Indian People = EMBARRASSMENT

Most definitely. No wonder people talk about how ill mannered Indian people are.. especially outside the country. Well, they aren’t any better in their own country, just that their behavior is accepted and hence not talked about so much. I know, I know.. I am Indian too but well.. sometimes its just disgusting how some Indians behave Untitled 

The hotel at which we are staying currently also houses other Indians from other states of India, and it is needless to say they give India a terrible name. To pin point at one specifically, a family of 10 from Kerala ~ Keralites/mallus (heard them speaking in Malayalam) From loud voices to clumsy table manners, it was too hard to not notice their uncouth behavior.  

Sometimes I guess, it would be better to say “I’m from a certain state of India” rather than say you’re from India, people don’t have a very good first impression when you say ‘India’.  

Just done with another BIG dinner meal.. but tasty all the same. Something about the Sri Lankan cuisine that makes you want to go the extraa..aaamile when it comes to ‘one more serving won’t hurt’. The last time I was in Sri Lanka, I added 5 kgs in 5 days, it took me 2 years to get it back down. Looks like the same story this time round, I might just have to work harder this time 😊

2 things I’ve definitely learnt in this trip is:

~ Food can be thoroughly enjoyed when eaten slowly. Enjoy your meal and not just fill your stomach.

~ Don’t worry about the extra holiday weight you’d be putting on, there’s always a chance to lose weight – when you get back home, start walking. Eat like a King, good food is not always available. (don’t do it the Indian way [filling your plate up, take a 2nd serving])

Being Indian is one thing.. behaving like one is another

 

Bullet Train – India 2022

India and Indians might have had their share on ‘Bullets’, now its time to look forward to its first Bullet train..Wait!! Still some time to go till we see one. Expected year 2022.

But does India deserve a bullet train running at 320-350 km/hr, when the existing trains running at 50/60 km/hr are getting derailed almost at the rate of a couple of trains (or more) every month or two? and a few people dying with every train derailment?

In this scenario, how does a bullet train serve the purpose in the country?

In a country that witnesses children dying out of starvation, women getting raped on a daily basis, people not having jobs, price of food having gone through the roof and people being shot in pure daylight, how can a country’s priority be a ‘Bullet Train’? Even if it is, hasn’t the Government learnt anything from past experiences of the Tejas Express and the Gatiman Express that were recently launched? Going by the initial craze of ‘a new train’ there haven’t been many takers statistics reveal, with both trains running at less than 60/70% occupancy. What is the fate of the future 2022 Bullet train then? Has speed become so much of a factor? We’ve been doing okay all this while..

– so where is the sudden priority of “speed” needed in the country? I know as an Indian, it is no point talking or having a say of how things operate in India and some of the thinking that goes into making some of the BIG decisions. The Govt will carry on doing what they need to do, and all we can do is to watch the drama unfold before our very own eyes.

However on a lighter note, India has got its latest toys to play with, its called monopoly money, flashy colors of new crispy notes. The Demonetization might have turned out to be a big failure, at least the citizens of the country can boast of newer, cleaner notes now-small consolation maybe?

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I’m yet to have my own 200 & the new 50 rupee note.

India has never seen a dull day, there’s always something happening.. don’t be surprised with what is to come next. As an Indian citizen we should always be prepared.

Fancy a journey on the Tejas Express?

Everyone’s talking of the latest train on the scene in India “TheTejas Express” (to ply between Mumbai and Goa [Upto Karmali station as of now]) but what do you know – even before the train could start it’s maiden journey, it was damaged..the glass window of which was found cracked.

It definitely isn’t a common man’s train – check out the fares below:

Tejas Express’s executive class fare is Rs 2,940 (with food) and Rs 2,540 (without food), and for AC chair car the fare has been fixed at Rs 1,850 (with food) and Rs 1,220 (without food)

Isn’t that a little too much to spend on a trip – per person? That way the Jan Shatabdi is much cheaper and takes around the same time or an hour or more to reach Goa (i.e Madgaon station instead of Karmali)

Automatic sliding windows, a coffee vending machine, an LCD screen and WiFi..Indians don’t need luxuries, basic cleanliness will do. So, No Thank You, I’d rather take a flight.. at least there we’d get to see some pretty air-hostesses if nothing more.

