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Posted by Sowmya:) on August 28, 2008

Happened to overhear this totally wierdo conversation between 2 ladies at a restuarant as I sat waiting for Sri. The entire conversation happened in Tamil. But we have a national / international audience  😉  hence the translation. Those of you who know Tamil can replay the conversation in your head in Tamil. Its so much more funnier….

Note -This was a couple of days after Friendship Day

Lady 1 -So how is your daughter doing?

Lady 2 -Oh my God! You dont know what happened last week.

Lady 1 -(all excited at the familiar scent of gossip) What? What?

Lady 2 -My daughter wanted to buy friendship bands. Imagine! What has the world come to?

Now I was also oh-so-curious as to how friendship bands could endanger human civilization. I shifted my chair closer and listened. Dont roll your eyes. Sri was late and I was bored. Calls to 3 friends proved futile. They were all busy. This was all the entertainment I could have. So I LISTENED

Lady 1 -What? Really? (She was half confused, half outraged though not knowing why so)

Lady 2 -Yeah! She said she wanted friendship bands for some of her girl friends who would have some for her.

Lady 1 -Oh ok. (crestfallen that the scent did not lead anywhere) So what?

Lady 2 – What are you saying? First she will want to tie friendship bands to girls. Then there will be boys who want to be friends. Then she will have boy friends (flash of the obvious huh?). Then she will fall in love and run away with one of them.

Lady 1 – (earnestly, now completed coverted) Right Right. Well said. We should not allow our daughters to fall for these kind of modern things. Good that you told me. I will also check on my daughter.

Lady 2 -I told her clearly if she is so interested in friendship bands, she can tie all of them on my wrist. I will be your friend is what I told my daughter. (You should have seen that proud mother look on her face). No way will I allow ‘all those kind of things’. I have this huge responsibility and will do full justice to it.

God help those poor little souls who, from what I understood, are all of 10. And here her mom is already imagining her running away and getting married. Gosh!!! Trust your little girl. Thats how you get to be her friend. Not by forceably gettin some f*****g friendship band on your wrist. Grow Up!


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Musical journey

Posted by Sowmya:) on August 27, 2008

Okie guys n gals tighten your seat belts as you prepare to take my musical journey with me through the past 20-something years…..

Though I did train in classical vocal music, I always did and still believe that I am no good in it. But I do like to listen to music….various kinds….mostly anything goes but there are these certain special days / times when I either go all weepy and listen to sad emotional heart wrenching stuff or go all chirpy and listen to dance numbers. And of course, dance along!

My musical journey is characterised as much as my gadgets as the music itself.  The first property I owned, which was mine, only-mine-and-if-you-touch-it-you-will-die mine was a Philips walkman which was my 12th birthday gift from mom and dad. It was a base model with no other add-ons like radio or even recording for that matter. But I loved it with all my heart and slept with it….as in, I listened to music in bed and drifted off to sleep, dreaming of Grammy achievements. Those were the days we came one month EVERY year to Chennai for summer hols. We were probably the only ones who actually visited Chennai in summer but nevertheless. Then Mr.Gopinath had not yet arrived on the scene and you could still buy a house with flight charges for 3 to Chennai. So the 4 of us travelled by train…….mom, bro, my walky and me for all of 24 hours. I remember my special handbag for walky and cassetes abound. I won the battle of the top berth as quickly as I could against my bro so that I could retire in peace to listen to walky dearest. Mostly the music I listened to was the current Bollywood hits, Tamil music sometimes and carnatic music rarely. Remember Tu cheez badi hai mast mast, Gupt Gupt, Do dil mil rahe hain, Dil to pagal hai, Tujhe dekha to yeh jaana sanam, Tanha tanha yahan pe jeena the most of those times. Dunno why but I never got introduced to rock, pop and their relatives at that phase of my life.

Walky stayed with me for around 10 years. What? Exchange it for a fancier model???? Husshhhhhhhh He may hear you. How rude can you get? I did not even throw out the box it came in and religiously kept it inside the box everytime with the earphones in the seperate ziplock topped with the manual after a hard day’s work. Walky usually accompanied me everywhere I went -be it the local kirana shop, college or any place which involved a more than 10 minute travel time. One of my innovative one liners of yore was ‘The only man in my life is my walkman’. Loser? Well, yeah pretty much such. But Walky, I love you, still miss you.

Then came this ‘travelling with people’ phase in my life and also Walky was old and could not move about so much. Walky retired to his Blue cardboard box in which he had stayed for over 10 years to relax, take life easy and spend time in quiet soltitude. Most of my music happened during travel. So essentially travelling with people meant not much of musicing. But then some things have to be sacrificed for a lift in an AC car to chill in the Mumbai traffic and music was on its way down in my life. We did switch on the radio but our chattering always drowned the RJ and his tunes.

