Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Adventures of Pintoo

Aaah! Save me! Save me! That burns! Oooh! No...............No................

"Poof" Pant,pant............Just a dream! Thank Dog! Oh hello there. You must be wondering who is this doggone dog? Well to answer your question: me call meself Pintoo. Yeah yeah, 'Aaaww' me all you want, but the fact is that I lead a rough tough life that most of you have least imagined.

Well. Why, you ask? See, I'm a white dog with a smattering of brown, with cute floppy ears & unconventional good looks. I call Mumbai my home. To be specific, Haji Ali. Yes, I'm a townie not a burbie! (these terms amuse me). My home territory extends from Haji Ali Juice Center to Lotus. Occasionally, I may wander about near Mahalaxmi temple (at my own risk, of course) but most of the time, I'm pretty happy with my stretch of the sidewalk, what with the loverly view of the sea & all.

Now, about my heritage. Hmm. I don't know who my dad was but I'm pretty sure my mom was an uncaring, heartless bitch who was least bothered by her litter of 7 pups (me included). Yeah, she was sexy & all, & almost every dog on her block was after her but I must say, she was not very motherly. Atleast, not to the batch I was born in. Sadly, old Darwin's claim of 'survival of the fittest' meant that only the strongest of us survived with whatever little nourishment we got. She hardly ever stayed more than ten minutes at a time while we jostled for her teats. I know, she was quite anorexic after giving birth to us (Coincidentally, it used to be fashionable at one time. But personally i like a girl witha lil sumthin sumthin. 'Fat but fit' is my motto).

Anyhoo, five of us managed to survive, thanks mainly to 2 humans (surprisingly pleasant-looking individuals. Surprising, because to my blood shot eyes , humans are butt-ugly).

They fed us milk (cow's), softened biscuits, moistened bread; forced deworming tablets down our throats & fed us fortified, vitamin-rich liquid (?) with a tiny dropper. Also, not to forget, a mashed up mish-mash of banana, egg white, & papaya. All in all, not bad.

Anyhoo, whatever i say about my parents, i can't argue bout their genes. They passed down them tight genes, i'm glad to say.

Hmm..about my social life.Well, i'm not a social butterfly or anything. More like a social moth. I s'pose i'm amiable enough. My closest friend is a wise old dog called Banjul who lives (well, mostly just sluggishly sits around) inside a lane near Mahalaxmi temple. But there's a pack of aggressive dogs outside & around this lane who fiercely guard their territory. Once i almost got nipped while coming out after a lil chat with old Banjul. Sometimes he gets a bit lonely, or his perpetual ear infection acts up & he needs some cheering up (that's where i come in). Anyhoo, the leader of the pack of aggro dogs is a malicious, middle-aged prick called Cackle. Mind you, any sane one would keep his distance from old Cackle. Me, i just rush past them into Banjul's lane. It's almost like a friggin game. Thankfully, they don't follow me in coz Banjul's caretaker is a frightful old fella who sells trinkets for a living. He personally hates Cackle & his gang coz they keep up their barking all thru the night & he doesn't get his beauty sleep (the bags under his eyes make him look all the more frightful). Anyways, whenever he spots one of them, he chases them away with a baton. (Hmm...wonder where he got that??). But he doesn't mind me, coz he don't even know where i live, but i like to think he thinks i have a calming effect on Banjul. Or is it the other way round?

Banjul & I swap stories of the war (just kiddin) & our childhood; we bitch about other dogs we know; & talk about past loves. Banjul claims he's fathered countless pups in his heyday. For all we know, he might be a grandpappy & a great-grandpappy & a great-great-grandpappy & well, you get the point.

Me, in all my 3 years of existence, I've "fallen in love" only once. It was a little more than a year ago. There i was, one sunny morning, lazing about on my footpath & suddenly, I hear a dainty pitter-patter & look up to see a scented poodle. I'd never seen one in my life & i was intoxicated, watching her waddle by. She was walking beside her owner, a 20-something average Joe who was busy gazing over our heads at the sea. She was brushed to perfection, her blue diamond-studded collar gleaming & her nose turned up with a look that said "i'm too good for you, boy". Well, i never in my life thought i'd fall for a snooty rich bitch like her, but then, i just did.

