Saturday, April 10, 2010


It seems to amaze me that the friends, the family, the people I know and the people I dont know can be so unpredictable at times .... sometimes so amazingly amazing and at times irrational to the extent of making me say WTF!!!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Health Care Reform!

What is a better way to re-activate my blog than this new Health care Reform bill? I think it is the best way to do it, so here it is people, Sukrit speaks again 
I am going to start with Japan, not with our northern neighbor, because some people just do not like anyone to bring Canadians into it, so I am picking Japan. Japan is the number 2 economy of the world and has the longest healthy life expectancy on this planet. It only spends half (in percent of GDP) as much on health care as the United States. Japan has universal health care system. That means, everyone in Japan is required to get a health insurance policy, either at work or through a community-based insurer. The Japanese government picks up the tab for those who are very poor and can’t afford a proper health care for themselves. It is a model of social insurance that is used in many wealthy countries. But it is most certainly not "socialized medicine." Eighty percent of Japan's hospitals are privately owned — more than in the United States — and almost every doctor's office, their medical clinics are private businesses.
The Japanese go to the doctor about three times as often as Americans. Because there are no gatekeepers, they can see any specialist they want. Japanese patients also stay in the hospital much longer than Americans, on average. They love technology such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI); they have nearly twice as many scans per capita as Americans do. The Japanese Health Ministry tightly controls the price of health care down to the smallest detail. Every two years, the health care industry and the health ministry negotiate a fixed price for every procedure and every drug. That helps keep premiums to around $280 a month for the average Japanese family, and Japan’s employers pick up at least half of that.
If you lose your job, you keep your health insurance.
Japanese insurers are a lot more accommodating than their American counterparts. For one thing, they can't deny a claim. And they have to cover everybody. Even an applicant with heart disease can't be turned down, that is forbidden. Nor do health care plans covering basic health care for workers and their families make a profit. Anything left over is carried over to the next year. If the carryover was big, then the premium rate would go down.
No one in Japan goes broke because of medical expenses. Personal bankruptcy due to medical expenses is unheard of in Japan.
I wish this democratic congress wasn’t this scared of losing otherwise they would have done the right thing in making this new health care plan a fool proof plan for the sake of the country and for the sake of its citizens. But apparently the fear of losing next election won over them and they could not do the right thing. I still believe this new health care reform is the first step towards creating history and after 10 years when they will see the results they might move forward and do the right thing.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Good luck Barack Obama :-)

This is the eve of “making of the history”. In less than 16 hours, Barack Obama will be the next president of this great nation, the United States of America. I am feeling very proud, if not more at least same as every proud citizen of the United States. I would like to cherish this moment and will remember this moment for the rest of my life. I wish him luck and I pray to Gods to shower their blessings upon him and give him courage to lead this nation and the world with integrity, fairness and passion.

Tips for better life -- By Nithya Shanti.

Tips for Better Life by - Nithya Shanti

1. Take a 10-30 minutes walk every day. And while you walk, smile.
2. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.
3. Sleep for 7 hours.
4. Live with the 3 E's -- Energy, Enthusiasm, and Empathy.
5. Play more games.
6. Read more books than you did the previous year.
7. Make time to practice meditation, yoga, and prayer. They provide us with daily fuel for our busy lives.
8. Spend time with people over the age of 70 & under the age of 6.
9. Dream more while you are awake.
10. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.
11. Drink plenty of water.
12. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
13. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip.
14. Forget issues of the past. Don't remind your partner with his/her mistakes of the past. That will ruin your present happiness.
15. Don't have negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
16. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.
17. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar.
18. Smile and laugh more.
19. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don't hate others.
20. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
21. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
22. Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present.
23. Don't compare your life to others'. You have no idea what their journey is all about. Don't compare your partner with others.
24. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
25. Forgive everyone for everything.
26. What other people think of you is none of your business.
27. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
28. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.
29. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
30. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
31. The best is yet to come.
32. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
33. Do the right thing!
34. Call your family often.
35. Your inner most is always happy. So be happy.
36. Each day give something good to others.
37. Don't over do. Keep your limits.
38. Share this with someone you care about (Click the "Share" link below)

For more on wonderful happiness ideas, please join the group "The Happiest Day of Your Life"

This is my resolution for 2009 .. will keep you guys posted with the progress. :-) ~ Sukrit

Saturday, January 17, 2009


Art by ~ Sukrit


The greatest "womanizer" ever.

Monday, January 05, 2009

I wonder!

I wonder where these pro-Palestinian peace protesters were when Israel was being bombarded by the 100s per day of rocket attacks from Gaza. I don't think I heard even a single voice from these peace loving protesters asking for the UN to intervene and let that butchery of Israel's innocent civilians by Hamas and Palestinians to stop.

I wonder where the Palestinians are getting their arms and missiles from …. I wonder where the terrorist organizations across the world find the money to swell their operations from ….I wonder when the religious orthodox governments from "Saudi Arabia, Iran, Syria, Pakistan and list goes on" will ever reform and stop spreading hate via state sponsored hate schools. I wonder how come people blame Israel in keeping its citizens alive and living even after being surrounded by hate mongers all around it.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Shameful Olympics!

To show solidarity with the peaceful and oppressed Tibet and its people we all should light a candle everyday until this first shameful Olympics comes to end.

The torture of Tibetan monks and its people by the Chinese communist authorities is the worse human rights violation of the century. All the sovereign nations, who are semi policing the world to make it a better place for everyone should do something about it.

Why the UN is not doing anything for Tibetans? Are the people of Tibet less important because they are not taking up arms against Chinese rule? How come the powerful countries are not talking about this? Well, someone needs to show the courage to speak up. I wish the US, the UK, the French and the mighty Germany take this note and raise this issue at various platforms for the sake of humanity.

Friday, July 18, 2008

I am back - version XP1

Hello my ppl :-) .. missed me? Ofcourse u did ;-)
Alright, I think I am back .. well yeah i do think I am back. Any thing from your side? nah? ah too bad, well I am just gonna put up a picture at the moment, and I will write back later :-)

HA HA of course I had to brag about this, so what better place it could be other than my blog? :-) Have you noticed, I made it to the front page of the NEWSPAPER and that too without even robbing a bank or even killing someone. I guess now i have accomplished everything so I can live my life peacefully and that too happily ever after :-)

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Clueless Republicans

Last night’s (Sunday) republican debate was plain idiotic. Their motto was, “By all means bash Hillary Clinton”. Heaven forbid we return to the Clinton era of prosperity, budget surpluses, and peace.

Other than whining and bitching about Hillary and what Hillary would do when she becomes the President, these old white Jesus loving men had nothing to offer. I mean for real, not a single new idea, not a smidgeon of leadership, just Hillary bashing….

Apparently, they all very well know it’s Hillary who is going to be the President and there is nothing whatsoever they can do about it other than just bitching and being republican, which means showing the world how narrow minded they are. They also think that Americans are stupid to elect a republican again only because majority of them are against Hillary.

The United States is in desperate need of active, healthy, concerned, intelligent leadership, which can be attained by electing Hillary or Kucinich (ha ha I have to throw him in here, he is mah man, but I know he is not even close to get the democratic nomination) …these damned republicans are placing their hopes on old sick white men who think they are the agents of God .. pfffttt. And for one thing I am so sure about, if there is God/s, he/she/it/they would be least happy to see one of these morons elected to represent the United States.

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Whats going on!

Alright, here is the update – I have been busy with life, actually very busy. After I come home from work, I usually go to dinner with friends, coworkers, ex coworkers and at times with brother and sometimes I just cook at home (with help). I have been biking, swimming*, running and enjoying the summer. When I come back home at night (which I usually do, cuz I hate to sleep on someone else’s bed… no matter who that someone is .. but, weekends are exceptions, cuz around sleepy time, I usually am too drunk or too tired or too far or too (INCERT UR THOUGHTS HERE) to realize my hatred for “not my bed”). So, yeah I was saying after I come back home, I am too tired to even think str8 and am never home when I am in the position of thinking str8.. so I just listen to something soothing and fall asleep.

On weekends, again I am never home. I am either at my nearby major cities or at friends or just wandering around at lakes, outlets, hiking or what not (doing everything else) to keep myself happy and fulfilled.

One great thing, which has happened to me recently, is worth mentioning, lately, after years I am sleeping for 8-10 hours a day. This is a SWEET SWEET surprise. I usually get up around 8, no matter what, but now at times I have seen myself getting up around noon, which is a shocker, and I am not complaining, actually loving it.

For the first time in life, it feels like there are not enough hours in a day. I have been eating healthy, trying to stay tension free and also looking at different jobs opportunities. Basically I am exploring myself with what I really want, not just professionally but also from life.

For my blog, its not, that I have nothing to say these days, its just I need a little more time to gather my thoughts and put them down over here or in my black book :-) .... btw I was again in Montreal this weekend and this was by far the best montreal trip ever .. I will see if i can post something about it later today or something ... :-)

Monday, July 23, 2007

I dunno what title to give this post!

Here it is, I know I know, but I am not offering any apology for not being able to update the blog and about my life. You know, there is more to my life than just filling this blog with my life saga, especially in summer. I mean, seriously I have better things to do and although writing about my so called colorful life is also my passion but it is not my priority.