Then came another gizmo-gadget in my life…..my mobile phone. Imagine, you could talk to anyone, practically anyone with a phone, while travelling. So I did. The initial excitement lasted for over a year. Then we got used to a mobile being just that. A mobile. Not some magical apparatus which can shorten miles and make people (h)ear on will. Then some time later, we even had blasphemous thoughts of it being a nuisance until FM was discovered. My mobile became my musical partner and jumped stations on hearing the RJ’s voice and stopping only when melodious tunes were at ears’ length.

I did not get my dose of one thumping latest dance number backed by a soulful Kishore Kumar / Rafi melody. FM did not think much of oldies which were never played during prime time i.e. travel to office time. So I was treated to latest hit after latest hit after which I could have hit the RJs for the pounding it caused to my head. I really dont remember much songs from this phase of life…..all were the touch and go variety.

For a very brief period I had a 520MB MP3 music player. When I think of it today, I wonder why? Whatever made me buy it? Obviously I did not know what fate had in store for me……..

Then brother dear finished his education and got a job…..how does this feature in my musical journey? Well, this event singularly altered the course of my musical journey in ways it never could have been. We have an ancient custom at home….started by me actually. I celebrated the ‘first’ everything. First training program, first job, first day on the job, first day of vacation, first day of study leave, the works! So it was bro’s first salary and gifting was in order. He got me this ultimate gizmo of my life……..till then. My very own 30GB video enabled iPod. Yipeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

Music grew and grew and continues to grow till today. In a brif interim phase I stored like 20 songs on my then very funky phone and had to delete one favorite to accomodate the other. But 30GB…..ha! you mere mortals with 1 and 2 GB capacity…dont come near the Queen of iPods. As on date I have exactly 1513 songs on my iPod which, hold your breath, occupies a mere 3 GB. A tiny speck……just 10% ha! This lack of space constrain led me to explore other kinds of music……currently I am listenin to Pop & Alternate Rock. I must say, interesting!  

So why I am doing this musical post now? Well, iPod dearest has been in hibernation for about 6 months now…….roughly translated as my time in Chennai. Obviously he had more adjustment issues and needed some alone time. But now, iP is back! Yesterday I clothed him and he was all charged up when I took him around the Chennai I have been exploring minus him. Now we are back together…..like always…….inseperables. Welcome back iP. Luv you too 🙂

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As miscellany as there can be……

Posted by Sowmya:) on August 27, 2008

This is a total miscellaneous post……..I have so many bits and pieces of stuff I want to say & a mini post for each is so not my style. So bear with the randomness of this page & read on…………………..

Actually I have another random question -Does my habit of putting so many dots after words signify anything like my indecisiveness or maybe lack of clarity / cohherent thoughts? Dunno, continue reading……

Finally I am going to see this play ‘Dance like a man’. I have heard hajjar times about this as also the movie. But now I am going. Yipeeeeeeeeee. Its part of this Times Chennai festival happenin in the city. Friday nite……can time pass soon enough? Need a review? Ask someone else. Honestly I am like, the last person to give a review. Ok ok lemme think about this. Also want to go for the Parikrama concert…fingers crossed.

Today one of my clossssssest friends is getting married. Congrats buddy. I know I dont speak much about my friends here. It felt kinda odd to be putting them up for display for the world to watch. And anyways I started this blog after landing in Chennai and all my friends r in heaven (read Mumbai). All I do is chat on the phone so there is not tooo much to write on that. Anyways here is wishing N (yeah yeah, the same N with whom I like to go to Barista) and his now wife K a very very happy, fun and contended life together 😀 Since we are talking about N, a brief intro would do no harm. N is one of the reasons I am professionally qualified today. Else I would have remained a thumb impression kinda gal forever. Jokes apart, his was the shoulder I always cried on after my horrendous results were out everytime. He made me feel better, offered tips on studyin, suggested books to refer, the like. Most of all he perked me up, instilled huge doses of self belief in me. He was part of the mini-club which had more faith in me than I did myself. He always put my exam in perspective and never let me forget that the result of the exam does not reflect on me as a person….Maybe I did not pass that darned paper, remember the relevant case law or apply the acocunting standard right but I still was a person to be liked and respected and would definetely be a success in life. There is so much more to say but all I can tell you now, N, is….Thank you for your belief in me and thank you for me making me think I CAN. Hope K makes you the happiest guy on earth cos I can vouch for the fact that she is definetely one of the luckiest creations of God there ever can be.

