Wander Lust

Tell us about the top five places you’ve always wanted to visit. GO!

I’ve always wanted to go abroad and other than India, where I am from and where I live, I have only been to ever been to Kuwait (born and raised there for 11 years) and a brief trip to the UK but I was around 2 years old and do not remember. So, here are my top 5 places that I’ve always wanted to visit in order:

  1. Canada – especially part of Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta & Quebec
  2. The United Kingdom – England & Scotland baby; I want to pub a pub
  3. The United States Of America – a select few states & cities especially parts of the East Coast and West Coast uptil San Francisco
  4. Spain – who doesn’t want to visit Spain
  5. The Netherlands – especially Amsterdam, Rotterdam & Utrecht

So that’s my 5

Prompt from the Daily Post at WordPress.com.

Dust In The Wind

Have you made your bucket list? Now’s the time — write about the things you want to do and see before you become dust in the wind.

I don’t have a huge bucket list at this point of time. My circumstances states that I should have a rather small and sensible bucketlist and then if things improve in my life make a bigger one. So here is a small & much simpler version of my bucketlist:

  • Get a really well paying job and get financial security
  • save a bunch of money to get my own place
  • find Miss right and make her Mrs. Roshan
  • travel to one place that I really want to go to – Canada
  • Attend a rock festival where the lineup consists of my favourite bands
  • once I settle down in the new place, see about getting a dog or two and a couple of cats to complete the family
  • Have a moment of total contentment, pure joy, love and happiness
  • Die a very happy man, in my sleep, without suffering

Prompt from the Daily Post at WordPress.com.

Powdered Alcohol

They’ve finally done it. Instant alcohol, in a powdered form. Alcohol is primarily known as a liquid, but it can also be whipped, solidified, and practically vaporized. But a new product is out in the US markets after getting the necessary approvals – Palcohol! Powdered Alcohol. No, I’m not making this shit up!

Alcohol powder is a molecular encapsulated alcohol that produces an alcoholic drink or meal when mixed with water. Because alcohol can be absorbed in a sugar derivate, it can be delivered as a powder and/or packed into capsules. Last week, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) okayed seven versions of Palcohol, including Margarita and Cosmopolitan flavors. But since gaining approval, the Arizona-based firm, called Lipsmark LLC, has removed its description of the product from its website.

Here’s how Palcohol was being touted: What’s worse than going to a concert, sporting event, etc. and having to pay $10, $15, $20 for a mixed drink with tax and tip. Are you kidding me?! Take Palcohol into the venue and enjoy a mixed drink for a fraction of the cost. We’ve been talking about drinks so far. But we have found adding Palcohol to food is so much fun. Sprinkle Palcohol on almost any dish and give it an extra kick. Some of our favorites are the Kamikaze in guacamole, Rum on a BBQ sandwich, Cosmo on a salad and Vodka on eggs in the morning to start your day off right. Experiment. Palcohol is great on so many foods. Remember, you have to add Palcohol AFTER a dish is cooked as the alcohol will burn off if you cook with it…and that defeats the whole purpose. 

It is not a new concept though. Similar products already exist in Germany (Subyou) and the Netherlands (Booz2go). Powdered alcohol has even been sold in the U.S. before, the subject of several patents. So the next time you go to a supermarket you buy milk powder, coffee powder, orange juice powder and ta da – alcohol powder aka Palcohol!

Food Review Video #4

For my fourth food review I went to my favourite pizza place which is the Pizzeria in Woods Manor – the only authentic, thin crust Neapolitan style pizza, made in a real brick oven you can get in this city. I tried out their Barbecue chicken pizza which was awesome.

Farscape Movie In The Making

After a few weeks following the original rumours, Rockne O’Bannon, creator and showrunner of the original series, has confirmed that the movie is, in fact, happening. Confirmation came via TV.com that “O’Bannon, the co-creator of Warehouse 13, Defiance, and Revolution… who was also Farscape’s creator and showrunner – has indeed CONFIRMED a Farscape movie is happening. SpoilerTV followed up with a quote from O’Bannon establishing Justin Monjo’s involvement: “Yeah, yeah it’s the worst kept secret…We’re far from production, but yeah, the first step is Justin [Monjo] working on a script for us. We’ll keep our fingers crossed.” This will be great news for fans of the cult show that ran for 4 seasons before it got cancelled followed by a mini-series to wrap up the storyline, which was initiated by a massive fan campaign on the internet.

