I am no tree hugger. Not even close. But still i do my bit for our beloved planet. Like umm.. well.. ok FINE! i’ve got a few ideas..i just have to put them in action.. thats a start right? But it makes me hoppingly mad to see people trash every bit of clean space that we have.. And i decided that although i do things like turning off lights and saving power and using paper bags instead of plastic and recycling newspapers ( see am not so bad after all ) , am going to make my contribution bigger.
It all began for me when I came across this really awesome movie The Story of Stuff. It is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world.
More importantly The Story of Cosmetics and The Story of Bottled Water will teach you something, it’ll make you laugh, it’ll scare you, and it just may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever. It will definitely make you feel like shopping less : ) So if you want to do your bit for the planet and at the same time lighten your purse, then Going Green is for you.
What all DONT i do to make it look smart, witty, short and at the same time describe me and my blog.. all in one single phrase.. phew! The number of days and nights i spent to come with a half decent blog address.. its so frustrating to see that every address you come up with is taken by someone who has opened a blog 5 yrs ago with a single post and a single sentence. I let it be in the beginning.. for a while.. waiting for something unusual to pop up in my mind.. something catchy.. something.. ANYTHING! i googled.. extensively.. i stringed together the most unlikely and random words hoping it’ll transform into something hilarious and smart.. All i got was pages and pages filled with incorrigible phrases.. every witty title i come up with has been taken.. this was enough proof that i was totally overestimating me and my brain.. finally.. i stuck with this.. Coz that was what i had in my hand and mind at that time.. and luckily this title was available ( i wonder why ).. so here it is.. A toast to my heavenly coffee and my momentary madness.. U helped me out!
Life in a Metro (Prague ) :
Underground. Tube. European Metro. With maps in our hands, trying to memorize the names of the stations (Mustek, Muzeum, Jin.. something, Namaste Miru, Flora, Zeli.. something – not bad i still remember) we walked in.. Its a whole city underground.. and so clean.. The escalator was moving at an astonishing speed.. Felt like an idiot trying to put my foot on it as it was zooming down.. Girls with 4 inch heels and old ladies were walking down it as if there was nothing to it.. as if it were not moving at an almost vertical angle and throwing u down with speed and gravity.. finally made it down.. Fully lit.. bright.. except in the tunnel where it was (obviously) pitch dark.. The train came pushing air along the tunnel.. A blast of cold wind hit our faces.. Doors opened.. We got in.. It was so crowded.. with people and people with dogs and people with pizza boxes and people with bicycles and one person with a potted plant (in a train? ) By the time we stopped gaping at everyone 3 stations had passed.. the 6th was ours.. It just took another few seconds to reach the place from where we walked for an hr to reach the station to climb the train.. ( no we are not that foolish, we knew that already ).. got on to the escalator which was again moving with dizzing speed and finally out into open air.. Was a fun ride..
Interlaken (Switzerland) and Bad ReichenHall ( Germany ):
Toy towns i could call them.. Picturesque.. Breathtaking.. Straight out of an Enid Blyton novel.. Tiny cottages with rose flowers and creepers in their windows.. Streams from mountains.. with houses on either side.. Lovely woods ( i could almost hear the trees saying wisha-wisha-wisha.. i swear! Only i dint find the Far Away Tree or any talking rabbits ) U never know when it’ll rain or when the sun will pop up.. Deliciously cold.. calm, serene churches.. Mind blowing roads!!! Toy town becomes a ghost town at sharp 6:30pm.. Not a single shop open.. not a person in sight..
Mt Titilis (Switzerland) :
We go crazy at the sight of snow… It made us forget our passport and money bag in the cable car.. it made us forget the time of the last cable car down the mountain.. It made us forget.. yeah thats it.. We posed for pics at every step.. we slid, we fell, we got back up, fell back down, shoes got wet, socks got wet, feet got frozen, numb, and we loved it all! Alps.. the beautiful alps.. Howmuch ever one talks about it.. there is NOTHING like seeing it with your own eyes..
Decided to amuse myself by answering a few of the ‘Random Questions’ that blogger has as part of its profile…
Tried to come up with some funny answers.. u got something funnier? wittier? fire away then!
