One life to love

Certification!

Dear Friends I am glad to update that I have become a certified Software Quality Analyst.

This is the mail I got……

Dear Sangeetha Sankar,

Congratulations on passing the CSQA exam. You now join thousands of other IT professionals who have proven their competence in the software quality industry by earning the internationally-recognized CSQA.
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This is the first time I am taking a better known certification. Many years back I had taken a National stock exchange certification which I can not recall right now…
I am not too sure how benificial this would be for my career.. but then the learning that went into getting certified is always a value add.

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February 24, 2008 Posted by | Visheshangal | 3 Comments

2008 ..The year of the Rat

As per the Chinese calendar, 2008 is the year of the Rat.

The year we were born decides our Chinese Zodiac signs.

I belong to dragon and my husband belongs to Rabbit.

Rats are water signs and it is said that they make a very good match for monkeys and dragons, but do not get along well with rabbits, horses and roosters. As per this site this year seems good for us. Many rabbits will find the year of the earth rat unusually fortunate if they can control the tendency to hop about. The rat is a good friend to the dragon. The new cycle that starts this year will bring prosperity to the dragon after what may seem like a long time of struggle.:)

We don’t believe in the concept of future horoscope.. but still cannot resist going through such sites. I get bored with the usual sun signs so these days I check chinese horoscope.

January 9, 2008 Posted by | Visheshangal | Leave a comment

Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year

December 25, 2007 Posted by | Visheshangal | Leave a comment

In the Lap of Nature

Just check out this snap. It’s a beautiful sight isn’t it?

This was the view from the balcony of the cottage we stayed while at Kurumba village resorts in Conoor. It was a breathtaking view and it was a pleasure to wake up in the morning and enjoy this sight while sipping coffee.

I could feel all the stress from the hectic life in Bangalore melt away while relaxing in the balcony watching the greenery all around and listening to the chirping of birds around. It was good to be away from the hustle of Bangalore, away from the traffic jams and traffic noise….listening to the music of nature.

This Diwali long weekend we had been to this resort for a 2 nights stay. The drive was a pleasure due to many reasons – excellent driver friend who maneuvered the car smoothly along the hairpin turns up and down the hilly roads, the company of good friends, the pleasant chill at the hill station and the breathtaking views we passed.

The moment we reached there, we realized that the long drive was worthwhile because of the breathtaking sight around. The food was pretty descent. Another highlight of the resort is the nice pool filled with chlorine free water. Check out their website (www.kurumbavillageresort.com) for more snaps/details of the place. I am sure that we would be going back to this place once again with in a year.

November 22, 2007 Posted by | Visheshangal | Leave a comment

Another New Begining

Every day is a new begining.

I start every day with some promises to self..

-Not to be judgemental in my thoughts and actions
-Accept each moment as it is
-Be receptive to change and new ideas
-Be a good listener

and so on….

Last week we celebrated our 5th Wedding Anniverserry.Its been 10 years since we met, we met during our PG at CUSAT , SMS and its been 5 years since we tied the knot and took vows to spend the rest of our life together. Its been so many great years of togetherness… I have grown to a better person in these years..

This year we conducted a “Purakuthasha” on the day of our anniverserry. It is a half an hour ceremony. This is how the father explained this ceremony called Purakuthasha ( aka “blessing the house” ). When a christian visits the church for the weekly kurbana and prays, he is cleared of all the sins and his mind or conscience is purified to make him a better person, but the house where he stays cannot go over to the church and attend kurbana. So the father visits our home and bless the house, so that the house is purified and everyone who visits the house gets a feeling of relief and happiness and goes away from our home with a good feeling.

I strongly believe that if there is positive energy in our home, then everyone will have a good feeling and relief by visiting us.. then ofcourse such ceremonies which are conducted by various religions in its own ways with its own names, does help the inhabitants mind fill with positive energy which in turn will bring positive vibrations to our abode.

God bless our home and help us spread happiness to all!

November 2, 2007 Posted by | Visheshangal | Leave a comment

The model in him

Do you recognise the chap in the advt below ?

