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When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat that doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me,
And I shall spend my pension
on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals,
and say we’ve no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I am tired,
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells,
And run my stick along the public railings,
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick the flowers in other people’s gardens,
And learn to spit.
You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat,
And eat three pounds of sausages at a go,
Or only bread and pickle for a week,
And hoard pens and pencils and beer mats
and things in boxes.
But now we must have clothes that keep us dry,
And pay our rent and not swear in the street,
And set a good example for the children.
We will have friends to dinner and read the papers.
But maybe I ought to practice a little now?
So people who know me
are not too shocked and surprised,
When suddenly I am old
and start to wear purple!

(‘Warning’ by Jenny Joseph)

I encounter, a little too often, people who wish to remain young forever. Those who wish to live the “best” part of their lives forever and ever. But how can something stay valuable if it’s available in such abundance? Isn’t it the very fact that the best is available in bits and pieces that makes it so precious? Surely there’s something that the lunatic inside you fancies.

I don’t have any qualms about aging. But what freaks me out is growing up.

I have been told by many, on a number of occasions, that I often act immature/crazy/childish/stupid/juvenile. Some have been in a positive light but most….well, not so positive. Others may perceive this in their own way, but I honestly consider this a compliment. Can you imagine not being able to enjoy the little things in life? The slapstick humour you throw around to keep the mood light and goofy? Or the crazy idiotic things you go through to get that satisfied grin on your face!

That's what I'm talking about!

Shaving my chest hair to form an “F” (a hairy one) and flaunt it, getting drunk and swimming in the college pool at 3 in the morning, sporting a new “radical” look, borrowing the carpenter’s power drill for a little “me-time”, screaming in a church, painting/scribbling random thoughts on your clean wall, walking 6-7 km back home as a result of lethargy to hitch a cab, playing superhero in my head while waiting for an interview, driving an hour to the airport with friends at 3 A.M to find the only open coffee place around with a good ambiance, getting caught in college with a stash of booze and bribing the authorities with the same booze, standing by your friends when your chances of saving a black eye looks really bleak, breaking a brand new guitar to know how it feels to be a rockstar & so on & so forth……..

Umm...Trendy makeover?

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My friends say that we’ll look back at our endeavours many years down the line and think of the old times. But that’s not nearly good enough! I say we should look back at them and try to top them! Granted, we may not be capable of similar feats then, but I wish I could be foolish enough to try.

Is it so wrong to want to be incarcerated just for the sake of experience? Or to walk up to a stranger on the street and tell them how lovely they look? I intend no malice. I only wish to enjoy the one shot I have at life. When was the last time you pulled off some random shit just for the heck of it? A prank call, a run in the rain, a bite of something inedible, whatever… Don’t take life, or yourself, too seriously. Shit happens. Deal with it. Move on. More shit will happen.

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My Bucket List

Posted: December 25, 2010 in Everyday stuff, Misc
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I think it’s about time I created a bucket list. A list of activities I must accomplish before I kick the bucket, to be content knowing that I have done all the things that I have wanted to, in my little life. Ever feel your days are passing by without any tangible output to speak of? Look at the things you did and the things you’re planning to do next – Do they mean anything to you if you are to die today?

I have been compiling this list for quite some time now, and I believe I now have enough things to have a long enough to-do list. I shall update this page as and when I need to, for varying reasons like completing a task (will strike out the task as I do so), finding a task to be impractical (will remove it from the list in such an event) or finding a new one to add. The sole reason for me to publish this list on my blog is to motivate myself (and maybe others) to get out of my comfort zone and experience something I may be able to look back at, say 10 years from then, and tell an amazing story.

So here goes (the order of the tasks is irrelevant) :

1) Fly in a hot-air balloon across a country

2) Learn wine appreciation [Feb 2013 – Santiago, Chile]

3) Complete a solo sky dive [Feb 2018 – Perth, Australia]

4) Climb a 5000m mountain [Apr 2018 – Ausangate, Peru]

5) Run a marathon [Aug 2013 – Perth, Australia]

6) Fly in a fighter jet

7) Bungee jump from over 180m elevation

8) Be a certified paraglider [Dec 2010 – Kamshet, India]

9) Be a certified scuba diver [Sep 2012 – Gili Trawangan, Indonesia]

10) Take the parents on an extravagant vacation abroad

11) Stay awake for 72 hours straight

12) Travel into space

13) Learn how to sail

14) Speak to an audience of hundreds (or possibly thousands) of people

15) Appear on television [Jan 2008 – Kharagpur, India]

16) Dress up in a costume party [April 2011 – Kharagpur, India]

17) Travel to Antarctica

18) Get a tattoo [Jun 2010 – Shanghai, China]

19) Trek through a rainforest [May 2018 – Rurrenabaque, Bolivia]

20) Build a tree house and live a day in it

21) Learn to operate firearms

22) Learn at least two forms of dancing

23) Complete a triathlon [Apr 2013 – Perth, Australia]

