Sunday, October 29, 2006

Overdose #2

Why? Why? Why? Why? Why?????

Friday, October 27, 2006

A Daily Dose of India #5

After a week of Diwali merriment, thoughts turn to a more tempered approach to food intake [die, yet]. At the top of the list is that Creamy Layer* (viscosity TBD) - hardly surpirising, since India has long been obsessed with cream and its clarified version, ghee. Yavat jivet sukham jivet/ rinam kritva ghritam pibeyat (Be happy as long as you live/ Drink ghee even if you have to borrow for it). As one can see from the Sanskrit saying, support for the [die, yet] attitude is often not forthcoming - internal joint lubrication by the milk fats being one of the many justifications. Also, since what results from the fat are 'delicacies', there is no danger of being grossed out, is there? In due course, however, the interaction of the obsession with the [die, yet] attitude leads to doubts. Fat/no fat. Skim/2%/Low fat. Cow/Buffalo. Good fat/ bad fat. Saturated fat/non-saturated fat. Trans fat. Progressive [f]at/non-progressive [f]at. Forward at/ Backward at. Forward/Backward/the Other Backward/the forward Backward/ the backward get the picture?
....Ah! creamy layer.

* Main Entry: 1cream Pronunciation: 'krEmFunction: nounUsage: often attributiveEtymology: Middle English creime, creme, from Anglo-French creme, cresme, from Late Latin cramum, of Celtic origin; akin to Welsh cramen scab, crust1 : the yellowish part of milk containing from 18 to about 40 percent butterfat2 a : a food prepared with cream b : something having the consistency of cream; especially : a usually emulsified medicinal or cosmetic preparation3 : the choicest part : BEST 4 : CREAMER 15 a : a pale yellow b : a cream-colored animal
**Main Entry: 2creamFunction: verbintransitive verb1 : to form cream or a surface layer like the cream on standing milk2 : to break into or cause something to break into a creamy froth; also : to move like frothtransitive verb1 a : SKIM 1c b : to remove (something choice) from an aggregate 2 : to furnish, prepare, or treat with cream; also : to dress with a cream sauce3 a : to beat into a creamy froth b : to work or blend to the consistency of cream c : to cause to form a surface layer of or like cream4 a : to defeat decisively b : WRECK c : to hit with force : SMASH
***“the correct criterion for judging the forwardness of the forwards among the backward classes is to measure their capacity not in terms of the capacity of others in their class, but in terms of the capacity of the members of the forward classes. If they cross the rubicon of the class of backwardness, they should be taken out from the backward classes and should be made disentitled to the provision meant for the said classes” Indian Supreme Court Expert Committee (1993 report)

Thursday, October 26, 2006

A Daily Dose of India #4

[Times of India, Page One]
....wading through a cacophony of advertisements, random celebrity news and a whole load of cricket trivia, one occasionally finds an "issue". The chai and Gluco biscuits are momentarily forgotten....

Monday, October 23, 2006

Eid Mubarak and Happy Diwali!

Yeaaa for firecrackers, fireworks, halwas, biriyani and movie-marathons somewhere in dhaka and ahmedabad !!! and yeaaa for let's-drag-my-neighbour-out-and-give-him-a-hug !!!

Thus ends the
month of fasting for the Muslims. And the Hindus celebrate the festival of lights. There's celebration back home!
wish I was there... :-(

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Overdose #1

While watching the Aus-Eng match, I realised I saw more of SRK than cricket. Tons of ads of course - BCCI milking the cash cow in full view - and an absurd number of them with King Khan in them [apparently he has made commercials fo more than 25 brands]. Here is the list as I remember:
Hyundai Santro (automobile)
Compaq Presario (Laptop)
Pepsi (soft drink)
Lux International (soap)
Videocon (mfg. of home appliances & electronics)
Tag Heuer (watches)
Omega (watches, again)
ITC-Sunfeast (biscuits)
Navratna (Talcum Powder)
Clinic All Clear (Anti-dandruff shampoo)
Airtel (cell phone plan)
Freedom Topper (Motorcycle)
Sona-Chandi (a.k.a. Gold/Silver) (Multi-Vitamin)
....can't remember anymore.
On being asked the products that were on his wish-list as the Endorser, King Khan scratched his head through his lissome tresses and pouted his pouty lips and replied: probably Shikakai and Chap-stick. aaarrrggghhh!

Saturday, October 21, 2006

A Daily Dose of India #3

Daily evening sessions over a drink...this evening's was spent reminiscing political satire & irony. One said Stewart, the other said Laxman.

