Thursday, December 30, 2010

Meet my mutt Matt.

A few days ago on my other blog, I mentioned that I had a new stuffed toy - my FIRST stuffed toy; and I had said that I would upload its picture soon. I guess 'soon' came around ten days late. So sorry for that. 

I got this toy as a spontaneous present. Sandeep and I were at R City Mall in Ghatkopar on one of our usual evening outings and after dinner we were just roaming around, checking the shops out. I needed to use the restroom and he said he wanted to buy some things at Big Bazaar. So I told him I'd meet him there.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

There's no room for Vanity in Bigg Boss's house.. well, at least not anymore

Before I start off, I want to admit to one thing - I have loads of time at hand and I choose to utilise it by honing my writing skills (obviously, blogging is my first choice.) That's the reason there've been a lot of posts; especially in the last few days. Also, in my free time, I've been watching (among other things) Bigg Boss Season 4 (which is the adaption of the British reality show Big Brother) and I have soooo much to say about it. Well, just one of the inmates actually. I wonder why I haven't written about it till now?

Friday, December 24, 2010

Santa is a Mumbaikar

This is in the 'Top 5' section of today's Mumbai Mirror and I wanted to share it with you guys (especially my friends who aren't in Mumbai.) It's the perfect post for Christmas Eve. So enjoy!! :)

Theories why Santa's a Mumbaikar
[and according to Mumbai Mirror, it's apparently good news for Bal-T ;)]

1. He comes really late, after the children have slept.

2. He goes on a social visit once a year.

3. He has a large belly.

4. He insists on travelling in his personal vehicle despite the traffic.

5. He speaks Marathi. Tonight, try asking him "Tumhi Mumbaikar aahaat ka?" (Are you a Mumbaikar?) and he'll go 
{photo via weheartit}

("Ho" is yes in Marathi! :D)

And ultimately good sense prevails

I don't know what had gotten into me a few hours ago. I had been toying with the idea for quite a while but I'd been unsure about whether I should do it or not; and by "it" I mean this extremely nasty post that I wanted to write. (I shocked myself when I read it.)

Thursday, December 23, 2010

And that's 'Miss Bitch' to you...

For almost twenty minutes my mind went through turmoil when I had to decided whether I wanted to club this post with the year end post (like the one I did last year) or not. I was also in two minds about whether I should even do this post for almost six hours. Since thinking about a blog post for that long is significant, I decided it was serious enough to deserve a post in itself. Although, I wish I didn't have to write this post when my blog looks to festive and Christamssy, but what the heck! I don't want to take this to the next year.

For all those who nodded their heads in agreement when they read the title of this post, it's precisely for you guys girls (okay, and maybe a few guys too, if you didn't want to feel left out.) I hope you realise what a huge favour I'm doing. I'm actually saving you from going to hell for being such big fat LIARS. Yeah. True. Because you see, I'm not the way you think I am. So just for your sake, since you've been bitching about me and calling me a bitch, I thought I'd spare you the guilt of being liars and be a bitch for once and actually show you what it really means. So read very very carefully, because I'm going through this entire personality change  (against my principles) in this one blog post just to save your asses from going to hell. I hope you appreciate the effort. (And it's okay if you don't thank me. I know that you have a reputation to keep and saying 'Thanks' to me would be like suicide for you. I understand and I know how grateful you must be. So spare yourself the trouble.)

But that's not the only reason I'm doing this. I'm doing this because doing and being good means squat to people. If you disappoint them even once (for the silliest of things even) they're going to end up calling you a bitch anyway. So since I've been miss goody-goody for the past two years, I thought I'd give the other side of my personality a chance to feature on this blog too. And good girl that I am, I'm still thinking about being a bitch just so others wouldn't be called liars. Ah! It's so hard to be someone you're not! But I'm trying my best.

Of course you'd want to know what happened, but I'm soooo not in the mood for delving into those details. But let me tell you one thing. You want to call me names, fine. I've earned it. But you also gotta show some respect. So here's what I have for you. You might want to write this down. Make it your screensaver if you think you can't remember because you have so many petty little things in that tiny brain of yours. 
{photo via weheartit and here}

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Happy Holidays!

With Christmas just a week away and New Year a few days after that, there are festivities everywhere you go. I was at the mall sometime ago and it was totally lit up with colourful lights and decorative and glittery snowflakes made of thermocol. And it just made me feel soooo good and happy.

I was at Cafe Coffee Day and even the coffee had a festive touch. Take a look!

Just wanted to say, Happy Holidays!!! :D :D

Who said to Whom

I'm not sure if the title is grammatically correct but we used to have this section in our language exams in school where we had to quote who said the statement, to whom and under what circumstances. My sister and I play this game where we quote dialogues from FRIENDS and ask one another to guess. It's really fun. It's also funny how my brother used this as a problem solving technique in real life. You'll see how.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

My Current Obsession

I don't want to start talking about Gizmos because lately I've been obsessed with quite a few. My obsession started when Sandeep bought the iPod Touch 4 and I was awed with the technology. Till that moment, I was never a fan of Touch Screen gadgets because I felt that it was too easy to press the wrong button because all it required was 'a touch' and hello, you can't use a gadget without touching it.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Why I'll never buy an expensive painting

The blog has a new look... again! The last time you checked, you probably saw a mixture of brown, orange and yellow; blue and pinks before that; and an assorted range of varied colours before that. Point being, I keep changing the colour scheme of the blog and also the fonts for the post and gadget titles. I don't know much about  designing a web page, so I operate within my limits when I give the blog a makeover. Earlier, it used to be once in four or five months, but the frequency has increased of late. I think it was only November when I changed the colour scheme last.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

15 reasons why I looooove Winter

Finally after having wished for it day and night for over a month, our prayers have been answered. The untimely and uninvited rains have disappeared, and have taken with them the gross and sticky humidity that had been around for almost six months! Phew! What a relief!

