Archive | June 2008

Kung Fu Panda

Hiiiyyyeeaaa !!

No thats not a new style of saying hello. Its a kung fu war cry 😀 Now for the review.

Problems :- Sadness, Depression, Stress, Monday Blues, Boredom, Grumpiness, Fight with wife/husband/gf/bf/mom/dad/sibling/friend/neighbour/boss/traffic cop/stranger on road/canteen guy/shopkeeper, Tension

Solution :- Watch Kung Fu Panda!!!!!!!

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Yet Another Tag

Swathi tagged me to do this another meme. So here it is.

1. Last movie you saw in a theater?

Mere Baap Pehle Aap“….Malamaal Weekly was better. Though the issue of marrying at old age was good.

2. What book are you reading?

“Freakonomics” (Its been over a month and I’m stuck at the same page)

3. Favorite board game?

Ludo!! I’m lucky at getting six on dice 😀

4. Favorite magazine?

Errr.. cant choose between The Week and Cosmopolitan 😀

5. Favorite smells?

Wet earth after rain, food and Coty Talc

6. Favorite sounds?

My favorite songs and voices of my loved ones.

7. Worst feeling in the world?

Betrayal

8. What is the first thing you think of when you wake up?

What time is it? 🙂

9. Favorite fast food place?

Pizza Hut!!

10. Future child’s name?

Hmm..if its a girl then Mitali and if a boy then Shashank.

11. Finish this statement. “If I had lot of money I’d….?

I’d give some to my family, some to charity, go shopping and put rest of it in bank. 😀

12. Do you sleep with a stuffed animal?

No..thats too girlish

13. Storms – cool or scary?

Cool if I’m at home and Scary if I’m on road.

14. Favorite drink?

Mango Juice 🙂

15. Finish this statement, “If I had the time I would….”?

Ohhh I would finish all the things listed on my “to-do” list.

16. Do you eat the stems on broccoli?

Naahh….I wouldn’t eat any green vegetables if I’d my own way 🙂

17. If you could dye your hair any color, what would be your choice?

I’d done it once..dark brown…I think that looked fine.

18. Name all the different cities/towns you’ve lived in?

Only two..Bhilai and Bhopal

19. Favorite sports to watch?

Football rules!!!!! Cricket sucks!!

20. One nice thing about the person who sent this to you?

She is one of my blog’s first readers and always leaves comments.

21. What’s under your bed?

A lizard of my room who I think is evolving because it has taken to walking on floor rather on walls.

22. Would you like to be born as yourself again?

Ohh human life is too full of hardwork. I would like to be a American Shorthair cat.

23. Morning person, or night owl?

Definitely Night Owl….Tu wheet Tu whoo

24. Over easy, or sunny side up?

Sunny side up

25. Favorite place to relax?

My room

26. Favorite pie?

Never had one…I like sponge cake.

27. Favorite ice cream flavor?

Butterscotch

28. Of all the people you tagged this to, who’s most likely to respond first?

I tag Joel, Meghana, RJ, Sakhi and Willow.

Sakhi is most likely to respond first 😀

Rude Waiters

Restaurants are now a flourishing, profitable and popular business in the country. Even celebrities have opened their restaurants. But I feel little attention is being paid to the recruitment of qualified,experienced and good waiters. By a good waiter I mean one who is smart, has a pleasing personality & good manners. Instead rude, argumentative and greedy waiters are being inflicted upon unsuspecting customers. I would like to share some of my experiences.

Experience 1

Our 1st year batch in hostel consisted of 17 girls and it was our first outing on our own after getting Freshers Welcome party. Just as we were entering a restaurant in Bhopal (thats where I did my B.E. from), a waiter came and started counting us like 1..2..3 !!!!!! As if we were some beggars lining up to eat at some temple to eat free food!!! We should have walked out but we didn’t…God knows why! The service was horribly late and the food wasn’t worth the price. (Shall I reveal the name of the restaurant to save any future customers?)

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Confessions of a TV addict – Part 1

I’d been addicted to television since I was four years old….actually since the day we bought TV. It is rumored by my elder sister that I used to watch anything Doordarshan ( the national and only channel in India at that time) dished out; like Krishi Darshan, a program for the benefit of farmers where experts solved their problems and suggested better agricultural practices. As I grew older, my attachment with TV grew. I used to be completely mesmerized with the moving pictures and the characters. It took my family (mostly my sister) a lot of coaxing, cajoling, emotional blackmailing, scolding, and bartering to get me to study and do vacation homework.

