Monday, September 27, 2010

27 Before 27

Genre: Random

27 Things I want to do before I turn 27-

1. Drive from New York to Los Angeles. Cross country road trip.

2. Watch the Aurora Boreales (Northern Lights)

3. Gatecrash a party, (and not get thrown out)

4. Spend a day at Maho Beach at Princess Juliana International Airport, St. Marteen

5. Go to an American Football game and chant "Ganpati Bappa Morya" and make the crowd do the same.

6. Own a car. In USA. With my own money.

7. Travel Jammu to Kanyakumari by Himsagar Express. Non AC.

8. Travel First Class on the Airbus A380

9. Attend a college friend's wedding

10. Do a portrait photoshoot of a non-professional model

11. Write an article for a mainstream newspaper

12. Publish a research paper.

13. Go on a cruise

14. Go Sky diving

15. Drive a Ferrari in Florida

16. Ride a hot air balloon

17. Have a cozy little house of my own. Apartment, condo, rented, leased, anything will do.

18. Ride the Amtrak's Train Number 1/2 Sunset Limited. California to Florida.

19. See at least one piece of writing by me get published in a book or a magazine

20. Own any Apple iThing

21. Propose a girl ekdum romantic filmy style- surprise, red rose et al

22. Have an exhibition event displaying my photographs

23. Learn a foreign language, preferably Spanish

24. Ride the TGV or Shinkansen. Wait, make that both!

25. Watch penguins, polar bears and blue whales in their natural habitat, in short go to Arctic or Antarctic

26. Visit the top of Burj Khalifa

27. Set foot on at least one location on all six continents. South America, Africa, Australia remaining as of now.

As you can imagine, completing this list is gonna require time, money and good company. If you would like to provide any/all of these, welcome aboard!

P.S.: If this "inspires" you to write your own dream-list, please mention in the comments or leave a link to your blog.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Sapne Rangeen

Genre: College Life

Scene at a typical Engineering Company Information Session during Job Fair at a big US University

(Room has 3 company representatives, one stereotypical corporate PPT on the screen, 25-odd graduate students, around 50% of them Indian, and one large table with half a dozen boxes of pizza)

Company Representative: (after 15 minutes of reading from PowerPoint slides) Okay, that was all about us. There are many reasons why you should consider joining our company...

Indian Student: (wonders) Hhmm.. let's hear...

Rep: We offer three weeks paid vacation per year...

Stud: Ok...

Rep: We have casual environment at the office. You can come wearing shorts, watch sports on big screen...

Stud: Sounds good...

Rep: Our company provides housing, transport, and free gourmet organic delicacies at the office food court...

Stud: Niice...

Rep: We provide full health insurance, dental and vision plans, retirement benefits,...

Stud: Awesome. Mast hai...

Rep: We have weekend activities like trekking, scuba diving, dinners, happy hours, movie nights,...

Stud: Brilliant... kya sahi company hai yaar...

Rep: Once a year we have a Summer Party where we hire an entire island off the Atlantic coast and its a huge carnival- you know, beaches, babes, booze,...

Stud: Woooowwww!!! This is heavenly!!!

Rep: (after 40 minutes of company-ki-laal-karing) So, anyone has any questions?

Stud: Do you hire international students?

Rep: Er.. no.

Stud: BEHEN#%@&.!!! :|

(Angrily grabs two slices of pizza and walks out)
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