Sunday, December 25, 2005

postcard from j: merry christmas!

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Here's wishing you all a joyous Christmas and a smashing 2006...

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

postcard from j: its beginning to look a lot like christmas...

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... At Abdul Rahman Street Near Crawford Market, Bombay
© ~j~

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Ev'rywhere you go;
Take a look in the five-and-ten, glistening once again
With candy canes and silver lanes aglow.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas,
Toys in ev'ry store,
But the prettiest sight to see is the holly that will be
On your own front door.

A pair of hopalong boots and a pistol that shoots
Is the wish of Barney and Ben;
Dolls that will talk and will go for a walk
Is the hope of Janice and Jen;
And Mom and Dad can hardly wait for school to start again.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Ev'rywhere you go;
There's a tree in the Grand Hotel, one in the park as well,
The sturdy kind that doesn't mind the snow.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas;
Soon the bells will start,
And the thing that will make them ring is the carol that you sing
Right within your heart.

Found this really cute website where you can sing along to your favourite Christmas carols with the lyrics in front of you and the music playing at the same time! Check it out here!!!

As for me, I'm dreamin' of a white Christmas...

Friday, December 09, 2005

postcard from j: kuch sawaal

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To wonder is not just the domain of a wide-eyed child, right? Here are some questions that I've been contemplating upon:

* Why is Tanisha dressed like a slut in that candyfloss of a movie? And why is she still being referred to as Kajol's kid sister?

* Were the semi-finals of Nach Baliye rigged? How can Varun forget his steps? Why did they have the judges voting ONLY today?

* Why is Abhishek Bachchan getting hotter by the day? [Get THE video here.]

* When is the Big B going to be back on his feet? And will he still endorse Chyawanprash and Hajmola?

* Is Anjalli Gupta guilty or will she be another victim of the system?

* What the hell is going on in the Indian Parliament, BCCI and in Saurav Ganguly's brain?

* Will India beat Sri Lanka in the upcoming second Test? Aur Sehwag ka kya hoga?

Friday, December 02, 2005

postcard from j: southern sojourn

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Since I've been bereft of ideas for a post on Mangalore, my native place, I've decided to put up this poem (if that's what you wanna call it!) I wrote on the trip for my office newsletter. Plus, I really want to get back to proper blogging and that I can do ONLY after I've put down something about the entire trip. One problem though - I need a title for this, so all you creative minds out there, please put your thinking caps on and HELP ME!

4004 destinations galore
But I chose Bangalore and Mangalore.
Packed my bags and away I went,
Ten days of fun and time well spent.

Welcomed by a wet Garden City,
I was hoping the rain would have some pity
And let me have a chance to explore
The myriad facets of Bangalore.

From architectural splendours of Tipu's Palace
To rickshaw-wallahs who seem so callous;
Then gorging on biryani at The Biryani Merchant
And Death By Chocolate at the Corner House tent.

An encounter with a 'live' dinosaur on hydraulics
Was just perfect for the Bangalorean mix.
Add to it, meeting friends old and new
And book hunting at Blossom's to cheer me through.

Moving to Mangalore, my ancestral land -
Where nature abounds untouched by human hand.
Among familiar faces and country cousins,
I revelled in all the attention.

Simplicity and old world charm
Kept me at peace with no alarm.
Savouring the tastes of homemade food,
Fish curry and rice never tasted so good.

Light and shade played hide-n-seek
At the Thousand Pillar Temple for the devout meek.
Made a wish at St. Lawrence's Miracle Pond
And saw Bahubali look down with memories fond.

Days trickled into hours and hours into minutes.
My vacation soon became a collection of vignettes.
Back in the urban jungle of Bombay
Finding 4004 hours to fit into a normal day!

© ~j~

4004 is a reference to my organization called 4004 Inc. There! Now stop wondering!

Monday, November 21, 2005

postcard from j: bangalored

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Just back from a much needed break (only to wish for another one again - sigh!). Its funny how vacations can get taxing too! Bangalore was my first stop, so here are some sights and scenes of the Garden City...

