Monday, September 05, 2011

The End

“What you need to know about the past is that no matter what has happened, it has all worked together to bring you to this very moment. And this is the moment you can choose to make everything new. Right now.”

I don’t know what Anonymous had gone through to write that. But I believe her/him. In a world where I have been doing everything in my power to get rid of my past, and start anew, Google suddenly decided to help me out last night, by disabling my account, with no prior intimation or reason. Just like that.
Just like that, the past eight years had disappeared into thin air. My blog no longer existed. There wasn’t the slightest trace of it to be found anywhere.
I panicked.
I cried and mourned the demise of a dear friend, this blog.
This blog has been by my side for over eight years now. It’s been there through the good and the bad, specially the bad. I’ve changed, and it changed with me. At times when all seemed lost, when I was alone, the blog was there, making sure I was alright. It’s been ignored, it’s been forgotten about, but it bid its time, waiting patiently, always there when I returned. It’s been an outlet for all my frustrations, my sadness, my joy. It’s been my most loyal friend, in the worst of times.
My account was restored, and my dear friend was returned to me.
My dear blog, you’ve had a long and tiring life.
Thank you, for always being there for me.
I think it’s time you finally rested.
I think it’s time for me to finally let go of all that was my past, and celebrate all that I have now. I’m scared, petrified might be a better word, because I’m not sure of what lies ahead. But I am sure of what I want, and I can only hope that life can find it in itself to give me that one chance.
To start anew.

Friday, August 26, 2011


The bulb flickered. The rain smashed against the windowpane, the force, alarming, the noise, deafening. But the silence was worse.
She looked at her flickering shadow on the wall, and realized the temporariness of its company. She hugged her knees tightly to herself as she shivered in a corner on her bed. The bed that sometimes was the most comforting place in her life, and sometimes was nothing more than a plank of wood disguising as comfort.
There was no trace of sleep in her eyes. It wouldn’t come. She didn’t even try to invite it.
She felt a hot sting in her eyes, and inhaled sharply. The noise disturbed the silence, dissolved in the rain.
Her mind rushed to the safe haven it had once known. The place. It knew the place so well. It had been there so long. It had been safe, protected, defensive. Nothing could ever hurt it in that place. Nothing could ever reach her.
She wasn’t sure when she discovered the Place. But she had, and she would visit it often. It was tempting at first, the nice numbness, far away from reality. The lack of emotions. The clear distance from love. The Place looked after her. She trusted it.
But the Place was a prison, one she simply could not escape from. And she didn’t really want to. There was nothing out there in the world to make her want to break out. It was never worth it. People didn’t know about the Place, until it was too late. And all the while, she stayed there, safe, protected like a a little baby protected by her mother.
But life, and fate, eventually caught up with her. She saw a helping hand extended towards her, and she realized how stifling the prison really was.
And she cried.
She cried like she hadn’t cried for years. She cried emotions, feelings, love, and sadness. She let them engulf her, drown her, resurrect her. And she ran. As far away from the prison as she could. Far away to never ever come back, to never let go of her helping hand.
She rocked slightly, as she crouched in one corner of her bed. Back and forth, back and forth. She felt the sting in her eyes. She felt a trail burn down her frozen cheeks, as first one, and then another tear rolled down. She felt the pain cut deep into her. The prison was destroyed, forever.
She smiled.
And waited for the doorbell to ring.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

In the Eyes of the Beholder

This blog post goes out in public interest. To share a horrifying experience I recently had in Delhi. It takes me all my will to come out and write about it, but I know that out there, there have to be other girls, who have gone through the same nightmare as what I faced recently.

This is for all of you, just to let you know, you’re not alone.

The trauma of entering a beauty shop.

I don’t know how many of you are familiar with what most beauty shop set ups are like, at least the ones I’ve been to in Delhi Lajpat Nagar market and such. One shop, with a counter which extends straight inside, with salespersons (or in my horrifying case, all salesgirls) dedicated to different kinds of products, starting from shampoos to lip balms to cosmetics to finally the last counter: the rather embarrassing lingerie collection (where you can find everything from the stringiest thongs to the stretchiest tummy tuckers. But that’s another blog post some other time). What this store structure essentially means is, that you have a narrow passage way to navigate, cross all counters till you find the correct counter for your need, with only one door: the entrance, and more importantly, the exit.

