Monday, April 13, 2009

The Sun Sets in Style

The sunset was pretty brilliant today.. Here are a couple of images..



Fluffy Skies

The clouds seemed to be in the mood to show off today. There were some amazing views in the evening. Through the noon, the clouds looked like white cotton candy :)





Friday, April 10, 2009

Her Choice

The first time mom hired a maid I was very little, about 8 years old. A well behaved and hard working young lady, S would speak only when she was spoken to.The oldest child in her household, she sacrificed her education. With her tiny salary, she ensured that her sister and brother went to school. Over the years, she pretty much became a part of our family. It was a common joke among our relatives that she was mom's adopted daughter. When mom started teaching at a school run by her friend, a copy of the house key was handed over to S so that she could continue her chores even if no one was at home. Defending strong negative vibes from family and friends, mom insisted that she trusted S like she would trust her daughters. S later got married to a small-time contractor and had two daughters. We have since moved out of that locality, but S has constantly stayed in touch. She calls mom once a month and even visits often.
Now here is why I am telling her story. Through the years, she has saved enough money and purchased a piece of land. She and her husband are registered voters and have a ration card. Her husband learnt how to drive so that he could get more employment opportunities. He now has an additional part time job. She is paying for her brother's education and he is studying his degree now. Her sister completed
college and is married to an educated government employee. Her daughters are now in primary school and consistently fetch grades in the range of A and A+. Both of them can comfortably converse in English and Hindi. One of them has been learning dance and one is learning classical music. The local government school conducts computer classes in summer at a nominal fee, both the kids have been enrolled there. S and her husband have been putting aside money as an education fund for the girls. All along, she has been working as a maid and is continuing as one.
We hear of stories from the working class/'blue-collar' labour. We read them in papers, hear them from the help we employ - gardeners, drivers, maids. Most of them are tragic and sad. Drunken husbands, hungry kids, harassed by loan sharks, crying women..the list is endless. Some uncontrollable issues, but many problems that could be handled well with the help of education and better usage of common sense.
But S didn't take that path. She made a choice. She is not educated, but decided that her children would not take her path. She wants them to get jobs, earn well and lead a better life. S made a darn good choice.
In the words of J.K. Rowling, voiced by Albus Dumbledore, "Its our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
S, I would like to say I love you and I am so proud of you. You go girl!!

New Life



Woke up this morning to the sight of budding flowers in my balcony.. As always, new life is thrilling and beautiful!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Chandler vs Joey - II

Joey: I don't know. I'm not too good at memorizing lines.
Chandler: It's a good thing you don't have to do that for a living.


[Joey and Chandler are trying to break into a closet]
Joey: Do you have a bobby pin?
Chandler: Wait.
[runs hands through hair]
Chandler: Oh, that's right. I'm NOT an eight year-old girl.


Chandler: And this from the cry-for-help department: Are you wearing makeup?
Joey: Yes, I am. As of today, I am officially Joey Tribbiani, actor slash model.
Chandler: That's funny, 'cause I was thinking you look more like Joey Tribbiani, man slash woman.


[Joey is making marinara sauce and filling every container possible with it. Chandler enters]
Chandler: Whoa, whoa, so I'm guessing you didn't get the part... or Italy called and said it was hungry.


Joey: How come we don't have jam at our place?
Chandler: Because the kids need shoes.


Joey: My agent thinks I should have a name that's more neutral.
Chandler: Joey... Switzerland?


Joey: You know how you're always saying we need a place for the mail?
Chandler: Yeah?
Joey: Well, I decided to take it to the next step.
Chandler: You're building a post office?


Chandler: You don't look good, Joe.
Joey: The fridge broke, so I had to eat everything. Cold cuts, ice cream, limes. Oh, and what was in that brown jar?
Chandler: That's still in there?
Joey: Not any more. By the way, you owe me $400.
Chandler: Is this a service you're providing me?


Joey: Days Of Our Lives. Anyway, you're not gonna believe it! My character is coming out of his coma!
All: Oh!
Chandler: That's great!
Joey: And — and — and not only that, I'm gettin' a new brain!
Chandler: So great things are happening at work and in your personal life!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Sunset..

As the Sun played hide and seek with the clouds for a long time, we were treated to a spectacular sunset today..
Some pictures from the office terrace..





Chandler vs Joey - I

Joey: [to Ross] Forget about Rachel. Go to China, eat Chinese food.
Chandler: Of course there they'd just call it food.


[While Chandler naps against the wall in his room, Joey is drilling though the wall. As he drills, the drill bit comes though the wall right next to Chandler]

Joey: Oh! Uh, sorry, did I get ya?
Chandler: NO, YOU DIDN'T GET ME!! IT'S AN ELECTRIC DRILL! YOU GET ME, YOU KILL ME!


