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G is for Gift

GYou will recognise the story. I did this as part of an exercise to try out the epistolary format. Now here it is, for the A to Z Challenge as G is for Gift. Tell me what you think.

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G is for Gift

MumbaiHotshots.com

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Posted by: Prerna Natarajan
Posted on: 15:31, 28 January
Subject: Camera value

Hi,

What’s the asking price for a used Nikon D5100? It’s less than a year old.

Prerna

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Reply by: Sheetal Kumar
Reply on: 20:30, 28 January

My cousin sold his on Quickr.com. He got 15K.

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Reply by: K Mehta
Reply on: 01:24, 29 January

15K too low. Is it damaged?

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Reply by: Max
Reply on: 15:02, 29 January

Don’t sell it on the open classifieds. See if someone wants to buy it on the photo-communities.

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Reply by: Prerna Natarajan
Reply on: 15:45, 29 January

No, it’s in mint condition. Only 2 months old.

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Reply by: Max
Reply on: 16:30, 29 January

Why are you selling it then? Bored already?

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Reply by: Helen
Reply on: 18:35, 29 January

Hi,

I’ve been looking for a decent camera to start again. Prerna, can we talk?

Helen

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Reply by: Prerna
Reply on: 22:22, 29 January

@Max: Needs must.

@Helen: My email address is pnatarajan [at] moonsystems [dot] com. Please get in touch.

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MoonSystems Messenger

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PNatarajan: You there?

STiwari: Haan bol.

PNatarajan: What plans for 14th?

STiwari: I don’t even know who my date will be for 14th.

PNatarajan: Sigh. Lucky dog.

STiwari: Tell that to my mother. She thinks I’m lesbian, not single. What’re you doing?

PNatarajan: Same old, I’ll bet.

STiwari: 4 year blues?

PNatarajan: Actually 7. We were dating for 3 before marriage.

STiwari: You’re the lucky dog.

PNatarajan: Grass greener etc etc. I can’t think of anything to do.

STiwari: What about him? Doesn’t he have a brain too?

PNatarajan: J He’s a man. I doubt he’ll remember. Birthdays, anniversaries hard enough. Valentine’s Day really too much to expect.

STiwari: Only if he is blind and deaf and living on Mount Everest where there’s no connectivity. It’s depressing, all this hooplah.

PNatarajan: It is cheesy.

STiwari: Bloody hard to keep your head straight.

PNatarajan: Anything to spice up the old marital noose for us boring old hitched ones.

STiwari: J Please clean up the kitchen counter afterwards.

PNatarajan: Hah, I wish! Sex in the kitchen only happens on Romedy Now. And the only action our flat sees is the bam-bam-bam from Gears of War.

STiwari: TMI!

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Quikr.com

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Product Type: Gaming Console
Brand Name: Microsoft
Located in: Andrea
Price: Rs.18,000
Condition: Used

Posted by: Arun Mhatre
Posted on: 2 February 2014

Ad details:
I’m selling an Xbox 360 (white colour). It has all the parts, including console. I’m also including 2 controllers (one wireless) and 3 game DVDs: Grand Theft Auto V, Cricket 2010 and Fables II.

The XBox is in very good condition, 1 year old. Mail me at arun.mhatre [at] gmail [dot] com. In your mail, please mention that you saw this ad on quickr.com

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From: Dheeraj Dubey
To: Arun Mhatre
Sent:
Subject: XBox for sale

Hi Arun,

I saw your ad on Quickr. How much are you selling your XBox for?

Dheeraj

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From: Arun Mhatre
To: Dheeraj Dubey
Sent:
Subject: Re: XBox for sale

Hi Dheeraj,

I’ll sell the XBox console + controllers + 3 games for Rs.20, 000.

Arun

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From: Dheeraj Dubey
To: Arun Mhatre
Sent:
Subject: Re: Re: XBox for sale

Oh, I don’t want to spend that much. How much for just the console? You can keep the games.

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From: Arun Mhatre
To: Dheeraj Dubey
Sent:
Subject: Re: Re: Re: XBox for sale

Hi Dheeraj,

Actually I want to sell the whole lot. Without the XBox, I can’t play the games, right? What is your budget?

Arun

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From: Dheeraj Dubey
To: Arun Mhatre
Sent:
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: XBox for sale

Around 15K.

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From: Arun Mhatre
To: Dheeraj Dubey
Sent:
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: XBox for sale

You’ll need to buy controllers to use the XBox. And then games are not available for less than 2K each. Think about it.

Arun

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From: Dheeraj Dubey
To: Arun Mhatre
Sent:
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: XBox for sale

I can spend upto 17K. Give me only XBox and controllers. No games needed.

Dheeraj

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From: Arun Mhatre
To: Dheeraj Dubey
Sent:
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: XBox for sale

Make it 18K and we have a deal. I’ll throw in the games for free.

