Category Archives: Randomness personified

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Dear Rahul,

This is not going to be easy. But I will try. One sentence at a time.

Congratulations. Is that appropriate? That’s what people at work say when someone quits. And, despite the anguish surrounding your decision, this is supposed to be a happy day. At least I would like to think of it that way.

I expected you to finish in Adelaide. The same Adelaide where, in 2003, you found gold at the end of the rainbow. The same Adelaide where another colossus, Adam Gilchrist, retired four years ago, his wife and children sitting among the press, his voice breaking towards the end of each sentence, tears trickling down his cheeks as the press conference wound down.

But the Chinnaswamy Stadium fits well. That’s where it all began. And that’s where it ends. Like Gilly, you leave with your family and former team-mates watching over your retirement announcement…

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Why Steve Jobs is a Big Deal for me.

A lot has been written on Steve Jobs passing, there has been adulation & criticism. And then there are people who do not understand why his death is being made into such a big deal.

You are absolutely right in saying he was a businessman running a company & making a profit out of it. Yes, we helped him become a billionaire by buying what he was selling. Yes, he sells products not a lifestyle. And he was only doing what a CEO must do for his company.

Nothing you say is factually wrong.

But I do not adore the man just because I have an iPhone [and an iPod and a MacBook]. I feel what I feel because of what he achieved in his short life [and these ‘products’ are his achievements too]. He is a role model. I hope for your sake you too have a role model. I was lucky to have one who I could see in action, not just hear about & wonder what he was like. It was a story of man who through his grit & determination built Apple, twice, along with another behemoth, Pixar.  And I, like so many others want to know, to understand & if possible try to follow in his principles. Granted I became interested in him with the purchase of my first Apple product, but did you know of Abdul Kalam [another role model by the way] before he was the President of India? Yes it could have been just another gadget, just like Mr.Kalam was just another president. But something inside me was hooked, I wanted to know more. So I began looking him up, read books about him, the history, opinion columns from the early years, watched his interviews, & I felt a little closer, understood a bit more. And this is true for both Steve Jobs & Abdul Kalam.

Steve’s products are a tool. But if a tool can help you do any work more efficiently & be a pleasure to use, you use it all the more. That is what his products did for me and that is why I am saddened by the loss. It may not have been the same for you, & you do not feel anything which is perfectly fine. But do not belittle him or his memory.

So while you go on wondering what the big deal is & keep using the machine he created [along with Steve Woz], I will go ahead and mourn the loss of a great man.

Twitter on Dravid

Some quirky & humorous tweets on Rahul Dravid’s ODI retirement

@Crownish : Someone give Dravid a honorary Civil Engg degree.

@sidvee : Afridi just texted Dravid: “First retirement is always great fun, bhai. But the seventeeth retirement is always the best.”

@jokes_fun: Now that Dravid is retiring, maybe they’ll name a road after him in Bangalore & then we’ll have our own “Wall Street” 😛

@TheTweetThumb : Rahul Dravid : Rahul d Divar #Wall #Anagram

#ForDravid

I am not one of those people who can rattle off cricket stats at the drop of a hat. I don’t watch every match, own an Indian jersey or sit motionless fearing a dismissal if I move a single inch. I myself would not call me a ‘fan’. Infact I would much rather watch one of the movies/ TV shows that I have recently downloaded instead of a match. You then maybe wondering what I am doing writing this post.

The fact that I am writing this after saying “I am not a cricket fan” should tell you about the aura of this man.

I admire him because through his single-mindedness he has achieved greatness. And he has not shirked away from the labour that was required. He is the only cricketer whose biography I have read & it tells the story of a simple person whose strength was demand for perfection. He is the gentlemen in the gentlemen’s game

“Some people are born great, some people have greatness thrust upon them” Rahul Dravid has demanded his greatness.

Living under the shadows of a man the nation considers God, he made his mark with the flick of his wrists. The true team man, changing, adapting as the situation demanded. He bore the brunt of the opposition, shielding the struggling “stars” on a nasty pitch & he bore the brunt of the spectators when there was a dot ball with the same stoic face. He gets dropped for youngsters when the team is riding the winning wave because he is too old, too slow. The same team wants him back when the youngsters fail, the hard hitters injured. Does he complain? Never.

