Saturday, August 01, 2009


So have just got out of a branding workshop….feeling rather disillusioned and silly.

We had a pre assignment to write a synopsis of stories that have inspired us- books we’ve read or movies we’ve seen. And here are some of the stories people played back- Fountainhead, Mahabharata, Gladiator and the Notebook. And here’s a confession. I haven’ read/seen any! (I have seen Mahabharata on TV though…but nothing anyone was talking about sounded familiar).

We also discussed James Bond and Romeo and Juliet. And guess what. I haven’t ever seen a James Bond movie and didn’t know Romeo died before Juliet did. (Seriously, how did that happen?)

My story summary was about ‘Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy’! I couldn’t think of any other that has left a lasting impact on my mind. Thankfully I wasn’t called on to narrate what I’d written. It started with “Arthur is this loser-like English man….” quite contrary to the other stories that started with “This is a story about bravery and courage!” Am I intellectually challenged?

The answer is yes. Here’s a piece to prove it!

The conference is taking place at a five star hotel. And here’s my second confession- I don’t remember the last time I stayed in one! Oh wait! I do remember. Never!

So I of course know what a swipe card key is. Except that I’m unable to swipe despite 3 attempts. My exasperated boss who wants to leave her luggage in my room helps. Then I don’t know how to take a plate out of some glass closet in the dining hall. And to top it all, apparently the locks in the loos are so fancy that I don’t know which way to turn them. My boss almost walked in. I was so embarrassed I was planning to spend the rest of my life inside the loo after that incident!

Having embarrassed myself enough for the day, have returned to my room and can safely say I spent the first 10 mins in pitch darkness- not out of choice. But decause in such a savvy hotel I expected to fit my card in some fancy slot to turn on the electricity….but they still have switches to do the needful. Ah!

Now I know what Tarzan felt like when he went to the city….


Bhel Puri & Seekh Kabab said...

Douglas Adams is a better choice than Bond or Gladiator, any day. LOL at searching for a place to put the card in to turn on the lights. :-)

APOO said...

I would put down andaz apna apna for inspiring stories. Two bums from villages end up with millionaire chicks! Its all how you look at it :P

PS: Dont dress like Tarzan!

Arpz said...

it happens to everyone, some of us are just naive enough it to say it out aloud (secretly thinks of the moment when the hotel staff needed to help her out in a similar situation)

Naziya said...

You were allowed to stay in a 5 star hotel to tell each other which books you liked! wow!

Pointblank said...

LOL! You sound soooo much like me. I end up doing similar things. You blog about it so openly? Do you talk about it to people as well? I wish I could do that some day. I'm just too embarrassed to admit the stupid things I do.

JollyRoger said...

A five star in th recession is something awesome! Ur company must be making tons of money, hope u get a portion too...

Fun post as always Zee! I admire the way you admit these things.

Ekta said...

ooh! i hate this card system too coz I ALWAYS end up loosing my card!!
Other than the card..enjoy the rest!

Uma said...

now i know it happens to all :)..during my onsite trip..i lost my card and went to the reception running..didn't see the wet floor sign and fell flat on my face infront of a hall full of ppl!!! just chill and have fun.

Anonymous said...

Wow 5 star. *google eyed expression*

Yeah I'm pretty sure I'd be lost too.

Hitchhiker's Guide ! Way to go man !!