Wednesday, 26 December 2007

How good is good?

This is something I heard from a friend -
There are 2 types of good people:
- Those who will stay hungry and let you have their share
- Those who split what they have equally between the 2 of you

Its a thought thats stuck around in my mind. The first kind is not necessarily better than the second, and is probably not practical either.
The fact is, if you forgo your share you might regret it some day, and the person you gave your share to would mostly not be happy to know about your sacrifice either!

So, essentially, maximization of happiness involves splitting equally (or a weighted split depending on the need), and not sacrifice!
So move out Nirupama Roys and Tulsi Viranis!

Tuesday, 27 November 2007

Natural Highs

This one is an old forward, but it never fails to make me smile..

1. Falling in love
2. Laughing so hard your face hurts.
3. A hot shower.
4. No lines at the supermarket
5. special glance.
6. Getting mail
7. Taking a drive on a pretty road.
8. Hearing your favorite song on the radio.
9. Lying in bed listening to th rain outside.
10. Hot towels fresh out of the dryer.
11. Chocolate milkshake. (or vanilla or strawberry!)
12. A bubble bath.
13. Giggling.
14. A good conversation.
15. The beach
16. Finding a 20 dollar bill in your coat from last winter.
17. Laughing at yourself.
19. Midnight phone calls that last for hours.
20. Running through sprinklers.
21. Laughing for absolutely no reason at all.
22. Having someone tell you that you're beautiful.
24. Friends.
25. Accidentally overhearing someone say something nice about you.
26. Waking up and realizing you still have a few hours left o sleep.
27. Your first kiss (either the very first o r with a new partner).
28. Making new friends or spending time with old ones.
29. Playing with a new puppy.
30. Having someone play with your hair.
31. Sweet dreams
32. Hot chocolate.
33. Road trips with friends.
34. Swinging on swings.
35. Making eye contact with a cute stranger.
36. Making chocolate chip cookies.
37. Having your friends send you homemade cookies.
38. Holding hands with someone you care about.
39. Running into an old friend and realizing
that some things (good or bad) never change.
40. Watch ing the _expression on someone's face as they open a much
desired present from you.
41. Watching the sunrise.
42. Getting out of bed every morning and be ing grateful for another
beautiful day.
43. Knowing that somebody misses you.
44. Getting a hug from someon you care about deeply.
45. Knowing you've done the right thing, no matter what other people

Friday, 16 November 2007

Diwali 2K7

In many ways, Diwali this year was different. Just 4 days, and I was engaged in soo many activities :D

It included - watching Saaw-wariya, which apparently in Tamil means 'Come, die'. (Probably meant to be a sequel to DDLJs Come, fall in love).

Met my youngest (cousin) bro - Kabir, for the first time :)

This was also the first Diwali in the new house (after 22 years at the previous one!), which, being on the 10th storey, had a truly spark-tacular view of the city!

For a change, Nehu and I were enthused enough to make Rangoli 2 times in the 4 days, which pleased mom immensely :)

This was also the longest period spent without checking work-related mails..

One of the most memorable diwalis :)

Tuesday, 23 October 2007

Indian rail trivia :)

Have you tried booking under the ladies quota with sex set to male?
Its allowed in irctc :) And no, its not a bug..
"Male above 11 years is not eligible for Ladies quota" it seems ;)
Now I also recollect, guys under 7 or so were allowed in the Ladies room of the club where I went swimming...
Who decides these weird age-limits???

Monday, 22 October 2007


The poster -

The band -

Thursday, 18 October 2007


When I first saw this video, I just couldnt stop laughing!
So I went ahead and watched the other buffalax videos too (including the Tunak Tunak Tun video).
P.S. - Its funny how your mind agrees to the buffalaxed lyrics when you dont know the language!

40 and still dances like a dream!

Thursday, 4 October 2007

Hum to aise hai bhaiyya :D

Shreya and Sunidhi sound awesome together. First it was Imaan ka Asar from Dor, and now Hum to aise hai from Laaga Chunari me Daag.
Sunidhi sounds like the bossy elder sister, and Shreya, the younger cute one.
For a change they have both sung at a much lower pitch, and Shreya's voice sounds sweet despite that :)

Majdhaar me apni naiyya,
Fir bhi dekho mast hai hum bhaiyya..

