A Year Long Memories…

Excerpts from a highly classified virtual dairy 2009

•  Dil and Dil-e-Jaan celebrated their second anniversary at Vegas, spending huge amounts of money at a casino (20 cents and 20 dollars respectively).

•  Dil’s office location, which is next to the bay, was chilly 265 days and windy 365 days.

•  Dil has gone on an all-USA tour (or almost all) with her parents.

•  LA, San Diego, Vegas, NY, Niagara, DC and Yosemite have been delighted by Dil’s presence this year.

•  And so was Seattle. However this time Dil was more grateful to Seattle for being such a nice place and for having all her dearest friends there.

•  Dil’s mom and dad finally visited the US Consulate at Hyderabad, to which the consulate officials were eternally thankful.

•  Dil’s mom and dad successfully made it to San Fransisco without getting lost like few other people.

•  When asked to make themselves at home, Dil’s mom and dad rearranged the entire house to actually look like a home. Dil-e-Jaan was thankful this time.

•  Dil’s ecstatic that there has been almost zero (compared to previous years) encounters with aliens (caterpillars).

•  Dil’s mom recovered from her leg surgery and Dil’s dad broke his leg.

•  Dil’s filmy standard has grown so high (or moody mind has become so criticizing ) that she disliked every movie she watched.

•  Every soul around Dil has been touched by Dil’s knitting talent.

•  Dil’s little monster nephew and monstress niece have grown a year older and much much much more smarter.

•  Dil’s aunt enlightened Dil about her various life experiences and family matters and now Dil seems to be rethinking about being an NRI.

•  Dil has heard of 2644 disturbing, 649 unprecedented, 1376 never-mind and 6 good news.

•  Dil and Dil-e-Jaan conquered more number of and more complicated troubles and are still alive and happy.

•  Dil started a blog and after considering and registering some 10 titles, she finally settled on Dil On The Rocks, which she hopes to keep up to.

That was the year at a glance. Very few things as we wanted and rest all, erm… not so good…

Never mind, Life goes on….

Happy New Year everyone. Hope all your wishes are granted (provided they are good). Hope you all will come back for some delightful free-gyan from Dil On The Rocks.

With love,

Your friendly neighbourhood blogger

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A Short Trip!

I have been to Pandora! And its beautiful. Because James Cameron got to design the Pandora himself, he made it very bright and colorful. Big big trees, ferocious animals, funny creatures and much more.

Story was simple.Now that we humans are done with the trees on our planet, we are moving to the newer planets to kill the trees over there. And the living tribes on Pandora are fighting to protect their home.

The imagination and creativity of the design is what makes this movie wonderful to watch. All of the scenes are very very realistic. Hanging mountains! Can you imagine them? Awesome. But, unfortunately, there were not many 3D effects that were good (Half of the time I was removing my glasses to see if they were trying to cheat us by showing a 2D picture and just making us wear those irritating glasses). So if not watching in IMax, don’t mind watching it in 3D. 2D is good enough.

Watch Avatar and watch it on an imax screen.

Of all, the best thing in the movie was flying. Flying as in flying as a bird (or on a bird). I would love to do so too, so if you guys could chip in and arrange a ticket for me to the Pandora, I would be delighted.

P.S: I am gonna eat my veggies right and take good care of my eyes. It was so difficult and irritating to wear those 3D glasses 😦 .

Farmville 101

Here is some muft gyan for Farmville newbies…

•  First and foremost, if you are not yet there, open up a second tab on your browser and STARTTTTTT RIGHTTTT NOWWWW.

•  Do some math. If you have more coins, spend it. Buy crops that would give you more XP. (Read don’t always pick Roses because you are girl or planning to propose to one.)

•  Neighbors are valuable. Pester your friends to at least start. And then even if they are not active, you can help them by removing leaves, crows, raccoons and even fox (Brave you….Great going…).

•  Unlike in the real world, its good to help people. It will earn you money.

•  ROI is very important no matter where we are investigating. For example, don’t buy a tree and sell it immediately. Make some money first.

