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Thought and Reason

Krishna

Came across this link on Rediff news that Lord Krishna really did exist.

If you read the Comments section. various people have left remarks  on how this theory disproves atheists, those of non-Hindu faith, about how Krishna is the spiritual father of Jesus Christ..etc.

I wish we could stop getting into that quagmire! For me, this is not about disproving anyone else or giving the Thumbs Up to patronise Hinduism!

Myth or not, we simply believe in little Lord Krishna. But somewhere deep down, I am excited to hear He walked on the face of this earth. I am probably politically incorrect in saying so (considering how anything said in India is taken as a racial or religiously provocative comment!). It is reassuring to know, that something many of us consider, a very beautiful foundation of Hindu religion, has some scientific support. It is hair-raising, in a strange sort of way.

So, happy weekend, all! Peace and happiness to everyone!

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Thought and Reason

Oh Goody! – Shilpa Shetty’s USP

So! What guarantees success?

Perfect timing? The right product? Excellent marketing gimmicks? Or some really strong USP?

Marketing gurus like Kotler have written/spoken at length on this topic. And have come up with sound marketing principles. He talks about having the right product, at the right place, right time and with sound promotional tactics.

Today, I would like to present you with a Case study.

Ever since her time in Indian Cinema has come to an end, our great Bollywood actor (the victim of racial attacks, the ‘household name’ in Britain), the ONE AND ONLY Ms.Shilpa Shetty, has been taking the world by storm! In simpler terms, she seems to be raking in the money globally!

The brand ‘Shilpa Shetty’ has come of age! It is internationally recognized, and much famed/touted for various reasons, right and wrong.

Take a peep into some of the things she has been upto:

– The much in-vogue Yoga with Shilpa – I honestly do not know how much she believes in this science or how much she has mastered it! Nor her contribution (if any) to Yoga. However, she has skillfully taken over the role of Brand Ambassador of all things connected to, or even remotely connected to, India.

– Her range of fragrances was a success! I cannot believe why anyone in their senses would want to waste money on something associated with her! Is the NRI population so utterly devoid of its sensibilities, or is the western world taken in by her (lack of) charm?

– Recently, flagging off our Independence Day parade in NY! Isn’t this atrocious? She is NOT the Indian ambassador , and she certainly isn’t the face of Indian culture, BY DEFAULT. What continues to stun me is the utter stupidity of the people who selected her. Should the honour not have gone to a more deserving, nay – simply, a deserving candidate?

– And now – this – Curries! (P.S: If the curries are anything like her, I would rather scurry!) I cannot believe she is going to ‘invent’ curries! There are lakhs of Indian cookbooks and guides. (Btw, there is this really smart Indian cooking blog I came across the other day 😉 ) She and her partner (in crime?) announced the invention of new blends of spices!

– Its incredible, the way she takes full mileage of her famed racial incident with Jane Goody and uses ‘Jane’s memory’ to cash in on another opportunity! Poppa-dom! As if there aren’t enough Poppadom brands in the market already.

So! The brand ‘Shilpa’ is a success (if publicity/fame is an acceptable measure of the same). It is widely recognized, and rakes in the moolah!

And, all this, without having any sound or unique product or service (?! ;-))

She defies Kotler! She defies the principle of needing to have some product offering of SUBSTANCE to be able to sell it! In much-bandied about MBA jargon.. ‘she has made a paradigm shift’.

So its good news for all the wannabe successful young girls/lads out there!

Here is the NEW and IMPROVED secret to success:

You need a TUMMY!!!

Yes that’s what you need. A nice big tummy!

-You do not need first mover’s advantage.

-You do not even need a good product!

T

-All you need need is TIMING!  Time your launch after death of your so-called-tormentor, caching in on her memory! Like you have been the thickest friends ever.

U

– Next you need a USP. However shallow and silly it might be. 

Dear Shilpa’s USP is that she is hailed (well, mainly by herself) as a survivor!

