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5 Black Things I STILL Want to Own

Whenever I say with glee and smug satisfaction, Black is my colour. My Ma contends that black is no colour at all. Few weeks ago when my father was very unwell, my parents were scared of a relapse. You know how parents have some superstitions. My Ma stealthily takes me aside (so father doesn’t hear) and say, ”you know, dear, I am very scared. You were sitting in a black dress near your father’s bedside. Why would I see you wearing black? It is bad omen.” And I calmly reply, ”Mama, that’s because I wear black a lot. Haven’t you noticed last three days I’ve been wearing black dresses.” Ma couldn’t argue with that and I am very happy to let you know there was no bad omen. My father, thank God, is doing well.

So, with so much black clothing and black devices, are there any more black things I aspire? oh yes! 5 more black things I could do with:

1. Black ornate bathtub: I love bathtubs. When I go on vacation, before booking a hotel I check, Do you have a bathtub, sir? It maybe awkward, but let me tell you it is very important criteria especially on a vacation. ๐Ÿ™‚ I found something like this on Pinterest, but I could with do more ornate one. ๐Ÿ˜‰

bathtub2. Black three-sided bookshelf: Actually the bookshelf does have four sides, all I want is my bookshelf to surround me on three sides in a room. yes, heard it right. On three sides. My current bookshelves are proving to be very inadequate. I want something like this (again Pinterest image of a wardrobe actually), but of course, with a preference for a larger space in middle to put a bed, where I can lie and read in those very comfy postures.

bookshelf3. Black Moissanite ring: I am not fond of jewellery, esp gold ones. Diamond is passรจ. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I want a simple ring with black Moissanite. Something like this would do nicely. (It costs aroundย $1500 last I checked.)

ring4. Black iPad: yes, you heard it right, I want a black wi-fi enabled iPad. Hopefully I will win it in #WhatTheBlack

5. Little black dress: I know, I know. 2 months ago, I bought 17 dresses, most of them black. In fact, my wardrobe is predominantly black. I remember posting this FB update few days ago, leading to a wry query in the commentsย  about ‘Morticia audition?’.

Yet, my search for that perfect little black dress is incomplete. There is still one out there that is waiting for me.

This post is a part of #WhatTheBlack activity at

Cricket-opedia Contest: Results

Cricket-opedia Contest Answers

Without much ado, here are the answers in blue:

1. Who was the first cricketer in the world to be given out by a Third Umpire?

Sachin Tendulkar

2. His was the first real face to adorn the covers of โ€œBible of cricketโ€. Who is he?

Michael Vaugham was featured on cover page of Wisden in 2003.

3. Recognise this veteran cricketer:


Gundappa Vishwanath

4. This cousin of an Hollywood actor has been part of three World Cup teams, once as a Captain. Who is he?

Martin Crowe

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7 Things You Need Not Know About Me

Rupa tagged me about 3 months ago to write abt 7 things you needn’t know about me.

  1. I just write about the issues. But it is my sister, who works by choice, in a reputed NGO as a counsellor. She is the real do-gooder.
  2. I am not a morning person. I hate to get up in mornings. I love to sleep late, but waking up whole night is taking my nocturnal bodyโ€™s resilience too far.
  3. a_mighty_heart

  4. I am a voracious reader. I carry a book everywhere I go. Last year I read 53 books. (I maintain a reading list because I forget.) This year, I am reading my 9th book: A Mighty Heart, The story of American Jew journalist Daniel Pearlโ€™s kidnapping
  5. I love to call and address people I like with dozen and more names. I have coined pochu, puchu, puchki for my sister and also edited her name Dolly to Dullu, Dulla, and what not. So much that now everyone says โ€œDullu ko bula do (Call, Dullu).โ€ย  Obviously, my sister hates me for this.ย  (Yeah, she returns the favour, I wonโ€™t tell you what she calls me.) ๐Ÿ˜€
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Link Diary: January 2009

Admist so much furure about accustations of perverse ‘slum tourism’ of the West in Slumdog Millionaire and Adiga’s The White Tiger, I couldn’t have escaped unscathed. Dev aka former lallopallo ๐Ÿ˜€ posed this question “Did West take advantage of India’s slums?’ to veteran filmmaker Shekhar Kapur and wrote a complete post about it. Hop over and oblige Dev with your views. He,ย  as an apiring filmmaker, is very keen to know what you think.

While we are at the subject, do not miss this Mumbai’s other side (read slumdog) presentation at Telegraph. Note the title: Mumbai’s real slumdogs Do you find it offensive? Slideshow also has a picture of child labourers making carved belts in appalling conditions.

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List of Search Engines and April Fool Hoaxes

Yesterday I wrote about Annual Day without Google. I faired okay without Google as I used Searchmash and Sputtr that do throw up results from both Google and Yahoo.

