King Of Indian Roads

Do you remember your first car? Did you give it a name? Tell us about your first car or what it was like when you learned how to drive.

I never bought a car of my own. I don’t even drive. For my personal purposes now I mostly use Uber or Ola or one of other local options. I use that for traveling to and from work and also for going around town, as do a lot of people here as well. With the traffic situation and the lack of proper parking spaces throughout the city, it is the best option unless you have a bike/scooter.

However my family’s first car was an Ambassdor car made from Hindustan Motors, like most families in India at the time. This was the only option for most of India at the time that didn’t break the bank. I think for a while this was the only car for India. The model was in production from 1958 to 2014 with few improvements and changes over its production lifetime. Despite its British origins, the Ambassador is considered as a definitive Indian car and is fondly called the “king of Indian roads”. My family’s car was white.

We didn’t give it a name. But a bunch of us would fit in the car and we went for a lot of rides.

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Back To Night Shifts

So I am back to the evening shifts again. I was sort of getting the grove on the morning shifts, waking up at 6 am and getting to work by 8:30 am but most importantly getting off work by 5:30 pm which was awesome. Though in reality I was leaving the office by 6pm and getting home by 7 pm in the fucking traffic which has been killer these past couple of weeks.

Being able to drink a beer at home after work was also good. I did that twice; once on Wednesday night and then after the shitty day on Friday I just had to come back home and drown my woes in a couple of beers. I only got to leave the office by 8 pm and catch an Ola ride back home. I came in and asked dad and mom if they wanted some chilly chicken since I wanted to order some and drink my beers. Dad had already had dinner as he had gone out for the evening so mom and I ate the chicken and I drank my brewskis.

That is an awesome thing being able to enjoy a beer after you come back home from a tough day at work. I don’t want to drink at 4 am or 4:15 am so I don’t do that after coming home from work during the night shifts. Some people do but I don’t. Anyways, I have the weekend for beers and other drinks.

Giving Back & Contributing

Do you give back to your community by volunteering? Or maybe you have a favorite charity you support in other ways. Tell us what causes are important to you, and why.

No I haven’t. Other than a few blood donations and some charity money funding I haven’t really done anything at all. However I might be doing some pretty soon through the company that I work for. So they have this drive that they are doing by having employees donate their time to conduct some sessions for learning a skill and taking a class on a certain topic for other people.

Like maybe an 8 hour session on Excel skills by staff who are really good at Excel for beginners. Or Word or Powerpoint. Or how to draft and official email. Correcting grammar. General sessions that can help people who haven’t worked in a corporate environment. In a lot of cases the people who are attending these sessions are from below poverty level. In some cases people with disabilities as well.

I am not really comfortable to take sessions for general public but I usually take sessions for employees. This will be similar I suppose. So I hope it goes well and I can take several such sessions if it helps.

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My Breakfast Condiment Of Choice

My breakfast is usually non-existent in that since I usually work from a 6:30 pm to 3:30 am shift and wake up past 11:30 am I usually skip breakfast and have lunch by around 12:30 pm after some coffee. But there are other days when I do get to work a regular morning to evening shift or on weekends and I do get to eat and enjoy a breakfast.

Or sometimes I just want a quick sandwich. And I usually just eat toasted bread or chappathis with mayonnaise. I don’t really bother with tomatoes or cucumbers or anything else. No meats. It’s just bread with mayo. Or just chappathi or porotta with mayo. Since I love mayo a lot and depend on it for my meals, and since I am already overweight, I go for eggless mayo. There are many brands that make mayo here and many of them have the eggless variety.

My brand of choice is Sangi’s Kitchen that makes a few ones along with their plain old regular eggless mayo which comes in bigger jars. They have some in tandoori and spicy mixes as well But the one I love is theor roasted garlic and jalapeno mayo which is so delicious. I love that one though I usually just get the regular eggless. There is another brand called FunFoods which I recently tried and they have one with a garlic mix and it’s pretty good too. They call it veg mayo.

Games We Kids Played

What was your favorite game when you were a kid? Do you still play it today?

1)  Cricket was the sport we played the most as kids. I don’t like cricket anymore and I don’t think I played the sport since my late teens. I only followed, watched and played the sport since most of my cousins loved it and this is India after all. But in reality, I cannot stand the sport, I can’t stand most cricket players and I wish it got banned!

