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Name-a-car contest!!

Sunday, May 31, 2009
So folks we're gettin' our own 4 wheeled transportation this week.... it's a TATA INDIGO!
Our first one at that.

The pleasure is almost like.... well what can I say..

Now comes the tough part - choosing a name.
Like all new borns - she too needs to be named.

SO WE'D like some help from you - our BLOG FRIENDS to please suggest suitable/ not so suitable names......

Dinner is on me ... for the giver of the WINNING name!!
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The best 3 BREAKUP WORDS....

Thursday, May 28, 2009
So I've been checking on this trending topic on TWITTER titled #3breakupwords
I went through tons of input to arrive at my "TOP FEW"

keka_ontherocks #3breakupwords "enough is enough!"
suryak #3breakupwords: ctrl + Alt + Del
Emsbabee It's definitely you #3breakupwords
TryAjakok #3breakupwords please marry me...
GiselleRuskin #3breakupwords Your dad's hot
AirunPoon WE ARE RELATED!! #3breakupwords
Jah_Rasta You don't cook #3breakupwords
DrGreenthumbs #3breakupwords You remind me...
Faahz #3breakupwords wow she's cute 
StiligeCecilie #3breakupwords Facebook status: single
K__DuBB #3breakupwords dont follow me

JennaMadison @BabyMikey74 #3breakupwords Your brother's better :p
mutster101 it's too small #3breakupwords
VersastyleV #3breakupwords found someone better
loboastuto #3breakupwords who are you?
Karilo13 #3breakupwords I Am Gay

jeepcruising #3breakupwords 'lets' be friends'        

Feel free to add yours in the comments  
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The IPL void!!

Sunday, May 24, 2009
The IPL will end tonight.
My life will be a cricketless void again.... till the T20 WCUP in England.

Wifey will have her hold on the telly again and I shall be consigned to watching saas-bahu serials without cribbing - cos' she so sweetly gave up that remote for the last month!

Still a few hours to go for the finale.. let's hope it goes as I have planned. Biryaani, beer, cricket, Kats and a hopeful RCB win!

I've got this status Update on FB where I've got my friends choosing their side and putting in their predictions for the match.... here're some of the updates

Arjun Mahajan: 2 hours to go for the match... predictions anyone?

Lalith Girilal: deccan charge into the wall... bangalore wins

Arjun Mahajan: i'm with you bro.... all for KAT & RCB

Priyanka Ghosh: deccan! I don't like RCB.

Arjun Mahajan: lets see Pri!

Aditya Sanyal: Hyderabad give bengalooroo the blues

Abinash Chopdar: One more addition...Royals... all the way

Aditya Sanyal: although KAT can be ogled at... who's stopping me? :P gilly rocks!

Arjun Mahajan: hey ... supporters of Deccan are not entitled to any KAT ogling

Priyanka Ghosh: since when? whats with the bangalore connection and KAT? :p

Aditya Sanyal: i get my mischief gals and kat :P nyah nyah

Arjun Mahajan: she's their LUCKY mascot.... use DECCAN ki nazar na lage!!

Priyanka Ghosh: lag jayegiii nazar deccan ki! too much of RCB support around. wait and watch hahah!

.... let's wait & watch....
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One drop

Saturday, May 23, 2009
One drop that says it all....
one drop that reflects the world around me..
one drop that holds true to color while the world around me pales in comparison
one drop that gives me hope in world of darkness.

... my light at the end of the tunnel!!
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How well do you know me???

Friday, May 22, 2009
Not well.... well mostly!

OK - So I setup this lil quiz on Facebook that asked the EXAMINEES.. a few questions about mahself!
9 questions was all there was to it.

