Monday, October 24, 2005

Blue-n-white-Dynamite !!

After procrastinating for almost an year, one Saturday morning I woke up and got around to folding and rearranging the scattered bundles of clothes in my wardrobe shelf. There they were… Old faded t-shirts, Shirts with frayed collars, jeans from the college days that don’t fit anymore but waiting in a futile hope that someday I ‘ll be able to get into them again (and be able to get out too ;-)) I philosophized that rummaging through old clothes can be quite akin to looking thru an old photo album. A faded B-School t-shirt, triggered the avalanche of the B-School memories. I couldn’t give it away to the kacchrawallah coz it might dilute the brand equity of my institute. (Once in B-school someone had donated a similar T-shirt to the vada pav guy outside the college and he used to wear it proudly and regularly. I hear that many potential juniors were scared away by the placement prospects of the institute seeing an "alumni" gainfully employed in the Hospitality industry. I also heard that they all then went and joined IIPM where he was probably from ;-))))

As I rummaged further I found a single widowed black glove; a remnant of my first UK trip. And I remembered using it to hold a chilled beer can in chillier weather . I could’ve donated it to Michael Jackson if it was white heheh!! Was smiling to myself at the thought when I saw something else ….And froze!

There it was. Blue with Checks. My dreaded unlucky shirt!

Fla(a)shback!

Mumbai, May 2001 Fresh out of B school with dreams of setting the corporate world on fire I’d just joined my first job. And had instead found out that it’s just “a part" of me which was perpetually on fire and that any attempted arson of the corporate world would have to wait a few years…

Most of my Management training was now utilized in doing a Cost-Benefit Analysis on various means of reaching office For example I could take a rick all the way which would work quite expensive on a daily basis, bus-rick-bus routine was cheaper but took a longer time, else could take bus-bus which would be the cheapest option but it was such a pain and take an eternity!

And so reluctantly I thought of resurrecting my partially camouflaged mo’bike (camouflage was due to the dust cover which helped it blend into the surroundings). Were it Cochin my bike would have been the primary logical option for going from point A to B. But not so in in Mumbai…at least not for me.The bike was often the last option to be resorted to unless its for the short distances. Cops were at every turn and my KL registered bike somehow acted like a magnet for them. But that day I thought I’ll risk it.

And that was the first time I put on my Shoppers Stop-fresh new blue check shirt……….

The rain gods were probably waiting for me to get out that they could have me in their crosshairs. I was ambushed by the unseasonal rain which had me drenched in a matter of few seconds. In a few moments the road was left slushy and slippery. Couldn’t see anything thru my glasses anymore and I was debating speeding up to reach office sooner or do the un-macho thing of taking shelter at a shop. A truck in front stopped suddenly so I braked too just avoiding a pothole..

Skidddddddddd…My bike went sliding ! Without any explanation whatsoever! My face hit the divider and my legs got pinned under the bike. I slowly got up dazed and tried to assess the damage. A cut in the side of my mouth and a few painful bruises on my knees and elbows. I counted my teeth and found to my satisfaction that the numbers matched prior data. The bike had its neck turned and was looking at me accusingly at a ghastly angle. And on the blue checks pattern of my shirt there appeared a red streak of blood….

There was a Clinic right there on the side of the road and an attendant was right there to help…He led me into the clinic where I wondered whether they had planted the pothole there as a strategy for Business Development...

A few stitches on my face (a large strip of bandage prompting queries such as………."Hey wot happened to your face? Lovebite eh?Heheheh" and spending a fortune on repairing the bike later I was back at work in a couple of days. It was some time before I got back my shirt tho’…

Mumbai, June 2001: I wore my shirt to office the day it came back from the drycleaners. That was an unforgettable day in my fledging career. The day when the hitherto cordial rapport with my manager soured beyond repair. A mistake in one of the manual processes snowballed into a major issue which kept on getting escalated. And as I learnt; a B-School fresh executive is always a convenient scapegoat. So the Manager blamed it on me . Well, they do say Geminians can’t ever take the blame for anything. And I pointed out the inherent deficiencies of the entire process. Wrong strategy! And I thought that the corporate world wouldn’t be resistant to amazing path-breaking new ideas. Maybe I suggested them at an inopportune moment. When I came out of the conference room discussing the issue I could foresee that my appraisal form was not to be a very pleasant to look at. Of course unlike in the medieval times where differences are sort out by a duel of swords; in the corporate world it is in the confines of conference rooms during the appraisal season.

Soon I saw a scary trend emerging. Something nasty would happen whenever I wore the shirt. Something used to go wrong. This could be no coincidence. My rational mind could never accept a link between those curious incidents and the shirt but fact remained that it was a common factor.

Cochin, December 2001: It was supposed to be a reunion we were all waiting for. Meeting of my once inseparable college gang. "The Archies" (maybe I’ll write more about the characters in another post) Well I hated the name"The Archies"as all the better characters were already taken and I was the not- so- glamorous Dilton. It didn’t help that I sported black-rimmed glasses in those days!

I was on leave for a few days in Cochin. Hadn’t taken my entire wardrobe home and as someone had recently said that the shirt looked good on me I just had to be seen in it.

Somehow this didn’t work out as planned. Big Ethel had relatives along, Betty had not turned up, Jughead contacted Archie and did not exactly give the right information about the meeting place. Only Reggie was mobile-enabled and I was the only Management Graduate with enough professional training to manage the scenario. But one management grad did not suffice. A miscommunication resulted in one of us waiting at a spot for an hour and stormed off after the same. The much awaited re-union turned into a major fiasco……

Delhi, April 2004: The US Embassy! The hallowed portals where an approval stamp would make or break a life. And that’s where I was on the 12th of the month. Technically it was the first day of my new job in India’s Silicon Valley. But the project involving a Process Migration, I was to go to New York and I was there at the Delhi US Embassy for the same.

