Sunday, November 29, 2009

Shikha and Sanjay #7

(This is a very special episode in this series, written by Rain, my favourite writer and a great friend.)

SHIKHA
I've just had the worst day at work. WORST.

SANJAY
I got fired.

SHIKHA
What? Baby, are you serious?

SANJAY
No. I just wanted to see if it'd take your mind off your day.

SHIKHA
[getting off the couch and taking slow steps towards him]
You are such. A. Brat.

SANJAY
[walking backwards with his hands held up]
It worked, didn't it?

SHIKHA
[inching closer] I'm going to kill you.

SANJAY
[stops and folds his arms]
Oh yeah?

SHIKHA
Oh yeah.

SANJAY
You'd kill your only husband?

SHIKHA
Uh-huh.

SANJAY
I'm so scared.

SHIKHA
[letting out a giggle] You should be.

[Sanjay pounces on her and starts tickling]

SHIKHA
[through breathless laughter]
Stop, stop , STOP! Please!!

SANJAY
Okay, first say you love me.

SHIKHA
You love----AAAHHH----okay, okay! I love you.

SANJAY
[softly]
No matter what?

SHIKHA
What kind of question is that, Sanju? Obviously.

SANJAY
Even if I really did get fired?

SHIKHA
What?

SANJAY
I did. Okay, no I didn't. Oh, yes I did. No, I didn't. Okay, really, I didn't. I did, I did.
You're confused now.

SHIKHA
No, I'm not. And you did get fired, didn't you?

SANJAY
How do you always know?

SHIKHA
I just do.

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The story of a couple living the Great Indian Dream... Shikha and Sanjay are both MBAs for a year, married for a year and in love for a little longer than that.

For excerpts from their lives so far, check out the label: 'Shikha + Sanjay'

Sunday, November 22, 2009

It's not you, it's me

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Is it still about the big tree?

It's been 25 years since Rajeev Gandhi trivialised the murder of 3000 Indians.
"When a big tree falls, the ground beneath is bound to shake", he said, suggesting that the big tree that Indira Gandhi's was, the deaths were a mere consequence of her assassination.

The speech was delivered on 19th November 1984. And those were not a son's words. He was the Prime Minister then.

It's been 25 years and justice is yet to be delivered.

Meanwhile, congressman Sajjan Kumar, one of the key accused, has enjoyed power as an MP (2004-09). There are many more of them - rich, influential Congressmen who led mobs, killed hundreds innocent Indians and got away with it.

And the Congress still believes, perhaps, that it was all about the big tree.

Friday, November 13, 2009

She & He

She knew there was a spark somewhere
and he knew there was a story in place.
She gave him all the chances & cues
and he too, never failed to impress.

Some days went here, some days there,
she lost patience and he lost pace
Neither did she wait for him to speak,
nor did he have the nerve to express.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Someone Said

"If Jack's in love, he's no judge of Jill's beauty"
- Benjamin Franklin

Monday, November 09, 2009

Kids in Bihar, I tell you!

This, I believe, explains it all...

(Image taken on Raxaul, Bihar on 28-Oct-09)


Check out my previous posts in the 'Seen Somewhere' series here.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Shikha and Sanjay #6

SHIKHA
[Wakes Sanjay up with a kiss] I love you darling.

SANJAY
Ya.

SHIKHA
Ya?! Sanjay forget good, that's not even an acceptable answer... [mocking him] Ya!

SANJAY
Oh come on, Shikh! I just woke up... can I have some tea please?

SHIKHA
Only in your dreams now. So why don't you go back to sleep, darling?

SANJAY
[After a little pause] Hmmm... [shuts his eyes]

SHIKHA
[Climbs over him]
Wake up, you pig!

SANJAY
What now?! You just asked me to sleep!

SHIKHA
Gosh, I didn't mean... literally!

SANJAY
Oh you women! Can't understand you at all...

SHIKHA
...how many women do you have 'experience' with, Sanjay?

SANJAY
Well, I was quite a stud in college days, you know.

SHIKHA
Ya, sure!
[Chucks a pillow at him. Starts walking out]

SANJAY
Hey where you going now?

SHIKHA
To get you tea.

SANJAY
Thanks. I love you!

SHIKHA
Ya!

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The story of a couple living the Great Indian Dream... Shikha and Sanjay are both MBAs for a year, married for a year and in love for a little longer than that.

For excerpts from their lives so far, check out the label: 'Shikha + Sanjay'

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

And

In school, we were taught that sentences cannot begin with 'and'.

That's crazy! I love starting sentences with 'and'... They make a lot of sense.
And they drive the point home really well too!

Friday, October 23, 2009

A bit of my bit

Caught these two cops red-handed, taking bribe at Brigade Road, Bangalore.


Govindaiah (left) and Adiveppa R Latti stopped casually at Geetha Export Garments yesterday evening, close to 6.45 PM. It got me suspicious and I pretended to browse through clothes and talk on the phone.

The moment the shopkeeper passed on the hafta to these guys (probably for using the footpath to display his merchandise), I caught them red-handed and gathered people, who joined me in complete support. I made a call right there to 100 and filed my complaint.

I know it's not going to change the world. But I guess we all need to drop all skepticism and do our bits. I am glad I did.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

The love that was...

Just as he finished dusting his old drawer, a book landed on Hari's lap. It was the same old story he was writing in college. As he flipped through it, he found the page stained with Sudha's mango pickle, a seed still stuck between the pages. While reading through the page, he was tempted, twice perhaps, to eat that seed. 'It's some thirty years old. Am I crazy?' he thought and flicked it away. A few pages later he realised that the seed was still there, hanging on to the tip of his index finger.

He gave in. The old seed still had a little flavour to it.

Friday, October 09, 2009

Copy/Paste: Graduation - In a lighter vein!

