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ROSHAN’S ELEVEN : Youtubers Whose Videos I Watch Religiously

I have a humble Youtube channel with a handful of subscriber but these guys really rock their channels with good content. These are the individually (or in some cases a small group) done videos not backed by a big production (Like Fung Bros or Buzz Feed) and in some cases are very simple with little to no editing done but they have fun, entertaining and interesting content. Therefore I watch them. I just realized that 11 is not a big enough number for me when it comes to channels I watch but for now these are the top 11.

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Talking About Your Generation

What Do Older Generations Misunderstand About Yours?

The generation older than me have a lot of misunderstanding about mine. One – they think everything evil or bad is done because of the influence of western culture, movies, music and books! Nothing Indian is bad at all. Even when it is bad and some of the worst shit ever. They turn a blind eye against all the faults of their own culture and are oblivious about the good of others. And funny enough, this is the generation of Indians that most traveled, settled or have lived abroad! And still do!

They also can’t stop thinking of their children and the children of their brothers and sisters as anything other than kids, even when they turn 40. And they think they need guidance in handling difficult situation, money matters and raising kids – like they are the best at all of these things. They haven’t had the best parents and they weren’t the best either but they demand the best from you and will correct you in things that you are doing right but which they don’t approve off! Interference is a huge thing among them. They think their way was the best and everything else sucks. Oh and if you happen to move abroad and raise your family there then it’s “Oh the kids will never be our kids because of the influence of Western culture!”

Also the best thing ever – the women who have never worked in an office or held a job before (homemakers yes but most have had 1 or possibly maid servants to do a lot of cooking and the cleaning during their lives) commenting on the jobs that their sons/nephews have or don’t have, how much they make etc etc. Really? Fuck off!

Prompt from The Learning Network at The New York Times.

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Ghostwriter

If I could pick an author to write my biography then I would pick Stephen King. Hands down my favourite author of all time and the author of my favourite novel of all time, IT, he would do an amazing job of making my miserable life seem interesting enough that people would want to pick up a book on it and read.

He would make it seem even more fascinating that it ever could be and jazz it up to a great extent that even I wouldn’t recognise it as being about my own life. He would include ghosts, goblins, evil twins, fantastic landscapes, werewolves, vampires, creepy creatures, even an alien or two and a scary ghost house. He would make you laugh at the funny bit, scare you silly at the gory, horror scenes and gross you out with describing in great detail the mess, puke, bile and shit! All made up ofcourse

And it will also be sad in parts; lost loves and longing, old friendships and parting ways and remorse and regret and pain. And a melancholic strain that refuses to go away. So yeah, Mr. Kings’s latest book is a sure best seller!

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If I Were 13 Again

You’re 13 again, with all of the knowledge you’ve gained since. What would you do differently?

Like I have seen in certain science fiction shows or comedy films, I get turned back to being a 13 year old me yet I am able to retain all the memories of my since since I was 13 and all the knowledge and experiences. I would make so much use of it man, I really would try and make my life so much better and make sure that I do not make the same mistakes that I made the first time around.

I would make sure that I took part in more extra-curricular activities, enjoyed my school life a lot more (not that I didn’t enjoy it but there’s always room for improvement). I would also concentrate more on my studies and make better choices in terms of what I would want to major in. I would make sure that the good friendships endure and keep in touch with the ones that matter. I would also correct a few wrongs and things that didn’t go all that well in my life at that point.

I would also make sure that my sophisticated and knowledgeable abilities make me a big hit with the teenage girls . Oh yes I would be smooth and suave and sweep the chickies of their feet. They would swoon all over me because I would be their age but oh so mature and “experienced” and treat them like ladies rather than girls!

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Might Be Moving Temporarily

It looks like I will be staying away from my home for about a month or maybe less. We have a problem in our apartment building in that our elevator is not working. It’s gone kaput! The elevator has been begging to be put to death many, many months ago and the work we had done in the building (plumbing replaced in all 14 apartments) in 2013 meant that we had a lot of equipment being pulled into and out of the elevator car several times a day and the damage was further done. Plus to be honest some of my neighbours are not careful at all, they let their kids play in the elevator – kids used to go up and down at all times of the day and there was even toddler who would only eat if his nanny took him in the elevator! Spoiled brat!!

