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Hello Everyone, I know I know its gonna be a big big surprise to see a notification that I have written a post (that is if anyone still follows 🙂 ).. , its been a long long time. Took ages to log on as I had forgotten my username-password.  Thankfully I have now got it recovered, How are you all doing.

I thought of starting to get this blog working again , Life has been happening around but all that later, The biggest problem I feel now is that as I am trying to get back to writing and trying to woo all you lovely people back my mind seems to have stopped working.

I have been going through my drafts and scheduling a few posts to get published.. I found this tag that was quiet popular in the days gone by and was doing the rounds about four/Five years ago, I thought lets start it again ..

This tag is pretty simple. Just strike out the things that You have not done so far and to make it a bit spicier add a line or two as explanation to the ones that you have Done..

1.Graduated high school … Yeah I DID IT.. in spite of all the teachers saying I will not pass, I am sure some had a bet on too, But I regret graduation now in hindsight, as that was the best time of my life. I so wish to go back to it and do all those mistakes, stupidity everything again and AGAIN..

2.Kissed someone… No comments 🙂 .

3.Smoked a cigarette. …. No I hate smoking, the smoke , the smell it puts me off..

4.Got so drunk you passed out… Yes, and Lived to tell the tale (which I will sometime , as it was a funny episode now that I think of it)

5.Rode every ride at an amusement park… Yes, I had just come to UK and we went to Drayton manor park here, I took every RIDE.

6.Collected something stupid… Yes I collect MEMORIES. and no by stupid I mean Good stupid .

7.Gone to a rock concert… (I did go but could not get tickets so returned back)

8.Helped someone... I have put a strike on this , because I feel that if I have managed to help someone then it was my good luck, I was lucky and there can never be a time where we can have enough of helping someone, the world is becoming such a sad place, AND we all need to do our bit and continue doing our bit..

9.Gone fishing… (Oh yes, I remember going uphill in india, this is a funny episode, will have to post an article, let me say it did not end up in having Fish curry or fish fry 😦

10.Watched four  or more movies in one night… Oh yessss, a lot of times, I was in school hostel we use to rent a VCR on Saturday night, watch movies all night, fast forward the songs.

11.Snorted cocaine/Weed..(hopefully Will NEVER Try either)

12.Failed a subject… wowowo how could I NOT, I was the most outstanding student in the class ( always standing OUT OF THE CLASS :)), I had come from school to college, From ICSE to PSEB.. punjab school education board.. and I flunked in Punjabi.. disgraceful I know but my Punjabi was not that good.

13.Been in a car accident… ask me how many, I am accident prone.. I am thankful I am alive.. THANK YOU GOD .. I am sure there are a few out their wanting it to be otherwise but hey SORRY GUYS, tough luck

14.Watched someone die… The worst moments of my life, wish I could have done more and I prey that no one is in that situation.

15.Been to a funeral… Have been to a few now, the Men in our family seem to die off earlier. Although I would love to visit my OWN FUNERAL. just to see who all are there genuinely and see all those SMILEY faces .. saying GOOD RIDDANCE 🙂 Oh yes I have made so many people angry in my short life so far :).

16.Burned yourself… Yes my left hand, I managed to put the burning hot iron on it in 2012.. How !! don’t ask … No idea.

17.Run a marathon… Meeeeee run a marathon, WOW, that is something I got to see too 🙂 .. it will be more of a RUN FAT BOY RUN…

18.Cried yourself to sleep… Yes many a times now. Life is not a bed of roses always

19.Spent over 10,000 bucks in one day… Yesssss well this one is easy, buy anything for 100 pounds plus here , convert to indian currency yipeeee 10,000 gone 🙂

20.Flown on an aeroplane…  Yess  not just that I have actually Flown too, I had a Student pilot licence, use to have NCC in India ,did solo Gliding and then about 50+ hours of power flying in those Yellow aeroplanes PUSHPAK’s.

