Monthly Archives: September 2009

Job Hunt, Stuttering and Nursery Rhymes

Hi hi hi hi Hi!

Yesterday, I wanted to do a blog post but I was quite busy and I was doing the same thing what I have done for a couple of months. So, here we go!

Yesterday, I had a telephonic interview for the “Controls Engineer” position with a small R&D company which specializes in Marine Engineering Systems. I had a great time talking to their company’s Managing and Technical Director, Chief Technology Office, Lead Electrical Engineer and to their Office Manager. I got to say this, it was fantabulous! They were looking for professionals with wide range of experience. But the funny part is that, they very well knew I am a recent graduate with minimal experience because they contacted me through an online job-search website and they wanted to talk to me about my qualifications, skills and experience. *Shrugs*. Well, this means that they were impressed with my CV and all I had to do is to reassure them that I am capable to handling greater responsibilities and a drive to succeed at workplace. So, I think I did impress them. They asked me about their competitors and I knew that they would do because I screwed up this question with another telephonic interview. And, I was prepared for that. Finally, I had the opportunity to ask them questions and I hit the bulls-eye. They were impressed with the question because it summarized my preparation for this telephonic interview. This is the question: “I wanted to know more about your Tidal Turbine System and how it looked. So, I googled, But, I could not find any information or pictures. I would like to know whether the system is in operation or is it still in the design phase.” They said “That’s a good question.” and started to explain about their system which is still in the design phase and yet to be prototyped. This gave me another opportunity to prove my candidature and how I, being a graduate engineer would be advantageous? All in all, it was a good ride. I did stutter here and there. But, it was not pretty intense. I phrased myself properly, giving lots of pauses and breaths. So, my stuttering really didn’t bother me and I hope, it didn’t bother them as well.

Regarding the Nursery Rhymes in the title, I had a great time singing my nursery school rhymes. It all started on Monday, I was having a chat with my friend in Norway (She calls me “little bro” and I call her “big sis” and Do I hafta ask her to sign a release form to say her name? 😮 I don’t know!). All of a sudden, our Skype went blank. Now, I didn’t know that she could hear me. I was bored at that time and I didn’t know what to do?. So, I started to sing the ABC rhymes and boy, I sucked! I got confused after “P Q R”. But, I managed to complete it. Then, she revealed that, she could hear me! We laughed out loud! Our conversation changed to Nursery Rhymes and I tried to sing all the famous ones but I could just remember 2 or 3 lines. It sucked!!!

Yesterday, we again talked about this topic and luckily we had a teacher to join us in the conversation. We wanted to ask her the full stanzas and also to join us in our singing endeavors. Well, she was quite reluctant at first. But soon, she joined in.

Some of the famous rhymes we tried out are:

  • ABC song
  • Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
  • Jack and Jill
  • Hot Cross Buns
  • Here We Go Around the Mulberry Bush
  • Johnny Johnny Yes Papa
  • Humpty Dumpty
  • London Bridge is Falling Down
  • Baa Baa  Black Sheep

Oh my dear! We had a great time! I wish, we could have recorded it. Believe me, it was great!

Oh, I forgot about this. Today, I was over the phone talking a call center guy. I was pretty fluent and the moment when I gave myself a pat, I got a terrible block. And, the guy started to speak so slowly and also stepped up his volume. I thought to myself, Whatta jerk? Then, I started to speak really slowly which I assume; freaked him out and he again started to talk normally. I was just LOLing inside. It’s kinda fun because you think he is a dork and he thinks you are one! 😀

That’s it for now! Take Care All! 😉

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A Call I Await & Calls I Made

Have you ever had some kind of jitters when you are expecting an important call which you want to do your very best. But, you end up receiving all nonsensical calls and emails which just aggravates  your metabolism. I was in that kind of situation all day long. I was supposed to get a telephonic interview today for “Controls Engineer” position with a small dynamic R&D renewable energy company (Well, that is what their website says! Duh!). Till now, I did not hear from them.

Hang On! I know, you are thinking; “Why don’t ya get off your chair and give them a call?” I did! Twice! No Response. The second time was the worst part. They lifted the call and hung up. 😮 Probably, too busy to answer! Whatever, I sent them an email and I will call them tomorrow and check it out.

Now regarding the calls I made, Today is the Eid in India. Talked to my parents, siblings and other family members. They are all having a good time just like I mentioned in my previous post. They are all happy, I am happy. And that’s it.