Now on a usual day, these shops are packed to a suffocating hilt, with kids running around asking their mums about lipstick, women haggling over shampoos, and embarrassed husbands trying to keep their gaze away from that rather enigmatic last counter. Now these are the good days which simply require you to follow a simple process:
  1. Breathe in
  2. Enter shop
  3. Locate correct counter and salesperson
  4. Fight a few aunties, kick a few kids, reach the counter
  5. Ask for product
  6. Receive product
  7. Thrust money at the counter
  8. Get out
  9. Breathe out and thank God for still being alive

And that’s the process I went over in my head before I entered the beauty shop near my home in Delhi, recently.

I took a deep breath and entered the store.
And it was empty.
And there were four saleswomen.
And in unison, their eyes suddenly rested on me.
I was sucked in before my brain could go from step 1 to 2.
“Yes Ma’am how can we help you?”
I…erm…wanted a kajal…
“Sure Ma’am, right here!”
I turned towards the three different counters which chimed up the last line.

Now I do not have a complete recollection of what happened next. It is but a blur. The doctor said something about selective memory as a defence mechanism of the brain against trauma.

I do vaguely remember my arms being pulled out on both sides. And then I remember feeling a lot of random liquids and brushes and pencils being tried out on my skin.

And suddenly, I found myself the subject of a group discussion, much like the ones I hated throughout my placement season in college. Now, if you have ever participated in a GD, you would realize that every GD eventually has certain kinds of people...

The one who starts the GD, and lays down the basic problem being dealt with:
“Ma’am, you have really oily skin!”

And then the one who isn’t really satisfied with the introduction, so he redefines the problem and tries to point out a new angle:
“Ma’am, so many pimples!!!”

And then the problem-solution guy. This is the person who will point out another problem altogether, and give a solution to the same. So he’s the all rounder you hope to recruit. He has a problem, and he has a solution, just not necessarily the one you wanted to discuss to begin with:
“Your hair are so frizzy, you need this leave in conditioner.”

And then the few who really don’t know what to say, and will try their best by piping in one or two not such important points and repeating earlier said points in the hope to get noticed:
“So many black heads on your nose!”
“But as I was saying, that’s because of oiliness.”
“Arre can’t you see all the pimples?”

And the concluder, who aims at getting the maximum points by summarily summarizing all points not necessarily his own:
“Yes, so in conclusion I would like to say, that a very pimply specimen with crazy frizzy curly hair has just walked into our shop. The root cause of her predicament seems to be oily skin, caused probably by bad food habits and an unhealthy lifestyle, or just a really really late attack of puberty. We have of course, by way of this highly unproductive and also a bit insulting discussion realized that the best course of action is to bombard her with a list of beauty products which will probably cause her skin to break and fall off by the time she is 30. Thank y…”

And finally, the one guy who never lets a discussion conclude peacefully, and always comes up with a point at the absolute last minute, causing the almost tamed discussion to go into a tizzy:
“Ma’am, some weight reduction lotion?”

That was the last straw. That was when I banged my bag down on their scratched glass counter and finally looked at them with a stare meant to murder, resuscitate, and murder even more cruelly all over again. My words cut through them like the knife of a brutal butcher who loves his work a little too much. By the end of my five minute monologue, there was fear, there were tears, there was enlightenment. The poor ignorant souls had been introduced to the concept of inner beauty, and their lives had been changed forever.

Sure. Or at least that’s the way I like to remember it.

What I did do was pretend to get a call and run out of the store.

  1. There are some things that can manage to cause an even lower self esteem than Cosmopolitan magazine.
  2. Multi-purpose chemists are rather awesome, specially the ones that sell kajal.
  3. Pimples eventually do go away. I think.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

The Week That Was...

In one week, I bought 2 dresses, 3 belts, 1 pair of pants, 1 shirt and new shoes. This was after I thought my shopping for the year was done and over with. You have to be a girl to understand the kind of pleasure that brings. Or maybe a closet shopaholic guy.

In one week, I travelled comfortably all the way across town to watch two movies.

In one week, I stayed as dry as possible and walked in the rain. By choice.

In one week, I’ve had chicken omelettes, sausages, juice, special scrambled eggs, innovative French toast, sautéed mushrooms, marmalade, cranberry, pineapple and mixed fruit juice, chicken barbeque steak, chicken curry, butter chicken, chicken biryani, pahadi chicken, Caesar’s salad, tequila chicken, pesto chicken, Philadelphia cheese cake, New York cheesecake, Merci, Toblerone, and extremely gooey chocolatey cake. This isn’t even the whole list. I know. Like wow.

