Friday, October 31, 2008

Japanese Mall Fountain

video

This is one interesting piece that was forwarded to me, and I was so impressed I had to put it up on the blog. My fave is the fishes falling. Some awesome Pyrotechnics skill the Japanese and Chinese have.

BOOOO....it's Halloween!

Happy Halloween to all and TGIF to me!
It's been a long and busy week, but I love being busy! I am looking forward to the weekend though. Tonight I will be taking my master for trick or treating, in his costume(the details of which I will reveal next week so as not to ruin the surprise for some). I am so excited for tonight, coz he has now got a little understanding of things around him and am sure he'll enjoy this little outing. Last year he was dressed up as a little Devil in red. I've bought some Halloween candy for the little ghosts and goblins visiting us. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to carve a pumpkin although I really wanted to. 
So happy trick or treating everyone, be safe and have a fab weekend!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

I don't understand why....

....in social networking sites work related persons are added as friends and in professional networking sites why relatives and personally related friends are added!!! Beats me!
Sometimes it makes me wonder, looking at how many friends some people have, wow that's an awful number of friends to maintain, must be a very popular individual!!! But are they just showing off, trying to boost their ego and image? And then there are some who add just about anyone.......just because they see someone's profile, they want to add them, and they send a message pleading you to add them as your friend! Duh......don't you have better things to do than have some random person as your friend? Kind of changes the definition of friend.

According to Merriam-Webster, a friend is: one attached to another by affection or esteem

I dont have any affection or any kind of esteem for a stranger! 
If I've met you even maybe once in life, you are not a friend to me, you are an absolute stranger! Maybe that is why my friend list is so small, and I am so contempt with that. I am more comfortable having people who know me see my profile. So my sole raison d'être on these n/w sites is to reconnect with longlost dosts, as opposed to showing off how many people I know or don't or met somewhere for a brief period, but somehow managed to become my friend.
This is just my avis de la matière and I'm sure all have their own.

Au Revoir and Joyeux réseau (Happy Networking!)!

P.S.: the reason for this blog-post is the article which was floating the web last week ....how an employee, got in troubled waters due to his Facebook status and another article I read which shows  whether a social networker is a narcissist. Both interesting reads.

It's not funny

What do these so called terrorists achieve by causing so many deaths and grief to unsuspecting and innocent fellow beings? Please stop this BS, you piece of....!
If you want to be heard, say it aloud like a true warrior and stop sneaking up on innocent lives. 
My heart goes out to all those affected by the Assam blasts! How much more can our country take!!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Some reasons and some updates.

I am so not in my mojo.....well that's what would happen if I started reading other blogs. So much so that I am neglecting my blog. Although, I do find it pretty fascinating that so many people are such good at expressing and essaying their mind and playing around with words. I always felt that  there is a writer/journo in everyone, and thank God for these blogs, the writer deep within us is exposed to the world....a side not many might have seen or experienced. It really is a wonderful method of bringing out the real 'you'. I like to hear opinions, views, tid-bits, latest fashion, decorating ideas etc....and for an individual like me, I can get my updates on any topic through some of my fave blogs. 

Apart from browsing through various blogs, we did celebrate Diwali beautifully. Mom and I made some awesome kurkure(spinach vada, savari) and mithai(shrikhand, malpua, karanji) beginning Sunday up until Monday, then Tuesday(actual Diwali and Lakshmi Puja), we decorated the front yard with rangoli and candles and lights...it was so festive, then the puja (after praying, I feel so much at peace, the feeling is so soothing), oh then mom made some awesome festival food and we devoured as if all of it would soon go out of fashion! Dessert and a round of Rummy(cards) with a few friends up until midnight was a lot of fun.....which may be the reason why I am falling asleep at my desk today, a huge cup of coffee isn't really helping either. The one thing that was missing in the actual spirit of Diwali..... fire crackers!!! Didn't have any.....nevertheless!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Did you know?

That the Yahoo! home page has a Happy Diwali message?? I'm impressed!

Happy Diwali to all! Be safe and be happy!

