Whoa! They call me a professional blogger and I haven't been able to write a single word for any of my personal blogs, be it TWM :: Online, Shayon's Labyrinth or even Timeless Imagination. I guess, that's what happens when all you do, during the day, is blog and then when you come back home, WarCraft is the only reason that inspires you to open up your laptop's lid and hit the power button!
I wouldn't really say that I am stressed out, thanks to my new job as the Chief Editor of WATBlog, one of country's leading advertising and technology blogs. After all, how many have gotten the opportunity and luck (this is something very rare in my destiny) to convert their hobby, their love, into a profession? The down side is, WAT is a startup, in essence. It just turned 2, the month I joined, and we have an employee strength of just 12. Yes, you read that right. So, we realize that there is a lot of potential in the market and since our niche is very nascent, it does take a hell of an effort to make the market realize the importance and power of online brand reputation management. Although we handle clients like Delhi Daredevils, Mahindra Tech, United Nations and Force India, the absence of an accurate performance metric discourages the so-called traditional companies from trusting the methodology that we follow.
Okay, I guess I have started to get carried away with ramblings about my job. Let's just cut it short here itself and say that despite all the extra amount of effort that I have been putting into my job, I am loving it. It's tough to make people imagine the thrill and adrenaline rush of breaking an inside story to the outside world. You just got to feel it to believe it. It's almost like an orgasm during sex. However you might get the feeling by jerking off, it's absolutely different when it's after an awesome session of sex. (Nah, I'm still a hopeless virgin :-P)
I guess, by now, everyone on The Wall Mag know that my parents have gotten shifted to Bhuj 'coz my Dad got transferred there, a couple of months ago. So, I had first been sharing an apartment with 3 more, in Powaii. I swear, I haven't met anyone more chindi than them, ever before! Yes, even Gandhi had been so much better. I, fucking, even had to buy my own set of washing powder and hand wash soap!!
Anyway, as expected, didn't survive there for more than 3 weeks, though more so because it was taking me almost 2 hours of journey to my office in Goregaon (West), one way. I decided to shift to a PG arrangement which was actually pretty good and much closer, in Malad. I must admit, the room I was in, was pretty small and had no windows. But I never really cared since I used to leave home at 8:30 in the morning and come back by 11:30pm. No, WAT wasn't making me work like an ass :-) It's just that, I figured, I had nothing better to do if I left office by the usual time as the rest, that's 5:30. I used to comfortably leave office any time between 7 & 9 and walk off towards one of the biggest malls in Mumbai, Inorbit. I had found myself a nice little cozy place in the food court where I could access their free wi-fi internet connection and work for WAT or have a little video chat with Saxi or even play WarCraft online :-) Well, it was definitely a good life but it used to get a little monotonous at the end.
Despite having been in Mumbai for years, I was suddenly all alone in my own home! Most of my friends were outside the city and the few left, had office in the day and families after evening. I guess, in my 23 years of life, it was the very first i had started to miss my own folks. The only faithful companions I had, back then, were my laptop and Saxi, to console me, at the end of every single day!
Well, in the midst of all the gloom, there was one silver light that used to keep me entertained. My life is never complete with my set of girlfriends and even out there, voila, I got one. Ruchi, the PR and Business Development of WATConsult, had become a great buddy in quite a short time and, probably, she was the only person I used to hang out with. We shared a pretty good chemistry and, thankfully, we still do.
On the July of 27th, 2008, I got another setback of my life. Got to know that I flunked in one of my final year papers and shall have to appear for the same alongwith the next semester students. That means, I'll be attending classes and et al, all over again, till the end semester examinations in December, '08. Yes, you guessed it right! Currently, I am writing this post from Raj's home. It's past 2am now and Raj is fast asleep in his room and I am blogging away to glory, in the living room. I have been in Jamshedpur since the 3rd of August and shall have to be here till the 1st week of December. I have, kinda, adapted to the moment of truth, just as always, and am doing pretty good, actually.
Oh, by the way, got myself a brand new mobile phone, the Motorola ROKR E6. I know, Saxi doesn't like any phone that's not manufactured by NOKIA, but I badly needed a PDA and couldn't wait till the iPhone 3G's launch. I hear Raj's interested to buy it, despite it being priced at an insane 36K.For all you rest, go for the HTC Touch Diamond or Nokia N96 instead.
Do you remember me once commenting that I am planning for a surprise, on the occasion of The Wall Mag turning 1? Well, I am planning to graduate The Wall Mag's address from a passé "http://the-wall-mag.blogspot.com/" URL to a more professional one. Yes, I was planning to buy a domain name for The Wall Mag, the way I have done for myself. It's been http://www.shayonslabyrinth.com/ for a long time now. What do you say, guys? Consider it a gift from my side, to The Wall Mag, on the occasion of Wall Mag's birthday and my first job! I'll buy off the domain and set up the details as soon as you guys give me a go ahead. Well, we shall also have to discuss a bit on the domain name that we should be purchasing. I have done a little background check, already.
The prospective domain names that are currently available are listed below -
- 1. I hate hyphens in domain URLs.
- 2. It is an online version of The Wall Mag and hence I prefer TWM Online to The Wall Mag.
- 3. Since no .com is available for the domain I chose and since we are no organization, I chose .net.
This is where I rest my case and urge all my fellow Top Floorers to come ahead to the cause and vote for a domain of his/her choice. If you guys suggest, I can even set up a polling section at the blog's sidebar.
Moreover, I am sure, you must have noticed a few changes that I have made, on the blog page. I'll be waiting for your feedback on the same.
Now, signing off with a pic of my current workstation (click on the pic for a larger version). Yeah, I'm still working for WATBlog. Now, I am their non-resident editor... Hehehe...!!