Nandini – The Little Angel In Archana’s Life

On January 7th 2008 at 4:10 in the morning, my friend Archana and her hubby Hari was blessed with a lovely baby girl. They have named her – Nandini – I had never told anyone but when I first got the news of Archana expecting, I was really happy fro her but at the same time..I must confess I felt a tinge of jealousy..was really surprised myself ..cos I have never had such a feeling towards my friends.. (to be honest I do feel jealous, c’mon everyone does) But now I, in fact, envy her.. She has got a lovely baby in her arms now. She is a cutie-pie!! A perfect child for a perfect made for each other couple!!! I still cant believe that it’s the same the same Archana who would get her knees bruised on her cycling trips … would now be taking care of a baby of her own, the same Archana who would repay others with a tit-for-tat (she wouldn’t play badminton with someone cos last day that person didn’t play with her)..now she will be giving moral lessons to her child.

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Here’s a little poem for the newly-arrived Nandini:

Ten fingers, Ten toes
She’s laughter and teardrops
So small and brand new
And amazingly angelic
She’s sent to bless you
She’s one special Baby
The best of life’s treasure
And will grant and bless you
Many hours of great pleasure.
Nandini - Day 3

God bless her!!

Nandini - With Parents

And this is what the just-turned-mom has to advise to soon-to-be-parents:
Life has become really biziee these days!!! For all those who are expecting to become dads or moms….sleep/take rest as much as possible before your baby is born!!

So there you go people straight first-hand fresh experience speaking!

Who’s My Sex and the City Match?

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Looking for the perfect Bergdorf Goodman dishes to match your impeccable kitchen? Shopping at Tiffany’s for a new string of pearls? Fantasizing about the perfect job as a New York City art gallery owner? Maybe not exactly, but when it comes to a refined taste and a sweetness like no other, you’re just like Charlotte!

Of course you aren’t all sugar; you’ve definitely got a tough heart under that pretty cashmere sweater, but you are probably happiest when you are surrounded by supportive relationships and a great romance (you only get two, you know!) So live it up, because you deserve nothing but the best in life, whether it’s fine china or true love. Now that’s some good taste!

Boondh – A Drop of Jal

After the grand success of their album “Aadat”, Jal have released their new album “Boondh – a drop of jal”. Speculations and comparisons are indispensable. It’s always tough to live up to people’s expectations. And I think Jal have come up with a good compilation.Boondh - A Drop of Jal - Album Cover

The album contains numbers which are soft, romantic and tinged with desperation for a beloved – very signature of Jal. As a band they have grown..particularly Farhaan who as a vocalist shows great improvement – listen to him in the starting few lines of Payal- “Payal ka shor macha ke/Nindiya se tun jaga ke/Tu kaheen jaaye na“. This is the songs which I was really looking forward to. I had heard the teaser of this song and was eager to listen the full version of it. And they have not at all disappointed me. A very good composition. I loved Goher’s rendition of the song “Hamein Itna Pyaar” but at times the lyrics are way too cliched..nevertheless it makes for a good listening..particularly the slower version.I know I am sucker for soft romantic mushy songs. It has got a slow version too. Of the trio of the band Jal – Goher, Farhan and Shazi..Goher deserves an applause for he is a bundle of talent – lyricist, songwriter and a vocalist – he can do it all.

Maybe at first listening you wont love the songs as much ..but the music gradually grows on you.

My verdict – Impressive and lingering.

I know I am punching two together, but with Atif also releasing his new album “Meri Kahani” I couldn’t stop myself from putting in my comments. As many would remember, that Atif Aslam and Goher Mumtaz together had started the band Jal but gradually separated ways. Atif showed great promise as a vocalist. With his album Doorie last year he wooed the crowds all over again. Now he has come up with another album, claiming it to be the actual sequel to Aadat, titled “Meri Kahani”. I don’t have much to say about this album cos it has disappointed me, except for two songs, “Meri Kahani” and “Chor Gaye”, the other songs are too noisy. It’s not that I am against Atif or for Jal, but somehow this album fails. I loved the album “Doorie”, which was panned by critics. Will have to wait and watch who goes up or who goes down or is it that there is equal takers for their music.

The only released video of the album “Boondh” is “Sajni”. The video is conceptually different and not to mention shot beautifully. Here is the video:

Video: Sajni
Album: Boondh – a drop of jal
Artist/Band: Jal the band
List of songs in the album “Boondh – a drop of jal”:

  • Chup Chup
  • Humain Itna Pyaar
  • Humain Itna Pyaar (Slow)
  • Kia Sei Kia
  • Mahia
  • Main Mast Hoon
  • Moray Piya
  • Payal (Lyrics)
  • Raatien
  • Sajni
  • Sajni (Slow)

Bushisms = Funny Quotes by George W. Bush

For beginners,
Bushism = peculiar words, phrases, pronunciations, malapropisms, semantic or linguistic errors and gaffes that have occurred in the public speaking of United States President George W. Bush.

