Monday, December 28, 2009

Kerala Part 2 - Food, Surprise and Unni

Kerala food - when I think about it, all I can see is a plate full of rice served with Rasam, Sambhar, three vegetables and Papad - a full platter on banana leaf!

Our third day of Kerala Trip at Munnar is one of the most memorable days for us. The day before was dedicated to visit to tea gardens, rose gardens with few rose plants, waterfalls and speedboat rides, Ayurvedic massage and Kathakkali performance. To read the post on Kathakkali performance that we saw and to see a small video clipping of it it, click here.




That's Mutthu - the person who took us on the speedboat ride and clicked splendid photos..



This is a surprise according to Mr. Unnikrishnan

On the third day, the guys decided to stay at the hotel and the girls were in mood to explore the place. We asked Unni whether he could take us to few places around. He was so much on for another visit to the SURPRISE, but we had seen enough of them; so the first destination was the Eravikulam Wildlife Sanctuary famous for Nilgiri Tahr - the goat like looking animal. We reached there and saw the long queue; and decided not to visit the Sanctuary after all as all we could have seen was the animal shown below in the image!


As per our schedule, the Keralite Vegetarian Thali was sounding more tempting than standing in the queue for more than an hour (well we assumed so; for longer the waiting time assumption, better we feel for not visiting one place).

Savarana Bhavan - the famous authentic South Indian food chain was the place we were very much looking forward to; and not disappointed too; after we had our meal.


The Thali that we had at Savarana Bhavan

Few people do have certain myths about Kerala food - Kerala is not a good place when it comes to non-vegetarian food. But our experience was opposite - my husband had a better time when it came to food; as he is a hard core non-vegetarian. The spices that are used in the preparation were way too amazing. And the prawns were as huge as a lobster. Mouth watering already? Then let it water a bit more people. See the image below:



Post our wonderful and delicious veg meal at Savarana Bhavan; we called up Unni; unaware of the problem we are soon going to face. Immediately upon answering the call, Mr. Unnikrishnan informs us:

"Madam, Unni out; keys in. What to do?"

Sigh! We reached where few men were struggling to break open the car door. Well, look at it yourself what they did!





The struggle for almost an hour; the success and the next destination - church. But the church visit and our visit to the tea museum will be coming up in the next post.

PS: My last post featured Mohanlal. I must have hurt many sentiments of Mammootty fans. Thus, I am posting his image in this post. Thank you Kavi for pointing this out to me.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Kerala Part 1 - Houses

All thanks to my laziness, I was not able to update my blog soon with the Kerala posts. But I am back now, with my posts on the wonderful Kerala.

When we were to land at Cochin, the view below us was splendid, with the tree-bed spread all over, seldom we spotted a house, or a small colony! Beautiful trees, with rays of sun falling on them; the early morning rays, the combination of golden and green – breathe taking!

And my dear husband breaks the spell – huh, I am already bored of greens!

Sigh! Well, let me move on, or the post will be more on my husband than Kerala.

The Cochin city was no different than Mumbai when it came to heat and traffic. It was 36 degrees when we started our journey with Unnikrishnan as our driver who spoke broken English, little bit of Hindi, a big music and waterfall fan and loved watching shootings. With his super car and driving; we headed to Munnar.

With our eyes so used to look at tall buildings of Mumbai; most of them painted with pastel colours, it took our eyes quite some time to get used to the bungalows that we spotted after half an hour of commencing our journey; bungalows with all bright colours like dark pink, violet, bright orange, florescent green, neon blue and such others. All scattered, beautifully designed, you spot the next bungalow after 3-4 minutes of the first one.

I kept wondering about those houses - The colour, the architectural beauty, the space, gardens, the names of the bungalows; and what not! It clicked me after quite some time to capture those beauties; but I still managed to get few clicks. They are not very clear, yet they give you an idea of those bright colours.












I am sure the owner of this Bella Vista has not yet seen MHADA logo which looks like this:













And Mohanlal!


I have written couple of guest posts on other blogs. One about Kerala; to read that, click here

A fiction Story - The Betrayal

Saturday, December 19, 2009

I love to read them

I have been thinking about writing this post for a long time. But I was not sure how to execute it, what to write about bloggers I love to read. And finally, a blog buddy persuaded me to write this post. I won’t waste much of space on my ranting, I will straight away come to the point.

