Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Two Awards, One tag and Merry Month-end :)

Here comes two awards and a tag...I was awarded and tagged by ZB...thanks ZB...

here are my answers:

1.What is your current obsession ?
It has always been and will always be - reading and sports.

2. What are you wearing today?
Gray tracks and black tee

3. What’s for dinner?
It is gonna be daal, rice, roti, sabzi..

4. What’s the last thing you bought?
couple of books..

5. What are you listening to right now?
music coming from a car taking reverse

6. What do you think about the person who tagged you?
one of the best bloggers on the Blogsphere

7. If you could have a house totally paid for, fully furnished anywhere in the world, where would you like it to be?
Mumbai - I love it..

8. What are your must-have pieces for summer?
AC/fan and gunjis

9. If you could go anywhere in the world for the next hour, where would you go?

10. Which language do you want to learn?
Telugu - my husband does not understand it, and the family does ;)

11. What’s your favourite quote?
"Ask me no questions and I will tell you no lies"

12. Who do you want to meet right now?
my maid...she has not turned up today :(

13. What is your favourite colour?

14. What is your favourite piece of clothing in your own closet?
My pyjamas and gunjis

15. What is your dream job?
I already have my dream job - A lawyer

16. What’s your favourite magazine?
I don't read any

17. If you had $100 now, what would you spend it on?
um, well I wanna buy a new phone..so will increase my budge by 100$ now..

18. What do you consider a fashion faux pas?
SRK promoting lux in a bathtub..

19. Who according to you is the most over-rated style icon?

20. What kind of haircut do you prefer?
Short hair

21. What are you going to do after this?
time for a cuppa tea..

22. What are your favourite movies?
any movie without SRK is fine with me...am a big time movie freak..

23. What are three cosmetic/makeup/perfume products that you can't live without?
Deo, Perfumes, lip balm

24. What inspires you ?
everything around me...look at them, they teach you so much.. (phew, too philosophical..but true)

25. Give us three styling tips that always work for you:
Be yourself, wear what looks good on you and you can never go wrong with a denim and a tee

26. What do you do when you “have nothing to wear” (even though your closet’s packed)?
go shopping..

27. Coffee or tea?

28. What do you do when you are feeling low or terribly depressed?
I read...if that also does not help, then i sleep

29. What is the meaning of your name?

30. Which other blogs do you love visiting?
the list that has been displayed on my home page

31. Favorite Dessert/Sweet?
Gulab jamun

32. Favorite Season ?

33. If I come to your house now, what would u cook for me?

34. What is the right way to avoid people who purposefully hurt you?
Be honest and tell them what they have done and cut off all the relationships with them...c'mon, nobody is worth your smiles..

35. My question: what are you afraid of the most?

Rules for those who are tagged:Respond and rework – answer these questions on your blog, replace one question that you dislike with a question of your own, and add one more question to the list. Then tag eight or ten other new set of people.

I tag:

Wishes Galore

Cheers :))

Friday, September 25, 2009

Mumbai on and after 26/11/2008 - My take

November 27, 2008

It is 2:30 am and I am not sleepy. Few hours back, we were all having a gala time at Vijay’s Haldi, and now the celebration mood is all gone...few terrorists have attacked the city...Mandar’s friend who stays at fort is home too...they both are awake as well...we were all sitting in the living room watching the news channel, but I couldn’t see it any longer...I have called almost all my friends who stay or work in the vicinity...Mandar is usually in his office at Nariman point till 10 pm or so, but today he came home early to attend Vijay’s haldi...

A friend’s friend became one of the first victims of this attack...before entering Leopold Cafe, the terrorists fired gunshots blindly on the street when this friend’s friend who was 25 years old was going home after his MBA classes...a bullet hit him and he died on the spot...when my friend was telling me about this incident, I could hear gunshots in the background as it was all happening the next door...yes, my friend stays next to the Nariman House building where the terrorists are present at the moment...how many? We don’t know, but they all are fully loaded with arms; that is what the latest report says...

