Showing posts from September, 2008



From today Navraatri are starting,it is a festival of nine days and the starting of auspicious time considered good for starting any new venture, entering new homes,buying property, vehicles etc etc. It is a celebration of nine days, ceberated through out the country but with a little difference in the way.
When i was in Kharagpur and Ranchi, the enthu for Pooja was so infectious:), all our neigbourhood used to be busy in shopping for new clothes, then give the dress to all their relatives., then from Shashtthi-sixth day, they used to be all decked up and go out to various programmes held in the city and then Pandal hopping:) what fun it was ! There Durga ma is brought home like a daughter,loved and feasted,celebrated and when she goes back, she is sent with lots of emotions, Sindoor( red color) khela, and evrybody feels really sad.
While in MP it was celebrations all the …


International Day for Your "Right to Know"
Ever wondered why the next-door new school building is falling down?
Whyevery year you bump on same repaired road?
Why you never get your rationcard or the passport on time?
Why it is impossible to get a patta from theTaluk office for your land?
Why did you fail in the examination, which youwere confident of passing?
Where is that elusive Income Tax refund?
Why doyou have to literally drive around in circles to get your driving licence?
What happens to the promises made every five years ?
You will be surprised to hear that now you can not only have the answers toall these nagging questions but also speed up pending issues with thegovernment and other civic bodies, without greasing palms or paying speedmoney.
September 28th is the International day for your "Right to Know".We Indians can exercise this Right, by seeking information under the Rightto Information Act 2005 (RTI Act 2005). In other countries, similar laws areca…

Email from the boss

Mail sent by Narayan Murthy to all Infosys staff:

It's half past 8 in the office but the lights are still on... PCs still running, coffee machines still buzzing... And who's at work? Most of them ???

Take a closer look... All or most specimens are ?? Something male species of the human race... Look closer... again all or most of them are bachelors... And why are they sitting late? Working hard? No way!!! Any guesses???

Let's ask one of them... Here's what he says... "What's there 2 do after going home...Here we get to surf, AC, phone, food, coffee that is why I am working late...Importantly no bossssssss!! !!!!!!!!! " This is the scene in most research centers and software companies and other off-shore offices. Bachelors "Time-passing" during late hours in the office just bcoz they say they've nothing else to do...

Now what r the consequences. .. "Working" (for the record only) late hours soon becomes part of the institute or comp…


I saw a post on Shradh on hobo's blog and i wanted to write something.In indian calender a month is divided into two fortnights and except Amavasya and Poornima, rest of the days are named in the same way----first second,third fortnight is called Krishna paksh and other shukl paksh. now-a-days.krishna paksh is going on, and this fortnight is devoted to shraadh.
Shradh is a ceremony where we remember our departed parents and grand parents (called pittr or poorvaj). we invite a Pandit and he does some pooja and sankalp and then we serve him the same variety of food liked by our dear ones and give him Dakshina.It is considered that the day our poorvaj died like on dooj, teej like that, in that tithi they visit us, and feel happy and satisfied when they see our love for them,and bless us.
Earlier traditionally nobody bought anything new or did any auspicious work in those days,but i think why not? they are our loved ones and they wud like us to be happy so.....
This day is…

means to an end

I have been thinking for a long time, what is right?
To reach the aim or target , by any ways or
The ways we follow are more important than the end?
Some people say-there is no harm in a little twisting here or there if our intentions are good and our ultimate aim is for the benefit of may be society or country or mankind whatever it is.But then like they say--chori to chori ha--one cant give it any other name.and it will always leave its footprints on your mind.
Personally i think means are more important than the end, we must choose the right path and it will always take us to a good end,may not be the pinnacle of success , but the satisfaction of the journey will certainly outweigh that.Journey is more important than the manjil(end).Intentions only make us feel may times we say..but my intentions were not like that ,so what.., but they dont affect anything else, its only our deed which bring results. and any unfair mean for a righteous cause also will certainly som…