Only one small condition. I’d like to keep the XBox carton till 14th. After that I’ll deliver it to you myself. Let me know if that is okay.

Arun

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From: Dheeraj Dubey
To: Arun Mhatre
Sent:
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: XBox for sale

Why? Does the carton have any guarantee details?

You want cash or I’ll do a bank transfer?

Dheeraj

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From: Arun Mhatre
To: Dheeraj Dubey
Sent:
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: XBox for sale

No, no, I’ll give you all the papers along with the console and games. Actually I don’t want my wife to know that I sold the XBox.

Bank transfer is fine. You can do it when you come to take the XBox.

Dheeraj

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For my gorgeous wife,

I’ve had a lovely view for 3 years. But perhaps your (ageing) eyes could use better. Happy Valentine’s Day.

Love,
Arun

Flipkart Order Summary

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2 items

Order id : ODX783406

Date         : 14 Feb 2014

Total         : Rs. 18, 820

Shipping Address: 24, Venus Apartments, Andheri West, Mumbai

Product Details:

Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-105mm        : Rs.18, 790

Giftwrap                                                      : Rs.         30

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TOTAL                                                  : Rs.18, 820

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Arun,

7 years and I’ll finally make peace with my soutan. Wanna watch me beat you at your own game this weekend?

I love you.

Prerna

Flipkart Order Summary

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4 items

Order id : ODX844527

Date         : 14 Feb 2014

Total         : Rs. 19, 387

Shipping Address: 24, Venus Apartments, Andheri West, Mumbai

Product Details

Microsoft X-Box 360 Kinect Sensor     : Rs. 11, 790

XBox 360 Game FIFA 14                     : Rs.  3, 299

XBox 360 Game Assassin’s Creed IV   : Rs.  2, 999

XBox 360 Kinect Sports                      : Rs.  1, 299

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TOTAL                                                  : Rs. 19, 387

 

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G is for Gift

 *Image via patrisyu on FreeDigitalPhotos.net

E & E Squared: Matt Beaumont – There’s Never A Dull Byte In The Inbox

e E Squared
A good friend gifted me ‘E Squared‘, a novel about a cutting-edge/crazy-ass advertising agency, entirely told in the form of electronic communication (blogposts, emails, chats and SMSes). I loved that book so much that I couldn’t wait to read the original that sparked off the idea.

E, even better (aren’t the originals always?) is only in the form of emails since it’s set in 2000 before the advent and popularity of some of the other forms of electronic communication. E Squared was spread across a year whereas E deals with solely the first eighteen days of 2000. Admittedly the plot stays a little closer to realistic, with very minor diversions from it for humor value (an employee who is a doppelganger of a TV celebrity sharing a beach with her, hire-and-fire-and-rehire-on-whim practices) and most of the funnies come from extremely believable, if somewhat grisly situations (idea theft from students, leaked sex tapes, assault charges) looked at in a witty manner. In comparison, E Squared really pushes the envelope with bizarre twists (teenagers running away to foreign countries, Nigerian spammer heiresses). And with all these differences, both books were absolutely delightful.

The email/electronic communication only format worked perfectly and never lost the wry wit to confusion or blandness. I’d recommend both books for anybody desperately needing a good laugh about the burdens of the working world. Here’s my Goodreads reviews of E and E Squared.

E.E. by Matt Beaumont
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Miller Shanks is a fictitious advertising agency whose London arm is depicted as they enter the turn of the millenium. In the first 18 days of 2000, which spans the length of the entire book, the Miller Shanks team deals with embezzled ideas, international diplomatic incidents, a sexual assault case, wrestling secretaries, broken doors, fake suicide attempts and a sex tape. It’s brilliant and funny.

E is a frothy, light look at advertising and modern office life. It also happens to be a novel written entirely in the form of emails. No conversations, no descriptions, no scene-setting; everything from characterisation to dramatic build-up and other plot elements occurs in the timing, from/to people and tone of inter-office emails. Surprisingly, this never gets in the way. It’s really easy to keep the situations and people straight, even with the lack of background information.

This might be because Beaumont puts his finger on the nub with every character he creates – all rib-tickling archetypes of people that everyone experiences in any office in the world. We meet the tyrant boss, the politicking middle manager, the bitchy secretary/receptionist, the distant God-type owner/President, the puritanical/randy client, of course. But there’s also the agenda-pushing headhunter, the utterly-devoid-of-social-skills-but-very-efficient accountant and the much-hated/long-suffering IT department. There are also all the familiar social set-ups of lunchtime buddies, inter-department grapevine and cubicle romances.

There’s never a dull email in the inbox. I loved the book!

