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Time for a RACE!!

Too many twists and turns... nothing is certain here!
Things move at a breakneck speed and there are no absolute blacks and whites. Everyone is imbued with deep shades of grey. So whom to root for??

The acting is good, the music is better and the stunts are definitely worth a watch. The horses and bods make for some great watching too...
The twists and turns keep one on edge till the end... yes - the end!
I kind of identify with Ranbirs (Saif) character. Play by the rules - but don’t hesitate to stretch them if required. Never forget or forgive. Do unto others as they would to you. But keep the moral scorecard clean by not striking the first blow.
Bips and Katrina play their roles effortlessly - bitches to the hilt. Though Bips manages to evoke some sympathy for her ordeals in life Katrina is just power hungry.
Anil is wasted as the fruit eating Police inspector who takes bribes through a charity foundation rather than directly - at least he keeps the public perceptions clean. Ms.Reddy is …

Two Faced me!!

Sometimes I wish I had 2 heads (... and thereby 2 faces).
One for work and one for home. One for business and one for pleasure. One to handle the boss and one to appease the wife. Oh - for a compartmentalized world & life.

There is a stark difference between the 2 lives that I lead. I’m a different person at home from the one I am at work. It’s not something I plan for - guess it just happens.

The transition period between the 2 causes friction - generally when transiting from WORK to HOME. The aggression & assertive tendencies take some watering down once i get into the car to get home.
It leads me to wonder if i’m doing a good job on either of the roles...
I wish I could be dual faced and say what was politically correct rather than what I perceive to be RIGHT.

Grr..points of view!!

A few lines that I picked up from the internet..... for a few people that I know....!!


1. Any similarity between you and a human is purely coincidental!
2. Are you always so stupid or is today a special occasion?
3. As an outsider, what do you think of the human race?
4. I'd like to kick you in the teeth, but why should I improve your looks?
5. At least there's one thing good about your body. It isn't as ugly as your face!
6. Brains aren't everything. In fact, in your case they're nothing
7. Careful now, don't let your brains go to your head!
8. I like you. People say I've no taste, but I like you.
9. Did your parents ever ask you to run away from home?
10. If I had a face like yours. I'd sue my parents!
11. Don't feel bad. A lot of people have no talent!
12. Don't get insulted, but is your job devoted to spreading ignorance?
13. Keep talking, someday you'll say something intelligent!
14. Don't you love nature, despite what it did to you?
15. Don't…

FLASHBACK!

My life just flashed in front of me. It’s a sign. Nobody need tell me that because I’ve known it for sometime now. Its just that i’d hate to leave tasks unfinished. I’ve lived the good life for what it’s worth and have no complaints - just a few regrets that maybe i’d do a few things differently. Maybe the route would have been different. The destination however, is something that I am happy with.

Every moment from hereon is a gift. So i shall treat it as such.

We are traveling to work and my wife is beside me. Her eyes are closed as she catches a quick nap before her time in court. She cannot see me as I am. I closed my eyes and that’s when it began.

Moments from school at Campion, incongruous memories from college & a few happy scenes from my MBA. It was like watching a movie and myself evolving - all in 3rd person. Those moments - when my first crush requested me to wear a tuxedo as we attended a wedding in Bangalore. The taunts of my classmates for those 6 years in school which d…

Too hot!!

The wife comes home.....

..... Feels me up,

Says I'm HOT....

... And then gives me a CROCIN!!!

She hopes that it will bring the fever down.

This is traumatic!!!
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Why drink & drive?

This is touching.... and i read it because it came to me from a dear friend. Under normal circumstances - i would have deleted it. But today it struck a chord. So I'm putting it here.. as a way of showing that I believe!!

I went to a party,
And remembered what you said.
You told me not to drink, Mum
So I had a sprite instead.

I felt proud of myself,
The way you said I would,
That I didn't drink and drive,
Though some friends said I should.

I made a healthy choice,
And your advice to me was right,
The party finally ended,
And the kids drove out of sight.

I got into my car,
Sure to get home in one piece,
I never knew what was coming, Mum
Something I expected least.

Now I'm lying on the pavement,
And I hear the policeman say,
The kid that caused this wreck was drunk,
Mum, his voice seems far away.

My own blood's all around me,
As I try hard not to cry.
I can hear the paramedic say,
This girl is going to die.

I'm sure the guy had no idea,
While he was flying high,
Because he chose…

last tree standing

The wind blows faster than ever. There is a tempest in progress. The rustling of the leaves is replaced by a low droning howl as the wind echoes with a latent fury. The clanging of the window necessitates a walk towards it. He approaches it warily, fearing for his life. There is no one to attack him. Only a clanging window that echoes the wind.

