Three Quotes Challenge

So recently I was nominated for this challenge by two exceptionally good bloggers.

The first nomination came from Inky, who has a multitude of talents including writing in both English and Urdu, and photography.  Her observational skills always leave me in awe. Do check her blog.

The second nomination was from Beparvah, who has such variety in writing that he can write on social problems as effortlessly as he writes on emotional issues. Don’t forget to click on the link provided above.

As for the rules of the challenge, I am going to bend them quite a lot. For starters, I am not going to post consecutively for three days. This will be the single post with nine quotes. And no nominations from my end either. If you want, you may do it on your blog, or you can post your favourite quote(s) down at the comments section.

So without further ado, let’s crack on.

1.Aai aai Maharani Victoria! Eku Porha xuna nai. Khali lipstick, plastic, elastic!” — My high school mathematics teacher

This is one of the defining quotes of my life. It deals with the ills of vanity and materialistic lifestyles. To break it down for you, aai aai means aai aai, because those are just sounds you make when you are angry at someone. I suppose it’s not as cool as Oi or Oye or Hey or Youstupidmoron, but it does what it intends to do — which is to alert someone that a barrage of abuses are coming.

Maharani of course means Maharani (or Queen), and Victoria is that Queen Victoria of the Victorian Age who is so famous over here due to her historically significant actions.

Porha xuna nai is in Assamese which literally translates to “reading listening not” if we consider it word by word. I guess that doesn’t make sense. So a better translation is “no studying.”

Khali doesn’t allude to the wrestler Great Khali. Khali in Assamese means only. I suppose the other words are as clear as day. Although I don’t know why he used to add the words plastic and elastic.

All in all, the quote means: “Hey you, Queen Victoria! Will you stop with your vanity issues and at least focus on your studies for a while?”

Er…or something along those lines. Whatever.

To the boys he would say, “Aai aai Jambuvantha. Kya kar raha?” This also has a lot of depth, but I am too tired to delve into the Ramayana right now and explain the context behind its usage. And if you noticed the lack of hai after raha, it’s because it was intentional. His vocabulary lacked the Hindi word hai.

“Kya kar raha?”
“Kya khaata?”
“Class mein sota?”
I think you get the point.

2. You cannot always expect change. Sometimes you have to bring the change yourself.” — Local channawaala

Well you know, he does have a point. I have to accept his rationale, otherwise he will say, “Chhutten kya paed pe lagte hain?”

3. “Meowth, that’s right.” — Meowth (Team Rocket waala or if you still don’t get it, it’s a Pokemon reference. Go ahead, drown in chullu bhar paani)

He is right. I used to think he would say Meow, but it turned out he just repeated his name. I don’t know why I am explaining this quote.

4. “If you ssssmmeeelll what the Rock is cookin.” — Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

Well I never understood what the Rock meant with those words. I mean I used to smell whatever was around me at that time, ranging from food and books to my uncle’s smelly socks. But it represents childhood (and if I might admit, adulthood too).

Okay enough of silliness. Let’s check some proper quotes. I won’t attempt to explain them because I want you all to interpret them according to your thoughts and beliefs.

5.There is nothing more unequal than the equal treatment of unequal people.” — Thomas Jefferson

6. The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.” — Plato

7. Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognises genius.” — Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

8. Prejudice, a dirty word, and faith, a clean one, have something in common: they both begin where reason ends.” — Harper Lee

9. An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it. Truth stands, even if there be no public support. It is self sustained.” — Mahatma Gandhi

लालू रिटर्न्स और मैं

If you have even a feeble interest in Indian politics, you will die laughing while reading this brilliant piece.


