Has to be the weirdest tag ever!

1. When you looked at yourself in the mirror today, what was the first thing you thought?
“Damn! Nalla kani…which means the day’s gonna be bad!” ๐Ÿ˜€

2. How much cash do you have in your wallet right now?
Rs 2.50…and an electricity bill for 500! ๐Ÿ˜€

3. Whatโ€™s a word that rhymes with DOOR?
Bore…that’s what tags are! ๐Ÿ˜€

4. Who is the 4th person on your missed call list on your cell phone?
I always delete miss calls from my phone…(I get those more than calls because I’m never near my ‘mobile’ phone) ๐Ÿ˜€

5. What is your favorite ring tone on your phone?
Kill Bill

6. What are you wearing right now?
T-shirt and skirt.

7. Do you label yourself?
Oh yea…am my favourite ๐Ÿ˜‰

8. Name the brand of the shoes youโ€™re currently own?
Nike

9. Bright or Dark Room?
Medium ๐Ÿ˜‰

10. What do you think about the person who took this survey before you?
Happy (she just found a job!)

11. What does your watch look like?
Duh! It looks like a watch!

12. What were you doing at midnight last night?
Sleeping ๐Ÿ™‚

13.What did your last text message you received on your cell say?
โ€œHaha i didnt even enquire. Wait by even ill let you know whether i’ve done itโ€

14. Whatโ€™s a word that you say a lot?
LOL

15. Who told you he/she loved you last?(please exclude spouse , family, children)
An anonymous sms! don’t know who the sender is!

16. Last furry thing you touched?
My hair…when I went to Chennai, my usually smooth hair became furry!! Iย  blame the coastal climate! ๐Ÿ˜€

17. Favourite age you have been so far?
7 and 8 — at Guruvayur!

18.ย  What was the last thing you said to someone?
Njaan Facebook-il UNO kalikkuaa” ๐Ÿ˜€ (means, I’m playing UNO on Facebook)

19. The last song you listened to?
Ikhtara — from Wake Up Sid!

20. Where did you live in 1987?
Thiruvananthapuram (was too young to venture out alone — I was 3.)

21. Are you jealous of anyone?
Naah!

22. Is anyone jealous of you?
Of course! Who wouldn’t be? I’m the most perfect anyone can be ๐Ÿ˜€

23. Name three things that you have on you at all times?
Bindi, dress and watch

24. Whatโ€™s your favourite town/city?
Thiruvananthapuram!

25. When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper and mailed it?
Last July — to my dad and mom — just saying I love them a looooot and that they’re the best parents ever.

26. Can you change the oil on a car?
Depends on where the oil is ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

27. Your first love/big crush: what is the last thing you heard about him/her?
first big crush: is in the USA (currently in india on vacation);
first love: am not quite sure which that was; think i should play safe and say I’m married to him ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

28. Does anything hurt on your body right now?
Nope! But it will, soon! Am gonna pierce my nose ๐Ÿ˜€

29. What is your current desktop picture?
Me n the husband ๐Ÿ™‚

30. Have you been burnt by love?
Yep — whenever I cook for the husband! ๐Ÿ˜€

And here goes: Verbivore, Ramya, Vimmu, Mahak and Smita

P.S.: Edited after Reema commented: You’re tagged too, girl! ๐Ÿ˜›

Onam’s here again…

Onams here againYet another Onam’s here — and this year I don’t get to celebrate it at all (for one year, we’re off all celebrations ‘coz granny passed away). My first Onam after marriage and there it goes down the drain! Hmmm.

All these years, when we ‘had’ Onam to celebrate, it never was a big deal for me. I used to love getting all decked up in the Kerala traditional wear, have all the relative buzzing around, have that sumptuous sadya…but well, Onam was always just another festival. But somehow, this year, seeing everyone else celebrate makes me feel weird — and guilty for letting poor Onam never get that importance and high-office! ๐Ÿ˜€

