• A few days back, I saw a movie called Sophie’s Choice. Its a story about a Polish woman who is asked to make a decision. When she reaches the German concentration camp with her two children, she is asked by an officer to choose one of her child who would be exterminated. She pleads and begs that no mother can make such a choice but the officer warns her that if she is unable to make the decision, then both of her children would be exterminated. In the fear of loosing both her children who are being snatched out of her arms by the officer, she blurts out – “Take my little girl.”

  • Being at home has its own advantages and disadvantages. You are answerable all the time. Its not that its bad but it gets on your nerves at times specially when you are used to live on your own from such a long time. And yes, you are subjected to all the Balaji soaps and the lame Hindi News channels. I was forced to watch “Kyunki Saas bhi kabhi bahu thi” last week because usually that was the time I entered home from work. I don’t have words to describe how I felt. Maybe this image would help.

  • While I am on Balaji, I saw the promos of Ekta’s take on the Sacred Indian Epic of Mahabharat titled – Kkkkahaney hamarey Mahabhaaaaaaarat kaaayeeee (Please correct me if the spellings are wrong. I think I got them correct with a lot of difficulty). I had huge hopes from the serial as I liked the promos and was almost sure that Ekta had done something sensible for the first time in her entire pain-in-the-ass-and-brain career. I saw 4 episodes and again I have no words. The same irritating background score and the same 10,000-shots-from-different-angles-in-different-colours. Believe me, it was BLASPHEMOUS.


  • I called up Vodafone customer care today to activate my password for online payment of my mobile bill. The first thing which I found really odd was that the Customer care representative was talking in Hindi. Well, what if I don’t know Hindi? What if I am from Tamil Nadu? I faced a similar problem when I was in Chennai. The representatives started the call in Tamil and then I had to ask them to shut up and speak in English. Is it not common sense? Or am I missing something? And, boy, the number of times the representative said – “Mujhe aapki sahayta karne main khushi hogi(I would be happy to help you)”, was amazing. In a 3 minute call, he said that atleast 8 times!!!
  • According to a News channel, CBI has hit a dead end in Aarushi’s Murder case. There is no evidence left which pretty much means that the criminals might never be caught. What a shame!!! And the way the channel was presenting the story was even more pathetic. The way the readers/commentators stress each and every word, I won’t be surprised if someday one of them will end up with a ruptured blood vessel. And we have better one liners in our C grade Hindi movies.

  • The reality shows are another holy pain in my ass. I have lost count of the number of such shows I have been subjected to these days. Junoon, Sa Re Ga Ma Pa, Star Voice of India, The great Indian Laughter Challenge, Ek se Bhadkar Ek, Kaun Banega Superstar(which thankfully ended last week), Dus Ka dum, Kya aap panchwi…whatever etc etc etc. With an exception of Junoon which is giving a chance to our folk singers to come ahead and where you can listen to songs filled with Ragas, I loathe all of them. And do watch Sa Re Ga Ma Pa, just to experience the sheer torture of watching Himesh. The way that guy keeps on blabbering, I am seriously thinking of going in the show and pouring fevicol in his mouth as an act of kindness towards mankind.
  • Its horrifying the way the population of Delhi drive. There is so much honking and abusive language that I was shocked. Since I am coming late now a days, so I generally come home by the office cab and the blaring horns just make me wish that I was deaf. People play with car horn as a newborn would play with his father’s laptop after being told not to do so. And why is everyone so angry and ready to fight? Why are we so afraid of each other? Why can’t we smile?

  • I have started wondering if people get married because they want to get married or because family/friends want them to get married? I think there is a huge difference between the two. Most of the people just bend under the sheer pressure even when they are not ready. Getting married just to please your family and your friends who keep on asking the same question every time is not the right reason. I am going through this and the pressure is getting on my nerves. I know that this is not the right time for me, but the questions have started to bug me. I am afraid that I will snap one day and end up giving someone a royal chunk of my mind. CAN I LEAD MY GODDAMN LIFE MY OWN GODDAMN WAY??

  • Is it not ironical that all this is happening on a planet which we can’t point out in the last picture pasted above? Earthlings(including me) are so much in awe of themselves, I must say!!! πŸ˜€ And I think the Geek Wrestler should surely give up his idea of ruling the tiny winy planet and think of something big. πŸ˜› Oh, by the way, I stole the idea of this post from his blog. πŸ˜›
  • I wonder if the German officer would still have asked Sophie to make the choice if he would have seen the five pictures above. I wonder if he would have asked himself – What the hell am I doing?

