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Dear C,

You were the first person I in my life, that I could really connect with. I had friends before you, but I never got the whole funda behind the “best-friend” thing. I wasn’t good at socializing or making friends. But you made it easy. Despite my pathetic memory, I still remember my first day in CS class. I had transferred in from a different branch, I was completely new, and did not know anyone. I entered the classroom, and it was huge, I was scared, and wanted to run away or get swollen by the floors below (we sat on the fifth floor πŸ˜› ). I looked at the last bench, it was empty. You were sitting with someone on the second last bench, and I don’t know what made you graciously make place for a third person on that tiny bench. That gesture really touched me. And the next day onwards, we both ditched the other girl πŸ˜‰ and started sitting together. We had so much fun together. You taught me how to gossip, how to crack jokes so that the guys sitting in front would get caught laughing while we would keep a straight face. You added mirch-masala to newsΒ  which you got from your gossip-network that spread throughout college, so I would get the whole dope, and feel like an insider. For the first time in my life, I felt like I has a best friend. I could talk most stuff with you, you just understood, we somehow clicked.

It is that bond we used to share, I think, that causes me so much pain now. We have not talked in years, and after our fight, it was almost a punishment to sit next to you. The last few months of college were made painful, since neither of us wanted to be bench-partners, yet neither would come ahead and say it aloud. After college we just stopped talking. Had no reason to.

I can never forget the fight, nor its reason. And yet, I will continue to stalk your FB/orkut profile, and feel jealous that your wedding pics look so much more awesome than mine, and at some level, want to know what is really going on with you. But.. but I know that will never happen.

I am really sad that I lost you. What happened cannot be undone, but what I truly am thankful for is the fact that you were a part of my life. However much I hate you for things that happened between us, it will never change the fact that you were really, truly my first best friend ever.

Your glad-to-be-once-best-friend.

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First off – the bestest news πŸ˜€ – Its raining babies in my family!

It started with P’s sister, who had a baby boy last month. Then, my cousin had twin baby boys last week. And finally, this week P’s brother had a baby daughter!! That is a total of four babies within almost a month πŸ˜€

All the babies are, of course, adorable!! They are extremely fragile, since they are babies ( πŸ˜› ) and also because some of them wereΒ  pre-mature deliveries,Β  but they are oh so cute and tiny and healthy! πŸ˜€ :D.

Fun incident – When bhabhi was in the hospital, bhabhi’s bhabhi (B2) wanted to come visit her in the hospital. Now, bhabhi was already having contractions and going through a lot of pain, and bhabhi’s mom wanted avoided getting B2 there and gave her some excuse. Reason : – What if seeing the labour pain shocks B2 of ever having a baby!!!!!!!! So they allowed her to visit only after the worst (?) part was over.

Sad consequence of so many deliveriesΒ  – MIL and mom now, feel that the coast is clear for us ( 😯 😯 ) to have babies!!!

Anyhow, let them keep dreaming, right?

So moving on to the work front,Β  it has been really hectic last week, with the product launch that happened yesterday. And I loved every moment of it. This is the kind of work I like doing, where I am busy 9-10 hours a day. And I don’t have to keep waiting for inputs/ other teams to finish off their stuff and other things. So this time, we launched without waiting for others. The other teams will make their changes by next week, but we are done πŸ˜€ :D. Today is celebration day @ work and we are off to a lovely team lunch πŸ˜€

Work to ho gaya, ab moving on to life – weekends! We have been planning weekend trip for a long time, but every time, something or the other comes up. With the loan, new babies, festive season coming up, it seems unlikely that we would be able to go anywhere before November second week :(. So what I want from you guys is suggestions for places near Mumbai for weekend trips. If you can give me hotel recommendations, along with it, I will be indebted for life πŸ˜‰

And last but not the least – the new book. I found Jonathan Strange and Mr Norell lying on a colleagues desk yesterday. It is on magic and magicians and 19th century England. I am not good at writing reviews, so I’ll stop here, but I just want to say, if you liked the The Illusionist and The Prestige , you’ll love this book. There, I’ve done my good deed for the day πŸ˜€

Have a great weekend folks!

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One where I think too much..

.. about what to blog! Since last Tuesday, there has been no real post (WW doesn’t really count). I feel sad just looking at the daily stats and the dropping weekly visitor count. Man! Those things are addictive! I rack my brains to come up with a half decent idea, but no avail.

This is how my day starts :

P: Baby, what time are you leaving?
Me: 9
P: That early? you’re going by bike, plus I though you were relatively free this week!
Me: I have some important work
P: Ah. the blog πŸ˜›
Me: hmph (Need to check behind his head for secret mind-reading devices!)

