Monday, April 26, 2010

Tagged again

I was tagged by SivArchana of Yemiledu a long time back. The time has come to untag myself from it.

1. What is your current obsession?
A.Playing the keyboard… Learning fast. Now ppl can recognize the songs I’m playing!

2. What are you wearing today?
A. A smile

3. What’s for dinner?
A. *shouts to the kitchen
Some ummm curry kinda stuff.

4. What’s the last thing you bought?
A. Dog soap

5. What are you listening to right now?
A. A drunk friend telling me his love story for the gazillionth time.

6. What do you think about the person who tagged you?
A. Shez ma bling bling gal… And I feel she looks like Anita the Psychic

7. If you could have a house totally paid for, fully furnished anywhere in the world, where would you like it to be?
A. On any of my blogger friend’s farm

8.One thing you wanna change about yourself ?
A. I rock the way I am! (Maybe I shouldn’t be very modest)

9. If you could go anywhere in the world for the next hour, where would you go?
A. Some game drome or Diamond Cyber café in Pune

10. Which language do you want to learn?

A. All the south ones. Coz I hate it when I don’t understand what Raksha, Shruthi, Karthik etc are saying on Facebook half of the time

11. What’s your favourite quote?
A. “I’m bad at recollecting quotes” - Saurabh

12. Who do you want to meet right now?
A. All my blog buddies. All at the same time

13. What is your favourite colour?
A.  Black and White

14. Give us 3 styling tips that work for you.
A. No such tips work for me… In fact I could work for tips

15. What is your dream job?
A. Seriously speaking… One that gives me chance to interact with ppl and help them and also one that pays good, but in not monotonous. (plz don’t suggest BPO)

16. What’s your favorite magazine?
A. I got only India Today coming to my house. But I got a cool Reebok sunglasses with a 5 year subscription. So I likie!

17. If you had $100 now, what would you spend it on?
A. Digicam

18. What do you consider a fashion faux pas?
A. I’m not answering any questions which have the word Fashion in them

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

20. What kind of haircut do you prefer?
A. Minimum Hair… Maximum Impact

21. What are you going to do after this?
A. Reply to some mails from my distressed fans who need advice from me in order to survive

22. What are your favourite movies?
A. Shawshank, Seabiscuit, Taken, RDB, Khosla, that’s all I can think now

23. What inspires you?
A. Multitasking ppl who do a good job of it.

24. What do your friends call you most commonly?
A. Saurabh, Saurya, Optobh, Zorro, Sauru. I don’t mind unless they are creditors

25. Would you prefer coffee or tea?
A. Petrol if you may. Then coffee (Now don’t start that substance abuse stuff)

26. What do you do when you are feeling low or terribly depressed?
A. Play the keyboard, Forward stupid sms, shower. (If I’m terrible depressed, I do all the 3 at once)

27. What makes you go wild?
A. Good Wild – Gang of friends planning stuff
Bad Wild – When people ditch the above plans for stupid reasons

28. Which other blogs do you love visiting?
A. The ones which I publicly follow

29. Favorite Dessert/Sweet?
A. This is a tricky question yaar! Well it has to be Sitafal Rabdi

30. How many tabs are turned on in ur browser right now?

A. Ha ha! Gotcha! I’m typing this on word right now. And when I’l be posting it, I’m not gonna edit it just for the sake of this question

31. Favorite Season?
A. Season 2 of the Big Bang Theory

32. If I come to your house now, what would u cook for me?
A. Something better than Burnt Onions! LOL
Well I cook lots of stuff these days provided I am given my weapon of choice - The Microwave! Pizza, Pasta, Noodles, Chicken, Paneer Tikka (That’s my special)

33. What is the right way to avoid people who purposefully hurt you?
A. Ignore… They’ll be hurt to know that you don’t care. Or maybe kill them with a kitchen knife.

34. What are you afraid of the most?
A. That no one will leave comments on my blog! (I don’t think it’ll happen tho… I even got comments for a blank post!)

35. When you looked at yourself in the mirror today, what was the first thing you thought?
A. I looked at the mirror 3 days back and realized that the hour-long morning walk is not helping much

36. What brings a smile on your face instantly?
A. When people give me credit for stuff. When people acknowledge the support that I give them. In short when I get praised!

And also a look at my Labrador. Shez very funny and always ready to play

37. A word that you say a lot?
A. Never Mind

38.One wish that you really want to see it come true?
A. Changing the course of life of at least one human being in a good way.

