Monday, December 29, 2008
Thursday, December 04, 2008
01. Sing a song with Shreya Ghoshal (alrite....I can hear you guys sneering :D....I dont care if its a recording room or the streets, just a line would be enough :D...)
02. Get rid of all the excess flab I acquired (Well....almost there but not enough!!!Its a long journey from a 103 kg to a 77 kg guy but still not in shape!!!...I am the one to blame here as I was not a regular in the gym)
03. Get my H1 (:( what to do.....no problemo...I still have another year :) )
04. One last drink with dad (Oh k! Mom is gonna kill me if she reads this!! Dad has quit drinking and I want to enjoy a drink ONE last time with him...had plans this may but had to leave suddenly)
05. Meet some good friends I havent met AT ALL...(strange but true...I rarely make friends online but there happens to a good friend of mine in Mumbai (Dude..I know you'll read this one thanks to a google alert ;) and I expect you to comment too ) whom I always wanted to meet and the plan never went thro :( )
06. Make cofta (have to learn this from mom....she makes the best cofta.....)
07. Resume my kick boxing classes (been a whooping two years since I got back to martial arts....my leg has still not healed from the horrific crash I suffered on my 24th bday..:( )
08. Do something for my country and people (Right now its limited to donations during mine or my family member's bdays and occassions....I want to do something like sponsor a kids entire education etc....soon....very soon!!!!!)
09. Rein my temper.....(He He He.....Its impossible.....:D)
10. Complete the design of my dream house (A little known hobby....I love to design homes and this one is in process for 10 years now...still not complete :D)
11. Send my parents on a world tour....My lil sis and I can stay behind ;)....Plans are in place!!!!
12. Get a car in the US.....(A perfectionist...I have rejected so many cars just because one of the specifications was not in place....am obsessed with detail..a typical virgoan trait!!)
Well...Thats like one per month...:) The list has not ended but hopefully it will shrink :).....
Friday, November 28, 2008
I am deeply saddened to see the sorry state of affairs in Mumbai. A city where I share a lot of childhood memories has turned into a playground for these bastards (sorry abt the profanity...they deserve it!!!) who enter our country and go on a killing spree. It pains me to see that our country is so insecure that anyone can just come in thro the GATEWAY OF INDIA (Ironically) and kill at will. And what pains me even more is the blame game the COngress and BJP are playing now.....how long will we remember Hemant Karkare, Vijay Salaskar and Ashok Kamte's sacrifice???A week??A Month???Max a year!!!!Then its the SO CALLED SPIRIT OF MUMBAI (let me take this opportunity to salute the spirit of Mumbai...the resilience Mumbai has shown after the various attacks it has faced is amazing!!!!) which will eventually prevail and this too will be forgotten. It will take another jolt for our country to actually wake up and realize that we have a problem.
Why is it that everytime we are attacked, the intelligence supposedly has no clue? Lot of theories came out. A coast guard apparently alerted our government on Nov 18th that there would be a possible infiltration through sea. The fisherwomen have noticed strange people unloading ammonutions at the gateway and when they reported this to the local police, no action was taken (indeed baffling).....Russian intelligence had warned our government that Mumbai would face an attack yet our Intelligence is clueless!!!!Thats what they have to say!!!!!! Is our INTELLIGENCE INTELLIGENT enough???? And I was waiting to type this out.....WHERE (Profanity deleted) is Raj Thakeray and his MEE MARATHI spirit???? Was he too busy bullying the bihari/UP bhaiyaas that he had no time for these terrorists??WHERE IS the MNS OR NMS Whatever!!!!!!!!!!! Cant they beat the hell out these terrorist bastards like they did to our own countrymen?
