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Jul 16, 2005
Ash you like it

The Ash Rai and Salman Khan tape transcripts are all over the place. As always, in anything to do with Ms. Rai, she's come out of it smelling of roses. And Salman Khan looks like the guy caught with his hand in the cookie jar.

I wonder how Ms Rai does it. Is it the combination of a Mangalorean and Scorpio mind ? Is it her steely ambition, and scheming manipulative skills ?

Look at her history. She's done a great job of seducing, using and dropping men. Ranjeev Mulchandani. Pradeep Guha. Mani Ratnam. Subhash Ghai. Sanjay Lila Bhansali. Salman Khan.

The only time she screwed up was when she walked off Shahrukh Khan's sets when a certain boorish lover of hers created a shindig there, resulting in her being persona non grata in the SRK / Karan Johar / Adi Chopra camp. In fact, she had to suck up (in more ways than one) to Yash Chopra for over two years before he gave her a cameo on B&B and a full fledged starring role in the Dhoom sequel.

Sometimes, perfection (or aiming   or needing to appear perfect) has its price. You choose the wrong man, you make the wrong career moves, you are way too smart for yourself. Where do you end up - in the papers where your lover and boyfriend calls you a 'fucking bitch' and a 'randi'.

Compare Ash with Rani Mukerji, who plodded on, did the basics right, chose the right roles, and today, Rani has the film world at her dainty feet. All sans a hint of controversy and / or flash.

Just goes to show that ultimately, its the steady performers that will win out. Determination and hard work will beat flash and glamour any day.  A Yuvraj Singh will make more headlines in the supplements than on the sports pages. A Rahul Dravid will always be a long term success.

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Apr 8, 2005
Best useless information I've read in years !

Some utterly useless ... and fascinating ... trivia. No 28 specially recommended.  Enjoy.

1) The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time were Fred and Wilma Flintstone.

2) Coca-Cola was originally green.

3) Everyday more money is printed for Monopoly than the US Treasury.

4) Men can read smaller print than women can; women can hear better. 5) The state with the highest percentage of people who walk to work:   Alaska

6) The percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28% ..... now get this...

7) The percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38%

8) The cost of raising a medium-size dog to the age of eleven:  $6,400

9) The average number of people airborne over the US any given hour:  61,000

10) Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.

11) The world's youngest parents were 8 and 9 and lived in China in  1910.

12) The youngest pope was 11 years old

13) The first novel ever written on a typewriter: Tom Sawyer.

14) Those San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments.

15) Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from  history: Spades - King David, Hearts - Charlemagne, Clubs-Alexander the Great, Diamonds - Julius Caesar

16) 111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321

 17) If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle.

If the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle.

If the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.

18) Only two people signed the Declaration of independence on July  4th, John Hancock and Charles Thomson. Most of the rest signed on August 2, but the last signature wasn' added until 5 years later.

19) "I am." is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.

20) Hershey's Kisses are called that because the machine that makes them looks like it's kissing the

conveyor belt.

21) No NFL team which plays its home games in a domed stadium has ever won a Super bowl.

22) The only two days of the year in which there are no professional sports games (MLB, NBA, NHL, or NFL) are the day before and the day after the Major League Baseball All-star Game.

23) How about this.... The nursery rhyme "Ring around the Rosy"  is a rhyme about the plague. Infected people with the plague would get red circular sores ("Ring around the rosy..."), these sores would smell very bad, so common folks would put flowers on their bodies somewhere inconspicuously so that they would cover the smell of the sores ("...a pocket full of posies..."). People who died from the plague would be burned so as to reduce the possible spread of the disease ("...ashes, ashes, we all fall down!").

24) In Shakespeare's time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes when you pulled on the ropes the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep on. Hence the phrase goodnight, sleep tight".

25) It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago that for a month after the wedding, thebride's father would supply his son-in-law with all the mead he could drink. Mead is a honey beer and because their calendar was lunar based, this period was called the honey month or what we know today  as the "honeymoon".

26) In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints andquarts. So in old England, when customers got unruly,the bartender would yell at them mind their own pints and quarts and settle down. It's where we get thephrase "mind your P's and Q's".

27) Many years ago in England, pub frequenters had a whistle baked into the rim or handle of their ceramic cups. When they needed a fill, they used the whistle to get some service. "Wet your whistle" is the phrase inspired by this practice.