Life's good these days. Very good, actually. But still, at times, something keeps taking me back to my two years at S P Jain. Today is one such day.

Shilpa Kendre, my batchmate from SPJIMR, is one of my favourite writers. There's amazing simplicity in her writing. And here's an excerpt from the piece she wrote the month we left, about 'The End' of two years at S P Jain:

At the end of two years I have come to realize that I am only professionally and socially more acceptable. I feel I belong to a fraternity. I have a few friends who are much more than just that. I have a couple of memories and also a couple of bad grades. I have a few impressions and a few opinions much of which are of no use. I have seen the tip of the iceberg called the ‘real world’. I have the ability to confuse if not convince others. I am a jackass of all and a master of none. I have a whole bunch of business cards that I can use no more. I have too many contacts in my phone. I have an extra email-id to keep checking, an extra password to remember, a few more groups to join on social networking sites, more passwords to remember, GBs full of digital waste on my laptop, a waistline to match with the ‘broader perspective’ that I earned after coming here, a few timestamps that would be remembered and celebrated for a few years before the enthusiasm dies out, a few more tee shirts to add to the wardrobe, and last but not the least 30 kilos of untouched wisdom in hardcover!

Beautifully written, isn't it?

Friday, October 02, 2009

Wake Up... Bombay

October second and my head is full of violence, thanks to my favourite villain on this blog, the MNS.

Turns out that Raj sahib is now unhappy with 'Wake Up Sid' for calling the city 'Bombay'. MNS sainiks reportedly stopped screening of the movie in Bombay (conscious use of the word) which released today, leaving producer Karan Johar no choice but to apologise to the sahib.

Drove me crazy, yes. But then when you're working in Patna, what more can you do about it... but tweet? So I twate:

Would they prefer being abused in Marathi? RT @ndtv: MNS against the use of word 'Bombay' instead of Mumbai (in Wake Up Sid)

No it was BOMBAY referred to as Bombay! RT @girsubra: MNS angry over Mumbai being referred as Bombay.Evan Appan vittu sothuda..Too much idhu

I guess soon MNS will demand that all porn released in 'Mumbai' carry Marathi subtitles.


Next, we're gonna have 27% reservation for Marathi folks in Bollywood. It's based in 'Mumbai', after all.

And I'm not sure but I've been told... What's the name of the school... The one where Raj sahib's kids go? Bombay Scottish?

While we're at it, tell me Raj sahib, is The Times Group - with their Bombay Times - too powerful for you?


Now me getting worked up is natural and personal - I was born and I grew up in the city I know as Bombay.

But that's a personal issue. There's a larger, general, more fundamental issue here. That of our freedom - constitutional freedom - to call the city Bombay or Bambai. (Or even Baluchistan, if we disregard the technical incorrectness of it.)

Who is MNS to tell me what to call the city?

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What surprises me even more is what is Bombay police doing about it?! Here's a man stopping ticket sales, disrupting screenings and making a swaraj out of Bombay. And what's it that you're waiting for, Bombay police? An FIR?

Friday, September 11, 2009

Typical Sales Structure of an Alcohol Company in India

The madness...




...and you thought selling booze was easy, didn't you?

Thursday, September 10, 2009

The "High IQ / Low IQ" Theory

My friend, Aniruddha Kundu, developed this theory during our S P Jain days which made it very easy to discuss our opinion on things. It goes like this:

Everything can be classified as either "Low IQ" or "High IQ"

The thought and it's application go much deeper than what it literally suggests. Think of it as a communication tool.

Assorted tweets

And thus I twate, over the last few days:

A pie is nothing but a product of two irrational numbers.

Hehehehehe... It just struck me that a meat eating prostitute is "Carniwhoreous" :p

You know you're getting to know #Chandigarh well when you can tell apart one big green circle from another big green circle

#GMail down; is asking me to try again in 30 seconds. At least that makes me more hopeful than the girl I'm currently pursuing...

Did u know there's a 0.33% education cess on alcohol? So drink frequently in large quantities & help poor children go to school :)

Nokia ties up with Gulshan Kumar to launch the Nokia T-Series. Comes pre-loaded with Anuradha Paudwal songs.

BTW, I am @mihirmodi on twitter.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Copy/Paste: Billion Dollar Bailout

(Source: The Wall Street Journal, Asia Edition, 31-Aug-09)

Friday, August 21, 2009

Candle-lit Dinners and Cancer

Finally we know why every now and then, someone in the romantic movies keeps dying of cancer. Or at least that's what this story in TOI suggests.

Now only if we could get those experts to invest their time and efforts in finding a cure to cancer instead...


Update:
In other news, popcorn keeps cancer away.
Now that makes it easy... on your next date, go to the movies, skip the dinner!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

A Call

Every man has the right to know where he is.
I demand that there be Google Maps for Relationships.

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'Fanaa ho sabhi dooriyaan' is a prayer.
'Tenu dil da vaasta' is blackmail.

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'Practical decision making' is overrated.
'Dekha jaayega' is grossly underrated.

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I once... no twice... wrote poems titled 'Too much to carry'
I'll never publish them. I just might write a third one.

Or maybe not.

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If you think this post is too cryptic, you don't know me well enough.

Monday, August 10, 2009

A dozen of 'em

Q. What do you call a box containing twelve hippopotamus?
A. Hippo-crate

Sunday, August 02, 2009

What's in a name?

Creativity or the lack of it, I don't know. But is certainly an interesting name, what say?
Slightly old picture, this one. Got it on my trip to the North-East.

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Check out rest of the 'Seen Somewhere' series here.

Friday, July 31, 2009

anti-regret

All that would lie ahead has always been better than all that had gone by.

regret

Almost always, I've almost made it.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Sorry Mr. President, I was only joking!

