Tuesday, January 23, 2007

What does the Queen of England eat for breakfast?

Tough one. Before we were able to pluck the answer out of the WWW ether, we found what Americans, Ontario children, monks, the Pope, astronauts, Australians, the Hulk, Thais, mermaids, Koreans, southerners, South Beach dieters, and everyone else eats for breakfast. As if we wanted to know. Finally, this from "Harper's":

"It was revealed that the Queen of England often eats cornflakes for breakfast out of a Tupperware container and that Prince Andrew loves to play jokes on the servants, especially by hiding a puppet called Monkey in a different place every day." (Notice we threw in the answer to the inevitable question: "What is the name of the puppet that Prince Andrew likes to hide?" as a bonus.)

Oh, and we found that the original Queen Elizabeth's breakfast might have been "manchet, ale, beer, wine, and a good pottage made of mutton or beef." (Thus providing another reason for her status as the Virgin Queen.) And finally -- err -- that's it.

And that, my friends, is what we here at Ask like to call "earning a living." Cheers.

Isn't this fabbbuuuloous stuff??

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Anda for breakfast and other household chores

I used this

to make this

So today after 6 million years, I made anda for breakfast within the joyous confines of my own house and man wot a kick tht is to do! For those who came in late, my building doesn't allow cooking of non-veg items (all crap that is) and my mother is very strict abt making even eggs in the house. So taking advantage of my mother's temporary absence, I hit upon this brilliant idea to make omlettes for myself, uncle and sistah. It was consumed with great joy along with a cup of nice filter kapi :)

I made pasta and did hazaar other household things which when my mother is present, cannot be bothered to do! Responsible aren't I?? Niceness eet ees to be without parents, reminds me of my lazy Sundays in Manchester doing my thing after a v v nice nite out on Sat...Wheeee...

My mood today is

Digging by Seamus Heaney

Saw a play called 'Excavators' at Prithvi yest. Was interesting to say the least! I like the way we can use the word interesting in such different contexts, niceness that ees! So anyways, have watched the same group perform a different play called 'Butter and Mashed Bananas' previously. This is the Harami Theatre frm Bangalore btw! So watched them and went for this one with a whole lot of expectations! Got dashed and lost the plot midway..liked some parts and the actors are very good so watched and was thinking mins wot mins wot! Some oarts were plain funny but some parts well henh it was!

But they gave us this piece of paper at Prithvi..saw Shashi Kapoor there btw and a whole lot of Xavierites there as well. Shall tell Dee all abt it! On the piece of paper they had this poetry by this dude called Seamus Heaney called Digging. It merits a post in my opinion.


Between my finger and my thumb
The squat pen rests; as snug as a gun.

Under my window a clean rasping sound
When the spade sinks into gravelly ground:
My father, digging. I look down

Till his straining rump among the flowerbeds
Bends low, comes up twenty years away
Stooping in rhythm through potato drills
Where he was digging.

The coarse boot nestled on the lug, the shaft
Against the inside knee was levered firmly.
He rooted out tall tops, buried the bright edge deep
To scatter new potatoes that we picked
Loving their cool hardness in our hands.

By God, the old man could handle a spade,
Just like his old man.

My grandfather could cut more turf in a day
Than any other man on Toner's bog.
Once I carried him milk in a bottle
Corked sloppily with paper. He straightened up
To drink it, then fell to right away
Nicking and slicing neatly, heaving sods
Over his shoulder, digging down and down
For the good turf. Digging.

The cold smell of potato mold, the squelch and slap
Of soggy peat, the curt cuts of an edge
Through living roots awaken in my head.
But I've no spade to follow men like them.

Between my finger and my thumb
The squat pen rests.
I'll dig with it.

You can also read about Seamus here - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seamus_Heaney

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Some howlarious stuff

So my friends have been discussing Shilpa Shetty in Big Brother and Abhiwarya saga furiously over emails and some of the stuff people have been sending me is howlarious stuff man! People have got too much time on their hands and by this I mean the people posting stuff on websites and writing articles about Mme Shetty in England!

