Found it on one of those obscure ‘weekend’ books….Awesome message….


When you set out on your journey to Ithaca,
pray that the road is long,
full of adventure, full of knowledge.
The Lestrygonians and the Cyclops,
the angry Poseidon — do not fear them:
You will never find such as these on your path,
if your thoughts remain lofty, if a fine
emotion touches your spirit and your body.
The Lestrygonians and the Cyclops,
the fierce Poseidon you will never encounter,
if you do not carry them within your soul,
if your soul does not set them up before you.

Pray that the road is long.
That the summer mornings are many, when,
with such pleasure, with such joy
you will enter ports seen for the first time;
stop at Phoenician markets,
and purchase fine merchandise,
mother-of-pearl and coral, amber and ebony,
and sensual perfumes of all kinds,
as many sensual perfumes as you can;
visit many Egyptian cities,
to learn and learn from scholars.

Always keep Ithaca in your mind.
To arrive there is your ultimate goal.
But do not hurry the voyage at all.
It is better to let it last for many years;
and to anchor at the island when you are old,
rich with all you have gained on the way,
not expecting that Ithaca will offer you riches.

Ithaca has given you the beautiful voyage.
Without her you would have never set out on the road.
She has nothing more to give you.

And if you find her poor, Ithaca has not deceived you.
Wise as you have become, with so much experience,
you must already have understood what Ithacas mean.

Constantine P. Cavafy (1911)


Me and Kevin had been to Chimoio last week. Its a nice little place that, where birds shit on every passerby and the sun shines as brightly as a Zero Watt bulb. Time passes very slowly, thats because the Town Clock is slow by just over 8 hrs. Apart from this small problem, the Clock is accurate to the second. Local population swear by this fact.

We were on a days tour here. By the evening we had finished whatever we had to do and the next flight out, was only the next day afternoon. So we whiled away the evening. They told us that a new discotheque has opened up there. Kevin was quite keen to go there and have a drink. I was not. A drink is fine, but not dancing. You see, Kevin is one of those party freaks. He was born on the dance floor. Literally. It seems he was born in some crazy country called Lithania, which was war stricken. His parents had taken shelter in a broken down discotheque. Hence, everytime he see’s a discotheque he has a flashback of his childhood.

Kevin was on a high now, he had all sorts of reasons to go there….shake a leg, have a drink, check out some portuguese & brazilian babes etc etc. Basically he was game, I wasnt. Man U was playing AC Milan in UEFA semi’s He asked me one solid reason why we shud give the discotheque a slip. Now, thats a tough queation. What reason can you come up with, to stop a man from visiting his place of birth, its like snatching Horlicks away from a 5 yr old. Nevertheless, I had to come up with a reason. So, I just told him that I am not interested in going there as they don’t serve Curd-Rice. To this he made some weird reactions. Something like, when a kid realizes some one else has snatched his horlicks and drank it off.

“Whats curd-rice got to do with a discotheque?” he screamed. Hez got a point there. If it was not me whom he had asked the question, I would had have actually applauded him for such a brilliant question. The ball was now in my court, and i had to come up with something. Time was running out. So, I told him, South Indians only go to places where they serve curd-rice. Well, I knew in my heart that this is not entirely correct, South Indians also go to places where they serve Idli and dosas (By that logic we will stop travelling by trains, as I blv IRCTC has cancelled idli’s & dosas from the menu).

This reasoning made an impact. He was silent for a while. As my luck wud have it, A sardarji passed by. Kevin saw him, gave a colgate smile and called him over. Sardarji was glad to see me, a fellow indian. Hugged me and all. I was all his. Kevin told him that I am not coming over to the discotheque as they dont serve curd rice. Sardarji almost had tears in his eyes. He said as a fellow-indian, it is his duty to get me curd rice. He told me that he’ll get me curd rice tadka-maar ke, And he’ll also accompany me to the disco.

Sol, I was left with no option. Had ‘curd-rice-tadka-maar-ke’ in the discotheque while others were shaking their butts to glory.

You ask, why I didnt dance ? Good question. Maybe some other time.

Received this mail from my Boss on the Indian Team. Quite Funny.

Year 2019 – Cricket World Cup news:

India failed to defeat Afghanistan in the world cup qualifier in the Asia-Pacific zone.

