20080415

Numb(n)3rs

The last post I hit a century or let me put it in a larger perspective - it took a total of 163 hours to get 100 comments. The maximum I have got is 77 for a post before - so this is a first for me.
Got caught up at work and a bad back - so was not able to post for the past week - today I felt like Sachin Tendulkar - who has missed many centuries being in nervous nineties.
I was waiting for that 100th comment - and Anvita nudged the counter.
Now one might say why all this fuss about numbers and statistics - partially cheap thrill and more of what this post is all about. Americans and being here for so long most of us have no choice but to be obsessed with the nitigrities of numbers.
I was going to write about experience with a simple cuppa coffee - but that can wait.
So here more about numbners

- The very first number that one has to be aware of is I-94 card - that is appended to the passport - that one gets upon entering this country at immigration. This number is important for all immigration crap. And it changes everytime one enters or leaves this country.
- I came as a student here almost a decade ago - and one of the first thing that we have to deal with is getting a Social Security Number - if we have got financial aid and are going to receive mullah from the college. It is similar to the PAN number issued in India.
It is described as "Social Security" but it is emotionally and physically draining as one has to contribute towards it from ones pay in a hope that when we are old we will get some benefits from the government, but the way the things are going in this country it looks bleak that most of us will ever reap the benefits.
- The social security number is a must when applying for credit cards, drivers license, bank accounts and any other legalities.
- In the college - the type of courses one takes is appended a number - like Design101, Structures 301....the higher the number determines and clarifies whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student. This is because they have a flexibility of what one can pick and choose and cross register towards getting a degree - a system entirely different from the back home where we are told what to study. (this was when I studied - dunno the situation now)
- Post graduation the next number one is worried about is the : "How many K's job you get". Now K denotes 1000 - so 60K is 60000 US pay package - again with the advent of MNC's back home many are aware of these concepts back home.

America is a consumerist society and every nuance of peoples existence and the country's economy is geared with numbers. They want you to be aware of the Numbers at any given time:
- You buy a car - they have a limit of 12000 miles that they consider normal driving per year - so when you sell it - depending on the mileage and year and the condition of the car - you can get an equivalent price - this price can be determined from various websites.
- They use miles instead of kilometers and inches instead of meters. Both these are smaller denominators. Say 100 miles which is actually 160 kilometers - gives one a peace of mind that he has to drive only 100 miles.
- Driving is really a pleasure here - highways are 4-6-8 lanes wide. On needs insurance to drive and you get points for any violations - again numbers determining the amount you shelve out for insurance and collecting 12 points can take away your driving privileges. There is no Pandu Hawaldar whom you can give some bucks to get off the hook.
- Most of the US when you ask somebody, specially here in New Jersey - where do you stay - they will say Exit # so and so of a certain highway - which again is defined by a number - people recognize this more than the name of the town. So giving directions to someone will be - take exit 4 off route 31 and then bear left and get onto highway 287 - take exit 12 for Jhumritalaya - then finally when you reach Jhumritalaya you will have street names - which are mostly names of trees - spruce, oak, maple.....
- Also zip codes like in Beverly Hills 90210 - are very important - they tell you the school district and the economic status of the town. It is prestigious to stay in certain zip codes than others. Most towns with a certain zip code will have people from a certain economic status - not community or ethnicity. This is unheard of in India - where every place is described by the name and where a person making crores stays right next to someone making thousands - in most cases. (I say school district - cause most Americans goto public schools that are free up to 12th Standard)
- Another big aspect that is here is the rotation of money - savings is a complete no-no. Most people really do live paycheck to paycheck - and even a slight increase in a bi-weekly paycheck is another installment that they can pay.
- The interest rates are also so minimal and then this minimal interest is also taxed high - so there is no point in putting money in savings account - unless you transfer it to retirement accounts - and then you do not see that money till you retire.
- The whole situation nowadays with the economy is based on this concept of over borrowing. Wont go into details as that can be another post in itself.
- This brings to the next important number - the credit score - this is the number that determines your creditworthiness - and if you haven't spent enough or have a rotating loan then you are not credit worthy - they don't know your history of spending and payment and are reluctant to give you a loan even if you have saved a big chunk of money.
I once told one of my friends who was meeting girls to get married - ask what her credit score is more than what she makes or if she knows cooking or blah blah....that will determine your numerical future here.