Not of drought, famine or war (or even Swine flu!). But of a silly squabble between bickering Nautankeys on a Reality show. That catapulted her into a whole new global arena altogether!

M

Money (as always)! A rich business magnate boyfriend surely does help!

M

-And ofcourse, Mummy! Don’t ever forget that Mummyji will tag along with her gullible little girl as they parade all over the world.

Y

Yoga! Ofcourse..how could one forget? It is the secret to tranquility and ability to think clearly. Plus, a BIG PLUS, its Shilpa’s key to beauty and success. Google it, if you want to!

So there! You have successfully whined your way to fame!

You really are an international heroine – no pun there! 

Goody goody, Shilpa! Your poor attacker is long gone!

But you still continue to haunt us 😦

(P.S: Kotler might learn a lesson or two from this young lady!)

(P.P.S: Reg. the ‘Y for Yoga’ – how am I supposed to come up with some fancy jargon with ‘Y’ of all the letters in the alphabet?! So, if you can think of an attractive Y-word, do let me know so we can give a logical conclusion to the TUMMY strategy 😉 )

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Awards Thought and Reason

The true Bharatiya Naari @ Aap ki kachehri

spicysaturday

I never watch Star TV. Its rubbish. Totally. And we don’t get Sach Ka Saamna yet, so there’s really no point in tuning into this channel. I accidentally turned the TV on, and this programme was being aired:

Bharatiya Naari\’s reward

I watched, appalled at the casual way in which this guy…(Shall we just call him – The Polygamist – TP) admitted to having an illicit relationship with another woman, and also having a child with her. There he is, standing in court, with both women!

This is what struck me:-

1- The polygamist – Ashok – Looked absolutely cool! He showed no trace of shame or guilt. The only emotion he displayed was distress – at the thought of having to pay some monthly maintenance amount for both families.

2- The wife – Looked resigned to her fate. She has simply watched her husband living with another woman, and even having an illegitimate child with her. She has been abused by him. Disrespected. And ignored. And there she is, standing by the side of her husband. Like good wife Hillary Clinton next to the respectable (ahem!) Mr.Clinton during the Lewinsky affair! And all she claims is for her to be provided for.

3- The mistress – Looked equally resigned too! Like they were all part of one happy family. She actually called the wife ‘Didi’! And all she wanted was her child (an 18 year adult himself!!) back.

And what was the great Verdict?

That the man shall pay a monthly maintenance charge to provide for both his families, and shall not see the mistress again.

What was Kiran Bedi thinking when she passed that sort of judgement?

-Does this man even deserve a family?

-Should he not be divorced from his wife AND separated from the mistress?

-Shouldn’t he be restricted from seeing his children any more? Its not like he has been providing for them or caring for them all through their growing years!

Post-judgement. These were the reactions:

1- The polygamist – Spoke a poorly-rehearsed line about how he made that mistake (of having a second family) without thinking of the consequences.

2- The mistress – She actually cried, because her ‘child’ would miss his ‘father’!

3- The wife – Now this lady really took the cake!! She was all smiles. And why? Because she ‘got her man back’.

So, is this the moral of the story??

Men: Have as many affairs as you want, all you need to do is, come back to your wife at the end of the day

Women: Don’t worry, your man will be back. And you can legally claim maintenance charges from him.

Is this is the message the programme conveyed?!

WHAT THE HELL WAS GOING ON THERE?????!!!

Two women fighting for one man’s affections and/or attentions? Its not like he is a handsome hunk or even a responsible dad!

This man has disrespected the santity of marriage, and has not even accorded his wife the basic respect that another human being deserves.

And the wife? After all those years of humiliation, actually is happy to be back with the traitor that is her husband! Doesn’t she have an iota of self-respect??

I don’t know! I am really appalled at all the above – the man being so brazen, the mistress being so cool, and the wife being so subservient.

But most of all, I am shocked that Ms.Kiran Bedi let this man off the hook, so very easily.

