Just Emkaying: 2010

Dec 27, 2010

How do they do it ?!!

After a long time, I had the pleasure of reading through the gadzillion blogs that I have subscribed to, without reading a single post. Why you ask?, well maybe the header was interesting, or I found a funny line in it, or the overall theme seemed to fit my mood at the minute.

I have read some of the posts over some time, which decided if I kept following or dumped it.

Eventually I never dumped any of the blogs, fearing some kind of retribution from the blogosphere. Till today that is.

Anyways,  I was just going through these blogs, and they were like amazing. The kind of content was crazy, there blogs that had post made out of anything and everything. One female was ranting on and on about her underwear, while one guy made up a post just by using Fuck a million times. And it was truly hilarious!!!

Jeez, How do they do it?!!


Dec 21, 2010


Its full of riddles. Its right in front of you and you don't know, then again your right there yet no one knows. Its so  easy to get lost in the whole damn thing, and the end of the day your just one of the variables. It gets pathetic and   miserable, until and unless you solve your riddle, or you become someone's solution to their riddle. Either way, the solution has to come. Either naturally, or by force fit.

Its all good in the end. At least I hope so, this negative scoring has disturbing after effects that just don't go away.


Dec 19, 2010

3 Barbers and December

I find that the most comforting thing to do when I am utterly frustrated is to go and have a head massage. Its Ironical though, that once the universe has kicked the life outta me, I look forward to a pair of greased hands do the same physically to my head.

It is during one of these tormenting/pleasure sessions, that I found that there are 3 types of head massages you can get, irrespective of the oil, the person or the situation your in.

Dec 11, 2010

Sheela and some other Jawani's

Yes I got sucked into the hala-gula about Sheela and her jawani. Undoubtedly, many more will venture into more expensive territory (PVR, FAME..) to find out and watch more of her Jawani Unfold. What was an item song, has now become the "item song of the year" or at least claims to be, and while Katrina's jawani will fade away in some time, in the recent past we've had these crazy crazy item numbers thats driven many a young jawani to the brinks of loosing their....ummm..errr....never mind.

What drives these songs to turn normal college kids, young adults, old people, etc etc to go crazy when the tunes of these hip gyrating, water drenched, bull riding, tattoo-getting, choli displaying etc etc videos?

In search of answers to these awfully simple looking questions, we have put together a composition of what we think has been the best of the last few years. And we have tried to keep the jawani gender neutral. Period.

In the order of our favorites!!!

10. Khallas - Company (2002) - Isha Koppikar

9. Aisa Jadoo : Khakee (2004)-Lara Dutta

8. Lazy Lamhe - Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic (2008)-Amisha Patel

7. Dhoom Machale - Dhoom (2004)-Tata Young

6. Chamma Chamma - China Gate (1998)- Urmila Matondkar

5. Beedi Jalile - Omkara (2006)-Bipasha Basu

4.Kajra Re - Bunty Aur Babli (2005)-Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

3. Babuji Zara Dheere Chalo - Dum (2003) - Yana Gupta

2. Chaiya chaiya - Dil Se (1998)-Malaika Arora Khan

1. Munni Badnam - Dabangg (2010) Malaika Arora Khan!!!

Without any Doubt, Malaika is the queen of item songs!!!

Meanwhile there are many more honourable mentions, but were not included as they weren't "technically" item songs, or were a bit too old. We mention them below:

1. Tu Cheez Badi hai Mast - Mohra (1994) Raveena Tandon
2. Tip Tip Barsa pani - Mohra (1994) Raveena Tandon
3. Koi Jaaye to le aaye - Ghatak (1996) Mamta Kulkarni
4. Choli Ke Peeche - Khalnayak (1993) Madhuri Dixit Nene
5. Helen's Item numbers
6. Videos from Kaante(2), Musafir(2), Kaal(1),Dostana(1), Garam Masala(2)

And Before we go, lets check out Sheela once and for all!!!


Dec 2, 2010

Dreamlogs - Dumbledore in a business suit

Have been getting these weird dreams for some time now. I find it amusing that they are all so strange and wonder if they are related in some deep, meaningless sort of way. Anyway all the better for me, as I get more topics to blog on. So provided with enough material, these are gonna be short dreamlogs on the things that make me smile when am asleep :P
Dumbledore in a business suit 
I wake up in a room opposite THE Dumbledore in a business suit. Not only does he have his standard beard attachment, but also seems to have a bird that looks likes it decends from the phoenix and Jack's parrot (from Pirates of the Carribean). The room is in hogwarts I presume, because am more interested in what Dumbledore is gonna ask.
After what seems like ages, he asks me " What do you think the future is going to be in 3 years time?"
And just before I snap out of it, I manage to mumble " Well, for starters, Voldermot is back"
And then am awake, staring at the a vague blurry picture of a ghost at the door, which later turns out to be clothes dangling from the top of the door.
(Did I mention that I was dancing with a certain someone in the paddy fields outside the interview room??)

Nov 30, 2010

Its Official - Sonam Kapoor!!!

Am coming out clean on this one. I have this huge huge huge gianticomundostrous crush on Sonam Kapoor. Sigh. I had this snap taken with her when she was introduced to us as the new brand ambassador for Loreal at a conference in Mumbai, but didn't know who took the snap!!! Smitten. Totally. Sigh.

Did I ever tell you that I was a Anil Kapoor fan??!!


Chennai, Change and Curses.

My second time down to Chennai was a 3 day trip which turned out to be more pleasant than the last.

Occasionally my company sends me off to random parts of the country to check the weather and to talk to people. (Yes, I get paid for talking to people, and No, talking to me doesn't mean your getting a share of it) 

Nov 13, 2010

Conversations with Mad, Maddy and Madan

Before we get into details, let me inform you that I have MMD. Mulitple Madan Disorder. Over a Period of time I have decided that MMD will be the cause that I shall blame for any failure to comply with rules, acting stupid, not paying the credit card bills and winking at random women in CCD.

Nov 3, 2010

I had decided

On Dec 31st 2009, I had decided not to live the way I used to. It was a tough decision, after all, I was making some brave decisions, changing Jobs, changing places and all that. I wanted to move out of my comfort zone and live a new me. (If your bothered by the lot of "I"s, there's gonna be a lot more, this is your chance if you wanna make a run for it)

Taking action on the new years day, I made a list of things that am gonna do, no matter what. So I went off and bought a Guitar. A few days of You Tube learning later, the brand new Guitar is now staring at me accusingly, probably playing a high F note sounding something like "LOOSER".

