Saturday, November 24, 2007

What the signs say...

Yes, it has been long since I have put up a sign story post, here is one I found in Bermuda

Found in a bar...

Monday, November 19, 2007


The weekend saw us at the lovely Om beach :)
A 12 hour bus ride from Bangalore turned out to be a 15 hour ride, with the bus breaking down and we having to change buses to reach the temple town of Gokarna (in coastal Karnataka). An 8 kilometre auto ride from Gokarna saw us at Om beach.
The coast contains quite a few beaches (Kudle, Om, Paradise, Half Moon and Long beach) and is lined with shacks.
We stayed at one such shack right by the beautiful beach, the evening was wonderful and a couple of mats, candles, and a clear starry night above made the night absolutely sublime.
We hired boats to get to the other beaches for breakfasts, lunches and dinners. All in all a wonderful weekend getaway :)

here are some pictures (I am partial to sunset pictures as you may notice)


Above the tumult and the strife,
I hear the music ringing;

It sounds an echo in my soul
How can I keep from singing?

- Pete Seeger

Sunday, November 11, 2007


I have stayed in Bangalore almost all my life, on a call recently, I was asked
"you don't seem to be used to talking in Marathi" :-|
Well, I am used to talking in Marathi, I speak it everyday. Yes I wont talk like People would in Bombay.
So what if I have a different Marathi accent? - have I criticized your English accent?
So what if my grammar is not perfect? - I do not intend to write prose or poetry in Marathi anytime soon.

Next time I am going to turn around and ask,
"How come you don't speak,read or write in Kannada, Konkani or English, as well as I do?"

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Pin-up Board

Got myself a piece of Thermocol, and made an instant pin-up board, put up some of my most treasured pictures and I like the result :D

Random Post

Last night lighting crackers at a friends place, reiterated my recent resolution that the fun one gets lighting crackers is just not worth the smoke and intense noise generated.
There was a time when I used to get bags full of crackers, so many that they would last the entire Diwali stretch and be available for celebrating Indian victory in cricket matches.
But since then I have limited myself to crackers that emit the least amount of sound or smoke.

I watched the movie 'American Beauty' and I think it sucks big time, reminds me of a quote
"All you need is for one person to think you're cool, and you're in. Everyone else will be scared to question it."
Pathetic movie with not one plus point, I have been a huuuuge fan of Kevin Spacey until I watched this movie, I see him in a weird new light now.

But I guess I live in an age where a "Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham" kind of movie with all its opulence scores over the brilliance and subtlety of a "Swades" (One of my all time fav movies)

Also this Diwali has ushered in a wave of changes, (all for the best as always), For the first time in my entire life, I am thinking of next Diwali (as in thinking almost a year ahead, I normally never try and look beyond the next weekend)

Cloing my random post with wishes for a wonderful, environment friendly and safe Diwali ahead!

Thursday, November 08, 2007


I realise so many people judge you by the books you read,

"ooooooh Sidney Sheldon, thats so childish"

"Ooooh you dont read Harry Potter? saaad"

"What!? you prefer Terry Pratchett over Douglas Adams? who is Pratchett!?"

These so called generalities change from place to place, I went over to Barnes and Nobles with a friend cos I had promised to gift her a book.

I was looking for GK Chesterton's Father Brown, but our pals at B&N had not heard of it :-|
(I am sure they would know who wears what underpants in Gryffindor)
Finally I decided to get her the Bartimaeus Trilogy, We looked up and down all over the place and finally realised that hey! the books are in the kids section
8-12 year old to be precise.

Now this was a shocker to me! to see the book I have been presently reading in the kids section! siiigh well I enjoy the series anyways, do read the trilogy if you get a chance, very Pratchetty in nature.

p.s: its cheaper to watch a movie twice in a good theatre than to buy a book in the US. Not nice.
I got pearl jewelery for the same price I spent on a couple of books! Thank GOD for places like Blossoms here.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

I may not act my age, but do I at least look my age?

On a recently concluded trip to the land of "Life Liberty and Pursuit of happiness" (I am trying hard not to laugh :-|), I happened to visit the very American "Applebee's Grill".