When he does fail, because he is after all a man, he doesn’t make excuses. He does the only thing he knows: gets back to the grind. A sword, now blunt after so many battles is heated, hammered, quenched & sharpened back into shape.

He has done it all:Batting, fielding, captaincy, wicketkeeping. And has done them brilliantly.

There are lots of Rahuls but only one Dravid.

He has batted up & down the order, sometimes opening, many times consolidating & also finishing. What was to be a stopgap solution of a temporary wicketkeeper became permanent, because it allowed flexibility in the lineup. Still he played masterful knocks after those long squatting sessions behind the wickets. He was the captain during one of the toughest times. Even with all the mudslinging he came out with his head held high.

Others awe the crowd with their aerial shots, smashing aggressive boundaries. Flashy shots are not his forté, silken touch is. And the statistics tell you that. You could breathe easy knowing he was still there….as long as he held on there was hope. And boy can he hold on! So many indian wins have been sculpted with him as the bedrock.

A typical day in the life of Rahul Dravid:A big target, openers back in the pavilion, morale low, outlook bleak. he walks in, takes his stance & gets going. Swingers, bouncers, yorkers, spinners nothing fazes him. Dripping sweat, fighting cramps [oh those cramps!], losing partners he gets us home. Stuff of legend.

Today he will wear the Indian Blue for the last time. For us it will be emotional watching him play his last ODI, but like always he will be in his zen. Calm eyes looking dead ahead, bat tapping away, unmindful of the sweat dripping off his nose & the chaos around him. The Gladiator.

[images from espncricinfo]


Because (via Infrequent Scribbles.)

Somethings don’t need to be said.

“I love you.” She said what she always did, before she hung up. Today, he paused, and cast his mind back to the last time he asked her the question that was now poised on the tip of his tongue. “Why?” He thought about it. How, there was nothing to suggest he was anything but ordinary. There never had been. He had been the shy, reticent, socially awkward person for as long as he could remember. He was never hugely popular. He had an average educat … Read More

via Infrequent Scribbles.

Dravid and the mastery of the struggle (via ________________)

Brilliantly put.

Dravid and the mastery of the struggle…For me, an ideal Dravid innings needs a most challenging pitch. If it’s a batting beauty with the ball coming on to the bat, give me Sehwag or Laxman; if there’s a truly great array of bowlers set to be unleashed, give me Tendulkar. If it’s a minefield, give me Dravid…Read More

via ________________

Photography!

A new hobby is being developed. Photography. Thanks to digital cameras it is no longer an expensive undertaking.

A few shots that I have taken. Hit up my flickr for more

Lights

Shining Bright

Music Is Religion

Design Dilemma.

I have been blogging for about four years now. Had started off with blogger.com, then shifting to WordPress.com as I felt it was more mature & also because blogger did not play well with my desktop blogging tool:MacJournal. MacJournal [MJ from hereon] is pretty good as I can create/edit my posts offline to my hearts content before setting it up for upload to the blog. I have many half baked, semi-written posts lying around that I add to whenever the metaphorical ‘bulb’ lights up over my head. I don’t have to open my browser, load up wordpress, login & go to the frustratingly slow editor just to add a couple of lines…my powers of procrastination are very strong!! And more often than not I would end up filing it away in my head, after which the recovery is nigh impossible!

You could argue that I can just write up the post in any text editor & paste it in the editor but MJ offers so many other features like addition of images & links which do not break when uploaded. Long story short:WP’s editor is quite clunky, adding images is a pain, the formatting has a mind of it own & its SSLLLOWWW :(. In fact if it hadn’t been for MJ I would have probably stuck with blogger as it is way more customizable than WP, unless of-course you decide to go the whole hog & get a wordpress.org account instead of wordpress.com which is free.