Let me start this with some rants. Today I am going to tell you about Des Raj, yeah my dad! I always thought he loves me more than anything, but now I very much doubt that.

I think all parents love to see their kids. Especially, if their kids live far away from them, I would say there can’t be even any exception to this, but that would be a lie. My dad! Yes my dad is an exception. When I finalized my dates actually even booked the tickets for India and took a month off from work and mind you that too after emotionally blackmailing and throwing some tantrums at my superiors and bosses and gods know what I had to do to get this much time off ...

So there I was sounding all excited and telling him that I m coming in few weeks, actually August 11th and he dropped a bombshell, he said ‘WHY” , yeah he said “Why”. A why?

I: Why? What do you mean by why, you knew I was coming, right?
Dad: Yes that I know, but what are you going to do over here, its too hot over here ( umm he is forgetting I was born there and lived my first 20+ years of my life over there), and you are going to be miserable like last time besides your mother and I are going to be very busy for the annual “paath” and there is construction going on in Panipat temple so we have been living here for past many months and we know you won’t live in Panipat.

Panipat? Hell no .. I mean its good to be there for a couple days, actually for a few hours to be honest, but for an entire month, not gonna happen. I asked, what is happening in Delhi, can’t you guys just stay in the house for a month (apart from those 7 days of "srimad bhagwatam paath") at least when I am there?
Dad: We can go there if u insist, but I can’t halt the temple construction in Panipat, so you can have your mother living with you in Delhi and I will commute or something ... I was like wtf. – (There is more to what he said, which I am censoring for now – something like my mother suggested, that I can get a hotel room over there ..... I AM NOT GOING TO LIVE IN A HOTEL IN MY OWN COUNTRY)

I: DAD, grrrrrr, I need time off from all this, and I told you that .... Besides I would love to be there during “Paath” time, meet everyone at one place and relax and chill and forget about all the madness of NY – and honestly, I really need to get away from everything, because for the first time in my life, I am feeling like, I have had enough of mayhem and madness and the last two years of my life were the busiest years of my life, I mean hectic than the word hectic itself .... I honestly want to go to India, and do nothing, I mean absolutely nothing. I just wanna lay down next to mother and talk about stuff like good old days and meet my childhood friends and maybe play cricket with the kids who are not kids anymore and just be carefree.

Like telling me to not to come was just not enough., he added, actually lectured me ....

“If you really want to take time off then, why you want to waste all your vacation by coming here anyway?” Furthermore he suggested, I should go to England or even better, on a Europe Tour as I was planning earlier and enjoy because that would free my mind or go to Brazil or even Argentina again and enjoy. He even suggested that I should be exploring United States and ENJOYING MY LIFE here rather than coming to India.

So basically, my dad told me there is no need for me to come to India as they don’t care about me and don’t wanna see their own son! ... Its been 4-5 days I haven’t even called India cuz I don’t wanna talk to them and get more madder. I honestly am very upset, very mad and very angry – and getting over it too, as “THEY” say time heals everything !!!!!

Friday, July 06, 2007

Poll: 77% of Republicans Support ENDA

This morning I was reading and I almost spilled coffee in shock when I read that 77% of Evil-icans (Republicans) support ENDA. My first instinct was, it must be a typo or some prank someone is playing on their website or I typed in something else instead of logcabin and this is some other website. But nope, it was indeed
I actually believe these log cabin republicans are foolish and they are fighting a battle from a wrong platform. (Sorry Jeremy, I still believe you are on the wrong side). But again the published fact of 77% of republicans supporting ENDA is not digestible. And some other results of this poll are very tacky as well. For an example, 43% of republicans support gay marriage or civil unions? Umm hello??? Since when???? Anybody buying this?

Saturday, June 30, 2007

Bumper Stickers!

I belong to two very contradicting philosophies when it comes to stickers. One of them is that I hate to stick anything on my car, be it a bumper sticker or some kind of magnet. I pretty much like the neat and clean look of my car. On the other hand, I proudly carry & display all the tags I belong to or support. Be it my religion or my passion for war against terrorism or just that I love New York. Now the problem is I despise putting a sticker on my car. I don’t know why, but I was always reluctant to put one on my car while deep down inside I always wanted to put one or two on it. Honestly speaking, for over 3 years I have been debating over it and not sticking anything on the car always came victorious.

Now, not putting something on your car has pros & cons. It’s like if you don’t have anything on your car, you are not going to be bothered by the bigots who don’t just belong to your philosophies but absolutely hate them and to prove their bigotry, will follow you at your home and will creep you out. Trust me there are these kinds of people around, not many but it takes only one so yah that is the pros ….. And the Cons of not putting up a sticker are, you won’t get appreciation either from the ones who would belong to the same philosophy as you are but because you haven’t put anything on your car to display that, they wouldn’t know and there goes the compliment you were about to get or just the appreciation in their eyes which was going to give you stratification.

Same goes for putting one up. For instance, if you have one sticker on your car supporting abortions, I would automatically see you as a child killer and would try to not even look at you as I wouldn’t like to know who you are. On the other hand if you have one up in support of Tibet, I would be doing awwws’ and oooohs’ and would be trying to get your attention and when our eyes meet, I would give you a smile and thumbs up.

In last 10 years, I have come across lots of amazing bumper stickers. Some of them I received as gifts and some of them got distributed to me by some organizations and a few of them I even bought, even though I knew they will end up in my souvenir’s box, and they all did. All of them ended up in that little box of mine. I have tons of “I love New York” stickers. I have stickers of Indian, Israeli flags. I have stickers of almost every cause I support, be it anti-gun lobby or supporting wars on terror. I also have “I love my mum” and a few rainbow stripes and triangles and the one and only “I hate GW”. I have all these stored in my prized possession.

Last week, I had a change of heart. I mean for real A CHANGE OF HEART. Like they say, “for every action there is a reason” …. wait that doesn’t even fit here .. umm .. maybe it does, anyway, yeah so I was saying last week, I saw one of my boss being a bigot. I was stunned by it. I always knew she is not one of the most open minded persons in this place, but I wouldn’t have expected such a narrow mindedness against gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender community. I was like, we live in the state of New York where assembly just proudly passed same sex marriage bill and sent it to the senate and you have this much bias. I was literally trembling with anger and that cost me two nights of sleep. (yeah yeah, I am a touchy when it comes to certain issues which are more near and dear to me than my own life).

And the result was a BOLD “Equal Rights” bumper sticker on my car. And since I put the sticker up I have been parking my car right next to the bigot boss of mine in the parking lot.
Here is the picture, I promised:

Being said that, I hope my car doesn’t look like this one day (see below) … AMEN!

Voice of a liberated soul :-)

If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.
Henry David Thoreau

I love this quote and when Karen today showed it to me I instantly fell in love with it. And it does make lot of sense. It makes so much sense about lot of things. We all know that no two people are alike, but it tells us there are some who are not just a little, but very different than an average person and there is nothing wrong in that. And we need to respect that and give him/her the space that person needed. It always bug me when people use "weird" or "strange" words for a bit different people who do not really follow society's norms and the ones who live by their own rules without breaking the laws and without affecting others. So, if you are out there and are one of those, please read this, and try to understand the meaning, be respectful and provide the space to people who need it. Above all LOVE THEM for their passion.

Happy Morning :-)

Thursday, June 21, 2007

My blog's rating!

I think this is hilarious ... I found this tool to get my blog rated and this is what I got.

What's My Blog Rated? From Mingle2 - Online Dating

This rating was determined based on the presence of the following words:

hell (11x) sex (8x) death (4x) ass (3x) crap (2x) fucking (1x)

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Wine & I

After one bottle of wine in between my brother and me, I decided that calling-in sick at work next morning sounded like a good idea. I don’t think I had enough cognitive power to actually have a reason for this decision. I was only following some bizarre instinct which was going to go away in the morning anyway. But I decided to cherish the moment by mere thinking that I am staying home next day and will enjoy the beautiful weather and perhaps go biking or hiking or both. I was in the stage where calling in sick at work for absolutely no reason and seeing absolutely no irony in it.

It gets better. Once my alarm clock went off at 8 am I felt a little unstable, but mostly fantastic. Now it would have been smart of me if I had turned off the alarm at night when I planned this calling in sick quest. I would have been definitely under the influence because I laughed at my stupidity of even thinking about calling in at that time. Last thing I wanted to do was to not go to work and sit at home like a bum or go biking or whatever which I can always do after work.

Once in the shower, I felt more stable and began to feel as though I was cleansing myself of all those alcoholic toxins from previous night. All the thoughts from previous night came back to me, where I was going to go to Manchester Vermont with my brother and do shopping and sight seeing on this gorgeous day. I also felt bad because now he might feel that I cheated him by deciding to go to work instead. Moral dilemma, eh? Well I decided in favor of taking my sober self to work.

All of this was caused by consuming a few drops of wine …. Alcohol clouds your judgment, so take a lesson from it and quit drinking. Sooner you do it better off you would be. On that note, I am off to make myself productive and that means getting some coffee and a bagel.

This is the pride month people, so HAPPY PRIDE :-)

Friday, May 25, 2007

Another bigot goes to hell!

