Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
"..I got out of the car and ran all the way to the gate...only to have the lady shut the door on me..."
and stuff like that....but then there was one story, about a man who was going to visit his grandma....."he has not seen his grandma since he was 14, now he missed his flight and has to wait ONE MORE DAY to meet her..."
Only in america can it be that the sad part is that he was delayed another day coz he missed his flight...and not that he has not visited his grandma since 14....
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
After about 3 hours on the road, comes to a small town, where he stopped for dinner at a small restaurant (of course). Noticing some really good stuffed animals and birds and animal heads, he asks the waitress if those are real.
She starts out on who hunted which one, and where they get them stuffed, etc...
Our astonished colleague goes "wow , do you know it is illegal to hunt where i come from"
an even more astonished waitress goes "oh my god!, what do you guys do in your spare time?!!"
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Saturday, August 30, 2008
The full paper-or-plastic discussion goes something like this:
"Why, paper, because it biodegrades."
"Yes, but we kill 14 million trees a year to make the paper. That's contributing to global warming."
"Yes, but the plastic bags consume 12 million barrels of oil and choke the oceans and sea life."
"Yes, but creating paper bags creates 70 percent more air pollution."
"Yeah, but plastic bags create four times the waste."
"Yes, but it takes seven times as many trucks to ship the same number of paper bags to the stores; they're much bulkier."
And so on. (The real answer to that question, of course, is "neitherbring your own reusable bags." But until U.S. stores start charging 15 cents per bag, as groceries in Europe do, Americans aren't likely to go to that trouble any time soon.)
Monday, August 25, 2008
An amiable romantic comedy with fatal attractions to primary colors, glorious scenery (locations include Switzerland, Italy, Australia and even India) and 360-degree pans, “Bachna” starts too cute.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Got an answer to something that has bugged me for a long while - are Indian Americans (not American Indians) restricted to shine only in the math Olympiads and the spelling bees? will there be some stars ever in NHL - do we grow that big?, more importantly, do we make them that mean? :)
I somehow missed Raj Bhavsar - he barely missed selection for 2004, same here in 2008, but was called in last minute.
Pretty cool player..catch him fast before USA gets knocked out of the team events :)
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Ghanshyam? why was the name so familiar? the name kept ringing some bell somewhere...figured it out during the hair cut - ghanshyam - the on-campus "hairdresser" at Lucknow...the small mirror, the sharp sound of the scissors, the water with a peculiar smell, all were slowly coming back...
"WOULD YOU LIKE A SHAMPOO SIR?" – almost instinctively, I said "nahin", quickly corrected it to a "no". The cut was over...that was the time ghanshyam would have asked "maalish karoon saab?"
(there was always a rumor floating around that ghanshyam was not exactly "straight" - so nobody in their "straight" mind went for a "maalish")
I ordered two Mysore masala's "to go", and the order got shouted out to the "pack man" standing outside the kitchen - "Dos (spanish, i realized later) Mysore Masala". He shouted the same at his wife (just my wild guess from the way they were shouting at each other) inside the kitchen. Thats when i noticed, other than the counter, the whole crew was mexican, and were busy preparing uthappams and mysore masalas and vada and what nots!!
Got my order, went home, and washed down my perfect mexican mysore masala with some Sam Adams - i swear i would have tried it with dos equis if i had it in stock :)
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Monday, June 30, 2008
how did the Ethiopians understand the language? especially the ones that go "Kuttay, Kameene Main tera khoon pee jaaonga.."?
seems they have it very easy these days, the movies come with subtitles (which could be really interesting)
But in the old days, they had a person who stood at the back of the hall, and shouted out rough translations.
would have loved to see him(or her) translate the songs (maybe padosan? "ek chatur naar....")
Friday, June 27, 2008
Have been discovering the worldwide following Bollywood has in bits and pieces, here n there – like a full time French TV station broadcasting just Hindi songs…like the old time Bachan fans (big b) from Japan, and Russia…like the YouTube video spoofs of Hindi songs done by college kids here…
What makes it so popular? Well, here was one reason I did not think of…in
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Friday, March 14, 2008
The Europeans are having a field day here...travel through NYC airports on any weekend and you see hordes of them going back with their weekend shopping - yes..shopping in New York is cheaper than shopping in UK or swiss, (flight and hotel charges included)....and NYC hotels now offer "shopping packages".
The other day, my colleague met a couple at an NY Outlet Mall. They were lost in their shopping and missed the last transport back to their hotel and were looking for a lift. So here are the numbers he got: they bought stuff for $3000, which would have cost them $8000 back in their place...flight and hotel is just a 1000 - they still save 4000 (or make more if they sell it back there?)
same goes for many south american countries - we were visiting an airline in brazil, and were asking some guys there whats a good place to go shop in the evening, and most of them said "New York" !!!
What about US shoppers in Europe? really at the wrong end of the stick :) found this the hard way last week, when some "constants" like a McD burger cost $10 and a bottle of water cost $8 (to a guy used to buying 12 bottles for $3)
like the wife says "paapi chellunnidam paathaalam" or "wherever the sinner goes, its always hell"
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Channel 1: "....we now go over live to 'small town 1' in New Jersey where our reporter john doe is standing by......
john doe: "it is around 6:30 am now...and voting has been in progress since 6 am today.....so far we have observed half a dozen people go in and cast their votes....i have been conducting my own exit poll here, and out of the 4 people I surveyed, it shows a wide and interesting mix for the candidates among this cross section of New Jersey's voting population..."
Channel 2: "...we now go over live to 'small town 2' in Massachusetts..." - display switches to the outside of a brick building and stays there for 30 seconds...not a soul in sight....not even a leaf twitches for those 30 seconds (not that there are any leaves on the trees this winter to twitch)....and comes back to news(making)room..."...stay tuned and we will have more live coverage as it happens right here throughout the day...." and we go into a well deserved commercial break....
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Thursday, January 24, 2008
well, before that, let me explain how these mixes work....if you get a malabar chicken mix, the pouch will have everything you need for the gravy (includes oil, salt, EVERYTHING). You take chicken, add the mix, add water, pressure cook for a couple of whistles, and eat it....
back to story: a canadian friend went to the indian store with our colleague, found the concept interesting, took a pouch home....late evening our colleague gets a call...
"... it says wait for 2 whistles....who is supposed to whistle? the chicken? or should i go ahead?"
Sunday, January 13, 2008
In the old days, it was star movies with hindi subtitles, where "what the F**K happened here" on the audio became "he bhagwan, ye kya hua??" on the subtitles...
And occasionally you come across some amazing work of translation - the local dialects in OMKARA got translated beautifully to some english slang in the subtitles.
But this one takes the cake - translating a meaningless song without compromising its meaninglessness takes some knack...
(from the song kachi kaliyan na todo.... from laga chunari mein daag)
now, don't go plucking buds
or the gardener will kick your butts
ladies, we beg your pardon
we are here for the whole garden
gardener, your blossoms are too cool,
row after row like a flowery spool
we are hungry bees so lovesick
we'll gladly get our butts kick'd