Friday, August 26, 2011

Of Rants, Babbles and some more Crap......

Well, I have been known for venting out my frustration and majorly, ranting on my blog lately. But if you are thinking that I am here to apologize and return to be the good and serious girl/blogger that I am, you are thoroughly mistaken my friend.

I am a woman and I am legally entitled to impulsive mood swings. I am in the middle of one right now and therefore, everything that I am going to puke here should be treated likewise.

I have been blogging at a pretty good frequency for the past few weeks. But you aren't keeping pace with me guys. I can't see any of you beautiful ladies and handsome hunks with your invaluable suggestions/compliments in my "Reverberations" box. Now, what fun it is to blog without an audience? Haven't you all felt that at some point in time? I am missing all you "regulars" (Kally, inner-musings, Farina, Nithya, Afshan, Rahul, Arjun) here in the "comment"ary box.
"There is nothing more dreadful to an author (if I dare call myself that) than neglect, compared with which reproach, hatred and opposition are names of happiness", an apt quote by Dr. Johnson. You get the clue...don't you?

Lack of work in office is just driving me nuts. Yeah...dats me!! Not that I am a workaholic but still...I hate being free (ALL the b****y time) for almost two weeks. For nothing do they say, “It’s the sad things in life that make you appreciate the good ones" :-P  Now you know....

I have been piling up kilos by the dozen ever since I got married. And no diet plans working, since I am not following any ;-)) The guilt conscience blames me and taunts me and since I don't do anything about it, I choose to wallow in self pity. Cut me some slack dude, I say to myself.
Have been finding my luxury in comfort food (read chips, cookies, chocolates).So you see, it has turned into a never-ending vicious circle. And the lazy-bones me in not even trying to break it.
Just imagine. I have become THAT pathetic.

Just watched Rahul Gandhi's 'performance' in the Parliament on the Jan Lokpal issue. Hats off Sir for pulling off that speech with such élan. I heard some Bollywood A-listers dying to attend your acting workshops <sarcasm overdose>
As Chetan Bhagat said, I also hope one day, somebody does the Chamatkaar-Balaatkar thing in your 'made-to-order' speech. I go LOL ROTFOL even thinking about it. ;-))

@SS : Congratulations..!!!! You have just been promoted. From being a friend and then, a good friend, you have officially been added to my "crib-buddies" list. And believe me, it’s a very privileged place to be.
After all these years, today I saw in you the tenacity to bear my persistent whines. And you are alive and kicking butt after listening to me babbling some incoherent stuff about how life is so unfair to the poor me.....;-))
Thanks for bearing with me. And you aptly defined me as the "most satirical cribber" ever. Ha! Like that...Makes for a good punch line...isn't it?

Peace!!! Until the next time.....

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

A letter to Team ANNA....

Dearest Team ANNA,
My heartfelt regards to you.
I know that you, like all of us, feel extremely frustrated, disillusioned and betrayed by the Government right now.  But then I think we all should have expected this. It was silly optimistic of us to expect the Govt. to bend and table a strong Jan Lokpal in the Parliament. Because, that’s hardly the end to their nightmare. It’s the beginning. As I have said before, it’s a Catch 22 situation for the Govt. Either they can please the country men now and run to save their asses later. Or remain glued to their seats, even against public outcry. They have chosen the latter, for obvious reasons.
I have no idea what will be the outcome of this deadlock situation reaching alarmingly dangerous proportions now, what with Anna’s health deteriorating fast and public dissatisfaction at an all time high.  But as they say, everything happens for a reason. As the govt. is busy passing the buck from PM to the ruling party to Standing Committee to an All-party-meet, people have seen and understood this tamasha the Govt. is putting up to showcase their consideration for the Jan Lokpal Bill and Anna’s health. Their blow-hot-blow-cold-attitude is maddening, to say the least.
As of now, the Lokpal logjam continues and it’s back to square one after last night’s talks between Team Anna and the Govt. But whatever be the conclusion of this revolution, you have undoubtedly awakened every Indian out of his I-care-a-damn and nothing-is-going to-change attitude. The whole nation stands behind you in rock solid support. We all want you, Kiran Bedi ma'm, Arvind Kejriwal Sir and Anna ji to contest elections against the key policy makers in the country. You are going to win with a 100% margin. That’s what we can promise you. We don’t want this awakening and resolution to go down the drain. We can’t let the steam dissipate.
I understand that it’s sickening to be in that political muck out there. Because while soiling yourself in it and crying hoarse about our rights, the pigs are actually going to enjoy the roll in the shit. But, as I said earlier, we just can’t let the revolution and the wakening go cold. If you have started the fight, let all of us take it to the end. Let the people’s representatives come to power and show those power-hungry, illiterate, puppet-in-foreign-hands morons what it takes to be a leader and how to lead a country. Because if that’s how the cookie crumbles, let’s show it to them too.
PS: To all the disillusioned and fame-hungry Page 3 so-called ‘celebrities’ who are belting out cheap remarks about the whole Team Anna revolution:
1) India is not divided, but united in its stand against corruption.
2) The revolution is still against corruption, and not about THE one man.
3) The common man is not ignorant. They are completely knowledgeable about the Jan Lokpal Bill.
4) Anna/Team Anna is not/has never been in a spot. They are BANG ON in their approach.
So, you cheap and (in)famous socialites: go sulk and pout and whine and see if we care two hoots. We are and will be with Team and always....