Q. When u spilled milk did it look like the moon?
A. No..it looked like i was going to get a sound thrashing
Q. If mud is dirt+water what is clay?
A. Something to play with ??
Q. When u hesitate to hit snooze on ur alarm, are u being lazy?
A. No just wondering how many more times i need to hit it (stupid darn thing!)
Q. If u forgot ur mom’s birthday and all u had was super glue and olive pits.. what would u make her?
A. Olive oyl from popeye!
Q. You laughed so hard you can’t catch your breath. Stick out your tongue and show us what’s funny?
A. hahahahohohhohehe.. can u see it? can u? can u? hahahahah……
Q. You’re in the grocery store with a broken cart. How will you ever be that hungry?
A. i always am.. dont u think so?
Q. Do you believe that forks are evolved from spoons?
A. hmm spoon’s plastic surgery gone bad.. and she became a fork..
Q.You have to dig a hole to China. Where do you start?
A. Don’t have to. I have access to the underground caverns and the inhabitants give me full access to the tunnels because I helped them defeat the Third Reich
forces down there.
Q.Well, maybe they don’t need them, but don’t you think that some fish might like a bicycle?
A. No (pause) No they wouldn’t
Q.How do you pronounce the ‘g’ in bologna?
A. Like the ‘g’ in Blogger? Like the ‘g’ in every word that has a ‘g’ ? (frown) i wouldnt know actually…
Q. Compose the lyrics to a new national anthem that features an animal sound at least once:
A. All Indians are my brothers and sisters… Grrrrrrrrrrrr….
No sorry that was the pledge..
Q. In the dream where you show up to school naked, why do you never go swimming?
A. Thats Exactly my question.. I mean how hard can it be? Swimming Not school.. damm!
Q. If you were a wrestler, what would be your finishing move?
A. Tai chi
Q. Lionesses have no manes. How do they know when they’ve grown up?
A. When they suddenly find themselves in a filthy den..with loads of hungry dirty cubs.. and a lion snoozing
and drooling over your fav persian carpet.
Q. Which is easier to make a model airplane out of and why: a banana peel or a wet sock?
A. wet sock..
stick it to one end of a stick.. hold the other end.. raise it high up.. and run like a crazy woman on the streets.. and there u go.. u have a flying model plane.. and
hey.. ur sock is dry in a matter of minutes!
Q. Come up with some possible band names for your group that features a washboard and a styrofoam tuba.
A. Scooby duba tuba… We rock!
Q. For your birthday, your aunt gave you a maple syrup dispenser shaped like a rooster. Please write her a thank-you note:
A. Dearest aunt. Thank you for ur gift.Here is your return gift. Kinda looks like the one u gave me eh??
Q. What would you name your ballet inspired by the sight of children leaping through a garden sprinkler?
A. Little Leaping lambs..
Q.When you open your eyes underwater, do you ever worry that you’ll drown?
A. Any sane person would worry about that before jumping in
Q. Try making up the rules to a game where you tie knots in a yo-yo string just to see if you can get them out.
A. Rule 1 – tie knots in yo-yo string
Rule 2 – try to get knots out
Rule 3 – throw yo-yo away because you have destroyed it.
This last one is for you people…
Q. The children are waiting! Please tell them the story about the bald frog with the wig:
A. story eh.. i can do that..
Once upon a time there was a bald frog who lost his silver wig.. he loved that wig poor frog.. he searched high and low.. but all he found were red wigs and blue wigs and orange wigs.. but where was his dear silver wig? he hopped along.. road after road.. bridge after bridge.. swam along.. river after river.. sea after sea.. he asked the turtle.. “Have u seen my silver wig? ” the turtle being a little deaf and all said “wat did u say u fool? u think i shud wear a wig? i know am bald.. do u have to rub it in?” and he swam away in a huff.. Poor little frog more hurt than ever.. stopped a shark and asked.. “Sir have u seen my silver wig?” the shark being deaf and all said.. “Silver fish? i love ’em.. jus had a school full.. u seen more buddy?” the perplexed frog muttered something about not attendng school and swam away.. now he was truly stuck.. whom could he ask?? he swam to the surface.. sat on a rock.. alone in the middle of the ocean and shed silent tears.. night came and along with it the silver moon.. seeing his tears the moon asked the frog what was wrong.. when the frog narrated his story, the moon felt sorry for it.. and said.. “Dear frog.. smile.. dont be so sad.. i shall give u a new silver wig” and out of the sparkling reflection of the moon on the water.. out came a brand new silver
wig! The frog couldnt believe its eyes! It was so much softer and shinier than its old wig.. He thanked the moon and promised that every night he would look at the moon and croak.. with all its might.. just to thank him.. he said he would do it all his life.. and that is the reason we are woken up by the damm frogs every
night and they ruin our sleep!
Goodnight kids! Dont let the frogs ruin ur night!