Most folks got the  1 SITTER correct.
TOP SCORE till date : 66% (My sister from LA)
BOTTOMED out SCORE : 11% ( My best friend Vishal)

LOWER MIDDLE OF THE ROAD SCORE : The missus... 22% ( My wife from right here)

I'm reproducing the quiz here.. with my own kind permission (giggles)

1)       My favorite drink is ________. Are we drinking buddies or what!!
a)      Jack Daniels & Coke
b)      ABsolut with Tonic
c)      Tequila shots
d)      Glenfiddich on the rocks

2)      How old was I when I went on my first date? Now this one is classified - so try your luck
a)      10
b)      11
c)      13
d)      14
e)      16

3)      At a party, what would I definitely be doing? i could be doing 3 of these things... but most likely to be doing what i do best
a)      Guzzling booze
b)      Playing papparazzi
c)      entertaining the women
d)      Singing

4)      What city was I born in? OK - so you gotta know me to get this one
a)      Mumbai
b)      Delhi
c)      Chandigarh
d)      Dharamsala
e)      Ludhiana

5)      I am most happiest when ________?
a)      Playing games on the PC
b)      Cuddling up with her
c)      I'm all alone with my camera and a subject
d)      I have a new gadget to play with
e)      ... I'm always happy

6)      What would be the perfect present for me?
a)      a brand new BMW
b)      a brand new shiny camera lens....
c)      keys to the garden of eden
d)      a vacation in Las Vegas
e)      all of the above

7)      What song would I choose to sing at a karaoke bar? Not that I sing much
a)      Leaving on a jet Plane
b)      Jamaica Farewell - Harry Belafonte
c)      18 till I die - Bryan Adams
d)      Man Smart, Woman Smarter - Harry Belafonte
e)      Me sing.....eeks!!

8)      What color suits me best?
a)      Black
b)      Brown
c)      Blue
d)      Pink
e)      Red

9)      What is my favourite city to live in? I rant about this - on and on - and if you know me - this is the sitter
a)      Delhi
b)      Mumbai
c)      Pune
d)      Chandigrah
e)      Bangalore

Ok.. so the point I'm trying to make is that when this quiz is DONE on FB... you'll know me just that little bit better. I'm all for it... go on - login to FB and take this quiz. Then create your own and send it to me. It's a small world and not enough time to ask all the question face to face. We have to outsource to FB and social networking sometimes.
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Evaluating Greatness!

Friday, May 22, 2009
A great man, it has truly been remarked, is the product of his age, the reflex of the energies of his time, the embodiment of the forces of his epoch. A great man is such as his age makes him, but he is something more....

He is like that system which gives a greater return on the investment. He takes the input applied, multiplies it and comes out with something special. This embellished gift that he gives back to the world at large is what makes him that beacon of greatness.

History is biased. It does not always do justice to greatness. It has it’s own parameters laid down by society that filter vision and allow a view in a binary color combination - Black or white. Why do we not view great personalities without this filter - as human beings?

This is the question that runs through my mind... I’m still searching for that elusive answer.
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Tuesday Twitters!!!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009
I've been scanning the twitterverse for signs on a tuesday.
ThoughtI'd Put across some of the messages with TUESDAY in'em.

Carolyncairns Morning all - wondering what joys this tuesday will bring us all...

bluepotion @nareshk What's wrong with a haircut on Tuesday? :-o

AtHomeSullivan Happy Tuesday - Today's tip 

thepenguinrocks is playing: "Tuesday" by Trey Anastasio on

nickemmett How's everyone doing? Tuesday arrives and it's still raining Up Norf! Danny Elfman's Terminator Salvation playing right now. Very Cool!

FaridabadMetro [Faridabad News] Water Shortage in Ballabhgarh: Tuesday, May 19, 2009 1:57 PM Ballabhgarh, an important town in Fari...

the_shaz Being reprimanded... *sigh* Is it possible for the Monday blues to spill over on a Tuesday?

blucanary @stuart_manning only on a Tuesday and by the time I'd worked out all the good stuff had gone, so had a croissant... that's not good is it?

WollemiPine @LiliCosic Odd that it's a Tuesday. Mowing is usually a weekend job, isn't it?

mehulved @ideasmithy on a tuesday?

Alybean Battery low.ironing pile slowly getting smaller.Tweet later.#tedious task Tuesday

VarianDavid Dammit...gotta get the new Eminem, Red and Mef and Busta...all this tuesday?...dammit!!!

cormac_oc Had a busy monday, i think i'm entitled to a lazy tuesday.

KiwiRo_D_Ro Tuesday evening... pack my bags, I'm heading out the door I left a box of memories lying on the floor

(I like this last tweet the best.... kinda says it all) 

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Life or Death...

Monday, May 18, 2009
he is young
he has killed many
he planned the killings - not in a fit of rage

he is unrepentant
he is Kasab!

