Thursday, July 14, 2011

J.K. Rowling spills the beans on Magical World

Rowling’s world of Magic real; Revelation followed by unexplained disappearance of writer.

London, July 14, 2011: Less than a day before the last of the movies in the series which has captured the imagination of children and adults alike around the world, its creator J.K. Rowling has revealed that the basic plot of the Harry Potter novels is in fact based on a true story. In a press release yesterday, Miss Rowling says, “I thank all my readers and fans who have loved and supported Harry, Ron and Hermione through their journeys, as also the makers of the movies and the actors who have brought my characters to life. After much consideration, I have come to the  conclusion that it would be unfair to hide from the world that Harry Potter and most of the characters and events in my books are, in fact, real. The wizarding world does exist, hidden from ‘muggles’, and there had really been a Lord Voldemort.”

In this startling revelation, Rowling has gone on to confess that she is in fact a Squib herself, which would explain her widespread knowledge of the magical world. For those who still have not read the books or watched the movies (and one cannot imagine why you are still alive), a squib is someone who was born of magical parents but possesses no magical power himself. She had been brought up by her wizarding parents, but had to join the Muggle world for survival, as she was ‘less than useless in the magical world’.

She has gone on to claim that many of the ‘so-called’ Lord Voldemort’s supporters are still at large around the world and are mainly responsible for what the common Muggle sees as terrorist activities. This list includes Osama bin Laden, who till last May was seen by the USA as the ‘Most-Wanted Man’ on Earth. She reveals that Osama was in fact killed by Harry Potter himself, who now works in the Auror office in the Ministry of Magic and is one of the more celebrated Aurors of the world. About Osama, Rowling says, “Osama was nowhere near Voldemort’s inner circle of terror, nothing more than a minor supporter. The fact that he let Muggles know of his existence also goes to show what a poor wizard he was. It is true that he was hiding near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border since Voldemort was finished off, for fear of being caught and had done a very good job of concealing himself. It took no less than Harry Potter to finally finish him off. Of course, the U.S. Army has taken credit for it, but anyone who is aware of the magical world will find it far-fetched that a Muggle army can kill a wizard, albeit a dim-witted one like Osama.”

However, these revelations were soon followed by the news of the mysterious and as yet unexplained disappearance of Miss Rowling from her London residence. Speculations are rife about whether she was serious in what she said or was it a massive publicity stunt just before the release of the last Potter film. The mysterious nature of her disappearance points at the former and if it is indeed true that a hidden magical world exists, one hopes that she is not tortured or her memory modified. If the magical world chooses to continue being hidden, I guess we can all expect to be subjected to Memory modification charms in the next few days.

Meanwhile, the feeling among the fans can be summed up by the comments of an avid follower, who said, “Harry Potter, if he really exists, will continue to be loved and admired as much by us
Muggles as those in the Magical World.”

Friday, July 23, 2010

Some Esoteric Idiosyncracies

“You’ll have a bad time if a black cat crosses your path.”
There are so many such superstitions that people have which leads them to do strange things. Here is a list of some that have me in their grip. None of them have been adapted from popular folklore and all of them have almost become involuntary in my daily life.  Some are childish, others out of experience and still others which are downright silly. 

  •   ‘The last step while climbing a flight of stairs should be with the right foot.’ 
I do not know how this developed but I inadvertently count the no. of steps, especially one that I am going to use frequently. Over time a set pattern develops, the first step, number of hops and jumps and finally reaching the top with my right foot and a feeling of accomplishment.

  • ‘Wearing socks or shoes on my left foot first.’ 
This originated from a silly observation that the day passed in a particularly lousy manner when I wore them on my right leg first. It developed when I was about ten years old and the habit has stuck with me ever since.

  •  ‘No books!’ 
 This stemmed in the first year of my college life, when my grades were especially bad and this was true for subjects I possessed a book of or borrowed from the library. I know that if you are in possession of a book, you should do better in that subject, but somehow the exact opposite happened to me, over and over again. On the other hand, I scored well in the subjects I didn’t have a book of. This led to my ‘No course book policy’ later modified to ‘Go to the library and study policy’, the latter of which, many have construed (wrongly), was for “other” reasons.