Some quotes which I simply could not ignore and thanks to Anew and Man for this brilliant stuff:

Abhiwarya saga first:
  1. "when news started coming about them ... i was shocked like others but it was good fun... to be couled as two heavy waights .. ash heads off to you ... salman ... then another dude and finnaly mr abhishek ... i remenber you said sometime your life is experimental well .. good experiment this time .... both of you i dont like much and you guys are prooving worth ... framkly says .. in age of early 30 you have doen what you were sopposed to be doen .... god bless you guys .."
  2. "doom has spread over abhishek and family from yesterday. need i say more. we need to pray more for bachans than we did for them during COOLIE acident"
  3. "It's called Perfact Match, King found queen. Congratulations."
Shetty in Big Brother House:

You can click on link on title to get more on that but some precious quotes from the Telegraph here:
  1. That there had "undoubtedly been a cultural and class clash between her and three of the British females in the house". (No fecking shit!)
  2. The Indian government has also indicated that it plans to raise the issue with Britain after the treatment of the Bollywood star featured in newspapers and television news in the country. (This is howlarious truly)
  3. The scenes from the programme have sparked protests in India, with demonstrators filmed burning effigies of “Big Brother organisers” in the street. (What the fuck for??)
  4. "We note recent events in the Big Brother programme which provide an interesting reflection of today's society. - Commission of Racial Equality (Hhahahhahahhhahhhaa - sissy statement typical of Commissions and the like)
So like I said some unbelievable stuff from people!

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Mile Sur Mera Tumhara

If you click on that link you remember, like I did..a past and a childhood. I know almost every word of the song and the video brought back a flood of memories. Every child my age knows this song, I doubt if my sister's generation even knows it exists which they probably don't. National integration - wot a theme to talk about through music and it was luverly!

Man, me and Boy were sitting in rick going to Bandra and well we sang the whole fucking song in the rick which was crazeee stuff! Rick man must have thought we were quite mad I am sure! But was awesome and we followed this by singing hymns we had learnt in our convent schools! Funness tht was and then went home and got that funny firing from my mother tht day! :) So all good and worth it...

My best friend's Mom is in hospital. That family is like my 2nd family and I love all of them to death (as someone I knw keeps saying). Aunty V feeds me sorpatel and makes my life happy. The mosquitoes in their garden love me too :P But apart from that, she has been my dearest friend for donkey years and we are planning to celebrate 10 yrs of our friendship this June when we met for the first time! :D

What the heck would I do without DML is my question? I mean she has been with me through thick and thin literally. We have been bridesmaids together for Cutlet's wedding and been through so much crap together. Both the basthurds don't let me forget all the crap we have done together! Love them both too much! A prayer for Aunty V, my second Mom from me! God bless her....

Friday, January 12, 2007

More IPhone



Dilbert and Google! Howlarious

Guy Kawasaki - this is so brilliant!

I had to put this up!!

First piece of news! This is front page news of the fucking Toronto Star! With a start like, "Forget Brangelina. Or TomKat." “They’re the Brad Pitt and Angelina (Jolie) of the Indian community!”
Read and be fucking stunned!


Second piece of news! Basthurd David Beckham is fucking off to LA Galaxy! "Bend this, TomKat and Brangelina: Becks `n’ Posh are coming to Hollywood." Like a friend of mine said, he is as good as retiring! He is gng to be paid $1 million a week! Bloddy fucking bs man!


About parents...

A friend in the States wanted some stuff sent to her. So she has asked mutual friend to get it to her. I am also a conduit in this procedure (makes me sound like a drug dealer). So went over to friend's house, love her mother btw and am gng to kidnap her one day! :) Her parents were so happy to see me that it struck me about how lonely they were. Of course they had each other but boss, it is the not the same with the children not being around!

A conversation a day later with another friend who was worried about his parents as well strengthened my feelings about this. Most middle-class and upper middle class children want to leave here and go abroad. Aakhir idhar rakha kyaa hai types is general junta's attitude, although I am sure people will dispute me on this. There are myriad reasons and the most important one is the material one!

Money sure as hell makes the world go around and our parents sacrifice shitloads of things so we can get the best for our future. They readily give their children up to the evil clutches of the West (exaggerated) which of course the kids embrace whole heartedly! Such is life....What happens to the parents that get left behind...most of our parents are nearing their twilight of their lives. Its like my dear darlingest mother tries to emotionally blackmail me especially abt marriage! Bah! (That was an aside) They tell themselves let the kids do well and all that crap and send them away.

