Sunday, November 30, 2008

its all over

A very definitive statement.. yes, its all over.. oberoi, trident, taj mahal, nariman house.. ours once again... for guests who are now safe from the clutches of terror... its all over for the terrorists who defeaced the structures, contaminated the society, the world by their presence....

And yet.. its all over for those hundreds of people.. civilians who lost their lives...for army, military, NSG, navy men who gave up the most precious thing they ever owned...

The tears dont stop.. the rage just boils over..helplessness invades every pore... relief leaves one feeling weak ...

This senseless killing.. mindless destruction of beautiful buildings.. you know we celebrated both our anniversary dinners at Taj Mahal.. at Souk.

I do hope all these terrorists met with a tortured end... as tortured as the relatives were watching out for their loved ones.. as helpless as the entire nation was watching this destruction..I cant believe i would ever say this.. but thats how it is.. they have many lives to account for.. i watch one channel after the other... watching the soldiers getting cremated.. reading about Sabina Saikia, Ashok Kapoor , The Rabbi and his wife.. countless other people..

Thank god its all over.. but god, why did it even have to happen!!!

Friday, November 28, 2008


Its difficult.. to talk about whats happening.. words cant adequately describe what i feel, what i think .. these myriad of thoughts running through my mind...

Before i even make an attempt.. i got back from Bombay safe and sound yesterday.. i was in Bombay on wednesday.. had gone there to attend an event (official).. we were at ITC Grand.. little did we know of what was happening outside.. we came out at 11pm and suddenly these phone calls started coming in one after the other.. but till i reached the guesthouse at worli.. i did not know the extent of what had happened... my flight back to Bangalore was for the next morning.. i didnt sleep the entire night.. we watched TV till around 1.30 or so.. i tried to grab some sleep.. but to no avail.. i woke up at 2.30 and then finally gave up on sleep at around 4... was trying to figure out if flights were leaving.. coordinating with this other person who was at dadar and also was to fly out.. at that point in time.. yes, i was quite selfish.. i just wanted to be back home.. safe.

There are some people who came to the fore.. i actually was getting quite emotional thinking about this part.. i got so many messages, calls from friends in bombay on wednesday night.. worried sick bout me.. some old colleagues of mine from bombay, friends.. some friends from other cities who knew i was in bombay.. it was heart warming.. it may sound like a cliche.. but you know.. it made me moppy.. even now it does...this other colleague who was to fly out with me.. he was trying to reach all airlines to check.. and was constantly on the phone with me.. as early as 4.30 or so!!! The cabbie... Santosh.. even after knowing all that happened.. still came to pick me up at 6 in the next day.. a brave guy!!!! A person from the senior management team at my company staying at the same place.. who offered me a ride to the airport.. so reassuring it was at that point in time!!! The other chaps who were logging in and trying to get me the airlines numbers.. my roomie for the night who went on messaging me till i actually landed..

And the people from work at Bangalore.. i was absolutely zapped and amazed at the warmth.. esp bcz i am new .. my boss called me up to ensure i was fine.. and in fact had even told his relative in bombay to expect me just in case!!! The minute i walked in.. everyone.. and i mean everyone (right from friends to seniors, colleague, peons) spoke to me.. enquired if everything was fine.. checked if people knew about my whereabouts even before i walked in to office.. it was overwhelming.. it just makes me so emotional thinking about all this!!!!!

.. i just wanted to bring this up.. this entire thing.. what i have described above made me feel like i was wrapped in a warm quilt on a cold winter night... enveloped in a warm hug which would never make me feel cold again!!! I have never felt as safe, protected, reassured...i just had to say all this.. it may all sound very cliched and some idiotic, sentimental stuff.. but believe me but i really am not able to put into words all that i felt.. it was quite overwhelming!!!

The terror situation... i did not put in a post last night.. as i was watching the news.. constantly.. its weird... you may not agree.. since i was not in bombay.. i felt the only way i could be there and have anything to offer.... was to watch.. so not for an instant was TV channel changed.. i just felt my thoughts and prayers would be with all those people if i do that.. i felt i was with them... doing something else would just be so frivolous right now!!! They have gone through a harrowing time.. i do hope they locate all the missing people.. that they are alive and healthy!!