    • ‘Need for company while sleeping’ 
    No, it’s not what you are thinking. All it refers to is the fact that I cannot sleep well without a bolster (masnand or kol-balish, if you like). It gives me a sense of security, hugging my big bolster while I sleep.
    • ‘Fetish for organization’  
    Someone recently called me “organized guy” in a manner which, to me, seemed mocking or derogatory. But I can’t help it. Everything needs to be at its proper place. If something isn’t, I am fidgety till I put it right. I accept I go overboard sometimes.  My mail inbox has to be clean with all e-mails segregated into appropriate categories and archived. The only icon on my desktop is the Recycle Bin.  All my photos need to be in the proper folders. All my songs need to be rated as 5-star, 4-star etc. Sometimes, I feel I am more ‘Sheldonish’ than I give myself credit for.

    • 'Blueprint for Everything’  
     Anything I do needs to be properly planned with step-by-step procedures. This lack of spontaneity is something I regret about myself. Its difficult for me to do something on the spur of the moment without giving a proper thought to it. I even plan out what I’m going to wear in the next seven days. So, you can imagine how bad the situation is.

    TIlunilu calls these activities of mine OCDs or Obsessive Compulsive Disorders. In other words, he thinks I am mad, which I probably am. Nevertheless, they give me a feeling that I am doing the right things. So, I guess I’ll stick with them. That's just thte way I am.

    P.S. I invite people to write some of their idiosyncracies in the comments section.

      Friday, July 09, 2010

      Going back to an empty place

      Hello, I'm back. I have been away from the blog scene for several months now. And the accusation from certain quarters is that I used to write just to fulfill my ulterior motives of getting the object of my desire, and since now that has been fulfilled, I don't write anymore!!! WTF?

      Anyway, I'm all set to return to another year of college. “Finally in final year”, after many many years. One of the professional hazards of being in a five-year course. I expect this year to be lonely and boring, with only a handful (but really close) friends. Add to that prospective placement opportunities and it just gets a little bit more scary.

      The absence of some of the people I have lived with and enjoyed so much of the last four years will leave a huge void, but it got me thinking. The only thing that is 'permanent' is 'change'. Quite a cliched paradox, but very much true nevertheless. People will come into our lives, do wonderful things, enlighten us, spend some of the most memorable moments and then go away, never to meet again. Lord Alfred Tennyson said it with respect to a brook, but it is equally true for us humans.

      Men may come and men may go, but I go on forever” (till I die of course).

      Of course, the advent of technology (read Twitter and Facebook and Orkut) means I will still know that person A had 'Barbeque Chicken' today and that he's now in a relationship with B and that B had gone shopping today and that 67 people like this fact. But, who really cares about what 'A' ate and what 'B' bought, especially when you are miles apart. Evidently, the only interesting thing that you get to know through these networking sites is who is now “in a relationship” with whom and who just broke up and is single again and is possibly on the lookout for a prospective mate. But, I am digressing from the point here.

      The point is that nothing you do will make those times come back (unless you invent a time machine). And you just have to learn to move on and make new friends and acquaintances. I'm not saying you forget people. By all means keep in touch. But it is no longer possible to barge into their room at any time or nick some food from their cupboard or just sit around gossiping all day long; because they are gone.
      Ohhh! I miss everyone so much.

      Thursday, December 31, 2009

      Chronicles of the past decade...

      With the first decade of the millenium coming to a close, I guess I should make my own list just like all the magazines seem to love to. Here's a list of the top ten things I learnt or discovered in the last ten years:

      1. The birds and the bees. Need I say more? This is the single biggest reason for India's huge population.
      2. The fact that I can speak freely to girls whom I don't know, or any girl for that matter, without stammereing or simply passing out in front of them. This was a great boost to my self-esteem. Having studied in a boys' school, my contact with the fairer sex was minimal before joining college.
      3. Computer Engineers are not the only people in the world who have a bright future. If anything, most of them don't do anything significant at all. When I was in Class 6 or so, everyone wanted to be a Computer Engineer, left, right and centre. Thankfully, I came to my senses well in time. (My friends in CSE, don't take it otherwise. I have nothing against CSE as such, just that I am not suited for it.)
      4. Something which is disconcerting when you are using a western style latrine - 'It is not possible to shit without pissing too.' (True for most healthy males. Too shy to get the female version on the issue.)
      5. All Rajasthanis are not Marwaris, something I had a misconception about in primary school. On a related issue, my friends in college will do well to realize that not everyone who lives in Bengal is a Bengali. Avi a.k.a. 'Bangali' will vouch for it.
      6. There are people in this world who have never eaten and probably never will eat chicken. They have missed out on one of the most wonderful joys life on Earth has to offer.
      7. I can write decently, although this blog isn't a very good representation of the fact.
      8. Skill and abilities won't get you anywhere if you can't think straight and work towards success. Learnt it the hard way.
      9. Friends are the most valuable asset anyone can have. At the same time, you need to learn to say "no" sometimes.
      10. The fact that the easiest part of life is the one that I have just lived. The actual challenges lie ahead.

