Saturday, December 29, 2007

Year-end comments list 2007

(Or, an annual ritual where I save myself the trouble of writing a post by putting up a selection of comments from the year gone by. Previous editions here and here)

This year, I received lots of comments about my bad attitude towards things that many people hold sacred (including sacredness itself). Among them:

Festivals and children

Anonymous said…
hi jai " the grinch who stole diwali", let kids be kids ..this is what they do .. dont u remember lighting crackers? ...well i hope u also light some crackers and enjoy ..i am noticing that u have something against all hindu festivals and epics,so u keep making fun of them.its getting boring.

Just children

Anonymous said...
lets wait and see J.Wock when u have a kid .. i have a kid baby boy Dhruv and he is my life and more

(Question for the day: if “J.Wock” has a kid, will it be named “Baby Wock” or “Wee Wock”?)

Anonymous said...
hey a child is a blessing and BTW when u r old and grey its my child's taxes that will pay u'r pension and other govt freebies ..

Anonymous said...
carry on DD and J, in a world full of suicide bombers, religious fanatics and moral absolutism, the two of you are right up there with Mr. George W. Bush. Hey, if you're not with you, we're aganist you, right?

(All because I said I didn't like kids)

And the winning entry from this section:

Anonymous said...
dont worry abt my sex life .. my son is proof that its rocking ..

(Does this means you have "rocking" sex with your son? Or that you have sex after rocking him to sleep?)

Mythology (general theme: "Hinduism is the most tolerant religion, so how dare you make fun of it!")

Anonymous said...
why do some people find so much joy in denigrating the gods... the tale is not meant to be taken literally but rather figuratively

(the tale in question being the one where all the Gods do battle outside Parvati’s bathroom and Ganesha loses his head and gets a new one from a white elephant. Yes yes, I can see there’s lots of figurative significance there)

Anonymous said…
hi jai, i dont appreciate your pithy comments about the ramayana/ the mahabharata/ hinduism in general ... for u it is a story/work of literature whatever for us (i am referring to the majority of hindus/indians) it is a divine is sad to see some poeple in india turning away from our heritage while most indians in the west r turning to religion ..

Anonymous said…
hi, jai why do u brand all people who dont eat beef as RSS? i dont understand the logic of analysing the is not a historical document rather a treatise that teaches u how to live life ....

(How to live: eat vegetables, kill your cousins)


PSV said…
Poor post. In bad taste.
The idea about going to a wedding is to interact and mingle with people. If that is something too much for some people then itz better for them to eat the tandoori chicken they so much desire at home itself.

(Where’s the argument? Would I complain if the groom’s parents sent me a tub of tandoori chicken instead of a wedding invite?)

BV said…
btw the reason we dont serve meat on wedding day is because its a religious day .. well with u'r poor attitude and complaining hope no one invites u to any more weddings.

To prove to the above commenters that I had nothing against marriage generally, I went and got married around mid-year (though I didn’t inconvenience people by sending them invitation cards). Many posts about the perils of domesticity followed, some of which got thoughtful comments too.

Twilight fairy said...
Only crows come and dive in your water tanks? Lucky you! out here monkeys are a BIG menace….they gleefully take a dip in the holy tank leaving us practically without water for the next two days…

Anoop Saha said...
Congratulations for your marriage. Wish you a very happy wedded life. Having got married recently, I can totally empathize with your predicament.

(Talk about being ambivalent)

Lalbadshah said...
A 'rinch' is that thing with a small wheel to adjust the width of the hold. Something like a monster vernier caliper.

Amit Varma said...
I'm a huge fan of monster vernier calipers. Especially when they're hungry.

Harish Kumar said...
So...did you get lot of clocks as gifts in your reception? We got so many that we have one in the bathroom as well.

Loony said...
Let me know if you ever want to holiday in a place where they have built separate toilets for man and woman- but same room.
send me a note.

N! said...
the separate toilets bit: hmmm I don't know. What about cleaning them? I didn't get married to clean my own toilet!

(But then, who does? Of all the possible reasons to get married, “to clean my own toilet” must rank pretty low)

Scribbler said...
Oh... gee. you're getting married? man... serious? good luck with that. wish i knew you better to advise you otherwise. anyway. love the blog. keep writing (yea!)

ZZZZ said...
Everybody should get married, because Happiness is not everything in life.

Other categories:

The Agni Pariksha

Anonymous said…
Dear Jai,
I've been a long time reader of your blog. But let me tell you- your humourous pieces are pretty sad.
and the test of it comes if you can face up to this fact.