On the way to office, thinking ..oo I could do a post on my bike! Show it some luurrvvee..reality check – Not again! Done it more than once :(. Oh wait! What about these pedestrians who are crossing roads without looking at any (forget either) side of the road, and I get the feeling that their ears are wired to consider loud honking as soothing background music while they jay-walk on the highway. But wait! I am in the minority here and if there are any pedestrians in my sparse readership, even they will leave my poor blog and move on the greener funnier, more interesting, most importantly less insulting pastures. Or, the post could be about those bikers, who scare me out of my wits while riding. They have this immense control over their vehicles, like it is a part of their body, and treat it as if they are on a joy (scare ride for me) ride in Essel World. They ride like dashing cars, going in a completely zig-zag way, Ouch! a bump on the road brings me back to reality. Need to focus on the road, if I ever wish to see the “New-Post” page on WordPress again :P. Finally reach office, still completely preoccupied with just one though – ‘what do I blog about?’

Arrive in office. Check mail. 2-3 new comments on a Blank post!. Happy-happy now attach the power cord, visit loo etc :P. Come back, check stats – Ooh, they have crossed the 10,000 mark – yipee! Reply to comments. Check reader. Read smarty’s super hilarious new post. Sink further into depression, there is no way I am going to be able to write something even 0.000000000000000001 percent funny or interesting or read-worthy as that!

Finally get around the work stuff. Realise I am stuck for some inputs and cannot progress. Silently celebrate, lest colleagues know about the joblessness.

Barely manage to type this out, wondering all the while, how do you guys do it?

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The Happiness Diaries

So many chotti-chotti khushiyan to share with you guys!

1. Having a dear friend raving about the pics you took on her wedding day. Her exact words were-

arre pata hai ppl cant stop talking abt ur pics.. u made us look really really good!!!
and..
bahut hi awesome the re.. u shud consider it as ur alternate profession

You can reach me on cloud number 9. I’ll be there for a while πŸ˜›

P.S.: Since we are praising ourselves, why not add that this is the second time I am getting the alternate profession compliment! Yay!!!

2. P’s parents are a very integral part of this Ganesh Utsav Mandal. If you are from Mumbai/ Maharashtra, you’ll know about these Mandal, that put up huge Ganesh idols in pandals. The festivity continues for 10 days. So P’s mom requested me to click some photos of the idol, and I obliged her. Guess what, she loved the pics so much, that she asked me to make 60 copies of it!! Everyone at their mandal wanted one!!!!!!

3. Being a part of the evening aarti at the pandal and realising how much I enjoy singing – “Sukh karta dukh harta” , “Yeo Vitthale majhe mauli ye” and so many aartis. We did this every year at my parents place, I never know how much I’d missed this stuff then.

4. Watching my fraud, lazy ass, free-riding coworker being finally being questioned about a task he had been assigned. I cannot write more about it but I have to say, it makes me happy, really really happy.

5. Opening of a brand new chaat counter in the office cafeteria. I know most of you’ll say/think it can never have the taste of road-side stuff, but I can only say one thing to them naa naa nana naaa πŸ˜›

6. The rains are finally showing some signs of leaving. Bike baby, here I come πŸ˜€

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Sample these..

An every morning scene, where we try to catch an auto to station, but end up walking since no one wants to go in that direction..

P: Hurry up.. I have got to catch that 9:21 local.
Me: I am walking as fast as I can.. you can’t really blame my legs, they have such a heavy weight to lug around :P..
P: With your speed we will surely miss the train 😦
Me: Idea! why don’t you get me skates. Then instead of holding my hands and dragging me like this, we can attach a string at one end of the skates and you can pull me by the string. That way I don’t have to walk faster, and we won’t get late either πŸ˜€
Him: !!!

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We were travelling to someplace on the bike. The road from our place has water tankers parked all along its side, causing a lot of traffic problems.

P: I wish there was a way to punish these stupid drivers. These tankers are such a menace.
Me: I know 😦
P: We should get a special dart gun. That would puncture the tire, and have a note dangling on the dart explaining to him why :P..
Me: Kind of like the robin hood of streets πŸ˜› :P..

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On Sweaty armpits!
Me: (Pointing at an ad for Dove deo, the one that claims to stop perspiration)
P: Stopping sweat seems so unnatural..
Me: Ok, so what’s you take?
P: We should have a deo that when comes in contact would convert sweat into perfume.. More you sweat, better you smell!
Me: !!!

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Parking problem.. no problem..