Sovereignity as per Bush:

Sovereignity as per dictionary:

sov-er-eign-ty (noun)

1. The power of a country (or group) to control its own government.

2. Complete independence and self-government.

3. Royal rank, authority, or power.

Here is a compilation of a bunch of funny quotes by the American president:

I’m conservative, but I’m not a nut about it.

This administration is doing everything we can to end the stalemate in an efficient way. We’re making the right decisions to bring the solution to an end.

As Luce reminded me, he said, without data, without facts, without information, the discussions about public education mean that a person is just another opinion.

There’s an old saying in Tennessee — I know it’s in Texas, probably in Tennessee…that says, fool me once, shame on…shame on you. Fool me…you can’t get fooled again.

Our nation must come together to unite.

In my sentences I go where no man has gone before.

I have a different vision of leadership. A leadership is someone who brings people together.

A lame duck session, for people who don’t know what that means, it means the Senate is coming and the House is coming back between now and Christmas and they’ve got a few days to get some big things done.

He can’t have it both ways. He can’t take the high horse and then claim the low road.

For every fatal shooting, there were roughly three non-fatal shootings. And, folks, this is unacceptable in America. It’s just unacceptable. And we’re going to do something about it.

I was proud the other day when both Republicans and Democrats stood with me in the Rose Garden to announce their support for a clear statement of purpose, “You disarm, or we will.”

Leadership to me means duty, honor, country. It means character, and it means listening from time to time.

Whether or not it needed to happen, I’m still convinced it needed to happen. [explaining why he sent U.S. troops into Iraq, Dec. 12, 2005]

As governor of Texas, I have set high standards for our public schools, and I have met those standards.

I appreciate that question because I, in the state of Texas, had heard a lot of discussion about a faith-based initiative eroding the important bridge between church and state.

People that are really very weird can get into sensitive positions and have a tremendous impact on history.

I mean, there needs to be a wholesale effort against racial profiling, which is illiterate children.

Should any Iraqi officer or soldier receive an order from Saddam Hussein…. don’t follow that order. Because if you choose to do so, when Iraq is liberated, you will be treated, tried and persecuted as a war criminal.

See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda.

The law I sign today directs new funds and new focus to the task of collecting vital intelligence on terrorist threats and on weapons of mass production.

One of the great things about books is sometimes there are some fantastic pictures.

Too many good docs are getting out of business. Too many OB/GYN’s aren’t able to practice their, their love with women all across this country.

It’s clearly a budget. It’s got a lot of numbers in it.

We must all hear the universal call to like your neighbor just like you like to be liked yourself.

We look forward to analyzing and working with legislation that will make — it would hope — put a free press’s mind at ease that you’re not being denied information you shouldn’t see.

You teach a child to read, and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test.

There’s not going to be enough people in the system to take advantage of people like me.

There’s only one person who hugs the mothers and the widows, the wives and the kids upon the death of their loved one. Others hug but having committed the troops, I’ve got an additional responsibility to hug and that’s me and I know what it’s like.

We cannot let terrorists hold this nation hostile or hold our allies hostile.

Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?

The most important job is not to be governor, or first lady in my case.

I glance at the headlines just to kind of get a flavor for what’s moving. I rarely read the stories, and get briefed by people who are probably read the news themselves.

I am mindful not only of preserving executive powers for myself, but for predecessors as well.

If you find a neighbor in need, you’re responsible for serving that neighbor in need, you’re responsible for loving a neighbor just like you’d like to love yourself.

I can’t wait to join you in the joy of welcoming neighbors back into neighborhoods, and small businesses up and running, and cutting those ribbons that somebody is creating new jobs.

They want the federal government controlling Social Security like it’s some kind of federal program.

That woman who knew I had dyslexia: I never interviewed her.

Will the highways on the Internet become more few?

We look forward to hearing your vision, so we can more better do our job. That’s what I’m telling you.

Washington is a town where there’s all kinds of allegations. You’ve heard much of the allegations. And if people have got solid information, please come forward with it. And that would be people inside the information who are the so-called anonymous sources, or people outside the information — outside the administration. (September 30, 2003)

One of the common denominators I have found is that expectations rise above that which is expected.

