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Lists For The Foodie In Kochi

Top five sandwich places / outlets in Kochi:

  • Cocoa Tree (MG Road & Panampilly Nagar)
  • Fort Cafe (now only in Center Mall)
  • Coffee Beans
  • Cafe Coffee Day
  • Chai Kofi

I can’t help but to put up the best sandwiches even if it is a large international chain!

Top five burger places / outlets in Kochi:

  • Burgeria
  • Cocoa Tree (MG Road & Pannampilly Nagar)
  • Coffee Beans
  • Chai Kofi
  • Food Marley
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Something In The Air?

I dunno if there is something in the air or it’s just the season for it but people in my training batch who are now working after their training has just completed are having deaths in their family. Like literally at the end of the training one guy’s grandfather died and 2 guys have had their uncles pass away. Close relatives means taking leaves for attending the funeral and taking care of family needs.

Now it is perfectly normal for people to pass away and their relatives needing leaves to go attend the funerals but the timing of it seems odd. At a previous place of work we had an epidemic – there too we had a month long training period post which they new employees have to begin work. At that precise moment in that office atleast we’d have one, maybe 2 and at times even 3 employees whose grandfather or grandmother passes away! For a period of two years I checked – atleast one person per training batch has lost a grandparent.

Now this place hasn’t been that bad but I am just about to complete 4 months here and suddenly – 3 of them!

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The Discussion To Avoid

“It’s never a good idea to discuss religion or politics with people you don’t really know.” Agree or disagree?

I agree though it can be hard to avoid it especially if the other person or persons keep bring up the topics of politics or religion. As a rule it is ideally a good practise to avoid all talks about religion and politics in a place where you aren’t supposed to do so – like an office or any place of work, school, colleges and other educational institution (unless ofcourse asked to do so).

It’s never a good idea, it lead to heated arguments and curses and threats and causes friction in public. Only do it with close friends or family and people you are comfortable with. Unless you are paid to speak and discuss/debate it with other people in a forum or even not paid but invited to do so – then go ahead. If not do what I try and do and not speak about it unless it’s with people you are comfortable with. Or do it on Twitter and Facebook!

Prompt from The Daily Post at WordPress.com

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Photo Sharer?

Why Do You Share Photos?

I can’t say for sure as to why other people share photos but for me, and this could be only me, I like taking photos. And if I like a particular photo I’m sure that some if not all of my friends and family members will like them too. That’s why I share them. I am not a photographer of any note, neither do I have a proper camera; I shoot my photos on my phone (currently an 8mp camera on my BlackBerry Q10) and I have taken photos on them since I have had a photo enabled phone (since late 2005).

I take photos of whatever I see that I like – the food I eat, the drinks I drink, the things I see, the places I go to, the view from my balcony, the gadgets and stuff I use or buy, the signs / boards / posters and designs I see. Rarely is it that photograph people – for some reason. I just don’t see the reason to snap pics of people except for really close friends and family. Nothing against people but I just don’t get too many selfies or group selfies (groupies) etc whatever bullshit name is associated with them. I just ….. I’d rather take photos of dogs and cats.

In a way I’m also trying to show people that I have some excitement in my life and that interesting things are happening in my life and don’t you envy me just a bit – isn’t that what everyone wants? Maybe you don’t say it out loud but you are sharing these pics so that other people can see what it is like to live your life. And if it looks appealing to another person, you look better to them. It’s that narcissistic side in all of us and it’s ok to do so. So share your photos to everyone and enjoy what they share back in return. It’s all good.

Going to the bathroom in a club/bar/restaurant etc and taking 150 photos of you with a pout (duckface) is not!

Prompt from The Learning Network at The New York Times

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Early Monsoon?

Looks like the monsoon might come in early this year. It has rained a couple of times earlier this month with heavy doses of thunder and lightening but that soon passes and it’s back to boiling hot sunny days and humidity beyond what you would ever want.

But yesterday evening and now this afternoon it looks like it’s more rain and looks like the monsoon is soon upon us. Usually it’s by the end of June but hey no one is complaining if we get lots of rain to cool us off. Last night was ok, almost pleasant night. Except for the fact that also insects will start coming in to take shelter from the rain. Ugh!

So how often does in rain where you live dear reader?

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Karma Chameleon

This just in: let’s pretend that science has proven that karma is a thing. Your words and actions will influence what happens to you in the future. How (if at all) will you change your ways?

Yeah, in the highly unlikely event that karma is a proven thing (sheesh) I won’t change my ways that much. Not that I think that I am perfect in any way, shape or form but I do know one thing – people have done so much more bad things, far worse than anything I have done purposefully or without my knowledge and yet this stupid karma thing doesn’t seem to come back and bite them in the ass at all! Not even a slap on the wrist!

