Archive for June, 2005

A lovely evening by myself…

June 29, 2005

Instead of my usual 45 min swim in the pool, went cycling to Ranga Shankara to see if I could get a ticket to the sold-out production of an abridged “Romeo and Juliet”…and as usual, someone did have a spare ticket which I bought. The production was OK, the audience consisted of classmates of most of the cast so there was much enthusiasm…cycled back, grinning in delight at the steep downslope (you guessed it, going to Ranga Shankara is gruelling!)came home to a lovely home-made hot meal, the kind almost everyone who can’t cook dreams about…simple phulkas and dal can be SO satisfying!

Feeling far away from shortindiangirl just because she has gone to Israel…funny, because she is probably closer to me than she is normally (she is eleven and a half hours behind me, about as far as she can get on this planet!)…but just because she is in a foreign land, I feel she is further away.

Had a great time looking at LJ entries by various friends,and am updating my own….occasional solitude is heavenly.

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Trials and tribulations

June 27, 2005

shortindiangirl has been undergoing a harrowing time with the Israeli consultate…two and a half weeks after applying for a visa, she is yet to get either her passport back or a visa…imagine, the Israeli consulate in Chicago answers calls only betwen 1pm and 3 pm! They kept asking her for documents which, over the phone, they said they could do without. She stands to lose a large sum of money if she doesn’t get her visa in time. Add to this the fact that an Israeli visa stamp on one’s passport means that one can never enter any Gulf country again…Here’s someone who has managed to upstage our Indian consulate babudom!

human brain…capable of technology…and terrorism…

June 27, 2005

Spoke to my daughter on Yahoo Messenger…she was speaking to her husband on the telephone….Imagine hearing the voice of someone in Israel through a telephone line to the U S and thence through a net connection to India…incredible technology! Amazing…but not as amazing as the fact that the same human brain which can bring this about also is capable of thoughts of child rape, terrorism and shocking violence….

when people become busy…

June 25, 2005

Very often when friends and acquaintances go abroad, they lead very busy lives..LJ is a great way to follow happenings in their lives without disturbing them with email (which they might not reply to, either.) But sometimes the LJ’s also peter out…sad when you want to catch up with someone’s life and you just get the same old stale entry from a few months ago….keeping a journal is like keeping a diary and needs time invested in it…the difference is that allows others to silently keep track of what’s going on with you.

why on earth..how on earth….

June 22, 2005

why would some of my entries be duplicated? I can’t understand..will this be duplicated? I think the first time I check after updating, it doesn’t show up, so I update it again…at least this is what I think happens as normally I am very sleepy when doing LJ stuff….

R K Laxman has a great cartoon in today’s Times of India, with a man saying he has got 2 people to push his car everywhere as it is cheaper than buying petrol for the car. Where does the man get his ideas, remembering that he must produce a cartoon every single day?

a funny thing happened…

June 22, 2005

we went and met our friends at Woody’s, restaurant near here; since it was raining, we took the Wagon R,and by coincidence, both of us took a key each.When we came out after dinner, I couldn’t find my key..and we had to come home and I was feeling bad that I had lost it. The next day, my friend came over for something and took out “her” car key to go out..and I told her it was mine. Her response was that I was obsessed with my car key and all remote keys made me think they were mine!It took 20 minutes of
argument for me to convince her that she had remote locking on her Indigo and this was a Maruti key. But she was totally silenced when, at my suggestion, she fished in her handbag…and brought out her key as well! As soon as I had put it down on the restaurant table to eat my food the good housewife had automatically put the key into her handbag!If she had not come home the next day, AND if she had not taken out the car key in front of me instead of in the basement parking lot, I would have gone and made a new key and remote at a fairly high and unnecessary expense….

a funny thing happened…

June 21, 2005

Day before yesterday, we went and met our friends at Woody’s, restaurant near here; since it was raining, we took the Wagon R,and by coincidence, both of us took a key each.When we came out after dinner, I couldn’t find my key..luckily, the other key was there, and we had to come home. I was feeling bad that I had lost it. The next day, my friend came over for something and took out “her” car key to go out..and I told her it was mine. Her reply was that I was obsessed with my car key and every remote key made me think it was mine! It took 20 minutes of argument for me to convince her that she had remote locking on her Indigo and this was a Maruti key. But she was totally silenced when, at my suggestion, she fished in her handbag…and brought out her key as well! As soon as I had put it down on the restaurant table to eat my food the good housewife had automatically put the key into her handbag…and not one of us had noticed! If she had not come home the next day, AND taken out the key right there instead of in the basement car park, I would have gone and got a new key and remote made at unnecessary expense….

Modern shairees

June 21, 2005

Hai tu agar mera dilbar,
Hai tu agar mera dilbar,
To aaj ke lunch ka bill bhar

Woh bhi kiya din the jub hum haseenon ke galey mila karte the,
Ye un dinon ki baat hai jub hum 2 saal ke hua kartey the

Unki gali ke chakkar kaat kaat kar,
Kutte bhi hamare yaar ho gaye,
Woh to hamare ho na sakey,
Hum kutton ke sardar ho gaye

Maine poochha chand se…
Kabhi dekha hai mere yaar sa haseen?
Chand ne kaha: Chandni ki kasam…
2,200,599,999 entries found

Agar tum kaho to tumhare liye
aasman se chand taare torr laun,
Agar tum kaho to tumhare liye
aasman se chand taare torr laun,
Lekin tum unka karo gi kiya???
(Kiya logical sher hai!!)

Jub dekha unhon ne tirchhi nazar se,
to hum madhosh ho gaey,
Par jab pata chala ke un ki nazren hi tirchhi hain,
to hum behosh ho gaey

Ab jab gira baadal, teri yaad ai,
Jhoom ke barsa saawan, teri yaad ai,
Bheega main, lekin phir bhi teri yaad ai,
Kiyun na aey teri yaad?
Tune jo chhatri ab tak nahi lautai…

Lal diwar per choone se likha tha Ghalib ne,
Lal diwar per choone se likha tha Ghalib ne,
Yahan likhna mana hai

And my reply to the person who sent these…

Aap ne jo shayaree bheje…Voh kitney acchey hain
Shaayaree ke maamley mein ham abhi tak bacche hain…
Hamaari soch, hamaarey shabd, pakey nahin, sirf kacche hain…
Par shayaree ke ishq mein to hum badey sacche hain!

must do LJ syntax better…

June 21, 2005

a comment by mmk made me think…do women really attach more importance to dates (anniversaries, bdays) than men do? I come from a family where dates are not given much importance…so I can see both sides of the “remembering dates” things. I like wishing people for their birthdays and anniversaries if I can….and though it doesn’t make much of a difference if no one remembers, it does feel nice to be wished!

and sankalpa Happy 5th anniversary..hope there are many more.

a wedding has been arranged…

June 17, 2005

A very close friend’s daughter has agreed to a particular alliance and everyone is in a tizzy about the engagement….made me realize how many complications this business of an arranged marriage can lead into, and how simple my child made it for us….I certainly would have hated being told to buy stainless steel vessels and cupboards and jewellery for my daughter!