It happened a couple of years back. A good friend of ours who is into freelance web-designing wanted a model for some product pamphlet that he was designing for a client. He had asked my buddy and sweetheart to help him out.. intially the plan was to just capture a snap of his hand holding the product.. but I guess finally the model also impressed the designer and ho..ahhh.. his snap also appeared in the pamphlet…

We happened to stop by at the office of our friend few days back and he gave us a copy of the final pamphlet and we scanned the same to circulate amoung our friends the modelling adventured of my sweetheart…

To be frank I was not happy with the costume that he wore for this shot.. but still was very much impressed by the whole concept of having modelled for an actual product.. πŸ™‚ The shot of P’s masculine hand holding the device came out damn well!

November 2, 2007 Posted by | Visheshangal | Leave a comment

The year that was!

It was a very eventful year that passed by. I would not say that it was totally great…of course there were lots of lessons learnt… and the best part was all the attention I got.

Ok let me stop the vague statements and get to the facts. The past 12-15 months have been the time of my life when lot of attention had to be given to my health and my dear ones ended up getting worried for me.

Ok, to put things short , it all started with a simple occupational disease called superficial thrombosis in June 2006, which after few months of caring in turn lead to Deep vein thrombosis which was caught because I developed breathlessness- pulmonary embolism, which is the fatal state of DVT, lucky me that it was detected in time and I was treated properly to recover fine out of that. Then the months that followed were hell with the hassle of tackling the side effects of the medications being taken. Had another mild attack of PE after 7 months, which also lead to pulmonary hypertension, another hassle…. finally, thought the end of these incidents would happen and things would settle down with a surgery, so went ahead and had that in August 2007. When things seemed to finally get well and I was moving fast in the path of recovery, came the day when I developed an unnecessary, freak ailment, some infection in the brain (nothing too serious luckily) which lead to headache and which in turn lead to another few months of hassle of some more medication and care…Now hoping that this would be the end to all the lows. It all started with a minor ailment, so I am hoping that with this minor ailment, things would finally settle down and so I am compiling the lessons learnt from the past year.:)

Luckily I see the positive and am filled with hope, so each time something goes wrong, I think “ok this is the final one and I will be fine going forward….ha ha ha”

Lessons learnt.

1) Look only at the positives of incidents in life.And take all comments from others in the form of compliments and good wishes only, ignore the rest. Never let others push in negative energy into us.

2) On falling sick, talk to people and do all the ground work to understand the situation ( from the net and from others experiences) so that we are well equipped to talk to our physicians and get them to think better for our benefit.

3) Of course talk to people and request them to do positive prayers for our speedy recovery. The positive energy from our well wishers is the best form of good wishes for us.

4) Keep a close tab on the treatment being provided at the hospital and keep clarifying each step taken by the physician, since we have had experiences of physician being careless and forgetting our history while deciding the treatment.

5)Try to keep your hobbies near you, be it watching movies on DVD or on TV, surfing the net, blogging, reading books, reading blogs, mailing friends, chatting with friends over the phone and keep self engaged with the energy level we have. Do not overdo, continue your favorite activities on a slow pace. This might be the time to explore the long dreamt of past-time of painting, trying out new simple recipes, watching the programs that you wanted to always and so on.

6) Keep your mind free of worries and upsetting environmental conditions. For every person the worry factor might be due different reasons, understand yours and work around that…

7) I was also lucky to have so many dear friends and well-wishers who were always there to cheer me up in all possible ways by visiting me regularly, gifting me, cooking for me, calling me to enquire and passing good wishes.

8) I also got to meet many new, interesting, loving and helpful people who have made a difference in our life with their unconditional support and love and whom I cherish being acquainted with.

9) Finally pray and hope that everyone is lucky like me to find a sweet companion who would be there with me all the time to take care and support during the bad times.. My sweetheart was always near me when I needed him and he made sure that I got all the rest I needed…

I doubt if I would come out of all this as a lazy bum…hope not. All the inactivity during the past many months have made me slightly lazier, no doubt… πŸ™‚

September 10, 2007 Posted by | Visheshangal | Leave a comment

India marks 60 years of independence

We have come a long way from 1947 after a tough struggle to get freedom from foreigners. A struggle that people of our generation should always respect as we are now enjoying the fruits of this struggle by our elders.

Today on this occasion of our independence,
I salute all those great heroes of our nation who were instrumental in giving us this free democracy.
I also salute all the heroes who worked hard so that our nation today stands proudly in front of other developing countries.

