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Dislike, that six-lettered word

There are things we all get peeved about, like the bad boss and those ‘unromantic’ men. No wonder there are more blogs about them than on things we like, writes Jhoomur Bose.

india Updated: Sep 03, 2008, 22:44 IST
Jhoomur Bose
Jhoomur Bose
Hindustan Times

There are some things in life that cause instant strife between people. Mention god, pornography or George Bush’s IQ level at a party and you are guaranteed hours of entertainment. Thankfully though, there are also some things that unite human beings.

No matter where you go, some things are common to all people. Like everyone remembers money that is owed to them. Or how people, before petting a dog they don’t know will ask, “Does it bite?” Or how most people want to stay fit (or lose weight) without exercising. And no matter what the language, there are more blogs on broken relationships than happy ones.

As Paisana writes on Burlap Condoms (, “If nothing else, a bad date always equals a great blog post.” Paisana is one of the many female bloggers caught in the twilight zone of personal blogging: between singledom that made for interesting posts and a happy relationship that doesn’t leave much to blog (or bitch) about. However, she comes up with some gems (and truths) from her former single life. Like her don’t-be-too-choosy advice for single women, “the guy you’re looking for doesn’t read romantic poetry and want to talk about your feelings all the time. I dated that guy. He was gay.” Ouch.

After broken relationships, office gossip comes a close second as a common-unifying factor in blogosphere. Everyone has hated their boss at some point in their life and everyone has a funny office story to narrate. If you feel you’re the only one working with mad people or not getting paid on time, Overheard in the Office ( is a good site to check out and feel better.

Some things are the same in offices the world over. Like having trained bullshit artistes for top management. Like this reader contribution about a meeting presided over by the company owner trying to allay fears, “We are not a sinking ship! This company is worth $700,000. It’s hard to sink a $700,000 ship!” That was before laying off half the company perhaps. Or for that matter the fact that personal assistants are globally stereotyped. If she’s old, she has a grumpy husband (or none) and if she’s pretty, she’s sleeping with the boss.

Then there’s Tits (yes, Tits) McGee who publishes Tits List ( and says she writes lists, cooks and "used to be a slut". She also proves that using ‘tits’, putting up a picture of breasts and writing f**k in the headline has the same reaction in most people: curiosity. Amongst other things (read husband and in-laws), Tits gives her take on political news of the day. Oh to have a pair of breasts talking politics.

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