So one of the times when our end-term exams were approaching, my friend and I decided to do some no-nonsense combined studies. Obviously, the first 2 hours of motivated learning gave way to serious discussions about our Facebook timelines. Eventually, that led to a stupid game.. We took turns showing each other people on our friend list from the opposite sex who we think the other will find hot :P
While I ran out of “hot” girl friends after the first five or so, my friend was continuously belting out profiles of his guy friends. Each time exclaiming, “Ohoho! You’re gonna like this guy!” or “Yeaaa!! and check this guy out!” After the first eight guys, I figured that he found the cheat code to my definition of hotness! It was mostly guys with a moustache and a pair of spectacles!
Now that I pen it down, it sounds mighty weird to me.. Spectacles.. They do give a grave look to one’s countenance. My friend who has no eye problem will agree. He wears his pair of zero-power glasses only when the occasion calls for a “professional look”. And I end up making sure everyone around knows that he’s faking it. Whoever thought eye glasses would become a pure accessory today?!
But my fancy for moustaches is probably because of my roots in Mallu-land (Kerala), my dad has one, so do most of my uncles. Most of the men I admired growing up, sported them. And it’s crazy in Kerala, men do a hair transplant just so they can grow back their whiskers, lost because they had an accident around their lips.
So well, if you’re thinking this.. No no no.. Don’t expect me to give you a welcome smile if you come to me looking like this, and hurl a line like, “Hi sexy, I’m specksy!” Sorry, it don’t work that way :D
The other day, I was chatting with my friend who’s part of the student body that handles our college PR. About how our college twitter handle needs to be revived, how there are little/no updates, whereas such a lot of interesting stuff keeps happening every other day! And since I’ve been nagging him with this for months now, and he hasn’t done anything about it, I was surprised when he said, “Chal, I’ll give you the twitter handle responsibility if you answer this question. What’s your twitter follower to following ratio as of now.”
Errm.. you can go ahead and do the math for me.. But it’s not thaaaat great. You know I can cheat, and make it better by following fewer people. But why should I do that? There are so many interesting people to follow, I’d rather screw up my twitter ratios (whatever that means :P ) than have a dull, slow-moving twitter TL. The most awesome tweeple being The Fraud Mallu, God, Niki and Gabbar singh among others.
Or I can also be part of this twitter scam called “Team Follow Back” which would hurt real real bad, ‘cause it’s against my life principles to be pushy, you see *winks* So if you’re one of those interesting people I’ve been stalking on twitter and one fine day you get a follow from me, I don’t expect you to follow me back. Just so you know :)
I take your leave with some chakhnas of twisdom as you dunk down your glass of brandy this night.. In Uncle Sam’s words..
Dear future employer,
Please take note. I’m happiest and most productive at work when I’m sitting in shorts, cross-legged on a comfortably cushioned seating. Also, give me co-workers with a decent sense of humour, unselfish and food-loving. Let me work from home 5 days a month.
That should be it.
Everyday for the past couple of months, I’ve been waking up with these numbers in my head.. 4,13,49,51,52,74.. Switching between these music channels, with a cuppa tea in my hand my beeeautiful mornings would begin to a musical start! So here goes my favourite songs that’ve been playing on music channels this summer.. (Caution: This post requires you to know to be literate in Hinglish.)
“Imported Kamariya” - Shanghai Apart from Emraan’s deadly batteesi-flaunting smile, this song is a memorable take-away from the film.
“Paani Da” - Vicky Donor Yes, you could debate why this song is so hyped, but moi loves it! Movie toh okay hai, but I’m also drooling over Yaami’s cheeks :P Bus uski voice bhi girlie hoti toh it would be perfect!!
“Pareshaan” - Ishaqzaade Googled for the costume designers of Ishaqzaade, some Varsha-Shilpa. Loved Parineeti’s sexy netaji-style overcoat in this movie, and her Mohammedan-style salwar kameezes. Inspired I stitched two pairs. If you know me, you’d know that seeing me in Salwar-kameez is a John-Terry-scoring-a goal kinda rarity. But dear Varsha-Shilpa what’s with the matching clothes the lead pair would wear? Back in the days, t’was cute when kid twins would wear the same patterned clothes. But even lovers? Really? Oh, by the way she/he has some thanking to do, for this trend was set way back in 2003 when this ROFL song was shot in Mollywood.
