Annoyingly lovable

His world is the size of a peanut,
Nothing matters but his family,
Sweats over his son’s journey,
Wants them at home before dark.

Old fashioned but a humble man,
Has done harm to none, but loved,
All his life, giving but never taking,
His deeds are true and lovable!

His day starts seeing his family,
Safe and happy, sleeps peacefully,
Expects a happy home, else slugs,
Pokes his nose in every move!

Passive

Fought against her conscience,
Day and day after to quit the hell,
But all roads led to the same door,
Inside was her childhood friend!

His moves were cool and sincere,
Was a different and silent person,
Harmless was he till she said, “yes”.
Ego is the devil in him, a monster!

Kept her guessing what love is,
Never showed his true colour,
But she knew him well indeed,
All he wants is her to be alive!

Stalker!

Hey stalker, I know you follow me,
In Facebook and other social media,
Read my posts daily and repeatedly,
Respond to my posts with silly posts!

Hope you got something to do,
Instead of stalking me all day long,
You can find what interests you,
And let go off me for heaven’s sake!

Wait! How do I know you stalk me?
Do I keep watching your moves?
Oh, we are sailing on the same boat!
Happy stalking buddy! Adieu.

Kavitha Patchamalai

Tears rolled down

How’s everything dear?
She said,” He passed away”.
I felt suffocated and a pain,
Struck my cord so sharp.

Saw him healthy a year back,
Took me an hour to shed tears,
As I felt sorry for my friend,
My dear most one, a clean soul!

Love her for just being unique,
And respect her for her dedication,
That kept her stay put till the end,
As he counted his days in pain!

Kavitha Patchamalai

Constructive Criticism

One often gets offended with the editor’s comments for improvisation. Either be an editor or a techcomm manager, the goal is to provide clean output that guarantees customer satisfaction.

Construction criticism is mostly considered as mere criticism that leaves the receiver getting offended easily.

It is advisable to learn from ones mistakes and improve their capabilities rather than turning bitter. Moreover it’s the responsibility of the editor to help improve the documentation. There is no way it can be sugarcoated. If the team works in unison, mindful of the constructive criticism and work towards progress, it will be a bliss, else a headache to the Techpub.

Kavitha Patchamalai

Technical documentation conversion projects, often a failure!

The writing style matters the most while converting a doc/pdf document to the Web. Mostly, such projects are published online with a publishing tool that converts the documents into HTML and CHM help files (exact copies). This is the easiest form of conversion but a total disaster in terms of language consistency, voice, style, and formats. The strength of online help lies in information mapping. It’s nothing but creating relevant topics/content that can be linked for easy navigation. This is one of the effective ways to control redundancy. Task-based documentation must be the primary goal while writing for the web. Writers often get carried away focusing on the new publishing tool leaving the content unchanged.

 It is highly recommended for a writer to rewrite the content in such a way that it adheres to the company standards and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines . During the conversion process, one may get tempted to overlook the standards required for the web as it needs time, patience.

Couch Potato

Could hear the birds chirping,
And the dogs barking loudly,
As I tried to get out of my bed,
Sensed silence inside the house.
Its weekend! Can be lazy,
And enjoy the days in silence,
Thinking about useless things,
Roaming inside the house!
Sitting idle sounds peaceful,
With no car honking in my ears,
Need not pick and drop anyone,
So I closed my eyes to sleep.

Kavitha Patchamalai