YOU #AtoZchallenge

Hey YOU,

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Yes YOU.. Give me a smile.. πŸ™‚
You are awesome.. You are unique.. You are someone who can do anything.. You are strong.. You can catch the wind.. You can fly in the air.. Close your eyes; you can feel yourself.. πŸ™‚ You are beyond your imagination.. Really!! You have strength.. You can dream.. You can chase.. You are what you think of yourself; not what others think about you.. πŸ™‚

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Stay positive.. πŸ™‚
Smile Always ❀

YHappy Blogging!! ❀

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XEROX – The best buddy of Engineering Students #AtoZchallenge

maxresdefaultYou may feel it funny.. But this is right! Xerox is the best buddy of Engineering students.. At least in the exam days.. I don’t know whether this happens in Kerala only.. πŸ˜‰ The whole academic year will go like a cultural event and in the end teachers will go mad and we students.. We are already mad.. There won’t be any text books available in the library.. There won’t be any notes and the only destination is Xerox centers near the college.. There will be a big queue which we have to beat and get the necessary photocopies of study materials.. This is a part of every Engineering students life, while he is in Government college or Self-financing.. πŸ™‚ Those bundle of black and white papers will be the best friend for next days till the exam.. There is a tradition of handing over those bundles to our junior batch.. πŸ˜‰ That’s how I am linked with an X.. πŸ˜› Xerox.. πŸ™‚

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WordPress #AtoZchallenge

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For W nothing is better than this.. WordPress and I met three years back.. It’s around 3 and half years back.. I was in search of some designs by Lijo Reny Architects and I found their blog in wordpress.. Then I thought of starting a new blog (The old one in blogspot was damaged) πŸ™‚ That is how this 3 year old child is born.. πŸ™‚ My domain was in another name at that time.. Then I changed the name, got familiar with the wordpress process and found those wonderful wonderful writers here.. This is the best writing platform I ever had and some people I got from here are family to me.. πŸ™‚

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I met some masterminds.. some magicians.. some thinkers.. entrepreneurs.. everyone..

WSo.. WordPress for W.. πŸ™‚ Big toast to my people.. πŸ™‚ The family here.. πŸ™‚
Sri Di.. Neerja.. Deepika.. Kavya.. Bala.. Darcy.. Srinath.. Piku.. Sneha.. Rupzie.. Hema Di.. Tejas Bhai.. Jenny.. Jackie.. Jithin.. Teny.. Bhanu.. Bikram.. Love you all..

Veneziano – the villa project #AtoZchallenge

By the time I am writing this I am not a part of my old office anymore. But when I remember of the word V, the only one comes to my mind is Veneziano, the villa project I worked on when I was with my previous organization. There is nothing more to write about the project, that is why I m sharing some photographs of the Project.. πŸ™‚

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Club House.. πŸ™‚

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B type Villas

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At night πŸ˜‰

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Entrance

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Front view

 

UNITE – stay together! #AtoZchallenge

bloggers-unite2Stay United.. I don’t know which is important.. I heard people saying stay united when I was a kid and when I grew up all I heard is stay independent.. May be life is all about choosing where we have to stay together and where to stay independent.. For me, I m independent up to an extend.. But as a family or in a relation I believe in togetherness.. Family & friendship is togetherness.. Nothing can beat that effect.. Home will not be home if there is no laughing.. stalking and talking.. and obviously fighting (the moment we realize the togetherness most).. That’s what family is.. I laugh at my dad.. tease my mom.. hug my niece and talk till the morning to my sister.. I can scold my Aunt.. fight with my little brother and sleep with my sister-in-law.. Togetherness is a wonderful feeling.. Uniting is as hard as parting.. Understanding each other in a better way.. Either it is a husband or wife.. Or a son and father.. anyone in a family.. ❀

when-spider-webs-unite-they-can-tie-up-a-lion-quote-1And friendship.. Uniting is a blast.. Unending laugh.. πŸ˜€ And the depth and loyalty is found when we are in a crisis.. We will know who will hold us.. and if we have a problem we will know who will stand beside us.. That’s what is unity.. πŸ™‚ So unite & stay together.. Always love others around us and love yourself!!

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Tendulkar’s speech! #AtoZchallenge

Who don’t like Sachin Tendulkar?
I guess even people who hates cricket loves him.. At least his smile.. πŸ™‚

Sachin in many ways inspires me.. His autobiography ‘Playing it my way’ is a brillaint work for a cricket lover like me.. As I said yesterday cricket is in my blood.. And Sachin is a reason behind it.. Such an Innocent and down to earth person.. Legend!! I salute him..
Today I would like to share with you guys Sachin Tendulkar’s retiring speech he made on Wankhade Stadium.. It’s worth a read and truly marvelous.. πŸ™‚

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‘All my friends. Settle down let me talk, I will get more and more emotional (crowd gets louder as he composes himself). My life, between 22 yards for 24 years, it is hard to believe that that wonderful journey has come to an end, but I would like to take this opportunity to thank people who have played an important role in my life. Also, for the first time in my life I am carrying this list, to remember all the names in case I forget someone. I hope you understand. It’s getting a little bit difficult to talk but I will manage.

