Friday, February 12, 2010
It has been great to be in the land of the dreams for 6 months. I have had my own share of friendships, traveling, flirting and of course studying. The best part however is that the "Othlaa" in me is still alive. Its quite a different "Othlaa" here though. Probably much more othlaa than what I was back home.
Side Track: The word OTHLAA just seems to amaze me(Or English grammar continues to disappoint me). You could use it as a noun, verb, adjective and what not !!!
Othlaa here has adapted to the western culture. He TRIES to work during the weekdays and has fun over the weekends. What more, the weekend here starts from Thursday evenings, thanks to the happy hours that we have every week. Start off your weekend with a bang.
Guess the program I choose also contributes its share to me being what I am. MBA or Mahina Bhar Aaraam as some would call it. It mostly involves working in team and adding a intellectual quality into what ever you do. In lay man terms, "bullshitting". If you know how to talk and sell, you would be a successful MBA graduate. No wonder so many companies run by such MBA graduates are going into financial troubles. All in all, it sounds like a perfect place for Othlaagiri.
In the first few days, I was not sure if things would work out for an Othlaa like me (as they had in my previous company). But after a semester of work and decent grades, things seems to be no different for me here. Its more or less like the VTU grading system, if not easier. Pick up your books just a day before the exam and you would surely pass with satisfactory grades.(Note: Satisfactory here is highly correlated to the individual concerned)The only difference that I see between the undergrad degree and this one is the attire. We used to be dressed in shabby jeans, which had not seen water in years all the time. Now we are forced to wear suites and shoes.
Disclaimer: In case someone reads this post and are intimidated to join MBA, please do so at your own risk. Its not child's play to be an Othlaa....
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
This time I am planning on telling you a story that really happened with me. A story where Google actually cheated me of money, lots and lots of it :(. In case you have been regular-visitors (hopefully these are not completely fictional characters and there are atleast few jobless people who do key in my website address once in a while) of my blog, you would have noticed there was a brief period of time when i had a few ads on my blog. They came and they disappeared faster than they came. This is the story of what led to the appearance and disappearance of these "Google Ads"
Date: Early 2007
Location: Othlaa Cubicle, Bangalore
Time: Just after lunch
It was a regular day at office and everyone in my cubicle were trying to act as though we were working to our best possible extent. After acting for a long time, we did get tired and took a not so regular 3.00 PM pre-tea tea break. It was during this time that one of my fellow Othlaas came up with the idea of putting Ad's in the blog as a method of making money. We all discussed the possibilities and the amount of money that we could make. Mind you, we were really desperate for money given the measly amounts we work for in our company. And its quite obvious that all of us are excited at the slightest hint of money be it in rupees of in paise. With dreams of making money in our eyes and a full 4 hours to spend before we could actually go home, we decided to implement the idea right away.
Must praise Google for this, the method was quite simple and straight forward. I could use my Google id and set up and account and all we had to do is select the kind of ads that we wanted to place and just copy + paste(One thing we are awfully good at)the html code in our blog. All said and done, I had the Ad's in my blog in no time. According to Google, I would be getting a cheque once my balance reached 100$. So now all that I could do was "click and wait".
6 months later
I had requested every person I knew in my office, school, and college to click on the blog Ad's. I was rather disappointed by the amount of money that had accumulated in my account. It was a mere 32$ for a period of 6 months. I was happy however. It so happened at this time that a lot of my rich friends happened to fly to USA and all over the world to pursue their Masters. While chatting with one of them (Unmistakably during office hours), I asked him to click on the Ad's. To my amazement, I found that I was earning almost 1$ for every click. Encouraged by this, I asked him to click on the Ad's whenever possible. And to my luck, this friend started clicking so much that my balance shot up from 32 to 470$ within a fortnight. I am pretty sure that he was clicking away in his sleep too.
