Category Archives: Space of my Own

A Special Note for the 3rd Floor Guys

3rd Floor, Main Building, Portea will never be complete for me without mentioning Mayank, Siddu, Sumbul and Shruti but I must say, everyone in this floor is awesome. I will miss you all and before I say goodbye to meet you again sometime, here’s a few lines for few of you.

Brian – The perfect gentleman

I always wonder how you can be so well-behaved and well-spoken all the time. You are such an inspiration and it’s always fun to work with you.

Surendar Ji – The cool man with a desi heart

You were one of my first lunch partners and someone who made me feel home when I joined Portea; thank you. I used to love listening to your stories about Riddhi. Your bond with her is so special and it reminds me of mine with my father 🙂

Runam – The Super Woman

How do you manage everything with a smile? I feel the clock competes with you. I will miss you during breakfasts 🙁  I still owe you a top from Siddu 🙂

Karthik Selvam – The Rude Boy

I will miss you. I am sure, we will be in touch. At least invite me sometime for lunch at your place.

Paridhi – The Ever Ready Bride

I love your straight on face answers. You are adorable the way you are 🙂

Reeshma – The Craziest Girl I have met

You are so crazy and that makes everyone love you more. I can never forget anything about you..be as you are always. I love you 🙂

Amrut & Sharad – The Cool Dudes

You both will be kids for me and I am fine with you both calling me Aunty 🙂 Boys, be good and always stay happy.

Ritu – The Beautiful Girl

When we first met to discuss about NA badges, least that I know, we will be friends. But the more I came to know about you, the more I admired you. Ritu, you are a beautiful person inside out 🙂

Shafali – The Photo Ready Girl

You are mad and you know that. Be in touch and please take care of yourself. I love you 🙂

Yeshu – The Man with an Iron Hand

Whom will you bother now for content and creative..Just kidding. Be as you are always…loud, clear and bindaas. Love for both of your daughters 🙂

Famous – The Taunting Boy

Enough of all the taunts, now let’s remain friends. Thank you for tolerating me for two years and you should thank me too for doing the same. You are a nice boy and a better friend. Take care of yourself and Sreedevi 🙂

Kushal – The Cool Kid

Yes, you are a kid. Last few days at Portea were better because you were sitting beside me. I came to know you more and knowing you was fun. Keep in touch and stay random 🙂

Kingshuk – Awwwww

Kingky, you still owe me chicken curry. I will be in touch with you for lab tests for sure.

Priyanka – My Nutritionist Friend

You are beautiful and always fun to be around. I will follow your diet as I want to look better for my wedding and after. Stay happy and cool always as you are.

Siddharth – World’s Nicest Boy

I know you are not but I love calling you that. Sorry for being rude most of the times. Trust me, I am not that bad outside office. All the best 🙂

Kotha – The Teacher

I wish you joined few months earlier so that I could learn from you more. I hope I can still call you to learn new things. You are a great team player and a great addition for the marketing team.

Vaatsalya – The girl with a golden heart

I have so much to learn from you. You bring immense positivity and I think I am a better person when I am around you. You have this habit of bringing the good out of people. Always be the way you are. I love you Vats and I will miss you 🙂

Kavita – You are special

Last but not the least, thank you Kavita for giving me an opportunity to work at Portea. All managers realize when their reportees are upset but very few dare to ask; you do. Half of my issues in the last two years were solved just by talking to you. Thank you Kavita for all the learning and support.

Goodbye all till we meet again, soon.

I Wish

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I wish to Fly
I wish to Swim
I wish to Dance
But more than that I wish to Smile

I wish to See
I wish to Play
I wish to Feel
But more than that I wish to Breathe

I wish to Know
I wish to Learn
I wish to Relearn
But more than that I wish to Speak

I wish, I wish and I wish….

My Weekend Trip to Shirdi

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Two years back on the month of December, it was the first time when I went to Shirdi. This year was my third trip to Shirdi but the holy place still continues to amaze me with its purity and grace. This small village located in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra welcomes hundreds of Sai Baba devotees every day. I am a Sai Baba devotee and feel an immense peace of mind when I am in the holy place. From the smell of fresh flower garlands across the road to the Sai Bhajans being played in the nearby shops, everything has a feel good factor about it. The long queue at the entrance of the temple looks tiring but each one in the row beholds a smile and Sai Baba faith at heart. I can continue to write on and on about this mesmerizing holy place, but let me give a pause and just take you through my short trip to the holy land.

I reached Shirdi at 8:30 in a Saturday morning. More than 19 hours of bus travel had brought a terrible pain on my back and I was dying to go for a warm-water bath. I and my friend took an auto that cost us Rs. 60 to Hotel Sai Grand Castle, our pre-booked hotel for the trip. The hotel was quite near to the temple and the staff informed us that they would give pick and drop facility to the temple by car. Without wasting much of our time, we freshen up for the day. The hotel car dropped us till the entrance of the temple. Both I and my friend bought a small bunch of flowers as an offering for Sai Baba and joined the long queue. It took 2 hours to get a glance of the Sai Baba idol and I wish I could explain my emotions when I reached there. After the darshan, we took a round of the popular Neem tree and collected Udi from the counter.

After our darshan of Shridi Sai Baba, we booked a car towards Shani Shignapur, another temple located around 75 kms from Shirdi. It being Sani Amawas that day, the crowd was huge and there was quite a lot of security. Cars were not allowed beyond a point and devotees had to walk around 3 km to reach the temple. We took help from a person riding a bike and it was definitely a fun ride. We completed our darshan in Shani Shignapur and returned to Shirdi to our hotel.

The holy place serves the best host with yummy and affordable food ranging from Paranthas to Varapavs and Idli and Dosa and many more mouth watering dishes available in every nook and corner of the place. After relishing pure ghee paranthas, we called the day off early, as we were planning to visit the temple again for the early morning aarti. Very obediently, we got up at 4:00 am, freshen up and reached the temple for aarti. The early morning darshan was mesmerizing and it took around 1 and half hours to complete the darshan. We visited few shops after the darshan and went back to our hotel. Around 11.30, we packed our bags to bid good bye to the land and moved towards the bus stop. While boarding the bus, I looked behind and made a promise to make a visit to the land every year once till I could afford. Jai Sai Ram and our bus journey back to Bangalore started.

I miss you maa….

I miss you maa… It is very hard to survive without you in this cruel world. I am far from you, forbidden from the warmth of your hug and comfort of your lap. I miss you a lot. I am hungry mama; will you make me eat some food? Will you make my favorite dish and feed me with your own hand? Will you maa? I am tired of crying, tired of expecting and tired of being betrayed. I miss you maa… Continue reading I miss you maa….