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Mar. 10th, 2006 @ 09:56 pm I like words that end with a....
Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: Lucky Ali
Part of my job involves calling up various people in the west coast and telling them to go to my company's website www.ententehealth.com. And i have to spell it out:

"Please go to: www dot
E for eletricity, n for nut, t for toyota,
e for elephants, n for newts, t for toyata,
e for eggplant, h for hat, e for egrets, a for alaska, l for latavia, t for toyota,
h for holland dot com"
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Aug. 1st, 2005 @ 12:39 am A late birthday present for Questioncurl...
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
Current Music: random stuff on my itunes

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Jan. 9th, 2005 @ 03:47 pm (no subject)
Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: Tribal/ jazz music
Today my grandmother called -- instead of listening to her tell me of my various cousins' achievements and telling her mine, mummy's and shalini's achievements for once, we actually talked and I told her that i wanted to go home after this year. My grandmother was shocked -- i think she was planning to set herself up as the matriarch of a large family consisting of her grandchildren all settled in the U.S.A and my going home interferes with this. Then i told her that U.S.A had a bad economy and it's almost impossible to get jobs here -- after the years of propaganda that she has been fed by my uncle she's finally realising that this place isn't all it's cracked up to be. I don't understand how can she not see how my uncle and his family are imprisoned here by all the money, and suburban lawns and P.T.A meetings she likes so much. I'd hate to live like them it would be so claustrophobic. Then she tried to change the subject and asked me if I had a boyfriend... (my poor poor grandmother).
Anyway it got me thinking about what do i really want and the whole day today all these phrases have been tumbling into my head: "intellectual stimulation," "family" "london" "good indian food" "social work" "poetry circles" "money" "intellectual stimulations once again" "mummy" "shalini" "vacations in India" "theatre"... Maybe i'll be able to put them together in a sentence and finally come up with something that looks like a career i can pursue.

On a unrelated note -- questioncurl update already.
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Jan. 1st, 2005 @ 12:46 pm (no subject)
Current Mood: thoughtfulthoughtful
Current Music: Badly Drawn Boy
Happy New Year world!!!

Yesterday, questioncurl and I curled up on her couch, ate Bailey's Irish cream ice cream and watched Mr. and Mrs. Iyer. I liked the movie in a odd way it made me think, and the images are still being replayed over and over again in my mind. Everything was so well defined in the movie: muslim, hindu, adult, child, man and woman and somehow because the roles were so well defined the boundaries between the different labels got blurred and became redunadent. I like Konkona Sen Sharma as an actress, she was not only able to convey her emotions to the present circumstances but also her emotions to the future, the past -- her hopes, her fears, her expectations -- it was a clever move by the director to realise that we don't exist in just one time but it's much more three dimensionall. Rahul Bose is as always wow. He's one of those people who has a quality where they are so attractive that they become almost repulsive -- his face is definitely going to be haunting me for sometime.
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Dec. 26th, 2004 @ 08:09 pm "yeh yo des hai tera/ swades hai tera/ tuje dek ra hai/ yeh yo bunden yo kabhi tute nehi sakta"
Current Mood: coldcold
Current Music: songs that are sung by a r rahman
okay, so it turns out that the latest song that i have fallen in love with "yeh yo des hai" is all about transnationalism, cross-culture identity formation and emotionality. It is unnervingly appropriate, which makes it equally unnervingly frustrating. I'm still trying to understand why i like it -- i'm not really all that patriotic - i think it is the shenai. i think the shenai is the ultimate instrument, it does the best job of enlisting a multitude of emotions; ranging from winter weddings in old Delhi, the snake charmers outside the wind palace, the curves of the road to musoorie, the homesickness of cold galesburg where my heating isn't working, the bhukari of kashmir.
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Dec. 15th, 2004 @ 09:48 am 2 thoughts roasted in punctuation marks and garnished with a spell checker
Current Mood: sillysilly
Current Music: the printer in smc library
Last night I cooked puloo and for once it was perfect -- despite the fact I was using soybean oil instead of sunflower oil and I didn't really have any of the right spices!!! I think today I'm going to go to Cornucopia and buy a ton of food to cook for </span></a>wipedout</span> when she comes. There is something unexpectedly philosophical about cooking just as mathematics, or painting can be suprisingly profound. After the first horrid hour when every thing seems to be going wrong one suddenly becomes really aware of the fact that the whole world could be understood in terms of cooking instructions, or fractals, or oil paints.

On other matters, I really want to go to London -- they have pigeons there, instead of crows; I'd rather be in a place with pigeons than a place with crows.  U.S.A is overrun by crows -- so going to the Grad school equalivent in London is a much better idea. And yes, </span></a>questioncurl</span> I shall come back with a british accent and you will have to either eat your words or disown me.</p>
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Dec. 8th, 2004 @ 11:01 am Oh the temptation of Mathematical Symbolism
Current Mood: blahblah
Current Music: The photocopier outside SMC Library
Me + Sean + Chicago = confusion + belmont + Matt H + bubble tea + second-hand books stores

Me +questioncurl + Chicago = 6 pages of  a 25 page paper + hindi music + fragments of Salmaan Rushdie + backaches

Me + Chicago =  El rides
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Nov. 29th, 2004 @ 09:32 am From coconuts to out-of-season apples
I'm getting depressed because of the plethora of articles in today's NY-times about how difficult it is to get a visa and stay in the U.S. Every year there's this sudden awareness of "oh, the U.S. is mean to its internationals" but nothing is ever done about it. I guess this year it's worse for me because it makes me wonder if i want to apply here for grad school or not, and i just can't make up my mind. It's seems pretty clear that it doesn't matter how successful you are but if you're trying to get into the U.S. you're always going to have to jump hoops. Anyway back to the articles, I liked "The Line of No Return" because it really covered the actual experience of all the red tape in the visa process and the mixed up emotions where you feel like you have been offended but you don't know how or why. "You Can't Get Here From There" was HORRID, however, the article basically said that international students are needed because they can spread american views and ideals to the rest of the world and the fields of engineering and economics would collapse without them. With "allies" like that who needs enemies?
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