Friday, October 17, 2003

Maa tuje salaam !

I am off to India. Will try to post from there if time permits.
If not..will resume when I am back.
Have a great Diwali and Deepavali folks.

Thursday, October 16, 2003


Just happened to go with a pretty gal in her 20's in the lift. It was the first time I saw her. She started the conversation with "How was the day?".We both were walking towards the tube station. She didn't have any hesitation in talking to me as a stranger, while I had a frog in my throat. Had it been in my Singara Chennai with me intiating the conversation, the gal might have giggled to her friends saying I was a BJP.(bayangara jollu party)? Problems of being a boy....

Wednesday, October 15, 2003

2 more days

Just 2 more days...I will be heading off to India for Diwali....!!!!!

Tuesday, October 14, 2003

Bush - All mixed up

I dont want to post any email fwd's here but this one was too hard to resist.
I couldn't control my laught while reading this.
In case you don't know the new leader of China is called Hu He. Read

George: Condi! Nice to see you. What's happening?
Condi: Sir, I have the report here about the new leader of China.
George: Great. Lay it on me.
Condi: Hu is the new leader of China.
George: That's what I want to know.
Condi: That's what I'm telling you.
George: That's what I'm asking you. Who is the new leader of China?
Condi: Yes.
George: I mean the fellow's name.
Condi: Hu.
George: The guy in China.
Condi: Hu.
George: The new leader of China.
Condi: Hu.
George: The Chinaman!
Condi: Hu is leading China.
George: Now whaddya' asking me for?
Condi: I'm telling you Hu is leading China.
George: Well, I'm asking you. Who is leading China?
Condi: That's the man's name.
George: That's who's name?
Condi: Yes.
George: Will you or will you not tell me the name of the new leader of China?
Condi: Yes, sir.
George: Yassir? Yassir Arafat is in China? I thought he was in the Middle East.
Condi: That's correct.
George: Then who is in China?
Condi: Yes, sir.
George: Yassir is in China?
Condi: No, sir.
George: Then who is?
Condi: Yes, sir.
George: Yassir?
Condi: No, sir.
George: Look, Condi. I need to know the name of the new leader of China.Get me the Secretary General of the U.N. on the phone.
Condi: Kofi?
George: No, thanks.
Condi: You want Kofi?
George: No.
Condi: You don't want Kofi.
George: No. But now that you mention it, I could use a glass of milk.And then get me the U.N.
Condi: Yes, sir.
George: Not Yassir! The guy at the U.N.
Condi: Kofi?
George: Milk! Will you please make the call?
Condi: And call who?
George: Who is the guy at the U.N?
Condi: Hu is the guy in China.
George: Will you stay out of China?!
Condi: Yes, sir.
George: And stay out of the Middle East! Just get me the guy at the U.N.
Condi: Kofi.
George: All right! With cream and two sugars. Now get on the phone.

Saturday, October 11, 2003


If you did not read my Diwali posting read that first and come here

After a long meeting PM has confirmed 95% that I will be able to go on holidays!!!!

Hurrayyyy I have called up the travel agent and have are available for 18th to Singara Chennai.

But still my PM wants to do a final consultation with the business people and will give the final go only on Monday!!

I have not informed my parents about this trip and I am going to give them a pleasant surprise. I have spoken with my sister and brother and they have also happy and are going to come with me to my native for diwali. All of us have agreed to keep this a secret.

I called up my parents today and didn’t give them any clue about the whole thing. My parents were sobbing a lot that nobody is going to be at home this time for diwali. I am going to let my little girl knock the door and watch their reaction when they see her and all of us.

Friday, October 10, 2003


I got a mail today from my boss gently reminding about the company policy that you cannot carry forward your leave and it expires on Dec 31st. I have got 19 out of 20 days of my holidays intact.
And if you didn't know before, I am a greaatttt fan of Diwal aka Deepavali and crackers.
I was already sobbing a lot to my wife for missing all the fun of Diwali back home in India and my kid would enjoy if we were in India. The last time we celebrated Diwali with family with lots of crackers was 3 years before when my kid was 4 months old.
Coming back, My boss's mail tempted me a lot and I started thinking why can't I try to arrange a travel to India for this Diwali (just 13 days more!). I called my wife and we discussed all about this and she's now game for this idea. She is also now dreaming about this and giving me call every 5 mins asking for the result.
I have enquired about tickets and they are also availableeeee!!!
Only thing pending is my leave approval from my current project manager in line with my current work. We are going to have this discussion now .. I am very tense...Dunno what the outcome will be.
If its a yes then will be there in Indiaa for Diwwaaalllii..
If it’s a No....Nope let me think of this case when it comes...and let me dream happily till then....

Thursday, October 09, 2003

No offences meant to anyone , but I am curious to know why we abbreviate names even if they are short? Isit customisation, that gives a personal touch? or isit style? or isit that we don't accept anything in original form?

I understand if the names are lengthy- its definitely for convenience. But even the short ones get abbreviated. Ramesh to Ramy, Radhika to Rads/Radhu,Aparna to apsy, Shoba to Shoby, Harsha to Harsh. There are much more shorter names that we still abbreviate- I can't remember any of them now.

Just curious and thinking aloud!

