Monday, March 24, 2008

All directions ...

It has been a while since I wrote my last blog. Recently there is a feeling, life is taking me in all possible directions. So I set out to find if this is just a feeling or otherwise.

One thing is for sure, my career is at cross-roads. I now know exactly how Robert Frost would have felt, when he wrote "The road not taken" ... It is scary. Yes recently I am into a ASIC design project, and it is a night mare.

Photography is taking me to new places, recently to the backyard in our appartments. I was able to snap some photos, which others thought were nice, but I feel there is scope for a lot of improvement.

Sports, Tennis has been in my mind for a looong time. Recently, I started playing tennis. Yes, after the teacher taught me, the first serve I served was in, with force. Everybody thinks that either, "I am lieing that I have never played tennis" or "I am a natural tennis player" ...

Recently I started trying sake (Japanese rice wine) again, and I am drinking a lot of them ... I am finding ways to stop it ..
The guy is Shin-chan (my tennis teacher ..) and his wife Rieko-san.

Monday, March 17, 2008

In anticipation ...

Yen is soaring high in the air, I don't know if dollar is falling. Taking advantage of this, I was hoping to send most of my bank balance to my Indian account. We get a special discount with SBI (State Bank of India) Osaka branch, if we send more than JPY 1 Million. I was expecting some money from the insurance company, which never got credited into my account. I drew flak, plan dropped ... atleast for today.

Then again, I was hoping to get some money from my company over some re-imbursements related to my house deposit. Flak again ... it is 1 month now, and I have no answers ...

But, the Macro lens that my friend Jeff ordered last week for me, was delivered today. I am looking forward to lay my hands at them tomorrow. Hopefully I don't draw flak again ...

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Natural tennis player

In my high school days, I used to watch a lot of tennis. I first thought Borris becker was great. I used to imagine Becker & Graf were siblings, I also made my mother believe this. Those days I used to think that, "I will be a *great* tennis player someday". And it seems now, that "someday" can be in my next birth.

Anyway, today I was requested by my friend Shin-san to join him for a session of Tennis. I accepted it, though I was not feeling well. And I had no expectation apart from picking up a few Japanese words from Shin et al.

To my surprise when I was there with them. According to Shin and others, it seems that I played "really well" for a beginner. Shin told me that my back-hand strokes, and approach was good.

I remembered, once I told Yuki-san, that "I am a natural tennis player", and I was not sure if she believed it. But today I myself could not believe I am one.

After a long time

Its long since I composed a blog, I was in a different world altogether. The following are some of the things that has happened in this period.
- Changed job twice (SCM->TATA Elxsi->WIPRO Japan)
- Moved to Japan, and presently living in Kyoto
- Got married to Shanthi and we were blessed with a kid on the 11th of Nov2007

After coming to Japan, every single experience I have had was so wonderful, that I always wanted to write them down as a record for myself. The starting trouble which tormented me for a long time is now gone. "the cast is broken ..."