first song's scale. After that, I went into this auto pilot mode and just played. It didn't sound the way I wanted it to. But hey! it's not for lack of trying to get the blessed organisers to give us a slot to practice which wasn't after midnight or trying to practice with no sound. One of the lead singers was low. And it's because me his song got messed up. How does one explain that and the fact that not a single other band member made it to the sound check that morning.


Meeting 3 people after the event and each asking me the same questions made me feel like I was responsible for the whole mess. I felt real rotten. Met Giri and his wife, Latha too. And I couldn't keep up a pleasant face. So excused myself and headed out of the campus. Thanks to Ashwin being around that Sat. We headed to the lake so that I could have my 'water therapy'. We walked the entire distance around the lake. By the end of it all, I was back to normal but still in no mood to face the music. Thought of heading to some other place when Giri called.


I owed Giri and Latha an apology. So Ashwin and I headed to Cubs, a nice little pastry corner, and met Giri and Latha there. I don't remember how long we sat there, but I remember that the conversation never stopped, neither did we stop smiling or laughing throughout.


By the time we parted ways, I felt good as new. But there was this one side of me that never wanted the night to end. So bull dozed Ashwin into promising that we go to Hookah or Purple Haze if he completed his personal work by 10 that night.

By the time I was back on campus, Samavesh's DJ night had begun. Located my team mates and joined in the dancing. The DJ was good. Though I don't understand why DJ's keep playing Hindi or regional songs only. Very few English numbers.

By the end of the DJ night, Ashwin was through with his work. And we headed off to Hookah. My first time to a disc. I wasn't sure of what to expect. Low lights and all yes. But the smell of cigarettes threw me off completely. Once inside, the place got my attention. A football match on the TV, folks sitting along the bar side and opposite, a crowd on the dance floor, pleasant temperature, and the waiters dressed as Egyptian as they could get.
Left Ashwin to handle the drinks and the food since he was a regular there. It took me a while to get used to the place and let myself flow with the music. This time a good mix of Hindi and English songs were played. Some I hadn't heard in ages too.
I guess Hookah would be the best memory of Samavesh 2008 for me.

Questions that strike you dumb sometimes

What's up? - In my case, I have a roof over my head. The stock market index doesn't seem to come up beyond a certain point and what does one expect to be up? I do have a wicked thought here but no, I'm not jotting that down.

What are you wearing today? - Not sure what the intent or the point of the question is. It's usually asked by a person who hasn't met the other and uses the cell/net as a mode of communication minus the webcam. And it's usually asked by the guy, not the girl!

Monday, March 10, 2008

Memories of Samavesh 2008 - Part 1

First reaction was panic when I came to know we'd be travelling by the Volvo to Mysore. No amount of pleading helped to let me take a non-Volvo bus to Mysore. Besides this inital bad start, I looked forward to playing Throwball. A week before travelling to Mysore had me practicing throwball on the courts in the evenings and getting roped into being a part of the Music band and Mad-Ads group.
Before leaving Mangalore Campus
On the bus
The journey to Mysore was as I thought it might be. The bus that was to pick us up arrived late. Slight headache due to the closed space. Threw up during the journey. Plus a road block just to make sure we were truly the last team to arrive on the Infy Mysore campus. Dinner was wasn't great. After which, went to the room and gave my roomie (Jyothsna Patro) a head start to using the amenities in the room.
11:00 PM at the Reception Block, Infosys Campus, Mysore

The Ladies of the team

Next day had me groaning because I didn't want to wake up, forget be on time for the Opening Ceremony. The only portion of the opening speech I remember is that the guy said that this event could be called the Olympics of Infosys. Met quite a few old Mangalore Infy faces who have now been posted to other DCs - Amlan, Sridhar, Ashok and met another Infy blogger from Chennai too - Viswa.

The first day had me going around the campus cheering my team in various events starting with basketball. Didn't have any of my events on the first day. End of first evening, played throwball with a few Pune, Mysore and Bbsr ladies. Then went and watched the dance programme. Awesome performances. Just that, I think 2 dances from so many teams feels like a major overdose. Don't know how the judges survived the event.

Throwball Team

Crashed out early so that I could wake up fresh and early for my first event of day 2 - throwball. First game against Pune went off pretty well. Smooth walkover. The lady from iBPO gave the audience something to watch. She covered the court and took most of everything that came her way and even those that didn't. The only thing she didn't do was a back flip, I guess. Match against Bangalore was tough. We lost. We played Mysore for third spot. Didn't win there either. :( Had to settle for fourth spot and 20 points for our scoreboard.

Right arm was hurting pretty bad by the end of it all. Thanks to Synergy's tug-of-war. Was in bad mood by the time I walked to the venue of my next event - Mad Ads.

Mad-Ads event was held in the Multiplex. Mukund was a major help. Carried the keyboards and set it up for me so that I didn't have to strain my arm. Glad to watch my team on stage. They did a neat job of advertising the "Lucky Lungi".

From there, headed back to the room after lunch and changed for the Music band.

Friday, March 07, 2008

Memories of Synergy 2008

Won the throwball event. Participated almost full time on courts for basketball. Backup for the lady player for the Team A in Volley. Nice to be on winning teams for a change. Got selected for Samavesh. And that was a big surprise since I thought there were better players this time.

With the end of Synergy came the Red Devils team party. Did something really stupid. Accepted a bottoms-up challenge of drinking rum on a nearly empty stomach. Had to endure head spinning for about an hour and half. Never again. But I had fun :)

Friday, January 04, 2008