Saturday, November 29, 2008

War on Mumbai - Update

I choose to live. I choose to fight back. I choose NOT to fear.


Friday, November 28, 2008

When to advice?

I follow these three golden rules:

1. When asked.
2. In a life-threatening situation.
3. When I feel that the person is unable to take a right decision (And I care).

Are these rules correct? I don't know! There is no right answer for this. Most of the people I know offer unsolicited, unwanted, and unwarranted advice, which often is detrimental and is also not appreciated most of the times.

On the other hand, following these rules makes people feel that I am aloof and disinterested, which is not true.

To each, his own!!!

EDIT: Realized it yesterday, that most of the people do follow similar set of rules. The only difference is that, others assume that people are unable to take a right decision till proved right, and I assume that people are able to take a right decision, until proved wrong.

War on Mumbai - Stirred and Shaken

I used to be one of them who used to brush himself off, and head to office the next day. Have seen enough blasts, and have had dad/sister/friend & family narrowly miss the Ghatkopar blast. One of my very dear friend was even in the damn bus in which a bomb went off.
Each time, the freaking media 'salutes' the Bombay spirit. Crap. Its because nobody has a choice.

We really do not need moronic politicians trying to milk the situation for a few votes. Why don't you guys do some 'real' work instead? What is the point in making visits to The Taj, and causing even more distractions? Can't you spare a thought for the poor police guys who are on 'bandobast' duty trying to sanitize the roads? What difference did u make by visting there? If you really have the balls, go inside, and flush the terrorists out.

Today, stepping out of home after a day at home stuck to the telly, has not been without apprehension. Each incident like this kills something inside me. I really don't know how much more I, or rather we, can take it.

Right now, my thoughts are with the police and the NSG commandos who are doing their best to finish the terrorists.

Im totally stirred and shaken.

PS: There must be something, which we can do? However small, but there must be something, other than sitting around and blaming the system? At the cost of sounding clichéd, I really am sick and tired of being at the receiving end.
PPS: Read the Big B's blog here. This is exactly how I feel.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Bubbles - II

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Soap bubbles...

Somethings are as beautiful and as shortlived as soap bubbles ;-)

Photo taken on a bright sunny day when my son was blowing soap bubbles out of the window...

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By now, most of you must have realized that change is the only thing which is consistent in life.

Extending the thought a little bit, I was wondering if the 'rate of change' has also changed.

Look around you. Things are changing so rapidly now.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Old is GOLD...

I met up with old friends today, and realized that, while things are changing at a fast pace, some things still remain the same.

We still laugh at the same jokes, still have the same fond memories, and still are trying to grow at the same pace.

Inflation comes and goes, market goes up and down, jobs come, jobs go, family grows, responsibilities change, priorities change. But, deep down under, when the mask is off, the people still remain the same. (Thank GOD!)

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Its difficult to let go...

Someone special went out of my life recently. I thought it would be easy to close that chapter and move on. But, I was very very wrong. Every time I see her, it brings loads of thoughts, longing and memories.

Life's just not the same. The spark is missing.
They say, time heals all wounds.

Lets see...


Saturday, November 15, 2008

Sunset @ Nariman Point

After a long long time, had been to "town" today for a Shantaram tour.
Ended the day watching the sun go down. One unforgettable sight was to see the lights go on at the Queen's necklace. Was like watching tiny pearls glowing and forming the necklace right in front of our eyes.

Sometimes, silence speaks louder than words...

PS: Was truly, madly, deeply missing my camera there.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Lonar Ride

Me and Black Blurr in Aurangabad

That's MV modeling for me in front of his Verna

MV's Verna lighting up the night. He has 4 hella halogens, in addition to the stock 2 headlights + 2 fogs.

Tail view of the Verna.

Life's motions

How do u like life to be? Should it be continually moving (forward/backward) or it should stay at the same place?

Me? I prefer it moving forward all the time. If I am not growing, not learning anything new all the time, I feel quite depressed.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Black Blurr-The Exorcist - Followup

Finally back home yesterday. Was quite a trip, with its share of breakdowns, spills and thrills.

Personally, it was a learning experience riding all night. I am no longer afraid of it. In some ways, it is better than day time rides with less traffic, no morons crossing the roads, no animals on the road. At the same time, drowsiness is a major issue.

Stats: Took the Mumbai - Lonavala - Talegaon - Shikrapur - Ahmednagar - Aurngabad - Jalna - Sultanpur - Lonar route. Total of 525kms, one way.
While going we took 16hrs to reach due to the breakdowns, spills, and drowsiness setting in.
Return journey was done in 12 hrs flat. Was a beautiful, but gruelling ride. The ZMA is an awesome highway tourer. We were doing 90-100kmph 90% of the time. I am sure, I could not have done this ride on my Pulsar. The vibes would have been killing.

Ummm... wondering whats next :-)

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Black Blurr-The Exorcist....

Another 12 hrs to go before I do something I have never done before. Am leaving for a night ride of @550Kms to Lonar. As a part of the preparation, Black Blurr has been upgraded with a louder horn, and more powerful lights (100/90 watts).

And, I still am apprehensive about this ride. I don't have to do this, but still am doing it, because I have been running from night rides for a long time now. It’s about time I did something about it. And this is it.

Lets rock and roll, and exorcise a few ghosts today ;-)

Wednesday, November 5, 2008


How many of you have the habit of taking a step back in life, and looking at the big picture at time intervals? Check where you are headed, and check where you want to be?

How many of you are willing to the wrong things for the right cause? Taking a tactical decision, which might seem myopic, but will work out in the long run?