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May 3, 2006

BIG UPDATE: We just got our awesome, new, super-sexy Ford Fiesta delivered today!!! Am typing this after going to the temple and the beach in it!! Woo!!! Go Fida!! πŸ˜€

A lot of things have happened in recent times. I didn’t seem to be able to sustain a whole post on any of them…. πŸ˜›

1. First, a BIG welcome to Soumi who’s started her blog this week. She’s a terrific writer and I’m sure her blog is gonna be one of the more popular ones. Go Girl!! πŸ™‚

2. One of the supposedly β€œmajor” exams, the AIEEE, made its exit out of the exam schedules this week, with students hoping that their answer scripts would somehow self-combust.

3. That done, student community is left with BITSAT and TNPCEE, both of which they hope will write themselves.

4. Pramod Mahajan, BJP General Secretary, shot thrice at point-blank range by his brother Pravin Mahajan, died today after battling against death for 12 days. For more scoop, catch this.

5. With Elections in Tamil Nadu a mere 5 days away, campaigns are going strong with all parties (except may be Lok Paritran) pulling out all stops – free rice, colour TV’s, free basic amenities…et al. For more scoop, catch this and this.

6. Freakspace achieves a record for itself. 63 comments on this post and 78 comments on this one – highest yet on this blog thanks mostly to FreakLord and Sagaro. πŸ˜€

7. David Blaine, celebrated illusionist, lowers himself into a sphere of water and intends staying submerged for a week. Thereafter, he’ll try his hand at the World Record for holding breath underwater. The current record is 8 minutes 58 seconds. Blaine hopes to make that 9 minutes. His most famous stunt was the 44 days he spent in a glass box suspended above the river Thames.

8. Weather in Chennai seems to have confused itself. It, seemingly, has initiated an exchange program with Weather in Africa. Or may be it just discovered Thermal Equilibrium. Temperatures here seem to be raising the mercury and a lot of tempers beyond endurance.

9. Kaavya Viswanathan, episodical literary marvel and Harvard sophomore, was found appropriating passages from two authors – Megan McCafferty and Sophie Kinsella – in her book How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild and Got a Life. Her publishers have withdrawn her whopping $500,000 two-book contract and Dream Works have dropped the rights to an How Opal… movie. I’m sure she dreamt of her work flying off the shelves – but not like this!

10. Much awaited release of Gautam’s Vettaiyadu Vilayaadu is postponed once again from May 5 to May 12. Damn!! For more scoop, catch this.

A field day for cross-linking. Yay!! πŸ™‚

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77 Comments leave one →
  1. Anonymous permalink
    May 3, 2006 8:03 PM

    You forgot to mention who got the most boring blog award.

  2. sagarohttp://gapp.wordpress.com permalink
    May 3, 2006 9:18 PM

    Pravin is a fool. Point blank and he didnt get even one on pramod’s head. He shot 5 rounds, got only three. And that too he used a cheap revolver, he should have used a 7.64 mm full metal jacket… and the family still says he is not mentally disturbed… sheesh get a life mahajans. The guy is a goner.

  3. May 3, 2006 9:25 PM

    @anon:
    who did?? πŸ˜€

    @sagaro:
    i gather you don’t particularly feel for mahajan!! πŸ˜›

  4. Velocity permalink
    May 3, 2006 9:35 PM

    Kaavya’s contracts got withdrawn? And the film rights too? Sheesh. Didn’t know.

  5. sagarohttp://gapp.wordpress.com permalink
    May 3, 2006 9:50 PM

    @S:
    Nah! not at all. I mean they are the dumbest lot. Pravin actually ahd a 7.64 clibre full metal jacket…but he used a lousy revolver. They are all dumb I say. 3 exit wounds…and where on the pancreas and liver. The guy must ahve got his biology wrong…. “The brain is in the head and not on his pounch dear ol fela.”

  6. sagarohttp://gapp.wordpress.com permalink
    May 3, 2006 9:52 PM

    @Velocity:
    Talking of dumb family. Kavya is one dumb chick. But I am on her side… she doesnt deserve this brutallity. She is Hawt maan! and HAWT people dont deserve such bad lives…

  7. Ajit permalink
    May 3, 2006 10:43 PM

    Where am I??.. This aint the freakspace I have on my blogroll!! Running out of stuff to write are we??.. Hmm..:-)

  8. Anonymous permalink
    May 3, 2006 11:21 PM

    take a guess

  9. sathyahttp://techwiz.rediffblogs.com permalink
    May 4, 2006 2:11 AM

    hi suraksha,
    hey ur blog’s pretty kewl….
    and the bhopal gas tragedy(the ad on the top right of ur page).wish we could do something about it… and i mean it as a GUY who was born on 2-12 – 1984….

