17 August 2013

My Hero

Last evening, Sharmila and Nikita were discussing all the events of Nikita’s first week of 4th grade (school reopened this week). Evidently, in English, they had to write about “My Hero”. She finished hers and then after school found out that her best friend had written about her mom. (Niki had not). So, Sharmila demanded to know how come she did not write about her mom as her hero.

Nikita’s unforgettable response: ”Β Ummm… I don’t think you are hero material”

I am like, “You go, girl” πŸ™‚

10 August 2013

Salt Lake City

This morning conversation with mom:

She: “Ei soptahey tour-e jaas ni?”

Me: “Hnah. Gechhilam”

She: “Kobey phirli”?

Me: “Ei to porshu din. Tomay bollam na airport theke phone korchhi”?

She: “O! Kheyal korini. Ekhane bairey eto awaj sob somoy thik korey shona jay na. Kothay gechhili?”

Me: “Salt Lake City”

She (very very confused): “Tui ekhono Kolkata thekey berosni?”


10 August 2013

My plan to win an Olympic medal

The Russian Sports Minister has announced that Russia will arrest all gay athletes in 2014 Sochi Olympics. (I am not kidding – check it up on the internet).

On the plus side, I plan to show up for the men’s figure skating. I have no idea how to skate but I am pretty sure I will get a medal since I will be the only one there competing πŸ™‚

BTW, every time I think I have heard the most stupid thing a politician can say in this world, the world surprises me!!

8 August 2013

Reid Madsen!!!

It was the summer of 1995. I had just joined a small startup company as a developer. Next week Reid Madsen joined and we shared an office. Reid came from C coding background and we used C++.
I remember the first question this tall guy asked me – “Rajib, what is a template”? And I proceeded to explain, feeling good with the early sign that I can add value to my new company.
In under 72 hours, Reid was spitting out C++ template code that made me wonder “How the heck did he do that”? I knew that I was licked.
So, I became a Development Manager πŸ™‚
It was like “Dude, you are way better than me. Now, let me manage you” πŸ™‚
It was fascinating to see that Reid Madsen today after years and years. Thanks are due to him for making the time for a hurried breakfast before I had to run to the airport.
It was heartening to hear from him that he still is proud of me…. for following him in hairstyle πŸ™‚