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Stephanie’s Blog

December 29, 2009

My Christmas Weekend

Filed under: Christmas, Friends, India, crazy crap, every day life, funny stuff, personal — steph @ 2:15 pm

Well…Christmas just passed, and wow! what a different christmas I had this year. This year I spent it with Indra, his family, and friends. On Christmas night, about 730pm we picked up Devdas Bhagat from Dum Dum Airport, after he flew in from Mumbai to come visit. That is about when the weekend started, and didn’t end until Sunday night.

Well…Friday night, Indra, Mak, and I picked Devdas up from the airport and promptly took him to his hotel in Salt Lake City. Then…we went to get some food, at 777, as Devdas was hungry, and I wanted a snack. Well…it ended up as dinner. We ate **SO** much that night. We had about 3 starters, mutton kebabs, fish tikka, and then tandoori chicken. I had never eaten so much. But then, we had some chicken ra-ra dish, and a sweet vegetable dish with some butter naan. It was yummy. We hung out with Devdas until about 10pm, and then proceeded home.

Saturday, Devdas was scheduled to give a lecture at WBSU - Barasat. Arjun Ghosh and Mak met us at our house and we left around 945am to go and pick up Devdas. We had gotten a Ambassador car for the day, and proceeded to squish all 5 of us in the car. Good times! So then we proceeded on to Barasat, in the process getting lost, since the driver missed a turn, but then Indra corrected him, and we reached the University. Then we sent the car (and Mak) to pick up Susmit who had finished his tasks, and surprise, surprise, they got lost too! =D

Devdas delivered a interesting, and educational speech about System Administration. After which, we ate…and lingered around eating lunch and waiting for others to be done with their tasks. Now, as we were getting ready to continue our adventures, there were 6 of us. So, therefore Devdas, Arjun, Mak, and Susmit all sat in the back seat, quite cramped and squished. Devdas adding, “Its quite okay compared to a peak hour Mumbai local passenger train”. Now we were on our way to Park Street to look at the lights. About 15 kilometers into the trip the brakes on the car started to go out, but the driver kept a cool head, and most of us were oblivious to what was happening. The driver managed to keep the car going and not getting into a car accident by engaging the manual transmission (shifting the gears to generate braking action). When it was realized by all what was unfolding the 4 guys in the back seat commented about using the hand brake, and the driver promptly replied, “What hand brake? That’s the first thing that gets taken out of a car!” The driver then called the owner of the car, and requested for a replacement car, little did we know that the “real” fun was about to start.

The driver managed to get us safely to Middleton Row off Park Street, where we all had tea. We spent our time looking at the church down the street that was decked up in lights for Christmas. By this time Devdas had taken out his camera, and was snapping about a million shots of everyone and everything around him! After waiting about an hour, and about 6 phone calls later, the replacement car showed up…well…it was a Maruti 1000, which was about…you know, half the size of the Ambassador we had previously had. We were all hungry, so we decided to pile into the car and go to Kafulok, one of our regular hang out joints. Well…We had adventures doing this…we had 4 guys to shove in the back seat that was designed for about 3 of them…so…Mak ended up sitting on Arjun’s lap because Susmit refused! LoL!

Once at Kafulok we had some golden fried prawns, chili garlic pepper chicken and prawn chips for starters. Then we had some delicious steamed fish, one with ginger and mushroom and the other with garlic. Then, since I was still hungry, we had some yummy hot and sour soup! =]

After this Susmit, Mak and Arjun took a cab and went home, while Indra and I took the car and dropped Devdas at the guest house.

Sunday - Started out with everyone supposedly meeting up at our house. Well…that didn’t work out well as people were late…so Indra and I went off to Science City to find Devdas. We met the others at Park Circus. We went out to some hole in the wall restaurant, called Milan Hotel. The people that were eating at the restaurant, all stopped eating and looked up to stare at our group as we walked in. It was merely a light gravy with pieces of beef in it that we ate with tandoori roti. While we were eating our beef stew, since Mak doesn’t eat beef he was eating Mutton. After this we, well…by we I mean *I* decided I wanted some fresh juice. But the others overruled me, as they wanted “joynagarer moya“, so we went and found a sweet shop and had our fill. After a time I got my wanted juice! =] Indra decided he didn’t want any juice, but instead wanted coffee. We went next door to a coffee shop, that for the life of me I can’t remember the name. We spent about 3-4 hours at this coffee shop having many adventures. Devdas and Indra had some espresso, while I had mint tea…well at least I had mint tea after a mix up with some Milk tea. After a while we got bored of sitting outside, and proceeded inside, where Arjun and Mak had something, and Devdas and I wanted some ice cream. The ice cream shop was like Cold Stone, where there were many choices and one had to answer about a million questions about what was wanted and the options. After paying our bill we then went to St. Paul’s Cathedral to see the lights at night. After this we had gone to our usual local joint, Sonar Sansa, and hung out and had some drinks before proceeding to Nirala’s China Town (one of my favorite chinese restaurants) for dinner.

