Share 5 Things You Absolutely Can Not Live Without

Share 5 things you absolutely can not live without

1. Music : Specifically hard rock & heavy metal. While I do love some pop (mostly 70s & 80s pop and maybe a few from the 90s) overall rock is my life. I do not think life would be worth living if we didn’t have music in our life and I know my life would be sorrier if I couldn’t listen to the stuff that I love. If all heavy metal & hard rock disappeared from the universe and only rap & hip-hop and shitty pop music remained, then I would prefer to not listen to any music at all.

2. Star Trek : Whenever I have been away from watching Star Trek for a while, like a few months, because I am too busy watching other stuff and I come back – it’s like this was something I was missing in my life so badly and now my life is enjoying it a lot and it’s a need. More than just the scifi aspects of it, it’s the stories and ideas and philosophies that have fueled my thinking and my life. It’s the future that I hope for. An even more futuristic version of it is what I always dream about – but it is heavily influenced by Trek.

3. Internet : How else can I share my feelings and thoughts and idea with you? How else can I watch / stream content, buy so much stuff that I need or want? I spend a lot of time online, watching clips on Youtube, blogging and doing all sort of things on Facebook & Twitter as well. I would never want to not have internet at my home.

4. Coffee : Need I say more? I love coffee even more than pizza or beer or vodka (I know, I know) or burgers! Or Coke/Pepsi/7up/Sprite. Because unlike the others, which I love a lot, I need coffee on a daily basis and I drink like 3-4 cups of that delicious, life giving

5. Football : I will always love this sport. It is important that I get to watch football. Not daily but atleast a few times a month. I love club and international football. Sometimes I even need to check transfers and other news when there aren’t any games going on, a few times a day. It is the beautiful game/sport and the people’s game and it is in your blood.

Prompt from 31 Blog Post Ideas for August @ A Grande Life

It’s Not The Ritz-Carlton, But It Will Have To Do!

What is your favorite room in your house?

So I wrote a post about this very same blog prompt in 2019 about my room in our old house, which we sold in 2006. This time I will write about my bedroom in the place I currently live, which is a 1200 sq ft 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment I share with my parents.

My bedroom is both my bedroom and currently my home office. Since the pandemic, I have been working from home and my erstwhile laptop table is now my work desk which has my office given dual boot CPU and 21 inch monitor plus mouse and large keyboard. I have a couple of knick-knacks on it, along with some battery spares. I have enough space for my coffee mug or a pint glass for Pepsi or anything else.

Then I have a chair, my queen sized bed and my two bookshelves which house my dvd collection and some Star Trek spaceship models. I also have a built-in cupboard from some clothes and which I mainly use for storage. I also have a clothes hanger stand for my shirts and pants and belts. And oh yeah, I also have a 32 inch tv on the wall opposite my bed so I can watch movies & tv shows from my bed.

That’s it. This is my sanctuary and my retreat.

Prompt from 31 Days Of Writing Prompts For August at The SitsGirls

Pick Up A Game : Health Benefits of Bowling

Health Benefits of Bowling – Bowling has one of the longest and richest histories of all sports, dating back approximately 4,000 years ago to Greece and Rome. If you have watched the sport, or game if you prefer, and would like to get into it here are some reasons to get into it and possibly join a local league. There are many important physiological and physical attributes of a successful bowler, including exceptional hand/eye coordination and balance, good flexibility, strength and aerobic fitness and low body fat. A good musculoskeletal system maximizes bowling power and control while minimizing injury risk.

Muscle Strength : Bowling is a sport! It requires a combination of lifting, bending, and extending. Each time you bowl, you utilize your arms, shoulders, wrists, and legs to propel the ball down the lane. The more you bowl, the more muscle strength you’ll build. This is especially true if you increase the weight of your ball as you continue to bowl.