Since this bastard-son of Satan-curse on society, Jerry Falwell died I have been tempted to write about him but was ignoring it for the reason that there is no place for piece of shit morons like him in my blog or in my life. But the reality is that wicked man has a huge following among the people in this country’s ultra conservative, narrow minded bigots. So to tell those people how much I loathe this bastard I decided to devote a few minutes of my life and to tell the world about how much harm he has done to not only American society but to the entire sane world.

Yes Jerry Falwell goes to hell, and all his followers are in line to get there when their time comes, so watch out bigots. You still have some time left to add some karma brownie points which might save you that trip to hell but if you don’t act fast, you know you will be right where this bigot Fallwell is. And trust me; hell isn’t where you will get chocolates or blowjobs, so get your acts together if you are interesting in getting either of these two heavenly chattels. Of course, what? Did you think hell would be all chocolate and blowjobs? That’s heaven!

“Why it is so hot in here” Jerry Fallwell asks the man guarding the fiery red iron rods. The guard replies, it’s nothing you moron, just wait till your flesh starts burning and vultures attack you for the roasted white meat of yours. Falwell all scared looked at the guard and asked the obvious question, where I am? You are in hell mister and now don’t bother me there are a few followers of some other shit faced man like you, aka Osama bin laden in the queue. I have to bring them in so they can fight their jihad here in hell and eat your flesh in the name of their most peaceful and most merciful God. *cough*

Eat my flesh? Where in hell am I?” asks Falwell. The guard replies, right now you are in level 1 for processing and documentation, but we will be shipping you off to Level Nine, the highest level of hell, before you can say “God Hates Fags”

With Falwell finally dead the world is a less hateful place.

And hell? I’m sure they are all too happy to welcome him into the fold. AMEN!!

Thursday, May 24, 2007


I woke up this morning and thought, “that was a weird dream” – A dream where a friend called in the middle of night and woke me up and I can still feel it. While I was in the bathroom showering, it started to hit me, no it was not a dream; I think that sucker really called and woke me up. I couldn’t wait to get out of the shower and check the incoming calls because I was still not 100% sure if it was mere a dream or he really called. Until the time I finished my shower, I was certain that it wasn’t a dream, because I remember promising to call him back in the morning if he lets me go back to sleep.

Anyway, once in a while it happens to me when I mix up my dreams with reality and vice versa. It is scary and I think there are a few things I am still confused about from my past if they were dreams or reality.

(I am ending this post again as a Hollywood movie style, where you think, the story is still going on and next thing you notice is the casting)

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Sunday dinner gang!

How many Mexicans it takes to clean a toilet? The answer is “none”, because it’s a (N-word)’s job. Jeesh, my friends can be harsh at times and that was the first thing Mike uttered when I arrived for our Sunday dinner gathering at Tom’s. Honestly instead of saying “hi Sukrit” or greeting me in some traditional manner he chose that. Someone please remind me and tell me why I luv my friends.

Later everyone was surprised that I have never seen the movie “Bird Cage” before. I tried to get away by using my favorite phrase “I am an Indian” which I use at the time like this but it didn’t work. No one gave Larry hard time over this as he hasn’t seen the movie either. Again that proves that I am the punching bag, no matter where I am.
Although Steve did mention once that he can’t believe both of us hasn’t seen this movie as this is a classic which was released in 1996.

When Tom was making dinner, Jeff was lying down on the couch as he was tired because it was Sunday. Yup go figure. So yeah he was lying down while we were chit chatting, and tom was busy in the kitchen preparing food. Tom showed up with a bag, in his hand which was a bag of Fish food. He went straight to Jeff who was semi asleep on couch and asked him to try some of the special snacks. Jeff swallowed it and later was told what he just put in his mouth. I am surprised he didn’t throw up or anything and he swallowed it with such a grace even Tom was surprised. When I smelled that bag later, boi-o-boi it was stinker. Maybe Jeff should start eating fish food as he didn’t dislike the taste of it. Food for thought; I should get him fish food next time I go to his place.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Happy Birthday Olgie :-)

It is Olga’s Birthday and as usual (more like a yearly ritual) for last few days I was plotting a nice surprise for her and planning on pretending till midnight tonight that I don’t know anything about it. And there she was playing it all along for days. This surprise business doesn’t go well with either of us and it’s freakishly similar. Moreover we both know this fact but again this is not a sufficient reason for either of us to not to bug each other once in a while. Anyways, last night after being on phone with her for an hour or something I spilled the beans and confessed that yeah I was plotting on surprising her but I know she isn’t that dumb and she might have known it all along. The answer was, “OFCOURSE my girl, I knew you were up to something!” -Yah she calls me her “girl” - don’t ask.

Here is the picture I am adding after the B'day bash saga in the parking lot at 3 am :-)

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Oh-oh Mother's day!

So Sunday was Mother's Day. With all the hype around me and what not, I am ashamed to admit that I received happy mum’s day emails, phone calls and what not from my lovely & wonderful friends. I did call my mother on Friday and wished her and got angry cuz in return I got a lecture --- ahhh mothers!

I had an amazing tulip fest weekend and I think that time flew by so fast and its like whoa .. (It always does when you are stoned).

I was stumped when my aunt summoned me at her home, well more like she posed that question to me because it was already 3pm on Mother's Day, for goodness sake! I couldn't even think straight at that time because of “some non so obvious” reasons and there was no way I was gonna drive for 3 hrs to get to her place.However, my aunt is an ultra impractical woman and she loves nothing better than the word “nothing” itself. She does claim to love me a lot, which might very well be true but I am not convinced. Of course, I am not faulting her one bit. In fact, she always makes things easier for everyone by making things so difficult that others don’t even have to bother to even attempt to concede to her ( I know too many toooos here).

Well, Happy mothers day everyone :-)

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Its my life!

I love my life. I love the people I have in my life. I love the fact that I am a free spirit and don’t let anyone bother me by and large. I usually am considerate for others but “I” come first and then anyone else in my life. Even Gods become secondary when it comes to my peace of mind. This is the philosophy of my life.

Now, again no one should tell others what to do, what to wear what to eat and what to anything. I believe no one can understand others completely, so why lecture them? There are a lot of things about me which people do not like, but isn’t that what makes who I am? So telling me to do certain things or not to do certain thing wouldn’t be like telling me to change myself? If you can’t accept me for being me, why do you have me in your life? Well at least that is how I live and plan on living rest of my life.

Being said that and on a little lighter note, last week I told my dad that I am soon going to get my sperms frozen and will be able make my own babies at some point of my life, because one day he does want me to have my own biological kid. Even though I told him that there are many under privileged kids out there waiting to be adopted, but he still think one should at least try to have his own child. He also inquired about how this whole process works and later he suggested me to think twice before I do any such thing and he even wanted to know where I would do it, in India or in the US!

Friday, May 04, 2007

Jibber Jabber - Part 2

No updates in a while, I know I mean the real updates. I wish my career, academic and otherwise, permitted me to dedicate more time to my blog and my friends.

Last night I was going through pictures of my Argentina trip as Megg, wants to make some collage before we graduate and she has been begging me for the pictures for last 6-7 months. So, I finally decided to approve her request before we get lost in this wonderful world of losing contact with each other once we move onto a different leg of our life.

Last night when I was going through this nice collection of my Argentine pictures, I found some awesome pictures, the pictures I can literally blackmail the director of the program, picture of Asst. Dean picking her nose .. and THE PICTURE for which Clarissa offered me money if I delete that. And there are many more I am not even going to talk about and a few of them include me :-)

Tonight is the first Friday night at Albany and I can’t wait to join my buddies and enjoy the evening visiting art galleries and meeting my favorite local artists. This is another tradition my gang and I have started doing year after year.

And I am still undecided on my Israel trip …. I think I need help in deciding and the time is running out … any suggestions?

Friday, April 27, 2007

Jibber Jabber!

Last night I went to bed with awe and this morning I woke up with it. Times like this I wonder if I am suffering from depression. And when I think of depression, I think of that cute commercial they play on TV. Which goes like “Where does depression hurts - EVERYWHERE, who does depression hurts - EVERYONE…. and so on.” It puts a smile on my face every time I think about it. – I am serious
So the question is why these little things are bothering me these days? Other question is why I am letting it happen? I usually come out very strong in these kind of situations that even the word terror usually get terrorized by me .. ha ha I am serious. Well, I will get into depth of this one of these days; right now I am too busy in wasting my life on school.
Anyway, on a lighter note, I am sleepy as I didn’t get good night of sleep for last couple days, for one reason and then another. But I am glad the weekend is here and I can recoup myself and get back to good old silly self.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

My thoughts!

My thoughts have wings; they have been breaking all the records of speed lately. Not just of fastest bird or even fastest airplanes, those mighty concords and space crafts would have been biting dust and bowing in front of me after seeing the extent of my thoughts.

I have been thinking like a typical teenager lately, which is pretty sad for a person who has reached almost the peak of his adult years. There are moments I am completely lost and am in vacuum and at next moment I am finding my way out of the Tasmanian jungle and showing up in Sydney Opera house. Recently, I am also finding that everything which surrounds me, gives me both gratification and melancholy at times. I wonder why though. It does not make any sense but it is true.

