Too Busy for a Friend…

One day a teacher asked her students to list the names of the other students in the room on two sheets of paper, leaving a space between each name. Then she told them to think of the nicest thing they could say about each of their classmates and write it down. It took the remainder of the class period to finish their assignment, and as the students left the room, each one handed in the papers. That Saturday, the teacher wrote down the name of each student on a separate sheet of paper, and listed what everyone else had said about that individual.

On Monday she gave each student his or her list. Before long, the entire class was smiling. ‘Really?’ she heard whispered. ‘I never knew that I meant anything to anyone!’ and, ‘I didn’t know others liked me so much,’ were most of the comments. No one ever mentioned those papers in class again. She never knew if they discussed them after class or with their parents, but it didn’t matter. The exercise had accomplished its purpose. The students were happy with themselves and one another. That group of students moved on.

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Why I don’t blog more often

Its been pretty long since I have blogged. A friend asked me recently, “Why have a blog at all if you don’t post regularly?”. Hmm. Looked a valid point at first. But then I thought, why NOT have a blog even if I don’t update it regularly? How does it matter? In any case, I call it INTERMITTENT chatter.

But this question led me on a path of mini-introspection. Why did I start a blog in the first place and why don’t I blog regularly?

Answers to first question are pretty simple. There were two reasons to start the blog. First, I had a domain name which was unused for quite some time and second, I wanted to understand WordPress so that I can help my clients in troubleshooting their blogs.

The second question is somewhat more complex and I asked myself some more questions to get a real answer.

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Happy Birthday M3!

My M3
Meha, Heena & Mahi

18th May! 4 years ago on this day my life could have gone for a toss. But the great Almighty had far better plans for me.

Mahi & Meha were born on this day and their mom / my wife Heena was re-born after a fight with death for over 8 hours.

I wish a very very very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my M3 – Mahi-Meha and their Mom. All three of them are now 4 years old. πŸ™‚

Heena, I fight with you a lot and also get on your nerves at times (or is it “at most times”?).
M2, I scold you both, not a lot, but quite a bit. (But don’t blame me for that! Behave yourselves! 😈 )

But without you three, my M3 – my life would be ………

I just can’t imagine that!!

My dad’s fine

My dad today got operated at Breach Candy Hospital for two problems – prostate and hernia by Dr. Pheroze Sonawal. My dad is 70 years old. Although the operations by themselves were not major ones, anaesthisia was somewhat tricky due to his health generally and a by-pass surgery that he had undergone 4 years ago. We were a worried lot at 12 noon.

But all’s well that ends well! :mrgreen:

He is out from operation theater and is back in the normal room. He is pretty ok. I spoke to him, he responded well and was only sleepy due to the sedation that he received for operation. As of now he is not allowed to eat for a few hours. But oxygen mask will be removed and he will be given some water at 7, some other liquid at 8 and light food at 9. He will be discharged within a few days. πŸ˜€

I felt like shouting from the roof top, but internet has a far wider reach. πŸ˜‰ Isn’t it?

A blog post after 6 months

It has been months since I blogged. The last post was about how Vanilla ice-cream puzzled General Motors and that way back 4th of April. In Ankur‘s words the ice-cream has melted since quite some time. πŸ™‚ With my birth date falling on 13th April, I can say that I have become a year older (or is it wiser? πŸ˜‰ ) since I blogged last time.

But work has kept me extremely busy. Secondly adsense revenue doesn’t motivate me enough to blog. And most important thing is that I am a lazy blogger. 😳 I will think about blogging only if I have nothing else to do, today being an exception. Today I am blogging to take a break.

These days I am so neck deep in work that I have been working on all Saturdays and Sundays of this month till 10 in the night. My usual office hours have become 8am to 10pm (or later) in place of 10am to 8pm. I am not complaining because I enjoy my work. But I have only one problem about such long working hours. I hardly get to play with my 2 yr old twin daughters, Mahi and Meha. During the whole of last week on most days I used to leave home before they wake up and reach after they have gone off to sleep. πŸ™ Since they have now learned to talk, they used to ask about me quite a few times in the day. So on one day I left all pending work and left early just to be with them. On that day all 4 of us were happy – me, Mahi-Meha and my wife. My wife was happy because I was home early. And she was more happy because she got a break. :mrgreen:

I don’t have any fan-following πŸ˜‰ on my blog and I don’t have too much motivation to blog too frequently. Still I think I will try to blog a little more regularly now. Wish me luck! πŸ™‚

Hellooo!! Is anyone there reading my blog? Please wish me luck so that I can blog regularly and write good posts. πŸ˜†

Bitten by the tech bug!

I’ve been bitten by the tech bug since last 15 years. πŸ˜‰ So I am not talking about myself, but about my dad!! He is 69 and used to have a strong aversion for computers! He still has one for mobiles.

Some days back, he told me he needs a PC in his cabin at office!! For a second, I thought “WOW“! Even my 7 years old nephew was surprised at this news (“Nana, I heard you are learning computers. Is it true?”).