•  Christmas is not the only time to send gifts on Farmville. You can do so anytime. You gift others, not because you love them but because you can expect to receive gifts back.

•  Cash is very important. Dont spend cash on something like a lamb. After all, there is something called Is It Worth It?

•  If there is a adopt a pet message on your wall, dont ignore it as in real life. Cmon people….Thats free stuff coming your way and more over it earns you money.

•  If you are going out-of-town, don’t forget to make sure your crops take enough time to grow and will not whither.

•  Dont forget the layout. Your farm has to be structured to take in as many crops as possible, but still should have space left for trees and animals.

•  Silly Farmville, keeps throwing the “Server is out of sync. Please refresh the page to continue” messages. Ignore these and continue (haa…As if we have a choice.)

Happy FarmVilling!

Do I see a check coming my way from FarmVille guys? Please do share your gyan.Probably I will share my profits with you…:)

Geet, My Goddess

No, I am not talking about Jai Ma Shera Wali, but about Geet from Jab We Met. Though I couldn’t agree more that Kareena has done her best for this role, I am talking more about the character Geet.  Geet, whom I have almost taken to idolize coupla times. No wonder if I had said something like, Please-Geet-Help-Me.

The movie came at the time when I needed it most. At the time I felt nothing was going right in my life. The movie told me strongly that its okay if things go wrong in life. It’s the attitude that counts. How you react to the situation, how you don’t let that situation take over your life and how you make a decision. And I remember watching this movie over and over, only to get me trained on to be something like Geet.

What was it that makes her different from you and me? Its the feeling that things happening around you, no matter how you see them, are for your own good; That there are no good times to come, but this is the good time. Go ahead, have fun, live life your way.

Funda thoda jyada ho gaya na…..:).

Here are the two best scenes from the  movie. Let Geet do the talking…

Jai Ma Geete Wali. May Geet shine on you each and every moment!

And when he asks….

The first problem with being married to an auditor is the number of questions you are expected to answer. Well, sure asking questions is his job description, but answering questions is more of my life description now.

Some of the questions are really simple, like
“What if we slept all the time?”,
Or “What if today was a Sunday?” (This question rocks when actually asked on a Sunday).

Few questions more complicated.
“Does elephant eat spinach?”
“What if we drop a needle from moon?”

Most of the questions irritating.
“If you are skydiving and it’s also raining, Will you come faster than the rain?”
“It’s not just enough if these scientists find water on Mars. What about potato chips?”

Few of them asked just for fun..
In the middle of the night, pitch dark, “Counting the clock ticks, can you tell me the time?”
Imagine the confusion on the coffee house guy’s face when asked “Can you give me a chai coffee latte please?”

There are few more just for escaping from my wrath..
Me: I wish you can cook today..
Him: Do you know that today is solar eclipse?

Little did I know that day when he asked me for the first time, “So what are your hobbies?”, what I had in future.

Bless those questions, bless that curiosity and bless my patience to bear all the questions.

Him (On a rainy day): “Why don’t you dry the clothes first and wash them later?”
Me:  Hmmmmmmmm…

The curious case of missing book

Yes. The job was as simple as finding a missing book, however the 8 hours ordeal that it caused is certainly bloggable or lets say, had this event occurred a week ago, it would have made a perfect entry for “All in a day’s work”. Such a task it was.

So as it happens, I wake up Saturday morning remembering that I have to find this book. To make our book search a little interesting and to add a little spice to our story, I am gonna hence forth refer to the book as, say, The Tyrannosaurus Rex (TRex) .

As my still-sleepy mind kept wandering into different places inside my home and trying to go into the wardrobe, kitchen and even the rest room, it struck on me..of course its gotta be in the store room. And as if sleep walking, I rushed out into the living room.

“Did you already brush?”, our Avatar asked. Okay, now that we have decided to spice up our story, why not call the man of the house Avatar. (Correction, Correction..Its not Avatar as in Vishnu Avatar..Its James Cameron’s Avatar).

“MMM MM mmm MMMMM M”, that was my response making signs, as I don’t talk before brushing. The Avatar is all capable of understanding my sign language now.

