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Friday, November 11, 2005
Modern Draupadi

Those who've read their Mahabharatha or watched the B R Chopra mega serial will always remember that climactic moment when Yudhishthira loses the wife in a game of dice and a weeping Draupadi is dragged to the gaming hall in the royal palace at Hastinapur where the disrobing of the Pandavas' wife is divinely pre-empted by Krishna.  I came across the following news excerpt, which shows how things have changed, for the better.


"There was an entirely different twist to the tale last Tuesday on Diwali night in the Kundapura Kedarpur village in the Dhampur tehsil of UP's Bijnore district when a drunken 28-year-old Ram Singh gambled away first his money, then his ring and finally his watch before staking his wife for a sum of Rs 5,000 and losing her too. When the winner went to Ram Singh's house to claim the wife, what followed was completely contrary to what Vyasa had scripted. Instead of letting herself be dragged away, Ram Singh's wife picked up a burning log of wood and used it to beat up the winner who fled in tears to the nearest police station. The matter didn't end even when the cops intervened and the loser borrowed Rs 5,000 and paid off the winner in cash instead of kind. When Ram Singh returned home, he was severely beaten up by his wife. The thrashing stopped only when Ram Singh begged for forgiveness and wailed that he would never, ever gamble again in his life!

Draupadi has come a long way since the Mahabharatha! Today's Draupadi obviously believes that God helps those who help themselves! So much so that today's Duryodhana has to cower behind the law-enforcing Bhishma to escape retribution. And today's Yudhishthira has to fall at Draupadi's feet to be accepted by her. And if Ram Singh reforms, we could even see that traditional proverb being re-adapted to state that "behind every successful man is a woman with a broomstick or a burning log in hand!" And Kundapura Kedarpur village may have already left Kaliyuga behind and moved into a golden age of its own!"


Thought aloud by Shashank at Friday, November 11, 2005
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Monday, October 10, 2005
This one's for Kimi

I can’t stop but write this for a man who has proved today onhow to be a true champion. For those who might wonder why I am writing about this man, I’ll just set out a few facts: 

1.      He lost out the driver’s championship race in the previous race to his biggest competitor Fernando Alonso.

2.      Mclaren led the constructor championship by only 2 points, with Renault breathing down their neck.

3.      Had a horrendous pre-qualifying, where an engine failure meant he would lose TEN positions on the start grid.

4.      Faced a downpour during qualifying, and started the race at 17th position.

5.      Saw his teammate Juan Pablo Montoya crash out in the initial stages.


The consequences for all the above was that Kimi had the responsibility of getting maximum possible points for his team to help them win the constructor’s championship. The man didn’t let his spirts fall with his personal disappointment at losing the driver’s championship; he didn’t let the excuse of an engine failure let him down; he didn’t take the excuse of horrible weather at qualifying hold him back.


He did what he can do best – drove his car to the limit, used all his experience, and zipped past cars almost at will to win what would be remembered as one of the most memorable races ever in Formula-1 history. I remember prophesying some posts back that Raikonnen would someday become the world champion and I’ll be there somewhere cheering for him.


Hats off Kimi!!!

 Today, I learnt a huge lesson in life from you – to keep doing my job to the best of my ability and take every challenge by the scruff of the neck.  I can only promise to try and learn from your achievement today. I hope I will be smart enough to imbibe this habit and become as dedicated as you have been.


Congrats to Alonso too for winning the championship. Beating Raikonnen wasn’t an easy job, but then whenever you had a look at the podium, invariably it saw the affable Spaniard standing there. That’s amazing consistency.


Yet, the moment belongs to Kimi Raikonnen alone – and for next seasons, may God give you the luck you really deserve.

Thought aloud by Shashank at Monday, October 10, 2005
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Wednesday, September 21, 2005
Why 'Seven' Things?