My first passion was animation and it still remains so. I simply love cartoons and animation movies.
In this post I want to share some of the happiest moments of my life when I used to get lost in the world or visual media by the courtesy of Youtube and the uploaders.

Starting with famous series Jungle Book, Baghira was my favorite character…strong and silent characters always appealed to me. Jungle Book was such a hit among children of my generation. The old cartoon series were much better than those being aired on Jetix or CN…all Japanese and violent.

Oh I almost forgot the first ever super hit animation series He-Man!!! It was awesome….”I have the power”

There was an afternoon show featuring characters which were vegetables. Their king was a brinjal called “Baingan Raja” (Brinjal King) Sadly no video is available of that show. Then there was one called “Molu”. As the name suggests the protagonist was a mole. Again no video available.

Then I was totally in love with Genie from the series “Arabian Nights” featuring Aladdin. It was pure humor mixed with adventure. It was an one hour show where half hour was of Aladdin and other half of Little Mermaid.

Then Disney cartoons at 10.30 am on Sundays won hearts of many young and old in India. I loved Ducktales. Talespin was a favourite of my Dad. And everyone liked the pirate character (I don’t remember the name) more than Baloo.

How can I forget “daanu” aka Denver the Last Dinosaur??? I couldn’t find the Hindi version of the opening song.

Then my second passion are fairy tales and fables, especially witty ones like Akbar Birbal, Vikram Betaal etc. Further, as I became wiser, I started liking some real human characters too like our superstar King Khan who was a tv soap actor then. I liked his serial Circus very much…more than Fauji. But I could find videos of Fauji only.

My Didi’s favorite series was Bharat Ek Khoj…..and I never felt any interest in it. Infact it was a very famous show but sadly I didnt like it. I guess it was too serious for me.

Doordarshan also telecasted short films and videos in public interest and to celebrate culture and heritage of India and to promote unity in diversity. Those videos are evergreen and remembered by all who are of the Doordarshan generation.

TO BE CONTINUED…..

Detached Father

Few days back, one of my colleagues (from now M) became a father. He wasn’t ready to get married in the arranged manner in the first place. But coming from a orthodox family he got married to a not yet graduate 21 yr old girl, 7 yrs younger to him and got a laptop & cash etc in dowry. We wouldn’t have come to know that his wife was pregnant if one of his friends hadn’t let the cat out of the bag. He wasn’t at all mentally prepared to be a father but that also happened. [This becoming parents within one year of marriage topic..some other day some other post]. Following the traditions, the pregnant wife went to her parent’s home in January and the husband didn’t go to see her once during these last 5-6 months. The baby arrived on 6 June. Again following the traditions the wife will come back in the month of Sawaan (according to Hindu calender). M will go to bring her back then and as he’ll be going then, he isn’t going now to see his newborn son. Instead M’s elder brother and dad are going!! Even when M is having a long vacation right now.
I’m amazed and shocked beyond words!! How can a father not feel the urge, the restlessness to see his newborn especially first born son? How can he not jump onto the next train to visit his wife and baby especially when money and time are no restraints? How can a wife be cool with this type of situation where the father of the child chooses not to come even when circumstances are favourable? How can a tradition allow a wife to become mother without the father and her husband by her side? Even if the wife longs to see her husband or wants him to come she has to suppress her desires because in our society somehow we are discouraged from showing love towards our spouse openly and especially in front of elder people. What type of father will he turn out to be when he doesn’t feel “I should be the first to see the child”? Instead M says “I heard he has taken after me. So what to see now?”

If there were some pressing matters, then I would have understood. But this? I don’t understand at all!! One thing I know I’m not going to compromise to such a situation and keep quiet if my husband is conveniently unavailable at such a crucial time. As if its a burden which only I have to bear!!

I disregard any such traditions and hollow beliefs that don’t let the husband take care of his pregnant wife and thus don’t let the father grow attached to the coming child. And I also don’t think highly of such fathers who just become so for the heck of it and don’t live upto the responsibilties and honour of the relation.

P.S. Image credited to Raissa Davis.

Happy Birthday!!

After much cajoling, convincing, threatening and thinking, I decided to move to WordPress atlast. And what would be a better time to do that other than on my birthday? A new milestone for me and the birth of my blog in the WordPress Blogosphere. Hope I get all those advantages which has been promised to me by the unofficial brand ambassadors Suda, RJ, and Meghana. 😛 🙂

As I’m writing this in early morning, nothing much has happened yet to blog about. So I’ll just share a picture taken on the first birthday I celebrated in hostel. A tradition well kept but wastage of cake I tell u! Thats my senior ma’am laughing her guts out. But it was fun every year. Miss those times!