Lately my mind has been going through a lot of things. I would think, there would be excitement over finishing the MBA. But no, there is none. The only feeling I am having lately about it, is “good riddance, it’s almost over”. I don’t even want to go to my graduation ceremony, even after constant emotional blackmailing by the director of program who I adore. I honestly don’t see any point of going to a commencement when I have no feelings about it. Besides I have achieved this feet 4 years ago anyway.

The school is not even over yet and I am already planning my next endeavors. The number 1 in the list is getting a Pilot license and I might very well start taking flying lessons as early as in July itself.

Other thought I am having is letting go the love for Albany. I think I need to do that and I am sincerely considering that decision for some major city. I need to see the world and Albany is certainly not it. I know I have emotional ties with this little city, but think about this. After I get the pilot license I can fly my own plane to Albany to meet my near and dear ones whenever I want to :--)

Monday, April 09, 2007

Weekend in Montreal!

I meant to write about this montreal saga since day 1, but i am awaiting for pics so that I can post a couple here :-)
Anyway it was one of the most spontaneous thing I have done in my life. Coming back from work around 6:30 and at 7:30 decided to go across the border and around 9, left for it. I will write about this eventful weekend later at some point as I am not reallly in mood for it at the moment ..
So i'll edit this post and run a nice one later .. til then .. bye bye :-)

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Never say "no"

Never say no to your coworkers about anything. This is the lesson I learned on Monday. Around 3 PM, I was debating if I should go in the staff room and get a coke, or have a cup of tea or maybe just ask someone to make a pot of coffee for moi or just go out for a walk and get a cup coffee from my favorite coffee shop of the town. Apparently, I said it out loud and Charlotte who was freaking out for some unforeseen reasons or maybe because some deadline was approaching and she was all worked up, screamed from her office “Sukrit, I have coffee in my thermos”. I politely said no thank you as I am not even sure what I want at the moment besides I would rather have something else from my list than drinking coffee from some thermos where that coffee might be sitting since morning.
It wasn’t moments after that when I realized about the mistake I made. Charlotte just pouted in the beginning and Terry told me how rude it was for me to say that to her (she meant to refuse her), and someone even brought up the issue of my brat-ness and how to make me Americanized.
I thought they will get over it and move on. But its 3rd day today since that happened and these ladies are in no mood to leave this behind. Seems like they wanna live all their life with this as at every step I am being reminded about how wrong I was.
Now come-on, why would I drink old rotten coffee from a thermos? What was so wrong about saying no to that? And above all, I was not even sure if I particularly wanted coffee. I could have gone out and would have gotten Iced Latté or something.
So the morale of this story is to NEVER say no to anyone’s generosity, be it is some old coffee or some fungus ridden brownie or a soggy cookie. Just take it with grace and spill it, throw it or do whatever else when they are not looking and shower them with compliments like “the coffee was delicious”, and then ask “what kind it was” or “this is the best brownie I have tasted in my life” .. yup that is the American way. Oh joy!!

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Happy Ramnavami

Lets celebrate the birth day of the Lord who lived his life for others, its pupils. Since my childhood days I see Lord Rama as a motherly God, someone who I always can rely upon and also can demand anything from without even thinking twice. I have always been his favorite child and I am sure I will always be. So don’t even think about stealing him from mighty moi :-P

Lets talk about the Lord for a bit. He is the one who set the ideals for the people: Lord Rama set an example through each and every action of his. He explained how an embodied soul can attain “Final Liberation” by acting in the righteous ways. “He set an example of a Divine Kingdom for the people: When Righteousness (Dharma) manifested in the gross, Unrighteousness (Adharma) also manifested in the gross. Many embodied souls started troubling Sages, Saints and others who acted in accordance with the scriptures. During that time Lord Rama protected the Sages and set an example through His own deeds for all kings as to how a Divine Kingdom should be. Lord Rama is an ideal of how selfless, free from desire and impartial a King can be!”[1]

Above all, lord Rama displays emotions of happiness & unhappiness just like humans do. (His melancholy at Sita’s abduction is an example.) Hence, we feel closer to Him than we feel towards other Gods.[2]

Lets celebrate the day in his glory and may lord brings happiness and joy to all of you on this pious day to forever and ever and ever – Jai Ram Ji Ki.

Monday, March 26, 2007

la la la la

The following quote is from Desidarta and I read it again today and got carried away. So here are some excerpts from my carried away moments.. ha ha

"If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself." - Desidarata

Isn’t it amazing? I mean, why do we compare ourselves with others? I know many of us do. But I am happy to be where I am and moreover who I am. A lil bit of idiotNESS, and stupidNESS and some other nessESS wouldn’t hurt us. I think that is what makes this life beautiful. So yes, love yourself for who you are sing beautiful songs, or just humm if u suck in singing like moi :-) But be passionate :-)

Passion! Yes the passion. Live with passion, no matter what it is, just dream and let the time takes its own course. Some dreams will come true and some won’t. Just acknowledge what we want today we might not even like tomorrow. So just dream and don’t care about the outcome. For better or worse, enjoy the life to the fullest. Love and be loved, cherish everything and be happy. Yup cherish the life, enjoy it and be thankful, actually be very thankful for the wonderful world you are living in.

(thas what I think in my happy sapppy moments .... luv to all *hugz*)

Monday, March 19, 2007


I am drawing a blank to come up with something rather interesting to write here. I don’t want to write all about what I did this weekend and all that kind of stuff as that can be perceived boring and redundant. Besides its not all about my life, is it? Well, it is my journal so whose life it is going to be about? I don’t know, sometimes I just want to mention my imagination and thinking and at time I do mention my life. So, I guess it is all about my mood and frame of mind I am in.
Saturday night I watched this movie “Shortbus” with the gang, and I have to see it again, as I didn’t get the plot. When during the movie I mentioned that I am not sure what is going on, I was bluntly told to blame it all on myself as I was not paying attention, which I know I wasn’t but come on. If you are against nudity in the films, please do not watch it, as this movie was full of naked people, sex, 3-somes and many-somes, orgasms, lone sex, gay sex, str8 sex and sex in general ….. You got an idea, right? To add more flavor to it, just think about, someone being a sex therapist who has never had an orgasm, yes that was one of the theme of the movie. By the way, it wasn’t porn and it was proudly played in one of my favorite theaters in Albany, the one and only Spectrum.
After much thinking and by a little push from (Insert name here), this weekend I also worked on my resume which is looking annoyingly dull at the moment, but I have vowed to make it look awesome as I am awesome so my resume should represent mighty me. I am also convinced that there is nothing wrong in exploring and expanding my horizons and work towards making my dream of getting a Ferrari come true.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Cricket World Cup!

Cricket is a game I never lost my interest in, even after living in a country where majority of people don’t even know if it is a sport, in their dictionary cricket is only an insect not the game. It is really interesting to see my never fading love for this game; this love even surprises me at times. I should know it comes natural by being an Indian or something, but come on! Time after time I have been stumped by people from Cricket playing nations when I cheerfully ask them something about the game and would be disappointed by their complete lack of interest in it. When I asked my English and Australian friends last week about what are their plans for the world cup, they looked at me in a very strange way, and showed no interest whatsoever in watching even the Finals. Mind you, one of them brought me a cricket bat and other a cricket ball from their respective countries when they visited their homelands last year (only cuz they luv me not the game). Their interest for the game can be judged by this statement of my Aussie friend who said, he will give me a party if India wins the world cup.
But, I am still very excited and will be following the performance of Indian team very closely along with the two other teams who I don’t even want to see winning a single game ha ha .. yup Australia and the Sinstan!

Monday, March 05, 2007

Why we need Dennis Kucinich?

“Remember that kid in high school who ran for class president, the one who wasn't popular, who didn't have money or dress well or even make a decent hallway poster? Now imagine if he sticks to it so long he starts to win. And by the time he's 23, he's a city councilman in Cleveland. At 31, he's the country's youngest big city mayor. All this success, you figure, would make his skin glow a little, his suits a bit spiffier, his speeches a little punchier. But what if he was so damn earnest that it didn't? What if at 60 he still looked and sounded like Dennis Kucinich?” [1]

Now that would be one heck of a guy, and that’s who Dennis Kucinich is. This guy knows what the right things to do are and what issues his conscience allows him to stand for without worrying about the fact that his opponents can use that platform of his to hammer him. Clinton and Obama do not stand anywhere near him when it comes to supporting the issues they believe in. Don’t take me wrong, I admire Hillary Clinton, and I do want to see her as the United State’s president. But that is because I am thinking like an average American (an Indian in my case) perspective, where we only talk about flamboyant candidates and since media has given certain candidates so much coverage that thinking about any other candidate would be considered some kind of wrongdoing or something.

Let’s see, why I want to see this man in the higher office. I think he reminds me of a great Indian politician L.K. Advani. They both have something in common, and that is standing by the issues which are near and dear to them. They stick to their issues, not because they believe supporting certain issues will make them elect able in office, but because they both believe in being truthful and stating the facts “as is” without trying to make them look good or because of some popular public demand due to media hype.

People everywhere are so used to double speak and that is why they do not understand the candidates who don’t speak doublespeak. I think it is time we fix this problem. Lets start it from here and Vote for Dennis Kucinich in every single democratic primary and show everyone that we stand for honesty and we stand with people who have ideals.

