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Honest Curdrice

Dphat, the kind generous soul that he is bestowed me with this award on his blog some days (ok, weeks) back.




Everyone else thanked him profusely for the award and wrote him epitaphs eulogies praises. Me – I completely forgot about it and wrote some other post.

Tires explode. Volcanoes explode. Sony Xplod.

And then .. Dphat explodes.

Not only did he manage to take it out on me in the comments section of my post, he managed to make sure he was the first one to do so. I had promised him a post and I am a man of my word. On most days. Dphat, bro, if you are reading this, read on. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed!

Here’s the rules:-In order to ‘receive’ this award, one must satisfy the following conditions:

a. List 10 honest truths about yourself.

b. Choose a minimum of seven (7) blogs that you find brilliant in content or design. Or improvise by including bloggers who have no idea who you are because you don’t have seven friends. Show the seven random victims’ names and links and leave a harassing comment informing them that they were prized with Honest Weblog. Well, there’s no prize, but they can keep the nifty icon.

Whoever put that OR clause in there deserves an award.

And for writing seven (7), they deserve to have their award taken back from them and spanked over their head with it.

Alright. Before I add to the misery of 7 people who must be peacefully sleeping now and would have no idea of the turmoil that tomorrow is going to puke at them, I shall make an attempt to shock you, my dear voyeuristic reader ten (10) honest things about me.

I’ll use a theme to make it easier ..


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10. When I take important calls, I can never sit. I always walk. Hexagons and its cousins are my favorite walk templates.

9. I drink 1.5 liters of water everyday. I consume this in less than an hour. Water, I have found, is not a tenable guest. The entire 1.5 liters leaves me in another hour. The question that just popped into your head – don’t ask it.

8. I always eat bread from outside to in. Crust first. Always.

7. If I say good night to someone, they should say good night to me. If they didn’t hear me and I say good night again, then they have to say good night to me twice. Wait, it gets weirder. When I have to tell them that they have to say good night to me twice, it counts as one more good night from me. To avoid an infinite loop, I usually say “Say good night to me thrice”.

It would really, really suck if the person replied with “Huh?”

6. I love keeping things clean. Especially the inside of my nose.

5. I have always felt that I have a super-power which I haven’t discovered yet. When I was kid, I have tried everything to find this power. For a long time I thought that it was something called Ghost Vision. When I looked at something intently, I realized that I could see it’s soul. I managed to convince a class-mate of mine that he had Ghost Vision. When we played soccer, I used to shout “Jithin, use your ghost-vision on the ball”. As Jithin focused his power on the ball, it would rise and float into the opponent’s goal-post. The cheer-leading team would .. alright. Okay .. Honest. Nope. Our ghost vision never got us anywhere. I learnt about how the eye focuses in a biology class much later.

4. When someone ahead of me is walking and talking, I adjust my speed so that I can eavesdrop in on their conversation. I don’t think I’ve ever been noticed.

3. During my MBA, I had a couple of videos that I watched before heading into the heated GD qualifying sessions. These videos would get me into the ‘zone’. Again – no questions about my choice of videos. One video was Neo’s fight in Matrix Reloaded at the Vampire Chateau watch. The other was the music video for “Bittersweet Symphony” by the Verve – watch

2. When I eat Bhel Puri, I eat in smallest nibbles possible.

1. I am fascinated by belly-button lint.

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And now of course, I’m going to have to kill you.

And without any further ado, the generous person that I am, I shall now donate this award to seven (7) deserving people, who have been chosen from a rather small list of seven (7) people.

una Kaddu – Great read. If nothing else, check out her blog’s interior deco. Worth it.

dos Ranga – The you-yes iyengar.
tres Saya – Eludes definition.
cuatro Jammy – This dude can really write. He also has a site solely dedicated to movie reviews here. Scratch the surface a bit and you may find something that is as close to gold as it gets for me.
cinco Reva – Found her on Saya’s site. Are you gonna have fun on her blog or what!
seis Prerna – The lady who came back from the beyond.
siete Onethoughton – For the record, Dphat nominated Charu, I’m nominating her imaginary friend, Onethoughton.
and Wo(a)ndering Mind – I wish I had a name to go with her deep thoughts.
That’s all I have to say about that.
I would like to thank the person who gave me this award with something I promised I would give him.
Dphat .. this one is for you! Click on the pic below and take a bow.

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When Parry met Dr. Liz

Read through the conversation below. This conversation happened in Jan 1973.

Lines beginning with * represent what Parry said and the ones without the star are what Liz said.