Improved Flexibility : You can bet that the more you bowl, the more flexible you’ll become. Bowling requires an extensive range of motion. Not only are you lunging and twisting regularly, but you also have to stabilize your muscles in order to balance as you approach the lane. The more you practice, the more stability and flexibility you’ll develop.

Hand-eye coordination: Throwing the bowling ball and hitting the pins requires a great amount of hand-eye coordination. This kind of focus stimulates mental alertness, concentration and tactical strategy. This makes bowling the perfect game for young people to sharpen motor skills and hand-eye coordination, and for older people to refine tactics.

Can be enjoyed at any age: Bowling is one of the few sports that allows you to compete at any age and become a pro. The game is enjoyed by everyone from preschoolers to senior citizens and is currently the fastest growing high school varsity sport. There’s a low risk of injury, which makes it a popular game for older individuals. Many bowling alleys can accommodate those in wheelchairs and bowlers who are blind.

Fun for the whole family: A large contributing factor to the simplicity of this game is the immense adaptability that it offers. The rules of the game are very easy to understand and learn, and the automatic scoring systems take care of all the scoring for you. So bring your children and your parents, buy some snacks & soft drinks at the counter and make a day of it.

Kerala Coronavirus Lockdown Update – August 2021

The Kerala government is mulling to execute a new COVID protocol to regulate crowding and avoid complete lockdown in the state. A health expert committ..committee will prepare recommendations for the new COVID protocol as directed by the Chief Minister. With this, the government will quash the weekend lockdown and restrictions on alternate days. A final decision in this regard will be taken in the review meeting on Tuesday.

The government has been facing harsh criticism over the unscientific restrictions which increase chances of crowding. Observing this, the government has decided to revise the protocol. The expert committee has opined that there is no need to impose restrictions across the state based on COVID Test Positivity Rate and the number of patients. Instead of this, restrictions will be imposed  by identifying micro-containment zones based on TPR. The committee also recommended to cancel the weekend lockdown as observing that it increases the rush on Friday and Monday.

Shops that are allowed to function three days a week will be allowed to open every day. Restriction on working hours of shops will be cancelled. Meanwhile, strict restrictions will be in place for weddings, death and other public gatherings. The government will take strict action to avoid crowding after revising the protocol.Along with intensifying police surveillance, efforts will be taken to increase COVID tests. Though the state has been reporting a surge in COVID cases, the number of people under treatment in hospitals were not increased.

It is hinted that the vaccination helped the patients to avoid complications after contracting the virus infection. Hence, the government is planning to vaccinate more people in the coming days. A high-level committee headed by the Chief Secretary will discuss the recommendations of the health expert committee. Following this, the government will enforce the new COVID protocol. As Onam rounds the corner, the government will be more scrupulous in taking the final decision.

4 & A Half Decades On This Planet

Hello 45! I cannot believe that I am now 45 years old. A reminder of the deadly passing of time that you are unable to do anything about – stop, reverse or even slow down! A reminder to party like there’s no tomorrow because you are slowly dying!

At times I feel like someone or something has cheated me and I lost the best years of my life. I did not get to do the things that I see other people enjoying in their 20s and 30s. I think I got left behind. Where did the time go? I want to be young again. Have a bright future ahead of me and go back to being 22-23. And make a lot of changes in my decisions that could have affected my life in more positive ways. If only I could go back in time and make those changes rather than play with these cards that I am dealt with.

Or I can be grateful for another 365 years of live on this planet and give a toast to the previous years that have gone by. The highs & the lows, the good & the bad, the achievements, the failures, the disappointments, the pleasant & no so pleasant surprises and the loves and losses and even the hates! This is a day for reflection and inner search for those few strands of positive things that have made a difference in your life and hopefully, the things that you did that meant something to others.


This is the cake that I bought from Pandhal cake shop for my birthday. My sister and niece also went and bought a cake from another place. Mine was this delicious Rich Chocolate that was so awesome and my sister bought a VanCho cake that was really good too. I had some candled and we enjoyed them just after coffee. I asked my mother to give some to our neighbours who always cook something for us.