So all my blogger readers, visitors, commenters and feed readers are welcomed to this new place. Kindly update your blogroll and get my feed reader count increasing. Thanks!!!

Happy Birthday my WordPress blog!! Happy Birthday to me!!

In other news, today is my last day of summer vacation. I’ll be back to my job from tomorrow.

Lost Love and Fair Skin

An advertisement of Pond’s White Beauty face cream is being aired on TV nowadays which shows a guy dumps his gf and 3 years later she comes to know he is a celebrity now and engaged with another celebrity girl. The ex-gf sees an ad of the product which claims to give “a white glow” (read: become fair skinned) and starts thinking…rather decides to buy it. For part 1 of the story watch the video. Now in part 2 the fiancee is shown to be a short tempered girl who cares more about her fingernails than the gifted diamond ring. The ex-gf uses this cream and becomes all fair and glowing and the guy comes to her flower shop (by chance) and can’t stop ogling at her. She is still in dilemma whether to tell him that she still loves him.
Now my point is do these Pond’s guys intend to show that an ex-bf can be won back by becoming fairer??? If that is so then should a guy who apparently dumped you for your looks be wooed back??? Even if he didn’t dump you on basis of looks , still should he be wooed back at all??? that too by becoming fairer n all??? What is with this prejudice against the dark skin in India when we are on the receiving end of racism?? I think the British rule made the Indians fascinated with white skin and we have not got over that yet. All dark or wheatish colored girls are made to think as if they are some misfits and have to apply all sorts of creams or soaps to become fair to get married or an audition or guy or whatever. Infact now guys are also being targetted and urged to become fair to woo girls!!! In arranged marriage being fair is a must criteria for the girl, no matter how the guy looks. Being very fair is a bonus. The qualifications and the nature of the girl are hidden or compromised upon after seeing her shining beauty. In fact I suspect even in an affair the girl may use such creams to keep her guy happy lest he leaves her for some more “greener pastures”.
This prejudice and discrimination irks me no end. My elder sister is wheatish colored whereas I’m fair. Since childhood I’ve listened to many comments on the difference which has made me very annoyed with people who advocate fair color. Even when I was 7 yrs old or so, I gave a piece of my mind to some 70+ old men in my mother’s village where we had gone for vacation. They had dared to say “how different Niru’s (my mom’s name) kids are in color” or words to that effect. I have seen my roommates desperately using these products. For what? for whom? Someone who will judge you and accept/reject you by your looks? So much effort for that? Does being fair give confidence? Helps you win laurels?? No I don’t think so. I admit being fair does give an edge due to all the pre-existing prejudices and morons who judge by a person’s looks but if you have it in you no one can stop you for getting what you want. Be it clearing a job interview or getting your guy or winning an Oscar. Check out Halle Berry’s Oscar acceptance speech.
As for winning back ex-bfs I don’t think a jerk like the one shown is that much of a trophy and if it was so easy as made out to be in the ad then there wouldn’t be so many heartbreaks in the world. You know the ad says “sometimes life gives you a second chance”….and the second chance is cosmetic product????? what #@#$&%!
Part 3 of the ad is awaited. First time I’m waiting for a sequel in an advertisement and curious to know what will they show ultimately.

P.S. Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless: peacocks and lilies, for instance. ~ John Ruskin, The Stones of Venice

My Look Alikes

I got this funny game from Sulz’s post. I had once read somewhere that there are atleast 7 people in the world having same facial features. I found 8 having similar faces as mine!!!! There are 2 more who are not celebrities and not listed in the website MyHeritage.com because people have mistook me few times in real life for two different lady teachers in two different colleges in two different cities!!!
Beyonce!!!!!!!! Hee hee 🙂 🙂
Ahem! Monica Lewinsky …Umm ..No problem..its about face resemblance only.
Atleast I didnt get any suggestion that my face resembles anyone of opposite sex. [Amit :P]

World War 3.0

So now I know how the world is going to end. It will be annihilated by the commencement of World War III. How did I reach to this conclusion? Read on.
There was a bomb blast in Thane, Mumbai on June 4 2008. Some more bombs were recovered live from other places. Two Hindu extremists have been arrested for the same. Supposedly they belong to some Hindu organizations called Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS) and Sanatan Sansthan. Read the whole news here. Now after this happened, the Shiv Sena’s mouthpiece Saamna ran an editorial in which Mr.BT (the editor) advocated “build-up of Hindu response to counter the ‘growing Islamic terrorism’ in the country while ridiculing members of a Hindu fundamentalist organisation held for low-intensity bomb blasts in Thane.” Of course it doesn’t matter that 7 people died (correction:injured) in the blast and my guess would be all of them were not Muslims. What is the problem if 7 die (correction:get injured) among 13 million population of Mumbai? Sacrifice must be made for the greater good, right? I guess this is the convoluted mentality of these people.