I tag all my followers to take this up. It will help me know you better. When you're done with it, kindly leave a link in the comments.
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.
[Break the rules if you want but do Answer all ;~)]
Note-Copy and paste this into your notes, delete mine and type in your answers and tag your friends to answer this.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Birthday Wish for Karthik

Hey ppl… Its birthday time! Today happens to be Karthik’s birthday. He being one of the first ones to comment on my blog, I feel it is my duty to make his birthday special!

Now I go on and say some good stuff about the birthday boy: Karthik is a very cool dude. He is a terrific blogger and his stories are enjoyed thoroughly by the readers. He writes such great fiction, that many people have suggested him to write a book! He has a very rich vocab and a penchant for writing.

I’m sure you guys have read some Chuck Norris jokes or some Rajnikant jokes. Likewise I’ve prepared a list of facts about our dear Karthik!
  1. He hates twitter. 140 characters are never enough for him. 140 pages is more kinda his style.
  2. He hates SMS. Imagine people getting charged for every 160 characters. Karthik could be bankrupt by now.
  3. He didn’t score full marks in exams coz he never attempted the objective questions. He always prefers the long answers.
  4. He barely passed in the language exams coz he spent the whole 3 hours writing the story which could give him only 10 marks. (he needed extra pages though)
  5. He writes such awesome fiction that Movie producers want to get ‘inspired’ from his stories.
  6. Movies based on Karthik’s stories can be screened only in India coz there is no way that they will end before 3 hours.
  7. Karthik was once asked to write a precis of a paragraph. It turns out the precis was thrice that of the original paragraph.
  8. Karthik gives so much attention to details that, once when someone asked him “How was your day?”, it took him 2 more days to tell the guy.
  9. Aamir Khan studies Karthik’s method for researching for his blog, in order to research for his movies. In fact Karthik IS the Aamir Khan of Bloggiwood.
  10. Karthik is gonna frown when he reads this coz it aint even 2 pages long.
  11. Karthik doesn’t believe in 55 fictions. He doesn’t write any, but if he has to read some on his blogroll, he clubs together hundreds of 55fictions and reads them at a time.

Sorry dude I’m just screwing with you… Let me publicly announce that I totally love your stories and I hope that you become a bestselling writer someday. You already are a bestselling blogger. Herez wishing you the bestest birthday ever, God bless!

Others are requested to contribute to the Karthik List too...

Friday, April 23, 2010

The one where I become a girlfriend.

Yup you read it right... I've not made a typo while wanting to write "I HAVE a girlfriend."

But before that have you met the Gulab Jamun Gal?

So here goes... The GJ Gal has this gang of giggling girls (alliteration!). Amongst them, shez got a best friend. Lets call her the The Choco Gal (I guess I like calling gals with food names. No matter how angry you are, you end up calling them sweetly). Usually GJG and Choco Gal are all yackety yak yak yak all the time talking about everything under the sun. Its almost impossible to imagine the amount of stuff they can speak through their teeny weeny mouths. Add to that the 'aankhon ke ishaare' conversations that they indulge in when they meet. It is as if they were created by god to give an opinion on everything and everyone.

Unfortunately (for me) it was not to last. Some days back the Choco gal got hitched with a guy from her college. We all are like Yay! Finally she got a bakra to give her lifts, and pay her bills (thats what boyfriends do right?) Everyonez happy happy about the whole thing. But soon the cloud begins to lift. Choco Gal is with the Bakra all the time and GJ Gal has no one to talk to. The gossip pressure is building up inside her and she can't wait no more.

That is when I received a sms from her. "Shoaib Malik is giving an interview on the news. Looking kind of cute."
Me thinks W00T? Shoaib? Cute? Why is she using these words while talking to me? I really wanted to give a fitting reply but I just couldn't even lie and say something like "Sania looks HAWT"
So I replied with a typical guyz kinda reply "Hez so dumb! Whats wrong with you gals anyways?"
And then she goes on to describe his nose and his sherwani and other stuff that would make me puke if I hadn't been starving all day. I went crazy thinking about whats wrong with her. More like whats wrong with me that she is talking to me like this.

Some days later I get a sms "Vijay Mallya is such dude." I reply "Yeah and he owns BOOZE!" She replies back "Hez kinda cute and nice cheeks." Now I'm freaking out. WHAT THE EFF does "CUTE" mean? I've never been able to decode this particular term my whole life. And what is she talking all this "cute" stuff with me?