The most important person in my life, and I have missed him a lot since 1999 when he passed away, my father. Without his guidance, I don’t think I would have been standing here in front of you. He gave me freedom at the age of 11, and told me that [I should] chase my dreams, but make sure you do not find shortcuts. The path might be difficult but don’t give up, and I have simply followed his instructions. Above all, he told me to be a nice human being, which I will continue to do and try my best. Every time I have done something special [and] showed my bat, it was [for] my father.

My mother, I don’t know how she dealt with such a naughty child like me. I was not easy to manage. She must be extremely patient. For a mother, the most important thing is that her child remains safe and healthy and fit. That was what she was most bothered and worried about. She took care of me for the last 24 years that I have played for India, but even before that she started praying for me the day I started playing cricket. She just prayed and prayed and I think her prayers and blessings have given me the strength to go out and perform, so a big thank you to my mother for all the sacrifices.

In my school days, for four years, I stayed with my uncle and aunt because my school was quite far from my home, and they treated me like their son. My aunt, after having had a hard day’s play, I would be half asleep and she would be feeding me food so I could go again and play tomorrow. I can’t forget these moments. I am like their son and I am glad it has continued to be the same way.

My eldest brother, Nitin, and his family, have always encouraged me. My eldest brother doesn’t like to talk much, but the one thing he always told me is that whatever you do, I know you will always give it 100%, and that I have full faith and confidence in you. His encouragement meant a lot to me. My sister, Savita, and her family, was no different. The first cricket bat of my life was presented to me by my sister. It was a Kashmir willow bat. But that is where the journey began. She is one of those many who still continue to fast when I bat, so thank you very much.

Ajit, my brother, now what do I talk about him? I don’t know. We have lived this dream together. He was the one who sacrificed his career for my cricket. He spotted the spark in me. And it all started from the age of 11 when he took me to Archrekar sir, my coach, and from there on my life changed. You will find this hard to believe but even last night he called to discuss my dismissal, knowing that there was a remote chance of batting again, but just the habit we have developed, the rapport we have developed, since my birth, has continued and it will continue. Maybe when I’m not playing cricket we will still be discussing technique.

Various things we agreed upon, my technique, and so many technical things which I didn’t agree with him, we have had arguments and disagreements, but when I look back at all these things in my life, I would have been a lesser cricketer.

The most beautiful thing happened to me in 1990 when I met my wife, Anjali. Those were special years and it has continued and will always continue that way. I know Anjali, being a doctor; there was a wonderful career in front of her. When we decided to have a family, Anjali took the initiative to step back and say that ‘you continue with your cricket and I will take the responsibility of the family’.

Without that, I don’t think I would have been able to play cricket freely and without stress. Thanks for bearing with all my fuss and all my frustrations, and all sorts of rubbish that I have spoken. Thanks for bearing with me and always staying by my side through all the ups and downs. You are the best partnership I’ve had in my life.

Then, the two precious diamonds of my life, Sara and Arjun. They have already grown up. My daughter is 16, my son is 14. Time has flown by. I wanted to spend so much time with them on special occasions like their birthdays, their annual days, their sports day, going on holidays, whatever. I have missed out on all those things. Thanks for your understanding. Both of you have been so, so special to me you cannot imagine. I promise you [that] for 14 and 16 years I have not spent enough time with both of you, but the next 16 years or even beyond that, everything is for you.

My in-laws, Anand Mehta and Annabel, both have been so, so supportive [and] loving and caring. I have discussed on various things in life, generally with them, and have taken their advice. You know, it’s so important to have a strong family who is always with you and who are guiding you. Before you start clapping, the most important thing they did was allowing me to marry Anjali, so thank you very much.

In the last 24 years that I have played for India I have made new friends, and before that I have had friends from my childhood. They have all had a terrific contribution. As and when I have called them to come and bowl to me at the nets, they have left their work aside to come and help me. Be it joining me on holidays and having discussions with me on cricket, or how I was a little stressed and wanting to find a solution so I can perform better.

All those moments my friends were with me. Even for when I was injured, I would wake up in the morning because I couldn’t sleep and thought that my career was over because of injuries, that is when my friends have woken up at 3 o’clock in the morning to drive with me and make me believe that my career was not over. Life would be incomplete without all those friends. Thanks for being there for me.