In one week, I’ve worn my favourite pair of pants to work every day. Might sound gross, but it made me feel nice.

In one week, I’ve realized I’m comfortable, warm, nourished, the recipient of a lot of affection, have belief, a fragrant life and can now document all these memories ;)

In one week, I’ve realized just how special my friends are.

In one week, I have been happier than ever before.

In one week, I saw life just the way it should be. Always.

Words cannot possibly do justice to this one week.

Because that’s how super-amazingly-ass-kicking-awesome this one week was.

Thank you.

P.S. At the end of the week, through all the happiness, I somehow firmly believe that my flight got delayed yesterday cuz all my extra weight caused the jet to lag (getit?? getit???? Oh come on!)

P.P.S. Ok, fine, so I added the 'P.S.' just to try out my awesome joke. Hmph!!!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

When the World goes Round

Over the months I realize that I’ve fallen into one lazy rut. I wake up just in enough time to get ready and reach office on time. I work. And then some more. I sail a few seas. And I go to sleep. Late. And wake up just in time to get ready and reach office on time.

Believe me, I’m not cribbing. Life is rather perfect right now. Just like this.
But one thing that this routine routinely misses out on is reading the newspaper.
Blissful ignorance it was, as I learnt today.

I did pick up the newspaper after long. And this is what I learnt:
  • The economy and stock markets are scary terms, again.
  • London is up in flames.
  • Juhu is black.
  • Mumbai has potholes.
  • Delhi is scary.
  • TOI has decided it’s ok to use random abbreviations in headings (fgn, oppn, really?)
  • We are apparently still obsessed with how Jennifer Aniston’s heart was broken by Brad Pitt.
  • Rakhi Sawant is asking Sonakshi Sinha to follow her special diet.
  • There is yet another Blackberry in this world.
  • Aarakshan is still in controversy.
  • There are mutant rats that just won’t die.
  • And some usual cricket crap.

You know what I want? I want to wake up, and not have to start my day depressed. One day, I think I’ll start a paper which has two parts: the happy, and the sad. Want a chirpy morning? Here’s the nice sunny section which tells you how awesome your country is, how the weather is amazing, how the education system is improving, how opportunities are growing, how amazing the T3 airport is, how inspiring some people and their stories are.

A little further in the day, ready to face the real brutal world? Here’s the section that tells you that you might lose your job, trip over potholes, get raped on the street, feel fat over not following a Bollywood diet, and come back home to super ninja rats with kung-fu moves, which are apparently immune to poison. Oh, and some usual cricket crap.

Whatsay? Any takers?

P.S. No offence meant to the usual cricket crap lovers.
P.P.S. If tomorrow, I do see a happy-sad paper in the market, I will hunt you down and sue you.

Friday, August 05, 2011

But it Rained.

Sometimes, just sometimes, it should rain.
Sometimes, just sometimes, you should get drenched to the bone.
As the rain hits your skin, little determined needles with just one passion in life,
To break you.
To break your resolve, your belief, your tough exterior.
Sometimes, you need the rain.
To take away the shock, to let you feel the pain.
To reach into the darkest side of you, and wrench it out in slow graceful moments.
To remind you, that suffering is important.
To make you understand, that at this very moment, you are alone.
In the dark.
In the rain.
And then to softly caress each part of you.
To tell you it will all be alright.
That you are not alone in the downpour.
That this is but a test, for everyone.
To wash away your tears, for they are but worthless in its sea
To show you, that there will be a sun.
That at the end of the road is a dry haven.
That you’re not a fool for believing.
To give you hope.
To let you love.

Thursday, July 21, 2011


He came into this world
A little bundle of joy
He looked around impatiently
And waited for her to join

She came into this world
Farther this world round
She basked in his love
And waited to be found

They grew up in two corners
Knowing deep in their hearts
They were meant to be together
Existing far apart

Somehow they always knew
Somewhere they were meant to be
But in the name of growing up
Mature was he, and she

Years passed and so did dreams
Of destiny love and fate
They chanced upon each other
Too little, too late

Why did you take so long? She asked
Where were you when I cried?
I was waiting for you right here, he said
Waiting the entire time

Why didn’t you wait for me? He asked
Why did you give up?
You were a figment of my imagination, she said
It was time to grow up

As fate shone down upon them
Victims of their own belief
This world claimed many a cynics
And drowned them in its grief

But two souls brought into this world
Meant to be, meant to be
Lost faith and yet found each other
And made their own destiny.

