Snapshots

i read an article on Business World (yes, i do read that occassionally :-) ) about how maruti is contemplating phasing out the ol’ 800, and replacing it with alto (as the entry level car)….yes, the 800 has been around for sometime now, but i was wondering, if i bought one now, and managed to keep it for a couple of decades, my kids would actually get to say, “my pop drives around in that old 800”..in fact they would actually treat it like a relic, like say, i look at the old “morris”……. some years ago, i used to say , ” my dad drives the old ambi”…..but the ambi was THE car for so many decades….funny thing being that, as the lifespan of humans increase, that of their cars seem to be on the decline…so we will be changing cars faster and faster and faster (assuming we get richer and richer and richer..hehe)……..there was a time when the car was a lifetime purchase, but like everything else, its life is also becoming shorter…shorter and shorter till even a momentous thing like buying a car would become as momentary as a lil snapshot, and changes happen so fast that life becomes a series of snapshots that might or might not be linked….just as it is now…..maybe thats why they say “the more things change, the more they stay the same”…….saw the 7th episode of taken yesterday, my conclusion Steven spielberg is an alien in disguise, why else is he trying to drill so many concepts of aliens into us?? hehe, but i like it anyway……………
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Aoccdrnigto a rscheearch at an Elingsh uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht frist and lsat ltteer is at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae we do not raed ervey lteter by it slef but the wrod as a wlohe.

Taken

blogging after more than a month…… the blame to be put squarely on the rigmarole of having to earn a living, one of the sad side effects of existence…hehe…a lil corner of the square can also be taken by lack of sufficient material to write on…. life is again to be blamed coz i havent been given adequate writing skills… no, no, no i am not complaining, but i have to find a fall guy, dont i??

so, what have i been doing, …i have finished reading “the namesake”, its a well written book, i like her narration style immensely, it somehow makes you more involved, so your reading is no more objective, that, i think, requires some talent… it almost tempted me to buy some books by russian authors, but i burnt my fingers a long time ago, so i am hesitant, hehe…..i have a feeling that i am biased abt the book, because the book echoes my apprehensions of life in the US for Indians, the characters and events could be rules or exceptions, but whichever way, it could happen to anyone settling there……a sense of ‘unbelonging’…midway between two worlds…
i have started reading another book, “the death of mr.love”..yes, it sounds like a corny thriller, but as the saying goes, “dont judge a book by its cover (which includes its title)”….
but what i enjoy most these days are 9 pms on sunday nights, on star movies, coz thats when i am “taken” .. and i have been completely taken by the mini series, 6 episodes over and 4 to go, would have liked to tape the entire thing, but lack resources…its not just sci fi, that wd have made it a normal series, but theres a whole philosophical approach to the whole thing, especially the lil voice that does the narration….just to quote a few examples …someone once asked my dad what he did for a living, he said, ‘i cut the grass and watch it grow, then i cut it again and watch it grow again.. like life, 90% of the job is maintenance’ when things are on track, we like to say theres a reason behind things happening, but when things dont go our way, we ask ourselves, whose reasons , and for what??they showed the narrator for the first time last sunday, a cute lil girl, a product of a “taken” guy and a genetically 1/4th alien woman… wonder whats the % of reality is, in the content of the show.. but more than anything else, it shows the significance and insignificance of human existence…..and subtly portrays the message that i hold so dear ” there are so many things we take for granted in life, including life itself”and for
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MEMO FROM GOD To: YOU Date: TODAY From: THE BOSS Subject: YOURSELF Reference: LIFE I am God. Today I will be handling all of your problems. Please remember that I do not need your help. If life happens to deliver a situation to you that you cannot handle, do not attempt to resolve it. Kindly put it in the SFGTD (something for God to do) box. All situations will be resolved, but in My time, not yours. Once the matter is placed into the box, do not hold onto it by worrying about it. Instead, focus on all the wonderful things that are present in your life now. If you find yourself stuck in traffic; Don’t despair. There are people in this world for whom driving is an unheard of privilege. Should you have a bad day at work; Think of the man who has been out of work for years.Should you despair over a relationship gone bad; Think of the person who has never known what it’s like to love and be loved in return. Should you grieve the passing of another weekend; Think of the woman in dire straits, working twelve hours a day, seven days a week to feed her children. Should your car break down, leaving you miles away from assistance; Think of the paraplegic who would love the opportunity to take that walk. Should you notice a new gray hair in the mirror; Think of the cancer patient in chemo who wishes she had hair to examine. Should you find yourself at a loss and pondering what is life all about, asking what is my purpose? Be thankful. There are those who didn’t live long enough to get the opportunity. Should you find yourself the victim of other people’s bitterness, ignorance, smallness or insecurities; Remember, things could be worse. You could be one of them! Think, and understand, that in the card game of life, it is not important what you are dealt with, what is important is how you deal with it.