In a time like this.. brings out the best in people.. brings out these tireless, super human people.. the heroes...bystanders helping relative of victims by keeping an eye when they slept.. serving tea to these tired people...

The commandos, the police, the navy .. all coming together.. everyone united for a single cause.. to get people out alive... the heroes of our country.. i feel honoured to be a part of such a system!!

And media.. whatever said and done, i feel they have done a good job.. they are extremely brave to be standing right there and facing so much to get the news to us!!!

Of course, with all this comes insensitivities too.... insensitive people.. insensitive to this situation.. saying such things happen all over the world.. it may... but hey you...this is my country we are talking about.. saying things like.. these policemen anyway do nothing.. how can you say that man!!!!!!!! I dont understand.. its easy to sit in an AC environment and make armchair comments and critique everything being said and done!! If you think you are better.. then go there!!!

insensitive politicians ....soon recriminations will start coming in... pouring in,.. who was allowed to visit, who not etc etc..

insensitive news channels who talk about this as if there is a show going on.. journalists who ask questions like "your wife is missing.. feared dead.. what did you tell your young children."..

and of course the much talked about "the mumbai spirit".. a blanket statement which most of the times seems to be callous.. a phrase which seems to denote "yes these things happen.. but mumbai will bounce back".. yes it will.. but thats no excuse.. it always sounds like an excuse for everything that happens!!

I have so many things to say.. thoughts are whirring, tumbling in my mind.. maybe in the next post i will be more coherent !!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

And while we are at it..

My old desktop.. rather my husband's desktop .. actually whats his is mine blah acting up.. every min.. there is this weird whirring sound that comes and the screen stretches and the monitor goes off.. it comes on if you switch the monitor on or off!!! Extremely tiring this is.. to write when your comp is going nuts..
So excuse me for all the spelling mistakes on my yesterdays post..And today's post as well!!!! the harakiri i committed!!! lol..

A lot of excitement happening in life... i am going to Bombay tomorrow... yayyyyyyyyyyy!!!! So no post tomorrow basically.. why does it feel like i am putting an out of office reply!!! But anyway, its so exciting!!!!!!!!!!!11 Yipppeeeeeeeeee

Now i have to stop because i cant deal with this monitor thing!!!!! I really cannot!!!!

Monday, November 24, 2008

This, that and the other

Inital post title - Fancy That!
I just thought of this term.. just came to my mind and am putting a post on it.. rather than it being the other way round... as is usually the case..

Hmmm... hmmmm... ho hum.... its been a few mins already... the clock is ticking.. for what you may ask.. the power is about to go off.. in half an hour..

Many more hmmmmms later.... well, evidently it doesnt work this way!!! Its like a school examination essay!!!

So now i have decided to change the subject - well you see as the author .. wait, a blogger .. no no ..administrator is right.. actually i am writing some stuff arent i.. so the author of the blog, i can do as i please! Fancy that!!!!!! lol.. i am enjoying this one sided conversation!!!

So now that the topic is this, that and the other - basically i can write whatever i please...

Earlier i had put in a post on squirrels.. feeding squirrels to be precise.. Operation Blue Thunder its a SUCCESS (ok ok, so operation blue thunder bit is an what)!!! It comes everyday.. though i am not sure if its the same one which comes everyday. ..damn cute it is.. nibbles on the bread like a rat.. in fact earlier i was biscuits for it to chomp on... cookies.. cocnut crunch.. chocolate and lately elaichi.. but now i wonder.. maybe i am killing it with this stuff.. maybe its not supposed to eat all this!!! So its bread for now!!
Our balcony is a veritable wildlife sanctuary.. this tree touches our balcony.. i dont know what tree it is... it has butterflies.. and these cute baby birds (small birds).. yestyerday saw 1 with a green patch on the front!! Cute tiny thing... size of the thumb.. a fur ball..
Yesterday Pogo showed Harry Potter from morning 9.30 to night!!! But no i didnt watch it.. watched it only in parts.. now i feel like reading it.. all over again..
Ashutosh wins big boss.. i didnt see the finale.. i have seen almost all episodes but couldnt see the last one episode... he was the dark horse definitely.. i had thought Raja was a more likely winner.... the news channel Headlines Today.. showed it the entire day.. How can a news channel talk about a serial that is aired on TV!!!!!!!!!!! And then today it talked about a party for BIG Boss participants.. how raja got drunk etc.. and all this on the main news!!! Yeeeeeeshhhhh (Reminds you Archies doesnt it...)!!!!!!!!!