Other daily aspects determined by numbers:
- Weather - There is an entire channel running weather reports all day long - and people choose to wear clothes as per the degrees Fahrenheit - now they don't use degree centigrade as temperatures could go as low as 0 degrees Fahrenheit - which is -17 degrees centigrade - now you decide what is more comfortable to hear.
- BMI - Body Mass Index - determines if your weight is proportionate to your height - again a comfort with numbers - more than you are fat or underweight. And again they use pounds to determine weight rather than kilos - so 60 kilos is 132 pounds - and losing 5 pounds sounds much better than 3 kilos - thus many Americans are obese and huge.
- Buying a computer or any other electronics is fun - go to a store and you would say "give me that TV" - nah never happens - one has to know size, inches, contrast ratios, number of ports - hundreds of numbers and people will ask you these questions when you tell them you bought something. I say I bought a 10" and high def binoculars to watch it.
- Another BIG thing is the freaking shoes and clothes sizes - we are normal body built people from Asia or I can say puny according to standards here - have seen shoe sizes 14 - 16 which is 47 - 49 in Europe ...man its huge - an entire family of rats can live in that.

These are some of the examples - many can think of many other situations - the basic idea is that numbers are used to make one feel comfortable in any situation.

150 comments:

Neeku said...

Ah, Yummmy Numbers :) Me sort of love Stat ... so look forward to it :)

But nice observation ! will come back and read the entire post... right now just skimmed through it...

Sunshine said...

Nice write up! Was funny about the NJ exit numbers though, Heard tht the 1st time!

Ankur said...

hehehe... sounds like they more have an obsession towards numbers than other things :P

in ur job too they give u some nos, like 1... do this, 10, u do tat :P

really nice write up and i came to knw a lot abt States... the country i only want to go to for playin poker :D

Gud Day...
Cheers!!!

carolinagal said...

Nice analysis of numbers :)

Btw, did you friend really ask his prospective bride about her credit score?? LOL!!

(¯`•._.•[Raaji]•._.•´¯) said...

haha... cool post. I can so relate to it especially because i totally suck at numbers.. hehe
Cheers :-)

Prats said...

That was one thorough observation...many flew jet speed over my puny head....
But I think I'll stick to kms, metres and inches whatever...and prefer to weigh the 50 odd kgs... :)

Are you also into these numbers now??

Ziah said...

Thats a very through take on number-mannerisms:)
I always associated mouthing numbers to uber-geekiness:) But that is probably due to my own inability to retain numbers in my overpacked head:)

Mez said...

This will be a useful guide for me wen i drop in US. Thanks for sharin. U good at observations and then remmebering the list, to top it all. Wud be interested to know about overborrowing as well.

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Suma said...

phew!!! numbers and me are a no..no...:(

and hey great century...and well deserved too :)

Abreysham said...

eww. family of rats.

Romila said...

Welcome back, Ceedy! and I am learning so much about numbercrazed USA from this post.

So detail oriented you are. Amazing!

One simple question (just curious as to whether your detail eye is on everything):

Do you notice an attractive girl passing by as just a preety face/body

or

to such details as that fair complexioned, round face with light freckles, hair clipped at the back, wearing a nice, violet color fitted dress reaching just above the thighs and knee length black boots?

--xh-- said...

whew.. a play of numbers.. and all the talk of SSN and credit rating and savings... for a moment i thought i am reading a company document... ( we deal with fin plan solutions for US :) )

--xh-- said...

here @ bengalurur buses dont sport destination names - it is just a number.. i hv seen the same @ chennai too...

Sutta said...

Numbers? Reminds me that I never got good ones. *Sigh*

Ps said...

Interesting crunchy numbers--I'm glad that i don't live in the US though!
Congrats on your crossing 100 comments in your perviuos post.

Pavi!!!! said...

Hahaha...Good one agn Ceedy!

i generally hate nums but i njoyed reading this.

Now some of the info was new to me...n the others...i was nodding my head in agreement!

u know my I-94 is all wet n nothing can be seen on it..its all smudgy! Am i going to be in trouble? Similar is some portions of my passport. My bad..i was careless! :((((

aur haan..this ctry says SSN is like the most imp thing rite..but they lost my ssn before it cle be delivered to me! Crazzzy country!

another num is the speed limit on all roads...i nvr manage to stick to the speed limit..so i remb this num!

Enigma said...

Numbers. I love them. A dream of 100 comments wud remain a dream for me. Sob sob.

