Monday, October 31, 2005

Shubh Deepavali!

Deepavali ki shubh kamnayen everyone :)

We got our patakas and sparklers on Dhanteras* =D. Gerrard didn't feel very festive so maybe next time we'll just cut short the drive and land up in Brampton to do our Diwali shopping.

I usually don't miss Dubai that much anymore but I missed Dubai's frenzy during diwali. Lots of haggling, kids everywhere, last minute shopping for jhumkas, balis,kangans on dhanteras and my family's tendency to lose atleast one member in the crowds of the gold markets. The jammed streets of Meena Bazar on dhanteras and the dhakka-mukki at the gold souk. The tailors working overnight to have our new lehengas, salwar kameez, kurtas, blouses ready in time. The queues and rush in the mithai stores. Chhappan Bhog boxes being exchanged everywhere. Of course, there were the countless Diwali parties that would help maintain dark circles for a few days because we didn't get off from school and my parents wouldn't let us skip either :(. Oh and who can forget the pataka meet-ups and the weird rockets and 'bombs' some of the guys always managed to find. We made good use of soft-drink bottles on that day :P.

I miss the flickering diyas that graced our balconies.It is too windy here to deck up the yard with diyas and rangoli. We're the only family in this neighbourhood with a lighted up house and yard for Diwali. So much for being in a 'brown' city. But we'll get the brief festive mood when we go to the mandir tomorrow and meet some friends.
At times like these, I wish those K3G settings of 'India is everywhere including London streets' *shows goras singing Vande Mataram* were true.
Then the Polish kids across would be dressed in kurta pajama, the Slavs would bring mithais to our place and the snooty Italians would humbly greet us by singing Jana gana mana on our yard dressed in lehengas and our neighbourhood will have a mega- fireworks just for us.

And you never know- after London, New York it is almost time for Johar to hit Toronto and convert 'em Canadians. Unless he betrays us and heads to Sydney. *sigh*
Sadly bollywood doesn't seem to find our igloos attractive enough to dance around on its rooftops. Or to sweep the chiffon-clad heroine on to a galloping reindeer. 'Tis a shame.

And while we still manage to have memorable Diwalis in this new land, many in my dear Delhi will be performing antim sanskars and burying their dear ones because of some retarded mission to create more boundaries in our much wounded land. But this isn't the time for my political views and my prayers are with the victims and their families.

I hope we can begin this new year with less terrorism, sectarian violence and with friendlier relations with the neighbours.

Happy Diwali once again :)



*: We celebrate Diwali for 5 days and it begins with Dhanteras onto Chhoti Diwali then Main Diwali. On the new year we do the Saraswati pooja and the last day is Bhai dooj. Clarification since some of my friends don't have the 5 day affair like we do.


Thursday, October 27, 2005

My day has been made

Chi says:
hey u
Chi says:
got your msg.. and man, do WE were have a connection
Chi says:
i was thinking all day.. somethings strange? then i realized that it was because we hadnt talked all week


=D

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Doctor chase

I can't believe I ran around for a doctor's note for........ 2% off a25% which means for a loss of 0.5% off my final mark.

note to self: read the fine print on introductory course handouts.

Monday, October 24, 2005

List

Work list:

1. Doctor's note: URGENT! must get it before I am 100% well -no more
2.Research report: URGENT!
3.Ecology lab report
4.Cell bio quiz prep -done
5. Ecology midterm prep -done
6.Diwali cleaning
7.Diwali cards
8.Diwali cleaning

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Conversation pieces

D:the odds of u ending up with a brown are so slim
D:unless i get married in india
D:and u fall in love with some dolled up indian girl there which will make me laugh a lot
Fox:*smirk*.. that's sorta unlikely, given i have no idea when i'm going there
Fox:i've been told that if i miss the next wedding, i need not bother coming there till the weddings of nieces and nephews
D:well u will be there for mine
Fox:you'll be getting married in india?D:all my family is there
Fox:not even dubai?
D:no family in dxb honey.so ull be in india within the next 7 yrs and ill cry a few buckets if u decide to be stingy n not come and I shall refuse to talk to you. And then Mausi will get on your case.
Fox:fingers crossed