21.Written a 10 page letter… Yes about 2 a few years back, but did not post maybe one day will post .

22.Gone skiing or Sailing… (I would love to , one day )

23.Cut yourself… A few times now. Sadly for the few out there not life threatening 🙂

24.Had a best friend… This brings me so much pain always when, I think of him. Anupinder Singh Mann. My life is definitely a better one as he was part of it for as long as he way. I have so many beautiful friends all over the world. It was so lovely to have met many of them recently a month back. Life is beautiful with beautiful people around. God bless them all.

25.Lost someone you loved… Sadly Life is not always a bed of roses, you win some – you lose some. But never forget the ones we have lost as god knows where – when – How we might meet up again. I have this theory that ..
Dosti karo to Khoob karo
Dushmani karo woh bhi khoob karo
Magar khyal itna rahe ki FIR agar DOST bano
to SHARMINDAGI na ho…

26.Got into trouble for something you didn’t do… Always  as I mentioned earlier I was an outstanding student (standing out of class always) , yet i got punished for something that happened inside the class, I wonder how that worked.

27.Stolen a book from the library.

28.Gone to a different country… Yes Gone to Europe… Spain,Germany, Czechoslovakia , Belgium etc etc. Been to Canada, Australia, America and INDIA 🙂 (Yeah me globe trotter, if only I had more money )

29.Watched the Harry Potter movies… I hate the movie

30.Had an online diary... Yeah I use to consider this blog as one, as it has a lot of memories hidden in the articles. Sadly been away for a long time, Wrote my diary as always though.

31.Fired a gun… I came runners up in Skeet shooting , when I was in NCC, in India

32.Gambled in a casino… (Itne paise hi nahin ki gamble karoon.. dont have that much money to gamble 🙂 )

33.Been in a school play… Oh yes I was bad only in studies, rest i was good at

34.Been fired from a job… Oh Yes, my second job in Chandigarh, beat up a student as he was doing dadagiri with his gang, so I got my gang , but got fired … tough.

35.Taken a lie detector test… Now I wonder who will say Yes to this, why would anyone tell anyone about having taken a lie detector.

36.Swam with dolphins… No , but touched them, kissed them , played ball with them.. Next year FLORIDA.. 100%/… Doing that …

37.Voted for someone on a reality TV show… I don’t like these shows as I still feel they are a bit manipulated.

38.Written poetry… (I have tried but am crap at it )

39.Read more than 20 books a year… (maybe 5 to 6 )

40.Loved someone you shouldn’t have… DEFINITE YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

41.Used a colouring book over age 12… My niece probably hates me for that, I was sitting playing paint the picture with her and ended up colouring all her book.. bad Uncle I am 😦

42.Had a surgery… Yes a couple.

43.Had stitches… yes MORE than a couple, Nothing to Boast about though sadly 🙂

44.Had more than 5 IM conversations going on at once.WHATTTTTTT 5 coversations, do people do that. I would get lost in what I am saying to who .. Good luck to these people

45.Been in a fist fight… Oh yes .. More than a fist Full 🙂

46.Suffered any form of abuse… Yes, I did a post on that a few years back.

47.Had a pet… Yes I love dogs and a few back home in India.

48.Petted a wild animal… dolphins, seals , Shark, Want to pat a Lion though.

49.Dyed your hair.. oh yes the first time i went back to India after years , I had got blond highlights in my hair. My dad did not like it at all, lucky i was all grown up else I could see that SLAP coming..

50.Got a tattoo… I am so afraid of needles , I would not dare But I do want one for sure ..

51.Had something pierced… Ear

52.Got straight A’s… This makes me laugh out loud 🙂 because ME and STUDIES .. Two different things for sure .. very bad in studies

53.Taken pictures with a webcam.. The good old days when we had gmail chat, the use of webcam came very handy, nowadays its so simple skype-teams etc etc.