The mention of NJ, NY and US makes me nostalgic and i relate to every point you mention. Absolutely and too hundred %.

Exit # u mess up and you are in different city. I remember going to Lyndhurst once in Jan with one of my colleagues to best buy at Patterson Plank road and then messing up with the highway exit to 17E (had to go to 16W) and reaching Cacussus , Union City, Kearney, Jersey City and then back to Lyndhurst. passing through tolls, paying up dollars... that was funny. though we had the directions, but no map. it was funny, wasnt it ?

The 192, 66, 83, 84, 125 buses all driven by ladies mostly, this are numbers too. the mainline taxi number, the toll free number, the never to forget 911....

you made me nostalgic......

gunj said...

boy!!
that was too much of number business!! enough for my entire blogger life till nw!!
before this i seriously thought i liked numbers n dat americans are dumb n are scared of numbers!!
:P

btw id like to tell u just wat u told me on my 100....go for a sehwag type triple century :P

also thanks a tonn for d wonderful comment u left on my blog :)

Cinderella. said...

Man...!
Thats a lotta numbers !!
hamare yaha ka galli muhalla kitana batter hai yaar..
Reminded me of a poem by I-cant-rem'ber-who, with the title of dont-seem-to-rem'ber-that-either, that talks of the numbers that follow all our lives....in the end too qwhen you sleep in your grave all they
(govt ppl) do is give yor grave a no....
Pretty sad poem...but cool post. Knew quite a lil from my uncle in Texas.
And congrats on reaching the 100 comments count...

Cinderella. said...

And there's also this show on AXN, with the same name as your post.
ever seen it...I like it.

Solitaire said...

I like the number associated with IQ and GPA. Obsessed with it.

c e e d y said...

@neeku
hope to see you back...yeah I love numbers too

c e e d y said...

@sunshine
cool - yeah certain things in NJ are very weird - do you know the concept of a JUG HANDLE?

c e e d y said...

@ankur

I work for a small office - where I am kinda my own boss - so yes I do have a list of 1 to 10....there are some other things they are obsessed about - will write in future posts

and yeah you sure are welcome to play poker :)

c e e d y said...

@carolinagal

do you really think a girl will marry someone if asked this question....

but i really think its practical

c e e d y said...

@raaji

thanks - many people do - but you have to know them

c e e d y said...

@prats

haha - yeah I can understand - it took a while to get used to all these nos....

well i liked math and finance so yeah am into numbers....but just as a hobby...

c e e d y said...

@ziah

haha welcome to the blog....yeah people wid numbers and who rattle them are geeky

c e e d y said...

@mez

I have all the time in the world to observe - you know what I mean....you can use this as a guide and are free to ask me any questions - am always willing to help anyone - have been blessed and helped by many :)

sure if you want I can email you about over borrowing - it might become too much of a finance post - and not many might like it - let me know

c e e d y said...

@mel

did the needful

c e e d y said...

@suma

thanks - its actually not so well deserved - it is cheating - i responded to over 60 comments - so actually count it low - but am enamored by numbers

c e e d y said...

@abreysham

you know I kinda predicted that reaction :) from you - to pick the most weird part of the post....it worked ;)

c e e d y said...

@romila

first thanks for giving me this great idea to share these experiences - i think i can go on forever....

yeah numbers are part of me as I like both finance and math and follow them as a hobby

about observing others - i really observe everything about a person - dress, style, nature, and can guage almost 99% what is going on in their mind - there is also a bitter truth to all this - a year back i could not even have thought of looking at anyone - but things did not stay the same - hope you get what i mean.....

c e e d y said...

@-xh-

so you are the dude who picks up my phone calls for customer service ;)

lol

c e e d y said...

@-xh- again
it is different in bombay - they have numbers and names - interesting....thanks for the info

c e e d y said...

@sutta

here is small list of numbers you should worry about

signing amount
box office returns
no. of prints and copies
acting fees

when you become DA ACTA....

and you can hire me to do the finances/marketing....how abt that

c e e d y said...

@ps

thanks - its not all that bad....becomes part of your system

c e e d y said...

@pavi!!!!! (5)

yeah - not many gurls like nos - I know that....but glad this was fun

about I-94 - I advise you to goto the nearest consulate or airport and get that sorted out - get a letter or smg cause i dunno your status - but you need to send copies of that everytime one tinkers with immigration

about the passport - assuming you have an indian passport - cause of I94 - goto indian consulates or embassy or talk to someone nearest to you and seek advice
I have been stopped in Moscow airport in transit once as two pages were kinda stuck - they thought I was tampering with the passport - took a lot of explanation...

about SSN make sure you get it....

speed limits - a trick - drive fast no problem - but find another car going at the same speed and be around it - cops cant stop two

c e e d y said...