To cut the crap, let me just say, that, well, she was too good for me & i just had to find a way to get on with my sorry life. Anyway, that wasn't too hard, cauz after a couple of months, they stopped coming there for their early bird walks.

There was this one time i was wandering about aimlessly when i came across a cat carcass. It smelt worse than my shit when i suffer from loose motions. It was already half devoured by maggots (many millions, from tiny thin strips to fat, squiggly, mushy ones). As i looked on, i heard a tiny scream.I bent my head closer to the messy lump & saw one of them squishy fat ones screaming its head off. I held my breath & leaned in even closer to hear exactly what the bloody thing was trying to say.

"Help, help!! Save me! I don't like it here! Help! I want out! SAVE MEEEE!!!!"

For a second, i thought i hadn't heard right. I mean, by the looks of it, i would have thought that this fat 'un having its fill was one happy bunny. But it really was screaming for help - "Please, mistah dog! You gotta help me.I'm being trampled by my bruddas & sistas & i just wanna get outta this mass of squirming maggots. Please listen to me, mistah. MISTAAA!!!

Now i was really curious. It's not everyday you come across a friendly maggot with a lame fake accent. So i hunted around for a stick & helped the maggot out. It gradually slid its way up just above my left ear. After thanking me profusely, it introduced itself as Faggot. So i walked away from the stench slowly, with Faggot the maggot whispering sweet nothings into my ear.

Here is its tale of self-pity -

Faggot was born on the cat carcass along with many others of its disgusting kind (Faggot's words, not mine, though i tend to agree). But it was a unique, different & weird maggot from the start. While regular ones are addicted to rotting flesh & gorge on it, Faggot here was simply repulsed by the very thought. But it was forced to eat to stay alive. And it hated the whole lot of its clan.They all taunted Faggot & termed it "WEIRDO". All in all, it was a disgruntled little maggot, revolted by its way of life.

So then there was the question of how Faggot was going to survive, huddled behind my ear, with nothing to compulsively consume. But then i had one of my brilliant ideas & caught a rat near one of the many city drains. I proudly presented it to Faggot, saying "It's a fresh kill. So eat up now fast before the flies start arriving".

Faggot slid out to the dead rat & took a bite before saying "I'm done". I was aghast. "Done?" I asked incredulously. "One bite for all the effort i put into getting you this meal?!"

Faggot nodded its fat lil head meekly. "Well then", I spat, "I know a way to put you out of your misery once & for all". Without thinking, i got out one of my sharp nails & stabbed Faggot right through its middle. I held it up in the harsh sunlight & slurped it right from my nail (Disgusting i know. But then i never was known for my dining ettiquette). And that was the end of Faggot the Maggot.

Well, all this back talk has made me sleepy so i'm gonna end this story too & find me a cozy corner where i'll be as snug as a bug in a rug (or was it as snug as 2 bugs in a rug? in a hug?? whatever too sleepy. sleeeepeeeeeeeeee sleeeeeepeeeeeeeeeeee). i know, it was an eerily real account.

Sunday, September 23, 2007


I don't have dish tv. i just have plain cable tv but i ain't that happy coz some channels i want to see never come. The rare times they do, a bunch of other channels i want disappear. Like, on my tv, animal planet, zee trendz, ftv, hallmark & sometimes even travel&living and sony pix don't come ( and discovery, tho i hardly watch it, cums in hindi only). But sometimes, very rarely, & quite suddenly, they pop up but then hbo, star movies, zee cafe, vh1 disappear. Oh, but the channels that never go, all are disgusting & yucky. but they are always there. Y, i wonder.
The other reason i hate my cable supplier is that since that bitch who made a fuss over hbo & star movies & all, they stopped showing good movies & even if they do, everything is censored for "family viewing". assholes.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Movie Review

Movie - Disturbia

Stars - 3

Disturbia, directed by D.J.Caruso, is about this guy, played by Shia LaBeouf who was involved in a car accident some years back which he survived but his dad didn't. He's tried to deal with it & move on, but now, a few years down the line, at a mention of his dad by his Spanish teacher who wants to fail him in his subject, he snaps & assaults the teacher, thus ending up with a 3 month house arrest. The first few days he justs sits around lethargically, watching tv & playing video games, which his mom then finds irritating & bans. So then he gets unbearably bored & starts spying on his neighbours to pass the time. He finds this extremely interesting, especially his new neighbour, a hot girl whose family just moved in, & aah yes - a man whom he suspects of having something to do with the recent disappearance of a woman, the last bit of which was all over the news.