54.Lost something expensive… yes a few, A few years ago I had gone to Australia and lost my luggage and everything in it .

55.Gone to sleep with music on

Done Dana dan… WOWOW I have done a lot of stuff… Now comes the Tagging part , well as you all know I have come back after so long , so I will not put anyone on the Spot, as the people I tag may just have forgotten me, now that will be sad for me 🙂 .. So I am going to tag everyone.. yes all who are ready COME ON.. take it up..

Please take it up people.

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I think people do take me for a Fool sometimes, here is an example of something like that, I need some money desperately so I planned to sell My bike, put it on selling websites and got funny offers which have left me surprised, I somehow dont trust myself anymore the more I think about myself

The Ad. for the bike says

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Got a few offers  and one came from Italy and here is what the person had to say, he offered to do a private sale via email 🙂 , I sent him a email saying it is available..  The response came

Hello
for the bike the offer price is € 900.
the offer reason is because I live in Italy, and the bike should be sent in my city, so the shipping costs around 500 €.
I want to know, the bike has engine problems? Abuto has problems in
I Await your kind reply. Yours sincerely.
Antonio

I was pretty happy for that Offer 🙂 so Replied back ..

Hi

I have no idea how to ship it to italy. There were no problems with the engine , I been driving it around .. but this year its just been sitting in the garage .. hence selling it

I have tons of spare parts also along with it , almost everything .

Thanks
Bik

 

The reply came ..

Hello.
So you accept my offer of € 900?
For shipment I inform me and I’ll let you know.
In the event that I agree to buy your bike, after seeing her in Italy and above all it checked by the mechanic, if you have problems we should feel.
It is a sign of assurance that I ask you, why
motorcycle goes first checked and then paid. I think even you would agree ..

This made me a bit curious, I wrote back

Hello

so you want me to send the motorcycle to Italy.. You will get it checked by a garage. and then pay me ..
What happens if you dont like the bike .. Who sends it BACK.. and What happens if you do not pay me after getting the bike in italy ..

Thanks

 

And the funniest was the reply.. have a read of this .. first the MATHS does not fit at all and I am a bit bamboozled

Hello.
Just what you say!
So I pay 50% deposit then shipping in Italy I checked by a mechanic. If there are problems I pay less according to the work that will have to carry the bike.
For example: the bike costs 900 € you pay at the beginning € 450 in Italy to the port there will be work to do than controlling costs 200/300 €, you pay the difference at the end ie 150/200 €.
I hope you understand.

 

I don’t understand the Maths as I said , I get 450 .. I pay 450 to port, then 200/300 for something .. so that makes 750.. he has offered 900 Euros.. which means I get 150 euros for the BIKE and that is also up in air .. once the bike lands in Italy I may not get anything 🙂

So basically I am selling the bike for 150 and doing all the exporting etc .. 🙂 BARGAINnnnnnnnnnnn

Or am I reading something Wrong here …

 

Hello Everyone first of all thank you all for the well wishes and the emails , messages etc etc .

job

 

I have a small little proposal here , thinking of working for myself ,starting a small little venture So Am looking for some talented young people who are good in Programming.  We have a few clients here who want a system written, Which I have already started on.

So if anyone can refer Hard working-Capable- Loyal people who know  C#, Asp.net , Sql Server or even if they have skills in PHP using open source , etc etc Then I am looking to hire a couple of people who can work remotely in India and who can be trusted to work without a lot of supervision, because I don’t have time to supervise them at moment neither the funds to Hire a Supervisor.

Please do send your contact details etc. so we can set up some Skype meetings and take it forward.  I am planning to come to india shortly for the same purpose as already have a few people lined up.

The reason I am asking openly is because Since I am starting new I can’t afford to be duped hence all you lovely people refer me some genuine people.  I have heard a lot of stories how things have gone wrong for some who have earlier tried to set up something like this back home.

