Monday 9 November 2009

ACK=1, coz u deserve it...

Disclaimer: The title is a result of overdose of microprocessors and the author is not responsible for the *rolling eyes* she's getting :P

Vaise it simply means... You're worth 'it', and I acknowledge it :)

It=Awards... \:D/

Haan ji, meri taraf se... But I did not want to give the standard awards, that bloggers pass on... So these are my awards B-) and the only rule that applies is... You're worth it! >:D<

Toh sabse pehle hai...
Friends Forever... Coz you just know... when some relations are never gonna end... :)

And it goes to... =D>

The next one says...
Explicit, sometimes silence,
Present in my absence,
Comment, sometimes not,
Yet the reader you sought,
Sometimes only a quick hi!
But... I'll always drop by...

Hoping you'll let me in... :)

And it goes to...

Making me laugh is a very tough job... But some people have the ability to make me go :))
For them...
lol Pictures, Images and Photos

And those getting the award are...

But for us dudettes, blog ville would not have been the place it is... O:-) so I pass on...

This goes to...

Finally, the Circle of Friends...

goes to...

But there's one still left... one that is all awards ka baap... coz it incorporates upar waale saare awards... :D

The Na-Real Award... *drumroll*.... 8->
This award has been specially designed for Stephan...
Ye tera b'day gift hai... advance mein... :D
S/w engineers.... this contains a hidden message... ;) Socho Socho... ;))

And now... I got tagged by Priti... and have to write 5 things I'd like to do before I turn 30... So here goes...
1. Learn guitar B-)
2. Climb atleast few steps of career ladder :-s
3. Visit France... 8->
4. Meet Blogger Buddies at least once... :)
5. Go all geek :-B awehi...

Phew, don't expect any more awards from me in this lifetime... #:-s

I put emoticons on the blog... \:D/ (Ok, don't give me those 'duh!' #-0 looks, I know you can see... :-w ) I have become so used to them, that I debated for a full minute on whether to put :) after a particularly satisfactory first answer in the first exam... of course, I didn't get a chance to smile for the rest of the exams after that... :|

This post contains contributions from Mads, Peter, Aseem, Priti, Abhinav.... Can you see something? :)

Psst... Iss blog par... jaldi hi... 'koi'... ;;) aane waala hai... ;))



Sunday 1 November 2009

2 States-Not Just the book...

It's not just about the book... Even I seem to be in 2 states right now...

*Liquid ala tears...
My tonsillitis just got a lot worse with my doc suggesting I should get them removed surgically :-ss which does not curry any favour with me... :( Koi experience ho toh batao bhai...

Our Aviator got stolen! that too from the building parking... under the nose, sorry snores of the watchman... worse! nobody remembered the full number on the number plate along with series, I mean only dad drives it, but then when you sit on it, you obviously look only at the roads no... and I didn't have a single photo of the scooter wherein the number plate was visible... Don't worry number mil gaya hai vaise and FIR toh ho gayi hai... lets see kya hota hai... :-w
Moral of the story: Photo khincho apne vehicles ki...

*Solid bole toh happy...
I got a new mobile... Nokia 6303... ossum cam... rest of the features wahi hai jo aajkal ke saare cells mein hote hain... but I <3>

Justine is back...and it is official, she's training for the further tournaments \:D/ Finally... women's tennis will regain its lost glory... :D
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This probably contains endless spoilers. DO NOT read further if you prefer your reads not spoiled by some book-loving idiot who has to judge them after reading them...

About the book:
Love marriages around the world are simple... In India, there are a few more steps....

As true as true can get! The book is about a Punju(Punjabi) and a Tam Brahm (Tamilian Brahmin) who meet at... where
else, but IIM A. They like each other and then comes the falling in love part... then living together, and then leaving together, after grad i.e. Then comes the part where the guy woos the girl's family, and the girl woos the guy's... Simple, too normal, isn't it? Don't we keep hearing about it all the time... how the girl's or the guy's families refuse to accept the relation, about how the lovers are forced to probably go in for court marriages... But these two, call them idiots if you want, wanted a wedding involving both families...

So then starts the quest, guy loves girl, guy learns to love her geek IIT-pursuing brother by tutoring him and thus gaining access to her house, and getting tutored in return; her strict Kanjivaram-clad mom by fueling her desire to be a Carnatic music singer; her conservative always-behind-the-Hindu(newspaper) dad by helping him out with his presentation at an otherwise-boring job at Bank of Baroda; her strictly Tamil-loving, alcohol-and-non-veg hating city of Chennai with long winding addresses and looting autowaalas.... Girl learns to like his hi-fi, surrounded by rich brothers and sisters, seemingly blinded by the worldly possessions... mom. Both families learn to tolerate each other.... Of course, it's a happy ending!

What I think:
Chetan Bhagat just loves his IIT and his IIM, but then he also gets all the vibes perfectly! I suppose spending time at both the places, he knows the pulse of both these institutions so well... But I'd like to see him move out of these two places now!

He has carried forward a few ideas, or rather borrowed heavily from 5 Point Someone when he talks about Krish(THE guy) not being on the best of terms with his dad, his army background and a broken relationship at IIT with a professor's daughter, it is Hari all over again...

I love his attention to detail in the book... at one point, when he's talking about relatives having flown in from all parts of the world to attend the wedding, he says... They were sitting in the traditional Tamil attire, clutching their mineral water bottles. I mean, it brought back countless memories for me, except the Tamil attire part of course, but traditional Indian definitely.

The part about his Mickey Mouse covered underwear appearing through the translucent silk veshti he has to wear for the wedding is just ROFLsome...

He really knows Tam Brahms... I was reminded of a friend all through the book as I read it! Infact, the very first page set the tone of the book, my friend would most probably have acted in exactly the manner, frowning and making a face at the kind of rasam served.

I like the way he's put humour in the book at places, the way he talks about the need for the country to be one and not separated on the basis of whether a person is a North Indian or a South Indian without actually being pedagogic or didactic (sorry I had been dying to use these words on the blog ever since I learnt them B-)

The way he puts illa-something something-ille when he's talking about those Tam dialogues being uttered which are beyond his comprehension, is exactly the way I put those Marathi conversations when the language starts going beyond me ;)

All in all, I love the book for what it is... A must read book, one of those rare ones that get the tone of the country as you know it correctly, without bothering to go in for explanation of smells and their beauty lasting two pages (read book!), the bride-hunting and the groom-hunting that starts as soon as beta bada ho gaya or beti badi ho gayi..., the irritating domineering relatives who's lives sole purpose is to point out your mistakes... it is like... real!!!

Grab a copy people....