New Workplace

Friday, April 4, 2014

Friends, I have found a new place to work. As my sisters in India would say, "Jhadu-pochha-bartan ke liye nayi kothi pakadi hai." Most of you might have experienced that starting work at a new place is sometimes nerve-racking. Ask President Obama how difficult it has been to clear the mess created by one's predecessor. While I as a cleaning lady am busy scrubbing grease from the kitchen counters, my husband, the gardener and the handyman is busy fixing the leaking pipes and replacing other faulty hardware.

Not only basic maintenance, we are responsible for the decor of the place as well. We have already spent a sizable chunk of our hard-earned money from other jobs on this new workplace. Yeah, we need to juggle at other jobs too to maintain this place. Well, you must be thinking, "Nobody held a gun on your head to take this tough job." I know, but it is a natural instinct similar to having kids.

We humans are strangely wired creatures. Some of us like doing tough jobs in the name of job satisfaction and then like to show off to the world how good we are at our jobs. I know people who scrub or hire someone to scrub their kitchens more often than they scrub their teeth. They keep their bathrooms more hygienic than their bodies.

In other words, we burn ourselves like candles to light up our surroundings and then try to extricate small joys from the heaps of miseries. I hope my work at this new place will get streamlined in a few days enabling me to spend my time on more onerous tasks.

New Workplace
(This house looks eerily similar to the clipart I had used in a related post, Oh, Give Me A Home)

His Name Is Khan And He Is An Extremist

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Oh yes, his name is Khan and he is a very dangerous person. He is hell bent on spreading a virus that infects human brains. He has been working insidiously. It gives me a chill to think about a world full of infected people. This pied piper has been luring away our kids into the cult of math and science.

When Juliet Fought With Romeo

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Although they were named Romeo and Juliet, they were far from being the archetypal young lovers of the eponymous Shakespearian tragedy. Of course they were young and looked forward to having casual sex, but they held opposite views on the philosophy of "What's in a name?" Which was the bone of contention and one of the reasons behind their big fight. Now lying on hospital beds, Juliet and Romeo were nursing their wounds and also cursing a vermin for their fight.

My Life's Problems

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

(Image: 2012Connection -The Maya Meeting)
I agree that my problems are nothing of the kind that kill people. That's why after each setback, I close my eyes and derive strength from these ordinary words put together into an inspirational quote by Nietzsche, "That which does not kill us makes us stronger."

I have been struggling with some problems these days. I will not bother you with all my troubles, even though I know you are gleefully looking forward to hear all of them to glean some satisfaction from the knowledge that someone has more serious, severe, dire life problems than the ones that you are having. There is no need to feel embarrassed. Schadenfreude is a universal emotion, besides it is a good word to teach your kids if they aspire to take part in spelling competitions.

Unnatural Acts

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

(Via Evangelical Right)
India's main opposition party, Bharatiya Janata Party, has endorsed the re-criminalization of gay sex by Supreme Court, saying that they believed homosexuality is an unnatural act. It means that people with certain sexual orientations will be deemed criminals and will be either punished, or harassed by everyone and anyone including the state police.

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