Contrary to my usual style, I decided this time to start off without a heading. Did'nt feel that a heading would make any difference. Some time has gone by since my last post. Its not intentional. After spending 8-9 hours in front of a stupid computer screen and trying to solve the world's electrical engineering problems, the last thing you would want to do when you return is to get back online and "Oh yeah, I need to update my blog". Moreover, there was not much to talk about either. Life is still the same. An everyday race to make ends meet. The paychecks come only for me to find out that my lovely creditors have taken their due share. So then it comes down to a survival mode for the next 10 odd days until my next paycheck. A vicious cycle. No complaints though. However I would do just about anything to get out of that cycle.

Anyways, I have been thinking a lot lately about things happening around me, and in my life. I have always believed in the fact that you suffer consequences for your wrongdoings. I myself am going through some as I write this. But I look around and I see people from all walks of society doing things with absolutely no regard whatsoever for their consequences. It is almost as if they are completely immune to any sort of consequence. I see sports professionals achieve break records on performance enhancement drugs (euphemism for "anabolic steroids"). I see politicians accept sums of money to favour a private party to protect their business interests. I see people exploit the poor for peanut salaries. I see people getting more and more greedy. Television shows kind of tell you "it is ok to cheat on your spouse. It is ok to be promiscuous and have a lot of partners. It is ok to lie to get a monetary price." The list goes on. In all these cases, there has been an outright denial of all these actions, although there is strong evidence to prove it all.

Has humanity forgotten the way of moral values? Are we being more and more inhumane everyday? It is a real downer to see all this happen around one, and to note that there is no concept of a consequence. Its like what my high school teacher used to say "this world is going to the dogs".

I would like to sign off by quoting the verses 7 and 8 from Chapter 4 of the Bhagavat Gita.

yada yada hi dharmasya
glanir bhavati bharata
abhyutthanam adharmasya
tadatmanam srjamy aham

Whenever and wherever there is a decline in religious practice, O descendant of Bharata, and a predominant rise of irreligion--at that time I descend Myself.

paritranaya sadhunam
vinasaya ca duskrtam
sambhavami yuge yuge

In order to deliver the pious and to annihilate the miscreants, as well as to reestablish the principles of religion, I advent Myself millennium after millennium.
~ciao....peace and love


: Catching up on lost time.....

Okay......so what if I havent updated my blog in a gazillion years. Its not like you guys out there are really interested in this paltry life of mine right???? Anyways, here is a time capsulated update of what has been happening in this life so far. So far it has been so good, no complaints as ever. Happy to be alive and kicking.....and fortunate to have an amazing array of friends and family around this soul. So here you go.....

Nov 2005: Finally got my green card, because a lot was depending on it. Answers to a lot of prayers. That would mean I am finally LEGAL to work here and provide for my tiny family.

Dec 2005: Joined ASU as a full time tech support analyst. Having worked at the same job as a student for the past 5 years, it was a great fulfilling moment. One because that is the longest job i have taken so long in my professional career, although it was a part time one. I had made a lot of friends and well wishers there, that my turning full time made a lot of people happy. I was happy too, as not only the pay and benefits were better, other people were happy for me too.

Jan 2005: Nothing unusual. Same job. Only thing is that I am driving about 30-40 mins each way to get to work. In Nov, when our tiny 1 bedroom apartment lease got over, we did not sign a new lease or move in to a new apartment because we simply could not afford it. So we moved in with H's parents. Although they had opened their home for us, I always felt like an intruder there, intruding into every aspect of their lives. Well, nothing bad happened, but I am fortunate to have such caring people around me.

End of Jan 2005: IT ARRIVES FINALLY!!!!!! The career I have been patiently waiting for. I tell you all, its the most depressing feeling to watch all your friends get employed while you kind of feel "left behind". I was one of those early job getters in my undergrad, but I have never been on the other side. I think He wanted me to experience the other side too, so I can appreciate what I have. So I get this job offer as a Design/Applications Engineer at Protek Analog. I readily accepted it, as the job description clearly fit my career goals. Saying goodbye to ASU though was tough. I sat on the offer for one week before making a decision. I have always been known to make quick decisions (yeah. i am instinctive). And here I am.....I have this dream job that I have been wanting for years (3 to be exact!) on one hand, and all of a sudden, I am feeling a sense of being lost, because my job at ASU was such a safe haven. It literally was my home for the 5 years I have been here in Phoenix. It was like leaving home. Anyways, I took up the job. I feel that the wait was worthwhile. I am learning a lot of new things. I can see myself grow with the company.

Feb 2005: Nothing major happened. Other than the 45 min a way car ride, everythign else was smooth. H and I have been busy looking for apartments in the Chandler area so we can move closer to work.

Mar 2005: Still getting accustomed to work. It is nice, a welcome change. Learning a lot of new things regarding semiconductor design and manufacturing. Being in a small company helps. Moved out to a 2 bedroom apartment closer to work. A major improvement from the 1 room we were sharing in the house. Another improvement was the time. I was only 10 mins away from work. That meant I could leave late, and come home early to be with miss A.

Mar 19, 2005: Miss A finally turned 1!!!!! I am still trying to get to grips with it. My li'l angel is already walking, and she is 1. There is no looking back now. The tables have turned. She is mobile. And a strong headed person too.....like her mom......(er.......and dad)

Apr 2005: Celebrated Vishu. Planned a get together with a friend of mine. Had around 30+ people come to a potluck "Vishu Sadya". Reminded me of the good old days when as students, we played host and served Vishu Sadya for 60+ people. It was nice to see all those old faces, some faded, some forgotten, and catch up on the time away. April was also the time to celebrate Easter. So we celebrated Easter in traditional American fashion. Grilled Salmon, and nice dessert. Missy went Easter Egg gathering although I know nothing about the origins itself.

There is the update. Will try to maintain it regularly. Wishing you all a very very belated
Shoud not miss:
Inside Man: Starring Denzel and Jodie. C'mon do you guys believe I can afford to miss a Denzel movie??? NO WAY!!!! Typical Spike Lee movie with his signatures written all over it starting with the "Chaiyya Chaiyya" theme song. The song has been adapted as it is from Dil Se. But unlike Mr. Rahman, Lee chose to acknowledge the people behind the song. A hiest story has been told in Hollywood for I don't know how long. But this is a different interesting movie. Lee ofcourse has messages for everyone regardless of age, sex and race. Nice Watch.

Thank you for smoking: The only star I could recognize was Robert Duvall. Great movie. Nice satire on how lobbyists control the capitalistic economy of America. Ofcourse, it is not a generalized movie. The movie only concentrates on a tobacco lobbyist. Can't understand for whatever reason why Cruise went with Katie Holmes. She is not sexy, and cannot act. Maybe the second reason is reason enough he chose her. Because they both SUCK. But don't let this deter you from watching this movie.

Take Care......and see you soon.....