I will spec the project out and also can send over the work that I have done so far, I just did not get enough time with full-time work and my part-time stuff. But this project is very important and I am in process of signing on about a dozen clients, hence the need to send work offshore so it is completed on time.

A good opportunity for new graduates to try their skills.

This is a Repost of a article written last year for a competition here , I did not have anything more to write on the politics in india so am Reposting it here Again 🙂 A lot has been written already on the politics-independance day and all in blogosphere 🙂  As such nothing much has changed from last year to today .. same thoughts still exist

Phatte: So, the monsoons are finally here huh? Don’t you just love the feel of the rains? The beautiful breeze that flows and how everything is green in Mumbai?

Vijay: You mean of what little green is left in the city? I’m not really enjoying the rains. My house is getting more unstable day by day. Imagine what a day of continuous rain will do to it.

Phatte: But didn’t your MLA start off some initiative to rebuild houses in the chawl? I noticed the posters plastered all over the place.

Vijay: Yes he did. Just like he promised electricity, subsidized food tickets for the needy and a school exclusively for the chawl kids. Somehow those “schemes” are yet to be started and it’s been couple of years already since the last elections.

Phatte: Well, I think you should talk to your MLA about this.

Vijay: That will take at least a few years. What to do about my house till then?

Phatte: Why a few years?

Vijay: Well, the MLA comes only a month before the elections and then leaves a month after. And even during the rallies and pre-election chaos, he only visits some chawls, picks up the weakest looking kids and talks to the women. We just wave at him from a distance.
Phatte: I know. That is the story everywhere. I don’t even remember the name of the MLA of my area. Why don’t you shift bases then? Go to Andheri or some other place?

Vijay: And wade through the floods? Are you nuts? We lost my sister-in-law in last year’s flashfloods. My wife would rather leave me than going to that part of Mumbai.

Phatte: I read in the paper that the Municipal Corporation is going to take appropriate steps to lessen the effect of floods in Mumbai this year.

Vijay: Why would they? Bollywood even made a movie on it and raked in good money. From what I hear, the people at the Municipal Corporation were thrilled that the floods were portrayed so beautifully in that movie.

Phatte: I remember that movie. I had gone to watch it, but unfortunately couldn’t reach the hall on time.

Vijay: Too much rush, eh?

Phatte: Oh no, apparently some minister sahib decided to take a ride around the city that particular day. The Police had blocked all the major roads for his cavalcade of vehicles to pass. And off course, once the roads were opened you know the maniacal traffic in Mumbai; where cows have the right of way.

Vijay: You are right off course. Hey what happened about your son’s admission to ITI?

Phatte: I’m glad you asked! I have good news on that front. My son got through.

Vijay: Congratulations! You were having a harrowing time about it.

Phatte: I know. I had been hopping from office to office trying to sort out our caste certificate. When I went to the ITI admission office, they just looked at me once and said there was no job there for me! Can you believe it? I explained to him, I wasn’t there for a job but to get my son into the institute. So he just asked me which OBC I belong to. I tell you Vijay, if there’s one good thing these politicians have done, it’s this reservation system. My son can attend college now.

Vijay: Brilliant! What was his rank by the way?

Phatte: Oh, he was ranked 1,75,000. What about your son? He has grown up to be a fine young man. What plans do you have for him?

Vijay: He is going to stay with my brother Raj. Raj is the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena and he thinks my son has just the right attitude to be a part of MNS. Besides you don’t really need any educational qualifications to join Politics in India.

Phatte: MNS? Isn’t that the party routing for Marathi Manoos?

Vijay: Yes.

Phatte: Gandhiji must have turned in his grave the day MNS came into existence. I mean, he tried to spread the message of brotherhood, tolerance and secularism all his life. Now, some politicians are trying to break our unity on the terms of who is Marathi and who’s not. It is so sad.

