Sure could use a little good news – 05.06.2006

MONDAY, JUNE 05, 2006


You are tagged

20 years ago I . . .
1. was about to start grade 2
2. was dying for a Barbie doll
3. didn’t know what a computer looked like

10 years ago I . . .
1. was 10 days away from my first day of college
2. was wondering how I would survive college in Chennai ( fortunately I didn’t find out)
3. joined St Stephen’s and realised how uncool I was!!!

5 years ago I . . .
1. was 6 kilos lighter
2. could have been up at this hour and not been giddy with sleep
3. had a crush on the other adult and it was the beginning of a beautiful relationship!

3 years ago I . . .
1. was on my honeymoon right about now
2. learning that shaving and waxing don’t really matter
3. learning to bring home the bacon for a husband who was straight out of college and not yet working

1 year ago I . . .
1. was learning that my 1 month old baby didn’t care if I hadn’t painted my chipped nails
2. breastfeeding was a great way to lose weight
3. was more bothered about my stretchmarks than I am now

So far this year I . . .
1. have a few great freelance offers
2. am back in Delhi, a city I love
3. am the most comfortable I have ever been in my skin

Yesterday I . . .
1. started considering actively working towards weight loss
2. been thrilled because a friend in Bombay, M had a son early in the morning and another friend M has just discovered she is expecting! Baby boom time!
3. realised that I could not have married a more wonderful man (yuck…mushy but true… )

Today I . . .
1. have not done a shred of work
2. cuddled the brat while he was eating his breakfast and let him get porridge all over my dress
3. forced myself to eat bitter gourd for lunch in an attempt to set a good example.

Tomorrow I will . . .
1. hopefully go for a jog
2. start work with a new magazine
3. spend up all that I earned last month

In the next year I will . . .
1. probably be diaper-free
2. hopefully be preggie again
3. probably give up hope on a career at all

In the next minute I will tag . . .
1. Candy 2. Jedi 3. Dipta



Sure could use a little good news…


I used to love this Anne Murray song as a kid, called A Little Good News.

It makes me heartsick when I hear it now and sometimes makes me wish I had not brought a child into a world where we wake up every morning to a newspaper carrying bad news as the headline. I found a site some years ago called goodnewsindia. I check it out once in a while as an upper! Check it out some time when you feel that the country and the world are headed for disaster. They might be, but its nice to know that someone out there is chronicling what is right with the world. And here are the lyrics to the song I love.

A Little Good News

Anne Murray

I rolled out this morning
Kids had the mornin’ news show on
Bryant Gumbel was talkin’ ’bout the fighting in Lebanon
Some senator was squawkin’ ’bout the bad economy
It’s gonna get worse you see,
We need a change in policy
There’s a local paper rolled up in a rubber band
One more sad story’s one more than I can stand
Just once how I’d like to see the headline say
“Not much to print today, can’t find nothin’ bad to say”, because

Nobody robbed a liquor store on the lower part of town
Nobody OD’ed, nobody burned a single buildin’ down
Nobody fired a shot in anger,
nobody had to die in vain
We sure could use a little good news today

I’ll come home this evenin’
I’ll bet that the news will be the same
Somebody takes a hostage,
Somebody steals a plane
How I wanna hear the anchor man
Talk about a county fair
And how we cleaned up the air,
How everybody learned to care
Whoa, tell me

Nobody was assassinated in the whole Third World today
And in the streets of Ireland,
all the children had to do was play
And everybody loves everybody in the good old USA
We sure could use a little good news today

Nobody robbed a liquor store on the lower part of town
Nobody OD’ed, nobody burned a single buildin’ down
Nobody fired a shot in anger,
Nobody had to die in vain
We sure could use a little good news today

22 thoughts on “Sure could use a little good news – 05.06.2006

  1. oh my god i havent laughed this much. all the good intentions and good humour towards life and assorted characters one encounters, and should I point out the good will towards Dipta. It is weird to see his name and no “insert groan icon” following it!!
    May I please say I LOVED 2006 MM!!

  2. MM,

    You never cease to amaze me! For a person I havent met its stange how reading your blog has become so much a part of my life now! 🙂

    It took me a while to understand that this post was written way back in 2006. Hope that you continue to have a great and blissful life! 🙂

  3. yes it would be so nice to see some good news in the regular media.last Oct had the wonderful opportunity of visiting the one-man team of GoodNewsIndia at his completely self sustainable land restoration project Point return
    so amazed at the perseverance and energy levels at his age.Out little son even got a ride in their mini excavator 🙂

        • i have no idea if that is possible 🙂
          honestly though, I’ve moved on. even the old posts feel like they were written by someone else. I only copy them here because so many people asked for access that i got tired of saying no. I look at it this way – they are interested in reading what I wrote, fine. What someone else had to say about it 5 years ago is irrelevant 🙂

  4. Ha ! fun tag ! the children follow mamma’s example and eat bitter gourd now?
    N did things listed under “tomorrow I will “ and “In the next year” happen as thought out?

    Where I stay, yesterday, a 15 yr old boy shot himself in school …walked to the bathroom and then again shot himself to make sure he died. Things like this …it leaves me speechless… I mean.. How could he? Why did he? N some more Qs ! My heart goes out to the parents.
    The goodnews site is such a good idea..Given everything that happens in this world, we tend to not notice the good stuff. A pity that they don’t update it anymore.

    • nothing at all. Just that I didn’t want to live in Madras at that time. I went for my interview and half the guys were in veshtis speaking fluent Tamil that I didn’t understand. Too much of a culture shock – I needed to be somewhere that felt more familiar! I think I’m old enough to handle it now.

      • I can understand, MM but veshtis in college? I am sure that the day you got interviewed might be a special day like teachers’ day or something because I remember hearing from friends that students dress up and teach in class.

        • erm… unlikely no? the college was holding interviews and we were all queued up for our turns. it was nothing special at all. i guess they were as new and had no idea. i went in jeans only to realise that the girls were all in salwar suits and some of the boys (not all) were in veshtis, with chandan on their foreheads. i didnt think it was what i wanted at that time in my life. everyone seemed far too serious! 🙂
          i really didnt think college needed to be taken that seriously

  5. Hi MM,
    Although I have read all most of your archived posts when I first stumbled upon your blog, it is still refreshing to read the older posts. Thanks for sharing these.

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