About the Author:

Amit Sharma is the Author of fiction novel False Ceilings published by Lifi Publications in January 2016. Amit always keeps a book and a portable reading light in his bag (much to the amusement of his fellow travellers). His other hobbies include watching world cinema, travelling, staring at hills, digging into various cuisines, cooking, listening to music, painting, blogging, making his daughter laugh and helping his wife with her unnecessary and prolonged shopping. He is currently working on his Second novel which is a thriller.

35 Comments

  1. arvind July 19, 2008 at 9:41 pm - Reply

    interesting post dude..
    you made a terrible mistake by hoping against the hope .Ekta kapoor and her shows suck and will always suck ..
    yes .indeed its a shame..and i dont know why news channels cover so much on a single story ..
    there are umpteen number of such cases happening everyday but news channels prefer to stick to one..
    and i hate the voting contest they keep …
    pathetic !!

  2. vishesh July 19, 2008 at 9:58 pm - Reply

    funnily enough i too just wrote about being on earth lol….hmm…ppl get married cause,they think they can handle one person better than a whole hoard? and reality tv…ntn…slutsvilla is all i can say…

  3. arvind July 19, 2008 at 11:20 pm - Reply

    I have tagged u πŸ˜›

  4. Anand July 20, 2008 at 12:04 am - Reply

    I’ve a very simple solution for your TV- blues. Break it with a cricket bat πŸ˜‰

    It might also help in with those marriage suggestions.

  5. Nikhil July 20, 2008 at 8:44 am - Reply

    Hehe! Mahabharat by ekta kapoor… Oh lord! To what end will she go to make our prime time unwatchable! πŸ˜€
    Sophie’s choice is a good movie, I’ve seen it… Very touching! πŸ˜€
    And where did you get the suicide bunny pic? It’s awesome! πŸ˜€

  6. Reema July 20, 2008 at 10:20 am - Reply

    I too had little problems adjusting to life at home as adult when I came back from hostel. Got riddance from TV torture since the day I bought the comp. My heartfelt sympathies are with u for watching Kyunki. U poor thing! And seriously the news readers talk as if telling some v dramatic story.Their emphasizing some words and saying loudly irks me too. Looks like u r really bearing lot of TV torture πŸ˜€ I’d read somewhere that Delhi people lead in road rage and rudeness. πŸ™‚ As for the marriage u and me are in same boat it seems. Sigh!! Nice pics. πŸ™‚

  7. Manoj July 20, 2008 at 10:40 am - Reply

    My comments, bullet-wise πŸ˜€
    Didn’t you have an option to choose your language when you talk to the customer care?
    Hmmm..I can understand how harrowing it would’ve been watching Kyun Ki…And c’mon, how could you even have expectations on Ekta’s Mahabharat?
    As for “Reality” shows, I used to watch Sa Re Ga Ma Pa and fiercely vote for Nihira and Hema Chandra πŸ˜€ But thatz the end of it! Can’t take it anymore. Yes, Himesh was quite irritating. He was arguing with Asha Bhonsle..lol..:D
    I just read that SRK and Salman had a serious spat! And it was a top headline in two news papers πŸ˜€
    We can’t help with honking..poor infrastructure I say.
    And the most irritating thing is when they stop the vehicles on the midst of the road and then start arguing πŸ˜€
    And about the marriage, Parents are Parents πŸ˜€ Especialy when all of your friends are married and only you are left πŸ˜€
    And I would definitely watch “Sophie’s Choice” πŸ™‚

  8. Amit July 20, 2008 at 11:25 am - Reply

    @Arvind : Thanks. πŸ™‚ The promos of the serial were very good but I don’t understand that what is the point of making the Epic if you can’t beat the earlier version? Anyways, guess we have to live with that.
    @Vishesh : πŸ™‚ I would want to get married only when I want to. Not because someone wants me to. *sigh* Guess I am asking too much.
    @Anand : Good idea. I will surely do that. πŸ˜€
    @Nikhil : Oh, but you have to see it once. You will know what I am talking about. πŸ™‚
    Sophie’s Choice made me cry. This has happened after a long time.
    And, the bunny pics were sent to me by a friend. I don’t know where they are available on net. 😐