The film would follow John and Aeryn’s son, D’Argo (or Little D, as we will always refer to him). Because their baby was exhibiting a set of interesting powers that made him a magnet for galactic villains, we find that John and Aeryn hide their son on Earth to grow up. Now the kid is 19 and ready to go into space with his parents. Farscape fans would know that any future stuff from the Farscape world will not include the regular characters Ka D’Argo who died in mini-series Peacekeeper Wars as well as recurring character former crewmate Jool, who was killed off as well. Pa’u Zotoh Zhaan, a main character, too was killed off at the beginning of the 3rd season, due to actress having health problems due to the extensive makeup which was affecting her kidneys.

One can only wait and see.

Arsenal 3 Hull City 0

In a preview of the FA Cup final Arsenal kept control of the destiny of the fourth and final Champions League spot as Lukas Podolski scored twice in an easy Premier League win at Hull. Arsenal stay a point clear of Everton – who beat Manchester United – but nearly conceded to a Shane Long effort. The Gunners took control as Santi Cazorla set up Aaron Ramsey to fire in and Podolski buried a half-volley. Podolski turned in a loose ball after the break and Hull never threatened to peg back their FA Cup final opponents. The two teams will meet again at Wembley on 17 May and Hull’s fans began the afternoon by reminding their opponents of their 100% record at the venue, having won the 2008 Championship play-off final, and the recent FA Cup semi-final against Sheffield United.

The Tigers will have to perform a lot better if they are to stifle a rejuvenated Arsenal in next month’s encounter, though, and still have a faint threat of relegation hanging over them. Steve Bruce’s side are six points above the drop zone but have three away games – at Fulham, Aston Villa and Manchester United – before finishing their league campaign at home to Champions League-chasing Everton. Arsenal will hope to finish their own season by not only securing fourth spot but repeating this victory to clinch their first silverware in nine years. Achieving those aims might be enough to persuade manager Arsene Wenger to extend a contract that expires at the end of the season.

Played in blustery conditions which caused an early hold-up in play as advertising hoardings were blown across the pitch, and against opponents committed to pressing high and hard, this match had the potential to be a tough one for the Gunners. But apart from a couple of early opportunities for Hull, most notably when Long cleared the bar from a tight angle and Jake Livermore drilled against the post from distance, Arsenal looked secure. Arsenal sit at 4th after 35 games played and 70 points.

Bug (2006)

To be honest I haven’t seen much of Ashely Judd’s work beyond her appearance in Star Trek and 3 of her most high profile films (A Time To Kill, Double Jeopardy & Kiss The Girls). However I do know that she is an amazing actress and this movie just reaffirms that fact. Bug is a 2006 psychological drama with elements of horror (very loosely) directed by William Friedkin and starring Ashley Judd, Michael Shannon and Harry Connick, Jr.. The film, written by Tracy Letts, is based on his own play of the same name debuted at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival before being purchased by Lions Gate Films, who released the film the following year in May 2007.

Agnes White (Judd) is a waitress living in a run down motel in rural Oklahoma and has never really recovered from the disappearance of her then 6 year old son who went missing from a supermarket 10 years ago. When she starts to get silent calls she assumed that it is from her abusive ex-husband Jerry Goss, who was in jail and just got released. When not working she indulges in heavy drinking and snorting cocaine with her best friend and occasional lover the lesbian R.C. One night RC introduces Agnes to a drifter named Peter Evans, who later tells her that he used to be in the army. When RC has to go back on an emergency, Agnes & Peter bond while they spend time talking at her place. The awkward Peter spends the night sleeping on the floor as a lonely Agnes didn’t feel like letting him go without having a place to go to. However the next morning, she wakes up to find Peter gone and Jerry in her home. When Peter returns with breakfast Peter intimidates him before leaving for a “job”.

Peter & Agnes spend the day having sex, two lonely strangers desperate for belonging and seem to genuinely feel for each other. However Peter’s paranoia starts acting up; he is obsessed with the fact that there are bugs in the room and they change the sheets, even though Agnes cannot see the bug. He claims to be able to “pick up on things” that most people cannot  He claims to be bitten by the bugs and soon he is disinfecting her place while she is out shopping with RC. However Jerry comes visiting and starts verbally abusing Peter for the bug that he is testing under a microscope. He lashes out at Agnes when the ladies return until he is chased away but RC finds herself on the receiving end of Agnes’ fury for not seeing the bug that Peter is going about and saying that it is feeding off on his blood. Peter explains that during his time in the army he was the subject of immoral testing and that he and others have been implanted with microchips. He claims to have found and removed the chip in him, after which he began to be infested with the bugs. Agnes sinks deeper into his explanations and becomes equally convinced of this sinister plot by the US government & military and lashes out at RC chasing her away.