Wednesday, October 08, 2003

Movie Mania

While I was at Chennai, I very rarely go to theatres to watch movie. But that too completely stopped after my marriage bcos of the cable tv's. "Mugavari" was the only film I saw with my wife at Suriyan theatre while at Chennai.(That too we went just to break the record of not having seen any movies at Chennai)
After moving into UK, blime! I started watching movies at the rate of one per day!
It all started with the Srilankan Tamil shop owner near my house offering a deal of 5 movies for £3. It became a friday evening regular ritual for me to visit his shop and rent 5 cassettes. Initially we started with the backlog of famous movies, which we had missed. Very soon we were upped date with the latest releases including the Telugu/Malayalam dubbed movies.
I was so addicted that I started doing a revision from the old movies again. My wife who was complaining that we never watched any movie while at Chennai started complaining that we were watching too many movies. Also I realised that I was spending too much money on movies only after moving into my current house where it costs £1 per cassette.
I am little successful in bringing down my movie addiction now. It has come down to 1 or 2 movies per week! and I have skipped two weeks without watching any new movie (mind you - new!!)

Tuesday, October 07, 2003


There's this anecdote about Chandrashekar, once in England, getting a batsman plumb in front twice. Both times, he was turned down. A ball later, he sent one through and bowled the batsman. Chandra goes, Howzaaat? The umpire looks puzzled and says, he's bowled. Chandra's reply was a classic: "I know he is bowled, but is he out?"

I was feeling nostalgic about my school day cricket after reading the above in .It was one of those sunny days in May, a cricket match was arranged between our town and the nearby town,for a bet of INR Rs.20 (a very big amount during those days). My streetmates wanted me to play for our side as the match was with one of the tough teams in the area. Generally for our matches, the umpire's will be from the batting side and so obviously it would be impossible to dismiss any batsman catching leg before wicket(LBW). Match started and we bowled first.As expected the opponent team was very tough and they had set us a near impossible target.
Our batting started.With some surprise extras and with the skill of our scorer we managed to raise the score near to the target. It was the final over and we needed 11 runs with one wicket in hand. I was standing in the leg umpire position with one of my friends from our team as the Main umpire. We managed a single,four,three and a single in the first four balls of the over. Everyone was very tense. The fifth ball got the batsman plumb before the wicket and there was a huge LBW appeal. The bowler was a gigantic fella. My friend who was the main umpire panicked by the huge threatening appeal from the bowler and others, unconsciously started raising his forefinger signaling the batsman out. This would mean that we have lost the match.Thats it! before my friend raised his hand above his shoulder all my team-mates including me gave a very big shout "NOT OUTTTTT". Wakenup by our cry my friend realised his mistake. Everyone was looking at him what he is going to say. My friend coolly brushed off all those cries and shouted "One more ball to go!!" and without raising it over his head he moved his arm with the forefinger signaling for one. The opponent team was totally dumb founded. There was a huge argument after that but we managed to win the argument and match finally.
It was one of those classic incidents of my school day cricket and my friend was then unanimously accepted as the star umpire of our team. This incident made him popular in the area and he even got offers for umpiring for other matches in our area too!

Monday, October 06, 2003

(Osama) BIN Lad-en

No this is not about that guy. Its Bin story of mine.
My council has provided all the houses with large individual bins for dumping the household litter. The bins are labelled with the house numbers. The council collects the bin garbage once in a week. For some reason the council guy who empties the bin misplaces and swaps my bin for my next door regularly. My next door bin is not maintained and cleaned that great and it stinks a lot more than my bin.
I generally notice this in the late evening when I return from office and I would do the job of swapping the bins back to the original houses. I always would be a bit nervous when doing this bcos what if the neighbour wakes up during this act and what would he think of me?(now! why the hell do I get that feeling when there is nothing wrong on my part? do you get that ever?)
I was fed up when this council guy did this recently and decided to have the bin of my next door itself hoping he would replace them correctly next time.
To my surprise both the council guy and my neighbour didn't notice this and I continued to have the next door bin. After a month finally I got this off my head and one day I cleaned the bin also as it was stinking a lot.
As luck would have it , the very next day the council guy realising his mistake very promptly placed the bins in the right houses and brought my original bin back.
Guess what! My original bin is now stinking, but I have decided not to clean this!
I am going to wait for another 4 weeks and if the council guy does not bring my cleaned bin back, I may strike a deal with Osama to fix this council Bin Lad(en)

Sunday, October 05, 2003

Forgive me Saraswathi !

Yesterday was Saraswathi pooja - The second happiest festival of my school days ! (Diwali comes first)
The ritual back in my home is to place all the academic materials and tools before lord Saraswathi for Pooja. And this is called "Yedu" generally in TamilNadu.
You don't need to study or read anything for the whole day and let Saraswathi do all these.

Coming to the point, Yesterday being weekend I decided to do this ritual in a very professional way. Pooja room was re-organised, flowers to offer, me in professional pooja attire, Everything was ready. I was hurrying my wife to get ready for the pooja. Just before starting the pooja I started looking for my academic books for the "Yedu".And there began all my trouble. The last time I was in touch with academics was 4 years before. Hell with electronic reading, my last purchase of a technical book was more than a year ago and I had no clue where that book was after moving into my current house. My wife started retaliating for all the trouble I was giving her so far. After a gruelling search for 30 mins I finally found a old outdated book of friends.
My wife teased that Saraswathi would be certainly ignoring that one as it is outdated and as it was not mine. She also suggested that I better put all my books into the yedu and keep it aside full time before lord Saraswathi as I am not reading them at all and also I don't need to search them for next year !!

Forgive me Saraswathi !!

Friday, October 03, 2003

Rule of Thumb?

The phrase "rule of thumb" is derived from an old English law which stated that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.
Recently Scotland Yard started a campaign against domestic violence.

Was all those arrests made after applying the Rule of Thumb?