The biggest advantage of traveling across cities as an IT professional is the bath tub you get to use in the hotels. I have been alive for 31 years now but have never lived in a house with a bath tub. The closest I have come was when we had a

On Sunday last we bought a pram for Rhea - our baby. Believe me, getting the right pram is a difficult task. You could be fooled too. Rekha walked up to me on Saturday morning and said: "We need to buy pram." "I think, ‘p` is silent...for I have only heard

I always turn to the sports pages first, which records people's accomplishments. The front page of a newspaper has nothing but man's failures. - Chief Justice Earl Warren Today Narain Karthikeyan beat Michael Schumacher in the first qualifying times, at Melbourne Formula One Grand Prix. If you don`t know Narain, read on

Nameet and I were in Canada together. We have been through the grind together and understand each other fully. We have shared each other`s sorrows...though he tends to have more of them. Today he is a successful entrepreneur in Bangalore driving a Tata Safari and living in a 16K per

This post isn`t funny because I have been spending all of my time between ibibo.com and my daughter Rhea. Without that creative time slot to think and plan a blog post...coming up with a funny piece is difficult. So here goes an autobiographical piece. This article is about Fame, Faith

Some say that Adam got bored and asked God to give him a companion. Some say, God wanted Adam to sacrifice his one leg and one hand at the altar, if he wanted a companion. And when Adam requested God to give him somebody for whom he will only have

Those who thought garbage recycling was never going to be recognized have been silenced. Ouchmytoe has been nominated for India`s top Blog awards - Indibloggies! Ouchmytoe has been nominated in the Humor blog category - quite an achievement considering humor is exactly what Ouchmytoe is aimed at. For the doubting Thomases,

Girls always put on weight after marriage. Men lose flab if they take lunch to office...or gain weight if they eat out during lunch breaks. The issue compounds when both the husband and wife work in IT companies where, even if one doesn`t have work one is forced to hang on

I can now reveal the news I have been trying to hide from the World for the last three months. Perhaps, Rekha has given me the go ahead because she knows she will anyway give away the secret herself. One really can`t hide from the World that one is pregnant

You probably cook Nestle`s Maggi noodles, eat it and forget it. No so in my case. This blog post is to explain why Maggi has been such a big thing for me, and my sisters. I first came to know about Maggi in 1985, when we were about to leave Kholapur

Yesterday, we bought a microwave oven! Yes, sixty-two years after the technology was invented, sixty-one years after it was patented and sixty years after the first microwaves hit the market….we bought one for ourselves. I know…we haven’t really been keeping up with the Jones…but then, in India…isn’t it about keeping

One of the greatest gamblers of our time died on 26th Dec 2005. Kerry Packer - the Aussie cricket-lover, businessman and billionaire, who gambled with the way cricket was played, is no more. Some 20-25 years ago when cricket was still played in whites, Kerry Packer intervened and changed the way

Continuing the tradition of live commentary - in 'as is, where is' condition - Ouchmytoe brings you life inside a 3rd AC compartment at 10.30 in the night. Before the commentary begins, let me tell you that working on a laptop in a train has been my life long ambition

This happened today morning. Rekha and I got up at 6 a.m. Getting up together is a relatively new habit. There used to be a time when Rekha would get up at 5.30 a.m., take bath, pray and with water dripping from her tied-in-a-turban-on-top-of-her-head hair, she would touch my lotus

Did you know the intra-city bus service in Chennai is considered one of the best in India? If you didn`t ...chances are don`t read the magazine I have subscribed for. On Saturday, I traveled by bus from Velachery (in Chennai) to the Central station. It was quite an experience. While talking of

It is said that if one wants to know his/her true friends one should get a Sales job. Very true. I have heard it from everybody I have worked with….so must be true. This is one of the things for which you can’t rely on hearing it from the horse’s

Ever tried going to the vegetable market with your wife? I did. And I should tell you that it was not worth the money, time and energy spent. The whole idea sucks. "Hope you have taken the money," she asks even before I am aware that I am being taken to

Superman`s confidence has always left me in awe. It is not easy to wear your underwear over your trouser and yet walk tall on a busy road. As if wearing ones underwear over ones trouser was not enough...he also had a big ‘S` for ‘Sucker` on his chest. Not to mention

I generally don`t work hard. I was even known as the hardly working journalist when I was with The New Indian Express. Now don`t ask me what is so new about that newspaper. Haven`t you heard of that joke wherein somebody said: "It took an illiterate man to build the

Heard of all those MIG crashes? Heres one for all those MIGs that have chose to crashland on the paddy fields, unsuspecting hutments...or for that matter into theatres.

