Archive for December, 2009

*All names have been changed to protect the identity of the people involved.

It started as any other day. I had slept only 3 hours the previous night and felt out-of-sync. Everything looked and felt the same, my pc was still low on RAM making me unable to even open a browser, and I went on my usual morning walk to get water and in between socializing with people. I filled the glass, walked to my friend in #Gantters team for our usual morning chit chat.

She asked if I like to eat dark chocolate and showed me an exquisitely packed Lindt bar. Since, I had a sore throat, at first I declined but then took a mm bit of it. As soon as I put it into my mouth, the whole world seemed like a colorful place, I saw the rainbow, the unicorns flying and realized that Life is Beautiful. However, in real life I must’ve made a weird facial expression which prompted #GantterFriend to tell me that yes it’s pure dark chocolate but it’s unlike any other dark chocolate and we discussed its potential uses in cakes or cookies. At the same time, I saw my #Neighbor_1 roaming around and asked him to come. I asked my #GantterFriend to offer #Neighbor_1 the chocolate. He took it with a smile, put it on his mouth, gave us a look and left while we were literally dancing with laughter.

Back at my seat, I told my #Neighbor_2 about the whole episode (after deciding about not playing the prank on him..The (A) me) but did tell him to try it out because the chocolate taste is so out-of-the-world! After the morning episode, I had forgotten all about it till I met #GantterFriend on the way to lunch with my friend from the #Alien team. She had the chocolate in her hand and told me that similar scene had occurred when she offered the chocolate piece to a friend in #Flora team. People would just eat and then literally run or disappear. The (6) bulb went on in my head and I told my #AlienFriend_1 to try it out. She did the same by walking out on me for lunch. At lunch, I decided to try this experiment with #AlienFriend_2 who ate the whole thing saying since it’s rizq she wouldn’t throw it.

After that started the whole scheming on who to target next? I picked a few victims and #Neighbor_1 and #Neighbor_2 gave their own ideas. They wanted me to try on #Cat which I refused to do. At the same time, a friend from the #ChatterBox team turned up. He took 3 pieces but ended up only eating one and instead of disappearing like others started telling the names of the people who would love to eat it. And then, a call was made to a friend in #Bird team to come discuss an assignment. And it was decided, I’ll offer the chocolate to him. Before the whole discussion, I had voiced the idea that it would’ve been really cool if we had made a video of the whole as the facial expressions on everybody faces were priceless! And so we ended up having the video of #Bird_1 eating the chocolate. In all, the lindt effect was tried on 21 people (including me). From that only a single person loved it and ate 4 pieces whereas the other 20 did the following: spat it out, went and gargled their mouth, drank lots of liquids, ate something sweet, gave us the look, threatened us (me..since I was the one going around offering) with dire consequences, asked if the chocolate had expired, questioned the mental state and so on. The interesting part is that once a person had been victimized he would offer his services by listing others on whom the effect could be tried. And we did have one popular demand ;):) And yes, credit must be given the ways by not swearing in front of me 🙂

Lindt Excellence 99% Dark Chocolate

Lindt Excellence 99% Dark Chocolate

Anyways, the chocolate being discussed over here in Lindt Dark Chocolate which contains 99% cocoa which literally means that it’s almost in the pure form. Dark chocolates are bitter sweet but it was only bitter and it tasted…well, its taste can’t be explained. You just have to eat it and decide:)! As for me, I have decided to lay low for a while and stop accepting eating stuff from others.

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Being a bit of a geek, I follow the latest development in technology. I don’t have the latest cell phone, neither believe that I can’t live without the newest, coolest gadget as if my life depends on it, nor do I get impressed much by every new happening in the techy world.  

MacBook Air

MacBook Air

 

BUT I do go gaga over Apple products (and I still don’t have any of them either! :(). I find Air book amazingly beautiful;  love the screen adjustments in iPod  

iPod

iPod

 

 and then there’s iPhone 

iPhone

iPhone

 

(still not available in Pakistan!). The fonts, the screen, the style, the thinness, the overall look everything spells C-L-A-S-S in Apple. 

And so, I’ve always assumed that I’ll buy a mac book whenever I decide on getting a laptop. A few days back, auby and I tried playing an online game from our respective homes. But since my home pc is super cool, nothing worked and we ended up having a discussion on upgrading the pc and I told him about my fantasy of buying an airbook. Anyways, a few days later while we were researching laptops, I came to realize that Air book is way too expensive. For double the configuration, I could get a decent DELL/HP laptop for less then half the price! The only thing missing would be the cuteness and the class 😦 

Hit by the reality check of performance-cost-look and the answering the simple question of why I even need a laptop made me put things in perspective. I would still love to get an air book, and if somebody is listening at Apple, could you guys please lower the price to make them affordable and justify the cost OR better gift me one(A).

Note: This post is a bit late but better late then never in appreciating what’s amazing in our part of the world:)!

Aisam ul Haque

Aisam ul Haque

While attending a training session, I receive a text message from a friend informing me that Aisam has beaten Federer. The Federer fan that I’m I knew he had a doubles match at Basel Open the day before but I never checked his opponents. So it was really surprising and truly a colon D moment for me that a doubles team including a Pakistan player managed to beat a team which consisted of the # 1 singles player in tennis. It was a great feat and goes on to show that our players can accomplish more if given the right support and guidance. Aisam has been winning a few titles here and there at small scale tournaments but I do hope that we get a better infrastructure for producing superior players in tennis.

Mohammad Aamer

Mohammad Aamer

Next on the list are two youngsters who have created quiet a ripple in the Pakistani cricket. Mohammad Aamer,  17-year old who made his debut in both ODI and Test this career not only bowls well but was instrumental in a face-saving loss of just 7 runs for Pakistan when he made 73* last month. His phenomenal partnership with Saeed Ajmal of 103 runs is the 2nd highest ODI partnership for the 10th icket. He has created quiet a stir with his bowling and I wonder what heights he’ll reach if Wasim Akram mentors him.

Umar Akmal

Umar Akmal

And then there’s Umer Akmal with his brilliant batting performances. He amazed us in ODI and T20s and then went on to score 200+ runs in his debut Test match. With players like him in our team who wants to play and win matches, we can strengthen our team.

Maria Toor

Maria Toor

And fairer sex is not behind in this race for excellence. Maria Toor Pakay, a young girl from Wana, Waziristan was nominated for WISPA Young Player of the Year Award. Though she didn’t win the award in the ceremony held last week but it was an honor to be nominated for such a prestigious award. And do notice the area from where she hails. Of all the negativity we keep on hearing about that part of the country, this is one absolutely marvelous bit of news.