28) In ancient England a person could not have sex unless you had consent of the King (unless you were in the Royal Family). When anyone wanted to have a baby, they got consent of the King, the King gave them a placard that they hung on their door while they were having sex. The placard had F.*.*.*.  (Fornication Under Consent of the King) on it. Now you know where that came from.

29) In Scotland, a new game was invented. It was entitled Gentlemen Only Ladies Forbidden ... and thus the word GOLF entered into the English language.

Q. What occurs more often in December than any other month?
A. Conception.

Q. What separates "60 Minutes," on CBS from every other TV show?
A. No theme song.

Q. Half of all Americans live within 50 miles of what?
A. Their birthplace.

Q. Most boat owners name their boats. What is the most popular boat name requested?
A. Obsession

Q. What do bulletproof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers, and laser printers all have in common?
A. All invented by WOMEN!

Q. What is the only food that doesn't spoil?
A. Honey

Posted at 08:28 pm by delhibrat
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Feb 7, 2005
Winter musings

Every morning, I leave home (for office) sometime between 9.10 AM and 9.15 AM. As I exit the gates of my colony, I usually see a group of six office goers, waiting for their chartered bus. A group of two women and four men, they seem to be pretty friendly with each other, chatting and laughing away.

This morning was a particularly dull and gloomy day, even by Delhi winter standards. Biting cold, a minor drizzle, a very high wind chill factor .... brrrr !

And as I drove out of the colony gate, I idly looked out for the band of six. Today, there were just two of them - the two ladies, shivering pitifully and waiting for their bus. No trace of the four men - presumably, the joys of a warm rezaai and a hot cup of tea had kept them away.

Yet another confirmation of my longheld belief that women have a better work ethic and are more committed to their careers than us men.

Posted at 03:03 pm by delhibrat
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Dec 18, 2004
Actors in real life

I recently read a post on Twilight Fairy's blog about the rude and arrogant behaviour of the judges on Indian Idol. My first reaction was to leave a comment ... but since I had a lot to say, decided to post my response here.

Essentially, one must never, never, ever forget that what we see of actors on screen is only 1% the vision / personality of the actor, and 99% the vision / directions of the show designers / director(s).

Coincidentally, I have met 2 of the 3 judges on Indian Idol - met with Farah Khan and Anu Malik, and never met Sonu Nigam. And let me add another person I've met - Amitabh Bachchan.

Now before all you wonderful folks get too impressed, banish the thought that I have drinks and dinner with them every alternate week and / or have their mobile numbers on speed dial. I met with all three on separate occassions for barely half an hour each, and in each case, I was in a group. But it was enough to form an opinion of each person. Confirmed by people who know these people better and have spent quality time with each.

Anu Malik in Indian Idol - rude, slightly abrasive, quite unfeeling. Anu Malik in real life - cool, casual, energetic, brimming over with ideas, a people's man, major roving eye - mentally undresses every woman regardless of shape, size and age ..... but rude ? No. Arrogant - No again.

Farah Khan in Indian Idol - rude, abrasive, zilch empathy. Farah Khan in real life - bouncy, energetic, vibrant, active, bindaas, quite a child in many respects .... but rude ? No. Arrogant ... no way.

Amitabh Bachchan in KBC .... Polite to a fault. Thorough gentleman. Considerate. Empathetic. You would be hard put to decide who was more shattered with a "galath jawaaab" - the contestant or Mr Bachchan. AB in real life - the rudest, most arrogant man I have ever met. Curt. Dismissive. Poor listener.

Ergo .... Sonu, Farah and Anu behave the way they do on IO because that's the way the show is designed and that's what the directors told them to do. And AB behaved the way he did on KBC because that's the way the show is designed and that's what the directors told him to do.

Sab moh maya hai.

Posted at 12:25 pm by delhibrat
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Dec 3, 2004
It's been a hard day's night

She's graduated from the best B-School in the country. Earns almost Rs 20 lakhs a year. Good , productive member of my team.

Lives with her husband, daughter and mother-in-law, in a suburb that is an hour's drive from office. Wakes up at 5 every morning. Makes breakfast and lunch for all, packs off daughter to school, hits office, puts in a full day at work, goes home, cooks dinner, handles all household issues (including, I would imagine, the complexities radiating out of the Big M), and turns in. Six days a week. 50 weeks a year.

How does she do it ? Why does she do it ?