So one day, Pakistani President Asaf Ali Zardari walks into a bar. But I can't tell you what happens next lest I risk being in a Pakistani prison for the next 14 years...

Well that's at least what this news item from TOI suggests:

If you mistakenly, or just for fun, share with a friend one of the hundreds of derisory jokes about the leader floating around electronically, you could get a 14-year prison sentence.

Pakistan's interior minister Rehman Malik announced last week that the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has been tasked to trace SMS (or text messages) and e-mails that "slander the political leadership of the country" under the vague Cyber Crimes Act.

Now, if only they would've thought of putting the terrorists behind bars, they wouldn't have had to think of such creative ways to deal with the excess capacity in their prison cells.


What's more surprising to me, though, is that even we, Indians seem to have an obvious threat to our freedom of speech:

In addition to facing up to 14 years in the jail, violators could have their property seized, Malik said, adding that the government would seek Interpol assistance in deporting foreign offenders.

Weird, huh? We can make a joke on our president, but not our neighbour's!

Monday, July 06, 2009

Like Jain Chicken

Irony. Goa Ishtyle :D

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Check out rest of the 'Seen Somewhere' series here.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Bharat Darshan

Work starts. Over the next six months, I'm gonna be in six different locations. So basically, I'm on a company-paid India tour. I so love my job!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Leaving Home - II

Bangalore. For a week.
No clue where thereafter.

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Previously... and before

Saturday, June 20, 2009

SongQuote: Walk On...

U2 | Walk On
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You're packing a suitcase for a place none of us has been
A place that has to be believed to be seen

You could have flown away
A singing bird in an open cage
Who will only fly, only fly for freedom

Walk On...

Monday, June 15, 2009

The Deputy Guitarist reports to the Senior Guitarist

Ever wondered what would happen if rock bands were to have a structure similar to corporate India? Let's draw and organisation chart, to begin with...


(Blogger limitation... You'll have to click on the image to make it readable!)

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Previously on Reservations

Two Tricks

"You have changed so much!", she said

"Seven years is a long time, when you are 17 or 24," he said, "but you look the same!"

"I know how to freeze time. It's my little trick." she said, with a wink

"Why didn't you use it when I was leaving then?"

"I learnt it while you were away... I had to find other things that would interest me, you know!"

"Oh! Did you learn other tricks as well then?", he asked her

"One more..."

"So? Gonna use it some time soon?"

"Well, I already did!"

"Really?"

"Ya, what do you think brought you back here?"

He laughed. Then he moved his hand on the railing and slid it over hers.
"Well, use the first one now!"

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Sudden, Subtle, Slight...

Varun has already left for Neha's town,
Yudi is leaving for another town,
Krishna is out of town.

Kundu is caught up 6 days a week,
Sam & Utsav make the most out of their weekends.
Api is too busy to return my calls, even on weekends.

It's been almost a year that Dharmesh has gone abroad,
It's been more than a year that JD has gone abroad.
Hirachna will go from Bombay to Paris to Pune soon,
Dipti will go to Netherlands - she'll be back soon though.

Bhu is getting engaged today,
Krupa and Deepan will get engaged sometime soon;
Zaara and Zeyd will probably have a baby sometime soon.

The rest of you, may still be here for a while.
Things may still be the same for a while.
Or may not.

All those who have left home to live another life, I join the club.
I'll be in Bangalore in a week now.
And I don't know where I'm gonna be in another.

With a week to go, now there is a sudden, subtle, slight sense of discomfort.
Life, it's changing real quick.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Shikha and Sanjay #5

[Just another evening. Sanjay is sitting oh his couch, watching cricket, a bag of chips in one hand, a can of coke in another. Shikha enters the house, looking tired, almost dead.]

SANJAY
[gives her a glance, looks back at the TV screen]
Hey Shikh...

SHIKHA
Hi!

SANJAY
[a moment later, eyes still glued to the TV]
How was your day?

SHIKHA
[almost falls onto the couch]
Don't ask!

SANJAY
Okay!

[Shikha stares at him in anger but is in no mood to fight. Sanjay looks at her and chuckles. Turns the TV off]

SANJAY
Okay tell me, what's wrong?

SHIKHA
Nothing specific really... just too many little things kept bothering me. I'm getting really stressed these days, you know.

SANJAY
To be honest, sweetheart, you're not fit enough. Most of your problems exist because you don't exercise yourself at all.

SHIKHA
Exercise?!! Well I would be happy to do that Sanjay, if my work would spare me the time and the energy that it asks for!
You know it's easy to say all this when you have a 9 to 5 job in a fancy, air-conditioned bank with shiny coffee machines and flashy...

SANJAY
[interrupts] ...whoa, whoa, whoa! Now why are you getting into that? I'm sorry, I was just trying to help!

SHIKHA
[sighs] No I am sorry, Sanjay! Just a trip... guess it's all this stress... I'm getting very impatient these days... and frustrated... and tired...

SANJAY
...and fat! [Pats her tummy, giggles]
Have you noticed that, sweety?

SHIKHA
Ya thanks for the encouragement, darling. THAT made me feel better!

SANJAY
Anytime, honey. Need more of it?

SHIKHA
No that's sufficient for now... guess I'll just go to the bedroom and crash instead.

SANJAY
Okay! [starts laughing]

[Shikha punches him & leaves. Sanjay watches her go & turns the TV back on. Dhoni hits a six.]


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Shikha and Sanjay are both MBAs for a year, married for a year and in love for a little longer than that. Instead of writing in a continuous story about them, I have tried to pick episodes from their lives and let the story take shape over time.

For excerpts from their lives so far, check out the 'Shikha + Sanjay' label on 'However, in my opinion...'

