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What I want in 2010!

2009 is almost over. Accomplishing more than half of my To Do in 2009 list, here's my list for 2010!

1) January : Save Rs.35,000/- for my camera - Nikon D3000

2) February - Turn 23 (which will happen eventually whether I like it or not) like a grown up and take a decent birthday resolution.

3) Learn driving, apply for an LLR, get an LLR and then apply for a Licensee. (ahem)

4) Get the required changes on my passport.

5) Bake a cake - A super cake

6) Get engaged, get married.

This is what I have for until May - I'm gonna come back with a diff list altogether after I get married. So the first six months is what I'm setting myself for!

My 2010 Dreams

My OH-SO-Awesome 2009 - I cannot believe I have to say Good-bye!!

Its only December 16 and I'm packed for the rest of the year. I leave home on 18 to attend Founders on 21 and come back to Hyd on 27. I have an exam on 29 and then in no time its New Years Eve!!!

This was the fastest year in my entire adult life - 2009 had sooo many important events in my life! I have to bring to the attention of my blog and its followers (though almost all of them are on my Speed Dial) that I'm engaged. Engaged as in engaged. To Padhu - I'm sure he is mentioned somewhere. A friend from high school and someone I've known for years now. This being the new that takes the entire cake in 2009, there are a few that did manage to leave chunks instead of just crumbs.

Well, Priya got married in March. And in Hyderabad - and why would I not be excited? Saranya & Shilpa came to Hyd to join me for the wedding and we had a great time. A wedding again, my sister Lavanya got married in March again…

My 2009 To Do list Update

1) Save 5000 (or more) bucks every month for trip to US in June - DONE.

2) CONFIDENTIAL HIGH PRIORITY ITEM :D - DONE

3) Buy my brother his first phone for college - DONE

4) Make an honest effort to dress up for my sister's wedding - DONE.

5) Go to Pondy with Saranya - BEEP

6) Visit the Salarjung Museum in Hyderabad - BEEP

7) Read 'Withering Heights' by Emily Bronte - BEEP

8) Visit Disneyland in the US :D - BEEP

9) Visit Dakshin Chitra in Chennai - DONE

10) Do one soap carving - BEEP

11) Buy Hari 'not so expensive' but good shades - BEEP BEEP Louder

12) Buy Ma a very nice silk saree for sister's wedding - DONE

13) Learn to drive a car PROPERLY - BEEEEEEP

14) Get my driving license and voters ID - BEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP

15) Get the wrong address corrected on my passport - Ditto

16) ...............................................

The 5 Kinds Of People On Facebook

i) The Show Off
ii) The Attention Seeker
iii) The Writer/Publisher
ix) The Addict
x) The Complain Pot

The Show Off

Be it America or Amichikkarai, do you update your status as soon as you land in this place? Stuck in a traffic jam? - want the whole world to know you use your mobile to check Facebook? Do you announce to everyone on your friends list that you bought a new phone? Or maybe a laptop? Or even a car? Do you have more than one album of only your pictures in different parts of the world with tag lines that name each part? - Well, I classify you 'The Show Off.'


The Attention Seeker

When you are pissed, irritated, annoyed, angry and sad in life - if you tend to let that be your status message - you tend to get replies like 'Aww, what happened honey?' , 'Is everything Ok?', 'I hope things get better soon!'. The kind of attention that will increase TRP and make you think what you did was right. Its ok to be so, not everyone is as open as you are.

The Writer/…

Why physical violence is not the answer...

I have a lot of friends who manage their own businesses back home. Today I happened to talk to one of them and he told me of this certain incident where he slapped an employee for having used his work hours for a personal errand. The damage from his misbehavior was minimal but he was asked to leave the office premises forever. He then came back and asked for his job and apologized. My friend gave him his job.

With that amount of temper, I could have written 15 posts on this blog, cooked a yummy lunch for myself, or even cleaned my house. I was thinking about this incident over and over. I called him back and asked him if he forgave himself for slapping the employee. He replied with a no. I asked him why not. He said it was the guys fault and he just did what he had to do.

I was then thinking of how the guy came back for his job with humility. I then thought about why anger should never go with authority.

I don't know if he was wrong - but he definitely wasn't right.