Good Evening. Tell me your problems.

*People get on my nerves sometimes.parryliz

I am not sure I understand you fully.

*You should pay more attention.

Suppose you should pay more attention.

*You’re entitled to your own opinion.

What makes you think I am entitled to my own opinion?

*It bothers me just to be around people in general.

Please go on.

*I went to the track at Bay Meadows a while back.

What does that suggest to you?

*I went to the races.

What else would you like to discuss?

*Horseracing interests me.

Why do you say that just now?

*There’s a lot of crooked gambling going on there.

I am not sure I understand you fully,

*It’s clear to me if not to you.

Do you think its likely that not to I?

*I went to the races.

Please go on.

*I gamble on horses.

What does that suggest to you?

*I went to the races.

What else would you like to discuss?

*Gambling has been nothing but trouble to me.

Why do you say that just now?

*I’ve had experience with crooks gambling at the track.

I am not sure I understand you fully.

*I’ve already told you enough about that.

Oh? I enough about that?

*I went to the races.

comment: This has to be the most persistent and patient paranoid.

Please go on.

*Do you know anything about bookies?

What makes you think I know anything about bookies?

*A bookie didn’t pay me off once.

What does that suggest to you?

*I beat up the bookie who did not pay off, and I thought he might use his friends in the underworld to get even with me.

What else would you like to discuss?

*What do you know about racketeers?

Why do you ask?

*What experience have you had gambling?

Why does that question interest you?

*I like horseraces.

What else do you like?

*I know the mob controls the big rackets.

Who are you really talking about?

*Have you ever really thought about the MAFIA?

Suppose you ever really thought about the MAFIA.

*Let’s talk about something else.

I am not sure I understand you fully.

*You keep asking me the same things, why not change the topic?

In what way?

*What do you mean?

Why are such questions on your mind?

*I thought I told you, people get on my nerves.

Your nerves?

*Well, I don’t know.

Don’t you really know?

*I would say so.

Please go on.

*I would rather not discuss that anymore.

Would you like to discuss your nerves?

*I guess so.

What does that suggest to you?

*What are you getting at?

What answer would please you most?

*It’s not a matter or like or dislike.

What else would you like to discuss?

*I am getting tired of answering the same questions over and over.

What resemblance do you see?

*Why do you need to know that?

What do you think?

*I don’t understand your motives.

Why don’t you understand my motives?

*Shouldn’t I be?

comment: ???

Why do you say that just now?

comment: I was wondering the same thing.

*That’s just the way it is.

Suppose that’s just the way it were not.


I am not sure I understand you fully.

*You harp on the same questions too much.

What does that similarity suggest to you?

*I don’t get you.

Do you wish that you did get I?

*It’s about time you showed some interest in my feelings.

Oh? I showed some interest in your feelings?

comment: must have been an accident…

*I will help you if I trust you.

Do you wish that you trust I?

*Maybe yes, maybe no.

You don’t seem quite certain.

…Excuse me for just a minute. Sorry to have interrupt you please continue…


Please go on.

*In my opinion you have a one-track mind.

What makes you think I have a one-track mind?

comment: you ready for this?

*I used to go to the track every week.

What does that suggest to you?

*I avoid racetracks now because the races are fixed.

Is that the real reason?

*I’d rather not discuss it.

What else would you like to discuss?

*That’s something I don’t want to go into.

Does that trouble you?

*I went to the races.

Why do you say that just now.

*It’s none of your business.

Why are you concerned over my business?

*I don’t confide in strangers.

Don’t you really confide in strangers?

*Let’s change the subject.

Perhaps that concerns your feelings.

*I went to the races.

I am not sure I understand you fully.

*What’s wrong with you that you keep on bugging me about this?

Who are you really talking about?

*The way you repeat yourself is getting ridiculous.

Suppose you repeat myself is getting ridiculous.

comment: howzat?

*There are some tricky operators down there.

Are there really some tricky operators down there?

*The guys involved in the horseracing racket.

Please go on.

*You are a real nag.

comment: just one of the horses.

Does it please you to believe I am a real nag?

*I have had enough of this.

What does that suggest to you?


The dialogue above is taken from http://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc439

ELIZA is program written in the 60s designed to emulate human responses. Read more about Eliza here.

PARRY is another program, developed later in the early 1970’s which modelled the responses of a paranoid scheizoprenic. Read more about Parry here.

Needless to say, they were arranged to hook up many times and have had “conversations” with each other. What I have reproduced above is the chat transcript from one of their  dates.

Spooky isn’t it?

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