@enigma

haha - you can get 100 comments too...just have the patience

and yeah - you miss one exit and life is all trouble all the way......have been thru that experience many a times when i started driving....

cool you enjoyed the post

c e e d y said...

@gunj

well the americans are crazy - there is no doubt on that fact....and they do not understand numbers that is a fact too - reflecting in the current economic situation

about sehwag thing - i waited 3 additional days to get to 100 to post this one - for 300 plus - i would have to retire

and glad you like the comments....as i said "dil se"

c e e d y said...

@cinderella

glad you liked the numbers - yes I did get that idea from the serial with a similar name - just added (b) in the brackets to emphasize the numbness numbers cause - i hardly watch TV - so dunno much about it

if you remember the poem wheneva let me know...

thanks

c e e d y said...

@solitaire

I thought one is obsessed with something one does not possess - is that the case with you and the numbers you specified :) (kiddin)

carolinagal said...

Ceedy

**do you really think a girl will marry someone if asked this question**

Marry??? If that girl was me, I would not even go for a second date!!! Questions like that can be asked only once you know the person well. I agree its practical,,,but come on now, don't you think a girl needs some romance first?

c e e d y said...

@carolinagal

agree completly - this is just for "practical" purposes.....obviously romance is much more important.....

it was a joke and will remain one....i dont think any of the person involved guy/girl will want to hear it....

it was a thought on how in india when ppl undergo arranged marriages and they end up asking "how much he/she makes"....

vEENs said...

voila....i did never notice so many things :-/


and so much in US :-| i cud never survive LOL!

but i cant believe the thing abt savings :-/ and they being less important than the credit score :-D


mighty observation ;)

Abreysham said...

shucks. I'm predictable.

m.flowerr said...

Such importance for numbers???

Btw, a neat post:)

Satish Bolla said...

very informative one. but not for me. because u screwed up 10 minutes or 600 seconds of my time....... :(
lol. jus kidding. once again congrats for ur 100th comment. mine is 49th in this one. lage raho

SambY said...

There is an entire channel running weather reports all day long ......... now you decide what is more comfortable to hear....


really .... 0 is much better that -17

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c e e d y said...

@veens

there are number of things one can observe all around - but it so happens most of us get absolved in our own little world and trying to solve it...

i prefer to just do this, walk around read, etc etc....and many a times the things that usually one would immediately take care of - takes care of itself or is not even needed to be worried about - sometimes it does backfire but hey that is the fun....

c e e d y said...

@abreysham

up your game bud!!!

c e e d y said...

@m.flowerr

thanks so few words...guess you dont like numbers :)

c e e d y said...

@satish

you could have gone into details of microseconds, and then what you could have accomplished in those 10 mins and how the nuclear bomba could have destroyed half the world!!!!!this is amrica :)

cool lage raho

c e e d y said...

@samby

staying here I have become like fresh meat....

if its 40-45 F which is around 3-5 degree celcius we go out in tshirts....some days it is freaking cold....initially its difficult but now it its too hot becomes a problem

c e e d y said...

@chef

will check it out

Noushy Syah said...

hhehehe..I hate numbers,but your posting is gr8..so observant!

There are some similarity when talking about,temp,weight and distance...(US-UK)

Interesting! Learn new things everyday from reading blogs.

Have a gr8 weekend ahead.TC.

An ILLuS|On said...

congratulations on crossing the barrier of 100 comments on your post & it was very informative reading this post of yours..thanks for sharing ceedy:)

τ ħ€ ĐάЎđяёάmёя said...

lol

so many numbers ..i got confused..but loosing 5 pound really sounds kool :P

best of luck for newer milestones :)

Compassion Unlimitted said...

Congrats on your century,Tendulkar..oops C e e d y..
Let more centuries follow and sure it will with the kind of amazing write ups u doing and the ever expanding fan club will ensure more double and triple centuries will follow
Sizes..If I am allowed to narrate..Decades back,when I went to attend a Pittsburg conference in Atlantic city(dont worry the conference keeps moving around but name is same !!) I wanted a coffee.When the counter girl asked me large,medium small,being a coffee addict at that time I said LARGE..Oh my That was the last time I ever asked anything LARGE in USA..( maybe if I ever settled there I might have asked for Large Pay check )I suppose the things would have not changed in time .

