Decision making….

….sucks!!!! For me that is! If there is one thing in the world I would gladly exchange for a day to stare at paint dry or to watch Sura movie three times back to back it is this. I get extremely tensed and confused that I make the whole deciding process a pain not only for me but also for all my close ones.

I had to recently make an important decision at work and I think it suffices to say I was a train wreck the whole 2 days I had to think about it. I don’t know what it is that makes me so scared to make a decision. Maybe its just the thought that I’ll eventually end up making a wrong choice.

You should see me when I am trying to make a decision. You can see me all quiet with a very solemn look in my face (the one these serials maamis have in almost all scenes) and furiously making notes. What?? I love making notes..Of late I think its some sort of disease I have. I have to make notes before I even make a phone call to to the customer service guy to complain about something. Anyways I digress.

I see many people who ace at decision making. You know, the most irritating cool dude types who make it sound like s a breeze. The ones who make decisions in minutes, no matter how big the problem is or no matter how varied the choices are? I envy them..and when I say envy its the kind of envy that just makes you turn a very dark green and wanna wish the guy lands up watching a Vijay or Simbhu movie back to back. I know, I can be very cruel sometimes. But I also wish I end up with a guy like that. You know so that I can have a Love-Hate relationship with him. What thats the kind of marriage that lasts and is considered a happy one. No?

The City Of Contrasts…

Mumbai!! Yes I had been to Mumbai recently for vacation and I LOVED it. I was creating blog posts in my head even when I was there enjoying but as soon as I came back I became lazy and procrastinated. What can I say, Chennai brings out my true characteristics in full force.

Anyhoo the city has several phrases associated with it like “The City that never sleeps”, Vandarai Vazhavaikkum Nagaram roughly translated to “The City that never lets its people down”, but I thought the phrase most apt for it “The City of Contrasts”. If there were a contest to tell which city in India is the most contrasted then it has to be Mumbai. You can see extreme richness and extreme poverty, extremely friendly people and downright snobs, extreme cleanliness and extremely dirty, extremely fashionable people and downright traditional ones. amazing houses and almost torn down buildings. At the end I was sooo dizzy with all the contrasts that I was always like “Lookkkk at this!!” and behaving like someone very high on sugar until my friends had to hose me down!!

So I landed at the CS terminal and trust me when I say this, I saw most girls there who had to be either models or some small scale actresses. How else will you explain the most fashionable outfits, the perfectly toned bodies and the perfect make up and hair do?? How How?? Or am the one who is living under the rocks?? Anyhoodle after I sight adichufyed these girls ( I do this when I see really pretty girls…what can I say? I hv a weakness for beauty!!) I exit the airport and took the car with my friend to her place in Ulhasnagar which is a 2 hour drive from the airport. The drive was done with me screeching with joy and looking at places through the car window like a maniac. I think I can safely say my friend lost a bit of her self dignity with her driver that day,

Like any agmark mark Tamilian I know very little hindi. When I say very little I mean I can say things like “aacha ji”, “dho lijiye”, “kitna” etc. There ends my Hindi skills. So when I had to interact with people all I did was sweetly smile at the auto wallahs, shopkeepers and say “hindi nayi” and dive behind my friend who would do all the talking for me. Poor thing, she was my official translator for the whole of my stay there.

We did lots of touristy stuff there and my friend very dutifully took me to all the hotspots in Mumbai, basically she was my guide and I played the part of the over inquisitive tourist to perfection. Maintaining my love for lists let me tell you in points about some of the places that I loved the most in Mumbai:

  1. Linking road, Bandra: This.is.the.place.to.shop. I am now turning green with envy for all Mumbai people who have this shopping heaven right in their city. I was like a monkey released from its cage there. I whooped and ran to shop everything that was in sight and my friends had to calm me down with the lure of getting me my fav Iced Coffee from CCD. I bought 4 chappals, 3 handbags, 3 tops and 4 skirts there. Due to the restriction of how I’ll carry all this back to Chennai I had to cut shot my shopping there.
  2. Bandstand and Bandra Worli sealink: This has got to be a couple magnet. No? This is such a beautiful romantic spot that I felt a bit bad about visiting it with my girl friends 🙂 The sea, the rocks, the bridge, the sunset. my god the perfect combo for a romantic setting. We sat on the rocks and watched the sea for a long time before they had to drag me off from there. We then took a beautiful drive on the Bandra Worli sealink. I have fallen in love with Bandra and Worli and I kept telling my friend “Only if someone can give us a house facing the sea here” and she shut my mouth by saying the price these houses would cost. Do people really have so much money in Mumbai for the prices she quoted me? I am genuinely surprised!!
  3. Nariman Point and marine drive: This has to be my top fav spot in Mumbai. Its just lovely!! The sea, the rocks, the queen’s necklace! If I have to sum this up in one word it should be “Beauty”. We sat there for hours just looking at the sunset, the sea. Then they lit up the place and we could see the queen’s necklace. Just great. Once again a great spot to visit with your bf/husband. Needless to say the place was filled with laauuvee baards all sitting on the rocks almost camouflaged. But here is where we encountered some high maintenance snobs. Me and my friends asked this group of girls who passed us to take a pic of all of us together and one of the girl there actually said “Ughh. I don’t have time for this” and they all left with a huff. No time??? “Are you all going to launch some high end rocket from here” I wanted to ask!! My friend explained how these girls must probably be worth crores and hence this attitude..I was seriously appalled…All we asked was to take a photo..Is that so much of a hard work? Or even if you aren’t interested would it kill you to decline it politely?

Apart from all these places I also saw the Gateway of India, Colaba Causeway, Siddivinayak temple and had a lovely tour of South Mumbai. I loveee South Mumbai, its clean, has some very beautiful houses, has less traffic because they have a weird rule there about how autos are not allowed there and most importantly the sea. Btw did you Chennaites know they call autos as rickshaws in Mumbai? When my friend said this I giggled for like 2 mins..Sigh! My IQ must really be low if I find things like this amusing.

Now gentle readers, a few glimpses of Mumbai:

On the whole, I enjoyed my trip. I have many friends who are from Mumbai and I always hear and see the famous ‘Mumbai Spirit’ and have been very eager to see the place. Except for the horrendous traffic, the humidity which makes you sweat like a pig and a few snobbish people we encountered I have to say I loved this trip!

Obama/Osama

Hellooo everybody (By everybody I mean the four to five people who read my blog), how was your week? Mine was excellent or excel-lente as Kevin James would say it. I had a lovely trip to Mumbai to visit some of my friends there and ate lots of Golas there. Which might explain the reason why my eyes are watering like I have been forced to watch Sura movie three times continuously.

Anyhoo, I had to blog about the recent Hawt news doing the rounds which is Mr.Bin Laden being shot down by the US. As happy as I am with the fact that the leader of a big terrorist group was being shot dead I can’t help but giggle with the amount of sarcastic, funny and mokka sms and tweets doing the rounds. I am going to list couple of my favourite ones.

1.) Now that Osama is dead can I travel with 125 ml shampoo in flights?

2.) This one was over heard by yours truly in a bus between two payyans:

Guy 1: Ennada Osama out aame

Guy 2: Inda US oru vethu da. Nalaiku sagapora kezhavana pottu tallitu ipdi peethikaranga. 

But really the US has managed to find Osama only after SO many years when they should have done these years back., that too with this much resources and AFTER bombing entire Afganisthan and after looting Iran and Iraq in the pretext of the fight against terrorism? So I do not get their sense of pride or accomplishment when Obama gives all these speeches telling how US has finally done justice. Your thoughts?