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Days of My Life

I have a habit of jotting down the “small” things that I experience in my day-to-day life. Been doing this for 3 years now. At times, I randomly pick a page and start reading through. You would be surprised at how much I enjoy reliving those moments.

Inspired by this post, putting forth before you, a peek into the days of my life (Yes yes, it is a F.R.I.E.N.D.S reference)


Just chilling

Sitting by yourself in an empty break out room – coke in hand and humming your favorite song – isolated yet connected – inner peace \m/

Wake up late in the morning – get ready slowly – reach work 2 hours late – Team lunch (to top it off donuts) – passing time reading testimonials – mind numbing violin cover – listening to IR with eyes closed –   “joint” late night escapade


Moosic is very important to me.

Bridge Over Troubled Water -> one of the best comforting songs ever. Erases the pain makes me feel so warm and cozy. I have never felt this way about the song. Whether it is the lyrics or the mesmerizing vocals or the sheer beauty of the floating piano notes in the BG really don’t know. But this is one feeling that I can never ever forget.

Hotel California… any time of year, you can find it here..

Here’s to finishing super overdue minor things and my very own super-duper guitar!!! YAY \m/ 🙂


Desperate for Motivation

Okay I really need to stop lazing and type those damn emails and be done with this!


Federer – Yes I am a FedTard!

Seeing the reactions of fan to Sachin’s retirement, I wonder how I will be when Federer retires :\ Not good, not good at all. Okay now happy thoughts happy thoughts.


FOOOOOOOOOOD

Tiramisu DOT

Unintentional Loud Burp Moment – wants to crawl under a rock and die 😦

Best way to torture yourself – Browse through food recipes when fasting. Mind numbing pangs of hunger.

A surprise always brings a smile. Especially if they are chocolates 🙂


 F.R.I.E.N.D.S

Downloading and watching HD version of F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Check!


Head over heels in love

Annoying day, scary deadlines, but all done. *wipes sweat off dramatically* Its Bubbles Time 😀

Viber stickers rock and the convos there rock as well 😀

So this is Bubbles!!
So this is Bubbles!!

My first trip abroad

Busy week. And I am in the U of the S of the A. Hard to believe.


Going Gaga

Sick, tired and nostalgic. Yet not bummed out. New levels of craziness check.

5 mins?

Loving my new nail color. Need to buy a truckload.


Some Important Dates

2/13 – 2/14 😀 😀 😀

2/21 – 2/22 😀

4/19 – I’m waiting 😀

5/4 – WOW

5/13 – 😀 😀


So how are the days of YOUR life? 

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Roger Federer

Out walks the man onto the court
Calm and confident his poise
Raring to go and guard his fort
As the crowd makes some noise17_for_roger

“Heads” is the call on the coin toss
Before walking down to the baseline
Acknowledges his opponent across.
Silence prevails as he unfolds his design

With a simple touch the genius explodes
Dangerous aces whizzing down the line
His serves have no cheat codes
The repertoire of his shots, a gold mine

The vintage single-handed back hand
Lo! Beauty to behold is that drop shot
PeRFection personified is his forehand
Cheeky volleys, the opponent is caught!

A champion’s nature is something so rare,
Aggressive and lethal – a cheetah’s agility
When revealed, in awe I can only stare
Never say die attitude – a phoenix’s ability

His every victory serves as an inspiration
His every loss teaches me to be humble
Watching him play is indeed salvation
This man is just incomparable!

He pushes me to strive for perfectionfederer
His iron-will propels me through hardship
A guide when I am lost without direction
Courage I derive from this idol-worship

He forces me to believe in myself when no one does
From him, I learned to never ever lose hope,
Treat losses and victories alike without a fuss
And confidently tread many a slippery slope.

Deep in my soul I strongly believe,
In the power of this connection,
His influence innate in all I achieve
My role model, My mentor & My inspiration.

The star of tennis shines brightly
Worshiped as an Emperor
Called the Greatest of All Time rightly
People behold – Roger Federer!