...the second first kiss

I was sipping on my tea and biting into my croissant. I had finally settled, or that's what I thought. It had been 23 months since I left my country and arrived at Oakland. I had arrived with no clue and now here I was in my own house, in a colony filled with people who would not remind me of the past and a job that was enough for a monthly saving and grocery.

I was on a time table, a time table to forget the past, a time table that would keep me busy, a time table that would exhaust me so I would not stare at my ceiling thinking of the past in that eerie silence of the night not knowing how to sleep. My life was now in a place I hadn't seen coming. I was in a different country, far from family and cut off from friends.

It was the 100th week. 100 weeks of waking up to say hello to my family on a webcam. 100 weeks of not answering emails from friends. 100 weeks of pretending that the picture I had hidden in my piggy bank never existed. 100 weeks of beginning to believe that my …

Is it so bad?

I was watching one of my favorite programmes - Neeya Naana. The topic of debate was "if someone from your family fell in love with someone from another caste (within Tamil Nadu) - would you accept the third person into your customs etc etc"

One of the debaters said - 'I will tell my daughter/son to either be on a photo frame with a garland or i will kill them.' Another said 'I would advice him/her not to be stubborn, but if they come home married - i will tell them to get out of my sight forever.' The Oh MY GAWD moment was when one guy said 'I will kill the two of them as soon as I see them.'

Coming from a very conservative family and caste myself, I had just heard of all these complications. The catch here is the family name, society, and the religious beliefs. Falling in love with someone from your caste - allowed. Falling in love with someone from another caste - no no.

I have heard of people warning kids when they go off to college about falling…

Rakhi weds while Millions watch!

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'I hate Rakhi Sawanth!!' - well who doesn't?! Drama Queen, Item Girl, Boob job, Cleavage mania and what not.

Saturday afternoon at home is a normal 'wake up and have chocos' time. But last Saturday was much more - I needed a LOT of salt to watch and digest what was happening on NDTV imagine. A re-telecast of the whole "Rakhi Ka Swayamwar' season. My roommmate was watching it and she was Very interested! Every statement she made was like crap to me. I had heard about this show - i hadn't watched it earlier. I was laughing my arse off with every scene.

She met the mother's of all the grooms before she decided who she should marry - What bullshit. They talked abt the guy - his girlfriend - how he did this show only because of the publicity - how he will let go of his girlfriend if he wins - bullcrap.

I was criticizing everything about the show, when my room mate got very offended. She said 'pragi, why don't you watch the show with a pinch of sal…

and I'm saying good byes again.

Its been two years now. Two years with Google. I never thought I would fall in love with this place or make any worthy friends here or even have fun. Chennai was just too good for me, I wasn't willing to let any more people flood my life and leave again. But somehow over the first year, I made one good friend, in another two months I made a few more, and then I think I just became myself and let many people into my life and became a part of theirs.

Now on a rainy August evening I sit and look at the countdown of Mamsy's mirror - the countdown for her to return from the US. I sit and look at the untouched Calvin & Hobbes that Appy gave me to read and told me to take all the world's time with - till yesterday she said - '2 months, and I'll be gone.' I sit and read through Hari's blog and think about how the invisible man pinged me all of a sudden and gave me the news that he is leaving in a week's time. I sit and think about how Roosho and Varun *taru…

Barter system.

Anyone wants to trade lives with me?

You get to sit on Facebook whole day,
Play Farmville non-stop,
Non-stop chocolcate supply,
Work that's easy,
Manager Out of office for a month,
Friends who are always there to support you on FB by adding pictures,

Hell No. I take that back.

Brains Swap With their Things.

U, Me, and I were at lunch when suddenly U jumped up. She started off with her usual 'You guys will NOT believe what I'm about to say!.' Me and I knew it was something kick ass or U won't jump up! So here it is.. U was on her way to office in the cab and about 3 kms from office in a not-so-private turn were a couple in a car making out.
It was so very obvious that U's cab driver told her not to look that side, though other cars stopped to have a look at the 'happy-just-couldn't-wait-till-they-got-home' couple. I was shocked. Are we in Gossip Girl's pages or India? Who does that at 8am in the morning? - well, don't answer that anyone - but who does that on a public road at 8am?

We got to talking about this and each of us came up with incidents we've seen. Men in public buses jerking off and in their own worlds, around school corners, near girls hostels and of all places - doctors clinics!! I would be fair and give the benefit of the doubt in …

vodafone callers.