My cricket career started when I was 11. The turning point of my career was when my brother (Ajit) took me to Achrekar sir. I was extremely delighted to see him up in the stands. Normally he sits in front of the television and he watches all the games that I play. When I was 11/12, those were the days when I used to hop back on his scooter and play a couple of practice matches a day. The first half the innings I would be batting at Shivaji Park, the second half, at some other match in Azad Maidan. He would take me all over Mumbai to make sure I got match practice.

On a lighter note, in the last 29 years, sir has never ever said ‘well played’ to me because he thought I would get complacent and I would stop working hard. Maybe he can push his luck and wish me now, well done on my career, because there are no more matches, sir, in my life. I will be witnessing cricket, and cricket will always stay in my heart, but you have had an immense contribution in my life, so thank you very much.

My cricket for Mumbai started right here on this ground, the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA), which is so dear to me. I remember landing from New Zealand at four o’clock in the morning, and turning up for a game here at eight o’clock just because I wanted to be a part of Mumbai cricket, and not that somebody forced me. That was for the love of Mumbai cricket, and thank you very much. The president is here so thank you very much, along with your team, for taking care of me and looking after my cricket.

The dream was obviously to play for India, and that is where my association with BCCI started. BCCI was fantastic, right from my debut they believed in my ability and selecting me into the squad at the age of 16 was a big step, so thanks to all the selectors for having faith in me and the BCCI for giving me the freedom to express myself out in the middle. Things would have been different if you had not been behind me, and I really appreciate your support. Especially when I was injured, you were right with me and making sure that all the treatments were taken care of, and that I got fit and fine and playing [right] back for India.

The journey has been special, the last 24 years, I have played with many senior cricketers, and even before that there were many senior cricketers with whom I watched on television. They inspired me to play cricket, and to play in the right way. Thanks to all those senior cricketers, and unfortunately I have not been able to play with them, but I have high regards for all their achievements and all their contributions.

We see it on the mega-screen, Rahul, Laxman, Sourav, and Anil, who is not here, and my team-mates right here in front me. You are like my family away from home. I have had some wonderful times with you. It is going to be difficult to not be part of the dressing room, sharing those special moments. All the coaches for their guidance, it has been special for me. I know when MS Dhoni presented me the 200th Test match cap on Day One morning. I had a brief message for the team. I would like to repeat that. I just feel that all of us are so, so fortunate and proud to be part of the Indian cricket team and serving the nation.

Knowing all of you guys, I know you will continue to serve the nation in the right spirit and right values. I believe we have been the lucky ones to be chosen by the Almighty to serve this sport. Each generation gets this opportunity to take care of this sport and serve it to the best of our ability. I have full faith in you to continue to serve the nation in the right spirit and to the best of your ability, to bring all the laurels to the country. All the very best.

I would be failing in my duties if I did not thank all the doctors, the physios, the trainers, who have put this difficult body together to go back on the field and be able to play. The amount of injuries that I have had in my career, I don’t know how you have managed to keep me fit, but without your special efforts, it would never have happened. The doctors have met me at weird hours. I mean I have called them from Mumbai to Chennai, Mumbai to Delhi, I mean wherever. They have just taken the next flight and left their work and families to be with me, which has allowed me to play. So a big thank you to all three of you for keeping me in good shape.

My dear friend, late Mark Mascarenhas, my first manager. We unfortunately lost him in a car accident in 2001, but he was such a well-wisher of cricket, my cricket, and especially Indian cricket. He was so passionate. He understood what it takes to represent a nation and gave me all the space to go out and express myself, and never pressurised me to do this ad or promotion or whatever the sponsors demanded. He took care of that and today I miss him, so thank you Mark for all your contribution.

My current management team, WSG, for repeating what Mark has done, because when I signed the contract I exactly told them what I want from them, and what it requires to represent me. They have done that and respected that.

Someone who has worked closely with me for 14 years is my manager, Vinod Nayudu. He is more like my family and all the sacrifices, spending time away from his family for my work, has been special, so big thank you to his family as well for giving up so much time for my work with Vinod.

In my school days, when I performed well, the media backed me a lot. They continue to do that till this morning. Thank you so much to the media for supporting and appreciating my performances. It surely had a positive effect on me. Thank you so much to all the photographers as well for those wonderfully captured moments that will stay with me for the rest of my life, so a big thank you to all the photographers.

I know my speech is getting a bit too long (crowd roars with ‘noooo’), but this is the last thing I want to say. I want to thank all the people here who have flown in from various parts of the world, and have supported me endlessly, whether I scored a 0 or a 100-plus. Your support was so dear to me and meant a lot to me. Whatever you have done for me.

I know I have met so many guys who have fasted for me, prayed for me, done so much for me. Without that life wouldn’t have been like this for me. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart, and also say that time has flown by rather quickly, but the memories you have left with me will always be with me forever and ever, especially “Sachin, Sachin” which will reverberate in my ears till I stop breathing. Thank you very much. If I have missed out on saying something, I hope you understand. Goodbye.’