By 8 I was sipping rum & Pepsis and we ate the dinner I had bought. Which was veg fried rice, dal makhni (since my sister is a vegetarian), naan, tandoori chicken and butter chicken. Post dinner I had another rum & cola and listening to music online.

What Is Your Dream Job?

My dream job is an extension of what I am currently doing and have gotten paid for it. I get paid for blogging and sponsored posts in which I add links to various business. I would love to be able to quit my job and make money just by blogging about the things that interest me. I would also like to have a Youtube channel that takes off and gets a million plus subscribers who view the videos I make a lot but blogging is my main thing.

I have made a nice chunk of money online but it’s nothing that I can chase as a full time career. But I wish I could do that and nothing else. Just get paid a lot of money each month to write about things that I like, love, observe and ponder. Even things I hate and do not agree with. But that’s the dream. That I can stop worrying about the rat race and earning a salary and instead play some music and tap on the keys about the things that I want to blog about and make money that way.

Sometimes I do wonder if I could write a book, a novel – a work of fiction – and make money that way. If only I could bring in the images in my brain about this futuristic world onto black and white or better yet make that into a movie series or tv series – man that would be so awesome!

Prompt from 31 Days Of Writing Prompts For August at The SitsGirls

Wonder Woman 1984

Wonder Woman 1984 (stylized on-screen and often abbreviated as WW84) is a 2020 American superhero film based on the DC Comics character Wonder Woman. It is the sequel to 2017’s Wonder Woman and the ninth installment in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). The film is directed by Patty Jenkins from a script she wrote with Geoff Johns and Dave Callaham, based on a story by Johns and Jenkins. Gal Gadot stars as Diana Prince / Wonder Woman, alongside Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, Pedro Pascal, Robin Wright and Connie Nielsen. Set in 1984 during the Cold War, the film follows Diana and her past love Steve Trevor as they face off against Max Lord and Cheetah. The film grossed $166 million worldwide, failing to break even due to limited theaters during the COVID-19 pandemic, but became the most-watched straight-to-streaming title of 2020.

Losing Or Gaining faith – Losing My Religion

Having grow up in a Hindu family I blindly accepted the gods of Hinduism as a kid because…well of indoctrination. Hindu families will start indoctrinating their kids or grandkids fairly early on, even before said kids can start talking proper sentences. Having the mother or grandmother taking the toddler to the pooja room and making them fold their hands in front of Krishna and making the kid try to say “protect me, oh Krishna” (in Malayalam) is a common sight in the morning after said toddler has had a bath or just as the lamp is lit.

So yes I was a believer until, I reached the age of 13. I can’t say that I became an atheist at the age of 13 but that age is when I started my questioning and the stories of the gods weren’t enough to make me blindly believe. I remember thinking about certain things and asking a few questions and even though I got some answers, none of them were convincing in the least. I stopped going to temples by the age of 14 but did attend a couple of religious poojas because I was still a teen. But my parents never pushed me to do anything religious against my wishes.

Soon most of my extended family understood that I didn’t like going to temples and wasn’t a believer. I went if weddings were held in a temple but that’s about it. By the age of 19 I understood that I was an atheist and what that label meant and I was comfortable in telling people that’s what I was/am. I haven’t been in a temple since then except for weddings. A lot of people on learning that I am an atheist, will start talking some silly stuff about why I should believe and that really irritates me and sometimes I say things back but without proper scientific evidence, you have no chance of converting this one. Also, most of your gods sound like assholes who I would never worship even if in the unlikely event that they were real, anyways!

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All you need to know about curriculum vitae writing: rules, ideas, tips

All you need to know about curriculum vitae writing: rules, ideas, tips

 What do you need to do to get your resume together? There is no answer to this question, and there can be no correct answer, because there are no perfect resumes – in each case an individual approach is needed.