*phone rings*
*i pick up..*

10am Sunday

V: Mayydem.. vodafone payment maydem
Me : Hello?
V : Vodafone payment maydem
Me : uhh.. who is this?
V : Kaalling frum vodafone maydem. U pay money for you bill maydem?
Me : Regarding bill payment. Due date is 28th July.
V : Pay today no maydem..
Me : huh? I will pay it before due date.. thanks
V : maydem pay today maydem or we call ek baar aur maydem
Me : I'll pay before the due date.. thanks for reminding.


2pm
V: Maydem.. u paid money maydem?
Me : Who's this?
V : Vodafone maydem.. maarning i told to give money no maydem
Me : Stop calling so many times.. i will pay my bill before due date..
V : If you pay now maydem, i no call u maydem
Me : fine. I pay now. U no call me.
V : Then I cut u in my list maydem..
Me : Wat?!
V : U pay maydem, my supervisor give me handshake maydem.
Me : !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Horton hears a WHO?

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HO ho ho!! Horton hears a who!!

This movie is like a dream come true in super pixel and animation! Horton hears a who! There used to be days I'd decorate a Walnut shell with a poppy petal and wait for my little Thumbelina come and grant me a wish! I imagined a little someone in everything i saw! Those days my friends and I had an imaginary friend in the little never-seen Thumbelina!

Horton hears a Who - A must watch for the little feet to build their imagination even out of a pollen grain! Loved the movie! The toddlers will luvvv it!

P.S : We loved it too!

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A very very girl movie! Or atleast, I would say a girl would want her man to love HER the way HE did here! A movie that will make you cry with every letter HE leaves HER from the beyond. How a man's love for a woman can make her never want to fall in love even after he is gone!

P.S - We luv you too!!

The happening - not so happening!

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When Arun said "Night Shyamalan's movie, u HAVE to see it" I didn't actually see the sarcasm in what he said. I remember watching Shyamalan's THE VILLAGE - URRGHH! From past experience, I decided to just download the movie on my comp and watch it when am absolutely jobless. That time of absolute joblessness came last weekend. Jean and I had the worst cooked lunch ever. I had nuthing to do, so I decided to watch THE HAPPENING!

A slow, creepy, death toll! People just keep dying! Yes, we get it - Global warming! But Mr.Shyamalan - pls give it a break and put in some life into your movies! Proud of having an Indian out there making movies, but pls dont make us think that your movies are played on theatres here only because u r Indian! Learn from Aamir!

A slow killer! Don't even expect a THE END. Cause people are still dying watching this crappomania in the theatres!

nostalgia..

If only I could hug it out on a webcam! *SIGH*

Miss you!

So what if they friskerd Kalam?! Did he complain? - WHY ARE YOU?

A sudden outrage of emotions flowing through the country because an ex-president was frisked at the airport. Yes, he is exempt from frisking anywhere - but what's wrong? what's humiliating? Ain't he just another human being like anyone else?

What are possibilities a VVIP could be carrying something dangerous on a flight like a normal person? - 100% If I could carry a pen knife on a flight and if I were checked - the pen knife will be confiscated. If a VVIP was carrying one and wasn't frisked - it stays with him. There! Who's got a higher probability now of carrying something dangerous? Me or the VVIP?

I appreciate Kalam's reaction to this - as usual - calm and quiet. When I met him at the Coimbatore conference, he refused to accept any gift from the Lions club. He refused to take the suite at Residency - he asked for a room though the club was paying for it. He refused to take the 'special chair' and in his speech, he mentioned 'I'm just like any…

TATA Docomo - my version

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Why do the done?





Do the new!!!!!!!!!!!

Naming 2 cats?

pepper and salt
shameless and nameless
ginger & chilly
tom & tom I
top cat - top cat II
dumb & dumber
uh uh..

...my friend names them Karuppu Subramani & Vellai Subramani.

Treasure Chest

I read Raghav's note on his packing & shifting and all those memorable things he found and I realized how many times this has happened - so decided to list it down as well.

Out of the many things I learned form amma, one was to open out something and arrange it again when I have absolutely nothing to do. This is the case when am at home, in Hyd, when I was in Chennai, when I was in SJN, when I was in T.E.A and sometimes at work too!