P.S. : The generous use of the word bhaiyya in the song is quite interesting ;)

Tuesday, 25 September 2007

Loins of Punjab

No, thats not a typo for Lions. And no, it does not mean what you think it means.. Its just what Ajith was called.
The movie is hilarious.. Its one of those movies you go to expecting it to be a waste of time, and it does not live up to your expectations. Sure it has some cliched humour, but it keeps you entertained! A must-watch..

Monday, 17 September 2007

Lazy weekends at hyd..

Its been pouring in Hyd, especially over the weekends.. And I just love the climate.
Its a perfect time to laze around, and generally chat about 'Kya hoyega iss country ka?'.
This weekend, however was diferent. It was more about - cooking and cleaning the house.. About generally lounging around with a cup of coffee.. About fighting the never-ending battle with cockroaches in the kitchen.. And then discussing - 'Kya hoyega iss building ka?'
About witnessing an almost-empty City Center Mall on a Saturday evening and being all :O :O about it.. [The city moves on slowly after last weekend's collapsed-flyover incident..]
Hyd never seemed more like home..

Thursday, 16 August 2007

Faceboook fortune

``Don't major in minor things''
And what, pray, are these 'minor' things?
Chat multitasking? Sign-language for communication with bai? Being able to talk sense on phone when woken up from sleep? Acting as an RSS feed for ticket availability in PVR/Prasadz?
They arent minor enough to ignore, and not major enough to write in your resume..
But would love to master them nevertheless :)

Sunday, 12 August 2007

Weekends at Pune....

Can you believe this was unplanned?
(On friendship day that too)

Monday, 23 July 2007

The Illusionist

Seen a good movie after a long long time.. Burger tells his story with style..
Its got romance, mystery, murder, revenge.. It basically has you hooked right upto the climax..

P.S. - Somehow I like every one of Ed Norton's movies!

Thursday, 19 July 2007

Weekends @ home

The Koregaon Park Barista, has been a favourite with almost every one of my classmates.. Since Pune was at its climatic best this time, the thought of a visit to the KP Barista (set in the lush green lawns of a KP bungalow), followed by a nice loong walk along the Osho lanes, seemed irresistable..
Well, the walk happended first, but the visit to Barista, never really happened.. It seems it was shut down a year back.. :(
But apart from the missing Barista, KP seemed the same, just like it did 12 yrs back! Clean, green, calm and breathtakingly beautiful.. It was a walk to remember :)

P.S. : A weekend spent in Hyd doesnt seem any different from a weekday, but a weekend in Pune seems like a nice little vacation :)

Wednesday, 18 July 2007

Dont make solid plans..

.. make secret plans!

Read this somewhere, and in a strange way, made sense.. Made sense that one should surprise the onlookers. A plan thats out there in the open, however challenging it might seem, somehow doesnt evoke the "wow" that the completion of a mediocre, but surprise plan evokes.

So a key ingredient in success, in happiness; in professional and personal life is - an element of pleasant surprise :)

Tuesday, 17 July 2007

Shopping and cooking..

.. for me happen as an atomic unit :D Not because I am a fresh-food freak or anything.. Its just cause I invariably forget to refrigerate the sabjis in the hot-hot-hot city of Hyd..
So if one fine day cooking is on the plate, I need to go shopping for the sabjis, since the previous lot is in the dustbin..
The markets in Hyderabad are quite interesting.. Considering the vastness of my Telugu ignorance, I have to recognize the sabjis without knowing their names.. Well, before you start laughing your heads off at the previous statement, let me tell you - its not so easy to make out the leafy vegetables from each other!! I have yet not found methi, for instance.. I probably need to buy it from Pune - and take it over to the market in hyd in search of 'meri wali methi' :)
And also - find a place where they sell ready-to-make chapatis.. Or maybe even save some from lunch in office ;)

Sunday, 24 June 2007

What a trip it was..

When I came here in Jan 2007, I didnt realize this trip's going to be so long.. That I would be spending more time at the Mountain View office than I spent at the Hyderabad office..

Had a blast! Travelled like crazy.. Cooked, cleaned, worked, chatted on the phone, partied, played poker, played frisbee, had a gala time with friends...

Now heading back.. And will be back in Pune in 3 days time!!


shifted to Blogger..
What took me so long? - the need to think of stuff like "Blog title", "Blog address" and yet another Profile description :D
But here I am finally, with my favorite ID - pskalekar!
And the title shall be added when it occurs to me..


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