Friday, May 29, 2009

Back to home!

I have returned home after a month long travelling and it feels wonderful. I am letting myself be pampered thoroughly at home. Today is a thoughtful day for me, well, typically such days come to me once in a quarter or more, when I really get into a self-introspection and thinking mood...and today it is in perfect sync with the weather outside, it’s cloudy and gloomy! It seems the city has gone onto depression after the cyclone and the storm and it is mourning the loss!

When I am happy about something I want the feeling to last forever, and I want the guarantee for happiness! It is extremely weird considering the good things in life never come with a warranty certificate...but it just exposes how vulnerable I am to my feelings. Most of the time when we enter into a feeling, there’s a good amount of control that we can exercise, but I have often wondered if that holds true if we want to exit! I am not talking about getting rid of a feeling, but how does one shed off something one really likes? Is there a way not to let the lingering feeling get better of you....there has to be!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Is it a verdict for Mamta…or verdict against Left?

It is as loud and clear as it can get in West Bengal…the people are tired of the ‘left’ way of doing things. I am not sure why it comes as a surprise, because in the recent past there were reasons crisp and definite to boot them out of power and having any say in the Central Government.

The way they treated veteran parliamentarian Somnath Chatterjee was despicable! They completely forgot that the Speaker’s position in Parliament is a constitutional role and they can’t ask a Speaker to resign on grounds of politics. What came as a surprise to me is that they claim that no one person in the party takes a decision for them. The issues are discussed and debated threadbare before reaching to a final conclusion. If that is so, then expelling Somnath Chatterjee, was a folly of the entire crowd…is that what they are trying to say? There stand on nuclear deal led on to a no-confidence motion in parliament, and almost led to premature national election when the uncertainty brought by global economic crisis was enough of a fear dwelling in our minds! I as a responsible resident of Calcutta strongly question their existence….apart from land reforms in West Bengal, what have they done for Nation’s interest?

Anyways, it’s up to them now to take stock, and how they plan to play a role in India’s future! But, the other angle to the results is, did people vote for Mamta or did they vote against left? Possibly the later….It is for the matured people to see, that Mamta is equally irresponsible. To her credit, she has destroying TATA Nano Project, resisting CNG public transport in Calcutta and so many more. She did a very shabby job with Indian Railways when she was heading the portfolio. In fact, having an opposition like her was always to the Left’s advantage….as long as she is there, they don’t have to worry! The assembly elections are on it way in 2011, and she’s already eyeing the CM’s job….Well, times will tell….But Bengal deserves better than a crazy vision-less woman, and a egotist, red elephant…..is anyone listening?

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Happiness on hold!

I am unhappy….the face-off between multiplex & movie-makers is not helping at all! I mean, how long can one sustain by watching those dry English movies and worst of all, no movies at all! I realized how much I love those song & dance sequences coupled with caramel-popcorn! And I am wondering, have these producers and the entire stake holders of the industry got so much cash stashed away that they can afford to not release their products for so long…. I mean we normal guys can’t afford to be out of jobs for more than a month, well may be two for the more planned breed…… But miss you guys…I admit, life is difficult without the regular Friday fever!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Mothers....they are smart!

Mother's day was just last week...& incidentally I got this forward from a dear friend a day ago...& I loved it! We all think that we are smart, but we forget that it's our Mothers who gave birth to us and not the other way round! Enjoy the snippet guys...

Mom comes to visit her son Kumar for dinner......who lives with a girl-roommate Sunita. During the course of the meal, his mother couldn't help but notice how pretty Kumar's roommate was. She had long been suspicious of a relationship between the two, and this had only made her more curious.Over the course of the evening, while watching the two interact, she started to wonder if there was more between Kumar and his roommate than meet the eye.
Reading his mom's thoughts, Kumar volunteered, "I know what you must be thinking, but I assure you, Sunita and I are just roommates."About a week later, Sunita came to Kumar saying, "Ever since your mother came to dinner, I've been unable to find the silver plate. You don't suppose she took it, do you?"