Then I went on to buy some fancy French learning App on my I phone, only to wonder what it was 6 months later.

I also decided to get a 6 pack by the end of 2010 (Aim ridiculously high) and joined the Gym. 4 months of gym-ing later, and 5 kilos lighter (which am sure had to do with the light weight shoes) am still cursing my family pack that reaches any place a second earlier than the actual me.

I decided I would never compromise. With my principles. With myself. But the whole year, I seem to have been doing just the opposite and at every single step. Compromising, Compromising, Compromising.

I would not crib (yes, am good at it), just going from one peak to the other. This post is the complete opposite of that.

I would give a honest try at my novel. Its still lying incomplete.

And the most important, I would never hesitate to tell a girl that I like her. No matter what. To my credit, I still might, but I hadn't added all the variables in that decision. Sigh...(That's the toughest one)

And the most interesting part was that I turned 25 this year. That practically puts you on top of the Yes You can - But You may not - But this is important - Who bloody cares - But not that much - roller coaster. So your yes and no, you want to but think you shouldn't and so on. Sigh.

Had to ramble all this... Excuse Moi while I head for the malted barley in ze freezer to Feel bettere.

MaDdy :(

Oct 26, 2010

Trip to Murudeshwar

Location : Murudeshwar, Karnataka

From : Udupi, Karnataka

Total distance : Around 102 km, and is easily reached by driving (aprox 3 hours ) and Train (approx 2 hours)

Route : Mangalore - Udupi - Kundapur - Bhatkal - Murdeshwar

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Murudeshwar is an amazing getaway for a weekend, and can be visited either over a day or over two days, staying overnight at any of the affordable accomodation facilites avaiable in the area. The star attraction of the Temple, is the magnificent Statue of Lord Shiva (2nd largest in the world) and The huge gopura (249 feet, largest in the world). The seated Shiva is surrounded by the waters of the Arabian Sea on three sides, and is visible from most of the village.

We left from Udupi to catch the 8.20 Rajdhani which goes to Goa, but the train got delayed by around 2 hours (sigh!!!) which meant we lost the chance to see the beautiful early sun. However once on the train, we had good company [or more like beautiful company :) ] and we reached at 11.30am . After a short walk, we reached the entrance to Murudeshwar, and a 20 rupee ride took us 5 km to the beach shore, and to the RNS resort where we stayed.

The beach is good, but not really great. But the best part of the whole trip is the ride up the elevator (20 stories) on the raj gopura (Rs 20). The view from the top floor is amazing, and you can see all around the village. Apart from that , the hillock on which the Statue is situated is also a fantastic view point, and also good to enjoy the breeze from the sea.

We stayed overnight, and caught some fantastic sights of Lord Shiva under the lights. After roaming around the village and the beach, we were back for some well deserved sleep.

We got back to Udupi, by catching a giovernment bus (very convenient) instead of the railways, and go to have a look at the beautiful Marvanthe Beach as well.

For the easily bored, there are the regular water sports (rating 2.5/ 5) and the wine shops :P , but overall a good getaway for the weekend. Max cost for 2 people Rs 3000 ( with food, accomodation, etc, etc)

I leave you with some pictures to enjoy :)

MaDdy :)

Trip to Jog Falls

Oct 19, 2010

The Game of Love

Must we play these games, my love?
Where winning is more important than each other,
The cause for us is lost
Right here itself,
What fun will these games deliver?

Yes, its true, we're not the same
And surely you will find many that are
But then they're them, and I am me,
And I am the one that's different by far

Am not stupid, and neither are you
Then why the intent to show it so?
This should be a game, for us and them
And not between me and you

All I hear, is what your not saying
And its not a pleasant tune
Patience is a virtue, and I know
that it too will run out soon

So Don't throw the dice, Don't look at the score,
Life has a lot to offer.
Perhaps Today, Perhaps tomorrow,
But for sure, this game will make us suffer

The time's are a little, to play such games,
I hope its now, not never.
Lets make up, and build our world
Today, Tomorrow and Forever.

If at this, you still want to play this game
Then am no willing player
I'll take mine, and you take yours
And we'll walk on our roads in the sunset, I hope one last time together.

MaDdy :)

Oct 17, 2010

Trek to Savandurga and Abhishek

The Day started with a call to Easy Boy at 5.30 am. It went something like this

Oct 16, 2010

In Love

In love with your eyes
The way they swim in that smile

In Love with your hair
When they play hide and seek 

In Love with your walk
For no reason at all

In Love with your anger
It makes you look real

In Love when your not around
Cos your on my mind

In Love when your silent
The more to look forward to

In Love when your nonsensical
It reminds me of Life

In Love with everything, 

In Love with you, cos I realized
This nut needed a bolt, and yes, thats you

Cheers :)

Oct 12, 2010

Red Alert - W.O.R.K Virus

You know what am talking about. Oh Yeah. I see those heads bobbing up and down.

Well fear not. Yours truly is about to reveal the master code on bracing yourself for those monthly attacks of the deadly, the dangerous, the despicable, the (running out of "d" words) ....

Willing Oppression & Recreation Killer.

Oct 10, 2010

The Dog, The Spider and Beauty

From the Past 4 days, this dog has me in a fix. We have no idea where he comes from, where he disappears to, and apparently am the only one apart from my ground floor neighbors who have seen him. His face looks just like Jimmy's. The First day he was outside the gate, and he didn't wake up from his classic "chin on the floor" slump look (classic Labradorean style). He didn't budge an inch when my bike was almost over him. Strange. And no response to the regular whistle, coochie coos and all that.

Oct 7, 2010

My Experiments with Chicken

Am a great cook. Especially when the menu is a seven course meal. I prepare a signature seven course meal, and they comprise of the following

1. Home decorated Lays for the appetizer
2. Maggi Soup
3. Cucumber Salad
4. Maggi sorbet (whatever that is)
5. Maggi with Onions
6. Maggi with tomatoes
7. Home Decorated Baskin Robins ice cream

However I recently discovered that this meal did not live up to expectations of others (that's everyone else but me) and what with all this Master chef this, and master chef that, I had to prove that there were other things that I could cook. 

My Mum and Dad are Awesome cooks. I mean really really awesome. Friends who have come home swear by it, and apparently I don't seem to have picked up anything from my genes.