That morning in Bangalore I had been in a dilemma. Half my stuff had not arrived from my hitherto abode Mumbai and I was to travel by the morning to Delhi for the Visa. I couldn’t find a clean/ironed shirt to wear except for.. u guessed it …a bit faded but still looking good. Mr. Blue-and-White checks.

Now none from my organization ever had an issue with the US Visa. The brand name was considered good enough. I debated wearing a crumpled Tshirt or my unlucky shirt. My rational side took over. ….I buttoned on my blue-n-white..

…………………………………………………………………………………………

The Visa officer looked grave

"So you are going to New York for training. How long have you been with this company?"

"Well, uhhh I joined on 12 April "

"That is today !!!! You joined today?? How can you try for a visa when you haven’t worked with this company for even 4 hours?"

Before my shocked eyes he stamped my passport. "Rejected"

" But..uhhhh excuse me, we are to be trained in NY "

"Sorry, I’m not here to negotiate…next please"

Went back and mailed the friends in Yankee land that all plans for the reunion at Miami Beach will have to be shelved for the time being. And for one last time the shirt was laundered, neatly ironed and permanently confined to the dark recesses of my wardrobe……..It never saw the light of day again

Epilogue: I finished restacking the clothes-shelf. Had packed a few shirts and t-shirts still in good condition in a separate polythene cover. Presented it to the guy who washes all the cars in the neighborhood. He looked especially pleased about a certain-blue-checks-shirt among them which looked to be good condition. ….

Wot happened to him? Well as far as I know his business is booming as he does a good job. Nothing particularly seems to bother him

Superstitious? who me? …noway !!

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indiacorporatewatch said...

Hey thats an interesting story

So you live in bangalore ?
Just curious but where did you
do your MBA ?

When did you last take part in
a business quiz ?

As
I am a quizzer myself
Maybe I might have seen you somewhere

Abhay
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flaashgordon said...

Posted @ 1/17/2006 5:41 AM
# re: Phon(e)y Tales..... (The heartrending but awe-inspiring story of a mans trauma and admirable resilience after the disaster of losing his entire phonebook)
flaash
@Nivedita :Thanks a lot ma'am !!Good to see you here again. But wot did u mean by achievement? :-))

@ ramses: " In a galaxy far far away ;in fact light years away; there lived a superhero who couldnt spell too well (thts why he was flaashgordon and not flashgordon) From an early age he could fly his space ship like absolutely nobody else. And as was their family tradition he embarked on a mission to save the world from evil Emperor Ming. But becoz Ming lived lightyears away he had to spent a long time commuting in his space ship. To while away time in his space ship and because crude oil prices were so sky high he started blogging... " well thts more or less it....


Posted @ 1/4/2006 8:00 PM
# re: Phon(e)y Tales..... (The heartrending but awe-inspiring story of a mans trauma and admirable resilience after the disaster of losing his entire phonebook)
Nivedita
Hey Congratulations on Your acievement!! really a funny post...

Bye
Posted @ 1/2/2006 9:54 PM
# re: Phon(e)y Tales..... (The heart-rending but awe
ramses
hmm...interesting...rest?
me all ears..emm..eyes...shoot off story:P

Posted @ 1/2/2006 4:29 PM
# re: Phon(e)y Tales..... (The heart-rending but awe-inspiring story of a mans trauma and admirable resilience after the disaster of losing his entire phonebook)
flaash
@blackhole: Thanxx pal !As for the Motorazr; its total paisavasool in terms of style (i mean u get such wowed!! looks when u flick it open!heheh )But featureswise- a nokia would definitely be bettr in the same price range; razr battery backup is also pathetic..i hear theres the newer version razr v3x ; which is bettr; wth expandable memory bettr batt life etc

@ Reyn: Pink nose ring, eh? Cool!!wish u a happy new (y)ear, nose, throat and mebbe nose-ring too...

Ramses: Oh, thts why u chose ramses? i thot its becoz Ramses is a Mummy already and u plan to be one too soon

As for the name flaashgordon.....well its a long story which starts like - " In a galaxy far far away ;in fact light years away; there lived a superhero....."

cheers
flaash

Posted @ 1/2/2006 3:04 PM
# re: Phon(e)y Tales..... (The heart-rending but awe-inspiring story of trauma and resilience after the disaster of losing his entire phonebook)
blackhole
Too good, Man!! Too good! Brillient post! Liked it to the core!

BTW, i was also planning to buy the same phone! Not that I've decided otherwsie but i'll back-up my number for sure:-) Is the phone working fine now.

And hey! Wish you a great and fantastic new year!
Posted @ 1/2/2006 7:17 AM
# re: Phon(e)y Tales..... (The heart-rending but awe-inspiring story of trauma and resilience after the disaster of losing his entire phonebook)
reyn
Aha, no am not. just have a pink nose stud as of now though. :p

Happy New Year!!!
Posted @ 1/1/2006 11:45 PM
# re: Phon(e)y Tales.... (The heart-rending but awe-
ramses
Hey Happy New Year..expect more tales this year from thee:)
Posted @ 1/1/2006 9:04 PM
# re: Phon(e)y Tales.... (The heart-rending but awe-
ramses
:))...flaash, that stumped me!:P....guess i was turning tooo much of an optimisit:P...ok shd get back to the pessimist me:P

newy nopes me not related to tutenkhamun..jsut a pen name i adopted ..a mark of respect to the subject i love:D history!..and since my pet name happens to be rams..an extension later its ramses:)

and the funda behind urs?if i may ask
Posted @ 1/1/2006 9:03 PM
# re: Phon(e)y Tales.... (The heart-rending but awe-inspiring story of trauma and resilience after the disaster of losing his entire phonebook)
flaash
@tejbir : Thanks Tejbir for ur NEW YEAR wishes.Wish iu the same!!!!