I mentioned early on that I recognize there are hurdles, and we’re going to achieve those hurdles.

We are ready for any unforeseen event which may or may not happen.

I understand small business growth. I was one.

I believe the results of focusing our attention and energy on teaching children to read and having an education system that’s responsive to the child and to the parents, as opposed to mired in a system that refuses to change, will make America what we want it to be — a more literate country and a hopefuller country.

The administration I’ll bring is a group of men and women who are focused on what’s best for America, honest men and women, decent men and women, women who will see service to our country as a great privilege and who will not stain the house.

And here I saved the best for the last:

Got a Bushism, do not hesitate to add.

Love v/s Marriage

Love v/s MarriageLove is holding hands in the street.
Marriage is holding arguments in the street.

Love is cuddling on a sofa.
Marriage is one of them sleeping on a sofa.

Love is talking about having children.
Marriage is talking about getting away from children.

Love is going to bed early.
Marriage is going to sleep early.

Love is losing your appetite.
Marriage is losing your figure.

Love is sweet nothing in the ear.
Marriage is sweet nothing in the bank.

TV has no place in love.
Marriage is a fight for remote control.

Love is 1 drink and 2 straws.
Marriage is “Don’t you think you’ve had enough!”.


Conclusion: “Love is blind , Marriage is an eye opener!”

Resolutions for the New Year

It’s the beginning of another year. It’s the time of the year when we look back to the year gone by and hopeful of the coming year. And as customary most will be making new year’s resolutions and within a short span of time most of it would be broken too. Making great resolutions generally ends up with you reverting to your ways, making you feel like a failure. So this year when you make resolutions to change aspects of yourself you believe are negative, try to keep them few, practical and achievable. Going out of the way to prove yourself to others is of no use.

Here are some top new year resolutions one can make and try to keep them:

Spend more time with your family:
In this hi-tech life with more and more machines to make our life easier and do our work faster, we still are always short of time for our loved ones. So let this year be the time to spend more time with your family and dear ones and bring back the joy of bonding to your mundane life.

Stay healthy:
Let this year be the time when you finally hit the treadmill or take up an exercise regime along with a planned diet (no crash dieting please!!) to get back in shape and stay fit.

Quit Smoking:

It’s really hard for smokers to give up the ciggy, but nicotine replacement therapy now provides easier access to proven quit-smoking aids. Even though you must have tried to quit earlier and not succeeded, give another try this year. If you make it, believe me you will be one happy person happy enjoying a smoke-free life.

Quit Drinking:
How many more hit and run cases by drunk drivers and how many more pavement dwellers getting crushed!! Even if not for others’ make an effort to give up alcohol for the your own health benefits.

Get Organized:
Lets take this new year seriously and take the vow of getting more organized and pre-arranged to be professionally successful.

Learn Something New:
All our life is an unending learning process, so this year learn something new. Whether you take a course or read a book, you’ll find education to be one of the easiest, most motivating New Year’s resolutions to keep.

Help Others:
In planning for all the good things for ourselves, lets also try to do something, big or small, which makes life of others better.

And before you all accuse me of getting all saintly and all wisely, let me put down my new year resolutions:

Go on a Vacation:
Well, this year I definitely plan to take a break from my hectic, stressful, and home-work-home routine life and go on a vacation.

Enjoy Life more:
I hope to get out of the stress of personal and professional life and try living an easy life.

Be Less Harsh on Others:

As some people have pointed out to me I say things to people on their face which may hurt them, so plan to have more control over myself ..actually try to turn diplomatic!! Tough one to keep..huh…cos i am one of those who do not hesitate to call a spade a spade!!!

Be Positive:
Sometimes it is hard to stay positive, and negative thoughts surround me and ends up with me going onto a depression. so from now one every time a negative thought comes to me, will try zap it, replace it with a positive thought.

Lose Weight:
Weight loss is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions and so is it of mine. I know people knowing me would tell me that I do not need to ..but I would feel good to lose some pounds and tame the bulge.

Catch upon Reading:
Due to the time crunch, I hardly get the time to lay my hand on books..leave alone reading them . But this year I plan to read at least 5 books.

I think these are more than enough for a year. The less they are the more chances being successful in keeping them. Trying to do everything simultaneously practically guarantees failure across the board.

I know most people prefer to keep their resolutions to themselves, so that they are not answerable to others if they do not succeed. But look at it another way. If you tell you friends about it, you will have more people prodding you, in case you fall behind. 🙂 a goodway to keep you on track is to sign up with an e-mail reminder service to keep you committed.

So whatever be your resolutions, just strive to change for the better in the new year!