He reaches the window sill and risks a glance outwards. It is a barren landscape with its one distinguishing feature. The banyan tree. It stands tall and wide where others have failed. Survival instincts honed by generations gave that seed the willpower to develop thus far. It has weathered many a storm. The sounds of distant thunder grow ominous. Some of it is man made. He looks at the tree willing it for strength. The wind in the leaves continues with its dull rendition of Mahlers symphony.

He had always had a soft touch towards the music of the legends. Circumstances had pushed life in unsolicited arms and the russian roulette that followed ha…

Peace!!

the breath of life..... sometimes it just flows out. It’s not anything specific. But these low periods coinciding with the sinusoidal curve of my biorhythm kinda hold me down from time to time.

I resort to anchors in a rowdy ocean rather than trust my sailing skills. I come from a naval family and sailing is in our blood..... but somehow it’s just not got me enthu enough!!

Every storm is categorized as per its intensity. Sometimes I may misread the storm intensity. Erring on the side of caution - i handle every storm as it is my last.. as if there is no tomorrow. So i weather the blast.

But now the energy levels are down. I can’t fight each battle on my own, by myself.
The anchors can hold the fort for a bit. But it would be stupid to expect that that they’ll hold the fort each time.

I watch these saas-bahu serials all the time, cos’ my wife watches them. Somehow, the women are in the middle of it all the time. The men are merely pawns. So am I a pawn? As far as I understand things - it’s …

How Akbar got his name

Watch Jodha Akbar(JA) and find out. Its a nice film- worth a watch as a one time see. But you have to be a patient viewer as the duration is close to 4 hours.

Luckily I had a secondary film going on in the seats next to us. Now that was also a love story and without the incongruous twists and turns too.

The spectacle created by Ashutosh G is BIG. There is a certain feel to the whole period dram that comes across as original. The acting is par for the course - though Mr.Roshan does ham a bit. Ash is nice as the Rajasthani princess and seems a lot fuller.

The music is warm and the camera work is good. Interestingly though, the sword clanging does get a lil painful on the ear drums. The action scenes are well executed keeping the theme in mind. Certain camera angles and shots especially in the battle scene as the armies clash are remembered after the movie too.

This may not be a LAGAAN in terms of Box office collections or an oscar nomination - but the director hasn't lost his touch.…

Imagine the universe

Not only is the universe stranger than we imagine, it is stranger than we can imagine.
So speaketh Sir Arthur Eddington.
... and we believe him..... cos' he would know.....!!!!
Douglas Adams tried... and I'm not sure he has all the answers...
My Dad keeps trying...and he hasn;t got very far either :-)

So why do I worry about it?
It's not like it's gonna end tomorrow. Then again, if it does end - no point in worrying about it!!

Help reqd...

The creative mind wanders. So many ideas. The mind needs to expand to comprehend and categorize. I don;t have the faintest idea what the scientists have t say about all this. What i do understand is that there are a whole lot of themes that come to mind in the course of the day. I wish i could speak aloud on each of them. It’s like having do many threads to hold on to. Each thread is a roll of yarn in its own special way. But I can’t hold on to those ideas.. those mesmerizing images of the end of each rainbow.
No pot of gold awaits me there. But I’m not inspired by gold.

I’ve always had a latent desire to be a good photographer. So I’ve started studying the subject. Much of what i know has not come from books. It’s something that is in the blood - a sense of appreciation of aesthetics and pictorial value. There is a thought to each composition. It’s understandable that what is obvious to me may need some serious convincing on the other side of the fence. I’m willing to try and work on t…
Sometimes the mind is in a tailspin.
Then, a few therapeutic words, a song, a nice pic... Go a long long way to make things right.

The positive thoughts come in from varied sources. Today I got them from the radio.

Just one line from the RJ and I was smiling again - wondering why I'd been thinking like I did.
All she said was B+

The dormant hope was revived...


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So I have this headache. The pain is right behind the eyes - kinda like a retro-orbital thudding that keeps my eyes and forehead in a pop out mode.

This pain is magnified in the delhi traffic. Blaring horns help elicit the choicest abuses. My wife just stares on.

The head continues with its aching!!
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Incomes rise - so do demands and accompanying expenses. I tried to disprove this truism of life. But the reality is that the fertile mind looks for ways to spend - to aspire ... That sometimes is quite disconcerting.
Then there comes a time when you wonder... What next?
Eyes scan the market and the web for some more ways to blow a hole in the pocket. Its like a total mind trip- and getting my hands on something NEW is the drug.
Luckily - I save enough to justify these holes!!

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