      Early in this millenium was when I had just entered my teenage, which is considered the time when you learn the most about the nuances of lifes and is generally the age when you tend to get into the most amount of trouble, some childish, others foolish. These days will never come back but the memories will remain forever. As we step into the new decade, there are some things I look forward to: 

      1. As Murgi pointed out very correctly, this is the decade which could see me find love and perhaps get married too. You never know, stranger things have happened in the past.
      2. I would also like to think that in a couple of years, I shall be earning my livelihood too and basically taking control of my life. That would be interesting.
      3. I hope to travel to new locations and view various cultures first hand. However, I am positive about returning to India no matter what.
      4. I shall need to be a lot more expressive and show more emotions. Otherwise people will continue perceiving me as someone who doesn't care for them or about anything. This is going to be a major challenge.
      5. A major aim is to learn how to cook especially how to cook chicken.

      So as the clock ticks over to about 11:30 p.m. (there is still half an hour to go before 2010 starts), I wish everyone a very Happy New Year and a fun-filled decade ahead. 

      Sunday, August 30, 2009

      Main pyar mein pagal ho gaya hun!

      Main pyar mein pagal ho gaya hun!
      Maine faltu mein MD join kar liya.
      Mujhe MD nahi join karna chahiye tha.
      Main pata nahi kya kya likhte rehta hun,
      Yeh log mujhe paise bhi nahi dete hain.

      This is what I had apparently spoken in my sleep yesterday, when Hims had come to my room in the night. The fact that I do not remember a word of the above does not convince anybody that I did not say it. Now, assuming I did utter these words, let’s analyze what would have made me say it.

      First of all, I do not think that the first line has anything to do with the other four lines; though I have been told that they were continuous. The last four lines have probably stemmed out of the fact that I have been doing a lot of writing (letters etc.) recently for an on-going campaign. (Mailer Daemon a.k.a. MD, by the way, is the in-campus students’ newspaper and I am proud to be part of it.) I seriously don’t know where the money part came from.

      Moving on to the more interesting first line of the monologue, there are several hypotheses being proposed. Here is a small selection.

      1. I am actually madly in love!
      With whom? My friends obviously think this is actually the case. Can someone be so special that I speak such things in my sleep? I doubt it.

      2. I was having a really romantic dream.
      This is the more plausible explanation for whatever I apparently said. I was the protagonist of the story and I was madly in love with this imaginary girl.

      3. I am very frustrated at not having a girlfriend and have become mad.
      This calls for an appointment with the psychiatrist who now sits in the Health Centre on Thursdays. Anyway, blabbering anything in my sleep is reason enough for a visit. These lines only make it more necessary.

      4. There is some link between the first line and the rest of it. I have no idea how people came to that conclusion. But, there was a fair amount of debate why these two contrasting things were said together. I think I finally convinced them that it was a mere co-incidence and that the two things are light years apart and have no relation whatsoever.

      What disturbs me is the fact that if this continues then there shall be no aspect of my life that shall be hidden from people. I, on the other hand, would like to keep my secrets as secrets in the future. It is always nice to have some secrets. It makes you enigmatic.

      P.S. If anyone has any other hypothesis to explain this event, I urge him/her to comment.

      Tuesday, August 18, 2009

      The Tea Conundrum

      I have never had tea in my life (or for that matter, coffee too). In the last few weeks, I have had two experiences when things could have become embarrassing. On Friendship Day, nine of my friends tried to force me to have a sip of Espresso. I did not relent. On another occasion, when six of us had visited an alumnus, he offered us tea. I forced DD to have my cup.