“I am a hunter” - Gangs of Wasseypur I’ve been trying to perfect the moves of the guy who breaks into a jig in front of the truck, but in vain. Aviators pehna toh bhi nahi ho raha!! And yes, the song is very very p(f)unny! Indeed.
“Mukhtasar” & “Mere Dil ko Uff” - Teri Meri Kahaani Shahid’s dimpled smile, Priyanka’s pumped up lips. Oooh.. Aaah.. Aladdin’s sweetheart and PiggyChops (Ewwww!) have similar features. Oh and let’s just declare time-machine movies flops, hai na? But, Sajid-Wajid ke gaane are good..
“Tumhi ho bandhu” & “Daaru desi” - Cocktail A threesome not in a vicious-love-circle? Chalo kuch toh alag hai. Gaane toh ekdum jhakaass..
“It is summer” - Oceania Dad & bro would sit religiously every day since the Euro began and this tune would be playing in the background. Who knew Oceania before this song. Band ka bada bhala hua..
“Pungi” - Agent Vinod The Sony Mix prelude to this song describes best all that I feel about this hatke song! In fact I’d even delay leaving for office till I heard this song atleast once. If Mika’d be judged by the joy his songs bring to people, he’d be one of the first Indians to zoom straight to heaven, ofcourse after Baba Sehgal :P
Bas, now back to a year more of “studying” in God’s favourite B-School here in Goa. Actually not, he won’t be too happy with some of the stuff that happens here ;) #kthnxbai
‘Tis that first quarter of the financial year and I call it the “love” quarter. With people updating their status from “Single” to “It’s complicated”, and all your crushes getting married (okay, there should be an upper limit on crushes one can have !!), and in some cases folks at home decide it’s time to marry their son/daughter away..
Well, with all this love in the air, I’m sure a lot of single folks want something to laugh about, or better still laugh AT all of this! Uncle Cyrus Broacha comes to the rescue..
So week on week people write in to him with all sorts of relationship problems and he offers some serious no-nonsense advice. With the kind of stuff people are facing in their life, read on with a pinch khus-khus on those Piri Piri fries! Great combination, I tell you..
Mr. Santosh wrote -
“I am 33 and I have had a crush on a colleague for the last four years. Three years ago, I offered to marry her, but she refused, saying she is Kannada and I am Malayali. We have been friends since then. While coming to work, she always commutes with another colleague who is also my good friend. Last year she told me she’s getting married and to keep this news to myself. Recently, a third colleague saw her putting her hand on the shoulder of this friend of mine. When asked, she said she was feeling giddy. Last weekend, my colleagues again saw her talking to my friend in a corner, like a couple. When I again asked her, she gave me excuses. Now my friend has stopped talking to me. After the incident I’m feeling cheated and I don’t even eat properly. My mom and cousin’s wife know about this. Please help.”
Uncle Cyrus replied -
“Santosh, there are too many people involved in your question. It’s made me feel giddy. And thanks to your question I’m on painkillers. Suffice to say, when a woman says she’s feeling giddy, it could mean many things, like for instance she’s mad over that particular boy and he makes her feel giddy. Madonna wrote about this in her song ‘Like a virgin…’ or was it ‘Papa don’t preach…’ I can’t quite remember. But let me assure you . Madonna used to make me feel giddy. In all probabilty, she likes this guy, so face up to it, and for God’s sake start eating or you will feel giddy.”
So go ahead, treat yourself to a day of crappy advices given to people with crappier love problems.. Here..
P.S.: There’s a fake Cyrus doing the rounds of twitter timelines. But, all he does is retweet other-people’s jokes. Even Omar Abdullah got tricked into believing it’s him. Show some originality, fake Cyrus.. Learn from Satan Bhagat!
You’re handed a birthday card of a friend to write a personalised message, and you almost reflexively end it with a “Keep Smiling” signature, don’t you? So do I!
Amy Lee in the superbly composed song “Lithium” talks about her sadness addiction. She wants to “stay in love with her sorrow” (Ironic?!), ‘cause it’s been her mate for a long time. Well, if you haven’t heard this song you should youtube it right away! Try and get lost in what she’s trying to say, and of course, in the beauty of her rich voice! It’s one of those songs, the more you listen to, the more you get what she’s trying to convey, and you might probably even see yourself in her.
