Saturday, December 18, 2010

Solitude

Solitude, as they define it, is 'the state of being or living alone'. I always thought of it as a peaceful happy word. Where there is quiet, and there is no discontent. Where the mind doesn't look for people or answers. On the other hand, the state of being or living alone is just that...lonely. It is not solitude. It is piteous and it just makes you look back to the time when friends were around, when plans were aplenty and well, when you were just effortlessly happy.

Being comfortable on your own is tough. If you learned how to, you just earned my respect. It is human nature to be needy. We crave for affection. We crave for attention. That's how we are. Sometimes we don't tell them, but we begrudge them for not being around. We blame. Because that makes it easy. That sounds fair. When small things you do become reminders of the people you care about, being alone becomes tough. Thoughts are good when you have a plan chalked out. When it is all hazy, you are definitely better off without any. Thinking is pure evil. At times.

So, like I said, solitude and being alone are not synonymous. Solitude is when you're reading a good book. Looking at a beach on a sunny morning or at mountains on a chilly winter evening. You have your favourite person for company. A person with whom lack of conversation is not an awkward silence. And in this peaceful state, you close your eyes. And you smile. That's solitude.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Notes from Office

  • Office and blogging do not get along very well. So, if you are trying to write a post, like I am, chances are you will end up with a lot of drafts. Like I have. You will try to edit them, but the anti-creativity, sleep-inducing, boss-hovering aura shall just make you blankly stare at the screen. Like I have been doing for the past so many days. (Does not mean I don't have work! :) )
  • There is nothing like 'less work'. You either shirk work or put your sorry ass on the line. Currently, am a part of the latter. Next week, shall switch allegiance to the former. Expect a different post altogether on 'Tips to Shirk Work Effortlessly' ;) I am quite the pro when I choose to be. :)
  • That one hour after lunch is marked by the onset of sleeping sickness. One of those Murphy-like laws state that the moment you close your eyes for five minutes, thinking its safe, your boss shall walk in with a 'I know what you just did' swagger. 
  • Job satisfaction is like looking for gold at the end of the rainbow. And the more you expect from a job, the more you become leprechaun-like. :) No wonder us folks from B-schools top the leprechaun hall of fame. ;) We just expect the moon!
  • If you joined IT (as a pseudo consultant) and thought you would never look at an SQL query again, who were you kidding anyway! 
  • Even if you find ONE person with a good sense of humour in office, hold on to the person like you got dumped by titanic and he/she has the only lifeboat around. :) It is rare. 
  • If you know more than your boss does, shut your trap. 
  • Learn the art of Alt-Tab. The moment you spot familiar movement at a risky distance, fingers should press the combo without the brain instructing it to. Someone calls you behind your back, again..you know what to do. This art is an important entry in the book of  'Pretence of Work'
  • Power napping in the loo is a pretty popular phenomenon. Quite the savior too! Stop frowning at it.
  • You will always reach atleast an hour later than you planned to in the morning. You will always leave two hours later than you planned in the evening. Does not hint at your planning skills at all.
  • Good looking men (or women) always work in some other city. And some other company. they don't exist in your own. 
  • No matter how much you earn or how little, the balance enquiry on the 15th of every month shall give the same result.
  • Paycheck day. Forget the above. Praise thy lord and thy luck for the blessing that is your job.