@addi:Yeah man; do keep visiting

@ramses: U'll keep ur phone book in the 3rd draw third safe but wot if u lose the key? btw dont know if anyone has asked u this ...r u related to, or the same as - Tutenkhamun? Happy New Year

@reyn:Blushgordon???Better than flushgordon! btw dont know if anyone has asked u this ...r u rednosed like Rudolf? Mustve had a busy Christmas season,eh?..Happy New Year neway
Posted @ 1/1/2006 7:27 PM
# re: Phon(e)y Tales.... (The heart-rending but awe-inspiring story of trauma and resilience after the disaster of losing his entire phonebook)
tejbir
Hey jonagil

A new year is unfolding – like a blossom with petals curled tightly concealing the beauty within.
Here’s to the NEW YEAR,
and a fond farewell to the old;
here’s to things that are yet to come,
and to the memories that we hold.

Wishing you & all your loved ones a VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR !!!

Posted @ 12/31/2005 7:16 PM
# re: Phon(e)y Tales.... (The heart-rending but awe-inspiring story of trauma and resilience after the disaster of losing his entire phonebook)
addi
lol! sad.
anyway happy new year!
Posted @ 12/31/2005 4:56 PM
# re: Phon(e)y Tales....(The heart-rending but awe-i
ramses
it may fly alrighht, and may land in wrong hands alright:P...but that's fo course only if i be a little careless..actually lot! lock n keep inthe third safe inside a three lock safe:D...[never mind teh number 3:P]..and teh compliments were honest:) don;t be flattened now:P...no ned to bow sire:D
Posted @ 12/29/2005 10:50 PM
# re: Phon(e)y Tales....(The heart-rending but awe-inspiring story of one mans trauma and unparalleled resilience after the disaster of losing his entire phonebook)
reyn
Ohhh then you'd be bluushgordon eh?;)

Check my post to know my new year resolution, if any :D
Posted @ 12/29/2005 10:18 PM
# re: Phon(e)y Tales....(The heart-rending but awe-inspiring story of one mans resilience after the disaster of losing his entire phonebook)
flaash
@ ganja_turtle :In mumbai u can home deliver ,booze, just 1 pack of chips,any medicines, a bottle of water..the list goes on :-)
Sorry pal abt the format-o3 has limited options.

@shiva: thnxx pal- hmm paper n pen is always the most reliable one-but well u might misspell a number or so...

@ramses :deep bow n thanxx !! Am totally flattered by ur compliments:-)) btw the digression was deliberately bcoz i wanted to tell those stories..u figured it out right; i guess. Btw ur paper might fly out of the window with all ur numbers as likely as my comp would crash. And that paper might land in VERY wrong hands Hehehe ;-)))

reyn:Thnxx a lot once again.. deep bow n thanxx !! Am totally flattered by ur compliments:-))my cheeks wouldve blushed a deep shade of red if they were not already a deeper shade of brown. But really, thnxx for brightening my day !

flaashlight: Never say die in the matter of getting booze. Be it a dry day (ther r many such in Mumbai)be it late night there are always means...btw in mumbai u can get booze by home delivery till 11pm mebbe. But ur method even at 4 am..thts y its called the city that never sleeps!! At bangalore it might work only till 12 or 12:30 am :-((

Posted @ 12/29/2005 9:35 PM
# re: Phon(e)y Tales....(The heartrending but awe-inspiring story of one mans resilience after the disaster of losing his entire phonebook)
ganja_turtle
Hey...that was not bad at all...decent, dude! Reminiscent of MBA days when we got drunk...amazed at what you can get home-delivered in Mumbai...my dad used to say that a dad and mom are the only things that cant be bought in mumbai...seems true! ;-)

Anyways, whats with this complicated blog format? Very irritating on the eyes, the content kinda tries to make up,though ;-)
Posted @ 12/29/2005 6:09 PM
# re: Phon(e)y Tales.........
shiva
Hi flaash...
gr8 one as ever..
me also wud hv been in the same situ probably a year back if i knew those steps u hv mentioned abt transferring.. me had taken the pain to note down all the numbers before changing my cell...
after reading your blog .. seems like it was worth it.. :)

Regards
Shiva
Posted @ 12/29/2005 11:23 AM
# re: Phon(e)y Tales.........
ramses
OH man~~~~!!! u write so damn well!!!!one of the best writers around!

hmm was wonderng why the digression happened in the mid...:P am not complaingig tho:D

can say am phobic of losing my numbers tho its a humble 150 or so..decided to write them all on paper so i dont lose any data...and wd suggest the same to u...me may sound pessimisstic..but comp's are bound to crash as well..had a terrible expce losing all my data:(...so best write phone numbers in some book for easy ref later:P..tech savvy alrt:D...but sometimes ancient practices do help:P

oh man! just enjoy reading ur posts..first time cmtin tho:P

think sueing urself will be the best option out:P u will gain n lose at the same time:P
Posted @ 12/29/2005 9:06 AM
# re: Phon(e)y Tales.........
reyn
*chuckling
Posted @ 12/29/2005 1:42 AM
# re: Phon(e)y Tales.........
reyn
Oh my gosh, you're undoubtedly the funniest and wittiest guy on o3!!

Who else will keep a 19 year old awake - well past midnight - chucking and trying hard to stifle laughter to avoid waking up her sleeping mother not very far away?

All in all, a phone-tastic post.

You at Mumbai or Blore now? Still at Alliance?
Posted @ 12/29/2005 1:40 AM
# re: Phon(e)y Tales........
flashlight
hilarious post :) :) home delivery booze..wish it was possible here in US too.

