Thursday, February 23, 2006

Lag gayi

I mean, Tag lag gayi... Abhinav tagged me. I'm honored. My chest swells up with pride. I float in mid-air. In walks my roomie, moves his hands around in another attempt to outdo the great Rajesh Khanna, successfully impersonates Bruce Lee and pricks a pin in my thought bubble, saying, "Abe saale, neeche aaja...neeche aaja.."

Back to earth, I proceed towards my laptop, with a smack of the lips and a devilish gleam in my eye. I'd been dying to get back to my laptop to punch the keys and come up with another one of 'em posts...but Abhinav bhai gives me the required ammunition as well.

"Will you walk into my parlour?", said Shekhar to the reader...


Mainu ki achha nahin lagta?

1. I HATE eve-teasers with the same intensity that Osama Bin Laden hates America. Harmless flirting, fine. Eve teasing.. NOTHIN' DOING. I hate it when Indian men lustily stare at a woman walking by on the road. It gets even worse when there's a foreigner around. A quick glance? Understandable. Stare at her as if gazing at some poster advertising a free Domino's meal which includes a veg. pizza with extra mozzarella cheese, ginger bread and a bottle of Coke? Unacceptable.

And NO, asking a girl for directions to a courier office is NOT an offence.

2.I don't like violence. I do not mind the scenes prevalent in the hostel at midnight when some poor person is first 'shuddh' karo-fied with bathroom ka paani and then interesting patterns resembling shoeprints mysteriously make their way on to his shorts. What I do mind are the scenes which are regularly seen on TV news channels.

I had the good fortune to be the part of a theatre workshop conducted by Parnab Da (Parnab Mukherjee). As a result of that workshop, we put up a play at the Bharatiya Bhasha Parishad in Calcutta. I was one of the actors who played the role of a victim of the Gujarat riots. It was a 75 minute silent play. Yes...not a single word was uttered right throughout the 75 minutes. We emoted purely through our body language. Life was never the same again.

3. I don't like reaching class late. Yet, it seems I might soon 'run' myself into the Late Class-Entrants Hall of Fame. Running the 10 km marathon at Nirma Champions League was fine; running every day to the classroom as if being chased by the Hound of Nirmaville, thinking of an 'original' excuse to gain the kind permission of the faculty to enter the class, panting helplessly while stumbling over bags and legs in an attempt to reach your seat and sitting through the first lecture of the day on an empty stomach devoid of the 'messy' breakfast pleasures isn't my idea of the beginning of a chapter titled "A Day in the life of Shekhar".

4. Confusion. One word that defines 80% of my time spent thinking. Ever heard of 'em birds who decided to flock ek doosre ke aas-pados mein? Yep, that's my story. A bunch of friends here have organised themselves into a group on IP messenger, calling ourselves "Confu-zone". Being true MBA students, we've even come up with a Mission Statement: To create an atmosphere of true confusion for the benefit of mankind in general and us dear darlings in particular. Group activities include gazing at the starry sky and wondering what the hell we're doing, staring at our laptops and practicing playing minesweeper when there are 2 quizzes and 1 group presentation the next day and (my personal favorite) trying to perfect the line ala Sachin: Main kaun hoon? Main kahaan hoon? (Who am I? Where am I?). Group trivia: I'm the ONLY Libran here, and feeling a bit lonely. Interested in helping out? Fast...hit the comments button!!

5. Memorizing tomes on Management learning. Yikes !! For Christ's sake, aren't we supposed to be managers? Why should we bother becoming a 'popat' (Hindi and especially Gujju talk for 'parrot'). I know, I know. The mid-term exam wounds are still fresh, and hence I type with extra vengeance. However, I eagerly pray to God for some faculty to read this.

Don't ask us in a question paper to reproduce 'such and such' matrix.....ask us instead what strategy A & Co. should use to market product B in country C, and we should be the ones coming up with interesting answers. True, some will quote the BCG matrix, some may photocopy some 12 pages of the text with the precision of a Canon copier, but lurking amongst us is the guy who's going to propose a new way of looking at markets, products, companies and competition. Helloooooo ?? How about giving him the space to voice HIS opinion, and NOT Kotler's ?

