Tuesday, November 23, 2010

An Update

Its exactly 10 months since when I last promised to update my blog, and here I am, finally, putting my plan into action (Clearly, the idea of a getting a really really old post out of the draft mode went down the drain! But at least I stuck to my words of not posting another tag! ) . Well, in my defence, a lot of things have happened since I last blogged that have kept me quite busy - time flew by looking for a job, writing to a zillion people, drafting and re-drafting the resume, writing to people again to remind them that I still needed a job, taking a bunch of phone interviews, spending days crying over how I would end up unemployed, travelling across the country multiple times a week for really long on-site interviews and then finally landing a job! (Sorry for ranting on about the whole process, but thats how painful it is!) And then I graduated and moved to California (which by the way, is a beeeyoootiful place :) ). That basically means I am a "working professional" now which pretty much gives me more reasons to make false promises of blogging and completely abandon writing, but ironically, I decided to update my long dead blog on a Tuesday afternoon at work when I have a pile of things to do lying in front of me (You see why they hired me? ;) )

I don't really have anything to write about in my mind ( and in all probability, there wouldn't be many reading this considering the blog's been dead for a while) so I decided I would just let the few remaining readers of the blog (thank you so much for coming back to read my blog!) know why I have been MIA this past year. While I think about what I want to write about next, take a look at this -

( It's three months old, and it's mine! :) )

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Of a writer's block and other things..

Its been a really really long time since I blogged at all and I have had people saying that my blog is dead ( refer comments section of last post). So far I have been blaming it all on a writer's block. Every time I felt like blogging, I would open up the New Post window and draw a blank. A couple of times I got away with a "Tag" and a funny comic strip (which by the way is very very true and maybe I should write about that sometime). Other times I would write a few lines about something and then shut the window thinking it was just not good enough. I've actually had one post lying in my drafts folder for almost six months now and I have not gone past some four sentences!

I kept blaming my schedule or my so called writer's block for it all (Honestly, now I don't think I am sure what a writer's block means exactly). I thought I would resurrect my blog over my winter break when I would have all the time in the world. The break came and went and I did nothing. Instead I spent time watching some crappy TV series online or on Facebook. Its funny how you can spend time on Facebook doing nothing other than jumping from one person's profile to another and reading their status updates ( and within an hour you know who's doing what, who's going out with whom and which part of the world they are in right now). But, anyway, I am not writing about that now.

Finally, yesterday night I figured that if I did not blog, this would become another one of those things that I used to do, but gave up in between for some reason or other which I regret doing now. So here I am, writing about whatever comes to my head right now. I figured the block that I claim to have would not go away magically and that I had to start writing something to get out of it. And boring as it might be, I've actually managed to rant for three paragraphs. So yes, I intend to get that post out of my drafts sometime soon. And no, its not another boring old tag! :)

Sunday, August 02, 2009

True Story!

Picture courtesy : PHD Comics

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Home sweet home

10 June, 12: 30 pm Central Time : Chicago O' Hare

11 June, 9 pm IST : Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport

Sigh! :)

Friday, February 27, 2009

Tagged.. again!

So every time I decide to go into hibernation, someone tags me (this time its my sister) and my poor webspace that has been screaming for activity finally gets its way :) I have been suffering from a particularly prolonged bout of lethargy that I wish to attribute to a writer's block, and since a tag does not require much creativity on my part (as can be seen from the post title), I decided to update. The rule goes that for every answer you have to google/live search an image and pick an image from the first page and provide minimal explanation. 

1. Your favourite place

Well, mine looks nothing like that. But yeah, there's nothing like a long, refreshing bath! 

2. Your favourite food

Yeah, I consider it food.

3. Your favourite colour combination

Elegant and classy! 

4. Your favourite pet

Cute? Aren't they? :)

5. Your favourite drink

Eat chocolate, drink chocolate, live on chocolates! 

6. A place you would like to travel to

I have a whole world tour planned, but Paris is where I want to travel to first ;)

7. Your favourite TV show

 :D That's all I get to watch where I get to watch TV ;) Abi vaazhga!

8. Your worst fear

What if Ba dies?! :O  (If you don't know who Ba is, go figure!)

9. The first thing you will buy if you get $1000,000

Kick off the world tour! 