At Tipu Sultan's Palace

An interesting monument, though no longer as large as the original structure, Tipu's Palace has lovely woodwork and design in some places. I particularly liked the painted floral motifs on some walls, ceilings and corners.

Meeting Ranju in Bangalore was definitely on my agenda. She made sure I visited her two favourite places - The Biryani Merchant, a cozy biryani stop and Corner House, the ruling dessert spot.

DBC @ Corner House

For reasons beyond me, she wanted me killed, and suggested the Death By Chocolate (which I did tuck into... quick review: didn't like the peanuts they so generously sprinkled on the chocolate cake - vanilla ice-cream combo). But Ranju obviously had no idea about my monstrous appetite ;)

Since we (my friend Sherline and I) were in Bangalore for only three days, we had to pack as much as possible into our short stay. Met some of our friends - I met an old classmate of mine after three years and an online friend (who I got to know through Ryze and who helped prearrange bookings for a cab and a good hotel.

What else did we see? Check this out:

Bangaloresaurus "Live" At Visvesvaraya Industrial & Technological Museum

The dino and the museum, in general, just reminded us of our childhood. Oh to be seven again!
We also shopped a bit. Recommendations:

* Blossoms, treasure trove of used books ~ I actually got a copy of Susan Faludi's Backlash and some other books for really good prices. (I know you must be laughing about me book-shopping on a vacation, but trust me, Blossoms on Church Street is not to be missed at any cost for any serious bookworm).

* Vijayalakshmi Silks & Sarees ~ Even though I don't wear sarees, I ended up buying two for mommy dearest and one for a friend. They had this range of printed imitation silk sarees, which I really liked - looked like silk but didn't cost a bomb! This one's on the happening MG Road.

* Cauvery Arts & Crafts Emporium ~ Recognized by the Indian Government, this huge store stocks almost everything that spells Indian art and craft. A bit steeply priced (with VAT and all), its only advantage is that it is 100% genuine. My picks: sandalwood souvenirs, cute dolls dressed in Indian finery, wooden toys, a tiny bronze Ganesha as a friend's birthday present, incense and one bidri-work bangle for moi. Again, this one stands impressively on the intersection of MG Road and Brigade Road.

From Bangalore, we made our way to Mangalore, the land of my ancestors. On this trip, I've clicked more than 550 photographs. Some will be put up on trip-related blog posts and most of the others will find a place on a photublog someday... Wishful thinking, I know!

Friday, October 28, 2005

postcard from j: love in the time of...

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Found this on Naukri's HR news:

HR Headlines (Oct 15 '05 - Oct 21 '05)
Does Your Company Give You A Dating Allowance?

The latest trend in the corporate world is issuing dating allowance to employees. This is done to encourage inter-personal relationships and even nuptials within the organisation. According to Mr Sanjeev Kataria, group executive VP, NIIT, "The philosophy behind the initiative is to show that the company wants to participate in the lives of its employees. We take on the role of the family and help the employee move to the next phase of his or her life, which is marriage." There is also a practical reason behind the initiative. As per adman Mr Prahlad Kakkar, "With high-pressure jobs, employees spend a lot of time together. They are thus attracted to each other, so this does make sense."

Source: 18 Oct' 05 The Times of India New Delhi Edition

When I read this, I fell off my chair laughing! I mean, if my employer were to give me a dating allowance to date someone within the company itself, I really would not have much choice than to return the allowance back to where it belongs. Kyonki... date date pe likha hoga employee ka naam.

Sunday, October 16, 2005

postcard from j: fasting, feasting!

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Warning: The images you are about to view in this postcard are not recommended for hardcore vegetarians or those serious on shedding some extra kilos.

Friday 14th October 2005 - Mayura, Iden, Madhu and I decided to descend on Mohammad Ali Road after work to check out the delicacies laid out during the evenings in the holy month of Ramzan. The Muslim community break their fast by sundown and the array of food served in this locality is mind-boggling. From meaty portions of kababs, kaleji, bheja and other assorted fare to absolutely incredible desserts like phirnee, malpua and aflatoon, it is a food route worth your time and money.

