Schizophrenic Celebrities


I’m sure you’ve watched the news this week (or even last week). That’s all I can do, since those are the ONLY channels I subscribe to. But the past two weeks have been pretty hard for us news-watchers. Paris Hilton is the biggest celebrity on the news these days, on the international bulletins of all Indian news channels, and, surprisingly, even on BBC! For what you ask? Well. She was arrested. For drunken driving, or whatever the offence is. Till last night, I could even quote the exact section under which she was charged. Then ofcourse, there were discussions on whether it was “fair” or not. Hell. She’s just another person. She’s not someone GREAT. If we were having this discussion about someone who’d actually achieved something (Bill Gates/Sergey Brin/Steve Jobs top my list) I wouldn’t mind watching the news.. but HER? Someone’s whose sole claim to fame is a disgusting home “video” and a fancy surname? I think not. But I just came across this interesting question on Ask Yahoo!. I’m sure you’re gonna be wanting to ask the same thing.

Dear Yahoo!,

Did Paris Hilton finish High School?
Yvonne

Louisville, Kentucky

Paris Hilton is known as many things. “Scholar” isn’t one of them. Still, while nobody would confuse the heiress with a rocket scientist or brain surgeon, she did manage to graduate high school — in a way.

According to several sources, Hilton attended The Dwight School in New York City, but didn’t stick around long enough to wear a cap and gown. However, Ms. Hilton later earned her general equivalency diploma (GED) after some homeschooling. Passing the test certifies the taker has academic skills on par with a typical high-school graduate. Connect the dots and you’ll realize that, according to our educational system, Paris possesses the intelligence of an average American high-school graduate. Whether that’s merely terrifying or a sign of the coming apocalypse, we leave to you.

But maybe we’re being too hard on the starlet. After all, by nearly anyone’s definition, Paris is a successful person. Granted, she’s currently in jail and has been publicly humiliated more times than we can count, but she’s a genius at marketing herself and continually places among Yahoo!’s most popular searches. Maybe she ought to teach a course.

That’s saying something isn’t it?

June 14, 2007 at 11:26 am 2 comments

First Love …

To someone who did all this to me, and much more..

I ne’er was struck before that hour
With love so sudden and so sweet.
Her face it bloomed like a sweet flower
And stole my heart away complete.

My face turned pale, a deadly pale.
My legs refused to walk away,
And when she looked what could I ail
My life and all seemed turned to clay.

And then my blood rushed to my face
And took my eyesight quite away.
The trees and bushes round the place
Seemed midnight at noonday.

I could not see a single thing,
Words from my eyes did start.
They spoke as chords do from the string,
And blood burnt round my heart.

Are flowers the winter’s choice
Is love’s bed always snow
She seemed to hear my silent voice
Not love appeals to know.

I’ve never seen such sweet a face
As that I stood before
My heart has left its dwelling place
And can return no more.

Thanks, Arun !

June 12, 2007 at 8:40 am 3 comments

We Started The Fire !


Yup ! You got that right ! We’re the CVians Class of 2007 and we’ve DEFINITELY left an indelible mark on this school of ours.. Our exploits aren’t just limited to our school, we’ve made ourselves popular in almost EVERY city school, and for all that, we could probably claim to be the most rocking batch of CVians EVER !

Here are our **ahem** exploits, in no particular order..

  1. Our amazing Computer Exam results, thanks to kind souls like Balli who’ve vowed to never EVER pass, and to give Sekar the hardest time ever possible !
  2. Our eagerness to learn Chemistry through practical experiments (in the toilets) .. Sodium + Water –> HEAT + EXPLOSION…
  3. Class 11B , tubelight starters, an absolute mockery of ‘modern’ electrical fittings.. need I say more ?
  4. MOST number of lovesick people frequenting every empty and non-empty classroom/corridor/restaurant
  5. Commerce Class Math results.. 21 failed out of 28..
  6. Ganga winning the Annual Sports Championship !
  7. Winning the maximum number of Culturals, INCLUDING Reverbs and Orca
  8. The best school band in the city perhaps..
  9. The Punchline Gurus..
  10. The greatest basketball team ever, lead by the ever-famous Gopi
  11. The way we’ve revolutionised the system of exams and revealed our ingenuity – through our grades
  12. The way we attack food (courtesy Hrushita and Krithika Surya), like we’ve never seen food before
  13. Ragging the shit out of Kanti and Valsi, our ‘beloved’ english teachers..
  14. Changing the fortunes of the erstwhile Cafe Coffee Day and the still existent and ever-famous GLB
  15. Ofcourse, the war-cry, GoPiii GoPiii GoPii (pun intended)
  16. Driving a Physics Teacher OUT of school in her very first year (Lakshmi… )
  17. Sameer’s Class, AV room…
  18. Making Srilatha sniff and cry at her fate of teaching this batch
  19. Satyamurty Sir + Venkatraman + 12 B…. need I say more ?
  20. The recently constructed jail-like enclosures on the staircase, and the additional bars on the main gate.. all because of us jumping over and slithering thru the gate..
  21. And lastly, the ‘pregnancy’ case… They TOTALLY suspect our batch for it!