But I was out to prove them wrong. And here, I present, My experiments with Chicken. 

Chicken Kum-gas-pe  

This should be also called the Chicken Tandoori, but my narration will tell you why the name was adapted to the story. I'll cut the background story and skip right to the interesting part. After goading over the careful marination of the chicken, I had it all ready to be cooked on the slow fire, exactly how the instructions read on the pack. 

I beautifully placed the well cut pieces of tender spiced chicken in straight lines on the pan, that was gently greased with butter. I ensured that it was perfect fit, and pulled out the phone for some snaps. I savored the moment.

Then I pulled out the match, and struck it with that hint of aggression that resulted in a peppy spark. As I turned the gas knob, ever so gingerly, to ensure that perfect flame for that perfect frying, I heard the click, and waited for the hiss of gas, bursting out of its enslaved cylinder to burn bright blue.

Click. No hiss

Click. No hiss

Clickety Clickety Click. Nothing.Zilch

I was feeling nauseated. I fumbled around the kitchen for the instructions. There was supposed to be a damn flame under the damn pan after the click. In my mind, chickens were ganging up, laughing, taunting.

Where the hell are the instructions to check the cooking gas!!!  I should have picked up the phone and called my lawyer to sue Everest Masalas. But then it was a Sunday and my lawyer would have probably on leave. 

And then, the roof parted, the blue sky opened, it was when Fate spoke to me.

FATE : "Madan!!!, Its time for you to show those delicious scrumptious pieces of chicken, who's the boss. If you have to pull out all those management text books in your shelves to make a bonfire and cook that chicken, you will. If it takes robbing a few bricks to make a barbecue, you will. Hell, if it takes you to stare at that damn pan and heat it with telepathy, YOU WILL DO IT. This is your calling, this is your DESTINY"

And then I had my Transformers moment

Me : And I am Madanus Prime,leader of the Bachelor-o-bots and I send this message to all you chickens. "Your Fried meat!!!"

Me and my trusted roomy made frantic calls to all the gas agency's in the country. It was a Sunday. And no one was answering. We then tried sweet talking a the cooking gas guy near our house in to lending us a mini gas cylinder. But he dint have one. It was then that we decided, that if there ever was someone who would work on a Sunday, and get us what we wanted, it was the country's most enterprising citizen, the Marwari Business man. 

And we knew that in any market street in the country, there would be a marwari sales man, a marwari cosmetic/bangle shop and a marwari utensil dealer. 

And we did find the Marwari Dealer. Selling utensils. And the stuff that we needed. Needless to say, we got we were looking for.

Later in the evening, over a delicious plate of fried Chicken Tandoor, a thought crossed my mind. This was no ordinary chicken, this was a masterpiece, cooked over a stove that had no gas supply.

And thats when Chicken Kum-gas-pe (Hindi Translation - On less Gass) was born. My First non Maggi dish. sniff. sniff.

I shall leave with proof :) --->

Coming Soon, Chicken Binacooka

MaDdY :)

Soul Searching

No, its not a movie title starring saucer shaped spaceships stealing souls in an effort to wipe out the human race. Come to think of it though, it is a possible movie title, and vague enough to get you into a multiplex.

Oct 6, 2010

Pondi, Chennai and Coimbatore

Lond due travelogue update. In the month of June, had gone on an official tour of South India. So Apart from loosing most of my hair, and going from wheaty to "This shade does not exsist" on the Garnier Fairness Scale, I had a fun time picking up some interesting observations.

Sep 30, 2010

Shocking News : Humpty Dumpty falls. City under alert.

29th September.

Bangalore. Last night in a shocking development, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. While he has been admitted to the Incy Wincy Spider Memorial hospital , doctors are unsure about putting him back together again. Dr. Fevikwik has said that Humpty is now shaky and unstable, and has sent word for his dear Kings men and his horses.

Sep 22, 2010

Sharing Common Wealth (Games), Politics and News Channels

Fancy how everyone has an expert opinion on the CW Games to be held in India. Hell, even toddlers seem to be going "ga ga" over it. The last time I saw the country get together on such a scale was when Slumdog Millionaire won the Oscar, and everyone called it an "Indian Movie"..

Apparently, some top athletes and sporting nations are pulling out of the games citing poor "living" conditions. Perhaps I'd do the same if I were on a vacation, but hey! am not an athlete am I?

Sep 19, 2010

Ant Tales - Ants don't fall in Love

Little Ant climbing up the wall
I wonder why you're so small
You keep crawling inch by inch
Don't you ever fear a fall?

By Day and night, dusk and dawn
You keep climbing, crawling, walking on
What is it that keeps you going,
Do share with us, oh little one.

Is it really food that you search for all day?
Or is there a mystery behind all the play,
That you always walk in a straight line
Nothing seems to deter you from your way.

Don't you ever take a break?
To rest those tiny arms and legs
Toiling away all through the day
To fetch something, that everyone will take

Don't you ever fall in love,
For that's what everyone does
And then they change, for someone else
And everything goes astray, regardless what they say

Now I know, why you're so small
You have no space for love and all
Only when a heart falls, it hurts
And hence, you care not if you fall

Little Ant climbing up the wall
I know now, why you're so small
Continue crawling inch by inch
Why worry of a fall.


Sep 15, 2010

Then, There and Now

Am at cross roads of some sort. I can feel it. Some strange sense of uneasiness and irritation has come over me, unlike the happy go lucky regular food stuffing person that I am.

I get angry very quickly these days (not regular quickly, madan-quickly standard) which is still slow by normal averages, Very restless in the afternoons, sleepy at nights, don't feel like gorging on chicken or non vegetarian food, Opinions have begun to bother me, Have been reading books after a loooong time, not coming home to my beloved game console, meeting people out of sheer boredom (sounds like loneliness to me) blogging more regularly, Jealousy, vying for attention, riding my bike a tad too fast, hmmmm...

The last time I hit a cross road, it took me 2 years to recover. Bet she hardly noticed.


Strange are the ways of men and women. When they like someone, they act more weird in person. They try to be someone else in order to impress, and in the process end up being someone else, and then one day "boom" they get together and its like "Hey you weren't like this before we got married"


Strangely, the one whom I never met, knew me more than the ones I had met. Pity she didn't want to meet that day.