Feast For The Senses

What was more praiseworthy is that, even among the milling crowds, we never once felt out of place or uncared for or despised at. In true review style, here are my ratings:

Chicken Something Ummmm...

Food - 9/10
Non-Vegetarians, this is ONLY for you. I liked the seekh kabab and baida roti. The phirnee in clay bowls was yummy; I parcelled some for home with some aflatoon, which was out of this world. The malpuas looked inviting, but we were already quite full. Suggestion: Go on an empty stomach.

Service - 7/10
The constant yelling can get on your nerves, but it kinda grows on you too. Heard one guy calling out "Come Inside, Come Inside..." to which we broke into giggles.

Pricing - 9/10
Value for money most of the time. Just remember your local sensibility. Don't behave like an NRI, or else you might have to shell out some serious moolah unnecessarily.

Hygiene - 4, no 3... hmm, maybe 3.5/10
Errr... never mind, but if you can survive pani-puri by the gutters, then this is far more hygienic.

Ambience - 10/10
Yes, its crowded, terribly crowded but this is probably Bombay's only true open-air roadside food extravaganza.

Besides the food, we checked out the other stalls that were put up - selling everything from burkhas to skull caps, from dates to toys, from religious CDs to jewellery. Which reminds me of the 2-3 dazzling bangle stalls we stopped at. Mayura & I picked some.

Wrist Choice

Then we went our separate ways, with a satisfied stomach and better still, a happier heart.

PS: All pictures appearing on this postcard are courtesy my new digicam the Nikon 5900 5.1 Megapixel. Yay!

Thursday, October 13, 2005

postcard from j: blog, sweat and tears

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A storm is brewing in the Indian blogosphere. And the winds have finally got my brain out of the freezer.

Its no longer JAM Magazine versus IIPM. Its Bloggers versus IIPM. Much like the Super Series between Australia and ICC World XI. However, this promises to be a much more exciting affair. At the heart of the controversy is JAM's expose on IIPM's tall claims in their ads. When Gaurav Sabnis blogged about it, he got slapped with a legal notice for allegedly defaming the Arindham Chaudhari-run institute. Meanwhile, Rashmi's blogpost was inundated with obscene comments about her sexual preferences. Gaurav, on the other hand, took a courageous stand to defend his opinion and quit his job at IBM when he learnt that IIPM students had threatened to burn laptops supplied by IBM. He did not want his employer to be dragged into murky waters.

All this has not gone down too well with the blogging community who view this as a violation of our fundamental right to speech. And rightly so! Personally, I do not know much about IIPM's infrastructure or methodology. But their advertisements do leave many questions unanswered. And if a bunch of blogposts can irk them enough to slap legal notices to all and sundry, then something surely seems amiss.

After all, as a popular Hindi phrase goes, "chor ke daadi mein tinka". Is it a case of guilty conscience?

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

postcard from j: apni caller tuning jamegi

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"bheege hont tere, pyaasa dil mera... " blared into my ears. and i felt like 'murder'ing the idiot.

this was not your regular roadside romeo trying to marao chance! its one of the zillion candidates i call day in and day out for suitable opportunities in my organization. and no, he was not serenading me. this was his choice of "caller tune" that his cellular service provider had enticed him into paying for.

all day, i call and wait for the candidate to answer the phone. now, it has become such an ordeal to go through the tunes belted out as if you're watching the Top 10 on Channel [V] or MTV. {aside: personally, i like VH1 though} from the hugely popular "lamhe" (jal/remixed by dj suketu) to "heaven" (bryan adams - which i liked), from "lonely" (akon) to "hello" (lionel richie), from "rock the party" (bombay rockers) to "zombie" (cranberries) and more! the worst was having to deal with dialogue-baazi - right from gabbar singh's "kitne aadmi the?" to nilu phule's rant in marathi.

and most recently, i succumbed to the fad myself. now, try calling my cell and prepare to do a jig. why? well, "kajra re, kajra re, tere kaare kaare naina... "

*sigh* what all we do to make the cellular service providers rich!

Sunday, July 31, 2005

postcard from j: water water everywhere, but...

