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Food Review # 42

The simplest, most common & most cheapest meal review I have on here. You will usually find porotta & beef roast in most typical small restaurants in Kerala. They are a staple of locals who enjoy their beef.

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It Follows

It Follows is a 2014 American supernatural – horror film written and directed by David Robert Mitchell. The film stars Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Daniel Zovatto, Jake Weary, Olivia Luccardi & Lili Sepe and deals with a supernatural entity that follows people who have had sex with a curse person.

The movie centers around the character of Jay, a carefree college student in Michigan, who goes on a date with her new love interest Hugh. At the movie theatre Hugh points out to a girl in a yellow outfit but when Jay looks back she cannot see her. Hugh is disturbed by this and asks to leave the theatre saying that he is unwell. On another night, they park in Hugh’s car in a park and have sex. Afterwards Hugh puts Jay unconscious and she wakes up to find herself tied to a chair in an abandoned building. Hugh tells her that through sex he passed on a curse to her; apparently he got it himself after a one night stand in a bar and the curse is that a supernatural being takes on the form of someone Jay knows and only she will be able to see it. The being will follow the cursed one at a walking pace and will kill her if it catches up to her and then pursue the person who passed the curse to her. Hugh implores that Jay sleep with someone else as soon as she can to be rid of the entity. A naked woman approaches them from the nearby woods as they go. Hugh drops Jay off at home.

Jay is helped by her sister Kelly and their friends & neighbours Yara & Paul. The cops are called but they cannot find Hugh at his reported residence. Later at her college Jay is approached by an old woman only she can see and she freaks out. That night while Paul is over at their house, the entity breaks a window in the kitchen and Jay sees a half naked woman approaching her. She runs to her room but Paul & Kelly can’t see the being, now in the form of a tall man with gouged-out eyes, so Jay jumps out of the window and runs to a nearby playground. As the others catch up with her Greg, another neighbour their age, comes to find out what happened and they will him in. The next morning they 5 of them head to the house that Hugh claimed to live in and find it to be abandoned. Using a photo of his, they track him to his school and find out that his real name is Jeff and go to his house. Jeff reiterates that Jay must have sex with someone else to get rid of the curse. They drive to Greg’s lakehouse, where Jay learns to fire a gun. The entity catches up to Jay and attacks her on the shore. She shoots it, momentarily incapacitating it, and escapes in Greg’s car, crashing into a cornfield. She wakes up in the hospital with a broken arm, surrounded by her mother and friends.

In the hospital Greg has sex with Jay and after a few nights he is killed when the entity takes on the form of his mother and kills him. Once again the target, Jay flees and spends the night by the beach. The next morning, she sees three young men on a boat. She undresses and walks into the water. Back home, Paul expresses his feelings about Jay sleeping with Greg and not him; he offers to have sex with her, but she refuses. Later the 4 of them decide to lure the entity to a public indoor pool and electrocute it but instead of entering the pool, the entity picks up the electrical devices and throws them at Jay. Paul attempts to shoot the entity but cannot see it and accidentally wounds Yara. Kelly drapes a blanket over the entity, allowing Paul to shoot it in the head. It falls into the pool. Paul asks Jay if she can see if the entity is dead. Jay approaches the pool, which slowly fills with blood. To be sure Jay has sex with Paul who then goes to find prostitutes in another part of the city. As the movie ends, Jay and Paul hold hands and walk down the sidewalk; someone walks behind them.

The movie seems to be a parable about AIDS and other STDs and perhaps anxieties about sex and intimacy. Although an interesting plotline, I found the movie a bit dull and boring in parts. I give it a 7 outta 10!

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Arsenal Win 2015 Community Shield By Beating Chelsea

FA Cup holders Arsenal won the Community Shield for a second season in a row as they beat Premier League champions Chelsea at Wembley. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored the winner with a powerful drive into the top corner with his weaker left foot. Ramires headed wide unmarked from Loic Remy’s cross as Chelsea failed to hit the target before the break. Eden Hazard skied a chance over the bar before Oscar’s free-kick was parried wide by Arsenal debutant Peter Cech. It was the first time the former Chelsea goalkeeper had been called into action after 68 minutes and soon after he comfortably held on to Kurt Zouma’s header.

