Jul 23, 2012
Travelling in Mumbai locals can be everything from being pleasant ones to being hectic ones. The local trains of Mumbai being the life line of Mumbai ; everyone has to use or rather have used this lifeline once in life.And me being the luckiest one on the earth I travel daily like many other lucky counterparts.
For people who don’t know about the local trains in Mumbai, the trains have different compartments – General Compartment which usually can be occupied by both ladies and gents,; most dominantly occupied by the male population of Mumbai.we have the most dangerous and terror filled compartment ie.ladies compartment and then we have a separate luggage compartment ,first class compartments for both ladies and gents and a special compartment for handicapped and cancer patients. How considerate it sounds !! isn’t it ?In the peak hours , no one bothers about the class, no one dithers from being a luggage to being handicapped and using the specially designed compartments. Everything is forgiven, all rules broken are forgiven during the peak hours.. Does anyone have the guts to get into, the ladies compartment during the peak hours forget punishing the defaulters.
In the last so many years of my journey I have come across so many incidents – some funny,some irritating and some terrible ones. But still as it is said the show must go on or rather the journey must go on...I would enlighten the ones who haven’t traveled in a Mumbai local for any reason so far. There are these different species of ladies whom you would definitely find if you are travelling in A Mumbai Local.....
1)The Imaginative ones : These are the ones who always Imagine or hallucinate that there is always a lot of space inside and one can get through in and find a comfy space to settle in..Duh!! if the train was empty .. Are we show pieces hanging on the foot board. These species will always try to push into and find some place which they would define as space.
2) The Strong Willed : These are the ones who wouldn’t budge once they sit somewhere. These species usually don’t prefer sitting on the seats.They prefer sitting down.These are the ones who wudnt budge come what may.Your bags hit them,you stamp over them,you walk over them ,your umbrellas poke them.... still you can’t move them..They belong to ,”Maine ek bar jo commitment kardi fir to mai apni bhi nai sunti” types..Sitting down is their birth right and they shall have it....
3) The fourth seaters: I would like to enlighten them with the fact that Constitution hasn’t defined any such rights to the citizens of India that you must place your bum on the 4th seat i.e the edge of the seat even if you know you are balancing over there. We flout so many rules and its okayyyyyy to flout this self created rule.So next time you see that already the seat is overcrowded with three donot ask people to move so that you can balance on the fourth seat.
4) Investigators: These species ,the moment they get into the train they start asking people where they want to get down.If its your first time in the Mumbai Local don’t be scared this is quite normal and just let the whole world know where you are going.. And the questions don’t stop coming..The same question would be asked millions of times as every station passes by,If you are sleeping and you wake up to a pat , don’t worry its just some unknown faces asking you where you are going.. Don’t worry!! Just tell them and they will let you doze till you reach your destination.
5) Stuntwoman: These species would give Lara Croft, the Kilbils a chase for their money. They don’t wait for the trains to stop. They just jump into the running train and still land safely. This is something you would find impressive specially if you are a die hard action scenes fan.Watch out for these species..!! They are total paisa vasool ;)
6)Inquisitive ones: These species wouldn’t let you live your lives peacefully even if you are almost at the door..They would keep on asking you where you are getting down till they don’t get the answer that satisfies them. Their question would be normally like, ”Are you getting down at the next station ?” No, waiting here so that you could ask me every morning with that irritating tone of yours..DUH!!! obviously am getting down at the next station.GRRR!!!
7) The Foul Mouthed Ones: Their conversations begin with $#$@#%#$ and end with #@$@#$%. :P Be whatever the situation, they find solace in $#@$#$@#$#$.. And the most explicit ones you would have never heard ever in your life. These are the aggressive ones and right from a slight push or stamping on t heir foot would end up them using the most abusive language. They end up making the men shy with this unique talent of theirs. And you said women are weaker sex!!yeah right!!!
8) Irritating Ones : This category is too big and covers a wide spectrum of our so called weaker sex.
a) The elbowing ones : They would elbow you throughout the journey for no fault of yours. And no one likes to be elbowed at odd places in crowded trains. So we give them this special place in this category.
b) A feeling of their own ones: These species think they have a right over you and end up thinking you are their own. They would end up putting your hair to the front when they are irritated, They would hold your back for balance.They would lean totally over you as if you are some non living support installed exclusively for them,They would hold the same handles wherever you keep hand. (I know you would find this behavior odd and end up thinking whether the person behind you is a lesbian ... by the time you are thinking this you would find someones knee feeling you...) Ok !! this happens.. don’t worry... this is quite normal.... carry on and enjoy the touch :P
c) Roadblockers: These species will shoot up your blood pressure in the morning. These are the ones who would want to get down at the last station the train would ever reach but would stand in such a location right from the moment the train has started and they would end up jamming the entire train.these kinds are the ones who are very largely and commonly found.These species often end up missing seats and stand confused like dimwits... Easier to recognize...!!
