Sunday, January 29, 2006
Along with the good, the bad of the Indian retail sector was highlighted that day. Customers are willing to spend and stock up on goods for upto a year in advance (where they will store them in tiny Bombay apts, beats me though), but retailers are not prepared with properly trained staff, required levels of inventory and especially, customer relation skills.
Here are the articles from the Mid-Day and The Hindu.
Here's a snippet:
Waqt ka kya bharosa
banke paani beh jaaye
kal agar na mil paye
reh na jaye baat baaki
Saturday, January 28, 2006
Read the full article here.
The Wheel Turns
There is surely nothing other than the single purpose of the present moment. A man's whole life is a succession of moment after moment. If one fully understands the present moment, there will be nothing else to do, and nothing else to pursue. Live being true to the single purpose of the moment.
Everyone lets the present moment slip by, then looks for it as though he thought it were somewhere else. No one seems to have noticed this fact. But grasping this firmly, one must pile experience upon experience. And once one has come to this understanding he will be a different person from that point on, though he may not always bear it in mind.
When one understands this settling into single-mindedness well, his affairs will thin out.
From Hagakure by Yamamoto Tsunetomo
Thursday, January 26, 2006
PS: This is my 100th post.........calls for a celebration.
Saturday, January 21, 2006
We stayed in south Goa in Benaulim, which is a very nice wide beach, not too overcrowded or dirty as yet, as Calangute has become. Souza Lobo's on Calangute is the only worthwhile attraction left there, serving fabulous food since 1932. They didn't dissapoint and we spent a thoroughly enjoyable evening, listening to a quaint trio and eating local food.
We also explored Palolem, Colva, Varca in south Goa and Dona Paula and Miramar in Panjim and by far Varca was the best. Miles and miles of empty beach, with no shacks, no vendors, no stray dogs and no garbage, only the sea and the sun to yourself. There is absolutely nothing better than a sight like that. To me, that is the best part of being in Goa, to rejuvinate and prepare for life back in the real world.
Thursday, January 12, 2006
Anyone who visits our house always remarks and the number of times the doorbell rings, so I decided to keep track of them for a couple of days.
- ------subhadra, cooking maid
- ------nitin, milkman
- ------anjali, cleaning maid
- ------deepak, driver
- -----trash ladies
- -----vegetable sellers
- -----courier, for landlady
- ------eggs and bread wallah
And here’s the list for today.
- --------subhadra, cooking maid
- --------anjali, cleaning maid
- --------nitin, milkman
- --------nitin (a different one), car washer
- --------deepak, driver
- -------trash ladies
- --------eggs and bread wallah
Well, it really is endless some days, this incessant ringing of the doorbell and to add salt to our wounded ears, the doorbell is not your ordinary variety. As a tribute to Bollywood, it plays a different film tune each time, sometimes getting lost in the music from the radio. There is a bias towards Madhuri Dixit with mostly her songs like ek, do, teen and didi tere dewar deewana et all but thankfully there are no words, only instruments. Now that we’ve been here for almost a year, we’ve realized that this is quite a popular type of doorbell in
Wednesday, January 11, 2006
PS: We saw it in the new Red Lounge at Cinemax and I tell you the theatre really makes a difference. You could see a bad movie there, but still enjoy the 'experience' of it, I guarantee you.
Its been quite a relavation for my parents who are visiting us to see me comfortable and confident as a hostess and cook. When they visited me a year out of college in Kansas City and I served dad a bowl of tortilla chips and salsa as a snack, he thought that was the extent of my skills in the kitchen, and filled up on them.....I did serve him chicken paprika for dinner, which was a bit of a shock for him. But, this is totally unexpected of me, to cook a meal for upto 19 people and not get too worked up doing it. I've grown up quite a bit in the last couple of years and have realised I really enjoy entertaining.
Monday, January 09, 2006
Thursday, January 05, 2006
Wednesday, January 04, 2006
Read the full article here.
Tuesday, January 03, 2006
*Try to not buy more than 6 books each month
*Pls, buy yourself a closed bookcase, so the books you buy each month will survive the dust and dirt that this city encases them in
*Read the entire paper-not just the funnies and astro section
*Explore the city
*Discover a new restaurant--we love you mezzo mezzo, but we've pretty much tasted everything already
*Disconnect from the fishy smell and try the local seafood--esp. Salt Water Grill
*Learn to like this city, especially since we just renewed our lease
Sunday, January 01, 2006
Driving through Mahim I saw just how efficient Indians can be when they want to be. There was an impromptu sidewalk sale in the area around the Sitla Devi Mandir when the cops arrived and in the blink of an eye the roadside sellers concluded their transactions, packed up their goods into bundles, propped them on their heads and ran across the street. I have never seen such an efficient and quick response even in the new supermarket stores, which just goes to show that if we want to be good at something we can, but why is it always in the wrong direction.
This was also the day of the arrival of the BJP and Congress leaders in town and every tree, pole, building was covered with their banners. Some had both LK Advani and Sonia Gandhi's banners tied together, possible the only show of unity between the parties ever. If only our politicians could forget about politicking and focus on progress. Wishful thinking or likely future? I'm hoping on the latter.