Saturday, December 20, 2008

saints and sinners

Heard at church the other day...

dad, mom, daughter: (praying)

son-in-law: There's a picture of thieves posted on the wall of the church.

son: I guess people might end up thinking they are saints and praying to them.

son-in-law: LOL

Friday, November 21, 2008

gmail theme-it-up

Looks like Neo is using gmail these days ;-). The google customization craze (beginning with being able to change the themes in iGoogle and Orkut[yuk... learn from facebook, guys]) has spilt into the popular email as well. Have fun wasting time wisely...

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

mass production

So dad had gotten one of his teeth "uninstalled" for the price of a... shall we say, a whole new head? And that triggered a spontaneous murmur of appreciation of Heaven from mom:

mom: imagine if the price the dentist charged for doing this is so high, how does God afford to make so many human beings, with all their parts perfectly

son: well, looking at the population, i am guessing He is cutting costs by mass producing us... maybe there's a factory in china or something

dad: hahaha

Sunday, November 02, 2008

mama's boy

So i was looking at a resume of one of my friend's friend and i was thinking to myself "the guy's got some nice work experience... hmmm... wait a frickin second..." and thats when i reached the hobbies section. And here it is in its full, copy-and-pasted, glory:

Hobbies: Surfing Internet, playing Cricket, Helping mother.

okay kid... its not like the rest of us don't give a hand once in a while... and i just can't help wondering: "what about dad?" ;-)

Saturday, November 01, 2008

digest this

Heard at the dinner table yesterday...

dad: research has shown that chewing the food thoroughly reduces obesity... blah blah blah

son: no wonder buffaloes look like slim beauty queens

mom: hahaha

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

baby in the hood

A purchase of four samosas and one choc drink later...

Baby walks tentatively, eyes on the ground. Her mom is holding her hand and smiling proudly. As i approach her, on my way to zeus knows where, the kid looks up to check me out. I smile. She smiles. She trips. "Woops"...

Saturday, May 24, 2008

just eat it

In a perfect world, plastic bags would rot like banana peels. Seems like utopia's closer than we thought. A teenager from waterloo did just that by discovering a bunch of plastic munching bacteria.

Friday, May 23, 2008

wrong again

Raise your hands if you don't have a mobile on you. What? You all have two each? Must be for each of your ears then. Multitasking and all that...

But what i really want you to raise your hands for is if you are using a lousy mobile phone operator. Since coming to bangalore, i have had the chance to try out several of them.

In the beginning, i was young and naive. So i opted for vodafone (then known as hutch). More as if i was dragged into it since a relative of mine was using the service and he had me sign up for the same. The experience was nice. Orange clad pretty people providing good service at the hutch centers. What more could one stare at... i mean, ask for? After the initial honeymoon period, i noticed that the range used to go out whenever i entered places with roofs over my head. I had to acquire ancient kungfu stances so that the range icon on my mobile would show even a dot. Somehow, i thought that this problem was normal and that mobiles where still lagging behind wired phones. Like i said, i was young then.

After growing up overnight, i changed the service to bsnl. Now, bsnl is one of the oldest operators around and i thought it would have not have any problem providing coverage since it has had enough time to be everywhere. What i didn't expect was finding out that the local bsnl relationship center was filled with grumpy people with no knowledge of any office manners whatsoever. And to add injury to insult, i got my first expensive phone bill. Yikes!

After a few months of this, i sheepishly got back to hutch and bore along with it during its transition into vodafone (vada phone anyone?). And that's when it happened. I was looking to get myself broadband and airtel came knocking at my door as soon as they laid a line near my place. Great service and great technology. Hmmm... this honeymoon didn't show any signs of ending, i thought to myself after trying it for around two months. So i ditched vodafone for the second time. Well, technically i threw away hutch first and then vodafone later but don't let me get you snagged in the details. Quickly, got myself an airtel number and so far, the ride has been great. I miss making my weird kungfu stances though. Or at least my friends do...

Thursday, May 08, 2008


Runaway bride.
She was scared to say goodbye.
So she changed her number,
and conveniently "forgot" to inform her lover.

And i said "NEXT!!!"

Sunday, May 04, 2008

The End of the Rainbow

I realized something. I knew it before but i REALLY get it now after (and currently) going through with it. And that is: when you are trying to learn/do/get something, things or people stand in the way. Now, we can stand here and argue forever why it happens so. One reason might be that people like you as you are and don't want you to change. Or that obstacles, like mountains, are there just because they are there. But in the end, they are just there to make you sure whether you want something real bad or not. If you don't, you will fall by the wayside. But if you want it real bad, why give a damn about the things that stand in the way of you and the end of the rainbow?

Saturday, April 12, 2008

The Shuffled Music Interview

Lemonade had this nice tag up. You put your mp3 player on random shuffle mode, ask a question and let the player answer by what song it plays next. And since there's nothing more lazier than getting your mp3 player to give your interview, i am game:

"If someone says 'Is this okay?', you say?"
Escape - Enrique Iglesias
Run boy, run!!! Run from the stupid questions.

"What would best describe your personality?"
Skater Boy - Avril Lavigne
Couldn't have said it better.

"What do you like in a guy/girl?"
Easier to Run - Linkin Park

"How do you feel today?"
Numb - Linkin Park
(Snaps awake from mind numbing experience)

"What is your life's purpose?"
A Different Beat - Boyzone
I came. I saw. I went into the toilet.

"What is your motto?"
I Never Loved You Anyways - The Corrs
Must be just lust then.

"What do your friends think of you?"
Aicha - Outlandish
My friends think that am more outlandish than aicha-ish though

"What do you think of your parents?"
Desert Rose - Sting
Something to do with the fact that these folks raised me up in the friggin desert called Sharjah?

