Catching up

August 2, 2009

I know… I had promised myself to keep up with blogging. It is therapeutic and it gets whatever is on your mind and in your heart out. It also makes me sleep easier. A lot has  happened in the world since I last blogged. A lot of it I don’t even remember. Have been so busy at work, that thinking of anything else took an effort.

A couple of things have caught my attention in these past few days…let’s see, the sporting world saw F1 teams and the federation reach an agreement that at least has made sure there will be no breakaway championships. It also saw Massa getting into a crash (thank god he is okay). But I think the biggest news out of F1 is Schumi out of retirement and in the drivers seat.

The other thing that caught my attention was on going tu tu main main in the political world. Sometimes, I just hate politics. Instead of running the country they point fingers at each other.

Rains in the city have disappeared completely. I think it is time for us all to wake up, including me and do my bit for going green. The weather patterns are so erratic these days that you never know, it might start snowing tomorrow 🙂

Well…I guess that’s it for today…stay safe and take care, until next time…ciao


Homosexuality no longer a crime.

July 3, 2009

A landmark decision came out yesterday – homosexuality is no longer a crime in India! A decision that was a long time coming. It is such a taboo in India, that even your closest friend wouldn’t have told you if they were gay. But having said that, the decision has created a furor among the religious clerics of all religions. My only hope and wish is that the political body (who btw is divided on the issue too) not hamper the progress made. I always feel the culture of the country will be enriched now more than ever.

A big step in the right direction, India truly will move ahead if her people open up, broaden their minds and follow their own age old dictum of tolerance to all.

Just another Michael Jackson post…

June 27, 2009

Where were you when you found out the King of Pop died? A question that was asked repeatedly friends. Well, I just got to work and logged on to the net, when I found out. So how did I feel…shocked – yes but not because he was dead but at the suddenness of it. I really could not see him as an old person. He was larger than life. My generation grew up on MJ. I remember, in the 1980s we did not have cable tv and all we had was a national channel that played songs from the west, late at night. MJ’s Beat it, I think is the song that introduced me to the world of MJ. Then came the movie Thriller…have scary memories of it :). I really got scared watching that movie…today I laugh at myself when I watch it.

Then came cable tv and MJ became this larger than life figure for us. We followed his life, its ups and its downs, his idosyncrasies and his ever changing apprearance. But most of all we loved his moonwalk. Looking back, I think what got most of our generation interested in music from the west was MJ. His dancing even changed the way dances in our movies were choreographed.

RIP MJ. No one will hurt you anymore or laugh at you anymore. But a generation will surely miss you.

The big Air India bailout.

June 25, 2009

$100 million are required to get the ailing national carrier out of the quagmire it finds itself in. It got me thinking, big banks and auto companies in the US asked for bailout from the government. When the government gave in, it created a lot of hue and cry over using tax payers money to save these beleagured companies. Everyone was held accountable and the tax payers were given all the information they needed as to how their money was used, and how it will be repaid back. But, here when news came out that the national carrier required $100 million to survive, we did not even blink. Not one citizen raised his or her voice asking how their money is going to be spent or why in the first place is our money being used to save the national carrier. Is it because, we are resigned to the fact that our voices won’t be heard, or are we really indifferent as to how our government works?

Whatever the reason, I think it is high time we wake and assign accountability to our leaders. It is high time we wake  up and demand answers.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s ‘Real’ transfer

June 23, 2009

A little late perhaps, but this news created quite a furore across the world. A $130 million transfer from Manchester United to Real Madrid for Cristiano Ronaldo. So how do I really feel about it?

To begin with I really like Ronaldo as a footballer. Watching him with the foolball is like watching poetry in motion. He literally glides and I haven’t seen anyone with that kind of grace and nifty footwork with the football in a long time. But having said that, he knows that he is the best there is and that’s where I think the move is going to be a wrong one on his part.

Real Madrid may be among the best clubs there is, but it is filled with big stars of the game, with even bigger egos. Everytime I watch Real play, I feel there is no cohesiveness in the team, everyone is playing for themselves, playing for their own glory. This is where football is the loser. I remember Beckham’s move to Real and I think it was the biggest blunder he made. I am afraid, Ronaldo’s move will go the Beckham way…

At United he is the star, he is the one who is counted upon to win matches. I don’t think that will be the case with Real… he will not be the apple of Real Madrid’s eye so to speak and how Ronaldo handles this, will have to be seen.

I for one, think it is a mistake for him to move to Real. If he does want to move, I think he should consider some other club…but then again what do I know, I am just a bystander.

Technology and English

June 21, 2009

I have always loved the English language, but with the advent of technology like SMS, Twitter, etc. where there is a limitation on no. of characters, the language is at its all time low. Is it just technology or sheer laziness on our part. I hate it when ‘you’ is written as ‘u’ or ‘are’ as ‘r’. My question is whether you type 1 character or 3, how much time does it take. In fact if you have your predective text enabled, ‘you’ is easier to type than ‘u’.

Fine, if you have to twitter or SMS use your abbrevieated language, but emails and blogging etc. don’t have that constraint, so next time when you email, use the Queen’s English please…or when you email me…please use it.

Memoriam to Dad

June 21, 2009

Father’s day is a tradition commonly celebrated in the US. I guess its been around a decade or two since father’s day has become popular here too. I never really caught on to the celebrations and more often than not would forget father’s day till the morning of the day, when mom used to remind me. I never got my father a gift or flowers for father’s day, but I clearly remember him taking us out for dinner every year on that day.

Its been 5 years since my dad passed away. 5 years where I’ve remembered him every single day, 5 years that I’ve remembered his smile, his jokes, his hugs and his kisses…oh how I miss those bear hugs of his, how I miss being his blue eyed little girl. I would give almost anything to get I hug from him today. But, all I can do is remeber him on this special day and tell him how much I love him and miss him.

I love you daddy – Happy Fathers Day!