[1] Stein, Joel. "The Kucinich Conundrum." Time 02 Mar 2007 05 Mar 2007 .

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Sunday's Oscar saga!

Well, since my math quizzes and exams back in 80s and 90s I have never done this bad in any of the tests in my life. I got 7 right and 17 oscar picks wrong. I still did better than Dina though, she got ONLY 6 of her response correct and her IQ is around 160... (Another proof that IQs are overrated and IQ tests shud be banned).
Right after the boiz Buster and Baily gave me the warmest ever welcome by jumping over me and licking my face all over, Kelly Boi said this group is one of the most sensitive and most non-judgmental and definitely not a nit-picky bunch that one could ever meet in ones life. Even though I knew almost everyone in that room, but Kelly boi took the pride in introducing me to everyone anyway. While I was bonding again with my boiz , this non judgmental group of 3 Kellys and few others started to keep up with the annual rituals. Some comments were way beyond previous years ones. Like Suzanne's mother in law something, Kelly girl 1's dad or something and many other something with other things and something …… After Richard got the first Oscar pick right, he got some vintage candle holder as the prize, and there we go again, Kelly2 looked at Suzanne and screamed, THAT WAS the gift I re-gifted you … whoa!! Well thas how the night started and it ended after midnight when the award of best picture went to "The Departed". I ended up winning a *Bar Master* and now my dream of becoming a bartender is finally gonna come true.

Saturday's Two whales, Speed & Reno 911 saga!

Usually, I get up after my alarm goes off but these days many a times I am getting up when I hear the sound of two whales mating. Around 6:30 I woke up with the screeching noises from the apt. upstairs * screech- squeak –screech- squeak – on & on .... who wants to hear any such thing? If added together those two fatties are over 1000 lbs. Now it would be a different story if the couple were good looking, sexy and hot, then I prolly wudnt mind this much. (I think). But, one of these days I m gonna go upstairs and tell them to either get a strong bed or have sex on the floor or mebbe just abstain, cuz I have no intentions in sleeping with my ear plugs on or waking up to the sounds of their intimate moments… or perhaps I will just move my bed to the other room.
So yeah I got up and got ready and packed my stuff including my much needed craptop for that day and left for the chamber of commerce. In the parking lot Carey was sitting in his car waiting for someone or me to get there. When I got out of my car, he screamed do you have the "Kode"?... I thought in my mind "Yes I have the code and you should have it too", I nodded and we were inside the building a moment later. There I was setting up my computer and other stuff and was all excited about the fact that I am an hour early and now will have time to go over some material and will also have some time to chillax. BUT (There is always an IF or a BUT when everything is working just great) there I realized I didn't bring my power cord & adapter. That threw me off. My crap-top has no battery life, without the power cord, I can't even turn it on. So my options were to either go home and get it or just not present and leave it on others to do my job, but I decided to go back home. At times I caught myself doing 110, but usually I was a little under 100 on Northway, (They can’t technically put me in jail if I am not speeding over 100 mph), so that was fun! I was back in less than 2 hours and that too in one piece. Oh! and I didn't even have to make the presentation after all that. That was just perfect, now only if I would have known this earlier.
At 4 in the evening, after that entire saga, I decided to go to Matt's and help him with the dinner he was making for couple of us. So I got there in no time to help him prepare dinner. While Matt prepared the food, I drank wine and watched 80s music videos, that was my help to him in cooking dinner. Over there he told me that cooking food is a great stress reliever and I should learn something from him .. I was like ooookayyyyyy, woteva dood. I was drunk before even Nick and Jon arrived. After we had dinner, the gang decided to go watch " Reno 911", a movie which if you haven't seen yet, please do not bother. We almost splitted* before the movies though, cuz both Matt and I rebelled and refused to watch this movie as there were many better options at the theater but we gave in as Jonathan would not budge. The theater was packed, that was a big turn off but we were able to find 4 seats together in some row where I would not usually sit. Anyway, during the movie, few people behind us, who I think were in there 40s laughed at the gay character and one of them said *ughh look at the fairy*. I looked at Matt, he looked at me, and we put our my arms across each other shoulders and we watched the rest of the movie just like that, without ever being interrupted by any other derogatory comment from the back row.
After the movie, we joined Rita, Ken and others at Fuze Box and danced the night away over the 80s music. Over there Scott & Will asked if Rita was my Indian bride, I said yes she is Indian & mail ordered. When Rita asked what were we talking about, I simply told her that Scott said she is beautiful. After hearing that she was all pleased.

Sunday, February 25, 2007

The Mantras!

Someone wanted me to explain the meaning of "Maha Mrityunjay Mantra" as I have had this mantra in one of my postings earlier. So I went online and found the explanation of it and I am posting it over here as it is. While I am doing that, I also wanted to put down the “Gayatri Mantra” and meaning of it as well. There is one other mantra which my mum gave to me when I was little and till date that is my favorite mantra and I recite it more often than any other mantras.

1. Maha Mrityunjay Mantra
Om Tryamlakam YajamaheSugandhim Pusti - vardhanam
Urva - rukamiva BandhananMrtyor - muksheeya Ma - amritat

The Maha Mrityunjay is a mantra that is said to rejuvenate, bestow health, wealth, a long life, peace, prosperity and contentment. The Mantra is a centuries old technique of connecting one to pure consciousness and bliss.The prayer is addressed to LORD SHIVA. By chanting this Mantra, Divine vibrations are generated which ward off all the negative and evil forces and create a powerful protective shield. And it is said to protect the one who chants against accidents and misfortunes of every kind. It is a vibration that pulsates through every cell, every molecule of our body and tears away the veil of ignorance. It ignites a fire within us that consumes all our negativity and purifies our entire system. It is also said to have a powerful healing of diseases declared incurable even by the doctors. It is a Mantra to conquer death and connects us to our own inner divinity.Known as the Moksha Mantra of Lord Shiva, Maha Mrityunjay evokes the Shiva within and removes the fear of death, liberating one from the cycle of death and rebirth.

2. Gayatri Mantra
Aum Bhur Bhuvah Swah Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi Dhiyo Yo Nah Prachodayat

ॐ भूर्भुवः स्वः, तत्सवितुर्वरेण्यं
भर्गो देवस्य धीमहि, धियो यो नः प्रचोदयात्।

Rishis (Sages) selected the words of various Mantras and arranged them so that they not only convey meaning but also create specific power through their utterance. Gayatri Mantra inspires wisdom. Its meaning is that "May the Almighty God illuminate our intellect to lead us along the righteous path". All the problems of a person are solved if he/she is endowed with the gift of righteous wisdom. Once endowed with far-sighted wisdom, a man is neither entangled in calamity nor does he tread the wrong path. A wise man finds solution to all outstanding problems. Only those persons who do not think correctly find difficulty and take wrong steps due to foolishness. Chanting of Gayatri Mantra removes this deficiency. The teachings and powers incorporated in the Gayatri Mantra fulfil this purpose.

3. Lord Rama’s Healing Mantra!
Apadamapa Hataram Dataram Sarva Sampadam
Loka Bhi Ramam Sri Rama Bhuyo Bhuyo Namamyaham

Meaning: Oh most compassionate Rama please send your healing energy right here to the earth, to the earth.
(There is a better explanation of this mantra, but right now this is what I have to offer. I will add the explanation once I find it somewhere.)

Saturday, February 24, 2007

My Oscar picks!

This year again the Oscar night will be at Suzanne’s, where I will be joining her gang by ditching my regular Sunday dinner gang. I know its pathetic, but I need to touch bases with Suzanne and company, besides what other night would be a better one to enjoy the company of 3 Kelly’s, yah and one Kelly is a guy. There we are going to play this game of who gets their pick right and win a small prize for every single category. Have to love Suzanne for that, last time she humbly gave away all the gifts she received for her house warming party and of course the Xmas gifts. Mind you, she modestly confessed that all those gifts are the ones she didn’t need and were worthless to her, and actually were taking up space in her basement. At times the girls shamelessly made mockery of the original gift giver and their choice of picking such a ridiculous gift and giving it to Suzanne, but lets not get into that at this time!

So, here is my pick for the Oscars for tomorrow night (Academy awards 2007)

Best Actor:
Forest Whittaker "Last King of Scotland"
Will Smith "The Pursuit of Happyness"
Leonardo DiCaprio "Blood Diamond"
Peter O'Toole "Venus"
Ryan Gosling "Half Nelson"

Mypick : Ryan Goslin
Although, I believe Will Smith would get this award, but my vote is for Ryan Goslin as in my opinion, he deserves it (not saying why though *evil grin*).

Best Actress:
Helen Mirren "The Queen"
Judi Dench "Notes on a Scandal"
Meryl Streep "The Devil Wears Prada"
Penelope Cruz "Volver"
Kate Winslet "Little Children"

My Pick: Helen Mirren.
I am not doubting even the slightiest that Meryl Streeo doesn’t deseserve this award, she surely does. Besides she is one of my favorite actresses since I saw the movie “music of the heart” (A must see for everyone), while I didn’t even know about existance of Helen Mirren before I saw the movie Queen. The natural and beautiful acting of Helen, is making me pick her for this award.