Blogs offer so many customizations in the form of themes, headers, backgrounds etc. & all this is very good. But one thing that has been an irritant from day one is the width assigned to the main-post block. Its barely occupies 50% of the whole blog… & like Morpheous says “it’s there like a splinter in your mind, driving you mad”. Since it is non-customizable I must look for themes that offer small sidebars & large blocks for the post…there are just a couple of them, with ONE new addition in the last two years. So I have the same old theme since forever…& the future looks no brighter. I just don’t get what the designers are thinking while they make the theme, to me this is a major design flaw that makes blogs look ugly. Here are some pictures:

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Just look at the wasted space in the second image!  The theme looks nice, except for the alignment. The main-post block is so small, it is cropping my picture. If they moved the left boundary (1) closer to the edge of the screen, sidebar block (2) to the right edge of the screen & stretched the right side of the main post (3) a bit: Perfection

You may find this ok, but when you scroll & the sidebar comes to an end….after that the vast unused space really starts to mystify you.

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Do you see what I mean? Now it looks as if a small patch has been mowed out from a large grassy lawn! The image below is theme that I have been using for a long time. This is more proportionate & it put the posts at the reader’s center of attention instead of making his mind flit about all over the green grass. The same post in my standard theme:

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Though this theme is nice, I would like some variety…some options. Unfortunately there are none available. With blogger adding new feature in the form of templates & now syncing with MJ I thought maybe I would be given an option there, but so far haven’t found anything. Editing the HTML of the given template may give me the desired result but its cumbersome.

Looks like I may have to learn how to make themes on WP…that or maybe learn HTML/CSS.
[hoping somebody will read this & make a good one, saving me all the trouble :P]

Puzzle

Solve:

2        3        4        15        12
3        4        5        28        20
4        5        6        45        30
5        6        7        66        42
6        7        8        ??        56

Post answer in comments 🙂 [moderated]

90’s India

Something interesting…Not my creation but its still good 😉

If you were a kid in the nineties then:
1) You know the words to ‘In-pin-safety-pin’ and ‘akkad-bakkad’ by heart.

2) Cricket is almost a religion for you, and you idolize at least one of Kapil Dev/Rahul Dravid/Sachin Tendulkar/Saurav Ganguly

3) You have read at least some Chacha Chaudhary or Tinkle comics [Shikari Shambu rocked!]

4) You’ve watched Shaktimaan on TV at least once in your life. And you can immediately recognize the character when you see him.

5) You have some ‘NRI’ relatives.

6) You couldn’t wait for it to be December so you could have the Toblerone chocolates your NRI relatives brought you

7) You watched Cartoon Network, and then the late night movies on TNT that came after Cartoon Network ended.

8 ) You watched corny dubbed versions of Small Wonder, Silver Spoon, and I Dream of Jeanie

9) You were THRILLED when McDonald’s opened in your neighborhood (or even eight kilometers away)

10) Your first burgers were at Wimpy’s or Nirula’s.

11) A visit to Pizza Hut used to mean a special treat

12) You have seen Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and Hum Aapke Hain Kaun at least 5 times each

13) You still remember the theme song to Hum Paanch.

14) You have played hours upon hour of Pukdam-pakdai, oonch-neech, kho-kho, ‘Doctor, doctor, help us!’, ‘Lock and key’

15) You have played ‘Uma Joshi’ more times than you can remember.

16) Dog ‘in’ the bone was your favorite co-ed game.

17) Much of your free time in school was spent playing UNO.

18) You collected trump cards of wrestlers, cricketers, and airplanes, and did not quite understand why your younger siblings were obsessed with Pokemon and the other Japanese trends that followed.

19) Your summer vacations were often synonymous with visiting your grandparents.

20) Your parents, at some point, told you ‘Dark Room’ was a bad game to play. But you still loved playing it.

21) Bole mere lips, I love uncle Chips! [YUMMM! ]

22) You know the song ‘Made in India’ by Alisha Chinoi

23) You have seen many many many episodes of ‘Antakshri’ on Zee TV and know the only thing constant in the show is Anu Kapoor.

24) Many evenings have been spent watching little kids gyrate vulgarly on Boogie Woogie on Sony.

25) You were the coolest thing in class if you had a computer in your house while it was still the 90s.

26) You learnt LOGO in school! [FD 10….RT 90…ooOO the turtle moved!]

27) You couldn’t wait to start 5th/6th standard so you could start writing with PENS instead of with pencils! [And it had to be ink pens! ‘They make you handwriting better’ this & a rap on the knuckles was what you got if you were caught using ‘Ball Pens’.And I used to think Ball Pens had a ball attached at the top :)]

28) You often use terms and phrases like ‘kutti’, ‘abba’, ‘same to you, back to you, with no returns’, and ‘shame shame, puppy shame, all the donkeys know your name.’

