Monday, January 29, 2007

I love Captain Haddock

Billions of blue blistering barnacles!

Thundering Typhoons!

Gibbering Ghosts!

Vermicelli!

Troglodytes!

Sycophant!

Phylloxera!

Jelly-fish Fancy dress Fatima!

Bath-tub admiral!

Toffee-noses!

Interplanetary goat!

Miserable earthworms!

Shipwreckers!

Lily-livered bandicoots!

Carpet-sellers!

Numbskulls!

Gang of thieves!

Slave-trader!

Picaroons!

Fancy-dress freebooters!

Two-timing Tartar Twisters!

Pickled herrings!

Nest of rattlesnakes!

Squawking popinjay!

Prattling porpoise!

Scoffing braggart!

Cushion footed quadrupeds!

7 Seven 7’s - Revisited

7 Seven 7’s is plain 49!

..and at 49 - this is what things look like

43-49 Yrs
  • Experienced at everything and anything
  • Failed autograph
  • Lasting memories stacked and preserved
  • Rationale was good – Instinct bad – I took the right decisions
  • Final Opinions about life
  • First chance to transfer responsibility
  • Dreams fulfilled

I guess the Math is right -

7 + 7 + 7 + 7 + 7 + 7 + 7 = 49

7 x 1 = 7
7 x 2 = 14
7 x 3 = 21
7 x 4 = 28
7 x 5 = 35
7 x 6 = 42
7 x 7 = 49

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Quote of the day - Saying 'No'

Saying 'No' does not mean you are in the wrong

~ John 2007

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Quote of the day - Belief

Does the belief that you 'believe right' drive you?
or the 'right belief' drives you to believe right?

~John 2007

Are you ready for marriage?

You Are 94% Ready for Marriage

This doesn't mean you should rush out and get married...
But if you did tie the knot, it would probably work out great!

Friday, January 26, 2007

Many things about tomorrow..

This is one song that has been ringing on my Birthday, and thought I should publish it.

I don't know about tomorrow;
I just live from day to day.
I don't borrow from its sunshine
For its skies may turn to grey.

I don't worry o'er the future,
For I know what Jesus said.
And today I'll walk beside Him,
For He knows what is ahead.

Many things about tomorrow
I don't seem to understand
But I know who holds tomorrow
And I know who holds my hand.


Every step is getting brighter
As the golden stairs I climb;
Every burden's getting lighter,
Every cloud is silver-lined.

There the sun is always shining,
There no tear will dim the eye;
At the ending of the rainbow
Where the mountains touch the sky.

Many things about tomorrow
I don't seem to understand
But I know who holds tomorrow
And I know who holds my hand.

I don't know about tomorrow;
It may bring me poverty.
But the one who feeds the sparrow,
Is the one who stands by me.

And the path that is my portion
May be through the flame or flood;
But His presence goes before me
And I'm covered with His blood.

Many things about tomorrow
I don't seem to understand
But I know who holds tomorrow
And I know who holds my hand.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

.. and a good answer!

Dedicated to Vinay – Happy Birthday!

At a time when we are buffeted by raging questions, that the questions themselves appear bigger than the storms that we endure (most of time, the question is what really bothers, not as much as the storm), in the passage of time, swinging in a harmonic motion in a transcendental chaos, seeking to understand the divine order, in a mortal world, I seek to understand what’s the composition of a ‘good’ answer.

In this quest for answers to double edged questions, raging questions, irreconcilable answers – why is that we find some answers coherent, acceptable, some improbable and dismissive?

The criterion of a good answer is:

  1. A good answer should be able to help understand / establish the context of the question itself
  2. A good answer should help open up the assumptions that lie dormant in the question, and the context of the world view of the questioner
  3. A good answer should attempt to offer (note: not give) a sign post to the path for the right answer
  4. No causal explanations should be attributed as the answer itself. It’s just a means to dissect the question


The parody of reaction to answers:

  • We reconcile and come to terms with circumstances – though the circumstances themselves would have rendered to the question, the reconciliation to the circumstances will not necessarily give the answer, but help in an understanding of reality.

    This type of answer in simple words – borders on a mix of empathy, and will thrive on the sapping of emotional energy from a close one.

    The questions are never really answered, but with a feeling of well-being thrust, we ‘move on’.
  • We rationalize the answer (note: not the question) through the window of self-preservation – the primal animal instinct of basic survival – Everything gets view through the prism of - ‘I, Me, Myself”, and everything viewed in terms of, ‘I’ at the top.

    This type of answer in simple words - teases the borders of virtue, and thrusts to the foray, a relative pragmatism (relative, as this is a self preservation spree), to kill a few things at the basal levels, to get the feeling of problem buried.