Torn between admiration for the blogger and concern about the rudeness of his posts

Priya said…
Brilliant post. But Ramayana is an epic and henceforth we may leave it as it is without questioning.

Stories Untold said…
Too good! Had a hearty laugh going thru this. Not sure whether I want to get into value judgement on the use/ misuse / overuse / abuse of such social networking sites ... I guess each one to their own agendas ... we can just let ppl be!

Neha said...
I enjoy your reading what you write enough to not hold a grudge against your tasteful and distasteful jokes.

Best achievement in a foreign language

Anonymous said…
Salut, ca va?
Il fallait absolument que je te fasse partager un plan pour gagner de l'argent, c'est génial, et super simple! Tu peux gagner plus de 2775 € par mois et tout ca grâce à 1€ seulement!
Ca te coûte rien d'essayer l'inscription est gratuite ;o)

Watching and reviewing movies

Anonymous said...
Clearly you pay more attention to the audience sitting next to you than to the film.

The New Me said...
when I read a piece about Katharine Hepburn and it contains factual errors I bristle. her life was an open book. She lead it courageously and honestly. So when someone makes an elementary research mistake like mentioning Parkinson's Disease which she did not have I find the rest of what they have to say a nit less than interesting. The following is a quote from her autobiography.

"Now to squash a rumor. No, I don't have Parkinson's. I inherited my shaking head from my grandfather Hepburn. I discovered that whisky helps stop the shaking. Problem is, if you're not careful, it stops the rest of you too. My head just shakes, but I promise you, it ain't gonna fall off!"

That took me about 30 seconds to find on the internet.

(The things you can find in 30 seconds on the Internet!)

Anonymous said...
NO SMOKING what a rubbish film ..waste of dollars $$$... anurag kashyap is going the RGV way totally irrelevant with the film audiences
only pseudo intellectuals will like his movies

Anonymous said...
Jai! You're big SRK fan? Thankfully, I join your gang. But I am really surprised not to see any hatemails here accusing you of being a gay. I don't know how many times I have been called a gay/bi for expressing my admiration for SRK's acting (at the Rediff message boards). There at Rediff, you can be straight only when you support all the misdeeds (farmer, tax etc.) of Amitabh. You are gay otherwise!!

(Dude, I feel your pain. But that's what you get for spending time on Rediff message boards)

New taglines for this blog

Chaila Bihari said...
Intelligent words about intelligent cinema. Shows why I keep coming back to Jabberwock

Renegade Eye said...
This blog has something for everyone; sports, books, film. politicc etc.

The tangential

Wimpy said...
totally unrelated comment but why was your face the chess puzzle of this weekend's business standard?

The envious

Anonymous said...
Wow you got so little to do

Anonymous said...
what fucking mediocrity!
with this kind of writing I'm amazed that you can afford a coffee at barista!

Book reviews, author interviews

Anonymous said...
Hey, shouldn't you be heading to a bookstore AT ONCE to post a hundred words on the Booker winner ASAP??? I thought that's what you bloggers do constantly -- rush to add your uninteresting two bits to that mass of language before other bloggers do. Don't worry about being anything but qualified to comment on the book (looking through your blog, I see it hasn't stopped you in the past). Go, at least 12 people desperately await your comments on Enright's novel. Rush. Chop Chop
PS: OOOOOOOOh, 'vagaries' -- a big word for someone from Delhi!!!

KishyCool said...
I really feel bad when bloggers like you misuse the blogs like this. I don't know why u need to write such a long interview of a fanatic, that too a Pakistani. More over, the interview is meaningless and very boring. God save the country from blogs. I really believe that blogspot should be blogged for ever.

And finally

Neha said...
Your comments sections often make me wonder if it were possible to fall in love with a commentor.
I guess, people have fallen in love during internet chats, and perhaps also by reading each others blogs. But if people were to fall in love by reading comments, I am quite sure it would be on your blog.

RAmen to that. As you can see, comment-love is all around me.

On a more sombre note, 2007 was quite a bad year (apart from the bright spark provided by these comments), but that mustn’t keep us from hoping 2008 will be better. So, to all readers of this blog: may the coming year be less terrible for you than the last was.


  1. This one's a beaut! Total award winning material. :)

    "I really feel bad when bloggers like you misuse the blogs like this. I don't know why u need to write such a long interview of a fanatic, that too a Pakistani. More over, the interview is meaningless and very boring. God save the country from blogs. I really believe that blogspot should be blogged for ever."

  2. Wow ! that was a pithy sum-up of brickbats and bouquets. I have been relishing your posts from the day I stumbled on your blog in early 2007. I especially like your book reviews. Hope you get to do more book reviews and yes, do keep knocking down "holy cows". Wishing you a great new year.

