Sunday, February 21, 2010

Blog Biriyani Bhai Bhai

I am not a famous blogger by any stretch of the imagination, though I always imagine myself as one in the future. I have been maintaining this blog for close to 5 years now and with the exception of a rare post here and there my audience has been strictly restricted to my family and a close set of friends who receive an email as soon as a new post is up!

That is why this incident from last week came as a most pleasant surprise.

A month or so back I had written about Mughlai Treat, this briliant Biriyani place in Gurgaon. If you still haven't tried their Biriyani then you are just wasting precious time!

Anyway, last week I got a call from my Biriyani loving friend Anal Ghosh, who had gone to Mughlai Treat for his dose of weekly Biriyani. He was most surprised to find these (pictures below) at the counter.


Looks like the owner of the shop stumbled upon my blog post, liked it and took a printout and posted it (in very large size print!) over the main counter. I was left flattered and humbled. This was a post written with no commercial purpose in mind, but out of sheer admiration for the good quality of food and service. And through the ways of the internet it reached the concerned person and he found it relevant enough to place it back where it started from!

Here's a closer look at the print out

As you can see, they have a website and email address as well, so please visit and you can write to them at and I am still not being paid to write this!

The magic of the internet and it's way of bringing people closer continues to amaze me.

P.S: I have been told Anal leveraged his 'connections' with the writer to get one extra boiled potato with the Biriyani:)

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Of Juhi Chawla's Bulging Tummy & Greek Blood In Biharis

I sometimes amuse myself by going through a fascinating list which reflects the inherent human curiosity better than anything else. Here people drop all their guards and look for information without any inhibition. People are at their vulnerable best when they are alone, firing in query after query in their Google search box. Unfortunately I do not have access to all search being performed everywhere. However, I have installed Google Analytics on my blog for sometime now, and besides giving me a wealth of information about which browsers have visitors used for coming to me site, which country and city they are from, how long they spent there - it also tells me which keyword did they search for which brought them to my blog. Today I want to share with you some of the most outlandish keywords that I have found in my list! 

Disclaimer: Just because people landed on my blog by searching for these keywords does NOT mean that I have an active interest in these topics OR that I write about/upload pictures about these topics. So, please don't start judging me and my blog!

Here's my top 30 in no particular order

Query 1. 2006 company profile in darbhanga email com new mails

Suhel Speak - Still can't figure what exactly s/he was searching for.

2. a small imaginary story about the indian proverb a friend in deed is a friend in deed

For some reason unknown s/he decided to give India the credit for this proverb!

3. african translation of kosha

In Bangla it means a kind of food preparation with less gravy. No idea about it's African translation.

4. all contact phone no.of married women who need fun & friend in orissa

I am sure that will be an interesting list to have, unfortunately haven't been able to lay my hands on it. Yet.

5. alu curry like indian train station

Wonder why would a train station be like potato curry, unless...YUCK!

6. amitabh bachchan's drawing rooms clips

Sorry, he asked me not to share those with the world.

7. banagali girls naked photos

The typo shows he was really excited.

8. bangali's general view about marriage and single life

I could have helped, but I have a specific view, sorry.

9. bear a sidekick to a larger human character who is always putting his foot in it

Completely confused! What do you want to know?

10. biharis are intellectual

I'm sure some of them are, there you have my support.

11. biharis have greek blood

Really? Did Alexander go down to that part of India?

12. bombay tcs -software engineer shooted nakedly by her room met

S/he met with a terrible fate, but I really am not involved in all this.

13. borrow money from friend write note

Aha, so now you want me to help you to borrow money?

14. boudhayan i love you

Bua, my friend, I always knew you are a superstar! See this is what women want to say.

15. date sheet of exam marwari college darbhanga

All the best! But why so much of Bihari influence in the searches?

16. dhishum dhishum concept in bollywood

That's so last century. It's all love-peace-education-diseases now.

17. effects of loitering at cyber cafe

Could be dangerous, punishable by law.

18. english translation of face a face thierry henry et patrick vieira

Must be interesting to look at their English faces.

19. fat ugly frustrated guy

C'mon, you're being too harsh on yourself.

20. four+to+five+lines+about+my+experience+as+an+hostelite

You can't even write 4-5 lines? You come to my blog for this?

21. gourd doesnt help in the curry, tamil proverb

Thanks for letting me know of this Tamil proverb.

22. how long can we use lactogen once the box is opened?

Will share my thought once I start parenting.

23. how much does auto driver earn in hyderabad

The way they charged me after 10 PM, I'm guessing quite a lot.