So is friendship the key ? Whats the chances on that road? Stand by and watch doesn't really seem easy, But then what is? And when do you know when this ends and that starts? If its meant to be, will it?

There are no coincidences in life, they say.

But there's a lot of hope.



Sep 13, 2010

Marriage, Love and Spirituality

Marriages are made in heaven. South Indian Marriages are made in rooms between families of the bride and groom, except the bride and groom. Konkani marriages are made in other peoples marriages.

If you attend a GSB/Konkani/Amchigele marriage, you'd be surprised to see the bonding of the women there, all gushing and chattering incessantly. But the truth is, under those multi layers of Kanjeevaram silk and heavy gold jewellery, Detailed battle plans are being laid to bind two unsuspecting individuals through the "arranged" marriage strategy.Of course the only thing probably common to the unsuspecting individuals, would be that they apparently are of "marriageable" age.

Sep 11, 2010

The Rose Girl

I wrapped up myself in my arms just so that I was comfortable in not making her uncomfortable. While the bus moved on out of Bangalore, she spoke to different people on the phone. Her voice was very soft, at the same time had the tone of a self confident girl, someone who could be quick to retort at the shortest signs of being rebuked or taken for granted. Reminded me of someone who was had just discovered independence, or had some sort of responsibility on her shoulders, a mini rebel, but a sweet one at that.

Sep 9, 2010

A skinny Thief

Gabbar Singh has been our most loved villain. His "Arrre Oh Samba!!!" and the rider to the dialogue "Kitne Admi the..."is probably the most easily remembered Bollywood dialogues. I have my own theory, that his love for Sambhar and the thought that he would have to share it with other "Admi's" prompted this question, but lets keep that aside for now.

His popularity was probably followed by the legendary Ambrish Puri(Mogambo!!!), and the remaining minions in the roles of serial murderers, kidnappers and smugglers with a million thugs on their team firing away machine guns that couldn't hurt a mouse, even if it were the size of the incredible Hulk and tied to a wall post.

Sep 3, 2010

TSB 8 Of "Kylo" and "The Hindu newspaper"

Previous Post in the series TSB 7 Booth Tales

Soon after the Booth closed down, It was back to the same old routine. Its interesting to see that help comes from people you least expect, and you meet so many interesting characters when we bother to open our eyes and see things apart from whats obvious.You realize that we've missed out on a large part of life because of our infatuation with "our" world. Which is like looking into a mirror all the time, and forgetting the part thats not visible in the mirror.

TSB 7 Booth Tales

Previous post in the series TSB 6 Of the Road

The Telephone booth Job was basically a distraction from turmoil. I got the job through a friend who worked as a Bus conductor in the bus that I used to take up and down from when I visited home. A year ago, I would not have dreamed of something on these lines. But life has a way of teaching you lessons in different ways.

Sep 1, 2010

TSB 6 Of the Road

Previous post in the series TSB 5 Days Going On

While my work started at around 5.30 or 6.0 pm, I ensured that I didn't lounge around in the campus. At the slightest indication of the end of day, I  headed right to my temple of solace, which in this case was an actual temple.

Walking down that particular road was always painful. But it didn't matter anymore, as to me, I didn't matter anymore.

Aug 28, 2010

The Cards Dealt

As suit less souls we are born
Dealt to someone, somewhere, somehow
The cards were dealt by a dealer unknown

Aug 24, 2010

The Fan Conspiracy

Date: Saturday, August 21st, 2010
Time : 1:30 pm
Venue : Adigas Restaurant, Indiranagar (Bangalore)
Victims : Yours Truly and A Friend

Conspirators : Drop Dead Ceiling Fan and "I-have-customers-management"


Victims walk in to Adigas Restaurant

Aug 21, 2010

Shopping First Aid Kit for men and women

If your here looking for tips on shopping, you're in the wrong place. Especially if your taking shopping tips from me. This is a First Aid Kit, for men and women accompanying each other while shopping. (Stop Laughing!!! It happens)

Aug 18, 2010

Of Cockroaches and Politicans

Its actually interesting to see how most of the things in this world are better than our "neta babus" . In fact I think you can actually sit and see that everything has something or the better than them...(Even without favoritism)So I was just mind-wandering, and I randomly picked a creature to compare with the neta babu/politician. In this case, I chose a cockroach.

Aug 16, 2010

I remember you

When I walk across the cement court
Strewn with golden leaves
When I see the wooden benches
And through the windows, the age old garden tree
When I walk up the temple path
And cross the little shop
Or I see the mirror
And laugh at my silly crop
I remember you.

When I see my cellphone
And an unkown number rings
When I think of the invisible
And think of those funny things
That we discussed at all times of the day
And no matter how I tried,
For some reason, you kept me away
I remember you.

One I saw and knew, yet we never met
And One I only heard, yet we met and knew
One, on what the eyes believed
And One on what the heart felt was true

Small things become important
And important things become irrelevant
One was beautiful and One was true
Now you're gone
Yet all said, and Yet all done
I still remember you

Aug 15, 2010

Life Summed up...multiple times!!!

 This is one of my favorite all time songs....

If your reading this on a blog reader, click here for the you tube video.

Aug 14, 2010

A note to the omnipresent mosquito

Dear Mosquito

Greetings. I write this e mail (which I shall buzz to you in your language later) with reference to your (or was it one of you million cousins?) buzz in my ear 10 min back

Aug 13, 2010

Kotak Mahindra, the new Tele Terror.

I am a forgiving person. A very forgiving person. And it takes quite a bit to really p**s me off. And to get me to crib on my blog. But there are some that won't give up. Relentless and bordering on harrasment, KOTAK finally made it to my head and on to Daily Mirror.

My tryst with KOTAK began when one fine rainy evening a couple of years back. I was sipping tea (or was it rum?) when my phone rang

Aug 10, 2010

Of Vodka and Parsi Food

Saturday was eventful as far as food goes. Visited this place called Daddy's Deli on Indiranagar 12th Main. I had my eyes set on this place for quite some time, but I could make it only on Saturday. It was a quick stop, so couldn't get into the restaurant, but I did grab a Quick bite downstairs. I had an egg omelet on Minced mutton, and it was absolutely fantastic. The name of the dish was is something I cant remember, and something that even Google is refusing to give me, hence I keep it to what I can remember,and that is ------ par eeda!!! But one thing I remember is the absolute taste!!! I am gonna go back soon!!!