I might not know anyone who was directly affected with the blast but my heart bleeds when I see the happenings on screen. The first thought that comes across my mind is It could have been me. And to be frank, my entire body shudders at the very thought of it. The Mumbai Police and the army did a great job in combating the evil forces and making Mumbai secure again...but are we really secure??? Do we need the police and army to risk their lives time and again so that we can sleep in peace? Arent they human? Dont they have family and friends they like to be with??If there is a way to anhilate these terrorists in one go, nothing like it. These people cannot be considered as humans...bloody masochists!!!!!
Frankly speaking, we do not have anyone as tough as Sardar Vallabhai Patel in the highest echelons of the Govt. I do not know how our government functions internally and I have no rights to comment about it whatsoever but I feel our Govt is really soft on terror. Policemen still resort to lathis and the terrorists have weapons more sophisticated than AK 47 (courtesy NDTV)....blasts are happening in all parts of the country in the last 2 years and these people are getting away scott free. All that remains is the blame game politicians enjoy playing over our dead bodies!!!!!!!!. So many Hemant Karkare's, Ashok Tambe's, Vijay Salaskar's and all other innocent people will keep dying and nothing will change!!!! GIMME A BREAK!!!!!!
I admit that sitting in the US, all I can do is type this in my blog and give vent to my feelings. And millions of us feel the same way. But the way things are shaping up, it wont be long we pay these terrorist bastards back in their own language and that day will be deadly.
Made Aalu Jeera and people loved it....mashed potatoes with jeera all over it...pretty simple na :)..Made the Non Iyengar rasam (or should I say...Shaathumadhu) because my roomies dont like the Iyengar one :(.........came out OK...could be better...but what the hell....those gluttons gorged on it leaving none for poor lil me.....feel bad that I am not doing anything for the trip...my roomies are so focussed on making me travel at any cost that they are supervising my studies :)...How much can a 26 yr old take?????
Oh ya....todays song of the day...its vintage Rafi saab...Abhi Na Jaao Chodkar Ki Dil Abhi Bhara Nahi :)
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Another good thing was catching up with one of my best buddies from college. Niranjan had come down to Dallas this week and was pleasantly surprised to see a 103 kg heavy guy lose weight to 78 :-0)...no prizes for guessing who he is :D...We caught up on old times and time just flew. Should do this more often. Had a small altercation with mom on the GIRL issue :( I was not too interested to carry the conversation forward with the GMAT coming up but you know how pushy moms tend to be ....had to let loose all my pent up anger and tension..(I can be really mean sometimes) and spent the next 30 mins cajoling her and apologising :D...Thats me...anyways those who are reading this...and those who do or do not know me, do wish me luck :-) I need lots of it.
A small note...been stuck with the song Endhan Nenjil from the movie Kalaignan since morning . All my non tamil friends pls do listen to this song. Its a masterpiece.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
1. If your lover betrayed you, what will your reaction be?
A. Am a typical virgo....one thing I cannot stand is betrayal!!!No chances...I tend to get very destructive.
2. If you can have a dream come true, what would it be?
A. MBA...and the most cherished dream....send my parents off for a world tour :-)
3. Whose butt would you like to kick?
A. Always my managers....whoever he is or will be :)
4. Why do you blog?
A. Giving vent to my feelings, try to get my creative side out (if I have one he he he)....and seeing my imaginations come alive