Coach Sehwag said that he is not worried bcoz he has backing of selectors, captain and board….and that they had won a close match against Papua New Guinea just 2 yrs ago

Rahul Dravid ,the coach of New Zealand team said that Sachin should now consider retiring gracefully and let his son take over the captaincy.

Mahender Singh Dhoni broke Ajit Agarkars record of most no of conecutive ducks in twenty 20.

Saurav Ganguly, the coach of England feels that the boys need to control their emotions on the field.

The current leading man from bollywood, Brett Lee advices MS Dhoni to take up acting as well.

Minnows Pakistan beat Ireland in a close match…and thus they avenged their defeat in the 2007 WC against the then minnows Ireland.

Inzamam ul haq, who was the captain of the losing team and now the present coach said in a press interview that “Boys plays well…they try hard…inshallah we wins the world cup”.

The police arrested 8 ppl for violence after England and NZ match…Investigations revealed that these ppl were members of Dravid and Ganguly fan communities on Orkut which have 623241516 and 126542 members respectively.

The Indian cricket board led by president Rahul Gandhi has called for an emergency meeting to discuss future course of action ..former players like Yuvraj Singh, Md Kaif,VVS Laxman and Kumble have been invited…coach Sehwag and captain Tendulkar will present a report…

VVS Laxman today created a new controversy by saying that he expected a written apology from Rahul Gandhi for including him in the category of former players….he said that he has improved his fielding and fitness and wants to play 2023 WC in Brazil

The last couple of days, I have been very thoughtful. So thoughtful that even in business meetings, I ask a barrage of questions. I am unrelentful, I want to know everything and clear all my doubts.

Take for example the last Seminar called by a Shipping Line. The topic was “How Internet has revolutionised Shipping and made it hell of a lot easier”. Kevin, was going on and on about how we used to earlier go to the Shipping Line’s office for every itsy-bitsy piece of information and how,now, sitting on my desk, as I am watching porn, I can find out where exactly my cargo is, where exactly it is heading, which vessel etc….and how, by using all this we can save so much of time.

To be honest, I was quite intrigued by all this fascinating technology using GPS & satellites, that I had to ask Kevin abt it. And, So i did.

Kevin: Hey, Ajit, I see you’ve got a baffled look on your face. Whats troubling you ?
Me: Kevin, Can I interrupt ?
Kevin: Sure….fire away…
Me: Kevin, Its a great technology that you’ve just demonstrated, and the amount of time it helps save is enormous. I now understand that just by using this, We can reduce costs, manpower, go early from the office, reduce the amount of paperwork and tension and more importantly get the information we want, and that too immediately…..But, I was just wondering….if you could tell me…….”Whats for Lunch ?”
Kevin(Visibly taken aback): For the moment, we’ll ignore the question at hand and move on to our next topic that is ‘Online Documentation”.

Well, I did later on find out the menu for lunch. And as I was fearing all through the morning of the seminar, there was nothing Vegetarian. Gawwd, When will these Europeans understand the simple pleasures of Veggie South Indian food. All I was asking was curd and rice. On my curd rice demand, had they given me Rasam/Sambhar, I wud have rated their seminar A+. As it turned out, they gave me Bread and Butter and asked me If i needed anything else. See’ing I was not happy, they gave me more bread and more butter. After a while, When i had, had enough and started smiling, thats when they stopped the supply of bread and butter. Probably thinking that I was quite happy now.

Post lunch was better. Tea & Biscuits. In the end, consensus was, Internet has definitely improved the experience of Shipping. I am sure it has.

Before the start of the current Cricket World Cup, Nike came up with its first Ad on cricket in India. The Ad is an excellent example of the way cricket is taken in India. Its also the first time that any Nike ad has been developed outside of its US HQ. The Ad has received excellent reviews (So wht if India gt knocked out of the cup early 😉 ).

The Song is a Konkani song. The Ad has been shot in a location called Karjat in Mumbai. It features two current Indian cricketers, Sreesanth and Zaheer Khan. Though both of them nothing to add to the add.

The Ad showcases the spirit with which cricket is played on the streets. These bouts of Street Cricket are on less competitive than any International match. Not an inch given, and not an inch taken.

Its a great tribute to what we’ve done…Gulli-Cricket (Street Cricket).

Myself and Chris were quite sozzled when we stuck upon this conversation…..

We had ordered for some Beer, when the waiter brought us some junkie brand of “Lite Beer”….

Me: Whatz all this abt Lite Beer ?