  3. The gods will send more crows to your tanks, and the holy cows will stop giving milk.
    Keep the posts coming.

  4. Jai, I am quite disappointed. How on earth could you leave out this gem (from this post)?

    Anonymous said...
    he said the right thing . as a beleiver it is difficult to have a freindship with an athiest ...also how can u not beleive that god created this wonderful world and life is a miracle ..


    Do include it!

    So, I belIEve, I will remain friendless for ever.

  5. Oops! I meant, frEInds.

    Life is indeed *rocking* in this beautiful world with such classic comments.

  6. Space Lover: can't "beleive" I missed that! thanks

  7. Hi Jai,
    Why I am I so tickled to see two of my comments put up. It seems like I have got the proficiency prize for comments or something.
    one about the loo and the other about yor sense of HUMour.or lack of it.

    How about coffee at Barista Love?

  8. ZZZZ said...
    Everybody should get married, because Happiness is not everything in life.


  9. Hahahaha...the comments section of this blog is one of the most happening places on the Net because of the 'vagaries' in stances on religion and family planning and perceived sexual orientation in Rediff message boards of the commentors.

  10. so you had to dig into a year of your blog in order to get so many wonderful comments! all it took for me was one post. check out the commetns on this. beat the ones on yours hands down:

    and i ask again - why was your face the chess puzzle in the BS?

  11. I started reading your blog since mid-2007...but koi is anpadh ko samjhaye following kaa matlab kya hai?
    'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves/ Did gyre and gimble in the wabe/ All mimsy were the borogoves/ And the mome raths outgrabe.

  12. ROTFL ...

    Happy New Year Jai

  13. The most awaited post of the year!

    Been reading your blog since mid-2007 and always returned smiling/enlightened/thoughtful. It is on your blog that I have learnt that there are "educated" religious fanatics who most of the times lack reason and that's the reason behind irrational communal violence that India is facing! I like the fact that despite so much hatred against your posts/opinions, you don't get personal with your commentators and reply w.r.t the context. Kudos to the attitude!

    And its quite refreshing to people admitting their preferences publicly - be it atheists or child-haters etc. Maybe they see an idol to follow in you.

    Love some posts, indifferent to some.....but like you blog in entirety. Keep them coming....and wish you a great year full of entertaining comments ahead.

    And yeah....will try my best to make it to the next year's list!

  14. Sangeetha: thanks a lot. That definitely IS a comment to treasure (though in a different sense from the ones I've included in this list!).

    Blindfolded: HNY to you too.

    Wimpy: the designers insisted on it. Thought my face was more intriguing than the chessboard pic for that week.

    Anon: it's from the Lewis Carroll poem from where this blog gets its name. Look it up. I don't think it's supposed to mean anything very specific, as long as it puts all kinds of vague images in your head - slithy toves (whatever they are) gyring and gimbling (whatever that is) in the wabe (whatever that is) - and screws your mind up. I'd like to think a few of my posts have a similar effect.

  15. Been lurking for a while, and am now compelled to come out and say that while I do have a baby boy called Dhruv, I wasn't the one who left that comment. Just sayin'. In case someone I know is reading this post and wondering what came over me.
    I like the sound of Wee Wock, waise.


    PS- Love your blog. Even though I may have been scarred for life after reading about the _true_ significance of the Ashwamedha yagna.

  16. Mala: thanks. Incidentally my mother (who knows all about Wee Wocks) shares your name!

  17. Didn't mean to spoil the party, but the comment under 'Best achievement in a foreign language' roughly means this (got it from a translation website): Does hello, Ca go? That I make you share a plan to earn money, it was needed absolutely is brilliant, and super simple! You can gain more than 2775 € per month and any Ca thanks to 1€ only! Ca costs you anything to test the inscription is free; O)

  18. Urbanvillager: thanks, it's always useful to know that sort of thing!

  19. Don't you get any of these types.

    Oh, I know because you don't have any ads to click on anyways. Too Bad.

    P.S. That Abhi is not me.

  20. Ah glad to see I get the final word in the comments of the year, and also in the agni pareeka!

    2 2-minute noodles to that indeed!

  21. Neha: ya, I had a feeling it was the same Neha and briefly wondered if I should stick to the one-comment-per-person rule, but eventually decided not to.

  22. Yes sometimes Neha seems more like a massive club rather than an individual.

    The same Neha also dropped you an email once.

  23. Exactly how much time did you spend sorting out these gems?
    Btw, your post on the New Year smses was priceless :)