29) You most probably saw Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge at the cinema at least once. You also fantasized about singing songs in mustard fields as in the movie.

30) You have seen David Dhawan and Govinda movies and laughed at them.

31) You have seen Titanic at least 12 times.

32) You thought seeing English movies and speaking English made you the coolest thing ever.

33) You remember the Orissa cyclone, even though you didn’t know what a cyclone was.

34) You remember the Gujarat earthquake very clearly and could possibly tell everyone EXACTLY what you were doing when the earthquake occurred (yes, this happened in 2001, January 26, 2001, to be exact -but this group is about the things that Indian kids that GREW UP in the 90s remember and identify with).

35) Barbies for girls, and GI Joes for boys were the ultimate status symbols. You just wanted more more more and more. And how can I forget Hot Wheels, for both boys and girls?

36) You have worn Osh-Kosh B’gosh and United Colours of Benetton clothes while growing up. And you thought ‘imported’ clothes were definitely way better than ‘made in India’ clothes (never mind that a lot of clothes brought from overseas by NRI relatives were actually made in India, before ‘Made in China’ started appearing on EVERY existing thing)

37) You know the words to ‘Posham Paa’, and like it better than ‘Oranges and Lemons’ even though you’d sing the latter to sound cool (see 32 above).

38) At some point or other, cool was your favourite, and therefore, most overused word.

39) Captain Planet was your first introduction to environmental consciousness.

40) You have tried to convince people around you to not burst crackers on Diwali, and then gone straight back home and burst them yourself.

41) You have had endless packets of Parle Glucose G biscuits, and of Britania Little Hearts biscuits.

42) You loved licking off the cream from the centre of Bourbon biscuits.

43) There were no Nike, Reebok, Adidas, Puma- Bata and Liberty was the way to go for your sports shoes.

44) You have probably consumed more Frooti in your lifetime than there is oil in Iraq.

45) You watched Baywatch on Star World even though (or because) your parents said you shouldn’t watch it.

46) You bought packets of potato chips for the specific purpose of collecting Tazos. And you had Tazos depicting everyone from Confucius to Daffy Duck to Daffy Duck dressed as Confucius. [ collected it like a maniac ]

47) For the longest time, the Maruti 800, the Premier Padmini, THE Fiat, and THE Ambassador were the only cars you saw on the road, and the Contessa was cool because it was bigger.

48) You would literally jump up in excitement if you ever chanced upon an imported car (Oh my gosh, is that really a MERCEDES?)!

49) You spent a good part of 1998 drooling over the Hyundai Santro and the Daewoo Matiz , debating which one was better. [ Preferred the Matiz…was in awe of Daewoo’s Cielo! ]

50) You used to Fuzen gum. You also chewed Big (big) Babool and/or Boom Boom Boomer chewing gum. They were bright pink and disgusting tasting, but you loved them for the temporary tattoos.

51) Talking of temporary tattoos, you sometimes had contests with your classmates about who had more tattoos on their arm, leg, knee, hand, forehead, wherever.

52) You thought Mario and Tetris were the coolest things ever invented, especially if you were a boy.

53) You knew that having the latest Hero or Atlas bicycle would make you the coolest kid on the block.

54) You can imitate Sushmita Sen’s winning gasp to perfection.

55) You have, at some point of time, worn GAP clothes (real or fake) like SRK in KKHH.

56) Seemingly senseless acronyms like SRK, DDLJ, KKHH actually make sense to you.

57) You have at some point debated who was more beautiful- Aishwarya or Sushmita.

58) If you lived in Delhi, you went bowling at Essex Farms, or Go-Karting at 32nd Milestone and couldn’t think how you could get any cooler than that.

59) Baskin Robbins ice-cream was THE thing to have!

60) You know what Campa Cola is. And you also knew that Coca Cola was THE drink.

61) When you would watch WWF keenly every evening/afternoon and really think that Undertaker had 7 lives and he made an “actual” appearance in the Akshay Kumar- starrer Khiladiyon ka Khiladi.

