Sunday, October 07, 2007

LOST!! Anyone got a home to spare? ;)

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Shopping trips are loads of fun.... esp when you get to read something like the one below. This is what I picked up from my recent trip to Walmart. Needless to say, my friends and I, we were in splits after reading it. Couldn’t resist sharing with my fellow bloggers :)

(Warning: I’m not changing anything from the original flyer... so, if any of you wants to give a big whack on the head, please contact the original author. R, I KNOW you are getting ready to sue the author. I’m thinking of sending him/her a English development course flyer :D)

LOST, House Looking for a Home
(now, this house is looking for a home, anyone got one to spare? ;))
This house can be a home, making lot’s of memories(now have you heard of houses making memories? I thought people and events made them!!),
come make a solid(you want to make a solid? You can have a go here!),
holds lots of laughter(is it a laughter-bucket? Is there such a word, R??),
keeps secrets well(ok! Interesting! Can you give me a sample secret that it has kept well?),
you can design what you want(oh! I want an Igloo! Come on, living in an igloo has been my childhood dream. So, I have designed it :D),
some work done(work done?? By whom? Me? No thanks! I already have loads to do)

• 2 BEDROOM( Now why is this in CAPS?), 3 bedromms( If you want roms(aka Read Only Memories, for the non-techie friends), you can get in touch with this owner because he/she has a house with 3 roms :D or better yet, with romms(whatever that is!) if desired(huh? Can you desire a bedroom and just have it?? Then I'll desire for five more. And what about the original floor plans, buddy?)

• All NEW electric ran( what?? Am I missing something here?), 3 or more outlets per room ( outlets of what?? Of anger? :D)

• INSULATED, most rooms ( insulated.. now that’s got too many possibilities! I’m not listing them here. And, what about the poor souls in the rooms that don’t come under the heading ‘most rooms’?)

• ALL NEW PLUMBING (has this person ripped off all the plumbing and put them back??)

• LARGE DECK, with new glass door( Nothing to say! Try to get the meaning ;))

• FRONT PORCH across front of house( oh! Didn’t know that... I thought all front porches would be across the back of house. Come on, yaar!!)

• LOT OF LIGHT, new widows on 2nd floor( this is NOT a spelling mistake... so, if anyone wants light, new widows(of all people), you can go and pick one from the second floor... now what’s there in the second floor? A widow factory? :D)

• NEW LINES TO SPRING HOUSE (now, where is this spring house? And whose is it? Is it a part of the sale?)

• NEW WATER HEATER, never used ( Hey! That’s why its called new, isn’t it? OR have they changed the terminology? :) )

• 11/2 acres, little spring in front of house ( so much area? And only a teeny, weeny spring? So sad of that poor spring! And in front of house? I thought there was the road and other normal stuff)

• STORAGE BLDG( Now, what’s this? Isn’t storage part of any house?)


You WILL NEVER find a deal like this again(really? Thank God for that! Actually, I don’t mind seeing flyers like this more often :)),
very warm in winter(isn’t that what a house is supposed to do? Keep warm in winter, keep cool in summer and protect all the time? I learnt it in second standard),
LOTS OF POSSIBILITIES (Now, this is very interesting! What are the lots of possibilities? Too much to tell ;)),
with the right imaganation( what is this??? R, I think you are ready to sue this person for wrong usage of English.. chill! :)),
some supplies go with house( supplies? With house? GO???? Go where? )

[Date and time of selling and contact address]

End of the flyer :)
I saw this one hanging up on one of the boards of Walmart. We had more than an hour to kill, waiting for a cab to come. So, what better way than this? :) And, the phrases ‘new widows’ and ‘LOTS OF POSSIBILITIES’ were the best! Really, where is America going to?

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

The scene

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She was standing...
She was having fun...
She was relaxed...

It was a perfect scene...
It was life all over...
It was good...

She tensed...
She was expectant...
She was waiting...

It was the same place...
It was the same car...
But the scene was different...

The voice calmed her...
The voice soothed her...
The voice explained...

It was a dream...
It was unreal...
It was good...

The voice clarified to her...
The voice encouraged her...
The voice understood her...

It was the same place...
It was the same car...
It was a different scene...

A book... and how my life changed!! - III

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[continued]

Being a teenager myself(ok, in the last of teens :)), I could easily relate to what the protagonist is going through and could empathize with her. Also, this story helped me get a really deep and clear view of the Indian family system and the gossamer-like interconnections that exist between every relation in the system. Things that were so far unclear or comical to me, gained more importance in my eyes and I could appreciate the value of the Indian Family. I could only be awed by the structure of Indian society that has withstood so many assaults(or is modifications the right word??) from other cultures and still maintained its charm and unique flavor. Any system that leads its participants and products to success and finally victory is a good system(my definition :)). In that manner, the family system that exists in India is a really good one. Though there are some casualities in it, by and large, it’s a successful one.

This book does not have a separate humor line or character. Instead, humor is subtle and very much a part of the entire story. There is Loganathan, a comical character who acts funny and has an inexplicable behavior. But there is a sad story within him and he is grappling with demons from his past. Though Mythreyi does not understand it at first, she slowly comes to know of the truth and makes amends through his son thereby giving Loganathan peace. The main charm of the book is that it talks of ordinary people, people whom we can see in day to day life and whose life is assumed to be very normal, very regular, very boring. In this age of wanting to have fun “all the time” and trying to fill in every waking moment with pleasure of all kinds, this book was a refreshing change. It allows the readers to contemplate on all what’s happening in their lives in a slow manner. It basically shows that everyone needs a minute to rest, to ponder, to plan and to relax in this rat-race to success because success is not defined by the goals that you achieve. It also places importance on the ways of achieving it and the experiences that you gain along the way. Till I read this book, I wanted to keep doing something all the time. I could never sit still as I wanted to do more and more in less time. More of fun, more of work, more of studying, more of enjoying life, more of everything!! In the process, I lost some good times with friends(I didn’t have time to keep up with them), lost control of life(I was just jumping from one deadline to another, one meeting to another and one work to another and didn’t know where life was leading me) and came close to losing my health(thanks to my mom, I’m still very healthy :) She took care of all my needs when I was busy enjoying with the world. Thank you amma! ).But this book helped me slow down a bit and enjoy the quiet flowers of solitude. Even now, being some thousands of miles away from home, I still have this book with me to show that I have to slow down whenever I feel I’m going too fast. Because I have learned the hard way that it is as important to enjoy the journey as it is to reach the goal.

I feel this is one of the few books that have to be read to be fully understood. No matter how long I write about this book or explain it in different ways, it will not make a big impact unless it is read and experienced first-hand. I haven’t captured the essence of the novel fully. I have just stated the storyline and given a brief overview of what is explained in the book. Or is it that I’m not that good a writer to capture all my feelings about this book in these posts? Hmmm... Scary! But I guess I’ll have to find ways to improve myself in that case. Readers, what do you think?

(Phew!! I'm done. I've kept up the challenge and put in three posts, each more than 500 words about the same topic, something which someone else has not tried out. Finding some such topic(this particular book came as a God-send) was difficult. And writing about it was more so. V, it was an interesting experiment. Though you have to say if the results were as you expected them to be :) However, though I started on these set of posts as part of a challenge, it finally became interesting to explore my feelings for this particular book. Though I knew earlier that I liked this book a lot, I could never put a finger on exactly why I liked it. Even now, the exact reason remains vague. But I have a better understanding. Though I'm not sure how you readers took it all. Sorry if you got bored of it. But, if you can get your hands on it, I would suggest you to read it as it is a wonderful book, especially if you are looking for something different.)