Vijay: But I completely agree with their propaganda. Initially our politicians told us to be a secular nation and welcome outsiders to be a part of our society. I mean what a truck load of nonsense is that? This is our city. Why should we let others come here? I like that guy leading MNS.

Phatte: But doesn’t he have a few criminal cases against him for inciting riots in the city?

Vijay: Stop being a hypocrite Phatte. These days every other politician has a criminal record in his name. Does that stop people from contesting elections? Off course not! How does it matter if they have a criminal record, if now they are stepping into the most noble of all services: helping the common man?

Phatte: You seriously think politicians are doing things to help us? Have you seen the bungalow of that MLA from Juhu? It’s right next to Amitabh Bachchan’s house. If he thought of spending even 1% of what went into making that house, I think our whole slum can be rebuilt.

Vijay: Well all the corruption and black money has to be converted to white money in some way right? What better than to make a palatial house in the richest suburb of Mumbai. I bet they have some hi-fi cars too.

Phatte: Yes, bullet proof cars for the politicians, whereas people bleed on the streets everytime there is a terror attack.

Vijay: Seriously what is the world coming to Phatte? I feel disappointed living in this nation which is ruled by such characters.

Phatte: Well, maybe we should elect the other party in the next elections.

A sudden commotion erupts. A lot of people start running hither thither.

Vijay: What is happening? What the hell is going on? Why so much of rush?

Iqbal: (shouting from the crowd): Don’t you know? Vinod Kambli has decided to join politics. He has come to the slums to meet us. I am so excited! A cricketer in our area!

Phatte: This is great! After movie stars now cricketers are also getting into politics. Isn’t there any eligibility criterion for politicians?

Vijay: His earnings from ads and reality shows must have dried up Phatte. And isn’t entering into politics a sure shot ticket to lottery?

Phatte: Come Vijay, lets see how well this politician lies and what unique promises he makes to us.

PS:- Image courtsey a Lovely friend Manna.

PSS:- Where are all you lovely people from the Blue Ink society.. Been ages since we have talked to each other ..

PS:- Please also visit  an Interview by Elegant Chic.  I got interviewed and its been my honour once again for the same.

I have been bad not visited many blogs that I visit regularly , sorry about that will come soon to all the lovely people to have a read .. 🙂 take care all and keep smiling

Dosta Tun hain bahut hi ajeeb
Dosta eh Dosti rishta hai bahut hi ajeeb  
                                                            (Friend you are strange,
                                                              Friendship is a relation  which is
                                                             quiet strange)

Khad-jana mere modhe nal modha Jod
Bina mere hungara bhariya
Dosta tun hain bahut hi ajeeb
                                                            (You stand by me shoulder to shoulder ,
                                                              without asking
                                                              Friend you are strange)

Mere te kita waar laina hai tu apne wal Mod
Bina mere naal kitiyan salah
Dosta tun hain bahut hi ajeeb
                                                            (You change the direction of any
                                                              attack on me towards
                                                              Yourself, without discussing with me ..
                                                              Friend you are strange)

Muh modan lagiyan KYUN nahin si tun khyal kita
Bina tera ton kaun banoo mera YAAR
Dosta tun hain bahut hi ajeeb
                                                             (When you turned your face from me ,
                                                              WHY did you not think then
                                                               Without you who will be my friend
                                                               Friend you are strange)
                     
Inna v kyun karda hai gussa
Badalan to pehlan das taan dena si YAAR
Dosta tun hain bahut hi ajeeb
                                                              (Why are you so angry,
                                                               Before changing yourself you should
                                                               have at least TOLD ME
                                                               Friend you are strange)
Dostaan bina ki zindagi ,
Gham ghat jaande Tainu vekhke..
Gham de ke , Muh mod ke kithe hain YAAR
Dosta tun hain bahut hi ajeeb
                                                                (No life without friends
                                                                  Pain goes away seeing you
                                                                 You have given me PAIN now,
                                                                  turned your face
                                                                 Where are you …
                                                                 Friend you are Strange)
                                                                 