"What do you think about very often?"
Only When I Sleep - The Corrs
Hah! Thats right people. I only think when i sleep which is a good thing since i sleep 70% of the day

"What is 2+2?"
Dance Inside - The All-American Rejects
Man, maths makes me go K.R.A.Z.Z.Y... The only thing i aced while i graduated 12th grade too.

"What do you think of your best friend?"
Complicated - Avril Lavigne
Yeah, the fact that i left old tom back in Dubai. We need to do some serious thinking on solving this distance thingy, buddy

"What do you think of the person you like?"
Bring Me to Life - Evanesence
Yeah baby, yeah!

"What is your life story?"
It Ends Tonight - The All-American Rejects
It ends tonight when i go to sleep.

"What do you want to be when you grow up?"
Sexy, Naughty, Bitchy - Tata Young
Er... I think my mp3 player confused me with some of the girls I am dating now ;)

"What do you think when you see the person you like?"
From the Inside - Linkin Park
Something happens inside... love is in the air... hormones are raging in the.... ahem!

"What do your parents think of you?"
Paint It Black - Vanessa Carlton edition
You're looking at the black sheep of the family, my friend.

"What will you dance to at your wedding?"
Tears in heaven - Eric Clapton
Hmmm. A sign from heaven telling me not to get married?

"What will they play at your funeral?"
All Rise - Blue
You heard it people. All Rise cause Dead Rejoy's passing through.

"What is your hobby/interest?"
Fearless - Bryan Adams
I dunno but my friends seem to think that i have too strong a stomach for walking right through speeding traffic and the even more dangerous recklessness of striding up to a beautiful girl and getting it on.

"What is your biggest secret?"
Every Other Time - LFO
Too many secrets every other time

"What do you think of your friends?"
In the End Remix - Linkin Park
That's where i will be dudes/duddettes to make up for all the times when i was supposed to be there in the beginnings and the middles :P

"What should you post this as?"
Crash and Burn - Savage Garden
Burn iPod! Crash and Burn in hell!!! Heh.

Questions over already? I was just starting to have fun. Oh crap. (Switches of the music and goes to do some thinking aka sleeping)
PS: if you like this tag, run with it people

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Of Men and Their Mice

While walking to the bus stop today, humming to meri kahani playing on my ipod-lookalike, i came across a guy peeing next to the wall. Since four years of exposure to this event have made me feel numb to anything remotely related to waste management on the streets, it would have resulted in yours truly walking by with out a second glance except that there was a kid perched on his shoulders and looking down at his father's act of manhood. Since i was trying to maintain my distance from this odd scene, i imagined the conversation that would have gone on between peeing dad and peeping son:

son: What are you doing, dad?
dad: the same thing you do early in the morning, son.
s: aren't u supposed to do it in the toilet?
d: but son, this is the great indian freedom similar to our right to vote, free speech and to hide our tax rupees from the collector.
s: but wouldn't the wall start to smell?
d: see son, this is also a symbolic gesture. We want to advertise to society that we are really men and we can do it standing up.
s: (takes out mobile phone, activates video cam and starts recording the "water gate" scandal)
d: what u doing son?
s: i just want to advertise this to the world on, dad
d: (dad disappears faster than rajnikanth could flick the cigarette to his mouth)

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Debugging and The Art of Saving Your Ass

This reminded me of a similar experience while in college. I had written a program for one of my advanced programming practical exam and it worked but i couldn't figure out for the life of me why it always printed "Segmentation fault" (SF) at the end. When the professor came to check whether the program was working (and hence assign the marks), i calmly ran the program. The program was executing and spitting out various results and the professor was nodding his head all along (like a seasoned rap star) until the SF came out. He stopped his head-nodding and slowly lifted his finger (thankfully not his middle one) and asked me "Rejoy, why don't you explain to me how you got this error". So i looked at him, gave my best devilish grin and said "Actually, i typed in:

printf("Segmentation fault\n");

at the end of the program." (Meaning that i deliberately made the program print SF). The guy actually roared with laughter and clapped me on the shoulder. I think i will save this answer for one of my job interviews ;-)

Monday, March 17, 2008

Twinkle twinkle little star

Him: ... and you see that star over there?
Her: Oh! It looks beautiful.
Him: Thats the pole star. Its a lot like you. You have given a new direction to my life.... (utter gibberish follows followed by a repeat of the geeky but romantic "star connecting" routine from the movie "A Beautiful Mind")
Her: How romantic darling! Thank you for this wonderful evening gazing at Google Sky. tc... byee
Him: laterz

he logs off... she logs off...

Friday, March 07, 2008

Happy International Women's Day

Its just a matter of time when you get to hear what people make of you and your ways. Its like chinese whispers but somehow these "whispers" reach you intact. So a few days back, I learn that some of my colleagues had some funny views on me talking to girls. Yeah, I am crazy you know since women come from another galaxy and its not normal for a guy (read Indian guy) to be able to strike up a conversation with women. Here's what I heard:

1. Guys green with jealousy: Of course, this was not explicitly said but it was obvious in the way they gave each other those significant looks when I walked by.
2. One guy comes up to me and throws me the "you only talk with girls" line: And I slowly look him up and down and ask myself "Is he trying to tell me that he has boobies too?"
3. My girl friends (not girlfriends) giving me the "hey Rejoy, go talk to them" dialogue when a young thing in skirt passes by: Hey! I don't have the time to chase every friggin model who sashays down the catwalk. Besides, I go by quality unlike the quantity of boyfriends in your mobile contact list :-P
4. That I was gay: Ha! And this from the guys who spend all their life hanging out only with other guys. Enough said.