“TRex…what TRex?”

Hmmm..How do I tell him? I thought for 10 mnts (Read 0.0000000002 sec as I am still half-asleep) for the sign. After couple of signs, when Avatar was getting frustrated and I started to having fun, Avatar gave up and asked me to write down…

If you would have seen the paper, it would have seemed like a graffiti straight out of Dan Brown’s novels. Remember, its only 8.30am and technically my mind is not used to the sunlight that early.

Avatar stood there helpless and not understanding a word out of the ramblings. (I now wonder, didn’t he have anything better to do?) Anyways, finally Microsoft helped Avatar with an un-spoilable type pad (unless you are drunk and type ^$^$zzzzzzzzzz&%&698).

“Hmmm..Why do you want this TRex now?”, Avatar questioned again looking at what I typed. And how dare he? I gave him the Do-you-really-want-to-know-now look and he finally gave up his question.

More than the TRex, the first task was to find the store room keys, which Avatar completed easily with his immense Bing-Search talent.

As the store room opened, door bell rang. Enter Nemo (my niece), Alvin The Chipmunk (her friend) and MotherIndia (my aunt). After Nemo and Alvin stormed the room once and the dust has settled in, MotherIndia has realized that I haven’t (No..Don’t think of any name for me. I am myself. Period.) brushed yet. Okay that process was completed too by the time Avatar briefed our commandos on the task of finding the TRex. Had it been really a TRex, Nemo and Alvin would have been very interested. Nevertheless, they decided to help by not helping.

Another round of get-up-early-eat-good-breakfast advice was passed around by MotherIndia and I nodded as I always do. Meanwhile, Avatar successfully convinced Nemo and Alvin to sit in a corner and build a ship with playing cards. I am assuming he said playing cards because after an hour I saw only a couple of paper pieces here and there. Imagine Alvin saying that he wants to be an architect. God save the world.

Anyways, back to work, with the hour the little monsters have sparred us, we dug into the store room, emptying each and every box in the hope of finding the T-Rex. There were clothes, toys, utensils, pillows, other dinosaurs, but no T-Rex.

Step 1 complete; No results; Complexity reaches level 2 and adding to the complexity, Nemo and Alvin are back from their ship wreck (literally). And then the little Nemo enlightened us all with a basic principle of T-Rex search.
“If you are looking for a T-Rex, why don’t you look inside the Jurassic park?”, she said. (If you haven’t picked up the language yet, Jurassic park is a book rack).

“Haven’t you looked there first?”, MotherIndia slashed the question at me. When two giggling faces, one angry face and one confused face were looking at me, I silently moved towards the Jurassic Park in the hope of finding it.

10 minutes of search, no luck and I turn back to see the same faces, only more confused.

“Where is the T-Rex?”……

Anyways, another hour of search passes and our commandos return to their base camps. MotherIndia has to go home and make lunch, Nemo wants new crayons, Alvin wants Nemo’s crayons and Avatar finally found a reason to call the search off.

But my mind wouldn’t rest. I kept checking all the kitchen cupboards while cooking. Though the continuous checking didn’t help in finding the T-Rex, but it definitely made the curry salty, chutney spicy and overall lunch tasteless.

Its finally evening time, rays of sunset brought my mind back to me. I even forgot about the T-Rex and sat down to play those spoiled cards with Nemo.

And suddenly, out of no where, Avatar shrieks “Oh..I know where it is….” with a beaming expression on his face.Yes, he did it. He found it. You see, I have not named him Avatar just like that. There is got to be something.
“Where? Where?”, I shouted too.

He ran into the bed room, pulled the comforter over and moved the pillow. And there it was, my precious T-Rex.

“You remember? You were reading it last night, before you slept..”, his face was still beaming.

I was confused. “Wait a minute. I was reading it yesterday night and woke up this morning trying to find it every where else?”

His expression changed now. Changed to some thing like ‘how-could-you-be-so-stupid’.

Well, anyways, end of day, I found my T-Rex. There it was, a precious T-Rex titled

“The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Managing Your Time”.