And the show ending means i can get back to going to bed earlier.. like 10.30 or so!!!
I want to buy Tales of Bard of the Beetle
I wanna see Dostana .. couldnt go this weekend.. tummy upset.. :( .. but booked place to stay at Ooty.. gosh thats exciting.. hope the places turn out as romantic as it seems on the websites!!!!
Watched bourne ultimatum.. who is better.. jason bourne or the new bond??? Tough!! I realised that it was a tough question only when i saw the bourne movie this friday!!! Matt Damon is ultra good.. an intelligent spy (or whatever).. agent, i get it!!! New bond.. good body.. great shape.. hmm.. tough choice.. ;)
I just watched Whose line is it anyway?.. its back on star world.. they people are so damn creative!!!! Absolutely love this show!!! Who's my favourite.. i quite like ryan stiles... colin too.. wayne.. actually all of them!! A joy to watch..
Its a joy to eat one square of chocolate post dinner!!!! Yummieeeeeeeeee.. just took the bar out from the freezer.. by the time i finish, it would have melted .. to the just right level.. mmmmmmm (lip smacking noises)!!!
While on Pogo ( did mention pogo a while back you see.. scroll back and check..), yesterday i saw this Horlicks ad and it astounded me totally.. in the Horlicks ad they show 2 women.. one carrying horlicks and another one carrying complan (and they show this pack very clearly).. and they state in no uncertain terms that horlicks is better than Complan (they actually name Complan).. and they say that in Maharashtra state the MRP of complan is 174/-!!
Are they allowed to do this???????????????? I thought it was an absolute no no... it am shell shocked.. imagine what this means for pepsis & cokes of the world...
Fancy that!!! I WILL put in a post on it.. someday.. wait and see...

And i am right in time.. lights are about to go off in.. 10..9...8..
psst.. finally the lights didnt go off.. wonder why.. .. put in the horlicks / whose line it anyway posts in a bit of a time lag!!!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

passport size photographs...

I hate them..

This happened just yesterday... for some client, we had to put our team credentials on the presentation... somebody suggested putting pics alongside the experience... looks so much better!!!
So began the hunt for passport size pics... it was hilarious actually.. everybody was looking extermely strange in their pics.. as is usually the case with passport size photographs..

My pic.. i look like a boy ....had just got a hair cut and had tied my hair tightly completely off my face.. so in effect i look like a school going kid.. also when giving the snap, the guy must have stretched my face or whatever.. so i look bloated... like i have been in water for 10 days!!!!
In fact this lady from the other team came and told me.. "dont you have a more recent photograph... one that looks like you... and I was like "this was clicked in May!!!!! As recent as it could be...."..Thank god the clients met me before meeting my photograph!!!

And this is one of my better photographs... so you can imagine!!! My license photograph was awful.. i look as i have seen a ghost.. and my company id photograph - i look like a ghost!!! Like a martian from another planet!!! And i dont even want to get into my voters id, pan card etc photos...

Anyway, all the photographs put together.. one person looks like hes been playing golf.. another one like a dead fish (as Bertie often calls people)... another one as if going on a long holiday.. one as if have just come out from jail or something... so yesterday even after this was over.. i was on a laughing binge.. would think about it and laugh... or call people over and show this assortment of snaps.. all lunatics...
i wonder what will the clients think when they see it.. at least we would have had made them laugh!!!!! :)

Here are some questions... harry potter trivia

At work, a couple of days back, we were discussing Harry Potter.. an impromptu quiz happened.. intially we all asked simple questions.. the complexity went on increasing.. damn these guys are also good.. i thought i would be better but...

