Jazz… Gym… Vampires

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Hiya… after 3 months of Jazz, the instructor finally noticed and appreciated me today. I am on a high.

I still remember joining the classes 3 years back. I used to have Sat and Sundays off… without a car then, NCR was a boring boring place. I decided to join the Sunday batch to kill time. I cannot dance, ‘coz of which I am not too fond of it either. The objective was never to learn dance… but maybe to lose some weight. I would go through the motions, try to match the steps and just get through the class. After 2 months I moved out of NCR.
This time I decided to join the classes to lose weight… and learn something in the process. The first month was not too great… I was shy… and conscious. By the end of it, I learned something… I could remember the steps and perform them. It made me very happy. In the 2nd month, I was quite confident that I would be better than the newcomers. Unfortunately, dance is about talent and hard work. When others are more talented, I need to work harder to get better than them. Since I was not competing, this did not make me feel good. The 3rd month was the best… I could now remember the steps, pick them up quite fast… and perform them. I renewed the membership.
After more than 3 months, the instructor praised me on my energy and performance today. It was great… I can feel I am better and someone else noticing it is the best feeling…
Few things I have done to improve: (No.. I did not practice at home.. not once… too lazy)
  • I downloaded the songs that are played in class and listen them over and over and over again. I started to like them and just listening to them again in class made me get into rhythm. This really helped. 2 of those songs are now my ringtone.
  • I realized that listening to the song over and over again can make me like it. For example, we have song for the month on which dance steps are choreographed. I did not like this month’s song when I first heard it… but now I really like it.
  • I reach class early and revise the steps. I cannot remember the steps once I come home. I doubt I will be able to perform them once class is over. So, I reach early and revise with the other students. This helps perform better in class.
  • Clothes: NCR beats Mumbai’s ass when it comes to fashion. The girls in my class dress so well… those who have the figure, do flaunt it in their tiny shorts and spaghetti tops. It is important to be able to see how your body is moving. After weeks of wearing either loose tops/bottoms to hide my body, today I went with hips hugging tracks (I bought them 3 years back specifically for the class) and a tight top. I was surprised to see myself perform the steps correctly… something, I didn’t realize earlier. But, good clothes can bring a lot of confidence
  • Confidence: The class has mirrors placed in front. We are all encouraged to look at ourselves while dancing. Now, that is damn difficult ‘coz all newcomers do not like how awkward they look in the beginning. Also, dance means being absolutely comfy and proud of your body… ‘coz you have to flaunt it… I am not. We were made to do exercises where we looked at the mirror and proclaimed our love. No kidding. Funny… but it worked. I try and position myself so that I can see myself in the mirror.
I have joined the gym as well… for 2 reasons:
  • I have gotten into the habit of waking up at 6 am… and now I can hit the gym in the mornings… to lose weight and tone up. I tried jogging/walking… which is fine… but it does not tone up the body
  • I have bought a lot of workout clothes recently… and 2 days in a week is not enough to wear them. Ok, this one is a big motivation for me. Call me fickle… but whatever works for me.
On a totally unrelated note… below are soaps I am completely addicted to these days:
  • Gossip Girl: The series is about 4 friends from Manhattan… rich, popular and screwed up… Serena, Nate, Chuck and Blair. There is Ted somewhere in the equation. They are rich, spoilt brats but stick together against outsiders. I hate that I can only watch 1 episode per week now.
  • How I met your mother: This needs no introduction. Of course, it has started dragging now… the whole Barney, Ted and Robin triangle is sooo old season and boring. Also, high time we got to meet the mother.
  • 90210: Another series about rich, spoilt teenagers… this time in California.
  • Vampire Diaries: Love it… every episode has twists which are unpredictable…
  • True Blood: I just started watching it… its about vampires but is gross and scary… and slow. But I have read great reviews. Right now, I am hooked.
Today was a perfect day… love mid week holidays… looking forward to the long break of Diwali:
  • 7.45- 8.45 am : Gym
  • 10: 30 am: B’fast
  • 12. 30 pm: Lunch
  • 1-3 pm: Nap
  • 3 pm: Bath
  • 4-6 pm: Search for the perfect couch in budget
  • 7- 8.15 pm: Jazz
Good night…

Bryan Adams concert

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I was very, very excited about the concert… my first concert. I have been to Indian Ocean and Euphoria at Chaos in IIM-A but they don’t count. I was very unsure about the time when Bryan will arrive but not too worried ‘coz I have heard of artists turning up 2-3 hours late all the time. We left home at 7 pm confident that at 8 pm we will be in. Of course, Mumbai traffic intervened and then we spent 15 mins finding a parking spot. To add more masala to it, I forgot the tickets at home. I had an email confirmation and was hoping it would work some miracle. KC patiently stood next to me through all the turmoil. The Kazoonga guys were not willing to let me in… I begged and pleaded and the guy gave in. God bless him… I hope he has hot, panting sex on Valentine’s. By this time we had missed half of the concert but the rest 60 mins were completely worth it. Bryan Adams looks awfully old now but still has energy. Damn good.

