Monday, June 29, 2009

Monday Morning Mayhem..!!

Every night I tell myself I'll wake up early the next morning, so that I can go to work early, and come back home fast too (we just have to put in 9 hours somehow). I always aim at reaching office at 9, and end up going at 11 instead ! Getting up early is a difficult task :(

Today too, I had asked my mother to wake me up and she started yelling at me from 6.30 a.m. onwards.. Finally, after a lot of screaming and me hitting the "Snooze" button a good number of times (yes, I had set an alarm too!), I opened my eyes at 7, digging matter out of my eye, and thinking about what the rest of the day would be like.. Monday morning! I SOOOO wanted to go back to sleep and just then I saw that my dad was up too, thanks to my mother's screams in an effort to wake ME up!

I was all ready by 8.15 a.m., and left my house. It was pouring outside. I had a windcheater on, but carried my umbrella as well in order to not wet my bag, and walked to the station. The umbrella kept brushing people's faces
(courtesy my height-- i'm only 5 feet tall !!), it even struck a lady's eye which I realised after she cursed me in some language I can't make head or tail of ! My brother (who's almost 6 ft) later commented that umbrellas should be made illegal for people of my height! x(

I finally made it to the platform, walked towards the ladies section, and waited for my friend as the public loo stinked badly. I had to let go of the 8.40 local as she wasn't there yet. I kept calling her as I couldn't take the stink anymore. She finally made it just in time for the 8.49 local. As if the platform stink wasnt enough, the entire ladies compartment was smelling of fish. Apparently, some fisherwomen had got into the Ladies' instead of the luggage compartment, and the train was so crowded we hardly managed to find a place to stand. Soon enough, as people kept alighting and boarding, it got even more crowded..
I thought I'd die of suffocation! After a lot of pushes and ladies fighting for a place to stand, we were pushed out of the train at Vile Parle station! We had to wait for the next train to arrive. I finally made it to Goregaon station, and took a bus from there to work. I reached office at 10. An hour late than what I had aimed at, but all in one piece atleast!

A bad start to the day. I hope the week ahead is not as bad.

Bye now, have to be up early tomorrow you see :P

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Bombay Tweets

Had got a forwarded email a long time back about Bombay, and people kept adding a line or two about this wonderful city to the list, and kept passing it on. Was tweeting from that list the other day (#bombay) and got requests from many Bombayites asking me to mail the entire list to them. I don't really have anyone on my mailing list, so I thought I might as well put it up here, so everyone can read them! Enjoy :)

P.S. The list is too long, you might wanna read it in installments :P

You know you are from Mumbai (Bombay) when--

1. You say "town " and expect everyone to know that*this means south of

2 You speak in a dialect of Hindi called 'Bambaiya Hindi', which only
Bombayites can understand.

3. Your door has more than three locks.

4. Rs 500 worth of groceries fit in one paper bag.

5. Train timings (9.27, 10.49 etc) are really important events of life.

6. You spend more time each month traveling than you spend at home.

7. You call an 8' x 10' clustered room a Hall.

8. You're paying Rs 10,000 for a 1 room flat, the size of walk-in closet
and you think it's a "steal."

9. You have the following sets of friend: school friends, college
friends, neighborhood friends, office friends and yes, train friends, a
species unique only in Bombay.

10. Cabbies and bus conductors think you are from Mars if you call the
roads by their Indian name, they are more familiar with Warden Road,
Peddar ? Road, Altamount Road.

11. Stock market quotes are the only other thing besides cricket which
you follow passionately.

12. The first thing that you read in the Times of India is the "Bombay
Times" supplement.

13. You take fashion seriously. You're suspicious of strangers who are
actually nice to you.

14. Hookers, beggars and the homeless are invisible.

15. You compare Bombay to New York's Manhattan instead of any other
cities of India.

16. The most frequently used part of your car is the horn.

17. You insist on calling CST as VT, and Sahar and Santacruz airports
instead of Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport.

