Sunday, June 29, 2008

One hour


I had a childhood friend who was my best best friend and partner-in-crime most of the times. This chap is settled in the US of A for quite sometime. We talk often on the cheesiest invention of all-time, the mobile.

Last night, I returned from a farewell party at around 11 30PM and thought of giving him a call to say "hi". We started talking about our schooling days, love affairs, marriage plans, movies, this, that etc. I paused in the middle to see the time and the display of the mobile showed 1:02:37 as the duration of the call. I felt as if we just started talking but.... I've to hang up the call as it was already around 12 45AM and I've to wake up at 05 30AM to be able to reach office in time.

All I can say is "Friendship rocks". We never feel bored to talk with friends.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Lost Paradise

Had nothing much to write. So decided to pen down my weekend. Here it goes.

I was looking forward for the weekend throughout last week as I was very very stressed up in work. A friend came up with the idea of visiting a water-theme park. Overall, the weekend was fun, except for the movies I've watched.

It started with me coming late from office, catching a small nap before going for a Telugu movie, Bujjigaadu. These days, Telugu movies are so rare here that we started watching whatever comes to theater for the fear of the theater guy stopping bringing movies if the collections are dull. The movie is not bad but at the same time, not good. End of Thursday.

Friday morning, we went to Lost Paradise, a water based theme park. It was long drive from my place(not so long as most of the people in US say) and en route, we missed a terrible accident. I was filming the roads n the surroundings on my handycam(hey, did I tell you that I bought a new handycam, Sony DCRSR65, about a month back?) and my roomie was driving. He wanted me to shoot some place where am not concentrating and all of us in the car were looking in that direction. Suddenly we turned front and there it was - a L turn with a big ditch a few feet away from us. Good that my roomie was alert enough to avoid it, otherwise, everyone would be shouting by now "Satish Bolla, amar rahe".

Anyways, we reached the park just a little late(which always happens) than the pre-decided time. There, there were different types of rides(I don't know the exact word for those, but you can see them in the videos) which we enjoyed a lot. The only problem was to get to the top of those. It's frustrating when you have to climb 3 or 4 floors n then you free fall from there, in a few seconds. Anyways, the pain is worth it. Even though I don't know how to swim, I enjoyed to the fullest. There, you need guts more than swimming skills, which we all had tons n tons of it. Also, there's no need for you to swim except in the wave pool, which I managed with a life-jacket.

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There were quite a few phirangis in bikinis which our batch enjoyed to the fullest with our eyes. Overall, the whole trip was fun. It was around 7 PM when we returned home. We had a movie plan then but we dropped it later as some friends complained of body pains.

Saturday was a holiday for me but it was a working day for most of my friends. By the time I woke up, my roomie left for his office. So I woke up and started cleaning the flat(it's been a while since I cleaned it). Then I washed some clothes n went out for breakfast. The rest of the day was spent playing Need For Speed: Most Wanted and watching TV.

Evening, my friends dropped by, as usual, and one guy wanted to go to a mall as his glasses broke the other day. We went to a mall called Dana Mall and as soon as we reached there, another friend wanted to watch The Happening. As the reviews were OK, we went for it(also because the director's Manoj Night Shyamalan and we had a li'l pang of patriotism).

But the movie is one of the worst that I've watched in the recent few months. The movie's good in bits n pieces but the problem with it is, the movies itself is in bits n pieces. However, the photography was excellent, showing us some untouched and unexplored terrains in the US of A. But, I liked the way people die in this movie(God, am I becoming the maniac just like my idol, Jigsaw of the SAW series?)

Anyways, this was how my weekend went. Expect an interesting n stupid love story(??) in my next posts. Adios for now.
(Keep checking this space for videos n photos of our trip to Lost Paradise).

Saturday, June 14, 2008

The 30 Question Tag



You might wonder why I chose a gloomy n rugged image for this post. The reason is simple. This is quite an old tag and I'm lazy enough to ignore this for quite a few months, errrr.. weeks. It's high time to take it now as this tag started its second round around the Bloggerville. So, here it goes...

1) LAST MOVIE U SAW IN A THEATER?
Dashavataram. Saw this flick in Tamil just yesterday. Couldn't understand Tamil but was so interested in this movie and went along with a couple of Tamil friends.

2) WHAT BOOK ARE U READING??
Been quite a few weeks since I read something. Got to get hold of something soon. For now, I'm content with reading magazines.... :(

3) FAVOURITE BOARD GAME?
Scrabble. But I prefer card games than board games... ;)

4) FAVOURITE MAGAZINE?
Reader's Digest and The Outlook

5) FAVOURITE SMELLS?
What can beat the smell of mud when it rains? The smell of a new book comes next.

6)FAVOURITE SOUNDS?
The sound of thunder, the sound of rain drops on the roof and most importantly, the sound of silence.

7) WORST FEELING IN THE WORLD?
When someone holds me responsible for something I didn't do. This feeling is worse than being guilty.

8) WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU THINK OF WHEN U WAKE?
Why does the sun rise so early? And sometimes, I wish today is weekend.