And to add to all that, the husband is totally down with fever — high temperature and body pain and all that. And I am also sneezing my way to the same condition. I read somewhere that if you sneeze too hard, you can fracture a rib; if you try to suppress a sneeze, you can rupture a blood vessel in your head or neck and die. Surprisingly, I’m still alive, and my ribs are in perfect order ๐Ÿ˜€ Hope it remains so for at least another week — because my parents are coming tomorrow! Yey! The only thing I can say about continuous sneezing is that it makes you look like a drunk, sleep-deprived Chinese! (The red eyes, small and squinted) ๐Ÿ˜€

MAVELIAnyway, yesterday a friend popped up on chat and asked whether I had a bath in the morning and went to the temple after that. Well, when I told her Onam had no religious connections, she asked me why, then, MahabalVAMANANi roams around with a “kuri” on his forehead. I told her it was the then Devas‘ and Asuras‘ version of our modern bindi ๐Ÿ˜‰

Well, Onam really has no ‘religious’ aspect about it. It is the day theย Asura King Mahabali comes up from the underworld ‘Pathalam‘, to visit his beloved Kerala and the ‘citizens’ there — a once-a-year allowance granted by Lord Vishnu . The day when all of Kerala is dressed at its best, is laden after a good harvest and awaits a grand year ahead. (The story behind all this will give enough material for 3 posts!!)

Onam, therefore, is significant in two ways…
One, it is the commemoration of the community at large and celebration of past history, the Mahabali legend; and two, it is the celebration of the harvest, tied with the memory of the golden age of prosperity. Onam is the time when Kerala is all set to welcome back its favourite King for a day of feast and enjoyment. After the monsoon drenches this beautiful state for almost all of the Karkidakam (the Malayali’s ‘dark’ month — when nothing inauspicious is taken up), Chingam walks in,bringing with it spring and auspiciousness. Chingam signals harvest, which is celebrated in the form of Onam!

This sense of joy, prosperity and merrymaking is celebrated traditionally with folk games, family get-togethers and lots of sadya. ๐Ÿ˜‰

The best part of Onam has always been the Onakkodi. People gift one-another and wear new clothes during Onam. ‘Vastra’ (dress) also stands for ‘heart’. So, new dresses signifies the ‘renewal’ of the heart with new thoughts, cleansing it of all bad memories!

Atham pathinu ponnonam… Onam celebrations start on the day Atham (the Malayalam star) falls — 10 days before Thiruvonam 3842896102_2c12cab8ca_o ATHAPOOKKALAM(another Malayalam star). A huge circle made on the courtyard, coated with cowdung (to keep the flowers in place), is beautifully decorated with flowers and called โ€˜Onapookkalamโ€™. In most houses, this is done with great mastery and ends up being a beautiful work of art!

On Thiruvonam, before Mahabali comes for his yearly visit, houses are cleaned and decorated withSADYAAAAAAA flowers and traditional lamps. A beautifully enchanting display of fireworks and lighting turns the state capital, Thiruvananthapuram, into something of a fairyland!

Sumptuous sadyas are spread on the greenest of all plantain leaves. The sadya is an important part of Onam — its the yearly feast even the poorest person in the state doesn’t wish to miss. “Kaanam vittum Onam unnanam“, they say. It means that to have a share of the Onasadya, one should be willing to sell even the bare necessity he owns! The sadya is a full course meal, served strictly in the following order: 3 pickles (ginger, lime and mango), a thoran, a kitchadi, avial and koottucurry on one side of the leaf; on the other, banana chips, banana pieces dipped in jaggery, a small banana, pappads, rice and parippu. Then follows sambar, a milk-payasam KUMMAATTIKALIwith boli, a jaggery payasam with banana, and finally, a bit more rice with pulissery, rasam and then buttermilk! (The sadya varies from district to district in kerala; this is the Thiruvananthapuram style and I know only of this!) ๐Ÿ˜€

Different parts of Kerala celebrate Onam in their own different ways: Athachamayam (a cultural procVALLAMKALIession in the royal town of Tripunithura); the Thrikkakarayappan further north; Kathakali dancers in gorgeous costumes enacting the legends in Valluvanad;. an impressive procession of elephants adorned with their nettipattoms in Thrissur, where masked dancers perform the colorful Kummattikali; the famous Aranmula Vallam Kali in Aranmula; Pulikali (Kaduvakali) all over the state..everyone has one’s own concept of Onam! And, these are but a few of the various traditional activities that are enjoyed during Onam.

