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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... :)

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Finally

Whooopee doo deee... I did it... Actually managed to survive it this long and make an announcement too!! Yipeee!! :)
I'm at my 250th post..How abt that!! Ha!!

ok, now to a "my kinda" post!! 

Last evening while chatting with a friend with whom i share my name [except hers is a diff spelling], we got around to talking about random things, one of which was about our Bloggers meet that happened yesterday [Saturday]- we a bunch of bloggers who've connected and meet up every once in a while!!! Anyways, about that in another post...

This post is about why i and all of us blog... here is a snippet from the conversation we had last nite!! :)
 A: YOU HAVE A BLOG??
 me: eeeeeeeks
  yes i do.. have not one but err, 4 :D
 A: :P
 me: is dat a no??? :P
 A: yes i do...
 me: and ???
A: but its nothing great and all oK?..its some dumb abstract thoughts...so u can check me out at
me: dats ok... :) we dont need high fi stuff
A: he he ...and dont read it if you are too happy, i write only when i am in those 'moods"
 me: again, its ok babes.... !!
A: that was a disclaimer !
me: we allwrite for diff reasons...
     diff moods
A: i somehow cant write when i am happy, strange i have tried..but then its only half attempts at   writing
me: i guess like some others i know, u need to vent wen down... thats cool.!
A: yeah...so when i dont write in my blog, i am actually doing well...too many posts and thats bad !!! LOL
me: hahahah
      Awesome to hear that!!
     so hope ur posts are far n few

People blog for various reasons...
  • Some for Fun [like me, at the drop of an hat, actually for that also there will be a post...!! ]
  • Some for Fame [ urrr.. really ? mind telling me how?]
  • Some to Show off.. [shh, not gonna say anything on this.. ;-) ]
  • Some to vent [get it off their chest kinda venting, rant n rave!! :)]
  • Some to share [keep in touch with people across the globe, friends and others!! sometimes toot toot, sometimes just to keep them posted!! ]
  • Some to make some $$ outta it [ tho am yet to figure out how that works!! now dont reccomend Adsense, those are just plain annoying!! ]
  • and Some for Fun [i said that before? no worries, it can never be said enuf!! ;)] 

I started blogging couple of yrs ago

... Blog lay docile, and then it woke up and has been causing quite a rampage i see , or rather hear [ from those sweet voices inside my head ofcourse!!:)]
Today, i am the proud owner of not just one , but yes 4blogs...!!
How and Why 4 you ask?!!- 
1. For creative writing - Which is where i discovered i too could write!! my 1st ever blog

2. For reviews- Books,music, movies, shows,etc - I used to write on Mouthshut, but then decided to move all to my blog and write here instead!!

3. For travelogues and adventures [ newest baby on the block]- Had mixed up travel, life and everything in my other blog[ref no.4] , but now realised i need one excl for travel...
and

4. For general writing [this very bloggy]





 
[Created at Wordle.net, and modified!!]


I absolutely enjoy writing...
words are what i love the most
give me a thot 
and watch me drift away into wordland.... !!!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Hello,

is this Aaarti? This is RJ Soundarya here, from Chennai Live 104.8!

Me: [Gulp] yes, Hi Soundarya!! How are you doing?

S: We got your sms[ i had sent a sms requesting a song to be played on their chennai connections show]
So, what do you do Aaarti?


Me: Am a freelance consultant :)


S: Oh, wow, your like the 4th person am talking to who has quit their job.. What's your story?



Me: well, they dint have what i wanted, so decided to shift gears.



S: Wonderful... btw,You've requested a song that is my all time favorite..which version of
"Leaving on a jet plane" do you want? 


Me: John denver, do you have any other versions?


S: my production manager said there is an orignial - Leaving on a jet plane by Mary, Peter, Paul and if you like john denver, then ur sad... :D


Me: Ahh, okay.. Lets give it a listen.. 


S: let me listen to it,.....[few secs passed] nope, i'll play john denver!! :)
Ok, am gonna put you on hold for like 50secs while ads play and then we'll be on air.. stay on
 the line!!


After 1min.... 