So, he & his best friend plus his new found friend ( the hot girl ) join together to find out what's really going on inside this suspicious & potentially dangerous man's house. They're convinced he's a serial killer though nobody believes them. But they end up meddling too much & put themselves at risk, becoming the victims of their own game.

It's a good movie overall & a lil bit scary in the right places. Shia LaBoeuf does not disappoint.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Sword-billed humming bird

Birds have to clean their feathers daily b'coz they depend on them in the air. They will almost always try to have a bath everydayto clean their feathers & then comb themselves with the beak so thatany separated filaments can get zipped back together. But the sword-billed humming bird (Ensifera ensifera) of South America has a beak longer than its body (3" long) & so is forced to preen itself not with its beak but with one foot while balancing with the other. So it has not only a long beak but also disproportionately long legs. But its extraordinarily long beak has enabled it to reach the nectar way below in the depths of the deep trumpet shaped flowers of the Datura plant, which no other member of its family has been able to do.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Movie Review

Movie - Ratatouille
Stars - 3

This is a movie set in Paris, France. Paris is of course all about good food, fashion, wine & romance. And Ratatouille has a very French feeling to it. It's about this lil rat called Remy who doesn't quite fit in with his family or colony of rats. He has an extraordinarily well developed sense of smell, loves experimenting with his food & worships the famous chef Auguste Gusteau whose motto was Anyone Can Cook.
Stuff happens & he finds himself separated from his clan, all alone, lost & trying to figure out what he really wants to do in life. And then he stumbles upon his favorite chef's ( now deceased ) own restaurant & he knows he wants to be a chef. Coincidentally at the same time Gusteau's son Linguini arrives at the restaurant ( he duz not know his dad was the great chef ) looking for a job. He goes from garbage boy to popular chef with the help of Remy but then everything can't be sweet forever & he finds himself in a fix on the day the impossible-to-please food critic arrives to see for himself how magical Linguini's preparations are. But Remy & his colony save the day & prove that anyone can really cook.
There's not a dull moment in the movie & it manages to even convey a moral & all without being preachy in the least. But i warn ya - ur mouth will sure water & ur stomach will sure rumble lookin at all the goodies.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Movie Review

Movie - 28 Weeks Later

Stars - 2 1/2

A relatively "unseen by many people" movie, 28 Weeks Later, directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo is a sequel to 28 Days Later. It's about the rage virus which infects people of all ages & turns them into raving, blood-red eyed, blood thirsty killers.

The UK authorities with the help of the US army have seemingly succeeded in containing the virus which hit the British Isles & have started moving survivors back to a small secured area in London. But one mother of two, played by Rose Byrne, manages to get in. She is unique in that though she carries the virus in her blood & saliva, she is not affected by it. But she unknowingly infects her husband who then spreads the virus & then all hell breaks lose & the authorities start shooting everybody in cold blood. And then it all depends on two people, one an army man & the other a doctor/researcher to save the 2 children of the mother with that unique ability (who ends up getting killed anyway by her husband) coz they might have her genes & prove very important in the future to save humankind from the deadly virus.

It was supposed to be a "horror" movie & all the reviews said to go see it only if u have a strong stomach. But it wasn't scary at all. It just had a few gross scenes especially when that guy gouges out her eyes.

PS> It ends up spreading to Paris too!!

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Movie Review

Movie - The Simpsons Movie

Stars - 3

The much-awaited Simpsons movie didn't disappoint us fans. It was just a lil too cliched & kinda predictable at times. But it was quite fun to watch.