Does he deserve life or death?

I suspect my individual opinion does not count for much here. The legal system in this country and other political considerations will decide on that. Me - just the human face - one of many...

Folks like me were the victims of this young man's killing spree. His friends were killed. He survived and lives to ask for perfume and freedom.

We - INDIANs - have almost forgotten this tragedy and the entire drama is now relegated to the back pages of unread newspapers. I sense the DARK ONE is winning.... if only I had the opportunity to enforce justice - as it rightfully should. We haven't gained anything by keeping him alive thus far - apart from being labelled as a NOBLE and soft state. What crappy times to live in....

PS : even if he gets a life sentence.... I trust to an honest criminal to serve him with justice... so then we're all off the hook!!
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How well do I know my wife....

Sunday, May 17, 2009
apparently not well enough....
I failed the exam at 16%... as FACEBOOK resports....

Damn.... !!!
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As if One wasn't enough!!

Sunday, May 17, 2009
My wife says I am TOTALLY NUTs!
Just imagine if there were 2 of the same...
Well - I gave it some thought and decided to experiment some. The EVIL doctor helped somewhat and now there's me and some more ME...
We even tried having a conversation - but it is quite difficult (speaking to oneself is considered IDIOCY in some cultures) since I already know  what I'm going reply.
It's like playing chess with myself. How interesting is that.

The only difference is that I now have 2 votes instead of 1 in household matters...,... so I get to double the work!!!
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Beating the heat!!

Friday, May 15, 2009
I've been looking for ideas to beat the heat.
The DELHI SUMMER is getting to me (finally). I guess that's what happens when you step out of the AC cooled Ivory tower and decide to meet your customers. I should kick myself for being the "hero" types - even to attempt it!

Here are some of my ideas.. that come readily to my mind!
  • drink water... but not too much.. (it's difficult to control the bladder thereafter)
  • drink beer and lime water... body can hold more of these as compared to water
  • eat tons of ice cream (i'll get on that treadmill in the monsoons)
  • wear an umbrella
  • carry a portable AC - like in the space suits for the astronauts
  • use sunscreen (wonder if it works), avoid moisturizers
  • make your own AC by placing a bowl of ice in front of a fan and letting it blow on you
  • eat out - don't get into that oven hot kitchen
  • change that seat to under the AC Vent... convince the ADMIN folks that it's good for morale\
  • wear light colors... (with the necessary underclothing of course)
  • park thy car in an area of shade. ( you might otherwise burn up on re-entry)
  • get out of the city... and head to the himalayas
I like the beer, ice cream and himalayan options best... wonder which one to start with!!
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Neighborhood politics and all that!!

Monday, May 11, 2009
This is inspired by a post i read on the online version of the DNA.

I'm an Indian. So are most of my readers.
Most of us have kept away from neighborhood politics.
This (my) current post is being written - straight from the heart - as I feel... so If you think it's offensive - don't read on..!

But I  have this certain disdain for our NEIGHBOURs across the border. Not all of them mind you
  • I don't believe that the Pakistanis amount for much.. actually anything at all!!
  • The only thing that I see worth a watch about Pakistan are their skills in Dramatics, Hockey and Cricket
  • Can you imagine your honeymoon in Pakistan or Bangladesh??? Nope
  • The Bangladeshis as I see them are only good for crossing the border into India and setting up fake VOTER IDs, running rickshaws and spolining our figures for population density.
  • The BANGLADESHIs & NEPALIs are the ones you'd find as a maximum in the flesh trade business.
  • We gave the BANGLADESHIs their freedom... yet they despise us... let's just block the Ganges...and see what they can do.
  • The SRI LANKANs are the most sober of the bunch - when we talk neighbors they at least exhibit some softness. Their problem is the LTTE.. a tiger that we Indians were/are responsible for. We started hunting the tiger in earnest only after it bit us.... Here's the neighbor we need to actually assist.
  • The NEPALIs are good for gurkha guards and lil else. They had a decently running country and then they went ahead and wrecked the system. Now live with Prachanda and suffer pseudo -communism
  • The MALDIVES.... don't say much...never get bothered... i remember when my father made the first journey there on a FRIENDLY mission.
We Indians are not always to blame. Yes we're the bigger country...and the richer ones too. Let's not be talking about a level plaing field. The playing field is never level. Just as wars are never fought amongst equals.
We don't have it easy either. We get bullied at several levels by countries bigger than us - the Americans and the Russians have used us as well. Yet we crib and plod on. We don't sit on judgment and refuse to talk to a tourist who talks in German/ Russian what have you. We try to make a conversation. We learn from those who are better off and then better that.
India has a naxalite issue - bigger than most countries can handle - but we don't make it a showstopper.