Arsenal went close late on through Santi Cazorla and Kieran Gibbs in a match where both sides looked rusty a week ahead of their Premier League opener. Arsenal 1-0 Chelsea: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain fires Gunners to Community Shield win at Wembley and ends Jose Mourinho’s hoodoo over Arsene Wenger on Petr Cech’s debut. Finally, after 14 attempts, Arsene Wenger has sussed this Chelsea side out. Jose Mourinho’s team is good, but they are not that good. The mental block, the psychological edge that Mourinho played upon during the numerous childish exchanges, asides and squabbles down the years has just been stripped away. What better place, what grander stage to do it than Wembley, a week ahead of the opening fixtures in the Barclays Premier League. Arsenal had to work for this, protecting a first-half lead given to them after a belting goal from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain by eventually chugging their way to victory against the champions.

This is not the Thierry Henry vintage of 2004 at Arsenal, the pomp of the Dennis Bergkamp team that won the domestic Double in 1998 and again in 2002. But it is coming together nicely. Chelsea were made to look ordinary and functional, a side that looks as though the improvisation and clever skills of their match-winning players has finally been coached out of them. They looked average. Wembley is Arsenal’s home now, winning successive FA Cup semi-finals, FA Cup finals and now Community Shields. They look the part. This was a triumph for their expansive first-half football, playing fast and loose in the final third of the field with the game full of runs from Theo Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain. Ozil, as ever, provided the intelligence to this team.

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Happy 39th Birthday To Me

Today I started the final year of my 30s. How did this happen? The pact I have with the Devil and the numerous virgins I sacrificed in his name has not worked I see! Nothing I can do will stop the march into the dreaded….sigh…….40s!

Battling a cold, and it also changing for hot & humid to rainy & cold, I did not feel like going out today. Instead I stayed at home alone till 4pm. I woke up, made coffee, went to the store for a few things, made a large duck’s egg omelette with onions and green peppers and toasted bread for my breakfast. More coffee, some music and Youtube filled up my morning. Evening will be more coffee then dinner, that I am ordering in, with my parents, sister and her kids and I will wash them down with some Bacardi white rum and coke. A quiet day in.

I look at the years gone by, wondering where they went. I think of all the regrets and mistakes that I have made (quite a few actually) and think of all the “if onlys” and the “perhaps” and a few “why didn’t Is”. All the quiet thoughts of a lonely guy who had good intentions but was never quite up to the challenge. Damage is done, I’ve made my bed and I’ll in it.

Happy birthday to me. Whoever you are, wherever you are reading this post from, raise a glass to me please!

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Friday & Saturday Update

I am so tired. From late Thursday night I have had this sore throat that developed into a sore throat and a bad cold by Friday morning. It didn’t help that the ac in the company cab ride back home in the early hours of Friday morning was on full blast and it was so cold inside the car. I waited till the others got down before asking the driver to switch it off, which he did. After a 6 hour sleep, I woke up with a runny nose and a sore throat. Friday morning I spent drinking just coffee, black and lots of it, until it was time for a quick lunch and going back to the office.

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Friday I treated the two other members of my team to a pizza dinner. We walked about 15 minutes to the little restaurant and had a nice dinner and then came back to the office. It was fun and the pizzas were delicious. Still suffering from a bad cold, but luckily the throat is fine, from 11 am till 2:30 pm I spent today looking for a book shelf to keep in my bedroom and showcase all my Star Trek ships. I walked and I walked and it was a hot and sunny and sweaty day. I had lots of coffee today, I think 6 cups and little food – though I did have a chicken burger for lunch – and was spent by the time I reached home.

The large steel almirah is now gone from my bedroom, with the shop owners who are nearby coming in buying it from us. My room feels a lot more roomier now and the wall on that side looks bare. I have ordered a 5ft tall, 1 feet wide book shelf with 5 racks so I can display some of the stuff on it. I will have photos of it up once they deliver it to my place on Wednesday.