    The questions are never really answered, but the paradigms of reference changed, leading to evolution (a loose word for maturity), to move on and discover newer questions with a complete new zest.
  • We answer the questioner and not the question – and in this, the context takes over the content, and intent takes over the information. It’s a logical world where a different rationale is adapted to the same question, based on the questioner; at the same slice of time.

    This type of answer is where the emotions really rage, and if the same question is raised by different questioners, will leave the one who answers, in a state wondering, what s/he really wants, or what the real question is!

    The questions are never really answered, but many a thought are tested through and what might evolve is a better look at what you really are, and what you really were – and reinstates the cords of how you deal with many a person in context of you (Note: not relationships)
  • We anchor our answers in the Spiritual Realm and go by the faith that God, the omniscient will give us the grace and wisdom – It’s a world based on faith or fate, based on the view we adopt. This is the only realm where, ‘I’ takes a backseat and the answers are based on the faith of an unknown future, being anchored in God.

    This type of answer is where there is a calm, that transcends the rationale, and the answers sometime may surface, or most times not, but get a few sign posts as to how to move ahead.

    Again, the questions are never really answered.

If there is no question, the “quest” of the life is lost – and we will exist and not live. How we deal with questions and how we approach them from time to time, will dictate how, lively life is.

Next Question Please !

Quote of the day - Choices

I choose what you think I will not (or rather 'want' me not to)
I choose what you would choose given the same chance (or rather 'wish' to)
either ways, I choose what you really thought I would choose

~ John 2007

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Quote of the day

I am as intelligent as you think I am
I will be as intelligent as you think you are

~ John - 2007

Monday, January 22, 2007

Make Over for my desk

Yesterday was my 'Happy' Birthday, and apart from lots of love and affection, and the time all my friends and family has taken to wish me, wish for me and also give gyan, and the goodie presents etc etc, something that I really like is the way my desk got a new look.

This starts on Monday, with a new item added every day, with a count down, and Voila, at the end of the week - a completely vibrant and happy looking desk. Thanks to Sam for all of this.

This is how my new Desk Looks:







I am so happy

Sunday, January 14, 2007

..and its brilliant!

It's brilliant to have days, where you are reminded that the simplest joys lie in the simplest of things

Meet a friend, have a coffee, go on a long drive, just a simple thing, and a simple joy, yet so fulfilling and makes it so wonderful.

Praying that life gets many more of simple uncomplicated joys!

To life - Johnnie

Friday, January 12, 2007

Logic

Logic, I say, is the bane of Logic

~ Gyaani

100th Post

Hmm.. I always thought, why there is so much importance given to 100?
  • 100 runs in a cricket match
  • 100 years
  • 100 rupees
  • 100 days (movie running)
  • 100 posts
hmmm 100.

Lemme see what comments I get on 100th post!

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Snob!

Well, after a long time - a long time, real long time - a snobby talk, about how indulgent I am, and yaay...felt nice .

The Gist -
  • Expenses rise to meet income
  • Live life - Big cars (crash a few), go off on secret vacations, drive off a 1000 KM
  • Eat out, eat out
  • Try and max out credit card
  • See what it means to be in the red
  • Dabble on stocks and see how bearish or bullish it can get
  • Europe calling
  • ....in short...an indulgent snob, lavish and unabashed

...but some lil sense knocks - 6 months cost of living should be saved ...hmm...ya..yes..

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

one line description about me

You are full of life - but you don't overflow Enthusiasm!

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Antidote to the cosmo bride

Well, well, well . . . this post definetly deserved a proper response, and here it comes.

Question 1:Are you very attached to your mom?
Answer : Now that you are cornered into being affirmative of your stand, and losing ground for your future, you need to deal with this with a lil unattached, impersonal stance.

Give the smartest smile, and break into a gooey but steady gaze - the trick is, if you are the good looking guy - the smile and the steady gaze will cloud the real response - so every answer will be a good one. If you are cheated by mother Earth on looks, well, you see you have nothing really to lose, the girl is not yours to start with, so go ahead and get martyrdom.

Hmm, well, its a lil funny- I mean not your question (1ooo brownie points), but my view on it (1 Million Brownie points). I do not know about my early days, but ever since I saw my mom through my adolescent years, I started to appreciate how wonderful a woman can be! - a friend, a teacher, a counsellor, a mother and everything - and what really surprised me is that, this woman who is so much to you, just suddenly gives up everything, when her boy gets married, with the greatest of confidence that, his wifey will be all and more of what she could ever be!

Now in simple words, I will always be attached to the dimensions of the mother wonderful, with greater dimensions far beyond you. That's why you are my wifey, and then a mother later.