Last week I brought down the entire cupboard cause I was absolutely bored and also broke. Clothes went through a transition on re-ironing and arranging and re-arranging. Cosmetics in height order and other papers in files. Once I was done with all this.. there were a few things lying on the floor. Some that did not go to the right department and the rest that are the only ones in theirs. Like my God pictures - I have 2 and the two go to one part of my cupboard. Some tags of clothing that I like to keep cause I spent a lot of money on them and they re…

If I were insanely rich & stupid...

I've lived in more than 4 hostels, and always out of home. My life has always revolved around people of my age and different people of my age. Each one has their own definition and most of them are the original pieces. Museum keeps types! As students, almost all of them live on their parents earnings and when they're done, they take over the complete ________. (I don't even wanna say property)

I've seen these madly rich kids sport color lenses when they were in school, wear only diamonds and get their weekly salon appointment fixed. There were some who would just bring a cell phone (whether or not someone calls you) to school at the age of 16. There were also some who made sure they got home in time so they could have their mani-pedis. (Did I mention school?!)

Last night M and I were going over a few FB profiles to make each other laugh. These are the kinds who will takes pictures of themselves and put up various poses in the same location with the same costume. (urgh)…

Sitting in the loo, I was thinking about you...

If you are Aarti, and if you are reading this post,
please still be my friend and also a good Dhost.

These are the proverbs I came up with while I was suffering from acidity last week.

* A burp is a delivery report of the food you have eaten.

* A fart is a reminder that its potty time.

I'm extremely disgusted with myself for coming with these 2 (but I found it kinda cool!)

AVD Dare night

ran by the bay,
climbed the stack of hay,
just to prove my pals,
that he was a little TOOOOOO gay.


This is just a mean tribute to the gayest gay man I know.

One more dance?

Choosing a song... mixing more songs... choreographing the dance...hunting for a tape... a cassette... a CD... designing a costume... getting accessories ready... Standing back stage to realize a missing tape... re-recording the whole song with the VARIOUS mixes and breaks... dancing with a mad amount of energy till u think u need some water... running upstairs to make sure the other friends are also having a good time... running back not to miss the last songs form the DJ... pleading the wardens for ONE MORE DANCE before it becomes 11pm... dancing in circles with totally unknown faces... waking the next morning with the worst hangover though u weren't drunk... hunting for b'fast at lunch time... getting together just to talk about how things went... meeting again to see the pictures taken in all chaos... dancing within the rooms cause u don't want to let go of the LAST dance practice u will EVER have together... asking for costumes back for another one month till u gets u…

MY 21

My 21 people.


1.Naveen Murugesan
2.Hari Saran
3.Padhu Shanmugam
4.Cynthia
5.Pranav Sai
6.Shilpa Govindan
7.Cleopatra
8.Apoorva Balasubramaniam
9.Aarti Ramanathan
10.Keerthana Prakash
11.Ramraj R
12.Jithu Natarajan
13.Arvind Dink
14.Nithya Lakshmi
15.Vishnu Priya
16.Ramya Reddy
17.Monica Rathi
18.Sonal Bothra
19.Suhirtha Viswanathan
20.Nagu Palaniappan
21.Sindu Meena



1. How did you meet 18?
Same College


2. What would you have done if you had never met 9?
Hmmm... probably never learned how to 'Take things slowly' this early

3. What would you do if you ever dated 5?
The fact being he is my little brother, I would be running the risk of people calling me )(*&^%#$%^&*()

4. Have you ever seen 17 cry?
Nope (Hope not!)

5. Would 4 and 16 make a good couple?
Nope, they are both straight.

6. Describe 21
My noisy lovable junior

7.Do you like 13?
Of course, my most adorable friend.

8. When was the last time you talked to 19?
Her birthday :D

9. Would you ever date 1?
Cannot hurt to say I considered it once upon a time…

Accused Ever?

Yesterday was like a 'I ate a bitter fruit' day. A good friend accused me of condemning her religious ways and methods. Yes. Phew! To hear it from her was soooo very uncomfortable and to even continue the conversation and make things clear was worse.

Having lived with people from different castes and religions for over 17 years now, I know the perfect amount of religious talk one can have with another. But I would not do that either. I would never start a religious topic, I might continue someone else s.

The maximum I have contributed to someone's religious talk is when I asked my friend Cynthia how a mariamman festival in her place works. And that was a looonnng night.

