Sajini’s Weekend Open Thread


by SajiniW
22nd September, 2006 at 11:44 am    

I’m working, all week long,
Dream the days away,
I wanna… sing my song
so let the music play.

I have to get my fix, and fly tonight
and when the clock strikes 6, on Fri-day Night..

I’m gonna blow it all away…

Wise words from Michael Grey of ‘Weekend’ fame. Empathy is all good and well, but exactly how many of you are feeling as exhilarated as I am? Unlike the good Ms Newton (the absence of whom will be sorely missed by the close of of my inane dribble), I happen to be perkier than usual, not due to reasons of intimacy and Inland Revenue, I hasten to add.

I, dear readers, am going to lands trodden by many a medical student in the midsts of time. During my hallowed holiday elective period, I shall be gracing the citizens of Sri Lanka, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand with my presence. If any of you are about, I’d be delighted to meet you.

Anyway, onwards and upwards to better things. Here’s to hoping Richard Hammond, Alan Johnson & Gordon Brown recover from the testing times of the week just gone.

Hope y’all have a time as great as mine.
Tchuss!


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  1. Jagdeep — on 22nd September, 2006 at 11:52 am  

    Great, religion/politics free zone!

    Well, I am over the moon because a virus that hit my cmputer for a week, some kind of trojan downloader shit, got zapped thanks to the advice of my cousin who is an IT expert (FACT: Every Asian has at least one cousin who works in IT these days, innit?)

    I am also in a good mood because I got paid £300 for some work I did a long time ago. I just wasted a load of money on the kids last weekend so now it’s Mrs Jagdeeps turn. A nice dress and some lingerie so she can smarten up, a meal in an Italian restaurant, leaving at least a hundred quid for me to either buy DVDs with and have night out with the lads.

    Oh decisions desicions decisions.

  2. SajiniW — on 22nd September, 2006 at 12:02 pm  

    Night out, night out! It’s harder to be frivolous as you get older.

  3. Kismet Hardy — on 22nd September, 2006 at 12:02 pm  

    My british citizenship test got postponed until October the 24th. And you wonder why asylum queues are so long. Anyhoo, gives me more time to actually learn something.

    October the 24th is also Eid. That’ll be fun won’t it? Turning up in my dad’s holy robes. I’m not sure why I’ll be wearing my dad’s holy robes other than it makes me feel rather manly.

    I’ve been thinking of wearing it around London to see the reaction I get. Under my normal guise I only get stopped for drugs

    I’ve got 360 cannisters of nitrous oxide come through the post today. So I’m going to be very happy this weekend

    Ooh, and I’ve just moved from brighton to London. Come to my housewarming. Bring friends. I don’t have any

  4. Chairwoman — on 22nd September, 2006 at 12:15 pm  

    SajiniW – a particularly good weekend to The Hamster, who’s only effect on our lives is to bring some fun into them.

    Kismet – Nitrous Oxide – oh yes, when I was giving birth to Katy, the late Chairman wrestled me for a go at the nitrous oxide. I have since learned that this is not abnormal behaviour.

  5. Leon — on 22nd September, 2006 at 12:16 pm  

    You’ve moved to London!? Madness I tell ye, madness!

  6. Kismet Hardy — on 22nd September, 2006 at 12:21 pm  

    Chairwoman, you’re not really Katy’s mother are you? That means… that means, I’ve met the love of my life’s mother. May I take this opportunity to ask for hand, to touch my private parts while I nibble gently at your knee?

  7. sonia — on 22nd September, 2006 at 12:31 pm  

    Sajini – have a brilliant time! Look forward to hearing your experiences.

  8. sonia — on 22nd September, 2006 at 12:32 pm  

    ha Kismet, you’re so funny, i’d like to see the reaction of london to your ‘robes’ as well.

  9. Kismet Hardy — on 22nd September, 2006 at 12:35 pm  

    Sonia, I’d like to see your reaction as I disrobe

  10. Rakhee — on 22nd September, 2006 at 12:44 pm  

    Sajini – where are you going in Aus? Have been to Sydney, Cairns (great barrier reef) and Perth – all v cool. Have a fabulous time.

    It’s nearly the weekend picklers, yay! *cartwheels*
    Have got that friday feelin, oh yes indeedy…

    I’ll be spending time with my nephew this weekend, who is very upset after his bike and fishing gear were stolen from the shed :( Aunty Rakhee (or Rakhee Masi as I’m called) is tasked to save the day with lots of chocolates and fun *grins cheekily*

  11. sonia — on 22nd September, 2006 at 1:02 pm  

    have fun with your nephew Rakhee!

    kismet – ha:-) yeah mebbe you could film it and upload it onto youtube…

  12. Jagdeep — on 22nd September, 2006 at 1:05 pm  

    Hey guys this movie looks pretty good – excellent reviews too might go and watch it, I love myself a bit of depressing future science fiction dystopia on a weekend at the cinema.