Friday, October 20, 2006

A Daily Dose of India #2

Good Parking Karma - when one never runs out of parking space.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

procreative racial deconstruction*?

* Bulworth (1998): " All we need is a voluntary, free-spirited, open-ended program of procreative racial deconstruction. Everybody just gotta keep fuckin' everybody 'til they're all the same color"

finally - a dog.

DOG under a cart of marigolds.

the martians are coming!!!!

...and leaving their poo behind, too!

Sunday, October 15, 2006

they smoke, they drink wine, they eat divine cuisine...

"This is France... and our rights and our freedom are guaranteed by our Constitution. These people must be free to do as they like - and as you can see, they like to smoke" - waiter in smoky restaurant
disclaimer: the author realizes that she began talking about the French. however, she takes no responsibility for being distracted by Omar Sheriff.

Friday, October 13, 2006

... when tiny things happen a million times

"The journalists kept pestering him: 'What is this programme? How dare you think that something that works in Bangladesh can work in the U.S?' It was in this context that Clinton said, 'This guy deserves the Nobel Prize.' "

Dr. Yunus and Grameen Bank of Bangladesh wins Nobel Peace Prize, 2006.
It's a great, great honor!
... When tiny, tiny things start happening a million times, it becomes a large thing. It lays down the foundation of a strong economic base. With women participating in building this economic base, it becomes the foundation for better social and economic future ...
In the future the question will not be, "Are people credit-worthy", but rather, "Are banks people-worthy?"
bank that started off with only $27 in 1976, now has 6.6 million borrowers, of which 97% are women. Even beggars are eligible to get Grameen loans, without interests. The micro-credit schemes of Dr. Yunus was introduced in different countries all over the world [that included the Clintons introducing it to some of the poorest communities in Arkansas, in the United States].

happy pictures of the win!

Big win for Small Things

The Nobel committee continues its rampage of making-news: Muhammad Yunus and Grameen Bank of Bangladesh were awarded the Peace prize. A true pioneer - his bank gives loans without collateral, relying on a system of trust and honor - he has done more to fight poverty than all those Bono jeans at Gap. As of May, 2006, the bank has 6.61 million borrowers, 97 percent of whom are women. With 2226 branches, the bank provides services in 71,371 villages around Bangladesh. A truly deserving recognition.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

La cité des enfants perdus

Anyone looking to lose themselves in an engrossing fairy-tale world will be richly rewarded.
and now it is Madonna's turn...much ado about adoption.

going, going..and still going!!!

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

my soul is horrible. where can i get a new one?

i am told i have never experienced a rose.
on the one hand i am offered a sonnet on the experience of a rose, and on the other a rose itself (for a price, of course). the first offers no guarantees, but lists a number of awards it was awarded - probably for invoking a rose better than any other sonnet on a rose. the second, also offers no guarantees, but claims authenticity through being a global phenomenon: pure, fresh and inevitably patented as The Rose. what both do offer is the potential to get what i want by directing me to what i should be wanting....

Sunday, October 08, 2006

satisfaction guaranteed, daily

Initially this post was going to be bemoaning "satisfaction guaranteed... or your money, quizno sub or love-longing back" advertisements. Because seriously, at what level of instant distaste does one return a half-eaten sandwich/sub? Or does the dissatisfaction build up with every bite - in which case what happens if that stage of return arrives after the sandwich is fully consumed? Of course, one can go on to extraxt meanings of goods-and-customer interaction, the making of the mass market or shopping customs...ummmm, no thanks. Ironically, in a parallel tab, I was searching for a book supposedly banned in India, to take home to India. Only vaguely remembering the title, I soon found that instant satisfaction in googling my way through it.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Fall is here...

One Small Iced Mocha...$3.24
One Fossil Handbag...$40.00
Fall mornings at Diedrich's...priceless.

Friday, October 06, 2006

Slow News Day...

Something strange about the headline "World's Youngest Person Born"...

Thursday, October 05, 2006


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...and so, it finally happened!
Thursday morning internet surfing at work leads me to the "On Notice" random generator. Totally brilliant!

Sunday, October 01, 2006

kidult cult

...there are 400 ways and more to be a rejuvenile, be with one or identify one, depending on the severity of your intimacy-issues and your stuff-syndrome. [just remember, at the heart of it all you may find a GGB]. Here are a few:

ps: you know you are a rejuvenile if you clicked on every single image and giggled helplessly, and then did that all over again, and then googled more rejuvenile stuff....


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