Archive for August, 2011

Pet Peeves About People!

We all have at least one pet peeve. I have a bunch! Something that makes your temperature rise and fuels the urge to pounce on someone that is getting on your last nerve. So here are my pet peeves about people –

  • Those who can’t remember what they have told you and keep repeating the same incident/ conversation over and over again. Some have a pet topic and every time one meets up, they talk about that one topic or one person all the time.
  • Those who are extremely rude or wouldn’t think twice before opening their mouths and putting their feet inside. We are civilized people here and expect a little respect and dignity towards others.
  • Those manner-less uncooth boors – picking on their nose, loudly burping or farting in public, making loud noises while eating – God Help!
  • Those who keep on saying..’I don’t want to interfere in your life but you should do it this way, and next time they will ask, have you done it the way I said?’ Suggestions are welcome but don’t pressurise.
  • People who don’t maintain eye contact with you, while talking.
  • Men who won’t take the time to put the toilet seat down..HELLO!! it was down when you used it so put it down again.
  • The insensitive folks who have to be put in their place. This is pretty common where people in the guise of “pulling your leg” say incorrigible things and say they were joking. Come on, is that the only way you can rise up by pulling others down? Very distasteful!
  • Those who don’t listen to others and only want to talk.
  • Those gossip mongers who like one’s life’s intimate details to be laid threadbare in public.

  • Those who talk very loudly and suddenly something you have whispered in jest is heard by the entire world 🙂
  • People who don’t like others to enter their house without prior permission but they themselves enter even in the bedroom without informing. Please respect other’s privacy.
  • People who insist on holding a conversation with others when you’re on the phone with them. Very annoying.
  • Those who turns off the lights when you are still in the room.
  • People who don’t dress according to their age.
  • People who believe that chain mails can make their wish come true.
  • Those who honk in front of a house instead of getting out of the car and ringing the doorbell.
  • When you ask someone a simple, straightforward question and they spend ten solid minutes rambling on about everything in the world EXCEPT the answer to your simple, straightforward question? I hate that.
  • People who pile too much food on their plates, and then eat only two bites.
  • People who don’t wipe their wet muddy feet before coming into my house…HELLO!!  what do you think that mat at the door is for??
  • Hubby asking me the same question repeatedly because he was preoccupied and didn’t hear my answer the first time.

What are your pet peeves? Please feel free to add more to my list!

Anthropocentric

I believe in one thing…”Whatever happens, happens for the good. And everything has a reason.” I am just trying to believe in this statement.

But whenever I try to make this statement justified…the only question which comes up in my mind is “Really???” I mean I do believe that every event in life has a meaning….you just need to decode the code and you’ll be able to find the hidden mystries. But is that event really mandate in your life? I doubt.

We..The Humans…are very dexterous…we mould and see things in the way we want them to be. If we get pass we call it our efforts, our success and if we fail…we call it Fate. What a hypocrite we are. We give so many justifications and clarifications for our sins and guilt. Sometimes I hate being ‘Human’.

Television Addiction: Our Path to Passivity?

Television addiction is not always to do with children. Today, we have a whole generation of smart working professionals who have become couch potatoes because of the negative effects of television. Television addiction is not really so different from any other addiction; you can see that for yourselves. Gone are the days when we managed to play squash after work or catch with a friend for a late evening coffee. Now all we return from a tiring day of work and pounce on the remote.

Have you ever wondered why we call the T V, an idiot box? Primarily because it resembles somebody’s idiotic cousin who sits in a corner and keeps blabbering. Nobody may be paying attention to it but the television is still tirelessly blabbering on. We may defend our television addiction by saying that we watch television because we have nothing else to do. But ask yourselves, isn’t it the other way round; we do nothing else because we are watching T V.

Television addiction encourages passivity. When you are sitting comfortably on your couch and staring at the T V your mind looses the urge to work. As a T V addict, you are happy to escape into the dramatic lives of those celebrities; their marriage is more important to you than your own and you are totally worked up about making your favorite contestant win the (un)reality shows you watch.