The swing, one most important part of Onam, is enjoyed by everyone:ย  decked in their best, they sing Onappaattukal, swinging to and fro from high branches.

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Oh! Good ol’d Onam. I miss it sooooo much this year…and when a friend send me a pic he clicked of the lit-up roads in Thiruvananthapuram, I saw nostalgia run across the room and take a huge leap on to me! Sigh!

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Happy Onam, everyone! Have a great day today…and a graaaand year ahead — while I head off to sneeze in piece peace! ๐Ÿ˜€


Image courtesy: Google Images. In the spirit of Onam, forgive my borrowing your images; if you do not like it being posted here, put in a word; they shall be promptly removed ๐Ÿ™‚

Hybernation’s no fun…

…especially if you spend all that time being so busy you can barely spell out “Hybernation” to a kid! ๐Ÿ˜€

And I must say, I had been in one of the busiest phases of my life! Due to a persistent backpain (an injury that has promised to be with me through thick and thin, right till I reach my grave; the result of a clumsy fall I had a few years back–i tripped on my own patiala and fell on the steps ๐Ÿ˜€ ), I stopped commuting to my office (which is 13 km from home) and began working from home.

I then found another job closer to home, joined there, quit within a week and went back to freelancing for the previous company. Alongside, I found out this great website where I could write, and earn in the process (alternate income, yey!). A couple of places where I’d went for interviews but had turned down (they were all either too far, or they couldn’t afford me) asked if I’d like to freelance for them…and I boarded this roller-coaster of jobs. Officially, unofficially and as a freelancer, I now work for 5 places ๐Ÿ˜€

Though I was apprehansive initially on how to manage such diverse jobs together, well, I must admit it is fun…esp on those rare days when I have to commute to the office for special meetings — one day, I went almost halfway to the wrong place, before I figured out where I was intended to be. ๐Ÿ˜€

Anyway, though all these required me to be online full time, I must say that I never found a moment’s time to open my blog! A few days back, someone commented on my blog, saying they had a hard time figuring out my contact id, and had hence decided to put in a ‘comment’: it was about yet another job opening (which, of course, I have no time to take up)! That’s when I realised I’d totally abandoned AlphabetWorld! I felt like someone who abandoned her favourite dog for a bunch of silly cats! ๐Ÿ˜€

Anyway, with out much ado, I have come back to blogging…I will catch up on all your blogs pretty soon. And this time, I will stay — no more “i hope to be consistent” and “i hope to post regularly” and all that. Just aย  simple “I will stay”! ๐Ÿ˜€

Howdy, people?

P.S.: By the way, I love these new smileys! ๐Ÿ™‚

P.S. of P.S.: My blog turned 1 on the 13th, last month. Poor thing didnt even get a B’day bash! Lemme at least wish it: Happy Burrrrday, AlphabetWorld! ๐Ÿ™‚

Carrot-top marries Brinjal-head ;)

Quite a shocker, though!

I always thought blondes were just picturised as dumb — seems they are pretty unlucky too! ๐Ÿ˜€ Poor thing…after a 67-year-long wait, she gets ditched!

Guess some guys love being strung from the little finger of the girl. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Or maybe it was the money…it being recession and all. US being the worst hit, am sure he was actually being sensible for once. Why else would Archie marry Veronica? Betty was always the better one — sugar and spice and all things nice.

Now, wonder if it’s just a teaser…to bring people back into the lives of Archie and his gang.

I remember how crazy I was about the whole Archie business. I remember telling my mom that someday I’ll make lots of money, babysitting someone’s kid. I loved ‘chocolate sundaes’ just because the gang always had them at Pops’. But I never had them for real until years later ๐Ÿ˜€

I used to compare most girls between Veronica and Betty: and always ended up having more veronicas–because none of my friends/acquaintances knitted sweaters or cooked surprise dinners or baby-sat for a couple in the next street ๐Ÿ˜€

‘You’re worse than Reggie” or “Moose is more intelligent” were oft quoted phrases to male classmates. Some of them wondered if these were new abuses ๐Ÿ˜€ (Like the guy who thought toching a girl makes him pregnant ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

