ROSHAN’S ELEVEN : 11 Interesting Facts You May Or May Not Know About India

Interesting Facts That You May Or May Not Know About India:

  1. The wettest inhabited country on Earth is India. With 11,873 millilitres of rain falling annually, Meghalaya village has been named the wettest spot on Earth by the Guinness Book of World Records. Considering that the rain season lasts for six months.
  2. The glacial Lake Roopkund, which is 16,470 feet above sea level in the Himalayas, is known for the human bones that have been discovered there and nearby. The skeletons are considered to be the remains of persons who died in a strong hailstorm in the ninth century.
  3. For around 1,000 years beginning in the fourth century BC, India was the world’s sole supplier of diamonds. The Krishna River Delta is where the initial diamonds were discovered.
  4. Hinduism is regarded as the world’s oldest religion, with records going as far back as 5,500 BCE. Hinduism has no recognised creator, and since it is a way of life, nobody is interested in finding out.
  5. India is home to 22 official languages. Santali, Kashmiri, Bengali, Tamil, and Urdu are just a few of the many languages that are spoken in India. However, Hindi and English are the official languages.
  6. Since most Indians speak their own regional language in addition to English for ease of communication, India also has the second-largest population of English speakers in the world (the first is the United States).
  7. India is home to around 1.37 billion people, second only to China. and the figure keeps increasing. According to predictions, India will overtake China as the world’s most populous nation by the year 2050.
  8. In India, there is a floating post office. India not only has the greatest postal network in the entire world, but it also has some incredibly unusual post offices, such as one that floats on the water. The post office, which is situated near Dal Lake in Srinagar, has started to draw curious tourists.
  9. The Shani Shingnapur community is well known for having no doors or locks on any of the residences. Beyond that, criminal conduct has not been documented for about 400 years.
  10. India had 26 national holidays in 2019, including Christmas, Deepavali, Holi, and Independence Day. Because the Indian population is made up of so many diverse cultural groupings, there are many different holidays and festivals, which contributes to the great variety of celebrations.
  11. India is home to the largest sundial in the world. The tallest sundial in the world, standing at a towering 27 metres (90 feet) tall, is located in the town of Jaipur. A UNESCO World Heritage Site designation has been given to the sundial. Thousands of people flock to see the shadow, which moves at a speed of roughly six millimetres per minute, every year.

I Bought A New Phone – IQOO 9T

The last few days I have been doing my research into buying a new phone. I currently have 2 phones – an Oppo F11 Pro which I bought in September 2019 and a RealMe X2 Pro which I bought in June of 2020. The Oppo is showing a lot of signs of wear and tear and since I am using it as a back up phone it is sometimes never even charged. The X2 Pro is a beautiful phone which has served me well as my daily driver from June of 2020. I remember doing research into getting this phone that year – I remember I searched for the best phones around the Rs.30,000 mark at the time and in every website the most common phone was the X2 Pro.

So in the end I decided to splash some of the money I earned from sponsored blogging and I absolutely love the phone. I did an unboxing video of that phone and I loved its look and feel and the phone was so smooth to work on. But I did have a couple of issues – one was almost immediately known; I found that the network had issues on this phone and at times, people wouldn’t be able to reach me unless they tried a couple of times. The second issue is more recent, last couple of months I have noticed that the charge doesn’t last as long on the phone anymore. Although charging is pretty quick, that was a drag.

So now I have purchased a new phone online on Amazon.in – it is the very new flagship killer IQOO 9T. This is such an awesome looking phone with great specs. I have watched quite a few reviews of the phone and finalized it last night. IQOO is killing it right now and they have 3 variations of their flagship phone – the 9, the 9T & the 9 Pro of which the is the latest and is the middle child in terms of price and features. I can’t afford the 9 Pro and can barely afford this one as it is. But I exchanged the X2 Pro for it and will hand it over when the Amazon delivery guy comes to deliver the IQOO phone. I can’t wait!