Nevertheless, if before preparing a resume, you find online and at least briefly read the rules for making up a resume, then you already know the main thing. Don’t you like reading rules and instructions? This article will help you keep your way to a new job shorter.

9 rules of a professional CV and resume editing and writing

 To compose a proper resume/cv, you need help from a resume writing service such as where expert writer and editor will write and edit your resume online making it sound and look correct. is the company making dreams about a job come true.

Resume rule # 1: clearly state the desired position

The title of the desired position is one of the most important points of the resume. The fate of your resume depends on how clearly you make it sound.

Do not use options such as “any position”, “specialist”, etc., as these wording will not give the employer an idea of ??what you want. Employers will not waste their time thinking about what to offer you. If no specific position is specified, the CV will go to the trashcan.

Do not include several mutually exclusive positions in one resume at the same time, even if you are equally proficient in the functionality. Compose several different resumes, each with an emphasis on the experience and skills required for each specific position you might be applying for. Yes, you will have to spend a little more time, but the result will not be long in coming! This is what a resume making consultant will assure you.

When sending a resume for vacancies, in the first line, mention only the title of the position from the vacancy announcement you like.

Professional resume rule # 2: decide on your salary in advance

In the “Income level” field, it is better to indicate the specific amount of money for which you are applying.

Resume writing rule # 3: refrain from humor

A resume is a business document. When composing it, it would be best to avoid irony, humor and sarcasm. Make jokes later, but for now, the information style will bring you much better results than even the most appropriate joke in this case.

Resume Rule # 4: Be Concise

Do not make your resume look like an epic novel by placing the texts of articles, publications, and your reflections on the meaning of life. All this is unnecessary. The resume should fit on one page at best, maximum two. Excessive brevity will also not look representative – a resume with not fully completed main fields and the words “I will tell everything in person” will be immediately sent to the trash.

Resume composing rule # 5: remove unnecessary personal information

For your own safety, do not include personal information in your resume – ID number, address where you live, etc.

Good resume rule # 6: assess whether you need links to your social media profiles

It is not always worth giving a link to your Facebook page or on other social networks in your resume – the employer may find out too much unnecessary information there. If social networks do not characterize you as a professional, while looking for a job, you should even think about limiting the ability to view your pages in the visibility settings, leaving access only to friends and close people. And in general, you should not describe the details of your personal life in your resume. Avoid information that is irrelevant.

Sample resume rule # 7: check your resume for spelling errors

The resume should not contain grammatical mistakes and typos – such CVs make an extremely negative impression on the employer. Then again, resume service may come in handy. You might use its editing or consulting services online, which are highly professional and a professional consultancy is the best of the best ideas when you are looking for a job and eager to find it no matter what.

An expert consultant from company will provide you an expert evaluation of your resume if you composed it on your own, edit if any changes required so it looked and sounded correct. Job hunting is a serious thing and your resume has to be properly done and this is what a resume editor is meant for. Applying for help online, you kill two birds with one stone saving your time and getting a perfectly edited resume.

Resume placing rule # 8: check the accuracy and relevance of the information

Be honest when writing your resume. Knowledge of specific programs, availability of certain skills – all this is checked very quickly. If necessary, you will need to confirm the information you specified with documents or relevant examples.

Resume Rule # 9: add a recent photo to your resume

To put a photo in the resume is optional. But if you do decide to accompany the document with a photograph, remember that it must meet a number of requirements. There should be only one person in the picture and this person is you, and your face should be clearly visible. Remember: CVs with photos showing the applicant without clothes (partially or completely) will not be accepted for consideration! And keep in mind that you may feel free to apply for a consultancy of a professionals.

Arsenal Sign Ben White From Brighton

Ben White has joined Arsenal from Brighton & Hove Albion on a long-term contract. The 23-year-old defender, who has proved to be one of the Premier League’s finest young prospects, joins us after spending the summer as part of the England squad at the Euros.