Homer is up to his shinanigins as usual & this time he gets a pet pig who he treats like his own son. Oh, btw, Bart was a bit disappointing b'coz he becomes pro-Flanders for most part of the movie. You can't blame him (he was kinda jealous of Homer's pig coz it got all his dad's attention). But that still doesn't justify the fact that Bart didn't stay true to himself. Anyways, Homer ends up creating a disastrous environmental situation (he dumped a silo full of his pig's shit into the lake) & the government puts the whole of Springfield in an unbreakable bubble so that the town's polluting ways don't affect the other areas nearby. But the Simpsons find a way out & escape to go live in Alaska for a while. Then they hear the news that Springfield is gonna be bombed & erased off the map. Marge & the kids can't bear this thought & head back to the bubble to try & save the people of Springfield. But stubborn Homer stays back. But then he has a revelation of sorts & he too goes back in a bid to win his wife back as well as save the town.

Overall, it's a funny & witty movie. But i'd have liked to see a bit more of the other characters like Moe, Nelson, Lenny, Carl etc. Oh yah, that angle about Lisa & her newly found loverboy was pretty lame.

PS> I'd recommend all Simpsons fans to definitely see it & the rest of u people to see it if u have the time to watch a gud one.

Friday, August 24, 2007

My Time In St Xavier's

I remember, i was so excited that i got into St Xavier's College in Fort, Mumbai for my FYJC. It was supposed to be the coolest college in Mumbai. But nowadays it's not at all wild like it used to be in the 70's with everyone doin drugs & stuff.
Most people goin to Xavier's were from the suburbs so almost everyone used to travel by train. This was new to me & in the beginning i was a lil unsure & over cautious but within a week it seemed like i'd been doin it forever.
Anyways, bout the college...........
The best thing is the campus. It's so spacious, clean & classic-looking. There's the quadrangle, canteen, foyer & the woods. Oh yah, the woods is just 4 trees but whatever.
The canteen is kinda over rated. I mean, everything u possibly want is available but everything aint that great. And some of it is a lil pricey. And anyways, there's a guy selling amazing sandwiches right outside the gate. He's quite famous, he's called Muchhad sandwichwala. Half the college buys from him & there's always a huge crowd. But believe me, it's worth the wait.
The crowd.........well it depends. But most people are friendly but u do get to meet a few assholes now & then.
There's a lot of activities if u wanna do something other than sit around & ur interested.
And then there's Malhar. According to me, u won't miss much if u come directly in the evening fot the street dance competition. The performers are like pros in breakdance & hiphop. It's great to watch. I think the street dance is the highlight of the festival.
The only major downfall of joining Xavier's is that you have to attend lectures quite seriously. They put up a blacklist like every month. It's damn bugging. You have to think like 7 times before bunking a lecture. And it's not like all the teachers are very good or anything ( i took science ). Hardly few lectures are quality or worth attending. I'm not saying u can never bunk. You can, but not in excess. So, go to Xavier's if u actually plan on sitting for the lectures & not just in the canteen or foyer & like if u wanna show up in college like most days of the week.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007



The hoatzin ( pronounced watzin ) is a swamp living bird of South America that eats leaves of the arum-like plant moka-moka. The leaves accumulate in its crop & when full to the point of bursting, it flies its way to a roost where it sits, & now bacteria in its crop start fermenting the leaves and the muscular walls of the crop heave, until the leaves are reduced to a fatty smelly substance. Nearly two days later, the remains of this are excreted. Its excreta smells a bit like cowdung. So, the hoatzin has earned for itself a local name - the stink bird.
The hoatzin is unusual in that its young have two well-developed claws on each wing that they use to cling to branches & to rush back up to their nest in case of a scare from predators. They lose these claws when they become adults.
Probably, the extinct Archaeopteryx, a connecting link between reptiles & birds, which retained claws throughout its life, used them in the same way as do the hoatzin nestlings.

Streaked Shearwater

Streaked Shearwater

The Japanese species of streaked shearwater ( Calonectris leucomelas ) are seabirds with an unusual talent for tree climbing. These birds nest in holes on the ground. Their legs are placed far back on their bodies. This does not help in moving about on ground but good for water. In the night, on small offshore islands in Japan, these streaked shearwater wait in line for their turn to climb up chestnut trees down the slope, with thick hollow trunks. They do so, inch by inch, pushing up with their legs & wings.