The last few days, things have been pleasant and wonderful to say the least! Although I've always known and said it, I just want to make sure that it's clear. I just looooove winter. Here's 15 reasons why...

Monday, December 6, 2010

All and sundry

Wow! Five days into the month (well, okay! Six now...) and third post already? This must be some kind of record! I guess I'm in the writing-about-everything phase again where every single thing that happens or is said to me during the day has chances of turning into a blog post. Not that every single thing that qualified in this category made it to the blog when I was in this phase a few months back; but it's just nice to know that I'm itching to write again.

Thursday, December 2, 2010


So Sandeep and I were having a regular phone conversation and I said something in Marathi. Our conversations are generally a mixture of Hindi and English, and we use Marathi occasionally since we both know it. 

"Our conversations are so multilingual!" he said. 

"I know! I'm just short of speaking in Konkani (his mother tongue) and you, in Tamil (my mother tongue - mother's tongue actually since my dad's family is Punjabi) and then it would really be a multilingual conversation," I added. "Maybe we should brush up on our French as well so that we could use even that in our conversations."

"I know a little bit of German too," he said.

I got to say, just because you listen to Rammstein, doesn't mean you know German.

the red dress club - Prompt #1

I recently joined this site called the red dress club that hosts writing challenges. I’d seen a few other bloggers participate and I couldn’t resist. For this week’s challenge we had two prompts to choose from and write a fictional story between 100 – 2,000 words. I managed to complete it in 1,968 words barely missing the maximum limit. So yeah, it is long ;)

The prompt I’ve chosen is the last line of this story that’s written in italics. Let me know what you guys think! :)

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

NaNoWriMo - Day 30

Well, technically it's just day 22 for me because I signed up eight days late, but no one's going to wait for me. I guess I knew this when I started out that it was a death sentence. I may have even mentioned that when I started writing.

It's just a little over three hours left until I can submit my word count, but I am not going to, because when did 10,800 become great when winning the contest required at least 50,000 words. So even though I was on leave today, I didn't write much because I knew there was no way I could reach 50,000. I have decided to take my time, build the story and characters and do this systematically.

Caught the bloody Prankster!

For the last few months we've been facing some kind of trouble. Someone has been ringing the doorbell and running away. It's so annoying; followed only by the sound of the bell rung two times in one go. You hear the bell ring and rush to open the door, and then you see that there's no one standing there. The thing is, since we live on the ground floor, it is so convenient for whoever it is to just run off either to one of the floors above ours or right outside the building.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Flipping out

It's day 19 at NaNoWriMo and my word count has continued to remain at around 3,000 (which I managed to accomplish the first day I started writing.) I just have 11 days to finish and reach the 50,000 word mark which means around 4,300 words per day, which is not a bad thing if only I get around to actually sit and type the shit out.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Fill in the Blanks Friday #6

Oh Gosh! It's been so long since I did this. After such a long time, I'm filling the blanks again from Lauren's blog. If you're new to this, here's what you have to do. Fill these blanks with your own answers on your blog and link up here or you can leave a comment on her post. Ready or  not, here we go!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

NaNoWriMo - Day 1

I finally started writing today. I was toying with an idea for the last two days (since I signed up) and was wondering if it was the right way to go. I thought of other options but I nothing struck me as worth writing a novel about. So after talking to Sandeep and Ratz, I decided to stick to my original plan and start writing already!

If I'd started writing on November 1, in order to reach the 50,000 word mark I would have had to write 1,667 words per day and I was already eight days behind. So I calculated and decided that to still be able to achieve my target I would have to write 2,272 words per day. Oh boy! Targets and plans!!!! I'm never good at them.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

I'm in sooo much trouble

Sometimes I do things that I really could live without. There are things that even if I hadn't known about, my life could go on without a hitch. But I am a curious person and I ask a lot of questions. And that got me here. It's not that I am regretting it, because it maybe the most wonderful thing that could ever happen to me, but right now I am shit scared and I have to get going, which is why this is going to be a very hurried post (except for the spell and grammar check once I'm done writing! :P)

I am the worst when it comes to achieving targets. I make brilliant plans, I really do. And the plans are made to yield, even if I am able to keep up with even 60% of it (I'm not kidding!) But it's not in my nature. I am a very lazy person and I love to procrastinate. There always seems to be something better to do than what I have planned. Fortunately this time, I have to make plans for something I actually enjoy. (Well, we'll see about that!)

Sunday, November 7, 2010

I could live without them...

I wish I could really write about the 'people' I could live without, but no. There is no room for hate on this blog! Or in my life too at the moment. I'm trying to make my world a better place, you see. But I don't think others get the idea; and I mean literally in the sense of making "this world" a better place.