    Children of Men

    What will the end of the world look like? As shabby and nasty as the way it looks here is my guess. This explosively violent future-nightmare thriller, directed by Alfonso Cuarón and adapted from the novel by PD James, has simply the most extraordinary look of any movie around: a stunningly convincing realisation of a Beirut-ised London in the year 2027, in which terrorist bombs have become as dreary and commonplace as cancer.

  13. Kismet Hardy — on 22nd September, 2006 at 1:12 pm  

    As long as Clive Owen doesn’t do a faux American accent a la Sin City or a I’m With Rada act a la Closer, it should be good.

    I can’t wait to see A Scanner Darkly. Both Richard Linklater and Philip K Dick rule

  14. SajiniW — on 22nd September, 2006 at 1:12 pm  

    Sonia – I hope to have a brilliant time. Some of it will end up on my blog (visible through the links on here)..

    The girls on http://jadefox05.blogspot.com have done the same placement & a similar trip to the one I plan to.

    Rakhee – Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra (unavoidable, uncle lives there) is where I plan to hit up – got any tips there?

    Btw, my brother just brought me Maya Gold chocolate. If only they had hot chocolate in this flavour, eh?

  15. sonia — on 22nd September, 2006 at 1:15 pm  

    so kismet – are you really taking the Citizenship test?

    it’s not very hard is it..whatcha think? as long as you remember the difference between a crown court and a magistrate’s court! i had a look at that book the Home office published – the guide to citizenship and the test – forgot the exact title -it made for good reading it did! i had to return it to the library but i kept meaning to write out some extracts for the PP crowd.

  16. Jagdeep — on 22nd September, 2006 at 1:18 pm  

    The only trouble is we have to co-ordinate the cinema with some kids movie showing at the same time. Then I can sneak off and watch this ace Clive Owen flick whilst the gremlins and the dungeon keeper watches some cartoon, and then there’s the thing about different starting and ending times.

    Don’t have kids, it really messes up the cinema going experience.

    I’ll tell you what though, I can’t wait for the new James Bond to come out, Casino Royale!!!

  17. sonia — on 22nd September, 2006 at 1:20 pm  

    cool sajini – that sounds like a fun trip ..i mean i know you’ll be ‘working’ and all – but still!

    i lived with medics whilst i was at uni ( sigh those were the days..) and the electives were always a fun time and made the rest of us v. jealous…

  18. Jagdeep — on 22nd September, 2006 at 1:20 pm  

    KH how the hell have you lived in this country without being a citizen? Did you used to start your working day in the back of a van, with 19 other freshies, hiding in a secret compartment, being ferried to Norfolk to pick potatoes from the fields of Bernard Matthews?

  19. sonia — on 22nd September, 2006 at 1:22 pm  

    Jagdeep – yah i can imagine! i always said cinemas ought to have a creche..

  20. Kismet Hardy — on 22nd September, 2006 at 1:23 pm  

    Can someone please go onto my blogsite and tell me if the narcissistic pics I’ve uploaded of myself have come up? They won’t show on my mac. Can you see me on your PC? And has the writing gone all weird?

  21. sonia — on 22nd September, 2006 at 1:25 pm  

    “Great, religion/politics free zone!”

    ha ha not for long i bet knowing this forum!

  22. Kismet Hardy — on 22nd September, 2006 at 1:26 pm  

    Jagdeep, I came over here when I was 13. I’ve got one of those ‘given leave to stay in the UK indefinitely’. I couldn’t go comprehensive so I went private (hence the grasp on the language and the sores on my arse and the perpetual bad haircut from having head flushed down toilet). Ever since, well, I pay my taxes, can vote, but have quite simply been too stoned to get a passport together. Now that I want one, I gotta take this test and know about the Tudors and shit

  23. sonia — on 22nd September, 2006 at 1:29 pm  

    Having a look now Kismet! i don’t think there are any questions on the Tudors kismet – you’re taking the piss now:-)

    and is that really a picture of you! the writing’s fine..

  24. Kismet Hardy — on 22nd September, 2006 at 1:31 pm  

    There should be loads of pictures of me :(

    Look at me! Look at me! Look at me!

