April 24, 2012

Et tu, Brute?

Dear blogger,

Life hasn’t been all that kind to me lately. 2012 isn’t exactly what I can call ‘a walk in the park’. It’s been just four months, but I already feel like taking VRS. True, I finally took that vacation I’d been wanting to, and had a fab time in Goa with my friends. I spent all the time I wanted to at the beach, sat by the sea in the moonlight, finally did parasailing and a few other water sports, got dunked into the water and thought that I had died, got a temp tattoo (which washed off in two weeks instead of staying for a month. Apparently, not taking a bath too often would’ve helped it stay longer. Yes, brilliant idea. That too at the peak of summer), got burnt to a crisp because of the heat, wore shorts to my heart’s content and ate a lot of seafood.

Sorry, what was I talking about again?

Ah yes, 2012. So yes, as I was saying, 2012 hasn’t gotten off to a great start. Too many things have changed, and there’s more to come. You know what I’m talking about, right? People have done an about-turn, circumstances decided to change without giving me proper notice, and Hyderabad is so unbearably hot, I could weep.

I understand that change is constant. Change is mandatory. It may or may not be for the good, but it’s mandatory. It’s what propels life forward. I get all that jazz.

Whenever I open my FB account, I get scary visions of the timeline profile that will apparently be made mandatory soon. FB keeps asking me if I want to switch to it, but I ignore it. Because I DON’T want it. I’m happy with my profile the way it is. I don’t have any life-changing events worth time-lining. Unless you count winning the skipping race in 2nd standard.

But then, I’m not much on FB these days anyway, so I figured, maybe it won’t be the worst thing if the timeline becomes mandatory. I always have the option of quitting, right? Right.

A couple of months back, your clan gave me a scare, saying that they’re going to upgrade to some new profile thingy. You and your elder bro (or sis or dad or mom, whatever) Gmail said that you guys are also going to change. I didn’t take it seriously. I was like “Arre, ye tho apne hai, nahi badalenge”. So in true Hyderabadi style, maine light liya.

Lo and behold, a few weeks back, when I opened my gmail, it had gotten a makeover. It didn’t look too complicated, so after the initial panic attack, I calmed down. “Chalo koi nahi, at least blogger tho nahi badla ab tak”, I thought.

Saale kameene! Tu ne bhi dhoka diya! Who told you to change without asking me! Just because I haven’t blogged in a while and haven’t even logged in for a few days, this is how you take revenge? By turning into this super-complicated thing that I’m just not able to make head or tails of. Yesterday it took me almost half a day to figure out how to publish one comment. God only knows how long it’ll take me to publish this post after I’ve finished typing it in Word.

I’m not pleased, dude. Not at all pleased. You can expect many more hate-mails from me. Do NOT mark me under spam.

Not-all-that-sincerely-but-whatever,
A very miffed Spiff.

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Here's a Dil Chahta Hai-esque pic from my vacation, taken at Chapora Fort.
That's Anand, Chitra, Roro, me and Vijish.

I wish I could've taken a pic of the moonlit beachside at 2:00 AM, but neither words nor a picture can capture that breathtaking sight. Trust me.

ETA: You remember my friend Rohan, the guy who takes the most awesome photographs (some of which are there in my header)? He lost his cam in Goa. It's like losing a part of himself. We honestly cannot imagine him without his cam. The pic above was taken with his cam, in self-mode. Pray for his cam and pray that whoever stole it has non-stop loose motions day and night.

47 comments:

  1. Owww.
    2012 has been pathetic for me :(
    Especially this month of April. Sigh.
    Butbut, you did have a lot of fun, goody :D
    People have changed TOO much, till no I thought it was only with me.
    Take care hon xxxxxxx
    Also, the pic looks so cool :D !

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    1. March-april has been like K-serial for me. Too much of drama. :/
      Thanks! :)

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  2. Goggle is trying makeover in almost everything. Even Google+.
    Some find if cool, some complicated and some don't use at all.

    I can manage with this new blogger, or at least hope so.

    Btw is it too hot in Hyd?
    Thought of a trip there. Should make a back up plan then.

