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Am a contradiction of sorts. i love going out and having a good time with friends, and i can also stay home chill out over a book or a movie.. Am very passionate about writing, so give me a topic and watch me float away into wonderland... I Am crazy about music,books,friends and my doggie... :)

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

[TV shows] new concept... Ali Saleem aka The Bhegum

Was surfing thru the channels, and came upon BBC where they were showing a program about Pakistan and how it has evolved or not thru the years... and one snippet was about this TV show conducted by a beautiful lady called The Bhegum... and lo behold, it is not a lady, but a man dressed as a woman... and He/she talks/discusses various sensitive issues.. outright accusations about politicians... and much more..

Amazing... 1st Lola kutty and now Bhegum.. wonder why people(read as audiences) would rather watch a show done by someone pretending to be someone else and ENJOY it rather than go for the real thing.... strange .... us Human's seem to be very strange indeed...

Ali Saleem is just another Pakistani bisexual, son of a retired Army colonel who likes to dress like a woman and interview celebrities and news makers on TV. He's also South Asia's first drag queen talk diva, who has made quite a name for himself over the last eight months with his Late Night Show with Begum Nawazish Ali...............

Some info about The Bhegum--

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Happy Holidays n wonderful New Year...

Looking back at the months gone by,
As an old one ends making way for a New Year,
We contemplate on what brought us joy,
And think of our loved ones and dear special friends.

Reliving all the wonderful times,
Remembering each moment of our lives
We tend to reflect upon who really counts,
As the bright new year arrives.

I think of you,
As i say a prayer "Keep them happy and give them all they desire"
I think of you
As i welcome the New Year
Knowing, you will be with me every step of the way..

May you realize your fondest dreams
and take time to recognize and enjoy
each and every blessing.

Happy New Year, And many more!

Happpy Holidays and a wonderful new year to
all my blog friends
and to those i am yet to come across... :)

Monday, December 24, 2007

[Theater] PIF plays

Over the past couple of months, everytime we had a readmeet, i got to know little bit more about the concept of PIF - Politically Incorrect festival.. this was a play, or many issues taken up and presented to the chennai audience by a group of young enthusiastic theater lovers... each one was into something different... studying, writer, Techy, etc etc... but PIF brought em together..

The plays took place on 22nd n 23rd Dec and must say it was very diff from others i've seen and quite interesting... hope they go further....

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Bringing back sweet memories... "Frangipani"

I was in delhi couple of mths back.. and thats when i got to spend a lot of time with my baby cousin Lakshmi.. she is adorable and angelic.... :)

one day, when me, uncle and L were getting back home from an outing at Dilli Haat, she suddenly said "Frangipani".. i was lost, perplexed, wondering what she was talking about.. had no clues basically.. asked uncle wat she wanted.. he then spoke to L and said "kuruvi, tell aartikka wat Frangipani is"..
and she with all innocence replied saying" its a flower"....

today, was browsing the net for some info on one of the topics i was working on, and saw the name "Frangipani" pop up, bringing back lovely fond memoriess of that incident in delhi....

we then got back to my uncle's house, n she promptly took me to their balcony and pointed to the Plumeria and said "this frangipani".... woww~!! i was stumped.... :)

Pic courtesy- Rachel greig]

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Happy Birthday Floppy... :)

Yipeee.. Floppy turned one today.. for those who dont know him, he is my baby.. my angel... my gift from God... my doggie... :)

I sure am lucky to have him part of my life.. and how he came home is a story in its own..
It had been nearly 2yrs since Boss died(the boxer we had, she passed away on Dec 31st.. heart breaking moment n horrible couple of days followed) )

Anyways.... sighh.... we dint have a doggie at home, i was too upset to bring one home and dint think i had it me to lose one more dog...

Aa little bit of rewinding here - we had a puppy Sheeba in our house about 10-15yrs ago, and she was a baby when we bought her, but died exactly 42days later.. one morning i wake up, and grampa tells me ever so gently she died... Gawd, how i cried... and then again Boss... but i know life follows death and its a chain.... so maybe Floppy is my angel for this time..