The most negative effect of television is not that it is a self-serving habit, so is reading a book. But unlike reading that urge you on to explore mentally, television addiction stagnates you by restricting your mind to whatever it is showing you. Words are the beginning of imagination and images the end of it.

Being a T V addict does take a charge on your personal and professional life. Husband and wife often don’t talk to each other for hours because they are totally consumed by their favorite television shows. When was the last time you took a stroll with your spouse in the moonlight? Prime time television shows addiction has disturbed us so badly that you would probably not even remember when was the last time you admired the full moon! If you are living alone then the idiot box will make you a T V addict with the excuse of killing your loneliness. You are probably lonely because you watch too much television.

Since we are all falling prey to the negative effects of television, some self discipline is called for. May be we could start by having a ‘No TV Week’ to get rid of this unhealthy habit.

Who Said Money Can’t Buy Happiness..

Today, money has become a great power in our world and it is controlling life of large number of people in this world. If you have money in your pocket then you can easily influence others and create a good place for yourself in society. People do many jobs which they do not want to do and they migrate to many different nations for earning this money only.

Money is a single language which is understood by all people irrespective of their country and local language.It is not very hard to earn good money in this world and we only need some hard work, right direction and little bit of luck.

I don’t know if money can buy lasting happiness but I strongly believe that money can buy happiness. A lot of happiness! (I can hear people scream already. I am coming to what money cannot buy.) Money at least brings you that momentary joy. It may be short-lived, it may be transient, but the point is, it makes you happy. Let’s get real!

Call me materialistic or brand me shallow but material possessions do make me happy. The more the number of zeroes on my paycheck, the happier I am. A new dress revives my spirits, hip clothes make me happy, a new piece of furniture enlivens my living area, a trendy bag boosts my happiness quotient, a new footwear brings me joy, cosmetics and accessories make my day! I’m speaking with utmost honesty here!

Now I’m not saying I need a Lexus to make me happy. I’m not saying I need that diamond-studded gown to make me happy. I’m not saying if I had this this this, I’d be a happier person. I am not indulging in self-pity , at the same time comparing myself to the girl-next door. Do not misunderstand my statement. But what the hell, money makes life easier…a lot lot lot easier!

It’s a natural, deep-seated human trait to crave for more. If you have a sea-facing apartment, you pin your hopes on a sea-facing bungalow.

I also know ‘true happiness’ comes from within, from creating deep human connections, from relationships, from giving, from spiritual wealth and not material wealth. But enjoying material pleasures is no sin!

I know money also buys you fake friends, pretentious relatives, flattery, stress and even problems on your way up. Even the Ambanis are battling their share of problems; even the legendary L.N Mittal might not be sleeping peacefully. Even the famed investor Warren Buffet is not a stress-free man but even the roadside beggar cannot sleep on his empty stomach, even the average middle class worries himself to sleep! Even the slum dweller living out a miserable life is a worried man!

I have no objection about proclaiming that money is the much needed prescription for unhappiness and frustration. It at least resolves a huge chunk of your problems if not all your problems.

I also know… Money can buy a bed, but not sleep. Food, but not appetite. House, but not home. But I cannot imagine my life without money and the material happiness it guarantees. This happiness may be temporary but even relationships come with an expiry date…this does not mean we snap ties with people! The human life comes with an expiry date…this does not mean we stop living! Why single out material happiness then?

The equation between happiness and money is a mystery. I know this topic is subjective, it’s hugely debatable so let me conclude by saying money can rent happiness, but not buy happiness!

Interesting General Awareness Questions

Knowledge is one of the important qualities of Human being. People always try different ways to increase their knowledge base. Many people prefer to read books in various subjects, newspapers, magazines to improve their knowledge of different fields and subject matters. In my opinion, general knowledge quizzes are one of the fastest ways for increasing your general knowledge because it covers most of the branches of study like science, arts, maths, history etc. While solving GK quizzes you never get bored. There are many general knowledge quizzes sites which are completely and easy to use. Today I have come up with 13 interesting General Awareness Questions. So here comes the questions.