PPS: Congress has still not replied to my letter. (:-P pun intended. I hope it put a smile on your strained faces, even if for a moment !!)

Monday, August 22, 2011

Govt. in a Catch 22 situation - Report from Ramlila Maidaan

I am so awed and over-whelmed. But I am not falling short of words. In fact, a plethora of emotions and thoughts cloud my mind and heart so much so that I find it impossible to classify them. I don't know if its patriotism, emotion, angst or all of them together.

After supporting the first 3 days of Anna's anshan from home, I was out there on the battle ground on Day 4. The Ramlila maidaan. Quite iconic because it’s the same place where Bhagwaan Ram kills the Bad Man Raavan, every year. This year Anna is playing God, literally, and battling it out against the new Bad Guys (read Govt.).
Team ANNA (L to R: Arvind Kejriwal, Anna Hazare, Kiran Bedi)
The country has broken out into hitherto unseen patriotic fervor. The whole country is united with Anna in a cause that has brought out even the middle and upper sections of the society in full force. Everyone is so fed up of the prevalent corruption and scams. People in the maidaan keep chanting slogans supporting Anna and the likes of Bharat Mata ki Jai and Vande Mataram. The atmosphere is so electric with the spirit of the youth that it is impossible to contain yourself. I joined in too, chanting slogans, "Anna tum aage badho, hum tumhaare saath hai". The people go berserk and crazy when Anna ji addresses the crowd. Kiran Bedi mam is such an influential and charismatic personality. Yesterday she led a procession of a lakh plus people from India Gate to the Ramlila maidaan. One lakh people on the roads, all carrying the Indian flag and chanting slogans was a sight to behold and feel. It truly felt like being in the middle of a revolution.

The same scene awaited us at India Gate, albeit with a little less number of people. We participated in the candlelight procession there. It’s great to see an informed youth who knows what it is fighting for and not just a mob who is out there and blindly following a party with vested interests. Team Anna is mobilizing people to question both the Lokpal Bill and the Jan Lokpal Bill and cast its opinion in favor of what they think is right. Facebook pages and YouTube videos have been created with vivid descriptions of the differences in the two drafts of the bill, on a clause by clause basis. 

 Day 2 at Ramlila was the same. Only the number of people were more. And the count is still increasing. But more than anything, I am betrayed by the Govt's almost alien demeanor towards Anna's fast. But then, I should have expected that. Given the level of corruption these guys are into, we should not be surprised by any of their misgivings. They are just trying to save their a**.
Me n my 5-yr old nephew at Ramlila grounds
 But I totally believe that Anna has God on his side. A 74 year old man, on the 5th day of his fast, addressed the crowd and if you didn't know, you could never guess. His voice and conduct did not give him away for a minute, that this man had not had food for 6 days. I could only so much as carry on my fast for 30 hours.

