Friday, February 24, 2012

I Cheated...My Confession!

I first saw her at my cousin Zorams place about 5 years ago and I must say it was love at first sight. My cousin introduced us, Zakk meet “Jamie, shes from Ireland", I stood there like a fool, speechless, she had me at hello! I sat down a little shy and watched her and her friends sitting on the table (they all looked gorgeous, wearing nothing but skimpy labels, covering just enough to drive you crazy).

I thought to myself 'I must look like a fool to them, sitting here all nervous and shy, I've got to do something', so I stood up went to the table and held her in my hands, looked at her and said you're the one for me and made a large peg, on the rocks! Yes I'm talking about Jameson Irish whiskey we call her Jamie :-). From that day on I knew that I would never love another for as long as I lived. We spent the whole evening together, laughing and flirting and then I took her home, she tasted like nothing I've ever had before, she was sexy, smooth and simple but yet so complicated. I was in love...until I cheated on her yesterday.

The thing about men and relationships is that when given the chance under the right circumstances we would cheat, and jump on the opportunity like a frog in distress. Yes I said it, sue me! I love Jamie, no doubt about it, but when you've been with someone for so long, you tend to take them for granted, and with the Rs. 1600 I spend on her every week, plus the never ending Student Loan, car loan, credit card payment, there was a recession in my wallet. Plus when you have friends that keep saying “have you tried her?, shes cheap, but she tastes divine” it starts to get to you (I have bad friends).

Anyway, so there I was in the liquor store yesterday as usual to get Jamie after work, I walked in, saw Jamie there on the 3rd shelf (she still looked gorgeous) and something happened to me I cant explain, I walked passed her aisle and went straight to the next one eyes half closed. I walked up and down wondering what the hell was wrong with me? It was then that my eyes fell on Glen, her worst enemy (Glen Drummond). Now Glen is from Scotland and shes single(malt) and hot as hell, looked as beautiful as she did the last time I met her, (we used to have a thing back in the day till she disappeared). Glen was seriously flirting with me again! I was confused, what do I do? I missed her, but I love Jamie. And then somehow some random guy came in and blocked my view of Jamie, so I picked Glen up, and we quickly walked towards my car, hoping no one had seen us. I sat her on the front seat and took her home. As we sat together, old feelings started to come back and trust me when I say it was a magical night.

But as they say, all good things must come to an end. I woke up today realizing that I had cheated on someone I promised to love forever, would she ever forgive me? I thought to myself. I was disgusted, and felt like a low down, classless, cross border cheating punk that needed to be kicked in the balls! (wait maybe not the balls, a little to the left) rephrase “I felt like a low down classless cross border cheating punk that needed to be kicked in the thigh”. But will she ever forgive me, will we ever be able to go back to how it was before I met Glen? Only time will tell.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

My Evolution

I never knew what I wanted to be ever since I was a kid. I remember my first ambition was to be a Pastor, then that changed to a Scientist, then I wanted to learn Martial Arts and teach Kung Fu. And then I got into senior high school and it changed to an Economist which evolved to a Chartered Accountant and I remember in my High School graduation speech I said I wanted to be a Mathematician (I don't think I impressed anyone). After a while I decided that music was my line, but that didn't last very long either, so I switched to wanting to be nothing (maybe that's why I flipped a coin to decide what to take in college Arts or Commerce, talk about smart ideas).

I really don't remember much of my college days (I don't think there was much to remember except a few very good friends Mafela, Hminga RIP. Salim Khan, Johnte) but in my final year of College my English professor suggested that I give Advertising a try. Imagine the excitement on my face, but I didn't know anyone in the advertising industry, definitely not any Mizo. So the genius in me decided that getting an MBA in marketing was the best way to get into Advertising. And like 'Joseph' would say every time we made a wrong decision, “everything was fine until you decided to be smart”... I decided to be smart and wasted 2 years and ended up working in the finance department at Samsung. WTF? How the hell did I get from the dream of being a copywriter to Finance, with a Marketing degree?

But fate has a way of messing with you before getting you to where you're meant to be. Because just when I was at my lowest point, I got a shot at MRM (McCann Worldgroup thanks to Rahul Mathur & Kush Grover and not to forget the rest of the team Pranay, Ritu, Titu). Joined as an intern for close to a year for a measly Rs. 6000 PM, but that didn't matter, coz I was later confirmed. I was there, finally reached my dream. I had never been happier in my life and as I sit here writing about it, I can still feel it, and to be honest I think that moment will stay forever in my head as my proudest moment.