Now in most cases, I try to do the right thing and try to avoid hurting someone even emotionally unless they ask for it and are being mean themselves. And I try and help out if possible and be good. If that doesn’t get me “good karma” well then “karma” can go fuck itself in it’s own ass!

Prompt from The Daily Post at WordPress.com

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Living For The Weekend Ahead

Another day, another boiling hot afternoon and i’m leaving for work. It is so humid that I must have sweated a bucket in just 10 mins. Now I am in the company cab with the airconditioner on full blast and some of it blowing straight at my face and part of my body. I wish I had an airconditioner at the apartment – it would make the evenings and nights during the summer so much more bearable. Maybe I should get one soon.

This week could be very busy and hectic yet I am also hoping that things will go smoothly and without a hitch. And I am already craving for the relaxation of the weekend – I only had Sunday off last week due to an adjustment done and I need my 2 day weekend for proper relaxation. Even if I went out yesterday at noon and had a burger at McDonald’s with my cousin and then onto beer a little later. But I haven’t watched much tv shows or movies in a while. Or listened to much music.

Next weekend that will change. 5 days of intense work followed by 2 days of rest. Coming up!

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Arsenal 2 Reading 1

Holders Arsenal reached a record 19th FA Cup final after two goals from Alexis Sanchez sealed victory over Reading in extra-time. Sanchez gave the Premier League side a 39th-minute lead from close range before Garath McCleary volleyed home an equaliser shortly after the break. Reading needed the post and keeper Adam Federici to keep the scores level as the game required an extra 30 minutes to decide the outcome. The Australian keeper was at fault as Sanchez’s effort spilled through his grasp and rolled in and although Reading pushed for an equaliser Arsenal held on.

The Gunners will now face the winners of Sunday’s other semi-final between Aston Villa and Liverpool as they look to lift a record 12th FA Cup. Sanchez has 22 goals this season since his summer arrival from Barcelona and, with 36 places separating these two sides, he was the difference at a sunny Wembley. The first half went to form with Arsenal dominating their Championship opposition and enjoying 74% possession. Per Mertesacker had seen his early header from Mesut Ozil’s corner well saved by Federici, low to his left, and at the other end Jordan Obita’s fierce half-volley from 25 yards was straight at Wojciech Szczesny. Reading forward Jamie Mackie was unlucky to have been ruled offside when clean through before Arsenal scored the opener. Ozil unlocked the Royals’ defence with a wonderful pass to Sanchez, who, after controlling and turning inside, prodded past Federici from close range. Reading levelled nine minutes after the break with McCleary volleying home Pavel Pogrebnyak’s cross from six yards. Although Szczesny got to the ball, goal-line technology confirmed it had crossed the line

Federici, who would later leave the pitch in tears, produced a wonderful one-handed save to claw out Gabriel’s header as Arsenal looked to get themselves back in front against a Reading side who were growing in confidence. Szczesny nearly made a mess of Nathaniel Chalobah’s shot from distance, palming it away to safety, while Aaron Ramsey missed a glorious chance to put the Gunners ahead by striking the post from within the six-yard box with only a man on the line to beat. Ramsey’s low shot from 25 yards was saved by Federici, who was lucky to see it rebound off him and over the bar. However, the Australian was at fault just before the end of the first period of extra time. Sanchez’s shot took a slight deflection and the keeper fumbled the ball through his legs as it crossed the line.
Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud hit the post with eight minutes remaining and although Reading pumped several balls into the Gunners’ box, they never looked like finding an equaliser as their first FA Cup semi-final since 1927 ended in heartbreak.

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“18042015”

What’s the date today? Write it down, remove all dashes and slashes, and write a post that mentions that number.

He picked up the token number at the counter at the Official Migration Bureau when it was his turn as they called his name. He felt the smoothness of the plastic of the token as his finger glided on the surface. The token read “18042015” and the only other words on it were the symbol of the Bureau. He said the number again and again in his mind until he had memorized it. The promise of the day coming soon.

He then went into a much larger room, showed his identification documents on his tab and that of his family – his wife, 2 kids, a cat and 2 dogs and a turtle. One unit, the lady at the desk said after she checked the authentication of the documents. She worked behind her desk and worked out the details which took about 10 minutes. During those 10 minutes, all thoughts of feelings went through his mind. Mostly relief and also excitement. It was finally happening. His family and he would be leaving the earth soon. Our planet was slowly becoming a wasteland and it was getting more & more difficult to breath without respirators fitted to everyone. It was ok for humans but the animals they kept as pets struggled and had to be restrained or tied up on leashed during the 10 hours it was recommended to breath through the respirators.

