25 January, 2010

the weekend

This is an example of the emails I receive from co-workers…

“Thanking you to please seeing attached documentational information and do the needingful in the timing for same”

And then they will freak out if you don’t reply…anyone have a decoder ring I could borrow?

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Contrary to popular belief, here in India, one does not need to haggle to purchase items. 95% of things have a prices printed on them known as the MRP (maximum retail price, maximum rupee paid, Mumbai rupee price etc).

There are staple items (i.e. milk, sugar, rice, petrol) and their price is fixed by the government. When there is a need to raise the price it has to be ‘approved’ and fierce debate takes place. Currently they are trying to raise the milk price. I don’t know what it is now, I buy cartons and I think they are Rs. 38. But apparently it’s going up. It’s strange because I think it will go up by 2-3 rupees (roughly 5 cents?). With India being such a poor country that actually really affects people.

Next item: my weekend…

Friday I went to a play. It was in Hindi and I was bored. Just before we went in I drank a huge coffee and it was charging through my veins and I felt like a drug addict. I left during intermission.

Saturday I went to Hypercity.



Every Saturday I go to Hypercity. It’s Mumbai’s Target/Sam’s club. I start off in the mall next to it HC, it’s called Inorbitz.



I start by going to Crosswords (Mumbai’s Barnes and noble). I like to look at the western music section and to finger the books but never buy, cause books I get from school or friends and music I get from another store in the mall…it’s my next stop…I think its called “M music”, I cant remember right now…all the guys there know me and will show me the latest western music they have in. they have no idea what my taste are so they just show me all the CD’s with white people on the cover!

I look around at other stores but rarely, rarely buy anything. Because my place is sooo dumpy I don’t really decorate it or try to class it up. Clothes here are different from me.

At Hypercity I get all my groceries and household products, deo’s, soaps, pots and pans. People say the prices are more expensive there but they are not (see above MPR statement) and if they are, the ease of being able to get everything under on roof is well worth it. When I go to market I like to try at least one new thing but I can’t promise that I always do. This week I got moth balls, people tell me they will keep the lizards out (yes, I have a lizard problem).

Saturtday night I and the boyfriend met my friend david for dinner, then david and I went out for drinks. It was david’s birthday. I had fun!

Sunday…I watched a Desperate Housewives marathon.

and that's 3 days in Mumbai!!

Gothic Mumbai

aili and i went to lunch...

08 January, 2010

keep it simple!!

some simple updates:

i have had a cold for almost three weeks now
and i am over it (not the cold but over having it :)!!

work has been stinky!

i am sorta, kinda, maybe, dating someone!!

my dead camera has been brought back to life!!

and thats that.

here is my favorite thing right now...

http://garfieldminusgarfield.net/

Garfield Minus Garfield is a site dedicated to removing Garfield from the Garfield comic strips in order to reveal the existential angst of a certain young Mr. Jon Arbuckle. It is a journey deep into the mind of an isolated young everyman as he fights a losing battle against loneliness and depression in a quiet American suburb.

please go and view this, you'll never read comics the same again!!

04 January, 2010

"in and out" isnt just a burger joint

Growing up a little girl on the farm, one of my favorite things in the world was that on Jan. 1 of every year 'The Washington Post' would put out an "In and Out" list. Anything that was cool or to be cool was on the “in” side…and anything totally “out” (like the word totally) would be on the “out” side.

I loved it.

Looking back now I probably didn’t get half the items they listed, I was on a farm, not knee deep in the big city of DC but regardless I drank it up...it made me feel like I knew what was happening out “there". My neighbors didn’t know, but I did. That made me better faster, smarter, and not one of them! Of course they were delivered the exact same paper we did but kuch bhi; I was like 13ish and made me feel hip!

So in the grand tradition of this great newspapers list, I have done my own...see below and live it!!!

(and for some reason i can not get the justification correct so deal!!)


Out.........................In
Kylie.......................Gaga
Khans.......................Kapoors
Perezhilton.Com.............Stylerookie.Com
Renaldo.....................Sanath Jayasuriya
Ambivalence ................Cards on the Table
Mylie Cyrus/Taylor Swift....Anybody Else
Sex/Drunk Hook Ups..........Victorian Sensibilities
People in their 20’s........People in their 40’s
Abs.........................Bellies
Sway Calloway...............Johann Wald
Non-Fat Mocha Lattes........Black Coffee
Rickshaw Drivers............IT Nerds
Twilight Books/Movies.......Warriors (Warrior Cats Series)
Booze.......................Mango Juice
Tiger Woods.................Kumar Sanakkara
Blue Eyes...................Moustaches
Gap.........................Indian Terrain
American Style..............European Style
China House.................Aer
Hrithik Roshan..............Ranbir kapoor
Twitter.....................Phone Calls
Upen Patel..................JCAC (Jan)
Dinner......................Breakfast
Marvel Comicsl..............Steam, Clock, and Dieselpunk
Garfield....................Garfield Minus Garfield (Old But…)
Kingfisher Beer.............Tiger Beer
5 Star Hotel Meals..........Pot Luck Dinners at Friends
Branded Clothes.............Train Station Clothes
Bollywood...................Japanese Cinema
Benetton....................Lacoste
Scotch on the Rocks.........Vodka Shots
Obama.......................Annise Parker
Kathy Griffin...............Regina Hall
Universal Healthcare........Home Remedies
Facebook....................Myspace, it’s coming back bitches
Wally Lamb..................Tao Lin
Mika........................Patrick Wolf
Craig.......................Craig

enjoy the year...i love everyone!!