10. What or who do you want to be in your next life?

I want to own that. Now, that would take care of a lifetime's supply of what is supposedly the drink of Gods ;)

11. If you had to punch someone who would that be? 

(Sigh! Its getting tiresome now, I have never had to format any of my posts so much! And I'm running out of whatever little ideas I had! :-/ )

The Indian news channels for the crap that they air in the name of  news. And yeah, probably Blogger too, for its horrible formatting capabilities :-/

12. What would you do on a rainy day?

Dance in the rain! 

13. If you could time travel, where would you be now?

The City of Joy :)

14. One thing that has fascinated you lately

 Beautiful, innit? 

I am not going to tag anyone on this either. If you are completely vetti and don't know how to kill time, please leave a comment and I shall tag you. 

P.S : The author apologises for her complete lack of creativity. Blame it on Blogger's formatting issues, and the time of the day :-/ 

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Wall E - An attempted review

This is the first time I'm reviewing a movie, barring a course that I did in my final semester in BITS (which is better not mentioned anymore). I don't seem to be able to come up with anything better to write about and I have been badly wanting to write. So, here goes.

I don't know when this movie released in the theatres (if at all it did) and how long it ran either (which is quite strange because I don't usually miss movies by Pixar Studios). I read about it the first time on Sap's blog. And ever since I've wanted to get hold of a copy of the movie. Unfortunately for me though, piracy and copyright violation is a punishable offence in the US (DC ++ and piracy totally rocks!). I finally got around to watching it online. And I fell in love with Wall E! Its amazing how Pixar manages to give so much life to a bunch of drawings. Especially that of a robot. And a cockroach! 

Its not often that you come across a movie, more than half of which you can watch on mute and still completely follow. Wall E is one such movie(Of course, you can turn on the volume for the background score which I thought was decent too!). You have to hand it to the creators for having fleshed out the characters without much use of dialogues. Although some people might find the lack of dialogues boring, I never quite noticed its absence. And as is the case with most Pixar creations, the 3D animation was very life-like.

The plot is fairly simple. Its the 22nd century. Earth is covered with trash and man has migrated to space leaving behind a bunch of robots to clean up after him so that he can return once the planet becomes more habitable. However, the plan fails miserably and people continue to live aboard a spaceship called Axiom for the next 700 years. Wall E is now the only active robot on Earth who goes about his daily duties, compacting trash and collecting odds and ends that he finds interesting. One day he meets EVE, a probe sent by humans to look for any signs of life on the planet. There on begins an endearing romance. The movie ends with Wall E having to save humanity from Auto the autopilot that the spaceship runs on which does not allow them to return to Earth. 

It is endearing to see Wall E watch "Hello Dolly" longingly hoping to meet someone to hold hands with someday. The scenes in which Wall E walks around groggily after he wakes up and  when he orders his pet cockroach out of his way add a very human touch to the robot. When you watch him look timidly at EVE from a distance, trying to express his feelings for her and going back dejected when she does not reciprocate them or when he tries to nonchalantly edge closer to her while watching a  ship go up in flames and then falling over in surprise when  she turns to speak to him or when he takes her on walks and protects her when EVE becomes inactive; I for one, wanted to pick Wall E up and hug him! :) The robot that grumbles and keeps cleaning up after Wall E when he lands on the spaceship is equally adorable. 

The movie like most other animated ones leaves you with a very good aftertaste and an urge to get a copy for yourself to watch on a rainy day.  A must-watch, if not for my review, at least for its 34th position on the IMDb Top 250! :D

Friday, December 05, 2008

Black Magic Woman

I never for once imagined bargaining for anything would be possible in the US. I mean people just go to the Mall, pick up the stuff they want, pay the amount that shows up on the label and leave, right? Apparently not. 
Last Monday when I went to the mall with Jo and we were walking around checking out the big stores, we got stopped by a woman who was selling her wares in a makeshift booth right outside the big stores. And here's what happened -

