Sunday, December 30, 2012


Contrary to the undercurrents prevailing in the present state of our hallowed nation, I for one have always been grateful to women who are and always will be the better of the two sexes.

Here are some who made 2012 an absolute rocker.
Their mentions are in the order of how I met them or how they have always been around me.

Sisters Neha & Aarti

Renu a.k.a Renuka
(Temperamental, Mental, Temperate zone dweller - mood defined)

PC a.k.a Priyam 'LongBongSurname'
Mood capturer, Part British, Exotic Indian living in the land of the long sword (Oman)

Chetasi, Neha, Vigya a.k.a Chittu, Chotu & Vigsy
(Green card holder, Fashionista, Dreamer - respectively)

Arunima a.k.a Shorty (Lights up your Dey, thinks in technicolour & conveys in Dolby)
Deb a.k.a Debby (Thinks Dolby, talks Dolby & lives Dolby)
Shilpa (She sings, strums,serenades & is one hot Tam babe)

Praachi Kapse a.k.a Ponchy
(PR Prof/practitioner, hyper sensitive to good humour & extremely easy to get drunk)

Mrs Sundararajan
(Former colleague, mother of a future engineer, future/fortune teller)

Ash, Roo, Chani & Sheetu
(New found friends, Part time colleagues, full time tormentors & family)

Like I once told some of them once 'You cant thank people for a period of time, when they have changed a year of your life by simply being a part of it.
Women may your tribe increase!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

The Taxi

Dark night,
Yellow streaks,
Dingy lights,
Empty streets,
Tricky ride,
Wheels that squealed,
Cold hands,
Shivering feet,
A long drive & a small seat.

A conversation for company,
A smile to convey.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Strange brew...

Curdled by sips and stirs…
There is a romance that brews amidst the fusion of brown and white… 
Confined by a flavour of sugary dose, a high that should milk more out of the brew master than the one intoxicated… Unless the conversation is as strong as the concoction, there is little to take away… 
And if the conversation is candid, it hits you harder than the potion that lies at its deepest base.. 

That is how I like my coffee….

Monday, December 24, 2012

Gurgaon Corporate

Round tables,
Corner offices,
Bottom line,
Top end,
Big picture,
small idea,
Pin stripes,
Ball parks,
Set rules,
Disrupt practices,
Coloured vision,
Clear goals,
Fire exits,
Attractive mixtures,
Bland tastes.


The woman is on top of the food chain, Man or animal.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Me too!

So I have these superior friends for Bloggers who have started writing about their top 10 lists of food, places and almost all their exciting things in life. I on the other hand have a new pair of headphones to talk about and the fact that no mosquito bit me in the past two nights of slumber. Blame it on the fact that I slept like a log, but hey - a record is a record!

So I too have decided to share my 10 top achievements of the year gone by. Yep, I had some too!
These are personal and public.
Private yet shared.

  1. Starting to write in Hindi. I know I can and rarely share what I write but then a start has been made and it shall soon become better. Another plug in here being my Punjabi has improved too. More on that later.
  2. The SLR. Long time since I planned on buying one and finally I did so. Needless to say I have improved with the mechanics of painting with light.
  3. Delhi. What more can happen to someone who loves prose, likes to write and owns a camera. Delhi can make the coldest of souls go weak in the knees with all the history of a time gone by cast and preserved in stone. The move to Delhi has been so much worth it.
  4. Wine. Knowing brands and knowing wines within brands is quite different. I am not a connoisseur nor am I a social drinker but when I do have to make a choice I will be bang on with the teachings I have  imbibed over the past one year. A Chef for a sister and home town between the two Napa Valleys of India (Nashik & Satara) has also helped. Wine is like a woman. You need to consumer her in apt moments, shake her up so she can surprise you and then she just gets better with age. 
  5. Rumi. A rare encounter with a blog that had random lines that were simple yet so deep exposed me to Rumi. At the end of it all the final frame of Rockstar when not understood by most made so much sense to me. Sense truly lies in simplicity & Rumi is bang on.
  6. Goa. I made yet another trip to Goa in January this year. For a friends bachelors, who being from the state of Gujrat would not have seen so much alcohol like he did in those days. He completes a year of marriage this year and another comrade in arms gets hitched too. Goa has way to much etched in memory.
  7. Quitting my first job. I worked selflessly for 30 months which in any industry is far great experience for a first job. Then, things went stagnant. Challenges settled into procedural diktats and what was killing me was not even making me stronger. It had to go. So, I moved on. I did not resign. I don't. Never have and never will.
  8. Worked with the oldest brand in Travel & Hospitality. Ever held a Ming vase that costs a million bucks? Well I did, for nearly two whole damn years. Cox & Kings India was a brand that I owned, led and championed across what I do for a living. The experience - truly thrilling.
  9. My helmet got pimped. An illustrator friend who seems to be high on the drugs of paint and creativity sniffed some acetone and went completely wild on my helmet. Needless to say its one of the best Birthday gifts I have received in awhile. A post on that is pending though. Here is a glimpse
  10. I have a business plan. This will be revealed later.
In case you wish to follow the two who inspired this post and more coming later you can check their blogs here - http://fuchsiafunny.blogspot.in

Statutory warning: The look as good as they write.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Always is....

There always is a kid who is dreaming..
There are always books with words that make you pause and wait..
There always is a walk that can make things clear..
There always is a quaint corner in the madness of the city..
There always is that refreshing glass of water..
There always are people waiting to surprise you...

Monday, December 17, 2012

I wish I knew, I wish I knew.

And when it strikes you, and I know it will. All you will say is, I wish I knew, I wish I knew.