S: Now we have Aaarti on air, Hi Aaarti!!!


Me: Hi Soundarya, i would ike to listen to "Leaving on a Jet plane by John Denver"


S: Here it is, enjoy the song and have a nice day....


Me: Bye.... [big grin on my face...:D ]


[As we were talking , the song came on the radio.. got my grandparents n uncle to it... msg'd some friends about it.... :)]


Yayyy!! been ages since i was on the radio... brought back memories of college days!! 

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Arent you ashamed

of yourself? is what i wanted to ask.. if any of those people were in front of me, God Save them!!! Hmfph!!
ok, here is what happened!!!

Instance 1:

Was in the car going out to do a bit of shopping, when i tuned into Radio city... there was some Chennai week related contest on...

Get ready for the world's toughest question... drum roll plssssss 
[my reaction in blue]
 
Que: What is the other name for Mount Road? 
1st Caller- a lady : Is it EGMORE??? [Duh... how did she get so smart i wondered,said she has lived in Chennai all her life.... nearly threw up in the car,. stopped myself just in time!!! ]


2nd Caller: a guy- LIC? [ Oh me gawd.. somebody give me some rope or poison, i wanna die right here, was my reaction!!! ]


3rd caller- a guy : Hmmm, theriyadu madam - "i dont know ma'am"

The RJ: it is the road where LIC is sir, do you know the name now?

3rd caller: Oh,antha roadla thaan naan irukein madam, aana innoru peru theriyada -"Am on that road only, but i dont know the other name"
[where is the knife, where is the gun, i wanna jump and die right now...]

RJ: [think she was ready to kill someone ] 

 No sir, not right... The other name for mt road is Anna Salai!!

3rd caller: oh, appidiya madam.. nanri - "oh, is that so, thank you"

Wow, how is it that people living here dont know such basic stuff?? ignorance? or are they just plain DUMB??? beats me!!! 

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Dodge ball.. Tag!!

Got this tag from a friend... and now is the perfect time to do it... I have tonnes of work, and just don't feel like doing any ... sigh!!! am gonna be up all night i just know it!!  i just do!!  :)

Q: When you looked at yourself in the mirror today, what was the first thing you thought?
A:  hey Gorgeous!! have a rocking day!! :D

Q: How much cash do you have in your wallet right now?
A: 3K plus some loose cash [ i know cos  i drew cash yesterday for something and dint use much, and been swiping the plastic zip zap zoom... :)]

Q: What’s a word that rhymes with DOOR?
A: BORE [ thats what i am now... esp since i know i have to work! hmmm]

Q: What is your favorite ring tone on your phone?
A:  Days go by.. Keith urban


Q: Who is the 4th person on your missed call list on your cell phone?
A: Nobody.. i got only 1missed call :D

Q: What are you wearing right now?
A: Pjs n Tshirt with OCC on it!
Q: Do you label yourself?
A: Quirky..funny..clown... do these count? 

Q: Name the brand of the shoes you’re currently own?
A: Addidas from USA

Q: Bright or Dark Room?
A: Bright 

Q: What does your watch look like?
A: Which one? i got so many!!! and anyways, why do you wanna know???!!! hmmm!!! 

Q: What were you doing at midnight last night?
A: Tripping on  Two and a half men .. tonite will be different story - WORK!! 

Q: What did your last text message you received on your cell say?
A: a good night msg from a friend

Q: What’s a word that you say a lot?
A: Chill 

Q: Who told you he/she loved you last? (Please exclude spouse , family, children)
A: Floppy [ my doggie.. so what if he cant speak, he whispered it to me when i went to feed him dinner...]

Q: Last furry thing you touched?
A: Floppy.. he is my bunny boy!! :) 
 
Q: Favorite age you have been so far?
A:  There is such a thing? everyday till today 

Q: What was the last thing you said to someone?
A: good night... 

