Monday, June 27, 2011

Pretty eyes Pirate Smile...

If you not among those who frequent a 5+ star hotel, there ain't nothing to fancy about 'em.

It has been ages since I have born, but never once had I spent a day in a 5 star hotel, nor more importantly tasted its wine!! I had really bizarre thoughts of the vivacious life of a luxurious hotel, free champagne, girls in swimming pool from 6 continents with all shapes and sizes, silk chocolates, mouth watering food etc etc. Coming from a ultra middle class minded family, I had even made plans to flick the L'oreal (or at least as good a quality of L'oreal) shampoo packets, teak wood expensive bath soaps and the fluffy bunny slippers (these things for some reason had been impinged on my mind after watching endless list of Travel and Living shows in Discovery channel). It felt so exciting!

Entering the hotel the first time, I could smell ...nay I guess even taste the ubiquitous fragrance. Silk saree clad women talking in convent school accents, helped me with credit card swipes and fill some bona-fide like details. There were pink-red Apples at the desk whao! quite contrary to mango-bite sugar candies and "melody itni kyun chocolaty hain" poster carrying melody chocolates below it. The lounge was filled with foreign men calling each other sir, wearing hang dog expressions like they were discussing the current socio-economic situation of Israel. NRI kids moping about in their brand new "Indian" clothes, complaining incessantly about the heat and the food in terribly incongruous American accents.

As I tip-toed into my room, I was over awed by the all-smooth wooden floor, life size glass window which peeped right into the swimming pool, a shower cabinet, a 30+ inch TV and fully digitized gym across the corridor, which looked more electronic than my IT company!! This I thought was the way to live.

It was when I asked for a little help to those Kalamandir-silk-saree ladies, when the problem arouse. I asked for a city taxi number to get dropped at IIIT-Hyderabad which was just around 4kms from the Hotel. I couldn’t get out and call for an auto on the streets, as the Hotel was located on a uninhabited, deserted monumental land with no sign of street vehicles in a 2km radius!! Also, as I had to self sponsor this short trip, the double rates charged by the hotel taxi could be too big a butter mountain for the thin dimes in my wallet to handle. But, Gotta to hand it to old world Indian businesses to smooth talk you into supplication. I ended up taking a hotel taxi raking up a bill of 850 bucks for a Non-AC 4km voyage. What!! It felt as though I went all the way from Kanyakumari to Ladakh, Well this was not the end when I had to shell out all the coins in my wallet.Later that night I signed of dinner bill worth 2748Rs. My first look at the bill, err .. I noticed distinct numbers. Crazily enough, I also noticed the number started with least of the 4 digits.

By night I had become ineffective to the hotel rates. I was enjoying the luxury. My room was filled up with so many South-American drinks that i could learn Spanish by just reading them. I even enjoyed the football chettinad dinner, where cuisines of 60 countries had been splashed out. For once in a lifetime experience the food was worth the digits. I later took a dip in the coolest green swimming pool, I had ever encountered till date. The pool was so cool, I won a trip with a cute Turkish girl to Hyderabad pearl market. Had a few shots of Argentine vodka along with her (and guess what) beside the pool, with a sort of semi romantic jazz played by two sweet Malayalee sopranos, one blond Swedish counter-tenor and a jolly green Tam-brahm bass. I thought this is the sort of life I was born to live.

It was when I went back to the room all the troubles started. I spent nearly an hour searching for the TV power on buttons, after which my inexplicable brain realized that it could be only operated by remote control. Very furious at having lost 20mins of an Argentine football match, I thought of slipping into the cozy sheets to feel better, but looked like my ancestral class had to be shown to me. I felt like some one was screeching into my ears "dude this ain’t where you belong, its only for the rich". The sheets refused to budge, but I wouldn’t give up, what started off as experimental yanks soon went on to become a endless wrestling match between man and the sheets, probably the first of its kind. It looked like Carnatic contortionism without audience. Finally like Hollywood films reiterate that man should always win, I did win. I found a wooden stick in the cupboards with the help of which I had to pole-vault into the sheets and sleep tight. Believe me that was quite a fight.