Kumar said, Well, I doubt it, but I'll email her, just to be sure."So he sat down and wrote:
Dear Mother,
I'm not saying that you 'did' take the silver plate from my house, I'm not saying that you 'did not' take the silver plate... But the fact remains that it has been missing ever since you were here for dinner.
Love, Kumar

Several days later, Kumar received an email from his Mother which read
Dear Kumar,
I'm not saying that you 'do' sleep with Sunita, and I'm not saying that you'do not' sleep with Sunita. But the fact remains that if she was sleeping in her OWN bed, she would have found the silver plate by now under the pillow...
Love,
Mom.

Stressed...or getting older?

Like Aamir Khan in Ghajini, I am suffering from short-term memory loss…like take today as an example, I went to photo-copy my passport, and forgot it in the photo-copier, it’s just that after coming back to my desk, I thought of getting another document photocopied that I went back, and found my PP lying there…considering I am working out of a client office this could have turned into a potential disaster! Well, I can go on endlessly about similar such instances in the recent past, and some of them were pretty serious…but the question that is nagging me at the back of my mind is, am I getting older or is it too much work on my plate? Either way, there’s not much I can do…but being a virgo, these sort of things are quite unlike me….. and guys…I am worried! Can anyone help?

Monday, May 4, 2009

I am not going to vote!

The elections are in full swing and the media is going crazy. The debate is on endlessly...what the alliances are and who’s trying to woo whom etc. And there’s the accusation of low turn-out especially with all our stars lined up to show how they have become aware of their duties and responsibilities...oh yeah...it’s nice to be followed by the camera and all your pics splashed on the next day’s newspaper with your designer goggles and statement attire! They say that the heat is responsible for the low turn-out...how stupid, don’t we brave this heat and go to work every-day?! Don’t our people brave this heat, and do farming, go to factories and sell wares on the street. For these people there is nothing called weekends and holidays...its work or no food for the day! Even for the urban middle-class there are people who go to work, in weekends and holidays....!!! Hence heat is NOT the reason...So what could possibly be the reason? Before that, tell me what should I vote for...who should I state my preferences for and who against? Aren’t they all the birds of same feather? 16th May is going to be a numbers game...they will form alliances without any ideological or constructive vision! Besides, show me a party manifesto where they have come up with a vision to make our lives better!! What difference does it make at all as to who sits in North Block...except that the one who does will become richer and fatter!!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

A few thoughts

I have been away for a while…blame it on my struggle for bread & butter or my inefficiency, either way its okay. Today is a Saturday, and I am actually working full day! In fact it’s a long weekend, with elections held on Thursday and May Day being a Friday… but I am working….Sometimes I wonder, is this really me…?! Meanwhile life has not been a standstill exactly. A few quick thoughts:
  1. I have given up following IPL after the continuous dismal (that’s a kind word!) performance of Kolkata Knight Riders…I am right now blaming it on the color of their dress…oh I love black, and it’s quite a dominant shade in my wardrobe and I am not the astrological type either… but I don’t know what else to blame…Imagine being in Bombay, and being subjected to the taunts of fellow colleagues, friends….how you Knight Riders let us down?!!!
  2. I watched ‘The reader’ and I am bowled over completely by Kate Winslet’s performance…some maturity! …I just know why they call her the next Meryl Streep. What a pity that I haven’t been able to catch up on ‘Revolutionary Road’ yet, but I am sure I will. Anyone willing to lend me a copy?
  3. After a quick trip to Calcutta, I find the Bombay summer extremely pleasant! I don’t even mind commuting through the horrible traffic…in fact I am falling in love with Bombay, not only for the weather but also for those innumerable small things like a walk in the Carter road promenade at midnight!
  4. I am reading “The Crow-eaters” by Bapsi Sidhwa…Amazing is the word! Many may have watched 1947 Earth based on her novel Ice-candy Man.... a must have on your book-shelf!
  5. Thanks to the quality of the Bengali dabba and the unplanned way we ask for it, my roomies and I have become Domino’s loyal customer; in fact we have tasted all the varieties of Pizza that they offer! Trust me…it’s not fun! But I am going to have a very authentic bong dinner tonight.

I am famished now…got to go for the dinner!