Ricky's thoughts

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Walking down memory lane....

Its been more than two years since i came to the US... Last evening I was checking some of the snaps from my yahoo photos and thought i would post them here! The snaps posted below are moments before a storm. Nature at its best!

Date: 03/27/2004

Thursday, March 16, 2006

I'm back....

I’m catching up after being out of the blog world for awhile. Last two weeks have been so hectic. I have been just busy working and too cold to do much other than survive from day to day! I have tried to catch a glimpse of everyone's blog and I really enjoy it.. it somehow makes me feel better... i would say a little more normal realizing everybody is living full and busy lives as well. I'm blogging from my work right now. I wanted to take a break from my work and write something here.. but I have nothing to write other than my work schedule! I wouldn't wanna write about my work.. naah!
It's dreary out and I guess it might rain today.. the coldness of yesterday is gone.. more to come this weekend as it is goin' to snow! Its that kind of a day where you want to go take a nap and awake to a cup of coffee. One more day and its a weekend.. Can't wait to shout out loud "TGIF"!

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Question time...

Try to answer them as honestly as you can!

a. You see three teenagers making fun of a mentally handicapped man in the street. What would you do?

b. A dear friend is in agony and wants you to help him/her to die. Would you?

c. Has your life ever been changed by an apparently random occurrence?

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

American way of living...

It was a nice evening with a clear sky with the sun setting behind the mountains. I was on my couch and remembering those bygone days when i had a hard time learning grammar. I studied in an Anglo Indian school and one could imagine the standard of english education!

I still remember my english teacher. She was tall, lean, fair & brown-eyed. She was so sweet that she would give chocolates to the kid who answers her questions correctly. She was smart enough to make the kids learn grammar in an easy manner. I, for one, always had a hard time learning the Adverbs, Adjectives, Conjun(k)ctions, Punctuations and what not..!

How has it helped me to evolve in this modern era of communication? Certainly to a great extent... Communication skills have never been as important as they are now in the globalized world where we live today. This is true in the business era; global companies look for employees who can establish effective communication with multinational companies.

Talking about communication, the first thing that comes to my mind is the variety of languages and the cutural behaviours. While gearing for a foreign work assignment, the employee should be given some basic training/information about the cultural differences. Those who don't undergo such acclimatization are never safe in the new environment and feel like a fish out of water. The hardest part of working abroad isn't finding a place to stay or learning the language, it's learning to cope with the cultural shock.

American cities have people from all over the globe. It is necessary to be ready to deal with this kind of situation. The person who is coming from another country must understand that the American way of living can be very different from their native country. Some of the american mannerisms will be better than what the person has used while others will be worse. Better or worse, the foreigner must accept the rules of the new country instead of trying to change them. In a very respectful way the foreigner can even give suggestions for the local culture but never impose it on them.

To me, the cultural shock is alarming, it makes me more alert and inquisitive to learn more about the place where I live. I've been able to prehensile and in the process made myself a very flexible person.

Having said that, haven't we seen reverse cultural shock when people return to their native country. Perhaps without realizing that they have changed while being abroad, they would definitely need to readjust to get back into the grove of their native culture and society!

Just a random thought.. I kinda started writing something, but ended up writing this. It happens.. :)

Thursday, February 16, 2006


It was snowing all day yesterday, and every once in a while I would glance out the window at it and was quite content being in where it was nice and warm. It even hailed ice pellets a few times. The snow was a little heavy in the night and windy too.

(Office Parking Lot)

I woke up early this morning, as i had to attend an 8am meeting. I just glanced through the window and oh boy... I just cannot explain the beautiful sight. I could hardly see any ground, it was all covered with snow. Though my car was protected by a covered parking, it had a lot of snow in the hood and i couldn't see the faceplate. This is one of the heavy snowfall we have had this year in SLC!

(Snow in front of my office)

Just an FYI.. The 2002 Winter Olympics was held in SLC.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Rang de Basanti....

After a long wait, I got a chance to watch this movie "Rang de Basanti". The desi crowd in Utah is not as good as it is in East or West coast. The CD had to travel all the 49 states and finally to Utah.

I was reading all these reviews about the movie and decided to watch it when it is screened in the theatres of Utah. The much awaited movie finally hit the theatres of Utah and it was scheduled to play at 11.30am on Sunday.

Rather unusual, I woke up early in the morning on Sunday. Now don't ask me how early! :) I brushed my teeth & took a shower. By then, my room-mate had prepared some delicious uppuma for breakfast. I eat the uppuma and had some hot coffee, burnt my lips.

The theatre is just a mile away from where i live. We wanted to be there early as we might not get a back-row seat. We were half hour early for the show. It was crowded and colorful. It was really a pleasant sight to see desi crowd. Rang everywhere... do you know what i mean?

We were let in by 11.25am. People started to crowd near the counter and everyone wanted to occupy the center row. We got a side row seat and was happy with what we had got when compared to the people who sat in the first row, where the screen is just 30 ft away. I couldn't imagine watching a movie sitting in the first row!

The theatre had a maximum occupancy of 250 people and it was house-full. The movie did not start even after 10 minutes past the scheduled start. In the mean time, my friend bought us some Coke to drink. It was 11.55am and there were no signs of the movie being played. We went out to ask the manager. He told us that the movie was initially planned to preview in theatre 1, but at the last minute they had to change theatres, so the delay. Was asking how long would it take and he said that it would start in about 5 minutes.

12 noon, I was really restless and got off from my seat. Started walking around, waiting for the movie to start. Finally there was some light in the screen but no audio. It was just the commercials, so no one really bothered about the audio. Then the movie started without audio. Oh Boy, this is too much. After such a long wait, why would one want to watch a movie without any audio. People started to whistle and someone cried out loud "Sound de basanti", laughter filled the air.

The audio was fixed and there comes our hero Aamir Khan. The theatre goes electric. Finally the stage was all set to watch the much hyped movie "Rang de Basanti". Rang De Basanti is not a rip-off of some exotic film, but the story is told at a leisurely pace. Aamir Khan, Siddharth, Madhavan, A.R.Rehman, etc.. the stage cannot get any bigger than this! I suggest giving the movie a try, its not a big special effects film, but it still has a lot of rang for its buck.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Scrap Supersubs and Powerplays says Ponting

"The Supersub rule allows teams to substitute any player with a 12th man, who can bat and bowl, rather than just taking a place in the field as under traditional regulations. Ponting aside, other international captains too have urged the ICC to amend the rule based on the situation of the toss."

I would second Ponting here in this new rule that ICC has injected to ruin the spirit of the game. It really doesn't make any sense when you have a bowler as a supersub and you have lost the toss. The opponent takes advantage of the toss and we are playing 12 versus 11 players on the field.

It is more advantageous and makes justice, if both the teams had an all-rounder as the supersub. It really helps both the team even if you had lost the toss.

"Under the Powerplay rule, the side bowling must have nine fielders inside a 30-yard circle for two five-over periods after the first 10 overs."

This is again something that ICC needs to revisit and make it more interesting. Most of the matches played have used the powerplays within the first 30 overs. None of the captains would want to use the powerplay after 30 overs have been bowled. It would add more afflication to the bowlers!

It has been ages since the bowlers have dominated the game. It has become more of a bastman's game and no joy for the bowlers. I would like to see this trend move towards the bowlers and they start tasting the pleasure of success.