Sunday, August 23, 2009

An Evening with Punjabi Virsa!!

Hi Friends!!
I hope you all have been fine. Being late in updating my blog is getting common but keeping my schedule in mind, I try my best to update it as and when possible. However, this time was an exception and my busy schedule was not a reason for non-updation of the blog for 3 weeks. It was more a majboori this time, as my PC was under repairs for around 2 weeks, and it got finally OK yesterday.

Anyways, even though blogging after a long time, nothing really special went through my life except my brother's birthday and yeah, my new phone. My brother was here on vacation to celebrate his birthday @ home and well, we had a small dinner outing a day after with a couple of his friends. Well, his vacation also helped me a bit for the fact that my PC was getting repaired all these days and I used to use his laptop to check out my mails, though I had to postpone replying to them. May be it was a blessing in disguise, that my PC had some problems in that time only. :P

Barring the usual busy weeks and relaxing sundays not mentioning that weekly feature films, I would like to share the two weekend evenings spent by me with you all which really brought me more closer to the rich and diverse Punjabi culture. Last Sunday, firstly, it was party time and we college friends had gathered for a small party, more importantly a get-together party, as it was first time we were meeting after our college ended. It was fun and well, the meet once again reminded us that the college has ended. Anyways, the evening had more for me. After the party, I got informed that my family had gone to see a play 'B.A. Pass' written by the renowned Punjabi Novel Writer S. Nanak Singh and I had to join them. Though I got a bit late inr eaching the venue and the play had already started, I enjoyed watching every bit of it. The play was regarding a B.A. Pass student, who was made to study by his father by facing hard times in life and getting loans from other people for his studies, in a hope that he would support his father and family in his old age. However, the boy, on becoming graduate, feels like getting imprisoned staying in village, just because he is a graduate now. (Being a graduate was a luxury in those times, remember the play was written in 1952). He finally leaves his home and hurts his father's emotions. However, with a degree in hand, but no practical experience/training with him, he finds it difficult to earn his living and finally realises what wrong he has done and finally gets back to his village and home. I may not be able to convey the same emotions I felt like while watching the play, the play surely conveyed a lot more. I also plan to make a reading of the novel, though don't know if that would take an actual shape. At the same time, I also felt a bit happy on the fact that I am doing a course which not only imparts me theoretical training but also helps me equip with practical experiences. :D

And well, this Sunday, or I should say today, I have just returned from being a part of a cultural evening out here , primarily meant to celebrate a typical Punjabi festival 'Teeyan'. It is basically a time of joy for punjabi women where they enjoy swings in the rains (in the month of Saawan). It was a nice cultural program and renowned punjabi folk singer Gurmeet Bawa was also present there. She still sounds too good and unfuses a lot of power into her voice and singing, even though being in 60's of her life. I personally enjoyed being there a lot.

While I am writing this post, I am also sensing that this might have been my last free Sunday for the next 4-5 weeks as we may have to work overtime in office incuding Sundays to complete the audit work by the due dates i.e. September 30.

I also request Rain God to bless our city with some rains through my blog. Rabba Rabba Meenh Varsa. We are really finding it hard to have some downpour in our city. I don't know where Mr. Monsoon is hiding out here.

And yes, before I end up with my post, I wish all of you, a very very Happy Ganesh Chaturthi and Happy Ramzan.

Good Night Friends. It's been a nice day today with a lovely ending.

Friday, August 07, 2009

Busy Days are Over or Back Again??

Hi Friends!!
Its again been a week or so since our last interaction. The days gone by were a kind of mixed experience for me altogether.

First of all, what kept me busy in the last week was the returns rush in the office, July 31st being the last day for filing of returns for non-corporate & non-audit assessees. Preparing lot of returns in the office while getting lesser lunch break in between at the office turned out to be fun for us as we would turn on our PC's speakers with a lowest possible, yet listenable, voice. :-) In our quest for breaking the monotony of our tasks, I came across a really kool collection of instrumentals on the net. The instrumental collection is among the top played items now in Winamp at my office PC. :)

Now, I suppose, you all must be thinking that why have I chosen such a title since July 31st has already passed away. So, let me clarify on that please first. September 30th is the due date for getting tax audits done by the income tax assessees, so while the current time-bound tasks at hand were successfully accomplished, I can reasonably expect more busy times in the days to come, and as far as I know our different client's accoutants, they all would be coming to our office after Independence Day. So, busy days seem just a week away. Still, I hope I would enjoy those busy times as this time, I seem to fairly understand the audit processes and further, I don't have my exams in November this year to steal my enjoyment from the work, just like what happened last year.

In the last few posts, I have always written over the hot and humid weather over here these days, but my Monsoon tale from the last post seems to continue. Monsoons still don't seem sure enough to pour over here and that leaves us with a sweaty weather.

More fun was waiting for me this week as I had a kind of a relaxing sunday with a small dinner outing in the later half of the day. More enjoyment was there for me this Sunday as I got to watch some pretty nice movies : Luv Aajkal - movie with pretty nice music and I really wanted to watch it and moreover it was one from Imtiaz Ali, Fashion - a movie I can watch anytime and any number of times, PC rox and lastly, it was Saajan - again a great movie with too good songs and yeah, not to forget the weekly feature film Jab We Met. :-) Luv Aajkal turned good fun to watch as Saif & Deepika have done a reasonably good job in the movie. Lot more could have been expected from 'Jab We Met' Director and he didn't really put down the high expectations from him. Music is nice and I would recommend you to listen 'Ye Doorian' and 'Ajj Din Chadheya' songs from the movie. For the other two movies, I don't think I need to make a review of them.

It was a week of days to celebrate with Friendship Day and Raksha Bandhan coming in it, so had lots of meetha to eat this week. But one thought which I definitely would like to share with you all regarding Friendship Day is that do we need a seperate day to show our friends that we care for them. Even though I too sent all my friends the wishes for the day but still, I don't really go with the idea of Friendship Day and for all the supporters of the day, can you please answer the question that do friends get less special on the rest of the days of the year? I had also started tweeting a while ago but the day I joined, I already knew I can't be glued to it for a longer time and well, it turned true and its already 10 days since my last tweet.

Well, besides all the things I've shared with you all right now, one of the most undesirable things once again happened and my PC Operating System once again crashed. So, I ended up installing it once again 2nd Sunday in a row, though the Mission OS didn't prove to be successful as I eventually figured out that my PC was infected with a virus and I needed to format the whole drive. So, these days, am busy arranging for my disk's backup. That has also kept me away from updating my blog.

That's it for now from Simardeep Singh.

Would be back soon.

Sayonara. God bless.