Now that I had crossed 100$, I was actually waiting for my cheque from Google. I used to check my mail everyday in anticipation of the money. One fine day, I did get a mail. But alas, fortune had different plans in mind. I found that it was a mail which stated that my account was disabled. It said that they suspected some foul play due to the sudden increase in traffic and hence had closed my account. The worst part was that, I would not get the 30$ that I had previously too. This was like rubbing salt on the wound. For a few days, I thought that I had outsmarted Google and had found a flaw in their system, but they proved that they are the best and have all flaws plugged tight. Hats off Guys !!!
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
First of all, there are two ways to get the transcripts. The first one is to apply through your respective colleges. You will have to go to the admission section of your college and fill up a form and get your Principal's attestation on the form. Pin up a DD along with the proper fee and post it to VTU. This is the longer process and might take anywhere between 3-4 weeks for you to get your transcripts. I would suggest you go for this method only if you have at least a month time to submit your applications. Else there is method number 2. You will have to personally go to VTU to get the transcripts in this option.
Well, for method 2 here is what we are supposed to do. Even before you start planning your trip to Belgaum (which is where our VTU office is), I suggest you call up the VTU office. The number is 0831- 2498136. Please check with the person if the Registrar is available on your proposed date of travel. If so, we can go ahead with our planning for the travel. There are a lot of buses and trains which leave for Belgaum daily from Bangalore. I preferred to travel by train, coz I can’t sleep in buses. If you are planning to travel by train, you will have to book at least 5 days in advance to get a ticket. Bus tickets can be easily booked even on the day prior to travel. Bus fare is around Rs.450 whereas train costs about Rs.260 (one way). Book your tickets such that you reach Belgaum by 9.00 AM in the morning.
Once you reach Belgaum city, you will have to take a bus or auto to Shanti Baswad.
Again, make sure you reach VTU office by 12.00 noon. Requests submitted before this time would be attended to on the same day. Else it will be postponed to the next day. I suggest you be in VTU before 11.30. Also it would be better to get a DD from Bangalore. The DD should be in favor of "The Finance Officer, VTU" and must be payable at Belgaum. The cost of the first copy of the transcripts is Rs. 250 and the subsequent copies are Rs.150 each. Since you already have the DD with you, it saves you a lot of valuable time. Once you reach VTU, make your way to the regional office. Here you will have to fill up a form for obtaining the transcripts. This will include filling up of details like USN, DD No, Name, Address, etc. Once you complete the form, attach the DD and submit it to the clerk there. If you do this before the 12, you will be asked to come at 4.30 in the evening to collect the transcripts.
In case you need to collect transcripts for your friends, you will have to carry letter authorizing you to collect the transcripts on his/her behalf. Sometimes, they do ask you for identification (College ID card) and your old marks cards. You would be on the safer side if you carried them along with you.
Once this is done, all we have to do is wait. Carry a good book along with you. There is absolutely nothing to do from the time you have submitted the form to the time you get the transcripts. The VTU office is around half hour drive from the city and you find nothing except trees around this place. Alternatively you could make your way back to the city and roam around till its time to head back. Again, there is nothing much you could do in Belgaum as well.
Around 4.30 - 5.00, you will get your transcripts in hand. You will have to collect it from the same office you submitted the application in. Count your transcripts and make sure all of them are sealed and signed. Suppose you have applied for 10 copies, you get 10 sealed copies along with an unsealed copy. You can now head back to Belgaum to get back to Bangalore.
If is advisable to have some buffer between the time you get your marks cards to when you book your return journey. It would be safe to book return trains/buses around 9 in the night. Buses to and from VTU are very less and this buffer would help you also if the transcripts are delayed. In order to ensure that I didn’t miss my train, I booked my return journey from Hubli. The train from Hubli was at 11.00 PM and it would take me about 2.5 hrs to reach Hubli from Belgaum. You would reach Bangalore by 7.30 if you take the same route (Rani Chenamma Express).
