Tuesday, March 24, 2009

..on arranged marriage!

...arranged marriage is the intersection point at which the downward spiral of expectation meets the upward spiral of desperation (Read it at Cynic's blog - and thought it was brilliant.)

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Thank you for the music!

The show was supposed to start at 6. People started gathering into Palace grounds, in those miles long queues, by 4 itself. No one could relinquish the chance of a better view, better standing position, as close as possible to the rock star. We could get into the arena at about 5.30. And though we knew there were miles of people behind us, this place looked so packed already. Anyway, we found some place and stood too. The evening started at 6.30 with channel V VJ’s screaming into the mic and the crowd going berserk. Just couldn’t wait for the man to come on the stage and mesmerize us – this time LIVE! But chief guest arrives in the end, isn’t it! So the first performance of this evening was by a then-new Indian band called Aasman, and the only song that sounded familiar (and I didn’t say “nice” mind you) was chandu ke chache ne… They crooned for forty five minutes. And when they finished there was a huge applause, not because they were great, but because they had “finished” their performance to give way to the man himself. But that was not to be. After fifteen minutes of wait, there was another band on the stage, who I didn’t recognize then and don’t remember now – so you can imagine how good they were. They were some overseas all boys band, performed topless and received tremendous booing. Not that they were not ruffled, they were, but they were there to perform and so they did. Took about forty minutes. By the end of their performance, the crowd was agitated, irritated and tired. Think about it, people started flowing in at 4, it was over half past eight, so everyone was standing for more than four hours, had been subjected to some unpleasant music for the last two hours, and the man was not to be seen still. There was inactivity on the stage again for some twenty minutes. The irritability was increasing.. big time. Each and every soul present there was getting vocal about it. We so hated him for not showing up till then and it was already 9. And then suddenly mic came to life, stage still didn’t, and we heard a very familiar, a very heavenly – here I am – this is me – I came into this world – so wild and free. Lights came on – and there he was. Bryan Adams! Oh there he was, in flesh and blood. Whoa! What a moment that was, every mouth in that ground roared at the top of its voice to cheer for that man. It was deafening, and most scintillating. No leg was feeling tired any more, no heart was complaining, finally the wait seemed worth. He set the stage on fire, went on to perform all his famous numbers, and we all sang along. Still envy the girl he randomly picked from the audience to sing with him. The crowd moved with him, we sang and swayed and he performed and performed. We swooned as he sang, we swooned as he moved, we swooned to the tunes of his guitar. And these were the fastest two hours of the day (month? Year?). Just didn’t realize how time passed when he sang. So soon it was 11 and the show was over. We could have been there and stood for days if he could perform that long. The rats were not allowed to go any close to the Pied Piper as he threw hugs, kisses, thanks in the air and left. What a night that was, what a night!
Ladies and Gentlemen, this was Bangalore, in 2004. And since then I have been longing to catch a glimpse once again. Bryan Adams is performing in New York in April, and I AM GOING! It is a Friday, I have applied for leave, and I am going to be there, to see him perform again! Can’t wait, New York City, I am coming! :)

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Sandese aate hain..!

I insisted some of my friends from my pervious team on sending me letters. Hand written letters. I was sure that the idea would be shooed away upfront and I will meet the same old – oh come on, you meant really or what! But I was proved wrong. And this was one of those times when you love to be proved wrong. I didn’t get just one two, I received six letters. Six handwritten letters! And not just one page letters, 1 one page, 3 two pages, 1 four pages, 1 five pages. Just opening the envelope was such a wow moment! :)
Thanks to:
Shiks - one cool cat! Thanks for taking me down the memory lane and getting me nostalgic! miss those days! and you deserve a special thanks for convincing others and distributing A4 sheets too! :)
Sowji - for overlooking my lack of effort in staying connected and still writing to me, you are super cool!
Vini - for making me laugh till I cried. I pardon you for your most horrible handwriting too :) you rock buddy!
Surabhi - for not only writing a wonderful letter, but writing it in hindi! Kudos, and thanks a ton! Was such an enjoyable experience!
Dhinesh - for writing my testimonial almost. Why don’t you actually forward the same text as my orkut testimonial! The only slight problem is you wont know the text as there is no Sent Items for handwritten letters :D
Rahul - for letting me know that what the..! there are better ways to keep connected! This isn’t the coolest. But still writing :) (But believe me Rahul, this is the coolest! :) )

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Tagged

Tagged by Iya this time. This is my second tag and this tag too makes me write about myself. Iya you need to pay me for this one. This was long.