Dinner was at Cafe Mangii. I have passed by this restaurant plenty of times. It is opposite Powai lake and has seating outside. Looks wonderful. We requested for seats outside and the waiters were surprised. Generally, people prefer sitting inside… I realized soon why. There were mosquitoes outside and we had to move indoors. It took them 20 mins to get my drink… after 45 mins there was no sign of food. I started giving them dirty looks and they brought us assorted breads and butter. Our meal arrived 2 mins later. Why didn’t they serve the breads earlier? It would have kept us busy. We had ordered Risotto in red sauce and Mangii chicken. The Risotto was strictly ok… I have had better. There was less rice and too many vegetables. The Mangii chicken had a stuffing of spinach in chicken breast and pepper mushroom sauce on top. The chicken was soft and cooked well. I loved it. A meal for 2 with 1 drink cost 1400 bucks which is on the more expensive side. Worth a try once.

Old Melodies

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I spent Friday night downloading English music… not new songs… but old melodies which are stuck in my head… which bring back memories. Here are my favourites:

  • Part time lovers by Stewie Wonder- This is song is very special. At home we have owned only 2 tapes/music systems. The 1st one portable and played cassettes. It had orange buttons. In those days, English music tapes were expensive and my sis saved money to buy them as a teenager. I loved this song but over the years the cassette was lost. I have been looking for it since then. Btw, the song ‘Na jaane kahan se aayi hai’ in Chaalbaaz is inspired from this one
  • I love you from ‘Runaway bride’: This was the first movie we watched in a multiplex in A’bad. My mama had taken us. I love this song….
  • Dr Jones by Aqua: Aqua was a fun band and we played its songs over and over and over as a teenager. Dr Jones is the best one out of all their songs… even better than ‘Barbie girl’
  • Desert Rose by Sting: What a classic… it never goes out of fashion. The perfect travel song
  • The Real Slim Shady by Eminem: The best one from him… the video is hilarious. I have spent a lot of nights watching late night MTV when this song was released…
  • Clint Eastwood by Gorillaz: Listen it once and you will get addicted
  • Mysterious Girl by Peter Andre: Tacky but loved it as a teen… Peter is soooo hot
  • Smack my bitch up by Prodigy: Everyone should watch the video once…
  • Du Hast by Ramstein: This was the theme song in TAPMI- my B school. It was played in all functions- informal ones.
  • I want you by Savage Garden: A good boy band… this one is my fav
  • Others: Pretty Fly by Offsprings, Fast car by Tracy Chapman, 5678 by Steps, Unbreak my heart by Toni Braxton, Heal the world by Michael Jackson

I managed to revamp my balcony this weekend. It was overdue for a month. I was tired of the boring, plastic, monochromatic pots. I purchased colorful pots and new plants. It looks much better now.

My successful recipe for the weekend is pizza.
  • Pizza base- available in all bakeries and supermarkets
  • Pizza sauce- you can prepare this but why bother when readymade is available. I liked the one by Nestle of the brand Maggi. It will be available where imported items are sold
  • Oregano- available in all supermarkets
  • Cheese cubes
  • Mozzarella cheese- Amul brand
  • Veggies for toppings- chopped tomato, onion, capsicum, corn, mushrooms, olives, jalapenos- anything and everything you like
  • Pepper
Apply Pizza sauce on the pizza base. Do not apply till the edges else it will spill over in the oven. Grate cheese cubes on it and place the veggies. Sprinkle pepper and oregano. Top with grated mozzarella cheese. Place on the wire rack in the microwave oven on 200-360 degrees for 10 mins. Remove when the cheese melts. Cut into slices and serve.
It may not turn out perfect the first time since everyone has preferences. The best part is it can be customised.