Hope these details will help you get your transcripts without any hassles. If you are a foodie like I am, make sure to try Kunda - a sweet popular in Belgaum and a typical North Karnataka Jolada Rotti meal.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
If you presumed from the title that I am capitalizing of the success of the recently launched book by Chetan Bhagat, you have thought correctly. Off late the traffic to my site has been dwindling and this is part of one of my ingenious plans to restore the past glory (if there was any :P) of my site.
Well cutting the crap and coming to the point, I was actually quite impressed by the recent book written by Chetan Bhagat. But there comes the interesting part, on one hand I was impressed on the other intrigued. How could any person commit only 3 mistakes in one's own life? It is highly improbable that the number of mistakes committed by any individual would be so less unless the person was a saint (Even in that case, I doubt if the number could be so minimal). So somehow, I thought it would be worthwhile to pen down the mistakes of my life. Since I was sure, that the number would be more than 3, the title came about. So here go the mistakes of my life...
(Be warned that the blog might be too long and time consuming to read)
Instead of starting in the chronological order of my mistakes, I thought it would be better to start of with the biggest mistake I have committed till date. If you take a wild guess, your guess would be as good as anybody else. If you guessed pursuing Engineering, bingo, you hit the bull's eye. (If you didn’t get that answer, you probably were not from an engineering background. If you were and still didn’t get the answer, you were mostly one among the nerdy brains who sat in the first benches, took notes in each class, understood every word that came out of the lecturer's mouth and never experienced the joy of bunking). Even to this day, I feel that I should have looked at the alternate career choices that I had at that point in time. I feel I would have done better as someone else than an Engineer. The list of alternate career options that I had were pretty long. I would have loved to be a doctor, a pilot, an astronaut, a chef. To tell you the truth, I even had the dream of having my own kirana store (Translated into English as a provision store). Well now I guess, it’s too much and too late.
Another mistake would definitely be not pursuing higher studies after my BE. It might turn out to be an even bigger mistake than the biggest one, but you never know until you try it out yourself. On one hand, you would have had a Masters Degree (Translated into layman terms as lots of dowry ;P) and on the other you would get a chance to experience life in foreign, as we fondly call it. However I look at it, it seems to be a win-win situation. There seems to be nothing that could go wrong with the plan. But there is no use speaking of it now and it stands as mistake number two on my list.
Next would be the one (or should I say two) that might have changed the course of my life (for the good or bad, I can’t say). You might feel strange, shocked, weird and all those kinda feelings when you hear this but it’s true. Two girls proposed me at different points of time in my life and I rejected both of them. It’s actually very hard to even imagine how my life would have been if I had accepted either one of them. If you are one amongst my friends and reading this, I am sure that the question of who the two unlucky girls were would be going through your mind. Well, all I can say is this isn’t a blog about revealing secrets. If you are wondering if the number was only two, your doubt is completely valid. I haven’t taken the correct number, coz I don’t want my other friends(boys in particular) to feel jealous or bad about themselves :P
One mistake that I am repenting even to this day would be revealing all this awesome, unknown eateries to all my friends. It is a good thing that they have gotten to know all this places, but the worst part is they have started visiting these places more often than me. Due to the frequency of their visits, they are much popular with the vendors than me. This is an ultimate case of "Guru ge tiru mantra"(Can’t translate that into English, sorry). Due to all these people, the places have become super crowded. It would probably be worthwhile to find another "sidappa" or "chikanna" rather than waiting in the queue and eating.
Another classic mistake that I have committed, am committing and will continue to commit is watching movies in their first week of release. Thanks to the movie buffs that my friends are, getting tickets is the easiest part. But sitting through some of the absolute shit movies is a torture like no other. Still, I am sure that I would continue to do this again and again. Coz that one good movie where you enjoy with all your friends is worth sitting through all the bad movies. The feeling of shouting out loud and whistling when the hero/heroine appear is absolute bliss. Though personally, I have not tried out doing tapanguchi for the songs, I am sure will give it a shot some day. And you can be sure of expecting a blog on that.