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

To the North-East

For years, I wanted to go to the North-Eastern states and the east-most I had ever been so far was Agra (ya, I know that's not East, I'm talking in terms of the longitude)

So, this trip had to happen! Just back from a 12-day trip to the North-East:

Flew into Calcutta on May 21st, then headed for Pelling in Sikkim, later going to Gangtok, Shillong, Cherrapunjee, Bomdilla, Kaziranga National Park and finally flew back to Bombay from Gauwhati on June 2nd!

It was quite a trip, I must say. Apart from clicking some of my best pictures so far (will keep posting them on pykih), I also had some crazy experiences:
  • Got stuck due to a landslide on my way back from Sikkim. Had to hitchhike my way ahead. Was very very lucky to get a lift (doesn't happen there!)
  • Saw the most beautiful girl in Gangtok. Fell in love with her... for a few minutes ;)
  • Fought with some people on a bus in Cherrapunjee and got off. Later hung on the ladder behind a packed Tata Sumo to chase the bus and get my camera pouch that I'd left behind.
  • Camped in a tent at Cherrapunjee... awesome!
  • Our shared Sumo collided head-on with another enroute Bomdilla on the single-laned ghats in Arunachal. The car suffered major damage but thankfully I lived to write this post!
  • A Rhino toppled a Maruti Gypsy at Kaziranga National Park while we were there... saw a vintage Land Rover toe it out of the ditch it had landed into.
  • Reached Gauwhati airport at 11.30PM for a 7AM flight the next day. There wasn't a single soul at the airport... not even a security guard. Slept off at an unguarded SBI ATM on the airport!
Guess there are many more stories, but these would be the most interesting ones.

BTW, I'd really recommend a similar trip. Expense, other than air-fare, was around Rs. 12 to 14 thousand. Let me know in case you need travel plans and recommendations.

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Summing up my travel since mid-2008:
Ladakh, Goa, Lakshadweep and now this! It's been a good year, I guess :)

Monday, May 18, 2009

I knew it!

Just 48hrs since the confirmation of Left's exit from the Centre and see where the markets have reached!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Shikha and Sanjay #4

[Sanjay's band hasn't been playing for a while now. The band members meet for dinner at their usual hangout - The Pizzeria. Sanjay and Rajan - who's in a particularly bad mood - are waiting for Gopal to join them. The big news is that Gopal will be getting his new girlfriend, Sheetal along.]

GOPAL
[Walks in]
Hey people! Wassup?

SANJAY
Hey!

GOPAL
[Gives a hi-five to both of them]
Meet Sheetal.
[Turns to Sheetal] Sheetal... Rajan and Sanjay.

SHEETAL
Hi guys! It's so good to finally see you two. I have heard so much about you from Gopal...

RAJAN
[interrupts]
...likewise!

SHEETAL
[Smiles politely]
Uh... So, Rajan... I have seen the band's videos. You play the guitar really well.

RAJAN
Thanks. I play the bass though.

SHEETAL
I don't know... it looked like a guitar.

SANJAY
[Trying to handle things...]
Well it sure does. Even I get confused at times.
[Laughs]

[Sheetal joins him. Rajan gives him a disgusted look. Gopal senses Rajan's bad mood and figures that Sheetal might feel out of place tonight]

GOPAL
So, Sanjay... why didn't you bring Shikha along?

SANJAY
Oh she wanted to come. But she's stuck up at work.

[Sanjay looks at his watch and realises it is 8.30. He sends her a text]

Done with work, I hope!

[His phone beeps in a while. It's Shikha]


On my way home now. Work never stops though, honey :)

[Replies]

Arey meri maa, I just wanted to know if you're still in office or are wise enough to leave for home by now... Chal ja ab chup chap :P
I'm dining with these guys, will be home by 11ish.

[Back]

Lol, ya... going chup chap only. Will wait for u. Love ya :)


SANJAY
[Looks up from his phone]
Oh ya, that reminds me... Shikha and I were talking about the band the other day. I was telling her... now that both our drummers aren't around, we might not be able to play for a while.

RAJAN
Dude, nothing is gonna happen now. Age is catching up! We're all gonna get sucked up by our jobs... one at a time. At most we'll play a few more local gigs, that's it!

SANJAY
Shut up dude... you have always been a cynic! What's wrong with you?

[Sanjay looks at Gopal, he's completely lost. Sheetal pinches Gopal and Sanjay notices]

SANJAY
[to Sheetal]
Look Sheetal, I'm really sorry. Don't worry, this is a usual thing among us.

RAJAN
Yeah, we're all fightercocks.

GOPAL
Dude, the last time I heard that word was I was in eigth grade.

RAJAN
Ya, after that you started learning fancy words like bhenchod madarchod and all na... so your vocab collapsed.

SANJAY
Dude, language... there's a lady on the table!

RAJAN
Ya, whatever!

[Awkward silence]

GOPAL
Oh great... the pizzas are here!

[A rather silent dinner followed]

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Shikha and Sanjay are both MBAs for a year, married for a year and in love for a little longer than that. Instead of writing in a continuous story about them, I have tried to pick episodes from their lives and let the story take shape over time.

For excerpts from their lives so far, check out the 'Shikha + Sanjay' label on 'However, in my opinion...'

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Go to the border, no kids for you!

If only Meneka Gandhi could have cared enough about cruelty to humans, she would have done a better job raising her son.

Varun, it turns out, supports and would like to revive his father's sterilisation policy along with compulsory military service for all Indians. TOI reports:
Varun said he would also propose a bill in parliament to introduce compulsory military service for all Indians to unite the country and overcome caste and religious differences. "Instead of people thinking of themselves as Tamils or Brahmins, they should think of themselves as Indians," he said.
It's quite encouraging to read the 'think of themselves as Indians' bit from someone who talked about sending all non-Hindus to Pakistan not too long ago. Wonder where was his sense of 'One India' back then...


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Amit Varma points out:
If Sanjay Gandhi had given himself a taste of his own medicine, we might not have had to put up with this crap.