मेरे जैसे अपने को बुद्धिजीवी कहने वाले अक्सर राजनैतिक चुप्पी साध लेते हैं. ये कह कर कि इस देश का कुछ नहीं हो सकता. लोगों ने देश से भागने के चक्कर में जी जान मेहनत की, जुगाड़ लगाए, और नेताओं नें ये रोड, वो इंडस्ट्री खड़े कर दिये कमीशनखोरी के चक्कर में. मज़ाक मज़ाक में देश टैलेंट की खान बन गया, और विकास के हिलोड़ें लेने लगा. इसी धक्केबाजी में मैं भी बिहार के एक गाँव से उठ कर अमरीका रिटर्न डॉक्टर बन बैठा. पर इसका सारा क्रेडिट महानुभाव लालूजी को. भला मोमबत्ती में पढ़ने में जो शक्ति थी वो ट्यूबलाइट में कहाँ? इधर उधर ध्यान हीं नहीं जाता. कागज पे एक गोल प्रकाशित क्षेत्र दिखता, उसके अतिरिक्त सब अंधेरा. जूही चावला की एक तस्वीर दिवाल पे लगा रखी थी. अंधेरे में बिल्कुल भूतनी नजर आती. ऐसे डरावने माहौल में तो आदमी दो ही चीज़ें पढ़ पाए- एक सामने रखी…

View original post 488 more words


Liebster Award

Thank you jade0207 for nominating me.

Check out her blog. She is new here, but certainly talented when it comes to describing emotions.


1   Make a post thanking and linking the person who nominated me.
2   Include the Liebster Award sticker in the post.
3    Nominate 5-10 other bloggers and notify them of this on of their posts.
4    All nominated bloggers are to have less than 200 followers.
5.   Answer the 11 questions posed by your nominator and create 11 different questions for your nominees to answer. Or, you can repeat the same questions.
6.  Copy these rules into your post.

Questions for me.

1)   What is perfect love for you?

This is not fair. The first question shouldn’t be this difficult. Let’s see. Perfect love is accepting each other’s imperfections and loving each other in spite of them. No, scrap that. That’s too bookish. I don’t know squat about perfect love.
2)   Dancing in the rain or snow fight?

Dancing and me? I dance like a horse. Not that they dance, but if you can picture a horse dancing, you will know how I look like when I dance. So, it’s a snow fight for me. I’ve never had one. I’ve never even seen an actual snowfall in real life.
3)   What’s the best thing about kids?

They can say poo and make adults laugh. When I say it, I get frowns and dark muttering faces.
4)   Hit me with the most dangerous thing you’ve ever done.

I killed 141 mosquitoes with my bare hands one night.
5)   Which other language would you want to learn?

Urdu. I know a little bit at present, but I’d like to gain fluency in it. I think politically biased historical decisions have led to a slow demise of this wonderful language in India.
6)   Your favourite movie?

Shawshank Redemption. I’ve seen it many times.
7)   What keeps you motivated to keep blogging?

Funny and interesting interactions I have with other bloggers. I usually spend more time commenting or reading other people’s comments than writing stuff for my blog.
8)   What superhero power do you want?

Superheroes never seem to have the need to eat, bathe or release waste. That would be a pretty cool power. I could have so much time to do nothing.
9)   What gets wetter and wetter the more it dries?

I don’t know, ice?
10)  Tell me something about you no one else in the blogosphere knows.

The day I got selected for my school cricket team was one of the happiest days of my life. Of course, what happened after we played the match is another story.

That’s all, I think. As for the nominations, I will play it a bit differently. I won’t ask any questions. I will just mention some blogs that I love reading (within the confines of Liebster rules, of course). So, if you are reading this post, please check out these blogs. You will not be disappointed.

Where I wield my pen

Shweta, here, has a talent for tweaking the heartstrings with powerful endings to her poems.


This is mostly a poetry blog. There are poems in both Hindi and English. I really enjoy the Hindi ones.


Revels is one of the most thoughtful writers I have met here. You will find her talking eloquently on issues ranging from death, trust and family. An optimist, who will always have words that will make you look at things in the positive light.

Thereby hangs a tail

(I know you’ll hate me for this KT, but I’ve got to say it)

This guy is hands down one of the funniest persons I’ve met here. His versatile writing will also move you to tears sometimes. A true animal lover and a doting father. Trust me his blog is brilliant.

My journey with Hijab

Sana started this blog with a specific set of reasons as evident from the name of the blog. Over time she has also written on issues like marriage and freedom to wear anything one pleases. And it seems she is a lean mean cooking machine as well.


A mysterious writer who has a talent for observing the minute details of life we usually take for granted. Has started writing in Urdu as well. How cool is that!

Musings of an Indian Aussie Hijabi

Aaliyah is one of my favourite bloggers. A young woman with a sharp wit and a profound sense of humour. When she is not writing about dog chases, you will find her pondering on social issues ranging from racism, discrimination and jingoism.