After we all had our fill (and being the last people in the restaurant), we left. We waited on the street and then Indra, Devdas, and I caught a bus that goes close to our home, and Arjun, Susmit, and Mak took a taxi.

October 17, 2009

Princeton, Lost Souls and John Bose

Filed under: Cassini's Division, India, crazy crap, funny stuff — steph @ 1:32 pm

Thursday night, my all time favorite band, Cassini’s Division, played at Princeton. Total good time, you know, except for the fact that they started like 45 minutes late…or maybe they had already started, and were on their first cigarette break? I really dunno. :-) Well…it was fun, hung out with some friends, listened to some totally awesome music. I had arrived with Arjun Ghosh, and *EVENTUALLY* choto Indranil Dasgupta, Brandon (an american from my Bengali class), and Indra showed up (although only to pick me up!).  Also got to meet a friend for the first time, Urmi! It was fun! Little did I know…this was just the beginning of the fun.

Well…so, fast forward to the end of the show…all of us (Arjun, choto Indranil, Indra and I) went out to the street…and they started talking, and talking. And talking some more ;-)!

All of a sudden John comes out to the street with this old guy. The old guy was totally wasted. We were waiting for a taxi, and none were going our way…and the ones that were coming were getting picked up as fast as they came! Well…this guy keeps spouting out, “Am I a bad person?”, “Did I do something wrong?” and (my personal favorite ;-) sorry John!) “You are my god!”. Also, my other personal favorite outburst from the old man was, “Who are these white people standing around?!”. I had to turn away to stifle a giggle, and so John explained that I was a friend of his (the funniest part being the old man used refered to me as “people” when I was the only white person standing there!). John had asked us if we could take a detour on our way home and drop the old guy at Ballygunge Phari where he said he lived.

We finally found a taxi that was going our way, Indra, choto Indranil, and I all got in the back seat. First he wouldn’t get in the taxi because he was busy pissing on the gates of The Princeton Club. Then he had a bit of a fit about getting into the taxi. He finally got in after John reassured him that we were his friends and that we would get him safely to where he needed to go, he finally got into the front seat, with a little help.

Off we went! The old guy was muttering to himself when he was not falling asleep and falling over the front seat, at one point even leaning on the driver! Shortly we were at Ballygunge Phari and it was time to unload our “passenger”. Which proved to be tougher than getting the dude *inside* the taxi!!! Choto Indranil and Indra got out and helped the old guy out of the front seat. He at first refused to get out of the taxi and wished us good night. Finally he was standing on the sidewalk holding choto Indranil’s hand in both of his hands while bending over and touching choto’s hand to his forehead with utmost reverence. After all this time choto Indranil was his “god” and that he was “indebted to us forever”. Choto was concerned about whether or not this drunk old guy would be able to remember his house and get inside safely. On his repeated assurance that he was gonna do just fine, we left, after choto managed to “recover” his right hand.

We took a U-turn from the crossing ahead, and as we doubled back we saw the old guy still standing on the pavement where we had left him. We wondered who he was and hoped that he would get home safely. We then went home, and sent choto home in the same taxi. Yes, the taxi driver got a decent tip for this ride!

BTW, John, I know you are reading this, and you owe us 40 rupees! =P

May 11, 2009

India…the adventures thus far

Filed under: India, crazy crap, every day life, funny stuff, personal — steph @ 2:30 am

On the 5th, having not slept the night before, I arrived at the airport at around 7 am for a 845am only to find out that my flight had been delayed. At first it was until 1050am, and then it was 1030am, which was then rescheduled until 910am. Finally I got on the plane. I flew to New Jersey, where I met up with a friend Darshan Shah, whom I had never met before, but had talked to on the phone and online. It was fun :) He bought me a slice of pizza and a drink. Then I got on the flight to Delhi. That flight was the longest flight of my entire life. 14.5 hours. :(   I slept for a bit, but not much. I arrived in Delhi about 30-45 minutes ahead of schedule. I was a bit confused, but due to help from Shalika I managed. I went through immigration where I got my visa stamped. I proceeded to collect my bags and went through customs. I found Indra and we proceeded to the taxi that was waiting. We arrived at the place we were staying to find out that the dining hall was closed. So out we went, with me in my high heels (in the end, stupid of me i know). We walked a bit and found a McDonalds. At some point or another, I twisted my ankle.

Thursday night we went out for dinner with Kishore Bhargava, his wife Jyoti and their son Kabir. They gave us a custom made waterbottle sling made to order in Goa.  :)  We went for dinner and it was my first experience of real Indian food in India. Then we went to the Bengali Market (I think?) for Kesar Kulfi. It was fun and nice to meet them.

We spent 3 days in Delhi and then on the 9th, we took Howrah Rajdhani Express and arrived home around 1120am. Where I met the rest of the family and friends. Yeah!

