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!

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