Though, i remember in Banglore we had this setup-

1) Knock at the closed shutter of ABR BAR
2) Some movement inside,some mumbling , half- inch rise of the shutter
3) 100Rs inside , rum bottles outside
4) Cheer on faces of close yaars
n Stare reflecting our resoucefulness to the new entrats of the field :)


Posted @ 12/29/2005 12:57 AM
# re: Phon(e)y Tales........
flaash
@ I Take No Logic
: Thnxx pal for ur mail. well to answer ur question; wot else to do but to laugh it off. My address book is gone for ever:-((
Have copied my address book now to my PC

@Ammo: Thnxx pal !!! Well if u have one of those phones with a data cable thn u neednt jot'em numbers down; but well if u feel not safe unless u use pen n paper then of course its another matter:-))


@Sunny : Thnxx Sun; hope ur exams went well btw..Hmm even i need to rely on others for my supply of nitrous oxide

@Tara Gupta : Thanx a lot ! Deep bow! u really flatter me. Do keep visiting :-)


@jiby:thnxx a lot pal.Howz Delhi treating u btw?


@jAdE: Hi Jade, guess ive to find out more abt firmware but as i've got the option of copying all the phone book into my PC now; ive got nothing to worry now (i hope)

rpramod :Thnx pramod; But often at the time u get a number with a lot of difficulty; ur brain cells wont be functioning at optimum efficiency...so have to use technology ;-)

Merry christmas All!

flaash

Posted @ 12/28/2005 5:30 PM
# re: Phon(e)y Tales........
I Take No Logic
Hi Flaash... like always, u seem to have got that streak of humour in this post too... phoneboks and mobiles have always given problems, but the question is, how do you manage to laugh it off so well?
Posted @ 12/27/2005 7:37 PM
# re: Phon(e)y Tales......
Ammo
Man, you've just given me a reason to undertake the mammoth task of jotting down all my phonebook contacts some place safe... All the best recovering your contact numbers...Merry Christmas.
Posted @ 12/26/2005 4:17 PM
# re: Phon(e)y Tales.....
Sunny
Flaash....Another good post from ya!...Keep 'em coming, dude!....Looks like the fan club seems to need its dose of nitrous oxide on a regular basis!! ;)
Posted @ 12/26/2005 12:53 PM
# re: Phon(e)y Tales...
Tara Gupta
Hi Flaash,

Yours was the first blog i ever read on o3...was impressed and went througt some others,but no!!! nothing like yours,your sense of humour is amazing!!!kudos...

Tara
Posted @ 12/26/2005 10:49 AM
# re: Phon(e)y Tales...
jiby
that was classy man...laughed a lot...ur sense of humor cant be beaten!!! i thought the scrolling mistake happened only to me...most embarassing part is when this happens to ppl who u have had in ur addressbook for ages but never bothered to call and their joy in recieving a call from u only to be shattered when u ask for someone else!
Posted @ 12/24/2005 9:28 PM
# re: Phon(e)y Tales...
jAdE
dude,
ur friend rocked yar..rofl abt the incidents..
u can install firmware and take backups..u won't lose data that way...no use suing anyone..

Shoo it away coz its gonna be a new refershing new year ahead :)

HAPPY NEW YEAR to you ....
Posted @ 12/24/2005 12:20 AM
# re: Phon(e)y Tales...
rpramod
Flaash : Those numbers that I get with a lot of difficulty are numbers that i dont need the phone to remember, i u know what i mean;);) On my fingertips:p:p

Merry christmas dude!!!
Posted @ 12/23/2005 7:07 AM
# re: Phon(e)y Tales...
flaash
@ Preethe:Thanks a lot !!Keep visiting ;will try to be more regular

@ Raj :Thanx Raj ; thnxx for tht comment. Gotta try blogging more regularly if i get such comments

rpramod:Yeah man; all anecdotes abt my roomies n friends are 90% true ;-))!And yeah, on phon numbers sometimes u get "some" phone number with a lot of difficulty and then u lose it like this ;-))Thats real bad, eh? once i've lost my cell n i had to rebuild the entire database

Geo
Hehehe u can add the offline name of flaashgordon to the list of common names. Will buy u more beer to compensate for the grrrr..btw any clue where i can get a creative soundcard.Ready for the toil at the court in the new yr!!

Wish you a merry Xmas and a happy new year too...

amita :Thnxx amita!! Looks like Mr. Balaji ; tho a very serious guy ; can make people laugh!!

silverine :Thnxx..On mixups; Earlier v used to ask ;is it xxxxxx" aftr dialing as we were conscious of dialling an incorrect digit. But now as we dial a set number we assume we cant dial it wrong !! but of course we can dial a similar name :-))

sapphire :Sorry abt the hibernation..Gotto be even more regular now; thts my new yr resolution :-)) Do keep visiting; thnx a lot for ur words!

tECHJ :Hehe another balaji fan, eh??Another reason to stay away from the "Temptation" of a Wineshop...catch u in the newyr
Posted @ 12/22/2005 6:08 PM
# re: Phon(e)y Tales...
Preethe
Hii ...
Came here after a very long time.
Great post..
Enjoyed it as usual .. U really rock



Posted @ 12/22/2005 4:34 PM
# :)
Raj
Man u bring the smiles that make a day. U write good. Me been following ur blog (recommended to me by a friend). You have a talent at making ppl see the lighter side of life
Posted @ 12/22/2005 10:11 AM
# re: Phon(e)y Tales...
rpramod
Ah a post after along time!!!!

Losing phone numbers is horrible. BUt i suppose of those 800 only abt 200 wud be "kaam ka numbers", the other wud just be numbers u used at stored at some point in time. Atleast thats how it is for me!!!

And if u friends/roomies are for real, they u sre live with a funny lot :) Enjoyed reading the post as always!!!
Posted @ 12/22/2005 4:35 AM
# re: Phon(e)y Tales....
Geo
Another nice post flash... :_)

>> (apologies to all Rajeshs, Aruns, Praveens, Anjus & Manjus I know)<<
Grrrrrrr.... ;_)

>>Half bottle RC, one Kingfisher Strong, one Fosters ….<<
But nothing like having a couple of beer after toiling hard in a badminton court for an hour :_))

Wish you a merry Xmas and a happy new year too... Have a blast!!!