I am sure all the pativrata Bharatiya naaris were delighted at the judgement. A happy ending to a sad story!

Please let me know your thoughts.

 

On another note, I am ecstatic that this blog post has been selected by Blogadda in its Spicy Saturday Picks! Thank you, BlogAdda and thank you, my dearest friends, for continuing to read and encourage me 🙂

spicysaturday

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Poem

Godawful Poetry 2009

Yay! Godawful Poetry contest is back again. Check the links to this wonderful contest here, here and here. Caferati is a vibrant place to be!!

So! This contest is all about writing rubbish..in poetic form, ofcourse. I guess that comes REALLY easy for me.

Btw, this was my first GPF contribution for this year:

Yay! Its that time of year
To leave behind all fear
Rave and rant all we can
GPF, I am your pankha (read: fan)!

And my second:

Response to Ozzy-ji- GPF # 2
Oye my dear Ozzyji,
I very much enjoying Poetry!
This GPF is full riot, see?
I going for jumping Bun-ji!

Now I am really missing
Old contestants for ‘GPF Queen / King’!
Without them, my mood dingy…
Summon the Rita-ji and the Rumbo-ji.

But remember, when you write poetries
That Life is never-ending seas
From once birth to once dearth
Bless that man whose Words r Worth!

 

Why don’t you guys and girls try a hand at GPF?

🙂

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MommySpeak

Mommy speak – Fussy eaters

Okay… most of you, my regular readers…are going to find this most boring! Still, I wrote it for an e-friend today, and wanted to post it here. You know, just in case some other Mommy needs it too.

So! This post for MOMMIES – who are struggling to deal with children who are fussy eaters. Here are a few tips that have worked for me and my child.

1- INTERESTING SHAPES
Eating is a task. A boring task, if you ask a child (well, most children, really). So try to make it an interesting activity for them. Nothing like a few shapes on the platter!! Examples:

a) Toast: Cut into strips and arrange it like a track or star or rectangle…you get the idea… something that your kid likes!
b) Chapati/Dosai: Again, make into numbers, alphabet, star-fish, eggs, snakes(!!), whatever.
c) Pasta: Try shaped pasta or tricolour pasta. Or serve it with a plastic fork, and see how your child enjoys eating by him/her-self.
d) Cheese: You could always roll a cheese-strip into a cylinder / cone, etc.

2- DISTRACTION
This works excellently most of the time. When I feed my kid, I either make him do some painting / puzzles / Aquadraw/ or resort to a favourite TV channel. Either way, it really helps, when the kid is focussed on doing SOMETHING rather than only eating.

3 – COLOURFUL FOOD
Definitely helps when the child sees lots of colours on the plate. For eg, if you are making rice, add some chopped carrot, beans and peas, to add colour.

4- INDEPENDENCE
Try eating along with your child, and use a spoon/fork each. I think kids feel grown-up, independent and happy too. You would be happy too, if you could ignore the mess that he/she is making around the table 😉

5- GET SET, READY, COUNT!!

While giving fruit (eg., orange), make it a fun counting game and hand out pieces of fruit while counting. That way, the kids learn numbers too.

As far as I know, the food also needs to be served at the right temperature, and not spicy either.

So that’s about it, really!

Mommy bloggers, do add your valuable tips.

And daddy bloggers, you could always be of help to the mommies, you know (not the ‘mommies you know’ but the ‘mommies, you know’ 😉 )

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Tags

Tag Dasa

Dmanji has tagged me again, with the Tag Dasa! I’d seen this in other blogs but never thought I would have to do it! Anyway, here I go.

Tag Rules: It’s harder than it looks!(Mind It). Copy to your own note, erase my answers, enter yours, and tag your friends.

Use the first letter of your name to answer each of the following questions.

They have to be real… nothing made up!(nahi to police pakedega Sabdhan!!!)

If the person before you had the same first initial, you must use different answers.

You cannot use any word twice and you can’t use your name for the boy/girl name question. Have Fun!!