Jan 14th 2007, i was going out, walking down our road, and saw this little guy lurking beneath a water lorry... he was adorable.. hidden near the tire, he was just peeping out and going back under... got back home, all excited, dragged my sis and went back hoping he was still there... voila, he was... we petted him a bit, looked around to see if his moommy or others were in sight.. nope, nobody around... and i did the "best impulsive act of my life"... carried him n brought him home... all came out to see what the commotion was... and saw this tiny scrawny pup.. me and my sis P were soo excited and happpy.... fed him milk, and he followed us around... we couldnt get enuf of him... :)

we finally got the green signal from all at home to keep him, provided we got him chked out by a doc( cos his skin dint look too good, n he had fleas too)... we promptly did that 2days later... Doc gave himn a clean chit, said he was a smart guy, about a mth old and seemed to have done just fine out on his own.... named him Prince Floppy(not floppy disc, but floppy as in flops on his butt all the time...lolz..n well, Prince - ask my sis, her choice.. ;o)) and he has been with us now for nearly a year....

Since we brot him home Jan 14th and doc said he must be a mth old, we took a guess and think today is his bday... Dec 15th... :)

he is a sweeetheart.. adorable... loveable and u just cant resist petting him... he might not be the most well mannerd, wont sit if you tell him SIT, he just might look at you wondering where the biscuit is or why you aint petting him, but he is angelicccc... love him to bits... the entire family does...

Happy Birthday Flopppy.... Cheers~!!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

2007 Mixed bag`

Was just thinking about how this year was and here are the thoughts that poured in....

This year has been different from the one's before.. i dont know this for sure, but can risk taking a guess.. :) [who else but me knows right ;o)]

- In Jan i brought home Floppy, who was lurking under a water lorry couple
of yards from my house.. it was Pongal, Jan 14th, when i spotted him, and on impulse brought him home.. he turns 1 in another 2days time.. yipeee~~

Pic 1[on right] - how he was couple of days after coming home..tiny baby ...

Pic 2[on left] - how he is now.. all grown up n upto no goood..

- Sometime in March, aunt told us she was suffering from Breast cancer, and hid it from us all cos she dint want to trouble us... :( and so her treatment began in this month... i took her for her 1st body scan... not a gr8 experience i tell u and till date, must have gone along for numerous chemo, radiation and other stuff... hope she gets out of this soon n gets back to normal self..

- Work - [touch wood] it has been going great.. i've been doing writing and training... and new projects keep coming my way, some i take on, others i say "thanks but no thanks to".money has also been good, and even if i am busier than i was while working with the corp, i am enjoying what am doing.. no regrets, no complaints... :)

- Weddings - attending back to back weddings, from end of the state to the other... went for a friend's wedding by BUS to Kallakurichi and then returned, got back on the road to Pondy.. whoa, what a trip that was...

- Experimenting -
*with food, trying out diff unique recipes....
*new parlor(only cos i won a voucher thru radio contest -
*travelled by bus(for the wedding, read prev note if u dont know wat am talking about)

- Blogging -
back into the blog world full fledged..came across some very interesting blogs; bloggers from chennai; made some friends too.. and met one such lovely fun gal who's here on a visit [Vids, if ur reading this, advance b'day wishes sweets]

This year is also when i have set many personal records.. hehehe... i dont think these have ever happened before... :)

- Working beyond hours and having fun... wooopiee dooo

- Visited Delhi after nearly 12years and had the time of my life.. zimply awesomee..
Made some new friends
Got to stay with a friend n spend time with his family(they are adorable n sweeeeet)

Met loads of people who were just online friends
Had Tequila for the 1st time
Freaked out
Made a quick trip to Ajmer, Jaipur and Pushkar too.. [shall not talk abt wat happened there...hmfph]

Need i go on.............

- Was without using the computer nor doing even .00000000001% of work for 6whole days...wowwwieee... :) ..

- Most number of hospital visits[aunt, floppy, uncle]... they are all on the way to getting back to PINK of health ;o)

- Buying the laptop i have always wanted.. Sony vaio....
[N17 -] ... Yayyyy.. now if only the net would work.. shucks...

- Nearly stopped watching TV [except for the odd couple of mins i catch while taking breaks from work].. tv is boring.. esp since i dont get AXN or Star world.. rest is just crappppyyyy...

