Some Weird Laws

I got these ‘weird laws in effect around the world’ from Sangeetha’s blog. My comments are in purple.

  • It is illegal to die in the Houses of Parliament in UK (so please die elsewhere)
  • In France, it is forbidden to call a pig Napoleon. (yes, but can you call Napoleon a pig?)
  • In Ohio, it is against the state law to get a fish drunk.(but my aquarium is filled with beer!!)
  • In UK, a pregnant woman can legally relieve herself anywhere she wants; even, if she so requests, in a policeman’s helmet. (does he have to wear it afterwards?)
  • In Indonesia, the penalty for masturbation is decapitation. (I would never have made it past the age of 13 in that country)
  • In Kentucky, it is illegal to carry a concealed weapon more than six feet long. (so a concealed weapon of 5 feet 11 inches is fine?)
  • In Vermont, women must get written permission from their husbands to wear false teeth. (who checks up if it was actually their husband who signed the permission slip?)
  • In Bahrain, a male doctor may legally examine a woman’s genitals but is forbidden from looking directly at them during the examinations; he may only see their reflections in a mirror. (or else he may go blind!)
  • In Thailand, it is illegal to leave your house if you are not wearing underwear (damn!)
  • Picking your nose on Saturday is forbidden in Israel. (on the other 6 days – dig away)
  • In Denmark, attempt to escape from prison is not illegal; however, if one is caught, he is required to serve out the remainder of his term. (so don’t get caught)
  • In Connersville, Wisconsin, no man can shoot a gun while his female partner is having a sexual orgasm.

Ok, which one is the most weird? I was actually hoping to tour Thailand without any undies and shoot guns in Connersville while giving an orgasm to my lady friend.

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Dare I Dream?

Things seem to be positive. I can’t believe it might be true. Will I finally make enough money to actually move out and live the way that I want to live? Mind you it’s not that the way I want to live is highly expensive or anything of the sort. But it’s just that my current expenses won’t be met on what I make at the moment. However, if what I was just informed is right, then I can easily live a comfortable, quite & not expensive at all life on my own, in a small place where I plan to keep minimal things. But it will be all mine!

This morning, I did have a bad cold & a severe headache. It hadn’t been raining for a couple of days and the days had started to get quite warm by 9-10 in the morning, even though the nights & early mornings were quite cool. Then today it felt all warm & muggy and it was quite cloudy and then suddenly at 8 am it exploded in a rush of rain – much like an orgasm that had been building for quite some time and then climaxed quite dramatically!! The way I like it with a lot of moaning involved! Hahahah

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Ok gross, I know. But even though I am tired and physically wiped, I can’t help but feel optimistic at the thought of it. Independence. That’s would be a great feeling.

Jackfruit The Hedgehog

On my way home I stopped to buy a couple of things at a small shop near my apartment building. I saw that they had packets of ‘chaka vartha’ chips or fried jackfruit chips. So I bought one for me & my folks to much along with our evening tea/coffee. While I sat with my mom and ate some of the chips, I remembered something that happened way back in 1997/98. My mom’s sister had come down from Scotland with her kids & husband that year and for a couple of the younger ones, it was their first visit to India. Sree Harshan was the youngest, at probably 6 or 7 years old at that time.

At my grandmum’s house in Mattancherry, Sree happened to spy a huge jackfruit that was laid under a small stool in a dark corridor that leads to a store room (and which is rarely used and kinda scary for a small kid). He had never seen jackfruits before in his little life and the poor kid was scared. He showed it to his sister who was around 23 at the time. Well, she told him that it was hedgehog and that it was probably as scared of them as Sree was of it. So poor, guilible Sree believed her and later he placed a bowl of water near to it. His sister threw out the water when he wasn’t looking and Sree thought that it was the hedgehog that drank the water and this made him quite pleased.

Well a couple of days later my aunts took the jackfruit and cut it up and fried the chips and served it to us. Sree, unware that it was his ‘pet’ that we were eating, was quite vocal about the taste of it and enjoyed a plateful of it. A few mouthfulls later we told him that it was the ‘hedgehog’ that we were all eating.

