Monday, September 24, 2007
Mostly optimistic, but being a little practical too, I got pissed off watching the IBNlive videos of the cricket discussion with Chris Cairns, Kris Srikanth and others after the marvellous victory over the ever proud Aussies. They were getting too carried away then. I am sure they would also be speechless watching the course of the game during the FINALS of T20 at Johannesburg, SA.
But whatever it be, in the end it was a rollercoaster ride. Superman at SIX flags would only come second to this match. India just WON the cricket WORLD CUP!!!! Yeah, it is CRICKET
India 157/5 (20/20 ov)
Man of the Match : Irfan Pathan (16/3 4.0 Overs, Malik, Afridi, Arafat)
Sunday, September 09, 2007
Leaving us no choice, we took the bus shuttle back to the dock. There were just three of us in the bus and an other old lady who probably is a resident of the island. For a second, it beckoned on to me that we were the same guys who cracked the JEE and there should be something that we could do. While Raghav was busy making fun of me and Jumpy was busy looking into no man's land, I was having a bemused face. My cellphone's battery died right then and hurriedly took Raghav's phone thinking of calling the insurance company. I never was in such a situation and I thought there could be something that they could help with. An experienced Jumpy turned it down quoting rather logical reasons.
Jumpy's phone rang and my idea bulb glew. It was the moment of truth. Optimistic people we were, Jumpy and I were excited :) I was surprised to see Raghav in the same usual inebriated state making fun of me yet.
It was 905PM. Upon reaching the dock, we hurriedly went into the ticket office. This guy at the counter, after listening to our story, suddenly pose a funny expression, looking behind us. For a moment, we were utterly confused.. not sure if he was being sarcastic, but when turned around, we realized that the bus driver was standing right infront, holding both of our (Raghav and I) cellphones in his hands. Can it get any worse, we thought! "Thank you thank you thank you so much" were the words.
It was the time for us to implement our plan. We informed the guy at the counter where our keys were. It was just across the street from the place where the island's docking place was. Asked him if he could arrange somebody at the other end to get it for us by the next ferry! He right away agreed to help us. Somebody actually went there at our bikes in the island and was on the phone with me but guess what, he kept telling me that he cannot find the keys. I was like... 'look right there .. just right there.. oh please... I am sure... ' etc., and bingo .. comes a reply "This must be your lucky day. You will get your keys in the next and last ferry".
There goes our Hi-Fis again. Nothing else would have brought us so much happiness. Walked into a restaurant and had a filling dinner and few beers (not me) while we waited for the next ferry to arrive. The ferry finally reached at 10:30PM. One after another, everybody disembarked from the dock and very soon, there was none around. Tension mounted in me, but finally this ticket office guy came out and had a word with the captain and there he gets my keys!! Hurray.... we got the keys!!
Now, where is the anti-climax?
We turn back smiling ......... and all of a sudden, Raghav yells at us saying his Canon High Res Camera is missing! He forgot his camera 'somewhere' in the island :)
Friday, September 07, 2007
A sumptuous dinner made with lamb, some crazy stuff and we were off to the next day. After a lot of planning, Jumpy, Raghav and I still managed to start late (by 3hrs) at 11:00AM from Westborough, MA to Cape Cod, MA. Didn't need a jet to defy the google maps estimated time of 150 minutes but the BMW did it for us in less than two hours. It was nothing like usual : a fully booked parking lot, a huge multi-storeyed ferry overlooking the perfect scenery that holds the Martha's Vineyard and not so unusual desi visitors.
Boarded the ferry and we were all set to the island - Martha's Vineyard along with some unique and beautiful visitors - the pigeons that followed our ferry. It was a 45 minute ride but, the time flew off like I was on a call with someone special. Oh yeah, I am pretty much addicted to my cellphone but hmm... haven't found that someone special though. The Vineyard welcomed us with gusts of wind that flew Northeast. We had just two more hours for the next ferry back to Cape Cod and then we could head back to Boston/NJ. But we decided otherwise and planned to board one ferry later, at 7:15PM.