  9. Amit July 20, 2008 at 11:26 am - Reply

    @Reema : πŸ™ Even I have the computer but don’t you think that this reduces the time which you spend with your family? And if you sit with your family, then you have to watch the trash too. 😐 There are two television sets in my house, but still I have to bear the torture at times.
    Yes, I think you have heard it right about the Delhi road rage problem. I have not been subjected to it earlier but its growing like anything.
    About marriage, everyone is just waiting to marry me off. Its so irritating to keep on answering the same questions again and again.
    @Manoj : My answers, bullet wise:
    When I am talking to a real person, then I have to tell him to talk in English. I am not talking about the recorded voice. πŸ™‚
    Mahabharat had very good promos. I thought it would be really different in interesting.*Sigh* 😐
    That was one thing I hated about him. How could he keep on arguing with everyone. And have you seen his hairstyle? Good Lord!!!
    I don’t think honking has anything to do with infrastructure. People start honking even when a bus stops to let off the passengers. Or when there is a full traffic jam and there is no space to move. There is no patience.
    And its not only parents but even my friends. 😐 Even if they are joking, it irritates me at times because the joke is getting repetitive. πŸ™
    And, please, do watch the movie. Its 5/5

  10. karthik July 20, 2008 at 5:19 pm - Reply

    Nice one Amit..Hope u are doing good..

  11. | Balu | July 20, 2008 at 6:21 pm - Reply

    LOL this is the best post I read in a while! :-DI think you should print out this post and give it to every one on the roads in Delhi so they realise what an insignificant being they are in this universe

  12. Nita July 20, 2008 at 7:50 pm - Reply

    Amit, I enjoy reading your posts a lot. I had to say that.
    It was nice to read these thoughts going on in your mind. It was damn interesting and not because I could easily identify with a lot of stuff!
    I want to add one thing…just now I watched a “reality show” – of astrologers predicting what will happen to the trust vote! I have been finding it quite unbearable to watch news of the horse-trading going on, but I watched this show, which they meant to be a serious one…but to me it was a hilarious take on the whole thing! This is what our politics has been reduced to! They should do a similar show with a panel of astrologers predicting who will go to jail for killing Aarushi and Hemraj. Or even better, install an astrologer in every police station so that he can guide investigators!! πŸ™‚

  13. lallopallo July 21, 2008 at 12:52 am - Reply

    Next time somebody asks you why you are not getting married, tell them with a very straight face that you are gay! Believe me, it works. They will never bother you again.
    Btw, nice post..enjoyed reading it.

  14. Vijaya Bharat July 21, 2008 at 4:07 am - Reply

    Awesome post man. U R really scaring me with explanation of serials and marriage issues at home. I think I have to face this same problem very soon πŸ™

  15. xylene July 21, 2008 at 9:24 am - Reply

    Reality shows? Did u see the latest on MTV, “on the JOb2” ? The last episode was about 2 young lads and a girl trying their best to get into Headlines Today.
    That was real fun. πŸ˜€
    They were put on air(the participants were made to believe) and asked to present news with the help of a prompter. Then there was breaking news ‘UFO sighted at Rajpur’
    and then the lad snaps “We can expect aliens to attack us anytime now’
    He got the job at HeadLines today. Now I know why our media is going bottom down.

    πŸ˜€

    Getting married? Man I just got one advice, do what your heart tells you to do during this time. The brain is useless after marriage anyway.
    πŸ˜€ just kidding.

  16. SAM July 21, 2008 at 10:24 am - Reply

    hmm.. Answerable.. acha hai answerable ho .. utpatang harkate to nahin karoge..
    friends and the family are your wellwishers and that is why they want you to be married soon enough as we all know there is big drought of girls in India now :-)..
    I don’t believe u saw mahabharat made by ekta kapoor.. he he ..
    Also give me also a list of any classics you have seen recently to download.. I am running out of not seen movies list as ofcourse I am a Motion Pictures Freak…
    and you know blowing horns while driving is so much fun but yes when u are stuck in traffic , sure it is sheer frustration and nothing else.. well I hope the public transport systems in India become so robust that these traffic problems eradicate..

  17. Manoj July 21, 2008 at 10:25 am - Reply

    Amit, I have seen Sophie’s Choice today. A touching movie! The trials and tribulations that Sophie went through..hmmm…Well, on what basis did she tell the German officer to take her little girl away? Was it a spontaneous decision?

