Sunday, February 28, 2010

Dissecting my Horoscope

yeah, you guessed right. It is a night-out. After a long time though. After a few unsuccessful attempts at night outs these last few weeks, I was beginning to seriously doubt myself of losing this college given attribute. Well, I have finished 'nigh-o-t out' in this particular inning.

Thought, It might be a good day to see my horoscope after a long time. (One of my pal had an interview today of an MBA college. So, he was curious to see how his week would fare. I could not help myself sneaking through mine). This is what it said:

There shall be testing times with circumstances demanding really difficult questions, which you have no option but to take or suffer more later. There may be occupational problems, but these can only be sorted out by having discussions in a gentle manner rather than adopting a confrontationist attitude which might only cause you losses. There is no doubt that you will also be getting new and extra work and you will have to make several short trips for these kind of opportunities that come your way, as these shall be useful to you in the months to come. With Saturn's position still not very favourable, you must recite the Vedic shanti mantra daily or atleast offer a part of your meals to the crows and feed black cows with fodder, that shall bring immense relief. Long distance travelling may best be avoided as chances of accidents or injuries on the road cannot be ruled out, but if you have to, recite Hanuman Chalisa before leaving home. Love matters continue to be complicated due to unexplainable circumstances.


It could not have been more worse, I imagine. Like most other things, it is easier to digest when it is broken in small, chewable parts. Isnt it?

So, lets see it...

There shall be testing times with circumstances demanding really difficult questions, which you have no option but to take or suffer more later.

Now, I want one 'testing' circumstance which does not demand difficult questions. And, what the hell it means by saying 'no option but to take or suffer more later'. Sounds like Robert De Niro is asking me to eat non-veg at gun point in a mob movie. Utter rubbish and I have no option but to shelve it.

There may be occupational problems, but these can only be sorted out by having discussions in a gentle manner rather than adopting a confrontationist attitude which might only cause you losses.

Every sane person knows, that it is always better to talk and discuss to resolve problems. Occupational or otherwise. Well, I will just say,'Thanks for reminding'.


There is no doubt that you will also be getting new and extra work and you will have to make several short trips for these kind of opportunities that come your way, as these shall be useful to you in the months to come.

Frankly speaking, I do not see it coming. Not now. Not now+. And even if it comes, I will never lose an opportunity to travel. Whether it is useful to me or not. Doesnt matter!!

With Saturn's position still not very favourable, you must recite the Vedic shanti mantra daily or atleast offer a part of your meals to the crows and feed black cows with fodder, that shall bring immense relief.

The second most hilarious part in my horoscope. I find it hard to imagine that reciting my Shanti mantra will somehow alter the speed and trajectory of Saturn so that it becomes favourable for me. Saturn is moving anyway...right? And Crows and Black cows? Come on!! I am an animal lover, will get whoever comes to me when I am having my lunch. Its just that I doubt, black cows can come to my 2nd floor apartment and crows will always find a dead dog lying in some footpath near these busy roads.

Long distance travelling may best be avoided as chances of accidents or injuries on the road cannot be ruled out, but if you have to, recite Hanuman Chalisa before leaving home.

What the F***. '
chances of accidents or injuries on the road cannot be ruled out'. Isnt it true every single second we are on the road? No need to add further.

Love matters continue to be complicated due to unexplainable circumstances.

The most hilarious part. Let me tell you what is this 'unexplainable circumstances'. I am single, so love matters continue to be complicated. And I have chance of getting a GF in this week with as much probability as finding a Polar beer in Zaire.Point Closed


All in All, it promises all the wrong things happening with me this week. But I am sure, somebody else is already having a nightmare this week. Just read in the newspaper that some one named Shiv Murti Dwivedi alias Ichadhari Sant Swami Bhimanand Ji Maharaj Chitrakoot Wale has been arrested for allegedly running a sex racket in Delhi. What a shame. He had a few lakhs 'followers' in all over India. What would they think? All these babas are just 'dhongis'. (just a point of view). I bet, he did not see it coming in his last week horoscope!!