2) Football was the next big sport we played as kids. We didn’t have enough space to play it in my grandmother’s place which is where we cousins vacationed but I did play some at school and especially during my early years in Kuwait. In my later school years back here in India I played either defense or defensive midfield.

3) Badminton – we played it a lot. My mom played it a bit too. We usually played doubles with cousins and one year, age 12 in 7th grade my buddy Jimmy and I made it to the finals of the school badminton doubles tournament. We lost because we were not prepared for the finals.

4) Monopoly or Hind Trade which is the Indian version of Monopoly. I have blogged about this before. Loved the game and enjoyed the hours spent with my cousins playing the game.

5) Donkey (cards) which is a fun game to play with your cousins. Many, many evenings spent playing that game.

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Beef Lasagna Recipe

Ingredients:

1 pound bulk Italian sausage
1 pound ground beef
1 cup chopped onion
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 (8 ounce) cans tomato sauce
1 (14 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
1 (14 ounce) can Italian-style crushed tomatoes
2 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste
3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon consolidated loan calculator fennel seeds (optional)
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
12 lasagna noodles
1 egg
1 (15 ounce) container ricotta cheese
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 pinch ground nutmeg
1 (16 ounce) package shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided

  • Brown sausage and ground beef with onion and garlic in a large Dutch oven or heavy pot over medium heat, cooking and stirring until meat is cooked through, 10 to 15 minutes. Drain and discard grease. Stir tomato sauce, crushed tomatoes, Italian-style crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, basil, 2 tablespoons parsley, brown sugar, salt, Italian seasoning, black pepper, fennel seeds, and 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese into meat mixture. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer sauce for at least 1 hour (up to 6 for best flavor). Stir occasionally.
  • Place lasagna noodles into a deep bowl and cover with very hot tap water; let soak for 30 minutes.
  • Beat egg in a bowl and stir ricotta cheese, 2 tablespoons parsley, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and nutmeg into egg until thoroughly combined.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  • Cover bottom of a 9×13-inch baking dish with 1 cup sauce. Layer 4 soaked lasagna noodles, 1/3 of the ricotta cheese mixture, 1/3 of the shredded mozzarella cheese, and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese in the dish. Repeat layers twice more, ending with mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses. Cover dish with aluminum foil.
  • Bake until lasagna noodles are tender and casserole is bubbling, about 50 minutes. Remove foil and bake until cheese topping is lightly browned, 15 to 20 more minutes. Let stand 15 minutes before serving.

Prank Calls

Did you make prank calls when you were a kid or teen?

Yes but not often. I used to sometime prank my own mom. I would call and change my voice personal loan rate uk as much as I could and ask for my dad or me and pretend it’s the electricity board or the school/college or the police and say that I or my dad is in trouble or needs to come to the phone now. And I have made my cousin change her voice and pretend to be a girl I was going out with and was asking for me on April 1st.

I remember once back in the late 1980s a couple of my cousins and I were bored one afternoon in Trivandrum and prank called a bunch of people using fake names and celebrity names and asking for other celebrities who we insisted lived in their homes. We were like 10-12 years old and giggling uncontrollably even before we could finish asking for the person we wanted to speak to.

But other than that I can’t remember ever making prank calls. Once in a while I have pranked my own mum because that is funny as hell.

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7 Weird Laws In Portugal

It’s illegal to urinate in the ocean (pee in the sea) in Portugal.

The Portuguese government has an 80-page list of illegal names, or names prohibited to name your baby. For example, ‘Ovnis’ is on the list. In Portuguese it means ‘UFO.’

A Portuguese law, for instance, restricts “names that raise questions about the sex of the registrant.” People in Portugal can actually look at a government approved list of baby names that are mostly traditional and clearly state which sex the baby must be for the name to be appropriate.

In Portugal, the age of criminality is 16 years. However, many people in Portugal say that if a 14-year-old man commits a murder, he can not be arrested and responsibility for his crime. Now if he takes a slap from his parents, for example, stealing money, the same young man can go to court against his parents for domestic violence.

