Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Face to face with my biggest regret in life

I do admire people who breeze through life confidently (and sometimes self-righteously) saying that they have no regrets. As I look back on my life and times, I have to confess that I have many - and my biggest regret is choosing a tooth cap with a metal lining! Why oh why didn't I opt for pure ceramic instead? Hate, hate, hate the taste of metal- it's driving me batty! But the idea of being a willing victim of the dentist again is going to kill me too. Caught between a rock and a hard place. Ouch!

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Grey is gorgeous

It's that time of the year again when the title of one of Ruth Prawer Jhabwalla's books, Heat & Dust, comes to mind. And when I glare meaningfully at the sky, willing it to reveal at least a few pregnant grey clouds. When I wistfully recall gusts of fresh perfumed breeze that enthusiastically accompany a rainfall, and fantacise wildly about raindrops lightly moisturising my parched face as I sleep. When the boom of thunder and the crackle of lightning is the only music I yearn to hear. And I wish, really wish, I could remember which irresponsible idiot borrowed my copy of Alexander Frater's Chasing the Monsoon about 14 years ago, so I can get it back!
Oh God, why can't it bloody start raining now!!!!? I can't take this anymore!

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Raj Thackeray breaks a rhino's heart

Ooh, I absolutely adore Raj Thackeray and his MNS gang- their weird antics give Mel Brooks and Rowan Atkinson (as Mr. Bean) a run for their money ! First they bar entry to migrants and now they ban exit to a rhino. This poor rhino at the Mumbai zoo has beem pining for a spot of steamy action for years and they REFUSE to let it out of the state in search of a mate. 'He is the pride of Maharashtra*,' an MNS chappie thundered, 'we will not allow it out of our state!'
So the poor rhino, bless his broken heart, will be forced into celibacy. But then, sex is a bad thing in India, innit? This restraint is probably good for the rhino's soul. Now, if only the MNS stopped its members from breeding too, the nation and the rhino could exhale. But then, who would make me laugh?
* See, that's why I tell my nephews and niece that it's vitally IMPORTANT to read the papers. How else would we have known that rhino's were worshipped in Maharashtra? Live and learn!