Keep writing,Ceedy, we are enjoying
TC
CU

Romila said...

Yep! Got what you meant and More, More, More on experiences from one uber-observant Ceedy.

One day, when I have a chance to visit US of A , I'm certainly gonna remember your US related posts.

Keshi said...

:) some great info here Ceedy. Some very new to me hehe.

Keshi.

brocasarea said...

nos can make ur life hell just like mathamatics...

Anjuli said...

Nice post...good anaysis....

c e e d y said...

@noushy

yeah - interesting not only to learn but meet people from different parts of the world - and this e friendship is based on the power of writing and expressing not on looks and beauty....a different concept all together

c e e d y said...

@illusion

thanks and glad you liked the post...cheers mate

c e e d y said...

@daydreamer

thanks...yeah it sound really cool but takes a whole lotta effort to even loose that one pound....

c e e d y said...

@compassion unlimited

thanks for a generous large cuppa comment ;)

yeah coffee and their way of consumption stumpped me too - am an avid tea drinker had to change to coffee here - and boy its big

will keep writing till this brain works....thanks for the appreciation and encouragement

c e e d y said...

@romila

sure and you can ask me any tips anytime - can share it....and hope you make it to this mad mad world

c e e d y said...

@keshi

yup - its all different in different parts of the world

c e e d y said...

@brocasarea

yep man - spoken like a true doctor!!!!!

c e e d y said...

@anjuli

thanks

J said...

The great American dream?? ;)

The only thing I love about the US is... the early launch of technology.

Damn!! Now this is depressing.

You asked me if I have any of my own recordings, feel free to visit http://www.musicv2.com/artist/johnbenjamin
to sample my mixes.

Cheers!!

carolinagal said...

Yeah, I know it was a joke.

Can you imagine if someone actually asked a prospective husband/wife that question? I'd love to see their reaction then LOL!!

Pavi!!!! said...

@Ceedy: Thanks for ur inputs and long response.

I have a photocopy of my DRY and complete I-94 and carry it arnd whnever i have to use my I-94. Was hoping tht wld help!
But yes..mabbe i'll get advise from more ppl on this and visit the embassy when i manage to get time.

Got my ssn long back. That was a prob i faced initially when i came into this ctry more than a yr back.

I will follow ur speeding tips based off the outcome of our 1st court visit scheduled for may 13th. Yeah, already got a speeding tkt :((

n hey..i forgot to congratulate u on 100 comments!Congrats..seems like its gonna b'com a regular feature for all ur posts going forward ;-)

Anvita said...

Thank u mate. Sorry i didnt visit earlier just had a crazy week man. anyways again yur post was very informative for me i got to know of a few things i wasnt aware of. hmmm BTW i do have a question mate...now wat 'IL - 60045-5201' now wats with two nos eh?

Looks u score yur century in this one too.....yru close

BTW i also just reembered the TV series Beverly Hills 91210 i wud watch during my school days....I was quite a fan of Jason Prestley

c e e d y said...

@ j

cool man - checked out your songs....

there are good and bad parts everywhere....so one has to learn to live wid it

c e e d y said...

@carolinagal

yeah - would love to see someones reaction....

c e e d y said...

@pavi!!!!!

cool - about the ticket - tell them you will pay the fine but to remove any points off the record or else you will end up paying a higher insurance for next 5 years


well going to 100 comments takes a while - i get jittery to post new stuff....but thanks anyways :)

c e e d y said...
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Ankur said...

hey bro...

how was d concert??

c e e d y said...

@anvita

here is the link in Wiki that explains the zip better :
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ZIP_Code

basically it is more precise breakdown of an area in the town - some towns for eg - the zip code you gave me is for lake forest - and the last 4 digits might be for a particular area...

about the 100 comments its fun but takes up lot of time....

and lastly it is beverly hills 90210 - thats why i mentioned it so people can identify wid it...

thanks

c e e d y said...

@ankur

will post smg tommrow - just got my new PC am setting all softwares etc...

cool!

Anvita said...

hey hey 86 again...close close heheh,

thanks for the link man, yeah i cud have always used google but i am a wee bit lazy heheheh.....

chalo will see u around again....for anotehr 100 hehe, u bet its a time consuming thingie hmmmmmmm

Red Soul said...

hey ceedy how u doing

ceedy said...

