The J.D. Power tag

I hate taking surveys. This is usually easily solved – I never take them. Not the popup windows on my laptop, not the phone calls from telemarketers, nor the ones that come in the mail. Some time back, J.D. Power tried to get me to do a satisfaction survey. The survey had some six pages…

NYC versus DC – who has the bigger rats?

There is a rat race going on.  It’s been New York City and Washington D.C.’s subway systems.  D.C.’s Metro fired the first salvo in December, with its ad asking riders not to bring food or drink on trains.  The ads (see picture below) made snide remarks about other subway systems that have “rats the size of house cats”.  …

It’s Ulta now!

I started off with Cutex and “Tips and Toes”.  Then, Revlon and Maybelline and others flooded the market.  Since then,  Lakme apart, everyone in India has looked West for cosmetics. I think those days are going away – now we get our ideas from India.  Ladies (and Gentlemen too, if you are interested), presenting the…

For want of an onion…

The wind hit her first. Strong, sharp tongued and icy cold, it instantly brought tears to her eyes. She staggered the few steps from the car to the store and then rushed in the automatic doors. She shivered in the sudden gust of warm air, and made for the grocery aisle. No onions here either.…

Extreme diet plan

He watched the weekend sun rise lazily, its spherical shape filling the sky, and felt envious.  The sun can be round and orange, he thought, and everyone would admire it. Why do they have different standards for people, he wondered. I cannot wear orange shirts, he thought, no one will like it, but can I…

Seek, and ye shall find me

I usually don’t pay much attention to what searches lead people to my blog, mostly because WordPress.com is so bad at these things anyway.  But I cannot help noticing some of the more frequent searches. Around Diwali, there were the people who would come to my blog searching for Diwali cooking and stories about Ravana. …

What (not) to gift on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is now just hours away. All the stores are full of roses, musical balloons, cakes and all kinds of reminders that you need to buy a gift, fast.But you are still racking your brains, trying to think of what to buy, and more importantly, what not to buy. For you know from long…