Friday, February 16, 2007

On buying phones and getting married

In the old days of my innocence I used to imagine that getting married was a very simple thing, the next natural step in the progression of life. You study really hard, get the degree of your dreams, then get into the job of your life's really beautiful and God loves you so much. What next? Maybe in the middle of all this work and partying and travelling you'll meet some nice interesting guy who will be nice enough and interesting enough to make friends with. With time it'll grow into a wonderful close relationship and you''ll both feel that this team is good enough to be launched officially onto the world. There will some sort of ceremony and then the partying will continue , now in the company of this great creature . As a bonus, you get another family to love and be loved in turn.

Welcome to the real world. With the world's population touching seven billion, and about half of being in possession of the XY chromosome and at least maybe a tenth of it being of eligible bachelorhood...things still look rather bleak. That wonderful lovable creature that God meant you to have seems to be as well hidden as hay in a haystack. You travel the length of the country , you meet and make friends with some really great people, and meet and deal with quite a few creeps too in the process.....but that what you expected to happen doesnt seem to happen at all. Then your well meaning parents organise this project MARRY MANU .They follow the set guidelines for the project - put matrimonials in the newspaper and on the net and collect and compile the results in a highly organised manner. The trouble with this technique is that it makes you feel like a car that needs to be it makes you feel like such a loser -"God, I'm so boring I couldn't find someone in real life, need help from the virtual world!"

Phew! Other than who to marry, the other thing that is occupying my energy and time is which phone to buy to replace my old fuddy duddy model. And I confess that the latter decision is the one I'm actually working hard for. Because contrary to whatever you might have believed, buying a phone is as important a life event as any. So now Nokia India can actually employ me to write reviews for all their latest models. I've spent maybe 20 woman hrs on researching their phone models. I can now categorise them quite comprehensively based on looks, features, camera quality, music quality, prices et al. Today when I went to the Nokia outlet the salesman had his eyes popping out of their sockets at the stuff I knew and the stuff I wanted to know.
So today when my mother came to me and said , come let me show you some more of the guys we've shortlisted, I said, I'll show you something a lot more cheerful. Let me show the two phones that I've finally got to decide between and tell me which one you like better!


  1. First of all, like the page title... on everything... and the first post is exactly that... :) ... from phones to life-partners!! ... love the way you put the importance different things hold in our lives at different times... looking forward to more posts...

  2. ...on buying phones and getting married. a "stranger" to these things...and just happened to saunter into this blog....but am not able to go without adding my bit to the cellphone search...the comments for the other search also run parralel....surprisingly..!!

    First you decide on the type of "output" you want from the phone. Want a "thing" to showoff to your friends or one which can really help you in your work.

    Then you decide whether you want to go for an unconventional look or the regular run of the mill will work for you.

    Next comes your choice to go for the standard "hand held" type or the "flip" kinds..;-)

    Off course all of them come in all shapes and colors, the tall and good ones have their own (bty) maintainece problems, but its all a matter of choice.

    Some cheap phones are there only to cater for your basic needs and are made sturdy enough to handle some rough handling too...some of you are great fans of such kind...

    the basic operating system of the phone being the most imp part of its functioning ( and behavior ), is suprisingly closely linked to the parent(s) company, hence you may like to have a close look at the origins.

    ...and lastly, and most importantly, how does it "feel" in your hand ( or pocket ;-) ), does it stick out like a sore thumb or does it seamlessly merge with your wardrobe

    ...and though i dont know best, but to some vibrator mode is a must...

    oops...i think id better stop here...


  3. dahling mana... i know its os late inthe day to comment on this .. but dear.. this peice is actually like a woody allen movie..funny,..quaint..yet so not away frm da real.. n at the same time reminding us of our pathetic existence... or wateveah.. at the same time must say stranger's post is equally it a freind going incognito.

  4. hey i only saw those posts today they were nice but i guess the one on the skydiving team was a little lengthy and also irksome as it duly reminded me of my pathetic existence.. keep blogging

  5. My advise to u Manjot….is…..carry a voice recorder along….24 hrs a day….switched on. Coz judging by what u write (which is just a fraction of what u speak and just a glimpse of ur bewitching thoughts, opinions, philosophies, visions, plans….
    ….. and moments of insanity) we are certainly missing out on a potential bestseller.

  6. Made my day... So I am not the only one going through the feeling of "being such a loser". This time of my life I am also finding "buying phones" very interesting especially when I go through the discussion with my mother of 'what kind of bride are you interested in'


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