Q: The last song you listened to?
A: When your good to Mama- Chicago ;)

Q: Where did you live in 1987?
A: Thazhaiyuthu, in Tirunelveli 

Q: Are you jealous of anyone?
A: Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
Q: Is anyone jealous of you?
A: Am sure the whole world and sundry is ..[lemme just live in this fun world ok.. :P]

Q: Name three things that you have on you at all times?
A: Phone, house keys, smile 

Q: What’s your favorite town/city?
A: Chennai..Bangalore.. Bombay

 
Q: When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper and mailed it?
A: Been a couple of months- me and my dear darling friend write to each other... but she has moved to an island/isolated place, no courier reaches :(( need to find myself a pigeon that can understand englipish!! 

Q: Can you change the oil on a car?
A: Aye aye.. just dont ask me to!! 

Q: Your first love/big crush: what is the last thing you heard about him/her?
A: That they still love me!! ;)

Q: Does anything hurt on your body right now?
A: my brain.. [ or rather the space where it is supposed to be.... ]

Q: What is your current desktop picture?
A: A collage of pics taken by me 

Phew, you are done now... So, who you gonna be Tagging  ???
No one... whoever wants can take it up!! :)

Dont push it

When we come across an idea or a thought, we have this urge to share with others.. but there are times, when we need to hold our tongue and not unleash it and let it run amock...
We need to assess the situation of the other person, spend a minute thinking about "Do they want to hear this? is it of any use to them?" and share!! But i've come across people = friends and strangers who JUST dont think, they shoot their mouth like it was a rocket and then just wont listen to our reasoning or side of the story....
They keep harping on what they feel is right, 
how they think we need to listen to them and 
just blinding following them...

But i am the kind of person wjho will run the other direction if you push too much.... It could be anything from trying a food item, to attending a course!!
I firmly believe i will give it a try IF i feel like it and if it seems interesting to me.. NO matter how much you talk/sell/market it NOTHING will happen!!!
  • i do understand they have good intentions in mind
  • I do agree they mean well 
  • But why wont they understand i dont want to hear it from them or that am not intersted in what they are saying!! dont they get the message??? 
Sometimes i balantly tell them NO, Thank you
other times am trying hard to change the subject!
But NOPE, no effect.. its like they have made up their mind to keep going till i crumble and say "YES, ORDERS OBEYED!! "  

No way, that just wont happen.. uh huh.... no can do!!  and these are people who've known me not for a month or so, but for years!!!
Why cant some people understand this and let be!! Sheesh.. am i asking for too much?
  • How would you deal with pushy people?
  • What would you do if someone were to keep at it non stop about something you are not too keen on?
tell tell.. plsss!! :D

i won i won....

Yep.. i did!! nothing big.. nothing major!! But heck, i won dint i!!!  What? You ask!! well, TOI [ Times of India for all you non paper reading dumbums..hehe] runs a Tambola [ Also called Lotto, Housie, Bingo-  A ticket comes every sunday with TOI paper and numbers in batches of 5 daily in TOI, all you gotta do is check if your ticket contains any of those numbers and keep scoring them out] every week... and i started playing couple of weeks back.. and last week, WEEK 5 proved to be LUCKY for moi!!  Yipee!!

I hit FULL HOUSE [Got all numbers in my ticket during the week] on saturday, and promptly , well, not really, after a bit of delay, went to the TOI office [ did you know the building is Pink in color.. ok, that in another post...not here!! ] and showed the ticket and brought home a bag bundle of goodies..
It was from BEAUTE BOUTIQUE [ dont ask me who that is, i've never heard of them till now, and dont know where their store is or where their products are retailed!! ]
Anyways,  i got a whole bunch of stuff thanks to them -
a Body wash- Doccia Gel [cant get enuf of body washes..yummm],



Yardley Powder, 
Lavender & Olive Oil Revitalising Mask, and 


a Eveline laboratories Thermal mask[ i know what it is cos i had to look front back and all around this little sachet, cos everything in the front was wwritten in some freakish wierdo language...dont believe me?hmfph, look at the pic]


and a coupon that entitles me ENTRY into the MEGA Tambola that happens on Sundays at Chinmaya Heritage center... yayyy!! here i come!!  wish me luck wont u!! Bah, stop being jealous, and be happy for your friend already!! :D
Mightey pleased, i wandered about tell all and sundry about this..  So, now am all set, excited and looking fwd to SUNDAY!! Woohooooooooo .. may the luck linger on!!!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Alas... Hooked and Tagged !!