We don't like others interfering in our business - but they do. 

I really know what i'd do with Pakistan.... get INDIA to stand up and pee on them... the darned nation would be under 7 ft of it!! 
So if they cannot win a pissing contest with us.....
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Party it up!

Sunday, May 10, 2009
So we were out Saturday night.... on a whim and a fancy.... thought we'd go clubbing - it's been a while now.Started out at this place in Defence COlony above Moets... I forget the name - but it was something about a STONE!
Met some interesting young ladies... (for the first time) .... and had Sups giving me the long distance.... " watch out buster" look!!
I was on my very best prim and proper behavior....
Chetna & Mahima.... making a point!
Sudhanshu & Sups share a conspirational whisper.... i capture the moment as Rachita is sandwiched!!
It's been a long long time since we went clubbing - it's like the concept has gone out of fashion. SUps had been insisting on it for a bit - so I took the initiative and we headed out to CAPITOL at the ASHOKA. To be honest nothing has changed about the party scene in the last year and a half. The DJs are still confused about the music and the junta in Delhi throws arms and legs around in the hope for a Punjabi Bhangra number (all the time).
This time around - we saw a couple of 45+ uncle types with teenyboppers on their arms. Not very difficult to guess that this was the paid help. So as one of the young ladies finished her gyrations and sat next to sups - I put in a word to Sups (whisper) - " have you ever sat next to a lady of the night?" She said NOPE and then i clarified to to the young lady sitting with her. You should have seen her jump - i wish i could have clicked a pic.... unfortunately wasn't carrying a camera.
I'm not trying to make a moral / immoral point here. But there is something to it. If I hadn't told her about it - maybe she wouldnt have guessed. Now that she knew it - her viewpoint changed and while the lady hadn't said/done /hoped to do anything to her... age old bias' came forward.
I try in my life not to be biased, prejudiced & religiously discriminatory - but I am.
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Thursday, May 07, 2009
One pizza and a few whiskies down, sitting at home with the headphones in my ear (loud blaring music)  and the MAC shining bright in front of me. The TV is playing a SAAS - BAHU serial being watched enthusiastically by my pretty wife. She has a bib on as she labors in the kitchen and in the process of chopping a hardened carrot has done her share of damage to “MY” machinery. I begrudge her not... other than putting it as an also happened incident in our life on this blog. She has something that many of us are missing in life - enthusiasm!!

It’s the one word... among a few others that drives life to excel.

Things that make me tick.... with ENTHU(siasm)

  • reckless dancing to the weirdest of numbers.... (drives SUPS nuts with laughter)
  • my heavy singing with energy in the bathroom or with headphones - so I can’t hear myself
  • my camera (i see a story in everything I shoot)
  • my blog (i share my story)
  • other enthusiastic folks (it is contagious)
  • my dad’s cooking (could awaken the dead for that “LAST “ meal)
  • my wife’s thrill for life (I did something good to deserve her)
  • Govinda flicks ... some of them at least (no brains required)
  • pals like Vishal, John , Gautam, Shyamal & Neela (the company you keep determines you...)
  • the ability to do things on the fly without worrying about the consequences... I know I can manage them... too much planning reduces life to numbers and makes it so boring.
  • all the folks I interact with everyday - some pure genius’ , some pure idiots who drive me down to their level and then beat me with sheer experience (it takes all kinds to run this world)

Murphys law acts up from time to time.. but MAHAJAN’s law of enthusiastic living always counterbalances...

The one thing that drives me forward always is that enthusiasm & zest which may vary in it’s intensity from a minute to minute.... but never goes down below the threshold that I have set for it.
... if it did - life wouldn’t be worth living... & loving it!
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Take a look around!!