Matchday 2 Of 38 : Arsenal 4 Leicester City 2

The impressive Gabriel Jesus scored his first Premier League goals for Arsenal as Mikel Arteta’s side beat Leicester City in an entertaining encounter at Emirates Stadium. The Brazilian striker, signed from Manchester City in the summer, scored twice before the break and missed several chances for a hat-trick as well assisting his side’s other goals. William Saliba’s own goal early in the second half gave Leicester hope, but Granit Xhaka struck just two minutes later to restore Arsenal’s two-goal lead.

James Maddison again reduced the arrears, only for Gabriel Martinelli to quickly made it 4-2 as the Gunners maintained their 100% start to the season. Leicester were awarded a penalty before half-time when Jamie Vardy and Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale collided, but the decision was overturned by referee Darren England after consulting with the video assistant referee. After scoring, Jesus was twice thwarted by Leicester keeper Danny Ward before half-time, and the 25-year-old also hit the side-netting from close range with 10 minutes of the game to go. While Jesus was never quite a second fiddle at City, where he scored 58 times in the Premier League, he is clearly relishing being the focal point of Arteta’s plans in north London.

He showed off different aspects of his talents on his home debut, producing a superb chip to open the scoring before showing more predatory instincts to latch on to a defensive header from Vardy to nod past Ward for his second. Jesus was denied by Ward’s boot with his next chance and then stayed on his feet when he could easily have won a penalty under pressure from Jonny Evans, only to roll his shot just wide of the post – and all before the sides had returned to the dressing rooms for a break on a roasting hot day in the capital. His neat touches set up Xhaka and Martinelli’s goals, yet Jesus will regret missing out on what would have been his second Premier League hat-trick when he shot into the side of the goal from close range.

His best league return for City was 14 goals in the 2019-20 season, but now installed as first-choice striker under Arteta, he could surpass that in an Arsenal set-up that promises to be highly entertaining. The only question marks for the hosts were how they conceded when seemingly in control, but each time they hit back inside two minutes to suggest they have resilience as well flair.And when Youri Tielemans was substituted after an hour, some Arsenal fans greeted his departure with a cheeky chant of “we’ll see you next week”.

Things Heard & Seen (2021)

Things Heard & Seen is a 2021 American horror film written and directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini, based on the novel All Things Cease to Appear by Elizabeth Brundage. It stars Amanda Seyfried and James Norton. It was released on April 29, 2021, by Netflix, and received mostly negative reviews from critics. A number of landscape paintings from the Hudson River School feature prominently throughout the film. An artist relocates to the Hudson Valley and begins to suspect that her marriage has a sinister darkness, one that rivals her new home’s history.

The Manhatten couple, a professor & an artist, want to have a slower pace of life and a chance for George to be a lecturer in a college. But is their idyllic life with the kid, all that it seems to be and what is that Catherine is experiencing and hearing in the house? Filming took place over a 34 day period during the fall of 2019 in New York’s Hudson Valley, where the plot is also set.

Who You’re Gonna Call? I Don’t Believe In No Ghost

Ghosts. Do you believe in them?

No. I might watch a lot of horror movies and movies with ghosts in them but do I believe that there are real ghosts? No. I haven’t seen any proof and since it hasn’t been proved (yet) and it seems very unlikely to me, I don’t believe that they are real. However I love movies with ghosts and ghosts stories a lot.

As a child I did get scared quite a lot at the movies and even at times when Iet my imagination get the better of me. Ofcourse the power of suggestion, an impressionable young mind and and active imagination combined to make me scared for no reasons other than a power cut or a shape in the distance, which turns out to be shirts on a clothes stand, etc etc. Once an older cousin tried to scare me about ghosts and stuff by repeating “Friday! Friday!” on a Friday the 13th night. I hadn’t actually watched the movies yet as I was just 9 or 10 but got scared and a few minutes later the power went out and now my cousin too got scared.

I’ve had such incidents, just a handful, when I was a kid and each time it was something silly. We need to get past these superstitious stuff; if there is proof that there are such things as ghosts we will all get to know it and then we can all agree that these do exist.

