Posts from the “Random Rants” Category

Open letter to anyone.

Posted on December 20, 2012

Dear all, Thank you for your outrage on rape. It was very important. Your marches and petitions have been well received. Really. I wish you all the success in your future endeavors and sincerely hope that the change you are trying to bring, is brought, swiftly and properly. But since educating the youth, sex-education, judicial reforms, women empowerment and measures such as banning chowmein will take a few more decades to arrive, there are more things you can do. Like applying for a gun license for your wife/girlfriend/female friends. Ask them to shoot any molester/eve-teaser/potential rapist at sight. Remember that this is a country where they’ll get convicted for murder, serve the sentence and will be out sooner than justice is delivered if a…

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Barfi!

Posted on September 17, 2012

Barfi!(with an exclamation mark) is a terrifically uncomplicated movie about a protagonist with a physical disability who was born in Darjeeling and was originally named after a radio Murphy but since he can’t say his name, he makes a shrill noise that sounds like Barfi! and that’s where the movie gets its title and Barfi gets his name from. The story also moves back and forth – between 1972, 1978 and 2012. (there are lessons for me in this poster) – Credits. UTV(probably) Barfi is deaf and mute and like any other deaf and mute character in Bollywood, falls in love with a girl. This Darjeeling-based girl, who is a bengali(which explains her Bambi-sized eyes) cares for Barfi and shares bicycle seats and horse-saddles…

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Aftermath

Posted on July 23, 2012

Twelve years ago, in 2000, my hometown witnessed one of the most horrifying attacks it had ever seen. You can read about the Arti Shrivastav acid attack here, a case that shook an entire city. Because incidents like these always shake cities and sensibilities. For a while. A few years later, one of my cousins told me about the pepper spray she carries with her and how she’s had guys follow her in car and how she’s had some very narrow escapes. Then there was that night I spent on the Blank Noise website trying to understand how rating women(something that me and most of my friends – male or otherwise – had/have occasionally indulged in)  classifies as eve-teasing(about the same time I learned…

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Open Letter to Google Reader

Posted on November 2, 2011

Dear Google Reader, What happened? What went wrong? No, seriously. Why did you have to go all Jocelyn Wildenstein on me? Our relationship of a few years was going just fine, until yesterday, when I logged in to you and it felt like waking up next to Micheal Jackson. I can totally understand the pressures of having Google Wave, Buzz and Orkut as your siblings but this move was totally uncalled for. I still remember those golden moments that we spent together. You were my window to the blogging world. More so because WordPress and Blogger blogs are blocked at my workplace thanks to evil Websense.  But you – my erstwhile dearest – you smuggled these posts into my Internet Explorer with Al-Qaida-ish dexterity.…

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There and Back Again – A Google Plus User’s Tale

Posted on July 2, 2011

Google Plus is here. Yay. The ‘Invite Milega?’ game has begun. So have the  ‘Another Social Network?’ tweets. Somehow Google decided to bestow me with access to a field trial of Google Plus(after I downloaded Google Chrome, Hmm). Unlike Google Wave, I didn’t have to offer my virginity for it. Or sell my kidney. You know. I got an invite. Tried it for a bit. And it failed to impress me. In more ways than one. In fact it managed to piss me off in ten ways. Let me tediously describe how:   10 Reasons why I think Google Plus sucks:   1. Because Google thinks it knows who your REAL friends are. Sorry Google. Forget my real friends, even my imaginary friends aren’t…

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Notes – 1st July

Posted on July 1, 2011

This blogpost doesn’t have a purpose. It is just a random assortment of facts and announcements. Here it goes: – Half of 2011 is gone. If you are a Mayan, you have only six months to live. Wrap things the bollywood way: Find a non-mayan husband for your wife/girlfriend, organize their wedding, sing and dance and then die right before their honeymoon. – I am on a break from Twitter. This is similar to Uday Chopra’s retirement announcement(As in no one gives a fuck and he may be back before you know it). Every once in a while I suffer from Twitter disillusionment. After all we are just a bunch of chattering idiots. Imagine you walk into a bar and all of a sudden…

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Gadgetectomy

Posted on May 29, 2011

A few days ago, @chuck_gopal of #project72 fame wrote a post about ‘Gadgetophilia’. Being the avid gadgeteer that he is, Chuck had listed all the gadgets that he has owned or owns. ‘I haven’t regretted ANY of my gadget purchases’, says Chuck. That touched a nerve somewhere. It did more than touch. It burnt my insides. It made my blood boil. Let me tell you why. I have regretted ALL my gadget purchases. Well, almost. If you’ve been through the about me page, you’ll be familiar with some of the stuff that I have bought in the past. If you are not, by the end of this post you’ll definitely be(unless you have the attention span of Ranbeer Kapoor). To keep this blog post…

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