So the effect is that the elevator is going to need a huge overhaul and it’s gonna take a few days to get that done. There will be a delay and counting that plus the time for the actual work, it will be about 3 weeks almost. As mom, dad & I live on the 7th floor (the top floor) we have it the hardest as climbing 14 set of stairs to get to the top is tough on the legs. Mom & dad cannot climb it at all and I manage to do so after resting every 2 floors and gasping and wheezing a lot. It is hard on these legs but I can manage as long as I only have to climb up once a day. It might even be good for me. But my folks have decided to rent an apartment just above the one my sister & brother-in-law live in with their kids. The owner of that apartment rents it out and, coincidentally, the current renters are vacating it on the 1st of April. So they want me to also join them and stay in that place until the end of April when the elevator work over here should also be done.

I am trying to stay back but my folks could need me to get them stuff – like grocery shopping, medicines etc – in between so it might be better if I stayed with them during the month away. It’s not decided or anything, as we have 8-9 days to think about it. I won’t have internet there, which is the annoying thing. But let’s see! I will keep you posted.

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Birdman

Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu Birdman is an independent release American Black-comedy film starring Michael Keaton, Naomi Watts, Emma Stone, Edward Norton, Zach Galifianakis, Andrea Riseborough & Amy Ryan. The movie, made to look like it was a single continuous length shot, garnered wide acclaim from critics, with praise particularly directed to its acting, direction, and screenplay. The story follows faded Hollywood actor Riggan Thompson, famous for his role as superhero Birdman, as he struggles to mount a Broadway adaptation of a short story by Raymond Carver.

With his glory days as the superhero comic hero Birdman in 3 movies long behind him, washed up actor Riggan Thompson is attempting to resurrect his career by writing, directing & acting in a Broadway play based on Raymond Carver’s short story “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love”. Co-producing the play is his best friend and lawyer Jake and Riggan’s girlfriend Laura, and first-time Broadway actress, Lesley also co-star. Riggan is tormented by the voice of Birdman which he imagines to mock & criticize him and also imagines himself performing feats of telekinesis and levitation. During rehearsals a light fixture falls and injured actor Ralph (Riggan tells Jake that he made it happen himself in order to remove the actor from the play) and Lesley suggest that Riggan replace Ralph with the brilliant but volatile method actor Mike Shiner. In order to do that Riggan refinances his house to fund his contract.

The initial previews go disastrously with Mike breaking character over the replacement of his gin with water and attempts to rape Lesley during a sex scene. Riggan is also pissed at the younger actor as he feels that the latter is stealing his limelight with large news articles & interviews showing Mike as the star attraction. Mike is also hitting it off with Riggan’s former addict daughter Samantha, who he catches holding pot. His relationship with his daughter is strained as she accuses him of never being there for her when she was younger. On evening, during a break in the play, Riggan catches Samantha & Mike flirting and accidentally locks himself out of the theater and walks in his underwear through Times Square to get back inside; amateur videos of the incident go viral online. Later he runs into influential critic Tabitha Dickinson and though Riggan tries to be nice to her, she tells him that she hates his kind Hollywood celebrities that “pretend” to be actors and promises to “kill” his play with a negative review without having seen it. After arguing with her, he gets drunk and passes out on the streets of NY and the next day hallucinates a conversation with Birdman, who tries to convince him to do a 4th blockbuster film, and also imagines himself flying around the city.

On opening night, in the final scene which ends with his character shooting himself, Riggan uses a real gun with real bullets to shoot himself in the face. He earns a standing ovation from all but Tabitha, who leaves during the applause. When he wakes up he has had reconstructive surgery to his nose and Jake shows him rave reviews in the paper, including one from Tabitha who calls his uicide attempt “super-realism”, a new form of method acting. While Samantha is out getting him a vase for some flowers, Riggan goes to the bathroom and dismissed the hallucination of Birdman and seeing birds outside, climbs onto the window ledge. When Samantha comes back in to the room, she sees something in the sky and smiles as the movie ends.