24) Bury a time capsule with key memoirs in a secret location and open it after 10 years

25) Get arrested

26) Drive a Formula One car

27) Play the guitar live to an audience

28) Walk into a store, break something expensive intentionally and pay for it

29) Ask 10 complete strangers (girls), on the same day, out for a date

30) Drive on the German autobahn at 200kmph

31) Witness Halley’s Comet in 2061

32) Attend Tomorrowland music festival in Belgium [Jul 2019 – Boom, Belgium]

33) Tell kids they’re adopted, and record their reaction

34) Own a Cafe

35) Do a wingsuit flight

36) Run the Boston marathon before you’re 40

37) Travel to Finland and sleep in an Igloo under the Northern Lights

38) Watch the sunset from Cafe Del Mar, Ibiza

39) Dive in the Mariana Trench

Welcome to the age of stupid. Tough things are getting easier and the easy stuff doesn’t even need to be done anymore. Sparkly vampires wrapped in flour are considered bad-ass and “reality shows” that hook celebrities to safety gear and calls them daring are considered cool. Paris Hilton’s dog rivals Obama in publicity. The average 15- to 24-year-old now spends about 8 minutes reading each day and anyone without an Ipod is considered from the stone age.

Omegle is one site that lets you talk to random strangers while staying anonymous. A good way to kill some time at others’ expense. I had a go at it a few times and the chat below is one of the examples of the kind of people you can meet. We tend to hang around sane people like ourselves but if we look at the whole world, its mind boggling to see how many people are way over the line of being called not-so-smart.

I was reading a few blogs about instances that made me want to just facepalm and go AAAAA!. There’s the mother who insists her child get a pair of glasses that are much too big for him, because he will “grow into them”, courses for people who are not smart enough to use their smartphones, a gay rights protestor holding up a sign that says “Homosexuals are Gay” & of course, GOD! (Didn’t think I’d leave out the best selling fictional character of all times, did you?!)

So often I’ve read how people blame the new age technologies or the internet for being the cause of the stupid era. I beg to differ. The world we live in is a global one. We now have the resources to limitless knowledge. Wether you use it to access porn or discovery, that’s upto you! We are force fed large doses of shows that promote mediocracy. Leave me alone you incompetent idiots. You’re killing my gray cells!! I didn’t really want to make this post regarding my take on why ‘Generation Y’ seems to be getting dumber by the day, so gonna leave you to think it over….

Busy man!!

Posted: January 13, 2010 in Everyday stuff

While some of my friends write poems or “philosophical excerpts”, I’m not gonna make any fancy attempts, and am gonna write whatever stuff that comes to mind . Been a little busy lately, and seems like its gonna stay the same for the next few weeks. Preparing for an entrance exam, practicing guitar, applying for internships, studying for exams and a pissed of Project Guide up my ass who wants me to “take it as a challenge” and slog like a racehorse!

First meet in the semester and me and my friend get a 1 hr lecture meant to “motivate” us into working our asses off. I knew the speech hadn’t worked when the first thing that came out my friend’s mouth when we left our guide’s office was “WTF IS WRONG WITH THAT GUY ??!!” And here I was imagining we may actually have received an epiphany to do something. Guess I was wrong…… its destined for 4th year engineering students to live their lives boozing, getting high and cursing the system.

In other things, my cat frenzy finally caught up to me. Have made a lame video, which is less of my work and more of a compilation of others’ efforts. Its funny everytime I watch it, although I don’t understand why everyone doesn’t find it that way ( I’ve received a few hate mails telling me I’m a fag for making that video 😛 ). Check out that video here, and let me know what you think.

Return from the dead

Posted: January 9, 2010 in Everyday stuff

Been a loooooooooong time since I last posted. Its wierd that I’m writing here since I don’t share the link of the blog anywhere, for fear that people might judge me 😛 . Lot has happened since the last time I posted. Met new people, done new things and I think its safe to say that I’ve changed plenty myslef, both physically and mentally.

In my pre-final year right now. Quite some time to go before I get out of my present safe house. Watching my friends leaving this place Im starting to call home, into the big ugly world. Quite exciting to imagine yourself in that position. Its the funny kind of fear, that you know will lead to new beginnings and the sorrow of ending old ties, but at the same time is inevitable and required for you. The decisions we make now shapes who we are gonna be…….

Was listening to Iron Maiden’s ‘Dance of Death’ a couple of days back and went crazy over the guitar solo. Enlightened that I was, I’ve started taking guitar lessons from “http://www.justinguitar.com/en/BC-000-BeginnersCourse.php” , a freaking amazing site. Fingers getting sore and painful, but feels good to make music at the end of the day 🙂

I don’t know which audience I am addressing this to, but I’d like to think that this is intended to be read by someone out there. I’ll try to keep the blog alive just to keep a record of few things going on in my life. Maybe one day I could look back and smile at my futile attempts.