So Mr.BT has commended the creation of Hindu suicide squads as a tit for tat for Islamic outfits. I’ve already expressed my indignation over how irresponsibly leaders speak and behave. But this has crossed the limit. How can a leader in his sensible mind ask his people to form suicide groups for spreading violence? How can he ask them to sacrifice their lives and families to die for his absurd cause or rather I presume his personal vendetta? In today’s world how can a leader champion the cause of terrorism and blood for blood? Our Nation’s Bapu must be turning and tossing in his grave!! (yes, I know he was a Hindu) How can a leader encourage his people to take the law in their own hands?

I condemn such fundamentalist leaders of any country who show the path of violence and bloodshed to their people. Instead of waging wars why doesn’t he encourage people to form cleaning squads to keep Mumbai clean and water logging free?
According to Mr.BT these Hindu squads should go to Islamic countries and carry out bomb blasts there. I guess if this happens those countries will retaliate and US & EU will jump in too in the foray. Taking the opportunity China may attack India from other side. And thus World War 3.0 will ensue. And the world will come to an end.

On second thought, that might be a good thing. Everything will start anew after humans have wiped out each other. Sigh! A 6 yr old kid is wiser than a 80+ adult.


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P.S. Logos credited to northernsun.com

The Other Side of Bench

All of us have been students but few have got the opportunity or have chosen to be on the other side of the benches as a full time job. It provides a different perspective, an understanding of the things which seemed to bother as students, some shocking realities, some realizations and some funny moments. And it helps if one doesn’t forget his or her time on the bench. It helps not only to connect but also to see through many tricks of one’s students. These are few thoughts for all students out there from the Other Side of Bench.

#1 Some of us are always aware what each one of the class is doing and can make out who is faking writing down the lecture or looking out of window lost in thoughts or ogling at a girl classmate. We can make out when a student starts to press calculator buttons just to show he/she is solving the given numerical when we approach his/her bench.

#2 Don’t think the invigilator won’t know what you are up to when you crane your neck forward or when you lean back sliding little on the seat. We know that’s when you are going to asking your friend answer to a question. All other tactics ( I’ll not mention here) are also known to us and sometimes we just pretend to ignore.

#3 Writing absolute nonsensical/irrelevant stuff or repeating the same words over n over again and making the pages of answer sheets look filled is not going to work because we read before giving marks.

#4 Literally writing Ramayana in Hindi for 5 pages just because you had time to kill in the exam room is not going to help either. We are secular when valuating answer sheets.

#5 Why do guys need to write in scrawly handwriting and draw horrible diagrams? Even if the roll number is hidden we know which one is a girl’s copy and which one a guy’s. And girls, please don’t use glitter pens. We don’t like our palms and faces to shine.

#6 Writing “Sir, please please ( 5-10 times) pass me. I’ll be eternally grateful/I’ll touch your feet/You’ll get my good wishes” in the end of your answer sheet is not going to help. Firstly a Madam may be valuating your answer sheet and she may get offended by the presumption of Sir. Secondly, unless you have written enough to be passed no pleading will work even if you write “Om Sai Ram”/”Om Ganeshaye Namah”/”Jai KaalBhairavi” at the beginning.

#7 Some of us are merciless and some are generous in valuation. So, once you have passed, even on border marks, DO NOT apply for revaluation. 95% chances are you’ll fail.

#8 We have a personal life too. And sometimes we are really busy personally or professionally and unable to give time to solve your doubts. That doesn’t mean we don’t care.

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P.S. Wish I could take and post snap shots of some classic answer sheets I recently valuated but that was against my ethics. Cartoon images (except C&H) credited to clipart.net

The Expansionist Meme

Nova and Nita tagged me to do this meme. So here it is.

Please thoughtfully consider the following, and choose one item for each of the categories below. (Be sure to describe your reasons for choosing)

One religious work from a non-familiar tradition you’ll read:
The Bible…I’d always wanted to read it.
One music video–that you like–from your “least likely to listen to’ genre:
I never listen to ghazals and especially Jagjit Singh as he depresses me big time! But I like this song very much…”Koi Fariyaad” from the movie Tum Bin.
A book from a genre you almost never read, that you have read, or you will read (promise!):

I guess “Freakonomics” which I’m currently reading anyway. Otherwise I’m a fiction or thriller or mystery or comics reader.
Somewhere you’d never thought to go on holiday/vacation, and why it might be fun to go there?
Mauritius because I love the sea and sand (not the sun though)
A specific food you’ve never tried, but will because of this meme, honest!:
I have not tried any of McD burgers yet (only Pizza Hut/Dominoes pizzas) but I will..Promise!!
A sport or game you really hate, or haven’t tried yet, but are willing to give one more go:
I’ll like to try out Table Tennis as a dear friend is very interested in that and I wonder whats the hype about!