End of story, parents are left to fend for themselves and manage. Kids of course support financially and do the cursory I shall come home for Xmas and New Year crap. So the grandchildren when they come home for the first time see their grandparents and get thoroughly confused and hassled about the well meaning neighbours who of course just want to cuddle the children!

I sound cynical I realise but well its true...When we make that move abroad,. we do worry about our parents and its taken for granted they are going to be there no matter what! We settle into our life, do the marriage thing, get the kids and so on life goes..until shit happens in India...When do kids abroad come home from a well settled life there - to visit the parents, when there is a death and maybe when there is a marriage! Harsh but true.

I loved my visit and want to keep doing that..coz it brings me joy and brings them joy too. But I am busy too and my Mom constantly is at me for not spending enough time in my own house. But when you can make that difference you should and that is that according to me.

Funny incident that happened last nite ( Funny in retrospect) - I went out and got back at 1.00 am or random assed time like that. Of course my mother was up and she said something so dramatic (still think it sounds that) - "You should stop doing this or you should quit". I almost asked her quit wot and then desisted coz that would have led to the inevitable fite so pretended she wasn't there or I was somewhere else and went to sleep. All was well in the morning in any case so wheee to that I guess....

That is it from me for tonite. Joy to the world, the lord has come...I was singing this along with the bastards last nite in the rick when I was coming home and right now certainly feel like that only!

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

IPhone is here..god how geeky can I get??

Its gng to cost 27,000 bucks but man oh man I feel like saving up rt now so I can buy it....They r gng to kill the market man! Totally mobile (pronounced the American way)!! It is going to become the ultimate thing to own I tell u!!


Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Things that happened to/with me

So I have been meaning to write for sometime and finally got the chance to do it! So random stuff has been happening...a first of a few number of incidents for me...

Let's start with the most relevant and go onto random ones...

I went to Mango on Saturday nite and there was a sale on. Saw something I liked and thought abt it. It had been folded up and this was about 8.30 ish in the nite which means shutting time. There was a salesgurl next to me and I asked her, "Do you have a larger size"? She goes No. So was like ok and was fiddling around it when she turns to me and says," Mam I just folded that, we r closing shop and if you need help with something can you please ask?" I was like Sorry and I left. Basically I got told off in case anyone didn't get tht! Was like wtf a bit and was man kyaa attitude dikhati hai types!

Yesterday travelling in the rick, the dude had a First Aid kit in the rick. I was a wee bit shocked and happy. His rick was posh and by posh here I mean, like things that were there like this first aid kit box, hold-ons like in the bus on the sides and a holder for newspapers and magazines. I was curious enough to ask him why he had a kit box. He said,"Shauk hai". Told him it was good and then well was morbid enough to ask if it had ever been used and he said yes and qualified it further with "Hamare liye naheen". :)

This morning at 6.00 fucking am I got a call from a child asking me if," Teacher aaj shaala hai aahe ka?" I was so fucking zonked. Its howlarious now but well then it sure as hell wasn't!

Can't remember the other stuff now but these 3 stand out in my head! Laters at work and doing this a wee bit furtively!

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

I am Superrrrgurrrlll :)

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Lean, muscular and feminine.
Honest and a defender of the innocent.

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Monday, January 01, 2007

Back from Kashid

Moonlight so bright
Following my footsteps
The sea glistens
Calling to me
The night envelops the moon like a cloak
The wind whispers sweet nothings in my ear
The cool sand beneath my feet
I walk on dreaming of a better tomorrow

Coming back from Kashid, this is what I feel..I had a super duper blast. I drank, smoked and generally had a blast with da friends! Wheeee.....Drinking Sauvignon Blanc on a moonlit beach in Kashid with my friends....makes my life complete. RG suggested change in last line, "I walk on dreaming" which I quite like but am told that I can't make change in poetry once it is done!

Dee,Coo,Smiley,Vigs,RG,Srini - happiness u gave to me guys! I want to write a lot more so shall come back...just wanted to write this out before I collapse on my bed.