I am linking here two search engine compilations that I came across on web after posting my list of search engines:

April Fools DayNow a list of April Fool hoaxes:

Thanks, Harsha, for the google prank links! ๐Ÿ™‚

Create Your Own Postcards

I stumbled upon this Create Your Postcard website. Some of the postcard caught my attention for their messages. Here is one of them:

Postcard 1

You too can create and put your postcard up there. You can also send these card to your friends. Read the motto of this web site here at What’s the issue?

Tell me what you think of the postcards on this site?

Happy Birthday to Me!

It was my sister’s birthday yesterday! And today is my birthday! ๐Ÿ™‚ We both are aquarians. ๐Ÿ™‚

Two of my favorite friends-Rashmi and Anurita are also getting married today-One of them is also my school buddy. Congratulations to them! ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Birthday to Me!This day was also birthday of Thomas Alva Edison. He was a genius and dyslexic. I share my birthday with two other friends – Aman and Jagdeep! Happy Birthday to ya too, girls!

So what are my plans for the day? Nothing. I am at work as usual. Perhaps I will leave a wee bit early. But that’s about it. Neither my family nor most of my close friends are in the city! Those that are here are working at far off places that it is hard to meet up for dinner and drinks without screwing up next day at work. I too like it this way. ๐Ÿ™‚ So here am I wishing myself, and raising a toast to my year ahead.

Thanks guys, all of you who wished me best of the day and year. Of bloggers, it was a pleasant surprise to receive sms from Ish. How did he know? Facebook, you see! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks, Dev for the scrap.

P.S: I gifted myself a book called “A Guide to Naughty Girl’s Life“. Ha ha!

Happy Republic Day!

Republic day 2008

 Republic Day Parade at New Delhi

Happy Republic Day!

Like us, Australians also celebrated Australia Day today. Happy Australia Day to Aussies too!

It was interesting and bafflingly to read in newspaper how some youngsters did not know basic facts about Republic Day. I searched Republic Day quizzes to test my knowledge. This was a sub-par quiz I found that gave me this result message:

Republic day quiz result

Given, for such an easy quiz, this message is little too gracious. But this Infosys HR chief seems to have a cracked a really good republic quiz conducted by CNN-IBN. Also, I do not equate having knowledge of republic day to patriotism. Having said that, it is kinda blasphemous to not to know about National landmark days in history.

What do you say?

What Kind of Blogger Am I?

I had taken this quiz long back. However, I distinctly remember my reaction to the result. I had laughed outright. I thought this seemingly frivolous quiz had summed up my blogging in one funny yet pleasing word. ๐Ÿ™‚

You Are a Pundit Blogger!

Your blog is smart, insightful, and always a quality read. Truly appreciated by many, surpassed by only a few.

What Kind of Blogger Are You?

I wish the rest of the quiz result summary “Truly appreciated by many, surpassed by only a few” held true. I have to yet to reach there. There is some hope yet. ๐Ÿ™‚

Lotus in the Mud

Every day we get bombarded with huge number of forwarded e-mails in our mailboxesโ€”be it official or personal. For all the forward mails you receive from your colleagues or other friends working in other corporate offices, you can be sure they are being exchanged amongst 10 others at the same time you receive yours. As it happens, sometimes you receive the same mail thrice in a day from three different people. Sometimes you forward a mail to your colleagues that they might have received already. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Sad thing is this most of us don’t realize it. Whenever we read one of these mails that we liked, we don’t miss a moment to hit the “Send” button. Only problem is others like it too and they too forward same e-mails with similar swiftness. It is especially cumbersome when several friends from the same circle, workplace, or community take liking to a same mail. It is quite possible you receive same mail several times. ๐Ÿ˜ก It has happened to me quite often and I have sulked at the trend.

Having said that, I must admit my love for the emails that have Web links for puzzles, online advertisements, video clips and so on. Take a look at these viral advertisements for Airtel, Microsoft Outlook, and Protex. All of these Web links arrived in my mail box with instructions to have audio on. They are all very enjoyable and successfully manage to get their messages across. I wrote appreciation mails to the sender of these Web links. 8)

I have also come to love some online tests. I particularly liked this personality test. The feedback that I received from my friends was awesome, they agreed that the results reflected their true personality. It was particularly hilarious when I persuaded a colleague, Arvind, to take this test as a experiment. His final result stated, “You take fashion trends to the EXTREME!” We all burst out laughing. That was true. Arvind is known to wear most rangeela and flamboyantly patterned clothes at work! ๐Ÿ˜€

As for me, I like to believe all these online tests whenever the results are good to me. ๐Ÿ˜‰

It is like finding lotus in the mud of spam.

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