Word’s Worth

i will not be getting poetic….yes, thank god…:)…. this is more to do with a movie i saw last weekend.. “The word is Lakshya”, so is the movie… Farhan Akhtar, i think, is using emotions he felt during different phases of his life, in his movies, and that increases the ‘reality effect’… i am not good at reviews, so i’ll just say its definitely worth a watch…
Hrihik Roshan’s internal conflicts made me think of the concept of an individual’s ‘lakshya’…. that which manifests  itself in different forms, from answers to uncles’/aunts’ questions of “what do you want to be when you grow up”, to the “career objective” in the resume…and that which propels us to do a whole lot of things , some for good/ some for worse?..and is it, finally, worth all that we do for it… so whats the word’s worth?
the needs that mom and dad gave up so that the child got the best education, the agony of learning the multiplication tables, playing time spent in studying (or made to spend studying..hehe) to retain the first rank in class, the heartache when one realises that music/dumb charades/quizzing/scrabbles/monopoly/cricket are not viewed upon as conventional viable careers or rather , the heartache when one decides to be conventional, having to change ‘lakshya’ at some point of time, disappointing loved ones when one decides to do an unconventional thing for once, playing mindgames and having mindgames played on you in the corporate world, pressure tactics from above and to below so that dadlines are met, losing friends and family because of time constraints, losing friends and family and not being able to be there even to say goodbye…..
and then, after all the gains and losses, judging yourself and wondering what is true joy- having a happy family, being able to see smiling people, sharing the smile with them, dying when their thoughts about you die; or appearing on the cover of “Time’, being the role model for millions, and perhaps a legend, and therefore almost immortal……or something in between, and whether an in-between state is possible … wondering whether you had it in you and you let it go…wondering whether you had a ‘lakshya’ or not, ever…..and wondering whether it mattered…ever..
and thinking that floyd had rightly sung, albeit in a different context “And did you exchange , A walk on part in the war, For a lead role in a cage? “…also thinking that you thought the same kinda lines, but floyd is famous and you are not…hehe… and wondering how much the word is worth and how much is worth the word……..
and wondering if this should do for

manuscrypts trivia
a quote
“Galaxies…numerous, like the grains of sand on a seashore…yet our vanity reigns supreme ! ” ~ Unknown
and seen
In a Laundromat:AUTOMATIC WASHING MACHINES: PLEASE REMOVE ALL YOUR CLOTHES WHEN THE LIGHT GOES OUT.
Notice in a farmer’s field:THE FARMER ALLOWS WALKERS TO CROSS THE FIELD FOR FREE, BUT THE BULL CHARGES.

UnWind Biking

Most of these posts are born when i am riding back home, its a good time to unwind… theres such a lot of ‘watchable’ things happening around – traffic snarls, people’s expressions, battles for the space ahead which finally become ego battles and possibly accidents, people trying to reach home as fast as they can..theres something about getting back home after work that makes the entire day worthwhile :)
more often than not the ‘wind in the face’ feeling takes me back around a couple of years…. to Goa…. 2 years of business management and pleasure…hehe… we had a causeway near the insti (short for Goa Institute of Management :) ), and almost every other day, we used to go for drives, to crib about classes and assignments and tests, to trade gossip, to check out the movies in Panjim, to visit Dona Paula, ‘the cross’ and ‘governor’s point’, to ogle the firangs, to plan weekend trips to colva, palolem, anjuna, calangute, baga, vagator (and the chapora fort, made famous in DCH?), arambol…to chaat near miramar, to chat about life after the insti and after Goa, but mostly to enjoy the ‘wind on the face ‘ feeling…
but before the jpeg with the hunk on a chopper design bike, reality check says i fail on both counts..hehe, neither a hunk nor have a bike bike, its a kiney, which evaded police in goa for two years (i didnt have a license and it had a kerala registration, so the cops loved it..hehe)..oh no, the skeletons are tumbling out…so i’d better stop…but yeah, i have to write at least a couple of posts about those two years…there are tales and there are tales….for me, my life in goa is best captured by Floyd’s “high hopes”..
unfortunately, have had to bunk all my alumni meets except one… something like lucky ali’s lyrics -”pehle fursat thi, ab hasrat hain samaakar, ek aisi uljhan hai meri……” :(
meanwhile, these days, with the rains in bangalore, theres another kind of UnWind biking … if you have seen the bajaj ad – a fully dressed guy getting in the shower, getting out all wet, then riding on the bike, dripping all the while, and coz of the bike speed , the clothes are dry, except for the butt, coz its resting on the seat..they call it wind biking… now, because of the rains , while i ride back, all of me gets wet except for the butt, so i call it UnWind Biking !! …..
and in
manuscrypts trivia
Just to prove that some things never work 100%.
Go to language tools on google, type in “my mom is nice and cool.” and convert it from English to Spanish.
Then copy & paste the answer into the translate box and convert from Spanish back to English.
and seen outside a secondhand shop : WE EXCHANGE ANYTHING – BICYCLES, WASHING MACHINES, ETC. WHY NOT BRING YOUR WIFE ALONG AND GET A WONDERFUL BARGAIN?