      How much is this fact going to cost me in the future? Taking into account the dearth of any kind of romantic relationship in my life, my parents are sure to ask me to go and “see a girl” at some point in the future. What am I supposed to answer to my future mother-in-law when she offers me tea? “Nahi, dhanyawaad. Main Chai nahi peeta. Doodh chalega!” How silly would that sound? She’ll never agree to let her daughter marry me.

      I haven’t really understood why I don’t drink tea or coffee. The most plausible reason I can think of is that I must have burnt my fingers touching a hot kettle of tea when I was a kid. Genetically speaking, I should have bucket-fulls of tea everyday because that is what my mother has. On the contrary, I have never had a sip and I intend to keep it that way for a while.

      Friday, July 17, 2009

      Gori Teri Aankhein Kahen

      Thanks to Saffrondude, I have been tagged. So here goes...

      1. Put your iTunes/Ipod/Music Player on shuffle.
      2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.
      4. Tag 10 friends who might enjoy answering these questions as well as the person who tagged you.
      Dil Chahta Hai

      Silent Night

      Bhool Bhoolaiya


      Tujh mein Rab Dikhta Hai

      Aaja Mahi Ve

      (They do??? Given that Article 377 of the Indian constitution has been amended, I am in trouble.)
      Sajna Aa bhi Jaa
      (Boy, this is getting serious)

      WHAT IS 2+2?
      Fashion ka Jalwa

      To Moon and Back
      (Yeah, he definitely has alienesque characteristics)

      Kehna hi kya
      (Absolutely true.)

      But it rained
      (Aur sab bheeg gaya)

      Wishing Well
      (Yeah, that's my life's ambition all right.)

      (No way.)

      Like Toy Soldiers

      Barbie Girl
      (What's this doing in my playlist???)

      We are going to Ibiza.
      (Ibiza=Heaven you see)

      Shape of my Heart

      It must have been love
      (Couldn't agree more)

      Dhadak Dhadak

      Where's the Party Tonight?
      (I am invited to a party but I don't know where it is?)

      Zara Nazar Utha ke Dekho
      (Your eyes emit laser beams?)

      You Know my Name
      (lmao... this is funny...)

      Points of Authority

      Nayan Tarse
      (Appropriate... my laptop can read my mind ... :D)

      Careless Whisper
      (Is that a NO?)

      Ek ho gaye hum aur tum
      (The answer to previous question is now definitely NO.)

      (Hi Fanaa. I'm waiting for you.)

      Call of the Tribes
      (Yeah definitely, they needed to be more groovy.)

      Crazy Frog
      (Yeah! It's making me insane.)

      Gori Teri Aankhein Kahen

      P.S. This was hilarious. If you are reading this you are tagged and must try it out.

      Friday, June 19, 2009

      A Rocking Year

      The past year has been one of the most eventful ones for me personally. I had expected 3rd year of college to be a rigorous battle against time and to be frank it has been far from so. The year was ‘especially special’ because this has been the year in which I have travelled farther and wider than I had ever before. Here is a small list of events which were close to my heart (not necessarily in any particular order.)

      Tata Jagriti Yatra (Dec 24 - Jan 11)
      This was probably the most amazing thing that has happened to me till date. An 18-day journey on a train with 300 odd strangers from around the country who are now friends or at the very least acquaintances. The journey took me to parts of the country which I had never been to and which perhaps I would never have, had it not been for the ‘yatra’.

      As the organizers had informed us beforehand, this wasn’t a joyride and in fact I probably learned more in this trip than I had in my previous two years in college albeit in an entirely different field. The journey was inspirational and I certainly hope that the spirit of the ‘yatra’ which is still alive in me remains so for the rest of my life.

      The biggest change to come out of the yatra for me is that I have started looking at my career and life as a whole beyond the realms of the technical education which ISMU provides. There’s a whole wide world out there full of opportunities and although I may end up taking up a job which 5 ‘fruitful’ years at ISMU will hopefully give me, I won’t shy away from challenges and interesting opportunities which life shall present before me.

      Besides all the gyan on entrepreneurship (both financial and social), I must say I had a lot of fun and some of the places we went to were really exotic. Add to this the fact that all of this was sponsored. Can you beat that? Last but not least a big THANK YOU to Su for having told me about the ‘Jagriti Yatra’ in the first place.