I guess we got quite a lot done in two years, didn’t we ? lol

May 6, 2007 at 7:34 pm 3 comments

Why I’m Bad at Math

While lying on my back to make
an angel in the snow,
I saw a greenish craft appear!
a giant UFO!

A strange, unearthly hum it made! It hovered overhead!
And aliens were moving ’round in viewing ports glowing red!

I tried to run for cover, but a hook that they had lowered
Snagged me by my overcoat and hoisted me aboard!

Even then, I tried to fight, and though they numbered many,
I poked them in their compound eyes and pulled on their antennae!

It was no use! They dragged me to a platform, tied me up,
And wired to my cranium a fiendish suction cup!

They turned it on and current coursed across my cerebellum,
Coaxing things from my brain tissue, the things I wouldn’t tell ’em!

All the math I ever learned,
the numbers and equations,
Were mechanically removed in this brain-draining operation!

My escape was an adventure.
(I won’t tell you what I did.)
But suffice to say, I cannot add, so ask some other kid.

inspired by the actions of my hero

April 14, 2007 at 12:20 pm 3 comments

Thank you for the fun !


Well! We’ve finally come to the end, and I mean THE END of school life! (ok, I’ve made the obvious assumption that none of us are going to have the pleasure of writing the compartment exam). Truth be told, it’s not such an exciting prospect – I don’t know how I’m going to get used to the fact that I don’t have to get up at 6 am anymore, that I don’t need to polish my shoes a blinding white every morning, that I don’t have to drive down Taylor’s Road at 8.05am each morning come rain or RAIN, that I don’t have to even dream of Princi… That’s going to take a lot of getting-used to acdjually !

I still can’t believe that 9 years have flown past so smoothly and so so very quickly.. it seems like just yesterday, when I was offered admission in Chinmaya Kilpauk and Anna Nagar as well as Chettinad.. The decision to make Taylor’s Road my home away from home for the next 9 years, at that time, seemed pretty insignificant – after all, it was just another school for me. It didn’t boast of a swimming pool, or a huge football field or even a canteen, which made me wonder what kind of a school it would turn out to be. All I can say now is that THANK GOD I didn’t choose to join any other school ! I can’t imagine myself having all the fun that I’ve had in this school in any other institution.. nowhere else! Of course, coming from a convent, the bhagwad-gita chanting took a little getting-used to.

Moreover, the past 9 years, more specifically, the last 3 years have been some of the most memorable years of my life thus far. I will always remember school for all the wonderful people I’ve met, and the good times that I’ve had with them. True, the picture isn’t all rosy. I might not be all that popular, and I’m generally at the butt-end of most jokes, some of them pretty hurting ones. But I guess all that’s part of school life…

I’ve learnt much more here, not just science and math. I’ve learnt how to make new friends, learnt new skills, and basically had a great time!Infact, I even became House Leader, and got to lead my house to victory for the first time in 18 years!!!


I mean, the number of wacky things we’ve done as a batch – the chants of go-pee-e-e-e, the starters and the sodium, the trips to ccd and glb(our friendly neighbourhood bakery), all our jaunts at the various culturals, the fun we have in sekar’s class, satya and his pats on the back, our brilliant marks throughout the year – I could go on and on ! I guess the best way to sum all this up is by watching Tariq’s brilliant video

I guess I’ve spent by far the most memorable moments of my life in this place called school.. it’s a place unlike any other, and only because of all of you – quirky, fun-loving, crazy, mischevious, jumpy, blabbery, talented – basically just a bunch of oddballs!

The past few years, spent ‘studying’, working, competing, playing, eating – blabbering.. man, all these things had such a charm of their own! It’s always put a BIIIIG smile on my face and these memories.. *sigh*.. will always stay with me forever… like BowlingForSoup says, “High School Never Ends!”