24. idioms frequently asked in infosys placement papers.

Aha, so they take English language test for all the engineers. I have a business plan!

25. is shahrukh khan a arsenal fc fan

As a Shahrukh Khan fan what I know is he is a ManU fan. Not sure about his thoughts about Arsenal.

26. juhi chawla bulging tummy

That's just rude!

27. karan johar paying penalty for raining men

I know there are questions about his orientation, but really? Raining Men? He must be a happy man!

28. mera naam rizwan khan hai epiglottis

That was quick indexing by Google. 2 days flat.

29. naked pictures of manager of satyam

Which one do you want? Will search my database.

30. one of my clients said i am fat and ugly

I am really sorry for you. Don't take it to heart.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

My Name Is Khan - An Unabashed Fan Post

It's been a little over a day since I came back from the theatre after watching Sir's latest offering - My Name Is Khan. Since then I have made several well meaning and failed attempts to review the movie. That's when I realised that the idol worshipping fan inside me won't let the wannabe movie critic come out till he has had his say. First heart, then head as Sir famously said in so many of his movies. Sir is very smart:) 

As we sat in the theatre and My Name Is Khan (shall be referred to as MNIK from here) unfolded itself to a full house of Day 1 Show 1ers I felt a sense of vindication, one of triumph, unalloyed joy. I could almost spring up from my PVR seat and send a blood curdling yell of victory, with quaking lips, you know like that 'Madan Chopra' cry? The feeling was not much different from touching the finishing line in a game of Kabaddi with all your adversaries pulling at your leg. Or just smashing the ball one last time into the net and silencing the critics like Kabir Khan?

Sir, you know I have been trying to talk like Rizwan since the day MNIK's teasers started to get aired?:) By now even my wife knows the lines "Mera naam Rizwan Khan hai, Khan. Ho sakta hai aap logo main thoda sa alag lagu, iska yeh matlab nahi ke mein pagal hoon. Main bahaut intelligent hoon...hhmm..hhmm...veryy smaart:)" by heart. Since y'day I am asking my wife to "Marry me!", and like Mandira she is also being quite agreeable to the idea:)

Sir, there are a lot of things for which I want to thank you, but most of all for providing sheer joy and happiness since I can remember. Every time your movie tastes success I get some added spring to my stride, things fall in place and I bask in reflected glory and success. It is rare to be as rich and famous as you are, but it is a rarer gift of the Almighty to have this quality of providing happiness to the lives of others whom you do not know, never will.

As for your detractors, I can't tell you the pleasure it gives me to look at them now with the smug smirk firmly on my face. 

The movie was brilliant, you were outstanding. Your name is Shahrukh Khan and you are God's gift to mankind. God bless you.

A Fan

P.S: Sorry Sir, I indulged in a little bad thing, a little piracy:( Last shot of MNIK. Long live SRK.

Original Image Courtesy: My Name Is Khan Facebook Fan Page

Sunday, February 07, 2010

A Puzzle, A Highly Recommended One

Came across this very refreshing, somewhat challenging and extremely satisfying riddle. I am producing the puzzle in the same format in which it was forwarded to me, so please do not blame me for the unnecessary inclusion of "Einstein said you are in the top 2% of intelligent people of you crack it" etc., but yes, if you crack it, you can pat yourself on the back! All the best.

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There are no tricks, just pure logic, so good luck and don't give up.

1. In a street there are five houses, painted five different colours.

2. In each house lives a person of different nationality

3. These five homeowners each drink a different kind of beverage, smoke
different brand of cigar and keep a different pet.



      1. The British man lives in a red house.
      2. The Swedish man keeps dogs as pets.
      3. The Danish man drinks tea.
      4. The Green house is next to, and on the left of the White house.(with respect to house, right side to someone who is facing the white house)
      5. The owner of the Green house drinks coffee.
      6. The person who smokes Pall Mall rears birds.
      7. The owner of the Yellow house smokes Dunhill.
      8. The man living in the center house drinks milk.
      9. The Norwegian lives in the first house.
      10. The man who smokes Blends lives next to the one who keeps cats.
      11. The man who keeps horses lives next to the man who smokes
      12. The man who smokes Blue Master drinks beer.
      13. The German smokes Prince.
      14. The Norwegian lives next to the blue house.
      15. The Blends smoker lives next to the one who drinks water.



Submit your answers as a comment in the following format: first letter of color,first letter of nationality, first letter of beverage, first letter of smoke, first letter of pet
Example : White, German, Milk, Blend, Cat

Password: wgmbc

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