It was Diwali two days ago, and since it is a long festival, the celebrations are still on. It is supposed to be the highlight of the year in India; when it comes to festivities I mean. Otherwise the IPL  (or anything to do with 1. cricket and 2. football) takes precedence over everything. People live for cricket here; well, most of them at least. I'm not sure what the situation would be like if Diwali and cricket coincided!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Idea!! Idea!!

I thought I'd cook up at least one (more) post for October, but couldn't come up with something worthwhile. This doesn't mean that I didn't try. I did have a few things in mind. But they chose to remain as drafts until I pronounced them unworthy of being published. And then I deleted them.

So I have nothing more to contribute to the glory of October 2010. There is one thing noticeable though. Including this ridiculously insignificant post, October has performed better than the last two months, which is something in itself. Not something that I can be proud of, but at least something I can feel better about.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Void!

It has been a little over two months now and I still feel the same. I thought that with time, I would feel better. But I guess it's never going to go back to the way it was - for another five years at least, and by then, "the way it was" would have a whole new definition. Ugh! I am the worst when it comes to dealing with change; I'm like a little kid, or a really old person.

Change is good, or so I've heard. But I don't see any "good" in this. What's so good about my best friend being a thousand miles away from me, in a totally different time zone, who sleeps when I'm (supposed to be) awake and who's awake when I'm (supposed to be) sleeping; especially when I barely get to speak to her once a week (as opposed to being able to speak to her almost every day!), not to mention that I have been able to see her only because of skype???

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Cruising over the Sea Link...

Sometimes I doubt if I actually live in Mumbai; and when I say this, most of my friends would scream "Yeah! You don't!!" because they don't consider Navi Mumbai to be a part of Mumbai. I defend myself saying (almost screaming as loudly as them) Navi Mumbai is Mumbai as much as any place else, but then I have to admit that I do agree with them a little bit. It's just so far away from everything else in the city that it takes an entire day and a whole lot of planning to go and get something done.

As if I didn't have enough to worry about already, last year, Mumbai got another jewel on its crown in the form of the Bandra-Worli Sea Link. And I hadn't even seen it - until May, this year. Two days ago, I got grabbed the chance of driving through it. I would've loved to cruise over it on my scooter, but unfortunately, two-wheelers aren't allowed on the bridge.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

“Angel Song” by Sheila Walsh & Kathryn Cushman - A Review

Ann Fletcher, has been away from her home in Charleston and works for a home staging company in New York. But there is one thing that pulls her towards the place that she’s forgotten long ago – her sister Sarah who’s graduating. What was supposed to be a happy vacation turns into a disaster that leaves her alone; almost!

Ann realizes that she can hear a beautiful tune that no one else around her can, except Sarah’s twelve year old neighbor Keith who has Downs Syndrome. Keith also believes that he can see angles and they talk to him. In the midst of struggling with the fact that she’s all alone and trying to get as far away from Charleston as possible, Ann discovers that she’s drawn back to a place that she’d detached herself from long ago and to people who are nothing like her.

The story line of the book is good, although I felt that it was stretched a bit long. But the story is very expressive and as a reader I could imagine the scene described by the authors extremely well. Ann’s discomfort at being continuously surrounded by neighbors she didn’t know at all and offering to help without her wanting them to, has been described in great detail. Although I’ve read books that have more gripping twists and turns than this one, it was still hard to keep it down once I started reading. I guess that says a lot about a book.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Jinx the Jinx

Here's the deal; I'm superstitious. Actually I'm not even sure that 'superstitious' would describe what I am exactly. We may have to come up with a whole new word for what I am, because I am not traditionally superstitious; I have my own issues - some of which may fall under the category of "crazy."

Being superstitious in itself is not the problem; it's the craziness close to OCD that sometimes comes along with it. For instance, during an exam if the first day I followed a particular schedule and say the paper went well, I would follow the exact same schedule - waking up, brushing my teeth and taking a shower, getting dressed, taking the train, etc. at exactly the same time as the previous day and not try to alter that schedule as far as possible. Following a particular schedule, again, is no issue at all, but the pressure of keeping up with it and then worrying when something goes wrong is too much to handle.

Friday, August 13, 2010

I'm Alive..

Given the scarcity of posts during the entire last month, I'm sure those reading my blog must be wondering if I've been thrown off the face of the earth. Let me assure you, I'm still here. Just haven't had the opportunity to sit and think straight for long enough to produce a sensible post.

Things have changed, circumstances are different and so is the state of my mind. And now that I have the opportunity as well as the patience it takes to write a post, I'm sure I can cook something up for ya'll.

That was just me with a short and sweet post, letting everyone know that I'm here... Alive and kicking.. not kicking really; just alive! :P

And this time the next few posts won't be so far apart. :)

Monday, July 12, 2010

'A Summer Secret' by Kathleen Fuller - Review

“A Summer Secret” by Kathleen Fuller is the story of an Amish girl who lives with her parents and three brothers in a small town called Middlefield. One summer, Mary Beth, who is tired of her brothers playing pranks on her; finds a secret hiding place - a desolate barn that keeps her away from her brothers. She spends her afternoons in the barn drawing and writing in her journal.

