Friday, April 29, 2005

now i have finished all the quizzes on blogthings - this site conquere d -> next please!





In 1982 (the year I was born)


Ronald Reagan is president of the US


The space shuttle Columbia completes its first operational flight


Actor John Belushi is found dead of a drug overdose in a West Hollywood hotel


Automobile manufacturer John Delorean is arrested and charged with possession of 59 pounds of cocaine


The first artificial heart is implanted in American Barney Clark


The Cable News Network, or CNN, is launched


750,000 people rally against nuclear weapons in New York City's Central Park


Time Magazine's Man of the Year was for the first time given to a non-human, a computer


The first computer virus, written by Rich Skrenta, escapes into the wild


Kirsten Dunst and Elisha Cuthbert are born


St. Louis Cardinals win the World Series


San Francisco 49ers win Superbowl XVI


New York Islanders win the Stanley Cup


E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is the top grossing film


Ozzy Osbourne bites the head off of a live bat thrown at him during a performance, later hospitalized with rabies


"I Love Rock 'N Roll" by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts spends the most time at the top of the US charts


Cheers, Family Ties, Silver Spoons, and Fame premiere



What Happened the Year You Were Born?


More cool things for your blog at
Blogthings

this one i really like!





Your Seduction Style: The Dandy





You're a non-traditionalist, not limited by gender roles or expectations.
Your sexuality is more fluid than that - and you defy labels or categories.
It's hard to pin you down, and that's what's fascinating about you.
You have the psychology of both a male and a female, and you can relate to anyone.


Thursday, April 28, 2005

on another quiz taking spree!

this is what my dominant inner being is



The Magus. The real world bores you as you know
that there is more that can be seen in the
metaphysical world. You dance through dreams,
Consider the cosmos and see eight sides to
every four sided object.


What is the Dominant Inner being within You?
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what am i?? the eternal question

Seer
You are exactly what your name implies. You see what other people miss.You are the intellectual of the personality types as well as the Philosopher. You possess a cool and rational nature and take things in your stride.You are concerned with the 'big picture' as well, and always know what's goin on.You know people better than they know themselves and it makes them nervous sometimes. You know exactly what people don't want to know about them, but fortunately you are a pacifist and don't (usually) use it against them. But take care not to get too detached through the lens of that powerful microscope of yours. You can be a little cool towards people
and you sometimes need to remember that you have a heart as well as a brain.



The ULTIMATE personality test
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well, they said it!

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Man or Woman

For every one who always knew - now there is proof ....






Your Brain is 53.33% Female, 46.67% Male



Your brain is a healthy mix of male and female

You are both sensitive and savvy

Rational and reasonable, you tend to keep level headed

But you also tend to wear your heart on your sleeve


Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Bavra mann.....

bavra mann dekhne chala ek sapna ..

bavrese mann ki dekho bavri hain baatein
bavrisi dhadkane hain bavri hain saanse
bavrisi karwanto se nindiya kyon bhaage
bavrese nain chahe bawre zarokhon se bavre naazaroon ko takna

bavra mann dekhne chala ek sapna

bavrese is jahan mein bawra ek saath ho
is saayani bheed mein bass haathon mein tera haath ho
bavrisi dhun ho koi bavra ek raag ho
bavrese pair chahe bawre tarano ke bavrese bol pe thirkana
bavra mann dekhne chala ek sapna

bavrasa ho andhera bavri ho khamoshiyaan
thartharati lav ho matthamm bavri madhoshiyaan
bavra ek gunghata hole hole dinn batayein bavrese mukhadese
bavra mann dekhne chala ek sapna

from Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

one-song wonders

Note that this is different from One -Hit wonders...

was flipping channels when i saw the Spice girls song - "If u wanna be my lover"!!! my my ! what a hit that was!! and so crappy as well...
the next song on air was Aqua with "Tarzan and Jane" ( i am jane and i like to ride an elephant!!! what lyrics!!)