18. You consider eye contact an act of overt aggression.

19. Your idea of personal space is no one actually standing on your

20. Being truly alone makes you nervous.

21. You love wading through knee deep mucky water in the monsoons, and
actually call it ''romantic'.

22. Only in Bombay , you would get Chinese Dosa and Jain Chicken.

23. You always argue with Delhites than Mumbai is way better than Delhi

24. You still refer to the city as Bombay not Mumbai. (credit Opher
Moses 24,25,26)

25. When you love bragging about the filmstars and cricketers you've

26. When most of your freinds have underworld connections

27. Every three months you look at your street and say "Why're the
digging the road again?"(Credit Nandan Babla 27-32)

28. "Change" is "Chillar", "Ditching" is a "Kalti" and "Trouble" is

29. "Gheun Tak" is your life ideology.

30. You have been shoo'd away from Marine Drive at 3am by the cops
because of an "Unlawful gathering of persons"

31. You actually pay for your rickshaws by the meter.

32. You actually think 30Rs for a Sada Dosa is pretty reasonable.

33. when you spent 6 hours of your day in school and another 3 hours in
tuitions. ( Dipen sheth 33-36)

34. if you ever went to fashion street, got a pair of cheap jeans and
had them tagged as a name brand.

35. if you played cricket matches against another building for 5 rupee

36. if you lost tons of MRF rubber balls.

37. when u call cops ;kaka' and they let u go if u show of ur marathi
speaking skills ( priyanka shenoy)

38. amitabh bachans house is a landmark

39. You have been to matheran or mahabaleshwar during the summer

40. You see men (not gay apparently) holding hands and walking in the
street. ( Prashant Parikh 40-49)

41. The note to coin changing machine at Churchgate station is idolized.

42. During cricket season all the roads are blocked because people in
the streets are looking at television screens in display windows.

43. Automatic vending machines have a sales person sitting next to it
just to help you.

44. There are more movie tickets being sold in black than at the ticket

45. It takes longer to get off from your house to the station than from
one end of Mumbai to another by train.

46. Every cab and rickshaw driver makes small talk with you

47. You see Herd of people walking at four in the morning to Siddhi
Vinayak temple.

48. 'Bun Maska' and 'vada pav' is the staple diet of most collegians.

49. HORN OK PLEASE is written on every truck, tempo and heavy motor

50. You cant drive for more than 10 mins without abusing someone (
Rohini Tekchandaney)

51. "townies" think they need a visa to go past worli to the suburbs

52. When u use the word "yaar" in almost every sentence u speak.
(valencia dmello)

53. You call onion as "kandha" and potato as "batata" (Kavya)

54. You think of a spicy tangy snack whenever you hear the work chat
(Gila Ward)

55.You are back to work next day after the city is bombed - Truly the
spirit of Bombay(Romit)

56. you call the cabbies n waiters BOSS (Aneesh Angadi)

57. abuses like chu**** . madar****. Bhen***... are the words whic u
have to use in each sentence yyou speak

58. you prefer wada pav by jumbo king anyday on comparision wid Mc
donalds burger

59. Each monday you go for either bowling or pool.

60. u enter mocha/ barista/ ccd lookin all posh but sit with one drink
for 5 hrs till they politely ask u if u "need anythin else"(Sonali Kokra

61. yr pricipal form of entertainment are all the aunties who scream
obsceities at each other at the drop of a hat and threaten to pull the
others hair/ push out of the train at 11 in the nyt!

62. yr idea of a full body massage is wat u get while trying to get off/
board a train at dadar!!!