But suddenly she gets the feeling that she her secret place may not be a secret after all. There is someone else who appears to not only know about the barn but also seems to visit there regularly. The thirteen-year-old girl and her twin brother, Johnny, set out to find who the intruder is. In doing so, Mary Beth and Johnny are faced with a dilemma - whether to obey their parents, or do what they feel is right even if it might make their parents unhappy or angry with them. And through all this, Mary Beth realizes that Johnny isn’t the insensitive brother who always plays pranks. There is also another side of him that is compassionate, caring and understanding – the side that she had known all her life and the side that she can trust.

It is a great read for a teenager. It describes in great detail the Amish way of simple living that doesn’t consist of things like electricity, a television or even a telephone– things that non-Amish people (or Yankees as the Amish call us) may consider necessities. The bond between the brother and sister that is re-created during the summer when they try to unfold the secret of the intruder in the barn is beautifully described. 

Accolades… and my 100th!

It’s a bright and sunny day outside these four walls. I am acknowledging the fact because I hadn’t stepped out of my house in the past three days. I was down with a fever, cough and eventually, got a cold too. I was so tired of being at home and having nothing concrete to do that I decided to get up and come to work even though I haven’t recovered completely. Anyway, I was tired of postponing my 100th post, especially after I knew what I was going to be writing about.

Over the last month, this blog - that has been my baby for about a year and a half; has been appreciated by quite a few people and they have been generous enough to let the fact be known by presenting me with blog awards. I am really very very grateful to each and every one of them. I delayed posting it on the blog because I didn’t want to brag. But as it turns out, it is not considered bragging in the blogosphere because you get to share these awards with other fellow bloggers. Awesome, isn’t it?

Friday, July 2, 2010

Fill in the Blank Friday #5

It’s not that I am short of ideas for blog posts; I never am. But I’ve got just two posts left before I hit a 100.Yes, this is my 99th post and I have something special planned for the 100th. So I gave a lot of thought to the 99th but then I gave up. I decided to write whatever came my way because I wanted to touch the 100th mark. So here I am. It’s Friday again and I’m filling blanks from Lauren’s blog… You know the rules. Fill them on your own blog and link them up here.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

At Work

 Surprisingly, that is true. Well, not for me. I knew I was going to be starting work in sometime. I meant surprising for you guys.

Over the last few posts I have been talking about making a career switch and given that fate was on my side all this while and its not-so-subtle indications right in front of me, I grabbed the opportunity with open arms and very happily, I am on my way to where I want to be.

Thursday, June 24, 2010


A few days ago, I came across the best thing ever on the internet - a site called And why am I calling it the best thing ever?? Because for an avid reader (and occassional writer) like me, it is.

Booksneeze is a book reviewing site. You join the site and become reviewers for the books offered by them. You wanna ask how??? It is very simple really. To register, all you need is your own blog.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Baby TV... Really???

The media never ceases to surprise me. Whoever comes up with such ideas? Anyone who's been around a kid long enough shall tell you that too much TV is bad; and that goes even for adults because you seem to forget that you have a life of your own. But that is another topic, which by the way if I start rambling about, might fill a whole book.

I have cousins who are still in school and given the age difference, you can say that I have seen them grow up. And I remember each phase of their growth right from when they needed support for their heads, to when they didn’t anymore, to when they started to roll over on the bed, to when they started to sit up, to crawl, to point at stuff, to recognize colors, to their first tooth, to saying their first words, to standing up, to walking and then running behind them; everything.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Fill in the Blank Friday #4

I know its been loooong since I did this, but Friday’s here again and I’m filling blanks from Lauren’s blog. She has great blanks this time. So fill yours and link up here!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

If I were...

I’m back with a meme this time. I’ve got too much on my mind now to write about it in detail. I would prefer to do that when everything is sorted out.

I saw this meme posted by janjan at between me and my thoughts and I’m just going to dive right into it.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Forbidden Fruit

No! I am not talking about the apple that Adam and Eve ate in the Garden of Eden; but something totally different. Before I go to what I’m about to say, can you do me a favor and check something on the right sidebar? Again, no! I’m not talking about the new buttons I’ve created although I’d love for you to place one of them on your sidebar. :P

What I’m asking you to look at is the blog archive for the last month (April 2010) and this month (May 2010). See the difference? I’ve written fourteen posts in April, and just five this month (including this one) and it’s less than a week until June begins.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

I need a Button...

Okay... Now that I’ve been in this bloggy world for longer than a year, I think it’s about time. I need to have a button because quite a few of you read me (or the stats on the right sidebar are totally bogus.) It’s not that I haven’t tried, but I just can’t have the right image or the right kind of button that is in sync with the theme of this blog and it’s gotta be pink(ish). How would a blue button look on a pink blog? Right?

Ideas, suggestions, even a mock up (I know it’s asking for too much) are welcome. If you can tell me where to look for a nice picture and what kind of picture to look for, I think I can handle the rest. I have like a gazillion fonts on my computer and I know how to work my way around HTML a little bit. I can edit a picture on Picasa and I have a Photobucket account. The only hitch here is that my creativity is choosing to leave me alone this time.

Ohh... And I’ve put up quite a few of your buttons on my sidebar... Yes, you’re welcome.