anyways the songs brought back a lot of memories when we were actually hooked on to these bands - yes i used to listen to boy bands - everyone went through that phase - c'mon admit it!! ( and i actually still like MLTR)

but u know what - each of these otherwise crappy bands has one really nice song...or so the theory goes

for example - Aqua has "Turn back Time" Ost of Sliding doors and the SPice Girls have "Viva forever" ....
am right now on a quest to find more such examples - just that i can' remember to many bands!

any suggestions??

inflation

A recent report in a weekly illustrated the well known fact as to how and why young professionals nowadays who earn a lot more than their parents ever did are still unable to make ends meet (or just manage to do it somehow...). inflation and expensive lifestyles were the primary reasons cited.

why am i talking about this?? well i wanted to watch "Hazaaron Khwaishey Aisi" , Sudhir Mishra's third hindi film (after Calcutta Mail and Chameli), starring KK menon, Chitrangadha singh and the third guy whose name i forget (its Shiny something...). Supposed to be really good and the trailers are really good... so been wanting to see it for quite a while. obviously in the chandramukhi and mumbai express euphoria, i don't think it released in chennai (where i was this weekend). and in bangalore its playing only at PVR , that too in Cinema europa AND there are no morning shows!!!!! which means i have to fish out 130 rupees to watch the film!!! how horrendous is that ???? my parents i am sure spent their early days on the job watching "rajnigandha" and other amol palekar movies for 5 rupees!!!!

made me think of those lovely days when we would go to Nandan and watch good films for just 10 rupees! yes even as late as 2003 i made a whole trip from home(bansdroni) to nandan (thats approx 9.5 Km), saw a movie (Chocolat i think it was), ate singadhas (samosas for the unitiated), drank tea and came back home - and the whole trip was made in less than Rs 30/-! then i went into this "oh! how i wish i was in cal!" frame of mind....

So i did what i usually do when i miss cal... opened the online edition of The Telegraph...
went to the metro page and checked out if "hazaaron..." was on at Nandan so as to vindicate my agony... and guess what i found out - its on at the two INOXes and at 89Cinemas only! not even at priya, menoka, basusree or mahua!! he he he....

so bascially i would have been in the same pathetic situation....
the agonies of modernisation!

guess will have to rent a cd! Piracy zindabad!

Monday, April 11, 2005

The Goat's Leap

Saturday morning we set off for Mekedatu (Kannada for Goat’s leap), which is about 100 Km from Bangalore. We included Aditi and Vasuta (my flatmates), Ishita, Adhyaas, Vivek and Inder (Vasuta’s PS mates from Intel) and Shaili (Inder’s wife).
The morning drive was pretty uneventful with the usual round of jokes and songs happening. We had breakfast at Kanakapura – normal udipi fare – but great coffee… we also found a Nandini Milk Parlor and drank lotsa buttermilk. Since we knew there wouldn’t be much food available in Mekedatu we decided to buy some bananas and apples for lunch.

An hour later we were at Mekedatu where we realized we’d have to wade through a section of the river to reach the other bank, from where a Bus (which apparently stays on that bank only) would take us up to the gorge – about 4 Km uphill…
The bus journey was bumpy to say the least and I decided to stand coz sitting was just far too injurious to my back. When we reached the gorge we ran down a series of steps and then had to climb up this rock to have our first view of the Gorge. There is an overhanging ledge of rock higher up from where the other bank is just 5m apart and supposedly a Goat could leap across it (hence the nomenclature)– now I think the gap is wider because of erosion and all. Anyways, the view was spectacular and the river was LOUD, as it converged to form a narrow speeding stream at the gorge and a series of waterfalls after it. There were also these regions where the water actually had a layer of foam on top of it – white water – I saw what it means finally…

Now the rock we were standing on was separated form the ledge by another level of rock that was about six and a half feet high. Adhyaas who apparently had some previous rock climbing experience went up on to this next level and he insisted that some one else accompany him. So he first pulled Vasuta up and then I followed. This rock was really steep and slippery and there were no foot-holds to climb up by. We were just pulled up by Adhyaas and simultaneously pushed up by Inder and Vivek. Now Adhyaas decided he could find his way down to the river, and decided to climb down. He asked Vasuta and me to wait for him and left his mobile phone and wallet on the rock we were on. After a while we noticed that Inder had taken off his T-shirt and was doing some kind of a funny dance with it… and in a while we noticed that everyone was running away – shouting just one word – “madhu makhi !”

