Posted by Anantha | Posted on Friday, September 28, 2007


A correlation of events that happened with my family...

2 months ago:
When paNNu * was nearly 2 months before her due date, all our family members had started speculating whether its going to be an arrival of a prince or princess. Nonetheless, none of us were gender biased, but each of us had our own petty reasons to justify why we feel we want a prince or a princess in our family.

There lives a female palmist in paNNu's apartment. That palmist has won faith of many families in the apartment and in that locality by her almost-right predictions. paNNu's in-laws also had faith in her predictions [as far as my personal opinions go, I had observed a mysterious sparkle in her eyes every time I see her]. Unable to contain their curiosity, paNNu's in-laws sought that palmist's opinion. That female said, 'there are going to be two little lives in your family soon'. paNNu and her in-laws excited by her prediction, asked her to reconfirm whether she meant twins? Though that astrologer did not give a firm yes. She nodded and smiled for that question.

Aug 18th:
In 3rd week of Aug, aanu ** was affected by paralysis attack of left limbs. He was admitted to hospital, he had to undergo multiple brain scans. The cause was a major blood clot in the right side of the brain and there was also a minor bleeding, the root cause being the high blood pressure for all this. Though its minor haemorrhage to be precise in medical terminologies, the very word haemorrhage scares me like hell, hence i always settle with the phrase, minor bleeding in brain when I am explaining this incident to any one. The medication for clot removal had started. Doctors observed aanu for few days in hospital and said he is out of danger as the bleeding in brain had not worsened. Dr said only rigorous physiotherapy will help him regain the movements of left limbs, age factor being the hurdle for speedy recovery. aanu was brought home. He is bed ridden from then on with fair amount of improvement.

Sep 3rd:
paNNu delivers a prince on this date. The whole family rejoiced prince's birth. paNNu's in laws, my bro-in-law were all happy for the new born baby and of course for paNNu's well being. paNNu comes home with child after spending nearly a week in hospital. aanu would have celebrated the occasion of becoming a grandpa, but God had clipped his wings now. He smiled with tears in his eyes when amma showed him his grandson.

12 days later we arrange for a simple naming ceremony of prince in our home and decide to call him as Aditya.

Things now...
we look after both aanu and Aditya with same care now... we pamper Aditya and we fill hopes in aanu that he would be able to walk in near future if he picks up well in physiotherapy... we change wet napkins of both aanu and Aditya now... paNNu feeds aditya, me/amma spoon feed aanu now.. On time we give medicines for both...

While giving food to aanu the other day, a thought occurred to my mind that shook me completely. Why that witchy astrologer had smiled mysteriously and said 'there are going to be two little lives in your house soon'..??!?!?!!!!!

Had the witchy astrologer knew this......?

* paNNu is nick name for my only n elder sis.. well if u ask what it means, well umm.. it doesnt mean anything in any of the languages on earth. It just means that i love my sis very much.

** aanu is dad in Konkani

cost-ly of living!

Posted by Anantha | Posted in | Posted on Thursday, September 13, 2007


I go to cafeteria of my office. I order for a veg puff. And the chap says it costs Rs.10/-!!! One puff and 10 rupees..!!
In most of the new food counters of our tech park, all varieties of meals cost not less than Rs. 80 + vat

Other day I ended up paying Rs.75/- for two scoops of chocolate ice cream in Baskin Robbins. Forget about the brand behind the ice cream.. For me its just 2 scoops of ice cream. That means each scoop costs 35+ rupees...

I have paid Rs.250/- for a veg starter in one of the posh hotels on Church Street. That hardly contained 6-7 pieces of fried vegetables kinda.

I have instances of frnds getting the interest amount in 100s for the balance of 40 paisa that was not paid in their credit card bill.

The auto drivers never feel it is mandatory to return change less than Rs.5/-
Recently an auto driver demanded Rs.40/- from Malleswaram Rlwy station to Sadashiv Nagar. It was not an odd time or late in night. It was around 3 O'clock in the afternoon.