Posted @ 12/21/2005 7:11 PM
# re: Phon(e)y Tales....
amita
Hi flash

:))

Loved it a lot .. well written

Esp Balaji had me in splits ;) hehe


Posted @ 12/21/2005 6:19 PM
# re: Phon(e)y Tales...
silverine
< He checked the number once again...and froze !!! He had reached his very teetotaller BOSS Balaji on his mobile (with caller id)!!! >

ROFLMAO !!!!

Finally someone writes about phone number mix ups :)) I like the way your friend V gave the order without even confirming the number.. he he :)) I am so scared of wrong numbers after some embarassing goof ups like your pal Amit that I double check now. I don't rely on voice recognition anymore.

Another great post from you.

Posted @ 12/21/2005 6:06 PM
# re: Phon(e)y tales
sapphire
wow where have u been hibernating :)
missed ur funny anecdotes... n phone numbers apaper diary is any day safer ...sadly :(
Posted @ 12/21/2005 4:46 PM
# re: Phoney tales
tECHJ
flash aliya

welcome back....

rocking post....

Amit (After a few drinks he didn’t realize the impossibility of the Wineshopwallah knowing his name) : Half bottle RC, one Kingfisher Strong, one Fosters ….Yeah Amit, seems like you are having a good time. But this is BALAJI

the best till date
rocking aliya

flaashgordon said...

# re: Phon(e)y Tales..... (The heartrending but awe-inspiring story of a mans trauma and admirable resilience after the disaster of losing his entire phonebook)
flaash
Hi Jiby
Yeah man almost like it! Am trying to pen something soon..too many things happnin in my life -hope to have something here b4 end may

cheers

flaash
Posted @ 4/19/2006 8:48 PM
# re: Phon(e)y Tales..... (The heartrending but awe-
Jiby
naveen, did u stop blogging???
Posted @ 4/10/2006 11:57 PM
# re: Phon(e)y Tales..... (The heartrending but awe-
Naveen
hey ... there's this community called "India Sucks" http://www.orkut.com/Community.aspx?cmm=1614602 apparently it's been started by a group of Pakis and India-bashing is all they ever do. some of the comments really make your blood boil. just take the time to visit this comm and report it as bogus. in the "reason" field, say something like "hurts national sentiments" or "offensive/propaganda material" - something like that. we only need 250 votes to have the community dumped . plz do this for our country. and scrap this to all ur friends
Posted @ 2/24/2006 6:37 PM
# re: Phon(e)y Tales..... (The heartrending but awe-inspiring story of a mans trauma and admirable resilience after the disaster of losing his entire phonebook)
Mind Curry
tell me about it! last year my razr was stolen from me..robbed rather..beaten and robbed! :( and all my numbers and pics and songs were all gone in a 60 seconds. great blog buddy!
Posted @ 2/9/2006 5:23 PM
# re: Phon(e)y Tales..... (The heartrending but awe-
Geo
Aliya,

If you are free, please take up the Cupid's Tag. Consider yourself tagged (href="http://arungeorge.blogspot.com/2006/01/dream-girl.html)

I havnt seen u taking up tags... But anyways, if u dont mind, please... :_D

-Geo

PS: pls delete my previous comment.
Posted @ 2/2/2006 6:42 PM
# Cupid's Tag
Geo
Aliya,

If you are free, please take up the Cupid's Tag. Consider yourself tagged.

I havnt seen u taking up tags... But anyways, if u dont mind, please... :_D

-Geo
Posted @ 2/2/2006 6:40 PM
# re: Phon(e)y Tales..... (The heartrending but awe-inspiring story of a mans trauma and admirable resilience after the disaster of losing his entire phonebook)
Anoop
Nice post "aliya"...
Been long but felt nice knowing some else also gets screwed up with the numbers. Oh yes, Me too.... I rang up my 'ex'-girlfriend, to kiss good night. *phoouss*
Posted @ 2/1/2006 4:20 PM
# re: Phon(e)y Tales..... (The heartrending but awe-
Geo
Aliya,

Me trying out 03. http://o3.indiatimes.com/mycompany
Posted @ 1/22/2006 1:12 PM
# re: Phon(e)y Tales..... (The heartrending but awe-inspiring story of a mans trauma and admirable resilience after the disaster of losing his entire phonebook)
Tara Gupta
Hi
Posted @ 1/17/2006 4:52 PM
# re: Phon(e)y Tales..... (The heartrending but awe-inspiring story of a mans trauma and admirable resilience after the disaster of losing his entire phonebook)

flaashgordon said...

# re: Phon(e)y Tales..... (The heartrending but awe-inspiring story of a mans trauma and admirable resilience after the disaster of losing his entire phonebook)
flaash
Hi Jiby
Yeah man almost like it! Am trying to pen something soon..too many things happnin in my life -hope to have something here b4 end may

cheers

flaash
Posted @ 4/19/2006 8:48 PM
# re: Phon(e)y Tales..... (The heartrending but awe-
Jiby
naveen, did u stop blogging???
Posted @ 4/10/2006 11:57 PM
# re: Phon(e)y Tales..... (The heartrending but awe-
Naveen
hey ... there's this community called "India Sucks" http://www.orkut.com/Community.aspx?cmm=1614602 apparently it's been started by a group of Pakis and India-bashing is all they ever do. some of the comments really make your blood boil. just take the time to visit this comm and report it as bogus. in the "reason" field, say something like "hurts national sentiments" or "offensive/propaganda material" - something like that. we only need 250 votes to have the community dumped . plz do this for our country. and scrap this to all ur friends
Posted @ 2/24/2006 6:37 PM
# re: Phon(e)y Tales..... (The heartrending but awe-inspiring story of a mans trauma and admirable resilience after the disaster of losing his entire phonebook)
Mind Curry
tell me about it! last year my razr was stolen from me..robbed rather..beaten and robbed! :( and all my numbers and pics and songs were all gone in a 60 seconds. great blog buddy!
Posted @ 2/9/2006 5:23 PM
# re: Phon(e)y Tales..... (The heartrending but awe-
Geo
Aliya,

If you are free, please take up the Cupid's Tag. Consider yourself tagged (href="http://arungeorge.blogspot.com/2006/01/dream-girl.html)

I havnt seen u taking up tags... But anyways, if u dont mind, please... :_D

-Geo

PS: pls delete my previous comment.
Posted @ 2/2/2006 6:42 PM
# Cupid's Tag
Geo
Aliya,

If you are free, please take up the Cupid's Tag. Consider yourself tagged.