1. What is your name: Pallavi

2. A four Letter Word: Puke 😉

3. A boy’s Name: Pappu (from Pappu can’t Dance Sala!)

4. A girl’s Name: Preeti (GOK who this is!)

5. An occupation: Parenting (Full-time job with no pay!)

6. A color: Purple

7. Something you wear: Patience! (I wear my Patience on my sleeve…so its ready to drop off at any time!)

8. A food: Pakora (Yummy!!)

9. Something found in the bathroom: Paper?!

10. A place: Punjab

11. A reason for being late: Pinched wallet?

12. Something you shout: Pig!

13. A movie title: Pyar Mein Kabhi Kabhi ~(Loved the songs)

14. Something you drink: Pear Cider

15. A musical group: P..p…no idea!

16. An animal: Porcupine

17. A Street name: Palace Road

18. A type of car: Peugeot

19. A song title: Pawn pawn pawn..O mendi pawn pawn pawn pawn…

20. A verb: Prick
Now I tag Urmi, Swaram and the Don of all times – Solilo, as she often escapes doing tags 😉
Somebody said “Tags are Good” so do it then.

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Incidents Thought and Reason

My Name is Dog, Watch Dog!

Any two people living together or in close contact are bound to have differences. So why is a country with more than a billion people expected to be free of conflict?!

This statement from the US, on putting India on a watch, really irked me.

Coming to religious intolerance – Wars have forever been waged on the basis of Religion. Millions have suffered great losses, because some spark of anger burnt down their life!

But what really irritates me is that the Rest of the World is always picking on India, and show-casing our so-called ‘religious intolerance’. The slightest communal problem makes BREAKING NEWs , and is famously branded as an ‘anti-Christian’ or ‘anti-Muslim’ riot!

I am not a religious fanatic. And I definitely do not subscribe to the view that any community is a minority and is being ill-treated by the others.

Simply because of this ONE QUESTION: Are there not problems between people of the same religion?

Hindus – Forward-caste and backward-caste Hindus have always been at war with each other!

Christianity – Protestants and Catholics avoid each other like the plague. I know of a nice, educated family, where the boy REFUSED to marry another Christian girl, only because she was not Protestant!

Islam – Shias and Sunnis are all set to kill each other!

And this is in every part of the world, not just in India!

It is not like the US perfect? Or in watch-dog-related terms, must we say Purrfect?

Read this Wiki entry on how Africans enslaved in the US over the years, and how they are discriminated in every aspect of life. The average African-American’s income is significantly lower than the American’s income.

Is this not racial discrimination?

American Airlines went against international protocol and frisked Dr.Abdul Kalam. And they actually got away with a measly fine and apology. So, anyone can insult the former president of our country and escape by throwing doggie bones?!

Is this not a form of discrimination too? Would they have dared to do the same with a member of the Clinton family?

Here is an interesting article on ‘why we hate each other’. I have not read it completely, but it seems elaborate and informative.

The US is a country of racial discrimination, the so-called ‘developed’ country that started the economic recession, and one of the pioneers of the famous Swine flu!

This is also a snob of a country where Indians, who are internationally recognized are detained and interrogated, on the basis of protocol or security. The sad thing is, SRK will still want to pander to the audience there! Can he not muster enough self-respect to REFUSE to visit that country again? Sadly – not! Money and fame beckons!!

The whole world gapes at the destruction in Iraq, by the US and UK. This is however, called ‘self-defence’ and not ‘intolerance’, isn’t it?

So, who the hell is the US to pass judgement on the rest of the world? Is the US the self-anointed watch-dog?

The point is: The situation in India does not warrant the country to be put on a watch!

And certainly not by that dog, I mean, the Watch Dog called the US.

(If this post is long, well, by my standards atleast, full credit goes to the inspiration provided by Indygirl and the rest of the gang ;-))

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MommySpeak Thought and Reason

Sugar n Spice

This was the name of a nursery that  my lil cousin went to about 20 years ago! The nursery has gone, the cousin is now married and in a different city, but this name…this name has just stuck with me all these years.

