Saturday, February 20, 2010

Save Our Tigers | Join the Roar

Do you really want to vote again for, " who would be India's new national animal?" ?
I can't..!! No other animal can fill the space or match the majestic roar of our vanishing national animal.
Let's unite and raise a roar now to save the king rather than voting for a tentative candidate throughout the year.
National Animal is Nation's pride and identity.

Save Tigers, Save India's identity.

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Luck out of a chicken wing!

I had a few inceptions which made me believe that I am a blessed child of Arden. It is recently that the spell broke and I was rejected an opportunity. Anyways, that is not more important than the story of my lady luck shining. I have a habit of putting conditions on events and then taking the decision on whatever the consequence is. For say, I have a deadline in an hour and I don’t have an intuition. I shall put a condition, if I get a call from a customer care in this one hour; I shall make it else not. Or even worse, if I make it to this deadline, I shall make it in my next interview as well. Funny yes—but riskier too!

I have made payments, filled forms, applied for different opportunities, made critical decisions just like this…it worked mostly.

11th Feb. had a significance this year—first, it was 3 days prior to the big V day; second, TGIF; third, I left early for home; fourth, I did not went home empty handed but had the advertisement of a new chicken outlet in the city ‘ Texas Chicken’.

It was a well folded airplane in our bay which landed in my handbag and to my husband’s face finally. No sooner that he saw, the lip smacking chicken wings on the glazed airplane he felt like ordering one. We are from KFC clan basically, but the font of this new eating joint ad resembled an anonymous but mysterious white castle burger outlet on some far away US highway. Though, the franchisee is actually from Texas, Dallas but the first one in Hyderabad. In a skeptical vein, I called on the delivery number ordering 4 chicken wings. The guy on the other side was obliged to take an order but compromising to deliver only if we make the order of at least 250 bucks. We settled on an order of 270 bucks.

I was scanning through the menu that I saw some flashy offers on the ad—“ a romantic dinner for 2 at a 5-star hotel on the 14th Feb” , “ win your valentine a dessert with the combo meal” and “ win the movie tickets on the min order of 500 bucks”. I was ruled out for the last two offers because of limited budgets and first one sounded too dreamy to me.

“How can they make a dinner “romantic” yar?” I said. “Romantic is not a noun, it is an adjective. Romantic just can’t happen with 2 humans dining with a candle on the table and a power cut :)” , I mocked. Since, I had no plans for this v day because of the high credit limit; I dropped an entry for this offer. The participation was looking for a write up of 250 words about love and the best valentine gift, you have received yet. It was easy of course with the delicious chicken wing in one hand and pen in the other ;)

Second and third day before the v day did not go much well between us. It was because we both found each other too low in response to the v day plans. Eight hours of no talking on the v day and my cell buzzed at 5.30 in the evening. I missed it for the first time, as I was sleeping. I got it the second time and viola!! It was a call from Texas Chicken informing me that I have won the so called “romantic dinner” at Novotel. My husband was wandering in our 2 BHK, when I gave him signals that we were not supposed to waste the important day sleeping and watching TV but we deserved better like a dinner at 5-star hotel. It was in no time that we exchanged a laugh and got ready like a perfect couple heading to the 5-star hotel for free food and a “romantic” dinner, of course!

Monday, February 1, 2010

13 Things that are ours.

Anonymous documentary amazed me of the country I am born in. There are 13 inventions which were already born in ancient India before it created furor all over the world.

Jantar Mantar’s Sun dial is not a joke even after we had a concept of time being a continuous cycle of birth and rebirth. If water clock could judge the motion of the earth, Maurya dynasty gave us the concept of perpetual machines. How amazing could be the concept of weaving 45 yards of Indian culture on a non-perpetual machine delivering a basic necessity ‘Kapda’ from cotton plantation. We already had the Madame Tussauds born from the Indian art of sculpting which dates back to 16th Century. Who can forget the bronze dancing girl in our History books? The method of making bronze statues using wax is till an amazing chemistry. Wax replica were modeled and covered with clay followed by heating in the furnace allowing wax to melt down leaving a cavity. Later, the molten Bronze is poured over to get a live brazen Gandhi cocked out of clay.

Woody iron is the Indian stainless, standing high in Sarnath. Commendable science of carbonated iron came from jungles in India. A little bit of wrought iron and the wood when burnt in a kiln, gave birth to a simple yet revolutionary Indian innovation of non-rusty metal.

Loads of international beauties would have saved bucks only if they would have dug the Indian history. Yoga and Chiruta’s cosmetic surgery were born in India. Health and beauty lied in the religious roots of the country, unadvertised flourishing in the jungles. Indian culture always aims at health and spirituality. That is the reason we never had let small pox finish our community. Flushing away the ills in the first commode drainage found from Dholavira excavation, we have set a seat for millions of bipeds to relieve every morning.

Zero, which changed the face of mathematics, was also on our invention card. Being the arena of warfare and kingdoms, we have always scored a plus zero be it in global canvas or on the chequered canvas of ‘Shatranj’.

Wonderful concepts of physics were born in the religious roots of India. It is the Indian philosophy which does not make us good marketers. The inventions were totally a different scope of work, it aimed at necessity rather than prosperity.

India has the achievement of being a ‘Zero se Hero’ with the discovery of revolutionary nothing to ticking the world with a sinking bowl.

Proud to be an Indian!