W (the woman) : Are you Chinese?
H : Me? No. *Smiles and walks on*
W: Oh wait! You aren't Chinese?Where are you from?
H : *Stops* No. I'm Indian *Starts walking again*
W: Come here. I love India! I have lived in India for a year.
H: *Smiles again* I am sorry we have a bus to catch.
W: Give me just one minute. Please?
H and J start walking toward her.
W: So are you both twins? 
J: Yes yes. We are twins *grins*
(Anyone who knows us both would immediately notice we aren't)
W: Oh wow! What are your names? I am *some name I do not remember now* and I am from Israel.
H: I am Hema
J: I am Jyothi
W: Hima?Jooti? 
J:Yeah yeah. Jooti
W holds up H's right hand and looks at her fingers
W: So do you go for manicure and pedicure?
H: Er.. no.
W looks at the ring on H's finger
W: Nice ring. Is this real?
H: The gold is, yes. The stone isn't diamond or anything.
W: Your husband must really love you
H: !
W: Now I am going to show you some magic.
W starts rubbing a block of something on H's thumbnail.
W: This is *some other name I have no idea about* and it removes dirt from your nails. And this is  *another weird block-like something apparently used for a manicure* and it removes dead skin cells around the nail. And this is cuticle oil that has Vitamins A and E which is really good for your skin.
All this while, W is applying all those things she named on H's thumbnail.
W: Now feel this. It is pure silk!
W rubs a small white block on H's and J's hand so we could feel the material.
J: Wooww!
W: And now I will show you magic. You want to see magic?
J: Yeah show us!
W rubs the silk on H's thumbnail and removes it and it leaves the nail looking like transparent nail polish has been applied on it.
J: Woww!
W: Its awesome no?
J: Yeah!
W: You want to see more magic?
J: Show us!
W: Smell this.
W thrusts a cotton swab dipped in a solution at our noses
H: Er...
J: Acetone?
W: Yes! It is nail polish remover. Now watch!
W wipes H's nail with it. Nothing happens.
W:See? Nothing happens! This shine stays on for 3 weeks! No remover, no water, nothing in the world will remove it!
W: And now I tell you something even better! All those things that I put on your nail *she hands us each a box*comes in a pack for $99 only! And you have 2 years guarantee on it. When the cuticle oil finishes you can come back here and I'll give you a refill for free! And you also get this really good natural moisturiser that has the salts of the Red Sea!
J: Er.. we are sorry. We don't want to buy this. We don't have the money.
W: Come here.. I tell you something. I like the two of you. I will do something I have never done before. You pay for one, and I give you the other free! Isn't that great?
J: Oh wow! Yeah it is. But you see we have no money.Sorry!
W: Oh yeah? I knew you were a tough cookie! I will do some more good for you because I like you people so much! And I like India so much. I will throw in this plastic cover for free! 
(No, plastic covers do not usually cost us anything. H wants to tell W that SHE could get W some free plastic covers. There are some gazillion lying at home from the Walmart trips)
J: Awesome! But no, thanks.
W:Do you both love each other? You are both twins no?
J: Oh yeah yeah we are! We absolutely adore each other! I hope you are around for some more time and we will come back and take it later.
W: I love India so I do something I have never done before
W pulls H and J closer ans starts whispering into their ears.
W: I will give you 40% off. You take both for 59.99. Now take it and run. I do not do this for everyone.
J: That is really nice of you but you see we are just students and we have no money.
W: How much do you earn?
H: Its really not much.
J: Yeah we are quite ashamed to tell you the measly amount that we earn
W: But you won't have to waste 100s of dollars at the beauty parlour anymore!
J: Yeah we know. But we don't have any money. Sorry!
W: Okay! Have a nice day then! 
J & H : You too!

About five minutes later J realises that she's forgotten her cap and goes back to the shop to look for it. W is very happy and says that she was positive we would not be able to resist the offer. J and H had to disappoint her.
And we thought only hawkers on Indian city streets quote double the actual price of their wares! :D

Credits : 536, J for her extremely entertaining replies and Flatley for the title and Fleetwood Mac , of course :)

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

A Whole New World

A whole new world
A new fantastic point of view
No one to tell us no
Or where to go
Or say we're only dreaming

This song has been going on for a while now in my head and it kind of gives you a picture of how you feel initially when you land in the US. Of course you get used to the whole "My God! It is the United States of America" bit very soon. Especially if you live in a village (in the American sense at least! Wonder what they'd call Pilani then!) in a primarily agrarian state where you can hear snatches of Telugu (actually a LOT of gult) and Hindi conversations in the morning bus, you don't feel like its the other end of the globe. In fact, you'd be surprised at the number of similarities I found between Purdue and Pilani! :D There are a couple of things I have seen and learnt over the past month though that I wanted to put down here :