The evacuation project had started 2 years ago and the governments of the world came together to arrange the mass migration – of all humans and most of the animal world – from Earth to Earth 2; a supersized earth like planet in another galaxy. The exodus would take place in multiple phases and house people & pets in several large bioships that would put the living inhabitants in statis for the year long journey that it would take to get from Earth to their new home. He and his wife had counted the days and waited until it was their turn; 18042015. His would be the 18,042,015th person to be evacuated and as his immediate family his wife was 18,042,016, his older son 18,042,017 & daughter 18,042,018 in number. The 2 dogs, cat & turtle just about fit the maximum limit they could for pets – any more and they would have to keep them with another family, perhaps his brother-in-laws whenever their turn was up. His own brother and his family had already left on the previous phase.

As he finally got his documents in order and was about to leave, the lady at the counter grabbed his hand with both of hers and said “Good luck, have a safe trip!” He wondered what her number and her family’s numbers would be. Probably much later as she worked for the official migration group. He thanked her with tears in his eyes as he pocketed his token and his documents and left the Bureau to go home and tell his wife the good news – one week from now, they would be leaving their home forever and move on to the long journey to their next. Earth 2! As he stepped outside to start his walk back home one large number kept repeating in his mind over & over again – “18042015!!

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Voulez Vous Coucher Avec Moi, Ce Soir

If you could wake up tomorrow and be fluent in any language you don’t currently speak, which would it be? Why? What’s the first thing you do with your new linguistic skills?

Ok, so tomorrow morning as soon as I wake up I find that I am fluent in any language of my choice, which I currently do not know how to speak. Which one – French ofcourse!

It is hands down the most beautiful and sexiest and most classiest & sophisticated sounding language ever. Why would I not want to be fluent in such a language! I would flaunt my new found French speaking skills to all and sundry and watch as the beautiful chickies be sweapt off their feet and remove their panties for me!!! Hahaha – unlikely event I know!

So what would I do with it? Well other than trying to score chicks and making their panties fly, I would move to Quebec or France and speak with the locals like I was one. And stay there.

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Hard Or Easy

Are You Hard or Easy on Yourself?

I think it kinda depends on the situation and the way I feel about it. There are several things beyond my control and hence if things go bad I tend to be a bit easier on myself as I know that there was nothing that I could do about it and there is no point in me overburdening my mind about it with such worrying thoughts and doubts. But I usually tend to play the events over and over in my mind long after the events have passed. I can’t help it as in those situations my thoughts have a mind of itself – if that pun is acceptable!

Other times I tend to take things personally and to heart and even I might not show it much to the outside world I tend to berate myself and blame myself for everything that happened. And I start finding fault in everything I did, even things that happened years in the past and or decisions that have no connections to the current event. I brood for days and days keeping to myself and playing the events in such detail and scream at myself internally that finally I break down and cry. Yet I won’t tell many people about it except for my closest friends. And I blame myself for even existing in the first place.

I think other people can be harder on themselves than I am but I know people who take things a lot lighter and easier than this. The mind is the most powerful weapon and it can drag you down if you are not careful.

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Are You Afraid Of Math?

Are You Afraid of Math?

Not afraid of but….yeah I am freaking afraid of it. Doing complex math equations will scare the living crap outta me. Forget complex, even simpler ones freak me out. I also take my time in doing multiplications and whenever possible I will use the calculator or an excel sheet if I have a computer in front of me. I am not fond of math, have never been fond of math and I do not see math & I in love with each other in the foreseeable future.

As a kid I never spent too much time doing math problems at home unless it was part of my homework. I never did them for fun or spent any extra time on them at all, wanting to be way from them as much as possible. For studies I used to read math problem instead of doing them in a book at a desk or a table and that’s probably why I did so poorly at math. But I hated it a lot and hence my lethargy at doing math problems.

Prompt from The Learning Network at The New York Times

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How Do You Use Facebook?

I use it a lot like most people do. I share some thoughts and comments. I share news articles and I often share funny pics that other people, groups or pages post. I share some funny clips and trailers of upcoming movies that I think would be awesome and ofcourse I share my favourite music videos.

Some people only add their close friends in real life, cousins, uncles, aunts and other relatives who they are close to as their Facebook friends. This is a close section of people and means secrecy is involved. There are usually few surprises and arguments because these people know you well and they expect or share several of these ideas and views of yours. I on the other hand, like a lot of people on my Facebook friends list, add a lot of people I have never met in real life before but have met and become friendly on other Facebook groups, blogs, Twitter etc. The problem here for some of us is that these people will only share one of our interests/views but do not have the same interests or views in several other things.

It depends, sometimes you make a lot of good friends that way and they remain friends for a long time while others end up pissing you off or unfriending you because of things you disagree on and say nasty things about you when they get upset.

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