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...but looks like he finally did decide! ๐Ÿ˜€

I longed to eat hamburgers the way Jughead did. Finally, when the first pizza-hamburger shop opened in Trivandrum, I rushed to get one for myself. Sadly, I realised it didn’t fit into my mouth! Well, after all these years, I still can’t manage to eat one without messing up my face, dress and my immediate surroundings! ๐Ÿ˜€

I always thought Midge was a beauty! The way Moose hovers around her like this protective shield was one of the sweetest things. The one funniest thing I remember about Archie n Moose is when Moose decided to punch Archie and he says “Count till 10 before you hit me, Moose.” At the count of monte cristo 7, Moose gets stuck — and Archie escapes ๐Ÿ˜‰

And of course, Big Ethel! I always thought a certain friend of my best friend looked exactly like Big Ethel. And we both used to laugh our guts out whenever we see either Big Ethel or Lekha. ๐Ÿ˜€

What will Reggie do now? He always had a thing for the brunette. Mr Lodge must have had a siezure when he heard the news! Or maybe he’s dead — he was quite old then itself ๐Ÿ˜€ Or, maybe he died when he heard the news! He despised the ‘boy’ so much!

And am sure Jughead must be pissed: he never quite liked Veronica. Well, he never quite liked any female other than female-hamburgers, if there were any…but between these two, am sure he’d have preferred his best friend kneeling down in front of Betty. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Waiting to grab the first issue of the latest season in August! ๐Ÿ˜€

yey! happiness is happening!!

Very little had been happening in life to be ecstatic about — of course, I’m generally a happy soul, so it takes unbelievably lovely news/things that’ll make me feel like I’m feeling now — about to burst with happiness!

What do you think could be better than a mail (comment, in this case) from a friend you’d thought you ‘lost’, saying:

I need yu beside me no matter what(I/Yu) do, for I kno il never find another yuโ€ฆ..;)

Yey!!

Jaya, Iย  just cannot tell you how happy I am….how happy those words have made me. I had almost given up on being forgiven…and while I never expressed it much, it used to tear me apart that you’d lost that ‘connection’ with me! But now! Wow! I…I loveย  you! ๐Ÿ˜€ I am just so happy! ๐Ÿ™‚

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For all you people who gave me consolation, chided me and assured me “it’ll all be ok” when I wept about what it takes to lose a friend…here’s what she said…here’s how she forgave ๐Ÿ™‚ Yey!

Its not everyday that you get a friend who thinks like you, acts like you, eats like you, sleeps like you, talks like you and what not like you… But when you know the other person like yourself, its hard to be angry with the other person for long. But when you do get angry, its even harder to get over it…. Cos, for my wedding I dint really care about the 1000-2000 ppl who came ter (I din even kno half of them). And above all my friends it was yu who mattered the most, cos it wos yu who i told first when I went bonkers for the guy, yu wer te first person to kno when the dates go t fixed for te wedding and yu wer te first person I expected to be at my home b4 te weddin. โ€ฆโ€ฆโ€ฆ.โ€ฆโ€ฆโ€ฆโ€ฆโ€ฆโ€ฆโ€ฆBut I also know that I was tooo rude to you even though you tried a lot of ways to make it up. But I guess wot tey say bt time healing is true ย Cos I just wnt to say I am all over it now and I am reelly SORRY for being so rude. Im taking back all tat I said n yur still my best friend.
Cos like te song goes,โ€™I need yu beside me no matter what(I/Yu) do, for I kno il never find another yuโ€ฆ..;)I kno im bein a lil mushy here, but I don care.Lov yu loads diiiiโ€ฆ.;);)

I’m just so so soooo happy today, that I could even be convinced into liking Bangalore! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Yey! ๐Ÿ˜€


five (x) five fortuitous facts :)

random2Vimal tagged me a few days back to reveal 25 random facts about me; that too, right wen I’d posted something at the end of which I’d written it’s too early to write about myself. So, I’d delayed this on purpose ๐Ÿ˜€

Statutory warning : This post can be very boring; I’m already bored (because I can’t think of more than 5 things about myself…and I can’t imagine why anyone would want to know 25 — 25!! — random things about me). Whoever created this tag was bonkers! ๐Ÿ˜€

Anyway, here they are.

