Monday, August 31, 2009

Awesome Saturday

I met up with couple of friends and PR for dinner and drinks at Zara’s. I love Zara’s. They have awesome food, awesome music and awesome ambience. I think I’m also in love with the word ‘awesome’ considering the fact that I have already used it four times.
I am awesome. There I made it five now.
Coming back to Zara’s it was Abhi, Anu, PR, Moi, Malvi and her guy Sandeep. We all squeezed ourselves into Abhi’s santro and went there. On the way Malvi informed that she’s called smecks smex by her friend, which is a short form for Sex Muffin. The very same girl gives her a kiss everyday on her cheek. We are all wondering if she swings the other way and has a thing for Malvi. (Me like.. :) )
On entering Zara’s we found a mime, clown, ballerina and a sergeant roaming about. At first we were like was it a theme night or something? They were apparently promoting a play that’s going to be staged later on in Chennai. I don’t remember the name, venue or time of the play. Sorry to all the people who wanted to watch a play which had a mime, clown, ballerina and a sergeant.
Malvi also revealed the fact that she’s freaked out about mimes and clowns. Had a traumatic childhood experience with a clown. Didn’t get into details. Unfortunately for her they were sitting in the next table. That girl actually had tears in her eyes to the point where we were considering shifting tables. Sandeep apparently knew the mime. Malvi actually had a thought of dumping the guy cuz he associates himself with mimes. (Kiddin Malvi.. A little embellishment). Later on we found out all the guys in our group knew the mime. He had actually turned up for PR’s birthday last year and apparently I had found him cute then (These were PR’s words). He certainly didn’t look cute as a mime.
I also bumped into my neighbor’s daughter who I guess sneaked out of the house. When she saw me she looked like as if she had seen a ghost. Poor thing was so freaked out the entire time. Scared that I would tell her mom. Obviously I just told my landlady and told her NOT to tell anyone. You know how it is when you tell people not to tell anyone and it eventually spreads. :p
The whole time PR was sipping my mocktail aptly named Strawberry Colada. The name says it all - It’s a pink drink. He was under the impression that no one was noticing. Oh Boy!! Was he so wrong?
All in all it was as a fun Saturday. One more random thing I heard on Saturday was the fact that Sandeep send a text message to Abhi which was intended for Malvi.
The text message said ‘Sleep on me pls’. Abhi’s reply was ‘Ok, but why???’
It goes to show that Abhi’s game for anything. :P

Friday, August 28, 2009


I just went and saw the movie today post work. We(Moi, Arul & Seenu, PR also joined) were completely bored, checked for tickets online and it was surprisingly available.
Arul who is a total foodie, also a very sweet chap(See Arul i was praising you also) ordered for snacks online. We pretty much bought whatever was available which could also feed half the theatre.
Coming to the movie, it was superb. Shahid Kapoor's best till date..He has grown and finally become a full blown hero material. I loved him both as the stuttering Guddu and Charlie who couldn't pronounce S and said it as F. Priyanka Chopra had a miniscule role but she made her presence and gave a stellar performance.
PR said the movie was taken on a similar line of Guy Ritchie movies like Snatch, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. I have not watched these movies yet so I wont comment on whether it was a direct lift or copy or inspiration.
A funny incident happened during the interval when I ended up in the wrong cinema screen. I go in and am like Hmmmmm.... It looks different. I asked a guy what movie was running and he said Quick Gun Murugan. Imagine if I actually sat in the theatre, the ending of Kaminey would have been so different. QGM is one movie I want to watch with Locket Girl, Mango Dolly and Rice Plate Reddy. Even Aamir Khan mentioned in his blog that this movie is a must watch.

According to me the best part of the Kaminey was Dhan Te Nan.... The tune is so catchy and the song is very psychedelic to watch on screen..

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Fire in the Office.. Run.. Run.. Run..