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it was supposedly only the 10th rainiest day in the history of the indian monsoon. tell that to any mumbaikar and s/he will give you a cold stare.

my arm hurts even as i type this. its been more than 97 hours since i reached the safe confines of my home. the experience of taking more than 19 hours to get home from office on 26-27 july 2005, two bleak and forgettable days in the city that never sleeps (and probably one that will not sleep for a while), is going to haunt me for the rest of my life. honestly, compared to what so many others went through, my ordeal was nothing. but i was scared to death. the reason: i can't swim and i'm not much of a water fan!

so here goes my story:

tuesday 5 pm - i left office with 5 others in somebody's car. B whose car we were in, lives in Bandra... so we got a ride till the Reclamation Flyover (this we reached at 11:oo pm). then DN (my other colleague who lives in Vakola, close to my place) and i walked towards the highway, but we heard that the water level was too high. so we went towards Linking Road. it started raining heavily while we were walking - there were so many people on the roads. we reached a spot close to SV Road (where the lane connects to Sacred Heart Church), but it was so dark (no lights) that we didn't know we had even reached there. we got into a BEST bus and waited for a while. one girl fainted in the bus. mobile phones had no network. one lady had MTNL Dolphin service and it was working. i tried calling the home landline and my brother on his mobile from her phone, but it was of no use. so i only managed to call my other colleague in Dadar and told her where we were and to inform home, if possible. after that, my cell lost all network and the battery almost died.

wednesday 12:15 am - then DN and i walked in that lane - there was knee-length water, but the problem was that the tide was coming in, so the water had very strong currents. it was getting difficult to walk in it. finally, we crossed it and reached Santacruz Station, where there was no flooding. we met two other people who DN knew. but the worst spot was under the Vakola Flyover. the water was waist-high and people had abandoned their vehicles submerged in the water. some people were in a BEST double decker bus. not many were walking in the water. upto St. Anthony’s Church in Vakola, we had to wade through the floods.

wednesday 3:30 am - it was horrible and i just wanted to go home. but there were no lights anywhere, so D said we better stay at his house and move in the morning. so we camped at his place for the rest of the night.

wednesday 4:00 am - his wife gave us food to eat and some dry clothes to change into. we slept till about 8:30 am. but the rain had not stopped. after some breakfast, DN went to check the situation and came back saying that Kalina, where i live was ok. he dropped me home by bike and i was so relieved to just be home alive. Kalina was badly hit; it was all over the news. Kalina is now world-famous for all the wrong reasons.

this harrowing experience only increased my disgust towards the government and public utilities. anil thakraney, one of my favourite columnists, really hit the nail on the head in his sunday column.

i only wish we had people in power who cared. let's say a prayer for those who were not so fortunate.

Sunday, July 10, 2005

postcard from j: tequila sunrise

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yes, i partied (the way it is supposed to be done) and no, i didn't get drunk.

okay, have to get this out of my system: i had my first shot of tequila last night at shooter's, bandra. not bad at all. actually, you barely have the time to understand tequila. its a now-you-see-it-now-you-don't kinda drink. taken with (a pinch of) salt and a lemon wedge, it vanishes in a matter of seconds. interesting!

tequila's worth a shot! (pun intended)

say cheers!!!

Monday, July 04, 2005

postcard from j: a suitable boy

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reasons why women find it hard to find the man of their dreams...

1. The nice men are ugly.

2. The handsome men are not nice.

3. The handsome and nice men are gay.

4. The handsome, nice and heterosexual men are married.

5. The men who are not so handsome, but are nice men, have no money.

6. The men who are not so handsome, but are nice men with money think we are only after their money.

7. The handsome men without money are after our money.

8. The handsome men, who are not so nice and somewhat heterosexual, don't think we are beautiful enough.

9. The men who think we are beautiful, that are heterosexual, somewhat nice and have money, are cowards.

10. The men who are somewhat handsome, somewhat nice and have some money and thank God are heterosexual, are shy and NEVER MAKE THE FIRST MOVE!!!!

11. The men who never make the first move, automatically lose interest in us when we take the initiative.

now, who the hell understands men?

