Saturday, December 31, 2011

Silly Saturday: Wishlist 2012

Wishlist 2012: Happy New Year
Dear readers,

A Very Happy New Year to you !!!



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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Take Your Pick


Original Picture by my very talented blog buddy - Megha Agrawal @ Subtle Strokes of Imagination.
Thanks for letting me use this, Megha! :D


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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Creative Avalanche

Why are you hit by a sudden avalanche of blogging ideas when you are so busy that you don't even have time to eat properly?

Come to think of it... why are you hit by a sudden avalanche of cooking ideas (Read: "Culinary Experiments") at the same hectic time in life?


I ought to note them down somewhere.

Where?

It's total chaos here these days.

The notebook that was, once upon a time, meant for my blog posts, is now full of lists -- wedding lists, packing lists, shopping lists, things-to-do lists, what-lists-to-make lists...!

Ok, the last one was a bit too much... but you're getting the point, aren't you?

I seriously need to re-organize my personal space.

And in the meantime, I need to note down these blog ideas somewhere... maybe I'll just put them all in a new post and save it in drafts.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

7 Lessons That Indian TV Serials Teach Us

I have voiced my displeasure on Indian TV shows more than once here. But, today, I take it all back. Like all things in life, these slow-moving, seemingly-full-of-cunning TV serials also serve a purpose. They teach us a lot about relationships. They teach us a lot about people. And they teach us about life.

I have been watching only two shows these days, on a regular basis (refer to previous post "Show Time"), and I have already learnt such a lot.

1. Always keep your distance from housewives having no constructive pastime. Since they have little to do in their own life, they WILL interfere in yours. And the more insecure they are of themselves, the more they'll try to disrupt your life.

2. Being in love does not necessarily mean a permanent bed of roses. It doesn't mean you'll always feel on top of the world. That state can be experienced only when both people in the relationship are freely expressing their love for each other. The moment any one person blocks the flow, both suffer. (And their viewers are also forced to experience their agony!)

3. Resistance/refusal to change, or to see a different viewpoint, is what leads to the slow pace of story in TV serials... as well as in life. The more obstinately we stick to our "comfort zone", the more boring and dissatisfying our life becomes. If we want our life and relationships to change, then WE must change, from within. Blaming destiny or any other external "variables" is totally useless.

4. Lack of communication is usually the culprit in all broken/staggering relationships. Most conflicts can be nipped in the bud by having a mature conversation with the people concerned. (Subject to point 5 below)

5. Just like there is day and night, light and dark, there WILL always be both good people and bad people in the world around us. It's up to us to learn to differentiate between the two. And to accept them as they are, without feeling obliged to "change" their ways. (Further subject to point 6 below)

6. People may not always be what they seem to be. Disguising our real self is an art we humans learn at a very early age, as a part of our "101 survival kit". So the reality of most people lies in not what they reveal to you, but in what they cannot reveal to you.


7. When it comes to relationships, most men are as lost as a ship without a compass, on the sea.


So, if your story was to be made into a TV serial, what would it be like? Boring? Interesting? Gloomy? Inspiring?

Would you desire to change anything in that story?

Would you be willing to change yourself for that?

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Reality Sinks In...

BSNL broadband surrendered.
Car sold.
Cartons pulled out from the attic.
Finally, it starts to sink in.
That we are MOVING!
Yayyyy!

Eight more days.

I wish it was over already.
I wish I was "there" already.

Just eight more days.

New postal address.
New phone number. (Again!!)
New bedroom.
New view from my balcony.
New dreams.
New life.

In just a little over a week!

[can't stop grinning ear-to-ear]

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Monday, December 12, 2011

Another Century!

A few days ago, it was Sehwag's double century in the news. And today, this is what shows up on my Blogger dashboard...


You see the contents of that red circle above, don't you?

Do you realize what that means?

Yes! It means that this post marks the 5th century on this blog! miss_teerious is now 500 posts old! :D :D :D


I started this space in December 2006... managed to pen down just 5 posts in that one month of 2006.

The year 2007 was even more pathetic... with just 27 posts in the entire year!

And then the activity here increased: 114 posts in 2008, 146 in 2009 (the most "happening" year, I guess) and 112 posts in 2010.

This is the 96th post of 2011. So I suppose I should be able to cross the one-hundred mark this year too.

The future?

Well, I'd rather not comment on it now, because miss_teerious and Kaddu are two different entities, both with their own life force.

While Kaddu has repeatedly tried to destroy miss_teerious in the past, the latter has, so far, always managed to survive.

Which leads me to wonder if it's even worth the effort... messing with this blog anymore... since it always springs back up!

Maybe I should just let it live in peace...

Maybe I will... now...

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Lost Battles

Apparently, some questions in life have no answers.


All you can do is play along... until the game's over.


Just two more weeks...

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Silly Saturday: Geometric Hallows (???)

Disclaimer: This post is not meant for those who haven't read Harry Potter.


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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Friendship... Growth...