That’s when we realized that the reason for all the activity was that a swarm of Honeybees had attacked us for no fault of ours. God knows who disturbed them but we bore the brunt. As everyone else had runaway, relatively unharmed, the bees decided to attack Vasuta and me. Now as I explained before, the rock that we were on was too high for us to get off and if we tried to jump we would just end up fracturing ourselves. Moreover there were more than 20-30 bees hovering around each of us and we had received quite a few stings. Just then this stranger, who was on the bus with us, let’s call him KISA (knight in shining armor, of course) came and pulled us both down. Vasuta who was in a lesser state of shock ran up the stairs ads fast as she could. I had meanwhile exhausted my energy in screaming at the top of my lungs, hoping that the bees would go away!!!! At this point of time I got stung not once, but twice on my right eyelid and I just couldn’t see anymore. KISA shouted to me and said I should try getting myself wet as that would dissuade the bees… so I ran the other way towards the water to get myself wet. I dunno if the bees kept way coz of it, but it did make me feel a lot better. Mean while I also managed to pull out quite a few stings, a useful first aid tip that I had learnt at BITS.

By now Vasuta had reached the bus and somehow Adhyaas had also found some other path to it – though he got stung as well…So that meant I was the only one not on the bus.
Meanwhile the bees had followed Vasuta and Adhyaas into the bus and the others in the bus were getting more paranoid; especially the parents of a small baby, who had started crying, coz of all the excitement. They urged the bus driver to start the bus and I was still at the bottom of a flight of steps that had seemed so simple to get down from, but now felt like an insurmountable barrier. I had just climbed about 10% of the steps when I heard the bus engine revving up, I screamed for the bus to stop but the sound of the engine kept getting softer. I kept dragging my tired feet up the steps and when I reached the top I saw the bus had already gone around half a Km. meanwhile the bees still hadn’t left me alone. I decided that there was no way I could chase it and maybe here in Mekedatu is where fate had writ that I was to do alone and bee-stung – well I didn’t think that exactly – It was more like “God if this is the kind of death you had in store for me, well its kind of petty…” – no life flashing before your eyes and all happened…

Suddenly I heard the bus screech and I got up to see people peeping out of the window , ushering me to run. “Wait… I am too tired… can’t run” I screamed. And slowly but surely I half-ran, half - limped to the now stationary bus. When I reached the bus I had to be literally hoisted in as the driver took off almost instantaneously not even waiting for me to get my feet in….

In the bus I saw Aditi almost reduced to tears to explain how hard she had tried to make the bus stay. I just smiled and said I knew. Then we began the entire process of pulling out the stings. I looked around for my KISA and said a soft “thank you”. He was back with his girlfriend who was moaning about how a bee had stung her finger, and he was playing this ever so considerate puppy love! Lost all respect for him right then!!!

Adhyaas in his quest to get to the bus had left behind his wallet and mobile. So he got off half way and joined another group that was trekking to the top hoping to recover his lost possessions. We reached the bottom of the trail and I just sat there for a while regaining my cool, sipping a Pepsi (they took 10 bucks for a freaking 200 ml bottle – can u believe that??!!!). We waded back to the Qualis and then hunted for some “chuna”. Inder and Shaili had gotten along a medical kit and I managed to find some Cetrizine in it. My previous experiences with allergies made me recognize the tablet right away and I took one of it. Adhyaas meanwhile had managed to recover his stuff by paying some guy who agreed to retrieve the goods for Rs 200/-.