It is simple..The Railways..logo ko chutiya bana rahe hai…

Find some of the comments below, that Indians have made on various platforms regarding the new train.

— >”govt is doing more than enough for people.. It’s just people need to cooperate and maintain the cleanliness and wealth of train.. I think to achieve this, strict rule need to be made. Otherwise people will litter all around [well said]

— > [referring to the LCD screens behind each seat] “kya is screen pe modiji ki speech chalegi?”

— >”Give it a week, All the fancy stuff will get stolen, bathrooms clogged, seats ripped, Touchscreens damaged. Everyone knows what happened to the Gatimaan Express. Its not that the Govt is not doing anything, its the public who think they have the right to deface public property and then blame the govt. My advice to the railways: Impose unconditional hefty fine or even jail for violators” [the harsh reality]

— > [during the journey] “sirf ek announcement hoga, train ki WiFi service uplablad nahi hai kripya agli bar try kare

— >”Aaj kaal ke chutiye Modi ko baadnam hi karne me lage hai. Kuch kiya to bhi kyu kiya ,nahi kiya to kyu nahi kiya .Mr modi ko 5 Saal to pm rahne do, saalo adhi jindagi khatam ho gayi kuch naya iss desh me hua nahi abhi ho raha hai to uspe bhi ungli karte ho” [clearly a PM Modi fan]

As we all have an opinion about everything that happens in our country, people will talk and then forget and life will go on. I hope to write a similar post on the ‘Tejas Express’, 2/3 years down the line, when the train is not so new anymore. At least one thing we can expect is, considering the route the train is plying on – we can hope the train remains clean.

I love travelling by train, but even for me.. the fare of the journey is a little too much. I’m yet to travel on the 11085||Mumbai LTT-Madgaon AC Double Decker train, so a journey on the Tejas isn’t going to happen anytime soon.

P.S: Expect a few selfies to be taken with the train on social media..

Cheap Thrills

Finally!! Sia has dedicated a song to every Indian..

Didn’t understand? Let me explain…

We Indians are in love with the word ‘cheap’..our whole body lights up, if we can find something ‘cheap’ because as a population who lives under a Govt that screws our happiness in raising prices of commodities on almost a monthly basis..from milk, onions to diesel and petrol, everything is expensive’ and when we find something cheap, we get all excited – its totally an Indian thing. 

Now thrills have become cheap too…

..a few lyrics of the song, which goes as 

“I don’t need no money
You’re more than diamonds, more than gold
As long as I keep dancing
Free up yourself, get outta control… “

Just Imagine! A woman saying that..? the only problem is the first line is a double negative [I DON’T need NO money] (- -) does that mean positive (+) 

I love the song! My current fave! along with Dara’s – Onto You

..and then you have Vidya Vox (YouTuber) who remixes the song and comes out with her ridiculous version to screw up yet another awesome song. At least now, we don’t have to imagine, what it would sound if  the song was to be Indianized.

Listen to her version below:

Vidya Vox makes the song sound cheaper ‘Cheaper Thrills’  😂😂😂😂😂😂

Listen to Dara’s – Onto You

being Indian

I was watching the bollywood movie ‘Players’, for the umpteenth time on the Sony channel..by no means the greatest of movies to have been made & released, but effective when it comes to the beautifully planned and executed robbery scene in the movie.

Movies like these have always sparked my interest..so be it Aankhen, Dhoom, Dhoom 2, Happy New Year, Players, Don 2, Ladies vs Ricky Bahl, Race, Race 2 (all Bollywood) etc..etc.. I’ve loved and enjoyed each and every one of them, irrespective of them, going on to be blockbusters or bombed at the box-office.

But do stuff like this happen in the real life? https://i1.wp.com/studentorgs.umhb.edu/sites/studentorgs.umhb.edu/files/imagecache/organization_profile/148034_original.jpg?resize=142%2C139

I’m not sure I’ve heard of anything like that happen..but then there is no dearth of talent in a country like India that can carry out something like this, if ever.. that too with clinical precision. Count on an Indian to do the job!