5. Will you fall in love with your best friend?
A. NO WAY!!!!
6. Which is more blessed: loving someone or being loved by someone?
A. Definitely being loved by the person you love.....
7. How long do you intend to wait for someone you love?
A. If that person also loves me, then I would wait till eternity....else ladkiyaan, bus aur train......:)
8. If the person you secretly like is attached, what will you do?
A. Ladkiyaan....Bus AUr Train...: I follow this religiously.
9. If you could root for one social cause, what would it be?
A. Old age homes and under privileged children.....
10. What takes you down the fastest?
A. The fear if losing my loved ones.
11. What resurrects you the fastest?
A. Shreya Ghoshal/Mohd Rafi/SPB's voice.....my mom's songs and ya GOOD FOOD!!!!
12. What’s your fear?
A. Heights...can be called my greatest fear and my source of entertainment....I've skydived 3 times :)
13. What kind of person do you think the person who tagged you is?
A. A typical scorpion...I need not add anything else :)
14. Would you rather be single and rich or married and poor?
A. Single and RICH....Any Problem?
15. What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?
A. Brush My teeth
16. If you fall in love with two people simultaneously who will you pick?
A. Do Phool Ek Mali..??Interesting...depends on who likes me out of the two
17. Would you give all in a relationship?
18. Would you forgive and forget someone no matter how horrible a thing he has done?
A. I can forgive but cannot forget...unfortunately God has gifted me a wonderful memory and I cannot erase these things no matter how much i want to.
19. Do you prefer being single or in a relationship?
A. Single.....if I dont get the person I like
20. Tag 6 people.
A. Nasreen, Venkat, Nirenjan, Arthi, Aditi and Ananya
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Sunday, May 25, 2008
I spent this month honing my cooking skills and now am a master chef...OH YA I can give all the girls out there a run for their money ;)....anyways sorry for digressing. I had to leave my homeland in a hurry as I was given just a days notice to pack. I landed at the airport waiting for the boarding call. My flight was delayed by an hour. Irritated, I was walking aimlessly around when I saw a group of airhostesses walking by. Mostly firangs and I am NOT attracted to firang women....it was then I noticed an Indian face among them. And I thought she was really cute...actually, her smile was amazing. I stood as if I was struck by lightning and was shamelessly looking at her for a long time. She met my gaze as if she knew I was looking (whats with these girls man...how do they come to know when a guy looks at them???I get caught everytime...grrrrrr)..A small frown followed as she was whisked away by her colleagues. I made a silent prayer that she should be in my flight as I proceeded to board.
As soon as I entered my flight, she was the first person to greet me inside....I couldnt help smiling(THANK YOU GOD!!!!!) and she smiled back knowingly (I think so)... and as luck would have it, she was the one who attended to me in the flight. I did not take undue advantage of that and tried not to look whenever she passed by but couldnt...heheh all the guys put there would understand. And I would get caught everytime too :D.
Almost all the passengers were fast asleep while I was struggling to get some (which is a prob for me...I dont get sleep in flights usually...the beautiful miss doesnt have anything to do with this...or maybe she did ;D). I switched on my N73m to listen to some good music. I was listening to the number Lambi Judaai from the movie Jannat and as luck would have it, she passed by. In excitement, my hands pulled off the headphone from the phone. She stopped by as I sheepishly plugged the headphones back. I thought she would just frown at me for being a nuisance but yet again...lady luck was by my side. We had our first informal conversation and it went like this....
Me: Heheh sorry, guess the headphones slipped. I will take care next time.
She: thats ok and by the way, thats a nice song. WHich movie is it from?
Me: Oh, its from the movie Jannat.....so you havent heard this before?
She: Oh no...we dont get time though music is my hobby too. frequent air travels do not allow me to keep in touch.
Me: I can understand. But the job must be kinda exciting right....a new place every day and new people....
She: Of course!! I love my job and yes, meeting new people everyday and handling them is not as easy as it sounds.
Me: I know...so many might have tried to hit on you I guess ;) Putting them in their face without offending them would be tough :)
She: Oh...maybe (with a surprised look)....
Me: (interrupting her) but I guess some good people like me do not mind a frown too ;)
She: (Laughing)...You guys are all the same....so you admit hitting on me...
Me: (Laughing too)...Well...was just trying my luck and ya are you a Punjabi?
She: Thats perfectly right....how did you know that?
Me: Typical Soni Kudi I guess ;) And I love Punjabi food a lot :D
She: Too much :) You know what, people might get disturbed. Why dont we talk somewhere else if you dont mind?
We walked all the way to the back where these airhostesses usually stand. All had gone to sleep leaving just the two of us. A perfect romantic setting...all alone with a beautiful girl and....sigh anyways back to the story...
