Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Five Things You Didn't Know About My Younger Self

Hey my blog information reads I write about anything that catches my attention and interests me.So this post would signify I pay good amount of attention to myself and I take interest in myself.

Actually I have been tagged by Parinita Shetty so I am writing about myself now.Has been long I've done that though..

1.My birth was premature so I was a complicated creature from the very onset of my descend upon this planet.And since it was premature there were a few "abnormalities".I was not as healthy and height wasn't like other babies.Describing it to me my parents had an interesting similie to use.They say I looked like a "little rat" and by no means is it in relation to my character but to my short short body.

Yeah it isn't a great comparison!

2.I had a thing for sliding down the stairs handle.Well the handle was built only after I fell down the stairs which didn't have a handle before.Apparently the athleticism in me isn't new.It continued with the building of the handle.So I would get on the handle and slide down and balance wasn't great so again I would roll down the stairs.

So much so my parents considered moving to the ground floor of the house because of my "roll down the stairs" abilities.

Also these rolling down the stairs have a mark on the sides of my forehead,I think these are 3-4stitches.So I look somewhat like Harry Potter with those marks on his head.(except his craziness..No disrespect intended for Harry Potter fans)

3.Contrary to the situation now,I was a nerd till I was in class 4.I used to come in 2nd in the class only to the bigger nerd than me Somya Verma.(Boo her! Yeah am competitive since an early age!)I remember once beating my best friend back then by a meager 0.1% and being overjoyed because I continued my coming 2nd streak and envious of that girl again because well she had topped again!

4.Me and my cousin sister would buy a "toy" every Sunday from the local store and it would be EVERY Sunday,no misses. Toys would be of various types and prices.Its not necessary that the toy would be all manly or boyish but I would look what my sister liked so it "could" be a lil girly too. And yes it was "sometimes" girly.Example:Tea Set,Doctor set and my favourite game was "Ghar Ghar". (Enough embarrassing stuff for today!)

In my defense, she picked guyish stuff too sometimes!

5.You see how kids today would hog TV and not let go of it?Be it during meals or even before sleeping? I was different back then. While all my brothers and sisters would watch cartoons and other shows. I would keep away and I've been told I would never watch TV and would prefer to read comic books.(Champak,Tinkle and others were better doses of entertainment)

Such different childhood and totally different as a grown up.*sighs*
*Goes into nostalgia*

P.S.As an ending note I would like to attach this image of me and my brother as kids and I don't know where its clicked but seems like a hill station in East of India.Probably.I looked so adorable.(Yeah modesty takes a hit sometimes!)

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Mumbai's tag of global city is hit

I am sure many of you would be aware of the vandalizing nature of MNS(Maharashtra Nav Nirman Sena) chief,Raj Thakrey and his men and seen their acts of hurting North Indian's on the reason of protecting the "Marathi Manus".

Times of India had an article running today (Sunday Times,02 November,Delhi Edition) showing how what we earlier thought was limited to political games has actually hit the mindset of the local people too.These aforementioned article bears some startling incidents which would make any Indian bow his/her head in shame and question the country's "biggest democracy" stance which we somehow are very proud of.

Mumbai: ‘‘Loud discussions have given way to whispers... that’s what’s really scary,’’ is how a north Indian techie who has spent the better part of his life in Mumbai described the new mood in the city. The divisiveness, which began as a political tamasha a few weeks ago and spiralled into violence, has begun to slowly but steadily seep into the life of the ordinary Mumbaikar. Suddenly, the man on the street is defining himself as ‘native’ or an ‘outsider’.
Whether in offices, on trains, in market places and school compounds, a sense of anxiety has surfaced. Tension is especially palpable in stressful surroundings such as a jampacked train compartment. Susheel Sukhraj, an entertainment professional, wrote in to TOI to say he had witnessed several instances of young boys being cussed on trains as ‘bhaiyyas’ and cases when rank strangers banded to turn on a fellow traveller with, ‘‘You have dirtied our city.’’
Clarifying that he himself is a ‘‘Marathi from Panchgani’’, Sukhraj says that he is disturbed by the things he sees everyday while travelling from Navi Mumbai to Andheri. ‘‘At Mankhurd station, a north Indian boy standing at the door was deliberately hit on the head by someone in the surging crowd. The man then quickly disappeared inside the compartment but continued to pass snide remarks to provoke a fight,’’ says Sukhraj, recalling an incident that took place on Thursday morning.
Even middle-class north Indians are feeling the chill. Jaiprakash, an engineer with an IT firm in Andheri, says that north Indian employees at his workplace prefer to hang out together after work and ‘‘feel odd’’ about interacting with Marathis, lest something provocative be said.
But the real brunt continues to be borne by poor immigrants — cab drivers, watchmen, daily wage earners and odd-jobs men. ‘‘On Thursday night I found an autorickshaw driver weeping at Gokuldham in Goregaon. I asked him what was wrong and he said that his previous passenger, a Marathi man, had refused to pay and slapped him when he asked for the fare,’’ says a senior media correspondent. ‘‘Then, on Friday afternoon, a cabbie told me that a young man got into his taxi at Churchgate and said, ‘‘Girgaum chal, main batata hoon. When they reached Girgaum, the man simply walked away.’’
The fallout is best summed up by Kishan Rajak who moved to Mumbai a decade ago and started working with a laundry. When he saw pictures of a bus burning in Kalyan after Raj’s arrest, the 24-year-old simply said, ‘‘This place is not safe anymore,’’ and left for UP.

If the people involved in it are reading this then be very ashamed of what you did and if you think its the right thing to do then you're very wrong.

While researching I came across an interesting blog post too which I would like to share as well.
Marathi Manus Jaaga

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