Ruminations in Sweltering August

Like several other sporadic bloggers, I too disappeared. L Some of you have been knocking at my blog, putting me to shame. I am now shamed enough to write my random ruminations.

Firewall has been installed at work, my blogs gets less attention now. (Perhaps my boss is reading this, and speculating doing what my blogging has to do with firewall at work. God forbid!) I have a pathetically slow wireless connection at home. Because it is so slow, I am unable to download anything at home. Therfore, I never reach my 1 GB download limit. It is too late when I reach home after four hours of commute. And then I am too tired to work on my laptop. For this reason, I have not been able to keep any of my blogging resolutions this year. Forgive me, if you find my comments missing from your blog for some while. I am hitting them less lest they are blocked at workplace. I want to keep reading you.

Last week was mildly depressing. There was this firewall. Slideshare, youtube, chats, and orkut are blocked. I don’t care much if you block chat and orkut, but youtube and slideshare are beneficial and educational. And I resent anything impinging my freedom even if those are the services I do not need.

This is August. Yet it is unbearably hot and humid in the city. Seems like courtesy global warming and climate change, we have only two seasons in this city: very hot summer and very cold winter. I am yet to remember what spring is like.

Then home loan EMIs went up, as RBI increased interest rates. Stupid banks never inform you, it took me several phone calls to know what will be my revised interest rate. Nor had I any idea what will be increased EMI so that I could plan my finances.

With increase in home loan EMI, I decided to increase my income. I realised that there are ways to earn (slow) money by writing online. Though considering my rate of writing on my blogs, it will be a long time when I will earn anything substantial by online writing. I promptly dropped the thought.

My sister has finished her Masters degree in Social Work. She has not been keeping well for a long time. So we took her to a doctor whom family trusts. Several tests later, doctor was yet not satisfied. He suspected she had intestinal tuberculosis. I forbid my sister that she should not even think of getting a job in hectic (but less paying) NGO sector. She should rest. I suggested that rather she should get a doctorate in the subject (she wanted to at some point of time) and work as a lecturer. She could still make her voluntary contributions to NGOs. Health comes first.

Plus now that we were two of us, we need to find a rented place to stay together. Where I do not have to travel so far to work and we can spend time together. We need a kitchen too because my sister needs home-cooked food for health reasons. A quick search and several calls later, I realised I will have to shell out 1/4 th of my salary for 1 bedroom in South Delhi (I already pay more than 1/4th for a home in another city)! Rest of expenses like water and electricity extra! Another reason to increase my income!

So I came to work on Monday with unhappiness. When I come to work and sit in my corner, magically, I start feeling better. Nova will find it strange, but it is true.

After some calls to bank, I finally got to know that increase in my EMI was manageable. Bank had assumed, without confirming with me, that I would like to increase my tenure and keep the EMIs same. I rather asked them to increase my EMI. Unless I see their actions put on paper, I can not be sure about banks. I am being vigilant about my home loan.

Finally tuned in my laptop to watch Aamir and Satya (yes, I hadn’t watched it so far!). After reading so many reviews about Aamir on blogs, I had fair idea of the story. Yet it was worth a watch. Rajeev Khandelwal’s performance made it worthwhile. Movie was never mundane and it was apt for Indian scenario. Last 10 minutes for the movie were heart-rending for me. You will have to watch to know why.

Then I watched Satya. Bheeku Matre was great, the character that defined Manoj Vajpayee. But Satya (Chakraborty will always be Satya for me) and girls (Shefaly Chhaya and Urmila) were good too. It was certainly hard-hitting story about an unemployed youth who takes to underworld. It was hard to believe this classic was directed by same guy who also created duds like Nishabd, Aag, Vastushastra and Sarkar Raj. Finally, I can boast that I have watched this classic.

Finally, Beijing Olympics are over. Indian has three medals: one gold and two bronze. Highest we ever got. But government can not claim any credit for it. By now, we all have heard and read so many times how much geeky-looking Abhinav Bindra’s family invested in his training. Wrestler Sushil Kumar and pugilists Vijender, Jitender and Akhil made a crack into quarterfinals without any decent facilities.

