Saturday, December 27, 2008

Old is Really Gold! :p

I installed the latest Yahoo Messenger (9.something Beta) 3-4 days ago. It looked cool... jazzy new skins (even in pink!)... great new interface showing images of my friends right before their ids... & also this superb "Friends updates" feature, which automatically showed my Blog updates when I brought the mouse over my own id in my friend list! (Yes, I have added myself in my yahoo friend list!) I don't really know from where it linked my blog to my yahoo id, but, anyways...

And then the nightmare began!

I logged into my yahoo messenger early in the morning, as I always do... turned myself invisible, minimized the messenger into the system tray & started studying! Sometime later, I went for a bath. When I came back, my yahoo had logged me off on its own & was waiting for me to click on "Sign In" again!

I thought to myself maybe something went wrong with the internet connection (a time-out or something you know). So I logged out of my BSNL Broadband and then logged back into it again. Tried to sign into my yahoo -- it said "Login Failure - Try Again". I tried several more times -- same thing!

So I thought to myself maybe some temporary messenger problem. I tried signing in with my old id (miss_teerious) -- that worked fine without any glitches! Hmmmm. I said "No problem! For a change I will use the yahoo messenger from my Yahoo mail. (In case you don't already know this, yahoo mail also provides an integrated chat interface, like the gchat of gmail.)

I tried logging into my yahoo mail account, but, guess what! It gave me an "Invalid Username/Password" error! I tried again... and again... and again! No good! Now how was it possible that I changed my password when I was in the shower? Yes, people have been known to be at multiple places at the same time (Bilocation as they call it), but, surely I haven't reached that stage of evolution, have I? Even though I do confess that I am an alien!

[wiping sweat off my brow] Phewwwwwww!

Looked like someone had hacked into my account... while I was busy studying and then having a shower... and had changed my password! Terrible thing to have happened to me!

Anyways, I tried to have the system reset my password for me, but I simply couldn't recall what "Password Hint Question" I had chosen at the time of creating this id! Let's face it guys... 7 years is a long time to remember something so trivial, when at the time I created this profile, I didn't even intend to use it ever as my primary yahoo id! I only created it to host the "Frames version" of my geocities website, while the "No-frames version" remained on my original id!

Ok, so after much haggling and bargaining and negotiating with the yahoo software, I gave up! I instead found a direct help form, which I could fill & send to their helpdesk, and requested them to reset my password manually. I doubted they'd do it though, just on the basis of my birth details! I mean I hadn't even filled a secondary email id at the time I created this id, so that they could validate my request against that!

Anyways, I left it at that and went back to my studies. Sometime during the evening that same day, I tried to login into that id again through messenger -- and it worked!!! YES! It worked with my old password itself! Haahhhh! Now what would you say to that!

I checked my email, and that worked fine too! So I quickly went & checked into my account settings to see if I could find the security question. Unfortunately, yahoo's system doesn't let you see these security related details later. But I was at least able to add my gmail id to the account, the one that I had filled in the help form. And the next day, I received an email from them on that very id, resetting my password for the yahoo account! Problem solved!

All was well for 2 days, after which I started facing the same problem again today! I was able to login into my old yahoo id but not the one I use now! This time, I decided to see what google had to say about this issue. Oh I noticed that it also gave me an error number, with the help of which I was finally able to get to the root of this problem!

Seems that it's a problem with the 9 beta version. So the net advised me to uninstall this version & get an older version on my system instead. Fair enough... even though it meant that I would lose the cool new interface!

I searched for old yahoo messenger downloads and found this fantastic site "OldVersion.com" which hosts the full downloads of the old versions of most of the popularly used free softwares! And guess what! I found yahoo messenger 7.0 in there!

My sister & I used to be big fans of this version because of the Games tab it provides at the bottom. We used to play "Collapse", "Text Twist", "Bounce Out" & "PopNDrop" through it, and it used to display our highest scores in the messenger, & also displayed our "friends'" highest scores if they were at a higher rank than us! Oh but that rarely happened you see! It was always either my sister or me at number ONE! I remember how irritated Ritesh (one of my old school friends) used to get... 'coz he could never beat our scores! :-D

But then the new version was released and we realized that the "Single User" section of the Games tab had been completely changed! In fact, we couldn't even access our 4 favorite games from the messenger anymore! And obviously, it stopped displaying our highest scores too... in *our* messenger window as well as *our friends'*! No way to show off anymore! We hated the new version! But eventually we had to accept whatever we got!

Not anymore though! :-D

I got the old 7.0 back! Although in my new id, it's showing my sister's name for the highest scores in all 4 games! That's because I used my old id when we played those games long back! I suppose if I sign in as "miss_teerious", it will display my high scores too! Will need to check that out... but later! Got to get ready for bed now... it's almost 11...



Update on 28th December, 2008: 9:20 am
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Duhhh! Old is now So Dead! Those game links in the messenger are now "Dead Links"! They don't lead to no games! I'm uninstalling it again & switching over to version 8.something now! Huhhhh! :-(

Defect in Our Education System

I remember back in school, we had this subject called "Moral Studies"... where we were taught stuff like :

- Honesty is the best policy
- Practice what you preach
- Do unto others as you would like done unto you

... and other similar noble values related to stealing, jealousy, procrastination, and blah blah blah!

I will be 31 in a few days time... and at this stage of life, I'm wondering if there is any practical use of those teachings!

Everywhere I look around myself, I see deceit, liars and hypocrites! I see a complete lack of transparency and integrity! I see a world full of selfish and self-centered people!

First it was the so-called "non-living" resources of the Earth (water, land) that we started exploiting for our own selfish interests. Then we moved on to destroying the plant and animal life. We destroyed the atmosphere too, and now we are hell bent on destroying each other! And clambering over each other's limp bodies to get........ I don't know where!

Is that why God made humans... to destroy all His Creation!

