Wednesday, December 29, 2010


I read from WikiLeaks that its the end of year. OK! OK! Stop cursing me :)

I have 10-12 days of shutdown holidays every year around this time when both the humans and the machine take some break and "service" ourselves. I am at home all these days; I mean I didnt take a vacation off as everyone else does. But been busy cleaning the house, meeting friends and catching up on movies and reading books. I thought let me ground myself a bit after all those visiting places and countries this year.

2010 has been good for me. I did have a disappointing January though. Booked tickets to Sri Lanka and finalized all plans but had to cancel it during the nth moment due to my holiday dates collided with the Presidential election. I was sad and disappointed; but I got my dues plus bonus bonanza later part of the year. 3 countries in a span of 55 days :) ; oh yeah I am yet to start writing the travelogue of my Mauritius visit. I will soon.

Professionally and personally as well; all happy. Met new people, got closer to few people; met old friends, made new friends. Acquired wealth, knowledge and body fat :) Lost very very less of body fat, been lazy and bullied around at work. (I need to change these things)

Loads of entertainment at disposal; not from these hopeless movies but from politicians and lobbyists. Lobbying seems to yield a lot; its a glamorous profession. I am thinking of considering it as my main profession. Lots of drama -  Lalit Modi, 2G, Nira Radia, Raja, Burkha Dutt, Vir Sanghvi, CWG, Adarsh society.......(Can you believe it? As I write these nouns, the spell checker is not giving me any red wavy underlines!!. These names have become so famous and are part of international vocabulary)

But the grandest celebrity of them all was Paul the Octopus. I enjoyed the FIFA WC season, keeping awake until 2 AM sipping tea and watching the games was so much fun. Seems Julian Assange is stealing the spotlight. If 2G is giving us sleepless nights here in India, WikiLeaks are doing the same around the world.

Lobbying is the new buzz world while 2G is the latest technological wonder(sic!) Talking of techno, I liked the techno beats in Endhiran songs. ARR has done justice to the movie's theme. Mr. Rajnikant created waves and the cash boxes clunked with profit. Rajnikant's jokes and one-liners gave way to Santa-Banta jokes and they were circulated like crazy as SMSes and online. Every friend of mine in facebook had one Rajni one-liner to share.

Facebook!! I have wondered if India can produce a Mark Zuckerberg? at 26 years old, CEO of the largest growing social networking site Facebook. Facebook is changing the lives of people; its driving the ways of the world. Why cant India produce a Mark Zuckerberg? Oh the answer is obvious! Lets not reiterate it again!

Few readers want to know my name. Most of them are on my Facebook list; so its not fair on my part to keep my name in secrecy only to some people. Initially when I started to blog; I did not want to reveal my identity; my name or my photo. You know you can be tracked easily on the web and your opinions might work against you at times; especially at work. So I was skeptical; but I am fine now. I am mature enough to realize that my blog is my own private space and my opinion and reader's opinion are their own and we are not advocating it and not be used as reference elsewhere.

Yup, so my name is Bindu. As its known, the lady of the house has a final say in everything and so was in choosing my name. From Sadhana to Sapna to Lakshmi; it was finally Bindu; my mom's choice. I am named after her Marwari neighbor. Few people ask "Thats it? Is this all your name?" Fortunately of unfortunately its just Bindu with my surname of course. But I would continue to write under Insignia.

Chitra ma'am, happy? :-)

Lets all look forward to the dawn of 2011. I am sure the year is going to be exciting.

Arnab Goswami will continue to yell on TV "This is absurd. Who is going to be responsible for all the innocent Sheilas and Munnis?. India needs an answer.

Akshay Kumar will continue to torture us all with his gawky laugh and his tasteless comedy.

Karunanidhi will continue to influence the center's policy and decision making.

Telangana will continue to be politicized and Osmania University students - I hope they graduate soon.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy will continue to hold Carla Bruni's hand while walking in public and she will continue to look away.

Our Honorable PM will continue honoring the '2G' - Sonia G and Rahul G

And Insignia will continue to write. 

Good-bye 2010 and welcome 2011. I hope we will have newer and more sheep to graze and more meat to chew :) Happy and a Prosperous New Year To Ya'all


  1. ithula Insignia will continue to write... athu matum unmai... whichever happens or doesnt happen...!

  2. Hey Bindu,

    I like your name :):) Most of my teachers had this name and for a moment all their faces appeared on the screen ;)

    Hope your trip to srilanka happens very soon.

