Ah! Ramblings again!

Well, I am seeing this recent trend of starting every blog post of mine with the standard guilt feeling dialog of ‘yeah I know, I have not been blogging much these days’. But that’s a revelation of a more profound sensation of not been able to find time for blogging. Yeah personal time has been badly screwed up after getting so busy with life and work.

As a customary ritual, I am going to say, this is my first post for the year 2016.

*phew* I said it!

Okay so there were times when I find time only for blogging – nothing else mattered. But now with incessant indulgence into family and addition of new small little member it became more addictive. Blogging did find its back seat.

This is not going to be a recap of what happened in 2015 or how people inspired me in my life to get Nobel prize and Oscar awards, but this is more of random thoughts which are going to pop up in my head while I am typing this out in the laptop.

Okay so where do I start? Let’s see if I can pick up from where I left off last. So after I have never felt so dumb –> <here>, things were normal as usual. Nothing was exciting in life than the only eagerness of seeing myself as a dad soon in a month. This is my first kid and as my wife’s due date was in December last year, (oh! It’s just a month since new year and last month became last year so soon..!) I just had only a month to travel back to India to hold my little son and feel the newborn right out of the womb. As they say, first things are always special – first steps, first school, first flight….and first baby!

But you know that the dates are not definite in case of maternity. I knew it might be a week earlier or later, but never expected a month before. Doctors had given a date of Dec 12 2015 as expected DoD (Ah that’s Date of Delivery in the lines of MoM, CoB and EoD – Corporate life!). I was also excited that Dec 12 was Rajinikanth’s birthday and it would be more awesome if the delivery happened exactly on this date. But this little guy was pretty hasty and came out a month earlier on Nov 16. I had to advance my travel and vacation plans and had to look for last minute flights and luckily got something without incurring much loss due to cancellation and change of dates. But as they say everything is for good. The change of dates did bring in good things *touchwood*

We named him Aadvik which means ‘unique’ in Sanskrit. Its easier to spell and only 6 letters in his first name. I am pretty confident that he should not finding it difficult to spell out his full name ‘Aadvik Kalyan’ outside India. Already my name is being convoluted to Kaylan, Kayla, Kamyan, Kalyam and so on here in US. I usually show my Credit Card to the person in desk (Sports Clips, H&R Block, FedEx, Doctors appointment etc) to refer my last name whenever they wanted me to spell it out to be entered in the system

(I also recently found out just few days back that ‘Thala’ Ajith also has named his son Aadvik and that’s a ‘whoa!’ being an Ajith fan myself!)

Hmm so without much overloading information, I just wanted to say, I am loving this new phase of my life!

Aadvik Kalyan Kal-el, the super-boy!

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Life in US has been kind of always the same – hectic!

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I’ve never felt so dumb

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Okay this is going to be completely random. Yes, how can someone develop so much laziness? I sometimes wonder if I lost my thinking hat. It might have got lost with the chaos around me and the blogger in me does get lazy and sleepy and forgets to churn words. It seems he has lost his patience too. With life engulfing him in its chores, he does gets busy – with life.

Well, let me tell you something that made me ponder, why our brain is so like a horse. Yes, a horse! Its been three months since I moved into my apartment. We usually have two keyholes in the door and have two keys to open each lock. I usually open the locks using each key. Sometimes there would be no identification mark to differentiate the keys and sometimes the keys would be differently designed, the bow part where you hold the key.

When I moved in for the first time, I tried to open the first lock with a key but some for weird reason it didn’t open. I might have turned left instead of right or right instead of left. I changed the key and it clicked. So I used the second key to open the other lock. I remembered this and saved this in my mind – brass colored key is for the second lock and the silver colored key is for the first lock.

And so a month later when I got a roommate I had to request the lease office for a spare key which they usually give when we move in the first time. They have been asking me to come on a weekday so that they can ask the key maker to make a spare key. I couldn’t find any time during the day to visit the lease office and hence this has been on hold for three or four weeks. So we started early from office, on a Friday, as we had completed the tasks for the day little earlier or you can assume everyone was in Friday mood and left home early. So we, having confirmed that there are no pending tasks for the day, started early and reached home.

The lease office would be open till 6 pm and so I decided to give them a call and check if I can come and see if I can get a spare key. Having got the confirmation from them, I walked to the office and told them that I have come for the key. The lady in the office asked me to show my key inquiring about my apartment number and door number.

I gave her the keychain which had both the keys nicely secured with all other discount cards from Shoprite, Plenti etc hanging along with it.

She said, ‘So you have two keys, why do you need a spare one?’

I told her, ‘Yeah I need the spare keys for my roommate too.’

‘Well, you can use both the keys to open the lock’

‘Yes, but I need the spare for my roommate’, I repeated.

I couldn’t understand why she did’t get what I said. But she rephrased her words – You can use the keys to open both the locks which means each key can open both the locks.

What!

Its been three months and we have been opening the locks with respective keys – The silver one for the top and brass one for the bottom. When did this change! I even gave a demo on how to lock and unlock the doors using the two keys.

