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Monday, August 29, 2005

Bye Bye Houston

Yepp...today is my last day in houston. Moving to Columbus, Ohio tomorrow for a PhD. A new beginning and a new life awaits me there. And I am all set to take over. :) Good memories to take from Houston and some new ones to be made there. Ready to go !!!

A farewell to the good times that I had over the past coupla years.

Jaate Jaate...ek forward. Enjoy!!

Laloo Prasad sent his Bio Data - to apply for a post in Microsoft Corporation, USA.

A few days later he got this reply:

Dear Mr. Laloo Prasad,

You do not meet our requirements. Please do not send any further correspondence. No phone call shall be entertained.

Bill Gates.

Laloo Prasad jumped with joy on receiving this reply.
He arranged a press conference : "Bhaiyon aur Behno, aap ko jaan kar khushi hogee ki hum ko Amereeca mein naukri mil gayee hai."Everyone was delighted. Laloo prasad continued...... "Ab hum aap sab ko apnaa appointment Letter padkar sunaongaa ? par letter angreeze main hai - isliyen saath-saath Hindi main translate bhee karoonga.

Dear Mr. Laloo Prasad ----- Pyare Laloo prasad bhaiyya ....
You do not meet -----aap to miltay hee naheen ho
our requirement ----- humko to zaroorat hai
Please do not send any furthur correspondance ----- ab Letter vetter bhejne ka kaouno zaroorat nahee.
No phone call ----- phoonwa ka bhee zaroorat nahee hai .........
shall be entertained ----- bahut khaatir kee jayegi.
Thanks ----- aapkaa bahut bahut dhanyavad.
Bill Gates. ---- Tohar Bilva. .

Adieu and Cheerios.

Sunday, August 28, 2005

Quiz Time.....is it...or fun !!!

My dominant inner being :

The Mundane
The Mundane. There is nothing higher or more
powerful than what you can reach out and touch.
Physical reality is all there is. Religion is a
waste of time from your point of view.
Everything can be explained by science. Even
science fiction is a waste of Time. A pity.

What is the Dominant Inner being within You?
brought to you by Quizilla


Does it really make a difference....whats my inner self? I am the way I am..and still would be for many more years to come. But..such quizzes are fun for once. What say ya?


Friday, August 26, 2005

Classic or Classical !!!!!

Ever lost the track of time in the company of classical music ? Ever lost the track of counting the number of times you heard the same classical song continuously ? Ever wondered what is it feels like getting lost in time and space with the dulcet indian classical music ? Classic..truely !!

Classical music is deep-rooted in the customs and traditions of every possible existing culture. For Indians, it is an inevitable part of the music heritage the country boasts of since eons. And bingo...it verily justifies the rich variety of pure beatific entertainment. There are different forms of classical music that forms the principium of variety of music genres. The very base of music is cemented with the do's and dont's, rights and wrongs, hows and how nots of the musical notes.

I am here talking about the Indian classical music. The swars, raagas, and taals adorn the music heritage of India. I am not at all a connoiseur or expert in this regard. I was introduced to classical music by my late doting maternal granpa. He used to play Tabla and Harmonium, and even tried teaching me couple of times when I used to visit him in school vaccations. It was mere fun then ofcourse... not an easy task too. But then and there...those vaccations laid the inception. My penchant for classical music was nascent in the schooling days...it grew over a period of years.

I like to listen to classical music when there is peace.....when I want peace. It feels like satiating the quest to search a blissful abode. Once I like a particular song it just goes on. Today was just another day....but adorned with classical music. Only 5 songs in my playlist today..that went on for forever. Here are some of the songs I would like to recommend to you.

1. Piya Bavri - by Ajay Pohankar
2. Bavra Man - film Hazaaron Khwahishen Aisi
3. Zindagi Jab Bhi Teri Bazm Mein - by Talat Aziz


Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Casual thoughts...

Open thy heart
And feeleth whats there..
The world is frenzied
You hafta find your place.

Open thy eyes
And seeth whats unseen..
The life is a labyrinth
Beware its not a race.

Open thy mind
And speaketh whats true..
Even if the world hates
Its your own world of solace.

Open thy ears
Hear what they say..
Let not hamper thee away
Get your own thoughts and space.