Next morning, I woke up to see my room filled with all the sunshine. I came out of the frivolous sheets quite easily and slipped into the sweet scented bathroom. To my horror I dint find any L'oreal clad shampoos, rather a highly scented botanical extract with some French thrown on its front-end and back. Should I carry this all the way home? No.nope. I felt I was better off than that. Next up I took a 360deg look to survey all the luxurious fittings, and all I saw was no tap, no bucket and no mug. How do you take a bath without these aristocratic things. Where on earth was I!! How do I wash my clothes? should I shower wash them? The laundry rates looked so ridiculous, I could have bought a new pair of the same designer wear than pay to wash them!

Somehow feeling out of place, I turned on the basin tap to find hot water disgorging like a volcano. Needless to say, I took me a solid 20mins and a mechanical engineering acumen, to realize that the cold water would pour out only when the entire set-up had to be shifted 5cm up for moderate and 10cm up for whoooohhh icy cold water. It still beats me as to why wouldn’t they have a simple ‘left/right’ ‘ hot/cold’ mechanism. duh! The shower mechanism was totally out of my acumen range, as I never understood how to control the water temperature nor the water intensity.

For all the above pain I never got to see those bunny slippers. (Discovery channel blues!!) I felt more congruent in middle-size hotels providing simple facilities and hackneyed bathrooms, where the food prices stay within a 2 digit range, where showers run simple, where a melody and a mango-bite would make your tooth more sweetened than a raw pink American apple and where an Britania biscuit would cost no more than double its MRP. The 5 star experience was slightly unexpected. Probably a few more encounters and I would be a socially acclaimed 5-star clad citizen.

Iron Man - 2 (IMAX Experience) @ Hyderabad, Prasad's Multiplex

"Sir, May I help you ?"
"Yes please, I need 2 tickets to watch a movie in IMAX screen"
"Excuse me Sir, may I help you ?"
"Yees pleaseee, I need 2 tickets to watch a movie in IMAXXX screen"
Pregnant pause
"This is IMAX multiplex, which movie do you want 2 watch ?"
Now in local Telugu
"no bro, you dont get me, I want to watch movie in the big screen"
"Oh ok ok, biiigggg screen, fine Ravaan starts at 11.00PM"
"no no, not the cheesy popcorn dishum-dishum flicks, a real one"
"Iron Man - 2 at 2.00PM ?" ...Cool "Book 2 tickets Sir"

Me and my friend, the first timers among the lot who stood in the queue to catch the movie. The queue looked simple but there was some kinda curiosity that piled in us to discover the enormity of the IMAX screen. A sort of colloquial awe existed among the twain, which appalled others surrounding us. As we walked in, I stood in a reverential silence to look at the colossal screen, that stood in front of me. I dint beat a pulse, went niche, Couldn't believe my own presence. what do you call it ? colossal, well colossal is an understatement. It could probably come close to what the Telugu guy described to me, "Biiiggg screen" with arms wide open reaching infinity. I had to crane my head up and down in a nearly 180deg angle to catch its entirety. My mate had gone mute, lost his mind, he stood there like "Rip Van Winkle" searching for piece of mind on the big screen.

The movie turned on, The AC/DC fires in from all cylinders with more bang than you would have ever heard before. The explosions, the Iron-Man-Sky-fly, were all shown with god-level effects. The best part was when Robert Downey, flies in his Iron Man suit, you have to dart your eye balls all across from one-end to a mile apart other-end to catch his flight. The heavily tattooed Russian looked all more stylish, with all his intricate art being visible with clarity. The screen was circumvented by a graphic LCD, and thus the graphical effects went unparalleled, especially when the Russian rips the racing car with a pair of electrically powered whips, the sparks literally flew off the screen. The movie/screen was great experience, and fully deserves your buck. Its one thing to watch a movie, and completely different thing to watch it real.