Prompt from 30 Random Blog Post Ideas at My Inner Shakti

The Culinary Disaster I Remember From When I Was A Teen

Your worst cooking disaster.

Well, this is not actually my worst cooking disaster but my sister & cousin. And this is from a long, long time ago. I must have been 16 or 17 and my parents who were members of Lions club, had gone for the evening for a dinner party. Hence my sister and our cousin Raakhee who is almost 3 years older than me and was staying with us at the time, offered to make dinner for the 3 of us. What was on the menu?

So back then we didn’t have the internet so they had found a recipe in a magazine for a couple of simple things. Simple things in theory! The two girls had decided that they would make the Indo-Chinese dish Chilli Chicken, which they would serve with pre-brought porotta and for dessert they were preparing souffle. “Can I help?” I asked halfheartedly, to which they said “You? Silly boy, just go and sit in the living room and watch tv. Smiling I went to watch two 1 hour episodes of some tv shows I loved and then….

Total silence from the kitchen. By now I was starving and so I went to check on them. The two ladies looked like they had been through a war! Hair in disarray and sweating a storm and the food! The chilli chicken dish looked greyish while it is supposed to be a dark orangish or red colour. And the souffle – was stuck to the sides of the dish they cooked it it and to be honest, it looked like rinsed shampoo that had been dried. I looked at them and was about to ask something when…

They both said “Don’t say a word! Just shut up and eat the food.” The threat was real so I did as I was told and managed to eat some of it and lied saying that it tasted better than it looked. We had a maid who tried it out and she actually loved it! Damn! But that was a culinary disaster of epic proportions.

Prompt from 30 Random Blog Post Ideas at My Inner Shakti

RIP ANNE HECHE

The US actor Anne Heche has died, a week after she was critically injured in a car crash. The news was confirmed by a representative for her family to the US online media outlet TMZ. On Friday afternoon representatives for Heche, 53, confirmed she was “brain dead”, which under California law is the definition of death. It was announced earlier in the day Heche would be taken off of life support. It is understood her heartbeat was being maintained in case appropriate organ donation could take place. The American actress who came to recognition portraying twins Vicky Hudson and Marley Love on the soap opera Another World (1987–1991), winning her a Daytime Emmy Award and two Soap Opera Digest Awards.

She came to greater prominence in the late 1990s with roles in the crime drama film Donnie Brasco (1997), the disaster film Volcano (1997), the slasher film I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997), the action comedy film Six Days, Seven Nights (1998), and the drama-thriller film Return to Paradise (1998). Following her portrayal of Marion Crane in Gus Van Sant’s horror remake film Psycho (1998), which earned her a Saturn Award nomination, Heche went on to have roles in many well-received independent films, such as the drama film Birth (2004), the sex comedy film Spread (2009), Cedar Rapids (2011), the drama film Rampart (2011), and the black comedy film Catfight (2016).

She received acclaim for her role in the television film Gracie’s Choice, which earned her a Primetime Emmy Award nomination, and for her work on Broadway, particularly Twentieth Century, for which she received a Tony Award nomination. Heche starred in the comedy drama television series Men in Trees (2006–08), Hung (2009–11), Save Me (2013), Aftermath (2016), and the military drama television series The Brave (2017). Anne has struggled with mental health issues. She was also known for her relationship with Ellen DeGeneres and the events following their breakup became subjects of widespread media interest.

In 2000, Heche reportedly left DeGeneres for Coleman “Coley” Laffoon, a cameraman whom she met the previous year on DeGeneres’s stand-up comedy tour. On September 1, 2001, she and Laffoon married. They divorced on March 4, 2009. She was found to be intoxicated on August 5th when she was involved in a sequence of two car crashes in the Mar Vista neighborhood of Los Angeles, first when the Mini Cooper she was driving hit a garage at an apartment complex, and second when she crashed into a house, resulting in a fire that left her severely burned. She leaves behind two songs – Heche’s eldest son, Homer, 20, released a statement on behalf of himself and his half-brother, Atlas, 13.