From this incident, I learned one thing. However comfortable you are with someone, just don't give them the slightest clue that you are not in favor of some things they do. And stop making practical jokes on them, they will never appreciate them, or if they feel bad - there is no way you will come out goo…

Growing up in the 90s!

Statistics about my computer usage will say I spend 1 out of 5 minutes on Facebook. Hehe! Ask me and I will say I'm doing nothing on FB! I came across something while I was doing nothing. It was a community of those kids who grew in India in the 90s. I read through the list and all I could do was smile. It was like a list of things in my life. I've just copied the whole thing below and removed those I haven't been a pat of!



2) Cricket is almost a religion for you, and you idolize at least one of Kapil Dev/Rahul Dravid/Sachin Tendulkar/Saurav Ganguly - Sachin Tendulkar!

3) You have read at least some Chacha Chaudhary or Tinkle comics - My dad saw me buy it on the train once and he subscribed for Champak, Gokulam and Tinkle!

7) You watched Cartoon Network, and then the late night movies on TNT that came after Cartoon Network ended. - Yes! I remember watching Popeye show and wished it never ended when the TNT network started.


11) A visit to Hot Breads used to mean a special trea…

Marriage Market

Market : A place where buyers and sellers meet for buying and selling stocks or commodities

Define Marriage Market : ?

Wake me up.

It's already been a year?! I still remember how I almost cried watching the finals last year. Oh ya. Its about IPL. Non interested? Well.. I'm like that now. My face looks so troubled now. I'm actually worried I'm not following the biggest international business deals. ;) I cried after the finals last year. I was mad, I was leaving work early to watch the matches. I was feeling bad I missed 2 matches cause I was shifting homes, sorry HOUSES.

This time all I know is SRK has done a remix version of Korbo Lorbo and Shilpa has danced for her Halla bol. How much have I been sleeping. I heard that it was to be held in South Africa and then I dozed off to wake up and hear Jay shout at Venugopal when Deccan Chargers lost to the Daredevils.

I was so jealous of Padhu & Co when they caught the closing ceremony of the IPL last year in Mumbai. I was also saving up to watch it if it happened in India. then that went to hell, so I guess I decided not to be bothered and slept.

Toda…

Seen love for hyd yet?.. Uhh.. No!

I promised Naveen/Padhu/Hari/Shilpa/Lakshmi/Cynthia that I would never complain about how much I hate Hyderabad again. I also promised that I would make sincere effort in getting to like this place but its been 2 years and I still hate this place. Hate it.

After all those promises, I've had 2 incidents of landlord misbehavior, 2 auto attacks and horrible horrible auto drivers! I've known people back home who would step up and help if you were having a problem in a public place. In Hyderabad people just watch. People just continue to do what they are doing. They acknowledge the noise by looking and then they turn away.

I just encountered a terrifying incident this morning on my way to work. I was running late as usual and had to take an auto. In a particular signal 2 Eunuchs attacked me and demanded for money. I knew I had to get rid of them with the money so I didn't think about the 200 bucks I gave them. And after that when one of them got into the auto and touched me in …

I'm pacing at...

1) Save 5000 (or more) bucks every month for trip to US in June - Opened an RD. 5000/- bucks per month. Not just for US!

2) CONFIDENTIAL HIGH PRIORITY ITEM :D - DONE!!!!

3) Buy my brother his first phone for college

4) Make an honest effort to dress up for my sister's wedding - DONE!!!

5) Go to Pondy with Saranya - Cancelled.

6) Visit the Salarjung Museum in Hyderabad

7) Read 'Withering Heights' by Emily Bronte - Changed to Gone with the wind. :D Started!

8) Visit Disneyland in the US :D

9) Visit Dakshin Chitra in Chennai

10) Do one soap carving

11) Buy Hari 'not so expensive' but good shades

12) Buy Ma a very nice silk saree for sister's wedding - DONE!!!!

13) Learn to drive a car PROPERLY

14) Get my driving license and voters ID

15) Get the wrong address corrected on my passport

16) ...............................................
Compromise: The art of dividing a cake in such a way that everybody believes he got the biggest piece.

Gulaal huh?

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Never heard the term before, we just referred to it as Color powder! Gulaal - the colo that doesn't hurt the skin and is completely safe! Holii!! :D

I'm not a great lover of soiling myself with colors that don't leave your clothes or skin but I've enjoyed those three Holis I've had. 2 from college and 1 today :D It was office, it was a new jean, a new t shirt and yet i didn't bother! I had a great time! All of us loved the running and chasing!