      Trip to Sikkim and Darjeeling (Nov 25 – Dec 2)

      Having written a post on this already, I shall not elaborate much on this except that this is one trip I am going to remember for the rest of my life.

      Matters of the Heart
      2008 was the year I fell in love for the first time. Okay, it didn’t work out and I had to force myself to fall out of love! But as they say, “It’s better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all.”

      Lots of new friends
      I have made a lot of new friends this year. Till the beginning of this year, I knew these people only by name or their faces and in some cases (like TJY), not even that. Now, we are the best of friends and hope to remain so for a long time. I have started socializing more, something my mother was really concerned about that I am a sort of an “unsocial creature”, who did not like to mingle with people.

      Add to this the fact that I have done pretty decently in my academics and everything seems really rosy, doesn’t it? So, as another year of college is about to begin in a few weeks, I wish that it is as eventful and fruitful as this one.

      P.S. Shit!!! I am in fourth year. I don’t feel like one. Always thought of them as really mature and full of experience and advice. I don’t feel any of those things.

      Friday, May 22, 2009

      First two weeks at Bangalore

      The first five days at Bangalore, where I have come for my training, have been to put it mildly, “interesting”. Not to mention, the journey till here was also an experience on its own. I had taken a train till Hyderabad before boarding another for Bangalore. The first half was a standard train journey for me. Set up a nest on the upper birth and stay there for the entire journey coming down only when nature called . I even had my food at the top. The first part of this ride was harrowingly uncomfortable because of the heat.
      Now, there was a 10-hour gap between the two trains and among the multitude of options I had of places to visit and people to meet in Hyderabad, I chose to spend the time in Secunderabad station itself. Bad decision! To start off, I kept all my luggage (except my laptop) in the cloak room there. I was lucky as apparently five minutes later it was filled to the brim and they did not accept any more luggage. After this, I had decided to hav some food and had a Onion Uttapam. Next on the list was the need to take a bath. They had dormitories for Rs.50 upstairs but they were all filled and anything else was too expensive for my liking. So, I was left with no choice but to use the bathrooms at the station. The problem was i had a laptop with me and nowhere to keep it at. This was when I did one of the boldest things anyone with a laptop would do. I kept it at the table of the guy who was taking the money for using the bathroom and went in to have a bath. Call me a carefree person or what. Thankfully, when Ireturned the bag and the laptop was still there and I was no longer sticky with sweat. The next 5 hours were full of boredome. I got so bored that I endeed up opening my laptop and watched 3 episodes of the “Big Bang Theory”, just another audacious little thing to do in a fairly crowded station. Finally, the time came for me to board my train, which was a relief. Reached Bangalore safe and sound.
      Alwar's dad , who is working here, had very kindly agreed to let me stay with him till I found a PG for myself. The challenge was finding his home which apparently was in some obscure location in Bangalore.. I scouted around for a bus at the 'Majestic' bus-stop and finally got one whose conductor said that the bus indeed went to “Whitefield” (where I had to go). Here I must mention something about the buses of Bangalore. The air-conditioned 'Vajra' buses are a class apart and better than any I had ever seen anywhere in India. However, the other ones are pretty awesome too and are pretty regular. The conductors have a unique whistle to signal to the drivers when to stop and start the bus. This means if you can’t whistle with your lips then you can’t become a Bangalore bus conductor. Anyway, getting back to the point, I was asked to debus at Sathya Sai Hospital which I had told the conductor as the landmark for my destination. Ironically, this was not the hospital I was looking for and was much much larger than the Sathya Sai General Hospital which I had to go to. Reaching there took me another 45 minutes and two bus rides.
      Having freshened up, I then took a bus to National Aerospace Labs (NAL) for some paperwork I had to complete. Man, this place is a fortress. No mobiles allowed inside, security checks everywhere. You would imagine there is some national treasure or some ground-breaking technology being developed somewhere here. All formalities done, I went to the security office for having my ID card issued. I was most impressed by this procedure. I was asked to sit at a chair and was told to smile. I did not know why but I smiled anyway. There was a flash somewhere and 10 seconds later emerged a yellow coloured piece of paper not larger than a visiting card. It had my photo on it, my name, my college’s name, the division I was assigned to and the date till which it was valid. It was my ID card here. If only all government institutions worked with this efficiency, we would save millions in money and time.
      It took me all of four days to find a suitable PG accomodation and in the process I used to walk as much as 8-9 kilometres a day. One particular day, I simply went through the roof (or if i may say, through the wall) with my walking. I walked more than 15 kilometres at one go, at least i assume i must have walked that much given that I walked for over 2 hours. Finally, I bid Alwar’s dad goodbye. I must have caused him some amount of inconvenience and for that I am really thankful to him for bearing with me for 5 whole days and taking care of me during that period. The last weekend was spent lying around getting accustomed to the surroundings. Hims dropped in on Sunday before he moved to a senior’s home during his stay here. We ran into a senior from college who had graduated a year ago at a mall and hence were assured of a free dinner. SJ too came over on Monday. We will be room-mates for the rest of our stay here.
      Since then I have sort of fallen into a schedule. Leave for NAL at around 9, do whatever work I can do over there, return at 5 or maybe later. I hope working life would be more interesting than this. I’ll be free for the weekend which starts in a few hours. Plans to visit a few seniors and Nilu is also coming. There is also this conference lined up at NAL, which I might attend, but in all probability leisure will gain precedence over work.