Sunday was Vodka Tasting Day,

Aug 8, 2010

About Jimmy

It was a pretty awkward feeling this time when I went home. No one to wag his tail and push against the mesh door, no crazy running around the floor and falling over sofa corners, no skidding as his back legs gave way, no jumping, barking, whining...No Jimmy.

Aug 7, 2010

How to clean your room

It so happens, that every now and then, we bachelors have folks from home visiting. My comrades in bachelorhood (except those nerdy ones out there) would agree that we are a breed that prefers to keep the house in "sleep" mode. That is, in a state that is comfortable to be slept in. Only Slept In

Jun 2, 2010

How to be dumb and alienate people


After seeing many of my colleagues blogging, and me having to knock of my blog address from most social networks (why do they call them that anyway?) by virtue of my decreasing number of posts, I have a post to type

Feb 9, 2010

Know your tiger Part 1

As part of our ongoing campaign to contribute towards the "Save our Tigers"campaign , we have planned a series of posts about Tigers. This is to create awareness about these beautiful creatures and educate people about them.

(Most of the information has been studied and learnt form other sites, and the links will be given at the end of the post)

What are Tigers?

Tigers are part of the cat family, scientifically known as Panthera Tigris. They are apex predators and are Carnivores(am sure you knew that!!!), which means they are on the top of the food chain, and survive from nutrients in their prey's flesh.

( From the Family:Felidae, Sub Family:Pantherinae, Genus:Panthera)

Tigers are part of the" Panthera" Genus which they share with what are also known as the Big Four Cats, namely Lions (Panthera leo), Leopards (Panthera Pardus) and Jaguars (Panthera Onca)

Other famous members of the Felidae family are the Cheetah ( Acinonyx jubatus) and Domestic Cats (Felius Catus) However they belong to another Sub Family all together (Feline)

How Do Tigers Look?

Tigers are large Cats . They can reach lengths of more than 3 meters and weigh up to 300 kilograms. These animals are characterized by large dark stripes from the top to the bottom of their body, which run along thick fur;tthe colour of which ranges from a dark orange/red to near white with lighter under colours.

A popular misunderstanding is that the white coloured tigers are a seperate sub species. However that isnt true.The White Bengal tiger, for instance isnt a "white" tiger. Its colour arises from a recessive gene which gives it the pale white colour and blue eyes.

Another example is of the white siberian Tiger, the existence of which has not been proved, though there have been reported sightings of white tigers in the areas where Siberian tigers live.It could also be possible that Siberian tigers that had a gene for natural white coating have been extinct long back.

Additionally,there have been so far no white siberian tigers born in captivity, and the white siberian tigers that you see at Zoos are because of the breeding of the Bengal Tiger and Siberian Tigers. The Bengal tiger most commonly has the gene for white coating.

Where did the name Tiger come from?

Wikipedia says...
"The word "tiger" is taken from the Greek word "tigris", which is possibly derived from a Persian source meaning "arrow", a reference to the animal's speed and also the origin for the name of the Tigris river. "

Where do they live?

Tigers are usually found in the dense cover of Forests. These forests can range from mangroves to semi evergreen to deciduous forests. Unlike lorides of Lions, dense vegetation is well suited for Tigers to hunt. Most Tiger habitats will have easy access to prey and water and dense cover.Tigers are good at swimming and will actively seek out water body's to relax in the high temperatures of the day.

The Problem today...

Tiger Habitats once extended from Western Asia to Siberia and Indonesia. In the 19th century the Tigers vanished from Western Asia. Modernization and human civilization along with poaching has lead to these magnificent creatures disappearing from their habits. Today Tigers are endagered and protected species. Their Major habitats are now around India, Sumatra, China and south East Asia. The Tigers on Java and Bali were extinct in early 20th century, and the tigers of Borneo are only recognized by their Fossil Remains.

There are numerous programs which have been up to save these creatures, but unfortunately corruption,poaching and illegal hunting of these creatures have driven tiger populations to the brink of extinction.

This is part one in a series of Posts on the Tiger in an effort to create awareness on Tiger conservation. More interesting topics coming up. Meanwhile please log on to www.saveourtigers.com

Keep Roaring!!!


Save Our Tigers

Recently Aircel has started a campaign called Save our tigers. This is a campaign to create awareness on the Tiger being an endangered species and on the brink of extinction. We have currently around 1400 tigers left in the country, surprising, because the Tiger is India's national Animal.

Am sure many of us would have known for quite some time that the Tiger numbers are going down. This has been so to a variety or reasons and excuses. But I have decided to contribute however I can. One is to sign up on the Save our tigers campaign started by Aircel. Second I will use my blog to communicate on everything that can is related to Tigers. I will also actively Tweet and FB my way around until I get something out of it.

I am also putting this communication in all possible ways across to as many people as possible.

Please sign up at www.saveourtigers.com. This is the least you can do.

Also check out these sites

WWF India
Project Tiger (Indian Government)

Keep Roaring. The Tiger needs us.


Feb 1, 2010

Topics for Blogs

Past few days I have been researching on the money making aspect of blogs, and found it to be a really simple (NOT easy) and lucarative business. However what the speciality of your blog is going to be is up to you and your interests.

For Example, some of the stuff that I thought about for my new blog are

1. About learning a musical instrument
2. Learning about blogging ;)
3. How to loose weight
4. Music
5. Something of interest (save the Tiger)
6. Views on different topics
7. Interpretation of Dreams
8. Humorous writing
9. A snap a day
10. A quote a day
11. A blah blah blah day (got the idea?!!)
12. Cooking for Bachelors/idiots
13. Pro something writing (like pro equality to women)
14. Anti something (Anti smoking)
15. About a certain product/thing (Beer for instance, or make up since I worked in these industries)
16. Business ideas
17. Management views ( Like Dilbert Principle)
18. Funny videos or ads and descriptions
19. Latest news (too much of a headache though)
20. A How to do it blog
21. A personal blog (Sharing your daily life while remaining anonymous)
22. Evil twin blog (Sarcasm, criticism towards something you are doing)
23. About Hobby blog (Stamps, money :P , etc)
24. New stuff in technology,products, etc
25. A subject blog (Stock markets, astrology, history, politics)
26. A campaign blog (Save the neighbour hood playground)
27. Tourism blog
28. Photography blog
29. A short story blog
30. A continuous story blog
31. A cartoon blog
32. A poem blog?!!
33.Book review blog
34. movie Review blog
35. Blog on animals
36. Blog on Vegetarianism
37. A do it yourself blog

Anyway...ideas come along once you sit and vision what you enjoy doing and you can adapt that too your blog. The most important thing is keeping it going, so think before you jump into it.



