Life

Losing track of time...

Alright into my second week since I left my work and the rules I had made to sleep on time and keep a check on my sleeping clock has literally gone into the dustbin! I have been sleeping late and getting up late as well.. Also I have noticed that I have lost track of days and the date!

The good news is that the packing of luggage is on schedule and I think that should not be an issue as I am set the leave Dubai on the 21st of this month, I have some interesting developments on my professional front but I don't want to talk about them just as yet because I am afraid I am going to jinx the whole thing so fingers crossed for that!

Another favourite pass-time which has developed over the past few days is to watch old bollywood B-Grade horror movies at night from Ramsay Brothers! for people who don't know who these brothers are they are film makers who started making really crappy Indian horror movies during the 80's, i mean the movies are so dam horrible that even a blind person can make a better motion picture than these guys! I absolutely have no idea why I am seeing these movies and torturing myself!

Movies watched so far...

Thaykana (1986)

Purani Haveli (1989)

Bandh Darwana (1990)

Ghutan (2007)

First week of un-employment...

Let's see.. Its been a week since I have left my previous job and the positive thing is that I still haven't gone into "panic" mode! I am pretty relaxed and using this time to learn new things and update my skills... So I have about 15 days in Dubai after which I have to exit the country because of the visa laws in this part of the world but I am going to come back sometime by the end of august to look for new job in this city.. I do get calls from consultants but then its a period of silence from them after the initial call which is one thing I hate about job consultants... I mean all it takes is an email to the person who you have interviewed and say "Sorry mate, you weren't selected" (How tough is that!!) but they choose to just ignore!

Anyways I would be heading over to India in the interim and meet up with family and friends so that should be all kinds of fun! I am trying keep a tab on my sleeping clock and not snooze like a log for hours which is so tempting and try not to eat everything I see at home!

More updates to follow but for now all is well and kicking!

Last day @ KBR

Today is my last day at my present job which I have been in for the last 7 years ever since I came over to Dubai sometime in late 2007, working with people in this organisation has taken up quite a large portion of my time which is obvious and I will miss the time I use to spend and the interactions I had with the folks.

I really like what I do and I am fairly good at it.. maybe this time off can be a well deserved break after all those years of working as opposed to taking annual vacations when the time arrives. At this point in time I dont really have any plans with regards to my professional carrer but hoping something will work out soon!

I think they have planned a "surprise" for me towards the end of the day which isnt really a surprise as it is done for everyone who leaves, it would be a surprise if they didnt do it for me! :-) ... Anyway I dont really have any famous last words just that I am going to miss getting up early morning and driving to work for some days in the future and maybe I can use this time to do something constructive!

-Alstar

Obsessed with Card Magic!!

Off late I have been spending WAY too much time learning card magic and its almost reached a point of pure obsession! Back when I was in college I once saw an episode of David Blane on "AXN" and how he goes out and performs magic to random people on  the street and I wondered how he did those cards tricks that he did and was completely fascinated with that but back then I didn't invest time or pay too much attention to learn the art behind the tricks because I was too busy growing up I guess!

Now when I finally have patience to actually learn what happens behind the scenes of all those tricks it makes me wonder how simple they are once you learn the logic behind them, thankfully its not really an expensive hobby because all you need a deck of cards and you are set and its magic so you get to show off your skills to people and they think you are a wizard which in real you are hardly that!

My favoutite deck so far has to be the "Aurum" deck, but I also own a bunch of Bicycle card decks which are reasonabily good... So I guess until this obession wears its all magic for me!