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Nokia N70

I have been looking for a new mobile since quite some time. My Nokia 6610 was more than 2 years old but I was not able to decide on the right model. But at last, I got a new mobile πŸ˜€ Its a Nokia N70!! I am already transferring a few MP3 and MIDI files to the memory card now! Afterall, I must personalise it πŸ˜‰

These are some of the things that I read about it πŸ™‚

Boasting a number of minor improvements over the 6680, the Nokia N70 is a very well-rounded smartphone with a number of high-end features which competitors are hard pressed to match. Rock solid connectivity combines with ergonomic hardware and a broad set of relevant applications in a meld of form and function that’s damn good looking; our only gripe is that synchronization continues to be a weak spot for what is otherwise a truly superb smartphone.

the Nokia N70 is the best smartphone without a touchscreen, no direct rivals.

Nokia N70 is great for both work and fun. It is a nice and very well equipped phone

My experience with Muslims

The recent well justified uproar all around the world by Muslims because of a cartoon/caricture of the Prophet Mohammed made me think about the muslims I know, see and interact with in my life. My experience with them has been pretty pleasant. Here’re some I can remember at present. πŸ™‚

  • Members of Bohri Community frequent the area where I live in Mumbai. Their religious head Sydna Mohd Burannuddin has his abode about 200-300 metres away from my house. These days hordes and hordes of his followers come there every day mainly because of Mohurrum. But there has been no commotion so far on any of the days. Their volunteers stand on the corner of every lane and guide all those who come to visit the priest. No confusion, no chaos, no nuisance.

    A few years ago, it was the birthday of their priest (or may be it was some other important day). There were thousands and thousands of Bohri muslims standing in queue all the way from his house to my house and further. The queue was more than a kilometer long. But still, as always, there was no chaos. Everyone of them was patiently waiting and moving. Pretty disciplined crowd!

  • Then, I must mention about my first boss, guide and guruAdvocate Nusrat Shah. He is a gem of a person. Ask any of his sub-ordinates and all will agree that he is a very good boss and a very good human being. He is a kind hearted gentleman. I have seen him whole heartedly fighting cases for poor and paupers without charging a penny and also donating lakhs to Prime Minister’s Relief Fund for Kargil war victims!

    He comes at least once every year to our home to have our gujarati undhiyu, puran poli and kadhi. πŸ˜€ He is a foodie and loves these dishes!

  • Ammar Electricwala and Mohammed Kapadia are the next two persons who come to my mind. Ammar is the one who introduced me to programming under Windows which is event based. At that time I was used to sequential programming under DOS. He is my Visual Basic guru and helped me think in terms of events instead of sequence of code. πŸ™‚

    Mohammed taught me Visual C++ and has been a friend since then. I have somewhat lost touch with both of them. I must admit that I am somewhat selfish and call them whenever I need their help. But they have always been helpful and solved my problems.

  • Then there is Shahab Jafri. He is a recent acquiantace through the Digit Forums where he is more popularly know as Batty. πŸ™‚ He has been always helpful. He is a techie to the core and has always answered my questions even if they were basic FAQ kind of questions. And this was even before we came to know each other pesonally or met each other. Actually, he keeps doing this to all. He is one of those patient guys who goes through the HijackThis log of every one who posts it. πŸ™‚
  • Lastly, let me mention about Fahim Shaikh. Fahim is a talented commercial artist and a very good photographer. Photographs that he clicks with a 2 mega pixel camera are far better than the one I click with 5 mega pixel camera. I always wondered what’s wrong with me. Then I realised and told to myself, “its talent, silly!” πŸ™‚

    I have been able to reap some benefit out of Fahim’s pool of talent because he, alongwith Parita and Sonal (another talented pro and my sister-in-law :)), have designed my personal logo, visiting cards, letterheads, etc. They didn’t charge me a penny and still spent so much time and effort after it. I take this opportunity to thank them. They all still keep helping me by making templates for my clients’ websites. However, now I ensure that I pay them. πŸ™‚

I need a new mobile

Its time to replace my old and lovely Nokia 6610. I am using it since 2 years and must say it was value for money. But now the battery is weak, talktime is low. One call makes the battery bar jump from full to half and after another call I start getting the low battery warning πŸ™ I can sell this handset as it is for 2800 and a new battery costs 1400 (400 in grey market). A new battery doesn’t seem value for money.

I am just plain confused. Which one should I buy now? Shall I go for Nokia 6681 or Nokia N70? Shall I switch brand and go over to Sony Ericsson K750 or Sony Ericsson W800? My heart says go for Nokia. Thats a tried and tested brand that has given satisfactory results. My brain says go for Sony Ericsson, they are more reasonably priced, gives value for money and W800 is for music buffs like me. I am confused. But SE W800 has one major drawback! It comes in only orange colour. πŸ™„

Worst part is pocket permits all ;), otherwise it would have been an easy decision.

When will all this end?

There’s something seriously wrong with my family. πŸ™

Some days ago, my wife sprained one ankle and a toe was fractured in another leg! She is still recovering from it. Its very difficult to take care of 7 month old twins with both legs under pain. But she is somehow managing it.

Some days back, I had very bad frozen shoulder and neck. I could hardly lift my babies. I couldn’t even look down and my parents were not in town. So I had to bear the pain and take care of them.

On the day my parents came back to Mumbai, my wife sufferred from stomach infection and was down with diahrrea. Soon after she recovered, Meha was hospitalised. She has come home now, but is still weak and so cranky becuase of the heavy antibiotic doses she was given.

Now today morning my father is hospitalised due to dehydration πŸ™

When will this all end? I want to see my entire family healthy and happy!