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e Squarede Squared by Matt Beaumont
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Bitching about the boss, trying to hook up with the office hottie, watercooler gossip, mad clients, madder colleagues and the maddest workplace of them all – E Squared pulls you into the surreal corporate soap opera of life at ad agency Meerkat360.

The entire novel is in the form of blogposts, chats, text messages and emails. Surprisingly, the novel format doesn’t hurt the reader at all and within minutes you are drawn into the lives of the Meerkat360 staff (and some others). Anyone who has ever worked for an agency, been bullied by a boss (or a junior), juggled a weekend marriage with a demanding career or simply lagged behind their peers in the ratrace, E Squared will feel familiar.

It’s probably telling that the stories of our lives, in the future will be documented in digital mediabytes. It’s a regular Dilbert meets 2 and a 1/2 Men.

View all my reviews

E Squared: Edgy, Entertaining & Epistolary!

E Vestigio dropped in a fortnight ago to keep me company, to gup a bit and to cheer me up. She brought with her two books, my belated birthday gifts. Book recommendations from E are always interesting, given her diverse reading habits. Her gifts were ‘The Interpretation Of Murder‘ by Jed Rubenfeld andE Squared‘ by Matt Beaumont. I didn’t like the first one very much so I’m not going to talk any further about it. But I was intrigued by the cover and the blurb of E Squared so that’s the one I got to first.

E says this book is a sequel to E 🙂 but I didn’t feel like I was missing anything. Wikipedia tells me that this is considered an example of an epistolary novel which I gather, refers to the fact that the story is told through a series of digital correspondances (email, blogposts, text messages, chats).

Bitching about the boss, trying to hook up with the office hottie, watercooler gossip, mad clients, madder colleagues and the maddest workplace of them all – E Squared pulls you into the surreal corporate soap opera of life at ad agency Meerkat360.

The entire novel is in the form of blogposts, chats, text messages and emails. Surprisingly, the novel format doesn’t hurt the reader at all and within minutes you are drawn into the lives of the Meerkat360 staff (and some others). Anyone who has ever worked for an agency, been bullied by a boss (or a junior), juggled a weekend marriage with a demanding career or simply lagged behind their peers in the ratrace, E Squared will feel familiar.

It’s probably telling that the stories of our lives, in the future will be documented in digital mediabytes. It’s a regular Dilbert meets 2 and a 1/2 Men.

E Squared kept me in splits for the entire week that my own E wasn’t around so I give it three cheers… Eep, Eep, Ooray!

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A version is posted to Yahoo! Real Beauty.

Ideamarked! December 2010: Internet Delights, Online Wars, Schooltime Nostalgia, Curd Rice, Romance, Art & Writing

I’ve had a busy December, what with friends from out-of town, the big relationship questions, getting started on the Yahoo! Real Beauty arrangement and a month-long writing exercise (you’ll have to read further to know what!). But I still managed to keep an eye on things of mutual interest, dear reader. *Pause for applause* 😀 I’m feeling upbeat and high-spirited this month. So be nice and leave a comment or two telling me what you think and what else you’d like to see.

  • This would have been par de course in an 80s Bollywood flick dhak-dhak style! (via AwkwardFamilyPhotos)
  • Getting ready for the Kala Ghoda Art Festival 2011.
  • This really appeals to the Ideartist in me! (via PS-IMadeThis)
  • A month-long writing exercise with a daily prompt (via Reverb10) Hat-tipped by Lakshmi Jagad. Also see my posts on this, here.
  • I first heard this song featured on the soundtrack of ’13 Going On 30′ and then fell in love with it. It was the theme song of my journey to the big Three-O and beyond. (Billy Joel’s Vienna Waits For You via YouTube)
  • Two drifters off to see the world, there’s so much of world to see. A classic. (Breakfast in Tiffany’s Moon River via YouTube)
  • Stoopid copywriters, funny fails! (via Failblog)
  • An interesting concept: Turning off your phone as a technological gesture of affection. (via Arzan Wadia)
  • Some of us miss the forest for the trees. And then there are those who remind us to stop and pick a fruit and savour it before burning the forest down. (Ashwini Mishra on the small things)
  • I came upon this blog from a reader response. It took me back to my early days of blogging when blogs were personal journals (not blossoming ebusiness ideas) and bloggers were ordinary human beings (not the next big Internet celebrity). I particularly liked the idea of this tag (yes, another throwback to those days of yore) and his answers. (via Yuva Anandan)
  • I ran into an online war with Bombay Elektrik Projekt after I tweeted that I was disappointed with their Monday Night Slam event. They slammed me on their Facebook page and on Twitter. An account of the event is here.
  • I didn’t send this one in but it instantly reminded me of my Best Friend. (via PostSecret)
  • An ode to that humble king of South Indian cuisine – thayir sadam (curd rice to you philistines). The article has liberal local references so you’re advised to carry a Tamil-English dictionary. But it is worth a read. Damn, my stomach’s growling. And this after having had a sumptous dinner of the aforementioned thayir sadam!! (via HawkEyeView)
  • Remember the teenage sleuthing trio of Jupiter Jones, Pete Crenshaw and Bob Andrews? My early adolescence was checkered with the adventures of The Three Investigators. Here’s remembering.
  • Horsing around (via AwkwardSchoolPictures)
  • Things you would never know without the movies (via TheTopSpace)
  • “Not email but Facebook may launch its own country by Monday!” (via FakingNews).
  • Hardware meets software? The clash of the giants. A good read, even for the techno-greeks. “Apple versus Google” (via IntelligentLife)
  • From the idea-archives: My article on learning to cook from the internet, which featured in JetLite’s in-flight magazine in October 2010. Cooking wannabes and seasoned chefs, do take note! (on The Idea-smithy)

