Saturday, September 09, 2006

The people I have been meeting these days ...

Well, today is saturday and so am here in the lab, but there is no one else. The lab which on normal weekdays hosts about 70 phds/postdocs furiously going about their research is empty today except for me. So, its true, people here dont work on weekends, even if they are research geeks :D.

Everyone in my research group has a girlfriend. And thats everyone except me (and the married and except the girls also .. ofcourse). And some of them are going on 2 week, 4 week vacations to exotic places like the Carribean, China and Malaysia etc.

Life is cool and awesome for people like me and others in my lab who get paid decently. But for international students without aid its really tough. Some Indians I know work in a supermarket everday from 5-9 and yet have to be careful about spending a single penny. A Pakistani whom I met once, is a 3rd year phd student in Coastal area management and lives by cleaning tables at McDonalds (he was just too delighted to meet me).

People are kind of laid back. Havent seen them in a hurry except when they drive cars .. most of the cars whooze by. The buses do not come at the exact minute as per the time table as in Swiss/Japan. But they are spread over well and do not come all at once either as in Hyd ;)). And the people who smile when going past you on the road are generally british than of any other origins.

What else? Well my fingers are freezing because my new desk in close to the air conditioners and there is no one else in the lab to soak up the cold .. so I shall logoff and goodbye.

12 comments:

Sagar Rastogi said...

nice post :)

Karan said...

gf.. finding one shudn't b a problem in london, right? :D
The concept in the west of givin it all in d weekdays nd real freakin' out during the weekends is a real good one.. thats wat I feel

skp said...

gud ! m happy that u are happy !!

btw u were always happy god dammit !!
so go get a gf ...

agastyabhrata said...

Your concern for the International students without aid is what makes this post an interesting read. I hope your frienship with the Pakistani PhD student strengthens.

May be I'd see you writing about calling home over to your apartment and feeding him with things that you cook :)

Rakesh said...

Why are you wasting your time in the lab.. go get yourself a girlfriend :)

Aditya Agrawal said...

d concept of no-work and partying on weeknds sounds fasinatin....i ges u shud also go their way.....:P

the-think said...

Saturday? Lab?? Tsk...

PS: you'll be a happy man today - new post up
:)

Sreejith said...

rama.. if u cannot find a girlfriend please dont try to maintain the status quo by getting married or by becoming a girl ;)

Anonymous said...

lol @sreejith ..

So how are the coockery classes coming along ? Did teh chicken find a place in your kitchen yet ?? ;)

Navya

mythalez said...

@sagar, thanks ..

@karan, once again .. who is in london!!

@skp, 'we are always happy' .. happy now?:P

@sage, i dont think its easy to meet him again .. and i m pretty sure he is not alone .. hes been livin here 3 yrs man!

mythalez said...

@rakesh, .. i ll try i ll try .. let the sem start ;)

@persephone, tch tch .. poor me eh?

@sreejith, i am not concerned with maintaining the status quo .. dnt wrry

@navya, chicken shall see a new kitchen .. coz i changed rooms now .. into my permanent room now

mythalez said...

@aditya agarwal, oops .. looks like i missed u out .. well anywaz .. how can i too go their way? Am not working even on weekdays :D