Just like the actors in the movie, you would enjoy every bit of the story. Downey enjoys his character so well, he seems to leave you with these lyrics ringing in your ears. "Living easy, leaving free" ta-na-na ta-na-na ta-na-na ... "don't need reason, don't need rhyme" ta-na-na ta-na-na ta-na-na ..."hey, living easy, living free" ain't nothing I would rather do going down, party time "hey ta-na-naana, ta-na-na" ta-na-na ta-na-na ta-na-na.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

moments of a few comments ....

Ravi Shastri - India vs Aus is a virtual final with the 2 best teams playing. :P

(India vs WI)
MS Dhoni: We are hoping to give our best in next game :P (ROFL)

Simon Duall - Its shameful for India to loose with all the IPL and practice they got in last 2 months :P

Jason Gillespie: If Dhoni thinks Harbhajan is the only bowler who can stop Windies in thr first 6 overs, why take first bowling stating reasons the seamers are going to swing, when u have gone 8 batsmen in ur line-up :P

Ian Bishop: Jadeja has been hammered for 8 sixes in last 3 overs, but the captain still shows confidence and brings him for 4th !!! :P

This is best among all :D :) (India vs Aus)
Harsha Bhogle: The way Rohit Sharma is batting, he still thinks he can win it for India. ROFL :P -- wonder how he missed the best commentator award in IPL :)

Saurav Gangauly: they sent harbhajan before jadeja cause they think he can hit better than Jadeja, my mind rolls over to understand why they still have jadeja :P

Saurav ganguly: why cant Dhoni bat higher up the order, when he do the same for CSK :P

Last but not the least ... it had to come from
Ravi Shastri to Times Now: India still hold a chance after SL's loss yesteday :P (The poorest PJ i guess )

NDTV @ Shastri: What Ravi Shastri says is only a mathematical mirracle :P

Saturday, May 1, 2010

IPL 3 gets over .... Staying on a high for more than a month .. I get all emotional for missing the event

what I cherished most is some unexpected talent, which I shall never forget ...

Cheer Awesomeness

1. Ambati Rayudu: God he comes from ICL and plays every bowler like he has done it all b4. Power and strokeplay, I just watched all his innings in awe
2. Saurabh Tiwary: Its soo good to be young and powerful and he enjoys it all. still cant forget the flat batted straight six in shalab srivatsava bowling, Against Kings XI Punjab.
3. Pragyan Ojha: Single handedly controlled the bowling department of Deccan. Consistent wicket taker and ability to pull Deccan into game after RP heroics (:P)
4. Rohit Sharma: For once i thought selectors had royyaly fucked up, he proved it otherwise. If Deccan have sustained 14 then 7 of those were cause of Sharma the rest being handled by symmo.
5. Robbin Uthappa: Highest number of sixes in the IPL3 beating likes of Yususf, Symmo, Gilly and all. Given sometime we should become the next dangerous
6. Vinay Kumar: Any batsmen can hit him any where of any ball that he bowls, but look at the contrary, he can get any wicket of any batsmen in any ball that he bowls.
7. Saurav Ganguly: all the 7 matches that KKR won was cause of Ganguly, he stroked, timed, went big, dived, run-outs goodness he played his heart out than anyone else in IPL3
8 Unadkat: Included his name cause Akram says so, and if it comes from Akram everyone have to listen.
9. Umesh Yadav: Never seen Indian bowler bowl so consistently at 144K's, The raw pace he generates so causally, I just Hope the Indian cricket knows how to tinker with him carefully.
10. Amit Mishra: leg spin, googly, googly, leg spin and googly .. such a difficult bowler to pick up unless watched carefully, happened to be a shade under confident else he should have been the purple cap holder in IPL3
11. Kamran Khan: Commeth the man Commeth the hour, 2 matches and whom did he pick Macullum, gayle, kallis. Where its difficult to see jsut sling bowlers, left arm sling bowling is quite a wierdness, if grommed he should be quite a pick for India.