She: So you listen to a lot of music huh...whom do you listen to?
Me: Usually Shreya Ghoshal, Mohd Rafi and Dire Straits...I do listen to lots of country music too.
She: I love country music......not many takers these days and Shreya Ghoshal is amazing too...at such a young age, she has achieved so much...so what else you do other than music?
ME: Talk to a beautiful stranger in a flight ;) to pass time
She (blushing):....well...I guess its getting late now...it was fun talking to you...I had not interacted with passengers like this....thanks for that
Me: Hey, this conversation is definitely incomplete without a cup of coffee :D...it would be perfect to end it with that....cmon.
She (Thinking)...: hmm....trusting a stranger is dangerous but I will do it for the coffee (smiling)...hey one more thing, sing a song for me a good old one....
Me (wondering why ): Well....I hope the coffee stands because I am really bad at that :D...anyways this one is just for you.....Sang Abhi Na Jaao Chodkar (Surprisingly sureela)
She: Oh My, that was wonderful....you never told me you could sing....alrite....the coffee is on me....how about the coffee shop in the airport if you have the time?
Me (Thanking my stars): wouldnt mind missing the flight too ;)
We called it quits for the day and ya, she did mention that she will not ask for my number nor I should for hers....this will strictly be a one off meeting only (for the time being and no pics...SIGH!!!!!!)
I slowly drifted off to sleep not knowing when and ya...she was in my mind throughout and when I woke up, she greeted me with a smile (I didnt mention that she had a beautiful smile and that forced me to look for her always)....and that smile was for a lil baby in the row ahead of me...that suited me perfectly...saw her best smile so far and ya, got caught again...:D Hum Nahi Sudhrenge (Thirundave Maatom!!!)
She opened the window to let the sunlight embrace her adding a glow to her face. I was waiting for the flight to land and when it finally did, I rushed to the door so that I wouldnt miss her. She came out with her colleagues and as soon as she saw me, she whispered something in their ears and bade them goodbye. They gave me a knowing smile and left, giving us the much needed privacy :D.
I asked her whether it was ok with her. She responded by placing my arm in hers leading me to the cafe. We spoke for 2 hours about everything...my first crush, her first crush, all the dark secrets and what not....Guess it was the coffee but what the heck!!These two hours saw us become friends from strangers (wish I could have taken this further) and I could feel a strange connection between us.
Sadly, the time came for us to leave. Both of us sat there not wanting to go but life goes on.
She: This cup of coffee was the best I ever had. Thanks for everything.
Me: You must have meant it because you didnt frown at me even a single time :D
She (smiling): That what you get for being such a bad boy but you know what, deep down, I think I like the bad boy more....
Me: So can this bad boy break his promise and ask your number/contact details?? Heheh
She: That still stands. But unlike most of the guys, you stuck to your word. Not even once did you ask for my number or tried to take my pic without my permission...I think I am going to miss you. Thanks a lot for everything and I hope we meet again.....for coffee
I was sure I heard her choke but chose not to reply. She gave me a hug followed by a peck on the cheek and just left. I didnt ask her why we shouldnt exchange numbers or not keep in touch though I was curious. She might have had extremely personal reasons for the same and I didnt want to interfere. For the first time, I looked up to catch her staring at me....and she didnt move her glance.
I boarded my next flight with a heavy heart but as I said, life goes on. Maybe Lufthansa will be kind enough to depute her in my flight again :D...That one cup of coffee made a huge difference to my life. The aroma of both, our little rendezvouz and the coffee is still fresh and will always be....who knows, we might meet for another cup pretty soon :)...pray for me folks!!!