Sree stopped and took a look at the chips in his hand. And then he replied ‘It’s quite tasty’ and reached for another handful of chips to stuff into his mouth!

Harthal Knows No Tears

Yesterday’s general strike or ‘harthal’ was called by the various trade unions & the LDF. Normal life in states with Left ruled governments like Kerala, West Bengal & Thripura were almost brought to a halt because of this. But it was especially cruel on one mother.

Rodia, a resident of Kattachira near Etttumanoor, was travelling by train to Cochin along with her elder son Sonal & her sister Maya. They were made to wait at the Thiruvananthapuram railway station for 3 hours, while waiting to board the Jayanthi Janata Express. Rodia’s 4 year old son Ronal was under treatment in Cochin for leukaemia. His mother had gone to the Regional Cancer Center in Thiruvananthapuram for looking into further treatment for her son, while her husband stayed with their younger son. However before she could reach the RCC, Ronal passed away.

Rodia’s sister Maya receieved a text message on her phone from her brother-in-law informing her that Ronal had breathed his last. She immediately gathered her sister & older nephew to the railway station to rush back to Cochin, without telling her sister of the grave news. But they had to wait for 3 hours at the station due to the rail blockade by the various Left groups.

When Rodia finally heard about the news of her son’s death, she broke down and her wails were heard by media persons at the station. Opposition party leader Ommen Chandy also reached the spot and he informed the Chief Minister about the poor lady’s plight. Some cops were ordered to accompany Rodia, Sonal & Maya to Kottayam in the train, as Ronal’s body was taken to his family’s house in Kattachira. It was 2:30 pm when she reached Kottayam and from there Rodia had police escort her to her son’s body.

The funeral for Ronal will be held in a church near his house at 10 am today.

Christelle Is Sad For Happy

I’ve been reading Christelle’s blog for well over a year now, almost 18 months I believe. At first she was just one of the blogs that I regularly visited on a bi-weekly basis. She had some cool photos (and still does) that she hosted on her website. If I remember correctly, it was while searching for images of some rock bands (either Moist or The Tea Party) that I stumbled upon her blog.

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Christelle is from Blanc-Sablon, Quebec, Canada. When I started reading her blog, she was living & working in Montreal but would move back to a house in her hometown in a few months. About a year ago Christelle’s blog was the focus for another reason. She had someone new in her life, someone who was still a kid and who would bring joy, not just to Christelle but to all her readers. Someone named Happy who made us happy

This is Happy!

Happy is a Labernese – a mix of black labrador retriever & bernese mountain dog – from the Mira Foundation in Quebec. Yes Mira which trains dogs to guide or service handicapped people (someone with visual, auditory or physical handicaps). She is keeping Happy for a year and the dog will have regular evaluations from time to time. If Happy passes the evaluations, the dog goes for training and then onto a new owner who has a disability. Well that time is almost up. Happy has passed all the evaluations and by September 5th or 6th, Christelle has to take Happy back to Mira and onto a new owner.

Check out Christelle’s blog & photos and you will see a devoted owner and a cute & clever puppy. I have followed Happy’s progress through the last year and I am going to miss the naughty puppy. Happy reminds me a lot of Shawny Jr., my sister’s dog who stayed with me for a year. I know how difficult it is to say goodbye to a dog – I have said that to two dogs since 2005! Here’s hoping that both Happy & Christelle will be able to move on and keep the memories.

The pictures are from Christelle’s blog. She has total ownership and I have no claim over them.

Stuck @ Home

And here we are on a Wednesday afternoon sitting at home. Why? Well its because of our beloved political fucking parties conducting a harthal in protest of high unemployment & rising prices. Unfortunately for me, I don’t have a bike or a car that I can use to get me to the office. All public forms of transport are not working today, so no buses, autorickshaws, trains and taxis. Most of the shops are closed and the ones that are open will be in the side roads of the city. This is a nation wide harthal (wow, we rarely get any of those)!

So I am at home, sitting on my chair and browsing the net, looking for some interesting  videos or website and trying to find someone to chat with. I have had a few phone calls on work coming in and I have made a few phone calls in return. I have sent & replied to a couple of emails regarding work. I would have preferred to do it within the office confines since I get more control there. I hate having to do work from home since I don’t think its fair that I can sit at home while some are in the office. Especially on days like today.