1. What is the full form of YAHOO?
2. What is the full form of ADIDAS?
3. Expansion of Star as in Star TV Network?
4. What is full form of “ICICI?”
5. The 1984-85 season. 2nd ODI between India and Pakistan at Sialkot – INDIA 210/3 with Vengsarkar 94*. Match abandoned. Why?
6. Who is the only man to have written the National Anthems for two different countries?
7. From what four word expression does the word ‘goodbye’ derive?
8. How was Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu better known?
9. Name the only other country to have got independence on Aug 15th?
10. Why was James Bond Associated with the Number 007?
11. Who faced the first ball in the first ever One day match?
12. Which cricketer played for South Africa before it was banned from international cricket and later represented Zimbabwe ?
13. Which is the only country that is surrounded from all sides by only one country (other than Vatican )?

 

Answers ::

1. Yet Another Hierarchy of Officious Oracle
2. All Day I Dream About Sports
3. Satellite Television Asian Region
4. Industrial credit and Investments Corporation of India
5. That match was abandoned after people heard The news of Indira Gandhi being killed
6. Rabindranath Tagore who wrote national anthem for two different Countries one is our National anthem and another one is for Bangladesh (Amar Sonar Bangla)
7. Goodbye comes from the expression: ‘god be with you’.
8. Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu is none other Mother Teresa
9. South Korea
10. Because 007 is the ISD code for Russia
11. Geoffrey Boycott
12. John Traicos
13. Lesotho is surrounded from all sides by South Africa.

Have You Ever…

Have you ever wondered which hurts the most; saying something and wishing you had not, or saying nothing and wishing you had? I guess the most important things are the hardest things to say. Don’t be afraid to tell someone you love them. If you do, they might break your heart… but if you don’t, you might break theirs.

Have you ever decided not to become a couple because you were so afraid of losing what you already had with that person? Your heart decides whom it likes and whom it doesn’t. You can’t tell your heart what to do. It does it on its own…. when you least suspect it, or even when you don’t want it to.

Have you ever wanted to love someone with everything you had, but that other person was too afraid to let you? Too many of us stay walled because we are too afraid to care too much…for fear that the other person does not care as much, or not at all.

Have you ever denied your feelings for someone because your fear of rejection was too hard to handle?

We tell lies when we are afraid…. afraid of what we don’t know, afraid of what others will think ,afraid of what will be found out about us. But every time we tell a lie…. the thing we fear grows stronger. Life is all about risks and it requires you to jump.

Don’t be a person who has to look back and wonder what they would have, or could have had.

No one waits forever… WHAT WOULD YOU DO…

* What would you do if every time you fell in love you had to say good-bye?

* What would you do if every time you wanted someone they would never be there?

* What would you do if your best friend died tomorrow and you never got to tell them how you felt?

* What would you do if you loved someone more than ever and you couldn’t have them?

Some people love, and some people die. But I want to tell you that you are a friend. If something happened to me tomorrow, you would be in my heart. Would I be in yours?

Barack Obama’s Million Dollar Super Bus

US president Barack Obama has a new vehicle in his parking lot, a sparkling black bus that will carry the US President in his nationwide tour. The bus built by a Canadian coach builder Prevost, is very much similar to the Cadillac limousine used by Obama.

The bus costs a whopping $1.1 million (nearly Rs.5 Crores) and is equipped with puncture proof tyres. It is also bullet proof and bomb proof. While the Cadillac is a limousine with several advanced technologies and communication systems, the Obama bus gets much more. It has a living room for the president, a rest room, office space along with communication equipment and even a blood bank.

This million dollar bus is being used by Obama on his nation wide tour as he battles reducing popularity scores. The US Secret Service has got two such buses, one for the current President Obama and the second one for the 2012 Republican presidential nominee.

President Obama will be followed by a convoy over a dozen security vehicles whenever he travels in the presidential bus.

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