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.