Happy 63rd Everyone!

17 08 2010

India turns 63 and while the nation celebrated it’s independence I thought Ill remind us all of the wonderful email forward I received a while back…most of you must’ve read this but its worth a second look. Here goes…


We live in a nation where…

We live in a nation,

Where Pizza reaches home faster than

Ambulance, police or fire brigade.

Where you get car loan @ 5%

and education loan @ 12% interest.

Where rice is Rs 40/- per kg

but sim card is free of cost.

Where the footwear, we wear, are sold in AC showrooms,

but vegetables, that we eat, are sold on the footpaths.

Where everybody wants to be famous but

nobody wants to follow the path to be famous.

Where we make lemon juices with artificial flavours

and dish wash liquids with real lemon.

Where people are standing at tea stalls reading an article about child labour from a newspaper and say, “yaar bachhonse kaam karvane wale ko to phansi par chadha dena chahiye” and then they shout ” Oye chhotu 2 chaii laao…..”.

It’s been a while

23 09 2009

Long time no write…been so caught up with things i have totally neglected to write something down.

I’m sure all of us have gone through that, starting a blog…”dude, its gonna rock…ill update it everyday….itl be funny…it will be what ever i think it will be…blah..blah.” and well 4 posts later and a 100 visitors later which by now has dwindled to about 3 or 4 per day…you start to realize…hmm.. i think its been a while!

well anways no more excuses….here’s what happened so far…and ill keep it short.

travelled a lot, met a lot of friends, family…quit my job…(yeah!) and switched homes…

not bad for 4 months eh.?!

well here’s to whatever comes next…clink!

The good ol’ car

29 01 2009

What is it about a car that makes one redefine their sense of freedom. Ah! the smell of freedom, where you realize that from this point forward your life will never be the same again. Its the one place where you can be yourself, just you and the car and whole wide world waiting for you to explore! (of course not if the traffic has anything to do with it)

I remembered that feeling when I saw an old 800 driven proudly by its owner the other day. My first car was an 800. More specifically a Maruti Suzuki 800 MPFI 5 Speed – Golden Brown….at that point I really thought it was worth it’s weight in gold.

I still remember the way the car drove, the way the 796 cc engine struggles if there are more than 2 people in the car as if it were  saying to me – ‘this car is for you and you only – what the heck are you doing bringing all these people on board’

The car was tiny, more akin to a an over sized matchbox. But it got me from one place to the next efficiently and without trouble. If you remember your 800 or if you are driving one, you will notice that most of variants have bad gear boxes, forget the straight lines to change the gears, this didn’t work that way. It’s as if the gear has a mind of its own. Allow me to explain: for most cars the shift from second gear to third is a up-right and above straight line. But to an 800 its a slant line straight across – sheer thrill :). No lag in speed during gear changes, no problem getting through traffic because it was so tiny, fun fast and zippy.

The car gave me a good two years until it was sold. I always wonder whether I will see it again. But wherever it is I hope it knows I miss it and would jump at a chance to own it again.

To the 800 – I will always miss that car.

For What It’s Worth

16 01 2009

I Must confess I haven’t heard this song till I saw an episode of the West Wing. (Season 3 – Isaac and Ishmael). And now I can’t stop listening to it.

There’s something happening here
What it is ain’t exactly clear
There’s a man with a gun over there
Telling me I got to beware

I think it’s time we stop, children, what’s that sound
Everybody look what’s going down

There’s battle lines being drawn
Nobody’s right if everybody’s wrong
Young people speaking their minds
Getting so much resistance from behind

I think it’s time we stop, hey, what’s that sound
Everybody look what’s going down

What a field-day for the heat
A thousand people in the street
Singing songs and carrying signs
Mostly say, hooray for our side

It’s time we stop, hey, what’s that sound
Everybody look what’s going down

Paranoia strikes deep
Into your life it will creep
It starts when you’re always afraid
You step out of line, the man come and take you away

We better stop, hey, what’s that sound
Everybody look what’s going down
Stop, hey, what’s that sound
Everybody look what’s going down
Stop, now, what’s that sound
Everybody look what’s going down
Stop, children, what’s that sound
Everybody look what’s going down

-Buffalo Springfield


Nandhini Biryani Anyone?

15 01 2009

Blog post removed on request.

Positively Innaccurate.

15 01 2009

All this talk about inflated balance sheets prompted me to post one of my favorite strips of Dilbert.


Source: Dilbert

Motorola cuts jobs – Again!

15 01 2009

Motorola Inc will slash another 4,000 jobs, or an estimated 6 percent of its workforce, and warned that it would have a fourth-quarter loss as sales of mobile phones were weaker than expected.

Analysts had been expecting a new round of job cuts at Motorola, after 6,700 employee departures in 2008, as the economic downturn and a slump in demand for mobile phones add more pressure on a company that had already been losing market share to rivals like Nokia .

Motorola said on Wednesday that the latest move brings its cost cuts to $1.5 billion for 2009 — $700 million in new savings on top of a previously announced plan for $800 million in expense cuts.

Read here for more details.