P: It is such a hassle to find parking..
M: You know what would be a brilliant invention?
P: What?||?
Me: A device that could shrink vehicles
P: Huh?
Me: Ya.. so when you reach your destination, or a place where there is too much traffic congestion, you can simply shrink you vehicle, put it in your pocket.. and walk till a point of less traffic. Once you are there.. expand the vehicle and off you go.. That would solve so many problems πŸ˜€
P: You are a genius πŸ˜›

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Do you guys get such crazy ideas?? I would love to hears yours. (And feel a lot better that we are not the only ones)

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Friday filler fun

Since Friday is the day this blog gets the most hits.. I knew I’d to post something today ;).. And with my brain giving dhokha and having zilch to write about.. I thought I could just pick up this tag Nu and Nuttie has passed on! Thanks guys πŸ™‚

This is a marathon tag .. so don’t blame me later for wasting your time πŸ˜›

Ready, steady and go…

Ten hows:

1. How did you get one of your scars? Cooking. I used to cook even before marriage but somehow marriage has made me even more clumsier.. Now I have not one but two scars.. And when I meet my Mom.. I complain to her with huge puppy dog eyes..showing her the scars.. see what my in-laws have done to me πŸ˜› πŸ˜› P’s very apt response can be.. you just have superficial wounds.. me, I am still hurting inside getting married to you :P.. I am sure my parents would belive him over me!

2. How did you celebrate your last birthday? Mauritius :D.. On my honeymoon πŸ˜€ :D.. cake cutting.. dancing.. beach… Definitely my best birthday ever..

3. How are you feeling at this moment? It’s a Friday, how could I be feeling!

4. How did your night go last night? You really wanna know? I really don’t think I could handle so much PDA on the blog πŸ˜‰

5. How did you do in high school? That was ages ago and I was am a nerd.. Yeah I’m old :(..

6. How did you get the shirt you’re wearing? Don’t remember..Β  I have an amazing memory, which is why when we buy clothes, I have to drag an unhappy P along with me, who remembers which colour and type of clothes each of us have, so that I don’t end up buying the same stuff all over again.

7. How often do you see your best friend(s)? Not as often as I’d want to .. and now one of them is moving to Bangalore :(..

8. How much money did you spend last month? You really think I’d remember that, I JUST explained to you about my memory. Pssst..here is the thing.. I use this memory excuse, whenever I want to avoid answering anything :).. But, I don’t think I needed to tell you that explicitly.. you guys are smart.

9. How old do you want to be when you get married? I am happy with my marriage..Thankyouverymuch.

10. How old will you be at your next birthday? What is it with this survey? You want to know things no one wants to tell. Do you want me to use the memory excuse again?

Nine whats:

1. Your mothers name? Hee haw.. I know you want to hack all my bank accounts and stuff… I’m not gonna fall for this one πŸ˜›

2. What did you do last weekend? Was cooped up at home on Saturday due to the rains.. gloomy and depressing :(.. On Sunday we celebrated P’s budday in advance .. ordered in mind-blowingly yummy biryani..Parents came over too.. generally lot of eating happened. Even writing about it is making my stomach groan..Thanks for the reminder to return back to the gym.. I think we have even forgotten the address, its been that long since our last visit 😦

3. What is the most important part of your life? My family..my friends, my blog.. internet.. everything is important.

4. What would you rather be doing? I’d rather be at home… having some yummy maggi and watching a movie or reading a book.. with P somewhere around.

5. What did you last cry over? I am morbid.. I get reminded of mortality on birthdays.. and it makes me cry. It was P’s birthday this time.

6. What always makes you feel better when you’re upset? A hug from P, always works

7. What’s the most important thing you look for in a significant other? I don’t think it can be one thing.. I guess it should just “click”

8. What are you worried about? How much longer is it going to take to finish this tag? Team-mates will start suspiciously at my monitor, and wondering what I am doing so secretively, if this goes on for much longer..

9. What did you have for breakfast? Corn flakes.. Honey and nuts.. yummy πŸ™‚

Eight yous:

1. Have you ever liked someone who had a girlfriend/boyfriend? What you don’t like people in relationships? What is wrong in that?

2. Have you ever had your heartbroken? Nah.

3. Have you ever been out of the country? Yes πŸ™‚

4. Have you ever done something outrageously dumb? Anyone who hasn’t?

5. Have you ever been back stabbed by a friend? Once.. I’d rather not talk about it.

6. Have you ever had sex on the beach? *We are in India*.. We don’t even say the word aloud here .. let alone doing it on a beach..

7. Have you ever dated someone younger than you? Guess I haven’t dated a lot.

8. Have you ever read an entire book in one day? Yes.. but it was a time long long ago.

Seven whos:

1. Who was the last person you saw? I am in office.. with my team.. how do I define the last person among everyone I see?

2. Who was the last person you texted? A friend.. This is seeming like third degree now.. I am innocent.. I have not committed any offence..Oh please of please let me go!