Shrikant – my college friend, my one and only source for the songs I want, designs I want to create for blog or myself (remember Nehatrix image in the last post? If not then click here and here and see them all yourself), the co-author of “our” dream blog – Crap Station and above all ONE OF THE BEST BLOGGERS I have come across. Humour and Wit are gifts presented by god to him. I started to blog after reading his posts. So people, go and hit this guy as you all have to tolerate me because of him.

Kavi – if you ask me to name one blog I am addicted to; or one blog I have to pick up as my favourite; it has to be Kavi’s Musings. I love all the blogs I am going to mention in this post, but his blog is somehow very special to me. Kavi always takes me down the memory lane with his posts, he brings a smile on my face with his write ups and I wait for his next post for two reasons – 1) my eagerness ends for the next two days; and 2) my curiosity of reading his reply to my comment ends after two days!

ZB – I started reading him during my early days of blogging; and fell in love with his fiction stories. I have never read anybody as good as ZB when it comes to fiction. He is my favourite fiction writer after Ayn Rand. Whenever i write a fiction story, I make him judge it. His approval is the ultimate comment for me. Thanks buddy for teaching me the art of fiction writing. I owe you big time.

SG – The first time I visited his blog as he shares the same name that of my firm. And I am glad I visited his space, for I found the ocean of knowledge there. I admire him for his knowledge about history, sanskrit and anything related to general knowledge. His each post and the comment section too is loaded with all possible kind of information about the topic he has blogged about. It is my dream to be his student one day.

Anand the Rainmaker in waiting – Well you need to read his post at least thrice if you are visiting his blog for the first time! I love his style of writing. He has been off the blogger for quite a few months now, but one of the bloggers I still look forward to. I am waiting for him to make a come back soon. If you cannot understand the difference between wit and sarcasm, then his blog is not meant for you!

Insignia – one of the few bloggers who understands my posts always and helps me extend them by posting wonderful comments. I love her blog for her unique style of writing about any topic, her technique of bringing out wit in her write ups and of course, the quality I love – sarcasm! But most of the times, like it happens with so many of us, most of the people don’t understand her sarcasm. But one thing i can promise, even when she does not have time to post anything and she just posts the images clicked by her, you will see those images also at least ten times.

Guria – The queen of sarcasm, the Maverick, the girl who reads my mind faster than myself; and her posts – after reading them, I always feel, I wish I could write this way too! Though she loves to embarrass me all the time (can’t disclose the reason behind my embarrassment now), I love her for that. She is one of the best gifts and friends blogging world gave me.

Kaddu – she is my most helpful neighbour. And thanks to farmville, I found a great friend and an awesome blogger. She is very clear about her thoughts, she can make an old denim sound interesting too with her write ups. You will end up laughing your double chin off after reading her disclaimer too; so imagine what is in store for you when you read her posts. And she is the one who persuaded me to come up with this post. Thanks friend, owe you big time for this. And she has given me a nice name too – Neha Nautanki. I so love it guys. Thanks Kaddu for this too. I will send u a fence as a gift for sure ok?

Karthik – He is the king of awesome narration. He usually writes very long posts, but I enjoy reading them a lot as the narration is flawless. You want his posts to go on and on. His each short story has a unique plot, he does his research well before writing any post. So if you are a fiction fan, you know which blog to join right away.

Madhu – An awesome writer. I am a big fan of his posts. He is again one of the few writers on blogsphere I look forward to read. His simplicity scores each time he writes a post. His posts and comments always bring a smile on my face. I admire his modesty the most. Ok, i think I should stop here, or he will fly to India and sue me straight away.

I love to read all the blogs on my list; and they all hold a special place in my small world.

Thank you all my blog buddies for your support always. I will write a similar post again in future and soon about few more people whom I love to read as this post is already too long.


Thursday, December 17, 2009

The Real Story (!My Revenge!)


Hey people, it's my pleasure to introduce you'll to Guria - the maverick misfit, popularly known as the misfit girl. she is an amazing writer and a poet, highly underrated and misunderstood most of the time; a simple reason behind this is that hardly anybody understands her sarcasm. And this great MM girl has agreed to write a guest post for this blog. I am sure you all will enjoy reading her like I always do.

You may need to access the key to the characters that will be found here.

Now there was a girl who wasn't a girl at all! Oh she looked liked one, almost behaved like one, had impulses and urges like one, and all the natural faculties were also of a girl's except her brain! (For sake of simplicity, the pronoun will be 'she'). She honestly believed that she was a man with the name of Sirius Black, with exceptional good-looks and a dare-devil attitude whose idea of fun was to try out something that had 'DANGER' written all over it. And if skulls and skeletons were drawn too, she'd jump for it. I mean all Farmville had to do was replace its symbol of corn with a skull with daggers, and you will start receiving your daily gifts from the lady-who-thought-she was-a-man!