One on One with the One – Part Deux

the sequel to the hugely popular (huh?) post “One on One with the One – Part One” ;)

M: lots of people have been questioning on similar lines, but havent found answers yet
G: some of the smarter guys in your species, aristotle , einstein etc have said that if the right question is asked, the answer can be found
M: why didnt they ask the right ones then?
G: oh well, maybe that wasnt the purpose of their existence…
M: is that the Truth then? finding a purpose for your existence and then doing it ? actually Wilde has said “Truth, in the matters of religion, is simply the opinion that has survived.
G: ah Oscar, he was a smart one..hehe… reminds me, he has also said that “When the gods wish to punish us, they answer our prayers.”
M: is that a truth too?
G: hmmm, let me put it this way, there was a time when prayers were made only when you guys reached the limits of endurance,
these days you actually think its my job to live your life…
M: you put us here, so….
G: when you drive a car, do you use the handbrake for emegency or always?
M: okay, i think i get your point, and yeah, i still dont have a car, thank YOU
G: here we go again, once in a while look around you
M: i do, and believe me, lots of people have cars.
G: grr, what about the people who cant even buy a bicycle?
M: yeah, but they were born that way
G: oh, and i suppose you had a hand in being born the way you are? lemme share some facts with you
- If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep .. you are richer than 75% of this world.
- If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish someplace .. you are among the top 8% of the world’s wealthy.
- If you woke up this morning with more health than illness … you are more luckier than the million who will not survive this week.
- If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation .. you are ahead of 500 million people in the world.
- If you can practise your religion without fear of harassment, arrest, torture or death ..you are luckier than three billion people in the world.
- If you hold up your head with a smile on your face and are truly thankful ..you are lucky because the majority can, but most do not.
- and you can read this, you are luckier than over two billion people in the world that cannot read at all.
G: i should say “count your blessings and thank the lord” , but then you’ll start saying that i have an ego.
M: but whats behind selective answering of prayers?
G: well, sometimes the answer is ‘no’.
M: but what do you get by making people suffer?
G: you create the problems, i dont …….
M: like i said, rather, like you said, i dont chose where/how i am born..
G: what about the opportunities you are given?
M: you are saying that i have a choice..
G: yes, and all that happens is by your choice, there might be strings attached to all the choices, but you choose..Trust me. Life is wonderful if you know how to live….smell the flowers, love, be loved, be kind, be fair.. be human, in the way i wanted you to be…
and now in
manuscrypts trivia
try this site, its a color- personality test, think its good…
got this as a fwd
NIIT : Not Interested in IT
WIPRO : Weak Input, Poor & Rubbish Output
HCL : Hidden Costs & Losses
TCS : Totally Confusing Solutions
INFOSYS :Inferior Offline Systems
HUGHES : Highly Useless Graduates Hired for Eating and Sleeping
IBM : Implicitly Boring Machines
SATYAM : Sad And Tired Yelling Away Madly
C-DOT : Coffee During Office Timings
CMC : Coffee, Meals and Comfort
TISL : Totally Inconsistent Systems Ltd.
TNT : Till Next Time…….. keep the faith :)

P.S..readers are requested to use ‘post scrypts’ and not ‘comments’.. thank ye!!

