Sunday, December 02, 2012


The world likes dreamers. And it likes people who live their dreams. Long vacations. Beach holidays. Adventures. Backpacking trips. Quitting jobs. Chasing passions. It is a good thing dreaming. 

And then there are the the others. Boring, dull, ordinary. Worrying. Bills. Home loans. Babies, Medical bills. Saving. Hoping.

We may not like non dreamers but the world certainly needs them.

Friday, August 17, 2012


Every year this day, for the last few years, I'd send out a mail to a friend, wishing him on his birthday. The next day, he would reply back wishing me on my birthday. This one time I was going through a particularly bad phase, I decided not to send the mail, what is the point, I thought. The next day, he wished me all the same. I felt terrible. This tradition continued, the same message, same reply....until I married him. We used to think it was cool to have birthdays on consecutive days, he still thinks so, but I am bit jealous the attention is off me, August is now about 'our' birthdays rather than just mine. But then it is nice to have someone turn old along with you at the same time.

Anyway, around the time we got married, he stopped reading my blog (he stopped reading all blogs), so I had email notification set up to send my posts to his inbox. This message is for him -> Happy Birthday! Have fun!

Saturday, June 30, 2012

To be a kid again..

After I read the most depressing book* ever I decided to read children's books and books for young adults, all those books that I missed out reading as a kid.

After some research, online shopping and browsing through scores of dusty books at Blossoms I bought a few. While I enjoyed most of them it was very difficult to get rid of my cynicism when reading them. Perils of being a grown up.

Anyway here is the list
1. Divorce express - Paula Danzinger - Was looking for some other book by the same author but found only this. Adolescence, boys, know the works.
2. Are you there God? It's me Margaret by Judy Blume - Again, one of those growing up books. Cute.
3. Julie of the wolves by Jean Craighead George- This one is heart warming and sad and somewhat hard to believe, life of a little girl in alaska.
4. Lemony Snicket's A series of unfortunate events Book 1  - The bad guy leaves a baby in a cage hanging from a tower. . Uggh.
5. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli - Loved this book the best, reminded me of the many stargirls I've known.
6. Charlie and the chocolate factory by Roald Dahl - I haven't seen the movie, this is one book that made me hungry all the time. I even stocked my fridge with chocolates when reading this. But I couldn't help feeling sorry for the other four kids, I mean wonder why they didn't sue Willy Wonka.

Also discovered that I no longer have the patience to read Enid Blyton :(. (at least the mysteries, I still love Mallory Towers)

*The most depressing book ever was Rohinton Mistry's - A fine Balance. It is a book of genius no doubt but it just has too much misery packed into one book. I'd still recommend it but with the warning that it will make you sad. Very very sad. 

Monday, May 07, 2012

Aamir and his show

The man.
I have been a fan of Aamir khan for as long as I can remember and he is the only actor I have ever worshiped. I loved lagaan, DCH and I loved TZP. But something changed around that time. On screen, his acting became strained (3 idiots has to be his worst movie ever). Off screen he seemed to turn cocky, a ‘Mr. Know it all’. I couldn’t stand his Incredible India ads, when did he turn so self-righteous? Even in the satyameva jayathe song (which is brilliant btw) where he travels all over India meeting people, he seems so fake! He is intelligent, well read, versatile and talented no doubt, I don’t mean to offend his fans, just that I stopped being one.

His show.
I turned off the TV once when they started showing visuals of a harassed wife. I turned it on again soon but after an hour I switched off for good. I had to dry my clothes.
The show is not ground breaking by any means. Have you never seen Oprah? (I like Oprah better because she gives away goodies to the audience). Like Rajdeep Sardesai tweeted 'Satyamev Jayate very good: Zindagi live, Real Heroes, India Positive, Citizen Journalist with Aamir as anchor! What more can one ask for!'. Plenty of such shows, except no body watches them. I like the fact that it is aired on DD and in all languages. Like they say, it has its 'heart' in the right place.
It is interesting however to see all the reactions on twitter and facebook, opinions and people outraging over these opinions…

You must be a cynical, worthless citizen if you don’t like the show – yeah right!

Aamir vs Amitabh/SRK/Salman, they did meaningless game shows, while he is talking about social issues – why belittle the work of other actors?

He married twice so he is a bad human, hence we must not watch his show – Err, why bring his personal life here?

We are bringers of change because we send sms and solve issues – Reminds me of the Anna Hazare movement where people patted themselves on their backs for forming human chains while they conveniently continued to bribe cops, cheat with taxes etc.

Aamir is minting money – what's wrong about that?

I hope there is no outrage about this post. In any case how does it matter? Female foeticide is a serious issue. The facts and statistics shown were depressing. There will be more such issues, issues we always knew existed. What can we do about it, what has changed now? Will I watch the show again? Maybe, maybe not.

Saturday, May 05, 2012

Very amateurish but I am quite proud of it. To start with I was not happy with the shape of the canvas, but this was the only one they had at staples. I haven't used oil paints much so chose a simple theme..although I started without planning much. Initially I painted only the water and sand but it turned out too plain, so I brought in the forest. The left side remained empty so I drew the boat. It still has a lot of empty space but I didn't know what to do with it. I like oil paints because you don't have to worry about getting it right the first time unlike water colours where one wrong move can ruin it. On the downside, it requires a lot of patience and can get messy. My ipad, phone, laptop all have traces of paints. I wonder if I can finally claim 'painting' as my hobby.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

In the summer time...

Every year around this time I declare my love for summer only to get angry or confused reactions asking me if something was wrong with me. But I don't understand, what is not there to love! I know it is hot (I am cooped up in an AC chamber all day) and that there is no power most of the times and no water and...ok, lot of things wrong, but if you can ignore those, it is the best time of the year! The mornings smell delicious, the yellow and purple flower dust on the roads, the wide variety of fruits in the market, the various options to beat the heat and of the course the memories of summer holidays! Winter makes me lethargic and sick, the rain makes me cranky..the sun kinda makes me smile.

So there. I am not crazy, if its too hot for you, turn on the fan.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Norwegian wood

So I finished reading Norwegian wood. Crazy, sad and sexy love story...yet by Murakami standards not so crazy after all!
Oh and the previous post, neat, no? As soon as I read what Midori said, Hermione's spoon comment popped into my head. I like when such things happen, finding connections between characters, dialogs, story-lines. This is why reading is so much fun. Speaking of connections, Midori also happens to say that famous line from Forrest Gump - Life is a box of chocolates. As to who used it first here is a nice post I found.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Plates and spoons

'You're about as sensitive as a steel plate.' - Midori to Toru in Norwegian wood.

'Just because you've got the emotional range of a teaspoon doesn't mean we all have'. Hermione to Ron in HP 5.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Guilt free

How wonderful it would be if one could lead life guilt free. And I don't mean committing a heinous crime and not worrying about it. I mean the simple things. Guilty about not doing enough for the family, not being able to spend time with friends, not having enough time for yourself, not doing justice at work...

The ideal situation would of course be, doing all those things you want to. Next best would be to not feel any guilt at all.