Sunday, July 17, 2011


There’s no other word for it. Because I can’t describe it. I just can’t. I’m feeling something, I don’t know if it’s an overload of something, or a void, suddenly cracked open, left for me to leak out of slowly, undetectable, unavoidable…
So here I am, using my blog for what it does best, to think. Here are the thoughts in my head, right now, at this very moment, and in the few moments that have led up to this moment:
Are you a hypocrite, if you have spent your entire life rebelling against control, and suddenly not only willingly succumb to it, accept it, but ask for it?
Is hypocrisy bad?
If your priorities change in life, is it really that big a deal? Have you changed as a person? Or have you finally grown up?
The small brown round things in my oregano, are they some kind of seed, or dead bugs?
How long have they been in there?
Would it really have been so difficult to have spotted them before I polished off my generously garnished meal?
Why did I choke on my medicine?
Why do I find it impossible to hold down a thermometer using my tongue?
Why did I break the thermometer?
Why does something as poisonous as mercury look oh-so-pretty on the bathroom floor?
Why did the last five thoughts and events occur in a span of five minutes?
What has the maid been using to cook, when there seems to be no cooking oil in the house?
Why do I suddenly feel emotions? Why do I like it?
Why am I so happy? Then why do I feel so sad?
Why am I suddenly homesick?
Why does the ship feel lost without its Captain, even if it has been safely anchored?
Why do I actually know the answer to each of the above asked questions, and yet, still ask?

Thursday, July 14, 2011

This post does not have a title because I am sad and have an attention span of a nitwit

I cannot remember the last time I wrote a cohesive story, and hence I am sad.
Actually, that’s not true. I’m in general sad, not necessarily because of the lack of ability to weave a lie.
Actually, I’m not sad. Just Blah.
Not too blah though. I cooked yesterday. And I’m still alive. So technically I should be looking at this world as a second chance at life right now, no?
Ooh…raindrops! For a moment there, I thought I’d never feel you splash on my face again. And again. And bloody hell, again.
Ok, so I realised I’m reading too many random blogs nowadays. Do you have any idea the huge number of blogs that become popular just because they write small random un-intelligent things which apparently the world’s population identifies with and replies in tiny witty comments to as well? The amount of pressure to make sure your opinion is funny is enough to fry the crap out of you. And you spend your day wondering what’s so awesome about that writing. And then you can’t write.
So I think I need to restrict my reading and stop reading blogs which use incorrect grammar, sentences smaller than my Tamilian friend’s name, and euphemisms and non-sensical crap disguised as wit. It’s clearly affecting my writing. Not only do I suddenly have nothing to write about, my basic attention span while writing has gone down to that of a nitwit.
Oooh, that reminds me, while reading the works of Franz Kafka yesterday, I realized that he was diagnosed with Schizoid Personality Disorder, which dear Google explained was this:
“Schizoid personality disorder is one of a group of conditions called eccentric personality disorders. People with schizoid personality disorder also tend to be distant, detached, and indifferent to social relationships. They generally are loners who prefer solitary activities and rarely express strong emotion.”
And for a bit, I truly believed that this universe had an explanation for me. But then I pushed Google a little further, and the following was thrown up at me:
“They tend to choose jobs that allow them to work alone, such as night security officers and library or laboratory workers.”
Phew! So I cannot possibly be a Schizoid. Nice to know that most poor security officers or librarians or lab workers are though. See anything wrong with that sentence? No? Hmm. Must be something I ate then.

P.S. Don’t worry Mum, I’m just joking about having a disorder. I don’t think anything major is wrong with me. And if it is, it will one day be discovered, and then after years of scientific research be named Shively Personality Disorder. Cool, no? No? Oh, ok.

P.P.S. I don't mean any disrespect towards people who do suffer from Schizoids. I understand it is a serious disorder, and I wish you all well. Specially if you're spending your time reading my blog.

Friday, July 08, 2011

If you are in any remote way responsible or linked to any of the below mentioned things, it might be best to stay out of my face.