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    1. Don't even think about coming to Hyderabad anytime now. It's horrible. There's no point only in taking bath. Two minutes after you shower, you're sweating again. :/

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  3. Do not want the timeline....Hi-five
    Feeling hot day in and day out...Hi-five

    Maybe blogger will itself feel it is scaring its user, hope u recover from the jhatkas it gives in the mean while ;)

    Seeing this picture itself is making me jealous, good that u did not put up the beach pic :P :P

    -Visha

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    1. Timeline sucks. :( I don't want it permanently. Mummyyyyy!!

      Oh you should've been there, babes! The fort is beautiful. Even with the heat, it was worth it.

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  4. See, told you 2012 was true - Go do the math now :P

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  5. Ah another person not happy with 2012. Can you believe it's only 4 months in?? I feel the way I normally do at the end of a year! I honestly just want to sleep and wake up on 1st Jan 2013. Hope things get better for you Spiffy! Take care...

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    1. Seriously, right??!! :/ I'm like, what next? I hope god considers it a rhetorical question and doesn't bother to toss me yet another stupid answer.

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  6. I agree. The year that was to be better is pretty shitty right about now for me too. You think if enough people send hate mail to 2012 it will change?

    Good to have you back. I missed you. :)

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    1. Let's start a page on FB. "V hte 2012. V wnt t 2 chnge". Isn't that what everyone is doing these days? :/

      Awww, thanks babe. :)You've vanished from FB as well. Work keeping you busy?

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    2. Work making me insane. Deleted FB entirely.. too much frustration happened. :|

      How you been? :) The trip photo is insanely gorgeous!!

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    3. Did my reply get posted? :| Damn. Stupid new shit. :|

      Hope your year gets better! :D HUG!

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  7. Since our year is Nov-Oct, I usually don't really do a reality check in the middle of the year; my boss does it for me - its called mid year review... n my MYR (ok, now don't get any ideas) is next week.. but lemme see, 2012 has been well.... beer, thailand, two girlfriends, a beer belly I'm tryin to kill, fb timeline, beer, a new found fascination fr hats, escapin frm debtors, bein broke again...

    Brand new year, same sad sense of humor....

    damn :(

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    1. Is your MYR really what it sounds like? :P

      And doode, two girlfriends already?! Has time been flying faster at your end? :O

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    2. Raj, really two girlfriends? Are there still short term guys like you around :P

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    3. Arch, I'm actually a long term guy - but somehow the girls I end up dating don't seem to get that.... ;(

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  8. thank god, the world is ending this year.I am trying to sell that story and save lakhs of rupees which would otherwise be spent selling/marrying me off. Damn it, adult life sucks way too much.

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  9. Yello, I should have said something nice about the trip and all that. Sorry! The pic is super nice. I dont think I will ever make it to Goa. Went to TVM. Super breeze in evenings only. It is like a tandoor, and I suffered terrible sunrashes :(

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    1. I think my dad is trying to sell that story on me, the way he's hurrying me to get married. :/
      Even I thought I woul dnever actually make it to Goa. You should go there, babes, at some point. Sooner rather than later, before tourism completely takes over the charm of the place. I want to go live there for a while. That's next on my agenda. :)

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  10. I am nodding reading every single line in this post! What is with everything changing with the blink of an eye! Even we girls don't change out decisions this much!

    Lovely picture! I am not jealous as I am going there on a vacation soon :)

    Roshan, the same guy whose picture you used for 'picture perfect experiment'? I just hope he finds it very soon!

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    1. Seriously, right?!! Everything seems to be changing so rapidly! :O

      Ooh! You're going there too? Pakka go to Chapora Fort, ok. Thoda door hai city se, but worth the trip.

      Yes, Rohan. The same guy. :( And it can't be found. It's gone. He lost it in Goa. Ab kahaan milega. :(

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  11. same pinch.. totally messed up year in ways I cant even begin to describe... oh well.. I figured it was an Aquarian thing cos I know a bunch of fellow Aquarias who're going through crazy ass crisis in their lives as well... anyway, take care.