By now, everyone realizes that the Jan Lokpal bill will have to be passed given the kind of common man backing it has got. But the only question that looms large over everyone's head is when? Anna ji is already well into his 7th day of fasting. And now, every passing minute and hour is going to be pressing on his body. I just pray to God to give Anna ji strength and some good sense to our so called "leaders".

@All: Guys, please support Anna ji's crusade against corruption in any and every way you can. It's not everyday that you find yourself amidst such a life changing revolution. And you surely don't want to be left behind...right?

Thursday, August 18, 2011

The Stranger....

I met her a long, long time ago. The perfect stranger. But somehow, I felt like I had vaguely known her.
She was almost the same age as I was. Yet she was so different.

I was a very quiet child. I didn’t talk much and kept my feelings pretty much to myself.
She laughed exuberantly when she was happy. She was down in the dumps when sad. She occasionally cursed and abused people when they crossed lines too close for comfort.

I flinched at the thought of calling people names. I couldn't so much as hurt an insect. I put a smile on my face when I was happy. I tried to appear normal when sad, even though I cried a little in isolation. Even as a child, I acted or tried to act like a grown up person would. By grownups I mean, people who are never "too happy". They are just happy and they smile. When they are sad, they try and appear "normal".

But she was what she was. Made up of raw emotions. I realized that she had been given the independence to be herself. By God himself. She was innocence personified.

Needless to say, I was inspired by her. Children at a young often are.

I shouted at Mom. She stared back. In disbelief. She hadn't seen this side of me, ever.
She was pushing me to the brink. We had an argument. I got up and screamed at her.

I suddenly realized the graveness of my action. Mom left the room in a huff.

Sheepishly, I pulled myself up and looked at her in the eye. Across the room. In the mirror on the opposite wall.

That was the day I realized how different I was on the outside and inside. That was the day I acknowledged the presence of a soul. My soul. Which hitherto had been a stranger to me. It was pure. I was not. I tried to be. Still trying.
Disclaimer: This a work of fiction written for a weekly theme

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

No Title

Some stupid things that have been blocking my mind. Need to clear my Cache memory for better sanity.
So people, beware. It’s a no-holds-barred post below. Read at your own risk. ;-))

1) Why do people some think that every question being asked around in 100kms of their vicinity is waiting for their expert opinion? Even if they haven't heard/understood the question correctly or even if they are not sure about the answer, they will be the first ones to vomit some shit. There's one such piece in my office. And gosh! Do I hate her..!!!! It seems to me that nobody has ever (like really EVER) told her to shut up..!!!!! Today I reached my wits end and just wanted to slap her....Seriously, some people have that ability to bring out the animal in you. ;-)

2) I get REALLY irritated when people put up weird status messages (on FB) only to garner attention and the real emotion is nowhere to be found.
One "friend" has this habit of updating her profile with statuses like "Down with viral and cold :(", "Sinus is troubling me again :(:( ", "Miss you momma, papa", blah blah. I just want to scream and tear her hair off.
Dude, you know what? You are like, really SiCk and you definitely need medical attention. Period.
As for Momma, Papa, better call them on their mobiles. Oohh Gosh..!!! It just didn't occur to your before...or did it? <rolling eyes>
And something that irritates even more is, the above statuses garnering umpteen numbers of "likes" and stupid "comments" like get well soon, oohh babbyyy :-((  
Yeaahhhh.... <snarl>

3) I understand that a blog is your personal thing and you can write anything and everything. And again, it’s up to me if I want to spend my time reading it or not. But when you share your blog on a public platform, aren't you kinda making it open for speculation and criticism?
What really irks me is that some really pathetic blogs (where people don't even write the basic grammar right) have this huge, almost mind-numbing junta who follows the blog religiously. And for post after post, they will receive 20, 30 and up to 50 comments like wow, u have a writer in you, what a story..!!!!!!!!!
Why is Life soo unfair ????? :O

4) There's this shop near my house which I frequent for daily stuff like milk, eggs etc. The owners, a brother duo (pot-bellied and overweight) are like, the slowest people on Earth. I think even tortoise would win a race game against them, if they ever decided. I still have my reservations that they would even think about racing, let alone do it.
"Slow as a snail" should be rephrased as "Slower than even a snail" for them. They have to often bear the brunt of my indignation. But boy.!! It doesn't ruffle a feather on the other side.
Yesterday I wished I could slap them and wake them out of their self imposed slumber.
But but but..!!!! So much for social etiquettes. Sigh, yet again.