ROFL moments

1. Murali Vijay: We all know he scored 127 on pitch where even Naman Ojha scored 93, but if not for some crude playing here and there, one question that still lingers what was the fucked up selection all about for world cup T20 .??
2. Harmeet And Jaskaran Singh: When these two bowl in tandem, Deccan are on a roll :-)
3. Ishanth Sharma: 3rd preferred bowler for India, saw himself sitting out even for Club House Cricket.
4. S Sreesanth: So senseless bowling, Every ball he bowls he got 2 pray hard to not be hit for a boundary.
5. Yuvraj Singh: The worst of the lot, for his attitude and his ego only Priety Zinta can handle him

Big Disappointments

1. Manish Pandey: for what he proved in domestic season, he still seemed searching for footwork

Saturday, October 24, 2009

First day @ Work ..!!

I known for running my mouth I will not be accountable for what comes out :-) . Having a mental floss of waking up late is never really good. I realized that when you hear the alarm in the morning. The last thing you should do is turn it off and roll over for a few minutes sleep. Somehow you will skip time and go into the future of just a few minutes before you are needed to clock in. The magic of sleep... is a tricky one, but it is so nice to get those Z's.

I woke up at 10AM on the day I had to report at 9AM on the first day of my work. The usual timings being 11, it was a bit too early but the alarm had gone honking for probably the 10th time when I realized I wasn't attending another lecture in my collage anymore.

As i quickened my regular activities, I was stuck over on the dress code. "was there a dress code ?" I wasn't sure. "casual? jeans? formal? a bow tie perhaps..!!". My mind went essentially "bi-polar" oscillating between full shirt and pant and jeans and a t-shirt, but i had never ever worn formals So the word "formals" did not compute. In the end I plumped a casual shirt, t-shirt and jeans. Wanted to carry on neck chains, arm bands etc.. But I resisted.

So then I dashed into the office at 11.30AM like its my own with a flannel shirt, a punk hairdo, carrying a supine look on face and a tag on the forehead that screamed: WIERDO! . There was a moment of nervous anticipation before I met the HR with that nagging doubt (was I sure I joined work so early at age). I almost happened to feel those pangs in the pit of my abdomen as I approached her. Whilst I knew none of the appropriate steps were taken[coming in at 11.30], you still wonder how you’ll deal with the worst to happen. You try not to thing about it, but it’s there, in the back of your mind. Until she comes, you won’t be able to relax. "Come on", you mutter to yourself, through gritted teeth, "come oooon!"

"What?" it[the HR] asks, somewhat indignantly.
"You’re late!"
"Come on, only 2 hours..." I thought
"this ain't collage anymore" comes a stern reply.[i wonder if she over heard my thoughts]

I win over a chair and gather a pen and I as I sit down to fill my norms, I notice the flogged look of exuberance on the "girl next chair" to have been the only one among the new joinees to have carried of a prude look. I complete the forms, take a sigh and tell the HR in most submissive manner known "I haven brought any of my original documents", well this is just a tip of the iceberg, for the rest of the day i scrapped through by not submitting my medical reports, Degree grade sheet, passport size photographs and rest only HR should know..!! My photos were taken by cell and color printed into customized size :P [It wasn't my suggestion :) came from the company side]. My medical report submission was delayed till the following weekend and my originals, i guess the HR had almost "given up" by that time. All the while through the "girl next chair" bore a crummy look towards me. I of-course pitied her, for she came in at 8.30AM and waited unrelentingly over 3 hours for me[as the HR told her procedures won't continue until I came], but I never really bothered over anything, ask why? cause Charlie Chaplin once entered a Charlie Chaplin look-alike contest in Monte Carlo and came in third; that's a story and I am happy to talk of a story for myself.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

My First Hands on bloging

I had my first treat with my manager.. A Cocktail Booze party.. with 5 tequilla shots on a roll....
My first treat and and as expected after a Binge on tequila I had 2 go wild.

I was driven home that night. I was too drunk to be even taken home. I thought I will stuff my blog, even when I drink, I can still see my spelling and grammer mistakes...for the most part. I came home drunk... I drank selflessly on my managers cash... which is dumb. i give up on typing. night.