Saturday, March 28, 2009

Communication options and relationships

Our generation must be the most privileged generations of all times when we look at how technology has given us wide range of options to stay connected with each other. On the internet we have emails, instant messenger and social networking sites. A cell phone can be used either to send sms or make a call. Yet I feel that in relationships and friendships that spice is missing. The personal touch that used to be there when we were not overwhelmed with technology is not to be seen.

I feel that a personal meeting with friends, spending quality time with each other is something that cannot be substituted by sms or phone call. They may be an aid but never a substitute. In fact sms I feel is the most inappropriate form of communication when it comes to personal relationships. It lacks feelings and emotions. A person can be in a real bad mood, yet he/she can mislead the person at the other end by putting n number of smileys in the sms that gets sent. I personally try my best to limit my personal interactions over a sms but then at times get dragged into a sms chain by friends. The moment I realize that things are going awry, I either call up or send a sms to convey my desire to meet up in person to discuss the issue. Typing out words to explain through a sms can be really painful and can become very irritating especially when the person at the other end is hell bent on misinterpreting.

Meeting up personally and communicating is more enriching for any kind of relationship because it involves eye contact, body language and you feel genuine warmth if it actually exists. The next best option to a personal meet would be a telephonic conversation. However, sms is something that I dread. SMS can be fun when things are going smooth, on the other hand, when you end up fighting or discussing issues over the sms it can turn out to be a nightmarish experience. The inability to make the person understand through a sms can be really painful. After a sms is sent you have no clue how it will get interpreted. You may have sent it with best of intentions, yet if the person at the other end is not able to catch the essence of the message properly, you could be lining up for a bitter fight.

So friends, be judicious in how you use the various communication options you have when it comes to personal relationships. Preferably meet up with friends in person as much as possible rather than having a remote communication.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Thank you Uni!!!

Today morning when I was returning back home from office (I work in night shift) I was wondering how much of an effect Uni had on my life. No matter how many words I use to thank Uni, I know it won't be enough. Those who frequent my blog do know whom I am referring to. For new visitors, Uni is my Honda Unicorn bike. She is a darling and we have become inseparable now. Along with her traveling is fun, less time consuming and easy on the purse too. Be it dusk or dawn, day or night, afternoon or evening, no matter what time of the day, she is always ready to take me to any place of my choice.

Traveling to work had been a pain in the previous firm that I worked for. It used to take me around 4 hours of traveling each day. After putting about 10-12 hours at work, you can figure out how much time I must have had for personal stuff. Uni turned things around for me. Total time spent each day on traveling to and fro to work is just 1 hour. Can you imagine this in a city like Mumbai? No more running after buses or auto-rickshaws. No need to board crowded local trains. Because of the traveling woes, I used to drag myself to work earlier. However, with Uni I am more than eager to step out and zoom into office.

Uni has a positive effect not only on my professional life but personal life too. On the personal front, I could manage to join a gym and stick to a schedule, all thanks to the time I manage to save. The effect is for all to see. I have improved fitness level that keeps me active and alert throughout the day. I know I have been giving human attributes to Uni but then I simply can’t stop myself from doing that. She is everything that you expect from a friend, ever ready to help.

I love you Uni!!! :-)

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Elections - my view

The General Elections are round the corner. I know this time around voters will turn out in large numbers because of the terrorist attack that took place in Mumbai in November, 2008. This blog post of mine is to highlight how I will go about in deciding whom to vote for this elections.

Firstly I am very clear in my mind which political party I will definitely not vote for. It is the Left parties. They have a history of creating uncertainty. They have always been a pain to whichever government they supported. I know that there is not a single political party that is not corrupt. However, when it comes to BJP and the Congress I know for sure that there are at least a few individuals who are capable of bringing about a positive change. Also, I hope the media plays a big role in helping out voters to choose the right candidate. They should give a detailed account of all candidates contesting the elections. Does the candidate have a criminal record? What development activities have been taken care of by the candidate in the past? Has the candidate indulged in corruption or any other unlawful activities?

Though I have mentioned BJP and Congress as the two political parties I would consider to vote for, it does not mean I would compromise by voting for any Tom, Dick or Harry that they field in the Elections. My personal choice would be a candidate who is known for his track record. I will also like to urge all voters to vote for the right candidate. Once we as voters start doing that every political party will try and ensure that the candidates they field in the elections are not corrupt and have a clean political image.

Voting is a personal choice. The views I have expressed are my personal opinion which I do not wish to impose on any individual. However, please do vote as it is a great tool at your hands to decide the future of our country.