      P.S. I have really loved the bit of Bangalore that I have seen. Really well-organized, awesome weather, great transport system, lots of malls and lots of pretty girls. If I am given a choice as to where I want to be three years from now, Bangalore would be somewhere near the top of that list.

      P.P.S. I have drafted a plan of all foreseeable expenses during my stay here. I have also allotted a certain amount for unforeseen expenditures such as splurging on enjoyable activities. Hope what I have allotted suffices.

      Friday, May 08, 2009

      Opening up my Inbox

      Over the past few years, the use of SMS has become really useful in informing people about things in a clear and subtle way. However, my cell phone has been flooded with SMSs which have no relevant information in them but rather convey what the sender is feeling or at best contains a joke. Surprisingly, it is the same people who keep sending me these messages. What is even more disturbing is the fact that I actually end up keeping these messages in my inbox while deleting the once with any semblance of information in them. So let’s see what people have had to say since the beginning of this year. A chosen few from my inbox ... (What I thought about them are within brackets)

      From S1’s mobile

      ·         The hardest part of missing friends isn’t their absence but it’s when you think of all the good times you’ve shared and ask yourself, “Will those moments ever happen again?”

      Sent: Jan 7, 2009 19:29.
      (Awww... Cho Chweet! Well, obvious;y those moments will never happen again.)

      ·         What is education?
      It is an organized system through which we waste half our life learning how to waste the rest of our life.

      Sent: Jan 8,2009 19:40.
      (Very True. But you sent it to the wrong person. I can’t do anything about it.)

      ·         Dua hai meri:
      Jo mujhe bhool jaye, Uska mobile tut jaye, charger jal jaye, SIM lock ho jaye, SMS fail ho jaye aur uska Local call par bhi Roaming lag jaye.
      Sent: Jan 11, 2009 16:29.
      (How considerate!)

      ·         Imagine world without girls: Galiyan Sunsan, College Viran, Duniya pareshan, Tanha Insaan, Na Jaanu Na Jaan, Har taraf bas Karan Johar aur Jai Hanuman.
      Sent: Jan 14, 2009 15:08.

      ·         Being a good person is like being a goal keeper. No matter how many goals you save, it is the ones that you missed that people will remember. That’s the truth of life.
      Sent: Jan 17, 2009 22:22.
      (WOW! Now this guy has turned philosopher. All that we needed.)

      ·         Two lovers planned to commit SUICIDE. Boy jumps first. Girl closes her eyes and returns back saying ‘Love is Blind.’ Boy in air opens his parachute and says, ‘Love never Dies.’
      Sent: Apr 5, 2009 19:39.
      (Smooth, very smooth.)

      ·         After 12th, in CET only one question was asked:
      Fill in the blanks- If a girl faints, we must first touch her PU_S_.
      Those who wrote PULSE got Medical, all others Engineering
      Sent: Apr 7, 2009 12:30.
      (If only JEE was like that...)