Her real name was Nehatrix Blogstrange who is exactly as evil as her name sounds! She shoots her bedroom walls just to vent her anger when the water for her tea boils over and she's still doing her big morning chore in the bathroom! Now besides the revolver MM 5 in her ankle holster (she is too slim and sexy to carry a bulge in her waist!) she has got two other powerful weapons, her claws and her tongue! Well, if you displease her, she's going to type so powerfully that you will find that you have nowhere to run or hide, all you can do then is Sign Out!! But her tongue is more dangerous, she'll slaughter you by something you'll not guess the tongue can be used for!! By buttering-words!! And since it works before the claws, expect to be fattened and softened by the buttering tongue before being shredded by the roving pointed claws.... as poor little Dobby found to its dismay!

I was the poor little Dobby who met Albus at the Heaven's door and who told me, "Now Harry, let us step out into the night and pursue the flighty temptress, adventure." (I didn't mind him calling me Harry, he was shattered that man, his "dreams" about Harry and himself were never fulfilled) He for some unfathomable reason was fond of me, and thought I can make a better best-seller than JKR herself, at least I can give out the truth. So here I am writing my chronicles

So Hagrid had given me life, those who don't know the real identity, Hagrid is my father, and Professor McGonagall my mother! Don't blame them, all those toasty warm days spent cooped up in the castle, with no company, it happens! Watch BigBoss or Splitsvilla. But how did I become one small little elf? After all my father is a giant! Actually my father is known in other parts of the world as Ravan, who had ten heads, but no one ever asked him how? He took all our (mine and my other siblings, Kreacher and all) heads and made us all a head shorter! Our mother has been a strict teacher in and out all her life, pulling us by our ears making them irreversibly long and pointed for ever. And I look really funny, that is because I take so boldly after my parents. They are not as goodlooking as they look, just try them in their bedrooms with no make-up on, you will be bawling like a banshee!

Now this Nehatrix Blogstrange was like a breath of fresh air in my life and I fell in love for the first time in my life. I even felt pity at her disease of thinking she is not what she is, but I knew I loved her. Little did I know how disastrous my love for her would be!

Nehatrix was the one who had started the tradition of beheading the puny, unfertilised crops erm, offsprings and used her charming wiles in convincing Hagrid to give up dragons and become a head-collector! But I would have loved her still... But I hadn't known the existence of Severus 'Vids' Snape. They were the two people in lurve!!! Nehatrix and Viddley Snape.

And then there was Ron, like the wind, who was Nehatrix's chhumchha, who was bestowed with the title 'Won-Won' after winning the Blog-a-Ton with the greatest margin! Now his girlfriend was Hermione, whatever other records may show, this is the actual case! (I'm in heaven, so am blessed with a complete, unhindered accurate view from above) This Hermione was Hagrid's kid only, my sister, the only one who was not beheaded because she was so pretty and could say more in fifty-five words than Hagrid ever could. And since she hadn't lost her head, no one would guess her to be my sister... she was called Queen Lambi in her inner circle of friends, the Death Eaters, that she borrowed from her companion of nightly adventures, Lord Voldemort!

Lord Voldemort was originally called Avada Kedavra, but every time he was called, he would fall partially dead, ripped from his body, wailing like a baby, and the followers came to be known as the fearsome Death Eaters (Death Spitters wouls have been my natural choice). Thus the followers decided for the sake of simplicity, and remaining fearsome (without the leader they would have been disbanded) they started calling Avada as He-who-Must-not-be-Named-Otherwise-the-Tedious-Process-of-Getting-Him-a-Body-will-Ensue, which was shortened by ignorant people into He-who-must-not-be-Named.

So the loop was really looped that you would around run in circles for month. But Hermione and He-who-must-not-be-Named were great friends. Hermione was Ron's girlfriend by twist of the story but actually they were the sovereign of different kingdoms. She was the Queen of 55F and he was the King of Scary Fiction. But their friend, the cute little Harry Potter had no kingdom, he was actually a poor little thing who thought the sun shined everywhere that Sirius Black went. Who didn't know that it was Black's alter ego- the woman, Nehatrix who stole his love, Viddley Snape.