d)Suspense Creators : These species are the ones who keep you wondering till the end as to whats going to come next. If you are waiting at the platform to board a train you would find the umbrella coming out, the bag flung out, the dupatta coming out and by the time you wonder to whom these things belong to..the suspense enfolds and they appear on the big screen all tired and exhausted. Thunderous Claps an d Applause for such a wonderful entry err.,,,exit!!!
e) Reminders : These are the ones who would push you even before the train starts approaching and would keep saying “Arey jaldi utarna!!”( get down fast) .. Duh!! As if I didn’t know !!!Their constant reminders would keep ringing in your ears till you don’t tell them to move forward.
f) Cry babies: These are the types who weep and wail in the crowd..not actually but they end up making funny noises ..These species deliver amazing dialogues which would give script writers a chase for their money.. “Arey mar gai mai...( I am dead !!) – Ok good to know that :P haha aaahhhhh!!!!(everything is a pain for them!).These species also use the funniest English mostly.. eg.. Arey don’t pussssssss me... (Ok.. I wont pussss u.. I would just PUSH you ) :P
g) Stinky ones : Their armpits can be used as subjects for challenging any Deodorant company. Their armpits end up burning your nostrils for sure. You try to find solace in their hair and you realize armpit was a better option.. You pray for a fresher breath of air!! And do prayers get answered ina jiffy.. ???
9) Party Gals : Nothing can stop these gals from partying hard.These species are found in groups and don’t be surprised if you find a plate of samosa moving over your head .Its your first day at work,you are in the crisp corporate attire and the chutney for samosa moves over your head..don't worry it’s going to land safely on the other end... You feel you are in a party even if you are not invited,even if you don’t get to eat a morsel...but you would get the feel of it for sure. Try telling them something over this programme of theirs and they would be worser than the beefy bouncers you find outside a pub...did you ever say women are weaker sex?? Did you eh??!!!
General compartments are also crowded to the core but you wouldn’t see such things happening there.The only commotion is while boarding and then peace prevails.They indulge in reading newspapers ,discussing share markets ,playing cards etcetc... no one wants to balance themselves on the fourth seat..no one asks you where you are going...No one sits down..
The only place on earth where you can find women transforming into wo-mean is here ie. Second class ladies compartment . But then life 3 cheezo se mazedar banti hai- Entertainment ! Entertainment ! Entertainment!!! And where on earth would you find such entertainment free of cost....
Nothings more entertaining than seeing two woman fight over a seat... wat say???
Also read Locks and Mane Part 2
Jul 12, 2012
Review: I, Rama Age of Seers Book-1 by Ravi Venu for BlogaddaI, Rama
Age of Seers Book-1 by Ravi Venu
Immortality has a Price
This book is Ram’s Version of the Ramayaana and all the events associated with the same. Ramayana , one of the greatest epics ever has been retold with the writer trying hard to put in all the effects that one would have seen in the tele serial Ramayana that used to be aired years back.The writer has tried to depict the story in such a way so that the reader ends up visualizing the different scenes.“The Age of Seers, Volume One” of Rama’s story, outlines how Vishwamitra andseveral others controlled the planet and made it secure for modern day humans.The entire story is in a flashback mode, sometimes Rama reminiscing about his childhood, with Lakshmana adding some small detail, and sometimes through another voice, like that of his father, Dasaratha, relating the story of his curse, or the sage Vishwamitra, relating the story of the demons. The story is on full pace from page to page neatly put in a way how Rama would have experienced every event in his life. The story is also about the way how the brothers were trained in warfare and other art forms.
What I found a bit discouraging was the darkness associated with the book. The cover is so dark and in no way represents Ramayana .Only once you read the name of the book that you get an idea as to what it is.As also Ram narrating the story is something I couldn’t digest. As also the story isn’t that gripping and captivating .I am someone who would love to see such stories on an idiot box i.e my tv rather than read the stuff. So that could be one of the reason why I wouldn’t have found the book captivating. But still I did find the story narration going dull at places.
One thing I liked is the statement written at the back of the book which is one of the main reasons why I chose to read the book ,” There will be a time when men will fight among themselves in the name of God, when peace will fail; at that time a part of me will re-emerge ..” Another thing that I liked is the author took the risk of experimenting with a topic as vast as this . I also liked the way about how Kaikeyi is portrayed as a strong lady, a woman of substance. As also i found the book informative at places ,specially the death of Shravan which i wasn't aware of. So the book is informative.As also for people who have no idea about Ramayana and would want to have a brief idea about the same,This book is good for you.
Overall Review : Give it a Miss!!
You can purchase the book if you are more of a Mythology person at Flipkart.com
Jul 8, 2012
This is the prize winning entry for the Dove contest on Indiblogger
After crying my heart out about my hair in Locks and Mane –Part 1 , I have been given an other chance by Dove to weep and say it all about my once dull,frizzy,lackluster,snappy hair and several snappy moments associated with it .Amidst tears and woes, I would like to thank Dove for the wonderful hamper to cheer me up and make me feel someone cares for my hair,someone wants to make me look and feel great and beautiful.