62) When all backpacks (or ‘schoolbags’) and water bottles and tiffin boxes had strange cartoon characters that were hybrid versions of seven or eight different characters, and you still bought them, because a green man wih a water pistol, boots, a jet-pack, Johnny bravo hair, a rajasthani mustache, gloves, and underwear (long johns) over his pants, called ‘Mr. X’ was OBVIOUSLY a status symbol.

63) You remember the Nirma tikia jingle.

64) You remember the Nirma girl.

65) You remember the ‘doodh doodh’ ad and also the ‘roz khao andey’ ads.

66) You grew up reading, if you read at all, some or all of Nancy Drews, Enid Blyton books, Hardy Boys, Babysitters Club, Animorphs, Goosebumps, Sweet Valley series, Judy Blumes, and Tintin, or Archie comics. Because naturally, reading foreign authors made you much cooler than reading Tinkle. [Still have them all 🙂 Famous Five/Secret Seven/Hardy Boys….& Thundering Typhoons, I am never going to sell them…no matter what mum says 🙂]

67) Towards the late 90s (1998-99) at least some of us started our Harry Potter obsessions!

68) You absolutely HAD to go to Essel World if you wnet to Mumbai! “Essel World mein rahoonga main, ghar nahin nahin jaaonga main!”

69) You watched the Bournvita Quiz contest on TV pretty religiously. The smarter ones amongst you actually took part in it and had your entire school and your entire extended families watch you on it!

70) “Jungle jungle baat chali hai, pata chala hai. Chaddi pehen ke phool khila hai, phool khila!”

71) Maggi 2 Minute Noodles = ultimate snack (and tiffin, lunch, dinner)! [& it still is!!!!]

72) If you grew up in the early 90s, you recall the nation’s obsession with Mahabharata on TV

73) In the later 90s, you religiously followed Hip Hip Hooray on Zee. Maybe Just Mohabbat on Sony too.

74) You eagerly awaited Friendship Day, so you could give friendship bands to all your friends, and get bands from them in return. Then, of course, those with the most bands loved to show them off (and on Rakhi, boys with the most Rakhis loved showing those off too!) [now we have FB & Orkut where ppl compare the number of friends you have!]

75) This list made you smile.

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Thanks to Smitzy for this!

Excuse the excuses!

Nothing posted for over 2 months…Ouch!! I knew it had been long, but this long! Wow, talk about procrastination. Well, its not entirely my fault, there were a multitude of reasons:

  1. Not much happening. Atleast nothing worth writing a post about.
  2. If anything does come up, putting it up on facebook is way easier. It also gets more responses than writing a blog post about it [whaddya know…my friends are even lazier than me! they comment on FB but not on my blog :(]. I tell you, facebook is the real culprit…something happens, you ‘share’ it, 5 mins later you have a couple of comments & 3 ‘likes’. I am also starting to see why twitter is so popular & getting to understand it’s tag of being “a micro-blogging platform”. Thank God my friends aren’t that active on it or my blog would be dead [No, it was on life support for the last 2 months. And now its back! Miracles do happen].
  3. I am motivationally challenged [that is lazy in dumdum-speak] :D. Hey I never said that I was not…but please note that it comes last on the list of excuses 🙂

The blog should be seeing a flurry of activity after the 15th of Dec. You will be [hopefully] entertained by my description of the daily antics of my new Lab pup, Bruni. Currently she is running wild at home with both my mum & sis unable to rein her in. Hopefully I will be able to do so.

Lots is happening this december…new pup, my exams, anuj’s bday [party postpened due to exams :(], bade mama coming to India, Pa-Mum & bade Mama-Mami’s anniversary. One of my bada bhais is getting hitched…..infact his wedding it today, later in the day. A whole lot of love & best wishes from me to both of them…& I am really sorry to miss out on their wedding…stupid exams :(. [On a related note, I find calling ppl bhabhi or jeejaji very awkward. I dont know why but it feels REALLY WEIRD!!!! And I mean super duper weird….] A little trivia:Its was his blog that introduced me to the world of blogging, so ALL of this is due to him. Loads of love bro!!

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Well, what was to be a small filler post turned into a bit more, eh? Good…it should get things moving 🙂

Cheers.