1. Coke is an essential drink. You can survive without water but you definitely can NOT live without Coke.
2. Americans have about as much civic sense as Indians do. They just have stricter rules.
3. Your limbs are the best mode of transport, because public transport SUCKS! 
4. It is OK to sleep or eat in class (Ah! Such bliss! Why don't they allow this in India?) It is also OK to conspicuously read a newspaper or do the Sudoku if you find the class boring (!)
5. You are not expected to reply when a stranger on the road asks "Hey! How are you doin' today?" That is how Americans greet strangers on the road. They are NOT enquiring after your health.
6. When you hail a cab, you don't ask the driver how much he'll charge you for the trip. This is NOT the Chennai Auto service.
7. If undergrads are the future, this country is doomed (Not like its any better now, anyway!).
8. Its "busses","gray","labor","too sell or too buy" and "dialed". And English is their native language :-/
9. Idhayam nalla ennai is not a rarity in this part of the world.
10. Shopkeepers smile, bus-drivers say "Have a nice day!" when you get off and people thank you for every small thing. Its weird, but it's very nice :)
11. Professors treat you like an equal, an adult with an opinion of your own, not like a minion who should follow orders.
12. I'm suffering from a writer's block :| (Took me two whole days to come up with this)
13. And yeah, I'm not a bad cook at all! :D

Tuesday, September 16, 2008


I've finally got around to reviving my blog after almost 2 months now, thanks to Harini. I'll hopefully get some time to update soon. My very first tag!

So, here goes :

1. If your lover betrayed you, what will your reaction be?

If you loved someone, you wouldn't betray them, would you?

2. If you can have a dream to come true, what would it be?

Retire at age 35 and travel the world!

3. Whose butt would you like to kick?

I'd rather not mention names here :D

4. What would you do with a billion dollars?

Refer to Q.2

5. Will you fall in love with your best friend?

Yeah, I could.

6. Which is more blessed, loving someone or being loved by someone?

You are truly blessed if you have both! :)

7. How long do you intend to wait for someone you really love?

A long, long time. I don't see it happening in the near future ;) :D

8. If the person you secretly like is already attached, what would you do?

Find someone else!

9. If you like to act with someone, who will it be? Your gf/bf or an actress/actor?

George Clooney! (Sigh!)Or maybe John Stamos (Another sigh!) Oh! I can't decide! :D

10.What takes you down the fastest?

Hunger!And lack of sleep!

11. How would you see yourself in ten years time?

I'd like to see myself all set for retirement and a world tour. But I'll most probably be staring cluelessly at some PLL circuit and wondering what on earth I was doing!

12. What’s your fear?


13. What kind of person do you think the person who tagged you is?

Please refer to her orkut testimonial for my thoughts! :D

14. Would you rather be single and rich or married but poor?

Rich and single!Men or Money? Money, of course! :D

15. What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?

Look at the time, switch off the alarm and get back into the comforter! :D

16. Would you give all in a relationship?

Depends on whether it is worth the effort.

17. If you fall in love with two people simultaneously, who would you pick?

Why pick? ;)

18. Would you forgive and forget no matter how horrible a thing that special someone has done?

Forgive, yeah probably. But I would definitely not forget!

19. If its your last day and you have one call to make, whom would you call. Dont tell me your mom. Someone else. (Original qn:What are your three most important expectations in love )

Someone I do not wish to name! :D ;)

20. List 6 people to tag:

Too much of a bother (Plus I have done this tag some three times over. Blogger keeps conking off! :-/) If you wish to take it, consider yourself tagged!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Dear (PS) Diary

Disclaimer: All characters/ organizations/ events in this post are fictitious. Any resemblance is purely coincidental. Most importantly, it does not bear any resemblance to the author’s PS experience. However, this does reflect the plight of an average Bitsian over PS.

A PS Diary is a book in which you are supposed to record your day-to-day activities during your internship. Now, had you been given something important to work on (read anything to work on) you’d probably have things to fill up the diary with. But what you actually are, is a hardly-ever-noticed intern in an obscure corner of the company working on some long-given-up-on-extremely-unprofitable project (thank god for the internet connection, at least!). So when you are handed the thick yellow-brown book with ruled pages and a column for references (!) you wonder what to write in it.