@anvita

thanks for the wait - but I cant wait so already updated :)

and laziness is sure to come - we all have it - how else do you think I just posted that link ;)

ceedy said...

@red soul

I am fine - where have you been - welcome...

Anonymous said...

This is for Pavi's comment on ur short story "Path"
Her experience just shows immorality. She has behaved like a slut and bloggers should not encourage that buddy. Her attitude of trying to flirt with men should not be fuelled by us.

abreysham said...

not in element these days :p
will be soon, though.

watch out.

:-)

Mez said...

Nah dont take so much trouble. When u post about it then i wud read.Thanks a ton anyways!

Satish Bolla said...

@ceedy
it took 10 mins b'coz by the time i came to ur blog, i was so stressed and also coz i tried to remember some of ur numbers

ceedy said...

@anonymous

first of all thanks for reading the post.

About the comment - all I can say is that no one knows anyone personally here - atleast I dont - so about encouraging or fuelling - its only a reply to the comment posted here.

And as this blog world goes everyone of us has their views - and you are entitled to have yours.

ceedy said...

@abreysham

ok dude - will surely wait - I really like your incisive comments and views - gives me something to think about and up my game - so band baja bajega dham dham dham - when you find your atoms

ceedy said...

@mez

no problem - will try and convert it into a funny bit and post it :)

ceedy said...

@satish

cool bud - hope you are feeling better by now....

Anvita said...

oke 97th one heheh, 3 more to go....lagge raho....

ceedy said...

@anvita

bola na nervous nineties :)

now two more to go :P

Anvita said...

come on this is the 99th one from me to ya ;)

ceedy said...

@anvita

hahah this time you are the runner and i scored :P

yayyy

Anvita said...

I just thought i'd be cheeky n congratulate u on yur 100th comment once again ;)

Satish Bolla said...

saw the 99th comment and came here rushing. but u r waiting like a hawk. anyways congrats and y don't u arrnage some kind of bash for being the 100th commenor

Anvita said...

@satish I cant stop laughing reading this 'but u r waiting like a hawk.' heheheh

ceedy said...

@anvita and satish

rofl!!!!!


see after 100 the pressure is over and runs are coming at fast pace....about being a hawk - i am always on mode when in office so yeah reply comes fast...

next time i will wait for you satish to score a run - i hope to reach another 100 :)

Satish Bolla said...

@anvita
plz don't laugh out loud. bhai will b angry and bash me up like hell(like a tiger jumping at its prey)

@ceedy
don't worry much abt my scores. i never crossed the coveted 15 runs mark.... :(

Anvita said...

hey mate its like if u score a 100 on yru next post its a hatrick .....man u will make your first record.....chalo wish u all the best, hang on i think my other comments shud be on the other post...

ceedy said...

@satish

I am talking about scoring on this pitch....

anvita did it last time, me this so next cld be you :)

Satish Bolla said...

@ceedy
as people say in this part of the world, all i can say is "insha-allah"

Anvita said...

@satish hehehe yur funny man, am sure CD can handle it, but sacchi yaar i still cant stop laughing....

Satish Bolla said...

@anvita
baap-re-baap, plz stop atleast now. i'm the only son to my parents.

Anvita said...

@satish aare woh america se tumhara kya bigad lega, hehehe chillax mate

Satish Bolla said...

@anvita
i hope he doesn't know some Al-Qaida operatives in Bahrain. anyways, thanx for the morale boost. now I'm ready again

ceedy said...

@anvita n satish

bole to - kya samajta hai appun ko - bhai ka haat bahut lamba hai.....

duniya ke kise bhi kone se ukhad lega kya :)

Satish Bolla said...

look how he's talkin, jus like munnabhai. i'm not afraid of him at all, but i was wondering whether he had some "circuit" too

Anvita said...

CD u still have yue munna bhai touch eh.....kwel...

@satish man yur a chicken, it took only two comments to boost up yur morale hehehehhe.....

ceedy said...

@satish

are circuit, panel, chikna, malvani everyone is stationed in their position kya....
so darne ka nahi.....

@anvita

i have been in bombay for 25 yrs of my life....and have been all over....this will never go out of me till the last breath....bole to phir bhi dil hai bambayaa

Anvita said...

@CD & Satish

i feel like the three of us r the only vella people man....heheh i am suppose to be working as well n am happily posting comments.