The Aftermath

Working with brands like Hero Honda, Airtel, MetLife, Nestle, Videocon, Mobil etc. was exciting. But as time goes by, you find yourself in your desk from 10 am at 6 am way too often, you find yourself completely drained out, defeated, unmotivated and pissed off almost all the time (Sometimes I actually wake up angry, I don't even know what I'm mad at, but I just wake up angry). But every once in a while you experience “Joygasm”, I call it that because the joy you experience when you see your work, design, idea out there, appreciated... it feels good as the second half of the word, it's Jizz wonderful.(bad joke but I like it)

But the truth is that once you've fallen in love with the advertising industry, there's no 'getting back to how you were before you met', it's one relationship that lasts a lifetime. It changes the way you think, the way you look at problems, it makes you stronger and gives you confidence, but most of all it teaches you that the truth is not out there its in you.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The Big 'O' in India - Part 1

You vile, dirty minded beast, if you're reading this post just because of the title, you should be ashamed of yourself. I cant even imagine what you must have googled to get here, but now that you're here let me welcome you to my blog. Stay a while read along and you might just find something you like :-) (that's a smiley if you didn't know)
Anyway, getting back to the big O, I have often wondered why every other car branding in India ends with an 'O' eg. Xylo, Alto, Bolero, Scorpio, Aveo, Figo, Vento, Punto, Brio, Santro, Eeco, Estilo, Rio, Nano, Sumo, Montero, and the list goes on. I would not be surprised if the next MUV is named 'Homo', Why you ask? Well because its a sedan that looks like an SUV and it can take in a lot of luggage from the back (sick joke I know and I apologize).
But seriously, Is this where our creativity begins and ends, why the O? Did somebody do a research on it or maybe they all went to the same pandit/guru to name their car (which reminds me the Glycodin Tvc), I don't know, and the best part is I don't even know why it bothers me so much. Maybe its because I've owned a Santro and now a Figo and would like to buy a Polo some time in the near future. Now if you put all the names together they would sound like names of siblings.
Now I'm not saying it's bad, all I'm saying is can we have a little variety?

Monday, February 6, 2012

Kuchh Nai Delux Scotch Whiskey Review

I am what you would call a self proclaimed amateur whiskey connoisseur. After almost 15 years of drinking almost anything that is slightly reddish in color and can give you a high to some of the finest whiskey available, my evolution to where I am now has been a bitter sweet experience.
Enough of my drinking history and lets get straight to the subject in hand 'Kuchh Nai Dlux Scotch Whiskey'. I first heard about this strange whiskey/scotch from Charles Darkim (lets not get into details about him) ever since he told me about it, I've been looking in vain for it at almost every Theka (Liquor Store) I know in Delhi. And who would have known that a dry day in Delhi would lead me to the infamous Kuchh Nai at a tiny Theka (Liquor Store) on the outskirts of Gurgaon (everything happens for a reason).
Looking at the bottle took me back to the first time I bought a Gi-Joe action figure (so happy sniff sniff..). A bottle set me back Rs. 1300(Gurgaon) not too bad. Quickly drove back to my house in Darya Ganj (a grueling 30 km drive) rushed to my dining table for the moment of truth.

About Kuchh Nai:
Blended and Bottled in Scotland
40% alcohol by volume
Available in 750ml bottles

Owners: Kuchh Nai Marketing, Lion House, Bridge Road, Southall, Middlesex UB2 4AB

1.Bottling: Could have been better, but I've learned to look beyond the bottle.
2.Opening Aroma: Creamy, hints of vanilla but not too strong (so far so good J)
3.First Glass - without water: Quite confused, the hints of vanilla and caramel disappeared as fast as they came, sweet but short after taste, the spirit is overwhelming.
4.Second Glass - on the rocks: The ice really brings out the flavors in the first few sips, but as they melt the flavors are lost way too soon.
5.Third Glass – a dash of water: Not impressed at all.

Verdict: hmmmm... didn't live up to my expectations (though I had no idea what to expect). Kuchh Nai is one of the strangest whiskey I've had, its confusing, lacks texture and flavor but not very bad at all. If you smoke then I'd suggest you smoke lights with it, regular or strong cigarettes would kill the faint flavors it has to offer. I'd also suggest drinking it on the rocks, 2 rocks max for a 30ml drink any more that that and you would probably want to slap yourself (nobody likes tasteless colored water).

You could probably get better blended scotch/whiskey like Black & White, Dewar and Jameson etc. in the Rs.1000 to 1500 range but I wouldn't go so far as to say that Kuchh Nai is exactly what the name says (Kuchh Nai means - Nothing), it is definitely worth a try, at least 'Once' in your lifetime.

Now getting back to Charles, If you're reading this, come over and lets finish this damn bottle together. I have to give u a piece of my mind!