Tuesday, August 23, 2005

A Pack of..

A pack of boxes...umm yeah for sure this feels weird. We have been learning phrases like "a pack of wolves" and so on. A pack of boxes is what I have today. Scattered all over in my living room and bedroom are boxes packed with my belongings. Yea guys, I have started packing. Packing to move. Moving to Ohio..for a new change. A new and different life. Packing is really boring, hectic, but inevitable. Accomplished quite a few things today. Feeling satisfied. :)

These two years, I have bought a lot of things..boy that shows in the no. of boxes I have. :D. Yea..I go overboard when shopping. :D Looking over the last two years, I have collected quite a few things.....experience of staying away from your loved ones, some memories to cherish for life, some to yearn for, and at the end of it - a satisfaction with the blissful two years. :) To some extent, these two years have changed me...I have kinda rediscovered myself.

Damn Tired now..can't write much...Thats me signing off from my packing diaries. :D


Sunday, August 21, 2005

Procrastinate Now....

Ever wondered how busy we are! We do the same stuff everyday, we deal with the same things everday...but we find that we always lag behind time. Time crunch !! One or the other things on our cliche'd to-do list takes a backseat. Wonder..what its called? We all have a TBD - Too Busy Disorder. Yea..therez no pill for it. Hence, procrastination feels so right, so true, and so needed when we want it. The power of procrastination is unrealized until we procrastinate.

Yes..Procrastinate now. I am sure...you would go.."Are you nuts girl ??" Probably yes, I am right now. Or..it is the hangover of the stand-up comedy by Ellen Degenres - Here and Now.

Ellen Degeneres takes to the stage for some of her funniest stand-up comedy ever! Ellen is one gifted person who would lift your spirits with her humor. Her hillarious insights on the everyday life and the things we have to deal with would make you laugh straight from the heart. Here and Now highlights the humor from our very mundane musings. So simple yet funny..thats what Here and Now by Ellen Degeneres is all about.


Tuesday, August 16, 2005

This Rocks !!

Song: Halka Halka Sa Yeh Sama
Film: Chocolate

(halka halka sa yeh nasha
behka behka sa yeh sama
aa jaana ) - 2
aa jaana jaane ja aa jaana yeh sama
jaaaye na jaaye na
woh woh
halka halka sa yeh nasha
behka behka sa yeh sama
aa jaana
aa jaana jaane ja aa jaana yeh sama
jaaye na jaaye na
woh woh woh
halka halka sa yeh nasha

(kyon bhala sapno ke pitche dil mera apno ke pitche khota hain
khwaahishein aawaara banke toot jaaye tara banke hota hain ) - 2
hota hain kal magar
beeta jo pal agar
aaye na aaye naa
halka halka sa yeh nasha
behka behka sa yeh sama
aa jaana
aa jaana jaane ja aa jaana yeh sama
jaaaye na jaaye na
woh woh
halka halka sa yeh nasha

(jal uthe shola toh ismein jo chale hawa toh kisne roka hain
ho raha hain dil bekaabu yeh nahi aankhon ka jaadu dhoka hain ) - 2
raahein dhua dhuan
manzil jaane kaha
kho raha karwaa
(halka halka sa yeh nashabehka behka sa yeh sama
aa jaana) - 2
aa jaana jaane ja aa jaana yeh sama
jaaaye na jaaye na
oh oh oh
halka halka sa yeh nasha
My song for the day. Zimbleeeeeee Fantabulous !! Listen HERE.


Sunday, August 14, 2005

Happy Independence Day !!

Jai Hind !!

Saturday, August 13, 2005

And the arguments continue...

A Spanish teacher was explaining to her class that in Spanish, unlike English, nouns are designated as either masculine or feminine.

''House'' for instance, is feminine: ''la casa.''
''Pencil,'' however, is masculine: "el lapiz.''

A student asked, ''What gender is 'computer'?''

Instead of giving the answer, the teacher split the class into two groups, male and female, and asked them to decide for themselves whether ''computer'' should be a masculine or a feminine noun. Each group was asked to give four reasons for its

The men's group decided that ''computer'' should definitely be of the feminine gender (''la computer''), because:
1. No one but their creator understands their internal logic;
2. The native language they use to communicate with other computers is incomprehensible to everyone else;
3. Even the smallest mistakes are stored in long-term memory for possible later retrieval; and
4. As soon as you make a commitment to one, you find yourself spending half your paycheck on accessories for it.