    A very happy new year!!!

    Welcome 2011 :)

  3. Our Honorable PM will continue honoring the '2G' - Sonia G and Rahul G..Best line Bindu!!!

    Happy new year!!!

  4. V.V. happy.I really liked your name. When ever I wrote comments here I had to address you by the name 'Insignia' I was feeling quite odd to do so. Now shall change to Bindu, so dear Bindu 'wishing you a Bright and prosperous New year'. I enjoy reading your posts and waiting for your travelogue.

  5. Hey for me it was insignia and wud be insignia ;) since, m so accustomed to it :). In a post u have covered almost a year :P and i am thinking frm past so many days how to do it . Great to hear that u had a good year . May God bless u with another great year ahead. Wish u a veryyyyyyy Happpy New yearrrrr!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Hary,

    Hahaha who knows? Mathdhum might be true. :)

  7. Ramya,

    Hi, Thanks a lot. :-) Oh most teachers had this name? I am not a teacher though :)
    Oh yes SL has to happen. A very happy new year to you as well :)

  8. Renu,

    :-D Hahaha. Happy New year :)

  9. chitra,

    :-) Thanks, I am glad you like my name. I know 'addressing' as Insignia is a bit weird.
    Thanks you, I wish you a very happy and prosperous new year as well :-)

    Travelogue very soon. :-)

  10. neha,

    :-) It happens. You can continue to address me as Insignia. :-P Yeah whatever came on my mind I just jotted them all.

    Thanks, wishing you a great year ahead as well. Have a bright new year :)

  11. LOL at Prez Nick and Carla!! :D
    A very happy and prosperous new year to you too, Bindu!
    Cheers :)

  12. binduuuuuuu..waahh..ooff ooff wait..leme breathe..i was reading from 1st line to last as this is a gripping post...interesting as usual buddy...cheers n wishes always

  13. Shilpa,

    :-D A very prosperous and happy happy new year to you too shilpa :)

  14. Ramesh,

    :-) Take a deep breathe :)

  15. You know , there are quite a few admirers of you , your writing and the passion you put in. And I confess I'm one such!

    And let the succeeding year be of real good to you, professionally and personally.If those aspects turn good, we can savour good blogging from you. Good luck Bindu!

  16. Bindu,

    Glad you had a wonderful 2010. Wish you the same in 2011. I know someone who always refers you as Insignia. I am sure you also know that person.

  17. LOL @ 2G thing.

    You know the weird thing is these students have been studying in Osmania for years now. I have seen a few as osmania is like 5 mins (by walk) from my home and none look like students to me. So, in conclusion they will never graduate :P.

  18. Enjoyed reading your recap. And yeah, what will be, will be :) LOL at Sonia G, Rahul G (2G!) Happy New Year to you and your family, Bindu!

  19. Phew! Now I need not type Bindu and change it to Insignia... Sigh! Ha ha ha... Nice post... Full of Energy!

  20. yeah 2010 was quite sensational when media is concerned ...
    3 countries im 55 days... wow wow :D
    where are all the pictures lady :D
    wish you too a wonderful yeah ahead :D keep writing.

  21. Akshay Kumar will continue to torture us all with his gawky laugh and his tasteless comedy. - Hilarious! :D

    Now, that I am a regular reader, each time I figure out that we share this and that in common.
    Even I was(even am) reluctant to write under my own name.

    Happy New Year to you too! n_n

  22. great way
    to sum up the year
    happy new year

  23. Good write-up saying "Good-Bye" to 2010 :)

    Happy New Year 2011

  24. 2010 is the year in which climate change had come under the spotlight more sharper than ever before. It is also the year in which Indian democracy was exposed of its main weakness -corruption at high places. As a parting New Year gift, even the the former Chief Justice of India has come under the shadow of nepotism and corruption.

    As ordinary, law-abiding people, let us continue to turn our heads away, close our eyes and drink milk like the proverbial cat.

    Happy New Year, Bindu! :)

  25. anil,

    I must say its overwhelming. I am aware that few people like the way I present the topic. But admiring? Oh my! I am honored; thanks so much for constantly encouraging me :)

    Thanks anil, I wish that 2011 is fruitful for you as well. :-)

  26. SG,

    Yes it was a wonderful year for me. Thanks so much, wish you have a great 2011 as well.
    I know the person you are referring to. I was surprised when I was asked "How did you think and conclude upon this name. I like the name Insignia a lot" :-)

  27. Harini,

    :-) I feel bad for the students seriously. They are getting into these messy political tantrums and failing to understand. They dont look like students?? Oh! maybe they are fake!