OK on to other things………there is this flash fiction contest by Caferati…..go ahead and post your entry before the 7th of September. Sounds like fun. I am sooooo planning to do this but fingers crossed ! (Ah! at this rate I am gonna end up all twisted by the weekend). They also have this forum where they meet and offer suggestions for improvement for all writers who care to ask. How cool is that! Only there is no Chennai chapter to this 😦 But the online forum is pretty active too and constructive criticism is so the way to go. I should should try this out sometime

And these are a few lines I wrote in a sudden flash of inspiration. Check them out –

All I want is a Sunday to chill

with nothing to do and time to kill

Cuppa coffee in hand to watch the hill

and escape from the daily grill

A book to read & some music to beat

Maybe some lemonade to fight the heat

Drowning in newspapers to enjoy India’s Olympic kill

All I want is a Sunday to chill


Hey I suddenly checked my hit counter and guess what!!! Over a 100 people have actually peeked into my land. Yipeeeeeeee Thank you all so much….I would greedily love it when my hit counter matches my comment list….do leave a note saying ‘hi’ or lemme know if there is anything else I should / not blog about! Cheers to our century!


Smiley me :)

Posted by Sowmya:) on August 26, 2008

thought of putting up a list of stuff which makes me go 🙂 or 😀 . Then I can read it when I am feeling blue and feel bright and chirpy again. What an idea sir 😉

So here goes the list of things which make me happy, gimme that goody goody feeling, generally put a smile on my face…..

🙂 a compliment 🙂 a comment on my blog ahem ahem 🙂 when  I come up with a super / good/ fabulous idea & people go wow! 🙂 when one of my fav numbers comes up on radio 🙂 when I hear a hindi song on Chennai FM 🙂  when I watch a movie and can identify some quaint corner of Mumbai there 🙂 when there is a Mumbai news report on TV…there is no such thing as bad press 🙂 when Mom surprises me with my fav dish just for me 🙂 when I eat chocolate 🙂 when I talk to my buddies 🙂 when a friend calls out of the blue 🙂 seeing people I know where I least expect them 🙂 when I wear a new dress / accessories / shoes 🙂 when I buy a bag …thats like a 😀 whoa! 🙂

when I complete a report / project 🙂 when boss has no ‘suggestions for improvement’ in my report 🙂 when I can remember a section number of a law / accounting standard provision 🙂 when I download an e-book 🙂 when the sensex goes up and upppppppppp 🙂 when Sri messages within half hour of leaving for work 🙂 Waking up to Sri’s morning chai 🙂 any gift / treat / free stuff…yipeeee 🙂 festivals 🙂 fridays…its little wierd but I am happier on Friday anticipating the weekend rather than on the weekend itself 🙂 when I finish a good day’s work 🙂 when my bro calls…..very rare and unexpected but fantastic 🙂 when someone remembers small little stuff like first time / venue/ etc we met or associate certain stuff with just me 🙂 when I help someone with anything / act of kindness 🙂 overnite with J 🙂 Movies with J & Sd (clooooose buds) 🙂 Barista with N

 🙂 when a smart guy thinks I am smart (total high) 🙂 when I watch a movie 🙂 when I blog 🙂 when I upload pics and put quirky/smart/funny specially pun captions for them 🙂 when I am at home on weekends and it rains and I can curl up with a book 🙂 when i read and lose myself in the fictional world 🙂 when some ancient programs are rerun and I can vividly remember my first memories with it…..like ‘F.R.I.E.N.D.S. & my bro 🙂 When I rarely watch intelligent / informative TV and feel so very knowledgable after tht half hour 🙂 when I know the answer to a quiz show which no one else does 🙂  when everyone laughs at my jokes 🙂 when someone thinks I have a great sense of humor

🙂 when I meet my family and friends 🙂 when I go & breath Mumbai 🙂

This post is obviously gonna be continuously updated…..keep watching this space

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Posted by Sowmya:) on August 25, 2008

Well, well….you thought tht I am over my tag-phase and back to posting about my life phase? yeah…i am but this is a movie tag so could not resist picking it up! Lights, Camera, Action !
1. Last film I saw in the theater:
Mumbai meri Jaan (to hell with the reviews…….It was about Mumbai, about the time I was in Mumbai. so it just had to be watched. felt like i was back home for those 3 hours. Bliss)
2. Last movie I watched on dvd/vhs:
Shawshank Redemption (I know I know…..too late…but better late than never)
3. Last movie I watched on tv:
Pursuit of Happyness (Gosh! it was emotional or what. Its ages since I bawled over a movie……but Will Smith etching our such a touching potrayal of Chris Gardner was too much to bear.)
4. Last great movie you saw (for the first time, no repeated viewings):
Dark Knight (am currently under the spell of the Joker *dreamy moony look*)
OKie…..Pursuit of Happyness ……..Gosh awesome movie !!!