The women's group, however, concluded that computers should be Masculine ('el computer''), because:
1. In order to do anything with them, you have to turn them on;
2. They have a lot of data but still can't think for themselves;
3. They are supposed to help you solve problems, but half the time they ARE the problem; and
4. As soon as you commit to one, you realize that if you had waited a little longer, you could have gotten a better model.

The women won.

Just a joke..:D
Peace....and Cheerios

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Free Birdie Now

Yuhuuuuuuuuuuu.....finally submitted my thesis today. Done. Finito. Over. Actually submitted the copies for binding, but now I am totally done with it. Already feeling lazy and light. Could not be more happy for myself...lolz.

Nostalgia revisited. It gives a strange feeling to remember that coupla years ago in the August of '03 I landed in the US of A with nothing at all, accept memories from back home. How unaware and naive I was...how blank I was..!! Life seemed nascent. Took some two months to get completely setteled. From coupla months to coupla years, it has been such a fascinating journey. Got wonderful, helping, and caring roommates. Made a coupla friends who are now for eternity..I know...in bollywood style..i know DIL SE. :)

Life in US has taught me much more than even I could ever guess. The pros and cons of living in a country which is not yours but there are courteous people all around ready to make you a part of this country with enthusiasm. Everyday in the beginning seemed to teach something...how to live in this country. Starting from learning different terminologies i was not knowing.."to go"/"for here"...to leaving voice mails (which I still am not comfy with)...to calling customer services here and there. Small things even seemed a new learning. US has expurgated my inability to take decisions. Yea..being a piscean I always struggled with it. Had to take some big decisions all by myself and did it all with confidence and style. Some mistakes here and there and then again back on the track. To explain the gist of it...I have learnt to live alone away from pampering parents and some trustworthy friends. Feels really good to be independent though away from what I enjoyed for more than two decades...lolz..Did u guess my age now..naa..don't ever try it..:P

In short...Life means "Inevitable Changes" and much more..for good for worse..for all.


Monday, August 08, 2005

Crazy English

Received this forward about how crazy and funny english is:

1. The bandage was wound around the wound.

2. The farm was used to produce produce.

3. The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.

4. We must polish the Polish furniture.

5. He could lead if he would get the lead out.

6. The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.

7. Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to
present the present.

8. A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.

9. When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.

10. I did not object to the object.

11. I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.

12. The insurance was invalid for the invalid.

13. How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?

14. There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.

15. They were too close to the door to close it.

Let's face it - English is a crazy language. There is no egg in eggplant nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple. English muffins weren't invented in England or French fries in France. Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren't sweet, are meat. We take English for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.

And why is it that writers write but fingers don't fing, grocers don't groce and hammers don't ham? If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn't the plural of booth beeth? One goose, 2 geese. So one moose, 2 meese? One index, 2 indices? Doesn't it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend? If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them,
what do you call it?

If teachers taught, why didn't preachers praught? If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat? In what language do people recite at a play and play at a recital? Ship by truck and send cargo by ship? Have noses that run and feet that smell? How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites?

You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out and in which an alarm goes off by going on. English was invented by people, not computers, and it reflects the creativity of the human race (which, of course, isn't a race at all). That is why, when the stars are out, they are
visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible.


Hmm..thinking about it..immediately my mind revisited the hillarious scene from film Namak Halal. Amitabh Bachchan fantastically delivered these funny lines:

"o kallo baat. Are aisi angrezi ave hain ke I can leave angrez behind.

I can talk english, I can walk english, I can laugh english, because english is a funny language. Bhairo becomes barren and barren becomes Bhairo because their minds are very narrow.

In the year 1929 when India was playing Australia at the Melbourne stadium Vijay Hazare and Vijay Merchant were at the crease. Vijay Merchant told Vijay Hazare. look Vijay Hazare Sir , this is a very prestigious match and we must consider it very prestigiously. We must take this into consideration, the consideration that this is an important match and ultimately this consideration must end in a run.

