Tuesday, November 17, 2009


17 November 2008 - was a bright Monday morning!! I was sooo excited
from the night before, that I couldn't sleep all night. I was on a conference call with my friends till about 3-4 in the morning [ which was a usual thing for me .. ] and then laid on my bed awake till my alarm at 6:40 a.m started playing my favorite song.

 I woke up, got dressed and left home on my "Activa"  zooming into the cold gusts of wind on a Cold but bright Bangalore Morning. 

I reached on-time. Nervous, with butterflies in my stomach, but a BIG SMILE on my face I entered the premises and saw a big board on the wall. IBM India Pvt. Ltd. My first day at work was this very day last year. 

IBM has been a wonderful journey and the last one year has been superlative - well obviously rite? who wouldn't like a job where we got paid for the first two months just to introduce ourselves to each other n have fun?? :)!! That's what we did!

We were called "Vitality Hires" - and I personally had no idea how that would impact my stay here, but in those initial days, it was considered something really special.

It was very unusual, the experiences we had, during our training days. We had an Outward - bound learning and team-building stints at PEGASUS. 20 people of which almost everyone was new to each other were sent to a 2 day camp were there were loads of tasks, planning and Bonding that happened!

And post that we had 6 months of rigorous training on all the services, service product lines, brands, sub brands in IBM. We met leaders of IBM not only from India, but also leaders from Asia and Australia. From Servers to Software, From Applications to services we were shown a view of IBM which included  everything but still wasn't enough.

I think the best part of the whole journey was the friends we made. We have a kind of connect with each other which is in-explainable!! I love them to bits and today when all of us are distributed across the country, I miss the presence of each and everyone who isn't with me in Mumbai. And for those who're here - my life here has been wonderful mainly mainly because of them!!!

Those funny/crazy outings in Bangalore, the tea-breaks and lunch breaks in office, cribbing about staying late inside office and staying out for looong hours after office, the "booze" parties, the "only girls" parties, the birthday surprises, the fights, the arguments, the hugs every morning and every evening, the looong conversations by the 6th floor window, the pictures we clicked without any rhyme or reason, the stay-overs(for me), the bike rides, the skits, the videos, the "presentations", victory, failure, bliss, disappointment, the "Sametime" conversations.... Every single thing in that happened during those days - I miss them!! But I am glad I got to do all these things!!

It doesn't seem like a long time, when, I think of all the things that has happened this year on a personal and a career front. Well this was the only year I had a career - so... :) Thank you IBM! for everything, but most importantly for the friends it gave me!!

Love you guys Loads!!!!!

Friday, November 13, 2009

You really want to know me?

This is a tag blog! I liked this for reasons unfathomable even to me!!

I stole it from Navneet's Blog!! :) Here it is:

1. Last beverage:  my glass of water!
2. Last phone call: Yeshas & Swati
3. Last text message from : <3 Ankur <3
4. Last song you listened to: Truly Madly Deeply - ( my playlist was on shuffle )
5. Last time you cried: Last Saturday - 7 November :-)

6. Dated someone twice: Yes
7. Been cheated on? : No.. ( Can I be mean and say Not Yet?? ;) )
8. Kissed someone & regretted it?: Hmmm.. Yes.
9. Lost someone special? Yes
10. Been depressed? O Yes!!
11. Been drunk and threw up? Been drunk, No, not as drunk I wanted to be; threw up, Yes, in "our Vegas"

12. Black
13. White
14. Purple
15. Red

:) :D :P :* :)

16. Made new friends: PP - Pooj [we're Day 0 friends ] ( the same one I went to GOA with )
17. Fallen out of love: Yes... But where it really matters I fell right back in!!
18. Laughed until you cried: When dad used t tickle me!! ( he has some special way of doing it )
19. Met someone who changed you: Lots of people have changed me - in bits and pieces !!

20. Found out who your true friends were: School Friends, Pre University Friends (SKARD) - some of the members in that atleast.

21. Found out someone was talking about you: Yes! and when it is your best friend - not so good! [All's well now]

22. Kissed anyone on your friend's list: Yes, I have.
23. How many people on your friends list do you know in real life: Well, apart from my blog friends, 98% of the people I know on Facebook, I know in real life!!
24. How many kids do you want to have: One or Two.
25. Do you have any pets: No, Not yet!

26. Do you want to change your name: When I was a kid; Now I don't!!

27. What did you do for your last birthday: Went to work, and had a party with loved ones!!! <3 <3 <3
28.What time did you wake up today: 07:40 a.m
29. What were you doing at midnight last night: Multi-tasking! ;) I was On Facebook and reading Blogs on my Favorites and talking over the phone!

30. Name something you CANNOT wait for : To Lose Weight!!!!!!
31. Last time you saw your father: 02 November 2009 :)

32. What is one thing you wish you could change about your life: My Weight - yes i have weight issues!!
33. Most visited web page: Facebook, Blogger(obv) and Gmail!!

34. Name: Deepika
35. Nicknames: Deeps, Deepu, Dippy Sauce, D!
36. Zodiac sign: Aquarius
37. Male or female or transgender : Female - very much so!

38. Elementary: M.E.S KK, B'lore
39. Colleges: Atria Institute of Technology
40. Hair color: Black... :)
41. Long or short: Used to be shoulder length, now is a couple of inches below the shoulder

42. Height: 5'3.5 ( Five feet and three n a half inches )
43. Do you have a crush on someone? Which someone are you talking about??? No :)
44. Ever been in love? If this is what Love is, Yes!! :)

45. Piercings? Earlobes!! Wish I had one on my face, but don't think I'll get the permission!
46. Tattoos? I will get it, one day!
47. Righty or lefty: Righty ( if that is a word )
48. First surgery: None, Yet!
49. First piercing: 12 days after I was born!