Kya baat hai…jo baat hai… taaza lage…

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I love love love love love love love the songs of Udaan. The strange part is I have not heard them playing on the radio or TV while cheap songs like ‘Munni darling’ are on every music channel.

I can concentrate on music only on my Ipod. I need to block out all other sounds to listen to music… when it is playing in the background I am too distracted to actually “listen”.
Gym time is the only time when I can listen to uninterrupted music… there is no time otherwise. I do not even have a desk job working on excel where music can be played.
I visited the gym after almost a month…. due to expiry of the membership and then the illness and then laziness. Getting back to the routine is most difficult after such a long break. Initially, the new Puma golden colored shoes (cheapest in the sale among Nike, Reebok, Adidas and Puma) were a motivation but for the past week I have been procrastinating. Every morning at 6 am on the sound of alarm I would tell myself I will go in the evening and in the evening I would put it on the next morning.
Finally, today I dragged my ass back and I know I will follow the routine.
Sometimes half the battle is the beginning.
I am also loving the songs of ‘Once upon a time in Mumbai’ specially- ‘I am in Love’. Another song that takes my breath away is ‘Aye Khuda’. Salim Merchant’s voice is heavenly… and ‘Bekraar’ by Lucky Ali. I generally don’t listen to songs of flop movies but these songs are too too good.

Stop and Stare

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This town is colder now, I think it’s sick of us
It’s time to make our move, I’m shaking off the rust
I’ve got my heart set on anywhere but here
I’m staring down myself, counting up the years
Steady hands, just take the wheel…
And every glance is killing me
Time to make one last appeal… for the life I lead

Stop and stare
I think I’m moving but I go nowhere
Yeah I know that everyone gets scared
But I’ve become what I can’t be, oh
Stop and stare
You start to wonder why you’re here not there
And you’d give anything to get what’s fair
But fair ain’t what you really need
Oh, can you see what I see

They’re trying to come back, all my senses push
Untie the weight bags, I never thought I could…
Steady feet, don’t fail me now
Gonna run till you can’t walk
Something pulls my focus out
And I’m standing down…

Stop and stare
I think I’m moving but I go nowhere
Yeah I know that everyone gets scared
But I’ve become what I can’t be, oh
Stop and stare
You start to wonder why you’re here not there
And you’d give anything to get what’s fair
But fair ain’t what you really need
Oh, you don’t need

What you need, what you need…

Stop and stare
I think I’m moving but I go nowhere
Yeah I know that everyone gets scared
But I’ve become what I can’t be
Oh, do you see what I see…

I don’t exactly understand what the song is about… but love love love it. I played it over and over and over (around 10 times) while driving from Vashi to Mulund. I like to do that sometimes… play one song on loop.
Every time I think… I can get used to staying alone… its not so bad… then KC comes home… fills my life with love, laughter, tears, mood sings, intimacy, pranks, hugs, cuddles… and when he leaves… I am filled with darkness.
We complete one year of marriage this month… and it is weird to say “marriage anniversary”… I’d rather celebrate the day we got together (both of us don’t remember the exact date… we have to search our chats in gtalk). I turn back and see how our relationship has changed… what we have discovered about each other… how much closer/comfortable we are… and how the attraction is going strong… how we have learned to adjust to each others’ natures… learned to deal with conflicts (1 fight every 2 months is kinda healthy)… tried to include each other’s friends in our “joint” life (these days it is a package deal… invite 1 get another 1 free)… and lots more.
One thing I really love to do is take his advice… not ‘coz I can’t decide… but I like to discuss something before deciding (I may not always follow the advice… and thats ok).
Example for an extreme to this is below:
KC and I bought mangoes the other day. He was boasting to his Mom how he picked the mangoes and they turned out to be tasty.
KC: I am the official mango selector from now on
Me: Ok… I will have to survive on the 3 mangoes at home this week
KC: Why?
Me: ‘Coz you will come home next week and you are the mango selector
KC: You can do this… go to the market… call me, describe each mango in detail and buy the one I ask you to
Don’t be surprised if you see a lady describing a dozen mangoes on the phone to her hubby and then buying the ones he “okays”.

The golden age of Indi Pop

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There was a time in the 90s (I think) when pop stars sprung up everywhere… Shaan, anaida, alisha, baba sehgal, the models, shweta shetty, mehnaaz, suchitra krishnamurthy, raageshwari etc. The songs were damn good.

