Thursday, May 28

Author: shalady

8 Commandments to discuss with your Spouse-to-Be
Random Musing

8 Commandments to discuss with your Spouse-to-Be

The following are not amongst the things that are generally discussed with a soon be to be spouse. For a match made in India, food, movies, books, financial background of the family, love for pets and many such day to day stuff are discussed to check for compatibility. Sense of humor, good looks and a level of romanticism are also considered for the much awaited ‘I Do’. However, I believe that no match should be complete till the bride and groom discuss the following 8 commandments beforehand. Finance: There are some who track their expenses meticulously and then there are some who don’t. There are those who save at the beginning of the month and then there are those who never save. There are those who send their parents a part of their paycheck, some who donate to religious instituti...
USA: Save your Account from Online Thefts
Money Matters

USA: Save your Account from Online Thefts

Like many others, I too came to the USA with the great American dream. As in India, I share my Account Details with anyone who owes me money. 3 months later, I used an online site to transfer some money to India and all they wanted was my Acct Number, Name and the Routing Number (Which is unique to a bank). They did not ask for passwords or any other details. This lack of security seemed odd, so a colleague and I walked to the nearest Bank and spoke to their representative. We thought he would assure us that our accounts were safe. Instead, he told us the exact opposite. He said that anyone with our Account Number, Name and Routing Number* can transfer money out of our accounts. a. Every time you gave someone a check, you gave them your name, account number and routing number on a pi...
5 Tips to remember in Washington DC
Travel Tales

5 Tips to remember in Washington DC

1. Go on a weekend. Almost all the parking spots are free of cost. All museums and places of interest are free throughout the year. 2. Make a list of Must Visit Places and set yourself a time limit for visiting each place and stick to it. Most of the places can easily rob you of 4-5 hours of precious time. Know that no one can see all that DC has to offer in a single trip. DC can be very crowded so be ready to improvise on the plans. And no matter how much you plan, you will still be late. Accept it and the tour will be a lot easier. 3. Take one of those Trolley Tours. Do not get down at White House early in the day. Get to the white house only at around 3 or 4 in the evening as this place is quite crowded and getting back into the trolley buses can be a pain. 4. For the months of...
Humor

Late Indeed

Lunch Hour at the Food Court. As usual, we were busy with the day's chatter. Halfway through a friend got up to get a glass of water. And it was at that exact minute that I recollected that he had asked me to remind him about a meeting. I called out loudly to him: "Aren't you getting LATE" The next thing I know, everyone around stopped what they were doing and looked at me. I did not understand what was happening till all my friends burst out laughing. The way I pronounce the words had made 'LATE' sound 'LAID'.
Humor

Where is the Data !?!

A phone conference between the IT Teams of two companies undergoing a merger and are expected to share some data. A: We have given the list of all the data that we require. Where do we stand on that? B: We have analyzed all the requirements and we will provide you with 80% of the data. However we are working on locating the remaining 20%. Two Weeks Later – A: Where do you stand on the 20% of the data? Have you been able to locate the data in your system? B: I am sorry. We do not capture this information. So there is no point in us trying to locate this information in our systems. A: Excuse me. Are you telling me that you do not have this data? B: Yes, exactly. We do not have this data with us. A: Well, that is surprising to hear as we have a guy here with us who was an employ...
Rearranging the Clouds
Humor

Rearranging the Clouds

The other day, a few colleagues and I were walking from one building to another. The sun was rather too harsh for my taste. Me:  Oh, how I wish I could rearrange the clouds! Colleague:  Don't worry! You will get it soon. A new CLOUD update was announced yesterday. I found it funny as she said it without missing a beat and with a mischievous twinkle in her eyes.  
Humor

Between the Manager and the Crow

This conversation happened amongst a group of friends. I have retained just the interesting comments. A: How do u put the following in professional English "A crow dropped its excreta over me”? B: Err... I am in deep shit..!!??!! A: I had to go home and change. I have to explain it to my Manager in an email. I don't want it to sound overtly funny. B: How about "Crow droppings fell on me" ? or maybe "I was standing under a crow when it decided to excrete" A: I am already in deep shit here thanks to my workload. Please don't give me more crap. B: The mail is to your manager after all, send this: "The crow gave me what you usually give me"
Humor

FYI and A

One fine day, at office A: What is "and A..??" B: huh..?? A: FYI and A..?? B: For Your Information and Action. A: Are we supposed to act on the email that we just received? B: Yes. A: Are you acting on it? B: Yup. A: How are you acting on it? B: I am acting as though I did not get the mail !!!
Humor

My Daddy Strongest

My college had this strange habit of sending scorecards home. They insisted that parents of the ward should visit the campus and talk to the professors, if their ward had low scores. This is the memory of one such time when my scorecard was sent home. My mom knew I was into extracurricular stuff going around my college and  that these things never left me with enough time to study. We had an agreement that as long as I scored well in my Finals, she should not ask me about the scorecards of the internals. This arrangement worked for us and saved both of us a lot of headache. It was the third time that my scorecard was sent home, I expected my mom to see my scorecard and throw it away with the garbage as usual. As my luck would have it, my dad got to the letter first and all I know is ...