I havnt seen u taking up tags... But anyways, if u dont mind, please... :_D

-Geo
Posted @ 2/2/2006 6:40 PM
# re: Phon(e)y Tales..... (The heartrending but awe-inspiring story of a mans trauma and admirable resilience after the disaster of losing his entire phonebook)
Anoop
Nice post "aliya"...
Been long but felt nice knowing some else also gets screwed up with the numbers. Oh yes, Me too.... I rang up my 'ex'-girlfriend, to kiss good night. *phoouss*
Posted @ 2/1/2006 4:20 PM
# re: Phon(e)y Tales..... (The heartrending but awe-
Geo
Aliya,

Me trying out 03. http://o3.indiatimes.com/mycompany
Posted @ 1/22/2006 1:12 PM
# re: Phon(e)y Tales..... (The heartrending but awe-inspiring story of a mans trauma and admirable resilience after the disaster of losing his entire phonebook)
Tara Gupta
Hi
Posted @ 1/17/2006 4:52 PM
# re: Phon(e)y Tales..... (The heartrending but awe-inspiring story of a mans trauma and admirable resilience after the disaster of losing his entire phonebook)

flaashgordon said...

# re: Blue+white=Dynamite (The bone-chilling story of a Shirt from Hell!)
flaash
@shiva :thnxx a lot pal..do keep visiting ..tho' im kinda irregular nowadays

@itnl : yup finally managed to write abt it..btw any more trips?
Posted @ 12/6/2005 1:53 PM
# re: Blue+white=Dynamite (The bone-chilling story of a Shirt from Hell!)
I Take No Logic
Oops... the shirt I mean... :-P
Posted @ 12/5/2005 1:09 PM
# re: Blue+white=Dynamite (The bone-chilling story of a Shirt from Hell!)
I Take No Logic
So the laughter trail continues... good stuff...

and now that you have got rid of that T-Shirt, you can very well afford to write about it, ha?
Posted @ 12/5/2005 1:06 PM
# re: Blue+white=Dynamite (The bone-chilling story o
shiva
Hi flaash..
as usual very good read... it gave a good break b/w my hectic work & refreshed me.. thx for that.. :)
Posted @ 11/22/2005 6:24 PM
# re: Blue+white=Dynamite (The bone-chilling story o
flaash
@Salil: thnxx man..plz do keep visiting

@Vinod: Well, wish one day i could earn my living doing either quizzing or writing..Thanxx and keep visiting


@Gdfo: Big B u never reply 2 any msg!! btw heard u had a small accident..hmm will call u soon..as for the shirt u've seen it too

cheers
flaash
Posted @ 11/21/2005 12:52 PM
# re: Blue+white=Dynamite (The bone-chilling story of a Shirt from Hell!)
getdfunkout
Good one....

Hey never saw the dreaded blue `n white before??? Did ya buy it after college??? So wuz up wid u? ne plans of comin` 2 mumbai??? lemme know....
Posted @ 11/18/2005 8:17 PM
# re: Blue+white=Dynamite (The bone-chilling story o
Vinod Kamalaraj
About the "blaming the process": The first time I tried it, I was drunk, at a company meeting to celebrate getting ISO9000, poking holes into the companies ISO9000 flaws.

Ah, the idealism and carefree days of youth! And the false hope that everything can be changed.

Great writing as allways, man! You will be a very successful author once.

Reading your blog and that of some others, Thulasis photography, the Software Boom might rob India of a lot of talent in other fields..
Posted @ 11/11/2005 8:29 PM
# re: Blue+white=Dynamite (The bone-chilling story of a Shirt from Hell!)
Salil
Dude ... Good piece of writing ....

Posted @ 11/5/2005 11:57 AM
# re: Blue+white=Dynamite (The bone-chilling story of a Shirt from Hell!)
flaash
Athedey Naresh
Better carwash than car mechanic..I'm sure u know the pbms of having too few screws..but is too much soap such a bad thing?Ask Ekta Kapoor?

cheers
flaash
Posted @ 11/4/2005 6:17 PM
# re: Blue+white=Dynamite (The bone-chilling story o
Naresh

So you lost your shirt. Sallu would be impressed. Good that you dropped it off with the car-wash rather than the car-mechanic. Better off with too much soap, than too few screws.
Posted @ 11/4/2005 5:40 PM
# re: Blue+white=Dynamite (The bone-chilling story of a Shirt from Hell!)
flaash
Anything under the sun: curious to know wot happened exactly

Sunnny: Of course , u have the right to remain silent; anything u speak might be held against u in a court ..

Geo: Sure, will check on the this guy;sure will be a good idea to give it to ur boss.Neway my shirt looks new tho' its now abt 5 years old !!

