Wednesday, November 28, 2007

It's about time..

..I returned.

To this nondescript yet comforting space of my own on the cyberspace.

Here's a long overdue 'Thank you' to everyone who checked on this space regularly and left notes here, on Orkut and in my mailbox(I make it sound like I have half a million visitors thronging this page every day,don't I?) . And a special 'thank you' goes out to Lavs for bestowing the "Thinking Blogger" award upon yours truly. I wouldn't be surprised if she has forgotten about the award herself , now that it's been sooo long! But trust me Lavs, it's truly fulfilling to know my writing appeals to you. I must also thank you for your subtle slap on my wrist for not posting consistently :)

No, it wasn't a case of the much talked-about Blogger's Block. Just a matter of my incapacity to squeeze some blog-time between 11 hours of slog-my-ass-off-at-work-time, 3 hours of commute-to-work-till-eternity time and 7 hours of sleep-like-a-log-out-of-sheer-exhaustion time. So you see, it was rather a case of Slogger's Slack!

Sometime in June,when my new manager offered me this hard-to-refuse role in a high visibility project in the organization , it didn't take me long to accept. The fact that it was driven by a crazily aggressive deadline and on a technology platform that I knew about as much as Laloo Prasad Yadav knows about Molecular Nanotechnology didn't deter me either. But once into it, it sure felt like sitting in this roller-coaster wondering whether my mind was on a vacation when I signed up for it. Hectic, it was. Draining, it was. Exhausting, it was. And now, after its success, I feel exactly the same way as one would after the roller coaster ride is over - Exhilarated. And Proud.

So while my sanity was still intact and to keep it that way, G and I decided that a really long-in-the-planning beach vacation in Malaysia couldn't have a better timing. And boy, did it turn out to be a vacation of a lifetime..
The idyllic beaches of Langkawi and the vibrant city that's Kuala Lumpur offered the right mix of serenity and joie de vivre that was just what the doctor (and the travel agent) ordered for the stressed out couple.

The resort staff, tour guides, sales girls in malls, museum curators, restaurant waiters, air hostesses..practically everyone we met asked us if we were on our honeymoon. In the beginning, we did nod sideways and say the honeymoon was three years ago.

I leave you with glimpses of a vacation so memorably delightful that left G and me nodding in agreement to the same question on our return journey!


Deeps said...

Good to see you back after a long time. And the photos are just amazing. Looks like you guys had a wonderful time :).

Anutthara R. said...

Welcome back

Smi said...

Thank you. Yes we did enjoy ourselves thoroughly..the seaside resort did incredibly good things to our stressed out minds!:)

Thanks. I hope to be more regular from now on. And I hope that's not a resolution in vain.

PizzaDude said...

No, it wasn't a case of the much talked-about Blogger's was rather a case of Slogger's Slack!
Hehehe! Loved that line.
Good to see that you have been upto some travelling! I should visit Langkawi sometime!

Orchid said...

welcome back...nice pics, particulalry liked the petronas pic nice angle there!

nosh n reh's mum said...

Hi Smi - jumped here from Orchid's blog...I loved your post on your mother...ended up cuddling my kids. It also fixed a couple of things in me. Next time they mess up my cupboard, I'll think of your mom and react the way she did. Honestly - it made all the sense in the world to me.

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Smi said...

Langkawi is ammmmmmmmazing. Just hop on that Air Asia flight and get going. Pure bliss guaranteed!

Thanks! And I will pass on the complement to G, he clicked all of those after all!:)

@nosh n reh's mum
Welcome here. And thank you.
I'm so glad the post made a difference to you, in whatever small way it did.

Just a grail said...

Congratulations on the work success! The vacation sounds like it was heavenly and the pictures are awesome!
On a totally selfish note, glad to see that you are posting again!

Abhishek Khanna said...

waow.. nice place

Lavs said...

Well, glad that you are back. Its with great difficulty, one gets to read some nice posts and when that particular blogger disappears suddenly, then its the reader's loss. Next time, when you have to disappear , at least let us know why you are doing so. This is an order!

Smi said...

Thank you..Thank you..Thank you!:)
At the risk of sounding boastful, it's till date one of my biggest accomplishments on the work front.

Welcome here! It sure was a heavenly experience:)

Hahaha..Sure I'll ping you everytime I plan on the vanishing act!:)

Swetha Sanghavi said...

At have returned...I was wondering..if you actually disappeared into thin mail orkut replies and no sanity was just about to leave me...and I also asked anu about it on her orkut...and no reply from her either...mann....

Smi said...

Welcome back!
I hope I've managed to convince you with a valid explanation on my l'il vanishing act in this post!:)
Keep visiting!

AMIT said...

Lovely pics.

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