If you’ve made these on your own, you’ve got to tell me how you designed it and how you went about it. If someone made it for you, let me know how to contact them! You could leave a comment or write an e-mail to me at

Whatever works for ya!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Talk about Meant to Be...

One down, six to go – although I’m not planning on writing the last two which means I have four more papers to write before I can come out of the aforementioned metaphorical box that I’m in and I can’t wait.

The paper was good and for the first time and I can happily say that my marks this time are going to show that – although for the amount of efforts that I (hadn’t) put for the exam; I got off pretty easy.

Friday, April 30, 2010

In a Box

I feel like I am in a box; which quite literally means this house. Also, when used as a metaphor, I guess I want to say that I’m stuck, trapped; and I don’t like it. Its not just about not being able to get out of the house more often or not having many places to go around here (because with all the heat, I’d rather stay at home!) but more about the feeling of not being able to do what you want to or rather doing something that you absolutely don’t want to.

I may not make any sense to you, because I am just letting some steam off so bear with me.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

My First Blog Post!

You all know that this is not my first blog post. I have written loads of them; and their frequency has increased a lot lately. But this has something to do with my first post on this blog. There’s this blog game and I’ve been tagged by Ratz from ‘What Can I Say!’ where we have to repost our first blog post. That’ll help the readers know how much of the writer and the writing has changed since the first post. I’m going to oblige. Also, I’d love to know how much has changed. I can’t seem to figure (much of) it out myself!

But before I repost, I must tag five other people to play along. So here are the others...

2. Erika at Dear Dear Closet
3. Ekanthapadhikan at The Truth About Me-self
4. Kellie at  kelleidoscope
5. Melissa at Little Mrs. Married

So here’s what my first post was!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

My First Blog!


Every time I went through an emotion; a very strong one, be it happiness or extreme sorrow I have felt the need to pen it down. And this led to a lot of diaries with only the first few pages filled as I could never write about my feelings on a regular basis. Although these ‘Dear Diary’ moments have been very frequent in my life, I had been too busy brooding about them to actually do anything else.

And one day a friend introduced me to blogspot. It sounded very interesting. The very fact that you could have your own web page and write stuff about your own life was fascinating. And today, after yet another emotional debacle I couldn’t resist having one for myself.

The worst part is, now that I have actually begun to write, I am at a loss for words, which is very very weird since I am known as the talker who can’t shut up even when specifically asked to. But knowing that I have an unrestricted outlet to release my thoughts (this one being the second) gives me a little more comfort. Also, the fact that these frequent outbursts of sentiments will be a permanent record is an added advantage as they will serve as memoirs (hopefully having a complete account and all the pages filled this time...)

There… Now tell me how much has changed!! And those of you tagged, play along!! :)

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Pimples are Mangoes' Best Friend

Summer is here (though it was here even when winter hadn’t properly ended, but that’s not the point) which means its MANGO season; YUM! Aren’t they the best thing you’ve ever tasted? I haven’t eaten any other fruit that’s as tasty as mangoes. Strawberries maybe, but they are sort of sweet and sour and I for one believe that they taste better when they’re used as flavors in ice-creams or chap stick – not that they don’t taste good naturally, just that they’re better when used in other stuff.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Fill in the Blank Friday #3

The rules are simple! Fill the blanks with your own answers and then link up here. Oh! And today's post has quite a musical feel to it! They're fun questions. Enjoy!

1.  One song that always takes me back to my youth is   “Do Re Mi” from the Sound of Music and a few others from the same Soundtrack; and “Papa Kehte Hain” from Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak in Hindi.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Early Morning Date

Mushy post alert!!
If you’re the kind that doesn’t like to read mushy stuff, I suggest you just close the window. If you still want to go ahead and read this, don’t say I didn’t warn you! And you know me, I have a habit of going into details!!!

I haven’t gone on a proper date in so long, that I am tempted to call a visit to the Temple in the morning with Sandeep, a date. And if you see, once we were done with the darshan at the temple, it was kind of a date.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Konnection (1) - Short Story

The idea for this story is so totally not mine. The concept was forwarded to me by my cousin Kritika and she has been pestering me to write this story for almost a year now (though she says that she’s gave me the idea two years ago!) Anyway, it’s totally her story, I’ve only put it into words, and that too only because she wanted me to write it. Since writing is my hobby and story telling one of the things that I can do well, I decided to oblige. (I actually jumped at the opportunity!)

It took me a while to get into the right frame of mind to write a Love Story (I hope I didn’t give away too much already) but now that I am, I didn’t want to delay it any further. So let me not ramble any further because I have given due credit to the person whose idea this is. Here goes…

Friday, April 16, 2010

Fill in the Blank Friday #2

Here it is again! Fill in the Blanks for this Firday hosted at Lauren’s blog! Glad that I’m posting this on a Friday and not on a Saturday like last week. And we’ve got good stuff today. If you want to play along, fill up the blanks on your blog and link up at her site. Yes, it’s THAT simple.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Chop Chop Chop!!!

Sounds like I’m in the kitchen making some mixed vegetable dish; but I’m not. It’ll be a while until I step into the kitchen for good, because I know that when I do that, I won’t be able to get out – not easily at least. So I’m taking my time there. But that’s not what I’m taking about, is it? I’m talking about my hair.