So Long,

Ridwan 🙂

Edit @ 4:14 PM 21/9/2009

Finally, I received the expected call at 3:55PM. *big sigh* 😀

As matter of fact, their company is currently under re-branding. So, I understand that they will be quite busy with their office work. That’s OK! And, my telephonic interview is rescheduled tomorrow at 9:30am. I’m so looking forward to it.

By the way, I will be speaking to their Managing Director, Chief Technology Officer and Lead Electrical Engineer. Wow! I guess it will be a conference call. Cool! I’m pretty nervous but preparing pretty well too. 😉

It’s Eid Time

Hey Ya’ll

Today (20/9/2009) is the day of festivity to Muslims living in some parts of the world which depends on the Moon sighting.

Eid-ul-Fitr is the day which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan where Muslims around the world, observe fasting for 29 or 30 days depending upon the visibility of the moon in their respective areas. Eid, the Arabic word is means “festivity”, while Fitr means “to break fast”; thus, symbolizing the breaking of the fasting period.

The 2 great days celebrated in the Islamic calendar viz., Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Adha (Festival of Sacrifice) brings back memoirs of my days I celebrated those with my family and friends. A day which begins with joy and happiness around the air through special feast arrangements, new clothes, gifts from our elders, smiles and greetings from strangers and most importantly a sense of accomplishment after observing the fasts for a month and submitting one’s will to the Almighty, the most Merciful and the most Beneficent.

Grand Mosque of Kilakrai
Grand Mosque of Kilakarai

During the Eid day, I wake up early as usual for the Dawn prayer, put on my new clothes and do a thing which I really miss now, I go to my mother to seek her supplications (Dua). She kisses me in the forehead with again prays for our good health, wisdom and wealth. In the mean time, show my dress to my father and seek his prayers and a hug which melts me and make me so proud. Then, I have a small breakfast (as a sign of not being in fast) with few date fruits and a cup of milk. After that, my siblings and I will assemble in our father’s maternal house where we meet and greet our grandparents, cousins, uncles and other close friends. That’s a moment of joy and happiness, where you experience caring, affection, love and prayers that melt away your hearts and minds. After that, we go to our nearest mosque to join in the prayers and congregation. After the prayers and a brief sermon, we gather around to meet and greet our friends, elders and well-wishers with the Arabic greeting Eid Mubarak (Blessed Eid), a short supplication by holding our hands and bear warm hugs for 3 times from right, then left and again at right sides of our shoulders. After the meet and greet, we join a in walk by reciting the Takbir (to extol the Almighty) towards one of our oldest mosque in our native, Kilakarai for the grand sermon. The sermons stresses about the need of the fast, its rewards and glad-tidings. Once the sermon is completed, the Eid is officially celebrated.

Then for the rest of day, we try go to all of our family member’s homes for meet and greet. It gives a great feeling to see our entire family and friends all in joy and thankful to our Creator. After this, we get back to our houses for our special feast and dishes shared between our family and friends. And, it’s Feast time and the day celebration comes to an end.

During the evening time, it’s our family practice that the entire Kaana Cheena family to assemble in our father’s maternal house. That’s the time, I miss very much. We see the joy and happiness in all of our eyes, supplication from elders, showing off our new dresses, collecting gifts and money and much more. It’s during these kinds of special occasions; we could see our entire family in one roof. And, it gives a feeling which will never be described by words.

After spending few hours in our grandparent’s, we all return to our homes and call it a blessed day of Eid with prayers for many more joyous and happy days to come.

Eid Mubarak.

🙂

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Bull Phases

Charging Bull I read an article titled “How to Ensure Your Life is a Bull Run” in the Dumb Little Man blog. They talked about the two phases in the stock markets: the growth phase termed as the Bull Phase and the other is a slump phase termed as the Bear Phase.

They describe the Bear phase to be the period marked with economic turmoil, credit crunch, stock value depreciation and lame excuses for job cuts with occasional upward peaks. Whereas, the Bull phase was described as the period where everybody seems to be happy, stock brokers make a lot of money, people and businesses occasionally blow their money on useless stuffs with occasional downturns during this happy period too.

Now, there is an interesting line we could draw for our life. Just like how the Bear and Bull phases cycles around, sometimes for years, sometimes for decades. We could bear optimism during the ups and downs of our lifetime. And, the most important lesson we could learn is that how effective we use both the phases for our good? But, whatever optimism we tightly clinch on, we slowly learn to move on from the Bear phase with persistence, perseverance, action-plan and execution. Finally, when we reach our Bull phase we value it, cherish it, and celebrate it because we had longed for it. And, that is the sweetness of success and that is the phase I’m currently waiting for to see and experience in my journey called LIFE.