The unlikely couple pad Agnes’s home with tin foil (to block the signals) and are visited by Peter’s doctor, Dr. Sweet, who was led to the motel by Jerry. While the calm doctor tries to explain in clear terms as to Peter’s delusions, Agnes seems to believe him but Peter emerges from inside and kills the doctor. The two actors display a frantic & manic despair – Jerry’s incessant banging outside the door seems to them that the military has arrived to arrest them – and they decide to burn the place along with their bodies and so strip naked and pour fuel over themselves before setting the place on fire, killing themselves.

Critic Roger Ebert wrote, “The film has caused a stir at Cannes, not least because its stars, Ashley Judd and Michael Shannon, achieve a kind of manic intensity that’s frightening not just in itself but because you fear for the actors.” Truly the fit that Shannon perform is a sight to behold and Judd’s frantic performance scenes is award worthy. The movie as a whole isn’t very memorable but these two do an amazing job. 7 outta 10 for me, but 10/10 for the lead pairs acting especially in the second half.

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S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y Nights!

S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y NIGHT! What’s your favorite way to spend Saturday night?

It’s been a while since I spent it like that but I have rather simple dreams about how to spend Saturday nights. Start the evening early, have coffee at a cafe and wait till 7pm. Get a couple of friends together and hit a bar, drink a few beers while there’s a football match being shown live on the big screen tv. Eat some good food and laugh and crack jokes. End the evening with an ice cream cone and good byes to the friends with promises of doing the same the next weekend.

How I spend my Saturday nights now? I watch football by live streaming it, eat some biscuits with my coffee at home and eat a mostly simple dinner at home with the folks. The only thing cold I drink is usually just plain ole water from the fridge.

Prompt from the Daily Post at WordPress.com.

Day 2 Babysitting Barfi

The second evening with Barfi went without much incident as well. Reached there by 6:45 pm got Barfi from my sister’s in laws’ place and me and the Barfster went to the apartment and chilled for bit. While I had a coffee, he feel asleep at my feet as I got online. When I got hungry, I made myself a grilled cheese sandwich and Barfi wanted some of it as well. I broke off a piece and placed it in his bowl but dude was insistent that he wanted what was in my hand itself! So he ended up with half my sandwich.

At 8:30 pm I gave him his dinner and then took him out for a little walk. He slept as I made my little dinner and ate it in peace. However at night he didn’t sleep in the same room as me, he was playing with his toys out in the living room and didn’t even bother to check up on me at all. Here’s another video I made in the morning just after I gave Barfi his breakfast.

Take A Chance On Me

What’s the biggest chance you ever took? Did it work out? Do tell!

The biggest chance is one that I am yet to take. I have a decision to make in the next few days. I’m broke and I need money and therefore have been looking for a better job with better pay. Things have been tough. Well I got selected for and been offered 2 jobs. Unfortunately for me, I had to reject the first one because of the issues they seem to be having. They are a newer setup and the project I was interviewed for and got hired for was not the same as the one they wanted me to join. A few days after I came back from attending the interview in Trivandrum, I got the call saying that I was selected and they they would get back to me with details. 2 days later when the HR calls me, things have changed drastically from what we had discussed – the post was the same, salary was lower, project & process was different and the shift timings were terrible (4am to 1pm)

Now, knowing from recent experiences that late night shifts will create havoc with my health and affect my sleep and asthma problems, I was hesitant. Also the fact that I felt that this company was not organized enough. 2 days later they called again for confirmation and were still sketchy with the details. I stated the fact that I was not comfortable and asked for an email with details and an offer letter. They sent me the confirmation email on the date of joining but no offer letter or details and I was to join 2 days later, as dates changed. I said no and explained why in the email. They said “let’s see what can be done” but haven’t called back till now. That was on Monday (14th April).

Since then I have applied for, interview over the phone and been selected for another job which I feel  is better for me but…there’s a couple of issues. One is that the job requires for me to travel quite a bit within the state – which they were upfront about from the get go. Which is fine since they will reimburse me for stay, food and travel. That’s alright, even if I do not like traveling much. The second part is this trip for an induction to be held in Mumbai (Bombay) which they didn’t tell me during the interviews but sent me the info in an email! And the cost of travel and stay is going to be terrible on my already broken down wallet. They will reimburse me but… I’m sure that the cost of just the stay is going to be way, way more than what I can get reimbursed as per their policy.