Monday, October 27, 2008

You can make a lovely hat out of previously-used aluminum foil.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Addition to Gmail

YAY!!! Finally Gmail has added emoticons! Certainly a notch higher than the rest! hehehe...what do you expect!!!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Makes me wonder

I love blogging, but I wonder why I haven't been able to blog as much...I guess it's the blogger's block! O yes, I do think bloogers too have their share of blocks. HeHe!
The lack of inspiration, being stressed out, too many issues to deal with, paucity of time...busy life in short, maybe the reasons for this blog being devoid of posts for a while in between.
Even now, I am hoping to dig deep into my brain,( oh and btw, I am left-brained according to some analysis/quiz I took) and fish out some interesting topic that I can natter on, but zilch is the outcome.
I have yet to buy a Halloween outfit for my master....that's my current thought....huh! Now, is that a source of blogging....could be...maybe not! Better not!
O yeah, I would like to watch Karzzz.....only coz I've heard so many bad reviews, it made me curious, and as per the saying Curiosity always gets the better of you. I think I'll enjoy this movie, mainly because I already know what to expect. HAHAHAHA!!! some descriptions I've read are so hilarious.

Well, now as Bipasha puts it in Bachna...."Now, it's time for the bitch to get back to work" Adios.

Quote of the day

 "Life must be understood backwards; but... it must be lived forward." Soren Kierkegaard -

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Words of wisdom

Among one of the forwards that I got in my Inbox, one of them is words of wisdom (ok if you are thinking why in the world am I still reading those forwards, the answer is I don't know, I guess maybe they are mostly feel good emails, so what the heck!) I am putting up a few that really held my attention in particular.

" Life laughs at you when you are unhappy. Life smiles at you when you are happy. Life salutes you when you make others happy."

" Every successful person has a painful story. Every painful story has a successful ending. Accept the pain and get ready for success."

" If a problem can be solved, no need to worry about it. If a problem cannot be solved, what is the use of worrying?"

"If you miss an opportunity, don't fill the eyes with tears. It will hide another better opportunity in front of you."

" Be bold when you lose and be calm when you win."

That's my two cents through someone else.

An observation

Oflate, I have read so many blogs, and well one thing I noticed is that several of them written by Indian's (like this one writing here) and whenever a new Bollywood movie is out, all I read about are that week's movie reviews. I guess all of us are born to rate and review a B'wood movie, we are all so influenced by the tinseltown. I love them too, but sorry rating and critiquing is not my cuppa tea. I did come across some really funny reviews on Karzzz....zzzzzz, I guess that is the most reviewed movie, but ain't that a good thing for Himmy, coz that means that many people have actually watched that movie and sat thru those hours. Maybe Taran Adarsh can retire now, anyways who really reads his reviews anymore!

Oh and Toni Braxton being eliminated from DWTS is so not fair! I was hoping to wave Susan Lucci goodbye...c'mon that woman's moves are technically correct, but no emotions no passion! I hope atleast the next time it would be her or Maurice. I love Cloris, she brings such entertainment on stage!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Newspapers can be reused as wrapping paper for gifts.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Joe the plumber?

"More details are coming out about "Joe the plumber": His real name is not Joe, and he's not a licensed plumber.

However, the McCain campaign insists that the "the" is accurate."

Conan O'Brien

quoted from Giglish

Bollywood info from National Geographic

http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/places/photos/places-mumbai-gallery-2/mumbai-commuters.html 
Pata nahin kahan kahan se le aate hain is tarah ki info.
Diljale is centuries old and the poster looks soo tacky, I wonder what was the person thinking!
The world according to me sees just the -ve 5% of our country and the +ve 95% goes past their eyes. Then all types of questions are thrown carelessly at us mortals(living away from our country) by those who don't have enough knowledge themselves and just assume that India is still a developing nation and poor and there are slums, elephants, snake-charmers, poverty everywhere! Huh.....I get so depressed, I am tired of fighting, why don't they take pictures of the real India where the common man lives a comfortable enough life, just like any American, British or any race. Please stop targeting the poverty, every country has its share. And please stop asking us weird questions....if we get started on weird questions too, then there's no stopping, but it's our dignity that we don't comment on other's, but we wont accept anyone commenting on us too. So, grow up and act like a grown up and learn to accept and blend with all cultures.
Oh and yes Bollywood still makes musicals, we love our music and dance and movies, every Indian does, it is all a part of our rich culture and heritage and we would like the Indian film industry to reach out to all parts of the globe! It's that appealing! Trust me!

The Maestro has done it again!

