Archive for July 2007

Two things

One serious. One not so serious. Serious matter. My flippantly worded profile (on the right) turns up on the front page of results related to google queries on “autistic savants”. My usage of that term was strictly non-medical, but I did not realize my folly till I got an email from the mother of a 5 year old son who has been diagnosed with Autism/Aspergers/PDD. She wanted to meet me […]

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Yeganeshtu All Oddsu

Saturday morning, Tennish No visit to Hyderabad is complete without a “Wow yaar. Yeh kaise banaaya yaar” gaping in wonderment at the Veiled Rebecca at the Salar Jung museum. Poets could wax lyrical about it. Lyricists could wax poetic about it. But only our driver, the amiable Feroze, could describe that symphony in marble thus: Maanlo ek ladki hai. Aur maanlo woh poorey safed kapde pehenke paani ke andhar chale […]

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Parachuting into Paradise

Thursday, close to midnight, 20,000 ft “Parachute or Marico”, I wondered, as I sat in Go Air’s flight from Chennai to Hyderabad. “Probably Parachute”, I felt. “The bouquet and aroma seem to rule out Marico”. Then the person sitting in front of me, reclined his seat. “Parachute confirmed”, I concluded. No self respecting south Indian can mistake the aroma of that venerable brand of coconut oil. But this self respecting […]

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Glossary

I noticed that I had written a glossary page a while back but forgot to publish it. So here it is. I am so full of Biriyani, Khubani ka Meetha and exhausted from staring at churidhaars and sarees at General Bazaar that my travelogue will commence only tomorrow.

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Hyderabaadu, nenu vasthaanu..rape ooh

For the Telugu challenged, “Rape ooh” means “Tomorrow”, in case you thought otherwise. I find such incidental offensive words very interesting. A Punjabi (who else) friend of mine once asked me why Tamilians were so inappropriate when meeting anybody for the first time. I said “eh?” and he explained – “You guys always say Wanna Come? the first time you meet anybody”. Tangent over. Main matter now. I will be […]

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Agility, thy name is not a fancy synonym for “view”

Sirjee, mera file……. Eh? Woh file sirjee, jisko move karni thi. Meri file Oh. woh file. Ho jayegi. Thank you sirjee….sirjee hmm..er…kab hogi? Abe bolraha hoon na. Ho jayegi. Jaldi kya hai (scratching head) Nahin sir ji, bus kaam jaldi karvaana tha Humko kya kampyuter samaj rakha hai? Tujhe patha hai kitna bijee hai hum Patha hai sirjee, hum aapka kuch seva karen (with isly ismile) Hmm..kya doge? Ek mitthai […]

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The Kaka Kronicles – episode #1

A delicious pizza meal, albeit with service at the speed of a three-toed sloth, at Smokin Joes (T Nagar) gave me some ideas for a comic series inspired by Chennai’s most ubiquitous citizens. It also turns out that this is my 100th post. (clap clap clap thang you thang you) Here is episode #1, in which the main protagonists are introduced. Click on the image for a larger, readable version. […]

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