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RIP “Rowdy” Roddy Piper

The Wrestling world loses another legend taken much before his time. Legend and cult-film favorite “Rowdy” Roddy Piper has died after suffering a heart attack at his Hollywood home at the age of 61. He earned the nickname “Rowdy” by displaying his trademark “Scottish” rage, spontaneity and quick wit. Despite being a crowd favorite for his rock star-like persona, he often played a villain. Aside from his ring name, he was also known by the nickname “Hot Rod”.

Born Roderick George Toombs, in Saskatoon (Saskatchewan) Canada, Roddy Piper rose to success as a member of the World Wrestling Federation after working in various lower-tiered pro-wrestling organizations, including the National Wrestling Alliance, throughout the ’70s. After joining the WWF in 1984, Piper started out as a manager for up-and-coming combatants in the squared circle. Toombs’ character, “Rowdy,” was perpetually clad in a T-shirt emblazoned with the words “Hot Rod” and a kilt; he would enter the ring to a bagpipe theme and say he heralded from “Glasgow, Scotland,” despite actually being raised in Winnipeg. Piper headlined several major pay-per-view events; he participated in the main events of WrestleMania I and WrestleMania X – as a special guest referee in the latter. Never a world champion, he nevertheless accumulated 34 championships in various promotions during his career. Piper was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005 and named No. 1 of the Top 50 villains in wrestling history by WWE.

A formidable opponent in the ring, Piper truly found his calling as a trash-talking shit starter when he began hosting “Piper’s Pit,” a segment where Piper would insult and antagonize other members of the WWF universe. Some of the more infamous segments on his talk show-inspired segment included being manhandled by Andre The Giant after insinuating that the big guy may not be very intelligent and smashing a coconut over “Superfly” Jimmy Snuka’s head. He also starred in several movies including Hell Comes To Frogtown, Body Slam & They Live. He leaves behind his wife Kitty, 4 children and a grandchild.

Roderick “Roddy” George Toombs (April 17, 1954 – July 30, 2015)

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40 Is The New 30

Click over to your favorite blog, and pick out the 4th and 14th words (that aren’t “the” or “an”). Drop them into this phrase:

“_____ is the new _____.”

There’s your post title. Now write!

Hahaha, how appropriate. I am gonna cheat a bit and make this title more suited for me. 40 is the new 30! I believe that to be partially true and more importantly, I think that this could be increasingly true.

I don’t feel 39. I will turn 39 in two days yet I feel like I lost many years and I want them back. I feel like I missed out on a lot of things in my early 20s as well but my 30s seem to have rushed on by. I want to relive those years. Or stop aging for a few years. Let other people grow old but I stay 39 for a while, like a few years. I don’t want to say goodbye to my 30s, just yet! And, say hi to my 40s.

So let 12 months for me be like 48 months for the rest of the world. We’ll be all caught up by then atleast!

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Sirius A & Sirius B

Sirius Facts

Sirius is a two star system 8.6 light years from Earth. It consists of the main sequence star Sirius A and its small white dwarf compand their fuel and shed their outer layers.

Sirius B ision Sirius B. White dwarfs are the core remains of stars that have exhauste the closest white dwarf star to Earth. The force of gravity on Sirius B is 350,000 stronger than on Earth, meaning 3 grams of matter (roughly a sugar cube) would weigh 1,000 kilos (2,200 pounds)!

Sirius A is known as a main sequence star, meaning like the sun it produces energy by fusing hydrogen atoms in its core. Sirius is the brightest star in the night sky and the nearest that can be seen without the aid of a telescope.
Sirius B has a highly elliptical orbit around its larger companion. The derivation of the name Sirius is from the ancient Greek word for glowing, the star was also known to ancient Egyptians 4,000 years ago.

Sirius Radius
Sirius A has a radius of 740,000 miles (1.2 million km), which is 71% larger than the radius of the sun, Sirius B has a radius of only 3,650 miles (5,900 km) which makes it slightly smaller than planet Earth!

Sirius Mass
Sirius A has twice the mass of our sun, despite Sirius B being similar in size to Earth it has almost the same mass as the sun, making it an incredibly dense object.