"Men are like a fine wine. They all start out like grapes, and it's our job to stomp on them and keep them in the dark until they mature into something you'd like to have dinner with."

ps: got this hilarious forward from a male friend! thanx a ton, madhu!!! if only most men were like you ;)

Sunday, June 26, 2005

postcard from j: "rainy days and mondays...

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...always get me down" sang the carpenters. nope, its not a monday (a lousy sunday to be precise) but it sure is rainy out here in bombay.

haven't blogged at all the last few weeks...tied up with work, depressed with work actually, and then caught a bout of viral to go with that. aaaaarrrrrgh!!! but this post is not going to be a rant about my condition or that of the bombay roads or the wonderful experience of getting your rickshaw-wallah to dodge the craters on them. no, not even about the mini floods i have to wade through at the railway station or the filth floating in them.

this is gonna be about the songs that should be played on a rainy day. music to soothe my nerves, music to lose myself to, music to calm my soul... some are rain songs, some are not, some are romantic, some melancholic, some are old favourites... even the movies celebrate the rains, so why shouldn't we?

here's my list:

scorpions, winds of change
john mayer, why georgia
hoobastank, the reason
john denver, annie's song
savage garden, truly madly deeply
eric clapton, tears in heaven/wonderful tonight
bryan adams, heaven/summer of 69
bon jovi, always
pearl jam, last kiss
the eagles, tequila sunrise/hotel california/love will keep us alive
bruce springsteen, secret garden
oasis, wonderwall
the wonders, that thing you do
shania twain, you're still the one/from this moment
celine dion, because you loved me/i'm alive
elvis presley, always on my mind
nelly furtado, i'm like a bird/powerless
the bangles, eternal flame
ronan keating, when you say nothing at all
pehla nasha (ost - jo jeeta wohi sikandar)

....gosh, there are many more!

b.j. thomas, raindrops keep falling on my head
the carpenters, rainy days and mondays
rimjhim rimjhim (ost - 1942 a love story)
rimjhim kare saawan
ghanan ghanan (ost - lagaan)
creedence clearwater revival, have you ever seen the rain?
the beegees, how deep is your love?
the cascades, rhythm of the rain
guns & roses, november rain
madonna, rain
silk route, dooba dooba/boondein

can't think of any more now.... do post your own lists!

enjoy the rains!

Friday, June 10, 2005

postcard from j: what's your personality type?

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Your #1 Match: ISFJ

The Nurturer
You have a strong need to belong, and you very loyal.A good listener, you excell at helping others in practical ways.In your spare time, you enjoy engaging your senses through art, cooking, and music.You find it easy to be devoted to one person, who you do special things for.
You would make a good interior designer, chef, or child psychologist.

Your #2 Match: ISTJ

The Duty Fulfiller
You are responsible, reliable, and hardworking - you get the job done.You prefer productive hobbies, like woodworking or knittings.Quiet and serious, you are well prepared for whatever life hands you.Conservative and down-to-earth, you hardly ever do anything crazy.
You would make a great business executive, accountant, or lawyer.

Your #3 Match: INFJ

The Protector
You live your life with integrity, originality, vision, and creativity.Independent and stubborn, you rarely stray from your vision - no matter what it is.You are an excellent listener, with almost infinite patience.You have complex, deep feelings, and you take great care to express them.
You would make a great photographer, alternative medicine guru, or teacher.

Your #4 Match: INTJ

The Scientist
You have a head for ideas - and you are good at improving systems.Logical and strategic, you prefer for everything in your life to be organized.You tend to be a bit skeptical. You're both critical of yourself and of others.Independent and stubborn, you tend to only befriend those who are a lot like you.
You would make an excellent scientist, engineer, or programmer.

Your #5 Match: ESFJ

The Caregiver
You are sympathetic and caring, putting friends and family first.A creature of habit, you prefer routines and have trouble with change.You love being in groups - whether you're helping people or working on a project.You are good at listening, laughing, and bringing out the best in people.
You would make a great nurse, social worker, or teacher.

