Street Stalls = 5, Getting Sick = 0

Street Stalls = 5, Getting Sick = 0
Yes, I ventured out to the street stalls to eat some of India’s best tasting foods such as pani puri. So far so good. Planning to run the Mumbai Marathon on January 15th not the full blown 42km but the half marathon at 21km. wish me luck. While growing up, my parents and others would say “look both ways before crossing the street.” In India that doesn’t work, so instead I make sure there are at least 5-10 people between me and the oncoming traffic. This way if a car decides not to stop at a traffic signal then at least i won’t get hit. Yup, I’ve been in Bombay for 3 months now and the time has just flown by. I’ve picked up on some of the local lingo, below are some of the terms and usage:

shattered – a night of heavy drinking and/or partying – “we were at Enigma last night and got shattered”
fuckall – bad or useless – “The food at Vaishali’s was fuckall”
rockin’ man – great time – “We were at Seijo last night and it was rockin’ man”
time pass – killing time or general non-sense – “I was at Barista and just doing time pass there”

The funniest saying I’ve encountered is in the business setting and that is “do the needful.” It’s a way to say, “do what I have asked for in the e-mail.” I can’t say this is a British thing, because I’ve worked with British firms and they never end their e-mails with that saying, so I can only assume its an Indian thing.

Have a great Happy New Year!!!!

My top Mac programs

It must be that time of the year because everyone is posting their “top ten” list of some sort. Many of the Mac blogs are listing their top ten utilities or top ten programs, etc… Below is my list of top programs I use on my PowerBook:

Acquisition P2P client that connects to all the major file sharing networks and can also process BitTorrent files

Adium Instant Messaging software that connects to all the major IM networks

Adobe Creative Suite 2
Graphics and publishing package

Fetch Simple file transfer program

Firefox Best browser on the market

Handbrake Rips DVD’s to many formats such as MPEG1, MPEG4, H.264 etc…

Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac

MP3 Trimmer Edit MP3 files

Skype VoIP client

Toast 7 CD burning software

World Clock Deluxe If you are a globe-trotter then this program is a must

Christmas Weekend

Christmas weekend in Bombay was crazy, not from all the gifting giving but just the shear number of parties and weddings to attend. On Friday met up with some friends and went to several places. A night on the town On Saturday afternoon, had a Christmas brunch but it was more of a Halloweeen party. Christmas eve brunch Pics that Karin took Although I live 5 minutes from the beach in Los Angeles I had to come to India to attend my first beach wedding and it was awesome. Wedding in Alibaug

Beamer vs. Bovine

I’m finally getting around to posting some pics from India. The one to the left just describes what India is like, the clash of the old with the new. I’ve always said in America if you have tons of money you still have to drive your own car and potentially clean your dishes. In India you face different issues, no matter how much money you have there is a potential for someone to piss on your bungalow compound wall or a cow grazing next to your BMW. Just saw my first Ferrari inIndia, and a 360 Spider no less. In the States it goes for about USD $200k, in India you get the opportunity to slap an additional 105% for the import duty. I saw this Ferrari in Koregaon Park in Pune, known for the Osho International Commune. The roads are crap in Pune and having this car stuck in first gear must be frustrating as hell. Enough about cars. I realized that this country tries to over employ people in certain areas and under employ in others. Case in point, it seems every lift/elevator has a guy that presses the button for you. Excuse me, but these lifts are easy as sh!@#$ to operate and not sure what value Mr. Nataraj adds, in fact he is taking up valuable space. Then on the flipside, roads are dug up very quickly but when it comes time to fix them, the people are nowhere to be found. Latest news in India is that Amitabh Bachchan is going to be released from the hospital soon. Since he went into the hospital many things have been written about him, such as how most of Bollywood at one point wrote him off and his company had to file for bankrupty. Then all of a sudden things turned around for him and right now is the biggest box office draw in Bollywood next to this son Abhishek. Reminds me of John Travolta and how Pulp Fiction turned around his stalled career.

Hit song in India: Let the Music Play by Shamur (yes, it’s available on p2p networks).

And finally the pics: Nikita and Rusit’s Wedding. Not the best pics but in some of them you can see the dance I was a part of for the sangeet, dancing to the title track of Salaam Namaste
Random pics from India
Thanksgiving in India. Dinner with a bunch of friends I met in Bombay
StarCruise in India