1. I cannot survive without music. I sing/hum all the time — all the time — and I refuse to talk to/answer anyone who tries to communicate with me at that time. ๐Ÿ˜›

2. I wear my watch on my right wrist. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

3. I hate watching movies…and the thought stifles me and messes up all my good spirit! ๐Ÿ™„

4. I will not sacrifice my sleep for ANYTHING in this world. Not even for my brother — now that says it all! ๐Ÿ˜‰

5. I’m generally confused — and can never make up my mind. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

6. I have a bad memory (I have a feeling I inspired the script writer of Memento/Ghajini)! ๐Ÿ˜•

7. I hate going to hospitals / doctors. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

8. I have the greatest stage-fright. I go into a dumb-spell if I have to face more than 3 people at a time. ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

9. I am claustrophobic. I cannot bear to be alone in an elevator. ๐Ÿ™„

10. No matter how cold a room, once I notice that all doors and windows are closed, I break into sweat! ๐Ÿ˜

11. I hate orderliness — and am most comfortable in the midst of utterย  mess and disarray; ‘Laziness’ was probably discovered after I was born! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

12. I love smileys (which is verrrry evident from this post! Sorry, Priya!) :mrgreen:

13. I love travelling — prefer train to plane; bus to auto! ๐Ÿ™‚

14. When I like a particular song, I can keep listening to it over and over and over and over and over again!

15. I’m highly unpredictable — I don’t know when and why I say what. ๐Ÿ˜•

16. I keep having uncontrollable cravings for things I do not usually like — sweets, ice creams, etc — the craving vanishes immediately after I get these things in hand! ๐Ÿ˜€

17. I cannot stand SRK, Mohanlal (since the last 5 years or so) and my grandma (oh, she’s no celeb!) ๐Ÿ˜›

18. I hate doing the dishes. ๐Ÿ˜ก

19. I believe in a superpower — but not in any particular “God”.

20. I like myself a lot (this is to ensure that there’ll always be one person who likes me, at all times!) ๐Ÿ˜‰ I love my name too.

21. I do not think smoking and drinking makes a person ‘cool’; I cannot stand such people (except for a few dear ones!)

22. I think my mother is the best thing that’s happened in my life — and in the lives of everyone who knows her! ๐Ÿ™‚

23. Palatino Linotype is my favourite font! WordPress doesn’t have it ๐Ÿ˜ฆ random1

24. I love the colour blue — but I don’t have a single dress in that colour. Since green suits me very well, I have decided to make green my favourite colour. ๐Ÿ˜›

25. I prefer incandescent lights to tube lights!

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Sorry, all you guys; but I warned you — I’m not that exciting a person! And I guess that was as random as it could get! Now, if you are tempted to take out your fury on someone, please get in touch with Vimal! ๐Ÿ˜€

P.S.: Must be the only post that started and ended with the same word — a name! ๐Ÿ˜€

Elections. Whose choice is it?

“Why vote you say? The youth make up a majority of our billion plus population, but how many of us vote? We complain about bad roads, corrupt politicians and unfair reservations, but what are WE doing about it? The first step to resolve theseย  issues is to vote.” – This is what jaagore.com says.

These statements by jaagore.com sounded lame to me! ๐Ÿ˜ก Haven’t we been voting for many years now? Is not corruption still rampant? Unfair reservations keep sifting out deserving candidates everywhere! And bad roads…well, gone today (when elections loom ahead); back tomorrow (when somebody gets the throne!). So, is voting the ultimate solution to these problems? Bah! I don’t think so.

Again, is voting a right or a duty? Nowhere does it say in our constitution that voting is a duty; it’s a right. That gives one the freedom to (or not to) abstain from it. Most people seem to think that voting is a duty, and if not followed, can lead to legal issues! Such people need to be informed that voting is a right, not an obligation/duty. They should do it after logical reasoning — and not emotional thinking: like succumbing to petty attractions (like an offers of money/property/job)!