Have you ever spotted pain in the eyes of your neighbour? I sometimes see sorrow in the chirpy face of a friend. And so many times, in the smile of the cleaning women who comes to our college. Sometimes in the faces of funkily dressed college students waiting at the bus stop. At times even in the gaze of a white-collared gentleman seated in a sparkling Merc!
Sadness, like death is a leveller that binds us all together. You just can’t be happy high all the time! And no, pondering over your troubles keeps you in touch with the fact that life is bitter-sweet for not just you but even those around you. That one big blow (or many small ones) life has given you, sure brought with it humility. If it hasn’t happened to you yet, pray that it does soon! Haha :D.. Sorrow, we do not fear you :D
Goa Institute of Management had the privilege of hosting some amazing music talent, the likes of sitarist Ravi Chary, tabla player Satyajit Talwalkar, percussionist Gino Banks, bassist Sheldon Silva, singer-keyboardist Sangeet Haldipur of Channel [V] Popstars Aasma fame, and his singer wife Anusha Mani and that too for free!!, or so say the organisers :). The show started in our very own open air amphitheatre (one of a kind!) at 7:30pm, long after the decided 6pm. But then come on, a music concert in broad daylight? Naaah! :). The night brings with it beauty.
We students put up a prelude performance. We were treated to the brilliant-is-not-the-word music talent at GIM. Guitarists, drummers, vocalists, they’re all here at GIM pursuing their MBA. A hilarious mimicry performance was put up by two of the 2nd year students impersonating students and professors alike.
Anyway, 2 hours after our performance the music pundits stepped on stage. Our college vocalists Nandini & Lara, and Sangeet & Anusha rendered the song vocals.
The atmosphere at the time was filled with cheers, claps, aaaand the aroma of the kebabs, Chinese dishes that were being readied in the food court behind the amphitheatre! It was the first time ever that our college hosted a food festival!
For me the best part of the evening was the half hour musical conversation between all the instruments, just them, no vocals whatsoever! We were all spellbound in that time! Claps were not enough to show our appreciation. Sometimes claps just can’t convey it. Silence does it better. I don’t know if you guys noticed, in the jamboree there was a time that lasted for about 5 minutes when there was a long stretch of silence in the audience. I lost myself for a few moments. Ravi Chary’s fingers dancing on the sitar strings! Gino juggling his drumsticks! And Satyajit’s mind bogglingly controlled and super-fast taps on the tabla! Whattay performance!
One of the guys was so overwhelmed by their performances that he came onto the stage and touched Sangeet Haldipur’s feet. Err… Maybe it was more under the influence of an overdose of Heineken, or was it the Sula wines? (a wine-tasting session was in progress at the premise too!) But, whatever!, Sangeet is one talented singer and keyboardist.
At the end of it all, I found myself dragging my feet to get an autograph of Ravi Chary. The piece of paper is trash now, but immortalised on Twitter! Not to forget quite a few girls had this tiny-winy crush on Sangeet Haldipur ;). Talented fellow, charming personality. So what if he’s short??
19th January, a day we will never forget! Thanks Lara & Nandini for organising this with such passion & perfection!! You’ve given us another reason to love GIM..
P.S.: A lot of hands & minds have worked on making Inception as big as it has turned out to be! Helping out was a privilege to say the least.
That’s Malayalam for “Aren’t you my dear child? You’re my sweetie pie, no?” Ever since childhood days, I’ve been hearing these words from my parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts.. Flattering.. Very flattering.. All through school you’re pampered like crazy. Even now when I’m 23 I hear my mum say it over the phone as a conversation-closer, “I’m old enough to get married, mummy!” :P Well, I took these flattering words to heart and they’ve worked like a double-edged sword on me.
I fondly remember the love my father showered on us, the most precious in his eyes. Even as I write this my heart is full of fond memories of those days. Even today his love remains the same. I’m ever grateful. He makes me feel like I’m a queen, born to take over the world. And I’m sure every parent does that.
But on the other hand, this lavish expression of affection towards us kids has this fallout. Every failure that comes your way disappoints you more than it should. A rejection makes you feel like an outcast. You give up even before the battle has begun.
Of course life has its own way of shaking you out of your dreams, your misconceptions. And in those times, you wish you weren’t showered so much love. You wish you were brought up the hard way. You wish you had tasted poverty, defeat, struggle earlier on. But, that is the very beauty of life! Just like there’s no one else who looks like you on earth (Yes, doppelgangers are myths :) ), a different picture is painted with each life..