Has India changed in last 1.5 yearsโ€ฆ.

“India is changing every month…”. When last week in US a fellow Indian travelling from India told me this, I smiled and did not understand this really. Today I do. Its been 5 days since we have landed and each day has bought new experiences. Am happy my nariyal pani(coconut water) still costs 15 to 20 INR. But not apples.

Subway sandwiches are ~105 and Sbarro PIZZA SLICE is ~90.

Mom told me that 10 gulab jamuns costs 150 INRโ€ฆ.i can belive that because I know she must have bought the premium ones. Till now my experience is only in food stuff

What about clothes, houses..the other two angles in the triangles of life (Roti, Kapara and Makaan)

I think I will figure it out as soon as I get over my jetlag. But am happy to be back in ……… india.

Shopkeepers in India and US seem to have one thing in common. Most of them are unfortunate to have lost their courtesy and manners expected towards customers. I read an interesting piece today that reminded me of my experiences.

What has happened to the salesperson and retailers in the world today.

I and my husband (who got me into this addiction) are die hard fans of The Office. After watching Steve Carell‘s Get Smart trailers on TV, we got interested in the movie too.

Steve Carell plays the Manager in the Emmy Award winning series The Office.

In Get Smart, a fat geek guy (played by Steve) wants to be a 007 Bond alike field agent. Like the larger than life hero, he gets hurt but remains scratch-less. The best part about Steve is that whatever dumbest thing he does, he ends up with grace, whether it is doing Salsa with a fat lady or trying one of the Bond gadgets.

Khali added some Indian touch to the movie.

I kept laughing through the movie but some scenes made me wince like when a paper was stapled on a man’s head ๐Ÿ˜ฎ . Overall Thumbs Up! A good Sunday watch.

If you are a Steve fan then do not miss The Office(TV series) , 40year old virgin(may be you can miss this), Evan Almighty and now Get Smart.

In my endeavor to explore human impressions…some people make good first impressions, Steve is one of those who makes a lasting impression.

Now can anyone tell me why did they decide to call the movie “Get Smart”? ๐Ÿ™‚

I recently got introduced to the concept of comedy clubs in NY and yesterday had my first visit to a live show. Thanks to the recorded versions I had seen, I knew a lot of their lingo which otherwise I wouldn’t have known. I think the reason why comedy clubs are a hit in NY is because its full of immigrants. I mean all: Comedy clubs’ audience, Comics and NY. So the jokes have a vast scope. From:-
  • Presidential elections in US. Strange how everyone mentions Hillary and Obama. McCain hardly gets any space!
  • Racism. Does Aishwarya Rai also get qualified as brown!?
  • Cultural differences. Amounting from a lot of factors like ones I read in Nita’s blog.
  • Call centers in India. Kudos to Tech Support and call centers working pain stakingly, day and night!
….to a lot more.
We visited Laugh Lounge on Essex Street for a monthly special South Asian show. Show was called “Crazi Desi Show” as the comedians were all from Asia except Grant Cooper. I liked Grant and his energy. He was sharp, observant and had variety. Reho(Hope I am getting his name right), the Japanese person, had a nice style and mostly joked about himself. I liked Vidur Kapoor too. His jokes covered more scope. The host of the show though good in covering wide topics needs to still grow and increase content in his speech. Well I am not sure if I am qualified enough to give suggestions but being audience/customer I guess our opinion matters. The liberal use of some words seemed awkward to me first but I guess the positive thing about this is that the funny way and frequency at which they are used, their intensity and value gets reduced each time. See Comedy does help.
If I could be granted the wish to make 3 set of people sit down and watch a comedy show my preference would be:
  • Firstly, all those troubled, sick and pitiable souls who are out on streets and in shops with zero patience and talking manners. Its amazing how sarcastic people are becoming nowadays. I see this in sellers strangely. While I would expect a seller to be polite and nice to customers and prospective customers, they are the ones who are worst. So why should I pay money to someone and take his bad behavior too. Its not just in India, I see it here in NY too. And its not just me who has noticed it. I just found another article referring to the same issue. I would love to see all those souls getting a taste of their own and being ripped off by comedians ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Second, Robbin Williams: so that he can teach the comedians how to get better at it.
  • Lastly, Me and my husband to see all that ๐Ÿ™‚