Best Supporting Actor:
Eddie Murphy "Dreamgirls"
Dijmon Hounsou "Blood Diamond"
Alan Arkin "Little Miss Sunshine"
Mark Wahlberg "The Departed"
Jackie Earle Haley "Little Children"

My pick: Jackie Earle Haley
He is my pick cuz of his wonderful role as a child molester in the movie, which I think he did a great job with the character he was playing.

Best Supporting Actress:
Jennifer Hudson "Dreamgirls"
Cate Blanchett "Babel"
Adriana Barraza "Babel"
Rinko Kikuchi "Babel"
Abigail Breslin "Little Miss Sunshine"

My pick: Jennifer Hudson
She did a passionate job in this movie to won the award from me. Although, I loved the movie Babel, but three picks from that movie for this award is making me not even think about any of them.

Best Director:
Martin Scorsese "The Departed"
Stephen Frears "The Queen"
Alejandro Gonzalez "Babel"
Clint Eastwood "Letters From Iwo Jima"
Paul Greengrass "United 93"

My pick: Stephen Frears from Queen.
Considering the fact that I haven’t seen, “The departed and “Letters from Iwo Jima” I am picking this from the three of the movies I have seen from the list.

Best Picture:
"The Departed"
"The Queen"
"Little Miss Sunshine"
"Letters From Iwo Jima"

My Pick: Babel
I hated Little Miss Sunshine, I have no idea why this movie found a place in the entries in the first place. Queen was a beautiful movie, but Babel beats queen in my eyes to pick up Best picture award.

Ok, fellas Those were my Oscars pick for the major categories. And I do hope Water wins the oscar for best foreign film category. That is it for now, toddles!

Friday, February 23, 2007

Fantasy land!

Somewhere out there, there is a fantasy land and I think that fantasy land is way beautiful actually way bautifulLER than the prettiest cities of the world where whatever you have dreamt for all these years will come true. Over there, if you need anything, all you hafta do iz to think about what you need and it will appear in front of you, just like that.

Now just imagine, if I am there, what I would be dealing with. It will certainly have a small island in front of my apt. where I wud go every evening with the fishes, dogs, cats tigers and my few other pets. Oh! and the fishes will walk and all my pets will be talking to each other and playing with each other while I would be keeping eye on them just like a good old grandmother …errrrr, aight nah, that came out wrong. I will be like their guardian, big brother? Mebbbe father? Or I will be just me being me drinking booze and getting (BEEP) ha ha

Aight, that is the one thing. Other things about this fantasy land would be that everyone I know and like could be summoned there on my will. Ha ha ha yup! Boi, that is gonna be so much fun and will certainly tire my favorite ppl , and few other beautiful ppl cuz I wud be summoning then quite a few times in a day. Well, if they wanna be relieved from this summoning, they will have the option to move to this fantasy land of mine and live happily ever after like in fairy tales. Then they can also have this power of summoning and they can summon whoever they want to. That is gonna be awesome, with all that summoning powers no one is gonna miss anyone ever. Hurrraaayyyy. Besides I will summon Krishna with his flute and make him play the flute and dance in front of me ha ha ..that wud be so evil to do, but he is gonna be my assistant so I am sure he wudnt mind besides its about time he makes himself a little useful and entertain me he he.. lately it does seems like he has been sleeping and getting fat or something, so we need to change that.

Moving on to the next thing and that iz work. There won’t be any work to do, just good and beautiful thoughts. Whatever one desires, one would be getting that without making any efforts so that everyone can enjoy this beautiful life. Sleep whenever one wants and fly whenver one desires and all other awesome stuff …..The smell of this land is going be just like roses. Then, there wont be any need for incenses or candles or potpourri or whatever other kind of fragrances are available at the super markets. Food, my my my .. aight, no cooking would be allowed in the fantasy land, cuz cooking sukz .. anyway if someone wishes to cook for whatever reason they can do so … but there will be abundance of foooood. My favorite Thai food, Indian food, Italian food more Indian food and more Indian food and again more Indian food and more… .. hehe.

Lets name this fantasy land --- I am outta ideas on that one , any suggestion?

Thursday, February 22, 2007


Life is good and we live it once, so live it fully and live it happy :-)
Everything comes around, so do good times, so stay happy :-)
Keep everyone around you happy :-)
Never fall for “practical world” trap of any kind. So, live life ideally and that is happy :-)
No place for diplomacy in ones life. Now that contradicts one of my earlier posts. So let me elaborate on that one. If something is good, say it and keep everyone around you happy but if something isn’t good, just forget and and that will keep everyone happy :-)
I wanna live happy :-)
I wanna see everything & everyone around me happy :-)
I wanna die happy :-) (Which would be another 200 years)
And I want to get cremated the day I die, that would make my beautiful soul happy :-)
So, fellas lets party and be happy :-)
... ... ha ha I am such an Idiot, but I am very happy :-)

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Movie review - Walk on Water!

Since I watched the movie “Crash” last year, I haven't come across any other great movie. That got changed this weekend when I saw “Walk on Water”. If you have not seen it, go, run and grab this movie ASAP and watch it. I highly recommend this beautiful movie to all my people. After watching this movie, for hours I was in the movie mode. And that is very unusual for me. Usually when I watch a movie, I laugh out loud and annoy the heck out of my friends and when the movie is finished I forget about it. By the way, if you don’t know it, I laugh during the sad movies as well, don’t ask why, but I do. I never watch movies alone, and when I have some company my major goal is to cherish the company and one certainly can’t enjoy a movie when someone is sobbing around you, at least not me. So I think I try my best to not let these “sobers” get deep into sadistic mode and ruin the fun. Anyway, don’t forget to watch this movie and give me your feedback.
*Luv to all*

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Love in Manhattan!

This beautiful picture I found when I was reading New York Times, so yes, it is courtesy NYT. I have a few pictures of myself and my friends right in front of this art work , but at that moment it never came to my mind to take a picture of two people kissing or maybe me and someone else kissing. So, this is my agenda now, when I go to Manhattan, I will make sure I get my picture taken just like that. That would be great and satisfying.

So yeah, it is unbelievable that in the USA there are many bigots around who still harass, verbally abuse and physically attack same sex people who have balls to display simple affection in public. Looks like everything changes for these bigots the minute two guys kiss, right? The earth stop spinning or maybe their ancestors start moaning from their graves or maybe their children or loved ones turn into animals or something.

Just great, I don’t know what got into me, I just felt like ranting. I think few stories I read today and heard recently about bias against gays and lesbians and trans-gender community made me angry. Anyway, so moving on and on a lighter note, who wants to go to Manhattan with moi? One of the perks is that you would be able to kiss me there and get in the picture with me. Sounds like a plan?

Black & White!

Kevin, a friend of mine once told me sometime last year, that I am usually very harsh with my opinions, and that too with almost everything, be it some critiques, reviews, political stance or rather life in general. That literally meant I see things black and white. He judged me after knowing me for less than a year.

When I watch a movie, I either absolutely love it or hate it! – This is actually what made me thing about this “Black & White” theme which was brought to my attention a few months ago. When it comes to political parties, I am either a staunch supporter or a fierce opponent. Be it the Republican Party or the Democratic Party here in the states or the Indian National Congress or the BJP back in India. I can add so much here to make this list long, but I guess, this is enough for the moment.

I agree with Kevin or not is another story but my actions firmly support his views. When, I think about it, his analogy is kind of right about me. I am very outspoken, and don’t feel shy in citing my opinions even if I know it is not going to please the listeners. Moreover, I say things “as it is” and that too without trying to be diplomatic. It is definitely not a good thing and certainly not a good idea to deal with the world and life (so they say) . But if that is who I am and what I am, should I try to change it? Wouldn’t this mean that I am trying to be something or someone who I am not?

But then, if I look at this from a different angle, then I come to a different conclusion. Life is a journey where we learn new things almost at every step. We also try to make amends, try to undo the mistakes we have done in the past by correcting over selves and by learning from life, as we are supposedly becoming wiser by time. Isn’t that the same idea behind going to school and learning from it? So I think, it won’t be a bad idea if I work on making my life colorful and get out of just these two shades and in addition acknowledge it.

I also know that many times I don’t just see things in grey; I see them in colors – multiple shades. I know I do. Do I admit this fact in front of everybody is another story. Perhaps I should try not to be very harsh with my opinions and say things as I mean them but in a better way, but without compromising with my beliefs & values although do it tactfully.

Now after saying all that, there are times, when seeing black and white is the only option. And, I am not going to try and explain when and under what circumstances the things should be seen only in black and white. But let me cite one example, and that would be true and false questions .. ha ha ha – bite me!

Friday, February 16, 2007

India after 8 years! - Part 2

It was one hot evening during the summer of 2006 in New Delhi and I was with my brother, a cousin and a childhood friend of mine at Paschim Vihar market, when it all happened.