December 2, 2008

We came back this morning to Mumbai after attending Vijay’s wedding...things are almost back to normal here...most of the offices located in the areas where the attacks took place have started functioning normally...nine out of ten terrorists are dead and one is captured alive...now what happens to him, that is to be seen in the coming days...in the meanwhile, there are so many smses doing rounds about various peace rallies happening all around...and so many people are attending them too...ask them what is the purpose of these rallies, some they are in the memory of people who lost their lives in the attack, some say they are against the government who is responsible for these attacks, some even say that they are attending as everyone else will be attending and that way, they will be able to take a glimpse of Hotel Taj too...I am going to be attending one too tomorrow – a peace rally...my reason? Well, attending a rally is better than sitting at home, not able to do anything...

December 4, 2008

Heena and I left for attending the Rally at 4 pm...our family people did not want us to attend it, we almost cancelled our plans, but our conscious did not let us rest, and we convinced people at home and left for the Gateway of India for the rally that was to start at 5 pm...one more girl joined us, she was a relative of Heena, but got down mid-way as her fiancĂ© didn’t want her to attend the rally...now it was me and Heena...the traffic was bad, and we managed to reach Gateway by 7 30...we thought it would all be over by now, but we were wrong...it had all started at that time...there were around 2.5 to 3 lacs people (I read that this morning in the newspaper) gathered around Regal Theatre holding various hoardings and sign boards and protesting against various things and people like the Government, the minister, Pakistan, terrorism, corruption etc. etc. So it was in short nowhere close to a peace rally, but well, since we were there, we decided to join one of the groups marching without any cause, and I spotted one being leaded by an old college friend...he was working for one of the newspapers, but he didn’t represent it there...he too had thought it was a peace rally, but it didn’t look like one...he was there with a group of fifteen people and we joined them...on the way, we found many people selling t-shirts, caps, candles, stickers etc. with the message – Stop Terrorism and make Mumbai safe...

We reached Taj...for me, I had spent 8 long years visiting this area time and again, but had always seen this beautiful building shining brightly, spreading smile all around with its rich heritage as Mumbai’s pride...and now The same Taj was looking dead, so was the surrounding...the police was not allowing anybody to go near the Hotel, but in that pitch dark evening, thanks to the mild light spreading around due to a wedding happening at the Radio Club, we could see the damaged dome of the Hotel that had caught fire when the terrorists were inside...a group of college students were chanting abuses for the politicians, and they got a big and good enough lecture by a reporter lady for their immature behaviour...

On the way back, we spotted many celebrities giving away interviews to media...don’t know whether to call it their concern or another publicity stunt...no, we didn't click them, that was not necessary...

The above image is that of our Preamble...interestingly, the Constitution of India was enacted on November 26, 1949...Mumbai was attacked on the same day, 2008...maybe a coincidence, or is it?

one of the groups flaunting that poster at the "Peace" Rally

One of the groups Rallying peacefully..

A Promise...

Yes, such people were there too...

A college group had made this poster..

Point noted...

PS: I was not on blogger when the terror attack happened on Mumbai...and wanted to share my experience here...thus this post...

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Head Scratchers - anyone?

Well, I am trying not to write a post that is going to make you scratch your head (dare you do that out of boredom), but this particular instrument has been amusing me for quite few days...Let me show you the picture of it if you have not seen it before:

This is a head scratcher...If you live in Mumbai, then you must have spotted these instruments being sold on signals...you will see from young kids to old ladies demonstrating how does it work exactly...it is quite amusing to see them as they will have their head covered with saree pallu or a cap, but they will still be scratching it to sell the product...

Not only head-scratchers, there are number of products being sold on the streets and signals, like ear-buds, pens, pencils, umbrellas, shower caps (yes), drawing books, novels, bags, mosquito killer tennis racket (has anyone seen it? it works with batteries) and so on and so forth.

