Marriage & Ferris Wheel

A husband and wife went to the city fair. The wife wanted to go on the Ferris wheel, but her husband wasn’t comfortable with that, so the wife went on by herself. The wheel went round and round and suddenly the wife was thrown out and landed in a heap at her husband’s feet. “Are you hurt?” he asked. “Of course I’m hurt!” she replied. “Three times around and you didn’t wave once!” Advertisements Continue reading Marriage & Ferris Wheel

Finding Love?

Continued from Finding Love – V

Sikta Dutta sat back on her recliner staring at the steaming cup of tea. She always thought she had it tough, she had thought that today she would relax and do the usual Sunday lounging. Her boss had called up to confirm that her interview appointment with the recent Booker Prize winning author. The author apparently was open to the appointment even after having just lost his wife of 8 years to cancer.

She had spoken to him and was surprised to find that her initial opinion that he was media hungry was wrong. She had started with a few usual questions and tried to mask her brusque attitude. But as she continued to interview him she could not help feeling a little enchanted by him.

She felt quite comfortable and inadvertently ended up asking him about how he had met his wife which he talked animatedly about. He had taken 4 hours to tell her the entire story only stopping intermittently to thank people who called him or came to meet him to mourn the death of his wife. He started by telling her that his wife had been suffering from breast cancer. Initially when this was detected and they had decided to go for chemotherapy her body had been responding positively but since last three months it had been really hard for her. They had decided jointly to discontinue chemotherapy and try and give her a semblance of a good life for the last few months, few good months with Sanyukta and him. The reason he was not present at the Booker prize winning party was that she would not have been able to travel and he did not feel like going without her and his daughter. Actually it was she who had egged him to pursue his love of writing. He had only three loves in his life, his friend & wife, his daughter and his writing. In that order.

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The Solvable Ones…

There are some problems that can be solved. For example let me describe a a typical incident focusing on the differences between Male perceptions and Female perceptions. Both these creatures belong to same species, but their thought processes are entirely different.

Take a case into consideration where a guy named Bablu is attracted to a girl named Babli. He asks her out to a movie; she accepts; they have a pretty good time. A few days later he asks her out to dinner, and again they enjoy themselves. They continue to see each other regularly, and after a while neither one of them is seeing anybody else.

And then, one evening when they’re driving home, a thought occurs to Babli, and, without really thinking, she says it aloud: “Do you realize that, as of tonight, we’ve been seeing each other for exactly six months?”

And then there is a silence. To Babli, it seems like a very loud silence. She thinks to herself: Jeez, I wonder if it bothers him that I said that. Maybe he’s been feeling confined by our relationship; maybe he thinks I’m trying to push him into some kind of obligation that he doesn’t want, or isn’t sure of.

And Bablu is thinking: Gosh. Six months.

Babli is thinking: But, hey, I’m not so sure I want this kind of relationship, either. Sometimes I wish I had a little more space, so I’d have time to think about whether I really want us to keep going the way we are, moving steadily towards . . . I mean, where are we going? Are we just going to keep seeing each other at this level of intimacy? Are we heading towards marriage? Towards having children? Towards being together for lifetime? Am I ready for that level of commitment? Do I really even know this person?

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The Marriage equation…

I wonder if the Gujarat Education Board missed out intentionally on putting this one is our course content… Equation 1 Human = eat + sleep + work + enjoy Donkey = eat + sleep Therefore, Human = Donkey + work + enjoy Therefore, Human – enjoy = Donkey + work In other words, Human that don’t know enjoy = Donkey that work Equation 2 Men = eat + sleep + earn money Donkeys = eat + sleep Therefore, Men = Donkeys + earn money Therefore, Men – earn money = Donkeys In other words, Men that don’t earn money = … Continue reading The Marriage equation…

Travel travails… (Part II)

Warning: Read Part I first! ‘Sweating like a pig’… Do you know what that phrase means… I know it and I know it far too graphically. It was 11am of a very humid Mumbai morning and I was drenched… I did not sweat as much even when I was giving my board exams and while reading my physics question paper I realized that all questions seemed alien to me…But then I am getting ahead of myself here… let me recount what happened in my journey… The guy who had previously asked to exchange seats with my friend was back with … Continue reading Travel travails… (Part II)

Travel: Hope Floats…

Just back from the most perfect holiday… well as the title says it was almost perfect… I am still unsure what was missing but I am sure that as I recount my experiences I will find it… You know that scene when Rajnikanth finds out that he has two villains to kill but is left with only one bullet… yeah, I know life’s a bitch… so… what are you gonna do? Something like that happened with me too… I had been planning for a vacation for a long, long, long time and nothing interesting was forthcoming… Some or the other … Continue reading Travel: Hope Floats…

Pervs Galore…

I was just about to step into the shower when [ting tong] the bell rang.