Seven things I plan to do before I die

1. Create a name for myself through my work/hobby
2. Buy my own house, replete with all amenities
3. Watch a Formula-1 race live
4. Go for a vacation to some exotic place
5. Write a book, and hopefully get it published
6. Take lectures in some premier educational institution
7. Control my temper, and be even more patient

Seven things I can do

1. Trust a friend on the most unbelievable of tales
2. Listen to someone and provide an honest opinion
3. Talk to myself all the time
4. Watch EPL, La Liga, etc in all the free time I have
5. Sing songs to myself for hours
6. Do something special for my wife, ala Taj Mahal

7. Bug a friend till (s)he pulls out his/her hair (or mine)

Seven things I say most

1. God bless you
2. Thanks
3. Dost
4.  Hmm

5. Okie dokie
6. Well …
7. God knows!

Seven things I can't do

1. Grow horns
2. Hurt someone knowingly
3. Watch two Hindi movies at a stretch
4. Get drunk
5. Bitch about someone
6. Respect a person, just coz he/she was born before I was
7. Get up at 5am regularly

Seven things that attract me to the opposite sex


1. Wit

2. Confidence

3. Ability to call a spade a spade

4. Attention I get from her
5. Dressing sense (not undressing sense)
6. Eyes

7. Ahem-Ahem


Seven celebrity crushes

Never had any 'celeb' crush.

Point 4 above explains why

The ONE person I want to tag

1. Lakesidey

Thought aloud by Shashank at Wednesday, September 21, 2005
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Monday, September 19, 2005
Thats what I want right now

Thought aloud by Shashank at Monday, September 19, 2005
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Sunday, September 04, 2005
I need that in my job too ...

Thought aloud by Shashank at Sunday, September 04, 2005
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Wednesday, August 31, 2005
Points to ponder

Never explain yourself – your friends don't need it and your enemies won't believe it.

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear.

Middle age is when you've met so many people that every new person you meet reminds you of someone else.

Thought aloud by Shashank at Wednesday, August 31, 2005
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Friday, August 26, 2005
Happy Janmashtami

Thought aloud by Shashank at Friday, August 26, 2005
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Thursday, August 25, 2005
Purpose of a blog

I just read a statement about blogging which got me thinking - Blogs, like people, have a personality - that of the author. And this is what makes reading a blog, as well as writing one, extremely addictive.


I agree to the addiction part, and also to the fact that to an extent it does reflect the person who stands behind it- but then do all of us actually express the true thoughts which crop in our minds. If that’s the case, I can’t help but ponder if the popularity of a blog reflects the likeability of the author and his/her thoughts by the real world. Or is it just a case that people prefer to read blogs which contain sparks of creativity in form of pictures (Lakesidey), poems and lovely writing (Atticus, Lakesidey and many more) and stories (Neetie). One of the newest blogs which I have added to my regular list is one from Rashmi, which would also come in the creative category, but somehow isnt the same as stories and  poems, so have to mention separately. 


The article which I was reading about blogs also said that “The blog's appeal lies in the fact that it is the 'unedited voice' of an individual.” So when we talk of stories and pictures, do they actually reflect the voice of the individual behind the screen?


I agree that it’s a lot more fun to read about a piece of fiction or to look at a magnificent photograph put up in a post, than it must be for all you guys/gals to try and read what is in the definition of the same article: one more of those self-centered and trivial’ blogs. 


 Yet, not much scope for a radical change to the tone of my blog as I believe that one’s blog should actually reflect his/ her personality, else it would be akin to just another piece of fiction, and not really “an online diary; a personal chronological log of thoughts published on a Web page” as defined by dictionary.com.


Strangely, at most times even I wish I could be a lot more creative with my posts, and make people ‘want’ to read more, but then its easier thought than done J so haven’t managed to weave up a web of words which would leave all its readers trapped and hope for more threads to wrap around them and place them in a blogging cocoon.


Maybe someday I’ll try my hand at that too, but as of now I wonder why I blog? Is it to attract others to my page and let them know I exist (not successful at that, when I look at the counter or the number of comments), or is it a medium which has replaced me talking to myself. Whatever it is, I like writing whenever I can, and at times I feel bad when I want to write but am not able to, due to the lack of time or resources.


One more thing which I wonder about is that how much freedom of expression a blogger actually has, while posting entries. Just read the case of Ellen Simonetti, a stewardess at Delta Airways, who was fired for posting her own pictures in her official dress in a blog. I haven’t seen the pics, but did read a few articles about her case, and it didn’t seem that there was anything objectionable in her actions. I believe there is a lawsuit going on regarding her dismissal, but just made me wonder if my office can fire me for writing about my experiences in office, or even for making a post in official hours.