The actual hero of the story should be Draco Malfoy, the long-lost son of Nehatrix and Viddley Snape who was not just a star but a constellation! Best friend to Harry Potter and a offspring to a set of dysfunctional parents, he suffered from short-term memory loss. He sometimes thought he's a Bollywood actor, sometimes a cricketer, and sometimes a very good-looking politician, when in reality he was a very scary-looking should-have-been hero with ordinary characteristics and no scars, who would have looked really bad on the cover pages. So instead, the hero became his best friend, Harry Potter with the scar of a tattoo badly gone wrong (a simple mix-up between red hot iron curlers and the syringe) on his forehead, with the possession of Draco's journal with insights of Physics into the complex soap, and with the help of Hermione (she'd do anything for friend, evil or nice) and Ron (little did he know he will be delegated the task of being a side-kick!).

Draco Malfoy was completely ignorant of the cruelty going around him. He used to be fond of Dobby the little elf, but later totally forgot about me. And he hadn't known the power of butter!

Viddley Snape was as greasy as they come, and had an unending supply of butter in his head. And that was where Nehatrix's final weapon came from, and that's why in spite of all the good-looking, shampooed-headed men, she chose Snape! And as Albus Dumbledore and I found to our great misfortune, Nehatrix smothered us by drowning in butter!!


~~~~too much to swallow in one go so, it will be continued...~~~~

~ Dobby

P.S. Are you as tired as I am?
I know I am not as good as the awesome blogger in whose blog I'm writing but she is the evil heroine of my story. So if you are not so glad to have been deprived of your favourite blogger, this picture is to elevate your spirits!! Created by another super blogger (with almost as much love for the blog-owner as I have), the one and only, the funny man (!!trumpets!!) Shrikant!



P.P.S. This post is directed towards the blog-owner mainly and any hard-feelings at the casting should be directed towards me, only. But why there should be any hard-feelings I don't know, after all this is only fiction. Isn't it? G.:)

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

A story of four idiots!

Movies! Most of us love watching them, discussing them, and well sometimes we even end up changing our style to look like our favourite actor/actress; and behave like them too! I know you won’t agree with me on this point; but how many of you have shifted to bigger for your face sun glasses; or a huge bag in which your three bags of regular size can fit!

Sometimes, these stars use various publicity stunts to make certain accessories famous; and what not. Our brain stops working after looking at those promos that promote jewellery, clothes and products! But this post is not about fashion trends that we follow after watching movies. This post is indeed about the kind of publicity stunts the bollywood use to promote their upcoming movies etc.

There was a time when the only medium of publicity was the posters of that movie outside theatre. And these days there is publicity of the upcoming movies are done through all possible mediums that you can think of! All the news channels show them, all the serials and reality shows have stars in them, posters at each corner, free distribution of cds, lucky draws, premieres promising a live performance by the leading actors, newspapers, and what not! Not that I watch any of these soaps or shows, nor I have attended a premiere show, for it always starts at least 2 hours behind schedule; but i do have to tolerate the discussion about the movies as well as stars and their various methods to give more and more publicity to their movies.

The latest one in news is three idiots! Whenever I switch on the television, I see many products using “All is well” as their tagline. Well there is a song in this movie with the same title line! And Amir Khan in his different looks is seen everywhere; from a farmers house to hunting for Saurav Ganguly. He is looking for Ganguly in altogether a different look – long and unkempt hair, beard and what not – still you can make out it’s Amir; and we are idiots because we recognized him!

There is another method that they have used this time. I spotted it while travelling by an auto. The auto ahead of me had “Capacity – three idiots” written behind it! I couldn’t stop myself from laughing. I even managed to click that image. Then I spotted three people sitting in that auto; yes three idiots, and i so wished for a transparent cover for that Auto so that I could have clicked three of them with three idiots written behind their back. Ah brilliant idea and I don’t share it? I immediately called my friend and laughed about the whole thing like I had actually got my wish fulfilled!


I reached home, paid the autowala. He took the payment and grinned at me. I asked him the reason behind his grin. He counted the money and told me; "Madam, look behind my auto!"

Monday, December 14, 2009

It's my day today!!

Today is my birthday folks. And I asked for a post on me from my very good friend and a co-author of my another blog Shrikant - The Hedonist; a post praising me in 500 or more words! and guess what? He did manage to write a post where he wrote all good things about me in 500 words, and rest of 401 words, well, read it yourself. It is for sure a laughing riot. A post on me! To read the post, click here.