karan johar and sooraj barjatya

As soon as I switched the TV on saw the movie--Maine Pyaarkiya.. that antakshari round, and I became engrossed in watching, everything is so nice and perfect in this movie. Then i started thinking what is so special about SoorajBarjatya's movies, not that I liked everything, I didnt like--main premkidiwanihoon and ham saathsaath ha(this was too much of a sugary dose, too sweet also doesnt taste good) Ham aapkehainkaun and Maine pyaarkiya....both i have seen umpteen times, but still can watch them(just like Silsila), so what is so good about them. karanJohar also makes good movies but not so repeat value, so why?
S has perfect ,ideal families, the way we want them to be, but mighty impossible, whereas Karan;s families are normal people with some flaws also.
Karan goes over the top in opulence, of coure S also has house like mansions where u can cycle inside,but they are not garish and emphasis is more on the characters than their dresses and houses.
And the equation between Salman …
Get ready for a tag marathon....
Le Belle dame sans merci tagged me .. and a Tag is very important because that shows somebody cares about u, about how u think, so i feel i am lucky to be tagged, and Swarna we love to read about you, we wont ever get bored, so keep on writing........

What have you realized recently?
I realised that with a positive bend of mind u can make ur life very pleasant and beautiful, but make sure nobody takes ur positivity for granted..........
.Have you given your first kiss away?
its a very old story:)
.If you were to be stranded on a deserted island, who are the 11 blog buddies you would take?
If i am stranded on a deserted island , i wudnt know it in advance, so how can I choose, but in case i am stranded, i will make friends with everyone who is there with me.
Where is the place you want to go the most? cant be home, becuase that is where I like to comeback where ever i go:), so it wud be to ......presently to my hometown or Zurich(my …

Tribute to MC SHARMA

I want to pay my humble tribute to a great policeman MC Sharma, he was the inspector who got killed in yesterday's encounter.According to TOI he had got many gallantry be President's police medals.And his technical surveillance capabilities were unmatched and he was only 43. From yesterday i was praying for him but sadly this time my prayers were not answered.
May God give his family the strength to bear the loss and may God be with them all their life !
When police falters we are more than ready to bombard them, but their sacrifices always go unnoticed. I feel very sad ki---ekdeshkahimmataurBekhaufsipahikuchsirfiey logo kiwajahseshaheed ho gaya. We need more of his tribe.


This is my first tag and I have been tagged by My Space. I am thrilled that someone wants to know what i think.....So here I go. ....I take an oath that whatever i say will be truth and only truth nothing else:). and most of the answers will be hypothetical only, as i have passed that age:) happily.
RULE #1 People who have been tagged must write their answers on their blogs and replace any question that they dislike with a new question formulated by themselves.
RULE #2 Tag 6 people to do this quiz and those who are tagged cannot refuse. These people must state who they were tagged by and cannot tag the person whom they were tagged by continue this game by sending it to other people.
1. If your lover betrayed you, what will your reaction be?
I will be enraged and then get him out of my life and mind both. (though the chances of my H betraying me are nil:) where will he get somebody better than me:)

2. If you can have a dream come true, what would it be
oh I am very clear on that:) wan…

BFF and MDFA and BBA

Reflections has graciously awarded me with this award BFF, I am very happy, i always considered her my friend, but now I know that she also considers me one.Lucky me:), This last week has been a real bonanza for me as I got three awards, and i am sorry friends i am late in posting them.Thanks nancy for commenting on Gulab Jamun tips:), otherwise i wudnt have got such a good friend like you. And here are the rules for the Blogging Friends Forever Award:
1. The winner may put the logo on his/her blog.
2. Put a link to the person you received the award from
3. Nominate 5 blogs.
4. Put links to the blogs.
5. Leave a message for your the nominees are:---

Balvinder: you shouldnt be surprised, as you were the first visitor on my blog, so you are a very special friend.
Piper : Your comments on my blog have always been very sweet and I felt an affection always.
Cess:-people may think ours is a mutual admiration society, as u have given me an award also,but I was slow so u superceded m…


