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Archive for February, 2008

The Death Tag

Alright, I slack from posting anything real, but there’s her and quite frankly, I have nightmares about her whacking the crap out of me if I don’t do my pending tag. So, I might actually be back with a Death-Tag, only, I’ll actually be dead!

I am supposed to be talking about a near-death experience. (Un)fortunately, I have nothing too dramatic to talk about. So I’m going to talk about the accident I was in last year.

It happened about June last year. My professor had assigned something to me at the last minute and I had to get to lab on a Sunday. Satish was being very nice to me and agreed to drop me off because of the crappy bus system on a Sunday during summer break. We started from home and we decided to connect the new iRiver FM transmitter that I had bought as a gift for him. I was playing around with it, trying to figure out the controls and trying to connect it to the MP3 player. We turned on Suydam St and before I knew what was happening, I felt this humongous crashing impact, I heard a “crack!” sound and I saw the glass shattering. I saw the airbag deploy, it was a beautiful pista-green color and the fumes coming from it were strangely smoky. I sat there, dazed, strapped to my seat. My brain was telling me to get out before the fumes killed me, but I felt unable to move.

Suddenly, it occurred to me that Satish might be injured too. I looked at him and he was getting out of the car, I saw blood in his mouth as he was speaking to me, trying to make sure I was ok. He pulled me out of the car and I started crying. I do not know why, all I knew was that my playing with the FM transmitter was somehow connected to the fact that he was left without a car. I looked at the impact, which was on the passenger side because of having crashed into a parked SUV. All I could think of were the innumerable times we had all ridden in his car, gone shopping, gone to Long Island to attend the A R Rehman show, the look on his face when he first bought the car, his disbelieving incredulity when I made him go to the temple and get a puja done… and now the look of utter despair on his face because I, stupid me gave him the FM transmitter which played a big role in him being distracted enough to lose control of the car.

I sat there, where – I do not know and cried into the arms of a wonderful African American lady, who comforted me and kept telling me how it wasn’t my fault and it felt even worse because I knew, really, it was all my fault. It was then that I got a full look at the damage. And that was the moment when my entire life passed before my eyes, I knew that if I had survived a crash like that, God must like me a little. I said a silent prayer then and reinforced my belief in a supreme being in control of things.

The ambulance was here, the sound was giving me a pounding headache. People had gathered around and I saw cops. The paramedics got out of the ambulance and started checking me up. It was then that I realized that I was injured. I felt a burning sensation, all over my hands and face. My cheekbone was hurt and paining. My right knee had hit the glove compartment and had swollen to an enormous size. One of the paramedics strapped an extremely uncomfortable cast around my neck to prevent any neck injury. I was then wheeled into the ambulance and for the very first time in my life I traveled in a position that wasn’t upright.

I will not go into any recounts of my lying-in-the-hospital-thinking-about-the-error-of-my-ways stories, but it is suffice to say that I was made to go through a bunch of tests and pronounced shaken up but A-ok. I was given very strong painkillers and sent home. At this juncture, I must mention that I am blessed with the best friends ever. Satish, Gayatree, Guru, Ze Bee, Sankar, Rohit, Teda, Pooja, Harsh.. were all at the hospital and with me and that made such a big difference. Seeing Gayatree cry that day probably made me realize how much these people love me and how much I love them in turn. Even though Pallavi and Vikas weren’t at the hospital, just seeing them at home made it all so much easier.

I have never seen Satish cry, but I think he came as close to crying as he could that day. He really misses his car. I’m sorry.

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The T20 Game…

Haha, gotcha! It’s just a tag. From her. Long pending tag. She’s actually making plans to poison me when I see her!

1. Name Three Most Valuable Assets?
– Humor
– Intelligence
– Knowledge of your strengths and weaknesses

2. If you have the chance, what would you probably say to your beloved one?
You have no idea what you mean to me. 🙂

3. If you were to be stranded on a deserted island, who are the 3 blog buddies you would take with you?
– Rayshma: Well, not only do I think she’s wicked 😀 (a la me), she also wished to hear me sing. So if it comes to survival of the fittest on the deserted island, I believe I can easily murder the other three. 😛
– Prashanth: Well, he needs to bring his Mom’s cookbook and I’m sure some of her talent is sure to have rubbed off on him. He cook, I clean, we all happy, life simple.
– UberT: Just because I can embarrass the crap out of him.

4. Where is the place that you want to go the most?
Tough call between French Polynesia, Bolivia and the Norwegian fjords..

5. If you can have 1 dream to come true, what would it be?
To have a job that I simply love doing, without ever having to get bored or disinterested.

6. Till now, what is the moment that you regret the most?
I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my life, but none of which I regret because they’ve made me learn a lot of things. The only thing that I do regret is having quit learning classical music.

7. What are you afraid to lose the most?
The drive to do good work. I’m rapidly losing it already.

8. What would you do if you found a briefcase full of money?
Depends on how much I need the money then.

9. If you meet someone that you love, would you confess to him/her?
No.

10. List out 3 good points of the person who tagged you…
Rayshma:
– great sense of humor
– smart
– very hospitable! 😛

11. What are the requirements that you wish from your other half?
Hmmm… What can I say, I don’t think I can ever find someone who has EVERYTHING I ask for, but some of these would definitely attract me to him:
– Intelligence
– Sense of humor
– Bibliophilia
– Angliophilia
– Modesty
– His general demeanor has to be polite and gentlemanly.
– He has to be able to respect me for who I am.