    reading ur posts, considering that my sim was bought in Mlr(so very near Manipal) i should be careful if at all i choose to visit TN πŸ˜€

    sathya

  10. aninonymous permalink
    May 4, 2006 9:33 AM

    suraksha has tranformed her blog in to an online news paper come on this is ridiculous think of something that you cant read in the newspaper everyday

  11. Niranjan permalink
    May 4, 2006 10:44 AM

    i agree with anin,v r not 3 yr olds 4 u to condense the days latest news n stick it on ur blog to make easy reading.i do get a paper at home n am cranially incapable of reading the damn thing.(in case u were not aware)

  12. May 4, 2006 10:45 AM

    @velocity:
    yeah…coz more plagiarising charges were slapped on her!!

    @sagaro:
    itz paunch btw…wrong spelling πŸ˜›

    and hawt or not….shez the dumbest female i’ve heard of…she should’ve known better!! and she bloody deserves every bit of what she’s getting!! πŸ˜›

    @ajit:
    yeah….my muse has deserted me!! i’m ruined!! πŸ˜›

    @sathya:
    thanks!! u could always do wat my friend did…there’s a certain sadistic fun in tat!! πŸ˜€

    @niranjan:
    cranially incapable??!! :O wow….something must be getting to you!! you actually do self public damage??? πŸ˜€

    @everyone:
    please please pardon me for this apology of a post!! πŸ˜›

    nothing terribly exciting seems to be happening in life – AND my muse has absconded!!! πŸ˜›

  13. Abhi! permalink
    May 4, 2006 11:19 AM

    (2) and (3) good luck with the rest and the results πŸ™‚

    (4) Pramod Mahajan was a nice enough guy. One of those few politicians who spoke well!! Din’t deserve this at all !

    (5)Lok paritran can go jump! They’ll lose their deposits even !! No prizes for guessing where my vote goes!

    (6) Freakspace? i hv still linked u as musings πŸ˜›

    (7) blaine is a madman

    (8)Chennai hasnt been bad for the last 2 days. before tht, unbearable

    (9) Plagiarism and all tht.. Kaavya has apologised. She can pay royalty and live peacefully.. And yes, She is HOT. AMEN!!

    (10) it was supp to release april. now even may 12 sounds ambitious (inside sources u see)

  14. May 4, 2006 11:21 AM

    @abhi:
    please make necessary changes on ur blog!! regarding my blog’s identity that is!!

    abt VV – tatz awful!! was so looking forward to the film!!

  15. sagarohttp://gapp.wordpress.com permalink
    May 4, 2006 1:38 PM

    @S:
    You missed the mistake in ‘fellow’ :p
    W VV it took a second…

    You ask Soumi to remove the spelling veri and you have it in you blog… sheesh…

  16. May 4, 2006 1:44 PM

    @sagaro:
    fela can be taken as slang…like gotta/outta/gal etc πŸ˜€

    and i put word verif coz i got 4 spam comments this morning!! and here i was thinking that finally spammers were extinct!! πŸ˜›

    me don’t like word verif…will remove it in some time πŸ™‚

  17. Anand permalink
    May 4, 2006 2:18 PM

    Ok, what crap people cribbing about newspaper blog and all… i didn’t know Mahajan had dies or Vettaiyadu Vilayadu had cupped it again and all… thanks for the info.
    Kaavya of course, i was following closely… Sheesh, Men and Hot women πŸ™‚

  18. May 4, 2006 2:20 PM

    @anand:
    are u different?? if u are…i salute you!! πŸ™‚

  19. sagarohttp://gapp.wordpress.com permalink
    May 4, 2006 4:31 PM

    @S:
    FP

  20. Niranjan permalink
    May 4, 2006 5:08 PM

    that was intended as sarcasm,u seem to b a bit dimmer than usual,i’ve got a strange feeling the heat’s getting to u.drink lots of water n stay indoors in the daytime

  21. Paddyman permalink
    May 4, 2006 6:31 PM

    sorry a bit late on this. A lot of things happen EVERYDAY , this is quite a busy world. That is why we have news channels and papers. Ahem not to say taht the post didnt offer some very er..exciting insights on some of the topics..

    (the joke about tnpcee and bitsat(no, dont go and reread the post again) was funneee)

    This is your blog and you can do whatever you want with it i agree but..why I cant think of a reason why anyone would want to demolish their own blog..