I’d like to say a BIIIIGGG thank you to each one of you who have made this journey unique and truly memorable!

to pritish, for being my best buddy, for sticking by me always, for all the yummy things I’ve eaten at your place, for all the movies you’ve lent me… I could go ON and ON..

to barath, for showing me how to be a nerd and still have fun, for the times you’ve lent me your camera, and for all the p2p sharing..

to harsha, for being a great friend, and for making life interesting in the 12th. period.

to kika, for EVERYTHING. this includes last month’s tuition test answers, all the juicy stories, keeping me entertained on sms.. etc etc etc..

to hrushita, for the brilliant food, for being a great pal, for always being there to talk about ‘someone’.. and for being one of my first girl-friends in 4th grade (@mom and dad: notice the hyphen.. it changes the meaning!)

to priya, for the endless taunts and retorts.. lol..

to venkat, for those funny convos we used to have in IIT class ( remember Peter and Driver?? )

to vk, for, well, all the doubts [;)]

to adi nair, for always being at hand to put a big smile on my face

to govind, for all the spirituality and vedanta…

to bishen, for making me a TULIP.. lol

to tariq, for, well, just being tariqueee.. lol.. and for sparking my interests in photography and blogging… for the brilliant video, for being a great pal, for putting a smile on my face during valsi’s classes…

to kriti, for showing me that even DAV girls aren’t all nerds…

to srishti, for showing me how to be carefree.. ABSOLUTELY carefree.. adds a new dimension to the phrase ‘no worries’..

to arun, for all the ‘help’, and for lending me your phone when it was needed…

to viswesh, for being my buddy in the first bench of chem tuitions!

to LN, for those prizes at Reverbs and that iconic photograph…. a BIG thank you man!

to swati, for bringing out the photographer in me…

to sneha, for being the ONLY faithful person who replies to my SMSs at the weirdest possible hours!

to arCHANA, for the lunch, the ‘looks’, sitting next to and thus isolating me from ms.living dead in rahim’s tut..

to sunaina, for being a great foul-weather friend among much else…

to shreya, for being a great co-house leader, and a great person to match wits with… really! 🙂

YOU’VE GOTTA LEAVE A COMMENT AFTER READING THIS!!!

If you’re name isn’t here, it’s not because I’m not thankful, there are just SO many people to thank, that I still haven’t gotten to typing it all out, so it’ll feature here in just a bit!!


March 7, 2007 at 8:27 pm 18 comments

Thank you for the fun !


Well! We’ve finally come to the end, and I mean THE END of school life! (ok, I’ve made the obvious assumption that none of us are going to have the pleasure of writing the compartment exam). Truth be told, it’s not such an exciting prospect – I don’t know how I’m going to get used to the fact that I don’t have to get up at 6 am anymore, that I don’t need to polish my shoes a blinding white every morning, that I don’t have to drive down Taylor’s Road at 8.05am each morning come rain or RAIN, that I don’t have to even dream of Princi… That’s going to take a lot of getting-used to acdjually !

I still can’t believe that 9 years have flown past so smoothly and so so very quickly.. it seems like just yesterday, when I was offered admission in Chinmaya Kilpauk and Anna Nagar as well as Chettinad.. The decision to make Taylor’s Road my home away from home for the next 9 years, at that time, seemed pretty insignificant – after all, it was just another school for me. It didn’t boast of a swimming pool, or a huge football field or even a canteen, which made me wonder what kind of a school it would turn out to be. All I can say now is that THANK GOD I didn’t choose to join any other school ! I can’t imagine myself having all the fun that I’ve had in this school in any other institution.. nowhere else! Of course, coming from a convent, the bhagwad-gita chanting took a little getting-used to.

Moreover, the past 9 years, more specifically, the last 3 years have been some of the most memorable years of my life thus far. I will always remember school for all the wonderful people I’ve met, and the good times that I’ve had with them. True, the picture isn’t all rosy. I might not be all that popular, and I’m generally at the butt-end of most jokes, some of them pretty hurting ones. But I guess all that’s part of school life…

I’ve learnt much more here, not just science and math. I’ve learnt how to make new friends, learnt new skills, and basically had a great time!Infact, I even became House Leader, and got to lead my house to victory for the first time in 18 years!!!


I mean, the number of wacky things we’ve done as a batch – the chants of go-pee-e-e-e, the starters and the sodium, the trips to ccd and glb(our friendly neighbourhood bakery), all our jaunts at the various culturals, the fun we have in sekar’s class, satya and his pats on the back, our brilliant marks throughout the year – I could go on and on ! I guess the best way to sum all this up is by watching Tariq’s brilliant video

I guess I’ve spent by far the most memorable moments of my life in this place called school.. it’s a place unlike any other, and only because of all of you – quirky, fun-loving, crazy, mischevious, jumpy, blabbery, talented – basically just a bunch of oddballs!