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Notes For 19th August

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  • I was part of a Yellow Belt training session, my first, and although I am familiar with some concepts, I really hate Excel charts & formluas. Unfortunately, its part and parcel of my industry.
  • The 20 attendees were all served biriyanis on the company’s account just for partaking in the program.
  • Tomorrow is a 24 hour nationwide Harthal, conducted by the political parties to protest against rising prices & unemployment… making it difficult for the ones who are employed to go to work! Brilliant!
  • I guess I will work a bit from home and then sleep the afternoon away and listen to mp3s the rest of the time.
  • The bus I was in while coming home, hit the door of a car and broke its side mirror and front lights. It was just scraping but the damage was done. We had to alight from the bus and catch another one home.

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Tables & Paddles

I used to love playing table tennis or ping pong as it is known in some countries. It seemed that I used to have easy access to a ping pong table, like at the Cochin Suburban club which was quite close to my home. For a few years, we used to go quite regularly to the club and have family dinners there, with my cousins and uncles & aunts. While the elders drank, we used to go and play table tennis.

Plus I also remember that a couple of my cousins, when they lived in Trivandrum, had converted a spare room into a game room. And they had a makeshift table tennis table in there (which also doubled as their mom’s ironing board) and we played a bit there.

Why the sudden interest in table tennis? Its because I was watching this episode of Friends in which Joey moves out to a new apartment. You know, the one in which he figures that now, since he is making good money due to acting in ‘Days Of Our Lives’ and the fact that he has never lived on his own, would be a good time to do so. He buys a whole bunch of junk to decorate his room. But the only thing that I liked was the mini ping pong table. It’s the one he is playing by himself in the pic above.

I miss playing ping pong / table tennis or TT as we used to call it. I think it’s a nice alternative to tennis or badminton. We played a lot of badminton actually but if space is at a premium then the table variety is a great alternative. When or rather if I move out, I’m going to try and find a mini table tennis, like the one Joey has, and keep it in my apartment. I would love to invite you over to play a few sets of a game. Like these two Japanese guys are doing below.

One Woman’s Love Affair With Her MacBook

My blogging friend (and all-round hot mama) Meleah Rebecca has uploaded a video in a few places but you can catch it here – An Unhealthy Obsession With My Apple Computer. The Movie.

You can watch the video here or on Youtube. My request is watch it & then head over to Youtube & to her blog to comment on it.

Meleah is totally nuts, she has a wonderful sense of humour and she is a great friend. She usually blogs at Mama Mia, Mea Culpa when she is not drooling all over her Mac or doting over her son.

Poor thing, when she is missing her MacBook.

Kick Off To 2008-09

The new English Premier League football season is upon us. I completely missed out on catching up on the latest news and fixtures. Not sure which players have moved on to different clubs. I will probably start getting into it in a few days, after watching the match on tv today. It was Newcastle United vs Manchester United. Both sides were missing some big name players, including Carlos Tevez & Michael Owen. It ended in a 1-1 draw but the match did have some good moments.

A goal by debutant Samir Nasri, formerly of Marseilles, gave a not-so-impressive Arsenal a 1-0 win over West Brom. That is not enough if we want a chance to win some silverware this season. I do not like the squad that we have; a quick glance at the current Gunners will let you know why! We are hopelessly low on big names and firepower. I hope that we get some stars by January.

Here’s hoping for an exciting season in 2008-09!

Power To The People

The state of Kerala depends on the Idukki dam & the rains for its electricity needs. The dam powers up the entire state and if the rains should fail then we are into deep shit. The rains started much earlier this year but then stopped all of a sudden and then came in little spurts. There was widespread panic in the region. Would the rains fail?

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The rains came once again and it started pouring quite well but it was a bit late for us as far as avoiding scheduled power load shedding is concerned. Yes, we usually have scheduled power cuts every year around this time, while they wait for the reservoir to fill up. So it rains a lot and we have power cuts!! All together now…Brilliant!