Jan 24, 2010

Husband for Sale...

With every thing today being on sale, it wouldn't be very far when husbands go on sale.I had this weird (or maybe not so weird...) thought the other day when a flu got me into bed early.

I could see a fine young woman walk into a store with a huge Billboard saying...

"Christmas offer...Book your husband early and get a 2 million credit card free" (ya like it was a 2GB memory card)

Seeing the sign the lady walks in and is approached by the sales girl(SG) at the counter...

SG : Hi, welcome to "Thank God its Husbands". How may I help you?

Lady : Hi, I wanted to have a look at the latest models on the husband market

SG : Sure. You will find the latest models with us. Is there anything specific you were looking for? Maybe a good looking model, or perhaps a more of a "will do the house work" models.

Lady : Well whats the latest in fashion these days?

SG : Well we find this special model thats been selling like crazy for the last few days

(pointing a dark tall muscular looking mannequin)

Lady : And whats special about it...

SG : Well we have HUGE consumer satisfaction with this model. But its not much of help around the house, neither does it come with a mute button. The language default is "Kalahari" so u got to use it in mute most of the time. Apart from that it doesnt come with a fashion sense other than the loin cloth. No Free credit card on this one, as its a basic model. Can Rap and disco if trained appropriately.

Lady : Oh. am looking for a more of a total use than a one that's just good in the...ummm..you know...

(Moving towards the next Mannequin)

SG : Ah. Perhaps we can interest you in this fair one. Its a Chinese make.

Lady : Is it sleeping?

SG : Oh No. The Facial features look like that. Its actually a good model and useful around the house. No Pests. You got to be careful with the food, as most of the pests end up there. Also you wont need house safety. This model comes with in built Kung fu skills and superior fitness regimes. Also you will get a 20% Discount on Jackie Chan Movies and on Noodle Bars.

Lady : Wow. Can I take it out to dinner? And what about with kids.

SG : You can take them out to dinner, but avoid non oriental restaurants. Fine around kids as long as you don't mind them gobbling up crawling insects. You also need to be careful with furniture. They tend to fly around a lot.Keeping them away from any living creature that's not human is a good idea. Will Definitely end up in cooking.Will insist on china made electronics and equipment. And oh yeah, You get a free pair of chop sticks and a samurai sword with this one.

Lady : Yikes!!! Am not in for that kind of action..How about this American looking one..

SG : This is quite a popular model with our Foreign clients

Extremely good while being sociable. Good fashion sense and speaks three languages apart from English. You get a FREE 2 million credit card on this one. Is extremely good sense of style and loves lavish lifestyle. Wont work during the Super Bowl though. Loves Beer. Will come in the best size dimensions that you would want. Also will carry a shotgun al la Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator 2. Is good at Law Suits. Will sue for anything almost.

Lady : Sounds too good to be true...Whats the catch?

SG : Well there's no warranty on this one. It tends to get bored with a single owners and is known to be disloyal and disappear at times.Too much on Facebook and can really bug you with clothes strewn around the house. Will insist on fixing everything by itself and mostly end up in a worse state. I Let you in on a secret..this ones not a keepers type.

Lady : Sigh...Do you have anything else?

SG : Well we have the last model. This ones from India.

Its a very loyal one. Will work around the house without compensation. Additionally will be obliged to buy you jewellery at all Indian festivals and yearly anniversary's. Will clean up after itself if scolded or a if you throw a few plates around. Will manage the house when your away, and clean utensils, do the laundry, take care of the kids, in laws and your parents too. Is fantastic at IT and will probably do all the math and take care of finances. Wont say much if you get bored and find an additional husband as well. You get a Free "Tandoori Chicken cook book" and Punjabi Rap CD.

All you need is to throw in a meal and a few peekaboo's now and then.

Lady : Sounds great!!! I 'll take it.

SG : Fantastic. Heres your starters kit. Make sure you have the language remote tuned to English. To get the model started, just play a music track from any Bollywood movie.

Lady : Thank you!!!

SG : Would you want to buy any more miss? We can give you a 50 % discount on your next purchase of a Husband!!!

Lady : I will consider it sometime. Thats all for now!!!

With that the lady turns out the door and leaves, walking out on to the pedestrian walkway, and I can focus on the "Husband" walking along side...Seems like a familiar face...same smile..same shirt...glasses...

YIKES!!! It looks like.....

Cheers!!! MaDdY

Jan 22, 2010

New look...new blog

I have another blog as well which goes by the name business Bubbles. But the purpose with which I opened it doesnt last any more. So I have a new site which will come in place of BB. But am not sure what am going to write. But I am sure what am NOT going to write.

I want it to be fun. Again I want it to be realted to business as well. Ads maybe. And again shouldnt be to lengthy or short. I got a nice template for it already. But dont know what the name should be.

Maybe I should start writing poems or complaints...maybe anonymous sarcasm...hmm...maybe just post photos everyday...

Any ideas guys?

Jan 19, 2010

My guitar :)

I got my guitar!!!

Yay... :)

Next step is to understand what do I do to get music out of it!!!

It cost me 4 k and its a gb&a..Got it from Premsons (one of the oldest stores in Bangalore) near Ulsoor lake. Too bad for me though am not much of a guitar-knowledge person, so Angad from Premsons helped me out lots in knowing more about these stringed beauties.

Definitely recommended for all music-instruments-wannabe-buyers!!!

Wonder if I should name the guitar...Strangely the name gypsy is playing on my mind....:)


Jan 12, 2010

Discrimination on the Basis of B school!!!

If you have been searching for this topic, welcome to the family!!!

Those of you having to read this by default (that is you have subscribed or have an RSS feed, humor me!!!)

Anyway, am expecting this to be a very hot topic and controversial topic. So please read the following at your own risk. I also know that corporates, do background checks and all that, and any comment or visit is absolutely at your risk. As for me, I dont give a damn until you convince me that am wrong. In which case I shall accept my mistake graciously

STATUTORY WARNING : Reading the following topic can be injurious to your paycheck/job opportunity/promotion etc


1. Any reference to any person is strictly for reference only
2. Any reference to any reference is for reference only.
3. No harm meant to toppers from any institute
4. Any thing that you might find derogatory was meant for someone else(in most cases the guy u hate)

Here goes,

On a recent forum, I found someone talking about shutting down IIT's in favor of using that money, in setting up more engineering colleges. They argued that quality of students produced would be more or less equivalent if the same educational facilities were offered to more people, than spending on infrastructure at the colleges. Mind you IIT's do cost a bomb.

