- Friendly supportive colleagues - all my colleagues are friendly (except one sneaky rat), but moving from the junior most of the lab to one of the senior member can make a big difference.
- Enjoyable work - I enjoy my work (except writing my manuscript)
- Good boss or manager - after working in a very strict environment, i enjoy working with a boss like Chris who gives lots of space and independence at work. well! i guess he strongly believes in the "survival of the fittest" theory!
- Good work/life balance - I hang out with friends and take vacations more than any normal researcher does. (Well! I took Praveen to Eiffel tower yesterday, more than the tower, I like the very colourful backgrounds it have every time, this is how it looked yesterday)
- Varied work - definitely, I am more than sure that I have varied work! Hmmm! sometimes tooo varied too.
- Doing something worthwhile - my thesis committee have to decide that!
- Making a difference - I think, I do! even if I am a day late from vacation or when I oversleep in some mornings, i do get an SMS from colleagues or boss to make sure I am alive. so I guess my presence at work do make some difference.
- Part of a successful team - Not sure, my team is just me and my boss...its difficult to define the success, may be my thesis committee will decide that in an year.
- Achievements recognized - In an small scale yes! I was selected for various conferences to present my work. In bigger scale, need to wait and see.
- Competitive salary - As a PhD student, I can't complain about the salary I am getting(in spite of it being too tight!)
August 28, 2007
If I had no concept about myself, what would happen to me?
Why have I, who have lived forty, fifty, sixty—or whatever number of years it is that one has lived—why have I gathered this store-houseful of what I think, what I feel, what I am, what I should be, this accumulation of experience, knowledge? And if I had not done that, what would happen? Do you understand? If I had no concept about myself, what would happen to me? I would be lost, wouldn’t I? I would be uncertain, terribly frightened of life. So I build an image, a myth, a concept, a conclusion about myself, because without this framework life would become for me utterly meaningless, uncertain, fearful: there would be no security. I may be secure outwardly; I may have a job, a house, and all the rest of it, but inwardly also I want to be completely secure. And it is the desire to be secure that compels me to build this image of myself, which is verbal. Do you understand? It has no reality at all; it is merely a concept, a memory, an idea, a conclusion.
August 27, 2007
After writing the previous blog, I was thinking about why we want to create our own identity by affiliating ourselves to a country or a culture. I feel this type of affiliation creates a prejudiced view about other culture which we are not affiliated to. Moreover, when we create an image of ourselves of what we want/have to be, without acknowledging what we are, we end up having conflicts with ourselves and with our surrounding.
I read this thought provoking quote of JK, which came as an answer for few questions I had in mind, after writing my previous blog.
Why does one create an image about oneself? One has an idea, a symbol of oneself, an image of oneself, what one should be, what one is, or what one should not be. Why does one create an image about oneself? Because one has never studied what one is, actually. We think we should be this or that: the ideal, the hero, the example. What awakens anger is that our ideal, the idea we have of ourselves, is attacked. And our idea about ourselves is our escape from the fact of what we are. But when you are observing the actual fact of what you are, no one can hurt you. Then, if one is a liar and is told that one is a liar, it does not mean that one is hurt: it is a fact. But when you are pretending you are not a liar and are told that you are, then you get angry, violent. So we are always living in an ideational world, a world of myth, and never in the world of actuality. To observe what is, to see it, actually be familiar with it, there must be no judgment, no evaluation, no opinion, no fear.
- J. Krishnamurty
August 24, 2007
- The bar is a place for drunkards and for one night stand (you know in the bar they server fruit juices, coffee and tea too)
- Being gay is not a natural thing, it’s a ‘new’ disease of the west, keep away from them.(my gay friends have cried in my shoulders during their break up, their tears were more than real and natural. suppressed in the east doesn’t mean that its absent there).
- Vegetarians have to starve to death in west. (All the places I have traveled so far I was able to get vegetarian food. Some places its bit difficult but its not completely impossible.
- Westerners don’t have family values and bondage (after living with Micha’s and Anton’s families in the past two summers, I didn’t see any difference between an eastern family, in fact they are more frank to their parents than we are)
August 23, 2007
Today I had two hours of discussion about who is happier in life, a married lady (her) whose children are not obeying her or a single girl (me).I was telling her about my vacation and I realized that in the last 7 years, this last one month was an unique uninterrupted happy days. I did many things which I dreamt about and many which I didn’t dare to dream of too. There were many things which I did for the first time in life.
- Snorkeling and swimming in the sea, seeing the underwater fish.
- Attended a calm and quite ‘French’ wedding, and a crazy, fun-filled Spanish wedding
- Spent nights sleeping in tents and in open pasture counting starts.
- Crossed three countries in three hours (
France, Spainand ) Andorra
- Went in a motor bike for almost 200 kms at 120 km/hr speed
- Went into the sea in a sail boat.
- Did archery(I showed a better performance against my close rival Anton)
- Experienced near death experience, experienced free fall from 180 mts height, in standing position. (In port aventura theme park)
- went upside down eight times in a rollercoaster
- Tried fishing.(saw fish happily eating from my fishing rod, may be they knew that I am allergic to them)
- Met many new people across 11 different countries (Spanish, French, British, Australian, Italian, Argentinean, Brazilian, German, Israeli, Dutch, Danish) That too this 12 different nationalities (including me) got together to cook for 70 mediators.
- Cooked for 70 mediators for 7 days.
- Went to a holy place, and offered prayers (may be after 2 years)
- I ate a special type of Spanish cured (Iberian ham) Well, it’s a cultural thing of
to offer it to their guests it seems. They convinced me saying that the pig is vegetarian (special type made from pigs which are grown up on a vegetarian diet) Spain
- Made some extra piercing in my ears (believe me it was my long term dream)
- Got some hands on experience in Spanish kitchen (thanks to Anton’s Mom)
Well! My mom believes that Saturn moved away from my moon sign, so right now Saturn will do all good in my life it seems, so she thanked Saturn for my exciting vacation But I believe that I am lucky to have wonderful friends around me, I thank Anton, his family and friends, who made this vacation very memorable.
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August 01, 2007
Today I read about Celtic Horoscope in the blog, “my alter ego speaks “and I was recalling the influence of astrologers in my life. Almost 28 years of my life were lived by various astrologers of
|You Are A Fig Tree|
|You are very independent and strong minded.A hard worker when you want to be, you play hard too.You are honest and loyal. You hate contradiction or arguments.You love life, and you live for your friends, children, and animals.A great sense of humor, artistic talent, and intelligence are all gifts you possess.|