3 Things I Appreciate About Myself!

List 3 things that you appreciate about yourself.

1. I think I have good communication skills. I have been told I am able to explain things and processes, especially at work, really well and that I make use of real life examples first and then use that understanding to complement the understand for people when I am explaining / training something new to them.

2. I seem to get along well with a lot of people. Not like “let’s hang out, let’s be bosom buddies” kinda thing which anyway can only be for a small list of folks but more like a general way of being pleasant and friendly with as many people as possible. Ofcourse there are some that irk me and I can’t stand them and I’m sure that they can’t stand me either.

3. I’m basically a nice guy! I have my flaws, sure do, and at times I do hate myself for certain things that I have done but overall, I am a nice person who will try to help as long as you don’t piss me off.

Prompt from 31 Best August Journal Prompts for 2022 at Lifegram

5 Facts About The Indian Independence Day

1.The Independence struggle first started in 1857

The first struggle for independence was in 1857, very famously called the Sepoy Mutiny or the Indian Rebellion of 1857 was led by Mangal Pandey. Rani Laxmi Bai of Jhansi, Bahadur Shah Zafar, Tatya Tope, and Nana Sahib were the others who led the resistance against British soldiers in 1857.

2. Indian Flag was first hoisted in 1906

The Indian national flag with 3 horizontal stripes of red, yellow, and green was hoisted on August 7, 1906, at Parsee Bagan Square, Kolkata. The first variant of our current national flag was designed by Pingali Venkayya in 1921. The current flag with saffron, white and green stripes with the 24-spoke Ashok Chakra was officially adopted on July 22, 1947, and hoisted on August 15, 1947. 

3. Rabindranath Tagore penned National Anthem of Bangladesh

Rabindranath Tagore not just penned the National Anthem of India but also our neighbouring country Bangladesh. ‘Amar Sonar Bangla’ was written by Rabindranath Tagore in 1905. The first 10 lines of this song were adopted as the national anthem of Bangladesh in 1971, during its liberation war. 

4. Goa Was the Last State to Join the Indian Territory in 1961

Even after India attained independence on 15th August 1947, Goa was still a Portuguese colony. It was annexed to India by the Indian troops only in 1961. Thus, Goa was the last state to join the Indian territory.

5. Lord Mountbatten chose August 15 as India’s Independence Day :

Although the Indian Independence Act was approved on July 18, 1947, Lord Mountbatten chose August 15 as the date of India’s independence as it coincided with the date of Japan’s surrendering to the Allied Forces after World War II on August 15, 1945.  

If I Won The Lottery The First Thing I Would Spend Money On…

The very first thing you would do upon hearing that you won the lottery.

The last time I got a prompt on these lines this was my answer – A new luxury apartment is what I would buy first. I have mentioned it a few times here that I wish I could sell this apartment and move to a new one. One of the biggest reasons I haven’t is that, well we don’t have much money. Either I have to sell first and then use that money to buy the new place. Finding a place to live in the meanwhile is a problem. I, dad & mum could stay at my sister’s place but I wouldn’t want to impose too much. So winning a lottery would be great.

Depending on the money, if it is a nice chunk of money but not that high, say 2-5 lakhs, then I would buy the flagship Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra and a higher end, fully armoured laptop for my personal use. I get so jealous when I see people in most countries buying the latest flagship phones and me having to work out a plan, adjust my budget just to get the best in the mid-range ones. I’ve written before about this and I would like to easily buy the ones that I want.

And then if there is some money left over, order some clothes and upgrade my wardrobe, buy a few upgrades for the home in appliances – tv, fridge, coffee maker & other kitchen stuff and then relax with a nice meal and drink.

Prompt from 30 Random Blog Post Ideas at My Inner Shakti

Things I Find Disgusting

Things you just can’t handle (gross things like snot, ugly feet, etc.)