Can't agree more... it's all in the family I guess, with the father trying to fly planes he could not handle and and the son trying to run a country he never can.

Friday, May 08, 2009

Which boundaries?

I have always been of the opinion that young educated Indians should stay back and contribute. I have always looked at people who leave to the US (or wherever) for a better lifestyle and the likes as the weak ones.

Maybe a rational opinion, maybe not. But I have always had that opinion.

And today, while I was reading Keep off the Grass by Karan Bajaj (recommended), I found a fitting argument to this opinion of mine.

'Let's start with Sarkar. Have you ever done anything for the country, dude?'

Sarkar sighed. 'No, man, I've done nothing and I'm proud of it. What is a country but a geographical boundary created by an unknown political system which you don't believe in? Vinod, man, if you didn't feel like a traitor when you came from Ambala to Bangalore to study, why then should you fell like a traitor when you go from India to work in the U.S.? Who decides which boundaries are okay to cross and which aren't? Let the world be your playing ground, bhai.'

Nice point. I'll take it :)

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Now where shall I stick this one?

Local trains, buses, public restrooms... go to any place that collectively belongs to the junta and you'll see the rebels amongst us claiming their bit.

Here's another version of the classic paan stains under the 'Yahaan thookna mana hai' sign, this one is from Nerul railway station:


The fact that there is someone to remove sticker from there, however, is quite reassuring. The rest of us just take pictures and blog about it ;)

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Since a picture is worth a thousand words, I started 'Seen Somewhere' - a series which uses sights we see in our daily routine which point out the irony that life is. To see my previous posts in this series, click here.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Copy/Paste

I asked him to write me a song

I promised that I’d sing along.

It’s another story that

Neither did he write me one

Nor did I find my voice when he was done.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Shikha and Sanjay #3

SANJAY
I’m sorry… I’m just a bit bothered these days.

SHIKHA
What is it?

SANJAY
The band… it isn’t happening. You remember the new drummer we hired – Anjan – he backed out. He’s joining some stupid pop group!

SHIKHA
Why don’t you wait for Gautum to return?

SANJAY
No, he’ll go elsewhere once he’s back. That’s his job you know... that’s how these IT guys earn. One on-site project to another. I remember he told me when he left – 'I’m a special resource for my company now'. It only means they’re scared he’ll leave soon. So they sent him abroad; it’s gonna be tour after tour for him. Plus he’s too much into work now. That passion is missing in him now. You know, these software guys end up being dollar-driven eventually.

SHIKHA
He’s focussed on his career, what’s wrong with that? [Pause] You know Sanjay, I’ve never told you this but, I do feel you need to focus on your career too. You work like a government officer – with your fixed hours and all… Don’t you think you need to be a little aggressive?

SANJAY
Really? Who makes more money between you and me, huh?

SHIKHA
Anyone can earn in banks! I had a 14 lakh offer from a fancy bank, you know it... I took up FMCG at almost half the salary because I was passionate about it.

SANJAY
There you go... passion! That’s the word. My music is my passion, Shikha – you know it. I did my MBA because I needed a backup… something that would pay me enough to get this house and the car and… and those packets of maggi! That’s it!
[Pause] Shikha, I am not passionate about business! I don’t want to be a Mallaya. Morrisson is more like it… you know me! You loved me for being different, for the non-B-schooler that you saw in me, didn’t you? [Silence. He moves closer to her, softer…] Didn’t you?

SHIKHA
Uh, ya! But you know, I’m just concerned. I don’t want you to feel some fifteen years later, that you have wasted your most productive years. I don’t want you to regret this part-time thing of yours.

SANJAY
Ha… In fifteen years, I will be rich n' famous, baby!

[Pause]

SHIKHA
Ya, I hope so!

[Awkward silence]

SANJAY
[Licking his bowl] Shikh... can I have some more maggi?

SHIKHA
Sure!
[Leaves]

Saturday, April 18, 2009

And there is a Saddam Beach in India

A beach named after Saddam Hussein on Kavaratti Island, Lakshadweep...


...I fail to understand why!

Friday, April 17, 2009

A Lakh Islands

This the second awesome Summer for me now.
Last April, I was in Ladakh and now I'm just back from Lakshadweep! :)

We were 16 of us from SP - a tenth of the batch.
Visited the Minicoy and Kavaratti islands. Went scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking et al.
And all under INR 10k!

Here's the trip for you:

Certainly the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen. Got some great shots. Will keep posting them on pykih over the next few days.

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Leaving Home

You know how they say that when you're about to die, you entire life flashes before your eyes?
Well I am about to step out the SP Jain an hour now. And I can see my two years... in a flash!

Today is officially my last day at SPJIMR. That means I'm a student no more.
More importantly, that means that I'll not be seeing those 163 faces I've been seeing each day for the last 2 years.

With a heavy heart and still unable to comprehend all that I'm going to miss, I'll publish this post, put on a shirt and take my packed bags to my car and drive out of the campus one last time.

And I'm not sure if I'm going home or leaving home!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Still very sorry, Mr. Mihir Modi

Remember I told you about those school kids who thought that my hotmail ID belongs to one of their classmates?

Well, it seems they still haven't figured out that I ain't that Mihir Modi. Poor Mihir, I just can't resist damaging his reputation!

Here's my reply to one of their mails today:


On a different note, I'm quite impressed with what they're studying at school. Business graphs et al in class 9? Hmmm....

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Shikha and Sanjay #2

[Sanjay is tossing and turning in bed. Shikha is working on her laptop computer and the noise from her keyboard is too loud for him to sleep]

SANJAY
Can’t you do that tomorrow, Shikh? I’ve got a meeting at 8 tomorrow. I’ll be late if I don’t sleep on time!

