Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Top 10 addictions of mine

Dhanya tagged me some time ago and when I look back I realize that procrastination deserves a pace in the list of my addictions which I can’t help noticing are very similar to Dhanya.
So here it goes in random order:

1)Internet: Sometimes I wonder how I managed to spend so much time on / in the internet. But the bottom line is it has grown up on me and it ranks very high on the list.
2)Never put off for tomorrow what you can put off today. As mentioned earlier procrastination is a second habit. From time immemorial last minute efforts have been the general order of the day, be it cramming for exam or a report at work.
3)The news: I manage to read 3 newspapers / business dailies a day and always keep one window open on my laptop with the breaking news scrolling every minute at work
4)Cricket : I can watch matches of other nations too and I enjoy the ICL as much as I do the IPL and thanks to T20 I can watch cricket after work and not miss much
5)The pot: well it may sound funny but I sure do spend a lot of quality time in the loo every day where I read one of my 3 papers and very often think, plan, strategize… and generally spend my time well
6)Grilled chicken : I have always been a big fan of chicken in all forms of cooking but considering the cholesterol worries I have become partial to grilled chicken and I attack it with relish every time. (Afterwards the carnage on the plate is like Vadivelu’s line “Total Damage”)
7)Novels: I have always been partial to a good novel and can read an entire novel at a stretch
8)Sleep: I love my sleep, need I say more?
9)Tom & Jerry: I have spent so much time watching the same episodes but I have never ceased to get tired of them
10)Water: no other beverage gives me as much joy as a glass of chilled water can, simply addictive

That’s the list for now I guess.

This is an open tag, take it and see, it is fun.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Through the lens of a Sagem MY700X

Was in Studio5 earlier, I saw these lights and wanted to see if my camera – phone could capture it. I guess it did.

If you thought that only the brainy fruits got into Anna University, look again you will see many fruit eaters too.

Presenting Melissa in D’s tee. Poor M had to undergo a surgery earlier and being the restless being that she is (like her owner), she kept ripping her bandages apart. The vet suggested that we can try putting on a shirt minus the collar as a restrainer for her bandages. D went one step higher and pulled out her tee and voila.
P.S It was an effective solution, the bandages survived this time.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

You are invited!!!

Went to a wedding reception over the weekend with D. Today the template for a reception is so uniform that you can sleep walk through it. Land at the venue, plastic smiles fixed, meet / nod at the unknowns and unknowns around you, queue up for the mug shot with the newly weds, unload our burdens on them (the gifts of you please), rush to the next queue (for food this time), eat heartily, chew on the betel leaves, nod / meet some more, walk out. Every reception is a variation of this template.

Anyway I will cut the frills and come straight to the food. Food is an integral part of all celebrations in India and in most places around the world. Any celebration will reach its climax in the feast afterwards and a lot of care is given to the food served. Some of the guests who had come for my wedding still fondly remember the biriyani that they enjoyed that evening. So you can understand how much importance the feast holds in the scheme of the wedding.

I had an enjoyable meal that evening and though I had prepared myself for a vegetarian spread it was tasty and I cleared out my leaf. As I glanced to the side I saw D do likewise but just beyond her I saw mounds of food being wasted by the others in that row. A look around showed piles of wasted food on many of the plantain leaves food enough to probably feed at least 10% of the unfed guests.

I was very disturbed by what I saw, when I was being served I declined what I would not eat and asked to be served just enough, surely that much is common sense? Will we not do the same at home when we are aware how much we spend for the food we eat? Considering the spiraling cost of food items how much is being tossed in the garbage? How many poor and starving people could have had at least one decent meal, had this not happened? I have seen this disgusting behaviour in hotels especially where you have these unlimited buffets, food is heaped on plates and in most cases dumped in the bin because for many their palates could not accommodate their greed.

How is it possible that for many of these perfectly decent people one small Tupperware box can hold their tummy fill everyday when from their homes and be so insufficient when given free? These may never know the pain of starvation and the horror of a starvation death. Wise men say “As you sow, so you reap…”

The sign of greatness is when someone knows when to say NO!