Fox:hahahaha stingy.. "yeah, i decided to follow in your college friend's foodsteps and take up pan handling"
D:point being
Fox:put on a sign "need money to go to a wedding in india"
D:ull be there for me wedding
D:that would be funny. Add to that sign " have outfits all ready ........n bridal presents... n gear to pick up indian girls...... just need to get on that damn plane......... thanks"
Fox:$1 down, $1999 to go "


D: yeah you can do that too. As long as you are there, I don't care.
Fox:yeah, watch some relative of yours come to you saying "there's some guy mumbling your name with ripped clothes and smell as if he hasn't showered in weeks.. i think some girl dumped him or something so now he's wandering from street to street.. just thought you'd wanna know"


D: no better yet, watch them grab you for daan punya, hand you dhoti kurta and invite you for a bhojan.
Fox: hahaha
Fox:yeah.. i'd like to see the expression on your face when you come across me when serving 'daal"
D:oh so you'd even SIT through it
Fox:hey, you can't expect me to refuse free food. That's blasphemy.
D:you would get it ....inside my home as well.


Fox:it'd be funny if you go.. "YOU MADE IT!!!! and hug me in front of all the people.."
D:funny i thought of the same thing
D:actually i WOULD do tht .people shmeeple
.
Fox:i'd be so tempted to be "umm.. can i finish the meal first?"
Fox:*say
D:that is when ill give u a daal-snaan
Fox:i travel half the world to get that..


D:well ill get the same colour too ...just with haldi paste. hope guys are not allowed to put it on me. you'll just slobber it all on me.
Fox:well.. "I" wouldn't.i'd be too busy finishing up the potentially wasted daal
Fox:i mean, who'd know what the hell you'd do to the rest of the food if you're willing to give me a daal-snaan
D:i think tht is when my amma or some aunt will push me away and maybe put the mehendi a couple of days early just to keep my hands busy
Fox: hahaha... yeah the mehendi should stop you

Melting under blue skies

Come on, come on
Jump a little higher
Come on, come on
If you feel a little lighter
Come on, come on
We were once
Upon a time in love

We're Accidently in Love




My best friend's wedding

Aj with his British education, concerns me at times.

D: the baraat will come to the bride's place and....
~interruption~
Aj argues: the baraat will come to the groom's (his) side.....

*heartbroken*

55 galore

My lazy dearies need a lil push towards penning down that 55 so here are a few to show those who expressed doubt, it is possible to write fiction in 55 words only.

Here we go:

1. Archana Rajaram

Disquieting

She never listened to the voices.They amused her when she was bored. Made her smile at their eccentricity.But that was all.She ignored them when they asked her to do things.Of late, the voices had taken a physical form. And the numbers were increasing.It was time to talk about the voices.

Fairytale
She stood there looking at him helplessly.It had been a year almost. He still hadn’t the faintest idea.She inched in closer. It was now or never.Her heart was pounding, cursing her quiet desperation for his love.She closed her eyes taking a deep breath.He bent down and kissed her just then.


2.Rainbeau_Peep

“Today, we become one. Nobody can break this bond, this holy union sanctioned by God. You do want to be with me forever?”“I love you.”They held hands once more, and jumped. And were lost forever in the fathomless ravine below.

Marital Rape
It was a night of passion that had ended in her victory.The faint rays of the sun trod softly into the room as the bride crept out of her nuptial bed, leaving a trail of blood behind her. She wiped the thick line of vermilion from her forehead, and looked defiantly at the corpse.

3. Casablanca

The silk was exquisite. Its touch, romantic. He smiled as he watched her remove the Hermès from her collar.The police found his body in his room, two days later.The silk was exquisite. Its touch, romantic.Far away in another city, she looked at her personal diary, ‘Uses of a scarf’ page:Strangle. Check.

I thought fairytale was very aww-able and it made me smile. Plus, I don't want to scare my pretties with all the dark ones I liked.
Also, do check this site for more 55's and note my own contribution here too =D.

