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Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Clouds - Shot in Lonavla, Maharashtra

Though outwardly a gloomy shroud,
The inner half of every cloud
    Is bright and shining:
I therefore turn my clouds about
And always wear them inside out
    To show the lining.

Thursday, 20 March 2014

A Journey onboard the Lucknow Shatabdi Express 12004

A Journey onboard the Lucknow Shatabdi Express 12004

Funny,  It aint the first time I am onboard, however on the contrary I felt like writing and still wondering how.

Living on the outskirts in NCR reaching station is a task and that’s why I prefer early and love to be before time, so reached well in time with the train just comin in on to platform 9 of NDLS, luggage, yukk, just some small things and well placed, post boarding the train, somehow I felt the clocks stopped, for I wanted the journey, finally right on time (Yeah that’s Indian Rail!!!) off we go and I knew the next stop aint far off still a good 30 min, a smoke and stood on the door carefree of the luggage and enjoyed the really fresh crispy morning. As it moved on in the light fog rather smog, somehow I had a happy feel and post crossing the station as the journey moved on more and more country side approaching I could actually smell the crisp freshness in the air, no freaking DTC and honkings and no push push. Peace, I guess would be the word to describe it.

I actually am not in love particularily with the window seats of an airconditioned chair car, so since had a window switched it, had already observed from the charts that it’s a break journey for the aisle seater. Not being interested in the aisle seater had switched and now been on the aisle side for frequent movement, nice music hitting through my earphones. As I stood at the gates and watched the surroundings, I was actually feeling the speed and the movements, although theres no chuk chuk anymore, its some electrical giant dragging rather attempting to fly. I could feel the surroundings, the greenery and the freshness in the air, those moving trees and overtaking other trains, this is such a fast train the I could barely count the number of carriages as couldn’t see the gaps in between!!!

Yet speed has always been my enjoyment, its just fun. I could see the cattle graze, some enjoying their baths in water and its just natural, those green twigs with the yellow things on them give such a marvelous look, it wasn’t a cloudy day rather a pretty sunny day with the summers approaching.

Suddenly I remembered that it the freaking busy freaking city life full of monotony and schedules, this was free, just looking at those fields, those towers that we were once introduced to as BSNL Towers, out there lone in the fields they stood close to the tracks, no freaking adverts to bug, just a plain tower and yes our good old electricity poles with hanging wires in between, I dunno why I used to feel that they are like a huge giant standing amidst the fields, pretty far off from each other they stood, just connected.

For once I could see clear skies with no tags attached, yes, there was a span of clouds which looked like strokes of a brush, air journey also subjects to sky exploration but eventually you go 30000 feet and loose the charm, and airlines now a days, no words, MH370 disappearing and Spice Jet crew dancing to tunes of ‘balam pichkari’ in mid air on their crafts on the day of Holi. We also slowed down through several places and every time I need a view I need to go out because I believe not only in seeing but feeling and to do that I have to go to the door open it and feel the breeze, the air is currently pleasant for the summers yet to set in, and neither is it cold, particularily the time to feel the air, I feel.

Whenever we would approach stations I could see those boards of some sluggish hoax sex clinics, have always wondered as to why they are always near the stations, something strange, or is it like whoever comes in needs you, crap, but just that they are there and have always been, written on walls with some white chuna, now a days even colored.

This particular is a fast train and barely stops, after all its gotta cover a good 500-600 kms in approx. 6 hours and has to maintain its average of over 100 kmph to achieve, shows that Indian Railways can outstand but for sure doesn’t wish to, as I walked I could see a lot of electrical panels with digital systems and our company made knobs, switches and breakers, in the earlier days, which I am sure my kids are missing and the next generation would definitely loose, we used to travel in trains without AC, there were no AC trains, now there’s a freaking power eating, money crunching AC every where, but still both are pretty different, it was pretty obvious in the good old days for us to have hair, face and hands full of coal after a train journey, for the obvious reasons of a coal driven beautifully huge coal driven steaming giant pulling, and the flying debris to us, these coaches you cant even feel whats going on outside. Perhaps, something is missing.

As the train moved on, it passed several goods trains and yet another question that I always had, the last carriage in a carriage train, a poor guards cabin, made of solid steel with absolutely nothing around, yes, I mean, forget the basics, I guess, I dunno why but I have never seen a fast moving carriage train, I am sure they have also improved on timings and speed but just that have never seen noticed. I saw a lot of fish plates throughout the journey, embarking the plans for development and “growth”, its good that they expand and another thing that I wonder how could railways be in loss, with we never finding tickets!!!, for this journey this is the fourth ticket that finally confirmed. I am sure that in the near future we would see more and more faster moving machines but in the fastness theres something I miss, next time I know I will travel in not a superfast, an express but not a superfast.