We hung around there for a while and everyone except Aditi and me went off to spend some time in the water. We just stayed back and enjoyed some fresh air.

After a couple of hours we left the place and were on our way to Bangalore. We decided to stop at a dhaaba midway for some tea – but this dhaaba – being in Karnataka – didn’t serve tea! Plus it was about to start raining and this was an open air place – so we decided to get to Bangalore asap. So we came back, ate Biryani at la-zeez in Koramangala. Oh ya1 Adhyaas puked on the way and attributed it to consuming an apple that he had “washed” in the muddy stream. Anyways post grub we went to the doc, who prescribed dif medicines to Adhyaas, Vasuta and me – so that she could charge us all separate consultancy fees!

Anyways by now I had a slight fever – owing to the allergy. Got back home and slept. On Sunday morning my eye was so swollen I couldn’t even open it for five mins… but a day’s dose of medicines has made me fit enough to be here in office sitting and typing this. Eye is still a bit swollen, so is my lip - I have to go to a wedding on Wednesday! Hoping I’ll look more presentable by then!!!

That’s the story folks.

Friday, April 08, 2005

Friendly Inspiration

this post is inspired by sagnik who gave me the idea of putting in excerpts from conversations

Met an ex-flame online yesterday, quite by accident...

Me: BUZZ
He: bolo
Me: aise hi
He: whats up?
Me: the weather in bangalore is fantastic
He: its really hot here
Me: ganguly is gonna lose his captainship
He: captaincy
Me: ah! u still correct my grammar
He:hmm
Me: the bus journey from srinagar took off peacefully
He: ???
Me: the weather, cricket and politics - the 3 non-controversial things we can talk about. So now that we've done that... bye
He: ok. bye.


Comments Please!!!

Thursday, April 07, 2005

Everytime it Rains

one of my fav songs to listen to when it rains.... wish this july i could be getting wet in Cal - just one more time...

Everytime it Rains - Ace of base

I see dark clouds out my window
I know the storm is coming any minute
And the thunder just confirms my fears
And I know the tears are in there
I’ll be crying unable to stop
Look here comes the very first drop

’cause every time it rains
I fall to pieces
So many memories the rain releases
I feel you... I taste you
I cannot forget
Every time it rains... I get wet

Darling I am still in love with you
As time passes by it just intensifies
I know I’ll never be with you again
I’ll never find another with that kindness in his eyes
I’ll be trying unable to stop
Look here comes the very first drop

’cause every time it rains
I fall to pieces
So many memories the rain releases
I feel you... I taste you
I cannot forget
Every time it rains... I get wet

On sunny days I’m all right
I walk in the light
And I try not to think about
The love I live without

But every time it rains
I fall to pieces
So many memories the rain releases
I feel you... I taste you
I cannot forget
Every time it rains... I get wet
’cause every time it rains
I fall to pieces
So many memories the rain releases
I feel you... I taste you
I cannot forget
Every time it rains... I get wet
’cause every time it rains
I fall to pieces
So many memories the rain releases
I feel you... I taste you
I cannot forget
Every time it rains... I get wet

Its a beautiful day...

A beautiful day in Bangalore city... the weather is at its best. It rained last night and there was a slight hint of a drizzle when I stood in the balcony brushing my teeth this morning...oooooooh! There’s a nip in the breeze and all I wanna do know is go for a picnic lunch...
actually the weather's been nice the last few days but I’ve been too caught up in work to notice... finished making the presentation I had to and so am free to blog the whole day - in total and absolute peace.

Lotsa stuff that I wanna write about, but here is the most urgent post – coz if I delay, it might no longer be relevant.

THE BUS: Primary debate - is it worth it? Are we making guinea pigs out of those passengers just so our politicians can prove a point? Should we have a soft border with Pakistan???

