Archive | July, 2011

Words of wisdom

26 Jul

Words of wisdom from my daughter first thing in the mornin.

I kiss her bye and say first kiss for my daughter

Then I kiss my son and say first kiss for my son.

I say first, for a simple reason, it will create a pandemonium if both don’t come first.

So she says “Daddy if we all come first then we all lose.”

I am not sure if she understood what she said but it is profound.



22 Jul

I have read more than my usual quota of books this year and I have tried different genres and writers (women witers in specific) I was not exposed to before.

As I read these books a thought struck me and kind of made me uncomfortable. I understand it is not appropriate to make a generic statement so you can discount it is a ranting of an individual.

Writers these days have taken a role of academicians, where they analyze the fabric of the society in their stories and try to unveil the reasons through the medium. Yes, these are stories, and no doubt the stories entertain, are wonderfully crafted, are rich in their universe and diversity of facets these books tackle, I cannot also deny that these books enrich life by highlighting these hidden aspects or unobserved motivations.

But according to me a writer is not just an observer or chronicler of life, he is the ultimate rebel and he is not to justify life but to mock it.

I guess that is the reason Oscar Wilde, Tom Robbins, Charles Schultz and Kurt Vonnegut still remain my favorite authors and I end up re-reading their books so very often.

Party abhi baki hai…

18 Jul

Sharabi party ki shayari.


Din dhal gaya hai

Lekin kuch lamhe abhi baki hai

Raat ho gayi hai, duniya so gayi hai

Dooston ke baatein abhi baki hai

Mehkhane ka darwaaza bhi baand ho gaya hai

Lekin niyaat abhi baki hai

Jhoot bhi chup gaya hai

Lekin Sachai abhi baki hai

Kalam ki shaihai bhi khatam ho gayi hai

Kuch alfaz abhi baki hain

Shabab bhi shikasth kha gaya hai

Yaroon ke mehfil abhi baki hai

Rishtey bahut toot gaye hain

Aur Zindagi abhi baki hai

Sharab ke bateein bahut ho gayi hain

Haqeeqat abhi baki hai

Din dhal gaya hai

Lekin kuch lamhe abhi baki hain


Rejection slip

12 Jul

Dear Raman,

Thank you for sending us your manuscript for consideration.

We regret to inform you that we are unable to publish it as it does not suit our publishing programme at the moment.

We wish you success in finding another publisher for your manuscript.


All best,

The Editorial Team

P.S: They seem to have a format for this, the font for the last line was different from first two lines. And apparently same copywriter has written this e-mail for all publishers, got another one with exactly same words from another one.

And it feels pretty good to get one, you almost feel like an author 🙂

April-June 2011 reading list

3 Jul

Jitterbug perfume by Tom Robbins (41/2 stars)

A visit of the goon squad by Jennifer Egan (31/2 stars)

Help! A bear is eating me! By Mykle Hansen (4 stars)

Sway by (4 stars)

Exit wounds by rutu modan (2 stars)

Mafia queens of Mumbai (1/2 star)

Poisoned arrow by ibne safi (1/2 star)

Still life with woodpecker by Tom Robbins (31/2 stars)

The giver by lois lowry (4 stars)

Leela’s Book book by Alice alibinia (3 stars)

Earth and Ashes (41/2 stars)

Just a couple of days by Tony vigorito (31/2 stars)

Bombay duck it’s a fish by kanika dhillon (1/2 star)

Go the fuck to sleep by Adam mansbach (4 stars) (note: only parents will understand the book)

B is for beer by Tom Robbins (3 stars)

Question 4

1 Jul

What is the name of your reflection?