I wish now that when we were having those "moral studies" lessons all those years ago, my school teachers had taught us "IMmoral studies" instead! Would have at least prepared me to handle the real world around me today!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Singhania's traditional "Aloo Jhol"

Once upon a time, when my dad's family all stayed together, in a joint-family kind of structure, and had a couple of full-time cooks at home, this particular dish was a mandatory part of the menu for dinner, E-V-E-R-Y D-A-Y!

In my almost 31 years of life on this planet, as myself, I have not seen this dish cooked at anyone else's place -- my maternal relatives, my friends, my office colleagues, NO-where! Neither has any of the other members of dad's family seen or heard of it being prepared in the household of any of their vast network of friends, family & acquaintances! As such, we all refer to it as the "Singhania's traditional 'Aloo Jhol'!"

After the family broke up into nuclear units, we stopped making this dish EVERY day, although my Grandma (dad's mom) still prefers to have it as a part of her daily routine! She has to compromise a lot obviously, but she never fails to share with us her golden reminiscences, of days when dinner would include "aloo jhol", "hari chatni", "paapad", "bhindi" & of course, "parathas"! :)

Here's the recipe, if any of my readers wanna try it out... it looks very similar to "kadhi" btw! And yeah, it tastes absolutely delicious with crunched "paapad"! The quantity in the picture below serves only 2 people -- my dad & me! Yeah... that's how crazy we are about this dish! :-p




The recipe:-

1 cup thick curd (slightly sour if possible, definitely NOT sweet!)
2 cups water
250 gm boiled potatoes (approx)
1 tsp finely chopped green chillies
2 tbsp finely chopped fresh coriander leaves
2 tbsp refined cooking oil
salt, haldi powder (turmeric), red chillie powder, coriander powder, jeera (cumin seeds), powdered heeng (asofetida)

Preparation:
1. Pass the curd through a strainer so it acquires a smooth flowing consistency. Add the water to it & mix them well to maintain the consistency. (You may want to decrease/increase the amount of water in case it seems to get too watery or too viscous.)
2. Crumble the boiled potatoes into small pieces and add them to the curd-water mixture.
3. Add 1/2 tsp haldi powder and 1 tsp coriander powder to the above. No need to stir the mixture after adding these spices.

Cooking:
1. Heat the oil in a deep fry pan.
2. Add 1/2 tsp jeera to the heated oil.
3. Add a pinch of heeng and the chopped green chillies.
4. Add 1/2 tsp red chillie powder and immediately pour the contents prepared above to the oil. (You don't want the red chillie powder to become black! So timing is crucial here!)
5. KEEP STIRRING THE MIXTURE CONTINUOUSLY UNTIL IT STARTS TO BOIL, OR ELSE IT WILL CURDLE.
6. Add salt to taste (AFTER IT STARTS BOILING).
7. Let it simmer on medium-to-low flame for another 5 minutes. Keep stirring occasionally.
8. Remove from flame. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.

Serve hot with "parathas" and crunched "paapad"!

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Friday, December 12, 2008

Order in Disorder

Beds unmade, clothes strewn all over the house, kids screaming & fighting with each other, someone talking nineteen-to-a-dozen on the phone, the rest chatting with each other at the top of their voices (and believe me... members of the Singhania family have been blessed with a very loud voice!), extra cooking, extra laundry, extra all-the-usual-house-chores... and on top of it all, you end up with a severe viral infection!


Not the prefect environment to prepare for an exam, right!

From very early childhood days, even though there was never any pressure from the family, I set myself some exceptionally high standards regarding studies and exams. For me, anything below 85 is as good as fail! And the time to celebrate is only if I get over 95%!

As such, preparing for today's exam involved more of "getting-myself-mentally-ready-to-accept-a-FAIL" than just going through the course material!

Until 2 days ago, I was 100% sure that I was going to fail in this paper and that I would have to give it again a couple of months later. (For me, that's more tragic than a bad "break-off"!) But then suddenly, with a lot of Reiki from those who love me, my fever disappeared and my mind cleared enough to be able to read clearly, without the words starting a "Tango" among themselves!

By yesterday night, I started to feel that I might even be able to just make it through! The required passing percentage was 50 -- way too less than my own pass standards of 85, I agree -- but I kept repeating to myself that I must be realistic, and that I should be flexible enough to adapt myself according to the situation.

With that thought in mind, I decided to simply go and give the exam... and then leave the rest to God! In fact, all my focus had only been on getting well enough to be able to get to the exam center! Luckily, the infection didn't spread to my lungs, or else I would have been almost completely bed-ridden for at least a week, on a strong course of antibiotics! (Thanks to all that Reiki!)

I scored 76% eventually... and despite all that mental talk of being realistic and flexible etc, I am not happy. My Dad understands completely how I'm feeling today. He reminded me that I did my best in the given circumstances, and that is what matters in the end. So I shouldn't be so harsh on myself! He also reminded me that I still had 14 other exams of this course to clear, 14 other "mountains to conquer"!

Hmmmm! I wonder if I'll ever be able to make such a sensible parent!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Happy 2nd Birthday!

Happy birthday to you,
Happy birthday to you,
Happy birthday dear "miss_teerious",
Happy birthday to you!

Happy second birthday to you... "miss_teerious"!
May you have a long and eventful life!
:-D


Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Busy Days...

Have given the first exam on the 1st of this month -- scored 96%. (Not bad eh!) I was also supposed to give an online assignment, similar to the real exam, for the same subject. The marks of the online assignment are also included in the final results, even though it is an "open book test" which can be given from home -- it's basic purpose being to serve as a practice test for the real exam. However, I have been unable to give the assignment so far due to some website issues.

After repeated emails & phone calls and threats to file complaints against the institute in the Consumer Forum (the usual "fighting for survival"), they finally managed to trace the problem as a "server overload" issue! Apparently the data for my batch & the previous batch are stored on the same server... and the previous batch students (whose program validity actually expired in July 2008) have been given one last chance to complete their pending assignments till the 31st of December! No wonder the servers are busy! I finally decided I'll give the assignments in peace starting next month only now!