You initially contemplate on making note of your actual day-to-day activities at the PS station. Your first entry looks something like this-

January 8, 2008

10:00 am: Came to work (*yawn* The HR had assured you the company followed flexi-timing after all)
10:10- 10:25 am: Checked mail (what if you got some important mail?!)
10:30 am: Signed into Gtalk (your mentor isn’t here yet)
10:30 – 11:30 am: Chatted. Need a tea-break now.
11:30 – 12:00 pm: Tea break.
12:00 pm: Picked up that electronics book and opened the chapter I was told to read
12:15 pm: Lunch
1:00 – 2:30pm: Played TT in the cafeteria
2:30 – 4:00pm: Chatted again (so many people buzz when you are away!)
4:00 pm: Tea break.
4:30 pm: Picked up the book again.
4:45 pm: Slept.
6:00 pm: Left for home (there’s so much traffic in Bangalore!)

Reference: Extremely busy cubicle mate, Gtalk contacts, Bored caterer at the cafeteria

You decide this could get you into trouble with your prof and cancel the entry. Two weeks into PS and your routine hasn’t changed much. You begin to like the sluggish pace at which the day moves. But, you are still not sure what to write in the diary. A gtalk contact tells you about the appreciation he recently got from his PS prof for his brilliant diary entries. Another contact speaks about how he aced his first quiz. Your fellow intern busily scribbles away in the yellow-brown book on a regular basis. You dismiss all of it as over-enthusiasm. You postpone the task of making your entries till later. After all, the handout claims that the date for checking PS diaries is no where in the near future.

Your PS prof comes to conduct your first quiz (This you are confident of cracking after having consulted your seniors about the questions that were set the previous years. But then, the very first question reads “Which product is named CS 408657?” and you lose all hope). He asks you for your PS diaries. You are told off for not carrying it with you on a daily basis. You hang your head in shame and apologize. You are told that the diary is equivalent to your passport at the PS station and is part of your (non-existent) identity. You keep a straight face and promise to submit it the next time.

You decide to work on your diary entry for the next two days (pity, you can’t actually write that in the diary) and finally come up with something that looks like this –

I read the book on the Fundamentals of Power Electronics by X today. My mentor had asked me to read chapter 9 to brush up my fundamentals in the area of power electronics. As there were many new concepts introduced in the chapter, I searched the internet for more information to aid my understanding of the concepts explained in the chapter. I came across some Fourier transforms in a derivation that I had problems following. I approached my mentor with doubts but since he was busy he asked me to wait till evening when he would be free. I spent the rest of the day looking up information on the internet to help me understand the derivation.

You do not provide any references. You are proud of yourself for having converted all the time spent online to what they call literature survey. The entry is just the right length and you have not been very obviously redundant. You modify the earlier day’s entry a bit by adding a line or two to make the next day’s entry.

When you submit the diary to your prof on his next visit, he signs all entries and nods in approval. You breathe a sigh of relief and look at the handout to calculate the number of days you have before you need to spend another evening filling up the diary.

Over the course of the internship, you discover the versatility of the yellow-brown book. You find out that its uses vary from being a personal diary to a telephone directory (You remember noticing the receptionist discreetly jotting down numbers in an older copy of the book). It even serves as a notepad during training lectures and presentations. (You learn to convert these lecture notes into the diary entry for that particular day)

At the end of PS you fret about the fact that you might have to submit your PS diary and that you might breach the confidentiality contract you signed when you joined the company. On the last day, your PS prof tells you the diary is yours. He tells you it is meant for you to be able to make your report easily (And here you were scouring wikipedia for things to copy paste into the report. Sheesh!) He signs the last few pages and tells you that you’ve made an A. You express amazement at the fact and murmur a thank you.

You then make a mental note of the kind of feedback you want to give about the yellow-brown book.

Friday, June 27, 2008


(My sincere apologies to Psyche for having borrowed his blog title without permission :D)
I first read about blogs way back in 2003, I think. But, I didn't quite understand the idea of maintaining something like an online journal back then. So until my 2nd year at BITS, blogs, to me, were as good as non-existent. Although I've done courses on creative writing (Yeah, we had subjects like that in school but well, that's a completely different story) I never wrote unless it was necessary. This blog came into being during my Christmas holidays in 2006 , when I had nothing better to do. I discovered that reading blogs served for very good time-pass. Back then, there were hardly any people I knew who blogged so I used to stick to "Blogs of Note" that showed up on Blogger and read whatever I found interesting.

