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Waste of talent

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I’ve gotten this comment a few times on my blog, so I feel compelled to give it the fifteen nanoseconds of fame it deserves –

What has been expressed here fits the general frame of mind that mostly everyone is used to. And maybe is best to keep it that way. At least for the time being.

It says so much without saying anything at all, something most speech writers would sacrifice appendages for or commit crimes of varying degrees. It’s something I would love to say to someone whose argument I am absolutely not interested in hearing but which I am sure I disagree with. Pity it’s wasted as a comment which makes wordpress ask – ‘Delete this spam?‘ Such a waste.

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January 30, 2011 at 3:33 am

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Social Networking?

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I’m yet to decide whether I am glad or dejected because I haven’t been tagged in any of the viral things doing the rounds on Facebook these days – Wall photos, 25 things you didn’t know about me, songs which come to my mind first when I read this and other Notes. What I am fairly certain about, though, is how highly irritating these things have turned out to be. I find myself torn between 2 extreme emotions: despair at having my notifications page being bombarded with random alerts, and an intense urge to find out who is the sluttiest person in each of my acquaintances’ friend circles.

What is most irritating, especially about all the random lists people generate, is that most of the things people include are solely meant to be cute/funny and hence end up being quite unreal. I would be very interested in knowing if, for example, someone colour-coded his underpants to work, or things which turned people on (and off). But telling me that you like taking long walks or that you do/don’t cry that often is just a criminal waste of cyberspace. As a mark of protest, here’s my list of things (in no particular order) which I find quite irritating –

1. People who talk about themselves all the time, only to pause and let you talk about them. This can be especially irritating when you want to talk about yourself.

2. People who don’t follow loo etiquette. As if it isn’t scary enough that foot tapping while getting epiphanies can have risqué implications, it can be quite pathetic when people make small talk out of plain relief (no pun intended) or just to dispel uncomfortable silences. This includes saying stuff like ‘I’m so awesome’ on making surprising discoveries. (People also have a tendency to say the most ridiculous/scandalous things in office restrooms – it’s almost like they forget that they still are in office and can very easily be overheard).

3. (Picking up from the previous point) – People who find it absolutely essential to dispel uncomfortable silences. Uncomfortable silences have a very specific purpose in life – to make people uncomfortable and shut them up at the same time. Breaking them, then, is just plain unnecessary.

4. People who ask redundant questions – ‘Ooh did that hurt?‘ after stepping on your foot. ‘I’m sorry am I blocking your view?‘ after coming late to a cinema hall and ambling along to their seats with their eyes glued to the screen. ‘What do you think?‘ after having already decided to buy something and asking for a second opinion just to give you the illusion of relevance.

5. People screwing up their grammar. I know, this might sound a bit finicky, but when someone says ‘I forgotted …‘, what is said thereafter gets, well, forgotted. Or ‘No I didn’t gone.‘ Or ‘I does not do this.’ Or ‘He catched it so well.‘ Mildly irritating.

6. People who screw up my name. I’ve had a wide range of people from Credit card call centre representatives to Rating Agency helpdesk individuals giving me advice on how to pronounce and/or spell my name. How tough is it to accept that someone can be named Sujay and not Sanjay, Sujoy, Suja or (this I swear I am NOT making up) Suagy? How in god’s name do you even pronounce the last one?

7. Pseudo-secularists, because they are full of BS. And armchair critics, because their purpose of existence is as mysterious, if not more, than slugs and bedbugs.

8. Arabic football commentators. I went through the entire 1998 Football World Cup telecast on the (then) newly-launched Ten Sports channel genuinely believing that the ‘experts’ on TV had all been infected by the same strain of strep which made them cough/clear their throats while talking. And they had a very irritating habit of yelling Goaaal GOaaal GOAaaal GOAAAAL! in an infinite loop when … obvious. Same goes for Latin American commentators who shout ‘GOLAASO’ ‘GOOLAAASO’ with a similar passion and sense of urgency.

9. Indian cricket commentators. And Pakistani ones too. ‘Nuff said.

10. The new FB interface. It is not just irritating – it is quite crappy.

11. Over-exuberance.

12. Tomato skin. I’ve talked about this before in great detail.

13. Babies who cry in cinema halls. And parents who act like their kids will shut up if they are ignored. Kids cry because they need attention. Makes you revisit the principles of Idiocracy every single time.

