Sunday, May 14, 2006

Last post for a while

Sigh. I got them. Highlights I mean. Except the highlights seem to have taken over my head and I look like Sulata Chowdhury. To those who cannot relate to that particular example - I will say Pran. In Zanjeer.
I am off to finish packing now. I have too much stuff for my hardcase 28" but too little to justify taking my dinky little carryon stroller thingy. Point to ponder: If I went about barefeet in Cal that would probably solve the problem. Hmm.

Friday, May 12, 2006

Gotta go, gotta go, gotta go...

In my mind, I am already on vacation. The effect this has had on my work is not something I'd like my managers to be aware of. And they are not. Yet.

My stupid bank apparently cancelled my debit/ATM card, along with lotsa others', as a safety precaution and promised to send me a replacement card "soon". On calling and cribbing they (that particular person will be getting her very own voodoo effigy soon and I mean soon - not "soon") promised to send it overnight so I can get it in hand before my trip. Rest assured, it has not arrived and will not arrive before I leave. Several fruitless conversations with customer service agents (who in their defence, were easy to get through to and smarter and nicer than expected and maybe even non-robotic) later, I still have no hope of getting the card in hand before I leave. Sigh. It took writing a nasty email to customer service and a gobi paratha to cool me down. Though I am still gnashing my teeth in not so frequent intervals...

On the other hand - my friend G will be in Thailand and not away on a trip the week I will be there and she has already planned a fabulous trip to a jazz festival in a little non-touristy beach town with great food and thats such good news that I am almost wary of blogging about it so as not to jinx it someway. Phew.

Oh and I just finished watching a very interesting interview - Salman Rushdie hosting in place of Charlie Rose and talking to Deepa Mehta - mostly about Water. One interesting point Mehta made was about how angry (think capital letters, bolded) she was after the sets for the movie got vandalized in Varanasi. One of the reasons she said it took her five years to get back to making Water is that she felt that she had to stop being angry or risk affecting the movie with that anger. Interesting. So true on whichever frame of reference one thinks of. Not that I think she has fully lost that anger even now - there was a lot of what sounded like abhimaan - a kind of resentment towards a country that she feels is her own but has treated her like a foreigner.

That interview was followed by another equally interesting one. Brian Grazer interviewing Malcolm Gladwell. Sorry I was too distracted by their hair to notice what they were talking about.

Decisions, decisions - do I get new highlights or not? Yay or nay? You too can vote by SMS. [grin]

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Keys of the kingdom!

I finished this evening going through the contents of the huge recycling bins next to the mailboxes in my building. My car keys and remote were obviously at the very bottom of the pile of papers - mostly junk mail people throw away. Sigh.
Don't ask me how they got there - I spent the day thinking they were irretrievably lost. Oh well.