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Good advice for those seeking ‘happiness’

September 21, 2007

Work like you don’t need money. Love like you’ve never been hurt. Dance like no one is watching.

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Fergalicious at 11!??

September 18, 2007

We cannot help but point out, that most parents don’t know what kind of music their kids are listening to. And the attitude that “oof! I cannot understand a word of what they’re singing/listening to” doesn’t help at all.

Take for instance our neighbour’s son – he loves Eminem, and he’s all of just 15! And his traditional ‘puritan’ mother once even acknowledged to us proudly that her son “loves western music”.  Well for your information, Eminem lyrics include F-words and graphic descriptions of sex and other stuff that can make adults uncomfortable, leave alone kids!

Then there’s this niece of ours who loves “Fergi” and her favorite songs are Fergalicious and London Bridge. Her mom even got her the new Fergi CD as a present recently – blissfully ignorant of the fact that Fergi sings about ‘lovely lady lumps’,  “you can squeeze me, you can tease me, i am easy, i am sleazy…” and how her ‘London bridge goes down every time the boys come around’. The niece who listens to this is an impressionable 11 years old! 

Come on Parents, wake up! Music isn’t what it used to be when we were kids “take my breath away” and “Love in C-Minor” is amateurish fluff compared to what’s going around today.

Not surprisingly, if you were to buy any of the abovementioned CDs (like we do, because yes at 40 we think we can handle the lyrics) you will note a Parental Advisory R-Rated sticker on the case. Like they did on some “Doors” albums when we were younger!

But then most Indian parents are half ignorant/quarter lazy/quarter too full of themselves to realise or admit there’s something terribly wrong in the way they manage what their kids listen to.

Sad. Check out the video above to see the point I’m making. And oh yes, don’t do it in front of your kids. Please?

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The Lounge is Open Again!

September 14, 2007

Okay, so we’re back in the ‘family lounge’ after approximately 9 months. Where were we? What were we doing? Well, we were around – in the kids’ room, the bedroom (!), the study, in the kitchen, in the office… everywhere but not where we could put up our feet and ‘lounge around’!

But although our fingers were taking a break, our minds were racing with the wind. We’ve got a lot of stuff to share here in the next couple of weeks – about friendships, about relationships, about the way we live our lives as parents, children, friends and lovers.

Also observations of life as we see it constantly changing around us – for better and for worse. Stick around. We’ll be back!

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Don(‘t) expect too much!!

December 4, 2006

Last night we saw Don directed by Farhan Akhtar, starring Priyanka Chopra, Boman Irani, Arjun Rampal, Kuala Lumpur, and Shah Rukh Khan. With a couple of jhatkas thrown in by Kareena Kapoor.

We’re not saying it’s a bad movie, but we’re clearly saying we were dissappointed! And have cast our votes for performance in the order given in the intro paragraph above.

We both love SRK but were hugely disappointed by his role and performance in the movie.

We loved Farhan’s first film – Dil Chahta Hai and expected something slick, and a brilliantly contemporarised version of the original Don.

What we got instead was a movie brilliant in parts. The graphics were superb, the locations fantastic, the costumes wow, the music – hip and happenning. What the movie completely lacked was soul – which usually comes through with good storytelling – and the art of storytelling was completely missing here!

The highlights:

1. The gorgeous Priyanka Chopra

2. Kuala Lumpur

3. The title song “main hoon don”

The downers:

1. Direction

2. Kareena Kapoor (we love her too, but again were hugely disappointed!)

3. Direction

To sum up – while we will tell you to shut down your mind, and still go watch the movie.

Just remember “Don ko brilliant movie kehna mushkil hi nahin, namumkin hai!”

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He says, She says. (she, a lot more!)

December 1, 2006

While men have always suspected it, and women have always denied it – it’s now been proven by science (and written about in a book by a woman doctor) that women are genetically designed to talk more! Make that a helluva lot more – about three times more than men.

In her book “The Female Mind”, Dr. Luan Brizendine, says the inherent differences between the male brain and the female brain, makes women more talkative. In fact she says, women also speak more quickly, devote more brainpower to chit-chat – and actually get a buzz out of hearing their own voices (Heh, heh, heh…).

As a result the average woman speaks around 20,000 words a day, while men only speak around 7,000. This is just perfect, as Jay Leno said on TV last night “because one third of the time men aren’t listening to their women!”

You can read more about the book and this topic here.

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What’s Wipro got to do with it!??!

November 29, 2006

There’s a really bizarre story going around these days, about a woman from Kanpur, who’s suing the company her husband works for (Wipro), as well as Wipro’s boss Azim Premji – for allegedly breaking up her marriage by giving her husband – get this – a dating allowance!!!

My dear, we have heard of some really absurd reasons for trouble between couples, but this one takes the cake and the bakery!

Dating Allowance – right. That’s the allowance that is enforced with a gun to the guy’s head and weilded by a trigger happy HR guy on loan from the D-company. The fine print of this D-Allowance also says “no man (or woman, I presume) can refuse to go out on a date with someone from the opposite sex” in the company, or else they will be hog-tied and fired like the furnace in hell!

Come on lady, while we empathise with your hurt, and wouldn’t wish separation on anyone who doesn’t want it – but you cannot arbitrarily blame a company, least of all its owner who is a man who is doing so much for the industry, economy, and country as a whole! Take a look at the strength of your own relationship, that’s where the problem lies, not in this bizarre concocted theory of yours!!

We are not even getting into the debate on the existence of such an allowance. Even I have given people I worked with tickets to go see movies… go out for dinner… if they decide to mess around as consenting adults, that’s their problem!

We don’t know why the media is picking up and running the story so much (though you can sense the grin in all the reporting).

And we don’t know why you want to let the world know your marriage is so strong, that it is falling apart because of some dating allowance!

Get real. Get help. We pray for you. But please don’t waste the time of our courts, journalists, and of course people who have better things in life to do, than deal with your personal domestic issues!

UPDATE 1: Just in – the woman has apparently withdrawn the names of Premji and her husband’s boss in the “domestic violence” case. However her lawyer says they will still pursue the case against the alleged Dating Allowance. Read the story here.

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Floats like a Robin, Stings like Batman!

November 15, 2006

Check out this cool new crime-fighting wave! And to the Indian television news channels, we say “sting ho to aisa!”

Read the full story here.

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