I couldn’t come out of the shock that was inflicted on me. I sheepishly grinned and thanked her for letting me know and came out of the lease office like a fool.

What the..! So each key can open both the locks and I have been using the spare key all these days assuming that they belong to different locks. Why haven’t I tried opening the other lock with the other key, I mean you get it right? How can I be so dumb! Now you get the horse analogy?😀

I fastened my pace and I couldn’t wait to test this. As I reached my apartment door, I used the silver keys to open both the locks. Voila! the door gave me way like I cracked some complex algorithm. Then I locked the doors with the same key and used the other brass key to open the locks this time. Whoa! it opened.

I hurriedly climbed the steps and walked to my roommate and said, ‘you know what, I was told that each key can open either of the locks and we already have the spare key. Here it is, this yours now’, and handed over the brass key to him.

He asked, ‘Ohh, so one key can open both the locks?’

‘Yes.’

‘Aaah! Now I get it, I have not been using the keys the way you asked me to open the locks. I randomly use one of the keys to open one and the other one to open the other. I have never bothered to notice the color when opening them. Now I realize why I never get struck even when I use any key to open the locks’

I was like, ‘What!’

So he didn’t tell me as well, that the keys are same, even though the design is different. I held both the keys together, aligning the bow and key threads and realized only the bow design changed, the cuts were same!

I’ve never felt so dumb!

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P.S: The photo at the top of this post was clicked by me when I was lazily lying down in my bed on a lazy Saturday afternoon!

French Toast & Veggie Omelet Chronicles

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My usual breakfast – French Toast, Veggie Omelet and Fried Potatoes!

Well, I know its been a long time I wrote something and every-time I write something I say the same. Funny it is I know. But somehow I couldn’t assemble my thoughts and urges to find couple of hours to sit and write. Might be other things are dominating my thoughts and that makes me less inclined to writing.

What has happened? Did my blogging skills diminish with time? No. I am still the same inquisitive boy who I have been. Wait..boy? No no Its time to say, ‘man’. Since, I am going to see my next generation soon, that should make me more mature. Duh! I don’t want to be mature, I still want to be the same funny eccentric hopeless guy. Its not being mature that people around you expect but all you need to be is responsible and bearable. Responsible enough to take care of yourself and the people you care about. Bearable enough not to make someone think you are a douche bag! Everything else is only relative!

So that makes me a boy – a responsible boy!!🙂

Okay so I can hear you mind voice – whats all this French Toast & Veggie Omelet?

Eh! nothing so big. Just some random thoughts and things thats happening around me and with me. But what is so specific about this French Toast and Veggie Omelet? Again nothing. Thats becoming my usual morning food. I have been wanting to write more something like a diary. But again that would be like I need to recollect and write things from past which I am feeling lazy to do! So I will just go with the flow for now and then try to fill in things if I missed anything.

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Its been exactly 42 Days 3 Hours and 44 minutes since I had moved to New Jersey from California. Since then, I relentlessly accept that is coming in my way – new city, new people and new ways!

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Fifty Shades of Puliyo-Grey

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Puliyogreys have been the part and parcel of every tambrahm upbringings that never cease to be the standard dinner even in the recent times. Those summer holiday epochs of our childhood have always ushered me to the specific timeline where the childhood memories remains intact with such pleasantly unpleasant endeavors.

Those were the summer holiday times at my aunt’s place when P’greys were of abundant supply from the temple. The two families would nonchalantly consume just the voluptuous plates of P’greys for dinner. I would like to mention that the alchemy of making P’greys with excessive tamarind and peanuts does magical things to you at night. If your system doesn’t accept the proportion, then you might have to take a couple of strolls to the loo to cache clean the exorbitant intake.

The hunger which is predominantly dominant before the consumption of this masochistic concoction nevertheless gets conquered at the end of process.

It evokes a sense a deep submission to some unknown force which drops the serotonin levels engulfing us to a nice Trans state called sleep!

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Train or bus journeys have never been complete without the hawkers distributing food packets and frequenting the compartments with open carton full of Fruti-s and Fanta-s and Lays.

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See what I found

The other day when I was cleaning my room, I caught hold of some old things stocked up in my top shelf. Now that they have been unearthed, it made me think the times we have crossed. The times, we didn’t have access to things that made life easier, the times, ‘knowing’ Computers was all that jazz. Google was only a search engine.

Then this thing ‘Floppy’ which we carried around everywhere like how we carry 1TB external hard disk these days. It is so amazing to realize that our technological urge didn’t go beyond 1.44 MB worth of data. What else do we carry around in a floppy? A softcopy of the resume to be sent to the employer or a powerpoint presentation to be presented for a college seminar. That’s all!

But now, pen drives and hard disks are full of data with no free space, but our desires are still unfilled. With the emerging trends in the cloud storage, Google Drive, One Drive, Dropbox and iCloud are doing their part to help seamless availability of data.

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