Thanks to Thala (GK) & Roshan


Yesterday got an invite from our Thala and Roshan… They gave me a treat for my birthday and they gifted me a wonderful Sunglass…

As planned we all met at Suguna Vilas Sabha and it took some time for thala to finish his calls and join us… In the mean time had spent some time with Roshan as it has been a long time…

By the time Thala joined us it was Roshan’s time on the call… But it was really nice to get such a time with a person like thala…

It was an unpublished rag to rich story… Where a person from a village coming to Chennai… He started his business with hardware to electrical to TNHB contract to Travel Agent to Construction Business….

In every venture he was successful and every venture has lots if case study for entrepreneurs to learn…

I had to cut short the conversation as I had to come back to hospital… I need a casual meet with him for sure and need to interview him and document his case study…

I thank Roshan for facilitating a meet with Thala… And thanks to Thala for sharing his story… You are really interesting and motivating…. You have really made my day….

Also thanks you both for the Sunglass…..

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My Birthday 2013


This has been a very different birthday without party, glamour and fun… This time spending time in hospital to care take my dad… This time I’m glad that the first person whom I got blessed was my dad… From mid-night there were calls, wishes thru FaceBook, email and text messages…

Tough this birthday is something unusual compared with my usual celebration… I’m enjoying this moment too…

  • Got wishes from Cogzians
  • Wishes form MOM, Sister & Wife
  • Wishes from 300+ friends and relatives and still poring
  • From Hemang K Bhadani (former cricket player)
  • Director Vikraman Sir
  • Suresh Menon Sir
  • Actor Prem
  • Actor Vimal

Another good news in the morning is one of my good friend Satheesh Seelan has become a proud father of a baby boy and he happily said from next year it is going to be 2 birthday celebration this day…

Also big thanks to Mr.Vipin Sachdev Chairman of Willi and Burgandys for offering me 25% discount voucher on my birthday… A special thanks to you for your gesture SIR!!!

Also it is pouring text wishes from Corporates too…

Text From Franklin Templeton

Dear Anand Nataraj S Birthday Greetings from Franklin Templeton Investments. Looking forward to celebrating many more special days with you.

Text From Standard Chartered Bank

We at StanChart wish you a very Happy Birthday and a wonderful year ahead.

Text From HDFC Bank

Dear Mr.ANAND NATARAJ SIVANESAN,Wish you A Very Happy Birthday,May this year bring you all the Success,Joy & Happiness.Regards HDFC Bank Ltd – Retail Loans

Text From Vodafone which also gifted me with 25 free text messages… Thank you Vodafone…

Hello! Mr. ANAND NATARAJ S , Birthday Greetings from Vodafone! Have a great year ahead.

Dear Customer, on your special day spread happiness with 25 FREE Local and National SMS being gifted to you from Vodafone. Thank you for being with us.

Gift Zone

Got this special gift from my loveable better half and she made my day… Thanks a lot honey…

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Then it is Anand gifting Anand… Yes I wanted to buy As The Crow Flies and I placed an order in FlipKart on Saturday and just it got dispatched… And what an experience it is to make a self gift…

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Bro’s Birthday gets Scary


Today is Rooban’s birthday and we decided to spend the way we enjoyed last year along with Kavi… We decided to enjoy the whole night… But we had a situation this year as Kavi was not married last year and he had control over his time… This time we are thankful to his wife who granted him permission…

We got all the that is needed for a party & got some side dish from Marry Brown in ECR… We headed to Uthandi Beach assuming there would not be any disturbance from the cops… Like wise we enjoyed the whole night on the shores of uthandi beach… We had great conversation on spirituality, meditation & jaggi’s teachings…

Then came the 0’th hour and we were the first to wish our BRO… Than after some rounds & discussion we were done for the day… That is when our Kavi insisted to venture on to the shore… On venture we noticed some moment & we started kindling our thought process which started from ghost, to human, to dog, to psycho killer… Frankly I got scared but other two guys wanted to vernture deep and find out who it is…

We tried to take zoon and take a snap but all we were able to see is a white line… Immediately after that that object started to move & when we chased it started to run… It ran zig zag on the dark… We chased it and we got too curious what it was…

Then when we neared to the object and when rooban tried to click another shot… The object asked “Thanbi yenna venu Paa” (What do you want guys?)… We understood it was a human and we got excited when the person got scared seeing us…

Finally it ended a great fun & we Laughed out Loud :)… This was the perfect scary night i’ve ever had…

Mistake made me feel great!!!


Yesterday while driving to office I got a call from the person who sold Hotel Accord Metropolitan membership to me… She wished me Happy Birthday & said one more celebrity was celebrating his birthday today and asked did I know who he is???

  • I said it was Shahid Kapoor & she said that was a news for her and she said it was someone else…
  • Then I said it was Premji Ameran & again she said it was a news to her and she said the person was different…

Since I ran out of options she said it was Gautham Vasudev Menon’s birthday too… That made me think more special as he is one of my favorite directors… She said he is also a privileged member like me & she said she has called me after wishing him… I was doubly thrilled to be a a part of a club which had such celebrities & my favorite director as a member…

Then she said there was a complementary cake offered as a gift from the Hotel… Since I was busy treating my folks I asked my office admin to collect the cake form the hotel… The packing was nice and I thought I must share this cake with my parents & sister as I didn’t offer them for my birthday…

When I reached home & opened the box I was in for a shock… I got the cake which was supposedly prepared for Gautam Vasudev Menon :)… Though the cake neither had my name nor the flavor I requested I didn’t get angry… Gautam must have got my cake and would have wondered who Anand Nataraj was?? I just realized that I must have registered my name as AnandNataraj.Com so that he could have at-least hit my blog ;)… Not sure how he reacted or felt about the mix up… I was happy & the cake was really delicious… Gautam was good even in selecting the flavors he choose :)…

This is what i got :)…

Yet another Birthday to Remember!!!!