What does she see that makes her smile? Her father flying in the sky? The ending is strange because all the feats of levitation and telekenesis is just supposed to be in his head right? I mean Riggan isn’t really a superhero? What could that ending mean? Nevertheless, it is a brilliantly directed, shot, produced and acted film one of the most unique way of telling a story I have ever seen. It is a look at Hollywood and the film industry itself and is well worth watching. Keaton is masterful, probably his best role yet. A 9 outta 10!

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Newcastle United 1 Arsenal 2

Last evening Arsenal held on for sixth consecutive league win & remain one point behind Man City in the league. The Gunners resisted Newcastle’s second-half fightback as they continued their pursuit of second-placed Manchester City. After City beat West Brom, Olivier Giroud scored twice in four minutes as Arsenal established first-half control. He poked in his first from Santi Cazorla’s free-kick before heading in a corner for his 17th of the season. Moussa Sissoko’s crisp finish sparked a revival but David Ospina’s save from Remy Cabella’s shot was crucial. Any Newcastle hopes that the Gunners would suffer the after-effects of Tuesday’s Champions League exit were extinguished in a first half in which the visitors could easily have been four goals ahead.

Despite being without Mesut Ozil, they did not miss the German playmaker as Giroud again linked up well with Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck to score his ninth goal in as many games. If only Newcastle could call on the same firepower. Newcastle manager John Carver witnessed an improved second-half display from his side, but without injured top scorer Papiss Cisse and suspended defender Fabricio Coloccini, they slipped to a fourth defeat in the last five games. Giroud was a tad fortunate for his first goal as Welbeck flicked on Cazorla’s free-kick and the Frenchman seemed to score via his knee. The second showed his strength as he held off Mike Williamson to nod in Cazorla’s corner. Aaron Ramsey, in the side to replace Ozil, inadvertently denied Giroud a first-half hat-trick when he diverted a low cross out of his team-mate’s path.

Cabella was heavily involved as he first set up Sissoko’s goal with a clever cut-back. He then teed up Yoan Gouffran, who could only poke straight at Ospina, with Sissoko almost troubling the Colombian from close-range following a corner. As Arsenal tired, Jonas Gutierrez, who returned to action earlier this month after overcoming testicular cancer, came on to further boost his team-mates. But Ospina denied Newcastle a point when he saved well with his legs to stop Cabella’s deflected shot. With 2 games in hand Chelsea sit on top of the league with 64 points, with Man City on 61 and the Gunners on 3rd with 60 points.

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Fly On The Wall

If you could be a “fly on the wall” anywhere and at any time in history, where and when would you choose?

Oh, it’s difficult to select just one. I would like to spy on several events in history. Like for example how many religions started and also behind closed doors meetings and going ons at these religious leaders headquarters and hideouts and record that shit so many people will understand just how corrupt and evil these buggers are. Show the public their dirty deals, hiding weapons, looting innocents, rape and other crime and making fools of their followers.

Political meetings, rich corporates dealings, bank dealings any kind of thing that should be recorded and shown to the public but isn’t – I wish to see and hear that and even record that stuff and show it to the world. Decisions that are made, hands that are tainted with the blood and black money laundering. Catch these fuckers cheating and scheming and show the world what they are all really about. Wouldn’t that be a great thing to reveal to the rest of the world and have the guilty party caught with their pants down – literally in some cases!

I think doing the rest of the world a service would be a great thing to do and something that will be worth achieving if possible. We need to clean up humanity’s act and get towards some real progress but we have several things holding us back and the sooner we get rid of it, the better we will be for it.

Prompt from The Daily Post at WordPress.com.

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Common Courtesy When Taking The Bus

One of the many things I have noticed while riding in the buses in the city. People, most people do not care about what sort of bother they do to others in the bus. From leaning hard with their backs on your hand when you are holding onto the post, to squeezing in to their “preferred” position at your expense so that now you have to move or stand awkwardly close to them (which they may not have an issue with but you will) to putting their arms or upper body as well too close to you. Again, being inconsiderate seems to be the norm here.