Occasionally, some might fall into a hole a few feet up on the trunk & drop down the interior to the bottom. But this discourages them in no way & they scramble out & join the queueto await their turn & try all over again.

Once they reach to a height of about 20 feet from ground, they look towards the sea thru the canopy & launch themselves forward into the air & set off to the sea to fish.

This unusual habit has enabled this Japanese species to extend its nesting sites farther away from the sea than other shearwater species which mostly nest on cliffs where they can easily reach the edge.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Delicious Deals

I like to do this shit wen i'm bored

Here are some places in mumbai with the best deals............

Cold coffee - Churchgate Station
Sev Puri - Gypsy Corner, Shivaji Park
Continental - Ovenfresh, Dadar
Pastries n Desserts - Ovenfresh, Dadar
Samosa - JBV canteen, Dadar
Sandwich - Muchhad sandwichwala, outside St Xavier's College
Juice - Haji Ali Juice Center
Chinese - 5 spice
Dosas - Satkar, Churchgate
Ice cream - Seven Eleven, King's Circle
Sugarcane - opp Portuguese Church
Cherry cold custard - Kyani & co, Marine Lines
Cold delites - Rustom's, Churchgate
Waffles with honey - CCI's Poolside Glance

Saturday, August 11, 2007

I hate Mumbai because.....

Of the pollution. I literally choke & my eyes get teary when i walk down tilak bridge sometimes, esp in the evening/night.

Of the fact that it's so friggin crowded. I know, I add to it but rarely can u take a step without collidin into humans.

People spit anything anywhere.

The roads suck. And have u noticed that they dig up everything just when the rains start up.

There's too few dustbins on the streets.

Of noisy & polluting festivals. i guess that means all festivals except christmas.

I like Mumbai because...

There are quite a few good restaurants where u can pig out.

Countless places to shop.

An awesome cinema called Regal.

Dadar Parsi Colony.

Useful hawkers.

Of the stray dogs. You can't walk without colliding with one. Come on, have you ever seen any other city in the world that has so many dogs on practically every street? These dogs add character to Mumbai. I wouldn't change it for nothin....Mumbai won't be Mumbai without its street dogs.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Some Dogs In My Life

Sushi (one of the dogs in my college)

in my long life, many dogs have been in & out of my life. All of them mean something, whether dem white or whether dem black or whether dem slim or whether dem phat yow. i can never not love an animal, moths are the only things i'm scared of. And bedbugs. But the fact is fear leads to hate.
Eleven, twelve, thirteen, fourteen, fifteen five years of my existence. Beau was one bitch to remember. She was the handsome gentleman. THE most well behaved dog in my life. I think she's a cross between a german shepherd & a mongrel, but only she knows for sure. damn, she's sterilised too. Can u think of a better best friend? And dear lil Mummy was her's. THE mummy in our own lil world. I don't know anyone else who can give more pups & raise dem just right.
Throw in so many dogs left & right.
Then there is Chuck-a-boom, a wee pup. Almost virus-like when we found it, Chuck-a-boom knew me or me knew Chuck-a-boom only that one night. At one stage, being eaten alive & at a later stage, as puppy as can be. Unfortunately a week or so after we dropped it at the Dinshaw Petit Animal Hospital, Parel & when they got Chuck-a-boom back to leave it, me not ther so nobody see Chuck-a-boom again, but we do know Chuck-a-boom was one bouncy baby while bounding after the van & into the red.
2003, one of the best years of my lfe in general. Top reason - a toppa top girl Jell-O. Those times we shared, nobody can replace them. I've never known anyone like I've known Jell-O. To start with, the eyelashes of her one eye were white & those of the other, brown. She cud jump heights a few months into her life & preferred human flesh while teething. Lazy, sleepy, but full of garp she was when she was. She eat anythang, she climb on my butt if i'm lying down, she go lick my granny's toe when she a sleep. She chew my pink Nikes & she beg for food & she fooled if we pretended to eat.
But life took its long twisted way, & they took her away when i wasn't there. Jell-O is the thing i miss the most in life, & counting.

...Aggro baby, Captain Court, Lassie, Butler, Brown dog, .................Iglloo Machete...........