  18. Abha July 21, 2008 at 10:25 am - Reply

    nice post..jotting on the small things happening daily with you……………….!!
    ekta kappor sucks and so does the news channels…….I wonder what to watch if not all the scrap….holy national geographic and discovery.

    And believe me even I want to kill that Himesh..the bugger of buggers, most irritating TV eprsonality ever…… hye was gud with composing only.who made him an actor !!!!!111

  19. Manoj July 21, 2008 at 10:27 am - Reply

    Nat Geo and Discover definitely make a better watch. Besides, they are educational. πŸ™‚

  20. amit July 21, 2008 at 11:40 am - Reply

    @Karthik : Thanks sir. I am fine. How are you? πŸ™‚
    @Balu : Thanks Balu. πŸ™‚ Well, I don’t think this idea is going to work. The world would have been a lot better if poeple would have read and understood a lot many things which they never did. πŸ™
    @Nita : Thanks Nita. πŸ™‚ Reality shows and astrologers are a very strange mix. Are you sure you were not dreaming? πŸ˜€ Believe me, all of us should start watching some foreign channels if we want some peace of mind.
    @Lallopallo : Good idea but I can’t tell that to my parents. Imagine the horror of that. πŸ˜† Thanks for enjoying the post.
    @Vijaya Bharat : Thanks sir. πŸ™‚ Well, I guess this is a reality all of us have to face some time or the other. And, when are you coming back? Any dates?
    @Xylene : No, I have not seen that one. But it sounds weird. 😐 I guess we have loads of funnily painful ideas. Ok, so now news channels are hiring people from Reality shows?
    Yes, i am following my heart. I have a lot more to get hold of before taking the plunge. πŸ™‚
    @Sam : There is a drought of girls in India? Thats news. πŸ˜‰ I saw the Mahabharat. Thats how I know how bad it is. 😐
    Why don’t you go to Mininova and search for Axxo. There is a whole list of movies available.
    And regarding blowing horns, I think its very irritating specially when its done without any reason.
    @Manoj : Good. πŸ˜€ Well, it was just spontanious I guess. Whatever came in her mind at that time. She had to save one of them somehow.
    @Abha : I think Discovery Travel and Living, HBO, Star Movies, Star World and National Geographic are the best pics right now, if you want some peace of mind. πŸ™‚
    Himesh’s hairstyle is awesome in Sa Re Ga Ma Pa. I just shut my eyes or flip the channel whenever the camera focus on him.

  21. Shefaly July 21, 2008 at 2:40 pm - Reply

    Amit: At the very least, I think you want to consider a noise-free headset such as one from Bose. It is expensive but if you can deal with the extreme ‘shunyta’ that results, you can sleep in the taxi ride home. No? πŸ™‚

  22. Ashish July 21, 2008 at 3:21 pm - Reply

    You disappoint me when you hope for something good from Ekta Kapoor. I thought my Porn minister had more brains. πŸ˜›

    But yeah, TV quality is pretty substandard these days. Heck even CN is airing a cartoon called “Shamsher Bunder Chuddie Buddy”. 😐

    The first thing which I found really odd was that the Customer care representative was talking in Hindi. Well, what if I don’t know Hindi? What if I am from Tamil Nadu?
    Um, don’t they have extension numbers like Dial 1 for English, 2 for Hindi etc.? Airtel does. Sometimes, SIM packs are preset for the area’s local language but you can reset the default language with Customer care. That way all your CC calls will be routed to the English call centre. But still, minus points for saying you don’t know your country’s language! πŸ˜›

    This tiny winy planet has witnessed all of your tiny winy life Mister, along with countless of others. This tiny winy planet witnessed Black Sabbath and the rise of Heavy Metal! That is reason enough! πŸ˜›

  23. Ashish July 21, 2008 at 3:25 pm - Reply

    Shefaly: Not really. Those things have a little irritating buzz which gets to you. At least the Seinnheisser range does. But yeah, thats better than honking. lol.