Now as we were waiting to be seated, my roving gaze fell upon a bunch of colourful crayons, I asked the waiter if I could get some and he happily gave me 4 of them (one of each colour).

So we were seated and it being a Friday evening, I decided to partake in some alcoholic beverage.

Out came a pretty little waitress to get our orders

She: "What can I get for you honey?"
Me: "I would like a Long Island Iced Tea please, make it strong"
She(Giving me one long hard look) : May I have some age proof
Me: I don't have age proof on me, but hey I am 25! (my friends nodded in agreement too)
She(with a wicked grin): Sorry, you look 15ish to me
Then it was the turn of her roving gaze to fall upon the crayons in my hand (bad timing)
She: ah crayons eh? here you wont get any alcohol tonight, what you will get is a colouring book
and she gave me a bl**dy colouring book!

I ordered a Chocolate milkshake, coloured in some of the psychopathic looking animals in the colour book and when she came back to get our main course orders,
handing back the colouring book I proclaimed
"You see I cannot order any food, its against my religion to eat without drinking alcohol!"

She laughed at this and I left

1 month down the line,
I landed at the same restaurant again (for the record: much against my wishes) without my age proof again :(
This time my friends promised we would get a table somewhere in a remote corner.
And a remote corner we did get!
I did not even glance at the crayons and was acting all adult when, lo behold! who comes to take our order?
The same pretty waitress!

Me (attempting to hide my face): Err an Apple Martini please
She: Ah you are the same chap who was sulking last time because you did not get that drink!

I wont go into the conversation that ensued, all I can say is they make good Chocolate Milkshakes there and hey! a milkshake is any day better than an Apple Martini or a Long Island Ice Tea! eh?

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Nikola Tesla

I recently watched Christopher Nolan's "The Prestige", and one character that stuck in my mind was that of Nikola Tesla (played by David Bowie), I decide to read up on Tesla only to realise that Tesla was not a fictional character but existed in real life.
Tesla apparently was the uncredited inventor of the Radio, and kicked Elvis Edison's A** many a time over the AC v/s DC "War of the Currents"

Having worked for Edison and having been cheated by Edison, Tesla still rose to become one of the worlds greatest scientist.
I had never heard of him before, I wonder how many of us have? and I also wonder how many such greats have been overshadowed by their more media friendly contemporaries...

Songs in my head

Have you ever seen the rain
- Creedence Clearwater Revival
Ajab Si - Om Shanti Om
Aye mere pyaare watan - Manna Dey
Katra Katra - Ijazat
You're Beautiful - James Blunt

Thursday, November 01, 2007


Well the past couple of months have been hectic and crazy, nevertheless have been able to catch up on a few movies :)

Four Brothers

Four brothers get together to avenge their mothers death, I liked this movie, fast paced and good gun fights :)

Corpse Bride

Tim Burton and Johnny Depp get together again, in this dark and macabre animated film :) I think my expectations were too high and I ended up a little disappointed. An average movie.
(there for ppl who think I blindly love any Johnny Depp movie, here is one I think is avg :D )

Evan Almighty

Decent movie, kept me entertained on the long flight home, at no point did this make me laugh out loud though, and a comedy that fails to do that is, well, not a comedy :|

The Illusionist

Edward Norton and the very pretty Jessica Biel, with great support from Paul Giamatti. This movie about a magician, who uses all his skills to get the girl he loves :)
Well made, very watchable. The only shortcoming is a gaping plot hole!

Bheja Fry
Good movie, again, this one kept me entertained on a very long flight, made me laugh out loud. A good watch!

Oceans 13

Barely watchable

Spiderman 3
Pathetic, the joker in spandex has gone from bad to worse

Shrek 3
Alright, but this one has started to get on my nerves too

Pirates 3


This one is gooood movie :) Ryan Gosling matches Anthony Hopkins, scene to scene. A courtroom thriller, a very well made and watchable movie!

Shoot 'em up

Clive Owen and Paul Giamatti, both good actors completely wasted in this piece of trash! Easily enters the list of the worst English movies I have ever watched, I am very surprised to see this rated highly in imdb.
oh and if there was any doubt as to who the hottest 40+ actress today is? one can safely take Monica belluci out of the reckoning, She looks 60 in this one.