Joey: [trying to dress up as a 19 year old] "Wassup".. Am I Nineteen or what??
Chandler: Yes Yes.. on a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the dumbest.. yes you are nineteen...


Chandler: Well, of course, lambs are scarier. Otherwise the movie would've been called Silence of the Ducks.

[Joey wears a sunglass to avoid getting spit in the face by his costar during a shoot of World War I.]
Chandler: "If I remember correctly, Ray Ban was the official sponsor of World War I"


After Joey finishes that mammoth turkey, Monica says "Joey we are very proud of you".
Chandler: "Yes, we are expecting a call from the President any moment now"


Chandler: [To Joey who's removing his tie] Would you put that back on? Monica's gonna be here any minute!
Joey: But it hurt's my Joey's Apple.
Chandler: [frustrated] Okay, for the last time. It's not named for each individual man.


[Flipping a coin to decide which one out of two babies - one wearing a shirt with ducks and the other having clowns - was Ross's baby. They have to decide which side to assign to the duck and which one to clowns]
Chandler : we have to assign heads to something
Joey: Ok Ok ducks is heads 'cause ducks have heads
Chandler : what kind of scary ass clowns came to your birthday ??!!!


[Joey tries to sell the entertaimment center and gets locked and robbed]
Joey: I was tryin’ to make a sale!! Oh, man, if I ever run into that guy again, do you know what I’m gonna do?
Chandler: BEND OVER?!!!


Joey: Want some jam?
Chandler: No thanks, I just had a jar of mustard.


[Joey has packed an emergency kit with food, Mad-Libs and condoms]
Chandler: Condoms?
Joey: We don't know how long we're gonna be stuck here. We might have to repopulate the world.
Chandler: And condoms are the way to do that?


Joey: Oh, yeah. Go for it man, jump off the high dive, stare down the barrel of the gun, pee into the wind.
Chandler: Yeah, Joe, I assure you if I'm staring down the barrel of a gun, I'm pretty much peeing every which way.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Concerts Galore!

Watch Bombay Jayashree in concert at 6.30 pm on April 4 at Fort High School Grounds, Chamarajpet.

Watch DR. K.J.Yesudas perform at the same venue and time on April 5.

More updates to follow!!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Chandler Mania


Chandler: I'm not so good with the advice... Can I interest you in a sarcastic comment?

Chandler: I can handle this. "Handle" is my middle name. Actually, "handle" is the middle of my first name.

Chandler: All right, kids, I gotta get to work. If I don't input those numbers... it doesn't make much of a difference.

Chandler: Sometimes I wish I was a lesbian...
[everyone stares at Chandler]
Chandler: ... Did I say that out loud?

[When asked if he knows anything about chicks]
Chandler: Fowl? No. Women?... No.

Chandler: [entering from bathroom, with an issue of Cosmo] All right, I took the quiz, and it turns out, I do put career before men.

Chandler: Listen, it's kind of an emergency. Well, I guess you know that, or we'd be in the predicament room.

Chandler: [to Joey's father's girlfriend] Come on, I'll show you to my room... Wow, that sounds weird when it's not followed by "No thanks, it's late".

Chandler: [about Eddie] Ding dong, the psycho's gone.

Chandler: I can't say hump or screw in front of the b-a-b-y... I just spelled the wrong words didn't I?

Chandler: [To Monica] Come on, you're going to Bloomingdale's with Julie? That's like cheating on Rachel in her house of worship.

[Chandler is practicing advertising slogans]
Chandler: Phones: bringing you closer to people... who have phones.
Chandler: Pants: Like shorts... but longer.

Chandler: Well, if I were a guy...
[Everyone stares at him.]
Chandler: Wait. Did I just say "If I were a guy"?

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Chandler on Ross's Love Life

Chandler: [to Ross] You've slept with someone three hours after you thought you broke up. I mean, bullets have left guns slower.

Chandler: [to Ross] You know if your not careful, you could not get married at all this year.

Chandler: Ross, just for my own peace of mind — you're not married to any more of us, are you?

Ross: We were on a break!
Chandler: Oh, my God! If you say that one more time, I'm going to break up with you!

Chandler: [to Ross] Three failed marriages, two illegitimate children... The personal ad writes itself.

Chandler:
[to Ross when he can't decide between Rachel and Julie] Oh, I know. This must be so hard. "Oh, no! Two women love me. They're both gorgeous and sexy. My wallet's too small for my fifties, and my diamond shoes are too tight!"