Posted @ 11/3/2005 11:39 AM
# re: Blue+white=Dynamite (The bone-chilling story o
Geo
You should have couriered that Shirt to me :_(
I was thinking of gifting it to my boss for his Bday.
Do remember me if your cleaner ever returns it :_)

Posted @ 11/3/2005 10:04 AM
# re: Blue-n-white-Dynamite (The bone-chilling story of a Shirt from Hell !)
Sunny
Flaash...Like Perry Mason tells his clients..'Dont answer on the grounds that the answer might incriminate you!'....or one can plead the Fifth! ;-p
Posted @ 11/2/2005 10:07 AM
# re: Blue-n-white-Dynamite (The bone-chilling story of a Shirt from Hell !)
neverbloggedbefore
funny!flaash, but sorry to inform u that Im not my sister's worst enemy.........
She did not like the dress a lot so I thought I'll wear it, and the results were quite awful.................maybe this is what happens when u try to pass on others property as ur own. I learnt a lesson.
sad but true
Posted @ 11/1/2005 10:28 PM
# re: Blue-n-white-Dynamite (The bone-chilling story of a Shirt from Hell !)
anything under the sun
funny!flaash, but sorry to inform u that Im not my sister's worst enemy.........
She did not like the dress a lot so I thought I'll wear it, and the results were quite awful.................maybe this is what happens when u try to pass on others property as ur own. I learnt a lesson.
sad but true
Posted @ 11/1/2005 10:25 PM
# re: Blue-n-white-Dynamite (The bone-chilling story
flaash
Hi Chandler
Long time,eh? Levis could start a accident series of Jeans !

Anish: Yeah man it helps to keep track of wot u r wearing..But then if disaster keeps happening it'll end up a big pile of unlucky clothes!btw why should IIPM sue me ?i just mentioned their alumni HAS got a job, right?

Sunny: I understand ; do u mean that someone swept u off ur feet on 13th floor?

Anythin under the sun: Give it away to ur worst enemy! Mebbe ur sister had done that ;-))

cheers
flaash
Posted @ 11/1/2005 9:07 PM
# re: Blue-n-white-Dynamite (The bone-chilling story of a Shirt from Hell !)
neverbloggedbefore(anything under the sun )
So what do u suggest, flaash ?????????
Shud I throw away tht evil dress?It was my sister's any way, she never wore it !
Posted @ 11/1/2005 5:36 PM
# re: Blue-n-white-Dynamite (The bone-chilling story of a Shirt from Hell !)
Sunny
Flaash...Cant really hold on to the person who's kinda the cause of the fall, na! ;))
Posted @ 11/1/2005 12:52 PM
# re: Blue-n-white-Dynamite (The story of my Shirt f
anish
hmmmm..i never kept track of the various pieces of wardrobe i was wearing when disaster striked me (and it has struck me many a times!!). mebbe i should do that!! great one flaash as usual!

ahem...has IIPM sued u yet??? i guess the poor buggers didnt knew what was gonna hit them :)) hilarious indeed!!

cheerio
MoC
Posted @ 10/31/2005 7:55 PM
# re: Blue-n-white-Dynamite (The story of my Shirt from Hell !)
Chandler
Flaash
Where were you hibernating. A post after a long time. As always, loved it. I never had any pair of jinxed clothes. Because everytime I fell from the bike, the clothes were no longer wearable in public (unless I wanted to make my own fashion statement but I am too shy for that)
Sorry to hear about both the reunions plans turning into fiasco. But now that the jinxed Blue'n'white dynamite is out of the way, maybe next time it will fructify.
Posted @ 10/31/2005 5:07 PM
# re: Blue-n-white-Dynamite (The story of my Shirt from Hell !)
flaash
Parvathy: Heheh ; ws fun readin thru that story! We all hav those really unlucky days

Sunny: Hmmm..13th floor on a Friday can be dangerous..Hope u had someone nearby 2 hold on to when u were inclined to fall... ;-)
Posted @ 10/31/2005 8:33 AM
# re: Blue-n-white-Dynamite (The story of my Shirt from Hell !)
flaash
Thanks a lot Silverine! You put that extra "that" into the comments!


Anything under the sun: The jinxd dress in ur cupboard can be dangerous too!

Blackhole: Man ! Thanks a lot ...As u say , will try not to take long breaks..best of luck with ur lucky trouser but dont wear it for too many days (might b unlucky for others) ;-))

Posted @ 10/31/2005 8:10 AM
# re: Blue-n-white-Dynamite (The story of my Shirt from Hell!)
Sunny
Flaash!...I knew u'd know the '13th Floor'terrace well!...I think I was last on the 13th floor on a Friday...Mebbe thats y I was very careful not to fall that day! ;-p
Posted @ 10/29/2005 10:48 AM
# re: Blue-n-white-Dynamite (The story of my Shirt from Hell!)
Parvathy
:) no unlucky dresses for me. My friend had a lucky dress though, which we lost in an eventful day. Find the days events on http://o3.indiatimes.com/parvathyls/archive/2005/08/18.aspx
Posted @ 10/28/2005 5:07 PM
# re: Blue-n-white-Dynamite (The story of my Shirt from Hell)!
BlacKhole
man! you definately have a flair for writing! too good! you have the best blog on indiatimes!! it was lovely read. Dont take too long breaks and post little often!
Well, i too had some jinxed clothes! But, yesterday i found a lucky trouser!! I wore it yesterday for the first time and had a real good day!! yes! yes! wearing it again today also :-)
Posted @ 10/27/2005 7:23 PM
# my sob story!
anything under the sun
I completely get u!I have faced a similar situation earlier, but I admire ur guts for wearing tht shirt from hell!( as u dearly call it ) over and over again.