  24. Ashish July 21, 2008 at 3:28 pm - Reply

    Why do you freaking like this theme. It has ugly formatting that doesn’t recognise line breaks. :O

  25. amit July 21, 2008 at 4:24 pm - Reply

    @Shefaly : Yes, I think it would be a good idea considering the fact that I was rudely woken up from my deep slumber today morning by the blaring horns all around my bus. I don’t know why I have become so sensitive to such noise. But Bose is really expensive. I wonder if I can afford it.
    @Ashish : “Shamsher Bunder Chuddie Buddy” –> this is the name of a program? πŸ˜†
    And I really thought that the serial would be different. *Sigh*
    They have such options for an electronic voice but I have never heard about such choice when you are talking to a real person. 😐 There are many people in India who don’t know Hindi. Its not surprising as we have strong regional roots in many of the states. I have met many people in Chennai who don’t know Hindi.
    Yes, I know its all about perspective. We are quite big if we consider the Bacteria n all. πŸ˜›
    I like the colours of the theme. πŸ˜› But I am seriously thinking about an upgrade. Atleast I would be able to do my own color combinations…

  26. riddhima July 21, 2008 at 4:59 pm - Reply

    i agree with all your points wholeheartedly…..i watch some of d K serials when i want a lil laugh :mrgreen: n cho chwwet yaar…teri shaadi ki baat chal rahi hai πŸ˜‰ itni jaldi??????? 😯 meri bhi chal rahi hai bt i have given a stern warning ki if it doesnt stop then i might just run off with our local bhajiwala :mrgreen: or kill myself in true hindi film style…..dat has stopped them temporarily…. πŸ˜† arrey a person shld marry wen he/she meets some1 who makes their heart go hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm…(I know itz a song 4m salaam namaste πŸ˜† ) till then njoy d single life….

  27. Shefaly July 21, 2008 at 9:42 pm - Reply

    @ Amit

    The Bose ones are pricey but you can also listen to music better when you like πŸ™‚ There is another option. Sometimes construction workers wear earmuffs which are perfectly silent. I tried on the pair that a girl in Cambridge had (her dad was a builder in Canada). They were very effective too and may be cheaper.

    @ Ashish

    That buzz is the sound of silence with which few are familiar πŸ™‚ and it is a bit like the sound one feels one is hearing while holding a large seashell to one’s ear – the sound of air circulating. But they do effectively drown out sounds and are very good on the plane where the loud sound can interfere with any plans one might have of sleeping..

  28. Vijaya Bharat July 22, 2008 at 12:15 am - Reply

    No man, Till now no known news of my returning. Yesterday I returned from Ecuador to which I went for 3 days trip for Visa purposes. Its very nice and my first comment for this post is from Ecuador only πŸ™‚

  29. Amit July 22, 2008 at 11:08 pm - Reply

    @Riddhima : Jaldi nahi, thori late hai. πŸ˜€ My parents think that I have enjoyed my “single” status too much. 😐
    @Shefaly : Earmuffs is a good idea. And yes, they must be cheap.
    @Vijaya Bharat : Oh Ecuador? Where are the pics? Don’t tell me that you didn’t take the camera.

  30. Arpit July 23, 2008 at 11:18 pm - Reply

    this one is a really nice post! πŸ™‚
    the k’s serial are as pathetic as her dropping “pain in ass” career graph . god knows when this lady will shut up and come up with some sensible show!
    and coming on to sa re ga ma pa ..mmmm well its not bad either but with himessssss it always turns out to be a nightmare!
    besides god knows who are the killers of aarushi….but i think these media ppl have screwed up things so badly(besides the havoc created by noida police)….god bless the soul of that girl!
    besides i think amit your posts are quite interesting as i can identify a lot of my ideas and views in your posts! cheers! πŸ™‚

  31. Lekhni July 24, 2008 at 2:54 am - Reply

    Is there an inverse relationship between the number of times a customer care rep says “I’d be happy to help you” and the actual help he provides? πŸ˜‰

  32. Amit July 24, 2008 at 11:29 pm - Reply

    @Arpit : Thanks. πŸ˜€ and Welcome. Keep visiting. πŸ™‚ Aarushi’s case have been manhandled so badly that even if the truth comes out, everyone will be skeptical. Its a really sad state of things.
    @Lekhni : The representative seem to be irritated himself after saying it so many times. He was choking on his own words. πŸ™‚

  33. Vijaya Bharat July 25, 2008 at 7:13 pm - Reply

    I took man. Infact 2 of them. Took many pics. Will upload and send u link. Aren’t u checking ur mails ? I havent got reply for the mail I sent when u posted Nebula thing.

  34. Amit July 26, 2008 at 9:07 am - Reply

    @Vijaya Bharat : Ok. πŸ™‚ I am cheking my mails. I didn’t get your mail. πŸ™

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