Yes, I know, I suddenly have a thing for awesomely long sentences as my post headings.
Yes, it’s one of those days, where you want to be really really positive, you dress up nicely for office, slick down that one last strand of astray hair, and step out right into pouring rain, ankle deep muck, and no autos.
Yes, it’s one of those days.
And you’re the lucky person who clicked on my blog link.
So, if you are in any remote way responsible or linked to any of the below mentioned things, it might be best to stay out of my face. Just repeating the heading. For the slower ones. The following is a list of things I simply can’t stand:
  • People who think asking questions is their birth right
  • Stereotypes.
  • People who believe in stereotypes.
  • Bad grammar
  • Gossip. Not the girl. She’s rather entertaining.
  • People who see beauty in every freaking thing. I’m sorry, that puddle of stinky dirty water, is a puddle of stinky dirty water. And now that it’s all over your clothes…oh wait, it’s still a puddle of stinky dirty water.
  • All sentences that end with 3 of these:    <3 <3 <3
  • Dear people without brains, ssshhhhhhhhh!
  • Dear Mumbai Autowala, while I won’t even try to go into trying to understand where in this city you might agree to go, please, a humble request from the soaked girl standing in the rain, don’t make a face when I tell you a certain place I need to go. It’s not that bad a place. It might not be as hot and happening as where you wanted to go…but…sorry...I didn’t meet your expectations. I’ll try harder next time.
  • Dear Nosy people, sooner or later, you’ll catch a cold.
  • Public loos.
  • People who treat the world like their private loo.
  • People who should’ve been born four centuries ago. And grown extinct.
  • MCPs.
  • Women who prove MCPs right.
  • Back-stabbers.
  • Dumb back-stabbers who get caught.
  • Actually, I can live with the latter. They’re dumb. It’s not really their fault then, now is it?
  • Being judged. Yes, I finally went past boredom on this one. I’m just plain annoyed now.
  • Being used. Can’t remember when this happened last, but if it did, it would deserve to be on this list.
  • Being replaceable. Hmm.

Actually, I don’t have that many things on my list anymore. This year is going rather well. The rain hasn’t bothered me as much. I love my work. I love the people around me. I have more support and love than I could ever imagine possible. I’m not half the cynic I used to be. I’m not a borderline depressant, and you don’t need to worry if something’s happened to me just because I didn’t blog for some time.
But it’s just…one of those days, you know?

 <3 <3 <3

Saturday, July 02, 2011

Why Living Alone is a Must for Everyone at least Once in their Lives

Yes, the heading of this post is kinda long. And not very intelligent. I toyed with the idea of putting up a witty heading, a random heading, a completely vague heading, or a heading which throws you off track. But here it is. Exactly what I’m going to write about. Just the way it is in my head.

Why living alone is a must for everyone at least once in their lives:
  • You understand the concept of rent. Unless of course you’re one of those lucky spoilt brats, who happen to have a house in every city, or happen to have a rich uncle who happens to have a house in every city in the damned country. Or if you’re a gujju. Then the above is by default.
  • You realize for the first time in your life just how bloody expensive cheese is.
  • You fall for the Big Bazaar discount trap at least once. And you only realize it at the end of two hours, an overflowing shopping cart, and a slightly bugged cashier who just had to repeat your bill amount to you twice after seeing a big “Huh?!?” splashed in bright red colours across your face.
  • Plumbers, electricians and maids suddenly become a very very important part of your life.
  • You understand the entire point of a frost free fridge. Sadly you understand it only once it malfunctions. And floods your kitchen. And all the Big Bazaar food shopping of that week.
  • Sodexho coupons become your secret love affair.
  • The iron wala becomes this elusive fairytale character you always endeavour to catch, and mostly fail to lay your hands on.
  • The house parties you were in love with in your student days, now come with an additional after party: the next day. This day is spent cleaning up spilt food, broken glass, random passed out people...
  • Remember how your mom always asked you to clean your room? And you groaned and thought in your head “What’s the point? It’s going to be like this again soon! Plus, I know exactly where everything is”. Well, as it turns out, there is no threshold limit of dirtiness in your room. You can go on piling clothes on every horizontal surface humanly possible, until the cupboard is emptier than the room. But be warned, there will be a day, when you’re running late for office, with one of the most important meetings in your life early in the morning, and you will not, I repeat, will not be able to find any clean underwear.
  • You finally understand why your mom encouraged you to buy clothes during sale season, and shut up the rest of the year.
  • You finally understand why your dad got furious about leaving the lights and fans on in the house when they weren’t required.
  • You suddenly discover the joy of Mc Donalds happy price menu.
  • You eventually grow sick of Chicken McGrill.
  • You cook.
  • You get overjoyed by the edible mess on your plate. You wonder why people crib about cooking. This is the first time you tried, and you managed to make some pretty yummy mess.
  • You cook again the next day.
  • Then you skip a day, because well, its ok, every alternate day of cooking is still healthy.
  • Ok, so every weekend you’ll make something good.
  • Or once a month.
  • And then you realize how hot it is in the kitchen.
  • Hello maid!
  • The oil suddenly starts getting consumed at a super fast speed, vegetables do tend to disappear, along with some chocolates from the fridge, and the food isn’t like home, but there’s food every day. You're happy.
  • But then, you see the maid cutting your vegetables on the floor, because apparently it’s easier than using the chopping board, and the clean kitchen counter.
  • Bye bye maid!
  • You realize the paucity of good maids in your city.
  • You realize what happens to bathrooms if not cleaned very regularly. Let’s not get into the details of this one.
  • You know how there’s always a blob of icky hair on the drainage cover in the shower? You know how you always saw it at home, but did nothing about it? You know how if you did nothing long enough, it used to magically disappear? Well, guess what. It doesn’t any more.
  • You find yourself organizing things in your head, figuring out timelines of the electrician, maid, plumber and Big Bazaar, draining out the fridge, restocking it with limited cheese, and cleaning your room, well, once in a while at least.
  • You find yourself proudly showing off your home to your Dad.
  • You find your Mom mentioning how she now knows you can survive on your own now.
  • You grow up.
  • find a flat mate who has gone through the above mentioned process and grown up.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