These days, however,every second person I know has a blog of his/her own. No, I'm not complaining at all. Its actually quite nice to read people's opinions and thoughts on such a wide variety of things.

But sometimes, I get the feeling that blogging is not just about jotting down interesting experiences anymore. In a way, blogs have become some sort of social networking sites. You have a stat counter to show off how popular your blog is, a blogroll to tell everyone who your friends are, widgets to let people know what you are upto (that, apparently, has now been termed microblogging) or what kind of a person you are and so on and so forth. And of course, there's money. People put all these Google ads all over their blogs hoping some innocent reader might click on it (if their blog is popular that is).

And speaking of popularity, blogging also involves a lot of publicity and marketing these days. So now, you can look up tips online on how to comment so you can draw attention to your blog, how to publicise so you get a large number of hits and so on. Blogging you see, is no mean feat!The other day I read something in the paper about how some people died because of blogging! (*dazed*) Apparently the tension of having to come up with an idea for a new post on a daily basis just got to them.

Well, I think blogging should be more about writing than anything else. (Incomprehensible poetry, by the way, DOES NOT qualify as writing. I mean, what's the point of poetry if its gibberish to the reader?). Firstly, I don't find it absolutely necessary to update my blog on a daily basis ( this apparently is essential if you want to improve readership ). I'd rather write only when I'm in a mood for it or when I come across something that I want to express my opinion on. Secondly, blogs are NOT meant for ads. Its irritating to find ads in the middle of a post(They ruin your TV shows already!). And finally, and most imporatantly, blogs, at least, should NOT be in SMS lingo(More on this). I can pardon ' i will ttyl. thnx, tht ws gr8. catch u l8r' in a chat or an SMS but its criminal when it comes to blogging. After all, doesn't writing, to a large extent , have to do with the beauty of the language?

(And in case anybody has any idea about the need/usefulness of what they call microblogging, please do let me know!)

P.S : Another day crossed off the calendar! :D

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Mad Ads!

Its irritating enough to have your TV shows ( the ones that are still sane enough to qualify as not-so-bad-a-timepass, and unfortunately are very rare these days, but well, that's a completely different story) interrupted by advertisements every 10 minutes, what's worse is the fact that most ads are becoming absolutely senseless these days. More often than not, the same ad is aired at least 3 times within a span of one commercial break and by the end of it you'd rather switch channels or turn off the idiot box. Here's my list of mad ads doing the rounds lately :
ibibo.com : A wife wakes up in the middle of the night to find herself buried under a huge pile of photographs. She turns to her husband to scream at him for not managing his photo albums well, only to find a balti (which by the way, is hindi for a bucket) lying next to her. So, don't be a balti! Manage your photographs online on ibibo.com.

(Eh? What?)
Parle Milano : Hrithik Roshan's boss is not happy with his baking skills and locks him up in the bakery for the night so he may come up with something good. While he's trying to figure out what to do, a woman blind-folds him from behind and offers to show him how to make it (and also in the process...well, I don't think I'll give graphic details ;)) The batter is put in the oven and finally they kiss. Next morning, Hrithik's boss is very pleased with the batch of biscuits that have been made and asks him to bake him the same biscuits every night. Hrithik is delighted and he agrees. There's a secret behind every milano!

(I think I lost it somewhere.Was it about Hrithik Roshan's secret romance?Oh no, wait! It was about the biscuit! *dazed*)
Pond's : Part 1 -Priyanka Chopra & Saif Ali Khan break up and walk away in opposite directions. Three years later Priyanka spots Saif with Neha Dhupia in his arms. She's heart-broken and doesn't know what to do. She takes refuge in a Pond's skin whitening cream and emerges all fair and beautiful in a week. Kabhi Kabhi Pyar Mein...
Part 2- The engagement ring that Saif gets for Neha doesn't fit. She's pissed off and dumps him. He goes to a flower shop to buy a bouquet to appease her only to find Priyanka there. He's stunned at her beauty but doesn't say anything. After he leaves, Priyanka is confused about whether or not she still loves him and stares at the "I still Love you" SMS she's typed in her mobile.
Part 3 : Yet to be aired