Sirius Statistics

Also Known As: Alpha Canis Major, the Dog Star

Distance From Earth: 8.6 light years
Constellation: Canis Major

Sirius A Star Type: Class A – Main sequence white star
Sirius B Star Type: White Dwarf

Sirius A Mass: 2.02 x Sun
Sirius B Mass: 0.98 x Sun

Sirius A Luminosity: 25 x Sun
Sirius B Luminosity: 3% of Sun

Sirius A Diameter: Approx 1.5 million miles (2.4 million km) – 171% x Sun
Sirius B Diameter: Approx 7,300 miles (11,800 km) – 92% x Earth

Sirius A Temperature: Approx 10,000C (18,000F)
Sirius B Temperature: Approx 25,000C (45,000F)

Age of System: Approx 240 million years old

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And The List Becomes Shorter

So my family is abuzz with the news and finalisation of my cousin’s wedding. He is getting married at the ripe old age of 42 on August 19th. It’s his first time getting married but he has been looking or rather his parents have been looking for a very, very long time. I guess for the past 10 years or so. But because they look into stuff like astrology (jadhagam as we call it here) and because he has a hard to match horoscope he has had no luck in finding a bride the tradional way. This time it got sorted out but I am not sure if they tried to match horoscopes but it is still an arranged marriage after the families met.

So that’s one more down and just a cousin who is 42 nd myself left unmarried in our family of first cousins. Well there is my baby cousin but she is not yet 23 so she doesn’t count. She won’t even consider a wedding until she turns 25 or 26. My cousin who moved to the US in 1999 and turned 42 in February is looking like an eternal bachelor like me and most probably a reluctant bachelor – also like me. It’s not that I haven’t wanted to find the right woman but it’s a factor of things that have prevented me from getting hitched – mostly because I feel like I might be rather low on the totem pole.

I won’t go the arranged married route, with or without horoscope as I don’t believe in such stuff. I haven’t found a lover though I have had a girlfriend or two back in…..well it seems so long. Me being overweight and well…ugly could also be a major reason. there’s a few other things also in the mix, stuff I dunno if I want to put on a blog out there as they are deeply personal and I have never told anyone else about it. I am lonely and been lonely for ages and perhaps that is what I have to resign myself to. A life of loneliness. I am even lonely when I am in a group of people.

I guess not everyone finds that special someone. Here’s to us bachelors and bachelorettes. I hope you do find someone to call your own someday.

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Awkward Situation

Sometimes I wonder how do I get myself into situations like these. It’s beyond me. I don’t even know how it got started but I do know that it’s not something that I did. It’s no fault of mine yet somehow I feel like I am to be blamed and I feel quite shitty about it. But I do not deserve this at all.

No idea what or if I actually did anything and it’s not that I can easily go and ask because it is embarrassing and awkward to say the least. But once again I do not know what to say or if I should say anything in the first place. It’s a weird situation and one I did not see happening at all.

I am not sure if I will do anything about it today and will try and avoid it if I can. I just want to leave or make some changes if I can. Sheesh! What an akward mess!

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RIP APJ Abdul Kalam

Indian lost an iconic figure yesterday when former President APJ Abdul Kalam, the ‘missile man’ who came to be known as ‘People’s President’ died on Monday after he collapsed during a lecture at the IIM in Shillong on Monday evening. Kalam, who would have turned 84 in October, was confirmed dead more than two hours after he was wheeled into the ICU of Bethany hospital in a critical condition following the collapse at around 6.30 pm. According to reports, Kalam suffered a massive cardiac arrest during the lecture at IIM, Shillong. Considered the most popular President, Kalam became the 11th head of the state and occupied the post between 2002 and 2007 but lack of consensus denied a second term in office for a man who came from outside political spectrum.

Kalam was the 11th President of India from 2002 to 2007. A career scientist turned reluctant politician, Kalam was born and raised in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu and studied physics and aerospace engineering. He spent the next four decades as a scientist and science administrator, mainly at the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and was intimately involved in India’s civilian space program and military missile development efforts. He thus came to be known as the Missile Man of India for his work on the development of ballistic missile and launch vehicle technology. He also played a pivotal organizational, technical and political role in India’s Pokhran-II nuclear tests in 1998, the first since the original nuclear test by India in 1974.

