Tuesday, July 28

The masks that we wear

I visited a dentist for the first time here and the something strange happened. The dentist and her assistant were wearing a mask all the time from the time I entered the clinic till I left. Even when I was doing small talk while filling up my form they did not take the mask off. For one second I thought I am in some Arabic place where they do belly dancing but these chicks were not wearing anything quite like those belly dancers.

There are 2 ways of looking at why they wore their mask all the time. They probably were one of those extremely hygienic med people who wanted to be extra careful. With swine flu in the air, there are people walking with masks even on roads so I won't blame these two if they were trying to take some precaution.

Another reason why they did not take their mask off could be that they do not have great oral hygiene. I am not but people are judgemental. When you go to the gym, you would look at how muscular your instructor is to judge how good a job he is going to do on you. Go to a salon and you are bound to judge the hair dresser's hairstyle. These two probably did not have great oral hygiene and in these tough times, no one would want to lose any business because of judgemental human nature.

I hope it is the former. I still have 2 more appointments with this dentist over the next one month and they better do a good job.

On a deeper note, people do wear mask all the time but forget that other people are people and judge them. Think about the last time you wore a mask and thought no one would notice it is not the real you. Think about the last time you judged someone for hiding their real identity behind a mask they thought you wouldn't notice. Think!

Sunday, July 26

Things that developed nations can do but developing nations can not...

Technology is an expensive resource because of which some things that are done in a developed country can not be done in a developing country.

I saw an example when I was at this bus stop. They now have technology where the government can paint glass and it still remains transparent. You can't see that it has been painted again. It looks just like it was before it was painted but the government wants you to know that it actually painted the glass. So what you see in the picture is what the government does.

It is like eating french food. You know you ate something. You paid a huge sum for tiny pieces of food. But you can't feel it in your stomach.

PS: The above act was not done by the French governement.

Sunday, July 5

Child, you will be named Justin Case

If you are a parent and intend to send your child to school then please name your child something simple. What would you like more: a simple name and a special future or a special name and an unpredictable future? You might unwillingly put your child's career in jeopardy in your quest for a special-deep-meaningful-historic-philospohical-greek goddy name for your child.

If you are a discoverer in the quest for a new land, please note that we have discovered all new lands and there is nothing left for you to do. If you are an inventor then don't just think about how useful your invention is going to be. Take a step back and name your invention very carefully. You might want to consult a non-engineeer-non-mechanical-non-geeky-non-dorky person to name your invention. Please don't try to invent something and then name it too. You
can have a cake and eat it too but you can not invent something and name it too. That is just not recommended.

This is what happens when you invent something and name it too. I would have named it an
'Emergency Door Button' because it looks like a button.
I would name it 'Emergency Door Knob' because that is still better than naming it what it actually is named. This is there at the exit for most buses in Singapore and I laugh everytime I see this.

Thursday, July 2

Sab Kuch Naya Hai...Kuch Ho Gaya Hai...

Before you jump to conclusions, there is no love or there is but there is just one person involved. It takes two to make a good gossip. There is me and there is, well, no one. I just said there is only one person in the story here. Only Saif, no Preity.

I am just excited about my new cable and internet connection. I moved to this new place on June 1 and being a Sindhi, decided not to take up an internet and cable connection right away because I was going to be out of here for the second half this month. I spent the first half without a tv and internet and came back on Monday and today I have my new internet connection and my new cable connection. I had an awesome day today and this just made it better.

I have an interesting bus journey story that I want to share but that can wait for another day. Not everything new is good but this sure is. Cheers!