[Prologue: I had traveled to another city to celebrate the festival of kites and had returned yesterday early in the morning (that included waking up at the ungodly hour of 6am. 6AM.) I was a bit harried and wanted, eagerly, to wash that grime of travel off when this unwelcome bell rang. All this while the steaming hot bucket full of water enticing me to come clean…]

I opened the door. It was Kris, an acquaintance. I tried to be courteous and opened the door while cursing him under breath for breaking my happy reverie…

He came in and said “I came over since I wanted to use Internet” [update: I have taken a broadband connection. Unlimited. Only for my blog and personal emails and chats. Swear. No ulterior motive behind this…] Thought: there are a lot of cyber cafes around the area that he stays why does he have to come to my home for using Internet… As if sensing what I was thinking, he replied “I didn’t want to pay just for checking couple of emails and stuff…” My brow furrowed even as I said “No problem man, anytime” as my heart silently said ‘Please never again…’ To him I said, “I was just going to take a bath, go ahead it already on.” [Saying this I went in to indulge myself in a warm steamy bath…]

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IIM Guys here SHE comes…

Disclaimer: I am strongly heterosexual this post is about someone else stalking IIMites… (I should change this term, ‘IIMites‘ that rhymes with termites before an IIM grad kicks my butt oops backside…)

During the ‘DK-ephemeral beauty‘ episode, one of the things that came up was DK looking for the right guy for herself. This is what she wants in the ‘guy’ – very extremely well educated, extremely well placed in an MNC, and last but not the least extremely well paid/rich. When she brought this problem up the ‘MBA’ inside me woke up and started to find ways to solve this problem – among the things scrolling thru my mind were ‘The Mckinsey Way’, Fishbone, Pareto etc. I settled on to fishbone/Ishikawa/Cause & Effect diagram to find a solution and I found it too, it was all I could do to stop myself from shouting ‘Eureka’ ‘Ishikawa’ out loud…

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Dera(rra)nged Marriages

This is about my recent tête-à-tête with a friend who went thru’ the process of initial round for ‘arranged marriage’. The following post is written in his words… He says… “My parents got this sudden itch (it’s not at all sudden; they have had it for quite some time it’s just that the itch started harassing the hell out of them) to get me married! Now I am a believer that life could have been simpler if everybody believed in the traditional method of ‘barter‘; for the people of new generation (especially the ones who did not pay attention in … Continue reading Dera(rra)nged Marriages

Good God, NO !

I was talking to DK after a long time and now we both know each other pretty well so we don’t make an effort to ‘put our best foot forward’… here’s a snippet… {Communication suitably modified/censored} DK: So do you feel alone without your kid sister? me: She is still around till 18th of next month, even my parents are still here… DK: Oh! but tell me what will you do for food? me: I work for food… I mean almost everybody works for food except for those lanky models modeling in those sexy underthings… DK: Stop drooling like that and … Continue reading Good God, NO !

Comparative Thoughts…

A friend of mine recently spoke to me about the kind of girl that he wants to get married and settle down with. I was pretty surprised by the thoughts that he conveyed…well he is an intellectual and i would have assumed that he would have selected a girl that would match his intellectual prowess but on the contrary he wants a girl who does not match his intellectual prowess but who is way lower than he is…He has sparked an interesting debate on what type of girls make an ideal spouse and why. he says that he would prefer … Continue reading Comparative Thoughts…

of broken marriages…

The failure to understand the infinite depth of the human soul is often why people who are married have affairs. They stop exploring the person they married. They find somebody who appears more interesting.Which over a period of time they understand is the wrong path to take. Some who realize it in time are lucky others …. not so lucky… Continue reading of broken marriages…

India: The Land of Miracles

Recently when I went to attend the marriage ceremony of a friend of mine, I saw an amazing live statue. As you can see in the pic appended on the left, the guy’s sitting on nothing :-)) Don’t let your religious beliefs run a riot. Its occurence is more attributable to science than spirituality… But still its SUPERB and I think at this point in time a caption like ” India: The Land of Miracles…” is very apt. Continue reading India: The Land of Miracles