Saturday, October 1, 2022

Office and then some more

Work from Home was a doozy despite increased productivity, ease of operations, and decreased cost. The companies learned a few lessons while forgetting many and reverting to the old ways. Because anything new is scary. Also, people would like to spend some more time in a few more meetings both local and online than to try a new approach to the things that have been done for the last few years.

As you would know that the normal shifts used to be 12 hours for all the jobs and granted most of the jobs were productions or mining jobs earlier but you get my drift. People fought and fought a bit more to make the 8-hour shift that's a standard now but unfortunately, that isn't the case for everyone. Maybe try talking to the humble guard standing or sitting outside your office entrance whom you have borrowed from an organization. The guards and other support staff are asked routinely to do 12 hours shifts maybe legally but more than likely illegally the company is charged for 3 8-hour shifts but then 2 guys cover the shifts in a day saving the company cost of 1 guard and the 2 guys covering 12-hour shifts they may or may not be paid for the extra 4 hours.

And that's the case for all the MNCs all around India so I would count myself lucky that I am asked to work only a 9-hour shift with a 1-hour break and have to clock 40 hours for a week and not something different. But then comes another notion where if you spend more time in the office it's considered more productive while it's anything but that. My brother works in a big MNC as a product manager and during the times when a product is being launched, he routinely works 14 - 15 hours to monitor the calls and complains all the time. How can you expect anyone to be productive when you ask them to do 15 hours shifts with no off time. But that's the norm and that's that is. 

I don't know what kind of chaos would erupt when 4 day work week is introduced in India, it's already a reality in a few countries and the result is increased productivity and happiness levels in the population. But who cares about the populations and the workers. We are just a cog in the machine and we have never worried about the machines.

Thursday, September 8, 2022

Visual Novels - My Current Passion

 Hey beautiful people! how are you doing? How do you like to pass whatever time you get for yourself? What do you do for entertainment? Do you lose yourself in the endless well of content that is now youtube? or do you like to scroll and binge through what Netflix and other OTT platforms offer? Do you maybe like to read? Do you play video games? I do all these or did and these all are my passions and loves. I love reading but most of my time is right now devoted to another kind of reading which is 'Visual Novels'. 

VN or Visual Novels as the name is a novel or story supported by photos and animation or just photos. Most of the time these are rendered images so the updates take a long time but still we have 1000s of these VNs and games that have been completed. Now fair warning most of these VNs are what is classified as adult content but then most of the wonderful games for PS4 as well so there's that. I will be 40 this year so I am way above the age limit and enjoy whatever content I want. 

Now, these games or VNs offer varied stories, and many a time they allow branching or choosing your own adventure kind of a story allowing for different endings based on the choices you make. And yes they take full use of Adult nature and most of these VNs include sexual elements in their executions but there are so many VNs where the main focus stays on stories and I have enjoyed so many beautiful stories through these VNs that now for me Sexual interactions are no longer the primary focus for me but rather the beautiful interaction between the characters and I love reading through the lines of dialogues where people just talk about different things. 

I found these VNs during the first lockdown of the 2020s and they grabbed me immediately now I love playing these games and though there are multiple platforms the stories are told and there are different types of games and stories but my favorite is definitely VNs and I hope to enjoy reading through this medium as well. 

So while I enjoy my time the way I like you should do the same. Not the things I do but the things that give you pleasure and make sense of the world to you. The things that allow you to pass the little amount of free time you get for yourself. So then till next time.

Tuesday, June 7, 2022


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     I have been absent from my blogs and you can call it laziness or lack of motivation but it's also the fact that I am sometimes hesitant to say what I want to say even though not many people read these posts but it's still public so maybe it's better to moderate the things we say to everyone.

    My last post on this blog was maybe more than a year ago and it's not just this blog but every blog that I have there are no stories on my short stories blog, no photos on my photography blog, no thoughts on my ideas blog, a few book posts on my Books blog and nothing on my movies blog. 

     Yeah I am an idiot, I can't manage to keep one blog active and I have multiple blogs but I tried keeping one single blog but then I was always hesitant about where to put what kinds of posts there so that gave the fruition to the idea of blogs focused on a few ideas. 

     So yeah now you know why I have so many blogs and let's come now to the title of the post, why have I been absent, well it's life ain't it? I have been working and then the weekends are mostly busy with either the photoshoots or shopping trips. I have been reading, watching movies, or simply on Youtube in my free time, and yeah most exciting update has been that I have started using fountain pens again and have got many beautiful pens and inks and I love writing in alternate inks on my pages. Yes, I have been finally getting back to writing as well after many years of just typing. 
       For the first time since I started my blogs, I wrote my first stories in notebooks and have not typed them yet. I have had a few books published in the Kindle book store and hopefully, these analog stories would be the first short stories published only in the books and available nowhere else. The level of distraction is so high that every time I would sit on the computer I would pivot to something else and the book hasn't moved beyond the prologue yet. So I thought to write it but was never happy with even the Rollerball Pen, then I got the Rollerball refill with the Medium nib and that changed the experience and I loved it and then I found the fountain pens again.

     These are a few pics of my fountain pens and love them dearly. I have pens varied between 35 Rs. and much more. They have different colours and different types of nibs. I have learned that I like the nibs that are Medium and beyond better. I try to write at least two pages a day and thankfully I have been able to continue that practice for close to three weeks now and I would like to continue that to make sure that my pens are in rotation and in use. So I might be absent from my blogs but I am present in my life and you should also find something that gives you joy to make the life worthwhile.