Anvita said...

@satish
Mate, CD ki dhamkiyon se mat darna, after all yur also from andhra man, tough n rigid...

@CD
hmmm i have come to realise that yur a hardcore bambaiya, where in bbay were u anyways? BBay rocks man!!!

Satish Bolla said...

@anvita and ceedy
get back to work, buddies. i'm happily sitting in my flat, hearing my fav music and commenting to my fav posts. but what the hell r u doing in office? r they paying u for this?
jus kidding. enjoy ur time. ceedy bhai, this commenting lifted some work stress out of me. thanx.

@anvita
u compared me with a chicken!!!!!!

Satish Bolla said...

hey ceedy, i was in bombay for a li'l more than 4 hours in 2k4. i stopped there en route to goa from shirdi. man, the taxi guy almost robbed us of our money for the 15 minute ride

ceedy said...

@satish

cool - so ceedy bhai is now your squeeze ball stress buster :)

enjoy man and yes i get paid to do this....free hota to itna time kaun spend karta :P


@anvita

yeah i love bombay - am from tardeo area - have worked on major projects - parel mills redevelopment that you see - big bazaar et all was involved with that and the now famous kala ghoda festival - was involved in its inception n planning....

Anvita said...

@satish

mate zyada ho gaya kya? yaar do comment mein tum CD se dar gaye?

come to think of it, I was just taking a break man, damn i hate working when the rest of the world is on their way back home and chillaxing. lucky u Satish (BTW, I work US timings)

Satish Bolla said...

@anvita
so u r based in india and working in US timings. so sad. here we r 150 minutes behind IST but our work timings almost coincide with indian times. we work from 7 AM to 3 30PM. so the whole evening is ours here. but if only the whole bahrain is bigger than mumbai... :(

Anvita said...

@satish

I was in HYD a month ago n i remember being robbed by the autowala for a 10 min ride just cos i wasnt a localite.....

@CD
aha, i see, tardeo, OMG where in tardeo were u?
i missed out on the kala ghoda festival man this yr. n bbay so changed so much ever since the malls have cme up, i guess big bazar was the first one those days i used to work at lower parel then hmmm...

Satish Bolla said...

@ceedy
lucky u. we used to b a team of 3 people. we became 3 and a few months back they even cut the other job and i've to take care of the entire systems..... :( so hardly finding time for posting in bloggerville

Anvita said...

@satish

r u not from andhra eh? or yur currenly based out of bahrain?

Satish Bolla said...

@anvita
when i was in mumbai, i was freshly out of college, freshly out of my world and couldn't argue much with the taxiwala. but wht happened to u? be it hyd or mumbai, wht i learnt is, first know abt ur transport b4 anything els.

ceedy said...

@anvita

forjet street pata hai...where u at?

Satish Bolla said...

@anvita
am frm vizag, andhra pradesh. i was working on-site in bahrain for just a li'l less than 2 years. planning to get out soon, anyway

Anvita said...

@satish, well arguing also didnt help yaar, log to aaj kal hjagadna shuru kar dete hain....dont ask....btw i am decently good an my transport sense

Anvita said...

@CD oke oke i wudnt know the street names but i know maji sagar, where u get pretty decent pav bhaji, girnar the tower, ofcourse crossroads, bhatia hospital , heera panna n that pav bhaji wala at nights.....i am actually a suburbian but tardeo girnar buld is like me second home. so gimme a landmark

ceedy said...

@anvita

its the lane right opposite bhatia hospital going to cumballa hill warden road....

am in an old parsi bldg there

call myself from "downtown bombay"

which burb are you from...

ceedy said...

@satish and anvita

we scored freaking 34 runs in 1/2 hour.......

Satish Bolla said...

@ceedy
that's pretty slow. i feel so because i jus watched a match in IPL. but in the bloggervilole, that's pretty decent rate

Anvita said...

@CD accha, i see....am from Malad ya , bang opp the In Orbit mall, hey being a towny am sure u know wat 'Bachelors' is, talking to u reminds me of bachelors, i soooooooooooo feel like a strawberry milkshake......

34 runs in half hr....i was kinda expecting this , yur statistical analyis...hehe

Satish Bolla said...

ok buddies. got to go out for food. enjoy ur comments. i'll check out tomorrow.

ceedy said...

