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My tryst with Cyclone Nisha

This year Chennai was not so lucky in the yearly cyclone missing it and hitting poor Andhra Pradesh. The cyclone christened, Nisha decided to visit Chennai and Oh Boy!! It was not a pretty picture.
The roads got flooded, schools and colleges were given holidays, university exams got postponed and even IT companies gave leave. I assure you that I love the rain but rains in Chennai are horrible. The rain water stagnates and mixes up with the sewage water and I’m just stopping with that. You can imagine the rest.
I was returning from work and all the roads were flooded and it was raining heavily. Lots of people got stranded due to water entering the engines. The cab drops me near home and I need to walk to my apartment and there is water up nearly knee length. I had just read an article prior to leaving work that due to the heavy rains lots of snakes come out and I’m petrified of snakes. I need to wade through the water and the street lights were out too. I bravely ventured in the water an…

Its Raining!!! Its Pouring!!!

Finally the monsoon has hit Chennai. The climate is so confusing this year . One moment it will be as hot as the Sahara and the next it’s raining so heavily that even Cherapunji will look at Chennai and go ‘Wow!!’
I didn’t sleep properly at all last night with all the lightning and thunder. I sleep beside the window and the curtain was drawn a little bit. Whenever the lightning struck, I felt like I was at a premiere of a movie where all the photographers were taking my pictures except that I was in my night clothes and lying down.
Whenever it rains and there is lightning and thunder, it reminds me of this one night in school hostel almost 6 yrs ago. Ours was a circular dormitory with the middle bit open , similar to the nalukettu houses in kerala, with windows around it. All of us had gone to sleep except for a few and at around 11 pm the current went off. It was raining like crazy with lightning and thunder. Kavitha was sitting on the top bunk and was reading the Bhagvad Gita when the…

Religion and Blind Faith

There is so much of talk about religion and faith everywhere. India shows that it is truly secular with the attacks on churches, bombed temples and blasts at mosques. All in the name of religion and faith in the God almighty.
If everyone needs a tangible evidence in the concept of God I would suggest the Sun to take the place. It’s better than praying to human figures and animals. The sun plays a lot more role in our lives than any other figures. Come on what if the Sun decides not to rise or changes its path, then what will happen to everyone??
Every day I see my neighbor, an old man doing his Surya Namaskara (worship of the sun) in his balcony. It’s fascinating to see him to pray to the sun which ultimately is the one thing that is close to the God that all of us have chalked up and been fed to us from generations to generations. Even I look at the sun and realize how insignificant we all are compared to it. The world will go on with or without us but not without the sun. As we look i…

The day I Lost My Voice

I got up today morning to realize that I have lost my voice and sound like a frog. It was so freaky. I felt like Ariel, the little mermaid, when she lost her voice to Ursula except mine was replaced with a frog’s. I felt Ariel got a better deal. I mean it’s better not to have a voice rather than sounding like a frog.
The strangest bit was today out of all the days I felt like singing and I couldn’t. I’m taking a shower and I wanted to break out into a song and all that came out of my mouth were ‘Croak Croak Ribbit Ribbit’ :(
I was also going for the movie ‘Rock On’ which in between is a really superb movie. I wanted to sing along to all the songs. I couldn’t so I was doing a lip synch act. Lol.. I was not that bad. I should really go for stage shows. I could lip synch even better than the rock stars..
After the movie I went along with my friend to get her hair cut. The hair stylist, whose gender I still have not figured out yet, was advising me that I should quit smoking. I tried explain…

No Regrets!!

There are so many things to do and so little time. Well that’s what people keep telling themselves for not doing all the stuff they wanted to do. I’m no exception. I always kept telling myself that I would religiously write my blog once I get my laptop. Got that and its been more than a month. I have not even opened up blog and checked it. I was so caught up with so many other things and writing my blog just was the last thing on my mind.I have been wanting to do a lot of things but never quite get around to it. i’m so caught up with the day to day mundane things that I forget to appreciate the small things which make me really happy like writing my blog, talking to a friend, smelling the flowers.. I don’t want to look back years from now and regret that I could have done so many things which I do even now!! Considering I had so many opportunities to do so many things while I was in college that sometimes I feelreally stupid. The worst feeling one can ever feel is regret. I keep telli…

High Heel Confidential

Recently I had seen a program on Discovery’s Travel and Living called High Heel Confidential. Well as the title goes it was all about High Heels. Yeah I thoroughly enjoyed it and just watching the program itself produced a lot of happy hormones. Equivalent to eating 2 bars of chocolate.
It was a very interesting show. To think that men also used to wear high heels. I think some of them still do(he he he). In fact they have been wearing it since the sixteenth century. Wearing heels was a sign of status and wealth since only the rich could afford it then.
The famous stilettos were introduced in the 1950s and there has been no stopping back. Women have been in love with high heels for years. There are books written on heels. This clearly shows women’s obsession to heels. Its equivalent to Man’s mean machine collection. Au contraire ours is dainty and beautiful.
It would be logical to think that women must be behind the creations of the Gucci’s, Prada’s and Manolo Blahnik’s (made famous …

Why I like ‘Geet’ from ‘Jab We Met’

I was never a big fan of Kareena Kapoor. I always thought she over acted and was very irritating to watch on the screen. One day I was so bored at home and my sister had got the CD of Jab We Met. I decided to watch it and quite frankly I thoroughly enjoyed the movie.
Kareena has done full justice to the character of Geet and no wonder she’s flooded with awards for this movie. I fell in love with the character Geet (not in a lesbian sort of way, this is an fyi for all the guys) . I really admire her outlook towards life. Enjoy every moment in your life. I particularly like a scene where she’s running away from home to get married to the guy of her choice along with Shahid Kapoor who is her friend (well at least at that point in the movie, he’s still her friend). She and Shahid are hiding in the terrace of her house, while her entire family is searching for them. Geet will console Shahid saying that ‘Don’t worry everything will be ok’. Shahid will look at her amazed. He’ll tell her ‘You …

‘The Happening’ – Someone Please Strangle Me!!!

