Freaky

So KT and I were talking on Sunday and I just mentioned to him that I wanted to go to Delhi for a bit..to do a bit of shopping for the pretty ethnic handicrafts, trinkets and because its location is so perfect to travel to so many places that I want to visit in Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh that I’m unable to do so because its so far off from Madras and would definitely entail more than a night’s travel.

Monday evening at 6 pm, I get a call from a manager in our Delhi office asking me to be there the next day.

And that’s how people I find myself in dusty Gurgaon for the next four days. Would love to explore Delhi (and not the idiot malls of Gurgaon). But I suspect I’m going to be holed up in this fancy glass building for most of my stay. Having assured people that I won’t venture out by myself in the night as Delhi is the Most Dangerous City in the World and that I would wear a sweater (!!) as it can get cold, I really don’t think I am going to get any time to do anything!

Damn

Brown girl in the ring

Mauritius is beautiful…it is the most beautiful beach town that I’ve seen..better than Goa, East Coast of TN, Bali and Langkawi. I have never seen such a blue sea and better still so many shades of blue all at one time ranging from an inky blue to an emerald green…the water so clear you can see right through..and the never ending sugarcane plantations, the green rolling plains stretching endlessly…

Much fun was had kayaking and pedal boating though I skipped an underwater walk because I don’t know swimming! I have returned looking like a burnt brown crisp…should I seek a marriage proposal..no body will marry me 🙂

Well its now time to hit the books and the work in full earnest…books for my CFA Exam that I will have to give in June…Level 3 is not going to be a joke and it involves essay answers (yikes..when was the last time I hand wrote even a paragraph 😦 ). On the work front I received my mid year appraisal where I was told that I had a positive attitiude, good technical skills, but I need to work on my business development skills. Now the thing is someone my level is not expected to do any BD work at all..but given that I demonstrated the whole positive attitude / technical skills last year itself, the expectations are higher and BD has now fallen upon me..now frankly I have no clue how I go about this, no manager to turn to for guidance and if I want the top rating again this year, I really need to buck up and get my act together…just fulfilling my basic goals simply wont do…so God help!!

Back for a bit

So we’re back from our little holiday..and we had the time of our lives!! We’ve fallen in love with Singapore and are actually considering working there for a couple of years!!

Langkawi was lovely and scenic..a tad hot but very beautiful!! There…I’m way too lazy to come up with a detailed blow by blow account of our trip but I think I will pick out the little moments that made the trip that much more memorable than the beaches and the night safari!!

The cutest moment of the trip for me was something not too connected with our travel directly! The hotel reservations were made in my name..SM…and everyone insisted naturally on calling us Mrs and Mr M…thinking that KT was the “M”!! We didnt bother clarifying initially..so it stuck…and KT picked up the phone to call our cab and said, “This is M speaking, can you please come down to pick us up!!”. Now I don’t know too many men that are happy letting their wives keep their original names…much less those who’d announce themselves using their wives’ surnames!! 🙂

There’s something to watching crabs in the sand, the dipping sun the distance bathing the whole in its warm colours hues and holding hands…

Its a lot of cheap thrills to make out on an absolutely empty beach…not so much though when you realise you can’t take it forward as there’s no place indoors to rush to for more than being prudes there are dozens of crabs in the beach!!

I found shoes that fit!!

We tried a whole bunch of Chanel and Dior perfumes and rejected them because I didnt like the fragrance rather than the fact that they were really expensive!! KT thinks it was a conspiracy on my part in order to avoid spending the money…but I swear I didnt like them and then I got sick with all the smelling and just wanted to get out of there!!

KT insisting that casurina was actually casunary and both of us laughing at the other for getting the word wrong and the look on his face when he realised that I was right!!

Sneaking in marble cake from the breakfast buffet and stashing it away into my bag for that mid morning snack!

KT had trouble with his blackberry and he wasnt connected to gtalk through his phone…so no perennial pings and email alerts…to his credit he didnt pick up calls even….so he was mine entirely!!

KT calling me up as he was driving away after dropping me off at work when we got back to say that he’d miss having me around the whole time very much….that was the cliched Mastercard priceless moment!

Oh and I say back for a bit because I’m off to Mauritius on an office offsite for three days…get off on Thursday evening and am back Monday morning… 🙂 …I know!!