When we were young taking money from someone.....was considered a liability,loan, Karja.....not considered very good and it was taken only in the dire need or really bad circumstances. Whatever we wanted to have in life.....needs or wants....for both we were taught to save and then buy. and Credit was a complete wants, it cud be indulged in only for needs.
I remember that this lesson was so well ingrained in my mind that i never even took grocery on a monthly payment,which was the norm in our locality, always paid immediately for anything or everything.
Then the times changed and CC came into existence, we were followed incessantly by people (banking) to take their CC, and initially I took one from BOB, but didnt like their system, once the deducted the yrly fee whereas the card I am yet to get and then that mental phobia, which was strengthened by many stories i heard from my friends of getting false statements and then having to pay some settlement and all that.I alway…


A new couple moved in a new neighbourhood. The next day when they were eating their breakfast , the woman sees her neighbour hang the wash outside. The woman said-laundry is not very clean, either they dont know how to wash or they need better laundry soap.The husband looked but remained silent
For the next month everyday the woman made the same comment and husband remained silent.Then on 30th day the woman saw that clothes were clean and she said--look they have learned to wash.
the Husband said---no i got up early today and cleaned our windows:)
And so it is with life. what we see when watching others depends on the purity of window through which we look Before we give any criticism, it might be a good idea to chk the state of mind and ask ourselves..if we are reading to see the goodness or.....
i got it in my email thru my bro, it was a slide show, i liked it so I am sharing it with u all


These are the pictures of Ganpati we brought home,our environment friendly Ganesha, from fresh clay, the left picture is taken on the first day, and one on the top today, when we did the Visarjan. GANPATIBAPPAMORYA! AB KEBARAS TU JALDI AA !

shop for a cause

A shop and a cause
The shop: The Paper Shop.The cause: an orphanage/old-age home in India.How are they connected:Sometime back I'd setup a shop at Etsy (a place to sell handmade stuff), The Paper Shop. Recently I visited an orphanage/old-age home in India, Nethaji Mercy Home, and since then I wanted to do something for them. So I decided that I would use my etsy shop for raising funds for this home. Below is a picture (borrowed from their website) of the children from the home: On the extreme left and right is the couple behind this home. It was so amazing to meet these beautiful people; they treat all the children as their very own and have devoted their life to the care of these children and the old-age people. On seeing such selfless service, I felt there could be something that I could do and came up with this idea: a dollar ($1) for each item sold at my Etsy shop, The Paper Shop, will be donated to this home.How you can help?
Of course by shopping at The Paper Shop.
Spread th…

This week I

This week I travelled to other town and met this lady whose son has settled in US, she was feeling so lonely and melancholy,had some health problems also so she had to go to hospital for all the check ups and then nobody was there at home to take care.
Then while waiting for the train I met a couple whose only son has also settled in US.and they are here all alone at the autumn of their life.Then again I met someone around 65 yr old lady with the same story except that when she went to stay with her son, they used to leave their 2 and half yr old child with her while both of them went to work.,As very normal, the child will move around a lot and go upstairs, and running after him she had severe back pain.Recently I have come across many people with the same story except that some are open to tell their misery and some camouflage it with the reason that their children love them a lot, and children;s future is most important.
To go deeper into the problem I asked a few questions from a…

sometimes the same words

Sometimes the same words can take two different and complete contrast meanings, its only the way we read them.And thats the way in life also, its as good or as bad as we make it out to be.
see the conversation below--( got it in my email)
Before marriage.....
He: Yes. At last. It was so hard to wait.
She: Do you want me to leave?
He: No! Don't even think about it.
She: Do you love me?
He: Of course! Over and over!
She: Have you ever cheated on me?
He: No! Why are you even asking?
She: Will you kiss me?
He: Every chance I get.
She: Will you hit me?
He: Are you crazy! I'm not that kind of person!
She: Can I trust you?
He: Yes.
She: Darling!
After marriage.... Simply read from bottom to top.