I wonder where these things get manufactured and how can they afford to sell it for 10 Rs. how many people must be making money out of this and how big the industry must be...all the people selling these things, are they actually so needy that they are fine with earning maybe 1 or 2 rupees each product...do they manage to sell enough number of products to survive for that day or coming days? I don't know about all of them, but one such vendor fooled us once...

once my friend and I were traveling from south Mumbai by a cab...when we reached worli, at one of the signals, a kid of 5th standard requested us if we could drop him till Siddhi Vinayak Temple...it was noon and we were anyways gonna pass by the temple, we decided to drop him...he was still in his uniform and selling pirated novels...so out of curiosity, we asked him where he stays and why he is selling books right now in stead of being at school? He said he belonged to a poor family, mother always remained sick and he owes 500 Rupees to the landlord...if he does not earn that money today itself, then they will have to vacant the room they are at present staying at...

his story moved us so much that we immediately asked him how we could help him? like can we buy the books or something? That time the new Chetan Bhagat book was out, and rest all we already had, so we asked him the price...he said it was for Rs. 250/- (the original book is for Rs. 95/-) thinking he was fooled by the person he bought the books from and wanted to help him out, we gave him 200/- and did not buy the book either...My friend's father was associated with an NGO that helped street kids, so we asked this kid to call us up so we can help him...the kid never called us...

Like it happens with most of us in our so called busy lives, we had completely forgotten about this whole incident until this friend happened to meet this kid again...this was couple of months after the first meeting with him, and my friend now had a short and highlighted hair...so this kid did not recognise her...and the same story again...my friend got really angry and confronted the kid...he got so scared that on the next signal, he opened the cab door and ran for his life...

I remember one of the bloggers mentioning that she had offered work to a lady begging on the signal (please forgive my poor memory, I cannot recollect who had written that post, I came across it while blog hopping...please remind me if any of you has read it too) that lady refused to work as a cook or domestic help stating the reason that if she is making money without doing any work, then why should she ever try to work at all?

Maybe our experiences were bad, but this has at least made me not to trust these people and help them anymore...I might be wrong, but I am ready to change if you guarantee me that the help is going to right people.

PS: I was kind of tired of fictions and stories, so started scribbling randomly and this post is the result...hope you ain't scratching your head...

Saturday, September 12, 2009

My curious mind wants to ask you something...

A big thank you to all my fellow bloggers for appreciating my last post – The Ultimate Painting...It was my second attempt to write a fiction and first ever of my own plot...and I would like to give the Patience and Courage award to everyone who commented there as it was indeed a very depressing post...No no, not another sticker to paste on your blog...sigh, even i love it, but well, for time being, be happy with the feelings and not the sticker...all of you deserve it as you all read it and commented wonderful things...and I know it was too heavy for all of you to handle because leaving alone couple of people (Swatantra and Merlin), nobody noticed the new look of my blog – new new template...with new template I tried the new genre as well...so what else now? Something new again right...

Well, I got this idea from the tags that do a round on this blogger’s world...this one is not a tag, but my curious and empty mind over the weekend kept bothering me with few questions...very basic ones, but I expect honest answers to all of them from everybody reading this post...these are the questions about little little things, expressions, emoticons we use while typing anything – be it a post, a comment, an e-mail or a chat, we use these small and amusing things always...I won’t say much about them, as my questions will reveal it all...so here they go:


1) Do you laugh when you write LOL; or are you actually rolling on the floor when you say ROFL; or when you say LMAO do you actually um, you know what I mean. (this question also applies to haha and hehe being typed)

2) Do you express the emotion while typing the emoticons? Do you smile while typing :-), or wink when ;-) or make a sad face when :-( etc. etc.

3) What are you trying to say when you type hmmm? Is it a yes, or a no, or a may be, or you don’t know, or you getting bored with the conversation or there is another interpretation to it?

4) When you comment as “I am speechless” and do not write anything else, what does it mean? You really liked it or you hated it? (“It depends” as an answer is not accepted here, be very honest or do not answer. Your silence will convey your feelings better)

5) What is going on in your mind while reading this question? (Please answer this question first)

Couple of additional questions asked by Abstract Scientist.

1. Has anyone left the comment 'wow' just for the sake of commenting?

2. Have anyone been thrown off their seats when someone comments that they have been crying after reading your article?

Please answer these as well...

Thank you for your valuable time that you guys took out to read this post. A special and advance thank you to all who have chosen to answer these questions. Cheers :-) (A genuine smile always comes on my face when I mention the word “Cheers”)

PS: You all are free to put this or the altered questionnaire on your blogs too, as this is not my copyright, but i would call it a "Crappyright".