  25. Kismet Hardy — on 22nd September, 2006 at 1:32 pm  

    PS. Yes there are. I’ve got the book and there’s shit loads in it about Henry VIII and his son Edward, about the presbytrians or pterodactyls or sommat. Looks scary I tell thee

  26. Jagdeep — on 22nd September, 2006 at 1:33 pm  

    Yeah the pics are all there.

    You could have just married a British citizen KH. I can put you in touch with a woman called Mrs Abdullah who can arrange a matrimonial to a single mother from a council estate in south London. The only trouble is she’s already married to an Afghan, a Latvian, a Zimbabwean, and a Brazilian man, and the Daily Mail are about to do a front page spread on ‘Single Mother Asylum Seeker Immigration Scandal – Chav Scam!’

    Otherwise, £3000 quid, if you can’t be arsed to do the test.

  27. Jagdeep — on 22nd September, 2006 at 1:36 pm  

    Kh were you wearing underpants in that photo where you’re wearing a skirt/sarong?

  28. sonia — on 22nd September, 2006 at 1:38 pm  

    I’ve left you a comment on your blog kismet – what’s this no anonymous comments! – now people without Blogger accounts won’t be able to post.. and Blogger’s such a crap platform..

    not likely lovely jubbly wordpress..:-)

  29. Jagdeep — on 22nd September, 2006 at 1:38 pm  

    sonia – a creche at the cinema – what a brilliant idea!

  30. sonia — on 22nd September, 2006 at 1:39 pm  

    ha ha even if you marry a British citizen you have to take the Citizenship test jagdeep! everyone who applies for a passport has to ( regardless of what reason you’re using to claim citizenship )

  31. sonia — on 22nd September, 2006 at 1:41 pm  

    “KH how the hell have you lived in this country without being a citizen?”

    you’re not serious about that are you Jagdeep – do you really think everyone who lives here legally has to be a citizen?!

  32. Kismet Hardy — on 22nd September, 2006 at 1:41 pm  

    Jagdeep, it’s a lunghi. Call it a bangladeshi skirt or a hippy sarong and I’ll set me dad on ya

    Oh by the way, Duke of Yorks cinema has a creche. But it’s in Brighton

    Sonia, how do I say yes to anonymous post? Technology scares me so

  33. sonia — on 22nd September, 2006 at 1:42 pm  

    it’s a great idea isnt’ it Jagdeep? Except someone said i wouldn’t trust a cinema to look after my kids! alas…

  34. Leon — on 22nd September, 2006 at 1:43 pm  

    Go to settings, it should be all in there…

  35. sonia — on 22nd September, 2006 at 1:47 pm  

    i thought kismet was married already in any case?!

  36. Kismet Hardy — on 22nd September, 2006 at 1:50 pm  

    I’m not married. Just have lots of kids. I read something about how you get benefit if you’re a single parent. I missed the bit where it said it helps if you’re a lady, otherwise you pay the mothers lots of money to go get trashed with their new fellas :-)

    Worth every penny and every second, kids

  37. sonia — on 22nd September, 2006 at 1:50 pm  

    yeah kismet, listen to what leon says!

  38. Kismet Hardy — on 22nd September, 2006 at 1:55 pm  

    I always listen to Leon. He’s the voice of reason. And 6′ 3″ so I’m not messing. I did it. Post anonymously and mock my tinyness

  39. Sid — on 22nd September, 2006 at 1:56 pm  

    Lungis are difficult garments to manage erections in.

  40. NorahJones — on 22nd September, 2006 at 2:00 pm  

    On the contrary, you can use your erection to hoist it up as tent, inviting girls, who happen to be caught up in the rain, to take shelter inside

    I’ve dreamt it happen

  41. Kismet Hardy — on 22nd September, 2006 at 2:02 pm  

    Bollocks. The top message was from me, but I was on my colleague’s computer. Now you know I have a colleague. The pot thickens

  42. Sid — on 22nd September, 2006 at 2:04 pm  

    Norah, I’ve dreamt it too. I’m afraid my guests will have to do with a cocktail umbrella. Size-wise.

  43. Jagdeep — on 22nd September, 2006 at 2:40 pm  

    Why the hell don’t Sylethi waiters wear these damn lungi things in their restaurants then? It would make for a more authentic eating experience, as well as being funny.

  44. Jai — on 22nd September, 2006 at 3:38 pm  

    Because they’d have to deal with drunk customers on a Friday night trying to pull their lungis off as a larf.

  45. Sid — on 22nd September, 2006 at 3:50 pm  

    cui bono?