Apart from this, I have been busy haggling with BSNL (read: "fighting for survival again") to get some wrong billings sorted out... amounting to approximately Rs 2900! The mammoth task stands still incomplete as I type this post! By next week... hopefully... (sigggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!)

Oh and my niece Siddhi (the one who stays in the US) is finally here... for her very first trip to India! I have been busy scouting the toy shops for something suitable for her which doesn't add bulk to their luggage either. I have also been busy shopping for my cousins Rishu & Radhika, who are coming from Guwahati (along with their parents obviously) on the 7th. They'll all be staying at my place! Will be fun!

And now for the "dessert at the end"! Today is my sweetheart's birthday! Today, my sweetheart turns TWO! He is the reason for my renewed faith in humanity... and in myself! It is only because of him that I did not give up on myself completely... only because of him that I was able to see the beauty in life again... and was able to live again! But I'm sure he will never get to know how much he means to me! Yes, there is a party tonight! :-D

Oh and tomorrow brings another birthday... tomorrow "miss_teerious" also turns TWO! I started this blog on the 4th of December 2006... never really believed I'd stick to it for so long... (I have a tendency to get bored with things very easily!) but here I am... and here it is... and we're both "still together... still going strong" (in the words of Shania Twain)!

Gotta go now... still lots of work pending (including studies)! Next paper is on 12th... best of luck Kaddu!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Expect / Accept

Two of the most confusing words in the English language - "Expect" and "Accept".

From the time I was in mid-school, I have seen and heard dozens of people mixing them up unconsciously... using "expect" where they wanted to say "accept" and saying "accept" when they meant "expect"!

Befuddling, I must say!


The chaos they create is not even limited to the English language! These two words have the entire human race caught up in knots and tangles!

If you EXPECT... you are heading for disappointments, miseries, resentments, dissatisfaction & unhappiness.

If you ACCEPT instead... you have only joy, contentment, peace, love & happiness.

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For a moment, I wondered if I should give... but then I realized - "his expectations are higher, I will not be able to meet them... and he won't be able to accept what I CAN give him"...

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To Expect or To Accept ???

Monday, November 24, 2008

No Inspiration to Blog

Exams are starting from the 1st of December.

Not that I'm using that as an excuse for not to blog. It's just that I'm enjoying studying (?!?!?!) so much currently that anything else feels like a totally unwanted distraction!

I did start on a post in fact... and Neelabh is living proof that I did 'coz I was chatting with him at the time... but I lost the inclination to complete it a little more than half way through the post!

Hopefully, like all other things in life, this phase too shall pass soon! And I will be back!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Healing The Past

After I returned from Delhi, I made a Crystal Grid to heal my past… my early teenage years to be precise, ‘coz the family life had been really disturbed back then.

It was the period in which I had been overtaken by some major fear of abandonment, as I have narrated in one of my previous posts “Fear”. In fact, I started wearing eye-glasses soon after I returned from that trip! I developed breathing problems less than a year later. I also started spending a lot of time with “my invisible friend in the bathroom”.

Oh and I became a lot more social in school too! I remember I used to be an extremely introvert kid in the junior school. I had practically no friends. I was famous as “mean, rude and stingy”!

Mean and rude because I told people directly at their face if they did something wrong! I remember once one of the girls told me she cheated in a test because everyone did so, and I instantly snapped at her, asking “if everyone were to jump off into the well, would you do that too?” Needless to say, she avoided me for quite a few days after that!

And I was stingy because I wouldn’t “lend and forget”! Whether it was money that some classmate borrowed from me, or one of my books (I had a very good collection of story books, comics and novels right from childhood)… I never forgot to ask them to return it when it was time for them to do so!

But I don’t think it ever bothered me that time whether I had any friends or not! I guess I was just too peaceful in my own world, full of high ideals and principles. I remember I even used to tell the girls not to pluck leaves unnecessarily from the trees, as we passed under them while crossing through the school grounds, because they also had life and they also felt pain! I was scary, wasn’t I? :-D

Anyways… these things changed too in my early teens. It’s almost as if there was a complete personality change. I became a completely different person! From a die-hard introvert, I was suddenly the most out-going and most friendly person in the class! But at home, I was yet another person, with a third personality I guess! Always at my nerves’ ends! Always fearful! Always lonely! Strange!

Well, I seemed to remember more and more incidents from those years as I continued on the past healing. I had made an intent slip and placed it under the grid. And then I had tried to visualize myself at that age and sent Reiki to that image.

I’m not very sure it went that well though... (I feel I should dig out an old photograph of mine instead, and send some more healing to myself through that!)… but one thing I did feel was that the 13-year-old-me knew that she was being sent love from across time and space! She knew that somebody, from some different time and place, was urging her to fight through her current situation… and so she didn’t give up!

But is that really true? Do people really have a connection with themselves along the different points in the time and space continuum? Is that why I learnt Reiki in fact? ‘Coz some part of me was aware of how I would need it and use it in the different time points?

In fact, let’s just forget about Reiki for a minute! Let’s just talk about plain and simple love! When we look at an old photograph of someone, and smile fondly remembering how he was at that age, does that person receive that love in the time & space he was at in that photograph?

If the answer to the above is yes, then shouldn’t we make it a part of our daily routine to go through all the old photo albums in our house, stopping over random photographs and sending them love/Reiki?

Hmmmm. I think I should try this experiment. I made an exclusive photo album of my pictures a few years ago. And I did steal some old black and white pics from the common family album too, to put them in my personal album! So I guess this album should have pics of me at more-or-less all ages! (If not, then I guess I’ll just have to steal some more pics! No big deal!) And then I could just flip through the pages of this album, sending Reiki to myself through random pictures. Or maybe I could simply Reiki the entire album at one go! Hmmmmm… I need to try this…

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Sentimental Idiots, Smart Guys!

Couple of days ago, I posted a joke someone had forwarded to me, on the “ongoing battle of the sexes”… “Mars And Venus At War... Again!” Today, I feel the urge to add some of my own personal “gyaan” to it!