In the good old days we had hawkers all around on stations wherever we stopped and sometimes even on the outskirts when the train would stop for no known reason to us, in this train, still there are people who board, and then the TTE himself pulls the chain and escorts them out with the GRPF, yikes I would call that humiliating, wont like that coming my way, that’s why a confirmed ticket, I have also traveled in general and WL tickets but in the good old days, the days when people were adjusting, not just looking for themselves and being selfish, earlier, in the good old days, we have often shared meals with total strangers, families, we always used to travel in the army coaches, we have also seen chain pulling from the station in running trains, color balloons flyin in through the windows, cause we were not seated in containers, yeah, containers that have all facilities and sealed from outside, I miss buying those samosa’s from hawkers carrying them on heads, two for a rupee or something, those chai wala’s, that sound “chai” chai”, now its all inhouse, some freaking sealed dip dip tea, with no real milk, come contained drinks and some contained snacks being served inhouse, yet somethings missing and that’s why I write this, as a memoir for myself on what all’s being missed.

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Types of employees in office

8 types of employees in office
Employees classified

No two employees are the same — but then again, no two employees are all that different either. Here are a few commonly seen employees. Read on to know which category you fall into.

The believer
Every employer's dream — the believer — is dedicated, committed and loves his job. Such employees are utterly motivated and give their heart and soul to their work. Their innate element of loyalty to the company and the team binds him to the organisation. Believers have a way of getting jobs done effortlessly, inspiring their colleagues and giving their best to every task at hand. Bosses should not take them for granted, and instead, nurture and encourage them.

The soldier
Dedicated and committed, the soldier is the most bankable type of employee. Give him a task and consider it done. Soldiers show unstinting loyalty to their companies and often stick around at their jobs for years. While their stability is a benefit, they can be hard to manage during times of change. Soldiers make great team players but may lack leadership skills. Explains Sabeer Dasgupta, chief operations officer, InMobile Solutions, "Organisations love soldiers not only due to their devotion to the job but also because of the stability they bring to an organisation. However, their managers must encourage them to take the initiative rather than simply waiting for orders."

The idea champion
Constantly buzzing with new ideas and thoughts, idea champions love taking the initiative and kick-starting projects. They love to think big, differently and proactively push innovative ideas to the fore. At the same time, they find it difficult to stay with a project while it is being executed, often jumping to other newer, more exciting ideas instead. While they are excellent at visualising and seeing the bigger picture, they tend to miss out on the finer details.

The climber
Focused on making it big and impatient to rise through the ranks in corporate world, the climber can be identified in an office owing his/ her apparent thirst to be recognised. One can find them networking with people who matter and their particular interest to work on the more 'visible' projects. Climbers also tend to hop jobs frequently in their quest to swiftly climb up the organisational hierarchy. While their glory-seeking ways may cause resentment among other colleagues, a leader who can harness their drive will be able to get the best out of them.

The doormat
Easily bullied and pushed around, the doormat asks for sympathy but always gets the raw deal. Very often, they are new to a team and hence branded as naive. Doormats need to learn to stop avoiding confrontation and speak up when injustice is meted out to them.

The troublemaker
Troublemakers don't like their job and ensure that everyone around them is well aware of this resentment. This makes them quite difficult to handle. Their ire for the job is obvious in such signs as reporting late to work, taking time off at the drop of a hat, lagging behind on deadlines, not taking initiative and frequently speaking ill about the company and team. "The presence of a troublemaker on a team can be toxic. People dealing with such colleagues should try and find the root cause behind their dissatisfaction and resentment and address it. Communicate to them that their behaviour is not acceptable. Sometimes, a change of profile or team can be helpful," suggests Radhika Murthy, team leader at an IT organisation in Bangalore.

The materialist
This is the employee who works just for the salary. They have lost their interest in the job and lack the motivation to work. Yet, they stay put in a company because they have reached a comfortable place in the organisation and need the money to trickle in every month. He does the least amount of work possible and leaves office exactly when official working hours end. "Challenging as it may be, team leaders and companies should look for ways to motivate them. A good way is to link performance to monetary benefits," suggests Dasgupta.

Highly obsessive and compulsive, Mr OCD gives perfectionists a bad name. They fuss over the extra commas in a presentation and endlessly recheck the numbers in a spreadsheet. Tireless and relentless, they are excessively dedicated to work. Although they bear the brunt of backbiting and criticism, they grudgingly command respect from peers and subordinates due to their eye for detail. "Be sure to keep this type of employee motivated as his quest for perfection can be very helpful to the team. Managers should ensure that other colleagues do not take advantage of such an employee's traits to turn in sloppy work, knowing that the perfectionist will clean up their act," 

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Eat this to get rid of bad cholesterol

Eat strawberries to get rid of bad cholesterolStrawberries can dramatically reduce the levels of bad cholesterol and triglycerides, reveals new research. A few volunteers were asked to consume half a kilo of strawberries a day for a month to see whether it altered their blood parameters in any way. By the end of the month, their levels of bad cholesterol and triglycerides had reduced significantly, according to the analyses conducted by Italian and Spanish scientists.