Monday, May 30, 2005

postcard from j: my cooking (s)kills

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life is what happens when you're busy making other plans!

my folks had gone to mangalore for a family function. and me? i couldn't take leave from work due to an all-important project that was underway. so, here i was - all alone (except that sherline stayed with me so that i didn't die of boredom) in the city of bombay. what fun!!! or so i thought...

i was eagerly awaiting this opportunity. made elaborate plans to:
(1) have the girlfriends over for a session of gossip and glug-glug-glug
(2) catch a late night show of a good movie
(3) clean out my cupboard and sort all the junk that i proudly own

...and lots of things. but did i do any of this? no!

i realized that i had to get back home after slogging at the office and keep home spic and span. worse, i had to cook. my nightmare come true! so, lunch was usually some stuff rustled up by the canteen-wallah but dinner became an all-consuming affair. add to it the bombay humidity and its not a pretty picture in the kitchen :(

what did i cook? m.e., a graphic artist in my company, gave me some recipes for quick-fix meals. i would come home armed with bread, vegetables, a bottle of sprite, snacks (just in case the cooking turned into a disaster)...and set to cook post 9:00 pm everyday. posting two recipes here:

(a) bread upma: really easy to make!
heat a lil oil, put in chopped onion+capsicum+tomatoes+tomato ketchup+any masala and let it cook.
cut bread into small pieces and put into the above veggie mix. stir well to coat bread pieces.
ready to relish!

(b) masala rice: best made with leftover rice
in a pan, heat oil. add diced potatoes+salt+turmeric and/or garlic.
sprinkle turmeric+dhani-jeera powder+red chilli powder on rice. add a hint of lime juice+sugar.
add rice to the cooked potatoes and allow it to cook.

some stuff i also made: lady finger (bhindi), mushroom ka sabzi, maggi atta noodles (must try)...

i sincerely hope that sherline, gaynelle and sharon ate well while they were at my place. they are all hale and hearty, so i need not worry!

moral of the story: thank god for mothers!

Friday, April 08, 2005

postcard from j: in remembrance

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pope john paul II
1920 - 2005
"eternal rest grant unto him, oh lord
and let perpetual light shine upon him."
may his soul rest in peace.

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

postcard from j: what men want

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men think its quite a task to understand women and to know what we want. but here's an attempt to figure out what men want...

still reading? a long time ago, i had registered on some site which proudly proclaimed of trying to make the world a smaller place. as with most things on the internet, i registered and promptly forgot about it. till one day, i re-discovered an email from them. with a 'lets go check it out' attitude, i added some details about myself and for timepass, updated some stuff for the local dating section. and forgot about it again. days later, i check my inbox and whoa! what do i have in my junk mail folder??? about 25-odd emails from boys/men (call them what you want) asking to get in touch with them. initially, i was pissed reading some of them and hit the delete button faster than the speed of light. then i came across some absolutely hilarious ones...meaning some guys could actually attempt writing like that to a girl. here are some samples {pun intended, bambaiya style}:

Hi! Myself 25,Single,Highly Educated, Software Engineer By Profession,Staying Alone in Mumbai. Open Minded,A Bit Aggressive,Bit Risky,Bit Daring,Bit OutSpoken & Loves To Talk Straight. Someone Who Believes in Values. Yet Always Loved By The Best In The Business !!!! Gals Say I M Handsome!! Babes Say I M Sexy !! Women Say I M Hot !!!!!! N Everybody Say I M Just Lovable.......Would u like to be my friend?? Then do get back at will wait for ur reply. [~j~: had me in splits]

hi miss i am a Professional..... working in a Reliance infocomm Ltd ,,,,,,,,, looking for a girlfriend who must be ambitious and Caring..................... You Can also mail me at [~j~: ambitious and caring? what's that again?]

I am S, working @ Mumbai as a game developer. Movies, musics, travelling are my interests. I like to have new friends, so if you are interested in the same please reciept me with ur mail. Hope u wont deny me, regards, S [~j~: hope i won't deny him??? what? his daily bread???]

hello swati i am Nilesh from mumbai would u like to be my friend? if yes than reply me soon or call me on my cell 9### bye nilesh [~j~: who the hell is swati? didn't even get my name right, lol]

hmm...what would we women do without these wonderful men and their priceless wisdom?

ps: some names and all email ids have been changed to protect the stupidity and ignorance of those quoted.