3. Who was the last person you hung out with? P, in-laws.. How do you define hanging out?

4. Who was the last person to call you? P asking me not to call him :P, coz he was going in a meeting :).. yeah we keep in touch the entire day πŸ˜›

5. Who did you last hug? P πŸ˜€

6. Who is the last person who texted you? Nu.. her messages add the humour my life needs so badly in the middle of my workday.

7. Who was the last person you said β€œI love you” to? The only person I’ve ever said it to – P.

Six wheres:

1. Where does your best friend(s) live? In Mumbai :D.. but one of them is moving :(.. I think I already told you that

2. Where did you last go? Came to office… boring week.

3. Where did you last hang out? M.O.D.. If there is heaven … I think its is that place… So I go there once in a while to imagine how amazing life after death would be πŸ˜›

4. Where do you go to school? You think I still go to school..Β  Flattery works every single time with me πŸ˜€

5. Where is your favorite place to be? Home

6. Where did you sleep last night? Exactly where I woke up today morning πŸ˜›

Five dos:

1. Do you think anyone likes you? You mean you don’t? Even after I answered so many questions, you still don’t like me? You’re mean, very very mean.

2. Do you ever wish you were someone else? No

3. Do you know the muffin man? muffin who?

4. Does the future scare you? Oh no.. looking forward to it!

5. Do your parents know about your blog? No way

Four whys:

1. Why are you best friends with your best friend? Because I am. What sort of questions are these?

2. Why did you get into Blogging? I have no idea.. seriously..

3. Why did your parents give you the name you have? Why are you asking me the questions you are?

4. Why are you doing this survey? I had no ideas for a post, and I really wanted to put something up today, its a Friday after all :D.. I am having second thoughts about this though.

Three ifs:

1. If you could have one super power what would it be? Flying.. or better teleportation.. Really bugged of travelling to work everyday in the rains.. This way I just need to think and bam! I’m there.. super fun.

2. If you could go back in time and change one thing, would you? Naah.. I have seen the butterfly effect… who knows what that’ll lead to.. Jo hai accha hai..

3. If you were stranded on a deserted island and could bring 1 thing, what would you bring? P ofcourse.. what else would I need? umm.. yes.. I’d get P with a laptop and internet connection, yes I am an internet addict.. I get withdrawal symptoms if I am without it for a couple of hours.

Two would you evers:

1. Would you ever get back together with any of your ex’s if they asked you?
No X no Y..only PΒ  πŸ˜›

2. Would you ever shave your head to save someone you love? Save them from?? What situation could possibly demand shaving off one’s head to save someone? You are nuts!

One last question:

1. Are you happy with your life right now? Couldn’t be happier. Touchwood.

I don’t think I can ask any person to go though this humongous questionnaire.. So I’m not tagging anyone in particular.. Feel free to pick this one up if you wish!

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Happens with me all the time.. For example I hear about some random incident through someone, and then we all collectively pass our judgement on whose fault it was, and how it would have been so much better had things been done some other way, or how the person is too irresponsible, immature, selfish etc. It usually never crosses our minds that we do not know the entire story. There might have been some circumstances that could have forced the person to behave in the way he/she behaved. We are so stingy with giving other the benefit of doubt and so generous with passing judgements.

Even in our day-to-day lives.. we are quick to point out flaws in others. But for ourselves, we have a different scale. We are allowed to make mistakes, break rules behave selfishly, yet we do not judge ourselves.. we are convinced that we did what we had to do. On the other hand, when someone else is even a little rude or selfish, we hardly pause a moment to even try to understand that there may be something else on his mind.. or maybe he or she is just having a bad day!

I reflected upon this today, because of my argument with a lady on the local train this morning. It was extremely crowded (as expected during peak hours) and I was unable to get inside through the door due to a bag that was stuck between me and the woman in front.. I tried hard to push through and go inside since there were many women at the hanging at the door who needed to move as the train started picking up speed. One of those left at the door panicked and started yelling at me for not going in, and accused me of standing there deliberately, so that I could easily get down at the next station. From the place where she was standing, she could not see that I was stuck myself, and even though I wanted to go in and help them, I could not do so. So I replied back, and the yelling match started :D.. I know I could have behaved more maturely and calmly, but at that point of time I was in no mood to listen passively on being called selfish. After cooling down, I realised that it was nobody’s fault. People do stand near the door on purpose, and she just assumed I was one of them. I was angry because I knew she assumed and categorised me where she could have tried to understand where I was coming from.

This was a very trivial incident, but there are so many instances in life, where we hastily judge those near and dear to us, sometimes unknowingly. Here is wishing that we take a little more time and show some more understanding and compassion towards them instead πŸ™‚

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