The past few years, spent ‘studying’, working, competing, playing, eating – blabbering.. man, all these things had such a charm of their own! It’s always put a BIIIIG smile on my face and these memories.. *sigh*.. will always stay with me forever… like BowlingForSoup says, “High School Never Ends!”


I’d like to say a BIIIIGGG thank you to each one of you who have made this journey unique and truly memorable!

to pritish, for being my best buddy, for sticking by me always, for all the yummy things I’ve eaten at your place, for all the movies you’ve lent me… I could go ON and ON..

to barath, for showing me how to be a nerd and still have fun, for the times you’ve lent me your camera, and for all the p2p sharing..

to harsha, for being a great friend, and for making life interesting in the 12th. period.

to kika, for EVERYTHING. this includes last month’s tuition test answers, all the juicy stories, keeping me entertained on sms.. etc etc etc..

to hrushita, for the brilliant food, for being a great pal, for always being there to talk about ‘someone’.. and for being one of my first girl-friends in 4th grade (@mom and dad: notice the hyphen.. it changes the meaning!)

to priya, for the endless taunts and retorts.. lol..

to venkat, for those funny convos we used to have in IIT class ( remember Peter and Driver?? )

to vk, for, well, all the doubts 😉

to adi nair, for always being at hand to put a big smile on my face

to govind, for all the spirituality and vedanta…

to bishen, for making me a TULIP.. lol

to tariq, for, well, just being tariqueee.. lol.. and for sparking my interests in photography and blogging… for the brilliant video, for being a great pal, for putting a smile on my face during valsi’s classes…

to kriti, for showing me that even DAV girls aren’t all nerds…

to srishti, for showing me how to be carefree.. ABSOLUTELY carefree.. adds a new dimension to the phrase ‘no worries’..

to arun, for all the ‘help’, and for lending me your phone when it was needed…

to viswesh, for being my buddy in the first bench of chem tuitions!

to LN, for those prizes at Reverbs and that iconic photograph…. a BIG thank you man!

to swati, for bringing out the photographer in me…

to sneha, for being the ONLY faithful person who replies to my SMSs at the weirdest possible hours!

to arCHANA, for the lunch, the ‘looks’, sitting next to and thus isolating me from ms.living dead in rahim’s tut..

to sunaina, for being a great foul-weather friend among much else…

to shreya, for being a great co-house leader, and a great person to match wits with… really! 🙂

YOU’VE GOTTA LEAVE A COMMENT AFTER READING THIS!!!

If you’re name isn’t here, it’s not because I’m not thankful, there are just SO many people to thank, that I still haven’t gotten to typing it all out, so it’ll feature here in just a bit!!


March 7, 2007 at 3:18 pm 19 comments

– – De Protonated ! – –

Chill out, hydrogen chloride:
You’re on the acidic side,
You can turn blue litmus paper red,
So it’s said;
With base, you can neutralise,
Water makes you ionise
’Cos you lose a hydrogen ion
And you become
Cl and H3O+
Your pH is low, ‘cos in H2O
You deprotonate – H+ you donate, you see…
Tell me,
Why d’you have to go and get so deprotonated?
I see the way you’re
Split into your ions and you’re fully dissociated,
You’re low pH and
It’s because your H+ you donate to a base, and you’re great as a proton donor –

You’re a strong acid ‘cos your H+ is so concentrated…oh, oh

When you become aqueous,
You’re then all plus and minus –
The reaction goes to completion;
In solution,
Water’s weakly basic, so
That’s where all your protons go:
They join to make hydroxonium
And you become

Cl and H3O+
Your pH is low, ‘cos in H2O
You deprotonate – H+ you donate, you see…
Tell me,
Why d’you have to go and get so deprotonated?
I see the way you’re
Split into your ions and you’re fully dissociated,
You’re low pH and
It’s because your H+ you donate to a base, and you’re great as a proton donor –

You’re a strong acid ‘cos your H+ is so concentrated…oh, oh, oh…

Chill out, hydrogen chloride:
You’ve been completely ionised,
And by your conjugate acid and base
You’ve been replaced:
Cl and H3O+
Your pH is low, ‘cos in H2O
You deprotonate – H+ you donate, you see…
Tell me,
Why d’you have to go and get so deprotonated?
I see the way you’re
Split into your ions and you’re fully dissociated,
You’re low pH and
It’s because your H+ you donate to a base, and you’re great as a proton donor –

You’re a strong acid ‘cos your H+ is so concentrated…oh, oh…

February 23, 2007 at 12:58 pm 3 comments

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