So some questions for you crazy people (as freaky as me).. crazy about harry potter..... And DO NOT GOOGLE FOR ANSWERS OR READ THE BOOK etc

So putting up a few questions ----
1) What are Harry Potter's kids name? In fact what was Lupin and Tonks' kids name?
2) What is Tonks' real name?
3) What is Malfoy's moms name?
4) There are 3 gifts that Dumbledore gives to Harry, Ron and Hermonie.. he gives Hermonie a book.. whats the books name?
5) What is Luna Lovegood's fathers name?
6) What is the actual prophecy? And who says(!) the prophecy? Full name please..
7) What is the incantation that Harry uses during the first dragon challenge in the Triwizard tournament?
8) Mad eyed Moody was not himself in Goblet of Fire. Who was Mad eyed Moody actually in this book? Name the character.
9) What is Harry's wand made of?
10) What is the bus conductor's name (he appears in Prisoner of azkaban and the last book)?
11) What is the name of the spider?
12) What kind of creature is buckbeak?
13) When someone sees the snake (chamber of secrets), what do they become?
14) What is Harry's uncles name? Whats their address?
15) Who is the good looking centaur teacher they have?
16) What is the Defence against the dark arts teachers name in Chmber of secrets?
17) Name all Ministers of magic.
18) Where were Harrys parents buried? Name the place.
19) Who is Dumbledore's adversary?
20) What is the name of Harry's wand maker?

So no cheating people!! You can contribute with more questions of your own!!!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Hitting 30.. someone please enlighten me

So whats so special.. every decade seems like that.. when i was in my teens it was all about hitting 20.. now it is about 30.. and then these days in the newspaper you see and read about hitting 40 and going great guns etc etc

So well, basically i am hitting 30 next year! And no its not top of mind for me.. as of now.. putting a post on it today as somebody raised this topic at lunch.. and she mentioned that there are changes post 30.. and that you will feel it yourself!!!!!!!

I dont feel any different.. at all.. i am sure there have been changes in me.. but thats part of life.. exposure to the big bad world (!!!), different circumstances etc.. but the changes are continuous.. not related to a particular age band!

But "30" mark is something that everyone talks about.. and i am not able to understand why.. of course, one reason is the "biological reason" which everyone gives me... which also i fail to see.. but besides that what else..

Friends (the serial) had even one whole episode dedicated to the 30th birthday!!! I mean, what is it about 30.. except in research parlance you have moved into another age band.. why is 30 such a watershed year.. will somebody educate me please..

BTW recently, someone (who doesnt know me well) said "so tomorrow what time do you need to go to school".. a slip of tongue actually.. she did know i was working!!! lol..

Monday, November 17, 2008

Grand travel plans

We have started planning our travel.. yet again.. but this time it seems that it will happen...

I am extremely excited.. we are planning to travel to Ooty and Conoor during christmas time!!! Actually earlier we were planning to travel to Pondicherry.. but every place we called up is sold out.. fully!!!! So Pondicherry is not happening, at least right now!!!

Ooty , there are still places available.. maybe its due to the fact that its winters.. So we drive down on 25th.. and come back on 28th!!! Hopefully it should happen!! I am so looking forward to going on the toy train.. never been on one!!!!

Yesterday, we (my husband and i).. sat together.. armed with books and maps.. to decide on where to go.. the entire evening we were plotting and planning!!!

The more places you check.. the more confusing it is.. everytime i was like.. oh lets go here... wait wait we can go to this place as well.. now there are so many places on my list.. phew

But will definitely try.. next year will be better .. for travel.. We have already talked about 3-4 places we want to go to next year.. lets see if we are able to manage it!!! At least i plan to make plans for the entire year!!!! :-)

Friday, November 14, 2008

Happy weekend

Its Fridayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!! The entire weekend stretches out in front of me.. ok so not the entire weekend (going to somebody's place for lunch tom.. she cooks very not a hard thing to do on a saturday afternoon).. but 2 days of sheer bliss..

Weekend - the most loveliest word coined in history.. i wonder how it originated..
Even if i used to work on weekends, i used to like it.. like working on weekends.. coz i could do as i pleased.. theres no one to question about anything..

Did i just say "like working during weekends"??? Ok so that was aeons back!!! I DO NOT work on weekends.. at least i have tried to in the last 1 yr. Weekend is a weekend is a weekend afterall..