Guess these are enough mistakes for one blog. Hope writing this blog itself doesn’t turn out to be another mistake in my life :P
PS: This blog has been written in typical Chetan Bhagat style a.k.a first person narration style. The incidents have all been written as told by Kittu (name changed to protect identity) to the author :)
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Anyone who has been in the software industry for more than a year would definitely agree with me that its a lousy and very inactive profession to be in. Except for the money and the chicks (neither of which we are blessed with) there seems to be nothing else in this profession. You don't get the sense of satisfaction of accomplishing something or don't feel special here. Most of my fellow code coolies(i know the phrase has been plagiarized, but who cares) in the Othlaa gang feel the same and hence went about looking for alternatives.
Luckily, the first thing that we realized is that the problem is with the profession and not with the company. So jumping companies is definitely out of question. You might be happy for a short period but in the long run, its the same old story again. So keeping in mind the goal of eternal happiness, we move on.....
The other option would be to quit the job and continue with our studies in order to get a Masters degree next to our name. This is a very complicated problem. First the question of which field to do the Masters in would arise. Once we find the answer to that, the next obvious question would be as to where to do it? If you are slightly lucky enough(slightly coz there are a lot more obstacles to overcome) , you will probably find that you are just in time to apply to the various entrance exams that are conducted. After writing these exams (and if Lady luck is still with you) you will probably get selected to the first round of the four or five round screening process. If you are a really lucky bastard (not to be mistaken for a racist comment) you will probably make it into the select few who get admission into the elite institutions. And the trouble doesn't end here. You still will have to pay the 7 digit fees that these colleges charge with the hope of earning more money once you graduate. But 90% of the times, what happens is we are stumped by one of the very first googlies that this option throws at you. But the worst thing that could happen is that you go through all the pain and suffering and come out and you find yourself in a crappier position(in terms of job and money) than you were before you started your Masters :)
The next option that I stumbled upon is one which is the favorite of our very own "Ann", (Its a different thing that she has many other options and suggestions too) Opening a Mallu Bakery. I rather not comment about the Mallu part in the idea, since there are a lot of Mallus who will probably go through this blog. But I must accept that this is not such a bad idea. Given the amount of money that our campus CCD fellow is making, this does look like a lucrative business. Add to that we have the stats of at least 10 people(on a average) having their birthday on a particular day. Apart from Birthdays, we also have several other reasons to feast on a Cake, like anniversaries, festivals, on site returns or just being able to catch hold of a Bakra. The only reason that we might not venture into this thought is US. Being the foodies that we are, we would probably by ourselves drive our business into loss :) Hence taking no risks of that sort we ponder on
Being born in a section of the society which is basically the business class, jumping into some sort of business would be the easiest(or most logical) option. But thanks to the lazy life style I have been leading till now, I don't have even a small insight into what goes into the smallest of the businesses. I realized this first hand recently, when I was asked by my dad to sit in the shop for a day when he was away. I had no idea of what was happening there and didn't have the slightest of idea as to what I was supposed to do. All I did there was call up people(Thanks to the corporate connection) whom I hadn't spoken to recently since I had some time for myself. Despite being optimistic and assuming business to be in my blood, I still have to be able to find a person who would invest lakhs into my business and believe that I would deliver. This job would probably be tougher than the job I am currently into.
After having long sessions of thinking(Yes, i actually think) and brainstorming there is usually a single indisputable decision that i usually reach, "GETTING MARRIED". This is probably the easiest, least risk involved, highly logical, future secure, non resource consuming, least effort involved, promising, enjoyable decision that one could possible think of. Thanks to the huge dowry packages that people have to offer. As one of my friend usually says, Why struggle when you can live on the interest that these huge sums of dowry get you. This might probably not be the most ethical thing to do but no one's complaining. So probably after this, I might probably go on the look out for some wealthy fellow who has a lone daughter to marry off :)
P.S. In case you know some one who fits the description above, don't hesitate to call me. Reimbursement of call charges assured.
