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Sunday, December 27, 2015

Madras rains dialogue

Woman: " I hear the milk packets are going at 100."
Shopkeeper: " I am not able to get milk, when I do get it I will not price it anything extra. Do you see any vegetable being sold at extra price"
Woman: " All the prices have gone up they say. Milk is at  200".
Shopkeeper: " Look in this shop, do you see anything priced beyond normal".
Women: " You dont know, people are saying prices are going up and up."
.....
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 Customer at medical store: " You should give me 200 rupees, it is after all my money".
 Man at counter: " I will ask sir. But right now I dont have any provision to do so".
Customer: " Give me 200 rupees and then work with your management on provision"
Man at customer: " Sir, I will note down your request and ask sir".
....

Shop boy to some one else commenting on flood situation at various places: " he( Man at counter) literally swam in the waist deep water and came."

Customer at medical store looked at me for support, I didnt quite get the discussion. LAter I understood, since the customer was paying cash, he wanted to get the credit card commision.

Man at the Medical shop counter gave several customers medicines without money because no ATM was functioning. He didnt even note down their names.  He gave my dad the copy of hindu for the day.

Next day shop was closed and people said he fell sick.

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"How many ever blankets they give, are we going to say no?", heard the young woman who was selling flowers say to some one.
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"An NGO came to office distributing relief materials.  In my office no one was affected but we still took it. they gave bucket, blanket ...", A woman at the hospital
" Oh we were not affect either, in my area, they gave bucket, rice.."
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" It is going to rain again, there is going to be an earth quake, it will rain till january, Madras will become an Island, It is all there in panchagam.", a maama at the sweet shop.
" Oh apdiya , if it is in panchagam, it must be true." Maami at the counter.

**
 National news channel which didnt not even have a line on madras rains the previous day," the authorities arent doing anything.  inept response.. "

Dei!



Saturday, December 26, 2015

In India, on an unexpected emergency trip( for a parent). Things are looking better now, still some steps to go but an ordeal of a month that I really hope no one goes through. 

Some things to be thankful for.
Surgeons, specialist doctor who looked nothing less than magician or even divine in my eyes those few days. including the physiotherapist in the list.
General doctor who finally pointed us at the right direction. This was on my parent's second visit to her. This was their 9th/10th visit to a doctor over the same issue in the past 3 months.
Friend and her parent who reached out immediately the very day I let the friend know. They had known couple of cases and it did give us the confidence at that moment. Much later I realized the cases werent really exactly same as what we were dealing with.
My manager who let me take off in an hour's notice. I had all the vacation days( had only used sabbatical) but it was critical time work wise.
Driver who has really stood by and has offered prayers to god - hard to express in words what we felt at that moment. 
One day, As I sat on sofa at home, lost in thoughts in my two hour break from the hospital, I heard maid's voice, " Saptayama?". As some one who joined work exactly just this month, she has provided support whenever we needed without a word. 
Or the cousin who came by everyday with hot tiffin saying she will atleast provide company to my ailing parent. On most days, she had to leave the room because of too many visitors. Yet she came everyday.
My mom who only cried very few times inspite of never getting enough time to absorb or react to the news, always trying to put up a brave front for us and doing everything in her side to her own speedy recovery process. A champ, really.

Irony is doctors say there really is no cause for this - just a random event. Online world tells me it is rare and rarely occurs in adults.

As much as I should be relieved now, a part of me still believes she shouldnt have been subjected to this at all. Few more steps to go, prayers help.

Monday, November 16, 2015

John oliver stole my thought!

Just couple of weeks ago, when I was in Athens, heard about how British had taken away some 2000-year old historic greek articles(if I remember correctly some statues from their acropolis) and now greece wants it back and has been asking for the same. This obviously brought a smile to my Indian mind, because hello Kohinoor.  Looks like all the countries need to stand in line(alphabetical order - look I have it all worked out)  and take their things back from London, at which point london will be empty. 

This was exactly what came on John oliver show yesterday!

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On my facebook feed, a link to human baby formation starting from sperm all the way to 36 weeks appeared. I have seen this before - in amelie title card and in some museums too, but the formation of life is definitely going to bring a smile to your face, a bit of joy at the end of a tiring work day, right? WRONG. 

This is the online world people. That too a space with comments enabled(facebook, cant you AI enough to disable comments on these posts?). ONLINE and COMMENTS. Need I say more? The  nut jobs came on full force. 

A comment on how this can only be creation and not evolution. Followed by some one taking the bait mocking creation and praising evolution. bible passages. A quran passage. Complaint about how quran copied from bible( a valid one that!). Abortion. Judgement on women who abort with the preface ofcourse of, "I am not judging". All the nuttiness of america I have learnt in the past 10 years in one single face book post series. 

Online and nuttiness go hand in hand. But I do like to look read through some of them even if I know they are not going to fit in what seems right to me( I believe people can do anything as long as it doesnt affect some one else negatively) to see what drives the other side. To see the merits of the other side of the coin. 

Today was a strong case why I should skip that.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Day dreamer

I have dreamt a thousand dreams that any reality now can only be a offshoot of one of my dreams.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Marilyn,Madhu bala and Madhuri.

Does any one else see a resemblance or is it just me?


Source: Madhubala via google images - www.itimes.com

              Marilyn monroe  via google images - funmozar.com

              Madhuri dixit via google images - www.topnews.in

Friday, August 21, 2015

A 21st century woman's quest

Of all the problems in the world, the one problem you wouldnt expect a woman to face in 21st century is to find a handbag she really really likes, isnt it?  

Yet that is precisly the problem that plagues the author of this blog. She has it all pictured out in her head but isnt able to find it anywhere outside of that.  She isnt even one of those who change their handbag according to their clothing. Just one handbag would do* . Between how do people do that, when they change their handbags how do they take the 'kuppai'(crap) that they have accumulated from a Tote to clutch. Also can clutches fit in anything in them? Can one even open them or they just an ornament?

As you can clearly see, such complicated objects like totes/hobos/clutches( words the author is now familiar with because she was shopping for something called handbag) isnt what she is looking for. 

All she is looking for and looking for a long time now is an elegantly designed, dirt-repellant** hand bag with couple of pockets for easy access***, couple of partitions inside  and most importantly a zip(which she forgets to close and has seen the consequence several times). Simple you think? she thinks too. But here she is on the hunt for the fourth year.  AndStill looking.

On some confession moments with friends, she has realized she isnt even a lone sufferer. 

Water water everywhere only.

*( fine two I am being greedy here)
**( very important very very important)
***( seriously that one time when the cellphone rings inspite of at &t and you are also around you cant be missing a call because the handbag had no pockets - that would be a crime)
First of all a handbag needs an easily reachable pocket

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

In the past 10 years, every single time I have stood in the checkout line of the grocery stores, I have seen Brad, angelina and Jennifer Anniston's faces. About how one of them is going to leave the other,  caught cheating with each other latest one on how one of them is dying due to weight loss.. 

None of them ever happens though. 

PS: I spotted some student buying a box of top ramen noodles. Total throwback to my own grad school days, we used to throw away the flavor packets and make it with sambhar powder.