  46. Jai — on 22nd September, 2006 at 3:58 pm  

    Here’s something uplifting from me (no, not in the sense mentioned in post #40):

    Kailash Kher’s video for his song “Kaise Main Kahoon”.

    Should raise the spirits of anyone listening to it.

    Fantastic stuff :)

  47. SajiniW — on 22nd September, 2006 at 5:47 pm  

    Never wear a belt with a lunghi/sarong. It’d be a misery should it slip.

  48. Vikrant — on 22nd September, 2006 at 7:14 pm  

    Jagdeep,

    I’ve spent most of my 17 years in old blighty still i’m not a citizen. Heck my mums a British citizen but i’m Indian citizen and will have to remain so… until i turn 18.. a sort of mutual agreement my mum & dad had after their divorce…

    Neewyas who cares for the maroon parchment… my passport probably has more visa stamps than all of you put together…

  49. Vikrant — on 22nd September, 2006 at 7:17 pm  

    aamro alpo alpo bangla…

  50. Sunny — on 22nd September, 2006 at 7:44 pm  

    Here you go folks, an excellent video for the weekend thread. No nude women involved though!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gx-NLPH8JeM

  51. Vikrant — on 22nd September, 2006 at 7:54 pm  

    * sigh *

    Sunny,

    Demotion from Wireless to Dialup is frustrating… Needless to say YouTube videos and quality porn is inacessible for me :(

  52. Vikrant — on 22nd September, 2006 at 7:55 pm  

    isnt it Rajnikant in the video?

  53. Vikrant — on 22nd September, 2006 at 8:16 pm  

    that video is plain creepy Sunny, esp. the lil’ kid smoking part…

    mirax i’d appreciate if u translate the video for us…

  54. Katy Newton — on 22nd September, 2006 at 10:41 pm  

    I too hope Richard Hammond recovers. I am very fond of the Hamster, although not romantically as I am at least a foot taller than him.

  55. Jagdeep — on 23rd September, 2006 at 12:32 am  

    Come home from the pub and the first thing I do is check my e-mail then log into Pickled Politics. This site is addictive. Now I better go and see if the wife is still awake. But before that, I have to heat up some mini pizzas.

  56. Rakhee — on 23rd September, 2006 at 11:30 am  

    Sanjini – go to The Harbour Side Indian Restaurant for the most amazing views of the opera house and goregeous food.

    Speaking of which, you have to go and see a show at the opera house too – it’s v cool inside

    If you can and you’re not scared of heights, climb the harbour bridge (it’s v v v high) for a breathtaking view of Sydney

    Jump on a ferry and go to the beaches. Bondai is the most obvious but we went to others which were really nearby (can’t remember all the names as it was a while back).

    You’ll find people milling about, walking around the harbour all night so be prepared to do the same – there’s a nice atmosphere.

    Also, whatever you do, pay no attention to the people that tell you Sydney is a racist place. I have never been treated as nicely abroad as I was there – from getting through customs to asking for directions, People are friendly and helpful.

    Have fun!! x

  57. BevanKieran — on 23rd September, 2006 at 12:08 pm  

    Sajini

    If you have time, I recommend the Reptile Park in Gosford, near Sydney. They have Galapogas turtles and crocs, but most impressive animal was the Tasmanian devil, which sadly due to cancer are dying out. About the size of a hand it does laps all day and makes a hideous shriek, like the cartoon character. The wombat is the least impressive; a big, furry thing that sits on its arse all day.

    If you happen to skip over to Fiji, take the bus from Sigatoka through Kavanagasau village, you’ll get the best views ever; variegated, verdant valleys, supposed to be a bit like Kashmir (which I’ve only seen in Dil Se), without the two nuclear-armed countries on either side.

    *This stuff may be in Taronga which is right in the city but have never been there.

  58. Bert Preast — on 23rd September, 2006 at 12:43 pm  

    The transcript of Richard Hammond’s crash is up:

    http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b324/jhype2002/topgear12.jpg

  59. Katy Newton — on 23rd September, 2006 at 9:22 pm  

    It being Rosh Hashanah, I have just made potato latkes, and I would like to announce that they were just the best potato latkes ever.

    EVER.

    That is all.

  60. Amir — on 24th September, 2006 at 6:05 pm  

    I love the Ryder Cup!!

