Thursday, April 14, 2011

Time Flies...

So yes, we have completed 1 year, 2 months and 2 days of our marriage today….
Okay fine. This post has nothing related to our married life milestones. It's just that I have completed so many pending jobs at office and feeling damn sleepy and was not getting any appropriate beginning to write a post.
Last two weekends just flew by. We went to Hyderabad for the long weekend. On the historical day of 2nd April, 2011, India won the Cricket World Cup-2011 after waiting for 28 years and 6 world cups. It was as if India has just been announced the World's Super Power, taking away that throne from the United States of America (Amrika). Even more interesting was the semi finals with Pakistan, our childhood rivals. Every single office made sure that they put up television sets for the employees and implemented the dress code- BLEED BLUE. The offices which could afford, gave a half day. The others anyways wore deserted look in the second half, everyone has run away to watch how Indians would thrash away the other team. I guess it recorded the highest ever TRP. And WE WON…. It was nothing less than winning the coveted cup itself.
Every Indian holding his/her breathe on the Finals and there came the final six from our Mr. Cool captain. Emotions flowed- on field and off field. Crackers, national flag, shouts and cries. Barring few, I guess, all the Indians were on the road, taking the "victory lap". One car hits the other, the victim comes out smiling and demands explanation, the accused driver says, "Sorry bhaiyya, sorry, by mistake…" and the victim gets back into the car…. No fight, no brawl, no exchange of swear words… That's when you know that India has won the World Cup….The Indian team squad has won a permanent place in the history of the Cricketing world…
Next day was the picnic day for my dear husband. Ever since we got on the back seat of my brother's car; who was uncomfortable since they (brother and his wifey) didn't know the way to the destination; we (I & Nimit) had put on our fun caps. We were negligibly concerned if we were on the correct path or not. I just wished that my brother and sis-in-law don't throw both of us out of their car. The destination, by the way, was Ramoji Film City, Hyderabad. This was Nimit's first visit to the place; all others had been there before.
I caught so many photographs of the super excited kid (I am talking about Nimit) just posing for the camera voluntarily I guess for the 1st time in his life. Finally, all exhausted, we were satisfied that we had a great time there.
Last weekend, we had cooked so much that the left over fed us for the next three days of the weekJ. Two proper dinners on two consecutive days, the only days when we could sleep without any account and do absolutely nothing but this weekend, we were even busier than the normal weekdaysL. But we took off some time to finish off the long pending shopping. Ladies and Gentlemen, we are the proud owners of new Sony Vaio E Series laptop. Applause… Thank You, Thank You… Still have not got time to explore it completely but will do that shortly. Aaah!!! Time flies…

Thursday, April 7, 2011


I was casually signing into my rediffmail account when a news on the home page hit my eyes:
"Mamata's paintings sold out for over Rs. 1 crore!"
Out of curiosity to make sure that this Mamata is not the same Mamata that I am thinking of, I clicked on the link to find out the details and guess what, it was the same Mamata that I have thought of- Mamata Banerjee. And I could not stop laughing uncontrollably ever since I saw her "precious paintings/masterpieces" and read her "humble" interview about her paintings. For those who can access this link, here it is:
For those who cannot, let me past it here:
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Although Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee's collection of 95 paintings were sold out within three days for a staggering price of more than a crore rupees, she refuses to be acknowledged as a painter.

"I am not a painter. I am just a commoner, I don't know how to paint. Mine is a casual approach with creativity and nothing else," said Banerjee.

The three-day sale-cum-exhibition of her repertoire at private art gallery 'Gallerie 88' that began on Monday received a stupendous response even from artists with the organisers saying that her paintings were sold out for more than crore rupees.
Delighted with the positive feedback about her brush strokes and sketches on canvas, Banerjee has decided to try her hand on some more paintings and support her party funds to meet electioneering expenses.
"I am still painting because fresh orders are coming and all my previous works have already been sold," she said, adding that in between poll campaigns and 'padyatras' she manages time to express her creativity on the canvas.

Party sources said the Railways Minister will paint as many paintings as possible within this week, before she begins her campaign in north Bengal which goes to poll on April 18.
Inaugurated by eminent painter Jogen Chowdhury, the exhibition, titled '25 Hours In A Day,' was widely appreciated by painters Shuvaprasanna and Sameer Aich, dance exponent Amala Shankar and singer Dwijen Mukherjee among others.
The buyers include industrialist Harsh Neotia, Jay Mehta, co-owner of IPL franchisee Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), and Jagmohan Dalmiya, the president of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB).

The Trinamool leader justified selling her works on canvas to raise fund for her party's poll expenses saying that it is better than soliciting money from people.
"Money is needed for elections. Instead of taking money from people this is a small attempt to raise fund to meet poll expenses. I prefer state funding for election. We have to wait for that. If it is done I will be the happiest one," Banerjee said.

A part of the proceeds will also go to the party's mouthpiece Jago Bangla.

Trinamool Congress vice-president Derek O'Brien said that the exhibition was the third in six years.

The first exhibition was held in 2005 generating an amount of Rs four lakh.

The second one in 2007 fetched Rs 14 lakh and the entire proceeds were given to the victims of Nandigram violence
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Pay attention to the following line:
"Party sources said the Railways Minister will paint as many paintings as possible within this week, before she begins her campaign in north Bengal which goes to poll on April 18"
Are you sure that the party sources are talking about paintings? The poor lady must have set a target for herself- 100 paintings by this weekend. Mr. M.F. Hussain and other eminent painters must learn something from her. You can paint masterpieces at the rate of 100 per week!!!
PS: Mamata Banerjee's fans, please don't mind. It's just that I am not able to digest her speed and the drawings…oooops, masterpieces from her…