  28. RGB,

    Thank you. :-) Happy New year to you. Wish you have a great year ahead :)

  29. Raajii,

    Welcome to b Log :-) Thanks . Happy new year to you too.

  30. Gautam,

    Hahahaha. Yeah you can address me by my name :-D
    Thank you.

  31. Rajlakshmi,

    Yup! I think in future it will tend to get more sensational with all that the media is doing
    Yup! Yup! 3 countries in 55 days; i.e if I dont count the transit. Else its 5 :-D

    I am yet to share pictures of Mauritius yet. US and Costa Rica - I have already shared them :)

    Wish you have a great year ahead :)

  32. Enigma,

    :-D :-D

    Its pleasantly weird that we share many things in common. That reluctance is understandable and justifiable. You will grow out of it soon; just like me :-)

    A very happy new year to you :)

  33. sm,

    thank you. happy new year to you too

  34. Jarlin Parul,

    Thanks, glad you liked it :)
    Happy new year to you as well :)

  35. Bala,

    As we all know that these are just the tip of an iceberg.
    Thats the best thing we could do; and yeah blog and dissect it as well.

    A very happy new year to you too Bala, wish you have a great year ahead :)

  36. hey,

    Like many others I was also keen to know your name and it came as a surprise in this post. well, never expected it.
    At the start when I was introduced to your blog(from a fellow blogger) I assumed your name was Insignia only..but then some sense got to me and I thought, this can't be someone's name.
    Definitely you would continue writing and we would continue reading your blogs.
    Happy New Year. :)

  37. hey wish u a very HAPPY NEW YEAR....have a gr8 blogging year ahead....;)
    keep writing...:)

  38. Happy New Year.

    Interesting not talk abotu Akshay Kumar...sorry

    Just came back last night at 1AM from a trip. Will write on trip.

  39. Anurag,

    Hahahaha I wish it were my name :-P

    Happy new year to you :)

  40. clouds,

    Happy new year to you as well :)

  41. A,

    Very happy new year to you too and congrats on completing a year of blogging. he your favorite? :-)

    Hope you had an awesome vacation.

  42. superbly compiled..:) :)

    sorry for staying away from ur blog..:) I did miss a couple of posts..ull know why :P :D

    happy new year!

  43. Madhu,

    Thank you. Thats ok, you are pardoned :-P

    Happy New Year to you :)

  44. Anu,

    Happy New year to you too :)

  45. Shesha,

    Happy New year to you too :)

  46. wish you a very happy new year :)

    for me, on B Log, you will always be Insignia. it somehow gives me a good feeling to know two identities of a person..weird right? :P

    wonderful post..I had almost forgotten about football WC! so many things have happened in this year! what a year it was!

    hope u keep writing all your life..have a wonderful year ahead..cheers :)

  47. Neha,

    :-) Happy new year
    I almost forgot about soccer WC as well.

    I wish I could continue writing forever. Lets see :)

  48. Ask mama if she liked the old Mahmood song
    'Ah meri pyari Bindu, Bholi si Bindu,
    Meri Chothi si Bindu
    Bindu, re Bindu, Mujhe apna bana le..'

  49. That was a nice, quick and complete rewind of most of the things that occupied a lot of space everywhere. A very happy new year to you Bindu! :)

  50. That was a good round up.

    Akshaykumar and the likes have become a real punishment.They have succeeded in keeping me away from the Hindi movies.
    I am so much used to Insignia,and always thought there was something special about her.And I have realised you are such a special person. I belive goodness has always got to be appreciated.
    Not surprised at your fan club.

    Wishing you all the best in the years to come.

  51. Holy Lama,

    Oh yes, she did!! :)

  52. Destiny's child,

    Thanks, glad you liked it. Happy new year to you too :)

  53. dr.anthony,

    Thanks. My point as well. Likes of Akshay and the senseless stories and plots have kept me away from Hindi movies. Aah, thank you. I am honored by your words. I am lucky to have readers and friends as you; pushing me further by constantly encouraging me.

    Wishing you a great new year with loads of fun and joy :)

  54. Hi...Comming to ur blog for the first time...Very creative and interesting...cheers


  55. ashok,

    Thanks for dropping by. Glad you liked the blog.
    Keep visiting


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