Dharmic interpretations

i have become such an inconsistent blogger, right? heavy workload these days, and when i do get some spare time, all i wanna do is sleep.i have been reading ‘the great indian novel’ , again!! have also bought “the namesake” by jhumpa lahiri, will be starting it today.. one good thing after marriage, i have started investing in my hobbies – reading and music hehe, sweet wifey allows the indulgence….
btw, since yahoo groups in india are under a storm cloud, dont u think that communicating through blogs goes on to a new dimension??in TGIN, shashi tharoor, the author says that a man’s dharma has to evolve according to the age he is living in, thats perhaps the only concept in the book i would disagree on..my point being that, if it were that flexible, then the entire concept would go for a toss, because my versions of truth and dharma would be conveniently changed by me, whenever i required… whenever i thought a bit of cheating would get me what i wanted, i would do so…. so cricket teams could cheat, students could cheat in xams, life would be a treat, if you knew how to do it without getting caught….unfortunately thats what is being done now, and why the world isnt so good a place it used to be…..
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An archaeologist is the best husband a woman can have; the older she gets the more interested he is in her.

The Divine brief

This is the problem when you break a routine, it is difficult to get back into it……..once upon a short time ago, i used to make the blog a part of my everyday routine, but i took a break, and now i cant get back to it…..its a different issue altogether whether the constraint is ability or desire……..
saw two movies this weekend, “the league of extraordinary gentlemen” and “calcutta mail”….the former was very good, though the movie was a lil bit too centred around sean connery, i dont know if i am having an indian bias when i say that naseeruddin shah was a bit sidelined, but considering that almost all the transportation of the league was taken care of by him ( there was this scene when he shows (i think) sawyer, a car, and says “i call this an automobile”, and sawyer asks, ‘yeah, but what is it?”..) i think part of the movie’s charm was its 1899 setting……”calcutta mail” was also good…it had shades of sudhir misra’s earlier movie “is raat ki subah nahi”, but still i think the kolkata visuals and a good performance from anil kapoor made up for it…
i read somewhere that “kal ho na ho” is a remake of ‘anand’, the hrishikesh mukherjee movie with rajesh khanna and amitabh bachan, whatever i heard of the title track is good, cds release this 27th, i think i will buy it…also want to check out ‘tehzeeb’, since the music is by rehman…
now , if you wondering what the title was all about, for any project undertaken, theres a brief given, so before earth getting created God must have got a brief….if we could get that brief, a lot of ‘why’ questions about this world would be answered…..for copyrights purposes, although i had this idea some time ago, the immediate inspiration to mention it came from a site i mentioned in my last blog……………reminds me of the song by joan osborne “what if god were one of us?………..”okay, thats enuff for the day, here’s
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a good forward i got….There’s a bunch of doctors gathered together at a doctor’s convention one night. A male doctor notices a female doctor from across the room. The female doctor notices also and the next thing you know, they’re sitting next to each other by the end of dinner.After dinner, the male asks the woman if she wants to go up to his hotel room. ’’Sure,’’ the woman says. ’’Let me go wash my hands first.’’After she washes her hands, they make love. After they are finished, she washes her hands again.This is really starting to annoy the male doctor so he says, ’’You know, you must be a surgeon, because you keep washing your hands.’’Angry at this remark, the woman says, ’’Well, you must be an anesthesiologist, because I didn’t feel a thing!’’

Mind your language

we are constantly thinking, arent we, i mean we like to think that we do…….did we think when we were babies? or rather, do babies think? …i would like to get some info on that, to answer the question ‘do we need to know a language to think?”..when we think now, it is most probably in our mother tongue…mind you, i am talking of ‘thinking’ and not memories, dreams and other assorted metaphysical feelings…..a couple of sites you should check out, one is a desi one, check it out here…..theres another nice concept i got from this site, will write about it tomorrow…the other site you should check out is definitely cool, especially in this age of multimedia games, joysticks and hi funda graphics….check it out here, and now for manuscrypts trivia
“One of the tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon – instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today”…Unknown

Like the legendary phoenix

pooh, as if, right? but i have to say something when i am making a return into normal blogging life……now what has been happening, no, dont yawn yet, you know i dont write long stories.. had been gone on an outdoor trip as part of a training program in my company, then went home, as in what in desi language we call ‘native place’….and like every story has some villanous shades too, when i came back from all this, there was a pile of work waiting for me………
though i had never made a proactive decision, when i did get a chance to be completely offline, i took it, just to make sure that i wasnt on an addiction.. hehe
so this one is just to stave off those obituary notes, not that i think anyone would have written them…. global thoughts, personal idiosyncrasies, mundane observations, trivia..all from tomorrow…..ah, its good to be back.. :-)