      ·         Teacher to Johnny: If there were 5 birds on a fence and you shot one, how many are left?
      Johnny: None, as others will fly away.
      Teacher: The answer is 4, but I like the way you think.
      Johnny: I have a question ma’am. If 3 women were eating ice cream, 1 licking, 1 biting and 1 sucking, which is married?
      Teacher (sweating and nervous): The one sucking the ice cream.
      Johnny: No, you are wrong. The one with the wedding ring. But I like the way you think, ma’am.
      Sent: Apr 13, 2009 18:49.
      (Ha ha ha ha ha)


      What S2 has to say

      ·         Silence doesn’t mean I’m gone. Quiet doesn’t mean I’m dead. Being with others doesn’t mean I forgot you. Deep in my heart, anywhere, anytime, you are always Remembered and Cared.
      Sent: Feb 3, 2009 14:36.
      (Really? Is that what you do all day?
       And if you are reading this, don’t get me wrong, but you send this to someone you love or have a serious crush on, not friends.)

      ·         Sometimes in life we run so fast, we don’t notice anyone running with us. We notice them only we fall and they stop and come to pick us up. They are called friends.
      Sent: Mar 23, 2009 22:10.
      (Why are we running??? What does the winner get?)

      ·         Ek din zindagi aise mukaam pe pahunch jayegi, dosti toh sirf yaadon mein reh jaayegi, har cup coffee yaad doston ki dilayegi, aur haste haste phir aankhein nam ho jayegi. Office ke chamber mein classroom nazar aayegi, par chahne pe bhi proxy nahi lag payegi. Paisa to bahut hoga, magar unhe lutane ki wajah hi kho jayegi. Jee lo khulke is pal ko mere dost kyunki zindagi in palo ko phir se nahi dohrayegi!
      Sent: Mar 30, 2009 23:56.
      (Sob! Almost made me cry. Sniff! Sob!)

      ·         It starts with a ‘hi’, changes to ‘wassup?’, grows to ‘oye batana’, tends to ‘pagal apna dimaag mat chala, jaisa main kahoon waisa kar’ and never ends... thats friendship.
      Sent: Apr 26, 2009 02:07.



      Thoughts of S3

      ·         Friendship is not how you forget, but how you forgive; not how you listen but how you understand; not what you see but how you feel; not how you let go but how you hold on.
      Sent: Feb 6, 2009 01:41.
      (Lecture on friendship at 2 a.m. when I might add, I’m sleeping. Thank you!)

      ·         The one who holds your hand every time you need support is surely a good friend But a best friend is one who holds your hand more tightly when you say “Leave me alone.”
      Sent: Mar 26, 2009 01:01.
      (Interesting thought. But wouldn’t you call it intruding into your private life? Oh btw, does this mean we are best friends?)

      ·         People meet by coincidence, they spend sweet time together, then God separates them, not to end the story but to see how much they remember each other.
      Sent: Apr 19, 2009 01:22.
      (Awww. Senti at 1:30 a.m. And so cruel of ‘God’. Its pitiful.)

      ·         A lot of ants were roaming around my phone. I was wondering how come. Then I suddenly realised that my phone contains contact of a very sweet person and it’s you.
      Sent: Apr 23, 2009 01:46.
      (Wait! What was that? Is she hitting on me? [Pondered for a while]... Naa... its only “S3” ... besides when you hit on a boy, you definitely don’t call him ‘sweet’)

      ·         It’s difficult to wait for someone, it’s difficult to forget someone but the most difficult thing is to decide whether to wait or forget someone.
      Sent: Apr 27, 2009 23:17.
      (I am confused. What is she thinking? Why do you want to forget people? And more importantly, people are not buses that you wait for them. Also, the same thoughts as previous SMS did cross my mind.)


      S4’s stock

      ·         There are only 5 things we need in life: Good friends, Good job, Good food, Good sleep and Good _uck. Both the things you are thinking about are right. J
      Sent: Feb 5, 2009 16:46.
      (Hee hee hee! Awesome! Worth a Gtalk status message)

      ·         One fine day, all of us will get busy with our lives, long working hours, No discussions about GFs, BFs... Won’t have time for ourselves... On such a day you’ll look outside the window and see all the good old memories flash by you and you’ll get a smile with tears in your eyes and you’ll get back to work, wishing you could go back!!! Hello to one such special person who helped create such unforgettable memories.
      Sent: Apr 26, 2009 22:27.
      (Why does everyone want to make me cry???)

      S5 speaks

      ·         Listen and Silent are two words with the same letters and are very important for friendship because only a friend can listen to you when you are silent.
      Sent: Mar 8, 2009 04:40.
      (I can hear you loud and clear. Now you try to decipher my silence. I am screaming: “Woman, it’s 4 a.m.!”)

