Random Thoughts

I’ve signed up for the Word of the Day thing at dictionary.com. It sends me daily e-mails notifying me of a word that they have selected for that particular day. Being an ardent lover of words (and anything to do with it), it was perfectly typical of me to sign up for something like this…because it would mean learning a new word everyday. OK, maybe not really learning…but atleast, I would know a new word each day and, who knows, sometime, it might come in useful. 🙂 And I must say, I have come across some interesting new words in the past few months. I really loved today’s word, which is what led me to write this. The Word that was mailed to me, for today, is:

pettifog \PET-ee-fog\, verb:

1. To bicker or quibble over trifles or unimportant matters.
2. To carry on a petty, shifty, or unethical law business.
3. To practice chicanery of any sort.

I liked it because, for one thing, it sounds unusual and kinda funny. Second thing, it has a very normal meaning (I’m referring to the first meaning). Bickering over unimportant matters is something we always do but I never thought there would be one single word that could be used in its place! 🙂 Interesting, right? Another word I learnt is:

hircine \HUR-sahyn\, adjective:

1. of, pertaining to, or resembling a goat.
2. Having a goatish odor.
3. Lustful; libidinous.

If you happen to be a word-lover like me and would like to get one new word floating into your inbox everyday (especially when it’s unusual, fascinating new words like the ones I mentioned), do sign up for the Word of the Day thing. 🙂

Moving onto more serious matters, yesterday, during the placement interview, when the interviewer asked me if I had any questions, I pounced on the opportunity. Throughout the interview session, there was something I was dying to ask him. So, I finally got to shoot it out: “Are you happy with your job?” His response was spontaneous and sincere, not an instant’s delay, not a thought about what to say. He replied that he was, indeed, happy with it and that he wouldn’t have come for this kind of interview (since it involves hours of traveling, spending time for the selection procedure, so on) if he weren’t happy. He explained about how his organization gave him enough and more opportunities to go beyond the boundaries of his specific position, how he got to travel to different places for job purposes that don’t come under his purview, but were entrusted to him for the facilitation of his personal growth. He seemed genuinely happy with his job and I could see that he loved what he was doing.

Before I went for the recruitment process, many of my seniors and friends had mentioned that this job wouldn’t really be worthwhile and told me not to take it too seriously. After I spoke to this person from the company, I changed my mind. From what I could understand, I felt that it

Having a job you love can go a long way in making your life better

is an organization that focusses on its employees’ personal growth and lets them keep their passion & interests alive. When you take into account the number of fast-growing organizations today, that’s something rare. And that is exactly what drew me to think more about joining this organization. I haven’t come to a conclusion yet. I’m aware of the fact that it will be super-stressful and draining, but I also know that if I do decide to join this place, I will be part of an organization that is dynamic, fast-growing and, at the same time, concerned about the growth and development of each of its employees as well. That’s what I want – a job that will let me develop to my maximum, not let me stick to my comfort zone and which will help me contribute to the growth of the firm, eventually. Sounds too serious, coming from someone who’s so much into mindless banter (= ME!!), right? Let’s wait and see what life has in store for me.

5 Random Facts About Myself

I wouldn’t say these are facts you actually need to know about me. They are just 5 random facts about me – weird or ‘interesting’ facts that came to my mind randomly.

1. I hate ketchup – My friends say this is the strangest thing they have ever heard. Whenever we go out to have lunch or something, I mention that I don’t want anything that has ketchup in it. Almost all my friends comment on how I can possibly hate it. They are, in a way, baffled. Anyhow, I hate ketchup. Period.

2. I’m super-scared of cockroaches (not to mentioned insects, spiders…basically, anything creepy that crawls, flies or worse, jumps!) – OK, I know it sounds funny. But I mean it. I’m really scared of all kind of insects and creepy, crawly creatures. I feel something akin to a fear squeezing my heart when I see them. If I see anything of the sort, I immediately do one of the following:

(a) jump onto an elevated position (eg: bed, chair, table)  (b) scream my lungs out  (c) run (ie. if I’m not cornered by the ‘enemy’)  (d) huddle under something, waiting for someone to come and save me

3. I sleep with a dictionary (and a thesaurus) next to my pillow (apart from the book I’m currently reading) – 🙂 I know that sounds really peculiar. My friends say that the dictionary is my bible. And I think they are actually right this time! I have a love for words, so naturally, I love the dictionary and the thesaurus, too. I write while lying on my bed and that is why I began keeping the dictionary and the thesaurus near my pillow, so that they would be within reach. And I have to admit, those are ‘books’ I use a hell lot more than my textbooks (or any other books, for that matter), ‘books’ I reach out for so many times during the day, thus earning for itself that place of prestige – right beside my pillow.

4. I love some super-brainy stuff – Before I explain that, there is something else I should say. I might sound intelligent, thoughtful and very philosophical at times, but anyone who knows me will tell you that I’m equally stupid, crazy and expertised in blurting out the most foolish stuff. Best part is I love that about me! So, please don’t think I’m this brainy, intelligent female. Anyway, the intellectual part of me is an ardent lover of particle physics, noetic science (thanks to Dan Brown books), human brain, psychology and some such ‘brainy’ stuff.

5. I love waking my sisters with my awesome singing – My singing is somewhere between awful and slightly bearable. Or so I think (since I haven’t really got any good ‘reviews’ yet! :P). But when I’m at home, I wake up a little earlier than my sisters and begin singing at the top of my voice, with the clear intention of waking them up. I love the idea of them waking up and starting their day, listening to my beautiful songs. And they always end up sleeping very less than they had intended to, sometimes even joining me in the singing (lessening the ‘impact’ that I create by myself)…and at times, the youngest brat suggests songs for me to sing. I’m sure they are grateful that I stick to waking them up and not trying to put them to sleep with my wonderful songs.

Tadaaa…and you have hit the end of the list. 🙂 These are random facts about me, some that even my best friends don’t know of. Because…well, because they are random!! 😀