The ISP (Tax on Petroleum Products) focuses on all fuels that are made from petroleum in Portugal. So even if this same government encourages the use of alternative energies, if you put vegetable oil in your vehicle you are committing a crime.

Of the strange rules and laws in Portugal, one that irritates the Portuguese is the one that concerns the government subsidy to the young people and the value of the retirement. For example, an 18-year-old Portuguese young person who does not work can apply for a monthly subsidy to the Portuguese government of 200 € (two hundred euros). However, an elderly person who has contributed all his life can only receive € 236 (two hundred and thirty-six euros) of retirement.

Despite being an extremely controversial subject and provoking heated discussions, abortion enters into strange rules and laws in Portugal. Regardless of our opinion, a 16-year-old girl can perform an abortion, but she can not wear a piercing because the Portuguese state does not allow it.

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile is a 2019 American biographical crime thriller film about the life of serial killer Ted Bundy. Directed by Joe Berlinger with a screenplay from Michael Werwie, the film is based on Bundy’s former girlfriend Elizabeth Kendall’s memoir, The Phantom Prince: My Life with Ted Bundy. The film stars Zac Efron as Bundy, Lily Collins as Kendall, Kaya Scodelario as Bundy’s wife Carole Ann Boone, and John Malkovich as Edward Cowart, the presiding judge at Bundy’s trial. Oh and James Hetfield has a small role in it too! The title of the film is a reference to Cowart’s remarks on Bundy’s murders while sentencing him to death.

The movie shows us a charming, intelligent young man who seemingly sweeps a young woman off her feet and maker her fall in love with him. In 1969 Seattle, law student Ted Bundy (Zac Efron) meets Liz Kendall (Lily Collins), a secretary and single mother. The two begin dating and Ted helps Liz raise her young daughter, Molly. However by 1974, after multiple women are killed, he is picked up by a cop as his description and that of his car matches that given by several people who see a man asking women to help him load a sailboat onto a Volkswagen Beetle.  A young woman named Carol DaRonch picks Ted out of a police lineup, claiming he had kidnapped and threatened to kill her before she managed to escape.

Ted is released on bail, returning home to Liz who is upset after reading an article about him in the newspaper. Ted explains that Carol was shown his picture before the lineup took place, which is why he looked familiar to her, and believes he is being set up. After a four-day bench trial, Ted is found guilty of aggravated kidnapping and is sentenced to serve a minimum of one to a maximum of 15 years in the Utah State Prison. But he is charged with the murder of Caryn Campbell by Colorado authorities and he is transferred to Aspen, Colorado in 1977. Liz believes he is innocent and turns to alcohol in distress. Ted elects to serve as his own attorney and, as such, is excused from wearing handcuffs or leg shackles. During a recess, Ted escapes from the courthouse by jumping out of a second story window and running to the mountains, but is recaptured after six days.

Liz visits Ted and ends their relationship. He later escapes again after sawing a square in his cell’s ceiling. Two women at a sorority house are murdered at Florida State University, followed by vicious attacks on two more. After Ted is arrested, he tries to contact Liz but she hangs up on him. He starts to receive a following of women who are fascinated by him, some even claiming they love him. Ted is visited by an old friend, Carole Ann Boone (Kaya Scodelario), who believes he is innocent and moves to Florida to be closer to him. He is offered a deal in which he admits to the killings of the two girls and can avoid the death penalty for a 75 year jail term but he refuses. Ted and Carole Ann grow closer as she visits him regularly; the two begin a relationship but Ted continues to reach out to Liz, who is following his trials via television. She carries the guilt of being the person who gave Ted’s name to the Seattle authorities in 1975. Ted later proposes to Carole Ann and they marry.

Incriminating physical evidence is provided in court, including a match of a plaster cast of Ted’s teeth to the impressions of bite wounds on Levy’s buttocks. In under seven hours, the jury convicts Ted of the murders of Levy and Bowman, three counts of attempted first-degree murder, and two counts of burglary. Trial judge Edward Cowart imposes death sentences for the murder convictions to be carried out with an execution by electrocution. 10 years pass and Liz visits him in prison  taking a photograph given to her by a detective. She demands the truth but Ted continues to deny having anything to do with the murders. She then shows Ted the photograph — a crime scene image of one of his decapitated victims. Ted finally admits that he sawed her head off by writing the word “hacksaw” on the dew-misted window of the visiting room with his fingers, before erasing it with his hand.

