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July 30, 2010

Went to an Indian Ocean Concert yesterday

Filed under: My Life — Suramya @ 6:58 PM

Went to an Indian Ocean concert yesterday. They were performing at Hard Rock Cafe so we left work at around 8 and managed to get tickets. Unfortunately there was some confusion with the tickets and we ran short by one ticket, because the person who had the last ticket wasn’t available. Since Sid was driving and had to park the car he was the one who got stuck waiting outside while this was resolved as the rest of us were already inside.

Finally after about 1/2 hour or so everything was resolved and he was able to get in, but then it took him a long time to get all the way to the front of the crowd as we were right in front of the stage.

The concert was a lot of fun and I really enjoyed it. Once it got over we went back home and since none of us had had dinner Rithika made Maggi for all of us while Sherlock was entertaining the rest of us and trying to eat my fingers.

Can’t think of a lot more to write since I have had a long day. So this is all for now. Will write more later.

– Suramya

July 15, 2010

An interesting way to be woken up

Filed under: My Life — Suramya @ 11:42 PM

Was woken up at 7am today by a very active puppy (Sherlock) trying to eat my hair and lick my face. It was quite a rude awakening.

Thanks a ton Surabhi… She let him into my room at 7am because Sherlock was sitting outside my door crying and trying to get in. As soon as he got in he jumped on me and starting trying to eat my hair. When he was stopped from that he decided that licking my face was much more fun. Gah..

Try being woken up from a sound sleep by something jumping on you and then eating your hair. Not fun. Had to kick both of them out from the room so that I could go back to sleep.

What added insult to the injury was the fact that Surabhi just sat there and kept watching this entire scene without helping and had the gall to laugh throughout.

Ah well, tonight I am going to make sure that the door is locked before I go to sleep ;)

– Suramya

July 14, 2010

Funny Security measures by Kingfisher

Filed under: My Life — Suramya @ 11:23 PM

Last weekend I flew down to Chennai from Bangalore for some work. The flight from Bangalore to Chennai is about 1 hour long and the plane is one of those propeller planes (I forget the name at this time). So I boarded the bus totake us from the terminal to the plane and once e got there we had to wait for a few minutes in the bus to let them finish cleaning up the plane.

During this time I noticed a person in Kingfisher security uniform frisking a person who had just gotten out from the plane. I thought it was pretty strange but whatever… then another guy got out from the plane carrying a garbage bag and he too was frisked and the garbage bag checked. Once they were checked they walked away from the plane with the trash.

Now can someone please explain to me what the purpose of frisking a person who is leaving the plane is? I can understand them frisking a person entering the plane but why would you need to frisk a person leaving the plane. Its not like there is a lot of expensive stuff on the plane which can be stolen. The only item that they could steal really easily would be the food and I don’t think that would want to steal it.

Although, if the cleaners had access to the luggage hold then it makes a bit more sense. But then again most checked in luggage is large enough to make sneaking it off the plane difficult.

Watching this I thought that this must be some quirk at the Bangalore airport so when I saw it again at the Chennai airport during my flight back I was even more surprised.

Anyways, I thought it was interesting and funny so decided to share.

Well this is all for now. Will post more later.

– Suramya

July 11, 2010

Request for articles for the Chicken Soup for Indian College Soul

Filed under: My Life — Suramya @ 1:26 PM

I have been meaning to post this for a while now but kept postponing. Anyways finally remembered about this when I had computer access. so :)

Arti from friendsofbooks.com who is also the editor of the Chicken Soup book series contacted me recently and asked if I was interested in contributing to the Chicken Soup for Indian College Soul book which will be coming out soon. Basically this is a series of books that focus on heartwarming and inspiring aspects of everyday life.

At this time I can’t really think of any story about college that fits into the above criteria so I am going to pass on it this time, but if you have a college story that you think people would like then please contact Arti and let her know. Below are more details about the series/invitation:

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If you have a college story that you would like to share , please read the guidelines below and send your stories to: arti@friendsofbooks.com in the subject line please write ” CS for College Soul”

Publisher: Westland/Tranquebar
Last Date for submissions: July 22nd 2010 ( or earlier, if 101 stories are selected before that)

The write-up will carry the contributor’s name. Westland pays Rs 1000 per story and two copies of the book. A 3-4 line profile on all contributing authors is also carried in the book. We accept blogged and published work too provided the authors get the reprint permissions. The copyright of the story stays with the author.

Recipe for a Chicken Soup for the Indian College Soul

A Chicken Soup for the Soul® story is an inspirational, true story about ordinary people doing extraordinary things. They are personal and often
filled with emotion and drama.

Chicken Soup stories have a beginning, middle and an ending that often closes with a punch, creating emotion rather than simply talking about it. A story that causes tears, laughter, goosebumps or any combination of these. A good story covers the range of human emotions. The most powerful stories are about people extending themselves, or performing an act of love, service or courage for another person.

Guidelines

1. Tell an exciting, sad or funny story about something that has happened to you or someone you know. Make sure that you introduce the character(s).

2. Tell your story in a way that will make the reader cry, laugh or get goose bumps (the good kind!) Don’t leave anything out — how did you feel?

3. The story should start with action; it should include a problem, issue or situation. It should include dialogue and the character should express their feelings though the conflict or situation. It should end in a result, such as a lesson learned, a positive change or pay-off.

4. Above all, let it come from your HEART! Your story is important!

Story Specifications

Stories should be non-fiction, ranging in length between 300-1200 words.
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More details on how to submit/additional information is available in this blog post: Inviting stories for Chicken Soup for the Indian College Soul.

Please contact Arti if you have questions about this. All the information I have about the invite has been posted here.

This is all for now. Will post more later.

– Suramya

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