Poem #24 for National Poetry Writing Month Challenge

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A Letter to Roger Federer

Dear Roger,

Happy 31st. This letter is from a die-hard fan etc etc. But this is not to re-iterate the long list of achievements that you have achieved in your tennis career so far (I will probably run out of paper to do that). But this one is to express the impact you have had on my personal life. After all, having grown up watching you play some fantabulous tennis was bound to influence me and my thinking in some way or the other.

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You entered the tennis arena as a brash, hot-headed but passionate teenager. You went on to prove that no mountain was too high to scale when you defeated the legendary Pete. You demonstrated that talent along with patience and persistence certainly bears fruits. Then commenced your ascension to glory in the history of tennis. Your form was flawless and you kept dictating the terms of the matches with those beautiful shots of yours. I am still yet to comprehend how you pack that single-handed backhand with such power and precision.

People showered their praises on you. Yet, you remained modest and never let it go to your head that you were heading to become one of the Greatest Of All Times. I learnt from you that vanity is unbecoming of a true champion.

Another one aspect that intrigues me very much is how your emotions do not surface during the course of a match. Whether it is a brilliant forehand winner or an unforced error, your expression barely changes. You are always able to keep your cool and produce some of your best tennis during the crunch period. And most of all, the passion and fire to come back in the game and take what is yours is just truly inspiring. “Never let the fighting spirit die” – another invaluable lesson you taught me.

federer_never_give_up

Wimbledon 2008, one of the top-notch finals in the history of tennis ever. A pure battle between baseline play and serve-and-volley style. Every point is still etched in my mind. It was such a close game. I was shattered that day. How could Roger Federer lose on grass? My mind was refusing to face the reality. Accepting that you could be defeated was hard because by then you were already a God to me. Even considering the possibility of a defeat was near next to impossible. I did not like what the defeat insinuated – that there could be ups and downs even for Gods! Life is not always rosy and there always has to be a balance in life. That has become “my philosophy” in life if you could call it that. I believe in it so deeply these days and I am glad that I derived it from one of the greatest.

balance

Also, the grace with which you accepted defeat was just numbing. How could someone handle it with such ease where us people crumble under the slightest of problems? Being mentally tough doesn’t even begin to explain it. Such acceptance can only come from a strong belief in yourself that you can do it the next time and that defeats are an inevitable part of our lives. All that matters is how you gear up for the next challenge.

Then came the “drought years” (as people call it) in your career. You were losing matches, not winning grand slams like before. People and critics started whispering about you getting old and heading towards a decline. But what they did not see was how close those matches were. It was just a matter of a point or two here and there. And yet again what surprised me was that you never gave up at all. You came back to the tournaments with renewed vigor and a thirst for victory. You taught me that trying again and again is vital for success! If you give up on yourself, who will believe in you. That taught me to persevere through the hard challenges in life without getting bogged down by the failures. I just needed to get up, dust myself off, learn from my mistakes and try again with belief and passion. It was not easy, but I had you, The Maestro, to look up to for inspiration when in doubt.

When it was time for you to seek glory again, it was at Wimbledon and you were back on top in such an emphatic fashion that not a word could be said. That victory of yours was so inspirational Roger! It felt so personal to me and emotions that I cannot put in words. And doing so in front of your children must have been a dream come true indeed.  After a tumultuous 2 years, you found it in you reach the pinnacle of the summit again. Patience was rewarded and you demonstrated that you still had that will to win tournaments. You taught me to believe in myself and never lose hope even in the bleakest moments of my life.

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I must admit that I learnt a lot more from your defeats than your victories. Earlier when victory was certain, I could never fully relish the beauty of your volley or the precision of your forehand or the thundering ace right down the middle. But your defeats have made me more mature and have let me fully appreciate every point that you win and enjoy the brilliant tennis that you somehow seem to magically conjure from your racquet. My role model, my inspiration and my mentor, who has truly influenced my life. To those who say that you are getting old, I say old is gold 🙂  May God bless you with a long life and bless your family with all joy and prosperity.

Eternal Love,
A Fedtard

P.S. Imported from FB notes. Better late than never 🙂

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30 Years of (Near) Perfection….