    And i also notice your blog is getting trashed more often recently. Any correlation ? I wonder..

  22. May 4, 2006 11:46 PM

    @niranjan:
    in case u didn’t notice, you’ve written cranially INCAPABLE!!! :O

    @paddy:
    i’m dense or watever….but i didn’t get half of wat you said!! :O

  23. Soumya permalink
    May 5, 2006 12:03 AM

    ahhhh! thx for the publicity:)

  24. May 5, 2006 12:04 AM

    @sou:
    no problemo!! πŸ™‚

  25. kausikram krishnasayee permalink
    May 5, 2006 12:25 AM

    u missed out on modi calling for a curfew and then saying “STOP VIOLENCE”

  26. May 5, 2006 12:26 AM

    @mark:
    lol!!
    just put in first 10 things that came to mind for the heck of it!! πŸ˜›

  27. Paddyman permalink
    May 5, 2006 1:25 AM

    yeah.. dense is the word im looking for

  28. FREAKLORD permalink
    May 5, 2006 8:32 AM

    hmm.. i see the quality of your blog is inversly proportional to its quality..
    I expect about 100 comments on this one..

    dcebguj 😦

  29. Niranjan permalink
    May 5, 2006 10:07 AM

    INcapable was part of the damn sarcasm.cos thats what u seem to have assumed.must i go 4 my hammer or will this explanation do?
    @rushi:dense? the amazon doesnt stand a chance against us…(assuming the amazon is dense,geography was never my thing)

  30. May 5, 2006 10:07 AM

    @freak:
    you meant quality n quantity??

  31. Freakatronic permalink
    May 5, 2006 2:29 PM

    Hey, way to STEAL THE TITLE OF MY BLOG!! Rahaha! Nah, kidding. Chillax.

  32. May 5, 2006 5:21 PM

    I do not care to speak!!
    I will not care to speak!!

  33. May 5, 2006 5:36 PM

    @freakatronic:
    freakspace has always been and will continue to be my identity!! πŸ˜€

    @me:
    you just spoke: πŸ˜›

  34. FREAKLORD permalink
    May 6, 2006 11:18 AM

    oh sorry sorry… it was quality and the number of coments πŸ™‚

    rfokaiu:(

  35. May 6, 2006 11:19 AM

    @freak:
    yeah figured….i think the same myself!!

  36. hamsini permalink
    May 6, 2006 6:40 PM

    Neat Update!Congrats on your Ford Fiesta!!

    You guys are still having exams??????

    And yeah, totally agree on the weather bit, but somehow it hasn’t been ALL that bad the past few days!!

    Go Amma!!!!:D:D:D

    And blow Kaavya Vishwanathan, whatever said and done, and however hot that woman is, it was abusing the art and unacceptable!!!!!

  37. May 6, 2006 7:55 PM

    @hamsini:
    thanks!! πŸ™‚

    and abt kaavya – roger that!!! πŸ˜€

  38. Sagarohttp://gapp.wordpress.com permalink
    May 7, 2006 8:47 AM

    @Hamsini:
    Read opal mehta and then you might have a change of mind…

    The plot is entirely different. So is almost everything except for 22 paras. And what more, the 22 paras dont even in any way affect the plot. Lets take shostakovich – considered a great music composer till date… he internalized 15 seconds of Ludwig Van… and people dont call it plagiarism nor do they call it abusing an art. Its called quoting. Why? for that matter havent you read novels which quote shakespear… If you want a list of books which took stuff from shakespear search wikipedia… there are a ton books and cant quote them all here… And on that note, salman rushdie who was harsh on Kavya, in many of hsi books quoted Shakespear and Issac Asimov… His verdict is totally unacceptable…

    Just that sloppy first’s author is a third rate author and thought this was the best way to make money…

    When you write a fiction, you set up a background, a theme, a land, a situation… now one of the para which is common to both those guys says “there were 170 shops on the street.. bla bla”. Well it just means Kavya’s fictional land borrows from an already exsisting fictional land… which is totally acceptable…

    And I wouldnt miss a book as good as opal (which unlike sloppy firsts managed to climb the amazon charts) just becas I am prejudiced against Kavya and her beauty πŸ˜›