Saturday, July 7, 2007
If you are not a foodie then I must say, U better not go through the rest of the blog. Firstly I must apologize for the delay in posting my next blog. This can be attributed to the fact that I have been working my ass of now-a-days. To be frank I have been working on weekends for the past 3 weeks. This seems to have reached such a limit, that our Othlaa gang is actually thinking of dethroning me as the Othlaa and also thinking of renaming me as Workla(I know, this is a nice way of publicizing urself to proclaim to the world that "I work too"). Ok then, back to business now. This blog will contain a list of some of the unknown eateries that one could find in
A very popular street in VV Puram aka shettarpalya. A heaven for food lovers. You can find every dish from south Indian to North, American to Chinese. And what’s better is that they are damn cheap too. And in case you have a liking for sweets, then there are plenty of varieties to satisfy your sweet tooth too.
Route Info: Make your way to the national college fly over and then to Sajjan Rao circle. Ask anyone for directions there and am pretty sure, you will find this place.
Must Eat: Special cutlet at Chandra’s, Butter gulkhan and masala soda at Shivanna, Dosas
2. Gandhi bazaar:
A locality that existed probably as long as
Route Info: Gandhi bazzar by itself is a landmark, but in case you are from other parts of the city make your way to Ramakrishna Ashram and then to
Must Eat: Golgoppa at Bugle Rock, Bajjis at Bajji Corner(Near UD), Davanagere Benne Dose(next to Tyagarajnagar ICICI ATM). Also to finish off the feast, you can choose to either have a glass of fresh fruit juice at Ganesh or a sizzling brownie at Shiv Sagar.
A very popular and very historic land mark of
Route Info: Make your way to
Must Eat: A plate of Rava Idli(with ghee) and a Fruit Mixture(as they call it). This place recently started serving afternoon meals also. However personally I don’t find it worth enough.
Located in the heart of the
Route Info: Go to KR Market. Then enter Avenue Road. Once you enter Avenue road, there is a small gully that branches towards your right. Enter this road and you walk along to find the various stores. However I must tell you that you can easily get lost in this place and it would be better if you had someone who knows the place along.
Must Eat: Vada pavs at Bombay Chat Centre, Jamoon with/without ice cream, Floating pani puri opp Bombay Chat Centre,
This can be called a house rather than a eatery. It’s a home that has been converted into a
Must Eat: Sagu masala and tuppa khali(khali dosa roasted with ghee) are my picks. However, there would be a rice bath that changes daily.
6. Yelakki Chikanna:
This is another restaurant on the likes of Sidappa. Located near the old silk board, this place(like sidappa) isn’t known to many people. This place is so very difficult to find, that you might have a tough time to even find the place if it’s your first time. This too is a house that would be converted into a restaurant in the mornings only.
Route Info: Reach the Corporation bus stop and take a left to reach old silk board, then it would be wise to ask somebody for this place as it is difficult to explain the route through the gullies.
Must Eat: Mini masale(aka tiny masala dosas) and khali dosas that just melt in your mouth.
7. Brahmins Coffee Bar:
A one of its kind hotel in
Route Info: Get to Gandhi bazaar and then to shankarpuram police station, take the next left after the police station and i am sure you wouldn’t miss this place.
Must Eat: This is one place where i love everything. So do tryout all the items in the menu according to your preferences.
8. Shiva's Chats:
This a place located very close to my place so couldn’t resist mentioning it. Located near 50 feet road, hanumanthnagar, it’s a chat house which opens during evenings. Due to its proximity to my place, I am a regular here. Since it started, the place has undergone many changes and has had its ups and downs with its taste. However, this place should be visited once.
Route Info: Reach 50 feet road and ask for Kaggis Bakery. You will find this place right next to the bakery.
Must Eat: Sev puri and a hot place of masala puri (Especially if it’s raining of drizzling)
All the above mentioned places are some of my favorites and most of them could be found in South Bangalore(Since i reside here). I am pretty sure that there are many more such places in other parts of Bangalore. In case you know a few of them, do mention them in the comments.