What was Manoj Night Shyamalan onto? I think he was smoking up weed and getting drunk at the same time when he wrote the script for ‘ The Happening’.
Plants are out to get us. Oooo.. I’m scared… Come on… Give me a break…
Other than Sixth Sense, I have not seen any of his other movies. Apparently I have been told that I am one of the few blessed for not going through the torture of watching his movies.
I went for this movie for free and I still felt it was a waste of money. I felt a part of me died while watching the movie. I had read reviews of the movie which mentioned that the movie is not even worth downloading from the net and watching it. I decided to keep an open mind while watching the movie.
I have been a die hard fan of Mark Walhberg since his Calvin Klein modeling days (Girls!! Just google it and check out the pics. Its smoking hot!! Sigh!!), so I was like he has done a couple of good movies and he wouldn’t do something stupid. Well I was proved completely wrong. I lost all resp…

Friendship or whatever………

What is the definition of friendship? How do we know if someone is taking advantage of our friendship? There are friends whom you’ll do anything for. But the question, how far will you go? Before you realize that the person is using you in the name of friendship.
I still consider my school friends as my very close friends, like my 3 AM friends. A 3 AM friend is someone whom you can call like anytime of the day or night and talk about your problem and that person will be there for you, no matter what. It does not have to be that you have to be in touch with them on a day to day basis.
Now I wonder whether I feel like that about my school friends due to the lack of contact. I mean I do mail them, chat with them, but we don’t meet on a daily basis and she doesn’t know what’s happening with me on a day to day basis.
After school, I have met a lot of people in college, at work , some of them are friends and some of them are acquaintances. But the definition of a friend is different now. My pe…

Memories of College…..

I took life for granted when I was in college. There were times when I wished for college to end. I guess there are lot of people who would have felt the same.
Now when I look back at the snaps taken during the college or remember the times spend in college, I wish I had enjoyed the days to the maximum. I wish my approach to life was live for the moment. I was too caught up with other things to enjoy the moment. I would be worried about thousand other things like Record submission, unit tests etc which look so mundane to my eyes now.
I have been working for two years and even I know I tell my colleagues anecdotes of college as if it had happened yesterday. I regret for the many things I could have done while I was in college but I do cherish the times that I enjoyed in college.
I still remember the first year of ragging where I used to be so scared of my seniors. The stupidest of things that were asked by seniors. Nowadays when I have a rough day in office or things are just getting to m…

Sponsor a Child.. Make a difference…

Sponsoring for a child’s needs is one of the noblest things a person can do. There is always adoption, but in nowadays world people are so caught up with their own things that they don’t have the time or energy that is required for adopting a child. But people have money so therefore, sponsoring would be the next best thing.
It would hardly cost the sponsor a few hundred rupees a month to help a needy child lead a better life. That money would take care of the child’s living and educational expenses including books and study materials.
Some Organizations even give you a monthly update of the sponsored child’s progress. The sponsor would be like a guardian to the child. The sponsor can even meet the child, keep in contact with the child and meet them at the institution where they stay.
It’s an eye-opener to realize that a child’s entire monthly expense can be taken care of for the price of a T-shirt or a pair of sandals. For a working woman, in nowadays world, 600Rs is peanuts. That would…

Define your perfect day

Today is going to be a perfect day. You start with that attitude, then no one or nothing can ever spoil your day.
The definition of a perfect day depends on the individual. What does a person mean by a perfect day? For some people it could be that at the end of the day they feel that they have achieved something or done a good deed. For others it could be that, they enjoyed themselves or nothing went wrong that day. Everything went according to the plan.
If you strive a little bit, you can make everyday perfect. It’s your day and no one has any right or authority to spoil it for you. How a day went depends on you and not your environment? It’s your attitude. Let me tell you about this friend of mine, a day he defined as perfect to me. He had tones of work and deadlines to meet. His boss is literally breathing down his neck. He’s had a rough day throughout, but in the evening he takes some time out to meet his girlfriend. They spend around 2 hrs in a coffee shop. After meeting her, he…

Feeling Stressed Out??? Go Shoe Shopping

A woman can never have enough pair of footwear. Unlike men we have footwear for every occasion. Men have like to a max of 3 pairs and they can pull that off for any function, any place or any time. Men will never understand our never ending need for another pair. They call us weird, wonder whether we have extra legs that they do not know of.
I read in an article that a women who’s stressed out should go shoe shopping, not necessarily that she has to buy a pair. She just have to try on one. It just makes her feel very dainty and feminine. For that few minutes she feels that her life is perfect. My personal favorite is to try on a pair of stilettos when I am stressed out or upset over something. I feel elevated and free of problems. For that few minutes when I walk around in the store I feel like a model walking down the ramp.
It is a much viable option than going clothes shopping. There is a possibility that an outfit might make the woman look too fat or too thin. Its back to stressing o…