I don’t know why things went downhill after that. The pop industry has never recovered.
I must just refreshing my memory on youtube with the songs:
  • Oova oova by anaida… atul agnihotri looks hot in this one
  • Hoo halla hoo by anaida… very hummable
  • Boom boom by nazia hassan (and biddu)…. damn good
  • Dole dole by Suchitra… reminds me of crushes I had as a teenager… oh the obsession, desperation, emotional atyachaar…. sweet torture
  • Disco deewane by Saagarika (shaan’s sis)… it is a remix… video is not too great
  • Something about the way you smile… by colonial cousins… amazing…
  • Pari hoon main by Suneetha Rao… WOW.. love the video
  • Duniya by raageshwari… love her white shorts
  • O o jaane jaana by kamaal khan.. dungarees, really?
  • Aaja nachle by bally sagoo… love the video… meghna reddy is hot

To be continued… if I don’t sleep now… KC will have to walk home at 6 am

Love Sex Aur Dokha

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I am actually listening to songs of LSD and enjoying them. Aren’t they too shady?

When did cheap lyrics become “cool”?
I think the trend started with ‘Emotional Atyachaar’. The lyrics were not shady but it was a surprise hit. I remember Shashi playing this song over and over and over in office.
Yes… we played songs in office in my previous company. The ASMs gathered in office every 15 days and it became a mela then… laughter, cups of tea, phone calls, music…
Anyway, the songs of Dev D are the only Punjabi songs I like. I hated it when Punjabi music was “in”. Everyone who could remotely sing would come up shady Punjabi songs.
I watched LSD again today. It is surprising… all actors are newcomers and yet the acting is superb… no hamming or wooden faces. It is natural and over-the-top when required.
I don’t know what John Abraham, Katrina Kaif etc are doing in movies… these newcomers maybe not be half as good looking but they are far better than the “stars”.

I miss you when you’re gone

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Hold onto love that is what I do now that I’ve found you.
And from above everything’s stinking, they’re not around you.

And in the night, I could be helpless,
I could be lonely, sleeping without you.

And in the day, everything’s complex,
There’s nothing simple, when I’m not around you.

But I’ll miss you when you’re gone, that is what I do. Hey, baby!
And it’s going to carry on, that is what I do. Hey, baby…

Hold onto my hands, I feel I’m sinking, sinking without you.
And to my mind, everything’s stinking, stinking without you.

And in the night, I could be helpless,
I could be lonely, sleeping without you.

And in the day, everything’s complex,
There’s nothing simple, when I’m not around you.

But I’ll miss you when you’re gone, that is what I do. Hey, baby!
And it’s going to carry on, that is what I do. hey, baby…

Love Story

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———– Taylor Swift

We were both young, when I first saw you
I close my eyes and the flashback starts
I’m standing there, on a balcony of summer air

I see the lights, see the party, the ball gowns
I see you make your way through the crowd
You say hello, little did I know…

That you were Romeo, you were throwing pebbles
And my daddy said “stay away from Juliet”
And I was crying on the staircase
Begging you please don’t go…
And I said…

Romeo take me somewhere, we can be alone
I’ll be waiting, all there’s left to do is run
You’ll be the prince and I’ll be the princess,
It’s a love story, baby, just say yes

So I sneak out to the garden to see you
We keep quiet, because we’re dead if they knew
So close your eyes
Escape this town for a little while
Oh, Ohhh

Cause you were Romeo, I was a scarlet letter,
And my daddy said “stay away from Juliet”
But you were everything to me
I was begging you, please don’t go…
And I said

Romeo take me somewhere, we can be alone
I’ll be waiting, all there’s left to do is run
You’ll be the prince and I’ll be the princess
It’s a love story, baby, just say yes

Romeo save me, they’re trying to tell me how to feel
This love is difficult, but it’s real
Don’t be afraid, we’ll make it out of this mess
It’s a love story, baby, just say yes
Oh, Ohhh…

I got tired of waiting
Wondering if you were ever coming around
My faith in you was fading
When I met you on the outskirts of town
And I said

Romeo save me, I’ve been feeling so alone
I keep waiting, for you but you never come
Is this in my head, I don’t know what to think
He kneels to the ground and pulled out a ring and said

Marry me Juliet, you’ll never have to be alone
I love you, and that’s all I really know
I talked to your dad-you’ll pick the white dress
It’s a love story, baby just say…yes…
Oh, Ohhh… Oh, Oh, Ohhh…
We were both young when I first saw you.

Amazing song!!!