@anvita

cool - i know in orbit area...my college was in juhu...

sure i know bachelors - damn strawberry milkshake :(
and have you tried their i guess its a grilled sandwich its awesome...

and here we go again on a foodie trail.....

can i add you on chat....if yes email me from the main page

Anvita said...

hey mate just dropped in an email to ya mate.

Abreysham said...

hey- you changed templates again!
reflections are not impositions anymore.

re: profile pic- the view form up there is breath-taking no? experienced cosmic loneliness this friday- MAN it was AWESOME!

you skydive for a hobby? or was it a never-again thing?

ceedy said...

@abreysham

I remember that comment of your from the first time I had a dark template - dude it was a phase of the MIND....and now things are getting calmer so the change :P

cool - so how high did you go...

well the picture is from the first time - and that was last year - i plan to do it this year again....

i love adventure so no this is not a one time thingy - but cant make it a hobby as it costs a lot...atleast not yet :)

Nalin said...

hey ceedy,

apologies for being the last to read this post and posting comment.
guess was busy in trying to change(hopefully increase) the numbers associated with my 'K's :)
anyways, very interesting and informative post, i was not aware of that '12000 miles' thing.

there are some other kind of numbers also which you mite be interested in (how bout a gal's phone number ;))

nice one!!

ceedy said...

@nalin

thanks man - best of luck to get those coveted "k" you desreve it...

and about the number that you mention - I stopped dealing with them....bas ab nahi

Pri said...

congrats on hitting past the century record :D
u indeed are good with numbers...

ok now i have to be a killjoy and ask u if u'd really consider that a century considering that u reply seperately to individual comments??
so does that mean uve included ur replies in the record too? :o

as for the post, u really seem to enjoy with numbers dont u?
i wish u were around here when i was studying my PSM (a useless subject in the history of medicine)in med school..
i found 'statistics' utterly boring and a toal waste of time...i could have done with some help then :-/
i could totally relate with 'ishaan avasthi' during that phase of my life...sigh!

ceedy said...

@pri

its no killjoy - you are the only one to ask that question and I was prepared as always :)
Now do you know the dilwale dulhaniya ran for 10 yrs...do you think there were people in the show for all the shows - no - I know a guy from maratha mandir and he said some days simply no one was there - but the resonr books dont need to know....now cricket there are dot balls and run scoring balls both are counted....
so records are basically a creation of ones mind :)
well being a gujju I guess dealing with numbers is in the blood - cant help it....am just trying to have fun - if my family reads this then they will also put in a clause - laxmi devi ka appman kar raha hai :)for the post, u really seem to enjoy with numbers dont u?
i wish u were around here when i was studying my PSM (a useless subject in the history of medicine)in med school..
and cheers to ishaan :) now its all the wait for the bald and beautiful Aamir in Ghajini

Pri said...

@ ceedy
i agree...records are but a creation of the mind :)
and yes at the end of the day, its all about whatever rocks ur boat...
btw thank me for pointing out that..i gave u a chance to sport a spectacular reply to something wch others would have questioned in their mind but perhaps not dared ask ;)

btw me too waiting to see aamir in his new avtaar :D
though i dint like the idea of him going bald :-/
he could have just waited a bit instead of shaving his hair off..he was beginning to have a receeding hairline neways :p

Abreysham said...

ok dude- I just saw it and HAD to comment- couldn't stop myself :)

mine was from 12,000 ft. felt like top of the world. absolutely terrifying but loved every moment- will do it again maybe during winter or when I have a bit to spare, whichever comes first!
so true re: expensive- but the rush was totally worth it :D

how far did you plunge?

ceedy said...

@abreysham

cool - i think mine was 14000 feet as the day was absolutly clear and thats the max allowed by law here.

the first time i had to pay for the extra guy to take video and camera....so yes it was thrilling but can be much more if i did not have him as reference - you know it felt like being on a highway with two cars moving at the same speed......

it is simple amazing experience and then the whole floating around - feel like a bird....have agr8 weekend and gods inc 4 is up

Mysterious Mia said...

haha was going thru my old comments....man.....so much has changed since then.......lost all enthu to blog inne...anyways this wud be the 148th comment.....n loving the music yur playing

ceedy said...

@mia

Hehe.......yes so much has changed and blogging now seems passe....

this is then the 149th comment - hope Satish does the honor of the 150th....or you cld :)

Satish Bolla said...

@ceedy
bandha haajir hain sir ji. it's so good. jus like the good old times.

@mia
shall we relive all those good old days by commenting till the 200th comment?