Finally Ram Kapoor and Priya become "friends". (Refer to previous post "Show Time!") It's a good thing because friendship is the key requisite for any sustainable relationship. Friendship is what gives you a chance to really know one another... understand one another.


Also, it's nice to see that Ram and Priya's story is moving along at a good pace now. Stories that seem to remain stuck at the same point till the end of eternity tend to get really uninteresting after some time.

Change and growth, apparently, are as vital in relationships as they are in the other aspects of life. Stagnancy, apparently, is not desirable anywhere in life.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Resolve Conflict

Thursday, December 8, 2011: For once, I'm back-dating a post on this blog. I meant to publish this yesterday under "Wordless Wednesday", but got caught up in other more pressing matters, so couldn't complete the cartoon in time.

How To Resolve Conflict Between Heart and Mind
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Monday, December 5, 2011

Many Lives, One Master

One of my blog buddies made a very accurate observation in his comment on my previous post "I Am Five". He wrote:


"And you survived at least three near-death experiences when your insensitive writer put you in a coma for months on end. Well done bloggy, you showed her!!"


LOL! Not even just coma, I have actually "killed" the blog once -- deleted it completely from the Blogger Dashboard -- but it sprang back to life after a few months!


They say that a cat has nine lives. I wonder how many lives does miss_teerious have.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

I Am Five!



miss_teerious turns 5 today!

And she thanks all those people from 3,542 cities, across 132 countries of the world, who have visited her and been friends with her in the last 5 years!

:D :D :D

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Friday, December 2, 2011

New Beginnings

Few weeks down the road, and the slate's gonna be cleaner still.

New place.

New people.

New relations.

New life.

Can't truthfully say I'll miss any part of my existence in Patna.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Show Time!

Recently, I've started watching two TV serials on a more-or-less regular basis. One of them is the very popular Bade Acche Lagte Hain on Sony. And the other, Kuch To Log Kahenge, again on Sony, is the remake of that old Pakistani serial, Dhoop Kinare. Yes, that same one which had that female intern doctor called Zoya, who dreamed of long hair so she could wave them around her head! Although her character in the Indian version, Dr. Nidhi Verma, already has beautiful long hair. But that's just a triviality... a pointless observation on my part. What I actually want to write about in this post is about the two main relationships portrayed in these two TV shows.

First, Bade Acche Lagte Hain...


Ram Kapoor and Priya Kapoor, with less than average acting skills and dialogue delivery, keep on bickering like cats and dogs all the time. While that looked cute initially, I'm finally getting tired of it. It seems like every time she speaks to him, she nags. And every time he speaks to her, he's outright rude... and insulting even.

Now "apparently", these two characters have a strong deep-rooted "understanding" otherwise. So, all this nagging and rudeness doesn't seem to affect either of them. But, I, honestly, can't imagine myself in such a relationship for any length of time. Occasional "nok-jhok" is fine, but such constant "word war" all the time... that's outright mean! And no, it doesn't translate to being witty, not when it goes on ALL the time! Besides, aren't there so many other ways of battling your wits against each other? Is it really necessary to be so rude and hurtful all the time?

Well, I'm not sure how long I'll continue watching this serial, but, coming to Kuch To Log Kahenge now...


The relationship between Dr. Ashutosh and Dr. Nidhi is more of my taste. Innocent persuasion instead of nagging. And silent appreciation instead of rude criticism. No verbal declarations of everlasting love. And yet, their actions speak volumes. She going beyond her comfort zone and making tea for him. He wearing the yellow t-shirt she gifted, in complete contrast with his normally colorless world. A very visible desire to mold themselves for the other person's happiness.

And why not? What's wrong in it? If it makes that special someone happy, then what's the harm in doing it? Inflexibility, ego, stubbornness... these words aren't synonymous with love at all.

That being said, these two adorable characters are currently going through a rift in their beautiful relationship. A rift that's been deliberately created by Dr. Ashutosh, who seems to believe he's not the right choice for Dr. Nidhi. Not that he's happy being away from her. He's just making life miserable for her, for himself, and for everyone else around him!

When will people learn that it's totally absurd to involve the mind in matters of the heart? Why do people complicate relationships so much?

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Wedding Memoirs

It's been a long month.

After a lot of rough patches, sister's wedding eventually culminated in some fine celebrations.

Everybody liked the final arrangements. The food, the d├ęcor, the service, the way the bride looked, even the way "yours truly" looked... it was all just purrrrfect!

No unforeseen delays or mishaps. No bottlenecks anywhere. Everything went through like a well-rehearsed play.

Still waiting for the wedding photographs though. Here are a few taken by my camera.

That's my sister with UV (who was the 'vinayak')... during the 'Ganesh Puja'.


And this is me... patiently getting my hands painted with 'mehendi'! :D


This is the dais at the venue of the wedding...


And here's dad with the beautiful bride! :D


And in case you're wondering, I wore a sari at the wedding. A white one. I know. It's a very non-standard color to be worn at a wedding, but when you see the pics, you'll realize it was actually a very good choice. People simply couldn't take their eyes off me! Even those who usually like to put me down for my appearance couldn't find anything to criticize!