Only when a legend like Gulzarji and a fine musician like AR Rahmanji come together can magic be created in the form of "Yuvvraaj". Awesome music, simply mindblowing lyrics. My faves are Tu Muskura, Zindagi, Tu Mera Dost Hain and Mastam Mastam....ok let me admit, I love all of them! So different music and perfect wording to go along, it touches your soul. I like how the tone of the song changes so beautifully in between in Tu Muskura (I just wish Chitra sang this one in place of Alka Yagnik). The western twist on the classical Manmohini is a classic. Only Rahmanji can do that. I am lost in this musical world. I love Mastam too.....very peppy and fun song, haven't heard that type before or even Dil Ka Rishta or Shano Shano is soo very alag from AR's music. 
Once again AR and Gulzar bring out the best in them and we appreciate their work as always, keeps gettin' better! 

Can anyone beat this? It reminds me of Gulzar's "Tujhse naaraz nahin zindagi"

Zindagi Zindagi,
Kya kami reh gayi?
Aankh ki kor mein,
Kyon nami reh gayi?

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Silly me!

Maine Kia Clearance - Kia.MotorTree.com - Maine Kia Dealers Cutting Prices. 

This showed up on Webclips.....and what went through my mind was 
Maine Kia Clearance (read in Hindi )....and I was like WTH is that 
supposed to mean!!!
I was actually reading that line almost 10 times or so....then I hit 
my head hard enough to make me realise how stupid I am......
that sentence is in English!
I think I'm losing it! 

Oct 15, 2008

Today is Blog Action Day and the topic is "Poverty".  I haven't thought of anything to ramble upon yet on this topic, will think through and post something on that site.

The debate and the winner!

The Pres. debate took over the LJ episode last night. Well, what to say I wonder why do they have to choose just this day for the debate. All they debated about was Joe the Plumber and whose campaign ads were more negative and well the blame game always continues. But, the winner for this debate is pretty clear.......Joe the Plumber! Surely, everyone would be Googling who the hell is this Joe! (okok, I know my comic sense is going downhill rather fast!) Nevertheless, atleast there was some spark and fire in this debate compared to the previous 2. 
The question that bothers me is 
"Is Joe the plumber the new President to be?"

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

My heart skips a beat!

I was at work, doing my thing, headphones plugged in, listening to Hindi radio...all kinds of songs that I haven't heard were playing. Then all of a sudden a male voice sings MMMMM....and guess what my heart stops for a beat, my mind blanks out completely and I couldn't think straight, I was in the middle of emailing a friend and I had to stop in between. The song was "Ab Mujhe Raat Din" by Sonu Nigam from the album, "Deewana". Haven't heard this song in a very long time and well maybe that's why it had such an impact on me. He is by far the best singer in the nation/world in recent times. I wish people like Himesh Reshammiya would stop comparing and competing with the likes of Sonu Nigam, he is beyond any competition.

Indian epic comic?

http://blog.wired.com/underwire/2008/10/can-ramayan-rep.html

Hmm, now to see the Americanized version of an Indian epic. How much more Westernization? or is it a step towards Easternization?

Last night's DWTS elimination was justified, I think it was about time Rocco left. I knew it had to be him, coz Cloris is clearly an asset for the show, and man I really admire her ability to dance, her energy and to move around that much and her leg lifts and her Tango is definitely better...all this at 82 years...WHEW! I think she should definitely be given the mirror ball just for her participation and agility. 
Some of my faves are Brooke Burke, Tony Braxton, Warren Sapp, and Lance Bass....I hope to see them last till the end.
And I missed the 90210 episode, I always tend to see the reruns on Wednesdays....and then Lipstick Jungle follows....whew busy Wednesday evenings. :)

Monday, October 13, 2008

Politically incorrect!

It is rather sad to hear about the religious clashes in India through an international newspaper. Yes, I read an article which stresses on some radical Hindus trying to convert Christians  at the expense of their lives in Orissa and 5 other states. All this is in preparation for the upcoming spring elections, they say. How politics make/break a country is just beyond my knowledge, hence I won't comment on it, but surely I will say that political groups do tend to take advantage of people and emotions for their personal gain. India, our country, was once such a secular nation, we had a blend of so many religions and yet lived harmoniously for the most part. We are always so proud of this fact, but do we really know what's going on. Now, well that's a different story altogether. Why don't they realise that whatever religion it is, they all lead towards the same destination and they all preach the same thing....to live with one another peacefully? 
These clashes will never end and this world will never last.

