Tuesday, March 31, 2009

WITnessed : Bad Timing...

While Urvashi and Vartika were riding on their noisy bike late at night... (The noisy bike was attracting unwanted attention from random guys passing by...)

Random Guy : Whats the time...? Erm... I don't have a watch...
Urvashi : 11:30...

Random Guy says thanks and moves on...

After 10 seconds, Random Guy slows down again, and looks to Urvashi...

Random Guy : Excuse me, whats your name?
Urvashi : Why?! You don't have a name either?!

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Friday, March 27, 2009

WITnessed : Manisha Strikes Back...

Manisha struck back after this and this...

Pratik : Manisha has the worst taste in women! Whenever she tells me that one of her friends is "soooo hot", she gets my hopes up, and invariably they are definitely NOT!
Manisha : But I find them hot!
Pratik : Manisha, you have terrible taste in women!
Manisha : So that's good for me na... Anyways I'm not into women.
Pratik : So what if you're not into women, you should still have good taste... in general.
Manisha : Fine, I have bad taste... If I had good taste I wouldn't be friends with you would I?! :P
Pratik : Ouch! *heartbroken*
: )

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

WITnessed : Frustration vs Perversion

After Khushboo cracked some pervert (non veg) joke... (that wasn't funny enough to make it to WITnessed...)

Khushboo : Day by day I'm becoming more and more perverted! What's happening to me!?
Pratik : It's a sign on frustration Khushboo... You need to get some action.
Neha : Hahaha true... But then how frustrated are you Pratik!?
(I make the odd risqué joke every now and then...)
Pratik : That applies to women only... Men are natural perverts... For us, it works the other way round... ; )

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Fun Photos : Note!

Vending machines/parking paying machines are rather boring usually...
But this one I saw in Pretoria (or was it Johannesburg?) sure had a sense of humor! : )

It says...
"Please Note : Change will only be in coins"
Don't know whether the wordplay was intentional or not, but I LIKE! : )

Monday, March 23, 2009

WITnessed : Movie Moves...

We were lounging about and I was checking out the newspaper. I reached the movie listings...

Pratik : I'm the only one who hasn't seen Dev D yet! I hope it's still in the theatres... You must have seen it?
Khushboo : Yup...
Pratik : (on finding Dev D in the listings) Hey! It's still playing! 1030pm at PVR... Wanna watch tomorrow?
Khushboo : Tch Tch Pratik... Is that how you ask a girl out for a movie?!
Pratik : Haha... Right... I need to work on my pick up skills... ; )
Yash loves the movie... Maybe he'll come watch it for the 5th time... : )
Khushboo : Actually I've watched it, so I don't want to pay for a ticket, but I don't mind watching it at home... Or if someone pays for my ticket...
Pratik : Tch Tch Khushboo... Is that how you ask a guy out for a movie!?

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Sunday, March 22, 2009

WITnessed : Gymin...

Khushboo : I need to start doing gym again! I have no stamina... I keep thinking I'll start, but keep postponing.
Pratik : Building stamina huh... Who's this Jim fellow btw?

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Friday, March 20, 2009

Quotes : Our Greatest Fear...

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.

We ask ourselves, "Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?"
Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.

Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do.

We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.

As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

~ Nelson Mandela Marianne Williamson in her book 'A Return to Love'

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Witnessed : Marriage Reloaded...

Our friend A was getting married. (This is his second marriage.)

Pratik : You know A is getting married this week...
Mubin : What?! Is he calling it Marraige 2.0!? hahaha
Pratik : lol... He should! So you're coming right?
Mubin : No I don't think so... I don't like to see people make the same blunder twice!

This was all in good humor. Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. A! Hope you live happily ever after! : )

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

WITnessed : Lunch Time!

Abhay calls for early lunch at work... (on chat)

‎‎Abhay : Sound mind resides in a sound body, so i say lets feed the body first
‎‎‎‎Pratik ‎‎ : stop making soo much sound... erm noise! i'm trying to work...
‎‎‎‎Khushboo : abhay, you should get into advertising
‎‎‎‎Abhay : I see that people here are interested only in the food for thought
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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Pratik's Food Wastage Principle

This happens to me ever so often while eating...