In fact, I had read detailed pieces in Outlook about how Akhil’s physio trainer Heath Mathews was not part of 42 officer squad (who were accompanying 52 sportsmen). He was included only after the fierce protests by the boxing squad. Mathews reportedly had helped Akhil heal and play again after he had a career-threatening accident. Incidentally, the Sania Mirza’s mother was part of entourage as tennis team “Manager”!

For all these reasons, these sportsmen to me are symbol of triumph of determination over adversity. I feel proud that I am their fellow-countrywoman!

Sister’s medical reports came in, no sign of tuberculosis! Thank God! Income hasn’t increased yet, but things already look better and manageable. 🙂

I will soon be back with my “General Knowledge” posts as Vimal says. I am thankful to everyone who awarded my blog. I will soon write more about it. I maybe little delayed in responding your comments, but I promise I will.

P.S: Oh, I went to Mussurie and Dhanulty on Independence day weekend during rains. I will soon write about it. 🙂

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21 Responses to “Ruminations in Sweltering August”


  1. 1 Sakhi August 29, 2008 at 11:33 am

    Wow! What a post and much awaited also! Good that you are feelign better about you monetory condition 😉 and am glad your sis doesn’t have TB. She reallyshould take care of her health “Jaan hai tohjahaanhai”! 🙂

    And in ahmedabad we have three seasons unlike your city “hot, hotter, hottest”! 😦

    will wait for your next post on Mussurie and Dhanulty (i don’t know where this place is!)

  2. 2 Amit August 29, 2008 at 11:41 am

    You too are commuting for 4 hours?? Hahahaha. Guess I am not alone. 🙂 And yes, even I am not able to access wordpress in office now since they have blocked it. So, even if I have spare time, I can’t utilize it. 😦
    And why don’t you take an Airtel connection at home. Its good and cheap.
    Good to hear that your sis is all good and fine. Even my sis is having problem of a swollen foodpipe and she is fast turning into Kareena Toothpick Kapoor. 🙂
    I haven’t seen Aamir yet but I have to…soon.
    Did you read Abhinav’s column in TOI today? Its shocking how he was treated. He went from Germany(where he went for training) to Beijing on his own expense.
    p.s. Don’t you think the font of your post is too small?

  3. 3 dinu August 29, 2008 at 11:42 am

    hmmmmm good post for a comeback 😀
    lemme know if you are planning to set up a self hosted blog.. can help a bit.. like installation etc 😉

  4. 4 vimal August 29, 2008 at 1:06 pm

    yeyy..yeyy..yeyy…ur back !!!! 😀

    gr8 post, felt like I was reading your personal diary.hope ur sis is well now, heres wishing on behalf of everyone in blogosphere, a very speedy recovery for her.

  5. 5 Anshul August 29, 2008 at 1:59 pm

    Hey, nice long post 🙂

    Medical problems make life real slow and frustrating, its good to know that there is no severe problem.

    Get a BSNL EVDO card, its supposed to be much faster that other data cards. Or better when you get yourself a rented place go for wired broadband.

  6. 6 Nova August 29, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    Hey good to read what u have been up to… Do not worry… such temporary phases come in all blogger’s lives I guess.. U will be over it soon m sure 🙂

  7. 7 Nova August 29, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    And as Amit mentioned, airtel is a much better connection… I have one at home and it is decent… You should try it out…

  8. 8 Nita August 29, 2008 at 6:10 pm

    a lot of offices are blocking various sites…i wonder why. what is their reason? surely there are other ways to measure an employees productivity?
    But I don’t think you should take any tension about blogging. It’s something to enjoy after all. I mean, a certain amount of tension adds to the fun, but not if it gets too much.
    About the films, I think very often the assistant directors do the job, but the directors take the credit. I know that is what happened in Satya.