63. At 3am in morning you can still get wadapav or butter pav
bhaji(Aditya bengali)

64. When there's no place to breathe in the trains but there's place to
play cards and sing bhajans!

65. when the traffic almost makes good frnds wid the person in the car
next to you.(Aneesh angadi)

66. You know what the term "video coach" stands for in the local
trains... (aditya bengali)

67. You snigger every time somebody says "Im going to Grant road!"

68. u call the policemen "MAMU" OR "PANDU" (ronak panani)

69. random strangers butt in wen u r discussing cricket o politics or
even chicks 2 give their personal (unwanted) opinion (Harsh)

70. You say that Pani Puri is waayy better than Gol Gappa's even when
they're the same thing(70-75 Dhavan Vora )

71. There is always one 'pan-wala' on the corner of street

72. You keep spare candles in the kitchen just in case there's a power

73. To you, your watchman doesn't have a name - you just call him

74. You aren't surprised when somebody throws a water balloon at you
while you're walking on the streets during March.

75. You know of certain theaters where you can go for A-rated movies
with your friends, even when you're under 18.

76. whn u r standing at a bus stop near juhu beach and sum random guy
comes up to u and says " boss" short term, long term chahiye kya

77. When every rickshaw looks like a personal disco, with neon lights,
loud music and pictures of film stars.(amrryn)

78. seeing "Mein Kampf" being sold openly on the streets in abundance
seems like a perfectly normal thing to you.(Patrick Weyers)

79. you have to pay international roaming fees when you use your cell
phone outside of Mumbai.

80. you can only smile forgivingly about the size of any other city in
the world.

81. you consider the local train "empty" when you find a spot for your
two feet to stand on.

82. when someone asks u "east" or "west" side of a particular station?

83. when there is a saffron rally every 3 months , n u just wonder ,
whats it all about , u jus went to vote , 3 months ago , n they r
holding elections all again?

84. when "chalta hai" is the most commonly used word

85. when u see hijraas/eunuchs at street asking for u to lend them some
money , with a very very catchy one liner : eeeee deeeeeeeee naaaaaa
usually on fridays.sometimes men even get grooped when they dont pay 'em

86. when u can find hukkas for use at a coffee shop the equivalent of
starbucks (Vishal prabhu)

87. when u never cross the road at a zebra crossing

88. when u can always find a car that has a dent or scratch on it

89. When u find cars on the Road even at 4 in the morning(Trish bose)

90. You never learnt how to stand in a queue

91. You have mastered the art of bargaining in shopping.

92. Every time you speak Hndi in front of a Delhitite they have the WTF
expression on their face.

93. You have hung on to dear life at the local door.

94. You still refer to a car / vehicle full of girls as "Maal Gaadi" -
left over from the "Ladies Special" days...

95. You take the "Weight and Your Future for Rs.1 only" machines at the
stations seriously. ... At least the Future bit, it always exaggerates
about the weight.

96. When while giving directions you say "Right/ Left MARO aur wahan pe
ek bridge GIREGA"

97. when you actually see random people coming to help you when u have a

98. .when u can take a piss at the local shouchalaya for 50paise and a
dump for 1 re

99. When you think everyone who lives to the south of you is a snob and
to the north of you sucks

100. you behave like a foreigner in any other part of the country
(hurray !!! 100)

101. u see couples cosying up in rickshaws in almost every small lane

102. u want to get into the train already that is already in motion & u
have 5 hands taking u in..

103. When you instinctively say "pudhey challa" instead of saying agey
badho or move ahead.

104. You meet Delhiites in a foreign country and feel no sense of
kinship with them!

105. Chal, paka mat!" is an overused part of your vocabulary

106. here "maall" is a gurl n na goods

107. Crorepati, Lakhpati, Hazarpati, Chillarpati all travel in local
Trains daily.

108. You log on to social networking sites and search for Bombay-related

109. u treat mumbai as a country itself (Danny)

110. You drink 2 sips of tea called 'cutting' more than thrice a day

111. You call a corner 'khopcha' and a cigarette 'sutta'

112. u think tht delhi copied INDIA GATE frm mumbai's GATEWAY OF

113. masseuses on juhu beach come out only after midnight n cops get
free massages frm them

114. when you see the dabbawallas on the station and fishwali kolis in
train (amrita)

115. when u c movie names like "shootout at Lokhandwala" & 'Ek chalis ki
last local" & don't have to ask wot the name means(gauri)

116. when you call the BEST bus, BST, even though BEST is painted on
every single public transport bus operational in Bombay (prajay)

117. when we compare our mumbai-pune expressway to the autobahn and our
cab drivers to the indian schumacher.