A style of dance you probably won’t try (we won’t make you promise on this one):

Any Indian classical dance..too much costume!
A career job you don’t feel you’re suited for, and why:
An industrial job – too much hardwork and no holidays!!! 😀 😀
An item that’s “thinking out of the box’ for this meme that hadn’t been included:
What is it that you will dare to wear which you have never worn before? (This question has been suggested by Nita to the people she tagged)
This nice red branded evening gown worn by the actress Anne Hathaway!!
It’s there’s one thing in life you wanted to do, and will do because of this meme, what will it be?
“Will do”? Is it a promise? Ummm…I’ll go scuba diving right after I learn how to swim.

I tag Sridevi, Adarsh, Beth, Joel and Vaibhav

P.S. I’m on a meme spree and there are many more drafts waiting to be published. So brace yourselves for reading and getting tagged!!

My First Tag

I’d been tagged to do this meme sometime back by Nova, but it required a lot of soul searching and mostly overcoming the hesitation of sharing it and now I’ve finally come around to posting it.

I am: 30% friendly, 20% sensitive, 20% curious, 20% wilful, and 10% cynical 😀 😀

I think: everything happens at its own time no matter how desperately we want it to be according to our convenience.

I know: its not possible to get everything……win some lose some.

I want: to be happy and content in life.

I have: my own set of ethics and rules.

I wish: the mind had shift+ delete option for pain and bad memories.

I hate: backbiting, ridicule and hypocrisy.

I miss: my sister and the fun times of my hostel life.

I fear: going through a heartbreak, lightning, ghosts.

I feel: a restlessness inside me.

I hear: people’s unsolicited advice and comments and filter them, keeping the ones which are heartfelt.

I smell: fishy going-ons very soon and I’m usually right about them.

I crave: for all the friends I’ve lost on the way.

I search: for the uncomplicated Me.

I wonder: what has the so called Destiny in store for me.

I regret: making some bad decisions and trusting wrong people in life.

I love: my family, laughing, shopping and eating good food!!

I ache: to meet some special people of my life again.

I care: for those who manage to touch my heart beneath the tough shell.

I always: try to do unto people what I would have them done unto me.

I am not: a very traditional kind of person.

I believe: we build our fate with the choices we make at every step of life.

I dance: rather used to dance at parties during college life.

I sing: in the shower, while driving, sometimes “out of lyrics”!

I cry: when I remember some past hurts and events.

I don’t always: get around to complete my “to-do” list!

I fight: very badly when I lose my temper.

I write: my blog and long letters.

I win: whenever I follow my gut feeling.

I lose: whenever I ignore God’s signs.

I never: forget though I may forgive.

I confuse: people when I don’t want to give a straight answer.

I listen: to my heart and follow what it says most of the times.

I can usually be found: teaching engineers-to-be or surfing internet.

I am scared: of losing my loved ones.

I need: to avoid self-inflicted complications in my life.

I am happy about: the fact that life’s been pretty good to me till now.

No compulsion to do it..still I tag Sakhi, Shoaib, Suda, RJ, and Swathi

P.S. Shoaib aaj tum khush to bahut hoge!! …my blog cant get more personal than this meme!
*Shivering and clicking the Publish button*

My Death Day

I got a site’s link in email which will predict the player’s death date. And I got this result showing my death date and causes of death. And it shows a countdown in terms of seconds!!

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Hmmm….So I’m going to die as an old hag!!! Well ok not that old maybe..Is 72 too old or is 80+ too old? And even not that hag(gish??) ..maybe I’ll be my street’s nicest old lady. But by the rate of deterioration of resources and rate of inflation I don’t think I will have safe & clean water to drink at 72. Also by then Global Warming would have done its work and the temperature in winter will be just like summer temperatures of now. And with all this genetic engineering and aliens visiting; new diseases will spread as shown in “I am Legend“. So no wonder I’m going to die of either Disease or Heat or Water on 31 December 2053!!! Shucks!! There goes a New Year Party down the drain.

P.S. I tried the reincarnation link too. Seems I’m going to be a Pigeon in my next birth.