5) H and I hardly get 2-3 hours in day to ourselves. And if a fight crops up, the day is gone. You gotta wait for one full day to be back together. "Ye Dooriyaan" sucks..... :-(:-(

PS: Half way through the first year of being married. Already. Just seems like yesterday. Whooaa....time does fly.....sometimes........I wish it flies today too..........

Monday, August 15, 2011

A letter to Congress.....

Dear Congress,

I really don't hope you are doing well. But the bitter truth is that you are doing way better than what we would like to think. What with inflation ripping through the roofs, every minister in your damned cabinet having a scam to his credit, sitting with an odd-lakh crore of OUR tax money, and then the whole Democracy thing. You guys are sure hell bent on beating the poor thing to death. Well, congratulations...!!! You are almost there.

I really wonder how road rage kills so many people in India, esp. Delhi. The reports say the tolerance levels have gone down. I beg to differ. I think we guys have oodles and oodles of   patience, and then some more. The government loots us in the form of taxes, levying taxes on taxes on taxes. We just never come out of the Tax Chakravyuh. They will keep increasing the prices of petrol, milk, fruits, veggies... we will deprive ourselves of nutrition and still keep paying more. Out of this truck load of money, these guys build one flyover, again charge a toll on it and pile up 100 times of the actual investment. Now, these so-called-ministers, most of who boast of a criminal background and others, whose educational profiles hardly go above a 7th or 8th standard, know only one way of utilizing this money - save it in the Swiss banks. But we will still keep quiet. At the max, an FB update or "like” the “Get the Swiss money Home' FB page.

Then, decades later, a gutsy Indian, Anna Hazare decides that enough is enough. He imitates Bapu's ideologies. Our govt. which has photos of Bapu in every Govt. office and on every damned currency note in the country, says fast-unto-death will not be tolerated. And did our honorable PM just say yesterday that we live in a D-E-M-O-C-R-A-T-I-C country? Sir, would you please like to spell that out for us?

@The PM: Your impressive resume and balanced approach had instilled in us, a hope that finally, the reins of this country were in good and able hands. But you proved to be a mere puppet in foreign hands. You have let us down and left the country’s future in lurch. It’s going to the dogs. You make us believe that education really has no meaning in our Parliament. It is, and will remain in the hands of power hungry and illiterate ministers. Your only mantra seems to be “Silence is Golden”. But when it comes to the future of this country, the Golden is only Poison, which is eating away the country at its very roots. Thanks for preparing us that we will always be a third-world country because of you and your third-grade cabinet of fools.

Enraged, Frustrated and Disgusted citizens of the country

Friday, August 12, 2011

Old friends are like wine.....

Had an almost hour long chat with an old buddy yesterday. Felt really really good. Old friends are like old wine. The older they are, the better they taste (no pun intended) :-P

Have wanted to write a post on my 'true-blue' Leo girl since long. Today is the D-Day I guess.
We have been friends since the first day of college. Didn't really realize when we turned into 'best friends'. We are poles apart in most of our ways, be it thinking, nature, behavior or studies. I was a typical first bencher teachers' pet, she was one of the mischievous lot. I would do my assignments at home, and hers in the college bus. I was always a one-man woman, she had crushes that changed every week. I guess it was these eccentricities that drew us closer. For no reason do they say, "Opposites attract".

The only similarity that we shared was that we both were rebels. Yeahh..!!! The typical boring me was also a fighter. We both fought for our 'rights' and soon became each others' "crib buddies". LOL. We cribbed about anything and everything and the other one always 'understood'. We shared our deep dark secrets and books and clothes and what not.