PS: Was a mood to share my feelings as I watched the Movie – The Rising, but have not been able to pen down my thoughts.


Thought aloud by Shashank at Thursday, August 25, 2005
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Sunday, August 21, 2005
A 'brunette' entry - right Adi?

Just finished watching the Turkish Grand Prix, and can’t help but write about it. A lot has happened in the F-1 circuit since the last time I would have written about it, and the new king of the circuit is a Spaniard who was nothing more that “who Alonso?” not too long ago. Suddenly all the newly baptized fans would tell you stories of how they had seen the talent long before the so-called experts of the racetrack would have noticed. I have to admit that Senõr Alonso has had a wonderful ‘run’ this season, and in all probability, he will also end up as the champion for the 2005-06 season. Yet, I can’t  help but sympathize with the gentle Finn – Kimi Raikonnen who has displayed his amazing driving skills each and every time, only to be let down by a car whose reliability (or the lack of it) must be a cause for concern to a company called Mercedes Benz. I admire the man not just for his superb driving, but also for his composure which he has never lost, despite retiring thrice while being in a comfortable lead, and few other times while being not too far behind the race leader.


I wish I was as skilled and/or as patient as Kimi is. Hats off dude!! You’ll be champion soon, and like a true Mclaren fan – I’ll be there to applaud you, wherever I would be. Also hope JPM gets some sense in that brain of his, after he displayed the lack of it yet again in Istanbul, where he gifted the second position to Alonso just when everyone was resigned to a Mclaren 1-2.


Talking of sports, the next biggest topic is that in soccer where EPL kicked off recently, and there is a lot of noise about the completed and prospective transfers. Michel Essein is the latest to join the Chelsea bandwagon, and it seems Mr. Abrahamovic has more money than me and all the readers of this blog can accumulate in our lifetime. (Pardon me if I have underestimated the bank balances of any of my readers, would be more than willing to hear any complaints, as I can know where to turn to, if I decide to buy over a soccer club, someday). Talking of Micheals, Mr. Owen is the latest to be under speculation whether he would fight his way up the pecking order in Madrid, or make a move to more lucrative career options in England. Only time will tell – though my gut feel is that he shall make a move soon, in order to ensure his place in the national team starting XI.


Does the Asia-Africa tourney merit a mention here? Guess not, though the only interest I have in it about the reaction to making it an official tournament. The Ashes though is definitely something to receive more than a mere mention.

While the English have done their best to dislodge the Aussies, the champs have shown just why they are the undisputed leaders in international cricket. Warne nearly led his team to an unexpected win in the previous test, with his batting heroics, and only a day lost in rain saved his team from a loss in the last test. Yet, my gut feel is that the Aussies would bounce back stronger in the remaining tests, and its going to be a tough job for Vaugham and his men to recover ‘The Ashes’


Now for those non-sports fans who have managed to brave my love for sports, a huge Thank You and a smile. Now something beyond the realm of the sports field. 


Life has been quite kind to me lately, and that included a trip back home. I also met ‘someone special’ there, but then for some reason, I don’t want to put up more details here. Call it a lack of desire to share the information or a certain amount of shyness, but I won’t share more than this here. Some of my closest pals already know a bit more about ‘her’, but others have to bear with me and my reticence on this matter. I shall share more information later, when ‘she’ becomes a part of my life.


Last bit of info about me – I have a bad cold, which has developed from nowhere. Had plans of watching ‘The Rising’ today, but it seems unlikely with the coughing and sneezing I have been doing since afternoon. So can do with ‘Hum Tum’ if my flatmates and other temporary inhabitants don’t keep fiddling with the remote as they have been since the Grand Prix got over.


Btw, the entry is so christened as one of my friends Aditya found my previous posts to be like those from blondes, so hope this is different. Awaiting your comments Adi.

Thought aloud by Shashank at Sunday, August 21, 2005

Friday, August 19, 2005
Heart of Gold - wow!!

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Heart of Gold

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Thought aloud by Shashank at Friday, August 19, 2005
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