Flickr-ing of memories

        I had come to Pune in 2006 & since then have taken umpteen pictures. Many ppl whine as they think I take too many pictures, well something happened that proves that this “annoying“ habit is like a good investment. It provides rich dividend in the future .
        I used “Yahoo! Photos“ to store/share my photos, as I had no physical media storage[apart from my phone. It was the only multimedia device we had then & it held pics, music & vids, hence space constraints]. Unfortunately Y!Photos became integrated with ”Flickr” & all photos were automatically transferred to it. At that time I was given a Pro account, free of charge. Unfortunately [again] that was for a period of 1 yr. which soon ended, resulting in my account being downgraded. To go Pro again I would have to pay their subscription fee. This was obviously out of question for a stingy kanjoos like me…& besides I wasn’t [& still am not] a hotshot photographer so I didn’t NEED a Pro account, just wanted somewhere to store my pictures. Being downgraded brought with it the limitations…100MB upload per month only, 2 vids per month ,[& the biggie] only 200 photos will be shown at anytime.
        Well I sure had uploaded more than 200 to Y!Photos, so when the [for the lack of a better word] “lease” expired many of my photos had been hidden. I stopped using Flickr due to this, moving on to other services [google, fileden]. Soon “Out of sight, out of mind” syndrome kicked in & I forgot what all I had uploaded & what had been hidden. Until yesterday that is…. 🙂
        I know that Flickr does inform you that your photos are being hidden, but its the way its actually done that created problems. I had created “Sets” to organise the pics, what Flickr did was show my sets but with some pics missing. Now how was I to know some photos were missing? I used to think that I had probably uploaded the missing pics somewhere else & forgotten [nothing new…my absent mindedness is legendary], not uploaded or lost it on the DVD I had made just before moving out of the Hostel[DVD’s are SO unreliable :(].
        Well yesterday I decided to download all online pics & make a backup, now that I have a lappy & an ext. HD etc. You can imagine my surprise when deleting the downloaded pics the made more appear!. [It took me some time to realize what was happening, ended up losing some pics.] These were photos of which I hardly had any recollection, or given up as lost. And here they were!!
        Looking through them was was fun, showing them to my roommates brought back old memories…many of them had us in splits :). I can see how all the pictures I have taken will make us all reminisce later in our life. Old friends….funny incidents…crazypana

I guess I should thank Flickr…its like it gave me a surprise gift !! [though I am still not subscribing 🙂 ]
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Dream on…

Had a strange dream yesterday.

I was going to a Nike store to buy a new bag. Brought the bag back to the apartment, opened it & out popped 3 labrador puppies!! All cute & fuzzy bounding all over the apartment. Hemant did not like it one bit & ran off 😀

Have no idea what it means or what induced it, but was nice 😉

Of Cheetahs & Water woes

Read in TOI yesterday that the cheetah is going to be imported from africa & tried to be inducted back into the wild.

Environment and forests minister Jairam Ramesh told Rajya Sabha on Tuesday, “The cheetah is the only animal that has been declared extinct in India in the last 1,000 years. We have to get them from abroad to repopulate the species.”

Dude! Are you guys crazy?!? We all know what is happening to the Tigers & Lions we all have in our “Reserves”. Why bring them back just have them slaughtered? The thought process of these guys is completely warped…first you should have a plan in place to defend the assets you already have & then add to it further. *shakes head*
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Again you can see this convoluted thinking in trying to solve the water problem in pune. You know that our monsoon is fickle & we have a water problem. But you get down to it when you are in the middle of the crisis. Boring wells etc. could have been done already & tankers should have been standing by to swing into action instantly. Instead we now have hurried digging, resulting in chaos & unnecessary pressure. The tanker owners are charging exorbitant prices & blackmailing the citizens. All this could have been avoided with a little foresight…nitwits

We are to have water cuts through out the day, but have no idea when these cuts will take place. If we had the information we could stock up on drinking water etc. for daily use. Instead here I am waiting, or rather, hoping for the water to come back on, so that I may brush my teeth & get ready..7-save-water-seung-hoon-nam-korea-thumb.jpg.

Incompetence is frustrating!!!!!