Saturday, April 12, 2008
I am talking about his latest movie Shaurya. Set against an army backdrop, this movie revolves around a court martial case where Rahul Bose defends the suspect and is against his best friend Javed Jaffery. Both of them are under-rated actors and rank very high in my favourites list. First, I need to give credit to director Samar Khan (whose first film Kuch Meetha Ho Jaaye was a dud) for handling this sensitive subject brilliantly. The film was perfectly handled thought the second half could be trimmed by 15-20 minutes. All the actors performed brilliantly within their scope. Kay Kay Menon was amazing as the corrupt and dogmatic Brigadier. Nothing much for the ladies Minisha Lamba and Amrita Rao(a glorified special appearance) but they did well.
I have seen many friendships destroyed in a single second and that too because of a small misunderstanding. Friendships built over a period of time (from childhood too) have disintegrated in todays world and are losing their importance. Friendship is the most beautiful relation we can get. As it is known, we dont get to choose our family or life partner(if it is an arranged match - mostly the case in India) but we definitely get to choose our friends and the greatest joy is keeping the friendship intact till the last breath. I have had interesting rivalries with some of my good friends and experienced keeping the friendship intact despite the intense debates we've had.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my friends from the bottom of my heart for being there with me, putting up with my idiosyncracies and for loving me for what I am. This is to let you all know that I value all your contributions in shaping me up and making me the achiever I am today. You are God's gift to me and I am always there for you all whether you need me or not ;) (why do I hear voices which say OH NO?? :D)
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Meeting a close friend's boyfriend
Now how simple this looks but rest assured, this story is not. Lets go back to my school days in Chattisgarh when I was a lanky boy with long hair and a beard (in short I looked like a terrorist). I was a leading fast bowler for my school team and was pretty aggressive by nature. In one of my matches, I came across a batsman who was continuously taunting me and hurling expletives at me. I tried to be very patient but he didnt stop. I decided that enough is enough and greeted him with a superfast bouncer(for school standards) which missed his mouth but took his nose :-). I walked upto the fallen guy and dished out words o my own in typical Rajinikanth's style. We won the match and the incident was forgotten.
Now fast forward 6 years after. I had completed my post graduation and returned to Chattisgarh to visit my old school and friends. And not to mention my trimmmed locks and clean shaven face. Most of the people whom i knew back then couldnt even recognize me.....as long as the change is for the better, I dont mind at all ;). I was staying in Aditi's place for 3 days and was having a great time till the minute she thought of introducing me to her boyfriend (then boyfriend, now husband :D). We were supposed to have lunch together in one of our adda's (hangouts during school days) and I was eagerly looking forward for that. Aditi and I reached the place 5 minutes early and saw the other guy waiting for us. I thought the guy looked familiar. It was when I saw the mark on his nose I realised who he was :( .
Well, thanks to the drastic change in my appearance he couldnt recognize me. Aditi was the one who did most of the talking. We spoke about everything except cricket (I had consciously avoided the topic till then for reasons known only to me)...but with two cricket players there, who can stop this from coming?
The discussion started with his nose(ahaaaaaaa.....). The very mention of the mark on his nose prompted Aditi to curse the bowler and his future generations....I was listening to Aditi cursing my children (the ones yet to be born - I am still single and if any beautiful single girl is reading this, do contact me ;) ) that their noses will be worse than Shah Rukh Khan's nose. Till then she had no clue that the offender was sitting right there. I couldnt say anything or stop her from saying anything. Suddenly, Aditi asked me..."Vicky, tum bhi cricket team mein the na...tum aur gaurav(her boyfriend) to ek do match mein meet kiye hoge")....and I pleaded ignorance :D...easy way to escape. Nothing more was said and we were enjoying our lunch.
Suddenly Gaurav shouted "Yehi Hai Woh!!"....Poor Gaurav...Aditi who was drinking water literally spit it on his face out of shock :D...it was a sight to behold...I almost fell out of my chair laughing which contributed to his anger. he continued..."yehi tha woh lambe baalwala now I remember....I knew I had seen you somewhere but man...you have totally changed..."
In the end we had a good laugh and Gaurav was an addition to my friends circle. Its been a year since Aditi and Gaurav are married and we do laugh about this whenever we get together....
