Been Very Busy

Its has been quite a long time since I blogged in these hallowed halls….and I have been very very busy…with a new house to get ready….a project going live….and once again getting set for Christmas…..to put it in a word – its been hectic.

But I have got plenty lined up for my readers….a new recipe (pork, no less!!), pictures of my new home, and lots more.

So, stay tuned…and wish you all a MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR!

New Year, New Job, First Day

Welcome Bouquet
My welcome bouquet

Yesterday was my first day at my new job in the New Year. I was pretty surprised to receive a welcome bouquet there. And I received the standard issue of stationery – a spiral-bound notepad, pencil, eraser, sharpener and a pen.

The Resource Management person came to meet me first and got me to fill up a few forms. Then came the HR guy with a bevy of forms to be filled in both online and offline. They were very friendly and glad to help. In fact, as soon as I was recruited into the organisation, my contact person at the Recruitment department kept making enquiries and following up now and then. This is a simple but effective gesture, that can make a person feel cherished by the new organisation.

Then I was shown to a Training Room, where I was left in peace to fill up all the forms and be done with the joining formalities. Later on, once I had completed them all, I was given access to a system where all the organisation-related sites were introduced to me.

Lunch was with HR and in the afternoon, I was given an HR induction session where all HR policies were explained in detail.

What stood out the most during all these sessions, was the friendliness of these people and the ever-helping hand extended to the new employee. No concern was deemed too trivial to be laughed off, and each was given its due importance and explained or resolved.

Today I met several of the Managers I would be interacting with in my job and they all seemed to be very friendly and ready to help. They explained what their job functions were and patiently clarified any doubts I had.

Hot Pot of LanguagesUntil I came to this City, I was quite apprehensive of how I would fit in here. The City is a roiling, boiling hot pot of languages, and the more one knows, the merrier. I am a person who sticks to the two lingos I speak fluently. So many here are out to make fashion statements everyday, whereas I merely toddle along in the dungeons of fashion and accessories.

However, after joining here, I feel pretty comfortable (of course its only been 2 days, but still..) and think I can make something of myself out here.

More on my experiences in the Garden City in upcoming posts.

Till then, signing off.

Finally…The Garden City

After a rather uneventful New Year and a journey across 2 states, we have reached our destination – The Garden City.

When we arrived 2 months ago for a spot visit, the place was freezing, and it was raining all the time. This time when we arrived, the weather was much better and it has actually been warm. However, during the past few days, the thermometer has been threatening to go downhill and it there is a cold breeze most of the time.

There was a very interesting incident the other day. We are staying with my cousin and his wife and they don’t have a parking spot for their car. So, they (and around half the neighbourhood) park their vehicles along the kerb in front of their apartments.

Now, this area is stuffed with people of a certain region, who are among the most affluent and powerful around here. In order to spare the feelings of any who belong to this group, I will call them simply by the code name – “The Rudes”. Head Rude

A Rude family lives opposite our apartment and my cousin parked his car by their to the left of their home. the car was neither blocking their gate, nor was it bothering them in any other way. However, the Head Rude wanted the car to be removed, because, he claimed that the spot was his (as if the Government has given him the deed to the road) as all the surrounding area belonged to him. Therefore, he wanted the right to park anywhere that he chose. Cousin politely told him that he had no right to say that the road belonged to him. However, Cousin also said that he was willing to remove the vehicle if it bothered him so much.

CarBut nooooooo, the Head Rude would not be pacified. He wanted a fight, and what followed was a one-sided slanging match. The Head Rude, in spite of being told that the car would be removed, persisted in threats to call the Police and have the car towed away. Fed up with the guy, Cousin walked away 3 or 4 times after telling him to stuff it and do whatsoever was in his power. Each time, he would call back Cousin with some other infuraiting comment. And the best part was that, Head Rude was standing in his balcony and shouting out the threats, and didn’t even deign to come down (he probably feared that he wouldn’t be able to go back in a single piece if he came down).

Things began to get out of hand when Head Rude started calling names, again, in spite of being told that the car would be removed (I wonder what on earth was bugging him!). The neighbours started entering the fray and siding with Cousin. Finally, some relatives of the Head Rude pulled him away from the scene and apologised and politely asked Cousin to remove to car.

Placated, Cousin decided to move the car and parked it elsewhere.

Epilogue: Later in the evening when Cousin and Hubby went out, Head Rude came down from his Tower, and uttered a single word – “Saaaarrrry”*

*meaning Sorry in local dialect 🙂

Christmas Nostalgia

The smell of freshly baked cakes in the nipping air…..the sound of pealing bells…..the merry chatter of playing kids….these are all part of the special memories of Christmas.Christmas Cake

The word ‘Christmas’ is synonymous with happiness, holidays and cakes.

ExamsIn school, teachers would be in a hurry to finish off the portions for the Christmas exams, so that the kids don’t say that the questions were out of syllabus. Half-Yearly exams were conducted in the third week of December and we kids would be in a frenzy to be done with them. Because, after that would begin one of the most glorious holidays of the year, the 10-day Christmas vacations 🙂

At home, Mom would be busy finishing off the baking and cooking, while we  clamoured to get a Christmas Star hung in front of the house, and start work on the Crib and Tree.Xmas Crib

Another highlight of Christmas was the arrival of cousins and the amount of time we spent exploring the paddy fields, discovering hitherto unknown nooks and niches. Since we live in God’s Own Country, we don’t have any snow (maybe God prefers tropical climates like we have here). However, being December, the weather is slightly colder during the evenings and early mornings.

Xmas Star

These are memories from 15 years ago. For various reasons, it has been at least 6 years since I made a Crib or decorated a Xmas tree from scratch. Now that Baby has arrived in our midst, I would love to make a magical Christmas for him next year, when he is one year old. Till then, I will have to make do with borrowed Christmases at my relatives’ homes.