Thanks buddy for this.

what can be the better occasion than this to pass on the awards that I have got from so many generous people around blogger!

The first of such award is Super Scribbler Award. I got this award from Nu. Thanks buddy for the great honour.



Some rules governing this award are like these:

1. Each Superior Scribbler must in turn pass The Award on to five most deserving blog friends.

2.Each Superior Scribbler must link to the author and the name of the blog from whom he/she has received The Award.

3.Each Superior Scribbler must display The Award on his/her blog and link to the original post at The Scholastic Scribe which explains The Award.

4.Each blogger who wins The Superior Scribbler Award must visit the original post at The Scholastic Scribe and add his/her name to the Mr. Linky List. That way, we'll be able to keep up-to-date on everyone who wins This Prestigious Honor.

5.Each Superior Scribbler must post these rules to his/her blog.

I would like to pass on this award to:

Shrikant - not only for the post on me, but also for he is one of the best bloggers I know

Insignia - I love her blog and style

Madhu - For his modesty! (well, only both of us know the reason behind his modesty, right?)

Guria - She already has this award in her kitty, but she deserves it 100 more times.

Kaddu - the coolest and wittiest blogger around. Love her wrties ups on blog, her status updates on fb and her comments for me even though she calls me Neha Nautanki!

The second award is - I love your blog Award. I got this award from NR. Thanks NR for the honour.




I want to pass on this award to:

Karthik
SG
Pawan
Kavita
BK Chowla
Antarman
Haddock
Holy Lama

I love to receive birthday wishes, thus shamelessly declaring here that it is my birthday today. And I am shamelessly asking for a gift too from you people. You have to leave a line or more about "what do you think about me" in the comment box. And those who are awarded, whether you know me well or not, but you have to write a small paragraph about me that's all. I am sure none of you will break the heart of this birthday girl right?

Thank you guys for all your love and support.

Friday, December 11, 2009

All about Tea

Most of you are aware about my love for tea! I have written couple of posts on this topic, usually about certain places where you get best of the tea possible. But this post is going to be slightly different, and maybe boring for many of you as i am going to talk about the history of tea and some general information!


Tea was discovered in China in as early as 2737 BC by Emperor Shen Nung – a divine healer. Ah, such a great discovery and no controversy to it? Not possible. A Japanese legend claims that tea was originally discovered by and Indian hermit called Bodhidharma or Daruma (as he is known in Japan). He is said to have travelled from India to China in 526 BC and was allotted a cave temple for him to meditate for nine years. He however fell asleep during meditation and on awaking he was so enraged at his own blunder that he tore of his tired eyelids and threw them away. A plant grew from the eyelid thrown away whose leaves were found to possess the unique property to drive away sleep! Yes, that plant was the tea plant.

There are couple of more such stories, all as or more weird than the Indian discovering it! Some Sanskrit scholar believes that the mythical Sanjeevani Plant mentioned in the Epic Ramayana was actually a tea plant! Another interesting thing is that tea was mentioned in the Chinese Dictionary in 350 BC. Chinese started using tea as medicine during the 4th Century!

Tea became a popular drink in England in 1664 and was introduced in India in the year 1780. The Assam Tea Plant was discovered in the year 1823, but large scale planting of tea in India started in the year 1834. Tea cultivation was started in South India in the year 1859. Today, India is the largest tea producer in the world.
Grades of Tea – there are mainly three classes of grades of tea; 1) Leaf, 2) Broken and 3) Dust. The leaf grades are large in size. In brewing, flavour and colour come out of these grades very slowly, but they produce flavoury liquor. The broken grades are of smaller size with fragmented leaves. They are quick in brewing and give a darker brew while the smallest particles ie dust (the name does not suggest anything derogatory to quality) brews very quickly and produce strong and coloured liquor.
Types of Tea – the Kanan Devan tea factory at Munnar, Kerala produces five types of tea – white tea, green tea, oolong tea, black orthodox and black CTC (Crush, tear and curl).

Medicinal value of tea – tea works as an anti-oxidant, stimulant, anti-bacterial agent and astringent. To use tea as a medicine, it should be prepared in the following manner:

  • Take fresh boiled water and heat it up till the first bubbles appear.
  • Meanwhile take one or two spoonfuls of tea of your choice in a preheated vessel.
  • Pour the boiled water on the tea leaves/dust.
  • Cover the vassel with a lid for 3 to 5 minutes for infusion. Strain the brew using a strainer.
  • Add milk and sugar/honey to taste.



