Playing on loop

When I drive I need music. More so when I drive alone, whether to work or to the estate over the weekends. The latter specially deserves some real good music to set the tempo and mood as you drive through the winding roads of Chikmagalur to reach home. I have just started playing a more active role in the estate management andIMG_20170603_113040 in a way at times I seriously think of making it a full time profession. It has its set of challenges in a different way from the corporate life, but I have grown to love a good challenge.

Now back to the music. The following songs have been playing on loop for now in my Ertiga and doing a pretty good job of keeping the mood high. Here’s my top 10 list:

  1. The Cars – Magic
  2. The Police – Every Breath You Take
  3. Major Lazer & DJ Maphorisa – Particula
  4. Motley Crue – Kickstart My Heart
  5. Alice Cooper – Poison
  6. The 1975 – Change of Heart
  7. Ed Sheeran – Shape of You
  8. DJ Khaled ft. Justin Bieber – I’m the One
  9. Calvin Harris ft. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry, Big Sean – Feels
  10. Calvin Harris – Rollin

‘Rollin’ is a favourite from this set. I change my music in the car every 20 days or so. But for now, this really is the best that the highway can handle.

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It can be sunny this season too

A week can make a lot of difference during the rainy season. For some reason last week decided it was in love with me. A push up at work with some encouraging upgrades, and some amazing miscellaneous happenings really made it a week to remember.

The Schneider Electric Software India Training Champion Awards were announced and out of the blue my name came up for the “Training Champion” Award. Now, this is no run of the mill award in the company’s scheme of things and while I was wondering where this came from, HR comes up and informs me that the “Promotions through infographics” session I conducted a while back got the best feedback results and combined with the fact of being one of the training community leaders for marketing, I was giving this award.

And that was not all. Our Software Development Center in Bangalore organised the Chess Championships and guess who win’s six matches in a row and the cup! While three of these matches really stressed me out, the rest were a breeze (yes, I am in a boastful mood). I always go in with the Sicilian Defence, something my Dad taught me as a kid. The first person I called on winning this championship was my Dad. I told him how I used the Sicilian Defence in every match and I could sense through his voice the pride he felt in me winning. There can be no greater appreciation in this world than that from a parent or loved one. Thank you Dad.

The good run refused to stop here. A weekend corporate football tournament saw us reach the semi’s and though we were knocked out via tie-breaker to the eventual champions, I had my moment in the sun in the quarter finals as I blocked all the three penalties in the shootout. However, I now have a terrible shoulder and I hope the pain subsides soon. I can’t stand going to the hospital again.

So there it is, my week of happy madness. Tomorrow is a new day and I can’t wait to see what the coming days and month’s bring up.