Reminds me of those days when we tried everything possible to get the color off. Oil, cream, toner, shampoo, bath soap, clothes soap and even kerosene!!! Long sleeves to cover the color and dinners in the room to hide the face, sleep-acting during the 10 o clock warden check-in and sealed lips while we were screaming decibels inside! :D Cha ya - RMH was fun! Wish I could just rewind and stay there! Who's time machine is working?

Pragi's Rules

Every rule I have here has inspiration from all the frustration that grows within me! It makes me feel so much better I can vent all that feeling into this little pane with buttons!


Rule #1 : Canis familiaris are not allowed to bark after 10.00pm. Homo Sapiens sleep at this time.

Rule #2 : Computers should not take too much time to load.

Rule #3 : Sick leaves should be made unlimited. ;)

Rule #4 : F.R.I.E.N.D.S. should never stop. There are ardent fans around the globe.

Rule #5 : Mangoes should grow all through the year.

Rule #6 : Unlimited luggage on flights. (This one is for you Naveen)

Rule #7 : When the course is your option, why not exams?

Rule #8 : There should be a time limit for every jean's usage.

Rule #9 : Cell phone bills should become extinct.

Rule #10 : Cute kids should remain kids.

Rule #11 : Short Messaging Services should be free on Post paid also! :'(

Rule #12 : People who make movies with loads of money but which ultimately turn out to be utter crap should be shot down!

R…

Young & Free

22.

22..

22,

22?

What is this age? - Young & Free / Experimental Adolescence / Quest to find THE ONE person / Responsible Budding citizens / Spendthrift on oneself.

The past week I got back home not before 10pm everyday. One day I got out of work only at 12:15 am. I woke at 10am every morning and conveniently took a rickshaw to work. One day cabs came very late to pick me up from home. I was with a few friends and we stopped to have tender coconut and chatted as we reached work. It was the routine get to your desks with b'fast and start work. After work, a friend and I left to Lifestyle. We walked around the store waiting for the other one to complain of an aching leg. We left the store when they were closing and waited a half hour for frankies to take home. It was close to 10:30 by then and we were absolutely fine with the fact that we were so late.

I reached home and sank into my pillow and realized how late it had been and how easy I was about that. It had begun. The feeling t…

Diagon alley!

Shilpa: i just wish there was a diagon ally
Pragi: :D
Shilpa: :)
Pragi: hahaha
i knowwww
Shilpa: lucky harry

Comfort zone

A known comfortable familiar face even in a snowstorm is a wonderful feeling. There is someone there, and you feel safe.

Last week was just that. Known faces, the comfort factor, the familiarity. No extra worried about losing myself in this place or facing people unknown.

My room was a mess, but I had no issues showing it to Aarti's parents. There was hardly any place to walk in the room with the extra mattress, but Shilpa and I managed a game of tabboo, 2 games of Scrabble and also something that looked like a pillow fight. The city was hot, really hot - yet we managed to go places and eat Mc Donalds and play in the auto like always. The ceremonies were long and non-stop, yet we managed to sit through them right in front watching Priya get married. The hall was noisy and loud, yet we managed to remember to call US during the wedding. The photographers were all crowded near the stage and yet we managed to find a bold spot to take OUR OWN pictures (loads of them!) My wallet was as …
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No words right now.. but HAPPINESS!! :D :D

'Nail'ed it!" :D

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I was never a fan of painting my nails or even growing them. I had a recent week with LOOOOADSS of work and I had to see my nails grow long. I decided cutting them or biting them wasn't an option and once I did so, my fingers felt very weird for the next two days. I filed them neat for the first time and painted them with J's polish. Looked nice and I'm happy I haven't taken it off yet.

Very very weird thing to blog about, but BELIEVE ME - I consider it an achievement. My mom's gonna be so happy I won't bite my nails and my fingers look good too!

Flicky Bank!

It's that time of the morning when I decide to wake up and work. Unknown number calls and says "Madam we are issuing loan for your account - do u want?" Its like listening to a chaai waala ask you "Madam, do you want a vadai to go with your tea?"!
These sales calls have become so bad! I get atleast a minimum of three from these people!

