Saturday, December 20, 2008

A realisation and the hope

As i look back, the first one was almost as long as three years, then three months and the last one just about three days. Hopefully the final nail in the coffin is going to mean not more than three hours.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Conversations in the train

Most recent one:

u: Hello
me: *polite smile and a nod of acceptance*
u: kaise ho
me: ji main theek hoon, aap kaise hain
*my phone rings*
me: excuse me
*conv gets over on the phone, but not with u yet*
u: kedi jagah de (h)o
me: Bangalore
u: o, hindi kahan seekhi
me: ghar pe hindi mein hi baat karte hain
u: achha
u: to yahan job karde (h)o
me: ji haan
u: to kinni salary mildi hai yahaan
me: oh main yahan short term ke liye hoon, to mujhe salary india mein hi milti hai, yahaan nahi
u: phir bhi kitna save kar lete ho yahaan aake?
me: jitna milta hai uska almost half to save ho hi jaata hai
u: achha, kinna lamba trip hai yahan
me: main yahan sirf 3 months ke liye hoon
u: achha! kyun yahan settle ho jaao, achhi jagah hai
me: umm, filhaal to main india mein hi rehna chahti hoon
u: kyun, india ke halaat achhe nahi hain aajkal, yahaan achha ladka dhoondh ke shaadi kar lo, settle ho jaao
u: shaadi ho gayi tumhari?
me: nahi
u: umar kinni hai tumhari
me: 26
u: bilkul sahi umar hai shaadi ke liye, koi ladka pasand nahi aaya abhi tak?
me: err umm ...
u: gurudwara dekha yahan
me: ji nahi abhi tak to nahi dekha
u: bahut achha hai, dekhna ho to mujhe phone kar dena, number likho mera
me: oh ok bataiye number
*typed the number on my phone, he calls his number from my phone*
u: achha ye number save kar do mere phone mein
me: umm ok *typed my name and saved it*
u: *little surprised look* mohammedan ho?
me: ji haan
u: to shaadi bhi mohammedan se hi karoge?
me: umm, haan,, shayad
u: achha... gurudwara zaroor dekhna jaakar, mujhe phone kar dena, main dikha laoonga tumhe
me: *polite smile* ok thank you
mera station aa gaya, bye

Somebody asked me sometime, 'what is the best way to deal with you when you are angry'. And i said, just say something ridiculously funny. And this conversation with a random stranger in the train, an old man from punjab, had come at the perfect time. On a regular day, it would have qualified to be a rant. But on this day, it made my mind go off the angry, sad, contemplative, hopeful, wishful and all other jumbles of thouhgts that it was in. It was back to mindless chatter in the head. And the evening was happier than it had set out to be :)


Another one that i remember, and will probably always remember:

I was solving a cryptic puzzle, had already solved almost half of it (the hard work at office). So i had a whole lot of digital codes on my sheet of paper and was decoding them rather quickly 'coz the logic was already figured out. Once i was done, i proudly wrote down the final answer in bold letters, beamed a smile and looked up. The guy sitting next to me was intently looking at the sheet, i noticed; and then he asked me what is the nicest thing a stranger has ever said to me 'Are you a cryptologist?' I smiled from ear to ear the whole rest of the evening.

There are a few more of these that i'll remember my train journies fondly by. Back home, I miss this pleasant commute. But then I miss the noise here sometimes :)

Sunday, December 14, 2008

random tag

Self-tagged
From TGFI, for no specific reason. Maybe because i haven't blogged in a while, or maybe some other reason. I don't know.

1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? No.

2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED? my last trip here, this time i am absolutely fine.

3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? Hahhaha, once a senior was looking through my notebook in college canteen, and he commented 'you must've been really sleepy in this class', i sheepishly said 'yes' :D

4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH? kadhi-chawal, chhole-chawal-dahi, bisi-bele-bhaath, biriyani...

5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS? No

6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON, WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU? If the old me wanted to be friends with the new me, i would love it!

7. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT? Yeah.

8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS? Yes. WTF.

9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP? Must.

10.WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL? Honey bunch of Almonds.

11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF? Yes.

13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM? DBC!

14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE? Umm..If they smile enough or not, what they say, do they laugh at my joke or not :D

15. RED OR PINK? Red

16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF? I find it hard to express emotions, other than laughter and interest in any particular topic/thing and boredom and sleepiness and hunger!

17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST ? I generally don't miss people or times too much.

18. DO YOU WANT EVERYONE TO SEND THIS BACK TO YOU? I've already answered it all, why should you send it back to me?

19. WHAT COLOR SHOES ARE YOU WEARING? None right now. But all I have are browns and blacks.

20. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE? Chicken Marsalan it was called, i think.

21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW? Hum to hain pardes mein, Abida Parveen.

22. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE? White, completely useless, but still there.

23. FAVORITE SMELLS? earth after rain.

24. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE? Random marketing lady.

25. DO YOU LIKE THE PERSON WHO SENT THIS TO YOU? Ofcourse, i love her. I sent it to myself, small credit can be given to tgfi :P

26. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH? Currently Tennis.

27. HAIR COLOUR? Black.

28. EYE COLOR? Black

29. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS? No

30. FAVORITE FOOD? Most Indian food.

31. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS? Happy endings

32. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED? Dostana (quite funny and John Abraham is such a hottie)

33. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING? Purplish with black and silver stripes.

34. SUMMER OR WINTER? Bangalore weather. Or San Francisco is fine too :)

35. HUGS OR KISSES? Hugs from some, kisses from someone.

36. FAVORITE DESSERT? Roshogulla.

37. MOST LIKELY TO RESPOND? who what??

38. LEAST LIKELY TO RESPOND? who what??

39. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW? I don't have such good habits.

40. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD? No mousepad.

41. WHAT DID YOU WATCH ON TV LAST NIGHT? Family Guy. Hilarious.

43. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES? Beatles

44. WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME??? The US of A.

45. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT? None :(

46. WHERE WERE YOU BORN? I was born at home, not in a hospital. Just one part of the detail that nobody needs to know anyway.

47. WHOSE ANSWERS ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO GETTING BACK? async