Wednesday, December 15, 2010


Hello folks,

We all know that vinbot has been very busy the last few months.. What has he been doing???

Here is the big secret. Most of the regulars should know already. But for the secretly following lot...

Finally, I've decided to jump back in to Academia!!! I've been pondering over it for a looong time.. and now, I think is just the right time.

This January, I'm off to UT Austin to pursue Masters and eventually a PhD.

Let me tell you, Its a tiring process - GRE, Toefl, writing-rewriting SOP, apping to different univs, mailing profs, waiting for admits, prepping financial docs, I20 and the insane VISA process... aaaahh!

I plan to be in Bangalore till Dec 23. I'll be flying out on Jan 1 from Chennai.

All excited, and a bit scared too!!


Monday, November 15, 2010

The sweet Sand

Week one:
The best part of my day
is the Good Morning that you say!!

And week two:
So charming are you
as lovely as morning dew.

Week three and four:
life awesome - restore
feel like a sailor seeing
the sweet Sand ashore!

-- Vinodh

p.s. I know.. Not very rhyming and not very deep. But had a great time writing. Life is good indeed!

Photo credits: timgoldsmith

Monday, November 08, 2010

Back in Blore after a super lazy vacationing week at home.

Think about it... Waking up with absolutely nothing in your todo list.. Reading books and Watching TV all day.. with mom taking care of you with filter coffees, soups, juices, cakes and fruits..

The relaxing morning walks and the fresh coconuts...
The lone evening strolls in the sands of Marina and melting cornettos on the way back...
The afternoon naps and evenings with Mr. Bean..

Night shows @ Satyam - Social network and The Town: just awesome!!

Relishing the Diwali delights right off the pan - the halwas, ladoos, athirasams and crispies... Slurrrrp!!! 

And watching Chennai light up with fabulous fireworks on the Diwali nite...

Thats one week.. well spent!!!

Super-charged to fight for the Cubicle nation now.

happy living,

Thursday, November 04, 2010

May this day spread Light and Love in your hearts...
Have an awesome Diwali.. Remember... No crackers!

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Instant karma

Long story short..
I had got Endhiran tickets for Thursday nite. 
Multiple things happened on the same day. I was so frustrated and missing the movie was the least of my worries.

So, I auctioned the ticket at work..
10% discount?? none
25% ?? none
Get two pay for one?? - still none.

I've already had enough for the day and finally I gave away the tickets for Free!!

And magically, the problem modified itself to be more solvable.
Is this - Instant karma???


Monday, September 13, 2010

Not everyday, you go 'Ooooh-my-God'; Not very often you see something sooo beautiful.. so awesome.. that makes you feel so blissful and complete.

Its been a while, since I wrote here; Been busy with multiple things. But this is something, I'd like to look back and cherish.

It was during the past weekend, when I least expected it. It started out as a simple-trip to a colleague's wedding in a nearby town, Vellore. The journey was pleasant; We discussed random things from running, traffic, evolution, work, love, Indian marriages and even God.

Time permitting, we decided to visit the new Golden temple in Sripuram. We had to wait a while, and walk a mile.. And then the good trip turned greater-awesome.

Yeah. I'm not the temple guy. But this aint that. This is big dive, deep into awesomeness !! Some times you just need to see these to realize how beautiful life really is.

The fabulously lit Golden vimanas againt the evening grey and their reflections in the pond... Awwww....

I'm doing injustice to the place, by trying to explain it in words. Go there and feel it.

"Life is not the amount of breaths you take, it's the moments that take your breath away" - This is one such moment!

Until next time,

Happy living,


Thursday, July 15, 2010

Does it matter?

Strange day! Woke up with an unusual feeling that nothing really matters. Observed my actions the whole day for something significant.. something important.. something inspiring.. But NO.. May be, nothing matters.. really..

Sunday, May 23, 2010

This is me venting about last week's Mangalore Crash.

One moment, everything is fine,
the next, fire and flame
starting the game blame.

I ask why?
How can a 6 month old have bad karma,
None understands all the drama!

Is it a coincidence or Bad action?
Bad weather or sleeping pilot,
doesn't matter now - all but
smoke, ashes, death and decay.

I doubt if there is a God,
Even If there is one,
He ain't doing any good job at all.

All those who ceased,
May they rest in peace.


Wednesday, April 14, 2010


Lets say, you are taking a leisure evening walk in the woods. As you go past a pond, you see a child drowning - Would you save her?

What if, it means to ruin a pair of expensive-shoes?

Will you still save her?

Do you still say - YES?

Then why not spend the cost of the shoes to save some 10 kids who are starved (of food, of education, of other basic needs)


I work with Asha, a NGO in Bangalore for the education of the under-previleged. This season, I've pledged to raise INR 50K.
Please consider donating - here .

If you choose to help some other cause, thats perfectly fine too!


p.s. I read this provocative question in one of Peter Singer's works.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Who am I?

And then, the week got better as I realized something interesting.

As I encountered, these one by one, a part of me felt like crap. But there was another part, which observed this part feeling bad!

Its like "Me seeing my-agitated-other-self" - A calm Super Ego monitoring the suffering Ego.

and then I saw another 'me', a higher-ego overseeing and  "this Super Ego observing the Ego".

now, Who am I?