I have tucked my zinxed dress somewhere at the back of my cupboard and do not intend to put it on EVER AGAIN !
Posted @ 10/27/2005 2:30 PM
# re: Blue-n-white-Dynamite (Story of my Shirt from Hell)!
silverine
1.I hear that many potential juniors were scared away by the placement prospects of the institute seeing an "alumni" gainfully employed in the Hospitality industry. I also heard that they all then went and joined IIPM where the vadapav guy was probably from ;-))))

2.instead found out that it’s just “a part" of me which was perpetually on fire and that any attempted arson of the corporate world would have to wait a few years…

3.camouflage was due to the dust cover which helped it blend into the surroundings

...and the many more laugh lines in the post made it a really good read. You have woven the story so well taking sly digs at corporate culture. Thanks for the chuckles :))



Posted @ 10/26/2005 7:35 PM
# re: Blue-n-white-Dynamite (Story of my Shirt from Hell)!!
flaash
Taira: Thnxx a lot.but wasnt too funny when all this happened :-))

Ash: i might hav anothr get2gther in Nov of my old frnds. Hope 2 hav a bettr time then

Sapphire: C'mon ,if theres no trend this; its not unlucky

cheers
flaash
Posted @ 10/26/2005 4:37 PM
# re: Blue-n-white-Dynamite (Story of my Shirt from Hell)!!
flaash
@ Jiby: Tho' that blue shirt was unlucky ; most my shirts are still blue..I'm back blogging; but when r YOU gonna be back?

@Shalz: Thnx a lot for ur kind words. Could not really find anything to blog abt!

@Peshwa:Yeah mate ! my shirt really took me to d cleaners -thts a good way of puttin it :-))


Posted @ 10/26/2005 4:17 PM
# re: Blue-n-white-Dynamite (Story of my Shirt from Hell)!!
flaash
@ commonman: You said it !!!!!Better red than dead. ifollow ur bangalore stories btw.Will comment too

@Sunnygal:Thats a gud one ! Checks may bounce u! Btw I'll try not falling out of the "13th floor" (i know the place) window/terrace.

@Techj: Aliyaa, so Training is not so mission- critical, eh??cheers
Posted @ 10/26/2005 3:45 PM
# re: Blue-n-white-Dynamite (Story of my Shirt from Hell)!!
flaash
@addi : thts a nice way of putting it..thnxx

@ng:try wear a green/yellow shirt nxt time.U maybe able to affect Pak/Aus

@glads : Mebbe u should have had a lucky cold to battle the atthar odor. btw i dont have lucky shirts ; only unlucky ones!
Posted @ 10/26/2005 3:08 PM
# re: Blue-n-white-Dynamite !!
sapphire
going by your account all my clothes are jinxed :))
Posted @ 10/25/2005 3:29 PM
# re: Blue-n-white-Dynamite !!
sapphire
going by your account all my clothes are jinxed :))
Posted @ 10/25/2005 3:27 PM
# re: Blue-n-white-Dynamite !!
Ash
very good post indeed.... enjoyed reding it... n had taken me to my college days n the get togethers...
Posted @ 10/25/2005 2:41 PM
# re: Blue-n-white-Dynamite !!
taira
nice post.............i enjoyed reading it... so blue n white didnt work for you et al....funny it is....lolz
cheers
Posted @ 10/25/2005 11:26 AM
# re: Blue-n-white-Dynamite !!
peshwa
good read mate....
LOL bout ur reunion fiasco...
and for a change ---
your shirt took u to d cleaners mate...
heh heh heh...
Posted @ 10/25/2005 11:23 AM
# re: Blue-n-white-Dynamite !!
shalz
hey flaash,

good to c u bck and in as good form as ever:D

the devil tailored tht shirt eh:P so far so good for the guy tht inherited the being from ya;)and hoping it remains the same!!

nice read:)
Posted @ 10/25/2005 5:34 AM
# re: Blue-n-white-Dynamite !!
jiby
so many trysts with the same shirt...i am not surprised you gave it away...neways thankfully that guy is doing well...ironically blue is supposed to be my lucky colour from incidents in the past but somehow i hate wearing blue shirts!!! glad u finally got over that awful writer's block.
Posted @ 10/25/2005 2:58 AM
# re: Blue-n-white-Dynamite
tECHJ
flash

aliya....wow...that must be one hell of a shirt....

good thing that u gave it away...may god have mercy on that poor guyz sould.. RIP....

i am a bit superstitious too....i sometiems...i hate...friday the 13th.....if i am at work..i make it a point tat i spend the whole day in training or something...but never handle mission critical stuff on tat day...


Posted @ 10/24/2005 6:10 PM
# re: Blue-n-white-Checkmate
Sunny
Hey Flaash!...Ouch....ur blue n white shirt just proved that checks dont just bounce, they can also bring down mighty heroes!...Jus' kidding!! Am quite superstitious too....I believe that its sheer bad luck to fall out of a thirteenth storey window on Friday....I try n avoid doing that! ;-p

A good post, Dilton...ooops, Flaash! :))

Posted @ 10/24/2005 5:50 PM
# re: Blue-n-white-Checkmate
commonman
This makes it my long awaited first comment on your blog.... more will follow... ;-)
Nice post pal.... Very well written and you bet one better be superstitious than risk ones neck time after time...
As they say better red than dead... Terrible example I know... but could'nt think of any better one ;-)
Very good style of writing. :-)
Posted @ 10/24/2005 5:16 PM
# re: Blue-n-white-Checkmate.
gladiatrix
:-))))flash-nice read!
looks like the shirt beat you black and blue!
the accident part was scary:-(,glad you got away safe.
ive heard a lot about lucky/unlucky clothes-there was one friend of mine who wore the same shirt for all the exams and since that was in a row she would wear some kind of perfume that smelled like atthar on a rainy day and her lucky shirt was my most unlucky- gave me the worst migranes.:D:D
keep writing flash!



Posted @ 10/24/2005 4:45 PM
# re: Blue-n-white-Checkmate.
n.g
i understand u man....hey i had a light blue t-shirt...every time I wore it while watching a cricket match, India wud lose...so gave it away...dont want the cause of the loss to be put on my shoulders..ha...ha...
Posted @ 10/24/2005 4:21 PM
# re: Blue-n-white-Checkmate.
addi
oops!!

hmm blue and white gave u the blues eh??
sorry bout that mate!
Posted @ 10/24/2005 4:17 PM