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    1. Nah, it's not just an Aquarius thing, doc. It's a 2012 thing, I think. :(
      You too, take care. Hope things get better for you.
      And P.S, I recently read your story in Urban Shots. Loved it. :) I hope there's more of your stories to look forward to this year.

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    2. OMG you too??? I thought it was an Aquarian thing too!! And Spiff ... you didn't read MINE ??? *hurt*

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  12. I was shocked by the blogger make over too.. FB , I finally switched to timeline.. not because I had that many things going on.. just to get rid of annoying messages asking if I want to move to timeline. I didn't recogonize gmail change.. (may be I check it too much on too many devices that I'm mail blind??)
    Hope things go better for you..

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  13. I don't like the Blogger makeover. :(
    Thanks babe. :)

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  14. I check my blogger to see only if you're writing.... Im at peace now! :)

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    1. :) And when are you going to write, woman?

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  15. Ouch... ha ha... superlative post.... I hope blogger gets tired of your hate mails and finally gives in.. Well my mails hasn't really effected facebook but what the heck..

    But I am so so jealous... I have been so wanting to go to Goa but the thought of getting roasted in this season is stopping me...

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  16. I dont understand why the basic thing is changed , why change something that is working fine .. even gmail is at it .. and somehow I dont like any of the changes at all ..

    the picture of GOA awesome .. sun-sea and soul mates what more can one ask for.. (food maybe :) ) but thats not the point ..

    Bikram's

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    1. Oh food was there too. But it would've spoiled the alliteration. :P

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  17. hahaha!!! can you believe that the reason I haven't been visiting blogs is because I had lost my list of reads somewhere in this effing new blogger!! And just discovered some button that reaches there! Heres a contest for you... maybe it will lighten your mood :-) http://lafemmenirvana.blogspot.in/2012/04/how-you-doin-and-book-to-win.html

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    1. I seriously feel so lost in this new blogger. :(

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  18. Exactly my sentiments wrt the change in websites thing. And timeline is a total piss-off.

    But anyway, I'm glad Goa was fun and I hope 2012 looks brighter :) Summers in hyd KILL, goodluck with that!

    and camera chor! I hope u have such a disease that they have 2 cut ur junk off!!

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  19. This was as 'Dil chahta hai'ish as it could get :). What got my goat about the changed blogger is, it shows my page had 90 views! yaaay...but then only 4 commented.

    Does it mean 86 readers 'bah'ed my page, shook their heads in disgust and moved on? Or does it mean...oh well, 2012 hasn't exactly started on a jolly note for me as well.

    Must be something to all that ..you know..ok, ok, don't frown.

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    1. :/ I really am starting to believe in all that, sacchi.

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  20. I know EXACTLY what you mean! The same damn thing happened to me! :O And though I couldn't avoid the timeline for long, I conveniently switched to the old blogger interface! B)

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    1. We have the option of switching to the old interface??!! How?! :O

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  21. One awesome picture that is ! :)
    Timeline got to me really. Am actually getting ab it irritated with fb these days for very obvious reasons (refer to your previous post) :P
    Glad goa happened :)
    I wish the camera returns ot the rightful owner. What/ I believe in miracles :)

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    1. It would be a miracle if none of the pics in that camera make their way to some random FB page with stupid quotes :/ (Refer previous post :P)

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  22. My thoughts exactly :(
    Why do they have to change it? And fb..don't even get me started. But really, never expected this from blogger... :(

    And hey, the pic is simply lovely! :)

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  23. I know, I changed it a week back and have been cursing Blogger ever since. DAMN THEM!

    Timeline is good. Really. Trust me on that one.

    He lost his cam? Che... His pictures are beyond words. Including this particular one.

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  24. So so agree. There are things that get better with age but then forcing something to change is disastrous... FB was still manageable coz I anyways have 'partially' renounced it but changing gmail (damn scrolling for labels for someone whose life depends on labeling he does on mails) and blogger (ah the struggle for posting 1 small post) was completely a mess,for me.
    Having said that, nicely written post. I like the flow of thoughts in ur posts which is pretty very streamlike.
    Keep blogging.
    Mohit

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