In the year 1979 when Pakistan was playing against India at the Wankhede stadium Wasim Raja and Wasim Bari were at the crease and they took the same consideration. Wasim Raja told Wasim Bari, look Wasim Bari, we must consider this consideration and considering that this is an important match we must put this consideration into action and ultimately score a run. And both of them considered the consideration and ran and both of them got out."

I just adore the way AB uttered these lines...how much funnier can it get. With that slightly ghati mohawk accent..it just becomes funnier each time I hear/remember it. lolz.


Sunday, August 07, 2005

Happy Friendship Day !!

By- Karin Schaefer

There are days when
bubbling from us comes
the innocent child within,
who giggles at the little things
and wears a silly grin.

There are days when
melancholy comes to
visit for a while;
the mind feels tired, the body weak;
we have no strength to smile.

There are days when
joy abundant
grabs a hold of you and me;
wraps us up in all it's splendor,
lifts us up and sets us free.

There are days when
sorrow wraps us
in its cloak of grief and fear,
'till our hearts ache to the breaking,
'till our eyes can't shed a tear.

There are days when
love bestows us
with its wonderment and light;
with its beauty and its mystery,
its power and its might.

And there are days when
life rewards us
and seems to make amends
by granting us a marvelous gift,
the precious gift of Friends.

Happy Friendship Day to ya'll. Let it sail on ..for ever.


Friday, August 05, 2005

If there were a Time Machine...

Wonder what would happen if there were a Time Machine !!!

Could we rewind and forward our lives as we wished to be again present in those moments that we missed or wished to skip. Revisiting times back and forth would be indeed something different. But could we relive those moments ?? I wonder..I wonder..

There are times when we remember our golden eras..I am sure everyone has one or two..or if lucky many many such eras. We sometimes want to recreate the golden memories that we have. Nostalgia is an addiction. Its like hidden glue beneath the wonderful flowers blossomed in the path of time. We often get stuck in such moments and its hard to be where the present is..sometimes its hard to move on carry on where we left the present. If there were a time machine..I would definitely get lost in it and would i come back ?? I wonder..I wonder..

The Wonder of Us - By Diane Anjoue

Sands of time,
hourglass grains,
fused and impressed

created aforetime
Lightning evanescent
with sandy shore.

Miraculous Original;
God's own work of art.

An inception;
tangible yet
Abeyant of deception's
howling, tearing.

One far off
day away,
A masterpiece,
exhumed, evoked;
God's own

The mark
lightning inerrant.
the "Wonder of Us".

creating and
ambrosial and infinite.

dreamscape cache...
Straight away,
dusting sand from
our hair,
the adventure

And as 'Johann Wolfgang von Goethe' says 'Life belongs to the living, and he who lives must be prepared for changes'.

Indeed !! - Cheerios

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Whats the big deal ?

"Teri aankhen hai ya neeli jheel,
Teri aankhen hai ya neeli jheel,
So..whats the big deal !!"

Thats just a funny shayari. But after coming to US of A, all I used to hear was about checking out deals online. Ppl would literally yell with excitement 'Did you chk out that site...what an awesome deal..it has a rebate...only for a day..chk this out.' I was like whattttt .... okie..ya..whatever. Those were my initial days in this 'online dealing' country. I had no experience of online purchases, deals, rebates and stuff. I was awestruck the first time I heard and learnt that airplane tickets could be purchased online or like we can bid for the ticket. Call me stupid or whatever...I seriously didn't knew. Now those days have gone. Literally...these days its me myself the oldie goldie same one who is always checking out deals. One such site which has almost become a bookmark in my browser window is THIS.

Apart from the Big deal...it was a movie marathon on "sunday is a holiday"..lolz. Thats the funny one liner I use to scream..obviously ppl on sundays :P. See..how I get lost and digressed from the topic. It happens when my mind rushes faster than the tongue and here..the keyboard. :D But n e ways...sunday went in enjoying movies likes Gods must be crazy 1, Gods must be crazy 2, and The Pacifier. Really funny especially the first two.

Hey ppl..HERE is one cool link. Keep the browser window minimized.

Also, got the committe signature on my Thesis ... Yipppeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee. Gotta get back to work now.