SHIKHA
You’re gonna be late anyway. Besides, I’m filing my returns. Doing my accounts.
[Pause]
[Teasingly] I bet you never tally your accounts.

SANJAY
Well, I’m more of an asset, actually.

SHIKHA
Ya, right. So basically you will be written off over the years.

SANJAY
Whatever!
[Turns around. Covers ears with a pillow]
[A minute later, from behind the pillow]

I guess you are capital, then. That explains why you are growing all the time!


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Credit to Hirachna, once again, for creative inputs.

Monday, March 23, 2009

27 percent for this?!

Sigh! All these years of reservations and they still can't tell the difference between a comma and an apostrophe. Hmmm...

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Update: I forgot pointing out that it is a Zonal 'Offfice'. And why they need an All India OBC Railway Employees' association is a completely different question altogether!

...and you eat chicken??!

28 states, 24 official languages, I don't know how many religions...

...there are so many smaller Indias within India, that we develop this compelling urge to assume things about the rest of us based on where they come from, whom they worship and what language they speak.

I particularly get a lot of "You are a Gujarati... and you eat chicken??!" every now and then. Thankfully, I have a few people backing me up:
my extended family is like into eggless cakes...n im into butter chicken :))
said Hirachna, another chicken-eater who has her family tree rooted in Gujarat.

I had once written about how the boundaries are disappearing. I'm glad they are.

Not that I care about the eyebrows that are raised each time I order a hotdog, but I'd really appreciate if I could live in a country when people are looked at as individuals.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Copy/Paste: What's the connection?

The chap sitting next to me noticed the book I had started to read.

“It’s weird,” he says.

What is, I ask him.

“Sarah Joseph is writing on the Ramayana,” he says.

So? I say

“It’s like a brahmin writing on the Bible,” he sums up.

That is weird I tell him.

He nods approvingly.

I say: No, that you think only Hindus can write on and about the Ramayana, is wierd.


Not the country I was promised

This is a brilliant piece by Annie, who regrets how everyone - the media, publishers, art galleries, you and I - have, at different levels, lost belief in our freedom of speech.

In her words,
I am ashamed that we are so quick to bend into terrorised little kowtows, that we prefer to walk around with someone else's nauseous rags stuffed into our mouths. Really, this doesn't feel like the country I was promised. A democratic, sovereign, socialist republic that guaranteed free speech and free expression of ideas. I thought.

Thank god we have blogs then... free speech and expression home delivered via broadband. Let's make good use of it while it lasts!
Nevermind those L K Advani banner ads we see on most of the blogs these days.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

No Parking?

Such is the life here in Bombay :)
Also, it's fascinating how they call it the city that never sleeps.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Shikha and Sanjay #1

SANJAY
Ya… [Looks at her…]
Can I have some maggi??

SHIKHA
Why don’t you go and sleep instead? You’ll eat, keep up till late and be late to office tomorrow, as always!

SANJAY
[Defensively] That's not true! Today was only the second day I’ve been late to work this month…

SHIKHA
…today is the second of October!

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(The story of a couple living The Great Indian Dream: Shikha and Sanjay are both MBAs for a year, married for a year and in love for a little longer than that. I really don't know where their life is headed. Let's see where this goes!)

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Copy/Paste: Five things I didn't know...

One of my friends(I am scared to use this word now) said that the five things he didn't know about me were the names of my
1.First crush
2.Second crush
3.Third crush
4.Fourth crush
5.Fifth crush

Am leaving this for another day though.

Friday, March 13, 2009

It happens only in India!

Seen somewhere in Gujarat:


Next week, I'm gonna start playing in two bands. Think I'll call them Led Floyd and Pink Zeppelin :P

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Thanks to Pradeep, Gunjan and Ravish for agreeing to my crazy idea of driving back two kilometres just to get this picture :)

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Looks like @twitographers clicked well...

I didn't buy those textbooks for nothing!

My scores in History tests back in school were enough to convince me at quite an early age that my memory was far from being photographic. The only alternative, I figured much later, was using a camera.

pykih (my photography blog - you didn't know that?!) started a year and a half ago and I must say I'm happy with the way its turned out. The traffic is good, I am getting appreciation and most importantly, it pushes me to keep clicking good pictures...

@twitographers on TwitterI have recently started a new project on twitter - @twitographers - with the objective of connecting the photographers on twitter.

The response is terrific! I am getting nearly 75% follow-back with 300+ followers in the first three days.

Professionals, amateurs and students; sports, wedding, wildlife, travel photographers and photojournalists; stock photography buyers and sellers; creative consultants, experts and critics... its a very diverse community. Hope something good comes out of it :)


If you are on twitter and are interested in photography, do follow @twitographers.
If you are not on twitter yet, well... good luck living in the caves :P

Saturday, March 07, 2009

Happy Birthday, Mom!

Turns out that March is the month when most people I love were born :)

Friday, March 06, 2009

Happy Birthday, God!

David Gilmour,

You're the greatest source of inspiration for I don't know how many millions, who got their first guitar only with the hope that someday, they'd be able to play like you.

On your 63rd birthday, I pray for a long, healthy and fulfilling life ahead of you.

Keep creating great music. Keep touring for years to come.
(and yes, do include India in your next tour. We love you! :))

You are an icon, DG. A legend. May life always be kind to you.
Shine on!

Monday, March 02, 2009

So Sorry, Mr. Mihir Modi!

I just checked my hotmail account and was surprised to see a series of mails from people I don't know. Turns out some 9th graders from a school are planning a farewell over email and have mistakenly included my id in the list!

My immediate reaction was to write back to those guys about it, but as I was writing back, I thought it would be a lot of fun messing with those guys for a while :D

As I tweeted about how '
I'm damaging some other mihir modi's reputation bigtime', @hthite requested if he could see a sample. Sure!

