Rajanism

Have you realized that when you shave you don`t save? When you shave you spend so much of your money on the costly twin blades that there is no chance of you saving. And if you decide to save…shaving becomes a impossibility because the local barber charges anywhere between Rs 10 and Rs 50 for …

Choices in life

The Indian race is faced with a cruel choice: work or daytime Doordarshan. – Unknown I know the above maxim no longer stands true, because there is now Fashion TV, Zee Music and Pogo. But, the message that the maxim conveys – that life is not about choices – stands true even today. Whoever said, …

Toilet Paper

Recently a friend called Hanif told me a story. I don`t know if it is a fiction of his imagination, or it is a great business case study as he claims. But, I don`t want to be a Super Hero anymore. Wondering why? Read on. According to him, in the late 80s the sale of …

Full Coverage – Indian Oil Cup, 2005

Indian cricket takes off for yet another season of rocking (pun intended) cricket. At http://allcricket.rediffblogs.com you can follow the other side of cricket…views that can’t make it to the newspapers because they are too silly for print. But too spicy to be ignored. To cut the crap…this site will cover the Indian Oil Cup involving …

Drinking milk

If today I am a drunkard, I have to blame my mother. I still remember how as a five year old I would hate drinking that yucky glass of milk before I went to bed. Now, the glass of milk has been taken over by a bottle of beer. The graduation from milk to a …

Rekha and I decide on a Saree

Here is a conversation Rekha and I had in Nalli Silks (a premium silk saree manufacturer in Chennai). You make sense of it. “I like this pink saree with golden border. Shall I get this?” “Yeah sure. It looks good,” I say. Rekha spends some time with a brown saree she finds on the counter…and …

The conmen in trains

Please accept my sincere apologies for being late. Since my last trespass here, I have been to Madurai and back and have also joined Satyam Computers (will be working from their office in Shollinganallur, Chennai). A second-class compartment is home to many con stories. Some of these stories don`t involve sedative-laced biscuits. Even as I …

Second class

I generally like to travel by second class. To tell you the truth we travel first class only when Rekha is with me. I know, all this while I have maintained that I preferred the lively atmosphere of the 2nd class to the deafening silence in a 1st class compartment of a train. But that`s …

Mallika Sherawat who?

In the last few days I have got 591 browsers coming to my blog looking for Mallika Sherawat MMS. Any idea why they came to my Blog? Perhaps they thought ‘Mallika Sherawat MMS` meant ‘Mallika Sherawat Manages to Marry Somebody.` Who is this Mallika, anyways?

Traditions for dummies

In my 30-year-old stay in India, I have hosted many foreigners. And on all occasions, I have been tempted to tell stories …ones not true but …ones that make interesting listening. Stories like those narrated to the foreigners by the pan-chewing guides at the gates of Taj Mahal. Or closer still…Mahabalipuram. As with most things …

Marriage & Olympics…

Yesterday London won the right to host the 2012 Olympics. It proves the age-old story that David can slay the Goliath anytime. BTW, did you know that David Beckham led the London bid? You are probably wondering why I speak of the Olympics on a platform where I lay bare the tortures of a wife …

Stop! Police

We live in an age when pizza gets to your home before the police. – Jeff Marder After reading a report on a five year old Policeman in India, I thought we should write a tribute for the policemen (and policewomen). After all, their`s is an un-paid job. Why else do you think they stand …