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]

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!

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

Well, I’m more of an asset, actually.

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

[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!

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...

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

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

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

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

…today is the second of October!

(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

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

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 (*******
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