Chennai rated India’s cleanliest city!

May 30, 2007 at 8:34 am

According to this news item:

The Lifebuoy Swastha Chetna City Meter has rated Chennai the cleanliest city among top six metros of the country. Bangalore and Kolkata have finished a close second and third respectively in the overall cleanliness perception ranking.


And according to this:

The major determining factors of the study included greenery and plantations, clean roads, availability of dustbins in public places and efficiency of the garbage disposal system.


Hadn’t laughed so much in quite sometime! Phew!
Btw, The Lifebuoy Swastha Chetna City Meter – who?

Mysorean is now also available at…

May 25, 2007 at 9:33 am

Bollywood blogs, AOL India

Yes, I will now be blogging at for their Bollywood blog which is here.

Everything else apart from Bollywood will carry on at as usual.

Just thought of sharing this piece of news with you. Thanks for being there and giving me your feedback.

The sidebar here will get updated with every post I write at AOL to ensure you don’t miss them. Well, not that you will miss much if you miss reading them, but still… Thanks once again! :)

It’s all changing!

May 24, 2007 at 5:10 am

[via email from Sam]

In the line of fire

May 21, 2007 at 12:17 am

[Via email from Hemanth]

Vivek Pradhan wasn’t a happy man. Even the plush comfort of the First Class air-conditioned compartment of the Shatabdi Express couldn’t cool his frayed nerves. He was the Project Manager and still not entitled to air travel. It was not the prestige he sought, he had tried to reason with the admin guy, it was the savings in time. A Project Manager had so many things to do!

He opened his case and took out the laptop, determined to put the time to some good use.

“Are you from the software industry sir”, the man beside him was staring appreciatively at the laptop.
Vivek glanced briefly and mumbled in affirmation, handling the laptop now with exaggerated care and importance as if it were an expensive car.

“You people have brought so much advancement to the country sir. Today everything is getting computerized”
“Thanks”, smiled Vivek, turning around to give the man a detailed look. He always found it difficult to resist appreciation. The man was young and stocky like a sportsman. He looked simple and strangely outfox place in that little lap of luxury like a small-town boy in a prep school. He probably was a Railway sportsman making the most of his free traveling pass.

Ugly stuff

May 15, 2007 at 2:26 am

Sometimes when people come to me and say, “What’s the use of living in India? There is never any development and nothing works as per plan. And these politicians are always interested in themselves and not bothered about the country! What’s the whole point?”. I argue against them always! But not when such things happen.

Torching the office of media killing 3 innocent people.

RK Laxman’s timeless wonders

May 11, 2007 at 12:56 am

[via email from Chetan]
You might have seen most of them before too. Just for fun. My blog isn’t allowing me to post a comment on my previous post! So, let me get on with light-hearted stuff after a heavy-duty discussion. Here are ten of the timeless wonders of RK Laxman.
I am sure many interviews happen that go on like this. With English aka communication skills being the prime objective of interviews, these things can be quite common.

A common scene in the legislative assemblies as well as Parliament of India. Unfortunately holds true for generation over generation.

Arranged marriage for ‘male’ dummies – Part II

May 2, 2007 at 10:55 pm

Now that we have worked out the where to talk business, let us get down to the more important issues.

Irrespective of whether the location is her house or a common place ensure that you get enough privacy to talk to each other. By privacy, I mean, both of you should have the confidence that you will not be overheard. It is going to be the first ever conversation between you and your lifepartner, so ensure that it is just between the both of you. Small goof-ups to major blunders become part of folklore later. So, be 100% careful on that.

This reminds me of the scene in “Roja” where Arvindswamy is speaking to Madhoo’s elder sister where she refuses to marry him because she is in love with someone else. They are talking in the backyard of their house while she is mixing coffee and there is a group of old women sitting a few feet away. This group can see them but cannot hear them. And that is a nice situation too. This also tells us that we need not think of a closed space to talk privately, even a far enough space where we can be seen but not heard is also a possibility.

Once you have found yourself a space to speak safely and privately comes up the question of what to talk.