A Walk in the Clouds

The rain
To hurt
The wind
To uproot
The clouds
To blur
The view
To daze
Your love
To live.

Friday, June 17, 2011

For the Love of Shoes

It’s funny how the smallest things in life can turn into ordeals for some. Shoe shopping for example, has always been something I look forward to, and something that makes me cry.
It’s almost impossible to find the perfect shoes that you set out to hunt for.
Kinda like men, dontcha think?
Oh well.
Anyhoo…shoe shopping has ALWAYS been a task for me. Some simple things I wish salespersons would keep in mind:
  • Am I looking for shoes? In a shoe store? Jeez! That’s a tough one. Let me take a moment to think about how to answer that in a correct and precise manner.
  • No, you can’t help me. Because you can’t carry my feet around and push them into shoes, you know?
  • No, just because you thrust that shoe almost up my nose, doesn’t mean I can appreciate its prettiness any more than when it was sitting on the stand looking ugly.
  • I’m already 5’6”. Try not to make me over 6 feet tall, if possible.
  • I know my feet are big. Pointing to the men’s section does not win you any brownie points. Well, you know what they say about men with big feet… Oh wait. That doesn’t apply here, does it?
  • When I say I wear a size 39, try to trust me. Don’t get me a 36 and ask me to trust you. Especially when your plans for the next two minutes involve shoving my foot into a casket too small for it.
  • The purpose of my shoes are to keep my feet comfortable. I don’t need to be able to see my reflection on them. That’s what mirrors in loos are for. Or up someone’s skirt. That’s what the Delhi perverts are for.
  • Oh you think they’re perfect? Buy them then na.
  • Try not to look at my bathroom slippers to judge whether I’m worth your time or not.
  • Try to not frown because its 21:01 when I’m helping you meet your month’s target, ALDO bitch.
Yeah, ok, so I have a bone to pick with a certain ALDO saleswoman. But that still doesn’t change the fact that shoe shopping can be a pain.
But in my experience, you also happen to find the perfect pair when you least expect it. When you were just ambling along with a friend who’s going frantic looking for shoes. Or when there are two minutes left for the store to close, and the saleswoman is breathing down your neck. Or when Aliens attack, and in the last few moments of life, man’s most exquisite creation presents itself to you, in your size, and the colour you wanted…
But you do find them, when you least expect it.
Kinda like men, dontcha think?
Oh well.