The Mail:
From: Neha
To: Shruti; Amit; Mihir Modi (the correct address); Mihir Modi (my address)
Subject: business slogan
Date: Mon, 2 Feb 2009 18:19:59 +0530

heyy,
if you'll are using the slogan for anything, you'll should all stick to the same one -

Yeh Lemon Chaska NATKHATAS
Pikar bhujao pyaas

i think the natkhatas should be in caps, cause its the main word in our ad.
and im sorry it sucks. if you can think of anything better, then please tell us!
:)

My reply:
RE: business slogan‏
From: Mihir Modi (*******@hotmail.com)
Sent: 02 March 2009 01:40AM
To: Neha; Shruti; Amit

Neha, that is by far the dumbest slogan I have ever heard of in my life.
You were right, it sucks!


(Names changed, of course!)

There are some more threads where I've just started causing some damage, but considering that today is a Monday and these folks will see each other in school, I see the fun ending soon! :P

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Interviews at SPJIMR - gyaan and guidelines

I've got a few PMs, scraps and mails asking about interviews at SPJIMR.
Here are some broad tips that most of you know but only a few prepare for:

1. Take a lot of time to fill your form (the one that you're sent after getting the call). Also take a lot of time reflecting on both the forms you've submitted. A large part of your interview can be based on your forms.
Don't bluff in your forms... You will be caught during your interview for sure!

2. One thing that will be assessed for sure is your clarity of thought. Be very sure about why you took your decisions so far (education, job etc.) and about what you want to do in the future (why MBA, why SP Jain, specialisation, career focus - immediately after MBA and long-term)

3. Prepare a brief introduction about yourself. Make it crisp and rehearse it well. Also, make sure it has some points of differentiation and gives leads to the interviewer to take the interview further.

4. If you have work experience, know your work well! Details about the industry you are in, your organisation and your personal contribution at work.

5. If you are a fresh graduate, know at least your key subjects well. You may be asked to talk about your favourite subject.

6. Be well-versed with current affairs. That doesn't mean just knowing the news but also having an opinion on what is happening.

Finally, be genuine in your preparation. SPJIMR appreciates genuine and honest people and if you go to the interview with that attitude, it will show for sure :)

All the best!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

What an Idea, Sirji?



I like the new Idea campaign - the one in which a minister takes popular opinion and makes decisions accordingly. It's a brilliant ad for sure. The concept, however, has a flaw - a flaw which arises out of the mindset which equates democracy to voting in all cases.

Democracy is not just by the people, it is also for the people.
As such, it is the responsibility of a democracy, not just to do what is popular, but what is lawfully correct.

The case in point is the Rent Act in Bombay - an Act which should've been abolished long back. No political party has the courage to get rid of the act as it means risking way too many votes.

So let's say AB junior were to send out an SMS in South Bombay asking whether the Rent Act should be done away with. Lakhs of tenants will respond in negative. Some 100 odd landlords, who legally own their houses will compete with little hope to get the property that's legally theirs.

But do we really need the 'Janta ne kaha naa to naa' in this case?
At least that's not democracy. For sure.

Delhi 6 - Post

It's not a very good movie.
But in bits an pieces, all throughout, it is brilliant cinema.

And don't worry, Mr. Mehra. It's ok to miss the target.
Bhagwaan ko sub kuchh allowed hai!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Recession Thoughts - Concluded

All the tweets I've made over the last few days in the Recession Thoughts series.

The context: Placements at one of the top-10 B-Schools in India.
The subject: Someone who is (has always been) dying to do FMCG sales.

Recession Thought #83: I hope I would've joined IRMA - I could've joined an NGO & people would've said "He's following his heart!" :D

Recession Thought #7: I told a Placom rep "FMCG dila de yaar!" - "Soap chaahiye?" I'm asked - inhe kaun bataye, khareedna nahin, bechna hai!

Recession Thought #21: I so wish I had been more attentive during those entrepreneurship lectures!

Recession Thought #94: Pan Parag is an FMCG

Recession Thought #27: Contacted the company I worked with as an engineer. Apparently, now I'm not qualified enough.

Recession Thought #41: Our placement cell is now looking for job opportunities abroad. By abroad, they mean Nepal, Burma and Bangladesh.

Recession Thought #48: I didn't join B-school for fat salaries. My focus has always been on learning.

Recession Thought #26: 6 lakhs ought to be enough for anyone!

Recession Thought #1: Lehman screwed us!

I think I've extracted all the juice I could. And now that I'm placed, I can't gather enough motivation anyway! ;)

So the Recession Thoughts series officially ends here. Hope that the recession ends too. And sometime soon.

(Follow me on twitter)


Friday, February 20, 2009

Copy/Paste: Because Beer is Heavy!


Just couldn't help ROFLing at this one.

(Girls reading this, I'm sorry!) :P

Saturday, February 07, 2009

A Valentine for India

Well it's a marriage of Web 2.0 with a constitution written way back in 1950.

Here's a blog trying to encourage Gandhi style protests to raise voices against moral policing. Turns out, they are planning a peaceful protest on Feb 14th to begin with.

I only hope that Ram Sena activists don't pick up men and women from the group in equal numbers and marry them off!

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My tweet regarding the Ram Sena issue a little earlier:

Ram Sena to marry off dating couples on Valentine's Day - http://is.gd/iA47 - Agar ladki pati, then you're bound to be her pati.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Rang de... Basanti?

I wonder why these right-wingers are referred to as the saffron brigade. For as far as I know, saffron represents sacrifice.

Self-sacrifice.

Copy/Paste: Indianness

'Indian culture' - as defined by the SRS, the RHS, the Bajrang Dal, the Shiv Sena and other saffronites - is also ill-equipped to withstand such onslaughts as young people sending each other Valentine cards. Or couples holding hands in parks. Or girls wearing 'un-Indian' clothes, like jeans or skirts.

