Monday, October 26, 2009

Noose-Flash!

The friends I have are quite precious - so I have decided to give them appreciative titles, for making life so much fun! 

Susmita: The Funny Bone, and Five-Star emailer
Penaaz: The Shopper who doesn't Stop! 
Devina: The Tommy Hilfiger watch-owner who continues to Crib! 
Priyo: The Random Rock Concert Attendee, and Arunodaya-Gazer.
Shubho: The One who is in a state of denial and continues to say "What" with passion. 
Radhika and Kasturi: Queens of La-La Land which is devoid of Connectivity

In the past week, Penaaz has procured an entire wardrobe and is still looking for Black Shoes. They can be Peep Toes, Breathing Ankles..Tie ups.. stilletoes, all that you can think of - name it, she's got it! 

Susmita has recently joined the To-be-married-soon gang, and that leaves Shubho, Priyo, Radhika and Me to form our own We-don't-have-bfs/gf's gang! 

I somehow cannot wait to meet these people now.. like everybody together..and then go for a nice breakfast-lunch-dinner-sleepover- and Penaaz's beauty sessions !! 

Sunday, October 25, 2009

The High!

So the Mouse and I went to Paharganj..and expectedly, it was quite a lot of fun! The metro ride for one - I have realized, one must never make an effort to get in or get out... people around ensure that anyway! At the market, we strolled around.. and I wonder why, we were asked to check in to a hotel! hehehe..Not like we look like firangs! And then, Vrinda and I realized, we didn't belong there! It was like we WERE the foreigners - the actual firangs looked pretty much at home there. The place is definitely a heaven of sorts - you can smell the marijuana as soon as you step off the rickshaw... hundreds of colorful tees, juttis, and pajamas, rickshaws, cars and bikes cramming into the lanes, secret lanes..haveli like structures, and the railway station at the other end - if this isn't Delhi, what is?!

We went to this eating joint- can't remember the name, but it was "Recommended by LOLENLY Planet" - and nothing on the menu was stuff we usually hear of. So we ordered an Iraninan Shnitzel... the chicken dip...lip smacking! The Mouse also felt as if something was going on within the little cafe. People there knew each other.. then another guy kept emptying ashtrays and another one covered beer bottles wih newspaper..we felt like complete misfits! But nonetheless, we enjoyed it!

If that wasn't enough, today I went out with Beezlebub and Mom to eat out..at the mall. I saw so many hairstyles, that it's difficult to describe!! All shapes, all sizes!! And yeah, I have never been so amused!

Dilli has different flavors me says!

Friday, October 23, 2009

After long, I thought about what Delhi is passionate about - its not food - cz no matter how many Crystal Awards HT does, we don't have nice affordable lounges/ comfortable, talkative, lazy cafe's - either they're too plush, or too blah. The 'affordable' lounges have now become 'shady'.
So besides food, its not theatre - coz I went for a play and it hardly saw too much of a crowd. The firangs were there though.
They're definitely not into classical stuff. And even though BCL has revamped, we don't have much of a reader population.

Do delhites not enjoy themselves? Or do they do so 'safely'? By enjoyment, I don't mean movies or stuff.. but things like games, or theatre, or say car racing.. or even picnics! I tried enjoying, and the policemen contingent kept this ridiculous 'eye on us' - and it aint a good feeling!

In fact, we at Happy Hands were thinking of our Carnival event, and wondered too long, as to what would be a good venue! The capital doesn't have places!!!

Sigh.

However it is, we love Delhi.. the heart of it.. the way it is so incorrigible.. and after everything, it has 'character'.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Delhi's Got Talent!

Traveling in Delhi can be amusing. My favorite category is a tough choice between bus conductors and Autowallahs though the 'I can move a car hence I can drive' category is a strong contender as well.

So the other day, this autowalla guy asked me for 80 bucks from Pragati Maidan to Kalkaji - by meter it is 55, so 60 and 70 is understandable.. but 80?!
As I moved on, he came after me saying, there's someone who needs to get off at Nehru Place and I could share the ride. No no no, before you think 'What a sweet gesture', the plan was to charge me 60 and my co-passenger 50 separately. So there! But i dint give him what he expected and ha! I felt good. Either they refuse outright to go somewhere or want double the amount!
I will never ever understand their psyche...or their ability to still call the shots and get away with anything! Their optimism and ability to turn situations in their favor is inspiring to say the least. Strikes normally end up with them benefiting. Increase in CNG prices mean either hiked fares or strikes.

Bus conductors on the other hand are so enterprising! The way they fit in people into an already full bus, and manage to convince more passengers waiting that there's space is so hilarious! So on my way from Saket to Kalkaji, I sort of experienced what it must be like to suffocate sitting next to a window seat!
This young boy, Mr. Conductor kept telling people waiting at stops, encouraging them to get onto the bus "Jagah hai.. chalo chalo.." and then his regular prompts "Haan bhaiyya thora andar chalo.. aunty thora side ho jao..aur thora shift ho" - and finally there were more and more and still more people getting onto the bus! The mathematic abilities are also quite genius-like: They do those quick calculations and know the faces who are yet to pay up! Mind-blowing!

And a little mention for those Expert Drivers who know not what way to go... give an indicator for the left and go right.. or drive on the right when they are to take a left. Even those who will be on the phone and move at a pace they wish to.
There's an intriguing observation at every Red Light that eventually turns green - it takes exactly 1.5 seconds for the driving enthusiasts to get honking once a signal changes to Go! - Indicates what an On the Move society we live in! Ha!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Monday, October 12, 2009

Feasting on Life...

So it has been enormously long that I updated this corner - no matter how much I would like to blame it on the time crunch and all that, I guess I won't and will sheepishly admit to my avoidance of this pleasure. 

So in short, I have spent the last few months working at Pravah and setting up Happy Hands Foundation. So there has been a humungus load thats been happening. At Pravah, I learnt not to blaim but to claim, be responsible for my own decisions in the truest sense, and well.. also to reflect a little! But now that I am ready to move on to newer things, and exciting stuff, I just selfishly thought a space to revive was our very loved Crazy Corner. 

In these months post SIMC, I realize the value of friends and friendships - Susmita, Devina, Priyo, Penaaz, Kasturi, Radhika - the Bitchdom gang is as fresh and knitup as it was - if not as much earlieer as now. The uncomplicated, simple, happy group - that's what it still is - and I so owe it to them for helping me remain as crazy and retaining my insanity! I mean yeah, 'sanity' and all sounds good, but Madness is lots more fun - anyday! 

About my latest passion - its got to be the desi version of Baby Borrowers - its simply hilarious to watch people struggle with babies!! Small is Powerful - see, how I mean it when I embody that statement! 

Soon some friends will be getting married to each other- and yesterday Priyo and I scouted for some very naughty gifts for the couples : Ram and Susmita and Devina and Sameer... hehehhehehehe... my horns glow bright RED to even think of them. 

One of these days, I think I will call Shubho at midnight and say "So what are you wearing right now" - hear him scream out "WHAAAT" - and giggle and hangup! Life is too much fun I say! 

Fun Fun Funnn!!