So I am in two minds right now. I will be discussing this to the regional head when I meet him this afternoon. I am very apprehensive about this trip because of the cost but what else do I do?

Prompt from the Daily Post at WordPress.com.

Day 1 Babysitting Barfi

Well I spent last evening and the entire night at my sister & brother-in-law’s apartment. While they are away on holiday with my two nephews and niece, their 1.5 year old pug Barfi is being taken care of by my sister’s in laws (who live in the same building). However to give them a break from the energetic young monster, my sis asked me if I could go and take Barfi in to her apartment and stay there for a few nights during the next 7 days. I said ok and so yesterday evening at around 7 I went to the building and took Barfi off of my sister’s in laws’s hands.

Barfi was happy to see me (I have only spent time with him twice before this) and came with me eagerly. We went in and he settled down after a few minutes of me playing with him and a teddy bear. There wasn’t much left to do in the evening so I waited till 8:15 pm and then heated up his food and gave him his dinner. Once he also had some water, I took him outside so he could do his business. We came back up to the apartment and then I made myself some dinner while he started dozing off.

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At around 9:30 pm I lay in bed with a novel while Barfi kept playing with his chew toy and the teddy bear. In between he would nap while sitting – he looked like a funny looking Laughing Buddha in that pose . However my sister neglected to tell me that Barfi sleeps on the bed – on either of my two nephews’ beds. That’s what he is used to. So he kep jumping on the bed in the room I was in and I kept chasing him away! I tried leaving him outside the room and closing the door but he kept scratching at the door!

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At around 11:30 pm I let him back in and switched the lights off to go to sleep. He fell asleep on his little doggie bed but at around 2 am I woke up to find him sleeping right next to me on the bed. LOL, I actually got a fright as I opened my eyes to see two big eyes in the dim light . Then I put him out of the bedroom and on his doggie bed and he was too sleepy to come back in and so I closed the door and slept without incident. I guess tonight I’ll let him sleep on the bed near me.

RIP Gabriel García Márquez

The literary world lost a legendary icon as Nobel prize winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez died yesterday. Marquez, whose novel “One Hundred Years of Solitude” put Latin America and the style known as magical realism on the international literary map, was 87. He died yesterday at his home in Mexico City surrounded by his family, Rafael Tovar y de Teresa, head of the Mexico’s cultural agency, said in a telephone interview.

The Colombian novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and journalist, known affectionately as Gabo throughout Latin America. Considered one of the most significant authors of the 20th century, he was awarded the 1972 Neustadt International Prize for Literature and the 1982 Nobel Prize in Literature. He pursued a self-directed education that resulted in his leaving law school for a career in journalism. García Márquez started as a journalist, and wrote many acclaimed non-fiction works and short stories, but is best known for his novels, such as One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967), Autumn of the Patriarch (1975) and Love in the Time of Cholera (1985).

The international recognition García Márquez earned with the publication of his novels led to his ability to act as a facilitator in several negotiations between the Colombian government and the guerrillas, including the former 19th of April Movement (M-19), and the current FARC and ELN organizations. The popularity of his writing also led to friendships with powerful leaders, including one with former Cuban president Fidel Castro, which has been analyzed in Gabo and Fidel: Portrait of a Friendship.At the time of his death, he had a wife and two sons.

Gabriel José de la Concordia García Márquez (6 March 1927 – 17 April 2014)

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Here We Are Now, Entertain Us!

I have a question for people who live in countries like the United States and Canada. Well I guess it goes for the UK, Australia & New Zealand as well. I have only heard this term from people from North America and so I aim it towards them. When you guys say “I/we like to entertain at home” – that just means having people over for drinks & dinner, right? Maybe some music, maybe a movie afterwards on the dvd player or on tv? Perhaps a game or two?

That’s the impression that I get and I see the lovely dinner or lunch parties that people host in their homes, with lavish food either elaborately and stylishly prepared at home or catered with wine and other booze and perhaps one or two types of desert with coffee to wind up the affair. Or it can be a more casual affair with just good food and some board games while music blares from your music system. But when I hear that term, someone saying that he/she “likes to entertain” at home I get a different image altogether.