Now, irrespective of it being a right or a duty, how much choice does a voter get? In an election where none of the candidates represent the voter or his interests, what should the voter do? Is there an option of voting for “None”? No!ย  So, the ideal/moral thing to do would be not to vote. If you ask me, in such a case, by not voting, I’m declaring that I do not find any of the candidates acceptable. ๐Ÿ˜

They say the Rule 49-O allows this. The rule says: If an elector, after his electoral roll number has been duly entered in the register of voters in Form-17A and has put his signature or thumb impression thereon as required under sub-rule (1) of rule 49L, decided not to record his vote, a remark to this effect shall be made against the said entry in Form 17A by the presiding officer and the signature or thumb impression of the elector shall be obtained against such remark.

Now, the ballot paper / voting machine has only a list of candidate names. So one who wishes to make use of this Rule will have to inform the presiding officer at the election both — so where is the secrecy!? And taking into account the number of goondas who loiter around in the area, one can only imagine what safety one would have if such a thing is informed! So, that ‘option’ becomes a joke! ๐Ÿ˜•

The e-mail doing the rounds — claiming that if the ’49-O’ votes more than those of the winning candidate, then that poll will be canceled and will have to be re-polled, and that the contestants will be banned and cannot contest the re-polling for their life time — is apparently a hoax! ๐Ÿ™„ Personally I feel a rule like this would mean a lot of national waste: considering the amount of public funds spent to conduct an election!

And what makes a person eligible to be a candidate? Why, even the post of a “stenographer” requires some minimum qualifications for a person to get that job. But any Tom, Dick and Harry can get into politics — and then lead the nation!vote-for-nobody I don’t say all leaders should be MBA graduates, but the least one can expect are candidates who have a ‘clean’ portfolio! Is that asking too much!? Along with the right to vote, people should be given the right to demand certain “minimum qualifications” of the contesting candidate!

Apparently, it’s the responsibility of eligible voters to enroll the names of eligible contestants. So, if people hate all the politicians, who is to blame for the state of affairs? The politicians or the citizens ? But for quite a few years, have the young voters had a choice, really? I mean, politics has become a family business mostly…and everyone knows who’ll contest for the next 10 years! (OK, I’m exaggerating; but even if a new comer contests, people now seem to have no faith. They still go on voting for ‘those who’ve been in the business for a while’ now.) What I mean to say is…the ‘chance’ to enroll new contestants at the grassroots level seems to be a distant dream!

Hehe…we seem to need a fresh start! Like.. lay offs in politics! Send all the existing ones home — with a nominal pension, of course! — and start afresh with younger, competent people. Who? Well, I don’t know! ๐Ÿ˜ณ

The difference between a democracy and a dictatorship is that in a democracy you vote first and take orders later; in a dictatorship you don’t have to waste your time voting“, said Charles Bukowski.

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I agree with him. I will not vote! ๐Ÿ˜€

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Now that you know what I think, let me know what you think! Tell! Tell! Tell! ๐Ÿ˜€

all it takes to lose…

Doesn’t matter how many years you’ve been friends for; doesn’t matter how many times you’ve stood by each other; doesn’t matter how many jokes sorry_13092029you’ve shared; doesn’t matter how long you’ve been there for each other; doesn’t matter how many jokes you’ve shared; doesn’t matter how many pranks you’ve played; doesn’t matter how many, many times you’ve told each other “You’re my best buddy!”. All it takes to lose a friend is not to attend her wedding!

I learnt this the hard way. May none of you ever!

P.S.:

My apologies! You’re still my best friend! ๐Ÿ˜ฅ

recession and youngsters!

Everyone’s talking of recession. Be it jobs, pay checks, a much-wanted vacation, a shopping extravaganza, a beauty therapy, a movie in a multiplex, an evening in the mall, a new pair of kurtas, a much-awaited tatoo…everything gets ‘verbally’ delayed or postponed “in this time of recession”. Apparently, even the blind man’s cut down on the choice between the blue pill and the red pill (see Comment #19) ๐Ÿ˜€ !

But how true is this??? A few excerpts from real-life experiences!