Apart from being an interesting topic, what caught my fancy was this. Someone said...most grads from top college's move outta India (read U.S.A) to earn more money, and additionally because abroad, people recognize talent and promote it. Its not surprising to find people who work smart and hard move up the ladder quicker than in India.

In India, the competition is tougher and more difficult. And we suffer from two syndromes. "Scarcity" and "Brand"

Scarcity syndrome is defined as : while we have grown up, people have had to fight for the best, or more simply taught to compete for the best. As such, the ones that achieve the feat are automatically stars, as opposed to those that don't or those who dont aspire to . This is my problem number 1

Brand Syndrome is defined as: anything that is known for being top notch or popular automatically becomes "the ONLY" solution or answer to achievement. This is my problem number 2

This is how I bring the topic in. I agree that Top B schools provide the best methods of learning and measurement of learning. They do not guarantee the execution of that learning. They do not guarantee the quality of practical use and research on existing knowledge.
In short they don't guarantee practical results. Whatever the students have achieved at their work is what gives the school its name or brand. And there is no way to guarantee that all the students from these schools can achieve the same. Something like Polishing Rough Diamonds to polished ones with the best technology in the world.This may be due to various reasons.

Therefore : So all thats from top B school is not Gold
Are you still with me?Good.

Now there are Gadzillion colleges in this country of ours. Not all of them are known.So they arent Big Brands. So they dont attract the best talent, neither do they get the best facilities. So what they do get is mediocre students who they try to mould into a decent work force for the available jobs in the market. Its something like taking Iron and trying to mould it to something useful without having the right heat temperature. The Transformation to "Can be employed" from "cannot be employed" is BIG change.

Therefore : All that's from the non top B schools is not crap. I nfact the capacity to adapt and change is much larger than others (Read top B schools)

Here let me take a moment to talk to all you toppers from the top schools of this country. You deserve the credit. You deserve the recognition of cracking some of the toughest exams in the world. Your top notch. Absolutely.

But heres what your NOT. Your not above mistakes. Your not perfect. And your not invincible.

But then again the problems not with you. The problems are with corporates. For the love of God I fail to understand that why you wouldnt give a chance to someone who is not from a top college inspite of performing and inspite of showing talent that can be groomed. Its like when you have to promote someone whos not from a top college you have a hundred reasons. But if the same guy gets a degree from a top b school while working then hes automatically proved worthy and all your reasons disappear.

Why? Is it that you cant see the good work that he/she does in front of your eyes- And need additional proof from a top college?

Why cant you see character and integrity, instead of diploma and CGPA? Am not only talking about just existing employees but also while fresh recruits go on.

One of the Questions I asked recently on a professional Networking site, included on the process of recruting interview. Most of those who answered were international recruiters and stressed about the calibre of the person from previous work experience, or if a fresher the passion and sincerity in doing the work and "coachability"

NOT diploma. If you wanted a guy from a top B school, youd either be invited or would visit a top B school were the students would choose to work or not work with you. Not their fault, as they are brands themselves. You wouldnt mind coming back empty handed rather than look at people in your organisation.Who werent from top B schools. Why?

Why this obsession with Diplomas from Top B schools? Do you really need a diploma from the creme da la creme of Institutes to have all the gates open to you? Doesnt hard work, sincerity and intelligence count for anything? Just because you dint go to a Top B School make you any less deserving?Strange

Can you seriously prove a bolt made from the best factory in the world can fit all the nuts?!!

You cant can you?

If your not from a top B school, and yet perform well, youll get all the praise and additional work. But not a promotion. Not a raise. They know you can slog your arse off, but hesistate when it comes to paying you more for it. or putting you a step higher so that you can teach or lead others.

sigh. Come on. Sad.

Anyway, my roomies come back screaming about discrimination at his work place. so if you have anythging to say, the comments option is open :)



Jan 11, 2010

My top songs

Since I was talking about music, I thought I might as well put up a list of my fav songs...forgive me if you find some of them old

(Right, like I care!!!)

Heres my all time (to be constantly updated!!!)