  9. 9 Chittaranjan August 29, 2008 at 7:11 pm

    My 2 Cents:

    Cent 1: WP is gr8 in the fact that it has a https:// access! Its blocked at my aapis too but I manage to access them via https:// Images won’t load but they can be done without (unless its a photoblog 😐 ) And you can login, post, comment and do most of the stuff u do in an un-firewalled network 😛

    Cent 2: Its not ‘Chakraborty’! You make him sound like a Bong 😀 but he’s a Telugu….name’s J.D. Chakravarthy tho he’s changed it to Ch’e’kravarth’i’ now (Courtesy some Lakhani/Jumani whatever!)

  10. 10 sulz August 29, 2008 at 7:49 pm

    gosh, sounds like work seems depressing now. i mean, four hours of commute and no facebook or youtube?? you must really like you job, perhaps! 🙂

  11. 11 Smita August 30, 2008 at 2:34 pm

    Too many things in your plate hmm??

    It is a phase which will pass 🙂 good to know that your sis doesn’t have tuberculosis.
    But 4 hrs of commuting is actually too much. I mean you are not left with any time for yourself. Last year we too had shifted to a far off office and I used to be so irritated ki am not getting time for self. 😦

    Good that u were able to watch some movies 🙂 They do relax you 🙂

    Well have loads to asy but some other time 🙂

    Good to see u back 🙂

  12. 12 Reema August 30, 2008 at 11:45 pm

    Ohh I hope my blog hasnt got blocked due to u commenting on it. 😦 What purpose does this blocking serve? Huh. I’m so glad to know your sister’s negative report. Believe it or not I have not watched Satya yet!! Aamir was good. Do upload snaps of Mussorie and Dhantauly. And change your internet connection 🙂 Take BSNL!

  13. 13 Reema August 30, 2008 at 11:47 pm

    And oh u r so right about the sweltering part. It doesnt seem monsoon at all. Till few years back we used to have cyclones every year ..but since 3-4 yrs no cyclones. The weather is now hot summer, hot and humid not so rainy monsoon and warm winters.

  14. 14 Liju Philip September 1, 2008 at 7:53 am

    Good to hear that your sister is doing well. The prices of houses in India is simply ridiculous. Iam having second and third doubts as to if i should go ahead with a purchase.

    The interest rates are at such high and also the pricing of the apts. But the workmanship is so shoddy. Wish i could buy some land in Hyderabad so that i can construct my own house rather than buy a stupid apartment.

  15. 15 Liju Philip September 1, 2008 at 7:54 am

    Good to hear that your sister is doing well. The prices of houses in India is simply ridiculous. Iam having second and third doubts as to if i should go ahead with a purchase.

    The interest rates are at such high and also the pricing of the apts. But the workmanship is so shoddy. Wish i could buy some land in Hyderabad so that i can construct my own house rather than buy a stupid apartment.

    Btw, look out for this website http://www.guru.com. There are lots of freelance jobs there. Maybe you can start off something from there and make some extra money.

  16. 16 Sakhi September 1, 2008 at 11:00 am

    Well, i have airtel connection but i feel it was better with vodafone! “airtell ka network kone kone mein aata hai” , baat karne ke liye kone mein jaana padta hai… 😦 its hopeless!

  17. 17 soham September 1, 2008 at 2:34 pm

    Hey .. Nice Post !!

    I am glad that ur sis does not hv TB .. And the financial condition will improve soon .. Dont worry about that .. These r the phases of life .. they will come and go ..

  18. 18 Nikhil September 1, 2008 at 5:43 pm

    Welcome back!!! 😀
    And what a post to be back with! Proud of you! 😀
    And why dont you go for one of those BSNL unlimited offers?? 😀

  19. 19 Dushyant September 1, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    Hey.. have been goin thru ur blog since a couple of weeks now. Pretty interestin stuffin there. Gud work.. BTW I think u shd book a button on http://www.blogertize.in iunder the “Lifes like that” segment. Ur blog seems to be perfect for that segment 😉
    Cheerz and keep up the gud work

  20. 20 SpungeBob September 2, 2008 at 3:17 am

    Good Postings. Nice flow, even though you switch topics within topic too often. But then, that is your style. Don’t change it.