Kalam was elected President of India in 2002 with the support of both the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and the opposition Indian National Congress. After serving a term of five years, he returned to his civilian life of education, writing and public service. He received several prestigious awards, including the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honour.

Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam (15 October 1931 – 27 July 2015)

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Two New Beers Tried & Liked

Buying beers to drink back at home is a new thing for me. I never used to buy bottles or cans of beer and drink them at home. Instead I opted to drink at bars or beer & wine parlours on the weekends when I got out along with lunch or perhaps before lunch. Sometimes in the evening. With bars being banned from serving alcohol other than beer and wine (except for 5 star hotels) it is difficult to enjoy drinks outside the home. And really expensive too as the bee parlours have been taxed more and hence upped the prices of beers to keep their margins the same.

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So the better option is to buy some stuff for the home. I have visited the self service style Bevco outlet in Gandhinagar twice now and this Saturday, being the second time, I bough 4 beers and a 500ml bottle of Bacardi white rum. I bought two cans of Miller and 2 of Budweiser Magnum (which I find to be better than the original). I enjoyed both beers a lot.

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So as we start a new week today, here’s a couple of pics of my beers in my brand new Arsenal pint glass. Ah, so refreshing and tasty and not bitter at all.

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Spy

Wanna watch a good, silly & humorous film filled with some laughs and even some cool action stuff? Watch 2015’s Spy written and directed by Paul Feig. The film stars Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham, Rose Byrne, Miranda Hart, Bobby Cannavale, Allison Janney, and Jude Law.

Susan Cooper is a desk bound CIA analyst who sits at her computer guiding her suave partner, field agent Bradley Fine when he goes out on missions, using the latest technology and miniature cameras to warn him of imminent danger. At the latest mission in Bulgaria, Fine accidentally shoots & kills Tihomir Boyanov without first finding a suitcase nuke whose location is known only to Boyanov. With Susan guiding him Fine is able to escape the compound. Meanwhile, the agency learns that Boyanov’s daughter Rayna (Rose Byrne) might know the location of her father’s device, so they send Fine to infiltrate her home. However, Fine is shot dead by Rayna while Susan watches online. Rayna also divulges that she knows the name of the top agents like Fine and Rick Ford. Susan volunteers to be the agent on field as she will be unknown and her boss Eliane Crocker agrees, much to Ford’s disgust who quits.

Susan, in disguise, is sent to Paris to spy on Sergio De Luca and finds that Ford has followed her. Though Ford thinks he is being secretive, Susan sees De Luca and his assistant switch Ford’s bag with one that contains a bomb and is able to warn Ford. Susan then follows De Luca to Rome, where she meets her contact Aldo, a suave Italian informant who makes inappropriate advances towards Susan. At a casino that night Susan runs into Rayna and after warning her about an assassin dropping poison in her drink, becomes part of Rayna’s inner circle. Gaining Rayna’s trust, they fly in her private plane to Budapest. Along the way, the steward kills the bodyguard and pilots and tries to kill Rayna, but Susan is able to subdue him and take control of the plane before landing it in Budapest. Rayna suspects her of being a CIA agent but Susan is able to convince her that Boyanov hired her to be Rayna’s bodyguard in the event of his death. In Budapest, the two encounter Susan’s best friend Nancy (Miranda Hart), who is sent by Crocker to back up Susan. After being shot at in the street, Susan orders Nancy to get Rayna to safety while she pursues the shooter’s vehicle. The shooter turns out to be CIA double agent Karen Walker, who sold Rayna the names of the agents. As Walker is about to fatally shoot Susan, Walker is killed by an unknown sniper.