If you see yourself (or your site featured here, if you’d like to be or if you’re just intrigued by the Ideamarked posts, do drop into The Idea-smithy Facebook Page and tell me about it. I love company!

Ideamarked: November 2010 – Nostalgia, Romance, Identity Theft, Fashion, Street Photography, Geek Humour & Kids

It has been a busy month, what with the domain issues and shifting back to WordPress. Actually, I don’t regret it. This old template (I’m hoping at least a few of you recognize it from having been my readers since then) triggers off old moods and inspiration and I feel freer to write about a lot of things that got buried under the gleaming-gloss of a fancy template and a hotshot domain name. This can only be good.

The Idea-smithy on Facebook idea continues and I’ve been posting links. It’ s a little trickier than the XX Factor Facebook page. XX Factor concerns itself with very specific topics and areas and it is is relatively easy to tell what would appeal to the readers of the blog. But The Idea-smithy is a lot broader, greyer, flexible in its nature. From its inception in 2004, it has been a rantfest, a scribble-pad, a poetry corner, a personal diary, a writing journal and a photo-blog. The posts encompass poetry, fiction, cityscapes, photographs, cartoons, humour, writing exercises, link-and-editorials, reviews and a lot of generally uncategorizable stuff.

I’m still grappling to define this blog the way I struggle to define myself. Tell me, my dear readers, old and new, what do you like about The Idea-smithy? What are your topics of choice? What do you hate? What else would interest you?

I’ve taken some chances in the first month of link-love on Facebook and here’s what I came up with. Your inputs are not just welcome, they’re vital!

  • Writers, romance-lovers, diehard M&Bers, hear ye!: A writing challenge looking for synopsis and first chapter of a novel (via Harlequin Enterprises)
  • This one did the rounds on email a few years ago and all of us in our twenties (then!) sighed and said, “That’s my life!!!”. A landmark net-pop culture reference: The Quarter-life crisis (via Caltech)
  • A strange case of identity-theft: Is someone stealing your tweets and your identity? (via Soma Ghosh)
  • Many of these gave me goosebumps. The related ‘women’s regrets’ one didn’t do that. Strange that is: The secrets regrets of men (via Lemondrop)
  • OMG, if only these were available on the streets, they’d be I Style! I would love to wear The Gateway of India or even The Bandra Worli Sea-link!: The architecture of statement rings (via (via Republic of Chic)
  • Whacky remixes in packaging!: Hommade Undies (via Chhavi Noticed This!)
  • Toilet humour and yes, it is funny!: Accurate Toiletry Instructions (via CollegeHumour)
  • Slightly outdated (which is ancient in internet terms). Appropriate for the month of the release of The Social Network: What Your Email Extension Says About You (via CollegeHumour)
  • I LMAOed. Then I wondered if I was too much of a geek because I understood every single reference in there:The First Fail (via CollegeHumour)
  • Mommy-bloggers, unite! You aren’t alone!: Shit My Kids Ruined (via ShitMyKidsRuined)

BlogAdda 3: Protecting Your Privacy

My third post is up on BlogAdda. Last week I talked about how to build accessibility for a blog through feeds and link-sharing mechanisms. This week I take a look at the exact opposite.

While the internet opens you up to a broad range of people and experiences, it also leaves you open to a number of undesirable elements. Fortunately, filtering mechanisms are available that can help you tailor your online presence with the level of accessibility and privacy that suits you the best. Privacy is as relevant an issue as accessibility and I felt that after talking about how to make one’s blog visible, it was vital to know how to also protect oneself online.

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Pot Of Gold

lips.jpgHer parents say that she was born talking.

Then she discovered writing
English grammar compositions
Stories and poetry
Letters and emails
Chats and instant messaging
SMSes, orkut scraps
Resumes and reports

Then she stumbled onto blogging
And anonymous posting
Even editing and deleting
And much later, private publishing

But silence is yet to be learnt.

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