Monthly Archives: April 2008

IPL Effect!

This story appeared in HT Cafe on 22/04/08 and this is what i call “IPL Effect”.

SRKIndian’s are crazy about two things – Bollywood and cricket. And with both coming together this season in the form of IPL matches, which will continue till June 1, many have shifted their loyalties from their loved ones and even work, to the idiot box.

Twenty-six-year-old Ashish Sinha, recently told his girlfriend Neha not to ‘bug’ him on days when his favourite teams were playing.

And how did she react? Says Neha, “I was kind of prepared for it; I might even watch a couple of matches with him.” Unlucky few While their problem has been nicely sorted out, Sachin Kumar, a chartered accountant, will have to go underground for a while. “I’ve told my girlfriend that I’ll be doing late shifts in the office. But I’ll be watching the matches on the big screen. Women never understand these guy things,” he sighs.

MSDKashmeera Sahni, an HR executive, and her group, have come up with a special strategy “Since all of us . can’t be absent from work at the same time, we have a plan – we’ve decided on days when we will ‘fall sick’, depending on which team is playing,” says Sahni.
I ndian’s are crazy about two things – Bollywood and cricket. And with both coming together this season in the form of IPL matches, which will continue till June 1, many have shifted their loyalties from their loved ones and even work, to the idiot box. Twenty-six-year-old Ashish Sinha, recently told his girlfriend Neha not to ‘bug’ him on days when his favourite teams were playing. And how did she react? Says Neha, “I was kind of prepared for it; I might even watch a couple of matches with him.” Unlucky few While their problem has been nicely sorted out, Sachin Kumar, a chartered accountant, will have to go under- ground for a while. “I’ve told my girlfriend that I’ll be doing late shifts in the office. But I’ll be watching the matches on the big screen. Women never understand these guy things,” he sighs. Kashmeera Sahni, an HR executive, and her group, have come up with a special strategy “Since all of us . can’t be absent from work at the same time, we have a plan – we’ve decided on days when we will ‘fall sick’, depending on which team is playing,” says Sahni.

Innocence!

THE MODERN dictionary refers to ‘innocence’ as freedom from sin or moral wrong. We usually think of innocence not as a virtue, but as a so young stage where we aren’t yet aware of evil in the world. This innocence is very easily found in the young one’s and a child. The importance of the virtue of innocence is implied in Christ’s admonition: “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”

In last few days, I was really busy with my final year project, which is still not working with just over a week left for the submissions. Yesterday my project group and I headed to Shivaji Park in Dadar just to take time off from the project thing and enjoy the last days of college life and plan for a farewell blast. We were chatting in a very light mood and just crackling. The people around were looking at us as if we had just come from some mental asylum

Mumbai’s streets are a beggars’ paradise. There are more than 10,000 beggars in the city and at least 50 per cent of them are children. As we went through our discussion, a child barely four-five years old came to us. The child was just too young and was looking at us very joyfully. We asked him to sit with us. He sat very affectionately as if we had known each other for long time. In the course of the conversation, I asked him, “Tujhi aayi aani baba kuthe aahe (Where are your parents?).” He replied that they were begging on the other side of the park. My friend asked him, “You are not afraid of roaming alone?” The boy gave a firm reply “No.” Then I asked him, “Din mein kitna kama lete ho (how much do u earn in a day)?” He said, “30-40 rupaiya bana leta hoon.” My friend said, “Just imagine that he is earning 30-40 from this age and our parents have invested lakhs of money on us and we have slogged it out for 22 years and yet we are not sure where to go.” We all laughed and the boy also joined us but I doubt whether he understood anything.

The boy then asked for some money from us. I asked him to show me how much he had earned that day. He opened his packet, which carried a 20-rupee note and some coins of one and two rupees. I just took my wallet and showed him that I had only 10 rupees and he was having more money than me. The boy then checked my wallet and after a long thought, he opened his packet and said, “Maajha kadun 20 rupaiya ghya (you take my 20 rupees).” Listening to this line, we just couldn’t control our emotions and laughed once again endlessly and later we had tears in our eyes. The tears were not due to the fact that he had offered me 20 rupees but that was because of the innocence of the young boy, who despite having his life in stormy waters, thought of helping me after making sure that my wallet was empty.

The ‘innocence’ of young boy took all the stress from our faces that was there for so many weeks because of the project and other stuffs. We then got a photograph clicked with that boy and he was just too happy and gave various poses for the camera. He looked at his photos with great delight. We then had vada-pav and tea together while he narrated his tormented life in broken Hindi. After that the boy left, but I just realised what a great lesson he had taught me. Smile when you are in pain and the world is yours. The boy said that he had no problem in begging and was enjoying his life and was proud in contributing towards the family income. Sometimes you feel that there is so much sorrow in the life of the other people and yet they take life as it comes and fight it out.

Perhaps this endless struggle motivates us to do something constructive towards the society and the story is same for everyone – one with all the resources and one without any.

Never Wash Your Jeans!!

With ‘Eco-tips for jeans’ the United Nation Environment Program shows us how we can all participate in the fight against climate change by adopting good practices during the use phase of our jeans. Wear your jeans at least 3 times, wash them in cold water, don’t use the dryer or the iron. By following these practices people can consume up to 5 times less energy! By following these rules you can save 240 kwh of energy a year—that’s equal to using 4,000 light bulbs for an hour. A study by a French environmental agency on the ecological impact of a pair of jeans has revealed these startling facts.
JeansNow when me and my friends heard this news we were just ecstatic about it. What a great news it is. We at the hostel wash our jeans once in three weeks. So that means actually we are indirectly contributing to save the planet EARTH. Every time when i never use to wash my jeans my Mom will get very upset with me but now she will feel proud that her son is doing so much for the environment. In fact in the hostel it is just celebration time and we have started a competition as who will emerge winner by not washing the jeans in the entire semester!! A garment has to be maintained, including cleaning, drying and pressing, but the owner can choose how to do this!! We have our own style.

इसी को तो कहते हैं यारों का टशन …..
Moreover we never iron our jeans as well coz our IRON is always out of order. By not doing so we have given a new style of “Wrinkle Jeans” and mind you it has become immensely popular on our campus. I almost never wash my jeans and I love the way they’ve broken in. It’s my dirty little secret, but it gives great results!!
So my fellow friend if you are still washing your jeans stop it right now and save the planet.

Am I a Drunkard?

BarHey Nanhe was just continuing with his thesis when he concluded the following. This article is on Drunkards and is taken from Funny Jokes.

THINGS THAT ARE DIFFICULT TO SAY WHEN DRUNK:

1. Innovative

2. Preliminary

3. Proliferation

4. Cinnamon

THINGS THAT ARE VERY DIFFICULT TO SAY WHEN DRUNK:

1. Specificity

2. Anti-constitutionalistically

3. Passive-aggressive disorder

4. Transubstantiate

THINGS THAT ARE DOWNRIGHT IMPOSSIBLE TO SAY WHEN DRUNK:

1. No thanks, I’m married.

2. Nope, no more booze for me!

3. Sorry, but you’re not really my type.

4. Doner Kebab? No thanks, I’m not hungry.

5. Good evening, officer. Isn’t it lovely out tonight?

6. Oh, I couldn’t! No one wants to hear me sing karaoke.

7. I’m not interested in fighting you.

8. Thank you, but I won’t make any attempt to dance, I have no coordination. I’d hate to look like a fool!

9. Where is the nearest bathroom? I refuse to pee in this car park or on the side of the road.

10. I must be going home now, as I have to work in the morning.