There are forums all over the place campaigning for indo-pak "brotherhood" (if your country is your motherland, shouldn't it be "sisterhood”? - just yet another feminist thought) - yet others are out there screaming at the top of their lungs that the pakis are entirely untrustworthy...
My stand on this issue is totally moderate. I just want peace - whichever way...
No friendship, no enmity - u mind ur business, let us mind ours...just keep it at that. I know that’s slightly difficult - as Rajdeep Sardesai put it - for two nations that are "separated at birth"... but that's what will make things better.

As far as the ' k ' word goes, I had the privilege of being acquainted with this wonderful young lady whose father is an MLA with the NC. The sentiment in the valley is simple – they just want normal lives and proper development that they deserve. They will be with whoever can promise them that. The bus therefore is an important step in that direction. It will help Kashmiris meet their families in POK and work towards the unification of Kashmir.

Now, I am no political expert … but here’s how I see the situation. Here’s a breakup of how the bus service is going to help the different parties involved.

1. The Indian Government (and the Mehbooba Mufti Government): If the bus goes off smoothly and the service continues, they can become champions of peace in the valley. If the militants cause any trouble, the Kashmiri people will believe that the terrorists are only creating hurdles in the peace process and ruining their chances for a normal life. This will just lead to a growth of negative sentiment against the militants. Hence the Indian side will triumph as long as they just put the bus on the road!
2. The Pakistani Government: The softening of the LOC will be a boon for Musharraf and his cronies. They will be hoping that stronger bonds between the Indian side of Kashmir and the POK will help in ruling out the present status quo of a divided Kashmir. This will help in their making claims on all of Kashmir.

Either ways , what it means is that Kashmir will in the end be a stronger state – and that’s what making Omar Abdullah smile these days (he has such a cute smile, na? – sorry had to let some amount of frivolousness creep through for the more juvenile readers of this blog).

The only people who are cribbing are the militants – coz it just might mean they won’t have anything to do for a while… that’s why they are making all this noise.


Frankly to me it doesn’t matter whether Kashmir is an independent state, or a part of either India or Pakistan. I think any solution to the controversy is perfectly acceptable as long as at the end of the day the people of Kashmir can live normal lives, without fear and have a healthy and prosperous future.

Monday, April 04, 2005

ok i did it

been wanting to do this for quite some time - finally yday i took the plunge...

got my hair streaked - red ... well burgundy actually..

First the Good parts

1. The entire procedure took less than an hour
2. I managed to wriggle out a Student discount and got a free haircut thrown in
3. I DO NOT look like an item girl wannabe
4. Its been streaked such that i can comb my hair to conceal the red... thats for when i go to see my grandmom!
5. i didnt have to pre-lighten (thats the technical term for bleaching) so when the color wears off i wont have ugly light strands but just my ol' hair back again.
6. I got taken out to Taika y'day and splurged upon (although it was an overdue treat and didnt have anything to do with the hair per se... ) - i think i got my ROI
7. this could motivate me to start caring about the way i look every day - and i just might buy some make up to go with the hair!
8. now i have an excuse to keep looking in the mirror (just realised my mirror fetish deserves a post of its own)

Now the dampeners

1.It looks so natural that i have to actually tell people before they notice it
2. I have to use this really expensive shampoo to wash my hair for the next six months
3. there is a chance my hair may start falling - bad news for my already receding hairline
4.u really cant make out its colored if u are at a distance of eight feet or more - am wondering if it'll get captured on camera - havent tried taking a snap ye - will do so once i finish the whole makeover - the clothes , the make up - u know the whole jazz!

so for everyone who's curious watch this space for the photographic evidence

p.s: at one point in the process i had all these tiny pieces of aluminium foil sticking on my head and strands of hair in between - i looked like something out of a C grade alien flick - wish i'd had a cam to capture the moment.

also available on demand - How does ur hair attain a new hue? 40 facts u didnt know...