Friday, December 26, 2008

The Year That Was(2008)

It is time to bid farewell to 2008 and welcome 2009. 2008 wasn't a great year for starts. It started on a bad note, while a close friend went through a difficult phase on the personal front(which hit me hard), followed by the loss of my most favorite grand-uncle. I switched jobs, which I badly needed to do but it didn't make much difference in terms of learning and growth, though otherwise I definitely found more time for leisure. Planned a vacation or two abroad but in vain.:( Made my first big(considerably big) purchase followed by a few other small gadgets. Did not see much of a change on the personal front(neither for the good nor the bad).

Not to forget the increasing acts of terrorism in the country and world over, Global Warming, the Economic Slowdown and it's after effects making their presence felt more than ever before.

I can't believe that I am almost done with two years of blogging and my blog got approved by WBC. Time has flown by and so has 2008!

Life goes on and I continue to try and take life as it comes, one step at a time!

Friday, December 19, 2008

North Vs South

A lot of us must have faced scenarios where in collegues, aquaintances and even friends at times mock South Indians. I am not denying the fact that the case is vice versa as well. I also admit that we are all Indians at the end of the day and belong to one nation.

But, is that how we see ourselves unless and until there is a major mishap(terrorist activity of sorts)?

This is on account of what I have witnessed and am not out here to condemn, demeen or use derogatory terms against North Indians or Non-South Indians. I infact until recently always had a soft corner toward North Indians for reasons unknown.

I am appauled by the audacity of people who possibly don't consider themselves as INDIANS but also make fun of South Indians - their skin color, accents, style of speaking, pronunciation, habits and food while they(the non-South Indians) live in South India to earn their bread and butter. This annoys me the most. If you can't respect others for what and who they are the least you can do is not make fun of them(more so while you reside in their land). For the North Indians, South India equates to Madras(thanks to Bollywood as well) and black people as they refer to us. Black implies Dark, that is the right word in English for Kala(in hindi). Didn't you know?

A gujju once said:"There are snakes in the hole", he meant "There are snacks in the hall". A bong said:"There are babes in the water", he meant "There are waves in the water". A Punju said: "I am com-for-table" he meant "I am comfortable". What about those of you who replace the word "THINK" with the word "HOPE" in every other so called English sentence of yours("I hope you are frustrated"!, boy what was that? Well it means "I think you are frustrated")? Do we speak of achievers from various parts of India? Well I am not getting in to that. One can go on, but like I earlier said I am not out here to make fun of anyone but to express my views and disgust towards such people who make fun(unless done in good spirit) of others irrespective of wheather they are from the South or the North of India.

Disclaimer: My intent is not to target North Indians or Hindi speaking public(fellow Indians) through this post. I am trying to put across what I have seen and how South Indians(implies Madrasis) are victimised. I will be more than happy to read/hear from you about instances that work the other way round(though I never did or will deny the possibility and the reality). Neither am I generalising that all non-South Indians possess such an attitude towards South Indians nor am I trying to claim that South Indians do not have a problem and/or are very friendly, forthcoming and approachable towards non-South Indians.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Shoe Fetish

I ran through my archived posts and was surprised to note that I have not written about my fetish for footwear. Not that it is of prime importance or interest to my readers but sure will suggest that this is a gift that I will most happily accept(in addition to many others like Perfumes, Chocolates, etc). :P

Mind you, I am rather finicky about my choice of footwear and hence a gift voucher will be the best bet. I really liked Terra Shield's blog template(though I think it is a lil loud) but since she already had it in place, I decided to opt for a different template.

I totally totally love to shop for footwear and though I don't possess too many(20pairs) yet, will look forward to acquiring more with time.

Yes, I am completely out of ideas to blog about and hence all these crazy pictures and posts on my first page. First time visitors rather look at archived posts.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Lucky Draw

Hey people, guess what? Yes, after all those gift vouchers I won a lucky draw.:-)

The fact that I am not sure about the genuinity and authenticity about the same is a separate issue, I am enjoying the present moment!

I happened to walk in to a mall that is a stones throw away from work, with my colleagues. Someone out there handed me this form to fill and drop into a box. I did so providing as less information as I could about myself and a few weeks later I received a call saying I won the draw.

And what did they have to offer? Accomodation for two(I was verbally told for four) for seven days in a 5 star resort, in either of the below mentioned places:

- Goa
- Kerala
- Srilanka
- Indonasia(Bali)

They also said that they will bear 20% of the food expeneses.

I was and still am super thrilled and excited about the idea of visitng Bali but am wondering if it is a hoax considering the fact that the information provided verbally as against that on the actual voucher does not match. There is no mention of the 20% food discount on the voucher.

The voucher was presented by Country Vacations and is valid from April through Sepetember 2009.

It seems like a marketing ploy to me. Anyone, aware of this? Do share your inputs and experiences, if any.

Monday, December 8, 2008

WBC Approved

My blog has been reviewed and approved by the World Blog Council. Thank you WBC, Frau von Sauertraut and Colonel Reginald Fotherington-Blogworthy!

the author certificate

"A left-handed, canine-lover bringing us light-hearted observations about love, life and the world around her." - The description is soooooo apt and so me.:-)

It was fun to read Colonel Reginald's comment about my often changing blog template. I truly like to experiment with templates but this past week, I spent almost all my time on the internet messing with my blog and it's template, as I was tired of the standard templates Blogger has to offer. This current template is here to stay for a while(so I think and believe).:P