Summer has just begun about a month ago and already we’re all in a stage where it is impossible to feel comforted by just the moving fan and we cannot have the AC on the entire day. Although the fan does provide air, it is still the warm and sticky air that keeps moving around the room. The body can still take it to some extent, but not the hair – especially not my kind of hair.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Fill in the Blank Friday #1

I was getting bored of studying as usual and logged on to see what was going on over the internet when I came across this blog through another blogger friend’s blog and this is what they had both done. So I thought, why not? Sounds like fun! So here goes… And although it is Saturday here, it was Friday when they did this on their blog! ;)

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Side Effects of Studying: #5 Addiction to Caffeine

I’m going to do a very small post here because I have a splitting head ache that begins around my eye-brows and goes all the way down to my cheek bones, not to mention the pain I feel all around my skull every time I even move my head slightly.

I am done analyzing cause-effect relationships here because I am so sure that anything that’s going askew with anything in my body (and/or mind) these days can only be because of one thing! And for people who actually enjoy studying, I can’t even imagine how you can get yourself to enjoy it. You are in a totally different league altogether. I am only short of saluting you; and I am not even being sarcastic.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Kya Family Hai: #1

It was a normal Sunday morning in our house (actually… in my Grandma’s house) and I had just reached there before ten. The kids were still sleeping and I was a little surprised when I saw three kids (all familiar faces :P), because only two lived there. I concluded that even Kritika was there. It just meant that I had to wake three of them up instead of two. No biggie!

I started to pull their cheeks and ran my fingers through their hair (which only made them feel nice and sleep even more). When that didn’t work, I nudged them and that’s when they realized that I was there. I was sitting on the edge of the huge bed and Rudransh was the closest to me. When he opened his eyes and saw that I was there, he didn’t wake up; instead he put his head on my lap and caught me by the waist and went back to sleep. Kritika opened her eyes a little wider when she realized it was me and asked me what I was doing there. I said I would tell her once she got up. It took a few more minutes of cajoling to actually wake Ananya up.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Just sayin Good Night...

Far far away,
In almost another land,
As I tuck myself in,
I miss holding your hand.

I long to see you smile,
And meet your gaze,
That never fails to leave me,
In an eternal daze.

I want to hold you close,
And feel you here,
From all my heart,
I wish you were near.

It is painful knowing
That you are so far away,
I miss you every second,
Every moment, each day.

I know this is a test,
And we are going to make it through,
But no matter how huge the distances,
or trying the circumstances,
I will always love you.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Sec. 274(1) of the Companies Act, 1956... The Story of My Life

I was on the phone yesterday night sitting in my study room talking to Sandeep when my mom walked in. The time must’ve been around past eleven. She walked in and just started talking to me about something all the while knowing not only that I was on the phone, but also fully aware of whom I was talking to. I was almost expecting to listen to a long lecture about how I was wasting time over the phone and on the computer (I generally also play FreeCell on the computer while I’m talking over the phone – full utilization of the break time by multi-tasking).

Fortunately, right about when she walked in, we were discussing something about studies after giving up on talking about the Deccan Chargers vs. Kolkatta Knight Riders’ match which by the way Deccan – the team that he and therefore even I support – lost. I don’t know how badly we lost because I didn’t watch the match, but from the disappointed tone in his voice, I’m guessing quite badly. These days apart from my CA syllabus, I’m also getting educated about cricket… bit by bit, but its happening and I’m getting there.

Short Story - You don't want to, but you HAVE to...

The children playing in the colony compound, the guy sweeping the streets, the birds fluttering in the tree just outside the window, even the trail of ants on the sill of her kitchen window did not miss her eye as she stood there sipping a cup of coffee that was letting off steam when she started drinking it. It had been twenty minutes since then and she wasn’t even half way through. Somehow she sensed that there was something else that she was supposed to be paying attention to; there was something else going on somewhere around her; and yet she found herself distracted, and concentrating on everything but that sound in her background.

“Ma! Are you even listening?” said a voice behind her.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Lines from 'Chicken Soup...' - Updated

I did a little book shopping at Crosswords yesterday and bought two things; one of which I had been really looking for, for about two months now. I bought ‘Breaking Dawn’ – the fourth book in the ‘Twilight’ saga by Stephenie Meyer and ‘Chicken Soup for the Indian Romantic Soul.’ I haven’t been reading my novels for quite sometime now for obvious reasons; so it didn’t make sense to start with ‘Breaking Dawn’ because I know that once I start reading it, I won’t be able to put it down. So I decided to start with the ‘Chicken Soup…’ because it has short stories hardly four pages long and it’d be like a refreshing break.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Side Effects of Studying: #4 Social Outcast

Do you know who your best friends turn out to be when you’re locked up inside your house for weeks… ok… that was exaggerating it a bit… days together? Well, you would, if you remembered any of them at all. Ok, even THAT was exaggeration, but the margin is really tiny.

Being indoors for a long period of time, especially when it is self imposed can do wonders, really. It totally (and I mean a hundred percent) changes the way you look at things. Here’s a little story that’ll tell you exactly what I mean.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Side Effects of Studying: #3 Mood Swings

For the last few days I’ve been shuttling between “Wow! I’m feeling so great!!!” and “Ugh! This sucks!” kinda feelings - regularly! This very obviously seems to be the third in the series of side effects that I’ve been suffering from on account of studying – Mood Swings!