So I decide to ask her "What is going on here? Why are you talking as if I'm your girlfriend?"
She: What can I do? Choco Gal is busy and you are the only one who is all ears (forcibly)
I think this could be fun to mess around with...
Me: So now that we're girlfriends, what are we supposed to talk about ? Lip Gloss? Hand Bags? Stilettos? (No cursing in the comments about this please)
She: Well lets talk about the dark spots on my face. What cream do I use?
Me: You can use some black paint. That way the spots will be camouflaged!
She: Shut up! I want to get rid of them.
Me: My net is down. Nahi to I'd have forwarded you all the beauty tips available!
She: Thanks Girlfriend! (emphasizing on the gf part) I think I like my new gf more!
Me: I dunno whether I should take this as a compliment or strangle myself.
She: Of course its a compliment. You're discovering your feminine side.
Me: W00T? I don't want no feminine side!
And on and on it went...

I'm seriously begun to doubt who the Bakra is in this case but I'm praying the Choco Gal gets back to her networking soon enough.
Coz I don't want to start my day with messages that read "Hey my girlie! Watcha doin?" To which the most I can do is blurt a "Hey sista!"

Sunday, April 11, 2010

55-er "Regret" #11

She could feel pangs of regret hitting her. How could she let him do it to her? She’d failed to notice the smirk on his face. Now she was reduced to a pool of teary embarrassment. Her friends stared suspiciously. She shouldn’t have asked  for TEEKHA Pani Puri in the first place.

PS: The blog has reached the 50 followers benchmark... It seems I've begun to make some sense now :-)

Friday, April 2, 2010

Atithi... Tum Devo Bhava!

There are some things in life that happen unexpectedly and you feel lucky enough that you could witness them. I was witness to one such thing.

My parents are planning to go one a religious tour in the month of May. So I was told to go to the reservation counter to get tickets for them. I was at first put off by the whole ordeal but studying in a college in Pune, I'd got very well used to the concept of standing in lines for ages. In college we used to stand in lines for everything... Getting the form, Submitting the form, attesting documents, paying fees, getting the library card, getting the ID card, getting the Report card etc etc...

So I'd prepared myself for the long wait. Surprisingly, when I reached the place, there was not a soul in sight. I was wondering whether I had come to the right place when the guy from beyond the counter called out to me. He asked me whether I'd come for a reservation to which I said Yes and went towards him. Frankly speaking I was not expecting such kind of hospitality from a govt. employee coz we rarely see some of his kind these days. 

I once went to a bank where they had a strange way of giving direction by pointing noses towards the counter. If you asked for a certain person they'd just turn their head toward a certain direction and tell me to go over there. I'd have understood that their hands were tied up with work I could see but one of their hand was busy holding a cup of tea. Why can't you tell me the friggin counter number? Reminds me of those Pointer dogs that I saw in cartoons... (The ones that go TOINGGGG!)

So back to the reservation counter... This fellow asks me in detail where I want to go and further goes on to tell me the fares and answers all my stupid questions with utmost patience. Now its really freaking me out. C mon man... I'm not used to this stuff. He is supposed to make random noises, spit some paan, take breaks and do all the stuff that people of his type love to do. I continued eying him suspiciously...

Just then this Firangi guy (am I being a racist here?) comes for some inquiry. He wanted to know the times of the train to a nearby hill station. To my utter bewilderment the railway karmachari starts referring to books and schedules and gives the correct info to the Atithi! I'm staring with disbelief, unable to breathe, blink or do anything else. Further the firangi asks for change and hands over a 1000 Rs. note. Railway babu gives him all possible denominations and even asks me if I have 2 fifties. Now I'm almost choking wondering whats wrong with him. Reminds me of the Good Day advert about the railway station. I check around his table but there are no Good Day packets around. Its early in the morning and this guy has given up all his change. The firangi thanks him and does the 'namaskar' thing that they like to do to 'get in'.

Now I'm staring at the railway guy with a wicked look. Coz now if I (son of the soil) don't get change with my tickets, all hell is gonna break lose! But it was not to happen... He digs deep into his pocket and comes up with the change. I thank him with a sweet smile and wonder if I should tell him that I'm gonna write about him...

Concluding the post by repeating the first line...

"There are some things in life that happen unexpectedly and you feel lucky enough that you could witness them"

Kya yeh Mamata ki Mamata hai?
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