    Talking about EMI, Here in US, the mortgage [here they us this term for housing loan] had a bad effect due to interest rates being too high and too often changing.

    I hope that does not happen. Are there any housing loans in India with the rates frozen?

    Cheers.
    SpungeBob

  21. 21 Poonam Sharma September 2, 2008 at 5:28 pm

    @Sakhi: Except my sister’s report nothing has changed. Yet it felt better when I was at work. Mys siter has Giardia in her stomach and also has diabetes. Not a pretty situation yet. 😦

    Both Mussurie and Dhanulty are in Uttaranchal hills. I will soon write about it. Only my ‘soon’ is not so soon. 😛

    @Amit: I hope your sister is doing well now. Yes, everyone commutes in NCR. Maybe I will shift, so will take Airtel broadband. Too many consumers who praise. Can you give me link t BIndra’s clumn in TOI? But yes, I have read him telling in interview how he went to Germany for motivational training. To his credit, guy has never had a complaining attitude.

    @Dinu: I am too scared to have a self-hosted blog. I dont have enough time to write, where will I ahve enough time to maintain the site 😦

    @Vimal: Thanks for the wishes! I too hope my siters is sturdy as she was when she was young. Yes, this post was a personal diary. I often come across people complaining about people blogging about self-diaries. 🙂

    @Anshul: Even without tuberculosis, there are other things we need to handle (read diabetes). I don’t have BSNL at home. No ghar ki pehchan as Preity Zinta says in advertisement. But thinking of switching to Airtel.

    @Nova: Yeah, Nova thinking of Airtel. And I know what you mean when you are talking about p”phases in life when one can not blog” 😛

    @Nita: Organisations block sites to improve productivity. But here there was no such question. Loathe to speak about here in my sweet blog. 🙂

    That’s an interesting comment you made about teh Assitant director. I gogled him. More about it soon.

    @Chittaranjan: When they block anything, they block https: too. 😦 Foolproof work they have. And yeah, youa re right about the name. 🙂

    2 cents worth 2 dollars, eh!

    @sulz: Work is not depressing. I have been commuting this long for severla years now. I will ahve to rent a place to avoid travel. No other option. 🙂

    @Smita: I am always glad to see your comments here. Yes, movies relax me. I watched few more this weekend. Please always say all that you want to, I look forward to it. 🙂

    @Reema: I ahven’t been commenting that regulary to get it blocked. Moderation is the key. I read it through feeds.

    Do watch Satya, its good. 🙂 I will upload sanps soon. You are right, news now doesnt talk of any cyclones.

    @Liju: Yes, constructing own house is better than buying an apartment. Perhaps your family could take care of construction for you. I will have to rebuild my house in my own way though. I will check the link, it looks good. Thanks a ton! 🙂

    @Sakhi: You are right about Airtel connections though. It says ganv,ganv, shahar shahar mein But I cna list various places where (on my trips) only BSNL worked. But their broadband service seems to be good.

    @Soham: Financial condition is not bad, only the thought of constricting oneself and not having enough savings rankles. 😦 I hope new, happy phase comes soon. 🙂

    @Nikhil: Thanks! I don’t have any BSNL connection. We use Tata’s landline. Thinking of taking Airtel.

    @Dushyant: THanks for commenting in here! I like to hear feedback from my readers. It gives me lot of happiness to hear from people who are regulars. It is a motivation to blog. Thanks for the link, I will check it out soon.

    @Spungebob: Very apt observation. In few posts, I do switch from topic to topics. There is another one I have posted like that. 🙂

    Housing loans in India with fixed interest rates are already pinned so high that consumers do not take them. 😦 And you bet, interest rate in US economy do affect us. How? Don;t ask me, some like Shefaly (in my blogroll) perhaps may be able to explain that better.

    Thanks for stopping by!


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