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Foxy luring to W'loo

D: I should visit you sometime
D: but getting to Waterloo is a pain
D: tis a shame we can't have Fox drive us :(
Fox:my roommate's gf.. well, he goes back to pick her up and then to drop her off
D:how sweet
Fox: then she cooks and cleans our place :D
D:I wouldn't clean. I'd be paranoid with the stories you told me
Fox:"i lost my pet spider... it could be any one of the 9 that're in the washroom.. if you see it, DON'T kill it.. better yet, catch it for me.."

Too bad I am not scared of squishing spiders, unlike some other people Fox :P

Friday, October 21, 2005

The old maid, spinning her stories that never were.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

You're missing

Everything is everything.
Everything is everything.

You were missing.


-Bruce Sprinsteen's You were missing

Reminiscing: Autumn of 2003

I was assaulted.

I was assaulted by the wind all thourghout my walk on the streets. I was pushed sideways when I tried crossing the road. For once I wished I was heavier so that I wudnt fear having my feet being pulled off the ground. I also had to fear the street signs screaming their heads off as the wind swirled around them, and tugged at their hinges. The wind stripped off the trees wildly despite its pleas and shudders. I'm sure many trees would be naked by the time I am done with classes today.

Despite all this, I forgive u wind, because I realise that you need to have your fun too. Besides all your antics did make me smile during my walk , because it was amusing. However, next time I decide to walk my way through before I get a ride , I shall make sure I do so in your absence.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Lonely

Lonely,
you're Mister Lonely,
you have nobody,
of your own.

Lonely,
you're Miss Lonely,
you have nobody,
of your own.

Lonely,
we're so Lonely,
we shall have nobody,
we're on our own.

-adapted from Akon's Lonely

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Devdas

A very interesting scholarly article on Devdas here.


"male domination is rooted in a struggle for recognition between men in
which women are mere objects or tokens: the prize"(55).
The problem with
Devdas is that even though he deserves and covets the prize, he believes
that
the greater glory is in resisting the prize than in accepting it!
Poonam Arora's article is based on the 1936 Bengali and 1937 + 1955 Hindi versions of Devdas movies. She argues that Devdas's classic status in Indian culture is mainly due to Devdas's portrayal as the chaste babu, defying the sexually perverse image projected by the colonial British to undermine the character of Bengali men.

At the same time the story in itself shows how Devdas suffers from colonial rule as he tries to be a 'man' by British standards and refuses Parvati's advances to be a 'man in control' and hence less effiminate as the Bengali men were made to be ( and also the reason why they were deemed unfit to self-govern as per British outlook) by excercising 'self-control.

Monday, October 17, 2005

Microchip souveneirs

Someday, we will give the Earth an early death. Our blogging indulgences will be all that would be left of our script. A few microchips would be all the aliens would be able to unearth.
The microships will become the bull seal - fascinating but with an undecipherable script.


You and I shall become nameless. All that will be left of our identity would be a simple name: an extinct civilization.

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Diwali cleaning

Arti's early Diwali cleaning spree inspired me to begin early. I am always up for cleaning/organizing/clearing. My washroom cabinets are nicely organised now. A couple of drawers here and there and I shall be done.

My OCD can be such a blessing at times.

Too busy

Too busy for you.
Too busy for me.

Too busy to think of who we used to be.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Colour change

I'm feeling: Aqua blue

OooO

Angel
You are... WAIT! - you're none of the Sins you're
an Angel!Perfect, or close enough, and annoyingly so! Did
you alwaysbehave so 'just right'. ARGHHH . You can annoy the
hell outtapeople with your attitude, but no doubt your church
is real happywith you. The positive side certainly outweighs the
negative,after all, you do chores, are smart, are cute, do
charity work.Least you know what a perfect saint you are. You
just make the restof us sinners vomit. Perhaps you could break the
rules once in a while, go wild - Eat an extra
cookie or something.However - congratulations on being the most pure,
of the entire human race.

?? Which Of The Seven Deadly Sins Are You ??