Its a typical day at work when my I get an SMS with my Credit Card Balance. Regular readers can back me up here btw. 27 January 2009 I decide to cut my credit card and NEVER use it again. I checked my online account to see the 'statement' and I was SHOCKED to see 2 transactions on 16 February 2009. I'm just so glad i checked!!! My credit card was charged 2000/- bucks for an insurance policy which I didn't even know I had!!!

I called customer care and this is the answer they give. 'Madam, this is an insurance policy that you sign for over the phone. Also, you have been holding this policy for over a year and you …

From Manasa's Profile!

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Here's something my friends are all gonna love me for. picked it out of Manasa's profile.

Let's see how many agree and how many don't!

Spoilt Kids On The Block! Run For Your Lives!!!!

What's with these kids who come outta home for the first time?!?! What do they expect, Butterflies to wake them up from their sleep? ALL things have to go their way. And when problem strikes, its sulking all the way till one gets bored of it or till people get bored of giving one the attention. Spoiled to the core. Were you given the right to JUST say ANYTHING when you were born?!

Stop rubbing you sorry single lives on my face. Snap back to reality, learn to decide, GROW UP!!

I'm a happy person and I like it that way. DO NOT SULK IN FRONT OF ME. Grow up, break your crystal shell that has been tinted with sheer pampering and spilling of love and see the real world. Its different, its new and it sucks but you're gonna have to deal with it. Whether now, or sometime later!!!

Wish I could whack the senses and wake the living reality daylights out of these people!!

Happy Birthday To Me! :D And 100th post on my blogd :D

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I'm 22 today! :D No, wait - I complete 22 and start 23! Yes, 87 born! :D

My blog gets its 100th post today! which you are reading! :D So glad I started blogging! :D

Thanks for all your wishes people! :D

Political party? Or just a caste discrimination idea to prove one's dominance?

Sunday, the 15 of February was supposedly a HUGE deal in Kondunaad. Well, kongunaad comprises of all those places where 'Gounders' are prominent. A political party has been formed to help these areas overcome some problems the textile industry has been facing for a long time. The objectives and action plans of this 'party' are great!

Districts of Coimbatore, Tirupur, the Nilgiris, Erode, Salem, Karur, Namakkal, Krishnagiri, Dharmapuri and Dindigul have been facing a lot of trouble with electricity, allowances for textile industries etc. This party's main goal is to solve the problems that children of these caste members face at colleges due to seat reservation. Members of this caste are segregated as BC - Backward Class and the posts of judges and vice-chancellors are never given to them per Govt lines. (Not like it works that way either!)

This party was officially launched on Sunday and had a minimum crowd of 8 lakh people and sources say they had an easy collecti…

Scrabble evening with Upsie! :D

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Upsie and I know to spell Who*e! :D :D

Sleepy morning.. crazy night!

Things to avoid at a sales conference :

1)Sit behind a tall person - What's the point if you came all the way and got to hear only voices echo from 3 different speakers and a huge head with different colors is hiding your view!?

2) Forget lip balm - One of the most important things for me on ANY day.

3) Carrying a bag - Never carry a bag. Go empty handed and empty headed.

4) Forget chewing gum - a long while of silence and AC makes u wanna chew gum. So carry gum.

5) Forget a shawl - Novotel has AC blowers right above your head, so ALWAYS carry a shawl. No bag, but shawl.

6) Sit behind people with turbans - If you think changing places is ok after the first session, choose a place with no Sardar in front of you. Turbans are also equal to tall people you know.

25 random things about me

I was as usual taking my day's break by stalking people on Facebook and I came across two people's posts - 25 random things about me. I decided to list mine too. So here goes... 25 things about Pragi

1) I'm Pragathambal - though I mostly say I don't like my name - I love it! I like being called Pragi.

2) I've grown my hair to various lengths according to my mom's wishes and now I wish I hadn't.

3) I have lived away from home for most of my life and I love the independence I have. I'm never homesick, I hate that!

4) To me the most important thing is staying happy, and I try to always.

5) I love spending time with my grandparents when they are not talking about my salary or my food habits.

6) Talking of food habits, I eat a lot when I like the food. If not I waste. I've tried my best to stop wasting and I'm getting close to succeeding.

7) Over these years of school and college / friends and family - I've lost my temper and become overly patient w…

How painful a 'NO' from an unknown person can be!

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I somehow choose my team meetings to blog. That's when all my thoughts keep coming on the black frame under my sleepy eyes.