This has been an amazing journey. Yes, I’m somewhat tired, but it’s good to finally be with Indra. Leaving the US was hard, but being without Indra was harder. It’s all a bit overwhelming still, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything else. Indra’s family is amazing. :)

April 6, 2009

Channel [V] Launchpad

Filed under: Cassini's Division, India, Launchpad, Music, Prachir, crazy crap, funny stuff, ranting — steph @ 2:30 am

channel [V] Launchpad is like Indian MTV (for those americans or others reading my blog) which gives bands a chance to get off the ground. They will get a cover on The Rolling Stones, if they win, as well as a contract and a international gig, and tour. Yeah! It totally rocks.

Ok, OMG, what the hell are the judges thinking?!?!?! The final 3 is Farikdot, Reverse Polarity, and Cassini’s Division (my personal fave). It started out with 20 bands, and the first day it was cut to 15, and then the next day was cut down to 7, those seven being: 1. Cassini’s Division, 2. Reverse Polarity, 3. Workshop, 4. Prachir, 5. Farikdot, 6. Blank Noize, and 7. Circus, well those last 2 were hard to remember, they must not have been very memorable for me. Farikdot and Workshop *so* should have gone home this week.

This week, they had to make a song in 10 minutes from a word drawn out of a fish bowl. Some were funny, like CD got waxing, and they made a hot cool song, and Reverse Polarity got the word ‘bra’ um, yeah…what the hell was the singer thinking???

My favorites are Cassini’s Division and Prachir. CD made it to the finals, but Prachir didn’t because of their stupid bassist, Ashu, leaving them. WTF is that all about?!?!?! That is just messed up in my mind. That is totally okay, because I intend to go see them live when I am in Kolkata. Thats my rant about them. You can find Cassini’s Division here: www.cassinisdivision.com or on Orkut here http://www.orkut.com/Main#Community.aspx?cmm=6806554 and on Facebook here http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/group.php?gid=2372832859&ref=ts and Myspace here www.myspace.com/cassinisdivision . Prachir can be found here on Orkut http://www.orkut.com/Main#Community.aspx?rl=cpn&cmm=15104820 .

Now…for my opinions on the bands.

Cassini’s Division: These guys totally kick ass, plus they are good friends, so of course I’m totally rooting for them. They have a good taste of music and Rahul da has a nice voice, and his singing is the best. You can totally comptelely understand him when he sings in English. Jboi is just awesome on the bass and with his big puffy hair. Ludo, is fab on the drums. He’s awesome. Now, the other guitarist, Sukanti, I don’t know him very well…but he’s good too, even if all he does is stand around and walk around. Sorry, guys! But Jboi and Rahul love to dance around, even if Jboi does wear black polish and has this fondness for black and grey striped jackets…lol ;-).

Reverse Polarity: Well…first off…if I could really understand what the hell the guy was singing I’d be a lot happier, but they are pathetic, how the hell did they make it to the finals? And the guy when doing a commentary talks, he sounds really funny talking Hindi. I don’t like these guys at all.

Workshop: Well…these guys are funny, they like to sing about body parts, mainly the penis, in their songs, and so its sorta funny, but sorta gross. They wear the ugliest outfits on stage too, they wear these dark blue coveralls and yellow hard hats. WTF!!! Get rid of these guys!!! I don’t even know why they made it through to The House of Rock. They don’t even have their guitars tuned right! Come on now!!

Prachir: This band is hot. They are from Kolkata as well, just like CD. I *love* them. They are good, but got dealt a shitty hand, when their bassist left them in like the 3rd day, and said something about going to school and he would come back, but never came back. They rock!!! I totally intend to go see them live in Kolkata. Anybody up for it, I have to find someone else as Indra won’t go with. This is my favorite song from them currently: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEonLHhaCow

Farikdot: They sing in Hindi, so I have no damn idea what they are saying. Their music so isn’t rock. Its more…slow? They are okay, but they aren’t a favorite by any means, or how they even managed to get to the finals, as they completely suck. I probably wouldn’t go see them by any means. They should have gotten eliminated this week.

Blank Noize: They suck too. I don’t really remember much about them, except their songs are slower, and I’m not sure they are ‘really’ rock. Yeah, not very memorable. *sigh*

Circus: They are good. The lead singer is sort of cute. LOL. Their music is good, I would probably go see them live. The only thing that I really remember about them is when they were going to the first audition they said ‘we are circus. the legal circus, the legal circus.’ over and over. But not very memorable either, no wonder why they didn’t make it to the finals.

February 12, 2009

mind boggling

Filed under: crazy crap, every day life, funny stuff, our girls — steph @ 3:25 pm

so..can anyone tell me *exactly* how someone at the door, would see a gothic *guy* when there were 3 girls (one of them wearing a black shirt) sitting on the couches?  now if someone can answer me that question you’re the smartest person on the planet. Apparently when Jeremy’s mom dropped off the girls to me yesterday thats what she saw, a goth guy sitting on my couch, when there were none…she must be smoking something and hallucinating becase there were no guys at my place last night, except for Jeremy when he picked them up…and *then* he had the audacity to bring the lady who called me a dead beat mother to *MY* house…i was furious to say the least…yesterday was eventful! waiting for the answer to that question!

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