50. First best friend: Bhavana Mutangi ( I Have no idea where she is today; but we were best friends in pre-school and first grade)
51. First sport you loved: Swimming :)
52. First pet : None!! :(
53. First vacation: Mumbai!!!! When I was less than one!! ;-)

54. First concert: Bryan Adams in Bangalore.
55. First crush: One of the care takers in Kodaikanal ( he had long hair and was ccute - I was in class 4 )
56. Eating: Chocolates, Chicken, Cakes and Food made by my Mom!!
57. Drink: Variety - thats the spice of life, innit?

58. I'm about to: Start working for the day!! :P
60. Waiting for: The evening, its Friday!! And my friends from Pune are here!!! :D Partayyyy!!

61. Want kids? Yes!!!
62. Want to get married? Yes and to my special someone!
63. Careers in mind? Now, IBM, Post MBA - Some nice creative job - In the end, I want to be a dance teacher!! :)

64. Lips or eyes: Eyes ( Any Sex )
65. Hugs or kisses: Hugs
66. Shorter or taller: Taller :)
67. Older or Younger: Both! Older actually!

68. Romantic or spontaneous: this shouldn't be a question, It should be Romantic AND Spontaneous
69. Nice stomach or nice arms: Nice Arms
70. Sensitive or loud: Loud when he should be, sensitive when he should be!
71. Hook-up or relationship: Relationship! :)
72. Trouble maker or hesitant: Neither.. ;)

73. Kissed a stranger: Hmmm... Yes!
74. Lost glasses/contacts: No :)
75. Been on a blind date? : Does meeting a guy you  know online count?
76. Broken some one's heart: Yes :-(... but joined it right back!! :P

77. Had your own heart broken: Maybe, I don't know!
78. Been arrested: No.. :)
79. Turned someone down: Yes
80. Cried when someone died: YES
81. Liked a friend that is a girl?: hmmm.. NO!! ;)

81. Yourself: I am trying to.
82. Miracles: Unfortunately, yes! :)
83. God: Sometimes :)

84. Love at first sight: No.. yes.. no, maybe No!
85. Heaven: Yes..
86. Santa Claus: Yes.. :)

87. Kiss on the first date? : No
88. Angels: Yes
89. Devils: If there is a God, then Yes! :)

90. Is there one person you want to be with right now? Yes! And I am so far! :(
91. Had more than one boyfriend/girlfriend at one time? No...
92. Wanted to kill someone ever? : Yes.. Myself.. :P

93. Among your blog mates, whom would you like to kiss? I like this question, I don't think I'll answer though.. :) :P
94. Committed a blunder and regretted later? Yes, but then regretted regretting it.. :P
95. Wanted to steal you friend's boyfriend / girlfriend? : Yes, Sort of!

96. White: Dupatta / Stole
97. Black: Everything - Inside out! :P
98. Red: my someone's favorite color (on me)
99. Pink: My favorite cotton dress!! :)

You Can take this tag up, if you like, I am not tagging anyone specific!

Enjoy!! Have a lovely weekend!! :D

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

October :)

A long hiatus since I've visited this place, and all your beautiful blogs in a while; but this past month has been like a roller coaster in my life!! I had been extremely caught up in this thing called life! New home, new responsibilities and a love life of sorts; and if this wasn't enough I had to attend my busy schedules at Cafe World on Facebook!  :) :) :)

The end of the month was wonderful, as I had my brother [ who is pursuing his graduation in the 6th best Enginnering College in India - yaay! I'm sooo proud of my baby brother!! ] visit me! It was amazing amazing bonding with him!! He's all a big boy now! I took him around Mumbai, we saw "Julie and Julia" together..!! And I missed blogging soo much! I could relate to most of the things Julie did while blogging! How every comment matters, how sometimes the response of certain people online has more value than probably someone in real life!! All you fellow blog friends out there, I think it should be a must watch!!

Well, after getting loads n loads of stuff for him to eat, we went to my most favorite place in Mumbai - "Marine Drive" I love that place, It gives me a sense of satisfaction, a sense of individuality; but I think, I've always mentioned this, so I won't go on and on about it! :)

My parents also came to town, and it was very nice meeting them after three long months! Its surprising to see how equations with your parents change once you start living on your own, and you're not as dependent on them as you used to be, physically, emotionally and financially! And they also stop treating you like a baby, and respect your individuality. I miss my parents dearly but I think living on my own, on my own terms and conditions, making mistakes, learning from them is wonderful too.

And the month literally ended ( well, as November just began ) with my Cousin's engagement. Family fun is sooo much fun here in Mumbai, and this time my brother got to be a part of it. Now, all i want is for November to sweetly get over, as, I am waiting for December. :D

Ok, Before I forget!! I want to Thank Sid for these three wonderful awards!! I don't know how much I deserve them, as I was on a blog break! But hey, thats what blogs are for... aren't they! Blogs are those friends who are there, always, no matter what, they are there for you, right? Unless, ofcourse it gets hacked.. :P :)

Ok so the three awards are: Butterfly Award for The Coolest blog :) [ ice, ice baby ;) ]

and.. The Awesome Blogger Award - [Yaaaay me!! ;)]

and... The Blog Buddies Award!!

I am not going to be mean, and keep all the awards for myself; but the distribution ceremony will be made in a post dedicated only to it!! Thanks again Sid, and I hope the writers block disappears!

I promise to write more often too!! Love y'all loads!! Happy November! :D