And yeahh, that does not mean it was all hunky dory between us. Can never forget those squabbles. The Leo is typically demanding and moody and soo egotistic (she s going to fight with me, yet again, after reading this). She just couldn't stand me ignoring her or giving any other a teeny weenie bit more importance than her. If she had her way, she would claw me off..!!!

But yes, there's one incident that I am gonna cherish forever. For my Big Day, she cut short her US trip by a day, reached India jet lagged, but yet arrived at the venue looking like a BOMB.
Ain't she looking HOT?

Love you S for this..!!! Always.... <3

It's been 8 years since we first met. And the relationship dynamics still remain the same. Even though I am married and she is going to be (in another year or so), she hasn't mellowed down one bit. We both still love, hate, fight and are jealous of each other and know it..!!!!! :-))
She praises me and takes a dig at me at the same time. She just loves to be soo mean with me. But I guess I am one of those privileged people, with whom she can be what she is........*****!!!!! (babess....that's offline between us).

 THE most endearing quality about her, is her incredible zest for life. If life was a bull, she would pull it by it's horns and twist it her way. She has been through some major ups and downs in life. But her 'down-and-out' phase doesn't last longer than 2-3 days. The legend is back on its feet again, very much alive and kicking and spitting blood, ready to take on the world.

S...I love you for what you are. You are beautiful to me and all others, who know you inside out. Forgive me if I have ever let you down. And thanks for ALWAYS being there. Happy Friendships' Day ****** ;-))))

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Nothing serious....REALLY!!

Have been missing MY space badly for the past week or so. Nothing much that has caught my attention this past week. And nothing fancy in my imagination too. I thought and thunk (after effects of too much thinking..!!) and thought and could up with nothing substantial.

But then I thought what the heck! This is MY blog and My web space. I can create puddles of shit and post pearls of wisdom, depending on my mood.

Sorry guys for disappointing you with a puddle this time. But things haven't been really that great this week.
When I am sad or frustrated, all the creative juices are annulled by the digestive ones I guess. Sorry for sounding gross. But I am totally mad and totally frustoo with some people in life.
They just don't seem to understand me. And they put me in a fix constantly. And that hurts some very important people in my life.

The only problem is that the people who trouble me are also near and dear ones. And I really can't do away with them. Stuck in a fix, for the rest of my life.
 Am pissed off with myself too for taking the easy way out. Need to take a stand when it's required.

I read somewhere, "Love makes the world go around". I think they should replace Love with Expectations.
If only people appreciated the piece of pie in front of them, rather than crib about the lack of icing.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

A shining the horizon....

First things first. Happy Teej to the all the lovely ladies around. And the guys reading this can wish their mothers, sisters, wives and girlfriends.
I got my hands henna-ed (:-P) and it turned out to be b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l. Take a look at this.

Click on the pictures to view in full screen

Now, the guy who put the mehendi for me was different from the rest of his lot. Not only was he superbly talented in the work that he was doing, he was charting his course towards a great career as well. I just happened to get talking to him about his earnings on special days like Teej, Karvachauth etc. It was then that he told me that applying mehendi was only his hobby and a means of earning some pocket money. He was actually pursuing a course in Web Designing and 3D animation from a very reputed institute. I asked him about the course fee, which was close to 4L. I was taken aback for a second because I knew, by no means, his father was capable of paying that amount for him. He told me he had taken a study loan and was looking forward to landing a job in an MNC, once the course got over.

I was so pleased to hear his story. It felt like, finally the efforts of the government and a few good samaritans who are spreading the importance of education in the country, is finally paying off. This guy was so upbeat about his education and his future. Not for a second did I see any hesitation or a wrinkled forhead even when he was talking about his huge education loan. He was super confident about his abilities as well his choices. He whole attitude spelt Success. I could visualise a shining India at the horizon. Not too far away.

I wish we have more of such enlightened and self motivated individuals across the length and breadth of the country. One educated person can change the future of multiple generations. I wish success to all those who are trying hard to cut through the glass ceiling. And kudos to every single individual who is spreading the message of importance of education.

 And a heartfelt request to all you lucky people (who didn't have to try too hard for your basic education): do your bit for the society.
As they say, "An investment in knowledge pays the best interest".