Originally uploaded by superlocal
I work in a corporate organization where we have a fire drill conducted once in six months. The alarms would ring and we all would aimlessly walk out of the emergency exits. Most of us are happy that we won’t have to do work for at least an hour. The funniest bit was that they would inform the physically challenged employees earlier and get them out before the drills starts. I’m curious to know what these people are going to do when an actual fire occurs in the building.
We all assemble outside and the drill sergeant would ramble on and on about the importance of safety and what all precautions we should take. I don’t think anyone listens.
It is really funny to see new employees accidently open the emergency doors and the alarm would blare. At that point they all wish they could just melt away. The expression on their faces are priceless.
An incident happened to me where it all started with a flicker. The tube light above me was flickering . I was contemplating whether to call the admin and report the matter but I sort of got used to it and felt very trance like. After some time the tube fused out but the filament was a bright orange. Soon I started smelling smoke and I look up to find out the filament was on fire and it was slowly spreading. By this time everyone sitting in and around me noticed the fire and were all hyperventilating. People started unplugging laptops and moving away. Couple of people ran to get the fire extinguishers to put it out. In the mean time the electrician had reached the scene, he climbed up my desk, stood on his toes and went ‘Phooo’ and put the fire out. The people who had come with the extinguishers felt so stupid ( I guess they were thinking ‘WTF!!!’). The so called fire was put off in a way like how someone would blow off birthday candles.
News of the so called fire had spread in the office and people were coming up to me to asking whether anyone got hurt and was there any serious damages. I was so tempted to embellish the incident like how was rescued by the cute hunk of a fire fighter but I came to my senses and realized that it is India and there aren’t cute firemen.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Dove Orchid

PR had taken this picture when we had gone visiting an aunt of mine in kerala.
I have never seen a dove orchid before and didn’t even know that such a type of flower existed.
It is such a beautiful flower. You can see a dove with its wings spread protected by the petals of the orchid. I initially thought this was a man made hybrid variety of the orchid. Apparently I was wrong and this flower happens to be the national flower of Panama.
A beautiful Malayalam poem about the dove orchid has been written by ONV Kurup. An English translation of the poem can be found here.
Kurup describes the relationship and the love between the mother orchid and the baby dove.
I hope all of you enjoy the poem as much as I did.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Babies and Benefits

Originally uploaded by khara
I came up on this article where it mentions that the Indian Government is paying couples if they delay in having kids. The government has tried every way possible to curb the population and has come to the last resort of actually paying people to not have kids. They pay the couple a sum of 5000 Rupees for the first two years and an additional 2500 for the third year. The sum looks very measly for people living in the metros but for the rural people it is a huge deal.
An exact opposite of this is the government of Iceland where they encourage people to have more babies like giving incentives such as 9 months leave and if the person is unemployed and has a baby, the government gives you a salary for 6 months for childcare.
If you go to Google India and type How To in the search bar, it gives a quick search results in the drop down, the first entry which is the most popular is ‘How to get pregnant’. For being the second largest population in the world, you would think that we would have figured out the bit of getting pregnant instead of googling how to. If you take Google Iceland, they are too busy learning to tie a tie instead of getting pregnant. I think India should spend time learning how to tie a tie considering the fact half the people I have met don’t know how to and the Icelanders should google more on getting pregnant.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Funny Stuff during Kerala Trip

I had gone for a short vacation to Kerala. PR had also joined me and we all had a blast. The weather, the food, the people.. Everything was just perfect…
Lot of funny incidents also happened during this trip.

The Black Panty
The most embarrassing for me was the black panty incident. I had given PR my backpack for him to take his stuff. I had put two bath soaps in the bag to give his mom and as usual he forgot, so when I reached his place on the day we were leaving, she was like I found the soaps and I was like it’s for you and stuff. She’s like ‘I also found your black panty’. I was so embarrassed. I just wanted to blend into the background. To make matters even worse I was like ‘That was not meant for anyone.’. At that moment I just wanted to take a knife and stab myself. I so wished that I could just drop dead.

PR & Pink
PR has been cursed with the color pink. He has been associated with the color intentionally or unintentionally. He was called Pretty Pink at work and also had a birthday cake with pink icing. It was so funny to find out that the blanket in the train that was given to him was pink in color. He was so shocked. I was like it was the exact same color that I was planning to use to paint his toes while he’s sleeping.

Kermit the Frog
There was a prayer meeting in our house and all of us (eyes rolling) were forced to attend it. The priest had come home and waiting. The whole time I was like, he looks so familiar. I went to get my brother and he wanted to know the name of the priest (apparently there are 3 priests in our church, I didn’t know). I didn’t know the name and my bro was ‘Does he look like Kermit the frog?’. I was ‘OMG!! He so does look like Kermit!!’. The whole time I was controlling my laughter and after the meeting my mom said that the priest himself admitted that he looks like the Zoozoos of Vodafone ads and yup he also looked like a zoozoo. PR was like he should sue Vodafone for royalties. :P

Stevan’s Swimming
We all had gone swimming in the club. The pool was empty and my bro, Stevan the Godzilla decided to jump in and nearly 2 inches of the water was out of the pool. It was so hilarious to see my bro swim. It was like his aim was not to move forward but to get as much water out of the pool. It was one of the most funniest things that I had seen recently.