9) FAVOURITE FASTFOOD PLACE?
In Bahrain? No way. But in India, I love the small pani puri stall at ESI, Hyderabad.

10) FUTURE CHILD'S NAME?
Tanmayee, if it's a girl. Tanmai, if it's a guy. But, we have to pay heed to our partner's wish too. So can't say.

11) FINISH THIS STATEMENT---'IF I HAD A LOT OF MONEY I'D'
Well, there are a lot of people in the world without money. A minimal amount will be with me to aid me in my "Motorcycle diaries" kinda lifestyle while the rest goes to the poor. Satish is always content with what he has. I hate the green paper. That's the one drawing hidden lines between people.

12) DO U DRIVE FAST?
I never drove a car. I don't know why, but I prefer bikes. On bike, I'm a ghost rider.

13)DO U SLEEP WITH A STUFFED ANIMAL?
Sometimes, sleep with a pillow next to me. But there are many occasions when I slept with a fully stuffed stomach.

14)STORMS--COOL OR SCARY?
Cool, as long as there's no loss of life.

15)WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST CAR?
Car!!!! Still a long way to go. A sports bike first.

16) FAVOURITE DRINK?
Fresh lime juice. Love it.

17)FINISH THIS STATEMENT-IF I HAD THE TIME I WOULD...
Who said I'm busy now???

18)DO YOU EAT THE STEMS ON BROCCOLI?
Yes, what sin did they do for me to leave them?

19)IF YOU COULD DYE YOUR HAIR ANY OTHER COLOUR, WHAT WOULD BE YOUR CHOICE?
Arey yaar, I'm suffering from hair loss and you people are asking me what dye I'ld apply to my hair!!! :(((

20)NAME ALL THE DIFFERENT CITIES/TOWNS U HAVE LIVED IN?
Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Manama.

21) FAVOURITE SPORTS TO WATCH?
Cricket, Tennis and F1.

22)ONE NICE THING ABOUT THE PERSON WHO SENT THIS TO YOU?
Many people tagged me with this tag. All these people are nice and warm to me. I love you all.

23)WHATS UNDER YOUR BED?
I'm sleeping in sofa these days, as I'm finding it more comfortable than bed. There's nothing under it other than the carpeted floor.

24)WOULD U LIKE TO BE BORN AS YOURSELF AGAIN??
Would love to. It complete with all the ups n downs. Quite challenging to. And most importantly, people love me for what I am.

25)MORNING PERSON OR NIGHT OWL?
Night owl but due to office timings, trying to be a morning person for the past two years.

26)OVER EASY OR SUNNY SIDE UP?
Hmm, didn't get this one. Can anyone help me out?

27) FAVOURITE PLACE TO RELAX?
Any peaceful area bordered with lots of greenery and some sort of water body nearby.

28)FAVOURITE PIE?
Not a pie freak. So whatever it, won't matter much.

29)FAVOURITE ICECREAM FLAVOUR?
Hmm, interesting question. And most of you know the answer too. Anything will do as long as it's an ice cream. Right from the 50 paise one(in our childhood) to the Baskin n Robbins one.

30)OF ALL THE PEOPLE U HAVE TAGGED, WHO IS THE MOST LIKELY TO RESPOND FIRST?
Not tagging anyone. So no answer to this question.

Buddies, I think most of you already completed this tag. Ok, I agree that I'm lazy. If there's anyone who's lazier than me, you are welcome to take up this tag.

Friday, June 13, 2008

P. S. I love you - a wonderful movie



I was dying to see this movie for quite a few weeks. and even after I bought the DVD, it's not possible for me to watch it for three weeks. I don't want to watch it in bits n pieces as that ruins the real feel-good feeling of any movie. So I could watch it somehow last week. Believe me, I just loved the movie. Maybe because I didn't watch a romantic movie for quite sometime. I don't want to spill any beans on the movie but all I want is to ask everyone of you to watch this flick.

Meanwhile, read this great piece of dialogs and let me know your valuable comments.

He: I don't mean to throw this at you, but what do women want?

He: I can't figure it out. They want us to ask. They don't want us to ask. They want us to make a move, not make a move. They want us to be on bottom, be on top. Use hair products, don't use hair products. What do you people want?

She: I'll tell you, but you have to promise not to say I told you.

He: I swear.

She: Because it's a sacred secret.

He: Sacred secret?

She: You ready? You sure?

He: Yeah, I think so.

She: Come here.

She(whispers): We have absolutely no idea what we want.

He: I knew it! I knew that! Son of a bitch!

I just copied this from the subtitles because I don't want to spoil the original flavor of the dialogs. Feel free to send in your comments.