    Victory is ours. :-)

  61. Vikrant — on 24th September, 2006 at 7:24 pm  

    Shit i’m grappling with Differential Calculus and a project on Operational Amplifiers while u guys enjoy weekend… life aint fair i say…

  62. Sunny — on 24th September, 2006 at 7:31 pm  

    What’s a potato latke involve Katy? You’re a real food tease you know :|

    Yeah yeah Vikrant, stop complaining. Have you read Maximum City yet? Makes me want to avoid Mumbai completely.

  63. Jagdeep — on 24th September, 2006 at 7:35 pm  

    Watched ‘Children of Men’ – great film I reccomend it to you all.

    Got two books delivered by Amazon Saturday morning – ‘Tourism’ by Nirpal Dhaliwal and ‘Sacred Games’ by Vikram Chandra

    Sacred Games is a 900 page crime novel about the gangsters that ruled Bombay in the 1990′s and their influence on Bollywood and politics, anything mafia/gangster related is my kind of book!

  64. Vikrant — on 24th September, 2006 at 7:43 pm  

    Have you read Maximum City yet?

    It made my blood boil.. Only a South Bombay snob like Suketu Mehta can call Marathis “Ghatis” and get away with it.

  65. Vikrant — on 24th September, 2006 at 7:44 pm  

    Makes me want to avoid Mumbai completely.

    Though i’d agree with you on this count… Mumbai is a city in advanced state of urban decay. I’ll be dealing with that in a series of article shortly.. lemme sort out my life first…

  66. Vikrant — on 24th September, 2006 at 7:46 pm  

    And to think of it… Marathis and non-Marathis are fighting for the control of this cesspool.

  67. Chairwoman — on 24th September, 2006 at 7:46 pm  

    Sacred Games sounds very me, Jagdeep, let me know what it’s like. Nirpal Dhaliwal? Nooooooooo!

  68. Vikrant — on 24th September, 2006 at 7:47 pm  

    Back to work… have to solve bout 100 examples… shit i wish i hadnt procrastinated on my homework.

  69. Sunny — on 24th September, 2006 at 7:53 pm  

    Vikrant – the only Marathis fighting are your Shiv Sena buddies!

  70. Vikrant — on 24th September, 2006 at 7:54 pm  

    re:Maximum City

    Sunny, the problem with this book is that it reeks of usual anti-Marathi racism typical of these upper class Mumbaikars. In the book Maharashtrians are protrayed as synonymous with Shiv Sena, all the citys woes are blamed on us. You wont find a single ‘good’ Maharashtrian character in the book.

    Yes we may a race of docile servants, clerks, insophisticated country bufoons but Mehta fails to see beyond his prejudices… he fails to see us for what we are… honest hardworking men who believe in dignity of man as a man rather than going by their bank balances.

  71. Jagdeep — on 24th September, 2006 at 7:56 pm  

    It has got good reviews Chairwoman! It’s an epic about modern India going back to partition too – the main character is a Sikh police officer and the mafia Godfather who he pursued and tells his story in flashback and it’s all about the corruption and political tensions and history of modern India – it’s meant to be like a crime novel but is much more than that. Read the first chapter and it’s good. Bought the Nirpal Dhaliwal mostly to annoy my wife.

  72. Sunny — on 24th September, 2006 at 7:58 pm  

    Yeah yeah… you’re just crying because he exposes the vile racism of Shiv Sainiks so openly and brutally.

    Anyway. At least Marathis are the subject of interest… typically you have to slate him for being an upper class Mumbaiker. Imagine a book on Biharis. That would be a hoot!

  73. Vikrant — on 24th September, 2006 at 8:00 pm  

    Sunny,

    Marathis do have genuine problems with the way New Delhi has treated them in Mumbai. Most Marathis local to areas in and about Mumbai were simple rural folk. Urbanisation was forced down their throats. It is but natural that they would have to be content with working class jobs….. This gave this largely non-Marathi upper classes a sort of superiority complex. This ignorant and annoying stereotype of Marathis as a sort of mongrel race has been furthered by the national media which is based in Bombay. Tell me when was the last time you ever saw a Marathi charachter in a Hindi movie who either wasnt a domestic or a police constable.

  74. Vikrant — on 24th September, 2006 at 8:03 pm  

    you’re just crying because he exposes the vile racism of Shiv Sainiks so openly and brutally.

    When did i ever support Shiv Sena. To them i’m just a half-Marathi race whore.

    But incase you failed to notice, Mehta actually calls Marathis “Ghatis” which IS a racial slur. Akin to being called ‘Pakis’.

  75. Jagdeep — on 24th September, 2006 at 8:03 pm  

    Vikrant read Sacred Games it’s all about Bombay too.