  • Yeah, snot! Definitely one of the worst things ever. I can’t also stand to see people spit and mucus – disgusting. I’d rather they show me lots of blood and gore. Having watched a lot of horror and slasher films, I guess I can still stand that stuff.
  • Religious fervor – especially the monotheistic ones of Christianity & Islam. Throw in Judaism in there for extra effort. And oh yeah, Hinduism too even though it is a polytheistic one. I cannot stand the hypocrisy and the self-righteousness and the self-important given just because one will do all kinds of shit in the name of thy shitty deity.
  • Cockroaches – I hate the very sight of those buggers. Disgusting, slimy bastards that will probably outlive the human race.

Prompt from 30 Random Blog Post Ideas at My Inner Shakti

RIP Olivia Newton-John

Dame Olivia Newton-John, the British-Australian singer whose breathy voice and wholesome beauty made her one of the biggest pop stars of the ’70s and charmed generations of viewers in the blockbuster movie Grease, died on Monday, according to a statement from her husband. She was 73. The singer revealed in September 2018 that she was treating cancer at the base of her spine. It was her third cancer diagnosis, following bouts with breast cancer in the early ’90s and in 2017. She was a four-time Grammy Award winner whose music career included five number one hits and another ten Top Ten hits on the Billboard Hot 100, and two Billboard 200 number one albums, If You Love Me, Let Me Know (1974) and Have You Never Been Mellow (1975).

Eleven of her singles (including two Platinum) and 14 of her albums (including two Platinum and four 2Ă— Platinum) have been  certified  Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). With global sales of more than 100 million records, Newton-John is one of the best-selling music artists from the second half of the 20th century to the present. In 1978, Newton-John starred in the musical film Grease, whose soundtrack remains one of the world’s best-selling albums of recorded music. It features two major hit duets with co-star John Travolta. Her other major success is the 1980 film Xanadu, in which she also sung “Magic” and “Xanadu” (with the Electric Light Orchestra).

The UK born Olivia moved to Australia with her family when she was 6 and by her teenage years she started making a name for herself in the local music industry and her musical hits in the UK, Australia & the US would lead her to make a move to the US in the mid 70s. For 45 years, Olivia held the Guinness World Record for the shortest gap (154 days) by a female between new Number 1 albums (If You Love Me, Let Me Know > Have You Never Been Mellow) on the US Billboard 200 album charts until Taylor Swift in 2020 bested that record. Although she had little acting experience (and turned 29 during filming), Newton-John gave an indelible performance as Sandy, a sweet-natured Australian transfer student who romances Travolta’s alpha greaser Danny at a Southern California high school in the 1950s.

In 1981, she took her new, sexier persona a step further with “Physical,” a dance number with suggestive lyrics. Banned by several radio stations, it became her biggest hit, spending 10 weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100. In 1983 she teamed with Travolta again for “Two of a Kind,” a romantic comedy-fantasy, but it failed to recapture their “Grease” spark. Over a lengthy career Newton-John won four Grammy Awards and sold more than 100 million albums. Shealso faced her share of troubles and tragedy. Her breast cancer diagnoses forced her to postpone and cancel several tours. And in 2005 Newton-John’s then-boyfriend, Patrick McDermott, disappeared at sea while on a fishing trip off the coast of California. He was never found — an unsolved mystery that haunted the singer for years.

From her second marriage to Matt Lattanzi, she has a daughter – actor/singer Chloe Rose Lattanzi. Married twice before, Newton-John married John Easterling, founder and president of the Amazon Herb Company.

Lucas Torreira Leaves Arsenal To Join Galatasaray On A Four Year Deal

Midfielder Lucas Torreira has joined Turkish Super Lig side Galatasaray in a permanent transfer. The Uruguayan international made 89 appearances for us after joining from Sampdoria in July 2018. He was part of our FA Cup final match-winning squad in 2020 and the Uruguayan was a quick hit at the Emirates – once scoring in a north London derby victory over Tottenham – but soon fell out of Mikel Arteta’s starting XI and spent time away at Atletico Madrid and Fiorentina on loan.

