Monday, January 30, 2006

Sunset at Khajuraho

Known for its erotic sculptures, I was advised by my helpful "Bharat Ghoomo" guide book to visit the western temples in the evening ... the sunset , they claim, ( not proven though ) is spectaculor ( minus the exaggeration ) .

But something thats truley spectacular is undoubtedly the intricate temple carvings. They are at the same time explicit, erotic and sensual ... ( see it for yourselves .. you will believe it ) often beckoning a few woows and ooughs from the foreign tourists who are bewildered by the carvings .

I missed the sunset at the western temples .. I had to rush back to Delhi ! When I returned back to Delhi, one of my friends wondered loudly .. "Would they have actually posed for the sculptors ? "

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Never have South Indian from North India

During one of the legs of my 'epic' north Indian journey (in Agra .. I believe ), I had South Indian food from a North Indian restaurant. Mistake !! ( twice over ) ...
Some hotels have made their billing system so good and computerized that it gets you a faster bill... loosing money faster ! The billing is done on old one line dot-matrix priters with 2-3 inch printer papers and minimal software . So essentially the items on the menu ( owing to its big indian names ) are abbreviated ... My bill said

"Ms Dos : Rs.20/-"
( think MS-DOS .. think Masala Dosa )
Sometimes the billing system is better left not computerised !

Friday, January 20, 2006

Borrowings from other language

I generally try to avoid slangs , Hinglish, Tamilsh, Manglish or for that matter any peak words that I generally bombard myself with when Iam in a group of cross-cultural, cross-tongued and cross-minded people !

Here are a few usages that I dont like .. and me try not to soak into my talking .

1. C'mon da , No da , bring it da etc etc !- owes its origin on south indian languages having da as a prime mode of calling anyone .. unless used as a short for Darling or Da Vinci ! ( btw da in french is 'of' )
eg: Its very easy da ! ( seen mostly in parts of Mangalore , Chennai ) ( dont know other places ..but i have heard these here )

2. Its easy no ? I told you no ? - I think no was initially meant for using as 'know' .. atleast it sounds like !

3. Actually / Basically / Generally ( and all the -ally brothers ) -
eg : Actually/ Basically Iam from Kerala.

. Or what -
eg : Is this finished or what ? , Is he missing or what ?

5. Nothing but -
You can use this to start defining something .. and dont know how to start it .. very useful when asked in interviews ( to answer direct what is - questions )
eg :
A semi-conductor is nothing but ....

Irritating usages :
Iam late man , See you man. Thanks man .
Legal usages :
free man, super man , post man, dead man..
Though its perfectly legal (read un-irritating ) to add Man in the begining ..
eg : Man .. Iam late .. but hey here is the catch .. if you are using Man in the begining , better not use any other man anywhere else in the sentence ..
(Imaging having to talk something like ..
"Man .. Peter Parker is Spiderman , Man "
.. Its like adding baby when talking to cute girls .. "You are a groovy-baby .. baby " ( from Austin Powers )

From that authoritative and unofficial grammer talk on how and how not to use language ... lets get on to my next "favorite irritation" (intended malapropism ) .. slangs

There are a gozillion other usages and slangs that I hear and try not to emulate them in my vocabulary ... a few are here :

Lets start with tamil .. ( I was in Chennai for almost 3 years and a lot of tamil speaking friends use these ) There is a whole lot of other usage thats called Madras bhashai .. thats different .. thats the evolution process .. we are the melting ( read mixing ) pot ... the vocal urns of linguistic evolution.

1. sema - ( stands for 'very' : pronounced 'se' as in semaphore , 'ma' as in ma.)
2. machi - ( friend ) ( guide to pronunciation : ma as in mama, chi as in tai-chi )

eg : ithu sema tough machi , sema hot machi ( from Radio Mirchi, Chennai ad-line )

... more to follow .. iam irritated enough today ( how silly ! one slang can blow off the cap of my patience ) ! This is sema irritating machi ...right no ?

"Florentino is so in love with Fermina that he eats gardenias and drinks cologne so that he can know her taste. He becomes drunk on the cologne, and his mother finds him the next morning, in a puddle of his vomit, in a cove of the bay where drowning victims are known to wash ashore" - Love in the time of Cholera