I found it a bit awkward to walk in the sari initially, but by the time of the reception 2 days later, in which I wore a different sari, I got kind of used to it. Sitting down and standing up still gets a bit fussy though. But overall, I like the feel of it. And I think I'm going to add saris to my regular wardrobe too now.

Coming back to the wedding, I always wondered how it would feel... going through the wedding without mom. But as it turns out, I had nothing to worry about really. Mom was there with us that night. There's no way everything could have worked out so smoothly otherwise, in the light of all that had happened prior to the wedding! And there's no way I could have felt so safe and strong otherwise! Invincible. Haven't felt that way for years...

Well, there's a lot more to be penned down, but this is all for today. Got to get back to work now...

Monday, November 21, 2011

Book Review: Haunted by Douglas Misquita

Review: Haunted by Douglas Misquita

Haunted
Author: Douglas Misquita
ISBN: 978-9380154954

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Two things made me go for Haunted by Douglas Misquita. One. It's penned by an Indian author. And two. It has absolutely nothing to do with romance and mush.

My good blog buddy, Roshmi, asked me if I would be interested in reviewing this book. I was a bit tied up with the arrangements for my sister's wedding, but the thought of all that thrill and adventure promised in the book was too tempting. I figured it shouldn't be too difficult for me to find time to skim through the 370-odd pages of this book. I am, after all, a fast reader. So I signed up for the offer. Ahh, but what a mistake!

Haunted, by Douglas Misquita, canNOT be skimmed through! Nope. Neither can it be read in small parts. This book, with its innumerable characters, intricately woven together in a very complex plot, must be finished in one sitting, lest you find yourself flipping back through the pages repeatedly, in order to "connect the dots".

That's exactly what I was doing initially, until I finally gave up on it and decided to start afresh after I was done with the wedding and everything. Well, guess what. I finished the book this weekend, back at my "home sweet home", although my suitcases from the trip are still waiting to be unpacked! [grins]

Blurb from Haunted:

FBI Special Agent Kirk Ingram's life is torn apart when his family is brutally murdered before his eyes. Devastated physically and psychologically, he vows to destroy organised crime in all forms. Across the globe, an international trade house brings terrorist activities and organised crime together in a deadly nexus that threatens to bring the world-order to the point of anarchy. And only one man stands in the way of global terror and paranoia-one man seeking redemption, and waging a personal battle against the demons of his past...

If you dig action movies like Die Hard, Bourne, Mission Impossible and Lethal Weapon, then Haunted is just the book for you. All the action sequences -- the chases, the gunfires, the blasts, and even the underwater scenes -- are perfectly choreographed and reflect the author's in-depth research. You can actually visualize the scenes unfolding right in front of your eyes, like you were watching a movie rather than reading a book. In fact, I'm usually against movie adaptations of books, but this is one book I'd love to see a movie made of!

Coming back to the plot, terrorism isn't a new theme, and it comes with a set of standard ingredients: a bunch of bad men, drugs, weapons (mechanical and chemical), bloodshed, explosions, power-thirst, hostage situations, and of course, a few good men, trying to restore order. So it's totally in how you "package" these "standard ingredients" that makes the difference. And the USP of Haunted is its fast pace and crisp editing, that adds another dimension to the action sequences.

The title of the book is perhaps the only thing that "sticks out" for me. The entire "haunted" past of Kirk Ingram wasn't really required to explain his relentless drive against organized crime. (John McClane, in Die Hard, didn't have any personal vendettas fueling him against terrorists. Neither did ACP. Rajveer Shekawat a.k.a. Radhe, in Wanted.) Not that Ingram's past is interfering in the plot in anyway or creating any character discrepancy. It's just that this title is a bit misleading for the actual plot of the book. For instance, I'm an all-time fan of action thrillers. But if this book hadn't come as a personal recommendation from someone I knew, I wouldn't have picked it up from the stands on my own, because the title would have conveyed the impression of ghosts and after-death para-normal activities.

That being said, overall, Haunted by Douglas Misquita, is an excellent action-packed book, and nowhere does it give the impression that it's the first published work of the author. Also, the perfect international setting of the plot makes it really hard to believe that the book comes from an Indian author! I, for one, am looking forward to other such adventures with Kirk Ingram. And why not? I'm sure the guy is still "haunted" by his past! And there's obviously no dearth of organized crime in the world! (So what say, Mr. Misquita? Any plans of building a series on this one? [wink])

My rating: 4.5 out of 5. Highly recommended to all action-lovers.

Buy more books by Douglas Misquita from: Flipkart | Amazon.in | Amazon.com

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book for reviewing, but that has, in no way, affected my rating and opinions.


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Saturday, November 5, 2011

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Which Social Networking Platform Is For You?

There are so many social networking websites today that it becomes very confusing to decide what update to post on which site. I actually stopped using all of them finally, except Facebook! But, for those of you, who are still juggling your accounts on multiple social networking platforms, perhaps this flow chart will help you decide where to post your updates. All in good humor. :D