Torreira spent the last two seasons away on loan in Spain and Italy. In 2020/21 he was with Atletico Madrid, where he made 19 league appearances in the team’s La Liga winning campaign. The 26-year-old midfielder spent last season with Fiorentina, where he made 35 appearances in all competitions during his time with the Serie A side. His exit has now been finalised and he will join a Galatasaray outfit who have also recruited former Napoli forward Dries Mertens.

Everyone at Arsenal thanks Lucas for his contribution during his time with us and wish Lucas and his family the best of health and happiness in their new chapter with Galatasaray. Galatasaray themselves have revealed Torreira has signed a four-year contract with the club, with Arsenal receiving €6m as a transfer fee.

How Do You Enjoy Your “Me Time”?

I am a person who really enjoys some alone time. I have spent a lot of such hours & days just me on my own. I think I have mentioned this before but I love weekend mornings, especially if I can manage to wake up by 8am or even 9 am. The time that I have post my wash, my morning coffee and breakfast and then relaxing till lunch till which will be usually around 1:30 pm.

I watch Youtube videos, play some music, check out the latest football news, leaving the windows open and enjoying some cool breeze if it comes in. Unless it is a day like today and the idiots next door are burning their stuff as they tend to do on a nice day like this. But that feeling of having nothing to do in the morning and having that 4 hours or so to yourself is a good feeling.

I enjoy this morning so much that I am usually disappointed when it is time for lunch. Once lunch is done, I will relax with a movie and some fruits on the side to munch on. Evening coffee and some snack and more relaxation until dinner and the maybe a movie before I retire for the night.

Prompt from 31 Best August Journal Prompts for 2022 at Lifegram

Name 5 Things You Do Every Day Without Fail

Name the 5 things you do every day without fail?

  1. Look at my parents and be glad that they are still around at the ages of 83 & 73.
  2. Wish for better health so I can still enjoy life and not have to worry about my sinus & asthma, my myositis and my vertigo. Also wish for the better health and long life of my parents, my sister and her family and all my relatives and friends.
  3. Eat an apple a day, drink 2 cups of coffee. Coffee is to make me awake and aware and I really do need it. Apple is for my health.
  4. Wish for a better life many, many times in a day and dream of waking up one day and finding that what I thought was my real life is actually a dream / nightmare and my wish for a life is my actual life.
  5. Day dream of traveling the galaxy in a large spaceship with all my relatives & loved ones in a large spaceship that is part luxury mansion or a 5 star resort/hotel, having numerous adventures and a lot of fun.

Prompt from 31 Best August Journal Prompts for 2022 at Lifegram

Visualize Your Dream Life.

Visualize your dream life. Write about how it makes you feel.

What I would like in a dream home is a nice, big spacious 2 storey home, double car attached garage, that starts off with a living / dining room in the front off the foyer / entrance. That is for guests and entertaining, the latter is for you and your family. One half bathroom / powder room for guests and for emergencies when you are at home too. Large kitchen with center island, large freezer /fridge, beer fridge, double wall ovens. A big den / office where I have my computer, dvd/bluray collections and various Star Trek and other Scifi models on display.

A nice deck out back with a large green backyard confined by picket fences on the left and right sides and a grill at the back – which overlooks a small lake. 2 dogs and 2 kitties that play in that yard. One smoking hot wife who is totally in love & lust with me and vice versa. 3 large bedrooms in the main floor each with a bathroom attached. Basement with a man cave style bar+large screen tv and stuff. 3 kids, 2 girls and a boy. Family movie nights with popcorn and soft drinks (beer for me, wine for the wife). Games, sports and video games.

My dream life with this dream family will be one filled with love & laughter. We will stick together and spend lots of quality time while also having our individual time and interests. Weekend barbecues and dinner with the grandparents are all fun times. I can visualize all of this and it makes me feel good.

Prompt from JOURNALING PROMPTS FOR AUGUST 2021 at Krafty Planner