Thursday, May 17, 2007
After the post on Ash and Abhi, here I am back with the one liner issue. This time I will try to tell you one liners of many more people. So without much delay, here it goes
First up is one of my engineering friends, Akshay(Fondly called as soi by all of us). The common thing that you hear from out of his mouth is "Bilathe kano"(For those of you who don't understand the local slang and language, it means " You're gonna be belted"). I dont know how many people he has told this too and has not hit one person being the Ahimsavadi that he is :)
Next up, is Sandeep(popularly known as Sandy). This fellow keeps chanting "Re nee yabba". He tells this slang so often, that probably if he had replaced these words by some God or Goddess name, he would probably earned himself a direct express ticket to heaven.
Now its Anand's turn. Anand's favourite words are "Yapaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa". Probably the most heard words in our usual session of Mafia, after the ever popular "Nanalla kano". Dude miss you in the afternoon lunch and the time pass sessions........(One more thing, no one is eating fruits now-a-days, probably due to the sorrow that your leaving the company caused)
Lokesh (aka loks), you are next in the line. During the thousands and thousand of minutes that i talk to this guy on the phone, the lines most heard are "What else dude". I seriously still cant figure out what we talk on these long looooooooooooooong calls. He might have probably told this a thousand times in each and every call and we still find some topic or the other to talk bout.
Naveen (aka kona), one among the elite few who knows everything that i know and everything that i do. He always keeps telling "Re lifea bejar aypayindi ra"(Bored of this f#$king life dude). However this guy should surely not be judged by his words coz he leads one of the best lives amongst the many people that i know. Even though he keeps telling these lines, he is one person who leads a bindas life and i mean it.
Shreyas (aka ................ oops we don't have a nick name for this guy), shreyas doesn't have one liners, he probably has one paragraphs or songs. Dont mistake him for a singer or a writer. He is an ardent fan of Mr Himesh Baba and sings his songs so well that Himesh Baba would die if he heard them (i know it was a pj, but if you are one among the intellectual people checking out this post, i was sarcastic). I seriously don't understand where this guy finds the lyrics and the tunes for the songs he sings. He complete changes them and it takes time for us to figure out what on earth this fellow is singing.
Kaushal (aka Share khan), This Mr. Shrarekhan started off blogging recently. All the best to you dude and now for ur many one liners. "Badiya hai", "Chalo", "What crap". Well i guess, i am the one who listens to them more often than the other colleagues of mine, owing to the fact that our cubicles are close by and also owing to the fact the amount of time that we remain OTHLAA.
In case you wanna contact this fellow for any share market tips(thanks to the free publicity that i have given him) please make it a point to call him after 3.30 PM(IST) coz, Sir will be busy till then with the market.
Nema(aka moms, aka mama, aka kallu mama), is definitely one of the blessed fellows in our school and college gang. However he dosent agree to this. The line that is most uttered by this fellow now-a-days is "Dude I wanna quit this company". Dude moms, let me tell you one thing, "Who doesn't want to quit the company that they work for?" Everybody wants to but nobody does it. So continue to adapt and go on with your life.......
Also i must mention some of the lines of our "SENIOR"Acharyas use. Bhargav - "Aah naaice", Sibin - "Interesting" and the one that I have heard the most "THIS WONT WORK", Chubby - "Cheap ass buggers".
There are many more friends of mine that I have not mentioned in these two posts. This is due to the fact that they have no one liners. These people are mainly my colleagues and the mafia gang that I am proud to be a part of. Afzal, Jobin, Kavita, Shariq, Kishore, Deepak, Abhi and Bhatru, guys you better find yourselves some lines in order to get noticed. And then there are others like Gundu, Satya, Sailesh and Aftab, you better hangout more with us so that your one liners get noticed.
I guess, that's enough for this post. Tata and C ya soon