(Was that a movie trailer being shown in parts? And where did Pond's figure here? Oh yeah! it made the former Ms. World stunningly beautiful! I kinda forgot part 1 after part 2 started coming on air *grin*)
Pepsi : Ranbir Kapoor desperately wants to meet Deepika Padukone (who's being guarded against him by uncle Shahrukh *desperately trying to supress laughter*) and so tries climb up the house wall only to end up as a wreck in the bushes below. When the uncle finds him and questions him about his identity, Ranbir looks at the book on U.F.Os in the uncle's hand and then at a half lit neon sign on the street that reads "istan" and decides to introduce himself as an alien from youngistan who's landed on earth to protect the niece. S.R.K is delighted and decides that Ranbir would henceforth live with Deepika.The niece is shocked and asks Ranbir how he managed it, who grabs a pepsi can and says "Yeh hai youngistan meri jaan"

(*desperately trying to supress laughter* Where do they get such ideas?!)
I could go on and on with the list, but I think I'll stop here. I'll say there are a couple of ads that ARE decent and have something to do with what they sell (the Hutch ad for example, of course the thing about how happy they are to serve us is completely false but that again is another story). I'd rather watch my collection of pre-recorded TV series and movies than turn on the idiot box these days!

Credits : An extremely frustrating and jobless afternoon, Youtube for some ad ideas and of course to John Logie Baird for the idiot box.

Sunday, June 15, 2008


The first thing you notice about this city is the frustrating traffic jams and intraversible roads.And of course, the malls and coffee shops. You just CANNOT miss the cafe coffee day that seems to pop up every 100 metres, and surprisingly almost always, all of them are crowded. (At this point, I must confess I have spent quite a bit of my time in the city in one such CCD doing some insane things!;) )And of course, the over-priced (and yet, over-crowded) malls that seem to be everywhere! There's not a day of the week or a time of the day when you would find Forum empty (If you're still wondering what Forum is, go figure!) or Garuda Mall not buzzing with people doing shopping or chatting over plates of food. By some lucky chance though, I've had the pleasure of seeing Forum completely devoid of any activity in the middle of the night, and yeah its quite spooky!

And well, Bangalore is one of the best places to be if you are a foodie. You'd find an eat- out at every 50 metres here offering one or the other kind of cuisine, from chats and juices to Falafel and Tofu.Big restaurants, small road-side shops, extremely overpriced joints and very cheap tiffin rooms, you name it and Bangalore's got it! (Oh! and the other day I even spotted a redi! ) I regret not having been able to check out KC Das (for its sweets) and the Leela's buffet of course! :D

Bangaloreans have a thing for shopping too!If you are a (for the lack of a better phrase) degenerate shopper, then you'd find no place better to feed your addiction :D Commercial street is a haven for shoppers like me who usually have a budget constraint and are still on the lookout for good stuff. And if you are the kind who'd like to flash big brands but who usually almost faints after looking at the price tag, Brand Factory in Marthahalli (as I found out recently) can be heaven! And like I said, bangaloreans have a thing for shopping. You'd find all these places teeming with people ALL the time. And that's not all! Inspite of all those road-side shops, you'll still see people spending enormous amounts shopping at huge malls (Ok, I confess, I've done it too!)

Like one of my colleagues once mentioned, Bangalore is THE best place for the "corrupt youth".

In what would mostly be my last post from the (so-called) garden city (I think they should rename it as Mall city or something like that now!:D) in a long while, I'd like to a make a couple of acknowledgements :

To Dweepika, for her prowess in Kannada (there you go! your name came first! :D)
To Cosmic Circuits, for some new found friends and an extremely frustrating yet fulfilling PLL
To Cosmic again, for TT and bridge sessions
To Blossoms, for my newly acquired collection of books and some "late" memories
To Commercial Street, for having made me a self-confessed shopaholic and for one of the best times I've had with my sidey
To Crossword, for some of the best times I've had in the city
To CCD, for being such a great meeting place
To IIM-B, for the start of a new friendship
To Le Rock & Mint, for things I'd rather not mention here
To Corner House, for a delicious funeral
To Indi Joe's & MTR, for the best buffets I've ever had
To Maruti Driving School, for helping me learn to drive (Finally!)
To Priya akka, the nicest cousin you could EVER ask for


Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Love is all around!