P.S. If we say NO, we may not see scenes like this...

My portfolio extraordinaire!

“You have a slipped disc” my physiotherapist announced rather unceremoniously last week after subjecting my back to various levels of pressure with his trained hands. Among the many reasons for this condition include my “over healthy” constitution and my excessive bike journeys early in my career. To confirm his diagnosis, he (the doc) prescribed a MRI scan

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Simply put it is a costly exercise to take images of your body in so many angles that you will actually feel proud of this extraordinary portfolio. Anyway I scheduled a time with the lab and waited my turn on the day (Friday the 7th to be precise). I was advised to change into the hospital outfit that looked like a checked school boy uniform and await my turn till the previous patient is done. This patient was profusely sweating and looked thoroughly exhausted and just appeared as if she had come out from some WWE encounter and that too coming out as the vanquished. As doubts crept into my mind, D also helpfully contributed the fact that some patients like to be sedated as they may get scared or feel claustrophobic. Now acrophobia, aqua phobia and claustrophobia are three things that make me feel a little uneasy at normal times I wondered what could possibly happen in the forbidding machine.

I was made to lie down and strapped into the device and rolled into a tube somewhat like putting the dough in those big ovens. Let me not forget the ear plugs which they offered saying that it may get a little noisy. This was to be the understatement of the year as what followed for the next twenty or so minutes must be experienced to understand. Groans, squeaks, squeals, hammering, ticking I heard them all in varying combinations and had D not warned me earlier that if I moved I would have to repeat the process I froze into submission. The biggest problem was my itching nose, nothing irritates you more than being strapped to a table and stuffed up a tube making noises and no chance to scratch yourself.

The sound effects equaled many of the rides in my last MGM trip and if one were to close his eyes and let him be transported to the realms of the sound I guess the effects will be the same. Anyway the process stopped in good time and I was wheeled out again. I just couldn’t wait for that itching to be taken care of. A moment later it was sheer bliss.

Anyway the travails of that day were worth the report which confirmed that I had a few bulges on my spine. I am now in the rehab process. I’m told that soon I will be back to normalcy again, so wish me luck!

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Telling lies???

Saw the movie “Poi solla porom” yesterday after postponing it for so long and at the end of the movie I guess I waited too long. It was an enjoyable movie that was lighthearted and at the same time was a telling commentary of the social systems in place today.

You couldn’t help but empathize with the head of the family and his long desire of buying a plot of land for his dream house. The plot on which he was willing to put his entire life’s savings and the retirement funds that would have been otherwise used for his last days. I will not brief you on the story because I would rather you see it for yourself. (It would be a steal if you can get a 10 bucks ticket at Satyam!)

What I liked about the movie in no particular order:

* The wide range of emotions from expectation, satisfaction, pride at a job well done, to anger, frustration and helplessness neatly shown by Nedumudi Venu demonstrated why Malayalam cinema is famous for realism.

* The absence of the template that defines most commercial masala movies

* A kick ass entry and a sublime ending, that made you want to stay in your seats till the very end

* Absence of speed breaker song / dance routines

* Absence of the usual love rigmarole which was restricted to a simple holding of hands that spoke volumes

* No group dancers, no dream sequences, no separate comedy track, no fight sequences…(there may be more no’s for a discerning viewer)

* The credit given to the original movie in Hindi and its writer ( a first)

* The cute heroine who though not a stunner in the conventional sense is still cute and who with a little training could lip sync better

* KK who does not have to be a US return with a fake accent

* The almost likeable villain in Nasser with his loud and shiny shirts and a pencil moustache

* The inevitable triumph of good over evil

* Mouli as daddy

* The Photoshop touched up pictures that accompanied the titles

Watch it, if you haven't already and tell me what more you liked.

(P.S. Had a tough time restraining mum, being completely immersed in the movie kept jumping up and prompting the actors on their next step. )