Blogalisation

wonderful to see that a lot of my league members are getting hot and sizzled up – started with blues, then it was w-bug and now its simon..and ahem,(just for the old trumpet’s sake) readers please note that mera number aaaya tha, but no, i am not getting in to the ‘been there, done that’ spiel, my ego will not permit it…hehe
but damn, am i a lucky charm or what!!…no i am not, :) , coz they are extraordinary bloggers anyway and linked by a lot of others. which is why i believe that rediff’s modus operandi of classification, if they do follow any, is totally devoid of bias, and certainly not like what happens in ToI…hehe..plus, i can truly rely on it as a source for my league additions, more often than not…’hot and sizzling’..i like this kinda blogal warming…:)
but (yeah, unfortunately, theres always a but), on a more general level, i do hope that the ‘blog’ kind of social interaction does not go the way that everything else seems to be going..getiing a price tag attached…. some time ago, i would have laughed if someone told me that i would be buying packaged drinking water, now i fully believe that oxygen and feelings that i consider beyond the range of money like love, hate and many others , will become fully commercialised by the time i see 2010….
and therefore why should blogging be any different?.. it is only a matter of time before some ass clowns realise the commercial value of a weblog..and if we say that ultimately we can stop it because we are the users, i wouldnt agree coz the same holds true for water…
but yes, we can try, and so guys, on june 9th, international bloggers day, let us try to keep the grass green, the sky blue and the air free in our virtual community, burn the commercialisation bridge when we come to it and preserve blogalisation in the free form it enjoys now….
in manuscrypts trivia
another good fwd,
We all know those cute little computer symbols called “emoticons”,
where:
:) means a smile and
:( is a frown.
Sometimes these are represented by :-) and :-( respectively.
Well, how about some “assicons”? Here goes:
(_!_) a regular ass
(__!__) a fat ass
(!) a tight ass
(_*_) a sore ass
{_!_} a swishy ass
(_o_) an ass that’s been around
(_x_) kiss my ass
(_X_) leave my ass alone
(_zzz_) a tired ass
(_E=mc2_) a smart ass
(_$_) Money coming out of his ass
(_?_) Dumb Ass

till next time, keep the faith and the blogal harmony….
P.S. hope archies doesnt release a card for international webloggers day!!
and please use Post Scrypts and not the rediff comments box

One on One with The One – Part One

One day on chat, a window popped up …….
G: Hi there, did u call me?
M: who r u? dont remember calling anyone..
G: heard you praying to me, thought i’d come over and chat…
M: nice line, but how do i know who u r ?
G: ha! just about sums up the state of humanity… they see me all around and still question my existence!! but just to prove a point, you saw that image of keira knightley and wished…(lost connection)
connection resumes
G: and wished that
M: ok ok i am a believer!!
G: men are so easy ;) , hey, nowadays, you rarely think about me
M: are you a woman?
G: does it matter? but why do you ask?
M: oh, just the general tone of the conversation. but yeah, you are right, the personal rapport with you has kinda lessened..
G: dont worry, its only human..
M: i see a faint trace of ego there…..
G: not at all, ego is your own creation, your perception, i am what i am….
M: and i am what you made me
G: of course not, i gave you options, you chose
M: but werent they already made for me?
G: thats your justification. amazing how you guys always blame me for the bad things and never are happy for the good things…
M: so how do you manage all of us, our lives, our deaths
G: ah, trade secret, boy, if i told you, u might actually convince me to outsource it
M: are you american?
G: i am heavenly, why do you ask?
M: just a thought
G: i think things might be a lot clearer if i told you that you are not an extension of me, rules that u made dont apply to me, think beyond your perceptions
M: is that possible?
G: of course, how do you think great marketing ideas come about?
M: hey , do you have any?
G: yup, but wont tell you, that would be unfair to others
M: they wouldnt know
G: those are your rules and justifications, not mine
M: what about rights and wrongs that hold true forever
G: there is only one eternal truth
M: and that would be you?
G: think about it
…………to be continued……….
and in
manuscrypts trivia
a guy joke and a girl joke
DON’T TEMPT A WOMAN
A woman goes to England to attend a 2-week, company training session. Her husband drives her to the airport and wishes her to have a good trip.
The wife answers : “Thank you honey, what would you like me to bring for you?”
The husband laughs and says: “An English girl !!!”
The woman kept quiet and left.
Two weeks later he picks her up in the airport and asks: “So, honey, how was the trip?”
“Very good, thank you.”
“And, what happened to my present?”
‘Which present?” She asked?
“The one I asked for — the English girl!!”
“Oh, that” she said, “Well, I did what I could, now we have to wait a few months to see if it’s a girl”

BAD NEWS ABOUT BEER
Yesterday, University scientists released the results of a recent analysis that revealed the presence of female hormones in beer.
Men should take a concerned look at their beer consumption. The theory is that beer contains female hormones (hops contain phytoestrogens) and that by drinking enough beer, men turn into women. To test the theory, 100 men were fed 8 pints of beer each within a 1-hour period. It was then observed that 100% of the test subjects:
1) Gained weight.
2) Talked excessively without making sense.
3) Became overly emotional.
4) Couldn’t drive.
5) Failed to think rationally.
6) Argued over nothing.
7) Had to sit down while urinating.
8) Refused to apologize when obviously wrong.
No further testing was considered necessary……….

till next time, keep the faith