All for a few pennies more…

Watched Slumdog millionaire yesterday – and loved the movie. As always though the picturisation of India is on the darker side,unfortunately its so true.How the poor boy relates to the questions asked and answers are superb.

The whole movie also triggered a couple more thoughts about all the things that people resort to for a few pennies more…

Times when I want to pay-
To the old man who waits and tries to ‘help’ you park the car in place at a parking lot where there is no parking meter. Just looking at him struggling to blow the whistle makes me take out money to pay him.

To the young kids, or mothers with young crying babies who come begging at signals – hubby says that they might even pinch/hit the babies so they cry-but I cant believe it! Which mother would want to do that?!

Times when I dont want to pay-
To the men who walk around carrying pictures of various Gods and asking for ‘dakshina’-which is nothing short of begging.

To healthy kids/men/ladies (off late Eunuchs) who are just standing at the signals and are a real pain when they keep tapping on the car window, begging.

But on a cold winter night like these, when I am all warm and cosy and I know I always have another sweater/shawl extra,which is lying around unused, I feel blessed and thank God for providing me with means to a clean home/healthy food/warm clothing without too much of a struggle. At these times I really want to do something for all these people just to give them a better chance at life… But would they take it? Or are they happy doing what they are – finding the easiest way out…

How does Ipod Shuffle – shuffle?

OK A very simple question to all the regualr Ipod users out there-I’ve been constantly listening to songs on my Ipod for the past 1 month and put it on shuffle mode.

Question is: How does Ipod Shuffle shuffle the songs? Say something like all songs are considered as records in a file – then it does some sort of a sort and search mechanism to play my next song? (Bubble Sort and Binary Search?) (Hehehe Show Off!)

And If I hit the back button-it does go back to the last song it played-not some random song from the playlist…

my collegue told something about a Randomisation Algorithm and my head just reeled with the Information on Wikipedia on the subject! And IF there is something like an algorithm being used-then how does it become ‘Random’? There will be some sort of a sequence to it then??

Can someone explain this in a simple way??

Do Men get conscious?

When they are alone in a lift full of ladies?

When they are seen at lunch with 3 ladies and only man?

When they are waiting for their wife outside the beauty parlour?

When they are waiting for the wife to complete her any ‘personal’ shopping at a big mall?Especially if there are older women also who keep looking in his direction every second…

hmmmm??? I got the thought when the other day, a smart guy entered the lift in the last minute-and he was the only one among 5 ladies… He just continued to talk on his mobile,albeit the voice level did go down…

And yes-I know that Hubby gets embarassed for the last point there *eeesh* and he generally asks me to call him once my shopping is done,while he is browsing through the men’s clothes section…He absolutely refuses to wait for me anywhere near by either!

Derby In the Rain!


I was reading about Aishwarya Rai coming to Bangalore to the derby and the word ‘Derby’ and the recent rains here, made me realise that I hadn’t written about our trip to Kentucky. Ah! All the things that can trigger a memory!

Hubby’s cousin and family live in Lexington which is around 3.5hrs journey from Columbus.So, all his other cousins decided to visit us in Columbus and spend the weekend with us and visit the other cousin at Lexington too.

Let me call them Mr.Doctor,Mr and Mrs.IT ;-p (I wonder what they’re gonna call me when they read this!). Mr.Doc landed in Columbus from Boston on a cold Thursday evening in April. I was as nervous as I could be since it was the first time all hubby’s cousins were visiting AND, AND eating what I cooked!! THAT was my scare-I had to cook for 5 people and that too in-laws!
Then on Friday came Mr. and Mrs. IT when the House was full of smoke from frying chillies… So anyone can imagine the welcome I gave them!

Despite having to work Friday night,we managed to talk until 2am (except the Doc who had to drive to Lexington the next day) and then grabbed 4 hrs of sleep to start at 7am the next day to Lexington. It was a 4hr drive and we stopped at the Horse Farm.

I remember reading Black Beauty as a kid in school and had this imagination of a well built black horse… but nothing to beat the look of those well groomed Derby horses. They are so tall and so well maintained with Shiny hair.Oh my God!To just watch them-its beautiful! Unfortunately it was very very cold and raining-so all shows for the day were cancelled (bad luck for us 😦 ) We still had fun looking around the horse sheds (for lack of a better name) and admiring their size and their mane,touched them,took loads of pictures and generally froze our noses out in that cold rain. We then started from there and reached Lexington by lunch time.

Had a yummy home cooked meal-something that I didnt have to prepare 🙂 and then went to watch the Derby-in the rain! the place was filled with the ‘Bold and the Beautiful’ people who were betting huge amounts on the horses. We watched a parade of all the horses that were participating in the race that evening and then the betting booths opened. Hubby’s BIL suggested that we all bet some 5$ just for the fun of it-else it wouldnt be all that thrilling to watch the races. So, all the men went to bet while we stood wrapped up in coats over the chilly winds…

Its really an experience to watch all that energy and power-running right in front of you-I can imagine how exhilarating it will be for the rider-the wind blowing on his face and everything on the sidelines, just a passing blur…

Oh! And what was thrilling was we won!-we bet 5$ and won 36$ 🙂 for which we all bought cool drinks and pepsi. Since we had to head back to Columbus we went back home,had dinner and left by 8pm-knowing very well that by the time we would reach home it would be past midnight…with only Mr.Doc driving…

The next 2 days-sunday and monday went in a jiffy-we caught up on each others’ lives,the cousins were just making fun of each other and regaling us with childhood stories, we tried a new Mexican restaurant on sunday and I attempted to cook palak paneer – though it was Mrs.IT who did most of the cooking :-p And then monday we made 2 trips to drop off the cousins, sadly by the time Mr.Doc left I was in tears-coz it was a very memorable weekend for me and having felt lonely with no one to call “My Own” I had enjoyed that bonding over the previous 4 days…

Its only when you dont have what you take for granted – do you realise the real worth of it….

This Day…

Hubby,

This day,years ago you proposed to me. Its been 10 years now since I met you and we became friends.And somewhere down the line, the friendship grew to something more… We became a couple among the huge group of a dozen friends.Someone whom we could trust and depend on for the rest of our lives.

We went through a lot of phases together. Like you reminisced, we met when we were 19-went through the stage of completing education and doubts of what next, then came the question of entering the job market, and then telling parents and getting their acceptance-which thankfully wasn’t as tough as we had thought! and now-after 10 years of knowing each other and 3.5yrs of marriage there are so many more things we are looking forward to…

All through these,there never was a doubt about ‘US’. No matter how tough-I knew I could completely lean on you and you would take over.

So,let me just say-I feel things are just beginning for us-a new lease,dreams we had dreamt together are slowly taking concrete shape. And I’m looking forward to every moment to come. And a lot more dreams to dream together!

This is my gift to you, this December 7th. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY Sweetheart! I love you…