a lil about me

* Hobbies

    Creating websites and sitting in front of a laptop with coffee in hand

* Sports

    Cricket has and always will be 'the' game. If soccer is my favorite, cricket is my religion:) And no matter what people say, Sachin is maa man.

* Favorite song

    Too many by each genre. Right now it is 'new york nagaram' by A.R. Rehman

* Favorite movie

    Again has to be classified according to genre, long time favorite has been 'Alai Payuthey' by Mani Rathnam, am absolutely in awe of Mani sir.

Few others include Life is beautiful, Sound of music, Pursuit of Happyness, Beautiful mind, One fine day, Maine Pyar Kya, Qayamat se Qayamat tak, Mouna Raagam, Thalapathi, Guna, kaaka kaaka.......

* Favorite book?

    Has to be "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee. The character of Atticus Finch in the society he lived in left an indelible impression on me. One other favorite that I hold dear is 'Two Gentlemen of Verona' by A.J. Cronin. - a very touching tale - from my 9th grade prose section :)

* Favorite getaway destination

    Private beach areas of the Marina beach away from Madras city far down ECR road, where it is just me, the sea and the sky. Sitting on the damp sand along the shore, watching the sea and sky converge, biking along to catch the beauty of sunrise at morn, staring away at what seems to be eternal bliss at night, or listening to the waves spluttering, dancing, swaying, threatening too at times when dark clouds abound. To me, the place has a charm - maybe cos it's my hometown - that few other places can match

* Favorite quote

    'Two roads diverged in a wood, and I- I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference' Robert Frost and the poem 'If' by Rudyard Kipling.

* Person who has influenced me the most

    Once I met a man on the way, kind was his smile, gentle was his touch, deep was his gaze, Jesus is his name. All surpassing peace he gave me.

* Most memorable moment

    The 'Himalayan trekking adventure'. If the beach/sea is beauty defined, this was beauty undefined. Each locale more splendid than the earlier one. Don't want to do injustice to any moment spent there, but one outdid the rest. 4 from our party went further up the mountains while the other 30 were resting in the camp after a day's trek. That spot was closest to what can be called heaven. The sun on one side, moon on the other, neither forcing it's way, just two objects hanging amidst the mountains. We were over the clouds(or fog-13500 feet above sea level) and were on a lonesome rock surrounded by mountains covered with the purest, blissful sunset pink colored snow and on the other side, there were these valleys which had colors of spring littered all over them. Words were not enough for the first time in my life.

* Childhood memories

      Spending all those weekends as 6 cousins in my grandpa's house

* Current profession?

       Web development - Started as a hobby following a course in my undergraduate program, became a passion, started creating websites for friends and when an acquaintance asked me if I could do a site for their business, got into freelancer projects from there on. I love many things about my job.....and i believe i am lucky to be doing what i love. The opportunity to unleash and get creative. Bring something in my head into reality. Take a concept, watch it grow, cut away the unnecessary branches, highlight the strong points, and that feeling when the finished product is ready to go.

* What would my profession be if I took my chances

      Two possibilities - Would have got a degree in psychology, love reading on the way the human mind works; directing movies will be the other, working with all kinds of talented people(not just the actors alone), watching each one carry out their assigned scripts and reproducing it on screen.

My real treasure is right under one's feet, this I realized only recently, long after I had read 'The Alchemist' by Paulo Coelho. It's not something that can be put into words. A lot of cliche statements come to my head as I write this, let me quote just one. There is a difference between knowing the path and walking it. Going back to the Alchemist, I am right were Santiago was badly bruised, staring at the pyramids and suddenly seeing the treasure right where he had started(a tree back in his home place). I didn't understand then, neither do I pretend to understand it all now. All along I missed the whole point ........LIFE IS IN THE JOURNEY, THE DESTINATION MATTERS, BUT NOT SO MUCH THAT YOU LET EACH DAY PASS YOU BY AS YOU KEEP PLANNING and planning and planning!!!


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