Mood swings generally happen due to hormonal changes or chemical imbalances in the body (here’s how I’m so sure about it... :P) I can bet that THOSE aren’t the reasons for my mood swings. Then what could possibly be causing mine??

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

I Have Feet... So I Danced!

Here’s something that tells me I had a little bit of life the last few months apart from my studies (and I have never been happier to write about something like this before... oh no! Wait... the time we climbed the Kalsubai maybe!!! But that doesn’t reduce the excitement about writing THIS one!)

Anyway, as I mentioned earlier it has been two whole months (and a few days) since I joined SDIPA (Shiamak Davar’s Institute for the Performing Arts) and my ‘Beginners’ course’ came to a sizzling and dazzling end on Sunday. The last two months have been quite an experience, to say the least :) Here’s why!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

I Dream of Cup Corn

My (maternal) grandparents are leaving for the US tonight (I just realized that this post should have been more about how they’ve already gone there about three or four times when I haven’t been able to visit even once! Some other time maybe.) My mama and Mami (uncle and aunt) have given us a list of things that they need from India; like farsan (snack items), some music CDs, etc; the regular stuff you know. One of the things on the list was colors used during Holi.

Apparently my little cousins there want to play Holi and the colors are available only in India. So we had to go buy them. Let me remind you all that it’s been 10 days since Holi and finding regular colors itself is a big problem 10 days after the festival is over; let alone organic colors (did I mention that they needed organic colors, not the regular ones??? Sorry... Doing it now! :P)

Side Effects of Studying: #2 I'm Always Soooo Sleepy

Last time we discussed Insomnia; being unable to sleep. So what happens when you’re unable to sleep properly for a few days?? You become sleep deprived, since you spend most of the time rolling from one side of the bed to the other thinking, worrying and by extension not sleeping, when you’re supposed to be giving your brain and body sometime to cool off and refresh.

Lately, I’ve been having some trouble sleeping immediately after I lie down and that to some extent has been handled because I don’t get that feeling everyday. But it happens often.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Side Effects of Studying: #1 Insomnia Attacks

It’s not even been three whole days since I’ve started making an effort at studying, and I’m already in THAT phase; the phase which dawned during the last thirty one days when I was preparing for this very same exam last year in June. And honestly, I’m a little worried already.

Last May, when I realized that my butt was on fire and I really needed to buck up; I can’t believe I actually was able to achieve it, but I studied for around twelve hours each day. The worst part of the whole deal was that I was so shit scared, worried and anxious, that I was unable to sleep. Yes, unable; how, don’t even ask!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010


I was watching Legally Blonde (again) today and I realized something, that I had missed the last few times I saw the movie. For those who haven’t seen the movie; it’s about a girl called Ellen Woods (obviously blonde) who loves a guy, Warner something. Now this guy has an ambition in life; to be a senator by the age of 30, and plans on going to Harvard to study Law. Ellen on the other hand is a fashionista, loves pink, is the President of her sorority and has a cute dog named Bruiser Woods, who goes everywhere she does.

When high school ends, she feels that Warner will propose, but he breaks up with her instead because even though he loved her (or so he says) he couldn’t marry her – whatever that meant! So Ellen decides to study for the LSATs just to be able to get into Harvard to prove to Warner that she is good enough for him. But in the process, she takes the entire ‘studying Law in Harvard’ thing so seriously, that she ends up becoming a helluva student, the class Valedictorian and a helluva lawyer; and also gets the opportunity to turn Warner down when he decides to come back to her.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

ICICI is Awesome!!!

Finally, there’s something that gets a good review from me. They should be proud of themselves!!! :P

It was tentatively decided almost two days ago that we would go to the CA Institute to submit our examination forms; and I had my exam form delivered to my place around last Thursday (courtesy Sandeep :D). So any normal person would have been ready with everything that they required by Monday night at least. But for someone who is as lazy as I am, leaving-things-until-the-last-moment reaches new levels really.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Reverse Poker... ummm... What???

Yes! It is exactly what it sounds like. Not the game per se, but the procedure of betting.

Suddenly, out of nowhere all the people in the group (excluding Aditya, Sandeep and me) have started enjoying playing poker. I have tried to understand how that works, but it’s something beyond me (like I already don’t have a lot of jargon to remember than having to learn about what ‘flush’ or ‘royal flush’ or a ‘full hand’ is… I think these are the terms that I heard everyone using and I hope they are used in Poker, or else this is as close as I am to bullshitting); so I didn’t bother further.

What I did like about Poker, was the conversations that happened when everyone was playing, the jokes, the pulling of each others’ legs and of course, the swearing; and that kept me tuned to the game even though it was the others who were playing, I was just watching and was not able to make head or tail out of the damn thing.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Has this happened to You???

People, who know me, know me as a lively person, who keeps chattering and goes on and on even hours after people stop listening to or caring about what I’ve been saying. Obviously that’s the truth, but only partly. Recently I have discovered another side to this chirpy-talkative personality, and it has shocked me to my very core. Before I go on to that, let me give you a background about the way I am.

