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Life on the fast tracks

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How our lives revolve around the suburban local train system:
“Okay, my train will reach Kurla at 10.03. Meet you under the indicator on platform number one.”
“What do you mean you were in your regular train? I also took the 8.28 CST Fast and you were not there in your regular seat in the Gents First Class.”
“I am in the 5.43. Meet you in the Ladies First Class in the middle of the train.”
“Are you in the 9.55? Let’s meet at Bandra and share an auto(riskshaw) to office.”
How blindly we follow the official railway timetable! So what if each train is running late by eight to 10 minutes?

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July 31, 2010 at 3:10 pm

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Drama in real life

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This morning on the way to work, as my local train pulled out from Matunga station, a young man standing on the footboard took out his cellphone from his office bag – which promptly fell on the tracks running alongside!
The train was picking up speed. Without waiting for a second, without waiting to see left or right, the young man jumped on the tracks to retrieve his bag.
All of us standing near the door gave out a collective “Oh no!” and craned our necks out to see if there was any train coming from the opposite direction.
And…
The young man lived to narrate his misadventure to his friends – there was no train on the tracks…

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July 30, 2010 at 9:06 pm

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Hellllllo from the East Coast

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The latest missive from a dear friend, a former magazine editor in Bombay now settled in the US of A. A brilliant writer of serious as well as humorous prose. A sample of the latter follows:

A Letter to The Romans;
Just writing to say hello. Hope that you are all fine; both, your loved ones and the ones that frequently piss the shit out of you.
It’s hot right now on the American East Coast. The B.P. oil well has been capped. The Economy is “Recovering” And the Hard Core Porn Industry is flourishing. The Chinese food that we presently consume, is now actually Made In China and Packaged In India. For Confirmation, Call A CALL CENTER.
We are a coffee drinking nation; now we have a new party: The Tea Party. What? What? Meanwhile, The Chinese Take Out Guy, is refusing to deliver anymore; says with a smile, “First, Please Pay “Ten doll-ah For Last Meal, Ok, Charlie.”
Please do send money, in small bills, we have lost the ability to identify big ones and We need ANOTHER LOAN to pay the smiling Chinese Home Delivery guy.
Our “FRIENDS” in Pakistan, have confirmed that they are going to send us MANGOES, so that we do not starve! As a nation, they are so kind and caring. They truly have our interest at heart; especially those simple, rustic, rural folk, living along their picturesque border regions.Hillary Clinton, says the area has great potential as a tourist area! Just needs a little re-structuring, that’s all! The trusted Pakistani Secret Service told her, so she said.
So “TA, TA,” like our friends “across The Pond” say.{Psssstttt….they are broke too}
Just wanted to further the pursuit of happiness, by informing Ya’ all, that’s all.
Not to be mentioning. Thank You All.
From Inside The American Dream, ha!
Godfrey Pereira

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July 29, 2010 at 10:58 pm

Best says Bist – 2

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Movie: Tere Bin Laden

The smallie that stood up to competition from the star-studded Lamhaa and the Cannes entry Udaan.
What I liked: brilliant story, fast pace, tight editing, impeccable casting, wonderful performances… in short, everything!
Where were such fresh films, such original content, when I was growing up???
Read the movie’s review.
Check out its box office collection.

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July 26, 2010 at 10:02 pm

Only in India – 1

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News Item:
The Maharashtra government has said that T.C. Benjamin, principal secretary (urban development department), will probe all land deals from October 2009 to March 2010 totally worth Rs 2,500 crore initiated by the City Industrial and Development Corporation (CIDCO, the nodal agency set up for the development of Navi Mumbai or New Bombay).
So what’s wrong with that?
One big hitch: Benjamin is himself on CIDCO’s board of directors.

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July 25, 2010 at 10:37 am

Eavesdropping – 8

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At a restaurant:
“See the table and floor cleaner? Guess what he must be aspiring to become?”
“What?”
“A waiter… And the waiter must be dreaming of becoming a cook… and the cook must be yearning to occupy the manager’s chair… and guess what the manager must be dreaming about?”
“Becoming the owner?”
“No… marrying the owner’s daughter!”

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July 24, 2010 at 4:59 pm

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Watched again: Johnny Mera Naam

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Back in school, the highlight of course, was Padma Khanna’s ‘Husna ke lakho rang’. But my first thought during the latest viewing was: ‘Why is she swinging her legs wildly in the air?’ and then, ‘My, what thundering thighs!’ The climax just seemed to drag on and on… didn’t expect this from master editor Vijay Anand. But his brilliantly picturised songs, particularly ‘O mere raja’ and ‘Pal bhar ke liye’ more than made up for the shortcomings.

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July 22, 2010 at 10:41 pm