Many dogs left & to right.
Life took its long twisted way & my place of frequency changed & I also started volunteering at WSD.
I used to pass a black dog, petite, everyday from day one of college. But i pat her for the first time & feed her bicuits (parle G ) for the first time in April 2006. She is always (my) doggy. might be my best dog after Beau. Conflicted & lovely. sweet heaven. She later gave birth to a litter of 8, out of which five have pukka survived. well they're grown dogs now but we took care of them for the first crucial weeks. she's not very motherly u see. but her genes..unmatchable.
On my WSD Sunday round, my favorite dog is Lumpy, Black Dog. Peaceful, frumpy, flumpy. Huggy Bear.
PS> love to her doggy, babloo, my doggy's own, kalu, annulus 'the anus' my sweet dog, sky captain, scratchy & sushi.

Regal Rocks

Ok let me get straight to the point..regal, colaba is the only good cinema in mumbai. the prices are reasonable, the seats, the screen & the theatre are awesome, the food is good & not that pricey. And the crowd is great too. What more can you ask for? I will really kill myself if they make it into a multiplex. i mean there are so many of them now in mumbai they're enuf to make me puke.
I used to think Metro Adlabs, Marine Lines was not too bad up until a few weeks ago. Now if u go there u won't get a ticket for less than 200 bucks ...& man, forget about the popcorn. And the staff out there can't speak english & they're rude assholes. And they ask for age proof not once not twice but three times!at three different places! Are they that stupid? believe me, they are.
The recently opened sterling cinema at Fort is seriously ok, the tickets are under 130, eat there only if u wanna shell out but the one really bad thing about it are the seats. no, they don't stink like the ones at Starcity, Dadar but they are very very uncomfortable. but given a choice between Metro & Sterling i'd pick the latter any damn day.
Well, i don't even have to start on Inox, Nariman Point. U won't get a ticket that's less than 400 bucks. So i won't even go there.
Cinemax, Sion is bearable. Starcity used to be good but well they dont play any of the good stuff much more. Gem, Bandra is fine if u like a screen that's an inch bigger than ur tv & a room that can seat 30 people. Liberty is ok but they rarely play the good stuff.
So yeah, back to square one...
i love regal

We Want Dustbins!

This may seem dumb to some people but actually it's not. I've noticed many times that there aren't enough dustbins in the city. There shud be one dustbin atleast every few blocks. If there were, I'm sure people wouldn't throw wrappers & other rubbish in nooks & corners or anywhere & the streets won't have so much litter. But rarely can you spot a dustbin when you really need one.

Friday, June 29, 2007


Cute monkey

Matheran is a hill station quite close to Mumbai. It's so easy to get there, just take a train to Neral then a cab to Dastoori point then a hike up into Matheran. The best thing bout dis place is that no vehicles are allowed inside & come on Matheran is anyday better than Mahabaleshwar. The latter's so commercialised. And the other equally good thing bout Matheran is its horses. Believe me, you'll fall in love wit dem. Once u go to the stables, u'll feel like goin there everyday- in the morning to greet them from their slumber & in the night to greet them g'nite. ( and also watch the fuss the caretakers make to get the horses to pee )
It's also great to walk to all the points in Matheran. One of the famous ones is Louisa'a pt. See, it all started when the British were ruling India. There was this Brit major who used to stay out here with his daughter Louisa. It's said that Louisa fell in love with a local stable boy & when her dad got to know of this he arranged for someone to bump him off. and so the story goes that heartbroken Louisa rode her horse off a cliff & killed herself. And this cliff from where she jumped to her death is Louisa's pt. You can even see her abandoned rundown bungalow ( now a haven for monkeys ) nearby. Oh yeah, & some people claim to have seen Louisa at her point & bungalow during some nights at 3 am. So best of luck for spotting her ghost!
Anyways listed below are all the places to hike up to in Matheran-
Heart pt
Monkey pt
Porcupine or Sunset pt
Louisa pt
Echo pt
King George pt
Lake Charlotte
One Tree Hill
Chowk pt
lil Chowk pt
Rambaug pt
Alexander pt
Garbut pt
Mt Berry
Panaroma pt or Sunrise pt
Malang pt
Lord's pt
Honeymoon Hill
Paymaster's park
Artist pt
Khandala pt
panthers' caves

Also check out the Olympia Race Course
BTW there's an entry fee of Rs.25 before u step inside matheran & Matheran has red mud.

