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Just Shoot Me

Bala, 28, Gordon Gekko in the making, pseudo-intellectual, cynic, bibliophile, obsessive compulsive ranter...

Spitting in Madurai

March 30, 2006

Reading Ted Power's Blog (via desipundit) was a revelation. He is an American living in Madurai and blogs about his experiences here. It is reading another outsider's perspective that makes me write this. As the constant reader knows, i moved to Madurai about six months back and have been cursing the city since then. I am not a total stranger to this city, for i was born here and have been to it a few times before. But for a person accustomed to "naan undu en velai undu" character of chennai and the you are here so? attitude of coimbatore, Madurai is a total culture shock. The people are mostly what we call kattans (This is only a semi-derogatory remark). Let me Explain:
This is the first city in TN where i see warning boards inside buses that warn "No Spitting". A "No Smoking" board is not a surpise, but spitting inside a bus? I am accustomed to the proprietary habit of spitting on pavements, paths and the occasional two wheeler rider through the window.When i first saw the board, i assumed it meant "dont lean outside of the window and spit". I discovered that the warnings boards have to be taken literally, when i saw for myself that people do indeed have the habit of spitting inside the buses. Now i know my fellow tamilians can be incredible stupid in some issues - but what sort of idiots spit INSIDE THE BUS!!!
posted by Bala, 4:10 PM | link | 6 comments |

What is it with the engineers?

March 25, 2006

I recently stumbled into this site. This is run by a guy who was at College of Engineering Guindy, Anna University, same time as me. In the third year, we were in the same wing in the hostel. Here is another person who has chosen a road less travelled.
posted by Bala, 10:20 PM | link | 0 comments |

Back again

March 17, 2006

Hmm.. Too long since i posted last. I am still getting dozens of hits daily by people searching for information on the TCS class action suit. Since my last update on my post, i have had another email from leiff cabraser, asking me a bunch of basic questions on my work experience with TCS america.
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Books For March

1) Song of Ice and Fire series - George RR Martin
2) I Claudius - Robert Graves.

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