August 29, 2010

Illogical Logics

“Her home was so messy.”
“But my home is even messier than hers.”
“Oh that’s alright, you are not married, na.”

How does cleanliness of someone’s house is a factor of gender, age, or marital status is beyond me.  To me its more about priorities and cleaning the house doesn’t make to top of that list for me. If it is same for a married woman who is juggling office, home and kids with what-so-ever no help from the husband, I sympathize with her. In that case, in all fairness, she has more right to have a messy house than me. Doesn't she?


“So what did you have dinner today?”
“Um, toor daal, baigan ki sabji, roti, bonndi ka raita, salad and some achar.”
“You cooked all that just for yourself? I can never motivate myself to cook that much just for me.”

Honestly what are they trying to imply? Should I starve myself  to death because I am not married and have no one to cook for? Just because they need someone in their life to define their existence, it doesn’t mean everyone else should too.


“You must finish your food. Do you know how many people in this world die of starvation. Think of them and finish your food.”

But how does overeating and eventually getting sick or gaining weight unnecessarily is going to help starving people? It’s not like that if I overeat, the surplus amount go to their stomach. I would happily give my food to any of them but why, oh why, should I torture myself? It doesn’t ease anyone’s pain, instead just give me some stomach ache.

August 18, 2010

August 17, 2010

Tuesday Tag: The Countdown

Post-defense-lazing-around means I don’t procrastinate anymore, which, in turn, means that I have a blogger’s block. Add a badly sprained ankle in the mix, I have absolutely nothing to blog about. Unless you want to listen to me complain about my sprained ankle, how hard it is to use crutches and how the the timing for having a sprained ankle couldn’t be worse. Yeah, I thought not.

Anyway, just to keep this blog alive, I borrowed this tag from PB. Just letting you know, I am still here. Will start blogging regularly again as soon as I start working again.

Ten hows:

  1. How did you get one of your scars? Trying to get my bottle (I was two) from under the bed. Apparently, not as simple a task as it sounds.
  2. How did you celebrate your last birthday? By eating Rasmalai.
  3. How are you feeling at this moment? Bored.
  4. How did your night go last night? Uneventful. Unfortunately.
  5. How did you do in high school? Not too bad in spite being a dork and a nerd. Yes both at the same time.
  6. How did you get the shirt you’re wearing? Free gift from a company while interviewing with them on-campus. There are advantages of being a student.
  7. How often do you see your best friend(s)? At least once a week.
  8. How much money did you spend last month? A lot. But then I went to Lake Tahoe and Disney land with friends. So not complaining.
  9. How old do you want to be when you get married? I find this question to be offensive. Or, may be, I am just turning into an old spinster.
  10. How old will you be at your next birthday? 32.

Nine whats:

  1. Your mother’s name? Really? Creativity is dead. (No, that’s not my mother’s name)
  2. What did you do last weekend? Attended a friend’s graduation ceremony, took some pictures and slept a lot.
  3. What is the most important part of your life? Love.
  4. What would you rather be doing? Sleeping.
  5. What did you last cry over? Watching the song “Kar chale hum fida jano-tan sathiyon”. That song always brings tears in my eyes.
  6. What always makes you feel better when you’re upset? Some pampering.
  7. What’s the most important thing you look for in a significant other? Compassion.
  8. What are you worried about? Packing and moving.
  9. What did you have for breakfast? Some fresh air.

Eight yous:

  1. Have you ever liked someone who had a girlfriend/boyfriend? Yes.
  2. Have you ever had your heartbroken? Yes.
  3. Have you ever been out of the country? I have been out of a lot of countries and inside few of them. Which country are you talking about?
  4. Have you ever done something outrageously dumb? Does falling in love count?
  5. Have you ever been back stabbed by a friend? Yes.
  6. Have you ever had sex on the beach? And have sand in my hair. NO WAY.
  7. Have you ever dated someone younger than you? No.
  8. Have you ever read an entire book in one day? All the Harry Potter books from book 4 onward.