We were standing in front of a sweet shop, actually discussing about what to eat. On the menu were, “ice cream faludas” or some kind of “chat”. A little kid, of about 9-10 years old came to us and asked for money. He was literally in rags and was looking quite distressing, and the fact that he was begging made him look sadder in my eyes. So yeah, he came to us and asked for money. Both I and my brother are staunch opponents of any kind of begging, we firmly refused and told him to go away. But that kid wouldn’t go away even after repeatedly being told by all four of us, he would just not go away. I was getting irritated and was about to drop a bombshell or something or maybe I was just preparing myself for a rude and firm yelling. My brother spoke up, he said, , hey kid look at my clothes, we don’t have any money and look at my pants, “does it look like we can afford to give you a rupee or something?” He added, I can’t even afford a decent pair of jeans for myself so how could I spare some money for you?

The little kid was in shock. He was literally in shock. He was looking at my brother’s pants and then at his face and then at his pants again and then he looked at us and then got back to looking at his pants and his face. The kid was dumbstruck. I am pretty sure he was confused; yes the fact that my brother was wearing those ragged, more like destroyed jeans with holes in them kind of proved his point of affordability.

This whole scene made all of us laugh so hard that we were literally into tears and were having hard time to breathe. We ended up giving that kid a 5 rupee coin, which I wasn’t really happy about. But my brother’s comment that after all the trauma that kid had to go through by dealing with us earned him that much of money, soothed me. And we moved on!

Thursday, February 15, 2007

My Women & Harem!

I entered in the building a little after this afternoon, and while I was going towards my desk, I heard Terry calling me and saying, “hey Sukrit where are our Valentines Day candies?” I was taken aback by that for a moment, and in that millisecond I honestly felt guilty for not bringing candies or chocolates for my favorite staff which includes her of course.
She was quite loud in telling me that and that is the reason Phyllis and many others heard that comment. Phyllis is another one who loves me and to prove that eternal love bakes the poor soul, aka me, cookies once in a while. After hearing Terry’s comment, she said, “Sukrit, are they giving you hard time up here”. Before I could even say something, Terry replied, “noooo, we never give him hard time, we love him” and then she added, “we are his women”.
Phyllis was speechless, so was I.
While two of us were looking at each other and perhaps trying to decipher that comment in our minds, another one speaks up, and said, “yes and this is his harem!!”
Phyllis and I were beyond speechless!!!

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Lovey Dovey Day!

To all my pals, fans and stalkers and everyone else, may St. Valentine brings you the happiness and love :-)


Keep smiling always :-)

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Flying dream!

What do you think about my idea of start taking flying lessons and have a Pilot license? Yep, I am contemplating that.
I remember those good old days right after I graduated from high school in India when I was despising the fact of going to college to continue my education. Education at that time seemed so boring and I wanted to do something interesting and not so unexciting with my life. That is when; I decided to visit Delhi Flying Club at Safdarjung Airport in New Delhi. When I first rode my bike there, all by myself, the small building and small planes looked so surreal, I was already completely sold and right there at that very moment I decided that, this is what I want to do. I met with an advisor over there who was very pleasant and very supportive and also very realistic. He gave me a catalog and explained some pros and cons of the course and the school itself and its future prospects. His major concern at that time seemed to be my finances. He started telling me about the cost of the program which I didn’t even bother to listen because everything looked so great and I have already sold my soul to the program. Besides I have already started dreaming of becoming a Pilot and flying planes all over the globe.
That evening when I came back home, I told my mother and she kind of gave me a silent treatment over this. Even though I got a cold shoulder from her, that didn’t put even a slightest dent on my dreams; it was my dad who later crushed my dreams of becoming a pilot and flying all over the globe. Yeah, he said NO. So like a good boy I let that dream of mine go and I settled with going to college for nothing.
But till this date, I admire Air Planes so very much and kind of get excited whenever or wherever I see them. I absolutely believe that, this is the greatest invention and ultimate achievement of the human race of all times. During all these years, I always knew I am going to fly one day. I believe, now it is the time when I can work on it and turn this dream into a reality. Tom, a friend of mine is a pilot and I had a casual chat with him about flying schools here in NY few months ago. Now I only need to do a little more research and put my acts together and just go for it. Seems like, that day is not very far when I will be flying this wonderful piece of metal in the skies.

Monday, February 12, 2007

My Dream Machine!

Too much talk about cars lately made me take it one step further. It is once again the time when I fill the spot of my “dream machine” which has been lying vacant for more than a year now. So here I am officially declaring my new dream machine, again with pride and mischief. And who wants to guess what it is? Yeah you can try and of course might guess is right. But the point is, this time I am aiming for so high, it is not even practically possible to achieve this dream of mine in near future. But again, hey, a man got to do what he needs to do or maybe wants to do. And when it comes to me, I m a notorious dreamer, usually very practical though but I do like to dream for achievable materialistic things. The car is a Ferrari Spider. Actually, a Red Ferrari Spider. This is such a gorgeous car and even though I have never driven it, I think I am in love with it. I did touch it once in my life time, and that was last year when a yellow beauty was parked in front of Argentine consulate in NYC. Boy, I didn’t miss the chance to touch it. I actually smothered it. I even wanted to lick it, which I would have if it wasn’t parked in public and also if I didn’t have a friend with me. Hence, I kind of kept my emotions in control and settled with just touching it. Pretty soon I am going to test drive this car. I might just want to steal the car at that time but we will see how that goes. *wink*

Friday, February 09, 2007

Missing me!

This is the email I recieved this morning from someone very special.(someone, whose identity I am not gonna make public ha ha ha ... cuz then that would be so unfair to this person .. rather humilating ha ha). Although this is written in fun so don't get any ideas. .. Here it comes .....


I want you to think about what life would be like without me for a whooooole year.Now think about how sad,lonely,and depressed you would be!!!Just think about it,cuz if it turns out I have to go to ACC just for a year,then you could stay here just for a year and see me cuz you love me so much.And then,we can go to NYC as planned and you will realize(well you already know how wonderful I am)how wonderful I am,and we will get to hang out allllll the time,and you will be sooooo happy I'm sure.
OH,and did I mention that if you leave me here I will be SOOOO sad.I mean really sad.I will be dehydrated cuz I would have been crying every day cuz I didn't get to see you.Omg,it would be awful,awful,awful.I already miss you when I don't get to see you Friday....and Saturday....oh and Sunday...and now I sound like a stalker.But just so you know,honestly,life without you would be awful.I mean it too.Now you don't have to stay here,and I'm quite sure that if you really and truly don't want to wait for me you would tell me-seeing as you're bold,blunt and beautiful...sorry you've changed it to handsome now haven't you?-but I'm hoping you will at least THINK about waiting for a while,and then we can both go to NYC and have sooooo much fun.
And I just want to remind you how much I loooooove you,and how sad I would be without you and I don't want you to leave me here.Please please please,don't leave me here.Just picture us in NYC a year from now and think of how much you love me.At least think about it anyways.You don't have to say yes,you will wait for me,(although you know how awesome that would be??:-))but just think of it.And then hopefully you will be able to tell me yes or no.Yes is the better answer by the way.No pressure or anything though.And don't hate me for begging.I don't beg very often.I think it's pathetic generally,but I'll have you know that you are the first person I have begged for anything in a looooong time.The last time I REALLY begged was when I was 4,and wanted my mother to buy me a unicorn.I didn't understand why I couldn't have one,and thought she was evil for not getting me one.Must be I still think YOU can build me a unicorn.;-)
So yes,me begging is rare.And I will beg more if it works.Unless the begging freaks you out,in which case I'll stop.
Anyways,I'm off now darling dearest.But think loooong and hard.And then tell me what you have thought.:-)I will love you forever and ever and ever and ever....:-)

Friday, February 02, 2007

Getting closer to friends!

I have decided to get a little more CLOSER to my friends. Until now my philosophy was to not to get into details about what they do and anything about their family wouldn’t intrigue me. Well I do know what most of my close friends do, but I don’t exactly know their job description and their ranking and all that type of information about them. I guess it is the time to change that. I am going to spend the month of February to make this amend in my life. Hopefully I will have the basic information about them, which for most people is very important.
I guess that is it for now. I will come back here with the report and, how did I do on this project of knowing more about people I care about and the ones who matter to me. Sounds strange, isn’t it?

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

The wicked Monday!

Here I am again, a little shattered but not shaken and eager to move on. Yesterday wasn’t a bad day, neither was it a great day, but I decided to talk to friends and keep the rhythm going so that I forget the series of unfortunate events of Monday.