Saturday, June 11, 2011


Mumbai monsoons. That damned season of the year. It’s back again. Early apparently. How sweet of it.
It’s raining cats and dogs outside right now. Cats and dogs. Funny phrase. I wonder what would actually happen if it rained cats and dogs. A lot of yelping and screeching, I think.
Saw the latest X Men last night. Oh speaking of superpowers and movies, I remember the time I went for the most boring movie on the planet with some friends and Morrison turned to me in a crucial scene and asked, “What’s your superpower?”. First time I met Morrison. And I didn’t know my superpower. Of course I also didn’t know that his name wasn’t Morrison till like a year later. I did find out that he could fly under water, though.
Oooooh, and I’m in love. With my new umbrella. It’s dark blue, with little white hearts, and a white frill at the end. No no, don’t adjust your glasses, lil nerd, or your lenses lil-nerd-in-hiding, you read right. A blue umbrella with hearts and a white frill. Yup. It’s the cutest gift ever. And it’s mine….my precious! <3
Did you know that if you find a fly in your food in Mainland China, and don’t make a fuss about it, you get a free starter? And a membership card? Next time I plan to swap the fly for a dessert. I'm sure the fly won't mind.
Ooooh, I could do with some nice dessert just about now.
I miss Nirula’s HCF. Gooey chocolatey bliss.
Blah, now I miss home.
In the past one month, I have had Iranian food, Kashmiri food, Mughlai, chopsuey, food cooked with love, and food cooked by me.
Ok, so I might have lied about the last one.
In the past one month, I have not looked at the weighing machine.
I forgot what I wanted to write about. I’m forgetting so much nowadays. Should start writing them down.
I want pweetty shoes.
Yes, I’m talking like a girl.
Yes, I’m restless and in a random mood.
Congratulations, Einstein.

Blood Bath

Ever felt
In the back?
Right through the heart?
Ever wondered
How it would feel?
You sharpened the knife?

Saturday, June 04, 2011

The Cho Cha!!! – Two in One

It’s been some time.
It’s been a few busy weeks.
It’s been two chopsueys.
Yes, I got lazy.
Here’s two in one.

The challenge is simple.
Random tiny Chinese Restaurants.
One American Chopsuey.
Every week.

Location 1: Fat Kong (Santa Cruz)
Location 2: Ordered in, Gyoza Banjara (Andheri East)
Order: Chicken American Chopsuey
One put too much of everything.
The other too little.
Too much tomato, too much ketchup, too much sugar.
No sugar. No ketchup. Nothing.
But both were enjoyed.
With company.
Because, while it does spice things up, prove theories, make you believe…
You have to admit,
Life isn’t just about chopsuey.
Strange Love.

Friday, May 27, 2011

The World Moved On

He woke up nice and early
Smiled up at the sun
Skipped a step
Hummed a tune
But the world moved on.

He stumbled on the pebbles
He sweat in the heat
He reached out for the world
He cried out in need
But the world moved on.

Clutching onto his courage
Head held high
He got up and proved his worth
And shone into the sky
But the world moved on.

When his world came to a standstill
When all seemed too far gone
When redemption was no longer an option
The world moved on.

The stars now shone too brightly
The sun no longer fair
He crawled under a rock
And hid beneath his layers
But the world stopped.
And stared.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Bippity Bopp

Wake up: With my phone alarm
Shower: With a mirror
Breakfast: With a newspaper
Office: With a laptop
Conversations: With a messenger
Thoughts: With a blog
Food: With a weighing machine
Exercise: With a video
Interact: With a busy messenger icon
Enquire: With Google
Find your way: With GPS
Lose it: With a whim.
When all Life needs is a series of beeps.
When human interaction is redundant.
When all you need is a touch.
And you get it.
Life’s good.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The Cho Cha!!! - Part 3

The challenge is simple.
Random tiny Chinese Restaurants.
One American Chopsuey.
Every week.

Week 3
Location: Stomach II (7 Bungalows, Andheri West)
Order: Chicken Schezwan, Chicken American Chopsuey, Fresh Lime Soda, Iced Tea
I know, Stomach??? Doesn’t sound too appealing by its nomenclature now does it? But my suggestion…swallow all critical raised eyebrows and step into this place. It is absolutely completely worth it.
The restaurant is lively, to say the least. They were running at full capacity on a Monday night. The place is small, but colorful, with no dingy lights or dragons hanging anywhere. No pseudo chinki waiters, no pseudo chinki uniforms, nothing to remind you that you’re sitting in a supposedly authentic Chinese restaurant. It’s as Indian and normal as it gets, with no pretenses, and well, a few chinki jokes on their menu thrown in. Oh well, what to do. We are Indians. We are like that wonly.
So when the Captain suggested the restaurant, I was rather skeptical at first. Oh wait, I haven’t introduced Captain till now, now have I? Dammit… *drum rolls* Captain is the original, pure and better form of Shreya. The supposed non-screwed up form, but that is still to be verified over time. I’ve known him forever. In fact, Captain deserves much more space on this blog and a dedicated post, but that will come with time. Till then, ladies and gentlemen, kindly put your hands together for the debut appearance of Captain on this blog! *holds Applause cue card*.
Haan, so where was I? Oh ya…I was skeptical. Not to mention tired after a really long day. BUT…The schezwan chicken was good. The fresh lime soda, perfect…not over or under saturated with sugar. And the iced tea…it was….wait for it…..actually tasting of tea!!! I’m sorry, but a place which actually makes its own iced tea, and doesn’t use Nestea powder, definitely gets brownie points from me!