So anyway, this friend of mine came down from Dubai.. she was telling me that they used to be off on Thursday /Friday .. but then the entire world is shut on sat/sun.. so now their weekend is Friday/saturday.. so actually, if you think of it, their sunday is saturday....

I dont think i will ever be able to adjust to working every sunday.. i think i would be mentally traumatised.. having been brought this side of the world where Sunday is a part of the weekend..every plan is made for Sunday.. Sunday is a day for pure lazing (like i used to do.).. sleep till late.. get up have lunch.. sleep again.. wake up, have tea, have dinner and then back to sleep!!! So i went on asking this friend of mine.. how she felt working on a sunday etc.. shes been there for more than a yr now.. and she says shes adjusted!!!

I could never imagine this scenario.. everyone working on a sunday.. sunday - work as usual day...

What if our weekend was Monday/tuesday.. or something....all the special programmes on Tv would be on Monday.. movies will release on sunday.. cricket finals (india -aus match) would be beamed on a tuesday!!!! Just imagine this topsy turvy world!!! thank god it is not.. actually it could be.. at the end of the day it would still be a 5 day week.. but it would be a strange concept.. the mind is just not able to accept it...

Its such a powerful concept, come to think of it... the acceptability of Sunday as a "rountine work day" is so very unacceptable.. its so deeply ingrained in every pore of your body and mind.. an idea that cannot be defeated!!!! ... a perfect branding exercise is it not..

Coming back to the weekend concept.. in my previous organisation, i used to work 6 days.. initially it took me time but i got used to it.. but now that i am on a 5 day week again, its difficult to imagine how i did that.. you just get one day to recuperate.. and then you are back to work.. Terrible!! Slavery it is!!

I hear in some countries the government is pushing for a 4 day week?? Its such an attractive thought.. will it become the next world dictat?? One can only wish!!! And maybe, you never know, it may come true...

So anyway, have a happy weekend everyone!!! :)

Monday, November 10, 2008

Mondays... yawn...

I am utterly bored today.. following is an account of my day- and see if you agree...
1) Went for a client meeting.. meeting first thing in the morning.. and that too monday morning...uggghhh...
2) Meeting in some godforsaken place.. thankfully had car
3) Client - some superscilious (spelt right?) person.. come down to earth man!!! Went on addressing us as ladies.. gets on my nerves.. grrrrrr
4) Meeting only lasted about 30-40 mins... didnt discuss anythign earth shattering... WE COULD HAVE DONE IT OVER A CALL DUDE!!!!!!!!!
5) Lunch- fun.. general tp .. went on saying.. i am bored, i am bored to whoever cared to listen
6) and then went to the nearest gym.. more than joining gym i think it was more due to general restlessness.. dont know if i will join.. maybe i will join but will i sustain? Anyway i am not sold on gymming.. went to check out aerobics classes which they offer.. but whenever we enquired about it, they were like.. we only offer the premises... basically cant assure about quality... you cant use any facilty .. not only are you not allowed to change in the changing room (thats for gym ppl) are not even allowed to change in the loo!!!!!!!!!Now what kind of rule is that... which makes me feel...aerobics.. here.. maybe not!!!!
7) I am nominated for some stupid coordination work for some training!!! I hate coordination.. I am attending the training session arent i
8) Way back home went to collect a sari blouse which they didnt stitch properly.. the tailor shop is bang in front of our apartment.. so i came home, tried.. doesnt fit.. thought i will give a measurement (some other sari blouse) .. after trying on many to see which fits properly, finally didnt take it.. went back to the tailor.. who said get me another blouse for measurement.. I knew it!!!!!!!! I so totally knew it!!!!!!!!!! I trudged back home and got the stupid thing and gave it to her... thank god there is a lift!!
9) After doing all this, i realised that our cook is on leave today... grrrr... made pasta... put too much pasta.. now i have lots of pasta which i boiled.. will store it..
10) And now I got pins & needles!!!

I feel like the between friends cartoon........ sighhhhhhhhhhhhhhh....Will go to sleep early... maybe i am just getting old....hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Quantam of solace

I know most of you have already seen it!!! But still!!!

An action packed movie.. people dropping dead left right and center... lots of blood and gore...

