Wednesday, 25 May 2011


Random Aunty: So what are you doing these days?
Me: Nothing much ! Running the house ?
Random Aunty: So what happened to the job?
Me:[smiling.. i always try to grin and bear because random aunties can turn nasty overnight and spread unimaginable rumours about one ] - Still searching for one !
Random Aunty: Oh ok So why not go to the gym ? You need to be fit [implied: lose weight]
Me: Wow ...that's a great idea it never occurred to me !
Random Aunty : You are still not married so you need to be fit !
Me: I was fit once ,aunty 4-5 and younger...didn't get married ! So how it'll help now...especially all the boys in my age bracket  i see these days are balding,paunchier and inflexible themselves.
Random Aunty:[rolled her eyes- everyone seems to be rolling eyes these days !]
 Oh let it be. They are guys.. goes. They might be horrible looking but they want fit girls !
Me:[by now i was feeling like a filly -ready to be bred] They don't need to be fit ?
Random Aunty: [again rolling her eyes]: its like this only !
Me: Ok aunty... u know i do go for walks and do a lot of work and eat less sugar .................

what we talk about...

Me and X when we talk - we really talk ! Here is the sample of one of our conversations.

X:- What made him go away ?
Me:[shrugging] Just reminded him whether he had a mother and sister at home ! And the fact that i walked away really fast !

X:[rolled her eyes- well if you knew her- she's always rolling eyes at me or sighing aloud]  You are watching too many serials and 60's movies ! You know that statement is outdated . You need some gaalis !
Me: Yeah maybe you are right !
X: What is your range of gaalis and status of your fighting spirit?
Me:Well, let me see,....'you donkey,monkey ,bastard ,kutte ,kaminey ....
X: Yeah.... you give them in hindi, right? You need some more gaalis in hindi and  marathi.
Me: like what ?.......kulta,karamjali,...?
X: [sighs] You are still stuck in 60's ! And those are special ones from saas to bahus ! No use on men !
Me: You know .... i don't really use F*** word !
X: F*** word on men just slides off . Instead of forgetting and refraining to molest i think it just reminds them of u know- your sex !
Me: Oh may be then that's why there is no less of eve teasing, groping ..girls are using more and more of F*** word.
X: [tilts her head towards left and thinks]...fine  it makes sense .I 'll stop using it now !
Me:[i get a brainwave. I frequently get brainwaves when i talk to people ] What about Love- love is another four letter word any way ! Just tell the guy I love you to freak him out and he'll  run light years away from you !

X:[her eyes shine] wow ! Brilliant! It'll work  ALL the time. Add a moony expression and jaw dropping possessiveness and follow him everywhere like a puppy. Wow. great way to get rid of all unwanted attention ! Me - will definitely try.

Me: Good luck !


I'll let you know when X pulls out all her guns, right now at the office  moony and puppy eyes are all she needs to ward off Office  and  out of office romeos !

Sunday, 22 May 2011

People !

I wish that i had experienced differently. However, i've noticed and experienced repeatedly how poor or low income people are more deceitful,rude, liars,cheaters bigtime and ungrateful.I'm talking about drivers, the mochi,the vegetable vendors,rickshaw wallahs.maids and other domestic help,security guards etc

They have grandiose images of themselves, they want money for no work if that could be possible, they don't work with responsibility or any accountability.They are the ones who perpetuate the baksheesh culture. The majority of maids and drivers don't inform if they are not going to turn up.In practically every city autos and rickshaws are supported by their unions and actually encourage rude,goonda type behavior.

I have a small incident to narrate. I gave my nearly new kolhapuri chappals to a mochi to paste up the soles. He keeps it for 24 hrs and gives it to me the next day.Now this is the person whom i frequently go for repairs.He did shoddy work of pasting the come on how wrong one can go with glue ?
 The soles came off and i couldn't wear them even once.I went back to him.Now the real drama begins.
He told me to keep it and that he'll do it later trustingly i kept it with him. Now he knows i stay in opposite building to where he sits with his illegal occupancy of the footpath.I go back the next day and he says its not done and asks me to come after 2-3 hours. I go after 3 hours and he tells me he forgot to do it and then he asks me to come the next day. Irritated , i go to pick up my slippers the next day while i'm running an errand. Now this is my 4th visit. It is his closing time. I request him to remove from his packed stuff and give me since i've already come.He becomes rude and starts shouting.and then amidst heated argument he says:  pehlo toh doosri baar leke aaye aur main karke dey raha hoon toh bhi problem hai.....'then he started talking all random stuff.I argued with him about all the chakkars he made me do.

Now this was his way of punishing me ,he didn't remove and give me the chappals because he knew he'll not be paid again .For the shoddy work he already had taken 20 rupees from me.Of course it goes without saying that I'll not go to him again nor send anyone to him.

I find its become increasingly difficult to get any work done properly  from people even after paying them their quoted price in India. 