The world should take note..India is the land of jugaad, anything is possible. We Indians are multi-talented, along with being experts in fields of I.T, Engineering and others, we have hidden talents that are shown only in times of adversity, you’d do well not to drive us into a situation like that.. it is at that time, where an Indian is most dangerous – He turns into The Smiling Assassin.

Team INDIA – Brought back to Earth

The high-flying INDIAN CRICKET TEST TEAM has been brought down to Earth..courtesy a slow left arm bowler namely Steve O’Keefe from Australia. Yes! It’s time for the whole of India to bash the same Indian cricket test team that has had a flawless 2016 and a great home season so far, barring this one test that they are all set out to lose, gracefully!

I am no specialist cricket analyst, all I’m saying is If the Australian batsman could apply themselves on that pitch – WHY NOT INDIA?

Some Major talking points of this Test Match:

To begin with Pune being a first time test venue, has dished out a ‘disgraceful pitch’. Why lay out a pitch that turns from day 1 or worse still ball 1? Shame on the curator.

That done. Virat’s captaincy was very ordinary, considering the fact that there was so much talk about ‘having plans for each batsman or whatever’ I believe Rahane said that, so did Virat Kohli [Rahane’s contribution of 13&18 runs, Virat Kohli contribution of 0&13, add to that senseless reviews and below average captaincy (this test)]

Playing 5 specialist bowlers on a turning/crumbling pitch, where as a team you know you will require the extra batsman instead of the extra bowler. Wrong selection! Australia was never going to be pushover team like Bangladesh. Australia was the smarter team, better team composition, I think they understood the conditions better.

So much for Team India and their unbeaten streak, so far which will end somewhere today. Shame on a team, that has played some excellent display of both, bat and ball all of 2016, to come down to getting out for 105 in the first innings and to be struggling at 102/7 in their second.

I agree, even the best team can have an off match, but on home turf..in your own backyard and its not only that – you’ve been outplayed by a team who looked clueless in Sri Lanka, on similar pitches with similar bowling attacks and with Team India boasting of in-form batsman and bowlers. It’s a shame! At least compete (104 & 107) doesn’t quite make pretty reading.. this has been a complete humiliation.

I want to hear what Harbhajan Singh has to say now!! He predicted a 4-0 in favor of India..Australia is going 0-1 up, in a hurry.

Current score as I post this 107 all out – Pathetic!!

Which team bats for less than 41 overs in a test innings? INDIA..and they’ve done it twice in the same test.

Sorry! But we’re (Indian cricket fans) not impressed!

~ Fifty Shades ~ 2nd Installment

Good News: Fifty shades darker (the movie) released on 10th February 2017

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The Bad news of course is that it isn’t releasing in India 🙁  Yes it is confirmed and I am not surprised at all. We have a SHIT censor board in India led by Pahlaj Nihalani. Guess we’ll have to wait until we download an HD or higher version (anything less than HD quality isn’t worth) to enjoy the movie in the comforts of our own house. Besides, I don’t think many people would opt to watch it with another person… (girl & girl might – boy & boy – NO – girl & boy…hmmm) you know just in case they get a little over excited. Couples however can enjoy it together 🙂

The movie might have not released in India but that does not stop us from imagining what to expect in the 2nd installment, the book of course gives us a lot to look forward too.

A little something to keep you going till you get to download and watch the movie

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Needless to say…

…and every man needs a woman with a lottle (little but a lot) Anastasia Steele in her.

Let’s meet up! II

This was my first post regarding the meet up, which some of you must have read. However we were unable to move much further but for only coming up with a place (city) to have it in and a day to have it on.

Okay! So we have set the ball rolling from our side..we have around 20+ bloggers who are interested in meeting up. A little more co-operation from your side would definitely be helpful here. However, Aditi & myself haven’t been unable to move much further. Our next step is that in order to communicate better, we’d like to create a whatsapp group wherein we could discuss better on the what, which & how.

We have so far come to a finalization of only a ‘Place’ which is Mumbai city to have it in, since it is easily accessible from all directions and most probably the meet up day, which would be on a weekend, either Saturday or Sunday (when most working people/students are free) 
So please..please send in your numbers to either Aditi or me (who-ever you are more comfortable with) so we could take this to the next stage.

Aditi’s email address: aditi.r.ranade@gmail.com

Savio’s email address: saviopaz@gmail.com or you can whatsapp me directly on 9860781187

Looking forward to your co-operation.