Monday, February 22, 2010

yeah, yeah, yeah

yeah..yeah..yeah!!

I know India has failed to produce a genuine fast bowler for last 2000 years or so...
We still can not play bouncers convincingly.
We are still susceptible on fast, bouncy and juicy pitches
We are not seeing good spinners coming through the ranks.
Our ground fielding is still not best in the world.
And Our catching is such that it takes Mr Sunny to say , 'What a brilliant catch!!' if we hold on to the ball which a mere half feet to our either side. And, if it happens to be wrong side for the fielder, it immediately becomes - One of the best catches, you will ever see!!
Our direct hits are few and far between.
We are still searching for an all-rounder in the class of Kapil Dev.

Whole lot of problems to address. Dont you think?

But Guess what... we are STILL NUMBER 1.
So, if we can reach there with all this, why cant we stay there?

Monday, February 15, 2010

Two Lives: Book Review

I have just finished reading Two Lives by Vikram Seth. For those who are not familiar with the book, let me just say that it is a biography. Well, two biographies in one large thick book. But, as compared to other biographies, which you may have read, this one is markedly different in one very important aspect. We have never heard of the names Dr S. B. Seth and Henny. Have we?
We go through their life, their ordinary life, torn, twisted and tumbled and then bundled together, due to extraordinary and tragic events which occurred during their life span.

Shanti Bihari Seth - Indian,Hindu, short height, brown skin
Henny - German, Jew, tall, fair

How these two very ordinary men meet, become friends and in the due course of time, life partners and how do they cope with that shame of humanity called the second world war is the story of this stupendous book. One thing which reflects enormously from the book is honesty. A genuine desire to tell the story as it was. To deliver it to the readers with utmost sincerity.

Without describing any thing about the events that took place and affected Shanti and Henny, among millions of others, I would say that no matter how many times you have seen those Second World war movies, the book's accounts of the horror is very realistic and brutal. But what stands apart here is the account of an absolute nobody in the scheme of things who acts, thinks and survives through all.

This is an extraordinary memoir. Colossal in impact and Olympian in nature.After all, its not everybody day that one writes a biography of their great uncle.

Though my grand father lived for for all of my 25 years and passed away only recently, I never knew him well enough. I have no intimate memories of him except meeting him occasionally in festivals and marriage ceremonies. I do not remember the last time I saw him. His memory had failed him before his body finally fell. He could not recognize his sons except the eldest one(My father is the youngest). After reading this, I wish I should have known him better.

He was very old (whether he hit a century, is debatable), had lost his memory, had lost most other senses, had given up food. He was in pain for sure. So, it was good for him that he was finally relieved. Quite a lifetime for him. He saw(not participated) Two World Wars ,Jalianwala Bagh, heroics of Gandhi and Bhagat singh, 15th Aug 1947, birth of Pakistan, Indo-Pakistan Wars, 14 Prime ministers, 1983 world cup,8 children, 27 grand children and I dont- know- how- many grand grand children. Who can ask for more?

Despite such a long fulfilling life, I did not know him.Like most things while fighting fate, I was late, yet again.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Few Snaps...

I will let the below pictures talk. This is about an adventurous trip I undertook in an alien country. Alone. My destination was a place which gives a fabulous view of one of the largest waterfalls of Spain and overlooks the Valley of Orduna.

DELIKA--> Where I have to go.
BILBO----> From where I came.
ORDUNA-> Where I got off from Train.


A long Walk Ahead..


With this greenery on one side and a narrow stream of water on the other...



Through a almost dry river bed...


The view in front of me...


The waterfall. Much to my disappointment. I had imagined it a little big. Even the dozen or so waterfall all around Bangalore are bigger than this. I reached here after about 3 hrs of walking.



It was an off-season. Further, I found that I had taken an entirely opposite route to reach where I wanted to be. I was in the valley, instead of above it. You see the circle in the below photo. It looked higher standing on a tired leg. I just said,' All right then, will see you next time. Whenever that comes!!'.