Story.. what did you say... did i hear story.. weeeeeeell, there is a story of course.. weaving in and out of the movie.. lol.. boy, i am mean!!! He is p***sed off at his GF being killed.. tries to avenge her death.. and also trying to do other stuff alongside.. what with people attacking M (right in the 1st scene too).. one bond girl being made drink oil to death (and also embalmed in black oil).. car chases.. boat chases.. etc etc there is always something or the other happening in the film. Who cares about the story anyway.. high end action is what one can look forward too.. So i didnt mind it as in not a bad movie if you enjoy action or if you enjoy watching Daniel Craig..
"muscles rippling throughout the movie" hot hot bond!!! Mine is the latter BTW. :)

Sublety and finnesse (is it n, ss or nn ,s) is no longer Bond's middle name.. its all about the sheer physicality of it.. completely in your face kind of a thing!!!

The 2 bond girls.. one of them is hardly there (miss fields .. the oil one ).. you blink and you miss her!!! The other one .. Olga something.. is quite beautiful.. she is good!!!! So soemthign for the guys too besides the action!!!

In such kind of movies, time passes quickly.. and you will never feel bored (with adrenalin running high due to intense action).. and you would never say it isnt VFM..

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Feeding the squirrel

There are these squirrels (or is it one squirrel) that come to our balcony .... we have a proper balcony you know, unlike bombay.. anyway, today i thought we could feed the squirrels.. once you feed them from a distance and they get used to you.. they eat from your hand!!!!!! So i told my husband.. perfect solution.. we cant have a pet bcz of "who's gonna take care of it" issues.. at least right now.. so squirrel is perfect!!! It will come and go as it pleases..

Just one problem.. i have put some pieces of biscuit out on the balcony to attract the biscuit, sorry the squirrel.. but it hasnt had it till now.. i have a feeling ... either a bird will eat it.. or maybe it will invoke a giant army of ants!!!!! These things always happen to me... but i am waiting to see what happens...

Long time back when i was in college, we used to sit on a path in the college surrounded by trees and have lunch there.. there this squirrel used to come.. one day we fed it.. after that, it used to come everyday when we were there... once it also had a fight with a sparrow on the small piece of chappati we had thrown... a cute thing... the first day, it hid behind a tree.. a couple of days hence, it came closer.. then it started eating from our hand.. finally there was a day when we were just sitting and chatting and we had not taken out our lunch yet.. when this squirrel came boundign up and actually sat on my bag.. exactly where the lunch box was.. literally demanding the box to be taken out... a cute thing.. after a while we stopped sitting there bcz of some reason.. wonder what happened to it!!! Hmmmm

So will keep you all posted on this squirrel.. on what happened to the biscuit!!!

Thursday, November 6, 2008


Well, the movie Fashion!! Just saw it with some work friends!!!
Not a bad movie at all actually!!!! Pretty ok for a one time watch... some parts were overdone.. Priyanka chopra and bitchy didnt go that well!!! But Kangana was quite good even though she went over the top with her coke sniffing scenes at times!!!! I wonder why all her roles are like this! Hmmm... but anyway, there was one scene i really liked - the scene in which priyanka chopra wakes next to some random guy... and then realises the depth she fallen to.. and tries to wipe off her make up as if by doing that she would be able to wipe out / undo whatever shes done!!!! Shes good!!!

Arbaaz Khan is quite wasted.. he doesnt exude power.. like... at all!!!!! I liked the newcomer Mughda Godse too!!!

The movie itself was quite good.. extremely matter of fact... possibly thats how things are in that industry.. only the bit about priyanka chopra breaking down and then going back home and then trying again was a bit too prolonged!!! The wardrobe malfunction scene was quite nicely done i must say!!!!

So all in all a decent movie!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Eating frenzy

We have been in Bangalore for 2 months now!!! I feel we have started eating more.. binging more over the weekends... its a strange thing.. i remember whenever i used to travel to kerala i used to eat more.. a) because of the quality of food.. my aunts were great cooks.. and also because it was in the air (a coastal area...).. at least i always justify it like that!!!

In bangalore i dont know the reason.. maybe its the weather that maks you binge!!!

Also every weekend we have been buying some non veg item - chicken / mutton.. we didnt do that as often in bombay.. in the 2.5 yrs we were in bombay we would have made non veg about 3 or 4 times!! The reason was that we used to shop for grocery from Magnet (right opp to where we stayed) and Magnet didnt sell any non veg items!!!!