Ben spent the 2019/20 season on loan at Leeds United, where he was an ever-present in their Championship-winning side, helping them win promotion back to the Premier League after a 16-year absence. He returned to the south coast last season, becoming a key member of Brighton’s Premier League side. Ben started his youth career at Southampton before joining Brighton as a 16-year-old, where he enjoyed rapid progress, making his first-team debut as an 18-year-old. During his time at Brighton, as well as the Championship-winning spell with Leeds, Ben also spent successful loan spells with Newport County and Peterborough United.

Ben will wear the No 4 shirt and will immediately join up with his new team-mates ahead of The Mind Series friendly match at home to Chelsea on Sunday. White was named in the England team for the first time in May 2021, where he was selected as part of the provisional 33-man squad for UEFA Euro 2020. He was later cut from the squad, though remained on standby for the tournament and made his debut as a substitute in June in a 1–0 win over Austria. He made his first start for England in the second and final warm up match in another 1–0 victory, this time against Romania on 6 June. On 7 June, he was named in the squad as a replacement for Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Another Year Rolls On By

Every year when it comes around to my birthday I go into a semi-depression. I take a good look in the mirror and I see back upon on my life as it has been so far. And I get depressed. I am no where I wanted to be when I was younger and had dreams and hopes. I had my little wish of being a married man, with a loving wife and partner, with my own place or should I say our own place and at a better time in my life.

I don’t have any of that. I don’t have my own place. I am not married and neither do I have a girlfriend. Funny, a few years ago I thought I had accepted the fact that I would never find love but I guess as the days and weeks pass, it gets harder to just accept the fact that I will always be alone. I am not where I want to be financially and I would like to change my job but it is kinda tough during these times. I would also like a change of place and pace and move away.

Thinking about all of these things makes me feel sad. I look for ways to keep myself or rather my mind busy and during the waking hours I kind of manage to do that. When I go to bed that is another thing altogether. I think that is why it takes a very long time for me to fall asleep unless I am very tired. Oh well, another year is upon me.

Costa Coffee’s Belgian Chocolate Frostino

British coffeehouse chain Costa Coffee has has a small footprint in the Indian landscape and have had an outlet in Lulu Mall located in Cochin since 2015. Overpriced for sure and with a more bitter taste than giants Starbucks or Indian chain Cafe Coffee Day, Costa coffees were something I had only when I went to the mall.

Since the start of the Coronavirus pandemic, I have ordered a few coffees and frappes via either Swiggy or Zomato to quench my premium coffee thirst. Usually it is Starbucks or CCD. I think I have only ordered a latte from Costa Coffee once but I have been hearing about their Frostinos line which I had never tried before. Frostinos are a range of creamy iced drinks for utter indulgence. Available in 6 delicious flavours they are sure to be a hit of they already aren’t.

Double Chocolate Cookie, Vanilla Frostino, Coffee Frostino, Caramel Latte Frostino & Strawberry Cream Frostino are other options but the one I chose was the Belgian Chocolate Frostino: Belgian chocolate sauce blended with fresh milk and ice, finished with an extra swirl of sauce and fresh cream. Nice and thick and not too sweet – that was something I liked as it wasn’t an overdose of sugar. It has the bitterness of coffee with some sweetness of the Belgian chocolate. With lots of chocolate chips and cream. It’s really good!

Flooring Types & Options

Flooring is the general term for a permanent covering of a floor, or for the work of installing such a floor covering. Floor covering is a term to generically describe any finish material applied over a floor structure to provide a walking surface. Both terms are used interchangeably but floor covering refers more to loose-laid materials. Materials almost always classified as flooring include carpet, laminate, tile, and vinyl. When you are looking for flooring store Oshawa, let’s get to know some information first.

What are the types of flooring?