  76. Vikrant — on 24th September, 2006 at 8:05 pm  

    .you’re just crying because he exposes the vile racism of Shiv Sainiks so openly and brutally.

    When you are reduced to a minority in your own land.. forced to speak an alien tongue… with your language, culture and people being looked down upon… you can hardly fault most Marathis for being ‘racist’.

  77. Vikrant — on 24th September, 2006 at 8:06 pm  

    Having said that attitude of Marathis too hasnt been above reproach… nihilistic whiners

  78. Vikrant — on 24th September, 2006 at 8:10 pm  

    I indetify myself more with Marathis than Rajputs despite my dad being one coz much of my Rajput family has disowned me for being a race-bastard.

    Even though i havent lived in Mumbai THAT long Sunny, i can tell you i’ve seen subtle anti-Marathi racism here. Vikrant Singh is a big hit with ladies Amey Chaugule sadly isnt.

  79. Vikrant — on 24th September, 2006 at 8:12 pm  

    That V-tv for example, its running these ‘Bai cartoons’ during commerical breaks… The Bai ofcourse being a crudely depicted Marahastrian domestic with exagerated Maharashtrian Hindi-accent. This artificially created caricature of Marathis is sustained by the media.

  80. Vikrant — on 24th September, 2006 at 8:18 pm  

    Neeways do guys know that before 1984 there was 1948.. Congress sposonserd ethnic-cleansing of Marathi Brahmins and some time all Marathis from parts of Madhya Pradesh, and South India in revenge for M.K Gandhi’s assasination

  81. Amir — on 24th September, 2006 at 8:27 pm  

    Vikrant,
    Vikrant,

    I totally agree. India is a geographical hot-spot as far as racism is concerned. It’s everywhere.

    India’s nearly as bad as Saudi Arabia. Saudis are so friggin racist and misogynistic, you wouldn’t believe it. :-(

  82. Vikrant — on 24th September, 2006 at 8:35 pm  

    Having lived in Al-Jubail for two full years i know… India is no where near as racist as KSA… but racism does hurt esp. when it is done to you in your own land by your own ethnic cousins.

  83. Amir — on 24th September, 2006 at 8:41 pm  

    Well, Uncle Amir doesn’t think any less of you. :-)

    Hang in there lad.

  84. Vikrant — on 24th September, 2006 at 8:45 pm  

    I know i can always count on my uncle Amir. Jus’ yesterday one chick was showing me around Juhu (a posh suburb), shit her contemptous rants against Marathi ghatis were very funny. I didnt embarras her by mentioning that my mum happens to be one of those ghatis.

    neeways here it is:

    http://www.indiantelevision.com/interviews/y2k5/executive/channelv_amardeb.htm

    The other thing that we have done is innovate on `Brought to you By,’ which has been treated as Brought to you Bai! We have created a character called Bai… a Maharastrian bai, the one we can identify with. The bai is an animated caricature who uses the side space of the television screen and she exploits the space doing the household work while the ad is airing on the screen. This is the first time it has been exploited and it has never been used by traditional television.

  85. Vikrant — on 24th September, 2006 at 8:47 pm  

    the guy has balls to overtly state the ethnicity of his cheap caricature… sadly there political correctness doesnt extend upto Maharashtrian sensibilities.

  86. Vikrant — on 24th September, 2006 at 8:59 pm  

    I must also add this anti-Maharashtrian racism is only a localised Mumbai phenomenon. I’ve been to Gwalior, bang in the middle of Hindi heartland… Marathas are regarded as upper class of sorts there. But sadly due to national media which is based in Mumbai, these this idiotic superiority-over-mongrel-Marathis complex is taking root in obscurest of backwaters in Hindiland.

  87. Vikrant — on 24th September, 2006 at 9:01 pm  

    shit i’m watching MTV and they have this promo where two Maharashtrians mistake flavoured condoms for chewing gums.. eek.. height…

  88. Chairwoman — on 24th September, 2006 at 9:02 pm  

    Jagdeep – I actually read Dhaliwal’s wife’s list of complaints about him today, and I don’t know if your wife would agree, but most of them are pretty universal, one or two silly, and only two worth mentioning, but they are biggies.

    In all fairness, he’s not a bad writer when he leaves the subject of women alone, but he is somewhat precious.

    Sacred Games is now on my Amazon wish list. I can’t order it today as I ordered 5 books earlier, and am trying to get my book and cd buying under control.