Aditi, pls re-blog the same.

 

Being Indian-‘The Real India’

A lot is written, spoken and mentioned in magazines, newspapers etc..but when it comes out on screen in the form of a ‘Hindi dialogue’, it is definitely worth watching again and again. The below video is from the movie ‘Namastey London’. You certainly don’t lose anything if you watch it just this one more time, in fact it fills your heart with Pride (that’s if you’re an Indian of course)

After listening to someone disparage India as a “land of snake charmers”, Arjun Ballu Singh (Akshay Kumar ) impressed many with his response in the 2007 romantic comedy Namastey London. The speech was delivered in Hindi with Jasmeet “Jazz” Malhotra (Katrina Kaif) translating in English.

One of the highlights of the film, this short speech delivered facts to some, pride to others.

What makes the scene memorable is the directness and sincerity of Arjun as he talks about the achievements of the 5000 year old Indian civilization along with Jazz’s increasing pride as she conveys this information to their non-Indian audience. While some of the ideas are lost in in translation, the spirit of the speech comes across loud and clear. 

The text version of which is below 🙂

Arjun: Namaste. Sir, mera naam hai Arjun Singh. 5000 saal purani sabhyata ki wajah se hum Hindustani sabko aise hi jhukke pranaam karte hai.

Jazz: When we greet one another, we fold our hands in namaste because we believe that God resides in the heart of every human being.

Arjun: Aisi sabhyata jisme ek Catholic aurat Pradhan mantri ki kursi, ek Sikh ke liye chhod deti hai aur, ek Sikh, pradhan mantri pad ki shapat, ek Muslim raashtrapati se leta hai, uss desh ki bhaag daud sambhal ne ke liye jisme 80 pratishat log Hindu hai.

Jazz: We come from a nation where we allow a lady of Catholic origin to step aside for a Sikh to be sworn in as Prime Minister by a Muslim President to govern a nation of over 80 percent Hindus.

Arjun: Aapki matra bhasha Angreji puri duniya mein sabse zyada hamare hi desh mein ghasi jaati hai. Aur aapko shaayad ye bhi nahi pata hoga ki Angreji ki zyaadatar shabd, Sanskrit se liye gaye hai. Sanskrit ka shabd “maatra”, Angreji mein “mother” bana, “bhratra” bana “brother”, “gaamiti” bani “geometry”, aur “trikonmiti” bani “trigonometry”.

Jazz: It may also interest you to know that many of the origins of your English words come from Sanskrit. For example, “maatra” becomes “mother”, “bhratra” becomes “brother”, “giamiti” becomes “geometry”, and “trikonniti” becomes “trigonometry”.

Arjun: Aapko shayad ye baat dilchasp lage ki hamare yahaan 21 bhashao mein, 5,600 akhbaar aur 3,500 magazines chapti hai, jinko padhne waalo ki sankhya 12 crore hai. Aapke desh ke muqable mein kayi zyaada hai.

Jazz: We have 5,600 newspapers, 35,000 magazines in over 21 different languages with a combined readership of 120 million.

Arjun: Chaand tak pahunch gaye hum. Lekin ab bhi aap logon ko hum Hindustaniyon ke haath mein saap ki been hi nazar aati hai.

Jazz: We have reached the moon and back yet you people still feel that we have only reached as far as the Indian rope trick.

Arjun: Doctors, engineers aur scientists ki ginti mein. Janaab hum sirf do mulko se peeche.

Jazz: We are the third largest nation in the world of doctors, engineers, and scientists. 

Arjun: Hai ye thi dimag ki baat, ab karte hai taakat ki. Duniya mein sabse badi teesri fauj hamara yaha hai, aapke yaha nahi. Phir bhi, main aapke saamne jhuk ke aapko pranaam karata hoon, kyun ki hum kisi ko apne aap se chhota ya kamzor nahi samajhte. Namaste!

Jazz: Maybe your grandfather didn’t tell you that we have the third largest army in the world. And even then, I fold my hands in humility before you because we don’t believe that we are above or beneath any individual.

Reading a post on Aditi’s blog, prompted me to share this with all of you. Do visit her blog for some really good posts 🙂