Bahaan da zor hain tun
Modhe te chukan da Mainu Wada se tera YAAR
Dosta tun hain bahut hi ajeeb
                                                               (You are the strength of my arms
                                                                 You had promised to pick me on
                                                                 your shoulders when the time comes
                                                                  Friend you are strange)

Chal Rab Rakha, Jis which teri khushi hove
Use which hai meri manjoori
Tun khush rahen
Abaad rahen mere yaar
                                                      (God bless you, and you live in hapiness
                                                        thats what i want
                                                        live you life fully God bless you )

Gurdas Mann a famous punjabi singer says

Yarri Wich Nafe Nuksan Nahio Vekhide
Manzila De Samne Tuffan Nahio Vekhide
Yaaran De Gunnaha Da Hisaab Nahio Jorrida
Apne Pyarriya Da Dil Nahio Todi da …
                             
                                             ( We should not see any profit/loss in friendship
                                                In front of destination dont see the storms
                                               Shud not keep a record of friends GUNAH/ JURM
                                               Should never  break the heart of your friends)

Saw at a Friends Profile :-

Wishwas ban k log zindgi me aate hain…….
wo khwab banke aankhon main samaa jaate hain…….
wo pahle to yakin dilaate hain ki wo hamaare hain………
fir na jaane kyun tanha bana jate hain………….  (thanks to Dinesh Sahib for such lovely lines )

I am sure most of my article are RANTS on stuff , I was wanting to write these few line since last night when I entered my house and switched on the TELE for the news, The first news on a BBC1, and ITV1.. the headlines was Common Wealth games, along with the pictures of what had happened, Other channels are showing how dirty places are, the threat of Dengue fever.. The pictures are splashed all over

The bridge collapsed

The Village in which the Athletes were to stay… (with a picture of the model room SUPPOSED to be for ready)

The Stadiums

The interview with people who have been shifted and removed

All in all, it was shameful , what India has done has bring SHAME to our great country.. Will someone answer or be held accountable.. 3 years we had known about the games , work did not start till last year… How much or how long will we carry on living the shameless life that we are living…

I am glad the English athletes have pulled out, and the Scottish team has postponed leaving for India. I really wish these games get cancelled… Even if Delhi put up a great show the best show ever in the games Will it be WORTH it after all the Sleaze that has befallen OUR country.

Even if the games go on, what good will it be if the Athletes pull out, the ones whom people would have come to watch …

I have already cancelled my tickets to come, not worth spending so much money when anybody who is into sports here asks me , how much money will be enough for the politicians… I had no answer…

The Sports village is a embarrassment so much so that athletes interviewed from around the world are saying they don’t want to go and sleep in such accommodations.. Look at South Africa or any other 4th 5th 6th world country they would do a proper job.

Is there no limit to our shamelessness, My question to all who reading this ,

WHAT DO YOU FEEL ?

WHAT DO YOU THINK SHOULD HAPPEN ?

are you still wanting for the games to go on … The countries or the athletes who have pulled out of the even did they do the right thing… ?

WHY CANT WE FOR ONCE DO SOMETHING THE RIGHT WAY ?

All these officials, Can i please ask them HOW MUCH MONEY will be enough to stop them taking more,

HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH ?

SM sums it quiet nicely… I would also like all those people who have been telling me or emailing me about how I am looser-traitor , living in Uk, etc all the ones who are ready to give there lives for the country , what are they going to do about this.. are they still going to just say the same stuff they have been saying all along which is one line “I love my country ” .. also… How much more can we take

I was talking to my brother in Delhi a few hours ago, his words are that majority of the SANE people wish the games get cancelled, The educated people understand this They dont want it to happen, the Common man on the streets Dont want it.. So much money has been wasted… Yet again and the DELHI DARBAR has no answers.

SHOULD WE INDIANS BOYCOTT THE GAMES ?