Tuesday, November 29, 2005

On The Waterfront..

After a brief hiatus, which turned out to be not so brief in the end, Mr.K (on most legal documents, he goes by initials KS...but since it sounds stupid, he shall be called only Mr.K by us) is spotted again in blogspot. Much has changed since the last time we read Mr.K's musings..LPY's reign ended in Bihar, Indian cricket is rising unlike Mangal Pandey, Mr.PG ran in 10K, Mr.I,Mr.SBR,Mr.VKM are now working out of "The Firm's" new world class facility..well the list is long..just about everything and everyone is changing - and some changes just leave you wondering "do ppl even realise that they have changed"..

Anyways since we are on "changes", another thing that has changed is the "The City's" famous necklace. She now has a new hangout place just adjacent to the appropriately named "Ini-Mini" street. Its a nice waterside bistro identified as "Waterfront". Mr. I and Mr.SBR had given very positive reviews about the place and this prompted Mr.K to suggest the place to a friend of his for the friend's bday dinner. The plan was hatched and the execution set for few days later.

The hostess, host and the guest were fortunate enough to get a table just overlooking the "Lake HS"..the sky was starry and the the water as calm as the Buddha..the restaraunt has a nice ambience and a very nice "pier" feel to it. The lighting could be better and definitely more tables than desired. This makes one feel that people are not just eating the food but also the space. Thank heavens - literally for getting a spot near the water..then one can gaze at the stars.. thank heavens also for the fact that it was a "table for three"..Mr.K has been left with no answers to Mrs and Mr.M always for the empty fourth seat.

The conversation as always bordered from the latest personal happenings to inane howlers and just about everything from home loans to C&H and Marvin in "hitch hikers guide to galaxy"..there was a considerable amount of time spent on the significance of the number 2 in Mr.K's life..Mrs.M - the big fan waxed eloquent on Mr.Seth's writings and could not understand how Mr.M and Mr.K could find the hitchhikers a fascinating book. Girls, Guys, Money were "the usual suspects" in the conversation over the food..and food i must say was very good. Anyone who is fond of Seafood should try the chilli flavoured fish..the accompaniments was most wonderful - specifically the live music. The musicians played various tunes - from Godfather to Woh Raatein Woh Lamhe..to sum it up, the place is very good - just as a good glass of "French White Wine" - it grows on you till you realise that the clocks have not co-operated with you.

"The Waterfront" restaraunt is just as worth experiencing as the powerful Kazan's movie "On the Waterfront", which propelled Marlon Brando to be "The Godfather" years later. Its an experience which doesn't "touche" you and doesnt create "fusion -9 senses" but leaves you feeling pleased.

For "Coyotes" who are stuck in "intrigue" wish they could slow down a little and be in Feel Good Inc ever. They must start making their own shoes, stop dancing to music of Gorillaz in happy mood and keep a mild groove on..


Friday, September 23, 2005

Live In..

Mr.K saw "Salaam Namaste" - supposedly the flavor of the month in bollywood for the fresh storyline about a couple living their dreams without "Marriage"..before i let you know the thoughts of some of our three muskeeters on the concept behind the movie, lets just finish off with some of the first impressions and trivia about the movie. Mr.K thinks that Preity Zinta has lost her vivacious energy that so made her different from the typical bimbos ( no offense to fair species ) that bollywood keeps throwing at us. That being said this movie probably showed Ms.Zinta in her histrionic best - wonderfull performance. The hero in the movie - Saif ali khan with all his new found "Nirvana - He struts around topless mostly in the movie" was just as half-cooked as the food made by the character he plays in the movie. Anyways i will not go on with a movie review here - and oh yes the trivia about the movie - it was shot very near to the place where Mr.SBR's "doctor brother" lives in Melbourne. Nice Chap - except that he pissed of a female patient suffering from Appendicites during his apprenticeship in "The City".

Anyways the movie deals with two people who are discovering love for each other by experimenting to live with each other before "Nuptials". Wow, so whats the big deal. This happens in the Western world every day at every other place. But for indians, it is a new and sometimes unwelcome concept. So this was the topic of discussion amongst Mr.SBR, MR.INF and ofcourse Mr.K during one of their now-famous lunch discussions. And last i remember that was probably the only lunch when someone did not have to tell "Look there..Look there". Mr.K told the other two that he is quite disappointed with indian women proclaiming their new found progression in all things but still not a single one is open to the idea of living together. Mr.S ( okay SBR created lot of curious minds, which isnt healthy for a nation ) told that it is good that girls arent open cause living in before marriage is not a right thing. He was of the opinion that only the people who were not sure about their relationship would do that and they want to take a easy way out of not having to deal with hassles of divorce. Mr.K replied that most people blame the concept of living in without realising that the problem of two people going separate after months or years of "unlicensed togetherness" instead of the two people themselves. Mr.K thinks that if someone is committed to another person, their relationship should work out irrespective of whether they have had a "Marriage". Mr.I then made a very significant statement in the discussion. He was like, it is a decent concept, good if both the couple are committed to each other but then the biggest challenge for them would be "how do they get their kids registered in school", "how do they get an accomodation" etc. That reflects the mind-sets prevalent in our city?. That left us wondering if live-in would work here now or in future..the bill for the lunch came, as usual Mr.I and Mr.S tricked Mr.K not to pay the bill by offering to pay in sodex-ho. Only in the evening Mr.K realised that it was a smart move by the guys to make him pay a more expensive bill in the "Lots can happen over coffee" shop..