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The flame of the tag passes on to Moonwalker, Amit, Sayesha and Arpana (previously mis-spelt here as Arpita). God bless. :D

16 comments:

arpz said...

abe dhakkan ! dhakele ! chaman ! sade ande, gale plastic aur na jaane kya kya !!! Main kaafi touchy muchy hoon apne naam ke baare main . Mela naam Arpana hain , arpita nahin ! Hey Bhagoo ! cant u send one person who can say name right on the first shot? main usi ko varmaala pahna doon ! ( on second thoughts, y to harm the guy who said my name rite , chal use chod diya ! :D)
par after all this raving , the bottom line is , my name is Arpana :(( , agar pronouciation main gadbad ho gayi , to mujhe call karlena , I'll coo my name in your ears :p

Himanshu Jain said...

hey man.. nice one..or as S.Ramkumar puts it "Good One Boss"

Shekhar said...

arpz...err...arpita...err...arpana...: Me CHOO CHOO chorry...

Himanshu: Do we have him next year? I certainly hope so. If not, I'll have to bear the King of Great Hand Movements...if you know who I'm referring to ;)

arpz said...

thank you fido jee ! aur humse galti se mishtake ho gaya , hum dekhe hi nahin ki hum pahle insaan hain aapko comment dene wale ; ye hamaar janam main pahli baar hua hain ki hune kisi ke blogwaa main phirst commentwa daalo ho, aur hum itna pathar dil gaye they ki ye kahna bhool gaye to ye lo - "thank you ji for tagging me , and jee aapka jo ye postwaa hain bahut acha hain"

Raam Pyari said...

Fellow Martian, *solemn look*

Since you have bestowed upon me a big responsibilty i shall do my utmost to live upto the expectations of a fellow planet man.

May the Light of Planet Mars guide both of us.

*anudr solemn luk*
Adios amigos
MW

amit said...

sahi hai bhai......
tu to total different kinda ladka hai....... class late jaana mein bh nahin chahta, par kya karoon neend ke haathon mazboor hoon....yaad nahin last time kaunsa kaam time par kiya tha :p

lekin yeh kya 5 point mein khatam kar diya...... thoda aur likho guru

n thnks fr tagging me.... hopefully i wud be able to fulfil this responsiblity.... i find it really tough to think abt wht i like n wht i dont like....

Anonymous said...

aur tainu achha ki lagta hai?;)

Himanshu Jain said...

I think Ramkumar will be there next year.

and who is King of Hand movement?.. didn't have any other marketing subject this year, so don't know..

and no new posts in past few days.. kya hua.. abhi to exams bhi nahi hai.

Shekhar said...

arpana: Thank you hai jee. :)

moonwalker: Oye solemn look waali fellow Martian, e ki kar ditta..mere tag ke response main itni der..Oye koi nahi yaar, chalo Martin house ki thi is liye extension de diya.

amit: Banda to tu bhi apun ki type ka hai if you say that you don't remember the last thing that u did on time. He he. Tell me about it. I missed 3 lectures yesterday since I slept at 6 in the morning and decided to take a day off by sleeping till 4 in the evening. :P

And as for the post being a lesson on "How to 5 point 'TAG' someone" goes, just like you, I too had a BIG problem thinking all the things I dislike. *Innocent look* Ab kya karu, dil ka itna accha insaan hu, ki kisi baat ka bura hi nahi maanta.

anonymous bhai/bhai ki behen: Hmm...material for another post and another tag?

Perhaps. :)

Himanshu: Zindagi ek exam se kam nahi dost... Ok, I quit my Anand wala outlook and say that I will try and post more regularly. One observation though, abhi 3 hi to din hue hain pichle post ko?!!

P.S. King of Hand Movements a.k.a. Head of Marketing Conclave 2005 aka (need I mention it now?)

shweta said...

hi...i kinda ...accidently ...read ur article..surfing my way in google ...well ur second point kinda baffles me ....becuz i myself ..hve been under parnab da's workshop ..i am a kolkatan by the way ..stuck in delhi's glitz ang glam ...so ne mention of the old string ...kinda creates a tune here ...gujrat riots ..hve been kinda close to parnab da ..even when he ws making us perform ...(mbgians)...he showed us the pics which his frnd had drawn ...nd well it ws heart wrenching ..very cliched term here i am using ..but thts a fact ...well if u can probably rite more abt it ...it wld be nice ..
becuz it shld hve been enlightening for u too the whole xperience ...
newayz ...

shweta said...

was kinda xpecting ur reply ...after this ...anna

Shekhar said...

anna: :) I was just about to leave a message here that I was thinking about writing a new post on my experiences during that theatre workshop.

shweta said...

well thts cool ...by the way i thot u mite b a little inquistive noeing smething abt me ...newayz i am ..on the contrary a little inquisitive nd it wld be fun to noe ur xperience as well as share mine ...wth u ...gng thru parnab da's ...wrkshop ...although long time back ..i mean not so long ...rite now dng eng hons ...newayz ...challo catch up wth u later now

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