Reading Don Solilo’s post made me feel upset and angry, at the insensitivity and rudeness or people. However, I didn’t want to begin the weekend on a sad note.

So here’s a post listing some of the nicest things people have said over the years.

In other words…here’s some Sugar n Spice 🙂

– The first time I wore a sari at school – the official culturals day or something of the sort – I was this big built Std.X girl, clad (rather, bundled!) in a lovely peach Kora cotton sari – unsure of my gait. I was stumbling across the auditorium trying to find my friends. When, a tiny little girl of about 4 years walked up to me, and said ‘You look so beautiful! When I grow up, I want to look like you!’ And my!! I was flooored!!

– Over a decade down the line, I was this bumbling Project manager – in my first job…with no knowledge of the systems/processes or even the role I was supposed to be handling, and younger than everyone else in the team! When I left the organization after 2 years, my client (who had always been critical of me) said ‘We’ll miss you. Your knowledge has grown tremendously over the last couple of years’. I was thrilled, because this guy never ever complimented anyone! Btw, the ‘miss you’ was added by moi for some spice 😉

– Parenting has been rather tough. Equally rewarding ofcourse, but tough indeed. But I was THRILLED beyond words when my adorable little brat said this!

– And I felt incredibly grateful when I read this from Dmanji: ‘I had been to the indus ladies contest to vote for someone else but your entry bowled me over so in the end voted for you … I hope this entry wins …cheers’

So guys and girls, please do share some of the nicest things people have said about or to you. And let’s make a happy weekend 🙂

Cheerio!!!

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Humour Thought and Reason

And the swine flew…

My head ached. My spirits were low. What with the constant media buzz on that swine of a flu, and rumours of ‘terror threats to India‘ and everything else!

I have been meaning to write a post on Swine flu, for the last couple of days, but just couldn’t bring myself to looking up links for factsheets on Swine Flu.

However, after a little meandering today, I eventually found the serious stuff here (UK) and here (India). Do take a look.

H1N1

[Image courtesy: Prats blog and Twitter]

Also ensure you read the side-effects of Tamiflu here. It is said to cause suicidal tendencies! So beware. But if you do intend remembering me in your will, just let me know 😉

So! Why did I write this boring post today?

One, because I think its necessary to know the facts on this pandemic. We are all rather panicky because the media keeps reporting news of Swine flu-related deaths.

(As you probably know, this is just like an ordinary flu, except that you feel REALLY REALLY sick. And then, ofcourse, you must have treatment administered soonest! But otherwise, if all you have is a regular cold, then please do not panic. And do not waste valuable resouces.)

And Reason No.2 (the real reason) – to lighten the mood.

Confused? Read on!

The following is an excerpt – of people commenting on the Swine flu news on Rediff.

This is the original comment made by an anonymous brainy guy.

swines
by paloalto on Aug 10, 2009 11:50 PM

all swines in india must be killed and burnt to ashes with immediate effect. no swine no flu. am dead serious about this solution.

And these are the various responses it evoked:

Response 1 on Aug 10, 2009 11:55 PM

What an IDEA sirjee..!!! No wonder, there are such brains still alive in dis country…!
 
Response 2 on Aug 11, 2009 12:10 AM

Should we gut all chicken to eradicate chicken pox?

(LOL!)

Response 3 on Aug 11, 2009 12:44 AM

Can u give ur Number pls.

(ROFL! Wish we could hear the conversation!)

Response 4 on Aug 11, 2009 01:14 AM

Terrific..but save your skin as well…You have demaned for killing all swines..Mind it !!!

(Ouch! That backfired, didn’t it?)

Response 5 on Aug 11, 2009 12:08 AM

thank god this guy didnt suggest all tamils should be killed and burnt to ashes with immediate effects. no tamils no tamiflue…lolz

(Saved the BEST for the last :-))

Edited to add:

Another comment was from someone, asking Raj Thackeray to help, as he was ‘the only strongest man who could fight H1N1’!!! Will paste the exact text if I find it on the site again.