Bored? Then pardon me. I love tea way too much that I couldn’t help but to share all the information I had with you! And this is just 1/3rd of information that I have.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Harry "Blogger" Potter and a tale of comments!

Those of you not a part of this mad drive will be thoroughly confused after reading this post – My promise!

Those who are a part of it, enjoy it thoroughly – I hope!

Those who regret that they ain’t a part of it, please don’t curse me – A request!

It so happens that Guria uploads one image on facebook and tags me as a “not so good” character. So i decide to get back to her and promise her to tag her as wormtail! But alas! My bad luck – I don’t have any image of Harry Potter with wormtail in it. So I change the whole plan, and tag people from blogsphere as per my wish! Most of them loved their character (though few had to play a double role), and they all left wonderful comments below the image!


The list of characters goes like this:

Shilpa Garg and Pra – Prof. Mcgonagall; for they both are very sensible people!

Nu – Hermoine Part 1
Shruti – hermoine Part 2
Reason – they both are always nice to me, so I have to give them a good character right?

Avada Kedavra – Lord Voldemort; do I need to give the reason for this? Her name says it all, right?
HaRy – Lord Voldemort again! Well, voldy did resemble a cartoon created by cartoonist till the third movie, and forth too to a greater extent!

Vidhu – Prof. Snape; She requested me to tag her Snape. I was planning to tag her as Dobby withg Guria!

Kaddu – Ron Part 1
Pawan – Ron Part 2
For Kaddu, I mended one rule – instead of chess champion, I had farmville champion as the criteria!
For Pawan – his comment said it all. He was more concerned about Harry than himself!

Madhu – Dumbledore; second sensible person around blogsphere

Rawan – Hagrid; don’t they sound like synonyms?

Guria – Dobby the house elf; just to take my revenge!

Insignia – Harry Potter; I gave her the best character, and she hasn’t read Harry Potter so far! Sigh, all my buttering got wasted!

RSV – Draco Malfoy; don’t ask me why, for even I don’t know the reason!

Me – Sirius Black; Do I need to tell you why?:D


The comments I received on that image were thus:

1. Vidhu - ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
yey yey yey yey yey yey !!!

I'm Snape !! and Guria is Kreacher :D :P :D :P lovely !

2. Guria - Nooo... that's Dobby, plsss!! :D :D

3. Vidhu - oh :(

yeah :(

Neha - tag her as kreacher na plz :D

4. Guria - shruti hermione?? Ravan as hagrid?? avada kedavra voldemort obviously!! ROFLMAO..........

5. Pawan - Im Ron,wow :D
But who's Harry?

6. Avada Kedavra - Nehaaaaa.. I am Voldy??? :O :( :( :( y yaar? :(
I like Guria's..hahaha.. Dobby.. Mine is better than hers :P :D I am atleast powerful :) ;) :D

7. Guria - @Avada....spoken like true Voldy..... underestimate other's powers.......
i can Apparate n Disapparate where u cannot... how's that???

8. Avada Kedavra - @Guria: then lets match the power of lord voldemort, the heir of Slytherin against the little elf Dobby :P

9. Madhu - "..And now, Harry, let us step out into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure.."

" Harry.., Haaarry.."

[Johnny Lever's voice] : Abbey Harry Kidar Margaya Be ?

PS : Ignore Rowling, Dumbledore is straight :-)

10. Kaddu - Are there 2 Ron's in this pic? Oh! Thr 2 2 Hermoines & 2 Harrys also. So Pawan and I both get to be Ron? And Shruti and Nu Hermoine. LOL! I'm not being Ron! I'm not as lost! And I'm pathetic at Chess! Find some other post for me! ;)

11. Nu - wow,what an idea :) Me hermione...hehehe..

12. Neha - @ kaddu, u r perfect as ron. just replace chess with farmville

13. Insignia - Neha!!! whats happening? Am I The Harry? Lol!!! I dont know ABC or XYZ of Harry Potter. But I trust your choice :-)

14. Shruti - Am hermoine? :P
I dunno anythin about HP except for characters!

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So this is what happened when I tagged people. Isn't it good to be crazy sometimes?

This post is a special dedication to all those who are a part of this craziness.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

I am Back!!!

Hey all,

I am back after enjoying the much deserved break. A wonderful and rejuvenating trip to Kerala, six whole days of viewing only greens around me and lots of memories of that super place, I am indeed back to the city full of pollution. But, didn't I miss this city? Oh I did for sure. I missed those familiar faces around me, those 50 odd hindi channels playing on tv, constant honking noise on the road, traffic, the blogger's lunch, your posts and comments - everything I missed.

Now there is going to be a lot of work for at least a few days, but you will again see me around on blogsphere. A new post, or rather, a series of posts on Kerala are coming your way. Hope you will enjoy them as much as I enjoyed the journey. Till then, a sneak peek of what is in store for you in the near future.

The toilet Plant exclusively available at Munnar

I am sure now you all want to read more about my Kerala Trip, right? I will for sure write it all, but before that, another guest post is going to be posted here. And it is going to be equally interesting as the last one by my dearest friend Insignia. Till then, have a great week ahead!!

Friday, December 04, 2009

Yo People!!