Beings in Parallel planes

Watch a line of ants in your room…………..they use only one sense to move around (from what we see), the moment we draw a line across their line, there is major confusion , and some time later, everything is back to normal……ants stay in and around the same house, that is their universe….now draw a parallel with us, humans, we have some sense organs which we use to find our way around, (i am not talking physical here)……we have disruptions too, which cause major confusion…we stay in and around the same planet ( some lucky dudes get to go to the moon)….to most of us, this is the universe….. we are gigantic beings when compared to ants….do you think there is someone watching?? :-)…. like i read somewhere..” just because we cannot see the pattern does not mean the pattern does not exist”………….
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just a fwd i got………….
A man is taking a walk in Central park in New York. Suddenly he sees a little girl being attacked by a pit bull. He runs over and startsfighting with the dog. He succeeds in killing the dog and saving the girl’s life. A policeman who was watching the scene walks over and says:”You are a hero, tomorrow you can read it in all the newspapers: “Brave New Yorker saves the life of little girl” The man says: – “But I am not a New Yorker!””Oh then it will say in newspapers in the morning: ‘Brave American saves life of little girl'” – the policeman answers. “But I am not an American!” – says the man. “Oh, what are you then?” The man says:- “I am a Pakistani!” The next day the newspapers says: “Islamic extremist kills American dog. Connections to terrorist networks are being explored”

Sitting Ducks

i am experiencing what might be termed as blog fatigue, basically i think i am trying to couch my laziness in a mouthful of jargon…hehe…read a couple of blogs that have commented on the blasts in mumbai…..i honestly dont understand why we are so passive about it, as a country, life goes on as normal, remember 9/11, sure you do, its a global phenomenon, we have had worse death counts, but never marketed so well..btw, the US calls it collateral when the deaths arent US citizens….they created a war based on it, and none of the world had any balls to do anything about it…
everyone and anyone can safely guess that there is a pak hand in what happened in Mumbai, now and before…for once why cant we be like an israel or the US, blast the guys and then have ‘bilateral talks’…..i used to trust RAW once, not now……now , we are all sitting ducks hoping and praying that we are not in the next lot of casualties, there is another prayer along with it, that it rains fire in karachi, lahore, islamabad…………

We forget

i have been reading ‘where the rain is born’…its a collection , i found a lil part in a particular piece that i found very thought provoking…will give you the gist…long before man started ruling the earth, long before the giant lizards, two spores set out on an incredible journey, after some time they came to a lush green valley, the younger spore said ‘lets journey on further, and see more wonders’, the elder one said ‘i’m too tired, i will stay here, you carry on, but promise me you will never forget me’..the younger one said, ‘forget you, impossible’…the elder one replied, ‘this is the loveless journey of karma, you will…’…..and so the younger one journeyed on…eons and eons later, in the lush green valley, the elder spore had spread its roots deep into the earth, and had flowered….. a lil girl, all dressed up and looking pretty came to pluck some flowers …… the man who came with her, pulled a twig down so that she could pluck the flowers…as she was plucking the flower, the elder spore cried, ‘ah, little sister, you have forgotten me’….

What dreams may come

i have a hypothesis, is it possible that god has given a quota of dreams per person, maybe as small as one dream, that can come true..this is not about the dreams you have at night, this is more the aspirational kind of dreams…… that after you have achieved that one goal, god believes you have done the work you came down here for, and now your life will be a monotony of unachieved dreams, and the rest of your existence will be spent following them…..sort of like the donkey and the carrot…….or maybe He takes the passion/drive that is required to pursue a dream and bring it to its culmination….I was also wondering about the male of the species’ attraction to the T&A of the opposite gender….. another hypothesis now, could it be because it is always covered….imagine a scenario where lets say the ears were always covered and the above mentioned accessories always left open…..would the attraction be now directed towards the ears???
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a lil paki bashing, because i am peeved that the indian government is sponsoring the surgery of three paki kids…. as far as pakistan is concerned, i have no humanity left in me…An Indian is having breakfast one morning (coffee, bread, butter and jam) when a Pakistani, chewing gum, sits down next to him. The Indian ignores the Pakistani who, nevertheless, starts a conversation. Pakistani man: “You Indian folk eat the whole bread??”Indian (in a bad mood): “Of course.”Pakistani: (after blowing a huge bubble) “We don’t. In Pakistan, we only eat what’s inside. The crusts we collect in a container, recycle it, transform them into bread and sell them to India .” The Pakistani has a smirk on his face. The Indian listens in silence. The Pakistani persists: “Do you eat jelly with the bread??” Indian: “Of Course.”Pakistani: (cracking his gum between his teeth and chuckling). “We don’t. In Pakistan we eat fresh fruit for breakfast, then we put all the peels, seeds, and leftovers in containers, recycle them, transform them into jam and sell the jam to the India.”The Indian then asks: “Do you have sex in Pakistan?”Pakistani: “Why of course we do”, he says with a big smirk. Indian: “And what do you do with the condoms once you’ve used them?”Pakistani: “We throw them away, of course.”Indian: “We don’t. In India, we put them in a container, recycle them, melt them down into chewing gum and sell them to Pakistan.”