Mr. K still thinks that Live - In is a decent idea.. to him the success behind any relationship is for both people to have real interest in each other ( no compromise on that ), respect each other's value system, a commitment to be together and make each other a better person and ofcourse they should feel at ease with no pretense between them and make each other laugh and grow old with each other.. anyways a lot of people now think being a "Divorce Lawyer" is a great profession to make one rich and the concept of "Live-In" is as good in sales as the jeans with the same name ...No takers..

Cheers!. Happy weekend..

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

The Blog Name

Inside Scoop on my name..

My Humble Origin - The Blog Speaks

It was the "Day After" the day the rain gods cried their tears away on "The City". Turns out that someone was making a nice Justin Timberlake impersonation and singing "Cry me a River" and the Gods Obliged. Coming in the aftermath of the "Terrible Floods Caused By Rain in the City where actors go underworld" and the "The city of Mardi Gras left with less than whats on the parade girls by Hurricane K" - the scars left behind in "The City" was a lot less CNN friendly.. It just left behind few people feeling extremely cold.

The "Day After" was the day i was conceived and i didnt have to wait nine months to see the light cause "the dude who is typing what you reading" thought he had "time to kill", so here i am in front of you all.

"The Naamkaran Ceremony"

One of the most unfair thing in this universe is that the one whose naming ceremony is being celebrated never gets a chance to talk and they are left in the mercy of the creative minds of their conceivers and anyone who has even a dotted line relationship to them to come up with a name that they can be proud of. It is pretty tensed affair. It wasn't different for me. So let me tell you all what transpired.

One of the positive things about mine was that there were only three participants - so my expectation was that it would be over quickly and i would have a nice little name for myself. The damn thing was that it was the time on which the "Performance Appraisals" of our three muskeeters was in progress and it turned out that their "Bosses" also said the same thing to them like i did "Expectations Not Met".

It happened over a Phone Conference. The guy whose name shows up in my profile link (Mr.K) was discussing with Mr. INF and Mr.SBR ( I would have called him SB - but it didn't sound quite right to call him that ) about coffee, cricket, land property, appraisals, promotions etc etc etc and then it came to the task of naming me. I could go on and on about Mr.K but i would keep it crisp and short by telling you all that he is a Cancerian. Mr.INF is a sort of guy who is extremely confused about his origins - he is not sure if he is Spanish or Portuguese and he is the guy who "The Firm"'s managing director always needs to keep a eye on - both of them are good "Storytellers". Mr.SBR is a very nice guy who has always done most of the things right in his life except maybe the car he bought.

Well i know you are already feeling sorry for me and maybe some of the "Fairer Ones" are already searching for your hankies. Mr. K started out with informing the others - guys i got it, i am going to name him "Confessions of a Occupied Mind" and he was immediately given an info by Mr.SBR that the name sounds like one of those movies which falls under the genre of the movies like the one in "which Joey walks across the street". Mr.K then said okay guys - i need to name it with things that i can relate to - like how about "Camels,Trucks and Fish" or "The desert transporter" or "Silent Cacophony". All of them were real nice names, but the other two were jealous everytime Mr.K came up with his incredibly creative suggestions like "Bittersweet five cents" or "Where i end and you begin" and "Place for my head" and "Comfortably Numb". Probably the best suggestion came from Mr.INF, the ashes fever was still on the rumblings in Ozland was still being discussed and maybe this influenced him. He wanted to honour those who were held responsible for "The Original Sin - Losing Ashes" (I know a lot of people are thinking of Angelina Jolie now ) - Marto, Haydos, Dizzy and Kasper. So his suggestion was that since my birth was co-inciding with their "professional last days", i should be named "Haydos,Marto,Dizzy, Kasper and Me" - only one problem, i just don't think it would have been possible for me to get my tickets booked if i had such a big name. So it was over-ruled and discussions carried forward. Mr.SBR - the nice guy he is, he couldn't widen his thinking and kept on insisting i should be named with "Hindi word for Cottage Cheese" - he added a lot of suffixes to it like Corner, Confessions etc etc. Mr.K was not amused with the help he was getting. He thought of keeping it simple like "Scribblings" ( In hindsight its a nice one ), "Random Notes from Underground", "The Idiot" etc etc. One of the worst suggestions of the ceremony was Mr.SBR's "Careless Whisper" - Damn - linking me with George Michael of all people.

The Headway - The End

Finally guys started making some headway. Mr.INF reminded the importance of "Doormats" to everyday life and suggested "The Doormat to the Mind", Mr.K said how about "The Doormat Speaks" - I was thinking "WTF", he is a doormat - not me, why should i be named Doormat. Actually Mr.K stole my mind's thoughts, gave a wicked smile to himself and said why not "WTF". But then he realised that it would confuse me a lot cause everyone in this world everyday keep saying "WTF" and i would have thought, is that stranger calling me ?.

After 60 minutes of mindless chatter, the ceremony ended without me being named. The conference ended, Mr.K then simply decided to name me "Sun, Moon, Coffee, Chatter"...he had a reason too.. Sun cause it is the source of everything ( i intend to be one ), Moon cause it reflects ( Reflection is .... ), Coffee cause it invigorates (i hope to ) and Chatter ( You Will )...