Person : I'm stuffed already, but I still have so much food left on my plate!
(Person labours on with the food)
I must not waste food! I WILL finish it! *groan*
Pratik : If you're full, leave it. There's no need to stuff yourself.
Person : HAW! How can I waste food like that!? There are so many poor people starving everyday. I'd feel so bad wasting all this food.

And then "Person" continues to finish the food, overeating uncomfortably in the process.
This is one of the most common "Stupid things that otherwise intelligent people do". [1]

It also gets annoying when I happen to be the person with extra food on the plate, and others give me gyaan about world hunger.

Why is it stupid?

1. Once the food is on your plate, (typically) no one else is going to get to/want to eat it.

What happens to the food on your plate has no relation whatsoever to any poor/hungry person anywhere in the world. [2]
- It's not like a hungry person is going to get fed if you finish the food on your plate.
- It's not like the amount of food available to the poor is going to somehow diminish because you "wasted" that extra bit of food on your plate.

2. The extra food is a bigger waste inside your body than in the bin.

Overeating for pleasure is not the smartest thing, but at least you get pleasure from it. Overeating from guilt that someone else somewhere is starving is just plain stupid!
- It's not like anyone is going to eat that food.
- It's not like you enjoy it.
- You're going to be uncomfortable for the next hour or so, and you're going to have the energy of a sleep deprived sloth.
- You're going to strain your digestive system.
- And for the majority of people (the non skinny type) you're going to eat unnecessary calories that you'll either have to work to burn off, or accumulate as fat.

Which brings us to...

Pratik's Food Wastage Principle
"If you have taken too much food, and are full... do NOT overeat just to avoid 'wasting'."
If possible/convenient, give the food to someone else to eat.
If possible/convenient, save the food to be eaten later by you.
Otherwise, just leave the food and remember to take less next time!
Calibrate, and take small portions to begin with.

Aside : Where does this come from?

So I have a theory that this tendency to "eat to not waste" gets programmed into kids when loving moms and grand moms feed the idea to the distracted child to get him to finish eating, even after his mind has wandered from food.
They (very rightly) want to teach the child to value food and not to waste it in general... which is a good rule of thumb. But, like most rules of thumb, people tend to use it without thought, and sometimes in the wrong context. [3]

I am NOT supporting/advocating food wastage.[4]

Nothing should be wasted. Not food, not water, not electricity, not time. I'm still working on the time bit though... : )

[1] I could start a new series on my blog called "stupid things that otherwise intelligent people do". : ) (God knows there are quite a few that I do myself!)

[2] I'm assuming that you're not going to be able to make that left over food in your plate available to a poor hungry person. I don't see any efficient way to do this, whether the poor fellow is across the world or across the street.

[3] But then again, the point of a rule of thumb is to serve as a shortcut to making quick, intelligent decisions without having to start over from first principles. Hmm...

[4] I mention it explicitly for the benefit of those who may not get it otherwise.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

WITnessed : Stomach Upset

Girl : My stomach has been throwing upset for the last three days... I don't know what I ated.
Priya : Oh my god, I cant even digest what you just said!
Girl : Haha... Yes yes, very bad digestion...

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

WITnessed : Monkey MenASS!

We saw a few monkeys and langoors at Dandeli, and were talking about monkey menace in different places...

Gurpreet : There are lots of monkeys in Delhi... And they're also a total menace in Jaipur!
Puneet : Yeah, I know...I got bitten by a monkey once...
Gurpreet : Whoa... Where?
Puneet : Erm... On my ass...

*everyone burst out laughing*

Gurpreet : I meant the geographical "where"... rather than the anatomical "where"... lol

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Monday, March 09, 2009

WITnessed : Early to Bed...

Gurpreet : I'm a total early morning person. At 6am I'm at the golf course..
Vineet : That's why I don't play golf... Early mornings is one thing I can't do...
Gurpreet : Its easy if you sleep early... 9:45 every night I'm in bed with my newspaper...
Vineet : Even I'm usually in bed with the newspaper at 9:45... in the morning!

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