Liz leaves the prison in shock but is met outside by her new husband and teenage daughter, and she proclaims that she is okay. The movie ends with archived footage of the real Ted Bundy and his trial and some interviews. Ted was executed in January 1989, aged 42 years old. Ted had confessed to over 30 murders days before his execution and his ashes were scattered in the Cascade Mountains where he had deposited the remains of numerous victims.

Why do so many American women fall for serial killers and other such wonderful characters on deathrow? I should say it’s mostly white American women! One stupid bitch calls him dreamy while he was on trial and they show up in support! Anyways, it was entertaining and interesting enough but is kinda pale and tame. Efron does a good enough job. I give the movie a 7 outta 10!

Some Husband vs Wife Jokes

At St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Toronto , they have weekly husband’s marriage seminars. At the session last week, the priest asked Giuseppe, who said he was approaching his 50th wedding anniversary, to take a few minutes and share some insight into how he had managed to stay married to the same woman all these years.

Giuseppe replied to the assembled husbands, “Wella, I’va tried to treat her nicea, spenda da money on her, but besta of all is, I tooka her to Italy for the 25th anniversary!”

The priest responded, “Giuseppe, you are an amazing inspiration to all the husbands here! Please tell us what you are planning for your wife for your 50th anniversary?”

Giuseppe proudly replied, ” I gonna go pick her up.”

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A wife arrived home after a long shopping trip, and was horrified to find her husband in bed with a young, lovely thing. Just as she was about to storm out of the house, her husband stopped her with these words:

“Before you leave, I want you to hear how this all came about. Driving home, I saw this young girl, looking poor and tired, I offered her a ride. She was hungry, so I brought her home and fed her some of the roast you had forgotten about in the refrigerator.”

Her shoes were worn out so I gave her a pair of your shoes you didn’t wear because they were out of style. She was cold so I gave her that new birthday sweater you never wore even once because the color didn’t suit you.

Her slacks were worn out so I gave her a pair of yours that you don’t fit into anymore. Then as she was about to leave the house, she paused and asked, “Is there anything else that your wife doesn’t use anymore?” “And so, here we are!”


A wife goes on a retreat for work. When she returns, she finds a pair of panties in her dresser that do not belong to her. Furious, she questions her husband.

The husband says, “I have no idea where they came from I don’t do the laundry!” So, the wife goes to the maid and questions her.

Indignant, the maid replies, “Madam, how should I know? These panties don’t belong to me. I don’t even wear panties greenwoods personal credit just ask your husband!”

Stargate Atlantis DVD Box Set Misadventures

Such a big disappointment! My order for the big boxset of Stargate Atlantis & SG Universe was lost in transit and hence I called up Amazon UK and they sent me a replacement for both. That was slightly delayed but apparently a mixup here meant that it was sent back. I tried to go to the main post office yesterday morning and then to another office to see if I could go and collect it myself but it was already sent back!!

Ugh! I was so angry. Now, I had to wait a few more days before I could call up Amazon UK and see what else can be done. I thought that it would be best to ask for a refund and then place separate orders for each box set.

Ok so we do this again and maybe 3rd time is a charm. After my original order for the complete SGA box set and the SGU box set was lost in transit and the replacement got mixed up and was sent back, I decided to get Amazon UK to just get me the refund for the order. The price for the SGA box set was at a special £25 and now it is £51! I looked and I found a 3rd party seller on Amazon UK selling it for £40 and placed an order for that one.

I hope this one reaches me safely. Please, Ancient Ones interfere in this order & shipment for me!

Joker (2019)

Joker is a 2019 American psychological thriller film directed by Todd Phillips, who co-wrote the screenplay with Scott Silver. The film, based on DC Comics characters, stars Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker. An origin story set in 1981, the film follows Arthur Fleck, a failed stand-up comedian who turns to a life of crime and chaos in Gotham City. Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, Glenn Fleshler, Bill Camp, Shea Whigham, and Marc Maron appear in supporting roles. Joker was produced by DC Films, Village Roadshow Pictures, Bron Creative, and Joint Effort, and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.