      ·         Well-wishers are like walls of home. Sometimes they hold you. Sometimes you lean on them. And sometimes it’s just enough to know that they are around.
      Sent: Apr 26, 2009 22:16.
      (Wish me well)

      ·         Life sometimes becomes so selfish that it wants everything. But while trying for everything, we miss something that is worth everything.
      Sent: May 8, 2009 10:51.

      PS This list does not include the annoying SMSs my service provider keeps sending me every few hours.

      PPS A few days ago I got this amazing SMS which goes like this -

      “Kabhi yeh mat socho ki tumhare girlfriend (or in the case of girls ‘boyfriend) ne tumhein kitna romantic SMS bheja hai. Hamesha yeh socho ki use kisne bheja hoga.”

      Bet I’ve got all you lovers thinking, haven’t I?

      PPPS If you are wondering whether I get SMSs from only 5 sources, well no. There are quite a few other random individual senders, but the number of SMSs they send are few and far in between to make a list.

      Monday, April 06, 2009

      Getting your Hands Dirty

      Politics in the eyes of the average Indian youth is a dirty term. Today, it has almost become synonymous with corruption. The consensus among the youth today is ‘All politicians are corrupt’ (and in some cases immoral criminals.) While this is not entirely true, none of our leaders are people who evoke respect. Wait! Did I just use the word ‘leaders’?

      This is what we are lacking most in our democracy- leaders, who can be followed, who can be emulated and who have a vision for the nation. A population of over 600 million under the age of 25 and no leaders to guide us.

      The General Elections or more precisely ‘The Great Indian Political Drama’ is just around the corner. How can we contribute towards it? The obvious answer is to make it a point to go out and VOTE. This is not a right, it’s a duty. If you do not vote, you hardly have any right to question or criticize the government. Moreover, it is perhaps more important to vote the right people to power. For long, people of our country have voted for parties. This must change. We must vote for the most able candidates to represent us, irrespective of which party they belong to. A leader dedicated to the welfare of the people of his constituency will work well regardless of the party he is affiliated to. On the other hand, an incapable politician can bring about no progress even if he belongs to the most powerful party.

      On a different note, in subsequent years, what we need most is greater participation of the youth in the running of the country. Thousands of bright, young people graduate from the premier institutes of the nation. How many of them play an active role in running the country? The fact is nobody wants to get their hands “dirty”. Take the case of the hundreds of MBA graduates from the elite IIMs. Some of the best minds in the country, no doubt, and yet they are employed to ‘sell shampoo sachets’.

      It is time we, the youth of the nation, take up the baton for running the country. The so-called “stalwarts” of Indian politics have done their job and need a rest. It is up to us to bring about change, to iron out the flaws and take India to the heights it deserves. It is time we ‘be the change we want to see’.

      Friday, April 03, 2009

      A few of Life’s Lessons Learnt

      The last week or so has taught me a few things. Hopefully, I shall not forget them later on. In addition, I have also learnt a few things about me, which I need to rectify or work upon.

      •  Do not have expectations from anybody. The more you expect from somebody, the more you are likely to be disappointed. This includes whoever you call your best friends. Perhaps the only people whom you can expect things from are your parents, offsprings and spouse/lover.
      • Money is important in life, even if it isn’t everything. While it’s true that money isn’t everything, lack of it will bring unnecessary worries. Taking debts is not desirable. You sort of become obliged to the other person. That’s a bad situation to be in.
      • Be more caring of people around you (especially when they are in trouble or are sick). If you care for someone, you need to show it. Outward show of concern is important even if you are not going to be of any particular help to the other person. Go meet them and say words of sympathy. Otherwise, they will think you do not care about them. 
      •            Stop being jealous of every Tom, Dick and Harry.  What someone else has done or achieved is his/her accomplishment. Congratulate them and move on. Don’t brood over “Why didn’t I do it?”; “Why is life so unfair?”; “Is he/she really better than me?”

            Instead, concentrate on what you can do, what you can achieve and what you are good at.

      •         Communicate what you feel. If you have something on your mind, speak it out. You cannot expect the other person to understand you by just looking at your face. If you can’t say it, just stop thinking about it; it is just a waste of time.