Hair is one of the most important asset a person can have..Too much of it and too less of it both can leave you depressed ..sigh!! I don’t have too much of it ,neither do I have less of it but then whatever bits and pieces ( oh I mean strands!) I possess they have troubled me to the core till Dove happened. They have created embarrassing situations for me at places and I have bore them silently till my savior DOVE came knocking..
I would like to describe some of the snappy ( hair breakage ) moments with you which I still preserve and think of (when I have lots of work to do I the office :P)
At work: Washroom is one of the most important conference room of my professional life. That is one place where my friends and I gang up and discuss the last night happenings, all the gossips..The major discussions of life are taken there, right from the new film that is released to the new crush and his gal friend in the office, gossips about the bosses , moments of anger and frustration during appraisals etc etc... The list just goes on. Apart from all this juicy stuff makeup and hairstyling too takes a front seat in the IT campus washrooms. And one day as per my daily routine as I combed my hair and was just about to leave the washroom and what do I hear from the housekeeping attendant ,” kya kitna bal gira hai madam aapka... Mujhe abhi fir se saf karna padenga( what is this,its your hair all around.. I would have to clean it all again )L Ouch!! ... that was actually an OUCH moment!! Being praised so liberally in front of al the wannabes of my company was one of the most embarrassing scenes I was ever put into... GRR!!!
At home: DAD’s Drama!
My dad is a cleanliness freak and I can say he loves sweeping our home very often. He just can’t bear even a grain of sand coming in ...forget strands of Hair!!.. During my hair fall days (Locks and Mane Part1 days) whenever my dad used to sweep our home.. he would loudly announce “ the whole house is filled with her hair ,See there its flying“ GRR!! Those were the days I wished getting bald like Persis Khambatta and other female actors who had gone bald to make a style statement unlike me who wanted to go bald to get rid of the embarrassment.
During Stage Rehearsals: My patient Co performer
Being a bharatnatyam dancer I had to enact the scene of Draupadi being dragged and brought to the stage by Duryodhana where she Is stripped in front of everyone... I got the chance to play Draupadi(for a change Someone thought I had feminine qualities!!) .So there was this scene where I was dragged by hair by my co performer..Everytime we ended up performing the scene during the rehearsals ,she would come to me patiently, hand over the broken dry frizzy strands and say “Keep it,your property!”
I was more alarmed than sad or depressed when the quantity increased daily.. I started feeling there was more hair on my co performer’s hand rather than that on my head :P
This wasn’t the end of my apathy .. Marriages added to them more moments of despair and apathy.. PHEW!!
At marriages: Bitchy Aunties
Indian marriages are best known for gossiping about the bride,brides family ,and about other gals who come in for the ceremony.Hardly anyone is around to bless the couple .A major part of them wait for the ceremony to end and hog the delicacies,some are there just to bitch about the bride and some are there to bitch about ME!!! The moment they see me,no matter how indianly sexy I try to be ,paying no attention to my attire all they would talk or rather debate about my Hair..Sometimes it’s the length,sometime it’s the texture ,sometimes its about not oiling my hair,sometimes its about overshampooing my hair...but everytime it has to be MY HAIR!!They would exclaim sadly as if I have turned bald the moment the saw me,”Oh what has happened to your hair?”And then they would try to get in my mom’s attention to my hair by saying ,”Doesn’t she take care of it>?” And my mom would make an expression which clearly states” This gal is out of my control now... Sab iske DAD k pyar ka natija hai ..”(its all her dad’s fault.. its due to his over affection and love) As if the moment he stops giving me the much needed attention my hair would shoot up...
OHH how much do I dislike MY HAIR!!! L and those bitchy Aunties...
My hair once upon a time was like Rakhi Sawant – gained attention for all the wrong reasons :P
Emotional Senti Drama: My MOM!!!!
Hair is one of the favourite topics on which my mom can give lectures for hours.And whatever health problem you have ,she would find a connection with not oiling the hair be it cold or headache .. And when the topic is “MY HAIR” she goes all emotional... “What a beautiful hair she had... I had put in so much efforts..But this gal she never took care of it.. She cut her hair short.. “And she would continue cursing my hair stylish for cutting my hair short ..:P As far as I remember I never had strong lustrous hair before DOVE fell on my head and left my hair moisturized
... I have tried explaining my mom that my hair was never strong but in vain...
But recently when she dropped home from Delhi,I was surprised when she complimented me for my hair..Dove happened to me while one of my hairstylist suggested me the same and that was the end of my hair problems! Dove's damage therapy treatment works wonders on hairs.. Try it out gals!!
All thanks to Dove for making it beautiful than ever... Dove+MOM’s compliments = WOW HAIR!!!Now I get to hear no more bitching from aunties,no more liberal praises from the housekeeping staff,no more lectures from dad.... My hair breathes and has got a new life...Its all lively and superb!!!