Two days back I was at the US consulate building for my interview. My family is traveling to the US in July for a Lions Club conference. My dad had been going through the forms and documents for over a month. It so happened that I went home 2 days before this interview day. My dad would open these papers and cross check with the checklist form the travel agent every night. I was also asked to bring my bank documents which i didn't want my parents to see. So many papers and soooo much tension. I always thought what the deal was. But it is!

My brother is completing his 12th std this year and we were all doubtful whether his would get through. Mine was not a problem as I had a letter from my company and I was pretty confident.

When we were in the line my mother and I saw a girl weeping outside the building. Probably a rejection... It was really sad to see her…

Moments when you lose the will to live...

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When you are in a VC where you do not understand a thing and you feel like a loser to not contribute anything.

Noo CC!

I Killed My Expenses!

Pull yourself Up!

Padmashree Aishwarya Rai Bachan - You agree?

Well, I do. I've hated her always, infact I don't know any girl who doesn't. I remember once a well wisher of mine had written a book and in that book he had a picture of his near a picture of Aishwarya Rai Bachan and he added "I get to be near her only here!"

I don't really remember why I started hating her. Her 'Meenakshi' character in Kandukonden Kandukonden was really good and she did a very good job. The stubborn, adamant girl with a heart of her own and a world of her own. She played the character really well. So was her double role in Iruvar. Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (though when I see it now is annoying) was a good one too. Initially, I remember now - I did like her. Somehow her interviews are so bad she pisses people off. She is not so down-to-earth as she portrays herself. Becoming the Bachan Bahu has added to the woman's air.

Somehow when the announcement for the Padmashri was on TV, I was not so surprised about she getting it. Yes, it do…

I laugh at people when I find something funny.

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There are a few people who do so much to get other people's attentions, a few others who don't try much, a few more others who just don't try at all but still do, a few others who don't try so they will get the attention, but the few who just be themselves and get the funny side of others are the best! One such case on the Begumpet flyover on Saturday when Jeanette and I went shopping.

We had just laughed at a woman who was trying to save her boyfriend/brother/the guy on the bike with her's hair from flying into her mouth. Just after that we saw this guy who had hearts drawn on his helmet with various color glitter pens. I HAD to take a picture cause I wanted to put it up here.

P.S : Helmet guy : If you are reading, sorry!

What The Eff - 3!

Living practically 13 hours a day in office - I successfully used the word 'Bastard' for the first time in my life. It so happened that it came very casually and that made me feel all the more worse!! Urgh!

Why should other people's language influence the way you speak?! - It's like a passive smoker become an active smoker! And of all the people Naveen had to hear it - What the Eff!

A beautiful movie!

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Working for Google has its benefits – number one the food, number two the transport, number three the lovely people with you who will have all kinds of movies with them that they can pass on. One of those movies that I borrowed from a friend is the ‘The World’s Fastest Indian.’

I find it really difficult to fall asleep before 11pm these days so I decided to put myself to sleep with this movie. The story is not complicated, does not have flying men, does not have men armed with forces that can destroy the universe and its evil powers – btw these kinda movies are not my type. The movie is about this very determined old man who wants to break his own land record on his hand built motorbike – The Indian. He lives in New Zealand and wants to break his record in America (where he has never been before.) The basic encouragement and warmth he receives from people of his little town and Thomas – the little boy next door is heart breaking. (To be honest I cried when I watched him leave to Amer…

What's the big deal with Slumdog Millionaire?

I watched Slumdog Millionaire (downloaded version) even before I could release in theaters and before it could win those awards. For a movie made with a game show in mind, one should remember that ALL the questions cannot be related to Jamal's life. Yes, there were exactly 3 that were depicted in a way that he didn't know but you gave him 3 lifelines!! (I hate the word slumdog by the way!)

I also don't understand why a kid who has lost his only parent, who has no means of income, no other relation but his brother who is equally empty, who does not know what to do for a living, who has runaway from a gunda, who has just escaped getting his eyes scooped out HASSS to come back to look for a girl who he barely spent 3 days with. DO NOT TELL ME HE LUUUVESS HER. If you were in that situation BELIEVE ME you won't even bother about your own brother let alone the girl who came running behind. Fine, he wants to be with her soooo much. FINE. Get it.

HOW ON EARTH IS IT SUPREMELY P…