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Hippy Birfday weekend

Talking on two phones at a time, many times.
Trying to keep up with the crazy msn msging.
Checking out all the greetings.

Last minute invites.
Willing friends, willing parents
Rushing out with Behna to get my own cake.

Behna's sweet streamering activity.
Hp finds gujju samosas spicy.
The Chocolate Bomb.

Converting G and Anant.
Learning the 12 steps.
Garba-ing without feet being trampled on.

Anant's forced paper promise.
Jub-jub's avatar discovered.
Hp-ing till 3:30am.

Feeling 'popular'.
Feeling loved.
Feeling far from 20.


Monday, October 10, 2005

Happiness is

Happiness is:


D-elicious Posted by Picasa

The very-me colours, the flower I love on the cover,the brightly coloured pages, the spiral binding all of which Behna remembered. I can't wait to start filling it up :D

Saturday, October 08, 2005

Half-heartedly

And then she was successful.

Then why didn't she want it? Does a sorry count?

The aggravation of a half-hearted wish come true.

Friday, October 07, 2005

Behna and physics

Behna remembers the Cutnell Johnson Physics text as Cottonelle Johnson.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Colour mode is here

Due to univ. groupies' popular demand, the colour mode is on
hey-py?

Hold me

Give me
just one part of you to cling to
And keep me
everywhere you are..........


One moment More-Mindy Smith

Lost

And oh, how she does love to be lost in the crowds again.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

A chance forward

And all it took was one questionnaire.

Monday, October 03, 2005

Shubh Navratri

Shubh Navratri!

And people, not trying to be an Auntie but when you garba remove your shoes please. It is impolite and outright rude to wear shoes when in the presence of religious idols/symbols for us. Even if you don't happen to be a Hindu ( practicing one). And while we are at it, it really annoys me when people choose the time of the Aarti to pursue a conversation. It is fine with me if again you don't follow it, but do not interfere with the prayers of others and if you are present please show your respect by staying silent. It may seem like it is just a dance but it is a religious celebration and keeping that in mind would be great.

Weekend Delights

Friday: SN with Mom and Behna. Named in the final Club Executive Council.

Saturday: 'Hacking' into Aj's. Awesome garba!

Sunday: Research meeting cancelled( tonnes of work pending that had to be done by sun night. not anymore!) . Cheesecake treat. I LURVE cheesecake. Actually just that alone could have made my weekend.

I know. I am such a foodie.

Sunday, October 02, 2005

Gaikaale garba ma bahu majaa aavi

Blistered feet.
Broken bangles.
Bruised back.
Lots of friends and Behna.
A pair of lost dandias.
In bed at 5AM.

Yep, Garba at ISC was perfect.

p.s. title courtesy: R

Saturday, October 01, 2005

Hacking into Aj's

*after being signed out 8-9 times in a row*
AJ: are you the one signing me out D?
D: Yes I am the one signing into your account.
AJ: Why?
D: you made me wait so long for your reply earlier in the day

*I sign in to AJ's account*
*AJ signs in from an alternate account*
AJ: why are you using my msn account?
D on AJ's account now: I wanted to do some shit
AJ: hahahaha
AJ: ok go on. But hurry up

I changed AJ's msn profile.
Some tidbits :

A little about me: I am currently in the explorative phase.

Favourite things:I love pink vests. I fell in love with them after Salaam Namaste. I was inspired after I saw Saif who looked so GOOD in it. My all time favourite movies would be: Legally blonde 1&2 .

Hobbies & Interests: I love pink and chick flicks.Nothing like curling up on the weekend with curlers in your hair,heart chocolates,Kleenex and a good water-works movie.

Favourite Quote: My ex-girlfriend:" You really should get yourself a boyfriend instead".Now she is my ex.

p.s. I thought saif in the pink vest was hot. The tan plus the shade= attractive.
p.p.s.: AJ is a guy


Secret smile

Nobody knows it but you've got a secret smile
And you use it only for me
Nobody knows it but you've got a secret smile
And you use it only for me


-source: Secret smile. Don't know who it was by.