While accompanying Rayna to a party they run into Lia, De Luca’s associate who turns out to be an assassin. While Nancy creates a diversion, Susan fights Lia in the club’s kitchen. Lia is killed by Fine, who is very much alive, and apparently fakes his death so he could be with his lover Rayna. After Susan is captured and put in an abandoned bunker along with Also, Fine appears and reveals that the real reason he faked his death was to gain intelligence on the device’s location, which could only happen by gaining Rayna’s trust. Wanting to prove herself, Susan escapes from the bunker with Aldo’s help and poses as a double agent with Rayna and Fine at De Luca’s mansion. De Luca’s buyer is a Chechen terrorist who arrives with a suitcase filled with diamonds in exchange for the nuclear device. However, De Luca, now in possesion of the device and doubting that Dudaev can safely smuggle it into the United States, kills him and his men and keeps the diamonds. De Luca intends to sell the device to not only an even higher bidder, but to someone who can transport it to New York City within a week.

As De Luca is about to kill Rayna, Ford appears and distracts De Luca, allowing Susan to save Rayna’s life again. DeLuca tries to escape in his helicopter but Susan and Ford grab onto it before it can take off. Though Ford loses his grip and falls into the lake, Susan confronts De Luca in the helicopter alone. After Nancy and Aldo arrive in a helicopter and help Susan kill De Luca, Crocker arrives to recover the device. Rayna is arrested, but it’s implied that she has come to like Susan as a friend. Also, reveals himself to an undercover MI6 agent and invites Susan to dinner if she visits London. Susan declines a similar offer from Fine and instead opts for a girls night out with Nancy. The next morning, Susan is shown screaming after waking up amidst empty champagne bottles and realizing that she has slept with Ford.

A barrel of laughs and rib-tickling comedy with lots of cool action scenes and fights. It is quite funny. I give it an 8.5 outta 10!

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Walcott To Sign, Benzema & Reus Bid Rumours

Theo Walcott has agreed a new four-year deal to stay at Arsenal – becoming one of the club’s highest earning players in the process. Walcott has been in negotiations with Arsenal over a new deal since the final third of last season, with the England star’s current terms expiring at the end of the coming campaign. It’s claimed the contract makes the 26-year-old one of Arsenal’s best paid players, taking him into the £100,000-a-week bracket. Arsenal are said to be set to announce the news in the next two weeks.

Arsenal are ready to increase their offer for Karim Benzema to finally sign the striker, according to reports. The Gunners have apparently made Real Madrid ace Benzema their top target this summer, with a class frontman a priority for Arsene Wenger. And after reports suggested Arsenal had seen a £31million rejected for Benzema, claims in Spain suggest that will now be upped to £35.3m. The Frenchman’s agent has ruled out a move in recent days but Madrid are open to selling for the right price, and Arsenal now hope to meet that.

Arsenal are ready to sign Marco Reus from Borussia Dortmund after hijacking Liverpool’s deal for the player, according to reports. Reus has been tipped to leave Dortmund this summer and reports had suggested that Liverpool were in talks with the player over a deal. But now the Daily Star says Arsenal have hijacked the negotiations and are now looking to sign 26-year-old for themselves. The news comes amid talk that Arsenal have a £200million transfer budget – and they’ll need it, with Reus tipped to cost £47.8m to sign. Real Madrid have also been sniffing around the German in recent days.

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Night Shots

This is what I see on my way back to my apartment late in the night after work. I currently work a 4:30 pm to 1:30 am shift at work and reach home at around 2:20 am. The company provides us with cabs so we don’t have to depend on our own transportation. As there is a little work going on in the gutters on the perpendicular road I get down at the junction and walk the few 100 feet or so to my building.

Night time in the city is a whole new world almost. When I get down there isn’t another soul in sight, no birds or animals to be seen or heard. Ok I have spotted a couple of bats and an owl or two on different nights. But it is very quiet and a little like in a dream state.

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Here are a couple of shots of the street on which I live. Providence Road, Cochin baby!

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Shoulda Woulda Coulda

Tell us about something you know you should do . . . but don’t.

  • Lose a bunch of weight
  • Move out and find a small place of my own
  • Try and find a bigger profile & better paying job
  • Take a chance and find a woman to marry and live happily ever after

Why and how will I get these done? I dunno. It seems easier to give up. I dunno how much will things change that will let me be able to get these things done or will it ever happen at all. But I will give it an attempt. I want these. I really do want these.

Prompt from The Daily Post at WordPress.com

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