Because in my mind,  entertain means…something different from what is mentioned above. We call that having a diner party at home or just plain old having people over for food and drinks. I’d never use the words “I’m entertaining at home”.  When I hear some on a show or a movie say that – “I had visions of the host doing juggling, doing a stand up comedy routine, making thing disappear, sawing a woman in half and or going “now pick a card”! Or perhaps doing flips or going wild doing antics that will cause a wild round of applause! I know I’m weird and being silly but that’s it seems like to me in my head.

“Ladies & gentlemen and children of all ages – what you are about to see is done by a trained professional. Do not attempt to duplicate what you are about to see at home!”

2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs : Quaterfinal Matchups

Well the Stanley Cup playoffs are upon us and the toughest competition to win the ultimate prize of any team sport begins. Wednesday night sees 3 quarter-finals lineups playing the first of a best of 7 series and it looks like a long playoff. I don’t see any outright favorites for the cup but I guess Chicago, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh & Boston will be the teams to looks out for.

For Canadian dominating the league in terms of number of players, there’s only 1 team from Canada in the playoffs – the Montreal Canadians. 4 teams in the West – Winnipeg, Vancouver, Calgary & Edmonton – were the last 4 in that conference. In the East, Ottawa & Toronto failed to progress finishing 11th & 12th respectively out of 16. That’s terrible for the goald medal winners of the last 2 Olympics. My support is for the Canadiens of Montreal for this campaign but I doubt that they will win more than 1 series. Look for the cup to be won by one of those four I mentioned.

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Barfi Grown Up

I finally went to see Barfi (my sister’s Pup) again; the last time I saw him he was a wee puppy back in October 2012 a little after my sister & brother-in-law got him for their kids. He’s grown quite a bit and I went to my sister’s apartment this afternoon to see him as I’ll be taking care of him / baby-sitting him for a few evenings as my sister & her family are on holiday. During the day my sister’s parents in law will feed him and walk him and I’ll come over by 6 or 6:30 pm and spend the night at the apartment. I’ll give him his dinner and take him for his night walk and potty time. In the morning after breakfast I’ll come back home.

So here he is, cute little monster and very loveable guy. He seems to like everyone, all strangers included and if he meets anyone new he just wants to be your best friend. He wanted a belly rub, some petting and scratching of his head and licked my hand gratefully after a while.

He really is a goofball and I will take some more pics and some videos during my say there. Here’s a little clip of him strutting his stuff.

Arsenal 3 West Ham United 1

It was so worth it to stay up till 12:15 and then wait till after 2am for the match to get over. Lukas Podolski struck twice as Arsenal came from behind to beat West Ham and move back above Everton in the race for a Champions League place. Matt Jarvis headed the Hammers in front as they threatened to extend Arsenal’s winless league run to five games. But Podolski levelled with a shot on the turn two minutes later for the impressive FA Cup finalists. Olivier Giroud’s classy finish and Podolski’s driven second sealed the win as Arsenal moved up to fourth. Fresh from sealing a place in the Cup final courtesy of their penalty shoot-out win over Wigan, the result was just what Arsene Wenger’s side needed to enhance their chance of qualifying for the Champions League for a 17th successive season.

With Everton playing against Crystal Palace at Goodison Park on Wednesday night, the Gunners could ill afford another slip-up following their recent poor league run. And they showed all the resilience – and quality – needed to stay the pace and hold off the determined challenge of Roberto Martinez’s in-form side. Podolski took his goal tally for the season into double figures, while Giroud’s crucial strike, early in the second half, was his 20th of the campaign. Arsenal, despite making five changes to their starting line-up, actually made a sluggish start to offer West Ham early encouragement. Antonio Nocerino’s persistence bursting in from the right-hand side created the chance and when the ball popped up in the six-yard box, Jarvis nodded in only his second league goal of the season.

Arsenal would have felt the pressure had they gone in behind at the break but they were quickly level as they found a way through a West Ham defence that had previously kept 13 clean sheets this season. Again Cazorla was the creator following a poor clearance from Stewart Downing and this time his pass was not wasted as Podolski swivelled to drill a left-foot shot across Adrian and into the bottom corner. The goal lifted the mood around the Emirates Stadium and 10 minutes into the second half Arsenal went ahead thanks to a touch of class from Giroud. The striker displayed a brilliant first touch from Thomas Vermaelen’s long ball back into the box following a corner and with his second drove the ball through the legs of Adrian from just inside the corner of the six-yard box. Arsenal’s pressure finally paid off 12 minutes from the end when substitute Aaron Ramsey headed down for Podolski to fire past Adrian and keep the Gunners firing on two fronts.