The online file sharing community is upbeat about a news item: "Jammie takes RIAA to court." No...the Jammie in question isn`t the owner of this blog and the RIAA in news isn`t his daughter. Since a good, old friend called Roshan Mani (who works for an IT company that makes soaps!)

I am told character is an amazing thing. If one of you has seen it, will you please mail it to me? With my broadband connection, I will be able to download and see it for myself. Today`s post is about character. Many say I am like the sun - liked

Has your father ever chased you around the house to apply that dirty lather (that`s what one thought till one started shaving) on your cheeks? If the answer is no, you would probably not understand the romance involved. My father was trying on my sisters, and me what he had already

Just in case you didn`t know...it is a collection of funny articles in PDF format good enough to be e-mailed to family and friends. This simple act could be your ‘good deed of the day` - you will be getting Ouchmytoe a new reader...and at the same time helping your

Requested by Anbu @ 11:16 am | Dec 1st 2004 Topics Suggested: Boss,Canteen food,Indian cricket,roads Mail id: manbu@chn.cognizant.com Blog: http://vanguard2010.blogspot.com It is now fashionable to use the sewage system to move around the city. It is less polluted and less crowded. And costs only Rs 10.00 - the price of one Rin Shakti. According to

My twenty-four day leave is coming to an end. What a pity. Now I feel like getting into a profession where one just roams around and gets paid. Planning to get into the marriage business. But will Rekha agree? Already started thinking of the errands to run once I get to

If you haven't read My trip to South Africa - Part 1, I request you to read that first. This post is second in the series. - - - Part Two Begins - - - While unpacking, I switched on the TV and the first thing I noticed was four

My brother-in-law. i.e., Rekha`s sister`s hubby is a layer...oops lawyer. And like all lawyers he is quite an interesting guy. He and his family paid us a visit a few days ago. It is only ‘payment` they have made us. During an after-dinner conversation, I sought my brother-in-law`s advice regarding a

http://www.googlefight.com Check out this site. Real cool....if you have two items/words/countries/persons in mind and want to know which is more popular (for eg. cricket or baseball, India or Pakistan, Sony or Philips etc)..just visit this site and type in the keywords. And press the ‘Make A Fight` button. Needless to say, I

In my office we have a colleague called Victor. Most in the office call him ‘dry fish’ because he has no life and no juice….but somehow I don’t agree to him being called by that name because I love 'dry fish'!

Ever tried impressing your wife by cooking a decent meal for her? And surprising her? (That`s one of my New Year resolutions). I suggest, you don`t. I tried, and it only backfired. I went without lunch and Rekha, my wife of 115 days, had her fill. It was 1st Jan 2005, a

About two months back OUCHMYTOE reached the magic figure of 10,000 hits. And very shortly it is going to hit the 20,000 mark. Would you be lucky enough to be the 20,000th visitor? If yes, please let me know. Last time, I had promised a hug and could not deliver coz

Water for free? Heat can make people go crazy, especially if you own a popular electrical store in Chennai. Mahendra Bhandari, owner of Bhandari and Sons recently started leaving water cans (full of water, that is) outside of his shop. He says, he wants the passer-bys to quench their thirst. Meanwhile,

When Indian wives want to take their husbands for a ride, they take them for shopping. I don`t know about the NRI wives, but the Indian wives definitely are a handful. I would have never come to know of my wife`s plan if she hadn`t returned from a shopping spree

I wonder what happens when paranoia sets in. Now, don`t you stare at me...I am not that paranoid yet. But think of all those policemen who guard the streets of Delhi. I bet they are scared. OK...this article is a little late to be directed at the Delhi blasts ...but better

"Would you want to make love today?" "I fixed the DVD player for you." "Can you tune into Ten Sports, please?" "Your mother just called." "I sent some money to my parents." "I had this boy friend once...." "I loved the dumb bells you gifted me." "My girl friends find you hot." "I love Bipasha Basu and Mallika

It helps to have a romantic husband. Rekha had a ball of a time yesterday and she said: "This was my best birthday ever." This is exactly what she had said last time. Having set an expectation, I now have to beat myself on 5th July 2007. Tough task....but then I have

Way back in October 2005, we had bought a treadmill. Don`t believe me? You might want to read the posts titled ‘Getting a treadmill for the house...` dated Oct 3, 2005 and ‘Treadmill and its implications` dated Oct 12, 2005. It has been more than two years since we broke open