    And Sureksuha:
    Spell errors were made on purpose :p

  39. May 7, 2006 11:11 AM

    @sagaro:
    you don’t ever give up do you??! πŸ™‚

    and watz with you and ludwig van and rossini and shostakvich??!! :O

    and FYI, when quoting/taking instances/passages/whatever people generally have something called an ACKNOWLEDGEMENT in their books. Kaavya’s book has NONE. and that therefore is PLAGIARISM and not merely QUOTING!! :O

    and btw itz not just 22 paras and sloppy firsts – its over FORTY paras and Megan McCafferty(sloppy firsts), Meg Cabot(Princess Diaries), Salman Rushdie AND Sophie Kinsella!!! :O :O

    and to see just HOW similar the paras are, i suggest u google ’em and read!! πŸ™‚

    and NO ONE is prejudiced against her beauty – shez hawt alrite!! but tatz no excuse for wat she’s done!! πŸ™‚

    and bleddy you!!!! itz SURAKSHA!!!!!! :O :O :O

  40. aninonymous permalink
    May 7, 2006 12:08 PM

    bloody hell!!! 39 comments for this post sigh!!! kaavya isnt good looking(i have willed myself not to insult tha word ‘hawt’) for heavens sake….

  41. Sagarohttp://gapp.wordpress.com permalink
    May 7, 2006 12:17 PM

    @S:
    Well when you quote a great work of art you dont acknowledge it. for instance Salaman rushdie didnt acknowledge Shakespear in his book, nor did he acknowledge Isaac Asimov. Again Shostakovich didnt Acknowledge Ludwig Van… But here Sloppy Firsts is not a great piece of art… point taken. But still if it were a great work of literature then it was ok for Kavya to quote it…

    Ok lets assume, tomorrow I come up with a book called Hagrid. I set the stage of harry potter era. Well since JKR is so famous now, I dont have to put it in my acknowledgement pages. I can directly lift some passages from the book for instance the once discribing the castle etc etc. But not the plot.

    Why do you peeps care about the wrapper and not the chocolate inside it… The plot has nothing to do with the rest of the books… the 40 paras (FYI I have read all of them) dont even affect the plot by a kilometer.

    BTW the Ludwig Van and Shostakovich is just to show that art can internalize… and still be great.

    @Anin:
    Lol

  42. May 7, 2006 1:36 PM

    @sagaro:
    but u said it urself – itz not a great piece of literature!!

    anyway…catch today’s literary review in the hindu…some more controversies seemed to have stemmed! πŸ˜€

  43. Sagarohttp://gapp.wordpress.com permalink
    May 7, 2006 3:57 PM

    @S:
    Courier me the paper :p
    I stopped buying The Hindu. IE is far better. They do investigative journalism, unlike Hindu… And another reason is they have Amit Verma, Mir Ehsan, Varghese George…etc… those peeps’ reports are brilliant…

    And also they are not biased to DMK… After that N.Ram arrest warrent, Hindu is talchoking AIDMK… Not that I am an AIDMK supporter…but still its a hopeless paper.

  44. Paddyman permalink
    May 8, 2006 12:46 AM

    huh..so when did lifting 44 paras come under “quoting” ??! I must say, that would have been one long quote.

    And 40 paras in a book that dont affect the plot ? Some book…

    And well no one might stop you from lifting from other authors’ works..its just your originality quotient which might suffer a bit. Being paid half a million for that is cool though.

    Oh and Im also interested, what about the “unintentional quoting” or whatever she tried to cover up with ?

    Copying is bad. Getting caught red-handed is worse. Not admitting even after all this is…well it just shows god was a lot less liberal with the grey matter with you.

    And anin i agree with you, she isnt “hawt” !!

  45. May 8, 2006 8:18 AM

    @paddy:
    ROGER THAT!!!!!! πŸ˜€

    finally someone who can see sense!! πŸ™‚

  46. Sagarohttp://gapp.wordpress.com permalink
    May 8, 2006 12:11 PM

    @paddyman:
    Well 44 paras in a book is nothing. you know the blurb of the book is enough to coastline the plot. Sheesh… Plot is very small machan. The rest of the paras just create a story around the plot. For instance paras which talk about the description of the room doesnt by any chance affect the plot. And over here the plot is unique… not the plot of sloppy firsts.

    And dont give me bull about you hate the book cauze she copied 44 paras. Get a life, all movies are like that… they copy from some old english movie… And you pay 100 bucks and go watch it…even though the plot is same. Here atleast the plot is different.

    Go read it first da.

  47. May 8, 2006 3:07 PM

    @sagaro:
    there’s this not-very-hep girl, she needs to get a life, she does get a very cool social life and then goes back to her frumpy clothes n what not and the “plot” ends on a whole feel-good-about-whoever-you-are note!!

    wow….so unique!!! i swear i’ve never heard of this before!!