Watch out: The girl cannot deny the logic, but if you see her hating the Gyan, flash the brilliant smile. If you are good looking, else, just give a pensive look and say pick the glass of water, and say, btw, you are very intelligent and courageous - not many girls I rejected ever asked (insecurity works bro)


Question 2:Do you believe that there is such a thing as male and female roles in the family?
Now that you have already overwhelmed the girl, go easy on this bro, else you will be framed as rigid, insensitive and 'moron'. This is a question worth losing - you win by loosing.

Well, I wish there was something like that, (laugh, laugh and of course smile). Sad, don't you think that something like that is always thrusted, when it does not exist. Come on, just bcos, you and I are female and male, how does that automatically fix us to some roles. (now praise) Just imagine, how much an intelligent girl like you will be insulted to be stereotyped, or rather, I would hate it if you are stereotyped, or I am. It's not a job right for the perfect profiles....hmmmm (shut up here...don't speak anymore even if prodded). Look at her with a glint in the eye - Whoa how intelligent you are - Just wish you were mine kinds (2 M brownie Points)

Question 3:Did you have a girlfriend in college?

Now dude, this is the decider, you will get her or loose her. Before you answer her, make sure you suddenly say, hmm.. should speak about college / univ days. I am from IIM. Which college are your from. (reason: If she is from the same fraternity as you are, you know its a cool ride, speak the truth - If not, even better, she will feel guilty for the net 5 mins and you can ramble an answer)

If you are the good looking Guy, hmm - you were chased - Just list out, hmmm... (take a real long tantalizing pause)...by 12.5 girls (.5 is very important - sideline the discussion, the girl will be most interested in the half fling than a full relationship). If you are the bad guy, well still say the same thing with a hmmm, well, YES kinda smug look.

Now deal with her reaction - best way- give 2 mins of silence - Don't break the silence, or you'll be dead. If the girl is a 'cool' one, she will volunteer, some info about herself - you are in safe waters, have a healthy funny story to share, and don't make her jealous, but make sure that she knows you have not played 'fool'. If she does not offer any details, and gives a horrid expression, come-on dude, the tables have turned, you have to decide if you really want a girl who will nag you to death and feel insecure for the rest of her life - duh.

The college question will surely help.!

Question 4:Do you cook?
Now my ! If you know how to cook, I am sure you can cook her a nice dish with your words right away- give a small short story (make sure a 'few' girls really loved it), and say, ofcourse, that was all cos I needed to survive. Well, like you know, you would have also learnt or cook cos yu have to, else hmm..outsource. Its the mantra. If needed, you or I can do it always.

Give a real ray of hope (be sure you live up to it later) - You see, in the new economy, I guess, much time is lost cooking - cooking should be a pleasure, and we do it when we like - For the daily task, we earn enough to afford a few luxuries (you sold pleasure, luxury, and ensured that you dinn promise you'll cook, and dinn ask her if she'll cook).

Either ways, if she does not know to cook, better to eat tasty food cooked by a cook, and teach her cooking the pleasurable way - once she learns that, she know that the way to a man's heart if through the stomach - which wifey does not want his heart?

Question 5:Do you have any questions?

Whoa, now its to see whether you are at your wits ends -
Just laugh out - Whoa! so all this time, was I questioned, I thought we had a brilliant conversation!

Pause

Pause

Pause

I do not know if you like me or not, and we are not fitting profiles - may be we'll talk more - the conversations will kill the need for questions -

hmm ya,. one question- Like chocolates - (have at least 3 types in your pocket bro) - she does not like chocolates, get up run - no chocolate - no woman.

To God

hmm.. thats the first thing that crosses my mind - hmm

The way I see it, God has given an extremely simple set of rules - follow them without a question, and everything will be fine. However, I am so grateful that I have a 'will' and freedom to choose. A freedom to experience the best in life.

However, sometime things get so screwed in life, in the head that, despite all odds, you return to your anchor point - GOD.

Now, the problem with we returning to GOD - He first demands - child, give up, cut the rope, and all will be fine. It's hard to do for the fear of losing something that's close to your heart - but, one step of trust and faith, you get the best you can imagine.

I Trust You my God, and trust you that you will give me the BEST. I always come to you when I am at the oddest ends.

Just another note:

Thank you for Everything - Nice to know that you are in control

Intellect is Insanity

A known intellect is far more dangerous than an unknown one.

I have never experienced this feeling far more strongly in the last 2 weeks as much. The parody of rationalizing everything with intellect. Some where this rationalization leads to Insanity.

I remember the quote by Steve Turner, from "Modern Thinker's Creed"

"What is selected is average, what’s average is normal, and what’s normal is good"

How many times, we move from average to good, without realizing it. I like the pauses, the gaps and the many knocks on the head, and the bumps that show reality.

...not to be ended