Well, I cannot really call this a superhero film even though it is based on a supervillan character from the DC comic book series. Instead this is a pyschological thriller about someone less than ordinary, a nobody basically, someone with an inferiority complex, less assured than the average man, someone who is already suffering a metal affliction can become devastated by the events that conspire against him and become a symbol for crazed evil.

He is letdown by his mother, his friends (what little he has), his presumed life, his dreams, his role model who is a tv show host, by society as a whole and eventually even by himself! In the end he could have gone down two paths : suicide or the dark side! And he goes down the dark side. He gets beaten for no reason, he is made fun off, he is taken advantage off and becomes a patsy, is harassed, shunned because of his condition and even targeted for violence because of it. He breaks! He is led to believe that the rich Thomas Wayne is his biological father but it turns out it isn’t true. His mother wasn’t even his mother and infact had even let her boyfriend physically abuse the adopted child. Distraught he snaps and kills his mother.

This is a movie worth watching for the acting of the lead character. He is sympathetic and brings out empathy and yet when you see him after he has snapped you are a little on his side. The cheers in the theatre for Joker when he comes in full makeup and finally smiles that sick smile shows that you want him to hurt the people who hurt him, to get back at society and to finally get some respect. It’s brilliant to watch. As a movie or a superhero movie I wasn’t too impressed but as a movie on it’s own, it’s damn impressive. A decaying metro city as Gotham brought out the world’s greatest detective from a tragedy but it also brought out the villains who had less than Bruce Wayne.

Oscar nod and perhaps even a win awaits Joaquin Phoenix. I will be highly dissspointed if he doesn’t atleast gets nominated. It gets an 8 outta 10 as a film but a 10 outta 10 for Pheonix!

Create A Blog To Make A Difference To The World


As John F. Kennedy once said, “One man can make a difference.”

And he was right because there have been many examples of people in the world who have done just that. Martin Luther King, Gandhi, and Rosa Parks being just a few. And yes, we know Rosa Parks was a woman, but we’re pretty sure Kennedy was speaking about all people when he made his famous quote, and not just men!

Above and beyond the famous examples we listed, there are thousands of other people making a difference to the world today. There are many you won’t have heard of. These are the people who work in job roles saving lives. These are the people supporting the needy through charity work. And these are the people who make a difference in small ways, helping their neighbors and smiling at strangers.

Then there are the people who blog. While some iron bridge lending focus on mastering the business side of blogging, perhaps to make a monetary gain as their primary interest, there are those who write with one mission: To make a difference in the world.

There are purchase cialis the eco-bloggers who seek to educate the world on green matters. There are those who blog to raise issues about injustice in the world. And there are many other bloggers who have a desire to make a difference to the world, in all kinds of ways. They sit at home, using their piece of the internet to inform and inspire their readers. They do it because they want to make a difference.

So what about you?

If you have ever considered blogging, or if you already do blog, why not do your bit to make a difference in the world.

If you’re an eco-warrior yourself, why not share your views with the wider world? You could let people know what you do to go green at home or at work. You could promote green companies so the general consumer knows how to shop ethically. You could raise awareness about the technologies used to protect the environment in industry. Click here for one example. And you can extend this by letting people know about the technologies they could be using at home. Smart bulbs are but one example.

Or how about standing up for the rights of others? The world is full of discrimination against people of color, the female sex, those with disabilities, and the LGBTQ community. If you are saddened and/or enraged about any such group being discriminated against, you could make a difference by supporting them through your blog. Check out these blogs on women’s rights, for example. By raising awareness and inspiring others to take action against injustices, you can make a difference.

So think about the issues you have an interest in. Above and beyond what we have already mentioned, there could be other topics you want to raise. You might not be Superman, and you might not be in politics, but with the written word, you still have a platform to make a difference from your little corner of the world.

There is plenty of advice online on how to get started with a blog, and we have blogging articles on this site that might be useful to you. So, if you have an interest in making a positive difference to the world (and to be honest, we all should), then don’t stay silent. Start a blog, market it through social media and internet forums, connect with interested readers, and make an impact.

You see, one person can make a difference, and today that person could be you.