hey people, thanks to my true friends on blogsphere, my blog is updated in my absence too. Insignia honoured me by agreeing to write a guest post for my blog. our common readers know her very well. And those of you who have not yet read her posts, then you will for sure hop to her blog the moment you finish reading this wonderful post by her.

A brief introduction about Insignia - She is a girl with amazing sense of humour, fantabulous wit, adorably sarcastic when required and above all, she is a gem of a person and a true friend. Thanks girl for accepting to write for OUR space.

Neha wickedly responded to my comment on the previous post thus "Insignia, will reply to the whole comment later, but one thing - Part 2 is coming soon :P"

Wicked that she is!! and why? Because what she meant was I extend her post. I usually extend her posts in the form of comments. But this time; she wanted me to write a new one; so its going to be a full-blown post. So buckle up people and bear with me!! Its People Bashing again!!!!

:-)

I have come across various people in my lifetime....err..I am sinfully young!! But those people whom I have come across in my span of life; are true gems!! Few are such glitterati types that your eye hurts; and few are such dull heads that you mistake the gem for a chalk stone. I am one among them too; so no need to panic... It is absolutely normal. I am normal!!! Am I not??

OK, lets get to the meat; its delicious!!

The Omni Potent Ones

The ever powerful ones; everything under my control types. "Uh!! No worries!! This is just a child's play you see. I'll take care. That man is just my buddy. We shall talk it out". You smile for the first time in that day when it has been a drudgery; believing this soul. Aaaah, did you smile too fast? You only realize its all words and no cake; when you see this same person sweating and shivering in front of his so called buddy!!!
These people get a high by exalting themselves and thus satisfy their ego!!!

The Ever Knowing types

Who has not come across such species? The blowing trumpet types; "Oh I know this. Its so easy. You don't know?" Oh my!! Oh my!! Did you just highlight yourself by pulling me down?? Get back and say "Oh no; how sad. Not everyone is as lucky as you to be getting knowledge like manna falling from heaven straight into your brain!!" You defer all theories of radiation, don't you!!!

And look straight into their eyes.

The Prying Eagles

Oh no!! I just ended up insulting poor eagles by personifying them. Who wants to get related to humans, huh?? After all, they are those cunning and selfish creatures.
These group of people are always interested in what others are doing. Did I hear my eyes are open, my ears could hear so how could I avoid?? These are the dangerous lots; they build a wrong impression and propagate ideas about you that when you hear them, you would feel like hanging upside down.

The Been There, Done That types

"I have been there!! I witnessed it" Mind you, literally. These sort of people seem to be there at the right place, watch the right event and meet the right people. Whats there yet that they haven't laid their hands on?? There's nothing as such, if there is; its an insult. They could yap off and go on and on and on...But I really admire them; for their talent to weave stories.

The soothsayers

These are people who always nag you with "See, I told you so. I knew this would happen. You didn't listen to me". They tend to be omnipercipience; have a perception of everything. How to deal with these people??? They are such a pest with those waste warnings all the time. Simple. Adopt their method and whenever you get a chance; just give back "I told you so!!"

The Cribbers

Nope!! This is still about people and not about horses which practices cribbing. These set of people are ever complaining; never enthusiastic; always sad. Now how many of you are wondering if its you!! :-P These people encourage negative vibes and are a deviation. Best is to avoid them; else you would find cribbing about the cribber to everyone and then you are THE cribber; cribbers' cribber; Grand father of cribber....Err I stop before you guys crib!!

The Hic!! Hic!! types

Err, naughty minds. Its not about liquor. Those people who are always on high spirits. Too much is too bad after all. A heavy thud on your back and before you realise that something like a pain was inflicted; you have "Hey man!! Wasssuppppp!!!" Just give them a weary smile and then you have "Oh man!! Cheer up; don't worry!!" Excuse me Mr, when did I ever say I was worried? And how dare you ask me to cheer up after giving me a hard knock? Get out of my sight!!!

The Always Brooding types

These are the most boring people one could come across. Always perplexed; as if trying to solve a mighty issue that could save the world. Those who feel they are facing the worse problems in the whole world and no one cares. The ones who would seriously scratche their heads when the others are celebrating the weekend with a beer bash. They tend to behave as if they are the only ones struggling with huge responsibilities while others are partying. Give them this piece of advice - "Atlas is actually waiting beside you so that he can take back the burden of the world that you seem to have on your shoulders. Care to give his property back?"

The Calm Tornadoes

Geeeez....Calm and tornadoes? Yeah you read it right. These set of people are calm but devastating. They are vicious; yet put up a all good, sorry and 'I for Peace' face. But their intentions and plan always results in tornadoes.