Our national Anthem

The song, Jana-gana-mana, composed originally in Bengali by Rabindranath Tagore, was adopted in its Hindi version by the Constituent Assembly as the National Anthem of India on January 24, 1950. It was first sung on December 27, 1911 at the Calcutta session of the Indian National Congress. The complete song consists of five stanzas.

The first stanza contains the full version of the National Anthem:

Jana-gana-mana-adhinayaka, jaya he,
Bharata-bhagya-vidhata.
Punjab-Sindh-Gujarat-Maratha,
Dravida-Utkala-Banga,
Vindhya-Himachala-Yamuna-Ganga Uchchala-Jaladhi-taranga.
Tava shubha name jage, Tava shubha asisa mage,
Gahe tava jaya gatha,
Jana-gana-mangala-dayaka jaya he Bharata-bhagya-vidhata.
Jaya he, jaya he, jaya he, Jaya jaya jaya, jaya he!

The English translation of the song goes like this.

Thou art the ruler of the minds of all people,
Dispenser of India’s destiny.
Thy name rouses the hearts of the Punjab,
Sind, Gujarat, and Maratha,
Of the Dravid, and Orissa and Bengal.
It echoes in the hills of Vindhyas and,
Himalayas, mingles in the music of the
Jamuna and the Ganges and is chanted by
the waves of the Indian sea.
The pray for the blessings,
and sing by the praise,
The saving of all people
waits in thy hand.
Thou dispenser of India’s destiny,
Victory, victory, victory to thee

August 15, 2007 Posted by | Visheshangal | Leave a comment

June 3rd!

So what is special about June 3rd to me? Is it the special day when a handsome hunk Tom Cruise was born.hmmmm…..its the day on which this pretty, friendly and talented lady was born, many years back – now not the time to reveal how many years back πŸ™‚

Adaptable and versatile
Communicative and witty
Intellectual and eloquent
Youthful and lively
that’s me!

This year my birthday was yet another special day. My mom made payasam and I cut a nice cake, entire table was decorated with beautiful candles by my dear sweetheart, and there were lots of balloons also πŸ™‚ What better day than having my loved ones near me…am thankful for the good fortune. Lucky me !!

June 3, 2007 Posted by | Visheshangal | Leave a comment

Vishu Sadhya

I agree this is a delayed post… have been thinking of penning this since Vishu day..

This Vishu we were at Bangalore(Mostly all Vishu’s we are at our B’lore home ;-)) and I felt like having a Vishu sadhya without going through the trouble of preparing one. In today’s commercial world.. everything is said to be available as a package, so why not one Sadhya package?.

On 15th April, at 12pm we both decided to checkout the local kerala restaurants to see who would provide the best Sadhya. Since we are put up near Koramangala, we had plans to check out only the ones in and around Koramanagala.

Visited Kairali and was surprised, rather disappointed to hear from them that they did not have a special sadhya on that day!….They clearly said that they have sadhya only during Onam!… With such strong malayaale population in Blore… Kairali(one of the most popular malayalee food joint in koramnagala area) deciding not to provide a vishu sadhya! may be all malayalees have gone back home to Kerala to celebrate vishu with family.. or may be like my friend said, they all must be at home sipping coffee and contemplating the meaning of festivals like Vishu in their life!

So we decided why not try out a better restaurant ( Kairali falls in the category of mess).. and reached coconut groove…I have once had a not so bad Onam sadhya there and was sure they will have a Vishu Sadhya!.. Walked in to find that waiters in coconut groove seemed surprised that people are entering their hotel… it was so desolated..seemed like they no longer have customers or business. When I asked the hotel guy if they have a special sadhya arranged.. he didnt seem to understand what I was talking about… .so we decided it makes sense to walk out before we too loose our sense..

My craving for Sadhya was slowly getting satiated by the process of finding one! Had regular lunch from one of the hotels and got back home to enjoy a bowl of homemade delicious semia payasam.

While relishing the sweet, I pondered on β€œwhy Bangalore, a place filled with a huge population of malayalees was not celebrating the new year?” .. that too the new year for so many states! Probably the definition of festivals and celebrations is also changing as time passes!

May 8, 2007 Posted by | Visheshangal | Leave a comment