“The very best of sport — in this era easily capsulated in two words, a given name and a surname, Roger Federer — not only transcends the mundane and offers us a seat on a flight to stratospheric heights of creativity and genius but also its memory remains with us forever. “ wrote Nirmal Shekar, a renowned Indian journalist. But what remained with us, all these years, is not just this memory, but a realization – a realization that when passion, sweat and intrinsic talent blend, we have sheer magic.

Federer gave us this realization. And much more. On this day when he enters third decade of life, we wanted to put in words about how much of an impact this has left in our lives (this turned out to be the toughest task in our lives! 😛 ).

We said Federer had nothing more to do after be number one for the 285 weeks, we said he had nothing more to do after finally winning Roland Garros. But this man keeps coming back again and again. Now, that’s called passion. Who else would play a match today, on his birthday, when some of us prefer to chuck work and get drunk on such days? Similarly, it pushed one of us to pursue a kind-of-unconventional career path, just for the sake of passion.

And when we started following our passion, obstacles followed us just as faithfully as the Hutch dog. And many a times we wanted to give up cause we couldn’t take it anymore. For example, when one of us went to another new continent for studying, we became a victim of chickenpox within a week of landing there. The easier option was to just pack bags home, but we just tried to hang in there, and it did get better from there on! This process certainly became a bit easier when we had an idol to look upto, who is an epitome of optimism and never-say-die attitude. Federer once said, “I don’t quit once I step on court” and until today, he has almost never retired from any match, once it got underway.

Another important ingredient for his success according to us is of course, his hard work. He was the number one for 285 long weeks! Complacency never found a friend in Federer – he says that he has always ‘been hungry’ . He even hired some of the best coaches like Tony Roche and Paul Annacone to get critical opinions. So, a lot of friends have asked us on why we are over critical about our work, you now have your answers 😉

Several sports journalists and tennis legends have often called Federer a ‘complete gentleman’. He accepts that he played under his potential on some days, and that the opponent had outplayed him if he loses. The ease with which he pulls this off just leaves us awestruck, especially cause, we ourselves would never be able to agree to the fact that Federer could ever be outplayed. This ability of Federer to be in peace with the reality keeps him focused on his goals. No loss however big it is, doesn’t throw him off track. Similarly, one of us had a dream of studying masters in US, that couldn’t materialize. But we did learn that everything isn’t lost because of this ‘one game’ and we are doing good in our careers, to say so.

Now, since, we have quite a few friends who love Nadal as well – this one is specially for you guys 🙂 The friendship that Nadal and Federer share is probably the friendliest that tennis history has ever seen. Even though they have met several times in the past few Slams, they share an immense respect for each other. Fanatic fans of Federer and Nadal need to learn a lesson or two from the warmth they share. And that does include us both as well. For sure.

And those were the days when Federer was the best player in tennis. Now, he seems to lose many more matches than he has done in the past. Earlier, we both used to be so depressed about his loses that we led the a cocooned life for a whole week after Federer lost a grand slam final – boycotted newspapers, text messages and facebook wall posts from friends. But now, it really doesn’t seem to matter. That maybe due to the fact that we have gained the maturity to look at the bigger picture. This has gotten us calm about his life as the deep seas now – we are more than happy with him just being a good human being (like that of being a key organizer of the flood relief match right before the Australian Open this year) and a good player, which we still believe he is. Its just that the other guys are getting equally or more better than him.

In case you know us pretty well, you know how amazingly impulsive we are. We get happiest for the smallest of the things and depressed for even more trivial matters. But this maturity with which we look at Federer right now is slowly spilling onto our lives as well. Like how both of us are learning to become immune to what others say about us.

And this fall of Federer has made him much more of an inspiration, for us, at least. Federer was considered infallible – the wall that could never be broken.He is just as vulnerable and human as any of us and not immortal. And our comparisons of his life with ours seems a tiny little bit more realistic that it did, in the past. Finally, if 16 grand slams have come, can 17th be far behind? 😉

Authors: Rohini Raman and Karthika Ramanathan 🙂