118. you know 'bhai' means a guy who has no brotherly feelings. (partho)

119. you know that 'khamba' does not only mean pillar

120. when you call a watermelon "Kalingar" instead of "Terbus"

121. Making a loud kissing noise is how you tease girls in Delhi, but
making that same noise is how you hail an autorickshaw in Bombay
(Shivani T)

122. The rest of India calls it namkeen----you know it as farsan
(Shivani T)

123. You don't differentiate between U.P. and Bihar. All you know is
that's where the 'bhaiyas' come from (Shivani T)

124. if someone calls u "aap"-- u start laughing on their

125. You get felt up every time you get into the general compartment
instead of the ladies'.

126. You get photographed at three parties and you're suddenly a page 3

127. When your lunch is delivered hot in a tiffin at exactly 1pm from
home every working day.

128. when u have an account with tha paan wala for cigarettes on credit
your outside home & work

129. when u r stuck in traffic even at 1:30 a.m

130. You see two office-goers play a game of cards in your evening local

131. When you look out for pandu's lurking behind the odd tree or signal
post before you take your illegal left/right/U turn.

132. you go to a Goa beach and your kids dig pot holes in the sand
instead of buiding castles! :-)

133. When The only landmark the president of US wants see is Dharavi

134. When you have no objection in ghoosofying in a line (admissions or
train tickets) but shout loudly "Maaaaro!" when you see someone else do
it (Sanket)

135.When ... you have argued with the TC that traveling first class
after pass expires is legitimate since you havent processed the railway
concession yet!

136. jab facebook par bhi bambaiya hindi chalti hain yaar

137. When even at 8 in the morning you can see couples sitting and
cozying up at Marine Drive and Worli Seaface

138. When you use the phrases, 'Chillum-Chili' and 'Chili-Mili' and are
not talking about a spicy dish (Shivani)

139. You know what "Dimag ka dhai kiya" and "Shot lagaya" means (Abhishek Bhat)

140. "Dhakkan" means "Dumb" and not Lid, "Fek raha hai" means "He's bluffing" and not Throwing .. (Anubha Bhat)

141. You talk in units of time.. -- When someone asks you how far a place is .. U say 20 mins, instead of 4 kms.. (Anubha Bhat)

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

And it rained !

It finally rained this weekend and my dad suggested we all go shopping for rainywear together.. I cancelled my plans for the day and got all excited.. It had been a long time since I went out "rainywear shopping" with them and it reminded me so much of my school days.

We'd have 4 exams every year- 2 quarterly and 2 half yearly, and we'd wait for the academic year to end so that the summer hols could start and we could play as much as we wanted to! But right after they started, we'd complain about the heat and would want it to rain.. Soon enough, May would come and go.. and we'd be out shopping for new books, a new back-pack, water-bottles, pencil boxes and what not!! And of course with it also came the rainywear shopping. My parents, my brother and I would all go out on a Sunday, usually a day before the school could re-open, to buy raincoats, gumboots and umbrellas!

We'd wear those full length raincoats and huge black gumboots, and jump in puddles of water splashing it all around.. How we cringe at kids who do that now!

We'd wade through knee-deep water, make small paper boats and float them..

We'd hope for it to flood just so that we get a day off from school.. (most of us STILL do that! :) )

One tradition that my building folks followed was Carrom. When monsoon set in, we'd all gather at my place.. Children, our parents, their parents.. all became one when it came to playing the "29 point game" or "paisa-paisa" on the champion board while it was pouring outside..!!