Random Blah…

-Today we went to “Wonder Funkey”. Its kind of an Indian version of “Chucky Cheese” with all sorts of games for little children with an important addition:It has a Bowling Alley [otherwise, going to that place would be simply weird]. In pune, I think there are only two places that have bowling alleys, & to my knowledge this is the better one.                                                 dsc00858.jpg
Why we went there? For that I must rewind to around 4pm today:We were bored out of our minds. Why? Lets have another rewind to 2pm:All our laptops were dead & we were sweltering in the heat…why?…no, no more rewinds[a habit I picked from watching too much HIMYM…more on that later]:Electricity had gone off at around 10am, taking the water supply with it, & instead of coming back in the usual one hour, the cut continued endlessly. So we watched movies, played couple of games till our laptops gave up, sweated for 7 hours before deciding to get out & go somewhere. One problem:It was hot & going out would mean the sun. So to avoid heat decided to head off to WF & finally cross off bowling from our to-do list. Called Anshu, Soni, KD, Kunal. Unfortunately only Anshu agreed to join us. Got ready…a tough job, considering that we had only a bucketful of water & what we had to do required more than that!! Just before leaving Aashay dropped in & we coaxed him to come along. Left at 5:20pm.The whole bowling thing costed us Rs.120 for 1 game[20 shots] each. It was the first time we had bowled & it was fun, esp. since we were 6 ppl, competitionpana was nice.
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Result:
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1st-Hemant
2nd-Aashay
3rd-Raghav
4th-me :(…followed by Anshu & Anuj

-Watching the following TV shows regularly:How I Met Your Mother, House MD, Scrubs. Fantastic shows. Today was the last episode of scrubs season 8 & possibly the last episode of the show. If the present cast will not be in the next season, then they should end it here itself. HIMYM is fun, esp. Stinson. His “Bro Codes” & pickup stories are awesome ;). House the megalomanic, tortured-torturing genius. Previous season had more medical mystery than soap opera. But as this season had more human elements/charachters soap-operaism was expected.

-The Auto rickshaw strike ended today with the RTA agreeing to keep the first kilometer charge at Rs.10, but thankfully they stood firm on the succesive distance being charged at Rs.7, brought down from Rs 9. Original fare:Rs.10 for first km, Rs.9 for successive. Proposed:Rs.8 for first km, Rs.7 for successive. For this the auto guys went on a surprise 6 day strike [obviously only the first day was the surprise day, rest was expected]. I think the RTA should not have backed down. If they can demand a hike in fares[Rs.8 for first km, Rs.6 for successive, this was raised to Rs.10 & Rs.9] when fuel prices rocketed off, we must have the right to demand a reduction when the price falls, shouldn’t we? Bloody goondaraj. As it is they take us for a ride, literally & figuratively,fleece us naked & then demand that prices stay up. Coming from the station to my place, would cost me around Rs.75 on the meter. But ask them & they bluntly tell you it will be Rs.150 + Rs.20 for my luggage, irrespective of what you carry. My luggage weighs 10kg. Had another person been sitting with me in the auto would weigh atleast 6-7 times that, do you ask him for the Rs.20 too? They refuse to ply all the routes, their meters run way fast & they are rude. Why do you think I would pay you more? RTA should not have folded. The auto association had no concrete reason for their strike, the autos would have started plying the road soon anyway considering they would have had no other option. They need to be taught a lesson.

-Why don’t we have debates in our elections? Like in the US, the candidates engage in a debate that show us their stand on the important topics & their intentions. A direct standoff is required to show the public the real leader. Engaging in a direct debate & defeating your opponent by presenting your views successfully, while simultaneously outwitting him seems more deserving than babbling a mugged up speech,on a podium with a buttload of supporters around & trying to kick down your opponent. A head to head competition is needed.

-Obama is off again. Blaming Bangalore for your country’s financial dumbness won’t make a difference. Listening to him would make you think that had Bangalore not existed everything would still be rosy.Sorry dude…you still would be where you are now. Sad to see you raising unnecessary muck to coverup things, you were above such petty things. All this Bangalore-lore has given the city a bad name, maybe that’s why they changed it to Bengaluru. It’s so tongue twisting that even we can’t say it, forget the Americans!! Smart move I must say 🙂

more of the blah later….

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