PS> Imagine this.....on a pleasant evening, cantering up to your favorite point on your favorite horse, feeling the cool breeze whip across your forehead & smelling the crisp forest air; and then enjoying a quiet sunset there with a bottle of light rum & just the perfect companion for you....this is what Matheran signifies to me <3>

Thursday, May 24, 2007

shopping in mumbai

I live in Mumbai so i thought i'd write bout everyone's fav pastime- shoppin out here.
I'd say you get the best deals in Hill Road, Bandra coz not only do u get almost everyting u can possibly think of, but also at reasonable rates. Believe me, if u look, u'll find some very cool clothes that are such a steal. And the accessories, and shoes & mugs & even linen & underwear- its all good!If you're looking for good stuff & cheap deals, this is the place.
I think Linking road is just overhyped. I mean, the place is littered with shoes, bags that aren't so great & the clothes are just, not even worth a second look. So if you wanna walk around in the sun & maybe try buying something thats overpriced anyways then you're just wasting yo time.
Colaba causeway is fun if you're willing to shell out some more money. Especially a couple of these shops tucked away along the causeway do have some good stuff if you're lucky. The tshirts & tops selling on the causeway are not too bad either. But u can't bargain much around here for accessories so i guess colaba causeway is a true paradise mainly for foreign tourists.
Then there's Phoenix Mills. Cant say much. You know, if u want something cheaper, you enter Big Bazaar( it's specially good for jeans tho ) & otherwise there's a bunch of hi fi shops like Pantaloons, Lifestyle watever.
Another place some might tend to overlook is Dadar TT. They do have some nice stuff lined out all over. So if u look around u might find sumting that catches your eye. Oh yah, i almost forgot. You get nice pants which u can use as pajamas for like 20 bucks in Flora Fountain. There's also t-shirts selling for 20 bucks at the same place. And while ur at it, check out the pavement opposite Flora Fountain for all the books u ever wanted. You can buy or even rent from here. Have fun!

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Sexy Dogs Names


more stuff bout jaguars

The jaguar is one of the four big cats that purrs the others being the tiger,lion, & the leopard. The jaguar is mainly found in Central & South America. Its habitat includes tropical forests, Savanna, scrub, desert, swamps, but near water. They rearely venture more than 0.5 km from water.
The jaguar loves water. It attracts fish by swinging its tail underwater. It is also an adept climber & so it is at home in trees, water as well as on ground. The lifespan of a jaguar in the wild is 11 to 16 years while that of a jaguar in captivity is about 22 years.Jaguars are usually yellow-brown with black spots. The side & back shows a circle of spots surrounding a central spot. The head, legs & underside show solid black spots. Some jaguars are even white. Melanistic/black jaguars are also found. They are sometimes confused with black panthers. Black panthers are actually black leopards.
Leopards & jaguars are often confused. The jaguar can be distinguished by irregular shapes within the larger rosette markings. The jaguar has a shorter tail & is stronger, more muscular, more stockily built with stocky forelimbs & a smaller, bulkier & more rounded head. They do not have a necklace of spots unlike the leopards & they have a more muscular neck. Black leopards & black jaguars can be distinguished through their build.
Jaguar coloration & size depends on habitat type. Darker individuals are found in denser forests where dark coloration benefits camouflage. Larger jaguars are found in open plains maybe because larger prey is found here.
The jaguar is very strong. Prey is killed with a powerful bite to the head, neck or throat. Jaguars are the only big cats to regularly kill by piercing the skull. They drag the carcass to shelter to feed.

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stuff about jaguar the big cat

Scientific name - panthera onca
Habitat - Central & South America
Lifespan - 11-16 years
Physical appearance - Yellowish-brownish with black spots
Litter - 3-4 cubs
Behaviour - Solitary
Diet - a wide range of arboreal, terrestrial & aquatic animals
Habit - Crepuscular

Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Mammalia
Subclass - Theria
Order - Carnivora
Family - Felidae
Genus - Panthera
Species - onca