Posted at 05:02 pm by delhibrat
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Nov 15, 2004
Oh Shit

Diwali weekend. Trip to Jaipur with wife and kids. Early morning start. Yours truly doing the driving. Wife carries the TOI to read on the way. About two hours out of Delhi. Place called Behror. RTDC hotel called Midway.

Oh shit. Ate too much last night. Oh shit. But when you gotta go, you gotta go.

And then you get to prove empirically what you have intutively suspected for ten years.

The Delhi Times does make for good toilet paper.

Posted at 12:21 pm by delhibrat
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Nov 9, 2004
People, Beaches and Seafood

After deep thought, I have concluded that there are two kinds of people.

CATEGORY A : They have their mobiles on ring mode, drive with headlights on fullbeam, interrupt other people mid-sentence, pick their noses, leave empty cups of tea lying around, and wear a gold chain.

CATEGORY B : Everybody else


Bored sick. Need a change. Would give my right arm to be in Goa / Mauritius / Sri Lanka / Kathmandu right now.


Lunching in 15 minutes at Swagath in Defence Colony - rawa fried surmai, prawn gassi and appams. Life's not so bad, after all.

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Oct 30, 2004
Teen Patti

Am trying to put together a teen-patti session comprising office colleagues.
Sent an SMS to about 15 potential players "Do you play Teen Patti ? ".
The responses flew in thick and fast. Yes. Yes. No. Yes. No. Yes. No. Yes.
And then one came in, "No, but I play teen patni".
Strike one for wishful thinking, male chauvinism, optimistic outlook, masochistic leanings, and suicidal tendencies, all in one pithy sentence.

Posted at 07:45 pm by delhibrat
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Oct 20, 2004
Travel Diary

Life's been a blur of airports, hotels and taxis over the past ten days. Delhi - Chennai - Bangalore - Chennai - Kancheepuram - Delhi - Mumbai - Coimbatore - Conoor - Ooty - Coimbatore, and back to Delhi tomorrow.   I am travel-weary.

A few random thoughts / observations....

1. Ooty - vastly over-rated. Dirty, over-built, lousy approach road, highly polluted with trucks and Sumos spewing noxious fumes all over the place. Not a patch on the North Indian hill resorts. Gimme Kasauli any day.

2. Fisherman's Cove : The Goa of the South. Strongly recommended - their prawn preparations available at the shack on the beach

3. KFC Bangalore food : Greasy, calorific and yumm

4. Leela Bangalore service ... sucks .... I am a peaceful man and pretty easy going. When you charge Rs 700 a plate, and the kebabs are half done - not on. When you take 30 minutes to get a glass of water, criminal. But get me a Bacardi when I ask for an Old Monk ... I draw the line there

5. Kancheepuram sarees - awesome. I saw one that actually had the figures of 50 dancers hand-woven in pure silk - and each dancer in a different pose. Was a beatiful sight, even for somebody like me who can't tell a Pochampalli from a Tangail. Too bad I could not afford the 50k it cost. The wifey made do (and was more than happy) with the stuff I got her from Nalli's.

6. The Terminal - great time-pass - but the first Spielberg movie that did not make me want to see it again. Bride and Prejudice - teaches you the joy of being focussed-  make a Bollywood movie or make a Hollywood movie. Crossover as a concept applies to dressing, not movies

7. The Jet crew have started smiling a lot more. But the Sahara service remains as impeccable as ever. Easily India's most under-rated brand.

8. I finally crossed the 30 minutes and 250 calaries barrier on the treadmill. Now, I just have to cross, downwards, the 1000 calorie meals that are key to my sense of well being. Then the needle on the weighing machine shall start to move southwards !

9. I can now eat curd rice for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

10. If I see another hotel buffet with 15 appetisers, 15 veg dishes, 15 non-veg dishes and 20 desserts .... I shall throw up.

11. Veerapan's killing was big news here ... wonder if the Delhi papers gave it any prominence beyond Day 1 ?

12. Our cab driver in Bangalore read the TOI in between ferrying us around.

13. Still have not figured out the South Indian nod - after maybe 50 trips into Chennai and Bangalore - and after dating and almost marrying a Madrasi many years ago. My final take - a nod from left to right means yes .... as long as it's also got a little vertical slant to it .... or so I think.

14. Why do people in the South have their mobiles on vibrate mode, go out of the room to take a call, talk softly on their mobiles and drive with headlights on low beam ? I miss Delhi !!!!

Posted at 11:34 pm by delhibrat
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