Maids and servants are treated well in most places but I've noticed the more one is lenient with them the more they take you for granted and take you for a ride. They have no value for stuff that you give them because for them its just second hand ! And once you get into habit of getting everything free of cost there is no value to it.
My father has been fleeced of money twice by the shop boys in the name of illnesses, weddings etc because my dad is trusting.
I have heard numerous stories in the business how shop boys steal and make money by selling the merchandise in the owners absence. Its so rampant that owners ignore little thefts and try to appease the workers because its even more harder and time consuming to train a new one !

When i hear real life incidents of maids and servants ill treated i feel like laughing nowadays those incidents are much lesser than the theft,burglary and murders by servants and other help. Poor people are to be pitied ? No way ! Its the middle class who has nowhere to go !

Carpenters,plumbers and electrician are nowhere to be found easily. One has to waste money and bear with whatever they do. Their work ethic is such that they'll not even go that extra mile to do good work. They are extra rude with ladies or they go out of their way to fleece women because women don't understand all this stuff.
Result: The repairs have to be done again and again.

I wonder when these workers will become professional if not honest.Everyone knows one could be a horrible human being so long he is good at his work and is professional.Going that extra mile is mandatory only in private white collar jobs ?

Wednesday, 18 May 2011


I thought i am beyond crushes. The age when crushes hit has long gone and i'm into the alleys of aggressive virtual and real networking for arranged marriage from quite some time.

My cynical ,grim barrier broke when i first laid my eyes on him. I couldn't believe my lazy  heart and even lazier nervous system could quickly jump, somersault and thud in the same breath.
I've had only 1 crush in my OLD life which stopped at crush and only I crush which ran amuck and metamorphosed into real love.
Yep, i'm talking about that cocaine like, ignoring sirens and jumping over the fences kind of love. However, the cocaine i think ran out and the 'real ' love turned into a 'real' life !

Anyway, I was talking about the crush . My crush is none other than Hugh Jackman and the precise moment  my eyes glued onto him is when i saw him in Australia.
Yeah, the famous possibly photoshopped, manipulated bathing scene !

By the way, Its a huge pity that English movie channels on TV have been censored ! Where is the fun of watching a Woody Allen or risqué without those wonderful kissing scenes which i think for the record Indian movies do it so very badly !

And why are we kissing on the screens anyway ? Mom and dad take chotu, monu sonu to watch movies in multiplexes !


Food,feul,doctors, medicines,carpenters,plumbers,Pune autorickshaws,Pune PMT,malls,restaurants,vegetables,meats,multiplexes - everyones and everythings prices has increased !

The only thing that seems to have decreased in value is human worth,human lives,good character,honesty,sincerity,the stuff that mom and dad do for you, girlfriends/boyfriends/husbands/wives...............

And the money plant!

The things i obsess about are.......

......either too expensive, difficult,nonsensical,beyond my control,and sometimes too mundane.

Extra virgin olive oil: Few people know that i love everything to do with pastas,pizzas,meditarranean food ,italian cuisine and mexican food.I think i cook and conjure more indie- italian ,indie-pastas than anyone i know amongst my middleclass strata[both DB and otherwise].i think i was italian/french/spaniard in my previous janam. Now, extra virgin olive oil on my pastas and pizza and salads i love..but i don't love its PRICE.

I hate the fact that aisles of every great and not so great supermarket is lined up with bottles of olive oil sold at horrendous prices.And the fact is on those supermarkets we poor indians don't even see the really good quality olive oils.
To come to think of it - its like the premium alphonso from Ratnagiri/raigad or any of those mango growing belts which one NEVER gets to see in the local markets!

Back to EVOO- I recently saved up to buy it after hunting for a good price for good quantity -obsessively!

Saturday, 7 May 2011

End of a story !

Ok, someone i know got dumped[let's call her X]. Well, I think it was long coming and she should've  dumped him first !
As it usually happens the jerk didn't care to explain why! X reconciled to the fact that she'd never know and it didn't matter.However to my weird sensibilities ,it didn't seem ok.
I'm one of those people who want to know the truth and only the truth as i'm not flippant about love ,sex and everything in between ! According to me he owes her the truth ! That's the least he could do !

I've heard and read about this umpteen times.People suddenly turn coward and chicken out while leaving a long serious relationship ! The most common bull shit they say is - i don't want to hurt him/her more.

Hurt ? You have already hurt him/her ,buddy !

I wish more people demanded the truth. People don't realize closure comes fast and a lot easier when you know why you were dumped. When you think about it,... sometimes maybe.....its really them not you who is the problem !

The more silent and ambiguous way the person leaves the more hurtful and  personality changing the experience it is. More often then not, people stop believing in love though they might or not say it . Maybe a short term relationship doesn't warrant explanations but the long drawn out definitely do !

I really think that there should be a class offered somewhere on how to breakup in an honorable fair way ! Like all good things, this quality springs out of a solid character but so few have one !

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