  48. Sagarohttp://gapp.wordpress.com permalink
    May 8, 2006 3:37 PM

    @S:
    Seri free a vedu. All prejudiced people…:P no point arguing with u peeps. And also dont want to argue… Schumi just nailed Alonso… Celebrating πŸ˜€

  49. May 8, 2006 3:57 PM

    @sagaro:
    ippo dhan urupadiya edho sollirukka!! πŸ˜›

  50. Sagarohttp://gapp.wordpress.com permalink
    May 8, 2006 4:12 PM

    Being the kind and generous person that I am… of good of my heart in all good spirits here is the fifty πŸ˜›

  51. May 8, 2006 4:14 PM

    @sagaro:
    you ROCK ROCK ROCK!!!!!! πŸ˜€ thanks!!

    *applause applause*

  52. FREAKLORD permalink
    May 8, 2006 6:46 PM

    2nd half century.. hmm..

  53. FREAKLORD permalink
    May 8, 2006 6:47 PM

    48 more to go

  54. FREAKLORD permalink
    May 8, 2006 6:48 PM

    half century that too with word verif on.. not a bad achievement..

  55. FREAKLORD permalink
    May 8, 2006 6:48 PM

    for such a low quality post some more..

  56. FREAKLORD permalink
    May 8, 2006 6:49 PM

    i ll help u reach 100..

  57. FREAKLORD permalink
    May 8, 2006 6:49 PM

    just to prove my point..

  58. FREAKLORD permalink
    May 8, 2006 6:50 PM

    though I dont really have to..

  59. FREAKLORD permalink
    May 8, 2006 6:51 PM

    but still

  60. FREAKLORD permalink
    May 8, 2006 6:52 PM

    there.. 60! 40 more to go!

    what I had to go through:

    wrtefmweovfkemdvfkndsklgrjemnrnvfkskekfklaskldkfknvwqwrpdmvcpwkdfmvnfmvndkdmvrwsqwada

  61. Anand permalink
    May 8, 2006 7:22 PM

    Why am I The Man and The Blog???? πŸ™‚

  62. May 8, 2006 7:36 PM

    @freak:
    why thank you!! i’m sure you did this out of pure frustration!! :))

    @anand:
    i dunno…jus had a good ring to it…and seemed apt for you!! πŸ™‚

  63. Sagarohttp://gapp.wordpress.com permalink
    May 8, 2006 8:29 PM

    Check it out… Freak to the rescue and all… :p

  64. Sagarohttp://gapp.wordpress.com permalink
    May 9, 2006 1:53 PM

    David Blain…thas all… pulled out after 7 minutes… was weeping…sheesh.

  65. May 9, 2006 2:10 PM

    @sagaro:
    damn!! but can’t really blame him….7 days in water…hurting physically…damned near possible that he might’ve died!!

    one crazy guy he is!! :O

  66. FREAKLORD permalink
    May 9, 2006 3:22 PM

    pure frustration? yes frustration and a liberal amount of boredom…

  67. FREAKLORD permalink
    May 9, 2006 3:22 PM

    and ofcourse the willingness to help…

  68. FREAKLORD permalink
    May 9, 2006 3:23 PM

    generosity of heart

  69. FREAKLORD permalink
    May 9, 2006 3:25 PM

    a kind soul..

  70. FREAKLORD permalink
    May 9, 2006 3:25 PM

    all contributed..

  71. Niranjan permalink
    May 9, 2006 3:28 PM

    freaklord,u amaze me,joblessness is contagious..ur intentions r of course touching:-)

  72. May 9, 2006 3:29 PM

    @freak:
    i’m touched!!!! really!! πŸ™‚

    @niranjan:
    roger!! :O

  73. FREAKLORD permalink
    May 9, 2006 3:32 PM

    71.. a prime.. nice number.. i dunno waht to say… so i ll stop here.. congrats! ur highest comment count yet! πŸ˜€

  74. Sagarohttp://gapp.wordpress.com permalink
    May 9, 2006 4:31 PM

    @S:
    So how much do you pay Freaklord πŸ˜›

    Deperation…

  75. FREAKLORD permalink
    May 10, 2006 7:58 AM

    mukkal century!
    i said i ll stop.. so i stopped. but then u asked me to stop. so i decided to stopped stopping. now i ll stop stopping stopping.

    and @sagaro
    some ppl are so desperate arent they? what to do…

  76. FREAKLORD permalink
    May 10, 2006 8:05 PM

    hey ya thanks for the mention! just noticed.. am honoured! πŸ˜€
    and make it 77.

  77. May 10, 2006 10:57 PM

    @freak:
    menshun not!! πŸ˜‰

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