Monday, September 07, 2009

The Humane Award...

I think this is the biggest compliment I have received since I joined blogger six months back...A Humane Award to a Lawyer...Swatantra, thank you very much for this honour...I am simply delighted...

5 people whom I want to pass this award to are:

1) ZB
2) Dr. Chandana Shekar
3) Benny
4) Sarojs Panorama
5) Shrikant

Congratulations to all of you. You are requested to :
1. Accept and post the award on your blog.
2. Link to the person from whom you received it.
3. Pass the award to 5 other blogs that are worthy of this acknowledgment.
4. Let them know they’ve been chosen for this award.

Thank you once again Swatantra for this great honour...

Friday, September 04, 2009

Thank You Teacher!!!

I was too young to hold a pen. I drew a straight line, and you congratulated me for writing my first number…

I was crying because I wanted to go home, you kept your hand on my head and said, don’t cry my child, you are in a temple…

I did not do my homework; you punished me to teach me that we should realize our responsibilities…

I passed my exams; you rewarded me with a chocolate – teaching me to appreciate other’s efforts and success…

When I could not solve a problem you made me write it ten times; I learnt the lesson of determination…

You guided me, you motivated me, taught me to respect my elders, equals and inferiors likewise…

Your name changed, your face changed, but your role was always the same – teaching me and making me a better human-being…

I can’t thank you enough for everything you have done for me so that I attain what I have desired for, and I can’t thank you enough for directing me to reach the stage where I am today…

"Guru Govind dou khade, kaake laagoon paye,
Balihari guru aapki, Govind diyo milaye."

– Sant Kabir.

I face both God and my guru. Whom should I bow to first?
I first bow to my guru because he's the one who showed me the path to God.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

A little bit of few things - II

Our very own Force India team-mate Giancarlo Fisichella won the very first points (8 points, he came second) for the team in the Belgian Grand Prix...Dr. Mallya must be a happy man...and he has all the reasons to be ..another feather in his cap...We want only one thing from you Dr. Mallya, please make the next kingfisher calendar with hot hunks this time...there are many around...need help to find them? and after all, the winner is one good-looker too :)

what say girls??? why only dudes, us dudess* must also get an opportunity to flaunt one calendar in our room...


Kavi's musings - the blog I always relate to, as it is so very close to life...his latest post was on Gas - cylinder wala...there he had mentioned a very nice story about the guy who distributes cylinder...while reading that, I remembered the guy who used to deliver cylinder at my place before we got the pipelines...He had been doing this job for our building for quite a few years so we were on talking terms with him...He delivers Gas-cylinder during the day and runs an auto-rickshaw at night to take care of his family...so out of curiosity we asked him why he had to do two things? He said,

"sahab, do do aurat hai meri and teen bache, ab me kya karu...itna mehnat nahi karunga to ghar kaise chalega?"

(I have got 2 wives and three children...If I do not work this hard, then how will I run my house?)

Upon hearing this, the lawyer inside me suddenly woke up...I asked him with the intention to blast at him upon hearing his answer, whether he knew that bigamy is illegal? I was lucky to have kept my cool, because he said that he was a muslim and he never wanted to get married the second time...but his family forced him into it as his first wife could not deliver...and poor guy, his second wife delivered twins and first one also delivered a baby...


Moving on to another real-life tragedy - why a tragedy? because this friend of mine got engaged on this Sunday...No no, I am not calling the engagement a tragedy, but the event that happened during his engagement left him very embarrassed...It was a typical gujarati engagement, with gujarati garbas playing in the background...my friend and his fiancee were sitting on a chair in the center of the hall...each family of approximately 10 to 12 people was coming to greet them...they surrounded both of them every time, a new song used to start and they all were clapping and smiling...now this guy had called his friends from Australia and they were made to do the same thing...before anybody spotted us, we smsed him, congratulated him and left from there!!!

No, we didn't behave mean, rather, he called us the next day thanked us all for saving him from just another gujju garba...

I shall be getting the original image soon, but this one matches their expressions then to the tee...

Cheers :)))

*See ZB, now you understood the importance of copyright notice? I used your term and you can't do anything about it...but, it's never too late...:)