Sunday, June 08, 2008

An idle man's brain is a devils' workshop


Yesterday(Saturday), I was feeling so lazy, lonely etc etc. The past two days had been busy shopping n roaming around with friends. I was thinking of some way to spice it up when I remembered the combi-pack of ice creams that I bought in the morning. I thought of making something with those ice creams without much fuss n hard work.
So I took equal portions of the following flavors of ice cream:
1. Vanilla
2. Mango
3. Butter-scotch.
I had a mango and some bananas in the fridge. So I cut those to small pieces. Then, I mixed these fruit pieces with the above flavors of ice cream. At the end, I topped it with some honey and minced pieces of Dairy Milk chocolate.
Wow, that tasted great. Didn't even bother to waste a few minutes for clicking a couple of pictures. I loved it. I don't know whether others may like it or not but being an ice cream lover, I love each n every variation of it.
Long live the ice cream and Satish, by eating it.

Saturday, June 07, 2008

Bookie Tag



It seems to be the season of tags these days. I have been tagged by Sree to take up this tag.

The rules(simple yaar):

1. Pick up the nearest book.
2. Open to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people, and acknowledge the person who tagged you.


The nearest book to me at this time was a magazine called "Bahrain this month". But, there was an ad on the page 123. I tried to pick up another book, The Outlook, again a magazine and again there was an ad on the page 123. Shit, this tag was getting tougher. Ok, the third book I picked up was "Professional JAVA Programming". I was praying that the page 123 should contain something(not an empty page). Thank goodness, page 123 has the starting of a new chapter, Introducing JavaServer Pages.
Ok, here it goes.

"JSP provides a variety of ways to talk to Java classes, servlets, applets and the web server. With it, you can split the functionality of your web applications into components with well-defined public interfaces glued together by a simple page. This model allows tasks to be sub-divided - a developer builds custom components and the page designer assembles the application with a few judicious method calls."

The five people I tag are:
Ceedy
Sneha
Anvita
Ashu
Radhika

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Innocence - at it's best



If you've been sticking around my blog for quite sometime, then you know the kid in the picture. He's my dear Kashyap, my manager's son. He's now three yrs old n jus started going to some nursery. And he's one of the main reasons why I'm still in Bahrain, even though I hate this place. Am some what addicted to this guy. If I don't see him at least once in a couple of days or if I don't take him out for his chocolate shopping, I feel a void in my life. This post is about one of those incidents which made me addicted to him. This took place three nights back.
This kid got an invitation from a neighbor for a b'day party. When I went to his house on usual outings, he showed that to me and was excited abt the party as it was in McDonald's, his favorite hangout. Then I asked him(we both call each other "Uncle"), "Uncle, will you take me too?". He said he'll take me too along with him.
After that, I was not able to meet this kid for a couple of days. On the third day, I brought him to my house and we started playing our usual games while watching "Tom n Jerry" on DVD. Suddenly, I started crying(acting).
Kashyap(in his usual childish tone): "Unkal, y r u crying?"
Me: "U told me that u'll take me to McDonald's and u went without taking me".
I applied some water on my eyes(without his knowledge) and covered my eyes with my hands and started crying loud now.
K : "No unkal, don't cry. See Tommy fell down".
I didn't stop my acting
K then kept his little hands on mine, removed my hands and started wiping off my tears(water).
K : "Don't cry, unkal. I'll take u tomorrow. I'll tell to Daddy after going home to take u".
I was spell bound on seeing this act from a three-yr-old kid whom I carried on my shoulder(n still carry) for abt 2 yrs. Surely, this is innocence at its best.
Now, I understood the joy of the parenting. God, I can't wait to get married and have a couple of kids.

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Quirky Tag

This seems to be a new tag going round the Bloggerville for quite a few days. Well, here goes the tag.

These are the rules:
1. Link the person(s) who tagged you ---> Brocasarea.
2. Mention the rules on your blog.
3. Tell about 6 unspectacular quirks of yours.
4. Tag 6 following bloggers by linking them.
5. Leave a comment on each of the tagged blogger’s blogs letting them know they’ve been tagged.

The not so spectacular quirks about me are:
1. Right from childhood, I hate getting up early in the morning. Even in school n college, I used to study late in the night instead of studying in the morning(as most of you might have did). Here in Bahrain, my office starts at 7 AM and it's been two years since I joined here. Still, I face lots n lots of difficulty to wake up in time.
2. As most of you know, I love ice creams a lot. Lot in the sense, just a lot. To reduce the cholesterol content in my body(about a year back doctor warned me abt this), I gave up almost everything I like, but just couldn't leave the ice cream. Thank God, the cholesterol decreased just by itself. Right now, am writing this post having a little plain vanilla ice cream topped with honey.
3. Love to watch a lot of movies, whatever genre they may be. And I have photographic memory when it comes to movies. Show me a movie, I'll tell you the details about it(if I had seen it).
4. I'm too much of a practical joker. If the guy at the other end had any differences with me, he can count his days. Once off the hook, it's tough to control myself. I hate doing this but can't help.
5. Had this habit of keeping all the bills. Will empty my wallet every couple of weeks but still won't throw them away. Will hide them somewhere.
6. Love to watch cartoons even now. My friends and my roomies look at me in a strange way every time I buy one but can't help. Am, in some way, addicted to them.

The six poor bloggers whom I tag are:
Krishna Kumar, Ashu, Keerthi, Sush, Samby, Vee