You: What a surprise! How come you are in a bus??
Friend: Recession, re! No money. Wallet’s almost empty.
You (nodding in agreement): Yea…I know. So, where you off to?
Friend: Am meeting an old ‘friend’ (winks) in CCD at 5. Haven’t seen each other in a long time. So, thought could catch up over a coffee.
You: Uh…uh. (Cafe Cofee Day’s the only place for a coffee??)

You: You sure you wanna come in my car? I thought you hated car-pooling. Friend (sheepish smile): I do. But well…one has to change with the times. When the wallet’s empty, that’s when saving becomes important! ๐Ÿ˜€
You: Hop in! Where can I drop you?
Friend: At the mall. Have some shopping…and am catching a movie with my girl! (beams)
You: Uh…uh. (Mall and multiplex??)

You: Dude, can you lend me 5k? I’ll return it in 15 days.
Dude: Jeez, no! I just bought a car.
You: What? In this time of recession?
Dude: Yea! Dad wanted me to buy a house. But what good’ll that do now,when I’m staying with them? A car’s what I need now. Helps us friends hang around and go places together. Anyway, it’s an investment. So, rather invest in somethings that’s most useful now!
You: Uh…uh. (Investment?? Car over a House? Really?)

You: Hey buddy! How’s it going?
Friend: Not too good. Mom called up yesterday too. She’s vexed that I’m not sending home any money! What does she know about recession!
You: Hmmm… but maybe you could…
Friend (cutting you short): Hey! Check out my new hairstyle! I coloured it too! Spent a fortune on it at L’oreal! Phew!
You (gaping): But you just said…well, never mind! (After a pause) Oh, it’s stunning!

recession1Has Recession hit only the Management, that hard? Because even though lay offs and salary cuts are happening, Coffee Days and Baristas and Pizza Huts and Malls and Multiplexes and Branded Outlets and Fancy Restaurants and Boutiques and Professional Salons and are all always full of people!

And more interestingly, they are always full of young people! Is there something that makes these Hargrave-types so confident of a brighterย  (financial and economic) tomorrow?

So, how many of you are saving? And how? Would love to get some tips…because I seem to be one of those indifferent ‘youngsters” (though I have no confidence in a financially better tomorrow; this is just how I am). ๐Ÿ˜€

Higgs Boson, where art thou ?

14 years of preparation. 10 billion Swiss francs. A 5-billion-pound Large Hadron Collider. A 27-km tunnel, 80 metres into the earth. Sub-atomic particles which will collide at close to the speed of light. Recreation of a bang that happened some 15 billion years ago — all this to find and arrest the Higgs Boson. ๐Ÿ˜€

Higgs Boson, it was reported, once caught and subjected to heartless interrogation, would clarify how otherwise mass-less elementary particles manage to create mass in matter. Higgs Boson would also spill the beans on the difference between the mass-less photon and the relatively massive W and Z bosons (what/whoever they are!). Higgs will probably also give in and tell us why gravity exists!! I personally feel that Newton’s lineage should press charges against Higgs: for having kept gravity a secret and causing the famous apple to fall on that famous head — Higgs has no idea how many students have been struggling for ages and cursing Newton (and his lineage), since then! ๐Ÿ˜›

Anyway, on 10 September 2008, sub-atomic particles (who apparently claimed to know and could recognise Higgs) were sent out in search of him into an LHC tunnel. But within a short 10-day period, Higgsย  Boson’s sub-atomic friends created chaos within LHC!

The court, which had been ready to meet in a month’s time for the verdict, was adjourned. The sub-atomic friends will have to be subjected to intense counselling and made to understand the need to be disciplined and find out Higgs Boson’s hiding place — psychologists say they will need time till September 2009 to achieve this!

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Can you see? Can you? Can you? ๐Ÿ˜€

Higgs Boson, notoriously known as the God Particle, has been in hiding since time immemorial. The secrets it hold are believed to be in tremendous demand by the scientific world. Long, long ago, Higgs Boson apparently set off a bomb somehow: the big bang that resulted out of the explosion is believed to be the source of all (good and bad) that has been happening in the world to this day! Leaving the ‘good’ aside, this Higgs Boson is being made accountable for all the ‘bad’. Well, who knows, if the good outweighs the bad, Higgs Boson may even become another ‘big bang celebrity’!