  89. Sunny — on 24th September, 2006 at 9:09 pm  

    Vikrant, heh. You think Marathis are the only ones caricatured? Try reading posts on Panjabi forums about how Panjabis are caricatured. Or wait till Sunray comes on here and tells us how India is biased against the Gujaratis. In India everyone has a gripe about something or the other.

    That’s what makes it a funny country. I wouldn’t take it too seriously if I was you. At least you’re not a Biharis dalit.

  90. Vikrant — on 24th September, 2006 at 9:17 pm  

    Sunny,

    Theres a fine line between an annoying stereotypes and downright racism. Just look at Bolly films, you’ll have Punjabi as a portagonist, a Gujju herp, even a Bihari or a Tamil BUT never a Marathi.

    Lastly Punjabis and Gujju dont have to tolarate humiliations heaped upon them in their own blasted land. They dont have millions (in last 5 years a whopping 6 million immigrants moved to Maharashtra) migrants trampling upon their lands settling illegaly and then going on to berate local culture and language.

  91. Vikrant — on 24th September, 2006 at 9:19 pm  

    Lastly Sunny, Gujjus and Punjabis have money, Marathi dont. Only with economic power comes respect.

  92. Vikrant — on 24th September, 2006 at 9:21 pm  

    Fuck i’vr got an idea, let us caricature the blasted Hindis (sorry for deserting you my Rajput ancestors!) and even the field :)

  93. Vikrant — on 24th September, 2006 at 9:23 pm  

    Sunny, i’ve written extensively on the topic, wouldnt divulge further… lemme sort out my life first… i’ll send it in once i’ve got time.

  94. Vikrant — on 24th September, 2006 at 9:39 pm  

    Lastly before i go… Sunnny though i grant you that even Sikh and Gujjus are unfairly stereotyped, national media doesnt drum these steretypes into national conciouness with the same intensity and vitriol as is the case with Marathis.

  95. Sunny — on 24th September, 2006 at 9:52 pm  

    Haha!

    They dont have millions (in last 5 years a whopping 6 million immigrants moved to Maharashtra) migrants trampling upon their lands settling illegaly and then going on to berate local culture and language.

    You sound like MigrationWatch. Wait until they enact some legislation to stop your Indian-passport-carrying-ass from coming back here and then suddenly you’ll develop a love for free movement of labour.

    Listen, crying about Marathi caricatures makes no difference to me. I’ve never paid much attention to Panjabis or Gujaratis crying about their caricatures – you think I’m going to fall for your tears. Pah! Go and study before you get upstaged by some Bihari.

  96. Vikrant — on 24th September, 2006 at 9:58 pm  

    Wait until they enact some legislation to stop your Indian-passport-carrying-ass from coming back here and then suddenly you’ll develop a love for free movement of labour.

    For one i’ve got an indefinite leave to enter UK. Second, you tend to overlook the cultural and social effects of such large-scale population shitfs….

  97. Vikrant — on 24th September, 2006 at 10:01 pm  

    By the second point i mean wholesale migration from Bihar and UP HAS destroyed cultural integrity and linguistic continuation in areas in and around Mumbai. Migrants are welcome as long as they dont squat on public land and berate my people.

  98. Sunny — on 24th September, 2006 at 10:02 pm  

    You’ve got indefinite leave? Wait till I tell them how much of a security risk you are… more than Romanian immigrants anyway. Then you’ll be sorry for being a Migrationwatch member!

  99. Vikrant — on 24th September, 2006 at 10:05 pm  

    Anyways in this i’m-caricatured-more-than-talk-from-me I missed out a point. Maximum City is eloquent sohpistry pandering to usual prejudices.

  100. Vikrant — on 24th September, 2006 at 10:07 pm  

    Its about time you realise Sunny, migration is not always good. Mumbai for all its “hard-working” migrants is a big unmanagable horse piss.

  101. Vikrant — on 24th September, 2006 at 10:10 pm  

    Then you’ll be sorry for being a Migrationwatch member!

    nah uh… My mum is a Briton, step-dad a yank while my very own father is based in M’asia… citizenship is an innie-minee-moe thingy for me.

  102. Sunny — on 24th September, 2006 at 10:43 pm  

    Migration is bad for you…. says the kid who keeps travelling between India, UK and the USA, and probably plans to have multiple citizenships.
    Is it any wonder Marathis are caricatured?

    And anyway, people come to Mumbai because of jobs and Bollywood. It’s not like they specifically like that stinking little island.

  103. Sukhjit Singh Kalsi — on 25th September, 2006 at 12:16 am  

    Three Sikh youths aged 15, 17 and 21 have drowned in a lake in the Lake District whilst attending a religious camp in Ulswater

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  104. Vikrant — on 25th September, 2006 at 9:07 am  

    And anyway, people come to Mumbai because of jobs and Bollywood.

