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Thursday, 19 March 2009

Acknowledging Eve Teasers

This heading must have raised your eyebrows. Yes, we all hate eve teasers. We feel like slapping them, if we felt safe enough to do so that is. We feel like putting them behind the bars, if there were policemen in the area where we were being teased. But these actions can hardly be taken. We feel disgusted when we are teased and even when we witness someone getting teased.

Getting mad and helpless at the same time doesn't do any good to us. Negative emotions, as we all know today, secret some harmful hormones in our body leading to the creation of negative energy. Therefore, I decided to see the positive points in the act of eve teasing and about the eve teasers. You know what? To my surprise, I actually found some positive points that made me feel good. Read on and find out:

  • While being teased with words like "moti" (fatso), I know that it's time I lose some weight.
  • While being teased by a song…I know that I am reminding him of a song… if it's a good song, like say, "desi girl….." it's great. This means, I look like an Indian girl today. If it is a song denoting some of the negative aspects in my , I can work on it.
  • Eve teasers are the most honest commentator of your appearance. Ask your boy friend/hubby/friend, nobody will tell you how fat/ugly/bad you look. Eve teasers make you understand the real picture of you.
  • Above all, I can completely ignore them and make them feel like nobody, even though they work their minds so sincerely to scrutinize my appearance.

Now, tell me, isn't it great to have eve teasers around. They work hard to comment on us and in return they don't get anything. All we need to do is, USE THEM to our advantage. Feels great!

Monday, 16 March 2009

Experienced Unprofessionalism

These days I am having to work at a client's office reviewing their work on site. Just want to give you all, one vital information: it SUCKS. The work culture is horrible here. Calling me at 10 am, they all come to office at 11 am. Moreover, half of their working hours, they talk about movie stars, mobile phones and movies. The work takes a complete back seat. Then suddenly they realise it is lunch time. Then it's an hour long lunch time. After working on the review for an hour, the application I am reviewing crashes, and there is another 1 and half hours of waiting, before they fix the problem. Oh God! How unprofessional they can be! Lucky them (actually, what a pity), they are having secured government jobs and working in the most laid back metro in India, Kolkata. But for me, if I am offered a job in this kind of an office with higher salary, I will not take it. Reason being, I am not a cheater and I want to work in my workplace. It is not an acceptable behaviour for me if someone is just wasting their time doing nothing productive in the
Seeing this government office's work culture, I know now, why India is not called a developed country yet. I feel sorry.
FYI, I am writing this from my mobile, while waiting for them to fix the problem. :-)

Saturday, 14 March 2009

Loving it

Kolkata is a place that fascinated me since my childhood. No, I would not be able to pin point any one particular reason for this now. Being the closest metro to Assam, I have heard people coming to Kolkata in pursuit of their cultural aspirations, academic goals, career enhancements and so on. I used to feel jealous when my favourite legendary singer Bhupen Hazarika used to stay here during his younger days. I envied Kolkata for keeping Bhupen mama here, of whom the whole of Assam is fan. However, despite this attitude towards Kolkata, (secretly) I wanted to live here too, at least for a few years. I wanted to know, what it is about Kolkata that is so magnetic.
Now I am here. In Kolkata. And you know what? It feels like home. Yes I know, you must be thinking, “whatta girl!”
Well, its not that I had never visited Kolkata before. I did pass through the city and even visited and stayed alone. During those visits, I never felt unsafe and people were good to me. I had a nice time even in the hotels I stayed in. Now that I am here, it feels like I am not away from home. It feels as if I am in the middle of an extended family of my own. I love the way they talk and accommodate outsiders in the city. I have talked about many aspects of Kolkata before. Today, let’s talk about food.

My Office Lunch Spread

Food is like the centre of life here. Bengalis (the people of West Bengal are called Bengalis) love food. They walk food, talk food, think food and most of all, they are very proud of their culinary skills. Bengalis are known for their fondness of fish. Being a vegetarian, I wouldn’t be able to talk much about the variety of fish curries here, but I can definitely talk about the sweet spreads Kolkata has to offer. I enjoyed some of the delicious sweets immediately after moving here (needless to explain the few extra pounds that I am carrying. Yes, yes, I AM working on it now). The rosogolla, malpua, mishti doi, jol bhora, pati chapta, nalen guder shondesh and the list is endless. I will try and update the list as soon as I remember some of the other names of sweets that I had here.


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