Wednesday, May 06, 2009
every time I hear those words..... brings forward the song from LIMP BIZKIT

all the tension in the world today
all the little girls fillin up the world today
when the good comes to bad the bad comes to good
but im a live my life like i should (like i should)
now all the critics wanna hit it
shit can ever did it
just because they dont get it
but ill stay fitted
knew there commited 

nope - i'm not feeling the least bit philosophical.... just skanky.... it's that weird IN LIMBO feeling that leaves you neither here nor there. It's a tightness around your chest... that you can feel but cannot explain.

so what you wanna do
and where you gonna run

There's so much yet to be achieved... but then you come to a crossroad and take a look around.
Here or there... or vice versa.... confusion strikes silently , confusion strikes deep.
This is an outpouring, a catharsis if you may - which threatens to engulf and overwhelm. Sanity is lost and reason is on the ebb as the mind swiftly wanders and contemplates the crossroads.. taking a look around!

so don't be upset

when your broke
and your done
cuz im a be the one til i jet

That's been my way of living life... cos' no matter what... I never break...

i analyze every second i exist
beatin on my mind every second with my fists
and everybody wanna run
everybody wanna hide from the gun 
you can take a ride through this life if you want
but you cant take the edge off the knife (no sir)

some knives are made different.. put them in the scabbard and it's safe. Take them out and they must draw blood...

now i know why you wanna hate me
cause hate is all the world has even seen lately  

Luckily I'm still .. taking a look around

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The book worm!

Monday, May 04, 2009
Some bookie facts about me!

1) What author do you own the most books by?
J.T Edson
2) What book do you own the most copies of?
India Unbound - Gurcharan Das
3) Did it bother you that both those questions ended with prepositions?
4) What fictional character are you secretly in love with?
Dagny Taggart (Atlas Shrugged)
5) What book have you read the most times in your life?
Red Phoenix - larry bond (fav read the dinner table)
6) What was your favorite book when you were ten years old?
The hardy Boys
7) What is the worst book you've read in the past year?
End of Days - Alex Chance
8) What is the best book you've read in the past year?
 The thorn Birds
9) If you could force everyone to read one book, what would it be?
The wheel of time!
10) Who deserves to win the next Nobel Prize for literature?
Anyone but the usual suspects
11) What book would you most like to see made into a movie?
Arc light
12) What book would you least like to see made into a movie?
 The M& B that i read!!
13) Describe your weirdest dream involving a writer, book, or literary character.
 I was wearing supermans underwear... and I actually was!
14) What is the most lowbrow book you've read as an adult?
 A m&B that i cannot care to remember
15) What is the most difficult book you've ever read?
 The Swarm (very scientific)
16) Shakespeare, Milton, or Chaucer?
17) Austen or Eliot?
18) What is the biggest or most embarrassing gap in your reading?
 Sherlock Holmes
19) What is your favorite novel?
 Red Phoenix - Larry Bond
20) Play?
 Julius Caesar (never read too many of these)
21) Short story?
 The gift of the magi
22) Work of non-fiction?
 India Unbound
23) Who is your favorite writer?
Tom Clancy (keeps me rockin at the edge of my seat)

Currenty reading : TIME'S EYE - Arthur C Clarke & Stephen Baxter
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Getting Twittery!

Sunday, May 03, 2009
So I finally discovered Twitter...(dats me on Twitter)
It's quite the addictive thing. But it's not easy keeping up with the pace. It also involves constant attention to be paid to those who're following me and to those I've decided to follow.

I twitter from my Blackberry, from my Mac.. and I guess from wherever else i could. They say that discovering TWITTER is like a revelation - but the rapture fades when you can't keep track of the information flowing across that channel. So much information - never enough time. It's also quite distracting when I'm trying to get some work done.
There are folks who TWITTER all day and nite.. I wonder when they sleep!!
But they're an information hive and we're not far from the day when  TWITTER could move up the value chain as an instant news provider.

I've been following the antics of some really interesting folks on TWITTER - from Ashton Kutscher to Zaibatsu.... from Barack O to Rahul Gandhi... they're all there! Then of course there's Preity Zinta, lara Datta, Gul Panag amongst the starlets from Bollywood.....  some of them are intelligent enough to follow!

It's good entertainment value - if nothing else!
So c'mon over and follow me too
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