Happy Diwali

October 18, 2017

Dear Ivanblogs,

Regards,

Ivan Quadras

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Happy New Year!

December 31, 2014

Dear Ivanblogs,

Few Words

November 19, 2010

Keeping up with the World Toilet Day and World Philosophy Day, as well as the Indian release of Harry Potter 7 – Part Uno, I shall keep my ramblings to a few words – Ragamuffin, Sugadaddy, Munchkin, Rumplelstiltskin! Enjoy the Calvin & Hobbes

Back in Black

November 18, 2010

Drum Roooooolllllllllllllllll!!!  Drum Rooooooooooooolllllllllllllllllllllllll!!!

Yes, people, I’m back! After hiatus of what, oh forget it, it’s been soooooooooooooo looooooooooonnnnnggggggggg that I’ve put quill to parchment, that makes me feel really nostalgic about this stuff!!! I know you guys missed me, and trust me, I missed you guys too!!! It’s just that life sometimes takes us by surprise and then through roller-coasters, and then you try to give your focused attention and concentration to the matters at hand. At times, you have to let go of stuff, always knowing that you’ll come back again, at an opportune time and moment. All right, I’m being too Kung-Fueeeeeeee (Kung Fu Panda), so I’ll cut it and say it – LOVE YOU GUYS!!!

And what better way to make a comeback – 25th anniversary of Calvin & Hobbes! The delight, the joy, of millions of readers out there – he’s simply irascible, unpredictable, and totally zany!!! Bill Watterson did a service to humanity, by putting our childhood in drawings – alright, not everyone’s childhood is as crazy as Calvin’s (mine was 🙂 ) – and the sheer joy and unbridled laughter that he brings to us through the most famous ever boy and tiger combo is simply awesome! So no writings from me this Thursday – it’s Calvin & Hobbes time! And because you’ve been such a great audience, you shall receive Calvin & Hobbes strips here daily 😀 😀 :D, till Bill Watterson sues me for copyright infringement and throws me in prison without internet access!!! Now ain’t that a come-back Bonanza!!! You are most welcome!!!

Note: This is not to take away the joy of reading Calvin & Hobbes and I do not support downloading images and reading of the net. I hope readers will enjoy reading about Calvin’s exploits and Hobbes’s wisdom, and would want to own them as books, just like I do 😀

Vote For Me!!!

September 25, 2009

Normally I wouldn’t do this, but I’ve gotten desperate. And desperate times call for desperate measures. So today, the one, the only, is asking, nay pleading you, to please to vote for me to become the Chief Blogger of the Royal Challengers Banagalore Team. If you do, I promise that if you are a guy, you shall have unlimited supply of beer and Kingfisher babes throughout the year. It’s a deal! And if you are a gal, I promise you shall meet every dashing cricketer you ever wanted to meet! There, I hope I’ve enticed you enough. Voting closes on 27th September, 2009, so please, please, please be quick.

Go to www.royalchallengers.com/application/iqjunior to vote. Vote for me. Vote for Kingfisher.


Three words: Sorry! Busy! Later!

Confessions (Submission by Mr. Prasad Gupte)
An elderly Italian man who lived on the outskirts of Rimini, Italy, went to the local church for confession.

When the priest slid open the panel in the confessional, the man said, "Father … During World War II, a beautiful Jewish woman from our neighborhood knocked urgently on my door and asked me to hide her from the Nazis. So I hid her in my attic."

The priest replied, "That was a wonderful thing you did, and you have no need to confess that."

"There is more to tell, Father… She started to repay me with sexual favors. This happened several times a week, and sometimes twice on Sundays."

The priest said, "That was a long time ago and by doing what you did, you placed the two of you in great danger. But two people under those circumstances can easily succumb to the weakness of the flesh. However, if you are truly sorry for your actions, you are indeed forgiven."

"Thank you, Father. That’s a great load off my mind. I do have one more question."

"And what is that?" asked the priest.

"Should I tell her the war is over?"

Gooooooooooooooodddddddd Mooooooorrrrrrrrrrrnnnnnnnnnnnniiiiiinnnnnnnnnnnnnnngggggggggggg peeeeehhhhhppppppuuuuuuuuuuulllllllll.
Yeah, yeah, I know I’ve been erratic and it’s not at all good fer yer health, but well, slip-ups do happen once in a while… Now if I was one of those run-of-the- mill types who don’t care for their readers and churn out any rubbish just to keep their mag going, I would have had no problem keeping up the jokes everyday. But with me, Quality matters. So I scour the whole world, searching for gems, so that I satisfy your hunger for only the best. I know I’m spoiling you rotten, but well, that’s love now, ain’t it 😉 😉 😉

Have you ever read a book while travelling in the train? I’m not talking about your long-distance trains that take you to or away from home, depending which side of the horizon you are looking from. I am talking about our daily local trains, which ferry globs of human flesh devoid of free will and spirit, to places where given a chance, their very eye-lashes wouldn’t go. Try reading a book there and see the reaction. Especially when you are standing towards the exit and are obviously going to get down. A perverse nature and an absolutely senile mind can only produce the reactions that the faces of the people around you seem to possess then. Every single nut will ask you, " Bhai sahab, aap utrenge na?", "Sir, you going to get down right?". Now this wouldn’t have been funny if they asked everyone else, or asked you when you weren’t reading something. But it becomes a real nuisance when you know that the question they ask is not actually a question, but an hint at projecting you as a stupid, ignorant fellow, who doesn’t have better things than reading a book.

How many of us read? Oh, I am not asking the usual lot. More than half the people I know read nowadays. Ask them when they started reading, and it’d be something just after college, or maybe in the later years of college. Some are of course, blatant in stating that they don’t read at all. I love these people. At least there is no pretense. But the majority of us, have taken up reading, coz maybe there was nothing else to do, or horror of horrors, someone else was doing it. But well, it’s a good habit, no matter when you begin. Just don’t give it up for anything in the world. I’ve not given it up in almost 20 years. at least better than watching the boob tube. Fro the uninitiated, it’s called TELEVISION. It’s the humongous monster, like a hydra-headed beast, which devours all imagination, and creates mindless zombies.

Research has shown that the human mind finds the visual more appealing than the textual. Hence, the birth of Powerpoint. However, television is worse than this. With visuals flowing across the tube at the speed of a jet plane, it doesn’t allow the human mind to think, to ponder, to really analyze. It is like food that goes directly past one’s oesophagus to the rectum, bypassing the intestines, the stomach and all in between. So all that you see is regurgitated as crap. Hence, I do not watch movies made of books. It limits one’s imagination. Why should I wish to view the book’s interpretation from someone else’s viewpoint, when my own is much better and more colorful?

Next time, do not get angry when someone asks you whether you are getting down just coz you are reading a book. Coz the joke is not on you, its on them.

Happy Reading!!!