That joke ended on the line “Apparently I'm not having sex tonight either... but at least she knows I'm smarter than her.

Now we all know that the most important thing for men is sex – it’s something that drives them, motivates them, and even compels them to make complete fools of themselves at times!

So if anybody were to ask me, I’d say “a smart man is one who secures for himself an opportunity to have sex every night (and even every DAY if possible!)… for he is smart enough to get what he wants most!

In that case then, how was the man in the joke smart? On the contrary, I’d say he was stupid enough to hit the axe on his own foot for 2 days in a row! He could have handled the situation really smartly… and emerged as the perfect winner, without his girlfriend even knowing that he had won! How?

Well, just as we all know that men can think of little else when they think of sex, same way we also know that women are born sentimental idiots! And surely, with that knowledge in our hands (or in our minds rather!), it ought to be a piece of cake to make them dance to our tunes!

(I use the term “our” above to denote the collective brotherhood of all the human males inhabiting the earth... even though I'm not a male!)

Let me explain this to you with the help of an example – a real life incident.


Once upon a time, there was a Sentimental-Idiot (read: “girl”) who had just arrived from the US to India. She had 3 old school friends in the Delhi NCR region, with whom she had planned to spend a couple of days before she moved on to her family’s residence in Pune. And, like all foreign-returned-Indians, she was also carrying a whole bag of foreign chocolates which were not easily available in India at the time.

She stayed at the residence of the only female among those 3 friends, but, the chocolates had to be kept at one of the guys’ place, as he was the only one among the 3 who had a fridge in his house back then!

After 2-3 days of fun and frolic, it was time for her to head on to Pune. And obviously, being foreign returned, she had a lot of luggage with her. The friend who owned the fridge also owned a car, but it could only accommodate him, the Sentimental-Idiot and her luggage… along with the smashing, highly expensive and pretty bulky speakers that he had installed with the music system in his car!

So the Sentimental-Idiot's female friend and the other guy friend decided to follow them in an auto-rikshaw to the Nizzamuddin railway station, where she was supposed to catch her train from.

The friend-who-owned-the-car picked her & her luggage from the female friend’s place and left for the station. The female friend and the other guy friend took an auto and also headed for the station. Half-way to the station, the female friend remembered that they had left the chocolates in the fridge of the friend-who-owned-the-car! Obviously, there wasn’t enough time to go back to the house and get the chocolates.

Now what the Smart-Guy in the auto did was that he immediately phoned the flat-mate of the other Smart-Guy (the friend-who-owned-the-car) and requested him to bring the packet of chocolates from the fridge to the Nizzamuddin station. (This flat-mate had a motor-bike.) He then called up the other Smart-Guy and informed him of the situation.

This other Smart-Guy decided not to mention anything to the Sentimental-Idiot sitting next to him in the car, for he was not sure whether his flat-mate would be able to make it to the station in time or not… and he didn’t want the Sentimental-Idiot to go sentimental over the loss of her chocolates until it was absolutely necessary for her to do so!

As luck would have it, the flat-mate reached the station just in time! The Sentimental-Idiot was informed about this whole business once the 2 Smart-Guys had confirmed (by cellphones of course) that they would be able to get the chocolates to her before her train left. Obviously, the Sentimental-Idiot … being the Sentimental-Idiot that she was… went completely mental with the tide of sentiments washing over her, when she got to know about the “pains” taken by the Smart-Guys to re-unite her with her precious chocolates -- the proof of her return from a foreign land!

She got completely carried away with that strong tidal flow of emotions, and ended up giving fistfuls of chocolates to all of us, instead of the 2-piece-each as she’d planned earlier! Now think… if it had been her boyfriend instead of her friends who’d gone to such lengths for her, he would have undoubtedly been the luckiest man on earth that night!


Coming back to that joke I posted earlier... you know something! If I had been the guy in that joke, I wouldn’t have gone without sex for even a single night! I would have convinced the girl then & there… the very first night… that I loved her for all the so many little things she did for me OUTSIDE the bedroom and that sex was not important to me at all! (I mean let’s face it… for centuries, people said that the Sun moved around the Earth, but, did that make it actually come true? No… right?)

What I’m trying to say is that we all (and I mean both - the men and the women!) know what’s really important, after everything is said and done! So if the Sentimental-Idiot wants to pretend otherwise for a few minutes, to subside whatever temporary emotional disturbances she might be going through at the time, what’s the harm in playing along with her! As it is, the net outcome at the end will always be highly in favor of the Smart-Guys… because of the “exchange rate” between Mars and Venus!

Didn’t understand this point? Ok let me explain with another example.

Let’s say I have a friend in the US. And let’s say that friend gifts me something worth $10. For him, that’s just a bit of change, but, for me, here in India, it is equivalent to 500 bucks! And that’s a pretty significant amount of money for me! So automatically, I would try to complete the “energy exchange” by giving him something that carries as much weightage for him as 500 bucks do for me! You’re getting the idea now?


Women are always ALWAYS so predictable! Regardless of whether they are ambitious or not, career-oriented or domestic, belong to the fast city-life or to a small laid-back town… deep down they all remain the same Sentimental-Idiots! And they can ALWAYS be trusted to behave in the most emotional way possible in any given situation (… whether in favor of you or against you… depends upon how YOU handle the situation)!

In fact, I would say that the independent variety of women, which is becoming more and more common these days, is even easier to please than the traditional housewifely kind! Reason: these modern women are just so used to doing everything on their own and fighting all their battles alone that even the smallest gesture of care and concern for them will carry a lot LOT of value in their eyes! A surprise call, an unexpected visit, a couple of flowers stolen from the neighbor’s garden… anything out-of-the-blue really, as long as it is pleasant!

However, the irony in this whole thing is that men steadfastly refuse to see what is right in front of their eyes! They keep saying it is not possible to understand women, whereas the truth is that there really is nothing to understand about us! We are all just plain and simple Sentimental-Idiots! Period. How can you expect emotions to follow any kind of logic or reason? All you can do is learn to make them sway in your favor!

