Saturday, 28 June 2008

Ask Neela!

It has only been 7 months in Hyderabad and right from the commonplace where-to-eat-whats or what-to-buy-wheres, to the not-so-common, which Telegu movie is running its 7th week in which theatre or which artist is Kalakriti Art Gallery hosting this week, have all found themselves secure lodgings in my otherwise always-too-full-to-store-more memory. I do not aspire to become a Tourist Guide or pen "Know Hyderabad" post marriage, nor do I gorge on Hyderabad Times every morning. All I do is.... write for asklaila!!
And I am glad I chose India Syndicate to Deloitte as my career launchpad in Hyderabad or else it would have taken years for me to know the city the way I know it now. At that time India Syndicate meant an opportunity to make my 'pen more fertile' (it feels better to refer to it as the good old "pen") and good moolah right from the comforts of my giant revolving chair at home, while Deloitte meant nothing more than the hugest office I'd ever work for (well, I kind of regret that decision now and that's a different story altogether). I was also a little unsure about how I will weave my stories out of a city I had just landed. And how I love challenges - all you do to get me doing something is give me a - "You can't do it"!
The best part about being an online writer is you may edit what you wrote as and when you want to. So every discovery, overlooked or missed out on in my first dig, due to lack of first hand experience, would promptly appear in or dissappear from my features.
And the way I'm being Google'ed lately by friends, I am actually tempted to set off an askneela.com myself with honest, no-frills-attached reviews and informations. And then I'll expand it into a local Just Dial service of sorts. Gradually I will expand and will answer to all your city specific queries of the entire nation you'd have otherwise Google'ed for. Next, askneela.com will go global (remember askjeeves?) and very soon tabloids will be full of Askneela Vs. Goolge warfare and then one fine day Misrosoft will send me an acquisition proposal. By then I'd have become quite rich and it would not give me an heart-attack like I'd have had today counting the zeroes in the offer. I'd show it to Don (I'm convinced Don will retire as a Microsoftian by then) and inspite of all his convincing, I'd refuse the offer.
Tabloids would next read: Askneela Vs. Google Vs. Misrosoft.
Then somebody will write a book on me and you'll see my photographs and interviews splattered all over...........................
Sometime mid-way while writing this, I felt like listening to Don McLean's "Starry starry night" (a tribute to Vincent Van Gogh)...which I did....
I'm sure Larry Page or Bill gates sounded as crazy some many years back.....if you know what I mean!

6 comments:

bushra said...

Hehehe....i stumbled upon yer page, when i was looking for a specific rest Fusion 9.And tho i've read,how blogging is becoming "the IN thing" these days.I just could not get time off my ..not to busy schedule.. well the fact my laziness is to be blamed.Nevertheless just wanted to mention that readin yer blog was FUN... Your aresanal of snappy vocab n humor is impeccable.
Good luck Neela for ASKLEENA.com ;)

Peace~

Don said...

The askneela.com sounds a fantastic idea... if you can really make it work... I have some other ideas also... Let's talk it out some time...

Don said...

The askneela.com idea sound really good to me... if you are really willing to work on it as you say you are... I have some other ideas too... Let's talk it out on our honeymoon...

Nidarshana said...

@ Bushra

Thank you for tagging my jabber "arsenal of snappy vocab". And when I do launch some askneela.com someday, you sure will get pinged. Too bad you didn't leave no contact id behind.

@ Don
Ah well....talk of it during our honeymoon???? Either you don't know yourself or you just wanted to pat me with this one. The effect was that puncture-giggle of mine (he knows what I mean) :)

shikha said...

Hey Neela...ths ws an awsome post...wish to c askneela.com soon...may b our kids will refer to askneela.com n not google..
All da Best v r wid u;)

Ann Dee said...

@ shikha

Right, me thinks ONLY kids will refer to my blog :)