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All my respect and loveΒ to Sachin!! My hero!!

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Sourav Ganguly aka Dada :) #AtoZchallenge

To write on S was quite a confusing task for me.. I have so many options for S.. But once I reached near to the conclusion I was confused again on whether to write about the legend Sachin Tendulkar or my personal favorite Sourav Ganguly.. And I decided not to let anyone down; I am dedicating this post to all the Cricket & Dada lovers.. Sachin is on the way!! πŸ™‚

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Look who giving a cute smile with Pele & A.R Rahman πŸ˜‰

Cricket WASΒ aΒ part of my life once.. I was bought up in a family where my dad & uncles will take leave on a cricket match day and all will stay around the TV to watch the match.. I had seen people praying for Indian Cricket team.. Obviously I had a cricket craze from my ancestors.. I grown up playing cricket with my cousins.. I was the one behind the wicket always (The best wicket-keeper).. Β πŸ˜‰ Let me thank my brothers for letting me play with them and giving me strange memories.. πŸ™‚ So, that’s how I am connected with cricket..

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My two favorite.. ❀

I loved Cricket at a time when Azharuddhin was decorating the captaincy seat.. Sachin.. Kambli.. Ganguly.. Dravid.. Ajay Jadeja.. Nayan Mongia.. Robin Singh.. Agarkar.. Srinath.. Kumble.. Legendary time.. And all the hell broke off when the team was accused for match fixing.. In and out I saw people started hating Indian team.. My family started watching something else ignoring the match going on.. Thus things changed.. All of a sudden I saw crisis in the team, no one is ready to take the captaincy; even Sachin was not ready to take the risk.. Indian team was a bunch of people about whom even the Indians trolled.. There came my hero, who took all the responsibility by himself and took the risk of being the Indian captain.. Sourav Ganguly.. Ganguly is the best captain Indian Cricket team ever seen.. He was someone who always appreciated the talent of his team mates and helped them in their ups and downs.. Yuvaraj.. Kaif.. Harbhajan.. Zaheer.. Sehwag.. Laxman.. All played and ran to our hearts only because Dada was there to support them.. He was someone who took genuine decisions in team selections.. Someone who was adamant but still lovely in his attitude.. Cricket is nothing for me now cause now a days it’s all about a game of money..

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With his girl Sana.. πŸ™‚

For S.. It’s my ever time hero Dada.. πŸ™‚ Sourav Ganguly.. ❀

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Reminders #AtoZchallenge

Reminders.. o_O

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Now a days reminders are a part of my life.. My whole work life and often personal life is rolling around sticky notes and reminder alarms.. I remember once my Dad said I have a brilliant memory power.. To say, I have memory of incidents and happenings in my life.. But what I necessarily need is memory on small things which are important in my daily life; which I can’t remember.. πŸ˜›

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My colleague Nawaz’s sticky notes

And that’s how it all started.. I had a small habit of making a to-do-list and striking off the things which are done.. And now.. I have my work desk decorated with sticky notes everywhere with reminders on everything.. What article to write next.. what work to do.. even what I have to bought to home (Grocery list).. My bed room door at home serves the same purpose of sticking wall.. πŸ˜› Less memory on birthdays and even my phone is not reminding me special days.. And to be loyal, taking this opportunity to apologize on all my dear one’s birthdays which I missed.. πŸ˜‰ Even yesterday too.. :/

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For me R is for reminders or ‘Remind me‘ which I use always to someone near to me.. But to say, Someone near to me have the same problem.. πŸ˜›

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Quick #AtoZchallenge

Life-Love-Quotes-She-Is-Quick-And-CuriousAs she jumped over the steps; he shouted ‘Quick’
As she raced in between the lives; he said ‘Quick’
As she closed the cooking vessel; he tamped on the dining table singing ‘Quick’
As she got under the pillow and took quick breath; he whispered ‘Slow’

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It’s a post made quickly.. πŸ™‚

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Palakkad #AtoZchallenge

KalpathiNothing comes in my mind when I think about P.. All I have is Palakkad..I have a deep relation with Palakkad.. For someone who thinks what is Palakkad; Palakkad is a district in Kerala. My favorite destination since childhood. It is where my father’s eldest brother resides. When both uncle & aunt passed away, their children settled there and thus Palakkad became my usual holiday destination. Every vacations were described as Palakkadan days. That’s from where I started loving traveling. Palakkad is the hottest district in Kerala. With a loads and loads of Paddy field Palakkad possess a slightly different culture from the other districts.. Palakkad was a background for so many Malayalam novels and movies.. And for me.. Nothing can beat my love towards the place.. πŸ™‚P