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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Good Old Video Games...

I recently started playing Candy Crush and Farmville on FB. This took me back to the starting of video games.


One of the first big hits was Pacman. I was a maha addict of this game.


Bricks had a paddle and a ball. Lot like ping pong.


Space was one of the first of the games to have levels.


Snake: It eats and it grows. This is still present on mobile phones.

Prince of Persia
Prince of Persia: This was on of the first to get good graphics. Had the 3D feel. It had hidden lives and wins. I remember those days the PoP cheat sheet was quite famous. No Google then so had to be passed on by hand.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

What parents have to deal with these days !!!

'What is rape, mummy', asks this seven year old.
Mom looks at him open jawed and stammers something about bad men and a girl going to sleep - effectively making a mess of it all.

Next day the boy has a discussion with his friends at school and comes home much enlightened.

'You dont know anything about rape, mummy', the boy announces and goes on to give a shockingly accurate account of it. Mom doesn't know where to look.

Tough being a parent these days..

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Who is my dad, mom

This is a short story of a single mom I know.

Her daughter was taught about family in nursery and was soon aware that a dad was missing in her life.

She asked her mom, Mom, where is my dad.

Mom gave a straight answer, he is no more in our lives.

A little background here - Mom and dad separated and he is now in the US.

The next day the friends were discussing their families. When asked 'where is her dad, 

The girl said,' My dad is in the clouds'

One friend said, 'Don't worry , Reema, my dad is your dad'

All so sweet but when mom  heard about this she was really surprised about the cloud analogy. How did her girl get the idea...

Anyways, this dad thingy did trouble our little girl and mom found it out this way.....

Mom and daughter went to the bank one day where the lil girl met one of her classmates and her dad.

After introductions, mom, girl and friend were sitting awaiting their turn while dad went to the counter.

Now friend asked girl, where is your dad

Girl thought for a while and answered, he is sleeping at home.

Mom hears this and is shocked but pretends not to be eves-dropping when that is exactly what she was doing..

The girl then further volunteers.

You know, my mom goes to work and earns money, my father is always sleeping at home....

mom thinks - where is my daughter getting all these ideas..

Friday, October 3, 2014


I will not marry when I grow up, Aunty, says 7 yr old niece to this lady.

Lady's 5 yr daughter who was nearby immediately blurts out, 'But I will marry.

Lady ask daughter, 'who will you marry, dear

Now the girl realises that she spoke without thinking earlier and this time takes her own sweet time before answering, 'Secret !!!'

Monday, September 29, 2014

Rain Rain

Friday night, returning home from work. Me not in a good mood these days plus not keeping too well.

On top of it all the cab taking a new route takes me out of my comfort zone. Have to keep my eyes open and guide the driver.

Soon we reached Sadashivnagar signal. And here I see something so wondrous that I am still going gaga about it.

It was all wet wet but no actual rain. As we turned into the Venkateshwara Temple road, I saw, about 15 feet away a thick curtain of rain. so thick you could call it a silver wall.

And then in a few seconds, we drive into the heaviest rain fall i've seen in Bangalore. And I love rains. Past week I went out for a rainy stroll twice and hence the cough and cold. But this 'driving into rain was out of this world.

When will I see it again...

Saturday, September 13, 2014


As we walk down from the cafeteria to our work floor, we can see, not too far, a series of residential complexes, I mean, literally hundreds of flats.

Once a colleague commented, 'Look at those matchboxes.'

She further added tongue-in-cheek, 'Each matchbox housing one family surviving with their own unique set of problems.'

The other day I had to visit a friend at one of the 'matchbox'. Hell, It costs about a crore.

And to think we were coolly joking about it.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Gold digger

You wont believe it, peeps, when I was new to Bangalore I met a series of unique specimens. I can't believe Bangalore has so many of them and that I had to meet them all.

Among the lot, lemme today introduce you to Indian Indiana Jones.

He invested 50k and bought a portable metal detector. It had headphone and all that we see in movies.

His intentions was to provide the 'much needed service of finding hidden treasures in your land.

His hoped that before developing a piece of land, the owner will hire him to find old gold hidden in his plot.

When he got no clients in Bangalore, he shifted base to Chikbalapur and went about the countryside wearing a ridiculous hat looking for hidden treasure.

As far as i know he never found a nugget.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Arts & Craft Fair Chitrakala Parishat 7/6/2014

Life Size home decor like tables, table mounts, wall and floor models ; Made of Fibre Glass ; Rs. 40,000/- to Rs. 50,000/-

Metal Idols Rs. 12,000 onwards

Buddha Idol Rs. 20K

Beautiful Metal Elephant; Rs.60K

Metsl Bull, beautifully painted; Rs.75K

Tribal Metal work ; All old but this century itself ; Each item about Rs. 1K to 2K

Tribal metal work ; each item about Rs.2.5 to 3k

Tribal Jewelry Rs.1K

Very Old Ganesha Idols Rs. 3K each. and behind is an old Oil Lamp in the shape of a Peacock Rs.2K

Oil Lamp in the shape of a Peacock

Old idol upon idol Rs.5K

Wood Work smalest is Rs. 30k

Wood work - that big one is Rs.3L

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Best Mom Joke I ever heard....

A Mom comes to visit her son Kumar
for dinner....who lives with a room
mate, a girl named Sunita.
During the course of the meal, his
mother couldn't help but notice how
pretty Kumar's roommate was. She
had long been suspicious of a
relationship between the two, and this
had only made her more curious.
Over the course of the evening, while
watching the two interact, she started
to wonder if there was more between
Kumar and his roommate than met
the eye.
Reading his mom's thoughts, Kumar
volunteered, "I know what you must
be thinking, but I assure you, Sunita
and I are just roommates."
About a week later, Sunita came to
Kumar saying,"Ever since your mother
came to dinner, I've been unable to
find the silver chutney jar. You don't
suppose she took it, do you?"
Kumar said, "Well, I doubt it, but I'll
email her, just to be sure...."
So he sat down and wrote:
Dear Mother: I'm not saying that you
'did' take the chutney jar from my
house, I'm not saying that you 'did not'
take the chutney Jar. But the fact
remains that it has been missing ever
since you were here fordinner.
Love, Kumar
Several days later, Kumar received an
email from his Mother which read
Dear Son: I'm not saying that you 'do'
sleep with Sunita, and I'm not saying
that you 'do not' sleep with Sunita. But
the fact remains that if she was
sleeping in her OWN bed, she would
have found the chutney jar by now
under the pillow...

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Hyd Trip 2014 March

I drove to Hyd and back  recently. Alone. 

First Halt at Lepakshi enterance

Horrible food... but has toilets - so great... Near Jedcherla

Vijaya Sweet house - NH4



Story telling Parapet

Mrs Muir's Canteen

504 - B was Jaideeps, C was mine

NH$ shopping centre

Chakki, Kerosene, cycle repair shop

RamNavami ground, NH4

568D-First place at BHEL

Shaik Ali's Home - MIG

"Stories" Story

Finally our neighbourhood get a decent watering hole.   There is this joint called ‘Stories. No brewery. Hence we get reasonably priced b...