14. Having to explain jokes, especially those which aren’t meant to be classics and have a very, very short shelf life (i.e. bad ones). I go through this particular agony almost every day.

15. People who oppose something (a team, an idea, anything) you support just to have a stand (or to piss you off). I refuse to argue with someone who argues for the sake of arguing.

16. Honking at red lights. There might very well be some deep-rooted pyschological/Freudian explanations for this phenomenon, but there is no doubt that this can get mighty irritating.

17. Atheists who are atheists because it is cool to be one. For that matter, anyone who is something just because it makes her cooler. Although for atheists, I think most of the times they are (as a thumb rule) a little bit irritating anyway. Same goes for PETAmaniacs.

18. French footballers and Australian cricketers. I have no rational justification for this, though.

19. People who post ‘Sorry for not blogging in a long time …’ or ‘Blogging has been slow because …’. Seriously, the world has existed and will continue to exist without your contributions to cyber-literature.

20. People who add unnecessary points to lists just to have a ‘nice’ number of entries.

(This list is not exhaustive and is likely to swell with the passage of time. The round number of entries right now is purely coincidental, and doesn’t contradict point # 20. )

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March 26, 2009 at 6:17 pm

What’s in a name

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For all you friends of mine who have gotten engaged/married, are getting engaged/married or plan on doing so in the near/distant future – this one is for you.
There is one thing which sits at the top of your minds, I’m sure. It’s ok, it’s pretty natural and I want you to consider it to be your obligation to yourself.
But once you get that one thing out of the way (and get it out quite a few times), another thing will come to the top of your mind. And the natural thing which will come with the just-mentioned thing is the most important and selfless task you can ever do for another individual, something which will haunt him/her forever and will be his/her identity:

You will have to name your baby.

Do not- and I stress, do NOT – take this matter lightly. I know, the temptation to have a unique name for your child will be overwhelming. You will be driven to find something which will confirm what you have always known: your child is a superstar, a megastar destined for greatness. I’m sure that is quite true. But please, oh please, remember that too much of thought can lead to the most arbit names you could ever imagine –
Bronx Mowgli Wentz

Pilot Inspektor Lee

Sage Moonblood, Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily

Zahara Marley, Maddox Chivan Thornton, Shiloh Nouvel, Pax Thien

Fifi Trixibelle, Peaches Honeyblossom, Little Pixie

and the clincher –
Nakoa-Wolf Manakauapo Namakaeha Momoa

No. Oh god please no. There is absolutely no justification to play such a cruel joke on someone who’s just come into this world – it’s worse than the initiation schedules some frat-houses have.

This also applies to all those people who plan on having babies without the formality of marriages – you have no excuse either.

(Inspiration via Best Week Ever.tv)

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January 9, 2009 at 1:54 pm

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tongue-in-mouth

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Warning: Stream of consciousness post. Why does a snickers bar taste the sweetest on the tip of my tongue than somewhere deep in the abyss of my mouth where the sweet glands are allegedly located? Was I being duped all along?

Why does it have to be called ‘tongue-in-cheek’ when I’m being cheeky? In fact, why is it called ‘cheeky’ in the first place? What’s with all this cheek? (wiki-ing for it will break the stream, so i won’t wiki)

The tongue is the only muscle in the human body which is attached at just one end. It is also supposed to be the strongest muscle in the human body, which is a real irony – the only way to excercise the strongest muscle is to yap like, well, women! Is that why they (women) claim to be ‘strong’?

E.O.P.

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March 6, 2008 at 1:26 am

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No relief whatsoever

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A construction company called Lodra Group or Lodha Group or something has decided to advertise its ‘Water Inspired Housing Complexes’ on the radio by playing the sound of flowing water for some 10-15 seconds. Note that the water doesn’t go gushing or anything – it’s that steady, small trickle you see flowing out of taps in Udipi hotels. My problem is that every time I listen to this, I feel the strong urge to .. you know .. .. .. stupid ad! X(

I just had to post this … just had to 😦

And oh yes – Stupid Ctrl + C, Ctrl + V. Damn you to eternity.

Aye aay o, FM Rainbow … aargh

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January 23, 2008 at 6:59 pm

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Spell with flickr

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Don’t judge me 😛

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January 16, 2008 at 4:21 pm

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