Why is it that we see all garments of major brands start from a range of Rs.1500/-. I have few examples of so called branded T-shirts shedding colors after the first wash. Such a pain to see coloured water draining out..

My cousin sis pays some Rs.6000/- odd for her college bus every year. This is one category of fees that loyally follows the exponential curve. She is left with very few alternatives, as it is too far to travel in BMTC and impossibly far to ride on a vehicle of her own.

When we started searching for a house for rent some time back, We were surprised to see the rent not less than Rs.6000/ for a 2 BHK house in our locality.

I have seen my colleagues cribbing about the EMIs they pay every month. Some of them almost end up paying half of their salaries. They have to continue doing it at least for next 15 yrs or so..

I don have to tell you the price of land in B'Lore.. Its no more a dream to buy a piece of land in Bangalore, rather its a nightmare

See guys, my point is this. WE ARE BEING LOOTED. I feel brand fanatic and mall culture infected ppl too deserve the credit for my rantings. But I am certainly not amongst these people who wudnt mind splurging on these things.. I find no point in shelling out such big bucks for these commodities.

All business men around us are cashing on the mentality of this category of ppl and inflicting the same on all of us..

Is it because we live in IT capital of India...? [I agree its even worse in other metros of India].

I don understand economics... I donno whether its cos of inflation..? or Is this effect of globalization on inflation... or wat ever.

Do we need to stage a civil dis obedience / non cooperation movement against all this, as Bapuji did against Brits...

When is the end for all this..?

Puns, one liners and dreadful PJs

Posted by Anantha | Posted in , | Posted on Thursday, September 06, 2007


Here is a compilation of few 1 liners, puns tried in vain and dreadful PJs cracked on runtime. Most of them popped out during the jobless nonsensical conversations/msg-chats with frnds Hemanth, Rekha, Thungs, Mali or Jagadish. These guys were either forced to laugh for these dreadful ones or were the proud owners of them.
Though the PJs served hot will taste better, I am posting them any ways... And I want to tell you all, that most of the below ones are purely original and only few are derivatives of some commonly heard PJs.

> Once in my cab we tried to play a screwed up audio CD in the equally screwed up player of our cab. CD player really struggled a lot to recognize what placed in was a CD and not a hard poori of our cafeteria. Then after a lot of analysis, it decided that it cant play any thing out of it. And displayed an error message to the hapless faces in the cab as 'ERR DISC'.
Then I said, 'To err is disc, to play is human'. It took a moment for every one to understand what enlightening words I had uttered. Few had a hearty laughter, few grinned coherently as not to show that they have not got what I said. The rest who understood made u-think-ur-smart/very-funny faces. What ever... I liked that 1 liner of mine very much.

> In a message to Mali,
Ill tell u a TERROR PJ:
'al hulema il urahi jia durem il ulehe' :)

> This is my concept of jokes adhering to OOPS.
'I override the old jokes, overload the useful ones, encapsulate the dirty ones and inherit the rich ones...'

> Mali once said she was tired of my PJs and puns, "Ohh Ananth, stop it. I am getting headcache coz of ur PJs and puns".
I replied, "k.. I have a PUNacin for you" :)

> What do u call a word thats repeated thrice?

> Wat do u call an endless repeatitions of words in Himesh's songs?

> This was a classic rated pun that me and Hemanth cracked in one of our joint developments in cab.
Khud-khushi (high-fun matters)
Sounds like the name of a cheap MMS clip with an appropriate subtitle hahahhaha

> What do u call partying by kids?

> Any song is hummable only for a humming bird

> A deserving could-be T-Shirt quote:
My life is an open book, but its encrypted

> Sleep for me is like a guest who often forgets the route to my home. He is amnesiac that explains why I am an insomniac.

> Ur not even dyslexic, ur dylexisc :)

> Another joint venture by me and Hemanth.
"We tried to decipher E=mc^2, but we did not get the RELATIVITY between mass and energy"

> Which Hindu God is called as Ardhanareeshwar?

After reading all this if you feel like banging your head... i wont object, please do that! :)