Visit to Bournemouth

After a long while I drove to Bournemouth yesterday, a visit that lasted few hours. In the last four years, after we moved out of Bournemouth, I have visited the place at least half a dozen times and boy I should say that the place is just getting better each time. The beach front at Boscombe has improved like anything. Apart from the new pier that was put up less than two years ago, they have tidied up the roundabout as well. There is a huge pile of sand near the Boscombe pier and that is where Europe’s first artificial surf reef is coming up. Locals are understandably excited about that and I heard from more than one person that the reef is the reason why the housing prices are holding on bucking the nationwide trend. I have no clue about how that will look like upon completion, but will get to see that sometime before the end of this year.

Visiting the beach at Bournemouth is akin to taking a trip down the memory lane. I spent three eventful years in the area nearer to the beach and even in days of solitude, that was my favourite place for hanging around. Wish I had more time so that I could have walked down the promenade all the way up to the other pier. Well, there is always a next time.

I, Chakkarapani Sampath, swear by Almighty God that on becoming a British Citizen, I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, her Heirs and Successors, according to law.

I will give my loyalty to the United Kingdom and respect its rights and freedoms. I will uphold its democratic values. I will observe its laws faithfully and fulfil my duties and obligations as a British Citizen.

Fifteen Minutes of Fame

More than a month back, I had a chance to be part of the audience in the Question Time programme telecast in BBC1. It was not a live show, but gets recorded in single take around 2 hours before the telecast. Wish I had got to speak during the show. It was nice to see the way the crew members worked as I have never been anywhere near such shows. More than that, I was pleasantly surprised to see about dozen odd people at work and at Anirud’s school saying that they spotted me on the telly. There goes my claim for the fifteen minutes of fame.

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Moved Home

After three years, we have done it again. We have moved to a different address in the same locality – to a slightly bigger, comfortable apartment. Our home of past three years is the one where we have lived for the longest duration ever since I set foot in UK.

Last time when we moved in July 2005, I was updating my blog more frequently and hence was being read by more people than now. Apart from that difference, everything else is quite the same with moving continuing to be a royal in pain in you-know-where.

Tagged

Uma tagged me few weeks ago and it took me quite a while to finish this tag. This is one of my longest posts.

6 Whatevers About Me:

1. I have quite a few friends from my school and college days, with whom I don’t talk that very often (may be once in few months/years). But, whenever we talk, we resume the conversation as if it got interrupted for a few minutes.

2. I am interested in keeping a close tab of political affairs in India.

3. I am motivated by the entrepreneurs, especially the younger ones who made it big with simpler ideas (ideas that I could understand, to put it in perspective). I wish I have their guts.

4. I love books and have truckloads of them, many of them in the ‘To Read’ category. I have promised my wifey dear not to add any more to the pile before finishing off at least a few of them and I intend to keep up the promise. I finished off 4 books in the last 3 weeks and thumbing through the fifth one. I am not a big fan of the ‘donate your books to the library when you are done’ idea. I am a bit possessive about them.

5. On many days, I wake up at 4 a.m and waste lot of time.

6. I tend to put my fingers into many a things at the same time and struggle a bit before coming clean of them. I do that everytime and that is the way I am.

5 Things I miss in my life right now:

1. Srirangam

2. Mandavelipakkam – Although my first love is Srirangam, Mandavelipakkam is one of the best places to be in Chennai. Very quiet and nice, yet you are not far off from the busy, busy Mylapore or even T Nagar. Difficult to explain, but take it from me – its a great place.

3. Good, old Ramco days when work life was so much fun

4. Bachelor days when we thought there is no tomorrow

5. Veg Puffs from Cake Castle (Sardar Patel Road, Adyar, Chennai). Not sure if the shop is still there, but haven’t seen any one makking a veg puffs that could be half as good as that one.

Though these are the few things that I miss right now, I am pretty much happy with my present day life. Perhaps, one day I will miss these days as well.

10 Things I wanna achieve within a decade:

1. Visit as many countries possible – especially African ones.

2. Build/buy an ‘independent’ house with a garden and possibly put up an ‘oonjal’.

3. Sponsor at least 3 children for their education.

4. Plant at least one tree a year.

5. Start a successful company, learning lessons from my previous attempt.

6. Learn cooking a different cuisine

7. Learn one more language.

8. Learn to play golf.

9. Be a good friend to Anirud.

10. Buy a state of art (ok.. I mean – a decent) digital camera and click away to glory.

The Book Tag:

**Pick up the nearest book.Open to page 123.Find the fifth sentence.Post the next three sentences.

Welch investeda tremendous amount of time talking to and learning about his direct reports. He would extend discussions for hours just to be sure he was getting to know his people in depth. As searching out the truth about a person became a habit, Welch’s judgment improved, and then the insights became instinctive and superb.

– From ‘Know-How’ by Ram Charan.

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Madras Eye

Ever know why Conjunctivitis is called ‘Madras Eye’ back home? I don’t have a clue, but the name is so very popular that lot many people don’t know that it has got another name. Looks like it is also referred to as ‘Pink Eye’ for some reason. Back in India, when someone used to have this problem it would spread across to everyone and within no time half the town will be sporting funny looking goggles claiming that they have got ‘Madras Eye’. The reason for mentioning this one now is that my better half is suffering from the problem and sitting at home with sun glasses on, which makes Anirud give her a funny look. We are concerned that he shouldn’t catch up on that.

Fourth Protocol

Ever since I started commuting to work by car, my reading frequency hit the nadir as it was during my train journey to work I used to read. Last week, my other half pointed out about that and suggested to make some time to resume that habit. To make it easier, I started with a novel titled ‘Fourth Protocol’ by Fredrick Forsyth. Although it is one another ‘masala’ book, it is a very good page turner. As the plot of the story happens in Britain, it was all the more interesting and I managed to finish the book with in a week. Now, I have picked up John Grisham’s ‘The Street Lawyer’. Should see how it goes.

btw, it is two years since I got my driving licence in UK after lot of struggle. I am glad to be out of the probation period. Phew.. what a relief!