And you know – it’s not just about sex either! Keeping the women in your life happy (all of them in fact, and not just your bed partner) yields far more important and greater benefits than just sex!

A happy woman thinks happy, and she obviously includes you in her happy thoughts too, because you’re the one who inspired that happiness in her at that time! And being a hopelessly *sentimental* idiot, she FEELS equally happy too! Happy thoughts, combined with happy feelings, make the most powerful prayers for everyone included in those thoughts!

By the simple Law of Attraction, a happy woman tends to create more happiness for herself, and all those around her! Happy women are like the most powerful guardian angels for all their near and dear ones!

Happy mothers help their kids pass their exams with flying colors. Happy female colleagues in the office create more peaceful, productive and satisfying work environments. Happy wives, subconsciously, clear the path to success and prosperity for their hubbies.

In short, a happy woman simply draws more of that towards herself, which makes her happy… just by the infinite power of her idiotic *sentiments*... which men so fear! A Smart-Guy, however, would know exactly how to make her strong mood-swings work FOR him rather than AGAINST him, because every "emotional down" of a woman is an opportunity for him to "score" big with her!

And that is why they say that “behind the success of every man, there is a woman".

But if you were to ask me, I'd say that “behind the success of every SMART man, there is a SENTIMENTAL woman"!

Picture Credit: http://doodlewala.blogspot.in/

Monday, November 17, 2008

Cadbury's Dairy Milk Ad

Loved this ad when I was a kid!

Finally found it again! Yayyyyy !!!

And here's the Hindi version...

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Saturday, November 15, 2008

Mars And Venus At War... Again!

Somebody forwarded me this mail a little while ago... felt like sharing it with my blog readers too! :-D

I never quite figured out why the sexual urge of men and women differ so much. And I never have figured out the whole Venus and Mars thing. I have never figured out why men think with their head and women with their heart.


FOR EXAMPLE:

One evening last week, my girlfriend and I were getting into bed. Well, the passion started to heat up and she eventually said: 'I don't feel like it, I just want you to hold me.'

I said, 'WHAT??!! What was that?!'

So she said the words that every boyfriend on the planet dreads to hear... 'You're just not in touch with my emotional needs as a woman enough, for me to satisfy your physical needs as a man.'

She responded to my puzzled look by saying: 'Can't you just love me for who I am and not for what I do for you in the bedroom?'

Realizing that nothing was going to happen that night, I went to sleep.

The very next day I opted to take the day off work to spend time with her. We went out to a nice lunch and then went shopping at a big, big unnamed department store. I walked around with her while she tried on several different very expensive outfits. She couldn't decide which one to take, so I told her we'd just buy them all. She wanted new shoes to compliment her new clothes, so I said: 'Lets get a pair for each outfit.'

We went on to the jewelery department, where she picked out a pair of diamond earrings. Let me tell you... she was so excited. She must have thought I was one wave short of a shipwreck. I started to think she was testing me, because she asked for a tennis bracelet, when she doesn't even know how to play tennis! I think I threw her for a loop when I said: 'That's fine, honey.'

She was almost nearing sexual satisfaction from all of the excitement. Smiling with excited anticipation, she finally said: 'I think this is all dear, let's go to the cashier.'

I could hardly contain myself when I blurted out, 'No honey, I don't feel like it.'

Her face just went completely blank as her jaw dropped with a baffled 'WHAT?'

I then said: 'Honey! I want you to HOLD this stuff for a while. You're just not in touch with my financial needs as a man enough, for me to satisfy your shopping needs as a woman.'

And just when she had this look like she was going to kill me, I added, 'Why can't you just love me for who I am and not for the things I buy you?'

Apparently I'm not having sex tonight either... but at least she knows I'm smarter than her.


I'll bet this joke was originally created by a female... 'coz there ARE NO MEN in this world who can think of that smart a retort! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! :-))

Friday, November 14, 2008

I Hate It...

I hate it when people (those I really care for) specifically consult me... involve me in their entire research and decision-making process (which spanned for over 6 months in this case!)... regarding something I specialize in... and in the end, go and do the exact opposite of what I told them to!

Why waste so much of my time then?

Wish I had a boxing-bag in my house... or perhaps Harry Potter's wand... so I could mute my voice temporarily... and just... SCREEEEAAAAMMMMMM !!!


Thursday, November 13, 2008

Being In Love...



Flowers. Hearts. Candles. Chocolates. The color pink.

All symbols of love from eternity.

We may pretend that we are practical and hence, are over and above such symbolic expressions of love.

We may proclaim that only teenagers need to demonstrate love by such things.

We may argue that communication of genuine love is not dependent on such material/tangible substitutes.

I agree.

And yet, I cannot deny the fact that every time someone gifts me some flowers, it lightens up my whole face!

I cannot deny that the color pink makes me feel like I want to hug someone -- ANYone!

I cannot deny that heart-shaped balloons, cakes, candies, photo-frames, lockets and other little odd things DO bring a smile on my lips!

I cannot deny that the sight of beautiful scented candles, in Archies galleries and various other gift shops, warms my heart with the hope that someday, someone would gift me a huge pink one! (Although I guess that "someone" will have to be me eventually!)

And I cannot deny that I jump up & down in excitement and give loud squeals of delight (exactly like my 2-year-old darling Krishu!) at the sight of a chocolate in my father's hand, when he comes back home in the evening!

So much for being practical!

But you know what... there is one thing missing in the above picture... a teddy bear! That's another one of my long-time wishes... associated with love of course... that someday, someone would gift me a large, cuddly, life-size teddy bear! (I'm sure THAT "someone" will also be me eventually! :-D)

Why do we need to be so practical and "grown up" all the time?

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Clutter Clearing

I removed some games from my sidebar - Tic Tac Toe, Collapse and Sudoku.

I haven't felt any inclination/desire to play them, after the first day (when I set them up here)... so I figured that others might not be interested in them either.

