Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Tagged !!!

I got tagged a new format from Morbus so here goes.

1. Pick out a scar you have, and explain how you got it.

I've a scar on my forehead. It doesn't look like a scar anymore. I got it when I fell as I was jumping from the bed to the sofa and so on.

2. What does your phone look like? List your reasons to buy it?

I own a Motorola V3i. I liked the sleekness of that model and also the fact that not everyone knows how to play around with that phone and check my messages, pictures, videos etc :).

3. What is on the walls of your bedroom?

A mirror and a note I keep reading so as to retain my sanctity

4. What is your current desktop picture?

Picture of my 2 nieces Arya and Aditi. I never seem to get enough of them !!!

5. Do you believe in gay marriage?

Nope. In fact I am amused when I see gays and believe me in this country there are lots of them.

6. What do you want more than anything right now?

A consulting position has been on my mind on the job front, but if that’s too high for you, I can settle for a blackberry phone !!! :)

7 . What time were you born?

11:15 PM on a Friday. Pushed my sister away to get out first and hence technically I am the elder one.

8. Are your parents still together?

Yep. They will be till death does them apart I am sure.

9. Last person who made you cry?

My mom. She has that funny way of making those tear glands work overtime.

10. What is your favorite perfume / cologne?

I like Brut, but honestly anything that is light and has a mild perfume to it is fine.

11. What kind of hair/eye color do you like in the opposite sex?

Hair: Black
Eye : Reddish brown big eyes J!!

12. What are you listening to? Why?

A mal song called “Ithale Veru”. Why?? Cause its got simple lyrics and great music!!!

13. Do you get scared of the dark?

Well. It depends. I'm not scared of dark when it's not dark around me!

14. Do you like painkillers?

They should be banned actually. They give Pain”Givers” like us a run for our money !!!. Well actually I don’t know I don’t like taking medications unless it’s required.

15. Are you too shy to ask someone out?

I don’t think so. I have asked and have been privileged to host them too :).

16. If you could eat anything right now, what would it be?

Umm it has to be the awesome Onam sadya I had back home.

17. Who was the last person who made you mad?

My friend A#$%. For playing mental games with me …..

18. List one habit you have that has the potential to annoy people?

Umm, I photograph/ take video's of my good friends without their knowledge. Needless to say some of them are pissed when they see them :) !!!

19. Who was the last person who made you smile?

My nephew. At 4 months his smile is what you would call the “million dollar” smile!!!

As is the rule, In return I tag Ms Canada, Vidya, Sue and Ancient Mariner !!!

Saturday, September 01, 2007

A New Beginning !!!

The initial few days and I cant seem to understand what the “Ohh wow you are in ___“ exclamation is all about. I mean I can hardly figure out what am I doing here in the first place leave alone see the silver lining.

To begin with things are pretty much different from what’s it like back home. For starters I have to do the following

  • Get my math right. A dime, quarter, nickel etc are all valuable change so learn to do a quick math and figure out the loose change you may require especially if you are like me and cant drive to save your life. To top it all the public transport here doesn’t give you change (Apparently it’s for safety reasons and if you ask me, yep anything is possible in this country)

  • Learn to drive, I wish I could bike to office but then who in this part of the world bikes unless they are crazily stupid or filthy rich or are auditioning to be a part of MTV roadies and such (theatrical) reality shows…

  • Be good at conversions. As I said earlier the math part pounds, stones, miles, rocks err whteverrrrrrr.

  • Being polite. I guess I always am and my brief stint in UK helped but then too it’s not surprising to find strangers wishing you a good day, thanks etc at any point of time.

  • Learn to sift through the vast amount of information. E.g. to buy milk, I had to distinguish between low fat, low calorie, organic, vhl, dhl, fedex (not really, I am being sarky here) kinda milk. Just gimme some damn milk for god sake, I don’t care if it’s from a cusp between a bull and a cow, I just need some god damn milk yaar….
  • Drinking water is available right from the kitchen tap and also tissues are used for everything. Right from mopping up after a spill to swap a dish dry to cleaning the table to you know what (something too gross to write actually)

  • Sizes are large. So kiss medium/small sizes good bye. This explains why the 20 year old rookie in office is twice my size and can crush me with a single punch and I always cribbed back home that tee’s I like even in those fly by night malls are too tight across the chest for me. Here one tee I would buy can double as a coat, a long john and also a blanket for me…..

  • Expect paper work and no you are not exempted cause you work for a fortune 5 firm, or you dad happens to be the president. Everything needs documentation (read state ID, license, Student ID, NGO id etc). Which reminds me while in UK, I was refused entry to the club where I worked as the bouncer felt I am underage when I was actually 23 years old. I finally had to call the bar manager and ask him to bail me out since the bouncers wont let me in spite of the fact that I was in uniform.

  • Get used to order and calmness around. Back home we wont cross the parking lot without being cautious since we never know who can mow us down next but out here the silence kills me, I really wish there were lotsa people and sounds around me for a change….

Well now that I am already in I might as well soak in the experience. In any case I belong to a clan (fraudulently of course) whom you can find even if you happen to land on the moon and woe betide me if I show them down !!! :)