Which brings us to the main stuff. The chicken American Chopsuey. IT-WAS-GOOD.
  • Sweet, but not in excess
  • Right amount of gravy-noodle ratio
  • Right thickness of noodles
  • No pieces of tomato
  • Right amount of vegetables
  • Non-sunny egg
  • Perfect quantity
  • Heavenly

Oh, that’s another thing, you can choose between small and regular quantities. Small of everything was absolutely perfect for us. And cheap too.

So my final words of wisdom for Week 3:
  • Not everything is the way it looks
  • Sometimes Indian aint that ghastly
  • Pretense usually is though
  • Originality and flexibility count like hell loads in my head
  • Food always does manage to set the mood for the day ahead
  • A better version of me is possible
  • The Captain knows best

Oh well…until next week!
P.S. Plan to step out of Andheri next week for the challenge. Any suggestions?

American Chopsuey trivia of the day: Chopsuey comes from the Cantonese term 'shap sui' literally meaning 'mixed small bits' or 'odds and ends'. 

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The Cho Cha - Part 2!!!

The challenge is simple.
Random tiny Chinese Restaurants.
One American Chopsuey.
Every week.

Week 2
Location: The Golden Fork (Oshiwara)
Order: Chicken sweet corn soup, American Chopsuey, fresh lime soda, Thums Up

So now this place looked tiny and dingy from the outside, making it the ideal next stop for the Chopsuey Challenge. On entering though, it seemed like a pretty decently done up restaurant with nice little lampshades (highly tempting to steal for home), and two waiters. I should probably not include the furnishing and the waiters in one sentence, but believe me, there was good enough reason to do that.
The order was taken fast enough. We were starving and thirsty, and specially asked for the drinks to be brought in immediately.
We waited. And waited. The hunger made the wait seem longer, but I do think they were on time with the food.
But that’s the problem.
They got the soup.
No drinks.
We called the waiter and reminded him about the drinks. Now here’s a problem I seem to face with a lot of waiters. They start nodding halfway through your sentence, and suddenly their eyes are glazed and concentrating on the kitchen door or a table on the other side of the room, and you know you’ve lost them. So while the waiter heard “Fresh lime and Thums Up”, I’m really not sure whether he heard what to do with them.
So we waited.
The soup was removed.
No drinks.
We called waiter number 2. Who nodded after the first two words itself, and headed back to the main door. Not his table. Not his headache. Clearly.
The food came.
No drinks.
We concentrated on the couple behind us who were trying to concentrate on each other waiting for their food and drinks. We wondered if he was aerating the drinks himself, however gross that sounds.
And then he emerged, victorious, our knight in shining armour, with a tray full of drinks for all the tables.  A collective sigh of relief went through the restaurant. The supposed bar was finally open. The fresh lime was placed in front of us. The Thums Up was shown to us, then slid out from right under our noses and displayed on top of the cupboard, for us to drool over, while he served fresh lime everywhere else. I could half imagine Akshay Kumar doing a super dive across the restaurant for it, but alas, us mere mortals, sat there and waited in-stead.
The sweet corn soup was standard, so was good. The chopsuey itself, I don’t really feel like writing about. It just wasn’t right this time. The noodles were a little too thick. So eventually, in-stead of the tangy-sweet taste of the sauce, all that was left was the floury aftertaste of the noodles. As for the sauce itself, it wasn’t sweet, and that turned me off completely. Just a few things that I wish Chinese restaurants would keep in mind when making American Chopsuey:

  • It is supposed to be sweet. Sugar is one of the ingredients.
  • It is not supposed to have chunks of tomato in it.
  • An omelette on top is usually a better topping than a sunny side up egg, specially when the yolk starts leaking all over the chopsuey. But that’s more of a personal preference, so I don’t hold that against anyone.
Overall, the chopsuey wasn’t to my liking.
But that’s ok, not all chopsueys can match up to perfection now, can they?

American Chopsuey trivia of the week: Did you know that you’ll barely ever find American chopsuey in the Chinese restaurants in America?