Here, every shop, at every nook and cranny sell non veg!!! Also we had started drinking more (wine i.e.).. again the same reason.. its all about access!!! lol...

And the day we make chicken at home.. we dont have any breakfast (if its for lunch) .. basically starve ourselves so that we can eat properly!!! And if its evening, then we have a glass of wine too!!!! So we end up over eating!!!!!!

Hmmm.. need to remedy this binging soon!!! Else will be bloated.. unrecognisable from my slim svelte self!!!!!! lol
Which brings me to the next plan ... which is of swimming, learning to swim rather.. joining a gym classes... aerobics.... these are the possibilities that i am already exploring.. teh question is whether i will ever get around to doing all this stuff!!!!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Women power

Well, I had to write bout this!!! I was watching Chak De yesterday and immediately felt the need to put in a post and the feeling has not passed yet!!!!

There are many movies about women power like... ho hummm... khoon bhari maang .. cant think of the other movie with dimple kapadia in it.. rats!!!... then, damini etc... many of these movies have been revenge centric... lajja was another one.. not revenge centric but generally on the plight of women across different classes..

But none of them show women kicking b**t like that one scene in Chak De... the McD's scene wherein all these hockey players bash up these eve teasers!!!! It was just too good!!! I always cheer when the scene comes on... its nothing radical.. like women picking up guns etc.. but an everyday scene wherein guys tease girls!!! That scene when they slap the guys left right and center evoke a thunderous applause (from me anyway) always!!! And i feel great.. exhuberant (have i spelt it right)... would want to do that with all these eve teasers i have encountered in my life.. get them to stand in one line, and slap them!!!

And during college days we encountered many as we used to travel by local bus in Delhi .. as we used to walk from our college to the busstop (about 15 mins walk).. and once we got really scared.. there were 2-3 ppl in the van who chased us right till the college in the morning.. they would stop their van in front of us.. we would cross the road and they would take a U turn and come back.. quite horrifying.. and no PCR in site too.. we ran the last stretch to college.. and the morons stalked us till the gate!!!

But anyway, what i meant was just seeing that scene makes me feel good.. even though it is a movie.. i feel vindicated!!! And none of the other "women" movies have made me feel as good as that one scene did!!!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

New age ads

I am back to the subject of ads... lately this kind of communication have increased.. the "real" type of ads.. many of them showing the "real" facets of any relationship `or take a theme rooted in reality...And i am sucker for such ads!!! (I did like the Madhavan - Vidya Balan Airtel ad you know)

Look at the recent ones - right now the one that i really like watching.. is the new tata sky plus ad.. aamir khan and gul panag one.. everytime it plays, i like to watch it..its so real.. and their interaction as a couple is great too!!! a yuppie couple.. i think many of us can identify with it!!! Well, my husband doesnt "do" things for me so that he can watch something.. but what i can relate to is that we wtch very different programs!!! This ad is very different from their previous ads (didnt like those too much)... The airtel ad is ok (usually airtel ads have this emotional appeal .. but the new one doesnt).. And i absolutely abhor the Big Tv ad!!!

Another ad that i like is .. dont remeber the brand.. is it motorola?? The father son bit... the son say "will see u in 15, ciao".. and goes to take a shower, the father seeing this jumps around with the mobile trying to be as cool!! Which one was it???? I think it was motorola only!!!

Oh also the new SRK-Saif- Kareena commercial.. is also not that great!! Its ok types!!!

Then the Horlicks women ad... i absolutely loved it.. the one with Konkona Sen.. and its so true.. not so much for me though.. but i see these women all around me.. my sis , mom, colleagues at work.. hits a chord definitely.. cuts across and goes straight to the working mom and talks to her!! It was positively brilliant... but it was not on air for long.. dont know why..

The new nokia ad is also good.. the one with priyanka chopra!!!

Suddenly viewing ads has also increased in prominence... possibly because now many of the commercials are also increasingly becoming a story telling activity.. (like the ponds one with priyanka chopra which also i didnt like!!)

More on this when i get back from lunch... bye bye :)