"The study supports the protective role of the bioactive compounds in strawberries in tackling recognised markers and risk factors for cardiovascular diseases," said Maurizio Battino, director of the study.

Strawberries are known for their antioxidant properties. Researchers from the Università Politecnica delle Marche (UNIVPM, Italy), together with colleagues from the Universities of Salamanca, Granada and Seville (Spain), conducted an analysis that revealed that these fruits also help to reduce cholesterol.

The team set up an experiment in which they added 500 grams of strawberries to the daily diets of 23 healthy volunteers over a month. The total amount of cholesterol, the levels of low-density lipoproteins (bad cholesterol) and the quantity of triglycerides fell to 8.78 percent, 13.72 percent and 20.8 percent, respectively.

Eating strawberries also improved other parameters such as the general plasma lipid profile, antioxidant biomarkers and platelet function. The researchers strongly believe the benefits lie in anthocyanins - the pigment that gives the fruit its red colour. The results were published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry.

Saturday, 15 February 2014

Take the Poo to the Loo

Beat it guys finally a POO song and that too by UNICEF-INDIA

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Thursday, 13 February 2014

Namuafiq hi raha sara zamana dil ka

Namuafiq hi raha sara zamana dil ka
Hum samajhte the ki asan hain lagana dil ka

De ke bal zulfon ko itrate phira karte hain
Unko aata hai bahot khoob phansana dil ka

Ungliyan khoon se tar hogayen likhte likhte
Namukammal hi raha phir bhi fasana dil ka

Koi apna jo kabhi bholta hai ahde wafa
Yaad kar lete hain pahlu se wo jaana dil ka

Nazo andaaz ki shabnam teri ankhon se giri
Teri chahat se khila hai gule rana dill ka

Raas aye hai hamen uski nigahon ki faza
Ban gaya ab to yahi aik thikaana dil ka

Ek zara saqiye maikhana karambaar hua
Qabile deed hai phir loot machana dil ka

Sara faulad pighal jaye ga daanai ka
Aatashe hijr se mushkil hai bachana dil ka

Shauq ka had se guzarna nahin acha hota
Toor-e-sina pe burahaal hua naa dil ka

Mere lufzon se nahin usko mohabbat ka yaqeen
Aur mumkin hi nahi saamne lana dil ka

Marhaba usne kaha jazbaye betaab ke saath
Aaiye aaiye mausam hai hai suhaana dil ka

Aaj ulfat ke ajab rang uchale usne
Ho gaya sara sukun aaj rawana dil ka

Jo bhi chahe wo kare Ishq Khuda hai yaron
Ho ke bedil hua wo sakhs diwana dil

Kin farebon men guzaari hai jawani humne
Wo sunehre wo hasin khwaab dikhana dil ka

Isse to aankh hui husn ki tasweer ki num
Rang wan bharne ko wo khoon bahana dilka

Dil ne kuch aisa naya kar diya wo haar gaya
Imtihaan usne liya tha wo purana dil

Chaliye ye bhi sahi ek teer ki barbaadi hai
Aye Irfan usne lagaya hai nishaana dil ka

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Alamaton ki kahani

Alamaton ki kahani sunai thi usne,
Qayamaton ki kahani sunai thi usne.

Vo itna chahta tha mujhko bekhabar tha mai,
Museebaton ki kahani sunai thi usne.

Vo ho raha tha kisi doosre ka, phir na hua,
Haqeeqaton ki kahani sunai thi usne.

Jo usko logon ne samjhaya usne mana nahin,
Naseehaton ki kahani sunai thi usne.

kahan kahan se nikalna pada hai bach ke use
Azeeyaton ki kahani sunai thi usne

Tamam ishq ke dushman the uske charon taraf,
Fazeehaton ki kahani sunai thi usne.

nishato kaif ka saya tha uske chehre par
masarraton ki kahani sunai thi usne

Nazar me uski jo aaya tha mai, sabab ke liye,
Nazakaton ki kahani sunai thi usne.

Baleegh husn ki tafseer usne yun kar di,
Malahaton ki kahani sunai thi usne.

Chaman ka chand ka aur mera zikr usne kiya,
Latafaton ki kahani sunai thi usne.

‘Irfan’ raat ko usne mujhe na sone diya,
Mohabbaton ki kahani sunai thi usne.