Alright, I have been presented this "award". Being the good girl that i am,
I hereby thank Vidya for this wonderful award
I also want to thank my best friends from college, who've been by my side all through...





The rules of the award are as follows:

-Link the person who tagged you
-Copy the image above, the rules and the questionnaire in this post
-Post this in one or all of your Blogs
-Answer the four questions following these Rules
-Recruit at least seven (7) friends on your Blog Roll by sharing this with them
-Come back to BLoGGiSTa iNFo CoRNeR (PLEASE DO NOT CHANGE THIS LINK) at http://bloggistame.blogspot.com and leave the URL of your Post in order for you/your Blog to be added to the Master List

Questions:
1. The person who tagged you:
2. His/her site's title and url:
3. Date when you were tagged:
4. Persons you tagged:

1. The person who tagged you:
Vidya, a friend i made through the blogworld is the one who tagged me!! We have met once so far, and the one time it was awesome fun..Spent quite a bit of time together, at coffee shops, waiting for cup of warm water, walking on Elliots beach, eating peanuts and sundal[ mix of peanuts,tomato, onion, puffed rice] at the beach..,exploring Astalakshmi temple, dinner at Giorgios and what not!!! An amazing person, with spunk and a zeal for life, i feel rejuvinated everytime i talk/chat with her!! Off late, i look fwd to her daily messages on Fb... :) Come back soon for a visit dearie!!! 

2. His/her site's title and url:
Here's where she writes about life and general topics - http://blogwithadifference.blogspot.com
Reviews of books - http://avidreadernow.blogspot.com/


3.Date when you were tagged:
August 06, 2009 ..  not bad, am only a few days late!! :D

4. Persons you tagged:
Am tagging only one dear friend ...Aparna - She is another friend i made in the Blog world - someone who has been through a lot in life and am hoping her life takes a turn for the better!!! has an adorable son, who i adore!!! :D .. he is my little Krishna!! i enjoy spending time with her and she has all the time in the world to answer my ziollion questions on computers and wot nots!! Hugss!!!

Hop on the bandwagon or

do i continue remaining as cool as i've been??? i remain cool and happy!!

Where is this coming from? well, blame it on the latest rage in town, or rather the world...Swine flu ..Wherever i turn people seem to be talking about it or reading out some news item related to it.

yes, it is sad that there is something that is killing people, especially kids
yes, it is very sad that we can do NOTHING about it, but protect ourselves..

But
Does this mean - we stop living?
Lock ourselves up in our room and say "i am safe", actually, is that even possible?

Friends of mine are so paranoid, they are talking about not stepping out of the house
Not going out to eat, watch a movie or play...
They are hunting for face masks, which seem to be in short supply

Not only this, but they are all working HARD at messing with others as well.. Freak out as many as possible!!
Couple of them tried that with me, but realised it aint working!!! I mean, whats the point of getting worked up and worrying?

Say, i relent and decide to stay cooped up at home...
What are the guarantees that i wont fall ill?
What if my maid brings the bug?
or it comes floating in through the air into my room/house?

Yes, i agree we need to be cautious, but we need to also understand that there are certain things beyond our control..

If one has to fall ill and die, so be it!!! thats FATE and Destiny!! dont try beating it...

My BIGGEST argument is - ENJOY life today, do not worry about tomorrow... you could be around or be gone!!! Whats the point worrying that you dont enjoy your today!!!!????

Do read about the disease and be AWARE is my ONLY request!!!  PLS PLS PLS PLS DO NOT PANIC, READ UP AND SHARE INFO!!!



Here are some links with valuable info on Swine flu

PILLS that i've  been told works for this
1) Influenzum 200(potency) --
Its homeopathy, which can work as preventive.
Its called "Influenzum 200(potency). Take 5 pills at a time , three times a day and for 5 days. Some schools in hyderabad asking the kids to take this medicine.

2) Tamiflu 
Here is a site that talks abt Tamiflu and its side effects-  http://www.tamiflu.com/sideeffects.aspx