Seven whos:

  1. Who was the last person you saw? My room-mate. Ten minutes ago.
  2. Who was the last person you texted? My friend J.
  3. Who was the last person you hung out with? My room-mate. In our living room. We watched the movie Dragonfly.
  4. Who was the last person to call you? My mom.
  5. Who did you last hug? My friend on Saturday while congratulating her on her graduation.
  6. Who is the last person who texted you? My friend J.
  7. Who was the last person you said “I love you” to? None of your business.

Six wheres:

  1. Where does your best friend(s) live? Stanford and Puerto Rico.
  2. Where did you last go? Post Office.
  3. Where did you last hang out? Living Room. Oh ok, Dishdash (Mediterranean restaurant) for lunch on Saturday with my friends.
  4. Where do you go to school? Stanford.
  5. Where is your favorite place to be? Stanford.
  6. Where did you sleep last night? On my bed in my room. Though, now you mentioned it, I will try to sleep on the kitchen counter tonight.

Five dos:

  1. Do you think anyone likes you? Of course, I am a very likeable person. Wait till they really get to know me.
  2. Do you ever wish you were someone else? Always. From Cinderella to a student at Hogwarts to the heroine (heroine and not actress) of one of those chick-flicks to Doctor Who’s companion. What can I say, I have an over-active imagination.
  3. Do you know the muffin man? You mean the one who lives in Drury Lane? Barely.
  4. Does the future scare you? Oh yes. However, it also excites me more than it frightens me.
  5. Do your parents know about your blog? Nope.

Four whys:

  1. Why are you best friends with your best friend?  So that I could have a best friend.
  2. Why did you get into Blogging? Procrastination.
  3. Why did your parents give you the name you have? Because they had to name me some thing. I guess they didn’t want to keep calling me “bachchi” or “baby” or “ladki” or something similar.
  4. Why are you doing this survey? Trying to break my blogging dry spell.

Three ifs:

  1. If you could have one super power what would it be? Mind-reading. Telepathy would be cool too.
  2. If you could go back in time and change one thing, would you? Nah. Despite its up and downs life isn’t too bad.
  3. If you were stranded on a deserted island and could bring one thing, what would you bring? A fishing boat.

Two would-you-evers:

  1. Would you ever get back together with any of your ex’s if they asked you? Never. There is a reason they are my ex.
  2. Would you ever shave your head to save someone you love? Sure. What’s the big deal?

One last question:

  1. Are you happy with your life right now? Depends on the day you ask me. Sometimes yes, sometimes no (Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa). 

A free for all tag. Have fun.

August 11, 2010

Wordless Wednesday: Twilight

Title: Sunset
Location: Universal Studio, Los Angeles, CA
Date: August 3, 2010

August 1, 2010

Challenge of Friendship

I have been trying to catch up with the Blogosphere these days (though not commenting on everything I read but I am reading), and as it happens so often when you are in blogosphere, there are thoughts bubbling at the surface. And sometimes, very unrelated topics click perfectly with each other. Like the current challenge at Blogadda (and no I am not participating again, just thinking aloud): ‘Friends Forever’, and a post by Shilpa on ‘the other woman’. Completely unrelated? May be, may be not.

You see its all good and nice in a friendship as long as life is simple and easy. The real challenge of friendship is when your friends does something that according to your moral compass is wrong. It can be anything from having an extra marital affair (if they are married), or having an affair with a married man/woman, or as we desis (belonging to Indian subcontinent) are raised to be homophobic and transphobic, you discover (in case you are still homophobic/transphobic) they are gay, transsexual, transgender, or even cross dresser. What do you do then?

What do you say to your friend when they share with you something that according to your moral compass is wrong? You condemn them and walk away, or you stay and support them? And by supporting I mean really supporting, and not trying to get them to change their decision, or ignoring the big elephant in the room (the two approaches that people usually take when they don’t agree with someone else’s decision) but be there for them and tell them it’s okay, as long as they are happy. To hell with right and wrong. Because you know, the rest of the world is going to condemn them anyway (including their family), so will you join the society in condemning them or will you be there for them, as one of the last shoulder for them to cry on (remember family and society is going to condemn you as well for supporting them blindly)? Friends Forever?

Jaan pe bhi khelenge, tere liye le lenge: sabse dushmani

P.S.: Happy Friendship Day. And to all of my friends, who have stood by me and will stand by me again, no matter what: THANK YOU. I promise to be there for you as well, no matter what.