5. Top three favorite movies of all time:

Damn tough….Of recent memory……..Taare Zameen Par, Dark Knight (there I go again) & Nayakan (not recent memory but thats a movie I totally absolutely loved….Mani Ratnam and Kamal Hassan…like it can get any better)

6. Three comedies I can watch over and over and they still make me laugh:
Well most of Nagesh and Kamal Hassan movies…..I think Tamil comedy is infinitely better than what passes as funny in a Bollywood flick….So lets see… Michael Madan Kama Rajan, Panchatantiram, Singara Velan, so many more 😀
7. Three dramas I can watch over and over without tiring of them:
Drama ? Hmmmmmmmmm will get back on this…Does Ocean’s Eleven qualify as drama?
8. Favorite romantic comedy:
When Harry met Sally, One Fine Day, Pretty Woman, My Best Friend’s Wedding
9. Favorite suspense/horror movie:
 NONE…….Mostly I end up laughing at horror movies *insert evil laugh*
10. Favorite movie musical:
Due to sheer memory loss…..Hum Aapke Hain Kaun…stop stone pelting 😦
11. My three favorite movies when I was a kid:
Jungle Book, Towering Inferno and Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander
12. Three movies I loved when I was a kid that I still love now:
Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander

13. Favorite movie based on a book:
Bridget Jones’ Diary…cos thats probably the only story I have visited on paper & the screen. Planning to catch up on the written ‘Pursuit of Happyness’. Will keep this page updated 🙂

14. Favorite sequel (think hard):
Spiderman III
15. Favorite movie that you know is kind of crappy, but you love it anyway:
Gadar……dont ask me why I just enjoyed Sunny Deol’s dialogues and criticising Amisha Patel a lot!
16. Favorite foreign film:
Right now….Dark Knight, Pursuit of Happyness, Forrest Gump,

17. Best documentary I’ve seen so far:
Nopes…..dont remember any
18. Movie I put on when I’m really depressed:
Romantic Comedies…refer Q8
19. Movie that can make me cry even if I am in the happiest mood:
20. A movie someone recommended to me that I ended up loving and the person who recommended it:
Forrest Gump & Shawshank Redemption, Sri
21. A movie someone recommended to me that I ended up hating and the person who recommended it (but it’s not their fault):
I am usually the recommender and not the recomendeee
22. Movie I recommend for everyone to see and why:
Nayakan……to know how it is to make a great movie and act when its so tempting to overact and be stereotypical
23. Movie I recommended for someone to see and still regret doing so:
Actually I recommended not to see DDLJ to my parents. I kinda hated it the first time round……..they still dont let me forget
24. Biggest movie let down:
25. Biggest movie surprise (you liked it and thought you wouldn’t):
Ocean’s Eleven
26. Top three actors you would watch in anything:
Aamir Khan & Kamal Hassan

27. Top three actresses you would watch in anything:
Julia Roberts & Sridevi
28. Top three directors whose films you would watch no matter what:
Mani Ratnam, Ashutosh Gowariker & Christopher Nolan (Dark Knight hangover again)
29. Most overrated movie (please stick with stuff you’ve seen):
Black (Oops i’ve said it! I’ll be shunned and have no friends)
30. Most overrated actor/actress:
Aishwarya Rai & Abhishek Bachchan

31. Do you have a favorite screenwriter? Who and what is your favorite movie they have written?:
32. Three favorite movie quotes:
“You complete me!”
“Don ko pakadna mushkil hi nahi…namumkin hai” (AB version not SRK)
“Mogambo Khush Hua” (HA HA HA…..insert evil laughter to complete)
33. If you can remember it, worst dialougue in a movie ever:
*Trying hard to jog memory* Actually any Salman Khan emotional scene shoudl do….whadya think?
34. I can repeat every line from this movie verbatim while watching it:
Roja, HAHK, JJWS, Nayakan, Bobby, Maine Pyar Kiya, quite a few more

35. Book you would like to see made into a movie and who you would like to see in it/directing it/etc.:
The Dilbert series with Rahul Bose (How did I come up with this???)

36. Favorite song from a movie:
Mera Jeevan Kora Kagaz……..*weep weep*

37. Favorite use of a song in a movie:
All those times when the hero is planning to surprise attack the villian and the herione / villian’s moll in love with hero is doing an item number. I used to get so excited as a kid to see if the hero came before the song ended but alas, he never did.