When moving away from the door towards the middle of the bus which has a lot of room might make sense to you and me, it seems to escape most of these morons. Standing near the door to get the maximum view and air and proving a nuisance to anyone who is trying to get into the bus at the next stops, is so common over here. As is talking loudly to their friend in the bus or on their mobiles. Another irritant is knocking your hand that is holding the bar above while you are standing and they want to move forward – what manners did their parents teach them? None, apparently!

Though falling asleep in their seats and becoming a bother to you as they move about involuntarily can be forgiven, a little consideration for the stranger next to you is not too much to ask. And keeping you hand up as you sit too close – none of us want to smell the stench of your armpit buddy! I know they won’t change, having grown up without a thought about other people cannot be untaught as easily as it is to raise ignorant and disrespectful people. But if you read this perhaps you will think about it the next time you take the bus.

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We Built This City

What do you love most about the city / town / place that you live in? What do you like the least about it? If you were mayor, what would be the most important problem you’d tackle? How would you tackle it?

I don’t think one person can make that much change in a place like mine but I’d give it a go. The city can be bustling and crowded and alive but post 8:30pm-9pm the city goes dark and almost dead. Night life is almost non-existent over here. Yes there are some people still hanging around and going to bars and eateries but overall it is a sad sight to see. And that is because we do not have public bus services running past 8:30-9pm. Hence those who do not have a vehicle of their own will not venture out too late, especially not many women.

I would try and get that rectified. Increase the number of safe & secure public bus services running till 1 or 2 am. More people can safely venture out on the streets and have a good time. Seeing more people out at night, the shops, hotels and bars can also keep later hours. Increase police presence ofcourse but once this becomes the norm even that won’t be required as much, due to the fact that there will be a lot more people and families especially out at night and it will be a lot more safer.

I would also want more public toilets (port-a-lets), rest rooms, guesthouses for out of towners, safe houses for abused women, dog & cat shelters, homes for the homeless and all that. Food & soup kitchens for the homeless. I know it is asking for a lot over here. But we need this. Our people need this.

Prompt from the Daily Post at WordPress.com.

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The USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D From Eaglemoss

I recently bought my first Star Trek starship model – it’s the The USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D From Eaglemoss.

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I’ve wanted to have my own collection of Star Trek Starfleet starships for a long, long time. I’d thought that it would be very difficult and almost impossible for me to get my own collection going – I live in India and I am not rich or anything and these models, by different brands, are not sold in India and to purchase them from abroad might cost me an arm and a leg.

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EBay & Amazon are the great rescuers and even if their Indian branches didn’t have these options, I could use the American ones. In 2011 I tried and could only manage to find one ship from AMT, which I bought via eBay India’s “Options from abroad” section. I didn’t like the model that much plus I do not like decals at all.

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Since then I haven’t really attempted any other purchase as I didn’t have much money plus I didn’t have a credit card and you need a credit card to buy them on eBay as PayPal is the preferred and usually the only option for payment for most of these sellers. My bank doesn’t have a tie up with PayPal so the debit card was not an option but I applied for a credit card (finally) just so I could make purchases like these and for other reasons.

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Credit card finally in hand my very first purchase was to go to eBay and look for the cheapest rates for Eaglemoss’s starships. The reason I liked the Eaglemoss ones were their designs are the closest to the real life models created for the Star Trek tv series & movies. So I found a seller in Hong Kong who had a few to sell and I selected the USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D, the ship captained by Jean-Luc Picard and his fine crew of Riker, Data, Troi, Worf, LaForge & Dr. Crusher and seen in the 7 seasons of Star Trek The Next Generation and the movie Star Trek : Generations.

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At the end of Generations, the ship was damaged beyond repair and hence a new ship was commissioned for Picard & crew. But this ship is no less iconic and probably only the original NCC-1701 Enterprise is more popular, beloved and recognized. This is just the first of my collection. More will come soon.

