No more playing nice

by Khushboo on June 24, 2011

Some people might view venting as a form of cynicism or as a way of passing on negative energy. Personally I like to think that bitching venting helps maintain good health, specifically mental health. Research actually shows that ‘staying cool’ can lower your satisfaction. If you want to attain true happiness, you should get angry. So here’s to good health and let me share a few things which have simply pissed me off this week:

1) Bad grammar: Sorry to sound like a nerd or anal (or both 😀 ) but the incorrect use of words like they’re/their/there, ‘could of’ instead of ‘could have’, you’re/your, and me/I drive me bonkers. For example: “Mary gave Joe and I a lift”. No, Mary did not. She gave Joe and me a lift.

2) Gym members who do not re-rack the weights: I’m sorry (actually I’m not sorry at all 😉 ) but it really gets on my nerves when I can only spot one half of a set of weights. I come to the gym to break a sweat, not look under a treadmill with the hope of finding a missing dumbbell.

3) Empty toilet paper rolls or hand-wash containers in the restroom at work: Ok I can understand the laziness behind not replenishing but if it’s empty, at least chuck it out. I can’t even count the amount of times that I have tried to wash my hands, only to find that nothing comes out of the soap dispenser.

4) Saggy pants syndrome: It’s physically impossible for me to lose that much weight between the start and end of the day, yet my trousers seem to become ridiculously baggy with every hour that passes. As it is, I don’t have much ‘junk in my trunk’ so this really does me no favors.

5) Hard avocadoes: It’s not always possible to find a ripe avocado, which is annoying when I want my green goodness NOW. And despite following ‘ripening tricks’ like wrapping it in newspaper and storing in a dark place, the damn thing never seems to ripen!

6) Bad manners, particularly lack of use of the terms ‘please’ and ‘thank you’. It seems to be a very local thing in Mumbai to say “Just bring my bag” instead of “Please bring my bag”. It really takes all of two seconds extra, costs nothing, and if anything, it shows good breeding. So at the risk of sounding like your elementary teacher, remembering these ‘magic words’ goes a LONG way.

Do your mental health a favor and tell me one thing that has recently gotten to you….

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Er June 24, 2011 at 1:45 pm

Empty toilet paper rolls are one of my BIGGEST pet peeves. I HATE IT! haha


Parita June 24, 2011 at 10:25 pm

Bad grammar is definitely one of mine, along with baaaaad breath…eek!


Priyanka June 25, 2011 at 4:42 am

Being rude and having a complacent attitude is something people in Bombay are guilty and this is what gets to me. I am an exploding volcano when I visit Bombay, the attitude and language drives me nuts. Smelly people is on top of my list too!


Tiara June 25, 2011 at 8:49 am

I have my own list….( no this is not me being cranky/PMSing)

1. Cabbies that don’t wanna take you where you want to go especially when your running late / it’s raining. Did you know we can/should report these guys ! So here’s a little trick – I take my phone out n take a picture of their number plate ( i know it sounds silly) but it does the trick they freak out and say ‘acha chalo..’ try it …

2. People with no/low civic sense…ughhh when these same people travel to ‘Amreeka’ or ‘Raani maa’ land they will use a bin , not cross the roads till the lights turn red …then WHYYYY act like uncivilized clowns in Mumbai ! Oh , and those Cabbies who come to our city and spit and splash ‘pan’ on the roads…eww…..

3. People with fake accents….umm..a year of living ANYWHERE will not TRANSFORM the way you talk…puhleez….I mean i’m sure we have all picked SLIGHT accent on a couple of words during our stints abroad but it’s SLIGHT….boys if your reading this its a big turn off when you say oh y’know I was in ‘Americah’ for like a year and say it with such a thick (weird) accent that I would say you belong to a zoo…

4. People (especially men) who are entering a restaurant /hotel/store ahead of you and don’t hold it open for you or for an old lady/gentleman ahead of you…manners please people !

5.Basic etiquette (read table manners !) : people seem to forget that there maybe others eating around them and picking on their teeth, chewing like a cow,burping and playing with their food kills it !…well it kills my appetite and i’m sure it works that way for others too..

I think they should include this as part of elementary school curriculum and until then these people should eat at home !

6. People who suffer from Body Odor…ughhh … a Louis Vuitton bag on your arm but no deo/ anti perspirant /perfume on your armpit is so not cool man !

7. Loud people…and I am very sorry to say this but Indians take the cake in this department….you can spot an Indian from afar anywhere you go…at the airport, at a restaurant at a hospital ! Indians can be heard from miles !

8. Boys who think cool girls are easy…excuse me ! Just ‘coz women today drink beer, dress cool , go dancing ‘on a girls night out ‘,hang out with guys and are friendly does NOT mean you have a chance/ or they’re easy !

Please check yourself out before you even try and no trying doesn’t mean grabbing/clinging on the dance floor ! ughh

9. People at the gym who sweat it off but leave equipment unclean , sweaty, icky…ewww you get the drift !

10. Last but not the least – people who answer phone calls during a movie and go on to have a long conversation about unimportant , random things that can definitely wait post the movie…and hey if its that URGENT please step OUT and take the call….and no whispering LOUDLY enough for the next row to be disturbed is NOT a solution !


Khushboo Thadani June 26, 2011 at 6:37 am

haha love this list! 🙂


thefitacademic June 26, 2011 at 12:42 am

Poor grammar always gets me, too!!! : )


Cait's Plate June 26, 2011 at 1:39 am

I’m with you on the hard avocados! It’s so annoying to have to wait for them to ripen!

That and people who blow smoke in my face. It’s fine if you want to smoke – but I don’t want to!! 😉


Malvika June 27, 2011 at 1:22 pm

For all with the raw avocado pain… I hear keeping fruits next to bananas speeds up the ripening process


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