Friday, March 24, 2006

Meet the Sitcom Junkie

I have always believed in the magic powers of chocolate when I am down but last night I discovered the depression-relieving powers of sitcoms that can really revive your dead brain and put it back to sleep as you don't have it use it all. I came back from work zonked and switched on the TV and plonked myself on the pile of beds that serves as a couch. "A Simple Life" was happening in Start World, where Paris Hilton and another bimbo try to make some bucks interning. This was followed by the extremely entertaining Scrubs which always reminds me of The Wonder Years because of the voice overs (talking of which, Wonder Years DVDs anyone? Lend it to me please!). Then "8 Simple Rules to Date my Teenage Daughter" came on and I knocked myself out giggling for all that silly humor that I quite like. More giggling followed with Less Than Perfect, The Drew Carey Show (again DVDs anyone?), Seinfeld and Friends. Which makes it three and half hours of uninterrupted TV viewing!

I just lourrrvee these funny shows on TV. Yeah they are shallow, silly but I really like that kind of humor replete with the studio laughs. I think it all started out with Small Wonder - the show about this family with a robot daughter. H and I used to rush home from school to catch it on time. Soon we added The Wonder Years to our routine (this isn't a sitcom, but we loved it anyways). Then there was Blossom, Boy Meets World and so on, but we never liked them all that much. And since we aren't restricting ourselves to sitcoms, do people remember Giant Robot? Giant Robot caught every kids fantasy those days. And the Japanese soap Oashin, if I remember right, they never finished it! :-( Then Junoon, Swabhiman etc happened, but I am not getting into all that. :-)

Then I rediscovered the joys of sitcoms with Full House. All thanks to H who got me hooked! Zee English aired many good ones like Friends, Seinfeld, Mad About You, Three's Company and few others I quite don't remember. I used to watch and watch the reruns also during my vacations at home. Seinfeld was brilliant and I fell in love in Three's Company(DVDs absolutely needed - S, are you listening?). During college my access to TV was limited and we made do with Friends on our computers.

Hyd happened and once we bought a TV I got my roomie also hooked to these sitcoms so that my needs are guaranteed. :-) Friends, Will & Grace and Caroline in the City used to be my staple diet every night. And then the Monday laughs on Star World - Everybody Loves Raymond, Becker, Still Standing, Grounded for Life, The King of Queens etc. And Whose Line is it Anyway and Drew Carey Show make my mornings more eventful. But the schedules keep changing every month these days. Some shows I especially miss are Three's Company, Dharma and Greg(Greg was soo handsome), Mad About You and That 70s Show.

God save the guy who marries me - his TV viewing is screwed! :-)

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Of Books Read and Other Trivial Happenings

I finished The Kite Runner last night and I absolutely recommend this book to all those who read. I love the narrative style of the author and it is long since I read a book that actually made me feel. The neat descriptions of Afghanistan, their people and their customs is enough to carry the book totally, but the book also has a great storyline and excellent characterization to boot. So if you can get hold of a copy, please do read it. I wish I had bought this book instead of borrowing from a friend. This book totally lived upto its great reviews. But a book that disappointed me recently is "Catcher in the Rye". This book is on the favorites list of so many people on orkut and blogger and I figured numbers don't fail. But it did and miserably at that. The book that rambles on and on and on without meaning or sense or anything and I really wonder if bad grammar and wild behavior are enough to catapult a book into the limelight!

Today we had a meeting and there was so much nonsense in it that I feel like running away. Maybe developers shouldn't have a say in the requirements, sometimes life is easier if the requirements is just fixed. And when PLs try to prove a point to the manager, it is the rest of the team that suffers.

Last evening I got caught by the Hyderabad traffic police for the first time - for not wearing a helmet. Usually they are a chivalrous bunch and never stop girls and certainly not two girls on a bike! :-) But since my papers were in order I escaped a fine/bribe and was let off with just a friendly rejoinder to wear a helmet always. We were on our way to Eat Street to celebrate a birthday and much fun was had by all. :-)

So long folks.

Friday, March 17, 2006

So How are You All Doing?

Disclaimer: People who look out for meaning or wit or anything of sense in this post can leave right now. This post is just a useless update on my life, which might be repitious if you know me personally or boring if you dont'! :-)

Work has been killer. Lots of minor and major irritants of which I am not going to talk about 'coz people in my company are gradually getting to know about my blog. I don't mind shooting long mails cribbing in detail about my problems though, so leave your email address in the comments box. :-)

To add fuel to the fire, my firefox is acting strange these days. It simply refuses to load pages most of the times. This is forcing me to use IE and I simply hate it. I have a feeling that it might be some extension that is causing this problem, but I have so many that I can't figure out which is playing truant. :-( Anyone else facing problems?

And the songs in Vettaiyadu Vilayadu are amazing to say the least. Especially the number called "Manjal veyil". My only grouse is that thalaivar hasn't sung any song :-(

Ok I guess my life has been pretty uneventful. Wanted to write about the time we went out for lunch and few other things too, but they kinda fell flat when written. :-) So its tata for now!

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

I Was Away 'coz ....

When I am not blogging I could do a lot many things
Like scour the skies after growing a nifty pair of wings
I could be doing something real too
Like coding and scripting to give my job its due

I could turn to charity doling out care and love
Spreading happiness around like the proverbial dove
May have even found a new hobby like tennis or cricket
Might be spending all my time to learn and excel at that

Perhaps I was bitten by the love bug always doing the rounds
Spending my days with lover boy and domestic bliss abounds
I could be bitten by something else too, possibly a rabid dog
Lying in a hospital bed unable to access my blog

I could have left for a vacation to a far off untold land
Where the internet is unheard of and mails are written by hand
Or could be making a movie on starting a blog and keeping it
My time could be spent on trying to make it a super hit

There could be hundreds of things that I could possibly have done
Like running or working or even basking in the sun
But in fact there is just one reason for the all posts you don't see
I am pretty, clever, witty but also very lazy!!! :-)