I am so very fond of people that I could categorise for eons if left. Before parting; one final incident. You folks decide what category must this person fall into.

An American instructor training on a technical product. Group of students out of which one's accent changed the moment he noticed that the instructor was an American. Funny part was this guy's accent got back to normal during breaks; once inside the class, his accent transformed. One such conversation -

American - "One of our customers is Lamborghini"
Guy with an accent - "Lamborghini!!? Whats that?"
American - "They manufacture tractors and cars, Italian"
Guy with an accent - "Uh oh!!! I have never heard about it. I just know HMT and Mahindra & Mahindra"

:-S The whole class was in splits.

Which category to put this unique sample into? Anyways, enough of bashing people folks. As I said; I can segregate and go on and on. Oh by the way don't forget to count the number of "Me too" as you read :-P

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

People!

People! Different kind of them around you and me; each one unique, still we call a few of them “normal”. Knowing me, I am for sure not going to talk about the normal sort; and no, not even the weird ones, for I like my monopoly there. There are few stepbrothers of weird kind, and i will be talking about them.


Always Confused – when you talk to such people, you feel you are the dumbest person alive on this planet earth! They always have confused look on their face, even when you talk about your gender to them which is very clearly visible due to obvious reasons; but you still cross check whether you are still a male or a female!

That’s not all; these people make simple situations complicated. They interpret simple things in such complex manner that confusion will get confused too! No personal examples, but how many of you have faced this problem in the form of comments on your simplest possible post? Leave a smiley, and i will understand your point :)


Perpetual Question mark – they are very close to always confused, but they at least express their concern, and don’t make you look dumb from the very beginning. But eventually after their 15th question on your particular statement, ummm, you will doubt your intelligence/dumbness – you are at liberty to interpret this for yourself!

God save you if the Perpetual Question mark happens to be your boss!

Or even worse, your wife!

Don’t be so frightened. I am not going to mention mother in law here!


The classical Dancer – my personal favourite category. These people cannot talk without moving their hands. Yes, they cannot talk! I once held hands of such an artist; she couldn’t utter a single word. I had to let go, as it is very difficult to survive without a non-stop entertainment.

My ex-boss was a Classical Dancer too. While explaining directions to our office to a client, the dancer boss simply gestured with his hand and said “take this turn after the signal”. Poor client kept asking which turn, and my boss kept repeating this turn without realizing that the client couldn’t see him and his hand! (Hope you guys understood what i am trying to say, as sadly I do not have the video clipping of the same.)


Exceptionally intelligent sorts – these people have more brain than required; so they keep distributing their spare intelligence all around us in the form of gyaan, comments on blogs, proving non-existing theories etc. etc. I am really scared of such sorts. They talk non-stop in alien language, using the most complicated and unheard words which even our MS word fails to display in its synonym list! I wonder, am I so dumb that I fail to understand them or their intelligence has driven them to insanity. But they still leave me looking like a dumb weirdo.

Exceptionally Dumb – This category is mentioned specially for few of my very dear blog buddies including myself; for we come across such species very often. i guess most of you have had such experiences too, if you don't belong to this category, right? For the rest of you, who are still fortunate enough not to have come across them yet; well these are the most dangerous people specially sent by god in the blogsphere. They too specialize in making you look not only dumb, but you think 10 times before posting anything! They have the ability to make you doubt about yourself and your writing ability. Gosh, if you write "she was dumb and deaf", they will ask in the comment section, "was she actually dumb and deaf or she simply could not hear or speak. Sorry i didn't understand this!" Phew, what will you reply to such people? Mind you guys, i am not exaggerating here at all. I can post a link of such comments thread here, but I don't want them to get my point this time too.


I have blabbered enough. Venting out my frustration i guess, or expecting your comments that say i am not dumb, but they are. Hope you all are intelligent enough to understand what I am expecting as comments now!

PS: After reading this post, you will for sure agree with me that I indeed need a break. So I am taking one. I will reply to all the comments for this post when I come back. But my blog will be updated from time to time as couple of good friends of mine will be writing guest posts here. So ciao people, and Miss Me!