Indian culture - if so amorphous and all-encompassing a way of life can be given a single tag - has often been called 'tolerationism': tolerance of difference has always been the essence of what we call Indianness.

(Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Opinion/Editorial/Girls_cant_pub_saala/rssarticleshow/4060478.cms)

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The above are extracts from the editorial opinion in TOI today. The most fitting piece I have read with reference to the interference of the right-wing activists in recent times.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Copy/Paste

A smart-aleck friend told me recently what runs through her mind when people ask her questions:

Your Google’s as good as mine.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Want to replace Pratibha Patil?

I was surprised to see this ad appearing on my blog:

Sure, I was curious enough to click on it.
And here's where I landed! Very cleverly done, I say :)

Why we need more schools?

Simply so that more of us can learn some civics.

Today as the Indian constitution completes 59 years of existence, let's look at three of it's key implications.

How I wish the people involved in the linked stories would have studied these bits of the constitution in school. The least they can do is buy textbooks now and make up for it.

Let's pray those guys can catch up. In the meantime, let's take this opportunity and wish the more responsible citizens a very happy Republic Day!

Morts Sans Sépulture

It's been a year since I played Pandey... I had grown my hair for 2 months or more and was unshaven for some 45 days.

I am so goddamn nostalgic right now and I think its a good time to introduce you to GASP - the Guild of Actors at SP.

GASP was what 23 of us lived for 4 months... hours together, days together, each one of us, working on our lines, the sets, the sound, the props, the marketing bit - to build up the hype and all that goes into making a complete 2-hour play.

And we performed. To an auditorium packed with audience. With people sitting in the aisles.

GASP 2008 adopted Jean-Paul Sartre's "Men Without Shadows". We made our seniors proud. Their "Kamla" by Vijay Tendulkar was equally impressive.

And our juniors made us proud last week, when they gave life to Manjula Padmanabhan's "Harvest"
That is the source of all the nostalgia.

I really wish we could do it again. But GASP happens only once. And that's the beauty of it!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Tweeting in recession

A very interesting potential employer happened to mention that they'd prefer tech-savvy people.

Interestingly, the guy talking to us happened to mention twitter during the talk... 24 hours later, I had 15 new followers from my class on twitter! :)

No signboard here, Sir

After reading this, I am in two minds about retaining my previous post on this blog.

Worried, I approached the Oshiwara police station for advice only to be told that it would be "better" to delete it. Further, they figured that my server is based out of Lahore and therefore does not come under their jurisdiction.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Your friendly neigbourhood...

I have been listening to a lot of Pakistani rock music lately... Jal, Atif, Raeth, Akash, Fuzon et al.
Their music is the second thing I am in awe of. The first is their women - probably the most gorgeous in the world!

I have always wanted to visit Pakistan. For years.
After all, the land is a part of the history we've seen together as India.

I'm sure that the people - most people - on the other side of the border are just like the people out here. I've met a few of them on social networking sites and I don't see a reason why I should think of them as people from an enemy nation.

I wish to witness a better day, when we can visit the country - which once was one with ours - without any doubts or fears. And I wish they could visit us!

SongQuote

The Beatles | How do you do it?
(written by Mitch Murray)
.......................................................

How do you do what you do to me?
I wish I knew,

if I knew how you do it to me
I'd do it to you.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Eat Popcorn

From: Mihir Modi <snip>

ya.
destiny == everything pre-written. absolutely no personal control.

i believe in luck, though
luck == a series of random events in or against your favour.

destiny would, by definition make our lives a realisitic movie with no control - all we can do then, is eat popcorn.


From: Deepan Kapadia <snip>

Mihir Modi,

Do you still believe there is no destiny?

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Copy/Paste

Bravery, #2

Nearly two months after the attacks on Bombay, about 500 of India's most courageous men have, once again, swung into action.

I think they are right. You fight terror most effectively by throwing out the stand-up comedian.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Proving Secularism

Is India Secular?
Let's see...
My friend, Zeyd (a Muslim) sent me this text on December 25th:
"Wish you a Merry Christmas. Jai Shree Krishna"
Hence, proved!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Job = No job!

While discussing placement worries on a mailing list, a very close friend of mine, pissed off with his IT job, sent this brilliant line in:

"...don’t worry.. Being in a job is as big a problem as not
having one
"

Spot on, I say

Nirvana - home delivered.

Sudhirbhai, not known so much for his hostel laundry service as for his sense of humour, has been the source of inspiration for around a tenth of all the batch mails sent out at SP.

When managing the near-perfect supply chain of chaddis starts getting yawn worthy, Sudhirbhai shuffles them better than the best iPods can, always delivering shirts from Bhawani Tailors to Armani loyalists.

But since we all like change so much, Sudhirbhai also decided to do an Obama and invented a new tagging system - now all the tees have room numbers written on them, to ensure dabbawala type accuracy.

So the N, I, R and V of my dear friend Santhosh's Nirvana T-shirt now have his room number Reynoldsed on it for life. And for some reason, I like the new game better!

Sudhirbhai, we sure need original and creative geniuses like you, in a world dominated by the likes of Coldplay. Keep up the good work. Or as they say it, "Here we are now, entertain us!" :D

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Delhi 6 - Pre

I don't see too much TV these days, thanks to my crazy schedule and the fact that I live in a hostel 5 to 6 days a week.

Just saw Delhi 6 promo yesterday... and the movie looks really good.
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra gave us Rang De Basanti, which arguably is one of the finest movies of our times. Just can't wait to see what he's got next! :)

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Who died?

Times of India does an Aaj Tak once again...

Got this one on the TOI website today. I'm still wondering who died?

(Thanks Manav, for pointing this out!)

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Thank you, Mihir!

I did myself a big favour today: I saw Slumdog Millionaire!