And the Master Mind game is not showing up correctly on my blog - or at least it isn't on my PC. I'm going to wait for another couple of days to see if it starts working fine, or else I'll remove that one too.

Apart from that, I'm extremely busy with studies. I will keep blogging though... as irregularly as I always do... but I doubt I'll be online for chat much. Of course, I can always be reachable via email!

That's all for today... see you when I see you...

Monday, November 10, 2008

"Food Cycle"

You think food can only be eaten! Think again !!!



Here's another jigsaw puzzle from PuzzleBee: I like to call it "The Artist's Eye"!

And here's more in Games!


Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Memorabilia-III: A *Shitty* Poem

This post is in continuation with 2 of my previous posts - "Memorabilia-I" and "Memorabilia-II".

It's a poem written by a friend of a friend back in the good-ol' school days! I liked this poem so much when I read it for the first time, that I copied it in my diary. My friend Dutta asked me, in 2003 sometime, whether I still had this poem. Apparently, both she and her friend (who originally wrote this poem) had lost it. But I was working in Delhi at that time and didn't have my diary with me. After that, I guess we both forgot about it.

But I remember now. And I also have my diary with me now. And, more importantly, I think it's time now to finally put this poem up on the www!

Alas... this poem is also in Hindi! So not all of my blog readers will be able to enjoy it! :-( Sorry friends! For the rest of you... here it is!

वोह जो गिरा था नम,
उमड़ रहा था जो तूफ़ान, थोडा गया थम

पिछले 4-5 दिनों से था constipation,
पर अब हो गया है एकदम नरम-नरम

हालाँकि हुई है अभी भी बहुत कम,
लेकिन उम्मीद पर है दुनिया कायम

जैसे थोड़ी हुई है, वैसे ही होगी और ज्यादा,
और बेकार में टेंशन लेने से क्या फाएदा

कल देखना, लगा देंगे ढेर पे ढेर,
थोड़ी बहुत नहीं, करेंगे सेर-सवा-सेर

वैसे तो है इसका बड़ा सीधा सा काएदा
सुबह खली पेट चूरन की गोली करती है फाएदा

उसके बाद पेट को दबा कर, उचक कर बैठो
और पूरे बदन को ताकत लगा लगा कर ऐंठो

उसके बाद देखो कैसे फिसल के निकल आएगी
चारों ओर सुगंध ही सुगंध फैलाएगी

पर कल उसने हमें बड़ा था दुःख दिया
जबकि कितने गिलास इसबगोल भी था पिया

पर कमबख्त एक टुकड़ा भी नहीं निकला
जबकि ताकत लगा कर पूरा बदन दिया था हिला

बड़ी ताकत लगायी थी, किया था जतन
फिर भी आँखें तरस गयी, देखने को वह अल्मोल रतन

पर छोड़ो भी - जो बीत गयी, वो बात गयी
दुःख और तकलीफ से वो रात गयी

हो सकता है आपको ये बातें लगें खराब
पर जिसपर गुज़रती है, वही जानता है जनाब

एक दिन पेट साफ हो, तो पता चलता है
पूरा दिन कैसे बेचैनी से निकलता है

बार-बार लगता है - कुछ तो नज़र आये
दो-चार गुट्टे, कुछ बूँदें ही टपक जाएँ

भगवान करे इस तरह कभी आपका दिल टूटे
ज़रा सी ताकत लगायें और भक-भका के छूटे

चलो अब उठकर हाथ धो आयें
आप सब के साथ हैं मेरी दुआएं

फिर भी कभी अगर आये कोई अड़चन
पढ़ लीजियेगा ये कविता और pressure जाएगा बन

भचाक से निकलेगी, ये है मेरी guarantee
मेरी, आपकी, और हम सबकी प्यारी ______ !!!

. . .

Here's more in Memorabilia and in Poetry!

More Games On My Blog

I have added 2 more games on the sidebar of my blog.

One is the age-old "Tic-Tac-Toe". I don't need to explain it I suppose. A tip: When you play against the computer, you will get the first move every alternate game. Try to secure a corner spot. The computer will most probably play in the opposite corner (at least that's how it's been playing against me constantly!)... and then you need to play your move in one of the remaining free corners. The computer will fill the middle box in that line, to prevent you from winning. But in the next turn, if you take the center square of the board, you will create a "double-win" situation! There's no way the computer can beat you after that! Enjoy! :-D

The other game I've added is "Flood-It!" As the name suggests, you have to flood the board with just one color... and you have to do so in less than 25 moves. Starting from the top-left corner, you simply keep changing into one of the adjacent colors. The trick is to change into those colors which are in bigger blocks or units. My best so far is 19 moves, in this game. See if you can beat it! :-D

Stay tuned for the next post - "Memorabilia III - A *Shitty* Poem".


UPDATE:

Removed both the game... Tic-Tac-Toe was too boring and the Flood-It gadget stopped working.

But here's more in Games!


Sunday, November 2, 2008

Fun On My Blog!

This is an FYI for all my readers who have subscribed to my blog in some RSS feed reader.

I know you guys don't visit my blog anymore -- as you read all my new posts through your RSS managers. So I'm writing this post only to inform you all that I have added some cool new game gadgets in the sidebar of my blog. And you are all invited to check them out! :-)


There's "Color junction" - a new game I found in the list of the gadgets offered by Blogger. You have to combine the color droplets in 2 or more of the same color, and then remove them from the board. The target is to empty the board completely, which I haven't been able to achieve yet. :-p

Then there is the classic "Master Mind" which brought back some long forgotten childhood memories! I used to play this game (the real board version; not the digital one!) with my sis ages ago, when we were still in Kanpur -- must be like over 15 years ago!

And there is also another classic - the Solitaire game in which you have to jump the pegs over each other to remove them from the board, until only 1 is left in the center. I found a "Marbles" version of it, instead of the original "Pegs". I have the original pegs game in real though - it's a part of the legacy which my father has already bequeathed to me! :-D (Remember I mentioned in my "Diwali cleaning" post that at times when we really took a fancy to something we discovered in the "treasure hunt", our parents would gift it to us!)