As usual it was yet another Birthday to remember and thanks to all Cogzians… In fact first to wish for my birthday from Cogzians & Vimala was the first to call me… It was followed by Major Karthik & then my mom & sister wished me… From then on;

  • Got calls till 2 AM & it started pouring from 7 AM… I got up by 10 AM and started picking and reverting calls…
  • Then emails were pouring from midnight… Parallel task 1 is to reply to emails while talking…
  • Then it was pouring wishes in FaceBook… Parallel task 2 is to reply FB wishes while replying to emails & picking calls :)…
  • Then Got a call from Hotel Accord Metropolitan to wish me for my birthday… I asked them to book table for 12 people & my bad luck all tables were full… I got a bit nervous and upset because I asked all my folks not to carry lunch…
  • I asked Boopathi to book for some other star hotels for buffet & almost all star hotels were full with reservations :(…
  • Then I started to office by 12.30 PM & reached office by 1 PM… While driving I got the news that no hotel had free table including Green Park… Then I called a influential friend of mine & bang we got table in Green Park & that too with a discount with 30%…
  • After doing some small task we immediately started to Green Park… We were made to wait for 30 min to get the table…
  • In the mean time I found a friend of mine & invited me for a drink… After two shots to tequila I joined the team for lunch…
  • Before lunch I was asked to cut the cake & time to receive the gift by Team…
  • As usual it was time to pull down each other & time for showing our lighter side… Though we can’t blog about the fun we had… We spent almost 3 hours which ran in a jiffy
  • To my surprise Bill I received was Rs.3600/- for a 10 member buffet…
  • Came back to office & gave home made cakes from Cakes Allure…
  • Then I went to Adambakkam office and must thank Aravind who made the moment special by putting my true age “22” :)…

I must thank Bala Murugan, Boopathi, Ramanan, Sowmya, Soniya, Patrick, Sangeetha, Suganthi & Brigadeesh for making the day special… I really missed Vimala (first person who wished me :)) & Dhanalakshmi… Here are some snaps of the special moment;

Birthday Treat for college buddies


What is a birthday without offering treat. I had to honor 3 treat on my birthday and one such treat was dinner for College & School buddies.

I always feel happy to be with my college buddies Vicky, Kuruvi & Sudhir which is a brotherhood’ly friendship. After a lot of confusion we finalized with Copper Chimney and as a strange surprise i was the first to be there.

Thing have changed a lot where in during college days friends use the be there before the person who is offering the treat. Those days offering a treat was forced and compelled one. These days it was a opportunity to have a get-together and time to have fun pulling each other.

After a long time of fun it was time to document the moment and here are the snaps. And i must thank guys for make it a memorable day.

One more enjoyable day


Reached home early in the morning after a boring Saturday party and straight away went to bed. Then I slept till the afternoon and had to wake up for two reasons;

  • Firstly it was my father’s birthday and had small party.
  • Second is I’ve fixed an appointment for second half of the day.

My sister woke me up to celebrate my father’s birthday. I must thank her for talking all these initiatives as I’m very bad at doing things like these. She has brought a cake as surprise and this is the first time we are celebrating my father’s birthday as he has always stayed away from us and I think this is the birthday where in he has stayed with us and we all as a family were at one place.

Since my father is a person who has very less desire we had nothing to gift him. So we thought of buying him some shares which he trades.

After the birthday party I rushed out to a place called Vedal near Periyapalayam to see a piece of plot. Again it was a finest drive which I longed for. We drove along old traditional roads of Tamil Nadu which were not affected by the expansion of highways. Then we travelled through a stretch of forest and finally came the spot.

I’m not sure if this place develops immediately or not. I’d love to buy a piece of plot as it is within my affordability and its been 3 years since I purchased a land. Also there are small mountains and it would be a perfect place to have a small bamboo house and spend peaceful time or also we can party hard as it doesn’t disturb anyone.

From there we went to the famous PeriyaPalayam Amman temple which is visited almost 15 years back and a lot have changed since then. Since it is a normal day temple was not crowded and we had a nice darshan.

Then while driving back we spent all the money and neither of us had a single penny. After a long time my bank account has gone empty and I’ve been living with credit card for last 10 days.  While returning we didn’t realize that there was a toll. Then we were thinking what to do and one of my friends asked me to get all the old toll tickets in hand. We thought we can elope by the time the toll keeper checks the right ticket.

To our surprise the toll has a barricade where in we can proceed without paying. Also the toll rate was Rs.31 and we didn’t have anything other than credit card. Then with brave face my friend gave all 5 toll tickets to the toll keeper and asked him to check which the right ticket is. Without even checking he opened the gates asking us to leave. We didn’t know if he realized if we were conning him or he didn’t have patience to check all the tickets.

It was a thrilling experience and for long I wanted to explore things without any money on hand. I always thought of putting myself in such a situation and it happened today. I’m thankful to god for creating such an opportunity and I want to be on similar situations even in future.

Over all it has been a very interesting and heart filling day as; 

  • I celebrated my father’s birthday.
  • Went for site visits to buy land which is one of my hobbies.
  • Went to a temple which I use to visit as a kid.
  • And for the first time I experienced a situation to manage without money.