Car-borne, Ferry-borne and then we chose to be Bike-borne. It had been 8 years since I last rode a bike, aka the Indian bicycle. Arms tightened, legs stiffened, bellies protuded and thus began our bike journey down south to two far ends of the island. Though there wasn't any sweat that was shed, believe me, it was stressful driving against the severe wind. Our first destination Oak Bluffs was reached in less than an hour but the journey that followed latter to Edgartown was the toughest. It was never ending and so we took a pit-stop into a supposedly no man's land (beach) but we kinda intruded the privacy of many couples. Facing strict adversities, we had to leave the stop and headed to Edgartown again.
Cutting the long story short, we headed back to our boarding place (Wood's Hole) after Edgartown. Time was ticking and so we had to let go our plan to visit the South Beach. And, there went three desperate souls trying to reach Wood's Hole by 715PM to catch the second last ferry (The last ferry leaves at 945PM). Jumpy kinda led the way but it was a marathon trail back home and so he eventually followed us. Signs of despair was evident when there was just 10 minutes left and the bike gear wouldn't exceed two. I almost wrote it off and Jumpy, it seems lost enthusiasm much in advance. Raghav, the hyper energetic hare made it to a wrong destination and had to come back to the real bike rental shop which is when he saw the tortoise (myself) making it at 718PM.
Where were the bike keys?? The ferry was still right at the dock and it was 5 minutes past the scheduled time. I hurriedly looked all my pockets that were full of crap, my car keys, camera and some maps. The curse of the vineyard gave in and I found my keys; they were with Raghav. We had no stamina left in us but we just couldn't let go the ferry. A cinematic end it was .. to the journey in the vineyard, we yelled, jumped our way towards the ferry and the security at the dock signaled to the captain. There we go, we jumped in glory, pounced on the opportunity in no time and boarded the ferry and there we sailed back home. Oh wait, this isn't the climax.
Though we were tired and had sore bums, stiff muscles, we had a great time gossiping while going back to the shore. We didnt really board the return ferry by showing the tickets and so we saved our tickets. Returned them for a full refund of $21*3 after cooking up some story to the lady at the ticket office. We basically told her that our girl friends decided found some other guys at the island and so we had three unused tickets...not really :) Later, we boarded the bus shuttle and head back to the parking lot letching at some desis. It was 840PM. All was well until the hell broke lose as we walked towards our car in the parking lot which is when I realized that my car key was missing!!!! Fast recap.. remember the junk I encountered when I was trying to find my bike key? I removed the junk and placed it on the bike while I searched for the key!! Gosh oh Gosh.... F*** oh F*** ... and there goes an endless tirade.
What to do? The next ferry to the island leaves at 915PM. The bus shuttle takes 10 minutes to reach the dock. What did we do?? Clueless minds, we were. The looks on the faces of Raghav and Jumpy were priceless.
To be continued...
Friday, August 03, 2007
Monday, June 11, 2007
Thursday, May 03, 2007
Tuesday, May 01, 2007
Below are the ratings of Spiderman 3 @ IMDB. So far considered pretty good. Well, they might be the votes of all those ardent fans out there so far. In a week, we could get the whollistic view.
Arithmetic mean = 8.9. Median = 10
See user ratings report for:
|Aged under 18||420||9.1|
|Males under 18||366||9.1|
|Females under 18||54||9.0|
|Males aged 18-29||1179||8.3|
|Females aged 18-29||101||6.9|
|Males aged 30-44||163||7.1|
|Females aged 30-44||19||6.9|
|Males aged 45+||35||8.0|
|Females aged 45+||5||9.5|
|Top 1000 voters||5||6.0|
Monday, April 30, 2007
Albeit, I was taken aback when I saw this clip, created by one of the controversial directors of all time, Mukesh Bhatt and yeah the music director Pritam. Can they get any better? Indians definitely have very good business skills viz., getting silk from Turkey and making garments out of it into a Gurukant Desai industry (ref: Guru movie (2007)) alright, but its pathetic to see more and more such famous rich arses minting money by plagiarizing foreign stuff and showing them off as original.
Friday, April 27, 2007
Whatever it is, the future is pretty bright out there.
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Friday, April 20, 2007
" Joan Allen is still tough and cool as Pamela Landy: "Trying to kill him [Bourne] and failing -- just pisses him off." Damon is still beating down whoever comes across his path, with wildly driving cars or sailing through the air as he jumps from one building to the next.
The Bourne Ultimatum trailer is out. Hope I see a comparable soundtrack to the Identity. That still has a resounding effect.
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