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Road Rage inducing Drivers
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Road Rage inducing Drivers

Anyone who knows me knows that I don’t anger easily. And in the past 2 years, I have realized that more than anything – it is those Idiots on the road who make me angry . Here is a list of my top ‘Get the Fuck Off the Road’ people. Driving Slow on Fast Lane: For some, it might be ignorance but for majority it is not. Regardless of your speed, if you are on the left lane and you see a vehicle behind you, you must move to right and let the vehicle pass. FYI – Left Lane is called ‘Passing lane’. Pass and merge people. Don’t hang out just because you pay the road taxes. You might be driving at speed limit +10, but if the right lane is empty – you must move. That’s the law of the land. Last Minute Merge: These are the people who merge at the very last minute. All maps point out to your ...
Do whatever you want. Others can take a hike!
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Do whatever you want. Others can take a hike!

To start with, I define Kid as anyone between the ages 10 and 15. As a Kid, I watched a lot of informative television channels and had a lot of ideas about what I wanted to do with my life. My mom always made sure there were enough Essay books at home (pre-internet era) so that I was never hungry for knowledge. I had a few very specific ideas about what was right and what was wrong and many a times voicing my opinions to the grown-ups resulted in lengthy debates that would always end up with a ‘You are a kid, wait till you grow up’. Now, around 15 years later, I think ‘Damn, I was a smart kid!’. I will not visit the Temple Regularly: I come from a religious family. As a kid, I remember Dad going to the temple before work every day. But somehow, as traditional as my parents were, they ne...
Philly Septa Strike: Commuter Nightmares!!
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Philly Septa Strike: Commuter Nightmares!!

“Do not manage something that is working fine” These are indeed words of wisdom and I was taught these by the Septa Strike that started in Philadelphia, PA on 03-November-2016. Septa Regional Rail was functional. First day saw Septa workers try to manage the Crowds by having a queue system where they let only 150 people on the train at each station. Now this does seem fair if the train had a capacity of 450 – 500. And if there were 2 busier stops after ours. My Train Line = Media Elwyn. This train makes pickups at 4 important stops: Jefferson Station, Suburban Station, 30th Street Station and University City. We have 5 trains between 4:30pm and 5:30pm. And the trains are fairly uncrowded save an odd day or two. I usually board this train at Suburban Station. Day 1: I got on the ...
List of things to take to USA
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List of things to take to USA

The following are a list of items I suggest that one brings to USA if they are going for a duration > 6 months. While going through the post, remember it might not be a complete list and also that if you miss out any of these, they are easily available in the US. To make it easy, I have listed down an approximate cost of item in US. Umbrella. (5$ to 15$ ) The work laptop with all accessories including an adaptor for US Plug Points. (Get an additional adaptor. They are worth around 5$ here ) Pressure cooker + 1 tava + 1 pan. All should be flat bottomed heating method could be Coil Based and not necessarily Gas. Get a chapathi rolling pin. And two additional rubber, safety valve for pressure cooker. (A 3L pressure cooker costs 40$. And a safety valve costs 5$ ) If you want s...
8 Commandments to discuss with your Spouse-to-Be
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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...
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Erasing my steps

I walked on the beach...the shores washing my feet... I walked a mile, along the shore... The path that I walked, I wanted everyone to see.... My head held high, my footprints so deep... I thought let me retrace, my achievements of the hour... I turn around.. Alas!! The waves had washed away my dreams... I stood in the rain, lamenting my fate... tears from my eyes.. realization in my mind... Everything I do, is insignificant after a time... I should have aimed for contentment, when I had the chance.. Its too late now... To give up on what I have started.. Against the nature, I started walking.. I tread hard on the sand... My footprints deeper than ever.. This time though.. my walk shall be remembered.. All along, laughing behind my back - the rain and sea starte...
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Don’t tell me what I cannot do!

How do you react when some stranger tells you that you do not have the skills required to do something ? This question refers to all those who have been told that they cannot do something. We had been to a restaurant where they provided valet parking. When we came out after dinner, we noticed that one of my friend's car was parked precariously close to a tree and somehow they had managed to keep another car across it at an haphazard angle. It was going to take lots of maneuvering to get the vehicle out of that spot. There was a buffer space of 10 inches max..ie.. 5 inches on either side.I should have taken a photograph but at that moment, it never occurred to me! My friend wanted to get the car out of there. The minute he got into the driving seat of the car, a passing valet comment...
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A lesson from an Exam

Two children of 8th Grade. Two different places. The same experience. They learn different lessons. Student A: There was a state level science exam conducted at our school. And since there were no external monitors, the teachers were giving away the answers as well as the questions. I felt that it was wrong. I mean- don't you think its cheating ? I refused to take down the answers and wrote down whatever I knew. I was feeling so happy and proud to have done the right thing. I raced home to tell my mom this. She heard me narrate the entire thing. She smiled and praised me for my honesty. But then she added " So tomorrow when the results will be out, everyone you know would have scored more than you. The people who see these results will never know that the others had copied and you did ...
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The Adoption

He said his mom did not entertain the idea of adoption. She reminded him that they did not stay with his parents. He said that he would never go against his mom. She reminded him that theirs was a love marriage and that his mom had not entertained it initially. He said he would have difficulty in loving a child that was not his own blood. She reminded him that they had gone over this earlier and that he was replaying the same cards again just to stop the process. He asked her to choose between him and the unknown child. She bowed down her head and gave in to the man whom she loved. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I was supposed to start my 2nd grade the next day. The Father had told me that I would be getting new parents...
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World Water Day 2012

Dear Diary. There is a blogging competition at my office and I desperately want to send in an entry. Well, I have never really felt acute shortage of water anywhere in my life. And whenever there was a slightest bit of problem, there was a solution just around the corner. And I am confused what to write as I have no experience or memory to write from. Think of something..think of something...Let me call up mom, she always helps clear my thoughts... an hour and a few phone calls later..I now know what is happening in my friends life, what events are coming up in my college, what new antics the new pups at my home are up to...etc...But nothing about water...Let me park this for a while, clearly there is no point writing something without a skeleton of the story in mind. "SAM..SWITCH ON TH...