Or is it? Well, if people around me are to be believed, it probably is! Single is passé these days and the “in thing” is to pledge your love to the “someone special”. I remember the first time one of my good friends got committed, I was quite pleasantly shocked. But, nowadays news of people getting committed is no big deal at all. It serves for nothing more than gossip. So is this really love? I’m really not sure about that. However, I’ve made a few interesting observations:

Scene 1: At a Chinese restaurant

X,Y and Z are out for lunch with A and B who are from X and Y’s college respectively. X,Y and Z were together at junior college. X and Y are committed and so are A and B
(we all know who Z is now! ) . After lunch,

B: So, you are in BITS, Pilani no?
Z : Yeah.
A : X told me you have a very high GPA and all.
Z : *smiles*
A : So.. do you have a boyfriend too?
Z : *a little surprised* er.. no.
B : *very surprised* oh!
A: * expression that reads “aah! One of those geeks!”

Moral of the story: Not having a boyfriend/ girlfriend is equivalent to being a geek :-/

Scene 2 : Gtalk chat window

P : So got a boyfriend yet?
Z : Nope!
P : Then what the hell did you do in BITS for 4 years? :D

Mental note: You haven’t done anything in college if you’ve not got/had a boyfriend :-/

Scene 3 : Another gtalk chat window

Z : I heard you also went psenti? :P
C : Hehehe! Had no other choice. All my batchmates went psenti …so no company left :D

Another mental note: You can have no choice but to get a boyfriend when all your other friends are committed. Welcome to the world of short-term relationships for time-pass!

Scene 4 : At a restaurant in Pilani

M: Don’t even think about asking me out! It’s not going to happen!
N: *dazed*

A few months later,

N: Will you be my girlfriend?
M: No!
N: *disappointed*

A few more months later,

N: Will you be my girlfriend?
M: No!
N: *disappointed again*

One year later on a moonlit night on the banks of the Ganga,

N: Will you be my girlfriend?
M: Yes!
N: *delighted*

a) You CAN get third time lucky or the person just says a yes out of irritation ;)
b) The probability of a person accepting a proposal is directly proportional to the mush quotient of the place.

Scene 5 : on the eve of V-day

R is on the look out for a gift for his beloved girlfriend in the land of far-far-away. He takes his friend’s bike and goes hunting for the perfect gift. 45kms (that covers the length and breadth of the city) and a grueling six hours later R settles for a showpiece and a card from the mall opposite his apartment.

*dazed* I don’t know whether love is blind but it sure is crazy! :D

However, fortunately (?) for me, the love bug seems to have happily evaded me. Fourteen hours of brainwash, hundreds of airtel minutes, many more gtalk conversations, many silly crushes, loads of “cute-guys”, lots of sighs( no I have NOT misspelled it), a couple of dances, some more snaps and a farewell later, yes, I’m still very single! ( and definitely not ready to mingle! :D )

Please note: No offence intended to anyone. Also, the author would have left out a lot of details that she found unnecessary and discursive.
To Gtalk and my Bitsian brother, my most dependable sources of gossip- Thank you! :)

May 7, 2008 :

Scene 6 : comments section in a 'Random' blog
Subject of the post : How men can be extremely cheap and indecent
Comment : "Have you recently been dumped? Get over it! "

:D Thank you Chief for your input!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Man is quite a despicable creature, and when I speak of man I mean the male species, there are some disgusting female specimens I agree, but haven't come across as many. And I have reasons for such an opinion :

1. Men are obssesed with sex, well most are at least. They can't help but take advantage of overcrowded autos or packed buses. And like sowmya says they seem to get attracted to every passerby woman!

2. Some men are jobless enough to follow strangers (from the opposite sex) around town and give them the creeps.

3. It seems to give them pleasure of some form in making women feel uncomfortable. If all else fails, just stare people down to the point of discomfort.

4. Some of them can get cheap enough to hack email ids and threaten to misuse them unless the actual user "talks hot" . Hacking into some stranger's id and snooping around in itself quite a disgusting thing to do, buzzing people on the victim's list and talking cheap is even worse!

Makes me wonder, are we really as civilised as we claim to be? How are we any better than animals if we can't keep our own sexual desires under control?

P.S : No offence intended to any guy I know. I believe some men can be decent as well :)