The Ringside View

My attempts at writing have always been stacked up in old diaries and scraps of yellowing paper.Time,neglect and phylum insecta however, always ensured that the gibberish i scrawled, never would see the prying gaze of an alien eye.Years later, i still scribble once in a while - this time in word documents stored in some obscure folder somewhere in the innards of my C drive.I am unearthing some of them and opening them up for the interested.To get what i call - The Ringside view.

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Sunday, March 16, 2008

Vote of Thanks

Holy fuck. Here I am skimming through my blog posts for 2008 and the first thing that strikes me is that, it’s been a ‘whine’ trip all along. An overdose of pining for old times and reminiscing all that is not current and happening. So I stopped mid way through my next post which was shaping up on similar lines and decided to write something more befitting my age and all that.

Ok, I guess I have got to be honest and also tell you that I was looking for a reason to do this one. And when buying a new pair of jeans and turning one year with the blog (both of them ecstatic, commerative happenings nevertheless) did not qualify as reason enough for a thank you note, I was almost getting frustrated. When do I get to do an impromptu Oscar like speech, I whined. And then it happened, making it to business school. This has to be big enough for a thank you note I told myself. Decent financial liabilities stacked up. The effort of writing a letter of resignation in less than 600 words (I don’t think anyone read it, to be honest). And the looming prospect of pouring over Adam Smiths’ ‘The Wealth of Nations’ has to be freakin big enough (if not exciting enough) to thank the people who made it possible. And if it is not, then I care a damn. I am going ahead anyways.

So without much further ado,

I’d like to thank mom and dad, for safekeeping all the documents and wiring them by the most reliable forms of postal service known to man, so that I could apply for the darn course in the first place. Thanks also for not questioning why the fuck I planned to spend double of what I earned over five years for a one year course. Thanks really for not asking because I don’t think I know myself.

To cousin, who despite seeming dangerously unreliable to start with and despite have a clogged theatrical itenary, managed to wire that one last document so that I could scramble home in the nick of time before the application deadline. Phew!!!

Freak. They want all the documents scanned. And in 300 dpi and some specific godforsaken resolution. Cometh the hour, cometh the man. To Kini, who unfettered and for one quarter chicken at Nandos alone, helped me with all the scans.

Cometh the hour and the fuckin man disappears. Suddenly realized that I needed one more document scanned and the man is holidaying in some Parisian boulevard. To John G, for being there when the most reliable are not around :)

To Prad, for cooking great food; keeping me away from the kitchen like I were the human form of bubonic plague and letting me swipe his credit card - not once, not twice but many a time. I am sure I paid him back and all. Atleast as far as I can remember. Next.

To SS, who was sweet enough to ask me time and again if I wanted to use her credit card. And who knew I’d be reticent and so asked again.

To KSP, who gave me some Ferris wheel analogy in the dead of the night, to prove why I would end up trumps and all.

To Bebo, who through many a random conversation proved to me that if I don’t make it, I don’t really lose a shit. The sun would still continue to rise in the east and Sainsbury would still continue selling bread.

To LM who I sincerely hoped would not take off on a holiday when it was time to send in the reco. I still owe you a pint by the way. And to GD who said ‘Tu do lik, me do liktha hu’ when it came down to his share of recos. Thanks for writing in the good words.

To Bindi and AR, who on the way to Fatsos one night, told me ‘Arre, what nonsense, why will you not make it?’ Such questions never have answers. Thankfully.

To Seige and Suri, for telling me – ‘Bob, tell you what. It’s all a bloody hogwash’. Probably is. And when I am through it and realize bloody prophecy in your words, we can all say in unison and in a louder voice – ‘It’s all a bloody hogwash’.

To Paaps. For being Paaps. For showing me that when you want something, you just go for it. And if you fall down enroute, you just get up and go for it all over again. And who despite knowing how unrelenting I would be, called me and tried convincing me that Manchester is where I should be heading. All the best for your year ahead at Manchester brother.

And to all others, who I have comfortably not mentioned but know they had a fuckin role. Thanks ya’ll.

(Bow) (Applause)

And I thought I was a self made man!?!

P.S: Freak!!! lest I forget and end up looking thankless. To Nick’alaus who signed on the dotted line. And MP who searched in vain for his Tax return forms. Thanks.

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20 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

:D Its good to c u get going ! Very heedful post.

March 16, 2008 11:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good thought mate, but how can you forget our PM who showered his motherly care on you and prayed heavens for your interviews?? :P

-Laxman.

March 17, 2008 8:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

bob! you should consider writing speeches for the oscars. man I'm touched!

paps

March 17, 2008 9:01 AM  
Blogger Penguin said...

Paps, don't cry now!

And Preeth, congrats da dey!! :-)

March 17, 2008 4:33 PM  
Blogger Naveen said...

chap..congrats once again..very emotional blog..deeply touched!! :)

March 18, 2008 6:44 AM  
OpenID runningink said...

Bravo Bravo!!!

No Oscar speech would measure up to this..

March 18, 2008 6:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a long rendition that was :) There just are too many ppl to thank ;) Congrats Preeth.. When do you start your course?
-Prachi

March 19, 2008 4:32 AM  
Blogger Krishna said...

All the best macha! and keep posting ur experiences of the MBA too, i'm sure they'll be just as interesting :)

March 21, 2008 10:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whoa!! I agree with the previous comments! u got to write speeches for oscars! Damn neat one there!

And Cant believe I feature in it:D
Thanks buddy:)

-S

March 22, 2008 10:33 AM  
Blogger Preeth said...

@All -> Thanks

@Laxman -> Ya to PM as well. Who promised to roll the red carpet when I reach his city :)

@Prachi -> April it is.

@Krishna -> Ya so if you don't see too many posts during the year, ping me to do a 'have you survived' check :)

March 23, 2008 11:14 AM  
Blogger jayesh said...

:))
congrats dude! and whatay thankyou speech..

March 24, 2008 7:04 PM  
Blogger Bikerdude said...

Uncle,

I don't know what I'm more miffed about : (a) The fact that hearty thanks have not been expressed to me for making your life better in some way or the other or (b) the fatc that you havent freakingblogged in some 27000 years. What gives? Kindly do the needful and oblige.

April 14, 2008 11:46 PM  
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Blogger Naveen said...

hello..i know you have become one big man and all after joining off in isb, but that still doesnt give you the right to completely ignore us poor souls!!
after delivering one oscar-like speech, you have totally vanished..
wake up and write something :)

May 27, 2008 8:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

PMP Hats Off

Pillai

July 18, 2008 4:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

:) where have you gone...waiting to c u writing --Bebo

April 06, 2009 9:40 PM  
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