1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE?
Nope. Though it was picked from a book that my mom and bua were reading before I was born and they liked the name, but it wasn’t that I was named after the character.


2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED?
26th January. Incidentally had gone to temple, and there I for no rhyme and reason felt so overwhelmed that I choked.


3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING?
I do! One of the very few things I like about myself.

4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT?
No meat for me at all. I am a vegetarian by choice.

5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS?
Thankfully no. I don’t have a license yet.

6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON, WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU?
Guess so.

7. DO YOU USE SARCASM?
I do sometimes. Mmm.. a lot of times actually!

8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS?
(?) Yes. Thanks for your concern by the way.

9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP?
Yo man! Yes I will. I will sky dive too.

10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL
Kelloggs Fruit and Yogurt. That’s my idea of cereal these days.

11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF?
Ya I do. And loosen them.

12. IF YOU WERE TO PICK YOU OWN FIRST NAME, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Bompy

13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM?
You mean I have to choose one. That is unfair. Ok so my current favorite is chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream.

14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE?

Their voice. Can be the biggest turn on, and can be a super turn off too.

15. RED OR PINK?

Red


16. WHAT IS YOUR LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF?
Should be my discipline or the lack of it.

17. WHOM DO YOU MISS THE MOST?
My parents :(

18. DO YOU WANT EVERYONE TO COMPLETE THIS LIST?
Noooo.. this tag is not spicy. I would want to ask more interesting questions may be.

19. WHAT COLOR PANTS AND SHOES ARE YOU WEARING?
Black trousers, black shoes.

21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?
Khabar nahi – from dostana

22. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE?
Orange

23. FAVORITE SMELLS?
Natural - Has to be the smell of rain washing the land. Artificial – Cool waters still tops the chart.

24. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE?
My friend Kapil.

25. HOW DO YOU KNOW THE PERSON WHO SENT THIS TO YOU?
She is my best friend, has been so since times immemorial..

26. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH?
Cricket

27. HAIR COLOR?
Black.. turning grey now.

28. EYE COLOR?
Dark brown

29. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS?
No

30. FAVORITE FOOD?
What boss! You want me to prepare a list or what. Ok the perennial 24x7 favorite is Rajma Chawal.

31. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS?
Happy endings

32. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED?
He is just not that into you

33. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING?
Pink


34. SUMMER OR WINTER
Winter

35. HUGS OR KISSES
Hugs

36. DESCRIBE YOUR PENCIL CUP
I don’t have one :( No one gave me one :( :(

38. FAVORITE ARTIST(s)?
Stranger in the mirror :)

39. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW?
Confessions of a Shopaholic.

40. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD?
I don’t have a mouse pad :(

41. WHAT DID YOU WATCH ON TV LAST NIGHT?
Didn’t watch TV last night. Don’t watch TV at all.

42. FAVORITE SOUND(S).
Pitter patter pitter patter..

43. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES?
Beatles

44. WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME?
My current abode – lord I am 500(,000) miles away from home :(

Away from home, away from home,

Away from home, away from home

Lord I am five hundred miles (much more than that) miles away from home..

45. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT?
There are many real special ones.. but the one that tops my list is – I can sing songs with words reversed without changing the pace or the tempo of the song. For example – tujhe dekha to yeh jaana sanam – would be – jhetu khade to hey naja manas.

And who says it is not a talent!?

46. WHERE WERE U BORN?
Ranchi

47. FAVORITE PIECE OF JEWELRY?
I am not fond of jewelry.

48. HOW DID YOU MEET YOUR SPOUSE/SIGNIFICANT OTHER?
And why this assumption that I would have met my spouse or significant other? The quest is still on. Neighboring monarchies are being scanned for one knight in the shining armor.

49. FAVORITE SONG?
One favorite? What a crazy question! Ok the latest favorite is Jai Ho! Oh I am in love with the song. Rehman, Gulzar saab.. had to be brilliant.

50.Favorite Musical?
Sound of Music

I hereby tag Rajita - who has never done a tag before - Kapil - who has announced he is deserting his blog - Vineha - who without any announcement has abandoned hers - Addy - need to see how he answers these.