Saturday, April 02, 2005

postcard from j: a sense of blogging

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aargh! just coming to terms with this whole blogging experience...

i've been tearing my hair apart since i put up my last postcard.
being technically duh, i got all frantic at not seeing the last post. Ranju said she could see it and Thakkar, well, he was kind enough to lend some tech support to moi via yahoo messenger . some of his IT gyan did work, but i'm still lost. the price one pays to be a novice, i guess!

just trying to belong, oops blog...

postcard from j: home truths

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for a long time now, i've been thinking, nay, contemplating moving out of my parents' know, all that jazz about being on my own two feet, learning to live and fend for myself...

yes, it sounds rosy, but the emotions and decisions that go with the whole idea are clouding my mind. parents don't seem to think its a particularly good idea. which parent in india would? In fact, ma says that if i want to move out, "you should get married and go, and do whatever you want." kinda silly response, if you ask me. i've come across many of my friends who are thinking on the same lines, yet it is so difficult to just up and leave. physically, mentally and emotionally, it is unnerving. plus the whole rigmarole of finding a place, having to fork out the moolah for it, and then sticking to your guns no matter what can be a major letdown.

at first, i couldn't even get myself to voice aloud what i really wanted...i was beginning to despair that i'm never gonna have a space to call my own...that it would all remain a distant dream. till i displayed the occasional flash of brilliance. i told ma that i wanted to "invest" in property, and that i had seen a cute little place which was in the same locality and it was not very expensive and that i could afford it with a home loan...and, whew! just got it all out from my system. felt good. and ma? she thought it was a good idea.

so, atleast now, i can imagine, with a degree of reality, of a space to call my own, being on my own two feet, learning to live and fend for myself..

cheers to that :)

Monday, March 28, 2005

postcard from j: life's a bitch

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8:46 am churchgate slow - damn! i only manage a "fourth" seat.

just when i was hoping to get a better seat, two pretty young things decided to bitch about this and that. now, how could i have moved from that vital spot?

first, i thought they were from a south mumbai b-school bitching about some babe who did a brilliant presentation, but that didn't count. after all, she was the bitch! as they started taking names, realization dawned on me that they were actually talking about 'the apprentice' - the reality tv show where donald trump eventually hires one of the participants to head one of his many businesses for a year. i had seen the first season, and liked it too. the second season was a bit of a bore, i thought! so, haven't even bothered to catch a single episode. coming back to the two women, they went on to express their opinions on 'indian idol'; how amit sana (i think he rocks) was a more deserving winner as he had an original voice, and "wah! what range he has" considering he was from a "gaon" (yeah! that's the elitist in them kicking in). oh! and how could they have forgotten poor old jassi - "you know she looked better before. and you know she wants to be india's top model...eewww!" "really? i didn't know that. but i think she's looking ok now." and so on and so forth...

indian television certainly has tongues wagging these days...its no longer the day and age of chhayageet and nukkad. saas-bahu dramas, licensed adaptations of spanish/mexican/other assorted tube fare, reality shows make our daily dose of entertainment.

what has not changed though is the bitching - in the serial plots, in the industry, among viewers...

nice to see some things never change or go out of fashion!

Sunday, March 27, 2005

postcard from j: an easter beginning

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whew! finally made it to the blogworld...

hello, hi, namaskaar, aloha, bonjour
this is your friendly neighbourhood, uh-umm...blame it on writer's block. well, i'm here out of curiosity, and on the insistence of my good friend Ranju ( who gives me the impression that blogging is good for the soul - allows one a platform to express, complain, boast, ramble, get Ranju, thanx a ton!

easter brings with it the promise of new beginnings and new life. well, my journey here has begun! gotta keep myself motivated enough to post regularly. a very close friend of mine, Sharon, begins a new chapter in her life - she and her sister moved back to their old home after it was reconstructed.

here's to bright spring sunlight, sparkling fresh mornings, and many beautiful moments. stole that from a hallmark e-card. what? blame it on writer's block! atleast, i'm being honest.

keep smiling!

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