It all started when I reached at work on Monday. I passed by two coworkers and we didn’t exchange greetings. After settling down I decided to go for my coffee run and I was being told that Albert passed away. The news of Albert’s death shook me. He was the greatest guy at work and we happened to be only two who would talk for hours about cricket and politics and India and life in general.
It didn’t even sink in totally when brother called and told me that a guy crashed into his new car. That made me so nervous that I felt like throwing up. That he was unhurt and there was only minor damage to the car and it was entirely other guy’s fault and he was very apologetic about it .. did help me a bit. But I was a total wreck after that call.
I am surprised about how fragile I can be especially, when I firmly believe that I am one of the strongest man on this earth …. I guess I need to do some rethinking about it and probably do something about this as well. Around 1 o’clock, I got out of the building to go home have some tea and relax for an hour or so and have some peace of mind. But nope, when I reached the parking lot I noticed I had a flat tire. Yup a flat tire! I don’t remember when the last time I had a flat tire and this is the first time since I have this car with run flat on it and that means no spare tire. I called the service shop and decided to take my car over there right away. I was so antsy at that time that I ran a red light. Yup I ran a red light. I don’t know what I was thinking and I do know that I did realize that I made a mistake but it was too late to do anything about it, all I saw slammed breaks on two cars and they missed me by inches. In that ordeal, I lost whatever sense I had left in me and I stalled my car right in between that intersection. My heart was pounding and right there I just wanted to SCREAM. I was courageous enough to look outside seeing those two cars backing up and leave. Another guy who was apparently waiting for me to move or do something looked at me and gestured like he was saying “come-on dude move”. I started my car and left the scene. It was 4:30 when I came back to work, picked up my bag and stuff and left for home. When I got home, I cancelled my dinner plans with friends and switched off my phone as I just needed a break from everything and life in general, so I took a nap.
Yesterday was a better day, but all day long I was very uneasy and antsy and aggregative, edgy (even according to my coworkers) and in a very fragile mode. All day long I had weird thoughts running in my mind. I made sure I talk to everyone I love and care about. And the ones I couldn’t talk to, I thought about how much I love them and miss them and thank Gods that they are in my life and how important they are for me. The ones who were not in my mind yesterday, I saw them in my dream ……!!
"Om Tryambhakam Yajamahe
Sugandhim Pushtivardhanam
Urvarukamiva Bandhanan
Mrityor Mukshiya Maamritat"

Friday, January 26, 2007

P.I.T.A. finally got a car!

I am only posting the pic at the moment as I have to jet, but still wanted to update about the car. At the end it was between VW Jetta and Ford Mustang. Mustang came out as the winner :-) .. look for yourself. P.S. PITA stands for my "Pain In The Ass" brother :-)

Monday, January 22, 2007

I, them and Gods!

I just needed to be reminded by this quote today … yeah one of those days. Whenever I am mad at someone, which is usually, when someone successfully takes away a little peace of mind from mighty me, I read this and feel better.
I do not agree with this quote whole heartedly, but it still soothes me and calms me down and instantly starts making me feeling better. The one part which bugs me about this quote is saying that people are often unreasonable…., I do not agree with that. There are a lot of unreasonable people around, but that would still make them of the size of a mole as compared to mountainous ethical, honest and reasonable people in this world.

People are often (sometimes) unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered;
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;
Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
Build anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have and it may just never be enough;
Give the world the best you have anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, it's all between you and God"S";
It was never between you and them anyway.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Clinton or Kucinich?

This morning started with an awesome note. The news about Senator Clinton’s announcement of bidding for Democratic Party nomination brought me joy. She is an iron lady who is witty and has all the required skills and qualifications to become the United States next President. I was always impressed by her wittiness and glamour.

Being said all that, she is still not my first choice as the US next president. One person who caught my attention in last democratic primary is the one, who I would still support over Hillary, and that man is Ohio Senator, “Dennis J. Kucinich”. His liberal policies and boldness over the issues irrespective of criticism by his own party makes him one of the most honest politicians of the present time.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Golda Meir!

There is no other woman leader in the world as great as Golda Meir. She was not only the first Prime Minister of Israel; she was issued the first ever Israeli passport after the creation of State of Israel. There is so much ga ga I can do and sing praises about her and her philosophies. But the following statement of hers’ is something which won my heart and I salute her for that.

The following picture means a thousand words and sadly it is still happening in that part of the world where sanity seems to be a never reaching theme. Because it is amazing to see how people can have little respect for human life and still sympathize with the killers of children, and innocent civilians. Ironically they support this evil cause of terrorism and won't oppose the suicide bombing of Israelites only because the killers, suicide bombers and these fkced up people belong to "their" religion.

Shame on those and shame on the philosophy which preaches this!

Tuesday, January 16, 2007


Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons . Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.
- Anonymous

Life is indeed too hectic and full of surprises and at times it seems like you can't deal with everything. So it is indeed good idea to relax and take it slow at times without worrying about the stuff you won't be able to do. So many times, I have been panicking about certain things, not finishing some important task on time, and at times I have spent hours and sometimes even days by just freaking out about something. But at the end things work out. They just do!

The latter part of the above quote is amazing, and it feels just right. Apart from one, two perhaps three… or maybe many times, I have been on good terms with almost all the people (evil excluded). I am bold, I am blunt, I speak the truth and I do speak up my mind but if you respect my views even if you don't agree with me, you still can be one of my best buddies. I do the same .. again in most cases. Listening to others is as important as voicing your own opinion. At the end it is YOU who has option to ignore the other. And it doesn't take much to spend some time listening to others no matter how ignorant & dull they are.

I am definitely going to apply this to my life a little more realistically and hopefully it will make me a little more open minded except of course on some issues which are very near and dear to me .

Monday, January 15, 2007

Research on a car!

Research on buying a new car is not easy, and especially when it is for your younger brother who has totaled two cars in as many years. I spent weeks in researching before I decided for a new 06 civic, which he didn’t take long in crashing and totaling it.
Anyway, when I was on phone with mum she suggested we should get him a better car this time, while giving all the credits to Gods that her kid survived such an accident. I actually laughed at the proposal first but then keeping in mind his track record now I myself think that “the safer the better”. When my brother and I were discussing about what kind of car would be the best choice, the first suggestion came out of his big mouth was “a Porsche”. Yeah and then it came down to a Mercedes CLK and now it is a Ford Mustang.
I actually love Mustangs and that is what I narrowed it down for him even last time when we were out doing car shopping. Honda Civic came out as a winner from nowhere and that too due to some situation which I am not going to mention here. Both I and him are not big fans of Japanese cars, actually the word “despising” them would be the right word. But after this accident that attitude is somewhat tainted now. So Civic is also in the running with other potential candidates. The other cars which we are thinking along with mustang & civic are Eclipse, Jeep Liberty and a Z4.
We are planning on making up our mind sometime this week, so if anyone has any suggestion please feel free to advice. And I will keep you guys posted with our decision. Until then “Jai Ram Ji Ki”.

Friday, January 05, 2007

"Discovery of India"

I have finally decided to read “Discovery of India” a book by India’s first Prime Minister. In past many years, I have read several books, including some fiction books but I always made sure I don’t read this book along with any from the self proclaim messiah of peace, M.K. Gandhi. The reason I had behind not reading books of Nehru and Gandhi is not just that I never believed in their philosophies. It is also due to the fact that I blame them for many problems India is still facing due to the blunders this duo made before and after the independence of India.
Anyhow, from past few months, I have been doing research about India’s real history, and it is surprising to see that, not much information about India’s glorious past is readily available. Don’t we believe that Indian civilization existed thousands of years ago? In India everyone is so proud of their ancient culture, their people, their religion, their kings and philosophers and of almost everything. But what happened? How come we don’t have any information on this? What happened to the glorious cities? Where did all the temples go? When were these grand temples turned into grand mosques? We know there were atrocities done to people by mughal regimes (Muslim invasion). Why we can’t find the information?
My quest to get the answers for these questions is making me read whatever little is written about India’s past.
I will give my reviews about “Discovery of India” after I am done reading the book. Which is going to be a while as I do have a busy life:-P

Saturday, December 30, 2006


Another interesting year, full of vigor and sensations during which I was able to visit my motherland which ended my years long thrust to visit the pious Hinduland.
The year did start on wrong foot. Technically I was sick for 1/4th of the year. The first phase lasted the longest, which started on New Years Eve and ended in April sometime. It was nothing major, but one flu attack after another and at one point seemed like it is never going to stop. But it didn’t end there, I did get sick a few more times and then in India it was like salt on the wounds. Remember my bees stings, and ER experience in India?... yukkkk!
The best part about 2006 was to be able to see my childhood-school & college friends. Most of them got married and looked a little different, more or less. It was the greatest feeling to meet the ones I spent most of my life with. Old memories of playing cricket on the streets and in the front-yards, back-yards and parks all came alive. The biggest shock to me was my own house in Delhi, it looked different and for first couple days I felt that I am at someone else’s place. Things looked funnier and some things looked even beyond that. But when I entered in my room, it was still the same. There was dust all over, but most of the things were intact. My bed, my table, my chairs, my books, my magazines, my video games, my toys, my newspapers clippings … my things … and above all, it smelled like me. I am not kidding, it SMELLED LIKE ME. Even after 8 years, I could feel it. And for a moment, it was like waking up from a dream in my own room. When I was in my room, last eight years felt like a dream to me. I looked at my old belongings and was re-united with old, innocent me and the precious memories which I almost forgot about.
Before my Indian saga, my parents visited again this summer and had blast with them. During that time I ate a lot and very healthy, that is all I am going to say (besides my mother really needs some cooking lessons and I wonder why my dad didn’t chose to be a chef :-) ).
July’s trip to Argentina was amazing, and I felt liberated by getting out of the USA for once. I enjoyed every single moment in Buenos Aires and cherished every single drop of Malbec :-). August-September were followed by my trips to England and India.

I dedicate this year to my family and friends. I hope the coming year brings me more peace of mind and give me courage to fight for the causes I believe in. I am still as bold and blunt as ever, perhaps a little wiser. And on that note, I wish you all a Happy and Prosperous 2007.