  • Types of Flooring Materials
  • Hardwood Flooring. Hardwood continues to be the top choice for its great appearance and long-term
  • Laminate Flooring
  • Vinyl or Linoleum
  • Porcelain or Ceramic Tile Flooring
  • Natural Stone Tile Flooring
  • Carpet.

What is the most durable type of flooring?

Tests at Consumer Reports found porcelain tile to be the most durable type of flooring, resistant to scratches, dents, and moisture. It’s also very easy to clean. Glazed ceramic and porcelain tile require very little maintenance, though other types need more.

What is the cheapest way to do flooring?

Laminate is one of the least expensive choices for residential flooring, because it’s been around for so long there are many different avenues to try. When it comes to cheap flooring ideas, laminate is a good choice for people who are hard on floors, so if you have children and pets, it’s a smart selection.

The Medals At Tokyo Olympics Are Recycled Phones & Small Electronics

Medals are unique to each Games and to produce the medals, the Tokyo Organising Committee conducted the “Tokyo 2020 Medal Project” to collect small electronic devices such as used mobile phones from all over Japan. This project makes Tokyo 2020 the first in the history of the Olympic Games to involve citizens in the production of medals, and to manufacture the medals using recycled metals.

Approximately 5,000 medals have been produced from small electronic devices that were contributed by people all over Japan. Tokyo 2020 launched a medal design competition, inviting the public to submit design ideas for the medals. The medals for Tokyo 2020 were designed by Junichi Kawanishi.

RIP Dusty Hill

Joseph “Dusty” Hill, ZZ Top’s bassist for more than 50 years, has died, the group’s longtime rep confirmed. No cause of death was cited. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as a member of ZZ Top, in 2004. The band’s Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard issued a statement: “We are saddened by the news today that our Compadre, Dusty Hill, has passed away in his sleep at home in Houston, TX. We, along with legions of ZZ Top fans around the world, will miss your steadfast presence, your good nature and enduring commitment to providing that monumental bottom to the ‘Top’. We will forever be connected to that ‘Blues Shuffle in C.’ “You will be missed greatly, amigo.”

Earlier this month, Gibbons and Beard played their first performances without Hill in more than 50 years, stating that the bassist had been forced to seek medical attention “to address a hip issue,” according to a statement, although his ailment was apparently more serious than they let on. While ZZ Top was best known for their synthesizer-powered 1980s hits, they were a thoroughly Texan, heavy rock-blues band at heart, spawned from the same psychedelic scene that birthed Roky Erickson and the 13th Floor Elevators but keeping things roots and rocking throughout their more than 50-year career, even as they incorporated synthesized rhythms into their sound in the 1980s.

Hill was born in Dallas in 1949 and played cello in high school, which made for an easy transition to electric bass. He, his guitarist brother Rocky and future fellow ZZ Top bandmate Frank Beard, a drummer, played in local bands such as the Warlocks, the Cellar Dwellers and American Blues, working the same Texas touring circuits as ace guitarist Billy Gibbons’ band, the Moving Sidewalks. The brothers parted company in 1968 over musical differences, and Hill and Beard moved to Houston, where they eventually united with Gibbons in ZZ Top.

Gibbons had formed the band in 1969 and recorded a one-off independent single produced by manager Bill Ham, who would remain with them for decades. The act’s original bassist introduced the guitarist to Beard; Hill would join Gibbons and Beard for a gig in Beaumont, TX, on Feb. 10, 1970. The lineup remained the same for more than five decades: They celebrated their 50th anniversary at a San Antonio concert in February 2020.

Hill’s on-screen appearances include Back to the Future Part III, Mother Goose Rock ‘n’ Rhyme, WWE Raw and Deadwood, and as himself in the 11th-season episode of King of the Hill, “Hank Gets Dusted”, in which Hank Hill is said to be Dusty’s cousin. He also made an appearance on The Drew Carey Show as himself auditioning for a spot in Drew’s band, but is rejected because of his attachment to his trademark beard which he refers to as a ‘Texas Goatee’.