Saturday, March 31, 2007

FIM Moments on GTalk...

Being in amrika may lead to a whole new set of inventions that one thought were never possible. It has its own set of disadvantages like not being with family being the most important. But it has its own aspects of fun also. We discovered that aspect on saturday while we were talking to our family over GTalk.

The fun aspect was the fact that we did underestimate our parents ability to handle the computer and especially something as complicated as GTalk. Yes when you talk about handling something like GTalk to people around the age of 60, working at government organizations in India, it is quite complicated. Especially when one's forte does not go beyond adding songs to winamp or playing bridge online.

That is when we recognized that we did take ourself too much for granted... Assuming that we knew everything... and that our parents didnt know some of those stuff... And in those moments you come across FIM (Foot In Mouth) syndrome... We did come across such moments on saturday and here are excerpts of them...

With Appa(Dad)
Appa: he comes all the way from ambernath
me
: OMG

me
: OMG = Oh My God

Appa
: I know this simple abevations I am ur dad

me
: i am sorry...
i forgot that part

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me: brb..
Appa
: what u r using brb not international abbrevation

me
: brb = be right back

it is an international abbreviation

so finally i know something my dad doesnt know

Appa
: u know iam international bridge player

me
: yes partner


With Amma (MOM)
Amma: are you going to visit the white house and disneyland
me
: dont know about disneyland
washington ka plans to hai
Amma
: if so please take the snaps
me
: dekhte hai kya hota hai
Amma
: lol
Amma
: do you know what is lol
me
: yeah
laughed out loudly
and how did you know about it
Amma
: you thr have taken to much for granted

We have rocking folks in their 60's who are more tech savy than we are... Love you guys :)

adios...


PS: We have purposely edited the part where they give us loads of gaali galoch, which forms a part of our regular conversation, just to maintain a good image on the blog... Oh and this part is pure unadulterated and unedited...

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Amrika... the land of...

Opportunities? Naah thats cliched...

It is the land of experiments... yup.... it sure is... atleast for an iyer like us...

Oh wait... let me also add Apoo and his experiments with Salmon Kebabs...

Yup... We are talking about experiments of the culinary types...

Now for most of the tams around here (which are more in number than the hot women we discovered here), we thinks the strategy is simple... go to india for around a month... get married and then have a great cook... and the lady has a ready to use chaffeur...

But ours is a different case... we gots married in India... and we are celebrating out honeymoon out here in amrika... ALL ALONE... so there's no one to cook for us... and neither do you find matunga types market around here where you go to this vendor and he starts packing all the vegetables required to make tasty avial... forget avial, we dont even find proper thair saadam (
curd rice) with pickles... which makes our life all the more disastrous... can you imagine the life of an iyer without thair saadam... sense, your curse is now making sense (you sure have a great career in astrology and crystal ball reading and likes)

So what do we do... we just follow the footsteps of an ABCD movie... and end up with something to eat that is something altogether new and unique and wonderful (take our word on that one)... and these experiments are working in our favour till now. We had carried some spices from back home... but that wouldnt suffice... so we go out shopping, which was a terrible experience (we were the ONLY ones walking on the road with the groceries... made us look like the lone ranger... albeit without the horse... talking about which, do beggars drive out here?)

And now, we start our experiments... sambar/rasam made out of italian salad dressing(along with sambar powder too)... with india going global in industries, we cant stay behind with our culinaries... and yes a sambar and rasam with the above ingredient tastes really good... and yes we are alive after consuming that... so its worth a try... and we guarantee that its definitely not fatal...

Then we make breads and omlettes (eggs, we say is a gray area for iyers... we want to believe that egg is vegetarian so that we can consume it... but these non-veggies are trying their level best to get it to the dark non-veg area). Now since we didnt get the normal loaves of bread but a huge pole of bread (alright, the loaved ones were costly), it is very difficult to consume it the normal way. So what do we do... we add the breads to the pan, then add the eggs and then the italian salad dressing (again... it sure comes in handy) and we have something like a bread-egg-upma... bromlette in english... and we havent seen the doctor ever since we have consumed it... so you can try it out yourself...

And, our brains have started to tingle and we started to see an opportunity to improvise on almost everything... we just hope we are going to make some form of avial without any of the original ingredients but end up making tasty avial out of plain and simple "italian salad dressing"... and we'd start dishing out dish after dish after dish until we get an award for "global integrity"...

And by that time, we'd be back in india eating great south indian food made by our amma...

tab tak ke liye... we already have a white apron... to EXPERIMENT around...

adios...

Monday, March 19, 2007

Uncle Sam...

All of this stuff happened in a hurry and we are here at Uncle Sam's for some project work... We'd stick around here for another 3 months... So we are yet another member of the TAM-BRAM community to have visited this place... its quite normal for us Iyers to come to this place... but we dont want to stick around too much...
 
Couple of things in this land that we need to look out for... firstly when people say that this place is warm... DO NOT go by their words... it is warm here by Uncle Sam standards... by Indian standards, this place is close to delhi in winters... so always carry your woolens along with you...
 
There is no ground floor out here... the ground floor = first floor and first floor = second floor and so on and so forth... no wonder we were frightened when we were told that our apartment was on the third floor when the building itslef had two floors... you make the calculations...
 
And lastly... just like you dont find elephants and mangoes scattered in every nook and corner of India, you wont find bikini babes scattered around uncle sam's land... that is a total misnomer... and reality struck us when we found more number of "vibhooti" applied tams than bikini babes around this place... so if you are comin to uncle sam with that idea in mind... DROP IT... RIGHT AWAY... coz you'd only find our relatives in huge numbers around here...
 
thats it for now... work calls... and we take your leave... (okay you can keep applauding for that one)
 
adios...

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Onion...

Work life is taking a toll on any and everything around in our life. Blogging to say the least. And if you think we could blog from home (it is more fun when you are sneaking on blogs and writing blogs at workplace), we have 3.5 hour power cuts on a daily basis in this part of the world, so even thats ruled out.


And the kind of work that we have, it just allows us enough time to click on the "Mark All as Read" link on
Google Reader. Other than that life is great and is just about rocking (the boat).



And yes we are at the end of this post... too good to believe huh?... with a typical (read pakaoo) PJ...



ONION to the bongs is a much acclaimed tamil movie where Vikram plays a character with multiple personality disorder...



adios...