Sunday, January 31, 2010

Be unreasonable, stay unreasonable...

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.

- George Bernard Shaw

So if people call you unreasonable, feel proud..and stay that way :)

Friday, January 29, 2010

Babe Aur Bahu?

New soap idea for Ekta Kapoor...."Babe Aur Bahu"

I can already visualise record breaking TRPs.:)

What say?

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Conversations - 1

...after the usual pleasantries are exchanged on chat...

He : How tall are you?

She : !!! Is that the first thing you want to know about me?

He : You see I am 6"2...height is very important to me.

She : I am 5"3...I believe I have mentioned that in my profile....

He : Ok. I asked because people lie often about such things in their profiles

She : Oh ok...they can easily lie on chat also :)

He : But chat is different

She : And how?

He : Looks like you are the kind of person who always likes to have the last say.

She : I try to question...

He : Life is not always black and white..

She : Agree

He : Do you like to dress up?

She : Depends...

He : I am looking for someone who can be a babe to me and a bahu to my family...

She : ....

He : Someone who can wear a sexy dress when she goes out with me but is willing to wear a saree on a festive occassion when my family wants

She : ....

He : You see I am looking for balance

She : !!!!

He : You see I have had a bad experience once, so I don't want to go through the same thing again

She : ....

He : I am very clear on what I want

She : Yes..I can see that

He : So what do you say?

She : Trying to understand your requirement. Let me work towards the kind of clarity you have..this definitely doesn't look workable

He : Are you saying no to me?

She : I thought I already did...

Inappropriate content?

One more unsuccessful attempt to get Google AdSense on this blog.

The application was rejected again citing "Unacceptable Site Content" !!!

I have reviewed and re-reviewed my posts and frankly could not figure out what is so unacceptable here.

Is my post on "Sex and the city" is what AdSense considers unacceptable, just because it has the word "Sex" in it? Let me try to rename the above post and re-apply to AdSense. Maybe this time it will work.

And yes, any insights into how to get my application accepted, is most welcome :)

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Impressions from Cambodia

When I reflect on my recent trip to Cambodia , I can safely say that there were three things about the place which left a mark on me, and will stay with me forever : temples, history of the place and Buddhism (not necessarily in that order).

I am sure most of the tourists who visit this country might have something similar to say. I am here to share my connection with these things.

Let me start with Buddhism, since for me its the most difficult to explain, to myself or to anyone else. Having visited other Buddhist places earlier (like Thailand..twice), I was surprised to realise the effect it had on me during / after the trip. Was it a function of seeing thousands of Buddha statues and carvings in the temples there? Or did it happen on acount of browsing through countess Buddha paintings and statues to carry back home as soveniors? Frankly I do not know. One thing I do realise that any image or thought of Buddha inspires a feeling of peace and serenity now, unlike earlier. I am keen to explore Buddhism and its teachings, which am sure will be a wonderful intellectual and spiritual journey.

The second impressionable fact about Cambodia is its history. A visit to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Meuseum and The Killing Fields will expose you to the hair raising stories of the atrocities of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge , which resulted in the death of 25% of the Cambodian population between 1975 and 1979. I did not have the courage to visit The Killing Fields after I had finished with Toul Sleng, it was far too depressing for me to handle. During my trip I picked up a book called "First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers" which describes the the inhuman condiditons which the people of the country were subjected to, under the brutal Khmer Rouge regime. I also saw the movie "The Killing Fields" on youtube, which captures the life of a reporter during the rule of the Khmer Rouge. I would highly recommend the book and the movie (which is based on another book) to anyone who really wants to understand what the country has gone through. Be warned though, it will not be easy on your mind and feelings.

The third thing, which Cambodia is most known for, are its temples : Angkor Wat and the group of temples around it. If you are an Indian, you will be easily able to relate to the carvings of Ramayana and Mahabharata on the walls of the major temples. Most of the major temples are devoted to Shiva, Vishnu and Buddha. Carving and statues of "Samudra Manthan" are pretty common. It's a really wonderful journey and one of the most enjoyable and not to be missed things is Angkor Wat at sunrise.

Walking through the temple ruins, you will be reminded of Hampi several times, and you will be tempted to compare the two places. Hampi is one of my favorite places in India, somehwere where I look forward to going again and again and spending more time each time. By the time I finished Angkor, I still was not able to decide which was better, Angkor or Hampi. The one obvious difference between the two places is the size : Angkor is definitely bigger, the temples are huge and much more awe inspiring in terms of size. Hampi continues to still hold a special place in my heart even after my Angkor trip, and I still cannot decide which is better :)

The above three things more than justify the Cambodia trip for me and the trip will remain one of the most memorable vacations I have had in a long time.

I would want to make a special mention of the people of Cambodia, we had a great experience with them, very polite, non-agressive and hospitable. They speak English with a distinct sing-song tone, something you are bound to catch up within 2-3 days of your stay there :). Last but not the least, a trip to Cambodia simply cannot be complete without a Tuktuk ride, so make sure you don't miss that :)

Monday, January 25, 2010

Sixth Sense

Attempts to rationalise spontaneous behavior and activities of people, is the surest way to suppress sixth sense.

And it kills the fun associated with spontaneity as well :)

Whether the act of rationalising is right or wrong is highly debatable.

Let me just put this down as my point of view. Unjudged.

Monday, January 04, 2010

HNY 2010

Happy New Year to one and all !!!

I know am late on this, but there are 6 more days for Jan to end, so I guess this greeting still qualifies :)

Looking forward with eagerness to what this year will brings...the highs and the lows...and the fun associated with handling both.

And yes, hopefully more posts on the blog....