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I knew that this day would come. Maybe this is how it happens. The oblivious you run straight into it – this phase of life. I reflected on many things, after I was hit hard by the realization. And the trigger for all these realizations was the fact that I now have a preference for a shampoo. I was astounded.

I was the guy who can’t tell a conditioner from a shampoo, who have even applied baby shampoo a couple of times. We even had conversations like,

: My hair feels different today!

: What did you apply?

: Shampoo! (Duh!)

: Which bottle? Show me.

: There..that one.

: That’s a conditioner! or That’s the baby’s! Can’t you read labels?!

From there it became: “Hey! I think we should get the other shampoo. I don’t like it that much. The previous one was better.”

That’s a significant change, you see.

These are just symptoms. So I went back and back and back to do a root-cause analysis. It took me all the way back to the morning a couple of years ago when I was wearing a Jimi Hendrix T-shirt at home that read “Wild thing.” And this friend, who had stayed over after a house party, quipped – it should now read “Domesticated thing.” I think that’s the starting. The root-cause. I was in denial.

The change had started a few years ago. At least 3 years, I guess. Otherwise why on earth would I ever quit smoking?! My friends still don’t believe me when I say that I haven’t been smoking for 3 years. I don’t blame them. I used to joke – when I die, I should still have a packet of cigarettes under my pillow. Good old days! I was even thinking to quit alcohol this year. The missus went berserk- are you crazy! You are already boring enough. That’s the only thing that remains of the old person that you were.

No, she did not exactly said those words; but when I told her my intentions, she bought me a good drink instead. Some things are conveyed beyond words.

While all these things were happening with and around me, I was still searching within. Probing. Then I told myself one plausible cause of all this – I am now a father. We are now parents. We must get our shit stuff together. Was that a good euphemism? Damn it.


Office Rhymes!

This post is dedicated to my friends K, H, and all the other poor souls trapped inside the cubicles!

Prologue: You know how boring and lazy the post lunch office sessions are. Especially if you can manage to sneak out and have a heavy meal at Subway with an Italian BMT and diet coke, you certainly tend to doze off. So, this is what my friend ‘K’ thought of to keep ourselves awake on such a drowsy afternoon: by starting a mail chain! Soon, we (me and ‘H’) also joined in, and contributed to his “Sleepy Rhymes”.
The below is what we 3 discussed over the chain. Read on, JFF 🙂 :

From: K
Sent: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 3:48 PM
Subject: sleepy rhymes

Why did I start a mail chain that too now,
When all of us are full though no pig or cow,
Sleep is beckoning and beckoning how,
Someone please contribute and make me go wow!


From: H
Sent: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 3:59 PM
Subject: RE: sleepy rhymes

We are already labeled as distracts,
Don’t you dare come up with more nasty acts,
The things we do are the things common folk lacks,
And if she says anything more just give her a smack,
Let one rip on that huge base – FATAAAK!

From: Manash Baruah
Sent: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 6:41 PM
Subject: RE: sleepy rhymes

Sleepy rhyme at this time
Is a crime that you chime.
I googled all the while,
But at last I only whine
About the s/w that I could not find
And the swine that was not so kind
I know, I am not making any sense
But what the heck, I enjoy being insane!


From: K
Sent: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 6:52 PM
Subject: RE: sleepy rhymes

You said something, aur dil le liya,
Aisi baat kahi, aur respect badha diya.
Aise hi baate karte raho
Aise hi rhyme me ‘something’ kaho


From: H
Sent: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 6:54 PM
Subject: RE: sleepy rhymes

Something Something kehkar anab-shanab bakte ho,
Kya tum ped se ulta latakte ho?
MWC ke din DIL ka bahaana banate ho,
Daaru ke bajay ghar mein filter coffee peete ho,
Tum kitne bade kameene ho woh ‘DIL’ ko nahi batate ho,
Biwi ki garam daant aur thande roti khaate ho,
Aur ghar ki murgi daal barabar batlate ho.


From: Manash Baruah
Sent: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 6:56 PM
Subject: RE: sleepy rhymes

LOL boletoh laughing out loud,
The sky is full of cloud.
Aise hi mausam me maja lete hai jaam ka
Chalo hum bhi maja uthaye yeh suhani shaam ka! 😉


From: H
Sent: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 6:59 PM
Subject: RE: sleepy rhymes

Thandi shaam aur garam jaam ka maja kahan,
Jab dost ne di gaand mein bamboo,
Ukhaad pheka mast nashe ka tamboo,
Aur chale ‘DIL’ ke saath karne ku-kad-ku!


From: K
Sent: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 7:04 PM
Subject: RE: sleepy rhymes

Aati nahi to shabd idhar se udhar laga diya
Wafa se humko bewafa bana diya
Ek hi baat pe adke to hanger ha naam le liya
‘DIL’ ‘DIL’ karke aapne FILhaal mood kharaab kar diya


From: Manash Baruah
Sent: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 7:07 PM
Subject: RE: sleepy rhymes

Mood toh ho jata hai kurkure
Jab bhi hum pine ko kud pade.
Chalo, jao tum DIL se milne,
Hum bhi yaad karenge agley mid-week-crisis me!


From: K
Sent: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 7:40 PM
Subject: RE: sleepy rhymes

Kaha gaya apna dost style south, operation full north
Who overflows with humour and puns with mirth
The guru who increasingly is attaining Nirvana
Is baat pe hi yeh 4 lines likhne ka bahana!


From: Manash Baruah
Sent: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 7:50 PM
Subject: RE: sleepy rhymes

Our dost from the south
Is real fun to be out.
The pun that he makes,
Is like the icing on the cake.
And the accent I love,
When he says whaaat the fuck! 😛

PS: Our manager thinks we are the most distracted human beings on the planet, and so we call ourselves as “The Distracts”. And MWC means what you have just guessed: Mid Week Crisis! For us, it’s nothing but the code for a beer session at the bar opposite to the office! 😉