This time its been as usual and even though the rains increased (and a couple of times it looked as if it wouldn’t stop) the power cuts have continued. What’s more, the motherfuckers in KSEB have also started unscheduled power cuts! Like today, on a Sunday! It went out for almost an hour in the morning and then at 6:20 pm it went out for 30 minutes. 15 minutes later at 7 pm it was our scheduled power cut. What a bummer!

Love Will Prove What Friends Are For

A blast from the past. Well, 15 years ago. I bought The Big Thrill by Axxis solely on the recommendation of a music store owner and never regretted it. Unfortunately, it was a cassette and after all these years it has worn out and I haven’t been able to find cds or mp3s of the band’s songs. I would especially want the songs from this pretty strong album, which I would list in my top 30 of all time. There aren’t any weak songs on the album. One of the best is this heavy ballad, Stay, Don’t Leave Me.

Axxis is a German hard rock & metal band, who first came to the forefront with their debut in 1989.

Cats @ Play

I was reading posts in Lady Banana’s blog and came across this one, with photos, about how she observed her neighbour’s cat playing with a mouse. It’s a cat & mouse game where the cat comes out as the winner. It brought back some memories of when I used to keep cats in the old house in Thrikkakara. I have had 8 cats in total, although the 6 that I had when I was 12 were just strays that we found when the mom had delivered them in a cartoon of old clothes, after she had sneaked in through an open window. We fed them for a week or so and then the mom came and took them all away.

When I was 13, my sister & I got two cats from our grandma’s place and we brought them home. A girl cat, all white and pretty with just a couple of brown spots & a boy cat, predominatly brown. The two would follow me around and spend the day in my room when I was at home from school and sleep in my bed until I kicked them out at night. The next morning, as soon as we opened the door, they would come back into my bed and snuggle in the blanket.

I think all wellfed cats won’t eat mice. They consider them beneth their dignity and turn a snobbish nose at the thought of using mice as food. My sister & I would feed our cats rice +curry and scrambled eggs!! Or fish!

Anyways, Lady Banana’s post reminded me of how my cats used to trap mice between themselves and bite them and hit them and poke them but never eat them. They played a weird game of tennis with a rat who, unfortunately, chose the wrong time to come out of hiding and fell smack right between the two felines. They played him for about 15 minutes after which they lost interest and the dying bugger had to be scooped up in a dust pan and thrown out.

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A Big Block & Plenty Of Blockheads

So you are working this Saturday. All you want is for the evening to come by so you can end this 6 day work week and head back home to relax and enjoy the weekend. You live away from the city center or you work in the suburbs. Maybe head out to buy some goodies for Sunday or even stop to have a few drinks with your friends before going home to chill out. Well that sounds nice. Well here are some people to fuck it up for you!

The SC/ST groups had one of their regular meetings happening this evening at the grounds near Marine Drive. Busloads & busloads of these morons coming in to Cochin from all over the state. And they mean to block the entire city while they have their meetings. Just like before and just like it’s going to be. So the cops barricadded the main roads so we had to use the bye-pass roads. However that is easier said than done. Imagine 10,000 vehicles going by in the same space that usually sees traffic of just around a 1000! You get the picture. Utter chaos! Bumper to bumber traffic jams with bikes, scooters, buses, cars, trucks & jeeps trying to find a way out of this mess.

I went home on the back of a bike driven by one of the guys in my team. Narrowly escaping death and instant crushing on our way, I was able to reach back home at a decent hour only because he knew a short-cut route that not many people use. So I was able to reach Padma and I got down there since I had to buy something. My nerves were also a bit wrecked so I stopped for a beer before coming back home. Fucking SC/ST assholes, I hope they get a huge dose of dust in their lungs before they leave for their fucking homes!

Vande Mataram

I don’t care if you are a muslim or a christian or a jew or a hindu or a sikh or a jain or a buddhist or a parsi. Those differences means nothing to me. Your religion means nothing to me. Which is why I typed them without a capital letter in the begining of each. She is not perfect, she is not the most beautiful, she is not the most intelligent, she is not the most sophisticated, she is not the most brave. She is my mother and yours. Sometimes you forget that.

Happy Independence Day to the over 1 billion Indians.