38. A musical artist you now love that you discovered by watching a movie and said movie:
None tht I can think of

39. Best dialogue in a movie ever:
Then what was Q32 all about dude??

40. Movie that you feel compelled to watch when you pass it flipping through channels:
With the current channel boom & viewer bore happenin….none
41. A movie that you really related with in high school (like the maker was your kindred spirit/ these characters were your long-lost best friend): 
Did not watch too many movies in high school…….all Enid Blyton characters were so my kindred spirits
42. Movie you loved when you were a teenager and thought you would always love, but does not hold the same place in your heart:
Refer previous answer

43. I was completely into __(name of movie)__ when it came out, I even thought about a t-shirt or action figures, but now I don’t know what I was thinking.
No movie did that to me

44. I want to be _(this movie character)_ when I grow up:
Any action heroine
45. Best movie character:
Forrest Gump…….Tom Hanks was cho chweeeeeeet. Pursuit of Happyness…..Will Smith (Why did you guys not give him that Oscar??)
46. Movie I could live in happily:
Any heroine centric movie where she is career oreinted but still manages to make family love her, friends confide in her and dream man love her cos she has the time for them alllllllllll
47. Movie character soulmate (if only he or she was real and then you could live happily ever after):
Rishi Kapoor’s character in Chandni……..I wanted to marry someone like that who was just totally absolutely crazy about me…….roses from helicopters, my posters in his bedroom, the works

48. Deserted island movie (I know, why would you have a dvd player on a deserted island? just go with it):
Comedies …..bring them on

49. Famous movie everyone’s seen that I haven’t:
Oh lots! Pick any Oscar winner………I have’nt seen almost 80% of Oscar winning movies
50. Movie I never want to see remade:
Sholay was on that list……..But where does Mr.RGV listen to me. Now its Amar, Akbar, Anthony…….Please Mr.Khans spare our souls as also Karz….That was one of Mr.Rishi Kapoor’s bestest movies, how can you do this to us Himessh bhai???
51. Movie that inspires me:
When I was much younger and watched whatever movie I got to watch since theatres were out of bounds I used to love those woman police officer movies…….heroine fighting against all odds, hero and villian and emerging victorious……Tejaswini types (tht one with Vijayashanti and Amrish Puri?!)
52. Three pieces of movie memorabilia I own:
No way! Not my style at all
53. A movie I saw and asked for my money back:
Lots……Jo Bole So Nihaal, Neal n Nikki, Bas Itna Sa Khwaab Hai (Oh wait…tht one I got free tickets, so forgiven Mr. Bachchan)
54. Best movie watching experience in a theater (crowd rocked):
Liar Liar……that was because it was our last of exams and coincidently the entire college landed up at the same theatre to watch the same show……so everyone knew everyone and it felt like we were in college during the fest or something…..rocking!

55. Worst movie watching experience in a theater (crowd sucked):
Once we were early for our train back to Mumbai from Goa and had like 5 hours to kill. A movie was the most obvious choice to my movie maniac family. So we went to this really seedy theatre and watched a B-grade flick……one with Sanjay Dutt, Jackie Shroff, Raveen Tandon & Shilpa Shetty, that one with ‘aila re ladki mast mast’ song…….the crowd was predictably EW
56. First movie I remember seeing in the theater:
Naam, i think. Sanjay Dutt’s tears over the Pankaj Udas song moooooved me then. (Ok the actual answer is Ram Teri Ganga Maili…but am I supossed to watch / remember such chilhood movies??????) 
57. People I love to watch movies with:
J – my movie partner cos she and me and go on talking and talking and still watch the movie and understand it all…..Though I remember we started to watch Raincoat (yeah, Mr.Devgan’s) and did’nt understand it anyways, so abandoned!
58. Fondest movie memory (home):
there was this time when I was in Chennai for summer hols and accidently settled for a wierdo movie with mum, mama & mami…….the movie was crap but we had a rolicking time at the unintended hilarity of it !
59. Fondest movie memory (theater):
Hmmm 9 months (Hugh Grant) & Border (Sunny Deol, Akshaye Khanna)…..wont believe this but P, (a very close friend then who I lost touch with now) and me were laughing through the movie…..dont ask why…even we dont know 🙂
60. If there was a movie that I can say might have changed my life, it was this one:
Nothing so dramatic……..but for the past 3 days, since I watched Pursuit of happyness, I have started thinking a weeee bit more positively…….Anything is possible people! Just do it

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