Friday, March 27, 2009

Department of Eagles

Every morning for the past week I've woken up at 7.30 am to the sound of my little 8yr old cousins voice saying, "doooont do it, dooont do it" in a funny voice. At dinner time he said, "hey rakhee, did you hear something weird this morning while you were sleeping?" and I said, "Yeah. Why were you saying that??" and he said, "I dont know, I think it sounds cool."
Hahahahaa. He's so random.

I've been at my uncles in Great Dunmow, a mini village-type town in England, working in his pharmacy. Of course I am the clumbsiest/most usless staff member on the team, constantly asking people to repeat what they are asking for, looking for the meds on all the wrong shelves, giving people money back and saying, "you're change is 78 cents" (its supposed to be pence). Then they say, "OH cents! I should hope not!" or something lame like that. Oh and I've probably put stuff infront of the cash machine lik 8 times and forgotten about it. Then when I ring peoples items through, and the cash drawer flings out, all the stuff I put infront of it goes flying on the floor. BUT on the bright side I haven't broken anything yet.

Anyways, I've have a lot of time to think when its not busy. ANDDDD what I've noticed is that I often pick up phrases that other people use repeatedly and incorporate them into my vocab. For instance, with this girl at the pharmacy named Claire. She asks 'is that right' after everything you say. Annnd she also says, 'thats it' when you get something right. I like it. So now i keep sayin it...Oh and i love to say, "I reckon" which I've picked up from my lovely Australian friend Emily. AND "ya'll" from my friend Christina from Texas. Anyways, I've done it so many times in the past with people and I've realized I'm like a giant mish mash of other people's characaters. It reminds me of this thing my drama teacher used to say about 'trying your character on'

I just keep wondering if people ever melt into me? Or, try me on. Is there a me to really melt into.. or am I a melt of like 3904839 other people.. aka, if you melt into me you are melting into all the people I've melted into?

you feel me?

p.s. its easter break - i have 4 weeks off- been with family for one week, going to italy tomorrow for 2 weeks then back with family in London when I get back.

oh italy. "Ho fame."

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

In the Kitchen

Initially when I moved into my accommodation here in Leeds, I did not like it. I somehow managed to make a mess and choose a privately owned international residence instead of a university residence. So it was annoying, not living as close to the uni and using the bus etc. but now I've really come to love it here.Its really diverse. There are people from India pursuing their SECOND MBA (and shes my age..) and doing gaming design, a girl from Czech doing film, Switzerland doing law, Manchester doing Chinese.

Its great. Its INTERESTING. I learn a LOT everyday and have made pretty hilarious friends. One of them is Micheal. My neighbor.

Micheal is from Poland, and a little clueless, but not in a rude way, just in a very funny way. He's never lived away from home and actually lost 15 pounds when he got here just because he was no longer eating his mothers cooking. He often goes to Morrisons (the grocery store) and buys RANDOM packages of anything. Then makes these strange, sometimes not thoroughly cooked meals.

Yesterday he bought this lentil mix with oatmealish stuff and beans in it. The instructions read to empty it into a bowl, add a cup of water and leave it for 24 hrs. So he did. Today while I was eating cereal and chocolate milk, he comes in and starts looking through the trash
"You can have some of my cereal Micheal... you don't have to look through the trash for food"
"I can't find my package!! It has the instructions! I don't know how to cook this?!"
"What is it?"
"I don't know. I don't remember, I just liked the colors"

This is Micheal.

So this strange MEALie sort of stuff has actually grown in the past 24 hours, its absorbed the water and today there is a big bowl full of it. Micheal is desperately trying to remember WHAT it was supposed to be, then decides, he must boil it as it is clearly soup.

"Are you sure? Soup? It doesn't seem like it.. maybe just drain it and cook it with rice and spices in a pan?"
"NO its a soup, I'm 60% sure. I haven't had soup in a very long time, I think that's why I bought it... Yes, definitely soup, I remember now."

At this point, everyone in the kitchen is beginning to tease Micheal, but he won't have it, "how can you make fun of a hungry man, that is shameless"

I went back to see how his soup was and he smiled and said, "its turned out great!" .......

He was also cutting what looked to be like a very large potato, only to find that it was orange on the inside.
"Oh, its a SWEET potato!"
"So, I guess I don't add salt to it then?"

thanks from nicole

Saturday, March 7, 2009

happy new year

Sometimes, when you see real... naked, frighteningly rich talent, in the most unexpected place... it really makes you wonder if your fantasy of being in a different program or doing something else in life, is merely another mode of procastination. Because really, if you knew you could do something different and be good at it-- if thats really where your passion lies-- Well you'd be out there, doing it. Wouldn't you?

I envy people who have such passion.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

side note

if you are in London and are into electro, go to Up on Carling or "Up" -as the people call it- to see my 2 best buds drop beats. Tonight.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

have you seen this? - the girl effect-

Wondering if anyones seen this. Its a program created and backed by a huge corporation you might be very familiar with... aka this vid is really well done and moving. Anyways, watch it:

So. Intriguing yes? Now if you click this link it will take you to the youtube girleffect user youtube place.. if you scroll down and read the left hand column you'll notice something interesting:

WHY GIRLS? Because when adolescent girls in the developing world have a chance, they can be the most powerful force of change for themselves, their families, communities and nations. But while those 600 million girls are the most likely agents of change, they are invisible to their societies and the world. So what can you do about that? Get yourself seen, whether you're a girl or just believe in girls. Tell us when your voice is posted, and we'll add it here. If you're ready to learn and do more, head over to

(Nike Foundation created this page to help this movement along; opinions expressed here aren't necessarily ours. As a private foundation, Nike Foundation does not participate in lobbying activities and cannot host discussions of legislation on this page. We may remove any postings at our discretion.)

NIKE! NIKE FOUNDATION!! Thats the corporaion. Strange don'tchya THINK. Nike who had once/does still(?not sure?) operate sweatshops..

Ok so. Me personally. I dont know what to believe. Should I be critical of the fact that this campaign is being launched by Nike? Or should I accept that they are making an effort to create change. I mean this video is pretty powerful. What is a person to think.

Should I commend them for their efforts?
Should I?
Should I... "Just Do It" ??? Hahahahaha