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Food Review # 34

Ah, KFC! Always brings back memories of my childhood back in Kuwait and simpler and happier times. I haven’t always enjoyed the KFC in Kerala – they seem to be of a lesser quality despite being the same franchise! This time though I was pretty happy when I tried the KFC at the Center Mall food court. I had the Chicken Zinger burger along with a nice big piece of the Hot n Crispy Chicken and a Pepsi.

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Beaches, Mountains & Forests On This Earth

Beach, mountain, forest, or somewhere else entirely?

I’m not really a beach person per say. I mean I love the beach and every beach I have been to has had a calming and happy effect on me. I love to sit for hours at the beach watching the waves crash on the shore and feel the salty breeze on my face. I’m not a swimmer and I have the furthest thing for a beach bod and hence I do not go in my trunks displaying my abs (lol at that) or my muscles. But I do like the seas and the oceans.

I would love live in the mountains or at the base of a mountain and have the beautiful snow capped mountain ranges as a view from my balcony, windows and front porch. I’d love to live high on up and look down at the plains and valleys below. Fresh mountain air is exhilarating and freeing and makes you feel alive like very little else can. It can also make you feel literally & figuratively on top of the world.

I’m not a forest guy and hence would not like living in or near one. All those dangerous creatures and bugs. Plus it wll be hot and sweating and I already live in a tropical place and have had enough of that. I do love animals and looking at them and the birds but wouldn’t want to wake up with a poisonous snake on my chest and a giant tarantula in my pants about to bite my manland area. And a lioness in the toilet! LoL, no I would rather look at them from a safe distance or behind protection.

Prompt from the Daily Post at WordPress.com.

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Monaco 0 Arsenal 2

Arsenal failed to make the Champions League last eight for the fifth straight season despite beating Monaco in the second leg of their last-16 tie. Needing to score at least three unanswered away goals after a 3-1 defeat at home, they went ahead through Olivier Giroud’s close-range finish. A lively Danny Welbeck went close to doubling the lead before half-time. But despite Aaron Ramsey coming off the bench to score late on, with Giroud going close again, Monaco held on. It was agonizingly close but Monaco go ahead on the away goal rule.

All over the pitch Arsene Wenger’s side were vastly improved from the defeat at Emirates Stadium last month and they ensured that Monaco conceded their first Champions League goals at the Stade Louis II this season. Arguably, though, the Gunners lost this tie in the first leg through their defensive fragility, where they conceded a crucial third goal in the 90th minute. And although they continued their fine form with an eighth win from nine games, that blip in the first leg was enough to ensure Monaco reached the quarter-finals for the first time since 2004. They join holders Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Paris St-Germain, Porto and Atletico Madrid in Friday’s draw. After Giroud had headed just wide and Laurent Koscielny turned a free-kick onto the Monaco crossbar but was wrongly ruled offside, the visitors established control and could have been at least two goals ahead before the break.

Giroud gave Wenger’s side the lead when he latched onto Welbeck’s through ball and managed to steer his shot in at the near post after Danijel Subasic had blocked his first effort. Two minutes later Welbeck was unlucky not to join him on the scoresheet when his rasping drive was blocked by the prostrate Monaco defender Aymen Abdennour. With Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez providing pace and width up front, Arsenal continued to cause problems for the Ligue 1 side as Mesut Ozil went close with a free-kick and flashed another effort wide. But the hosts, who had one more day’s rest than their opponents, regained their composure around the 60-minute mark and caused some nervy moments in the Arsenal defence before Wenger brought on Ramsey and Theo Walcott in search of a second goal. It paid dividends as the substitutes combined for Arsenal’s second with 11 minutes left, Walcott striking the post from a left-wing cross before Ramsey got on the end of Layvin Kurzawa’s poor clearance. Giroud almost tucked in at the back post from a free-kick but perhaps he was guilty in putting off the better-placed Sanchez.

Champions League dreams shattered, it’s back to the FA Cup and perhaps finishing 2nd in the league at home.

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