Archive for September 2007

When SOMEBODY And NOBODY Ramble…

September 28, 2007

RK is a very intelligent blogger. His cartoons are brilliant, to say the least. Click here to see a cartoon on two of his favorite (he didn’t say that, I made it up!) bloggers. If you are a regular here, you know who the two are.

Leave a comment there, RK likes attention 🙂 He certainly deserves a lot of praise for the perennial creativity. Thank you RK!!!

P.S: You guys should leave a comment here as well. Just because you a leave a comment on RK’s blog doesn’t mean that my comment count should come down. Fair? 😉 

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How Do You Send A Person To A Psychiatrist?

September 27, 2007

I know a person who needs help. He needs a doctor’s help. More specifically, he needs a psychiatrist’s help. Several people, including a big circle of his closest friends are aware of this. He has no mental peace, he is always restless and at times loses that modicum of sanity.

I feel bad for him. I want to help. Infact, I know a lot of his friends who would like to help. But, how do we tell him that he should go and see a psychiatrist? I don’t know if his wife understands the magnitude of his problem and I certainly hope that it is not genetic.

From what his friends and acquaintances tell me, he has at least four different problems. Primarily, he suffers from Mythomania and Plutomania, but he also has dominant symptoms of Egomania and Megalomania. I think the latter two are the main reasons for the former two. But hey, none of his friends are doctors and neither am I. So, we rally cannot pinpoint the problem.

Again, the basic question is – who will bell the cat? How do you tell a person that he needs to go to a psychiatrist, so that he and his family can live happily without any worries and tensions? I really feel bad for him.

Any ideas or suggestions? 

Twenty20 Cricket, Mashallah, Mighty Allah, and Muslims

September 24, 2007

I have to say that the Twenty20 World Cup Cricket was amazing!!! The entertainment value was overflowing. Ten of us watched the semi-finals and the finals and it was enough crowd to create a stadium atmosphere.

I never thought I would become a fan of this newest version of cricket so soon. As my wife rightly said, I think we should bid adieu to one dayers and just play twent20 and test matches, going forward.

We woke up early to watch the finals today. The crowd was loud and rowdy. Each and every guy and the only girl who was present (no prizes on guessing who the girl was!) had continuous comments and remarks on the game. The best thing about today’s finals was that the wicket was not totally flat. Bowlers certainly had a big role to play and that disproved my theory that twenty20 was just a batsman’s game.

True to their reputation, Indian cricketers made sure that most of us die hard fans had an ‘almost heart attack’ experience several times during the game. Indians just can never win without killing a few fans, can they? In the end, it was a perfect final with all the ingredients of a drama.

I was a little surprised that Sreesanth did not stare as much at his opponents today. He did have quite a few key catches. He is here to stay. Irfan pathan was awesome!!! Rohit Sharma is a good find and Yuvraj Singh has been a joy to the eyes throughout the tournament. One player who should certainly be dropped is Joginder Sharma. That dude has no idea where the wicket is and I didn’t see even a single straight ball he bowled.

One of my friends had a funny comment about Joginder Sharma. He phoned us and we asked him what his opinion was on Joginder Sharma. He quipped “I am really scared to see any person with a last name Sharma, bowling the last over”. Do I need to remind what he was talking about?

There is one incident after the game which caught our ears. When Irfan Pathan received his ‘Man of the Match’ award, he started off his comment with “Mashallah”. That’s perfectly fine. When Shahid Afridi received his ‘Player of the Tournament’ award, he started of his comment with “First of all, I want to thank the mighty Allah”. That’s fine too. People are free to believe in their religions and thank their God for the success. But, what intrigued me was Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik’s first sentence as he started answering Ravi Shastri – “First of all, I want to thank all the supporters in Pakistan and all the Muslims in this World”.  Yeah right, Muslims from Sudan to Indonesia were praying for Shoaib Malik’s team to win!!! What nonsense is that. This “we Muslims” mentality is growing in Pakistan cricket team at a super fast pace in the last decade or so. This is certainly not healthy for the World. This may seem like an isolated incident, but in the context of today’s World affairs, what Shoaib Malik did was totally wrong. I only wish I was in Ravi Shastri’s place. I had an instant response to the secularly challenged Shoaib Malik!!!

My Voice – A Blog’s Introspection

September 20, 2007

I am surprised. I am surprised that I survived for an year. I can tell you that it hasn’t been easy. For one, my boy is notorious for getting bored easily. So, it is quite an achievement that he has stuck around me for so long.

I have my moods. I laugh, I make you laugh. I cry, I make you cry. I am just grateful that all of you have been very supportive of me all through. Most of you like me and I have thoroughly enjoyed the pampering.

There have been a handful of abuses. You have poured all your anger and hatred at me. But, I will just assume that all that anger was geared towards my boy. I am really proud of my beautiful attitude.

I have been faithful to my boy. I have flowed through his sorrows and happiness. I was there to hold his hand in his worst times. In his darkest hours, all of you held the candles, I just showed the way. So, really, I am not the light, you are.