- Reading a lot [diff genres, diff authors].. not on comp, but real books, that have pages and covers... ;)

- Saw maximum number of movies.. [esp Nov - Dec == more than i can count on my fingers ;o)]

- Got to see some temples in Chennai that i have never been to.. the Madhya kailash and
Ashtalakshmi temple(absolutely beautiful)

shall add on as i can remember... :)

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

" The graveyard as bustling café"... Yewwwwwww....

yep, that is the headline in today's edition of The Hindu in the Newscape section.. i read it and was like "yewwww".. how can someone have coffee in a graveyard.. That is just plain spooky,eerie and creeepy and disrespectful to the dead...

This is exactly what is happening in Ahmedabad where a cafe exists and has hoards of people coming in to have a cuppa Tea or coffee and read paper, have candle lit dinners (yea right...with a ghost sharing the table with u... ) etc...

here is the article.. read on if you dont believe me... :-)

AHMeDABAD: In India, death is a part of life — and, at one restaurant here, a part of lunch. The bustling New Lucky Restaurant is famous for its tea, its rolls, and the graves between the tables.

Here, elderly men page through newspapers and argue politics in the morning, young couples share candlelit meals and hold hands after dusk. That the candles sit on graves adds to the ambiance.

Krishnan Kutty Nair has helped run the restaurant built over a centuries-old Muslim cemetery for close to four decades, but he does not know who is buried in the cafe floor. Customers seem to like the graves, which resemble small cement coffins, and that is enough for him.

“The graveyard is good luck,” Mr. Nair said one afternoon after the lunch-time rush. “Our business is better because of the graveyard.”

The individual graves are painted green, stand about shin high, and every day the manager decorates each of them with a single dried flower. They are scattered randomly across the restaurant: one is up front next to the cash register, three are in the middle next to a table for two, four are along the kitchen.

The waiters know the floor plan as a bus driver would know his route, and they have mastered the delicate dance of shimmying between graves with a tray of hot tea in each hand. “We’re used to it,” said waiter Kayyum Sheikh.

The restaurant dates back to the 1950s when K.H. Mohammed opened a tea stall outside the cemetery, said Mr. Nair. He had helped run the place and became Mohammed’s partner. Business was good, and the stall kept expanding until its tin walls encircled the graves. Mohammed died in 1996.

Some say the restaurant is disrespectful. “They should maintain the decorum of the graveyard,” said a Professor of history who asked that his name be withheld. Asked why he did not want to be identified, he said: “Because I have my tea there.” — AP....

Wonder what is next in store for us.. [leaving with shivers running down my spine]

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Eight Gifts That Do Not Cost A Cent

  1. The Gift of Listening…
    But you must really listen. No interrupting, no daydreaming, no planning your response. Just listening.

  2. The Gift of Affection…
    Be generous with appropriate hugs, kisses, pats on the back and handholds. Let these small actions demonstrate the love you have for family and friends.

  3. The Gift of Laughter…
    Clip cartoons. Share articles and funny stories. Your gift will say, "1 love to laugh with you."

  4. The Gift of a Written Note…
    A brief, handwritten note may be remembered for a lifetime, and may even change a life.

  5. The Gift of a Compliment…
    A simple and sincere, "You look great in red," "You did a super job" or "That was a wonderful meal" can make someone’s day.

  6. The Gift of a Favor…
    Every day, go out of your way to do something kind.

  7. The Gift of Solitude…
    There are times when we want nothing better than to be left alone. Be sensitive to those times and give the gift of solitude to others.

  8. The Gift of a Cheerful Disposition…
    The easiest way to feel good is to extend a kind word to someone, really it’s not that hard to say, Hello or Thank You.

Friends are a very rare jewel, indeed. They make you smile and encourage you to succeed. They lend an ear, they share a word of praise, and they always want to open their hearts to us.

[dint write this.. found it on the net :-)]

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Whatta name for a street....

Today on my way towards Mount road, i caught site of something i just have to share with all.. wen going thru Greams road, about 100yards ahead of Asan memorial school, there are slums n lanes on the left.. and a lane had the name board that said "Thideer nagar"[suddenly lane/street/colony if you were to literally translate it] .. i mean puhleasee.. what kinda name is that?? where do you wanna go? "thideer nagar"...hahahaaha... did it just sprout out of nowhere or did someone spot the lane out of the blue.. suddenly....

and there is not one, but two streets with this name... the 2nd is in Saidapet.... what a way to confuse people... 2 Halls roads.. 2 Thideer nagars.. wat more???? ;)

Pah.. where on earth do people come up with such names from...