A conversation between husband(H) and wife(W)
W.....hello, I am not able to fix the menu today, please tell me what to cook.
H.....its not a big thing, cook whatever is convenient to u. i want to cook your chosen dish, pl tell me na.
H--Ok, ( with enthusiasm)....then make stuffed karela and arvi
W....But u see today i have to see Munna(their son)/s home work also, I will make karela tomorrow, as it take a lot of time. and Arvi, I cant peal, it gives me itching.Pl tell something else.
H--ok then make green gourd.
W-offo...I am asking u to tell me something special, I want to do something special for u.
H.getting all puffed up with so much of bhav he is getting..fine then lets have Paneer.
W--Tum bhina, cant u remember, last week only we had paneer, its not good for health to take too much of it.
H--, ok(with a sigh) then make brinjal.
W..U dont have any thoughts about kids, u know Munnadoesnt eat it.
Husband putting up his hands says-make whatever u want, just dont bother me…


yesterday i saw WELCOME, I know its quite an old movie, but since my H doesnt like going to hall, I watch whatever is dished out on TV. I liked it very much, just dont look for logic in anything and then its a very enjoyable movie, specially Akshay, Katrina, mallika and Paresh........I still get a smile on my face when i think of their comic capers:), thoroughly enjoyable, few one lines also----abhi ham jinda hain:).....................aapse kya ham jhooth bolenge:)

Brilliante Weblog award

Hip Hop Grandmom has decided to give me the "Brilliant Weblog Award". This is given to sites and blogs that are smart and brilliant both in their content and their design. I feel very honored due to two reasons--- She is a teacher and I have a high regard for them, so getting it from her is important.I am quite new to blogging and a complete novice among the new generation of computer geeks. The rules are: When you receive the prize you must write a post showing it,together with the name of who has given it to you, and link them backChoose a minimum of 7 blogs (or even more) that you find brilliant in their content or designShow their names and links and leave them a comment informing they were prized with ‘Brilliant Weblog'Show a picture of those who awarded you and those you give the prize(optional).And pass it on! Now I need to pass this award to bloggers of my choice whom I love and care about. and read and enjoy their blogs,see when I have to select, then it has to in…

tell me

First of all i want to ask one thing-----in one of the blogs i read a lot about wines..varieties, peraparation and all that, and now I cant find whose blog was that, please help me and tell:), is it Shalom:)?
yesterday i saw a news about Nana patekar giving 25 lakhs for Bihar flood victims.and see the irony, all the biggest earners of the film industry..........then Ambanis,mittals.,etc etc.........none has offered anything.........they are urging the corporates...........while I think that none of the corporates even earn like filmstars, but they are more into charity. And where are our Bihari stars----------who at the drop of the hat keep telling that they belong to bihar.........Shatrughansinha,Shekharsuman,ManojBajpeyi.........why is it that the more one has, more stingy one becomes? or feels like spending on oneself only?
And the labour and workers of Bihar working in Chennai have collected 50 lakhs for Bihar, hats off to them!

I wonder

I wonder, when today we have coaching for every little thing, from the time a child is born, he is devoted to coaching, starts with the entrance for play school, even the kids of 2 yrs are coached how to speak and greet and behave.Noe even parents are coached for the interview:) Once they get admission into the coveted school, starts the coaching for drawing, painting, dancing, then may be music, here also vocal or instrumental. There are so many things we want them to learn, or may be want them everything to learn ,why?so that they are good in everything , know everything and if the need arises they are able to do well.
There are classes for grooming,etiquette, table manners etc etc. Now there are classes before the delivery also to prepare newly mom and dad.Earlier there was coaching for JEE, now there is a test for coaching also:)
Then why there is no coaching when one is taking up the most important decision…

tomorrow is

tomorrow is Ganesh Chaturthi. When we were in maharashtra, so much of enthusiasm was ther for this festival. Every evening one hawker used to come, he would take the offerings for Ganpati and when the time comes for Visarjan, he will collect our Ganpati also. What a convenient way.

Then in Hyderabad also it is celebrated with lot of pomp and show. Even otherwise also i have seen that hyderabad celebrates most of the festivals with lots of enthu and that is missing here in Chennai, atleast i havent seen. No i think i am wrong, just now i went to the market to do the shopping for the festival. Its nearby Dandeeshwaram road, and there was so much of crowd that it was impossible to move:), I was happy to see. I bot some Doob( type of grass), then hangings made from the peelings of corncob, and a beautiful garland of very small flowers and of cours…