I obviously talk a lot (not immediately when I meet someone new, but once I’m familiar with a person and have spent quite some time with them). I love listening to loud music – my stereo must be tired of playing songs from all genres at such high volumes that right about now, it’s happy to be resting for a while. When I’m not doing anything else, I’m almost always on the phone talking to friends – if not discussing recent events in each others’ lives then reminiscing (because I always have something to talk about and it is not imperative for the other person to participate in the conversation; just fueling it would more than do the trick).

Saturday, February 6, 2010

There's Someone Else

I knew you’d eventually figure it out, but I have to confess anyway; make my guilt go away even if just a little bit. I feel terrible, and I don’t know how to break it to you. You must’ve noticed that I am spending lesser time with you over the past few days; and yes, I have someone new in my life.

I don’t know how it started, but I know that I have been a lot happier since then. Maybe it started when I realized that I was complaining a lot about all that’s wrong. You were always there – my confidante, my friend and my shoulder to cry on. You listened to me like no one else ever did, you understood every word I said; every emotion I felt, you were there for me whenever I needed to talk; let my innermost feelings out, I never had to think about what to say or how much to say; and in that aspect no one else can ever be compared to you. But I was tired of complaining, tired of all the things that I was doing wrong. That’s when I decided I needed a change; and that’s when I found him.

Friday, January 29, 2010

The Angel and The Demon

Last weekend, I was on my way to Andheri (as usual) and these days my route has changed. Instead of taking a train to Wadala and then changing trains for Andheri, I take a detour to Mulund, to meet my beau so that we can spend sometime together while traveling from Mulund to Andheri to meet our friends.

There is always some timing mismatch between when Sandeep gets free and when I actually reach there, so this time, since he got off work much before I could reach there, he decided to meet me at Thane station and we took an auto from there to Mulund check naka (as opposed to meeting him at the bus depot directly).

Wednesday, January 27, 2010


Every once in a while, we go through days that are a tad bit clumsier than; or not as normal as the rest. On one such day when my mood was a little on the lower side after an argument (almost certainly with my mom) I started writing about it, and well, since then I have been writing about anything and everything that I feel like.

And today, it's one whole year since THAT day. Yes, it's my Blogaversary!!! (clap clap!!!)

Monday, January 25, 2010

Cigarettes and Censorship

I was watching Grease on Vh1 yesterday and noticed something weird during the movie. Every time any of the characters was smoking a cigarette, it was blurred out; and by “it” I mean just the cigarette. So there was the actor’s face and a small black cloud just outside of the mouth.

I then noticed something weirder. The cigarette was blurred only when it was between the smoker’s lips. When someone held a lit cigarette between their fingers after taking a puff, or an unlit cigarette it wasn’t blurred out! Huh?

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

In a week's time...

In exactly one week, it's going to be a year - a WHOLE YEAR - since I started blogging!!!!! Yay!!! And I want to do something special because well, it has meant a lot to me. So yeah, I'm going to make that day count.

So wait up to see what I come up with. It has been an awesome first year and I hope you guys have had fun journey along with me.

- Azaad!!

P.S. So this is what a short and sweet post looks like???? I thought I'd never get to know!!!! :P

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Have feet, Will dance...

Have I ever mentioned that between 1996 and 2002, I have had at least two dance performances on stage each year in school??? Well, I’m mentioning it now!

Right from the fifth standard till the eleventh, I was up on stage twice a year to put up dance performances for Teachers’ Day and Annual Day (not counting the two dress rehearsals before the actual Annual Day function.) The next time I danced after eleventh, was three years later, in 2005 during our college festival when I was in my second year of B.Com. I haven’t performed on stage since, and it had been driving me insane; until Saturday (the 9th of January).

Alll izzz Well!

Okay compared to the book reading score, this was a little delayed, but my first theatre experience of 2010 happened within 10 days (and I saw Sherlock Holmes 2 days later.) I saw 3 Idiots on Sunday and absolutely loved the movie.

Aamir Khan doesn’t look a day older than 25 (although he is above 40), Sharman Joshi’s performance has induced laughter as always and Madhavan, even with a completely different personality has succeeded in complimenting the other two excellently.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Well Begun..

Its's just eight days into the year, and I have finished reading one book; already! Ahhh… feels like a good start. With the surprisingly pathetic record of last year, 2010 already seems a step ahead in every way.

So about the book I read - ‘2 States’ written by Chetan Bhagat; it’s a story about two people who meet at the finest B-school in India, IIM Ahmedabad and the strenuous effort it takes them to finally get married, the hitch being the cultural differences among the states of India to which these two belong. Contrary to majority of the reviews that I got from people who read it, I seemed to enjoy the book.

Facts of 2009

Apart from the detailed story of 2009, here are a few facts (that I wanted to incorporate in the previous post, but it was already longer than I intended it to be! :P)

Sunday, January 3, 2010

2009 - An Overview

Note: I started writing this post on the 31st of December and wanted to publish this post just an hour before midnight, but I wasn't able to finish it. So the content will still be as I wrote it as on the 31st and not as if I am writing this one just now! :P

With just an hour left to spare, the year has almost come to an end; and along with the gazillion firsts that happened to me this year, it has truly been an eventful year – full of surprises. I’m going to try my best to summarize the entire year and still manage to have a short and sweet post, but knowing the way I am, it seems doubtful. So brace yourself, because there’s an entire year I am going to be writing about and I have a habit of going into details! :P