Such a simple thing....meeting a friends boyfriend...but look at how this happened...my life is full of anectodes like this. I will be presenting them one by one as and when I find time...hope you people are smiling reading this......
Thursday, March 06, 2008
This month has been one of the worst ever so far in my professional life. Got a screwed up appraisal despite an excellent performance in the previous time period and now looks like I am suffering from a serious case of ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder)...since Feb last week, I have seen so many slip ups in my work which is uncharacteristic of me. I was known for my perfection and precision at work. I was the perfectionist who according to people was never there till they met me. Now I just seem lost somewhere trying to find myself. I am being yelled at in my workplace, something which had never happened all these months. My lead used to say he sees himself in me when he was my age...now he doubts my capability. he says maybe I need someone to watch over my shoulder when I work!!!! No one would dare to check my work knowing it would be perfect in every sense.....now forget perfection, I am not even getting it right repeatedly despite been given chances again and again....does this mean I have just lost my capability?
If this was a match, I would have said this is not my time or day. I cant afford to say this when I am at the clients place or this early in my fledgling career. This is indeed a fall from grace. People who said I achieved the impossible time and again are chastising me left right and center now. My performance drop is puzzling to everyone around me. I dont know what went wrong and where did this happen. No amount of introspection helps. I am giving my best even now though that bad appraisal did dampen my spirits a bit. Work which I used to finish effortlessly is increasingly found fault with now. Is is that I am not able to carry the huge burden of expectations on my shoulders? I have carried much bigger ones in the past time and again. This is seriously unfathomable. I have endured loss of form in sports a couple of times but never have I seen such a performance dip in my professional life. Maybe a break from everything will help or maybe I need to channel all my energy into this but I do that,..whatever I work on, I give my best. All I can hope is I get out of this very soon before it is too late.
Monday, February 04, 2008
The year started with me getting Parthi Sai Baba's darshan in Chennai. For me, he is God and I did notice miracles happening around me too. My mobile got repaired miraculously and whenever I thought of him, he was right in front of me in a flash...people might term this as a coincidence but for me, it is and will be a miracle nonetheless. It happened whenever I wanted to behold his lotus feet.
Next was maha shivratri which I celebrated for the first time ever. I spent the night in the temple not getting sleep at all but it was worth it. I witnessed the abhishek for lord Shiva. I saw that the crowd was desperately trying to get a drop of the milk that was used for the abhishek and had given up hope of procuring it. I barely stepped out of the griha when someone came running upto me and offered the milk. For me, he was Lord Shiva himself. My friend despite being close to the griha couldnt get it while I standing so far away was extremely lucky. Before the abhishek, my friend and I were discussing Shreya Ghoshal's show which was to happen the next day and I had expressed my desire to meet her after the show concludes. My friend who had accompanied me to the temple and the show scoffed at my thought saying it was impossible. Little did I know that my wish was to be granted in an emphatic fashion.
And as mentioned above, I did get to meet Shreya Ghoshal much to the amazement of my friend. I not only got to meet her, but also had a pretty long conversation. Well, I thought things cannot be more strange but I was wrong. A blog I had written about her triggered a google alert and reached her boyfriend's inbox. He got back to me asking for pics which I shared and that was the beginning of a friendship which is still pretty close to me.
As the years progressed, I thought things couldn't get better. I had got my first car and was understandably over the moon. I was also told that I would be leaving the country for the first time in my life. So far, 2007 had been the best year in my life.
Oh I should mention the Garam Masala Performance :P....got drunk by mistake and was due to sing on stage...drank a cocktail by mistake and did a Garam Masala with Jhoom Barabar Jhoom on stage :) Man...was really embarrassing .....I happened to mention this to a friend and she wanted me to upload the video..NO WAY!!!!I don't want anyone to see me embarrassed :D
This post had some censored stuff...and I had to remove it...!!!!That goes for the comments too...sorry ppl.
.....this was 2007 for me.,..,