And someone please donate a shirt to Salman Khan in "Hello'.......he doesn't have 'abs-to-display' leave alone 'abs-to-die-for'....ugh! He's fat and old! I guess SRK has a better looking set. Hrithik, John, Ranbir.....you get it...go figure!
Oh and wishing Big B a speedy recovery, certainly this is no way to celebrate one's birthday!
Plastic bags can be reused as bin liners or package stuffing.

Friday, October 10, 2008

For laughing out loud

If you are wondering WTH is that.....hehee....I was trying my hand at drawing Mickey Mouse, but I ended up drawing Curious George......well atleast now I can say ok, I can draw Curious George! The bottom one .. I don't know whom it resembles.....any suggestions?

SNL update

Last night's SNL special was sooo awesome! When we were watching the real thing, I was telling my Mr. that the anchor, Tom's main aim was to keep reminding the 2 candidates their alloted time.....and guess what......??? SNL mocked exactly the same. Of course, the funniest part was when he asks 2 ppl from the audience to ask their questions simultaneously and then even the replies followed suit and the McCain enactor had the last word.... "Maverick"! Oh what a show!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

My mornings!

Today, I've decided to put up some pictures I took with my cell phone while on my way to work in the morning. Love the colors! Mostly, they are about sunrise and sky, one is about the traffic. So here goes.







My Mr. wont be too happy about this....me taking pictures while driving!  But, it was just soo picturesque that I had to capture them.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Oh well..

Even the news is so boring these days, and ofcourse the endless talk on the presidential campaign, economy and oil prices .......duh! It looks like a snoozefest and some happening news is awaited to wake us all up from our slumber. Wasn't the debate last night boring enough...? Now why do we need to hear who won? It don't matter, both look the same to me oh and did I mention McCain reminds me of Donald Duck! :)
DWTS has also lost its charm and Sarah Palin jokes are not funny!

The job....eternal!

Being a mom to a 21 month old is about giving up on a lot! Ask me why? Ok, here it is....
firstly I don't talk to anyone on my cell phone once I'm home (hah, now you know why it's hard to get me on the phone), bcoz my master would demand (i think impose would be the right word here) for the cell and then disconnect once he gets it, only to play his favorite songs. (If I ever get a  hold of Pritam, for composing the Kismat Konnection title song, he'll have it good from me!) How a toddler knows how to operate a cell phone and play music on it is beyond my knowledge (hey, dont raise any eyebrows at me! especially that one eyebrow look) So, my friends please bear with me coz the only times I can talk is when I'm driving and that too only on certain days(read, when master is not in the car with me, and I am in a chatty mood). Such is my plight! I feel isolated from the rest of the world when I'm home! 
But all of this is nothing when compared to having my master around pulling faces, playing pranks, trying to get my attention and getting cute with me and fussing and oh....the beauty of motherhood....the epitome of unconditional love.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Conversation between Calvin and Dad

Calvin (to Dad reading the newspaper): How come you are still at home? Why aren't you at work?
Dad: I took the day off.
Calvin: (Panic)
Calvin : Say Dad, can I have a look at the Classified section?
Dad: As soon as I'm through with it.
Calvin: Gosh, Dad, I'd sure like to borrow that section right this minute. Why don't you read the editorials?
Dad(reading from the newspaper): "New dad wanted. Frequent traveller preferred. Liberal views on discipline a must. Ask for Calvin during normal work hours."

This one....

....is surely a cracker!

Monday, October 6, 2008

I'm back.....

...from the blogger's block...well, when I thought of something to natter on, my mind drew a blank....I tried and tried but still, I couldn't think of anything that stirred up a passion in me. and if I don't feel it, I don't talk about it....fair enough? 
Yet, I don't have much to discuss even though it's been a week.
Well, let's see, last week I took a day off to stay home recuperating from the cold/fever....it was relaxing, got some gardening done just in time before winter sets in....then cribbed about not going to the mountains for the weekend with a group of friends(we've been planning for too long), in the meanwhile enjoyed the beautiful days here....fall is just so lovely...cool breeze and warm sunshine ...I wish it would be autumn always!
So, that's my gab for today...I will be back!
P.S.: Howz the new design on the blog?