The board's no more now.. Gone are those days too..

Now all we do is snuggle up on the couch and watch movies at home...and children have taken to video games and the like...!!

OMG I almost sound like an old lady now.. :D
Buzzing out to get wet.. Happy Monsoon Y'all !! :)

Monday, June 22, 2009

"We are just playing games"

Recently finished reading this book "Playing" by Melanie Abrams and it is, by far, the most disturbing book I've read.

The story revolves around Josie, a high school student studying anthropology, who becomes a nanny for Tyler, a 6 yr old boy with an obsession for counting. His mother Mary reminds Josie so much of her own that she is drawn to her and agrees to be a part of her household. Mary's crush Devesh, an Indian, almost twice Josie's age falls for her and Josie too is attracted to him.. He evokes her dangerous desires.. She wants him, needs him, loves being tied, stripped and beaten by him repeatedly and he tells her that those are just games that they play and that it's absolutely okay to want such things. She bears the guilt of committing a horrible crime in her childhood and craves to be punished this way. It becomes her need, her addiction...

This book maybe an interesting read but it'll leave you questioning her mind, her desires and whether such people do exist. And of course, the kind of things guilt can do to people...

Monday, June 15, 2009

Just My Luck !

My mother always tells me I'm very lucky and she attributes it to my joint eyebrows :D I never believed her until last month. Just a week after I wrote a post on jobs and recession, I got through an interview with Directi Internet Solutions, and I'm now a software engineer operations associate! :)

The entire process lasted for a good 6 hours..!! There was an aptitude test
(logical,analytical,arithmetic,english), an essay-writing test, a letter writing test, an Excel test, a technical interview, and a 2 hour long personal interview!! After all of it was over, I really didn't care about getting selected or rejected. All I wanted was to go home and get some rest. I was actually surprised when I was told I was selected, was to join on the 1st of June and the package offered was also pretty decent (a LOT for a fresher actually!). The interviewer scared me, he took my case royally, and when I found out he's my mentor, I was all the more worried and thought of how I'm going to put up with him..! But now I realise how wrong I was.. he is actually the most approachable and knowledgeable person in the whole team, and I'm actually lucky to have him as my mentor! The company is amazing too, it's very flexible as far as timings are concerned, and the best part-- no dress code! I actually see people coming to work in shorts, who look like they bathe every New Years! This company also has a small "tuck-shop" (snack bar) where you can treat your stomach for free :D , and I simply love the hot chocolate there, not to mention the freshly squeezed sweet lime juice :)

The first couple of days were hard, I felt like I had started working too early and SOOO wanted to go back to college.. By the time I came home, it was time for dinner and there was nothing left to do but sleep. Felt like I had no life! A week later I enjoyed the workplace so much.. now I don't feel like coming back home too soon! :D

On Friday, I got another sweet surprise :) My results were out! It was all unexpected.. I was hoping for them to be out by the end of this month...was walking back home from office that day, when I got a call from my classmate telling me I've passed with first class! I didn't believe him at all.. I hadn't really thought I'd score that much!! I came home and checked out the university website, kept hitting F5 a good 10-20 times till I was convinced it was my result :D And I still feel I don't deserve it considering how I had studied... I would promise myself that I'd stay up with my books till 5 in the morning and revise atleast twice, and would fall fast asleep at 12.30 ! :D I remember orkutting and chatting on Gtalk just 3 hours before my exam could start, followed by playing loud music! It was a pattern that most of us followed as our "Stress buster" ! I'd come out worrying after every exam, hoping I'd pass... I still fail to gather how I got a first class and stood 5th in college :D

Like all this wasn't enough, my mentor (whom I thought was scary and hostile) congratulated me with a banana-walnut cake from Ribbons and Balloons, which I cut for my whole team. And it was DE-LI-CIOUS! :)

Enjoying every moment now.. really thank God for this..!! bye for now .. go get lucky! :P