Then lastly there is "Sudoku" and "Collapse."

I played "Collapse" for the first time on yahoo messenger 7, back in 2004. My sister and I used to compete for high-scores in it! We also played BounceOut, TextTwist and Pop'N'Drop on yahoo messenger. But with the version 8 of yahoo messenger, all these single player games were removed. Or maybe they weren't, but we weren't able to find them again!

And "Sudoku" of course was brought into my life by the TOI daily! For a very long time, this puzzle game was my only reason for picking up a newspaper with my morning tea! I was so crazy about it in fact, that I used to end up fighting with my Dad for the newspaper!

I wanted to put "Mahjongg" also on my blog, but I couldn't find a good enough gadget for it. All the available gadgets of this game are too wide for my blog's sidebar... and it's no fun playing the game when you have to keep scrolling to the left or the right! The smaller ones are so small that you aren't even able to differentiate between the pieces! So no Mahjongg for the time being.

I'm still hunting for other cool gadgets in the list... there are over 3000 in the "Fun & Games" category. So it's gonna take some time. Please keep checking my blog for updates every few days. And feel free to get addicted to the games already added! :-p

UPDATE:

I eventually removed all these games from the sidebar, in order to reduce page load time, and instead put them all in their separate posts. Some games were removed, some new ones added. For the most up-to-date list of all games here, please check the menu bar on the top of the blog. Alternatively, just search for Games!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Blame It On the Moon!





Your Moon is in Aquarius

On the day you were born, the Moon was in Aquarius. Your emotions can be very erratic and unpredictable, and you may feel one way in the morning, change around lunchtime, and then feel altogether differently by the time the evening rolls around. You have an enormous amount of humanitarian feelings and desires and believe you were put here on Earth to help your fellow man and woman - and you do your best to make that belief a reality.

Here's more in "Who-Am-I"!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

"The Grapes Are Sour!"

It is a very common phenomenon of our lives that whenever we are unable to do something or when we have little faith in our ability to do something -- when we are scared we might mess it all up -- we tend to categorize that "something" as "sour grapes"! Rather than acknowledge our fears/failures regarding that something, we instead put on this false air of indifference towards that something. We start pretending that we are better off without it!


That's exactly what I have been doing with marriage for the last several years -- because of my own fears related to it!

Whenever anyone asked me about it, I replied -- with the most "devil-may-care" attitude that I could manage -- "Oh! Marriage is not my cup of tea... I am too independent to settle down in a typical 'housewife' role!" Or I would turn my nose up in disgust and exclaim - "Pleeeeaaase! Who wants to live day-in and day-out with a huge balloon... having the letters E-G-O spelled on it in big bold font... ready to burst at the slightest prick!"

Just my different versions of "the grapes are sour"... you know!

A few days ago, I was chatting with a friend on yahoo and was listing the various fears I seemed to have associated with "MARRIAGE" over the years. I don't want to go into all of them here because there are some parts of me which I don't like to make public. Anyway, I'd already decided in Delhi sometime last month that the only way to overcome your fears is to face them head-on. In fact, I think I have mentioned this in one of my previous posts, on this blog.

Haahhh! But look at how the mind tends to delay or postpone that which we fear! Back in Delhi, I decided that I'll start posting my profile on various matrimonial sites AFTER I cleared my SCJP exam! My "escape route" you see. Playing for time, so that the mind could think up some other "excuse" for not having to face its fears!

Then, just a couple of days before I left Delhi for home, I managed to finally get the contact number of an old friend whom I had worked with in Dell Tech Support and whom I hadn't heard from in the last couple of years! Oh by the way, he's also the same guy whose "marriage proposal I accepted" back in early 2003! He he! But that's another story! Coming back to my recent conversation with him... when I told him about my above mentioned plans (of starting the "groom hunt" after clearing the SCJP)... his immediate response was - "Kaddy, your problem is that you keep waiting for things to become perfect first!"

And it was a "Bull's Eye"! A perfect hit! Dead on target!

The truth really is that I HAVE been waiting for things to become perfect in my life first... before I take the plunge! It's almost as if deep-down I believe that my life will come to an end once I get married! And so I want to do everything before I marry! Whatever I have ever wanted to do in my life - personally or professionally - I feel like I must accomplish it all before I tie the knot!

But that's so completely ridiculous, isn't it!

Life doesn't stop after marriage - it just takes a different dimension! You don't stop pursuing your dreams and aspirations - you just get a companion at your side who's a constant witness to your journey and your adventures! You don't stop accomplishing big things - you just don't need to look for a "date" anymore each time, to accompany you to the dinner party that the company has thrown for you, in honor of your achievements!

Ok the last one was a bit too far-fetched! But what I'm trying to say is that do I really need to wait till everything in my life is in perfect order? People usually set their things "in order" when they are about to die. So is marriage synonymous with death?

And even if I DO wait till I've achieved whatever I want to in life before I settle down, what is the guarantee that my "perfect life" might not run into an "earthquake" in the future? That is after I have "taken the rounds" finally!

Besides, what is the definition of "perfect" anyways? What may be perfect for me may be completely wrong for someone else!

Or is it that I feel I have to "make myself salable first"? Is it that I don't consider myself worthy of deserving a life-partner right now? Is it that I feel I won't be able to keep a man happy being the way I am right now? But is it really my job to keep my husband happy? Is it really anyone's responsibility to keep someone else happy? Aren't we all responsible for our own happiness?

And even if I do have a role to play in keeping my family unit intact, then why do I doubt my abilities to do so? Why do I give such a low credit rating to my self-worth? What right do I have to judge anyone -- INCLUDING MYSELF? Who am I to decide that I don't deserve "everlasting love" and a "fulfilling relationship"?