    Its the overflowing migrants and ill-governance who made this place a ‘stiking little island’… i’m not implying migration is bad… unchecked, unplanned and unmanaged migration IS not something i support.

    Is it any wonder Marathis are caricatured?

    Marathis precisely hate the migrants because THEY are unfairly caricatured by them.

  105. Vikrant — on 25th September, 2006 at 10:45 am  

    Having said all that… Sunny, i must add my no means i buy into Shiv Sena bullcrap. Marathis are no saints. They can be pretty racist too.

    What i’m saying is that incessant negative-portrayals and mindless stereotyping of Marathis sort of pushes them towards proarchialism. Competing regional nationalisms can rip India apart.

  106. Vikrant — on 25th September, 2006 at 10:51 am  

    Being subjected to this sort of inter-Indian racism has been a transforming experience. I on my part promise *NEVER* to crack a Santa-Banta joke again and start a Bong-o-phobic’s Anonymous after i get over my own bongophobia.

  107. Kismet Hardy — on 25th September, 2006 at 10:56 am  

    What’s a bongophobe? Someone scared of bongs? Too damn right, says my lungs. Add hotknivesophobe and bucketophobe and crackpipeophobe to that list

  108. Vikrant — on 25th September, 2006 at 11:08 am  

    Doh’ and you call yourself a Bangladeshi?

    Bongs == Bengalis

  109. Rakhee — on 25th September, 2006 at 11:15 am  

    => It’s not like they specifically like that stinking little island.

    Not strictly true. Mumbai’s like Marmite, you either love it or hate it.

  110. Kismet Hardy — on 25th September, 2006 at 11:23 am  

    Eh? You calling me a bongoloid?

    Bangladesh means land of the hemp people

    Oo-ya

    Why isn’t it banglaphobe?

  111. Jai — on 25th September, 2006 at 11:37 am  

    =>”Mumbai’s like Marmite, you either love it or hate it.”

    Both have quite a strong smell and attract a lot of mosquitos too.

    Okay I made the second part up.

    Mumbai Zindabad.

  112. Kismet Hardy — on 25th September, 2006 at 11:40 am  

    I neither love not hate mumbai. I think it’s alright.

    Although I preferred it when it was Bombay. So many great headlines:

    Bombay Watch was my favourite

  113. Jai — on 25th September, 2006 at 11:48 am  

    Bombay Blue on Channel 4 was also good. Sort of like Miami Vice but without the cool clothes, expensive jewellery, fast cars and hot babes.

  114. Kismet Hardy — on 25th September, 2006 at 11:56 am  

    Can’t beat Karachi Kops though. Imagine being able to grow those moustaches of steel

  115. Rakhee — on 25th September, 2006 at 1:24 pm  

    Most people I’ve come across either rave about it or can’t stand the place. I was on the phone to a friend of mine last night who said they can’t get enough of the place and it’s their most fav place in the world.

    I know what you mean though Kismet – I tend to love it for a couple of days (which normally involve shopping and eating good food) and then can’t wait to get out.

  116. Amir — on 25th September, 2006 at 1:52 pm  

    Please, watch this. It is so, so funny.

  117. sonia — on 25th September, 2006 at 4:54 pm  

    went to the british museum and saw 1/2 of the Voices of Bengal exhibition. there’s a statue of Durga in progress which is leaving on the 27th for the Camden Centre..and then will be immersed in the river thames. what fun! there’s also a film season focusing on Tagore and Satyajit Ray..

  118. Vikrant — on 25th September, 2006 at 6:51 pm  

    Why isn’t it banglaphobe?

    Dunno, even Indian Bengalis call themselves ‘Bongs’ in colloquial english. Heck greatest Bengali blogger is http://www.greatbong.net

    Bangladesh means land of the hemp people
    Land of Swamp (err i’m laspsing into my old self again!).. >;)

  119. sonia — on 25th September, 2006 at 11:50 pm  

    and what’s wrong with bongs vikrant? careful now young man…

  120. sonia — on 25th September, 2006 at 11:55 pm  

    the great bong bloke’s pretty funny..

  121. Amir — on 26th September, 2006 at 3:49 am  

    Sonia,

    This is an amazing video clip

    It’s a classic.

  122. Jackie Brown — on 26th September, 2006 at 6:42 pm  

    test test

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  123. Jackie Brown — on 26th September, 2006 at 6:42 pm  

    haha

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