Friday, March 26, 2010

Week Wretched!!

What a wretched week!!

Monday: Back to Bangalore - find my keys missing. Had to stay in friend's place for two days.
- No Bike, no laptop, no books, no iPod;
I could have shopped, but then, I decided to "experience" it - same clothes and smelly socks!! - aaah!

When I finally reached work late - the weekend simulations had crashed!

Wednesday: Email from Income Tax Dept about the non-receipt of my ITR-V. Called my C.A. He says, "We could have missed it. Can you re-sign and post it yourselves?" - WTH!

Thursday: A legal notice from a lawyer about non-payment of a broadband fee - for the service, which I had terminated looong time ago! 30 min with the dumb customer-care girl to explain their messup.

Friday: The week spills over. Who likes cubicle weekends.

Huh! When it rains, it pours!
lets see what the weekend has in store!


Tuesday, March 16, 2010

These are very, very different things and I don't know why do I confuse them?
I'm unsure of what the cause of my recent actions/decisions are.

Is it an act of Love or.. Fear of not doing it??
Or - is the fear of the possible Guilt of consequences of not doing it.
gets worse, when Gratitude joins the list.

At a deeper level, I kinda know the answer. But I pretend, that everything is fine. Things are under control.
I shield myself with lies - knowing that the truth'll cut-in even deeper.

A while back, I started asking myself this question : "Why do I do, what I do??"

If, the answer is something other than, "I want to do!", I think again.

"Need to do " - "supposed to do" - "meant to do" - "expected to do" : I'm sorry!!

Sometimes, I come up with weird answers like "That's the right thing to do." - I'm not sure how to deal with this yet!

I'm amazed at the number of things that I did, with out fully understanding Why!
I thought, I was living consciously until...

Now, what do you do when the most important folks ask for the most important things?

Its certainly not having-the-cake-and-eating types. Its not even a cake. Not the same cake, atleast!

Its like having to make a choice, without wanting to. And worse, a choice with all these varied emotions mixed up.

Will this Maniac March clear up things?


Friday, March 05, 2010

Own your past!!

Here is another experiment and a super failure!!

On 9 Feb'10,  I deleted all the previous posts to reset the blog.. I said to myself - a Fresh Start .. Brand new Life... Tabula-rasa.. The Big Bang.

An experiment at Ctrl+Z;
life-prompt> rm -rf / ;

Also to make a metaphorical point!! rather to myself!

I almost got away with this, until last week.

I was lazily looking at a silly email fwd, of an optical illusion.. And I didn't get it the first time. But, when I saw the answer, I saw it.. But, when I tried to see it again, it was so obvious, it was no more fun! - how did I miss that!

When you get to know something, see something - there is NO WAY you can un-learn un-see it.

Have you felt this? - When you listen to the same track the second time, it loses its magic. You don't feel the same emotions.

With everyone you meet,
with every step you take..
with every spoken word,
with every book read, every music track,
with every passing moment,

You change.. You change for ever!! You are never the same - ever again.!!

This expt was a crude attempt of denial;
a futile effort to re-model the reality;

When I discussed this with my super-mom, she quipped,
If you can have a clean slate everytime, whats the fun?


Oh yeah, before deleting, I took a xml-backup of the blog - to show my grand children. I thought they'd be amused at my poetic skills. All the prev posts shd be back shortly.

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Hello Sunshine!

The Sun is home and shining again.. brighter than ever!

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Oh Life!

At times, life surprises you with an unexpected googly -  a lethal bouncer!!
It stuns you; Shakes you up; Makes you relook at life;
You panic! You're overcome by the mounting fear of taking guard ever again!

Biggest is the fear,
of losing someone dear!

You shudder at
the mere thought of walking alone,
in this world unknown;

crossing this desert-sand
without the helping-hand?

Hoping, the Sun lives on,
We all need the light to go-on!!


Sunday, February 14, 2010

Valentine Quip

He argued logic,
She spoke science,
They weren't good in Chemistry anyway.


Tuesday, February 09, 2010


This life is short,
the vanities of the world are transient..
says Vivekananda.

How very true..

We have all been slaves to the past,
either basking in the glory of the bygone days,
or dwelling painfully in the past hurts.

Either way you missout in the present.

Well, in this short journey, why would anyone wanna carry the extra e-baggage.

De-clutter your life.
Shed your skin; There is lot more in life to fill your wardrobe.
Go shopping!


Sunday, February 07, 2010

What a year?

Can't believe is been a year!

What if, I had over-slept the same day last year??


So, different it could have been
I wonder how'd be the otherside - Green?
perhaps unfazed by the cold-shiver,
had I not met the flowing river!


Wednesday, January 20, 2010


Wishing everyone a great 2010.

The news is, I just met a few folks after a looong time and guess what they remembered. They asked about our poems. I didn't know that I'm an unusually good writer, with a unique simple style, writing profound stuff. Well, they didn say all that.. but you get the point. :)

Well, I started writing basically to "communicate"... with a specific agenda and now, that its off-the-table, I didn't feel the need for posting stuff. But, if thats what the public wants???

I start 2010, eying on some seriously challenging stuff. The ride is going to be a lot more fun this time..

See you next-time,

Until then Rock your 2010, with awesomeness!!