And what exactly is "everlasting love" anyway? Not a single day goes by when my Dad and I don't quarrel about something, but are those quarrels strong enough to kill the "everlasting love" between us? My sister and I have completely different styles of working - she's super careless & I'm super-organized; she hates sitting at home & I rarely go out; she likes to drink Pepsi (for Heaven's sake!) whereas I'm into herbal tea! And yet we have "everlasting love" between us... despite all our differences and the regular fights!

The truth is that all these excuses are just some stupid games that our mind plays on us... to provide a "cover up" to our underlying fears! All around us, we see people proclaiming that they are "not marriage material”… or that they are "not cut out for business"… or they "can't get the hang of modern technology"... blah blah blah! The bottom-line is that we're all simply trying to avoid facing our fears by creating these baseless ideas which we put across as FACTS about ourselves! All nothing but "SOUR GRAPES"!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Being Independent

Here's a recent picture of my nephew Yuvraj -- the one whose birth marked the birth of this blog too. This photograph was clicked after he had just devoured a bowl of one scoop each of chocolate and black-currant ice-creams... completely ON HIS OWN! That's the reason for his messy state! Of course, right after this photo session, he was picked up and carried straight into the bathroom -- to be deposited in a bucket filled with water!


The kid is not even 2 years old yet, and is already showing hard-to-miss signs of complete independency! And that's exactly how I was when I was his age! The only difference is that I used to eat mangoes like this!

My Dad tells me that I also hated being "helped" with my meals! So they used to place me on the floor of our huge terrace -- which was right outside our dining room -- and put my food in front of me -- porridge, "rice-daal", "curd-daal" (which is still one of my favorite dishes) or mangoes! They never could figure out though as to how much I ate and how much my clothes ate! But, once I was done with the food, my parents would connect the long rubber hose-pipe used to flower the hundreds of potted plants in our terrace, turn the tap on, and give me a thorough "jet bath" right there on the terrace!

I'm not so messy anymore... I don't need to be given a "jet bath" on the terrace after every meal! :-D In fact, I don't even have a terrace like that anymore! But, I'm still as independent as I was when I was a toddler! I still hate being told what to do, and worse - HOW to do it! I have ideas of my own -- at times really weird ones -- and I want to try them all out -- for good or for bad!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

PuzzleBee on FaceBook

Remember I mentioned earlier about the "Biggest Brain Game" on FaceBook?

Here is another of my favorites there! The "PuzzleBee" Jigsaw Puzzles application!

Apparently, the application provides a link to embed the puzzle in your MySpace, blog or forum etc. So I decided to try out this embed feature on my blog.

I really loved this particular picture, so sharing it with my blog readers. Do try it out and let me know if it worked.




Here's another jigsaw puzzle from PuzzleBee: "Food Cycle".

And here's more in Games!


Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Nostalgia Strikes Yet Again!

Another year gone by... and it's the time for "Diwali Cleaning" again!

Synonymous with the "Spring Cleaning" of the West, "Diwali Cleaning" still remains a very major event in most Indian families, even though the families have split into nuclear units now and most people don't have any human resources available to them for this mammoth task!

I have been involved in the "Diwali Cleaning" of my house since last Sunday. And now that it's almost completed, I am finally struck by nostalgia again! I managed to keep the memories at bay for the last several years, but this time I couldn't fool myself!

"Diwali Cleaning" used to be a real fun "adventure" back in Kanpur... when my mom was still alive! We had this huge terrace right outside our home... and my dad used to own a factory, so he could call the staff from the factory for the "Diwali Cleaning". And... best of all... my mom used to love to hoard stuff up in the house -- old clothes, her hand-made dolls and different kinds of wall hangings, other little odd trinkets -- so it used to be a major "treasure hunt" for my sister and me!

The staff from my dad's factory would take one room at a time, put all its furniture and other stuff out on the terrace to soak up the sun while they cleaned the rooms. So the terrace was where my sister and I settled ourselves!

We used to rummage around in all the several dozens of boxes and suitcases lying all around us... and every time one of us found something interesting, we would let out a squeal of pure joy and run to share our "discovery" with the other sibling! At times my mom would let us keep some of the things we really took a fancy for!

Then there were the cartons of books! My dad and all his 4 brothers used to be bookworms when they were young! And they even had a couple of friends who owned 2 of the major book shops in the town back then! Needless to say, they got a lot of books to read for free, and also bought many of them at discounted prices! Then there were those books who had some kind of defect -- their covers were apparently returned to the publisher for a refund -- ONLY the covers and NOT the complete book! So they even got some of those slightly "defective" books for free! Those book cartons were *my* personal heaven each year! :-p

After all the "big" stuff had been done by the "big" people, it was time for us kids to take care of the little details -- the brass items were polished using brasso, the TV, fridge and telephone set cleaned with colin, the almirahs wiped clean with damp cloth, new papers for the shelves and drawers -- it used to be fun!

And finally we went shopping to buy something new for the house... to replace the discarded stuff. I remember the time we bought artificial flowers for the very first time! And mom gave me one of her precious possessions -- a brown flower vase, probably ceramic -- and asked me to decorate the flowers in that vase in whatever way I wanted to! Yupp... creativity was always encouraged in my family, by both parents!

Anyways... the point of narrating this whole long story is that I'm missing the old times... I'm missing my mom... and I'm missing my sister here too! She won't be able to come home for Diwali 'coz of work.

They say that the world has become a much smaller place today than what it was 10 years ago. But then how come our loved ones have gone so far from us today?

Friday, October 10, 2008

Each Child is Unique...

Continued from my previous post -- "Home... Sweet home!" -- here is the post I promised on the 4 babies of my family!

They say that "a picture is worth a thousand words"! So here are my four-thousand words for this post! :-D :-D



VATSAL (Calcutta)
"The Suave... the debonair... the cool dude!"

Vatsal


YUVRAJ a.k.a. KRISH a.k.a. UV (Patna)
"Wild... untamed... and furious!"

Yuvraj


SIDDHI (U.S.A.)
"The Little Princess"

Siddhi


RISHIT (Mumbai)
"The Silent Observer"

Rishit