Read the entire post here (It features around the 20th comment or so, starting from oldest)

So yeah, I logged into Rediff quite poker-faced. But logged out, feeling a wee bit light-headed 🙂

Hope you had a good laugh too.

And do take care, my e-friends!

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Awards

More awards

Thank you, dear Ritu, for these lovely awards.

1.What is your current obsession?
Spring-cleaning (Kind courtesy: Visit from Big Spider)

2. What are you wearing today? – Crazy ques. so am going to change this one.
The new Q.2 – If you won a Million dollars, what would your first words be?
Mine would be: S-H-*-T!

3. What’s for dinner?
Pudina paratha 🙂

4. What’s the last thing you bought?
Owww…read about my shopping expedition here.

5. What are you listening to right now?
The drone of the weary washing machine and the snore of my tired brat!

6. What do you think about the person who tagged you?
Ritu is strong, Independent, Bindaas!

7. If you could have a house totally paid for, fully furnished anywhere in the world, where would you like it to be?
Chennai! Where else!!

8. What are your must-have pieces for summer?
Nice sandals, Bright coloured clothes and accessories to match

9. If you could go anywhere in the world for the next hour, where would you go?
Chennai again 🙂 to meet the family!

10. Which language do you want to learn?
French – its so sexy!

11. What’s your favorite quote?
‘How long a MINUTE is depends on which side of the bathroom door you are!’

12. Who do you want to meet right now?
God, to ask Him to give our war-torn-world some respite

13. What is your favorite colour?
Anything that suits me 🙂

14. What is your favorite piece of clothing in your own closet?
My favourite shirt from my pre-maternity days. Something I’d never fit into again!!

15. What is your dream job?
The state that I am in, I don’t mind anything that pays!

16. What’s your favorite magazine?
Me no read Magazines either.

17. If you had $100 now, what would you spend it on?
TOYS!! Not for me, obviously.

18. What do you consider a fashion faux pas?
One look at me, and you’ll exactly what a fashion faux pas is!

19. Who are your style icons?
Nobody! No wonder I have no style!!

20. Describe your personal style?
Casual and comfortable (stole this from Ritu ;-))

21. What are you going to do after this?
Just had a heavy lunch..so you can imagine my next stop 😉

22. What are your favorite movies?
Just wrote a long list on FB. DCH for one. And many others.

24. What are three cosmetic/makeup/perfume products that you can’t live without?
Bodyshop lipstick (that I never use), E45 lotion (that I always use!!) and a nice Dior perfume (that I sometimes use)

23. What inspires you?
The knowledge that Life is short,

24. What do you carry in your bag?
Lollipop, Baby wipes, Nappy, Spare shirt :-)))

25. What do you do when you “have nothing to wear” (even though your closet’s packed)?
Yank out my most worn-out and most comfy shirt.

26. Coffee or tea?
Always coffee. Not filter. Regular instant coffee.

27. What do you do when you are feeling low or terribly depressed?
Ice-Cream!! Chocolate! Window shopping.

28. What is the meaning of your name?
Related to music, is just about how much I know!!

29. Which other blogs you love visiting?
My blogroll 🙂

30. Favorite Dessert/Sweet?
Ice-Cream!! Chocolate!

31. Favorite Season ?
Winter 🙂

32) If I come to your house now, what would u cook for me?
Paneer paratha

33)What’s your current mood?
Tired…sleepy…waiting for a break , from doing nothing 🙂
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The rules are:
Respond and rework – Answer the questions on your own blog, replace one question that you dislike with a question of your own invention, and add one more question of your own.Then tag eight or ten other set of people.

I would like to share these awards and tag the foll. people , to begin with. Others in my blogroll, please feel free to drop by and collect yours 🙂

Solilo
Indy
Pixie
PRG
OG
Vimmu
Piper
Quirky