12. Which type of person do you hate the most?
Liars, hypocrites, boorish, uncouth people, people who don’t read, people who can’t speak English, people who are insensitive and cannot appreciate the power of words/actions/gestures, people who have attitude problems, vain and conceited people, people who simply “don’t get it”, just.. people.

13. What is your ambition?
To be a professor someday.

14. What is the thing that will make you think someone is a bad person?
When someone simply refuses to see another’s point of view and continues to judge them based only on what they know and believe.

15. What is the one thing you would change about yourself?
I would like to be less impulsive and emotional.

16. Are you a shopaholic or no?
No.

17. What is your stress buster?
Hot chocolate and rain.

18. What should be done to people who make such long tags..
Make sure you’re not tag-married to them?

19. Do you think God actually exists?
I would not believe or disbelieve altogether something I have not seen or felt.

*replaced question*
20. If you could change one thing about this world what would it be?
Make sure every child in the world has the same level of education and living conditions as any other.

Rules: Remove 1 question from the tag and add your personal question. Make it a total of 20 questions, then tag people in your list, list them out at the end of this post. Notify them that he/she has been tagged.

I am tagging Prashanth and Sudipta (sorry, guys, everyone else has done this already!) to take this up. 🙂

The Blog is Dying…

… or so you’d think. Not yet. Not just yet.

My experience with Jodhaa Akbar

Disclaimer: This is NOT a movie review.

We went to watch the movie last night. It’s a beautiful movie, everyone MUST watch it in the theater, because of the grand scale that the movie is in. I’m not talking Sanjay Leela Bhansali, but it’s still worth a watch in the theater. Admittedly, Ashutosh Gowariker needs some 101 lessons in editing, but overall, I liked and enjoyed the movie because it is so very different from the usual trash that Bollywood churns out every week. It’s a sensitive and intelligently made movie, placing emphasis on Jalal’s impulsive-innocent character (played to perfection by Hrithik Roshan) and Jodhaa’s courageous nature (only Aishwarya can execute those looks-of-burning-hatred scenes) and wins one’s heart. Of course, the last half an hour was completely pointless, and all he had to do was get rid of the silly conquering Hindustan and treachery sequences and he would have had a winner on his hands. But you cannot make a period film and get away without showing any war/dueling sequences, so that can be put away as giving in to commercial demands.

My main issue with yesterday’s movie is that I wish people would watch movies with a more open outlook. I went there in a gang of about 7 people, and save 2 (one of them being me) none of them seemed to get the point of the movie. They just sat there and made fun of the language, the costumes, the location, just about everything that made the movie enjoyable. They laughed throughout the movie and made contrived jokes that weren’t even funny. If the same movie had been made in Hollywood, they would have shut their traps and not said a word throughout the movie. Why is it that they cannot accept that a period film made in India, can actually have some class?

They all claim to be intelligent people, but nothing from their behavior last night displayed any of the so-called smartness that they so proudly seem to have on display all the time. Why is it that when a sequence shows Akbar’s impulsive, carried-away-by-the-moment nature by showing him (royalty) to be dancing amongst the khwajas, my friends cannot understand the implication and make fun of the scene as being pointless and irrelevant? Does everything have to be laid out clearly? And yet they claim that their intelligence was insulted when in another sequence something simple was explicitly mentioned for the masses to understand?

And it wasn’t even just the movie. We went to have dinner afterwards and people had issues with the food too. I mean, being able to get Indian food in an alien country is a big deal and here people have problems. They kept complaining that the food sucked and how it was so much better at another place, simply ruining my appetite right when we started. I personally would never complain about food, unless it was simply abominable. I would never curse food as being f***al because it is food, and you are about to eat it. It may have been better someplace else, their mom would obviously have made it better, there may be tomato puree in there, but it would do everyone some good if they just learned to shut their mouths and keep such strong opinions about anything to themselves, especially when they’re in a group and others may have different opinions about the food and/or the food may really not have been as bad as they made it out to be, but just because of their constant complaining everyone else started believing it was bad too.

I think it has everything to do with attitude and learning about public decorum. People really need to learn not to voice their opinions about every single thing that they may or may not like. There may be people like me, who wouldn’t want to pick an argument in public, but would be affected by others’ opinions nonetheless. They need to take care that the company they are in may not like that they have problems with everything. They need to have an open outlook towards anything that they may be trying, be it food, watching a movie, anything. And if they still have a bad opinion about something, they should refrain from complaining all the time, and let others have their peace. If everyone learned a little bit about social behavior, such outings could be so much more enjoyable.

Umm…

Happiness is a fickle thing. And has extremely unreliable causes. And is indescribably transient.

Today's WTF

I mean, really!

Of cocks and balls

Don’t start thinking UberT’s prediction of The Galadriel Porn Blog is coming true!

Just wondering if this would ever happen to cricket due to a loss of balls.