(in no particular order)
  1. Hotel California (Eagles)
  2. Another Day in Paradise (Phil Collins)
  3. Buffalo Soldier (Bob Marley)
  4. Daddy cool (Boney M)
  5. Love me for a reason (Boyzone)
  6. I do it for you (Bryan Adams)
  7. Please Forgive me (Bryan Adams)
  8. Careless whispers (George Michael)
  9. Clocks (coldplay)
  10. Viva la vida (Coldplay)
  11. Walking Away (Craig David)
  12. Cry me a river (Justin Timberlake)
  13. This years love (David Gray)
  14. Can you feel the love tonight (Elton John)
  15. Battle without honour (Tomoyasu Hotei/Kill Bill Soundtrack)
  16. The Sweet Escape ( Gwen Stefani)
  17. Have you ever really loved a woman (Bryan Adams)
  18. Hello (Lionel Richie)
  19. How to save a life (The Fray)
  20. I will always love you (Whitney Houston)
  21. I just called (Stevie Wonder)
  22. Crush (Jenifer paige)
  23. My heart will go on (Celine Dion)
  24. Picture of you (Boyzone)
  25. Have I told you lately (Rod Stewart)
  26. When you say nothing (Ronan Keating)
  27. Rose (Seal)
  28. Truly Madly deeply (Savage Garden)
  29. The Animal Song (Savage Garden)
  30. Saving all my love (Whitney Houston)
  31. Sexy eyes (whighfield)
  32. 2 become 1 (Spice girls)
  33. The Way I are (Timbaland)
  34. Cant help falling in love (UB40)
  35. Waiting for tonight (Jennifer Lopez)
  36. Sipping in the summer sun (Bacardi Blast)
  37. Where do you go (No Mercy)
  38. World Hold on (Bob Sinclair)
  39. Mysterious Girl (Peter Andre)
  40. Summer of 69 (Bryan Adams)
  41. I am not a girl (Britney Spears)
  42. Addicted (Enrique Iglesias)
  43. Roamer (Enrique Iglesias)
  44. Hero (Enrique Iglesias)
  45. One Night Stand (Enrique Iglesias)
  46. Dont Turn off the lights (Enrique Iglesias)
  47. Rhythm Divine (Enrique Iglesias)
  48. Hurricane (Scorpions)
  49. Complicated (Avril Lavigne)
  50. sk8er Boi (Avril Lavigne)
  51. I' with you (Avril Lavigne)
  52. In the End (Linkin Park)
  53. Breaking the Habit (Linkin Park)
  54. Numb (Linkin Park)
  55. Somwhere I belong (Linkin Park)
  56. New Divide (Linkin Park)
  57. Faint (Linkin Park)
  58. From the inside (Linkin Park)
  59. Hit the floor (Linkin Park)
  60. One Step closer (Linkin Park)
  61. Crawling (Linkin Park)
  62. Desert Rose (Sting)
  63. Dancing Queen (Abba)
  64. Take A chance on me (Abba)
  65. Bring me to life (Evanescence)
  66. Beautiful Stranger (Madonna)
  67. Feel (Robbie Williams)
  68. All the things she said (TaTu)
  69. Colur Blind (Daniels)
  70. Insatiable (Darren Hayes)
  71. Come into my world (Kylie Minogue)
  72. Love at First sight (Kylie Minogue)
  73. Can't get you outta my mind (Kylie Minogue)
  74. Bop Bop Baby (Westlife)
  75. Uptown Girl (Westlife)
  76. Someday (Bon Jovi)
  77. Its my life (Bon Jovi)
  78. How you remind me (Nickleback)
  79. Here I am (Bryan Adams)
  80. Whenever (Shakira)
  81. Objection tango (Shakira)
  82. come undone (Duran Duran)
  83. Frozen (Madonna)
  84. In the end (Linkin Park)
  85. Last Resort (Papa Roach)
  86. Eye of the Tiger (Survivor)
  87. Toxic (Britney Spears)
  88. Show me the meaning of being lonely (Backstreet Boys)
  89. As long as you love me (Backstreet Boys)
  90. Tequila Sunrise (Eagles)
  91. Billy Jean (Michael Jackson)
  92. Smooth Criminal (Michael Jackson)
  93. Black or White (Michael Jackson)
  94. Beat It (Michael Jackson)
  95. You rock my world (Michael Jackson)
  96. Earth song (Michael Jackson)
  97. Heal the world (Michael Jackson)
  98. Leave out all the rest (Linkin Park)
  99. Take a Picture (Filter / Girl Next Door OST)
  100. Bellas Lullaby (Carter Burwell)
  101. Full moon (The Black Ghosts)
  102. Dont stop the music (Rihanna)
  103. Disturbia (Rihanna)
  104. Umbrella (Rihanna)
  105. Hot n cold (Katy Perry)
  106. Right Around (Florida)
  107. In your eyes (Kylie Minogue)
  108. Take my breath away (Berlin)
  109. I gotta feeling (Black Eyed Peas)
  110. Forever (Chris Brown)
  111. Sexy Bitch (David Guetta)
  112. Havana (Kenny G)
  113. Don't Phunk with my heart (Black Eyed Peas)
  114. All that she wants (Ace of Base)
  115. Be my lover (La Bouche)
  116. ....to be updated
I got some new songs and old ones too which I shall update soon...Till then drop in your comments!!!

Managing Music

I dont call myself a music lover. But strangely I have over 18 GB of music. And a pretty decent collection of trance, hip hop, old classics, rock and so on...Except heavy metal (Cant make out whats the tune and whats the lyrics in it anyway..)

While I listen to different kinds of music, I never had a headache regarding managing the same. I had my play lists and updated new songs all neatly arranged, until my notebook crashed. After recovering the disks, picking out songs became a terror.

Most of my collections were numbered. And it was a pain trying to make out one song from another as most of the songs were named "Track 1" or "01". But now I have embarked on mission "remove-the-numbers-and -replace-with-names".Or something like that.

Don know how many days its gonna take. But guess it will be worth it. At least till the lappy crashes again!!!

Jan 8, 2010

Mcdonalds Sucks.

Let me tell you all a little story.

Once there was a big old beast called McDonald. The Beast used to serve hot and delicious burgers to little people like me. And when little people like me were too lazy to wake up and walk to them, they used to deliver to our little homes. For an extra fee of course. (Which most of the other beasts don't charge)

After countless deliverys, all of a sudden McDonald goes crazy. It must be all the money they must be making after so many little people started buying from them.

They deliver my orders 90 min late, thereby making me crazy in hunger.(11.30 pm)
They give me a leaking coke cup, tell me nothing is wrong (while the coke is dripping over their hands) and then finally change the coke 20 min late
On another occassion the guy delivers a "tikki burger" and tries to convince "ME" that its a mahraja mac.

Then they introduce their order tracking and delivery system, and after swearing never to order from them, I relent. And give it a try.

And they deliver 45min later. Again. For a house thats a 10min walk from their outlet. And they charge us for it. Its like the Beasts gone bonkers or something.

So the little people (like me) got angry and decided to boycott McDonald (The particular store) and give proper feedback to a decision maker from their company regarding "PAID" customer service. (If your from McDonald, or know someone from there show them this)

And till that happens the BEAST and the little people live happily ever after.

We did treat another BEAST (read P-I-Z-Z-A H-U-T) sometime ago with some liberal dose of the English Dictionary, and some mobile talk later we had a "forgiveness meal" offered. Which we dint take of course (tempted though we were) But lateral sources inform us that many little people have been facing the same beastly services recently. Guess the management is busy making money from cheap "dine-in" services.

Anyway, keep living people!!!


Jan 3, 2010


Hey there

Its been a long year. A year of confusions and decisions. Decisions amongst confusions and am not sure which was which. Anyway.

This year I do not make commitments or resolutions. Instead I decide to follow up and complete what my mind started 5 years ago. To decide my future and my destiny myself.

In other words, screw the world.

I mean, come to think of it, I have listened enough to everyone. This year is my year of independence. I will be running on 25 soon and I think this year has got to be the year that defines me. I have got to be the center stage, and every other damn act second step.

Its about time too. They say when you want something bad enough, the universe comes together to give it to you. Well this year am giving the universe lottsa work, so to speak.

I hope you have made up your mind too..

Till then

Live like theres no tommorrow.