I have helped my boy to dig the past. I have made him wonder about the future. I have also made his today a very happy one. I have introduced him to so many wonderful people, and a few uncertain dangers. And to all those girls who thought and hoped that my boy was a bachelor, you must know by now that he has a wonderful wife, not to mention she is extremely beautiful 😉 

From the first person I met (Vittal) to the last person I talked with (Somebody), it has been a pleasent journey. I hope my boy won’t leave me ever. I like to be with him, I enjoy his company. To be honest, I like you all more than him, just don’t tell him that.

I love him! I love you!! The possibilities are immense!!!

Twenty20 – Jokers and Geniuses

September 19, 2007

I am convinced that Twenty20 is not for people like me. They killed a really nice game called cricket and made it a joke. These days, nobody cares for good cricketing shots, brilliant fielding and wonderful bowling. Talking of which, we should invent a bowling machine. Do we really need a bowler whose only goal in playing Twenty20 is to somehow manage to avoid humiliation?

That said, watch the Yuvraj 6’s below. All clean shots and brilliant hits. Now, this is what I call real cricket 😉 In a nutshell, this form of cricket makes a joker out of a bowler and shows the genius of a real batsman. I know I had sworn that I wouldn’t ever watch Indian cricket. Hey, but that was one-dayers 😉

Oh, and can someone pull Ravi Shastri out of the commentary box? You will be doing a great service to this World!!!

ಅಪ್ಪ ಇಲ್ಲದ ಗಣಪತಿ ಹಬ್ಬ

September 17, 2007

ಅಪ್ಪ ಇಲ್ಲದ ಗಣಪತಿ ಹಬ್ಬ, ಬೋಳು ಆಲದ ಮರದಂತೆ.
ಶುಭ್ರ ಮಗುಟ ಧರಿಸಿ ಶ್ರದ್ಧೆಯಿಂದ ಅವರು ಪೂಜಿಸುತ್ತಿದ್ದ ರೀತಿ, ಮಂತ್ರಘೋಷದ ಏರಿಳಿತಗಳಲ್ಲಿದ್ದ ಭಕ್ತಿ ರಸ…ಇನ್ನು ಬರಿ ನೆನಪಷ್ಟೆ.

ನನ್ನ ಮಟ್ಟಿಗೆ ಹೇಳುವುದಾದರೆ, ಹಬ್ಬದ ಹಿಂದಿನ ರಾತ್ರಿ ಸೂರನ್ನೆ ದಿಟ್ಟಿಸುತ್ತಾ ನಿದ್ರಿಸಲು ಪ್ರಯತ್ನಿಸಿದೆ. ಅಪ್ಪನ ನೆನಪು ತುಂಬ ಕಾಡುತ್ತಿತ್ತು. ಅತ್ತುಬಿಡಬೇಕು ಎಂದುಕೊಂಡೆ. ಅಳು ಬರಲೇ ಇಲ್ಲ, ಆದರೆ ದುಃಖ ಉಮ್ಮಳಿಸುತ್ತಿತ್ತು.

ಹಬ್ಬವೇ ಇಲ್ಲದ ಹಬ್ಬದ ದಿನ, ಮನಸ್ಸು ಮುದುಡಿ ಗೂಡು ಹೊಕ್ಕಿತ್ತು.
ಅಪ್ಪ ಇಲ್ಲದ ಗಣಪತಿ ಹಬ್ಬ, ಹಾರಲು ಮರೆತ ಹಕ್ಕಿಯಂತೆ.

Blogging 101

September 14, 2007

Here is my response to rads tag. I know I still haven’t responded to Srik‘s tag. But he tagged me when I was going through a lot of personal problems and he knows that too. I promise I will get to it soon.

I am supposed to answer 8 questions. BUT, there are actually 14 questions!!! I knew rads’ math skills were questionable. But, I didn’t realize that it was this bad. Anyway, this is like taking an exam for a “Blogging 101” course.

Q1. Are you happy/ satisfied with your blog, with its content and look?

Absolutely!!!

Q2. Does your family know about your blog?

Yes.

Q3. Do you feel embarrassed to let your friends know about your blog or you just consider it as a private thing?

No / Yes.

Q4. Did blogs cause positive changes in your thoughts?

Yes.

Q5. Do you only open the blogs of those who comment on your blog or you love to go and discover more by yourself?

No / Yes.

Q6. What does visitors counter mean to you? Do you care about putting it in your blog?

Everything / No.

Q7. Did you try to imagine your fellow bloggers and give them real pictures?

Yes.

Q8. Do you think there is a real benefit for blogging?

Yes.

Q9. Do you think that bloggers’ society is isolated from real world or interacts with events?

No / Yes.

Q10. Does criticism annoy you or do you feel it’s a normal thing?

No / Yes.

Q11. Do you fear some political blogs and avoid them?

No.

Q12. Did you get shocked by the arrest of some bloggers?

Yes.

Q13. Did you think about what will happen to your blog after you die?

No.

Q14. What do you like to hear? What’s the song you might like to put a link to, in your blog?Now that I have finished my one word answers, it’s time to tag five others. I had to think real hard since I still have Srik’s tag pending. I had to “think” which tag suited which blogger (including any reverse tags!!!). So, here are the five bloggers who need to take up this tag (strictly in alphabetical order 😉 ):

Mouna

Porcupyn

Srik

Vijay

Vittal

All of you have to answer the 14 questions, and you can’t come up with one or two word answers like I did!!!