The Wedding gift
I also attended a wedding of two of my close friends. PR & myself decided to gift them sexy lingerie and stuff. We had already told them in advance so that they wouldn’t open the gift in front of the family and make an absolute fool of themselves. (though it would have been fun to watch ) While we were giving them the gift, they were dragged by the groom’s dad to take pictures and he took the gift from them and said he’ll keep it. The expression of the bride and the groom was priceless. It was a classic Kodak moment.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Swine Flu Pandemic in India

I’m not surprised by the extend of how much swine flu has affected Indians and caused deaths. There were no precautions taken when H1N1 was first diagnosed. When I had gone to Singapore in April, the airport had thermal sensors to check for people with high temperature and you know what we had in India, a piece of paper asking you whether you have high temperature or not and you just fill it up. That was the extend of the prevention steps taken in India.
In Singapore, the awareness for H1N1 was a frenzy. There were posters all over and every second ad in the TV stations were related to it. In a mall there, my mom happened to sneeze and the way people scattered and ran away just reminded me of the fight scene in the Matrix, where Neo pushes off all the Agent Smiths. It was too funny. Everyone was giving my mom dirty looks. Poor thing.
This was way back in April and there were no case of Swine Flu in Singapore. In India, nobody bothered and everyone continued with their lives as if it will never affect them. A death due to H1N1 had to finally wake up India and it’s been a whirl since then. A small boy died in Chennai due to it and his neighbor was working in my office. The next day he comes to office, hugs all his colleagues and informs that he’s the neighbor of the kid who died of swine flu. The other day a person comes running in and tell us that it has reached Guindy as if H1N1 is a passenger train or something.
People are queuing up to buy surgical masks and tamiflu. The pharmaceutical industry is making a killing out of this. Surgical masks are being sold for double the actual price. People are actually washing disposable masks and reusing them. We are that cheap. PR is like we are so cheap that we would go to the extent of using the masks that were already used in the States, just like how the cola bottles are being used. I won’t be surprised at all.
PR went to buy surgical masks for both of us since we are travelling by train shortly and wanted to be careful. The pharmacist informed him twice that they are disposable surgical masks and need to be thrown after one use. PR asked him whether they have masks in black. He wanted to be like a ninja.
I’m planning to write ‘I Suck’ on PR’s mask. It will be funny to see other people’s reaction. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for successful execution.
PS: Don’t tell PR. :)

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Love Aaj Kal

The promos of the movie looked good. It had a happy go lucky feel to it. It
The first five minutes of the movie were a bit confusing. I was like did we miss something, even though I was there from the beginning watching the annoying and screechy ads that the multiplexes screen before the movie. A span of 2 years will be displayed in a matter of minutes.
The story is of a modern day couple who meet at a bar in London, hit it off quite well. After 2 years of the relationship their aspirations and careers take them to diametrically opposite parts of the world, India and US. They decide to be practical and break off. Too practical to actually have a break up party. I found that too strange and weird to be too modern and practical. Come on whichever generation you live in, breaking off with someone is too painful.
The other love story of the movie is set in the 50’s in a village in Punjab. The way their story is taken is very sweet. The girl who plays Harleen Kuar is so serene and beautiful. I just now found that she is a 19 year old Brazilian model named Giselle. She looks so Indian and really suited the role of a Punjabi kudi (girl in Punjabi, for those who didn’t know ).
All in all it was a fun movie to watch. It had an ending where everyone lives happily ever after. A very refreshing hindi movie after the disastrous Kambhaqt Ishq. That movie was so crappy that once the movie was over none of us could speak for some time because so many brain cells died that our thought process was very slow. We, i.e. girls, got 2 positive things out of the movie
Kareena Kapoor, even though she looked like a million bucks, has dark underarms.
Denise Richards has a blonde mustache.
All of us were like, they are mortals just like the rest of us. They too have flaws. :)