Chris: All thats Shit man ! Dont even touch that….

Me: How wud you knw that…Have u drunk it ?

Chris: No. But, I have a firm belief that the “People who drink lite beer, don’t actually want to drink Beer…….They actually like pissing“.

Well, I cudnt agree more with Chris. Quite a remarkable thought from a man who had upto then downed 3 litres of barley water….More remarkable is that fact that Chris went on the whole night on a local beer……Australian for Beer, huh ?


Saw South Africa steamroll the Poms yesterday in the World Cup. This was slated to be like a Quarter Final, But failed to live up to any expectations. SA crushed Eng.

Well, many would say it was expected, Eng was never expected to pose any threat to the strong SA. But with Pieterson, many believed Eng still had a hope. But when he was dismissed cheaply, all gave way for Eng.

That means, Eng’s world cup journey is for all money, Over. They play a meaningless match against the Windies, who themselves are out of the WC, which has been held in their backyard for the first time.

Now, Only 1 match worth watching remains, that of Aus V NZ. Their rivalry is famous and both of them are at the top of their games. Would be an interesting match, so what if it will make no difference to any of them…..Neither of them would like to lose to their rivals.

With SA in, their chances are still alive, But they will surely have to play out of their skins to move into the Grand Finale !

For us Indians, WC has been a disappointment. As I am near SA now, Would root for them. And like the South African Channels say now….”Bring it Home, Boys !”

Today, this day, the 11th of August 2006, I have realised a major truth of life…..Oh Shit ! Hold on….How can it be the 11 Aug 2006, I had already wasted 1200 bucks on the birthday party that I threw…….Looks like my PC calendar has screwed up…

Anyway, whatever day, But…..the fact is that I have had a realisation, that, All the people in this world can be divided into 10 groups, Ones that understand Binary and ones that dont ! Its a finding that no one can deny and dispute.

Well, I guess that all for the evening. Till my next realisation,


The Skylark sitting on my Window,
said, ” Where doth you go ?”
Into the woods I fly,
But in the corner of my heart, I shall cry.

Can’t let go of these memories,
Can’t let go of this time,
Bcoz added all these together,
Will be more than all the amount of dime.

Phew ! Thats all the senti, I can write. By the time I finished those 8 lines, I was sweating all over ! What ever I do, I have decided that I will not become any of these:

1. Poet
– I can’t write a decent line, without borowwing from others

2. Actor
– I can’t remember a single dialogue

3. Rocket Scientist
– I tried it once, but it flew and crashed into an Aunty and from there on my Mother handled the matter.

4. Driver
– My driving skills are used by “Motor Driving Schools” as a curricullum as “How not to Drive”

This list is partial. As i realise all the fields, I am not suitable for, I shall keep updating it.

Its been a long time since I updated LJ, was waiting to get back to it. As usual starting problem !

All the Sports activities for Kalpataru have begun. I am already out in Badminton singles, lost to Ushnish from the Junior batch and then lost the doubles also against Ushnish and Patro ! My doubles partner was animeshanand, not the best hand at baddy, (neither am I ), But there is an enormous kick in doing something thats IMPOSSIBLE !We gave it a shot, Didn’t work for us today, but given a chance I’ll do it again !

TT was a relative cakewalk with Ashirwad in the first match. It turned out to be more like a friendly, gave him some points. Next is a tough one with Prof. DKS. I beat him today in a friendly, but I am sure he will come back strong and getting past him would be tough !

TT doubles is going easy with Govind as my partner. Have lost only one match till now and that too against Dr. RK Singh and Prof. DKS after having defeated them 2 games continuously.

Among others, Shilpi lost to Pooja Kaim in Baddy (I still think she should have WON), but she got her revenge in TT (She almost lost it in the third and deciding game. Pooja fought back from 20-9 down to 20-19 before Shilpi sealed it ! Phew !) Maddu and Vinnet polished off Swapan and Prabhat in Baddy doubles.

Tommorrow is the Football match against the junior batch. We start the favourites, but as they say, “it ain’t over till the fat lady hoots the final whistle”. I as usual would be the Goaly. Hope to make some good saves !

All too good, but am wondering what would I be doing in the actual Kalpataru week, if I am to lose in everything, one week before Kalpataru ! All said and done, its turning out to be a busy week and quite enjoyable at that! So who’s complaining as long as there is some action !

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